VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 17 January 2013: How the media let Israel get away with murder

17 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Resident’s Body Found Under Collapsed Tunnel
IMEMC – Thursday January 17; Palestinian rescue teams located the body of a resident who went missing last week when a siege busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on him due to heavy rain. …

Soldiers Invade Nablus Village, Break Into Homes, Mosque
IMEMC – Thursday, January 17; local sources in Khirbit Yanoun village, near Aqraba in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the village, took pictures of several homes and of the village’s ancient mosque , and broke into the mosque. …

Detainees In Eshil Go On Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Palestinian detainees, held at the Israeli Eshil prison, declared hunger strike in protest to the transfer of 27 detainees into solitary confinement, and to the ongoing violations carried out by the soldiers against them. …

Army Demolishes Bab Al-Shams
IMEMC – Late on Wednesday at night, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by military bulldozers, attacked and demolished the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village established by nonviolent activists on Palestinian lands Israel considers as “E1” area, and wants to build Jewish settlements on it. …

US students to commemorate fourth anniversary of Israel’s Gaza invasion
IMEMC – Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the end of ‘Operation Cast Lead’, a three week long Israeli assault on Gaza that resulted in 1400 Palestinians, including 340 children, and 14 Israelis killed. …

Ad-Dameer Denounces Israeli Attack On Bab Al-Shams
IMEMC – The Ad-Dameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association strongly denounced the new Israel attack, carried out Tuesday, against the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village, for the second time, and said that Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs, rubber-coated metal bullets and gas bombs to disperse nonviolent activists. …

Ma’an News

Israel razes Bab al-Shams protest village
1/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces tore down tents in the Bab al-Shams protest village overnight Wednesday following an Israeli high court ruling, activists and police said. Activist Ali Abedat told Ma’an that Israeli forces deployed heavily in the area on Wednesday, sealing entrances to the village with cement blocks. Overnight, four Israeli….

Islamic Jihad says members detained by Israel overnight
1/17/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad said Thursday that Israel detained several of its members in overnight raids in the West Bank. Israel targeted Islamic Jihad activists organizing solidarity events for hunger-striking prisoners, the movement said in a statement. Prominent Islamic Jihad members Samer al-Ghoul, Bassam Dyab, Jalal Melhm, Ibrahim al-Swaiti and Muhanad Fayyad….

Egyptian man found dead after Rafah tunnel collapse
1/17/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Another man was found dead on Thursday after a smuggling tunnel collapsed under Gaza’s border with Egypt last week. The body of Salem Musa Samaha, an Egyptian citizen, was pulled out of a tunnel near Rafah, civil defense spokesman Khalid Al-Ajrami told Ma’an. He was missing….

Israeli court sets date to hear Hebron building case
1/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel’s top court on Thursday set a date to hear an appeal against settler ownership of a strategically-located house in Hebron, a local group said. Israel’s Supreme Court will hear the case on Feb. 17, 2014 the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee said. The case relates to the Rajabi….

Abbas stresses govt has monopoly on force
1/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting of security chiefs on Thursday after gunmen held protests in West Bank refugee camps over the past week. The president said that no one is above the law, stressing that the government has a monopoly on the use of force, in comments carried by the….

France condemns latest Israeli settlement plans
1/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — France on Thursday condemned Israeli plans to construct 198 new homes in Jewish settlements in the southern West Bank. Israel’s housing ministry on Wednesday released government tenders inviting developers to bid on two building projects in Efrat and Kiryat Arba settlements, Israeli media reported. A spokesman for the French….

Official: Egyptian forces seize explosives near Israel border
1/17/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian soldiers on Thursday seized an explosives store in a desert area south of Rafah in Sinai, near the Israeli border, an Egyptian military official said. The official told Ma’an that forces seized seven rockets and nine missiles in al-Ajra after receiving a tip-off that smugglers were operating in the area. [END]

Bulgaria briefs Israel, EU on Burgas bombing probe progress
1/17/2013 – SOFIA (Reuters) — Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov paid a surprise visit to Israel on Thursday to brief leaders on its probe into a bombing in the Black Sea resort of Burgas last July that the Israelis blamed on Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas and Iran. Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, in Dublin for talks….

Analysis: The unity charade and prisoners intifada
1/17/2013 – By Ramzy Baroud – If Palestinian leaders only knew how extraneous their endless rounds of “unity” talks have become, they might cease their enthusiastic declarations to world media about yet another scheduled meeting or another. At this point, few Palestinians have hope that their “leadership” has their best interests in mind. Factional interests reign supreme and….

Diplomat: No deal seen reached in Iran-IAEA nuclear talks
1/17/2013 – VIENNA (Reuters) — UN nuclear inspectors and Iran appear to have failed in talks this week to finalize a deal to resume their long-stalled investigation into suspected atom bomb research in the Islamic state, a diplomatic source said on Thursday. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran were expected to hold a further meeting on….

PA to pay partial salaries on Sunday
1/17/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will pay public sector workers partial December salaries on Sunday, the finance minister said Thursday. Nabil Qassis said in a statement that government employees would receive half their December wages, with a minimum of 1,500 shekels ($402) and capped at 4,000 shekels ($1073). Full salaries for public sector….

Netanyahu might look to center after ballot
1/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to form a new governing coalition after next week’s election, polls show, with the only question being whether he wants to soften its hardline contours. No one party has ever won a majority in parliament in a parliamentary election in Israel, and Tuesday’….

Israeli parliament set for record influx of Orthodox lawmakers
1/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — With Israel’s election days away, Orthodox Jews swayed in prayer at a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, delaying his entrance while politicians waited politely. The image captured a sea change in Israeli politics. Orthodox Jews have left niche parties to join Likud and other mainstream factions….

Fatah official outlines deal to implement reconciliation
1/17/2013GAZA/BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said on Thursday that representatives of his party and rivals Hamas had agreed a set of principles to implement a reconciliation agreement. The deal is nearly two years old, but has never been enforced as the party’s continue to squabble, sustaining a five-year….

Fayyad says PA financial crisis improving
1/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad said Thursday that the financial crisis besieging his government was set to improve in the next month. Speaking at the opening of an Andalusian cultural center in Bethlehem, Fayyad said there were “signs” the difficult financial situation would be solved in the next month, after Saudi….

Egypt police shoot dead suspected smuggler in Sinai car chase
1/17/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police on Thursday shot dead a man suspected of smuggling fuel during a car chase in north Sinai, security officials said. Police chased a vehicle suspected of transporting smuggled fuel near Jael village in Bir el-Abd and opened fire at the car, fatally shooting the driver in the neck…. Related: Official: Egyptian forces seize explosives near Israel border

Baby dies of electric shock in south Gaza
1/17/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An 11-month-old baby died on Thursday after he suffered an electric shock in his south Gaza home, medics said. Ala Nihad Arbakh died immediately in the accident in Khan Younis, spokesman of the health ministry, Ashraf Al-Qidra, told Ma’an. [END]

In photos: 10 years later
1/17/2013 – Ma’an on Tuesday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Palestinian online, TV and radio network’s beginnings during the second intifada.” When (General-Director) Raed Othman posed the idea of creating an independent Palestinian news agency to a number of young enthusiastic male and female journalists, they thought it was too big a….

Group: Pro-Assad forces kill 106 in city of Homs
1/17/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — More than 100 people including women and children were killed by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Tuesday in Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. The Britain-based group said some of the 106 victims were burned in their homes and others were either shot or stabbed when….

Algeria launches operation to break desert siege
1/17/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — Twenty-five foreign hostages escaped and six were killed on Thursday when Algerian forces launched an operation to free them at a remote desert gas plant, Algerian sources said, as one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades unfolded. Fast-moving details of the military operation to free the hostages were difficult to confirm….

Gadhafi’s son appears in Libyan court for first time
1/17/2013 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Muammar Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam appeared in a court on Thursday for the first time since his capture more than a year ago, Libya’s public prosecutor’s office said. The son of the former Libyan leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court but his appearance in a….

Tunisia arrests ‘terrorist’ group and seizes weapons
1/17/2013 – TUNIS (Reuters) — Tunisian authorities said on Thursday they had arrested a “terrorist” group and seized a big arms cache, as security forces went on alert after a mass hostage-taking by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria. The arms included Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, a security source said. A statement by the Ministry of Interior said….

Iranian ship flees detention in Sri Lanka
1/17/2013 – COLOMBO/LONDON (Reuters) — An Iranian-flagged cargo ship has fled Sri Lanka’s waters after weeks of detention by its navy, acting on a court order obtained by Germany’s DVB Bank, officials and a lawyer acting for the bank said on Thursday. The Sri Lankan navy last week fired warning shots to prevent….

Russian ships to pick up munitions and head to Syria
1/17/2013 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Two Russian ships heading for a naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions to drop at the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported on Thursday. Russia has been Syrian President Bashar Assad’s main foreign protector during a 22-month uprising against his rule and is its biggest….

Algerian official news agency says hostage operation over
1/17/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — Algeria’s state news agency APS said on Thursday that the military operation to free hostages at a remote desert gas facility had ended, quoting an unnamed official source who gave no further details. [END]


Saudi Arabia to grant $100m to Palestinians
AlJazeera 17 Jan 2013 – The Palestinian government is struggling to cover its expenditures since Israel announced it would withhold tax revenue.

Palestine News Network

Jewish ‘Terrorist’ Convicted of Killing Palestinians, Inciting Violence
Palestine News Network

France Condemns Israel’s Latest Decision to Build 198 New Housing Units
Palestine News Network

Israel to Apologies from Turkey Over Mavi Marmara
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu: Only Israelis will Determine Israel’s Interests
Palestine News Network

Two New Israeli Settlements to be Constructed in West Bank
Palestine News Network

PA Makes Bab Al-Shams Council, Israeli Court Orders Demolition
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Aida Refugee Camp, Confrontations Erupt
Palestine News Network

Abu-Ghazaleh Reveals Registration of All For Palestine Society’s Regional Office in Amman
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (10- 16 January 2012)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Demonstration in Budrus following the fatal shooting of 16 year-old boy
1/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17 January 2013, PSCC and International Solidarity Movement, West Bank, Occupied Palestine – A demonstration will be held on Friday 18th January in Budrus to commemorate Sameer Awwad (16) who was shot on Tuesday 15th January with 3 live bullets. Awwad is the fourth to be killed near the Barrier in five days. On Tuesday morning….

Meeting Samer Al Issawi in the holding room
1/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 16 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank, Occupied Palestine – When I was taken to the holding room in the court near the Russian compound (moskobia) to await trail I was shocked to recognize Samer Al Issawi through the bars of the holding cell in front. I asked the young man standing near the barred….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Joint Statement: Syria Refugee Crisis – EU should do more
Relief Web 17 Jan 2013 – Source: Amnesty, European Council on Refugees and Exiles, International Catholic Migration Commission Country: Germany, Greece, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic (the), Turkey With no end in sight to egregious violence and human rights abuse in…

013) 218 truckloads containing a variety of goods and 175 tons of gas were delivered into the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 17 Jan 2013 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory The trucks were delivered through Kerem Shalom Crossing under the coordination of the Coordination and Liaison Administration in Gaza.

occupied Palestinian territory: Riyadh gives USD 100 mln in aid to Palestinians
Relief Web 16 Jan 2013 – Source: Kuwait News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia GAZA. Jan 16 (KM/A) — Saudi Arabia has decided to give the Palestinian government in the West Bank USD 100 million to help ease out its financial trouble. This came…

The National

Algeria hostages die in botched rescue
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Dozens of hostages believed killed in raid on desert gas plant in Algeria, as Algerians are urged to halt military action against Islamist gang. Alice Fordham reports from Bamako 

Influential French express doubts on Mali intervention
The National 17 Jan 2013 – France’s decision to bomb Islamist rebels in northern Mali and commit troops to ground combat has provoked the first signs of doubt about the wisdom of intervention in its former African colony.

Pakistan deal to end imam’s protest
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Terms of agreement to end four days of anti-government protests by thousands of supporters not revealed.

UAE has grand plans to desalinate using renewable energy
The National 17 Jan 2013 – A new project by Masdar explores the potential of using renewable energy to power desalination plants.

Pupils help keep score and peace at Abu Dhabi Golf Championship
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Volunteers keep things humming smoothly behind the scenes at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

Qaddafi’s son faces Libyan court for first time on security charges
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Seif Al Islam, the son of Libya’s former leader, Muammar Qaddafi, has appeared for the first time in a Libyan court on charges of ‘undermining state security’.

Tens of thousands attend Turkish funeral of murdered Kurdish activists
The National 17 Jan 2013 – The three women, including a co-founder of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), were murdered in execution-style shootings in Paris.

India and Pakistan remain united in efforts to wipe out polio
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Despite diplomatic tension and Taliban killings, nations are working together to eradicate the disease.


Right-wing Israeli group admits using PIs to spy on leftist NGOs
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Chuck Norris endorses Netanyahu: Israel has its own tough guy, his name is Bibi
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Bulgaria briefs Israel, EU on Burgas bombing probe progress
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israelis averse to volunteering for social causes, study shows
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israel Antiquities Authority brings Mandate Palestine into the digital era
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Likud-Beiteinu charging forward – but without a party platform
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

State drops graft case against ex-PM Sharon’s son due to lack of evidence
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

New election polls: Israeli right gaining strength, with up to 71 seats
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Apres-ski, at least 34 Israelis hit the hospital
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Higher education council to vet off-budget university programs
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Upper Nazareth mayor: No Arab school here as long as I am in charge
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

High Court to state: Don’t evict Palestinians from south Hebron firing zone
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Doctors with U.S. licenses can now practice in Israel without retaking exam
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

IDF demands probe into group calling for ‘price tag’ attacks
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

PM responds to Obama: Only Israelis can determine Israel’s best interests
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Analysis: The rightward shift that didn’t happen
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – The new Bayit Yehudi supporters do not back the party because of its hawkish stance, but because its leader is a charismatic, young hi-tech millionaire, who served in the Sayeret Matkal and speaks Hebrew slang. 

‘Iran beefed up cyber capabilities after Stuxnet’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013US official warns that after alleged US-Israeli cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Tehran has become a cyber force. 

Final ‘Post’ poll: Likud Beytenu holds steady at 34 seats
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Poll conducted following publication of harsh criticism of Netanyahu attributed to Obama; Labor predicted to receive 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 13; Bennett rejects endorsement from Rabin assassin, Yigal Amir. 

‘NY Times’ Kristof retweets message slurring AIPAC
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – “OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month,” message retweeted by columnist read. 

Thirty hostages reported killed in Algeria assault
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Algerian forces kill 11 Islamist kidnappers, including prominent jihadist commander, in raid to free hostages from gas plant. 

US tensions
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Before jumping to conclusions regarding Israelis’ ability to recognize their own interests, Israel’s friends and critics should at the very least appreciate their legitimate concerns. 

Lapid, Livni, Bennett call for national unity coalition
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Yesh Atid head says he wants government that would exclude haredim; Livni warns Israel in state of emergency, needs emergency government; Bennett calls for unity with Likud, Yesh Atid, repeats opposition to Palestinian state. 

United for a safer world
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Why are they so dedicated? Many of our volunteers have personal stories that motivate them. 

Comment: Ringside seats at the great debate
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Whether it helped undecided voters make up their minds, solidified decisions already made, or raised new questions, the debate achieved its goals. 

Sinai Today: Long walk to freedom
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Understanding the imperfections of the human condition is an important key to success in life. 

Original Thinking: Israeli diplomatic incompetence
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – The defense of Israel, saving it from a global delegitimization campaign that will have significant diplomatic impact on our country, is sufficient grounds for influential and powerful people to rally around the Jewish state and protect it from our enemies. 

What really worries Netanyahu?
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Why is the list losing seats in the polls? Why, instead of the 45 mandates Finkelstein promised Avigdor Liberman, is the joint list now polling closer to 35, and according to some surveys, Likud Beytenu is barely getting 32 seats? 

iENGAGE: The struggle for the Israeli Right
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – The outcome of that struggle will depend in no small measure on Netanyahu’s courage and will, and on Obama’s restraint in imposing one-sided pressure on Israel. 

Likud Beytenu: Bayit Yehudi ads are ‘deceitful’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Likud dubs ads with slogan “supporting Netanyahu, voting Bennett” misleading, says there’s no agreement between the parties. 

Bulgaria FM visits J’lem, briefs PM on Burgas attack
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Israelis tight-lipped about Mladenov’s surprise visit; ongoing probe finds bombing plotted outside Bulgaria, executed by foreigners. 

Report: Over 100 people massacred in Syria’s Homs
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Syrian army shoots, stabs 106 people, including women, children in Homas; over 80 killed by twin explosions at Aleppo university. 

Israel welcomes 2,000th India Bnei Menashe oleh
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – “This has been my peoples’ dream for thousands of years,” says 18-year-old Mirna Singsit upon her arrival. 

‘Post’ poll: Livni continues free fall, hits 7 seat mark
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Livni calls for Centrist national unity government as her party slides in poll; Bayit Yehudi falls, losing 3 seats since early January; Likud-Beytenu remains steady at 34; Meretz doubles current Knesset allocation, jumps to 6. 

Molotov cocktail throwers arrested in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Suspects aren’t affiliated with a terrorist organization; confess to being behind attacks on vehicles on Route 60. 

Top 5: Election Day activities
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – With schools and workplaces closed for the day, Election Day next week is an opportunity to relax and enjoy the best that Jerusalem has to offer. 

Dutch Jewish author: Aid to Egypt like aid to Nazis
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Best-selling novelist Leon de Winter says he will calculate amount of his tax going to Egypt via EU aid, and withhold that sum. 

Israel hints at apology to Turkey over Gaza flotilla
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Ayalon tells ‘Hürriyet’ gov’t may attempt to smooth relations by using diplomatic language; Liberman advocates “expression of regret.” 

Echoing Obama, Olmert says PM isolating Israel
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Former PM says Netanyahu threatens Israel’s future by putting country at odds with US; says government “refusing peace.” 

Senate sets date for stormy Hagel defense hearing
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Hagel to face Senate hearing on January 31 following his nomination by US president to become defense secretary. 

Google Play offers users ‘inspiring’ Hitler apps
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – App store provides free applications with “inspiring” Hitler quotes, including a quote comparing Jews to bloods-sucking mosquitoes. 

Haredi Jews drop their pants in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Orthodox Jews participate in annual “No Pants Ride,” by stripping down to their underwear for New York-inspired prank. 

Israel joins UN protocol on air pollution
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Israel commits to granting public access to transparent emissions data in acceding to protocol on air pollution release, monitoring. 

‘Give birth within 42 weeks to reduce complications’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Researchers at Beersheba’s Soroka University Medical Center publish work in Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. 

ILAN foundation holds annual March of Dimes
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Event raises funds for those with neuromuscular disabilities. 

A race to the courthouse
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2013 – Kochav Avital Shahar describes her painful experience dealing with the divorce process in Israel. 

The Guardian

Israelis use Facebook to deliver poke at democracy in elections
The Guardian 17 Jan 2013 – Real Democracy initiative matches Israelis willing to ‘donate’ their votes to Palestinians who decide how vote should be cast For millions, it’s a way of idling away time, catching up on gossip, making social arrangements or…

Inter Press Service

Iraqi Women Seek a New Liberation
IPS From full literacy declared in the seventies, Iraq is down to 40 percent literacy for women. From the first woman prime minister and the first woman judge in the Middle East in 1959, Iraq has slipped to a place where an abnormal number of widows struggle, and where child marriages…

Digging for Water, But Striking Oil
IPS The volatile politics of the Middle East have long been dominated by the fluctuating fortunes of a single commodity: oil. But when the oil-blessed region runs out of water, there could be a change in the political landscape, triggering potential conflicts. The world’s future wars, experts predict, will be over…

Mideast Energy Crisis Looks For Light at the End of the Tunnel
IPS When Jordan’s Queen Rania Al Abdullah took the podium to address world political and business leaders at a back-to-back energy and water summit here, she said she was representing a country that relies on imports for over 90 percent of its energy needs. Judging by her grim assessment, the energy…

Kurdish Rights Back in Focus in Turkey
IPS After over a year without accountability for a Turkish aerial bombing that killed 34 Kurdish men and boys, Turkey has come under heavy criticism for what many say is a widespread culture of impunity, especially when it comes to the treatment of its Kurdish citizens. “It has been one year…

Syrian Refugees Face Storms With Cardboard
IPS Zuhur al-Khalaf is eight months pregnant and lives in a one-room shack in northern Lebanon with her husband and five children. The cloth walls and cardboard roof have become sodden and musty after heavy storms this past week, and two of the children are suffering from fevers and chest infections….


Winter Storm Brings More Misery to Gaza

Maliki and the siege of Kurdistan and al-Anbar

Iraq Slaughter: 55 Killed, 288 Wounded

Video: Close Guantánamo – Andy Worthington, Tom Wilner and Col. Morris Davis Lay into President Obama at the New America Foundation

On the Exhibition THIS IS also GAZA

The Brotherhood’s Compassionate Conservatism

King: I Have a Dream. Obama: I Have a Drone

Carmen Ortiz and Stephen Heymann: accountability for prosecutorial abuse

Egypt-US partnership based on shared interests, mutual respect — Morsi

Palestinian non-violent activism at Bab al Shams and the right to territory

Daily Star

US soldier defers plea in Afghanistan massacre
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 The U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids on two villages last year deferred entering a plea Thursday to charges that could bring the death penalty.

Iraq considering BP for work on Kirkuk oil field
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Iraq is considering a proposal for British oil giant BP PLC to begin work on a major oil field that lies in territory contested by Baghdad and the country’s Kurdish minority, officials said Thursday.

Lawyer to seek release of Saudi air force sergeant
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 A defense attorney said he’ll ask a judge to allow the release of a Saudi Arabia air force sergeant jailed since New Year’s Eve on allegations that he pulled a 13-year-old boy into a Las Vegas…

Syrian pro-regime gunmen kill more than 100
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Gunmen loyal to President Bashar Assad swept through a mainly Sunni farming village in central Syria this week, torching houses and killing more than 100 people, including women and children.

Libya, Egypt make democratic gains in 2012 – U.S.-based watchdog
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Countries whose leaders were overthrown in the “Arab Spring” revolts of 2011 mostly made democratic gains in 2012 but the uprisings triggered crackdowns elsewhere in the region.

Syria accuses Turkey at U.N. of receiving stolen factory goods
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 War-ravaged Syria has accused Turkey of receiving stolen goods from armed groups, who it said plundered some 1,000 factories in the industrial city of Aleppo

Iran-IAEA nuclear talks end, no sign of breakthrough
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Senior U.N. nuclear inspectors and Iran ended two days of talks in Tehran on Thursday with no early sign of any breakthrough in unblocking their investigation into suspected atomic bomb research in the Islamic state.

Jordan says to stem refugees if Assad regime falls
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Jordan will prevent a mass exodus of Syrian refugees from entering its territory if President Bashar Assad’s regime collapses, and will instead create a safe haven inside Syria to protect them.

US helping, but hesitant, on Mali intervention
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 The Obama administration has declared it cannot accept new terrorist sanctuaries in Mali or anywhere else and has promised to support French and African efforts to restore security.

Bombs in Iraq kill 26, mostly Shiite pilgrims
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Insurgents unleashed a string of bomb attacks mainly targeting Shiite Muslim pilgrims across Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 26 people and extending a deadly wave of bloodshed into a second day.

Libya tries Kadhafi son on security charges
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Slain leader Moamer Kadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, appeared for the first time in a Libyan court on Thursday on charges of “undermining state security.”

Iran navy plans fresh Mediterranean mission: media
Daily Star 17 Jan 2013 Iran plans to dispatch a small naval fleet to the Mediterranean in line with its intention of boosting its presence in international waters, its navy chief was cited by the media Thursday as saying.

YNet News

US recognizes first Somali government in 2 decades
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – ….

US general: Iran strengthened cyber capabilities after Stuxnet 
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – ….

Blabber against Netanyahu will backfire
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: If Likud gets 40 mandates next week, one of Netanyahu’s first thank you calls should be to President Obama ….

At least 11 militants killed at Algeria gas plant 
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – ….

US says Egypt needs to do more on religious tolerance 
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – ….

Algeria TV: 4 foreigners killed in hostage rescue
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – ….

Jews must oppose Hagel
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: President Obama chose to betray US Jews at earliest opportunity after his reelection ….

Israel comes first
YNet News, 17 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Better to have a somewhat displeased American president than a terror-ridden country ….

Palestinian Information Center

Eshel’s prisoners declare hunger strike to protest the isolation of 27 of them
PIC – The Palestinian prisoners in “Eshel” prison declared on Thursday a hunger strike, in protest against the isolation of 27 prisoners and against the Israeli repression policy carried out against them.

Abu Marzouk: No new suggestions in reconciliation talks
PIC – Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy politburo chief of Hamas, predicted that today’s meeting between Fatah and Hamas delegations in Cairo, will establish a road map for all the agreed topics. 

Israeli bulldozers demolish Bab al-Shams village again
PIC – Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished the Palestinian village of Bab al-Shams under the protection of an Israeli large force, after being set up by Palestinian activists..

Waed calls on IOA to allow visits of prisoners’ children
PIC – Waed association called on International Committee of the Red Cross and human rights organizations to press on the IOA to allow prisoners’ children to visit their parents in Israeli prisons.

Sit-in protest against the confiscation of lands in Beit Safafa
PIC – Dozens of residents of Beit Safafa in Jerusalem have organized a solidarity sit-in, on Wednesday, outside the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem, in protest against the confiscation of land..

IOF launches campaign of arrests in lines of Islamic Jihad activists
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up a group of Islamic Jihad activists in northern West Bank cities and villages at dawn Thursday.

Health minister discusses developing health sector with Egyptian counterpart
PIC – Palestinian health minister in Gaza Dr. Mufid Al-Mikhelilati is to discuss in Cairo on Thursday with Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Mustafa means of developing Gaza’s health sector.

Erdogan phones Abbas and Mishaal, urges them to end division
PIC – Turkish premier Recep Erdogan phoned Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political leader Khaled Mishaal to urge them to expedite their efforts to end the Palestinian division.

Prof. Qassem: The PA security forces should be dissolved, not the armed wings
PIC – Acclaimed professor of political science Abdul-Sattar Qassem said that the Palestinian authority security apparatuses should be dismantled and not the armed wings of the resistance factions.

Haneyya government invites Moroccan premier to visit Gaza
PIC – Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the Palestinian foreign undersecretary, met in Rabat with Moroccan premier Abdulilah Bin Keiran on Wednesday.


Europeans Support Mideast Free of Nuclear Weapons
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

Rights Group Worried about Life of Striking Detainees
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

Israel Removes Tents in Bab Al-Shams
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

Israel Demolishes 70 Structures in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

EC Donation to UNRWA to Create Thousands of New Jobs
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

Presidency Condemns Algeria Hostage-Taking
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 17 Jan 2013


Yemen’s Tawakul Karman confident that change is unfolding
LA Times 16 Jan 2013 – The young Nobel Peace Prize laureate believes there’s no going back after the revolution that ousted President Saleh. Not for women and not for the country. SANA, Yemen — Tawakul Karman hurried through the morning chill with the burden of a rebel who has crossed…

Struggle for Northern Syria Escalates
New York Times 17 Jan 2013 – At least two dozen people died Wednesday when three car bombs exploded in Idlib, according to the opposition, and on Thursday, Syrian activists reported dozens of deaths in the central city of Homs, news agencies reported. 

Which Way Did the Taliban Go?
New York Times 17 Jan 2013 – Digging out roadside bombs, running into ambushes and dancing with deranged informants — a week in the life of an Afghan National Army battalion, on its own in the wilderness. 

Arab Apathy Raises Concerns About Israeli Democracy
New York Times 16 Jan 2013Arab-Israeli participation in national elections has been declining for decades and growing frustration with Arab lawmakers’ focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could further depress Arab turnout. 

Syrian North Sees Increase in Violence
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – At least two dozen people died Wednesday when three powerful car bombs exploded in Idlib, according to the opposition, and the government announced it was carrying out new operations in and around Idlib and Aleppo. 

Netanyahu Issues Veiled Barb After Reported Criticism From Obama
New York Times 16 Jan 2013 – The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, dismissed comments attributed to President Obama that denounced his policies. 

Take your partners
Globes Main News – Despite having just 20% support, Netanyahu will almost certainly remain prime minister, and coalition forming is underway. The only surprise is Meretz.

“High tech is at a dangerous crossroads”
Globes Main News – Elisha Yanay: Israel must quickly change its national compass if it wants its high-tech industry to survive.

Harish tenders committee disqualifies haredi bids
Globes Main News – The decision could have far-reaching consequences on the character of the newly planned town.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 down 1.3% on week
Globes Main News – The market was flat today as Israel Chemicals rose on the day’s biggest turnover after signing major Chinese potash contracts.

Israel Chemicals signs Chinese potash deals
Globes Main News – The company has signed contracts worth $264 million with Chinese customers for the supply of 660,000 tons of potash through June 2013.

Clal Finance cuts Teva target price on Copaxone concerns
Globes Main News – “The pipeline of innovative drugs is not persuasive enough to fill the vacuum that Copaxone will leave when its patent expires.”

Once more with Steinitz?
Globes Macro Economics – In his third term, Benajmin Netanyahu will want to set economic goals from the start. But whom will he trust to achieve them?

Israel rises to 7th in GE Innovation Barometer 
Globes Macro Economics – 70% of Israeli executives mentioned the country’s good entrepreneurial climate.

Going back to Bab al-Shams
Palestine Monitor – Photos by Lazar Simeonov. Three days after being evicted form the newly created Bab al-Shams village, Palestinians tried to return but were violently stopped by the Israeli army.

Settler violence continues in Qusra
Palestine Monitor – Since the beginning of the new year the village of Qusra, South of Nablus has seen increasing acts of violence towards its residents and agricultural lands by settlers in the surrounding outposts. Less than one…

Palestinian villagers in South Hebron Hills win reprieve from threat of forcible expulsion
Mondoweiss – Israeli military bulldozers destroyed homes in the South Hebron Hills earlier this week, but also won a victory on Wednesday, as the Israeli High Court ruled that the state should not evict the residents to make way for military training in the area (Photo: International Solidarity…

1/28 in NYC: Blueprint for Accountability — Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control
Mondoweiss –   Mondoweiss is excited to co-sponsor this important event on Monday, January 28 in New York City: Blueprint for Accountability — Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control . The event will feature journalist, and co-founder of CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin for an in-depth conversation and Q&A about her…

The reviews are in: ‘Zero Dark Thirty makes me hate muslims’
Mondoweiss – The film Zero Dark Thirty is now showing in theaters nationwide and reactions are starting to appear on social networks. Here are some collected on the tumblr site dapsandhugs : Here are some more that I found: [ View the story “Responses to ‘Zero Dark Thirty'” on Storify ]…

How Islamophobia is manifest in our political culture, from Pam Geller to Stop and Frisk
Mondoweiss – Here’s an important event taking place in New York in two weeks, with an incredibly-strong panel of speakers, Muneer Awad of CAIR, attorney Alan Levine, filmmaker Frank Antonio Lopez, and civil liberties advocate Linda Sarsour. We covered the first panel Jews Against Islamophobia coalition organized in…

State Dep’t spox Nuland condemns Palestinians’ village– but it’s not ‘appropriate’ to comment on Israeli expansion on Palestinian land
Mondoweiss – A simply disgraceful double standard in the Obama State Department: condemning the Palestinian village of Bab al-Shams, which the Israeli occupying forces removed, but offering no opinion on Israeli plans to ethnically cleanse a large portion of Area C near Hebron. First, Tuesday’s State Department briefing…

Jim Crow was complicated, too
Mondoweiss – One of the cliches/jokes of anyone who looks into the Israel/Palestine conflict is: “It’s complicated.” Friends of mine say this ironically all the time. That’s because Israelis and their supporters regularly say that the Israel/Palestine conflict is complicated and therefore lacks a simple solution. And as…

Netanyahu May Move to Center After Vote 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jan 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks set to form a new governing coalition after next week’s election, polls show, with the only question being whether he wants to soften its hardline contours. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rand Paul Softens Stand on Israel Aid Cut 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jan 2013 – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he does not favor immediate cuts to defense assistance to Israel and favors intelligence and development cooperation, but he believes that Israel would ultimately benefit from economic independence from the United States. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Clears Tents From E1 Protest Camp 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jan 2013 – Israeli forces removed Palestinian protest tents on Thursday from land earmarked for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, having evicted activists from the encampment earlier this week, police said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Morsi – Remarks About Jews Were ‘Misquoted’ 
allAfrica.com 17 Jan 2013 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi said that the statements he made in 2010 about the Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza were “misquoted”.

Israeli settlement products need EU ban, says human rights report 
Global BDS 17 Jan 2013 – The  European Union  must ban produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank from entering its markets in order to cut off “a vital source of revenue which allows settlements to thrive”, says a report by the Palestinian human rights organisation  Al Haq . The trade, estimated…

Veolia Withdraws from California Water Contract Bidding Following Outcry Against its Abuses of Palestinian Rights 
Global BDS 17 Jan 2013 – Davis, California – The Davis Committee of Palestinian Rights (DCPR) is happy to report that Veolia Water North America has withdrawn as a prospective bidder on a $325 million dollar project that would provide treated water from the Sacramento River to residents of Woodland and Davis…

Gaddafi son in court appearance 
BBC 17 Jan 2013 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, appears on trial in western Libya on charges of threatening national security.

Behind UAE Detentions, Fears of a Transnational Brotherhood Plot 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Jan 2013 – An employee arranges jewellery at a window display in a shop at the Gold Souq in Dubai, 10 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Ahmed Jadallah) An employee arranges jewellery at a window display in a shop at the Gold Souq in Dubai, 10 January 2013. (Photo:…

French cultural offices in Lebanon close over Georges Abdallah rallies 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jan 2013 – Demonstrators across Lebanon are calling delays to Georges Abdallah’s release a ‘politicization of justice.’ (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Haitham Moussawi) Demonstrators across Lebanon are calling delays to Georges Abdallah’s release a ‘politicization of justice.’ (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Haitham Moussawi) Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of French…

Trapped Gaza tunnel workers found dead 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jan 2013 – Palestinian boys warm themselves by a fire inside a house, that was destroyed in a past Israeli air strike, on a windy winter day in Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip on 7 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohammed Salem) An Egyptian man’s body was pulled…

Egypt: Disasters Dog the Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jan 2013 – A boy rests in front of a closed shop at Tahrir Square in Cairo 16 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Suhaib Salem) A boy rests in front of a closed shop at Tahrir Square in Cairo 16 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Suhaib Salem) As popular…

Al-Qaeda Envoy Caught at Beirut Airport 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jan 2013 – Political and popular pressure led to the release of Shadi M. Similar pressure from Qatar resulted in the deportation of Abdul-Aziz A. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Political and popular pressure led to the release of Shadi M. Similar pressure from Qatar resulted in the deportation of Abdul-Aziz…

Reports: 35 Algeria hostages killed in airstrikes 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jan 2013 – Updated 7:15 pm: A Mauritanian news agency that has been in constant contact with kidnappers holding dozens of Western hostages in Algeria reported on Thursday that 35 of the captives had been killed in air strikes. It was not immediately possible to confirm the report by…

A New Method for Syria’s Security Services? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 16 Jan 2013 – Iranian men who had been held hostage by Syrian rebels since early August celebrate as they arrive at a hotel in Damascus after being freed in a prisoner swap on 9 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Iranian men who had been held hostage by…

For Algerians, a Divide on France in Mali 
Al-Akhbar Politics 16 Jan 2013 – Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) shakes hands with Mali’s Prime Minister Diango Cissoko upon his arrival at the presidential palace in Algiers 14 January 2013. (Photo: Louafi Larbi) Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (L) shakes hands with Mali’s Prime Minister Diango Cissoko upon his arrival at the…

Algerian army moves to end siege 
BBC 17 Jan 2013 – A number of people are killed in an Algerian military raid to free hostages at a desert gas plant, as at least four foreign hostages are freed, state media report.

Gaddafi son in court appearance 
BBC 17 Jan 2013 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, appears on trial in western Libya on charges of threatening national security.

Iraq bombings hit Shia pilgrims 
BBC 17 Jan 2013 – A series of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 12 people, most of them Shia pilgrims, officials say.


Father who lost daughter in suicide attack to Israelis: Vote for peace 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/17/2013
      I am voting, but I will not be endorsing any party in the upcoming elections (I wrote about for whom and how I think Israelis should vote here). Instead, I am posting a message that Rami Elhanan posted on his Facebook wall yesterday, beneath the pictures of his 14-year-old daughter who was killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, and of Palestinian Abir Aramin, 10, who was shot to death by soldiers near her school.
     “Today, 6 years ago, 10 years old Abir Aramin was murdered outside her school in Anata. Border police ‘fighter’ shot a rubber bullet in her back, no reason…
     “6 long and agonizing years have passed since we and the Combatants for Peace were standing by her bedside in Hadassah hospital, 6 years that the “most moral army in the world” has failed to find and bring to justice even one of those responsible…
     “6 years in which the occupation authorities continued killing of innocent people without charge – no law and no judge … Time after time after time, a circle of blood with no end and no purpose … And yesterday another Palestinian kid, 17 … the fourth this week! Thousands of innocent victims since Abir’s death…
     “For 6 years I have been thinking about Abir. All the time.
     “For 6 years I remember and remind about this innocent pure girl that never ever did any wrong to anyone.
     “I remember her, and I remember whoever killed her – a victim like her – both victims of the occupation.
     “For 15 years I have been thinking about Smadar. All the time….” — See also: Combatants for Peace and Rami Elhanan’s Facebook wall more.. e-mail

A tale of a city split into two 
Ahmad Abu Rtema, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/16/2013
      I was born in the border city of Rafah between Egypt and Palestine. Rafah has a story of human suffering that people ought to know about. It was once a single city, but has now become two; one is Egyptian, where I was born, and the other Palestinian, where I was raised. They are split apart by political borders, but the ties of blood and soul cannot be severed no matter how many years pass. 
     People have never known but one Rafah, for the same families have lived on both sides. They lived on its land and were free to reside wherever they wanted; they married and built strong social bonds without the existence of boundaries as both Rafahs were under the rule of Egypt. Then, in the 1967 war, they were both occupied by Israel which is how Rafah stayed united.
     However, once the Camp David agreement was signed between the Egyptian and Israeli regimes in 1979, it mandated that a barbed wire cut through Rafah and split it into two. This clause was put into effect on April 25th, 1982, when Mubarak’s reign began. Here is where one of the chapters of the continuous human suffering begins.
     The barbed wire extended through houses, land, and property. It even split houses into two with one of the rooms in Egypt and the other in Palestine, as it did to Haj Abdulqader Al-Sha’aer’s house. Families were torn apart and displaced on either side of the border, placing a father in Egypt and his son in Palestine; a brother here and his brother there; a mother here and her children there. Here is where politics proved how detached it is from all feeling and humanity. more.. e-mail

Will 3rd Intifada replicate the 1st? 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/17/2013
      Israeli security officials have been unable to clearly identify what is happening in the occupied state of Palestine, as the lack of a credible peace process leaves a big vacuum.
     Early in January, Colonel Yaniv Alaluf told soldiers the third Intifada has already begun. His statement, which was reproduced in Arab and Israeli media, was intended to reflect the state of uneasiness and unrest the Palestinians are feeling as the window of hope and opportunity quickly shuts down for the young Palestinian population.
     While Alaluf’s statement might not be reflected in any major way in the level of violence in the occupied West Bank, it could be true in ways that the Israeli commander probably never realised.
     As the level of Palestinian-Israeli security cooperation continues to produce record number of relatively quiet days in occupied Palestine, a totally different form of Intifada is seeing the light of day. And the Israelis are clearly unequipped and totally unready for it.
     There are more and more signs that a possible third Intifada will not look anything like Al Aqsa Intifada, in 2000, but more like the initial 1987 protests that gave the world the name Intifada.
     This week’s creative and disciplined actions by young and unaffiliated Palestinian men and women resemble very much the creativity and experimentation that had been the hallmark of the first Intifada.
     Using a novel by Lebanese writer Elias Khoury, these young Palestinians put to shame the self-declared leaders of Palestine liberation and resistance. more.. e-mail

Israel’s ‘foreign policy of deception’ documented in new book 
Rod Such, Electronic Intifada 1/16/2013
      Avi Raz’s The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War is a meticulous examination of the two-year period that followed Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan Heights.
     It is notable for a number of reasons: its documentation of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that occurred during and after the war and its exposure of a policy of deliberate lying to conceal Israel’s real aims in the newly occupied territories. And perhaps most importantly, its virtually unassailable argument that Israeli policymakers never intended to relinquish the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which it promptly annexed, and contemplated annexing Gaza.
     Also notable are the disclosure that Israeli officials acknowledged that the annexation of East Jerusalem and the construction of settlements in the West Bank violated international law, and Raz’s depiction of the US government’s steady supply of arms and political support to Israel during this period.
     Raz is a former Israeli journalist turned historian who is now a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Oxford University in England. The title of the book derives from an infamous quote by Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Israel’s prime minister during that time, who referred to the West Bank and Gaza as the “dowry” Israel won in the 1967 War: “The trouble is that the dowry is followed by a bride [the Palestinians] whom we don’t want,” Eshkol said.
     As Raz shows, Israel wasted little time in attempting to get rid of as many “brides” as it could without provoking an international furor. As early as the third day of the war, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan told Lt. Gen. Yitzhak Rabin “that the aim was to empty the West Bank of its inhabitants. more.. e-mail

Israel’s “foreign policy of deception” documented in new book
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jan 2013 – Rod Such 16 January 2013 Avi Raz reveals how Israel lied over ethnic cleansing in 1967 war.more

How the media let Israel get away with murder
Electronic Intifada: 17 Jan 2013 – Charlotte Silver San Francisco 17 January 2013 Reports on the killing of four young Palestinians in recent days were heavily reliant on Israeli military sources.more

Settler violence continues in Qusra
Palestine Monitor: 17 Jan 2013 – Since the beginning of the new year the village of Qusra, South of Nablus has seen increasing acts of violence towards its residents and agricultural lands by settlers in the surrounding outposts. Less than one…more

Going back to Bab al-Shams
Palestine Monitor: 17 Jan 2013 – Photos by Lazar Simeonov. Three days after being evicted form the newly created Bab al-Shams village, Palestinians tried to return but were violently stopped by the Israeli army.more

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Intifada
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud If Palestinian leaders only knew how extraneous their endless rounds of “unity” talks have become, they might cease their enthusiastic declarations to world media about yet another scheduled meeting or another. At this point, few Palestinians have 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’s election victory in 2006, Fatah is the chief contender. Both parties continue to play the numbers game, flexing their muscles in frivolous rallies where Palestinian flags are overshadowed with green and yellow banners, 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 military occupation and…more

Palestinian Unity – Israel’s Nemesis
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna Nemesis: ‘the inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall.’ Imagine Israel faced with a united front of every Palestinian who exists. Pro-Palestinian activists around the world shout from their hearts to the sky, to their governments, to Israel, “In our hundreds, in our millions, we are all Palestinians”. This cry of oneness in justice, in solidarity, the cry of the unity of a human family transcending space and borders contrasts the fracture, to Israel’s Machiavellian advantage, of Palestinian society in Occupied Palestine, in Israel, that overspills into the purgatory of Diasporan camps. Divide and rule, divide et impera, is an age-old strategy that weakens and fractures potential power alliances. Its only collaborator is self-interest. The Arabs have fallen for it since the Sykes-Picot Agreement  when imperialist France and Britain  divided up the Arab provinces of the Ottoman  Empire. The US deftly executed it in Iraq. Bracing for…more

Forbes Most Powerful People Deception
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2013 – By Ivan Simic Every year we have the opportunity to read Forbes “the World’s Most Powerful People” list which is showing us who, by Forbes opinion, is the most powerful in the world. However, as years goes by this list is becoming more of a comic story then the reality. Somehow Forbes cannot accept the reality that there is no definition or criteria to determine the most powerful person in the world. What Forbes does is they measure power of an individual along four dimensions: Whether the candidate has power over lots of people, assess the financial resources controlled by each person, determine if the candidate is powerful in multiple spheres, and make sure that the candidates actively used their power. When Forbes uses the word “Powerful” what exactly does it means? According to a definition there are many meanings of powerful, such as; having or capable of exerting power,…more

Your Nakba, and Mine – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jan 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud When your grandfather deserted his horse At the lower edge of the Pacific My family’s steed was still grazing By the southern hills of Palestine Your Nakba started before mine But mine is yet to end. Your name is molded to mean many things And signify nothing Mine is ‘gun powder’ The bones of my ancestors keep the mountains of Galilee standing My cousins are the ones holding the Gaza fort Against the invading Khazars. Our ruggedness might not suit your taste But we inherited the language of the trees So that the legacy of olives and figs may live through our children Until we harvest the remaining citrus of Beit Daras And redraw our music to rhyme with love and life And everything in between. I have to fight to preserve the essence of my name And I mustn’t die – as of yet Until my…more

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