VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 12 November 2012: John Glaser: Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It

12 November 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Racist graffiti, arson by Israeli settlers in Bethlehem
IMEMC – A group of right-wing Israeli settlers tried to set fire to a Palestinian home near Bethlehem Sunday night, and spraypainted racist graffiti on the home and nearby structures. …

Israel To Build 538 Units In Itamar Settlement
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, approved last September a plan to construct additional 538 units in the Itamar illegal Israeli settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The new plan is meant at doubling the size of the settlement. …

Abbas Declines U.S. Request Not To Head To UN
IMEMC – Palestinian political sources stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, declined a request made by U.S. President re-elect Barack Obama, asking him to refrain from heading to the United Nations this month to asking for upgrading the Palestinian status to an observer state, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. …

Large Scale Israeli Offensive On Gaza Likely
IMEMC – Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is preparing the international public opinion for a large-scale military offensive against the Gaza Strip, adding that it seems that Netanyahu has already decided to conduct a large ground offensive against the coastal region. …

Ma’an News

Israel launches multiple airstrikes on Gaza, no injuries
11/12/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel launched multiple airstrikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, with no injuries reported, Ma’an’s correspondent and the Israeli army said. Fighter jets targeted two open areas in the northern Gaza Strip and a third strike landed in another open area near Rafah, Ma’an….

Army: 11 rockets fired at southern Israel
11/12/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Eleven rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza on Monday morning, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokesman said that a rocket hit the city of Netivot at around 7 a. m. , causing material damage to a home. In the past four hours 10 rockets have been fired….

Israel returns fire as Syria shell lands in Golan Heights
11/12/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Syrian mortar shell landed in the Golan Heights on Monday as fighting from Syria spilled into the Israeli-occupied territory for the third time in five days, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokesman said Israeli forces fired tank shells after the mortar bomb exploded in a central area….

Hamas complains to UN over Israeli attacks
11/12/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government has filed a complaint to the UN against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a spokesman said. Taher al-Nunu said government called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to pressure Israel to stop its attacks on civilians in Gaza. Israeli tanks shelled Gaza City on Saturday killing….

Medical official: 2-year-old killed in Gaza house fire
11/12/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A toddler was killed and two other people wounded in a house fire on Sunday in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of Gaza’s health ministry, told Ma’an that Ashraf Shadi Kali, 2, died and his father and one-year….

Abbas to attend Arab League committee meeting in Cairo
11/12/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will attend a Cairo meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Committee on Monday, the official news agency Wafa reported. Qatar’s prime minister and foreign minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by Arab League Secretary General Nabil….

Abbas tells Obama he’ll seek Palestinian UN upgrade
11/12/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas told President Barack Obama on Sunday he was intent on pressing ahead with a Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition as a non-member state, despite the US leader’s objections. Abbas explained his decision to Obama in a phone conversation, according to Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rudaineh. Continued defiance….

EU donates 19 million euros to help PA pay salaries
11/12/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The European Union, Sweden and the Netherlands donated €19 million ($24 million) to the Palestinian Authority on Monday to help pay October salaries and pensions of around 84,200 civil servants, official new agency Wafa reported.” The European Union is aware of how deep and complex the PA‘s recent….

Fatah leader discounts Israeli sanctions threat
11/12/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) – Israel will not carry out its threat of financial sanctions if Palestinians achieve a statehood upgrade at the United Nations, a Fatah leader predicted on Monday. Mohammad Shtayyeh said Israel had no interest in bringing about the collapse of the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which administers parts of the occupied West Bank.” In my….

Gaza factions meet over Israeli threats
11/12/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian factions met on Monday in Gaza City to discuss Israeli attacks and threats of a wider operation in the enclave. Hamas called the meeting to try and avoid further casualties after Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in Gaza since Saturday, said Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader….

Fatah: Gaza escalation aims to thwart UN bid
11/12/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel is using the escalation in Gaza to try and thwart the PLO’s bid for state membership of the UN, a senior Fatah official said Monday. Jamal Nazzal, a member of Fatah’s revolutionary council, said Israel was trying to hold the Palestinian Authority responsible for rockets fired….

Sinai Bedouin plan day of protests
11/12/2012EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Bedouin tribes are planning a day of anti-government protests on Nov. 20 across the Sinai Peninsula, a tribal leader said Monday. A head of the Tarabin tribe told Ma’an that Bedouin planned the “day of rage” because the Egyptian government has failed to implement post-revolutionary promises to reduce sentences….

Activists: 7 Palestinians killed in Damascus camp
11/12/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinian refugees were killed Monday in a refugee camp in Damascus, the Yarmouk coordination committee said. The committee said forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad shelled al-Tadamon neighborhood, causing a huge fire on Palestine Street. Free Syrian Army rebels destroyed an army tank on the same street, the….

US wins re-election to UN Human Rights Council
11/12/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United States succeeded on Monday in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term in the United Nations’ Geneva-based rights watchdog. The 193-nation UN General Assembly also elected 17 other countries for terms beginning in January. The United States won the….

Syrian jets, helicopters hit rebel town near Turkey
11/12/2012 – CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) — Syrian warplanes tore along the Turkish frontier on Monday and bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain just meters inside the border, sending scores of civilians scrambling for safety into Turkey. The Local Coordination Committees, a Syrian grassroots opposition group, said 16 people had died in the air strikes. The pro-opposition Syrian….

Gulf Arab states recognize Syrian opposition coalition
11/12/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The Gulf Cooperation Council said on Monday it will recognize Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Syrian opposition groups struck a deal in Doha on Sunday to form a broad coalition to overthrow President Bashar Assad.” The GCC declares its recognition of the Syrian….

Aljazeera

Gaza groups offer conditional truce to Israel
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2012 – Palestinian armed groups in Gaza say they are ready for a ceasefire if Israel “stops its aggression”.

Palestinian UN bid to proceed despite US plea
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2012 – Palestinian leadership decides to defy plea from US president and moves forward with a bid for elevated status at UNGA.

Arafat’s tomb exhumation set to commence
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2012 – Deceased Palestinian president’s Ramallah burial site closed to public, as experts prepare for forensic examination.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Cancel Visits to Gaza Prisoners this week
Palestine News Network

UFree Participates in Tunisia Int. Conference to Support Palestinian Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Settlers Attempt to Burn a House in al-Manshiyah Village, South of Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Escalation on The Israel-Gaza Border Enters its Third Day
Palestine News Network

Ehud Barak Approves Plan to Build 500 New Housing Units in Itamar Settlement
Palestine News Network

Abbas to Meet Morsi in Light of Escalation in the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

PCBS Announces Preliminary Results of the Establishment Census in The Palestinian Territory
Palestine News Network

18 Educational and Civil Facilities in Bethlehem and Hebron Governorates are Adapted for the Handicapped
Palestine News Network

Ashton Concerned About the Latest Violence between Gaza and Israel
Palestine News Network

MENA Geothermal Installs the Largest Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in the Entire Middles East and North Africa r…
Palestine News Network

Just Visiting: What Mahmoud Abbas is Really Saying, the Palestinian Right of Return
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic (the): New Syria opposition bloc wins Gulf, Arab recognition
Relief Web 12 Nov 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) 11/12/2012 22:05 GMT by Murad Murad CAIRO, Nov 12, 2012 (AFP) – The six Gulf states recognised a newly formed opposition bloc as the Syrian people’s legitimate representative on Monday, as border…

The National

UAE scientist hopes to treat polluted water with bacteria in sludge
The National 12 Nov 2012 – Can bacteria living in petrol sludge help create innovative water treatment techniques? One UAE researcher hopes to find the answer.

UAE enacts new internet law to combat cyber crime
The National 12 Nov 2012 – For the first time, the full range of offences that can be committed using the internet has been codified, along with the sentences for those found guilty.

UAE ranked top in Mena cybersecurity infrastructure, report shows
The National 12 Nov 2012 – In the past two years, no less than five complex cyber attacks have affected critical national infrastructure sites around the Gulf, according to a defence and security expert.

FNC defends its role in the face of critics
The National 12 Nov 2012 – Members of the FNC defend their work as critics question if there is a point in having the council.

UAE elected to UN human rights council
The National 12 Nov 2012 – The UAE has secured a three-year term on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Syrian Armenians: ‘Our enemy’s flag made us happy, but ashamed’
The National 12 Nov 2012 – Many of the 6,000 Syrian Armenian refugees who have fled Syria for Armenia blame the conflict on ‘a foreign conspiracy’ and still express support for Bashar Al Assad.

Don’t hire our maids if you can’t pay, Philippine ambassador tells UAE
The National 12 Nov 2012 – The Philippine ambassador to the UAE makes a plea to employers flouting the minimum wage requirement, ‘Please respect our laws.’

Syria’s new opposition ‘must bring armed groups under control’
The National 12 Nov 2012 – The newly formed Syrian National Coalition (SNC) will now seek recognition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people on the international stage to further isolate the government of Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian president.

BBC head of news and deputy step aside amid scandal fallout
The National 12 Nov 2012 – Move comes as director’s Dh2.6m payoff is criticised

Ha’aretz

Between violence on Gaza border and Syria tensions, Israel mulls next move
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Palestinian militants agree to Gaza truce if Israel ends all military operations
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Livni, Olmert expected to decide within days on political futures
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Netanyahu says Israel to determine if Syrian mortar fire was intentional
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Palestinian militant groups to meet in Gaza amid escalation with Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Netanyahu’s government has quietly doubled funding for settlements, says finance minister
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Israel will not accept reality of Gaza rocket fire, Netanyahu says
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

MK Kirshenbaum: Arabs are an economic burden on Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

IDF reports ‘direct hit’ on Syria target, after errant shell lands in Israel
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

IDF and U.S. Army launch four Patriot missiles as part of mass joint drill
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Gaza rocket hits yard of Israeli house, as violence enters third day
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Israel will avoid Gaza war but may mull Hamas assassinations
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens to be given work permits
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Haaretz Fact Checking / Bennett gets his kingdoms wrong, Maoz his empires
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Israeli researchers break new ground in study linking herpes to brain damage
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

From carrier pigeons to text-messaging pelicans
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Unemployment rates equal among Ultra-Orthodox and uneducated secular Israelis
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Barak approves plans to build 500 new homes in West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Labor candidates in hot water for misusing membership rolls
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

New faces and old shine in Meretz primary
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Israeli Court: Genetic test not needed in surrogacy cases abroad
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

JFNA sets ambitious goal: Let’s change the world
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America opens in Baltimore with an ambitious theme. 

Israel Police to tackle cyber crime with new unit
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Sixty-person unit will be funded by Treasury; Police inspector identifies cyber crime as issue that threatens whole world. 

Draft reform advocates angry over haredi delay
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – In response to High Court petition, Defense Ministry says state is in compliance with law, is moving to draft yeshiva students. 

Egyptian Salafi urges demolition of Sphinx, pyramids
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Radical jihadist leader with Taliban links also connected to destruction of Buddha status in Afghanistan. 

US welcomes reelection to Human Rights Council
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Hillary Clinton pledges US support to combat panel’s anti-Israel activity; UN ambassador says HRC delivered “real results.” 

Arab League recognizes new Syrian opposition bloc
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Leaders of bloc seek int’l recognition as some Arab states still reluctant to completely abandon Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

EU ban on Hezbollah may hinge on Burgas bombing
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – French ambassador tells ‘Post’: Blacklisting Hezbollah’s military wing rests on outcome of Bulgaria suicide bombing inquiry. 

‘Abbas confirms statehood bid to Arab League chief’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012PA president tells Nabil al-Arabi, foreign ministers in Cairo the Palestinians will go forward with UN bid, Al Arabiya reports. 

‘Only the holy men protect us here’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Yakov Zagari’s house, which is well within rocket range of Gaza, has a wood and tile roof and no safe room. 

Salafi group claims responsibility for rocket fire
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Al-Qaida-like group Mujahideen Shura Council of J’lem publish statements on jihadist forums claiming responsibility for attacks. 

Israel considering military response to Gaza rockets
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – IAF strikes three terror targets in Gaza overnight in response to 20 rockets fired into Israel throughout the day, injuring four people; Hamas declare cease-fire on condition of cessation of “Israeli aggression.” 

Explaining Gaza
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Before a military operation in Gaza is launched – if it is launched at all – Israel should make an effort to explain itself to the international community. 

Obama’s dilemma: Egypt is looking more like Pakistan
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – The extremists and poor state leadership seem to endlessly repress progress, no matter what it takes. 

Living under Hamas’s rockets
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Spare them your praises about how “resilient” southern cities are – it’s time to close your mouths and open your pockets. 

‘Our biggest problem is apathy, not anti-Semitism’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Consul-General to NY Ido Aharoni tells Jewish Federations General Assembly that Israel must focus on relationship-building. 

Borderline Views: The ‘Yid’ army
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Anti-Semitism is a real and renaissant problem in parts of Europe. It has to be combated in every possible way, both by community representatives and by the police authorities. 

Encountering Peace: Message to Hamas, Israel leaders
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – If Hamas would stop smuggling weapons and focus on building rather than destroying we could speak about a port in Gaza, and reopening the passage to the West Bank. 

Managing Israel’s psychiatric hospitals
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Until Israel takes its place alongside other progressive countries and commits to a national policy of community-based living for everyone, we should all have a hard time sleeping. 

Petraeus: Did a great man have to fall?
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – The lesson for the rest of us mere mortals is that if someone with the iron discipline of General Petraeus can err this big, we all need to be on our guard. 

Turkey and Israel
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – It is essential for Turkey and Israel to act together if the problems in the Middle East are to be eliminated. 

A fissure among Syrian Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Where does UNRWA come in, and where do the fragmented interests of Palestinian militant anti-Zionism fall? 

Hacker arrested for hacking Iranian, Israeli sites
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Iranian cyber police arrest man on charges of hacking domestic and foreign sites; Hacker wanted to expose Israeli cyber weakness. 

Nasrallah: Gaza violence a test for ‘Arab Spring’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Hezbollah chief lauds drone launch last month as proof of the Lebanese group’s deterrence capabilities. 

012
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Sheldon Adelson, Olympian Aly Raisman, composer Philip Glass and HBO star Lena Dunham top the list of influential US Jews. 

New inconsistencies found in Holyland case
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – State witness caught on contradictions in allegations of bribing former J’lem mayor Lupolianski, scale of alleged fraud. 

PA denounces sanction threats over UN bid
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Fatah official: Palestinians should not be punished for a “peaceful and legitimate step”; Abbas heads to Saudi Arabia to promote bid. 

Livni to decide on political future in 2-3 days
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Former Kadima leader says her decision will depend on whether former prime minister Ehud Olmert decides to run. 

Temple Mount: The ordinary made holy
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Sites and Insights: It’s amazing that most important religious site was for centuries a mere elevated hill where farmers threshed wheat. 

Israel hits ‘source’ of second Syrian mortar shell
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – For second day in a row, Israel responds to Syrian shells, this time hitting two Syrian mortar launchers. 

NATO chief: Alliance will defend Turkey over Syria
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Secretary General Rasmussen says NATO “will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey”; welcomes Syrian opposition unity. 

Bahrain’s Hezbollah boogeyman
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – The Gulf state is blaming wider terrorism networks in order to cover up local opposition. 

Alternatively Speaking: Mother’s little helper
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Can you suggest any herbal earache solutions for a toddler? 

Libya lurches toward democracy?
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Parliament failing to choose new government as world focuses on attack on US embassy in Benghazi. 

500 rabbis urge Cuba to release Alan Gross
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Citing possibility that jailed American-Jew has cancer, rabbis request early release for Gross, serving a 15-year sentence. 

Russian Orthodox patriarch meets Edelstein
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – Kirill arrived in Israel as part of a world tour promoting his book, will visit various Christian sites in the country. 

PM calls for tax measures to attract skilled expats
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – Netanyahu tells cabinet economic crisis facing Western nations presents opportunity for Israel to strengthen its workforce. 

NGO calls for accessible voting for the blind
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – Access Israel pushes Central Elections Committee to implement 8-year-old decision to make voting more accessible. 

Alleged security guard murder accomplices get bail
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – Central District Court releases on bail accomplices of Kfar Kasim resident accused of murdering Lior Farhi. 

Analysis: 4 more years from a Middle Eastern angle
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – Despite Obama‘s best efforts, never has America been so reviled in the Arab world. 

Residents desperate after 10 years of suffering
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012 – In Sderot, Sha’ar Hanegev, despair in face of rocket fire. 

Couple claims reservation refused over Arab name
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2012Arab-Israeli couple from Tel Aviv unable to book table at Rishon Lezion’s Soho restaurant; establishment flatly denies claim. 

The Guardian

Syrian opposition says west has promised military aid
The Guardian 12 Nov 2012 – New National Coalition claims its ‘accountability and unity’ has assuaged concerns about arming rebels The Syrian opposition says it has been promised western military support in return for forming a united front, in advance of a…

Israel fires into Syria for second day
The Guardian 12 Nov 2012 – IDF says it made direct hit, believed to be on Syrian mobile artillery, in response to shell landing near post in Golan Heights Israeli forces have fired into Syria for the second day in a row…

Palestinian leadership rejects Obama’s appeal to delay UN recognition move
The Guardian 12 Nov 2012 – Palestinians refuse to postpone attempt to get ‘non-member state’ status at UN despite personal appeal by US president The Palestinian leadership has rejected a personal appeal by Barack Obama to delay its bid to win recognition…

The Israeli documentary putting military rule in Palestine on trial | Rachel Shabi
The Guardian 12 Nov 2012 – The Law In These Parts builds a strong case against the judges responsible for Israel’s draconian occupation laws The Law In These Parts , an Israeli documentary awarded this year’s Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury prize, examines…

Inter Press Service

Breast Cancer Screening Comes to Palestinians
IPS Fatmeh Abu Hrar Tabeel has had her first ever breast cancer screening. “It feels good to know, of course. Thanks to god, I am well,” the 51-year-old mother of seven told IPS. “Now I can examine myself once a month from home; the doctor showed me how.” Abu Hrar Tabeel…

Home Is Not for Visiting
IPS It came like a bolt from the blue on this serene city perched in the hills of Galilee. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared on Israel’s Channel Two television earlier this month, “I want to see Safed! It’s my right to see it, but not to live there.” During Israel’s war…

Uruknet

012 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa
Uruknet

Interrogation of Addameer researcher, Ayman Nasser, extended once again
Uruknet

House Demolitions and Tear Gas in Hares
Uruknet

UNRWA chief: Palestinian refugees sidelined, ignored, undermined
Uruknet

Ahmad Mousas killer walks free
Uruknet

For the Death-Worshippers
Uruknet

Petraeus scandal is reported with compelled veneration of all things military
Uruknet

Daily Star

UAE court rejects Islamists’ citizenship appeal
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 A UAE court on Monday rejected an appeal by seven Islamists in a lawsuit they filed against the interior ministry for revoking their citizenship over alleged “terror” links.

Palestinian UN bid on Nov 29: Abbas
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas announced on Monday that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for non-state UN membership, despite US and Israeli opposition.

Man arrested in Britain over Syria kidnappings
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 British police arrested a man at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday in connection with the kidnapping of two Western journalists by Islamic extremists in Syria.

U.S. wins re-election to U.N. Human Rights Council
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 The United States succeeded in its bid for re-election to the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based watchdog that has been criticized by Washington and Israel for singling out the Jewish state for criticism.

Egyptian groups reject $4.8 billion IMF loan
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Seventeen Cairo-based groups sent a letter Monday to the head of the International Monetary Fund and Egypt’s prime minister opposing a proposed $4.

Saudi woman sues ministry over driving ban
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 A Saudi women’s rights activist said she has filed a lawsuit against the interior ministry over a decree banning women from obtaining driving licences in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Abu Qatada wins appeal against deportation to Jordan
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Terror suspect Abu Qatada, who has been dubbed Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, will be freed on bail after British judges on Monday upheld his appeal against extradition to Jordan.

New Syria opposition bloc wins Gulf recognition
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 The six Gulf states recognised a newly formed opposition bloc as the Syrian people’s legitimate representative on Monday, as border violence stoked fears of a spillover of Syria’s 20-month conflict.

Egypt arrests fugitive linked to Red Sea bombings
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Egyptian security officials said Monday they arrested an escaped convict who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in bombings at tourist resorts on the Red Sea that killed at least 125 people in…

Israel’s next war may be with Gaza, but not Syria
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 If Israel goes to war with any of its neighbours before this year ends it will be with Gaza not Syria, despite appearances.

UAE’s Crescent Petroleum to enter Libya, Lebanon
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 United Arab Emirates-based Crescent Petroleum is gearing up for expansion in the Iraqi oil and gas sector and a debut into Libya and Lebanon, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday.

More Gaza rockets hit Israel despite truce efforts
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Sporadic missile fire from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Monday for a fourth straight day, with Egypt trying to secure a truce and Israel warning it was poised to toughen its response.

Israel in ‘direct hits’ on Syria targets after Golan fire
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Israel’s army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored “direct hits” in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement.

CIA denies it detained militants in Benghazi
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 The CIA is denying an assertion made by David Petraeus’ biographer and former lover that the agency held militants in Libya before the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador.

Algeria urges talks on Mali after military accord
Daily Star 12 Nov 2012 Algeria Monday renewed its call for a political solution to the Mali crisis after West African leaders agreed on a 3,300-strong force to wrest control of the occupied north from Islamist militants.

YNet News

New Syria opposition leader seeks world recognition 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – ….

Fictitious haredi association allegedly swindles millions
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Police, Tax Authority suspect three haredi men conned Education Ministry into funding fictitious schools since 2005 ….

US reelected to UN Human Rights Council seat
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – ….

French probe sister of Toulouse killer
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – ….

Female soldier rebuked for ‘offending’ religious comrades 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Female recruit ordered to hand in written apology for offending ultra-Orthodox soldiers’ sensitivities by braiding fellow soldier’s hair in public ….

IDF soldier falls into pothole, injured lightly
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – ….

Kerem Shalom, Erez crossings to reopen Tuesday
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – ….

Haredim to be drafted starting 2013
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – In aftermath of Tal Law expiration, IDF will draft haredim starting summer of 2013, expecting 14,000 new ultra-Orthodox soldiers in two years ….

Report: Gaza factions mull armistice 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Strip’s leaders debate escalation as rocket fire on south continues; say will hold fire if Israel suspends airstrikes over Gaza. ‘Israel will be held accountable for escalation,’ says joint statement ….

Men who found Majdy Halabi’s body sue for reward 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Brothers who found missing IDF soldier’s remains file court claim against State, Defense Ministry, Born to be Free over $10 million prize ….

El Al pilot detained at JFK over retractable baton
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Israeli airline pilot detained by Port Authority police at New York airport after baton was found stashed in his luggage ….

Step out of the bubble 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Israelis from all sectors of society must unite to bring about real change ….

No policy, no deterrence
YNet News, 12 Nov 2012 – Analysis: Gaza terrorists forcing most powerful Mideast country to play by their rules ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers attempt to burn down Palestinian house
PIC – Jewish settlers attempted to burn down a Palestinian house in Manshiya village, to the south east of Bethlehem, at dawn Monday, local sources said.

Racist Russian doctor says prisoner Abu Sisi should be killed, not treated
PIC – A Russian doctor working for the Israeli Ramla prison infirmary blatantly labeled ill prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi as “a terrorist who should die”, the Palestinian prisoner society said on Sunday.

IOF soldiers storm house of MP
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the home of MP Mohammed Al-Tal in Al-Khalil before dawn Monday, the MP said.

IOA confiscates 200 dunums of Bethlehem land
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) confiscated 200 dunums of Palestinian land in Firdis village near to the ancient Mount Herodian to the east of Bethlehem.

Fresh Israeli raids on Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes launched a number of air raids on various areas in the Gaza Strip at dawn Monday with no casualties reported.

Yedioth: Iron dome intercepted two Palestinian projectiles only
PIC – The iron dome anti-missile system only intercepted two projectiles out of 84 rockets and mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli targets, Yedioth Ahronoth claimed on Sunday.

Schools closed in Gaza border areas due to Israel’s military aggression
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of education in Gaza said it suspended study in all schools located to the east of the Strip along the borderline due to the Israeli military escalation.

Foreign ministry appeals for int’l intervention to curb Israel’s aggression
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs sent an urgent appeal to some international organizations urging them to intervene to stop Israel’s military aggression against Gaza people.

WAFA

Settlers Raid Evicted Settlement near Jenin
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Official: Date for Voting on UN Bid to Be Announced on Tuesday
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Israeli Forces Destroy Water Spring near Hebron
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Family Forced to Demolish Own Home in Jerusalem
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

EU’s Ashton Expresses Concern over Latest Violence near Gaza
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Newspapers Review: PA’s Determination to Seek UN Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Israeli Warplanes Shell Several Locations in Gaza
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

Weather Forecast: Possible Rain Showers
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

EU, Netherlands, Sweden contribute €19 million to PA
WAFA – 12 Nov 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 11 Nov 2012

Misc

Palestinians to seek elevated status in U.N. this month
LA Times 12 Nov 2012 – Palestinians say they have lined up support for their bid to boost their status from observer entity to nonmember state at the United Nations. JERUSALEM — Facing a lack of progress in their statehood bid, Palestinian leaders said Monday that they would ask the United…

Syria opposition forms new coalition
LA Times 12 Nov 2012 – Dissidents elect Sunni Muslim cleric Moaz Khatib to lead the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, which aims to oust Bashar Assad. BEIRUT — The deeply divided Syrian opposition took a step toward renewed unity Sunday, forming a new coalition designed to build…

As Syria Opposition Unifies, Unrest Intensifies at Borders
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – Syria pulled both Turkey and Israel closer to its civil war on Monday, bombing a rebel-held Syrian village near the Turkish border and provoking Israeli tank commanders in Golan Heights.

Iran Says Sattar Beheshti Was Not Tortured Before Death
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – An influential Iranian lawmaker said Sattar Beheshti, a blogger who died while in captivity, had not been tortured during interrogations, but called for further investigation.

World Briefing | Europe: Britain: Radical Cleric Wins Deportation Appeal
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – An immigration appeals tribunal ruled that sending a militant Islamic preacher to Jordan to face terrorism charges would violate his right to a fair trial under European human rights law.

U.S. Fears Hezbollah Operative Held in Iraq May Go Free
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – A senior Iraqi official has told the Obama administration that Iraq no longer has a legal basis to hold Ali Musa Daqduq, who has been accused of helping to kill American troops in Iraq.

Special Report: International Education: U.A.E. Attracts Frustrated European Job Seekers
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – The Emirates have long played a unique role in global recruitment because of an unusually high proportion of foreign workers, and Europeans are increasingly joining the flow.

Responding to Mortar Fire, Israel Strikes Syrian Artillery Units
New York Times 12 Nov 2012 – For a second consecutive day, Israel confronted fire along its border with Syria on Monday as the Israeli army said it fired shells toward the source of a mortar shell, hitting Syrian artillery units.

Treasury to provide IEC NIS 3b guarantees 
Globes Energy & Water – The Finance Ministry will provide NIS 1 billion immediately and an additional NIS 2 billion in guarantees in 2013.

EU approves Teva P&G OTC joint venture
Globes Main News – The latest approval concerns the over-the-counter products that Teva acquired from Cephalon in 2011.

Video over cellular co LiveU raises $27m
Globes Main News – The company’s technology transmitted live TV broadcasts from the London Olympics and US presidential elections.

Mon: Security situation weighs on TASE
Globes Main News – Delek Group and Israel Corp. dragged the market down, while Mellanox, NICE, and EZchip rose.

SodaStream teams with Campbell’s Soup
Globes Main News – Campbell is licensing its V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion brands for the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system.

Yones: I don’t want to be Mizrahi Tefahot chairman
Globes Main News – CEO Eli Yones has put an end to media reports that he might become the bank’s next chairman.

Minority shareholders accuse Taro of manipulating financials
Globes Main News – IsZo Capital claims that Taro understated its profit in advance of the vote on Sun Pharma’s ofer to purchase.

Trade deficit balloons to multiyear high 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel’s trade deficit rose to NIS 9.8 billion in October 2012.

Deficit seen overshooting again in 2013 
Globes Macro Economics – Analysts predict that the 2013 budget deficit will be 3.5% of GDP, compared with a target of 3%.

Why Did FBI Agent Go Outside Chain of Command in Reporting Petraeus Case to House Republicans?
Tikun Olam – The NY Times report on the latest in the Petraeus case raised my eyebrows quite a bit.  This is the most strikingly political aspect of this scandal: Meanwhile, the F.B.I. agent who had helped get a preliminary inquiry started, and learned of Mr. Petraeus’s affair and…

Obama’s Election: Is Grand Bargain With Iran Possible?
Tikun Olam – I gave this as a talk this morning at University Christian Church in Seattle with Dick Blakney: We’re now several days from Barack Obama’s re-election victory.  What does it all mean? First, we dodged a bullet.  We came perilously close to finding a man in the…

Pushing Obama’s arc toward peace
Mondoweiss – Foreign policy played a minor role in a presidential election that focused on jobs, jobs, jobs. But like it or not, the United States is part of a global community in turmoil, and U.S. policies often help fuel that turmoil. The peace movement, decimated during the…

Did Israel provoke rockets from Gaza to pressure Palestinians to back off UN bid?
Mondoweiss – Are Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak using the threat of another full on war against Gaza as a bargaining chip against the international community’s support for an upgrade of Palestinian statehood at the UN later this month? While some might consider this too…

‘All In’: Marriage, rights and hypocrisy in the case of David Petraeus
Mondoweiss – As many now know, CIA Director and retired four-star Army General David Petraeus has resigned his post at the CIA on account of newly emerging information that he had what the media calls an “extra-marital” affair with Paula Broadwell, who is also married.  Broadwell is the…

Video: Survivors of Israeli attack on Gaza says bombs continued to fall on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood as civilians raised white flags
Mondoweiss – The video above interviews two survivors of the Israeli attack on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Here is a summary published by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights over the weekend on what took place in the neighborhood: Over the past 72 hours, the…

Exile and the Prophetic: The interfaith ecumenical deal is dead
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. With the election over and the fiscal cliff looming it’s easy to lose sight of a politics beneath the radar, one that…

Netanyahu meeting with foreign diplomats to ‘prepare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza’
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org link to www.haaretz.com link to www.pchrgaza.org link to www.aljazeera.com link towww.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to palsolidarity.org link to palsolidarity.org link to www.pchrgaza.org ‘–> link to www.haaretz.com link to www.alternativenews.org link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link towww.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk

Israel’s Next War? Could Be Gaza, Not Iran or Syria 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2012 – If Israel goes to war with any of its neighbours before this year ends it will be with Gaza not Syria, despite appearances. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Scores ‘Direct Hit’ on Syrian Mortars 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2012 – Israel’s army fired tank shells into Syria on Monday and scored “direct hits” in response to a Syrian mortar shell that struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, the Israeli military said in a statement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: Marzouki Calls for International Mobilisation for Palestinian Cause 
allAfrica.com 12 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, Saturday, called on powerful countries to mobilise for the Palestinian cause.

Gulf states back Syria opposition 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – Six Gulf states recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country’s “legitimate representative”, a day after factions united.

Abu Qatada wins deportation case 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will not be deported by the UK to Jordan, after winning his appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London.

Rocket volley hits south Israel 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – More rockets fired by militants in Gaza hit southern Israel, amid the latest flare-up in cross-border violence which has left six Palestinians dead.

Palestinian UN bid on 29 November 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – The bid for Palestine to become a “non-member observer state” at the UN will be made on 29 November, the Palestinian Authority president says.

PHOTOS: One-sided war- Israeli army and settlers vs. Palestinians 
AIC: West Bank and Settler Violence 10 Nov 2012 – Israel is publicly preparing for war with Iran; meanwhile an internal war continues under the radar. The Israeli army and the settlers it protects perpetrate daily violence against a captive Palestinian population. Incidents from this past week alone illustrate this reality: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,…

Jerusalem: no need to translate document to Arabic 
AIC: Jerusalem 12 Nov 2012 – Jerusalem’s District Court will rule in the coming days whether the Jerusalem Municipality is obliged to translate into Arabic the planning documents concerning construction of a national park on land confiscated from the East Jerusalem villages of Issawiya and Mount of Olives. Issawiya land slated for…

Tel Aviv U. to conduct archaeological digs with right wing group in East Jerusalem 
AIC: Jerusalem 12 Nov 2012 – Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology will be conducting archaeological digs in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhod and financed by the right-wing settlement group Elad. Silwan residents have been conducting a popular struggle against these digs, some of which are conducted under homes in which people live…

Israel’s extreme right unites, hopes for 12 MKs 
AIC: Israeli Society 12 Nov 2012 – Habayit Hayehudi (“Jewish Home”), a coalition of nationalist religious parties formed by a merger of the National Religious Party, Moledet and Tekuma in November 2008, elected Naftali Benet as the party head on November 6. Former Kach member MK Ben Ari ripping up the New Testament…

Syria: The Territorial War Comes First 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Nov 2012 – Syrian people stand in front of Turkish soldiers as they wait to cross the border after Syrian aircraft bombed the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain, on 12 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) Syrian people stand in front of Turkish soldiers as they wait…

Spinneys Workers’ Fight is Our Fight 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Nov 2012 – The management has exercised various forms of pressure on members of the founding committee. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The management has exercised various forms of pressure on members of the founding committee. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Many Lebanese view the Spinneys workers’ fight as a struggle to demand…

Nasrallah: March 14 inciting sectarian war 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – Lebanese army soldiers patrol the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on 12 November 2012, one day after a gun battle between supporters of Hezbollah and Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir. (Photo: AFP – Mahmous Zayyat) Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah called on Lebanese to practice restraint, urging…

Bad Medicine in an Ailing Country 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – When the cargo arrived in Lebanon, the merchant tried to circumvent the registration procedure at the health ministry. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) When the cargo arrived in Lebanon, the merchant tried to circumvent the registration procedure at the health ministry. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) The brother…

Salafi Sheikh Livid Over Saida Ashoura Posters 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – Lebanon’s Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir marches with supporters during the funeral of two of his supporters, who died during Sunday’s fighting with supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, in Saida, Lebanon 12 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Ali Hashisho) Lebanon’s Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir marches with supporters during…

Palestinians in Lebanon Angry, Not Surprised Over Abbas Statement 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa? during an Arab foreign ministers follow-up meeting at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo 2 March 2010. (Photo: Reuters – Tarek Mostafa) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Afghan massacre involved multiple shooters: investigator 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – Grave stones of some of the 16 Afghan villagers who were killed in the March massacre are pictured in the graveyard in Panjwai district of Kandahar province on 4 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mamoon Durrani) A shooting rampage in March that left 16 Afghans dead…

Kuwait opposition rallies outside Parliament 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2012 – Kuwaitis attend a peaceful opposition-led rally against new voting rules across from the parliament building 11 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Jassim Mohammed) A leading Kuwaiti opposition figure on Monday asked a court to allow him to travel for medical treatment ahead of his trial this…

Gulf states back Syria opposition 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – Six Gulf states recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country’s “legitimate representative”, a day after factions united.

Abu Qatada wins deportation case 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – Muslim cleric Abu Qatada will not be deported by the UK to Jordan, after winning his appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London.

Rocket volley hits south Israel 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – More rockets fired by militants in Gaza hit southern Israel, amid the latest flare-up in cross-border violence which has left six Palestinians dead.

Palestinian UN bid on 29 November 
BBC 12 Nov 2012 – The bid for Palestine to become a “non-member observer state” at the UN will be made on 29 November, the Palestinian Authority president says.

Articles


Palestine’s resistance and education 
Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, Al-Ahram Weekly 11/13/2012
      The key to sustainable resistance to Israeli apartheid is education, which would be much boosted by implementing the national higher education fund law.
     The Palestinians are in the grips of a horrifying economic crisis. It is the product of three factors. The first is the occupying power’s strategy of politically, economically and socially debilitating Palestinian society, deliberately creating as wretched conditions as possible so as to drive increasing numbers of Palestinians to emigrate or to reduce them to a state of utter despondency and despair.
     This strategy is aided by the global economic crisis, which aggravates the economic structural distortion inherent in the excessive dependency on foreign aid. The third factor is to be found in the policies of the Palestinian government, which has failed to develop and pursue a clear strategy for a “resistance economy”.
     Instead of promoting an economy that supports the people’s ability to sustain the resistance against the occupation, the government has swamped the economy in consumerist trends that are unsuitable to the conditions that Palestinians have to contend with. At the same time, it has continued to abide to the letter to the Paris economic protocol while attempting to solve the problem of liquidity by weighing the people down with higher tax burdens and higher prices.
     The problem with the government’s approach to the economy is not just bad policies but, in some cases, no policies at all. For example, the government has no clear policy for solving Palestinian society’s gravest problem: rampant unemployment. Palestine has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the world, ranging as high as 60 to 80 per cent among educated youth. Meanwhile, as I had predicted, the problems in education have surfaced again more forcefully than ever…. more.. e-mail

Trade tilts balance in EU-Israeli ties 
Emanuele Scimia, Asia Times 11/10/2012
      Caught in a spiral of actions and counteractions, the course of relations between the European Union (EU) and Israel keeps going up and down, while on the one hand Brussels scolds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for not halting the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and, on the other, the Israeli government speeds up its integration into the EU single market.
     The European Parliament ratified on October 23 the EU-Israel Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance (ACAA). Being part of the Association Agreement that the European Union and the Israeli government stroke in 1995, the new framework deal matches Europe’s and Israel’s industrial standards, most notably with regard to pharmaceutical products – it is worth remembering that on July 24 the European Council, the EU‘s decision-making body, already agreed to upgrade trade and diplomatic relations with Israel in more than 60 sectors.
     Opponents of the ACAA within the EU‘s legislative branch – who have been fighting against its ratification since 2009 – contend that it does not clarify if it comprises products coming from Israeli settlements. According to many EU legislators, then, Brussels cannot accept that the Israeli state regulator charged with implementing the agreement has jurisdiction over the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
     What’s more, there are fears that the ACAA’s provisions collide with the European effort to draw up a voluntary code of conduct for labels on goods being exported by Jewish settlers. The rationale behind this code is to empower the Old Continent’s consumers, who could choose whether buying “Made in Israeli settlements” products or not. Currently, imports from settlements cannot benefit from EU tax breaks. more.. e-mail

Obama and the Israel lobby: Quo vadis? 
Stephen M. Walt, Stephen M. Walt 11/9/2012
      Has AIPAC lost its mojo? Does Obama‘s reelection prove that the Israel lobby is getting weaker, and that he can return to Middle East peacemaking with new confidence and resolve? It’s no secret that Obama has a frosty relationship with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, fueling GOP hopes that Israel would be a wedge issue that would attract lots of Jewish voters and donors. At least one prominent hardline Zionist, Sheldon Adelson, spent tens of millions of dollars trying to buy the election for Romney, and he got bupkis for all that cash. So now that Obama‘s got a second term, will he blithely ignore AIPAC et al and pursue an even-handed approach to the Middle East peace process?
     Don’t bet on it. For starters, the election didn’t show that the traditional “status quo lobby” was substantially weaker. Why? Because Obama caved to these groups a long time ago, and there was hardly any daylight between him and Romney on this issue. As the Obama campaign repeatedly emphasized, they had been extraordinarily supportive of Israel from Day One: providing increased levels of military aid, expanding various forms of security cooperation (including joint operations against Iran), and providing diplomatic cover in the United Nations and elsewhere. Obama dropped his early insistence on a settlement freeze and eventually gave up on the peace process. The only thing that Netanyahu didn’t get from Obama was a war against Iran, and plenty of top Israeli officials didn’t think that was a very good idea either. Given that there wasn’t much difference between Obama and Romney on Israel, therefore, American Jewry stuck with its long-standing liberal preferences and voted overwhelmingly for Obama and the Democrats.
     But the election is over, and the second term beckons. Won’t Obama be tempted to secure a legacy as a peacemaker (remember that Nobel Prize?), and go back to his original vision of “two states for two peoples?” I don’t think so. Conditions in the region aren’t propitious: Israel continues to drift rightward, Netanyahu is overwhelmingly likely to be reelected, and the tumult of the Arab spring is bound to make everyone more cautious (and with good reason)…. more.. e-mail

“Time to go,” Abbas told by Palestinians in Beirut
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2012 – Moe Ali Nayel Beirut 12 November 2012 Young refugees in Lebanon pledge to reinvigorate the struggle for the right of return.more

Gaza students launch “boycott Israel” campaign
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2012 – Joe Catron Gaza City 12 November 2012 Vending machine in college canteen no longer contains Israeli goods after request by students.more

Giving Palestine’s palaces back to the people
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2012 – Daryl Meador Nablus 12 November 2012 Riwaq’s work has been important in bringing West Bank “throne villages” back to the center of community life.more

John Glaser: Israel’s Latest Assault on Gaza: The Lie of Who Started It
In Gaza: 12 Nov 2012 – Thanks to J ohn Glaser for his compilation, below .  All words his own: Israel has again attacked Gaza . In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded. One of the wounded is carried into a hospital in Gaza City following Israel’s shelling (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it. And it’s a lie. It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an…more

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