VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 4 January 2013: Israel’s persecuted truth teller

4 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Undercover Forces Infiltrate Into Bethlehem
IMEMC – A group of undercover soldiers of the Israeli army infiltrated, Friday, into the West Bank city of Bethlehem, using a Palestinian Taxi that was confiscated by the soldiers just outside of Beit Jala city, northwest of Bethlehem. …

Israeli Army: “West Bank Arrests Aims At Preventing 3rd Intifada”
IMEMC – The Israeli army stated Friday that it is conducting extensive arrests targeting Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank “in order to prevent a third Intifada in the territories”, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported. …

Egypt Uncovers Missiles En Route To Gaza
IMEMC – The Egyptian Security Services announced that it managed to uncover, on Friday at dawn, a weapons storage facility loaded with advances missiles, including antitank and antiaircraft missiles, that weapons dealers intended to smuggle into the Gaza Strip via border tunnels. …

PCHR Weekly Report: 43 Palestinian civilians wounded, including 9 children, during the last week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 27 Dec.- 02 Jan. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli troops wounded 42 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, in the West Bank, and a Palestinian child who was collecting rubble and firewood in the northwest of Beit Hanoun in Gaza. …

Eight Palestinians Kidnapped In Occupied East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at night and on Friday at dawn, eight Palestinians in Al-Esawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem; the soldiers broke into several homes and violently searched them before kidnapping the eight residents. More than 100 residents have been detained in Al-Eesawiyya in 22 days. …

Dozens Injured During Clashes With Israeli Soldiers Near Jenin
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that dozens of Palestinian youths have been injured, Thursday, during clashes with Israeli soldiers stationed at the Al-Jalama roadblock, north of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. …

Four Palestinians Injured By Army Fire In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources in occupied East Jerusalem reported that four Palestinian youths have been wounded, on Thursday evening, in Ras Al-Amoud neighborhood in the city after the army invaded it. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain 2 in Hebron arrest raid
1/4/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested two people in Hebron early Friday, locals and Israel’s army said. Israeli forces raided the al-Rajabi family home and detained two brothers, Muhammad Abed al-Fatah, 23, and Muhanad Abed al-Fatah, 21, a relative said. They assaulted a third brother, Orabi, and caused extensive damage to the….

Medics: 4 injured in Jerusalem clashes
1/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Four young men were injured in Jerusalem late Thursday during clashes with Israeli forces, Palestinian medical sources said. The clashes took place when Israeli forces suppressed a march organized to show solidarity with hunger striking detainee Samer Issawi, who is from Jerusalem. Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets….

Palestinian jailed in Israel suffers voice loss due to negligence
1/4/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian being held in an Israeli jail has suffered irreparable damage to his vocal cords as a result of medical negligence, losing the ability to speak, a PA ministry said Friday. The ministry of prisoners affairs said that Mahmud Hamdi Shabaneh, 40, from Hebron is being held under administrative detention….

Hundreds of thousands gather in Gaza for Fatah anniversary
1/4/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hundreds of thousands of Fatah supporters gathered in Gaza City on Friday to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the nationalist movement’s founding, a Ma’an correspondent said. Fatah supporters had been amassing at al-Saraya square in Gaza City since Thursday evening in preparation for the anniversary celebrations…. Related: In-photos: Fatah’s 48th anniversary rally in Gaza and Fatah celebrations show ‘party still has Gaza support’

PA financial crisis could be obstacle to joining int’l bodies
1/4/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis may prevent it from joining several international and United Nations institutions following Palestine’s recognition as a non-member state in November, a legal official said Friday. Hassan al-Ouri, President Abbas’ legal adviser, told Ma’an that the PA is studying several….

PA delegation to raise issue of prisoners in Cairo visit
1/4/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority delegation is due to visit Cairo in the coming days to discuss the issue of Palestinian prisoners, the PA detainee affairs minister said Friday. Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that the delegation will meet with Egyptian officials to discuss prisoners undertaking hunger strikes, as well as Israel….

Islamic Jihad holds Hebron rally to support hunger strikers
1/4/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of Islamic Jihad supporters held a rally in Hebron on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians currently on hunger strike, Ma’an’s reporter said. Protestors marched from Hussein Ibn Ali Mosque to Ibn Rushd Square waving Islamic Jihad flags and posters demanding the release of Palestinian prisoners….

Egypt seizes US-made missiles en-route to Gaza
1/4/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces seized a stash of US-made missiles on Friday in the Sinai peninsula, Ma’an’s correspondent said. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that they believe the weapons were ready to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip via underground tunnels. The six anti-tank and….

Iran says talks with big powers to be held in January
1/4/2013 – NEW DELHI (Reuters) — Iran has agreed to hold talks with six major powers about its atomic program in January but the date and venue has yet to be decided, the country’s top nuclear negotiator said on Friday. The six powers want to rein in Iran’s uranium enrichment program to ensure it…. Related: EU says no date for Iran talks, hopes for next round soon

Man charged with spying for Israel in Yemen
1/4/2013 – ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) — A man in Yemen has been charged with spying for Israel and will soon face trial in the southern port city of Aden, official sources said on Friday. The man was arrested three weeks ago in the city of Taiz after a period of surveillance, and was named as 24-year-old computer….

EU says no date for Iran talks, hopes for next round soon
1/4/2013 – BRUSSELS (Reuters) — The European Union says no date has been fixed for further talks on Iran’s nuclear program, while hoping they will be soon, an EU foreign affairs spokesman said. He was reacting to comments from Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, who said earlier on Friday the country had agreed to hold…. Related: Iran says talks with big powers to be held in January

Israel’s ex-security chief says Netanyahu wavering, weak
1/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — The former head of Israel’s internal security service said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday was wavering and weak in an unusually personal condemnation of the right-winger, who enjoys a strong lead in polls ahead of the Jan. 22 election. Yuval Diskin, who retired as Shin Bet chief in 2011, last….

Medics: 20 injured in Gaza City during Fatah rally
1/4/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Twenty people were injured in Gaza City on Friday as hundreds of thousands gathered to celebrate Fatah‘s 48th anniversary, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that 20 people were taken to hospital for treatment after getting crushed among the crowds in al-Saraya square. Several…. Related: In-photos: Fatah’s 48th anniversary rally in Gaza

In-photos: Fatah’s 48th anniversary rally in Gaza
1/4/2013 – Reuters / Suhaib Salem / Mohammed Salem / MaanImages – Fatah officials say nearly one million people attended a Gaza City rally to celebrate the 48th anniversary since the nationalist movement’s founding. The celebrations mark the first time since 2007 that Gaza rulers Hamas have allowed Fatah to hold such events.” Soon we will achieve unity and…. Related: Hundreds of thousands gather in Gaza for Fatah anniversary and Medics: 20 injured in Gaza City during Fatah rally

Fatah celebrations show ‘party still has Gaza support’
1/4/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah‘s anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip demonstrated a breakthrough in support for the Palestinian leadership, a senior Palestinian official said Friday. President Abbas’ secretary-general, Attayyib Abdul-Rahim, told Ma’an that people who thought the Fatah movement in Gaza had lost support or influence were mistaken, calling…. Related: Hundreds of thousands gather in Gaza for Fatah anniversary

Fatah official: Anniversary celebrations a success
1/4/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Celebrations to mark the 48th anniversary since Fatah‘s founding passed successfully, a Fatah official said Friday. Jamal Obeid applauded the large numbers of people who turned out for the celebrations, praising what he called “unprecedented participation.” A number of the festival’s planned events had to be….

Haniyeh congratulates Abbas on Fatah anniversary
1/4/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh called President Abbas on Friday to congratulate him on the occasion of Fatah‘s 48th anniversary, a statement by Hamas said. Haniyeh reiterated to Abbas that the Islamist movement believes in political diversity and is working towards national reconciliation. Abbas in turn thanked the….

3-month-old baby dies from swine flu, death toll reaches 12
1/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A three-month-old baby died in Nablus on Friday after contracting swine flu, with 352 cases of the H1N1 virus recorded, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health said. Ministry spokesman Tarif Ashour told Ma’an that the majority of the 12 victims were patients suffering from long-term illnesses, children under 5….

Lebanon asks for $180 million to aid Syrian refugees
1/4/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanon, now a haven for 170,000 Syrians fleeing civil war, has asked foreign donors for $180 million to help care for them and said it will register and recognize refugees after a year-long hiatus. The Beirut government has officially sought to “dissociate” itself from the 21-month-old struggle in Syria, nervous about the….

Yemeni tribesmen protest against drone strikes
1/4/2013 – SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) — Dozens of armed tribesmen took to the streets in southern Yemen on Friday to protest against drone strikes that they say have killed innocent civilians and increased anger against the United States. A drone killed at least three suspected al-Qaida militants including a local commander in the town of Redaa on Thursday….

Islamists pursue own agenda in Iraq’s Sunni protests
1/4/2013 – BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Street protests in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim heartland pose a new challenge to Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as shock waves from the Sunni-led insurgency in nearby Syria strain his country’s fragile political balance. Over the past two weeks, tens of thousands of Sunnis have staged demonstrations, and in Anbar….


Fatah holds first mass rally in Gaza in years
AlJazeera 4 Jan 2013 – Hamas allows Fatah, the West Bank political party, to hold 48th anniversary in Gaza City in sign of improving ties.

Palestine News Network

Netanyahu Delays E1 Construction Plans
Palestine News Network

Syrian Warplanes Bomb Suburbs of the Capital
Palestine News Network

The General Son with Israel Human Right Miko Peled
Palestine News Network

Gaza Marks Fatah’s 48th Anniversary
Palestine News Network

Deri Calls for Long-Term Peace Deal with Palestinians
Palestine News Network

‘Price Tag’ Attack in Palestinian Village Caught on Tape
Palestine News Network

Four Palestinians Wounded During Clashes in Solidarity Protest
Palestine News Network

013 Hold for The Arab Spring?
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 Dec.- 02 Jan. 2012)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel and Egypt facilitate the transfer of construction materials to the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 4 Jan 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory December 31, 2012. Following five and a half years in which the entrance of construction materials to the Gaza Strip has been heavily restricted, in the past few days, both Israel and Egypt have…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli forces will evict family from their home in Sheikh Jarrah
Relief Web 4 Jan 2013 – Source: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory On Monday 31 December 2012, Israeli forces will evict the Shamasneh family from their home in Sheikh Jarrah. The family of ten, including six children, have…

Relief Web 4 Jan 2013 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the), Turkey Syria: Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2013

The National

Syria rejects UN report on rights violations
The National 4 Jan 2013 – The UN inquiry, which also highlighted growing sectarianism and an increased flouting of international laws governing conduct in wartime, was dismissed by Syria’s foreign ministry yesterday as unprofessional and biased.

Iran rethinks its staunch support for Assad regime
The National 4 Jan 2013 – While still committed to Bashar Al Assad, there are tentative moves in Iran to hedge its bets should the president’s regime fall to rebels.

Buy a Versace apartment in Dubai … and get free crockery
The National 4 Jan 2013 – Brace yourself for another “only in Dubai” moment as we step inside the multi-million dirham homes at Palazzo Versace.

In pictures: Exclusive first look into Palazzo Versace Dubai
The National 3 Jan 2013 – The National brings you the exclusive first look at the interior of Palazzo Versace Dubai – the world’s second Versace-themed hotel.

Rival Palestinian factions unite in display of solidarity in Gaza
The National 4 Jan 2013 – A long hiatus in peace talks between Mahmoud Abbas’s administration and Israel has narrowed ideological differences between Fatah and Hamas.

Video: Gazans mark Fatah anniversary
The National 3 Jan 2013 – Thousands of Palestinians gather in Gaza City to mark the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah nationalist movement, despite its waning power in the region.

Job advert discrimination not illegal in UAE
The National 4 Jan 2013 – Listings advertising job openings in the UAE routinely and openly discriminate based on nationality – a practice that seems archaic and absurd to most.

Fake photo of rape victim goes viral on Facebook
The National 4 Jan 2013 – The brutal gang-rape of the 23-year-old medical student and her death last Saturday has led to a bout of national soul-searching over the treatment of women in India and provoked daily protests.


Divisive, Israel-centered battle royal looms in Washington as Hagel appointment appears imminent
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Livni calls on Yacimovich, Lapid to form united front against Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Morsi called Israelis ‘descendants of apes and pigs’ in 2010 video
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

U.S. Jewish leaders express ‘concern’ about impending Al Jazeera incursion into millions of American homes
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Report: Egypt thwarts smuggling of 6 U.S.-made missiles into Gaza
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Ex-Shin Bet head: Netanyahu is an unreliable leader ‘possessed’ by Iran
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Lobbyists may face new curbs after Israeli elections
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Israel’s National Library buys 1,000-year-old Jewish documents from Afghanistan
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Health Ministry inaugurates health clinic for migrants in Tel Aviv bus station
Ha’aretz – 4 Jan 2013

Three Brits with Israeli ties on Queen’s Honours list
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Political parties are translating English ‘likes’ into Israeli ballots
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

State fails to find alternative site for Palmahim Beach resort
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Study: Chemical commonly found in plastics could harm fertility
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Lieberman to seek foreign or finance portfolio, leaked document reveals
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Bedouin stabbed to death in Israel’s south, police suspect 17-year-old wife
Ha’aretz – 3 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Morsi in 2010: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – Newly translated interviews by MEMRI show Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi opposing two-state solution, saying “Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war.” 

Morsi: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – Newly translated interviews by MEMRI show Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2010 opposing two-state solution. 

Abbas stresses unity as Fatah rallies in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – Hamas allows first mass Fatah rally in Gaza in years, as Palestinian rivals signal desire for reconciliation. 

Yemen charges man with spying for the Mossad
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – Aden’s Defense Ministry names 24-year-old computer engineer, who it says traveled to Israel, carried Israeli ID

‘Egypt stops US-made missiles destined for Gaza’
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – American-made anti-tank, anti-aircraft missiles are seized near El-Arish ahead of smuggling into Gaza, reports say. 

Iran: Nuclear negotiations to be held this month
Jerusalem Post 4 Jan 2013 – No date or venue has been set, but Tehran’s chief negotiator says he accepts the talks should be held this month. 

Deri calls for long-term Palestinian peace deal
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Arye Deri, of the Shas leadership triumvirate, reveals dovish views on peace process in interview with ‘Post.’ 

The Israeli Voter’s Voice: Noam Mark, Gaza belt
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – The first in a series profiling voters from different sectors of the Israeli society ahead of the January 2013 elections. 

Sleep apnea may offer protection from heart attack
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Findings of study show some heart attack patients may actually benefit from mild to moderate sleep-disordered breathing. 

Parents of autistic children slam budget cuts
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – ALUT organization meets with Treasury to discuss public service reduction; call to hold protest in front of PMO in J’lem. 

Car bomb hits Damascus petrol station, killing 11
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Bomb explodes in petrol station packed with people queuing for fuel in Syrian capital; unknown who carried out attack. 

US Congress missing prominent pro-Israel voices
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – 113th congress sworn in with number of Jewish representatives dropping since 2010; J Street enthusiastic over new orientation. 

Into the Fray: Redefining (failure as) victory
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – One can only hope that the stiffening of national resolve the public seems to be displaying in its choice of candidates for the next Knesset, will result in a new political atmosphere that will permit the IDF to once again become the formidable and feared fighting apparatus it once was. 

Uniting Israel’s citizens to protect its shores
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Environment: Cattle for Palmahim Beach has became a symbol of national consensus for conservation effort for country’s coastline. 

Diplomacy: A process fundamentally flawed
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Former deputy national security adviser Chuck Freilich argues that a tough neighborhood, a crazy electoral system and weak civilian organs produce a faulty decision-making process that has worked in the past but is no longer providing the goods. 

My Word: Party numbers
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – These are elections that are all about Freudian id rather than ideology. Since parties now seem to have agendas rather than party platforms and virtual supporters rather than structural support, many have become defined by the person who leads them. 

Taking the high road
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – A number of Jerusalem city councillors have left Safra Square to gain high-profile Knesset positions over the past decades 

Chance encounters
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – A story of friendship, love, divorce and the rabbinical court in Jerusalem. 

Don’t be silly
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Hypothetical questions can be useful, no matter how ridiculous they sound. 

Middle Israel: The anti-messianic axis
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – Bibi and Shelly can stun their parties’ challengers by teaming up to change the system 

Setting things straight
Jerusalem Post 3 Jan 2013 – ‘The UN upgrade resolution has neither created a Palestinian state nor granted any kind of statehood to the Palestinians.’ 

The Guardian

Israel’s shift to the right will alienate those it needs most | Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian 4 Jan 2013 – Ahead of the Israeli elections, ultra-ultra-nationalists are surging in the polls. But diaspora Jews might recoil from their views In a week when the dead number 60,000 in Syria – a figure considered an underestimate by…

Mass rally in Gaza to support Palestinian president’s Fatah faction
The Guardian 4 Jan 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians head to streets for first major demonstration since rival Hamas took control Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have joined a mass rally in Gaza support of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction,…

Arabs are ‘losing faith’ in America: lessons from Lebanon 1982
The Guardian 4 Jan 2013 – Newly-declassified secret British government documents shed light on a key moment in the Middle East and the elusive search for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement It’s reasonable to describe journalism as the “first rough draft of history,”…

Publisher apologises for labelling Israel ‘Occupied Palestine’ in textbook
The Guardian 4 Jan 2013 – Garnet Education responds to criticism after map in TEFL textbook causes outcry A publisher has apologised for its “serious editorial error” after labelling Israel as “Occupied Palestine” in a textbook. The map was included in Skills…

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: The Arab Spring at Two: What Lessons Should We Learn?
IPS As the Arab Spring enters its third year, new Arab democracies and the international community should reflect on several critical lessons from the past two years. Thinking about these lessons and learning from history, no matter how recent, could help us understand the trajectory for the next stage in Arab…


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Netanyahu’s Warning

Rescuers Reportedly Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Ninevah governor blames Iraq PM-linked unit for killing his 10-year-old nephew

Israeli army dogs attack elderly Palestinian

Execution of Three Detainees in Iraq

013 and Beyond: Fracking, Drone Wars, and an Apocalypse Foretold The US intelligence community’s New Year’s wishes

Brotherhood made ‘secret’ deals with Upper Egypt’s tribes: El-Kharabawi

US drone strikes continue in Yemen

32 Pilgrims Are Killed by Bombings in Central Iraq

Daily Star

Scariest move: ‘Quit my job to make music’
Daily Star 4 Jan 2013 Hamed Sinno is the lead singer of the band Mashrou’ Leila, whose songs of love and life in Lebanon have gained them a wide following throughout the region. He was born in Beirut in 1988 and…

YNet News

Report: Obama set to nominate Hagel for secretary of defense
YNet News, 4 Jan 2013 – ….

Likud-Beiteinu vows to oppose Left in order to ‘keep Israel safe’ 
YNet News, 4 Jan 2013 – ….

Gal-On lauds centrist initiative to join forces
YNet News, 4 Jan 2013 – ….

Yachimovich invites Livni for meeting 
YNet News, 4 Jan 2013 – ….

Livni: Centrist parties should join forces to topple Netanyahu
YNet News, 4 Jan 2013 – ….

Netanyahu: Iran yet to cross nuclear red line
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – PM tells Israeli ambassadors gathered in Jerusalem positive change in Mideast possible if Tehran prevented from acquiring nukes. Adds: Hamas can seize control of PA ‘any day’ ….

Israeli charged with espionage in Yemen
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Security official says man arrested in December had contacts with Israeli security agencies, communications were found on his laptop ….

Watch: Palestinians hang on to IDF jeep in Jenin
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Video shows Palestinian youths riding on top IDF jeep, trailed by dozens of stone throwers, surrounded by burning tires; no injuries reported ….

‘Price tag’ attack in Arab village caught on tape
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Security camera footage from gas station in Qabalan shows two people slash car’s tires; words ‘Solidarity with Esh Kodesh’ found on wall ….

IDF to draft 3000 haredim in August
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Army finishes sorting haredi youths to be drafted in 2013. ‘Army invested a lot in their enlistment,’ says Major General Barbivai ….

Cyril Kern affair: Case against Gilad Sharon closed 
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – State prosecutor says reasons for closure of probe against son of former PM Ariel Sharon will be specified next week ….

Obama signs defense bill, focus on Iran
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – New sanctions to hit Islamic Republic’s energy, shipping and shipbuilding sectors; bill also boosts security at US diplomatic missions ….

Bulgaria identifies Burgas bombing accomplice 
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Sofia issued arrest warrant for one of three foreigners who aided terrorist who blew up Israeli tourist bus in July. Chief investigator: Bomber did not plan to die ….

Egypt panel implicates Mubarak, military in deaths
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013 – Fact-finding mission says ousted leader watched uprising through live TV feed; during trial, Mubarak said he was kept in dark about situation’s gravity ….

Clinton discharged from hospital
YNet News, 3 Jan 2013US secretary state released after being treated for blood clot; doctors expect full recovery ….

Palestinian Information Center

The slow-motion genocide in Syria 
PIC – Russia and China are by no means the only villains in the Syrian scandal. The West is also an accomplice in the Syrian genocide, if only by refusing to allow the arming of the freedom fighters.

March in solidarity with the striking prisoners near Jenin
PIC – Hundreds of citizens participated in a march in solidarity with the prisoners on hunger strike, in the town of Arraba in Jenin governorate after Friday prayers, demanding more support for them.

IOF escalates its security measures near Ibrahimi mosque
PIC – The IOF escalated on Friday their military actions near the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil, while Israeli soldiers have set up military checkpoints at the entrances of the towns surrounding the city.

Youth and Sport Ministry receives Egyptian delegation
PIC – The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture received a youth delegation of the Egyptian solidarity Society “al-Khayrat” in light of the ministry’s program which has been recently activated..

Swine flu deaths rise to 12 in the West Bank
PIC – The official spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the West Bank, Dr. Tarif Ashour, announced that deaths attributed to swine flu death or “H1N1” have risen to 12 deaths..

Report: PA forces returned 28 Israelis who infiltrated into WB last year
PIC – Palestinian statistical report confirmed that PA security services returned 28 Israelis who infiltrated into the West Bank during the past year despite the escalation of arrests by the IOF.

Hebrew reports: Escalation of popular resistance in the West Bank
PIC – Hebrew media reports confirmed the escalation of popular resistance operations carried out by Palestinian citizens against Israeli targets in the occupied West Bank, during the past two months.

Fatah appreciates Hamas’s efforts for the success of its festival in Gaza
PIC – Fatah movement appreciated the efforts of the Palestinian government in Gaza and Hamas movement in to make a success of and to facilitate its 48th anniversary festival in Gaza.

IOF arrests 8 Jerusalemites from Issawiya
PIC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday night, eight Jerusalemite youths after raiding their homes in the village of Issawiya north of occupied Jerusalem.

IOF troops deployed in areas of yesterday’s confrontations in Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation soldiers have been deployed at dawn in the vicinity of the village of Jalama and Sabah al-Khair suburb, which had witnessed yesterday violent confrontations with the IOF.


Syria fighting rages in Damascus suburbs
LA Times 4 Jan 2013 – Rebels seek to gain control of strategically crucial areas around the capital. In Turkey, U.S. troops arrive to operate protective Patriot missile batteries. BEIRUT — Fighting raged around the suburbs of the Syrian capital Friday, as rebels sought to gain control of a ring of…

Al Jazeera’s bid to expand U.S. audience may be a tough sell
LA Times 4 Jan 2013 – By acquiring Current TV, the Qatar news service gains access to more than 40 million homes. But its reputation may keep Americans from tuning in, experts say. Al Jazeera has built a formidable presence around the globe, but the Qatar news service has struggled to…

Syria military, rebels battle over two airports
LA Times 3 Jan 2013 – Opposition fighters seek to cut an aerial supply route in Aleppo and neutralize a base in Idlib province where airstrikes are launched. BEIRUT — Rebel fighters and government forces on Thursday battled for control of two strategic airports in northern Syria, the loss of which…

Undecided Syrians Could Tip Balance of Rebellion
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – There has been a sustained stalemate in the country, with each side bloodying the other while many people who might tip the balance stay on the fence. 

Fatah Celebration in Gaza Signals Easing of Rift With Hamas
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – A show of unity between rival Palestinian factions posed a diplomatic quandary for the United States, which considers Hamas a terrorist organization. 

Gas Station Attack Kills at Least 10 in Syria
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – An explosion in the Syrian capital early Friday added to fears that attackers were focusing on places where civilians congregate in order to inflict maximum casualties. 

Malala Yousafzai, Shot by Pakistani Taliban, Is Discharged From Hospital
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – Doctors said Malala Yousafzai, the teenager attacked for advocating girls’ education, has made “excellent progress” and will receive surgery to her skull in coming weeks. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Faces More Calls for Resignation
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki has come under fire for measures that some lawmakers and political opponents see as an attempt to monopolize power ahead of provincial elections. 

Yuval Diskin, Former Israeli Security Chief, Calls Netanyahu a Poor Leader
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu placed his own interests over Israel’s on issues including Iran and the Palestinian conflict, charged Yuval Diskin, the former head of the domestic security service. 

Fatah Rally in Gaza Looks Toward Unity With Hamas
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – Tens of thousands of supporters of President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party gathered in the Gaza Strip with the blessing of Hamas, the rival faction that took power there in 2007. 

Egypt Tries to Resolve Tensions Between Muslim Brotherhood and U.A.E.
New York Times 4 Jan 2013 – The Egyptian government remained mired in a dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s leading Islamist movement, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Exchange on anti-Sephardi racism on the left
Mondoweiss – On January 2nd, David Shasha published the following critique of Rabbi Brant Rosen’s blog post reviewing the new book The Gaza Kitchen: Let us not be fooled into thinking that committed Ashkenazi Jewish Leftists who support peace and reconciliation are free of anti-Sephardi racism.

Multiple reports say Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary nominee
Mondoweiss – Chuck Hagel President Obama is expected to pick former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense on Monday, setting up a battle between the left and right flanks of the Israel lobby and between realist supporters of Hagel and his neoconservative detractors.  Foreign…

Roots of Resistance: Posters of the first intifada
Mondoweiss – This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Read the entire series here . The poster tradition is an exceptional element of Palestinian cultural heritage, and the posters themselves are important repositories of primary data. Palestine posters created…

Jordan Valley settlers farm private Palestinian land while owners are barred from entering
Mondoweiss – Palestinian owners barred from Jordan Valley land while Israeli farmers profit – Haaretz 3 Jan — Thai workers from the Israeli settlements are allowed across the border fence into the area, while the Palestinians are not; IDF spokesman also refuses to let Haaretz reporters tour the area…

Israel’s poor, including ex-settlers, face cuts as state funds head to the West Bank
Mondoweiss – Former settlers protest paying rent. (Photo: Tsafrir Abayov/ Ynet News ) Once living comfortably in Gaza outposts, former Gush Katif settlers are no longer the apple of the government’s eye. Soon many will begin paying rent for the first time on their trailers after seven and a…

Chuck Hagel Nod Could Spark Battle on Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jan 2013 – There are increasing indications that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to push ahead with the appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, setting the stage for a fierce political confirmation battle in which Israel will play a central role. Click here for…

Palestinian Authority Changes Name to State of Palestine 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jan 2013 – The Palestinian Authority officially changed its name to the State of Palestine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ancient Jewish Texts From Afghanistan on Display in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jan 2013 – Israel’s National Library has unveiled a trove of ancient Hebrew manuscripts that were rescued from Afghanistan. Click here for the rest of the article…

Livni Calls on Yacimovich, Lapid To Form United Front Against Netanyahu 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Jan 2013 – Hatnuah chairwoman Tzipi Livni on Friday called on Israel’s centrist parties to come together and form a united front against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu. Click here for the rest of the article…

Farming Injustice: End all Trade with Israeli Agricultural Companies 
Global BDS 4 Jan 2013 – Palestinian agricultural organisations and the Palestinian BDS National Committee call for the launching of worldwide campaigns on February 9 against Israeli agricultural export corporations in light of their deep complicity in Israel’s ongoing violations of international law and Palestinian human rights. Following the successful campaign against…

Huge Fatah rally staged in Gaza 
BBC 4 Jan 2013 – Supporters of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hold the biggest rally of its kind in Gaza since rivals Hamas came to power there in 2007.

Patriot missiles on way to Turkey 
BBC 4 Jan 2013 – Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help defend it against threats from neighbouring Syria.

Stephen Lendman: Hardening Israeli Fascism 
Sabbah report 4 Jan 2013 – Moshe Feiglin advocates bribing Arabs to leave the country. Yuli Edelstein, Zeev Elkin and Yariv Levin are promising annexation of the West Bank. Naftali Bennett is promising to ‘deal with’ the media and the Supreme Court. air Shamir is promising that no new state will be…

Lawrence Davidson: Haneen Zoabi is Another Persecuted Truth-Teller 
Sabbah report 4 Jan 2013 – Haneen Zoabi is insisting that the Israeli State cease identifying itself with the interest of a single constituency and start representing the interests of the nation as a whole. What this is all about, she says, are “the values, the humanistic, universalistic values of freedom, of…

Yemeni tribesmen protest US drone strikes 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – Dozens of armed tribesmen took to the streets in southern Yemen on Friday to protest against US drone strikes that have killed innocent civilians. Separately Friday, a report revealed that Saudi jets have been carrying out airstrikes over its southern neighbor at the behest of the…

Video: Jewish settlers slash tires in Palestinian village 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – Palestinians look at a Palestinian-owned car destroyed by Jewish settlers in a village south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 4 January 2013. The settlers sprayed graffiti on the side of the car in Hebrew reading: “leave.” (Photo: AFP – Musa al-Shaer) Security camera…

No Tenure, No Pay: Lebanese University Professors Strike 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – We will protect the university with our blood and soul, with everything we have. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) We will protect the university with our blood and soul, with everything we have. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) After a 50-day strike, full-time professors at the Lebanese University were successful…

Khaled Mahmoud: A Prisoner in Lebanon Turns Emir in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – A gunman who said he is a member of a Jihadist group called Shura Taliban Islam sits next to graffiti reading “There’s no God but God” and “The solution is Islam” near the Bab al-Hawa border gate between Turkey and Syria on 21 July 2012. (Photo:…

Syria: Battles Return to Yarmouk Camp 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – Palestinian women, who had been living at Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, wait outside the Lebanese immigration authority to have their papers stamped at the Lebanese-Syrian border, in al-Masnaa 18 December 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Jamal Saidi) Palestinian women, who had been living at Yarmouk…

Egypt seizes Gaza-bound, US-made missiles 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Jan 2013 – Egyptian security forces have seized US-made anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles destined for Gaza, where militants have said they would acquire more weapons to use against Israel, security officials said on Friday. The officials said six missiles were found hidden in the Sinai, which borders both the…

A World of Outsiders in Lebanon’s Akkar 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Jan 2013 – Yet many people do not downplay other more serious causes for the restlessness among the Sunnis of Akkar (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Yet many people do not downplay other more serious causes for the restlessness among the Sunnis of Akkar (Photo: Al-Akhbar) In the Alawi villages of North…

Huge Fatah rally staged in Gaza 
BBC 4 Jan 2013 – Supporters of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas hold the biggest rally of its kind in Gaza since rivals Hamas came to power there in 2007.

Iraqi Sunnis stage more protests 
BBC 4 Jan 2013 – Thousands of Sunni Muslims demonstrate in Baghdad and the west of Iraq in the latest in two weeks of protests against the government.

Patriot missiles on way to Turkey 
BBC 4 Jan 2013 – Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help defend it against threats from neighbouring Syria.


Four years on, young girl still stunted by Cast Lead 
Rami Almeghari, Electronic Intifada 1/4/2013
      It has been four years — almost to the day — since Sama Abu Meghasib witnessed the killing of her uncle Hussam.
     On 9 January 2009, the family’s home in Abuelaljeen, a rural area in the central Gaza Strip, was bombed by Israel. Eighteen-year-old Hussam died; Sama, then aged five, “saw him stained in blood,” according to her mother, Madeline.
     An Israeli warplane flew low over their heads when Madeline tried to evacuate Sama and two siblings from the scene.
     “I was wondering how I run could away with the children, while the warplane was firing very close to the four of us,” Madeline said. “There were large white pillars of smoke behind us — right in the house and next to it.”
     Approximately ten months after Operation Cast Lead — Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009 — Madeline noticed that Sama had “some sort of paralysis” in an arm and a leg. Initially, she was taken to a local clinic but was transferred to the al-Nasser Hospital for Children. While there, Sama went into a coma.
     Sama was then referred by the Gaza health ministry to the Schneider children’s hospital in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv. An assessment signed by a Gaza-based specialist said there was a “high possibility” that Sama had contracted ADEM (acute disseminated encephalmoyelitis), a brain disease. “Extremely toxic”
     Madeline has no doubt that the condition is linked to the white smoke that she saw. Israel is known to have used white phosphorous — a substance regarded as “extremely toxic” by the US Environmental Protection Agency — during Cast Lead.more.. e-mail

US patriots vs Zionist lobby 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 1/3/2013
      The Zionist lobby is flexing its muscle against Barack Obama’s potential nominee for secretary of defence.
     The frontrunner, Chuck Hagel, is co-chairman of the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.
     Hagel was a Republican senator representing Nebraska from 1996 until his retirement in 2008. He was one of few senators who crossed party lines on issues most important to the American people.
     Despite his Republican credentials and the fact that he is being considered by a Democratic president, Israel firsters from both parties are united in their effort to pre-empt Hagel’s nomination – not because he is ill-equipped for the position of defence secretary, but for not being adequately submissive to the Zionist lobby while in the Senate. Putting Israel above the USA
     When asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” programme last week if he would support the president’s apparent nominee, a leading Israeli firster, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, responded: “I’d have to study his record.”
     Schumer’s response to a nominee by a president from his own party is uncharacteristic of American politics.
     Appearing on the same news programme, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham warned that the presumed president’s pick will have tough questioning from his fellow Republicans regarding “his position towards Israel”.
     The Republican Jewish Coalition declared that Hagel’s nomination would “be a slap in the face of every American who is concerned about the safety of Israel”. more.. e-mail

Israel’s persecuted truth teller 
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 1/4/2013
      Haneen Zoabi, exposer of Zionist racism and bigotry
     Haneen Zoabi is an Arab-Israeli member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. She was elected in 2009 as a member from the Balad Party. Balad is an Arab party that was formed in 1995 with the aim of “struggling to transform the state of Israel into a democracy for all its citizens”.
     In the West, this is a perfectly normal goal. But Israel’s Zionist ideology disqualifies it as a “Western” nation. Thus Balad’s aim is in direct opposition to the Zionist idea of Israel as a “Jewish state”, a concept that Ms Zoabi labels “inherently racist”. Haneen Zoabi and her mission
     Apparently, Haneen Zoabi is fearless. She actually lives her principles. She has been campaigning loudly and very publicly for full citizenship rights for Israel’s Palestinians. She has also actively opposed Israel’s settlement movement, occupation policies, and its siege of Gaza. That last effort led her to participate in the international flotilla that sought to break the Gaza siege in May of 2010. That was the time Israeli commandos attacked the Mavi Marmara in international waters, killing nine Turkish activists who tried to resist the assault on their ship.
     In an outright dictatorship, Ms Zoabi would be in jail or worse. And, given the direction of Israel’s political evolution, that still might be her fate. But as of now she is just the worst nightmare of an ethnocentric state, and a government pushing racist policies while trying to pretend it is a democracy. It is a nightmare for the Israel’ s Zionist leadership because Zoabi, as a member of the Knesset, insists that if the Israeli Jews won’t allow full citizenship for non-Jews, as a real democracy must, then she is not going to let them pretend anymore…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s Weird Elections 
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 1/4/2013
      Three Riddles
     In a few hundred years, a professor looking for an especially esoteric subject will ask his students to research the Israeli elections of 2013.
     The students will come back with a unanimous report: the results of our research are incredible.
     Faced with at least three grave dangers, they report, Israeli parties and voters just ignored them. As if joined in a conspiracy, they tacitly agreed among themselves not to talk about them. Instead, they bickered and quarreled about totally insignificant and irrelevant issues.
     One remarkable fact was that the elections were called early – they were not due till November 2013 – because of the Prime Minister’s declared inability to obtain Knesset approval for the annual state budget.
     The proposed budget was shaped by the fact that the state had developed a huge deficit, which made drastic measures inevitable. Taxes had to be raised dramatically and social services had to be cut even more than during the last four years of Binyamin Netanyahu’s stewardship.
     (This, by the way, did not deter Netanyahu from making election speeches about the Israeli economy being in excellent condition, far superior to the economies of the major Western countries.)
     For comparison: the recent elections in the United States were also held in the shadow of a severe fiscal crisis. Two basic conceptions about the solution were presented by the antagonists, the main debate was about the deficit, taxes and the social services. This went on even after the elections and a kind of compromise was achieved just in time to avert national bankruptcy. more.. e-mail

Electronic Intifada: 4 Jan 2013 – Ilan Pappe 4 January 2013 As the totalitarian right gains more power, there are few glimmers of hope in Israeli society.more

Four years on, young girl still stunted by Cast Lead
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jan 2013 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 4 January 2013 Sama Abu Meghasib saw her uncle be killed by an Israeli warplane four years ago.more

The Month in Pictures: December 2012
Electronic Intifada: 4 Jan 2013 – 4 January 2013 A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine.more

Stanley Jordan: You Don’t Get to Peace without Real Solidarity
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – By Rima Merriman After putting BDS activists through their paces for eight straight days of discussion on his Facebook page, noted Jazz musician Stanley Jordan announced on January 1st, that he had decided not to support the call of the Palestinian civil society to boycott the upcoming Red Sea Jazz Festival this month in Eilat, Israel. In his announcement, Jordan referred to a “spirited online discussion and much deep soul-searching” but did not give a reason for his decision.  Instead, he avowed his dedication to “world peace” and pledged to demonstrate to the many activists who had contributed to his Facebook thread with over 800 posts of information and considered arguments – including two messages from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott – that he had “heard” them and was ready to make others hear their impassioned plea.   Jordan had concluded that that the best way “I…more

U.S. Interference Spoiling Yemen’s Revolution
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Jan 2013 – By James Gundun – Washington, D.C. The latest military restructuring announced by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi brought much-needed relief to an anxious nation. Beyond establishing new regional commands to increase the Defense Ministry’s centralization, Hadi’s decrees finally terminated several high-ranking relatives of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, namely his son Ahmed and nephew Yahya. Yemenis had demanded their dismissal from Saleh’s personal “counter-terrorism” units since launching a revolution in January 2011, and both would assume instrumental roles in spearheading Saleh’s vicious crackdown on peaceful demonstrators. Gone, too, is the First Armored Division commanded by rogue general Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who defected from Saleh’s government in March 2011 to escape punishment and pursue his own interests. His division and Ahmed Saleh’s Republican Guard now count themselves as part of Yemen’s Special Operations Command and Strategic Reserve Forces, and theoretically fall under Hadi’s personal authority. This news was lauded by…more

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