VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 24 January 2013: A Vote against Common Sense

24 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Abbas To Invite Newly Elected Israeli MK’s To Ramallah
IMEMC – Israel daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, intends to officially invite newly elected Israeli members of Knesset (MK) from leftist and centrist parties to visit him in Ramallah. …

Extremists Attack Arab Children In Jerusalem For Boarding Israeli Bus
IMEMC – Last Sunday, and following the end of a normal school day in Jerusalem, a number of Arab Palestinian schoolchildren from Jerusalem (around age 12) boarded an Israeli bus while heading home; a number of adult Israeli extremists started insulting the children, and one of them spit a gum he was chewing on a child’s face. …

Army Invades Several West Bank Districts, Kidnap Several Residents
IMEMC – Thursday January 24; Israeli soldiers invaded several districts in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, installed roadblocks, interrogated and kidnapped several residents. Soldier also Invaded an area east of Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip, and uprooted farmlands. …

Young Palestinian Woman Killed By Army Fire Near Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday January 23; Palestinian medical sources reported that a young Palestinian woman from Bethlehem was shot and killed by an Israeli soldiers fire at the entrance of the Al-Arroub Agricultural College, where she studies, near the Al-Arroub refugee camp in Hebron. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces ‘demolish 4 homes’ in Jordan Valley
1/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished four homes in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, a local official said. Eight Israeli border guard jeeps and two civil administration vehicles arrived with bulldozers and tore down three homes in the Abu Ajaj area of al-Jiftlik, as well as a home in a nearby hamlet, saidKhalil….

Witness: Israeli soldier killed woman ‘in cold blood’
1/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – “I saw an Israeli soldier on the main road firing gunshots haphazardly, so I put my left hand on Lubna’s back, and grabbed her to try and run backward. A gunshot hit my hand, and I shouted as I ran.”I thought Lubna was running behind me until I…. Related: Israeli forces kill woman near Hebron and 22 year old woman killed in the West Bank

Israel arrests senior PA officials in Jerusalem
1/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities detained two senior Palestinian Authority officials on Thursday in occupied East Jerusalem, the PA‘s deputy prisoners minister said. Ziyad Abu Ain said Israeli forces took Maher Ghnaim, the Palestinian minister of public works, and Mahmoud Khalideh, the deputy minister of information, to the Russian compound in Jerusalem…. Related: Israel frees PA officials held in Jerusalem

Lawyer: Imprisoned hunger strikers moved to hospital
1/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison authorities transferred three hunger-striking Palestinian inmates to hospital due to a deterioration in their health, prisoners lawyer Jawad Bulus said Thursday. Tarek Qaadan, Jafar Azzidine, and Samir Issawi were moved from Ramla prison clinic to Israeli hospital Assaf Harofeh, Bulus told Ma’an. Azzidine and Qaadan, who have….

US says Israel likely to boycott UN rights review
1/24/2013 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Israel is expected to boycott the UN Human Rights Council next week despite the United States urging its ally to show up for an examination of its record, the US ambassador said on Thursday. Israel is scheduled to be in the dock of the Geneva rights forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29 as part….

UN to investigate US, Israel drone killings
1/24/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — The United Nations launched an inquiry on Thursday into the use of unmanned drones in counter-terrorism operations, after criticism of the number of innocent civilians killed by the aircraft. The inquiry, announced in London, will investigate 25 drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories. Most attacks with unmanned aerial….

Army: 4 Palestinians detained in overnight raids
1/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in raids across the West Bank overnight Wednesday, the army said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers detained two people from Beit Duqqu, near Ramallah, another from Sanniriya near Qalqiliya and a fourth person near Hebron. She told Ma’an they were taken for security….

Israel ‘releases administrative detainee’
1/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a Palestinian prisoner after 18 months in detention without charge on Thursday, a prisoners group said. Abdullah Mohammad Hussain Shawer Al-Tamimi, 48, from Hebron, was released from Ofer jail after his administrative detention was renewed three times. [END]

Israel frees PA officials held in Jerusalem
1/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces released the Palestinian Authority minister of public works and deputy minister of information after detaining them in occupied East Jerusalem, an official said Thursday. Maher Ghnaim and Mahmoud Khalifeh were treated poorly and their diplomatic papers were ignored, said Nasr Abu Foul, the Palestinian representative in the International Federation…. Related: Israel arrests senior PA officials in Jerusalem

Hamas urged to free journalists, end media crackdown
1/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The world’s largest federation of press unions on Thursday blasted the Hamas government’s week-long crackdown on the media in Gaza and called for the release of six journalists. The International Federation of Journalists accused the security forces in Gaza of launching a major crackdown on the media….

Israeli soldiers disperse funeral procession, no injuries
1/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired tear gas and sound grenades at a funeral procession in southern West Bank town Beit Ummar, a local activist said. The town had gathered to mourn Fayqa Ikhlayel, a female resident in her 50s, when soldiers tried to direct the procession down another road, local committee spokesman Muhammad….

Israeli forces escort Jewish worshipers to West Bank tomb
1/24/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Jewish worshipers visited Joseph’s tomb in Nablus overnight Wednesday escorted by Israeli soldiers, leading to clashes with locals, witnesses said. An Israeli military spokeswoman told Ma’an that troops accompanied around 1,000 worshipers to the tomb, near Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank. Palestinian….

Palestine says may have no choice but to take Israel to ICC
1/24/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The Palestinian Authority foreign minister declared Wednesday that Palestine will have no choice but to complain to the International Criminal Court if Israel proceeds with settlement expansion plans in the occupied West Bank. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Middle East, Riad al-Malki said his….

Hamas: Voter registration to start in Gaza ‘soon’
1/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The government in Gaza will invite the Central Elections Commission to resume work in the enclave “soon”, a Hamas official said Wednesday. Salah al-Bardawil said Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh will invite CEC chief Hanna Nasser to Gaza to start updating the electoral roll in preparation for a vote. Al-Bardawil told Ma….

Report: DFLP chief Nayif Hawatmah to return to Palestine
1/24/2013 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — The secretary-general of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine Nayif Hawatmah will return from Syria to the West Bank soon, the al-Liwaa newspaper reported Thursday. Hawatmah is the last veteran PLO leader still in exile. The 84-year-old co-founded the Arab Nationalist Movement and played a major role in….

More Fatah leaders return to Gaza Strip
1/24/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Several Fatah leaders who fled Gaza amid fighting with Hamas in 2007 returned to the enclave on Thursday. Prominent security official Nasser al-Saqq, who headed the Palestinian Authority’s preventive security service in Khan Younis in southern Gaza, returned with his wife and five children through the Rafah crossing….

Haniyeh invites elections commission to Gaza
1/24/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday invited the Central Elections Commission to the Gaza Strip, a government spokesman said. Haniyeh phoned CEC chief Hanna Nasser and invited him to bring a delegation to Gaza to discuss updating the electoral roll, Taher al-Nunu said in a statement. Al-Nunu said the….

Ultra-Orthodox parties in tight spot after Israel election
1/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Powerful political players for years, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties must now reckon with a new force ushered in by voters bent on stripping them of perks they have relied on for decades. Centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party came a surprise second in Tuesday’s parliamentary election, usurping ultra-Orthodox….

Generals out, activists in: Israel parliament gets new look
1/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s parliament, long heavy with retired generals, is getting a new look, with a freshman class that includes two youth protest leaders, an Ethiopian immigrant, a high tech millionaire and more women than ever. Thanks to the surprise second place finish of a new centrist party, as well as the success….

3 dead in Ramallah car accident, children injured
1/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman and her two nieces were killed in a car accident on Thursday in the central West Bank, police said. Sana Mufeed Khalaf, 45, lost control of her car while overtaking on the road between Ramallah villages Deir Yazia and Ain Arik, causing it to collide with a cement….

Tribal lawmakers to dominate Jordan’s parliament
1/24/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Pro-government tribal candidates strengthened their grip on Jordan‘s parliament after Wednesday’s general election, boycotted as rigged by the Muslim Brotherhood-led opposition, according to preliminary results. State television on Thursday listed most of the 150 seats contested, saying they were won by independents, candidates with limited political agendas who rely….

2 years since uprising, Egypt braces for more protests
1/24/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt marks the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power with little to celebrate. Deeply divided and facing an economic crisis, the nation is bracing for more protests, but this time against a freely elected leader. President Mohamed Mursi’s opponents plan to march to Tahrir Square on….

Bedouin men block traffic in central Sinai
1/24/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Armed Bedouin men blocked a road in central Sinai Thursday morning, using rocks and burning tires to stop traffic in a protest against Israel. Members of the group, which gathered near Nakhl city,said they were protesting the arrest of one of their relatives who was accused of smuggling fuel….

Germans and Dutch urge citizens to leave Libya’s Benghazi
1/24/2013 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Germany and the Netherlands on Thursday joined Britain in urging all of their citizens to leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi due to a specific threat to Westerners. The Dutch Foreign Ministry warned its citizens to avoid Benghazi and the area to its east, saying the security situation was uncertain and that….

State agency: Yemen says regional al-Qaida’s deputy head is dead
1/24/2013 – SANAA (Reuters) — A Saudi national who was second-in-command of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has died after being wounded by security forces in November, Yemen’s state news agency reported on Friday, citing an unnamed senior security official. Said al-Shehri was wounded in an operation carried out by the security apparatus on Nov. 28….


Palestinians threaten to take Israel to ICC
AlJazeera 24 Jan 2013 – Palestine will be left with no choice if Israel continues settlement expansion in occupied areas, foreign minister says.

Palestine News Network

Irish Hunger Striker Bobby Sand’s Words Ring True for Samer Al-Issawi
Palestine News Network

Israeli Police Removes Protest Tent Against Land Confiscation in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Demolish Herders’ Structures in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

UN Official: Two-State Solution Slipping Away
Palestine News Network

US to Give Egypt Four F-16 Fighter Jets
Palestine News Network

IOF Soldiers Arrest Palestinian from Hebron, Set Several Military Checkpoints
Palestine News Network

PA Threatens to Take Israel to ICC Over E1 Settelment
Palestine News Network

Settlers Storm Joseph Tomb in Nablus Under Israeli Army Protection
Palestine News Network

Female Student Killed, Three Others Wounded at Al-Aroub Refugee Camp
Palestine News Network

Winners and Losers
Palestine News Network

Free the Human Rights Defender Hassan Karajah
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17- 22 January 2012)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

The broken truce
1/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 21 January 2013, Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestine – A ceasefire was announced on 21st November, ending eight days of horrific bloodshed in Gaza. Has the delicate truce held over the past two months? It depends who you ask. Israelis or Gazans, each going about their daily lives on opposite sides of a border fence….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: EU provides € 11.45 million to support Palestinian farmers and herders including Bedouin communities
Relief Web 24 Jan 2013 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Press Release – European Union Jerusalem PR/03/2013 24/01/2013 The European Union (EU) is partnering with four organizations in the field of agriculture: Agricultural Development Association (PARC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…

013) 275 truckloads containing a variety of goods and 172 tons of gas were delivered into the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 24 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: Peace Process between Israelis, Palestinians Entering Critical Period, Concerted Action Vital to Salvage Two-State Solution, Top Envoy Tells Security Council
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Security Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory SC/10895 Security Council 6906th Meeting (AM & PM) Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace, Briefs; Council Hears from Palestine, Israel, More than 40 Others in Day-Long Debate “This is not…

Syrian Arab Republic: Statement to the press on the situation in Syria – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
Relief Web 23 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey The humanitarian situation in Syria is already catastrophic and is clearly getting worse. Four million people face unrelenting violence and violations…

The National

Britain, Germany and the Netherlands warn citizens to leave Benghazi
The National 24 Jan 2013 – Libya yesterday said a British warning to its nationals to evacuate Benghazi was unjustified and overblown, even as Germany and the Netherlands also urged their citizens to leave.

France admits there are no signs of Assad falling, despite saying he would
The National 24 Jan 2013 – Despite saying for months that the Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad, was on the verge of being overthrown, France has admitted there are no signs of this happening.

Indian bus rape accused appear in Delhi court
The National 24 Jan 2013 – Mystery surrounds the day’s proceedings as defence lawyers are threatened with contempt of court if they reveal what happens at trial.

Jordan voters back Abdullah’s reform
The National 24 Jan 2013 – High turnout seen as a snub to the Muslim Brotherhood, with combination of pro-government tribal leaders and businessmen set to dominate Jordan‘s next parliament. Hugh Naylor reports from Amman 

Algeria militants’ shrewd media game
The National 24 Jan 2013 – As wildly contradictory accounts trickled out about the attack on an Algerian gas plant last week, one source proved to be the most reliable – announcements by the Al Qaeda-linked militants themselves.

Egypt, where the pursuit of truth itself is a revolution
The National 24 Jan 2013 – The retrials of Egypt‘s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and Cairo prison warden Habib El Adly over the deaths of hundreds of protesters have thrust the abiding mysteries of the past two years centre stage. Bradley Hope investigates in Cairo 

Wedding costs makes this Emirati man wary of marriage
The National 24 Jan 2013 – A young Emirati gives his view on marriage.

Young Emiratis need a greater say in choosing spouse to cut divorce risk
The National 24 Jan 2013 – Psychologists say that rising levels of education among Emirati women mean more traditional yardsticks of marital compatibility – such as wealth and family connections – are less relevant.


Israeli author Aharon Appelfeld nominated for Man Booker Prize
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Israeli MK Hanin Zuabi accuses Yair Lapid of hating Arabs
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Arab sixth-graders: Passengers on Jerusalem bus harassed us
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

AG Weinstein’s wife to be charged with illegally employing foreign worker
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Compromise on drafting yeshiva students to IDF would allow Shas into coalition
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

If Yair Lapid takes Foreign Ministry, Yair Shamir could get defense, sources say
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Throughout election, Israel became anti-Netanyahu country
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Shin Bet: No Israelis were killed by West Bank terror in 2012, first time since 1973
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Yair Lapid meet in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Yair Lapid’s ‘Jewish home’ is a Reform shul in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Who will make up Israel’s 19th Knesset?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

United Torah Judaism wins the Israeli election – on demographics
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Barak: Netanyahu’s disregard of Israeli social protest cost him the election
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

With Netanyahu-Lapid talks underway, Shas knows its place is at stake
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Palestinians to Israel: Stop E-1 plan or we’ll go to The Hague
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2013

Barak blocks two generals from speaking at memorial
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

New kids in the Knesset: Lapid’s activists
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

‘We’ll come out against Morsi as we did against Mubarak’
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Widespread anger at the Muslim Brotherhood simmers in Egypt ahead of 2-year anniversary of popular revolution that swept president Hosni Mubarak out of power after 30 years; protesters prepare to hit streets. 

Video shows Border Police abusing Palestinian man
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Officers seen abusing what appears to be mentally disabled man in 2009 video presented as evidence in trial against 4 officers. 

Post-election, Arab media critical and pessimistic
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013Arab media predicts no progress in peace talks with Israel dominated by Right, pessimistic about Palestinian reconciliation. 

Feiglin defends Likudniks who didn’t vote for party
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Incoming Likud MK says looking into how particular communities voted violates the democratic right to vote by secret ballot. 

PA reiterates threat to take Israel to ICC
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Israeli official says gov’t has made clear to Palestinians that they “would pay a price” if they brought a complaint to the ICC. 

Kerry wants to hit ground running on peace talks
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013US Secretary of State nominee warns that a failure in negotiations could mean closing the window on the two-state solution. 

IDF seek new ways to describe asymmetrical conflict
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – “The nature of war has not changed, but the nature of the enemy has,” says commander of the IDF Command and Staff College. 

LNG gas to start flowing into Israel
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – A marine liquefied natural gas receiving buoy will help transmit gas into Israel’s transmission lines. 

Mum-in-law makes emergency delivery of twin girls
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – A caretaker of the elderly delivers her son’s twins when her daughter-in-law went into labor at her home. 

Comedienne advocates for Galapagos solar field
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Energiya Global, with the help of Sarah Silverman, are trying to transform the garbage dump in Galapagos into a small solar oasis. 

Glee club helps Israeli kids improve their English
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – The English on Stage helps 12-year-old Shahar Moshe, who loves singing, master her English. 

Netanyahu preempts Peres by building broad coalition
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Prime minister hopes to form coalition of at least 80 MKs to ensure no single party can topple him; Lapid, Netanyahu agree to include Bayit Yehudi, Kadima, differ on Shas, UTJ, Tzipi Livni Party. 

Brooklyn’s haredi schools ‘underperforming’ in NY
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – An NY-based website finds haredi students in the state can’t speak English because they are taught only Yiddish. 

Rights groups to Iran: Stop executing Arab activists
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch urge Tehran to quash death sentences against 5 Arabs on grounds of torture. 

Time for (political) renewal
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Tu Bishvat is a time of new beginnings. We celebrate the agricultural cycle and our Knesset’s birthday, and we have the added value this year of a new crop of politicians who will form a new government coalition. 

Tribal groups win Jordan vote; Islamists to protest
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013Jordan‘s Muslim Brotherhood vows more demonstrations after pro-government candidates coast to victory in elections. 

Netanyahu’s mistake and opportunity
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Very few people have been able to change Israel’s political face in such an impressive way. Nachman gave Samaria legitimacy in the eyes of Israeli society. 

Savir’s Corner: The Israeli
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Israelis know they deserve better and in the long run will probably not tolerate abuse. 

Political gourmands: The peace business
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – The quiet we crave will come when everybody here, on both sides, realizes that not all dreams can come true and we all have to make compromises. 

The perfect Israeli
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid is the good old Israel, liberal, secular, pragmatic and polite, the Israel of its dreamers and founders. 

Knesset Capers: New kids on the block
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – “Rookie” MKs Shai Piron and Ayelet Shaked arrive at the Knesset on the first day of orientation. 

iENGAGE: And the winner is… no one
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – All the parties must recognize that they did not win and as such are obligated to compromise to best serve their constituents. 

‘Israel to boycott UNHRC despite US protestations’
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013US envoy sees “strong, unrelenting bias against Israel” at Human Rights Council but urges J’lem’s cooperation nonetheless. 

Hamas to establish military academy for schoolkids
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Haniyeh says inaugural Gaza school will prepare kids as young as 12 to establish Palestinian state “from the river to the sea.” 

Weekly Schmooze: Yair Lapid, romantic comedy star
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Seinfeld raps; R.L. Stine’s big break; an Israeli on American Idol. 

‘Yesh Atid plan for haredi draft will never happen’
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Shas leader Deri says his party is unwilling to limit number of yeshiva students who get exemptions for full-time study. 

Top 5: Tu Bishvat activities in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – There are so many excellent ways to celebrate – from planting a tree to enjoying a gourmet holiday-inspired meal. 

Israeli Arabs defy expectations with higher turnout
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Efforts to increase Arab participation in election bear fruit; Arab party leaders disappointed that turnout was not higher 

Prosor: Assad tested red line on chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – “World’s most dangerous weapons are moving within reach of our region’s most dangerous actors,” ambassador to UN warns. 

Family Matters: Live and let grow
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – in honor of Tu Bishvat, conflict resolution expert Shimrit Nothman gives advice on how to grow in your relationship. 

The Guardian

The Guardian 24 Jan 2013 – • Horrific video seems to show execution of rebel soldier • 6,000 Syrian refugees cross into Jordan in 12 hours • Abbas invites Israeli leaders to West Bank to talk peace • Britain warns of threat to westerners…

Inter Press Service

Morsi Slams New Lid on Labour Rights
IPS Workers played a pivotal role in the mass uprising that led to former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s downfall. Now, two years on, the same labour movement that helped topple the Arab dictator is locked in a stalemate with the government and employers over long-denied labour rights and untenable working conditions….


013 : A Video Roundup

Life in Lebanon “horrible” for Palestinians fleeing Syria: U.N.

“Green-on-blue” attacks continue in Afghanistan

Farming injustice: end all trade with Israeli agricultural companies

Imperialist powers escalate war in Mali

Hollande has set alarming precedent for intervention

US military says Martin Luther King would be proud of its weapons

Medical Neglect Leads to Death of Ashraf Abu Dhra’

Mali: the fastest blowback yet in this disastrous war on terror

UN reveals its real stand on Syria, giving Assad $500 million #UNPaysAssad

Daily Star

Bahrain clashes show divides over proposed talks
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Riot police in Bahrain fire tear gas and stun grenades at anti-government protesters whose chants included calls to reject proposed talks aimed at easing nearly two years of unrest in the Gulf nation.

Israeli voters force Netanyahu to seek centrist partner
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Israel’s next government must heed voters and devote itself to bread-and-butter issues, not thorny foreign policy problems such as Iran’s nuclear plans and the Palestinian conflict, senior politicians say.

Sri Lanka to ban women from being maids abroad: minister
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Sri Lanka says it will bar women of all ages from travelling abroad to work in menial jobs, following an international outcry over the beheading of a young nanny in Saudi Arabia.

Assad joins Damascus prayers, army bombards Homs
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Syria‘s embattled President Assad attends prayers at a mosque in the capital, making a rare public appearance, as his troops blast rebel districts in the flashpoint city of Homs.

France says Syria situation stagnant, no positive signs
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 The French foreign minister says there is no sign the Syrian crisis is going to be resolved anytime soon, in contrast to his prediction last month that the end was near for President Assad.

Tensions flare again in Ain al-Hilweh over Syria war
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Tensions flare for the second day in the row in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh over the war in Syria.

Putin says regional revolts led to Algeria hostage situation
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 Russian President Putin says that revolts in Syria and Libya had unleashed instability in the Middle East and Africa that had exacted a “tragic toll” in last week’s militant attack on a gas plant in Algeria.

World Bank approves $500 million loan for Tunisia
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan to Tunisia to support its 2013 budget and help its economy after the first Arab Spring uprising that toppled its former ruler, a minister says.

Palestinian president wants Israelis to talk peace
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 The Palestinian president will invite Israeli politicians to the West Bank to try to make sure peacemaking is on the new government’s agenda, a senior official says.

UN delegation in Yemen for weekend talks
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 A delegation from the UN Security Council is due in Sanaa on Sunday to discuss Yemen’s bumpy political transition process, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi tells AFP.

Iran diplomat warns of strait closure if US chooses ‘war’
Daily Star 24 Jan 2013 The United States has nothing left to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program except for war, and if it chooses conflict Iran could close a key energy chokepoint, its envoy to Baghdad tells AFP.

YNet News

UK police: New arrest in Syria kidnap inquiry
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Twitter ordered to identify anti-Semitic tweeters in France 
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Israel, Switzerland sign security cooperation agreement 
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Clashes in Egypt on eve of uprising anniversary
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Syrian jets bomb rebel areas near Damascus 
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When Oslo became a four-letter word
YNet News, 24 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: During election campaign, Israel’s 35 parties did not dare link ill-conceived agreement to their political platform ….

Yair’s torch 
YNet News, 24 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Elections show Israelis have had it with PR stunts, want new breed of politicians ….

Palestinian Information Center

Three hunger strikers in critical stage
PIC – A human rights group said that the health condition of three Palestinian detainees, who have been on hunger strike for 59 days in Israeli occupation jails, had entered a critical stage.

IOF soldiers demolish Palestinian houses in Jordan Valley for 3rd time
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed Palestinian homes in the Jordan Valley on Thursday for the third time running.

PA forces arrest 4 Hamas supporters
PIC – PA security forces continued in the West Bank targeting Hamas supporters, where they arrested 4 of Hamas activists in Nablus and al-Khalil.

The prisoner Nasser Shawish loses the ability to walk
PIC – Human rights sources warned against the deteriorating health situation of the prisoner Nasser Shawish, from Jenin, sentenced to life imprisonment, where he has been detained since 11 years.

4 Palestinian martyrs in Syria
PIC – Working Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria declared the martyrdom of 4 Palestinian refugees yesterday, in light of the heavy shelling on the Yarmouk and Husseiniya camps.

Mishaal praises Qatar’s role in supporting the Palestinian cause
PIC – The head of Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Mishaal, confirmed that Qatar was one of the few countries that stood beside the Palestinian issue and supported its people.

Jewish settlers storm Nablus, youth arrested
PIC – Jewish settlers stormed Nablus in big numbers before dawn Thursday and offered rituals at Yusuf tomb to the east of city.

IOF incursion reported in southern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided southern Gaza Strip areas to the east of Khan Younis on Thursday morning and damaged cultivated land lots.

Radwan leaves for Lebanon to distribute financial donations to refugees
PIC – Minister of Awkaf in Gaza Dr. Ismail Radwan left the Strip on Wednesday en route to Lebanon to distribute financial donations to Palestinian refugees fleeing embattled Syria to neighboring Lebanon.


Jordan Valley Herders’ Structures Demolished
WAFA – 24 Jan 2013

Police Removes Protest Tent in a Jerusalem Neighborhood
WAFA – 24 Jan 2013

UN Official says Two-State Solution Slipping Away
WAFA – 24 Jan 2013

EU Supports Farmers, Herders with over €11 Million
WAFA – 24 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Warm through Weekend
WAFA – 24 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Up
WAFA – 22 Jan 2013


Jordan democracy activists enjoy camaraderie, freedom to protest
LA Times 24 Jan 2013 – Former monarchists in the Herak movement take delight in tweaking King Abdullah II. Their protests haven’t drawn a harsh crackdown. AMMAN, Jordan — The king of Tafayla had just been elected to the parliament. He strode through the neighborhood in the Jordanian capital Thursday, dressed…

Final Israel election tally gives edge to right-wing bloc
LA Times 24 Jan 2013 – Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and other conservative parties won 61 seats in the Knesset, but a more moderate government may emerge. JERUSALEM — A final tally released Thursday of votes from Israel’s parliamentary election broke the tie between rival ideological factions, giving the right-wing bloc 61…

Britain, Germany, Netherlands tell citizens to leave Benghazi
LA Times 24 Jan 2013 – None of the countries would elaborate on the intelligence that prompted the advisory, but Britain’s Foreign Office said it was ‘aware of a specific and imminent threat.’ LONDON — Britain, Germany and the Netherlands urged their citizens Thursday to leave the eastern Libyan city of…

Clinton, grilled on Benghazi attack, cites spreading regional threat
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 – In sometimes testy exchanges, Republican lawmakers press secretary of State on whether the administration missed warning signs of the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya. WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers failed to open new lines of inquiry on…

Jordan elections will be a reality check for King Abdullah II
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 – The parliamentary elections will show whether the public finds the king credible in a changed Middle East after the ‘Arab Spring.’ AMMAN, JordanJordan‘s parliamentary elections Wednesday crystallized the challenges facing King Abdullah II in his 13th year in power: Can he provide a…

Political newbie in Israel wakes up holding the reins
LA Times 23 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid’s centrist party won twice as many parliamentary seats as polls had predicted, and Netanyahu already appears to be adjusting his hard-line message. JERUSALEM — Just a few days ago, Yair Lapid was a political rookie making his first foray into Israeli elections with…

The Lede Blog: Tear Gas in Tahrir Two Years After Revolution’s Start
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – Tear gas was fired into Tahrir Square by the police Thursday night, as Egypt braced for a day of protests to mark the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution. 

At War Blog: Women Have Long Served in Combat Roles
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – Defense Secretary Leon E. is lifting the military’s ban on women in combat. As news of the move spread, many made the same point: women have long been serving in combat, just not officially. 

Simple ScanEagle Drones a Boost for U.S. Military
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – The ScanEagle drone, which utilizes off-the-shelf video equipment, allows local commanders the ability to gather close-in, real-time images of an immediate target. 

At War Blog: How to Make Women’s Service in Combat Roles a Success
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – Having women in infantry roles will foster competition, teamwork and innovation inside the military, and help lead to more real equality in our culture. It’s the right thing to do for the country, it’s the right thing to do for the military. Let’s not mess it up. 

With All Votes Counted in Israel, Netanyahu Is Still Weakened
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – The final count, fed mostly by votes of active-duty soldiers, did not alter the political shift that left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambling to form a stable coalition. 

The Making of Yair Lapid, Israel’s New Power Broker
New York Times 24 Jan 2013 – Yair Lapid’s party shocked the political establishment by winning 19 of Parliament’s 120 seats, becoming Israel’s second-largest faction and a crucial partner for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Facing Congress, Clinton Defends Her Actions Before and After Libya Attack
New York Times 23 Jan 2013 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted that she had moved quickly to improve the security of American diplomats after the September attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. 

Israeli investors acquire country’s first drilling operator. 
Globes Energy & Water – The group, headed by Sammy Katzav, Shlomo Shmeltzer, Shlomi Fogel, and Ken Stanley, have acquired 90% of GGR Israel.

Gas flow from LNG buoy begins 
Globes Energy & Water – Israel today inaugurated the LNG buoy and the docking of an LNG tanker.

Shemen Oil’s Yam 3 drilling costs rise 
Globes Energy & Water – The cost of the Yam 3 offshore oil well will increase by $4 million, because of requirements by the Defense Ministry.

Danish power co halts Better Place investments
Globes Main News – Dong Energy has invested $160 million in Better Place, and owns 17% of Better Place Denmark.

Mellanox plunges on poor guidance
Globes Main News – The Infiniband developer forecasts $78-83 million revenue in the first quarter of 2013, 10% down from the corresponding quarter.

Thu: Dismal Mellanox drags market down
Globes Main News – Mellanox fell 14% and Israel Chemicals corrected downward as the market fell 0.9% on the week.

Brainsway treatment sharply reduces smoking addiction
Globes Main News – 84% of smokers in a trial of the company’s Deep TMS device stopped smoking.

Shekel flat
Globes Main News – FXCM Israel: While the TASE responded favorably to Tuesday’s election results, the foreign currency market remains moribund.

Hapoalim CEO: New gov’t must restore fiscal credibility 
Globes Macro Economics – Zion Kenan: Without faster growth, it will be difficult to deal with the many issues waiting on the new government’s agenda.

Cut welfare, encourage core curriculum and work 
Globes Macro Economics – Yair Lapid’s economic platform involves a major overhaul of Israeli socio-political thinking.

Whole Foods CEO Shoots Self, Company in Foot
Tikun Olam – I don’t often write about food subjects as I once did in this blog. But John Mackey’s latest comments force me to change course a bit. I shop every week at Whole Foods. It’s one of the best food markets I’ve ever encountered (not the best,…

Truth in advertising: SodaStream ad attached to video showing Israelis arresting 18-month-old infant
Mondoweiss – An ad for SodaStream attached itself to this video showing Israeli soldiers arresting a mother and her baby. Google Ads for SodaStream, the carbonated beverage maker produced in Israeli settlements, seem to be hounding my every move on the Internet these days. That’s most likely because…

‘Israeli opposition network’ launches in US with call for democracy over there
Mondoweiss – The Israeli Opposition Network launched itself today with a bold statement about the Israeli election. More on the composition of the group below the statement. Israelis living in the United States who oppose current Israeli Leadership launch “Israel Opposition Network” warning that election results threaten democracy…

‘State of Palestine’ it is
Mondoweiss – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to the crowd during celebrations for their successful bid to win UN statehood recognition. (Photo by AP) When Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki addressed the UN Security Council yesterday, the first time since the General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status…

Israel’s friends call on a man to save Israel who could never be elected there (Obama)
Mondoweiss – The new theme in the liberal press following the Israeli election is that Obama has trumped Netanyahu, so now is the time for Obama to push on the two-state solution. The New York Times implores him to go to Israel at last and explain why the…

Don’t believe the (liberal Zionist) hype: Israel’s elections ratified the apartheid status quo
Mondoweiss – Tzipi Livni of the Hatnuah party on the right, speaking with Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich (Photo: Nir Kafria/Haaretz) The liberal Zionist wing of the American Jewish community are deluding themselves about the results of the Israeli elections. They see the Israeli elections as a triumph…

Secretary of State Pick John Kerry Talks Tough on Iran and Economy in Senate 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2013 – John Kerry urged Congress to fix the U.S. economy to ensure the country’s role as a world leader and pledged to keep pressure on Iran at a Senate hearing on Thursday that left little doubt he will win easy confirmation as secretary of state. Click here…

Rome’s Coliseum Lights Dim To Protest Hungary’s Anti-Semitic ‘Jewish List’ Party 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2013 – The lights of the ancient Coliseum in Rome will be dimmed next week to protest anti-Semitic and racist acts and statements by Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party. Click here for the rest of the article…

Push for Israeli Centrist Coalition Gains Steam as Lapid and Netanyahu Meet 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2013 – As Benjamin Netanyahu met with Yair Lapid, a rising chorus demands Israel’s next government devote itself to bread-and-butter issues of the middle class. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Parties in Tight Spot After Poor Israeli Vote Showing 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2013 – Powerful political players for years, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties must now reckon with a new force ushered in by voters bent on stripping them of perks they have relied on for decades. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Rights Council Condemns Marriage to Syrian Refugees 
allAfrica.com 24 Jan 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The Egyptian National Council for Women Rights (NCWR) condemned on Wednesday the phenomenon of Egyptian men marrying Syrian refugees.

Loyalists set to top Jordan poll 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – Initial results from Jordan‘s parliamentary elections, which were boycotted by the opposition, suggest that pro-government candidates are ahead.

Man arrested in Syria terror probe 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – A 31-year-old man has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terror offences in Syria, Scotland Yard reveals.

William A. Cook: Universalism and Individualism versus Tribalism 
Sabbah report 24 Jan 2013 – this country has chosen to support the increasingly undemocratic state of Israel, the ever increasing tribalism that is pushing that state into a theocracy that denies the universalism of all human kind and imposes a set of beliefs that threaten to destroy the very concept of…

Yousef Munayyer: What Israel’s Election Outcome Means – And Doesn’t Mean 
Sabbah report 24 Jan 2013 – The ballots have been cast and counted and the Israeli election is now over. Post-election reporting and analysis have been rife with speculation and misinformation. Here is what the outcome of this election actually means and doesn’t mean. Read More: Yousef Munayyer: What Israel’s Election Outcome…

Born from Slavery, a Libyan Town Falls in Revolution 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 24 Jan 2013 – Libyan Sufi Muslims chant and beat drums in a procession to commemorate Prophet Muhammad’s birthday along the main street in Tajoura, 16 km from the capital Tripoli, 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Ismail Zitouny) Libyan Sufi Muslims chant and beat drums in a procession to…

Saudi Looks to Lebanon for Regional Boost 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2013 – Relations between Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Saudi Arabia have always been estranged, yet the premier’s recent visit with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul-Aziz in Riyadh hints that the Kingdom might be in need of a new friend in Lebanon. read more

King retains Parliament majority after Jordan election 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2013 – Jordanian election officials start counting votes in Amman on 23 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khalil Mazraawi) Tribal leaders, pro-regime loyalists and independent businessmen looked set to sweep Jordan‘s parliamentary election that was shunned by Islamists, according to initial results released on Thursday. Analysts say the…

Iran diplomat warns of strait closure if US chooses “war” 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2013 – The United States has nothing left to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program except for war, and if it chooses conflict Iran could close a key energy chokepoint, its envoy to Baghdad told AFP on Thursday. Ambassador Hassan Danaie-Far insisted in an interview that Tehran retained…

Protesters in Lebanon try to stop Salafi snow trip 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2013 – Snowmobiles in the Lebanese ski resort town of Faraya (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Bou Haidar) Snowmobiles in the Lebanese ski resort town of Faraya (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Bou Haidar) Scores of residents of the popular Lebanese skiing area of Kfardebian blocked a convoy Thursday led…

Palestine: “No choice” but to go to the ICC 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2013 – The Palestinians declared Wednesday that they will have no choice but to complain about Israel to the International Criminal Court if the Jewish state proceeds with plans to build housing on land the Palestinians want for a future state. Speaking to reporters after a meeting of…

After 23 Years, “Heavyweight” Lebanese Spy Knocked Out 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2013 – Former detainees in Israeli jails protest in Beirut against the lenient sentences handed to convicted spies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Former detainees in Israeli jails protest in Beirut against the lenient sentences handed to convicted spies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) An antiques dealer and former member of Baalbeck’s…

On Election Day, Jordan’s King Pulls Parliament’s Strings 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2013 – A man shows his ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Amman on 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hammad) A man shows his ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in Amman on 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Muhammad Hammad)…

Loyalists set to top Jordan poll 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – Initial results from Jordan‘s parliamentary elections, which were boycotted by the opposition, suggest that pro-government candidates are ahead.

Al-Qaeda leader ‘dies in Yemen’ 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – A senior leader of Yemen’s local branch of al-Qaeda, Said al-Shehri, dies of wounds he received last November, says the state’s government.

UN inquiry into drone killings 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – “Accountability and reparation” are needed when drone strikes go wrong, says the UN, as it announces an inquiry into the impact on civilians.

Man arrested in Syria terror probe 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – A 31-year-old man has been arrested in east London on suspicion of terror offences in Syria, Scotland Yard reveals.

Britons urged to leave Benghazi 
BBC 24 Jan 2013 – British, German and Dutch nationals are advised to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi immediately because of an “imminent” threat to Westerners.


Western acceptance of discriminatory Israeli practices based on citizenship and nationality 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/24/2013
      Ben Gurion’s requirement of achieving Jewish supremacy in the ‘State of Israel’ has been a continuous and discriminative historical process. Demography has been consistently approached from an obsessive preservationist viewpoint to the detriment of Palestinians. Netanyahu’s re-election and the rise of the religious right in Israel will continue to exploit a trend of intolerance against Palestinians which stems from a legal differentiation between citizenship and nationality. This distinction makes Judaism a prerequisite for the foundations of the State of Israel, automatically excluding Palestinians from enjoying the same rights as the settlers.
     However, this requirement has never been a point of contention for Western governments who continue to uphold Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. There is, in fact, an aberration in political discourse with regard to religious and political rights. Much has been said about the safeguarding of minority rights, yet it is unequivocally and silently agreed upon that minorities are processed as self-serving political mileage. It is, therefore, acceptable to proclaim Israel as a Jewish nation facing security and terror threats, but unthinkable to claim that the same ‘minority’ in the Middle East has perfected a history of religious and political persecution against Palestinians.
     This persecution is based upon a distorted perception of ‘the majority’ intent upon preserving the Jewish people, according to the premise that such preservation is the duty of every state. Once again, what Israel omits from its narrative, is the reality of a belligerent occupation forcing the authentic majority – the Palestinians, into exile, and refusing to acknowledge Palestinians’ right to return. Furthermore, Israeli persecution has veered towards the religious, seeking to achieve superiority by imposing prohibitions, constraints and threats against religious expression. more.. e-mail

Resource: The state of human rights in Israel and the occupied territories 2012 
+972 Magazine 1/24/2013
      The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has released its annual assessment of the state of human rights in Israel and in the occupied Palestinian Territories. The 2012 report includes chapters on house demolitions in Palestinian and Bedouin villages, the occupation of the West Bank and the regime of discrimination, the persecution of asylum seekers, the lack of affordable housing, and the privatization of the police and the judiciary. 
     Introduction [Scribd file]
     The starting point for everything laid out in these pages is human rights. Humans’ rights, not the rights of the state. Human rights are the objective, and women and men – each and every one of them – are the target. The state is not an end in itself; when it fulfills its role, it is a means to secure human rights. But when the state fails in this role, it is a central cause for violations of human rights. Alongside individuals stand human rights organizations, who seek to ensure that the state fulfils its role of defending human rights, achieving these rights and promoting them.
     In every country, in every society, at any given moment in modern history and everywhere onearth, the relationship between the state and the people it rules – and even more so, between the state and the rights of these people – is intricate and dynamic. The struggle for human rights never ends. In the unique reality that is Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the situation is all the more delicate. This report seeks to offer an up-to-date image of this complex reality. We should stress: “human rights violations” is not an abstract legal construct. When human rights are harmed, human beings are harmed. This report is dedicated to them and to their rights.
     The concept of a substantive democracy developed out of the belief that the state exists for thepeople, and not the opposite…. — See also: Click to download report as PDF more.. e-mail

Rebuilding in Gaza between war and peace 
IRIN, Ma’an News Agency 1/23/2013
      GAZA CITY (IRIN) — Ashraf Azzam, 33, stands in the ruins of his house in Zeitoun area, eastern Gaza City, destroyed in an Israeli bombing attack two months ago.
     “Everything went so fast. In the beginning, a warning rocket fell on our house and adjacent houses as well; we rushed out of the house, running for safety — we didn’t have the time to think,” he told IRIN.
     “The Israeli attack targeted a nearby house in front of ours — it was like an earthquake, everything was shaking; dust and smoke were all over the place with devastating consequences,” he said.
     In the morning light, they discovered their house had been destroyed. No one from the family was injured though some of their neighbors had been killed.
     For now, Ashraf’s extended family — 15 members including his mother, married brothers and their children — are dispersed, living in rented apartments.
     Destroyed homes
     During November’s eight-day escalation in the conflict, Israel’s bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip destroyed an estimated 200 residential units, severely damaged 300, and partially damaged 8,000, according to the housing and public works minister in Gaza, Yousif Al Ghraiz. more.. e-mail

Five Ways of Looking at the New Knesset 
Neve Gordon, CounterPunch 1/24/2013
      So Much for Balance – A graphic representation of the Israeli vote
     This is the way the results of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press:
     Centre Left Bloc compared to Right Bloc – Image1
     Other, perhaps more accurate ways to present the election results:
     Left Bloc compared to Right Bloc – Image2
     Non-Jews compared to Jews – Image3
     Women compared to Men – Image4 
     Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution?
     Willing compared to Unwilling – Image5 
     more.. e-mail

Graphic details: how Visualizing Palestine designed a fight for justice
Electronic Intifada: 24 Jan 2013 – Asa Winstanley London 24 January 2013 A hunger strike infographic kicked off this novel project.more

Let the Voice of Freedom Ring: The Palestine Chronicle Is in Urgent Need for Immediate Support
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jan 2013 – As it celebrates the newest launch of its latest and most advanced version, the Palestine Chronicle – www.palestinechronicle.com – is seeking the URGENT SUPPORT of its readers for badly needed funds. The Palestine Chronicle is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax deductible. The Palestine Chronicle is one of the most widely read and respected online news and commentary sources on Palestine and the Middle East. Into its fourteenth year, the Palestine Chronicle (established Sep 1999) remains an example of journalistic courage and moral consistency in its coverage of the Palestinian struggle for freedom within the larger Middle East and international contexts. Its critical reading of US foreign policy in the region remains unparalleled. Noam Chomsky , an honorary editorial member has described the Palestine Chronicle mission as such: “The Palestine Chronicle has been an invaluable source of information and analysis about Palestine and related issues, drawing from a wide…more

A Vote against Common Sense
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jan 2013 – By Jamal Kanj Israelis voted on Tuesday to kill the prospect of peace. Out of 34 factions contesting election, voters chose right wing parties advocating land annexation and “Jewish-only” settlements. This should come as no surprise as an opinion poll conducted by Israel Democracy and Tel Aviv University last month revealed that 67 per cent of Israelis supported their government’s policies on the stalled peace process. For the first time in history, peace was not in the top two issues in the latest Israeli election. In fact, public opinion surveys carried out over the last year showed that the majority of Israelis preferred the status quo over rigorous efforts to achieve peace with the Palestinians. Having had a de facto peace for the last 10 years, Israelis have reason to aspire to something else in the “hierarchy of human needs”. Other than their extra-judicial assassinations and a “starvation diet” imposed…more

Are Zionists Now Calling the Shots in the Anglican Church?
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jan 2013 – By Stuart Littlewood Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, has stepped down from his post (sigh of relief). Williams’s role as a figure of unity in the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is represented in over 130 countries, meant that he was in a position to “bring the needs and voices of those fighting poverty, disease and the effects of conflict, to the attention of national and international policy makers and donor agencies”. Or so we were told. In 2010, when the Archbishop announced he was planning a visit to Gaza just a year after the slaughter and devastation of Operation Cast Lead, I asked his Lambeth Palace office for more information. Whom would he meet? Would he see the health minister? Would he sit down and talk with the elected prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, man of God to man of God (for Mr Haniyeh is an imam)?  Would he…more

Israel’s Move to the Center
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jan 2013 – By Uri Avnery It was the night of the optimists. Tuesday at 10.01 pm, a minute after the ballot boxes were sealed, the three TV news programs announced the results of their exit polls. The dire predictions of the pessimists were scattered to the winds. Israel has not gone crazy. It has not moved to the right. The fascists have not taken over the Knesset. Binyamin Netanyahu has not been strengthened. Far from it. Israel has moved to the center. It was not a historic turning moment, like the takeover of Menachem Begin in 1977, after two generations of Labor Party rule. But it was a significant change. All this after an election campaign without content, without excitement, without any discernible emotion. On election day, which is an official holiday, I repeatedly looked out of my window, above one of Tel Aviv’s main streets. There was not the slightest indication…more

The New Israelis: Israel’s Election Results
Dissident Voice: 24 Jan 2013 – It was the incalculable element – would Israel veer more broadly to the right, or would that course be checked by various political elements to the centre?  The money was on a good showing by orthodox and nationalist forces that would push Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition into an even more extreme position on compromise (or non-compromise) with the Palestinians. Instead, the political commentators were baffled.  Netanyahu won the narrowest of victories for his right-wing bloc (his own Likud-Biteinu grouping getting 31 seats), assailed by a good showing by Yesh Atid, party whose slogan is “We’ve come to make a change.” These results come in the aftermath of huge social justice demonstrations that marked Israel’s agitated political landscape 18 months ago.  For some reason, these were neglected in the political analysis.  The indignation that was registered had various targets: the increasing costs of living (rents and house prices), costs of transport, child…more

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