VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 27 January 2013

27 January 2012 — VTJP

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Ma’an News

Family: Israel sentences Hamas MP to 30 months
1/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hamas lawmaker Hassan Yousef was sentenced to 30 months in Israeli jail after serving several administrative detention terms, his family said on Sunday. Israel’s Ofer military court handed down the sentence on Thursday. Yousef is appealing the sentence and another court session will be held on Tuesday, relatives said….

Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms
1/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Any sign that Syria‘s grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice premier said on Sunday. Silvan Shalom confirmed a media report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had last week convened a meeting of security chiefs to discuss….

Official: Morocco pledges $500 million to aid reconciliation
1/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Morocco has pledged to give $500 million to support reconciliation between Palestinian factions, a reconciliation committee official said Sunday. Abdul Aziz Qudaih, a spokesman for the social reconciliation committee, said Morocco would donate the money to the committee once a unity government has been formed, without giving further details. The….

Qatari fuel for Gaza halted due to Egypt unrest
1/27/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Qatari-donated fuel to Gaza has again been suspended due to the security situation in Egypt, security sources said Sunday. Officials said the last delivery, of 235,000 liters of fuel, crossed on Wednesday, but transfers were since halted until further notice. Unrest in Port Said, Suez and Ismailiya caused the suspension….

Israeli soccer club’s fans object to Muslim players
1/27/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An Israeli soccer club notorious for the anti-Arab chants of its fans plans to recruit two Muslim players, fueling protests in the stands that a senior cabinet minister condemned as shocking and racist. At a Premier League game on Saturday, Beitar Jerusalem supporters held a banner reading “Beitar will always remain pure”. Other….

Gaza university introduces dress code for women
1/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A university in the Gaza Strip announced this week that female students must abide by an “Islamic” dress code, causing uproar from Palestinian groups and students themselves. Al-Aqsa University in Gaza City will implement the dress regulations when the new semester begins. University president Salam al-Agha clarified to Ma’…. Related: PA official: Female dress code at Gaza university ‘illegal’

Palestinian press group urges Hamas to release journalists
1/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on Sunday called on Hamas to release 6 journalists detained in a media crackdown in Gaza last week. The Palestinian syndicate, together with other journalists, held a protest in front of the press group’s headquarters in Al-Bireh, which was attended by members of the Palestinian….

Egypt orders retrial of imprisoned Israeli
1/27/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered a re-trial of an Israeli man accused on entering the country illegally, after he had been freed a day earlier. Andre Pshenichnikov, 24, was detained in the border Sinai peninsula on Dec. 31 after sneaking across the border from Israel, Egyptian security sources said….

Abbas congratulates Jordan on parliamentary elections
1/27/2013 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — President Mahmud Abbas on Sunday praised the positive atmosphere of the Jordanian parliamentary elections, according to the Jordanian al-Dustor newspaper. 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.” We as Palestinians are happy for….

Abbas: Israeli govt coalition may change, peace demands will not
1/27/2013 – ADDIS ABABA (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that while Israeli governmental coalitions may change, the demands for peace will not, according to the official Palestinian news agency. Abbas, addressing the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, said Israel must end settlement activities, release all Palestinian prisoners, and resolve all final status….

Argentina, Iran to form ‘truth commission’ for 1994 bombing
1/27/2013 – BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina said on Sunday it had agreed with Iran to establish a “truth commission” in a bid to resolve the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that Argentine courts accuse the Iran of sponsoring. Argentine President Cristina Fernandez agreed to open talks with Tehran on the attack last year….

Tunisian president postpones Gaza visit until March
1/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has postponed his visit to the Gaza Strip until March, his office said Sunday. Marzouki had planned to visit the coastal territory in early February, but the Tunisian official’s office said the trip had been postponed after talks with President Abbas at the African….

Analysts: Reconciliation held up by Egypt clashes
1/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Reconciliation between Palestinian political factions will be held up by Egypt’s security situation, as the parties won’t do anything without Egyptian leadership, political analysts said Sunday. More than 30 people were killed in Egypt protests on Saturday, following a day of anti-Mursi demonstrations on Friday, when nine….

Reconciliation committees hold remote meeting
1/27/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two committees tasked with implementing aspects of a Palestinian reconciliation deal held a video conference on Sunday, officials said. West Bank and Gaza-based members of the social reconciliation committee and public freedoms committee spoke via video conference,MP Ashraf Juma said. The lawmakers said the meeting was the result of….

PA official: Female dress code at Gaza university ‘illegal’
1/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education on Sunday issued an official condemnation over a Gaza university’s decision to implement an “Islamic” dress code for female students. Al-Aqsa University president Salam al-Agha told Ma’an Sunday that the code, which is set to be implemented when the new…. Related: Gaza university introduces dress code for women

1 million shekels seized in Hebron armed robbery
1/27/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Masked gunmen ambushed a car transferring Palestinian company funds in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday morning, security officials said. The vehicle, belonging to Palestinian trading group Unipal, was headed to the bank to deposit money when it was ambushed in the Ras al-Jura neighborhood. The gunmen chased….

Fire crews extinguish Ramallah car scrap blaze
1/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fire crews put out a blaze in a car scrap yard near Ramallah on Sunday, officials said. The fire burnt five cars in the yard, near Budrus village in the central West Bank, before emergency crews stopped the spread of the flames. [END]

Egyptian youths, police clash in fourth day of street violence
1/27/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Police fired tear gas at dozens of stone-throwing protesters in Cairo on Sunday in a fourth day of street violence that has killed at least 41 people and compounded the political challenges facing President Muhammad Mursi. The most deadly clashes flared up in Port Said where 32 people were killed on Saturday alone….

Syrian rebels, army clash in Damascus during UN visit
1/27/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in southwest Damascus on Sunday, forcing the closure of the main highway to the southern town of Deraa, activists said. The fighting came as United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited Syria ahead of a UN aid conference which aims to raise $1….

4 killed, many hurt at funerals in Egypt port city
1/27/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Four people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Egypt’s Port Said on Sunday during the funerals of 33 protesters killed at the weekend, part of a wave of violence piling pressure on Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. State television said Mursi would address the nation later on Sunday. A total….

Egypt’s president to address nation on crisis
1/27/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi will address the nation on Sunday evening, state television said, after 45 people were killed in violent protests over the past four days. The television gave no further details. Opposition groups, who accuse the Islamist president of betraying the uprising which toppled Hosni Mubarak two years ago….

Russia says Assad’s prospects fading
1/27/2013 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia said the chances of Syrian President Bashar Assad staying in power were growing “smaller and smaller”, as fighting on Sunday in southwestern Damascus shut a main highway from the capital. Assad has long counted Moscow as an ally and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks were the most vocal Russian statement….

Egypt president declares state of emergency in three cities
1/27/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi announced on Sunday he was imposing a state of emergency for 30 days in three cities along the Suez Canal that have been the scene of the worst violence that flared at the weekend, killing more than 45 people. Mursi made the announcement in a televised address in which….


Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Two people wounded by Palestinian police in Rafah: PCHR calls for investigation
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International Solidarity Movement

Continued harrassment of the Nasser family in Madama
1/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Madama, Occupied Palestine – A month after unprovoked settler and army attacks, the victim of severe violence Mamun Nasser remains in Israeli prison. The arrest of yet another member of the Nasser family shows Israeli army’s continued harassment in Madama. On December 18th the notorious security guard charged….

The most violent settlement in the West Bank encroaches on Asira al Qibliya
1/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 27 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Asira al Qibliya, Occupied Palestine – According to OCHA statistics Yizhar is the most violent settlement in the whole of the West Bank with 70 recorded incidents in 2011 alone. Every week there is at least one attack by Yizhar settlers in the six affected villages. Four months ago, settlers….

The National

Abu Dhabi hosts Global Issues Network for the first time
The National 27 Jan 2013 – From energy to education, students from around the world gather to try to solve Abu Dhabi’s challenges.

USS Rushmore docking at Port Khalifa a symbol of strong US-UAE ties, says ambassador
The National 27 Jan 2013US ambassador Michael Corbin hails the docking of USS Rushmore at Abu Dhabi’s Port Khalifa as a ‘historic moment’.

Emirati with a passion to keep UAE’s rare bird alive
The National 27 Jan 2013 – A post-office worker changed careers to head for the dunes and help boost the numbers of the rare houbara bustard living in the wild.

Operator warned before Global Village Ferris wheel accident, says family
The National 27 Jan 2013 – The operator of the Ferris wheel at Global Village was warned there might be a problem before the accident took place, according to the cousin of the Emirati victim.

French and Malians close in on Timbuktu
The National 27 Jan 2013 – Most militants flee north in face of onslaught on ground and in air but have by no means disappeared, reports Alice Fordham from Bamako 

Syrian students in UK face expulsion after funding stops
The National 27 Jan 2013 – More than 600 Syrian students in the UK face expulsion after the crisis in Syria dried up their scholarship funding. Omar Karmi reports from London 

Israel accused of forcing birth control on Ethiopians
The National 27 Jan 2013 – Depo-Provera was injected every three months into Ethiopian women ‘to cut poor and black birth rate’, women‘s rights group says. Hugh Naylor reports from Jerusalem 

Delhi women take safety into their own hands
The National 27 Jan 2013 – Women in India’s capital are taking self-defence classes, snapping up pepper sprays, booking cabs with female drivers or leaving work early following the gang rape and murder of a student last month.

Ha’aretz

Ten Palestinians killed by ‘less lethal’ IDF weapons since 2005, B’Tselem reports
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

What’s really behind Netanyahu’s warnings about Syria?
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Bedouin’s slam Israel’s land offer as ‘back-room deal’
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Israel held accused African rapist and victim even after complaint withdrawn
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Shas sending Netanyahu mixed messages about joining coalition
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Lieberman fraud trial to open in three weeks
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Significant activity detected in Ariel Sharon’s brain
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

U.S. upgrades strike capabilities against Iran, stations ‘stealth’ fighters in Gulf
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Netanyahu: Iran preparing for another Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Sheldon Adelson invested in fight against Hagel, NYT reports
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

One-fourth of Israeli Holocaust survivors are poor, foundation says
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Ultra-Orthodox parties to conduct coalition negotiations as united bloc
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

Ashdod Port workers tweak birth certificates to increase pensions
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2013

013 / Pro-Palestinian group protests at UEFA offices
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Likud MKs: Netanyahu wants a coalition without Bennett
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Galilee shoebox stuffed with papers tells Nazi-era thriller
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Israeli cabinet to vote on proposal for Negev Bedouin
Ha’aretz – 26 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Student turns Holocaust survivors’ words into song
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Bar Ilan University student takes series of songs composed entirely of messages from Holocaust generation, entitled “Insights.” 

NGO reviews Holocaust survivors’ services
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – NGO Aviv publishes a report reviewing changes made to survivors’ services in 2012 in honor of Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

Iran denies mystery explosion in Fordow facility
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – According to former Iranian Revolutionary Guard report, explosion at Fordow destroyed much of the instillation; remains unverified. 

Gov’t approves plan for disputed Beduin lands
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Negative reactions meet decision to establish 38% of Beduin land in Negev under state control, demolish some structures. 

IIOSH calls for adherence to safety protocols
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Following death of workers in Ashdod refinery, Institute of Occupational Safety and Hygiene warns of safety in workplace. 

Study shows Israel’s middle class is shrinking
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Adva Center for equality and social justice in Israel finds middle class in Israel is shrinking, falling to 27.8% in 2010. 

Hadassah improves blood test for BRCA mutations
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – New blood test to detect carriers of gene mutations for breast cancer is “faster, more accurate and cheaper,” researchers say. 

Labor infighting continues over joining coalition
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Herzog, Cable accuse each other of pressuring Yacimovich to join gov’t; senior MKs remain coy about possible leadership race. 

Meet the MK: Michal Biran
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Third in a series on the 48 new members of the 19th Knesset: Labor’s Michal Biran says budget must be more transparent, calls for regulation in housing market. 

Bethlehem governor bars contact with Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Abdel Fattah Hamayel issues an order banning Palestinian institutions in his district from having any direct links with Israel. 

WJC, MKs to honor Christian supporters of Israel
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – The Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the World Jewish Congress too give awards to Christian allies of Israel. 

Ministry report: Attacks against Jews on the rise
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Diaspora Affairs Ministry issues new report, indicating radicalism is responsible for new wave of anti-Semitism in Europe. 

CleanTech Exhibition in TA emphasizes water tech
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – CleanTech 2013 provides a hub for the int’l exchange of renewable energy ideas and stresses advancement in water technology. 

Tehran-Ankara tensions grow after Iranian threat
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Following comments made by an aide to Khamenei that Iran would respond to attack on Syria, relations with Turkey deteriorate. 

Egypt’s Morsi declares state of emergency in three cities
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Violence flaring up around country kills 49 people; Egyptian president enacts Mubarak-style executive power in Ismailia, Suez, Port Said in attempt to sooth opposition, cool tempers. 

Motorcycle Bandit 2: ‘Violent, determined criminal’
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Police speak of their lengthy look for two-wheeled bank thief that robbed more than 15 banks and killed a security guard. 

Embracing Israel’s allies
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – It is a time when members of the Israel’s government and Jewish leaders have a chance to reach out to their Christian counterparts and say thank you. 

Fighting anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – As Netanyahu noted, while the desire to annihilate the Jews has not changed since the time of the Holocaust, “what has changed is the ability of the Jews to defend themselves.” 

Only education can equalize the burden
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – If equalizing the burden is to become a long-term national priority, then we must realize that there is no quick-fix solution. 

Think About It: 50 new MKs, 19 from Yesh Atid
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Assuming that the situation in Israel is at least approaching the latter case, it will be interesting to see how Yesh Atid in general and Yair Lapid in particular fare over the next four years. 

Iran sentences US pastor to 8 years for Christianity
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Tehran’s “hanging judge” sentences US-Iranian pastor Abedini, who has allegedly been beaten and tortured since last fall. 

Beit Shemesh one year on – an insider’s view
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – The relative peace and quiet currently enjoyed by the city’s residents will be tested this year, with tension around the battle for city hall expected to come to a head. 

The Region: The Arab Left
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – The Western Left has sided with the reactionaries because they hate their own countries’ systems more. This is a mistake and their compatriots will pay for it in blood. 

IDF deploys Iron Domes in North amid Syria worries
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Iron Dome batteries moved North as IDF brass increasingly concerned over Syrian civil war, Assad’s chemical arsenal. 

Argentina, Iran to form c’tee over 1994 bombing
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Countries plan “truth commission” to solve long-standing dispute over bombing of Jewish center, allegedly carried out by Tehran. 

3 dead, hundreds hurt at funerals in Egypt port city
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Clashes in Egypt’s Port Said continue as protesters reignite anti-Morsi activity; Egyptian president set to address nation. 

Berlusconi defends Mussolini on Holocaust day
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Former Italian PM Berlusconi triggers outrage in Italy by defend Nazi-allied Mussolini, dozing off at memorial event. 

Ariel Sharon shows significant neural activity
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Brain of former PM – in coma for 7 years – shows “surprisingly significant activity,”; no indication he’ll ever wake up. 

Court sets February date for first Liberman hearing
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – Three judges to hear the case of ex-foreign minister Liberman next month; Weinstein: 3 judges required due to public interest. 

‘Sunday Times’ posts Israel cartoon on Holocaust day
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2013 – On Holocaust Memorial Day, British weekly publishes cartoon depicting big-nosed Netanyahu paving wall with Palestinian blood, limbs. 

The Guardian

Palestinian deaths raises concern over Israeli army use of live fire
The Guardian 27 Jan 2013 – At least five young unarmed people shot by soldiers despite rules permitting live fire only in extreme circumstances At least five unarmed young Palestinians, including a 21-year-old woman, have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in…

Ariel Sharon showing brain activity seven years into comatose state
The Guardian 27 Jan 2013 – Former Israeli PM responding to external stimuli including son’s voice and family pictures, say team of Israeli and US scientists A team of Israeli and US scientists say new tests on comatose former Prime Minister Ariel…

Holocaust memorial day commemorated across the world – video
The Guardian 27 Jan 2013 – People gather for remembrance ceremonies across the world on Sunday to commemorate Holocaust memorial day

Inter Press Service

New Revolution Against New Constitution
IPS Hundreds of thousands hit the streets countrywide on and after the second anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising Jan. 25 to protest the policies of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from which he hails. A chief demand was the abrogation – or modification at least – of Egypt’s…

Uruknet

Drones, US Propaganda and Imperial Hubris
Uruknet

A Terrible Normality
Uruknet

Ex-prisoner’s life ‘at risk’ after joining hunger strike
Uruknet

A Desperate al-Maliki Resorts to Violence Against Peaceful Protests
Uruknet

The intimidation, dispossession and destruction of al-Maleh
Uruknet

Serving the Imperialists’ Interests in Mali
Uruknet

Lapid’s platform: No Jerusalem compromise, no settlement freeze
Uruknet

In Twitter/WikiLeaks Case, Appeals Court Rules Government Allowed to Keep Surveillance Secret
Uruknet

Mass protests against Mursi mark second anniversary of Egyptian Revolution
Uruknet

Beit Iksa’s residence standing strong after the forceful eviction of Bab Al Karama
Uruknet

Daily Star

French defence minister discusses Mali in Saudi
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed with the Saudi crown prince his country’s intervention in Mali and military cooperation between Paris and Riyadh, a French diplomat told AFP.

Argentina, Iran agree on bombing probe
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Argentina and Iran have reached a breakthrough in the investigation of a Jewish center bombing that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires 19 years ago.

Egypt’s leader declares emergency after clashes kill 49
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi declared a month-long state of emergency in three cities along the Suez Canal which have been the focus of anti-government violence that has killed dozens of people over the past four days.

Iraq inks oil exploration deal with Kuwait Energy
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Iraqi energy officials on Sunday signed an oil exploration deal with a Kuwait-led group, finalising a deal that was altered to expel a Turkish firm amid worsening ties with Ankara.

Protests erupt in Egypt city under state of emergency
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 About 200 people marched on Sunday in the streets of Ismailia, east of Egypt’s capital, shortly after President Mohamed Mursi declared a state of emergency there and in two other Suez Canal cities

Iran says ready to help Syrian refugees in Jordan
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Iran’s deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in Jordan on Sunday that his country was ready to provide aid to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees living who live in the kingdom.

Israeli approves Bedouin settlement plan
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Israel on Sunday approved a plan to settle tens of thousands of desert-dwelling Bedouin in permanent townships, triggering criticism from opponents who say it will displace many from their traditional lands.

UN humanitarian chief in Syria for talks
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 The United Nations humanitarian chief was in Damascus on Sunday for talks with Syrian officials about the nation’s conflict, which has forced millions of people from their homes, destroyed the country’s cities and created food and…

Bahrain police, mourners clash after boy’s funeral
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Riot police and mourners have clashed in Bahrain following the funeral of an 8-year-old boy whom opposition groups claim died from respiratory problems triggered by heavy tear gas.

Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms
Daily Star 27 Jan 2013 Any sign that Syria‘s grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice premier said on Sunday.

YNet News

Study: Middle class shrinking in quality, quantity 
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – ….

Chile’s Pinera praises Hugo Chavez’s courage
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – ….

Study: Former-USSR immigrants’ standing improves
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – ….

Stanley Karnow, reporter-historian, dies at 87
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – ….

UK: Specific threat to Westerners in Somaliland
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – ….

Abbas waiting for Yair
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: As far as PA is concerned, any moderate Israeli FM would be 100 times better than Lieberman ….

Europe losing its memory
YNet News, 27 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Day of remembrance highly disconnected from what European societies really feel about Holocaust ….

Palestinian Information Center

Mishaal arrives in Jordan on an official visit
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, arrived in Amman on Sunday on an official few days visit to Jordan, political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq said.

Israeli forces storm prison, assault prisoners
PIC – Special forces, affiliated with the Israeli prison authority, raided various wards in Askalan jail on Sunday morning and severely beat up Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas renews rejection of two-state solution
PIC – Hamas movement renewed on Sunday its rejection of the two-state solution, affirming its refusal to recognize the “Zionist entityâ€.

IOF stops road construction work northern Nablus
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stopped on Sunday morning the construction work of an agricultural road near the village of Zawata, north of the city of Nablus.

IOF arrest 6 Palestinian civilians in WB and Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces arrested at dawn on Sunday 6 citizens in occupied Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nablus.

Turkish Green Crescent Society branch in Gaza
PIC – An agreement signed between the former health minister, Dr. Bassem Naim, and head of the Turkish Green Crescent Society, Prof. Ihsan Karaman, to establish a new branch of the organization in Gaza. 

4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
PIC – Working Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria confirmed on Sunday that 4 Palestinian refugees were killed, while a bus carrying 14 passengers from Khan al-Shih refugee camp was hijacked.

Gaza to participate in Gulfood next month
PIC – Gaza Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) is prepairing to attend the Gulfood Exhibition 2013, February 25-28 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

IPS imposes harsh penalties against 27 prisoners
PIC – The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) imposed unprecedented severe penalties and harsh measures against 27 prisoners, where they were isolated in Elah prison after being repressed..

Radwan slams int’l groups for not aiding Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
PIC – Palestinian minister of religious affairs Ismail Radwan expressed his dismay at the reluctance of the international human rights and aid groups to extend help to the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

WAFA

India Reiterates Solidarity with Palestine
WAFA – 27 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Up
WAFA – 27 Jan 2013

Misc

Rioting follows soccer verdict in Port Said, Egypt
LA Times 27 Jan 2013 – At least 30 people, including two police officers, are killed as mobs take to the streets of Port Said after 21 soccer fans are sentenced to death for a deadly stadium riot last year. CAIRO — Deadly clashes and an attempted jailbreak erupted in the…

Iran issues threatening warning against attack on Syria
LA Times 26 Jan 2013 – A top Iranian official’s comments come as the first NATO-deployed Patriot missile batteries are declared operational along Turkey’s border with Syria. BEIRUT — Any foreign attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran, a senior Iranian official warned Saturday as the first Patriot…

For Yiddish, a Fresh Presence Online
New York Times 27 Jan 2013 – Encouraged by what it sees as renewed interest in Yiddish among younger people, The Forward newspaper plans to introduce a rejuvenated and enhanced Yiddish Web site on Feb. 4. 

Ariel Sharon Brain Scan Shows Response to Stimuli
New York Times 27 Jan 2013 – The results of a brain scan performed on Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who had a stroke seven years ago, raise the chances that he is able to hear and understand. 

Refugee Crisis Grows as Violence Flares Across Syria
New York Times 27 Jan 2013 – Fierce fighting and desperate living conditions have led 650,000 people to flee Syria and have left another 2 million displaced inside the country. 

Egypt’s Morsi Declares State of Emergency
New York Times 27 Jan 2013 – Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s president, declared a state of emergency in the provinces hit hardest by the wave of violence that has left more than 50 dead in three days. 

The Lede Blog: Egypt’s Soccer Riots, a View From the Ground
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – Videos show reaction in Cairo and another Egyptian city, Port Said, to death sentences handed down in a deadly soccer riot case. 

Israeli Official Hints Pentagon Plans May Make Lone Strike on Iran Unnecessary
New York Times 26 Jan 2013 – Israel’s departing defense minister, Ehud Barak, made a statement that was a possible indication that Israel has shelved plans for any unilateral strike. 

Water analysis co Blue I raises $3m 
Globes Energy & Water – The company will use the investment from Effi Capital to enter new markets in South America and India.

Permira Fund mulls buying Given Imaging
Globes Main News – The private equity firm’s representatives were in Israel last week to visit the pill camera developer’s headquarters.

Rumors Oracle upped Mellanox stake
Globes Main News – 11 million Mellanox shares changed hands last Thursday and Oracle might have raised its 9.8% stake in the Infiniband developer.

Teva considers disclosing senior exec pay
Globes Main News – Teva CEO Dr. Jeremy Levin, reportedly considers it proper to give public expression to the company’s salary policy.

Sun: Mellanox fails to lift TASE
Globes Main News – Mellanox corrected upwards sharply, but telcos lost ground.

CBS tells SodaStream to change Super Bowl ad
Globes Main News – SodaStream is the first Israeli company to run an ad in the Super Bowl.

Analysts forecast no change in February interest rate 
Globes Macro Economics – The “Bloomberg” poll was unanimous: The Bank of Israel will keep the interest rate for February at 1.75%.

Kinneret surpasses average annual rise 
Globes Macro Economics – This January will be the lake’s best year since measurements began.

Iron Dome batteries deployed in north 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Israel has deployed Iron Dome batteries in Haifa and the north in response to Syria‘s escalating civil war.

Foreign defense firms’ offset purchases in Israel soar 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Actual buybacks exceed pledges, as firms find Israeli suppliers’ quality and reliability high, “Defense News” reports.

Elbit Systems wins $35m IDF contract for UAV upgrades 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Todays contracts follow Ministry of Defense orders in 2012 for Hermes 900 UAVs and maintenance services.

Pentagon official confirms plan exists to attack Iran 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – A top official has confirmed remarks by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, saying plans shouldn’t come as a surprise.

SCOOP: Iran’s Fordo Nuclear Plant Extensively Damaged by Sabotage
Tikun Olam – Yediot headline: “Explosion–Mystery in Iran” A highly-placed Israeli source informs me that Iran’s uranium enrichment facility at Fordo has been extensively damaged by an explosion.  The bomb was the work of a joint Israeli-U.S.-MEK sabotage operation codenamed Achilles, which used a Trojan horse to infiltrate the…

Could the Israel lobby’s unending battle to stop Hagel hurt the lobby?
Mondoweiss – I thought the Chuck Hagel battle was over, that Chuck Schumer saying Hagel “convinced me he had changed his views” on Israel meant that the nomination is a slam dunk. But The New York Times reports that “secret donors” are financing the fight against Chuck Hagel…

Anointed by Kristol, rising Middle East expert Rand Paul lectures Kerry
Mondoweiss – Rand Paul’s taking a leading role as Israel’s protector lately. The other day the Republican Senator from Kentucky went head to head with John Kerry during Kerry’s Secretary of State confirmation hearing, grilling him and lecturing him about the Middle East (3:34): Paul : You’ve heard President…

Last Israeli attack destroyed every pane of glass in Gaza –Shlomi Eldar
Mondoweiss – Last week we excerpted a Haaretz interview with Shlomi Eldar, an Israeli TV journalist, in which he said that he had suppressed information about Israel’s killings of civilians in Gaza during Cast Lead. Issandr El Amrani also picked up the Eldar interview , titled “There is no…

Israel admits giving contraceptive injections to Ethiopian immigrant women
Mondoweiss – A disturbing story of official racism in Israel. Haaretz reports : Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera. Health Ministry Director General Prof….

London Times Cartoon Depicts Benjamin Netanayahu Building Bloody Wall 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Jan 2013 – An editorial cartoon showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement was published in London’s Sunday Times. Click here for the rest of the article…

Former Israeli Premier Ariel Sharon Has ‘Significant’ Brain Activity Despite Coma 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Jan 2013 – Tests on former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon showed that he has significant brain activity, despite being presumed to be in a vegetative state. Click here for the rest of the article…

39% of French Say Jews Hold ‘Too Much Power’ 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Jan 2013 – A new survey on how Frenchmen perceive Jews revealed widespread anti-Semitism alongside high support for Israel and pro-Jewish sentiments. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Admits Birth Control Program for Ethiopians 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Jan 2013 – A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morsi declares Egypt emergency 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi declares a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after deadly rioting.

Ariel Sharon ‘has brain activity’ 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has been in a coma for seven years, shows significant signs of brain activity, doctors say.

Argentina and Iran agree on probe 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Argentina says it has reached a “historic deal” with Iran to establish a “truth commission” into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

Mohamed Khodr: Amendment to U.S. Constitution. President Nominates Hagel, Israel Lobby Gives “Advise and Consent”, Not U.S. Senate 
Sabbah report 27 Jan 2013 – In effect, Hagel imbibed, adopted, and swallowed Israel’s laundry list of demands. NOTHING BUT ISRAEL is the concern of Jewish Americans in and out of government, the rest of the world can go to hell. Hagel lost and sold his soul, honor, dignity, self respect, courage,…

Israel’s Left Turn to the Far Right 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Jan 2013 – An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian youth during a protest against the war on Gaza, at the Qalandia checkpoint, in the occupied West Bank, on 16 November 2012. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian youth during a protest against the war…

Seven killed in Egypt violence, Mursi declares curfew 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Jan 2013 – Protesters against Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo on 27 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) Updated 11:15pm: President Mohammed Mursi Sunday declared a state of emergency in three provinces hit by…

Israel threatens Syria strike if rebels get chemical arms 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Jan 2013 – Any sign that Syria‘s grip on its chemical weapons is slipping as it battles armed rebels could trigger Israeli military strikes, Israel’s vice premier said on Sunday. Should Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas or rebels battling forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad obtain Syria‘s chemical weapons, Silvan…

Israelis admit giving long-term contraceptives to Ethiopian women 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Jan 2013 – An Israeli official acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian descent with long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera, Haaretz reported Sunday. The birth-rate of the Israeli Ethiopian community had declined by over 50 percent in the past 10 years. Sharona Eliahu of the Israeli Association of Civil Rights…

Palestinian Hunger Strikers force decline in political prisoners: Report 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Jan 2013 – The number of political prisoners in Israel, detained without charge, has dropped from 310 in January 2012 to 178 in the last year in response to the Palestinian hunger strikes, according to statistics published by Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Addameer. Fewer political prisoners does…

Interview: Suleiman Frangieh on Lebanese Elections and the Syrian Split 
Al-Akhbar Politics 26 Jan 2013 – We believe in content more than form, but some do not agree. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) We believe in content more than form, but some do not agree. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) Lebanese MP and Marada Movement head Suleiman Frangieh tells Al-Akhbar his thoughts on the country’s upcoming…

Morsi declares Egypt emergency 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi declares a state of emergency in the cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismalia after deadly rioting.

UAE ‘dissidents’ to stand trial 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – The United Arab Emirates orders 94 people to be tried on charges of trying to seize power, accusing them of links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ariel Sharon ‘has brain activity’ 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who has been in a coma for seven years, shows significant signs of brain activity, doctors say.

Argentina and Iran agree on probe 
BBC 27 Jan 2013 – Argentina says it has reached a “historic deal” with Iran to establish a “truth commission” into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre.

Articles


A grenade here, a grenade there – so they’ll learn 
Dor Sandak, +972 Magazine 1/27/2013
      A 21-year-old Palestinian student was killed by Israeli army fire last week. ‘I suppose that just like myself back then, today too, soldiers shoot because that is what their sergeant ordered them to do: to teach a lesson, to remain in charge.’
     A 21-year-old Palestinian student was killed last week by Israeli army fire near the Al Aroub refugee camp. A Molotov cocktail, stone-throwing, escape. One woman killed, two wounded.
     This brings me back to 11 years ago: I was a young soldier, stationed in that precise area – Road 60, Hebron-bound, in the localities of Al Aroub and Beit Ummar.
     It was late 2001, shortly after the assassination of “Ghandi” (Israeli cabinet minister Rehavam Ze’evi). We were assigned to secure a section of the road near the Jewish settlement of Karmei Tzur. We were told that the road must be “clean” in the mornings and afternoons when the Jewish settlers from Karmei Tzur drive to and from Jerusalem for work. “Clean,” meaning devoid of Palestinians.
     So, what’s the problem? The problem is that 15,000 Palestinians live in the nearby refugee camp of Al Aroub and the village of Beit Ummar. At the time, Palestinians were not permitted to travel on Road 60, except for taxis and vehicles with special permits. But they still had to go about their everyday lives, getting from home to school, to work and to the hospital, which they did by walking along the side of the road. Life, you know.
     So how does one keep the road “clean”? Gunfire. more.. e-mail

In Bab Al-Shams, Palestinians create new facts on the ground 
Irene Nasser, +972 Magazine 1/25/2013
      What made Bab Al-Shams significant was the fact that it asserted that Palestinian activists would not simply react to injustices the occupation laid at our doorstep, but that we were determined to create our own realities on the ground.’
     Last week, I witnessed a remarkable victory for Palestinian unarmed civil resistance. Over a frigid January weekend, I joined hundreds of Palestinians in establishing Bab Al-Shams (literally ‘Gate of the Sun’), a new Palestinian village, erected on private Palestinian land near Jerusalem in the territory known as E1, which Israel has controversially slated for future settlement growth.
     The planning, coordination and discipline that went into this action were extraordinary. The exact plans were kept as a closely guarded secret until the last moment, when they were revealed to activists who gathered for a supposed planning camp in Jericho. Those who opted to participate boarded buses and began work on constructing the village. When we arrived at the site, tents were quickly erected, electricity connected, and a media center and clinic set up. On the owners’ behalf, lawyers obtained an injunction from Israel’s High Court barring our immediate evacuation. We held discussions and strategy sessions, as Bab Al-Shams provided the rare opportunity for Palestinian women and men from throughout Palestine to meet face to face. Before long, we were met by others who had run for miles through the hills, bypassing an Israeli cordon to join us.
     Forty-eight hours later, in the middle of the night, after the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office argued before the court that we posed an extreme security threat, hundreds of Israeli Police special forces arrived to evict Bab Al-Shams – proving that acts of unarmed civil resistance are often the most disquieting to those bent on domination and intimidation. more.. e-mail

After the elections, the Palestinians must scare Israel into ending the occupation 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 1/25/2013
      Our post-election depression comes from being reminded that an end to tyranny and inevitable war is as distant as ever. It’s time for new ideas – or old ideas that haven’t been tried.
     Well, that was fun. And now it’s over, and who really cares whether Yair Lapid becomes minister of this or minister of that; the twin elephants of tyranny over the Palestinians and the inevitability of war are still in the living room, and if anything, the country seems more determined than before to pretend they aren’t there.
     For those who do see those elephants, there’s a sense of let-down, of anti-climax: all that excitement for nothing. It’s post-election depression, caused by the realization that after all the excitement over Da’am or Meretz or Hadash or whoever, an end to the tyranny and the automatic wars remains so damn far away. After all the excitement, we’re back to normal with a thud, and we remember with depressing clarity that this gradualism isn’t working, that it plays right into Israel’s hands, and that something has to change. So I think it’s time to forget the election, to treat the formation of the government as entertainment at most, and think anew about how to force the change, how to uproot the status quo.
     I keep coming back to one conclusion: Israel isn’t going to do it, and the West isn’t going to force Israel’s hand, certainly not now. It’s up to the Palestinians. That’s not fair, but that’s reality.
     The best that I or any other non-Palestinian can do is offer ideas and support for supportable Palestinian goals and tactics. And it seems to me that the Palestinians have to scare the shit out of this country, and the best ways I’ve heard of to do that are 1) taking Israel to The Hague, and 2) demanding Israeli citizenship for the 4 million-plus Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.more.. e-mail

US-led Sanctions Contribute to the Destruction of Syria’s Millenary History 
Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch 1/25/2013
      Barring Medicines in Syria
     What a difference a week can make. The heaviest snow in Syria in a quarter-century, some claimed, last week’s storm closed for a time even the main highway from Damascus to Beirut.
     But that was then and now its spring in Damascus, or so it feels to those of us used to New England Januarys. It’s nearly downright balmy here. Spring flowers are bursting out all over and the city parks are crowded with mothers pushing baby carriages, kids playing and young lovers cooing softly on the park benches. Park workers are raking the dead leaves and others trimming the palm trees and piling the branches neatly on flatbed trucks.
     What “civil war”? What “crisis”? One is tempted to ask himself even though there continues to be intermittent “thuds” and a jet streaking overhead now and then en route apparently to one of the suburbs where clashes erupt intermittently.
     It’s been a rough winter and perhaps we are just experiencing here a false spring. Yet one senses a palpable sigh of relief and even some optimism while talking to citizens, NGO staffers and some officials. It could be partly the wonderful weather but perhaps also a realization that a corner may have been turned, peace and security will be restored and the killing ended. Some refugees are to be seen returning to Damascus. Syrians and Palestinians from Lebanon — yet there are still traffic backups with cars piled high with personal belongings crossing over to Lebanon at the Masnaa border checkpoint. Meanwhile the Ministry of Interior in Damascus has pledged various forms of help to those who heed the governments call to “come back home to your people.” more.. e-mail

Political division and Israel’s siege “badly affecting” basketball in Gaza, says referee
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jan 2013 – Rami Almeghari Gaza Strip 27 January 2013 One of Gaza’s two accredited referees talks about the challenges faced by the sport under occupation.more

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