VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 15 November 2012: Israel blocks journalists from entering Gaza

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Three More Palestinians Killed In Gaza, 19 in 24 Hours, 23 Since Saturday
IMEMC – The Israeli army continued it aggression and massive offensive against the civilians in the Gaza Strip, and bombarded on Thursday at night dozens of targets in the besieged coastal region killing three children and wounding several residents. 19 Palestinians have been killed since Wednesday evening, and at least 180 have been injured. 23 Palestinians have been killed since last Saturday; most of the casualties are civilians, children and women. …

Seven Killed On Thursday As Israel Continues To Target The Gaza Strip
IMEMC – Palestinian Medical sources announced on Thursday that seven Palestinian were killed on Thursday due to the continued Israeli aerial and sea bombardment targeting the Gaza Strip. … 

Three More Palestinians Killed In Gaza, 15 Injured
IMEMC – Israel Readies For Ground Offensive Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that three Palestinians were killed, on Thursday at dawn, while at least 15 were injured in a fresh wave of Israeli attacks against the coastal region. Israel said a ground invasion on Gaza “is only a matter time”. Israeli sources said that three Israelis killed early Thursday. …

Netanyahu Seeks International Support For Offensive
IMEMC – Obama Says He “Understands” Why Israel Launched Its Offensive Israeli TV, Channel 10, reported that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is holding talks with different world leaders, including U.S. President, Barack Obama, to ensure international support as Israel widens and intensifies its escalation against the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Deaths of civilians raise Gaza toll
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The death toll in the Gaza Strip rose to 15 on Thursday as a Palestinian child succumbed to wounds sustained earlier and a man’s body was found buried in the rubble of an Israeli airstrike. Eighteen-month-old Walid al-Abadleh succumbed to his injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike east of….

Qassam members killed in Israeli airstrike east of Jabaliya
11/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes on Thursday killed two Hamas militants in the northern Gaza Strip, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 13 in less than 24 hours. Al-Qassam Brigades members Rami Hamad and Khaled Abu Nasr were killed in an airstrike east of Jabaliya refugee camp. Their bodies were taken to the….

Baby dies of wounds as strikes pound Gaza
11/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 10-month-old baby died on Thursday evening from wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike, as fighter jets renewed their assault on the Gaza Strip. Hanin Tafish died from injuries sustained when her home was struck in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza city on Wednesday, medics said. Israel’s….

PA: Israel holding medicine for Gaza at checkpoint
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has held up medical supplies for the Gaza Strip at a checkpoint since Thursday morning, the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday night. PA Health Minister Hani Abdeen told Ma’an the Ramallah-based government had sent 15 trucks with 200 boxes of medicine and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip…. Related: PA says trying to send medicine to Gaza

In photos: Israel attacks Gaza
11/15/2012 – Reuters / Ahmed Zakot, Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, Mohammed Salem and Ali Hassan – Israel has killed 19 Palestinians in a military onslaught on the Gaza Strip launched on Wednesday night, including a 10-month-old, an 11-month-old, an 18-month-old, a 7-year-old, two teenage brothers and a 19-year-old woman pregnant with twins. [END]

Israeli army: 100 sites targeted overnight
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military targeted 100 “rocket launch and infrastructure sites” across the Gaza Strip overnight, an army statement said early Thursday.”This has significantly damaged the rocket launch capabilities and munitions warehouses operated by Hamas and other terror organizations,” the statement said.” The aim of targeting these sites is to impair….

New Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, 6 injured
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeted the Shajayia area of Gaza City on Thursday shortly after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip killed three Israelis near the Gaza border. The airstrike injured six Palestinians including two children and a woman, medics said. [END]

Islamic Jihad says it hit Tel Aviv
11/16/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The military wing of Islamic Jihad said it fired a Fajr rocket at Tel Aviv on Thursday, as warning sirens sounded in Israel’s main city.” We have widened the range of the battle to reach Tel Aviv and what is coming will be greater,” the al-Quds brigades said in…. Related: Barak says Gaza militants to pay price for Tel Aviv rocket fire

Gaza live report: Day 3
11/16/2012 – 03:44 Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard has joined the US and UK in condemning Hamas and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.”Further escalations in rocket attacks from Gaza, such as those seen overnight, will not serve the interests of the Palestinian people or their cause for self-determination and statehood….

Phoney truce may have lured Hamas man into open
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s leaders were literally looking in the opposite direction, and making sure everyone knew it, just before catching Hamas‘ top commander in the Gaza Strip off-guard in an airstrike that killed him. In what now appears to have been a diversionary tactic, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud…. Related: Hamas: No more ceasefires

Hamas: No more ceasefires
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will not discuss another ceasefire after Israel broke the last truce mediated by Egypt, a spokesman said Thursday. Israel assassinated Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari on Wednesday, breaking a truce mediated 48 hours earlier by Egypt. Hamas had committed to the truce, spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said at a…. Related: Phoney truce may have lured Hamas man into open

Gaza assault live report: Day 2
11/16/2012 – 23:59 Here ends Thursday’s coverage of Israel’s military campaign on the Gaza Strip. The live report will continue on Friday here. 23:51 UN chief Ban Ki-moon will visit Jerusalem, Cairo and Ramallah on Tuesday, Israel’s Haaretz is reporting. The UN secretary-general is not expected to visit the…. Related: Live report

Hamas claims ‘direct hit’ on Israeli aircraft over Gaza
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ al-Qassam Brigades says it downed at an Israeli reconnaissance plane over the eastern Gaza Strip on Thursday. The brigades fired a surface-to-air missile at the aircraft during a raid on Gaza and claimed a direct hit. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not immediately respond to request to comment. [END]

Clashes at protests across West Bank
11/16/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces as demonstrations were held across the West Bank to support Gaza on Thursday, witnesses and officials said. Nine women were detained on Thursday evening after they climbed the walls of Israel’s Beit El settlement near Ramallah. The protesters carried banners and draped the….

Teen brothers among 3 killed in Israeli airstrike
11/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, the health ministry said, bringing the death toll to 19 on the second day of fighting. Brothers Tareq Jamal Naser, 16, and Oday Jamal Nasser, 14, as well as Fares al-Bassiouni were killed when Israel bombed….

Israel blocks journalists from entering Gaza
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are preventing foreign journalists from entering the Gaza Strip despite promises the Erez crossing would be open Thursday. An email sent to foreign reporters from the Government Press Office said that “following an assessment of the situation & decision by GOC southern command, Erez crossing will be open to journalists….

Rocket kills 3 Israelis after deadly airstrike
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three people after an Israeli airstrike killed two Hamas fighters and a security officer. The deadly rocket attack was the first since Israel launched an air assault on the Gaza Strip a day….

ICHR urges world to protect civilians in Gaza
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine’s human rights ombudsman on Thursday called on the international community to urgently intervene to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip, as Israel launched a second night of airstrikes on the coastal strip. The Independent Commission for Human Rights called on the world to “put an end to the….

Israeli forces raid Hebron camp
11/15/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Hebron’s al-Arrub refugee camp in the southern West Bank on Thursday night, locals said. Soldiers entered the camp at around midnight and raided residents’ homes, witnesses told Ma’an. Israel’s Channel 7 TV reported earlier that Palestinian youths had thrown a Molotov….

Hamas reeling but defiant as Israel pounds Gaza
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel exchanged the fiercest fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes. Launched on Wednesday during a deceptive lull in almost a week of surging cross-border violence, Israel’s air assault had an intensity recalling the….

Gaza rockets hit city near Tel Aviv
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Rockets fired from Gaza reached an Israeli city near Tel Aviv on Thursday afternoon for the first time as cross-border violence continued for a second day. Israel’s army said a projectile hit an open area near Rishon Lezion, a city 12 km south of Tel Aviv. The Israeli…. Related: Islamic Jihad says it hit Tel Aviv

Report: Israeli forces search for Gaza rocket near Hebron
11/15/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli forces are searching the Hebron area for a rocket fired from Gaza, Israeli news site Walla reported on Thursday. An Israeli army spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the report. Since Israel killed a senior Hamas commander on Wednesday, 16 Palestinians have died in the Israeli assault, termed ‘….

Barak says Gaza militants to pay price for Tel Aviv rocket fire
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Defense Minister Ehud Barak, signaling stronger Israeli military action against the Gaza Strip, said on Thursday militants would be made to pay a price for firing rockets toward Tel Aviv. He also announced he had ordered the military to enlist more reservists “so that we can prepare for any development.”The Israeli armed…. Related: Islamic Jihad says it hit Tel Aviv

Witnesses: Israel detains 2 teens at Nablus protest
11/16/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday detained two teenagers in Nablus in the northern West Bank during a protest against Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, witnesses said. Yasser al-Qanna 18, and Mosaab Akouba, 17, were detained during a demonstration at Huwwara checkpoint in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, witnesses told Ma’….

Israel frees Nablus prisoner after 11 years
11/15/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israel on Thursday released a prisoner from Nablus after 11 years, the al-Ahrar prisoners center said. Monadel Mohammad Azzam, 33, from Sebastiya in Nablus, was released from Hadarim prison, the center said in a statement. [END]

2 airstrikes east of Rafah, no injuries
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two airstrikes targeted the southern Gaza Strip east of Rafah early Thursday, a Ma’an correspondent said. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage. [END]

Israel says footage shows targeting Fajr missiles
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military released footage Thursday showing what it said was its air force targeting Hamas Fajr missile infrastructure in the Gaza Strip in an airstrike. A day earlier Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters that most of Hamas‘ Fajr missiles were destroyed in the first hour of the…. Related: Hamas says video shows ‘Fajr’ missiles being launched

Israel army drops leaflets over Gaza Strip
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army said Thursday it dispersed leaflets above several locations in the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away from Hamas and other armed groups.”The leaflets stress that Hamas is dragging the region toward violence, and that the IDF is prepared to defend the residents of the State of….

Media: Gaza rocket kills three in southern Israel
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday struck an apartment building in southern Israel, killing three people, Israeli media said. It was the first report of Israeli fatalities since Israel launched an air assault on the Gaza Strip a day earlier. [END]

Thousands of mourners attend Hamas commander’s funeral
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari in Gaza City on Thursday. Israel assassinated al-Jaabari, the leader of the al-Qassam brigades, in a missile strike on his car Wednesday. Hamas officials and al-Qassam Brigades leaders did not attend the funeral, where mourners fired guns in….

Hamas says video shows ‘Fajr’ missiles being launched
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ military wing released footage on Thursday that it said showed “Fajr” missiles being launched toward Tel Aviv, after the Israeli military claimed to have destroyed most of them. The footage distributed by the al-Qassam Brigades followed the release by Israel’s army of a video it said showed…. Related: Israel says footage shows targeting Fajr missiles

Hamas chief vows to keep up resistance after al-Jaabari killed
11/16/2012 – KHARTOUM, Sudan (Reuters) — Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal on Thursday condemned the killing of military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari and vowed to continue the resistance against Israel.” Men and women in Palestine, we will continue the resistance,” Mashaal said at a meeting of Islamic leaders in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. Israel has launched dozens of airstrikes across….

Hamas: Egyptian PM to visit Gaza Friday
11/16/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandeel will visit the embattled Gaza Strip on Friday, the spokesman of the Gaza government said on Thursday. Israel broke an Egyptian-mediated truce on Wednesday when it assassinated a top Hamas military commander, launching an operation that has killed 15 Palestinians and injured 150 more. Gaza….

Hezbollah: Arabs must use oil, political pressure, to help Gaza
11/16/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged Arab states on Thursday to use all political means possible, including raising oil prices, to end Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, suggesting this could be as effective as military attacks. The leader of Lebanon’s powerful resistance faction, which fought a war with Israel in 2006, called….

UN Security Council meets, takes no action on Israel strikes
11/15/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday night to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip but took no action, as Israel threatened a wider offensive. Indian Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, president of the 15-nation Security Council this month, told reporters after the 90-minute closed-door meeting that council….

Egyptian hospitals prepare for Gaza victims
11/15/2012AL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian hospitals are ready to receive Palestinians wounded in Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, a Egyptian official said Thursday. Tareq Khater, undersecretary of the health ministry in North Sinai, said medical teams were prepared in hospitals in al-Arish, Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and Bir al-Abd for patients from….

Erekat: Israel has agenda for war, not peace
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday condemned Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, which has killed at least 12 Palestinians in 12 hours.” This exposes that Israel has an agenda for war but not for peace,” Erekat said in a statement.”We condemn in the strongest terms this new….

Palestine embassy in Turkey urges action to stop Gaza attacks
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine’s embassy in Turkey on Thursday urged the international community not to remain bystanders to Israel’s “barbaric” attacks on the Gaza Strip. Israel has killed at least 13 Palestinians since Wednesday in airstrikes, tank and naval shelling on the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian embassy in Ankara noted….

Israel: Stray Syrian bullet fired into Golan Heights
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A stray bullet fired from Syria struck near an Israeli army outpost in the occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, causing no injuries or damage, a military spokeswoman said. Israel has been on high alert with Syria in the north since fighting between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels began spilling over….

Egypt’s Mursi says Israeli attacks on Gaza ‘unacceptable’
11/15/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip were “unacceptable” and would lead to instability in the region, in a televised address to the nation Thursday. It was the Islamist leader’s starkest rhetoric targeting Israel since he took office in June following Egypt‘s first….

Egypt: Rocket landed in Sinai
11/15/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A rocket landed near Egyptian border guards in Sinai’s Rafah on Thursday, causing no injuries, Egyptian security officials said. Security officers told Ma’an the projectile landed 500 meters from an Egyptian border guard battalion south of Rafah crossing on the border with Gaza. Egyptian authorities have….

Abbas returning from Europe amid Gaza fighting
11/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will cut short his trip to Europe to return to the West Bank amid Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, PLO official Saeb Erekat said Thursday. Abbas has asked the Palestinian envoy to the UN to galvanize Arab states in order to halt the violence, which has killed….

Hamas brigades: Israel will pay for assassination
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ military wing said Thursday that Israel’s assassination of its top commander had started a war which would lead to Palestine’s liberation. Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obaida said the group would “teach the Israeli occupation a lesson” for the killing of Ahmad al-Jaabari in a….

Govt: Tunisian president calls Haniyeh in support of Gaza
11/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh received a phone call from Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki in support of Gaza amid Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave, Haniyeh’s office said Thursday. Marzouki told Haniyeh that Tunisia fully supports the Palestinian people and leadership in Gaza. Fifteen Palestinians have been killed….

Islamist leaders vow to support Palestine at Sudan summit
11/15/2012 – KHARTOUM, Sudan (Reuters) — At a conference that drew a roll-call of the Islamist leaders who have gained influence in the wake of Arab Spring revolts, Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal won a noisy welcome and pledges of support on Thursday. A day after Israel assassinated Hamas‘s top commander in the Gaza Strip in a….

France’s Hollande in talks with Israel to end Gaza fighting
11/15/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande has begun talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders to avert an escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Jean-Francois Ayrault said on Thursday.” It’s time to stop this escalation, which is dangerous for the security of Israel and its people….

US urges Turkey, Egypt, others to encourage Hamas to de-escalate
11/15/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States has asked countries that have contact with Hamas to urge the group to stop its recent rocket attacks from Gaza, a White House adviser said on Thursday.” We’ve. . . urged those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our European….

Palestinian camp in Lebanon protests Gaza attacks
11/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian refugees in Lebanon’s al-Rashidiya camp protested Israel’s attack on Gaza on Thursday evening, a camp spokesman said. Camp leaders joined protesters on a march calling on Arab nations to intervene to protect Palestinians in Gaza and condemning US support for Israel, said Ahsan al-Jamal. [END]

PA says trying to send medicine to Gaza
11/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority is trying to get medicine into hospitals in the Gaza Strip, the ministry of health said Thursday. Minister Hani Abdeen has been instructed by President Mahmoud Abbas to transfer 20 trucks of medical supplies, the ministry said in a statement. The minister has been in contact with Palestinian…. Related: PA: Israel holding medicine for Gaza at checkpoint

Hamas calls for West Bank rallies Friday
11/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ office in the West Bank called on Thursday evening for Palestinians to hold demonstrations in support of Gaza after Friday prayers. A Hamas statement called on national leaders and imams across the West Bank to direct their support to Gaza, where 16 people have been killed in an Israeli….

Israel to export gas this decade, developers seek expert partner
11/15/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) — Israel, once energy poor, is expected to become a gas exporter by the end of the decade and the companies developing its huge offshore Leviathan find are about to pick a fourth partner to gain the crucial know-how. A number of foreign firms have been in a bidding war for the….

France to discuss ending ban on arming Syria rebels
11/15/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — France will discuss supplying arms to Syrian opposition forces with its European partners in the coming weeks now that an opposition coalition has been established, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday. France is wary of militarizing the 20-month-old conflict, but is also wary of leaving areas under opposition control unprotected against….

1 dead in Jordan fuel price riots
11/15/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Riots that broke out in Jordan after the government raised fuel prices left one protester dead on Thursday, the first fatality of violence that has spread to several impoverished towns in the kingdom, witnesses and security sources said. Hundreds took to the streets on Wednesday after the government decided to raise gasoline, cooking….

Second UK man charged over kidnapping in Syria
11/15/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — British police charged a second man on Thursday with terrorism offenses over the kidnapping of two photographers in Syria in July. Jubayer Chowdhury, 24, is accused of unlawfully imprisoning Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans and British colleague John Cantlie who were taken hostage on July 17 while working near the Syrian border with Turkey….


Conflict intensifies as rockets hit Tel Aviv
AlJazeera 15 Nov 2012 – Defence minister calls up 30,000 reservists after three killed in Israel, as toll on the Palestinian side rises to 19.

Palestine News Network

In Jordan Economics vs. Politics
Palestine News Network

Irish Citizens in Gaza Call for Diplomatic Pressure to Halt Israeli Attacks
Palestine News Network

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti Condemns Israel’s Recent Bombardment in the Strongest Possible Manner
Palestine News Network

For the First Time Since Gulf War, Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv
Palestine News Network

Badra Calls on the International Community to Stop Immediately the Israeli Massacres Against Palestinians Civilians
Palestine News Network

Israel Continues to Strike Gaza, Four Israelis Killed in a Palestinian Rocket
Palestine News Network

Avnery: The Correct Name for this War is “Operation Short Memory”
Palestine News Network

Obama to Mursi: Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Denounces Israel’s Latest Military Escalation in the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

Dr. Erekat Holds Israel Accountable for the Act of Aggression on the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

The Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem and the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture Lunch Project to Preserve and Rehab…
Palestine News Network

Call for Calm as Civilian Casualties Mount in Gaza
Palestine News Network

MADA: Assault on Nassar and Detention of Shaheen is Assault on Press Freedom
Palestine News Network

PCHR Condemns the Attacks on Peaceful Assemblies in Gaza and Hebron
Palestine News Network

Eight Palestinians Killed in New Israeli Airstrikes on the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

New Israeli Military Escalation against the Gaza Strip; Leader of Hamas’ Armed Wing and His Bodyguard Extra-Judicially E…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza Under Attack: International eyewitnesses call for action
11/15/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – November 14th, 2012, By International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Strip – Beginning at 3:35 pm today, the Gaza Strip has been shaken by several Israeli army attacks from drones, apaches, F-16s, and naval vessels. One of the first people killed was Ahmed al-Jabari, chief of staff of Hamas‘ military wing. Palestinian factions vowed revenge….

The National

Militants fire missiles at Tel Aviv as Israel prepares ground invasion
The National 15 Nov 2012 – Al Quds Brigade says Iranian-made Fajr 5 rocket exploded in city as Israel prepares its army for ground invasion amid continuing air-strike onslaught that has killed 15 Palestinians so far.

Police fire tear gas as Jordan protests continue
The National 15 Nov 2012 – Police fired tear gas and water cannons yesterday on a third day of demonstrations in Jordan by Islamists and youth groups.

China’s ‘conservative’ line-up faces daunting task
The National 15 Nov 2012 – Stalling economy and political infighting represent huge challenges for the new team which analysts have criticised as being elitist.

BP to pay record Dh16bn fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill
The National 15 Nov 2012 – Two BP employees have also been charged with manslaughter over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Hozizon oil rig that triggered the massive oil spill.

Gaza parents of baby killed in Israeli strike ask why
The National 15 Nov 2012 – This time last year a young Palestinian couple were joyfully anticipating the birth of their second child, a boy. Yesterday they buried him, the youngest victim of Israel’s new onslaught on Gaza. Hugh Naylor reports from Gaza City 

Wadeema’s Law applauded by UAE human rights group
The National 15 Nov 2012 – The UAE Human Rights Association welcomes Wadeema’s Law – a child protection legislation passed this week in remembrance of the abused girl.

Iran can still strike a deal with West over nuclear research, Obama says
The National 15 Nov 2012US president says there should be a way for Iran to enjoy ‘peaceful nuclear power’ while meeting international obligations and providing assurances that it is not developing nuclear weapons.

Dubai motorist ran over woman he thought was laughing at his car
The National 15 Nov 2012 – Motorist denies running over a woman who pointed at him in a car park.


Has Israel learned the lessons of Operation Cast Lead?
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Report: Egyptian PM to make ‘solidarity visit’ to Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Home Front Command directives
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Mourners at Jabari funeral vow to press ‘war against the Zionists’
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Man appeals conviction for murder of 13-year-old girl to Israel Supreme Court
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Netanyahu’s election rivals can’t help but support Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

LIVE BLOG: Rockets fall in Tel Aviv area; IDF renews aerial assault on Gaza
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Israeli protesters gather in Tel Aviv to urge end to Gaza operation
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Egypt condemns Israeli air strikes, sends PM to visit Gaza in support
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

The victims of Kiryat Malakhi attack: Mira Scharf, Itzik Amsalem, Aharon Smadja
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Israel won’t halt Gaza operation until Hamas begs for truce, say officials
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Six women arrested for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Will Hamas be able to resist targeting Tel Aviv?
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

U.K. blames Hamas for Gaza escalation, urges end to rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Israeli peace activist: Hamas leader Jabari killed amid talks on long-term truce
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Obama works to prevent Israel-Egypt break amid Gaza violence
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Errant bullet from Syria strikes Israeli side of border, wounds IDF soldier
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

IDF warns factories against using hazardous materials due to Gaza rockets
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

LIVE BLOG: Rockets strike Tel Aviv area; three Israelis killed in attack on south
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2012

Obama speaks to Netanyahu, Morsi about Gaza escalation
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Deaf residents of the South left without warning
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Malfunctions in vibrating beepers make it impossible for deaf residents of Beersheba to known when Code Red rocket alarm sounds. 

Neighborhood Watch: Spreading their wings
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Ayman al-Zawahiri’s statement urging Muslims to “liberate occupied lands” is the latest evidence of al-Qaida’s reemergence. 

Air Force hits 70 Gaza Strip targets in an hour
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Israel strkes 320 targets in the Strip since launching Operation Pillar of Defense with assassination of Hamas military chief; 16 Palestinians killed; Gazans fire over 270 rockets into South, killing 3. 

Another Tack: Remarkably déjà vu
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Peres is the indubitable darling of the world’s trendiest and most beautiful headliners. 

An open letter to President Obama
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – I write with some urgency to draw to your attention the request for clemency which my husband, Jonathan Pollard. 

Nasrallah urges US oil embargo over Gaza violence
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – The US can stop Israeli “aggression” by making a simple phone call, Hezbollah chief says, urges action from Arab states. 

Hadash calls on public to end violence in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – MK Dov Henin asks gov’t to reach immediate cease-fire, hundreds participate in anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv. 

High-level Egyptian delegation head to Gaza
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Prime Minister expected to arrive in Gaza for talks with Hamas

Analysis: Hamas trying to restore shattered morale
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – There are no signs that Hamas was interested in a cease-fire. 

Medical services rush South to treat wounded
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Magen David Adom medics, paramedics treat more than 45 victims in Kiryat Malachi, where rocket attack also killed 3. 

Analysis: Syria visit may have been a diversion
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Israel’s leaders look in opposite direction before assassinating Jabari. 

The fight for the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Beyond attacking Israel, will Hamas‘s political wing ever prevail over Fatah? 

Morsi denounces Gaza operation as ‘unacceptable’
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Egyptian president’s condemnation follows Cairo’s removal of ambassador on basis of “brutal” Israeli assault. 

Iran, Syria condemn Israel over Gaza operation
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2012 – Tehran describes Israeli offensive as “organized terrorism”; Assad denounces Israel’s “heinous atrocities.” 

Egypt calls on US to stop ‘Israeli aggression’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2012 – Move follows Cairo’s removal of ambassador on basis of “brutal” Israeli assault; Arab League calls special meeting in Cairo. 

The Guardian

Israelis take cover as three die in rocket attack – in pictures
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – Missiles have been fired in Gaza by Palestinian militants following the assassination of Hamas militant leader Ahmed al-Jabari

Israel and Gaza militants in deadly exchanges – as it happened
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – • Israel continues military assault on Gaza strip • Egyptian PM to visit Gaza tomorrow • Rocket strike on southern Israel kills three Tom McCarthy Haroon Siddique Paul Owen

Obama presses Egypt to help rein in Hamas as Gaza conflict escalates
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – • US concerned that violence could damage peace accords • Concern mounts over rising civilian casualties in Gaza • Israeli troops ‘on alert’ for potential ground invasion Barack Obama is pressing the Egyptian leadership to help…

Steve Bell on Tony Blair and William Hague’s role in Israel-Gaza clash – cartoon
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu claims support of Tony Blair, while William Hague places blame for situation on Hamas Steve Bell

Attack on Gaza: Egypt’s biggest challenge yet | Editorial
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – The Arab spring skirted around the central fire in the Middle East: Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel’s actions have wheeled it straight back onto centre stage Israel’s decision to assassinate the Hamas chief of staff Ahmed al-Jabari and…

The battle between Israel and Gaza solves nothing | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – All the violence in Gaza and Israel will do is sow hatred in the hearts of yet another generation This is a horror movie we’ve seen before . In the days following a US presidential contest, an…

Hezbollah calls on Arab nations to stop attacks on Gaza – video
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah calls on Arab countries to apply pressure on the United States and Western countries to stop Israel’s attack on Gaza

Gaza militants will pay for Tel Aviv attack, says Ehud Barak – video
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, signals stronger Israeli military action against Palestinian militants and says they will be made to pay a price for firing rockets toward Tel Aviv

Gaza rocket fired at Tel Aviv lands in the sea – video
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – A rocket is fired from Gaza on Thursday lands in the sea close Israel’s commercial centre Tel Aviv

Gaza strikes: Israel targeting raft of militant groups
The Guardian 15 Nov 2012 – Ahmed al-Jaabari was head of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigade, one of the many groups Israel wants to debilitate While Israel’s operation in Gaza is targeting Hamas, it also has the armed wings of the smaller…

Inter Press Service

War Clouds Over Gaza Again
IPS As Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip enters its second day, Palestinians fear that this is only the beginning of another widespread Israeli offensive into the besieged Palestinian territory that would leave them nowhere to hide. “People are very worried about the coming days. This morning we heard air strikes…


PCHR Calls for Special Session of the Human Rights Council: Violations of International Law in the Gaza Strip Must End

Who Started It? Bloodbath in Gaza

How Israel shattered Gaza truce leading to escalating death and tragedy: a timeline

Let Us Now Speak Plainly

Teen brothers among 3 killed in Israeli airstrike

Obama’s kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza

Excuse me while I vomit

‘Washington Post’ prints false narrative of how Gaza escalation started

Inciting war crimes: Israel minister says force Gaza population into Egypt, cut off water, electricity

America is a partner in Israel’s wars

Daily Star

Gaza conflict seen evoking Arab anger, not war
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Israel’s assault on Gaza sends more sparks flying into a combustible Middle East, but is unlikely to ignite a wider war or destroy the Jewish state’s 1979 peace treaty with Egypt.

Israeli Gaza offensive looks to be brief
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 The major operation Israel launched to stop Gaza rocket fire bears some striking similarities to a punishing three-week campaign it unleashed against Hamas militants four years ago.

Jordan police disperse fresh fuel hike protests
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Jordanian police forcibly disperse fresh protests against big fuel price rises and say its officers have come under fire, a day after riots left one person dead and 71 wounded.

Intensive Israeli airstrikes blitz Gaza Strip
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Israeli aircraft attack targets throughout the Gaza Strip at night, unleashing more than 25 strikes in swift succession according to Reuters witnesses.

Rocket attack on Tel Aviv took Israel by surprise: Hezbollah
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Hezbollah says rockets fired by Palestinian groups on Tel Aviv mark an important development in the conflict between Israel and the resistance movement in the Palestinian territory.

Barak says Gaza militants to pay price for Tel Aviv rocket fire
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Defence Minister Ehud Barak, signaling stronger Israeli military action against Palestinian militants, says they will be made to pay a price for firing rockets toward Tel Aviv.

Israel moves troops toward Gaza
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Israel has begun moving troops toward the Gaza Strip and authorized the call-up of reservists for a possible ground invasion of the Palestinian territory.

Nasrallah denounces “brutal” Israeli assault on Gaza
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denounces the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza but says his group held high hopes for the resistance in the Palestinian territory.

Powers to map Iran strategy, Tehran wants to meet soon
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Major powers will discuss negotiating strategy towards Iran next Wednesday amid signs of a renewed push to resolve the nuclear dispute peacefully after U.S. President Barack Obama‘s re-election last week.

Putin tells Netanyahu to avoid escalation of Mideast violence
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Putin urges both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinians to avoid escalating Gaza violence that has killed 15 Palestinians and three Israelis.

In Gaza, quiet pierced by air strikes, ambulance sirens
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 The usual cacophony of Gaza’s streets has been replaced by an eerie quiet, broken only by the whoosh of rockets, the crash of air strikes and screeching ambulances taking the wounded to hospital.

Gaza rocket hits south of Tel Aviv: Israeli army
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck Rishon LeTzion, some 15 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv, the Israeli army says, but there were no injuries or damage.

Hamas rejects talk of truce with Israel for now
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Gaza’s Hamas rulers say they will not consider a truce with Israel for now, as Israeli planes pounded Gaza and militants fired hundreds of rockets into the Jewish state.

Ban praises Sleiman, urges Lebanese dialogue
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Ban praises Sleiman in a report to the Security Council on his tabling of a national defense strategy and warns that Lebanon should prepare for a further influx of Syrian refugees.

Turkey urges Muslim states to recognise Syria opposition
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls on Muslim nations to recognize a fledgling Syrian opposition coalition and warns Turkey has both the will and capacity to defend its borders if violence continued to spill over.

Hezbollah-Geagea war of words drags on
Daily Star 15 Nov 2012 Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Musawi criticizes Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea for accusing the resistance party of political assassinations and, raising doubts about his innocence in war crimes.

YNet News

Report: US hopeful Egyptian PM’s Gaza visit will induce lull 
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JFNA announces $5 million in aid to terror victims 
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IDF gears for ground operation in Gaza
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Five brigades commence preparation ahead of possible deployment in Gaza. Cabinet set to approve Barak’s request to draft up to 30,000 reservists to replace on duty troops ….

US Senate expresses firm support of Israel
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MDA treated 54 people since beginning of IDF operation 
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CNN reports blasts in Gaza Strip 
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Suspicion: Arab youths set up Jew stabbing cell 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Arrest of 17-year-old east Jerusalem resident suspected of stabbing Abraham Tau two weeks exposes terror cell ….

IDF continues to pound Gaza; 3 killed in Beit Hanoun
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Ground forces continue moving south as aerial strikes across Hamas-ruled territory target underground rocket-launching pads; Palestinians say three killed in attack in Beit Hanoun; Gaza commander of Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades survives assassination attempt, sources say ….

Israel moves troops toward Gaza; Barak wants 30,000 reservists 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – At least a dozen trucks carrying tanks, armored vehicles were seen late Thursday moving toward border area, while buses ferried soldiers; Barak asks government to okay reserves call-up ahead of possible ground invasion. IDF reservist: Time to do what must be done ….

Arab-Israeli students mourn Hamas commander 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Dozens of students attend protest rally against Operation Pillar of Defense at Haifa University. ‘Netanyahu wants to win elections at the expense of Gazan casualties,’ one student says ….

Rockets fired at Tel Aviv area for first time since Gulf War
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – For first time in over 20 years, siren heard in Tel Aviv metropolitan area; two rockets land in open areas shortly thereafter; two hours earlier, rocket lands in Rishon Lezion area; no injuries reported in either attack. Beersheba home sustains direct hit, none hurt. Three Kiryat Malachi residents killed in morning rocket attack ….

Rocket lands in Rishon Lezion area
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Day after IDF takes out top Hamas commander Jabari, Gaza rockets reach central Israel: Siren sounds in Rishon Lezion before rocket lands in area. IDF spokesman says terror leaders ‘fleeing for their lives.’ Earlier, mortar injures three soldiers; victims of Kiryat Malachi attack identified ….

An endless war
YNet News, 15 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: If we fail to find road to peace agreement, many more of us will find ourselves participating in Pillar of Defense 2, Pillar of Defense 3, etc ….

Palestinian Information Center

Egypt must take stringent measures to deter Zio-Nazi aggression on Gaza 
PIC – Egyptian, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim peoples expect Mursi to show real resolve vis-à-vis Israel, the terrorist state, par excellence, of the Middle East.

Egyptian consensus to support Gaza
PIC – Dr. Yasser Ali Spokesman for the Egyptian Presidency said that President Mohamed Morsi, has commissioned the PM Hisham Qandil to go to the Gaza Strip on Friday at the head of a high-level delegation.

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange index declines after aggression on Gaza
PIC – The price of Israeli currency, shekel, and the Israeli bourse have registered a sharp decline, following the aggression on the Gaza Strip and the resistance’s responses.

Abu Ubaida: bombing Tel Rabii is just a “message” to the Israeli occupation
PIC – Abu Obeida, the Qassam Brigades’ spokesman, stressed that bombing the occupied city of Tel-Rabii (75 miles from the Gaza Strip) by two missiles was only a “message” to the occupation. 

Mashaal: Jabari was one of the great men of the nation
PIC – Head of Hamas‘s political bureau Khaled Mashaal on Thursday mourned the death of commander of Al-Qassam Brigades Ahmed Jabari and praised him as one of the great men of the Muslim nation.

Thousands lay Ja’bari to rest
PIC – Thousands of people marched in the funeral procession of Hamas’s military commander Ahmed Al-Ja’bari, on Thursday including a number of Hamas leaders.

Pregnant woman, two children wounded in renewed Israeli raids on Gaza
PIC – A pregnant woman and two children were wounded in Gaza on Thursday in renewed Israeli shelling of the besieged enclave, medical sources said.

Shahwan: 2.5 million Israelis in “Tel Aviv” inside shelters
PIC – The spokesman for the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza, Islam Shahwan, called on the resistance factions to continue with their retaliatory strikes against occupation targets.

Interior Ministry warns of falling for the Israeli psychological war
PIC – The Gazan Interior Ministry and National Security warned of promoting Israeli lies which aim to destabilize security and stability in Gaza.

Mass rallies in refugee camps in Lebanon to denounce aggression on Gaza
PIC – Palestinian refugees in Lebanon organized mass rallies to denounce the assassination of the Commander in “Al-Qassam Brigades” in Gaza, Ahmed Jabari, by the Israeli occupation.


Three Israeli Soldiers wounded on Gaza Borders
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Newspapers Review: Israeli Assassination of Hamas Leader in Gaza Dailies Focus
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Two Palestinians, including Child, Die of Wounds in Gaza
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Abbas Interrupts European Tour to Monitor Gaza Escalation, says Official
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Palestinians Protest in Solidarity with Gaza across the West Bank
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Christian Leaders in Holy Land Call on Europe to Support UN Bid
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Israeli Ongoing Airstrikes Kill 2, injure 11 in Gaza, including Infant
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Ashrawi Denounces Israel’s Military Escalation against Gaza
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012

Israeli Airstrikes Kill 3 Palestinians in Gaza, Raising Death Toll to 11
WAFA – 15 Nov 2012


Death toll grows as Israel-Gaza violence escalates
LA Times 15 Nov 2012 – Hopes for a quick resolution fade after Palestinians cross a long-standing Israeli red line by using newly acquired long-range rockets to fire at Tel Aviv. GAZA CITY — The rapidly escalating conflict between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip was defined on its second day…

Israel attack on Gaza: Familiar tension, new circumstances
LA Times 15 Nov 2012 – The changed political landscape in Egypt means Israel can’t count on support it once had. JERUSALEM — Israel’s surprise air assault on Gaza Strip militants killed the top military commander of Hamas and set the rivals on a familiar course that could end with another…

Obama offers new Syria coalition praise but not weapons
LA Times 14 Nov 2012 – Washington is not yet prepared to recognize the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as a government in exile, he says. WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday praised a new Syrian opposition coalition as “a legitimate representative of the Syrian people” but pointedly…

Israel and Hamas Step Up Air Attacks in Gaza Clash
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – Palestinian militants sent hundreds of rockets into Israeli territory, targeting Tel Aviv for the first time; Israel intensified its aerial strikes as its tanks rumbled toward the Gaza border.

Hamas, Emboldened, Tests Its Arab Alliances
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – In its latest conflict with Israel, Hamas is supported by regional powerhouses, and demonstrating its strength compared with a weak and crisis-laden Palestinian Authority.

In Israeli Border Town, Rubble and Blood
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – When a rocket crashed into a building in Kiryat Malachi, or City of Angels, on Thursday morning, it took the first Israeli casualties in this round of violence. 

Israeli Attacks Are Test of Loyalty for Egypt’s Morsi
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – President Mohamed Morsi is having to reconcile his Islamist firebrand side with his desire for stability, revival and friendly ties with Israel’s Western allies.

Protesters in Jordan Call for Ending King Abdullah II’s Rule
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – Thousands of young men poured into Jordan’s streets for a third night of scattered protests against King Abdullah II, as the United States expressed support for the monarch.

75,000 U.S. Troops May Be Needed to Grab Syria Chemical Arms
New York Times 15 Nov 2012 – Any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles, the Pentagon said, would need upward of 75,000 troops — an estimate that stunned top administration officials.

IEC CFO resigns over NIS 1.5b shortfall 
Globes Energy & Water – IEC’s board asked Harel Blinde to stay on until the upcoming debt issues are completed and the company publishes its financial report.

P2W signs South Africa mining water purification deal 
Globes Energy & Water – The company will clean AngloGold Ashanti mines’ water lines of heavy metals, cyanide, arsenic, and other toxins.

Surprise 0.2% fall in CPI for October
Globes Main News – Analysts had predicted a 0.2% rise. The housing item fell by 0.8%.

Three killed by rocket in Kiryat Malachi
Globes Main News – Sirens have sounded in Rishon LeZion and Tel Aviv. Netanyahu: Israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people.

Teva in talks to buy Korean co – report
Globes Main News – “Korea JoonAng Daily” reports that Teva held initial talks with Handok Pharmaceuticals.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 Index down 2.5% on week
Globes Main News – The Gaza conflict continue to weigh on the TASE as Delek energy exploration units led losses but the banks bucked the market.

FIMI ups Gilat stake further
Globes Main News – FIMI has bought another 4% of Gilat, two days after acquiring 4%, and now owns 18.5% of the company.

Shekel tumbles as Gaza conflict flares
Globes Main News – Atrade believes the Gaza military operation could see the shekel-dollar exchange rate reaching NIS 4/$ this week.

IMF: Israel unprepared for financial crisis 
Globes Macro Economics – The IMF recommends that the Bank of Israel, not the Finance Ministry, should head a financial stability committee.

Treasury in dark on cost of Pillar of Cloud
Globes Macro Economics – If there is a ground operation, it will put a strain on an already overstretched 2013 budget.

New banknotes with different colors to be issued in 2013 
Globes Macro Economics – The design stage of the new banknotes has been completed, and the first two new banknotes, of NIS 50 and NIS 200 denominations, will be issued in mid-2013.

Gaza Death Toll: 11 Palestinians Dead, 3 Israelis; Security Council Adjourns With No Action on Attack
Tikun Olam – UPDATE : There will be a local Seattle protest outside the Federal Building from 4-6PM tomorrow at 915 2nd Avenue. So the grisly accounting begins.  I’ve seen this before when I reported the Lebanon War and Cast Lead.  The images of death flickering from screens.  Thanks to…

War: 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…

Take Action for Gaza: Stop the Bombs, Stop the Siege, Stop Payment!
Jewish Voice for Peace – Click on the title to read more and take action! Right now, Gaza is being bombarded in what Israel is calling ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’. Read more and take action!

What comes after Cast Lead is worse
Mondoweiss – Smoke seen from the Gaza strip, after the Israeli air force attacked the area near the Israeli border, November 15, 2012. (Photo: Oren Ziv/ Activestills) Indeed no one cares about Gaza. Since Hamas rockets launched into the Southern Tel Aviv region earlier this evening, Israel has…

Israel supporters (and IDF officials) proudly display their bigotry on Twitter
Mondoweiss – It’s raining Israeli bombs in Gaza yet again and as the death toll mounts some people are having themselves a laugh at the expense of the dead. I’m talking about #HamasBumperStickers , a twitter hashtag that caught on like wildfire yesterday mostly among people who despise Palestinians (…

Brown Univ committee recommends considering divestment from companies that profit from Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss – Brown University SJP sent out the following press release today: (Providence, RI – November 14, 2012) — The Brown Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies (ACCRIP) has asked the Brown Corporation to consider divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine. On…

Netanyahu’s political pandering leads to more Palestinian bloodshed
Mondoweiss – Time and again when the actions of a Palestinian group result in as much as scratching an Israeli citizen, the Israeli military retaliates. Using the logic of ‘might makes right,’ which plays itself out in cycles of bloodshed, Palestinians have to die. This is the logic…

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld: ‘If they dare to strike Tel Aviv… we’ll wipe the whole place out’
Mondoweiss – There is a famous knoll outside Sderot in southern Israel where reporters and other spectators of war gather to watch Israeli operations against Gaza—“we want to see fireworks,” as one young man explained this afternoon– and we had been there only ten minutes when Micky Rosenfeld,…

Video: Palestinian women occupy Israeli military base in West Bank to protest Gaza attack
Mondoweiss – From the YouTube page : Today around 4- Around 15 women reached to Beit El military camp carrying Palestinian flags and a banner that says ” ” 8 women managed to climb to the roof of the military camp (though a ladder that they brought with them)- they managed…

Ehud Barak Warns of Harsh Retaliation 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2012 – Israel Defence Minister Ehud Barak, signaling stronger Israeli military action against Palestinian militants, said on Thursday they would be made to pay a price for firing rockets toward Tel Aviv. Click here for the rest of the article…

Argentina Won’t Release Bombing Talks Info 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2012 – Argentina’s Foreign Ministry rejected a request from the Jewish community and survivors of the AMIA Jewish center bombing for information about current negotiations with Iran over the case. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rocket From Gaza Hits Tel Aviv Suburb 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2012 – A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an Israeli city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv on Thursday, exploding in an open area within the municipal limits of Rishon Lezion, the army said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Doomed Hamas Man Lured Into Sense of Security 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2012 – Israel’s leaders may have caught Hamas’s top commander off-guard in a deadly air strike. Ahmed al-Jabaari had just received a draft of a proposed permanent truce. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israelis Stunned by Lack of Help for Sandy Victims 
The Forward New 15 Nov 2012 – Israeli volunteers who jetted in to help Sandy’s victims expected to see plenty of government boots on the ground in flood-ravaged New York. They found virtually none. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Govt Seeks to Cut Diplomatic Ties With Israel 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt‘s Muslim Brotherhood has called for cutting diplomatic and economic ties between Arab countries and Israel.

Egypt: Mursi Recalls Egypt‘s Ambassador to Israel – Spokesman 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]President Mohamed Mursi recalled on Wednesday Egypt‘s envoy in Israel following a brutal Israeli assault on Gaza Strip.

Egypt: Egypt‘s Brotherhood Slams Israeli Attacks On Gaza 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]The Muslim Brotherhood has urged the Egyptian people to declare anger in response to the attacks of the “Zionist entity” on Gaza, in a statement on Wednesday.

Somalia: Iran to Open Embassy in Somalia 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2012 – [Shabelle]Mogadishu -Iran said it would set up an embassy in Mogadishu and Turkey promised to rebuild Somalia’s parliament building, as the two neighbors, at odds over Syria, vied for influence in the Horn of Africa country.

Israel Bombards Gaza; At least 15 dead including 2 children 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Nov 2012 – Israel has been bombing Gaza from the air, sea, and ground since early yesterday morning. This is an escalation from it’s usual sporadic attack on the fenced-in enclave. Since reports are being updated by the minute, we suggest you follow several people covering the issue from…

And That’s Why Israel Doesn’t Want A Cease-Fire 
The Magnes Zionist 15 Nov 2012 – One response to my post below was that I gave the Israeli government way too much credit for having a strategy in the current wave of hostilities. It makes more sense that they bungled into it the way they bungle into so many things, by over-reacting…

Gaza in need of medical support, appeal for children 
New Weapons Committee 15 Nov 2012 – Gaza is under attack and in need of medical support. Many children injured, many the difficulties of managing the emergency, and very black forecasts. The children were among the first victims, hit while playing football, and  already more than once since November 8. Others in their…

Stop a New Israeli Massacre in Gaza: Boycott Israel Now! 
Global BDS 15 Nov 2012 – Occupied Palestine, 15 November 2012 –  On November 8, Israel carried out an attack on civilians in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip, shooting 13-year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa while he played football with friends. By November 14, Israel had intensified its attacks on Gaza and begun…

Israel calls up army reservists 
BBC 15 Nov 2012 – Israel’s defence minister authorises the call-up of 30,000 reservists, amid speculation about a possible ground offensive on Gaza.

‘Gunman’ killed in Jordan unrest 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – Police in Jordan say they have killed a gunman attacking a police station as unrest over rises in fuel prices continues.

Excuse while I vomit 
Sabbah report 15 Nov 2012 – Israel prime minister’s spokesman, Mark Regev justifications for massacre in Gaza makes Goebbels, the Nazi Germany’s propaganda chief look like an amateur. Excuse while I vomit was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store or Donate here!

Al-Jabari Assassination Opens Israel’s Gate of Hell 
Sabbah report 15 Nov 2012 – Jesus: “Love and you will be loved.” Netanyahu and his assassins forget that also the negative version is valid. Israel’s Gates of Hell have been opened. Al-Jabari Assassination Opens Israel’s Gate of Hell was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through…

Jews Calls on Israel to Stop “Pillar of Defense” 
Sabbah report 15 Nov 2012 – Jewish Voice for Peace calls Israel for an immediate cessation of air strikes and naval bombardment into Gaza and an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. Jews Calls on Israel to Stop “Pillar of Defense” was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on…

Interview with Noam Chomsky about Gaza 
Sabbah report 15 Nov 2012 – Palestinians in Gaza still, you know — fight for their rights, and don’t just succumb. It’s a lesson for people from the West, says Chomsky. Interview with Noam Chomsky about Gaza was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah Store…

Gaza: Questions for Egypt and Hamas 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Nov 2012 – An Egyptian protester shouts slogans during a protest against Israel’s ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, in front of the Arab League offices in Cairo 15 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Amr Abdallah Dalsh) An Egyptian protester shouts slogans during a protest against Israel’s ongoing…

Jaabari: Hamas Military Chief and Mastermind of Shalit Capture 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2012 – Palestinians help extinguish the fire after an Israeli air strike on the car of Ahmad Al-Jaabari in Gaza City 14 November 2012. (photo: Reuters – Stringer ) Palestinians help extinguish the fire after an Israeli air strike on the car of Ahmad Al-Jaabari in Gaza City 14…

One dead as protests heat up in Jordan 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2012 – One person was killed early Thursday and 12 Jordanian policemen were wounded after a police station came under attack in the country’s north amid a wave of nation-wide protests over a huge rise in fuel prices. “Twelve policemen were injured when a group of gunmen attacked…

Israel calls up army reservists 
BBC 15 Nov 2012 – Israel’s defence minister authorises the call-up of 30,000 reservists, amid speculation about a possible ground offensive on Gaza.

Syrian opposition in London talks 
BBC 15 Nov 2012 – Syrian opposition leaders are due in London for talks over the conflict in the country with the UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague.

‘Gunman’ killed in Jordan unrest 
BBC 14 Nov 2012 – Police in Jordan say they have killed a gunman attacking a police station as unrest over rises in fuel prices continues.


In Gaza, my son asks, what do the Israelis want from us? 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 11/15/2012
      “What do they want from us? What do they want from us?” — this is the question posed to me by my son Munir who is now 13 years old. I had just returned from touring nearby towns here in Gaza out of journalistic duty on the second day of Israel’s massive military attacks.
     Since the Israeli assassination of a top Hamas military commander yesterday afternoon, I have been following up on the news, reporting and writing the story of 13-year-old Ahmad Abu Daqqa, who was fatally shot in the stomach by an Israeli soldier last week while he played football outside his home in Khan Younis.
     Munir and Ahmad are both schoolboys and each have a hobby. Ahmad was a football fan, while Munir is interested in news like his father. Whenever Munir approaches me, it’s inevitably to tell me some news or inquire about something.
     Both Ahmad and Munir have spent their childhoods in the harsh, intolerable conditions in Gaza. As they were both similar in age and in terms of living conditions, they surely had the same question: ” What do they want from us?”
     Ahmad has already got the answer. He was killed last Thursday by an Israeli bullet that ripped through his little body.
     Meanwhile, Munir is outraged by the intensity of Israeli air strikes on Gaza, worried for the safety of his brother, two sisters, mother and other family members whenever a loud explosion is heard nearby. He wanted an authentic answer from his journalist father.
     I wracked my mind for an answer that he could understand. more.. e-mail

House demolitions exploit the powerless in Area C 
Rabbi Arik Ascherman, +972 Magazine 11/14/2012
      There is no possibility that Israel’s Civil Administration will fairly and properly plan for Palestinians in Area C if they are not at the table when their fate is decided.
     Last Thursday, the bulldozers demolished Beit Arabiya, for the sixth time. On Wednesday, two homes were demolished in Dirat, a village that is appealing with Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) to the High Court against discriminatory planning in Area C. Additional homes and structures were demolished over the past week in Al-Waya, A-Tur, Ein al Hilwe, Ibziq, Nabi Samuel, Hares and more. The only crime of the Shawamreh family is that, after having spent great sums of money and taken every possible measure to get a legal building permit, they have been forced to build without a permit. There is no legitimate planning, security or other reason whatsoever for not granting the permit. The only reason is that the Israeli army, which has sole control over planning for Palestinians in Area C (60% of the West Bank), makes it almost impossible for Palestinians to get a building permit there.
     Demolitions continue while there is a High Court petition pending hearing – a petition that will raise arguments about the patently obvious discrimination, the axiomatic principle that people must have a say in the procedures and decisions that so drastically impact on their lives (and we will prove just how devastating that impact is). From both a human rights and from a Jewish perspective, it is hard to think of a more justified appeal.
     But, the real reason is the bulldozers. When I will walk into the courtroom the faces of Salim, Arabiyah and their children will be like frontlets before my eyes.
     And they won’t be the only faces. The midrash to the week’s Torah portion in the time of the demolitions teaches us of the toll that trauma takes…. more.. e-mail

’It’s time for Palestinians in Israel to stand firm against the Bantustan plan of Oslo’ 
Jonathan Cook, Israeli Occupation Archive 11/14/2012
      The following interview was conducted in Nazareth with Awad Abdel Fattah, secretary general of the National Democratic Assembly party. The NDA (Al-Tajamoa in Arabic, and Balad in Hebrew) is one of three parties in the Israeli parliament representing Israel’s Palestinian minority, which numbers 1.4 million and comprises nearly a fifth of the country’s population.
     The NDA is best known for the activities of its former leader, Azmi Bishara, who was forced into exile in 2007 after Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, accused him of assisting Hizbullah during Israel’s 2006 attack on Lebanon. No proof has so far been forthcoming.
     Although the NDA has three legislators in the 120-seat parliament, the Knesset, both the party and its former leader have faced a relentless campaign of intimidation and persecution from the Israeli security services over many years. There have also been efforts at each national election to have the party disqualified from running.
     The election due this January is no exception: even at this early stage, petitions have been submitted to the Central Elections Committee from senior legislators to ban the party and two of its Knesset members, Haneen Zoabi and Jamal Zahalka.
     The NDA’s chief point of friction with the Israeli establishment is over its campaign for “a state for all its citizens”, its demand that Israel be reformed into a liberal democracy. This has been classified as “subversive activity” by the Shin Bet.
     This interview followed the recent publication by Abdel Fattah of a booklet in Arabic arguing both that the Palestinians inside Israel need to take a more central role in rebuilding the Palestinian national movement and that it is time for Palestinians to turn away from the illusions of the Oslo process and develop their thinking about a one-state solution. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu’s government has quietly doubled funding for settlements, says finance minister 
Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 11/12/2012
      Move was done quietly so that ‘elements in Israel and abroad’ would not attempt to prevent it, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz tells radio interviewer.
     Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has quietly doubled the portion of Israel’s national budget allocated to Jewish settlements in the West Bank settlements, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview on Monday.
     “During the current government’s term, we doubled the budgets [allocated] to Judea and Samaria. We did it with a low profile, in agreement with the mayors,” Steinitz told Galei Yisrael, a regional radio station based in the West Bank.
     The government carried out the moves quietly, so that “elements in Israel and abroad” would not attempt to stymie them, he added.
     Steinitz, who on Monday afternoon received an award from the settlement movement honoring him for his contributions, related to interviewer Kaveh Shafran how he had helped the settlements.
     “We are funding three cultural centers in Judea and Samaria – in Ariel, Ma’aleh Adumim and Kiryat Arba. We’ve helped the Jordan Valley. We’ve helped the Jewish community in Hebron. Because of my decision to give a special allocation to establish the university in Ariel, despite enormous pressure from the [other] universities against it, the way was paved to getting the Council of Higher Education’s approval.”
     Steinitz also discussed the recent wave of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, saying that the cross-border escalation was part of a comprehensive Palestinian move against Israel. “Strategically, what’s happening is that we’re under a double Palestinian offensive. A terror offensive from Gaza, and from Ramallah a diplomatic offensive by Abu Mazen, which is also strategic, to approach the UN.” — See also: Source: Haaretz more.. e-mail

Against forgetting: An interview with Eyal Sivan 
Charlotte Silver, Al Jazeera.com 11/12/2012
      Filmmaker Eyal Sivan talks about his exhibit with over 100 testimonies given by the perpetrators of the Nakba.
     Last month in Tel Aviv an exhibit with an unprecedented intention debuted. Curated by two prominent anti-Zionist Israelis, filmmaker Eyal Sivan and historian Ilan Pappe, “Towards a Common Archive” presents over 100 testimonies given by the perpetrators of the Nakba, the period between 1947 and 1949 when over 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their land to create the state of Israel. The exhibit is hosted by Zochrot, the sole Israeli organisation dedicated to remembering the Nakba. 
     Sivan describes their project as racing against time, as it collects testimonies from the ageing generation that fought with the Zionists gangs. In the absence of a formal Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Sivan envisages the perpetrators’ historic testimonies as forming a basis for truth without which a future reconciliation could not occur. 
     Yet despite the significance of the undertaking – and to the surprise of Sivan – the Israeli press has completely ignored the exhibit, save for one right-wing settler newspaper which disparaged it. 
     The exhibit serves as a pilot for a much larger project envisioned by Eyal Sivan: A Common Archive for 1948 Palestine, which seeks to build an interactive website bringing together the testimonies of Palestinian refugees and the Zionist perpetrators of the Nakba. If successful in documenting 1948, Sivan hopes to see subsequent historical events in the region also documented on the forum. But for him, it is essential that such a process begin with the Nakba: Sivan believes everything that has happened since represents “repeated episodes of that initial crime”. more.. e-mail

In photos: Israel attacks Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 15 Nov 2012 – 15 November 2012 A roundup of photos documenting Gaza under bombardment.more

In Gaza, my son asks, what do the Israelis want from us?
Electronic Intifada: 15 Nov 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 15 November 2012 Rami Almeghari, The Electronic Intifada correspondent in Gaza, struggles to answer his son’s simple question.more

Family mourns Gaza boy shot by Israeli forces while playing football
Electronic Intifada: 15 Nov 2012 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 15 November 2012 Ahmad Abu Daqqa was fatally shot in the stomach by an Israeli soldier last Thursday in the Gaza Strip.more

Why Obama won’t take on Israel
Electronic Intifada: 15 Nov 2012 – Jonathan Cook 15 November 2012 Thinking that the US president will alter his Middle East policy is fanciful.more

Palestinians and international activists updates
In Gaza: 15 Nov 2012 – “Palestinians have no army, no navy, no air force. This is not war, this is genocide. Adie Nistelrooy: Air Strikes on Gaza City continuing tonight, no let up. Big one near us at the Gaza Mina not long ago. Ambulances arrived at Shifa hospital every 10 minutes. Children and elderly were the vast majority as Shifa hospital in Gaza city feels the pressure. Inside Shifa, some horrific scenes in the intensive care unit as we were there when little Hanine Tafesh was brought in, one year old, victim of an air strike. The doctors rolled her over and there was no life in her, she had a brain hemorrhage and fracture of the skull. Mithad Abbas, Director General of Al Shifa Hospital said, “Israel has such advanced weaponry. So why so many children?” Telling some of the other injured that people around the world are mobilising in support of Gaza,…more

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