VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 14 November 2012: Israel mulls toppling Abbas over UN bid

14 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Abbas Asks Security Council To Convene, Discuss Gaza Escalation
IMEMC – Eight Palestinians Killed, 85 Injured So Far Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, sent on Wednesday at night an urgent letter to the Security Council, currently convening in India, asking the International Community to act on stopping the Israeli military escalation against the Gaza Strip. … 

War Officially Started; “Eight Palestinians killed In Gaza Wednesday, 60 Injured”
IMEMC – Israel continues its military offensive against the Gaza Strip, killing on Wednesday evening alone, eight Palestinians, and injuring more than 60, some seriously. Children and infants are among the casualties. …

Egypt Recalls Ambassador To Tel Aviv
IMEMC – Egyptian English Daily, Ahram Online, reported that the Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, recalled the newly appointed ambassador to Tel Aviv, Atef Mohammad Salem, due to Israel’s military escalation in the Gaza Strip. …

Palestinians Organize Vigil In Bethlehem For Gaza
IMEMC – Dozens of Palestinians from the Bethlehem area gathered Wednesday evening in front of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in solidarity with the people of Gaza who have been under Israeli military attacks since the early morning. …

Seven Palestinians, Including An 11-Month-Old Infant, Killed By Israeli Shells In Gaza
IMEMC – Five Palestinian civilians were killed on Wednesday night as Israeli fighter jets continue to pound the Gaza Strip; the death toll now reached seven by Israeli attacks targeting the coastal region today. …

Israeli Troops Attack Protests Across The West Bank, Injuries Reported
IMEMC – Israeli troops attacked on Wednesday at midday a number of protests organized in various West Bank communities demanding freedom and end of the occupation. …

Two Killed, Six Injured, as Israeli Air Raids Continue to Target Gaza
IMEMC – Two Palestinians were killed, four others two injured, one critical, by Israeli air strikes targeting Gaza city on Wednesday afternoon. … 

Ma’an News

Israel strikes Gaza after assassinating Hamas commander
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s army launched multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip after killing the head of Hamasmilitary wing on Wednesday. Palestinian officials identified six people killed in Wednesday’s strikes, including 7-year-old Ranan Arafat in the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City. An 11-month-old, Ahmad Masharawi…. Related: Israel strikes Gaza City, 2 in critical condition

Top Hamas commander killed in Israeli airstrike
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamasmilitary chief was killed by an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday as multiple attacks struck the Gaza Strip, Hamas and Israel said, ending what had appeared to be a tacit truce between both sides. Ahmed al-Jaabari, who ran the organization’s armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, died along…. Related: Israel official: Jaabari killing is first of many Gaza strikes and Israeli general sees ‘protracted days’ of Gaza fighting

Israel strikes Gaza City, 2 in critical condition
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli jets struck two sites in Gaza City on Wednesday evening, leaving two Palestinians critically wounded, medics said. More than 17 people were injured in an Israeli airstrike on a residential home in Tal al-Hawa in southern Gaza City, two of whom are in a serious condition, medics said. Another…. Related: Israel strikes Gaza after assassinating Hamas commander

Israel official: Jaabari killing is first of many Gaza strikes
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli official said Wednesday the assassination of Hamas‘ top commander in the Gaza Strip was not the end of Israel’s assault on the coastal territory and more strikes would follow. Ahmed al-Jaabari, Hamas‘s military chief, was killed when his car was hit by an Israeli airstrike. Multiple…. Related: Top Hamas commander killed in Israeli airstrike andIsraeli general sees ‘protracted days’ of Gaza fighting

Israel mulls toppling Abbas over UN bid
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel may try to topple President Mahmoud Abbas if he carries out a plan to ask the United Nations this month to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority, an official said on Wednesday. The upgrade would give the Palestinians a place in the world body akin to that of the Vatican — short….

Armed groups vow response to assassination of Hamas leader
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Armed groups in Gaza on Wednesday vowed to respond to Israel’s assassination of a top Hamas military commander. Israel killed al-Qassam Brigades leader Ahmad al-Jaabari on Wednesday in a missile strike on his car in Gaza City. Hamas politburo member Izzat al-Rishiq said al-Jaabari’s blood would….

Israel okays mobilizing reserve troops for Gaza if needed
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The Israeli cabinet gave preliminary authorization on Wednesday for the mobilization of military reserves if required to press an air assault against the Gaza Strip. Ministers convened in Jerusalem agreed “to allow the (Israeli army) to enlist reserve forces in accordance with the need and the authorization of the defense minister,” a statement…. Related: Israeli general sees ‘protracted days’ of Gaza fighting

Gaza factions fire rocket barrage into Israel
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Militant groups in Gaza on Wednesday fired a barrage of rockets at Israeli military sites and across the border in response to the assassination of a Hamas military leader. Israel on Wednesday launched “Operation Pillar of Cloud,” killing al-Qassam brigades commander Ahmad al-Jaabari and at least five others including a….

Hamas: Suspected Israeli airstrike wounds 2 in Gaza car
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — Israeli aircraft attacked a car in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, critically wounding two passengers, the enclave’s Hamas government said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the incident, which appeared to end a 24-hour lull in cross-border violence that surged this week. [END]

PCHR: Israel bans man from seeing son for 5 years
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has prevented a 22-year-old prisoner, who was arrested aged 14, from receiving visits from his father for five years, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Wednesday. Abdel Abu Habel, who was arrested in 2004, has only been allowed six visits during his 8-year imprisonment.”I have already….

PCHR: PA security violently break up Hebron sit-in
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority policewomen violently dispersed a sit-in of women and children in Hebron on Tuesday, a Palestinian rights group said. Around 20 relatives of Raed Hmaydan al-Sharbaty gathered outside the Preventative Security headquarters in Hebron to protest his continued detention by the security force, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said….

Addameer: Israel extends detention of rights researcher
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court extended the detention of human rights advocate Ayman Nasser for a further nine days on Wednesday, Addameer said. Nasser, 42, was detained on Oct. 15 from his home in the village of Saffa, west of Ramallah. He has been working as a researcher for prisoners rights group Addameer….

Report: 4 rockets fired at Israel from Sinai
11/14/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Four rockets were fired at southern Israel on Wednesday, reportedly from the Sinai peninsula, Israeli media reported. Four rockets landed near the Egyptian border in the Eshkol regional council, Israeli news site Ynet reported. No injuries or damage was reported. An Israeli army spokeswoman said one rocket shell was….

Israel releases footage of Gaza assassination
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military released video Wednesday that it said shows the assassination of a senior Hamas military leader in the Gaza Strip. Israel said the footage showed the attack that killed al-Qassam Brigades leader Ahmad al-Jaabari and his aide Muhammad al-Hums. The assassination was followed by strikes on Hamas‘ police…. Related: Israel strikes Gaza after assassinating Hamas commander

PRC: Jaabari assassination ‘opened gates of hell’
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmad al-Jaabari is a declaration of war against Gaza Strip, the Popular Resistance Committees said Wednesday. Al-Jaabari, who ran the al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Wednesday afternoon as multiple attacks struck the Gaza Strip. PRC spokesman Abu Mujahid….

Egypt recalls ambassador from Israel over Gaza attacks
11/14/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel on Wednesday after Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip killed Hamas‘s top military commander and at least five other Palestinians, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said.” President Mohamed Mursi has followed the Israeli brutal assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian…. Related: Israel envoy leaves Egypt, diplomat says not summoned and Egypt condemns Israel attacks on Gaza, demands halt

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Refrain from Gaza attack
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Physicians for Human Rights-Israel said Wednesday that attacks on the Gaza Strip would fail and urged the Israeli government to rethink the campaign it started by assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari.” Violence has failed previously and will fail again, as well as continue to generate hatred and vengeance,” Physicians for….

Israel sentences Gaza man to 23 years
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian man to 23 years, Israeli media reported. Jihad Abu Thaher, from Gaza, was convicted of involvement a series of attacks against Israeli civilians and military targets, the settler news site Arutz Sheva reported. [END]

Amnesty: Assassination places civilians at risk
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International warned Wednesday that Israel’s assassination of the head of Hamasmilitary wing placed civilians in Gaza as well as Israel at grave risk.”All sides have to step back from the brink in order to protect civilian lives,” said Ann Harrison, deputy director of Amnesty’….

Protests against Gaza violence in West Bank
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians protested Wednesday in the occupied West Bank after Israel launched a brutal assault on the Gaza Strip, killing at least six people. In Ramallah, about 200 Palestinians marched against the violence toward Beit El, an Israeli settlement, but Palestinian Authority security forces blocked their path. A witness told Ma’….

Police say 4 arrested in Jerusalem for stabbing Israeli man
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians have been arrested in Jerusalem on suspicion of stabbing an Israeli man on Nov. 2, Israeli police said Wednesday. Two main suspects are accused of stabbing the man, while two others helped them flee the scene, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an. All suspects are aged….

Peres briefs Obama on Israel’s killing of Hamas commander
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli President Shimon Peres briefed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday about Israel’s killing of a Hamas military commander in Gaza, saying the man was a “mass-murderer”, Peres’ office said in a statement. Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Israeli prime minister, told Obama that the killing of…. Related: US condemns Gaza rockets

US condemns Gaza rockets
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United States on Wednesday condemned rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel and expressed “regret” over the deaths and injury of innocents.”We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties,” State Department spokesman…. Related: Peres briefs Obama on Israel’s killing of Hamas commander

100 Christian community leaders back UN bid
11/14/2012 – Palestine, the Holy Land, is our homeland. Our roots here stretch for centuries. We, Palestinian Christians, are the descendants of the first Christians. We are also an organic and integral component of the Palestinian people. And just like our Palestinian Muslim brothers and sisters, we have been denied our national and human rights for almost….

Report: Israel may cancel Oslo Accords if UN bid adopted
11/14/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel will consider the full or partial cancellation of the Oslo Accords if the Palestinian bid for non-member status is adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month, Haaretz reported Wednesday. Israeli diplomats have reportedly been instructed to brief the leaders of the countries in which they serve…. Related: Erekat: Israel doesn’t abide by Oslo and Hundreds of settlers visit Nablus tomb

Hamas applauds militant factions in Gaza
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas cabinet in Gaza on Wednesday congratulated militant factions for their response to Israeli attacks on the enclave. Militants fired over 100 rockets at Israeli military sites and across the border in response to Israeli shelling and airstrikes which killed three Palestinian fighters and four civilians since Saturday. In….

Erekat: Israel doesn’t abide by Oslo
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel does not abide by the Oslo Accords, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Wednesday, responding to reports Israel would cancel the 1993 agreement if the UN admits Palestine as a non-member state. Israeli diplomats have warned governments around the world that Israel will consider full or partial cancellation of the Oslo…. Related: Hundreds of settlers visit Nablus tomb and Report: Israel may cancel Oslo Accords if UN bid adopted

PLO urges Arab nations to support UN bid
11/14/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The PLO’s executive committee on Wednesday urged Arab countries to vote in favor of Palestine’s bid to upgrade its status at the United Nations later this month.” On the 24th anniversary of Independence, the PLO calls on the Palestinian community and political factions to keep fighting in….

UK appoints trade envoy to Palestine
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Kingdom has appointed a trade envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian territories, its consulate in Jerusalem said Wednesday. Baroness Patricia Morris of Bolton, Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, will promote British trade in these countries, as well as raising the profile of their markets in the….

Report: Arab League chief says UN bid will halt annexation
11/14/2012 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said Wednesday that Palestine’s UN bid will prevent Israel from using pretexts to annex more lands, official PA media reported. The bid to upgrade Palestine’s status to a non-member state will also allow Palestinians to file complaints at the International Criminal Court….

Israel says Syrian rebels hold villages on Golan slopes
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are faltering against rebels, some of whom are dug in on the eastern foothills of the Golan Heights, Israel said on Wednesday. The violence near the Israeli-occupied Golan has jarred Israel, which this week twice shot back after stray Syrian fire hit its side — the old….

Israeli general sees ‘protracted days’ of Gaza fighting
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s aerial assault on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday could draw cross-border Palestinian rocket attacks and stretch into days of fighting, the Israeli military spokesman said.” The days we face in the south will, in my estimation, prove protracted,” Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai told Channel 2 TV after Israeli air strikes killed…. Related: Israel official: Jaabari killing is first of many Gaza strikes and Israel okays mobilizing reserve troops for Gaza if needed

Abbas calls Arab League over Israeli offensive on Gaza
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Arab League chief to convene an emergency session to halt Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. The Palestinian Authority leader asked Nabil al-Arabi to bring the permanent representatives together immediately, warning Israel’s airstrikes across Gaza have “dangerous consequences,” PA….

Egypt condemns Israel attacks on Gaza, demands halt
11/14/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s foreign ministry condemned on Wednesday a series of Israeli strikes that killed a Hamas top military commander in the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate halt to the attacks. The attacks came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after a…. Related: Egypt recalls ambassador from Israel over Gaza attacks

Fatah condemns ‘barbaric Israeli aggression’
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah on Wednesday denounced the “barbaric Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip” and urged the international community to take action. Fatah in the Gaza Strip said in a statement that “all the Palestinians are requested to stick to their responsibilities and confront the ongoing aggression.”We need to embody national….

UN chief urges Israel, Hamas to avoid escalating Gaza violence
11/14/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The UN chief on Wednesday called on Israel and Hamas to prevent an escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip and urged both sides to ensure civilians will be protected, a UN spokesman said.” The Secretary-General calls for an immediate de-escalation of tensions,” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said, adding that it was….

Hamas appeals to Egypt to stop Gaza attacks
11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday called on Egypt and the Arab world to stop Israel’s operation on the Gaza Strip.” We call on our Arab brothers, and especially Egypt. . . and the new Egyptian presidency, to suppress this barbaric campaign in defense of Gaza and its people,” Haniyeh…. Related: Egypt recalls ambassador from Israel over Gaza attacks

Qatar wants Israel punished for Gaza attacks
11/14/2012 – RIYADH (Reuters) — Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani on Wednesday condemned the Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip that killed Hamas‘s top military commander and at least six other Palestinians and said they should not go unpunished.” I condemn in the name of Qatar. . . This filthy crime must not pass without….

Russia calls for end to attacks, violence in Gaza
11/14/2012 – RIYADH (Reuters) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Wednesday for an end to violence in the Gaza Strip after Israeli airstrikes killed the military commander of Hamas‘s armed wing and six other Palestinians. Speaking at a news conference after a meeting with Gulf Arab foreign ministers in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Lavrov said….

Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza
11/14/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Arab foreign ministers will meet on Saturday at the Cairo-based Arab League to discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza, Deputy Arab League chief Ahmed Ben Helli told Reuters.” The Arab League called on Arab foreign ministers to hold a meeting in Cairo this Saturday to investigate the Israeli assault on Gaza strip,” Ben….

PA urges UN Security Council action over Israel strikes
11/14/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to take a stand on Israel’s latest offensive in the Gaza Strip, which it said in a letter to the council amounted to “illegal criminal actions.” “This escalation, which continues at this moment, demands the attention of the international community….

Israel envoy leaves Egypt, diplomat says not summoned
11/14/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Israel’s ambassador left Egypt after President Mohamed Mursi announced he was summoning him to discuss the Israeli attacks in Gaza and would recall Egypt’s ambassador from Israel, an airport source said on Wednesday.” The Israeli ambassador to Egypt left suddenly along with his embassy staff. . . after Egypt summoned its….

11/14/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike killed Ahmad Said Khalil al-Jaabari, Hamas‘ most senior military commander, in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Al-Jaabari was born in 1960 in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City, where he obtained a bachelors degree in history from the Islamic University. The military leader survived several Israeli….

Israeli shekel slides after Hamas commander killed
11/14/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s shekel slid more than one percent to a two-month low against the dollar on Wednesday after Israel killed the military commander of militant group Hamas in an airstrike that investors fear could trigger a new wave of violence.” It caught the market sleeping,” said Dan Biro, a dealer at Israel….

Jericho to host international banking conference
11/14/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Monetary Authority will host an international banking conference on Nov. 26 to enhance small and medium-sized business in the West Bank. The conference, “Empowering Small and Medium Enterprises in Palestine,” will be held in Jericho and is organized by the PMA, International Finance Corporation and the Association of Banks….

Syrian women find new roles at home and on front line
11/14/2012 – ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) — As Syria’s rebellion has slid from peaceful protest into all-out war, women have had to find new roles in the struggle to oust President Bashar Assad. Umm Hassan, wrinkled and stooped, spends her days in her tiny concrete home, cooking rice and lentils for her sons and their comrades fighting….

Iran detains 7 people over blogger’s death
11/14/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iranian authorities have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in the death of a blogger in police custody, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. In a case that sparked international outrage, 35-year-old Sattar Beheshti who wrote a blog critical of the government was arrested on Oct. 30 after receiving death threats and died….

Jordan risks instability after lifting of subsidies
11/14/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Facing the specter of bankruptcy, the Jordanian government lifted fuel subsidies to avert economic collapse. But the Western-backed kingdom now risks instability after long averting the Arab Spring unrest that shook its neighbors. The sweeping subsidies decision, which took effect on Wednesday after repeated delays, sparked scattered protests across the kingdom. Skirmishes….

Syrian jailed in Turkey for spying on refugee camps
11/14/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — A Syrian man was jailed for 12 and a half years in Turkey on Wednesday for espionage, in what media reports said was a plot to abduct former Syrian military officers who had defected and were sheltering in refugee camps. Sbahi Hamdo, described as a professor at the Faculty of Medicine in the….

Thousands rally in Ireland after woman denied abortion dies
11/14/2012 – DUBLIN (Reuters) — Thousands of people rallied outside Ireland’s parliament on Wednesday to demand strict abortion rules be eased after a pregnant Indian woman repeatedly denied a termination died in an Irish hospital. Savita Halappanavar, 31, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland last month, died of septicaemia a week after….

US concerned about arrest of citizen in South Sudan
11/14/2012 – JUBA (Reuters) — The United States expressed deep concern on Wednesday for a US citizen held in South Sudan on a kidnap charge but who, his wife says, is victim of an extortion attempt by security officials. Elton Mark McCabe was arrested in the east African country last month on charges of kidnapping an Indian businessman….


Israel PM ‘prepared to expand’ Gaza operation
AlJazeera 14 Nov 2012 – Air strikes continue as Netanyahu says Israel sent a “clear message” to Hamas through the killing of its military chief.

Obituary: Ahmad Jabari
AlJazeera 14 Nov 2012 – The chief of Hamas‘s military branch, assassinated in the Gaza Strip, was initially a Fatah activist.

Palestine News Network

Hunger Strikers Face Imminent Danger to Lives as Strike Escalates in Israeli Prisons
Palestine News Network

Video: Israeli Strike Kills Hamas Military Chief Ahmad Jabari
Palestine News Network

PA Bid: Israel Threatens President Abbas to Cancel Aslo Accords
Palestine News Network

Four Palestinians Arrested During Confrontations with Israeli Soldiers at Joseph Tomb
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Raids Hebron, Hands Palestinian an Interrogation Notice
Palestine News Network

Palestine News Network

Statement from 100 Christian Community Leaders in the Holy Land to European Countries: Support Palestine’s Membership in…
Palestine News Network

MN Court of Appeals Approves Investment of State Retirement Funds in Israel’s War Crimes
Palestine News Network

Creativity in Captivity: A Palestinian Art Festival
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Occupied Lives: I have not seen my son for more than five years
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns the Attacks on Peaceful Assemblies in Gaza and Hebron
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

A new Gaza Massacre: Press Release
11/14/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 14th November 2012, The One Democratic State Group, Gaza Strip, via www. odsg. org – Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine–The Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel, University Teachers’ Association and The One Democratic State Group condemn in the strongest possible terms the criminal Israeli attack against innocent Palestinians in the…. Related: www.odsg.org

Israel attacks on al-Shoja’iya, Gaza. 4 Palestinian civilians killed, 38 injured
11/14/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 11th November 2012, Hussain News, Gaza Strip – For two days, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) bombed and shelled civilians in the Gaza Strip. Five Palestinian civilians including 3 children were killed. 52 civilians including 6 women and 12 children were wounded. Many of the injuries remain critical, some have amputations. 2 members of the Palestinian….

Letter from ISM activist in Gaza
11/14/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 14th November 2012 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Strip – Dear All. I am calling on all your support for the besieged people of the Gaza Strip. Here in Gaza, more than 10 people have been killed so far in the Israeli operation named “Pillar of Defence” within the last 7 hours, including countless children such as….

Alternative Information Center

Netanyahu’s big gamble
Alternative Information Center – If certain public opinion polls are correct, Netanyahu will become an untouchable prime minister following his election merger between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu. Avigodr Lieberman will choose if he prefers to be Minister of Defense…


Stray shells don’t indicate Syria wants conflict with Israel, say defense sources
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

After Israeli operation, Gazans brace for the worst
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Gaza – the first Netanyahu war
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Schools closed in south, Home Front Command alerts mayors in center
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Carmel area mayors now favor inland natural gas depot
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Israel may expand Gaza operation, says senior official
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Israel killed its subcontractor in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

PROFILE: Who was Ahmed Jabari?
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Egypt recalls envoy in Israel over Gaza attack
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Jerusalem preparing for ‘significant expansion’ of Gaza operation, says government official
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Abbas calls for urgent Arab League meeting on Israel’s Gaza strikes
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

VIDEO: IDF launches surgical strike on Hamas chief
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Egypt condemns Israel attacks on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Things getting worse at Better Place as Israeli CEO quits
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

LIVE BLOG: Israel launches military operation in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari killed by Israeli strike
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Four rockets fired from direction of Sinai strike southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Thousands of Palestinians protest to mark ‘Independence Day’
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Lieberman mulling offer to Palestinians: Drop UN bid and Israel will recognize state within provisional borders
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Syrian rebels trying to seize area near Israel border to weaken Assad’s forces
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Israeli Arabs fume at plans to reward schools for IDF enlistment
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

UTJ fires first salvo in war on rival Shas ahead of Israeli elections
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Israel’s interior minister denies reports he helped spring murderer from Thai prison
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Far-right MKs unite to form new party
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Round 2 of ‘Israel, Palestine at the ICC’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – If the PA obtains non-member nation status at the UN, it may again try to prosecute the Jewish state. 

Israel lobbies world support for Gaza operation
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Foreign Ministry: IDF has a duty to protect nation’s citizens; Israeli Ambassador to UN Prosor sends 2 urgent letters to UNSC, Ban. 

Analysis: The battle for the South has begun
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012Hamas can accept deterrence or force IDF into ground offensive. 

Gazans fire 87 rockets; cabinet approves reserve call-up
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – IDF assassinates Hamas terror chief Ahmed Jabari and begins Operation Pillar of Defense, with intense aerial strikes throughout the Gaza Strip; 8 Palestinians killed in air strikes; IDF infantry forces deployed to Gaza border. 

Beersheba residents hunker down for long night
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – “Our kids are afraid to stay home or go to sleep,” says mother. 

‘Explosive population growth means disaster’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Technion’s Shamir: Israel will meet its water needs through 2050. 

Hebrew U: How we can do math without knowing
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – It is possible to solve math problems and even read words and phrases subliminally without being aware of them. 

Sderot opens ulpan for Ethiopian immigrants
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Despite the recent barrage of rockets in southern Israel, AMIT opened two new ulpan classes in Sderot. 

Hollande worried about support in France for terror
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – French President François Hollande expressed “deep concern” about the support in his country for Islamic terrorism. 

Obama to push for diplomacy with Iran
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Reelected president says “window of time” remains for diplomatic solution, but vows Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons. 

Fairness and the draft
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Deterrent value of possible punishment cannot be underestimated, might facilitate conscription of greater numbers of eligible haredim. 

Candidly Speaking: European Jews, time to wake up
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Time has arrived for Jews to take stock of themselves and consider aliya as a response to growing hatred that threatens to engulf them. 

China’s road to prosperity: Opportunities for Israel
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – A prosperous China is good for Israel, and a thriving Israel is good for China. 

Washington Watch: Now is the time for Obama to visit
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Barak should stop in another Asian country: Israel. It’s a trip he should have made early in his first term and is long overdue. 

Media Comment: It’s election time!
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – The Internet plays an ever-increasing role in our life and certainly when it comes to election campaigns. 

Fundamentally Freund: Time for Hispanic ‘hasbara’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Organizations such as AIPAC devote more resources to building relationships with Latino communities. 

Anti-war activists protest outside Barak’s home
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – About 100 activists chant “money for welfare, not war” outside Defense Minister’s home as Gaza operation takes off. 

Can Reform Judaism get its mojo back?
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – The Reform movement faces problems far deeper than the distractions of political correctness and ideological minefields. 

With malice aforethought: Media bias
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – This report on the Cape Times is another contribution to this ongoing battle for integrity in the media. 

Egypt recalls ambassador following Gaza strikes
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Morsi removes Egyptian ambassador on basis of “brutal” Israeli assault; Arab League calls special meeting in Cairo. 

Hamas: Assassination is a declaration of war
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012Abbas, Erekat condemn “brutal aggression” against Gaza Strip. 

Profile of a terrorist: Ahmed Jabari
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Ahmed Said Khalil Jabari was the most senior Hamas official to be killed by Israel since Operation Cast Lead four years ago. 

‘Syrian villages on Israel border in rebel hands’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Defense minister, PM tour the Syrian border; ‘Telegraph’ reports Syrian rebels take control of towns in demilitarized area. 

Why I am running for the Knesset
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – My hope is that by running for a spot on the party list, I can give a voice to those who are fed up with lack of accountability. 

Nakba Day attack truck driver sentenced to life
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Court sentences truck driver who killed a man, wounded 17 others in the Tel Aviv attack to life imprisonment and additional 40 years. 

Family Matters: Moving on up
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Expert Shimrit Nothman gives her advice on how to handle a spouse who can’t let go when packing to move to a new home. 

FM: Israel will act on Iran as it did in Iraq, Syria
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Liberman says public should trust decision makers with Tehran threat, accuses Abbas of trying to save himself with UN bid. 

Erekat: Israel seeking to keep occupation, cost-free
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Comments come after Foreign Ministry policy paper suggests ousting Abbas in response to PA bid for UN non-member status. 

Jewish pot activist hits new high with Colorado law
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Mason Tvert stood behind campaign to legalize marijuana which led to passage of watershed measure in November 6 election. 

Al-Azhar Grand Imam slams Israeli attacks on Gaza
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Imam of powerful Egyptian mosque denounces IDF attacks on Gaza, calls UN to stop “barbarism against defenseless civilians.” 

Live blog: TAU conference on electoral reform
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – The ‘Post’ brings you live coverage of ‘Shared Vision’ conference with Yair Lapid, Shelly Yacimovich, Tzipi Livni and Shaul Mofaz. 

NGO: High radiation in schools, kindergartens
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Three-year study shows abnormally high radiation levels in 101 of 172 elementary schools, 125 out of 814 kindergartens examined. 

Amid rockets, IFCJ gives NIS 8m. to southern towns
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2012 – International Fellowship of Christians and Jews gives contribution to emergency fund that equips rescue forces. 

The National

Briton on death row was big-time drug dealer, Abu Dhabi court told
The National 14 Nov 2012 – A police captain in charge of investigating the case of the British drug dealer sentenced to death testified before the Appeals Court yesterday.

19 dead in spate of Iraq violence
The National 14 Nov 2012 – A spate of apparently coordinated attacks across Iraq on the eve of the Islamic new year killed 19 people and wounded more than 150 others yesterday.

Malala to visit and thank UAE leaders for help
The National 14 Nov 2012 – Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, plans to visit UAE leaders to express her gratitude when she fully recovers next year.

Grieving father sparks debate over Turkish trial
The National 14 Nov 2012 – A cancer-stricken man crying over the coffin of his son has reignited a debate about the fairness of the biggest trial in Turkey’s history.

Jordan unrest over end of fuel subsidies
The National 14 Nov 2012 – Hundreds of Jordanians attacked police officers and burnt tyres in the streets while 120,000 teachers went on strike yesterday in the second day of counrywide protests against the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies and raise prices.

Lack of soft skills robs Arab youth of jobs, experts say
The National 14 Nov 2012 – The skills being taught in schools and universities do not match the skills required in the marketplace, say experts at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha.

New wave of protest sweeps Jordan
The National 14 Nov 2012 – Jordan’s critics and allies increasingly warn of more trouble ahead if King Abdullah does not heed demands for more reform.

Abu Dhabi Harlequins pitch in to help junior rugby players
The National 14 Nov 2012 – About 2,500 youngsters from the Arabian Gulf, Russia and UK will compete in the Junior Rugby Festival which kicks off in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

UAE initiative aims to cut suicide rate amongst blue-collar workers
The National 14 Nov 2012 – The Mission Zero Suicide campaign in the UAE aims to reduce suicide rates among blue-collar workers by offering them financial advice.

UAE nuclear authority calls for feedback on radiation safety rules
The National 14 Nov 2012 – The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) is asking for feedback on the draft of its radiation safety guide.

The Guardian

Hamas says ‘gates of hell opened’ as Israel kills military leader in Gaza
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Ahmed al-Jabari’s assassination in missile strike marks ‘start of broader operation’ that may involve ground troops, says Israel Israel launched a military operation to eliminate militants and weapon sites in the Gaza Strip, killing the commander…

Hamas: killing of military chief by Israel has ‘opened gates of hell’ – live
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Israel says assassination of Ahmed al-Jaabari is the start of a broader operation against Gazan militants Tom McCarthy Paul Owen

Israeli Defence Forces and Hamas exchange fire on Gaza … over Twitter
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Israel’s major operation against militants in Gaza provided a running response from the IDF and Hamas‘s military wing • Follow all the latest in our Middle East live blog The death of Hamas military leader Ahmed…

Israel’s attack on Gaza is full of risk
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Weaker Israeli-Egyptian ties and Hamas‘s failure to rein in extremists make the result of these strikes highly unpredictable Operation Pillar of Defence has been anticipated for many months following increasing rocket fire into Israel from Gaza,…

Egypt condemns Israeli air strikes in Gaza and demands ceasefire
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi’s party demands international action and accuses Israel of seeking to drag region towards instability Egypt has strongly condemned Israel’s military assault on Gaza, calling for an immediate cessation of the air strikes against…

Hamas military chief killed in Israeli air strike on Gaza Strip
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Ahmed al-Jaabari is most senior member of Palestinian group killed since Israeli invasion of Gaza four years ago Hamas‘s military commander has been killed in an Israeli air strike in a move likely to herald a…

Ahmed al-Jabari: the Hamas ‘general’ who kept out of the limelight
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – The head of Hamas‘s military wing was suspected of being behind the kidnapping of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit Ahmed al-Jabari, the operational commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas‘s military wing, kept largely out…

Hamas military chief killed in Israeli air strike – in pictures
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Ahmed al-Jaabari, head of Hamas‘s military wing, has died after his car was struck by a missile in Gaza City

Hamas military chief killed in Israeli strike on Gaza – video
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – The body of Ahmed al-Jaabari, the head of the Islamist organisation’s military wing, is carried to a morgue in Gaza City

Gorilla cubs born at Israel’s Ramat Gan safari park – video
The Guardian 14 Nov 2012 – Two female gorillas, Anya and Lia, tend to their newborn cubs at Ramat Gan safari park in Israel

Inter Press Service

Hamas Military Chief Killed in Israeli Attack
IPS A top Hamas commander was among seven people killed in more than 20 Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, as Israel began an operation targeting armed groups. Ahmad Jabari, the operational commander of Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, was killed on Wednesday alongside his bodyguard, Mohammed al-Hams,…

Israel Throttles Palestinian Television
IPS George Sahhar opens the door to a closet-sized control room, where a cacophony of wires, routers, papers, and computer screens are messily strewn across a desk. “This is where the transmitter was,” Sahhar said, pointing to a gaping hole amidst the disconnected wires, before continuing on to a bigger control…

Radical Clerics Seek to Legalise Child Brides
IPS An ultraconservative Salafi cleric recently sparked outrage among Egypt’s liberal circles when he attempted to justify his opposition to a proposed constitutional article that would outlaw the trafficking of women for sex. Speaking on privately-owned Al-Nas satellite channel, Sheikh Mohamed Saad El-Azhary said he feared the proposed article could conflict…


UNSG report on Israeli settlements

Dismissal of Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Against Rumsfeld Grants US Officials Greater Immunity for Torture

Israel rejects truce and escalates fighting in Gaza with assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed Al-Jabari

Israeli forces detain 10-year-old boy

BDS Roundup: Veolia loses another major contract in UK

Media-Military-Industrial Complex Disheartened by the Petraeus Affair

Israeli who revealed “medieval-style” torture of Palestinians faces virulent backlash


PCHR Condemns Security Services’ Intervention to Stop Events Commemorating the Death of President Arafat

Part 2: What’s Going on in Silwan? Elad’s List of Sins

Daily Star

Jordan: gunman killed in police station attacks
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Gunmen attacked two police stations in Jordan Wednesday as demonstrators threw rocks and denounced their king over price hikes in a rare spike of violence.

Pakistan agrees to free Taliban for peace process
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Pakistan agreed to free a handful of Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan government, in a move meant to help jumpstart a shaky peace process with the militant group in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said…

In war-torn Syria, secrets and double lives
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Every morning, Amjad goes through two army checkpoints to attend a school run by the Syrian government. Every night, he sits by his father’s side to plot attacks to bring that government down.

Israel says hasn’t recalled envoy to Egypt
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Israel’s ambassador to Egypt has not been recalled, an Israeli diplomat said in Jerusalem on Wednesday after a Cairo airport source reported the envoy had left with his staff.

Syria condemns Israel ‘atrocities’ in Gaza
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Syria condemned Israel’s “atrocities” in the Gaza Strip where a series of air raids on Wednesday killed the Hamas military chief and at least six other Palestinians, calling for action from the international community.

Morocco army helicopter crash kills nine
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Nine people were killed and two seriously injured in a military helicopter crash in the Guelmim area of southwest Morocco late on Wednesday, medical sources said.

US condemns Hamas, voices support for Israel
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 The Obama administration is giving full-throttled support to Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Russia ‘very concerned’ at Gaza escalation
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow was “very concerned” about the escalation in Gaza where an Israeli air strike killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari.

Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 The Cairo-based Arab League will discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza at a special meeting to be held either on Thursday or Saturday, a senior League diplomat told Reuters.

US not ready to term opposition ‘Syria government’
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Obama said Wednesday the United States is encouraged by Syria’s new opposition coalition but is not ready to crown it the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

Israeli airstrike kills Hamas military chief
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing in one of some 20 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, the heaviest barrage on the Palestinian territory in four years in retaliation for renewed rocket fire on…

Lavrov begins Gulf talks with Syria focus
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Riyadh for talks with his Arab counterparts in the Gulf on Wednesday that are expected to highlight differences on the conflict in Syria.

Libya swears in first elected government
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Libya’s first elected government was sworn in under tight security on Wednesday with the task of establishing democracy and reining in rival militias who helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi last year.

Syrian planes bomb near border, Turkey scrambles jets
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 Turkey scrambled fighter jets to its southeastern border with Syria on Wednesday in response to a renewed Syrian air assault of the rebel-held frontier town of Ras al-Ain, Reuters witnesses said.

Obama: No evidence general’s scandal hurt security
Daily Star 14 Nov 2012 President Barack Obama made his first public comments Wednesday on the growing scandal around two of the country’s most well-known generals.

YNet News

Carter Center calls for end to Gaza Violence
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – ….

UN’s Ban discusses escalation with Netanyahu, Morsi
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – ….

Obama to Morsi: Israel has right to defend itself
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – ….

3 rockets fired at Beersheba; 1 intercepted
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – ….

2 rockets fire at Beersheba; 1 intercepted
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – ….

Gaza rocket fire persists; gov’t okays IDF reserves call up
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – More than 80 rockets fired from Hamas-ruled territory following targeted killing of top commander Jabari; Grad hit Beersheba, Ashdod; Ashkelon also targeted; Iron Dome intercepts 27 rockets. Cabinet authorizes army to issue emergency orders to reserve units, while PM, Barak, Lieberman to decide on continuation of Operation Pillar of Defense. US ‘support Israel’s right to defend itself’ ….

Grad rockets hit Beersheba; Iron Dome intercepts rockets
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – Gaza terrorists’ response to Jabari hit includes Grad fire on Beersheba, Ashdod and Ofakim; air defense system intercepts several rockets ….

Barak: Most Hamas Fajr missiles destroyed
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – At IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, defense minister says Israel ‘does not want war, but Hamas provocations left us with no other choice but to launch operation.’ Netanyahu: We will not tolerate rocket threat on civilians ….

Noam Shalit: Gilad still processing Jabari hit
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – Father of former captive soldier says his son showed no sign of joy upon hearing about death of man who masterminded his abduction ….

Peres to Obama: There’s a limit to what we can take 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – President briefs US counterpart on assassination of top Hamas commander; ‘mothers and children cannot sleep quietly at night,’ he says ….

Watch: Assassination of Hamas military chief
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – IDF releases video showing airstrike on Ahmed al-Jabari’s car in Gaza, which also killed his son ….

Peres in Sderot: Shocking inequality 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – President visits rocket-stricken south hours before Israel launches operation against Gaza terrorists. ‘We must cease the constant flow of funds to Hamas-ruled territory,’ he says ….

What are Orthodox Jews afraid of? 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: While US Jews work to unite all communities despite differences, discrimination against Reform Jews continues in Israel ….

Palestinian Information Center

Egypt recalls ambassador, asks for UNSC meeting to discuss the Israeli attacks
PIC – Egypt has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv for consultation in the wake of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, Egyptian presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said on Wednesday.

Haneyya calls for convening an Arab summit to confront the Israeli aggression
PIC – Ismail Haneyya, the Palestinian premier in Gaza, has called for the convening of an emergency Arab summit to confront the savage aggression on Gaza.

Dozens of Qassam rockets launched in response of the Israeli crimes
PIC – The Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, declared on Wednesday evening its responsibility for the bombing of Israeli sites and targets in southern Palestine, by dozens of rockets. 

Gaza Interior Ministry confirms its readiness to secure back of resistance
PIC – The Ministry of Interior and National Security in Gaza confirmed that the security services would deal seriously with any attempt to tamper with internal security,”

Hamas mourns the leader al-Jabari and his bodyguard al-Hams
PIC – Hamas declared the martyrdom of Ahmad Jabari, the senior commander of the military wing of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, alongside his bodyguard, Mohammed al-Hams..

Gaza Health Ministry declares a state of emergency
PIC – Gaza Health Ministry announced a permanent state of emergency in the Gaza Strip following the fall of a number of martyrs and wounded due to the intensive airstrikes on different parts of Gaza.

FJP: Egypt will not allow continuing aggression on Gaza
PIC – Muslim brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), condemned the assassination of Ahmed al-Jabari, top commander of Hamas‘s armed wing Al-Qassam brigades, by the IOF. 

Al-Risheq: Al-Jabari’s assassination will not bring peace to the occupation
PIC – Member of Hamas political bureau Izzat al-Risheq mourned Ahmad al-Jaabri, leader of the military wing of Hamas, and stressed that “this crime will not weaken the resistance..

Seven martyrs in Israeli air raids on Gaza
PIC – A series of Israeli air raids on Gaza Strip killed seven Palestinians including a three-year-old child and the chief commander of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, Ahmed Al-Ja’bari.

Qassam Brigades: Israel opened the gates of hell on itself
PIC – The armed wing of Hamas, the Qassam Brigades, said after the targeted killing of its commander Ahmed Al-Ja’bari in Gaza on Wednesday that Israel “has opened the gates of hell on itselfâ€.


European Parliament Member Calls for Protecting Bedouins in Naqab, West Bank
WAFA – 14 Nov 2012

Palestinians Block Roads Used by Settlers
WAFA – 14 Nov 2012

Newspapers Review: Youth Protests Dominate Daily’s Front Page
WAFA – 14 Nov 2012

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


Growing ties between Egypt, Turkey may signal new regional order
LA Times 13 Nov 2012 – The emerging alliance between Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan reflects two Islamist leaders maneuvering to reshape the Middle East. CAIRO — Egypt and Turkey are forging an alliance that showcases two Islamist leaders maneuvering to reshape a Middle East gripped by political…

Israelis Launch Major Assault on Gaza, Killing Hamas Commander
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – Israeli forces launched aerial assaults on Gaza, hitting at least 20 targets. The attacks drew Egypt’s condemnation and escalated the risks of a new war in the Middle East.

Israel Heightens Warnings Over Palestinians’ U.N. Bid
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – The Foreign Ministry suggests that if the Palestinians succeed in winning enhanced status at the United Nations, Israel may cancel the Oslo peace accords and move to oust the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Ordering More Airstrikes, Syria Calls French Recognition of Rebels ‘Immoral’
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – France is seeking to inject momentum into an effort to build a viable opposition to hasten the end of the civil war, but the United States has yet to recognize the new alliance as Syrians’ sole representative.

Kilis Journal: Along Syrian Border, Lives Defined by War
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – Everyone along the Turkish-Syrian border, it seems, either wants in on the action or just wants it all to go away.

At Least 20 Killed in Attacks Throughout Iraq
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – More than 100 people were wounded as blasts struck a variety of civilian, government and security targets in half a dozen provinces.

Baghdad and Kurdistan at Odds Over Oil
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – The Kurds are intent on maintaining their autonomy in developing their own oil resources, while federal government insists that only it has authority to grant access to Iraq’s natural resources.

Christopher Stevens and the Problem of American Diplomacy
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – With the ever-rising need for security abroad, what can American diplomacy accomplish in the fragile nations that need it most?

Jordan Protests Turn Deadly on Second Day
New York Times 14 Nov 2012 – Opposition leaders scrambled to harness a spontaneous eruption of anger on the second day of demonstrations.

Electricity to rise 10% in April 
Globes Energy & Water – Almost all of the pending rate hike is due to the halt in Egyptian natural gas deliveries last year.

Cheap electricity era is over 
Globes Energy & Water – In the long run, a realistic electricity rate will have to be set which will reflect the production cost of electricity and ensure a realistic return on capital.

S&P Maalot puts IEC on watch list 
Globes Energy & Water – S&P Maalot reiterated its AA- rating with a “Negative” outlook for Israel Electric Corp. and put the utility on its watch list.

Barak: There’s no quick fix
Globes Main News – Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the IDF opertation in Gaza was only beginning. Egypt has recalled its ambassador.

Better Place Israel CEO quits
Globes Main News – The shake-up at the electric car venture continues as Moshe Kaplinsky steps down and is replaced by former Bezeq CFO Alan Gelman.

Wed: Gaza assassination pushes TASE down
Globes Main News – Mellanox rose strongly, but Partner was down for the biggest loss on the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

Leumi Mortgage Bank profit doubles
Globes Main News – Leumi Mortgage Bank doubled its net profit to NIS 86 million for the third quarter of 2012.

Banks seek foreclosure of Tshuva, Dankner’s Plaza Las Vegas
Globes Main News – In response to today’s announcement, market sources increasingly believe that Nochi Dankner and Yitzhak Tshuva will give up on the project.

Alvarion swings to loss on sharply lower revenue
Globes Main News – Non-GAAP net loss was $7.7 million for the third quarter, compared with a net profit of $325,000 for the corresponding quarter.

Analysts see 0.2% rise in CPI in October
Globes Macro Economics – The range of forecasts among analysts about the rise in the CPI in October ranges from 0.1% to 0.5%.

UAV maker Aeronautics fires 30 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The company has fired another 30 employees, after firing 60 employees, a tenth of its workforce, in October.

Israel Launches Gaza Invasion, Assassinates Hamas Military Wing Chief
Tikun Olam – Several hours ago, Israel assassinated Ahmed Jabari along with his son, a Hamas operative and at least three other civilians in an attack that launched a new war in Gaza.  Israelis have been receiving call-ups for reserve duty as happens whenever a war or ground operation…

Petraeus Mess: Clean House at FBI
Tikun Olam – After reading Glenn Greenwald and Scott Shane yesterday, I’m convinced that the FBI office in Tampa and the U.S. attorney who approved the investigation into Jill Kelley’s emails, and the fishing expedition into Paula Broadwell’s e-mail accounts, should be summarily fired.  There is simply no crime…

IDF Colonel Accused of War Crimes Promoted to General
Tikun Olam – Col. Ilan Malka, “hero” of Gaza war, murderer of al-Samouni clan, promoted to Brig. Gen. (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.  Col. Ilan Malka, who was…

JVP Statement on Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense”
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rabbi Alissa Wise, alissa@jvp.org Jewish Voice for Peace Statement on Israel’s Operation “Pillar of Defense” As Israel launches operation “Pillar of Defense” in Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) calls for an immediate cessation of the air strikes and naval bombardment into…

Worldwide protests against Israeli aggression in Gaza
Mondoweiss – A protest in London in 2009. (Photo: AFP) Here is a list of Emergency Global Actions for Gaza being planned around the world. Please tweet @southsouth or @ riverdryfilm or email southissouth@gmail.com to add events to the list. TONIGHT, Wed 14 Nov Jerusalem | Damascus Gate, 7:00 p.m….

Gaza Under Attack: International eyewitnesses call for action
Mondoweiss – Large fire caused by an Israeli airstrike on a house in Tel al Hawa, Gaza City on Wednesday evening, November 14 2012. (Photo: Lydia De Leeuw) Wednesday, 14 November 2012, Gaza City Beginning at 3:35 pm today, the Gaza Strip has been shaken by several Israeli…

JVP: It is unseemly for Operation ‘Pillar of Defense’ to invoke biblical passage from Exodus when Israel is dominant military power in the region
Mondoweiss – Jewish Voice for Peace released the following statement today: As Israel launches operation “Pillar of Defense” in Gaza, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) calls for an immediate cessation of the air strikes and naval bombardment into Gaza and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza….

On the West Bank, the mood is resigned, edgy
Mondoweiss – I was in Bethlehem when word came of the Israeli assassination in Gaza — “this is very bad news,” my friend said, looking at her phone — and then spent the rest of the night in the West Bank, and the only word for the mood…

Nous accusons: Mainstream media fails to report context and severity of Israeli atrocities against Gaza
Mondoweiss – CNN screenshot from August, 2011. David Heap just sent us this statement from participants of a recent delegation to Gaza: While countries across Europe and North America commemorated military casualties of past and present wars on November 11, Israel was targeting civilians. On November 12, waking…

Exile and the Prophetic: The face of war
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. Strange days are upon us. The war in Afghanistan continues. Gaza is heating up once again. Juxtapositions are part of life but…

Obama Plans Diplomatic Push on Iran Nukes 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2012 – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he will renew efforts for a diplomatic resolution to Iran’s suspected attempt to build a nuclear weapon, but denied that any talks with Tehran were imminent. Click here for the rest of the article…

French Muslims Hope To Learn on Israel Visit 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2012 – Standing in long, colorful robes and wearing traditional rounded hats, a group of men stood in reverent silence as one of their leaders placed a memorial wreath at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust museum. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Pounds Gaza In Bid To Quell Rocket Fire 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2012 – Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza on Wednesday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would “open the gates of hell”. Click here for the rest of…

U.N. Iran Nuclear Report a Mixed Bag 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2012 – Iran is believed to have increased the number of centrifuges in an underground nuclear plant by nearly a third in three months, diplomats say, underlining the tough task facing major powers pressing Tehran to curb its atomic activity. Click here for the rest of the article……

Egypt: Morsi – Nation Fully Supports Palestinians for UN Membership 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi confirmed Egypt’s full support of the Palestinians in their bid to have the United Nations (UN) observer status, Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said in a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after his meeting with the President on Tuesday 13/11/2012.

Egypt: Al-Azhar Grand Imam Urges Int’l Community to Protect Gaza 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2012 – [Egypt Online]Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb urged on Tuesday 13/11/2012 the international community to shoulder its responsibility towards the residents of the Gaza Strip.

Tunisia: Tunisia to Face Bahrain in Arab Volleyball Final 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2012 – [Magharebia]Tunisia will meet hosts Bahrain in the 18th Arab Volleyball Championship final on Tuesday (November 13th), after ousting Saudi Arabia 3-0. Libya, which lost 3-0 to Bahrain in the semis, will vie for the bronze.

Tunisia: Palestinians Seek Tunisia’s Support to Defend Cause of Prisoners 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Minister of Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs in the dismissed Gaza Government Attalah Abu Al-Sabah called on Tunisia to support Palestinian prisoners and defend their cause in international authorities when meeting Tuesday in Tunis with Minister of Justice Noureddine Bhiri.

Israel’s Post-Election War 
The Magnes Zionist 14 Nov 2012 – I don’t know whether Nate Silver gives odds on wars, but the odds of Israel escalating its aggression against Gaza were higher than the odds Silver gave for Obama winning the last election — I mean the odds on election day. It has been clear for…

Boycott campaign is essential for effective pressure on Israel 
Global BDS 14 Nov 2012 – The Palestinian cause is not a charity. The international community, however, has often failed to grasp the nature of the struggle for justice, preferring to channel funds to Palestinian “development” projects to compensate for the lack of will to put serious pressure on Israel. That mentality…

Historic UC Irvine divestment vote deals stinging defeat to Zionist bullying on campus 
Global BDS 14 Nov 2012 – Just over a year since an Orange County jury, in a politically-motivated prosecution, convicted  the “ Irvine 11 ” students for disrupting a lecture by Israeli Ambassdor  Michael Oren , the Associated Students of  UC Irvine  voted unanimously tonight to call for divestment from companies that profit…

Gaza students launch “boycott Israel” campaign 
Global BDS 12 Nov 2012 – Malaka Mohammed, an English literature student at the  Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), is the president of the university’s English Language Club for female students. Under her leadership, the club of 15 members has embarked this fall on the  Gaza Strip’s  first campus-based  boycott, divestment and…

Big solidarity rally marks trial of activist who disrupted Israel-France basketball game 
Global BDS 11 Nov 2012 – Some 200 people turned out in the eastern French city of Chalon on Friday to show support for an activist standing trial for running on to the court during a match between Israel’s Maccabi Electra and the home team last month . Campagne BDS France , one of…

Israel ‘ready to widen Gaza op’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the country’s military is prepared to extend its operation against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

EU ‘approves $6.4bn Egypt aid’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – The European Union has approved a 5bn-euro ($6.4bn) financial support package for Egypt, the Egyptian presidency says.

Israel considers ‘toppling’ Abbas 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – A paper by Israel’s foreign ministry proposes “toppling” President Mahmoud Abbas if Palestine’s bid for UN non-member state status is approved.

Iran rescue helicopter crashes 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – An Iranian rescue helicopter carrying victims of a car accident crashes, killing 10 people, after reportedly hitting power lines in dense fog.

Obama’s Presidency Through Palestinian Eyes 
Sabbah report 14 Nov 2012 – Palestinians understand very well that the greedy American power elite strategic interests do not change with every new president. Obama is just a new toy. Obama’s Presidency Through Palestinian Eyes was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or…

UC-Irvine Students Pass Divestment Resolution 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 14 Nov 2012 – On Tuesday, November 13, the Associated Students of University of California-Irvine voted 16-0 to divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including from companies that contribute to illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories. The effort was led by the Students for…

Something Curious is Happening to Sunni Islam 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 14 Nov 2012 – A member of the Muslim Brotherhood punches an anti-Brotherhood protester at Tahrir Square, in Cairo 12 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamed Abd El Ghany) A member of the Muslim Brotherhood punches an anti-Brotherhood protester at Tahrir Square, in Cairo 12 October 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…

Israel Trains Bomb-Sniffing Mice for Army 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 14 Nov 2012 – Developers from the Bio Explorers Company show mice, that are used to detect explosives through their sense of smell, in the company’s new Bio-sensor based explosives detection system, in Tel Aviv on 13 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) Developers from the Bio Explorers Company…

A Day in Hezbollah’s Martyr Cemetery 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2012 – The mother is not talkative. She is busy tending to the graves and arranging flowers. (Photo: Haitham Al-Moussawi) The mother is not talkative. She is busy tending to the graves and arranging flowers. (Photo: Haitham Al-Moussawi) Over a decade ago, as a young man, Rabie attended…

Israel kills Hamas military commander 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2012 – Israel killed the military commander of Hamas in an airstrike on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, bringing the two sides to the brink of a possible new war. The attack came despite signs that Egypt had managed to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants after…

Solidere Burns Bright While Lebanon Goes Dark 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2012 – The power plant is just one example of what many see as the inappropriate prioritizing of upscale areas at the expense of poorer ones. (Photo: Marwan Tahthat) The power plant is just one example of what many see as the inappropriate prioritizing of upscale areas at…

Protesters demand “fall of the regime” in Jordan 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2012 – Overnight demonstrations over fuel price hikes in Jordan may have spiraled into a nation-wide revolt against the country’s regime Wednesday, according to various activist sources. Rioting broke out in several cities and various key routes were reported to have been blocked by protesters, after Jordanian prime…

Israel may cancel Oslo if Palestinian UN bid succeeds 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2012 – A November 11, 2012 file photo shows Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivering a speech to mark the eighth anniversary of the death of the late leader Yasser Arafat, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Israel may cancel the Oslo Accords…

South Yemen: Unification Dream Becomes Nightmare 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Israel ‘ready to widen Gaza op’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says the country’s military is prepared to extend its operation against Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Series of deadly bombings in Iraq 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – At least 17 people are killed and dozens more wounded in a series of bombings across Iraq, on the eve of the Islamic festival of Muharram.

EU ‘approves $6.4bn Egypt aid’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – The European Union has approved a 5bn-euro ($6.4bn) financial support package for Egypt, the Egyptian presidency says.

Israel considers ‘toppling’ Abbas 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – A paper by Israel’s foreign ministry proposes “toppling” President Mahmoud Abbas if Palestine’s bid for UN non-member state status is approved.

Iran rescue helicopter crashes 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – An Iranian rescue helicopter carrying victims of a car accident crashes, killing 10 people, after reportedly hitting power lines in dense fog.


Politicians line up behind Israeli assault on Gaza 
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 11/14/2012
      Israel launches a fresh operation on the Gaza Strip, killing Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari and several civilians. In the meanwhile, the opposition has never seemed so haggard.
     The assassination of Ahmad Jabari, the architect of both the recent Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and, more importantly, the détente that prevailed between Israel and Hamas for the past several years, is an uncharacteristically high-risk gamble by the Netanyahu and Barak duo. It’s uncharacteristic not only because Netanyahu, in the past, has been extremely careful not to upset the apple cart and has repeatedly dialed up the violence in the Gaza Strip and dialed it down again, but also because this round was already being calmed down via an Egypt-brokered ceasefire when the assassination got the go-ahead.
     My own hunch, and that of several Israeli observers, is that Barak is the prime mover behind this recent escalation. His has been a consistent voice for stronger Israeli military action in previous rounds of escalation in Gaza, and he stands more to gain from a large-scale military operation. Netanyahu is winning the elections with one hand tied behind his back; Barak and his splinter Independence Party, by contrast, have barely been scratching the electoral barrier. Appearing as a decisive, wily and sophisticated military mind next to a wallowing Netanyahu can only do Barak that much good, and Israeli Twitterati have already replaced “Pillar of Defense” the cringe-inducing, Freud-evoking codename for the operation with “Independence War.”
     Be that as it may, Netanyahu has signed up for this offensive and it now bears his name as surely as Cast Lead bears those of Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni. In the short term, his gamble might well conclude without political damage (the damage to the lives of Israeli and Gazan residents is clearly of comparatively little consequence to either him or his defense minister, otherwise the deescalation would have been allowed to take its course, as it has throughout Netanyahu’s tenure)…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s second war on Gaza? 
Connie Hackbarth, Alternative Information Center 11/14/2012
      Israel killed Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday afternoon in an extrajudicial assassination that abruptly ended Egyptian efforts to mediate an end to the fighting between Israel and forces in the Gaza Strip this past week, fighting that left seven Palestinians dead and tens wounded prior to Wednesday’s assassination. Israeli analysts claim this is the beginning of a second war on Gaza.
     Israel’s extrajudicial assassination of Ahmed Jabari was not a one-time attack, but further escalation in the aforementioned Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, a fact admitted by Israeli army spokesperson who said that the attack was intended “to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership,” and not simply to kill a man Israel describes as having “Israeli blood on his hands.”
     Israeli military analysts claim this series of attacks against Palestinian leaders in the Gaza Strip has been planned for months. 
     Israeli ground forces are ready to enter the Gaza Strip should the decision be taken, said Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and the government’s political-military cabinet is meeting now for updates on the assassination.
     Israel’s Foreign Ministry has declared an emergency situation in embassies throughout the world following the illegal killing of Jabari.
     Ahmed Jabari was born in the Shejaiya neighbourhood of Gaza City in 1960 and graduated with a degree in history from the Islamic University in Gaza. Jabari was arrested by Israel in 1982 for his activism within the Fatah party, to which he belonged. It is in Israeli prisons, reports note, that Jabari met fellow prisoners on their way to becoming top activists within Hamas, including Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi, Nizar Rayyan and Salah Shehadeh…. more.. e-mail

Gaza students launch ‘boycott Israel’ campaign 
Joe Catron, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 11/12/2012
      Malaka Mohammed, an English literature student at the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG), is the president of the university’s English Language Club for female students. Under her leadership, the club of 15 members has embarked this fall on the Gaza Strip’s first campus-based boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel. “After knowing that there was something called BDS, I made up my mind to do something,” Mohammed said. “So when we had our first meeting, I proposed that we boycott Israeli goods at IUG.”
     Student BDS activism in the Gaza Strip began with the January 2009 launch of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI), part of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). For nearly four years, the student campaign has organized at campuses across the coastal territory, mostly in support of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.
     But the IUG club’s activities are the first BDS-specific effort in the Gaza Strip based within a particular university, or opposed primarily to the purchase of Israeli products by Palestinians. “We have a special condition here in the Gaza Strip,” Haidar Eid, an English literature professor at Gaza City’s Al-Aqsa University, said. “We have been under a medieval siege since 2006. Often, we can hardly get alternative products. So we understand when people buy Israeli goods because they have no other choice.”
     Eid is an activist in PACBI and the Campaign to Open the Rafah Crossing Permanently and Unconditionally. “We encourage people to buy Egyptian, Turkish and Jordanian products smuggled through the tunnels whenever possible. But the priority goes to Palestinian goods,” he added. more.. e-mail

Don’t expect a second-term Obama to take on Israel 
Jonathan Cook in Nazareth, Redress 11/14/2012
      Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential election last week was greeted with general unease in Israel.
     Surveys conducted outside the US shortly before polling day showed Obama was the preferred candidate in every country but two – Pakistan and Israel. But unlike Pakistan, where the two candidates were equally unpopular, he scored just 22 per cent in Israel against a commanding 57 per cent for Mitt Romney.
     Given these figures, it is unsurprising that Israel’s rightwing prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, made little effort to conceal his political sympathies, laying on a hero’s welcome for Romney when he visited Jerusalem in the summer and starring in several of his TV campaign advertisements.
     Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli prime minister, accused Netanyahu of “spitting” in the president’s face, warning that Israel would now be exposed to Obama’s second-term wrath.
     The general wisdom is that the president, freed of worries about being re-elected, will seek his revenge, both for Netanyahu’s long-term intransigence in the peace process and for interfering in the US campaign.
     Newspaper cartoons summed up the mood last week. The liberal Haaretz showed a sweating Netanyahu gingerly putting his head into the mouth of an Obama-faced lion, while the right-wing Jerusalem Post had Netanyahu exclaiming “Oh bummer!” as he read the headlines.
     The speculation among Israelis and many observers is that an Obama second term will see much greater pressure on Israel both to make major concessions on Palestinian statehood and to end its aggressive posturing towards Iran over its supposed ambition to build a nuclear warhead.
     Such thinking, however, is fanciful…. more.. e-mail

ashamed more than ever of Canadian government: Canada backs Israel’s actions
In Gaza: 14 Nov 2012 – * photo from Gaza under Zionist Israel’s attacks Just like in 2008-2009, Canada loves it when Israel murders Palestinians: “The Canadian government said following Wednesday’s rocket attacks that it will continue to support Israel. “We fundamentally believe that Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorist threats,” Rick Roth, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, said in a statement. “Far too often, the Jewish people find themselves on the front lines in the struggle against terrorism,” Roth said.” 012/11/14/israel-hamas-airstrike-.html Filed under: Canada , children in Gaza , Israel war on Gaza , Israeli attacks on Gaza , psychological terrormore

Lip Service to Peace
Dissident Voice: 14 Nov 2012 – By Ramzy Baroud – Europe is different, as we are often reminded. The general wisdom is unlike the United States’ unconditional support for Israel. European countries tend to be more balanced in their approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Their politicians are less receptive to being bought and sold by pro-Israeli lobbies. Their media is far more inclusive in their coverage – unlike the staunchly one-sided US mainstream media that, at times, are far more pro-Israel than Israeli media itself. While one must concede that no single country’s foreign policy is an exact carbon copy of another, there is little evidence that sets the European Union (EU) apart as a platform of even-handedness and political sensibility. Unlike the United States, however, European bias is far more inconspicuous, and purposely so. No other issue highlights European inconsistency, hypocrisy and even self-defeating policies as that of the EU stance regarding the illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East…more

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