VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 28 November 2012: Israel’s repression of Palestinian students reached new level during Gaza attack

28 November 2012 — VTJP

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Seven Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Central Gaza
IMEMC – The Israeli army continued its violations of the ceasefire that was reached on the evening of Wednesday November 21, shot and injured on Wednesday evening (Nov. 28), seven Palestinians east of the Al-Maghazi and the Al-Bureij refugee camps in central Gaza. … 

UN Third Committee Votes For Palestinian Right To Self Determination
IMEMC – The General Assembly of the United Nations, Social, Humanitarian, & Cultural – Third Committee, unanimously voted Wednesday for a resolution acknowledging the Palestinian Right to Self Determination. …

Fundamentalist Israeli Mk’s To Burn Palestinian Flag
IMEMC – A number of fundamentalist Israeli members of Knesset (MK) stated that they will be burning a Palestinian flag in front of the United Nations office in occupied Jerusalem, in protest to UN’s approval of Palestine as a nonmember state. …

Abbas Arrives In New York, US Slams France For Supporting P.A Bid
IMEMC – Palestinian factions express support to UN bid. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, arrived in New York accompanied by several senior Palestinian officials, in order to officially submit the Palestinian application for a nonmember state status at the United Nations General Assembly. …

France To Support Palestine At The UN
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported on Tuesday evening that France confirmed that it will support the Palestinian bid at the United Nations General Assembly during the Thursday vote for observer state status. …

Israeli Occupation Forces detained three Jerusalemites during clashes
IMEMC – Jerusalem. On Tuesday night the Israeli occupation forces detained three Jerusalemites among them youths, during clashed that sparked in the neighborhood of Silwan, East of Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

7 hurt in new breach of Gaza ceasefire
11/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and injured seven Palestinians near the border in the central Gaza Strip, medics said. Seven people were shot at east of al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps and transferred to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. One man sustained serious injuries, medical officials told Ma’an. An….

Israeli authorities destroy olive groves, wells, barns near Hebron
11/28/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday leveled olive groves and demolished irrigation wells and barns near Hebron in the southern West Bank, the Land Research Center said. Israeli forces escorted a civil administration crew with bulldozers to Wadi al-Qatami in Beit Ula where they dug up olive fields, destroyed three wells used for….

Man dies of injuries from Gaza assault
11/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in Israel’s eight day assault on the Gaza Strip, Egyptian medics said. Mahmoud Sami Shaat, 21, was seriously wounded by shrapnel in an Israeli airstrike targeting a car in Rafah during last week’s war on the coastal enclave….

Report: Settlers vandalize over 20 cars in Ramallah village
11/28/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Settlers vandalized at least 20 cars overnight Tuesday in a Ramallah village, Israeli news site Ynet reported. The local village council of Sinjil said that all of the cars’ tires had been slashed by a group of around 10 people. Eyewitnesses reported that some of the group were….

Soldiers prevent Jenin villagers from attending morning prayers
11/28/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces prevented villagers in Jenin from performing morning prayers on Wednesday, locals said. Soldiers raided the village of Meithalun early Wednesday and stationed themselves outside two mosques in the east and west of the village, witnesses told Ma’an. The soldiers told villagers arriving for morning prayers to return….

Israel’s navy arrests 9 fishermen off Gaza coast
11/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine fishermen off Gaza’s north coast on Wednesday, a local official said. The head of Gaza’s fishing association, Mahfouth al-Kabriti, told Ma’an that Israel’s navy opened fire at two Palestinian fishing boats six miles off the coast. The navy….

Palestine wins European boost for UN vote
11/28/2012 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — More European states joined France on Wednesday in backing a Palestinian bid for limited statehood, but Britain held back, saying it wanted an assurance that Palestine would not pursue Israel through the International Criminal Court. Germany said it was opposing the diplomatic upgrade for the PLO at the United Nations, joining Israel and…. Related: Germany will not back Palestinian UN bid, govt spokesman says and Britain could support Palestinian UN upgrade bid

Official: Egypt to crack down on Gaza tunnels
11/28/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services are planning an “extraordinary” crackdown on smuggling tunnels under the Gaza border, a security source said Wednesday. The Egyptian security official said tunnels were operating at 5 percent of previous levels, and were mostly smuggling construction material to Gaza. Israel bombarded the tunnels area in the southern…. Related: Security official: Egypt police detain smuggler, fuel

Diary of a war: A balloon-like fortress
11/28/2012 – By Ahmed Ferwana – This is the second in a series of journal entries documenting life in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud. Previous entries can be read here [see link below]. November 15 – What should I be indeed? A worried Gazan who should think of his dear Gazans, the war, the stress….

Amnesty urges Israel to free prisoner of conscience
11/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Israel to release a non-violent demonstrator who was detained in mid-November in the occupied West Bank. The group expressed concern for Nabi Saleh’s Bassem Tamimi, “a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression”, and called….

Unions: Workers to join UN bid rallies on Thursday
11/28/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Public servants, health workers and teachers will leave work on Thursday to take part in activities to support Palestine’s bid for a status upgrade at the UN, union officials said Tuesday. Muhammad Suwwan, secretary-general of the teachers’ union, told Ma’an that classes will be suspended after….

US-based peace groups back Palestinian UN bid
11/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Washington-based organizations that support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Tuesday backed Palestine’s bid for admission to the UN. Americans for Peace Now, the US branch of Israel’s centrist peace movement, and the Foundation for Middle East Peace, which monitors Israeli settlements, called on….

Palestinians in Europe expect large UN backing
11/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — More European countries will support Palestine’s bid for upgrading its status at the United Nations on Thursday, the head of a Palestinian union in Europe said Tuesday. Mazin al-Ramahi, who headsthe General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe, told Ma’an that several other countries would join France….

Egypt detains 5 African migrants headed to Israel
11/28/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Five African migrants en-route to Israel were seized by Egyptian forces in the Sinai peninsula on Wednesday, Egyptian security sources said. The group was found crossing into Sinai from the city of Suez, where smugglers were waiting to transport them to the border with Israel, the sources said. The migrants….

Israeli peace groups to rally for UN bid in Tel Aviv
11/28/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli peace organizations said Wednesday they would hold demonstrations in Tel Aviv to support Palestine’s bid to upgrade its status at the UN. A coalition of Israeli peace organizations said in a statement they would rally on Rothschild Blvd. in Tel Aviv on Thursday ahead of the vote in….

Security official: Egypt police detain smuggler, fuel
11/28/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police on Wednesday detained a suspected smuggler and confiscated 1,500 liters of diesel from a vehicle in north Sinai, a security source said. An Egyptian security official told Ma’an that the driver of the vehicle fled but one man was detained and said he intended to smuggle…. Related: Official: Egypt to crack down on Gaza tunnels

Britain could support Palestinian UN upgrade bid
11/28/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Britain said on Wednesday it would support a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations if it were assured that Palestine would return to peace talks and would not pursue Israel through the International Criminal Court. The United Nations is due to hold a vote on Thursday on an upgrade…. Related: Palestine wins European boost for UN vote

Germany will not back Palestinian UN bid, govt spokesman says
11/28/2012 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Germany will not back a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, the government spokesman said on Wednesday. The United Nations is due to hold a vote on Thursday on an upgrade of Palestinian status at the 193-member body to an observer state from an observer entity.” We are…. Related: Palestine wins European boost for UN vote

The case for Palestine
11/28/2012 – By Daoud Kuttab – Nowhere are the grievances that perpetuate violence and war more evident than they are in Palestine today. But the world’s politicians continue to dance around the problem, rather than confront it. The recent deadly violence in Gaza is only the latest proof that people living under occupation and siege need….

EU donates €11.5 million to UNRWA
11/28/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The European Union on Wednesday donated 11. 5 million euros to support the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. At a signing ceremony in Gaza City, EU representative John Gatt-Rutter told reporters the grant would assist UNRWA’s budget and pledged Europe’s continued support for the UN agency….

Abbas to address UN ahead of upgrade vote
11/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will address the UN General Assembly in New York before it votes on upgrading the PLO’s status on Thursday, a Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. Omar Awadallah, who heads the ministry’s UN department, told Ma’an the vote was expected at around midnight….

Report: MKs plan to burn Palestinian flags in Jerusalem
11/28/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Knesset members plan to burn Palestinian flags in Jerusalem on Thursday to protest a UN vote to upgrade Palestine’s status, Israeli media reported Wednesday. MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, of the new Power to Israel party, will burn Palestinian flags outside UN headquarters, the settler news site….

Tibi: UN bid will change future negotiations
11/28/2012 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Knesset member Ahmad Tibi said Wednesday that the PLO’s bid to upgrade its UN status will be successful, and will change future negotiations.”It is still a long and hard way, but it is becoming shorter and the world will witness the birth of the state of Palestine….

In Israel, some rebel against circumcision
11/28/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Circumcision is one of Judaism’s most important laws and for generations of faithful it has symbolized a Biblical covenant with God. But in Israel, more and more Jewish parents are saying no to the blade.” It’s such a taboo in Israel and in Judaism,” said Gali, nursing her six-week-old….

Explosions in Syrian capital Damascus, casualties reported
11/28/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Two explosions struck the eastern Damascus district of Jaramana on Wednesday and casualties were reported, activists and Syrian media said. Addounia television broadcast footage of firemen hosing down the blackened and charred hulks of two vehicles after what it described as “terrorist explosions”. It said there had been deaths and injuries, without giving….

Car bombs kill 34 in pro-Assad Damascus suburb
11/28/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Two car bombs exploded in an attack that killed at least 34 people on Wednesday in a district of the Syrian capital loyal to President Bashar Assad. The explosions struck the eastern neighborhood of Jaramana, home to many of Syria’s Druze minority as well as Christians who have fled violence elsewhere….

Egypt protests continue in deadlock over Mursi powers
11/28/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Hundreds of protesters were in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a sixth day on Wednesday, demanding that Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi rescind a decree they say gives him dictatorial powers. Five months into the Islamist leader’s term, and in scenes reminiscent of the popular uprising that unseated predecessor Hosni Mubarak….

Al Arabiya TV: Saudi diplomat shot dead in Yemen
11/28/2012 – SANAA (Reuters) — A Saudi diplomat was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported, citing diplomatic sources. The station give no further details. Yemen has been grappling with a number of security problems including the local offshoot of al-Qaida. [END]

Egyptian Christians sentenced to death for anti-Islam film
11/28/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — A Cairo court on Wednesday sentenced to death seven Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in an anti-Islam video that was released on the Internet in September and prompted violent protests in Muslim countries.” The seven accused persons were convicted of insulting the Islamic religion through participating in producing and offering a….

Putin’s Russia not ready to shift on Syria
11/28/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia seems to be positioning itself for the day Bashar Assad may lose power, but nothing in recent statements shows President Vladimir Putin is shifting to join Western rivals in backing the rebels in Syria’s civil war. As Syria’s new opposition coalition consolidates, Russia has stepped up efforts to….

PM: Jordan about to get aid cash from Gulf states
11/28/2012 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia is about to deposit $250 million with Jordan’s Central Bank as part of an $800 million planned contribution to help the country’s ailing economy, Jordan’s prime minister said Wednesday. Abdullah Ensour said the money is part of a bigger five-year, $2. 5 billion fund….

HRW: Tougher UAE Internet dissent law shuts door to free speech
11/28/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The United Arab Emirates has “effectively closed the country’s remaining forum for free speech” with a decree issued earlier this month that tightened the law on online dissent, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. The US-allied UAE, a Gulf trading and tourism hub and big oil producer, has not seen the….

Ecuador says WikiLeaks’ Assange suffering lung problems
11/28/2012 – QUITO (Reuters) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from a chronic lung ailment that could worsen at any time and is being checked regularly by doctors, the Andean country’s ambassador to Britain said on Wednesday. Assange, 41, whose website angered the United States by releasing thousands of secret diplomatic cables, has been holed….

Palestine News Network

The Case for Palestine
Palestine News Network

William Hague’s Statement to House of Commons on Palestinian Resolution at the UNGA
Palestine News Network

Egypt: Protesters Descend on Tahrir Square
Palestine News Network

Poetic Injustice: Remi Kanazi Mini-Tour in Cork and Dublin
Palestine News Network

Erdogan To Meet Meshaal in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Died from Injuries, Death Toll in Gaza Rises to 176 Martyrs
Palestine News Network

Dr. Shtayyeh Welcomes French Support for Palestine’s UN Vote
Palestine News Network

Yediot Ahranot: Israel Tries to Downplay Palestinians’ UN Bid
Palestine News Network

Settlers Pump Wastewater into Palestinians Lands
Palestine News Network

Occupation Prevents Worshipers from Praying in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Perpetual Conflict by Israeli Design
Palestine News Network

Two-State Solution on the Line
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Transfer Three Prisoners to Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

Will UK Support Palestine at UN?
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

March for freedom ride, Palestine
11/28/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 28 November 2012, Freedom Theatre, West Bank – Dear Friends, Communities in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills are in grave risk of being entirely expelled from their traditional homelands. They are therefore calling on people of conscience to join them in solidarity with their struggle to remain. The March Freedom Ride will provide people….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza Strip: Getting Back to Work
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: Handicap International Country: occupied Palestinian territory The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that came into effect on Wednesday, November 21, brought an end to more than a week of airstrikes. Handicap International, which runs services for people with disabilities…

occupied Palestinian territory: Press conference by Permanent observer of Palestine
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Department of Public Information Country: occupied Palestinian territory Voting to grant non-Member Observer State status to Palestine would be an implicit recognition that the State of Palestine existed, and would open the way for negotiations, and give delegations…

occupied Palestinian territory: World Bank Invests in Expanded Water and Sewage Services for Gaza
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory A US$6.4 million project will support the development of better water management systems Washington, November 27, 2012 – A US$6.4 million grant to improve and expand coverage of water and sewage services in…

occupied Palestinian territory: EU representative visits UNRWA facilities in Gaza, contributes additional EUR 11.5 million
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Representative to the European Union John Gatt-Rutter visited the Gaza Strip today to commend the outstanding work done by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (…

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA guards risk lives to lead injured to safety in Gaza
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 28 November 2012 Gaza During the recent military escalation in Gaza, many of UNRWA’s 12,000 staff reported to work to support the civilians…

occupied Palestinian territory: “I witnessed bombing, but I continued working”
Relief Web 28 Nov 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory 27 November 2012 Gaza “I witnessed bombing in front of me”, recalls Ahmad Hamada, a 21-year-old sanitation labourer for UNRWA in the Gaza…

The National

Egypt’s political crisis deepens as more judges stop work, protests mount
The National 28 Nov 2012 – The constitutional assembly dominated by president Mohammed Morsi’s Islamist allies further stirred the controversy when it announced it had completed a draft of the constitution and would vote on it today.

‘Safe’ Syrian neighbourhood shaken by twin car bombs, at least 34 dead
The National 28 Nov 2012 – Unconfirmed reports suggest the second bomb detonated as people rushed to help those injured by the first blast. Phil Sands reports from Damascus 

Chinese academics on visit to improve UAE ties
The National 28 Nov 2012 – A high-level Chinese academic delegation is in the UAE to enhance knowledge cooperation between the countries.

Sharjah brings in tour buses
The National 28 Nov 2012 – Three buses will operate all-year round for tourists, visiting 15 areas of interest in Sharjah.

Seven linked to anti-Islam film sentenced to death
The National 28 Nov 2012 – An Egyptian court has convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death on charges linked to an anti-Islam film that sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.

Dubai hosts world skydiving champions
The National 28 Nov 2012 – Falling at speeds of up to 140kph, daredevils will take to the skys of Dubai today for the World Parachuting Championships Mondial 2012.

Pupils in UAE waste too much time on net
The National 28 Nov 2012 – Children are wasting time on social-networking websites instead of studying or spending time with their families, education authorities have warned.

Cousin and close adviser to Sheikh Zayed dies
The National 28 Nov 2012 – The first Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamed Al Hamed, passed away last night in Abu Dhabi.

Ha’aretz

Israel trying to diminish the significance of the Palestinian statehood bid
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Israel’s only facility for Arab victims of sexual abuse faces closure
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Pilot for Israel’s biometric database to begin in January
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Parents riled over discovery that Tel Aviv preschool doubles as synagogue
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Palestinians win more European support for limited statehood
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Day before UN vote, U.K. makes clear: We’ll support Palestinian bid only if assurances met
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Israel detains Gaza fishermen for sailing too far out to sea
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Palestinians win support from Spain, Switzerland, Denmark for UN vote
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Amsellem’s campaign to court Haredi voters: Shas gives you a bad name
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Israel adopts new protocol for stateless people
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Party revolt forces Australian PM to order abstention on Palestinian bid at UN
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Israel won’t punish Palestinians for UN statehood bid
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2012

Haaretz poll: Netanyahu still rules the roost as right’s lead gets bigger
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Settlers drop bid to be named owners of land in West Bank outpost
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Dankner probe / The end of a beautiful friendship
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Despite objections, Israeli ministry pushing new gas processing locations
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Several Kadima MKs joining Livni’s party
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Nazareth municipality challenges state housing tender open only to local IDF veterans
Ha’aretz – 27 Nov 2012

Jerusalem Post

J’lem seeks support to dilute meaning of Palestinian UN bid
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – In final hours ahead of UNGA’s expected move to upgrade status of Palestinian delegation, Israel scrambling to convince countries to issue statement with vote, explaining that move is confined to UN system. 

Bashar Assad: Dead man walking
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Washington Watch: Syrian strongman Bashar Assad has only himself to blame as he heads for history’s garbage heap. 

Micha Friedman – good or bad for Army Radio?
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Media Comment: It is not surprising that Friedman feels at home in an army radio station which allows him to make sure the station does not serve the needs of the army. Indeed, under such circumstances our country would be better off without the station altogether. 

Olmert endorses Kadima, still may run in election
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Former PM agrees to serve on Kadima committee that will decide list for election; associate says “all options on the table.” 

David Petraeus and lessons of Jacob and his 2 wives
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – No Holds Barred: The David Petraeus scandal, where a national hero betrays a solid, devoted soul mate to be with a hot young thing seems as old as time itself. 

Human shields – an ever-present dilemma
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – In Gaza, Afghanistan, Yemen and Waziristan, the use of human shields has become a major issue in international humanitarian law. 

US increasingly backs defending Israel against Iran
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Poll: Growing amount of US citizens support military aid to J’lem should it come under Iranian attack after strike on nuclear facilities. 

Fundamentally Freund: Attila the Hun in the Knesset?
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – The real extremists whom we need to fear are not the parliamentarians of the Likud. It is those on the Left who continue to cling to fantasy and dare to present it as policy. 

The new Likud
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – The rule of the majority is just one aspect of a healthy democracy. Careful protection of minority rights, freedom of expression for all and a strong, independent judiciary are no less important. 

Former J’lem police chief Shaham to be indicted
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Indictment charges Nisso Shaham with fraud, breach of trust, indecent assault and sexual harassment. 

Iran’s atomic chief rejects nuke diagram claims
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Abbasi-Davani dismisses as “false” AP report that Iran is “working on a nuclear bomb more powerful than Hiroshima.” 

IDF soldiers shoot at Gazans rioting near border
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Medics tell Ma’an news agency 7 Palestinians hurt, 1 severely; IDF: Groups gathered by Israel-Gaza border, trying to damage fence. 

‘Israel transfers NIS 200m. to PA ahead of UN bid’
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Despite threats to freeze economic ties with PA over UN bid, Israel reportedly transfers large sum to pay PA gov’t salaries. 

Poland court rules religious slaughter illegal
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Despite constitutional court ruling, new EU directive set to take effect Jan. 1 likely to permit continued practice of shechita. 

J’lem to rebuild iconic synagogue destroyed in 1948
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Anonymous donor donates money to rebuild Tifereth Israel, located near Western Wall. 

Egypt: Copts sentenced to death for anti-Islam film
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Cairo court gives death penalty to Egyptian Christians tried in absentia for participating in “Innocence of Muslims” video. 

European votes on PA statehood bid fall into place
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Germany will not back Palestinian push for non-members status at General Assembly; Switzerland, Denmark join France in support of bid. 

Assailants slash tires of 20 cars in W. Bank village
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Judea and Samaria Police suspect nationalist motives for attack; village official: Tires from 26 cars, tractors punctured. 

IDF soldier killed, 15 hurt in accident on Route 6
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Iron rods fall from truck on Route 6, crushing passengers on Egged bus; one severely injured, 14 suffer light wounds. 

Erdogan plans to visit Gaza with Mashaal next week
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Turkish prime minister says Hamas leader invited him to join Gaza visit after previously planned trips were cancelled. 

Twin car bombs in Damascus kill at least 34
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2012 – Explosions hit eastern district of the Syrian capital, home to Druse minority and displaced Christians. 

Landau visits 1st electric vehicle charging station
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – Energy and water minister inaugurates Israel’s first ever public electric vehicle charging station, in Mitzpe Ramon. 

Study furthers premature birth prevention efforts
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – First study of its kind, conducted by Afula, Haifa doctors, helps obstetricians choose right drug to prevent premature birth. 

Renewable energy BA to help development of Eilat
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – “We can’t become a Silicon Valley if we don’t have education and academia here,” says Hevel Eilot Regional Council Chairman Gat. 

‘We feel safe here’
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – Pastor Umar Mulinde, who was attacked with acid in Uganda for supporting Israel, is receiving treatment at Sheba Medical Center. 

Aharonovitch vows to battle violence again women
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – Public security minister pledges to appoint special staff to oversee enforcement of solutions to combat violence against women. 

Haredim urge expanding rabbinical courts authority
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – At annual rabbinical conference, senior haredi figures call for the expansion of the rabbinical courts’ authority in Israel. 

Spain: Sephardi Jews to receive instant citizenship
Jerusalem Post 27 Nov 2012 – Spain has decided to offer automatic citizenship to anyone who can successfully prove their Sephardi origins. 

The Guardian

Steve Bell on William Hague and the UN’s Palestine statehood vote – cartoon
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Foreign secretary says UK will abstain unless Palestinians commit to unconditional return to talks with Israel Steve Bell

Palestine: theatricals at the UN | Editorial
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – It is 65 years since the UN voted to partition Palestine, and the body has a fresh chance to make a statement A “crashing wave of applause” filled the hall in which the general assembly was…

29 November – Date of reckoning for Palestine as UN again decides its fate
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Analysis: The vote for partition 65 years ago will echo when the general assembly votes on membership for the state of Palestine 29 November – when the UN general assembly is due to vote on membership…

Times Bureau Chief in Jerusalem will now have her Facebook entries edited | Glenn Greenwald
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – The new measure slams shut an important window into a journalist’s assumptions, and shows how constricted Israel discussion still is While in Gaza reporting on the recent Israeli attack there, Judi Rudoren, the Jerusalem Bureau Chief…

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The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Follow how the day unfolded as two cars bombs hit Damascus and Egypt’s constitutional crisis deepened Matthew Weaver

Israel pulls back from threat to topple Palestinian leadership over UN vote
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Israeli officials change tack after it becomes clear that request for statehood at UN is likely to gather significant support After weeks of shrill warnings over Thursday’s United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, Israel has backed…

UK needs Palestinian assurances before backing UN statehood vote, says Hague
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Foreign secretary says UK will abstain unless Palestinians commit to unconditional return to talks with Israel Britain is ready to back calls at the United Nations for recognition of a Palestinian state if the Palestinians give…

Egyptian opposition masses in Tahrir Square – Tuesday 27 November
The Guardian 28 Nov 2012 – Protests in Cairo continue over Mohamed Morsi’s decision to grant himself sweeping new powers Matthew Weaver Haroon Siddique Ben Quinn

Inter Press Service

Elected a President, Got a Dictator
IPS Brandishing flags and carrying banners denouncing “the new pharaoh”, thousands of protesters thronged to Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday to voice their opposition to President Mohamed Morsi’s attempt to expand his powers. By dusk, the iconic square had filled with demonstrators. But the protest marches from different neighbourhoods kept coming…

Q&A: Turning Remittances into National Profits in LDCs
IPS Remittances to the world’s poorest countries reached a record 27 billions dollars in 2011, according to a report released Monday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Credit: Communications and Information…

Uruknet

Gazans return to the “buffer zone”
Uruknet

The Mundanity of a Criminal President
Uruknet

Women, Men and Children Are Routinely Tortured and Raped in Iraqi Prisons. The Perpetrators Walk Free
Uruknet

Report: Israel trying to prevent Palestine joining ICC
Uruknet

Saudi on Iraq death row ‘confessed under duress’
Uruknet

Journals of a Blind Rescuer: An Account of War and Survival in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet

Gaza under drones
Uruknet

Thankful to be alive in Gaza: My family’s story of survival
Uruknet

Women and journalists targeted in Iraq
Uruknet

“Boycotting Israel works,” says Rachel Corrie’s dad
Uruknet

Daily Star

Iran condemns UN panel’s rights resolution
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Iran‘s foreign ministry criticised a UN committee on Wednesday for passing a resolution condemning its human rights record, and accused the West of using the issue for political gain.

Splits mar start of Syrian opposition talks
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Syria’s new opposition coalition held its first full meeting to discuss forming a transitional government but disagreements broke out at the outset, showing that President Bashar al-Assad’s foes remain deeply divided.

Amnesty urges Kuwait not to crack down on protests
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Kuwaiti authorities must allow protesters to gather peacefully and express their views without the threat of arrest, Amnesty International said ahead of an opposition march over voting rules planned later this week.

Putin’s Russia not ready to shift on Syria
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Russia seems to be positioning itself for the day Bashar al-Assad may lose power, but nothing in recent statements shows President Vladimir Putin is shifting to join Western rivals in backing the rebels in Syria’s civil…

More than 200 wounded in Tunisia clashes: medic
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 More than 200 people were wounded on Wednesday in a second day of clashes between Tunisian security forces and thousands of protesters in a poor southwestern town, a hospital source told AFP.

Five Jordanians nabbed for Syria plot: police
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Jordan police said it arrested on Wednesday five Jordanian men, including a terror convict, for planning to infiltrate into neighbouring Syria with automatic weapons.

Saudi diplomat shot dead in Yemen, al Qaeda blamed
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 Gunmen shot dead a Saudi diplomat and his Yemeni bodyguard in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Wednesday in an attack a local security source said appeared to be the work of al Qaeda.

US vows to vote against Palestinian UN request
Daily Star 28 Nov 2012 The United States reaffirmed on Wednesday that it will vote against granting the Palestinians enhanced status at the United Nations and made one last attempt to get them to reconsider their bid.

YNet News

Clinton: Talks, not UN bid way to resolve Israel-PA conflict 
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Egypt’s Morsi to address nation on Thursday
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – ….

US: Palestinian UN bid – a mistake
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – ….

Lieberman: Palestinians might win bid – but will lose in reality
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – ….

Morsi expresses support for PA UN bid 
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – ….

Hong Kong in Gaza
YNet News, 28 Nov 2012 – Op-ed: Out of sense of power rather than weakness, Israel should recognize Hamas government and lift Gaza siege ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jerusalemites stage solidarity sit-in with hunger strikers
PIC – National and Islamic forces in occupied Jerusalem organized a sit-in on Wednesday in solidarity with Palestinian detainees who have been on hunger strike for months.

Abu Zuhri blasts Ramallah for sentencing Hamas supporters
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has blasted the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah for putting on trial and sentencing Hamas political activists.

Israeli navy kidnaps six Palestinian fishermen, blasts fishing boat
PIC – Israeli navy kidnapped six Palestinian fishermen and blasted a fishing boat off the Gaza coast Wednesday in a new breach of the calm agreement reached between Israel and Palestinian resistance.

Sick prisoners complain of miserable conditions at Ramla prison hospital 
PIC – Two sick Palestinian prisoners, transferred recently to the Israeli Ramle prison hospital, complained about the bad treatment they faced by the Israeli jailers.

Prisoners’ center calls for supporting hunger strikers
PIC – Palestinian center for prisoners’ studies considered supporting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, particularly the hunger strikers, a legitimate national and moral duty. 

Occupation renews former minister’s administrative detention for 4th time
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities extended the administrative detention of Wasfi Kabaha, former Minister of prisoners’ affairs and leader in Hamas movement from the city of Jenin.

IOF arrests 11 Palestinian civilians in West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn today 11 citizens in the occupied West Bank, and took them to an unknown destination.

Another Palestinian dies of his wounds sustained during the war on Gaza
PIC – A Palestinian citizen died of wounds he sustained during the shelling of a civilian car in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, by Israeli forces during the recent war.

PLC receives a parliamentary delegation from Lebanon
PIC – The first Deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Ahmed Bahar, received in his office a parliamentary delegation from Lebanon headed by Jamal al-Jarrah.

IOF arrests 3 youths after clashes in the Sawwanah neighborhood
PIC – Clashes erupted on Tuesday evening between Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Palestinian youths in the neighborhood of Sawwanah in occupied Jerusalem and resulted in the arrest of 3 citizens.

WAFA

EU Contributes Eur €11.5 M to Health and Education in Gaza
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

Over 100 British Parliament Members Support UN Recognition of Palestine
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

Ashrawi: Voting for Palestine, is Voting for Justice and Peace
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

France, Spain, Denmark, Austria to Vote in Favor of Palestine at UN
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

Switzerland to Vote for Palestine at UN
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

World Bank Invests in Expanded Water and Sewage Services for Gaza
WAFA – 28 Nov 2012

Misc

Morsi may have misjudged Egypt’s tolerance of authoritarianism
LA Times 27 Nov 2012 – The president’s recent power play has brought tens of thousands back into Tahrir Square amid fear that he and the Muslim Brotherhood are going too far. CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood inherited a corrupt police state with failing institutions. Crime…

As Opposition Meets in Cairo, More Violence Mars Syria
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – Rebels shot down a government warplane in the north of Syria and a newly formed opposition coalition started talks in Cairo on how to shape an alternative government.

Israel Plays Down Significance of U.N. Bid
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – Knowing a harsh reaction would only isolate it more, Israel also toned down its threats of countermeasures after a vote Thursday on elevating Palestinians’ United Nations status.

Wrangling in Egypt as Constitution Deadline Looms
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – The two highest appellate courts in Egypt went on strike on Wednesday, and Islamist leaders of the constitutional assembly rushed to finish the charter by the end of the day.

News Analysis: Sunni Leaders Gaining Clout in Mideast
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – The United States is left somewhat wary about the rising Sunni Muslim alliance of Egypt, Qatar and Turkey and its potential for anti-Western sentiment.

012 Ranks Among Hottest Years
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – The World Meteorological Organization is warning that a warming trend and the melting of Arctic ice are increasing the risks of weather disasters.

IHT Special: A Parched Jordan Places Hopes in Reservoir
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – Jordan is betting heavily on a major pipeline, the Disi Water Conveyance Project, despite fears about radioactivity in some sources of its water.

IHT Special: A Port to Keep Up With Growth in Abu Dhabi
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – The new Khalifa shipping port in Abu Dhabi is part of a large-scale project that aims to revamp transportation and trade in the emirate.

IHT Special: African Migrants in Morocco Tell of Abuse
New York Times 28 Nov 2012 – Sub-Saharan immigrants are not only subject to violence and human rights abuses in Morocco, advocates say, but they and their defenders have also been singled out in a wave of arrests.

Tamar partners sign Daewoo FLNG engineering design stage deal 
Globes Energy & Water – The Tamar partners today announced the successful completion of the preliminary front end engineering design for the FLNG.

New mortgages rise in November
Globes Main News – More new mortgages were taken this month than last month and last November despite the Gaza operation and new restrictions.

Baran worried about Better Place debt
Globes Main News – Baran is building Better Place’s 51 battery replacement stations in Israel and is anxious about the NIS 54 million it will be owed.

Lawyers: It won’t be easy to convict Dankner
Globes Main News – Lawyers doubt that suspicions against Nochi Dankner will result in an indictment, at least on the main charge of securities fraud.

Wed: Banks fall hard
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi and Bank Hapoalim weighed the market down, after the Bank of Israel cut bank fees.

Dentist sues Elbit Systems for $40m over dental implants business
Globes Main News – Dr. Baruch Aminov has filed a lawsuit with the Tel Aviv District Court against Elbit Systems over a dental implant he claims to have developed.

Dankner’s partners in alleged fraud named
Globes Main News – Itay Strum is an owner of ISP Financial Services and Adi Sheleg owns City Brokers.

Unemployment jumps to 7.3% 
Globes Macro Economics – Unemployment rose from 6.9% in September. The number of unemployed rose to 267,000 in October from 250,000 in September.

Shelly Yachimovich slams Dankner and capital market 
Globes Macro Economics – The Labor Party chairwoman: There is little chance that the banks and financial institutions will get back the more than NIS 20 billion owed them by Dankner.

$10b investment will turn Gaza into the Riviera 
Globes Macro Economics – Dr. Yacov Sheinin says the only way to stop the rocket fire is to greatly raise the Gazans’ standard of living.

Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Diagram, Product of Mossad Hacking
Tikun Olam – Supposed diagram of Iranian nuclear explosion AP is reporting a breaking news story that officials of a country hostile to Iran (hint, hint) have leaked an Iranian diagram that plots the force of the explosion of a simulated nuclear device: Iranian scientists have run computer simulations…

Ruing Rudoren’s Facebook posts, NYT assigns her a minder
Mondoweiss – Last week writers here landed on NYT Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren for insensitive comments she made about Palestinian culture on Facebook and in a radio interview . We weren’t alone. The Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, citing a sharp reaction from “dismayed readers” and pundits, has…

Al-Haq: International law must be at heart of Palestinian initiative at U.N.
Mondoweiss – Al-Haq, the Palestinian human rights organization, released the following statement today on the application of Palestine for observer state status at the U.N.: As a human rights organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Al-Haq welcomes the…

The AP’s George Jahn serves up Israeli propaganda on Iran yet again
Mondoweiss – The Associated Press ‘ favorite conduit for pathetic Israeli propaganda on the Iranian nuclear program, George Jahn, came out with another doozy on Tuesday.  Under a banner touting a “Big Story,” Jahn published an article headlined, ” AP Exclusive: Graph suggests Iran working on bomb ,” which purported to…

Israel calls its own bluff on the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid
Mondoweiss – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd during a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: Nasser Shiyoukhi/AP) After weeks of threatening substantive punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it went through…

Not skipping a beat, Israeli embassy alludes to ‘another Gaza’ over Palestinian UN bid
Mondoweiss – Days after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C. released a heavy-handed video equating Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s expected UN bid for non-member observer status to launching rockets from Gaza and driving a bus full of people off of a cliff….

BDS movement grows as leading figures call for military embargo on Israel following Gaza assault
Mondoweiss – Now is the time for a military embargo on Israel! “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” –Nelson Mandela Horrified at the latest round of Israeli aggression…

Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2012 – An online petition calling on Stevie Wonder to cancel his performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces has garnered more than 3,600 signatures. Click here for the rest of the article…

Western Wall Remains in Ultra-Orthodox Control 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2012 – For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Western Wall. But only Orthodox worship is allowed at the faith’s holiest site. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel: No ‘Problematic’ Terms Like Palestine State 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2012 – Israel’s Foreign Ministry has instructed its diplomats to refuse to accept any official mail that uses “problematic terminology” such as the “state of Palestine.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian Win More Support for Statehood 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Nov 2012 – More European states joined France on Wednesday in backing a Palestinian bid for limited statehood, but Britain held back, saying it wanted an assurance that the Palestinians would not pursue Israel through the International Criminal Court. Click here for the rest of the article…

Even in Israel, Some Jews Reject Circumcision 
The Forward New 28 Nov 2012 – Nearly all baby boys in Israel are circumcised. A small but growing minority of Jews are rejecting the practice, reflecting a global movement questioning its value. Click here for the rest of the article…

Susan Rice Wins Over Israel Supporters 
The Forward New 28 Nov 2012 – Susan Rice was once viewed with suspicion by Jewish leaders and Israel backers. Four years of loyal work at the U.N. has earned their support as she aims to become Secretary of State. Click here for the rest of the article…

Uganda: Tami Brings Israeli Jewellery to Uganda 
allAfrica.com 27 Nov 2012 – [Observer]Tami Sasporta wants every Ugandan woman with a sense of style to experience the feeling of wearing nice original Israeli jewellery. At her shop in Bugolobi at Gatto Matto, everything appears perfectly set.

Twin blasts shake Damascus suburb 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – At least 34 people have been killed by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media report.

Egypt courts in anti-Mursi strike 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – Judges in Egypt’s appeal courts are halting work in protest at President Mohammed Mursi’s controversial decree giving himself new powers.

Palestinian vote: UK may abstain 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK may abstain in a key vote on Palestinian status at the UN unless further assurances are given.

Stevie Wonder to sing for Friends of The IDF 
Sabbah report 28 Nov 2012 – Stevie Wonder has announced that he will perform at at the annual Gala for Friends of the IDF (FIDF). Maybe he does not know. Maybe the people around him are blind. Maybe he lost his soul. Stevie Wonder to sing for Friends of The IDF was…

Draft Resolution: Copy of Palestine UN Bid 
Sabbah report 28 Nov 2012 – The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly requesting an upgrade from Observer Mission status to Observer State status within the United Nations. Draft Resolution: Copy of Palestine UN Bid was published by Sabbah Report ….

Did Britain try blackmail to cripple Palestine UN bid? YES! 
Sabbah report 28 Nov 2012 – British government twisted the arm of Abbas and told him the UK would only support Palestine UN bid if he pledged not to pursue Israeli war criminals through the International Criminal Court. Did Britain try blackmail to cripple Palestine UN bid? YES! was published by Sabbah…

Abbas Submits Weak Palestine UN Bid 
Sabbah report 28 Nov 2012 – Israel and Washington conspire like they always do. At issue is neutralizing Palestine’s un bid. “Softening” means neutering or castrating. Tactics changed. Focus now is on making it meaningless. Abbas Submits Weak Palestine UN Bid was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter ….

Join Us to Deliver 30,000 Signatures of Support to Church Leaders 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Nov 2012 – Tomorrow is the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People . We and our friends at Kairos USA will be delivering more than 30,000 signatures of support to the 15 courageous church leaders who called on Congress to investigate Israel’s misuse of U.S. weapons. If…

In North Lebanon, Palestinians Celebrate Gaza Victory 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – Palestinian children from the Mieh Mieh refugee camp situated on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, take part in a rally supporting the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip on 18 November 2012. (Photo: AFP- Mahmoud Zayyat) Palestinian children from the Mieh Mieh refugee…

More than 150 protesters wounded by Tunisia police 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – More than 150 people were wounded on Wednesday in a second day of clashes between Tunisian security forces and thousands of protesters in a poor southwestern town, a hospital source told AFP. A doctor at the hospital in Siliana said more than 150 people were being…

Iran’s Fars News declares Saudi king “clinically dead” 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – Saudi Arabian King Abdallah has been ‘clinically dead’ for two days, reported Iran‘s Fars News Agency, while Saudi Arabian TV showed dubious footage of the King going about his state duties. The footage aired Wednesday, ten days after reportedly undergoing surgery to tighten a ligament in…

More to Lebanon’s Salafis Than Meets the Eye 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – For the time being, the Salafis seem to be stuck with a negative public image that’s based on stereotypes (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) For the time being, the Salafis seem to be stuck with a negative public image that’s based on stereotypes (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Salafis are…

Lebanon’s Political Circus Moves to the Vatican 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – There was more activity in the courtyards of the Vatican than there has been in the committee rooms of the Lebanese parliament recently. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) There was more activity in the courtyards of the Vatican than there has been in the committee rooms of the Lebanese…

Ferdowsi lives on in Tus 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Nov 2012 – Photo Blog by Preethi Nallu “How shall a man escape from that which is written; How shall he flee from his destiny?” It is this ethereal quality of Ferdowsi’s words that rendered him the title of Iran‘s most coveted national poet. Even today, primary school textbooks…

Mursi Advisors Behind Egypt Judiciary Debacle 
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Nov 2012 – Egyptian protesters wave their national flag as they shout political slogans against President Mohamed Morsi’s decree granting himself broad powers during a demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 27 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Egyptian protesters wave their national flag as they shout political…

Twin blasts shake Damascus suburb 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – At least 34 people have been killed by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Syria’s capital, Damascus, state media report.

Egypt courts in anti-Mursi strike 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – Judges in Egypt’s appeal courts are halting work in protest at President Mohammed Mursi’s controversial decree giving himself new powers.

Palestinian vote: UK may abstain 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK may abstain in a key vote on Palestinian status at the UN unless further assurances are given.

UK and Kuwait in security deal 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – The UK and Kuwait are expected to announce a major security partnership worth up to £1.5bn ($2.4bn), the BBC understands.

Saudi king appears after surgery 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appeared on state TV for the first time since undergoing major back surgery, calming fears for his health.

Anti-Israel group hacks UN server 
BBC 28 Nov 2012 – The UN nuclear agency says one of its computer servers was hacked by an anti-Israeli group which published the contact details of nuclear experts.

Articles


Diary of a war: A journey home 
Ahmed Ferwana, Ma’an News Agency 11/27/2012
      This is the first in a series of journal entries documenting life in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud.
     November 14
     Smiling from exhaustion as I wished my colleagues and students a good weekend, I left the American International School in Gaza, where I teach language and literature, to my apartment on al-Shuhada Street — which I consider the most beautiful road in the Gaza Strip.
     It was a lovely Wednesday, followed by a three-day vacation, and I made a plan to meet some friends for a barbeque.
     Suddenly, I heard noises in the street. I looked out the window, curious about the loud ambulance sirens and firetrucks, to see journalists rushing out of a nearby building. I checked local news websites to investigate what was happening. A few minutes later, the mystery was solved.
     At 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, Israeli forces assassinated the leader of the al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, Ahmed al-Jaabari. Foreseeing the coming instability, I could do nothing but humbly lay my paralyzed body on the bed, and unintentionally I collapsed into my pillow falling in a pessimistic sleep.
     Hours later, I woke to a phone call from my terrified mother, her voice weakened by worry and anxiety, begging me to leave my apartment in Gaza City and head to Rafah so I could be with the family through the anticipated hardship.
     I told her that first thing in the morning I would get myself together and head down to Rafah, a city bordering Egypt with hundreds and hundreds of tunnels sure to be on the target list of Israel’s warplanes. more.. e-mail

Gaza girl unable to speak after Israeli drone destroys her home 
Mel Frykberg, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 11/27/2012
      GAZA CITY (IPS) – Civilians are still paying the price of Israel’s blistering eight-day military assault on the Gaza Strip.
     According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) more than 160 Palestinians lost their lives by 21 November, the last day of the bloody confrontation between Israel and Palestinian fighters. The dead included at least 103 civilians, 33 of them children. More than a thousand Palestinians were wounded, including 971 civilians — 274 of them children.
     Three of the Palestinian civilians killed were journalists who died after repeated Israeli attacks on media buildings where Palestinian and foreign journalists were working.
     But the attack and its consequences have been the hardest for Gaza’s children, unable to comprehend the volatility and the political intricacies in the place they call home.
     “Mamma, mamma,” cried Muhammad Abu Zour, 7, in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City. His head is bandaged and one of his eyes is purple and badly swollen. His eyes flicker upwards and backwards.
     “There is a possibility that he has severe brain damage as there is internal bleeding within his skull,” Sana Thabat, a 23-year-old nurse in Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital said.
     Muhammad was wounded last week after Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted his family home as the occupants slept. The shelling killed two women from the Abu Zour family; Sahar Fadi Abu Zour, 20, Nisma Helmi Abu Zour, 21; and Muhammad’s little brother Eyad Abu Zour, 5. more.. e-mail

‘Boycotting Israel works,’ says Rachel Corrie’s dad 
Joe Catron, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 11/27/2012
      A few days before Israel bombed it for eight consecutive days, Gaza hosted a visit by Cindy and Craig Corrie. Their daughter, Rachel, was murdered by an Israeli soldier in 2003 as she tried to prevent bulldozers from demolishing Palestinian homes in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza.
     It was the Corries’ first visit to Gaza since an Israeli court ruling in August this year, which rejected a lawsuit they had taken over Rachel’s murder. The Haifa District Court declared that the Israeli state and military were not responsible for her death.
     The Electronic Intifada contributor Joe Catron interviewed Craig Corrie on 11 November, the last night of the Corries’ latest visit to Gaza.
     Joe Catron: You’ve been here in the Gaza Strip for five days. How have you found it?
     Craig Corrie: It’s always kind of hard to take into your head. The last time we were here was in September 2009. That would have been about eight months after the attack on Gaza [Operation Cast Lead]. And we had been here one previous time, in March of that year.
     Then, the destruction was obvious everywhere. You could see rubble, people living in the rubble, people living in tents. Every person was shell-shocked. If you talked to them, they all had a family member who was killed or maimed. The fear, of course, affected everybody. In a very real way, it was quite fresh on people’s minds. more.. e-mail

Abetting Murder in Gaza 
Stephen Zunes, Antiwar.com 11/27/2012
      The Nov. 22 ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas forces is a huge relief for the civilian population on both sides — the primary victims of the conflict. But the Obama administration’s unconscionable decision the previous week to block a ceasefire effort by the U.N. Security Council not only resulted in additional civilian deaths but also serves as an indication that, despite the president owing his re-election to the hard work of his progressive base, his foreign policy will continue to lean to the right.
     The draft resolution blocked by the United States explicitly condemned all acts of terrorism and violence toward civilians, reaffirmed the right of all states to live in peace within secure and recognized borders, and called for an immediate and durable ceasefire. It reiterated that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could only be resolved through peaceful means and called for an immediate resumption of a substantive bilateral negotiating process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
     This even-handedness was too much for the Obama administration, however, which promised to prevent the passage of any statement or resolution that didn’t explicitly put the blame for the violence solely on Hamas. The administration’s blockage of any consideration of any other effort made it appear as though President Obama would rather have the slaughter continue.
     It is doubtful that many people at the United Nations will take Ambassador Susan Rice seriously again when she complains about Russia and China vetoing U.N. Security Council resolutions trying to stop the slaughter in Syria after her own blocking of UNSC efforts trying to stop the slaughter in Gaza.
     Though Rice has appropriately condemned Palestinians when Islamist radicals fire rockets into Israel, she has also opposed nonviolent forms of resisting the occupation as well, such as rejecting recommendations by the U.N.’s independent special rapporteur on human rights (who happens to be an American Jew) for a boycott of companies supporting Israel’s illegal colonization of the West Bank as “irresponsible and unacceptable.”…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s repression of Palestinian students reached new level during Gaza attack
Electronic Intifada: 28 Nov 2012 – Yara Sa’di Haifa 28 November 2012 Behavior of Israeli universities demonstrates academy’s support for state violence.more

Egyptians Stand Up to President’s Power Grab
Dissident Voice: 28 Nov 2012 – Ramah Casers is an Egyptian mother and graphic designer who lives in Cairo. On Tuesday, November 27 she was standing at the entrance to Tahrir Square holding a simple, hand-written sign that read, “I am an Egyptian citizen and I will not let my country become a dictatorship once again.” She had come to the plaza with her young daughter, who was proudly helping to hold the sign. “I was in this same Tahrir Square during the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak but I haven’t been back since then,” Ramah told me. “I didn’t think any of the mobilizations called during the last two years were that critical. But for this one, I had to be here. This is about the life or death of our revolution.” Ramah was one of the hundreds of thousands of people filling Tahrir Square to protest the decree issued five days earlier by President…more

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