VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 19 January 2013: Revolution in resistance

19 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Attack Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest
IMEMC – Friday, January 18, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Wall and Settlements, and against the continued closure of the main road leading to the Kufur Qaddoum village, that was blockaded by the army ten years ago. …

Ma’an News

Activists vow to expand Jerusalem protest village
1/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists said Saturday they will erect more tents in the al-Karamah (Dignity) protest village being established on the lands of Beit Iksa. Local groups set up the new tented protest village northwest of Jerusalem, the second such initiative against Israeli settlement building in as many weeks. In a statement, a….

Israel forces ‘detain 14’ at south Hebron protest
1/19/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces blocked a demonstration in the south Hebron hills on Saturday, detaining at least 14 protesters in the area. Local farmers and foreign activists had gathered at al-Qawawis village to protest Israel’s plan to confiscate an agricultural area called Um Al-Arayes, according to popular committee spokesman Rateb Jabour….

Iran says progress made in UN nuclear talks
1/19/2013 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran said it had made some progress in resolving its disputes with the UN atomic watchdog, state media reported, even though the two sides’ latest talks failed to seal a deal on letting inspectors visit a military site. The Islamic state and the International Atomic Energy Agency met this week, but did….

Officials: Nablus teens detained Friday released by Israel
1/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian teenagers detained on Friday at Huwwara checkpoint south of Nablus were released on Saturday, Palestinian officials said. The freed detainees were identified as 18-year-old Amir Masoud Mihyar, 15-year-old Basim Isam Zahran, 17-year-old Wael Alaa Tabanja and 15-year-old Rajab Samir Daghlas. Officials said the Palestinian civil….

PA says Israel to allow more olive oil past Green Line
1/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian and Israeli sides have reached an agreement to facilitate the entrance of Palestinian olive oil inside the Green Line without obstacles, officials say. After a meeting in Tiberias between a Palestinian delegation headed by Khalid Al-Junaidi, an adviser of the agriculture minister, and an Israeli delegation headed by the director….

PA says Israel to free long-term prisoner
1/19/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities will releaseone of the longest-serving prisoners from Jerusalem after 25 years in custody on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority said Saturday. Jihad Obaidi was detained in 1988 and spent time in six different Israeli prisons, the PA prisoners ministry said. A ministry report said Obaidi suffered mental and physical….

Malaysian premier to visit Gaza Monday
1/19/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Abdul Razak will visit the Gaza Strip on Monday, Palestinian sources told Ma’an. The prime minister will be accompanied by his wife and foreign minister, the sources said. A delegation will arrive in Gaza on Saturday to prepare for the delegation. Abdul Razak….

Saudi Arabia to contribute $20 million to PA each month
1/19/2013 – RIYADH (Ma’an) — Saudi Arabia will contribute $20 million each month to the Palestinian Authority, while Israel continues to withhold Palestinian tax revenues, a Saudi official said Saturday. The Kingdom’s envoy to the Arab League, Ahmad Qattan, told Saudi daily al-Wafd newspaper that the country had originally decided to give $14 million…. Related:Abbas to attend economic summit in Saudi Arabia

Abbas to attend economic summit in Saudi Arabia
1/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Abbas will attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit due to be held in Saudi Arabia on Monday, a PA official said. The Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki and finance minister Jawad al-Naji met with their counterparts in Riyadh on Saturday in preparation for the summit…. Related: Saudi Arabia to contribute $20 million to PA each month

Abbas aide ‘warns of apartheid’ if Netanyahu re-elected
1/19/2013 – NEW YORK (Ma’an) — An aide to President Abbas said Friday that the Holy Land will end up with an apartheid system if Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-elected on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. Muhammed Ishtayeh, a senior Fatah official, told AP that Abbas has warned that continued settlement building will make….

First fatality in Gaza as swine flu toll rises to 21
1/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian has died of swine flu in the Gaza Strip, among four Palestinian fatalities from the virus in the last 48 hours, the health ministry said Saturday. The Palestinian death toll from the latest outbreak of swine flu (H1N1) has risen to 21, director of public health Dr. Asad Ramlawi….

Egyptian policeman injured by stray bullet in Sinai
1/19/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian police officer was injured on Saturday after being hit by a stray bullet near the north Sinai city of El-Arish. Egyptian security sources said that the officer was hit in the leg after fierce clashes broke out between two groups of unidentified gunmen near El-Arish airport. The officer….

Egypt drops hundreds of charges over post-Mubarak violence
1/19/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Egyptian court dismissed cases against 379 people accused of involvement in clashes with police during protests near the Interior Ministry in November 2011 in which 42 demonstrators were killed, the state news agency reported. Saturday’s decision was based on President Muhammad Mursi’s offer of an amnesty for those….

Algerian army stages ‘final assault’ on gas plant
1/19/2013 – ALGIERS/IN AMENAS, Algeria (Reuters) — The Algerian army on Saturday carried out a final assault on al-Qaida-linked gunmen holed up in a desert gas plant, killing 11 of the Islamists after they took the lives of seven more foreign hostages, a local source and the state news agency said.” It is over now, the assault….

Woman kills mother, stepfather in Sinai arson attack
1/19/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A 20-year old woman killed her mother and stepfather on Saturday after setting fire to their apartment in the Sinai peninsula. Police and firefighters were alerted to the incident after reports of a house-fire in a Sharm el-Sheikh neighborhood. The unidentified 20-year old woman was interrogated by Egyptian….

Syrian opposition in new search for transitional government
1/19/2013 – ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Syria’s opposition leaders on Saturday launched their second bid to form a transitional government, with their credibility at stake as the country slides deeper into civil war. Agreement among the National Coalition, an umbrella group for the Syrian opposition, could help address international concern about the risk of Syria disintegrating along….

Algeria says 32 militants, 23 hostages killed at desert plant
1/19/2013 – ALGIERS (Reuters) — A total of 23 hostages and 32 militants were killed after an attack on a gas plant in the Algerian desert, the Algerian interior ministry said on Saturday. Giving what it said was the final death toll of the attack at In Amenas, it also said 107 foreign hostages and 685 Algerian hostages….


West Bank activists set up new protest camp 
AlJazeera 19 Jan 2013 – Mosque and several tents erected in village of Beit Iksa near Jerusalem to protest against Israel’s illegal settlements.

International Solidarity Movement

55 buildings demolished in Al Maleh
1/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Update: On 19th January morning Israeli forces demolished and confiscated emergency aid, including 18 Red Cross tents, provided to displaced families in Hamamat Al Maleh. The whole area was declared closed military zone and observers and journalists were not allowed entry the entire day, only locals were allowed to enter. 18 January 2013, Jordan Valley…. Related: Jordan Valley Solidarity and JCB and Volvo machines used in demolitions in Al Maleh and Al Mayta

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: EU contributes €14 million to help UNRWA create thousands of new jobs in Gaza
Relief Web 19 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory The European Union (EU) announced today a contribution of EUR 14 million to the job creation programme (JCP) of the United Nations Relief…

Syrian Arab Republic (the): Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis
Relief Web 19 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic (the) MEDIA RELEASE AMMAN, 18 January 2013 – “A series of reports from Syria this week underlines the terrible price children are paying as long as conflict in the…

The National

New federal anti-corruption law expected in six months
The National 19 Jan 2013 – Legislation aimed at curbing misconduct over public money.

Questions left in wake of deadly raid to end Algeria hostage crisis
The National 19 Jan 2013 – The motives of the man allegedly behind the raid, Mohktar Belmokhtar, a Mali-based Algerian jihadist, are murky.

Algerian assault ends crisis, leaving 19 hostages dead
The National 19 Jan 2013 – The siege at Ain Amenas transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to Al Qaeda stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers from all over the world.

Video: Armstorng gets emotional
The National 18 Jan 2013 – Lance Armstrong chokes up talking about his kids during part two of Oprah interview.

As Jordan election nears, hope and cynicism fill the streets of Amman
The National 19 Jan 2013 – Followers of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front party are telling people not to vote in Wednesday’s election, but others in the capital see the poll as an important step forward in the reform process. Suha Philip Ma’ayeh reports from Amman

Israel’s veer to the Right alienates Arab-Israelis ahead of vote
The National 19 Jan 2013 – Tuesday’s election looks likely to continue the trend of a decrease in Arab-Israeli participation in elections, which has seen participation plummet from 70 per cent to 53 per cent in 2009. Hugh Naylor reports from Umm Al Fahem, Israel

Entrepreneurs in Oman work to solve problems of ‘Omanisation’
The National 19 Jan 2013 – As unemployment soars in the sultanate, employers in the private sector use training programmes to counteract a largely unskilled workforce. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Muscat

Safety call after worker falls to death
The National 19 Jan 2013 – Sudanese man died after falling from 10th floor of building on Friday afternoon.


Feud between Shas and Habayit Hayehudi heats up
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

Israel’s ‘Arab parties’ seek to combat indifference and low voter turnout
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

On Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, Meretz wins the battle, if not the war
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

With two days left, Israeli parties scramble to woo undecided voters
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

Court to hear appeal over resort on Israel’s Palmahim beach
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

15-year-old Palestinian critically injured by IDF fire in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

Palestinians warn of ‘apartheid state’ if Netanyahu wins Israeli election
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

Ron Nachman, ‘the last of the secular settlers,’ who couldn’t convince the Israeli public
Ha’aretz – 19 Jan 2013

Mayor of the Israeli settlement Ariel dies at 70
Ha’aretz – 18 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Ariel founder Ron Nachman to be buried
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – PM: He was entirely devoted to the revival of the Jews in their land and to the construction of a flourishing city in Samaria. 

Why Egyptian hate speech, and ‘NYT’ reporting on it, matter
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Imagine if the ‘New York Times’ adequately held Palestinian leaders to account, as it did with the Egyptians. 

The end to parliamentary politics in Arab-Israeli society?
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Why the drop in Arab voter turnout is not a good omen. 

Election notices
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Even if underrated in popular perception, organizing all the nitty-gritty details of Election Day is a civic mission of the highest order. It might not be advisable to leave parts of this project to the lowest bidder. 

‘Mali incursion raises risk to French Jews’
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – France’s Jewish communal security service increases preparedness at synagogues, schools as French forces engage Islamist rebels. 

McCain in J’lem: Boost US effort to oust Assad
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013US senator, bipartisan delegation meet President Peres, discuss Syria, Iranian threat, US-Israel strategic ties. 

Israeli ambassador slams ‘Der Spiegel’ columnist
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – German envoy warns of “rising left-wing anti-Semitism”; calls comparison of Gaza to concentration camp, “shameful.” 

US-born candidate’s Temple Mount quote sparks controversy
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – In 2011 video clip, Bayit Yehudi’s Jeremy Gimpel addresses Christian crowd, says “it would be incredible” if Dome of the Rock “blown up, and we laid the cornerstone of the temple in J’lem”; Gimpel: Comments made in jest. 

Algerian army stages ‘final assault’ on gas plant
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – 16 foreign hostages freed as source says operation against Islamists over, military clearing mines from booby-trapped plant. 

Liberman: Israel won’t stop building in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Ex-FM: While there are disagreements with the US over settlement construction, J’lem maintains tight relations with Washington. 

Iran: We won’t stop enrichment ‘for a second’
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Tehran’s IAEA envoy Soltanieh says some progress in talks to allow inspection of suspected military nuclear site. 

Dayan: The two-state solution is a mirage
Jerusalem Post 19 Jan 2013 – Former settler council head says Netanyahu paying lip-service to two state solution, says annexation of W. Bank “natural outcome.” 

Palestinians erect second outpost near Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Activist set up new tent city northwest of J’lem in protest of settlement building plans after IDF demolish Bab al-Shams in E1. 

Behind the Lines: A Gulf apart
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Gulf monarchies are sharply divided on how to respond to the Muslim Brotherhood threat. While Saudi Arabia, UAE see the Brotherhood as a danger to stability, longevity of the monarchies, Qatar embraces it as an ally. 

Hamas’s star rising in the West Bank
Jerusalem Post 18 Jan 2013 – Security source warns that the Islamist group is winning the battle for hearts and minds of Palestinians in the territories. 

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

The Guardian

‘Political coward’ Binyamin Netanyahu sees rift with Barack Obama widen
The Guardian 19 Jan 2013 – Israeli prime minister’s aides accused American president of interfering in Israel’s elections Already fractious relations between Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have been further strained in the runup to the president’s inauguration on Monday and the…

Inter Press Service

Criticising the President no Laughing Matter
IPS Egyptians love to have a good laugh. At every opportunity they rattle off jokes and take jabs at themselves, their society, and – where they dare – their ruler. Former president Hosni Mubarak was a regular target of the country’s satirists and wisecrackers. The egregious corruption, cronyism and social injustice…


Syria: Islamist Nusra Front gives BBC exclusive interview (Video)

Settler violence continues in Qusra

Israel to Apologize toTurkey Over Mavi Marmara

Taliban opens bureau in Qatar

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Selling assassination on the silver screen

Israeli military attacks funeral in Beit Ummar


Iraq’s health per capita expenditure lowest among neighboring states

Subscription offer from liberal Israeli newspaper helps JNF, a “charity” implicated in ethnic cleansing

Daily Star

Army uncovers drug lab in east Lebanon raid
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 The Lebanese Army discovers a drug lab and seizes over 50 kilograms of marijuana and heroin during a raid earlier this week on the house of a wanted man in east Lebanon, the military says.

Egypt foreign reserves rise after Qatar deposit
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 Egypt’s foreign reserves haven risen to $15.5 billion after Qatar made a deposit to support the Egyptian economy, the finance minister says.

Vatican welcomes Obama gun control proposal
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 The Vatican is praising U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposals for curbing gun violence as “certainly a step in the right direction.”

Anti-France protest in s. Lebanon over jailed Abdallah
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 Supporters of George Abdallah hold a protest outside two bases belonging to the French contingent of the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon and demand Paris release the leftist militant.

Kurds demand support from Syria opposition
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 The Ras al-Ain branch of the Kurdish National Council in Syria calls on the Syrian opposition to intervene over an ongoing jihadist assault on the northern city located on the Turkish border.

Syria troops, rebels fight near bases in northeast
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 Syrian troops fight intense battles against rebels who are trying to capture two military bases in the northwest and step up their attacks on army compounds elsewhere in the nation torn by civil war, activists say.

U.N. denounces bloody week for children in Syria
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 The United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) denounces violence over the past week in Syria in which dozens of children were killed.

India ruling party urges Rahul Gandhi stand for PM
Daily Star 19 Jan 2013 Leaders of the ruling Congress party clamour for Rahul Gandhi — scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty — to be named the prime ministerial candidate ahead of next year’s polls.

YNet News

Non-lethal chemical weapons used in Syria, Le Monde says
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Settlers: Security forces evacuate Oz Zion outpost 
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Report: Residents in northern Malian town lynch Islamist
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Netanyahu says Israel needs strong ruling party
YNet News, 19 Jan 2013 – ….

Syrian FM defends Assad, calls rebels to disarm and negotiate
YNet News, 19 Jan 2013 – ….

Fragile alliance
YNet News, 19 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Netanyahu jeopardizing intimate dialogue with US on issues of great strategic importance ….

Palestinian Information Center

Resheq: Facebook administration biased
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has denounced the administration of the Facebook social network for removing his page without giving any reasons.

Conference on Britain’s legacy in Palestine kicks off
PIC – The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London announced the completion of preparations for the start of the fourth Palestine Memorial Week in Britain.

13 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria on Friday
PIC – Thirteen Palestinian refugees were killed on Friday in Syria, most of whom during explosion of a car bomb near the Hussein mosque in the center of Daraa refugee camp.

A vigil in Buenos Aires in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
PIC – Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies organized, in coordination with Argentinean and Palestinian activists, a vigil in Argentina in solidarity with Palestinian hunger striking prisoners and MPs.

IOF soldiers demolish Bedouin homes
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Saturday bulldozed homes of Bedouins in the northern Jordan Valley for the second time within the past couple of days.

Six Saudi planes carrying medical aid to Gaza
PIC – A state of alert prevailed in Arish Airport on Saturday in preparation for receiving six Saudi planes carrying large quantities of medicines and medical and relief supplies to the Gaza Strip.

Activists set up new village in occupied Jerusalem
PIC – Palestinian national forces and factions established a new tented protest village in Beit Iksa town, northwest of Jerusalem, on lands threatened with confiscation.

UNRWA condemns the killing of Palestinian refugees in Syria
PIC – UNRWA spokesman Sami Mshasha has condemned the killing of Palestinian refugees and other civilians in Syria.


Settlers Uproot 20 Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA – 19 Jan 2013

Israelis Destroy Shepherds’ Shelters in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 19 Jan 2013

Activists hold on to New Tent Village near Jerusalem
WAFA – 19 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: New Resistance Village Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 19 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Warm Temperature through Mid-Week
WAFA – 19 Jan 2013

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


In Chaos in North Africa, a Grim Side of Arab Spring
New York Times 19 Jan 2013 – There is a growing sense that North Africa, long a dormant backwater for Al Qaeda, is turning into another zone of dangerous instability. 

Egyptian Court Drops Charges Against 379 in Street Protests
New York Times 19 Jan 2013 – The court, invoking a presidential amnesty, dismissed charges against 379 people accused in deadly clashes with the police in Cairo in 2011. 

Brotherhood Struggles to Exert Political Power in Egypt
New York Times 19 Jan 2013 – Islamists, winning elections, have unrivaled political power but still appear to exercise little day-to-day authority over the judiciary, the police, the military and the state-run media. 

Syria Reacts With Outrage to War-Crimes Petition
New York Times 19 Jan 2013 – The Syrian government, contending that its opponents are terrorists from abroad, responded with outrage after 58 countries signed a petition recommending that it be investigated for war crimes. 

Eytan Fox, Director of ‘Yossi,’ About a Gay Israeli
New York Times 19 Jan 2013 – The director Eytan Fox, whose fictional gay protagonist, Yossi, returns in a new film this week, has had a central role in the growing acceptance of gay Israelis. 

Hebron families struggle for existence
Palestine Monitor – This report is the first in a new Palestine Monitor series on life in the Old City of Hebron. The Palestine Monitor will publish one report a week on Hebron leading up to the ‘Open…

Naftali Bennett’s ‘more Jewish’ zealotry lulls the American media
Mondoweiss – Naftali Bennett Jan. 10, 2013 (Photo: Oded Balilty) Take a look at the modern face of Jewish extremism. The meteoric rise of Naftali Bennett toward Israel’s election on Tuesday threatens to tear the secular facade off Israel, exposing a fanatical Zionism that’s lain beneath the surface for…

Re-elect Netanyahu and you get international boycott, Livni warns
Mondoweiss – BDS goes mainstream Yesterday we posted a Naftali Bennett video for the upcoming Israeli election that treats the boycott movement, BDS, as a force that Israel has to contend with. Well here’s more evidence of BDS’s effect in Israel, from Tzipi Livni’s facebook page (thanks to…

In Budrus, grief stings
Mondoweiss – Palestinians mourn Sameer Awad during a funeral in Budrus, Tuesday, 15 January 2013. (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) The final act of every Palestinian funeral is a military incursion into the deceased’s village, at least since the 2012 Palestinian bid for non-member observer status with the United Nations….

Watch: Israeli-American on Bennett’s list for Knesset imagines blowing up Muslim holy site
Mondoweiss – Video has emerged (see above) that shows a candidate from the HaBayit HaYehudi party, or Jewish Home party, speaking to a church in Florida and contemplating what would happen if the Dome of the Rock was blown up in Jerusalem. The candidate is Jeremy Gimpel, an…

No diversity: NPR’s ‘National Conversation’ on US-Israel future includes 5 Zionists, no Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Is this really the “discourse the nation deserves”? The NPR moderator of this completely-unbalanced January 30 event at the Wilson Center has yet to be announced, but the forum offers itself as “The National Conversation, Discourse the Nation Deserves.” The five panelists and introducer include no…

Bibi Says Israel Needs Strong Ruling Party 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Jan 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday a country with as many enemies as Israel cannot afford a weak ruling party, after polls ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election showed a slide in his support. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria’s Muallem calls for talks 
BBC 19 Jan 2013 – Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem invites the “nationalistic opposition” to lay down its weapons and join talks to form a new government.

That Part of Heaven 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jan 2013 – A photo of the play’s poster A photo of the play’s poster The Lebanese civil war is a topic that has been addressed ad nauseam in the domestic cultural world. More recent years have seen artists move away from masticating on the subject, rejecting the notion…

SKeyes: International Justice, STL and Al-Akhbar 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jan 2013 – During the conference sponsored by the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKeyes) at the Riviera Hotel will run for three days. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) During the conference sponsored by the Samir Kassir Foundation (SKeyes) at the Riviera Hotel will run for three days. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) This past…

Algerian army launches final assault on gas complex 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jan 2013 – An Algerian military helicopter flies over Amenas city, south east of Algiers, where Islamist militants have been holding dozens hostage, 19 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters -Louafi Larbi) The Algerian army launched its final assault on Sahara gas plant Saturday afternoon in an effort to root out…

Two men in custody in Kurdish activists murder case 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jan 2013 – Thousands of Kurds gather to carry the coffins of the three Kurdish activists Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez, shot dead in the French capital, on 17 January 2013 in Diyarbakir. (Photo: AFP -Mehmet Engin) Two people were arrested and held in police custody in…

Egypt acquits hundreds accused of attacking police 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Jan 2013 – An Egyptian court dismissed cases against 379 people accused of involvement in clashes with police during protests near the Interior Ministry in November 2011 in which 42 demonstrators were killed, the state news agency reported. Saturday’s decision was based on President Mohamed Mursi’s offer of an…

Algeria siege ends in bloodshed 
BBC 19 Jan 2013 – Algerian troops end a siege at a gas facility in the Sahara desert which left 23 hostages and 32 kidnappers dead, officials say, with several Western workers still missing.

Syria’s Muallem calls for talks 
BBC 19 Jan 2013 – Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem invites the “nationalistic opposition” to lay down its weapons and join talks to form a new government.

VIDEO: Breath ‘disaster’ at King Tut tomb 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – The potential closure of one of Egypt’s big attractions – the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun – may put further pressure on the country’s tourist industry.

VIDEO: Inside Egypt’s first ‘Islamic cafe’ 
BBC 18 Jan 2013 – A Cairo cafe is being described as Egypt’s first ‘Islamic café’ after setting up separate gender areas and dissuading unmarried couples from visiting.


VIDEO – IDF evicts Palestinians from their land, arrests 15, including mother with baby 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 1/19/2013
      The Israeli army arrested 10 Palestinians and five Israelis in the South Hebron Hills today (Saturday) while they were trying to reach Palestinian-owned land next to the illegal outpost called Mitzpeh Yair, in the southern West Bank.
     According to Guy, an Israeli Ta’ayush activist who filmed the video below, the Awwad family from Umm al Ara’is was accompanied by Palestinians from Susya and Israeli activists to try and reach their land, since in recent months they have been increasingly prevented from doing so by the army.
     As soon as they got there, the IDF soldiers declared it a “closed military zone” for reasons that are unclear and require no explanation, and before giving the dozens of people there even 5 minutes to evacuate, they simply began making arrests. A Palestinian woman carrying her child who approached her husband while he was getting arrested was immediately arrested as well….
     According to reports from Israelis, most of the 15 arrested were released a few hours later without being questioned or charged with anything. The mother, (whose child is already back with the released father) and an Israeli activist, are both still in custody and apparently being held on accusations they resisted arrest and/or assaulted an officer.
     The settlers who live in this illegal outpost often harass Palestinians in this area while they are trying to cultivate their crops and graze their sheep. It has been going on for years. But it is not just the settlers but the army, who not only doesn’t usually stop them, but closes off the whole area on a regular basis – in direct contradiction of High Court rulings that the army must act to not only allow Palestinians on their land but protect them from settler violence. more.. e-mail

Revolution in resistance 
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/16/2013
      Palestinian non-violent resistance has taken a leap forward with the “Gate of the Sun” experiment, which looks set to expand across the West Bank.
     Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz was conspicuously rattled as he answered questions posed by Ayala Hasson, the presenter of the news programme Yoman, broadcast on Friday evening on Israeli television’s Channel 1. The topic was how the Israeli government should handle Palestinians erecting a village of tents on the land that separates Jerusalem and Maale Adumim settlement in the city’s northeast. It is an area where the Israeli government decided to build a settlement project called E-1 that would end any chance of creating a Palestinian state with territorial contiguity because it separates the north West Bank from the south.
     Katz, who is considered a hawk in the ruling Likud Party cabinet and a strong advocate of settlements, said that the village, called Bab Al-Shams, “Gate of the Sun”, where hundreds of Palestinians and foreign supporters went on strike, surprised decision-makers in Tel Aviv. He added that consecutive Israeli governments did not expect the Palestinians to make such a “serious” move to protest against settlement activities.
     Caught off guard, Israeli decision-makers were quickly irate. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued orders to security agencies to immediately evacuate the village. This is what hundreds of security forces, including elite police units, did by raiding the village Friday night. The expected Israeli move did not change the new reality because Palestinians finally recognised the potential of popular resistance.
     One form of resistance was Gate of the Sun, which Palestinians and foreign supporters said they would repeat again on a broader scale by trying to build a tent village on every plot of land the Israeli government announces it will build a settlement on…. more.. e-mail

Palestinian citizens wearily eye Israeli elections 
Jonathan Cook, Nazareth, Electronic Intifada 1/18/2013
      As Nazareth, the capital of Israel’s Palestinian minority, gears up for the country’s general election next week, the most common poster in the city features three far-right leaders noted for their virulently anti-Arab views.
     The posters, paid for by one of the largest Palestinian parties, are intended to mobilize the country’s Palestinian citizens to vote.
     The most prominent of the faces staring down from billboards is that of Avigdor Lieberman, the recently departed foreign minister who is under police investigation for fraud but still heads Yisrael Beiteinu. His party wants to strip some of Israel’s 1.4 million Palestinians of their citizenship by redrawing the boundary with the West Bank, while the rest would be forced to take a loyalty test.
     Alongside him, wearing his trademark grin, is Michael Ben Ari, a former leader of the outlawed Kach movement, which demands the expulsion of Palestinians from both the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and Israel. He won a parliamentary seat at the last election for the similarly racist Strong Israel party (Otzma LeYisrael).
     Between them is the bearded Baruch Marzel, also a former Kach official who leads the extremist settlers occupying the center of the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank. He has repeatedly made headlines by organizing provocative far-right marches through Palestinian towns inside Israel. (He staged a special election one this week in the village of Musmus, close to Umm al-Fahm.) Marzel is expected to enter Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, for the first time, joining Ben Ari in Strong Israel.
     The posters around Nazareth pose a blunt question in Arabic: “Who are you leaving it [the Israeli parliament] to?” more..e-mail

Partitioning the ‘Two-State Solution’ 
John V. Whitbeck, CounterPunch 1/18/2013
      Sharing the Holy Land
     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 shown any genuine enthusiasm for a Palestinian state and has barely feigned any pretense of interest in recent years, would enjoy an absolute and perpetual veto power over Palestinian statehood.
     During Kuwait’s seven-month-long occupation by Iraq, Kuwait did not cease to exist as a state under international law and no one argued that it could exist as a state only as the result of a negotiated “solution” acceptable to Iraq. Similarly, Iraq did not cease to be a state while under American occupation. It was simply an occupied state, like Palestine today. Furthermore, the U.S. government might usefully recall that, during the 50 years prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States continued to recognize the three Baltic states which had been effectively absorbed into the Soviet Union by the end of World War II and permitted the prewar flags of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to fly at fully accredited embassies in Washington. more.. e-mail

Hebron families struggle for existence
Palestine Monitor: 19 Jan 2013 – This report is the first in a new Palestine Monitor series on life in the Old City of Hebron. The Palestine Monitor will publish one report a week on Hebron leading up to the ‘Open…more

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