VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 31 January 2013: The Gatekeepers: ’If this film does not lead to change, there is no hope for Israel’

31 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

France, Britain Said To Be Preparing Peace Initiative
IMEMC – The Al-Hayat Arabic Language Paper in London reported that France and Britain are preparing an initiative reportedly meant to ensure the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. …

Israeli Air Force Bombards Syrian Military Science Center
IMEMC – Despite Israeli allegations of bombing a weapons convoy heading to Lebanon, Syrian sources reported that the Israeli Air Force bombarded a military scientific center in a suburban area near the Syrian capital, Damascus. Two persons were killed, and several others were injured. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces take over home near Jenin
1/31/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces took over a Palestinian home in the al-Arqa village near Jenin in the northern West Bank on Thursday, locals said on the second day of Israeli operations in the area. Soldiers took over Abdul Kareem Salameh’s home, which is still under construction. The house located in the….

UN human rights inquiry says Israel must remove settlers
1/31/2013 – GENEVA (Reuters) — UN human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all half a million Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices could be subject to prosecution as possible war crimes. A three-member UN panel said private companies should stop working in the settlements if…. Related: Palestinian officials applaud UN settlements report

Group: Al-Rekhawi returns to hunger strike in Israel jail
1/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian prisoner who went on hunger strike for 100 days last year has resumed his action after Israel reneged on a deal to release him, a prisoners’ rights group said. Akram al-Rekhawi re-started his hunger strike on Jan. 24, Addameer’s lawyer Fares Ziad after visiting him in….

Hezbollah condemns Israeli strike in Syria
1/31/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Lebanon’s Hezbollah condemned on Thursday an Israeli attack which it said targeted a Syrian research center, saying it was an attempt to thwart Arab military capabilities and pledging to stand by its ally President Bashar Assad.” Hezbollah expresses its full solidarity with Syria‘s leadership, army and people,” it said…. Related: Russia says concerned with reports of Israeli attack in Syria and Syria warns of response to Israeli strike

Syria warns of response to Israeli strike
1/31/2013 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syria warned on Thursday of a possible “surprise” response to Israel’s attack on its territory and Russia condemned the airstrike as an unprovoked violation of international law. Damascus could take “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes”, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said a…. Related: Hezbollah condemns Israeli strike in Syria and Russia says concerned with reports of Israeli attack in Syria

Medics: Family of 6 dies in Gaza house fire
1/31/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Six family members, including four children, died early Thursday in a house fire east of Gaza City, medics said. Hazem Mahmud Dahier, 32, his wife Samar, 30, and their children, 4-month-old Qamar, Farah, 3, Nabil, 5 and Mahmud, 6, were killed in the fire, medics said. Civil defense officials….

UK consul visits Hebron, condemns settlements
1/31/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — UK consul-general to Jerusalem Sir Vincent Fean met Wednesday with Hebron’s governor Kamil Hmeid Tuesday and expressed concerns about Israeli settlement expansion. Fean said the Palestinian Authority had the right to control its territory and expressed concern over Israeli settlements and land confiscation “which could foil the two-state solution….

Hamas denies accepting two-state solution
1/31/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Wednesday said it does not accept the two-state solution, following reports the party had changed its position to accept the state of Israel. The Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq reported Wednesday that Hamas politburo chief Khalid Mashaal asked Jordan’s King Abdullah to inform US President Barack Obama that….

Russia says concerned with reports of Israeli attack in Syria
1/31/2013 – MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russia said on Thursday it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli air attack deep inside Syria near Damascus and that any such action, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country.” If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the…. Related: Hezbollah condemns Israeli strike in Syria and Syria warns of response to Israeli strike

PA studying plans to join international agencies
1/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority foreign minister said Thursday that the government was studying the steps toward joining more international organizations and agreements. Riyad al-Malki said officials were hopeful to initiate applications “as soon as possible” now that Palestine is recognized as a state and can theoretically join dozens of UN and international….

Palestinian officials applaud UN settlements report
1/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Reuters) — Palestinian officials welcomed a UN Human Rights Council report on Thursday highly critical of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying it vindicated their struggle against Israel. The UN investigation, which Israel boycotted, urged Israel to halt settlement construction unconditionally and begin removing all 500,000 Israeli settlers from occupied territory immediately.” This…. Related: UN human rights inquiry says Israel must remove settlers

Hagel assures on Iran, Israel in Senate confirmation hearing
1/31/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Chuck Hagel said he backed the US policy of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon as he testified on Thursday before a skeptical Senate panel considering his nomination to be President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense. Hagel, a former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam veteran, broadly defended his record….

UN chief gravely concerned by report of Israeli airstrike in Syria
1/31/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed “grave concern” on Thursday over reports that Israeli jets bombed an apparent convoy of weapons near the Lebanese border and urged respect for the sovereignty of countries in the region. Diplomats, Syrian rebels and regional security sources said on Wednesday that Israeli jets bombed a convoy near…. Related:Syria warns of response to Israeli strike and Russia says concerned with reports of Israeli attack in Syria

Gaza health minister shuts down pharmacy
1/31/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The minister of health in the Gaza Strip has issued instructions to shut down a pharmacy and a medical clinic in the Gaza Strip due to serious irregularities. Mufid Mukhalalati issued the instructions based on “serious and repeated” irregularities at a pharmacy, and the pharmacist was referred to a disciplinary….

PA security official slams anti-corruption report as ‘self-serving’
1/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The spokesman of the Palestinian Authority security services Adnan Dmeiri on Thursday accused an international anti-corruption group of bias after it published a report on defense spending across the world. Transparency International issued the Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index this week, ranking Palestine in the third-highest band of risk of corruption, out….

Official: Abbas to convene PLO reform summit
1/31/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An independent politician said Thursday that President Abbas will convene a summit of the PLO reform committee next Friday in Cairo. The leadership of Hamas and Islamic Jihad will participate in the summit along with other parties, Yasser al-Wadiyeh, head of a coalition of independents, he said. The committee to….

Peres set to ask Netanyahu to form Israel govt
1/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli President Shimon Peres completed talks with political parties on Thursday and will likely ask incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday to assemble a new government. Peres held formal consultations with 12 parties elected to the Knesset last week. Only center-left Labour, ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni’s centrist party Hatnua, leftist….

Union: PA employees to end strike
1/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Government employees in the West Bank will end their strike against salary delays on Sunday, their union chief said late Thursday. Bassam Zakarneh said the union leadership had met with Palestinian Authority representatives, and were satisfied with their pledge to meet employees’ demands. Israel said on Wednesday it would give….

More than 1,000 leave Gaza for Mecca pilgrimage
1/31/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Over one thousand Palestinian pilgrims have crossed into Egypt to made a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in recent days, an Egyptian official said on Thursday. The group of 1,195 pilgrims will fly from Sinai’s el-Arish city to Saudi Arabia for the Umrah pilgrimage, Egyptian director at….

Egypt politicians renounce violence at crisis talks
1/31/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s feuding politicians finally met on Thursday, summoned by the country’s most influential Islamic scholar who made them call an end to violence after a week of the deadliest protests since President Mohamed Mursi took office. The meeting, called by the head of the thousand-year-old Al-Azhar university and mosque….

Rights group accuses UAE of human rights crackdown
1/31/2013 – DUBAI (Reuters) — The United Arab Emirates risks serious damage to its international reputation if it continues to violate its citizens’ human rights, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. Allies, including the United States, “have refrained from publicly criticizing the UAE’s crackdown on freedom of expression and repression of civil society,” New York-based….


UN inquiry says Israel must end settlements
AlJazeera 31 Jan 2013 – Investigators conclude all Israeli settlement activity in West Bank is unlawful and must cease “immediately”.

Syria warns Israel of ‘surprise’ retaliation
AlJazeera 31 Jan 2013 – Diplomat’s threat comes as Syrian ally Iran says air raid near Damascus will have significant implications for Israel.

Palestine News Network

Russia, Arab League Criticize “Israeli Air Strike” on Syria
Palestine News Network

Accepting Reality After Jordan’s Elections
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Serve Eviction and Demolition Notices in Jerusalem District
Palestine News Network

UN: Israel Must End Settlements
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Hebron, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Top UN Official Concerned By Israeli Forces Use of Live Ammunition
Palestine News Network

UNHRC to Release Report on West Bank Settlements
Palestine News Network

Report: Mashaal Agrees To Two-State Solution
Palestine News Network

Hamas Teaches the “Enemy Language” of Hebrew in Gaza Schools
Palestine News Network

Hamas Allows Gaza Voter Registration
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi: Israel Must be Held Accountable for Refusing to Attend HRC Review
Palestine News Network

Fair Trade in Palestine with Activist from the Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans Association
Palestine News Network

Britain, France Plan New Initiative for Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

“The closure is like dying a slow death”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Inaugurates Second International Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Project in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the palestinian people
Relief Web 31 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA, 31 JANUARY 2013 – The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the human rights…

occupied Palestinian territory: Report of the independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the OPT, including East Jerusalem
Relief Web 31 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory Advanced Unedited Version Human Rights Council Twenty-second session Agenda item 7 Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Summary The present report is submitted pursuant to resolution 19/17…

occupied Palestinian territory: Real Madrid “football academies” help Gaza children overcome conflict-related trauma
Relief Web 31 Jan 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory A little more than a year ago, children in Gaza were excited to hear that the Real Madrid Foundation was collaborating with the…

Relief Web 31 Jan 2013 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory In January 2013, Israeli soldiers fatally shot four Palestinians in the West Bank and at least one in the Gaza Strip. In another case, a…

The National

UN presents UAE with 180 human rights recommendations
The National 31 Jan 2013 – The UAE has until June 23 to respond and detail the recommendations it will adopt to the UN.

Defiant Iran plans major upgrade of nuclear enrichment programme
The National 31 Jan 2013 – Move to accelerate the processing of uranium draws rare criticism from Russia as nuclear fears rise. Michael Theodoulou reports 

Thirty years on, UAE Red Crescent continues to make a difference
The National 31 Jan 2013 – On its 30th anniversary, the UAE Red Crescent pledged to ramp up its humanitarian efforts across the world.

UN calls on Israel to ‘immediately’ withdraw 500,000 settlers from Palestinian territories
The National 31 Jan 2013UN report goes further than international condemnation of settlements, urging countries to curtail all ties with Israel’s settlements and suggesting Palestinians take legal action. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

Muslim protests and court battle delay opening of Indian film Vishwaroopam
The National 31 Jan 2013 – A spy thriller about a foiled terrorist attack on New York has set off a fierce free-speech debate, court cases and a rift between the central government and the state of Tamil Nadu. Samanth Subramanian reports from New Delhi 

Friday’s sermon: Respect the holiness of the mosque
The National 31 Jan 2013 – Be on your best behaviour and show your best appearance at the mosque, this week’s sermon reminds worshippers.

Mum’s the word for learning Arabic in UAE
The National 31 Jan 2013 – Expatriate parents at Gems schools are being encouraged to take Arabic lessons in the hope that they will be able to help their children with homework. 

Syria raids a warning to Israel’s other foes
The National 31 Jan 2013 – Israel sends message to longtime enemies that any efforts to provide weapons to each other will be met with severe military force. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 


With insects and other ills, Israeli hospitals must take steps to renew licenses
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Why did Israel attack Syria now, and why did the Syrians admit it?
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

UN human rights report on Israel paves way for sanctions, further isolation
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Israel Chemicals goes to court to block publication of royalty agreements
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

U.S. Jewish donor to Upper Nazareth threatens to cut funding after mayor opposes Arab school
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

LIVE BLOG: Israel’s reported strike on the Syria-Lebanon border
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

PLO’s Ashrawi: UN report proves Israel carries out ‘ethnic cleansing’ in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Ramat Gan mayor indicted on NIS 1.7 million bribery charge
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Syria threatens to retaliate for Israeli airstrike
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Syria’s besieged Assad finds unlikely allies: Israel and an opposition leader
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Israel falls near bottom of press freedom rankings
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef hints at compromise on ultra-Orthodox draft
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Reopening of Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium faces delay
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Winter storms return to Israel, but warm weather is just around the corner
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

UN inquiry calls for sanctions against Israel over West Bank settlements
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Israeli ‘hilltop youth’ accuse their former hero of stealing settlers’ land
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Hagel to face grilling by U.S. Senate panel on Israel and Iran
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Hezbollah condemns Israeli strike on Syria
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Jewish Agency: Don’t sugar-coat Israel
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – There is more support for Jewish state among youth exposed to “warts and all,” report says. 

Court hears petitions on fate of Palestinians in Sussiya
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Villagers from Jewish part Sussiya seek to expedite demolition of portions of the Palestinian village; Palestinians seek access to farm land. 

PM, ministers’ responses to ‘Bibi-Tours’ draft report due
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Draft reportedly reviews allegations of improper funding and double billing for international trips Netanyahu and other top officials took. 

Analysis: UN settlement probe boosts anti-Israel atmosphere
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Senior Israeli officials are increasingly expressing concern that the country’s standing in friendly capitals in Europe and even in Washington is sliding, and that the defeats in the int’l arena are taking a toll. 

J’lem plans to bring non-Jewish US leaders to Israel
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Foreign Ministry unveils NIS 50m. plan to bring 3,000 young, non-Jewish US leaders to Israel to combat “industry of lies.” 

Syrian spillover
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Whatever the facts regarding purported Israeli attacks, it is clear that Israel has a right and an obligation to prevent the anarchy in Syria from spilling over to Lebanon and endangering Israelis. 

Peres set to ask Netanyahu to build next coalition
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – 82 MKs recommend Netanyahu; Liberman, Bennett discuss possible coalition variations; Lapid insists on only 18 ministries. 

Why the attack on Syria suits Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – If Lapid comes and insists on nonsense such as a maximum of 18 ministers in the cabinet or “sharing the burden” of military service, it’ll be easier to blow him off. 

US chides Iran on plan to speed up nuclear fuel
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013Iran tells IAEA it will deploy more modern machines to refine uranium in defiant move that will further complicate negotiations. 

I shook the hand that blessed Barack Obama
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – I pray that there will come a day, in the Jewish state, my state, that a Jewish leader such as Rabbi Sharon Brous, will be invited to bless and to give hope to a nation that currently oppresses and denies her the ability to freely practice Judaism. 

A kinder, gentler and BETTER Israel!
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Israel doesn’t shy away or back down from challenges that are “impossible” or “difficult.” Without a doubt, it has been the hallmark of our stubborn existence. 

A collector of valor
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Hilary treasures her collection of well-preserved copies of historic newspapers, including the first issue of The Palestine Post on December 1, 1932, which she eagerly shows me. 

US skeptical of Argentina-Iran ‘truth c’tee’
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – “Iran’s record of cooperation with int’l authorities is profoundly deficient,” State Department says of panel for AMIA bombing. 

Parshat Yitro: He who seeks shall find
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – If we follow the footsteps of this special man, Jethro, we will be able to find the best way of life and the beauty concealed in the words of God. 

US warns Syria against arms transfer to Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – In wake of reported IAF attack on an arms convoy in Syria, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus has option to respond. 

US warns Syria against transferring weapons to Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – In wake of reported IAF attack on an arms convoy in Syria, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus has option to respond as Iran threatens “serious consequences” for Tel Aviv; Hezbollah, Russia condemn strike. 

A high price tag for ‘Price Tags’
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – We must take the appropriate measures to fight and eradicate these acts perpetrated by rotten apples from among us, by using a coordinated perceptional and physical campaign. 

US to sanction firms masking Iranian oil shipments
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – American officials will meet with government, company officials in Malaysia that import crude from Tehran. 

State indicts Ramat Gan mayor for alleged bribery
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Indictment charges Zvi Bar with accepting $224,125 in bribes, fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice and breach of public trust. 

Barak approves 346 new Gush Etzion housing units
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Defense Ministry gives the go ahead to new houses in Tekoa, Nokdim, outside the boundaries of the security barrier. 

US senators assail Hagel in heated hearing
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Hagel downplays controversial statements, including comment published in 2008 that “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people.” 

Israel braces for new round of snow and rain
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Mount Hermon closes following predictions of snowfall as heavy rain sweeps country; temperatures expected to rise by weekend. 

Hamas: Mashaal did not accept the two-state solution
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – “We will never agree to giving the Zionist state one inch of the land of Palestine,” senior Hamas official says. 

The Weekly Schmooze: YOLO
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Schmidt chickens out, Babs is back, Will Bailey back in the White House? 

Ban ‘gravely concerned’ over alleged Israel strike in Syria
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – In wake of reported IAF attack on a military research center in Syria, Syrian ambassador to Lebanon says Damascus has option to respond as Iran threatens “serious consequences” for Tel Aviv; Hezbollah, Russia condemn strike. 

Egypt politicians renounce violence at crisis talks
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Islamic scholar convenes Muslim Brotherhood, secular opponents after a week of the deadliest protests seen under Morsi’s government. 

Streisand to sing at Oscars for 1st time in decades
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Producers: “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” 

Hot off the Arab press
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – A short round-up of the latest Middle East news. 

Hezbollah calls for int’l condemnation of Syria hit
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Group expresses “full solidarity” with Assad, condemns “Zionist aggression,” Russia “concerned” over alleged attack. 

‘Assad transferred chemical weapons to Hezbollah’
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – ‘Al-Watan’ reports Syrian regime passed non-conventional weapons to the group in 2012, including missiles, mustard gas. 

The Guardian

Chuck Hagel’s Senate hearing: testy exchanges on key foreign policy issues
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Republicans and Democrats expressed varying degrees of concern over Hagel’s positions on Iran, Iraq and Israel Chuck Hagel was forced to make repeated justifications of his positions on Iran, Israel and the Iraq war at a…

Syrians react to alleged Israeli air strike – video
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Syrian politicians, Assad supporters and the foreign ministry react to reports of an alleged Israeli air strike on a military research centre near the capital Damascus

Chuck Norris tries to give Binyamin Netanyahu an electoral boost
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – The Hollywood tough guy gave his backing to the uncompromising Likud leader. So how come the Likud leader was only just able to scrape to victory? “Shalom – this is Chuck Norris “: are there words that…

Syria threatens to retaliate after Israeli air strikes – as it happened
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded as as Israel’s first attack on Syria since 2007 prompted alarm from Russia and Hezbollah Matthew Weaver Jon Henley

Israel faces repercussions of air strike on Syria
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Jewish state maintains its traditional silence in the face of accusations that it violated Syria‘s sovereign territory Israel faces threats of retaliation after Wednesday’s bombing on the Syrian-Lebanese border, with Russia and the Arab League describing…

Syria may respond to Israeli air strike, says ambassador
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – ‘Scientific research centre’ north-west of Damascus was damaged in attack, according to Syrian state TV Syria‘s ambassador to Lebanon has said Damascus has the option to respond to what it says was an Israeli air strike…

Israel must withdraw all settlers or face ICC, says UN report
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013UN Human Rights Council says Israel is in violation of Geneva convention and should face international criminal court Israel must withdraw all settlers from the West Bank or potentially face a case at the international criminal…

Russia condemns Israeli air strike on Syria
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Russian foreign ministry says reported attack would violate UN charter and can not be justified Russia says it is very concerned about reports of an Israeli air attack inside Syria near Damascus and any such action…

Israeli warplanes carry out air strike on Syria
The Guardian 31 Jan 2013 – Attack confirmed by Syrian regime comes after Israel aired suspicions of weapons convoys heading to Lebanon Israeli warplanes have attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border following several days of heightened warnings from government officials…

Inter Press Service

Israel Using Crowd Control Weapons ‘Unlawfully’
IPS The Israeli army is systematically using crowd control weapons and live ammunition unlawfully against Palestinians in the West Bank, signaling a widespread breach of military regulations and an alarming culture of impunity, a leading Israeli human rights group has warned. At least ten Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli…


Niger agrees to US drones on its territory (Video)

Five Broken Cameras Full Movie “This documentary should make every decent Israeli ashamed of being an Israeli.”

Strengthening the Roots of Resistance Plant a Tree for Palestine

In Mali, Forces Backed by UN, France, and Obama Slaughter Civilians


The Desire for Change, Iraqi demonstrations mark the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq! (Part 1)

European Union double standards regarding Israeli settlements

Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague

Meeting and Greeting the Crusaders in Africa

Israeli Warplane Attacks Syria-Lebanon Border

Daily Star

Egypt factions seek talks, condemn bloodshed
Daily Star 31 Jan 2013 Rival factions Thursday condemned violence which has killed dozens of people in a week of unrest in Egypt, and pledged support for a national dialogue, as the opposition called fresh rallies set for Friday.

Hariri says he will be back in Lebanon before elections
Daily Star 31 Jan 2013 Hariri says he will be back in Lebanon before elections

Dutch student distributes aid to displaced Syrians
Daily Star 31 Jan 2013 While backpacking in Europe and Asia, Wijbe Abma was moved by stories of human tragedy in Syria, torn by a civil war that has left people queuing for hours in the cold for basic goods like…

Defiant Iran plans to speed up nuclear fuel work
Daily Star 31 Jan 2013 Iran has announced plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines, in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a nuclear…

YNet News

John Paul II’s gunman says Iran behind ’81 attempt
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Argentine, British ministers clash over Falklands
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Educate Muslims on Koran 
YNet News, 31 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Turkish activist says hatred of Jews in Muslim world stems from misinterpretation of Koran ….

Wall Street Journal, NYT infiltrated by Chinese hackers
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Beyonce admits Inauguration Day pre-recording
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Syrian army chief: Battle with Zionists will never end
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New status quo needed 
YNet News, 31 Jan 2013 – Op-ed: Hasty agreement between Ben-Gurion, haredim has caused endless tragedy and trouble ….

Calculated risk
YNet News, 31 Jan 2013 – Analysis: Was purported attack on weapons convoy prelude to broad military conflict in north? ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli plan to establish an Educational Complex in the village of Anata
PIC – The so-called regional council of Kfar Adumim settlement approved the construction of an educational complex on 218 dunums of the land of Anata town, Haaretz revealed on Thursday.

Sawaf: PA security services’ practices do not serve reconciliation
PIC – Political arrests and summonses still continue in the West Bank against supporters and members of Hamas movement despite the movement’s efforts in providing a positive atmosphere in Gaza.

6 Family members died in Gaza due to the siege
PIC – Six family members died in a house fire early Thursday in al-Shijaia neighborhood in Gaza in light of the continuing Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza strip since 2006.

3 Palestinian Martyrs in Syria
PIC – Three Palestinian refugees in Syria have been martyred in the continuing attack by the regime’s army on Palestinian refugee camps.

Election Commission to begin voter registration in Gaza
PIC – The Palestinian elections commission declared the start of voter registration in Gaza on February 11.

IOF invade some villages in Jenin city at dawn
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday launched a campaign of raids in villages west of Jenin city and established military checkpoints.

Hamas slams Israeli film on Aqsa, urges Arab producers to retaliate
PIC – The Hamas Movement’s Jerusalem affairs department said that Jerusalem are exposed to frenzied Judaization attempts to obliterate its Islamic holy sites and monuments.

Hunger striker Qadan adamant on strike to the finish
PIC – Detained hunger striker Tarek Qadan has said that he was adamant on maintaining his hunger strike even if it meant his “martyrdomâ€.

IOA exiles Aqsa guard for three weeks
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) imposed a fine on one of the Aqsa mosque guards and ordered him to stay away from the holy site for 21 days.

Hamas negates news about its acceptance of two-state solution
PIC – Hamas categorically denied some news reports claiming that Khaled Mashaal had asked the Jordanian monarch to tell the US administration that Hamas accepts the two-state solution with Israel.


Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike, Some Lives at Risk, says Addameer
WAFA – 31 Jan 2013

Presidency Welcomes UN Report on Settlements
WAFA – 31 Jan 2013

UN Calls on Israel to Stop Settlements’ Expansion in West Bank
WAFA – 31 Jan 2013

PEX Report: Al Quds Index Down
WAFA – 31 Jan 2013

Weather Forecast: Rain Continues to Fall, Service Warns of Possible Floods
WAFA – 31 Jan 2013

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


Israel soccer team plans to add 2 Muslims, despite fans’ anger
LA Times 30 Jan 2013 – The two new players for Beitar Jerusalem, Zaur Sadayev and Gabriel Kadiev of Chechnya, arrive amid tight security. JERUSALEM — Managers of a popular Jerusalem soccer club vowed Wednesday to proceed with plans to introduce two Muslim players to the mostly Jewish team despite a…

Syria says Israeli airstrike destroyed military facility
LA Times 30 Jan 2013 – Syrian media say the attack outside Damascus killed two people. Western reports, however, say the strike hit a convoy carrying arms for Hezbollah in Lebanon. JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes struck targets outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Wednesday, according to Syrian and Western reports, amid…

Syria’s Confirmation of Airstrike May Undercut Israel’s Strategy of Silence
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – Experts said Israel’s refusal to confirm its Wednesday attack was part of a strategy to give targets face-saving ways to avoid escalation. But Syria may have undercut that effort. 

U.N. Panel Says Israeli Settlement Policy Violates International Law
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – A report by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday called for an immediate halt to all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories. 

9/11 Judge Orders End to Outside Government Censors
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – The order from the judge, Col. James L. Pohl of the Army, followed a mysterious interruption on Monday of a feed from the military tribunal courtoom in Guantánamo Bay. 

At War Blog: Chuck Hagel and the Wisdom of Grunts
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – There are qualities of enlisted experience, which Chuck Hagel knows well, that differentiates it from the officer corps and makes it unique and worthy of admiration. 

Assad Supporters Rally After Israeli Airstrike
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – A day after American officials reported that Israel carried out a strike deep inside Syria, the Hezbollah Shiite militia and Russia offered support for President Bashar al-Assad. 

Rivals in Egypt a Hold Rare Meeting and Call for Dialogue
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – Prominent secular opponents of President Mohamed Morsi gathered with the Egyptian leader’s Islamist allies on Thursday after days of political chaos threatening the transition to democracy. 

Eat: A Time Before Tabbouleh
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – It’s hard to remember when Middle Eastern food barely existed outside the Middle East. That was before Claudia Roden. 

Iran Is Said to Be Set to Accelerate Uranium Enrichment
New York Times 31 Jan 2013 – Tehran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog of plans to install new equipment at the Natanz plant, a diplomat said. 

FIMI fund buying into control of El Al
Globes Main News – Ishay Davidi’s FIMI will join the Borovich family in the controlling core of the carrier.

Teva terminates CureTech collaboration
Globes Main News – Teva will write off $109 million on its CureTech investment, which is developing a drug for hematological cancers.

Iran threatens Israel over Syria strike
Globes Main News – Iranian deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: The Israeli attack will have serious consequences in Tel Aviv.

SodaStream to air revised Super Bowl ad
Globes Main News – The original ad, which pokes fun at the world’s two largest soda manufacturers, will air online and on other television networks.

Unemployment rose to 7% in 2012 
Globes Macro Economics – The unemployment rate rose to 7% at the end of 2012 from 5.4% a year earlier, with a net 73,000 new unemployed.

Kinneret rises as snow, floods return 
Globes Macro Economics – The lake is now 1.91 meters shy of the upper red line, which denotes that it is full.

“Investments in Intel have paid off handsomely” 
Globes Macro Economics – Outgoing Investment Promotion Center director Hezi Zaieg expresses no regret over losing Intel’s newest fab to Ireland.

New planes for old
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Israel Air Force is gearing up to bring the F-35 stealth fighter jet into service, but that isn’t the only new aircraft on its horizon.

Scarfe’s Israeli Election Cartoon Grotesque and Offensive, Just Like Israeli Occupation
Tikun Olam – Rupert Murdoch has opened up a hornet’s nest by attacking the award-winning cartoonist for his flagship Sunday Times, Gerald Scarfe.  Murdoch called  “grotesque and offensive” a cartoon called “Israeli election: will cementing peace continue?”  It depicts a brutish Bibi Netanyahu as bricklayer building the Separation Wall…

New Tikkun Magazine Article: Unleashing Israeli Palestinian Political Power
Tikun Olam – This is my latest Tikkun Magazine article.  It is an analysis of the Israeli election, attacking the mainstream notion that this was a victory of the sensible center against the radical right.  The second half of the article offers a strategy to transform Israeli electoral politics. …

Israel Attacks Syria Arms Convoy, Intelligence Exploited Fordo to Conceal Plans
Tikun Olam – Air route of Israeli attack on Syria Israel’s Air Force attacked ( Haaretz report ) a Syrian arms convoy inside the country that was shipping an advanced anti-aircraft system to Hezbollah forces inside Lebanon. Israel felt especially threatened by this development because it considers Lebanon within its sphere…

Jewish Voice for Peace Commends Brooklyn College for Hosting Forum on BDS
Jewish Voice for Peace – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brooklyn, NY, January 31st —Jewish Voice for Peace released earier this week the following letter of support sent to Karen Gould, President of Brooklyn College, in response to pressure to rescind sponsorship or cancel an event on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), scheduled…

The fall and rise of Chuck Hagel: a good sign for US-Israel relations
Jewish Voice for Peace – Christian Science Monitor, January 31, 2013 Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s controversial nominee for secretary of Defense, faces his Senate confirmation hearing today. His rise after a wave of objections is a welcome sign that ‘daylight’ between US and Israeli policies may be becoming more politically acceptable…

Hagel offers himself as secretary of Israel’s defense
Mondoweiss – The first few hours of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing have been sickening. I thought he was named to be United States Secretary of Defense, not Israel’s defense. The most urgent questions were about Israel, and many came from liberal Democrats insisting that Hagel is pledged to…

Friendly profile of Goldberg in ‘Washingtonian’ is a window on tribal power group
Mondoweiss – A long and highly-favorable Jeffrey Goldberg profile in the Washingtonian Magazine portrays Goldberg as hilarious and aggressive, a little bit juvenile–but lovable– and the most powerful Jewish journalist in the U.S. At one level, the piece is about the Jewish establishment and a Washington guild of…

Students suffer as Israel denies Palestinian freedom of movement and education in the occupied territories
Mondoweiss – How long does it typically take university students to get to their morning lectures where you live? It might just be a matter of whether they decide to walk, cycle or take the bus. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for Palestinian students in the West Bank…

‘Palestine Through Graphics’: Program teaches Palestinian youth to tell their story through graphic novels
Mondoweiss – It was a bright and early start for everyone on the team as it takes roughly two hours in the saveese to snake up through the Samarian hills and reach Jenin from down town Ramallah. We were given a warm welcome from a full class of…

Israeli strike on Syria followed violations of Lebanon’s airspace and movement of missile defense system to north
Mondoweiss – IDF soldiers at the border with Lebanon in November 2005. (Photo: Efi Sharir/AFP/Le Monde) Late Tuesday evening Israeli planes bombed a weapons convoy in Syria destined for Lebanon, marking Israel’s military entry into the now two-year crisis in Syria. Earlier Israeli officials announced they would strike…

A Decade After Ilan Ramon, Israel Is Prepared To Train a New Astronaut 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2013 – Ten years after the death of Ilan Ramon on the space shuttle Columbia, Israel is ready to train a new astronaut. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sarah Silverman Helps Israeli Company Bring Solar Power to the Galapagos 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2013 – With the help of American comedian Sarah Silverman, an Israel-based developer of solar projects is using online crowd funding to bring solar energy to the Galapagos. Click here for the rest of the article…

Students Protest Hillel’s BDS Ban 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2013 – A Harvard Jewish student group has launched a national protest of Hillel rules barring partnerships with groups that back BDS against Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

In Confirmation Hearing, Hagel Is Challenged by Both Friends and Foes 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Jan 2013 – Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing today began with a series of attacks — from friends and foes alike, on both sides of the aisle. So what does he think about Israel and Iran? Click here for the rest of the article…

American Political Consultants Also Won and Lost in Israel’s Election 
The Forward New 31 Jan 2013 – In Israel, it wasn’t just the candidates who won and lost. Fresh off their U.S. Presidential campaigns, six American political consultants turned their attention to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli ministry confirms Veolia still owns West Bank landfill 
Global BDS 31 Jan 2013 – London Dump Veolia protest in April 2010. ( Source ) As  Veolia  has become the target of worldwide campaigns in protest of its complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, costing it public contracts in several countries, the company has tried to evade responsibility. However, Who Profits —…

South African Toy Store Reggies Ends Support for JNF 
Global BDS 31 Jan 2013 – The new owners of South Africa’s major toy retailer, “ Reggies “, Mr. Christian Larsen and Mr. Mohsin Mia, have gone on record confirming that Reggies Toy Stores have ended and no more have a relationship with the Jewish National Fund (JNF), an Israeli para-statal directly…

South African agricultural company cuts ties to Hadiklaim 
Global BDS 31 Jan 2013 – Karsten Farms , a leading South African agricultural company backed by one of South Africa’s primary finance bodies, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has severed its relations with the Israeli cooperative, Hadiklaim, and has also undertaken not to enter into  any  future relations with  any  Israeli entity…

US warns Syria over ‘arms supply’ 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – The US warns Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah in neighbouring Lebanon, amid an international row over an Israeli strike in Syria.

Egyptian leaders condemn violence 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – Leaders from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and a prominent opposition coalition condemn political violence, after dozens are killed in a week of unrest.

US warns Iran on nuclear upgrade 
BBC 31 Jan 2013Iran‘s reported plans to upgrade its uranium enrichment centrifuges would be a “further escalation” in the nuclear stand-off, the US warns.

Israel settlers ‘violate rights’ 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – Israeli settlements in the occupied territories violate Palestinians’ human rights in ways designed to drive them off the land, a UN report states.

Stuart Littlewood: The curious case of David Ward’s scalp 
Sabbah report 31 Jan 2013 – If you call yourself “the Jewish State” (even though it’s really a Zionist state), and tell everybody it’s the “Jewish Homeland” and hide behind the Jewish faith, your crimes will inevitably reflect badly on ‘the Jews’, or Jewish people generally. So how is this new language…

Alan Hart: Anti-Semitism: What it IS and is NOT 
Sabbah report 31 Jan 2013 – it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist (anti Zionism’s colonial enterprise), and fiercely condemnatory of the policies of Zionism’s in-Israel leaders, without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic. An anti-Semite today is a truth-telling person Jews who support the Zionist state of Israel…

Iyad Burnat, activist featured in 5 Broken Cameras, Speaking in DC 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 31 Jan 2013 – Iyad Burnat, leader of Bil’in’s Popular Committee, will be speaking in DC this weekend about his village’s resistance to Israel’s building of the apartheid wall, which deprives them from their farmland. Iyad’s brother Emad is the co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras . Check out…

Syria warns of “surprise” retaliation to Israeli air strike 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – Israeli soldiers stand guard next to a road sign showing the different distances to Jerusalem, Damascus and other locations, at an army post in Mount Bental in the occupied Golan Heights on 31 January 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Syria warned Thursday of a possible…

Court halts TV interview with AUB corruption whistleblower 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – AUB’s College Hall on a sunny day (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Tahtah) AUB’s College Hall on a sunny day (Photo: Al-Akhbar – Marwan Tahtah) Lebanon’s MTV has canceled an investigative program episode featuring a businessman who has accused the American University of Beirut (AUB) of corruption…

Israel Intervenes on the Syrian Front 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – An Israeli Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery is deployed near the city of Haifa 28 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Baz Ratner) An Israeli Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery is deployed near the city of Haifa 28 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Baz Ratner) Almost two…

Syrian Drama Takes on Crisis 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – A Displaced Syrian boy gets a haircut at a makeshift refugee camp along the Turkish border in the village of Atme in the northwestern province of Idlib, on 31 January 2012. (Photo: AFP – Aamir Qureshi) A Displaced Syrian boy gets a haircut at a makeshift…

Syrian Opposition’s Bid for Dialogue: Why Now? 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – Free Syrian Army fighters rest in Harasta near Damascus on 31 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) Free Syrian Army fighters rest in Harasta near Damascus on 31 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) On Wednesday, 30 January 2013, Moaz al-Khatib, president of the…

A Lebanese Coin Collector Talks Money 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Jan 2013 – For Maaz, currency is not paper money with purchasing power, but something that has social, historical, and even geographic significance. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) For Maaz, currency is not paper money with purchasing power, but something that has social, historical, and even geographic significance. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)…

South Lebanon: Israel Admits to Stealing Land in Adaisseh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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 Politics 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…

US warns Syria over ‘arms supply’ 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – The US warns Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah in neighbouring Lebanon, amid an international row over an Israeli strike in Syria.

Egyptian leaders condemn violence 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – Leaders from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and a prominent opposition coalition condemn political violence, after dozens are killed in a week of unrest.

US warns Iran on nuclear upgrade 
BBC 31 Jan 2013Iran‘s reported plans to upgrade its uranium enrichment centrifuges would be a “further escalation” in the nuclear stand-off, the US warns.

Anger over Saudi child death case 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – The case of a five-year-old Saudi girl who died after allegedly being beaten by her father sparks an online campaign in the kingdom.

Israel settlers ‘violate rights’ 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – Israeli settlements in the occupied territories violate Palestinians’ human rights in ways designed to drive them off the land, a UN report states.

Bahrain talks ‘need crown prince’ 
BBC 31 Jan 2013 – The leader of Bahrain’s main opposition group, Ali Salman, calls for the crown prince to attend talks aimed at ending nearly two years of unrest.


Israel jailed my friend Hassan Karajah to break the grassroots struggle 
Eoin O’Ceallaigh, Electronic Intifada 1/31/2013
      At 2:30am on Wednesday, 24 January, the Israeli military attacked a home in the West Bank village of Saffa. Along with stealing computers, mobile phones and personal documents, Israeli soldiers beat, handcuffed and blindfolded our friend and comrade Hassan Karajah.
     The youth coordinator of Stop the Wall and a well-liked, well-respected activist and human rights defender, Hassan was taken into the night, without being told why, without the medications he relies on because of a previous injury, and without charge.
     My first meeting with Hassan, in May of last year, took place under a cloud of justified suspicion about who I was and why I was standing in the Ramallah office of Stop the Wall. Several hours before the start of my first day as a volunteer, the Israeli army raided the office and stole several computers and other property. Thankfully, on that occasion, no one was taken away to face interrogation and an uncertain fate in Zionist dungeons. Baptism of fire
     Nevertheless, I remember that first encounter with Hassan, and the way in which he looked me over with thinly veiled suspicion, and, turning to others in the office, inquired about my identity. Although I was vouched for, the coincidence of an Israeli raid and my first appearance at the office all happening within a few hours of each other was bad timing, and I was left with no time for a gradual introduction to the work of the campaign. Instead, I had a baptism of fire and set about trying to ensure that the world heard of this flagrant attack on human rights activists in the heart of the Area A — part of the West Bank where Palestinians had supposedly been granted “autonomy” under the Oslo accords. more.. e-mail

The Gatekeepers: ’If this film does not lead to change, there is no hope for Israel’ 
Lisa Goldman, +972 Magazine 1/31/2013
      NEW YORK — “If this film does not lead to change, there is no hope for Israel,” said Israeli director Dror Moreh. He was referring to his new documentary The Gatekeepers, which has been nominated for an Academy Award. The title of the film refers to the six directors of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, who, in a series of extraordinary interviews with the director, speak about their work in detail for the first time.
     Perhaps partly in response to Moreh’s personal charisma and partly out of what seems to be deep concern born of real patriotism, these men are strikingly candid and thoughtful. Avraham Shalom, head of the Shin Bet under Menachem Begin, speaks for the first time about the 1984 Kav 300 affair, when terrorists who attacked an inter-city bus were photographed alive upon arrest and were then killed in custody. Carmi Gillon speaks about his personal crisis after failing to prevent the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. They speak openly about the great danger posed by Jewish terror, particularly given that the men who plotted to blow up the Dome of the Rock, for example, are part of the Israeli establishment. They describe in detail the process of establishing control over occupied territory — learning to speak fluent Palestinian Arabic and memorizing the layout of every Palestinian village and town, building by building, house by house. The suffocating sense they convey is that the Palestinians living in occupied territory have no personal freedom; they are under perpetual surveillance, no matter what they are doing.
     What these men describe is the process by which Israel became after 1967 a state that is ruled by the Shin Bet, rather than governed by the prime minister’s office. And in doing so, they confirm everything the so-called loony left has been saying about the occupation and its destructive effect on Israeli society. more.. e-mail

The Suffering in Syria 
James Abourezk, CounterPunch 1/31/2013
      The US Can End the Pain by Ending Its Interference
     The violent uprising in Syria has produced some predictable and sorry results. Aside from the numbers of people dying prematurely as a result of the fighting, there are tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, consisting mostly women and children, both inside and outside of Syria who are suffering from the war. This suffering does not choose sides, both opponents and supporters of the Asad government have become victims. Their sympathies matter not as much as the amount of help they need, no matter whose side they’re on.
     In the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, Syrians who have been driven from their homes by the fighting are not only near starvation, but are suffering from the cold weather with little help from warm clothing, kerosene for heaters, or any other comforts. The international agencies are overwhelmed and are without enough money to feed and clothe them.
     Inside Syria, commerce has come to a standstill. Farmers have no money for planting seeds, and even so, there are no markets for the food they could produce even if given the money to plant and to harvest. Trying to send produce to market, provided they have something to sell, is a suicide mission, as it’s much too dangerous to travel the roads.
     My wife, who is of Syrian origin, and whose family are farmers, has learned that her siblings give whatever heating oil they can find to their mother so she can find some warmth. Most Syrian civilians do what they can to help their neighbors and their families who are in need, but it’s more than a matter of money. There simply is not enough bread and heating oil to go around, leaving a large part of the country wanting for the necessities of life. more.. e-mail

UK Liberal Democrat ban the phrase ‘the Jews’ 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 1/31/2013
      The curious case of David Ward’s scalp – Confusion as UK Liberal Democrats issue new instructions on language involving “the Jews”
     Last week British MP David Ward was left wondering if his scalp would soon be hanging in the Zionists’ tepee.
     Ward, if you remember, wrote on his website:
     “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”
     This caused a great hullabaloo. Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust said Ward “deliberately abused the memory of the Holocaust” and his remarks were “sickening”.
     Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, was outraged by Ward’s “offensive” comments and complained: “For an MP to have made such comments on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day is even more distasteful…”
     The Liberal Democrat chief whip, Alistair Carmichael, immediately wrote to Pollock that Ward’s remarks were “wholly inappropriate” and that “singling out ‘the Jews’ in the way he does crosses a line of acceptability and is offensive”. He also wished to dissociate the Liberal Democrats from Ward’s remarks as they did not reflect the views of the party.
     Carmichael said he was arranging a meeting to discuss the matter with Ward, and many believed this would result in disciplinary action. But for the last few days party sources have been strangely silent. What happened?…. more.. e-mail

“Samir is gone”: family mourns baby-faced teen killed by Israeli fire
Electronic Intifada: 31 Jan 2013 – Linah Alsaafin Ramallah 31 January 2013 Samir Awad, 16, is one of several youths killed by Israeli forces this month.more

Down the Rabbit Hole of the Arab World
Palestine Chronicle: 31 Jan 2013 – By Ahmad Barqawi – Amman From the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi to the immolation of Syria. From the euphoric scenes of Tahrir Square to the ungodly sight of a sword-wielding 12 year old kid beheading bound captives. One must ask: how did we get here? From the brave protesters storming the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and taking down its flag, to Mossad agents and Israeli TV reporters infiltrating Syria with the help of FSA insurgents, freely roaming “liberated” areas to their hearts’ content. From Christian protesters forming a human shield to protect fellow Muslim demonstrators performing Friday prayers at Tahrir Square to Syrian “revolutionaries” burning down a Shia Mosque in Idlib province, systematically witch hunting Alawites in Homs, Hama and Aleppo and threatening to use chemical weapons against the “Infidel Nusayris” and “Shabiha”, How did it come to this? It would be a fool’s hope to think that what’s transpiring…more

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