VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 8 November 2012: No Show Trial for Israel in Turkey

8 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Child Killed By Military Fire In Khan Younis
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian child was killed, on Thursday evening, after Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians east of Khan Younis city, in the southern part of the besieged Gaza Strip. … 

Egypt To Continue Demolishing Border Tunnels
IMEMC – Egyptian security sources reported that the army and the police, operating against criminal armed groups in Sinai, will start in the coming days, a large operation that is meant at resuming the demolition of border tunnels with Gaza. …

Several Tanks Invade Khan Younis
IMEMC – The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that eight Israeli tanks and four armored military bulldozers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, Abasan town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and fired smoke bombs and rounds of live ammunition. …

Syria Closes Hamas Offices In Damascus
IMEMC – Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, reported that the Syrian security forces broke into offices that belong to the movement, and the home of Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Mashal, and closed all offices run by the movement. …

Clashes Take Place In Hares Village Near Salfit, Army Demolishes Homes
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the village of Hares near the central West bank city of Salfit, and demolished two homes; twenty residents injured. …

Clashes Reported In Silwan, 2 Residents Kidnapped, Several Injured
IMEMC – Local sources in occupied East Jerusalem reported, on Wednesday evening, that the army invaded Silwan town and clashed with local youths, who hurled stones at them, and fired gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets leading to several injuries; the army also kidnapped two residents. … 

Ma’an News

Medics: Israeli fire kills boy in south Gaza
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 13-year-old Palestinian boy died Thursday in southern Gaza, in a shooting medical officials blamed on the Israeli military. Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa died after Israeli forces targeted houses and farms east of Khan Younis, according to Ashraf al-Qidra, a medical spokesman in Gaza. Medics said the boy was….

Israel forces uproot trees near Bethlehem
11/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces uprooted trees from village lands in Nahhalin near Bethlehem on Wednesday, witnesses said. Israeli forces told villagers the lands were owned by Israel. They said Palestinians were prohibited from reaching them or planting on them. An inquiry to the Israeli civil affairs unit in the West Bank was not….

Journalists protest Israeli army abuse
11/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A media rights group and the Palestinian Authority information ministry on Thursday organized a sit-in in Ramallah to protest assaults against Israeli abuse against Palestinian journalists. The demonstration was organized by IFEX, the Global Network for Freedom of Expression, along with its local affiliate Mada “to end impunityof the aggressors on….

Israeli forces demolish houses, cistern in south Hebron
11/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished three buildings and a water cistern in the south Hebron hills on Tuesday, an international peace group said. Forces bulldozed a two-story house in al-Deirat village owned by Mohammad Musa Mohammad Abu Aram, before flattening a sheep stable, Operation Dove said. The officials then moved to nearby Jawwaya….

Army: Patrol comes under fire on Gaza border
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Four Israeli military vehicles briefly penetrated the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, leading to clashes with Palestinian militants. Palestinian fighters said they detonated an explosive device by an Israeli military vehicle near Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis. Witnesses said Israeli forces fired a shell at Palestinian farmers. A Ma….

After jail sentence, Bassem Tamimi declared prisoner of conscience
11/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi, who has been sentenced to four months in prison in a plea bargain with an Israeli court, is a prisoner of conscience and should be released, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Tamimi was detained on Oct. 24 during a protest at an Israeli supermarket in a Jewish….

Palestinian youth freed ‘after CCTV shows police false testimony’
11/8/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A Palestinian youth from East Jerusalem was jailed for three weeks after Israeli border police claimed he attacked them, until CCTV footage showed police as the aggressors, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. Udai Biomi, 20, from Beit Hanina, was freed on Tuesday when his lawyer obtained footage undermining the….

Crash near Ofer settlement wounds 6 Palestinians
11/8/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Six Palestinians were hurt in a car collision near Ofer settlement north of Ramallah on Thursday, according to medics. A Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education vehicle collided with an Israeli car, a Ma’an reporter said. Palestinian ambulances evacuated the wounded to Ramallah government hospital. Israeli forces and emergency services….

Man wounded in Gaza explosion
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was wounded on Thursday morning when a home-made bomb exploded in central Gaza, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza ministry of health spokesman, said that a 23-year-old was moderately wounded in al-Maghazi refugee camp. He was transferred to al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah. [END]

Report: 3 Palestinian shooting suspects in jail since October
11/8/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The Israeli Security Agency and military said Thursday that they had arrested three Palestinians who shot at an Israeli vehicle in the occupied West Bank, reports said. Israel’s settler news agency Arutz Sheva said the Sept. 30 shooting occurred on an access road between the illegal settlements….

Erekat: UN bid aims to preserve two-state solution
11/9/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — Israel’s settlement policy is threatening the two-state solution, not the PLO’s bid to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Thursday. Erekat said Palestine’s request for non-member statehood of the UN did not contradict the two-state solution, in separate…. Related: Fatah official: UK pressuring PLO to abandon UN bid andPalestinians prepare UN upgrade despite US, Israel warnings

Fatah official: UK pressuring PLO to abandon UN bid
11/9/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UK is pressuring the Palestinian Authority to abandon its bid to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN, a senior Fatah official said Thursday.” Until this moment, there is no international pressure on the PA concerning the UN bid (from Europe), except from Britain,” Nabil Shaath told Ma’…. Related: Erekat: UN bid aims to preserve two-state solution andPalestinians prepare UN upgrade despite US, Israel warnings

Netanyahu phones Obama, pledges cooperation
11/9/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Barack Obama to congratulate him on his re-election on Thursday, after critics accused the Israeli prime minister of backing Mitt Romney and jeopardizing ties with Washington. Relations between Netanyahu and Obama have long been testy, mainly over how to deal with Iran‘s nuclear program. After Obama‘s….

Palestinians prepare UN upgrade despite US, Israel warnings
11/9/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Palestinian Authority circulated a draft resolution to UN member states on Wednesday that calls for upgrading its UN status to that of an “observer state” despite US and Israeli suggestions that the Palestinians could face retaliatory moves. The draft resolution, which could be put to a vote in the 193-nation…. Related: Erekat: UN bid aims to preserve two-state solution and Fatah official: UK pressuring PLO to abandon UN bid

Olmert says Israel needs peace deal ‘within 4 years’
11/8/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel said Thursday that Israel must reach an agreement with the Palestinians within four years, Israeli media reported. Israel’s Ynet news site said Olmert, speaking at Columbia University in New York, believes the conflict is the most important issue on the….

Israel: 3 stray rockets from Syria hit Golan
11/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Syrian mortars hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday morning, Israel’s army said. A military spokeswoman said they were “stray rockets from the internal conflict” in Syria. No injuries or damage have been reported. Fighting in Syria has been edging towards its ceasefire zone with Israel in recent….

Gaza man stabbed to death in Sinai
11/8/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A man from the Gaza Strip was stabbed to death on Thursday in el-Arish, a city in Egypt’s Sinai, security sources said. The body of Jamal Madi Ibrahim was found near Ayoub Mosque in el-Arish with multiple stab wounds, Egyptian security officials told Ma’an. Ibrahim left….

Sudan’s Bashir vows ‘painful response’ to alleged Israel bombing
11/8/2012 – KHARTOUM (Reuters) — Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday promised his country would respond robustly to what he believes was an Israeli bombing of a Khartoum arms factory and said he was in “perfect health” after undergoing surgery in Saudi Arabia. Sudan last month accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on the….

EU’s Ashton ‘regrets’ tenders for new units in Israeli settlements
11/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton “regrets” Israel’s publication of tenders to expand the illegal settlements of Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, a representative said Thursday.”The High Representative deeply regrets this week’s publication of tenders,” a representative said in a statement. The statement said that the EU….

Pentagon says Iranian warplanes fired on US drone over Gulf
11/8/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Iranian warplanes fired multiple rounds at an unmanned unarmed US surveillance aircraft in international airspace over the gulf last week, but the craft was undamaged and returned safely to its base, Pentagon spokesman George Little said on Thursday. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta were both advised early on about the….

Gaza govt to pay salaries next week
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s minister of finance Zeyad al-Thatha said Thursday that public sector salaries will be paid next week. Government employees will receive October salaries in the coming week, a statement from the minister said, without specifying a day. The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank said on Tuesday….

Hamas MP says Abbas not welcome in Gaza
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas-affiliated MP Yahia Mousa said Wednesday he would not welcome Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip, after the president was reported to have considered a joint visit with the Turkish premier.” No hello, no welcome, no greeting, your visit is refused. Gaza is the house of the revolution and the….

Fatah says Hamas bans Arafat event in Gaza
11/8/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah sources said Thursday that the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip was refusing to allow an anniversary event marking the death of Yasser Arafat. The leadership of Fatah received a notice banning any popular or organizational events to revive the eighth anniversary of Arafat’s death, they said. Events….

Medics: 3 hurt in Hebron accident
11/8/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Three people were injured on Thursday in a car accident in the al-Mahawer area in Hebron in the southern West Bank, medics said. The injuries were described as minor. [END]

Jenin hosts festival for disabled
11/8/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinians in Jenin organized a festival for people with disabilities in Jenin on Thursday. The head of a federation for the disabled, Rafiq Abu Sifin, told Ma’an that the event coincided with World Disability Day and was to bring awareness to the lack of job opportunities. Mahmoud Imour, an….

Baby killed in Ramallah road accident
11/8/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A one-year-old boy was killed on Thursday in a road accident in Ramallah, police said. Haroun Anati was seriously injured bu a car in the Um al-Sharayet neighborhood, and died later in hospital. Police have opened an investigation into the incident. [END]

Activists: Female Palestinian banker killed in Syria
11/8/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Syrian government forces shot dead a Palestinian woman who held a senior position in the Central Bank of Syria, local activists said. Maysa Abu Baker, who was a director at the bank, was shot in a raid on her home, the coordination committee of Yarmouk refugee camp said in a….

Assad says will die in Syria; opposition meets in Doha
11/9/2012 – DOHA (Reuters) — President Bashar Assad scotched any suggestion he might flee Syria and warned that any Western military intervention to topple him would have catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and beyond. Speaking in an interview with Russia Today television to be broadcast Friday, Assad said he did not see the West embarking on a….

Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims
11/8/2012 – ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — The roars celebrating the re-election of US President Barack Obama on television give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief and anger come rushing back. The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing him of his father, three brothers and a nephew, all killed in a US drone aircraft….

Man behind anti-Islam film to return to jail for a year
11/8/2012 – LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The convicted California scam artist behind a crude anti-Islam film that stoked protests against the United States across the Muslim world was sent back to jail for a year on Wednesday over probation violations stemming from his role in the video. In a tightly guarded federal courtroom in Los Angeles, Mark Basseley….

Assad fans vent over Syria at Qatar soccer match
11/8/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria blames the state of Qatar for arming rebels bent on overthrowing President Bashar Assad. Qatar has accused Assad of genocide. On Thursday afternoon, the two countries battled it out on the soccer field.” Our souls, our blood, we sacrifice them for Bashar,” the Syrian fans screamed, waving their national flag, as the….

Analysis: Europe stands by the Syrian people
11/8/2012 – More than 1. 5 million Syrians were unable to spend this year’s Eid al-Adha in their homes. They had to flee their towns and villages because of the brutal conflict in their country. While 1. 2 million are displaced inside Syria, more than 380,000 others had to cross the borders to find security….

Amnesty: Blogger may have been tortured to death in Iran jail
11/8/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — An Iranian man who received death threats due to his anti-government blog died in custody, possibly as a result of torture, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The human rights group and European governments urged Tehran to investigate the death of Sattar Beheshti, 35, who was arrested in his home southwest of the capital….

Palestine News Network

Amnesty: Palestinian Activist Jailed for West Bank Protest Must be Freed
Palestine News Network

Occupation Uproots Almond and Olive Trees from Nahalin Lands, West of Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Forces Fire Mortar Shells East of Khan Younes, Gaza
Palestine News Network

Olmert: Israel Must Reach an Agreement with Palestinians Within Four Years
Palestine News Network

Will Unshackled Politicians Deliver Peace in Palestine?
Palestine News Network

Europe Stands by the Syrian People
Palestine News Network

Princess Basma Jerusalem Center for Disabled Children Opens Department for Children with Autism
Palestine News Network

Britain Condemns ‘Provocative’ Israeli Settlement Construction
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Europe stands by the Syrian people
Relief Web 8 Nov 2012 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Jordan I sincerely hope that you celebrated a peaceful ‘Id al-Adha, and that you could do so with your loved ones at home. More than 1.5 million Syrians were…

The National

Qatari walks away with Dh1m Stars of Science prize
The National 8 Nov 2012 – A Qatari inventor beat 7,000 applicants in the Arab would to walk away with Dh1 million in the Stars of Science show on MBC.

International law needs broader view, says judge at Dubai talk
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Lawyers and international law experts gather at the inaugural lecture for the newly opened Modern International Study Institute in Dubai.

UAE students battle to ‘bring robots to life’
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Nineteen UAE teams will participate in the World Robot Olympiad finals which are being held in Kuala Lumpur this year.

Help for Filipino job-hunters in UAE
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Human resources professionals are in the capital to help Filipino expatriates with job searches.

FNC wants to monitor proposals’ progress
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Members of the FNC say they are left in the dark about progress of proposals made to ministers and federal authorities.

Obama’s re-election poses new problems for Israel’s PM
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Israeli commentators say that Benjamin Netanyahu‘s campaign for a third premiership may be hurt by the victory of Barack Obama, after the Israeli leader had backed the challenger Mitt Romney in the elections.

Syria’s main opposition group shuns women leadership
The National 8 Nov 2012 – The Syrian National Council (SNC) is set to redress the imbalance by appointing four female candidates by decree but the episode in Doha underscored the divisions within the group.

China warned about internal corruption
The National 8 Nov 2012 – China’s outgoing president warned the country’s congress that corruption could cause the collapse of the Communist Party and the fall of the state.

Atlantis sorry for snub on customers in national dress
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Atlantis, The Palm issued an apology after complaints that one of its restaurants was turning away diners in national dress.

New chief to expand Khalifa University into medical school
The National 8 Nov 2012 – Known as an engineering school, Khalifa University is about to expand with the opening of a medical school under the leadership of its new provost.


Explosion on Gaza border injures soldier damages APC
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Lapid: If Israel stands firm, the Palestinians will give up on East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Netanyahu congratulates Obama on re-election
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

IDF gunfire kills Palestinian boy in Gaza clash, say medics
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Shelly Yacimovich: Labor is not a left-wing party
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Attorney general: Decision whether to indict Lieberman within a month
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Tzipi Livni pushing Shimon Peres to run for Israel’s premiership
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Netanyahu disputes claims of perceived pro-Romney bias
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Scientology may be demonized around the world, but in Israel it barely makes waves
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

So sorry, President Obama, please forgive Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Israel, a red spot in a world of Democratic blue
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

3 mortar shells fired from Syria hit Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Peres: Iran’s quest for nuclear arms heralds another Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Report: Turkey and Iran leaders hold unannounced talks on Syria
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

French president Hollande: Netanyahu turned Toulouse memorial into an election rally
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

U.S. Jew who shot Eilat hotel employee killed himself, police probe finds
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2012

Israel nature society petitions Interior Ministry to stop conservation delays
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

European nations slam Israel’s plans to build new housing beyond Green Line
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

IDF tracker jailed for passing intel that helped drug smugglers
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Netanyahu: I’m looking forward to working with Obama
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Britain condemns Israel’s new construction plans beyond the Green Line
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Netanyahu lauds Obama victory: Israel-U.S. ties are stronger than ever
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2012

Israel may expand settlement activity if PA seeks UN upgrade
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Israel releases tenders for 1,285 housing units across Green Line
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Group of Golan Druze comes out in support of anti-Assad uprising
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Senior Israeli ministers to discuss ‘retaliatory actions’ against Palestinians over UN bid
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Israeli cops who botched rape case to receive ‘certificates of appreciation’
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Three IDF soldiers wounded by explosion on Israel-Gaza border
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Israel’s High Court cancels mistaken ruling that banned Palestinian family from its home
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Pentagon says Iranian warplanes fired on US drone over Gulf
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – The US warns Iran it will continue surveillance flights in the region and that the military will protect its assets; Iran claimed to have shot down a US UAV late last year, but the Pentagon said it likely ended up in Iran due to a technical malfunction. 

Observations: Tuning in the signal, tuning out the noise
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Nate Silver projected that Obama would win the popular vote by a slim majority while winning the electoral college handily. 

Savir’s Corner: Escapism and the peace process
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – We have a decade left to prevent the settlers dream come true, or rather the nightmare that awaits us. 

Grassroots kashrut in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – I have a deep sense of the social and spiritual potential in this partnership between Jews, those who keep kosher and those who do not. 

American election reflections
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Is it good for the Jews? As with virtually every issue that impacts upon Jews and the Jewish state, that depends upon whom you ask. 

Palestinian report: IDF kills 13-year-old in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012IDF says it opened fire after finding explosive devices along border fence, is looking into reports of the dead teenager. 

History has taken its course
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – No matter how friendly and moderate our future neighbors may seem, we have learned that the only stable thing in the Middle East is instability. 

Accepting the new reality
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – If he’s chosen to form the next government, our current PM will have to find a way to work with Obama on pressing issues facing Israel. 

One killed, two wounded in Holon ‘gangland hit’
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Two targets of the assassination near Wolfson are known criminals from Jaffa, the third is an innocent bystander. 

PM calls Obama, congratulates him on election
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012Netanyahu tells the US president his re-election is “a vote of confidence in your leadership.” 

Human rights court rejects PETA appeal on Shoah ad
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Germany can ban animal rights group from comparing fate of animals with that of Holocaust victims after high court ruling. 

Sudan warns of ‘painful response’ to factory strike
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir vows to take action against Israel in response to alleged Israeli attack on arms factory. 

Fatah: Oslo Accords will cease to exist after UN bid
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Abbas Zaki says once Palestine becomes a recognized state, they will force int’l community to take legal action against Israel. 

Budget runs out for Holocaust survivors’ expenses
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Funds meant to reimburse survivors for medical bills are suspended due to an overflow of requests, budget shortfalls. 

Orly Benny Davis moves from Senate race to Likud
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – South Carolina Republican hopes to bring open debate and “freedom” to Israeli politics. 

The Weekly Schmooze: Woody Allen’s neurotic R2D2
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – JPost on hottest Jewish news: A frustrating Shabbat with John McCain and a delicious one with Ivanka Trump; play ‘Hipster or Hassid.’ 

UK to reconsider discarded options on Syria
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – British PM David Cameron wants to put options including no-fly zones and arming rebels back on the table. 

The leaked Palestine papers, round two
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Abbas’ efforts on Israeli TV is a case of ‘damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.’ 

8,500-year-old skeletons found in ancient well
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Skeletal remains of a young woman and older man discovered at the bottom of a Neolithic well in the Jezreel Valley. 

Assad: West won’t intervene militarily in Syria
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – In interview with Russia Today, Syrian president says cost of a foreign invasion “would be bigger than the entire world can bear”; rebels hit Assad’s forces in central Damascus. 

Israeli history of the week: Early videotapes
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – JPost special feature: A Library of Congress collection of photographs that document Israel before the creation of the state. 

‘Decision on Liberman indictment likely in 1 month’
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – In response to petition calling for decision on FM charge before elections, state says case complicated, decision coming. 

‘Stray’ Syrian mortars land in Golan Heights
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Home front defense minister says mortars from Syria falling in the Golan Heights have no return address Israel can respond to. 

Ahmadinejad slams West’s democracy as ‘capitalist’
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – Iranian president says election spending has turned democracy “into the rule of a minority over the majority.” 

Peres warns: Iran threatening another Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2012 – At inauguration of Russian Jewish museum in Moscow alongside Russian FM, Peres thanks Russia for defeating Nazis in WWII. 

College campus for haredim draws 1,000 applicants
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Hadassah College’s Strauss Campus will offer ultra-Orthodox students an academic environment tailored to their lifestyle. 

Report: Turkey to ask NATO for Patriot missiles
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – Ankara reportedly wants Patriot missiles deployed along its border with Syria to guard against the spillover of violence. 

Court targets corruption within religious councils
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – A framework for disciplinary procedures for religious councils may be permanently instituted within 3 months. 

Cyclists preparing for 13th Alyn Hospital bikeathon
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2012 – More than 700 bikers set to take part in ‘Wheels of Love,’ which aims to raise NIS 7m. for pediatric rehab hospital. 

Jewish support for Obama slipped, 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. 


Four US-Backed Afghan Police Found Guilty of Rape

Bradley Manning Indicates He Would Accept Responsibility for Transferring Information to WikiLeaks

Urgent Alert: Ayman Sharawni, day 129 to the Hunger Strike is still prevented from seeing PHR Israel’s independent doctor.

Israel demolishes two Palestinian homes in Area C

Napalm in the Morning (Drones in the Afternoon): The Smell of Victory Stirs Progressives to Action

Doing Us Proud: Black America Has Lost Its Moral Compass

Official: Farmer injured by tank fire in central Gaza

Israeli soldiers protect settlers as incursions spread across occupied Palestinian territories

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Turkey Tries IDF Commanders in Absentia

Daily Star

Yemen blast disables SKorea operated oil pipeline
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 An explosion on an oil pipeline in southeastern Yemen on Thursday suspended a South Korean-run operation, which pumps 8,000 barrels of crude per day, energy and security officials said.

Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 A Palestinian teenager died on Thursday after being hit by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter near Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official told AFP.

Egypt arrests militant wanted for Sinai attack
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 Egyptian security forces on Thursday arrested a militant wanted in connection with a deadly attack earlier this year on police and military officers in the restive Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

HRW urges Bahrain to restore citizenship to activists
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 Human Rights Watch Thursday urged Bahrain to retract its decision to revoke the citizenship of 31 Shiites for having “undermined state security”, describing the move as a violation of basic rights.

Three Qaeda suspects killed in Yemen drone strike
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 A drone strike near the Yemeni capital killed three suspected Al-Qaeda members including a militant wanted for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Sanaa, security officials said on Thursday.

26 dead in Syria clashes near Turkey border
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 At least 16 Syrian soldiers and 10 rebels were killed on Thursday in heavy clashes in the northeastern town of Ras al-Ain near the Turkish border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Suicide bomber kills 3 Pakistani troops in Karachi
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into a compound housing a paramilitary force in Pakistan’s largest city on Thursday, killing three officers and wounding 20.

Israel enemy No 1, Sudan’s Bashir says
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 A tired but healthy-looking Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir appeared on television Thursday after a minor operation, calling Israel “enemy number one” in a return to his typical fiery rhetoric.

Video shows woman journalist held by Syria rebels
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva, captured by Syrian rebels on October 9, requested in a video posted online by activists that the Syrian, Ukrainian and Russian authorities meet the demands of her captors.

Syrian president says he will not leave country
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed defiantly to “live and die” in Syria, saying in an interview broadcast that he will never flee his country despite the bloody, 19-month-old uprising against him.

Iraq needs $1 trillion to rebuild: investment head
Daily Star 8 Nov 2012 Iraq needs up to $1 trillion (784 million euros) over the next 10 years to rebuild its crumbling infrastructure and battered economy, its investment chief said in an interview on Thursday.

YNet News

No time to celebrate
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – Analysis: ‘Fiscal cliff,’ Iran crisis and Afghanistan pullout some of burning issues Obama must tackle ….

Barak: Israel will contemplate how to react to Gaza attack
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Sudan’s Bashir: Israel is enemy no. 1
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – President Bashir promises Sudan’s response to Khartoum arms factory bombing will be ‘painful’, says country is trying to obtain technology to mount identical strike against Israel ….

Olmert: I’ll be ‘very involved’ in replacing current gov’t 
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Barak to interview Russo for role of deputy chief of staff
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – ….

IDF: One of shells found in Golan a Syrian tank shell 
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Obama to visit Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand
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Peres pushes Putin on Iran nuclear issue
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – President reminds Putin that Russia pledged to safeguard Israel’s security after meeting at Kremlin ….

Report: Palestinian, 13, killed by IDF fire
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – Gaza officials claim teen was shot near Khan Younis during fire exchanges between IDF, PRC terrorists. Meanwhile, Gaza vicinity residents protest in Tel Aviv ….

PM congratulates Obama, pledges continued partnership 
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012Netanyahu congratulates US president on his reelection, says looking forward to ‘advancing peace and security in the region’ ….

Girl knocks racial exclusion in city booklet
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – Young girl sends letter to Rishon Lezion mayor complaining about booklet that features only fair-skinned children; Mayor complies: ‘She’s right’ ….

Syrian collision course
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – Analysis: As Assad regime grows more desperate, prospects for provocative attack against Israel will only increase ….

State doubts relocation of Ulpana homes will work
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – After millions of shekels were invested in dismantling of evacuated homes, State motions court to postpone project’s deadline, admits homes might not be fit for accommodation ….

Netanyahu gambled, we’ll pay
YNet News, 8 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Unlike Turkish vengeance, American vengeance develops slowly until it reaches breaking point ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers raid southern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided an area near to Qarara town to the east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza at dawn Thursday, media sources reported.

Israeli troops attack Hares villagers, raze two of their homes
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed on Wednesday morning with their bulldozers and armored vehicles the Bedouin village of Hares northwest of Salfit city and demolished two Palestinian homes.

PA arrests five Hamas supporters, wait for release of another from Israeli jail
PIC – Palestinian Authority’s security apparatuses rounded up five Hamas supporters in the West Bank over the past 24 hours and threatened the detention of an entire family.

Wife of PLC speaker dies
PIC – The wife of Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council, died on Wednesday night in Al-Khalil from a chronic disease.

012 saw a rise in Israel’s settlement activities
PIC – Specialist in settlement affairs Ahmed Sablaban said that the current year has seen a rise in Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in Jerusalem.

Doctor arrested from his clinic in Jerusalem
PIC – The occupation forces arrested on Thursday a Palestinian doctor from his clinic in al-Sahira Gate in occupied Jerusalem.

Al-Khalil: Eight villages threatened with demolition
PIC – A second Palestinian Nakba is planned to be implemented by demolishing eight villages in southern al-Khalil district and displacing hundreds of their residents by the IOF under flimsy pretexts.

American activist praises the trial of Israeli leaders in Turkey
PIC – An American solidarity activist praised the prosecution of Israeli military leaders in Turkish courts, saying it was the first time Israeli leaders were prosecuted for their actions.

Two Arab delegations reach Gaza
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, received head of the al-Asala Tunisian party, where he praised Tunisia and its historic role in supporting the Palestinian cause.. 

UN accuses Israel of hindering its reconstruction efforts in Gaza
PIC – The UN accused Israel of obstructing its efforts to rebuild the Gaza Strip and demanded it to end its blockade on the besieged enclave, according to its radio.


Israelis Want Palestinians to Remove Power Grid near Bethlehem
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Hebron Highest in Number of Establishments, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Spain Condemns New Israeli Settlement Tenders
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Abbas Sends Condolences to Parliament Speaker
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

New East Jerusalem Autism Center Inaugurated
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to Visit Palestine
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Army Demolishes Houses in South Hebron Hills
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

France Condemns New Israeli Settlement Tenders
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Israeli Forces Cut down Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

Armed Settlers Attack Farmers near Hebron
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

UN Bid Does not Contradict with 2-State Solutionþ, says Official
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012

7 Injured during Confrontations in Silwan Area
WAFA – 8 Nov 2012


Syria rebels appear to be shifting strategy in Damascus
LA Times 7 Nov 2012 – Bombings and assassinations seem to be less about holding territory than making guerrilla-style strikes, some of which have caused civilian casualties. BEIRUT — Syria‘s armed opposition, driven back from Damascus in a fierce government counteroffensive last summer, appears to be responding with a revamped strategy…

Obama faces new Mideast challenges in his second term
LA Times 7 Nov 2012 – In a region reshaped by the ‘Arab Spring,’ the U.S. faces changing alliances and an aggressive political Islam, along with the tinderbox that is Iran. CAIRO — President Obama faces a more volatile Middle East than the one he brought a sense of promise to…

Pentagon Says Iran Fired at Surveillance Drone Last Week
New York Times 8 Nov 2012 – While the unmanned American military drone was not hit, the incident prompted a strong protest to Tehran.

Bashar al-Assad Warns Against Foreign Intervention in Syria
New York Times 8 Nov 2012 – The comments came as the Syrian opposition was locked in extended bartering Thursday over the creation of a more diverse yet unified umbrella organization.

Errant Artillery Fire From Syria War Hits Golan Heights Again
New York Times 8 Nov 2012 – Stray mortar rounds and a tank shell caused no injuries or damage, but the United Nations has warned that such violence could jeopardize the cease-fire between Israel and Syria.

Bahrain Revokes Citizenship of 31 Men in Bid to Quell Dissidents
New York Times 8 Nov 2012 – The government cited security concerns for its actions; the list included exiled political activists and former opposition members of Parliament.

Turkey May Deploy Patriot Missiles Near Syria
New York Times 8 Nov 2012 – The move would effectively create a no-fly zone that could help safeguard refugees and give rebel fighters a portion of Syrian territory without fear of crippling airstrikes by Syrian forces.

Israel, Greece, Cyprus mull energy corridor
Globes Energy & Water – The object is to facilitate future gas exports to Greece from Israeli and Cypriot reserves.

Delek US reports higher profits on flat revenue 
Globes Energy & Water – Delek US posted a net profit of $100.3 million on $2.24 billion revenue for the third quarter.

NSAI advises drilling deeper into Myra and Sarah 
Globes Energy & Water – NSAI tells ILDC Energy and Modiin Energy they did not drill deep enough to prospective Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoirs.

“Israel-US economic ties growing at dizzying pace”
Globes Main News – Ambassador to US Michael Oren: At a time when the US is outsourcing countless jobs to China, Israel is outsourcing to the US.

Galia Maor approached to chair Mizrahi Tefahot
Globes Main News – The bank’s controlling shareholders want Maor to succeed Jacob Perry.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 down 0.7% on week
Globes Main News – EZchip rose strongly despite reporting poor results, and Bezeq fell back on the day’s biggest turnover, after reporting its financials.

Pluristem “miracle cure” girl died; investors not told
Globes Main News – “Bloomberg” reports that the information was not made public until after the company’s secondary offering.

PhotoMedex sees fall in revenue in Q4
Globes Main News – Skin care products company PhotoMedex published strong financials for the third quarter of 2012.

Consumer confidence rebounds 
Globes Macro Economics – The Consumer Confidence Index rose sharply in October 2012, returning to its level of June.

Median wage NIS 2,400 less than average wage 
Globes Macro Economics – The median gross salary of Israelis was NIS 6,655 in August, compared with the average national gross salary of NIS 9,000.

Elbit Systems sues gov’t over cancelled export license 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – In December 2011, the Defense Ministry ordered Elbit Systems and IAI to cancel a Turkish Air Force contract.

Bibi and Barak Recount in TV Documentary Taking Israel to Brink of War with Iran
Tikun Olam – Ilana Dayan has produced yet another dramatic segment for the Israeli 60 Minutes -like news magazine, Uvdah .  It deals with the history of Israel’s covert war against Iran.  More specifically it recounts a pivotal security cabinet meeting which took place in 2010, at which Prime…

012: the Biggest Loser(s)
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. One of the most unconventional things I…

Rabbi Margaret Holub, new co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace is proud to announce that Rabbi Margaret Holub will be joining Rabbi Brant Rosen as the co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. Rabbi Holub has been the rabbi of the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community since 1989. She was ordained…

Palestinians circulate draft resolution at UN as Barak implores US to help Israel delay bid
Mondoweiss – Cat’s coming out of the bag on what’s really on the minds of certain people after the U.S. election and it sure as heck isn’t Iran. Defense Minister Ehud Barak (Photo: Marc Sellem/JPost) Yep, now that the US election is over key political figures in Israel…

Mr. Adelson, how do you think your money was spent?
Mondoweiss – Check out this video from the Norweigian newspaper Dagbladet . Doesn’t seem we can embed it on the site, but it shows a reporter from the paper asking Sheldon Adelson at the how he thinks his donations to the Romney campaign were spent. Adelson answers: By paying…

‘Any American, whether Obama or Mitt Romney, is cruel’: Pakistani drone victims respond to the US election
Mondoweiss – From the Reuters article ” Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims “: The roars celebrating the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama on television give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief and anger come rushing back. The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing…

California student groups blast ‘abuse’ of civil rights law to ‘silence’ Palestine solidarity in letter to civil rights commission
Mondoweiss – A mock separation wall put up by a Students for Justice in Palestine group at an Illinois college campus (Photo: Benchilada/Flickr) A group of Muslim and Palestine solidarity groups from California colleges have sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ahead of a…

Video: Children in Nabi Saleh stand up to Israeli military
Mondoweiss – link to www.aljazeera.com link to forward.com link to www.aljazeera.com link to www.ynetnews.com link topalsolidarity.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to palsolidarity.org link topalsolidarity.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.haaretz.com link to www.imemc.org link to silwanic.net link to silwanic.netlink…

Bibi Vows Cooperation in Call to Obama 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2012 – Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Barack Obama to congratulate him on his re-election on Thursday, after critics accused the Israeli prime minister of backing Mitt Romney and jeopardising ties with Washington. Click here for the rest of the article…

Window for Iran Deal Opens After Obama Win 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2012 – The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama could create an opportunity for new negotiations with Iran on its nuclear programme as sanctions pile economic pressure on its theocratic leaders. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Teams Aid Ghana Mall Collapse Effort 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2012 – A team of Israeli experts was due to arrive in the West African nation on Thursday to assist a search for remaining survivors as rescue workers said they feared their condition was quickly deteriorating. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Turkish Prime Minister Visits Egypt Soon 
allAfrica.com 8 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]A treaty of Brotherhood and Cooperation was signed on Tuesday between Ali Abdel-Rahman, Governor of Giza and Kadir Topba?, Mayor of Istanbul, reported the Middle East News Agency.

Cindy Corrie Co-leads Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to Gaza 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Nov 2012GAZA STRIP – Voices of Conscience Delegation Arrives November 5, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 21 member delegation to the Gaza Strip passed safely through the Rafah Crossing Monday morning and is now safely in the Gaza Strip. Interfaith Peace-Builders…

Cindy Corrie Co-leads Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation to the West Bank 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Nov 2012 – WEST BANK – 2012 Olive Harvest Delegation Arrives in Palestine/Israel October 23, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 32 member delegation to Palestine/Israel arrived at Ben-Gurion airport Monday morning and is now safely in Jerusalem. The purpose of this delegation, the…

Red Cross ‘cannot cope’ in Syria 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – The Red Cross says it cannot cope with the worsening situation in Syria, as opposition groups debate plans to unite under a new leadership.

Israeli fire ‘kills Palestinian’ 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – A Palestinian boy has been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources say, and Israel says it is checking the report.

Iranian jets ‘fired on US drone’ 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – The Pentagon accuses Iran of firing on a US drone carrying out a routine mission in international air space over the Gulf.

New York Times Opposes Palestinian Self-Determination 
Sabbah report 8 Nov 2012 – The NYT rejects Palestinian statehood. It does so by ignoring what’s existed for 24 years. Dismissiveness defines longstanding editorial policy. Palestinians have no friend in Times Square. New York Times Opposes Palestinian Self-Determination was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through…

Israel: Guaranteed US Election Winner 
Sabbah report 8 Nov 2012 – The major bankrollers on both sides of the US election share one thing in common – a special affinity to Israel . This ensures that irrespective of the victor, an Israel-first financier will have special access to the resident of the White House. Israel: Guaranteed US Election…

Israeli hypocrisy at Mavi Marmara trial 
Sabbah report 8 Nov 2012 – Israeli embassy officials continued to insult the dead by pouring scorn on the trial and calling it a “unilateral political act with no judicial credibility” because the four accused were being tried in absentia. Perhaps Ashkenazi, Marom, Yadlin and Levy should man up and travel to…

Obama’s Victory Shocked Israel. Will MOSSAD Assassinate Obama
Sabbah report 8 Nov 2012 – Following Obama’s victory, Mossad opened on the same day a recruiting campaign over the internet. Its ads appeared next to pictures illustrating the victory, creating an eerie image. Is Mossad about to gear up sinister old plans for a presidential assassination? Obama’s Victory Shocked Israel. Will…

Islamo-Bolivarianism: The Green-and-Red Menace in Latin America 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Nov 2012 – Handout picture released by the Presidency of Venezuela showing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pointing at a map of South America during his TV program at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, on 5 November 2011. (Photo: AFP – Presidencia) Handout picture released by the Presidency of…

Syrian rebels and army clash in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – A Syrian woman and her son walk in an alley in the old city of Damascus on 8 November 2012, as the Syrian capital, long spared by the violence that has engulfed the rest of the country, is now submerged in the war between government and…

Young Gazan killed during Israeli raid 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – A young teenager was killed during an Israeli air strike in Gaza on Thursday, according to Ma’an News Agency. Gazan medical spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that the boy was killed by machine gun fire, either from tanks or helicopters that took part in a raid targeting…

Bahrainis face loss of rights, deportation after citizenship revocations 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – A protester holds up a picture of Shia scholar Isa Qassim during an anti-government protest in the village of Diraz, west of Manama, November 2, 2012. Dozens of demonstrators took to the streets defying a ban on all rallies and gatherings made earlier this month. (Photo:…

On a Whim, Lebanese Singer Seeks MP Seat 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – Saqr is fed up with the political situation in this country. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Saqr is fed up with the political situation in this country. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Lebanese singer Carol Saqr has put herself forward as a candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Related Articles: Fadl Shaker:…

At Root of Kurdish Hunger Strikes, Decades of Struggle 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – Kurds residing in Lebanon hold portraits of jailed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, during a demonstration in Beirut on 9 September 2012 (AFP – Anwar Amro) Kurds residing in Lebanon hold portraits of jailed Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, during a demonstration…

Coptic pope renews religious ban on visits to Jerusalem 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2012 – The newly-selected 118th pope of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II, here pictured on 5 November 2012, has said he will continue to discourage Copt visits to Jerusalem. (Reuters- Mohamed Abd El Ghany) The newly elected Coptic pope has said he will uphold his predecessor’s…

How Qatar Became a Francophone Country 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Nov 2012 – David Goncalves of France competes in the first FlyBoard World Cup qualifications in the Qatari capital Doha on 19 October 2012. (Photo: AFP – Karim Jaafar) David Goncalves of France competes in the first FlyBoard World Cup qualifications in the Qatari capital Doha on 19 October…

War Comes to Damascus 
Al-Akhbar Politics 8 Nov 2012 – A Syrian woman and her son walk in an alley in the old city of Damascus on 8 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) A Syrian woman and her son walk in an alley in the old city of Damascus on 8 November 2012. (Photo:…

March 8 Capitulates on the Propaganda Front 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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)…

Red Cross ‘cannot cope’ in Syria 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – The Red Cross says it cannot cope with the worsening situation in Syria, as opposition groups debate plans to unite under a new leadership.

Israeli fire ‘kills Palestinian’ 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – A Palestinian boy has been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources say, and Israel says it is checking the report.

Iranian jets ‘fired on US drone’ 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – The Pentagon accuses Iran of firing on a US drone carrying out a routine mission in international air space over the Gulf.

Iranian blogger dies after arrest 
BBC 8 Nov 2012 – An Iranian blogger dies days after being detained by police for “actions against national security on social networks”, his family says.


Impressions of Gaza 
Noam Chomsky, Israeli Occupation Archive 11/7/2012
      Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force. And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to begin to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where a million and a half people, in the most densely populated area of the world, are constantly subject to random and often savage terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade, and with the further goal of ensuring that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement that will grant these rights will be nullified.
     The intensity of this commitment on the part of the Israeli political leadership has been dramatically illustrated just in the past few days, as they warn that they will “go crazy” if Palestinian rights are given limited recognition at the UN. That is not a new departure. The threat to “go crazy” (“nishtagea”) is deeply rooted, back to the Labor governments of the 1950s, along with the related “Samson Complex”: we will bring down the Temple walls if crossed. It was an idle threat then; not today.
     The purposeful humiliation is also not new, though it constantly takes new forms. Thirty years ago political leaders, including some of the most noted hawks, submitted to Prime Minister Begin a shocking and detailed account of how settlers regularly abuse Palestinians in the most depraved manner and with total impunity. The prominent military-political analyst Yoram Peri wrote with disgust that the army’s task is not to defend the state, but “to demolish the rights of innocent people just because they are Araboushim (“niggers,” “kikes”) living in territories that God promised to us.”
     Gazans have been selected for particularly cruel punishment. It is almost miraculous that people can sustain such an existence. How they do so was described thirty years ago in an eloquent memoir by Raja Shehadeh (The Third Way), based on his work as a lawyer engaged in the hopeless task of trying to protect elementary rights within a legal system designed to ensure failure….more.. e-mail

No Show Trial for Israel in Turkey 
Yvonne Ridley, Istanbul, CounterPunch 11/8/2012
      The Mavi Marmara Case
     Israel squirms and wriggles like a worm on a fishhook over the Turkish trial into the deaths of nine unarmed humanitarian aid volunteers on board a ship bound for Gaza.
     Tel Aviv has called the hearing in Istanbul a “show trial” with no legal foundation or meaning at all since, rather predictably, the four military commanders at the centre of the brutal air and seaborne assault are being tried in absentia.
     In a 144-page indictment, the four stand accused of inciting murder and injury, and prosecutors are seeking multiple life sentences for the top brass group which includes the former Israeli military chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi.
     I sat and listened in a hushed courtroom as the trial opened on the first day with a number of survivors recounting the military assault on their aid flotilla in May 2010 bound for besieged Gaza.
     They came from around the world and included a former US Army colonel, journalists and peace activists who witnessed the massacre onboard the Mavi Marmara.
     They told how live ammunition was fired at them killing nine and injuring countless more; how hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, laptops, credit cards and other valuables were stolen never to be seen again.
     Aid collected and organised by the internationally renowned and respected Turkish charity IHH simply disappeared and most was never recovered.
     Their stories and graphic recollections could have come from the pages of an action-packed thriller about piracy on the high seas, but the pirates were Israelis and the international waters were the Mediterranean. more.. e-mail

Palestinian protesters harassed, beaten by Abbas supporters in Jerusalem 
Budour Youssef Hassan, Jerusalem, Electronic Intifada 11/7/2012
      Palestinian youth groups in Jerusalem called for a march from the Old City’s Damascus Gate on 5 November in protest of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ interview with Israeli Channel Two in which he renounced his right of return to Safad, his ethnically cleansed hometown in northern historic Palestine.
     The march was scheduled to begin at 5pm but was marred by attacks on protesters by pro-Abbas thugs. Damascus Gate has seen some of the most vicious attacks by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian demonstrators this year, but this time around it was Palestinians who attacked fellow Palestinians and harassed them as surrounding Israeli soldiers gleefully watched the spectacle.
     I made it to the spot where the protest was supposed to begin with my friend, Amany Khalifa, who was impressed by the turnout. “It seems like this is going to be a large protest. Who knows, perhaps Abbas’ statements will kindle an uprising at last,” she said.
     But as soon as we got down to where the crowd was gathering, we were shocked to find out that those were not protesters but instead pro-Abbas thugs who were trying to disperse the protest and intimidate journalists (a video posted on YouTube shows the scene). “National unity”
     “Leave now, we will not allow this protest to happen,” shouted one Abbas supporter. A Palestinian photographer who was taking pictures was beaten by pro-Fatah thugs (their chants made clear their affiliation to the Fatah party, which controls the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority) who also injured another protester. more.. e-mail

Argo: From Hollywoodism to Iranophobia
Dissident Voice: 8 Nov 2012 – In recent years, Iranophobia has come to encompass a wider scope of media including cinema which is incontestably capable of exercising a more powerful effect on manipulating the audience. Along the recent Iranophobic attempts comes Argo (2012), a ‘nail-biting thriller’ which according to David Haglund , takes a few liberties with the history. A few liberties, indeed! The false façade of the movie and the glorification of CIA agent Antonio Mendez (the hero, played by Ben Affleck), in particular, and the intelligence apparat, in general, in smuggling the escapees out of Tehran gives a flimsily larger-than-life flair to the movie on the one hand and a too-good-to-be-true feeling to the multitude of audience whose minds have already been hijacked by western media about Iran. In its crude manner, the movie attempts to describe Iranians as overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical while at the same, the CIA agents are represented as heroically…more

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