VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 25 January 2013

25 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Attacks Bilin’s Weekly Protest Against The Wall [1]
IMEMC – Friday January 25. 2013; The Friends Of Freedom And Justice Committee in Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported that Israeli soldiers violently attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in the village, leading to several injuries. …

Army Attacks Bilin’s Weekly Protest Against The Wall [2]
IMEMC – Friday January 25. 2013; The Friends Of Freedom And Justice Committee in Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, reported that Israeli soldiers violently attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in the village, leading to several injuries. …

Paralyzed By Israeli Missile, Child Faces Israeli Legal System
IMEMC – The Israeli Supreme Court delayed, Thursday, deliberation in an appeal filed on behalf of a Palestinian child from Gaza who was paralyzed by an Israeli missile that also killed several family members in Gaza. …

Ma’an News

Medics: Gaza man hurt by Israel gas canister
1/25/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 20-year-old Palestinian was hit in the face by a tear gas canister fire by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said. Adham ad-Dabaji was wounded when Israeli forces fired high-velocity tear gas canisters at a group of Palestinians north of Beit Lahiya. He is being treated….

Israel prevents farmers from accessing fields south of Hebron
1/25/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday afternoon prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their agricultural lands in Susiya village east of Yatta in the southern West Bank. A resident of Susiya, Fuad al-Shamisti told Ma’an in Hebron that soldiers detained Fadi and Shadi Shamisti as they tried to reach their fields. The….

Activists raise Palestinian flags at settlement entrance
1/25/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists raised Palestinian flags at the entrance to a Bethlehem-area settlement on Friday, at a protest in solidarity with Palestinians jailed in Israel. Activists gathered at the Elazer settlement, south of Bethlehem, chanting “Free the prisoners,” local committee activist Muhammad Braijieh said. The settlement is built on lands belonging to the….

Activists protest road closure at Hebron settlement
1/25/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Dozens of activists protested on Friday by a settlement near Hebron demanding Israel reopen a road linking the city with southern towns. Protesters gathered at Haggay settlement demanding Israel reopen a main road linking Hebron to al-Samu, Dura and Dhahiriya “We are fed-up with the bypass roads. We want to live….

Activists re-erect tents at Bab al-Karamah
1/25/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian activists entered a demolished protest village in northwest Jerusalem on Friday, starting to rebuild the al-Karamah (Dignity) encampment. The tent village was established last Friday to protest Israel’s land confiscation and settlement building in the area of Beit Iksa. On Monday, Israeli troops demolished all the….

Kerry says he hopes to revive Israeli-Palestinian talks
1/25/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Senator John Kerry, nominated to be the next US secretary of state, said on Thursday he hopes for a revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The comment by the Massachusetts Democratic senator, whose Senate confirmation is regarded as a virtual certainty, suggests the United States could consider a new peace initiative despite the failure….

Haniyeh calls Egypt over hunger-strikers
1/25/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The office of Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he contacted several Egyptian officials on Thursday evening on the fate of Palestinian hunger-strikers in Israeli jails. Egypt assured Haniyeh they will work hard in order to ensure that the swap deal will not be breached, and to make an agreement….

Syrian Islamist rebels detonate car bomb near Israel border
1/25/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Eight members of Syria’s military intelligence were killed by an Islamist militant car bomb on Thursday night near the southern frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition activists and a violence monitoring group said on Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb was planted by Al-Nusra Front, a….

IAEA to Israel: Iran nuclear row must be resolved peacefully
1/25/2013 – VIENNA (Reuters) — The UN nuclear watchdog chief has underlined to Israel’s president the need to resolve differences with Iran diplomatically, Yukiya Amano’s office said on Friday, rather than war as Israeli leaders have mooted. Israel, widely believed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East, has threatened possible military….

Report: Abbas to invite Israeli MKs to Ramallah
1/25/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will invite newly-elected Israeli MKs to Ramallah to discuss reviving peace talks, senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo said Thursday.” We invite the Israeli parties, particularly the new ones, for dialogue on future accords,” said Abed Rabbo, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. The PLO secretary-general….

Before Mursi visit, Germany condemns comments that hurt peace
1/25/2013 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Germany has condemned all comments at odds with the goal of Middle East peace ahead of a visit by Egypt’s president, whose vitriolic remarks against Jews and Zionists in 2010 when he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader have stirred outrage. The utterances by Mohamed Mursi, who became Egypt’s first….

Official: Gaza facing domestic gas shortage
1/25/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza is facing a shortage of cooking gas, an official said Friday, calling for more deliveries through an Israeli-controlled crossing. Samir Hamada, from Gaza’s society of petrol companies, said suppliers of gas for domestic use have almost run out of fuel. He said Gaza’s daily gas….

Israel ultra-Orthodox unite to foil centrists joining coalition
1/25/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Ultra-Orthodox parties said on Friday they would band together to fight for inclusion in any coalition government forged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his rightist Likud party’s narrow win in a Jan. 22 parliamentary election. The move stands to complicate an already formidable process facing Netanyahu of blending two….

Hebron holds rare festival in Old City
1/25/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinians in Hebron celebrated a religious holiday on Thursday with a large festival in the Israeli-controlled Old City. Hebron was split into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control under a 1997 agreement. The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, and the former commercial center, now a virtual ghost….

Medics: Boy, 3, dies after Ramallah car crash
1/25/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A 3-year-old boy died on Friday from wounds sustained in a car accident that killed three women in the central West Bank a day earlier. Saada Khalaf was critically injured Thursday when his mother Sana Mufeed Khalaf, 45, lost control of her car while overtaking on the road between Ramallah….

Violence flares on anniversary of Egypt uprising
1/25/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Hundreds of youths fought Egyptian police in Cairo on Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought the election of an Islamist president who protesters accuse of riding roughshod over the new democracy. The Jan. 25 anniversary showcased the divide between the Islamists and secular foes hindering….

Syria sends ground forces to try to seize Sunni areas of Homs
1/25/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — The Syrian army has stepped up an offensive on opposition Sunni Muslim strongholds in the central city of Homs, bringing in ground forces to try to secure passage for its forces through a major road junction, opposition sources said on Friday. Around 15,000 Sunni civilians were trapped on the southern and western edge….

Sanctions hit humanitarian aid to Syria
1/25/2013 – DAMASCUS (IRIN) — Humanitarian and developmental aid agencies in Syria say international sanctions against the country have made their operations harder. Last August, Italian NGO Terres des Hommes sent its regular request for a financial transfer from Europe for its aid operation in Syria. Then it waited. And waited. And waited. After 15 days of delay….

State TV: Egypt police fire tear gas near presidency
1/25/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who tried to cross barbed wire barriers guarding Egypt’s presidential palace on Friday, state television reported, during violent demonstrations against President Mohamed Mursi. The state-run Nile News TV station gave no further details in an urgent headline flashed on the screen. [END]

Medics: 4 killed by gunfire in Egypt’s Suez
1/25/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Four people were killed by gunfire in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday, medics said, the first fatalities of a day of violence on the second anniversary of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Medics told Reuters that another person was in critical condition. At least 186 civilians and 45 security personnel were….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Press
Palestine News Network

John Kerry to Visit Palestine, Israel in February
Palestine News Network

US Envoy: Assad’s Mother Fled Syria
Palestine News Network

Watch: Father Cries Over Murdered Daughter
Palestine News Network

Israel to Boycott UN Human Rights Scrutiny Session
Palestine News Network

Video Shows an Israeli Border Police Abusing Palestinian Man
Palestine News Network

Impunity to Kill: Six Palestinians Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in Less Than a Fortnight
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Women and Wound Another One in Hebron
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

Relief Web

Relief Web 25 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger,…

Egypt: Egypt: Complex emergency – DREF Operation Update no 1 (MDREG011)
Relief Web 25 Jan 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory Summary: CHF 213,320 has been initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Egyptian Red Crescent in providing assistance to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance…

Syrian Arab Republic: New air force raids in Damascus province: NGO
Relief Web 25 Jan 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 01/25/2013 10:13 GMT BEIRUT, Jan 25, 2013 (AFP) – Syria’s air force launched new raids on rebel-held towns east of Damascus on Friday, after clashes raged on the edges of…

occupied Palestinian territory: OPT Detention Bulletin – Issue 36 – December 2012
Relief Web 25 Jan 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory 2012 Year in review The month of December saw a 9.6 percent increase in the number of children prosecuted in the Israeli military courts and imprisoned. This month saw a…

The National

Clashes in Cairo on second uprising anniversary
The National 25 Jan 2013 – Those taking part in the protests say Mohammed Morsi’s Islamist government has both failed to embrace democracy and improve the country’s dire economic outlook.

Egypt’s former culture minister paints and hopes
The National 25 Jan 2013 – No court has found Farouk Hosny guilty of any wrongdoing as a cabinet minister during Hosni Mubarak’s 29-year rule, yet he still chooses his words carefully. 

Yemen’s militants lose a key figure
The National 25 Jan 2013 – Government confirms that Al Qaeda’s number two in Yemen died as a result of injuries received in a drone strike last year. 

UAE flights diverted as fog continues to cause havoc for airports
The National 25 Jan 2013 – More flights scheduled to arrive at airports across the country today had to be diverted because of early morning fog.

Push to get public hooked on reading
The National 25 Jan 2013 – The way to increase reading in the country is to start with the children concerned experts say. Too few turn to books for enjoyment despite huge rise in literacy

China’s unlikely divide over home heat
The National 25 Jan 2013 – How cold is it in China? It depends where you live.

Debutant triumphs in Dubai marathon
The National 25 Jan 2013 – Ethiopian completes his ‘life-changing’ race in just 2.04.45. Lellsa Desisa. the 23-year-old wins Dh734,600 prize after he first found prominence in 2010 at the Zayed International Half-Marathon in Abu Dhabi but yesterday’s race was a maiden attempt at full-course distance.

Diabetes and alternative medicine focus of health summit
The National 25 Jan 2013 – Arab Health expo will feature three new conferences, including the Middle East Diabetes Conference.


Despite results of Israeli elections, Palestinians still don’t see a partner for peace in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Report: Four Palestinians wounded by IDF fire in northern Gaza Strip
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Channel 2: Ariel Sharon taken for special brain scan
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Germany says Morsi’s hurtful comments damage Middle East peace
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Syrian rebels blow up headquarters near Israeli border; Assad steps up offensive in Homs
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

‘Circumdecision 5773’: Jon Stewart mocks Israeli election outcome
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Shin Bet: No Israelis killed in West Bank terror in 2012, first year since 1973
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Netanyahu mulls excluding Habayit Hayehudi from Israel’s next government
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

John Kerry expected to visit Israel, PA in February
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Egypt deploys troops in Suez after 9 killed in protests
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Second anniversary of uprising which ousted Mubarak turns violent as anger at Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood sparks street battles in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said; Morsi calls for calm, vows to bring “criminals” to justice. 

‘Former PM Sharon shows positive signs in MRI’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Ex-aide to Ariel Sharon says “there was some kind of positive indication” in brain scans performed on comatose former PM. 

Nasrallah: Israel facing a ‘crisis of leadership’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Hezbollah chief claims results of election prove Netanyahu not providing strong leadership; urges Palestinians to up resistance. 

Hunting Nazi war criminals
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – I have never encountered a case of a Nazi who expressed regret or remorse and was willing to confess to his or her crimes. 

‘Palestinians re-erect outpost northwest of J’lem’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Palestinian media reports activists returned to demolished encampment in E1; IDF: Encampment was not re-erected. 

UTJ, Shas discuss possibility of forming haredi bloc
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Haredi parties consider joining forces to present an alternative to Lapid’s Yesh Atid, that focuses on equalizing the burden. 

‘Two state solution only viable as long as Obama in power’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Addressing World Economic Forum in Davos, Jordanian King Abdullah II calls on int’l community to end Palestinian-Israeli conflict “once and for all,” says “the time to take action in the Middle East is now.” 

Netanyahu and Abbas must reenter talks
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Resuming negotiations would send a powerful message to Obama that Israel does indeed know its own best interests. 

Germany: Hurtful comments damage Mideast peace
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Questioned on speech Morsi made in 2010 referring to Zionists as “pigs, apes,” Berlin says such comments are “unhelpful.” 

IAEA: Iran nuclear row must be solved peacefully
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – UN nuclear chief says the Agency is committed to “dialogue” with Iran, seeks deal with Iran on stalled investigation. 

Syrian rebels detonate car bomb near Israeli border
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Israel Radio cites rebels saying over 200 security personnel killed in attack; regime forces to try to seize Sunni areas of Homs. 

Amid media flurry, Lapid says gov’t talk not begun
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – In an apparent response to media reports claiming PM offered him finance or foreign minister, Lapid says negotiations haven’t started. 

Violence flares on anniversary of Egypt uprising
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Widespread anger at Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt ahead of 2-year anniversary of popular revolution; At least 91 civilians hurt. 

Violence mars anniversary of Egypt uprising; 7 dead
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Demonstrations fueled by anger at Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood spark street battles in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said. 

US envoy to Syria: Assad’s mother has fled country
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Robert Ford tells CNN that Anisa Makhlouf now in UAE; claims morale of inner circle down as fighting gets closer. 

UK rights report: Israel a ‘country of concern’
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – British Foreign Office includes Israel on list of 28 countries of “concern” regarding human rights and democracy. 

Meet the MK: Shuli Muallem
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – First in a series on new members of 19th Knesset: Bayit Yehudi’s Shuli Muallem wants to lead the battle for equality in burden of national service. 

Which party won the elections?
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – As the election season comes to a close, ‘The Jerusalem Post’ breaks down the parties’ performance. 

An American in the Knesset
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – Yesh Atid’s Dov Lipman, a newly elected MK, has come far in the eight years since his aliya from Maryland. 

Into the Fray: Be afraid, very afraid
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – The election results indicate the Israeli electorate has become dangerously detached from real challenges the nation needs to address. 

Another Tack: That unwitting indecency
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – To deny a grotesque double standard against Israel is either to misperceive reality or to deliberately misrepresent it for narrow political purposes. 

My Word: Sticky politics
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2013 – The government’s guidelines, after all, are not meant to fit in a bumper sticker or a Tweet. 

The Guardian

Lib Dem MP David Ward defends remarks about Israel
The Guardian 25 Jan 2013 – Ward has faced intense criticism since accusing ‘the Jews’ of inflicting daily atrocities on Palestinians A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action over comments about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians that he made ahead of Holocaust Memorial…

Israel’s election leaves slim opportunity for Obama to push two-state solution | Michael Cohen
The Guardian 25 Jan 2013 – Netanyahu’s position was weakened by the results, but Israelis voted to preserve its security status quo with the Palestinians More than a decade ago, the Israeli government began construction on what is today known as the…

UN inquiry into US drone strikes prompts cautious optimism
The Guardian 24 Jan 2013 – Critics of Obama’s targeted killing program argue it is lacking in transparency but welcome inquiry examining drones’ impact A newly-announced UN inquiry into the rise of drone strikes and targeted killings around the world has drawn…


Paralyzed By Israeli Missile, Child Faces Israeli Legal System

Iraqi Forces Kill 6 Protesters in Fallujah

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

Day of action to target Israeli settlement firms as new research reveals complicity with colonization

Uday Al-Zaidi and his Brother Muntadher: Resisting the Occupation – Photos

Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

Egypt in talks with world powers to host Iran nuclear talks

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Military Resistance 11A20: Fired

Mourners bury woman, teen killed by Israeli forces in Bethlehem

YNet News

Violence erupts at Iraq rally; 5 protesters killed
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UN marks Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day
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Medics: 4 killed by gunfire in Egypt’s Suez
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Syrian forces escalate offensive in Homs
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Iranian nuclear talks face further delay
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Lapid, prevent civil war
YNet News, 25 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: In open letter to Yesh Atid leader, haredi teacher warns of universal draft’s dangers ….

Palestinian Information Center

7 Palestinians injured in Gaza by Israeli fire
PIC – Seven Palestinians were wounded on Friday evening when Israeli occupation soldiers opened at Palestinians in two different areas in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian sources.

Activists managed to raise the Palestinian flag in an Israeli settlement
PIC – Palestinian activists managed to cross the fence surrounding the Eliezer settlement built on Bethlehem lands in the southern West Bank, where they raised the Palestinian flag at its entrance.

PA security detain two liberated prisoners
PIC – The PA security apparatuses continued its arrest and summons campaigns in the various governorates of the West Bank, where they arrested two citizens in Nablus and al-Khalil..

Sheikh Kamal Khatib warns against Israeli schemes in al-Aqsa
PIC – Sheikh Kamal Khatib warned against the serious Judaization projects against al-Aqsa Mosque following the Israeli extremist parties’ victory.

Solidarity March in support of the striking prisoners in al-Khalil and Jenin
PIC – Hundreds of people have participated in a solidarity march in Dura south of al-Khalil after Friday prayers, in support of prisoners in Israeli jails.

IOA turns the prisoner Zarir’s to administrative detention
PIC – The Palestinian Center for Prisoners’ Studies reported that the Israeli courts refused the appeal presented by lawyer of the prisoner MP Ahmad Zarir, 51, from the town of Samu, south of al-Khalil.

IOF fires artillery shells east of Gaza City
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) fired on Thursday evening artillery shells toward the Zeitoun neighborhood south east of Gaza City.

Hamdan: the Israeli entity will be removed in 10 years
PIC – Osama Hamdan said that the Israeli project will end soon, and that the Palestinian peoplewhich has sacrificed its sons and stood in the face of the Israeli war machine, will be victorious.

Haniyeh discusses with Egyptian officials the hunger strikers’ issue
PIC – Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh discussed on Thursday evening with Egyptian officials the hunger striker prisoners’ issue in the Israeli prisons.


Deadly protests roil Egypt on anniversary of revolution
LA Times 25 Jan 2013 – Hundreds are injured as Egyptians take to the streets in anger against what they see as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s failed leadership. CAIRO — At least five people were killed and hundreds were injured Friday as protests swept across Egypt over the Islamist-led government’s failure…

Syrian Refugees Pour Into Jordan in Record Numbers, U.N. Says
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – Many Syrians described a “real day-to-day struggle to survive” with combat damage, the closure of medical facilities and shortages of food, water and electricity. 

The Lede Blog: A ‘Black Bloc’ Emerges in Egypt
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – Some protesters dressed from head to toe in black, covered their faces with bandannas or kerchiefs and brandished black flags as they skirmished with security forces. 

The Lede Blog: Street-Level Views of Protests in Cairo to Commemorate 2 Years of Revolution
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – During demonstrations in Cairo to commemorate the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, activists, bloggers and journalists shared street-level views of protests as they unfolded. 

At War Blog: Roundup: Israel and Canada Provide Lessons on Women in Combat
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – A look at how Canada and Israel have dealt with integrating women into combat roles. 

Looking to Israel for Clues on Women in Combat
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – Although on paper the Israeli military is one of the most gender-neutral in the world, the reality is more complicated. 

Deadly Riots Erupt on Anniversary of Egyptian Revolt
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – Egyptians in Tahrir Square protested against the Muslim Brotherhood, and there were minor clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere. 

The Lede Blog: In Iraq, ‘No Retreat’ Protests Turn Deadly
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – Videos show clashes in Iraq

At Least 9 Killed as Iraqi Protests Turn Deadly
New York Times 25 Jan 2013 – It was the first deadly confrontation in more than a month of antigovernment protests by mostly Sunni opponents of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. 

JVP Statement on Idle No More movement
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace affirms its support for the Canadian indigenous rights movement known as Idle No More. In November, Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation began a 42-day hunger strike in response to legislation threatening First Nations’ treaties and rights to natural resources….

Hagel hearing set for next Thursday as Jewish Dems line up in support
Mondoweiss – Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing is set for next Thursday, January 31 . The vetting of Chuck Hagel at times seems to be an all-Jewish affair.  JTA reports on Jewish seals of approval for Hagel, emphasizing the Israel angle: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) yesterday became the latest pro-Israel…

On US television, Zuckerman, Ross and Remnick all refer to Israeli prime minister as ‘Bibi’ on first reference
Mondoweiss – On Wednesday night, Charlie Rose did a segment on the Israeli elections, featuring Dennis Ross, Mort Zuckerman, and David Remnick, and Remnick, the New Yorker editor, distinguished himself by harshly criticizing the occupation and, just as important, showing detachment from the Israeli mindset in taking on…

Trend of unprovoked killing by Israeli military in the West Bank continues — Lubna Hanash, 22, dies after being shot in the head near Bethlehem
Mondoweiss – HEBRON (Ma‘an) 23 Jan — Israeli forces shot and killed one person and injured another in the Hebron district on Wednesday, medics said. Witnesses told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers traveling in a civilian car opened fire at a group of people at the entrance to al-Arrub refugee camp south of Bethlehem. …

The only hope to upend the political landscape in Israel/Palestine — simultaneous uprisings between the river and the sea
Mondoweiss – A sign at the mass rally in Tel Aviv on August 6. The Arabic text reads “irhal!” (Go!) and the Hebrew underneath reads “Egypt is here.” Image from activestills.org Try for a moment to imagine a scenario leading up to a revolutionary situation in your country….

Seven Die in Egypt Violence on Anniversary of Uprising 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jan 2013 – Seven people were shot dead in the Egyptian city of Suez during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday, underlining the country’s deep divisions on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Click here for the rest of the article…

Abbas Asked Israel To Let In Palestinians Fleeing Syria 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jan 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tried to get Israel to let 150,000 Palestinians fleeing war in Syria resettle in the West Bank, but dropped the request after the Jewish state demanded they first give up their right of return, he said. Click here for the rest of…

Protestors Storm EU Soccer Body Over Matches in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jan 2013 – Dozens of activists occupied the reception of the UEFA European soccer association in Nyon, Switzerland, to protest Israel’s hosting of a championship. Click here for the rest of the article…

Denis McDonough, Choice for Chief of Staff, Raised Hackles on Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jan 2013 – President Obama named Denis McDonough as his new chief of staff. He’s one of the president’s closest confidants on foreign policy, but why did he once anger Jewish leaders? Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egypt Urges International Community Exerting Efforts to Achieve Peace in ME 
allAfrica.com 25 Jan 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s permanent delegate to the United Nations Ambassador Moataz Ahmadein Khalil, who delivered Egypt’s speech before the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East on Thursday 24/01/2013, called on the international community to take concrete action in the next three months to exert…

Egypt: In Davos – PM Meets IMF, Ethiopia and Lebanon Officials 
allAfrica.com 25 Jan 2013 – [Egypt Online]Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandeel and the ministerial delegation accompanying him held talks on Thursday 24/01/2013 on the sidelines of Davos international economic forum.

Fatal clashes mark Egypt uprising 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s opposition protests across the country two years after the revolution, leading to clashes with police in several cities and five deaths in Suez.

MP’s Holocaust statement condemned 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – A British MP is condemned by his party for his remarks about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Anniversary of Hope: The Buildup to January 25 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 25 Jan 2013 – From 14 January 2011, when the Tunisian president fled in the face of an uprising, to January 25 when Egyptians surprised each other by showing up and joining mass demonstrations against the regime, there was a 10 day buildup of hope. This is the variable that…

Egypt Two Years On 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 25 Jan 2013 – This hand out picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi visiting one of the victims of the train crash, at a military hospital in Cairo, on 15 January 2013. (Photo: AFP -/HO Egyptian Presidency) This hand out picture released by the Egyptian…

Nasrallah: Israel facing “crisis of leadership” 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2013 – Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters from a screen during a rally to commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammad in Beirut’s suburbs on 25 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Sharif Karim) Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah pointed to a “crisis of leadership” inside Israel and warned…

Saudi prince calls for further arming of Syrian insurgency 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2013 – Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, speaks during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 23 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Denis Balibouse) A senior member of Saudi Arabia’s monarchy…

Egypt witnesses spate of violence on revolution anniversary 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2013 – Egyptian protestors take cover as others throw stones towards security personnel in Sheikh Rayhan street that leads to the Interior Ministry headquarters, near Tahrir Square, on 25 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Violence spread throughout Egypt Friday on the second anniversary of the revolt…

Israel extends imprisonment of youth activist 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2013 – Stop the Wall campaign graphic calling for Karajah’s release. Stop the Wall campaign graphic calling for Karajah’s release. An Israeli military court Thursday night extended the extrajudicial detention of Palestinian human rights defender Hasan Karajah by 12 days as reports of Karajah’s torture abounded. Karajah, a…

Georges Abdallah release imminent: French source to al-Hayat 
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2013 – Palestinian supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) take part in a protest outside the French Cultural Center calling for the release of Lebanese militant Georges Ibrahim Abdallah (portrait left) and Ahmed Saadat, leader PFLP, in Gaza City on 21 January 2013. (…

Egypt’s Free Economy Excludes the Poor 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Jan 2013 – A man works on a graffiti representing the Muslim Brotherhood along Mohamed Mahmoud street near Tahrir Square in Cairo 24 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Abdallah Dalsh) A man works on a graffiti representing the Muslim Brotherhood along Mohamed Mahmoud street near Tahrir Square in Cairo…

After the Revolution: Egypt Remembers Its Martyrs 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Jan 2013 – Egyptian al-Ahly football club ultras and protesters gather in Cairo’s Tahrir square during a demonstration demanding justice for the victims of the 2012 Port Said football match killings, on 18 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmed Mahmoud) Egyptian al-Ahly football club ultras and protesters gather in…

Saudi Looks to Lebanon for Regional Boost 
Al-Akhbar Politics 24 Jan 2013 – While current Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has yet to have a photo-op with King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, his path to the Kingdom is now wide open. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) While current Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has yet to have a photo-op with King Abdullah…

Israeli Army Demolishes 55 Structures in the Northern Jordan Valley 
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Fatal clashes mark Egypt uprising 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s opposition protests across the country two years after the revolution, leading to clashes with police in several cities and five deaths in Suez.

Iraq Sunnis threaten army attacks 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – Sunni leaders threaten to launch attacks against the army in the western Iraqi province of Anbar after five protesters were shot dead in Fallujah.

Protests erupt in Bahrain capital 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – Tear gas and stun grenades are fired by police against anti-government protesters in the Bahraini capital, Manama.

MP’s Holocaust statement condemned 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – A British MP is condemned by his party for his remarks about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Japan receives nine Algeria dead 
BBC 25 Jan 2013 – A plane carrying the bodies of nine Japanese victims of the Algerian hostage crisis, as well as seven survivors, lands in Tokyo.

Kerry eyes Mid-East talks revival 
BBC 25 Jan 2013US Senator John Kerry warns a failure of a Middle East two-state solution would be “disastrous”, at his confirmation hearing as secretary of state.


Graphic details: how Visualizing Palestine designed a fight for justice 
Asa Winstanley, London, Electronic Intifada 1/24/2013
      Visualizing Palestine infographic compares Palestinian versus Israeli conflict-related deaths [link to graphic below]
     Visualizing Palestine (visualizingpalestine.org) is a project which “uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel,” says its website. It debuted in February last year with a stunning graphic illustrating the effects of hunger striking on the human body. Its release coincided with political prisoner Khader Adnan concluding an epic 66-day hunger strike that led to his release from Israeli internment.
     Spread online via social networks, the group has since released several more “infographics” illustrating aspects of Israel’s systemic violence and discrimination against the Palestinian people. The work is distributed under a Creative Commons license, which means it can be freely shared under certain conditions.
     Speaking over Skype, Visualizing Palestine’s co-founder Ramzi Jaber said the idea arose during 2011 in Ramallah. A lawyer from Defence For Children International – Palestine Section told him an astonishing statistic: an average of 700 Palestinian children a year were then being incarcerated in Israeli jails. 130124-visualizing-palestine-3.jpg
     “I realized that I was shocked … this was happening,” said Jaber, “[and] shocked double because I didn’t know these numbers, as [someone from the] Palestinian diaspora, born in Jerusalem. I realized there is a huge amount of numbers everywhere … it’s one of the most well-documented causes in the world.”
     It was decided the new group would combine the power of stories and statistics with design. The aim of Visualizing Palestine is “the same as EI [The Electronic Intifada] in some ways … to shed light” on the situation in Palestine. — See also: View graphic and Visualizing Palestine more.. e-mail

Zionists call the shots in the Anglican Church 
By Stuart Littlewood, Redress 1/24/2013
      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. Bearing witness meekly, silently
     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 do Gaza (and all of us) proud by spending a generous amount of his time with senior members of the Islamic faith?
     His office didn’t reply.
     According to the Archbishop’s website he did none of those things. At least, he didn’t mention them if he did. Unless I’m mistaken, he said nothing about Gaza in the House of Lords, where he had the ear of Parliament and the support of 25 other Church of England bishops.
     Yet he began his Ecumenical letter that Easter by declaring: “Christians need to witness boldly and clearly.”
     A lady wrote to me saying she had emailed Lambeth Palace 18 times asking if the qrchbishop’s party could please bring back some deaf children’s art, which should have been picked up by members of a recent Gaza blockade-busting convoy. The palace eventually declined saying the Israelis wouldn’t allow it. more.. e-mail

Palestinian diaspora must become engaged 
Alan Hart, Redress 1/21/2013
      The following is the text of an address I delivered on 19 January to a conference in London organized by the Palestine Return Centre on the subject of Britain’s legacy in Palestine, which included a session on how to reverse the catastrophic consequences of the legacy. I was aware that what I was going to say would be uncomfortable listening for some in the audience, but almost all thanked for saying what has to be said.
     … I’d like to start with my own very brief comment on the Balfour Declaration.
     Without it I think there would have been no Israel. What I mean is that without the spurious legitimacy the declaration gave Zionism to get organized, it would not have been well enough established on the ground in Palestine to take advantage of the Nazi holocaust and use it to justify everything it would do, including establishing a state by terrorism and ethnic cleansing. British, Arab collusion with Zionism
     So I think it can be said without fear of contradiction that Britain was the godfather of the monster Zionism is. But there’s more to Britain’s Palestine legacy than that. The “Palestine problem” created by Britain is the cancer at the heart of international affairs which could consume us all if it is not cured,
     As some of you know, for telling the truth about the making and sustaining of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I have the honour of being red-flagged by both Zionism and therefore the mainstream media, which are terrified of offending it, and the authoritarian Arab regimes. They are at one with Zionism in wanting and needing the truth of history to be suppressed. They don’t want the world to know, for example, that despite much stupid rhetoric to the contrary, they never had any intention of fighting Israel to liberate Palestine. It was, in fact, the security services of Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon that made the first attempt to strangle at birth the authentic Palestine liberation movement led by Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad and a handful of others. more.. e-mail

Egypt, Turkey, Israel 
Galal Nassar, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/16/2013
      Turkey is pivoting back towards its Western/Israeli strategic grounding, a fact that Arab Spring countries, particularly Egypt, must take into account.
     As we kick off the new year, observers cannot help but to remark on the huge, almost 180-degree shift, in Turkish foreign policy, towards the Middle East in particular. Only yesterday, it seems, the popular assets of Erdogan’s Turkey had soared high in the Arab region as it appeared to defy Israel and its American sponsor. Ankara stood tall, a pillar of independence, the model of self-assertion, the beacon for every Arab in search of a modern Islamic nation that is not subordinate to US will and Israeli interests. What brought about the radical shift? Were there pressures brought to bear on Ankara that made it change its tune towards America’s “52nd state”?
     Certainly, Tel Aviv worked in its idiosyncratic ways to patch up what it regarded as a passing storm cloud in its relations with its friend, and perhaps strategic ally. However, this was only of many factors that wove together to lead the Turkish triumvirate of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Abdullah Gül and Ahmet Davutoglu to revise their calculations with respect to their foreign relations at the regional and international levels, albeit taking into account a number of compelling developments and pressures on the home front.
     The Turkish about face in its strategic orientation is epitomised in its decision to lift its veto against Israeli participation in non-military activities in NATO. Accordingly, as of the beginning of this year, Ankara has agreed that Israel can take part in conferences, meetings, workshops and other such activities on the condition that there is no encounter between Israeli and Turkish soldiers in these activities. more.. e-mail

Israel’s “most wanted man” finally tells his story
Electronic Intifada: 25 Jan 2013 – Mohammed Suliman Gaza City 25 January 2013 Dozens of unarmed Palestinians had been slain in the two weeks before Abdel Aziz Salha stabbed an Israeli soldier.more

Five Ways of Looking at the Knesset
Dissident Voice: 25 Jan 2013 – This is the way the results of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press: Centre Left Bloc Right Bloc Other, perhaps more accurate ways to present the election results: Left Bloc Right Bloc Non-Jews Jews Women Men Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution? Willing Unwilling • First published at LRB blog .more

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