VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 22 November 2012: The deadly electoral cycle in Israel

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After Ceasefire Was Implemented; Palestinian Injured By Army Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – In what seems to be the first Israeli violation of the truce that came into effect Thursday, Israeli soldiers shot and injured a young Palestinian man near the border fence, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Israeli Offensive on Gaza Stopped Following 8 Days of Attacks
IMEMC – By the Last Day of the Offensive: Palestinian Deaths Rise to 156, Including 103 Civilians, and 1,000 Others, Including 971 Civilians, Wounded …

Army Kidnaps 55 Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, 55 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank; soldiers broke into dozens of homes and searched them before kidnapping the residents. …

Another Body Found Under Rubble In Gaza
IMEMC – Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip reported that rescue teams located the body of Mohammad Al- Dalou, 35, buried under the rubble of his home that was bombarded by the military three days ago. 11 members of Al-Dalou family have been killed in the shelling. … 

Soldiers Kidnap A Young Palestinian Woman In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Under the pretext that she attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, Israeli soldiers kidnapped , Thursday, a young Palestinian woman in Jerusalem, and took her to an interrogation center, the Maan News Agency reported. …

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Endorse Abbas’s Move At The UN
IMEMC – Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyya, senior Hamas official, Ahmad Bahar, and Islamic Jihad Leader, Mohammad al-Hindi, phoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, informing him that their movements endorse Abbas’s UN Observer Status application. …

Ma’an News

Committee: 5 wounded in Beit Ummar clash
11/22/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Five Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers in Beit Ummar on Wednesday, a local committee said. Committee spokesman Mohammad Ayad Awad said forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at a demonstration against Israeli the attacks on Gaza. An Israeli settler also fired at Palestinians, when soldiers….

Army: Forces detain 55 Palestinians in West Bank
11/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli forces seized 55 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight Wednesday, the army said, citing a need to quell the occupied territory after a truce ended eight days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. The army said the detainees were from various armed Palestinian factions and included “senior operatives,”adding that it would…. Related: Israeli army detains over 50 in West Bank

Medics: Israeli gunfire injures Palestinian in Gaza
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip late Thursday after he approached a fence on the border, medics said. The incident occurred less than 24 hours since the start of a truce negotiated by Egypt between Israel and Hamas to….

Witnesses: PA security block Israeli raid on Jenin
11/22/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces on Wednesday blocked Israeli troops from entering the northern West Bank city of Jenin, witnesses said. PA security patrols stationed at Beer al-Jamal, south of the city, stopped a number of Israel military vehicles, leading to long altercations between Palestinian officers and Israeli soldiers. Eventually, Israeli troops….

Israeli army detains over 50 in West Bank
11/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army launched an arrest sweep throughout the West Bank overnight Wednesday, citing “recent violent and terrorist activity.” A military statement said 55 Palestinians were seized overnight in order to “restore calm.”The arrests were made as Israel agreed a truce Wednesday evening ending eight days of fighting in the…. Related: Army: Forces detain 55 Palestinians in West Bank

Police: Palestinian woman attacks officer in East Jerusalem
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli border police officer in East Jerusalem on Thursday morning, a police spokesman said. The woman was detained after the attack outside an Israeli police station on Sultan Suleiman street, Mickey Rosenfeld said. The officer was lightly injured. [END]

Israel transfers 30 Palestinians to administrative detention
11/22/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday transferred some 30 Palestinian prisoners to administrative detention, without charge or trial, a human rights group said. Osama Makboul, an attorney for the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, said Israeli prosecutors expected to transfer the prisoners within 48 hours. Israeli authorities claimed the 30 prisoners were….

Body found in rubble of al-Dalou family home
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Civil defense crews on Thursday retrieved the body of a 29-year-old man from the rubble of the al-Dalou family home in Gaza City. Family members identified the body as Mohammad al-Dalou. The body of Yara al-Dalou, 17, is still missing. An Israeli airstrike flattened the al-Dalou family home in….

Egyptian hospitals still receiving Gaza wounded
11/22/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians critically wounded in Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip were taken to hospitals in Egypt on Thursday. Ahmad Saed, 13, and Nidal Hussien, 37, were transferred through Rafah crossing, a Ma’an reporter said. Egyptian hospitals in Sinai’s el-Arish and in Cairo are….

EWASH condemns killing of Gaza water vendor
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A coalition of humanitarian agencies on Wednesday condemned Israel’s killing of a water vendor as he delivered water in the northern Gaza Strip. Suhail Hammad and his 10-year-old son were hit by an Israeli airstrike while driving a water distribution truck in northern Gaza on Sunday. Both were….

Tunnelers, aid agencies begin resupplying battered Gaza
11/22/2012 – RAFAH (Reuters) — Knee-deep in craters carved out by Israeli air strikes, Palestinians wielded shovels and sandbags to reopen tunnels used to smuggle in goods from Egypt to Gaza, while international aid agencies raced to replenish Gaza’s depleted supplies. They were same type of tunnels that Israel, which destroyed 140 of them in its….

Israel arrests suspect in Tel Aviv bus bombing
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have arrested a Palestinian citizen of Israel who they suspect is behind the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv amid Israel’s assault on Gaza, an army official said. The official said the suspect was from Taybe inside Israel and a member of Hamas. Also arrested, police….

Israel’s Gaza assault: How the week unfolded
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — From the first moments after Israel’s assassination last week of a top Hamas commander, Ma’an journalists in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank reported on the crisis in real time. Below is their minute-by-minute coverage of the deadly assault as it unfolded over eight days….

Police: Gunmen fire on Israeli bus near Bethlehem
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli bus was shot at in the southern West Bank on Wednesday evening, Israeli police said. Police spokeswoman Luba al-Sumri said unknown gunmen opened fire on the bus traveling near Gush Etzion, south of Bethlehem. The gunmen escaped and police are looking for the culprits. [END]

Iron Dome shootdowns of Gaza rockets cost $25mln-$30mln
11/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the US-backed system was well worth the money.” Were Iron Dome traded on the (Tel Aviv) stock exchange or Nasdaq, it would have multiplied its share….

Israeli drones still hovering over Gaza
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli drones continued to hover over the Gaza Strip on Thursday, despite a ceasefire brokered the previous evening. Hamas and Islamic Jihad agreed an Egyptian-mediated truce to halt hostilities on Wednesday night, ending eight days of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Residents on Thursday complained that despite the ceasefire….

Israeli soldier dies of injuries sustained in rocket attack
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Thursday said an Israeli soldier from Netanya died after being injured by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip a day earlier. Boris Yarmulnik, 28, from Netanya, died of his wounds after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol Regional Council Wednesday afternoon, army statement said….

Israel pulls back from Gaza, invasion force intact
11/22/2012 – ROUTE 232, Israel (Reuters) — Israel began withdrawing the army on Thursday that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle. Dust-covered tanks and armored bulldozers were winched onto transporters and driven out of the same groves of straggly eucalyptus where they….

Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades: Gaza won
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas‘ armed wing on Thursday announced a victory after an eight-day war which left 170 Palestinians and five Israelis dead. Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obaida said the Palestinian people and the resistance had won, but that the battle wasn’t over, addressing the media outside the home of….

Witnesses: Tear gas burned car in Ithna clashes
11/22/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A car was burned out by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli forces during clashes in the Hebron village Ithna on Wednesday, witnesses said. Abed al-Hadi al-Jabawi, the owner of the car, said the canister smashed the window and set the car alight, and soldiers prevented civil defense from putting out the flames. [END]

Argentinian president urges UN support to Abbas after Gaza conflict
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an)– The President of Argentina wrote to the Union of South American Nations on Wednesday asking them to demand the UN Security Council makes a statement on Israel’s eight-day bombardment of Gaza. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said the council should order an end to hostilities, which halted later Wednesday….

Iran’s president welcomes Hamas-Israel ceasefire
11/22/2012 – ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Iran’s president welcomed the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, but expressed reservations about its effectiveness, said a Pakistani television station, which interviewed him on Thursday.” President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad said the cruelty in Gaza should unite Muslims. He said he welcomes the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, but he seems to not….

Iran angered after France’s Fabius blames Tehran for Gaza conflict
11/22/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran reacted angrily to assertions by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and accused him of not understanding the realities in the region after the diplomat accused Tehran of being responsible for the Gaza conflict. On Wednesday Fabius accused Iran of negative intentions in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Gaza and that it bore a….

Lebanon army dismantles rocket aimed at Israel
11/22/2012 – MARJAYOUN, Lebanon (Reuters) — The Lebanese army disabled a rocket on Thursday which was primed to be fired into northern Israel and said two others were launched late on Wednesday but fell short of the border. An army statement said the incidents all took place near the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun, about five km from….

Analysis: The deadly electoral cycle in Israel
11/22/2012 – By Baha Hilo – Eight days of military assault on Gaza show that yet again, Palestinians must pay in blood for the Israeli electoral cycle. Just two weeks after the Israeli Prime Minister called for early elections, the country’s air force killed three Palestinians in one strike on the Gaza Strip. Hamas was blamed….

Israel, Gaza leaders claim military victory
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Leaders in Gaza and Israel on Thursday both claimed victory after an eight-day war which left 170 Palestinians and five Israelis dead. Hamas and Islamic Jihad agreed an Egyptian-mediated truce to halt hostilities on Wednesday night. In Cairo, Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal said his movement would respect the truce if….

UNESCO welcomes Gaza ceasefire
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The director general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on Thursday welcomed the ceasefire agreement reached in the Gaza Strip and said media and educational facilities should not be used either as targets or shields.”I commend the efforts of all those who worked to achieve this ceasefire and I hope for the….

EU, UK, Japan welcome ceasefire
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The EU, UK and Japan have welcomed the ceasefire reached on Wednesday between Israel and Gaza.” I welcome the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel. I commend in particular the efforts of Egypt and all those who engaged in mediating between the parties to secure this ceasefire,” EU representative Catherine….

Spotlight on Gaza gives Jordan reprieve
11/22/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab – The Israeli onslaught on Gaza this week coincided with one of the worst periods in Jordan’s history. Protesters, angry with the price hike of energy products, were more violent and protests larger and more widespread than the Kingdom ever witnessed. Faced with these unprecedented and extensive demonstrations, Jordan’s….

France indicates support for Palestinian UN vote
11/22/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — France on Thursday indicated it would support Palestinian efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, a decision likely to boost the PLO as it seeks greater international recognition. Frustrated that a bid for full UN membership last year failed amid US opposition in the UN Security Council, the PLO has….

UN stresses need to defend press freedom
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — United Nations officials on Thursday highlighted the need to defend freedom of expression and ensure the safety of journalists. The yaer 2012 is set to become one of the deadliest years for media workers covering not just conflicts but also illegal activities in their countries, a UNESCO official said.”Today’….

PA to pay remainder of govt salaries
11/23/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority said Thursday it would be paying the remainder of October salaries to government employees by the end of the day. Public sector employees received 52 percent of their salaries on Nov. 11. The withheld amount will be available at ATMs on Thursday and from bank counters on Sunday….

Gaza war offers boost to Hamas leader Mashaal
11/23/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Khalid Mashaal narrowly survived an assassination attempt ordered by Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997 the first time he was Israeli prime minister. Fifteen years on, the Hamas leader claims to have defeated Netanyahu once again. The eight-day war between Israel and Palestinians in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip — a Hamas victory in Mashaal’s….

Abbas appoints new attorney-general
11/22/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas appointed Muhammad Abdul-Ghani al-Oweiwi as the new attorney-general to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday. Al-Oweiwi has been standing in for Ahmad al-Mughni, who stood down in August. The government then provoked outrage from judicial authorities and legal experts by proposing that the justice minister, Ali Muhanna, take on….

Schools to reopen in Gaza on Saturday
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The minister of education in the Gaza Strip Osama al-Mazini said Thursday that schools will reopen on Saturday. Israel launched an air offensive against Hamas and other Gaza factions on Nov. 14 killing 170 Palestinians. The sides entered an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Wednesday night. [END]

Fatah, Hamas urge unity at Gaza rallies
11/22/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — In a rare display of unity, leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions on Thursday celebrated the end of the war on Gaza and called for parties to end the split with the West Bank. Thousands took to the streets of Gaza in joint political rallies marking an end…. Related: Hamas calls for ‘unity and victory’ demonstrations in West Bank

Hamas calls for ‘unity and victory’ demonstrations in West Bank
11/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas in the West Bank has declared Friday a “day of unity and victory” and called for demonstrations after noon prayers. Hamas on Thursday urged people to join marches from mosques as an expression of unity and to celebrate what it describes as Gaza’s victory over Israel in the…. Related: Fatah, Hamas urge unity at Gaza rallies

Western pair get three months in prison for sex in Dubai taxi
11/22/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — A British woman and Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi were sentenced on Thursday to three months in prison and then deportation, their lawyer said. The case is the latest in which Westerners have fallen foul of the United Arab Emirates’ decency laws, highlighting cultural differences….

Rebels capture army base in eastern Syria
11/22/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian rebels captured an army artillery base in the eastern oil producing province of Deir al-Zor on Thursday, weakening President Bashar Assad’s control of the strategic region bordering Iraq, several opposition sources said.” The Mayadeen military base fell at 8. 30 a. m. (0630 GMT),” Abu Laila, an official in the….

Mauritania arrests suspected French jihadist headed to Mali
11/22/2012 – NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) — A Frenchman suspected of trying join al-Qaeda-linked fighters controlling northern Mali has been arrested in neighboring Mauritania, security sources there said Thursday. The arrest highlights the draw of Islamist-occupied northern Mali to foreign jihadists, who Western nations, led by France, fear will use the zone as a launchpad for attacks abroad.” The Frenchman….

Aljazeera

Calm returns as Gaza-Israel ceasefire holds
AlJazeera 22 Nov 2012 – Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak warns that Israel may resume attacks if truce fails to hold.

Palestine News Network

Following Ceasefire, Protesters Call for an End to the Siege on Gaza
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Girl Accused of Stabbing a Soldier Released After Investigations
Palestine News Network

Israelis Disagree with Netanyahu’s Decision to Ceasefire, Calls for his Resignation
Palestine News Network

Matzpen in Jerusalem!
Palestine News Network

Hamas Announces Nov. 22 Day of Holiday
Palestine News Network

EWASH Condemns Killing of Worker Supplying Clean Water to Residents in the Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

Director-General Deplores Attacks on Media and Schools in Gaza and Southern Israel
Palestine News Network

Ashton Welcomes the Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel
Palestine News Network

IOF Arrest 55 Palestinians in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Spotlight on Gaza Gives Reprieve
Palestine News Network

Blockade Must End Now
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Offensive on Gaza Stopped Following 8 Days of Attacks:
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Relief Web

Lebanon: Labour force survey among Palestinian refugees living in camps and gatherings in Lebanon, 2011
Relief Web 22 Nov 2012 – Source: International Labour Organization, European Union Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory Palestinians in Lebanon working under precarious conditions Restrictions in Lebanon do not exclude Palestinian refugees from the labour market but lead to exploitative conditions, a new ILO-EU study says….

occupied Palestinian territory: Children suffering devastating and lasting impact of Gaza crisis, says UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Relief Web 22 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (22 November 2012) – While welcoming the ceasefire which started last night, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on Thursday expressed its “deep concern at…

occupied Palestinian territory: As Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza, Palestinians Press for Unity
Relief Web 22 Nov 2012 – Source: New York Times Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA — A cease-fire that halted eight days of lethal conflict between Israel and Hamas brought jubilation to Gaza on Thursday as thousands of flag-waving residents poured into the streets and competing…

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Relief Web 22 Nov 2012 – Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory Key Points Following eight days of violence in Gaza, a cease-fire was declared effective 9:00 pm, November 21, 2012, between Israel and the Hamas authorities in Gaza. The cumulative casualty figures reported…

The National

Morsi takes sweeping new powers
The National 22 Nov 2012 – Fresh from his acclaimed negotiations that ended the Gaza conflict, Egypt‘s president sacks his prosecutor general, orders retrial of Mubarak officials and shields Islamist allies – placing himself above judicial oversight.

Muted Lebanese independence day as public barred from parade
The National 22 Nov 2012 – Cynicism abounds with even the public barred from a parade.

Partly UAE-funded cyclone shelter inaugurated in Australia
The National 22 Nov 2012 – Half of the cost was donated by the Abu Dhabi Government last year.

Gaza rejoices in peace and rise of Hamas
The National 22 Nov 2012 – Ceasefire agreement undermines years of US, European Union and Israeli marginalisation of Hamas, which they consider to be a terrorist organisation.

Overseas college help proves costly for some UAE students
The National 22 Nov 2012 – As increasing numbers of students from the UAE travel to the US to study, a cottage industry of ‘college advisers’ has sprung up promising to help them get into a university there.

Sheikh Mohammed’s initiative spreads spirit of union through trees
The National 22 Nov 2012 – The Dubai Municipality centre in Hatta distributed 4,000 plants to residents to mark National Day.

UAE CID officers investigated psychiatrist ‘based on radio ads’
The National 22 Nov 2012 – A CID investigation into a psychiatrist accused of prescribing psychotropic pills in exchange for bribes were based on radio ads and hearsay, claims lawyer.

Pakistan bombings kill 36, mar D8 meeting
The National 22 Nov 2012 – The country hoped the Developing Eight meeting would present a different image to the world but the assault cast a heavy pall.

Ha’aretz

IDF preparing for disturbances following mosque prayers
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Clinton warns Netanyahu not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN bid
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

As fewer illegal migrants enter, Israel rethinks need for new detention facility
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Gaza without Gazans: History of an Israeli fantasy
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Preserving Israel’s recent and ancient pasts using 21st-century technology
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Netanyahu tries to convince hawks he won the war
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Israel arrests Hamas, Islamic Jihad cell behind Tel Aviv bus bomb
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

LIVE BLOG: Israel-Gaza conflict, the day after
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

As day breaks over a fragile Gaza truce, Israeli businesses are left in the dark
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Erdogan: Israeli, Turkish intelligence held talks on Gaza cease-fire with Hamas
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

IDF soldier dies from wounds suffered in Gaza rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

As upcoming election looms, Tzipi Livni may announce a return to politics
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Israel’s cease-fire with Hamas: Egypt’s diplomatic achievement
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Lebanon dismantles rocket aimed at Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Gaza begins cleaning itself up as truce with Israel enters first day
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Despite Gaza suffering, Hamas’ status is on the rise
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Iran welcomes Israel-Gaza cease-fire, but not ‘optimistic’ it will work
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Gazans celebrate after Hamas declares ‘victory’
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Palestinians in Gaza mark national holiday to celebrate what Hamas leaders are calling a victory over Israel. 

PM, settlers set to face off in Likud primary
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Likud’s 123,351 members to choose among 97 candidates for less than 30 realistic slots on party’s joint list with Yisrael Beytenu. 

‘Burgas probe ‘essential’ for Hezbollah ban’
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Spain’s deputy FM says investigation into bombing of Israeli bus in Bulgaria “essential“ for EU process to list group as terror entity. 

WJC hosts fun day for children of the South
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – World Jewish Congress organizes two trips to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem for over 600 children of southern Israel. 

Italians hold speech rally for Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein organizes a “speaking marathon” to support Israel in front of parliament in Rome. 

Will Gaza’s borders be opened for business?
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – The Palestinian Authority is concerned that improperly opening the Rafah crossing to goods could further the split between Gaza Strip and West Bank. 

Who won?
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – We should be encouraged by the many positive developments that emerged in the past eight days. 

Livni to split Center-Left with new centrist party
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Tzipi Livni’s list will reportedly be called the “National Responsibility Party”; poll: new party would win nine seats. 

Shin Bet, police arrest suspects in Tel Aviv bus bombing
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Israel Security Agency reveals suspects were arrested hours after the terror attack that wounded 29 Israelis; cell’s members mostly from Beit Lakia, near Ramallah; interrogation incomplete, further arrests expected. 

The (real) new Middle East
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Only by staying true to our principles and meeting the terrorist aggression with decisive action can we hope to assure true safety and security for the citizens of Israel. 

Morsi draws fire with new Egypt decree
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Decree orders retrial of Mubarak-era officials, shields Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly. 

Savir’s Corner: Gaza and the West Bank – Hamas and Fatah
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – It is high time for us in Israel to understand that military solutions to national conflicts are virtually impossible. 

3rd Opinion: The bus bombing in Tel Aviv – revisited
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – This event wound up having little medical significance, but it carries grave implications politically. 

‘This was nothing’
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Every now and then the sirens sounded, and we all rushed to the bomb shelter and waited, speculating if the explosions were interceptions or impacts. 

The making of a man
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – The fact that my son will likely be spending the next three years in muddy tents, dusty jeeps and harm’s way doesn’t fill me with joy. 

Untangling the Web: War on the Internet desk
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – This not a tragic tale, but the story of an online news desk and its staff operating under abnormal conditions during Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. 

FM: Israel will eventually need to overthrow Hamas
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Liberman tells Channel 2 that launching IDF ground operation to occupy Gaza and overthrow Hamas regime would take 4 months. 

Iran courts closer ties with Jordan, Egypt
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Tehran’s ambassador to Jordan says it’s ready to supply Amman with free oil, energy for 30 years in return for goods. 

Haniyeh calls on Palestinians to honor cease-fire
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012Hamas PM warns J’lem that attacks on Gaza will be answered, expresses satisfaction with Egyptian-brokered truce. 

US groups forego Thanksgiving to visit Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Conference of Presidents demonstrates solidarity with Israel; Peres thanks American people for their support. 

Hamas: We do not support Abbas’s statehood bid
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Denial comes shortly after Abbas’s office says Haniyeh expressed support for effort to upgrade to non-member state. 

‘Egyptians to purchase Turkish-made drones’
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Turkish paper reports pending sale of ANKA drones; UAVs would extend Egyptian military’s intelligence, surveillance capabilities. 

Work in Progress: Laying down the law
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Getting a new job is always exciting, but it’s important to know what exactly you are legally entitled to here in Israel. 

Mashaal: I accept a Palestinian state on ’67 borders
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012Hamas leader says he’ll move to a peaceful path contingent on the “end of the occupation” and Palestinian statehood. 

Why a cease-fire will not last
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Expect only a “hudna” that will last until Hamas decides it is time to invoke violence once again. 

Lebanon army dismantles rocket aimed at Israel
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Two other rockets launched from Marjayoun fall inside Lebanese territory, explosions heard on northern Israel border raise concern. 

Iran: French FM doesn’t understand realities in ME
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Tehran angered after French foreign minister says it bears a “heavy responsibility” for the fighting in Gaza. 

Schools to remain closed in South despite quiet
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Fragile cease-fire pervades overnight after 5 rockets hit South. 

Mashaal says Hamas not behind TA terror attack
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – In CNN interview, Hamas leader blames Netanyahu for bringing about bus bomb “with his crimes, in killing the kids of Gaza…” 

Iran: Arabs should aid Gaza militarily like we do
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2012 – Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani says Tehran is proud of its military support for Gaza. 

The Guardian

Gaza ceasefire: Syria’s shrinking influence now exposed | Analysis
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Bashar al-Assad is not the only Arab leader facing marginalisation, writes Ian Black No one is taking bets on how solid the ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians will prove to be. But the Gaza conflict…

Kim Kardashian’s mercy mission to the Middle East
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Having sent forth a prayer for ‘everyone in Israel’ on Twitter, the reality TV star is off a diplomatic mission (taking the opportunity to open a couple of branches of Millions of Milkshakes) As Lost in…

We protested against violence in Gaza but this time, we weren’t called traitors | Joshua Sobol
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Step by step, the protests of the radical Israeli left can help to change fossilised political attitudes News of a ceasefire has come as a relief to us on the Israeli left, who have always argued…

Israeli government claims mission accomplished – but public sceptical
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Dan Meridor says goal of quiet on Gaza border was reached and Egypt locked into policing peace but 70% of Israelis oppose deal Israel’s political leadership claimed on Thursday that the eight-day military offensive in Gaza…

Israel and Hamas both claim victory as ceasefire holds – video
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Both the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, claim victory in the ceasefire

Hamas emerges stronger from Gaza war after Israel ceasefire deal
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – The Islamist group is perceived by many Palestinians as the victor of a war provoked by Binyamin Netanyahu, and is being embraced by leaders of a new Arab world after years of isolation It might not…

Gaza crisis: will Egypt come to regret its role as peacemaker?
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – The irony is that asking Egypt to take greater responsibility for Gaza is precisely what some Israeli politicians have long desired As the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon,…

Hamas hails Gaza ceasefire as step towards Palestinian state – video
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Palestinians take to the streets of Gaza City, celebrating the ceasefire brokered in Egypt between Israel and militant factions led by Hamas

Gaza ceasefire: will it hold? – Thursday 22 November
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Ceasefire appears to be taking hold after eight days of violence that killed more than 160 Palestinians and five Israelis Matthew Weaver Haroon Siddique

Israeli-Gaza ceasefire holds
The Guardian 22 Nov 2012 – Hostilities cease between the two sides after eight days of fighting claims more than 160 lives A ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians appeared to be holding on Thursday after eight days of fighting in the…

Inter Press Service

Israel Targets Media in Gaza
IPS As people anxiously wait to see if the newly-signed ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas will hold, local and international human rights groups are calling for investigations into Israeli human rights abuses committed during its eight-day assault on the Gaza Strip, including flagrant attacks on journalists. “We want an international…

In Gaza, Another Eight Days of Killing
IPS Fouad Hijazi was watching the 7 pm news with his wife and eight children when a missile fired by an Israeli F-16 hit their house in Jabalyia refugee camp, Gaza’s most densely populated area. Fouad, 46, was killed. So were his sons Mohammed, 3, and Suhaib, 2. Fouad’s wife Amna…

Uruknet

Oxfam supported kindergarten destroyed in Gaza violence
Uruknet

Turkey PM accuses Baghdad of dragging Iraq to civil war
Uruknet

#GazaUnderAttack| Names and ages of killed people in the Israeli attacks on Gaza
Uruknet

As Gaza is savaged again, understanding the BBC’s historical role is vital
Uruknet

Egypt: Cairo protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera office
Uruknet

The ‘both-sides-are-awful’ dismissal of Gaza ignores the key role of the US government
Uruknet

Disconnecting the Dots on Israel-Palestine: Is Apartheid Only A Crime When Committed Against Blacks?
Uruknet

Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Comes with Pledge from Obama to Seek More Defense Aid for Israel
Uruknet

Palestinian youth activists in Haifa, Akka: “Gaza is not alone in this struggle”
Uruknet

Assault Provokes Support for Hamas in West Bank
Uruknet

Daily Star

Czech musicians celebrate country’s peaceful revolution
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 The galloping melody of Czech folk music spilled out of the Assembly Hall at American University of Beirut Tuesday night in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Abbas hails Gaza PM ‘victory’ in phonecall: Hamas
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas speaks by telephone with Gaza’s Hamas premier Ismail Haniya and congratulated him on his “victory.”

Kuwait appeals to voters amid boycott calls
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Kuwaiti government on launches a media campaign to convince voters to cast their ballot in the December 1 poll in a bid to counter opposition calls for a boycott over a disputed law.

Iron Dome shootdowns of Gaza rockets cost $25mln-$30mln: Israel
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Israel’s Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost $25 million to $30 million, the government says.

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon celebrate Gaza ‘victory’
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Palestinians in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh in south Lebanon celebrate the victory of Gaza after a week of violence.

Electronic tracking: new constraint for Saudi women
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Rebels seize army base in eastern Syria
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Activists say Syrian rebels have seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the country’s east.

Taliban suicide bomber kills 23 in Pakistan
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Taliban suicide bomber strikes a Shiite Muslim procession near Pakistan’s capital, killing 23 people in the latest of a series of bombings targeting Shiites during the holiest month of the year for the sect.

Public holiday in Gaza to mark truce deal
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 in Gaza begins returning to normal with a public holiday to mark a cease-fire that ended a violent eight-day confrontation with the Israeli military.

Lebanon opposes Syrian refugee camps as crisis grows
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are urgently seeking temporary shelter similar to the camps set up in Turkey and Jordan, but with its troubled history of refugees, Beirut and the UN reject the idea.

Army defuses another rocket aimed at Israel
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 The Lebanese Army says it defused another rocket aimed and set to launch at Israel in South Lebanon.

Lebanon marks 69th independence anniversary
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Lebanon marks the 69th anniversary of the country’s independence with an official ceremony staged in Downtown Beirut.

Iran’s president welcomes Hamas-Israel cease-fire: report
Daily Star 22 Nov 2012 Iran’s president welcomes the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel but expresses reservations about its effectiveness, Pakistani television station, which interviewed him reports.

YNet News

Libyan leader opposes foreign aid to Syrian rebels
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Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel
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Sarkozy escapes charge but financing probe to continue
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1 dead, 3 injured in Bahamas helicopter crash
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Youth shot in leg in Kiryat Yam; moderately wounded
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Tel Aviv terror attack foretold 
YNet News, 22 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Government must cancel work permits given to Palestinians, locate all illegal aliens immediately ….

Palestinian Information Center

Union of physicians in Jordan to send medical team to Gaza
PIC – The Jordanian union of physicians said it would send a delegation of specialized doctors to the Gaza Strip to help the wounded and support the steadfastness of the Palestinian people there.

Haneyya hails truce deal as triumph for Palestinian people
PIC – Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya hailed the Egyptian-brokered truce agreement between the Palestinian resistance and Israel and described it as a triumph for the Palestinian people.

Hamas declares victory against Israel’s aggression, citizens celebrate
PIC – The Hamas Movement declared the victory over the Israeli occupation regime in the war and said Israel was forced to accept the truce agreement under the terms set by the Palestinian resistance.

Children topmost target of Israeli attacks on Gaza
PIC – The Israeli ferocious war on Gaza over the past eight days claimed the lives of 43 children and wounded 432 others or one third of the total casualties.

Tunisia to demand compensation for Israeli bombing of its school in Gaza
PIC – The Tunisian presidential advisor for international affairs, Anwar Al-Gharbi, has disclosed that his country was discussing means of retaliating to the Israeli bombing of its school in Gaza.

Israeli police batter Jerusalemite woman for attempting to assault soldier
PIC – Israeli policemen battered a Palestinian woman for attempting to stab a border guard in occupied Jerusalem on Thursday. 

Al-Qassam: occupation was forced to raise the white flag
PIC – The Martyr Izz el-Din al-Qassam Brigades declared that they fired during the battle of “Shale stones”, which lasted for eight days, 1573 rockets, a number of them were used for the first time.

UFree: As Israeli air force bombs Gaza, army arrests 170 in West Bank
PIC – Ufree reported a number of arrests carried out by the Israeli army against Palestinian civilians. The arrests came amid an escalating war against the people of Gaza initiated by Israel.

Wide arrest campaign against Hamas and Islamic Jihad cadres in WB
PIC – Israeli Occupation forces (IOF) launched at dawn Thursday a wide arrest campaign in all provinces of the occupied West Bank against leaders and members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements.

Dweik: the West Bank and Gaza share the same fate
PIC – The head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), Dr. Aziz Dweik, stated that the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip share the same fate at all levels..

WAFA

European Socialists and Democrats Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Body of Woman of Massacred Family Pulled from Rubble
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

IFJ Says Israel Intentionally Targeted Gaza Journalists
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Hamas, Jihad Affirm Support for UN Bid
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Germany Contributes 1.5m Euros for Gaza
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Text of November 21 Gaza Truce Understanding
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Europe Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

UNESCO Condemns Israeli Targeting of Schools, Media Offices in Gaza
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Israel Arrests 55 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Weather Forecast: Possible Scattered Showers through Weekend
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012

Misc

Israel-Hamas talks leave future of Gaza blockade cloudy
LA Times 22 Nov 2012 – Gaza residents and smugglers are left to ponder vague promises to discuss easing restrictions on the movement of goods and people at a later date. RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Seated on a muddy hill, Sulieman Masri glumly scanned the giant crater that was once a…

Dependence on paid informant in terror case may aid defense
LA Times 21 Nov 2012 – The federal complaint against the four Southland men was based in large part on incriminating statements recorded by the informant. Federal agents’ use of a paid informant to ensnare four Southern Californians plotting to join Al Qaeda is expected to be a focus of their…

With Cease-Fire Joy in Gaza, Palestinian Factions Revive Unity Pledges
New York Times 22 Nov 2012 – Competing Palestinian factions sought to use the moment to revive repeated efforts to unify. In Israel, where the mood was more subdued, troops on the Gaza border began pulling back.

Police Arrest Suspects in Tel Aviv Bus Blast, Including Israeli Citizen
New York Times 22 Nov 2012 – An Arab with Israeli citizenship and several West Bank Palestinians have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out the bus bombing in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, according to security officials.

Reporter’s Notebook: Life in Gaza Courtyards: Shows of Pride and Sacrifice
New York Times 22 Nov 2012 – Behind the scenes of destruction, mourning women talk of victory in death and idle young men laugh off bombings.

Egypt’s President Morsi Gives Himself New Powers
New York Times 22 Nov 2012 – With a constitutional assembly on the brink of collapse, President Mohamed Morsi granted himself broad powers above any court and ordered the retrial of his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Syrian Airstrike Severely Damages Hospital in Aleppo
New York Times 22 Nov 2012 – A government attack flattened a building next to one of the few functioning medical facilities in Syria’s largest city early on Thursday, killing at least 15 people, activists said.

Counting the cost of the Gaza operation
Globes Main News – Some economists calculate that Operation Pillar of Defense cost the Israeli economy 0.2% of GDP or NIS 2 billion.

70% of Israelis oppose cease-fire – survey
Globes Main News – A survey by Shiluv Millward Brown finds widespread skepticism in Israel about the chances of the Gaza front staying quiet.

XTL acquires 31% stake in Proteologics from Teva
Globes Main News – The shares of Proteologics, a drug development company, were bought at a 20% premium on this morning’s opening price.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 Index up 2.5% on week
Globes Main News – The market was given a tonic by the end of the Gaza operation as Israel Chemicals and the telcos led the rises.

Motti Keren appointed Mega CEO
Globes Main News – Former Unilever Israel chairman and CEO keren replaces Zeev Vurembrand at the helm of the struggling supermarket chain.

Veteran mobile carriers’ profit down 39% in Q3
Globes Main News – Partner is losing subscribers at the highest rate, but enjoys the highest ARPU among the three established players.

Treasury chief economist: Little harm to economy
Globes Macro Economics – Dr. Michael Sarel estimates that growth fell between 2% and 3% on an annualized basis during Operation Pillar of Cloud.

“Iron Dome is cheaper than the things it protects”
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Yossi Druker, the man behind Rafael’s success in producing a rocket interceptor system in four years, never stopped believing in it, even when the button was pressed for the first test firing, and nothing happened.

Israeli-Arab Ceasefire # 6,432,821
Tikun Olam – Israel and Hamas have announced a ceasefire that was midwived by Egypt and the U.S.  It will ostensibly end this round of fighting–until the next time.  And there will be a next time.  Of that you can be sure. 150 Gazans were killed in this garbage…

‘New York Times’ fails dismally again, this time in Congo
Mondoweiss – I am experienced and world weary, and it takes a lot to leave me speechless.  But once Jodi Rudoren’s Orientalist pop anthropology had flabbergasted me, her New York Times colleague in east Africa finished the job. Jeffrey Gettleman missed the actual breaking news in eastern Congo…

US engagement fostered rogue Israeli policies, but Tom Friedman can’t say so
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false ENUS X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In his New York Times column of Nov 11, “My President is Busy,” Tom Friedman tells Israelis not to count on the U.S. government to rescue them from their own leaders’ catastrophic policies. “I find it very…

Regurgitating Israeli talking points, Amanpour lectures Meshal that ‘int’l agreements’ bar right of return
Mondoweiss – I nterviewing Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Cairo last night on CNN, Christian Amanpour stated repeatedly that Palestinian refugees had no right to return to Israel according to “international agreements.” (Transcript below) In fact there are UN resolutions guaranteeing the right of refugees to return to…

Brzezinski challenges Obama to put world peace ahead of ‘specific constituencies’
Mondoweiss – Yesterday on “Morning Joe,” Zbigniew Brzezinski gave a bravura performance , urgently calling on Obama to help impose a solution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before it further radicalized Arab societies, endangering world security. Obama had “dropped” the matter in his first term, Brzezinski said, caving to Netanyahu. […

Exile and the prophetic: Gaza and the ethics of Jewish power
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. The situation on the ground continues to move quickly.  First a rumored cease-fire, then a stepped up military campaign in Gaza.  The…

Thanksgiving fodder: ‘You should fight about Israel’
Mondoweiss – The latest Gaza war has had the effect of mocking the US role in the region– showing our country to be firmly on the aggressor’s side in the conflict and making us peripheral to Egypt‘s Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership in effecting a truce. Here are two perspectives…

Israeli Arab Arrested in Terror Bus Bombing 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Nov 2012 – Israeli authorities arrested an Israeli Arab on suspicion of planting a bomb in a Tel Aviv bus that wounded 15 people hours before Israel agreed a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza, police and security officials said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article……

Israeli Soldier Dies From Rocket Wounds 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Nov 2012 – An IDF reserve soldier who was seriously wounded by rocket fire from Gaza on Wednesday has succumbed to his wounds on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

With Truce, Netanyahu Shows Cautious Side 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Nov 2012 – Benjamin Netanyahu has a reputation as a gung-ho hardliner. By agreeing to a truce with Hamas, he showed that he is actually a risk-averse leader. Click here for the rest of the article…

Quiet Day on Both Sides of Gaza Border 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Nov 2012 – A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Campaign Could Boost Hamas, Hurt Rivals 
The Forward New 22 Nov 2012 – The effect of Israel’s attack on Gaza was cruelly ironic. By attacking Hamas, it bolstered the Islamist movement in its bitter feud with more moderate Palestinians like Mahmoud Abbas. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Govt Announces Israel-Hamas Ceasefire 
allAfrica.com 22 Nov 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Cairo –Egypt announced a cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas effective Wednesday evening. It is intended to come into effect at 19:00 GMT (21:00 local time), the officials say. Similar predictions on Tuesday failed to produce a deal.

Uganda: UN Commends President for Middle East Peace Efforts 
allAfrica.com 22 Nov 2012 – [New Vision]The U.N. Security Council called on Israel and Hamas to uphold a ceasefire agreement on Wednesday and commended the efforts of Egypt‘s Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and others for brokering the truce.

Egypt: Commending Parties for Ending Week of Violence in Gaza, Secretary-General Tells Security Council, Via Video Link, Now Vital to Address Underlying Causes 
allAfrica.com 22 Nov 2012 – [UN]Warmly welcoming the ceasefire declared between Israel and Hamas just hours before, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this afternoon told the Security Council via video link from Tel Aviv, Israel, that it was now critical to address underlying causes in order to keep the violence, and the great…

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Supports Efforts to End Israel-Gaza Hostilities 
allAfrica.com 22 Nov 2012 – [Sudan Tribune]Addis Ababa -Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad Al Malki, paid a visit this week to Addis Ababa where he held talks with Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn, on the current crises in the Gaza Strip.

And the Winner Is…Justice Richard Goldstone 
The Magnes Zionist 22 Nov 2012 – There is now a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, thank God. The senseless military operation initiated by a blundering Israeli overreaction, and resulting in death, destruction, and fear in civilian populations, was only the latest in a series of such operations. And an examination of the…

Life resumes after Gaza ceasefire 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – People in Gaza and southern Israel begin to resume normal life following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Egyptian fury over Mursi ‘coup’ 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – Opposition groups denounce Egypt President Mursi’s decree giving himself sweeping powers as a “coup against legitimacy” and call for protests.

Syrian rebels ‘capture key base’ 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels say they have captured a key army base near the city of Deir Ezzor, giving them control of a large swathe of eastern Syria.

BBC role in Gaza Massacre 
Sabbah report 22 Nov 2012 – Israel has successfully intimidated the BBC into presenting the theft of Palestinian land and the caging, torturing and killing of its people as an intractable “conflict” between equals. BBC role in Gaza Massacre was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through…

War and peace incompatible 
Sabbah report 22 Nov 2012 – What Gaza needs are deeds to compel Western powers to come to their senses and stop defending Israel’s malevolent policies, not rhetoric, speeches and feel-good visits to Gaza. War and peace incompatible was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support through Sabbah…

A defeat for Israel? 
Sabbah report 22 Nov 2012 – Netanyahu finally decided that it would be too costly for Israel in diplomatic and political terms to say “No” to Obama and many other leaders who insisted that Israel had to agree to a ceasefire. A defeat for Israel? was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily…

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall 
Sabbah report 22 Nov 2012 – Let it, finally, be said: In praise of the ever-martyred but ever-heroic and ever-renascent people of Gaza. May they live to see the full brightness of dawn The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter ….

A Posh Ashura for Shia Elite 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Nov 2012 – The women sitting next to her look nothing like the typical mourners usually seen during Ashura. (Photo: Alia Haju) The women sitting next to her look nothing like the typical mourners usually seen during Ashura. (Photo: Alia Haju) A Beirut high school with a long history…

Across Gaza Border, Balance of Fear 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Nov 2012 – A Palestinian worker cleans the street in front of war graffiti near the destroyed Al-Saraya Hamas headquarters in Gaza City November 22, 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) A Palestinian worker cleans the street in front of war graffiti near the destroyed Al-Saraya Hamas headquarters in…

Gaza ceasefire may see easing of blockade 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Nov 2012 – Palestinians in Gaza flocked to the streets amid cautious calm Thursday to celebrate a ceasefire agreement which saw some notable concessions from Israel. The agreement stipulates that Israel must ease its blockade on Gaza and allow its residents to move freely along its borders. It also…

Israel arrests dozens in the West Bank after Gaza rallies 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Nov 2012 – The Israeli army arrested dozens of Palestinians throughout the West Bank on Wednesday night according to Ma’an news agency, just as a ceasefire marked an uneasy end to the Israeli war on Gaza. The eight-day conflict pitting the Israeli army against the Gaza Strip, which killed…

West Bank Protests: Waiting for a Tipping Point 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Nov 2012 – Sadly, the spark needed for popular demonstrations proved to be premature, even with three martyrs in the West Bank. (Photo: Dylan Collins) Sadly, the spark needed for popular demonstrations proved to be premature, even with three martyrs in the West Bank. (Photo: Dylan Collins) Protests in…

Life on the Outskirts of War 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Nov 2012 – A Palestinian man carries the body of two years-old Abdel Rahman Majdi Naim, after he was killed in an Israeli strike in Gaza City on 21 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed) Abed A Palestinian man carries the body of two years-old Abdel Rahman Majdi Naim,…

Life resumes after Gaza ceasefire 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – People in Gaza and southern Israel begin to resume normal life following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

Egyptian fury over Mursi ‘coup’ 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – Opposition groups denounce Egypt President Mursi’s decree giving himself sweeping powers as a “coup against legitimacy” and call for protests.

Syrian rebels ‘capture key base’ 
BBC 22 Nov 2012 – Syrian rebels say they have captured a key army base near the city of Deir Ezzor, giving them control of a large swathe of eastern Syria.

Articles


The US-Israeli Attack on Gaza 
Michel Chossudovsky, Centre for Research on Globalization – Middle East 11/20/2012
      The Western media in chorus has described the Israeli attack on Gaza as an ad hoc IDF-led counterterrorism operation, launched on the grounds of “self defense” in response to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.
     While reports acknowledge that president Obama, in the wake of the November 6 elections, had granted a “Green Light” to Tel Aviv, the central issue does not pertain to Washington’s support but rather to the direct involvement of the US government and military in the planning and implementation of the attack on Gaza.
     There is evidence that Operation “Pillar of Cloud” was implemented in close liaison with Washington in the context of the broader process of allied military planning. Senior US military officials were on location in Israel working with their IDF counterparts in the days leading up to the attack.
     Operation “Pillar of Cloud” was launched on the 14th of November, exactly one week after the US presidential elections. It was slated to be launched irrespective of the outcome of the US elections. The first action was the targeted assassination of the leader of Hamas’ military wing Ahmed Jabari. The operation has since evolved towards a generalized bombing campaign and ground invasion involving the announced deployment of some 75,000 Israeli troops.
     US– Israeli War Games
     What is significant in assessing US involvement in Operation “Pillar of Cloud” is the fact that in the month prior to the attacks, the US and Israel were involved in the conduct of the largest joint war games in Israeli history. The objective of the war games was to test Israel’s missile air defense system against attacks from far and near, namely from Iran, Hezbollah and Hamasmore.. e-mail

Behind the pillars of cloud 
Rami Zurayk and Anne Gough, Al Jazeera.com 11/22/2012
      The food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of agricultural sector.
     Since its creation in 1948, Israel has used food and nutrition as a means to entrench its military and territorial occupation of Palestine. While all eyes are turned today to the savage eradication of children and entire families in Gaza through operation “Pillar of Cloud”, Israel pursues its long-term goal of decimating the means of food production, livelihoods and the ability of those in Gaza to make economic and political decisions about what they grow and what they eat.
     Gaza and the rest of Occupied Palestine is being restructured as an entity where malnutrition is endemic, access to food is denied and people are forced to live under the constant fear of not having enough to eat. 
     In the last eight days, the food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of an agricultural sector impaired by six years of Israeli imposed siege, military campaigns and decades of occupation.
     In the first five days of the assault, the Ministry of Agriculture in Gaza estimated losses to the agriculture and fishing sectors to be above US $50 million. Follow the latest developments in the ongoing conflict 
     According to our colleague Mohammad El Bakri, who is with the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, and other agricultural specialists in Gaza, farmers are in the midst of the crucial olive harvest and olive oil production season and the destruction is a disastrous blow for food and economic security in Gaza. more.. e-mail

Spotlight on Gaza gives Jordan reprieve 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 11/22/2012
      The Israeli onslaught on Gaza this week coincided with one of the worst periods in Jordan’s history. Protesters, angry with the price hike of energy products, were more violent and protests larger and more widespread than the Kingdom ever witnessed.
     Faced with these unprecedented and extensive demonstrations, Jordan’s security personnel were spread very thin, leaving some sectors of the country vulnerable.
     It is a well-known fact that populations voluntarily agree to be governed, but when this natural loyalty is shaken, it is very difficult to do so. In the absence of the rule of law a vacuum is created and at times, hooligans and criminals fill this vacuum.
     Fortunately for Jordan, local groups of citizens came together to protect strategic and vulnerable locations. One photo that went viral on social media showed a group of young men in Madaba creating a human chain to protect the local Housing Bank. The bank, which has the largest number of branches in Jordan, was chosen by the government to disburse up to JD420 in cash to families making less than 10,000 dinars a year.
     While some destruction and looting took place in some Jordanian cities, the protests and rioting passed without any major or continuous damage.
     The police chief, Hussein Majali, held a press conference and tried to restore the stature of the state, insisting that the rules of engagement had not changed and that peaceful demonstrations will be respected.
     While Majali insisted that the police treat all citizens equally, he delegitimised some protest leaders…. more.. e-mail

The deadly electoral cycle in Israel 
Baha Hilo, Ma’an News Agency 11/22/2012
      Eight days of military assault on Gaza show that yet again, Palestinians must pay in blood for the Israeli electoral cycle.
     Just two weeks after the Israeli Prime Minister called for early elections, the country’s air force killed three Palestinians in one strike on the Gaza Strip.
     Hamas was blamed, with the army citing retaliation for what it called escalating attacks on Israel.
     Civilians saw the deaths as the usual training strike on Gaza, or perhaps Israel’s response to the visit of the Emir of Qatar to the besieged strip earlier in the week. Most didn’t see the killings as worthy of comment.
     For those with fresh memories of Israel’s 2008-2009 massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, the destruction of homes and infrastructure and displacement of thousands of Palestinians, the events of the last eight days have a great deal in common with ‘Operation Cast Lead’.
     That 22-day war happened a few weeks before the Israeli elections in 2009. The current incumbent, Kadima, was struggling and needed to turn promised defeat into victory.
     What to do? Bombard Gaza. Kadima won the most votes and the blood behind the victory was forgotten.
     The party of Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu is not struggling — in fact after merging his Likud party with the anti-Palestinian extremists Yisrael Beiteinu, predictions are that Netanyahu will win by a healthy margin.
     But why not guarantee this victory and perhaps take more seats to please the bloodthirsty right-wing majority in Israel? more..e-mail

Father and two sons among 162 slain by Israel in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2012 – Mohammed Omer Gaza City 22 November 2012 More than half of those injured were women and children.more

“United in resistance,” Palestinians in Gaza remain steadfast
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2012 – Joe Catron Gaza City 22 November 2012 Thousands fled their homes in the north of Gaza but some stayed behind.more

In photos: Palestinians in Gaza celebrate victory, mourn those lost
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2012 – 22 November 2012 There were celebrations across Palestine at the Gaza ceasefire, amid continued mourning at the high cost in lives of the Israeli assault.more

Devouring Jackals
Dissident Voice: 22 Nov 2012 – “We want to be troubled no more by Arabs; room to breathe; a skyline cleansed of them; no more bleating of sheep knifed by an Arab; every beast to die a natural death; no interference till we have drained the carcass empty and picked its bones clean. Cleanliness, nothing but cleanliness is what we want,” so says the oldest jackal in Kafka’s “Jackals and Arabs,” as translated by Willa and Edwin Muir. This tale about Jews and Arabs appeared in a Zionist monthly, Der Jude [ The Jew ], in 1917, just a month before the Balfour Declaration. A German-speaking Jew among Czechs, and of a generation allowed to assimilate, tentatively, for the first time, Kafka was at home nowhere. Though born into German, Kafka considered writing in it akin to kidnapping someone’s baby from its crib, dancing on a tightrope or composing one’s will before committing suicide. He wasn’t even “a…more

The International Responsibility for Justice in Occupied Palestine
Dissident Voice: 22 Nov 2012 – The conflict in Gaza may have come to an inauspicious end last night following a ceasefire agreement, but there is little reason to rejoice for the Palestinian people. Although a ground assault of the Gaza Strip was narrowly avoided, still well over 1,500 air strikes by F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters and drones have further devastated the impoverished territory, leaving more than 140 Palestinians dead – mostly civilians, including at least 34 children – while five Israelis also died. The diplomatic efforts that led to relief from eight days of bombing, death and suffering are, of course, to be welcomed, but a tentative truce is far from a guarantee that a new cycle of violence will not erupt again soon. Still the same questions remain over Israel’s war of dispossession against the Palestinian people, its illegal occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land, and the ever-distant prospects of Palestinian statehood. There…more

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