VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 13 November 2012: Press TV: ‘Israeli crimes against Palestinians have gone unpunished due to Western cover’

13 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Occupies School In Jenin
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday evening, a school east of Jenin city, in the northern part of the West Bank, and used it as a military post and monitoring tower. …

Home, Pool, Car Repair Shop Demolished In Jerusalem, Bethlehem And Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, one home in Jerusalem, a car repair shop in Husan village, near Bethlehem, and a water pool in Beit Einoon village, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Former Female Political Prisoner Kidnapped By The Army
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, Mona Qa’daan, 40, a former political prisoner from Arraba town, near the northern West Bank district on Jenin; the army violently broke into her home and searched it. …

Israeli Air Force Carries Out Three Airstrikes Against Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli Air Force carried out, on Tuesday at dawn, at least three airstrikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip leading to damage but no injuries. …

Jerusalem: Ground Cracks in Wadi Helwe due to Israeli Excavations 
IMEMC – The Information Center of Wadi Helwe in Silwan reported the presence of cracks on the ground and earth collapses in the main street of the Neighborhood of Wadi Helwe in Silwan due do the Israeli excavations in the area. … 

Ma’an News

Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, no injuries
11/13/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel launched three airstrikes on the Gaza Strip overnight Monday, Israel’s army said, as border violence continued for a fourth day. Israeli warplanes fired at a site belonging to the al-Qassam brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, and targeted an open area in the northwest of Gaza, Ma….

Man dies from wounds sustained in Gaza attack
11/13/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died on Tuesday from injuries sustained in an Israeli attack on Gaza days earlier, a medical official said. Muhammad Zeyad Abdullah Quno, 20, was wounded when Israeli tanks fired shells at Gaza City on Saturday, killing four and injuring at least 25 people. He passed away on Tuesday….

Israeli forces demolish East Jerusalem home
11/13/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished a home in East Jerusalem on Tuesday on the pretext that it was built without a permit, Wafa news agency reported. Ahmed al-robi, adviser of the Presidential Office for Jerusalem Affairs, told Wafa that the home in Khillet al-Ain, near al-Tur, belonged to Tareq al-Arameen. In May, a….

Group: Israel re-arrests prisoner freed in swap deal
11/13/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday re-arrested released female prisoner Muna Qadan in Jenin, a prisoners group said. Qadan, 40, was detained after soldiers raided her home in the village of Arraba, the Ahrar center for prisoners studies and human rights said. She was released from Israeli jail as part of the second….

Israeli court sentences female prisoner to 10 months
11/13/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court sentenced an ex-prisoner to 10 months in jail on Tuesday, a prisoners group said. The Palestinian Prisoners Society said Asma Batran, 24, was given a 10 month sentence and fined 2,000 shekels ($509) for organizing political activities at university. Batran, who is said to be affiliated with….

Israeli forces detain 10-year-old boy
11/13/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday detained a 10-year-old boy for several hours in Hebron, Palestinian officials said. Muhammad Amer Burqan was detained for two-and-a-half hours in Hebron’s Old City, officials at the Palestinian liaison department told Ma’an. They said they contacted Israeli liaison officials several times before….

China repeats support for Palestinian UN bid
11/13/2012 – BEIJING (Reuters) — China said on Tuesday it supports the Palestinian bid for UN observer status, with a vote on the matter at the United Nations later this month. China has traditionally had close relations with the Palestinians, but in recent years also has had good ties with Israel, especially in the field of defense.” China….

Report: Likud MK says Haniyeh must be killed
11/13/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) –An Israeli Member of Knesset on Tuesday said that Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh must be killed, Israeli news site Ynet reported. Likud MK Yariv Levin made the comments during a debate with Palestinian-Israeli MK Ahmad Tibi at Ynet’s studio.” The situation (in the south) will calm….

European watchdog ‘concerned’ by PA pressure on journalists
11/13/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A European press freedom group said Monday it was concerned about the Palestinian Authority’s steps to put pressure on a columnist who criticized President Mahmoud Abbas‘ office. The Vienna-based International Press Institute said it was joining Palestinian journalists who have raised concerns about the PA‘s treatment….

Abbas repeats offer of talks with Israel after UN upgrade
11/13/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas repeated an offer on Monday to restart peace talks with Israel after a UN vote to recognize Palestine as an observer state later this month.” We had agreed to go get the vote on November 29. . . the majority needed for the vote will be on our side,” Abbas told reporters….

Israel, Palestinians put lid on Gaza, for now
11/13/2012 – TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) — Israel and the Palestinians stepped back from the brink of a new war in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, sending signals to each other via Egypt that they would hold their fire unless attacked, after five days of mounting violence. The tacit truce arrested an escalation to all-out fighting, but both….

PA seals off Arafat tomb to prepare for exhumation
11/13/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority sealed off the Ramallah tomb of late leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday as preparations begin to exhume his body, Ma’an’s reporter said. The tomb in Arafat’s compound will be off-limits to visitors for the next two weeks as construction crews prepare to….

DFLP: Hamas forces detained 6 protesters at Gaza rally
11/13/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas security forces arrested six protesters in Gaza City on Tuesday at a women-led demonstration demanding national reconciliation, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine said. DFLP central committee members Mahmoud Khalaf and Nabil Attallah were among those detained at the weekly protest organized by women’s groups….

Fatah Youth urges Palestinians to join independence day rallies
11/13/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah’s youth organization on Tuesday urged young Palestinians to join upcoming peaceful rallies across the West Bank to commemorate independence day. Late President Yasser Arafat declared the independence of Palestine on Nov. 15, 1988, when he was based in Algeria, and the anniversary coincides with national youth week. Fatah….

36 tons of rotten cheese seized in Hebron
11/13/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thirty-six tons of rotten cheese was seized in Hebron on Tuesday by consumer protection teams, a PA official said. Jawad al-Naji, the minister of economy, told Ma’an that inspectors found the expired produce in a Hebron market. [END]

Witness: Syrian jet bombs town near Turkish border
11/13/2012 – CEYLANPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) — A Syrian warplane bombed the town of Ras al-Ain for a second day on Tuesday, meters from the Turkish border, sending up thick plumes of smoke and causing residents on the Turkish side to scurry for cover. Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad are trying to regain control of Ras al-Ain, which….

War uproots 2.5 million Syrians, aid groups say
11/13/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — At least 2. 5 million Syrians are believed to have fled their homes because of civil war, aid groups said on Tuesday, more than double previous estimates. The figure comes from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, whose volunteers are on the frontlines of the 20-month conflict, delivering aid supplies and evacuating wounded….

France says will study arming Syria rebels once govt formed
11/13/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that Paris would look at the question of arming the Syrian National Council once it had created a transitional government.” On the question of weapons deliveries, France did not support it as long as it wasn’t clear where these weapons went,” Hollande told a….

Jordan lifts fuel subsidies, sparks protests
11/13/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Jordan lifted fuel subsidies on Tuesday, aiming to reduce the budget deficit and secure a $2-billion IMF loan, but sparking public protests as gasoline and other prices soared. More than 1,000 people hit the streets in the capital Amman and small protests erupted in several provincial towns after Islamist and tribal opposition….


Israel and Gaza reach tacit truce
AlJazeera 13 Nov 2012 – Brokered by Egypt, both sides agree to hold fire but warn to resume fighting if attacked again. 

Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Sentences a Female Prisoner to 10 Months in Prison and a Fine of 2000 NIS
Palestine News Network

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish a House in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Despite Truce: A Rocket Fired at Ashdod; No Injuries Reported
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Demolish a Barracks in Hussan Village, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest a Woman from Araba, Raid Several Villages in Jenin
Palestine News Network

A Country At War Rarely Spares a Thought For The Children of the Enemy
Palestine News Network

Nov. 29: A Day for All Palestinians
Palestine News Network

A Public Opinion Poll Conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre
Palestine News Network

Foreign Secretary Calls for Restraint in Southern Israel and Gaza
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Security Services’ Intervention to Stop Events Commemorating the Death of President Arafat
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Abu Dhabi’s 5% rent cap extended for another year
The National 13 Nov 2012 – Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed has extended the rent cap restriction on Abu Dhabi landlords for another year.

Expat who got pregnant on trip home faces sex outside of marriage charge
The National 13 Nov 2012 – An unmarried expatriate who gave birth in a Dubai hospital was charged with having sex outside of marriage despite her claim that she conceived during a trip to her home country.

No arrests so far after stray bullet paralyses 5-year-old Emirati boy
The National 13 Nov 2012 – Police in Ras Al Khaimah are still investigating the case of a 5-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet at the beginning of the month.

Gang of six bound and gagged security guard during Dubai cable theft
The National 13 Nov 2012 – Two men threatened to stab the security guard before stealing electrical cables worth Dh264,500, hears court.

Wadeema’s Law to protect UAE children in memory of tortured girl
The National 13 Nov 2012 – The Federal Cabinet has approved the long-awaited children protection and rights law, clearing the way for its approval by the Federal National Council.

Drunk Dubai tourist attacked security guard, court told
The National 13 Nov 2012 – A drunk tourist assaulted a security guard before making an obscene gesture at him, hears a Dubai court.

Tortured girl’s mother hopes Wadeema Law will stop abuse in UAE
The National 13 Nov 2012 – Wadeema’s mother hopes the new child protection law will ensure other children never go through the torture her daughter endured before her death.

UAE students urged to participate in politics
The National 13 Nov 2012 – A study of 200 students at UAE University found that nearly 80 percent of them could not name their Deputy Prime Minister, and only a little more than half knew who the Ruler of Sharjah was.

Robots may soon be scaling UAE skyscrapers
The National 13 Nov 2012 – The R2D2 of window cleaners may soon be rolling all over UAE towers, as a German firm unveils its robotic building cleaner that can cut down a 33-day job to one and a half days.

Diabetes strikes UAE residents at younger age
The National 13 Nov 2012 – A recent study shows that UAE residents are being diagnosed with diabetes up to 19 years earlier than the global average.


Israel: We will annul Oslo Accords when Palestinians seek upgraded UN status
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Still no med school, but ceremony No. 3
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Arab Israelis fume at plans to reward schools for IDF enlistment
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

United Torah Judaism fires opening salvo against Shas ahead of Israeli elections
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Yishai denies reports he helped spring murderer from Thai prison
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

‘Israel’s Interior Ministry was telling me who to love’
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Israel High court blasts government for discriminatory yeshiva scholarships
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

For deaf Israelis, rocket warnings come only at home
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Egypt’s Brotherhood: Israeli leaders struck Gaza for political gain in elections
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Far-rightist MKs unite to form ‘Strong Israel’ party
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Netanyahu hints Israel likely to show restraint after recent Gaza flare-up
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Palestinians release video showing Gaza anti-tank missile hitting IDF jeep
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Eli Yishai seeks 16 times maximum reimbursement for legal fees in Carmel fire case
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Israel Police launch probe into Electric Corp. official on suspicion of bribery
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Group accused of inventing fake yeshivas, bilking Israel’s Education Ministry. out of millions
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Clashes erupt in Bedouin village as Israel’s Interior Ministry distributes demolition orders
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Rainfall across Israel has already exceeded average for the season
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

A quarter of Israeli doctors never introduce themselves to patients, study shows
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Museums may not have to provide Arabic explanations for short-term exhibits
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Jerusalem plans to evict 120 Bedouin to make room for waste landfill
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Arafat’s grave off-limits in preparation for exhuming body
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Israel to defend special welfare payments to yeshiva students before High Court
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

IFCJ gives NIS 8m. to South communities
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – International Fellowship of Christians and Jews gives contribution to emergency fund that equips rescue forces. 

Protests erupt in Jordan after fuel prices rise
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Over 1,000 people spill into streets of Amman’ government says subsidy cuts are needed to help ease budget woes. 

‘Start-up’ communities invite the South to Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Association of more than 50 fledgling religious communities invite rocket-weary residents for the weekend. 

PA fails to bag joint EU-Arab League endorsement of UN bid
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012Abbas declares intention to ask for upgrade to non-member observer state on November 29, meets with Egypt’s Morsi in Cairo; Israel believes at least six EU states will vote in favor of statehood bid. 

Court to state: Explain opposition to disclosure
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – New gov’t policy discourages complainants’ access to the state’s evidentiary file in cases closed for “lack of evidence.” 

High Court questions paying yeshiva students
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – There are approximately 54,000 full-time yeshiva students, the overwhelming majority of whom belong to the haredi community. 

Terra Incognita: The neo-pilgrim of Palestine
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – The modern pilgrim to the Middle East carves out a pilgrimage trail – in order to present the story of Palestinians to the western world. 

State of Gaza
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Israel’s political leaders are reassessing their options in the wake of the latest escalation in the South. 

Innovative method bridges literacy gaps in schools
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Teaching model improves literacy by focusing on reading, writing as necessary basic elements of a child’s education. 

Israeli bird expert wins 25,000-euro German prize
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Yossi Leshem has spent decades on avian issues, including ways to avoid collisions with IAF aircraft. 

Activists personally served with IDF closure orders
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – ACRI protests delivery of closed military zone orders to activists’ homes; IDF says move is to “put them on notice.” 

In My Own Write: Have you heard the one about…?
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – What is laughter? Laughter is ultimately an expression of emotion – happiness, amusement, surprise, relief; even, on occasion, “nerves.” 

PA president: Statehood bid to go forward Nov. 29
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012Abbas says he is prepared to resume talks with Israel after UN vote to upgrade Palestinian status to non-member state. 

‘Middle East nuclear talks face likely delay’
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Diplomats: Probable postponement of conference on banning nuclear weapons in ME likely to anger Arab states, please Israel. 

PM: Those who act against Israel will pay a heavy price
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Inner cabinet decides to hold fire as long as rockets from Gaza stop; Steinitz says situation in Gaza reminiscent of Hezbollah before 2006 war; Israel asks UN Security Council to condemn rocket fire. 

‘Homeland’ creator: Show taps into fear of terror
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Gideon Raff discusses the research he performed within US security agencies, speaking at Homeland security conference. 

Palestinian refugees in Jordan want return to Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Palestinian refugees express frustration over PA President Abbas’ recent comments regarding the “right of return”. 

Thai King pardons Israeli who murdered ex-wife
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Man who murdered ex-wife in Bangkok to return to Israel in 6 months; Yishai denies involvement in securing pardon. 

PRC video claims to show missile strike on IDF jeep
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Gazan terror group releases clip it says depicts weekend attack, in which four IDF soldiers were injured while patrolling border. 

Iran unveils new missile systems during army drills
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Tehran says new missile could be deployed in less than 30 minutes, new artillery system could escape enemy detection. 

#USelections2012: An electronic election ends
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Political campaigning on the Internet reached new levels in 2012, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. 

Work In Progress: When a CV tells a story
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – A good CV, like a good story, shows that the main character has grown over time. 

Eldad, Ben-Ari form new party: Strong Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Split follows months of infighting in National Union; Eldad to lead list that will “fill a vacuum in the Right.” 

Yasser Arafat’s grave opened ahead of exhumation
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Work to open the late Palestinian leader’s grave begins ahead of murder investigation, despite family’s objections. 

‘US Jewish communities integrating LGBT members’
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Human Rights Campaign Index finds 50% of US Jewish organizations take significant steps to promote LGBT inclusion. 

Police arrest 19 in clashes over village demolition
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Nineteen people were arrested during clashes between police and local residents at the Beduin village of Bir Hadaj. 

Is targeting Hamas leaders off battlefield legal?
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – Analysis: Mofaz and MKs want a return to controversial policy for purposes of deterrence. 

Take the stairs at busy Tel Aviv site
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Israel Forum for a Healthy Lifestyle uses paintings at staircases in Azrieli center to encourage people to use stairs. 

MDA shares mass-catastrophe know-how
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Magen David Adom hosted doctors and paramedics from eight countries to pass on experience coping with mass catastrophes. 

Israeli hospital offers free post-Sandy therapy
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Psychologists at Shaare Zedek in J’lem offer help to olim from US northeast traumatized by Sandy storm. 

Italians, Israelis aim to fight hunger in Senegal
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Trilateral agricultural development project seeks to eradicate hunger by providing farmers with technological know-how. 

State asks for delay in demolition of Amona
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Brief filed to request six month delay in demolition of oldest West Bank outpost in West Bank near Ofra settlement. 

Four indictments filed against crime syndicate
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Southern District Attorney’s Office submits indictments against 15 defendants, all from same crime syndicate. 

‘Over 50% chance for Iran conflict in coming year’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN, tells Jewish Federations there is a high chance of conflict with Iran. 

Egyptian Salafi urges razing of Sphinx, pyramids
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Jihadist leader with Taliban links says “idolatrous” statues must be destroyed; connected with destruction of Afghan Buddha statues. 

Iran cyber cops nab hacker who targeted Israeli sites
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2012 – Suspect tells police he hacked into Israeli, US websites out of curiosity and to show that Israel was weak in terms of cyber defense. 

The Guardian

Syrian opposition coalition hailed by Britain, France and Germany
The Guardian 13 Nov 2012 – At an Arab League meeting in Cairo, the coalition’s new leader, Moaz al-Khatib, called on the EU to recognise the coalition Britain, France, and Germany have hailed the creation of a new Syrian opposition coalition as…

I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti, translated by Humphrey Davies – review
The Guardian 13 Nov 2012 – By Ian Pindar “I want to deal with my unimportant feelings that the world will never hear,” writes the exiled Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti in this moving companion piece to his memoir I Saw Ramallah . Gathered…

The Guardian 13 Nov 2012 – Follow how the day unfolded as foreign ministers backed the new Syrian opposition coalition but stopped short of full recognition Matthew Weaver

Israel fires shells into Syria after Golan Heights attack – video
The Guardian 13 Nov 2012 – Smoke billows from houses in Syria after Israeli tanks fired mortar shells

Inter Press Service

Kurdish Prisoners Hungry for Freedom
IPS Five MPs from Turkey’s main Kurdish political party, the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), and the Mayor of Diyarbak?r have gone on hunger strike to support a protest by more than 700 Kurdish prison inmates. The prisoners’ hunger strike has now lasted 63 days, and spans dozens of prisons across…


Aid to Syria – winning friends and influence

Right-wing group’s theft of Palestinian heritage outlined in new study

Gaza students launch “boycott Israel” campaign

Video: Survivors of Israeli attack on Gaza says bombs continued to fall on the al-Shoja’iya neighborhood as civilians raised white flags

A Rage for Life

Home Is Not for Visiting


Pakistan: Afghan Cross-Border Shelling Killed Four Civilians

Settlers ‘attempt to set fire to home’ in Bethlehem village

Afghan massacre involved multiple shooters: investigator

Daily Star

US hearing ends in Afghanistan massacre case
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 The preliminary hearing ended Tuesday against the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers during a pre-dawn rampage earlier this year – a massacre that brought a temporary halt to U.S. combat operations.

Obama to visit Russia to help improve ties
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 US President Barack Obama on Tuesday accepted an invitation to visit Russia after agreeing to advance Washington’s relations with Moscow following a tense year-long diplomatic spell.

France recognizes new Syria group
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 France on Tuesday became the first Western country to formally recognize Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Egypt extends rally on IMF deal hopes
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 Egyptian shares extended a week-long rally on Tuesday as investors kept an eye on negotiations for a $4.8 billion IMF loan the government hopes to wrap up by the end of the week.

Israel prepares new missile defense system
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 Israel’s newest missile defense system, designed to provide another layer of protection against enemy fire, is on schedule for deployment in 2014, defense officials said Tuesday.

Egypt: Rights groups say excluded from EU talks
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 More than 20 Egyptian rights groups said authorities excluded them at the last minute from a meeting Tuesday with a visiting European Union delegation aimed at boosting ties with the 27-nation bloc.

Iran foreign minister makes Khartoum stop
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 Iran’s foreign minister made a brief stopover in Khartoum, his Sudanese counterpart said Tuesday, with ties between the two states under scrutiny after Khartoum accused Israel of bombing a military factory.

Several arrested over Iran blogger death: judiciary
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 Tehran’s public prosecutor has announced the arrest of “several people” over the death in detention of blogger Sattar Beheshti, the ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Tehran to host inter-Syria dialogue on Nov 18
Daily Star 13 Nov 2012 Iran will bring parties to the Syrian conflict to Tehran on Sunday to participate in a “national dialogue,” the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

YNet News

Geithner: No deficit reduction without tax hikes 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – ….

NIS 30M to finance fortification of southern schools
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Home Front Command Minister Avi Dichter agrees to transfer budget to Gaza vicinity communities post haste ….

NIS 30 million allocated towards fortifying southern schools
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – ….

Bedouins lament police brutality against kids
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – After riots ravage Bedouin village, residents say police used undue force, violated minors’ rights ….

Death penalty wanted for US soldier in Afghan massacre case
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – ….

Sudanese rebels shell oil state capital
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – ….

Female Gaddafi bodyguard killed in Egypt
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – ….

IDF soldier hurt in jeep attack likely to lose sight
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Soldier who was critically wounded in RPG attack on IDF patrol jeep near Gaza border regains consciousness, but doctors say he may never see again ….

Dangers of a Palestinian state 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Politicians claiming Palestinian state would lift demographic threat are misleading the public ….

Soldier suspected of organizing assault on ex-boyfriend
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – 19-year-old female soldier arrested on suspicion of asking her current partner to attack ex-boyfriend, claiming he stole her cell phone. Victim: I fear for my life ….

PRC unveils video documenting attack on IDF jeep
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Popular Resistance Committees’ military wing claims responsibility to attack that left four soldiers wounded, releases video allegedly documenting missile hit ….

MKs Eldad, Ben-Ari form ‘Strong Israel’ party
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Rightist lawmakers split from National Union to ‘fight for country’s Jewish character’ ….

Court: How do stipends encourage haredi employment? 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – High Court criticizes government plan to continue funding yeshiva students. ‘If you don’t give them money, they’ll have to work,’ judge says ….

Separation from Palestinians crucial 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Creating two-state reality only way to secure Israel’s existence as Zionist, Jewish and democratic state ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya: Israeli threats will never intimidate us
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya said that Israeli threats to assassinate political figures “will never intimidate us or break our will.â€

Palestinian family survives Israeli shelling of its house
PIC – A Palestinian family miraculously escaped death on Tuesday after an Israeli artillery shell blasted on the roof of their house to the north of Gaza Strip.

Abu Mujahid: there is no truce under aggression
PIC – Mohammed Breem, Abu Mujahid, a spokesman for the Resistance Committees, stated that it is unacceptable to talk about truce under the brutal Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Israel continues bombing Gaza from the air, sea
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued on Tuesday evening its military escalation against the Gaza Strip but with no casualties reported.

IOA demolishes Jerusalemite home
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) razed a Palestinian home in occupied Jerusalem’s Khilat Al-Ein area between Issawiye and Tur at the pretext of lack of construction permit.

IOF arrests 11 Palestinians, including 2 women, in West Bank
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Tuesday eleven Palestinians, including two women, in different parts of the West Bank, and took them to the interrogation centers.

Palestinian forces call for international intervention to end aggression
PIC – The national and Islamic forces held, at the end of an urgent meeting to discuss the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the repercussions.

Islamic Movement condemn the Israeli attack on Bir Hadaj
PIC – The Islamic Movement in the Negev denounced the attack by the Israeli occupation authorities on Monday morning on the residents of the village of “Bir Hadaj”.

Bahar hails Morsi’s statements regarding Gaza
PIC – Dr. Ahmed Bahar hailed the statements of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in which he said he would not allow waging a war on Gaza, stressing that Egypt after revolution is not what it was before.


Abbas: PA Ready to Resume Negotiations following UN Bid Vote
WAFA – 13 Nov 2012

Abbas Meets Egyptian Counterpart in Cairo
WAFA – 13 Nov 2012

Israel to Evacuate Private-Owned Land
WAFA – 13 Nov 2012

Abbas: November 29th Date for Voting on UN Bid
WAFA – 13 Nov 2012

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


Obama reassessing sensitive foreign issues now that election is over
LA Times 12 Nov 2012 – Substantial shifts on Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and other touchy topics are possible with President Obama securely seated in the White House. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has begun to reassess its foreign policy on a range of challenges, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and missile defense,…

Syria opposition leader preaches unity
LA Times 12 Nov 2012 – Moaz Khatib’s supporters hope for new momentum and a departure from infighting, as well as global recognition that could bring funding and heavy weapons. BEIRUT — The speaker conveyed a message of harmony at a funeral for some of the first victims of the Syrian…

France Declares Its Recognition of New Syria Rebel Group
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – France on Tuesday became the first Western country to recognize the coalition, seeking to inject momentum into a broad effort to build a viable and effective opposition that would hasten the end of a stalemated civil war.

Jordan Faces Protests After Gas-Price Proposal
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – Demonstrators burned tires, smashed traffic lights and blocked roads in an unparalleled show of anger at a government proposal to increase fuel prices.

Abu Qatada, Militant Cleric, Freed on Bail in Britain
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – Officials spoke out against a decision by an immigration tribunal to free on bail the preacher known as Abu Qatada, who is said to be one of Al Qaeda’s top operatives in Europe.

Palestinians Prepare for Arafat Exhumation
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – The expected exhumation comes four months after a television investigation raised new suspicions that the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat had been poisoned.

Angry Turkish Secularists Plant Flag at Ergenekon Trial
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – In Silivri, a trial of military officers has prompted protests and has raised concerns about the Islamist-leaning government’s commitment to democracy.

North American Energy Rebound Catches Industry’s Attention
New York Times 13 Nov 2012 – The forecast by the International Energy Agency after years of decline has spurred discussion about shifts in the structure of the oil and gas market.

Toxic leak halts pumping at Meged 5 oil well
Globes Energy & Water – It is not yet clear when pumping will resume. Givot Olam units fell 12% until trading was suspended.

Regulator declares Tamar gas reserve a monopoly
Globes Energy & Water – Restrictions on monopolies will apply to every partner in Tamar, in all its activities.

Police investigate bribery allegations at IEC
Globes Energy & Water – A buyer at Israel Electric Corporation is supected of taking bribes to fix tenders.

Protalix close to deal with Brazilian government
Globes Main News – The agreement on its Gaucher’s disease treatment is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

NIS 200m asking price for Tel Aviv penthouse
Globes Main News – The NIS 235,000 per square meter penthouse is atop a 29-floor high rise to be built on Tel Aviv’s Arlozorov Street.

Tue: EZchip fails to lift flat market
Globes Main News – EZchip Semiconductor continued to surge, while Cellcom and Elbit Systems rose strongly after reporting third quarter financials.

FIMI nears control of Gilat
Globes Main News – Yesterday, FIMI bought 4% of Gilat Satellite Networks for $7.8 million, raising its stake to 14.6%.

Cellcom profit slashed but results beat estimates
Globes Main News – The mobile telephony company’s churn rate of subscribers rose to 8.6% in the third quarter.

Elbit’s Ackerman: Results continue stable trend
Globes Main News – Defense electronics company Elbit Systems reported EPS of $0.95 on revenue of $677.5 million for the third quarter.

Magic Wand anti-missile system set for critical trial
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Rafael and Raytheon’s medium range missile interception system will soon be tested in southern Israel.

IDF General Accused of War Crimes Promoted
Tikun Olam – Brig. Gen. Ilan Malka, “hero” of Gaza war, murderer of al-Samouni clan, promoted (Dudu Azoulay) The IDF likes to reverse the old saying: “Let no good deed go unpunished.”  It likes to ensure that no war crime goes unrewarded.  Gen. Ilan Malka, who was named by…

FBI Agent Who Began Petraeus Investigation Was GOP Partisan
Tikun Olam – Scott Shane’s reporting on the Petraeus story adds further support to my post of last night, which argued there was partisan political motivation on the part of the FBI agent, who initially began the investigation into Petraeus: Ms. Kelley…brought her complaint to a rank-and-file agent she…

Huffington Post: Pushing Obama’s Arc Toward Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace – “The peace movement, decimated during the first Obama term because so many people were unwilling to be critical of President Obama, has a challenge today to re-activate itself, and to increase its effectiveness by forming coalitions with other sectors of the progressive movement.” Pushing Obama’s Arc…

Avigdor Lieberman: ‘When it comes down to the choice between Jewish or Democratic Israel it has to be Jewish’
Mondoweiss – Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: International Middle East Media Center ) Israel Hayom English Editor Amir Mizroch live tweeted an event with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman today where he revisited many of his favorite themes including the threat that Palestinian citizens of Israel represent, and his undemocratic vision…

Mondoweiss – The belongings of the Aramin family is seen after the Jerusalem municipality demolished their house, in the village of At-Tur, East Jerusalem, November 13, 2012(photos by Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org) This is not a sick joke, it’s real. Haaretz : “They Won’t Know and Won’t Understand 2012” –…

Video: Watch Netanyahu ‘prepare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza’
Mondoweiss – Above is video of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing around 50 foreign ambassadors yesterday in Ashkelon as part of his effort to “shore up international support for a possible military ground operation into Gaza.” To really capture the energy in the room, run this sound effect in the background…

Exile and the Prophetic: The 15 most wanted (Church leader) list
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. Yesterday I wrote about an October 5th letter sent from American Church leaders to Congress . The letter was interfaith ecumenical dynamite. Yet…

After Harvard Hillel drops event due to donor pressure, progressive Jewish org calls out ‘political litmus test’
Mondoweiss – Last Thursday, the Harvard Crimson reported that the Harvard Hillel had dropped an event organized by Harvard’s Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA) because the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) was listed as a co-sponsor. The event “Jewish Voices against the Israeli Occupation” was to feature Israeli…

Israeli Finance Minister: Netanyahu gov’t has doubled funding for settlements
Mondoweiss – link to www.haaretz.com link to electronicintifada.net link to www.haaretz.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to english.wafa.ps link to english.wafa.ps link to www.aljazeera.com link to english.wafa.ps link to www.haaretz.com link to972mag.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to english.pnn.ps link to www.middleeastmonitor.com link to www.imemc.orglink to www.maannews.net link…

Half of European Union Backs Palestinian State 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Nov 2012 – Nearly half of all European Union member states will vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinian Authority’s status at the United Nations, an E.U. spokesperson reportedly said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gaza Crisis Not Over, Israel Warns 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Nov 2012 – Israel struck three targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Tuesday and warned an on-going crisis with Palestinian militants had not been resolved, despite a marked decrease in rocket-fire from the territory. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sudan: Arab League Says Israel Must Compensate Sudan Over Factory Attack 
allAfrica.com 13 Nov 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Arab League council of foreign ministers on Monday issued a condemnation of Israel for carrying out an attack on a weapons factory in the Sudanese capital last month.

Egypt: Morsi Discusses With Abbas Latest Developments of Palestinian Cause 
allAfrica.com 13 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi discussed on Tuesday 13/11/2012 with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the latest developments of the Palestinian cause as well as the latest developments in the region.

Egypt: Ex-MP Abu Hamed Wants Stricter Measures in Sinai 
allAfrica.com 13 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]Former member of the now-dissolved parliament Mohamed Abu Hamed asked Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi to impose stricter measures in Sinai.

Tunisia: Arab Nations Volleyball Championship – Tunisia v Bahrain in Final 
allAfrica.com 13 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Tunisia’s national team, who qualified for the final of the Manama Arab Nations Volleyball Championship after beating in the semi-final the Saudi squad (3 sets to 0), are to play on Tuesday finalists Bahrain who beat Libya in the other semi 3/0.

France backs anti-Assad coalition 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – France’s President Hollande becomes the first Western leader to recognise Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Fuel price demos erupt in Jordan 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Jordanian cities to condemn rises in fuel prices following the lifting of government subsidies.

Workers seal off Arafat’s tomb 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Workers seal off the tomb of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in preparation for the possible exhumation of his body in the coming weeks.

Abu Qatada released from prison 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is released on bail after a UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face terrorism charges.

Israel Shells Syria and Gaza 
Sabbah report 13 Nov 2012 – It’s elections time! What better campaign can Netanyahu have more than Palestinian blood on his hands? He’s preparing public opinion perhaps for Cast Lead 2. Israel Shells Syria and Gaza was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or…

Israel Doubles West Bank Settlements Budget 
Sabbah report 13 Nov 2012 – “Israel has secretly doubled the West Bank settlements’ budget,” says Yuval Steinitz. Imagine how happy the Jewish settlers (votes) in Occupied Palestine are. Israel Doubles West Bank Settlements Budget was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate…

Israel is a non-nuclear weapons state 
Sabbah report 13 Nov 2012 – Alistair Burt – UK’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs says: “Israel is a non-nuclear weapons state”… duh!!! Israel is a non-nuclear weapons state was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate here!

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb: Kristallnacht and Israel Apartheid State 
Sabbah report 13 Nov 2012 – Israelis are offended by describing Israel as an apartheid state. What we should be offended by is the actual policies they employs against Palestinians. Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb: Kristallnacht and Israel Apartheid State was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah…

PA Seeking to Become Non-Member State 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 13 Nov 2012 – The Palestinian Authority is planning on going ahead with its plan to get the United Nations to recognize Palestine as a “non-member state” on November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, despite opposition from both Israel and the United States. This vote…

Hebrew U offers academic credit for City of David dig 
AIC: Jerusalem 13 Nov 2012 – The Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University offers academic credit to international students who take part in the archaeological digs in the City of David, located in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood. Although publicizing the City of David and excavations there, the school does not provide…

March 14’s Only Meaningful Statement 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 13 Nov 2012 – Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir and Singer Fadel Shaker pray during a funeral in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon, on 12 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir and Singer Fadel Shaker pray during a funeral in the southern Lebanese port city of…

New Syria opposition receives mixed reception 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – A picture taken from the adjacent Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar shows people running in front of smoke after a Syrian aircraft bombed the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain on 13 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urged world…

Enforcing Loyalty to Spinneys: Are You In? 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – Spinneys workers demonstrating against their own rights (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Spinneys workers demonstrating against their own rights (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) On Monday night, the Friends of the Spinneys Workers’ Committee gathered for a sit-in across from the supermarket chain’s Achrafieh branch. Close to 80 activists were…

South Yemen: Unification Dream Becomes Nightmare 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – the south Yemenis thought that they had finally succeeded in achieving their old slogans that called for safeguarding the Yemeni revolution, unity, and democracy. (Photo: Ammar Yafei) the south Yemenis thought that they had finally succeeded in achieving their old slogans that called for safeguarding the…

Double Standards in Saida Courts 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – the public prosecution ordered three young men arrested and later released “to teach them a lesson” after they refused to testify when a problem erupted between their friends and the army. (Photo: Haytham Al Mousawi) The public prosecution ordered three young men arrested and later released…

Israel says scored “direct hits” on Syrian targets 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – Israeli tanks stand in position overlooking a Syrian village from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on 12 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters : Avihu Shapira) The Israeli military says it scored “direct hits” on targets in Syria after responding to stray mortar fire from its northern neighbor. The military…

Saida Salafi cleric to form militia: official 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2012 – Armed supporters of Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir at a funeral in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on 12 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Salafi cleric Ahmad al-Assir is expected to announce in the next couple of days the formation of a military…

Bad Medicine in an Ailing Country 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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 Politics 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

France backs anti-Assad coalition 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – France’s President Hollande becomes the first Western leader to recognise Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Fuel price demos erupt in Jordan 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Jordanian cities to condemn rises in fuel prices following the lifting of government subsidies.

New UAE curbs on online dissent 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – The United Arab Emirates tightens its law on internet use, making it a criminal offence to mock its rulers or organise unauthorised demonstrations.

Workers seal off Arafat’s tomb 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Workers seal off the tomb of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in preparation for the possible exhumation of his body in the coming weeks.

Saudi plotted attack on Bush home 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – A Saudi student who plotted to attack the Texas home of ex-President George W Bush and other targets is sentenced to life in jail.

Abu Qatada released from prison 
BBC 13 Nov 2012 – Muslim cleric Abu Qatada is released on bail after a UK court ruled he might not get a fair trial if deported to Jordan to face terrorism charges.


The Jerusalem Master Plan: Planning into the Conflict 
Francesco Chiodelli, Jerusalem Quarterly File 11/13/2012
      This paper investigates the Jerusalem master Plan with reference to the israeli- Palestinian conflict over Jerusalem. 
     Autumn 2012
     The Jerusalem master Plan is the first comprehensive plan for the “whole” city (both the western and the eastern parts): for the first time, the comprehensive spatial vision of Jerusalem in the twenty-first century that the israeli authorities aim to realize is clearly expressed. in particular, the paper focuses on the theme of housing: it analyses in detail the contents of the master plan, showing the different treatment of the arab and Jewish populations, and it reflects on the chances the different aspects of the plan have of being implemented. it is argued that the master plan is an integral part of a forty-year israeli urban strategy concerning Jerusalem, aimed at encouraging Jewish residential settlement in the eastern part of the city (even if it presents some elements of discontinuity that are worth underlining).
     Planning the Occupation
     It is rather banal to state that space is both political and strategic and that, as a consequence, the design and organization of space is a political and strategic activity.1 Notwithstanding that, planning is often considered an almost depoliticized activity or, at least, a progressive practice, ignoring “the position of planning as an arm of the modern nation-state … [and overlooking] the numerous instances in which planning functions as a form of deliberate social control and oppression exercised by elites over weaker groups.”2 But we only need to look at the urban contexts of tough social conflicts (for instance, at what Scott Bollens defines as “polarized” or “divided cities”3) for planning to disclose all its non- neutrality. more.. e-mail

New rules of military engagement between Hamas and Israel 
Saleh Al Nu’ami, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/13/2012
      Contrary to what Israel might have expected, Hamas’s reaction to the latest Israeli escalation in Gaza didn’t follow the normal pattern. Thus, Israeli calculations have been confused. Normally, Hamas will react to Israeli aggression, even if launched against other parties; sometimes, the movement’s military wing, the Izzudin Al-Qassam Brigades, will attack the Israeli army and special units patrolling the Gaza border.
     Furthermore, some of the other groups in Gaza accuse Hamas of blocking their attempts to approach Israeli targets.
     Since Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in 2008-9, Israel has carried out selective assassinations of activists from various Palestinian factions and what it calls “their infrastructure”. Hamas hasn’t always responded to such attacks. That was interpreted by Israeli intelligence in two ways: Israel had deterrence power over Hamas following Cast Lead; and Hamas fears that any escalation might lead to a wider confrontation which would result in the downfall of its government in Gaza.
     This poses a number of questions; why, for example, has Hamas changed its reaction? With Israel embroiled in an election campaign, what choices does Hamas have to face the new reality? What demands are the Palestinian resistance groups making to restrict Israel’s room for manoeuvre?
     New confrontation rules worked out by Hamas
     It is clear that Hamas has a new strategy for confrontation with Israel; this is obvious from its response to the latest Israeli aggression. On occasion, Hamas leads the Israeli army into limited confrontations, such as ambushes and explosive devices planted to target Israeli occupation army. Tactics are designed to cause maximum embarrassment to the Israeli government. more.. e-mail

The purity of drones 
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera.com 11/10/2012
      Israel’s drone export business to Latin America is leading Colombia to replicate the economic model.
     In April of this year, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak staged a visit to Bogota, where his activities included marketing Israeli drones to the Colombian state. 
     According to a subsequent report in the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, one of Barak’s selling points was that the technical intelligence provided by drones helps reduce the failure rate seen in operations in which only human intelligence is relied upon. 
     Given the recent history of drone operations in various parts of the world, it would seem that there’s not exactly an inverse relationship between use of said aircraft and the incidence of failure, at least insofar as rampant slaughter of civilians qualifies as failure. 
     Conveniently, however, the state of Israel has tended to look less frowningly on certain types of civilian slaughter, converting the practice into evidence of the “purity of arms” – a military code of ethics upheld in projects ranging from the ethnic cleansing of Palestine to the extermination of nearly 20,000 persons in Lebanon in 1982 to the drone-assisted massacre at the United Nations compound in Qana in 1996. 
     The Israelites of Latin America 
     That Barak’s efforts on behalf of Israel’s arms industry may have constituted little more than an exercise in preaching to the converted is suggested by a January 2012 article in Israel National News noting that “Colombia has been identified as the mysterious buyer of Israeli Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems worth $50 million”. more.. e-mail

Breast cancer screening service opens in West Bank
Electronic Intifada: 13 Nov 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Dura 13 November 2012 Breast cancer accounts for more than one-fifth of all cancers affecting women in the West Bank.more

Press TV: ‘Israeli crimes against Palestinians have gone unpunished due to Western cover’
In Gaza: 13 Nov 2012 – Thanks to British activist, Adie Mormech, in Gaza for reporting on the Israeli army assassinations of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. western-cover-for-israel-locks-out-justice “There was an attack blatantly on civilians.  Two while playing football….then, druing a gathering for the people who were killed, they (the IOF) then bombed the gathering, who were grieving the two children who were (had already been) killed… and 2 (more) people were killed.  It sounded like a scene from the attacks on Gaza before that killed 332 children (in 2008/2009), 38 were injured, all civilians, this was a targeted attack against civilians. And of course the initial attack was on Thursday, against a 13 year old boy, Ahmed Abu Dagga, this was the first attack… These are crimes, these are already crimes, and they are already talking about an escalation of more mass crimes against Gaza. Which kids are going to die tomorrow because of these attacks?”…more

BDS, Arab Land, and the Custodian of Absentee Property
Dissident Voice: 13 Nov 2012 – The 2005 call by more than 170 Palestinian organizations, both within Palestine and without, to boycott Israeli products and services, divest from companies that support and sustain Israel and sanction the Israeli state and its agencies is one of the most important and potentially one of the most effective strategies to end the injustices perpetrated against the Palestinian people as a result of the creation of a Zionist state and by Zionist actions even before. Nothing in this article is intended to criticize or undermine BDS as a strategy. On the contrary, BDS should be encouraged and pursued as vigorously as possible. I am among those that believe that the only way to end the injustices is to end the state itself, but the participants in BDS need not agree about this in order to undertake BDS actions. Recently, I and others have expressed concern about an apparently unauthorized change…more

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