VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 18 January 2013: Bibi can relax – the ’center-left’ is really on the right

18 January 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Child Seriously Injured By Army Fire In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Friday evening, a Palestinian child was seriously injured during clashes that took place between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian youths in the Aida refugee camp, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Gate Of Dignity Was Built On Lands Of Beit Iksa North Of Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Palestinian village of Beit Iksa overlooking Jerusalem just built a new village they called Bab Al-Karama (Gate of Dignity) on their land behind the apartheid wall that Israel has built on their land and call on Palestinians and Internationals to join them in their popular struggle to hold on to their lands. … 

Twelve Palestinians Kidnapped In Beit Fajjar
IMEMC – Friday at dawn January 18, Israeli soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and kidnapped twelve Palestinians after breaking into their homes and searching them. Soldiers also invaded towns near Jenin, and a town in occupied East Jerusalem. …

Settlers Cut 50 Olive Trees Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers cut, Thursday, more than 50 olive trees that belong to a resident of Husan town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

UNRWA Denounces Killing Of 12 Palestinians In Damascus
IMEMC – The United Nations Works and Relief Agency (UNRWA) strongly denounced the death of twelve Palestinian refugees, mainly children, during clashes between gunmen and members of the Syrian army. …

Ma’an News

Israeli soldiers ‘shoot, critically injure’ Bethlehem teen
1/18/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot a Palestinian teenager in the head on Friday during clashes in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp, leaving him critically injured, a Ma’an reporter said. Salih al-Amarin, 15, was taken to the Arab Society Hospital in Beit Jala, where medics said he was in a critical….

Israeli forces ‘detain 9 in Bethlehem town’
1/18/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians from the Bethlehem-area town of Beit Fajjar at dawn on Friday, locals said. More than 30 Israeli military vehicles entered the village in the early morning hours, and raided several homes, they told Ma’an. Those detained were named as: Islam Mahmud Thawabteh, 26, Ahmad….

Ministry: Fatah prisoners transferred to different Israeli jails
1/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel‘s prison authority transferred 37 prisoners affiliated to Fatah to different Israeli jails overnight Thursday, the PA ministry of prisoners affairs said. The ministry said the prisoners were not informed in advance of the move from Ofer detention center to Israel‘s Nafha and Rimon jails. The prisoners….

Activists set up new protest village northwest of Jerusalem
1/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists on Friday established a new tented protest village northwest of Jerusalem, the second such initiative against Israeli settlement building in as many weeks. Activists set up three tentsand a small building in the area near Beit Iksa, naming the village al-Karamah (Dignity). Locals said around 400 Palestinians performed Friday….

Israeli forces break up south Hebron protest, detain activists
1/18/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration against land confiscation in the south Hebron hills village of Susiya on Friday, detaining three Palestinians, protesters said. Around 200 demonstrators marched to lands recently confiscated by Israeli authorities for the Israeli settlement Suseya, they told Ma’an. Israeli troops stopped the demonstration and detained….

Israeli forces ‘shoot, injure man in north Gaza’
1/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medics said. Paramedics told Ma’an that the man was hit in the foot by gunfire in the al-Ghoul area north of Beit Lahiya. An Israeli military spokeswoman said Palestinians rioted near….

Islamic Jihad ‘will respond’ to Israeli ceasefire violations
1/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing warned Friday that it would respond if Israel continued to violate a ceasefire deal agreed in November. In remarks published on Islamic Jihad-affiliated media, Al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad said the group never expected Israel to adhere to the agreement, signed on Nov. 21….

Palestinian released after 9 years in Israeli jail
1/18/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was released from Israeli custody on Friday after spending nine and a half years in Israeli jails, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said. Fayeq Abdul-Halim Sanbour, 32, from Nablus, was held for involvement in the PFLP’s armed wing, the statement said. [END]

Governor: Nablus gunmen hand themselves in to PA custody
1/18/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Ten Palestinian gunmen turned themselves in to Palestinian Authority security forces in the northern West Bank on Thursday evening, according to the regional governor. The group, from Balata refugee camp in Nablus, are being held in Junaid prison and will face charges, Nablus governor Jibrin al-Bakri told Ma’an. But….

Red Sea-Dead Sea link feasible, World Bank says
1/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – It is possible to use the Red Sea to replenish the shrinking Dead Sea, the World Bank has determined after years of studying whether such a connecting lifeline could work. The idea of linking the two bodies of water has been around for more than a century, but the project took on a….

Elections commission awaiting authorization for Gaza work
1/18/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The head of the central elections commission said Friday the organization is ready to start work in the Gaza Strip as soon as it receives authorization from the government. Hisham Kuhail told Ma’an the electoral body had almost finished preparing the voter register in Gaza when its work was….

Netanyahu set to win Israel vote, but losing steam
1/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Four days before Israel‘s parliamentary election, opinion polls published on Friday showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still set to win, although his support had slipped to its lowest point in the campaign so far. Two polls showed Israel‘s right-wing and religious bloc winning a slim parliamentary majority of 63….

Fatah: Abbas will head unity government
1/18/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas will head a unity government to be formed by Jan. 30, a Fatah official said Friday. Yahya Rabah told Ma’an the new government would be comprised of technocrats and dignitaries not affiliated to any political party. It will serve for an interim….

Palestinian film opens Sundance festival
1/18/2013 – PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) — The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday with movies and documentaries from around the world, including a feature that examines the cultural divide between the Middle East and the United States. The 10-day Sundance Film Festival, founded by actor-director Robert Redford and now in its 35th year, will showcase 119….

Airstrike on Damascus kills 12 Palestinian refugees
1/18/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinian refugees were killed and more than 20 were injured in an airstrike on southern Damascus on Thursday, according to local media. The UN refugee agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, condemned the killing of Palestinian refugees, saying it “again calls on the parties to pull back from civilian areas, including….

More than half Syria refugees are children, UN says
1/18/2013 – NEW YORK (Reuters) — More than half the 642,000 refugees who have sought refuge from the Syrian conflict in neighboring countries are children and the number of people fleeing could almost double by June, said a senior UN official on Thursday. Panos Moumtzis, the UN Refugee Agency regional coordinator for Syrian refugees, said plans were in….

Algeria says desert siege over, dozens killed
1/18/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of hostages but 30, including several Westerners, were killed in the assault along with at least 11 of their Islamist captors, an Algerian security source told Reuters. Western leaders whose compatriots were being held did little to disguise their irritation at being kept…. Related: Sahara hostage holders make new threat

Sahara hostage holders make new threat
1/18/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — At least 22 foreign hostages were unaccounted for on Friday and their al-Qaida-linked captors threatened to attack other energy installations after Algerian forces stormed a desert gas complex to free hundreds of captives, resulting in dozens of deaths. With Western leaders clamoring for details of the assault they said Algeria had launched on…. Related: Algeria says desert siege over, dozens killed

French journalist killed by sniper fire in Syria
1/18/2013 – ANKARA (Reuters) – A French journalist of Belgian origin, Yves Debay, has been killed by sniper fire while reporting in Syria, a Turkish official said on Friday. Debay, who was shot once in the head and once in the chest, was brought to Turkey overnight where medical staff pronounced him dead on arrival, the official said….

Explosion rocks government-held area of Syria’s Aleppo
1/18/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Twelve people were killed when an explosion rocked a government-held district of the disputed Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, a monitoring group said, and both sides in the conflict accused the other of mounting the attack. State television showed the collapsed side of a building and rubble spilling into nearby streets. A….

Noam Chomsky urges Turkey to pursue Kurdish peace
1/18/2013 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — The American left-wing philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky urged Turkey on Friday to end its “malignant” war with Kurdish rebels, saying recent peace efforts offered a real chance of a settlement. Chomsky, whose writings have in the past caused trouble for his Turkish publisher, said the growing independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government….

Aljazeera

Netanyahu vows to not dismantle settlements
AlJazeera 18 Jan 2013 – Israeli prime minister pledges to not make any settlers leave occupied West Bank if he wins Tuesday’s general election.

Palestine News Network

Penn for Palestine Screens ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’
Palestine News Network

Palestine, Israel In Controversy Over King Herod’s Tomb
Palestine News Network

President Abbas Thanks KSA for $100 Million Aid
Palestine News Network

UNRWA to Provide New Jobs to Gaza Refugees
Palestine News Network

Israel to Apologize toTurkey Over Mavi Marmara
Palestine News Network

UNRWA Condemns Killing of Palestine Refugees, Other Civilians in Syria
Palestine News Network

Will 3rd Intifada Replicate the 1st?
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Demolish 70 Structures in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

IOF Troops Arrest 12 Palestinians, Hand Notices to 6 Others
Palestine News Network

Addameer Expresses Concern for the Life of Striking Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Hamas, Fatah to Start Implementing Unity Agreements
Palestine News Network

Presidency Condemns Algeria for Taking of Hostages
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

Gate of Dignity was built on lands of Beit Iksa north of Jerusalem
1/18/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 18 January 2013, International Middle East Media Center – The Palestinian village of Beit Iksa overlooking Jerusalem just built a new village they called Bab Al-Karamah (Gate of Dignity) on their land behind the apartheid wall that Israel has built on their land and call on Palestinians and Internationals to join them in their popular struggle….

Relief Web

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Relief Web 18 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Link: Occupied Palestinian Territory: Winter Storm Situation Report (as of January 2013, 1500 hrs)

Jordan: Refugees from Syria face further suffering if Jordan closes border
Relief Web 18 Jan 2013 – Source: Amnesty Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) Preventing refugees from entering Jordan to escape the conflict in Syria would increase suffering and could lead to further bloodshed and human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today following…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): UNRWA condemns killing of Palestine refugees and other civilians in Syria
Relief Web 18 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) 18 January 2013 East Jerusalem Reports are emerging that following a day of intense armed engagements in Husseiniyeh in…

The National

Deadline day scramble to re-register Sim cards across the UAE
The National 17 Jan 2013 – Deadline applies to du and Etisalat customers who received an SMS asking them to register before Thursday.

Afghan minister seeks stronger ties with UAE ahead of troops leaving
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Jawed Ludin said his country was grateful for the UAE’s role in Afghanistan’s security, but his country would need more support from its Arabian Gulf allies

Jaywalkers in Abu Dhabi risk their lives at tunnel crossing
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Lack of pedestrian crossing at Sheikh Zayed Tunnel exit puts lives at risk.

Iraqi fans’ anger at game ‘ban’
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Iraqi residents of the Emirates say they were refused entry to Bahrain to watch their home team take on the UAE in the Gulf Cup final.

Confusion over fate of hostages in Algeria
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Military official says only about 30 foreigners are unnaccounted for, but governments around the world still await definite word on their citizens.

Fans overjoyed as UAE wins 2-1 against Iraq
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Football supporters across the country loudly roared their approval as the national squad secured victory against Iraq in the final minutes

Boy, 5, dies after bus backs up over him in Sharjah
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Police say parents and bus driver are at fault

Ha’aretz

Mayor of the West Bank’s largest Israeli settlement dies at 70
Ha’aretz – 18 Jan 2013

Palestinian activists set up another tent encampment near Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 18 Jan 2013

Haredi high-tech workers pack Jerusalem conference
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israel’s Labor Court berated for upholding Ashdod Port workers’ deal
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Deri: The two main issues for coalition negotiations: cutbacks and drafting yeshiva students
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

‘Dear Abby’ advice columnist dies at age 94
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israeli man who posed as Mossad agent nabbed for fraud
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israel orders well-baby clinics to treat all pregnant women, regardless of residency status
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Israel to deploy more than 20,000 police officers on Election Day
Ha’aretz – 17 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

IDF shoots, injures 2 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – In separate incidents, IDF forces fire at rioter approaching security fence near Beit Lahiya in Gaza, stone-slinging Palestinian youth in Bethlehem; IDF: We won’t let anyone harm Israeli civilians, Israeli sovereignty. 

Broad Jewish support for Obama’s gun proposals
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Uniformity of Jewish response to gun control proposals contrast to Republican opposition to Obama’s suggested measures. 

Drugs, prostitutes and renewal in south Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Police officers speak about violence, petty crime in migrant-heavy Tel Aviv neighborhoods. 

The dirty South
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Police officers speak about violence, petty crime in migrant-heavy Tel Aviv neighborhoods. 

Ariel founder, long-time mayor Ron Nachman dies
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Politicians from across political spectrum convey sorrow over passing; Netanyahu: Nachman was a visionary, committed Zionist. 

Palestinians erect outpost northwest of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Activist set up 2nd outpost to protest Israeli settlement construction plans after IDF demolishes Bab al-Shams in E1 corridor. 

Bulgaria: No Hezbollah link to deadly Burgas attack
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Bulgarian Foreign Ministry denies report that Burgas probe links Lebanese terror group to 2012 bombing which targeted Israelis. 

Algeria crisis ongoing, hostages still held
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – 30 hostages are killed in Algerian forces attack on the gas base in attempt to free captives, 22 captives remain unaccounted for. 

Russia, US quarrel over Chabad-Lubavitch texts
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Moscow threatens retaliation over Washington ruling ordering it to pay a fine for failure to return Hassidic Schneerson Collection texts. 

Hamas, Fatah agree to implement unity agreements
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Representatives of two factions set end of January as target to form a Palestinian unity government. 

Peres receives Warsaw Ghetto diary
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – President receives diary of anonymous writer who conveys frightening picture of Warsaw Ghetto, deportation to Treblinka. 

Gilad Schalit visits lone soldiers who made aliya
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Former captive soldier pays visit to lone soldier in J’lem, expresses admiration for their contribution; NGO holds special benefit concert for wounded troops. 

Foreign Ministry launches speakers bureau
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Public diplomacy effort focuses on 50-80% of world who are indifferent to Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Analysis: Whatever happened to Olmert and Holyland trial?
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – The Liberman effect, fact that former PM out of the political race have contributed to media silence. 

‘65% of Israelis support Ariel University upgrade’
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Survey finds that some 2/3 of public believe if school was located within Green Line, it would not have faced same fight for recognition. 

Education Ministry releases bagrut answers
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Ministry looks to give students immediate feedback on their exams and help others preparing for tests in revision process. 

TA researchers: Genome can reveal surname
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Algorithm makes it possible to identify family names on the basis of genetic data in the Y chromosome. 

NGO offers Shoah survivors transportation to polls
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – Yad Sarah organization charges that Elections c’tee has “ignored” request to subsidize trips of physically disabled voters. 

Netanyahu: Obama and I differ on peace process
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – PM talks with ‘Post’ about Obama, Bennett, Abbas, why the country needs only his hands – and only his hands – on the wheel. 

Parshat Bo: Educational slavery
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – In order for the satisfied to really understand hunger, he must experience the sensation of hunger. Only then can he actually relate to hunger correctly. 

Into the Fray: Liar
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – If integrity is a necessary quality for reputable journalism, Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent column is a disgrace to his profession – and an insult to Israelis’ intelligence. 

Political parties and a parliamentary birthday
Jerusalem Post 17 Jan 2013 – My Word: As long as there are humble MKs working to ensure a better quality of life for our children and protecting the environment for future generations, the Knesset can feel a moment of pride on its birthday, this Tu Bishvat. 

The Guardian

‘Russian vote’ in Israel integrates into political mainstream
The Guardian 18 Jan 2013 – Russian-speaking immigrants say they are shaped both by their Soviet heritage and their present lives as Israelis At a large supermarket in the coastal city of Ashdod, where more than 50 brands of vodka are available…

One American dead in Algerian hostage crisis, AP reports – as it happened
The Guardian 18 Jan 2013 – • Unknown number of hostages, militants remain at site • Clinton announces expanded counter-terror efforts • US says militants will have ‘no place to hide’ • Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s group responsible • Number of Britons involved ‘significantly less than…

Israeli-Arab female politician urges Arab citizens to vote in Israel’s elections
The Guardian 18 Jan 2013 – Haneen Zoabi says a boycott would be an act of weakness, not one of active struggle In the past four years, Haneen Zoabi has been threatened, spat at, manhandled, accused of being a terrorist and subjected…

Binyamin Netanyahu on course to win Israeli elections
The Guardian 18 Jan 2013 – Final opinion polls before Tuesday’s elections point to win for rightwing Likud-Beiteinu alliance and formation of more hawkish coalition Binyamin Netanyahu is on course to head a more hawkish and pro-settler government following Tuesday’s elections, even…

Inter Press Service

Are the Masdarians the new Jetsons?
IPS Back in 2006, when the government of Abu Dhabi — a Middle Eastern emirate that controls eight percent of the world’s oil reserves — announced that it would build “the world’s first zero-carbon city,” skeptics took it with a pinch of salt. Few believed it would be possible. Today, the…

Iran’s Nuclear Plans Drop Off Israeli Radar
IPS A meeting between Iran and world powers is tentatively set for the month-end in Istanbul, and might constitute a litmus test over a compromise regarding Iran’s uranium enrichment programme. Strangely enough, in Israel, Iran’s nuclear quest is now off the public radar. The previous talks between Iran and the ‘P1+5’ (…

Uruknet

Don’t You Dare Conflate MLK and Obama
Uruknet

Statement About Aleppo University
Uruknet

Demos against Al-Maliki show no sign of slowing
Uruknet

The Palestinian prisoners’ Intifada
Uruknet

Relative values
Uruknet

013 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Israeli fake peace group One Voice reveals its anti-Palestinian bigotry in Facebook graphics
Uruknet

Israel Could Face Criminal Court Charges For Evicting Civilians In Hebron
Uruknet

Did Israeli troops deliberately provoke boy, only to shoot him in the back?
Uruknet

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Is Osama bin Laden’s Last Victory Over America
Uruknet

Daily Star

‘Work harder. Don’t waste time. Eat carrots. Ask out that girl’
Daily Star 18 Jan 2013 Born in 1982, Nasri Atallah’s family moved back to Beirut from London when he was 15, where he finished school and then studied at the American University of Beirut.

Asian Championship blow could carry silver lining for Cedars
Daily Star 18 Jan 2013 Lebanon may have been stripped of a golden chance to host the FIBA ASIA Championship for the first time in the country’s history, but the national team may yet qualify – through this summer’s championship in…

YNet News

US won’t drop conspiracy charge against 9/11 plot suspects 
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Report: 1 American dead in Algerian standoff
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Oil little changed, investors weigh global economy 
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Minister: Frenchman killed in Algerian operation on gas plant 
YNet News, 18 Jan 2013 – ….

Algeria: 12 hostages have died in the siege 
YNet News, 18 Jan 2013 – ….

Palestinian Information Center

France is regurgitating its colonial past 
PIC – The current war France is waging on Islamists in Sub-Saharan Africa is not a war of necessity. It is rather an ugly war of arrogance and aggression, bearing a conspicuous whiff of colonialism. 

IOF wound Palestinian boy in Bethlehem, two farmers in Gaza
PIC – IOF troops on Friday critically wounded a Palestinian boy during confrontations that broke out at Aida refugee camp in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Occupation launches campaign against Endowments Department
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage confirmed that the Israeli occupation has no right to intervene in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the works of maintenance and restoration inside it.

Rafah tunnels claim the lives of 232 people since 2006
PIC – Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights stated that 232 Palestinians have died while 597 others have been injured due to the working accidents in the tunnels at the Palestinian-Egyptian borders since 2006.

Occupation releases leader Abdul Jabbar Jarrar
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities released on Thursday the Hamas leader prisoner Abdul Jabbar Jarrar, 46, after an administrative detention that lasted 15 months.

Occupation demolishes Araqib village in Negev for the 46th time
PIC – Israeli occupation bulldozers demolished for the 46th time the unrecognized Arab village of Araqib, located in the Negev in southern 1948-occupied Palestine , on Thursday.

Hamas and Fatah agree to start implementing the reconciliation
PIC – Hamas and Fatah movements agreed at the end of a meeting held between delegations of the two movements with the participation of the Egyptian intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Raafat Shehata..

Trial of the detained Jerusalemite deputies postponed
PIC – The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in the Palestinian Legislative Council, confirmed that an Israeli court in Jerusalem postponed the trial of the Jerusalemite MP Mohammed Totah..

IOA renews the leader Ghanem Sawalmeh’s administrative detention
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) renewed on Thursday the administrative detention of Hamas leader Ghanem Tawfiq Sawalmeh, 47, for a period of 6 months for the fourth time.

WAFA

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

Misc

A Syria refugee’s tale of lost and found
LA Times 17 Jan 2013 – A young mother displaced by fighting in Syria is reunited with her own long-lost mother in Jordan, thanks to an old photo, the Web and sheer determination. RAMTHA, Jordan — As a child and young adult, the woman now known as Umm Riaan kept the…

World Briefing | Europe: France: A Tribute to a Fallen Journalist
New York Times 18 Jan 2013 – President François Hollande called the killing of a French journalist in Syria an “odious act” and paid tribute to “all the journalists who pay with their lives for their commitment to freedom of the press.” 

The Lede Blog: Algerian TV Interviews Workers Freed From Gas Facility
New York Times 18 Jan 2013 – Algeria’s ENTV news channel interviewed a number of local and foreign workers who had been held captive in a gas facility and were freed on Friday, with some of them expressing relief. 

Israeli Candidates Make Their Cases on TV
New York Times 17 Jan 2013 – Under Israeli rules the 34 parties running in the election are barred from buying television time, but are entitled to seven minutes of free airtime on each of the three main channels. 

Jordan Says It Won’t Accept Mass Influx of Syrian Refugees
New York Times 17 Jan 2013 – Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour of Jordan said that if the government of President Bashar al-Assad collapsed, Jordan would create “safe havens” for refugees in Syrian territory instead. 

Op-Ed Columnist: The Blight of Return
New York Times 17 Jan 2013 – Illusion and division sap the Palestinian national movement at a time when its West Bank achievements have laid the basis for statehood. 

Rally to protest unconditional aid to Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace – MEDIA ADVISORY January 17, 2013 As President Obama prepares for his second inauguration, hundreds will gather in DC to ask the President to condition US aid to Israel in compliance with US and international law. They represent the over 50,000 people from all over the country…

All the news that’s fit to print… 65 words
Mondoweiss – Isabel Kershner reports an important story in yesterday’s New York Times . I am sure Kershner, an energetic reporter, would have done far more on this story about Jewish extremism if the paper had only encouraged her. Here’s the entire story: A Jerusalem court on Wednesday convicted…

Neocons never go away–Marco Rubio hires Jamie Fly, ultra-hawk on Iran
Mondoweiss – Jamie Fly of the Foreign Policy Initiative (Photo: ForeignPolicyI.org) Despite the neoconservative movement’s ideas being thoroughly out of the mainstream, the noecons remain with us, shaping the U.S. foreign policy debate. The latest example of their staying power: the decision by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to…

The Hebron Hills — where Jews from ‘Lucifer’s Farm’ attack Palestinian shepherds to force them off their land
Mondoweiss – Ishmael El-Adra, Palestinian shepherd injured in settler knife attack , in Bir El-Id, near Hebron, photo by David Kattenburg The other day, the State Department refused to condemn Israeli actions in the occupied Hebron Hills. What are those actions? Well, they include the settler attack on Ishmael…

Bennett says Israel takes half its water from West Bank, as argument for annexation
Mondoweiss – Societies get the leaders they deserve, right? Here is an astoundingly slick ad by Naftali Bennett, the rising radical-right star of Israel‘s Jewish Home party, laying out his “stability initiative” to annex most of the West Bank, and thereby “do what Zionism has always done”– take…

Blowback, from Mali to Iran
Mondoweiss – As we all know, the French intervention in Mali has brought anti-western blowback in Algeria, where dozens of Americans and Europeans are being held hostage by Islamist militants. So what if the U.S. attacks Iran? Iran is a far richer and more technologically-resourceful society than Mali….

California TV station features lengthy report on occupied village in Oscar-nominated film
Mondoweiss – “Seriously Now,” January 18, 2013 from peggy day on Vimeo . Iyad Burnat , leader of the Popular Resistance Committee of Bil’in and brother of 5 Broken Cameras Co-Director Emad Burnat, sits for an interview with Peter B. Collins, host of Seriously Now , a weekly progressive news report from…

Finland Has New Israeli-Born Chief Rabbi 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Jan 2013 – Finland’s new chief rabbi is Simon Livson, the 30 year-old Israeli born son of Finns. Click here for the rest of the article…

North Africa: ANHRI Disappointed in Egyptian Human Rights Council 
allAfrica.com 18 Jan 2013 – [HRInfo]The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, expresses its deeply regrets and disappointment that the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt could play a serious role in defending human rights in the light of its persistence in playing a role in polishing the…

Egypt: Mursi Goes to KSA for Economic Forum, Ethiopic for African Summit 
allAfrica.com 18 Jan 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend the 2013 Economic Forum on January 21 and Ethiopia at the end of next month to attend the African Summit, reported Al-Ahram.

PSP Mourns the Loss of Diya’ Al Juneidi, Journalist and Friend 
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Jan 2013 – Today, Diya’ Al Juneidi, a reporter with Palestine TV and a regular sight at Beit Ommar protests over the years, died suddenly of a heart attack. Juneidi was a committed journalist who was often brutalized by Israeli forces when trying to tell the story of Hebron…

New Protest Village Bab Al Karama/Gate of Dignity Springs Up 
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Jan 2013 – Friday morning, as most of the Israeli military in the Occupied West Bank were focused on regular weekly demonstrations, residents from Beit Iksa, a small village northwest of Jerusalem, were quietly setting up another protest village, similar to Bab Al Shams which was built east of…

Massacre evidence seen in Syria 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – The BBC sees evidence of a massacre in a village near the Syrian city of Homs, where locals say at least 100 people were killed.

Israeli PM in settlements pledge 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed during his next term in office if he wins elections on Tuesday.

No to Technion in NYC Action! 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 18 Jan 2013 – From our member group New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership . Join us on the first day of Cornell NYC Tech classes to leaflet and gather signatures. When: Monday, January 21, 4-6pm Where: 111 Eighth Ave (at 15th St), NYC Classes are to be held in donated…

From Airport to Embassy, Abdallah’s Thwarted Return 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 18 Jan 2013 – He was also looking forward to leading the same kind of life as other children who don’t have a relative in captivity. (Photo: Haytham al-Moussawi) He was also looking forward to leading the same kind of life as other children who don’t have a relative in…

Snipers kill local, French journalists in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – A sniper killed a Syrian reporter affiliated with Al Jazeera in southern Syria on Friday, the pan-Arab television network said, in the second such shooting of a journalist in two days in the conflict-swept country. The killings take the death toll of reporters who have died…

Police attack Bahrain protest, leading activist released 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – A protester cries after being pepper sprayed as she is arrested by riot policemen during an anti-government demonstration in Bahrain’s capital on 18 January 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) Several people were injured and others arrested Friday in Bahrain’s capital Manama when riot police attacked…

Anti-government protests continue across Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – Thousands rallied for a fourth straight day Friday in western and central Iraq, claiming the Shia-led government continues to sideline the country’s Sunnis in spite of Monday’s release of over 300 Sunni prisoners. The protests coincide with three days of attacks that have left dozens dead…

Anti-Smoking Banner Draws Beirut Restaurant’s Ire 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – Such changes to the ban will certainly come at the cost of ordinary Lebanese citizens’ health. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Such changes to the ban will certainly come at the cost of ordinary Lebanese citizens’ health. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Lebanon’s smoking ban in enclosed public areas has…

Israeli forces attack commemoration for killed teen 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – Palestinians watch as an Israeli soldier takes position during clashes with Palestinian protesters (unseen) during a protest against Jewish settlements, in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on 4 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Mohamad Torokman) Israeli soldiers attacked demonstrators in the West Bank Friday,…

One week after Bab al-Shams, Palestinians establish new village 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Jan 2013 – Nearly 400 Palestinian activists have set up a tent village on land slated for military expropriation near East Jerusalem, according to Palestine’s Ma’an news agency and activists interviewed by Al-Akhbar. The village of al-Karamah, inaugurated by weekly prayers Friday, was set up to retaliate against an…

Mauritanian Consensus Against France Intervention in Mali 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jan 2013 – This undated hand out picture released by Norway’s energy group Statoil on 17 January 2013 shows the In Amenas gas field, where Algerian troops surrounded Islamists holding foreign hostages at the gas field (Photo: AFP – STATOIL / KJETIL ALSVIK) This undated hand out picture released by…

Turkey Mulls Future Kurdish Scenarios 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Jan 2013 – People carry the coffin of the Kurdish activist Sakine Cansiz, shot dead in the French capital, on 18 January in Tunceli. People gathered on 18 January in Tunceli, to pay a final tribute to Sakine Cansiz who was assassinated in Paris last week. (Photo: AFP -…

Egypt: Disasters Dog the Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

21-year-old Civilian Killed by Israeli Army in the Gaza Strip 
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Massacre evidence seen in Syria 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – The BBC sees evidence of a massacre in a village near the Syrian city of Homs, where locals say at least 100 people were killed.

Hostage nations’ Algeria concern 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – Nations with hostages held by militants at an Algerian gas plant express concern as an “extremely difficult” rescue operation enters a third day.

Israeli PM in settlements pledge 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed during his next term in office if he wins elections on Tuesday.

Algeria profile 
BBC 17 Jan 2013 – Provides overview, key facts and events, timelines and leader profiles along with current news about Algeria

Articles


Israelis cannot ’democratically’ decide to continue the occupation 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/18/2013
      The absence of the occupation – the single most important issue which dominates life of Jews and Palestinians in this country – from the Israeli election campaigns, reflects a national existential crisis, and could render the entire democratic process meaningless. 
     Israelis will go to the polls in four days to determine their future, along with that of several million Palestinians who are under Israeli control. This is the inherent paradox in the Israeli system: a majority voting again and again not to allow a very large minority to participate in its political system. One can view Israel as a democracy only from the standpoint of the Jews and (maybe) a little over 1 million Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship. From the point of view of other Palestinians, Israel is a brutal dictatorship, which – like many other such regimes – controls them through force and force alone. This is a simple statement of the facts.
     This state of affairs could have been somewhat tolerable – if not from the point of view of the Palestinians, than at least according to acceptable international norms – if it was limited in time, or if the Jewish majority was doing everything in its power to terminate the military control over the millions of non-citizens. Clearly, this is not the case. Even among many advocates of the two-state solution, the consensus is that the Palestinians need to win their rights by meeting various Israeli conditions on issues ranging from rights over land, water and air space to the recognition of the Jewish narrative regarding the history of the conflict and the legitimacy of the Israeli ethnic-state. It is a political philosophy that runs contrary to the liberal view that human and political rights are something that a person is born with, and cannot be arbitrarily stripped from a whole community of human beings. The fact that this view is hardly challenged reflects the utter corruption of the Israeli political and moral debate – another result of the occupation. — See also: WATCH: Candidate from Jewish Home party wants Dome of the Rock blown up more.. e-mail

Bibi can relax – the ’center-left’ is really on the right 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 1/18/2013
      The actual right-wing bloc looks set to win over 100 of the Knesset’s 120 seats in Tuesday’s election. There’s only one reason to vote against it: the future. 
     “Right-wing bloc’s majority slashed,” read the headline over today’s election poll in Haaretz. “The gap is closing,” according to the poll in today’s Yedioth Aharonoth. Both surveys showed the right-religious bloc getting 63 Knesset seats and the center-left-Arab bloc getting 57, and both showed the steadily weakening Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu down to 32.
     Even if it is still clear to everyone that Netanyahu will lead the next government, many people will likely gather from these findings that maybe the next government isn’t going to be “the most extreme in Israel’s history,” as has been the expectation.
     Forget it. This will be the most extreme right-wing government in Israel’s history, because what passes for the “center-left” is actually the right. There are two overriding questions in this country, two issues that define left and right: occupation and war. Occupation and war are the status quo, and there’s no center about it: You’re either trying to end it, which puts you on the left, or you’re not, which puts you on the right.
     Under Shelly Yachimovich, the Labor Party has emphatically stopped trying to end the occupation, and continues in its support of any war any Israeli government wants to start. Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party follows the exact same line. Meanwhile, Hatnuah’s Tzipi Livni has focused her campaign on ending the conflict with the Palestinians, which would seem to put her on the left, but her positions are so vague – except her refusal to accept even one Palestinian refugee back into Israel – that it’s hard to take her seriously. Worse, she seems bent on joining the next government…. more.. e-mail

How the media let Israel get away with murder 
Charlotte Silver, San Francisco, Electronic Intifada 1/17/2013
      Israel spends a lot of time talking about secure borders and how the need for them drives its policies regarding the Palestinians. With few exceptions, the media act as willing promoters of this perversion of reality.
     Between 11 and 15 January, four young Palestinians — aged 17 to 22 — were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces. The murders took place in the Gaza Strip and at different points along Israel’s wall in the West Bank. In all instances the Israeli army justified the use of lethal force by invoking its need to protect the integrity of the wall and Israel’s borders.
     On 11 January, 22-year-old Anwar Mamlouk was reportedly just outside the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza when Israeli soldiers gunned him down.
     The next day, Odai al-Darawish, 21, was shot to death at three o’clock in the afternoon while crossing Israel’s wall in the West Bank to get to work in Israel. Initially, Israeli sources claimed the soldiers shot al-Darawish in his legs, in accordance with the “rules of engagement” (“Israeli troops kill Palestinian trying to cross barrier,” The Chicago Tribune, 12 January 2013).
     But medical sources quickly revealed that he was hit in the back, indicating that he was likely shot while trying to run to safety (“Israeli forces shoot, kill worker south of Hebron,” Ma’an News Agency, 12 January 2013).
     Al-Darawish was from the village of Dura, near Hebron, where in September last year a man attempted to immolate himself in a desperate protest of the dire economic conditions Palestinians face in the occupied West Bank (“Palestinian man attempts to set himself on fire in West Bank village of Dura,” Haaretz, 17 January 2013). — See also: Chicago Tribune: Israeli troops kill Palestinian trying to cross barrier and Haaretz: Palestinian man attempts to set himself on fire in West Bank village of Dura more.. e-mail

Algeria, Mali, and why this week has looked like an obscene remake of earlier Western interventions 
Robert Fisk, The Independent 1/18/2013
      We are outraged not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed.
     Odd, isn’t it, how our “collateral damage” is different from their “collateral damage”. Speaking yesterday to an old Algerian friend in the aviation business, I asked him what he thought of his country’s raid on the In Amenas gas plant.“Brilliant operation, Robert,” he shouted down the phone. “We destroyed the terrorists!” But the innocent hostages? What about their deaths, I asked? “Poor guys,” he replied. “We had thousands of women and children killed in our war [in the 1990s] – terrible tragedy – but we are fighting terrorism.”
     And there you have it. Our dead men didn’t matter in the slightest to him. And he had a point, didn’t he? For we are outraged today, not by the massacre of the innocents, but because the hostages killed by the Algerian army – along with some of their captors – were largely white, blue-eyed chaps rather than darker, brown-eyed chaps. Had all the “Western” hostages – I am including the Japanese in this ridiculous, all-purpose definition – been rescued and had the innocent dead all been Algerian, there would have been no talk yesterday of a “botched raid”.
     If all those slaughtered in the Algerian helicopter bombing had been Algerian, we would have mentioned the “tragic consequences” of the raid, but our headlines would have dwelt on the courage and efficiency of Algeria’s military rescuers, alongside interviews with grateful Western families.
     Obscene
     Racism isn’t the word for it. When George W Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara kicked off their war crimes with a full-scale invasion of Iraq, we didn’t care a damn about the Iraqis…. more.. e-mail

Palestinian citizens wearily eye Israeli elections
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jan 2013 – Jonathan Cook Nazareth 18 January 2013 The government formed after next week’s election could be even more racist towards Palestinians than the current one.more

Partitioning the ‘Two-State Solution’
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jan 2013 – By John V. Whitbeck Words matter. They shape perceptions and understanding, both of past and present events and of future possibilities, and, thereby, can shape future events. The UN General Assembly’s vote of November 29 overwhelmingly recognizing Palestine’s “state status” and President Mahmoud Abbas’ decree of January 3 absorbing the former “Palestinian Authority” into the State of Palestine have established the State of Palestine on the soil of Palestine. It has become both a legal and a practical “fact on the ground” which cannot be ignored. The words “two-state solution” have been recited together for so long that it is widely assumed that they are inseparable and that one cannot have one without the other. Indeed, Israel and the United States argue relentlessly that a Palestinian state can only exist as the result of a negotiated “solution” acceptable to Israel. Were this the case, the occupying power, which has never…more

How Serious Is the Threat to Jordanian King Abdullah’s Rule?
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jan 2013 – By Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero Calls for change have returned to Jordan, with large crowds demanding social, economic and political reform and objecting to the rising cost of living, high levels of unemployment, corruption and autocracy. As the Arab Awakening enters its third year, the resilience of King Abdullah’s regime is being tested as never before. Its ability to successfully exploit division among the political opposition, continue to receive economic assistance from the Gulf Cooperation Council and sell its reform agenda to the Jordanian public will ultimately determine its fate. The Jordanian government has tolerated a “loyal opposition” for decades. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood – founded in 1945 by merchants committed to waging Jihad against Zionists in the British Mandate of Palestine – has for many years constituted the center of this opposition. The Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing — the Islamic Action Front (IAF) — has called for…more

Iraq: A Twenty Two Year Genocide
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jan 2013 – By Felicity Arbuthnot Incredibly it is twenty two years to the day since the telephone rang in the early hours and a friend said: “They are bombing Baghdad.” It was not alone Baghdad, of course, Iraq was being systematically destroyed, from ancient southern Basra to haunting, historic Mosul in the north – in the West destruction was such that it was not even noticed by the outside world that about seventy miles of Iraq had been entirely illegally donated to Jordan, the border was simply “moved.” Kuwait, bordering of Iraq’s southern border benefited similarly illegally. Then Secretary of State James Baker’s vow to: “reduce Iraq to a pre-industrial age” was being minutely executed over what was to become a forty three day blitz, which morphed in to a thirteen year, vicious, murderous, one sided war of attrition and ultimately illegal invasion and occupation. Of the 17th January 1991 onslaught, Media…more

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