VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 30 January 2013

30 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Produces A Film Replacing Al-Aqsa Mosque With Temple
IMEMC – In a film that was produced by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and was banned from being officially published, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, is seen standing and speaking in various areas of Jerusalem, including in front of the Dome Of The Rock, where in the film, it disappears and is replaced by Jewish temple. …

Palestinian Political Activist Submits A Letter To Us Consul General On Palestinian Prisoners
IMEMC – Palestinian Human Rights and Political activist Samer Jaber submitted a letter to the US Consul General in Jerusalem Michael Ratney during his visit to Bethlehem on Tuesday. …

Ma’an News

Sources: Israel hits target in Syria border area
1/30/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — Israeli forces attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, a Western diplomat and a security source said on Wednesday, at a time of growing concern in Israel over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons. The sources, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue, had no…. Related: Sources: Israel hits Syria arms convoy to Lebanon and Lebanese security source: No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil

Large Israeli force raids Jenin village, locals say
1/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A large Israeli force raided a Jenin village overnight Tuesday in what locals say was the largest operation in the area for decades. Over 400 Israeli soldiers raided al-Mughayyir village overnight and conducted a house-to-house search of over fifty homes, interrogating residents, locals told Ma’an.” At 2 a. m…. Related: Israeli forces ‘confiscate’ property in Jenin village

Syrian TV says Israeli planes attacked Damascus research center
1/30/2013 – LONDON (Reuters) — Israeli warplanes attacked a research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syrian television said. Sources told Reuters earlier that Israeli jets bombed a convoy on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Wednesday, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah. Damascus province includes much of the border with Lebanon. [END]

Sources: Israel hits Syria arms convoy to Lebanon
1/30/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, after Israelis warned Hezbollah against using chaos in Syria to acquire anti-aircraft missiles or chemical weapons.” The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon,” said one Western diplomat, adding that the consignment seemed unlikely…. Related: Sources: Israel hits target in Syria border area and Lebanese security source: No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil

Palestinians face growing food crisis
1/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (IRIN) — Fluctuating prices, poverty and border restrictions mean growing numbers of Palestinians are facing food insecurity this year — one of the key priorities in the humanitarian community’s annual appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory. This year’s Consolidated Appeal Process is for $401. 6 million, a slight decrease on last year….

Foundation slams Ayalon clip removing Aqsa mosque
1/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage condemned Wednesday a video by Israel’s deputy foreign minister depicting the disappearance of the al-Aqsa Mosque. A clip of a removed portion of a film by Danny Ayalon that was leaked to Israeli media depicts the mosque collapsing in the background as….

Settler stabbed near Nablus, Israel army says
1/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Asettler was stabbed in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, Israel’s army said.” A Palestinian stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli civilian near Tappua junction,” an Israeli army spokeswoman said. The suspect was chased by an Israeli soldier and held until border police arrived at the Nablus area checkpoint….

Lebanon reports heavy presence of Israeli jets in airspace
1/30/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanon said on Wednesday Israeli jets had flown over its territory overnight, part of apparently increased air activity which comes as Israel has expressed concern about weapons in neighboring Syria falling out of government control. A Lebanese army statement said that four Israeli planes entered Lebanese air space at 4:30 p. m…. Related: Sources: Israel hits target in Syria border area and Lebanese security source: No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil

Israeli forces arrest 6 in West Bank
1/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested six people in the West Bank overnight Tuesday, locals and Israel’s army said. Muhanad Abu Hussien, 29, Mutasim Abu Hussien, 28, and Ala Abdullah, 30, were detained in the Nablus village of Sura, locals told Ma’an. An Israeli army spokeswoman said six people were….

Palestine improves in annual press freedom index
1/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Press freedom improved in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2012, according to an annual assessment released Wednesday by Reporters Without Borders. Palestine rose eight places to 146 of 179 countries on the Paris-based media watchdog’s annual press freedom index, but it still ranked in the bottom quarter of countries….

EU, UN concerned by Israeli live fire against Palestinians
1/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union and the United Nations expressed concern on Wednesday about Israel’s use of lethal forces against Palestinians following a rise in fatal shootings. The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah said in a statement that they were “deeply concerned by the number of Palestinians killed recently.” The….

Israel to give $100 million in withheld Palestinian funds
1/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel will give President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration around $100 million in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday. They described the handover as a one-time deal, signalling rightist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had not formally scrapped….

Official: Vatican to donate 100,000 euros to Bethlehem church
1/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Vatican has pledged 100,000 euros to repair the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority said Wednesday. A delegation from the Vatican met with PA Foreign Ministe Riyad al-Maliki in Ramallah to discuss a draft bilateral agreement, the PA said in a statement. The Vatican delegation was headed by undersecretary….

Egypt’s Mursi says his Jewish comments misunderstood
1/30/2013 – BERLIN (Reuters) — Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday vitriolic remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context and said he was not against the Jewish faith.” As I have said before the quotes were taken out of context. . . I am not against the Jewish faith….

Unity meeting in Cairo postponed, official says
1/30/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Cairo meeting on Wednesday to discuss reconciliation between Palestinian factions is likely to be postponed, aFatah official said. Senior official Yahya Rabah told Ma’an that the reconciliation meeting is unlikely to take place due to unrest in Egypt and a failure by factions to implement decisions agreed….

Former airlines chief sentenced on corruption charges
1/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia the former director of Palestine Airlines to seven years hard labor on corruption charges. The former official, who was identified as A. A. , is now based in Cairo. He was found guilty of embezzlement and ordered to pay a fine of 100,000….

Haniyeh meets elections commission chief
1/30/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Central Elections Commission chief Hanna Nasser met Wednesday with Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh and agreed to begin preparing for a vote in the Gaza Strip. At a news conference after the meeting, Nasser told reporters that most obstacles to preparing for elections had been resolved. The CEC will coordinate with….

Elections commission sets date to update Gaza voter registry
1/30/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Central Elections Commission will start updating the voter registry in Gaza on Feb. 11, a Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official said Wednesday. Palestinian factions met with the electoral body in Gaza City on Wednesday. DFLP official Abdul-Hamid Abu Habbab told Ma’an that factions agreed….

Palestinian worker killed by lightning in Israel
1/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – A Palestinian construction worker died Wednesday after he was struck by lightning at a construction site in Israel. The body of 43-year-old Mahir Abdul-Nur Hasayin will be returned to Farun village in Tulkarem, his hometown, for burial, locals told Ma’an. [END]

Lebanese security source: No Israeli strike on Lebanon soil
1/30/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — A Lebanese security source said on Wednesday that a reported attack by Israeli forces on a convoy near the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight had not occurred on Lebanese territory. A western diplomat and regional security sources said earlier that Israeli forces had hit a convoy in the border area, a few days after Israeli…. Related: Sources: Israel hits target in Syria border area and Lebanon reports heavy presence of Israeli jets in airspace

PA customs officials seize 13 tons of expired food products
1/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority customs officials seized 13 tons of expired food products from a store in Nablus on Wednesday, the Ministry of Economy said. The food products were nearly all produced in settlements, a statement said, and were all destined for markets in Ramallah. [END]

Kuwait pledges $300 million in Syria aid at donor meeting
1/30/2013 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Kuwait’s emir pledged on Wednesday to give $300 million to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict. Announcing the funding at an aid donor conference, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah added that “horrifying reports” of violence had raised questions over the future of Syria….

UN’s Ban decries ‘horrors’ in Syria, urges end to war
1/30/2013 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Denouncing “unrelenting horrors” in Syria’s war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed on Wednesday for an end to the violence and urged more aid to address a situation he said was catastrophic and worsening by the day.” How many more people will be killed if the current situation continues? ,” Ban said, speaking….

UN’s Ban: Assad must heed cries of Syrian people
1/30/2013 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has a primary responsibility to stop the suffering of his country’s people and should listen to their cries, the head of the United Nations said on Wednesday.” We cannot go on like this. What is more important is that the primary responsibility rests with the Syrian government….


Syria confirms Israeli airstrike
AlJazeera 30 Jan 2013 – Syrian army says an Israeli airstrike targeted a military research centre near Damascus, killing two people.

Palestine News Network

Elections Commission Arrives in Gaza
Palestine News Network

Clinton: Elections Open New Avenues for Peace
Palestine News Network

“Witness” Discusses with EU Ambassador Conditions of Palestinian Refugees from Syria to Lebanon
Palestine News Network

PLO Calls on New Israeli Government to Start Serious Peace Process
Palestine News Network

Battir’s Traditional Irrigation System, One of the Oldest in The World
Palestine News Network

Occupation Forces Seize a House in Jenin, Turn It into a Military Checkpoint
Palestine News Network

Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague
Palestine News Network

Israeli Police Arrest a Man for Stealing, Moving Bras to PA
Palestine News Network

Musical Bridges for 5,500 Palestinian Kids Since 2010
Palestine News Network

Tourists Favor Bethlehem over Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu To Transfer NIS 100m. Tax Revenues to PA
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

1/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 23 January 2013, Apartheid Week – Ninth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week (February – March 2013) – We are excited to announce the upcoming 9th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) starting late February in Europe and moving to various countries through the month of March. Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures…. Related: Apartheid Week

Summary of nine days of demolitions and displacement in Al Maleh, Jordan Valley
1/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 January 2013, OCHA Displacement Working Group, edited by International Solidarity Movement, Al Maleh, Occupied Palestine – On 17 January, Israeli occupation forces demolished 47 (sic) residential and other structures in Hamamat Al Maleh area, displacing 60 people, more than half of them children. On 19 January, Israeli occupation forces confiscated basic emergency tents that had…. Related: 55 buildings demolished in Al Maleh

Relief Web

Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America HIGHLIGHTS The USG announces $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria response….

Syrian Arab Republic: UNHCR welcomes US$1.5 billion pledged in Kuwait for Syria’s forcibly displaced
Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, January 30 (UNHCR) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on Wednesday praised donor countries for pledging more than…

Syrian Arab Republic: Germany to provide a further 10 million euros in humanitarian aid for Syria
Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: Government of Germany Country: Germany, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey At the invitation of United Nations Secretary?General Ban Ki?moon a donors conference is taking place today (30 January) in Kuwait for victims of the…

Egypt: Urban Refugees in Cairo
Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: Georgetown University Country: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan Executive Summary Cairo, Egypt is home to one of the largest populations of urban refugees in the world. In recent decades, waves of refugees from Sudan, Iraq, Ethiopia,…

Lebanon: Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq: Population Movement: Revised Emergency appeal n° MDR81003
Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,647,103 million in cash, kind, or services to support four National Societies in assisting 62,000 people (12,400 families), for six months, until…

occupied Palestinian territory: Winter storm affects thousands in the West Bank
Relief Web 30 Jan 2013 – Source: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM [ACTED News] – A winter storm brought uninterrupted rain and wind, followed by significant snowfall across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory early January. In the West Bank…

The National

Call to improve safety at UAE concerts and events
The National 30 Jan 2013 – Concert promoters across the UAE need to form an industry association to share best-practice ideas, says Thomas Ovesen, chief operating officer at Done Events.

Relief for patients as closed Sharjah hospital is ordered to reopen
The National 30 Jan 2013 – Ministry of Health orders the reopening of the Sharjah Central Private Hospital after its management agrees to increase medical staff and equipment.

Burst pipe leaves UAQ homes with no water
The National 30 Jan 2013 – Repair crews stopped the leak but water still needs to be delivered by truck to homes.

Abu Dhabi sees alarming rise in number of recorded sick notes
The National 30 Jan 2013 – More than 652,000 requests were last year handed to Abu Dhabi’s doctors after the approval system programme came in to battle abuse of time off for illness.

Queuing is not for us, say UAE rock fans
The National 30 Jan 2013 – Event organisers are up in arms as fans in the UAE expect to enter major concerts 10 minutes before the event begins.

Desperate UAE dad hopes for amnesty extension
The National 30 Jan 2013 – As the deadline for visa reprieve nears, this father¿s story is one of many that charity group, Valley of Love, hears.

BlackBerry 10 launch is wait-and-see for loyal UAE consumers
The National 29 Jan 2013 – Take our poll: The BlackBerry 10 operating system was unveiled last night at global launches in eight cities around the world, including Dubai. 

UAE and Oman look to ease border woe for tourists
The National 30 Jan 2013UAE and Omani officials are discussing ways to make it easier for non-GCC residents to cross the border.


The advanced Syrian weapons that have the IDF worried
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Israel enters the civil war in Syria
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Syrian TV: Israel bombed military site near Damascus
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Hagel: Window is closing on Iran and possibility of diplomacy
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Jerusalem remains tight-lipped regarding attack on Syrian-Lebanese border
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

The Gatekeepers director: ‘Extreme right more dangerous to Israel than Iranian bomb’
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Report: Meshal says Hamas accepts a two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Argentina blasts Israel for protesting deal with Iran on 1994 bombing
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Fischer won’t discount post as Israel’s next foreign minister
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Lebanon Army: Israeli fighter planes penetrated Lebanese air space
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Hezbollah and Iran threat growing as terrorists ‘professionalize’, says U.S. expert
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

High Court blocks Rabbinate, keeps man who refused divorce behind bars
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Lapid and Bennett coordinating moves to outflank ultra-Orthodox in next coalition
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2013

Eshel’s email / Dreadful advice from the Prime Minister’s Office
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Israel Police to compensate Kahanists for unlawful detention
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Rare toad spotted after 25-year absence, says Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Beitar Jerusalem fined NIS 50,000 over fans’ anti-Arab racism
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

J’lem to avoid ‘ping-pong’ with BA over Iran panel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Buenos Aires responds angrily to Israel’s summoning of its ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over “truth committee.” 

Gov’t mute over reported attack on Syrian arms convoy
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – “We are not relating to the incident,” PMO spokesman says on reports that Israel attacked Syrian arms convoy; silence reminiscent of response to reported September 2007 attack on Syrian nuclear installation. 

Egypt activist advocates for better ties with Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Emad el Dafrawi braves secret police and explosion to meet with ‘Post’ in Cairo and explain why Egyptian media fuel hatred of Israel. 

Fundamentally Freund: A farewell to the Negev?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Under no circumstances should tens of thousands of dunams of publicly-owned land be turned over to private individuals simply because they assert it is theirs without proof to substantiate their claims. 

Fischer’s unheeded warning
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – In a speech last month at the Bible Lands Museum in the capital, Fischer, who probably had already decided to step down early, predicted that the incoming government “will not have an easy time in the near future.” 

‘New water economy must check energy demand’
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – In 18 months, desalination will provide enough water for 80% of Israel’s urban drinking needs, experts say at CleanTech symposium. 

‘Upcycling’ bottles, bags into beautiful bouquets
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Innovations showcased in the exhibition hall of the CleanTech 2013 17th Annual International Summit and Exhibition. 

High hopes and low expectations
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – There is no peace process and won’t be one unless Netanyahu is pushed, and not by Obama, but by his coalition partners. 

Cancer rates down, youth awareness of risks up
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Israel Cancer Association says many risk factors remain. 

Here comes the pressure
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Will our prime minister be able to withstand the coming pressure to make territorial concessions? 

The media and the election campaign
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Now that the election is over, one can look back at what role the media played. 

In whose interest?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – The reorganization of Beduin settlement in the Negev and taking into account the interests of the State of Israel. 

To whom does the Golan Heights belong?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – From biblical sources to modern times; a brief history of the Golan Heights. 

Hamas to add ‘enemy language’ Hebrew in schools
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Hebrew program aims to make linguistic skill a useful new front in Gaza Palestinians’ struggle against the Jewish state. 

Hamas allows Gaza voter registration
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013Hamas and rival Fatah slated to form interim cabinet of technocrats; still disagree on strategy toward Israel. 

Peres meets with factions over formulation of gov’t
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Parties backing Netanyahu for PM discuss portfolios; Yesh Atid seeks Foreign, Finance; Bayit Yehudi wants Interior, Justice. 

Bahraini princess on trial for torturing detainees
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – The princess is alleged to have tortured doctors to force confessions; activist accuses her of torture by electric shock. 

Hagel pledges focus on Iran military options
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – “While there is time and space for diplomacy, backed by pressure, the window is closing,” Hagel says ahead of nomination hearing. 

Iran oil exports rise to highest since EU sanctions
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Strong Chinese demand and tanker fleet expansion help the OPEC member dodge sanctions; exports rise to 1.4m. barrels per day. 

Another Israeli in space soon?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – A decade after Ilan Ramon’s tragic death, Israel Space Agency investigates putting another Israeli into space. 

Egypt’s Morsi says his Jewish slurs misunderstood
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Morsi defends comments from 2010 video in which he called Jews “descendants of apes, pigs”; says he’s not against Jewish faith. 

Australian elections set to fall on Yom Kippur
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Liberal MP says decision “disenfranchises many Jewish Australians.” Jewish leader counters, “not a problem at all.” 

The multi-million dollar bad hair day
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez are just some of the A-listers known to use Carmen Tal’s Moroccanoil hair treatment, which started its life in Israel. 

Two shot dead in Cairo clashes; Morsi woos Europe
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Death toll rises to 54 as Egypt’s president visits Berlin to seek urgent investment, convince Europe of democratic credentials. 

Military Vs Morsi?
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Military intervention must take place in Egypt to stop violence and forge path to new elections. 

Illustrator Scarfe apologizes for timing of cartoon
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Sunday Times cartoonist says he was unaware controversial cartoon would be published on International Holocaust Day. 

Morsi woes Europe on visit shortened by Egypt crisis
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – Egypt’s president visits Berlin to seek urgent investment, convince Europe of democratic credentials; cancels Paris trip. 

Obama calls for end to Assad regime; UN seeks aid
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013US president announces $155 million in new humanitarian aid to Syria as UN‘s Ban says aid response for Syria “very limited.” 

Morsi aide: Holocaust is a myth invented by the US
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2013 – A senior adviser to the Egyptian president claims 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis merely moved to the US

‘Each year, 1 in 3 Israelis sent to emergency room’
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2013 – Health Ministry report finds two thirds arrive at hospitals due to disease, external causes or to give birth. 

The Guardian

Israeli warplane ‘struck target on Syria-Lebanon border’ amid weapons fears
The Guardian 30 Jan 2013 – Reports of attack on ‘research centre’ come as Israel monitors region for possible WMD convoys leaving Syria for Lebanon Israeli warplanes have attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border following several days of heightened warnings…

Pollard vs Bell – the debate that highlights a journalistic dilemma
The Guardian 30 Jan 2013 – The storm over the Gerald Scarfe cartoon in the Sunday Times, featuring Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, looks to be over. But it is far from being a lone example of accusations of anti-semitism against journalists…

Tongue-tied? Perspectives on English as the international language of science | Steve Caplan
The Guardian 30 Jan 2013 – There is no argument that English has taken a firm hold as the language of modern science. How far should non-English speaking countries go to maintain their own languages? Several days ago I came across an…

Forced contraception of Jewish Ethopian women is tip of global iceberg | Lisa Hallgarten
The Guardian 30 Jan 2013 – A report claims Israel pressured women to reduce its poor black population. Reproductive rights need defending across the world Should gynaecologists need to be told not to give women contraceptive injections without establishing fully informed consent?…

Inter Press Service

Brahimi Says Syria “Horror Unprecedented”
IPS The Syrian conflict has reached “unprecedented levels of horror”, Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, has said in remarks that came just hours after dozens of people were found shot dead in Aleppo city in what is being called a “new massacre”. He told the U.N. Security Council…

Israel Votes for More of the Same – And Seeks Change
IPS “He who believes doesn’t fear”…re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hums a popular tune played with great intensity by his supporters. Indeed, faith is what Netanyahu badly needs right now as people showed just how little faith they have in him. “We’ll have coalition problems,” confides a Likud lawmaker. Support for…


US still backing Morsi as army remains quiescent

15 Israeli and Palestinian organisations warn of far-reaching consequences of Israel’s obstruction of UN human rights mechanisms

New book by Tel Aviv historian uncovers “Land of Israel” myths

New Settlement Outpost to Be Build in Jayyous Village, Qalqilia

Nouri al-Maliki imprisons Le Monde journalist

Mali rebels may move to Libya: UN official

Israel at forefront of ‘land grab’ in poorer countries

Secret Censor Revealed at Guantanamo Military Commissions

First Ever: Israel Boycotts Routine UN Rights Council Review

Egypt’s armed forces chief warns unrest could cause collapse of state

Daily Star

Iran bank to sue EU after winning sanction list case
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Iran‘s Bank Mellat plans to sue European Union governments for damages after a European court ruled to annul sanctions against the company, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Report: Iran, Hezbollah terror threat rising
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Iran‘s elite Quds Force and Hezbollah militants are learning from a series of botched terror attacks over the past two years and pose a growing threat to the U.S. and other Western targets as well as…

Israel to give Palestinians $100 million in withheld funds
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Israel will give Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration around $100 million in tax revenues that had been withheld in retaliation for his statehood bid in the United Nations, Israeli officials said on Wednesday.

Election committee can start work in Gaza: Hamas
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Wednesday authorised the Palestinian elections commission to begin voter registration as part of efforts to restart reconciliation, an official said.

Togo make history, Tunisia knocked out
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Three years after the deadly Cabinda machine gun attack, Togo were celebrating an historic feat at the Africa Cup of Nations Wednesday by reaching the quarter-finals for the first time.

Syria opposition chief says ready for talks with regime
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Syria’s opposition chief laid down conditions on Wednesday for talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, as world outrage at a massacre piled pressure on all parties to halt their 22-month conflict.

Israel conducts rare airstrike on Syria
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, amid fears President Bashar Assad’s regime could provide powerful weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.

Calls for revenge as Aleppo buries massacre dead
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Umm Mohammed walks slowly among the 32 shrouded corpses lying on the floor of a school in Syria’s Aleppo city, some of scores shot at point-blank range who were being buried on Wednesday.

Morsi, in Germany, defends comments on Jews
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Egypt’s Islamist president turned aside repeated criticism of his past comments referring to Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs” as he visited Germany on Wednesday.

Gulf leads UN appeal for major boost in Syrian aid
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Gulf nations answered U.N. calls to boost humanitarian aid for Syria with $900 million in pledges Wednesday even as more refugees poured into neighboring Jordan and its leader warned his country’s resources were strained to the…

Hamas plans more “enemy language” Hebrew in Gaza schools
Daily Star 30 Jan 2013 Islamist Hamas authorities plan to expand Hebrew-language classes in the Gaza Strip’s high schools to help Palestinians know their enemy in times of conflict with Israel.

YNet News

Standoff: US gunman kills bus driver, seizes boy
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Russia scraps anti-crime deal with the US
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Magnitude 6.7 earthquake shakes northern Chile
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Report: Center targeted by IAF strike dealt with chemical weapons
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Syria army: Military site, not convoy, hit by Israeli strike
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Abusing Holocaust memorial days
YNet News, 30 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Anti-Semites use memorial events as political tool to link Nazi crimes to Israeli policies ….

Not a national interest 
YNet News, 30 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Recruiting all haredim to IDF just for the principle of the matter would be a huge mistake ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hypocrites, past and present
PIC – From time to time, unsubstantiated reports concocted by newspapers funded by the intelligence services of certain oil-rich Arab regimes would have us believe that Hamas is about to recognize Israel.

Israel launches film on destruction of Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage on Wednesday warned that the Israeli foreign ministry launched a short movie propagating the Jewish plan to destroy the Aqsa Mosque.

Researcher: Israeli preparations for construction of alleged Temple completed
PIC – Researcher Amr Jamal said that the movie, published by Israeli Foreign Ministry and which shows the demolition of the Dome of the Rock and the establishment of the alleged Temple..

Wife of hunger striker on her 36th day of hunger strike
PIC – The wife of detained hunger striker Jafar Ezzudin has declared her insistence on maintaining her hunger strike, now in its 36th day, in solidarity with her husband.

Haneyya issues directives to facilitate work of elections committee
PIC – Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has issued directives to the interior and education ministries to fully cooperate with the central election committee.

IOF soldiers engage in confrontations with young men in Yabad
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Yabad, south of Jenin, on Wednesday and engaged in confrontations with young men.

Report: occupation seeks to change the limits of Jerusalem
PIC – The Arij Applied Research Institute said in a report that occupation authorities are seeking to change the Jerusalem city limits, in order to achieve a Jewish majority in the City.

Prisoner Youssef Shaban stops hunger strike due to health deterioration
PIC – Prisoner Yusuf Yasin Shaban, who had been on hunger strike for two months, has decided to halt his hunger strike because of his deteriorating health status.

Election Committee sets date to update electoral register before meeting Haniya
PIC – Palestinian government expressed its surprise as the Central Election Committee has announced the dates for the start of updating the electoral register before meeting Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.


Elections Commission Arrives in Gaza
WAFA – 30 Jan 2013

Newspapers Review: Israel to Release Palestinian Revenues Focus of Daily
WAFA – 30 Jan 2013

PLO Calls on New Israeli Government to Start Serious Peace Process
WAFA – 30 Jan 2013

EU Concerned by Number of Palestinians Killed by Israelis
WAFA – 30 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Thunderstorms Expected at Night
WAFA – 30 Jan 2013

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


Said Musa Maragha dies at 86; Arafat ally became an enemy
LA Times 29 Jan 2013 – The Palestinian military commander was a trusted lieutenant of the PLO leader but he broke away and later led Syrian-backed Palestinian rebels who fought Arafat. Said Musa Maragha, a Palestinian military commander who rose through the ranks of the Palestine Liberation Organization to become a…

Syria’s Aleppo University tries to carry on after mystery blasts
LA Times 29 Jan 2013 – Both sides in the conflict blame the other for an attack that killed more than 80. Grieving students are determined to continue their studies. BEIRUT — Before the first explosion, Laila and fellow architecture students at Aleppo University in Syria had gathered by chance in…

The Lede Blog: Piecing Together Accounts of a Massacre in Syria
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – Bodies were found in the Queiq River, which skirts the front line and de facto border between government-held areas of Aleppo and territory controlled by rebel fighters in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood. 

The Lede Blog: Germans Press Morsi on Slurs Against Jews as Berlin Marks Somber Anniversary
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – During a visit to Berlin on the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power, President Mohamed Morsi was asked to explain past anti-Semitic comments. 

At War Blog: The Battle for Minakh Air Base
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – A compound north of Aleppo has been a stubborn holdout against rebel fighters. 

Israeli Jets Attack Inside Target in Syria
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – Israel carried out a strike deep inside Syria, American officials reported, saying they believed the target was a convoy carrying antiaircraft weapons meant for Hezbollah in Lebanon. 

Syrian Opposition Leader Softens Position on Talks with Assad
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – Sheik Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib expressed a willingness for the first time to talk with government representatives. 

Morsi Rejects Calls for New Unity Government in Egypt
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – At a meeting with the German chancellor in Berlin, the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, also defended his decision to impose a state of emergency and curfews in three cities. 

Opposition in Egypt Urges Unity Government
New York Times 30 Jan 2013 – A prominent opposition leader called on President Mohamed Morsi to hold a national dialogue one day after the nation’s top general warned that Egypt was in danger of collapse. 

Gasoline price to rise 4.1% Thursday night 
Globes Energy & Water – Self-service 95 octane gasoline will cost NIS 7.83 per liter

Water cos petition High Court on high water rates 
Globes Energy & Water – Water Companies CEO Forum chairman Moshe Ashkenazi: Water rates can be cut by 30%.

Stanley Fischer: I achieved my goals
Globes Main News – The Governor of the Bank of Israel said he will be returning to the US to be near his family but also spending time in Israel.

Agreement reached on Carmel Market renewal plan
Globes Main News – Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market will be renovated, preserving its character while turning it into a modern attraction.

Israel attacks convoy near Syrian border – Reuters
Globes Main News – As concerns rise over the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons, the Lebanese Army reports IAF sorties over south Lebanon.

Wed: Tension in north spooks market
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals fell on the day’s biggest turnover, and Perrigo fell ahead of publishing its financials.

DVTel in talks to buy Alvarion
Globes Main News – Alvarion may sell its WiMAX unit for a few tens of millions of dollars, and DVTel will buy the rest of the company for $50 million.

Not the end of the world
Globes Macro Economics – The sky has not fallen with Stanley Fischer’s announcement that he will leave the Bank of Israel, but Benjamin Netanyahu’s economic role is now even more critical.

Cottage cheese boycott leader: Good Fischer’s going 
Globes Macro Economics – Itzik Alrov blames Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Stanley Fischer for the housing bubble.

SpaceX to launch Spacecom’s Amos 6 satellite 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The private launch company will use its Falcon 9 launcher to carry the Amos 6 into geosynchronous orbit in 2015.

Censored Ayalon Hasbara Video Pictured Collapsing Dome of Rock Supplanted by Holy Temple
Tikun Olam – I tell you: Danny Ayalon is the gift that keeps on giving.  I’ll miss not having him to kick around in the Knesset and foreign ministry.  As his parting gift, he made a series of hasbara videos under the general rubric of “The Truth About…”  The…

From Islamophobic surveillance to ‘stop and frisk’: Organizers decry criminalization of their communities in NYC
Mondoweiss – Muslims and allies rally in New York’s Foley Sq. against NYPD spying on Muslims (Photo: CAIR-NY/Flickr) Islamophobic subway ads, “stop and frisk” and the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) surveillance program–what’s the connection? Activists and experts spoke out last night to make explicit the links between…

See Iyad Burnat in DC, Feb. 3 & 4
Mondoweiss – On February 3rd and 4th, 2013, Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat will culminate his United States speaking tour with three public events in Washington, DC that narrate personal stories of life in the occupied West Bank and outline strategies for non-violent popular resistance to the Israeli occupation….

Brooklyn College Poli Sci Dept: ‘On college campuses around the country and across the world, [BDS] is being discussed. Brooklyn College should be no different’
Mondoweiss – The Brooklyn College Political Science department has released a statement defending an upcoming panel discussion on the BDS movement that has come under attack from Israel supporters including Alan Dershowitz . The February 7th event is being hosted by the Political Science department and will feature Judith…

Brooklyn College BDS event appears likely to go forward (as JVP explains it is in no way anti-Semitic)
Mondoweiss – Yesterday we reported on a panel discussion of boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel at Brooklyn College a week from tomorrow that is sponsored by the political science department and that is being attacked by Alan Dershowitz and other supporters of Israel. It appears that the…

Bisharat in ‘NYT’: Taking Israel to The Hague would promote peace and uphold the integrity of international law
Mondoweiss – Today on the New York Times website, law professor George Bisharat makes the case for putting Israel in the dock at the International Criminal Court. Bisharat argues it would be an opportunity to put Israel’s own interpretation of international law to judicial review and in the…

Israel’s Shooting Star Yair Lapid May Quickly Crash Back to Earth 
The Forward Leonard Fein 29 Jan 2013 – Ad: “cutting The Red Tape”, A Guide To Working With Fema – The E-book “cutting The Red Tape” A Guide To Working With Fema, Aims To Reduce The Number Of People Who Get Denied From Fema During Disasters. This Guide Will Let You Know How To…

Israel Hits Syria Arms Convoy To Lebanon 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2013 – Israeli jets bombed a convoy near Syria’s border with Lebanon early on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah in what some called a warning to Damascus not to arm Israel’s Lebanese enemy. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Set To Win Right To Form Government 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres began talks with political parties on Wednesday over who should form a new government and appears certain to ask incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to assemble it. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hamas To Teach More ‘Enemy Language’ Hebrew in Gaza Schools 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2013 – Islamist Hamas authorities plan to expand Hebrew-language classes in the Gaza Strip’s high schools to help Palestinians know their enemy in times of conflict with Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Argentina Rejects Israel Summons Over Iran-Backed Bombing Truth Panel 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2013 – Argentina’s government rejected the Israeli government’s summons of its ambassador in order to explain the memorandum of understanding signed between Argentina and Iran advancing the investigation of 1994 AMIA bombing case. Click here for the rest of the article…

How We Got It Wrong 
The Forward Editorial 31 Jan 2013 – FORWARD EDITORIAL: Why did so many journalists not foresee the coming triumph of a centrist party in the January 22 Israeli elections? Click here for the rest of the article…

North Africa: Hilary Clinton Interview On Middle East, Her Legacy 
allAfrica.com 30 Jan 2013 – [State Department]U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Nigeria: Presidential Pilgrimage Committee Wants Basa With Israel 
allAfrica.com 30 Jan 2013 – [Daily Trust]Chairman of the Presidential Committee on 2012 Pilgrimage, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, yesterday urged the Federal Government to sign a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with Israel to relieve difficulties encountered during pilgrimage exercises.

Angola: Angolan Book of Tales in Jerusalem Fair 
allAfrica.com 30 Jan 2013 – [ANGOP]Luanda -The Angolan anthology of short stories written by the essayist and lecturer António Quino will be released on 10 and 15 February in Israel, at the international fair of Jerusalem.

Concordia Graduate Students’ Association Endorses BDS Campaign against Israeli apartheid 
Global BDS 30 Jan 2013 – Montreal, Quebec January 28 2013 – After heated debate and informed discussion the General Assembly of the Concordia Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution to endorse, promote, and participate in the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the state of…

Syria ‘confirms’ Israeli strike 
BBC 30 Jan 2013 – Syria’s military says Israeli jets carried out an air strike on its territory, but denies reports that a convoy of weapons bound for Lebanon was hit.

Donors pledge $1.5bn Syria aid 
BBC 30 Jan 2013 – More than $1.5bn is pledged at a donors conference to help civilians affected by the conflict in Syria, as state media blame rebels for a massacre.

Richard Falk: Zero Dark Thirty & American Exceptionalism 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2013 – The particulars of this Operation Neptune Spear (the US Government code name) are ventures that only the United States, and possibly Israel, would undertake, and that their unabashed victory claim, is a notorious instance of American Exceptionalism, namely, an assertion that the United States can do…

Israel: Third Term or Third Reich? 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2013 – The lens of reality is not one used by mainstream American media, unfortunately, and so the Palestinian internment progresses largely unchecked. At the end of the day the Israelis will go on governing themselves. What’s worse is that Netanyahu will be forced, as usual, to form…

Stephen Lendman: Islamofascist Rule in Egypt 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2013 – Doublespeak duplicity conceals tyranny. Democracy is verboten. It’s not tolerated. Hardline rule is policy. So are social injustice and anti-worker practices. Egypt’s new constitution establishes Islamofascist rule. Junta power heads it. Repression confronts resisters. Morsi claims dictatorial executive powers. Constitutional rights don’t matter. Nor does press…

Philip Giraldi: Christian Zionism and American Islamophobia [podcast] 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2013 – Philip Giraldi, Director of the Council for the National Interest, discusses the “Christian Zionism and American Islamophobia” conference on January 30 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.; the peculiar interworking of American end-times theology and Israeli politics; the CIA’s skepticism on the effectiveness of…

Anger Spreads in Egypt Despite Diverging Grievances 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 30 Jan 2013 – Cairo – On Saturday, outside the Ahly Club in central Cairo, the families of 72 young football fans who were killed after a match in Port Said last year were celebrating the court verdict, which sentenced 21 of the 75 defendants to death. The tearful and…

Egypt police arrest anarchist “Black Bloc” members 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – Egyptian riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration outside the high court in central Cairo on January 30, 2013. Egyptian authorities detained suspected “Black Bloc” members as they protested an order by the public prosecutor to arrest anyone from the shadowy opposition group, an AFP journalist…

Influx of Syrian Refugees Neither Boom Nor Bust for Lebanese Market 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – Shoppers in the Hamra district of Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) Shoppers in the Hamra district of Beirut. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) A preliminary survey conducted by a mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to Lebanon at the end of 2012 has established that the…

South Lebanon: Israel Admits to Stealing Land in Adaisseh 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – UNIFIL soldiers on the Lebanese-Palestinian border in Kfarkila. (Photo: Hassan Bahsoun) UNIFIL soldiers on the Lebanese-Palestinian border in Kfarkila. (Photo: Hassan Bahsoun) A week ago, Israeli newspaper Maariv published an article titled “Kibbutz Lands Over Lebanese Border.” The story indicated that the management of the Misgav-Am…

Egypt: The Return of SCAF 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – A man walks near graffiti reading: “Leave Mursi , you are a murderer” after clashes between riot police and protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, on Qasr el-Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square, in Cairo on 30 January 2013. (Photo: Amr Abdallah Dalsh – Reuters) A…

Mufti on Civil Marriage: “The Fatwa is Plain and Clear” 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – A pro-civil marriage protest in Beirut. The placard reads “Wedding on hold.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A pro-civil marriage protest in Beirut. The placard reads “Wedding on hold.” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, the mufti of the Lebanese Republic, is not afraid of criticism. His fatwa…

Syria opposition chief says he’s ready for talks with government 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2013 – File picture dated December 10, 2012 shows Syria’s opposition chief Moaz al-Khatib arriving at the EU Headquarters in Brussels prior to a Foreign Affairs Council meeting. Khatib said via his Facebook page on January 30, 2013 he is ready for dialogue with officials of President Bashar…

A New Yemeni State Falters Amid Saleh’s Holdouts 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jan 2013 – Yemenis ride a truck to the site of a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohamed in Sanaa on 24 January 2013. (Photo: Khaled Abdullah – Reuters) Yemenis ride a truck to the site of a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet…

Georges Abdallah: Tensions Rise at French Embassy Sit-In 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jan 2013 – From the sit-in protest in solidarity with Georges Abdallah in front of the French embassy in Beirut, 28 January 2013. (Photo: Alia Haju) From the sit-in protest in solidarity with Georges Abdallah in front of the French embassy in Beirut, 28 January 2013. (Photo: Alia Haju)…

Syria ‘confirms’ Israeli strike 
BBC 30 Jan 2013 – Syria’s military says Israeli jets carried out an air strike on its territory, but denies reports that a convoy of weapons bound for Lebanon was hit.

Donors pledge $1.5bn Syria aid 
BBC 30 Jan 2013 – More than $1.5bn is pledged at a donors conference to help civilians affected by the conflict in Syria, as state media blame rebels for a massacre.


The rise of the Tajamu Party: a response to Israel’s right-wing 
Haneen Zoubi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/29/2013
      The outgoing Israeli government has stepped up the racism inherent in the system and is on the verge of passing distinctly apartheid laws. The law relating to so-called “admissions committees” could not even have been passed in the smallest European country against their weakest minorities, or, indeed, against Jews anywhere. Israel has passed eight discriminatory parliamentary laws, representing a six-fold increase in the rate of such laws going on to the statute book; 32 were approved in Israel’s first 59 years of existence, but eight have been passed in the past three and a half years alone, let alone the development of draft laws that link citizenship to allegiance to the “Jewish” state.
     In addition to this, a political rule was developed legitimising the prosecution of “rogue” lecturers and Jewish associations who question state policies. Likewise, the Judaisation of Jerusalem and seizure of Palestinian land, including private land belonging to the Palestinian people, has become more aggressive. Moreover, Israel’s conviction that the rest of the world will eventually accept what it is doing, even if this goes against some Western interests, has become rooted in the country’s psyche. In a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, this is because what ultimately drives the international diplomatic agenda is Israel’s satisfaction with the West, not the other way around.
     The Israeli public’s response to such policies was the re-election of the government. Those who chose the right-wing chose to continue with these policies. Those who chose the centre chose agendas that do not conflict with these policies; they did not say no to racism, no to settlements, no to the Jewish state, and no to considering the Palestinians guests in their own land, despite their citizenship.
     Nor did those who chose the centre say yes to peace, yes to human rights, yes to democracy, yes to the rights of the Palestinians on their land…. more.. e-mail

The NYT Does Gaza, Again 
Steve Breyman, CounterPunch 1/29/2013
      Oh, No You Don’t, Ismail Haniya!
     It’s a news article! It’s a news analysis! It’s an op-ed! The Times’ is at it again in Gaza. Fares Akram’s recent piece about Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Strip can’t quite make up its mind about what it is. It’s clear, however, what it isn’t: straight-up reportage of a foreign leader’s visit to the world’s largest open-air prison.
     Akram tells us that Razak came to Gaza for a few hours (along with his wife and foreign minister) in order to lay the cornerstone of a technical college his government is funding, and to sign an agreement to rebuild the prime minister’s office, bombed to smithereens by Israel last November. So far, so good (if you ignore Akram’s description of the November slaughter as a “bloody conflict;” bloody for whom?).
     But Akram can’t simply report this, and move on to his next assignment. He must, in a piece not labeled as analysis or opinion, interpret the statements of Ismail Haniya, Hamas prime minister, as at odds with those of Razak. The Malaysian came on a “humanitarian mission,” whereas Haniya considered it an “Islamic declaration for breaking the Israeli siege on Gaza.” Akram cannot imagine that the two interpretations might be closer than he paints them.
     There can be no good news for Hamas (or Palestinians more generally), according to the Times. When Razak makes the expected call for Palestinian unity (opposed only by Israel and the United States) before his hosts, Akram counters with Mahmoud Abbas’ view that the visit “constitutes a harm to the Palestinian representation, boosts the division, and does not serve the Palestinian interests.” How this might be so Akram fails to explain. more.. e-mail

Palestine in the context of the Arab Spring 
Majed Kayali, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/28/2013
      Palestine and the Palestinian cause is more than a conflict over some land.
     Since the onset of the Arab Spring two years ago, with its public protests in the streets and squares of many Arab cities, it has become clear that there is a drastic change in the political awareness of ordinary people in the region. Historically-speaking, that change should not surprise us. The Palestinian issue, Arab nationalism, socialism and the struggle against imperialism have all been a priority at one time or another in the latter part of the twentieth century.
     In all of these issues, the Arab regimes can be seen as obstacles to the development of Arab states and societies, citizenship, democracy and modernity. They put themselves at the centre of their country’s interests, establishing control over the people and national resources at the expense of everything else. This failure also applies to their approach to the challenge of Israel.
     Official regimes have been exposed for what they are, and their attempts to cover-up tyranny and corruption in regard to Palestine fool no one. Nor are the claims about facing external threats, often used to justify their failure to develop, their blocking of democracy and their violations of human rights.
     Citizens of Arab states in the midst of suffering and internal repression have witnessed Israel moving forward and continuing to defy Arab and international opinion and resolutions. For example, even though Arab countries cover large tracts of land and have huge natural and human resources it was comparatively small Israel whose population has grown from 700,000 people in 1948 to six million in 2013; whose average income has grown from $3,100 in 1950 to $31,000 in 2011, putting the country among the world’s top 15 countries in terms of individual income. On top of that, Israel’s unemployment rate is a relatively low 6.5%. “more.. New book celebrates besieged Gaza’s vibrant (and spicy) cuisine
Electronic Intifada: 30 Jan 2013 – Hadeel Assali New York City 30 January 2013 The Gaza Kitchen reveals the strength of Gaza’s culture, traditions and heritage.more

The Iran Nuke Threat: Phantom Menace
Dissident Voice: 30 Jan 2013 – They say you can’t kill that which has never lived.  It’s useful advice when analyzing the persistence of the so-called “Iranian nuclear threat.” According to a report in McClatchy , “Israeli intelligence officials now estimate that Iran won’t be able to build a nuclear weapon before 2015 or 2016.” Recall that just this past September Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was theatrically warning that Iran would achieve nuclear weapons capability by “next spring, at most by next summer.” Of course, Netanyahu has made a career out of warning that Iran is about to go nuclear – claiming as early as 1992 that Iran was 3 to 5 years away from being able to produce a bomb As one Israeli official justifiably lamented to McClatchy , “Did we cry wolf too early?”  Yes – early and often, to be precise. “There has not been the run towards a nuclear bomb that some people…more

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