VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 1 December 2012: The next stop for Palestinians could be global courts

1 December 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Kidnaps 21 Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers and Navy kidnapped, Saturday, 19 Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; 12 fishermen were kidnapped in Gaza territorial waters in Gaza, and nine in the occupied West Bank. …

Ma’an News

Gaza man dies after being shot by Israeli troops in Rafah
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A young Palestinian man died late Friday of wounds he sustained hours earlier by Israeli gunfire east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian medics confirmed Saturday that 21-year-old Mahmoud Jaroun was hit by a gunshot to the pelvis Friday evening, and was evacuated to Abu Yousif An-Najjar….

Israeli navy detains 13 Gaza fishermen off coast
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Israeli navy on Saturday stopped 13 Palestinian fishermen and detained them off the coast, a Gaza official said. Mahfouth Kabariti, who heads the a Gaza-based Palestinian association of fishing and sea sports, said Israeli naval ships attacked three fishing boats and detained a number of fishermen. He said the….

Israeli court issues demolition order in Beit Ummar
12/1/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities issued demolition orders this week for a home in Beit Ummar, a local committee said. The order, written in Arabic and Hebrew, states that Muhammad Ibrahim Khalil Muqbil’s home will be demolished on Dec. 27, adding that the family must leave the house, Beit Ummar’s….

Islamic Jihad says militant killed ‘in mission’
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian fighter affiliated to the military wing of the Islamic Jihad died Saturday morning in what the group described as “Jihadist mission.” The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that Ramadan Abu Hasanein, in the artillery division, died in the central Gaza Strip as a “martyr” while carrying out….

UN General Assembly adopts resolutions supporting Palestine
12/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – The UN General Assembly on Friday approved five draft resolutions relating to the question of Palestine, according to Palestine’s UN observer ambassador Riyad Mansour. The first draft resolution, “Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine,” was adopted by a recorded vote of 163 in favor to six against, with….

Stevie Wonder cancels show at Israel army fundraiser
12/1/2012 – LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Veteran singer and United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder has canceled a planned performance for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces after several organizations asked him not to perform. The soul singer, 62, was scheduled to sing at a Dec. 6 fundraising gala in Los Angeles hosted by the FIDF….

Official: Egypt crossing can transfer goods to Gaza
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egypt’s Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip was used to transfer humanitarian supplies during Israel‘s recent assault, showing that Egypt could help break the economic siege on Gaza, Palestinian border officials said Saturday. Rafah is Gaza’s only border crossing not controlled by Israel, which….

UK and France slam Israel’s new settlement plan
12/1/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Britain and France condemned on Saturday a plan by Israel to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying international confidence in its desire to make peace with the Palestinians was at risk. Stung by a UN vote according de facto recognition to a Palestinian state, Israel on Friday said…. Related: UK condemns Israeli settlement plans

Rights groups urge state of Palestine to join ICC
12/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — International human rights groups urged Palestine to join rights treaties and the International Criminal Court after the UN General Assembly admitted the country as a non-member state. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch also called on world powers to cease pressure on Palestinian leaders not to join the court. Thursday’….

Party chiefs to meet in Cairo ‘in days’
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Cairo meeting of Palestinian factions is set to take place in the next few days, a Palestinian official said Saturday. Egypt said it will invite the heads of all the factions, including Fatah leader President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal, and Islamic Jihad head Ramadan Shalah, independent political….

Palestinians deserve more than non-member status
12/1/2012 – By Rashid Shahin – Up until the last moment, the United States and Israel were doing their utmost to change the positions of other countries, and to dilute the significance of the Palestinian step to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member state observer status. Since the Palestinians announced their intention to go to the UN….

Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after UN vote
12/1/2012 – BERLIN (Reuters) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country’s support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed Israel by abstaining in a UN vote on the Palestinians’ status. Germany, which will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of his ministers next week, abstained in Thursday’s vote….

Japan urges peace talks after UN vote
12/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After Japan voted for the UN to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, the country is urging Palestine and Israel to return to peace talks, a statement from the Japanese foreign ministry said Saturday. Japan voted for Thursday’s resolution at the UN General Assembly in light of its support….

Palestinian poet Faysal al-Qarqati dead at 58
12/1/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Palestinian poet and critic Faysal al-Qarqati died Saturday morning in a hospital in Jordan at 58. Al-Qarqati suffered from a blood clot 15 days ago, and on Thursday he was transferred to a Jordanian hospital. Originally from Ramallah, al-Qarqati was born in Syria in 1954 where he finished high school. In….

Jihad brigades warn Israel over ‘truce violations’
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing warned on Saturday that Israeli violations of a ceasefire deal last week would push the group to respond. The Al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that “ongoing and flagrant violations of the truce (by Israel) will undermine the deal and force factions to respond….

UK condemns Israeli settlement plans
12/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The British Foreign Secretary on Saturday condemned new Israeli plans to expand settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a statement said.” Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and undermine trust between the parties,” William Hague said in a statement.” If implemented, these plans would alter the situation…. Related: UK and France slam Israel’s new settlement plan

Fatah finalizing list of detainees to be freed in Gaza
12/1/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah is working on a list of affiliates in Gaza jails to be released by the Hamas government as part of conciliatory measures between the rival governments, officials said. Fatah has prepared a list to go before a committee to verify the inmates, Fatah official Yahya Rabah told Ma’….

Canada to review ties with PA after UN vote
12/1/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Canada will review its relationship with the Palestinian Authority after the UN General Assembly voted to admit Palestine as a non-member state, the Canadian foreign minister said Friday.” Canada is deeply disappointed but not surprised” by the General Assembly resolution on Palestine, John Baird said in a statement. Condemning Palestine’….

Diary of a war: The al-Dalou family’s apocalypse
12/1/2012 – By Ahmed Ferwana – This is the fifth 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 18 – Uncertainty’s claws severely lacerated a feeling of comfort I thought I had, and on that hill of…. Related: Diary of a War

Islamists to rally behind Mursi as Egypt’s rifts widen
12/1/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Islamists planned rallies across Egypt on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who has rushed through a constitution to try to quench opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. Mursi was due to ratify the constitution, hastily approved by an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly on Friday, later in the day and to set….

Residents: Internet back on in Damascus
12/1/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Internet was working in Syria’s capital of Damascus on Saturday, residents said, after a two-day blackout that experts said was highly likely to have been caused by authorities. President Bashar Assad’s government has been accused before of cutting Internet and telephone connections to block opposition activists and rebel….

Iran fires cyber police chief over blogger’s death
12/1/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The head of Tehran’s cyber police unit has been dismissed over the death in custody of an Iranian blogger, police said on Saturday, in a case that has sparked international condemnation and led to Iranian calls for an official investigation. Sattar Beheshti, a little-known 35-year-old blogger who was critical of….

Kuwaitis vote in divisive election after protests
12/1/2012 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in a divisive parliamentary election held under new polling rules that triggered an opposition boycott of the ballot and mass protests. The election is the second this year in the oil-rich Gulf Arab state, where a series of assemblies have collapsed due to a power struggle between elected MPs….

Tunisian security forces fire teargas to disperse protests
12/1/2012 – SILIANA, Tunisia (Reuters) — Tunisian security forces fired tear gas and live rounds in the air on Saturday to try to disperse several thousand protesters in a town that has seen days of clashes this week over economic problems in the North African state. National guard forces belonging to the interior ministry fired tear gas and….

Syria rebels bombed as opposition open to peacekeepers
12/1/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian jets bombed rebel-held areas of Damascus on Saturday, residents said, as the opposition indicated it could accept an international peacekeeping force if President Bashar Assad is forced from power. Warplanes attacked the Damascus suburbs of Kafar Souseh and Darraya, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-linked group. The air….

Egypt’s President Mursi receives draft constitution
12/1/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s constituent assembly handed its final draft of a planned new constitution for the country to President Muhamed Mursi on Saturday so he could approve it before calling a referendum. The Islamist-dominated assembly finished voting on the draft on Friday. [END]

Egypt’s Mursi calls Dec. 15 referendum on constitution
12/1/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Muhamed Mursi called a Dec. 15 referendum on a draft constitution and urged a national dialogue on the “concerns of the nation” as the country nears the end of the transition from Hosni Mubarak’s rule. Mursi was speaking after receiving the final draft of the constitution from the Islamist-dominated….

Palestine News Network

Footballers Condemn Plans to Hold U21 European Championship in Israel
Palestine News Network

Amnesty International: Qatar: Outrageous Life Sentence for ‘Jasmine Poet’
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

New state, same occupation: violence in Qaryut as villagers attempt to remove illegal roadblock
12/1/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 30 November 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank, Occupied Palestine – Many injured as Israeli Forces fire rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters directly into a crowd from close range during a peaceful attempt to remove road block. The village of Qaryut, located in Area C in the West Bank is being squeezed by the….

Tent demolition in Susiya, South Hebron Hills
12/1/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Wyatt Black, 1 December 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On the morning of November 28th, numerous soldiers came to the village of Susiya in the South Hebron Hills, unannounced from the nearby settlement, which is also called Susiya. The army jeeps and construction equipment came rolling in around eight o’clock and….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza man shot by Israeli troops dies: medic
Relief Web 1 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/01/2012 12:10 GMT GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Dec 1, 2012 (AFP) – A Palestinian shot by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday has died of his wounds, a Palestinian medical…

occupied Palestinian territory: US criticizes Israeli plans to build new settler homes
Relief Web 1 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/01/2012 04:08 GMT by Steve Weizman JERUSALEM, Dec 01, 2012 (AFP) – The United States on Friday denounced Israeli plans for new settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in the wake…

The National

All-singing, all-dancing tribute to the Emirates
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Stars Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Zarine Khan will join singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sophie Choudry for a performance at Festival City.

Rulers send messages of goodwill
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Thousands of people receive celebratory text messages from Sheikh Mohammed.

Israel’s new settlements could complicate US relationship
The National 1 Dec 2012 – The United States says it still supports the Israeli position but an announcement that new settler homes were to be built has caught the US by surprise, coming as it did after Israeli officials had sought to down play the UN vote.

Morsi’s supporters back the president in Cairo rally
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Waving banners and calling out chants in approval of a declaration that temporarily gave the president¿s decrees immunity from judicial oversight last week, many also said that they supported a draft constitution finalised in haste this week.

Family cut out to be kings of the kandura
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Indian father’s determination got him to the Emirates on his third try. He learnt to sew, then began a dynasty in kandura designs.

Students given opportunity to pursue their dreams
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Youngsters Obeida Takiiti, Fatima Al Hajj and Afnan Laamari strive for higher learning at the UAE’s universities.

Kuwait’s election highlights divisions and frustration
The National 1 Dec 2012 – A polling station in the mostly pro-government, Rumaithiya district was buzzing with voters, but just a five-minute drive away in the tribal district of Salwa, the few voters there were vastly outnumbered by police. 

Syria back online but fighting flares around Damascus
The National 1 Dec 2012 – Syrian state TV said troops were fighting against fighters from the militant Jabhat Al Nusra group in areas around the airport and that many of the rebels were killed, including two Iraqi citizens.


East Jerusalem project could bury two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

PA farmers hung out to dry while Israelis flourish in Jordan Valley
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Israel’s Green party primary descends into farce as rivals see red
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Israel Police say doctor killed his terminally ill daughter, then himself
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Don’t look for evil and you will see no evil
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Leading ultra-Orthodox rabbis tell yeshiva students to dodge IDF draft
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Report: Hamas leader Meshal to visit Gaza for first time
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Jonathan Pollard hospitalized after collapsing in jail
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Hamas complains to Egypt after IDF kills Gaza resident
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Angela Merkel reaffirms German support for Israel after UN vote
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Palestinian dies of wounds from IDF fire on Gaza border, medics say
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

BGU to develop software for DARPA Robotics Challenge
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – School has been given grant to develop control software for a disaster-response operations robot. 

The Argentinian and Iranian tango
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – One can’t help but ask why, after 18 years of mishandled investigations, corruption charges and coverups, talks on the 1994 Buenos Aires terror attack are taking place now. 

Former Labor head Mitzna to be 2nd on Livni’s list
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Labor officials slam Mitzna for breaking pledge to remain active member of party after he lost in last year’s Labor leadership race. 

Trapped under the Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012Israel’s siege mentality represents a fundamental strategic failure. 

The irony of Iron Dome
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – The time we spend trying to satisfy our craving for data may cost us our opportunity to benefit from help. 

Danino’s logic
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – No matter how Liberman’s saga concludes, it should, as per Danino’s recommendations, lead to legal curtailments on the length of time in which our law-enforcers can pursue a given case. 

Egypt’s Morsi calls Dec. 15 constitution referendum
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Morsi hopes approval of constitution in popular referendum will end crisis over his assumption of sweeping powers by decree; opposition figure ElBaradei says draft constitution undermines freedoms, calls for continued struggle. 

Peretz: Joining Netanyahu gov’t might split Labor
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Yacimovich faces challenge from Peretz who says joining Netanyahu coalition can’t be option, Labor must head peace camp. 

Tel Aviv police search for hit-and-run driver
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Truck driver struck motor scooter before fleeing scene; incident follows hit-and-run in rishon Lezion in which bicyclist killed. 

PA hints it may turn to ICC over settlement plans
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Senior PLO official Ashrawi says approval of 3,000 housing units in W. Bank, e. J’lem a flagrant violation of 4th Geneva Convention. 

Pollard collapses in prison cell, rushed to hospital
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Israeli agent, who marked 27th anniversary of his arrest two weeks ago, hospitalized in N. Carolina; severity of condition unknown. 

‘Israel behind increase in Palestinian AIDS cases’
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012PA official: Palestinians who work in Israel subjected to “political blackmail” by authorities – something that exposes them to AIDS. 

Savior and saved 67 years later
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Jewish Foundation for the Righteous reunites Holocaust survivor Shoshana Golan with her Polish rescuer Wladyslawa Dudziak. 

Hamas complains to Egypt that Israel violating truce
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Gaza officials say IDF killed Palestinian demonstrator at border in violation of cease-fire; Erdogan: Israel guilty of ethnic cleansing. 

Merkel reaffirms support for Israel after UN vote
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – After Germany disappoints J’lem by abstaining from UN vote on Palestinians’ status, Merkel says Berlin will always stand by Israel

Syria bombs rebels, Internet restored after 2 days
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Rights group: War planes bombing Damascus suburbs of Kafar Souseh and Darraya; rebels clash with troops. 

Right defends building plans as Left takes aim
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Aharonovitch: PA must understand “there are 2 sides to every coin”; Meretz: Settlements must be evacuated not built up. 

Islamists rally for Morsi as Egypt rift widens
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – Egypt polarized between Islamists and their opponents; hundreds of thousands rally for president and draft constitution

Politics: Myths and facts about a dizzying week
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2012 – Likud goes to Right? Center-Left goes to pieces? 

The Guardian

Clinton and Hague attack Israel decision to build new settlements
The Guardian 1 Dec 2012US and UK react to Binyamin Netanyahu’s approval of plans for 3,000 new homes on occupied territory in the West Bank The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and British foreign secretary, William Hague, have launched…

Britain and US condemn Israel’s Jewish settlement plan
The Guardian 1 Dec 2012 – Foreign secretary William Hague expresses ‘extreme concern’, while US state department says actions are counterproductive Britain and the US have warned that Israel‘s plans to build new housing settlements in the West Bank would damage the…

Israeli plan to build new West Bank settlements attacked by US and Britain
The Guardian 1 Dec 2012 – Hillary Clinton says prospect of peace damaged by PM’s decision in wake of UN vote to recognise Palestine The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and the British foreign secretary, William Hague, have attacked an Israeli…

Inter Press Service

U.S. Senate Passes New Sanctions on Iran
IPS The U.S. Senate approved a new round of economic sanctions against Iran Friday, ignoring warnings by the White House that the additional measures could prove counter-productive to the goal of persuading Iran to curb its nuclear programme. The 94-0 vote, which was immediately praised by the powerful American Israel Public…


CNN Losing Bradley Manning Story: Manning Was Reporting a War Crime, “The Van Thing”

Tea and tear gas in Tahrir Square

Assange to RT: Entire nations intercepted online, key turned to totalitarian rule

Panetta Reiterates US Commitment to Israel

The Long Pursuit of Accountability for the Bush Administration’s Torture Program

Israel trying to “break” human rights defender arrested for expressing his opinions

The United States Can’t Stop Justice A Historic Victory for Palestine-Another Rejection of Occupation

Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia

PHOTOS: Palestinians celebrate UN victory

A Stillborn Constitution for Egypt? Morsi Runs the Gauntlet

Daily Star

Lebanon following up case of fighters killed in Syria: Charbel
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 Lebanon is following up on the case of the Lebanese fighters who were killed in Syria, the interior minister says, as Muslim scholars urge north Lebanon residents not to join the fighting in Syria.

PM warns of ‘ethnic conflict’ in Iraq
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 PM Nuri al-Maliki warns of the danger of “ethnic conflict” in Iraq, after negotiations aimed at easing Arab-Kurd tensions in the country’s north stalled this week.

Suspected US drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed three militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border.

Iraq says it can’t search all Syria-bound planes
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 Iraq’s prime minister says his country is unable to search all Syria-bound Iranian planes that fly through Iraqi airspace.

New settlements would obstruct peace, France warns Israel
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 France warns Israel not to go through with a plan for 3,000 settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, arguing it would constitute a serious obstacle to a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Abbas heads home to hero’s welcome after UN vote
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 Palestinian president Abbas is due home from New York to a hero’s welcome on Sunday, after the United Nations voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member state.

Officials say bomb kills 3 in southern Afghanistan
Daily Star 1 Dec 2012 Provincial officials say a suicide car bomber killed three civilians and wounded another six in Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan province.

YNet News

Pentagon lawyer: War on terror not endless
YNet News, 1 Dec 2012 – ….

Protests flare in Bahrain for Kim Kardashian visit
YNet News, 1 Dec 2012 – ….

Syria: At least 73 people die Saturday
YNet News, 1 Dec 2012 – ….

ElBaradei: Struggle for Egypt’s democracy will continue 
YNet News, 1 Dec 2012 – ….

Between Livni and Bennett 
YNet News, 1 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: PM must decide whether he needs centrist or rightist votes to bolster his party ….

Palestinian Information Center

Report: IOA blocked travel of 99 Palestinians in one month
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) barred the travel of 99 Palestinian West Bankers via the Karame crossing with Jordan.

Political prisoner Arouri goes on hunger strike until achieving his release
PIC – The Palestinian political prisoner Islam Arouri started a hunger strike in the PA Preventive Apparatus’ prison in Ramallah to protest at the continuation of his detention.

IOF soldiers round up nine Palestinians
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up nine Palestinian citizens during raids on various West Bank areas at dawn Saturday, local sources reported.

Report: Israel arrested 621 Palestinians in November
PIC – A Palestinian human rights report stated that the Israeli occupation forces had detained about 621 Palestinians in November during arrest campaigns launched in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

IOF storms Jenin and Bethlehem and arrests citizens
PIC – Israeli occupation forces stormed at dawn Saturday three towns in Jenin district, where they questioned citizens and set up military checkpoints in several locations.

Israeli navy kidnaps 10 Palestinian fishermen at sea
PIC – Israeli navy gunboats kidnapped ten Palestinian fishermen while fishing off the coast of Gaza city and confiscated their fishing boats on Saturday morning.

Haneyya: Bombing Jordanian hospital a message to Amman
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya condemned targeting civilians, ambulance and media crews and hospitals by the IOF in the recent aggression, considering it a serious violation of international norms.

IOF soldiers, settlers assault 70-year-old farmer
PIC – Jewish settlers accompanied by Israeli occupation forces assaulted a 70-year-old Palestinian farmer while tending to his land to the east of Bethlehem on Saturday.


Abbas Thanks Belgium for Upgrading Mission Status
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Musician Stevie Wonder Cancels Pro-Israel Performance
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Elders Welcome UN Recognition of Palestine
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Palestinian Americans Commend UN Vote
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Britain extremely concerned at new housing settlements
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

France Voted for Two-State Solution, Says UN Envoy
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

European Parliamentarians Welcome UN Vote on Palestine
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Abbas Arrives in Amman after UN Session
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Gazan Critically Wounded on Friday Dies of Wounds
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Sunny and Warm Temperature
WAFA – 1 Dec 2012

Italy to Vote in Favor of UN Bid
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 29 Nov 2012


Flow of Arms to Syria Through Iraq Persists, to U.S. Dismay
New York Times 1 Dec 2012 – Iraqi airspace has emerged as a main supply route for weapons from Iran, which has an enormous stake in Syria, at a critical time for President Bashar al-Assad. 

In Egypt, a Clash Over Who’s a Threat to Democracy
New York Times 1 Dec 2012 – While governing Islamists say the old guard has infiltrated the opposition, critics of President Mohamed Morsi see a familiar paranoia in his efforts to take more control. 

Damascus Is Tense Before Strongest Push Yet by Rebels
New York Times 1 Dec 2012 – Clashes in the suburbs of Syria’s capital were accompanied by reports that President Bashar al-Assad was readying loyal divisions to defend the heart of his power. 

After Death of Sattar Beheshti, Iranian Blogger, Head of Tehran’s Cybercrimes Unit Is Fired
New York Times 1 Dec 2012 – The dismissal of the commander, Gen. Saeed Shokrian, follows investigations by Parliament and Iran’s judiciary into the unexplained death of the blogger, Sattar Beheshti. 

Israeli Settlement Plan Would Split West Bank
New York Times 1 Dec 2012 – Construction on E1, in West Bank territory that Israel captured in the 1967 war, would connect the large Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim to Jerusalem. 

Charting the ‘peace process’
Mondoweiss – Peace process From Yousef Munayyer , who says he rejects a return to the vaunted peace process: In the 24 year period from 1967 (when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip) to 1991, when the Madrid Peace Conference was held beginning the “Peace Process,” Israel

Arrests of Gaza fishermen continue despite ceasefire agreement
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The Gazan state– and the West Bank Bantustans
Mondoweiss – Normal 0 false false false ENUS X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has held for over a week despite.  I congratulate Hamas and Israel for coming together, and Egypt, the United States, and other countries for helping make it happen.  Lives will be…

Exile and the prophetic: Avoiding the Hague
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Bradley Manning testifies about how the Obama administration tried to break him
Mondoweiss – Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights attended accused whistleblower Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearing at Fort Meade on Thursday and spoke about it on Democracy Now! yesterday . Extended excerpt: It was one of the most dramatic courtroom scenes I’ve ever been in. I mean, for…

NPR host Siegel serves as moderator for Avigdor Lieberman at Saban gala
Mondoweiss – Robert Siegel with Avigdor Lieberman last night in Washington. Photo Natasha Mozgovaya The Saban Forum, which is named after the ardent Israel supporter Haim Saban, was held last night in Washington. And National Public Radio host Robert Siegel served as a moderator for the rightwing foreign…

New Settlements Condemned by Britain and France 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2012Britain and France condemned on Saturday a plan by Israel to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying international confidence in its desire to make peace with the Palestinians was at risk. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Kills Another Gaza Palestinian Along Border 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2012Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of Nov. 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave’s border fence. Click here for the rest of the article…

Germany’s Merkel Assures Israel of Backing 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2012 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country’s support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians’ status. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Hoops Star Finds Relief on Court 
The Forward New 1 Dec 2012 – Israeli Naama Shafir is the first Orthodox woman to star in American college hoops. When on the court, she doesn’t have to worry about the headlines from back home. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: FM Condemns Israeli Decision to Build New Settlements 
allAfrica.com 1 Dec 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr strongly condemned an Israeli decision to build new settlements in al-Quds after a vote at the UN General Assembly upgraded the Palestinian status at the UN to that of non-member observer state.

Egypt: Nationals in Syria Urged to Refer to Embassy for Departure Arrangements 
allAfrica.com 1 Dec 2012 – [Egypt Online]The Egyptian embassy in Syria has urged all Egyptian nationals there to come to the embassy for departure arrangements, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Ali al-Ashry Friday 30/11/2012.

Egypt: Egypt Welcomes UN Resolution to Grant Palestine ‘Non-Member Observer Status’ 
allAfrica.com 1 Dec 2012 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr has welcomed a resolution by the UN General Assembly to grant Palestine a “UN non-member observer status”.

Co-Founder Mousa Abu Maria Tour in UK 
Palestine Solidarity Project 1 Dec 2012 – PSP Co-Founder is starting a 3 week speaking tour of the UK. His schedule is below (we will be updating locations as we get them, so please keep checking back or check with your local university or PSC group): Nov. 26: Southampton Southampton University Nuffield Theatre…

Global BDS 1 Dec 2012 – On Wednesday, December 5 th  2012, the Israeli Supreme Court will conduct a hearing on the  petition  filed by the  Coalitio n of Women for Peace against the  anti-boycott law , which was passed by the Knesset in July 2011. This anti-democratic law is a blunt violation of political…

Egypt to vote on new constitution 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – President Mohammed Morsi says a referendum on Egypt’s draft constitution will be held on 15 December, amid controversy over his powers.

Damascus online after blackout 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – Internet services in Syria’s capital resume after a two-day blackout, as clashes between government forces and rebels around Damascus intensify.

Kuwaitis vote after mass protest 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – Kuwaitis cast their ballots a day after tens of thousands of opposition supporters called for an election boycott over voting law changes.

US warns Israel on settler homes 
BBC 1 Dec 2012US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticises Israel‘s authorisation of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Saree Makdisi: In Gaza People need far more than a ceasefire 
Sabbah report 1 Dec 2012 – In bombing Gaza, then, Israel was not striking the territory of another state. It was bombing people for whose welfare it is legally accountable as the only sovereign power that exercises control over their lives – including everything from determining how their names appear on identity…

Palestine’s Non-Member State Shows Isolation of U.S. and Israel 
Sabbah report 1 Dec 2012 – The move is viewed as a victory for Palestine, but a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, who were joined by only a handful of countries in opposing the decision. Palestine’s Non-Member State Shows Isolation of U.S. and Israel was published by Sabbah Report ….

UN Vote on Palestine: Israel Suffered a Humiliating Defeat 
Sabbah report 1 Dec 2012 – Palestine fully qualifies on all counts. It did so many years ago. It long ago should have become a full de jure UN member. PA leaders must explain why not. Why not now? Why partial, not full status? UN Vote on Palestine: Israel Suffered a Humiliating…

Freedom, Not Handouts, Will Save Palestine 
Sabbah report 1 Dec 2012 – A free Palestine has so much to offer. Agricultural industry, tourism industry, cultural and arts and very rich natural resources, but none of these can be economically developed as long as Israel maintains a 10-meter-high separation wall and hundreds of military checkpoints within Palestinian lands, and…

Kuwait elections take place despite boycott, protests 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2012 – An official sits behind a box containing ballots, during the start of parliamentary elections at a polling station in Ardiyah Area on 1 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Stephanie McGehee) Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by an opposition boycott, protests over a…

Israeli settlement plan draws mild criticism from US 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian protester throws a stone toward an Israeli bulldozer on the sidelines of a demonstration against the expropriations by Israel in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus, on 30 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Jaafar Ashtiyeh) Washington and London have expressed disapproval…

Egypt opposition may call for “civil disobedience” 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2012 – An Egyptian man, dressed up as an Egyptian Pharaoh, holds a banner bearing a portrait of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flanked by portraits of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir square on November 30, 2012, to protest against a…

Echoes of Gaza Strip Escalation: Increasing Settler Violence in the West Bank 
Al-Haq 30 Nov 2012 – Ad: Wake Up America: How To Survive Change And Obama Without Guns, Money – The Fed Warned Banks To Be Ready For Possible Collapse Between The Election And Inauguration, And Not To Count On Government Bailout. How To Survive What’s Coming Begs A Better Understanding Than…

Egypt to vote on new constitution 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – President Mohammed Morsi says a referendum on Egypt’s draft constitution will be held on 15 December, amid controversy over his powers.

Damascus online after blackout 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – Internet services in Syria’s capital resume after a two-day blackout, as clashes between government forces and rebels around Damascus intensify.

Kuwaitis vote after mass protest 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – Kuwaitis cast their ballots a day after tens of thousands of opposition supporters called for an election boycott over voting law changes.

US warns Israel on settler homes 
BBC 1 Dec 2012US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticises Israel‘s authorisation of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt assembly backs constitution 
BBC 30 Nov 2012 – Egypt’s Islamist-dominated constituent assembly backs a draft constitution as judges threaten to dissolve it amid a power struggle with the president.


The next stop for Palestinians could be global courts 
Joseph Schuman, Ma’an News Agency 11/30/2012
      The UN General Assembly’s overwhelming vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state offers little prospect for greater clout in world politics but it could make a difference in the international courts.
     The formal recognition of statehood, even without full UN membership, could be enough for the Palestinians to achieve membership at the Hague-based International Criminal Court, where member states have the power to refer for investigation alleged war crimes or crimes against humanity.
     With its upgraded status at the UN, the Palestinians may now seek to apply to the ICC for membership and authority to file war-crimes charges against the Israeli government and its officials.
     That threat of so-called “lawfare” has already prevented some Israeli civilian and military leaders from traveling abroad out of fear they’d be arrested as war criminals.
     “Israelis are afraid of being hauled to The Hague,” said Robert Malley, the Middle East program director for the International Crisis Group.
     The Palestinians have long planned to use non-membership statehood at the UN, once obtained, as a way to enter the ICC. One Palestinian negotiator, in talking to the International Crisis Group, called the strategy a “legal or diplomatic intifada” against Israel.
     When President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the United Nations in September he specifically accused Israel of committing war crimes. more.. e-mail

Palestinians deserve more than non-member status 
Rashid Shahin, Ma’an News Agency 12/1/2012
      Up until the last moment, the United States and Israel were doing their utmost to change the positions of other countries, and to dilute the significance of the Palestinian step to upgrade the status of Palestine to non-member state observer status.
     Since the Palestinians announced their intention to go to the UN, many Western countries, including the US, did everything possible to convince Palestinian leaders to drop the move, or at least postpone such a step.
     In their contacts with the Palestinian leadership, European ministers, in particular the British, acted against the values and traditions to which Europe subscribes, values that call for freedom and human rights for all human beings around the globe.
     It is obvious that some European politicians have not overcome what happened during and after World War II.
     It is also clear that the Europeans have different attitudes to their governments.
     This contradiction in the relationship between the peoples and governments in Europe is due to the absence or lack of statesmen like Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
     It is hard for Palestinians to understand why America, the UK and Germany were trying to frustrate the Palestinian move.
     Palestinians consider the positions of these countries shameful, especially the UK, whom they judge not only responsible for the tragedy of the Palestinian people but revealing its immoral, inhuman and even hostile attitudes to Arabs and Muslims in general. more.. e-mail

Don’t ‘target our Israeli ally’– Schumer warns Palestinians 
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss 11/29/2012
      Earlier today we mentioned that three Republican Senators have sponsored legislation to oppose the Palestinian bid for non-member statehood at the U.N. Well, now there are two Dems on board for punitive legislation: Chuck Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Here’s the release:
     “Graham-Schumer-Barrasso-Menendez Take Tough Line Against Palestine Bid at United Nations Legislation Forces Closure of PLO Office in Washington and sets Tough New Conditions Paving Way for Elimination of Assistance.
     “WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chuck Schumer (D-New York), John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), and Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) have introduced legislation which takes a tough line against the Palestinians bid today at the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state.’ The measure is expected to pass over objections by the United States and Israel.
     “The Graham-Schumer-Barrasso-Menendez measure:
     “·forces the immediate closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington unless the Palestinians have entered into meaningful negotiations with Israel 
     “·eliminates American foreign assistance to the Palestinian Authority if the International Criminal Court adjudicates any matter proposed or supported by the Palestinian Authority….” — See also: Israel responds to UN vote by approving 3,000 new settlement units and plans to build in strategic West Bank corridor more.. e-mail

Is Hamas Really a ’Surrogate’ of Iran? 
Robert Wright, The Atlantic 11/27/2012
      Is Hamas a puppet of the Iranian regime? An affirmative answer to this question is, from the point of view of Bibi Netanyahu, a dual-use rhetorical technology: (1) It helps justify the recent bombardment of Gaza (since one goal of the operation was to deplete an Iranian-supplied missile stock that Iran could in theory activate against Israel in the event of war). (2) It helps justify Netanyahu’s uncompromising stance toward Iran (since, the more pervasively threatening Iran seems to Israelis, the easier it is to convince them that the Iranian regime is beyond the reach of negotiation).
     The Hamas-as-Iranian-puppet narrative gets help from American media. Consider, for example, this week’s New York Times piece by David Sanger and Thom Shanker asking what the recent Israel-Gaza conflict tells us about how a possible war with Iran might play out. Referring to Netanyahu and President Obama, Sanger and Shanker write:
     And one key to their war-gaming has been cutting off Iran’s ability to slip next-generation missiles into the Gaza Strip or Lebanon, where they could be launched by Iran’s surrogates, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, during any crisis over sanctions or an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
     The confident assertion that Hamas is an Iranian “surrogate”–a claim Sanger and Shanker never get around to substantiating–is oddly out of touch with recent developments in the region.
     It’s certainly true that Hamas had, and still has, lots of Iranian-supplied missiles, the product of a close relationship that goes back years. But this past year has seen developments that changed the relationship.
     First, Hamas ended its relationship with the Syrian regime and moved its leadership out of Syria–a move that not only strained relations with Syrian ally Iran but may have deeply altered them…. more.. e-mail

stories from the border, where donkeys and carts are potential threats to Zionist security
In Gaza: 1 Dec 2012 – The Israeli army killed a Palestinian civilian in the southern Gaza Strip and wounded 42 civilians, including 7 children along the border fence in the Gaza Strip from Nov 22-29 (source: PCHR ) “ The Israeli soldiers saw us. They were speaking at us, but they didn’t tell us to leave,” says Haithem Abu Dagga. “About eight soldiers moved past the electric fence and towards the interior fence about 30 metres inside Palestinian land, where we were standing. After only a few minutes they began shooting.” The Israeli soldiers were by this point roughly 5 metres away, he says. Haithem, a lean young man from Abassan, a rural farming area east of Khan Younis, speaks in short sentences as he tells his story of being shot point-blank by an Israeli soldier. He relates the shooting with no drama, as though he’s speaking of an everyday event. Which, unfortunately, for Gaza’s farmers…more

Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza
Dissident Voice: 1 Dec 2012GAZA CITY — The past few days have been harrowing, yet still deeply inspiring in Gaza as people in the strip must carry on with their lives after the Israeli army’s deadly 8 day offensive operation “Pillar of Cloud” which killed at least 160 Palestinians and left over 1000 wounded , many of them severely.  To “carry on” in Gaza does not mean returning to predictable routines or a reasonable set of expectations of calmness in what amounts to everyday life in most parts of the world.  This is exceptionally true for Palestinian fishermen who return to the daily struggle with the Israeli Navy to fish in waters that are rightfully theirs. There has been no ceasefire for these men who bravely attempt to exercise not only their legal rights, but perhaps more urgently, the human right to fulfill the most basic of needs, such as feeding their families and paying…more

Gaza Quiz
Dissident Voice: 1 Dec 2012 – An uneasy cease-fire has been declared ending Israel’s attack on Gaza, Operation Pillar of Defense. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the situation. 1. How did the people of Gaza come to be where they are? a) A majority of them are descendants of refugees who in 1948-1949 fled or were driven out by Israeli forces from territory that was supposed to be part of the Arab state of Palestine but was taken over by Israel, and they were never permitted to return. b) Some of them are descendants of residents of the Arab town of Majdal, who, after the 1948-49 war were evacuated from different parts of the town and concentrated in a neighborhood surrounded by barbed wire (to make way for Jewish settlers) and then expelled to Gaza. c) Gaza was conquered by Israel in October 1956 and subjected to massacres; Israel withdrew under…more

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