VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 15 December 2012: Unsettling realities of Israeli settlements

15 December 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Attack Residents, Vehicles, Near Nablus
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday that several injuries took place in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, after extremist Israeli settlers, and soldiers attacked Palestinian homes and vehicles; the army also fired dozens of gas bombs at civilian homes leading to dozens of injuries. …

Dozens Of Injuries Reported As Army Attacks Nonviolent Protests In West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the weekly nonviolent protests against the illegal Israeli Annexation Wall and Israel’s illegal settlements in different parts of the occupied West Bank; dozens of injuries were reported. …

15 Injured By Israeli Fire In Jerusalem, Five Kidnapped
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported, on Friday evening, that 15 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli military fire in Al-Esawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and five residents have been kidnapped after the army invaded the area and conducted provocative acts against the residents. …

Ma’an News

MADA: Second group of journalists beaten in Hebron
12/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — After Reuters cameramen were assaulted by Israeli forces in Hebron this week, a second group of journalists were beaten by troops in the West Bank city, a press freedom group said Saturday. On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers punched two Reuters journalists and forced them to strip in the street, before letting off….

PA says considering changes to Paris protocol
12/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority might go to the sponsors of Paris protocol to pressure Israeli authorities to retreat from their decision to seize tax revenues, the undersecretary of the Ministry of National Economy said Wednesday. Nasser Tahboub told Ma’an that the Israeli decision violates the convention and he accused the….

‘New brigade’ announces third intifada from Hebron
12/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A video released on Friday purports to show a group of Palestinians announcing the formation of a new military brigade, which it said would start a new uprising against Israel beginning in the West Bank city of Hebron. The video, posted on YouTube on Friday, shows eight people covering their faces….

Toronto graduate students adopt BDS resolution
12/15/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The University of Toronto’s Graduate Student Union has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to endorse the global campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel. Activists said that over 150 graduate students at their annual general meeting, on Dec. 10, voted on the initiative which passed by….

Religious affairs minister calls for elections
12/15/2012 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of religious affairs called in his Friday sermon for elections aimed at ending the split between Fatah and Hamas. Mahmoud al-Habbash said that “holding elections is the door to the reconciliation and those who reject them reject the reconciliation”. The minister was speaking at a mosque in….

Hamas to hold new festival in Qalqiliya
12/15/2012 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Hamas on Saturday announced the third day of festivals in the West Bank commemorating the party’s 25th anniversary. The movement will hold a rally in northern West Bank city Qalqiliya, starting from the Ali Bin Abi Taleb mosque and ending in the Abu Ali Iyad square. Hamas said the….

Fatah anniversary rally in Gaza to take place Jan. 1
12/15/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah’s 48th anniversary celebrations will take place in Gaza on January 1, a party official said Saturday. Yahya Rabah told Ma’an that celebrations would take place in al-Katiba square, the same place where Hamas celebrated its 25th anniversary last week. Hamas granted the party permission to….

Lieberman to run in Israeli election despite graft charge
12/15/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Avigdor Lieberman confirmed on Saturday that he would run in next month’s Israeli election, despite a corruption charge that prompted him to resign from the post of foreign minister. Authorities have said Lieberman will be charged over alleged irregularities in the promotion of an Israeli diplomat who leaked information to him….

West Bank teachers to strike over salary delays, union says
12/15/2012HEBRON (Ma’an) — Teachers in the West Bank will launch strike action next week in protest against the Palestinian Authority’s failure to pay salaries, the teachers union said Saturday. Partial strike action will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, with all teachers stopping work after the fourth class of the day, the….

Second stage of local elections to be held Dec. 22
12/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The second stage of local elections in the West Bank will take place on Dec. 22, Palestine’s Central Elections Commission announced on Saturday. The vote was meant to take place in late November but was suspended by the Palestinian Authority cabinet due to the security situation amid Israel’….

Egypt security seize explosives in Sinai
12/15/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security services seized explosives in the northern Sinai peninsula on Saturday, as Egypt went to the polls over a new constitution. Forces found two anti-tank mines in the al-Masaed neighborhood of el-Arish, and they were removed by explosives experts, security officials told Ma’an. Security services in the….

Christmas message from the mayor of Bethlehem
12/15/2012 – By Vera Baboun – In a silent and unique night that held the tidings of a glorious event, Jesus Christ was born in the manger of a humble grotto in the town of Bethlehem. The prophecy was fulfilled “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which….

Palestinian faction leader leaves Damascus, rebels say
12/15/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Ahmed Jibril, veteran leader of a Damascus-based Palestinian faction that backs President Bashar Assad, has left the Yarmouk district of the Syrian capital after 12 days of clashes, Syrian rebels and Palestinian sources said on Saturday. They said Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, departed Yarmouk with….

Abbas sends condolences to Obama over school shooting
12/15/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas wrote to US President Barack Obama on Saturday to offer his condolences after a shooting in an American elementary school killed 26 people. Twenty children were killed by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday. He killed at least 26….

Egypt faces divisive choice over political future
12/15/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptians decide on Saturday on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a prolonged political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world’s biggest nation. Voting begins in a referendum on a divisive draft basic law that has pitted….

Syrian jets strike rebels around Damascus
12/15/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian warplanes bombed insurgents east of Damascus on Saturday and government forces pounded a town to the southwest, activists said, in a month-long and so far fruitless campaign to dislodge rebels around the capital. Jets bombarded the Beit Sahm district on the road leading to the international airport and the army fired rockets….

Egyptians vote on divisive constitution
12/15/2012 – CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA (Reuters) — Egyptians queued in long lines on Saturday to vote on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world’s biggest nation. Soldiers joined police to secure the referendum after deadly….

Egypt opposition party says HQ attacked by rivals
12/15/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Members of Egypt’s opposition Wafd party said Islamists had attacked the party’s headquarters building in central Cairo with petrol bombs on Saturday. The violence flared as Egyptians voted in a referendum on a new constitution intended to pull the country out a growing political crisis. Two people were injured….

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli soldiers occupy a home in Huwwara
12/15/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 14 December 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine – Israeli soldiers occupied the home of a family in the village of Huwwara, south of Nablus, for three days, between Sunday 11th and Tuesday 13th December. Prior to occupying the home, the soldiers had entered into the house twice. Family members living in the house recounted how….

The National

Mass killer forced his way into school
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Police say they still don’t have a motive as to why Adam Lanza killed more than two dozen peopl, most of them children, in a leafy Connecticut town Friday.

Aged 1, Ghaouda the camel is destined for celebrity
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Some 20,000 camels have converged in Al Dhafra for the annual camel beauty contest.

The violence that stalks even 10 years on
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Rupa Dara Mody was looking to avoid violence. That’s why she moved her family to the Gulberg Society in the Indian state of Gujarat. The violence followed.

Voting on constitution extended for Egyptians in UAE
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Expatriates in the Northern Emirates feared votes would not reach embassy by deadline.

Anger of Dubai rent scam victims who face eviction
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Rent Committee comes down on the side of landlords after property fraudsters flee the country with Dh80 million in rent cheques.

Two held in ‘biggest drug bust of year’
The National 14 Dec 2012 – Police seize 20,000 tramadol pills, heroin and crystal meth.

Tunnel vision reduces traffic woes for drivers in the capital
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Road and transportation projects will continue to expand as the citiy’s population increases.

Dh1 billion boost to Sharjah tourism
The National 15 Dec 2012 – Plans will bring revenue to areas in eastern and central regions.


Gay community criticizes Livni’s party over Knesset candidate Elazar Stern
Ha’aretz – 15 Dec 2012

Controversy over Jesus’ tomb gets to Petah Tikva court
Ha’aretz – 15 Dec 2012

Labor candidates allegedly exploited teens as campaign helpers
Ha’aretz – 15 Dec 2012

Lieberman mulls plea bargain after resigning as foreign minister
Ha’aretz – 15 Dec 2012

Philippines lifts ban on sending workers to Israel
Ha’aretz – 15 Dec 2012

Newly revealed CIA document shows Jonathan Pollard was asked to get intel on Israel
Ha’aretz – 14 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: A guide to the perplexed – over Egypt
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Roughly speaking, the constitution represents those for whom progress equals an Egypt of a more Islamic nature. 

Affordable urban housing
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – I haven’t heard a single voice raised on behalf of the undisputably essential need to offer affordable housing to young couples who can provide the much needed workforce for our cities. 

The upheavals in ME and their impact on the Kurds
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – The past hundred years were perhaps the worst in Kurdish history, including division among different states, campaigns of assimilation and even genocide. But the 21st century heralds new and better things. 

Netanyahu expected to fill in as caretaker FM
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – While PM could appoint a new minister or pass the responsibility onto another minister, he is expected to hold on to it himself. 

Visit Israel!
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Following last month’s Operation Pillar of Defense, which severely harmed tourism, the Tourism Ministry announces it is investing NIS 15 million in a new campaign overseas as well as one in Israel to promote tourism to South. 

FM Avigdor Liberman to resign over indictment
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Following meetings with legal team, foreign minister to leave post over pending indictment for fraud, breach of trust. 

Hamas allows Fatah to celebrate anniversary in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Decision taken in context of efforts to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, according to Hamas Interior Ministry official. 

Iran: Patriot missiles in Turkey risk ‘world war’
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Iranian military chief of staff says planned deployment of missile defense system along Syrian border poses threat to humanity. 

PM expresses ‘deepest condolences’ to Obama
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Netanyahu conveys sympathy on behalf of the people of Israel, after gunman slaughters 20 children, 6 adults at Connecticut school. 

New Palestinian group declares 3rd intifada against Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Video shows masked men from various Palestinian factions announcing establishment of the Brigades of National Unity in Hebron; spokesman says group will pursue struggle until it “expels occupation, liberates all of Palestine.” 

New Palestinian group declares 3rd Intifada
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Faction spokesman says organization to pursue struggle against Israel until it “expels occupation, liberates all of Palestine.” 

Hungarian MP detained for burning Israeli flag
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Balazs Lenhardt participated in an anti-Semitic event where demonstrators shouted “Filthy Jews,” “to Auschwitz with you all.” 

Egypt votes in referendum on constitution
Jerusalem Post 15 Dec 2012 – Islamists back charter as way out of crisis; opposition says aspirations of all Egyptians not met. 

Quiet CT town rocked by mass shooting at school
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2012 – Town’s churches plan memorial services; “I don’t think you are safe anywhere,” resident says; 28 dead in mass shooting. 

Documents: Pollard sought intel on Arab nations
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2012 – Newly declassified CIA documents reveal former Israeli agent foremost sought information about Arab countries, not US

Palestinians to decide on joining global forums
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2012 – Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh says decision will be made in 2 weeks, joining International Criminal Court possible. 

Center-Left leaders praise Liberman’s resignation
Jerusalem Post 14 Dec 2012 – Heads of Center-Left parties praise Avigdor Liberman’s decision to resign from his post as foreign minister. 

The Guardian

International criminal court is a lever for Palestinians on Israeli settlements | Chris McGreal
The Guardian 15 Dec 2012 – The UN vote for Palestinian statehood puts ICC action in the frame. Israel’s fear of prosecution may help Obama restart talks When Israel’s routine hostility toward Gaza once again flared into full-on battle last month, Nancy…


Holding Israel Accountable

Rafah Tunnels Weaken Mursi Foreign-Policy Resolve on Gaza

The Zero-Dark-Thirty Edition How Torture Works

An Interview With Richard Falk The Future of International Law and Human Rights

Colonizing Christmas: Facts on Israeli Occupation and Bethlehem

What is Qatar hiding?

Under siege: One Bedouin family’s struggle to live in Israel

During hour-long interview at Saban Forum, no one dared ask Lieberman about corruption case that cost him his job

Zero Dark Thirty: CIA hagiography, pernicious propaganda

Israeli settlements, unsettling realities…

Daily Star

Syria opposition forms body to preserve state institutions
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Syrian government defectors and opposition figures form a body that will step in to prevent the collapse of state institutions if President Bashar Assad is overthrown.

Iran warns Turkey over NATO’s missile system
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 A top Iranian military commander warns Turkey against stationing NATO anti-missile systems on its territory, saying such a move risks conflict with Syria.

Clinton sustains concussion, Benghazi testimony postponed
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Hillary Clinton, who canceled an overseas trip last weekend because of illness, suffers a concussion after fainting due to dehydration, officials say.

Egypt opposition party building attacked by rivals
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Islamists attack the opposition Wafd party’s newspaper offices in central Cairo with petrol bombs and birdshot, security sources say.

Mikati: Syria arrest warrant against Hariri political
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 PM Mikati describes recent Syrian arrest warrants against former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and MP Oqab Saqr as political and legally void.

Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in years
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in years touched down in Baghdad on Saturday, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions.

Egypt opposition says Muslim Brotherhood ‘vote rigging’
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 The opposition accused President Mohammad Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood of attempted “vote rigging” in Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution for Egypt.

Syrian FM blames West for suffering of his people
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Syria’s foreign minister has blamed the suffering of his country’s people on U.S. and European sanctions imposed on his country.

Yemeni court jails 93 Republican Guard soldiers
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Yemen’s military prosecutors say a military tribunal has sentenced 93 soldiers and officers of the elite Republican Guard to 3-7 years prison for resisting authorities and mutiny for trying to occupy the Defense Ministry in August.

Attempted bank robbery in S. Lebanon, man arrested
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 The Lebanese Army arrests a knife-wielding man who stormed a local bank in the southern coastal city of Sidon.

Egypt’s turbulent period up to referendum
Daily Star 15 Dec 2012 Key events in Egypt between the 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime and Saturday’s referendum on a new constitution pushed by President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist allies:

YNet News

Teacher: US gunman was loner who didn’t feel pain
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – ….

Human rights report: Water prices rise, no public housing
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – ….

Syria opposition forms body to preserve state institutions 
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – ….

PM sends get well wishes to Hillary Clinton
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – ….

CT school shooting victim list published
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – ….

Arab folly 
YNet News, 15 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Israel’s UN envoy says Arab states vote against interests of their own people ….

Ross: Peace process can be revived 
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Former top Obama adviser Dennis Ross says that as both Israelis, Palestinians have despaired from crippled talks, both sides must take steps to restore faith in negotiations, rebuild trust ….

26 killed in Connecticut school shooting 
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Murderous rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown claims lives of 20 children, six adults. Gunman found dead on school grounds. Tearful Obama calls for ‘meaningful action’ ….

Lieberman resigns as foreign minister 
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Yisrael Beiteinu chairman decides to step down as FM, deputy PM following decision to charge him with breach of trust; says wants to focus on clearing his name. Move unlikely to affect his election bid ….

US to send Patriots to Turkey following Syria Scud fire
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Assad’s use of mid-range missiles against rebel forces near Damascus prompts deployment of US, NATO batteries in bordering county ….

IDF officer: Gaza border the quietest in 20 years
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Senior IDF officer tells Reuters Hamas took major blow during Operation Pillar of Defense; says army won’t keep to surgical strikes in next round ….

Palestinians, security forces clash in West Bank
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Tensions reach boiling point: Thousands of Palestinians march towards Hebron checkpoint, hurl stones. Other protests in West Bank see firebombs hurled at security forces ….

US: John Kerry new frontrunner for secretary of state
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Longtime senator who lost presidential elections in 2004 almost certain to be confirmed as Clinton’s successor; former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel seen as frontrunner for defense secretary ….

IAEA reports progress in Iran nuclear talks
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Deputy director of UN atomic agency says talks to be held on January 16 expected to lead to deal on investigation into Tehran’s nuclear program ….

Rare Hamas rally in Nablus
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012 – Thousands gather in city’s main square waving Hamas flags, wielding models of Qassam and Fajr rockets. Ynet correspondent reports from West Bank ….

Watch: Obama lights Hanukkah candles at White House
YNet News, 14 Dec 2012US president hosts leaders of Jewish community for festive Hanukkah ceremony ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas’ triumphant rallies in the West Bank
PIC – For the first time since 2007, tens of thousands of Palestinian Islamists held huge rallies in several parts of the occupied West Bank, marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas.

Israeli hospital refuses to treat Palestinian child with cancer
PIC – The Israeli Kaplan hospital has expelled a Palestinian girl, Lin Hassan, who has been suffering from cancer in both her kidneys despite her treatment was not completed.

Ahrar: 120 Palestinian teachers in Israel’s jails
PIC – Ahrar center said there are 120 Palestinian teachers detained in Israeli jails, calling on the union of Palestinian teachers and the ministry of education to pay more attention to their issue.

Ramla prison captives to file complaint against prison administration
PIC – Horriyet Center’s lawyer revealed that patient prisoners in Ramla hospital are planning to file a complaint against Israeli prison administration to demand providing them with necessary medical needs.

Wa’ed slams Israeli jailers for not settling issue of Sharawna and Issawi
PIC – Wa’ed society for detainees and ex-detainees strongly denounced the Israeli prison authority for manipulating the fate of hunger strikers Ayman Sharawna and Samer Issawi.

New evacuation of Bedouins in the northern Jordan Valley
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces notified on Saturday the Bedouin communities in Wadi al-Maleh in the northern Jordan Valley to leave their houses and lands.

IOA notifies the demolition of Palestinian house
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) ordered a Palestinian citizen from the town of Yatta, south of al-Khalil, to demolish his house under the pretext of being built without a permit.

Electronic media campaign in support of hunger striking prisoners
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian activists have been organizing the largest media campaign to support the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli jails via different social networking sites.

Israeli forces quell solidarity march, injure 15, arrest 5
PIC – Israeli soldiers used force to quell a peaceful solidarity march in Issawiye to the north of occupied Jerusalem on Friday evening in solidarity with detained hunger striker Samer Al-Issawi.


Settlers Attack Village South of Nablus, Clash with Residents
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

Abbas Sends Condolences for US School Shooting Victims
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

New Zealand Divests from Pro-Settlement Companies
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

Poll: Palestinians see UN Vote, Gaza War as Victories
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

PA, EU Finalize Joint 5-Year Action Plan
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

Newspapers Review: Weekly Friday Clashes Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

Weather Forecast: Relatively Cold Weather
WAFA – 15 Dec 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 13 Dec 2012

Confrontations Erupt Near Hebron
WAFA – 12 Dec 2012


Voters in Egypt Cast Ballots on Draft Constitution
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – Egyptians voted peacefully and in large numbers on Saturday in a referendum on an Islamist-backed draft constitution after weeks of strife over the ground rules of Egypt’s promised democracy. 

Syrians Face a Bread Shortage in Aleppo and Elsewhere
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – Since late November bread has been scarce, with a lack of fuel and flour shutting most bakeries in the Syrian city, creating problems for the new transitional council. 

The Hard Road Back: Chaplain with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Finds Tables Turned
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – For Lt. Col. Richard Brunk, a former Army chaplain, two instances of traumatic brain injury from Iraq tug away at a mask of good cheer. 

Foreign Minister Blames Sanctions for Syria’s Troubles
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – Walid al-Moallem called on the United Nations to push for lifting the measure as government forces continued air and artillery strikes in the Damascus suburbs. 

Republican Guard Members Sentenced in Yemen
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – The sentences over an attack were announced amid heightened tensions between factions loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. 

The Lede Blog: Activists Urge Egyptians to Reject Constitution
New York Times 15 Dec 2012 – Activist filmmakers in Cairo have released a series of Web videos urging their fellow citizens to reject a new constitution hastily approved last month by Islamist allies of President Mohamed Morsi. 

CPI suprises again
Globes Main News – The index fell 0.5% in November – analysts had expected no change.

Liberman resigns
Globes Main News – “I am doing this because I believe that the citizens of Israel are entitled to cast their votes after the matter has already been decided.”

Lieberman Resigns…for Now
Tikun Olam – Yesterday, the State prosecutor announced he would indict Avigdor Lieberman for the relatively minor crime of “breach of trust” for seeking to obtain information about the status of legal proceedings against him from an Israeli diplomat.  The prosecutor refused to indict Lieberman on the far more…

Israel plans to replace mines on Jordanian border with… illegal settlements
Mondoweiss – link to www.imemc.org link to 972mag.com link to english.pnn.ps link to www.imemc.org link to palsolidarity.org link to 972mag.com link toelectronicintifada.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link…

Gaza, the stories that come after
Mondoweiss – Palestinians inspect the destroyed office building of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in Gaza City on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams) Tears pooled in her eyes as she began to talk. Maysa, one of my closest friends at college, happens to live a few…

The war over Hagel is on
Mondoweiss – Chuck Hagel, from the BBC The war over Chuck Hagel’s possible appointment to be Secretary of Defense has begun in earnest, but right now at the fringe: leading the attack are neoconservatives at the Weekly Standard and the Republican Jewish Coalition who surely hope to nip…

Video: Palestinian teen slain in Hebron only saw his older brother behind bars
Mondoweiss – The 17-year-old killed by an Israeli soldier in Hebron the other day was Mohammed Salayme, and his older brother Awad Salayme was a prisoner released by Israel in the prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit in October 2011. The terms of the exchange agreement forbade certain prisoners…

Abrams and Ross blame Palestinians for failure of peace process– and never say the word ‘settlements’
Mondoweiss – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is a thinktank that was spun off from the Israel lobby group AIPAC and that works hard to preserve the special relationship between Israel and the United States. This attitude was on display a week ago, when WINEP presented…

Lieberman Will Run Despite Corruption Charge 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Dec 2012 – Avigdor Lieberman confirmed on Saturday that he would run in next month’s Israeli election, despite a corruption charge that prompted him to resign from the post of foreign minister. Click here for the rest of the article…

Menorah From Sandy-Hit Shul Lights White House 
The Forward New 15 Dec 2012 – Rabbi David Bauman brought to the White House one of two 90-year-old menorahs that survived when Hurricane Sandy ravaged Temple Israel in Long Beach, N.Y. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt referendum polling closes 
BBC 15 Dec 2012 – Voting ends in the first round of Egypt’s controversial referendum on a new constitution, amid a high turnout and isolated incidents of violence.

Stephen Lendman: Holding Israel Accountable for War Crimes 
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2012 – Israel operated unaccountably for decades. How much more indiscriminate slaughter and mass destruction is tolerable. How many more years of Palestinian suffering will world leaders permit? How much longer can the ICC spurn its mandate? It’s time for all relevant stakeholders to step up to the…

Stuart Littlewood: Why they call him ‘Agent’ Cameron 
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2012 – Agent Cameron is very careful not to let the words ‘justice’ and ‘law’ pass his lips in connection with Israel’s illegal occupation of the Holy Land. Stuart Littlewood: Why they call him ‘Agent’ Cameron was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter . Support…

New Zealand boycott companies of Israeli settlement-builder Lev Leviev 
Sabbah report 15 Dec 2012 – Lev Leviev’s companies have also been accused of involvement in human rights abuses and unethical business practices in the diamond industry in Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe. New Zealand boycott companies of Israeli settlement-builder Lev Leviev was published by Sabbah Report . Get Daily Newsletter , follow on Twitter ….

Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Dec 2012 – Birds fly as a trail of smoke is seen after the launch of a rocket from Gaza strip towards Israel 15 November 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Ahmed Zakot) Birds fly as a trail of smoke is seen after the launch of a rocket from Gaza strip…

Hungarian MP burns Israeli flag at public rally 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Dec 2012 – A Hungarian member of parliament was arrested by the police after burning an Israeli flag at an anti-Zionist rally in Budapest Friday. Budapest police said MP Balazs Lenhardt was released after questioning Friday night. Dozens of Hungarians had gathered outside the Foreign Ministry to protest Israeli…

Al-Akhbar News 15 Dec 2012 – Homeless man lying on his bed in an underpass in Beijing, 8 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Ed Jones) Homeless man lying on his bed in an underpass in Beijing, 8 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Ed Jones) Indian scavengers look for recyclable items near a…

An Egyptian Public Frets Over Prices and Politics 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Dec 2012 – An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012 (Photo: Ahmed Mahmoud) An Egyptian protester holds a flare during a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on 19 October 2012 (Photo: AFP – Ahmed Mahmoud) On the streets of…

Egyptians vote on incendiary constitution: Twitter round-up 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Dec 2012 – Egyptians vote Saturday on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a prolonged political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world’s biggest nation. Related Articles: Egypt clashes injure 19 ahead of vote read…

Israeli soldiers shoot and injure Gaza teen 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Dec 2012 – A young Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers Friday evening in the northern Gaza Strip, a Palestinian news agency reported. Gaza paramedics told Ma’an they evacuated a 19-year-old to the hospital after he was hit by two live bullets in his feet near…

Syria’s Unified Armed Opposition: Internal Divisions, External Ties 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Dec 2012 – Two Syrian women walk down to the river bank as rebel fighters load their belongings onto a boat to cross the Orontes river to Turkey near the northern Syrian town of Darkush on 14 December 2012. (Photo: Odd Andersen) Two Syrian women walk down to the…

Warrants and Counter-Warrants: A Gun to the Head of the Judiciary 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Dec 2012 – Relatives of abducted Lebanese Shiite Muslim pilgrims, who were kidnapped in northern Syria, celebrate their release by holding a national flag as they wait for their arrival at Beirut International Airport on 25 May 2012. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Relatives of abducted Lebanese pilgrims, who…

Bahrain: A Return to Dialogue? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Dec 2012 – A Bahraini protester waves the national flag during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, on 14 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Al-Shaikh) A Bahraini protester waves the national flag during an anti-government demonstration in the village of Jannusan, west of…

Egypt referendum polling closes 
BBC 15 Dec 2012 – Voting ends in the first round of Egypt’s controversial referendum on a new constitution, amid a high turnout and isolated incidents of violence.


Israel violates Gaza ceasefire deal by threatening fishermen, farmers 
IRIN, Electronic Intifada 12/14/2012
      GAZA (IRIN) – When Jaber Abu Rjaila heard about the recent ceasefire agreement in Gaza, he rushed back to his farmland — for the first time in more than ten years.
     “We have been farmers for generations. It’s our life and I’m very glad that we are back here now freely working,” he said. “I’ve been longing for this moment.”
     His farmland lies in the “access-denied” and buffer zone areas close to the Israeli-built barrier, but the recent ceasefire agreement holds out the promise of an easing of naval and land controls at the border.
     Oxfam says the five-year blockade by Israel has “devastated Gaza’s farming and fishing industries,” leading to the closure of nearly 60 percent of Gaza’s businesses, according to a new briefing paper published this month (“Beyond Ceasefire,” 6 December 2012).
     Abu Rjaila has ambitions to plant tomatoes, parsley and zucchini for sale, and to help feed his 14-member family. But he knows he is not in the clear yet.
     Israeli soldiers often use their loudspeakers to tell him to keep tens of meters from the barrier — and he still worries about random shooting, sudden Israeli incursions, and unexploded shells.
     Abu Rjaila’s house and land are about 450 meters from the border in eastern Khan Younis, where he owns a seven-hectare farm on some of the most fertile land in Gaza (one hectare is equal to 10,000 square meters).
     After the ceasefire was introduced on 21 November, bringing to an end Israel’s eight-day attack on Gaza, hundreds of Palestinians who own houses and land in these areas returned. more.. e-mail

Lieberman’s resignation: A small step backwards, a giant leap forward 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 12/15/2012
      Israel’s foreign minister will soon be able to put his legal troubles behind him. He will then renew his quest for the premiership from a much more favorable position.
     Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced yesterday (Friday) that he will resign from his cabinet position due to the attorney general’s decision to try him for breach of trust. Lieberman will still be the second name on the joint Likud-Yisrael Beitenu list for the elections, due to take place on January 22.
     This is a major step in Lieberman’s effort to solve the most troubling aspect of his political career, namely, allegations regarding millions of shekels that were transferred to his proxies early in his career. An unusually long investigation – it took almost 13 years – ended last week with a decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to reverse the recommendation of the police and the State Prosecution, and not to charge Lieberman with fraud and money laundering.
     Lieberman will only stand trial for a minor issue involving a leak from his investigation. He will probably agree to a quick plea bargain that won’t include any clause preventing him from serving in public office in the future. He could return to the government in a matter of months.
     Furthermore, in the short time that is left before the election, it doesn’t seem that the Likud Beitenu party will lose support. If anything, some of the party’s potential voters who didn’t want Lieberman on the ticket due to his secular image might reconsider backing the party. My own guess is that the resignation won’t affect the race at all.
     The developments of the last week should be seen in the context of the long game Lieberman has been playing, one which should one day make him the leader of the right – and as a result, Israel’s prime minister…. more.. e-mail

The heroine vs. the terrorist: A case study in brainwashing 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 12/14/2012
      How the ‘newspaper of the nation’ reported on a Border Policewoman’s killing of a Palestinian teenager who was found to have been carrying a toy gun. 
     Yedioth Aharonoth’s coverage of Wednesday’s killing of a Palestinian teenager in Hebron tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how Israeli brainwashing works. And Yedioth, the country’s most widely-read, influential newspaper, is considered relatively liberal, which it is in the sense that it often criticizes Netanyahu and the right, but when the story is Israel vs. the Arabs, particularly the Israeli army vs. the Arabs, then Yedioth, the “newspaper of the nation,” becomes as crude, dishonest and gung-ho a war propagandist as can be. It tells the public what it wants to hear, and whenever it’s Us Against Them, what the public wants to hear is Us Good, Them Bad – which is what the army and the government are only too happy to tell them. When that’s the story, Yedioth, like every other major news medium in the country, except for the left-leaning Haaretz (where I work as a copy-editor), takes the army/government line, kitsches it up real good, and serves it to an eager mass of consumers. Brainwashing – by popular demand. You see it here constantly. Yedioth’s coverage of Mohammed Sleima’s killing by Border Policewoman “N.” in Hebron is a perfect example.
     The tabloid’s front-page headline on Thursday read: “Border Policewoman kills terrorist.” Her pixilated photo was tagged: “Heroine of the day.” Opening up the paper, the page two headlines, against an ominous black background, went as follows: “Fourth clash of the week in the territories; Border Policewoman shoots terrorist near Cave of the Patriarchs – and kills him; The fear: A third intifada; Border Policemen in Hebron yesterday notice a suspicious Palestinian youth and demand his identification; In response he attacks one of the troops and pulls a pistol on him; Female commander of the post reacts calmly: She pulls a pistol and kills the terrorist.”
     It’s only when you’re almost halfway through the page two story that you read: “At the end of the investigation it turned out that the pistol [Sleima] had on him was fake.” — See also: Family denies Hebron teen killed by Israel was carrying toy gun more.. e-mail

Unsettling realities of Israeli settlements 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 12/15/2012
      A day after the UN vote to upgrade Palestine’s status at the UN, the right-wing Israeli government responded by adding 3,500 illegal Jews-only homes in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
     Israel was blatantly defying more than two thirds of the international community, which recognized Palestine as a state on the very same land, and in the process humiliated its “lone” sponsor in Washington by effectively deciding that settlement building takes precedence over peace.
     Since 1967 Israeli governments from across the political spectrum have shared the same expansionist vision of changing the demography of the occupied territories in favour of the Jews.
     Israel’s settlement policies are part of a well-thought-out Zionist strategy intended to undermine the peace process. In fact, the current prime minister was caught on video in 2001 bragging that he had “stopped the Oslo accords“.
     His main government partner, the Moldovan Avigdor Lieberman, wants to complete the ethnic cleansing of historical Palestine by replacing native villages with illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Rewarding intransigence
     Sadly, the West, especially the US, has rewarded Israeli intransigence politically, financially and militarily.
     In 2004, with typical colonial hubris and without consulting the rightful owners of the land, then US President George W. Bush wrote to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon endorsing Israel’s violation of international law. He said: “In light of new realities on the ground, including already existing major Israeli populations centres, it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.” more.. e-mail

Why They Call Him “Agent” Cameron
Dissident Voice: 15 Dec 2012 – Britain’s prime minister David Cameron has again shown why he should stand down from British politics. In a speech to Conservative Friends of Israel at a lunch the other day he said – and not for the first time – things that are deeply disturbing to people who expect him to put British interests first. He again compromised himself and this country with ridiculous pledges of support for a foreign military power whose behaviour is beyond the Pale and an affront to human decency. Here are some of his remarks… I am a passionate friend of Israel – and that’s the way it’s going to stay . In that case you shouldn’t be in British politics, Mr Cameron. You have fallen foul of the Seven Principle of Public Life, especially the principle of ‘Integrity’ which says quite simply: “Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other…more

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