VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 4 December 2012: UN Votes For Inspecting Israel’s Nuclear Facilities

4 December 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

King Abdullah Of Jordan To Visit Ramallah
IMEMC – Jordanian Al-Ghad Newspaper reported that that King Abdullah of Jordan intends to visit the central West Bank city of Ramallah, on Thursday December 6, to hold an official meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. … 

Wives, Mothers Of Detainees Subjected To Naked Search
IMEMC – The Husam Society for Detainees and Ex-detainees reported that Israeli soldiers subjected wives and mothers of Palestinian detainees to illegal strip search before they visited their detained family members on Monday. …

Ad-Dameer Expresses Concern Regarding Lives Of Hunger Striking Detainees
IMEMC – The Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Ad-Dameer) said that it is deeply concerned regarding the lives of Palestinian detainees who are conducting extended hunger strikes in Israeli prisons, especially due to sharp deterioration in their health conditions. … 

UN Votes For Inspecting Israel’s Nuclear Facilities
IMEMC – The United Nations passed, Tuesday, an overwhelming vote calling for inspecting Israel nuclear facilities, and called on Israel to open its facilities for this inspection especially since Tel Aviv never allowed international inspectors access to its nuclear facilities. …

Army Demolishes A Mosque Near Hebron
IMEMC – For the second time, Israeli soldiers demolished the Al-Mafqara mosque, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and did not even allow the residents to empty the mosque or remove the copies of the Holy Quran. …

Israel Defies International Law by Approving More Settlement Projects in Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – In violation of international law, Israel is continuing its policy of settlement expansion in the West Bank in general, and occupied East Jerusalem in particular. The Office of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the construction of 3,600 additional settlement units in East Jerusalem. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces demolish mosque in south Hebron hills
12/4/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished a mosque in the south Hebron hills on Tuesday, locals said. The mosque in al-Mafqara village, near Yatta, was destroyed by Israeli forces, who prevented locals from removing books and other objects prior to the demolition, witnesses told Ma’an. The mosque was first destroyed in 2011…. Related: Israeli army demolishes mosque in al Mufaqarah, South Hebron Hills

Israeli forces demolish agricultural structures in Nablus village
12/4/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces destroyed several agricultural structures in a Nablus village on Tuesday, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that bulldozers and military vehicles arrived in the village of Aqraba and destroyed a chicken coop and pen for sheep…. Related: 38 Military Orders on homes in Tel Rumeida and Hebron

Family denies ‘axe attack’ pretext for deadly shooting
12/5/2012 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli security agents outside Nablus on Monday did not attack them before they opened fire, his family maintains. Hatem Shadid of the Illar village was driving when his car collided with an Israeli jeep near the Beit Lid village. One of the occupants…. Related: Palestinian shot dead by Israeli agents near Nablus

Medics: Man killed in Rafah tunnel collapse
12/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was killed late Monday when a smuggling tunnel collapsed underneath the Egypt-Gaza border, medics said. The body of Muhammad Abu Sableh, 25, was recovered from a tunnel near the city of Rafah, medical sources told Ma’an. Noman Qudaih, 38, was killed in a similar incident on….

Australia summons Israel ambassador over settlements
12/4/2012 – CANBERRA (Reuters) — Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador on Tuesday to protest against Israel’s decision to expand Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority. Australia’s move followed similar actions in Europe including Spain, France, Britain, Sweden and Denmark in the wake of….

Israeli forces arrest 11 in the West Bank
12/5/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested 11 people in the West Bank overnight Monday, locals and Israel’s army said. Soldiers raided Balata refugee camp in Nablus and arrested four people, locals said. The men were identified as Ahmad and Yazan al-Khateen, Ameed Reyad Saqer, and Mujahed Nazeeh Abu Seris. One other man….

Group: 4 hurt in prison cell raid
12/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli prison authorities on Monday stormed a cell block at al-Nafha prison, injuring four prisoners, a detainees rights group said. The international campaign to release prisoners identified one of the injured as Gamal Abu al-Hour, who was sentenced to five life terms and is affiliated to Hamas. [END]

Former prisoners deported to Qatar in Gaza for Hamas celebrations
12/5/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A number of former Palestinian prisoners who were deported to Qatar as part of the prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel have arrived in Gaza City to mark Hamas’ 25th anniversary. Sabir Abu Karsh, chief of the Waed prisoners association, told reporters that six former prisoners arrived in….

Israel arrests settlers suspected of multiple attacks
12/4/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli police arrested three Jewish settlers on Monday whom they suspect of arson and other attacks on Palestinian property in the occupied West Bank. The men were found carrying fuel and spikes shortly after a car was torched in a Palestinian village near Hebron. . . . Rights groups say settlers are rarely prosecuted by Israeli….

Governor: Israel to ease travel in northern West Bank
12/4/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have decided to cancel a permits system at the al-Hamra checkpoint, one of the most important crossings in the northern West Bank, the governor of Nablus said Tuesday. Jibrin a-Bakri said the Palestinian side was informed that Israel will be setting up new facilities at the checkpoint. The change….

Palestinians warn Israel must be held accountable over settlements
12/5/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Palestinians accused Israel in a letter to the United Nations of planning to commit further “war crimes” by expanding Jewish settlements after the Palestinians won de facto UN recognition of statehood and warned that Israel must be held accountable. In the letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security….

Britain says EU not looking at Israel sanctions
12/4/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday that European sanctions against Israel in response to its latest plans to build settlements on disputed land were not an option. However, he told parliament that he was in talks with other European foreign ministers about formulating “incentives and disincentives” to support US efforts to….

Jordan King to visit Palestine, official says
12/4/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah is due to visit Palestine, a Jordanian official said Tuesday, although a date has yet to be announced. Awwad Sarhan, Jordan’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, told Ma’an that the Jordanian King would congratulate the Palestinian people following the UN General Assembly….

PA to use new UN status to create ‘international front’
12/4/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority will seek to take advantage of the qualitative support by some European countries against Israel’s policies in the Palestinian territory through creating an international front to urge countries to take more strict positions against Israel, says the Palestinian minister of foreign affairs. Speaking to Ma’….

Settlements showdown beckons for Netanyahu in Berlin
12/4/2012 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Benjamin Netanyahu faces a dressing down from Angela Merkel on Wednesday over his plans to build more Israeli settlements, a policy that has incensed Europe and left even Germany, one of Israel’s strongest allies, questioning his commitment to peace. The issue will overshadow consultations between the German and Israeli governments on….

Israel gets same-sex divorce before same-sex marriage
12/4/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli court has awarded the country’s first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted. A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area “determined that the marriage should be ended” between former Israeli lawmaker Uzi….

Heavy rain floods homes in Nablus
12/4/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Heavy rain flooded thirteen homes in a Nablus village on Tuesday, a local official said. Mahmoud Abu Hatab, chairman of Ein Shibli local village council, told Ma’an that no injuries were reported in the flooding. [END]

Media: Iran captures US drone over its airspace
12/4/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran captured a United States drone that was flying in the country’s airspace, its media reported on Tuesday. The ScanEagle drone was gathering information over Gulf waters and had entered Iranian airspace when it was captured by the naval unit of the Revolutionary Guards force, the Fars news agency reported, without…. Related: US Navy says has not lost drone over Gulf

Egypt’s Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters
12/5/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said. Officers fired tear gas at up to 10,000 demonstrators angered by Mursi’s drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on Dec….

Sunni-Alawite clashes break out in north Lebanon’s Tripoli
12/4/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Clashes broke out in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Tuesday between gunmen loyal to opposing sides in neighboring Syria’s civil war, wounding one person, residents said. Tensions had been rising since the reported death in a Syrian town close to the border of at least 14 Lebanese and Palestinian….

US Navy says has not lost drone over Gulf
12/4/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) – No US drone has been lost in the Gulf recently, a US Navy spokesman said after Iran said on Tuesday it had captured a US intelligence-gathering drone in its airspace in the last few days. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said a ScanEagle drone was gathering information over the Gulf and had entered…. Related: Media: Iran captures US drone over its airspace

Imprisoned Iranian lawyer ends hunger strike: website
12/4/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Imprisoned Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh ended her nearly 50-day long hunger strike on Tuesday, an opposition website said, after authorities lifted a ban on her young daughter traveling abroad. Sotoudeh, a lawyer and human rights activist, is serving a six-year jail sentence after being arrested in September 2010 and convicted of spreading….

White House: No evidence that Iran’s drone claim is true
12/4/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States has no evidence that Iranian claims that it captured a US drone are accurate, the White House said on Tuesday.” We have no evidence that the Iranian claims are true,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to a question at a briefing. A Navy spokesman said it had…. Related: Media: Iran captures US drone over its airspace

Activists: Arab spring to take years to improve women’s rights
12/4/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — The Arab Spring has failed to deliver greater political power to women in the region or to offer them better protection from sexual harassment, but may yet yield female-friendly reform, a conference on women’s rights heard on Tuesday. Human rights campaigners had hoped that women’s involvement in protests that….

Palestine News Network

Jakarta Hosts Conference on Women, Ihsanolgu Calls to Protect Palestinian Women
Palestine News Network

IOF Arrest Palestinian Woman, Her Son from Hebron
Palestine News Network

Tourism Minister Resigns from Politics
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Arrests 9 Palestinians from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Israel Approves New Plan to Construct 3600 More Housing Units in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Prisoners in Israeli Jails Launch One-Day Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Jordan’s King to Visit Ramallah, Meet President Abbas
Palestine News Network

Australia Summons Israel Ambassador Over Settlements
Palestine News Network

Israel Must Halt Construction of West Bank Settlements
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Government Defies International Law by Approving More Settlement Projects in Occupied Jerusalem
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

38 Military Orders on homes in Tel Rumeida and Hebron
12/4/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 4 December 2012, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – There are 38 military orders issued on homes in Tel Rumeida and Hebron. On Sunday 3rd December the District Coordination Office (D. C. O. ) and the lawyers representing the families who have military orders put on their homes were supposed to be visiting the….

012 at Gaza port
12/4/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 4 December 2012, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights – A demonstration in solidarity with Gaza Fishermen is planned for Wednesday, 5 December 2012, to be held at Gaza Port at 10am. In the period between Wednesday, 28 November, and Saturday, 1 December, at least 29 fishermen have been arrested, at least 9 fishing boats have been…. Related: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Israeli army demolishes mosque in al Mufaqarah, South Hebron Hills
12/4/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 4 December 2012, Operation Dove – At-Tuwani – On Tuesday 4 December at 6. 30 am, two bulldozers together with a Border Police vehicle, four District Coordination Office (DCO) vehicles and five Israeli army vehicles arrived to the Palestinian village of al Mufaqarah, and demolished the mosque. The mosque was already demolished by the Israeli army one…. Related: Israeli forces demolish mosque in south Hebron hills

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing
Relief Web 4 Dec 2012 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory ABASSAN, Gaza Strip, Dec 4 2012 (IPS) – “It was the first day of the cease-fire. An Israeli soldier shot once in the air and within seconds shot me in the leg….

Syrian Arab Republic (the): UNRWA’s Commissioner-General visits Syria
Relief Web 4 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi today visited UNRWA operations in Syria, where some 3,700 staff continue to offer education, health and…

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Relief Web 4 Dec 2012 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Refugees and asylum seekers During the month of November, UNHCR registered 144 new cases (402 individuals) in Tripoli. The vast majority of these new…

occupied Palestinian territory: 20 Years After Declaring the International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Deterioration of the Palestinian Disabled Persons’ Conditions Continues
Relief Web 4 Dec 2012 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Yesterday, 03 December 2012, marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, while the suffering of the disabled in occupied Palestine continues. This suffering is the result of the Israeli…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel firm on settlements as world outcry grows
Relief Web 4 Dec 2012 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/04/2012 16:27 GMT by Hazel Ward JERUSALEM, Dec 4, 2012 (AFP) – Israel stood firm Tuesday in the face of mounting international pressure as it pushed ahead with a swathe of settlement plans…

occupied Palestinian territory: Increasing access to sustainable energy – OFID contributes to UNDP’s initiative on renewable energy in Gaza
Relief Web 3 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory Jerusalem, 30 November 2012 – The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) and the United Nations Development Programme signed an agreement worth USD529,300 to co-finance the Renewable Energy Generation through Solar Panels…

The National

Salam Street tunnel renamed and opening to public
The National 4 Dec 2012 – Al Salam Tunnel, renamed Sheikh Zayed Tunnel, will open tomorrow five years after the redevelopment project started.

In pictures: Inauguration of Abu Dhabi’s Salam Street tunnel
The National 4 Dec 2012 – The grand opening of Salam Street tunnel, which has been renamed Sheikh Zayed Tunnel, will be the final step of the multi-phase redevelopment project that began in 2007.

Women grabbed in UAE National Day crowds
The National 4 Dec 2012 – Five friends say they were ‘gropped’ while walking with large crowds along the Corniche on National Day.

Muted response as iTunes finally launches in UAE
The National 4 Dec 2012 – After a nine-year wait, people in the UAE can download music from Apple’s iTunes Store – but will it be a hit?

UAE in final bid to host World Expo 2020
The National 4 Dec 2012 – The UAE is competing with four other cities to host the World Expo 2020.

Tamweel Tower fire started by cigarette butt, say Dubai Police
The National 4 Dec 2012 – The Dubai Police forensic department has released its findings on the fire, which gutted half the building in the early hours of November 18.

Egypt’s Morsi flees palace after protesters break through police lines
The National 4 Dec 2012 – The march to Cairo’s presidential palace was dubbed a ‘last warning’ protest against Mr Morsi, who seized unrestricted powers last month.

First man to walk both Poles wants Emirati on his next expedition
The National 4 Dec 2012 – Sir Robert tells a Dubai audience he hopes an Emirati will join his team on their next expedition in March 2013.

Ha’aretz

Merkel to warn Netanyahu: Promote peace process or face world seclusion
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Lieberman unveils his list for Likud Beiteinu ticket
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Israel preparing to test new generation of Arrow anti-missile system
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Peres tweets the Pope: Welcome to Twitter
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Lieberman ousts Deputy FM Danny Ayalon from Yisrael Beiteinu list
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Britain to Israel: Reverse settlement expansion or Europe will consider further steps
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Palestinians to UN: Israel must be held accountable for settlement expansion
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Two controversial Yisrael Beiteinu MKs resign
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Netanyahu: Israel stands with U.S., Syria must not be allowed chemical weapons
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Shas chair Yishai expected to keep title, but lose top power role
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Q&A: What is area E-1, anyway?
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Australia, Brazil summon Israeli ambassadors over settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Tension mounts in East Jerusalem as Israel prepares settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2012

Tal retakes helm of Israel’s Green Movement after turbulent primary
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

As infighting heightens, ultra-Orthodox party on verge of split
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Israeli bioethics panel: Terminal patients do have right to reject treatment
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Kadima loses battle to prevent defections to Livni
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

High Court to hear petitions that towns are using law to keep Arabs out
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

Hamas seeks to reopen airport in southern Gaza
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Hamas ask Egypt for help reopening airport that has been closed since 2001; Mashaal expected to visit Strip for first time. 

C’tee OKs compensation for rocket-affected South
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Knesset Finance Committee approves full compensation to those who reside within 7 kilometers of the Gaza Strip for missed work. 

The common destiny of Israeli and American Jews
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – We live in one of the most felicitous times in Jewish history. Together, we can usher in a genuine Golden Age. 

The UN’s NPT vote
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Glibly calling for a “nuclear-free Middle East” ignores the predicament of Israel, a country built on the ashes of the Holocaust. 

Barak pushing Meridor to head Independence Party
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Independence MK Einat Wilf presents Meridor with a poll indicating that he could win 10-11 seats if he headed the party. 

In My Own Write: Games people play
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – What separates the winners from the losers? It comes down to navigation. 

Morsi leaves palace as police battle protests
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Riot police tear-gas demonstrators outside Morsi’s palace; thousands stage “last warning” protests against Morsi decree. 

Cliff jumping with Barack Obama
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – If we give way on taxes, we want, in return, serious discretionary cuts, clearly spelled-out entitlement cuts and real tax reform. 

A View From the Hills: Agricultural terrorism
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Avraham Herzlich describes the theft of his flock of goats by Arabs as “agricultural terrorism.” 

Netanyahu: We are watching Syrian chemical weapons closely
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Among increasing reports that Assad preparing to use chemical weapons stockpile, PM says “these weapons cannot be used or transferred to terrorist organizations;” comments follow Obama, NATO warnings to Assad. 

‘We’re watching Syrian chemical weapons closely’
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Among reports that Assad preparing to use chemical weapons, PM says weapons can’t be used, transferred to terrorist organizations. 

NATO agrees to send Patriot missiles to Turkey
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Patriot surface-to-air missiles approved to protect Turkey from Syrian civil war spilling across the border. 

Ireland, Egypt latest to summon Israeli envoys
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Australia, Brazil also summon envoys on settlement plans; UK says sanctions not an option as EU discusses “incentives, disincentives.” 

Ayalon off Yisrael Beytenu list, Shamir number 2
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Liberman announces party’s candidate list, notably leaving off his deputy; Landau, Landver and Aharonovitch round out top 5. 

Egypt: Protests breach presidential palace cordon
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Riot police tear-gas demonstrators outside Morsi’s palace; thousands stage “last warning” protests against Morsi decree. 

J’lem rejects UN call to open nuke program to probe
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – UNGA passes resolution calling on Israel to join Non-Proliferation Treaty; J’lem calls vote “meaningless, mechanical.” 

Deputy mayor: J’lem must build over Green Line
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Newer neighborhoods over Green Line are only place to build high-rises to address housing shortage says Naomi Tsur. 

PA: Israel must be held accountable for settlements
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – In letter to UN Sec.-Gen. Ban, Palestinians say Israel is a “rogue state” and call settlement expansion a “war crime”; 

Police: October Eilat shooter took his own life
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Findings contradict original police reports that William Hershkovitz was killed by anti-terror police when he opened fire on them. 

Where are they building in east Jerusalem?
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Here is a snapshot of recent major projects in Jerusalem’s controversial ring neighborhoods from the past year. 

Apple to sell iPhone 5 in Israel from December 14
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – The latest version of the hit smartphone will launched on December 14 and cost about NIS 5,000. 

Snakes on an (EgyptAir) plane
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Egyptian plane is forced to make an emergency landing after passenger is bitten by a snake he smuggled on board. 

Comic: Extra-ordinary
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – True Superheroes: A comic to promote social change by encouraging tolerance of individuals with disabilities. 

Skeptical justices hear housing discrimination case
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Justices lean toward upholding law, rights groups mount vigorous attack claiming it blocks housing for Arabs, homosexuals. 

Egypt to push on with referendum despite protests
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Opposition plans mass protests, march on presidential palace; Egypt stocks rise after judges clear way for constitution vote. 

NATO warns Syrian against chemical weapons use
Jerusalem Post 4 Dec 2012 – Head of NATO says he would expect immediate int’l response “if anybody resorts to these terrible weapons.” 

‘Severe lack of schools for Kfar Aqab students’
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Community leaders tell J’lem mayor Barkat that area with 15,000 Arab students has 2 public schools. 

Police nab Israeli-Arab mob family head, 16 associates
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Abdel-Kater family faces charges of extortion, drug dealing, gun running, tax evasion, money laundering and a series of other violent offenses. 

Rare panel of 9 to hear discrimination case
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2012 – Human rights groups seek to strike down law blocking Arabs, gays, disabled from living in hundreds of Galilee, Negev communities. 

The Guardian

Egypt: mass protest at presidential palace in Cairo – live updates
The Guardian 4 Dec 2012 – Follow live updates as Nato is set to approve Turkey’s request for Patriot missiles on its border with Syria and Obama issues another warning to Assad over chemical weapons Matthew Weaver Tom McCarthy

A short quiz on the US, Israel, and ‘rogue nation’ status
The Guardian 4 Dec 2012 – A series of events just from this week makes clear who is actually violating the consensus of the international community The phrase “rogue nation” is one of the terms that get tossed around often in political…

Israel settlements: UK considers ‘further steps’ over expansion
The Guardian 4 Dec 2012 – William Hague tells parliament European countries will have to discuss action if Israel refuses to reverse plans Britain and other European countries will consider “further steps” if Israel refuses to reverse its plans for settlement expansion…

Uruknet

Israeli Government Defies International Law by Approving More Settlement Projects in Occupied Jerusalem
Uruknet

Lawyer: Military treatment of Bradley Manning ‘criminal’
Uruknet

Revealed: US and Britain launched 1,200 drone strikes in recent wars
Uruknet

Visit Hillary Clinton’s settlement
Uruknet

‘Egypt : opposition leaders to be investigated for espionage and sedition in a “Zionist plot”
Uruknet

The US and Israel: a short quiz on ‘rogue nation’ status
Uruknet

Israel Expands Settlements, Obama Expands Drones
Uruknet

In the name of security and profits: Israeli-EU arms dependence
Uruknet

Hundreds of thousands surround Egypt’s presidential palace, police withdraw
Uruknet

Iran FM: Direct Talks With US ‘Possible’ With Khamenei’s Approval
Uruknet

Daily Star

Republicans, Obama far apart on ‘fiscal cliff’
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Both President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress now have laid out some specifics of their vision for stepping back from the “fiscal cliff” budget crisis.

Time for Palestinian unity: Abbas
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said on Tuesday it was time to seal a reconciliation with the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza and unite Palestinian ranks.

Israel tracking Syria chemical weapons situation
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel is closely tracking developments relating to chemical weapons in Syria, whose regime has been warned against using them in the country’s uprising.

Pro-govt activists attack trade union demo in Tunis
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Supporters of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party on Tuesday attacked a demonstration by the country’s main labour union, in the latest unrest two years after the revolution.

Seeing end to Egypt crisis, Brotherhood eyes elections
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 The Muslim Brotherhood’s political party believes the crisis buffeting Egypt is nearly over and is turning its attention to building alliances with liberal foes on the other side of the struggle for the country’s future.

Iraq stops Turkish minister landing in Kurdistan
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 A plane carrying Turkey’s energy minister to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan was denied permission to land on Tuesday by the central government in Baghdad.

Egypt’s Mursi leaves palace as police battle protesters
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi’s palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, presidency sources said.

US urges restraint in Egypt protests
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 The United States on Tuesday appealed for restraint on both sides in Egypt as supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi clashed during nationwide protests.

Iran claims US drone capture; Navy denies loss
Daily Star 4 Dec 2012 Iran claimed Tuesday it had taken another prize in a growing showdown with Washington over drone surveillance, displaying a purported U.S. unmanned aircraft it said was captured intact.

YNet News

Yishai’s nephew attacked after Shas rally
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – ….

Software guru McAfee to seek asylum in Guatemala
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – ….

NYC synagogue bomb plot suspect pleads guilty
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – ….

President Peres tweets the pope a welcome
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – ….

Our right to build
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: E1 zone, where new housing units will be built, was part of Israel even on Olmert’s map ….

Deputy FM Ayalon: I’ll keep serving State of Israel 
YNet News, 4 Dec 2012 – ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian prisoners seeking to win POW status
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails have launched a campaign to win recognition as prisoners of war after Palestine was admitted as a non-member observer at the UN.

Hamas: Israel’s settlement drive an offence to the civilized world
PIC – Hamas movement said that Israel with its ceaseless settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian land was challenging the international community and its laws.

IOA imposes six months administrative detention on MP
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities clamped six months of administrative detention on MP Yasser Mansour from Nablus city on Tuesday.

Report: Israel killed 3 journalists, wounded 30 in the recent war on Gaza
PIC – A statistical report issued by Doha center for media freedom said that three Palestinian journalists had been killed and 30 others wounded during Israel’s eight-day war on Gaza. 

Occupation force storm Hawara prison and attack captives
PIC – Palestinian human rights sources reported that the Israeli forces stormed the Hawara prison, located in the south of the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank, and attacked the detainees.

Sacked civil servants launch an open sit-in in Ramallah
PIC – Dozens of civil servants who were sacked from their jobs because of their political affiliation organized a sit-in on Tuesday in Ramallah, central the West Bank, to demand reinstatement.

IOF demolish houses in Jerusalem and facilities in Nablus
PIC – Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished, on Tuesday morning, a house in the Tur neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of being built without a permit..

Al-Bardawil: Gaza has taken all arrangements to welcome Mishaal
PIC – Dr. Salah al-Bardawil, a Hamas leader, said that the Palestinian government in Gaza made all the arrangements and procedures to welcome Hamas politburo chief, Khaled Mishaal.

Israeli arrest and raid campaigns in the West Bank
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) escalated its military operations in the occupied West Bank, as it launched dozens of raids and arrested 30 Palestinians on Tuesday morning.

Zaza: Egypt promises to demand Israel to stop breaching the truce
PIC – Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister in Gaza strip, Ziad al-Zaza revealed that the Egyptian side intends to demand the Israeli occupation to stop breaching the truce..

WAFA

Newspapers Review: European Protest of Settlements Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

House in East Jerusalem Demolished
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

Settlers Uproot 200 Olive Trees
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

Israel Relaxes Movement across Hambra Checkpoint
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

Residents Stop Demolition of Home
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

Israeli Forces Demolish Mosque for Second Time near Hebron
WAFA – 4 Dec 2012

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

Weather Forecast: Warm Weather
WAFA – 2 Dec 2012

Misc

U.S. warns Syria regime against using chemical weapons
LA Times 3 Dec 2012 – The move reflects concerns over intelligence indicating Syria may be preparing to unleash chemical agents on rebels. The U.N. withdraws some staff. BEIRUT — The United States bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad against using chemical weapons as his forces lose ground to rebel fighters,…

European nations criticize Israel over E-1 settlement plan
LA Times 3 Dec 2012 – Britain, France, Spain, Sweden and Denmark formally complain about the Israeli project, which critics say could destroy efforts to create a Palestinian state. JERUSALEM — Israel is facing an onslaught of criticism from European allies over its decision to revive a controversial West Bank settlement…

Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council to oversee vote on draft charter
LA Times 3 Dec 2012 – The decision may help ease political unrest amid a crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution. But it also points up rifts in the judiciary. CAIRO — Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council agreed Monday to oversee a national referendum on the country’s draft constitution, a move that suggested…

U.S. Navy Denies Iranian Claim to Have Captured Drone
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – If the seizure is confirmed, it would indicate a spike in tension between the United States and Iran in the skies over the Persian Gulf. 

Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian Rights Advocate, Ends Hunger Strike
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – The imprisoned advocate, Nasrin Sotoudeh, ended her hunger strike after judicial authorities agreed to lift a travel ban imposed on her 12-year-old daughter, her husband said. 

NATO Backs Defensive Missiles for Turkey
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – Officials insisted that the Patriot missile batteries, drawn from Dutch, German and American forces, would be used only to defend Turkey, not to intervene in Syria. 

Egyptian Judges Break Ranks to Support Morsi Vote Request
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – A top judicial administrator said judges and prosecutors would supervise the constitutional referendum to be held on Dec. 15 — a setback for opposition groups. 

Egyptians Protesting Draft Constitution Are Met With Tear Gas
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – Huge protests in Cairo dealt a blow to the legitimacy of the new charter, which goes before voters in a referendum scheduled for Dec. 15. 

Mortar Attack Kills at Least 9 People at Syrian School
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – The government blamed opposition fighters for a mortar attack that killed at least 29 people at a school, as fighting between Syrian forces and rebels intensified in suburbs near Damascus. 

U.S. Warns Syria Against Using Chemical Weapons
New York Times 4 Dec 2012 – The White House said it would take action if such arms were used, suggesting even the possibility of military force. 

Hapoalim in talks to buy Discount Bank New York
Globes Main News – Bank Hapoalim has received a preliminary permit from the US Supervision Authority for State Banks to acquire Discount Bank of New York.

Ben-Tzvi acquisition of Ma’ariv hits snags
Globes Main News – Employees claim that the new owner is struggling to meet his commitments to take over the troubled newspaper.

Teva signs Galena breast cancer drug deal
Globes Main News – Israel will be the location of at least four clinical sites for the NeuVax Phase III trials.

Tue: Mellanox leads market losses
Globes Main News – Mellanox has now fallen 20% over the past week but Partner bucked the market after a Merrill Lynch upgrade.

Leumi expects heavy fine in US tax evasion affair
Globes Main News – The US authorities are investigating whether Leumi Switzerland is implicated in tax evasion by American clients.

Merrill Lynch upgrades Partner
Globes Main News – Analyst Haim Israel describes Haim Saban’s acquisition of control of the cellular carrier as a game changer.

Where exactly will Shelly Yachimovich find NIS 139b?
Globes Macro Economics – The Labor Party’s economic platform is built on fantasies and ignores the tough questions.

Europe finally getting it right
Globes Macro Economics – Recent measures indicate that Greece’s economic disaster has at last been correctly diagnosed. On the fundamental, global problem of wealth disparities though there is less room for optimism.

The risk is to future agreements with Europe
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.

David Brotsky’s Romance With Guns, Violence and Pro-Israel Hate
Tikun Olam – David Brotsky A year ago or so I exposed the identity of the founder of the Jewish Internet Defense Force ( Wikipedia article).  David Brotsky, who lives in Dallas, TX (and appears to have lots of ties to New York) is a film production and location manager…

U.S. to Build $100-Million Underground Bunker at Top-Secret Israeli Missile Base
Tikun Olam – Walter Pincus reported in the Washington Post that the U.S. taxpayer is footing the bill for $500-million worth of projects on behalf of the IDF, as specified in the Wye Agreement.  Already, that’s paid for facilities for Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal.  The latest project will be…

Out with the old Islamophobe, in with the new: Texas Republican tapped to chair Homeland Security committee
Mondoweiss – Rep. Mike McCaul is set to take over as head of the Homeland Security Committee (Photo: Cliff Owen/AP Photo) When the news broke that Peter King (R-NY) was stepping down from his post as head of the House Homeland Security Committee due to party-imposed term limits,…

Farmers in the Gaza buffer zone
Mondoweiss – Al Faraheen Buffer zone the Israeli military  attempts to coerce us deeper into the buffer zone as sniper sits on the hill. November 30, 2012 (Photo: Tiffany Ornelas de Tool) Today was an exceptionally dangerous day to be a farmer in the Gaza Strip. “We went…

Scenes to remember (during the war)
Mondoweiss – Mohammad Ahmad, in front of the rubble of his three-story home demolished by an Israeli airstrike during the Israeli latest large-scale offensive, Beit Hanoun, North Gaza. The home hosted 6 families and around 40 Palestinians, half of them children. (Photo: Anne Paq/ Activestills ) It was around…

Khalidi, Karon and Bronner (!) deliver a post mortem for the two-state solution
Mondoweiss – Really insightful episode of Al Jazeera English ‘s “Empire” following the UN vote and the attack on Gaza. Host Marwan Bishara and guests Rashid Khalidi, Tony Karon and Ethan Bronner serve up yet another post mortem on the two-state solution. Peter Beinart is the lone hold out….

Visit Hillary Clinton’s settlement
Mondoweiss – In her speech to the Saban Center last week, Hillary Clinton bragged about visiting an Israeli settlement, Gilo . Well you can see Gilo in the video below, at :22-1:20. It’s the colony of white houses in the background, with red roofs. The video was shot last…

Terror Suspects Admits Synagogue Bomb Plot 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Dec 2012 – A New York man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 10 charges connected with a plan to blow up synagogues and churches in Manhattan last year. Click here for the rest of the article…

Europe Struggles To Respond to Settlement Plan 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Dec 2012 – European Union states struggled to agree on Tuesday on a common response to Israel’s plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, highlighting the divisions within the bloc over how to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Hoopster Suspended for ‘Nazi’ Jibe 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Dec 2012 – Israel’s leading basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv has suspended its captain for calling a rival player a Nazi. Click here for the rest of the article…

For Gays in Israel, Yes to Splitsville. Marriage, No. 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Dec 2012 – An Israeli court has awarded the country’s first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Boycott the Occupation, Not the Settlers 
The Magnes Zionist 3 Dec 2012 – Readers, this post appeared today on Open Zion here . Samuel Lebens cites some familiar arguments against boycotting Israel in general, and boycotting settlers in particular: Boycotts against Israel won’t bring about positive change, he says, but will only harden positions; constructive engagement has a better chance…

Nato approves Patriot deployment 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Nato approves the deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey’s border with Syria, as concern grows over chemical weapons.

Clashes at Egypt anti-Morsi march 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Egyptian police fire teargas during clashes with protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in the capital Cairo.

Iran TV shows ‘captured US drone’ 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Iranian state television shows images of what it says is an unmanned US drone captured in its airspace, but the US Navy denies losing one.

UN fears for Iran hunger striker 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – The UN human rights commissioner says she is very worried about the health of Iranian activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, on a hunger strike for seven weeks.

International Law Legal Intifada by Palestinians Against Israel (Must Read) 
Sabbah report 4 Dec 2012 – Prof. Boyle – Arafat and PA Legal Advisor – says: “Palestinians will start a “legal intifada” against Israel, supported by international law. I have already recommended to them, over in Ramallah.” International Law Legal Intifada by Palestinians Against Israel (Must Read) was published by Sabbah Report ….

The fine print of Palestinian statehood 
Sabbah report 4 Dec 2012 – Can the old leadership really lead the Palestinians to freedom from occupation, justice for the refugees and equal rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel? Can it take advantage of the ICC and ICJ, and other UN conventions and bodies to protect its waters, airspace and…

The demographic success of Israel’s settlement project 
Sabbah report 4 Dec 2012 – Infograph to illustrate and explain how Israel’s settlement demographic changes within the West Bank obstruct the possibility of the two-state solution. The numbers suggest that Abbas’ bid to the United Nations was too little, too late. The demographic success of Israel’s settlement project was published by…

Why Israel-Palestine Peace Process Failed 
Sabbah report 4 Dec 2012 – There is a complete imbalance of power between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel is the only party between the river and the sea which is able, through the use of unchecked force, to alter the physical landscape by building and expanding settlements, supported unjustly by United…

Congress, Obama Administration Standing on Wrong Side of History 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 4 Dec 2012 – Josh Ruebner is National Advocacy Director at the US Campaign. This piece was published in The Hill . Penalizing Palestinians will not help peace process By Josh Ruebner, author, Obama and the Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace – 12/03/12 11:00 AM ET When it comes to shielding Israeli…

Government Picked the Wrong Self-Help Book 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 4 Dec 2012 – Cairo – The policy of Egypt’s government right now is to keep moving no matter what. Reaching the destination is the goal, regardless of the obstacles. It seems like a great tip from a self-help book. And it could work, if the obstacles weren’t popular, political,…

Syria: Why is it Taking So Long? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 4 Dec 2012 – A Syrian refugee is pictured at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, 31 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hamed) A Syrian refugee is pictured at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of…

Egypt police attack anti-Mursi march 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – A protester chants anti-Mursi slogans in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on 4 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) Egyptian riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas at protesters approaching the presidential palace as tens of thousands took to the streets to rally…

What Really Happened in Tal Kalakh? 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – Lebanese army soldiers patrol in their vehicle in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during clashes on 4 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Omar Ibrahim) Lebanese army soldiers patrol in their vehicle in the neighbourhood of Bab al-Tebbaneh in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, during…

Two killed during clashes in Lebanon’s Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – Lebanese army soldiers return fire during clashes in Tripoli, northern Lebanon on 4 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Omar Ibrahim) At least two people were killed and 12 injured Tuesday in ongoing clashes in Lebanon’s northern port city of Tripoli between neighborhoods divided over the Syrian…

Israeli bulldozers assault West Bank villages 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – A Palestinian man holds a copy of the Quran as he walks past the rubble of a mosque that was demolished by Israel soldiers in the West Bank village of al-Mafqara on 04 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Israel on Tuesday destroyed a mosque…

Sakr Shakes the Future Movement: Heroism or Entanglement? 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – The same MP said that the recordings published by Al-Akhbar demonstrated “professional work.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The same MP said that the recordings published by Al-Akhbar demonstrated “professional work.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Future Movement politicians have rallied around MP Okab Sakr in the wake of his…

Comedian’s Life Threatened Over ‘Oppa Saida Style’ Parody 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Dec 2012 – During the shooting of the clip in Saida (Photo: Al-Akhbar) During the shooting of the clip in Saida (Photo: Al-Akhbar) After the parody song ‘Oppa Saida Style’ went viral last week, some Saida hardliners accused the performer Wissam Saad of “promoting sex” and slandering their city,…

The First Phoenician Temple of Tyre 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 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…

Lebanon Security Forces: Give Us Your Facebook Password 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Dec 2012 – Security officials claim that such information will help them develop leads on who was behind the car bomb attack on the Information Branch head in the Achrafieh (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) Security officials claim that such information will help them develop leads on who was behind…

Sakr Tapes: Saad Hariri in the Syrian Battlefield 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

STL: Making Life Impossible for the Defense 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 (…

Nato approves Patriot deployment 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Nato approves the deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey’s border with Syria, as concern grows over chemical weapons.

Clashes at Egypt anti-Morsi march 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Egyptian police fire teargas during clashes with protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in the capital Cairo.

Iran TV shows ‘captured US drone’ 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – Iranian state television shows images of what it says is an unmanned US drone captured in its airspace, but the US Navy denies losing one.

Deadly attack on Syrian school 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – At least 28 students and a teacher were killed when a shell hit a school outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, state media and activists say.

UN fears for Iran hunger striker 
BBC 4 Dec 2012 – The UN human rights commissioner says she is very worried about the health of Iranian activist Nasrin Sotoudeh, on a hunger strike for seven weeks.

‘Rights abuses’ in Yemen’s Abyan 
BBC 3 Dec 2012 – The Abyan region of Yemen saw a “human rights catastrophe” as al-Qaeda-linked militants fought the government, says Amnesty International.

Articles


Palestine faces another ’historic’ crossroads 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 12/5/2012
      Palestine became a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of November 29. The draft of the UN resolution passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions.
     It was accompanied by a passionate speech delivered by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But decades earlier, a more impressive and animated Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, sought international solidarity as well. The occasion then was also termed “historic”.
     Empowered by Arab support at the Rabat Arab League summit in October 1974, which bestowed on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the ever-opaque title “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people”, Arafat was invited to speak at the UN General Assembly. Despite the fervor that accompanied the newly found global solidarity, Arafat’s language singled a departure from what was perceived by Western powers as radical and unrealistic political and territorial ambitions.
     In his speech on November 13 that year, Arafat spoke of the growing PLO legitimacy that compelled his actions: “The PLO has earned its legitimacy because of the sacrifice inherent in its pioneering role and also because of its dedicated leadership of the struggle. It has also been granted this legitimacy by the Palestinian masses… The PLO has also gained its legitimacy by representing every faction, union or group as well as every Palestinian talent, either in the National Council or in people’s institutions…”. The list went on, and, despite some reservations, each had a reasonable degree of merit.
     The same, however, can hardly be said of Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (PA), which exists as a result of an ambiguous “peace process” that started nearly 20-years ago. It has all but completely destroyed the PLO’s once functioning institutions and redefined the Palestinian national project of liberation around a more “pragmatic” – read self-serving – discourse that is largely tailored around self-preservation, absence of financial accountability and a system of political tribalism. more.. e-mail

Where’s the Accountability for Israeli War Crimes? 
Audrey Bomse And James Marc Leas, Gaza City, CounterPunch 11/28/2012
      “Palestinian Authority would be ‘traitors’ if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose.”
     The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the Palestine Center for Human Rights (PCHR) at a meeting with lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in Gaza City today.
     The condition is that Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, pledge not to pursue Israeli government and military officials for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. An article in the Guardian yesterday describes the pressure on Abbas to agree to the condition. Sourani said the entire Palestinian public knows that the Palestinian Authority would condemn itself–and that PCHR would make such a public condemnation–if the PA accepted that condition.
     The article, “Britain ready to back Palestinian statehood at UN–Mahmoud Abbas pledge not to pursue Israel for war crimes and resumption of peace talks are UK conditions, states, “Whitehall officials said the Palestinians were now being asked to refrain from applying for membership of the International Criminal Court or the International Court of Justice, which could both be used to pursue war crimes charges or other legal claims against Israel.”
     The key problem Sourani sees facing Gaza and the West Bank is no accountability for Israeli war crimes. Israeli political and military leaders know that if a tribunal considers the facts and the applicable international law, the tribunal could rule that Israeli conduct is illegal. Thus, the strong efforts to keep out of tribunals and to continue Israel’s ability to engage in military assaults.more.. e-mail

The suffering of Sderot: how its true inhabitants were wiped from Israel’s maps and memories 
Robert Fisk, The Independent 11/26/2012
      The people of Huj – now almost forgotten – had helped the Jewish Haganah army escape the British. The thanks they got was to be sent into Gaza as refugees.
     I think I found the village of Huj this weekend – but the road sign said “Sederot”. The world knows it as Sderot, the Israeli city where the Hamas rockets fall. Even Barack Obama has been there. But Huj has a lot to do with this little story.
     By my map calculations, it lies, long destroyed, across the fields from a scruffy recreation centre near the entrance to Sderot, a series of shabby villas on a little ring road where Israeli children were playing on the Shabat afternoon.
     The inhabitants of Huj were all Palestinian Arab Muslims and, irony of ironies, they got on well with the Jews of Palestine. We have to thank the Israeli historian Benny Morris for uncovering their story, which is as grim as it is filled with sorrow.
     Huj’s day of destiny came on 31 May 1948, when the Israeli Negev Brigade’s 7th Battalion, facing an advancing Egyptian army, arrived in the village. In Morris’s words, “the brigade expelled the villagers of Huj … to the Gaza Strip”. Some thanks
     Morris elaborates: “Huj had traditionally been friendly; in 1946, its inhabitants had hidden Haganah men from a British dragnet. In mid-December 1947, while on a visit to Gaza, the mukhtar (mayor) and his brother were shot dead by a mob that accused them of ‘collaboration’. But at the end of May, given the proximity of the advancing Egyptian column, the Negev Brigade decided to expel the inhabitants – and then looted and blew up their houses.” more.. e-mail

The Silent Ethnic Cleansing: A Glimpse Into the Plight of an ‘Invented’ People 
Budour Hassan, Beyond Compromise 6/25/2012
      Jerusalem, Palestine – “Yes, Israel does violate international law and is far from perfect,” concedes the “enlightened” liberal Zionist, “But it is nowhere near as brutal or contemptible as the Assad regime.” The notion that Israel is somehow more tolerable than Arab tyrannies just because it does not bomb Palestinians in the West Bank or (gasp!) does not mass-murder demonstrators is virtually universal. This assumption, however, underlines a disturbing lack of understanding of the Israeli military occupation and the system of racial segregation governing the occupied west Bank. It goes without saying that those repeating this mantra have never lived under military occupation and have never experienced the constant fear of being abducted from their bedrooms and arrested without warrant, charges or trial.
     In an attempt at refuting this notion, it’s necessary to explain the reasons for this shockingly pervasive ignorance. The vast majority of Israelis consistently and unashamedly clasp the charade that Israel is a democracy even if that means living in perpetual frugality, shrugging off horrendous crimes as singular incidents that do not represent the “most moral army in the world” and defending the indefensible under the guise of security. For a colonial society that thrives on a counterfeit sense of moral, intellectual and cultural superiority over an “invented” people, admitting culpability or complicity in the systematic annihilation of a defenseless, far less privileged community is unthinkable. So profound is the sense of denial enveloping Israelis that they take great offence at the very labeling of Israel as an apartheid state or, God forbid, condemning it in the same breath as Arab dictatorships. There is little to no outrage by Israelis about Israel’s atrocities because, remember, they are unrepresentative, rare – and for many they do not exist – no state is “perfect” and because human rights organizations are “biased” against Israel and want to wipe away the island of democracy surrounded by an ocean of oppressive, vulgar third world tribes. — See also: Video – Demolitions and destruction in south Hebron hills 24.11.2011 more.. e-mail

Arab Spring meets Warhol in Ramallah show
Electronic Intifada: 4 Dec 2012 – Daryl Meador 4 December 2012 Art installation inspired by Tunisian street vendor Muhammad Bouazizi attracts impromptu praying.more

Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing on Palestinian Farmers
In Gaza: 4 Dec 2012 – * Mahmoud Naim, 21, shot by an Israeli soldier while Naim walked on Palestinian border land in northern Gaza, Nov 28 first published at IPS , by Eva Bartlett (*blog version longer than published version) “ It was the first day of the cease-fire. An Israeli soldier shot once in the air and within seconds shot me in the leg. He was only a few metres away.” Haithem Abu Dagga, 26, an electrician and farm labourer, will not be able to work for as many months as it takes his right leg to heal. The bullet exited his leg but fractured his shin bone in the process. The Nov 21 Gaza cease-fire stipulates that, among other things, the Israeli army will not wage incursions into Palestinian land, air, and sea, and Israel will not target Palestinians in the border regions of Gaza. As of the first day of the cease-fire, Israel…more

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