VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 15 January 2013: Obama says Israel moving towards isolation: Report

15 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

At Least 17 Including 7 Reporters Injured As Army Attack Bab Al-Shams Again
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 11 nonviolent peace activists, and 7 reporters, have been injured when Israeli soldiers attacked a group of activists trying to reach the Bab Al-Shams, the new village project meant to counter the illegal Israeli E1 settlement plan in occupied East Jerusalem. Several activists have been kidnapped. …

Several Farmers Injured After Being Attacked By Settlers Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – The Radio Bethlehem 2000 reported, Tuesday, that several Palestinian farmers, from Tequa’ village, east of Bethlehem, were injured after being attacked by a group of extremist settlers as they were heading to their lands. …

Soldiers Invade Aida Refugee Camp In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, broke into and searched several homes after forcing the residents out. …

Army Kidnaps Former Mayor Of Al-Biereh
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday approximately at 1 a.m. , former mayor of the Al-Biereh town, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, Sheikh Jamal Al-Tawil, after breaking into his home and searching it causing excessive damage. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Israeli army kills teen in Budrus clashes
1/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager on Tuesday during clashes in Budrus near Ramallah, medics said. Samir Ahmad Abdul-Rahim, 17, sustained four bullet wounds to his head, chest and leg and died shortly after arriving at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. The head of Budrus village council, Mohammad….

Medics: Man killed in northern Gaza
1/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A man shot by Israeli forces in north Gaza died late Monday, Palestinian medics said. Mustafa Abu Jarad, believed to be a farmer, was shot in the head in the town of Beit Lahiya on the border with Israel, Gaza‘s health ministry said earlier Monday. The 21-year-old was…. Related: IMEMC: Farmer Killed By Israeli Fire In Beit Lahia

Israeli forces demolish 2 East Jerusalem homes
1/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem on Tuesday, locals said. Bulldozers arrived in the Sur Bahir neighborhood in southern Jerusalem and demolished the home of Aref Hussein Amireh, witnesses said. The property housed 14 people from two families. Israeli bulldozers also demolished the home of Nasser al-Rajabi in….

Israeli forces arrest former mayor of Al-Bireh, locals say
1/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested two people in al-Bireh overnight Monday, including the former mayor of the city, locals said. Sheikh Jamal Tawil was detained after Israeli forces raided his home and confiscated two computers overnight, witnesses said. Another man, said to be a member of Hamas, was also arrested. An Israeli army….

Nablus gunmen fire live shots to protest PA arrest raid
1/15/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Masked gunmen on Tuesday fired live shots into the air in a Nablus refugee camp in protest at a raid by Palestinian Authority security forces hours earlier, locals said. PA security raided several homes in Balata camp in an attempt to detain several men wanted for participating in protests against security….

Saudi Arabia to send medical aid to Gaza
1/15/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia will send six planes of medical aid to the Gaza Strip via Egypt on Friday, Egyptian authorities said Tuesday. A delegation from Saudi Arabia will arrive in Sinai’s el-Arish airport on Wednesday and head to Gaza to coordinate the delivery of thousands of tons of medicine….

Israel army says Gaza attack tunnel found near border
1/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers discovered a tunnel leading from Gaza into southern Israel on Monday, a statement from the military said. The army said that the shaft of a “terror tunnel” was found during routine activity adjacent to the security fence in south Gaza. The incident, including assessing when the tunnel was built….

Tirawi: Fatah, Hamas meet in Morocco
1/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah and Hamas representatives met in Morocco on Monday to discuss national reconciliation, Fatah leader Tawfiq Tirawi said Tuesday. Tirawi, who represented Fatah at the meeting, told Ma’an the talks were held at the invitation of Morocco’s Authenticity and Modernity Party. Party representatives discussed the next steps….


Palestine News Network

Activists Return to Palestinian Village ‘Bab Al-Shams, Several Arrested
Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Demolish a House in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

First Israeli Arab Education Official Dismissed
Palestine News Network

Ki-Moon Urges Israel to Rescind E1 Settlement
Palestine News Network

Israeli Soldiers Kill 16-Year-Old Palestinian in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

IOF: ‘Attack Tunnel’ Discovered Near Gaza Border
Palestine News Network

Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Farmer Near Gaza Border
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Assault, Arrest a Palestinian Youngster
Palestine News Network

Palestine 48 Delegation Visit to Ireland Continued Today in Belfast
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Protestors return to Bab-Alshams
1/15/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 15 January 2013, Popular Struggle Co-ordination Committee, Bab-Alshams, Occupied Palestine – Following the violent eviction of Bab-Alshams (gateway of the sun) on Sunday around a hundred Protestors returned to the land which the Israeli Occupation Forces call E1. After the acceptance of Palestine as a non-member state to the UN, Israel announced the approval of a….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: West Bank teen killed by Israeli fire: medics
Relief Web 15 Jan 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/15/2013 15:24 GMT RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories, Jan 15, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager near the separation barrier in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian medical and security…

occupied Palestinian territory: The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) support Centers of Competence in Westbank
Relief Web 15 Jan 2013 – Source: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Country: occupied Palestinian territory Under the auspices of the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education, the new joint cooperation program between SDC and GIZ , “Promotion of Youth employabilty…

occupied Palestinian territory: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk – Note by the Secretariat (A/HRC/22/62 ) 
Relief Web 15 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory Note by the Secretariat In accordance with Commission on Human Rights resolution 1993/2 and appendix I of the annex to Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, the Special Rapporteur on the situation…

The National

UAE school among eight winners of Sheikh Zayed Future Energy Prize
The National 15 Jan 2013 – The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School in Abu Dhabi was awarded US$100,000 (Dh367,000) in the initiative.

Biofuels pioneer wins Zayed Award in Abu Dhabi
The National 15 Jan 2013 – Prof Jose Goldenberg, whose studies into sugarcane ethanol as fuel helped to promote biofuels , is named the lifetime achievement award recipient for the Zayed Future Energy Prize.

Jurassic park where ‘princely lizards’ roamed to attract tourists
The National 15 Jan 2013 – The village of Raioli, home to one of the world’s largest dinosaur fossil finds, already boasts a six-metre T-rex like Rajasaurus. Suryatapa Bhattacharya reports from Balisinor 

Long queues in UAE to register Sim cards as phone cut-off deadline looms
The National 15 Jan 2013 – Du and Etisalat customers must register their Sim cards before deadline or face having their lines cut off.

Egypt’s decaying rail system caused train crash: transport minister
The National 15 Jan 2013 – Fourth serious accident in seven months kills 17, unleashing anger at the government as it tries to steer Egypt from political and economic crises. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Aleppo University bombings kill at least 50
The National 15 Jan 2013 – Bombs kill and injure dozens on university campus, a day after senior Syrian official announces Bashar Al Assad will stand in presidential elections next year. Phil Sands reports from Damascus 

Gulf Cup semi-final victory cheers football fans all over the UAE
The National 15 Jan 2013 – The joy was felt all over the UAE with people gathering around TV screens wherever they may be.

French vow to stay in Mali until it is safe
The National 15 Jan 2013 – Fears of a long fight ahead as ill-equipped Mali government is blamed for ignoring threat posed by extremists. Alice Fordham reports from Bamako 


Netanyahu associates brush off Obama criticism: PM won’t give in to international pressure
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

IDF kills teenager in West Bank, fourth Palestinian death in a week
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Livni: Obama’s warnings about Netanyahu are a wake-up call for Israelis
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Hagel secures key senator’s support by vowing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Israeli police block Palestinian activists trying to reclaim E-1 protest camp
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Director of Hadassah hospital resigns in light of institution’s soaring debt
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

GMAT may be nixed from MBA requirements in Israel
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Hagel: ‘I intend to expand the depth and breadth of U.S.-Israel cooperation’
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Bedouin families in Israel’s north are stuck in tin shacks while authorities quibble
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2013

Netanyahu promises he won’t raise taxes
Ha’aretz – 14 Jan 2013

Hebrew University discovery could lead to new cancer treatments
Ha’aretz – 14 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Court orders explanation of yeshiva subsidies
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Order brings court one step closer to ruling on legal disputes over state subsidies for army-age haredi yeshiva students. 

Talansky to testify against Olmert in Holyland trial
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Along with 15 other defendants accused of bribery and fraud, Olmert is accused of receiving millions of shekels in bribes. 

State seeks okay to dismantle Palestinian E1 tents
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Government disputes activists’ claim that land was Palestinian property, notes it had been declared state land in 1982, 2005. 

Political showdown in English at ‘Post’ J’lem debate
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – A week before the January 22 elections, representatives of the 8 largest parties set to face off at The Jerusalem Great Synagogue. 

A.H.A.V.A. holds Ma’aleh Adumim Read-a-thon
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Nonprofit dedicated to promoting English literacy among disadvantaged children in Israel launched 8th annual event. 

TA police arrest 21 drug dealers in Jaffa sting
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – “You just have to stick to your story,” says undercover cop about experiences during 8-month operation. 

Qatar promotes sending Arab force to Syria
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – In effort to cultivate its regional influence, Doha working to bail out Egypt’s economy. 

The Power Rangers and the death of two-states
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Any jamming and forcing of the “missing puzzle peace (no, not a typo)” will make the fall harder and more devastating for our people. 

What ‘witch hunt’?
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – There can be no doubt that the only one to blame for the removal of Gilad Nathan is Nathan himself. 

The Arab vote
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Zoabi, Tibi and other Arab MKs who adopt radical positions that place them well outside the pale of mainstream Israeli politics should heed more pragmatic voices. 

Poll: Right bloc gets 64 seats, 56 for Center-Left
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – A week ahead of elections overall electoral picture remains largely static, according to Dahaf poll published by Channel 2. 

Abbas needs to be replaced
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – While promoting non-violence, Abbas is inciting to violence, in the apparent hope that a third intifada will bring better results. 

In My Own Write: Artistic provocation
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – It would be good, if von Hausswolff’s guilt is proved and he is punished, for other would-be “Holocaust artists” to take note. 

US condemns Morsi’s 2010 anti-Semitic remarks
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – White House says Egyptian president’s comments labeling Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs” are “deeply offensive.” 

Facebook temporarily bans Jpost reporter
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Khaled Abu Toameh fears shutdown was result of coordinated anti-Israel campaign following his writings on PA corruption. 

Facebook temporarily bans ‘Post’ reporter
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Khaled Abu Toameh fears shutdown was result of coordinated anti-Israel campaign following his writings on PA corruption. 

Explosions rock Syria’s Aleppo university, 52 dead
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Observatory says death count after university explosion rockets to 52, expected to rise; Russia against referring crisis to ICC. 

Top Jewish senator backs Hagel after Iran stance clarified
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013US Senator Chuck Schumer supports Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, saying his concerns over stance on Israel, Iran were addressed, describing Hagel as “forthcoming and sincere”; encourages Senate support. 

Court accepts Strong Israel-Balad campaign petition
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – High Court accepts far-right, Arab battle against Central Elections Committee’s decision to ban part of parties’ campaign broadcasts. 

Yacimovich calls for socio-economic unity gov’t
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Labor chairwomen requests all parties to replace Netanyahu and create emergency unity gvn’t to fight for “change in power.” 

Head: Canadian firm to dredge, purify Kishon River
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Canadian sewege giant is to dredge Kishon riverbed, purify sediments to turn polluted waterway into oasis for northern residents. 

Police block 50 activists returning to E1 tent city
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Officers confront, arrest some 20 Palestinians after activists attempt to reoccupy tents by posing as a traditional wedding party. 

Is there a future for Yair Lapid?
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – JPost visits Lapid’s home to get a personal impression of the man that may represent everyone left of Bibi in the next gov’t. 

Ex-Labor MK says Meretz only ‘Left’ left in Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Former MK Colette Avital says Labor party has abandoned Rabin’s values, announces her support for Meretz. 

First Israeli Arab Education official dismissed
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Dr. Mousa, the first person to hold position as head of Education Ministry’s language department, dismissed ‘unexpectedly.’ 

Education Ministry suspends head of language dept.
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Dr. Mousa, the Arab to hold position as head of Education Ministry’s language department, dismissed ‘unexpectedly.’ 

Explosions rock Syria’s Aleppo university, 15 dead
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – At least 15 people were killed, buildings damaged in bombing; Russia against referring crisis to Int’l Criminal Court. 

‘Jew’ is the new ‘cool’ in Dutch, linguist says
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Teenagers use the word “jood” as an expression of enthusiasm; Dutch also use Yiddish word “tof” as “good.” 

IDF shoots, kills Palestinian youth in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – 16-year-old Sameer Awwad was shot three times in chest, neck and legs, Palestinians say; IDF says the youth tried to cross fence. 

‘Anti-Semitism a threat to French Jewish presence’
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2013 – Leader of France’s Jewish communities, Dr. Richard Prasquier, warns of threat to country’s Jewry as anti-Semitic incidents rose 45% in 2012. 

The Guardian

Israeli forces shot youth in the back as he ran away, say Palestinians
The Guardian 15 Jan 2013 – Samir Awad, 17, shot dead at separation barrier near Budrus where IDF says group of youths were trying to enter Israel A teenage boy was killed by Israeli soldiers on the separation barrier close to the…

Israeli military kills Palestinian boy
The Guardian 15 Jan 2013 – Doctors say teenager killed near West Bank separation barrier, named as Samir Awad, 17, was shot in head, back and chest Israeli soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian near the West Bank separation barrier on Tuesday,…

Syria: ‘At least 10 killed’ in attack on Aleppo university – as it happened
The Guardian 15 Jan 2013 – • Government calls blasts ‘terrorist attack’ • Rebel groups tell Guardian they were not responsible • ‘154 people killed’ in attacks today • Attempt to refer Syria to ICC ‘counterproductive’ – Russia • Live coverage with Paul…

Peace process dead if Binyamin Netanyahu wins Israeli election, academics warn | Paul Owen
The Guardian 15 Jan 2013 – Even if Binyamin Netanyahu forms a government with centrists rather than ultra-nationalist Jewish Home, there is little prospect of rapprochement with the Palestinians, say Israel experts The Israeli-Palestinian peace process is dead if Binyamin Netanyahu wins…


Video: Andy Worthington Tells President Obama Why His Failure to Close Guantánamo Is Akin to Dictatorship

Keeping symbolism in perspective

11 Years on An indelible stain on America’s justice

How 20 tents rocked Israel

Hold Israel accountable for aggression and war crimes in Gaza

French-Led Military Intervention Supported by US Destined to Transform Mali Into Bigger Quagmire

Mali, Unintended Consequences, and Endless War

E-1 protest marks change of tactics by Palestinian activists

Peres acknowledges that Arafat was assassinated by Israel

Eviction of Bab Al Shams exposes Israel as a lawless state

Daily Star

US condemns comments from Egypt’s Morsi
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 The Obama administration gave a blistering review of remarks that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi made almost three years ago about Jews and called for him to repudiate what it called unacceptable rhetoric.

Pakistani soldier dies in latest attack in Kashmir
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Pakistan blamed Indian troops for killing one of its soldiers along the disputed Kashmir border, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat attacks that threaten to ratchet up tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.

Libya paid Mauritania $200 mln to extradite Senussi
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Libya authorised payment of almost $200 million to Mauritania months after it extradited the Libyan ex-spy chief to face trial at home in defiance of an International Criminal Court warrant for his arrest.

Blasts at Syrian university kill more than 80
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Twin blasts inside a university campus in Syria‘s largest city on Tuesday set cars ablaze, blew the walls off dormitory rooms and left more than 80 people dead, anti-regime activists said.

Qatar aims for Afghan peace process by 2014
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Qatar aims to see a peace process in Afghanistan by the time NATO combat operations end in 2014, Qatar’s prime minister said on Tuesday as the Afghan Taliban movement prepared to open an office in the…

Egypt’s president visits train crash survivors
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Egypt’s president pledged to hold officials accountable for a deadly train wreck that fueled anger against Mohammed Morsi’s administration for failing to carry out reform and overhaul the nation’s deteriorating public services.

Iraq: Sunni lawmaker killed in suicide bombing
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 A suicide bomber assassinated a Sunni lawmaker in western Iraq on Tuesday, raising tensions in a part of the country that has been roiled by weeks of demonstrations. Seven people were killed in the attack.

Iran: Khamenei’s ban of nuclear weapons binding
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Iran sought Tuesday to spell out in its clearest terms yet that it is not seeking nuclear weapons, highlighting a religious decree issued by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that bans nuclear weapons.

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian youth in West Bank
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Israeli soldiers shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian near the village of Budrus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian witnesses and medics said.

Russia suspends operations at consulate in Aleppo, Syria
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Russia says it has suspended operations at its consulate in Aleppo after two explosions rocked a university in Syria‘s second-biggest city.

Egypt court postpones case against Egypt parliament
Daily Star 15 Jan 2013 Egypt’s top court postpones a ruling on a case that challenged the legitimacy of the upper house of parliament and threatened further political uncertainty for the nation and its transition to democracy.

Stop The Wall

the Palestinian, grassroots anti-apartheid wall campaign (Stop the Wall), the Farmers’ Union and the Popular Coalition for the Right of Land and A delegation from the boycott committee against the Jewish National Fund organized an event to plant new olive
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign STW Planted Olive Trees In Khirbet Al Twayyel-Nablus Sunday, January 13, 2013, the Palestinian, grassroots anti-apartheid wall campaign (Stop the Wall), the Farmers’ Union and the Popular Coalition for the Right of Land organized an event to plant new olive trees. A delegation from the…

The Occupation Forces evict Bab Al Shams emcampment
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign The Occupation Forces evict Bab Al Shams emcampment at 4 am hundreds of occupation forces raided the Bab Al Shams village, destroyed the tents and beat up the activists, who have set the tents in an attempt to stop the occupation seizer of the land…

YNet News

US considering logistical help for France in Mali conflict 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – ….

Israel fears Syrian chemical weapons will reach Hezbollah
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – ….

UN body says Israel wants rights review postponed
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – ….

Armstrong admission could see cycling dropped from Olympics
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – ….

US condemns comments by Egypt’s Mursi in 2010 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – ….

No Arabs, no united bloc
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Moderate parties’ refusal to form political alliance with Arab factions a worrying trend bordering on racism ….

Irony of EU funding 
YNet News, 15 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: NGOs claiming to promote human rights use EU funds to promote anti-Israel initiatives ….

Israel investing in disputed West Bank sites
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Government moves forward with plan to renovate places of heritage, including Cave of Patriarchs, site sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Palestinians: Tomb is ours ….

Video ‘shows’ terrorists training for border attack
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Clip released by jihadist group shows operatives shooting firearms, details plan for attack that claimed life of Israeli soldier on border with Egypt ….

UN chief urges Israel to rescind E1 settlement
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Ban Ki-Moon says Israeli settlements in West Bank are illegal, blasts decision to break up Palestinian protest ….

Soldiers jailed for partying with officer’s daughter?
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Three soldiers penalized for alcohol consumption at base claim their sentence was disproportionally severe since the punishing officer’s daughter was with them ….

Iran to reach ‘key point’ for atom bomb by mid-2014 
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Islamic Republic could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one or more nuclear bomb by mid-2014, US experts say, urging Obama to emphasize military option ….

CBS: Jewish births up, Muslim births down
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Fertility rate among Jewish women in Israel increases while rate in Muslim sector drops, according to demographics report ….

Massive fire breaks out in Netanya factory 
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Hazmat unit called to help firefighters battle flames engulfing paint manufacturing plant; no injuries reported in fire ….

Jordan’s king urges Israel, Palestinians to talk
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – In meeting with AIPAC delegation, King Abdullah II warns failure to revive peace talks adding to regional tensions, calls on Israel to stop settlement construction ….

45 killed in Syrian military attacks near Damascus
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Eight children, 13 rebels among dead in government air and artillery strikes ….

Report: Iran gathering info on Israel from Syria 
YNet News, 14 Jan 2013 – Pentagon report reveals Tehran established signals intelligence stations across Middle East to supply information on Israel to Hezbollah. Golan Heights station active since 2006 ….

Palestinian Information Center

11 thousand settlers and soldiers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in 2012
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage said in a report on Tuesday that number of Jewish settler and soldiers storming and desecrating Al-Aqsa Mosque, has significantly increased in 2012.

Risheq: Hamas and Fatah to discuss mechanisms of implementing reconciliation
PIC – Izzat al-Risheq, confirmed that a meeting between delegations from Hamas and Fatah will be held on Thursday in the Egyptian capital Cairo to agree on mechanisms and a timetable..

Occupation storms a government building in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli military forces stormed a Palestinian government building in the city of al-Khalil in the southern West Bank, and arrested a citizen in Silwan.

Israel alleges discovery of tunnel on Gaza borders at Karam Abu Salem
PIC – The Israeli occupation army announced that its forces had discovered yesterday evening, a tunnel in the north of Karm Abu Salem crossing, on the borders with the Gaza Strip.

Israeli crime against the Samouni family continues
PIC – European human rights organization warned of a new crime committed by the occupation against the Samouni family in Gaza, after 21 of its members had been executed..

Occupation destroys a second home in Jerusalem on Tuesday
PIC – Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished, on Tuesday morning, a second Palestinian home in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and drove its owners outdoors, under the pretext of no permit.

Haniyeh: We hope that reconciliation reinforces partnership, protects resistance
PIC – Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister, expressed his hope that the national reconciliation will reinforce partnership in managing the Palestinian issue and will protect a national program..

Report: 200 thousand passengers through the Rafah crossing in 2012
PIC – The General Administration of border crossings and the Ministry of Interior and National Security documented the departure of 209,215citizens through the Rafah crossing during 2012.

Israeli special forces penetrate northern Gaza
PIC – Israeli special forces penetrated on Tuesday morning, dozens of meters in the Abu Samra area northwest of the town of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Palestinian factions discuss ways to implement reconciliation in Morocco
PIC – Palestinian factions discussed in the Moroccan capital Rabat ways to support the reconciliation implementation with the participation of all Palestinian factions..


Municipality Demolishes House in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Bab al-Shams Raises Israeli Fears of Similar Projects
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013

Israeli Forces Shoot Teenager Dead near Ramallah
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013

Municipality Demolishes House in Jerusalem
WAFA – 15 Jan 2013


Syria university explosion kills more than 80
LA Times 15 Jan 2013 – Rebels and the government again trade accusations, this time for the twin blasts at Aleppo University. BEIRUT — Dozens of people died in two explosions minutes apart Tuesday at a university in the embattled northern city of Aleppo, a reminder of the Syrian conflict’s costly…

In Syria, heavy civilian toll reported in fighting near capital
LA Times 14 Jan 2013 – The Syrian government and the opposition each accuse the other of attacks that reportedly left 20 civilians dead. An aid group warns of a worsening disaster. BEIRUT — Syrian government forces pressed an ongoing offensive Monday aimed at dislodging rebels from the vicinity of the…

Nalagaat, Israeli Troupe of Deaf-Blind Actors
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – The Israeli theater ensemble Nalagaat, which is made up of deaf and blind performers, tells stories through pantomime and by baking bread. 

The Lede Blog: Video of Aleppo University Bombing
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – Video posted online by Syrian opposition activists appeared to show the moment one in a series of deadly explosions struck the campus of Aleppo University on Tuesday. 

Efan al-Essawi, Iraqi Lawmaker and Sunni Leader, Killed in Bombing
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – Efan al-Essawi, a member of Parliament and a leader of the Awakening movement in Anbar Province, had survived many previous assassination attempts. 

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian in West Bank Confrontation
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – The shooting of a teenager along Gaza’s border with Israel underscored the potential for spiraling violence after weeks of restiveness in the area. 

Dozens Killed as Explosions Hit Syrian University
New York Times 15 Jan 2013 – Each side in Syria’s conflict blamed the other Tuesday after multiple blasts rocked Aleppo University, leaving 82 people dead, according to a Syrian official. 

Netanyahu exaggerates gas royalties expectations 
Globes Energy & Water – It is unclear why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implied in an interview that there would be higher than expected royalties.

CPI rises 0.2% in December
Globes Main News – Despite rising above expectations last month, the CPI rose by only 1.6% in 2012, in the lower half of the government’s 1-3% target range.

Alvarion in talks to sell WiMAX unit to Fortissimo
Globes Main News – Alvarion will reportedly sell the WiMAX division for a few tens of millions of dollars.

Tue: Mellanox bucks market
Globes Main News – Mellanox continued to correct upwards, but the banks dragged the market down.

Israeli investment houses to report on US citizens’ accounts
Globes Main News – TASE tells brokers: We’re examining FATCA’s provisions and their significance.

Insulin pill co Oramed jumps on Nasdaq listing plans
Globes Main News – Oramed is developing oral delivery systems of intravenous drugs. Its insulin tablet targets adult diabetics who are not insulin dependent.

ADHD treatment co Alcobra plans ADHD ticker after Nasdaq IPO
Globes Main News – Alcobra’s IPO is still a long way off, and it is difficult to float a company with only one product.

Economy contracts for 7th straight month 
Globes Macro Economics – The Purchasing Managers Index rose last month but was still below the 50-point dividing line between expansion and contraction.

Steinitz slams own officials on taxes
Globes Macro Economics – “Economic policy in the State of Israel is set by the prime minister and finance minister, and not by officials who give anonymous briefings.”

IAI awarded $40m Defense Ministry navigation system deal
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Modular Azimuth Position System (TMAPS) system will be deployed on the IDF’s M109 Self Propelled Guns.

Rally in DC, January 19: No blank check for Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace – Join me and other people of conscience from across the country as we rally in Washington, DC this Saturday, January 19th 2013–on inauguration weekend–with a clear message to President Obama: Israel should not be above the law Condition US aid to Israel on compliance with US

Obama Goldberg’s liberal Zionist lament
Mondoweiss – Jeffrey Goldberg has an odd piece for Bloomberg that offers a view from the White House of U.S.-Israeli relations. Goldberg reports (or intuits?) what President Obama thinks about Benjamin Netanyahu and affirms Obama‘s approach to the U.S.-Israeli relationship. It’s difficult to tell where the reporting ends…

Hagel prostrates himself before the lobby, gets votes
Mondoweiss – The drama around Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense seems to be heading into its predictable third act. While much attention has been given to Hagel’s heterodox views (for D.C.) on the Middle East, and the threat that several Democrats might oppose his nomination over…

NPR story on Geo Wallace’s apology and redemption is message to Israeli racists
Mondoweiss – Yesterday NPR’s All Things Considered aired a devastating story on the 50th anniversary of then-Alabama Governor George Wallace’s speech, “I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.” The heart of the story was the effect Wallace had on John Lewis, the civil rights leader who…

Palestinian teenager killed by the Israeli military near Budrus
Mondoweiss – Palestinians mourn Samir Awad, 16, killed after the Israeli Defense Forces shot him three times. (Photo: Wattan News) A Palestinian teenager was shot repeatedly and killed by the Israeli military this morning near the West Bank village of Budrus. The details are still a little fuzzy;…

Right wing crazies — Remnick brings the curtain down on Zionism
Mondoweiss – The New Yorker this week carries the piece that I have been waiting for, a thorough report by David Remnick from inside radical-right Israel. It’s a great piece of reporting, marked by scary intimate moments with three crazies, Dani Dayan, Moshe Feiglin and Naftali Bennett, and…

Rebranding the War on Terror for the age of Obama: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and the promotion of extra judicial killing
Mondoweiss – The film Zero Dark Thirty has sparked  debate  on its justification of torture, its misuse of facts, and its pro-CIA agenda. The main focus of the debate so far has been on whether torture was necessary to track Osama bin Laden and whether the film is…

Internet Activists Plan Protest Over Aaron Swartz 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2013 – Internet activists plan to protest at the Justice Department in memory of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide while awaiting trial on controversial federal hacking charges. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Blocks Palestinians From Returning to E1 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2013 – Israeli police, using stun grenades, blocked about 50 Palestinian activists who tried on Tuesday to reoccupy tents they pitched last week on a patch of West Bank land which Israel wants for Jewish settlements. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rabbis for Human Rights Splits From Israel Group 
The Forward New 15 Jan 2013 – Rabbis for Human Rights North America, which began as a support group for the Israel-based Rabbis for Human Rights, is parting ways with its Israeli counterpart. Click here for the rest of the article…

Tunisia: President Marzouki Confers With Mahmoud Abbas 
allAfrica.com 15 Jan 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Carthage -Caretaker President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki reasserted at the end of his talk, Monday, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Tunisian people’s support to the Palestinian cause.

Tunisia: Tunisia to Spare No Effort to Encourage Arab Leaders to Lend Financial Support to Palestinian Brothers (Jebali) 
allAfrica.com 15 Jan 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse] Gammarth -The latest developments on the Palestinian scene and in the Middle East were the focus of the talk that Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali had Monday in Gammarth with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kenya: Israel Wants Tel Aviv – Nairobi Flights Restored 
allAfrica.com 15 Jan 2013 – [Capital FM]Nairobi -Israel’s Ambassador to Kenya, Gil Haskel, says they are working to restore direct flights between Tel Aviv and Nairobi before the end of the year.

Deadly blasts at Syria university 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – More than 80 people have been killed by two blasts at a university in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the first day of exams, activists and officials say.

Saudis jail Egypt rights lawyer 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – An Egyptian human rights lawyer is sentenced to five years in jail and 300 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for trafficking drugs.

Cairo train derailment kills 19 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – At least 19 people are killed and more than 100 wounded after a train carrying army recruits derails near Egypt’s capital Cairo, officials say.

Palestinians Don’t Need More Aid 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 15 Jan 2013 – Nadia Hijab is a co-founder of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and serves on the Advisory Board. This letter was published in The New York Times . What Palestinians Need January 14, 2013 Your Jan. 11 editorial “ Financial Crisis in the West Bank

When Big Money Influences Elections 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Jan 2013 – Public services in Lebanon are a disaster, the environment is badly damaged and polluted, and conditions of life for most people are demeaning. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) Public services in Lebanon are a disaster, the environment is badly damaged and polluted, and conditions of life for most…

Israel attacks Palestinians returning to Bab al-Shams 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013 – Israeli forces on Tuesday used tear gas and stun grenades to attack a group of about 60 Palestinian activists who tried to return to Bab al-Shams, an encampment they created last Friday on Israeli-annexed land that was raided two days later. Activists said they hiked for…

Obama says Israel moving towards isolation: Report 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013US President Barack Obama privately told several people in the White House that Israel’s actions are self-destructive following the Jewish state’s decision to build 3,000 illegal settler units in the West Bank area known as E1, according to a report published Tuesday by Bloomberg news. Related…

France: Searching for Lost Glory in Africa 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013 – French troops based in N’Djamena (Chad) carry munitions on the 101 military airbase near Bamako on 15 January 2013 to reinforce the “Serval” operations, before their deployment in the north of Mali. (Photo: Eric Feferberg) French troops based in N’Djamena (Chad) carry munitions on the 101…

Israel demolishes two East Jerusalem homes 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013 – Israeli municipal workers demolished two Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem on Tuesday under the pretext that they were built without permits, locals said, forcing over 20 residents to seek new shelter amid the near-freezing temperatures. Bulldozers arrived in the Sour Baher neighborhood in southern Jerusalem and…

STL Leaks: The Prosecution’s Surprise Witnesses 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013 – The investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri has been considered suspect on many fronts. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) The investigation into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri has been considered suspect on many fronts. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) The prosecution in the…

Georges Abdallah: Justice Delayed, Again 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2013 – This is the winding road that the leader of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions has had to take in the French justice system. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) This is the winding road that the leader of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Factions has had to take in the…

After Two Years, the Tunisian Revolution Betrayed? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Jan 2013 – Tunisian people wave national flags in front of the big clock as part of the festivities that mark the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January 2013 in Tunis. (AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisian people wave…

A Salafi Emirate in Amioun Prison 
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Jan 2013 – The proclamation of an Islamic emirate within a Lebanese prison is no longer a novel development. (Photo: Ramzi Haidar) The proclamation of an Islamic emirate within a Lebanese prison is no longer a novel development. (Photo: Ramzi Haidar) At the Amioun Prison in North Lebanon, one…

Deadly blasts at Syria university 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – More than 80 people have been killed by two blasts at a university in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the first day of exams, activists and officials say.

Iraqi MP killed by suicide bomber 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – A suicide bomber kills a Sunni member of Iraq’s parliament, Eifan Saadoun al-Issawi, along with at least two bodyguards in Fallujah, officials say.

Saudis jail Egypt rights lawyer 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – An Egyptian human rights lawyer is sentenced to five years in jail and 300 lashes by a court in Saudi Arabia for trafficking drugs.

Cairo train derailment kills 19 
BBC 15 Jan 2013 – At least 19 people are killed and more than 100 wounded after a train carrying army recruits derails near Egypt’s capital Cairo, officials say.


Palestinian teen killed by IDF near West Bank separation barrier 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/15/2013
      This is the fourth incident in the last week in which a Palestinian civilian was shot to death after trying to cross or coming close to an Israeli fence.
     Sixteen year-old Sameer Awwad from Budrus was killed Tuesday by IDF soldiers near the separation barrier at his village. Awwad, who was shot at least three times, is the fourth Palestinian civilian who has been shot to death this week while coming close or trying to cross an Israeli fence. According to reports, none of them posed any risk to Israeli soldiers or civilians.
     According to eyewitnesses, Sameer was walking away from light clashes that had erupted by the barrier when he was shot from the back with three bullets from a distance of about 100 meters. One bullet hit his leg, another hit the back of his neck and exited near his eyebrow, and the third entered his rib cage and exited through his chest. Awwad was immediately transferred to Ramallah Hospital, where he was pronounce dead shortly after.
     The village of Budrus received worldwide recognition for the non-violent struggle it conducted against the confiscation of its land for the construction of the separation barrier (later documented in the film Budrus).
     Over the last few days, three other Palestinians have been killed in the vicinity of Israeli separation barriers. Anwar al-Mamlouk, 21, was killed last Friday in Gaza, near the barrier in Jabalya. On Saturday, Oudai Darwish from Dura near Hebron was killed in the South Hebron Hills, when trying to cross the barrier to find work in Israel. Darwish was shot at least four times, twice in his legs and twice in the upper part of his body.
     Another Palestinian, Mustafa Abu Jarad, 21, was killed yesterday near the barrier in Beit Lahia. more.. e-mail

Prisoners’ Intifada shames Palestine’s leaders 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 1/16/2013
      If Palestinian leaders only knew how extraneous their endless rounds of “unity” talks have become, they might cease enthusiastic declarations to world media about their meetings. At this point, few Palestinians are left with hope that their “leadership” has their best interests in mind. Factional interests reign supreme and personal agendas continue to define Palestine’s political landscape.
     Fatah and Hamas are the two major Palestinian political factions. Despite Hamas’ election victory in 2006, Fatah has the upper hand. Both parties continue to play the numbers game, flexing their muscles in frivolous rallies where Palestinian flags are overshadowed with green and yellow banners, the symbols of Hamas and Fatah respectively.
     Historically, there has been a leadership deficit in Palestine and it is not because Palestinians are incapable of producing upright men and women capable of guiding the decades-long resistance towards astounding victory against Israel’s military occupation and apartheid. This is because for a Palestinian leadership to be acknowledged by regional and international players, it has to excel in the art of “compromise”. These carefully molded leaders often cater to the interests of their Arab and Western benefactors, at the expense of their own people. Not a single popular faction has resolutely escaped this.
     This reality has permeated Palestinian politics for decades. However, in the last two decades the distance between the Palestinian leadership and the people has grown by a once unimaginable distance, to the point where some Palestinians have become a jailor, a peddling politician or even a security coordinator working hand in hand with Israel. Perks of the 1994 Oslo Accord have over the years created a Palestinian elite, whose interests and that of the Israeli occupation overlap beyond recognition of where the first starts and the other ends. more.. e-mail

The Party Faithful 
David Remnick, The New Yorker 1/21/2013
      The settlers move to annex the West Bank—and Israeli politics.
     At a makeshift theatre in the port of Tel Aviv, hundreds of young immigrants from Melbourne, the Five Towns, and other points in the Anglophone diaspora gathered recently to hear from the newest phenomenon in Israeli politics, Naftali Bennett. A forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando, Bennett promises to build a sturdy electoral bridge between the religious and the secular, the hilltop outposts of the West Bank and the start-up suburbs of the coastal plain. This is something new in the history of the Jewish state. Bennett is a man of the far right, but he is eager to advertise his cosmopolitan bona fides. Although he was the director general of the Yesha Council, the main political body of the settler movement, he does not actually live in a settlement. He lives in Ra’anana, a small city north of Tel Aviv that is full of programmers and executives. He is as quick to make reference to an episode of “Seinfeld” as he is to the Torah portion of the week. He constantly updates his Facebook page. A dozen years ago, he moved to the Upper East Side of Manhattan to seek his fortune in high tech, and his wife, Gilat, went to work as a pastry chef at chic restaurants like Aureole, Amuse, and Bouley Bakery. Her crème brûlée, he declares proudly, “restored the faith of the Times food critic in the virtues of crème brûlée.”
     Closer to his ideological core is an unswerving conviction that the Palestinian Arabs of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem might as well relinquish their hopes for a sovereign state. The Green Line, which demarcates the occupied territories from Israel proper, “has no meaning,” he says, and only a friyer, a sucker, would think otherwise. As one of his slick campaign ads says, “There are certain things that most of us understand will never happen: ‘The Sopranos’ are not coming back for another season . . . and there will never be a peace plan with the Palestinians.”…. more.. e-mail

The Middle East needs to be a nuclear-weapons-free zone 
NAJ Taylor, Al Jazeera.com 1/12/2013
      People of the region should pressure their governments to publicly commit to a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.
     In April 1962, an informal grouping of Israeli intellectuals and scientists, self-proclaimed as the Committee for the Denuclearisation of the Middle East, acted in their private capacities in issuing a statement to the effect that nuclear weapons “constitute[d] a danger to Israel and to peace in the Middle East”.
     Whilst the Committee’s raison d’être must be primarily viewed as an effort by concerned citizens to draw the public’s attention to Israel’s clandestine nuclear weaponisation programme, as well as – in the words of the Committee – to preserve what they termed the “Zionist experiment”, the grouping was notable for emphasising the dual-importance of non-state actors in achieving that vision, and the facilitating role that would be required of extra-regional actors, particularly the United Nations and related bodies.
     Today, some 50 years later, I’m calling for a return to the underlying premise – the ethos – of those Israeli individuals, who saw not only the inaptitude of nuclear deterrence to the noble task of peace, but also the degree to which they believed even small groups of people could bring about regional and international change.
     Nuclear-weapon-free zones 
     The current modality being seriously proposed for the Middle East, however, is somewhat different to that which prompted those Israeli intellectuals in the 1960s. more.. e-mail

Making history in Bab Al Shams
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jan 2013 – Abbas Sarsour 15 January 2013 Israeli forces hit activists with the butts of their rifles as we set up a Palestinian village on occupied land.more

Stop playing by Israel’s rules, aid workers urged
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jan 2013 – 15 January 2013 Groups trying to help Palestinians should not ask the occupier for permits.more

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