VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 12 January 2013: The hardest thing: Palestinian parents speak of their children killed by Israeli bombings

12 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Killed By Israeli Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that a young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli military fire in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank. …

Fateh Fighters March In Nablus
IMEMC – For the first time in years, dozens of fighters of the Fateh movement of President Mahmoud Abbas, marched last week in the Balata refugee camp, carrying automatic rifles and firing into the air, and read a statement slamming the Palestinian security forces for political arrests. …

Israel Prepares To Evict “Bab Al-Shams” Palestinian Village
IMEMC – Dozens of Israeli soldiers and policemen are surrounding the new Palestinian village, Bab Al-Shams, preparing to evict and remove the newly installed Palestinian outpost, set-up on Palestinian lands east of occupied East Jerusalem. …

12 Physicians Heading From Turkey To Gaza
IMEMC – The Palestinian community in Turkey and the Turkish-Palestinian Business Council, in cooperation with Doctors Around the World, sent Saturday 10 physicians and surgeons specialized in rare medical conditions, along with a shipment of medications urgently needed in the besieged Gaza Strip. …

“You Gave Life Back To Bab Al-Shams”, Bab Al-Shams Novelist Says
IMEMC – “You gave a meaning to the meaning”, this is how Lebanese writer, novelist, playwright, critic and intellectual, author of the Bab Al-Shams novel, Elias Khoury, started his letter that he sent to the activists who installed the new Palestinian village, Bab Al-Shams, near occupied East Jerusalem. …

Police Hands Eviction Notices Targeting Bab Al-Shams 
IMEMC – The Israeli Police was deployed, Saturday, around the newly installed Palestinian village, Bab Al-Shams”, and handed the activists eviction notices threatening that the army will evict the new “outpost” should the activists fail to remove it. …

Peres: “Arafat Should Not Have Been Assassinated, Abbas Is A Partner In Peace”
IMEMC – In an interview that was conducted by the New York Times several months ago, and was only published Wednesday (and then republished by Israeli Radio), Israeli President, Shimon Peres, stated that late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, should not have been assassinated, adding that “without Arafat, the current situation is more complicated.” …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot, kill worker south of Hebron
1/12/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian worker on Saturday who was attempting to cross into Israel, Israeli medical sources said. Uday Kamil Muhammad Darwish, 21, was attempting to cross the border in an area south of Hebron when he spotted an Israeli military patrol and began to run away. Darwish, from…. Related: Hebron man injured while fleeing Israeli border patrol

Egypt border tunnel collapses near school
1/12/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A smuggling tunnel on the Egyptian side of Rafah collapsed on Saturday, Egyptian security sources said. The tunnel collapsed near a high school for girls, causing panic among local residents, sources said,Many of the tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt have flooded or collapsed due to heavy rainfall in recent days. [END]

Hebron man injured while fleeing Israeli border patrol
1/12/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — A man was wounded on Saturday while running away from an Israeli border patrol unit south of Hebron, Israeli sources said. The man, from Hebron, was trying to cross into Israel from the West Bank and did not have a permit, the sources said. While trying to cross, the man noticed…. Related: Israeli forces shoot, kill worker south of Hebron

Israel seeks to remove E1 protest tents
1/12/2013 – E1, West Bank (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he was seeking court approval to remove Palestinian protest tents pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement. Palestinian activists erected over 25 tents and a medical center in the E1 area east of…. Related: Israel moves to shut down E1 protest, activists vow to remain

Israeli forces prevent PA officials from entering Bab al-Shams
1/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday prevented Palestinian officials from entering the E1 area east of Jerusalem to visit protest tents set up a day earlier by activists.” The soldiers treated us improperly and savagely before they forced us to go back to Ramallah,” PLO official Hanan Ashrawi told Ma’an. A….

Palestinian documentary nominated for Oscar
1/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian documentary portraying the popular struggle against Israel’s separation wall has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Documentary Film. The film, ‘Five Broken Cameras,’ tells the story of non-violent resistance in the village of Bilin, as told through the experience of villager….

Aid agencies tread gingerly in Area C
1/12/2013 – RAMALLAH/AL-JIFTLIK (IRIN) — As night descends in the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory, a family in the village of Ras Al-Ahmar lights a small paraffin lamp in the tent they call home. There is no electricity here and the nearby Palestinian villages are enveloped in darkness. The only visible cluster of light is….

Red Crescent helps Hebron community after stormy weather
1/12/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Red Crescent on Saturday provided emergency relief to a Hebron community adversely affected by recent stormy weather. The community of 47 people live in semi-permanent structures west of Hebron, near the village of Ithna. Recent stormy weather flooded most of their dwellings and uprooted tents and corrugated iron structures….

Israel moves to shut down E1 protest, activists vow to remain
1/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces moved to shut down protest tents in the E1 area of East Jerusalem on Saturday as Palestinian activists vowed to remain on the land. Israel’s military handed evacuation orders to activists in the Bab al-Shams, or ‘Gate of the Sun’, protest village on Saturday, stating…. Related: Israel seeks to remove E1 protest tents

Gaza search continues for missing tunnel worker
1/12/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The search for a missing tunnel worker in Gaza continued on Saturday, relatives said. Relatives of Bassam Khader told Ma’an that he has been missing now for four days, after last being seen working in a smuggling tunnel in Rafah. Khalil, his brother, said that the family have…. Related: Egypt border tunnel collapses near schooland Man rescued from Rafah tunnel collapse, 2 still missing

Man rescued from Rafah tunnel collapse, 2 still missing
1/12/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Civil defense teams in the Gaza Strip on Saturday rescued a man from the debris of a collapsed smuggling tunnel in Rafah. Civil defense spokesman Muhammad al-Mizana told Ma’an that a young man was pulled out alive from the rubble and evacuated to a hospital in the southern…. Related: Egypt border tunnel collapses near schooland Gaza search continues for missing tunnel worker

Egypt delegation arrives in Gaza to discuss bilateral sports ties
1/12/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian delegation from the Ministry of Youth and Sport arrived in Gaza on Saturday, Egyptian sources said. The 60-strong delegation, headed by Egypt’s minister of youth and sports Farouk al-Amiri, entered Gaza via the Rafah crossing for a meeting to support bi-lateral sports ties between Gaza….

Erekat criticizes Israeli official for remarks about Abbas
1/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat criticized Israeli government officials on Saturday for derogatory remarks made against President Abbas.” Israeli governmental officials are replaying the same disordered disc threatening the president because of his adherence to international legitimacy,” Erekat told Ma’an, commenting on recent remarks made by Israeli vice prime minister….

Hamas officials head to Cairo for reconciliation talks
1/12/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A Hamas delegation left Gaza on Friday to participate in reconciliation talks with Fatah representatives in Cairo. Twenty-two officials from the Islamist group, including Salah al-Bardawil and Ismail al-Ashqar, crossed the Rafah terminal en-route to the Egyptian capital to meet Egyptian and Palestinian officials. Independent Palestinian political leaders and some….

Israeli Shas party rabbi taken ill days before election
1/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli rabbi who is the spiritual head of a powerful ultra-Orthodox political party was taken to hospital with a suspected minor stroke on Saturday, 10 days before a general election. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who has largely set the terms under which his Shas party has agreed to join a succession of governments….

Egypt seizes 2.5 tonnes of explosives en-route to Sinai
1/12/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Saturday seized 2. 5 tonnes of explosives hidden in three trucks en-route to the Sinai peninsula. The trucks contained different types of explosive materials and mortar devices, Egyptian sources said, which were hidden in tires within the vehicles. Four suspects confessed to trying to smuggle the explosives….

Foreign fighters seek Islamic state in post-Assad Syria
1/12/2013 – ALEPPO, Syria (Reuters) — Huddled around a fire in a bombed-out building in Aleppo, foreign jihadists say they are fighting for a radical Islamic state in Syria – whether local rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad like it or not. Among their fellow revolutionaries and civilians, these foreigners draw both respect for their iron discipline and….

Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal
1/12/2013 – MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) — Russia voiced support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar Assad’s exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country’s conflict. Some 60,000 Syrians have been killed during the 21-month-old revolt and world powers are divided over how….

Syrian air force bombs outer Damascus as skies clear
1/12/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian aircraft bombed outer districts of Damascus on Saturday after stormy weather that had grounded them for a week eased, opposition activists in the capital said. Jets and helicopters fired missiles and dropped bombs on a line of towns to the east of Damascus where rebels have pushed out ground forces loyal to….

Italian consul in Benghazi shot at but unhurt, security source says
1/12/2013 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — An Italian consul came under fire in his car in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday, but the vehicle’s armor protected him and he was unharmed, a security source told Reuters.” They shot at his car, but the car was armored. He is fine, there are no injuries,” said….


Israel forcibly evacuates ‘tent city’
AlJazeera 12 Jan 2013 – Israeli police detain several activists who set up a camp to protest planned construction of illegal jewish settlements.

Palestine News Network

In Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners, Dozens of Cases of Suffocation in Bil’in Weekly March
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Welcomes the Initiative to Establish a Palestinian Village in E1 Area
Palestine News Network

Israeli Occupation Prevents PNN Team from Reaching E1 Area
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinian Village of Bab Alshams Remains Steadfast
1/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – January 12th, 2013, PSCC, Bab Alshams, Occupied Palestine – Israeli army and police have been laying siege to the newly founded Palestinian village of Bab Alshams since earlier today, blocking all roads leading to. The area has been declared a closed military zone. The village was inaugurated yesterday on Palestinian land, East of Jerusalem, in an….

Tom Hurndal, RIP
1/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 12 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement – Tom was 21 years old when he was shot. A photography student, he had left the UK to volunteer as a “˜human shield’ in Iraq. Here he heard about the ISM, one of whose volunteers, Rachel Corrie, had just been killed by a bulldozer whilst protesting house demolitions….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli troops kill Palestinian on W.Bank border: Palestinians
Relief Web 12 Jan 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/12/2013 19:02 GMT HEBRON, Palestinian Territories, Jan 12, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian on Saturday evening as he tried to sneak from the occupied West Bank into the Jewish…

The National

Irena members gather from around the world
The National 12 Jan 2013 – High-level delegations from more than 100 countries are meeting in Abu Dhabi for the third assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

Capture them, store them, keep them out of environment
The National 12 Jan 2013 – Pilot project using technology to capture and store carbon emissions has boosted oil production.

Harvest the wind, and reap the sun
The National 12 Jan 2013 – This is a time of milestones for Masdar, with last year’s launch of the London Array wind farm and this year’s start of production at a solar plant in the UAE.

‘Eureka moment’ gives home a new fuel for the future
The National 12 Jan 2013 – A simple suggestion during a standard orientation presentation led to one student’s discovery of a potential alternative energy source available in the Abu Dhabi desert.

MOFA has quiet but crucial role in summit
The National 12 Jan 2013 – Behind the scenes, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working hard to develop the UAE’s green credentials.

Two areas of focus for Masdar water research
The National 12 Jan 2013 – It is estimated that the amount of water used in Abu Dhabi is 24 times its natural recharge capacity.

The place for desalination
The National 12 Jan 2013 – What is the Centre for Excellence in Desalination and Water Technologies?

If not sustainable, then at least efficient
The National 12 Jan 2013 – In one of Earth¿s driest areas, it is only natural that water policy has focused on supply. But now demand is taking the spotlight.


Thousands enjoy Israel’s post-storm winter wonderland
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

IDF troops kill Palestinian attempting to cross West Bank security barrier
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef hospitalized after stroke
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

Israeli security forces complete evacuation of Palestinian tent outpost
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

Netanyahu, Barak spent NIS 11 bil. on preparations for Iran strike that never happened
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

Olmert: ‘Netanyahu spent NIS 11 billion on adventurous fantasies’
Ha’aretz – 12 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Parties set coalition demands for Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Haredi parties tell the prime minister they will join next government if he makes concessions to them on drafting yeshiva students. 

Security forces complete evacuation of Palestinian outpost
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Police, IDF evacuate some 250 Palestinian activists from tents with no arrests reported; evacuation follows PM order to remove outpost, erected in protest of government decision to build new units in E1 corridor. 

Limmud to mark Begin’s 100th birthday anniversary
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Limmud FSU will hold a world celebration of the 100th anniversary of birth of former PM Menachem Begin in Vitebsk, Belarus. 

American pastor jailed in Iran faces torture
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Family of Saeed Abedini say Iranian authorities threaten pastor with death because of his belief in Christianity. 

French FM: No EU consensus on Hezbollah ban
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Foreign Ministry in Paris says consensus between members “not currently met;” Nasrallah attacks US, Israel for pushing sanctions. 

40,000 visit country’s parks after stormy weather
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – About 40,000 people visited Israel’s nature reserves and parks on Shabbat; Golan slopes deluged with first visitors of year. 

Health Scan: Cellular activity and diseases
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Neurodegenerative conditions result from an impairment of motor function or cognitive function or both. 

New Worlds: Smelling the color white
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Weizmann Institute of Sciences researchers show that you can smell a white odor. 

The puzzle of pervasive developmental disorder
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Jerusalem’s Tishma schools are among the first in Israel to use a proven therapy known as applied behavior analysis to treat autism. 

Beit Shemesh mom: Don’t use daughter in campaign
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Mother of girl who became symbol of fight against Haredi extremists criticizes Meretz for using her daughter in campaign. 

Hagel nomination conveys chilling message
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – If Hagel’s appointment is confirmed, the newly appointed defense secretary will have a clear track record of appeasing the Iranians, reaching out to Hamas and being highly critical of pro- Israeli influence in Washington.

Why is the conflict not being solved?
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Many years have passed since 1948, but it still seems the most crucial date in the eyes of many Palestinian leaders and especially Hamas. 

Exercising the right to vote
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – We urge every eligible voter to exercise his or her right as an Israeli citizen and participate the process. It’s not only a right, it’s a responsibility. 

Why Israel is losing support from Jewish students in US
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – If citizens, supporters and lovers of Israel don’t want the country to be characterized by racist statements and immoral attacks, it is so important for them to say so. 

IDF kills Palestinian infiltrating W. Bank border
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Palestinian security officials say 21-year-old man was attempting to cross border in South Hebron Hills to get to workplace in Israel. 

Shas spiritual leader Yosef suffers minor stroke
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – 92-year-old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef collapses in synagogue during Shabbat prayers, remains in hospital for observation. 

Ya’alon speaks against founding of Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Vice PM claims Abbas and PA share same goals as Hamas; Livni warns that world will impose peace plan on Israel. 

US, Russia at odds in Syria talks over Assad’s fate
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Syrian rebels take helicopter base in first seizure of a regime military air base. 

Hamas: 885 Palestinians killed in Syria civil war
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – Beirut-based ‘Daily Star’ also reports that at least 20,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria remain trapped in Lebanon. 

EU states urge the UN to refer Syria to the ICC
Jerusalem Post 12 Jan 2013 – European countries call for the perpetrators of “horrendous crimes” committed during Syria conflict to be put on trial. 

Jpost.com: Now faster, safer and more accessible
Jerusalem Post 11 Jan 2013 – Our new partnership with a leading international Internet company means a better reading experience for Jpost.com visitors. 

France chief rabbi meets Hollande over gay unions
Jerusalem Post 11 Jan 2013 – French president invites religious leaders to Elysee Palace ahead of planned protests against law allowing same-sex marriage. 

The Guardian

Binyamin Netanyahu ‘wasted $3bn on Iranian attack plan’
The Guardian 12 Jan 2013 – Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Olmert accuses Israeli PM of preparing for war that never took place Israel’s former prime minister, Ehud Olmert, has accused the current prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, of wasting almost $3bn preparing…

Israeli PM orders eviction of Palestinian activists outside Jerusalem
The Guardian 12 Jan 2013 – Move follows creation of village comprising around 20 tents on piece of land earmarked for settlement development The Israeli state has swung into action against a group of Palestinian activists who set up a tent village…

Jewish Americans may be increasingly disenchanted with Netanyahu. But their priorities lie elsewhere
The Guardian 12 Jan 2013 – Peter Beinart is the American author of the controversial book The Crisis of Zionism and is the editor of the Daily Beast blog OpenZion.com In Israel, public discourse is moving right. You can see it in…

Israel election: country prepares for next act in the great moving right show
The Guardian 12 Jan 2013 – Next week’s elections are expected to confirm a long-term move away from the secular liberalism that once dominated Israeli politics among voters disillusioned by a failed peace process. Is this a permanent shift in the political…


Defying occupier, Palestinians establish “Bab Al Shams” village on land seized for Jewish settlement

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Criminalizing Dissent Lengthy Prison Terms Grow More Likely for Peace Activists

Zero Dark Thirty: Torturing the Facts

Official: Israeli forces kill man, wound another in Gaza

U.S. Drones Pound Pakistan, Which Responds by Doing Exactly Nothing

Settler Colonialism: Then and Now (Video)A Lecture by Mahmood Mamdani

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Daily Star

Bahrain Shiites protest at jail for 13 activists
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 Thousands of Shiites demonstrate near Manama in a new protest against an appeals court upholding jail terms for 13 activists on charges of plotting to overthrow Bahrain’s monarchy, witnesses say.

Dane’s life as a spy inside Al-Qaeda
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 After converting to Islam, a former member of a Danish motorcycle gang travels to Yemen to study the Quran and soon comes in contact with radical preachers waging holy war against the West.

Switzerland to file petition for ICC to take up Syria case
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 Switzerland will on Monday file a petition signed by 52 countries calling for the International Criminal Court to open a case on war crimes in Syria, its foreign minister says.

Yemen resumes oil flow in main export pipeline: officials
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 Yemen resumes pumping crude through its main oil export pipeline, two days after armed tribesmen blew it up, government officials and oil industry sources say.

Berri, Army chief discuss security in Lebanon
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri meets with Lebanese Army commander Maj. Gen. Jean Kahwagi for talks over recent developments, the NNA says.

KLM to cease flights to Iran in April
Daily Star 12 Jan 2013 Air France-KLM says the company will cancel its flights to Iran as of April, leaving Germany’s Lufthansa as the sole European carrier offering service to Tehran.

YNet News

Israel: Palestinian outpost to trigger riots
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – State gears to evict Palestinians who set up encampment in contested E1 area of West Bank, stating that their presence poses security threat because it could provoke unrest ….

State to High Court: Postponing eviction will lead to riots
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Pen mightier than sword? Arab cartoonists bash Israel
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Arab caricaturists never held back criticism for Jewish state, but assault on Gaza pushed Israel back to center stage after Arab spring stole its spotlight ….

Flu emergency declared in NY; 20K cases in state
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US: Preventing Syrian use of chemicals ‘unachievable’
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France raises terror threat level in wake of Mali
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IDF shoots, kills Palestinian trying to cross barrier 
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Palestinian killed by IDF gunfire near Hebron
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Troops shoot Palestinian who attempts to breach security fence near Meitar Crossing; youth was on his way to Israel for work, Palestinian sources say ….

Official: Syrian troops capture much of Daraya
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Syrian troops gain control of most of strategic Damascus suburb used by rebels as a base; Qatar reiterated call to send an Arab peacekeeping force to Syria ….

Report: Israeli nabbed in Egypt asks for ‘political asylum’ 
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Cairo paper says Israeli-Arab detained after infiltrating Taba crossing; man says he’s ‘persecuted by Israeli government.’ He previously spent six months in Lebanese jail ….

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef likely to have suffered stroke
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Tests indicate Shas spiritual leader suffered minor stroke, hospital official says; he is to remain at hospital for observation ….

Court bars State from evicting Palestinian outpost
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – High Court issues temporary injunction meant to prevent state from ejecting Palestinian protesters from encampment set up in West Bank’s E1 area ….

IAEA chief says not optimistic on Iran nuclear talks
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Yukiya Amano says new round of nuclear talks with Tehran unlikely to produce real breakthrough ….

Fatherhood license revoked
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: In open letter to PM Netanyahu, gay man demands State of Israel grant him most basic right ….

Argentina: Police dismantle child porn ring
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Buenos Aires authorities uncover international pedophile operation, issue arrest warrants for 62 suspects ….

UN urged to refer Syria to war crimes court
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Over 50 of global body’s members ask Security Council to go to The Hague over atrocities committed by Assad’s regime. UNSC’s France, UK sign letter; US, China and Russia still mulling bid ….

Munitions survey links Iran to African conflicts 
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – British arms researchers surveying ammunition in Africa find trail implicating Islamic Republic, New York Times says ….

US to France: Don’t release terrorist 
YNet News, 12 Jan 2013 – Washington irked by Paris court’s decision to release George Ibrahim Abdallah, convicted of 1982 murders of US military attach? in Paris, Israeli diplomat ….

Spain seizes valves bound for Iran
YNet News, 11 Jan 2013 – Interior Ministry says police intercepted truck loaded with materials destined for use in Islamic Republic’s nuclear program; two employees of company with commercial links to Iranian firms arrested ….

Syrian rebels: We’re on our way to Assad
YNet News, 11 Jan 2013 – After seizing strategic airbase of Taftanaz, rebels turn to their main target: Presidential palace in Damascus. ‘With Allah’s help, we are headed in your direction Bashar,’ websites affiliated with rebels state ….

Palestinian Information Center

Three tunnel workers missing in collapse
PIC – Rescue teams managed to save a Palestinian worker while three others went missing when the tunnel they were digging underneath the Gaza-Egypt borders collapsed on their head in Rafah on Saturday.

Haneyya describes Sudanese visit as historic
PIC – Ismail Haneyya received Saturday a Sudanese delegation headed by Kotbi Mahdi Ahmed, adviser to the Sudanese President, and hailed the strong ties existing between the Palestinian and Sudanese peoples.

Abu Zuhri: Israel admitted to assassinating Arafat, should be prosecuted
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has said that Israeli president Shimon Peres’s statement that killing late PA chief Yasser Arafat was a mistake constituted a clear confession.

Appeals to save life of patient captive Sami Shabalo
PIC – Family of captive Sami Shabalo, 70, appealed through Ahrar Center to all human rights and humanitarian organizations to immediately intervene and save the patient prisoner’s life.

Egyptian sports minister arrives in Gaza heading large delegation
PIC – The Egyptian minister of sports, Al-Ameri Farouk, arrived in Gaza on Saturday evening at the head of a large delegation of sportsmen and sports officials.

Hundreds of Bedouins take part in Bab Ashams sit-in in east J’lem
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinians from the Bedouin communities of occupied Jerusalem and Sawahreh area participated in a sit-in on Friday morning to protest Israel’s intended annexation of their lands.

Bardawil: The unity before elections and Abbas turned on Cairo talks
PIC – Senior Hamas official Salah Al-Bardawil said that de facto president Mahmoud Abbas turned against what was agreed upon after his meeting with Hamas’s political leader Khaled Mashaal.

Etzion administration adopts sadistic measures against prisoners
PIC – Prisoners in the Etzion detention center complained of the sadistic practices carried out by the Israeli Prison Service during the recent severe weather conditions.


Mubarak Is Asked About Media Gifts
New York Times 12 Jan 2013 – Former President Hosni Mubarak was questioned about $1 million worth of gifts that Al Ahram, which operates several media outlets, gave him as demonstrations of loyalty, its Web site reported. 

Russia Says It Supports U.N. Envoy for Syria
New York Times 12 Jan 2013 – Support aside, Russia also insisted that the exit of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, could not be a precondition for a deal to end the country’s conflict. 

A Desert Cold and Wet Multiplies the Misery of Syrian Refugees
New York Times 12 Jan 2013 – With aid agencies expecting Syrian refugees to reach 1 million in 2013, the misery in one camp highlights the humanitarian crisis that threatens to further destabilize the Middle East. 

On foot through the hills of E1 — Palestinians join Bab al-Shams protest village
Mondoweiss – Palestinians walk through the hills of the Jerusalem E1 area to reach the newly established protest village of Bab al-Shams, 12 January 2013. (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) “Go across the street immediately and run,” directed a member of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) this morning to…

Letter to my people in the village of Bab al-Shams
Mondoweiss – Gate of the Sun cover art Elias Khoury posted this letter to the villagers of Bab al-Shams , named after the Palestinian village in his epic novel by the same name. The title of his novel is translated: Gate of the Sun. I won’t say I wish…

Casual slander of Hagel as anti-Semite puts Elliott Abrams on hot seat
Mondoweiss – One of the best things about the Chuck Hagel nomination is that it exposes a sinister pattern in which Zionists and their defenders casually throw around the term “anti-Semite” in order to scare off the opposition, when that term is a slander that ruins careers. This…

The claim that ‘Jewish lobby’ is anti-Semitic term is cynical and hypocritical — Siegman
Mondoweiss – Great letter from Henry Siegman, defending Chuck Hagel’s use of the term “Jewish lobby.” From the New York Times yesterday: I served on one of Aipac’s committees for more than 20 years when I headed two national American Jewish organizations, the Synagogue Council of America and…

Israel Evicts Scores of Palestinians From E1 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Jan 2013 – Israeli soldiers forcibly removed scores of Palestinians from a tent city pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ovadia Yosef, Sephardic Leader, Suffers Minor Stroke 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Jan 2013 – The spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox political party Shas was hospitalized in Jerusalem on Saturday, a development that could shake his party’s fortunes and mute one of Israel’s most influential voices. Click here for the rest of the article…

Georges Abdallah: A Hero Returns 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Jan 2013 – The question is: How will his country receive him after three decades of imprisonment? (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The question is: How will his country receive him after three decades of imprisonment? (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) There is always room for surprises with the French government, which claims…

STL Defense Strategy: Target the Foundations of the Case 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Jan 2013 – A bronze statue of slain prime minister Rafiq Hariri overlooks the site where he was killed in a massive blast in downtown Beirut on 30 June 2011 (Photo: Joseph Eid) A bronze statue of slain prime minister Rafiq Hariri overlooks the site where he was killed…

Turkey demands explanation for Hollande’s link to murdered Kurds 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Jan 2013 – Kurds protest in Diyarbakir against the killings of three Kurdish women activists in France on 12 January 2013. (Photo: AFP) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on French President Francois Hollande to explain why he had met Kurdish militants who were shot dead this…

Over 50 countries call for Syria ICC referral 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Jan 2013 – Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a snowman at the Jouret al Shayah area in Homs January 10, 2013. Picture taken January 10, 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Yazan Homsy) Members of the Free Syrian Army pose with their weapons and a…


E-1 tent camp built on private Palestinian land; Israel calls for immediate evacuation 
Barak Ravid and Chaim Levinson, Haaretz, Israeli Occupation Archive 1/12/2013
      Israel declares Palestinian outpost east of Jerusalem a closed military zone, but unclear whether the state can immediately demolish them, as Netanyahu has ordered.
     Palestinian activists who set up an outpost Friday in area E-1 east of Jerusalem said Saturday night that the Israel Defense Forces had surrounded the area and were preventing supporters from entering. Activists said they would oppose any attempt to forcibly remove them.
     Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday ordered Israel’s security forces to evacuate the outpost, where activists set up a camp site on November 30 following his highly controversial announcement regarding construction plans for area E-1, located between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem.
     Haaretz has determined that the tents were indeed put up on private Palestinian land. As such, it is unclear whether the state can immediately demolish them, as Netanyahu has ordered.
     The state’s position, issued close to midnight on Saturday and signed by Osnat Mandel, head of the Justice Ministry’s High Court division, stated that “there is an urgent security need to evacuate the area of the people and tents.”
     The state included a confidential intelligence assessment about the urgent security need. The state also specified that it before evacuating the tents it will complete an inspection of the encampment and dismantle them accordingly. The state is also demanding immediate evacuation of the people and intends to act immediately. — See also: Source: Haaretz more.. e-mail

US Zionist lobby in retreat over Chuck Hagel 
By Uri Avnery, Redress 1/11/2013
      Many years ago he called the pro-Israeli lobby in Washington (would you believe it?) the “Jewish lobby”. Until then, it was understood that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is mainly composed of Buddhists and financed by Arab billionaires like Abu Sheldon and Abel al-Adelson!
     I find Chuck Hagel eminently likeable. I am not quite certain why.
     Perhaps it’s his war record. He was decorated for valour in the Vietnam War (which I detested)…
     Like so many veterans who have seen war from close up (myself included), he has become an enemy of war. Wonderful.
     Now Hagel is violently attacked by all the neo-conservative warmongers, almost none of whom has ever heard a bullet whistle in the wars to which they sent others, and the combined political regiments of the American Jewish establishment.
     His main sin seems to be that he objects to war against Iran. To be against an attack on Iran means to be anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, indeed to wish for the destruction of Israel if not all Jews. Never mind that almost all present and past chiefs of the Israeli army and intelligence community object to an attack on Iran, too. But Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu knows better.
     Last week, the former much-lauded chief of the Shin Bet painted a frightening picture of Binyamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak at a security meeting to discuss the bombing of Iran some time ago. The two were in high spirits, puffing on cigars and drinking whiskey, much to the disgust of the assembled security chiefs… more.. e-mail

Israel’s Palestinian propagandist 
Nureddin sabir, Redress 1/7/2013
      Khaled Abu Toameh, Israeli hasbara agent
     Observers of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict expect from time to time to come across individuals and organizations whose intent is to find the worst possible news and information from the Arab and Muslim worlds and disseminate them widely while painting a rosy picture of Israel and Zionists.
     Usually these tarnished messengers are themselves Israelis or organizations with close links to the Israeli intelligence service Mossad such as Memri, foreign Jews who act as Israeli agents abroad (known as sayanim) or non-Jews who perform services on behalf of Israel (sometimes referred to as Sabbath Goyim) such as the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel lobby groups in the British Parliament. Rarely, however, are they Arabs, let alone Palestinians, although, as the British and French discovered in World War II, traitors and fifth columnists can be found everywhere. Inconvenient truths or black propaganda?
     Recently, I stumbled upon an article written by one Khaled Abu Toameh in which he highlights what he describes as “inconvenient truths that the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank do not want others to know about”.
     The article was originally published by the Gatestone Institute – of which more later – and republished by Your Middle East, a privately owned and funded website which takes pride in “Disrupting the global news flow with a unique online digital media about the Middle East and North Africa”. more.. e-mail

Syria: A jihadi paradise 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 1/11/2013
      If you want to know what’s really going in Syria, look no further than Hezbollah secretary-general Sheikh Nasrallah. He does tell it like it is
     So Bashar al-Assad hath martially spoken – for the first time in seven months – predictably blaming the Syrian civil war on “terrorists” and “Western puppets”.
     Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, he of the former “zero problems with our neighbors” policy, commented that Assad only reads the reports of his secret services. C’mon, Ahmet; Bashar may be no Stephen Hawking, but he’s certainly getting his black holes right.
     Assad, moreover, has a plan: a national dialogue leading to a national charter – to be submitted to a referendum – and then an enlarged government and a general amnesty. The problem is who is going to share all this bottled happiness because Assad totally dismisses the new Syria opposition coalition as well as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), describing them as foreign-recruited gangs taking orders from foreign powers to implement one supreme agenda: the partition of Syria.
     Still, Assad’s got a plan. First stage: all foreign powers financing the “terrorists” – as in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Gulf Cooperation Council compound – must stop doing so. That’s already a major no-no. Only in a second stage would the Syrian Army cease all its operations, but still reserve the right to respond to any – inevitable – “provocation”.
     Assad’s plan does not mention what happens to Assad himself. The only thing the multiple strands of the opposition agree on is that “the dictator must go” before any negotiations take place. Yet he wants to be a candidate to his own succession in 2014. more.. e-mail

The hardest thing: Palestinian parents speak of their children killed by Israeli bombings
In Gaza: 12 Jan 2013 –      During the Nov 2012 Israeli attacks on Gaza, 182 Palestinians were killed, according to the World Health Organization’s Dec 2012 report , among whom 47 were children, including 16 under 5 years old. Another 1399 Palestinians were injured, most of them with multiple injuries. It is only four years after Israel’s last major assault on Gaza , which killed over 1450 including those who died of their injuries, and injured over 5000.  Then there are the random Israeli attacks throughout the years , leaving injured suffering even years later. And there were the under-reported attacks in the week preceding the Nov 14 attacks: the Nov 8 killing of 13 year old Ahmed Abu Daqqa as he played football, the Nov 10 killing of Mohammed Harara (16) and Ahmed Harara (17) as they played football, the subsequent killings of Ahmed Al- Dirdissawi (18) and Matar Abu al-‘Ata (19) when they rushed to the…more

West Bank: Aid Agencies Tread Gingerly in Area C
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jan 2013 – As night descends in the Jordan Valley in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), a family in the village of Ras Al-Ahmar lights a small paraffin lamp in the tent they call home. There is no electricity here and the nearby Palestinian villages are enveloped in darkness. The only visible cluster of light is from a nearby Israeli settlement. Humanitarian agencies are well aware of the needs in this part of the West Bank but they face a challenge: play by the rules established by Israel or face the risk of having projects demolished. Despite being outside the state of Israel, 90 percent of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli civil and military control as part of Area C, a zone that covers 60 percent of the West Bank. Palestinian communities here, among the poorest and most vulnerable in oPt, desperately need access to water, electricity, sanitation and other basic…more

Video: 5 Broken Cameras
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jan 2013 – A documentary on a Palestinian farmer’s chronicle of his resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.more

FNB, Hamas and Al Aqsa Saga: War on Terror in Johannesburg?
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jan 2013 – By Iqbal Jassat What explains the decision by First National Bank of South Africa (FNBSA) to close the banking account of Johannesburg-based Al Aqsa Foundation? What informs FNBSA to target Al Aqsa – this country’s foremost humanitarian organization engaged in charitable activities in Occupied Palestinian Territories? What indeed is the rationale for FNBSA which boasts of being a leading platform for the development of so-called “Shariah-compliant” banking to ruffle feathers in the Muslim community? The answer lies in three words: “War on terror”! Deceptive, immoral, racist, politically motivated and above all, illegal! And despite being foreign, discredited, archaic and mainly arising from a bunch of right-wing Islamophobic neocons linked to the settler-colonial state of Israel, FNBSA seems to display no regret for having subscribed to its biased political agenda. By its own admission FNBSA has confirmed that its decision is as a result of Al Aqsa being listed by the…more

Seeking Security in Afghanistan
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Jan 2013 – By Martha Hennessy and Kathy Kelly This week, in Washington, D.C., Presidents Obama and Karzai will discuss a proposed Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. Presumably, they’ll note some of the main security problems Afghanistan faces. The people of Afghanistan have only seen cosmetic improvement in their living conditions. UNICEF reports that 36% of the people live in poverty and that over one million children suffer from acute malnourishment. According to available World Bank figures, about 73 percent of people in Afghanistan lack access to clean drinking water and 95 percent do not have access to sufficient sanitation. Limited access to medical facilities and the absence of knowledge, skills and the ability to effectively manage these diarrhoeal diseases usually leads to the death of 48,545 children each year, – approximately133 children per day. In and around Kabul alone, there are an estimated 35,000 internally displaced refugees , living…more

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