VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 3 December 2012: Israel Asked Jordan’s Approval To Strike Syrian Facilities

3 December 2012 — VTJP

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Israeli Ambassadors Summoned In Britain, Sweden, and France
IMEMC – EU Countries Reject Israel’s New Settlement Construction Plan Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Monday that the governments in Britain, Sweden and France summoned the Israeli ambassadors in protest to the newly declared Israeli plan to construct settlement units in the area that links Ma’aleh Adumin illegal settlement bloc with occupied East Jerusalem, in the area that Israel calls E1. … 

Israel Asked Jordan’s Approval To Strike Syrian Facilities
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported Monday that the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu asked Jordan, twice in the last two months, to grant Tel Aviv a green light to strike what Israeli claims to be Syrian chemical weapons facilities. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Israeli soldiers shoot teenager in central Gaza
12/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian teenager on Monday near a border fence area of central Gaza, medics said. Jihad Sawarka, 16, sustained minor injuries in the incident, which took place east of al-Bureij refugee camp. The boy was taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital for treatment. An Israeli army….

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli agents near Nablus
12/3/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli security officials outside Nablus on Monday morning, witnesses said. Witnesses identified the dead man as Hatem Shadid of the nearby village of Alar. His vehicle collided with an Israeli jeep near the northern West Bank village of Beit Lid, they told Ma’….

Israel detains Fatah official, 10 others in West Bank
12/3/2012 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a mid-level Fatah official in the West Bank at dawn on Monday, among 11 Palestinians seized overnight. Ahmad abdul-Karim ad-Dik, 43, who is a member of the Fatah leadership in Salfit, was detained from his home in Kafr al-Dik, his brother Faris told Ma’an. Faris, who….

Prisoners to repeat solidarity hunger strike Tuesday
12/3/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will go on hunger strike again this Tuesday to show support to long-term hunger strikers, the Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners affairs said. Last Tuesday, prisoners launched a solidarity strike in support of the Ayman Sharawna, Samer Issawi and Odai Kilani. The ministry said inmates warn….

Settlers burn car, spray paint hate slogans in Hebron
12/3/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers set fire to a Palestinian car and sprayed hate slogans on homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday morning. The assailants tagged their slogans with “price tag” and “settlers of Suseya,” an Israeli settlement in the south Hebron hills, witnesses said. Mahmoud Abu Sundus’….

Settlers take over East Jerusalem apartments
12/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A settler organization took over three apartments in a Palestinian-owned Jerusalem building on Monday, official news agency Wafa reported. Settlers entered the five-story building in Jabal al-Mukabbir and took over three of the ten apartments, Wafa said. The owner of the building, Suleiman Abu Diab, lives on the top floor with….

Britain, France ‘consider recalling Israel envoys’
12/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Britain is considering recalling its ambassador to Israel to protest at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building, a diplomatic source said on Monday. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that France was also considering withdrawing its envoy, and the two countries were coordinating discussions over a number of…. Related: EU’s Ashton calls on Israel to reverse settlement plans and UK summons Israeli ambassador over settlement plan

France, UK summon Israeli ambassadors over settlements
12/3/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — France and Britain on Monday summoned their Israeli ambassadors to express concerns over Israel’s plans to expand Jewish settlements after Palestine won de facto UN recognition of statehood.” The ambassador has been summoned in order to express our disapproval,” French foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. The Israeli embassy also confirmed…. Related: Britain, France ‘consider recalling Israel envoys’ and Sweden summons Israeli ambassador over settlements

Israel says won’t retreat on settlement plan
12/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan that has drawn strong international condemnation, an official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday.” Israel will continue to stand by its vital interests, even in the face of international pressure, and there will be no change in the….

Diary of a war: Questions of life and death
12/3/2012 – By Ahmed Ferwana – This is the last of 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 20 – Another unusual wake-up alarm came with heavier and more intense shelling on the tunnel areas during the first hours…. Related: Diary of a war

Analysis: Arab Americans remain politically silent
12/3/2012 – The Arab community in the United States is still politically silent, even though they have in many ways assimilated into American culture, and in what the country’s founding fathers liked to call the melting pot. To a Palestinian visitor, they are easily distinctive as Arab Americans rather than Arabs, speaking with an American….

PLO official skeptical about Israeli tax seizure
12/3/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel is unlikely to follow through on its announcement that it will withhold Palestinian Authority tax revenues, PLO official Muhammad Ishtayya said Monday. Israel’s cabinet said Sunday it will use the 460 million shekels ($120 million) of November tax payments to pay PA debts to the Israeli Electric Company….

UK summons Israeli ambassador over settlement plan
12/3/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Britain said on Monday it had summoned the Israeli ambassador in London for talks over Israel’s plans to expand Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood.” The Israeli Ambassador to London, Daniel Taub, has been formally summoned to the Foreign Office this morning by the Minister…. Related:Israel says won’t retreat on settlement plan and Sweden summons Israeli ambassador over settlements

Russia urges Israel to reconsider settlement expansion
12/3/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia urged Israel on Monday to reconsider plans to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land after Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood, saying building new homes would undermine any chance for direct peace talks. In a statement issued a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brushed off condemnation from the….

Haniyeh urges friendly states to help Gaza rebuild
12/3/2012GAZA (Reuters) — Gaza’s prime minister has appealed to Arab states and friends of the Palestinian people to help pay for reconstruction after a week of Israeli aerial attacks on the enclave inflicted damage assessed at between $250 million and $545 million.” We urge Arab brothers and the international community to stand beside the….

France’s Hollande says not planning sanctions against Israel
12/3/2012 – LYON, France (Reuters) — French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday he did not want to start imposing sanctions on Israel after it announced plans to expand settlement building in occupied territories.” We don’t want to shift into sanctions mode,” Hollande said at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.”We are…. Related: France, UK summon Israeli ambassadors over settlements

‘Doomsday’ hill may be one Israeli settlement too far
12/3/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The hillside called E1 is one of the few places around Jerusalem that Jesus Christ might still recognize: a stony, dusty, barren slope on the way down to the desert and the Dead Sea. If Israel carries out plans announced this week, it is destined to be the site of another Jewish settlement….

US repeats opposition to new Israeli settlements
12/3/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States urged Israel on Monday to reconsider its plan to erect 3,000 more homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, saying the move was counterproductive to peace efforts with the Palestinians. Angered by the UN General Assembly’s upgrading on Thursday of the Palestinians’ status in the….

PLO applauds European response to Israel’s settlement plans
12/3/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Senior PLO officials on Monday applauded Europe’s response to Israeli settlement building plans announced after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestine. Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their capitals to hear appeals for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reverse course…. Related: France, UK summon Israeli ambassadors over settlements

PFLP’s Leila Khaled to visit Gaza Tuesday
12/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Leila Khaled, the iconic Palestinian resistance fighter and PFLP member, will visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a party official said. Senior PFLP leader Kayid al-Ghoul said Khaled will take part in anniversary celebrations for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, and will be briefed on the damage….

Hamas’ Al-Zahar urges Fatah members to join armed resistance
12/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar on Monday urged Fatah members to join the armed resistance.” Come to the program of resistance and stop wasting time and efforts, let’s put our hands together and carry the gun,” al-Zahar said at a ceremony to honor the victims of Israel’…. Related: Fatah members return to Gaza

Fatah members return to Gaza
12/3/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Twelve Fatah members returned to the Gaza Strip on Monday after fleeing the enclave in 2007 amid a fierce battle with Hamas.”We are strugglers, we left for blood not to be shed and today we come back to our homeland after five years,” said Fatah member Mahmoud Musleh on…. Related: Hamas’ Al-Zahar urges Fatah members to join armed resistance

Sweden summons Israeli ambassador over settlements
12/3/2012 – STOCKHOLM (Reuters) — Sweden has summoned the Israeli ambassador in Stockholm to a meeting, the foreign ministry said on Monday, as governments across Europe acted to express concern over Israel’s plans to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land. Britain and France summoned Israeli ambassadors and were weighing other measures over the move to build…. Related: UK summons Israeli ambassador over settlement plan and France, UK summon Israeli ambassadors over settlements

Manar TV: Syrian foreign ministry spokesman sacked
12/3/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria‘s Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi has been sacked for making statements which did not reflect official government positions, Lebanon’s al-Manar Television said on Monday. Makdissi often spoke at news conferences in Damascus to set out Syria‘s response to the uprising against President Bashar Assad but was….

Turkey fines TV channel for ‘The Simpsons’ blasphemy
12/3/2012 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey’s broadcasting regulator is fining a television channel for insulting religious values after it aired an episode of “The Simpsons” which shows God taking orders from the devil. Radio and television watchdog RTUK said it was fining private broadcaster CNBC-e 52,951 lira ($30,000) over the episode of the hit US animated….

Diplomatic source: Syrian foreign ministry spokesman defects
12/3/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Syrian foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi has defected from President Bashar Assad’s government and has left the country, a regional diplomatic source said on Monday.” He defected. All I can say is that he is out of Syria,” the source, who did not want to be named, told Reuters. Makdissi, who….

UN suspends Syria aid operations due to insecurity
12/3/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — The United Nations said on Monday it was suspending its aid operations in Syria and withdrawing all non-essential international staff due to the worsening security situation. Up to 25 of about 100 foreign staff could leave this week, it said, adding that more armored vehicles were needed after attacks in recent weeks on….

Aljazeera

Israel rejects outcry over settlement plan 
AlJazeera 3 Dec 2012 – Moves by UK, France, Spain, Denmark and Sweden are in protest to Israel’s plan to build 3,000 homes on Palestinian land.

Palestine News Network

Bethlehem Prepared to Welcome Christmas
Palestine News Network

Deconstructing the UN Bid with Xavier Abu Eid.
Palestine News Network

The Palestinian UN Initiative: Significance and Impact
Palestine News Network

Israeli Actions in the Past Few Days Following the UN Recognition of the State of Palestine
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 11 Palestinians from The West Bank
Palestine News Network

FCO Deplores Israeli Settlement Decision to Build 3,000 New Housing Units
Palestine News Network

Morsi Calls December 15 Referendum on New Constitution
Palestine News Network

Abbas Receives a Hero’s Welcome
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Shot Dead Palestinian in the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Settlers Spray-painted Racist Slogans in Hebron, Confrontations in Jenin
Palestine News Network

Britain, France to Call Ambassadors to Protest Israel’s Settlement Construction
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers hit activists at peaceful roadblock protests in the West Bank
12/3/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Davey Brandi and Ellie, 3 December 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On two different occasions while Palestinians, accompanied by international activists, peacefully blocked roads leading to illegal settlements to demonstrate against the occupation and settlements, settlers purposefully injured activists in hit and run incidents. On November 14 while a group of protesters blocked….

012: What we need is People’s Power!
12/3/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 3 December 2012, PACBI – In 2008/2009 Gaza was bombed by Israeli Apache helicopters and F16 and V58 fighter planes for 22 days, ultimately causing the deaths of more than 1400 Palestinians, predominatly civlians. Israel, with all the impunity it has enjoyed since its establishment on the ruins of Palestinian society, returned to Gaza two…. Related: PACBI

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel must halt construction of West Bank settlements
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Israeli government’s announcement that it is to expand settlements in the West Bank in response to the UN vote on Palestinian statehood violates human rights and international humanitarian law, Amnesty International said today. “…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Palestinian state: an opportunity to seek redress for victims of international crimes
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de I’Homme Country: occupied Palestinian territory FIDH International Board, meeting between November 30 to December 2nd 2012 [1], welcomes the adoption by the UN General Assembly of a resolution recognizing Palestine as a…

occupied Palestinian territory: Ban concerned and disappointed over Israel’s new settlement plan for East Jerusalem
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 2 December 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon learned “with grave concern and disappointment” of Israel’s announcement of 3,000 new settlement units in East Jerusalem and other parts of the West…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Syria Humanitarian Response, Issue 20
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Situational overview The humanitarian and security situation in Syria has significantly deteriorated this week resulting in a…

Lebanon: UNRWA Lebanon recycling programme changes child’s life
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory 3 December 2012 Lebanon Four-year-old Nazih Mohammad Al Jamal suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, which causes problems with movement, speech, posture…

occupied Palestinian territory: Has Israel’s settlement expansion crossed a ‘red line’?
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: Christian Science Monitor Country: occupied Palestinian territory Both Britain and France have summoned Israel’s ambassadors to protest plans to expand construction in East Jerusalem, while some say more serious action like economic reprisals are possible. Read the full report…

The National

Russia: Turkey’s Nato missile defence plan will ‘provoke’ Syria
The National 3 Dec 2012 – Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the Turkish premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hold talks about Syria‘s war as Turkey scrambles fighter jets to its southern frontier after Syrian warplanes bomb rebel positions near the border.

Israel condemned over West Bank expansion threats
The National 3 Dec 2012 – France, the UK and Sweden summon Israeli ambassadors as Germany takes a ‘very negative view’ of Israel’s plan to build 3,000 homes on occupied Palestinian territory.

Jordan’s silent majority takes to the streets
The National 3 Dec 2012 – The lifting of fuel subsidies in Jordan has sent the normally detached Jordanians of Palestinian origin out in protest, raising alarm in the government. Suha Philip Ma’ayeh reports from Amman 

The National Day party may be over in the UAE but the real work begins
The National 3 Dec 2012 – The roads of the UAE have been swamped with revellers, but now it is the time for workers and volunteers to sweep the streets clean.

Huge turn out for Al Ain National Day event
The National 3 Dec 2012 – More than 300,000 people took part in National Day activities at Al Hili entertainment park in Al Ain.

Abu Dhabi vision has greener and cheaper roads in the fast lane
The National 3 Dec 2012 – Building new roads with recycled asphalt and concrete from demolished buildings will make inroads into the emirate’s environmental footprint, the municipality believes.

Abu Dhabi scientists look to make cooling equipment more efficient
The National 3 Dec 2012 – Research projects are looking for ways to gauge effectiveness of energy efficiency.

Broken Sudan opposition hopeful as cracks appear
The National 3 Dec 2012 – The regime of Omar Al Bashir cut short hopes of revolution during the Arab Spring, but now it must watch for enemies within. Alice Fordham reports from Khartoum 

Ha’aretz

Report: Israel requested Jordan’s ‘permission’ to attack Syria chemical weapons sites
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

‘U.S. angered by claim that new building at E-1 aimed at Obama, not Palestinians’
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Israel expedites plan for 1,700 housing units in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

White House: U.S. calls on Israel to reconsider settlement plan in E-1
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Netanyahu aides: Israel will not cancel settlement expansion plans
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Britain’s dual-track diplomacy: Improving relations while fighting the settlements
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Activists hand out fliers promoting ‘price tag’ attacks at IDF center
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Israeli settlers occupy 5-story house in Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Three Israelis arrested in suspected ‘price tag’ torching of Palestinian car
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Ax-wielding Palestinian shot and killed by Israeli security forces
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Britain, France, Sweden summon Israeli ambassadors over settlement expansion
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Israel’s nurses launch open-ended strike today
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Meretz launches ‘kissing’ campaign for Israeli election
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Israeli court rules: Journalistic immunity for both info and source
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Malfunction caused near-accident at Herzliya Airport, probe finds
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

World first at Supreme Court: No smoking on stage
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Justices rule tobacco smoke as “freedom of expression” on theater stages in Israel is superseded by right to health. 

Prescription drug prices drop another 3%
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Only half of Israelis taking the medications prescribed by their doctors, survey finds. 

‘Over 1 million Israelis live with disabilities’
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – According to JDC-Israel report, more than a million adults live with disabilities – 12,000 of whom live in institutions. 

‘Syria mixing chemicals to make deadly gas’
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – After Syria denies it would use chemical weapons, AFP quotes a US official as saying Syria has begun mixing sarin gas. 

Feeding 9.6 billion in 2050
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – “Flatter, hotter, more crowded” state of world will make providing nutrition for the globe very challenging. 

Knesset lets Livni loyalists split from Kadima
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Committee votes to allow Kadima MKs to join Livni’s party; MK to former colleagues: First you kill us, then you take our inheritance. 

Amid US, EU censures, new settlement controversy brews
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Interior Ministry committee advances controversial project to build 1,600 new housing units in e. J’lem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo amid mounting censure from US, Europe, Asia over plans to develop E1 corridor. 

Ritual slaughter in Poland
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Hopefully, Poland will make legislative amendments in its animal cruelty laws so that Jews and Muslims can adhere to their religious faith. 

Encountering Peace: The stage is set for the final act
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – We have bought into the myths that they have woven together to justify our inability to grasp at opportunities for real change and breakthroughs to peace. 

The UN never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Had Abbas made even the slightest hint of a promise regarding Israel’s security, perhaps this could be overlooked. 

International press beats the Israeli army
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Had it not been for the fear of world opinion the army would have rooted out Hamas and its rockets. 

The Qatar Summit and climate change
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Qatar, as host, is probably looking for a big initiative to underline its credentials on the world stage. 

One year on, Bahrain is no closer to reform
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Bahraini allies like the United States need to make clear to the ruling Al Khalifa family that the status quo is unsustainable. 

Four jailed in Azerbaijan for Eurovision terror plot
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Islamists sentenced to up to 14 years for plotting attacks on eve of song contest in Baku; latest in gvn’t crackdown on militants. 

Nurses’ sanctions continue as sides enter talks
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Israel Nurses’ Union says it will maintain partial strike until Treasury decides to be “more generous” in salary negotiations. 

Hungary PM raps far-right, vows to protect Jews
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Viktor Orban condemns call by far-right lawmaker to draw up lists of Jews “unworthy” of country, promises to eliminate discrimination. 

Analysis: Rahm Emanuel and electoral interference
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Barely a week passed and talk of a honeymoon between Netanyahu and Obama has turned into talk of a divorce. 

‘Israel sought Jordan’s permission to bomb Syria’
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – ‘The Atlantic’ reports Jordan rebuffed Israeli requests to hit chemical stockpiles; Israeli: We reserve right to preemptive action. 

Simhon proposes NIS 188m. aid package for South
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Hamas PM appeals to Arab states, other states to help pay for reconstruction in the Strip following IDF Gaza operation. 

Alternatively Speaking: Post doughnut detox
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any homeopathic remedies that can help a deep-fried hangover? 

Court approves gay divorce in landmark ruling
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Tel Aviv court hands down ruling to divorced couple, going against rabbinical court which does not recognize homosexual couples. 

Haniyeh urges int’l community to help Gaza rebuild
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Hamas PM appeals to Arab states, other states to help pay for reconstruction in the Strip following IDF Gaza operation. 

Syria denies plans to use chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Clinton warns Assad regime of using chemical weapons against its people, saying US would take action against such escalation. 

Salehi: Iran already held direct talks with US
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Iranian FM responds to Hillary Clinton’s comments that the US is ready to hold talks if Tehran willing to engage. 

Palestinian attacks two officers with axe, shot dead
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – The attack followed a collision between an IDF jeep and the Palestinian’s vehicle in the West Bank. 

Three arrested for ‘price tag’ attack in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Police apprehend three men suspected of torching a car belonging to a Palestinian, spray-painting “price tag” on nearby wall. 

Hamas: State needs armed struggle with Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Dec 2012 – Osama Hamdan says Palestinian state without an armed struggle against Israel is an illusion, won’t add anything for Palestinians. 

The Guardian

Middle East conflict: it’s time for Europe to suggest its own path to peace
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – Israel’s behaviour is seen as retaliation for the UN vote recognising Palestine as a member state. But it is more than that Israel’s ambassadors to Britain and France must have spent an uncomfortable few minutes on…

Israel refuses to back down over settlement construction – Monday 3 December
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – International community expresses anger over Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building Haroon Siddique

Israel-Palestine: concreting over the solution | Editorial
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – If this is punishment for the crime of going to the UN, how does Netanyahu hope to persuade Palestinians back to talks? Supporting a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict feels increasingly like clinging onto a…

Israel defiant on settlements expansion after European condemnation
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – Official says Israel will ‘stand by our vital national interests’, after ambassadors summoned in five EU countries Israel was defiant on Monday in the face of a serious diplomatic rift with five European countries over its…

Israeli settlement move risks further isolation, say Netanyahu opponents
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – International community losing patience, says Labour, but polls suggest PM’s backing among Israeli voters is solid Opposition politicians have warned that Israel risks becoming further isolated internationally following the diplomatic furore surrounding Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to…

This is Europe’s big chance to help the two-state solution become reality | Mary Robinson and Martti Ahtisaari
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – The EU and its consumers can put pressure on Israel to end expansion of its illegal settlements The vote to grant Palestine observer state status at the UN last month brought a rare promise of hope…

Israel’s E1 plan: barren hills long targeted for settlement expansion
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – Plans to develop the land east of Jerusalem have been in existence for almost 14 years. Opponents say the project could kill off hopes for a viable Palestinian state Despite its prosaic name, E1 has the…

Israel’s E1 settlement project east of Jerusalem – in pictures
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – Israel has authorised the development of land east of Jerusalem known as E1 for construction

Israel stands by settlements plan despite growing diplomatic crisis
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – UK, France, Sweden, Denmark and Spain summon Israeli ambassadors in protest at plan to build 3,000 settler homes Israel has said it will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan after Britain, France and three other…

Stevie Wonder pulls out of concert for Israeli soldiers
The Guardian 3 Dec 2012 – Singer cites situation in Middle East and antiwar stance as he withdraws from Friends of the Israel Defence Forces benefit gig Stevie Wonder has decided not to perform at a concert raising money for Israeli soldiers…

Inter Press Service

Free Syria Faces Tough Times
IPS As the death toll in Syria tops 40,000 and some 400,000 have taken refuge beyond the country’s borders, a dearth of funding for civilian projects in areas under Free Syrian control risks undermining efforts to keep inhabitants united and the limited lines of communication flowing. A number of young Syrian…

Thumbs Up for Palestine, Thumb in the Eye for Peace
IPS When it voted to upgrade Palestinian statehood status from “observer entity” to “non-member observer state”, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) wanted the enduring Middle East conflict to come full circle. But it failed to take into account the Israeli Prime Minister’s opposition to a state of Palestine that isn’t…

Uruknet

More Brutality and ‘Armchair-Diagnoses’ Revealed in Manning Pretrial Hearing
Uruknet

Egyptian Revolution, Act 2
Uruknet

The “rule of law” and state killings
Uruknet

Israel violates ceasefire, attacks Gaza fishermen — who is holding Israel accountable?
Uruknet

Gaza thwarts Israeli propaganda with Twitter
Uruknet

Medics: Israeli soldiers shoot teenager in central Gaza
Uruknet

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet

Opportunity Missed for Nuclear-Free Middle East
Uruknet

Punishing Palestine
Uruknet

Israel bombed the stadium where disabled athletes train
Uruknet

Daily Star

US warns Syria on chemical weapons
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 The United States warned that Syria had begun mixing deadly sarin gas, and said it was more and more concerned a desperate President Bashar al-Assad could use chemical arms on his own people.

Tunisia suspect in Benghazi case refuses to talk to FBI
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 A Tunisian man suspected of being involved with the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya has refused to be interviewed by FBI investigators, his lawyer said on Monday.

Kuwaitis demonstrate against new parliament
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 Hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrated in various areas of Kuwait on Monday to demand scrapping the newly elected parliament, witnesses said.

UN pulling staff from Syria, violence near capital
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 Fighting between rebels and government forces raged near the Damascus, forcing an inbound commercial jet to turn back while the U.N. said it was withdrawing staff because of deteriorating security conditions.

Tunisia not to appeal ruling on raped woman
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 The Tunisian public prosecution will not appeal against a court ruling to drop a case of possible indecency against a young woman allegedly raped by policemen, the justice ministry said, denying earlier reports.

Israel says will stick with settlement plan
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 Israel rejected concerted criticism from the US and Europe on Monday over Netanyahu’s decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations’ de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Official: Syria moving chemical weapons components
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 U.S. and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days, as the Obama administration strongly warned the Assad regime against using them.

Egypt judicial council to oversee referendum
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council has cleared the way for a referendum on a new constitution which President Mohamed Mursi hopes will end a political crisis that has split the country.

Russia, Turkey agree to differ over Syria conflict
Daily Star 3 Dec 2012 Russia and Turkey agreed to differ on Monday on strategies to end Syria‘s civil war, highlighting how distant the prospects of a negotiated solution to the 20-month-old conflict are.

YNet News

EU says cuts Damascus activities because of security situation 
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – ….

Both sides at fault
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Israelis, Palestinians engaging in heated exchanges, cheap diplomatic gimmicks as catastrophe looms ….

Obama to Assad: Use of chemical weapons will bear consequences
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – ….

Nurses’ strike: Talks with treasury fail
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – ….

Report: Syria is in possession of chemical weapon
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – ….

MK Michaeli says won’t run in upcoming Knesset elections 
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – ….

The spring that wasn’t
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Peace won’t be achieved as long as hate for Israel not tamed by Palestinians’ personal pursuit of happiness ….

Becoming Israeli during Gaza operation 
YNet News, 3 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: New olah recounts first experience as Israeli living under threat of bus explosions, missiles ….

Palestinian Information Center

Comments on the situation
PIC – Thelatest resolution might encourage and embolden the Palestinians to step up their enduring and just struggle against Zionist fascism. But will anything change on the ground? 

IOF soldiers, settlers uproot 150 olive trees
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and Jewish settlers bulldozed vast tracts of Palestinian farmland in Jaba village to the west of Bethlehem on Monday and destroyed 150 olive trees in the process.

Israeli MP, settlers storm Aqsa mosque
PIC – An Israeli MP led a group of 25 Jewish settlers into the Aqsa courtyards in occupied Jerusalem on Monday and offered Talmudic rituals.

Prisoner Jihad Assi: IOF tortured me during my arrest
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner Jihad Assi, 29, from Beit Liqya in Ramallah district and detained in Ofer prison informed lawyers of the PPS that he was tortured with his brother Fuad during their arrest.

Relatives of Gaza prisoners resume visits after three weeks
PIC – A new batch of relatives of Gaza prisoners crossed the northern Strip’s crossing of Beit Hanun (Erez) on Monday to visit their relatives in Nafha jail after three weeks halt.

Al-Risheq appreciates the Egyptian sports position to boycott the Israeli entity
PIC – Izzat al-Risheq, a member of Hamas’s politburo, appreciated the position of Farouq al-Amiri, the Egyptian Minister of sport, to boycott a match between the Egyptian hockey team and the Israeli team.

68 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists last month
PIC – An official report revealed that the Israeli occupation forces committed during the month of November 68 violations against the Palestinian journalists and media workers.

Nassif: the continuation of political arrests does not serve the reconciliation
PIC – Rafat Nasif, a Hamas leader, said that the security services of the Palestinian Authority continued its political arrests and summonses against Hamas supporters despite talk about reconciliation.

Settlers occupy apartments in Jerusalem
PIC – Wadi Hilweh Information center reported that extremist settlers from “Elad” association seized at dawn on Monday three apartments in the south-east of occupied Jerusalem..

WAFA

Japan Supports Star Mountain’s Vocational Training Program
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Abbas Thanks France for its Pro-Vote at UN
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Israeli Settlers Takeover Apartments in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Britain Summons Israeli Ambassador to Protest Settlement Plan
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Israeli Soldiers Shoot Palestinian Dead in West Bank
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Settlers Burn Palestinian Vehicle near Hebron
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

EU’s Ashton Concerned by New Israeli Settlement Plan
WAFA – 3 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Warm Weather
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Misc

Syria army pounds rebels around Damascus
LA Times 2 Dec 2012 – The government in Syria appears intent on creating a security cordon around the capital and the international airport. BEIRUT — Fierce clashes and heavy government bombardment were reported Sunday on the outskirts of Damascus as the Syrian military pressed an offensive aimed at securing the…

Egypt court postpones ruling as protesters mass at chambers
LA Times 2 Dec 2012 – Judges accuse Islamist backers of President Mohamed Morsi of blocking their chambers and their work on deciding the legitimacy of the constitutional assembly. CAIRO — Egypt’s highest court Sunday postponed ruling on the legitimacy of the constitutional assembly after judges accused Islamist supporters of President…

At War Blog: Learning to Accept, and Master, a $110,000 Mechanical Arm
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – A pioneering surgery helps a military amputee simplify the use of a $110,000 prosthetic arm. 

At War Blog: Vietnam Veterans, Discharged Under Cloud, File Suit Saying Trauma Was Cause
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – Vietnam War veterans claiming PTSD sue the armed forces for better discharges. 

Clinton Warns Syria Against Using Chemical Weapons
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – Amid signs of activity at some of Syria’s chemical weapons sites, the Obama administration called the use of such weapons “a red line for the United States.” 

5 Nations Summon Israeli Envoys to Protest Settlement Plans
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – An unusually sharp diplomatic step by Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark reflected growing frustration abroad with Israel’s policies on the Palestinian issue. 

NATO Plans Missile Defenses for Turkey
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – NATO is expected to approve a plan to deploy American, German and Dutch Patriot missile-defense batteries under the alliance’s control to buttress Turkey against potential attack from Syria

The Lede Blog: Bahrain’s Embrace of Kim Kardashian
New York Times 3 Dec 2012 – Bahrain’s continuing attempt to change the subject of international conversation about the kingdom away from its crackdown on dissent took an awkward turn over the weekend, with a visit from Kim Kardashian. 

Deutsche Bank: Leviathan valuation 70% above our estimate
Globes Energy & Water – Barclays: Israel offers a more stable business and geopolitical environment than its neighbors.

Woodside buying 30% of Leviathan for $2.5b
Globes Energy & Water – The deal values the Leviathan natural gas reserve at $8.3 billion. It was first reported by “Globes”.

Objet completes merger and $1.4b exit
Globes Main News – Israeli 3D printer developer Objet and US rival Stratasys have now merged into a new Israeli company called Stratasys.

Woodside in talks for more Israeli permits
Globes Main News – The Australian company has also met with representatives of the Pelagic permits to discuss becoming a partner.

UK mulls recalling ambassador – report
Globes Main News – Sky News reports that the British government is considering a harsh response to Israel’s West Bank construction plans.

Mon: Leviathan partners fail to lift flat market
Globes Main News – Delek units Delek Drilling and Avner, and Ratio rose strongly on news of the Woodside deal.

Leumi seen selling 4.5% of Israel Corp
Globes Main News – The sale will be a consequence of Basel 3 restrictions on bank holdings in non-financial corporations.

Bondholders representative proposes way out for IDB
Globes Main News – The proposal is that IDB should defer its upcoming interest payment, in return for a commitment by Dankner to inject cash.

The risk is to the future
Globes Macro Economics – It will be hard for the UK to act alone on trade with Israel, but future cooperation with the EU is in grave doubt.

JVP Statement on Proposed Amendment to the National Defense Authorization
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace urges the Senate to reject a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) [OAKLAND – December 3, 2012] Jewish Voice for Peace urges the Senate to reject a proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which seeks to…

Former Israeli diplomat: Netanyahu doesn’t want a two-state solution (and it’s about time Washington figured this out)
Mondoweiss – Interesting exchange on Twitter between Tony Karon and Alon Pinkus. Pinkus is the former Consul General of Israel in New York and has been an advisor to Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres. @ tonykaron Nor does he want to retreat. Give him credit and respect him: this…

Rahm Emanuel says Netanyahu has repeatedly betrayed US friendship and embarrassed Obama yet again
Mondoweiss – David Remnick reports from the Saban Center gala this weekend for the New Yorker , and says that Israel’s leadership is a rightwing trainwreck. Olmert also violated the rules of the conference by dragging something that was off the record onto the record. He accurately, if generally,…

Redgrave and Spence School choir allow New Yorkers to view Partition from an Arab perspective
Mondoweiss – Last week I said that Palestine was busting out all over in New York and pointed to a theatrical production of a work with Palestinian themes directed and starring Vanessa Redgrave. “A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman” showed for two sold-out nights…

Israel violates ceasefire, attacks Gaza fishermen — who is holding Israel accountable?
Mondoweiss – Gaza port. (All photos: Dooler Campbell) Since the ceasefire was put into effect on Thursday, 22 November 2012, 29 fishermen have been arrested while out at sea, including 14 fisherman arrested on Saturday, 1 December 2012. An announcement was issued by the Hamas government stating that…

The struggle to define the one state in Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – Over the weekend Electronic Intifada broke a story that the Israeli government is stamping the the passports of people intending to visit the West Bank as “Judea & Samaria only.” Up until very recently these same passports were stamped “Palestinian Authority only.” Writing at EI, Ali…

Rahm Emanuel Accuses Bibi of Betrayal 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Dec 2012 – Rahm Emanuel said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu betrayed the Obama administration by announcing a new settlement expansion and the cutoff of tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi Defiant on Plan for New Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Dec 2012 – Israel will not backtrack on a settlement expansion plan that has drawn strong international condemnation, an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas Pleads for Gaza Rebuilding Aid 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Dec 2012 – Gaza’s prime minister has appealed to Arab states and friends of the Palestinian people to help pay for reconstruction after a week of Israeli aerial attacks on the enclave inflicted damage assessed at between $250 million and $545 million. Click here for the rest of the…

France’s Hollande: No Sanctions Over ‘lllegal’ Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Dec 2012 – France summoned Israel’s envoy in Paris on Monday to tell him that the decision to expand settlement building in occupied territories was illegal and an “obstacle” to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Obama warns Assad against attacks 
BBC 3 Dec 2012US President Barack Obama warns Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he will face “consequences” if he uses chemical weapons against his people.

Israel defiant over settlements 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – Israel says it will not give in to international pressure to halt plans for 3,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt judges ‘will oversee vote’ 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s highest judicial body will oversee a vote on the new constitution, say officials, despite a pledge by judges to boycott the vote.

Palestinian killed in West Bank 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – An axe-wielding Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

France and UK to recall their ambassadors in Israel 
Sabbah report 3 Dec 2012 – Israel’s largest newspaper, Yedioth Aharonot, claimed “diplomatic sources said both London and Paris were considering the unprecedented step of recalling their ambassadors to Tel Aviv. France and UK to recall their ambassadors in Israel was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support…

Stuart Littlewood: The game is up for Israel’s pimps and hirelings 
Sabbah report 3 Dec 2012 – Why should Palestinians have to negotiate over Israel’s unlawful acts and haggle for their property in rigged talks when there’s proper recourse to the law? Israel’s pimps and hirelings are now exposed. No wonder the Zionist regime and its spin-masters are in such a flap. Stuart…

Israel Routes US Forces in “Six-Hour War” [Satire] 
Sabbah report 3 Dec 2012 – Obama orders land, sea and air invasion of israel. Us sixth fleet wiped out by israeli planes, ships and subs. Israeli amphibious assault on washington dc successful. Israeli flag flies over the us capitol building. Israel Routes US Forces in “Six-Hour War” [Satire] was published by…

Submit Your Song for Gaza’s Ark! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 3 Dec 2012 – From our member group 14 Friends of Palestine- Marin . You can follow the initiative @GazaArk . Gaza’s Ark is having a song contest! Submit your songs by February 1, 2013! We are seeking original songs to use to promote Gaza’s Ark, which seeks to sail from Palestine…

Sakr Tapes: Saad Hariri In the Syrian Battlefield 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – Hariri personally charged Sakr with the Syrian opposition file from the very start. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Hariri personally charged Sakr with the Syrian opposition file from the very start. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The Lebanese parliamentarian fears for his safety and information on his role in bombings…

The First Phoenician Temple of Tyre 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – The discovery, according to museum director Layla Badr, came after Tyre antiquities official, Ali Badawi, informed her of a 1970s finding in the area (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The discovery, according to museum director Layla Badr, came after Tyre antiquities official, Ali Badawi, informed her of a 1970s…

Putin: Russia does not defend Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Istanbul on 3 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Murad Sezer) Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday his country was not a defender of the Syrian government, as Syria’s foreign ministry spokesperson became the latest official to defect. “…

STL: Making Life Impossible for the Defense 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – Judge Robert Roth of the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is seen at the opening of the public hearing at the court in Leidschendam, near The Hague 13 June 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Robert Vos/Pool) Judge Robert Roth of the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon (…

Bahrain rejects political prisoners’ release 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following religious ceremonies commemorating Ashura, in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama, on 26 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) Bahrain’s highest court on Monday rejected appeals by…

Sakr admits to weapons smuggling 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2012 – Lebanon’s Future Movement MP Okab Sakr admitted to dealing weapons to Syrian rebels in an interview published Monday in pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat , several days after Al-Akhbar published transcripts and audio recordings of his phone conversations with leaders of armed groups. Related Articles: Exclusive: Inside Future…

The Lebanese Communist Party: A Forlorn Hope 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Obama warns Assad against attacks 
BBC 3 Dec 2012US President Barack Obama warns Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he will face “consequences” if he uses chemical weapons against his people.

Israel defiant over settlements 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – Israel says it will not give in to international pressure to halt plans for 3,000 new settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Egypt judges ‘will oversee vote’ 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s highest judicial body will oversee a vote on the new constitution, say officials, despite a pledge by judges to boycott the vote.

Palestinian killed in West Bank 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – An axe-wielding Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, Israeli officials say.

May starts Abu Qatada appeal bid 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – The UK’s Home Secretary applies for permission to appeal against a decision to block the removal of Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada.

Articles


012: What we need is People’s Power! 
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 12/3/2012
      In 2008/2009 Gaza was bombed by Israeli Apache helicopters and F16 and V58 fighter planes for 22 days, ultimately causing the deaths of more than 1400 Palestinians, predominatly civlians. Israel, with all the impunity it has enjoyed since its establishment on the ruins of Palestinian society, returned to Gaza two weeks ago and repeated some of the same crimes in 8 days, launching 1800 aerial strikes, killing more than 175 Palestinians — including 34 children, 11 women, 19 elderly — and injuring 1399 people, including 465 children, 254 women, and 91 elderely, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
     Israel’s academic institutions have played a key role in the planning, development, implementation and justification of this and many other Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. Tel Aviv University, for instance, takes pride in playing the central role in the development of the Israeli military doctrine of “disproportionate force” against Palestinian and Lebanese civilians.[1] Technion, Israel’s institute of technology, takes credit for developing many of the deadly weapon systems used against civilians in Gaza and elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory.[2] And the list goes on. This entrenched and fatal academic complicity in the commission of crimes against civilians has made PACBI and its partners around the world intensify their campaign for a comprehensive academic boycott of Israel in light of the latest massacre in Gaza.
     Israel’s belligerent and entirely disproportionate air, land and sea bombardment of the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip always damages vital infrastructure and terrifies the civilian population and is therefore considered a form of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. Such war crimes are forbidden under international humanitarian law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prescribes the manner in which armies must treat civilians during times of conflict.
     But Israel has been getting away with these war crimes and crimes against humanity. The “international community,” under U.S. hegemony, seems apathetic to the plight of the Palestinian people…. — See also: PACBI more.. e-mail

A day in the sun for Gaza, or more of the same? 
Pam Bailey, War Is A Crime 12/2/2012
      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 – which some believe should be re-named “Operation Pillar of Shame” – just eight days after it began, agreeing to a ceasefire that actually offered some concessions and to continue negotiating in the coming weeks.
     And then, a Palestinian state received overwhelming recognition and acceptance from virtually the entire rest of the world, with the United States, Israel and Canada now clearly alone and anachronistic. Yes, the U.S. is still able to limit that status to a symbolic one, but the writing is on the wall.
     The surprise dividend from these two victories – however small — is a spirit of genuine unity not seen for years between the once-warring political parties – with Fatah cheering on Hamas while it launched a surprisingly strong show of resistance against Israeli drones and F-16s, and Hamas dropping its opposition to Fatah’s bid for UN observer status.
     “A huge victory for Palestine, after a big victory for Gaza! We are all one..our time is now!” wrote one young Gazan on his Facebook wall.
     Americans may be surprised to learn that Palestinians here in Gaza believe they scored a significant “win” in the most recent war with Israel. After all, the casualties were once again so very lopsided…. more.. e-mail

Book review: Miko Peled sets the record straight on Palestine’s dispossession 
Susan Abulhawa, Electronic Intifada 11/29/2012
      My review of The General’s Son, by Miko Peled, cannot be separated from what I’ve come to know about the author. After all, this book is about Peled’s own life, and his journey to a new understanding of the conflict that has defined so many of our lives. It is a narrative of the author’s transformation from an ardent Zionist, born into a revered military Israeli family, to a human rights activist and advocate of a single binational state.
     In addition to reading this book, I attended one of Peled’s lectures and watched another online, and I’ve had a chance to speak with him in person and at some length. At each of these junctures, my reaction to his narrative changed to some degree.
     I first picked up this book when I was asked to conduct a live interview with the author in New York. The initial parts, although told from the vantage of reflection, are replete with Zionist myths and verbiage spanning the full spectrum of hard-line Zionism to Zionism-light. Although Peled has made it clear in his lectures that he rejects Zionism, there is equivocation on this point in The General’s Son.
     This is perhaps not surprising since he wrote the book over an extended period of time in which Peled was undergoing a process that unhinged fundamental assumptions about his own identity. But this means that the reader is left with phrases like “revival of Jewish national homeland” (26), “his generation fought so hard so that ours could live in a democracy” (58), “heroic missions” (105), and “my people fought so hard to win it back” (119).
     More than 100 pages into the book, I was annoyed enough to beg out of my commitment to interview Peled because, as I told his publisher, I didn’t think I was the best person to interview her client if she was looking for me to be a promoter of his book. The publisher suggested I read on…. more.. e-mail

Israel and Palestine go to War 
Ro’i Tov,  12/1/2012
      There is a Hebrew saying that can be translated as “The stone thrown inside a well by a fool, won’t be retrieved by one hundred smart people.” Netanyahu threw a stone at Abbas; instead, it fell into the deepest well in the Zionist dream.
     Following Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs’ declaration “Palestinian Authority doesn’t exist,” the relationship between the State of Palestine and Israel is deteriorating rapidly. In addition to new weapons tests and the decision to build 3,000 houses in the West Bank, which were already reported in this website, Israel announced the freezing of Palestinian tax revenues, a clumsy attempt to strangle to death Israel’s new neighbor state. Back in Palestine from his historical achievement at the UN Headquarters, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is preparing for the worst. At this moment, the chances of renewing the negotiations between the two states are slim.
     Negotiations Death
     Historical moments cannot be analyzed by the rules applied to regular ones. Mahmoud Abbas cannot consider the aftermath of Palestine having been recognized as a state by the UN as a moment in which he can continue things as usual. For a similar reason, Yasser Arafat couldn’t sign the agreement proposed in Camp David in year 2000. At such moments, future implications must be carefully considered.
     The favorite argument of Hebrew media regarding the Israeli negotiations with Palestine is that the failure of the 2000 Camp David Summit between US President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat proves that a comprehensive peace agreement is not possible…. — See also: The Cross of Bethlehem: The Memoirs of a Refugee more.. e-mail

Gaza thwarts Israeli propaganda with Twitter
Electronic Intifada: 3 Dec 2012 – Joe Catron Gaza City 3 December 2012 Hashtags declaring solidarity with Palestine are proving many times more popular than pro-Zionist ones.more

Canada-Israel: The other special relationship
In Gaza: 3 Dec 2012 – Al Jazeera’s newest piece on Canada’s shameful support for the Zionist state (war crimes, occupation, illegal colonies, massacres, and so much more aside…) very important reading on Canada’s historical support for the Zionist state and its creation in historical Palestine…and Canada’s current unabashed support for the Zionist state: Yves Engler’s: Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid — 2010 Order Canada and Israel online here This book is the first critical primer about Canada’s ties to Israel. It is a devastating account of Canadian complicity in 20th and 21st century colonialism, dispossession and war crimes. The book documents the history of Canadian Christian Zionism, Lester Pearson’s important role in the United Nations negotiations to create a Jewish state on Palestinian land, the millions of dollars in tax-deductible donations used to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service ties to Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations (…more

Cranky Zionist Apologist Taken to the Wood Shed
Dissident Voice: 3 Dec 2012 – This video was done by request; it was like the third random person who asked me to do it, so I went ahead and did it. Basically we have a Zionist apologist, Pat Condell , who also hates religion except for Zionism. It’s a bit like Sam Harris justifying the Neocons and war propaganda with Iran. “Atheist” but still Jewish and still very colored by FAITH not facts. To be clear, to hell with Hamas, but it is hardly an abnormal political reaction to the level of intense brutality that Israel has implemented over the last six decades. Israel killed Muhammad Abu Daqqa by shooting him the stomach from a helicopter. Type in his name gather as many sources as you want. And this was after already murdering 65 other people in Gaza this year. Whereas zero Israelis were killed. Also five Palestinians were murdered in the West Bank as well….more

We Want It to Stop
Dissident Voice: 3 Dec 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…more

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