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27 December 2012VTJP


Ma’an News

Palestinian critically wounded in Yatta clashes
12/27/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man suffered a critical head injury on Wednesday in clashes with the Israeli army in Yatta in the southern West Bank. Mohammad Kamal Abu Qbaieta was hit in the head by a tear gas canister and taken to Al-Mezan Hospital, a Ma’an reporter said. Clashes broke out….

Clashes in Beit Ummar after bus strikes teenager
12/27/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli bus hit a Palestinian teenager in Beit Ummar on Monday evening, leading to clashes in the town north of Hebron, the local popular committee said. Committee spokesman Mohammad Awad told Ma’an that 15-year-old Mohammad Zahaqiq was taken to Hebron governmental hospital for treatment. Locals threw stones….

Army: 8 Palestinians detained overnight
12/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army says soldiers detained eight Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Wednesday. An Israeli military spokeswoman said four people were detained south of Nablus for throwing a Molotov cocktail. Three people were detained in Beit Sajjar, near Bethlehem, and one Palestinian was detained in Yabad, she said. Palestinian security….

Committee: 3 teens detained in Beit Ummar
12/27/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday detained three teenagers in a raid on Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank, the local popular committee said. Committee spokesman Mohammad Awad said five jeeps and dozens of soldiers entered the town in the early hours of Thursday morning. They detained Nassem Abu Maria, 15,Jihad….

Reports: Netanyahu, Jordan’s Abdullah discuss Syria chemical arms
12/27/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday. Two TV stations and Israeli news sites quoted unnamed Israeli officials confirming a report in….

Al-Malki: Qatari emir postpones West Bank visit
12/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The emir of Qatar has postponed his visit to Ramallah until the end of January, the Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Thursday. Sheikh Hamad Ibn Khalifa al-Thani was expected to visit the West Bank in December but has delayed the trip, Riyad al-Malki said. The minister said he did not know….

Fayyad signs agreement with World Bank for Gaza water improvements
12/27/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Mariam Sherman, the director of the World Bank in Palestine, signed on Thursday an agreement of rehabilitation for the Gaza Strip. This agreement is to finance and focus on expanding the water supply and sewage in the Gaza Strip. The agreement also includes technical and operational….

Fatah cancels anniversary events in Gaza
12/27/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah decided Thursday to cancel its anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip after the Hamas government rejected proposed locations for the event, a party official said. Yahya Rabah, the deputy commissioner-general of the party, said Fatah made great efforts in the last 20 days to hold the celebration, but Hamas….

Child dies after Jericho car crash
12/27/2012 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — A 12-year-old boy died on Thursday after he was injured in a car crash in Jericho last week, police said. Abed Shanak died in hospital, police said, adding that the driver was arrested. [END]

Ministry: Swine flu death toll reaches 4 in West Bank
12/27/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Another Palestinian has died of swine flu, bringing the death to four from the H1N1 virus in the West Bank, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday. Some 160 people have the virus, which has spread in the northern cities of the West Bank, particularly in Jenin, the ministry’s general….

Brahimi: Syria needs ‘real change’ to end conflict
12/27/2012 – DAMASCUS (Reuters) — International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi called on Thursday for real change in Syria to end 21 months of conflict and said a transitional government must be established with full powers to rule the country until new elections. Brahimi, speaking in Damascus at the end of a five-day trip to Syria during which he met….

Russia’s Lavrov says world must seek peaceful solution for Syria
12/27/2012 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that the chances of forging a solution to the Syrian conflict based on a June agreement by world powers that called for a transitional government are decreasing, the Interfax news agency reported. It is nevertheless necessary to keep seeking a peaceful solution because the alternative….

Iraq militia issues threat against Turkish interests
12/27/2012 – BAGHDAD (Reuters) — An Iraqi militia on Thursday issued a threat against Turkish interests in Iraq, responding to what it described as Turkey’s “blatant interference” in the country’s internal affairs. Relations between Turkey and Iraq have been deteriorating over the past year, with the two countries trading accusations of inciting sectarian tensions….


Knesset member appeals Israel election ban
AlJazeera 27 Dec 2012 – Palestinian-Israeli politician Haneen Zoabi disqualified from running in next month’s poll for “undermining” Israel.

Palestine News Network

Marwan Barghouti: If Occupation Continues, There will be Intifada
Palestine News Network

Israel to Allow Imports to Ease Gaza Blockade
Palestine News Network

UNRWA Closes its Offices in West Bank until Further Notice
Palestine News Network

UK Condemns New Settlement Activities in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Are the Palestinians Ready to Share a State with Jordan?
Palestine News Network

Settlers Uproot 40 Olive Trees in Nablus
Palestine News Network

Settlers Assault a Palestinian Youngster from Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Several Palestinians from the West Bank
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (20- 26 Dec 2012)

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

A 13 year old child is kidnapped from Ni’lin, while 5 others are injured during protest
12/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – On Wednesday August the 13th 2008 a thirteen year old boy was kidnapped by Israeli soldiers and has reported that he was beaten. He was held for six hours before being released. Also, an epileptic shepherd from the West Bank village of Ni’lin told international activists that he was beaten up by Israeli….

A call from Palestine to the European Union four years after Israel’s 2008 war on Gaza
12/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 27 December 2012, Occupied Palestine – On the fourth anniversary of Israel’s 2008-2009 war on Gaza in which it killed 1400 Palestinians including 300 children, a call urging EU citizens to ask their representatives to suspend the EU’s trade agreements with Israel, until it complies with international law has been issued…. Related: Click to take action and Time For Justice – A call from Palestine to EU citizens

Attacks on Urif continue, soldiers invade the village
12/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – 27 December 2012, International Solidarity Movement, Urif, Occupied Palestine – Following three days of incessant attacks from Israeli soldiers and settlers on the village of Urif, south of Nablus, around seventy soldiers on ten military jeeps soldiers invaded the village at 9:30 this morning. They started firing tear gas on children aged three to six….

Time For Justice – A call from Palestine to EU citizens
12/27/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – Ask your governments and EMPs to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement and stand up for human rights in 2013! A call urging citizens of the European Union to tell their representatives to suspend the EU’s trade agreements with Israel, until Israel complies with international law, has been issued by grassroots networks and organizations from across….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Japan donates additional USD 2 million to UNRWA
Relief Web 27 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory 27 December 2012 The Government of Japan has contributed an additional USD 2 million to support the United Nations Relief and Works…

Relief Web 26 Dec 2012 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory General Overall, 1,374 truckloads (41,967 tons) were unloaded at the crossings. The Kerem Shalom crossing and the Erez terminal fully operated this past week. 39 truckloads of goods were exported this past…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): UNRWA Syria Crisis Response January – June 2013
Relief Web 26 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) executive summary The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)…

occupied Palestinian territory: Children affected by the recent violence in the State of Palestine are encouraged to come to terms with the past
Relief Web 26 Dec 2012 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Catherine Weibel GAZA CITY, State of Palestine, 26 December 2012 – In a small, dark flat, a dozen boys aged 8 to 13 sit in silence. Telling their stories All of…

The National

Syria: no plan, no timetable, no peace
The National 27 Dec 2012 – The UN special envoy repeats calls for political change but has left Damascus with no sign that a stillborn peace deal struck in Geneva this summer has been revived. Phil Sands reports from Damascus

012: looking back on world events
The National 27 Dec 2012 – As The National’s foreign correspondents look back on 2012, the headline-grabbing stories may not always have been the most significant.

‘Mad scientist’ models industry that improves lives
The National 26 Dec 2012 – The sleepy remote town of Wankaner reveals few clues that it is home to one of India’s most famous inventors whose creations have improved the lives of many people.

Egypt’s opposition to be investigated over ‘incitement to overthrow government’
The National 27 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s chief prosecutor orders investigation into Mohammed ElBaradei, Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabahi over claims they incited to overthrow Mohammed Morsi’s government.

Tourist denies insulting and assaulting police officer at Dubai airport
The National 27 Dec 2012 – A woman tourist insulted a female police officer and assaulted her with a water bottle while being detained at Dubai airport, the Dubai Court of Misdemeanours has heard.

UAE policeman cleared of having sex with 16-year-old girl
The National 27 Dec 2012 – The case was referred to police after the Emirati student, AA, admitted herself to Dubai hospital complaining of lower abdomen pain and was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy.

Al Nasr kicked off football passion in the UAE
The National 27 Dec 2012 – Football has been a passion for Emiratis since long before the country was formed, and the first club, Al Nasr, was founded in 1945.


Settler youth indicted for West Bank ‘price tag’ attack
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Israeli post office says Palestinian cannot send package abroad
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Kosher is not just for Christmas
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Workers lock themselves in Dimona plant, decrying ‘merciless owners’
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

New Lieberman indictment describes crimes verging on bribery
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

U.K. ‘deeply disappointed’ by Israel’s upgrade of West Bank college
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Vandals desecrate north Israel church abandoned in 1948
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

State Comptroller sends draft of ‘Bibi Tours’ report to Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Abbas: If stalemate continues after elections, Netanyahu can take back the keys to the West Bank
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Poll: Habayit Hayehudi rises to 15 Knesset seats, as Labor slides to 16
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Netanyahu: Israel’s ‘long arm’ will strike those who threaten it
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Israel’s AG intensifies indictment against Lieberman over ambassador affair
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Clashes erupt as High Court debates disqualification of Israeli Arab MK
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Israeli suspect in attack on African migrants’ property gets off with light plea bargain
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Yisrael Beiteinu unveils plan to seize interior and housing ministries from Shas
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Iran: Nuclear agency can inspect Parchin if threats of Israeli attacks defused
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2012

Israel’s Health Ministry denies pharmacists’ bid to perform HIV tests
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2012

Brain drain: More than 14% of Israelis with science Ph.Ds live abroad
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2012

Jerusalem Post

Politicians throw back beers at Tel Aviv nightclub
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Kadima, Likud MKs stay in the safety of the VIP section, while Bennett announces his love for secular Tel Avivians.

Deri: Likud Beytenu is party of ‘Russians, whites’
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – After Liberman insults Shas Minister Attias, Deri warns Sephardim that “only Shas will take care of them” in next gov’t.

Anonymous blogger probe puts light on IDF suicides
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Investigation of blogger “Eishton” leads army to releasing figures on soldiers who take their own lives, spark public debate.

An appeal to voters
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Failing to vote reveals a basic lack of appreciation for the gift of democracy.

Fischer refutes Steinitz, says tax hikes needed
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Bank of Israel Governor says if it is necessary to increase expenditure, it should be accompanied by tax increase.

UK ‘disappointed’ in Ariel university upgrade
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt says move will create another obstacle to peace.

Pollard’s Catch-22
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – While this travesty of justice may not have originated on President Barack Obama’s watch, it has been fully revealed under his tenure.

iENGAGE: A boring and dangerous election
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – May the next month until the elections be filled with a competition over innovation, a rivalry to discover new ways to change the status quo and place Israel on a trajectory to a better future.

Why a two-state solution will never work
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Original Thinking: What will happen when you have pressured Israel into allowing a Palestinian entity to take hold on the 1967 borders, an entity that is taken over by a radical Islamic force bent on Israel’s destruction?

Savir’s Corner: An officer and a man of peace
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – At a time when Israel is most in need of these qualities – courage, strategic foresight, self-confidence, understanding of and with others, strength, humanity and humility – the man who personified and symbolized all these is no longer among us.

W. Bank: Palestinians hurl stones at IDF, Israelis
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – According to IDF, Palestinians threw stones at IDF soldiers, Israeli vehicles in at least 14 incidents across West Bank.

Bibi, Bennett (and Sara)
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Who would have believed that young man with a kippa and a shy look would turn into a huge demon, a terrible threat for the one and only Binyamin Netanyahu?

New Palestinian rift erupts after Fatah cancels Gaza event
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Fatah officials decide to cancel anniversary celebrations in Gaza citing Hamas refusal to hold rallies in two of Strip’s main squares, marring positive atmosphere that followed Palestinian statehood bid at UNGA.

Comptroller sends ‘Bibi-Tours’ report draft to PM
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Netanyahu, 30 other ministers, deputy ministers to receive report draft over allegations of improper funding of international trips.

‘Jerusalem Post’ poll: Likud-Beytenu in free fall
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Smith Research poll finds Likud’s joint list with Yisrael Beytenu falls to 34 seats from 36 in one week, Bayit Yehudi gains 3 seats.

Jpost/IDI compass to help voters navigate election
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – The Israel Democracy Institute’s new Election Compass is aimed at helping voters make an informed decision about who to vote for.

PM: Damascus using arms banned by int’l conventions
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Netanyahu says J’lem watching Syria carefully, warns that IDF’s “long arm” will strike those who threaten Israel.

The Weekly Schmooze: Jewish Christmas carols
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – The hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Ari Gold in period costume; Hanukkah gives Christmas a KO.

‘Iran will open suspect base if threats dropped’
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – News agency quotes Iranian Deputy FM Hassan Qashqavi offering to open up Parchin to IAEA inspectors.

A-G submits updated Liberman indictment to Knesset
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Former FM’s involvement in Belarus Ambassador Affair described as more active than passive in updated indictment.

Brahimi: Syria needs ‘real change’ to end conflict
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – International envoy avoids specifics on what changes needed following 5-day trip to Syria, meetings with Assad.

One killed, six wounded in fire at Herzliya mall spa
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2012 – Early investigation finds the spa did not have fire department permits to operate; police calls spa owner in for questioning.

President meets with organ donors families
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – Peres meets with families of organ donors, says it is moving to see altruism free from discrimination.

PAU approves ‘net meter’ system for 2013
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – The system will allow private homes to produce, use their own renewable energy, rather than using electricity from national grid.

CBS survey: Israel losing academics to brain drain
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – Central Bureau of Statistics survey finds 20% of those who received PhDs in math from Israeli academia moved abroad.

Health council approves 2013 health basket additions
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – Deputy Health Minister Litzman calls for “lifesaving drugs to be restored” to supplementary insurance plans.

‘Fewer doctors, nurses and dentists in workforce’
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – Health Ministry’s annual report shows a decrease of working professionals in most vital health fields.

Rabbis offer plan for non-Orthodox prayer at Wall
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2012 – National-religious rabbis offer provision for prayer at Western Wall; PMO: There are no changes in prayer arrangements.

The Guardian

Hamas bans Palestinian journalists from Israeli media co-operation
The Guardian 27 Dec 2012 – Hamas government in Gaza also orders its officials not to give interviews to Israeli press or television due to media ‘hostility’ Hamas has banned Palestinian journalists in Gaza from working with or giving interviews to the…


US Drone Strikes, Cyber Attacks Carried Out Under Cover of the Christmas Holiday

Turkey Opposed US-Approved Al-Assad Transition in Syria

Libyan protesters shut down oil port

‘Save Samer, he is dying’: Samer Issawi and the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers

The persecution of Abu Qatada extends to his family

Institutionalizing “Secret” Drone Strikes

Iraq Sunnis block trade routes in new protest

War sporno: How the Israeli army uses sex and Instagram to sell its racism and violence

Israeli forces ‘detain student, beat father’ in Qalqiliya

012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)

Daily Star

Foreign activists enter Gaza on solidarity mission
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 A delegation of pro-Palestinian activists, mainly French and Egyptian, crossed into Gaza from Egypt on Thursday to deliver aid, AFP correspondents at the border reported.

Obama’s EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson resigns
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 Environmental Protection Agency Administration Lisa Jackson says she’s stepping down after nearly four years on the job.

Iran’s president sacks only female govt minister
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed his only female cabinet minister, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, after she criticised her colleagues for failing to provide funds to import vital medicines.

Egypt’s opposition leaders under investigation
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered an investigation on Thursday into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Iraq Sunni rallies gather steam
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 Thousands of protesters from Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority kept up a week-old blockade on a key highway on Thursday and readied mass rallies for Friday to demand concessions from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Cabinet resignations deal setback for Egypt’s Mursi
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 An Islamist minister quit Egypt’s government on Thursday, the second cabinet resignation this week, as President Mohamed Mursi tries to shore up his authority and gather support for unpopular austerity measures.

Syria envoy calls for political change to end conflict
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 The international envoy seeking a negotiated solution to Syria’s 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people.

Iraq militia issues threat against Turkish interests
Daily Star 27 Dec 2012 An Iraqi militia on Thursday issued a threat against Turkish interests in Iraq, responding to what it described as Turkey’s “blatant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

YNet News

Small bomb goes off in south Tel Aviv building
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Van Rompuy: Britain’s bid to renegotiate could damage bloc
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Obama’s EPA Administrator announces resignation
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Russia boosts space spending
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Swastikas sprayed on kibbutz graves
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – ….

Opportunity in E1 siege
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Knee-jerk attacks on Israel’s decision to fortify Jerusalem awaken true sense of sympathy for Europe’s impotence beyond its own borders ….

IAF cadet wins battle with cancer
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Pilot in training graduates from flight academy despite being diagnosed with cancer midway through course ….

Indictment against Lieberman amended
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Charges remain unchanged but new indictment suggests resigning foreign minister instructed his deputy Daniel Ayalon to appoint Ben Aryeh as ambassador to Latvia ….

Palestinian suspected of having sex with yeshiva students
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Suspect serves as Shabbos goy in Bnei Brak; suspected of paying teens to have sex with him ….

Too little, too late
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Op-ed: Instead of obsessing about Israel, human rights groups should focus on real criminals of the world ….

Quiz contest aims to kindle teens’ interest in Shoah
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – Pilot program seeks to help high school students embrace Jewish history much like Auschwitz trips have done ….

New IDF brigade to protect Eilat
YNet News, 27 Dec 2012 – IDF establishes Eilat Territorial Brigade to tackle Sinai terrorist threat. Fence to be completed by mid 2013 ….

Prosecution set to file harsher charges against Lieberman
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – After gathering testimony from Foreign Ministry’s appointments committee members and questioning Lieberman on promotion of former ambassador Ben Aryeh, police transfer findings to Prosecutor’s Office, which may seek to add more severe charges to indictment ….

Morsi signs constitution: ‘New dawn’
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – Against the backdrop of resistance by liberals fearing Islamization, Egyptian president praises citizens for constitution ‘chosen willingly by the people’ ….

Turkey: Assad sought asylum in Venezuela
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – According to report, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry informed Turkish diplomats in Caracas that Syrian president asked Chavez for protection ….

UAE says arrests cell planning attacks
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – Terrorist cell planning attacks in United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia was detained in the federation of emirates ….

Activists: More than 45,000 killed in Syria conflict
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says bloodshed in war-torn country going from bad to worse ….

Assad said to be stocking up on artillery
YNet News, 26 Dec 2012 – IDF officials say Syrian president’s recent weaponry acquisitions the highest since 1973 ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian Authority security agencies “undermine” human rights
PIC – A report issued by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR) has highlighted the abuse of such rights by the security agencies operated by the Palestinian Authority.

Jewish settlers attack 17-year old boy in Silwan district
PIC – Extremists Jewish settlers physically attacked a Jerusalemite kid named Abdul-Salam Qaimari, 17, as he was riding his bicycle on Wadi Rababa street in Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque.

Issawi: PA did not take prisoners’ issue to the UN
PIC – Shireen Al-Issawi, the sister of hunger striker Samer Al-Issawi, has called for greater support for the issue of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Jewish settlers chop down 40 olive trees
PIC – Jewish settlers chopped down 40 olive trees in Qasra village, south of Nablus, that witnessed an Israeli teargas attack on Wednesday night.

Injuries and arrests during confrontations in Ramallah, al-Khalil and Nablus
PIC – Violent confrontations have erupted on Thursday morning between the occupation forces and Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.

Prisoners wounded in attacks on their cells
PIC – Israeli prison guards and special forces attacked Palestinian prisoners in two prisons on Wednesday wounding four of them, the Palestinian prisoner’s association said in a statement on Thursday.

Bardawil: We reject the two-state solution
PIC – Dr. Salah Bardawil, a leader in Hamas movement, renewed the movement’s rejection of the two-state solution if it means giving an inch of Palestinian land..

Gaza Government affirms the Palestinians’ right to repel any aggression
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza stressed on the right of the Palestinian people to use all resistance methods in order to repel any Israeli aggression and to defend themselves..

IOA order payment of exorbitant sums to postpone the demolition of houses
PIC – The Israeli Supreme Court has ordered payment of a heavy sum of money estimated 52 thousand shekels, in return for agreeing to postpone the demolition of 21 houses south of the city of Nablus.

IOA approves the final stage of Judaizing the names of Jerusalem’s streets
PIC – Jerusalem municipality revealed that it will hold a hearing on Thursday to approve the Judaization of 43 streets’ names in neighborhoods where Palestinians live in Jerusalem.


Abbas to Meretz Delegation: Settlements Will Destroy Peace
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

Soldiers’ Negligence Exposes Children to Risks, says Operation Dove
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

British Foreign Office Minister Condemns New Settlement Activities
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

Israeli Forces Raid Areas, Arrest Palestinians across West Bank
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

Settlers Heavily Injure Teenager in Jerusalem
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

Settlers Uproot Tens of Trees south of Nablus
WAFA – 27 Dec 2012

PEX Report: AL-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 26 Dec 2012


Iran’s Only Female Cabinet Minister Fired
New York Times 27 Dec 2012 – Dr. Marzieh Vahid-Dastjerdi, who was appointed in 2009, apparently angered the president by criticizing the government’s response to acute shortages of medicine imports.

The Lede Blog: New Video of Fatal Shooting at West Bank Checkpoint Shows Officer’s Final Shot
New York Times 27 Dec 2012 – Newly released footage of the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Palestinian at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank this month appears to show that an Israeli officer fired at least three shots at the boy after he had already retreated.

U.N. Envoy Calls for Transitional Syria Government
New York Times 27 Dec 2012 – The envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, said on Thursday that a transitional government should be granted full executive powers until new elections could be held.

Syrian General in Charge of Stopping Defections Becomes a Defector
New York Times 27 Dec 2012 – Maj. Gen. Abdul Azia Jassem al-Shallal is the highest-ranking officer to abandon President Bashar al-Assad.

Bennett Pushes Netanyahu Rightward
New York Times 27 Dec 2012 – Naftali Bennett is not a serious contender to be Israel’s next prime minister, but his appealing biography and far-right platform could lure voters away from the Likud-Beiteinu ticket.

Modiin Energy seeks to raise NIS 75.5m at 17% discount
Globes Energy & Water – Net proceeds from the offering will be used to finance the Gabriella well.

Likud-Beytenu sinks, Habayit Hayehudi gains
Globes Main News – The latest “Globes” poll finds Habayit Hayehudi boosted by Naftali Bennett’s admission he would refuse an IDF order to evacuate Jewish homes.

Hyundai offers to buy Dankner’s HSBC NY HQ
Globes Main News – Property and Building has already received a $750 million offer, reflecting a 127% jump in value since its purchase three years ago.

Fischer contradicts Steinitz on tax hikes
Globes Main News – Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer disagrees with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and thinks higher taxes are needed.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 down 3% on week
Globes Main News – Mellanox, Teva, EZchip and Cellcom dragged the market down despite gains by the banks.

RedHill Biopharma dual-lists on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – The drug development company’s American Depositary Shares (ADRs) began trading today under the ticker “RDHL”.

Atrade: Shekel to strengthen in 2013
Globes Main News – The shekel-dollar exchange rate will fall to NIS 3.71/$; if it falls through this level, the Bank of Israel could intervene to avoid losing control of the exchange rate.

Manufacturers want Fischer to weaken shekel
Globes Macro Economics – The Manufacturers Association wants the Bank of Israel to intervene to bring the shekel-dollar exchange rate back to around NIS 4/$.

Meir Javedanfar: Iran “Analyst” as Pro-Israel Cipher
Tikun Olam – The impasse between Iran and the west has produced a bumper crop of Iranian opportunists who’ve latched onto a western gravy train as analysts, media commentators, political consultants, and think tank pundits. As opposed to genuine independent analysts with their own sources and expertise, this group…

A prosperous Christmas in Bethlehem
Palestine Monitor – Photos by Calum Toogood and Lazar Simeonov. Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and locals lined the streets of Bethlehem and gathered in the city’s Manger Square on Christmas Eve. Reigned as the most popular tourist destination in the West…

The Western Wall is as political as the Apartheid Wall
Mondoweiss – Just when my reflections on religion and the holiday season were becoming too pessimistic, a more positive development is in the offing. At least it’s touted as such. The development involves the Western Wall in Jerusalem where many Jews come to pray. As part of the ancient Temple compound, it’s one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Religious Jews in Israel and around the world flock there.

NY mayoral hopeful Quinn urges Obama to free Pollard
Mondoweiss – You do the math: Christine Quinn is expected to run for mayor in NY next year. She is the speaker of the NY City Council. Yesterday she released this letter calling on Obama to commute the sentence of Jonathan Pollard, the spy for Israel inside Navy…

In backing Hagel, mainstream news organizations call out the Israel lobby
Mondoweiss – The last 24 hours have seen major support for Chuck Hagel as a possible Defense Secretary originating from many mainstream venues, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Chris Matthews on Hardball. The Times piece by James Besser, formerly of the Jewish Week, and…

Nakba Revisited: Syria’s Palestinians and the centrality of the right of return
Mondoweiss – It must have been 2007, although I cannot remember the exact date. I do recall getting lost in what seemed like a futile search for the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Rome. There was a meeting of NGOs and some General…

Iran Fires Only Female Minister
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2012 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed his only female cabinet minister, Health Minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, after she criticised her colleagues for failing to provide funds to import vital medicines. Click here for the rest of the article…

Holocaust Scholars Urge Aid for Africans in Israel
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2012 – A new initiative, supported by prominent Holocaust and genocide scholars, calls on the international community to share responsibility for resolving the African refugee crisis in Israel, insisting that Israel should not be expected to carry the burden alone. Click here for the rest of the article……

Right-Wingers Scuffle With Arabs Over Vote Hearing
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2012 – A violent scuffle broke out between right-wing Israeli activists and supporters of Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi following a Supreme Court hearing on her disqualification from upcoming elections. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Christian Pilgrims Invade Tel Aviv Market
allAfrica.com 27 Dec 2012 – [Daily Trust]Nigerian Christian pilgrims currently in Israel went on a shopping spree at the Jaffa Market in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Eritrea: Phantom Israeli and Iranian Military Bases
allAfrica.com 27 Dec 2012 – [Shabait]In less than 48 hours since this piece was posted in Stratfor website on December 11, 2012 at 11:15 GMT, the story was picked up [as a quick search by the title yielded some 152,000 and another hour or so later 269,000 results), from sites that…

Israeli Forces Attack School, PSP Activists in Another Attack After Funeral
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Dec 2012 – For the third time in 4 days, Israeli forces attacked residents of Beit Ommar after a funeral. On Wednesday, December 26, over 100 soldiers and the “skunk” truck were used in a prolonged attack on the residents of Beit Ommar that lasted over two hours. Soldiers…

Israeli Forces Invade Beit Ommar Again After Funeral, Settler Hit-and-Run
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Dec 2012 – On December 24th a local resident of Beit Ommar died of natural causes. As we have reported before , funerals in Beit Ommar are often attacked by Israeli forces who are stationed at the entrance to the village, which is also the location of the town cemetery….

Egypt opposition incitement probe
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s public prosecutor orders an inquiry into top opposition leaders over allegations they “incited the overthrow” of President Morsi.

Sole Iran woman minister sacked
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, the only female minister in 30 years of Iran‘s Islamic republic, is sacked after a dispute with President Ahmadinejad.

Alan Hart: An off-the-record New Year conversation with President Obama
Sabbah report 27 Dec 2012 – Alan Hart: What is it in particular that you think they need to be “saved” from? President Obama: (The president smiled). The short answer is Netanyahu, those to the right of him and the Zionist colonial ideology they represent. The long answer has to take account…

Mohamed Khodr: Obama Will Cave in to Israel and Drop Chuck Hagel’s Nomination
Sabbah report 27 Dec 2012 – Mr. President, it is shocking, bewildering, incredulous, and tragically disappointing that American citizens should have to resort to a petition asking you to serve America’s national interest by nominating the incredibly qualified Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and, for once, stand up to Israel…

U.S. Complicity in Israel’s Deadly Actions in Gaza
US Campaign to End the Occupation 27 Dec 2012 – Our National Advocacy Director Josh Ruebner published this piece in The Huffington Post . On November 18, an Israeli air force pilot flying a U.S.-made F-16 fighter jet fired a missile at the four-story home of the al-Dalu family in Gaza City, killing ten members of the…

It is Time for Gulf Colonialism
Al-Akhbar Blogs 27 Dec 2012 – During a period when European colonialism was met with armed resistance, Algerian-born French writer Albert Camus’ suggestion that an Arab colonialism replace the French one was controversial. From a different angle, the idea of replacing one system with another is now legitimate after the Arab Spring….

Lebanon Economy: Salameh’s Plan Stimulates the Few
Al-Akhbar Opinion 27 Dec 2012 – “You have to operate, not to wait until everything is clear and quiet, because you would lose opportunities and lose time,” Lebanese central bank chief Riad Salameh told Reuters last month. (Photo: Haitham al-Moussawi) “You have to operate, not to wait until everything is clear and…

Second minister resigns in Egypt
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s legal and parliamentary affairs minister announced his resignation on Thursday, the day after President Mohamed Mursi vowed a government reshuffle to tackle the country’s troubled economy. Mohammed Mahsoub said he was stepping down because “many policies and efforts contradict my personal convictions,” according to his…

Lebanon’s Political Fouls on the Court
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – is current round of enthusiasm for the team comes on the eve of 2013 parliamentary elections thus rendering all attempts to distance the club from politics a failure. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) is current round of enthusiasm for the team comes on the eve of 2013 parliamentary…

Top prosecutor to investigate accusations that opposition incited Mursi ouster
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – An Egyptian official says the country’s top prosecutor has ordered an investigation into accusations against opposition leaders of incitement to overthrow the regime. The prosecution official said Thursday a judge will investigate the report filed last month accusing Mohammed ElBaradei, Nobel Prize laureate and former head…

Saudi detains dozens for “plotting to celebrate Christmas”
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – (Photo: Reuters – Larry Downing) (Photo: Reuters – Larry Downing) Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said. The raid is…

Jordan’s Abdullah holds talks with Netanyahu over Syria
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – (Photo: Reuters – Majed Jaber) (Photo: Reuters – Majed Jaber) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman recently to discuss violence in Syria and the country’s chemical weapons stock, Israeli media said Thursday. Public radio, as well as several…

Brahimi calls for transitional government in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2012 – The international envoy charged with pushing to end Syria’s civil war has called for the formation of a transitional government to run the country until new elections can be held. Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Damascus Thursday that political changes in Syria must not be “cosmetic”…

Oman: The Sultan’s Symbolic Reforms
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Dec 2012 – An Omani man chooses his candidates at a polling station in Shinas district, on 22 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Mahjoub) An Omani man chooses his candidates at a polling station in Shinas district, on 22 December 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Mahjoub) The high…

Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Dec 2012 – Leading figures in March 8 also criticize the government’s economic performance. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Leading figures in March 8 also criticize the government’s economic performance. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) In light of March 14’s bleak performance on the political scene in 2012, has March 8 fared much…

Israel Providing Settlers’ Illegal Actions with Rubber-Stamp of Approval
Al-Haq 27 Dec 2012 – Ad: Restoring The Republic Ebook Series – Compare The Key Differences Between A Democracy And A Republic, Uncover Trojan Horses Being Used In American Society Today To Destabilize Free Enterprise And Promote Socialism And What Legal Safeguards The Founding Fathers Placed In The U.s.

Egypt opposition incitement probe
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s public prosecutor orders an inquiry into top opposition leaders over allegations they “incited the overthrow” of President Morsi.

Sole Iran woman minister sacked
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi, the only female minister in 30 years of Iran‘s Islamic republic, is sacked after a dispute with President Ahmadinejad.

Mubarak back in Egyptian hospital
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence, is back in hospital after another health relapse, judicial sources say.

Morsi opponents mull talks offer
BBC 27 Dec 2012 – Egypt’s opposition says it will consider an offer of dialogue made by President Morsi, two days after a controversial constitution became law.


Why the Self-Defense Doctrine Doesn’t Legitimize Israel’s Assault on Gaza
James Marc Leas, CounterPunch 12/27/2012
How Obama and Netanyahu Disregarded Law and Facts
Supporting all aspects of the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, President Obama gave Israeli forces a green light, saying “We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu defended Israel’s targeting of civilian areas in Gaza saying “it’s our right to defend our people.”
Obama and Netenyahu disregarded law and facts:
* In 2004, the International Court of Justice rejected Israeli Government arguments and found that as an occupying power, Israel’s right to defend itself under a UN Charter provision does not apply against those living under its rule.
* The Court found that the right, and indeed the obligation, to protect citizens does not trump Israeli obligation to conform to international law when doing so.
* Israeli military assaults on Gaza, including “Operation Pillar of Defense,” caused a vast increase in rocket fire from Gaza, so the assaults endangered rather than defended Israeli citizens.
* Israeli political and military leaders have long known how to quickly halt or substantially dial down rocket fire that involves no bombs, no killing, and no destruction: ceasefire agreements. However, Israeli forces have repeatedly ended effective ceasefire agreements with aerial extrajudicial executions of Palestinians in Gaza that dialed up rocket fire.
Israeli Government argues self-defense
In its 2004 written advisory opinion regarding the wall that Israeli forces built across Palestinian occupied territory, the International Court of Justice included the Israeli government’s self-defense arguments…. more.. e-mail

Israel gets a kick(back) out of conflict
Charlotte Silver, Al Jazeera.com 12/25/2012
Israel’s image as “an isolated, besieged country” is good for its weapons and homeland security exports.
2012 did not turn out to be Israel’s finest year, diplomatically: from being called out for its war-mongering against Iran to its defeat (however symbolic) at the United Nations General Assembly’s vote on Palestine’s bid for statehood. But that didn’t stop its homeland security industry from coming out ahead in the global market.
As Shimon Peres put it during the International Homeland Security Conference held in Tel Aviv on the eve of Israel’s November attack on the Gaza Strip, “When it comes to science there are no borders.”
Peres was speaking at an event intended to showcase Israel’s latest homeland security wares to the world, so “science” was his shrewd euphemism for security and surveillance technology – the kind of technology that not only helps to break down political borders but personal ones, too.
Israel is in the process of developing its national biometric database, which political economist Shir Hever described to me as, “One of the harshest biometric surveillance systems in the world”, and civil liberties groups have described as creating dangerous infringements on individual privacy.
No serious competitor
As Peres intimated in his speech, in spite of the noted trend away from support for Israel in diplomatic halls, most countries continue to flock to the Jewish state for the latest in surveillance technology.
“No other country has emerged as a serious competitor to Israel’s homeland security trade,” Hever argues. more.. e-mail

Zionism, anti-Semitism and colonialism
Joseph Massad, Al Jazeera.com 12/26/2012
Zionist leaders consciously recognised that state anti-Semitism was essential to their colonial project.
Ever since the inception of the Zionist movement, Zionist thinkers presented their national colonial project as a response to anti-Semitism. Whereas Zionists saw anti-Semitism as a symptom, if not a diagnosis, of the Jewish Question, they offered Zionism as the final cure that would eradicate anti-Semitism in Europe once and for all.
Herzl and his followers insisted that it is the presence of Jews in gentile societies that caused anti-Semitism. Herzl put it thus in his foundational Zionist pamphlet Der Judenstaat: “The unfortunate Jews are now carrying the seeds of anti-Semitism into England; they have already introduced it into America.”
Sharing this diagnosis with anti-Semites, the Zionists called for the exit of Jews from gentile societies in order to “normalise” their “abnormal” situation, transforming them into a nation like other nations.
Zionism could only be realised through a colonial-settler project, which its founders understood was achievable only through an alliance with colonial powers. Whereas the colonisation of Palestine would start late, on the eve of the eclipse of European colonialism, Zionism would thrive in its early years precisely because both anti-Semitism and colonialism were de rigueur in late 19th and early 20th century Europe.
In its early years, Jewish Zionism along with its European Christian sponsors would invoke the millenarian Protestant affirmation that European Jews were linked historically and geographically to Palestine to which they should “return”. Palestinian opposition to Jewish colonisation would be cast as native fanatical resistance to European rule, as well as an affront to Jewish and Christian claims of Palestine as a “national home” for European Jews. more.. e-mail

Two years of Arab Spring: Tunis, Cairo … Ramallah?
Amira Hass, Ha’aretz 12/23/2012
The inspiration for the Arab Spring came from young people in the street, but it seemed to bypass the West Bank and Gaza. Haaretz tracks down the Palestinians still talking about a revolution.
“Hold your head high because you are a Palestinian.” This was Fatah’s official slogan for the local council elections in the West Bank. The message imitated the chant sounded by demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square: “Hold your head high because you are an Egyptian.” The Palestinian version has also been on the lips of young people: for example, when they demonstrated against the intention of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet Shaul Mofaz in Ramallah. In contrast, during a Hamas rally in Ramallah staged at the time of Operation Pillar of Defense last month, the demonstrators chanted a variation of the main revolutionary Arab call: “The people want missiles to be fired,” and not as an ironic description of the Israeli people’s desires.
During the first days of the 2011 revolution in Egypt, when small groups of Palestinians asked to organize support rallies, both Hamas authorities in Gaza and Fatah authorities in the West Bank tried to dissuade them. They did not expect Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to fall from power so quickly, and were afraid of harming the relations with his regime.
A group of young people, who had started to organize before the revolutions and wanted to shake up Ramallah’s artificial normality, learned about the authorities’ position in the usual manner. Bassam (not his real name ) recalls: “During a support rally for the Egyptian people, one of us was holding an Egyptian flag and so was beaten by security personnel. When we demonstrated at Manara Square [in Ramallah], after we reserved the site and time with the police, it turned out that, ‘completely by coincidence,’ the Fatah movement staged a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners who are incarcerated in Israel, at exactly the same spot.” more.. e-mail

How Israel’s supporters are attempting to shut down boycott debate in UK unions
Electronic Intifada: 27 Dec 2012 – Asa Winstanley London 27 December 2012 Lawsuit an indicator of the desperation of those who wish to undermine the Israel boycott movement.more

A prosperous Christmas in Bethlehem
Palestine Monitor: 27 Dec 2012 – Photos by Calum Toogood and Lazar Simeonov. Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and locals lined the streets of Bethlehem and gathered in the city’s Manger Square on Christmas Eve. Reigned as the most popular tourist destination in the West…more

Gaza’s Only Fisherwoman Continues to Sail
Dissident Voice: 27 Dec 2012 – “The problems started for me at eighteen,” Madleen Kulab said quietly, sitting just meters from the shore of the Mediterranean. “The police and port authorities did not want me to sail as a woman.” Though Madleen has emerged from this recent challenge, receiving a permanent permission to fish from the Gazan Interior Ministry, this is not the first hardship she has stared down and overcome in her lifetime. As Gaza’s only professional fisherwoman, Madleen’s sailing career began at an early age. Her father, Mahrous Kulab, taught her how to fish from the time she was six years old. “I went with my father from six years to thirteen. Our boat had no engine at that time,” she remembered with a certain fondness. At thirteen, Madleen personally made the decision to carry on fishing and support her family when her father’s legs were paralyzed from a form of palsy. Her father…more

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