VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 7 November 2012: Settlers ‘uproot 100 trees, spray racist graffiti’ in Nablus

7 November 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Four Palestinians Kidnapped In The West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday at dawn, four Palestinians during invasions targeting different parts of the occupied West Bank. The army invaded several areas in the districts of Hebron, Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and Tulkarem. …

Israel To Illegally Seize Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – Under the pretext of “military considerations”, the Israeli army informed Palestinian residents of al-Fordaes village, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, that it intends to seize large areas of their lands in al-Oqban area, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. …

Ten Undercover Israeli Soldiers Wounded In Jerusalem Invasion
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that 10 Israeli soldiers, mainly members of undercover forces, were injured, on Tuesday at dawn, after they infiltrated Shuafat Refugee Camp, north of occupied East Jerusalem. One of the soldiers was stabbed. …

Ma’an News

‘9 Israeli officers injured’ during Shufat arrest raid
11/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Nine Israeli border police officers were injured during an arrest operation in Jerusalem’s Shufat neighborhood on Tuesday, Israeli police said. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an that one officer was stabbed in the back and eight others injured by rocks, during an arrest operation in Shufat….

Official: Farmer injured by tank fire in central Gaza
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was moderately injured by tank fire in central Gaza on Wednesday, a medical official said. Ministry of health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the man was being treated at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir Al-Balah after coming under tank fire. He is a farmer from Bureij refugee camp….

Settlers ‘uproot 100 trees, spray racist graffiti’ in Nablus
11/7/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers uprooted over 100 olive trees and sprayed racist graffiti in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Rechalim sprayed “Death to Arabs” and “Price Tag” on the walls of….

Witnesses: Israeli vehicles enter Gaza Strip
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles entered the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that six bulldozers and four military vehicles entered 500 meters into Gaza near al-Bureij refugee camp. An Israeli army spokeswoman said there was “routine activity along the border fence in central Gaza.” On….

Journalists among 6 injured in Salfit clashes
11/7/2012 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Clashes between Israeli soldiers and residents of a village near Salfit left six Palestinians injured including two journalists, locals and a Ma’an correspondent said. Israeli forces crossed into the Kifl Haris village north of Salfit with bulldozers to demolish houses there, residents of the village said. Alaa Dawood, the….

Prisoners society: 4 Palestinians on hunger-strike in Israeli jail
11/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians jailed in Israel are now on hunger strike, the Palestinian prisoners society said Wednesday. The latest hunger-striker is Odai Kilani, from Tubas, who started refusing food on Oct. 30 to protest his administrative detention. Palestinian citizen of Israel, Muhammad Kananeh, started a hunger strike on Oct. 23 to protest….

Man injured in explosion in Gaza camp
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was seriously injured on Wednesday in an explosion in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, the Ministry of Health said. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an the man was taken to the Al-Aqsa Martyr Hospital with shrapnel in his body after an unidentified object exploded in the camp. [END]

PFLP-GC blames Qatar for Syria rebel killings
11/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian faction loyal to President Bashar Assad on Wednesday blamed Qatar’s support to rebel fighters in Syria for the killing of its members near a refugee camp in Damascus. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said Qatar held full responsibility for the killing of…. Related: Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen

Iran slams anti-nuclear weapons treaty as discriminatory
11/7/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Discriminatory implementation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has left many countries feeling that being a party to the anti-atom bomb pact hinders cooperation in the field atomic energy, Iran‘s UN ambassador said on Monday. Western diplomats and analysts have long expressed concern that Iran might one day follow North Korea….

Having dispatched Romney, Obama faces Iran, Syria
11/7/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Having defeated Republican Mitt Romney at home, Barack Obama has no shortage of adversaries to grapple with abroad, including the governments of Iran, Syria and possibly China. The Democratic president’s re-election ensures continuity in US foreign policy but leaves open questions such as whether diplomacy can constrain Iran‘s nuclear….

Abbas congratulates Obama on second term
11/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated Barack Obama on Wednesday after he was re-elected as president of the United States, a statement said. Abbas said that he hopes Obama will continue with efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. Obama, America’s first black president, won by convincing voters to stick….

Netanyahu congratulates Obama on re-election
11/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated US President Barack Obama on Wednesday for winning a second term and said the strategic alliance between their two countries was “stronger than ever”.” I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests that are vital for the security of Israel’s citizens….

Hamas calls on Obama to end Israel bias
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza on Wednesday called on newly re-elected US president Barack Obama to re-evaluate his foreign policy concerning Palestine, and end his bias towards Israel, a spokesman said.” We listened to the moderate speech by Obama in the wake of his first presidential victory, but his policy….

Qatari fuel for Gaza still stuck in Sinai amid unrest
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fuel donated by Qatar for the Gaza Strip is still stuck in Egypt due to the unrest in Sinai, a Gaza official said Wednesday. Mohammad Abadleh, an official with a gas company coalition in Gaza, said the blockage was due to the security situation in the restive peninsula, not any….

Abbas congratulates Obama, Hamas urges end to Israel bias
11/7/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday congratulated US President Barrack Obama after he defeated his Republican challenger. Abbas expressed hope that Obama would continue his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East, the Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported. PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat expressed hope that Obama would stand by the….

Obama victory spells trouble for Israel’s Netanyahu
11/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the US presidential election. With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of….

Syria raids Hamas offices months after group’s leaders leave
11/7/2012GAZA CITY(Reuters) — Syrian security forces have raided and sealed the Damascus office of Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal, who left the city months ago along with other leaders, Hamas said Wednesday. Relations between Hamas and long-time ally Syria have soured since Mashaal and other senior officials quietly quit Damascus late last year after President Bashar….

Blair: Obama win opens way for new Mideast push
11/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — President Barack Obama‘s election victory opens the way for renewed efforts to revive moribund peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said on Wednesday. Speaking hours after Obama won a second term in office, the former British prime minister told Reuters he did not believe the….

PA asks Oman for financial assistance
11/7/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian ambassador to Oman met Tuesday with the head of the sultan’s office to ask for financial support for the struggling Palestinian Authority. Luai Issa met Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Numani and called on the Gulf state to support the Palestinian Authority financially as it prepares to seek an….

Haniyeh urges Tunis to sue Israel over assassination
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday said Mossad agents who assassinated a Palestinian leader must be put on trial. Khalil al-Wazir, known as Abu Jihad, was killed by Israeli operatives in Tunis in 1988, an Israeli newspaper revealed Thursday. Yediot Ahronoth published an interview with the commando who led….

PA hopes Obama will reduce Israel bias in 2nd term
11/7/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority leadership hopes Barack Obama will lessen his bias toward Israel in his second term as US president, a senior official said Wednesday. Hussain al-Araj, President Mahmoud Abbas‘ chief of staff, said re-elected American presidents had historically paid more attention to Israel’s occupation of Palestine during….

Hamas apologizes after police beat female activists
11/7/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza apologized on Wednesday after reports emerged of security forces attacking female activists in Gaza City on Tuesday, a statement said.” The government clearly apologizes for what has happened, and the Ministry of Interior will form a commission of inquiry to determine the circumstances of the….

Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen
11/7/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian rebels killed 10 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a faction loyal to President Bashar Assad, on Wednesday in clashes near a Palestinian camp in Damascus, opposition sources said. Fighting between the two sides has escalated in the last few days in ‘Street 30’ and…. Related: PFLP-GC blames Qatar for Syria rebel killings

Egyptian teacher sentenced for cutting girls’ unveiled hair
11/7/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Egyptian school teacher received a six-month suspended jail sentence on Tuesday for cutting the hair of two 12-year-old girl pupils who were not wearing Islamic headscarves, a judicial source said. Iman Abu Bakr Kilany, a science teacher who herself wears a niqab — a veil that also covers her face — said last….

Americans hand Obama a second term, challenges await
11/7/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama won a second term in the White House on Tuesday, overcoming deep doubts among voters about his handling of the US economy to score a clear victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Americans chose to stick with a divided government in Washington, by keeping the Democratic incumbent in the White….

Syrian rebels fire at, miss Assad’s palace
11/7/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus on Wednesday but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family’s 42 years in power. Residents told Reuters the heavy-caliber shells hit a neighboring residential district that is home to….

Vatican cancels Syria trip due to danger
11/7/2012 – VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — The Vatican has cancelled a high-level papal delegation to Syria to promote an end to the conflict due to the deteriorating situation there. Pope Benedict had originally intended to send seven senior clerics to Damascus, including Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York. Instead, Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Vatican….

Egypt prosecutor tells government to block online porn
11/7/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt must block pornographic websites, its public prosecutor ordered Wednesday, a move likely to be popular with resurgent religious conservatives, but eyed with suspicion by liberals who fear increasing censorship. Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud ordered government authorities “to take the necessary measures to block any corrupt or corrupting pornographic pictures or scenes inconsistent….

Turkey to request NATO missile defense on Syria border
11/7/2012 – ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkey is to make an imminent official request to NATO to station Patriot missiles along its border with Syria, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official said on Wednesday. NATO-member Turkey has already bolstered its own military presence along the 910-km border and has been responding in kind to gunfire and mortar shells….


Palestine News Network

Israeli Bulldozers, Military Vehicles Storm East of Al-Breij Refugee Camp in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Hebron, Arrest Two Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Dr. Erekat: Regardless of Who’s Elected, Palestine Can’t Wait
Palestine News Network

American Consulate General Celebrates U.S. Presidential Elections
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman’s Threats Against the Palestinian UN Bid
Palestine News Network

Obama Wins Re-Election over his Challenger Mitt Romney
Palestine News Network

Submission to Settlement Fact-Finding Mission Regards Settlement Expansion in OPT
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

People died while waiting for a new home
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Strongly Condemns the Palestinian Police’s Dispersal of a Women’s Sit-in Calling for Ending Division
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Colonizers ruin olive trees in Hebron
11/7/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – November 7th 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Olive trees and one apricot tree were ruined on the morning of November 5th in a section of Khalil (Hebron) called  Jales Mount, which is near the colony of Kiryat Arba. Rashed Zaroo showed the damage to internationals that afternoon. He explained that the land is owned….

Settlers set ground on fire in Salman Valley, Burin
11/7/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – November 6th 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – Today at around sundown, settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Yitzhar set fire to the ground in the Salman valley at Burin. The fire was in the same location where two ISMers and two members of the Michigan Peace Team (MPT) had been picking olives only….

The National

UAE innovation can transform classroom into high tech lab
The National 7 Nov 2012 – UAE finalist for the Stars of Science contest, Dr Mohammed Watfa, has invented a software that can transform a brick and mortar classroom into a high tech computer laboratory.

World’s top architects express hope for Saadiyat’s future
The National 7 Nov 2012 – Top architects in the world gathered last night at Manarat Al Saadiyat to discuss their work on the cultural centre in Saadiyat Island and share thoughts on their industry.

Hand-picked fresh food on menu for UAE schools
The National 7 Nov 2012 – Every week, an organic market will provide schools and nurseries with bags of nutritious produce in an effort to promote healthy food consumption among school children.

Kuwait election boycott gains momentum
The National 7 Nov 2012 – The political opposition has organised increasingly boisterous protests in central Kuwait City to contest changes to the electoral system.

I was hijacked, says Air India pilot under probe
The National 7 Nov 2012 – The Air India pilot who raised the hijack alarm last month after angry passengers stormed the cockpit, is being questioned by investigators.

Politics dominates tweets in the Middle East
The National 7 Nov 2012 – List of region’s 50 most influential Twitter users puts UAE’s Sultan Al Qassemi on top.

Little time for Obama to celebrate
The National 7 Nov 2012 – A divided country and a troubled world await the man tasked with four more years at the helm of the world¿s most powerful country.

Region hopeful at Obama’s re-election
The National 7 Nov 2012 – Reactions from across the Middle East and North Africa to Barack Obama‘s re-election have been subdued but hopeful about a US president who has struck a more cosmopolitan tone in the region’s affairs.

US melting pot of voters delivers victory
The National 7 Nov 2012Obama‘s re-election rode the inexorable demographic shifts in the US and revealed the inability of the right-wing Republican party to capitalise on them.

Sharjah man accused of kidnap and assualt of school girl
The National 7 Nov 2012 – A man in Sharjah has been arrested for pulling an Iranian school girl into his car on Tuesday morning while she was waiting for her school bus.

Ha’aretz

Israeli study: People born in winter more susceptible to cancer
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Court orders staff of Israeli daily Maariv to call off ‘wildcat’ strike
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Tel Aviv’s documentary film festival travels to Israel’s north
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Settler rabbi: Time has come to apologize for Rabin assassination
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

State appeals Olmert’s graft acquittals, sentence in conviction
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Palestinian teen spends 21 days behind bars on false charges
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Israel’s National Religious Party has lost its warmth
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Ashdod Sudanese urge Israeli neighbors: Vote for leaders who won’t deport us
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Maariv workers call strike
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Court orders damages for lack of toilet breaks, poor conditions
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

For first time, Bedouin town to be part of Jewish regional council
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Palestinian hip-hoppers against honor killings
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

With first two cases, flu season in Israel has officially begun
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Judge slams Interior Min. on deportations
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Yisrael Beiteinu pushes committee vote on chief rabbis – despite legal council
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

US election: A bad night for Adelson
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson saw almost all of his investments falter. 

Jewish support for Obama slips, but still strong
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – According to exit polls, 69 percent of Jews cast their ballot for the Democratic candidate as compared to 78% in 2008; Ambassador Oren: “The candidates competed with each other over who was more pro-Israel.” 

Court gives man behind anti-Islam film year in jail
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Egyptian-born man who produced “Innocence of Muslims” video that sparked anti-US protests worldwide sentenced to prison. 

Jewish support for Obama reelection good for Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Let us all now join together in helping Obama in his efforts to assure Israel’s security, to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and to help bring about a secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians. 

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Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – If you look at the picture beamed from Chicago, of Obama’s cheering supporters, you see a snapshot of America 2012. Diverse, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-everything. The new America. 

Barack, Bibi and the bomb
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – With another four years booked in the Oval Office, Barack Obama will be weighing his options on the Middle East. One thing though is for sure: Iran will be high on his agenda. 

Wind industry contests favoring of solar energy
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Head of association claims 300 MW designated for wind energy is being funneled to solar. 

HU, French research: Sounds can help blind ‘see’
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Researchers use non-invasive sensory aids to provide visual information to the blind using their existing senses. 

Court throws out case due to unlawful interrogation
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – A Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court throws out an accused’s confession because police violated his rights. 

HU: New technique to see fingerprints on paper
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Forensic chemists use innovative chemical process to produce a negative of fingerprint image rather than positive. 

No Holds Barred: Reflections from the campaign
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Democracy is all about the infinite worth of each individual, and the powerful see their fate rise and fall by the will of the people. 

Candidly Speaking: Post-election musings
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – We must remain optimistic in the knowledge that the United States is a democracy. As long as public opinion continues to support Israel, the relationship between both countries may undergo strains and stresses, but will remain intact. 

Washington Watch: And now.. the 2016 campaign begins
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – The frontrunner has to be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; On the Republican side, Mitt Romney could try again in four years, barring that his running mate, Paul Ryan, would be a top contender. 

Abraham’s legacy
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Abraham’s legacy, still alive and well, is the crux of our existence, not only in Hebron, but as a people, in Israel and around the world. 

Subsidies for science, impact on social justice
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – The government should increase and adjust the conditions of scientific funding in order to encourage economic growth and a more equitable distribution of income. 

Media Comment: Israel’s media, human rights coverage
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – The media’s subjective treatment of human rights issues is illustrated by the usual characterization of the haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, as a parasitical social element. 

Pope Tawadros on the horns of a dilemma
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Walking in the new Coptic leader’s shoes. 

Burma should seize the opportunity
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – As Burma begins to experience a fledgling democracy, the international community should continue to extend support and provide necessary assistance. 

Analysis: Pushing reset in Netanyahu-Obama ties
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Both leaders need to learn to live with each other. 

State appeals Olmert acquittal to Supreme Court
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – If appeal is successful, the former PM could be convicted of harsher crimes, putting his political future into question. 

MKs, primary candidates split on pot legalization
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – After two US states legalize marijuana for recreational use, some Israeli politicians advocate permitting its use. 

Abbas, Erekat hope Obama will push for peace
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012Hamas urges Obama to stop “bias toward Israel”; PLO negotiator calls on Obama to support Palestinian UN status upgrade. 

Kantor re-elected European Jewish Congress head
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Organization’s president defeats challenger Prasquier with 73% of vote, warns Jewish traditions, Israel under assault. 

Politicians from Shas to Meretz congratulate Obama
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Yacimovich: We expect to continue special alliance between US and Israel; National Union warns of future pressures on Netanyahu. 

AACI panel: 4 stormy years ahead for Israel-US ties
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – AACI ‘Jerusalem Post’ panel discusses the implications of US President Barack Obama‘s reelection. 

Syria raids, seals Hamas offices after leaders leave
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012Hamas says Assad’s forces confiscated property in a sign of increased souring of relations between the once close allies. 

Lapid: I won’t join gov’t without electoral reform
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Yesh Atid leader gives policy speech focused on returning stability to governance, slams Shas for selling out taxpaying soldiers. 

Bomb explosions hit pro-Assad Damascus district
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Multiple bomb explosions hit hilltop district in the Syrian capital populated by members of Assad’s Alawite sect. 

The Guardian

Obama’s in-tray – Israel / Palestine
The Guardian 7 Nov 2012 – With the general election now over, the president has more leverage to pressure the Israeli government If there’s anyone more sorry about Obama‘s victory than Mitt Romney then it’s probably the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu….

Binyamin Netanyahu faces risk of ‘payback’ after Barack Obama victory
The Guardian 7 Nov 2012 – Israeli leader may be on the back foot over Iran and the Palestinians after apparently backing Romney for US president It was hard to imagine champagne corks popping in the Israeli prime minister’s Jerusalem residence as…

Palestine’s date farmers suffer double burden of occupation and indifference | Phoebe Greenwood
The Guardian 7 Nov 2012 – Once an economic mainstay, farming in Palestine has been hard hit by land access issues and political inertia The hillsides of the West Bank are rustling with industry. It’s autumn, temperatures have finally dropped and the…

Uruknet

Omar Saad: “I will not be a soldier in your army”
Uruknet

Biennale seeks to boost Palestinian art
Uruknet

Ten years on: Israel did not uphold its promise to prevent the separation barrier from harming Palestinians
Uruknet

Israel moves ahead building of 1,200 settler homes
Uruknet

Victory: Palestinian-American Muhammad Salah removed from US “terrorist” list after lawsuit challenge
Uruknet

Still Weeping for Gaza
Uruknet

Netanyahu’s 2010 Order Was Not a Move to War on Iran
Uruknet

Gaza police beat female activists
Uruknet

Pakistani Family Says U.S. Drone Attack Killed Elderly Woman, Wounded Grandchildren
Uruknet

Daily Star

Ahmadinejad to join leaders at Bali democracy forum
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 Iran‘s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among world leaders set to begin talks Thursday at a democracy forum in Bali, but critics say Tehran will use the event as a platform to project international legitimacy.

An optimistic vision of Obama’s second term: Anatole Kaletsky
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 President Barack Obama‘s re-election is good news for the world economy and financial markets.

U.S. appeals court rejects torture suit against Rumsfeld
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 Two American citizens cannot sue former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over allegations that they were tortured by the U.S. military in Iraq, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.

After Obama win, U.S. backs new UN arms treaty talks
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $60 billion global arms trade.

Election protest at US university escalates
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into a crowd of about 400 students with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media.

AU urges Obama to show more commitment in Africa
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 African Union chairman Thomas Boni Yayi on Wednesday urged newly re-elected US President Barack Obama to show more commitment to resolving crises on the African continent.

Obama calls congressional leaders, seeks bipartisan tone
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 U.S. President Barack Obama called congressional leaders from both political parties overnight and on Wednesday to express his commitment to work together on curbing the deficit and reducing taxes, the White House said.

UN Security Council extends Somalia peacekeeping force
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 The U.N. Security Council extended an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia for four months on Wednesday as it mulls lifting an arms embargo and Uganda threatens to pull out troops over claims it is aiding…

Remember Latino voters, Latin American leaders tell Obama
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 From neighbor Mexico to emerging power Brazil, Latin American leaders welcomed US President Barack Obama‘s re-election Wednesday as some urged him to remember the role Latinos played in his big win.

Obama hugs Michelle, and makes Facebook history
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 It was a moving photo like countless others on Facebook, but the caption “four more years” said it all — US President Barack Obama had won re-election, and was about to make social media history.

Assange says victorious Obama ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday described re-elected President Barack Obama as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and said he expected the US government to keep attacking the anti-secrecy website.

US Senate leader says immigration a top priority
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 The leader of the US Senate vowed Wednesday to put a top priority on reforming the immigration system after President Barack Obama‘s Democrats stormed back to power with strong Hispanic support.

Engulfed in war, Damascus united in disregard for Obama
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 On the streets of Syria’s capital, amid the rumble of artillery, opponents and supporters of Bashar al-Assad’s regime have one thing in common: a complete disregard for the re-elected US president.

Syrian opposition begins electing new leadership
Daily Star 7 Nov 2012 Syria’s main umbrella opposition group, under US pressure to broaden its representation and urged by the Arab League to present a united front, began voting in a new leadership in Qatar on Wednesday.

YNet News

New America defeats old America
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Analysis: To avoid losing three consecutive elections, Republicans must recognize minorities’ growing power ….

IDF plane en route to Ghana to offer aid 
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California man behind anti-Islam film to go back to jail for a year
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Greek government wins parliament austerity vote
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Gays support rabbi after controversial statement 
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Rabbi Shay Piron receives unexpected support from organizations within LGBT community after previously claiming that ‘homosexuality can be fixed’ ….

Jerry Seinfeld reaches out to victims of Sandy 
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – ….

US appeals court rejects torture suit against Rumsfeld 
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Europe condemns Israel’s OK for new settler homes
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Germany, Britain and France criticize Israel over its decision to okay construction of more than 1,200 new homes beyond Green Line ….

State appeals Olmert acquittal
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Prosecution appeals former PM’s acquittal in Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs. Olmert’s aide says appeal is another stage in ‘mean-spirited personal persecution of Mr. Olmert’ ….

Olmert: Netanyahu broke the rules in US elections 
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – In meeting with New York Jews, former PM says ‘I’m not sure our prime minister has a friend in the White House’ and slams Netanyahu’s intervention in the US elections ….

Dozens of olive trees torn down near Ramallah
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Week after outpost evacuation, evidence of ‘Price Tag’ vandalism surface in West Bank village ….

The day after
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Analysis: In second term, Obama will seek to pressure Netanyahu into jumpstarting peace talks ….

Lieberman’s secret workout
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Security considerations send Lieberman to work out in secret Shin Bet gym ….

Israel on the roulette table
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Obama created tense relations with Netanyahu by choosing Cairo over Jerusalem ….

Shapiro: Direct talks with PA are only solution
YNet News, 7 Nov 2012US ambassador to Israel says Obama‘s reelection could restart peace process, adds president committed to stopping Iran from obtaining nukes ….

Palestinian Information Center

Citizens suffer breathing difficulty in IOF violent dispersal of demo
PIC – Many citizens were treated for breathing problems near Ofer jail on Wednesday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) used teargas to disperse their march.

Two Palestinian resistance fighters survive Israeli shooting
PIC – Two Palestinian resistance fighters survived on Wednesday an Israeli assassination attempt after Israeli tank fire barely missed them.

Hamas affirms rejection of violence against peaceful demonstrations
PIC – The Islamic Resistance movement, Hamas, has affirmed its respect of the right of Palestinian citizens to demonstrate peacefully and its rejection of any violence against such marches.

Jerusalemite prisoner threatened with losing his eyesight
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights said that a Jerusalemite prisoner in Israeli jails is threatened with losing his eyesight as a result of the medical negligence in the prison.

Head of Tunisian al-Assalah Party meets al-Zahar
PIC – Head of the Tunisian al-Assalah Party, Mouldi Ali Mujahid, and the Mujahideen Movement’s leadership, headed by its Secretary General As’ad Abu Sharia, met yesterday evening Mahmoud al-Zahar.

Occupation demolishes installations in the Negev and Yatta, south of al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces demolished on Tuesday, two houses, a sheep barn and a water well, and notified citizens to demolish their homes..

Return Centre: Abbas’s remarks an insult to sacrifices of martyrs and prisoners
PIC – The Palestinian Return Centre in London condemned the remarks made by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, which included clear signs of giving up the right of return..

Clashes erupt after storming Yussef’s Tomb by hundreds of settlers
PIC – Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed at dawn on Wednesday, the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, and performed religious rituals in Youssef’s Tomb under the protection of the Israeli army.

Gaza Government condemns the killing of Palestinians in Syria
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza denounced what it called “murder crimes” against the Palestinian refugees in Syria, stressing the need to stop these crimes and neutralize the Palestinian refugees.

Ashaal: Damascus abandons last bastion of resistance by closing Hamas’s offices
PIC – Dr Abdallah El-Ashaal, Political science professor and former Egyptian ambassador, has described Damascus’s decision to close Hamas‘s offices in Syria as “a loss for Hamas..

WAFA

UK Condemns New Israeli Tenders’ Publication
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Israeli Forces Demolish Sheds, Seize Water Tanks
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Confrontations Erupt with Army During Raid near Salfit
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Israel to Evict 40 Families near Nablus
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

PLO Condemns Hamas Crackdown on Women March in Gaza
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Newspapers Review: Russia to Vote for UN Bid Focus of Daily
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Settlers Uproot 100 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Four Prisoners Remain on Hunger Strike in Israel
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Abbas Congratulates Obama for Wining Presidential Election
WAFA – 7 Nov 2012

Misc

Obama’s Other ‘Cliff’ Is in Foreign Policy
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – National security issues involving Syria, the Middle East and the United States’ relationship with Russia and China are now clamoring for the president’s attention.

Netanyahu Rushes To Repair Damage With President
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – The results of Tuesday’s presidential election left many Israelis questioning whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had risked their collective relationship with Washington.

Turkey Considering Patriot Missile Deployment Near Syria
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – The missiles could provide protection for rebel fighters in the north by creating a no-fly zone for Syrian aircraft.

Abdel-rahman Elabnoudy, Egypt’s Poet of the People
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – Abdel-rahman Elabnoudy, the songwriter, dramatist, social critic and man of verse, reflects on his long career and ponders what is ahead for his country.

After Many Slip-Ups, Mideast E-Commerce Gains Its Footing
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – Success stories are starting to emerge from a handful of sites in the area. Souq.com, for example, received $45 million in funding from international investors. 

Special Report: : Women’s Rights at a Standstill in Jordan
New York Times 7 Nov 2012 – As political change sweeps the region, leadership positions continue to be held almost entirely by men.

Alon USA reports strong revenue, profit growth 
Globes Energy & Water – The company beat the analysts’ consensus of $0.59 earnings per share on $2.18 billion revenue.

012 guidance 
Globes Energy & Water – The geothermal energy company reported strong revenue growth, but a net loss, for the third quarter of 2012.

BoI may require one-time NIS 3b provision by banks
Globes Main News – Bank exec: We’re holding intensive discussions with the Bank of Israel, and we hope they will show flexibility.

Netanyahu congratulates Obama on reelection
Globes Main News – “The strategic alliance between Israel and the US is stronger than ever.”

Bezeq Q3 profit down 38%
Globes Main News – Bezeq said that the drop in profit was mainly due to lower profits from its mobile business and to capital gains differences.

Wed: Perrigo dips on results
Globes Main News – Stocks fell today in the wake of the US election and a bleak outlook from the ECB president. Bank Leumi, Perrigo, Mellanox, and Africa Israel were notable decliners, but telcos firmed.

Perrigo revenue disappoints but EPS beats estimates
Globes Main News – The company has updated its guidance, mainly to take account of the Sergeant’s Pet Care acquisition.

SodaStream raises guidance
Globes Main News – SodaStream reported strong revenue and profit growth for the third quarter, beating its own expectations.

Europe’s ongoing tragedy
Globes Macro Economics – European governments continue to refuse to recognize the true nature of the crisis, and therefore cannot put into place meaningful solutions.

012 
Globes Macro Economics – The deficit rose to NIS 22.1 billion in January-October from NIS 14.5 billion in the corresponding months of 2011.

012
Tikun Olam – I’m writing an extremely unconventional post on the election returns tonight.  “Unconventional” because I’m going to write about the issues that interest me, which are quite different from what interests the rest of the pundits and even the voters. Frankly, though I knew Obama was going…

Jeffrey Goldberg, 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. …

Four more years for Obama — three more months for Netanyahu?
Mondoweiss – From Didi Remez via Twitter –   Probably not, but Netanyahu certainly doesn’t look happy.

Obama’s victory highlights a bad night for the Jewish right
Mondoweiss – Election map as of 11 o’clock (pale colors are leaners). Nevada and Ohio later went Obama One thing seems clear from tonight’s election results: the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party, which wanted a war against Iran, has been thumped with Romney’s defeat. Sheldon Adelson and…

Obama Win Means New Headaches for Bibi 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2012 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energised critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu Congratulates Obama on Election Win 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2012 – Israeli leaders congratulated President Obama on his reelection. Click here for the rest of the article…

Little Hope for Change Seen by Jews 
The Forward New 7 Nov 2012 – Jews were supposed to vote on Israel and Medicare. They didn’t. Despite palpable disillusionment, they backed President Obama with just a small dip in support from 2008. Click here for the rest of the article…

Second Term: More of Same Until Iran Crisis Hits 
The Forward New 7 Nov 2012 – President Barack Obama’s second term may start with tussles over the economy and health care. He still has to deal with the crisis of Iran’s nuclear program. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: The Yarmouk Attack – Israel’s Folly, America’s Brolly 
allAfrica.com 7 Nov 2012 – [African Arguments]Invoking the right to remain silent often speaks louder than words. That’s surely the case with the official Israeli response of “no comment” to the accusation from the Sudanese government that Israeli missiles struck the Yarmouk arms factory in Khartoum in the early hours of…

Egypt: Qandil Hails Turkish Support for Egypt 
allAfrica.com 7 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]Prime Minister Hisham Qandil received on Tuesday 6/11/2012 a delegation of Turkish businessmen to review the economic situation in Egypt.

Egypt: Nation Calls for Placing Israel’s Nuclear Facilities Under IAEA Safeguards 
allAfrica.com 7 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s delegation to the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday 6/11/2012 called for placing Israel’s nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Egypt: Nation’s London Consul – Britain Comfortable With Stability in Sinai 
allAfrica.com 7 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s Consul-General in Britain Hisham Khalil said on Tuesday 6/11/2012 that Britain is fully comfortable with the security situation in Egypt, especially in Sinai.

Reggies Toy Store forced to close due to Israel protest 
Global BDS 7 Nov 2012 – Stop The Jewish National Fund ( StopTheJNF ) is an international BDS campaign (see below this email for some StopTheJNF campaign actions and victories from around the world). The local South African chapter of the StopTheJNF was initiated and is led by a group of concerned Jewish South…

Syria government strongholds hit 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels carry out fresh attacks on government facilities and strongholds in the capital, Damascus, in what is seen as a significant escalation.

Libya ex-leader faces murder quiz 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – Libya’s former interim leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil is to be questioned over the death of a top rebel commander who was killed by gunmen last year.

Cameron meets Syrian refugees 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – David Cameron speaks of his determination to give Syria a brighter future as he meets refugees of the conflict in the country.

Billboards and beyond to Stop the Blank Check to Israel! 
Sabbah report 7 Nov 2012 – to increase the number of Americans who care by educating them about this misuse of their tax dollars, and ultimately to stop blank-check US aid to Israel. Billboards and beyond to Stop the Blank Check to Israel! was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow…

Stripped of my clothes, my father, but not of my right to return 
Sabbah report 7 Nov 2012 – The way forward in Palestine and Israel is not an ethnocracy that favours Jews or a two-state solution that dispossesses millions of Palestinians, but one state with dignity and equality for all. Stripped of my clothes, my father, but not of my right to return was…

Israel to Adorn Wall with Art for PR 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 7 Nov 2012 – Israel’s Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein has decided that the international media attention on the apartheid wall , from a public relations standpoint, has been a burden on Israel and it is time for the Israeli government to deal with this problem. So what does he suggest…

The Parallels Between the US and Egyptian Presidential Elections End Here 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 7 Nov 2012 – Cairo – Donald Trump flipped out after the election results: a man who supports the conservative policy of preserving the status quo called for a revolution . That was probably the only similarity between the US and Egyptian election processes that struck home with me here in…

The Resistance and Syria 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Nov 2012 – Palestinians from the Gaza Strip celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following a swap with captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit on 18 October 2011 in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP – Alessio Romenzi) Palestinians from the Gaza Strip celebrate the release of hundreds of prisoners following…

Spinning a Saudi Tale of al-Hassan’s Assassination 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 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…

Syrian rebels kill 10 Palestinian fighters 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels killed 10 members of a Palestinian militant faction loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in fighting near a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, opposition sources said. Clashes between rebels and the Popular for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) have escalated this week…

New Bill Relieves the Rich, Taxes the Middle Class 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Some of its more controversial measures include provisions which would allow building violations to continue up until the end of 2012 (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Some of its more controversial measures include provisions which would allow building violations to continue up until the end of 2012 (Photo:…

Egypt to ban Internet pornography 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s state prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a ban on Internet pornography, after a previous court order to do so was not implemented. State prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud “ordered a block on pornography sites,” his office said in a statement. An administrative court issued a similar order…

Israel may step up settlement building to punish Palestinian UN bid 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Palestinian women look at buildings, destroyed by Israeli bulldozers, that were built illegally without a permit in the southern area of Yatta village, south the West Bank town of Hebron, on November 6, 2012. Demolition of Palestinian properties and Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank…

March 8 Capitulates on the Propaganda Front 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Berri joked that he was willing to offer March 14’s secretariat coordinator Fares Said a job as March 8’s coordinator. (Photo: Haytham AlMoussawi) Berri joked that he was willing to offer March 14’s secretariat coordinator Fares Said a job as March 8’s coordinator. (Photo: Haytham AlMoussawi)…

Bahrain opposition vows to uphold non-violence in collective declaration 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2012 – Bahrain opposition groups reaffirmed a commitment to nonviolence through a collective statement Wednesday in the wake of five explosions in the country’s capital this week. “[We confirm] that violence can never be a means to achieve legitimate demands, nor be used to block legitimate demands, from…

After Hurricane Sandy: A Tale of Two Neighborhoods 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Hometown of Hafez, Fortress of Loyalists 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Nov 2012 – Vegetables and fruits are seen for sale in a street of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 3 November 2012. (Photo: John Cantlie) Vegetables and fruits are seen for sale in a street of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 3 November 2012. (Photo:…

Syria government strongholds hit 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels carry out fresh attacks on government facilities and strongholds in the capital, Damascus, in what is seen as a significant escalation.

Libya ex-leader faces murder quiz 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – Libya’s former interim leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil is to be questioned over the death of a top rebel commander who was killed by gunmen last year.

US anti-Islam filmmaker jailed 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – A US man behind an anti-Muslim film that led to mass protests in the Middle East is sentenced to a year in jail for probation violations.

Bahrainis’ citizenship revoked 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – Bahrain’s government revokes the citizenship of 31 opposition activists, including two former members of parliament, for “undermining state security”.

Cameron meets Syrian refugees 
BBC 7 Nov 2012 – David Cameron speaks of his determination to give Syria a brighter future as he meets refugees of the conflict in the country.

Articles


Israel is responsible for ‘price tag’ attacks, not just a few settler extremists 
Philip Bato, Electronic Intifada 11/7/2012
      The small Palestinian village of Burqa near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank was once again targeted by Israeli settlers this Saturday — the latest so-called “price tag” attack committed by settlers to avenge outpost demolitions by the Israeli government.
     The village has been repeatedly attacked by such “price tag” militants. Last year, two cars went up in flames, and three months later the mosque in Burqa was burned, with the words “Mitzpe Yitzhar” (an outpost near Nablus) and “War” painted on its charred walls.
     On Saturday, several cars were damaged and graffiti references to a Migron outpost left on the crime scene. Israeli police say they are “canvassing the area.”
     Despite the widespread coverage of “price tag” violence, mainstream media outlets habitually neglect the pivotal role of the Israeli government in breeding these attacks. There is a particular tendency by outlets such as the BBC, Agence France Presse and The Financial Times to limit Israeli government responsibility for “price tag” attacks to inadequate police investigations of settler crimes. This, however, only paints half the picture.
     For years, the Israeli government has provided structural financial support to its most radical settler communities. This includes funds for the construction of outposts, which even the Israeli high court has confirmed as illegal under Israeli law.
     The scheduled demolition of some of these outposts triggered waves of “price tag” setter attacks that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen not to prosecute. Instead, it has opted to “retroactively” legalize outposts that face demolition and build new settlements for outpost inhabitants when an outpost demolition remains inevitable. more.. e-mail

Christian leaders cannot be cowed into silence over Israel’s abuses of human rights 
Rabbi Brian Walt, Ha’aretz 10/31/2012
      Eric Yoffie’s criticism of the Protestant churches’ letter to Congress is misplaced: The price of ‘interfaith dialogue’ cannot be silenced by Christian leaders on Israel’s human rights violations, evidence of which I saw firsthand in a recent visit to the West Bank.
     In his recent Haaretz op-ed, “Heading toward an irreparable rift between U.S. Jews and Protestants,” my colleague, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, sharply criticized the recent letter to Congress by leaders of Protestant churches that called for U.S. military aid to Israel to be contingent on Israeli compliance with American law. Nowhere in his article, however, did Yoffie mention the central concern of the Christian leaders’ letter: the overwhelming evidence of systematic human rights violations by the Israeli military against Palestinians.
     Over the past two weeks, I had the privilege of leading an interfaith delegation including several leaders of the civil rights movement, younger civil and human rights leaders, Christian clergy, academics, and several Jews, on a two-week trip to the West Bank.
     We were all shocked by the widespread human rights violations that we saw with our own eyes and that we heard about from both Palestinians and Israelis. Several black members of our group, including those who participated actively in the civil rights movement, remarked that what they saw on the West Bank was “frighteningly familiar” to their own experience, a systemic pattern of discrimination that privileged one group (in this case, Jews) and denigrated another (Palestinians).
     Together we walked down Shuhadah Street in Hebron, a street restricted to Jews and foreigners where Hebron’s Palestinians are mostly not allowed to walk, even those Palestinians who own houses or stores on the street. This street was once the center of a bustling Palestinian city. Now the area is a ghost town with all the Palestinian stores shut down by the Israeli military. — See also:Religious leaders call on U.S. Congress to rethink military aid to Israel more.. e-mail

New film on Nazi links to Zionism sidesteps the toughest questions 
Terri Ginsberg, Electronic Intifada 11/7/2012
      Arnon Goldfinger’s 2011 documentary The Flat has just opened in New York City. Although enthusiastically publicized as an unpredictable and astonishing trip into buried history revealing unpopular truths about the Israeli past, The Flat — or Ha-dira in Hebrew — ultimately fails to deliver on its proclaimed promise.
     Instead, the film adheres closely to the acceptable parameters of Zionist discourse, offering little to challenge prevailing conceptions about the film’s ostensible focus: the controversial relationship between Zionism and National Socialism.
     The Flat follows Goldfinger’s quest for answers after he discovers that his late grandparents, Kurt and Gerda (née Lehmann) Tuchler, maintained a close and long-standing friendship with high-level Nazi propagandist Leopold von Mildenstein and his family. The quest begins as Goldfinger and his mother, Hannah, find copies in Gerda’s former apartment of the notorious Nazi Party Berlin newspaper Der Angriff, in which a series of articles appears under the title “A National Socialist Goes to Palestine.”
     The articles are written by von Mildenstein and describe his exploratory trip to Palestine in 1933 accompanied by his wife and the Tuchlers, Jews who would later emigrate from their native Germany to Palestine. Zionist mission
     This trip was no mere tourist holiday but instead a mission, led by the Tuchlers, for enabling von Mildenstein to write convincing articles for Der Angriff in support of Jewish emigration to Palestine. Although never specified or discussed in The Flat, the Nazi government had in fact been approached about this matter by the Zionist Federation of Germany, of which Kurt Tuchler was an active member, and which argued — in eerie similarity to Nazi racialist views — that Jews, understood as a people separate and apart, were unsuited to reside anywhere but in a country of their own (Lenni Brenner, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, 1983, chapter 5). more.. e-mail

Palestinian protesters harassed, beaten by Abbas supporters in Jerusalem
Electronic Intifada: 7 Nov 2012 – Budour Youssef Hassan Jerusalem 7 November 2012 Counter-demonstrators outnumbered protesters renouncing Abbas’ comments over right of return.more

Netanyahu’s 2010 Order Was Not a Move to War on Iran
Dissident Voice: 6 Nov 2012 – IPS — A new twist was added to the long-running media theme of a threat by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go to war with Iran when news stories seemed to suggest Monday that Netanyahu had ordered the Israeli military to prepare for an imminent attack on Iranian nuclear sites in 2010. Netanyahu backed down after Israeli Defence Forces chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi and Mossad director Meir Dagan opposed the order, according to the reports. But the details of the episode provided in a report by Israel’s Channel 2 investigative news programme “Truth”, which aired Monday night, show that the Netanyahu order was not meant to be a prelude to an imminent attack on Iran. The order to put Israeli forces on the highest alert status was rejected by Ashkenazi and Dagan primarily because Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak had not thought through the risk that raising the…more

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