VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 5 February 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Torch Two Palestinian Cars Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Tuesday February 5 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers torched two Palestinian vehicles in the Dir Jareer village, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and wrote racist graffiti on the walls of a number of homes in the village. … 

Army To Demolish Structures Near Nablus
IMEMC – Tuesday February 5; Israeli soldiers invaded Sabastia town, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and handed several residents military orders demanding them to demolish structures built in their town and property. …

26 Palestinians Kidnapped Since Monday At Dawn
IMEMC – The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Monday and Tuesday 26 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank. Legislators and Hamas leaders are among the kidnapped. …

Ma’an News

Israel arrests Hamas-affiliates in Nablus, locals say
2/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an)– Israeli forces arrested 12 people including at least three Hamas-affiliates early Tuesday in raids across the West Bank. Local Hamas leader and Imam in Asira al-Qibliya, 53-year-old Dirar Ahmad Mohammad Hamadneh, was detained in an arrest raid, witnesses told Ma’an. Zaher Sidqi Mousa and Shadad Shaher Abu Amsha….

Lawyer: Long-term hunger striker refusing water
2/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jailed hunger striker Samer Issawi has stopped drinking water after refusing food for 188 days, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Tuesday. A PPS lawyer visited Issawi in Israel’s al-Ramle prison clinic and said the prisoner has stopped drinking water and taking vitamins, and is boycotting all medical tests. A….

Nablus teen dies after 8 years in coma
2/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Nablus teen died on Tuesday after spending eight years in a coma, locals said. Qassam Said Mahmud al-Damidi, 18, was hit by a settler car in Huwwara, south Nablus, eight years ago and had been in a coma ever since. He passed away in hospital. [END]

Obama to visit West Bank, Israel
2/5/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama will visit the region in March to restart the Middle East peace process, an Israeli television station reported Tuesday. Channel 10 reported that aides to the American leader were in the region preparing for a March 20 visit that would include cities in Israel as…. Related: US official: Obama plans visit to Israel in spring and Obama plans visit to West Bank, Jordan as part of Middle East trip

Bulgaria says Hezbollah behind fatal bus bombing
2/5/2013 – SOFIA, Bulgaria (Reuters) — Bulgaria accused the Lebanese movement Hezbollah on Tuesday of carrying out a bomb attack on a bus in the Black Sea city of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists last July. The conclusions of the Bulgarian investigation, citing a clear connection to an attack on European Union soil, may open the way….

Israeli forces close Nablus checkpoint after detaining 3 people
2/5/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces closed a Nablus checkpoint late Monday after arresting three people in the area, witnesses said. Three unidentified men were detained near Hamra checkpoint and taken to an unknown location, locals told Ma’an. Soldiers then closed the checkpoint and prevented people approaching the area. [END]

Gaza rights groups question police use of force
2/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Human rights groups in the Gaza Strip are calling for authorities to investigate police use of force against civilians after the death of a suspected drug trafficker last week. Atiya Suleiman Qishta, 41, was killed on Saturday after he was shot in the back by an anti-drug unit of the Gaza….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad in Egypt on historic visit
2/5/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt on Tuesday on the first trip by an Iranian head of state since the 1979 revolution, underlining the thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state. President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected in June, kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane….

Egypt ‘seizes anti-aircraft shells’ near Israel border
2/5/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday seized a stash of anti-aircraft shells in Sinai, around 30 km from the Israeli border, a security source said. The Egyptian security official told Ma’an that a large force backed by armored vehicles raided a desert area 10 km from Houseinat, south of el-Arish….

Opinion: Settlements are illegal, so settlers must leave
2/5/2013 – By Rashid Shahin – Palestinians have waited for more than six decades following their Nakba, or catastrophe, in 1948, and more than four decades of occupation until the world has finally admitted that colonies or “settlements” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are not only illegal, butare also in violation of international law and constitute war crimes….

Islamic Jihad threatens to kidnap Israeli soldiers
2/5/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad on Tuesday warned it would capture Israeli soldiers to force the release of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.” A united military strategy is needed to abduct Israeli soldiers and exchange them with Palestinian prisoners,” said Ahmad al-Mudallal, a senior Islamic Jihad leader in Gaza. Speaking at a protest….

US official: Obama plans visit to Israel in spring
2/5/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US President Barack Obama plans to visit Israel this spring, his first trip to the region since taking office, a White House official said. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the matter in a telephone call on Jan. 28, the official said.” The start of the president’s second term…. Related: Obama to visit West Bank, Israel and Obama plans visit to West Bank, Jordan as part of Middle East trip

Obama plans visit to West Bank, Jordan as part of Middle East trip
2/5/2013 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — US President Barack Obama plans to visit the West Bank and Jordan as part of an upcoming trip to the Middle East, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday. Earlier, Carney confirmed Obama would travel to Israel in the spring, his first trip to the country since taking office, but dates…. Related: Obama to visit West Bank, Israel

Israel boosts defenses along Syria, Lebanon borders
2/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defense system near its northern borders with Syria and Lebanon, security sources said on Tuesday. The Iron Dome systems have been deployed alongside a US-supplied Patriot battery, which has been stationed in the north for years, as Israel is on the alert for weapons leaking….

Settlements are illegal, so settlers must leave
2/5/2013 – Palestinians have waited for more than six decades following their Nakba, or catastrophe, in 1948, and more than four decades of occupation until the world has finally admitted that colonies or “settlements” in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are not only illegal, but are also in violation of international law and constitute war crimes. Israel is….

Official: Public freedoms reconciliation committee to meet
2/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The public freedoms committee, formed to implement national reconciliation, will meet Tuesday in the West Bank, a committee member said Monday. Khalil Assaf told Ma’an the committee would discuss returning property to its owners, suspending laws enacted since Hamas and Fatah split, and the application of Palestinian law and….

PNC elections likely in 6 months, PFLP official says
2/5/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Elections for the PLO’s Palestinian National Council are likely to be held in six months, an official from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Tuesday. Jamil Mezher told Ma’an that he hoped a PLO reform committee summit scheduled for Friday would facilitate implementing….

PA security officer dies in unclear circumstances
2/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A 47-year-old officer in the Palestinian Preventive Security Service in Jericho died suddenly on Tuesday in unclear circumstances, his family says. Salah Mohammad Jalayta left his home in Jericho in the eastern West Bank early Tuesday to appear before a commission of inquiry at the Preventive Security Service headquarters in….

West Bank teachers to resume strike
2/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Teachers in the West Bank will resume strike action on Wednesday in protest at the Palestinian Authority’s failure to meet their demands, the union said Tuesday. Teachers union spokesman Bassam Naim said schools would close for two days. He accused the government of indifference to teachers’ complaints over…. Related: Teacher’s union suspends strike plans

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2/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority government is working on a draft budget of $3. 6 billion for 2013, set for approval by the end of the month, the PA finance minister said Tuesday. The budget contains a number of measures to try and reduce the budget deficit and increase revenues, Nabil Qassis told….

Teacher’s union suspends strike plans
2/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – The union of teachers decided to suspend a strike announced earlier Tuesday after the union reached agreement with the Palestinian government, a spokesman said. Bassam Naim told Ma’an that representatives of the union met Tuesday evening with head of a ministry committee which holds talks with the union Mousa…. Related: West Bank teachers to resume strike

Official: West Bank electricity prices to rise
2/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Electricity prices in the West Bank will rise this month, the general manager of the Jerusalem Electricity Company Hisham al-Umari said Tuesday. Palestinian companies buy electricity from an Israeli provider, which has recently announced that a 10 percent price rise will be implemented later this month, al-Umari told Ma’an….

Gaza journalism student killed in Egypt car crash
2/5/2013GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A journalism student from the Gaza Strip was killed late Monday in a car accident in Egypt, a Ma’an reporter said. Radina Hisham Dheir had completed a degree in journalism and had aspired to do a doctorate and teach in universities. The Palestinian society of female journalists said….

IRNA: Iran, world powers to hold nuclear talks Feb. 26
2/5/2013 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran and world powers will hold talks over Iran‘s disputed nuclear program on Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, Iran‘s state news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. Iran‘s Supreme National Security Council announced the agreement had been made during a Tuesday telephone conversation between Ali Bagheri, Iran‘s….

Gunmen kidnap Coptic trader in Sinai, officials say
2/5/2013EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Gunmen kidnapped a Coptic Christian trader in Sinai on Tuesday, Egyptian security officials said. Ban Subhi Ghali, 45, was kidnapped in the city of Sheikh Zuweid by gunmen who demanded 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($37,000) as a ransom for his release. Security officials in north Sinai are investigating the incident. [END]

Draft: Islamic summit to urge Syria transition
2/5/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Leaders of Islamic nations will call for a dialogue between the Syrian opposition and government officials “not involved in oppression” to end two years of civil war, a draft communique seen by Reuters on Tuesday said. The declaration, due to be issued after a two-day summit of 56-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation….

Security sources: Egypt protester who died of wounds was tortured
2/5/2013 – CAIRO (Reuters) — An Egyptian activist who died on Monday was beaten unconscious during interrogation at a security camp where he was detained for three days, two security sources said on Tuesday. Human rights campaigners say the same brutal tactics that helped ignite the uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak two years ago are back under the….

Syrian opposition ponders course after leader offers talks
2/5/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — Members of the opposition Syrian National Coalition have called for an emergency meeting to discuss a controversial proposal by its head to negotiate with President Bashar Assad’s government, opposition sources said. Sheikh Moaz Alkhatib, the moderate Islamic cleric who leads the 70-member assembly, said he would be ready to….

Palestine News Network

Government Condemns Settler Attacks and Expresses Deep Concern for the Striking Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Report: Palestinian Losses Due to Occupation Total Almost $7 Billion Annually
Palestine News Network

Ahmadinejad in Egypt for Historic Visit
Palestine News Network

17 Israeli Attacks on Journalists in January
Palestine News Network

Settlers Burn Two Cars Near Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Criminal Accountability of Israeli Forces Declines
Palestine News Network

Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Residential Shed North of Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Goods to Gaza through Karam Abu Salem Commercial Crossing
Palestine News Network

Israeli Municipality Hands Jerusalem Residents Demolition Orders
Palestine News Network

Fayyad Meets with Knesset Member Herzog, Warns of Collapse of PA
Palestine News Network

Sri Lanka Celebrates 65th Anniversary in Ramallah
Palestine News Network

Prisoners Threaten to Escalate Hunger Strike by Refraining from Drinking Water
Palestine News Network

Female Prisoners in Israeli Jails Suffer Medical Neglect, Poor Conditions
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Al-Manatir: the protest village in occupied territory that was destroyed before it was built
2/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 4 February 2013, Mondoweiss – Saturday morning moments after Palestinians planted metal huts and canvas tents on a rocky hilltop in the northern West Bank village of Burin, Israeli settlers were pelting them with rocks. Armed with slingshots and at least one gun the settlers stormed the Palestinians who were setting up a protest encampment similar…. Related: Source: Mondoweiss

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2/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 2 February 2013, Youth Against Settlements – We are very excited to announce the upcoming 4th annual Open Shuhada Street Campaign from 22-25 February 2013. The Open Shuhada Street Campaign (OSC) is a Palestinian initiative, aiming to organize an International day of solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Hebron. It was started in 2010 in Hebron and…. Related: Youth Against Settlements

Help release Mamun Nasser from Israeli prison
2/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 5 January 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Madama, Occupied Palestine – Shepherd Mamun Nasser has spent almost two months in an Israeli military prison after he was severely beaten by settlers while tending to his sheep. Military court has agreed to his release if the sum of 4000 NIS is paid for bail. Mamun’s family…. Related: Madama attack – Harrowing account from the Nassar family

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: The Israeli-Palestinian Standoff: More Risks Emerging
Relief Web 5 Feb 2013 – Source: US Institute of Peace Country: occupied Palestinian territory News Feature by Thomas Omestad Many of the clearest risks of conflict, violence and instability around the world have received widespread media attention. But a variety of other risks and threats…

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Relief Web 5 Feb 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey HIGHLIGHTS Syria: Work is underway to scale up assistance to an additional 1 million people. A staggered scale up will take place from February…

013 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People
Relief Web 5 Feb 2013 – Source: UN Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Country: occupied Palestinian territory Allow me to congratulate you, Mr. Chairman, and your distinguished colleagues, on your election to the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights…

occupied Palestinian territory: Syrian Arab Republic: Special Focus on the Humanitarian Situation of Palestine Refugees in Syria
Relief Web 5 Feb 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic SITUATION OVERVIEW 525,000 Palestine refugees live in Syria, of which…

The National

Irish state ‘played a part’ in 70-year abuse of women
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Government’s role in harsh workhouses run by Roman Catholic church was ‘significant’, reports Omar Karmi from London 

Drivers’ behaviour is crucial to UAE road safety
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Road safety experts say proper training of drivers is just as crucial as regular maintenance of vehicles if tragedies like the Al Ain crash are to be avoided.

Foreign troops move on strategic Malian city
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Combined forces from France and Chad advance on Kidal as the countries boost their presence in Mali and the rebels are beaten back farther from the territory.

Efforts under way to secure compensation for Al Ain victims
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Embassy staff are helping to repatriate bodies of those who died in the Al Ain crash back to home countries.

The dignified defiance of Timbuktu
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Beaten, bullied and oppressed by the Islamist militants occupying their town, citizens found subtle yet heroic ways to fight back. Alice Fordham reports from Timbuktu 

Syrian stalemate underlines unbridgeable divide
The National 5 Feb 2013 – The regime wants to keep an iron grip on power. The opposition wants nothing less than its removal. Despite an offer of talks, there is still no end in sight to Syria’s bloody conflict. Phil Sands reports from Damascus 

Annual inspections not good enough, say UAE road safety experts
The National 5 Feb 2013 – The RTA carries out random roadside checks on heavy vehicles, but experts say the overall responsibility for ensuring vehicles are in good working order falls on companies and operators.

Fewer Israeli soldiers charged with crimes against Palestinians
The National 5 Feb 2013 – Lack of accountability may have resulted in more killings of unarmed Palestinians by Israeli troops, rights group says. Vita Bekker reports from Tel Aviv 

Ha’aretz

U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Israel in March
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Israel’s north gets its third Iron Dome anti-rocket battery
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Bulgaria blames Hezbollah for bombing that killed five Israelis
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Israel welcomes Bulgarian report linking Hezbollah to Burgas bombing
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Only a strong Israel can guarantee peace for its citizens, Netanyahu tells new Knesset
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Bring women into Israeli coalition talks, WIZO urges Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Israeli officer who attacked Bedouin civilian gets off with plea bargain
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Israel’s 19th Knesset commences; 48 new MKs sworn in
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Tel Aviv woman’s car painted into handicapped parking spot and towed
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Habayit Hayehudi championing adding Sunday to Israel’s weekend
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Lieberman: Lapid is only interested in becoming Israel’s PM
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Charges putting Israel at top of ‘land-grabbing’ countries to be re-examined
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Netanyahu mulling possible coalition without Lapid
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Report: Bulgaria expected to blame Hezbollah, Iran for Burgas bombing
Ha’aretz – 5 Feb 2013

Of 240 complaints of abuse by IDF soldiers against Palestinians in 2012: 78 probes, no indictments
Ha’aretz – 4 Feb 2013

Jerusalem Post

Confronting Turkey
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – The West must stop deluding itself with regard to the political leadership of Turkey. The time has come to recognize that Turkey has changed radically – and for the worse. 

Self-fulfilling textbook prophecy
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Terra Incognita: A university professor who believes Israel created Hamas and argues that it is a victim of dehumanization by Israel, rather than the other way around, was supposed to provide an unbiased opinion on Israeli textbooks? 

Two cars torched in West Bank price tag attack
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Graffiti scrawled on wall in Palestinian village reading, “Jewish blood is not cheap. Tapauch is Kahana.” 

‘Proud homophobe’ Feiglin to meet with gays
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – The goal of the meeting is for LGBT leaders to tell Feiglin their views on key issues pertaining to their community. 

How the Likud can win
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – The Likud should be unashamed of its commitment to the Land of Israel, with a real domestic platform. 

Alleged rape of 5-year-old in Modiin Illit silenced
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – It appears that communal leaders have attempted to cover up the alleged rape of a girl in the haredi city. 

Democracies must care for Pakistan’s minorities
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Governments of the world’s leading democracies still continue to gloss over Pakistan’s minority rights violations 

After the Israeli elections: A sacred path to peace
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Israelis have begun the process of returning to the spiritual roots not only of the Zionist dream, but of Judaism itself. 

Obama to visit Israel in spring for first time as president
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – White House confirms that US president plans to visit Israel in spring but date not yet decided; trip seen as an effort to kick-start a moribund peace process between Israelis and Palestinians 

19th Knesset sworn in with fanfare, hors d’eouvres
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – MKs new and old put on their best clothes and brought their families to celebratory inauguration. 

‘Burgas reveals to EU Hezbollah’s true nature’
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Israel hopes the attack will convince the EU to place the group on terror blacklist; US hopes Hezbollah brought to account. 

Third Iron Dome stationed in North amid tensions
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Army Radio: IDF not taking any chances following reported air strike last week in Syria. 

Animal-drawn carts to be forbidden on roads
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Animal rights organization Hakol Chai approached Katz about forbidding the use of animals as a form of transport. 

Bulgaria: Hezbollah behind Burgas attack
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – After 7-month probe, Bulgarian interior minister announces that 2 Hezbollah terrorists involved in Burgas suicide bombing. 

WATCH: TA marks space handicapped and tows car
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Security cameras show Tel Aviv municipality workers painting handicapped markings around parked vehicle and then towing it. 

Missiles, RPGs found stashed at Arab village school
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Police raid uncovers weapons cache at kindergarten, school for special needs students; weapons likely intended for criminal use. 

Iran’s Ahmadinejad lands in Egypt on historic visit
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – Morsi greets Iranian president as he disembarks at Cairo airport in first visit to Egpyt by Iranian head of state since 1979. 

Liberman: Lapid only concerned with being PM
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – At Likud Beytenu meeting, former FM says Lapid “hasn’t even warmed up his chair as an MK yet,” but already talks of being PM. 

OPINION / Of Kotels and Knessets
Jerusalem Post 5 Feb 2013 – The women in the new Israeli parliament should raise their voices in protest, so that their sisters at the Western Wall can raise theirs in prayer. 

Analysis: Ankara, Jerusalem ties unlikely to improve
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – Visiting American scholar on whether to believe recent threats from Turkish leadership: “Try not to test them.” 

MK: Ministry failing to combat eating disorders
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – At Israeli Association of Eating Disorders conference, lawmaker/physician estimates that 330,000 Israelis suffer from some type of problem. 

Prepare your pita for the ultimate felafel
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – Hebrew University develops more nutritious chickpeas adapted to limited rainfall. 

British MP doubles down on Israel atrocities remark
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – Ward: “My criticisms of actions since 1948 in the Palestinian territories in the name of the State of Israel remain as strong as ever.” 

A sea of birds overtakes the North
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – About two dozen bird experts from all over the world enjoy a field day among Israel’s bird oasis ahead of avian conference. 

Murderer on prison furlough escapes into Syria
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – 2 men arrested for abetting Muhammed Yassin’s escape across border; was serving 20-year sentence for stabbing man to death. 

Who knows what’s best for Israel?
Jerusalem Post 4 Feb 2013 – Can Netanyahu fill this position? Will Lapid make certain that he does? 

The Guardian

SodaStream Super Bowl slot adds fizz to controversy over Israel links | Raya Jalabi
The Guardian 5 Feb 2013 – Inter-faith group joins pro-Palestinian calls for boycott over manufacture of products ‘in illegal West Bank settlement’ “If you love the bubbles, set them free,” urged the makers of SodaStream, in an ad that aired during the…

Bulgaria accuses Hezbollah of carrying out bus bomb attack
The Guardian 5 Feb 2013 – Investigation links Lebanese group to blast that killed five Israeli tourists in Burgas last July The Lebanese Shia militia Hezbollah was behind the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city…

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The Guardian 5 Feb 2013 – Follow how the day unfolded after Syria’s opposition leader suggests he could negotiate with Assad’s vice president Farouk al-Sharaa Matthew Weaver

State 194: watch an exclusive clip – video
The Guardian 5 Feb 2013 – Israeli director Dan Setton’s documentary follows the Palestinian campaign to become the 194th member of the United Nations

Steve Bell’s If … on Murdoch, Netanyahu and the little bludger
The Guardian 5 Feb 2013 – Steve Bell’s If … Steve Bell

Uruknet

Egypt : Popular Current member dies in hospital after being ‘tortured’
Uruknet

Suits filed in Pakistan and UK over deadly drone strikes
Uruknet

Israeli newspaper accuses army of “ethnic cleansing”
Uruknet

Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage
Uruknet

Will Samer Issawi be the next victim of medical neglect by the Israeli Prison Service?
Uruknet

Report: Fewer IDF soldiers held accountable for alleged crimes against Palestinians in 2012
Uruknet

Group: Israel detains children en-route to prison visit
Uruknet

A Story of a simple Egyptian Called #Hamda
Uruknet

20,000 children separated from families in occupied Jerusalem
Uruknet

Legal Review of Presidential Power to Engage in Preemptive Cyber Strikes to Remain Secret
Uruknet

Daily Star

Tuareg rebels say they extend control in Mali’s northeast
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 Pro-autonomy Tuareg rebels in Mali said they had occupied the town of Menaka, extending their control of the remote northeast as they position for talks with the government after the retreat of al Qaeda-linked insurgents.

New doubts Egypt will get $4.8 billion IMF loan
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 New signs of distress in Egypt‘s economy emerged with the disclosure that foreign currency reserves – already at critically low levels – fell nearly 10 percent in just the last month as political turmoil flared anew…

Iran’s ‘show’ of force: Loud but not so clear
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 In years past, keeping track of Iran‘s claims of military and technological advances was relatively easy: Wait until early February and watch the parades and announcements in the buildup to celebrations marking the Islamic Revolution.

Obama plans Israel visit
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 President Barack Obama plans to make his first visit to Israel as US leader in the coming months, the White House said Tuesday.

Family of missing US journalist posts ads in Syria
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 It has been 75 days since a U.S. journalist was reported missing in Syria, and his family has stepped up their campaign to find him, using social media to advertise his name and photo in that…

Bulgaria blames Hezbollah for deadly anti-Israeli bomb
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 Bulgaria blamed Hezbollah on Tuesday for a July 2012 bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists, leading to renewed calls on the EU to declare the Lebanese movement a “terrorist” organisation.

Serbia, Saudi Arabia establish diplomatic ties
Daily Star 5 Feb 2013 Serbia has established diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia for the first time since the 1990s break-up of the former Yugoslav federation, aiming to “step up economic cooperation.”

YNet News

US urges Europe to take action against Hezbollah
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Lebanese MP: Hezbollah bad for Lebanon
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Driver tries to break through Samaria roadblock, escapes
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Egyptian army opens fire at man infiltrating Israel
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Minister Livnat: Decision on dissertation in English outrageous 
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Dereliction of duty 
YNet News, 5 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: UNRWA created a culture of dependence, radicalism within Palestinian refugee camps it is supposed to protect ….

Haredims’ right not to study English
YNet News, 5 Feb 2013 – Op-ed: Obligating ultra-Orthodox to learn ‘core subjects’ meant to legitimize discrimination against them ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian teen dies eight years after Jewish settler ran over him
PIC – A Palestinian teenager from Hawara village, south of Nablus, died on Tuesday of serious injuries sustained eight years ago when he was ten years old in a car accident.

Resheq categorically denies news reports about receiving money from Qatar
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has vehemently denied press reports that Qatar paid 250 million dollars to his movement in order to protect Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

An Israeli MK storms al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – MK Moshe Feiglin, from the Likud Beiteinu party, stormed Al Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday at 1:30 pm, guarded by the occupation forces, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage reported.

UFree Network condemns Israeli arrests of Palestinian MPs
PIC – The European Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners (UFree Network) condemned the Israeli arrests of Palestinian MPs in the occupied West Bank

Ahrar Center: Palestinian female prisoners suffer medical neglect
PIC – The Palestinian female prisoners in the Israeli occupation jails demanded, through Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights, the Israeli authorities to provide necessary treatment.

Occupation demolishes a house in Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli bulldozers demolished on Tuesday morning house of Palestinian family in the occupied city of Jerusalem, while the Jerusalem municipality notified 13 citizens to demolish their apartments.

IOF detains mother of prisoner Rami Khanfar
PIC – Israeli forces arrested Fathia Khanfar, 56, mother of prisoner Rami Youssef, upon her arrival to Negev prison to visit her son, while they released at dawn Monday the captive’s two daughters.

Tension in Negev prison in solidarity with Sharawna
PIC – Ayman Sharawna, on hunger strike since seven months, has escalated his hunger strike by refusing drinking water since three days to protest his transfer to the Negev desert prison.

Settlers escalate their attacks in Nablus
PIC – Israeli settlers attacked on Monday evening Palestinian citizens on the road reopened by the occupation authorities near Nablus after being closed for 13 years.

WAFA

EUPOL COPPS Supplies Specialized Equipment to Fight Arson Crimes
WAFA – 5 Feb 2013

Situation in Palestine Threatens Two-State Solution, says SI
WAFA – 5 Feb 2013

Israel to Demolish 10 Homes in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 5 Feb 2013

Newspapers Review: Order to Demolish Jerusalem Building Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 5 Feb 2013

Settlers Burn Two Cars near Ramallah
WAFA – 5 Feb 2013

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 3 Feb 2013

Misc

The Lede Blog: Ahmadinejad Attacked With Shoe in Cairo
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – Video from Turkey’s Anadolu Agency showed a man hurling a shoe at Iran‘s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in Cairo on Tuesday. 

Many Egyptians Fight on Streets to Restore Revolution’s Goals
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – Two years after the Mubarak government fell, street violence continues as the new Islamist leaders disappoint some who had hoped for an end to authoritarian rule. 

Obama to Visit Israel in Spring
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – President Obama’s time in Israel could be tense as he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu try to move past years of friction. Mr. Obama will also go to Jordan and the West Bank

New Problems in Syria: Hepatitis, Closed Hospitals, Ambulance Shortages
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – The World Health Organization is the latest United Nations agency seeking to add a new sense of urgency to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. 

High-Level Feud Bares Tensions in Iran
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad escalated a fight with Iran’s most influential political family by disclosing secret recordings of what he purported were fraudulent business deals. 

Iran Nuclear Talks to Resume This Month
New York Times 5 Feb 2013Iran reached agreement on Tuesday with world powers to resume the stuttering dialogue over its disputed nuclear program later this month in Kazakhstan, according to the official IRNA news agency. 

Ahmadinejad Visits Egypt, Signaling Realignment
New York Times 5 Feb 2013 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday made the first visit by an Iranian leader to Egypt since the two countries broke off diplomatic relations three decades ago. 

Protalix hires Citigroup to examine sale options
Globes Main News – Market sources see the drug developer being acquired for between $600 million and $1 billion with Pfizer the likely buyer.

Treasury plans NIS 21b budget cut
Globes Main News – The Finance Ministry wants to cut spending on defense, welfare, and public sector salaries.

US law firm investigates Mellanox
Globes Main News – Holzer Holzer & Fistel is investigating whether Mellanox and its senior executives violated US federal securities laws.

Tue: Bezeq boosts TASE
Globes Main News – Bezeq rose strongly after issuing its 2013 guidance on a good day for telcos.

Elbit Imaging to seek debt settlement
Globes Main News – Mordechay Zisser’s company has postponed the upcoming principal payment on its bonds.

Supreme Court: New memorial won’t include terror victims 
Globes Macro Economics – The new memorial for fallen IDF soldiers at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl will not include the names of victims of terrorism.

Ashot Ashkelon wins $30m US contract 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The IMI unit will supply shelf opening assemblies for passenger planes to a US aviation company through 2027.

The New York Times: Litmus Tests
Jewish Voice for Peace – From Chuck Hagel’s nomination to the upcoming event at Brooklyn College. Litmus Tests , Editorial, The New York Times , February 4, 2013. One dispiriting lesson from Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary is the extent to which the political space for discussing Israel forthrightly is shrinking. Republicans…

NLG to Brooklyn College: Criticism of BDS event mischaracterizes advocacy for equal rights for Palestinians as anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – From the National Lawyer’s Guild : February 5, 2013 Ms. Karen L. Gould, PhD President Brooklyn College 2900 Bedford Avenue, 2129 Boylan Hall Brooklyn, New York 11210 Dear Ms. Gould: The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) applauds you and the Brooklyn College Political Science Department for your support…

Lawsuit filed against NYPD wants restrictions on surveillance targeting Muslims
Mondoweiss – From left to right, David Cohen, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and former CIA agent; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and NYPD chief Ray Kelly (Photo: EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT) It’s official: the New York Police Department (NYPD) will have to defend its expansive spying program targeting Muslims in the…

‘NYT’ connects the dots on the Israel ‘litmus test’ (or how the Dersh jumped the shark)
Mondoweiss – Today the New York Times has an editorial on the Brooklyn College BDS event and calls out the Lobby from K Street to Borough Hall. From ” Litmus Tests “: One dispiriting lesson from Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary is the extent to which the political space…

Unilever shuts down Ariel settlement factory, moves production west of the Green Line
Mondoweiss – Unilever headquarters in Rotterdam. Multinational global giant Unilever confirmed Monday that as of January 1, 2013 its snack and pretzel factory located in the Barkan industrial zone of the Ariel settlement is no longer operational. The company has withdrawn the production line of its subsidiary, Beigel…

Obama set to visit Israel this spring
Mondoweiss – In early December Phil posted a tip we received that President Obama would be traveling to Israel and one other country during his second term. This story has been confirmed today as White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Obama will travel to Israel, the West Bank

President Obama Will Visit Palestinians in West Bank on Upcoming Visit to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Feb 2013 – President Barack Obama plans to visit the West Bank and Jordan as part of an upcoming trip to the Middle East, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu: Bulgaria Bomb Probe Bares Hezbollah Terror 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Feb 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed on Tuesday a Bulgarian report linking Hezbollah to a fatal bus bombing, saying the Lebanese militant group and its ally Iran were waging a “global terror campaign”. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bulgaria Blames Airport Bombing That Killed Israelis on Hezbollah 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Feb 2013 – Two individuals with links to Lebanon’s militant group Hezbollah were involved in a bomb attack on a bus in the Bulgarian resort of Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists last July, Bulgaria’s interior minister said on Tuesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Morsi, Ahmadinejad Hold Talks At Cairo Airport 
allAfrica.com 5 Feb 2013 – [Egypt Online]President Mohamed Morsi held on Tuesday 5/2/2013 talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Cairo International Airport.

Egypt: Grand Imam Condemns Israeli Film On Dome of the Rock Demolition 
allAfrica.com 5 Feb 2013 – [Egypt Online]Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb condemned on Monday 4/2/2013 an Israeli film featuring the demolition of the Dome of the Rock, terming it a ‘disgraceful behavior’.

Egypt: Ahmadinejad Says Agreement Between Iran and Nation Will Benefit Region 
allAfrica.com 5 Feb 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran and Egypt both occupy prestigious and influential standings in the international community and thus cooperation between them will lead to changes for the benefit of the region.

Nigeria: Iran Set to Cooperate With Nigeria On Nuclear Energy 
allAfrica.com 5 Feb 2013 – [Daily Trust]Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Saeed Koozechi says he is eager to prepare grounds for businessmen from his country to plough into opportunities in Nigeria and create jobs for Nigerians, just as the country is ready to partner with Nigeria on peaceful use of nuclear…

Israel urges Hezbollah terror tag 
BBC 5 Feb 2013Hezbollah should be placed on the European list of banned terror organisations, Israel’s PM says, as the group is blamed for a deadly bomb in Bulgaria.

Obama plans visit to Middle East 
BBC 5 Feb 2013 – Barack Obama is planning his first trip to Israel as US president, in a spring trip that will include the West Bank and Jordan, says the White House.

Egyptian currency reserves fall 
BBC 5 Feb 2013Egypt‘s dwindling foreign currency reserves fall 10% in a single month, renewing concerns over the economy.

Ahmadinejad begins Egypt visit 
BBC 5 Feb 2013 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad becomes the first Iranian president to visit Egypt since the Islamic revolution in 1979, as he arrives in Cairo for a summit.

A quarter of countries supported CIA in torturing, detaining individuals: report 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – Hooded demonstrators take part in a rally to call for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison on 11 January 2013 in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. (Photo: AFP – Mandel Ngan) Hooded demonstrators take part in a rally to call for…

013 Election Rivalries 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – A general view show Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a speech to the parliament in Tehran on 3 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare) A general view show Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a speech to the parliament in Tehran on 3 February 2013. (Photo:…

Kuwait upholds 10-year prison sentence for Twitter user, jails three ex-MPs 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – Kuwait’s supreme court upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a youth activist arrested in June 2011 over Twitter comments criticizing the emir, a report said on Tuesday. Separately on Tuesday, a court sentenced three former opposition lawmakers each to three years in jail for comments deemed…

Lebanese University Prof Makes Her Mark on Physics Lab 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – During class, she teaches scientific logic and then has the students put it into practice in the lab. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) During class, she teaches scientific logic and then has the students put it into practice in the lab. (Photo: Haytham Al-Moussawi) Before Wafa Noon’s grandfather…

Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp Becoming Refugee City 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – Syrian refugees search for their belongings at a burnt tent at the Al Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria 28 January 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Ali Jarekji) Syrian refugees search for their belongings at a burnt tent…

Palestinian hunger striker refuses water: lawyer 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Feb 2013 – Jailed hunger striker Samer Issawi has stopped drinking water after refusing food for 188 days, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said Tuesday, according to Ma’an news agency. A PPS lawyer visited Issawi in Israel’s Ramleh prison clinic and said the prisoner has stopped drinking water and taking…

Lebanon’s Sagesse in Search of a New Political Mascot 
Al-Akhbar Politics 5 Feb 2013 – Sagesse spent the first installment long before the second payment of $350,000 was set to be paid. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Sagesse spent the first installment long before the second payment of $350,000 was set to be paid. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Recently, Elie Mechantaf, head of Lebanon’s basketball club…

Al-Nusra Front: Seeking a Lebanese Base in Ain al-Hilweh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Feb 2013 – Fighters from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra sit in their tank near Taftanaz military airport January 12, 2013. Picture taken January 12, 2013.REUTERS/Abdalghne Karoof (SYRIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT) Fighters from the al-Nusra front sit in their tank near Taftanaz military…

Lebanese Army Refuses to Sweep Ersal Ambush Under the Rug 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Feb 2013 – A picture taken on 1 February 2013 shows residents standing on the top of a military vehicle that was hit during a clash between gunmen and the army in which two soldiers were killed in Arsal (Photo: AFP – STR) A picture taken on 1 February…

Israel urges Hezbollah terror tag 
BBC 5 Feb 2013Hezbollah should be placed on the European list of banned terror organisations, Israel’s PM says, as the group is blamed for a deadly bomb in Bulgaria.

Obama plans visit to Middle East 
BBC 5 Feb 2013 – Barack Obama is planning his first trip to Israel as US president, in a spring trip that will include the West Bank and Jordan, says the White House.

Egyptian currency reserves fall 
BBC 5 Feb 2013Egypt‘s dwindling foreign currency reserves fall 10% in a single month, renewing concerns over the economy.

Ahmadinejad begins Egypt visit 
BBC 5 Feb 2013 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad becomes the first Iranian president to visit Egypt since the Islamic revolution in 1979, as he arrives in Cairo for a summit.

Articles


Cleansing the Jordan Valley 
Editorial, Ha’aretz 2/4/2013
      Israel is causing grave injustice to dozens of old, poverty-stricken communities that make a living from herding and farming.
     The campaign of destruction in the northern Jordan Valley continued for a week. As reported by Amira Hass ?(on February 1?) it started in January 17 at 6:30 in the morning, when bulldozers and Jeeps with soldiers and representatives of the IDF’s Civil Administration in the West Bank removed 60 Palestinians, including 36 children, and destroyed 46 tents and improvised structures. Thirty-two emergency tents from the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations given to the residents after the destruction were confiscated two days later. The soldiers checked every vehicle at the site to make sure none were carrying humanitarian goods, and the water in the tanks was poured out.
     The declared reason for the destruction is usually “military exercises.” In 2012, eight times the IDF ordered the 17 communities of shepherds and farmers to temporarily leave their tents for that reason. But despite the fact that firing ranges already make up 45.7 percent of the area of the Jordan Valley, this is not enough for Israel: 20 percent of the area was declared a nature reserve; hundreds of thousands of mines were laid in the area; 2,500 dunams ?(about 625 acres?) that were farmed by Palestinians were confiscated for the separation barrier. In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million – some 77.5 percent – where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
     All this comes at the same time that Israeli settlements in the very same region live in peace and quiet, and are not required to evacuate. The IDF and Civil Administration’s brutal activities, which in addition to the destruction of the camps also includes cruelty in everything connected with access to water, is part of the consistent implementation of a nationalist policy based on the desire to uproot entire Palestinian populations from Area C and transfer them to Area A. more.. e-mail

Child survivor of Gaza massacre denied medical treatment by Israel 
Rami Almeghari, Gaza City, Electronic Intifada 2/4/2013
      Twelve-year-old Amal Samouni still has shrapnel in her skull from the time Israel bombed her neighborhood in Gaza in early 2009. Amal lost 21 members of her extended family in that massacre, including her father Attieh and her brother Ahmad. As if she hasn’t suffered enough, Amal has been refused permission to travel through Israel for sorely-needed treatment.
     The last time Amal was able to receive medical attention outside Gaza was in 2011. On that occasion, her aging grandmother Alia Arafat brought her to a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah. There, Amal underwent some cosmetic surgery on her forehead.
     With her grandmother no longer able to take care of Amal, the girl’s mother, Zeinat — also known as Um Mahmoud — sent an application to the Palestinian Authority in November 2012. Zeinat asked the PA to seek the permission required from Israel to enable Amal attend an appointment in al-Maqasid hospital, which is based in East Jerusalem.
     After making the request, Zeinat received a phone call from a PA official. “The official said, ‘sorry, Madam Zeinat, the Israeli authorities did not issue a travel permit for you,’” she recalled. No explanation
     Zeinat had previously been informed by officials that she was not allowed to go through Erez, the crossing between Gaza and Israel. No explanation was given.
     “They told me that they can only allow my mother to enter [Israel], along with Amal,” she said. “I got very sad when I heard this news. As I am Amal’s mother, it is best if I escort her. My mother suffers from health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure and is much less active than she used to be.” more.. e-mail

Enforce the UNHRC settlements report to push Israel out of its state of denial 
Saeb Erekat, Ha’aretz 2/4/2013
      The UN report on Israeli settlements should be read by every single Israeli citizen. It is an opportunity for the international community to hold Israel accountable and end a culture of impunity that has all but destroyed the possibility of a two-state solution.
     It is time for Israel to relinquish its current state of denial and confront reality. It is clear to everyone, including Micronesia and the Marshall Islands (two of the few countries who voted against Palestine’s recognition as a state by the UN General Assembly), that Israeli settlements are illegal and that Israel should withdraw to the 1967 border. In fact, according to international law, to move civilians from the occupying power to an occupied territory is a war crime. And this is what Israel has been systemically doing over the past 46 years.
     The UN Fact-Finding Mission report on Israeli settlements is an excellent opportunity for Israel to put an end to this state of denial. After being banned by Israel from visiting the settlements, the commission met with over 50 civil society representatives, Palestinians affected by settlements and settler violence, and a wide range of experts and officials, including myself. The report provides conclusions and findings that cannot be disputed. In fact, the report took most of its information on settlements from Israeli sources. It provides recommendations that the international community should examine carefully and enforce.
     For the sake of peace and the integrity of the UN system, the world has an urgent responsibility to end decades of Israeli impunity by implementing not only the recommendations of this most recent report, but others, including statements from other UN agencies, the International Court of Justice, and the European Union.
     Today, over half a million settlers live in the occupied State of Palestine. They are distributed all over the West Bank, including Occupied East Jerusalem. Successive Israeli governments have been directly involved in the colonization of Palestine…. more.. e-mail

Dershowitz’s attack on boycott Israel campaign smacks of desperation 
David Letwin, New York City, Electronic Intifada 2/4/2013
      On 30 January, the New York Daily News published an op-ed piece by the lawyer and Zionist firebrand Alan Dershowitz called “Brooklyn College’s anti-Israel hatefest.”
     The title refers to a 7 February lecture on the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel lecture featuring prominent activist Omar Barghouti and Jewish academic Judith Butler, sponsored by the college’s political science department and Students for Justice in Palestine.
     The same day as Dershowitz’s piece appeared, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind condemned the event as a “racist, anti-Semitic lecture,” and the BDS movement as “a racist group” with a “racist agenda” (“Hikand calls for Brooklyn College president’s resignation,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s blog, 30 January 2013). Hikind, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League, has been a supporter of the late Meir Kahane, an openly-racist Israeli settler activist who called for the “slaughter” of Palestinians. Bandwagon
     Other local politicians soon jumped on the bandwagon. Former New York City comptroller Bill Thompson denounced the event as a “forum of hate,” and city Councilman David Greenfield comprehensively indicted BDS as a “hate-filled, antisemitic, pro-terrorist movement” (“Officials Rally Against ‘Antisemitic, Pro-Terrorist’ Event at Brooklyn College,” Politicker, 31 January 2013).
     Although this is not the first time such accusations have been made, it is revealing that none of the accusers offered any evidence to support their attacks. No embarrassing quotes, no shameful excerpts, no inflammatory platform points — nothing beyond the accusations themselves. more.. e-mail

“Gaza Fashion Week” comes to London art gallery 
Electronic Intifada: 5 Feb 2013 – Sarah Irving 5 February 2013 Militarism is mocked with exuberance in a new exhibition.more

Globalizing Torture: 54 Countries Helped CIA to Kidnap, Detain and Torture
Dissident Voice: 5 Feb 2013 – At least 54 countries including Syria, Iran, Sweden, Iceland, and UK offered CIA “covert support” to detain, transport, interrogate and torture suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new report. ­The 213-page report released by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organization, documents wide-ranging international involvement in the American campaign against Al-Qaeda. The report, titled Globalizing Torture, provides a detailed account of other countries covertly helping the US to run secret prisons, also known as ‘black sites’ on their territory and allowing the CIA to use national airports for refueling while transporting prisoners.more

Two Years On, Egyptian Revolution Caught in Violent Past
Dissident Voice: 5 Feb 2013Egypt is still reeling from January 25th anniversary violence, as police brutality moves some revolutionaries to abandon peaceful protests. Over 60 people have been killed across country, hundreds more injured, detained and still missing. Police torture leaves multiple detainees fighting for their lives in hospitals, while one activist died Monday morning after subjected to savage police torture. Attacks on police stations and government institutions are on the rise as Egypt slips deeper into a volatile state now two years after the famous Tahrir uprising.more

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