VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 26 January 2013: The intimidation, dispossession and destruction of al-Maleh

26 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Invades Several Areas Near Jenin
IMEMC – Saturday at dawn, January 26; Israeli soldiers invaded several areas in the northern West Bank district on Jenin, and detained two Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Ex-prisoner’s life ‘at risk’ after joining hunger strike
1/26/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — The medical situation of a former prisoner is deteriorating after he joined a hunger strike in Tulkarem protesting Palestinian Authority policies, an activist said. Mohammad Sabah, a spokesman of former prisoners on hunger strike, said that Mosaab Abu Tanin’s life was in danger, and the PA ministry of prisoners….

Clashes break out at new protest village in Jenin
1/26/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a Palestinian official on Saturday during clashes at a newly erected protest village in Jenin, witnesses said. Dozens of Palestinian activists set up the Al-Asra, or prisoners, protest village in the village of Anin, northwest of Jenin, on Saturday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqe announced during….

Minister: Prisoners threaten mass hunger strike action
1/26/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs warned Saturday that detainees in Israeli jails may launch mass hunger strike action if their conditions do not improve. Issa Qaraqe said the situation in Israeli jails could “blow up at any time” if prison conditions remain the same, a statement said. Prisoners are….

Islamic Jihad member killed in central Gaza ‘mission’
1/26/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A member of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing died Saturday in a “mission” in the central Gaza Strip, the group announced in a statement. Jihad Yousef al-Sos, 22, was from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, according to the statement which did not elaborate on the circumstances of the man’s death. [END]

Israeli forces detain 3 people in Hebron, locals say
1/26/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three people in the city of Hebron late Friday, locals said. Jibril Abdul Hathim Abu Turki, 22, and his brother Mosam, 20, were detained during an arrest raid in southern Hebron. Meanwhile, locals said that a settler attacked Muhammad Isaac Abu Hatta in Hebron on Friday while he….

Israeli forces arrest man near Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron
1/26/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a man suspected of carrying a knife in Hebron’s Old City on Saturday, Witnesses said. Hamzeh al-Fakhouri, 22, was arrested at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi mosque. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that a man was detained for possessing a knife. [END]

PA minister expects Israel to resume tax transfers
1/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of economy said Friday that he expects the Israeli government to stop withholding tax revenues in the near future. Jawad al-Naji told Ma’an that the financial crisis would be solved if the Israeli government pays the tax revenues, if Arab countries contribute to the so-called….

Israel denies West Bank deal for refugees fleeing Syria
1/26/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The office of Israel’s prime minister has denied it would let Palestinians fleeing violence in Syria into the occupied West Bank, Reuters reported Saturday. Israeli government representatives said they had no information on talks described by President Mahmoud Abbas in an interview with al-Mayadeen satellite channel on Monday. Abbas…. Related: Jan 21: Abbas: Israel agreed to let refugees into West Bank from Syria

Teachers to launch strike action this week, union says
1/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Teachers in the West Bank will go on strike for three days this week, the teachers union announced Saturday. Ahmed Anis, secretary general of the teachers union, told Ma’an that there will be no classes in West Bank schools on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, as teachers protest against irregular….

Central Elections Commission to visit Gaza next week
1/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Central Elections Commission will visit Gaza on Wednesday to start updating the electoral roll in preparation for a vote, a statement said.” This visit comes following a meeting on Thursday evening between President Mahmoud Abbas, CEC chief Hanna Nasser and secretary general Rami Hamdallah,” a statement from the electoral body….

Report: Gas kills 2 plant workers in Ashdod
1/26/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Two people died Saturday in a workplace accident after inhaling hazardous gas, Israeli media reported. Israel’s Ynet news site identified the victims as two men aged 45 and 25. They were working at a plant in Ashdod, according to the report. [END]

12-year-old killed in Hebron car accident
1/26/2013HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 12-year-old boy was killed in Hebron on Saturday after being run over by a car, police said. Ali Hassan Awwad al-Akel was killed after being hit by a parked vehicle which had rolled down a street in Beit Ula. There was no driver in the car at the time….

At least 30 killed in Egypt clashes over death sentences
1/26/2013 – PORT SAID, Egypt (Reuters) — At least 30 people were killed on Saturday when Egyptians rampaged in protest at the sentencing of 21 people to death over a soccer stadium disaster, violence that compounds a political crisis facing Islamist President Muhammad Mursi. Armored vehicles and military police fanned through the streets of Port Said, where gunshots…. Related: Egypt deploys troops in Suez after 9 killed on anniversary of uprising

Egypt deploys troops in Suez after 9 killed on anniversary of uprising
1/26/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt‘s armed forces deployed troops in the city of Suez early on Saturday after nine people were shot dead during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi, underlining the country’s deep divisions as it marked the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Eight of the dead, including…. Related: At least 30 killed in Egypt clashes over death sentences

US says humanitarian aid for Syria not enough, calls for more
1/26/2013 – ANKARA, Turkey (Reuters) — The United States pledged an extra $10 million on Friday to help supply flour to bakeries in northern Syria, but said there was not enough humanitarian aid reaching those affected by the war and it would urge other nations to contribute more. The United Nations will convene a pledging conference in Kuwait….

Egypt’s national defense council calls for dialogue
1/26/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt‘s National Defense Council, headed by President Muhammad Mursi, on Saturday condemned street violence and called for national dialogue to resolve political differences, the information minister said after the council met. The council, which includes the defense minister, who is a general in charge of the army, could also consider declaring….

Activist: Syrian rebels free 300 from northern jail
1/26/2013 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian opposition fighters have freed about 300 prisoners from a jail near the border with Turkey and found 30 others shot in the head, an opposition activist said on Saturday. Fighters from various brigades have been attacking the Idlib Central Prison for the last three days. They took over one of its two….

International Solidarity Movement

Army incursion into Nabi Saleh
1/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 25 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – Israeli occupation forces enter the village of Nabi Saleh during the weekly demonstration. Youth hit in the head by tear gas canister. The Friday demonstration in Nabi Saleh this week was dedicated to the memory of Lubna Hanash, 22, and Salah Amareen….

Beit Iksa’s residence standing strong after the forceful eviction of Bab Al Karama
1/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Team Khalil, 26 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Beit Iksa, Occupied Palestine – The people of Beit Iksa were joined by other Palestinian activists on Friday morning to make their way to the site of the recently demolished Bab Al Karama camp, bringing with them a number of young olive trees to plant for the….

Big punishments for small hopes
1/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – By Haroun Zeitoun, 26 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Burin, Occupied Palestine – This morning in Burin, the village that sits in the valley between the Yizhar and Bracha colonial settlements just south of Nablus, saw a small yet high-spirited group plant olive trees. The task was done within an hour and afterwards international activists were….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: On eve of Syria pledging conference, UNRWA praises Kuwait, calls on donors to support Palestine refugees
Relief Web 26 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 26 January 2013 New York Jerusalem: On the eve of a pledging conference on humanitarian assistance for Syria to…

Relief Web 26 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Highlights: Hostilities intensified southwest of Damascus, particularly in the areas around Darayya, Husseiniyah, Sbeineh, Seita Zeinab, Yarmouk as…

The National

Mental health study in Dubai schools
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Depressive symptoms prevalent among Dubai high school students, study shows.

Drunk pilots fined over accident
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Drunk pilot who cut himself by mistake with a broken glass is fined Dh1,000 for drinking alcohol without a licence – despite having such a licence.

Al Masry verdict sparks carnage in Port Said, killing at least 27
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Dozens are killed across Egypt in rioting the past two days, in a wave of unrest that indicates how polarised the country has become since the revolution began. Bradley Hope reports from Cairo 

Crew rescued from pirates have not been paid
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Many of MV Iceberg 1’s crew have received no wages since before it was hijacked in 2010.

Sharjah car museum re-opens
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Sharjah Classic Cars Museum has undergone a seven-month makeover.

Sleepy bus driver runs over worker
The National 26 Jan 2013 – A sleepy driver at Dubai airport dozed off and ran over the colleague he was supposed to be picking up, hears court.

Dubai meetings ‘very productive’, say Timmy MacColl’s family
The National 26 Jan 2013 – The family of missing British seaman Timmy MacColl says last week’s meetings between his wife, Rachael, and Dubai Police went “extremely well” and were “very productive”.

French and Malian forces fight their way north against militants
The National 26 Jan 2013 – Troops take control of the bridge at the city of Gao, which is a crucial route across the Niger river from the capital, Bamako, and of an airfield in the same city. Alice Fordham reports from Bamako 


013: Wife, mother and scientist
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

UN to probe drone attacks by Israel, U.S. and Britain
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Former IDF soldier detained in Egypt to be returned to Israel
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Two Ashdod refinery employees killed after inhaling poisonous gas
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Ehud Barak: U.S. has contingency plan for ‘surgical’ strike on Iran
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Haredi parties push to be included in next gov’t
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Yesh Atid, Shas leaders in back-channel contact on cooperating in coalition; Shas downplay reports about a haredi bloc with UTJ. 

Netanyahu: No quick fix solutions with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Amid post-election buzz of revitalized diplomatic process, PM says there are no instant solutions; Barak says US has plan for Iran

Lapid and Bennett: The dynamic duo
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Both spoke about rebuilding Israeli society, which is doable and urgent, not about pie-in-the-sky peace with the Palestinians. 

Fixing things
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Last week’s election returns didn’t reflect anything resembling a swing to socialism. The true socialists can be found in Labor and further left in Meretz and Hadash. 

‘Black Bloc’ youths storm Egypt’s protest scene
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Young people take to Tahrir Square dressed in black in apparent reference to 1970s German anarchists. 

The problem with a two-state solution
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – If statehood presupposes some measure of financial self-sufficiency, the new “State of Palestine” barely qualifies as an intramural club. 

Six new MKs must renounce foreign citizenship
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Incoming members of the 19th Knesset will have to give up their foreign citizenship before they are sworn in as new MKs. 

Health Scan: Protein for healthy eyes
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – A specific protein is essential not only for maintaining a healthy retina but may also have implications for other conditions. 

New Worlds: Technion to commercialize stem cells
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – A new company for commercialization of stem cell technologies has developed for over a decade at the stem cell research. 

Spare parts: Healthy bone and cartilage
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Dr. Shai Meretzki is the first in the world to create a technology for turning fat cells into living material for repairing tissue loss. 

MK calls for supervision of hazardous materials
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Following death of two workers at industrial facility, Hadash MK Dov Henin calls for increased supervision of toxic fumes. 

PA tells Tunisian president to cancel Gaza visit
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Official says PA has been trying to dissuade President Moncef Marzouki to cancel visit to avoid solidifying Palestinian divisions. 

Violence mars anniversary of January 25 Revolution
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Nine killed in protests across country, widespread frustration and anger at Morsi. 

Court orders Twitter to identify anti-Semitic users
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – French court orders Twitter Inc to help identify authors of anti-Semitic posts or face fines; social network under renewed pressure to combat racist, extremist messages. 

Syrian opposition say over 20 killed in Homs
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Opposition accuses militia loyal to President Assad of killing 200 Sunni civilians in massacres over last two weeks; 20 killed on Saturday. 

British MP apologizes for Auschwitz comparison
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – David Ward had defended his comments amid intense criticism after accusing “the Jews” of inflicting daily atrocities on Palestinians. 

Patriot missile go active on Turkey’s Syria border
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – The first of six batteries sent by NATO go operational near Syria border to protect Turkey from possible Syria attack. 

30 die in Egypt protests over soccer massacre verdicts
Jerusalem Post 26 Jan 2013 – Death toll reaches 39 in three days of violent protests after judge announces death penalty for 21 soccer fans on trial for 2012 stadium disaster, in which 74 people died; Egypt‘s national defense council calls for dialogue. 

Egypt deploys troops after 9 killed in protests
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – 2nd anniversary of revolution turns violent as anger at Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood sparks street battles throughout country. 

As UN marks Holocaust, Israel warns of Iran threat
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013UN commemorates victims of Nazism; Prosor: Ahmadinejad denies Shoah, while threatening to carry out another one. 

‘Iran would definitely use nuclear weapon on Israel’
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2013 – Former Iranian diplomat tells Ch. 2 Tehran will have know-how to make bomb in a year, adds Venezuela provides Iran with uranium. 

The Guardian

Lib Dem MP faces party leadership’s wrath over Holocaust jibe at Israel
The Guardian 26 Jan 2013 – David Ward of Bradford East says he had not intended to insult Jewish people amid storm of criticism A Liberal Democrat MP who likened the atrocities against Palestinians by “the Jews” to the Holocaust has made…

The Observer’s 20 photographs of the week
The Guardian 26 Jan 2013 – The best photographs in news and culture from around the world Jim Powell


013 : A Video Roundup

9 Killed, Hundreds Wounded as Egypt Revolution ‘Anniversary’ Erupts in Violence

Palestinian children orphaned as parents live behind bars Hamzah hopes to get his mother back as the boy is hopeless about his father

Was There A January 25 Revolution?


Down with the Drones A New Model Drone Resolution

The terror pretext in Mali a classic

Proving the Assad Jet Fighter’s Attack on Aleppo University

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

Mali’s north faces a new fear As al-Qaeda-linked rebels withdraw, reprisal attacks and human rights abuses are reported in the north.

Daily Star

Mikati: Situation of Syrian refugees at dangerous point
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 The situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached a dangerous point given the government’s limited capabilities, Prime Minister Najib Mikati warns on the sidelines of Davos.

Bahrain reconciliation talks to start by early Feb – minister
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Bahrain expects talks with the opposition aimed at breaking nearly two years of political deadlock to start next week or early in February, a cabinet member said in comments published on Saturday.

Sleiman: Cabinet draft law road map for Lebanon’s future
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 President Michel Sleiman touted Saturday the Cabinet’s draft electoral law, saying the proposal could be the basis for a hybrid law and a roadmap for proportional representation in the future.

Egypt opposition threatens to boycott parliamentary polls
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Egypt‘s opposition threatens to boycott upcoming parliamentary polls if President Mohammad Morsi does not find a “comprehensive solution” to the crisis gripping the country.

Syrian troops fight rebels in Damascus suburb
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Syria‘s state-run news agency says troops have raided an opposition stronghold near Damascus, killing an unspecified number of rebels and uncovering tunnels used by them to move about and smuggle weapons.

Yemen ups security ahead of UN visit
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 The authorities in Yemen boosted security in the capital on Saturday a day before a visit by a UN Security Council delegation that is expected to focus on the impoverished country’s political transition.

Iraq MPs vote to bar Maliki from third term
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Iraq‘s parliament adopts a measure that would bar Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from a third term, a move his allies quickly dismiss as unconstitutional.

Syria rebels free 100 inmates in prison battle: watchdog
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Syrian rebels free more than 100 inmates as they battle against regime troops in a major prison outside the northwestern city of Idlib, a watchdog says.

Britain pledges $33 million in aid to Syria
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Britain pledges an extra $33 million of humanitarian aid to help civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict.

Suicide bomber kills two civilians in Afghanistan: officials
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 A suicide bomber on a bicycle attacked a police checkpost in southeast Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two civilians and wounding five others, provincial authorities said.

Funerals for seven protesters killed by Iraq army
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Seven anti-government protesters killed by Iraqi troops are buried, followed by a rally calling for Iraq‘s premier to quit, sharply raising tensions amid weeks of angry demonstrations.

Lebanon registers four Israeli violations of its airspace in one day
Daily Star 26 Jan 2013 Israel violated Lebanon‘s airspace on several occasions Friday, Army says, with warplanes hovering over the southern region and the Bekaa.

YNet News

Davos summit ends with warnings on global economy
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Thousands march for gun control in Washington
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Venezuela prompted EU to change summit declaration
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Somali government arrests 3 over scholarship fraud
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Report: Syrian rebels free 300 from northern jail
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Report: Egypt to extradite ‘Israeli spy’
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Andre Pshenichnikov, arrested in Egypt last month for alleged espionage, will be extradited, a family friend reports ….

Kfir Brigade chief: Situation on the ground changing 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – As brigade’s battalions ready to redeploy in their signature sector, their commander says that single clash in western Negev can ‘ignite the entire sector’ ….

Pnina Tamano-Shata, blazing a new path 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Fighting for social justice since she was a child, new Yesh Atid MK plans to promote ‘equality, affordable housing’; stresses ‘Racism, discrimination still exist in Israeli society’ ….

Egypt: 30 dead in riots over stadium disaster verdict 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Over 315 people wounded in Port Said riots after court sentences 21 defendants involved in 2011’s soccer stadium massacre to death ….

No snap revolutions
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Road to end of the occupation begins with rehabilitation of Israel’s national, democratic identity ….

Israel’s human rights record ‘concerns’ UK 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Four-page entry on Israel in Foreign Office’s quarterly report focuses on Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, settlement expansion. The Telegraph says Criticism will ‘unsettle Jewish State’ ….

Egypt court sentences 21 to death for stadium disaster 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – In courtroom, families of those killed in 2011 soccer melee between Port Said’s Al-Masry fans and Cairo’s Al-Ahly fans raise their hands in the air shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’; at least 22 killed in violence that erupts outside prison where defendants’ held ….

Report in Lebanon: Another spy for Israel arrested
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Security sources tell Al Akhbar newspaper citizen admitted to cooperating with Israeli intelligence for more than a decade; in the past man’s Bulgarian wife claimed he was kidnapped ….

Watch: Lightening hits Turkish plane, engine catches fire
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Passengers panic onboard, but Turkish Airlines pilot manages to land plane safely at ?zmir Adnan Menderes Airport ….

Muslims say suit against NYC should proceed
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – New Jersey residents say intelligence-gathering program targeted Muslims based solely on their religion ….

Tehran: Attack on Syria would be seen as attack on Iran 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Khamenei aide says Damascus has ‘key role in the region for promoting firm policies of resistance’ ….

Barak: US plans ‘surgical strike’ if Iran sanctions fail 
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – In interview with Daily Beast, defense minister says Israel prefers that diplomacy will be enough to halt Tehran’s nuclear program, but ‘we can’t count on it’ ….

Ex-PM Sharon’s brain scans ‘positive,’ says aide
YNet News, 26 Jan 2013 – Raanan Gissin says MRI scans at Soroka hospital showed ‘some kind of positive indication’ ….

Obama picks foreign policy aide as chief of staff 
YNet News, 25 Jan 2013 – US president taps longtime foreign policy aide Denis McDonough to help drive his second-term agenda ….

Germany: Hurtful comments damage Mideast peace
YNet News, 25 Jan 2013 – Asked about Morsi’s remark that Jews are ‘descendants of apes and pigs’ German Foreign Ministry official says ‘Aggressive or hurtful comments are unhelpful’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian patient dies at Erez due to prolonged security measures
PIC – A Palestinian patient died at the Erez crossing to the north of Gaza Strip on Friday evening due to the delay in allowing the ambulance car carrying him to cross.

IOF soldiers quell weekly peaceful march in Yatta
PIC – IOF soldiers violently quelled the weekly peaceful march organized by inhabitants to their land threatened with confiscation to the east of Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Saturday.

IOF deploys soldiers in Jenin to foil attempt to build new protest village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were deployed in Anin village to the west of Jenin on Saturday to foil the declared activists’ attempt to build a new protest village.

Palestinians of Syria rally outside UNRWA HQ for more support
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian refugees who fled the Syrian internal war rallied on Friday morning outside the headquarters of UNRWA in Lebanon to demand it to support them more actively.

Hamdan urges Abbas to create climate for national reconciliation
PIC – Director of Hamas’s international affairs Osama Hamdan called Mahmoud Abbas to create a favorable climate for the Palestinian reconciliation in order to serve the Palestinians from all spectra.

Suha Arafat: Cause of Arafat’s death to be announced on 20 June
PIC – The widow of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, Suha, said that the French authorities informed her that results of investigation into the cause of Arafat’s death would be announced on 20 June.

Medical team performs successful kidney transplants in Gaza hospital
PIC – A specialized medical team performed successfully two kidney transplant surgeries following months of coordination between the health ministry in Gaza and the organization of Islamic cooperation.

Three Palestinians including two brothers detained in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested two brothers in Al-Khalil after storming their father’s home on Friday night.

Sheikh Salah: Israel’s tyranny will not live forever
PIC – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 occupied lands, said that the Israeli occupation state is a tyrannical entity and its injustice would shorten its existence.


Public School Teachers to go on Three-Day Strike
WAFA – 26 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Events in Egypt Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 26 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Rain Expected at Night
WAFA – 26 Jan 2013

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


At Least 30 Die in Egyptian Riots After Soccer Verdict
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – The protests came after a Cairo judge sentenced 21 people to death in connection with a soccer riot a year ago in Port Said that killed 74 fans. 

Official Says Israel Has Options Short of War to Foil Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – Israel’s departing defense minister said that the Pentagon had prepared blueprints for an operation to set back Iran’s nuclear program should the United States decide to attack. 

Jihadists and Secular Activists Clash in Syrian Town
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – A dispute is testing the clout of jihadist fighters and the ability of civilian opposition groups to stand up to them. 

Iraq Parliament Votes to Keep Maliki From Seeking New Term
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – The move was the latest threat to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s hold on power and reflected rising anger among rivals over his rule, but it appeared unlikely that the law would ever go in to effect. 

The intimidation, dispossession and destruction of al-Maleh
Palestine Monitor – On January 17th at around 9 a.m. in the morning, two busloads of soldiers, numerous jeeps and three Caterpillar bulldozers carried out a demolition order on al-Maleh’s structures, a village in the Jordan Valley. Between…

The latest existential threat to Israel? Those Russians the world was implored to free
Mondoweiss – Two nights back, Charlie Rose had on former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy to talk about the Israeli elections, and at 12:30 he brings up what he calls a fundamental issue, one I’d never focused on, involving the citizenship of hundreds of thousands of Israelis. I thought…

Israeli election revealed ‘a total lack of political mobilization against’ the occupation
Mondoweiss – Days ago we published Alex Kane’s analysis that the occupation won in the Israeli election. That view now has support from several other poll-watchers. Yesterday I pointed out David Remnick’s view that Israel did not move to the left with this election, and that the Israeli…

Election Day in Jerusalem: Deciding to vote, boycott or rebel
Mondoweiss – Israeli shoppers in Zion Square enjoying a day off of work on Israel’s Election Day. (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) Tuesday’s election tumble for Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Yisrael Beitenu bloc has been regarded as a last ditch effort by the forces of Israeli secularism to halt the country’s dive…

Yesterday in Bil’in
Mondoweiss – Hamde Abu Rahma being treated by a medic. This report was sent from the Friday protest in Bilin: Friday (25 – 1-2013) photographer Hamde Abu Rahma ( 25 years old) was injured in his leg by tear gas and Rateb Abu Rahma (47 years old) was injured…

UN investigation to probe ‘unlawful killings’ by drones in Palestine, Pakistan and Yemen
Mondoweiss – A US operated drone launches a missile (File photo via Al Arabiya) An independent United Nations expert has announced that an investigation into US, UK and Israeli drone strikes will commence. The investigation into the drone strikes will be led by Ben Emmerson, the UN’s special…

Israel’s Decision To Withhold Tax Money From Palestinians May Impact Security 
The Forward New 26 Jan 2013 – Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to withhold tax revenues from Palestinians is undermining the livelihoods of the PA security forces that keep a lid on terrorism and violence. Click here for the rest of the article…

Fans verdicts spark Egypt unrest 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – At least 30 people are killed and 300 hurt in Port Said in Egypt, officials say, as death sentences passed on local people over football riots spark clashes.

MP ‘sorry’ over Israel criticism 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – British MP David Ward, who accused “the Jews” in Israel of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians… on a daily basis”, apologises for “unintended offence” caused by his words.

UK pledges £21m in aid over Syria 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – Britain is to give another £21m in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, as huge numbers of refugees continue to enter Jordan.

Stuart Littlewood: UK Liberal Democrats in a funk over free speech (again) 
Sabbah report 26 Jan 2013 – The UK Liberal Democrats track record is one of gutlessness and hypocrisy. They have the oldest Friends of Israel setup in the British parliament and now are in coalition with the Conservative Party, 80 percent of whose MPs are said be signed-up Friends of Israel. What…

Alan Hart: You must not tell the truth! And chutzpah defined 
Sabbah report 26 Jan 2013 – David Ward MP: “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting…

Stephen Lendman: Fascism Wins Big in Israel 
Sabbah report 26 Jan 2013 – Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected Israel’s most extremist government in history. Militarism, belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, occupation ruthlessness, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy. Peace is a non-starter. A so-called process never existed and doesn’t now. Israel won’t tolerate it. Netanyahu scorns it….

Neve Gordon: Five ways of looking at the Israeli parliament 
Sabbah report 26 Jan 2013 – Neve Gordon considers the way the results of the Israeli elections are being presented in the Israeli media and compares this with the reality: a victory for right-wing, anti-peace parties. Read More: Neve Gordon: Five ways of looking at the Israeli parliament . Sign up for our…

Though Illegal, Punishment Gets Physical in Lebanon Schools 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – Psychologist Patricia Daher said that many of today’s teachers grew up in classrooms where corporal punishment was commonplace. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) Psychologist Patricia Daher said that many of today’s teachers grew up in classrooms where corporal punishment was commonplace. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) In a sixth-grade class…

Interview: Suleiman Frangieh on Lebanese Elections and the Syrian Split 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – Lebanese MP and Marada Movement head Suleiman Frangieh tells Al-Akhbar his thoughts on the country’s upcoming elections, the most dangerous kind of weapon in Syria, and Salafi Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir’s recent ski trip. read more

Israeli collaborator arrested in Lebanon: sources 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – Lebanese army intelligence has arrested a Lebanese man for allegedly collaborating with Israel, according to judicial sources. The suspect is accused of doing Israeli intelligence work in Lebanon and Europe for over ten years. He is from Beirut’s southern suburbs, Hezbollah’s stronghold in the capital. His…

Nasrallah tells cadres Hezbollah “has changed” 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – Hezbollah’ Secretary General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah told his cadres in a private gathering that the Islamist group “has changed” and that the group’s ultimate priority is to “protect Lebanon”, a source reported to Al-Akhbar . “Hezbollah has changed and its priorities have changed based on circumstances,” Nasrallah…

Football riot death sentences spark violent clashes in Egypt 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – People react after hearing the final verdict of the 2012 Port Said massacre, in Port Said on 26 January 2013, which sentenced 21 people to death over their involvement in the Port Said soccer stadium disaster in which 74 people died last year. (Photo: Reuters -…

Iran official: attack on Syria is attack on us and our allies 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Jan 2013 – A rebel fighter tries to locate a government jet fighter in the city of Aleppo on January 18, 2013. UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned that Syria is in a “death spiral”, as his top humanitarian and human rights officials pleaded with the UN Security Council to…

Fans verdicts spark Egypt unrest 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – At least 30 people are killed and 300 hurt in Port Said in Egypt, officials say, as death sentences passed on local people over football riots spark clashes.

Sunnis rally at Fallujah funerals 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on Saturday at the funerals of Sunni protestors killed by army troops a day earlier.

MP ‘sorry’ over Israel criticism 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – British MP David Ward, who accused “the Jews” in Israel of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians… on a daily basis”, apologises for “unintended offence” caused by his words.

UK pledges £21m in aid over Syria 
BBC 26 Jan 2013 – Britain is to give another £21m in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, as huge numbers of refugees continue to enter Jordan.


Consolidating Its Center or Its Criminality? 
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 1/26/2013
      BEIRUT — All that can be said with certainty now about the Israeli election results is that the deck of political cards in parliament has been dramatically reshuffled: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with Avigdor Lieberman won 31 seats (much less than expected, and down from the 41 seats it held before) and remains the single biggest group, the extreme right Bayit Yehudi party of Naftali Bennett took 11 seats, and Yair Lapid’s new Yesh Atid party made the biggest splash with its 19 seats (more than the predicted 12 seats), making it the second biggest party in parliament.
     Any analysis of the election results clearly must differentiate between domestic policy and relations with the Palestinians and Arabs, which is the first real problem I have with the trends in Israeli public opinion that may be mirrored in the election results. This is because Israelis, for many reasons, have effectively obliterated the Palestine issue and Zionist settler-colonialism in occupied Arab territories as relevant political issues they must address. For years now, Israelis have not seen or felt the impact of their occupation and colonization policies, due to a variety of reasons that include concrete walls they built on the ground and walls of racism and Apartheid they created in their minds.
     So political platforms, voter decisions, election outcomes and possible coalitions for a new government can mean very different things when measured against domestic policies or Israeli-Palestinian-Arab relations. This is one major reason why I tend to concur with those Israeli and Palestinian analysts who remain skeptical about this election signaling a major shift towards the center, and away from right-wing, colonization- and annexation-based Zionist extremism and serial criminality. (By “criminality,” I mean Israel’s repeatedly ignoring and breaking international law in continuing to build settlements in occupied Palestinian lands. What is a law-breaker if not a criminal?).more.. e-mail

Israel’s ‘most wanted man’ finally tells his story 
Mohammed Suliman, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 1/25/2013
      Palestinians may not recognize the name Abdel Aziz Salha but most have seen a photograph of him. On 12 October 2000, almost two weeks after the eruption of the second intifada, Salha was photographed extending his blood-stained hands out of a Ramallah police station window, following the fatal stabbing of an Israeli soldier.
     The scene came after two weeks of horrifying bloodshed; up to that point, 85 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli fire during unarmed protests, including 10 holding Israeli citizenship; five Israelis had been killed.
     The two Israeli soldiers had just mistakenly driven into areas of Ramallah nominally controlled by the Palestinian Authority; they were then detained by PA police and held in the police station before it was stormed by Palestinian protestors, led by Salha, and brutally killed.
     The bodies of the two army reservists were mutilated by some in the crowd that had gathered outside the building and then dragged into Ramallah’s city center. Immediately following the killing of the two soldiers, Israel launched massive retaliatory airstrikes against PA targets in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including the Ramallah police station.
     Now aged 32, Salha is average-sized, dark-complexioned and well-dressed; he is almost bald, wears glasses and elegantly wraps a scarf around his neck. He has a speech impediment but I could not bring myself to ask him about it.
     Salha, who is originally from Ramallah, was released and forcibly transfered to Gaza after the latest prisoner swap agreement between Hamas and the Israeli government. more.. e-mail

What Yair Lapid’s anti-Zoabi comments reveal about Israeli politics 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 1/26/2013
      It is not considered racist in Israel to discriminate against 20 percent of the population and the millions more living in the occupied West Bank. It is considered the self-determination of the Jewish people.
     The few words Yair Lapid said to the press the day after the election that made his Yesh Atid party the second largest in Israel, are still troubling me. Ami Kaufman mentioned it in his post, but I think it merits a bit more attention, since while we in Israel may be desensitized and no longer shocked, it really is quite disturbing. Those following news here should know that his statement, in a nutshell, exposes not only what kind of politician he is going to be, but what is so rotten in the State of Israel.
     Watch the video and read my paraphrased translation of what he said:
     “Shalom to everyone. Yesterday, the citizens of Israel chose ‘normalness’ and a sort of sanity and hope, and the color returned to their cheeks because they have faith in us working together to make this a better place.
     “I heard the prime minister’s speech and I am happy to hear that he is talking about the things we’ve been talking about the last year: sharing the burden in the military, the middle class, to assist with housing and education things important to the people who live here and love this place, and we can continue to do that together.
     “I heard talk about a blocking majority- I want to take this off the table. We will not do that with Haneen Zoabiz [sic]– it is not going to happen. The results of the elections are clear and we need to operate in accordance. It’s hard to express my excitement – I want to thank….” more.. e-mail

Why I Do Not Want to Leave Palestine/Israel 
Lynda Burstein Brayer, CounterPunch 1/25/2013
      The Gift of the Other
     It is not by accident that I have been asked on several occasions, and not least by members of my own family, why I remain in the Jewish state of Israel. I am an implacable anti-Zionist and have left the Jewish religion formally, becoming a possible “meshumedet” or “one who is obliterated” according to Judaism! The question also arises because I was not born in Palestine or in the Jewish state of Israel but came to Israel on aliyah according to the Israeli Law of Return, legislated in 1950. I thereby fulfilled the Zionist dream of returning to the moledet or “land of my birth” [sic], a place I had never been prior to my “homecoming” at age 19! On the contrary, I had come into this world in 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
     Recognizing, therefore, that I have no rights in Palestine, and being of the opinion that the Jewish State of Israel is an illegitimate creation of the Western powers, sprung, as it were, from their colonialist loins, the question of why I stay is not out of place. It is clear that given my political understanding I cannot support a two-state solution because that automatically presupposes a Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state. This political solution, so–called, has become a meaningless mantra, because the possibility of its realization has already been pre-empted by the transfer of hundreds of thousands of Jewish citizens into that part of Palestine conquered in 1967, the uprooting of whom will require a full-scale war. The one-state solution seems to offer a more reasonable program, as long as it is fully democratic and takes into consideration the Palestinian refugee problem as well as the question of reparations to Palestinians. However, given the present capitalist and Zionist dispensation, such a solution seems more like pie in the sky!
     So why am I here?…. more.. e-mail

The intimidation, dispossession and destruction of al-Maleh
Palestine Monitor: 26 Jan 2013 – On January 17th at around 9 a.m. in the morning, two busloads of soldiers, numerous jeeps and three Caterpillar bulldozers carried out a demolition order on al-Maleh’s structures, a village in the Jordan Valley. Between…more

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