VTJP Palestine/Israel News & Articles 10 October 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Lapid: “Israel Doesn’t Need P.A. To Recognize It As Jewish State”
IMEMC – Head of the Yesh Atid [There Is Future] Israeli party, Yair Lapid, stated Tuesday that opposes the stance of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who insists that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish State before any peace agreement can be reached. … 

Mashal Calls For Massive Popular Armed Resistance
IMEMC – Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Khaled Mashal, called for launching massive popular, armed, resistance against Israel, and said that only armed resistance can deter Israel. …

Israel Bombards A Syria Army Base
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening [October 10, 2013] that the Israeli army fired a missile at a Syrian army base after mortar shells was fired from Syrian territory into the occupied Golan Heights. … 

Ma’an News

Settlers torch 3 cars in Ramallah village
10/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of settlers torched three Palestinian cars in the Ramallah village of Burqa on Thursday, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that settlers raided the village overnight and set fire to the vehicles. Locals could not contain the fires and all three vehicles were destroyed. Two cars belonged to Netham Ali Maatan and the third vehicle to Muhammad Maatan….

Israeli court says parents can attend child interrogations
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli judge at a Jerusalem Magistrate’s court ruled Wednesday that the parents of young Palestinian detainees can attend police interrogation sessions with their children, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. Mufid al-Hajj, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told Ma’an that the decision was made during a court session for several Palestinian minors. Israeli police….

Witnesses: Jewish groups enter Aqsa compound
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jewish groups entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday through the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals, a Palestinian Authority official said. Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Jerusalem office of the PA ministry of endowment, told Ma’an that two groups entered the religious site. Israeli police detained two photojournalists, al-Khatib added, while witnesses told Ma’an that two….

PLO condemns Israeli settlement plans
10/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior PLO official Saeb Erekat on Wednesday condemned Israel’s approval of 58 new housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev. An Israeli municipality committee in Jerusalem approved the construction on Wednesday in a majority vote.”Our position is clear and in line with international law: all Israeli settlements in Palestine are illegal,” Erekat said. The international….

Israel PM: ‘Bad deal worse than no deal’ with Iran
10/10/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday “a bad deal is worse than no deal” with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, ahead of crunch talks between Tehran and world powers. In excerpts of an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published in advance, he called for sanctions on the Tehran regime to be stepped up rather than eased.” A bad….

Gaza protesters demand death penalty as anti-NGOs meet
10/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Death penalty supporters protested in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday outside a conference calling for its abolition, days after Hamas hanged a convicted murderer. Relatives of murder victims held aloft pictures of their loved ones, demanding the execution of imprisoned suspects, while human rights groups in the coastal territory marked World Day against the Death Penalty.”The death penalty is Islamic law….

Islamic bloc students protest at Polytechnic University
10/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The student union at Palestine Polytechnic University suspended classes Thursday after an altercation between Fatah youth and Islamic bloc students, a Ma’an reporter said Thursday. The Islamic bloc students organized a sit-in on campus to protest the arrests of several affiliated classmates by Palestinian Authority security forces. In August, Hamas accused PA security forces of arresting members of the….

Factions urge Palestinians to boycott Jerusalem vote
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two leftist factions called Thursday on the Palestinian people to boycott municipal elections in Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The Palestinian People’s Party and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged residents of the city to neither vote nor run for terms of office in the municipality, which is controlled by Israel. The PPP….

Israeli drug giant Teva to cut 5,000 jobs
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva said Thursday it would slash its global workforce by 10 percent by the end of 2014 as part of a multi-billion dollar cost-cutting plan. A statement on the website of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said the world’s largest generic drug maker would trim about 5,000 of its 46,000 jobs worldwide. It did not give a breakdown by….

Hebron man killed in motorcycle accident
10/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 23-year-old man from Hebron was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, police said. Samer Izhaq Abed al-Azizi Dandis was killed after his motorcycle collided with a car south of Hebron. Dandis sustained serious wounds and was transferred to al-Ahli hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead hours later. [END]

Sinai car bomb kills 4 Egyptian soldiers, injures 5
10/10/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Four Egyptian soldiers were killed and five injured in a suicide attack on a military checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, security officials said. Egyptian officials told Ma’an that a man approached the military checkpoint of al-Raysa, west of el-Arish, and detonated explosives hidden in the car as security officers were searching the vehicle. Four Egyptian officers….

Libya PM ‘freed’ after several hours held by militia
10/10/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released on Thursday several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said.” He has been freed but we have no details so far on the circumstances of his release,” Mohammed Abdelaziz told AFP. The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya’….

Egypt criticises US decision to halt arms delivery
10/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt criticized Thursday as “flawed” a US decision to suspend deliveries of major military hardware and cash assistance, saying it would not bow to American pressure. On Wednesday, Washington stopped shipments of some large-scale military systems as well as halting $260 million in cash aid to Egyptian military leaders, who ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. Washington’s move signals deep….

Iran ‘moving nuclear research center to hoodwink world’
10/10/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — An exiled opposition group claimed Thursday that Iran has transferred a research center leading its alleged attempt to develop nuclear weapons to a new location in order to hoodwink the world.” In order to hide its nuclear activities, the Iranian regime is currently in the proce
ss of a vast operation moving the center responsible for research and planning of the military nuclear project….

Morocco king names new govt ending 3-month drift
10/10/2013 – RABAT (AFP) — Morocco’s King Mohamed VI appointed a new Islamist-led government on Thursday ending a months-long crisis triggered by the defection of a key coalition partner, a minister told AFP. The king “has just appointed the new government” at a ceremony at the palace in Rabat, said Justice Minister Mustafa Ramid, a member of the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party whose leader….

Syria air raids on rebels ‘kill 30’
10/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian air raids on rebel positions in the northern Aleppo and southern Daraa provinces killed 30 people on Thursday, including civilians, a monitoring group said. With the world’s attention trained on Syria’s chemical weapons, set to be destroyed by international experts under a UN resolution, the latest deaths highlighted the lethality of the regime’s conventional arsenal. Fighting….

Second team of arms inspectors arrives in Syria
10/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A second team of international inspectors arrived in Damascus Thursday to help supervise the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal under the terms of a UN resolution. Three UN vehicles carrying inspectors earlier departed from their Damascus hotel en route to an undisclosed location, as the dangerous mission to eradicate chemical arms in the hostile environment of a civil war continued. Michael….

Lebanon charges 12 over bomb, assassination plots
10/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon has accused 12 people of planning bombings and the assassination of prominent figures across the country’s confessional divide, a judicial source said on Thursday. At the same time, a colonel who defected from the Syrian army has been arrested and charged with recruiting Lebanese to fight against the regime in neighboring Syria. The news comes a day after the arrest….

More Saudi women defy driving ban
10/10/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi women are increasingly getting behind the wheel in defiance of a driving ban ahead of a nationwide campaign planned by female activists for later this month, witnesses said. A video posted on social networks this week shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh as male motorists and families gave her the “thumbs up” in support.”Several women are now driving but….

Palestine News Network

Role of Palestinian Women in National Struggle
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Consumer Price Index Up during September 2013, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Hamas Calls for Meeting with Fatah to Confront Israel’s ‘Schemes’ on Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

121,264 Enterprises in Private and Non-Governmental Operating in Palestine
Palestine News Network

Musical Road for ‘Autostrad’ is Bumpy
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Farmers Work Land, After 13 Years of Fences
Palestine News Network

‘Price Tag’ Attacks Continue, Rabbi Blames IOF for Failure to Prevent Jewish Extremists
Palestine News Network

Erekat Condemns Israeli Municipality Approval to Build 58 Settlement Units in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Orders Investigators to Bring Parents of Detained Children during Investigations
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Irish Minister for Development and Ambassadors of Sweden and Spain
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Libyan prime minister freed after kidnapping 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The incident comes four days after US forces seized suspected terrorist Abu Anas Al Libi in Libya on suspicion of conspiracy to kill US nationals.

Egypt lashes out at US military aid cut
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Egyptian foreign ministry says Obama administration’s decision to halt aid raises questions about the US’s commitment but analysts say that the change is unlikely to have serious repercussions on the relationship between the countries.

Saudi Arabia says pilgrims are Mers free but two locals die
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Their deaths take the number of Mers-related fatalities in the kingdom to 51, underscoring concerns of global health officials who say the virus could spread to some of the 2 million pilgrims expected to perform the Haj in Mecca next week.

Hariri tribunal indicts fifth suspect
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon unsealed an indictment against Hassan Habib Merhi, a Lebanese man described in the indictment as a supporter of the Shiite group Hizbollah, on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide for his alleged role in the suicide bombing that killed president Rafiq Hariri 

Wayward youths in the UAE show the vital role played by family
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Dubai researchers have challenged theories that broken homes are the main cause of youth offending, finding that parental indifference and peer pressure are the main drivers.

Write better rules for peacekeeping 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – United Nations peacekeeping is facing a crisis; a practical legal framework is vital to protect peacekeepers and recipient countries both.

Munro wins Nobel literature prize
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Alice Munro, 82, started writing stories in her teens and is mainly known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years.

Iraq executes 42 “terrorists” in a week
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The latest executions take to at least 132 the number of people who have been put to death in Iraq this year, according to a tally based on reports from the justice ministry and officials.

Haj keeps its spirit in changing Mecca
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Bushra Alkaff Al Hashemi examines the alterations that have been made in Mecca for this year’s Haj, the annual largest gathering of Muslims on Earth.

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan freed after stunning abduction by gunmen
The National 10 Oct 2013 – A government official said Ali Zeidan, the Libyan prime minister, was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides.

Video: Egypt demonstrators mark killing of Christians 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Egyptians hold a candlelit vigil for Christian protesters killed by the army two years ago.

Video: US withholds some military, economic aid for Egypt 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The United States says it will withhold deliveries of large scale military systems as well as $260 million in cash aid from Egypt’s military-backed government.

Video: Chemical weapons inspectors says Syria cooperating with mission 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Syrian officials have been constructive and cooperative in the early stages of the program to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, says a global chemical weapons group.

Video: Shutdown stalls US military death benefits payments 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The US government shutdown takes its toll on families of Americans killed in combat, as their tax-free payments are stalled

No fresh cases of killer Mers virus ahead of Haj: Saudi health minister 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Saudi authorities have not yet recorded any cases of the deadly Mers virus ahead of Haj, with the kingdom hosting some three million Muslim pilgrims.

Rival Turkish football hooligans now united in Istanbul protests
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Turkey’s notoriously violent football hooligans have joined forces with their rivals to support the country’s grassroots protest movement, writes Stephen Starr

Pink Sari movement in India fights violence against women
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Amana Fontanella-Khan’s debut book about a 20,000-strong female vigilante force in India is a bracing reminder that grassroots collective action can change the status quo, writes Kavintha Rao

Sell-off of Asian stocks and currency spurs talk of fiscal meltdown
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Interest rates in Asia are rising as currency values fall, sparking fears of an economic crisis like the one that buried the region in the late 1990s. But is this good reason to panic, asks Joshua Kurlantzick 

In pictures: Saudi Arabia prepares for Haj pilgrimage
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The annual Hajj pilgrimage, at a military camp in Arafat, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi military will help with security during the annual Hajj pilgrimage which starts upcoming Sunday and is expected to draw some three million Muslim faithful visitors, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. Saudi Arabia’s interior
minister yesterday warned against attempts to exploit the Haj for political purposes and said the kingdom was prepared for “all possibilities”, including terrorist attacks.

Ha’aretz

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Study traces Ashkenazi roots to European women who probably converted to Judaism
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

N.Y. architect visits Jerusalem, the city of a little too much light
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli civilian killed outside his Jordan Valley house in apparent terror attack
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Philip Roth: Too (New York) Jewish for a Nobel?
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Wasting tears on Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

On being an Israeli in Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Visit the concentration camps in Germany, too
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Study: American Jews stand out in bequests to charities
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Italian cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Yad Vashem
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel Air Force holds long-range drill over Mediterranean
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli troops fired from air in 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, Turkish court told
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Two U.S. rabbis nabbed in plot to torture man into granting divorce
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Nobel laureate Michael Levitt tells Haaretz: ‘I still feel 16, so I have no ego’
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Ahead of Iran talks, Netanyahu tries to convince Europe not to ease sanctions
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

IDF Yom Kippur war tweet jolts oil market
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Real Madrid fans fined for displaying Nazi symbols
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Former U.S. officials give NSA whistleblower Snowden award in Russia
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Settlement security coordinator blocks road to Palestinian villages, gets off with rebuke
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Attorney general: Bat Yam mayor unfit, but can run for office
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel’s Society for Protection of Nature turns 60 amid doubts over future
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Don’t give up on Jews who care about being Jewish
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Washington cuts Egypt aid despite intense Israeli lobbying
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Traffic worse in Israel’s cities than on highways, report shows
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

West Bank mosque defaced in second ‘price tag’ attack in 12 hours
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel has two nationalities, not one, and they need a federation
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Haredi woman petitions High Court against men-only parties
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein demands local politician stop using his song in campaign
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Without Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas could split
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Remembering 1974: The year we failed to repair the state
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Women in Israel: Illusion of equality
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Testimony in corruption case postponed as former PM’s top aide hospitalized
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

French, British diplomats tell Israel that interim deal possible with Iran
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

When it comes to Iran, Israel is walking a fine line in Washington
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Who is an assimilated Jew?
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Ya’alon to Hagel: Easing of Iran sanctions will cause their collapse
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Nobel wins highlight costs of Israel’s top academics seeking greener pastures abroad
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Experts explore the difficulties of keeping Israel’s finest minds in the country instead of heading off for brighter economic incentives in countries with greater financial opportunities. 

Uncertainty still reigns in Shas
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Murmurings of discontent continue to emanate from the Shas movement following the death of spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. 

Three Jews detained for praying on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Jewish prayer rights at holy site remain contentious political and social issue. 

Tov party: Beit Shemesh mayor’s campaign using fear and violence to intimidate voters
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Moderate haredi Tov Movement makes accusation following alleged stoning of a Tov city council candidate by worker of mayor. 

IDF tweet in commemoration of 1973 Yom Kippur war jolts oil traders
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Tweet about Israeli strike in Syria referring to event from 40 years ago, accidentally interpreted as being current. 

Holyland trial proceeds temporarily without Zaken
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Court prohibits hospitalized former Olmert bureau chief from leaving country until completing testimony. 

Netanyahu to Britain: Iran must stop calling for destruction of Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – PM’s remarks come in media blitz with European press on Iran. 

Bat Yam Council to decide Mayor Lahiani’s fate days before municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Mayor was recently indicted for bribery; A.G. says there is no legal way to stop Lahiani from running in election. 

State Attorney asks for prison sentence against Rabbi Elon for indecent assault convictions
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prominent national religious figure Rabbi Moti Elon was convicted in August of sexual crimes against a minor. 

Lebanon tribunal names fifth suspect in 2005 Hariri assassination
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Hassan Habib Merhi joins 4 other Hezbollah members wanted for murder of former Lebanese PM; none of suspects in custody. 

Erekat: Israel’s publication of Jerusalem building tenders threatens peace process
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Chief Palestinian negotiator calls on world to pressure Israel. 

Police: Driver accused of hit-and-run of Israel Prize winner arrested in capital
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prof. David Kazhdan remains in serious condition’; “We’re looking to see why he didn’t turn himself in,” says Police spokesman. 

US raked over the coals by Arab media over its approach to Syria’s chemical weapons disposal 
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – ‘Al Hayat’ columnist says Obama has disappointed many in region. 

Egypt criticizes US decision to halt military, economic aid
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Washington’s decision halts tank and fighter aircraft deliveries but continues support for counter-terrorism activities; Egypt is the second-largest recipient of US aid after Israel. 

Ex-minister: Israeli universities can’t compete with US institutions
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz says 20% of faculty members in the computer departments of leading US universities are Israeli. 

Hamas calls for meeting with Fatah to counter Israel’s ‘schemes’ on Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Mashaal calls for an all-out popular uprising against Israel; says no Arab, Muslim leader authorized to sign deal that “harms” J’lem. 

Court extends remand of mother who allegedly admitted to murdering her 2 children
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2013 – J’lem Magistrate’s Court formally charges, Carina Brill, in homicides; judge orders her to remain in police custody. 

The Guardian

Libyan prime minister Zeidan freed after abduction – as it happened
The Guardian 10 Oct 2013 – Ali Zeidan was snatched from a hotel in Tripoli by unknown kidnappers before dawn on Thursday • Read the latest summary Haroon Siddique Matthew Weaver

Uruknet

Anti-Pension Protests Return To Iraq
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – October saw hundreds of people across Iraq return to the streets to protest against pensions for the country s politicians. This was the third major day of demonstrations over this issue, and organizers promised more unless…

Plans for memorial to Palestinian refugees displayed in Scotland
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -As he prepared for the opening of his exhibition Al-Nakba Memorial: Palestinian Memories of Displacement, architect Omar Mohammad had to ask for extra room from the University of Edinburgh. The walls were filled up with two-dimensional representations…

Defined Voices : Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -“Nothing is more precious than freedom,” is quoted as being attributed to Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese General that led his country through two liberation wars. The first was against French colonialists, the second against the Americans….

Iran cancels Israel baiting anti-Zionism conference

Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – In the latest gesture to demonstrate that the country is taking a new diplomatic direction under new president Hassan Rouhani, officials ordered the cancellation of the New Horizon Conference due to take place next month. The…

Syria Spotlight: “We Don t Know How We Will Survive”, Say Civilians In Besieged Moadamiyyat Ash Sham
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Civilians trapped in the besieged West Ghouta town of Moadamiyyat Ash Sham – the site of one of the August 21 chemical weapons attacks – say that their situation is desperate and they do not know…

Photos: Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo, Parliamentary Vigil, October 9, 2013
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – On Wednesday October 9, 2013, the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign held a vigil outside Parliament for Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo, whose British wife and four British children await his return in south…

Negotiations for the sake of Israel s security and Jewish nature
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – The Palestinian Authority has gone to the negotiating table alone in an attempt to regain the occupied territories. After more than twenty years of painful negotiations, it has not achieved this goal. Such an outcome is…

Childhood Denied
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Childhood is a beautiful and strange thing. Before we truly learn how precious it is, it is already over. For many Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation childhood ends even earlier than you d think. The…

Iraq: The Wild West in the Middle East
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – Lawless and corrupt. And we re not talking about the rebels, insurgents, militants or terrorists. We re talking about the government of Iraq headed by chief thug and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Tim Arango of the New York Times had…

Israel s Politics of Fragmentation
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013- If the politics of deflection exhibit the outward reach of Israel s grand strategy of territorial expansionism and regional hegemony, the politics of fragmentation serves Israel s inward moves designed to weaken Palestinian resistance, induce despair, and…

There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – On December 2, 2010, a burning tree trunk fell into a bus full of Israeli Prison Service cadets on their way to Damon Prison, a detention center described by female Palestinian inmates as “the worst jail…

Don t Be Fooled by Libya-This is a Failed State
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Gunmen today seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed state and that the government is incapable of…

Video shows Hezbollah fighters executing wounded Syrian rebels
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – Ocotober 10, 2013 – A video posted on the internet shows members of Lebanon s Hezbollah militia executing wounded Syrian rebels who were captured when the Syrian town of al-Qusair was recaptured in June by the Syrian regime forces backed…

Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – It s hardly news that the Obama administration is intensely and, in many respects, unprecedentedly hostile toward the news-gathering process. Even the most Obama-friendly journals have warned of what they call “Obama s war on whistleblowers”….

Vengeful settler attacks draw sharp criticism of Israeli Army
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -An Israeli human rights group has charged that the army is failing to protect Palestinians from violence by settlers after masked Israelis attacked an elementary school, vandalised cars and torched hundreds of olive trees in the occupied…

Al-Assad and elections
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – …The day after the president s announcement, the state media released “leaks” of a US-Russian agreement to postpone Syrian elections for two years during which Al-Assad would remain in power. The reports confirmed the opposition s…

World Bank report says settlements crush Palestinian economy
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – There are more signs that Europe is trying to bring heavy pressure on the Israeli occupation, with the silent support of the Obama administration. Here are two recent developments. First, an important new World Bank report…

Report Highlights Obama Administration s Hostility to Press Through Unprecedented Leaks Investigations & Secrecy
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – President Barack Obama s administration has been more hostile to the press, more secretive and more aggressive when it comes to cracking down on leaks than any recent president in American history, according to a report…

Iraq executes 42 convicts in last two days
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -Iraq has executed 42 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges in the last two days, the Justice Ministry has said, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty amid escalating violence. The ministry said on…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03- 09 October 2013)
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (03 – 09 October 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including a…

Libya s New Normal: When a Prime Minister Gets Kidnapped in Broad Daylight
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -A sign of Libya s precarious security situation and deep dysfunction, militia aligned with members of the government s own Ministry of the Interior snatched Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his five-star hotel in central Tripoli on…

Settlers torch 3 cars in Ramallah village
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 — A group of settlers torched three Palestinian cars in the Ramallah village of Burqa on Thursday, locals said.Witnesses told Ma an that settlers raided the village overnight and set fire to the vehicles. Locals could not…

Syria News – Oct
ober 9 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 

Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9 , 2013 – By the end of Wednesday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 79 martyrs, including 10 children, 8 women and 11 martyrs under torture: 30 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 27 in Aleppo;…

Death by Drones: the future of warfare will be decided by drones not humans 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – 21st Century Wire says : The technocratic nightmare born out of transhumanism and eugenics receives another gift from the military industrial complex at the expense of humanity. Drones will soon be able to perform targeted killing without…

The latest step in the evolution of America s Police State
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 -“If you ve got nothing to hide, you ve got nothing to fear.” So say many Americans. And many Germans as well. But one German, Ilija Trojanow, would disagree. He has lent his name to published documents…

Homeless Palestinian ordered out of cave Al Zeer moved to the cave after the Israeli occupation bulldozed his house
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – A Palestinian man has been ordered to suspend all restoration work in the cave to which he and family had moved after the Israeli military bulldozers razed his house in the Silwan neighbourhood in occupied East…

Lynne Stewart: The People s “First Responder”
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – We are here to celebrate Lynne Stewart s birthday, as an affirmation of the human will to resist injustice. Her birthday is a joyous occasion, because many decades ago she chose to interpose herself between the…

Double Standard Victims of Israel s War on Palestine
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 -Brutalizing Palestinians is longstanding. Crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide reflect it. So do colonization, apartheid and daily state terror. Militarized occupation is lawless and brutal. Previous articles explained. Torture, inhumane and degrading treatment reflect…

Daily Star

Obama rejects Republican plan on debt ceiling: N.Y. Times
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama rejected a Republican plan that would postpone a possible U.S. default because it would not also reopen the federal government, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Republican leader Cantor calls White House meeting ‘useful,’ more talks Thursday night
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor called the budget meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday “very useful,” and said “talks will continue tonight.”

Morocco’s king names new ministers, Islamists lose ground
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Morocco’s King Mohamed named 19 new ministers on Thursday after the prime minister reached a deal to form a new coalition that weakens the ruling Islamists who are trying to push through unpopular reforms to subsidies…

Iraq executes 42 ‘terrorism’ convicts in a week
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Iraq executed 42 “terrorism” convicts over the past week, the justice ministry said on Thursday, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty, as deadly violence intensifies.

Republicans offer plan to postpone U.S. default
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Republicans in the House of Representatives offered a plan on Thursday that would postpone a possible U.S. default and urged President Barack Obama to negotiate an end to the 10-day government shutdown.

Israel PM: ‘Bad deal worse than no deal’ with Iran: report
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday “a bad deal is worse than no deal” with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, ahead of crunch talks between Tehran and world powers.

Syrian child refugees face exploitation, UNICEF says
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Child refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war are vulnerable to exploitation including early marriage, domestic violence and child labour, despite efforts to keep them in school, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

Lino’s cousin shot, wounded in Ain el-Hilweh
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 The cousin of a former Fatah Movement commander was shot and wounded in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in the coastal city of Sidon, a security source told The Daily Star.

Two girls, one woman killed in Lebanon road accidents
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Three girls and a woman were killed in separate road incidents Thursday across the country, a security source told The Daily Star.

Obama willing to sign ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill: White House
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama is willing to sign a “clean” bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling – one that does not include policy demands – but it is not yet clear what House Republicans are proposing,…

Egypt says 2 Canadians can leave
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Egypt’s foreign ministry said Thursday a travel ban has been lifted for two Canadians who were barred from leaving Egypt following several weeks of imprisonment without charge.

Security Council urges UN to combat Haiti cholera
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 The Security Council is urging the United Nations to keep up efforts to combat cholera in Haiti in a resolution extending the mandate of the peacekeeping force whose soldiers have been widely blamed for starting the…

YNet News

UN greenlights destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons by 2014
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First openly gay boxer fights for world title
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Iran cancels annual anti-Zionist conference
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Ashton Carter to quit from Pentagon’s No.2 post
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Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism
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Former-Israeli excellence 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Embracing of ‘part-Israeli’ scientists who win prestigious international awards is provincial, ridiculous ….

Education Ministry advisor: We deserve Nobel Prize in brain drain
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Prestigious award that former Israelis won reflects bleak reality: Third of researchers in Israel leave for US. Academics discuss phenomenon ….

IDF’s roughest, toughest female soldier 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – For three years, IDF’s most strenuous course for training platoon commanders has included female warriors. Ynet speaks with Or Katzav, IDF’s most combative female soldier, currently taking part in grueling training: ‘I knew giving up was not an option’ ….

PM warns Europe against Iran: ‘Don’t let them have enrichment’
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Netanyahu holds interviews with European media outlets to warn against reducing sanctions to Islamic republic, urges world not to ‘let a radical regime have awesome power’ ….

Iranian dissidents say Tehran moving nuclear research site 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Group of dissidents claim have information regarding Iranian nuclear weaponisation research center being moved in bid to hide activity amid pending nuclear negotiation with Western powers ….

Third of Israeli youths don’t know what happened on Nov. 4, 1995
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – New study reveals growing number of Israeli teens youth don’t know what happened on faithful night of November 4, 1995 when Yigal Amir shot and killed Yitzhak Rabin. Some 14% of haredi youths claim Rabin was killed by Arab ….

What will happen when a Palestinian state is established?
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Hamas will become more moderate, standard of living in Israel will rise – perhaps settlers will remain in Palestine. Negotiations do not seem on way to completion, but comprehensive, first of its kind Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian research shows an almost utopian picture ….

Prosecutors seek jail time for Rabbi Elon
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Prosecutors ask court to sentence rabbi who was convicted of indecent acts involving a minor to 9-12 months in prison ….

COE chief: Brit not like female mutilation 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – In letter to President Peres, Council of Europe head distances himself from controversial resolution calling for regulation of circumcision practices after Israel blasts it as ‘racist’ ….

Libyan PM freed after being seized over US raid
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Gunmen from former rebel faction free Ali Zeidan after holding him for several hours in reprisal for capture of al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli ….

Video: Hezbollah men documented executing Syrian POWs
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Al Arabiya publishes video in which Hezbollah fighters are seen executing wounded rebels captured during Syrian infighting, in additional proof of Nasrallah’s involvement on Assad’s behalf ….

Bibi on the tree
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: PM Netanyahu’s deterministic approach to Mideast conflict breeds diplomatic blindness ….

Egypt criticizes US decision to halt aid
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Cairo says decision to withhold $260 million in cash assistance is wrong. ‘Egypt will not surrender to US pressure,’ Foreign Ministry says. Minister Erdan: I hope decision doesn’t affect peace treaty ….

Exiled Iran dissidents ponder return after Rohani election
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Spurred by signs of openness by new government, some critics return from exile. ‘Conditions have totally changed,’ they say, but admit returning holds risks: ‘I might be detained in the airport’ ….

Polish savior of Jews donates items 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 91, former foreign minister who helped rescue Jews from Holocaust, gives Jewish history museum in Warsaw documents and distinctions he received from Israel ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas leader calls for escalating resistance in the West Bank
PIC – Senior Hamas leader Husam Badran said that the justifications and motives of the resistance in the West Bank are increasing day after day.

Abu Zuhri condemns statements by Fatah leaders about Hamas
PIC – Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri strongly criticized the “language of arrogance” that a number of Fatah leaders are still using while talking about their relationship with Hamas.

Nunu calls on Fatah to stop its arrogance and incitement
PIC – The Gaza Government’s media adviser, Tahe al-Nunu called on Fatah to stop its language of arrogance in light of the regional events by resorting to a narrow partisan discourse reeking of hatred.

Settlers attack a school and agricultural lands south of Nablus
PIC – Jewish settlers on Wednesday afternoon attacked a school in the village of Qaryut, and burned dozens of dunums of agricultural lands in Jabal Jalud south of the city of Nablus..

Jewish rabbis and settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of settlers, accompanied by a number of rabbis, stormed the Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning from the Mughrabi Gate, guarded by a large Israeli police force.

Violent clashes last night between youth and PA forces in Jenin refugee camp
PIC – Fierce clashes broke out last night between young men and the PA security forces in Jenin refugee camp after a raid on the house of Sheikh Jamal Abul Haijaa, a prisoner in an Israeli jail.

Habbash and his escorts attack Gazan pilgrims in Makkah city
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of religious affairs in Gaza said that Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the head of the de facto PA religious ministry, physically and verbally assaulted some Gazan pilgrims in Makkah.

Ghoneim slams ongoing talk about J’lem and Aqsa without serious action
PIC – Member of the coalition for Jerusalem Yousuf Ghoneim criticized the ongoing talk about the dangers threatening Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque without any moves on the ground to address these threats.

WAFA

Obama Cables Abbas on Adha Holiday
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Holland Supports Hebron Hospital with 10M Euros
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

PEX Report: Index Closes Pre-Holiday Trading With a Rise
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: Settler Vandalism Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Erekat Condemns Plan to Build 58 New Settlement Units in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli Fanatics Walk Around Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Misc

Egyptian military contends with Sinai violence, cuts in U.S. aid
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — An explosion ripped through a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing three soldiers and a police officer, while Egyptian officials sought to put the best face on a U.S. move to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance….

How the West can fight terrorism without provoking more of it
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – Lessons supposedly learned from counter-terrorism operations after 9/11:

U.S. delays Miranda rights for captured Al Qaeda operative
LA Times 9 Oct 2013 – Abu Anas al Liby is in military custody, but nothing he tells U.S. interrogators can be used against him because he has not been read his rights. WASHINGTON — The Al Qaeda terrorist suspect known as Abu Anas al Liby has the right to remain…

The Lede: Saudi Women Drive, Despite Ban, and Find Some Support on the Kingdom’s Roads
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – A brief flurry of civil disobedience on the roads of Saudi Arabia this week, by women who flouted the kingdom’s ban on female drivers, was intended to build support for a mass demonstration later this month. 

The Lede: Video of the Libyan Prime Minister Speaking After His Release
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – The Libyan government released video footage showing the prime minister, Ali Zeidan, speaking to fellow cabinet members and officials after he was kidnapped from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday. 

Pakistani Student Wins Top European Rights Award
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt a year ago, won the $65,000 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. 

Gunmen Seize Libyan Prime Minister in Raid
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – A group of men believed to be former rebels seized Ali Zeidan, the prime minister, early Thursday from his Tripoli residence, days after American forces captured a Qaeda leader in the city. 

In Crackdown Response, U.S. Temporarily Freezes Some Military Aid to Egypt
New York Times 9 Oct 2013 – The Obama administration announced a modest and temporary freeze on military assistance to Egypt, even as officials emphasized a desire to avoid rupturing a three-decade-old security relationship. 

Cutbacks in U.N. Food Assistance Set Off Outcry in Gaza
New York Times 9 Oct 2013 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency pointed to a $55 million budget shortfall and said the cuts were based on a re-evaluation of Gaza’s needs. 

Israeli paper misquoted Roger Waters, removing advice to Netanyahu to look for ‘Israeli de Klerk’
Mondoweiss – FW de Klerk, with Mandela Roger Waters says that a leading Israeli newspaper misquoted him, removing his advice to Benjamin Netanyahu that he should look for the next F.W. de Klerk, the South African president who moved to end apartheid. The published interview simply had the…

FIMI cancels El Al investment
Globes Main News – In August, FIMI granted El Al a six-week extension to reach a collective agreement with its workers, but no deal has been struck.

Barclays exec sees big Israeli M&A deals ahead
Globes Main News – Barclays Capital technology M&A manager Richard Hardegree says there may be 2-3 $1 billion-plus deals a year in Israel.

Blejer: Interest rate cuts won’t stop shekel
Globes Main News – Mario Blejer, a candidate for the governorship of the Bank of Israel, sees the Israeli economy as in good shape, if not without problems.

Teva to fire 5,000 employees worldwide
Globes Main News – Teva says it will shed 10% of its workforce by the end of 2014 and hundreds of employees in Israel will lose their jobs.

No brain drain despite Nobel emigrants 
Globes Macro Economics – When Omri Casspi plays in the NBA and Yossi Benayoun plays for Liverpool, we do not call this a brain drain.

Thu: Teva pulls market up
Globes Main News – Teva rose strongly, after announcing cutbacks, while Opko Health reversed yesterday’s drop, and Paz and Bank Leumi fell on sales by shareholders.

World Bank report says settlements crush Palestinian economy
Mondoweiss – Israeli demolition orders for Palestinian village bordered by settlement in Area C, photo by ISM There are more signs that Europe is trying to bring heavy pressure on the Israeli occupation, with the silent support of the Obama administration. Here are two recent developments. First, an…

Israeli officials frown at U.S. slap on Egypt military’s wrist
Mondoweiss – A joint U.S. Navy-Egyptian military exercise in 2005. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons) U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended–and Israel is none too pleased. The move, in response to the military’s…

Jewish stage in Washington cancels Nakba play by Israeli, amid donor pressure
Mondoweiss – Motti Lerner Many folks have sent this news along today. More of the generational Jewish tragedy. From the Forward : In an apparent bow to the right in the Jewish culture wars, Theater J, a celebrated theatrical group housed at Washington’s DC Jewish Community Center, will not…

ClickSoftware issues weak Q3 guidance
Globes Main News – The company predicts a non-GAAP net loss of $3.5 million on $23.2 million revenue.

Does the passing of time affect the rights of the displaced to return?: Palestinian claims for reparation in international context
Mondoweiss – First generation refugees visiting their home in the depopulated village of Lifta, West Jerusalem. 2002 (Photo: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights) Does the passing of time affect the rights of displaced people wishing to return to their property? Is there a difference…

568,000 workers have no private pensions 
Globes Macro Economics – 86% of salaried employees have private pensions, compared with only 58% of the self-employed.

Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees, the equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times over
Mondoweiss – This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction…

There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’
Mondoweiss – The following is an excerpt from the book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” by Max Blumenthal. You can buy the book here . There Are No Facts On December 2, 2010, a burning tree trunk fell into a bus full of Israeli Prison Service cadets…

Zadik Bino sells Paz shares for NIS 300m 
Globes Energy & Water – The latest sale of Paz shares follows a sale in July by Bino and his partners, and Bino’s sale of shares in March.

Given Imaging shareholders reject CEO share grant
Globes Main News – In 2010-12, Homi Shamir was granted vested shares with a cumulative value of $2.5 million.

Shekel gains, bucking dollar’s global strength
Globes Main News – Prico CEO Yossi Fraiman: We believe that the shekel-dollar exchange rate could resume its climb toward NIS 3.60/$.

Shlomo Eliahu selling Leumi shares for NIS 600m
Globes Main News – Carried out by IBI and enjoying high demand, this is one of the largest share distributions in recent years on Israel’s capital market.

Third Israeli Drone Sabotaged by Hacking
Tikun Olam – Israeli Hermes 450 drone shot down over Georgia by Russian MIG Israeli media have announced that the IAF has “ lost ” (Hebrew and English ) yet another of its advanced drones, the Hermes-450, one of the most advanced of its fleet. This marks the third vehicle…

Israel and Egypt’s Junta, Birds of a Feather
Tikun Olam – The NY Times published a strange story today. It recounts that Israel expressed dismay at Obama’s cut-off of military aid to Egypt in light of the military junta’s massacre of hundreds of unarmed Muslim Brotherhood protesters over the past month, including 55 in the past few…

US and UN decry Libyan PM abduction 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The US, UK and France, along with the UN, condemn the brief abduction of Libya’s PM by militiamen and pledge continued support for its transition to democracy.

Israel’s 40-Year Old Yom Kippur War Tweet Jolts Oil Markets 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Oil traders razor-focused on signs of escalating violence in the Middle East were jolted on Thursday by a Twitter posting from the Israeli military that, at first glance, suggested they had just bombed Syrian airports. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ashkenazi Jewish Women’s Genetic Roots Traced Mostly to Europe — Not Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – The maternal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews comes mainly from Europe, a new study shows. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Unhappy With Freeze on U.S. Military Aid to Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Israel struggled to hide its frustration on Thursday at a U.S. decision to withhold aid to Cairo, fearing the move could damage Washington’s standing in the region and undermine its own peace treaty with Egypt. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sinai civilians caught in Egypt’s ‘war on terror’ 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Civilians pay price as Egypt takes on Sinai militants

Egypt condemns US aid suspension 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Egypt’s army-backed government condemns a decision by the US to suspend some of its financial and military aid over a crackdown on Islamists.


Alice Munro, ‘Canadian Chekhov,’ Wins Nobel for Literature 

The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master of the contemporary short story”. Click here for the rest of…

Four killed in Egypt Sinai attack 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – At least four members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Sinai, state media and officials say.

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Young Brothers in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Oct 2013 – Late at night on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Israeli Forces arrested two brothers on the main street adjacent to the village of Beit Ommar in the Hebron district of the southern West Bank. The brothers, Bader, age 17, and Mohammed age 13, Ali Abu Maria are…

US and UN decry Libyan PM abduction 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The US, UK and France, along with the UN, condemn the brief abduction of Libya’s PM by militiamen and pledge continued support for its transition to democracy.

Sudan sentences four protesters to six-month jail terms over unrest 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Sudanese judge jailed four people for six months on Thursday over unrest linked to deadly protests sparked by fuel price hikes in late September, a lawyer said. They are among hundreds initially rounded up after the demonstrations in which dozens died. The four were convicted…

Israeli General: We Cannot Defeat Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Oct 2013 – Israeli soldiers patrol on 9 October 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.(Photo: AFP – Jalaa Marey) Israeli soldiers patrol on 9 October 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit…

Bahrain sentences 18 to prison for participating in “unauthorized protests” 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Bahraini woman stands in front of a graffiti depicting a man face during an anti-regime rally in solidarity with jailed political activists in the village of al-Malkiya, south of Manama, on October 3, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced…

Syria: ISIS Orphans al-Nusra Front, Cutting Its Funding 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 9 October 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the…

Lebanon: Thousands of Syrian Refugees in Bekaa Face Merciless Winter 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – In the Bekaa, Syrian refugees are living a real tragedy. Most are from Homs, Aleppo, and the Damascus countryside. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) In the Bekaa, Syrian refugees are living a real tragedy. Most are from Homs, Aleppo, and the Damascus countryside. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar)…

New suspect indicted in Hariri death 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri indicts a fifth suspect.

Al-Qaeda’s New Orders: Avoid Killing Christians and Shia 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Opposition fighters rest on the front line in the Saif Al-Dawla neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on 29 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jm Lopez) Opposition fighters rest on the front line in the Saif Al-Dawla neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on…

Sinai civilians caught in Egypt’s ‘war on terror’ 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Civilians pay price as Egypt takes on Sinai militants

International union calls on Qatar to make immediate changes to labor laws 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – (left to right) Dietmar Schafers, Vice President of IG BAU, Emilio Yuson, General Secretary of Builders and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) and Janna Muud, Secretary of FNV Bouw give a press conference on October 10, 2013 in Doha. (Photo: AFP / al-Watan – Karim Jaafar) International trade…

Iraq hangs 42 accused of terrorism 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Iraq has executed 42 “terrorism” convicts over the past week, the justice minister said on Thursday, defying condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty as violence intensifies. “In the course of the past week, the ministry has carried out the death sentences handed down…

Egypt condemns US aid suspension 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Egypt’s army-backed government condemns a decision by the US to suspend some of its financial and military aid over a crackdown on Islamists.

Suicide bomber kills four in Egypt’s Sinai 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomber rammed his car into an army checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing four soldiers, security officials told AFP. Another three soldiers were wounded in the attack on the al-Reesa checkpoint just south of North Sinai’s main town of el-Arish, the…

Two die of MERS virus in Saudi Arabia days before hajj 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Muslim pilgrim wears a mask as she walks to Mecca’s Grand Mosque to perform evening prayers on October 8, 2013 prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage which begins on October 13. (Photo:
AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Two Saudis have died in Riyadh…

Four killed in Egypt Sinai attack 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – At least four members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Sinai, state media and officials say.

UK Ambassador in Lebanon: “Never Say Never” to Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Oct 2013 – The international community all meddle and all play games…the Lebanese leaders need to decide for themselves what will happen in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The international community all meddle and all play games…the Lebanese leaders need to decide for themselves what will happen in Lebanon. (Photo:…

Articles


’Why I cannot stand with Women of the Wall’ 
Aryeh Cohen, +972 Magazine 10/10/2013
Nothing in Israel, or in the Middle East, is disconnected from anything else. Yet the issue of women’s religious access to the Kotel is treated, especially in North America, as if it exists in a vacuum.
The story of Women of the Wall begins with the Wall. The story of the contemporary Wall begins with the Six-Day War in June of 1967. It begins not on June 7, when the Old City was captured and David Rubinger took his iconic photograph of three battle-weary Israeli soldiers standing in front of the Wall, nor even when the paratroopers’ brigade commander, Mordechai (Motta) Gur, announced over the wireless: “Har Habayit beyadeinu” — “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”
The story begins a few days later, on June 10 and 11, when Defense Minister Moshe Dayan commanded the demolition of the Palestinian neighborhood, the Mughrabi Quarter, which stood where the Kotel plaza stands today. More than 100 buildings, including three mosques, were destroyed, and hundreds of people lost their homes. The war was already over. Razing the neighborhood was not for military purposes, but, rather, to increase the size of the plaza so that thousands of Israelis could come to the Wall to pray during the upcoming Shavuot holiday. No plaque marks the Mughrabi Quarter site and no alternative housing was offered to the Palestinians who had lived there.
This is the beginning of the story of the modern Kotel, out of which grows the story of the women of Women of the Wall, who demand equal ritual access to it. The silences in that historic story prevent me from praying at the Wall and from supporting the women who want to wear tallit and tefillin when they pray there.
Since 1967, the Wall has become a symbol of Israeli nationalism. The discourse around the Wall reflects a discourse about antiquities in Israel, in which archaeology becomes another battlefield for both sides….. more.. e-mail

Where is the true allegiance to Palestine, Jerusalem and its sanctities? 
Yassir Al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/9/2013
Towards the end of September, the Israeli authorities announced that researchers working with an archaeologist from the Hebrew University had found a valuable item near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. It is a necklace engraved with a menorah, a shofar and a Torah scroll. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called this a “great archaeological discovery, and on a national level, this is significant proof of Jewish existence long ago and proof of the sanctity of this area.”
For decades, the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque have been escalating at varying speeds, but there is a clear determination by the Israelis to steal this place on the pretext of the supposed existence of the “Jewish Temple” there. This is the first time that anyone has found any Jewish artefact in what is known as the holy quarter (the area surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque). The latest claim is suspicious given the Israelis’ desperation to “prove” a significant ancient Jewish presence and thus justify the excavations that have been going on for decades and have almost reached the level of the mosque’s foundations.
The failure to find evidence, any evidence, of the temple’s existence has not prevented the Zionists from continuing to violate and attack the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. Lately this has sent warnings to us that Israel is on the verge of condemning Al-Aqsa to the same fate as the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron which has been split between the Muslims and the Jews in terms of time and access. On the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated at the end of last month, groups of settlers entered the mosque after Israeli Special Forces first evacuated Palestinians, in a taste of what is to come, perhaps.
This reminds me of what happened during the Camp David negotiations in 2000, when the Israelis demanded a share of the top part of the mosque and full sovereignty over what is under the mosque. This is what snagged the negotiations more than anything else. On that same day, one of the most important figures in the Israeli political arena, one of the creators of Oslo, Yossi Beilin, said that the sanctity of the temple in the eyes of the Jewish people is equivalent to the Kaaba in Makkah for the Muslims. In fairness, he did not go beyond the reality of the Jewish faith or the Zionist mantra launched by Ben-Gurion: “Israel is meaningless without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is meaningless without the temple.” more.. e-mail

Why is Mr. Netanyahu so distraught? 
Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera.com 10/10/2013
As President Rouhani conducts a diplomatic charm offensive, Israel’s Prime Minister is left in a spin, writes scholar.
Mr. Netanyahu is not feeling well lately, and for good reasons. 
“Quite unfortunately Netanyahu’s worldview is fixated on the equation that 2013 (like al
l the years before that) were 1938; that Iran is Nazi Germany and that those willing to engage with Iran diplomatically are like Chamberlain in 1938 Munich.” These are Israeli observers who are warning their Prime Minister that when it comes to Iran he is out to lunch. “Jerusalem’s growl in response to the Iranian charm offensive is just the latest episode in classic Israeli PR boomerangs,” observes another. “Israel’s new Iran policy is the stick and the stick,” declares another Haaretz opinion piece, adding, “Netanyahu has nothing new to say—not about an agreement with the Palestinians, not about relations with Iran, not for Israel’s middle class and certainly not for its poor.” 

All the indications from Tel Aviv to Washington and New York are that Netanyahu and his thinking about the Iranian so-called “nuclear threat” is in deep trouble. The New York Times has even chimed in and warned that “it could be disastrous if Mr. Netanyahu and his supporters in Congress were so blinded by distrust of Iran that they exaggerate the threat, block President Obama from taking advantage of new diplomatic openings and sabotage the best chance to establish a new relationship since the 1979 Iranian revolution sent American-Iranian relations into the deep freeze.” 
The fact is that both Netanyahu and the entire Zionist project he represents have been outmanoeuvred by the wily and persistent conundrum of the Islamic republic; a state he has spent the last decade positioning as his primary foe. But in the aftermath of the US-led invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) and then the rise of the Arab revolutions (2011), it is not just Netanyahu, but the whole Zionist belligerence that is in deep trouble. more.. e-mail

Fifty shades of black: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral 
Michelle Bubis, +972 Magazine 10/8/2013
For a secular Jewish woman in Jerusalem, the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef presented an opportunity to cross one of the city’s strongest yet invisible boundaries – entering the bowels of the ultra-Orthodox world.
When you belong to the dwindling minority of secular Jewish progressives in Jerusalem, it’s hard to sustain more than the standard rant against religious oppression. But while flatly opposing the politics of faith that run this place may be the way to go pragmatically, it runs the risk of throwing out the human interest with the bathwater. On a day when a sheer surge of humanity brings your city to a standstill, as well over half a million people flock to mourn the passing of a hero, writing the traffic jams off as annoying is simply a bore. So instead of joining in the camaraderie of secular complaints, I decide on the spur of the moment to cross the lines – and see what I can find.
Finding the spot itself isn’t hard. I simply follow the men in black hats streaming from every corner. I didn’t come prepared, so I’m concerned that the tights I’m wearing will draw unpleasant comments or even objections to my presence. Luckily, I have a scarf to cover any errant bits of torso.
The streets leading towards the main yeshiva where the funeral procession is concentrated are packed with men. I’m relieved to spot a young girl in religious seminary uniform, holding a child by each hand and looking like she’s debating which direction to take. She happily agrees for me to join her, and we head down one of the streets together. Her name is Naomi, she’s 18, and beneath her docile demeanour I quickly discover a sharp, opinionated mind.
It turns out that we didn’t have to worry about which way to go, because all roads lead to Rome and in this case, to the mind-boggling mass of people we join. Bodies pressing us from every direction, we remain in the same spot for the next three hours.more.. e-mail

In photos: Israeli forces raze Jordan Valley community
Electronic Intifada: 9 Oct 2013 – Many other Palestinian communities in Area C face a similar fate to Khirbet al-Makhul.more

Plans for memorial to Palestinian refugees displayed in Scotland
Electronic Intifada: 10 Oct 2013 – “Avenues of displacement” key to blueprint for park overlooking Golan.more

‘Defined Voices’: Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Oct 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud “Nothing is more precious than freedom,” is quoted as being attributed to Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese General that led his country through two liberation wars. The first was against French colonialists, the second against the Americans. And despite heavy and painful losses, Vietnam prevailed, defeating the first colonial quest at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954) and the second at Ho Chí Minh Campaign (1975). General Giap, the son of a peasant scholar, stood tall in both wars, only bowing down to the resolve of his people. “Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will most certainly face defeat,” he once said. His words will always be true. He died on Friday, October 4, at the age of 102. On the same d
ay, the former black panther Herman Wallace, who had spent 41-years of his life in solitary confinement in Louisiana State…
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Lapid: “Israel Doesn’t Need P.A. To Recognize It As Jewish State”
IMEMC – Head of the Yesh Atid [There Is Future] Israeli party, Yair Lapid, stated Tuesday that opposes the stance of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who insists that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish State before any peace agreement can be reached. … 

Mashal Calls For Massive Popular Armed Resistance
IMEMC – Head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), Khaled Mashal, called for launching massive popular, armed, resistance against Israel, and said that only armed resistance can deter Israel. …

Israel Bombards A Syria Army Base
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported on Wednesday evening [October 10, 2013] that the Israeli army fired a missile at a Syrian army base after mortar shells was fired from Syrian territory into the occupied Golan Heights. … 

Ma’an News

Settlers torch 3 cars in Ramallah village
10/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of settlers torched three Palestinian cars in the Ramallah village of Burqa on Thursday, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that settlers raided the village overnight and set fire to the vehicles. Locals could not contain the fires and all three vehicles were destroyed. Two cars belonged to Netham Ali Maatan and the third vehicle to Muhammad Maatan….

Israeli court says parents can attend child interrogations
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli judge at a Jerusalem Magistrate’s court ruled Wednesday that the parents of young Palestinian detainees can attend police interrogation sessions with their children, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. Mufid al-Hajj, a lawyer with the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told Ma’an that the decision was made during a court session for several Palestinian minors. Israeli police….

Witnesses: Jewish groups enter Aqsa compound
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jewish groups entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday through the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals, a Palestinian Authority official said. Azzam al-Khatib, director of the Jerusalem office of the PA ministry of endowment, told Ma’an that two groups entered the religious site. Israeli police detained two photojournalists, al-Khatib added, while witnesses told Ma’an that two….

PLO condemns Israeli settlement plans
10/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior PLO official Saeb Erekat on Wednesday condemned Israel’s approval of 58 new housing units in the East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Zeev. An Israeli municipality committee in Jerusalem approved the construction on Wednesday in a majority vote.”Our position is clear and in line with international law: all Israeli settlements in Palestine are illegal,” Erekat said. The international….

Israel PM: ‘Bad deal worse than no deal’ with Iran
10/10/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday “a bad deal is worse than no deal” with Iran over its disputed nuclear program, ahead of crunch talks between Tehran and world powers. In excerpts of an interview with the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung published in advance, he called for sanctions on the Tehran regime to be stepped up rather than eased.” A bad….

Gaza protesters demand death penalty as anti-NGOs meet
10/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Death penalty supporters protested in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday outside a conference calling for its abolition, days after Hamas hanged a convicted murderer. Relatives of murder victims held aloft pictures of their loved ones, demanding the execution of imprisoned suspects, while human rights groups in the coastal territory marked World Day against the Death Penalty.”The death penalty is Islamic law….

Islamic bloc students protest at Polytechnic University
10/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The student union at Palestine Polytechnic University suspended classes Thursday after an altercation between Fatah youth and Islamic bloc students, a Ma’an reporter said Thursday. The Islamic bloc students organized a sit-in on campus to protest the arrests of several affiliated classmates by Palestinian Authority security forces. In August, Hamas accused PA security forces of arresting members of the….

Factions urge Palestinians to boycott Jerusalem vote
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Two leftist factions called Thursday on the Palestinian people to boycott municipal elections in Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. The Palestinian People’s Party and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine urged residents of the city to neither vote nor run for terms of office in the municipality, which is controlled by Israel. The PPP….

Israeli drug giant Teva to cut 5,000 jobs
10/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva said Thursday it would slash its global workforce by 10 percent by the end of 2014 as part of a multi-billion dollar cost-cutting plan. A statement on the website of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said the world’s largest generic drug maker would trim about 5,000 of its 46,000 jobs worldwide. It did not give a breakdown by….

Hebron man killed in motorcycle accident
10/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 23-year-old man from Hebron was killed in a motorcycle accident on Thursday, police said. Samer Izhaq Abed al-Azizi Dandis was killed after his motorcycle collided with a car south of Hebron. Dandis sustained serious wounds and was transferred to al-Ahli hospital for treatment, where he was pronounced dead hours later. [END]

Sinai car bomb kills 4 Egyptian soldiers, injures 5
10/10/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Four Egyptian soldiers were killed and five injured in a suicide attack on a military checkpoint in the Sinai peninsula on Thursday, security officials said. Egyptian officials told Ma’an that a man approached the military checkpoint of al-Raysa, west of el-Arish, and detonated explosives hidden in the car as security officers were searching the vehicle. Four Egyptian officers….

Libya PM ‘freed’ after several hours held by militia
10/10/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was released on Thursday several hours after being seized from a Tripoli hotel by former rebel militiamen, the foreign minister said.” He has been freed but we have no details so far on the circumstances of his release,” Mohammed Abdelaziz told AFP. The pre-dawn seizure of Zeidan came five days after US commandos embarrassed and angered Libya’….

Egypt criticises US decision to halt arms delivery
10/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) – Egypt criticized Thursday as “flawed” a US decision to suspend deliveries of major military hardware and cash assistance, saying it would not bow to American pressure. On Wednesday, Washington stopped shipments of some large-scale military systems as well as halting $260 million in cash aid to Egyptian military leaders, who ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. Washington’s move signals deep….

Iran ‘moving nuclear research center to hoodwink world’
10/10/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — An exiled opposition group claimed Thursday that Iran has transferred a research center leading its alleged attempt to develop nuclear weapons to a new location in order to hoodwink the world.” In order to hide its nuclear activities, the Iranian regime is currently in the proce
ss of a vast operation moving the center responsible for research and planning of the military nuclear project….

Morocco king names new govt ending 3-month drift
10/10/2013 – RABAT (AFP) — Morocco’s King Mohamed VI appointed a new Islamist-led government on Thursday ending a months-long crisis triggered by the defection of a key coalition partner, a minister told AFP. The king “has just appointed the new government” at a ceremony at the palace in Rabat, said Justice Minister Mustafa Ramid, a member of the moderate Islamist Justice and Development Party whose leader….

Syria air raids on rebels ‘kill 30’
10/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian air raids on rebel positions in the northern Aleppo and southern Daraa provinces killed 30 people on Thursday, including civilians, a monitoring group said. With the world’s attention trained on Syria’s chemical weapons, set to be destroyed by international experts under a UN resolution, the latest deaths highlighted the lethality of the regime’s conventional arsenal. Fighting….

Second team of arms inspectors arrives in Syria
10/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A second team of international inspectors arrived in Damascus Thursday to help supervise the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal under the terms of a UN resolution. Three UN vehicles carrying inspectors earlier departed from their Damascus hotel en route to an undisclosed location, as the dangerous mission to eradicate chemical arms in the hostile environment of a civil war continued. Michael….

Lebanon charges 12 over bomb, assassination plots
10/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon has accused 12 people of planning bombings and the assassination of prominent figures across the country’s confessional divide, a judicial source said on Thursday. At the same time, a colonel who defected from the Syrian army has been arrested and charged with recruiting Lebanese to fight against the regime in neighboring Syria. The news comes a day after the arrest….

More Saudi women defy driving ban
10/10/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi women are increasingly getting behind the wheel in defiance of a driving ban ahead of a nationwide campaign planned by female activists for later this month, witnesses said. A video posted on social networks this week shows a fully veiled woman driving in Riyadh as male motorists and families gave her the “thumbs up” in support.”Several women are now driving but….

Palestine News Network

Role of Palestinian Women in National Struggle
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Consumer Price Index Up during September 2013, says Statistics Bureau
Palestine News Network

Hamas Calls for Meeting with Fatah to Confront Israel’s ‘Schemes’ on Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

121,264 Enterprises in Private and Non-Governmental Operating in Palestine
Palestine News Network

Musical Road for ‘Autostrad’ is Bumpy
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Farmers Work Land, After 13 Years of Fences
Palestine News Network

‘Price Tag’ Attacks Continue, Rabbi Blames IOF for Failure to Prevent Jewish Extremists
Palestine News Network

Erekat Condemns Israeli Municipality Approval to Build 58 Settlement Units in East Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Israeli Court Orders Investigators to Bring Parents of Detained Children during Investigations
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Irish Minister for Development and Ambassadors of Sweden and Spain
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Libyan prime minister freed after kidnapping 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The incident comes four days after US forces seized suspected terrorist Abu Anas Al Libi in Libya on suspicion of conspiracy to kill US nationals.

Egypt lashes out at US military aid cut
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Egyptian foreign ministry says Obama administration’s decision to halt aid raises questions about the US’s commitment but analysts say that the change is unlikely to have serious repercussions on the relationship between the countries.

Saudi Arabia says pilgrims are Mers free but two locals die
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Their deaths take the number of Mers-related fatalities in the kingdom to 51, underscoring concerns of global health officials who say the virus could spread to some of the 2 million pilgrims expected to perform the Haj in Mecca next week.

Hariri tribunal indicts fifth suspect
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon unsealed an indictment against Hassan Habib Merhi, a Lebanese man described in the indictment as a supporter of the Shiite group Hizbollah, on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide for his alleged role in the suicide bombing that killed president Rafiq Hariri 

Wayward youths in the UAE show the vital role played by family
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Dubai researchers have challenged theories that broken homes are the main cause of youth offending, finding that parental indifference and peer pressure are the main drivers.

Write better rules for peacekeeping 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – United Nations peacekeeping is facing a crisis; a practical legal framework is vital to protect peacekeepers and recipient countries both.

Munro wins Nobel literature prize
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Alice Munro, 82, started writing stories in her teens and is mainly known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years.

Iraq executes 42 “terrorists” in a week
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The latest executions take to at least 132 the number of people who have been put to death in Iraq this year, according to a tally based on reports from the justice ministry and officials.

Haj keeps its spirit in changing Mecca
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Bushra Alkaff Al Hashemi examines the alterations that have been made in Mecca for this year’s Haj, the annual largest gathering of Muslims on Earth.

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan freed after stunning abduction by gunmen
The National 10 Oct 2013 – A government official said Ali Zeidan, the Libyan prime minister, was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides.

Video: Egypt demonstrators mark killing of Christians 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Egyptians hold a candlelit vigil for Christian protesters killed by the army two years ago.

Video: US withholds some military, economic aid for Egypt 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The United States says it will withhold deliveries of large scale military systems as well as $260 million in cash aid from Egypt’s military-backed government.

Video: Chemical weapons inspectors says Syria cooperating with mission 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Syrian officials have been constructive and cooperative in the early stages of the program to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, says a global chemical weapons group.

Video: Shutdown stalls US military death benefits payments 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The US government shutdown takes its toll on families of Americans killed in combat, as their tax-free payments are stalled

No fresh cases of killer Mers virus ahead of Haj: Saudi health minister 
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Saudi authorities have not yet recorded any cases of the deadly Mers virus ahead of Haj, with the kingdom hosting some three million Muslim pilgrims.

Rival Turkish football hooligans now united in Istanbul protests
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Turkey’s notoriously violent football hooligans have joined forces with their rivals to support the country’s grassroots protest movement, writes Stephen Starr

Pink Sari movement in India fights violence against women
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Amana Fontanella-Khan’s debut book about a 20,000-strong female vigilante force in India is a bracing reminder that grassroots collective action can change the status quo, writes Kavintha Rao

Sell-off of Asian stocks and currency spurs talk of fiscal meltdown
The National 10 Oct 2013 – Interest rates in Asia are rising as currency values fall, sparking fears of an economic crisis like the one that buried the region in the late 1990s. But is this good reason to panic, asks Joshua Kurlantzick 

In pictures: Saudi Arabia prepares for Haj pilgrimage
The National 10 Oct 2013 – The annual Hajj pilgrimage, at a military camp in Arafat, Saudi Arabia. The Saudi military will help with security during the annual Hajj pilgrimage which starts upcoming Sunday and is expected to draw some three million Muslim faithful visitors, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. Saudi Arabia’s interior
minister yesterday warned against attempts to exploit the Haj for political purposes and said the kingdom was prepared for “all possibilities”, including terrorist attacks.

Ha’aretz

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Study traces Ashkenazi roots to European women who probably converted to Judaism
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

N.Y. architect visits Jerusalem, the city of a little too much light
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli civilian killed outside his Jordan Valley house in apparent terror attack
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Philip Roth: Too (New York) Jewish for a Nobel?
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Wasting tears on Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

On being an Israeli in Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Visit the concentration camps in Germany, too
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Study: American Jews stand out in bequests to charities
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Italian cyclist Gino Bartali honored by Yad Vashem
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel Air Force holds long-range drill over Mediterranean
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli troops fired from air in 2010 Gaza flotilla raid, Turkish court told
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Two U.S. rabbis nabbed in plot to torture man into granting divorce
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Nobel laureate Michael Levitt tells Haaretz: ‘I still feel 16, so I have no ego’
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Ahead of Iran talks, Netanyahu tries to convince Europe not to ease sanctions
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

IDF Yom Kippur war tweet jolts oil market
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Real Madrid fans fined for displaying Nazi symbols
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Former U.S. officials give NSA whistleblower Snowden award in Russia
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Settlement security coordinator blocks road to Palestinian villages, gets off with rebuke
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Attorney general: Bat Yam mayor unfit, but can run for office
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Canada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel’s Society for Protection of Nature turns 60 amid doubts over future
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Don’t give up on Jews who care about being Jewish
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Washington cuts Egypt aid despite intense Israeli lobbying
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Traffic worse in Israel’s cities than on highways, report shows
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

West Bank mosque defaced in second ‘price tag’ attack in 12 hours
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Israel has two nationalities, not one, and they need a federation
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Haredi woman petitions High Court against men-only parties
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein demands local politician stop using his song in campaign
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Without Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Shas could split
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Remembering 1974: The year we failed to repair the state
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Women in Israel: Illusion of equality
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Testimony in corruption case postponed as former PM’s top aide hospitalized
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

French, British diplomats tell Israel that interim deal possible with Iran
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

When it comes to Iran, Israel is walking a fine line in Washington
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Who is an assimilated Jew?
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Ya’alon to Hagel: Easing of Iran sanctions will cause their collapse
Ha’aretz – 9 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Nobel wins highlight costs of Israel’s top academics seeking greener pastures abroad
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Experts explore the difficulties of keeping Israel’s finest minds in the country instead of heading off for brighter economic incentives in countries with greater financial opportunities. 

Uncertainty still reigns in Shas
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Murmurings of discontent continue to emanate from the Shas movement following the death of spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. 

Three Jews detained for praying on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Jewish prayer rights at holy site remain contentious political and social issue. 

Tov party: Beit Shemesh mayor’s campaign using fear and violence to intimidate voters
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Moderate haredi Tov Movement makes accusation following alleged stoning of a Tov city council candidate by worker of mayor. 

IDF tweet in commemoration of 1973 Yom Kippur war jolts oil traders
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Tweet about Israeli strike in Syria referring to event from 40 years ago, accidentally interpreted as being current. 

Holyland trial proceeds temporarily without Zaken
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Court prohibits hospitalized former Olmert bureau chief from leaving country until completing testimony. 

Netanyahu to Britain: Iran must stop calling for destruction of Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – PM’s remarks come in media blitz with European press on Iran. 

Bat Yam Council to decide Mayor Lahiani’s fate days before municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Mayor was recently indicted for bribery; A.G. says there is no legal way to stop Lahiani from running in election. 

State Attorney asks for prison sentence against Rabbi Elon for indecent assault convictions
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prominent national religious figure Rabbi Moti Elon was convicted in August of sexual crimes against a minor. 

Lebanon tribunal names fifth suspect in 2005 Hariri assassination
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Hassan Habib Merhi joins 4 other Hezbollah members wanted for murder of former Lebanese PM; none of suspects in custody. 

Erekat: Israel’s publication of Jerusalem building tenders threatens peace process
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Chief Palestinian negotiator calls on world to pressure Israel. 

Police: Driver accused of hit-and-run of Israel Prize winner arrested in capital
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prof. David Kazhdan remains in serious condition’; “We’re looking to see why he didn’t turn himself in,” says Police spokesman. 

US raked over the coals by Arab media over its approach to Syria’s chemical weapons disposal 
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – ‘Al Hayat’ columnist says Obama has disappointed many in region. 

Egypt criticizes US decision to halt military, economic aid
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Washington’s decision halts tank and fighter aircraft deliveries but continues support for counter-terrorism activities; Egypt is the second-largest recipient of US aid after Israel. 

Ex-minister: Israeli universities can’t compete with US institutions
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz says 20% of faculty members in the computer departments of leading US universities are Israeli. 

Hamas calls for meeting with Fatah to counter Israel’s ‘schemes’ on Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 10 Oct 2013 – Mashaal calls for an all-out popular uprising against Israel; says no Arab, Muslim leader authorized to sign deal that “harms” J’lem. 

Court extends remand of mother who allegedly admitted to murdering her 2 children
Jerusalem Post 9 Oct 2013 – J’lem Magistrate’s Court formally charges, Carina Brill, in homicides; judge orders her to remain in police custody. 

The Guardian

Libyan prime minister Zeidan freed after abduction – as it happened
The Guardian 10 Oct 2013 – Ali Zeidan was snatched from a hotel in Tripoli by unknown kidnappers before dawn on Thursday • Read the latest summary Haroon Siddique Matthew Weaver

Uruknet

Anti-Pension Protests Return To Iraq
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – October saw hundreds of people across Iraq return to the streets to protest against pensions for the country s politicians. This was the third major day of demonstrations over this issue, and organizers promised more unless…

Plans for memorial to Palestinian refugees displayed in Scotland
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -As he prepared for the opening of his exhibition Al-Nakba Memorial: Palestinian Memories of Displacement, architect Omar Mohammad had to ask for extra room from the University of Edinburgh. The walls were filled up with two-dimensional representations…

Defined Voices : Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -“Nothing is more precious than freedom,” is quoted as being attributed to Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese General that led his country through two liberation wars. The first was against French colonialists, the second against the Americans….

Iran cancels Israel baiting anti-Zionism conference

Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – In the latest gesture to demonstrate that the country is taking a new diplomatic direction under new president Hassan Rouhani, officials ordered the cancellation of the New Horizon Conference due to take place next month. The…

Syria Spotlight: “We Don t Know How We Will Survive”, Say Civilians In Besieged Moadamiyyat Ash Sham
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Civilians trapped in the besieged West Ghouta town of Moadamiyyat Ash Sham – the site of one of the August 21 chemical weapons attacks – say that their situation is desperate and they do not know…

Photos: Free Shaker Aamer from Guantánamo, Parliamentary Vigil, October 9, 2013
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – On Wednesday October 9, 2013, the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign held a vigil outside Parliament for Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo, whose British wife and four British children await his return in south…

Negotiations for the sake of Israel s security and Jewish nature
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – The Palestinian Authority has gone to the negotiating table alone in an attempt to regain the occupied territories. After more than twenty years of painful negotiations, it has not achieved this goal. Such an outcome is…

Childhood Denied
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Childhood is a beautiful and strange thing. Before we truly learn how precious it is, it is already over. For many Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation childhood ends even earlier than you d think. The…

Iraq: The Wild West in the Middle East
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – Lawless and corrupt. And we re not talking about the rebels, insurgents, militants or terrorists. We re talking about the government of Iraq headed by chief thug and prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Tim Arango of the New York Times had…

Israel s Politics of Fragmentation
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013- If the politics of deflection exhibit the outward reach of Israel s grand strategy of territorial expansionism and regional hegemony, the politics of fragmentation serves Israel s inward moves designed to weaken Palestinian resistance, induce despair, and…

There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – On December 2, 2010, a burning tree trunk fell into a bus full of Israeli Prison Service cadets on their way to Damon Prison, a detention center described by female Palestinian inmates as “the worst jail…

Don t Be Fooled by Libya-This is a Failed State
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Gunmen today seized Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from a hotel in central Tripoli, releasing him shortly afterwards, but making it clear that post-Gaddafi Libya is a failed state and that the government is incapable of…

Video shows Hezbollah fighters executing wounded Syrian rebels
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – Ocotober 10, 2013 – A video posted on the internet shows members of Lebanon s Hezbollah militia executing wounded Syrian rebels who were captured when the Syrian town of al-Qusair was recaptured in June by the Syrian regime forces backed…

Committee to Protect Journalists issues scathing report on Obama administration
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – It s hardly news that the Obama administration is intensely and, in many respects, unprecedentedly hostile toward the news-gathering process. Even the most Obama-friendly journals have warned of what they call “Obama s war on whistleblowers”….

Vengeful settler attacks draw sharp criticism of Israeli Army
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -An Israeli human rights group has charged that the army is failing to protect Palestinians from violence by settlers after masked Israelis attacked an elementary school, vandalised cars and torched hundreds of olive trees in the occupied…

Al-Assad and elections
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – …The day after the president s announcement, the state media released “leaks” of a US-Russian agreement to postpone Syrian elections for two years during which Al-Assad would remain in power. The reports confirmed the opposition s…

World Bank report says settlements crush Palestinian economy
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – There are more signs that Europe is trying to bring heavy pressure on the Israeli occupation, with the silent support of the Obama administration. Here are two recent developments. First, an important new World Bank report…

Report Highlights Obama Administration s Hostility to Press Through Unprecedented Leaks Investigations & Secrecy
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – President Barack Obama s administration has been more hostile to the press, more secretive and more aggressive when it comes to cracking down on leaks than any recent president in American history, according to a report…

Iraq executes 42 convicts in last two days
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -Iraq has executed 42 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges in the last two days, the Justice Ministry has said, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty amid escalating violence. The ministry said on…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03- 09 October 2013)
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (03 – 09 October 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 7 Palestinian civilians, including a…

Libya s New Normal: When a Prime Minister Gets Kidnapped in Broad Daylight
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 -A sign of Libya s precarious security situation and deep dysfunction, militia aligned with members of the government s own Ministry of the Interior snatched Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his five-star hotel in central Tripoli on…

Settlers torch 3 cars in Ramallah village
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 — A group of settlers torched three Palestinian cars in the Ramallah village of Burqa on Thursday, locals said.Witnesses told Ma an that settlers raided the village overnight and set fire to the vehicles. Locals could not…

Syria News – Oct
ober 9 , 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 

Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9 , 2013 – By the end of Wednesday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 79 martyrs, including 10 children, 8 women and 11 martyrs under torture: 30 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 27 in Aleppo;…

Death by Drones: the future of warfare will be decided by drones not humans 
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – 21st Century Wire says : The technocratic nightmare born out of transhumanism and eugenics receives another gift from the military industrial complex at the expense of humanity. Drones will soon be able to perform targeted killing without…

The latest step in the evolution of America s Police State
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 -“If you ve got nothing to hide, you ve got nothing to fear.” So say many Americans. And many Germans as well. But one German, Ilija Trojanow, would disagree. He has lent his name to published documents…

Homeless Palestinian ordered out of cave Al Zeer moved to the cave after the Israeli occupation bulldozed his house
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – A Palestinian man has been ordered to suspend all restoration work in the cave to which he and family had moved after the Israeli military bulldozers razed his house in the Silwan neighbourhood in occupied East…

Lynne Stewart: The People s “First Responder”
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 – We are here to celebrate Lynne Stewart s birthday, as an affirmation of the human will to resist injustice. Her birthday is a joyous occasion, because many decades ago she chose to interpose herself between the…

Double Standard Victims of Israel s War on Palestine
Uruknet 10 Oct 2013 – October 9, 2013 -Brutalizing Palestinians is longstanding. Crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide reflect it. So do colonization, apartheid and daily state terror. Militarized occupation is lawless and brutal. Previous articles explained. Torture, inhumane and degrading treatment reflect…

Daily Star

Obama rejects Republican plan on debt ceiling: N.Y. Times
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama rejected a Republican plan that would postpone a possible U.S. default because it would not also reopen the federal government, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

Republican leader Cantor calls White House meeting ‘useful,’ more talks Thursday night
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Eric Cantor called the budget meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday “very useful,” and said “talks will continue tonight.”

Morocco’s king names new ministers, Islamists lose ground
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Morocco’s King Mohamed named 19 new ministers on Thursday after the prime minister reached a deal to form a new coalition that weakens the ruling Islamists who are trying to push through unpopular reforms to subsidies…

Iraq executes 42 ‘terrorism’ convicts in a week
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Iraq executed 42 “terrorism” convicts over the past week, the justice ministry said on Thursday, defying international condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty, as deadly violence intensifies.

Republicans offer plan to postpone U.S. default
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Republicans in the House of Representatives offered a plan on Thursday that would postpone a possible U.S. default and urged President Barack Obama to negotiate an end to the 10-day government shutdown.

Israel PM: ‘Bad deal worse than no deal’ with Iran: report
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday “a bad deal is worse than no deal” with Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, ahead of crunch talks between Tehran and world powers.

Syrian child refugees face exploitation, UNICEF says
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Child refugees who have fled Syria’s civil war are vulnerable to exploitation including early marriage, domestic violence and child labour, despite efforts to keep them in school, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday.

Lino’s cousin shot, wounded in Ain el-Hilweh
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 The cousin of a former Fatah Movement commander was shot and wounded in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp in the coastal city of Sidon, a security source told The Daily Star.

Two girls, one woman killed in Lebanon road accidents
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Three girls and a woman were killed in separate road incidents Thursday across the country, a security source told The Daily Star.

Obama willing to sign ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill: White House
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama is willing to sign a “clean” bill to raise the U.S. debt ceiling – one that does not include policy demands – but it is not yet clear what House Republicans are proposing,…

Egypt says 2 Canadians can leave
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 Egypt’s foreign ministry said Thursday a travel ban has been lifted for two Canadians who were barred from leaving Egypt following several weeks of imprisonment without charge.

Security Council urges UN to combat Haiti cholera
Daily Star 10 Oct 2013 The Security Council is urging the United Nations to keep up efforts to combat cholera in Haiti in a resolution extending the mandate of the peacekeeping force whose soldiers have been widely blamed for starting the…

YNet News

UN greenlights destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons by 2014
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – ….

First openly gay boxer fights for world title
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – ….

Iran cancels annual anti-Zionist conference
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – ….

Ashton Carter to quit from Pentagon’s No.2 post
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – ….

Report: Obama brings chilling effect on journalism
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – ….

Former-Israeli excellence 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Embracing of ‘part-Israeli’ scientists who win prestigious international awards is provincial, ridiculous ….

Education Ministry advisor: We deserve Nobel Prize in brain drain
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Prestigious award that former Israelis won reflects bleak reality: Third of researchers in Israel leave for US. Academics discuss phenomenon ….

IDF’s roughest, toughest female soldier 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – For three years, IDF’s most strenuous course for training platoon commanders has included female warriors. Ynet speaks with Or Katzav, IDF’s most combative female soldier, currently taking part in grueling training: ‘I knew giving up was not an option’ ….

PM warns Europe against Iran: ‘Don’t let them have enrichment’
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Netanyahu holds interviews with European media outlets to warn against reducing sanctions to Islamic republic, urges world not to ‘let a radical regime have awesome power’ ….

Iranian dissidents say Tehran moving nuclear research site 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Group of dissidents claim have information regarding Iranian nuclear weaponisation research center being moved in bid to hide activity amid pending nuclear negotiation with Western powers ….

Third of Israeli youths don’t know what happened on Nov. 4, 1995
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – New study reveals growing number of Israeli teens youth don’t know what happened on faithful night of November 4, 1995 when Yigal Amir shot and killed Yitzhak Rabin. Some 14% of haredi youths claim Rabin was killed by Arab ….

What will happen when a Palestinian state is established?
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Hamas will become more moderate, standard of living in Israel will rise – perhaps settlers will remain in Palestine. Negotiations do not seem on way to completion, but comprehensive, first of its kind Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian research shows an almost utopian picture ….

Prosecutors seek jail time for Rabbi Elon
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Prosecutors ask court to sentence rabbi who was convicted of indecent acts involving a minor to 9-12 months in prison ….

COE chief: Brit not like female mutilation 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – In letter to President Peres, Council of Europe head distances himself from controversial resolution calling for regulation of circumcision practices after Israel blasts it as ‘racist’ ….

Libyan PM freed after being seized over US raid
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Gunmen from former rebel faction free Ali Zeidan after holding him for several hours in reprisal for capture of al-Qaeda suspect in Tripoli ….

Video: Hezbollah men documented executing Syrian POWs
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Al Arabiya publishes video in which Hezbollah fighters are seen executing wounded rebels captured during Syrian infighting, in additional proof of Nasrallah’s involvement on Assad’s behalf ….

Bibi on the tree
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: PM Netanyahu’s deterministic approach to Mideast conflict breeds diplomatic blindness ….

Egypt criticizes US decision to halt aid
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Cairo says decision to withhold $260 million in cash assistance is wrong. ‘Egypt will not surrender to US pressure,’ Foreign Ministry says. Minister Erdan: I hope decision doesn’t affect peace treaty ….

Exiled Iran dissidents ponder return after Rohani election
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Spurred by signs of openness by new government, some critics return from exile. ‘Conditions have totally changed,’ they say, but admit returning holds risks: ‘I might be detained in the airport’ ….

Polish savior of Jews donates items 
YNet News, 10 Oct 2013 – Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 91, former foreign minister who helped rescue Jews from Holocaust, gives Jewish history museum in Warsaw documents and distinctions he received from Israel ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas leader calls for escalating resistance in the West Bank
PIC – Senior Hamas leader Husam Badran said that the justifications and motives of the resistance in the West Bank are increasing day after day.

Abu Zuhri condemns statements by Fatah leaders about Hamas
PIC – Hamas spokesman Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri strongly criticized the “language of arrogance” that a number of Fatah leaders are still using while talking about their relationship with Hamas.

Nunu calls on Fatah to stop its arrogance and incitement
PIC – The Gaza Government’s media adviser, Tahe al-Nunu called on Fatah to stop its language of arrogance in light of the regional events by resorting to a narrow partisan discourse reeking of hatred.

Settlers attack a school and agricultural lands south of Nablus
PIC – Jewish settlers on Wednesday afternoon attacked a school in the village of Qaryut, and burned dozens of dunums of agricultural lands in Jabal Jalud south of the city of Nablus..

Jewish rabbis and settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of settlers, accompanied by a number of rabbis, stormed the Aqsa Mosque on Thursday morning from the Mughrabi Gate, guarded by a large Israeli police force.

Violent clashes last night between youth and PA forces in Jenin refugee camp
PIC – Fierce clashes broke out last night between young men and the PA security forces in Jenin refugee camp after a raid on the house of Sheikh Jamal Abul Haijaa, a prisoner in an Israeli jail.

Habbash and his escorts attack Gazan pilgrims in Makkah city
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of religious affairs in Gaza said that Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the head of the de facto PA religious ministry, physically and verbally assaulted some Gazan pilgrims in Makkah.

Ghoneim slams ongoing talk about J’lem and Aqsa without serious action
PIC – Member of the coalition for Jerusalem Yousuf Ghoneim criticized the ongoing talk about the dangers threatening Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque without any moves on the ground to address these threats.

WAFA

Obama Cables Abbas on Adha Holiday
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Holland Supports Hebron Hospital with 10M Euros
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

PEX Report: Index Closes Pre-Holiday Trading With a Rise
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: Settler Vandalism Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Erekat Condemns Plan to Build 58 New Settlement Units in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Israeli Fanatics Walk Around Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 10 Oct 2013

Misc

Egyptian military contends with Sinai violence, cuts in U.S. aid
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — An explosion ripped through a checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing three soldiers and a police officer, while Egyptian officials sought to put the best face on a U.S. move to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance….

How the West can fight terrorism without provoking more of it
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – Lessons supposedly learned from counter-terrorism operations after 9/11:

U.S. delays Miranda rights for captured Al Qaeda operative
LA Times 9 Oct 2013 – Abu Anas al Liby is in military custody, but nothing he tells U.S. interrogators can be used against him because he has not been read his rights. WASHINGTON — The Al Qaeda terrorist suspect known as Abu Anas al Liby has the right to remain…

The Lede: Saudi Women Drive, Despite Ban, and Find Some Support on the Kingdom’s Roads
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – A brief flurry of civil disobedience on the roads of Saudi Arabia this week, by women who flouted the kingdom’s ban on female drivers, was intended to build support for a mass demonstration later this month. 

The Lede: Video of the Libyan Prime Minister Speaking After His Release
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – The Libyan government released video footage showing the prime minister, Ali Zeidan, speaking to fellow cabinet members and officials after he was kidnapped from a hotel in the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday. 

Pakistani Student Wins Top European Rights Award
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt a year ago, won the $65,000 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. 

Gunmen Seize Libyan Prime Minister in Raid
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – A group of men believed to be former rebels seized Ali Zeidan, the prime minister, early Thursday from his Tripoli residence, days after American forces captured a Qaeda leader in the city. 

In Crackdown Response, U.S. Temporarily Freezes Some Military Aid to Egypt
New York Times 9 Oct 2013 – The Obama administration announced a modest and temporary freeze on military assistance to Egypt, even as officials emphasized a desire to avoid rupturing a three-decade-old security relationship. 

Cutbacks in U.N. Food Assistance Set Off Outcry in Gaza
New York Times 9 Oct 2013 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency pointed to a $55 million budget shortfall and said the cuts were based on a re-evaluation of Gaza’s needs. 

Israeli paper misquoted Roger Waters, removing advice to Netanyahu to look for ‘Israeli de Klerk’
Mondoweiss – FW de Klerk, with Mandela Roger Waters says that a leading Israeli newspaper misquoted him, removing his advice to Benjamin Netanyahu that he should look for the next F.W. de Klerk, the South African president who moved to end apartheid. The published interview simply had the…

FIMI cancels El Al investment
Globes Main News – In August, FIMI granted El Al a six-week extension to reach a collective agreement with its workers, but no deal has been struck.

Barclays exec sees big Israeli M&A deals ahead
Globes Main News – Barclays Capital technology M&A manager Richard Hardegree says there may be 2-3 $1 billion-plus deals a year in Israel.

Blejer: Interest rate cuts won’t stop shekel
Globes Main News – Mario Blejer, a candidate for the governorship of the Bank of Israel, sees the Israeli economy as in good shape, if not without problems.

Teva to fire 5,000 employees worldwide
Globes Main News – Teva says it will shed 10% of its workforce by the end of 2014 and hundreds of employees in Israel will lose their jobs.

No brain drain despite Nobel emigrants 
Globes Macro Economics – When Omri Casspi plays in the NBA and Yossi Benayoun plays for Liverpool, we do not call this a brain drain.

Thu: Teva pulls market up
Globes Main News – Teva rose strongly, after announcing cutbacks, while Opko Health reversed yesterday’s drop, and Paz and Bank Leumi fell on sales by shareholders.

World Bank report says settlements crush Palestinian economy
Mondoweiss – Israeli demolition orders for Palestinian village bordered by settlement in Area C, photo by ISM There are more signs that Europe is trying to bring heavy pressure on the Israeli occupation, with the silent support of the Obama administration. Here are two recent developments. First, an…

Israeli officials frown at U.S. slap on Egypt military’s wrist
Mondoweiss – A joint U.S. Navy-Egyptian military exercise in 2005. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons) U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended–and Israel is none too pleased. The move, in response to the military’s…

Jewish stage in Washington cancels Nakba play by Israeli, amid donor pressure
Mondoweiss – Motti Lerner Many folks have sent this news along today. More of the generational Jewish tragedy. From the Forward : In an apparent bow to the right in the Jewish culture wars, Theater J, a celebrated theatrical group housed at Washington’s DC Jewish Community Center, will not…

ClickSoftware issues weak Q3 guidance
Globes Main News – The company predicts a non-GAAP net loss of $3.5 million on $23.2 million revenue.

Does the passing of time affect the rights of the displaced to return?: Palestinian claims for reparation in international context
Mondoweiss – First generation refugees visiting their home in the depopulated village of Lifta, West Jerusalem. 2002 (Photo: BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights) Does the passing of time affect the rights of displaced people wishing to return to their property? Is there a difference…

568,000 workers have no private pensions 
Globes Macro Economics – 86% of salaried employees have private pensions, compared with only 58% of the self-employed.

Since 1967 Israel has razed over 800,000 Palestinian olive trees, the equivalent to destroying Central Park 33 times over
Mondoweiss – This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction…

There Are No Facts: Excerpt from Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’
Mondoweiss – The following is an excerpt from the book “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” by Max Blumenthal. You can buy the book here . There Are No Facts On December 2, 2010, a burning tree trunk fell into a bus full of Israeli Prison Service cadets…

Zadik Bino sells Paz shares for NIS 300m 
Globes Energy & Water – The latest sale of Paz shares follows a sale in July by Bino and his partners, and Bino’s sale of shares in March.

Given Imaging shareholders reject CEO share grant
Globes Main News – In 2010-12, Homi Shamir was granted vested shares with a cumulative value of $2.5 million.

Shekel gains, bucking dollar’s global strength
Globes Main News – Prico CEO Yossi Fraiman: We believe that the shekel-dollar exchange rate could resume its climb toward NIS 3.60/$.

Shlomo Eliahu selling Leumi shares for NIS 600m
Globes Main News – Carried out by IBI and enjoying high demand, this is one of the largest share distributions in recent years on Israel’s capital market.

Third Israeli Drone Sabotaged by Hacking
Tikun Olam – Israeli Hermes 450 drone shot down over Georgia by Russian MIG Israeli media have announced that the IAF has “ lost ” (Hebrew and English ) yet another of its advanced drones, the Hermes-450, one of the most advanced of its fleet. This marks the third vehicle…

Israel and Egypt’s Junta, Birds of a Feather
Tikun Olam – The NY Times published a strange story today. It recounts that Israel expressed dismay at Obama’s cut-off of military aid to Egypt in light of the military junta’s massacre of hundreds of unarmed Muslim Brotherhood protesters over the past month, including 55 in the past few…

US and UN decry Libyan PM abduction 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The US, UK and France, along with the UN, condemn the brief abduction of Libya’s PM by militiamen and pledge continued support for its transition to democracy.

Israel’s 40-Year Old Yom Kippur War Tweet Jolts Oil Markets 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Oil traders razor-focused on signs of escalating violence in the Middle East were jolted on Thursday by a Twitter posting from the Israeli military that, at first glance, suggested they had just bombed Syrian airports. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ashkenazi Jewish Women’s Genetic Roots Traced Mostly to Europe — Not Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – The maternal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews comes mainly from Europe, a new study shows. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Unhappy With Freeze on U.S. Military Aid to Egypt 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Israel struggled to hide its frustration on Thursday at a U.S. decision to withhold aid to Cairo, fearing the move could damage Washington’s standing in the region and undermine its own peace treaty with Egypt. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sinai civilians caught in Egypt’s ‘war on terror’ 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Civilians pay price as Egypt takes on Sinai militants

Egypt condemns US aid suspension 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Egypt’s army-backed government condemns a decision by the US to suspend some of its financial and military aid over a crackdown on Islamists.


Alice Munro, ‘Canadian Chekhov,’ Wins Nobel for Literature 

The Foward Breaking News 10 Oct 2013 – Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada that made her what the award-giving committee called the “master of the contemporary short story”. Click here for the rest of…

Four killed in Egypt Sinai attack 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – At least four members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Sinai, state media and officials say.

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Young Brothers in Beit Ommar 
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Oct 2013 – Late at night on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Israeli Forces arrested two brothers on the main street adjacent to the village of Beit Ommar in the Hebron district of the southern West Bank. The brothers, Bader, age 17, and Mohammed age 13, Ali Abu Maria are…

US and UN decry Libyan PM abduction 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The US, UK and France, along with the UN, condemn the brief abduction of Libya’s PM by militiamen and pledge continued support for its transition to democracy.

Sudan sentences four protesters to six-month jail terms over unrest 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Sudanese judge jailed four people for six months on Thursday over unrest linked to deadly protests sparked by fuel price hikes in late September, a lawyer said. They are among hundreds initially rounded up after the demonstrations in which dozens died. The four were convicted…

Israeli General: We Cannot Defeat Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Oct 2013 – Israeli soldiers patrol on 9 October 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.(Photo: AFP – Jalaa Marey) Israeli soldiers patrol on 9 October 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit…

Bahrain sentences 18 to prison for participating in “unauthorized protests” 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Bahraini woman stands in front of a graffiti depicting a man face during an anti-regime rally in solidarity with jailed political activists in the village of al-Malkiya, south of Manama, on October 3, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) A Bahraini court on Thursday sentenced…

Syria: ISIS Orphans al-Nusra Front, Cutting Its Funding 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 9 October 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the…

Lebanon: Thousands of Syrian Refugees in Bekaa Face Merciless Winter 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – In the Bekaa, Syrian refugees are living a real tragedy. Most are from Homs, Aleppo, and the Damascus countryside. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) In the Bekaa, Syrian refugees are living a real tragedy. Most are from Homs, Aleppo, and the Damascus countryside. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar)…

New suspect indicted in Hariri death 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – The UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri indicts a fifth suspect.

Al-Qaeda’s New Orders: Avoid Killing Christians and Shia 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Opposition fighters rest on the front line in the Saif Al-Dawla neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on 29 September 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jm Lopez) Opposition fighters rest on the front line in the Saif Al-Dawla neighbourhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on…

Sinai civilians caught in Egypt’s ‘war on terror’ 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Civilians pay price as Egypt takes on Sinai militants

International union calls on Qatar to make immediate changes to labor laws 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – (left to right) Dietmar Schafers, Vice President of IG BAU, Emilio Yuson, General Secretary of Builders and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) and Janna Muud, Secretary of FNV Bouw give a press conference on October 10, 2013 in Doha. (Photo: AFP / al-Watan – Karim Jaafar) International trade…

Iraq hangs 42 accused of terrorism 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – Iraq has executed 42 “terrorism” convicts over the past week, the justice minister said on Thursday, defying condemnation of its extensive use of the death penalty as violence intensifies. “In the course of the past week, the ministry has carried out the death sentences handed down…

Egypt condemns US aid suspension 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – Egypt’s army-backed government condemns a decision by the US to suspend some of its financial and military aid over a crackdown on Islamists.

Suicide bomber kills four in Egypt’s Sinai 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomber rammed his car into an army checkpoint in Egypt’s restive Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, killing four soldiers, security officials told AFP. Another three soldiers were wounded in the attack on the al-Reesa checkpoint just south of North Sinai’s main town of el-Arish, the…

Two die of MERS virus in Saudi Arabia days before hajj 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Oct 2013 – A Muslim pilgrim wears a mask as she walks to Mecca’s Grand Mosque to perform evening prayers on October 8, 2013 prior to the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage which begins on October 13. (Photo:
AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Two Saudis have died in Riyadh…

Four killed in Egypt Sinai attack 
BBC 10 Oct 2013 – At least four members of Egypt’s security forces have been killed in a suicide bombing in northern Sinai, state media and officials say.

UK Ambassador in Lebanon: “Never Say Never” to Hezbollah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Oct 2013 – The international community all meddle and all play games…the Lebanese leaders need to decide for themselves what will happen in Lebanon. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The international community all meddle and all play games…the Lebanese leaders need to decide for themselves what will happen in Lebanon. (Photo:…

Articles


’Why I cannot stand with Women of the Wall’ 
Aryeh Cohen, +972 Magazine 10/10/2013
Nothing in Israel, or in the Middle East, is disconnected from anything else. Yet the issue of women’s religious access to the Kotel is treated, especially in North America, as if it exists in a vacuum.
The story of Women of the Wall begins with the Wall. The story of the contemporary Wall begins with the Six-Day War in June of 1967. It begins not on June 7, when the Old City was captured and David Rubinger took his iconic photograph of three battle-weary Israeli soldiers standing in front of the Wall, nor even when the paratroopers’ brigade commander, Mordechai (Motta) Gur, announced over the wireless: “Har Habayit beyadeinu” — “The Temple Mount is in our hands.”
The story begins a few days later, on June 10 and 11, when Defense Minister Moshe Dayan commanded the demolition of the Palestinian neighborhood, the Mughrabi Quarter, which stood where the Kotel plaza stands today. More than 100 buildings, including three mosques, were destroyed, and hundreds of people lost their homes. The war was already over. Razing the neighborhood was not for military purposes, but, rather, to increase the size of the plaza so that thousands of Israelis could come to the Wall to pray during the upcoming Shavuot holiday. No plaque marks the Mughrabi Quarter site and no alternative housing was offered to the Palestinians who had lived there.
This is the beginning of the story of the modern Kotel, out of which grows the story of the women of Women of the Wall, who demand equal ritual access to it. The silences in that historic story prevent me from praying at the Wall and from supporting the women who want to wear tallit and tefillin when they pray there.
Since 1967, the Wall has become a symbol of Israeli nationalism. The discourse around the Wall reflects a discourse about antiquities in Israel, in which archaeology becomes another battlefield for both sides….. more.. e-mail

Where is the true allegiance to Palestine, Jerusalem and its sanctities? 
Yassir Al Zaatara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/9/2013
Towards the end of September, the Israeli authorities announced that researchers working with an archaeologist from the Hebrew University had found a valuable item near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. It is a necklace engraved with a menorah, a shofar and a Torah scroll. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called this a “great archaeological discovery, and on a national level, this is significant proof of Jewish existence long ago and proof of the sanctity of this area.”
For decades, the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque have been escalating at varying speeds, but there is a clear determination by the Israelis to steal this place on the pretext of the supposed existence of the “Jewish Temple” there. This is the first time that anyone has found any Jewish artefact in what is known as the holy quarter (the area surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque). The latest claim is suspicious given the Israelis’ desperation to “prove” a significant ancient Jewish presence and thus justify the excavations that have been going on for decades and have almost reached the level of the mosque’s foundations.
The failure to find evidence, any evidence, of the temple’s existence has not prevented the Zionists from continuing to violate and attack the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa. Lately this has sent warnings to us that Israel is on the verge of condemning Al-Aqsa to the same fate as the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron which has been split between the Muslims and the Jews in terms of time and access. On the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated at the end of last month, groups of settlers entered the mosque after Israeli Special Forces first evacuated Palestinians, in a taste of what is to come, perhaps.
This reminds me of what happened during the Camp David negotiations in 2000, when the Israelis demanded a share of the top part of the mosque and full sovereignty over what is under the mosque. This is what snagged the negotiations more than anything else. On that same day, one of the most important figures in the Israeli political arena, one of the creators of Oslo, Yossi Beilin, said that the sanctity of the temple in the eyes of the Jewish people is equivalent to the Kaaba in Makkah for the Muslims. In fairness, he did not go beyond the reality of the Jewish faith or the Zionist mantra launched by Ben-Gurion: “Israel is meaningless without Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is meaningless without the temple.” more.. e-mail

Why is Mr. Netanyahu so distraught? 
Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera.com 10/10/2013
As President Rouhani conducts a diplomatic charm offensive, Israel’s Prime Minister is left in a spin, writes scholar.
Mr. Netanyahu is not feeling well lately, and for good reasons. 
“Quite unfortunately Netanyahu’s worldview is fixated on the equation that 2013 (like al
l the years before that) were 1938; that Iran is Nazi Germany and that those willing to engage with Iran diplomatically are like Chamberlain in 1938 Munich.” These are Israeli observers who are warning their Prime Minister that when it comes to Iran he is out to lunch. “Jerusalem’s growl in response to the Iranian charm offensive is just the latest episode in classic Israeli PR boomerangs,” observes another. “Israel’s new Iran policy is the stick and the stick,” declares another Haaretz opinion piece, adding, “Netanyahu has nothing new to say—not about an agreement with the Palestinians, not about relations with Iran, not for Israel’s middle class and certainly not for its poor.” 

All the indications from Tel Aviv to Washington and New York are that Netanyahu and his thinking about the Iranian so-called “nuclear threat” is in deep trouble. The New York Times has even chimed in and warned that “it could be disastrous if Mr. Netanyahu and his supporters in Congress were so blinded by distrust of Iran that they exaggerate the threat, block President Obama from taking advantage of new diplomatic openings and sabotage the best chance to establish a new relationship since the 1979 Iranian revolution sent American-Iranian relations into the deep freeze.” 
The fact is that both Netanyahu and the entire Zionist project he represents have been outmanoeuvred by the wily and persistent conundrum of the Islamic republic; a state he has spent the last decade positioning as his primary foe. But in the aftermath of the US-led invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003) and then the rise of the Arab revolutions (2011), it is not just Netanyahu, but the whole Zionist belligerence that is in deep trouble. more.. e-mail

Fifty shades of black: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral 
Michelle Bubis, +972 Magazine 10/8/2013
For a secular Jewish woman in Jerusalem, the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef presented an opportunity to cross one of the city’s strongest yet invisible boundaries – entering the bowels of the ultra-Orthodox world.
When you belong to the dwindling minority of secular Jewish progressives in Jerusalem, it’s hard to sustain more than the standard rant against religious oppression. But while flatly opposing the politics of faith that run this place may be the way to go pragmatically, it runs the risk of throwing out the human interest with the bathwater. On a day when a sheer surge of humanity brings your city to a standstill, as well over half a million people flock to mourn the passing of a hero, writing the traffic jams off as annoying is simply a bore. So instead of joining in the camaraderie of secular complaints, I decide on the spur of the moment to cross the lines – and see what I can find.
Finding the spot itself isn’t hard. I simply follow the men in black hats streaming from every corner. I didn’t come prepared, so I’m concerned that the tights I’m wearing will draw unpleasant comments or even objections to my presence. Luckily, I have a scarf to cover any errant bits of torso.
The streets leading towards the main yeshiva where the funeral procession is concentrated are packed with men. I’m relieved to spot a young girl in religious seminary uniform, holding a child by each hand and looking like she’s debating which direction to take. She happily agrees for me to join her, and we head down one of the streets together. Her name is Naomi, she’s 18, and beneath her docile demeanour I quickly discover a sharp, opinionated mind.
It turns out that we didn’t have to worry about which way to go, because all roads lead to Rome and in this case, to the mind-boggling mass of people we join. Bodies pressing us from every direction, we remain in the same spot for the next three hours.more.. e-mail

In photos: Israeli forces raze Jordan Valley community
Electronic Intifada: 9 Oct 2013 – Many other Palestinian communities in Area C face a similar fate to Khirbet al-Makhul.more

Plans for memorial to Palestinian refugees displayed in Scotland
Electronic Intifada: 10 Oct 2013 – “Avenues of displacement” key to blueprint for park overlooking Golan.more

‘Defined Voices’: Giap, Wallace, and the Never-Ending Battle for Freedom
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Oct 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud “Nothing is more precious than freedom,” is quoted as being attributed to Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese General that led his country through two liberation wars. The first was against French colonialists, the second against the Americans. And despite heavy and painful losses, Vietnam prevailed, defeating the first colonial quest at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu (1954) and the second at Ho Chí Minh Campaign (1975). General Giap, the son of a peasant scholar, stood tall in both wars, only bowing down to the resolve of his people. “Any forces that would impose their will on other nations will most certainly face defeat,” he once said. His words will always be true. He died on Friday, October 4, at the age of 102. On the same d
ay, the former black panther Herman Wallace, who had spent 41-years of his life in solitary confinement in Louisiana State…
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