VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 1 February 2013:

1 February 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Four Palestinians Kidnaped In Bethlehem And Jenin
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, several areas in the occupied West Bank and kidnapped four Palestinians in Bethlehem and Jenin; several Palestinians were injured in clashed with the army in Jenin. …

Attacks Continue Against Silwan
IMEMC – For the second day in a row, Israeli soldiers and policemen continued their campaign in Silwan town, in occupied East Jerusalem. The army broke into homes and stores, and kidnapped a number of residents. …

PCHR Weekly Report: Woman, child dead; 11 civilians wounded by Israeli forces this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 23- 30 January 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that a Palestinian woman was killed by Israeli forces north of Hebron, and a Palestinian child died of previous wounds he had sustained in ‘Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. …

Army Breaks Into Homes Of Former Detainees In Nablus
IMEMC – Friday at dawn February 1; Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and the Balata refugee camp, east of the city, and broke into homes of several prisoners and former political prisoners. …

7 Killed, 300 Kidnapped In January
IMEMC – A report prepared and published by the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights revealed that Israeli soldiers shot and killed seven Palestinians, and kidnapped more than 300, last month – January 2013. … 

Army Kidnaps 20 Palestinians, Allegedly Planning Attacks
IMEMC – The Israeli Internal Security Agency (Shin Bet) revealed Thursday that the army arrested, in Hebron, what it called a Palestinian cell of twenty men who planned attacks against Israeli targets, with the main objective of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. …

Ma’an News

Medics: 2 injured by Israeli fire in north Gaza
2/1/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured Friday by cross-border gunfire from Israeli troops in the northern Gaza Strip. Medics told Ma’an that ambulances evacuated two people with gunshot wounds to their feet from Abu Safiyya Hill area east of Jablila to Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. An Israeli military….

Israeli court freezes evacuation of Sheikh Jarrah family
2/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court in Jerusalem on Wednesday decided to freeze evacuation of a family’s houses in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. The family of Abdul-Raziq al-Sabbagh’s case has been pending in Israeli courts since 1972. The Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper quoted the family’s lawyer Salih….

Israeli court postpones hearing on Hebron village Susiya
2/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel‘s Supreme Court on Thursday postponed hearing the appeal of a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank against the demolition of their homes. The case of Susiya, a rural community in the south Hebron hills, will be now be heard on Sunday, residents told Ma’an. Right-wing…. Related: Settler group patrols West Bank for demolition targets

Israeli forces ‘detain 2 brothers in Bethlehem’
2/1/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two brothers in Bethlehem at dawn on Friday, locals said. Ahmad Khader Masalmeh 20, and his brother Ismael, 19, were from seized from al-Fawaghreh neighborhood, according to residents. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was not aware of any detentions. [END]

Fire destroys 14 shops in Nablus market
2/1/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A huge fire destroyed 14 shops late Thursday in a marketplace in Nablus in the northern West Bank. Despite heavy rain, the fire spread quickly at the market for used goods. Firefighters battled the blaze for five hours, finally extinguishing it at 4 a. m. Friday. Fourteen of the 40 stores….

Palestine readying to propose Battir for UNESCO protection
2/1/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian experts are putting the final touches on Palestine’s 2013 submission to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which will propose the ancient Bethlehem village of Battir as a heritage site. The proposal, which outlines historical, natural, and cultural features of the hillside village, will be submitted by mid-February, the….

Israeli silence on Syria is strategic
2/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Military secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday’s mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach. Beyond customary concern to safeguard spies and tactics for a government currently engaged in a graver….

PLO urges world to implement UN settlements report
2/1/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat on Friday called on the international community to implement a UN human rights report which said Israeli settlement building could constitute war crimes. The UN fact-finding mission released its conclusions on Thursday, calling for Israel to withdraw settlers from the occupied West Bank and redress human rights….

UK provides emergency equipment to Palestinian civil defense
2/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The UK on Friday donated emergency equipment to Palestinian civil defense services after heavy rains caused serious damage in the West Bank earlier in January.” We admired the efforts the Palestinian civil defense services exerted during the heavy rain which affected the West Bank lately. It is a pleasure to offer….

Fatah official: No negotiations in London
2/1/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Arabic-language newspaper reported Friday that the UK was hosting talks between Palestinians and Israeli officials to discuss possible ways of resuming the peace process. Al-Quds al-Arabi quoted unidentified Palestinian sources as saying that the Israeli side was headed by Yossi Belin, one of the masterminds of the Oslo Accords, while….

Hagel expected to be confirmed by US Senate despite rocky hearing
2/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — White House spokesman Jay Carney said Friday he believes former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, who had a rocky confirmation hearing Thursday, will be confirmed by the Senate as US defense secretary. Carney told reporters he believed the number of votes in favor of Hagel’s confirmation had increased a day after Hagel….

PA plan to import fuel from Arab countries on hold
2/1/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – A plan by the government to import fuel from Arab countries is still being considered despite that a feasibility study has not yet been prepared, says the head of the Palestinian Petroleum Corporation. Fuad al-Shubaki told Ma’an on Friday that contacts were made with companies in Jordan and the….

Speaker calls to reconvene parliament before election
2/1/2013BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The speaker of the defunct Palestinian parliament, Aziz Dweik, said Friday that the legislative body should resume work before any new national election. The Palestinian Legislative Council has not sat since Hamas and Fatah violently split Palestine into separate governments in 2007. A reconciliation deal between the parties, signed in 2011….

Gaza suspends tunnel work amid heavy rainfall
2/1/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza government announced Friday it has closed tunnels under Gaza’s border with Egypt due to heavy rainfall in the area. Gaza’s border authority told Ma’an that the tunnels were shut on Thursday night, and will be opened again on Sunday. During severe floods….

Gaza factions rally in solidarity with prisoners
2/1/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Several factions held a joint rally Friday in the northern Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinians in Israeli jails. After noon prayers, demonstrators marched from al-Awda Mosque in Jabaliya, chanting slogans denouncing the Israeli Prison Service and urging Arab and international support to end the suffering of political prisoners. Mustafa….

Egypt opposition to protest after deadly week
2/1/2013 – CAIRO/ISMAILIA (Reuters) — Opponents of Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi planned mass demonstrations on Friday, raising the prospect of more bloodshed despite a pledge by politicians to back off after the deadliest week of his seven months in office. Protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak have killed nearly 60 people….

Suicide bomber kills guard at US embassy in Turkey
2/1/2013 – ANKARA (Reuters) — A suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the US embassy in Ankara on Friday, blowing the door off a side entrance and sending smoke and debris flying into the street. Ankara Governor Alaaddin Yuksel said the attacker was inside US property when the explosives were detonated. The blast sent masonry spewing…. Related: White House says motivation not clear for US bombing in Turkey and US, Turkish staff struck by debris in Ankara embassy blast

Breakdown of Syria aid pledges in Kuwait
2/1/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (IRIN) — The international community pledged more than $1. 5 billion in humanitarian aid to Syria on Jan 30. , in the most successful fundraising conference in UN history — meant to meet the needs of two UN appeals:The Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan requires $519 million for distributions of food, medicine and hygiene kits….

White House says motivation not clear for US bombing in Turkey
2/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House said it is not yet clear who is responsible for a suicide bombing on Friday at the US embassy in Turkey, the second attack on a US mission in four months.” The attack itself was clearly an act of terror,” said Jay Carney, White House spokesman, in a briefing with…. Related: Suicide bomber kills guard at US embassy in Turkey and US, Turkish staff struck by debris in Ankara embassy blast

US, Turkish staff struck by debris in Ankara embassy blast
2/1/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Several US and Turkish staff at the US embassy in Ankara were struck by debris from a suicide bombing that killed one Turkish guard on Friday, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. The spokeswoman said a Turkish visitor to the embassy was in “serious condition” following the blast, which Turkish Interior Minister…. Related: Suicide bomber kills guard at US embassy in Turkey

Palestine News Network

Peace Processed: Israelis and Palestinians Further Apart Than Ever
Palestine News Network

Turkey: Suicide Bombing at US Embassy, 2 Dead
Palestine News Network

Report Finds Israeli Abuse of Crowd Control Methods
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Brothers in Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests 20 Hamas Members
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Factions to Meet Next Week
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Welcomes UN Report on Israeli Illegal Settlement Policies, Practices in Occupied Palestine
Palestine News Network

Prisoners Continue Hunger Strikes Despite Deteriorating Health
Palestine News Network

UN Envoy: Needs of Palestinians Fleeing Syria “Urgent”
Palestine News Network

Syria Reacts to Air Strike
Palestine News Network

Settlers Storm the Evacuated Settlement Tarsala
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Feel Vindicated by UN Report Condemning Settlements
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Action not words! Stop EU funding of Israeli military companies and illegal settlements
2/1/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 1 January 2013, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and International Solidarity Movement – Join and spread widely the latest EU-wide call to stop funding of Israeli military companies and illegal settlements: As more and more of us become aware of the injustices against Palestinians denied their basic rights, the situation is becoming even more desperate on the ground….

Relief Web

World: Arab women continue rights struggle
Relief Web 1 Feb 2013 – Source: International Development Research Centre Country: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, World, Yemen A campaign that won legal recognition for Arab women’s citizenship rights in nine jurisdictions is providing inspiration and…

Syrian Arab Republic: Breakdown of Syria aid pledges in Kuwait
Relief Web 1 Feb 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey KUWAIT CITY, 1 February 2013 (IRIN) – The international community pledged more than US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid to Syria on 30 January, in the most…

Lebanon: Needs of Palestinians fleeing Syria “urgent”, says UN envoy
Relief Web 1 Feb 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 31 January Ein El Hilweh, Lebanon The UN‘s Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly visited the Palestinian refugee camp…

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Relief Web 1 Feb 2013 – Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Link Regional Analysis Syria – 28 January 2013

occupied Palestinian territory: Coordination of health treatment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Relief Web 31 Jan 2013 – Source: Government of Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory 30 Jan 2013 COGAT, via the Civil Administration and the Gaza DCL, approves on a daily basis hundreds of life saving medical treatments, in coordination with the Ministry of Health of the…

The National

Egyptian protesters lay siege to presidential palace
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Police use to tear gas and water cannons as protesters lob molotov cocktails over the walls.

Two dead in suicide bombing at US embassy in Turkey
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Turkish guard and bomber die in attack suspected to be by a Turkish leftist group.

Egypt, Morsi struggle to quell political unrest 
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Anger over the perception that president Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood are attempting to monopolise power has been compounded the government’s failure to revive the economy and reduce unemployment. 

UN warns Syria is facing systematic destruction
The National 1 Feb 2013 – The UN‘s latest warning came amid heavy fighting around the southern neighbourhoods of Syria‘s capital, which has seen entrances to the city effectively blocked for days by military checkpoints and firefights near main roads.

Fiji charity drive in UAE raises Dh180k
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Donors pledged the money to the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji affected by Cyclone Evans

Set sail on a journey of discovery
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Dhow trip educates about history of pearling in the UAE

More than 700 dive in for charity swimming event in Dubai
The National 1 Feb 2013 – Largest ever entry for the annual swim at the Burj Al Arab

Ha’aretz

Israel targeted multiple targets in recent attack on Syria, U.S. intelligence official tells Time
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2013

Muslim soccer players at Beitar Jerusalem met with spitting and insults
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2013

U.S. skeptical about Argentina-Iran ‘truth commission’
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2013

Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary Zvi Hauser to resign
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2013

Senior IDF officer tells West Bank commanders to show restraint in dealing with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2013

Israeli ethics panel to decide which women get fertility treatment
Ha’aretz – 31 Jan 2013

Jerusalem Post

Protestors, police clash in Cairo; at least 1 dead
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Anti-Morsi demonstrators hurl firebombs at presidential palace; police respond with water cannon, tear gas; dozens injured. 

Three Betar fans arrested outside team practice
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Dozens of hardcore fans protest outside Betar’s practice over team’s decision to recruit 2 Muslim players from Chechnya. 

Eritrean migrants rally in support of compatriots
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Around 150 migrants gather outside embassy in Ramat Gan in solidarity with political prisoners, army officers in Eritrea. 

Egypt opposition protests after deadly week
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Thousands march in Port Said calling for Morsi’s overthrow on anniversary of the soccer stadium riot that killed 70. 

Ashton urges Iran to abandon advanced enrichment
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – EU foreign policy chief says Tehran’s intention to speed up nuclear program violates Iran‘s international obligations. 

Suicide bomber kills guard at US embassy in Turkey
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Bomber from far-left group blows himself up at embassy building in Ankara; damage done to building, blast heard from mile away; Turkish PM Erdogan: Event shows world must ally in fight against terrorism. 

Former New York mayor Ed Koch passes away at 88
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Three-term Jewish mayor, who brought NYC to prosperity after an economic crisis, dies from congestive heart failure. 

Biden to Iran: Time for diplomacy is not unlimited
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013US VP urges Tehran to hold direct talks with US over nuclear program, adds Iran has the “burden of proof” over its behavior. 

Egypt opposition to protest after deadly week
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Opposition calls for non-violent march to presidential palace in Cairo in protest of emergency laws imposed by Morsi. 

Lapid to ‘TIME’: Peace made with foes, not friends
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2013 – Yesh Atid chief says he believes Netanyahu wants 2-state solution, but hasn’t had right coalition to advance peace process. 

Clinton: Iran sending people, weapons to Syria
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Iranians deem keeping their closest ally in the Middle East in power as top priority, outgoing US secretary of state warns. 

Frustration reigns at Tahrir Square two years later
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Reporter’s Notebook: Two years after the Egyptian revolution, frustration and economic ruin only too palpable at Tahrir Square. 

Wadi Attir Beduin eco-village ready for active stage
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Medical farming, sheep and goats on the way. 

Shapiro: Israel, US strong partners in renewable enegy
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – American envoy tours Arava installations. 

To catch a rapist
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – A Druse detective, DNA sample and intelligence from hundreds of cops and migrants deliver sexual predator to police. 

Court: Rishon rabbi must explain referrals to private firm
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – High Court demands that Rabbi Yehuda David Wolpe explain why he sends couples seeking to register for marriage to a private company for clarifications about their Jewish ancestry. 

Education council opening 11 research centers
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Programs purpose to “reinforce Israel’s intellectual capacities and promote synergy among Israel’s leading research centers.” 

Report: IAF strike in Syria hit Iranian Guards
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Iraqi paper quotes source as saying alleged Israeli strike caused heavy casualties among Iranian Guards stationed at Syrian facility. 

Analysis: UNHRC probe ups anti-Israel atmosphere
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Senior Israeli officials are increasingly expressing concern that the country’s standing in Europe, Washington is sliding. 

Caveat emptor: The illusion of a political Center
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Into they Fray: Time and time again the Israeli voter has been hoodwinked into voting for allegedly centrist parties only to have them evaporate later. 

The hope and disappointment of the Israeli voter
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – iENGAGE: The most powerful voice, the most outspoken and blunt, the ones that promise change, quickly, dramatically, painlessly, are the ones that enjoy the spotlight. They tell us what we want to hear. 

Savir’s Corner: Burst the bubble!
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – It is time for Yair Lapid, the man who represents the move from dangerous ideologies to pragmatism and democracy, to burst the Tel Aviv bubble and create the necessary bridge between Israel and the world. 

Another Tack: Netanyahu’s coattail effect
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – Netanyahu’s most voracious competitors for parliamentary power hitched rewarding rides on his coattails. 

Column One: Where is Israel headed?
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – We will learn a great deal about Netanyahu’s plans to contend with Iran’s nuclear project, the hostile Obama administration, and the rise of genocidal anti-Semitic regimes in neighboring countries through his choice of defense minister. 

My Word: No offense, but…
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2013 – I used to think that I was blessed with a British sense of humo(u)r. I don’t think I’m the one who’s lost it. It’s Britain that’s losing its chances of having the last laugh. 

The Guardian

Russia plays down prospect of talks with US, UN and Syria opposition – live updates
The Guardian 1 Feb 2013 – • Change of stance by Syrian opposition raises hopes • UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s six-point Syria plan leaked • Egypt: anti-Morsi protests in Cairo and Port Said • Suicide bomb at US embassy in Turkey Matthew Weaver…

Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon
The Guardian 1 Feb 2013 – Israeli fighter jets violate Lebanese airspace two days after launching air strikes on targets inside Syrian territory Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanon again on Friday, two days after air strikes targeted a convoy of arms or…

Inter Press Service

Setbacks Push Mideast Peace to Back Burner
IPS The optimism expressed by U.S. President Barack Obama and newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry about restarting the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians has been met with scepticism from many seasoned Middle East observers and experts. At his confirmation hearing, Kerry told the assembled Senate, “I pray…

Uruknet

Youth activist Hassan Karajah arrested by Israel
Uruknet

“Samir is gone”: family mourns baby-faced teen killed by Israeli fire
Uruknet

French military oversees power-sharing deal in Central African Republic
Uruknet

Cartoon Politics – Rupert Murdoch, the pro-Israel lobby and Israel’s crimes
Uruknet

Israel jailed my friend Hassan Karajah to break the grassroots struggle
Uruknet

New Film Offers Rare Glimpse of the Real Mumia Abu-Jamal
Uruknet

Iraq: A Broken Justice System Ten Years after Invasion, Opponents Punished, Trial Rights Ignored
Uruknet

Meet the Contractors Turning America’s Police Into a Paramilitary Force
Uruknet

Syria may respond to Israeli air strike, says ambassador
Uruknet

Israel must withdraw all settlers or face ICC, says UN report
Uruknet

Daily Star

Cedars’ exploits may prove red herring for Bucker
Daily Star 1 Feb 2013 When Theo Bucker returned for his second stint as Lebanon manager in 2011, few envisaged the dizzy heights the scrupulous German would reach.

‘My parents taught me to always have faith’
Daily Star 1 Feb 2013 Makeup artist Bassam Fattouh was born in Beirut in 1978. He counts among his clients Haifa Wehbe, Elissa and Najwa Karam.

YNet News

TIME magazine says Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – ….

Kerry sworn in as US secretary of state, says will visit Israel 
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – ….

1 dead, dozens hurt as police clash with Egypt protesters 
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – ….

Israeli windsurfer takes gold medal at Miami World Cup
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – ….

Lebanon says Israeli warplanes flying over country
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – ….

Learn from Israel
YNet News, 1 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Lebanese journalist says Israel‘s ‘melting pot policy’ made it strongest Mideast country ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF shoot 2 children in the east of Jabaliya
PIC – Two Palestinian children were shot by Israeli occupation bullets in eastern Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip, on Friday evening.

A mass rally in Gaza in solidarity with prisoners
PIC – Several national and Islamic factions organized on Friday afternoon a mass rally in the northern Gaza Strip in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Abu Zuhri hails UN call for the evacuation of settlements
PIC – The Hamas movement hailed the report of the UN Human Rights Council which calls for the evacuation of all settlements in the Palestinian occupied territories.

Oglu warns of policy of Judaization in Palestine
PIC – Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, demanded the Organization’s member states as well as international organizations to protect cultural heritage.

Prisoners in “Eshel” on hunger strike
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in Eshel prison on Friday went on a one-day hunger strike in protest at the difficult conditions inside the jail, threatening to escalate their steps in the coming days.

PA’s Intelligence service arrest liberated prisoner Khader Sarkaji
PIC – A large force of the PA‘s intelligence service arrested in the city of Nablus the liberated captive Khader Sarkaji, 37, after raiding his home on Thursday night.

A march in Arraba town in solidarity with prisoners
PIC – The National and Islamic forces in the town of Arraba, south of Jenin, organized a march in solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners in front of the houses of Tarek Qa’dan and Jafar Ezzedine.

Captive Noura Jabari released from Israeli jails
PIC – The occupation authorities released the captive Noura Jabari after a detention of nearly four months.

Campaign against Silwan continues for the 2nd day
PIC – The occupation authorities continued for the second day its campaign against the village of Silwan, as teams of police, tax and national insurance have been deployed in village neighborhoods.

Culture Ministry denounces the Israeli film on Aqsa
PIC – The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports denounced the Israeli film propagating the idea of razing the Aqsa Mosque and building the alleged Jewish temple in its place.

WAFA

Greek Consul General to WAFA: Solving Palestine’s Cause Essential to Achieve Peace
WAFA – 1 Feb 2013

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

Misc

Suicide bomber attacks U.S. Embassy in Turkey
LA Times 1 Feb 2013 – A Turkish guard and the bomber are killed in the attack in Ankara. Authorities identify the attacker as a member of a left-wing group that Turkey and the U.S. consider a terrorist organization. BEIRUT — A suicide attacker detonated a bomb Friday outside the U.S….

With airstrike, Israel steps into Syria conflict
LA Times 31 Jan 2013Israel‘s focus may have been arms for Hezbollah, but Syria has nonetheless seized on the strike as evidence of Israeli complicity in the uprising against Assad. JERUSALEM — With the attack in Syria, Israel took its first overt military step into the “Arab Spring” unrest…

Iran plans nuclear complex upgrade
LA Times 31 Jan 2013 – Tehran has told the IAEA it will add faster centrifuges at its Natanz uranium enrichment site. That could shorten the time needed to build a nuclear bomb. WASHINGTON — Iran has told the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency that it plans to add 3,000 faster…

The Lede Blog: New Images of Syria’s First Lady and Iran’s Space Monkey Cast Doubt on Two Reports
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – New images appear to cast doubt on the accuracy of two of the week’s most widely-reported stories: the rumored pregnancy of Syria‘s first lady, and the pioneering space flight of an Iranian monkey. 

The Saturday Profile: The Saturday Profile: Hajji Marea, a Rebel Commander in Syria, Holds Reins of War
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – Hajji Marea and other rebel field commanders could become Syria’s postwar power brokers. 

The Lede Blog: Video Shows Aftermath of U.S. Embassy Bombing in Turkey
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – Video broadcast on Turkish television showed the aftermath of a suicide bombing at the American Embassy in Ankara on Friday that killed a Turkish security guard. 

Protests in Cairo Remain Relatively Subdued
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – Feuds between opposing political factions have fed an atmosphere of growing polarization that many Egyptians blame for the rising tide of violence. 

At War Blog: The Role of the Military and Veterans in Politics
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – The interplay between politics, the military, and veterans is a complicated subject matter, writes Tim Hsia who is in the Army Reserves as an R.O.T.C. instructor at Santa Clara University. 

Deadly Firefight on Lebanon’s Border With Syria
New York Times 1 Feb 2013 – Three Lebanese soldiers were ambushed as they pursued a wanted man, playing into fears that an influx of refugees could spread the Syrian conflict into Lebanon

Pro-Israel Plutocrats Lauder, Adelson Funding Israel Lobby Assault on Hagel
Tikun Olam – Republican Jewish Coaltion campaign against Chuck Hagel Yesterday night, I was having dinner with my family when the phone rang.  I could see it was some sort of telemarketing call based on Caller ID, but I picked up the receiver anyway.  Turns out, it was the…

Blowback from Israeli Attack on Syria
Tikun Olam – SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles of the type Israel attacked in Syria Any thought that Syria would remain silent about Israel’s attack on a weapons convoy making its way through Syrian territory toward Lebanon was dashed today as not just Syria, but Iran, Russia and Hezbollah all condemned…

The New York Times: Appearance by Group Advocating Boycott of Israel Roils Brooklyn College
Jewish Voice for Peace – Appearance by Group Advocating Boycott of Israel Roils Brooklyn College , Vivian Yee, The New York Times, January 31, 2013. Brooklyn College , in the Midwood neighborhood, would seem an unlikely place for Jewish students to feel besieged. Nearly a fifth of the undergraduate population is Jewish, and…

Christian Science Monitor: 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…

If you were a Palestinian Israeli, and your polling place looked like this–
Mondoweiss –   how would you feel about voting? (as Scott Roth asked on his twitter feed a few days ago, tweeting the photo of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren voting Jan. 22)

Brooklyn College stands behind BDS event as pressure from elected officials comes down hard
Mondoweiss – Helen Freedman, a Meir Kahane supporter and leader of the right-wing Americans For a Safe Israel, stands with Assemblyman Dov Hikind yesterday at Hikind’s press conference denouncing Brooklyn College over a BDS event. (Image via New York Observer.) A large group of New York state and…

Following UN settlement report, the path forward for Palestinian leadership is clear — take Israel to the International Criminal Court
Mondoweiss – On 14 September 1967, three months after the Israeli conquest of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, the Egyptian Sinai and the Syrian Golan Heights, the legal counsel for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Theodor Meron, wrote a legal opinion for his Minister, Abba Eban. Meron, a…

Hagel’s homework
Mondoweiss – Here are two Israel-related documents brought up by Israel-loving senators at the Chuck Hagel hearing yesterday. 1. In saying that Hagel had “greater antagonism for the nation of Israel than any member of this body,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz called on Hagel to read and say…

Harvard Jews battle Hillel’s censorship of BDS discussion
Mondoweiss – We keep a close eye on community organizing inside the Jewish community because that community is so crucial to the US discourse on the Middle East and because an exciting movement of enlightened younger Jews is now taking on the extremely-conservative leadership of the community over…

Obama Mourn’s Ed Koch’s Death 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Feb 2013 – President Obama mourned the passing of New York Mayor Ed Koch, noting among Koch’s passions his love for Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sarkozy Asked Jews To Pressure Israel on Palestinians 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Feb 2013 – Former French president Nicolas Sarzkozy told a Jewish crowd in Geneva that Israel should be pressured to make concessions to the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Silence on Syria Is Strategic 
The Foward Breaking News 1 Feb 2013 – Military secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday’s mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ed Koch, New York Legend, Dies at 88 
The Forward New 1 Feb 2013 – Ed Koch, who died this morning, served three terms as mayor of New York City, leaving a proud legacy of administration and a deep connection to the Jewish community and Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

“We build bridges, not walls” 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 1 Feb 2013 – As you watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, one commercial in particular should catch your attention.  SodaStream, the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of home carbonation systems, is set to have a 30 second commercial during the 4th quarter of the game.  SodaStream is a…

Israeli Forces Again Attack Beit Ommar Funeral 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Jan 2013 – A 24 year old woman was being laid to rest January 24th in the Beit Ommar cemetery near the entrance to the village. The Israeli military immediately attacked the procession, as is more and more common in Beit Ommar. Video take by activists with PSP and…

The Week in Pictures: January 21-27 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Jan 2013 – Fantastic collection of pictures and events of the last week. Each link is for a series of pictures collected on a facebook page. PSP is not responsible for the content of that page. Thanks to Richard Dufek Monday: Israeli soldiers demolish Bab Al-Karamah village, Jan. 21,…

Beit Ommar Protest in Solidarity with Lubna Hanash 
Palestine Solidarity Project 30 Jan 2013 – This Saturday’s weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar, which was once again attended by residents and Israeli activists who have been protesting against Israeli Occupation and Apartheid since 2008, had a special message against the arbitrary and illegal killings of Palestinian civilians. In particular, residents carried signs…

Aid reaches Syria rebel-held area 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – The UN refugee agency for the first time reaches a rebel-held area in northern Syria, saying 45,000 displaced people there live in “appalling” conditions.

Iran ‘steps up’ Syria aid – Clinton 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – Departing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that Iran and Russia are fuelling the conflict in Syria, as tensions rise over an alleged Israeli strike.

Syria Must Respond to Israeli Aggression 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 1 Feb 2013 – A Palestinian protester throws a rock towards Israeli soldiers in their vehicle at a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel on 1 February 2013 in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus. (Photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh – AFP) A Palestinian protester throws a rock…

Israeli soldiers shoot two Gaza teens 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and wounded two Palestinian teens near Gaza’s northern border, medical officials said. “Two Palestinians, aged 16 and 17, were hit in the legs by Israeli army gunfire east of Jabaliya,” Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza health ministry spokesperson, told AFP. An Israeli army…

Israeli Strike on Syria: Seizing an Opportunity 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – A damaged military vehicle that belonged to the Syrian Army in Homs on 30 January 2013. (Photo: Yazan Homsy – Reuters) A damaged military vehicle that belonged to the Syrian Army in Homs on 30 January 2013. (Photo: Yazan Homsy – Reuters) For five years, Israel

Protesters clash with security forces at Egyptian presidential palace 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans in the city of Port Said on 1 February 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Amr Abdallah Dalsh) Thousands of protesters denouncing Egypt‘s Islamist president marched on his palace in Cairo on Friday, clashing with security forces firing tear gas…

Lebanese soldiers killed near Syrian border 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – Two Lebanese soldiers were killed and eight others were injured during clashes between militants and the Lebanese army in the country’s northern Bekaa Valley on Friday after militants attacked a Lebanese army unit, security sources said. The sources said fighting was continuing in the area, near…

Lebanon: Economic Lobby Demands Crackdown on Labor Rights 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – A member of the Spinneys workers union celebrates after voting in the inaugural elections for the nascent union. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) A member of the Spinneys workers union celebrates after voting in the inaugural elections for the nascent union. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Without any attempt to…

Activists rename Clemenceau street after Georges Abdallah 
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2013 – A sign formerly indicating Clemenceau street was replaced by a graffiti reading “Georges Abdallah street” (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A group named “Comrades of Georges Abdallah” took to the streets of Beirut on Thursday night to graffiti over French street names and replace them with “Georges Abdallah…

Israel Intervenes on the Syrian Front 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Opposition’s Bid for Dialogue: Why Now? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Six Palestinians Killed by Israeli Military in January 
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Clashes at Morsi’s Cairo palace 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – Egyptian protesters clash with police outside Cairo’s presidential palace, after the deadliest week of violence since Mohammed Morsi came to power.

Aid reaches Syria rebel-held area 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – The UN refugee agency for the first time reaches a rebel-held area in northern Syria, saying 45,000 displaced people there live in “appalling” conditions.

Bahrain police jailed for killing 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – A Bahraini police officer has been jailed for seven years for killing a protester, the first fatality in a wave of unrest that swept the Gulf island kingdom in 2011.

Saudi prince becomes third in line 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Muqrin becomes third in line to the throne with his appointment as deputy PM of the Gulf kingdom.

Iran ‘steps up’ Syria aid – Clinton 
BBC 1 Feb 2013 – Departing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns that Iran and Russia are fuelling the conflict in Syria, as tensions rise over an alleged Israeli strike.

Articles


The Gangland Policies of Certain ‘Exceptional’ Nations 
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global 2/2/2013
      BEIRUT — For anyone who wonders why so many people around the world criticize American and Israeli foreign policy and militarism, this has been a valuable learning week. I refer to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense, and the twin Israeli attacks against military targets in Syria.
     The juxtaposition of these two events clarifies again two core trends in American and Israeli foreign policy: their insistence that they are above international law and can use their military anytime, anywhere in the world, if they feel this serves their security interests, regardless of the credibility of the evidence they use to justify their attacks; and, the unwritten rule that American policies in the Middle East should conform above all else to the dictates of Israel, before considering the interests of the United States itself or the 700 million other people who live in the Middle East.
     My gut reaction to watching some of the Senate’s Hagel confirmation hearings is to thank the American Founding Fathers for implementing the doctrine of the separation of powers and checks-and-balances among the different branches of government. For if some of the ideological zealots, intellectual wrecks and pro-Israel songbirds who sit on the foreign relations committee were ever to assume executive power, the world would be a much more violent and dangerous place.
     The manner in which some Republican and Democratic senators hammered away at Hagel for his positions or past statements on the Iraq war, Israel and Iran only exacerbates long held and widespread worldwide concerns, which I share, about how the United States unilaterally uses its military power around the world. The Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003 — doubly criminal for not being sanctioned by the UN Security Council and for being based on lies and false evidence — was a major point of contention at the hearings, especially whether Hagel thought the 2007 “surge” in American troops was a success or not. more.. e-mail

‘Samir is gone’: family mourns baby-faced teen killed by Israeli fire 
Linah Alsaafin, Ramallah, Electronic Intifada 1/31/2013
      On 15 January, the Israeli army opened fire on a 16-year-old boy in the occupied West Bank village of Budrus just after 10am.
     Samir Awad was shot four times in his legs, chest and head. The soldiers were hidden from view in trenches near Israel’s wall before shooting him the first time. As Samir tried to run away, he was shot again and again.
     Ayed Morrar, a leader of the popular resistance against the wall that erupted in the village in 2003, condemned the shooting as an “assassination.”
     “The soldiers had set up two ambushes for Samir, and were hidden well,” Morrar told The Electronic Intifada. “They suddenly reappeared, grabbed him, but Samir managed to get away for a few meters before he was shot by live ammunition in his legs. The soldiers in the other trench then shot him in the back and head. This was an assassination; their intention was to kill, not to capture or arrest him.”
     Morrar dismissed claims that Samir was trying to “infiltrate” Israel by somehow going through the wall.
     “The apartheid wall,” he stated, “by virtue of it stealing land and uprooting trees, is a cancer, a symbol of the occupation. It’s also become the center point for protests, and for youth to throw rocks at. This was a child celebrating the end of his final exams.”
     Both the girls and boys’ secondary high schools are located near the wall. Schoolchildren have felt regularly threatened because of their proximity to the Israeli military, and even if the army weren’t present, the children have had difficulties concentrating on their schoolwork, causing some to drop out instead. more.. e-mail

New book celebrates besieged Gaza’s vibrant (and spicy) cuisine 
Hadeel Assali, New York City, Electronic Intifada 1/30/2013
      The Gaza Kitchen, a new book by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, challenges the pervasive image of Gaza as destitute, war-torn and bereft of any possibility of a vibrant culture.
     There is the blockade, the siege and bombardments the Gaza Strip has had to (and continues to) endure. But most Gazans are ready to brag about the beauty of the land and seascape, the local culture pulsating with ingenuity despite the harsh living conditions and — with perhaps the most pride — the cuisine.
     Outside of Gaza, there is little awareness of its abundant fresh fruits and vegetables — including an array of wild greens used frequently in local dishes — as well as the seafood, the different flavors and the generous use of spices (including Gaza’s infamous hot chili peppers).
     These are but a few of the treats from this largely unknown and misunderstood jewel on the Mediterranean that El-Haddad, a journalist from Gaza living in the US (and author of the popular Gaza Mom blog), and Schmitt, a US anthropologist living in Spain, honor in The Gaza Kitchen.
     Hadeel Assali interviewed El-Haddad and Schmitt by Skype earlier this month for The Electronic Intifada.
     Hadeel Assali: First question, so we can get it out of the way: where is the rumanniyah recipe? Rumanniyah, a seasonal specialty, is a vegetarian stew made with a sour variety of pomegranates, lentils, eggplant and tahini. A strange but absolutely delicious combination.
     Laila El-Haddad: It was somehow inadvertently left out of the soft-cover copy, but it will be in the hardcover version. The recipes we collected in Gaza will be available shortly on the website www.gazakitchen.commore.. e-mail

The US and Syria: Six lessons from the past 
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera.com 1/29/2013
      Syria has dealt with multiple coups since its inception due to meddling from Washington.
     “If the United States drew back from military intervention because of… congressional second-guessing and Soviet bluster, the Turks… refused to demobilise the 50,000 troops they amassed along their Syrian frontier.”
     These words read as though they’re from the morning’s paper. But this scenario played out in 1957 in Syria
     Washington had finally backtracked on instigating another coup d’état after its covert plans were exposed. It would have been the fifth attempted coup, successful or otherwise, since Syrian independence a decade earlier.
     “At a time when most Americans couldn’t locate Syria on a map, the country had become an important geopolitical concern for the US and the site of America’s earliest covert action in the Middle East,” according to US historian Douglas Little.
     Unfortunately, America rarely remembers how much Washington has mucked around in other countries even though there are valuable lessons to be learned from past experiences.
     Lesson one: Decades of meddling have hardened Syrian distrust of foreign powers.
     The first American-Syrian encounter occurred soon after the CIA was established in 1947 – merely a year after Syria gained its independence.
     US government documents – kept secret for decades but declassified in 1991 – testify to a policy that was meant to keep the Syrian nationalists down, Soviets out, and Americans in.
     To that end, the CIA assisted Colonel Husni Az-Zaim’s coup d’état to establish a “banana republic”-style dictatorship in 1949. And in the process, America opened the floodgates of military meddling in Syrian politics for decades to come. more.. e-mail

Gangnam Gaza Style
In Gaza: 1 Feb 2013 – their youtube clip info translates (google) as: “A group of Palestinian youth who gathered together the concerns of one, dreaming of a better tomorrow, want their dreams to come true, they are looking for their natural rights to life, chose to express them with music that reaches deep into the soul of humans. This work has been produced very simple potential .” Filed under: gaza randommore

Woe to the Victor
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Feb 2013 – By Uri Avnery “Vae victis!” was the Roman cry. Woe to the vanquished. I would alter it slightly: “Vae Victori”, Woe to the victor! The outstanding example is the astounding victory Israel won in June, 1967. After weeks of approaching doom, the Israeli army beat three Arab armies in six days and conquered huge stretches of Egyptian, Syrian and Palestinian territory. As it turned out, this was the greatest disaster in our history. Intoxicated by the very size of the victory, Israel started down a road of political megalomania, which led to the dire consequences from which we are unable to free ourselves to this very day. History is full of such examples. Now we have witnessed the totally unexpected election success of Ya’ir Lapid. It may turn out to be the same story in miniature. Lapid won 19 seats. His is the second largest faction in the 120-seat Knesset,…more

Crackpot Pragmatism: Richard Cohen and Torture
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Feb 2013 – By Steve Breyman It’s 2013 and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is still conflicted about torture . Why? The proximate cause is that he went to the movies, and saw “Zero Dark Thirty,” which impressed upon some viewers the efficacy of torture in unearthing the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. Cohen considers the movie “fantastic,” Oscar worthy “in the category of ‘thought-provoking.’” The fuller explanation is that Cohen is a crackpot pragmatist. The radical American sociologist C. Wright Mills coined the term “crackpot realist” in The Causes of World War Three, a broadside against the men, ideas, and habits of mind driving the Cold War to what seemed its inevitable conclusion in 1958. The crackpot realist is that no-nonsense operator, a Dick Cheney or Donald Rumsfeld, who appears cold and hard, capable of making the tough decisions. These decisions are typically cloaked in “high-flying moral rhetoric” (Mills). Problem is, the ‘tough…more

My Desert Ends Here – A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 1 Feb 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud (To a refugee from Mali) My hands tremble But when I held yours I felt mightier Than the whisper Of a passing refugee At the end of a journey And the start Of an infinite world Of sand And tears No water here No humanity Just the footprints of My mother And yours Crossing the Sahel Into Gaza To a place Where men have only memories And women plot their return To extinction My eyes dried As the wind wept All night But when I saw yours I recalled my name And I was determined To reach a horizon Where you and I Ride the moon Back to the beginning Of all dreams Hold my hand So that we may try To reach the last dune Where my deserts end And yours begin. (Ramzy Baroud, Jan 28, 2013)more

France and Britain Intervene in Mali
Palestine Chronicle: 31 Jan 2013 – By Deepak Tripathi   The bloodshed at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria has brought into focus the deteriorating situation in north and west Africa and the role of France in the region. The rhetoric of the “long war” against terrorism is back. So is Western military involvement in yet another region. About fifty of the more than eighty people killed in the Algerian siege were foreign and local Arab hostages, captured in the country’s vast southeastern desert. On the surface, it was difficult to agree with the Algerian government’s assertion, greeted by reluctant nods in Western capitals, that the military operation by Algeria’s special forces was a success. All except a few militants were also killed, but almost certainly they had gone there to die, and kill as many of their hostages as they could to gain worldwide publicity. Escape across open desert when the Algerian military and…more

Megalomaniac vs Monomaniacs in Syria
Palestine Chronicle: 31 Jan 2013 – By Jamal Kanj Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has a penchant for blaming outside conspirators for the troubles in Syria. While plausible, he is mistaken in linking public demands for political reform with presumed plots against his country. His pompous speech three weeks ago on a political resolution for the carnage in Syria was preposterous. After 22 months of killing and counter-murders, Al Assad still can’t see the huge gap between what is best for his country and his dysfunctional rule. He, like other dictators, is far removed from reality in “forbidden” palaces – surrounded by a culture of professional sycophants. Unfortunately for the people of Syria they are caught between a megalomaniac leader and a monomaniac, exiled opposition guiding a “revolution” remotely from the halls of five-star hotels in foreign capitals. Al Assad is supported by Iran and the self-professed “resistance block”, while the opposition is a collage of…more

Illegal Invasions, Rogue States, Forgotten Victims and a Shaming Plea
Palestine Chronicle: 31 Jan 2013 – By Felicity Arbuthnot – London The usual suspects have embarked on another mass butchery – sorry “training exercise” – in mega-resource-rich Mali, and are meddling, with lethality, in Algeria. The UK, ever keen to kill, has gone from the Prime Minister’s “no boots on the ground” assurances, to “Operation Creep” in barely over a week. The US, says a spokesman, assesses that “intervention” may “last for years.” He was talking Mali. Think Africa. The US plans a drone base on the Mali-Niger border, as John Glaser has written, one of: ‘ “a constellation of secret drone bases” in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in Ethiopia, Djibouti, the Seychelles, and beyond -which bomb Yemen and Somalia and most likely perform surveillance missions in East Africa and the Persian Gulf.’ The disaster of a recent African foray, the ruins of Libya, lives lost ranging from 30,000 to 100,000, the horror of…more

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