VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 2 December 2012: Israel seizes $120m PA revenues in response to UN vote

2 December 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Security Services Oppose Government Decision To Build More Settlements
IMEMC – The Israeli Security Services expressed rejection of the new Israeli government decision to build additional 3000 units for Jewish settlers in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, and said that “the move is un-calculated”. …

Israeli Forces Arrest 14 Fishermen, Confiscate 3 Fishing Boats
IMEMC – Number of Arrested Fishermen Increases to 29 and Confiscated Boats to 9 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) repeats its condemnation of Israel’s violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. PCHR is concerned over the escalation of Israeli attacks directed against fishermen since the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that was stopped following the cease-fire agreement reached between Palestinian resistance groups and the Israeli occupation forces, under Egyptian and international auspices. …

Report: “ 650, Including 85 Children, 7 women, Kidnapped In November”
IMEMC – The Palestinian Detainees Research Center published a report on Sunday revealing that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 650 Palestinians in November; adding that 85 women and 7 children were among the kidnapped Palestinians. …

Two Palestinians Die of Wounds Suffered Saturday, And During War
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that a young Palestinian man died of wounds suffered on Saturday at dawn after the army opened fire at him in Rafah, and that another Palestinian died of injuries suffered during the recent war on Gaza. …

Europe “Concerned” Regarding Israel’s New Settlement Construction Plan
IMEMC – US Said The Move Is Counterproductive Israeli Army Radio reported, on Saturday evening, that several countries of the European Union strongly denounced the new Israeli decision to build 3000 units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian ‘shot in stomach by soldiers’ south of Hebron
12/2/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot in the stomach during clashes south of Hebron on Saturday night, locals told Ma’an. A military patrol entered the town of Dura, sparking clashes with local youth, they said. Israeli forces used tear gas and live fire against residents, according to witnesses. Shadi Salameh….

Israel seizes PA revenues in response to UN vote
12/2/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s government decided to seize Palestinian Authority tax revenues in response to the UN vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, Israeli media reported Sunday. Israel will use the 460 million shekels ($120 million) of November tax payments to pay PA debts to the Israeli Electric….

Medics: Man killed in Gaza tunnel collapse
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was killed on Sunday when a smuggling tunnel collapsed under the Egypt-Gaza border, medics said. The body of Noman Qudaih, 38, was recovered from a tunnel near the Gazan side of Rafah city, medical sources told Ma’an. His body was transferred to the al-Najjar hospital in….

Netanyahu dismisses world condemnation of settlement plans
12/2/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off world condemnation of Israel’s plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood.” We will carry on building in Jerusalem and in all the places that are on the map of Israel’s strategic interests…. Related: PLO official: Israel defied world opinion with settlement plan

Haniyeh says Hamas not a terrorist organization
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas and other Palestinian factions should be removed from international lists of designated terrorist groups, Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday.” It is time to remove Palestinian resistance movements, that resist under international law, from the list of international terrorist groups,” Haniyeh said during a meeting with a European….

Hamas grants amnesty to collaborators, official says
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s ministry of interior will pardon collaborators who turn themselves into authorities, a Hamas official said Sunday. Interior minister Fathi Hammad, speaking at a graduation ceremony for Hamas security officers, said that anyone who confesses to collaborating with Israel will be pardoned and the details of their crimes….

3 people hurt in central Gaza explosion
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An unexplained explosion in the central Gaza Strip injured three people on Sunday morning, a medical official said. The injured were brought to Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ hospital in Deir Al-Balah with first and second degree burns, health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said. [END]

Israel resumes family visits for Gaza prisoners
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Sunday resumed family visits for Gazan prisoners jailed in Israel, a prisoners group said. Saber Abu Karsh, chairman of the Gaza-based Waed Prisoner Association, said in a statement that 59 family members will visit Nafha prison on Monday. The group will depart from outside the offices of….

Gaza man dies of wounds sustained 25 years ago
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday from medical complications resulting from an injury sustained in the first intifada, a family member said. Issa al-Habbash told Ma’an that Ismail al-Habbash, from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, was shot in 1987 by an expanding bullet known as a dum-dum….

European delegation arrives in Gaza
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A delegation of European politicians arrived in the Gaza Strip on Saturday evening to take part in a fact-finding mission, a Gaza official said. Foreign ministry official Ghazi Hammad said 54 parliamentarians and political figures entered Gaza via Egypt’s Rafah crossing. Irish and Scottish parliamentarians had already announced….

Fatah official: Settler build proves peace is just a slogan to Israel
12/2/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A senior Fatah official said Sunday that Israel’s decision to accelerate settlement building was further proof that the Israeli government is not interested in peace. Israeli government officials unveiled on Friday plans to build 3,000 new settlement units and expedite building in the so-called E-1 area of the…. Related: PLO official: Israel defied world opinion with settlement plan and Netanyahu dismisses world condemnation of settlement plans

PLO official: Israel defied world opinion with settlement plan
12/2/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — PLO official in charge of Jerusalem affairs Ahmad Qurai said Sunday that Israel’s decision to build up a zone linking East Jerusalem to West Bank settlements was “in defiance of world opinion.” Israeli government officials unveiled on Friday plans to build 3,000 new settlement units and expedite building in…. Related: Fatah official: Settler build proves peace is just a slogan to Israel and Netanyahu dismisses world condemnation of settlement plans

Abbas on return from UN: The future is ours
12/2/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas returned from New York, where he won a UN vote to admit Palestine, to cheering crowds in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday. Buoyed by the UN General Assembly vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, Abbas told thousands assembled outside the presidential compound: “We….

Hamas announces 25th anniversary celebrations
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will hold its 25th anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 8, a representative of the movement said Saturday. Hamas moved the commemoration from its usual date on Dec. 14 to coincide with the anniversary of the beginning of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, on Dec. 8….

Hamas to ‘allow Fatah members to return to Gaza’
12/2/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will allow twenty Fatah members who fled Gaza during fighting in 2007 to return to the coastal enclave, a Fatah official said Sunday. Jamal Ubeid, a member of Fatah’s high committee in Gaza, told Ma’an that the party had been officially informed about the decision….

Kuwait elects new parliament on low turnout
12/2/2012 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwaitis have elected a parliament including several newcomers which may prove more government-friendly than its predecessor but could lack legitimacy in the eyes of some due to a low voter turnout and an opposition boycott. About 39 percent of the 422,569 eligible voters cast ballots, according to a Reuters calculation based on voting….

Egypt high court suspends work after Islamist protest
12/2/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court postponed its work indefinitely on Sunday after a protest by Islamists sympathetic to President Muhammad Mursi outside its headquarters.” (The judges) announce the suspension of the court sessions until the time when they can continue their message and rulings in cases without any psychological and material pressures….

Syrian army pounds rebel strongholds around capital
12/2/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian army forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, activists said, killing at least ten and wounding dozens in an offensive to stop rebels closing in on the capital. Rebels planned to push into the city center from their strongholds on the outskirts and fighting has been….

EgyptAir to resume flights to Syria
12/2/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — EgyptAir will resume flights to Damascus and Aleppo airports on Monday after a three-day halt due to a deterioration in the security situation, the head of EgyptAir said on Sunday.” The decision comes after coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Damascus and the EgyptAir office in Syria and making sure the security conditions….

Lebanese army clashes with Syrian rebels on border
12/2/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanese troops fought with Syrian rebels on the border between the two countries on Sunday, in what a security source said was the first such clash between Lebanon’s army and the rebels. The clash occurred when a Lebanese border patrol spotted the rebel fighters along the border and the rebels opened….

Egyptian judges’ body urges members to boycott referendum
12/2/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An influential body representing Egyptian judges has decided not to oversee a Dec. 15 referendum on a draft constitution, the state news agency reported, in a blow to President Muhamed Mursi. The decision was made at a Judges’ Club board meeting in Cairo on Sunday. Club decisions are not binding on its….

Protests in Tunisian town show anger at Islamist government
12/2/2012 – SILIANA, Tunisia (Reuters) — In a remote town in Tunisia’s interior, protesters angry over joblessness and harsh police tactics call for the downfall of new Islamist rulers, echoing the revolt that ignited the Arab Spring two years ago. Siliana, 140 km from the coastal capital, has been convulsed as thousands of largely unemployed youth….


West Bank hails return of Abbas after UN vote
AlJazeera 2 Dec 2012 – Thousands in occupied territory celebrate upgraded diplomatic status as Israel withholds $120m in tax revenues to PA.

Palestine News Network

Future Association for Culture and Development Begins to Help Affected Families in Rafah
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Deserve More Than Non-Member Status
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

In New Violation of Cease-fire Agreement, Israeli Forces Arrest 14 Fishermen and Confiscate 3 Fishing Boats: Number of A…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

In new violation of ceasefire agreement, Israeli forces arrest 14 fishermen and confiscate 3 fishing boats: number of arrested fishermen increases to 29 and confiscated boats to 9
12/2/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 2nd December 2012, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) repeats its condemnation of Israel’s violations against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip. PCHR is concerned over the escalation of Israeli attacks directed against fishermen since the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that was stopped following the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Despite Israeli warnings, many civilians died in Gaza
Relief Web 1 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/02/2012 02:12 GMT by Selim Saheb Ettaba GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Dec 02, 2012 (AFP) – The phone rang at 3:00 am: “You have five minutes to evacuate the house,” an Israeli officer…

The National

Mum’s prayers for UAE National Day birth were answered
The National 2 Dec 2012 – When Randa Eltayeb was told her baby was due in early December, she prayed he would be born on National Day. Her request was answered yesterday when Yousuf Elmouez came into the world at 12.19am today.

RAK residents turn out in force on National Day
The National 2 Dec 2012 – The parade goes on in the northern emirates as young and old turn up for celebrations in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

Dubai ban on parades keeps revellers at bay
The National 2 Dec 2012 – The ban on parades in Dubai seems to have kept some reckless celebratory drivers away this year.

Horse displays and poetry mark the party in Al Ain
The National 2 Dec 2012 – Residents of the oasis city converge at the Green Mubazzarah and Jebel Hafeet to celebrate the National Day.

Rich culture of UAE displayed at Heritage Village
The National 2 Dec 2012 – Traditional dancing, falcons and camel rides alike are enjoyed by crowds who flocked down to the Heritage Village at Abu Dhabi Breakwater

Abu Dhabi awash with flags, foam and feelings of unity
The National 2 Dec 2012 – The Corniche was teeming with crowds eager to participate in the revelry of National Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi.

UAE President Merit Award winners announced
The National 2 Dec 2012 – The President Merit Award honours individuals for their contributions in charity work, science, community services and arts and culture.

Yas echoes to formula fun as UAE celebrates National Day
The National 2 Dec 2012 – Emiratis splash out thousands of dirhams decorating their cars for the National Day parade on Yas Island, but to many the cost is worth it in order to show their love for the UAE.


For first time, Britain, France may recall ambassadors in protest at Israel’s settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Shas’ Deri, Yishai, Atias jockeying for Rabbi Yosef’s nod as first among equals
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Activists call on Arab parties to unite on one ticket
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Court grants divorce to gay couple for first time in Israeli history
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

UN chief: Israel’s construction plans ‘fatal blow’ to two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Leader of Israeli right-wing party presents Egypt diplomat with own Palestinian plan
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Europe threatens to withdraw support for Israel over settlement building plans
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Israel’s Channel 10 agrees to financial rescue deal, but future still unclear
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Former Labor Party leader Amram Mitzna joins Livni’s party
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Seven MKs split from Kadima, securing funds for Livni’s new party
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Israel confiscates NIS 460 million in Palestinian Authority tax funds
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Olmert: Settlement construction in Area E-1 is ‘slap in the face’ of Obama
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

President, PM award those fighting human trafficking
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery, say Peres, Netanyahu. 

7 years on, police make arrests in Bnei Brak murder
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Police arrest a chief suspect in the 2005 beating death of a Bnei Brak teen; Tel Aviv Police also arrest 3 suspected accomplices. 

Egypt opposition calls for protest over constitution
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – National Salvation Front condemns “irresponsible” Morsi decision to call referendum over draft constitution. 

C’tee moves renewable energy from wind to solar
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Committee on renewable energy shifts 300 megawatts development quota from wind energy to solar energy. 

HU study finds how malaria evades immune system
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Discovery of parasite’s gene-hiding technique may lead to new approaches for treatment of the parasitic disease. 

Think About It: The primaries that were
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Though the current Labor list is certainly less security minded than any of its predecessors, it is no more “extreme Left” than it is “Center.” 

Israel: No more dodging
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Israel will become stronger only through serious debate on its real problems and challenges, and choosing the paths toward solutions. Kadima turned out, in the end, to be a dodge. 

The Region: Where is the Middle East going?
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – An attack from Lebanon on Israel is increasingly unlikely because that country is moving toward a civil war of its own. 

Syrian people need urgent help from Israel, Turkey
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – It is essential to stress that we only want democracy to come to Syria, and we don’t want Syria to be divided or devastated. 

J’lem to approve new Jewish neighborhood in e. Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Jerusalem Municipality expected to give final approval to Givat Hamatos, the first completely detached Jewish neighborhood over the Green Line since Har Homa in 1997; plans to include around 4,000 units. 

A fresh policy in Syria: No-fly zone
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – President Obama can no longer ignore the Middle East, and especially this lethal 18-month-long crisis. The time for action has arrived. 

The logic of E1
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Despite claims to the contrary, building in E1 would not necessarily undermine the contiguity of a future Palestinian state. 

Yesh Atid announces full party list and slogan
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Yair Lapid’s party says “we’ve come to change;” top 20 of the list is almost half women, including Herzliya mayor Yael German. 

Holocaust survivors protest budget shortage
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Survivors gather to protest Treasury’s handling of the Holocaust victims budget which reimburses annual medical expenses. 

Securing the waters and distant classified missions
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Navy commander Oren Hagag shares his world with the ‘Post.’ 

PA denounces decision to withhold tax revenues
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – PLO officials dub measure an “act of piracy, blackmail,” PLO’s Amireh says decision not a surprise following statehood bid. 

NGO: Israel has abandoned the impoverished
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Annual Poverty Report indicates more than 1.8 million Israelis live in poverty, NGO says Israel lags behind other OECD countries. 

‘Incitement against Israel in PA is getting worse’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – PM tells cabinet findings of “incitement index” is proof conflict is not a disagreement over territory but over Israel’s existence. 

‘Remove Hamas from list of terrorist organizations’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Ismail Haniyeh calls on US, EU to recognize Hamas as a national liberation movement, defending against “Israeli aggression.” 

Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah: Now, we have a state
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012PA president vows to pursue efforts to end the split between Gaza, West Bank, dedicates UN “victory” to late PA president Arafat. 

Police confiscate ‘souvenir’ live Grad warhead
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Ashkelon man reportedly allowed his children to play with the highly-explosive device in the family home. 

Egypt’s highest court suspends work over protests
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Supreme Constitutional Court judges say they will not continue working under “psychological and material pressures.” 

Abbas gives victory speech in Ramallah: We have a state now
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – “One day a young Palestinian will raise the Palestinian flag over J’lem, the eternal capital of the state of Palestine,” PA president tells thousands gathered to welcome him back from New York. 

This Week in History: Arafat’s statehood bid
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Following his Palestinian Declaration of Independence in November 1988, Arafat said he accepts Israel, rejected terrorism. 

Cabinet ‘rejects’ Palestinian UN statehood vote
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Following decision to approve 3,000 new units in J’lem, West Bank, cabinet says UN move “doesn’t change status of disputed areas”; Steinitz says he won’t transfer taxes collected on PA‘s behalf. 

Legal implication of the UN Resolution on Palestine
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – The actions of the General Assembly have removed the incentive necessary for Palestinians to negotiate with Israel. 

‘West worried by Syrian chemical site activity’
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – As Syrian jets bomb rebel-held areas, SNC may allow force to monitor country if Assad leaves; CNN reports 73 dead. 

Syrian opposition open to int’l peacekeeping force
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – As Syrian jets bomb rebel-held areas, SNC may allow force to monitor country if Assad leaves; CNN report 73 dead. 

Going gray to white
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2012 – A veteran J’lem geriatrician contemplates old age through his parents’ and his patients’ eyes. 

The Guardian

Israel seizes $120m in Palestinian tax revenue over UN vote
The Guardian 2 Dec 2012 – Palestinian official accuses Israel of desperation after second punitive response to UN vote recognising state of Palestine Israel has seized more than $120m (£75m)in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response…

Inter Press Service

Opportunity Missed for Nuclear-Free Middle East
IPS After the cancellation of an international conference to create a nuclear-free Middle East, leading experts have warned that an important opportunity to create stability in the region has been squandered. “The 2012 meeting in Helsinki was a precedent. For the first time, the important decision (was taken) of convening a…


Ending the US War in Afghanistan? It Depends on the Meaning of the Word ‘War’

CIA’s Benghazi Role

Gaza Quiz

Abbas: Time to Move Forward

Truth and Trauma in Gaza

Gaza: stories from the border, where donkeys and carts are potential threats to Zionist security

Bipartisan group in US Congress promotes drone killings

Israeli navy detains 13 Gaza fishermen off coast

The next stop for Palestinians could be global courts

Gaza conflict brings Fatah and Hamas closer

Daily Star

Egypt’s opposition alliance calls for protests
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Egypt’s opposition National Salvation Front called on Sunday for protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere on Tuesday against what it called the country’s illegitimate draft constitution.

Egypt’s anti-Morsi rebellion of judges is complete
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Egypt’s Judges Club, which represents judges across the country, announced on Sunday that it would not supervise a referendum on a draft constitution, amid a tense standoff between the president and the judiciary.

Israeli settler plans a ‘fatal blow’ to peace: Ban
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday that Israeli plans for new settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank would deal an “almost fatal blow” to any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Flag-waving Palestinians cheer Abbas for U.N. recognition win
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Crowds welcomed President Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank on Sunday and celebrated the United Nations General Assembly’s de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Turkey’s defense, Pakistan top Clinton’s agenda
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Europe to discuss Turkey’s defense and U.S. relations with Pakistan.

Niger’s president vows to help Mali
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Niger’s president says his country is ready to help Mali regain its northern region which is occupied by Islamist rebels.

Israel halts Palestinian tax transfer over UN bid
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 Israel will not transfer tax and tariff funds it collects for the Palestinians this month in response to their successful bid for upgraded UN status, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday.

Report: Iran’s president opposes election changes
Daily Star 2 Dec 2012 A news agency reports Iran’s president is urging parliament to abandon possible revisions in laws governing presidential elections.

YNet News

Egypt’s opposition alliance calls for protests 
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Obama taking tough stand on fiscal cliff talks
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Yemen army kills 2 tribesmen for pipeline blasts 
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Egyptian judges’ body urges referendum boycott 
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Public hospital nurses to go on strike Monday
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Let Obama lead the way
YNet News, 2 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: J Street president calls on Obama to step up Mideast peace efforts before dream of Israel as Jewish homeland ends ….

Real meaning of UN vote
YNet News, 2 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: By upgrading PA‘s status, UN disregarded its own charter and proved itself unfit to fairly judge Israel ….

Palestinian Information Center

OIC condemns Israeli decision to build settlement units in Jerusalem
PIC – Ekmeleddin Ihsan oglu, Secretary General of the OIC, expressed strong condemnation of the Israeli authorities’ decision to approve construction of 3000 settlement units in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

West Bank security services still detain 35 political prisoners
PIC – The committee of political prisoners’ families in the West Bank called on all the parties to pressure on the Authority to immediately release all the political prisoners from PA jails.

Attoun: Jerusalem requires immediate support against Judaization
PIC – MP for Jerusalem city, Ahmed Attoun, considered that the practices of the occupation in Jerusalem confirm the Israeli attempts to impose new facts to Judaize Jerusalem.

IOA appeals against the IFJ’s complaint
PIC – The IFJ in New York stated that Israeli representatives in the Union appealed against Palestinian journalists’ complaint following the Israeli violations against journalists..

Haniyeh: The Palestinian cause is a central one for the nation
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh welcomed Yemeni delegation representing the youth revolution in Yemen, stressing that this visit translates the Yemeni revolution’s victory.

Egyptian youths plan to attend Hamas’s anniversary in Gaza
PIC – Dozens of Egyptian youths plan to travel to the Gaza Strip to attend Hamas’s festival to celebrate its 25th anniversary, which will be held on al-Katiba al-Khadra in Gaza City center .

RASED calls on PA to join the international human rights conventions
PIC – RASED called on the Palestinian Authority to accelerate the accession to the Rome Statute, and all international human rights treaties and conventions..

IOF rounds up five Palestinians in Shufat
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed five Palestinians in Shufat refugee camp north of occupied Jerusalem at dawn Sunday.

MK Sana: Israel incites against Negev Bedouins
PIC – Knesset member Taleb Al-Sana warned that the Israeli regime launched an incitement campaign against the Bedouins in the Negev in order to justify any coming violations committed against them.


Abbas Upon Arrival in Ramallah: “Now, We Have a State”
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Netanyahu: We will Continue Building Settlements Everywhere
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Jordan King Receives Abbas with an Official Ceremony
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Israel to Market 100 of housing Units in East Jerusalem settlement
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Warm Weather
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

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


Tens of thousands of Islamists rally for Morsi in Cairo
LA Times 1 Dec 2012 – Demonstrators support Mohamed Morsi for his religious ideology but say his main aim is to rid the government of the lingering influence of the Mubarak era. CAIRO — Islamists in Egypt’s capital rallied Saturday to support President Mohamed Morsi in what is emerging as a…

Israeli accused of posing as spy to kill wives
LA Times 1 Dec 2012 – Police say taxi driver Shimon Cooper pretended to be a Mossad agent to kill two of his wives with the aid of an anesthesiologist girlfriend. Another wife said she almost met a similar fate. JERUSALEM — Israel is among the most security-conscious nations on Earth….

Iran police official reportedly fired over Sattar Beheshti death
LA Times 1 Dec 2012 – The head of the Tehran cyber-police unit is dismissed for ‘negligence and insufficient supervision’ of subordinates in the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti, reports say. BEIRUT — The chief of the Tehran police unit charged with investigating online crime has been fired for “negligence and…

Internet, phone access restored in Syria capital
LA Times 1 Dec 2012 – It’s unclear whether other areas of Syria have service. The cause of the blackout is a mystery. BEIRUT — Internet and telephone service were restored to the Syrian capital Saturday, two days after a nationwide communications blackout spurred fear of new attacks and left anxious…

In Damascus, Tense Anticipation of Strongest Push Yet by Rebels
New York Times 2 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. 

Syrian Merchants Protest by Closing Their Shops
New York Times 2 Dec 2012 – The closings were an attempt to keep the country’s nonviolent protest movement alive as the government stepped up its attacks on rebel-held areas near Damascus. 

Egyptian Court Postpones Ruling on Charter
New York Times 2 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s highest court on Sunday postponed its anticipated ruling on the legitimacy of the legislative assembly that drafted a new charter last week, accusing a crowd of Islamists of blocking judges from entering their building. 

Dividing the West Bank, Deepening a Rift
New York Times 2 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. 

Discount Bank mulls selling Discount Bank of New York
Globes Main News – Israel Discount Bank will ask $830 million for the bank; first refusal will be given to Israeli banks.

Ron Lauder signs Channel 10 agreement
Globes Main News – “Because of the 600 employees who would lose their jobs, I decided this morning to sign the draft settlement.”

Kitan closing Dimona textile factory
Globes Main News – 40 employees will lose their jobs, but Kitan will continue its retail and overseas marketing activities.

Sun: Partner lifts TASE
Globes Main News – Partner was boosted as Ilan Ben-Dov signed to sell control of the mobile carrier to Haim Saban while rival Cellcom also rose strongly.

ISA lets Nochi Dankner leave Israel for 24 hours
Globes Main News – Dankner is flying to Argentina to meet Eduardo Elsztain on further investment in Ganden.

Babylon: Problems with Google minor
Globes Main News – Babylon CEO: It’s good that someone is policing and tidying up the Internet.

Goldman Sachs: US growth will recover after 2013
Globes Macro Economics – The bank’s chief economist Jan Hatzius bases his forecast on the relationship between the private sector surplus and the government deficit.

From Israel: …bomb shelters
Jewish Voice for Peace – “My family in Israel has bomb shelters. They are, actually, safe. In Gaza, there is no such thing as “safe.” Read more.

Journalist teaches students to join no party and sign no petitions for any cause — oh except one
Mondoweiss – “My Family in Israel” is a piece in Forbes by Richard Behar , an investigative journalist, about his relatives living in Israel suffering from rocket attacks. The piece fully absorbs the Israeli national-security psychosis. “This behavior does not suit human beings,” a relative says, of Palestinians. Another…

Questions of war crimes remain as Israel shifts explanation on strike that killed 10 people from same family
Mondoweiss – Two members of the Al Dalu family, Mohammad and Raneen Al Dalu were found under the rubble four days after the Israeli military airstrike that killed nine members of the same family, Gaza, November 22, 2012. (Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org) One of the most enduring images…

A day in the sun for Gaza, or more of the same?
Mondoweiss – With the news that the UN General Assembly has voted 138-9 to accept Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” fireworks erupted and horns honked in Gaza. Finally, Palestinians were feeling as if they were having their day in the sun. First, Israel ended its latest attack…

Exile and the prophetic: Amos Oz leaves out Edward Said and Sara Roy
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is Hebrew Infected With Violence and Atrocity? If we enter a guilty plea before we’re brought to The Hague – Jerusalem would…

Bill Maher says Islam and Christianity are ‘warlike religions’ but Israel ‘kicked ass’ in its ‘little war’
Mondoweiss – Bill Maher confesses that his anti-religious movie Religulous cut Judaism a break. And states that the Israelis show restraint toward Palestinians. Jewish Journal : I mean it’s [Judaism is] certainly not as dangerous as Islam and Christianity. Those are warlike religions. And here’s his take on the…

Israel Must Explain Gaza Strike on Media: Watchdog 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Dec 2012 – A respected journalism watchdog group has demanded that Israel explain why it targeted journalists and buildings housing media during the recent conflict in Gaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

Joyous Crowds Welcome Abbas After U.N. Win 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Dec 2012 – Crowds welcomed President Mahmoud Abbas back to the West Bank on Sunday and celebrated the United Nations General Assembly’s de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hungary Far Right Targets ‘Israeli’ Lawmaker 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Dec 2012 – A lawmaker for Hungary’s ultra-nationalist Jobbik party has demanded a fellow lawmaker resign because she has Israeli citizenship. Click here for the rest of the article…

Brushing Off Attacks, Bibi Vows More Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Dec 2012 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off world condemnation of Israel’s plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto U.N. recognition of statehood. Click here for the rest of the article…

Seeking To Defuse Liberal Critique of Israel 
The Forward New 2 Dec 2012 – The Israel Action Network seeks to engage critics — especially liberals — who may be sympathetic to the Palestinians, by addressing their concerns in a broader context. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt judges boycott referendum 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Judges in Egypt refuse to oversee a 15 December vote on the country’s new draft constitution, as the opposition calls mass protests for Tuesday.

Abbas cheered on return from UN 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas gets a hero’s welcome in the West Bank, after his successful move to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the UN.

Egyptair resumes Syria flights 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Egyptair resumes flights to the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo, as a car bomb kills at least seven people in Homs.

Opposition hails Kuwait boycott 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Opposition groups hail their boycott of Kuwait‘s parliamentary election, with turnout falling to 39%, and call the new body unconstitutional.

“More settler than the settlers”: Canada’s UN policy and Israel 
Sabbah report 2 Dec 2012 – There is not a government on the planet today more supportive of Israel than Harper’s Canada. Israel Hayom, Israel’s largest circulation daily newspaper, said: “When he discusses the Palestinian issue, Baird sounds like he could have voted in this week’s Likud primaries.” “More settler than the…

012 – Gaza and the UN resolution 
Sabbah report 2 Dec 2012 – The US and Israel could end the merciless unremitting assault and open the borders, and provide for reconstruction – and if it were imaginable, reparations for decades of violence and repression in Palestine. Noam Chomsky: Palestine 2012 – Gaza and the UN resolution was published by…

Are Israel’s Jews, some of them, on their way to becoming Nazis? 
Sabbah report 2 Dec 2012 – Zionist Jews is seeking to dehumanize the Palestinians in the same way the Nazis sought to dehumanize Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Zionism is to modern enlightened Judaism what Nazism was to Germany’s traditional ethical values. Are Israel’s Jews, some of them, on their way…

Will Santa Claus Visit Gaza This Christmas 
Sabbah report 2 Dec 2012 – Israel has already violated the ceasefire – at any time the missiles and rockets could start raining down once more. Year round, that is what it means to live in Gaza. I decided not to bring up the Santa Claus question. Will Santa Claus Visit Gaza…

Israel’s Strategy 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 2 Dec 2012 – Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (L) gives Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak a picture of the two in front of the Iron Dome missile system, after presenting him the US Medal for Distinguished Public Service during a news conference at the Pentagon, on 29…

The Lebanese Communist Party: A Forlorn Hope 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Presently, the Lebanese Communist Party is widely believed to be in crisis. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Presently, the Lebanese Communist Party is widely believed to be in crisis. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) The Lebanese Communist Party is 88 years old. Known for its dogged fights for Lebanese rights…

Egypt court quits over “pressure” 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Protests by Islamist supporter of President Mohamed Mursi forced Egypt’s highest court to adjourn its work indefinitely on Sunday, intensifying a conflict between some of the country’s top judges and the head of state. The Supreme Constitutional Court said it would not convene until its judges…

Egypt opposition to rally Tuesday 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Opposition groups announced they will rally outside the presidential palace on Tuesday to protest against a December 15 referendum on Egypt’s controversial draft constitution, . The rally was dubbed “the final warning,” in a joint statement from youth groups which have been organising protests, the official news…

Kuwait elections yield record low turnout 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Saturday’s parliamentary election in Kuwait yielded the lowest voter turnout rate in the country’s five decade voting history as tens of thousands rallied to boycott the election. Only 40.3 percent of eligible voters participated in the election, about 20 percent lower than parliamentary elections held in…

Israel confiscates Palestinian funds 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Israel announced it is halting the transfer of tax and tariff money it collects for the Palestinians in response to their successful bid for UN non-member observer state status. (Photo: AFP – Lior Mizrahi) Israel will keep $120 million dollars in Palestinian funds this month as…

NATO to approve Turkey missile request 
Al-Akhbar News 2 Dec 2012 – Youths sit next to a row of barbed wire near the border to Syria in the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, on 30 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Laszlo Balogh) NATO foreign ministers are expected to approve Turkey’s request for the deployment of Patriot…

The Democratic Left Movement: We Are the Heart and Soul of March 14 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Dec 2012 – The DLM does not see the LCP as the leading light of the left in Lebanon. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) The DLM does not see the LCP as the leading light of the left in Lebanon. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Where might one find the Democratic Left Movement…

The Sketchy Articles of Egypt’s Constitution 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi delivers a speech during a ceremony where he received a copy of the final draft of Egyptian new constitution from the head of the Islamist-dominated constituent assembly, late on 1 December 2012. (Photo: AFP ) A new version of Egypt’s constitution has been…

Egypt judges boycott referendum 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Judges in Egypt refuse to oversee a 15 December vote on the country’s new draft constitution, as the opposition calls mass protests for Tuesday.

Abbas cheered on return from UN 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas gets a hero’s welcome in the West Bank, after his successful move to upgrade the Palestinians’ status at the UN.

Egyptair resumes Syria flights 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Egyptair resumes flights to the Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo, as a car bomb kills at least seven people in Homs.

Opposition hails Kuwait boycott 
BBC 2 Dec 2012 – Opposition groups hail their boycott of Kuwait‘s parliamentary election, with turnout falling to 39%, and call the new body unconstitutional.

VIDEO: Kuwait divided over vote boycott 
BBC 1 Dec 2012 – Polls have closed in Kuwait after one of the most polarised elections in recent times.


012 – Gaza and the UN resolution 
Noam Chomsky, Sabbah 12/2/2012
      An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: “You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.” [1]
     The old man’s message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a “beginning” cannot help but be misleading. The crimes trace back to 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled in terror or were expelled to Gaza by conquering Israeli forces, who continued to truck them over the border for years after the official cease-fire. The persecution of Gazans took new forms when Israel conquered the Strip in 1967. From recent Israeli scholarship we learn that the goal of the government was to drive the refugees into the Sinai, and if feasible the rest of the population too.
     Expulsions from Gaza were carried out under the direct orders of General Yeshayahu Gavish, commander of the Southern Command. Expulsions from the West Bank were far more extreme, and Israel resorted to devious means to prevent the return of those expelled, in direct violation of Security Council orders. The reasons were made clear in internal discussion immediately after the war. Golda Meir, later Prime Minister, informed her Labor colleagues that Israel should keep the Gaza Strip while “getting rid of its Arabs.” Defense Minister Dayan and others agreed. Prime Minister Eshkol explained that those expelled cannot be allowed to return because “We cannot increase the Arab population in Israel” — referring to the newly occupied territories, already tacitly considered part of Israel. In accord with this conception, all of Israel’s maps were changed, expunging the Green Line (the internationally recognized borders), though publication was delayed to permit UN Ambassador Abba Eban to attain what he called “favorable impasse” at the General Assembly, by concealing Israel’s intentions. [2] more.. e-mail

We Want It to Stop 
Kathy Kelly, War Is A Crime 12/2/2012
      On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children that they would be safe because they lived in a calm area where there are no fighters. Two of his younger sons were asleep in the next room. While they were talking, at approximately 10:35 pm, the Israeli Air Force fired three rockets from a U.S.-provided F-16 bomber into a nearby olive grove. Ahmed’s house rocked, all his windows shattered, electricity went out plunging the family in darkness, and Ahmed’s fifteen year old son Nader screamed from the next room that his brother was dead. 
     When Ahmed went into the room, he saw, with horror, that it was true. A fleck of shrapnel from the rocket had killed his youngest son, eight year-old Fares Basyouni. Fares had been completely decapitated but for a strip of flesh from the side of his face. The child’s blood covered the ceiling, the walls and the floor.
     Fares’s father and mother spoke softly about their murdered son. “He was a kind boy, sometimes naughty,” said Ahmed, “but very kind.” Fares’s mother told us that he was crazy about food. He would finish his breakfast and announce that he was ready for seconds. And he loved to play. Once he completed his homework, he was ready for games. “He was the life of the house,” the father added. “Now the home seems so quiet.”
     Across the road, the home of Jamal Abdul Karim Nasser is uninhabitable. The ruins of the home face directly onto the missile crater. Young relatives explained to us that shrapnel from the missiles had killed Odai Jamal Nasser, age 15. We were standing on the edge of the crater when Odai’s brother Hazem, age 20, asked us into what remained of his home. more.. e-mail

Tonight I am confused 
Johnny Barber, War Is A Crime 12/2/2012
      I have been in Gaza for five days now and I am having difficulty understanding the 8-day war and the subsequent ceasefire. Let me explain the difficulty I am having. The Israeli Offensive Forces insist they protect civilians in Gaza, only targeting terrorists. They have several methods to protect innocent civilians. One method is to call the civilians on the phone, another method is to drop leaflets telling them to flee for their lives, as an attack is imminent. During the latest offensive, Israeli dropped leaflets in the rural areas telling people to flee to the city. In Gaza City, leaflets were dropped warning people to flee to the rural areas. A new, ingenious method they use to protect civilians is to drop ‘loud, non-lethal bombs’ on a home as a warning for the inhabitants as to what will come. They even have a name for this warning. They call it ‘roof tapping’. Then anywhere from 3 minutes to 20 minutes pass before they bomb the house from F-16’s. These bombs are a very large and very lethal. The homes I have seen today have been completely flattened, and the houses around the target are also rendered uninhabitable.
     The ‘non-lethal bombs’ penetrate rooftops and can travel through 4 stories. Children or other civilians sitting under these bombs lose limbs, suffer head trauma, shrapnel wounds, and other injuries. The idea behind these warnings is that inhabitants will flee their homes once they are warned. If elders, small children, newborns, or disabled people are in the home, this can be a difficult endeavor. If a child suffers an amputation, fleeing will take a little more precious time. But lets ignore these complications as they just muddy the waters. I am amazed at the generosity of the Israeli occupiers. You see, they are the “Most moral army in the world,” everyone knows this. The generals and politicians have been saying this for decades!
     But this is my consternation. If you are so bent on protecting civilians and killing ‘terrorists’ why warn civilians to leave? Do they think the terrorists, who everyone knows hide behind civilians, will remain behind after the warning? more.. e-mail

The Geopolitical Chess Game behind the Israeli Attack on Gaza 
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Russia Today, Centre for Research on Globalization – Middle East 12/1/2012
      The recent hostilities between the Gaza Strip and Israel have to be viewed in context of a broader geopolitical chessboard. The events in Gaza are tied to Syria and the US’s regional maneuvers against Iran and its regional alliance system.
     Syria has been compromised as a conduit for weapons to Gaza, because of its domestic instability. Israel has capitalized on this politically and militarily. Benjamin Netanyahu has not only tried to secure his own election victory in the Knesset through an attack on Gaza, but has used the US-sponsored instability in Syria as an opportunity to try and target the arms stockpiles of the Palestinians.
     Netanyahu calculated that Gaza will not be able to rearm itself while Syria and its allies are distracted. The bombing of the Yarmouk arms factory in Sudan, which Israel says was owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, was probably part of this plan and a prelude to Israel’s attack on Gaza.
     In this chess game, sit the so-called “Moderates”— a misleading label jointly utilized by Messrs George W. Bush Jr. and Tony Blair to whitewash their regional cabal of tyrants and backward regimes — alongside the Obama Administration and NATO. These so-called Moderates include the desert dictators of the feudal Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jordan, Mahmoud Abbas, and Turkey. In 2011, the ranks of the Moderates were augmented by the NATO-installed government of Libya and the GCC/NATO-supported anti-government militias that were unleashed in Syria.
     On the other side of the chessboard defiantly sits the Resistance Bloc composed of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah (and Hezbollah’s partners in Lebanon, like Amal and the Free Patriotic Movement), the so-called Palestinian Rejectionists, and increasingly Iraq. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has emerged as a new regional force, is being increasingly prodded into the Moderate camp by the US and the GCC in an attempt to ultimately play the sectarian card against the Resistance Bloc. more.. e-mail

Truth and Trauma in Gaza
Dissident Voice: 2 Dec 2012 – Dr. T., a medical doctor, is a Palestinian living in Gaza City.  He is still reeling from days of aerial bombardment. When I asked about the children in his community he told me his church would soon be making Christmas preparations to lift the children’s spirits.  Looking at his kindly smile and ruddy cheeks, I couldn’t help wondering if he’d be asked to dress up as “Baba Noel,” as Santa Claus.  I didn’t dare ask this question aloud. “The most recent war was more severe and vigorous than the Operation Cast Lead,” he said slowly, leaning back in his chair and looking into the distance.  “I was more affected this time. The weapons were very strong, destroying everything. One rocket could completely destroy a building.” The 8-day Israeli offensive in November lasted for fewer days and brought fewer casualties, but it was nonstop and relentless, and everywhere. At 1:00 a.m….more

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