VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 23 November 2012: Killing before the Calm: Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians Escalated before Cease-fire

23 November 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Two Injured, Dozens Suffer Effects Of Teargas Inhalation In Bil’in’s Nonviolent Weekly Protest
IMEMC – The Friends of Freedom and Justice Committee, in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported Friday that two residents were shot by a rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, after Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements. … 

PHR Israel Statement On Hunger Striking Detainee Sharawna
IMEMC – Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR) issued a statement revealing that an independent PHR doctor visited hunger striking detainee, Ayman Sharawna, who has been on hunger strike for 141 days, and stated that Sharawna is facing life threatening conditions. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 158 Palestinians killed, including 33 children; 1,000 wounded in last week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 14 -21 Nov. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that during the 8-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, 156 Palestinians, including 103 civilians were killed by Israeli forces. 33 children, 13 women and 3 journalists were among those civilians who were killed. 1,000 Palestinians, including 971 civilians, were wounded. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Man killed by Israeli fire near Gaza border
11/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday morning, medical officials said. Medics said Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, was hit in the head with a live bullet east of Khan Younis. Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 19…. Related: Barghouti: Gaza shooting violates truce

Owner: 400 olive trees uprooted in south Hebron
11/23/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers in the south Hebron hills uprooted around 400 olive trees belonging to a Palestinian farmer, locals said. Abu Iyad Housheh visited his land near the Carmiel settlement on Thursday and found the two to three-year old trees had been destroyed overnight. He has filed a complaint to the Israeli….

Barghouti: Gaza shooting violates truce
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian National Initiative chief Mustafa Barghouti said Friday that Israel’s shooting of civilians near the Gaza border violated the ceasefire agreement. Israeli forces shot dead Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, east of Khan Younis on Friday. Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 19 others were wounded by Israeli fire…. Related: Medics: Man killed by Israeli fire near Gaza border

Medics: 2 Palestinians die of wounds from Gaza airstrikes
11/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians died on Friday morning from wounds sustained in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip in the past week, medical officials said. Judeh Suliman Shamlakh, who was wounded in an airstrike on the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City, succumbed to his injuries, spokesman of the Gaza health ministry….

B’Tselem protests Israel’s use of live fire at West Bank protests
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has written to Israeli army officials protesting the firing of live ammunition against protesters in the West Bank. Two Palestinians were killed and dozens injured at protests in the West Bank against Israel’s war on Gaza. B’Tselem executive director Jessica….

European parliament bolsters UN bid after Gaza fighting
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a statement expressing support for the Palestinian bid for UN recognition as a non-member state next week. In the aftermath of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, the parliament agreed a statement stressing “peaceful and non-violent means are the only way to achieve a just and….

Hamas deploys at Gaza border after Israel kills Palestinian
11/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza has deployed security forces near the border with Israel after two shooting incidents in the aftermath of Wednesday’s ceasefire. A Reuters photographer and other witnesses said Hamas officials, coming closer to the Israeli border fence than ever before, escorted Palestinians away from the…. Related: Analysis: After the ceasefire and Contingency planning, despite ceasefire

PFLP-GC leader ‘injured in assassination attempt’ in Damascus
11/23/2012 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — A leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command was critically injured and four people were killed in an attempted assassination in Damascus on Wednesday, a senior official in the movement said. A PFLP-GC source said Liwa al-Asifah Brigade fighters planted a bomb in Khalid Atteiq’….

In photos: Israel withdraws troops, Gaza celebrates
11/23/2012 – Reuters – The Israeli military leaves an area near the border with the northern Gaza Strip Nov. 22, 2012, after a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas takes hold after eight days of conflict. In Gaza, Palestinians celebrated what was considered locally to be a victory as Israel declined to follow through on threats to invade and….

HRW calls for accountability after Gaza violence
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Human Rights Watch on Friday urged Israel and Hamas to address the ongoing human rights abuses and impunity for violations of the laws of war, after a ceasefire deal ended eight days of deadly fighting.” Israeli attacks on presumptively civilian structures, including media buildings, civilian government buildings and police stations, raise….

Mada demands protection of Palestinian journalists
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian press freedom group Mada on Friday called for accountability for attacks on Palestinian journalists at home and abroad. In a statement marking the International Day to End Impunity, Mada noted that Israeli forces killed three Palestinian journalists — Mahmoud al-Koumi, Husam Salameh and Muhammad Abu Aisha — during its assault on the….

Army: Air sirens ‘false alarm’, no rockets Thursday
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Rocket warning sirens that sounded in south Israel on Thursday morning were a false alarm, Israel’s army said. No rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip since 10 p. m. Wednesday, an hour after a truce deal came into effect, a military spokeswoman said. Israel and Hamas agreed….

Palestine envoy says Beijing backs UN entry
11/23/2012 – BEIJING (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Abbas’ envoy to China said on Friday that Beijing backs their United Nations membership bid, a day after France indicated it would support a diplomatic upgrade for Palestine. Bassam al-Salhi, in China on a three-day trip to discuss tensions in Gaza, echoed earlier calls from China’s Foreign Ministry….

Islamic Jihad: Resistance taught Israel a lesson
11/23/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad leader Mohammad Hindi on Friday said resistance fighters had “taught Israel a lesson,” at a festival in Gaza City. Islamic Jihad held a rally after noon prayers at Omari mosque to celebrate what is being hailed locally as a victory against Israel in the eight-day war that ended….

Analysis: After the ceasefire
11/23/2012 – By David Rohde – For now, the fighting has stopped in Israel and Gaza. But let’s be honest, this is the latest round in a long and bitter struggle. In the future, more bloodshed is likely. After eight days of clashes, Hamas‘ claim that it is the true leader of the Palestinian resistance…. Related: Contingency planning, despite ceasefire and Hamas deploys at Gaza border after Israel kills Palestinian

Contingency planning, despite ceasefire
11/23/2012 – CAIRO (IRIN) — Aid agencies in Egypt are updating contingency plans in case an uncertain ceasefire, agreed on Nov. 22 between Israel and Hamas, the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, does not hold. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the UN Refugee Agency are preparing for the possible need to increase…. Related: Analysis: After the ceasefire and Hamas deploys at Gaza border after Israel kills Palestinian

With eye on Iran, Gaza conflict reassures Netanyahu
11/23/2012 – Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge — Iran. Israel views Iran’s nuclear program as an “existential threat” in a totally different league to the problems posed by….

Aide: Arafat exhumation to go ahead Monday
11/23/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — French forensic experts arrived in the West Bank on Thursday to oversee the exhumation of former President Yasser Arafat, the president’s legal adviser said. A French court in August opened a murder inquiry into Arafat’s death after a Swiss institute said it had discovered high levels of….

Netanyahu down in poll but still seen winning ballot
11/23/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Discontent over a ceasefire that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struck with Hamas in Gaza has cost him support before an election in January but he should still win the ballot, a poll showed on Friday. The survey by Israel’s Maariv newspaper, the first since the truce took hold on Wednesday….

Egypt’s Mursi called ‘pharaoh’ as violent protests erupt
11/23/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decree exempting all his decisions from legal challenge until a new parliament was elected caused fury amongst his opponents on Friday who accused him of being the new Hosni Mubarak and hijacking the revolution. Thousands of chanting protesters packed Tahrir Square, the heart of the 2011 anti-Mubarak…. Related: US has concerns about Egyptian president Mursi’s moves

US has concerns about Egyptian president Mursi’s moves
11/23/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States is concerned about Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to assume sweeping powers, the US State Department said Friday. Mursi on Thursday issued a decree that puts his decisions above legal challenge until a new parliament is elected, causing angry protests by his opponents and violent clashes in central…. Related: Egypt’s Mursi called ‘pharaoh’ as violent protests erupt

Israeli forces detain MPs around West Bank
11/23/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least five members of the Palestinian parliament in the West Bank who are affiliated to Hamas, among 28 Palestinians detained at dawn Friday. In Ramallah, soldiers detained the secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council Mahmoud al-Ramahi. MP Basem Zairir was detained in Samua, south of Hebron, along….

Qatar asks Syrian opposition to name ambassador
11/23/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Qatar has asked Syria‘s newly formed opposition coalition to appoint an ambassador to the Gulf Arab state, the first Arab country to publicly announce it will accept an envoy from the body. Qatar is one of the main backers of the Syrian National Coalition and a staunch opponent of Syrian President….

Monitor: More than 40,000 killed since start of Syria conflict
11/23/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) – More than 40,000 people have been killed in 20 months of conflict between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and those fighting for his overthrow, a violence monitoring group said on Friday. Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said about half the fatalities were civilians and the other….

Debate rages over Sudan’s Bashir after ‘plot’ arrests
11/23/2012 – KHARTOUM (Reuters) — Sudan’s information minister had one clear message after security agents moved in to arrest their former spy chief – that a plot had been uncovered, the culprits caught and the situation in the country was now “totally stable”. Khartoum did appear quiet a day later on Friday – but on the desert city….

Russian lawmakers introduce law on ‘foreign agent’ media
11/23/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russian lawmakers introduced a bill to the state Duma, or lower house of parliament, on Friday which would force foreign-funded media to register as ‘foreign agents’, adding to a raft of bills that critics say is aimed at cracking down on dissent. The law would complement another piece of legislation that….


Man shot dead in Gaza-Israel buffer zone
AlJazeera 23 Nov 2012 – One Palestinian killed and 10 others wounded as Israeli soldiers open fire at border near Khan Younis.

Palestine News Network

Haaretz: Clinton Warns Netanyahu Not to Take “Strict” Procedures Against PA
Palestine News Network

Despite Ceasefire: Israel Kills a Palestinian, Wounds 7 Others in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Palestine in Israeli School Books, AIC
Palestine News Network

Solidarity: Israeli Occupation Transfers 30 Prisoners to Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

Israeli Police Arrests Tel Aviv Bus Bomber
Palestine News Network

War Summary and Top Urgent Needs For Gaza
Palestine News Network

World Vision Calls on All Parties to Respect the Cease-fire Agreement, Work Toward a Peaceful Resolution to the Overall …
Palestine News Network

Settlers Uproot 400 Olive Trees in Yatta Village, Hebron
Palestine News Network

IOF Arrest Five MPs from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Imposes Restrictions on the Entry of Muslim Worshipers to Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Human Rights NGOs Condemn Violations of International Law in Gaza, Call for Prompt Investigations and Accoun…
Palestine News Network

Gaza’s Bloodshed Now Demands Unity of Fatah and Hamas
Palestine News Network

Matzpen in Jerusalem!
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

After the Truce Deal: Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 20 Others in Khan Yunis;
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Preliminary Emergency Appeal: Gaza crisis
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory Executive summary This Preliminary Emergency Appeal reflects the activities of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in response to the acute humanitarian needs of the ongoing Gaza crisis. The activities are based…

occupied Palestinian territory: After the Truce Deal: Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 20 Others in Khan Yunis; 2 Bodies Found in Rubbles and 2 Palestinians Die of Previous Wounds
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory A Palestinian civilian was killed and 20 others, including 2 children, were wounded when Israeli Occupation Forces fired at hundreds of civilians who demonstrated near the border between the Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: Sweden donates USD 2.3 million to UNRWA’s Gaza emergency response
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Sweden 23 November 2012 The Government of Sweden has donated USD 2.3 million (SEK 15 million) to UNRWA’s emergency response in the coastal…

occupied Palestinian territory: Top UN human rights expert group deplores high price paid by civilians in Gaza and Israel
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (23 November 2012) – The largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system today expressed their deep dismay at the high price paid by civilians…

occupied Palestinian territory: OPEC Fund contributes $500,000 for Palestine refugees in Gaza
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 23 November 2012 Amman: The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has donated $500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA)…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel and the occupied territory: ICRC supports medics and civilians in Gaza and Israel
Relief Web 23 Nov 2012 – Source: ICRC Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory 23-11-2012 Photo gallery The recent hostilities have seriously affected the lives of civilians in both Gaza and Israel. This photo diary shows how the ICRC and its partners from the Red Cross Red…

The National

Morsi’s decree sparks protests across Egypt
The National 23 Nov 2012 – In Cairo, thousands of young men threw rocks and the occasional Molotov cocktail at police positioned behind the walls of a local private school and inside residential buildings. They responded with tear gas and birdshot.

Iran: Syria key to resistance against Israel and US
The National 23 Nov 2012 – Iran’s speaker of parliament praised the role of Damascus during the current flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza during their meeting.

Gaza man killed but ceasefire continues
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RAK unveils its drive for 1.2m tourists each year
The National 23 Nov 2012 – Ras Al Khaima tourism authority has plans to train local Emiratis to represent the emirate. The nation’s most northern emirate’s ambitious policy is to focus on its rich heritage as the emirate rebrands as the ‘affordable luxury destination’.

‘Lion of the Sea’ 500 years ago may be the new face of tourism
The National 23 Nov 2012 – Medieval navigator and scholar who ‘mastered Indian Ocean navigation’ will be focus for a look at the history of RAK. Tourism Authority has begun work to make the history of the ‘Lion of the Sea’ accessible to non-Arabic speaking tourists.

‘The UAE is more than tall buildings’
The National 23 Nov 2012 – Woman trained in tourism is pleased to have an opportunity at home in Ras Al Khaimah and aims to display the real side of the region. 

Egypt’s opposition find their voice again
The National 23 Nov 2012 – The signs are encouraging for the opposition, but they threaten more serious turmoil for a nation that remains deeply polarised, plagued by worsening economic woes and surging crime 20 months after Mubarak’s fall.

Safety experts busy after tower blaze
The National 23 Nov 2012 – Cigarettes, overloaded sockets and candles are the most common causes of fire in the home. Consultants warn of rubbish in stairways and on balconies, discarded cigarettes and unattended candles after Tamweel Tower blaze


Israel and Turkey resume talks to end diplomatic crisis
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2012

IN PICTURES / Thunderstorms thrash Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2012

Palestinians: One killed, several wounded by IDF fire on Gaza border
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2012

Netanyahu trying to convince Israeli hawks he won the Gaza war
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2012

Anti-Israel protest targets synagogue in Venezuela
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

Nasrallah: Netanyahu failed to destroy Hamas
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Hezbollah chief says Israel Air Force cannot end battle with Gaza, Jerusalem is scared of engaging in a ground war, adds that PM failed to reinforce Israel’s deterrence, destroy the rocket launching infrastructure. 

‘Son of Hamas’: Taking down Hamas is necessity
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas founder, tells Channel 2 Israel must educate the Palestinians that it isn’t the enemy. 

Hamas official: Palestinian reconciliation is top priority
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Ahmad Yousef tells Palestinian news agency Ma’an that following PA president Abbas’s UN statehood bid, which he fully supports, reconciliation meetings between Hamas and Fatah are due to take place. 

Italy soccer attack stokes fears of anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Assault on Tottenham fans sparks row about Jews’ safety in Rome; Israeli ambassador: Attack demonstrates rising racism in Europe. 

Syria: Turkey’s bid for NATO missiles ‘provocative’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Damascus denounces Ankara’s request for Patriot interceptors on border; Turkey blames Syria‘s disregard for “any rules of war.” 

Hamas polices Gaza border after IDF fire kills man
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – IDF says group of Palestinians tried to breach border fence prompting warning shots in air, and then at legs; Hamas security officials come closer to border fence than ever before, escort Gazans away from “no-go” zone. 

Jordan refuses Iran ‘oil for religious tourism’ deal
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Jordanian spokesman says that though gov’t seeking ways to solve energy crisis, it’s eager to maintain ties with Gulf countries. 

Gantz: Operation Pillar of Defense reached all goals
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Chief of Staff visits Israelis wounded during operation, says results will soon become apparent; soldier killed by rocket laid to rest. 

Protests rock Egypt after Morsi seizes new powers
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Demonstrators storm Brotherhood HQ in Alexandria, pelt Port Said office with stones, and call for Egyptian president’s ouster in Cairo. 

‘Over 40,000 killed since start of Syria conflict’
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says about half of fatalities civilians and other half split between rebels, gov’t soldiers. 

Rain falls from North to Negev; heavy thunder in TA
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2012 – Temperatures drop across country as scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms expected to continue throughout the day. 

After Gaza, focus turns to Palestinian bid at UN
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – ‘Post’ learns that Washington urging Israel not to build in E-1 area between J’lem, Ma’aleh Adumim in response to PA statehood bid. 

Analysis: Will Gaza borders be opened for business?
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012PA concerned improperly opening Rafah crossing to goods could further split between Gaza, W. Bank. 

Gaza confrontation showcases new Sunni bloc
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Operation Pillar of Defense makes it clear that relations between Israel and Hamas constitute the most significant front of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Diplomacy: Shifting sands
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – While no clear winner emerged from Operation Pillar of Defense, the ground shifted in a number of areas. 

012: Tactical brilliance, strategic imbecility
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Into the Fray: If the current government does not have the diplomatic competence to create the conditions necessary to provide security for its citizens, it should admit it. 

Another Tack: A-Dawla ma’ana
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – Our successive confrontations with Gaza are an explicit acknowledgement that disengagement has failed, that we are not disengaged. 

Column One: The trap that Arik built
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – The millions of Israelis who opposed the withdrawal from Gaza do not seek personal vindication for being right

Democracy and freedom in Islam
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – A true look at the religion and its teachings reveal a belief in sync with personal and civil liberties. 

Political stalemate, strategic watershed
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – In the conflict with Gaza, the Israelis have scored a dramatic victory with Iron Dome, helping them to embrace a new approach. 

An all-round positive experience
Jerusalem Post 22 Nov 2012 – For fine kosher dining in Tel Aviv, Liliyot fills the bill. 

The Guardian

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi proves a deft, adroit and ruthless leader
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – Morsi’s power grab and brokering of Gaza ceasefire are just two manoeuvres of an operator wrongly dismissed as a spare wheel Mohamed Morsi has come a long way since he was derided as a “spare” when…

Israel and Palestine’s leaders – and cheerleaders – have failed them | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – Those who support Israel or Palestine as if they were rival football teams do those two peoples a terrible disservice There used to be one for each decade, an Arab-Israeli war in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1973…

Israel’s war with Gaza – in pictures
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué was in Gaza as Israel targeted the region during the recent eight-day war. Here is a selection of his shots of the fighting and its aftermath

The war in Gaza: photographing the conflict
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – Associated Press photographer Bernat Armangué tells the story behind some of his images that have featured on front pages around the world in the last week During this last Israeli offensive inside the Gaza Strip we…

Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli forces near Gaza border
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012Hamas appeals to Palestinians to stay away from border fence after first death since ceasefire came into effect Israeli forces killed a Palestinian protester and wounded seven others inside an enclave that the military had declared…

Gaza’s cycle of aggression shapes new generations more militant than the last
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – The humanising experiences of middle-aged Palestinians and Israelis who had contact in everyday situations have faded away, replaced by confrontation, trauma and hatred Abu Nizar’s father had good things to say about the Israelis he knew. “…

Egypt protests over Morsi’s power grab – Friday November 23
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – Follow the day’s events as they unfolded Matthew Weaver Haroon Siddique

Israel’s Gaza bombardment has put Palestine at the top of the Arab agenda | Nabila Ramdani
The Guardian 23 Nov 2012 – The spirit of the Arab spring is as important as ever, and it has informed responses to the violence in the Middle East this week Even the most starry-eyed idealist would admit that much of the…

Inter Press Service

Gaza Assault Shows a New Egypt
IPS The reaction of post-revolution Egypt to Israel’s weeklong onslaught on the next-door Gaza Strip – brought to a halt temporarily at least by a Wednesday night ceasefire – has contrasted sharply with the former regime’s callous approach to the besieged coastal enclave. “The Mubarak regime unashamedly participated in Israel’s siege…

Bombed, Wounded, and Celebrating
IPS The ceasefire has brought extremities in Gaza. In the morning the coastal territory woke up bashed and bloody from one of Israel’s most intensive nights of bombardment since a week’s tit for tat violence broke out between Hamas and Israel. By late morning the coastal strip was ghostly quiet, gripped…


Israel Suffered a Double Defeat

Gaza: The Morning After

‘People Are Resisting By Existing’: Gaza After the Bombing

Another Lost War Defeated in Afghanistan

Gaza Tragedy Has Many Bad Actors

Growing Opposition to US Drones Program

Incidents Raise Suspicions on Motive: Killing of Journalists by US Forces a Growing Problem

Hamas Announces Nov. 22 Day of Holiday

Time to divest from Israel

Daily Star

Boutros: With all the drama the other side is Zen
Daily Star 23 Nov 2012 As a small country, the creative circle in Lebanon is easy to break into, says Wael Boutros, an emerging stylist and art director, and once you do, and with some hard work, opportunities will begin to…

On the brink
Daily Star 23 Nov 2012 The events in Egypt Friday are not simply the result of the new decisions taken by Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi: These were the straws that broke the camel’s back.

Top spots for winter comfort food in Beirut
Daily Star 23 Nov 2012 Soup so hot it fogs your glasses, fondue so gooey it drips on your napkin, and raclette so moreishly fattening you convince yourself you need the extra insulation for the coming months.

Riyadi keep second place, batter Amchit
Daily Star 23 Nov 2012 Riyadi Beirut secured a landslide victory over Amchit 88-60 in the fifth round of the 2012-2013 Lebanese Basketball League in front of a jubilant crowd at Jbeil.

YNet News

South Sudan: Sudan aerial bombardment kills 7
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Mexico arrests suspected murderer on FBI most wanted list
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Iran criticizes Turkish request for Patriots 
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Colombia rebels ask Obama to free captive comrade 
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US has concerns about Egyptian president’s moves 
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Palestinian Information Center

Hamas calls for making Friday “unity and victory†day in WB
PIC – Hamas in the West Bank called for making Friday “unity and victory†day, calling on the Palestinian people to participate in the marches after Friday prayers starting from the main mosques.

Palestinian man injured in the first Israeli breach of the truce
PIC – 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, on Thursday.

Palestinian man killed and 19 wounded by Israeli bullets east of Khan Younis
PIC – A Palestinian citizen was killed and 19 others were wounded today after the occupation forces shot at dozens of people who approached the Israeli security fence east of Khan Younis..

Anti-wall marches celebrate the victory of Gaza
PIC – Several marches were organized after Friday prayers in occupied West Bank‘s cities and villages protesting against the Israeli arrest campaigns and praising the resistance’s victory in Gaza strip. 

Mass marches in Nablus, Tulkarm and al-Khalil saluting the resistance’s victory
PIC – Thousands of Palestinians participated in marches in the cities of Nablus and Tulkarem after Friday prayers as Hamas called for “Unity and Victory” marches to celebrate the victory of Gaza.

Occupation arrests 100 Palestinians in West Bank including 5 MPs
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn Friday five MPs for Hamas movement as well as about thirty Palestinian citizens in the West Bank.

Fifty schools damaged due to the aggression
PIC – The Palestinian Minister of Education in Gaza, Osama Muzaini, said that 50 schools were damaged during the aggression on the Gaza Strip, which lasted eight days.

Pro-Palestinians demonstrate in London to protest aggression and siege on Gaza
PIC – British pro-Palestinian NGOs called for a march on Saturday to start outside 10 Downing Street towards the Israeli embassy in London to protest the recent aggression and siege on Gaza.

Occupation plans to transfer 30 Palestinians to the administrative detention
PIC – A Palestinian human rights organization said that the Israeli occupation authorities will transfer during the coming hours more than 30 Palestinian prisoners to the administrative detention.

43 children killed and 432 wounded during aggression on Gaza
PIC – 43 children were killed while 432 others were injured during the 8-day Israeli occupation aggression on the Gaza Strip according to Palestinian medical sources.


Europe Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire
WAFA – 22 Nov 2012


Middle East shifts may weaken Iran’s influence with Palestinians
LA Times 22 Nov 2012 – Iran, which has for years supplied Hamas with weapons, is up against the new Egypt for the militant group’s loyalty. Changes in Syria could also weaken Iran. CAIRO — Iran for years has supplied Hamas with weapons as part of its own struggle against Israel,…

Egypt President Mohamed Morsi expands authority in power grab
LA Times 22 Nov 2012 – The Islamist president’s move, which infuriated civil rights leaders, weakens Egyptian courts and frees Morsi from judicial oversight. CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi expanded his authority Thursday in a startling power grab that weakens the courts and frees him from judicial oversight amid deepening…

Israelis begin to recover from a week of conflict
LA Times 22 Nov 2012 – Israelis start cleaning up, rebuilding and getting their lives back in order after news sunk in that a cease-fire with Hamas had ended an eight-day conflict. KIRYAT MALACHI, Israel — As the news sunk in Thursday that a cease-fire had ended an eight-day crisis that…

Protests Erupt After Egypt’s Leader Seizes New Power
New York Times 23 Nov 2012 – Protesters were said to have set fire to the offices of President Mohamed Morsi in several cities on Friday, as fighting broke out between his supporters and opponents.

Death of a Palestinian Highlights Confusion Over Gaza Truce
New York Times 23 Nov 2012 – The fatal shooting by Israeli soldiers of a Palestinian man did not fracture the cease-fire that ended eight days of fighting between Hamas and Israel. But it did showcase the confusion that remains over the deal.

Military Analysis: For Israel, Gaza Conflict Is Test for an Iran Confrontation
New York Times 23 Nov 2012 – Israel’s exchange with Hamas was something of a practice run for any future armed face-off with Iran, featuring improved rockets that can reach Jerusalem and new antimissile systems to counter them.

President Morsi in Egypt Seizes New Powers
New York Times 23 Nov 2012 – With a constitutional assembly near collapse, President Mohamed Morsi granted himself broad powers above any court and ordered the retrial of his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi Assumes Absolute Power
Tikun Olam – While I’m not an expert on Egyptian politics, I can’t help speculate on what Pres. Morsi’s assumption of absolute powers may mean for his country’s relations with Israel and the U.S.   Especially in light of the critical role he played in negotiating and jawboning Hamas for…

Hasbara Meme #4,226: Hamas Executes Collaborators
Tikun Olam – Hasbara Central appears to have sent out a directive instructing the social media brigade to point to the disgusting picture of Gazans dragging the body of a suspected collaborator through the streets of Gaza tied by a rope to a motorcycle.  They circulate stories of others…

‘New York Times’ Congo coverage goes from ‘F’ to ‘D-minus’
Mondoweiss – Jeffrey Gettleman’s article in today’s NYT is a modest improvement over his failure yesterday .  He has stopped hero-worshipping the Rwandan-supported M23 armed force that seized the regional capital of Goma, even noting that the group “has a long history of killing civilians.”   He also finally…

Two days after ceasefire Israel kills Palestinian man in Khan Younis
Mondoweiss – Ma’an News :  Israeli forces killed a 20-year-old Palestinian man near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday morning, medical officials said. Medics said Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, was hit in the head with a live bullet east of Khan Younis. Health Ministry…

Who is Goliath?
Mondoweiss – I went to Thanksgiving yesterday in my wife’s childhood community of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, (affluent, gentile) and was struck by the criticisms of Israel over the Gaza assault. “Those poor people can’t escape anywhere,” said a middle-aged woman, speaking of Gazans. While a relative said the…

Despite Differences, Israel Wins U.S. Support on Gaza 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2012 – As conflict erupted in Gaza last week, Israel’s officials and supporters embarked on what proved a successful diplomatic and media campaign to ensure the United States remained right behind them. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. Worries About Morsi’s Move in Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2012 – The United States is concerned about Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s decision to assume sweeping powers, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

With Eye on Iran, Gaza Conflict Reassures Bibi 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2012 – Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge – Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Polices Gaza Border After Man Killed 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2012Hamas Islamists enforced a fragile two-day-old truce on Friday by evacuating Palestinians from a “no-go” border zone after Israel shot dead a Gaza resident there in the first fatality since the ceasefire. Click here for the rest of the article…

Interfaith Groups Keep Working Amid Crisis 
The Forward New 23 Nov 2012 – As fighting raged in Gaza, some interfaith groups in the U.S. took on the conflict head on. Anxious to avoid splits, others stuck to more mundane matters. Click here for the rest of the article…

Little Shul Makes Big Impact After Sandy 
The Forward New 23 Nov 2012 – Congregation B’nai Israel escaped Sandy with little damage. Since the storm struck, the Toms River shul has played an outsized role in the recovery effort on the Jersey Shore. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Contingency Planning, Despite Israel-Palestine Ceasefire 
allAfrica.com 23 Nov 2012 – [IRIN]Cairo -Aid agencies in Egypt are updating contingency plans in case an uncertain ceasefire, agreed on 21 November between Israel and Hamas, the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, does not hold.

Egypt: FJP Deputy Head Commends Gaza Ceasefire 
allAfrica.com 23 Nov 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]The ceasefire Egypt brokered between Palestinian resistance and Israel paves the way for a new stage for the people of Palestine, Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said on Wednesday.

Egypt: UN Chief and Security Council Welcome Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas 
allAfrica.com 23 Nov 2012 – [UN News]United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – followed by the Security Council – welcomed the ceasefire announced today after a week of devastating violence in southern Israel and Gaza, and stressed that it is imperative that both sides stick to it.

Libya: Ambassador Rice At UN On Middle East, Benghazi 
allAfrica.com 23 Nov 2012 – [State Department]Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, At the Security Council Stakeout, November 21, 2012:

“You can take action wherever you are:” G4S offices in London occupied over role in Gaza siege 
Global BDS 23 Nov 2012 – Campaigners staged  a sit-in demonstration  at the  central London offices  of security company  G4S  yesterday afternoon to protest the company’s supply of services and equipment to Israeli prisons and checkpoints, including the  Erez checkpoint  that forms part of Israel’s  siege on Gaza . About 10 minutes into…

Egypt’s Mursi defends new powers 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – President Mohammed Mursi tells supporters his sweeping new powers will lead Egypt to “freedom”, as opponents attack his party’s offices.

Gaza man ‘shot dead near border’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man close to the Gaza-Israel border, say Palestinian officials – the first killing since Wednesday’s ceasefire.

Saudi women ‘monitored by SMS’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – A discovery that Saudi male guardians are now automatically getting SMS about cross-border movements of the women under their custody causes an uproar.

Paul Craig Roberts: Puppet State America 
Sabbah report 23 Nov 2012 – America, superpower, groveling at Netanyahu’s feet. When Netanyahu decided to again murder the Palestinian women and children of Gaza, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, the White House, and the US media all promptly declared their support for Netanyahu’s crime Paul Craig Roberts: Puppet…

Israel: A Deadly Déjà Vu 
Sabbah report 23 Nov 2012 – Israel plans for death, and, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror; so what you choose to do is what you choose to be. Israel must be judged on this basis. Israel: A Deadly Déjà Vu was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support…

Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison 
Sabbah report 23 Nov 2012 – Under the US-Israeli occupation the future holds nothing for them. The Araboushim must be taught not to raise their heads. But it is within our power to bring the suffering of Gaza to an end. Noam Chomsky: Israel has made Gaza a giant prison was published…

RT’s Abby Martin : Israel’s War on Truth 
Sabbah report 23 Nov 2012 – Abby Martin of RT, has been covering the ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’ offers opinions that have made her and her network the target of Israeli government’s ridicule and threats. RT’s Abby Martin : Israel’s War on Truth was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support…

On Ex-Muslims 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 23 Nov 2012 – There are so many obsessively redundant stories about Muslims and Islam. They are too familiar: stories about the veil, Jihad, the status of women, minorities and apostasy. Western reporters love to search and find a Muslim in the West who tells a story of persecution by…

From Limitations to Unchecked Powers: the Buildup to Mursi’s Decree 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 23 Nov 2012 – Cairo – I started the week working on an analysis of the limitations President Mohamed Mursi faces. The criticism he was subjected to at home as the Israeli assault on Gaza continued unabated, as well as the crumbling infrastructure that led to the deadly Assiut accident,…

The New Hamas: Challenges of Resistance 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 23 Nov 2012 – Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, address a press conference in Gaza City on 22 November 2012 at the house of their late leader Ahmed Jaabari. (Photo: AFP – Marco Longari) Members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of…

UN to probe Bahrain over rights violations 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – The UN human rights office on Friday announced it was sending a team to Bahrain to assess the kingdom’s human rights situation, one year after a report incriminated the monarchy over the torture and killing of protesters. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (…

Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – 17 November 2012 A protester has her face made up with a plane during a demonstration against plans to build an international airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, western France. (Photo: AFP – Xavier Leoty) 17 November 2012 This picture shows workers cleaning up the heavily polluted Nanming River…

Bomb kills four in Damascus Palestinian camp 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – A bomb blast in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus killed four people and seriously wounded another, residents said Friday. Syria‘s foreign ministry, meanwhile, lashed out at neighboring Turkey for requesting Patriot surface-to-air missiles from NATO to place along its border with Syria. Russia also warned…

Mohammad al-Daif: The “Phantom” Hamas Leader 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – Gunmen from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, line up outside the house of their late leader Ahmed Jaabari, after mourners finished visiting his family to pay their condolences in Gaza City on 22 November 2012. (Photo: Marco Longari) Gunmen from the Ezzedine…

Mursi says new presidential powers necessary to “preserve revolution” 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – Egyptian supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Mursi clash in the city of Alexandria on 23 November 2012, a day after Morsi assumed sweeping powers. (Photo: AFP) Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi said Egypt was on a path to “security and sovereignty,” and that he would not…

Peaceful protesters demand dissolution of Jordanian government 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2012 – Protesters from opposition parties hold flags during a demonstration against the government’s decision to lift fuel subsidies in Amman on 19 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Majed Jaber) Hundreds of Jordanians protested on Friday against rising fuel prices and called for political and economic reform, an…

Dahiyeh: Not as Hezbollah as It Seems 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Nov 2012 – There is today a less conspicuous effort by another cleric to form an opposing pole to Hezbollah, both politically and ideologically. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) There is today a less conspicuous effort by another cleric to form an opposing pole to Hezbollah, both politically and ideologically. (Photo:…

Across Gaza Border, Balance of Fear 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Egypt’s Mursi defends new powers 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – President Mohammed Mursi tells supporters his sweeping new powers will lead Egypt to “freedom”, as opponents attack his party’s offices.

Gaza man ‘shot dead near border’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – Israeli soldiers kill a Palestinian man close to the Gaza-Israel border, say Palestinian officials – the first killing since Wednesday’s ceasefire.

Saudi women ‘monitored by SMS’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – A discovery that Saudi male guardians are now automatically getting SMS about cross-border movements of the women under their custody causes an uproar.

Iranian blogger died ‘of shock’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – Iranian prosecutors say the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti in police custody may have been due to “excessive psychological stress”.

Second coronavirus death reported 
BBC 23 Nov 2012 – A second person has died in Saudi Arabia from a new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus, the World Health Organization says.


Father and two sons among 162 slain by Israel in Gaza 
Mohammed Omer, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 11/23/2012
      GAZA CITY (IPS) – Fouad Hijazi was watching the 7pm news with his wife and eight children when a missile fired by an Israeli F-16 hit their house in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza’s most densely populated area.
     Fouad, 46, was killed. So were his sons Muhammad (3) and Suhaib (2). Fouad’s wife Amna is in al-Shifa hospital, and her two daughters and four other sons are also in hospital.
     Eighteen others from the neighbourhood were injured in the airstrike. Following the airstrike, two firefighters and a rescue team worker were wounded when a wall of the home fell on them. Neighbors said that Fouad Hijazi neither belonged to any militant group nor has any organization claimed him as a member.
     Relatives took the dead for burial at the Jabaliya cemetery on Wednesday. Bodies are usually brought home from hospital for a last farewell. In the case of the Hijazi family, there was no house left to take them to. Civilians worst affected
     “Just an ordinary man, sitting peacefully with his wife and children in their home. What did they do to deserve this?” cried Um Mohammed, a cousin of the father.
     Israel says it has hit 1,450 targets in the Gaza Strip since assassinating Hamas’ most senior military leader in a missile strike on 14 November.
     The eight-day attack killed 162 Palestinians, including 42 children (a number of them still babies), 11 women and 18 elderly people, the oldest 82 years of age. In all 1,222 have so far been listed as injured, more than half of them women and children. Rockets fired from Gaza have killed five Israelis. more.. e-mail

From under the bombs: our catastrophe and our hope in Gaza 
Ayah Abubasheer, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 11/23/2012
      Since the beginning of Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defence,” the number of Palestinians killed or injured has risen dramatically. How harsh, I feel, to use the word “number” since we are not actually mere numbers, but very tragic, heartbreaking and harrowing stories.
     My aunt lives in al-Bureij refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, not far away from where I live in Deir al-Balah. Her house was bombed many times during Israel’s 2008-09 attacks on Gaza and is still a very possible target for the Israeli air strikes.
     The actual target is her brother-in-law who now has taken Ahmad Jabari’s place as a new commander in Hamas’s military wing. For the sake of their target, Israeli F-16s couldn’t care less when they kill children, women or the elderly or to destroy a five-story building even if they know that “the wanted man” doesn’t stay with his wife and children in this home.
     We heard a very loud explosion in al-Bureij and swiftly we called my aunt who was barely able to speak to check on her safety. The blast was in her neighbour’s house and the victim this time is a one-year-old baby Eyad Abu Khusa. Though she has refused to leave her house since the start of this ongoing assault, she, along with her two sons, came today to stay with us after the repeated bombardment of al-Bureij. No shelter is safe
     Another aunt left her house in Rafah and brought her two daughters saying “she doesn’t wish to die away from her parents and brothers.” Both aunts, along with us, thought that our area might be a “safer one.” But what is a “safer place” when everyone is a possible target? When the whole strip is a bare land to the Israeli reconnaissance aircrafts? more.. e-mail

Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians 
Oren Ben-Dor, CounterPunch 11/23/2012
      Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world. We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidious, however, is the stale refrain, sung by a chorus which includes President Obama, that the violence is disastrous for the ‘peace process’ aimed at a ‘two-state solution’.
     While it has been noted that one motivation for the Israeli government, in the run-up to elections in January, is to unite voters behind a ‘no choice’ rhetoric, there is a deeper motivation at stake here – to restrict the horizons of political debate, to control what should be regarded as a litmus test for ‘realistic’, ‘moderate’ and ‘reasonable’ voices.
     War is useful because the passion it arouses prevents people from asking two basic questions that must be addressed if the core of silencing and violence that we are witnessing is to be grasped and, in turn, if progress is ever to be made towards justice and enduring peace. First, what kind of state is Israel? Second, who are the Palestinians that this state is in conflict with?
     Israel was established to be a Jewish state. Its institutions have always been shaped and constrained so as to ensure the continued existence of a Jewish majority and character. Passing a test of Jewishness entitles someone to Israeli citizenship regardless of where in the world she lives. Furthermore, her citizenship comes with a bundle of political, social and economic rights which are preferential to that of citizens who do not qualify as Jewish. This inbuilt discriminatory premise highlights the apartheid nature of the state. Butapartheid is not an accidental feature of Israel. Its very creation involved immense injustice and suffering. Shielding and rationalizing this inbuilt premise prevents the address of past injustices and ensures their continuity into the future. It is a premise that, in matters of constitutional interpretation, takes precedence over, and thus involves the imposition of ‘reasonable’ limitations on, equality of citizenship. more.. e-mail

Elite Intrigues: It’s Not About Sex, Stupid! 
James Petras,  11/22/2012
      Nothing could be more far-fetched simply on prima facie evidence. The headline stories claim that CIA Director General David Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA because of an adulterous relation with his young biographer and that General John Allen, Supreme Commander of US troops in Afghanistan, was under investigation and his promotion to top commander of US troops in Europe was on hold, because, we are told, of his ‘inappropriate’ comments in the exchange of e-mails with a civilian female friend. We are told that a ‘hard-charging’ local FBI agent, Frederick Humphries, Jr., had uncovered amorous e-mails sent by General Petraeus to his girlfriend-biographer in the course of investigating a complaint of ‘cyber-stalking’. Out of concern that the General’s ‘adulterous behavior’ posed a risk to US national security, Florida-based FBI Agent Humphries handed the evidence over to one of Washington, DC’s most powerful Republican, Congressman Eric Cantor, who in turn passed them on to the Director of the FBI… leading to Petraeus resignation.
     In other words, we are asked to believe that a single, low-ranking, zealous FBI agent has toppled the careers of two top US Generals: one in charge of the principle global intelligence agency, the CIA, and the other in command of the US and allied combat forces in the principle theater of military engagement – on the basis of infidelity and flirtatious banter!…
     ….However, Petraeus was well aware that this ‘grand alliance’ between the US and the rightwing Islamist regimes and movements to secure imperial hegemony, would require re-calibrating US relations with Israel. Petraeus viewed Netanyahu’s proposed war with Iran, his bloody land grabs in the Occupied Territories of Palestine and the bombing, dispossession and assassination of scores of Palestinians each month, were a liability as Washington sought support from the Islamist regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Gulf States, Iraq and Yemen. more.. e-mail

From under the bombs: our catastrophe and our hope in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2012 – Ayah Abubasheer Gaza Strip 23 November 2012 Three of my relatives were martyred by Israel’s “precision-guided” missiles.more

Killing before the Calm: Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians Escalated before Cease-fire
In Gaza: 23 Nov 2012 – * Nader Abu Mghaseeb , 14, killed by targeted Israeli drone bombing two hours before the “cease-fire” while going to get food for his family. first published: Palestine Chronicle     ** NOTE: contains graphic images…reality of Palestinians under occupation and continuous Israeli attacks. Nov 21, al Aqsa hospital, Deir al Balah. At approximately 2pm, Mubarak Ibrahim Abu Houly, 24, was walking among the olive trees on his land when the drone hit him, tore off his left leg… not that it mattered…he was instantly dead.  Drone strikes come without any warning. The sky is continually filled with the buzzing of the drones, and eventually you tune them out, they become background noise. Abu Houly lived in central Gaza’s Nusseirat camp, an area that has been hammered by Zionist bombings this past week. In Deir al Balah’s al Aqsa hospital morgue—a small room with two three-drawer fridges—Mubarak’s body, awaiting burial, is another…more

Netanyahu’s High-stakes Game in Gaza
Dissident Voice: 23 Nov 2012 – Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested some. It is Israel’s way of testing the administration of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, commented others. It was a stern message to Iran, instructed few. Or that Israel is simply assessing its ‘deterrence’ capabilities. And so on. But there is more than those ready-to-serve analyses. It has been four years since Israel mixed up the cards through an unhindered show of force. Last time it did so was in 2008-09, in a 22-day war it termed ‘Operation Cast Lead’. Then, it killed over 1,400 Palestinians and wounded over 5,000 others. Excluding Israel’s diehard supporters, the general consensus was, including that of many UN and international rights organizations: Israel committed war crimes…more

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