VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 11 October 2013

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Israeli Reserve Colonel Killed In Jordan Valley Settlement
IMEMC – [Thursday at night October 10 2013] Israeli daily, Haaretz, has reported that an Israeli reserve officer settler was killed outside his home in the Brosh Habika illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure dozens at Palestinian protests across West Bank
10/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday dispersed several demonstrations across the occupied West Bank, attacking Palestinian demonstrators with tear-gas grenades in numerous villages and causing dozens of injuries. Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday during the Bilin weekly protest against the separation wall and settlement construction. Demonstrators marched through the village of Bilin, raising Palestinian flags and chanting….

Israeli bludgeoned to death in West Bank
10/11/2013 – BROSH, West Bank (AFP) — An Israeli man was bludgeoned to death and a woman injured in an apparent militant attack by Palestinians on their West Bank home, police said early Friday. It was the third violent death of an Israeli in the occupied territory in less than three weeks.”They were beaten with blunt instruments,” at Brosh, in the northern Jordan valley, police spokesman Micky…. Related: Report: Israel colonel killed in Jordan Valley

Israeli forces raid Qalqiliya, detain 2 Palestinians
10/11/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Qalqiliya and detained two Palestinians early Friday morning, witnesses in the Palestinian city said. One of the detained was a photographer. According to sources, an Israeli military force raided Qalqiliya at 2 a. m. , raiding several houses in the city. They detained two Palestinians, Mahmoud al-Shanti and Musab Zahran, and took them to an unknown location. An Israeli….

Report: Israel colonel killed in Jordan Valley
10/11/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians killed a retired Israeli colonel outside his settlement home in the occupied West Bank late Thursday, Israeli media reported. Israel’s Ynet news site, quoting the colonel’s wife, reported that Seraya Ofer was bludgeoned to death in the northern Jordan Valley by two Palestinians wielding iron bars and axes. [END]

Abbas: No compromise on 1967 borders, Jerusalem
10/11/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview Thursday that he will not “compromise on the 1967 borders as the borders for the Palestinian state.” He also said that “there is no peace without Jerusalem as the capital for the state of Palestine.”The remarks were made during an interview broadcast on Palestine Satellite channel as well as al-Falastiniya Satellite Channel, as….

Irish minister visits Gaza, pledges $0.67 million to UNRWA
10/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Irish Minister of Trade and Development Joe Costello announced a contribution of $0. 67 million to the UN agency for Palestine refugees to support emergency food assistance to Gaza, UNRWA said Friday. During a trip to Gaza earlier this week, Costello visited one of the agency’s preparatory schools and later a food distribution center in the Nuseirat refugee camp….

Israeli planes practice long-range missions
10/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli warplanes this week practiced long-range missions including mid-air refueling in what local media said was a signal to arch-foe Iran. The Israeli air force on Thursday posted pictures and video of the exercise on its website, without saying where or when it took place. But the accompanying text gave what the online version of Haaretz daily called “the heaviest of hints about….

Israeli politicians demand halt to peace talks after killing
10/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel called on Friday for an end to direct negotiations with the PLO, claiming that they would not bring peace. Instead, he argued, “the Jewish people are the ones paying the price,” for the negotiations, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. Uri Ariel called for an urgent meeting of Israeli government officials to reconsider the decision to release some….

Egypt arrests, deports Palestinian migrants
10/11/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces in the north of Sinai arrested seven Palestinians who were living in Egypt illegally, a Maan reporter said. Some of the Palestinian migrants entered Egypt via tunnels under the border with Gaza, sources said. Others overstayed their residency permits, and at least six of them were deported. The Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza has been closed….

Italian minister denies Hebron visit ‘in solidarity with settlers’
10/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Italian Minister of Tourism and Culture Massimo Bray has denied allegations of acting in “solidarity” with Israeli settlers after meeting with a leader of the illegal Jewish settler community in the Old City of Hebron on Tuesday. A statement released by the Italian consulate denied these “specious” allegations, highlighting that the visit was not in “solidarity with the settlers” but was….

Islamic Jihad leader dies in Nablus
10/11/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Yousef al-Arif, a leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, died on Friday in the West Bank following a severe heart attack. Al-Arif, who was 65 years old, was a prominent leader of the Islamic Jihad movement in Nablus and in the West Bank in general. He spent almost 10 years of his life in Israeli jails. He was also….

Kerry: End to Egypt arms freeze depends on leaders
10/11/2013 – KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that America’s suspension of military hardware deliveries to Egypt could be lifted based on the behavior of the country’s interim government. Deliveries could resume if Cairo’s military-led authorities make headway toward restoring civilian rule, Kerry said.”So this would be on the basis of performance,” he said during a….

Syria rebels executed 67 Alawite villagers
10/11/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Rebel groups executed at least 67 civilians and took hostage 200 others from Alawite villages in Syria in August, Human Rights Watch reported Friday, saying this constituted war crimes. The Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar Assad belongs. HRW based its 105-page report on an on-site investigation and 35 interviews, including with survivors of an August….

UN Council backs Ban’s Syria disarmament plan
10/11/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The UN Security Council on Thursday backed a plan by UN leader Ban Ki-moon for a joint mission with the global chemical arms watchdog to destroy
Syria’s weapons, diplomats said. Ban has said up to 100 experts in a UN-Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons mission will be needed to carry out an operation to eliminate Syria’s….

Muslim pilgrims throng Mecca for hajj
10/11/2013 – MECCA (AFP) — Hundreds of thousands of Muslims have poured into the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage as Saudi Arabia issued a stern warning against politicizing the world’s largest annual gathering. People dressed in ihram, a two-piece seamless garment of white cloth, filled the area around the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest place of worship, which houses the cube-shaped….

Egypt anti-coup forces rally after calling off Tahrir demo
10/11/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Around 2,000 Islamists rallied in Cairo Friday after organizers backtracked from marching on Tahrir Square, avoiding a repeat of last week’s clashes with police that killed dozens of people. The Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance urged its supporters to stay away from the iconic square during the protests to avoid more bloodshed after a week in which nearly 80 Egyptians were killed, many….

Palestine News Network

Fear of Annexation Turns Olive Harvest Bitter
Palestine News Network

Appeal to President Abbas to Save Life of 16 Year Old Girl
Palestine News Network

Shaath Demands International Investigation into Recent Incidents against Israelis
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Official: Abbas Agreed to Meet with Netanyahu
Palestine News Network

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Storm Solomon’s Pools Area, Army Detains Photographer
Palestine News Network

Israeli Navy Opens Fire Toward Fisherman off Gaza Coast
Palestine News Network

Israeli Settlers Vandalize Christian Graves in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Updated: Israeli Man Killed in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

Turkish Court: Israeli Troops Fired From Air in 2010 ‘Mavi Marmara’ Raid
Palestine News Network

Abbas Receives Phone Call from Obama on Adha Holiday
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: International Judicial Bodies Vital to Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, Delegates Affirm, as Sixth Committee Continues Rule of Law Debate
Relief Web 10 Oct 2013 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: Kuwait, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GA/L/3457 Sixty-eighth General Assembly Sixth Committee 7th Meeting (AM) The peaceful settlement of disputes was real and achievable when the rule of law in its truest sense had…

The National

Syrian rebels accused of committing atrocity in Latakia
The National 11 Oct 2013 – The August 4 attacks on unarmed civilians in more than a dozen villages in the coastal province of Latakia were systematic and could even amount to a crime against humanity, Human Rights Watch said

Pilgrims immune to Mers fears as they arrive in Mecca for Haj
The National 11 Oct 2013 – Most Haj pilgrims did not wear face masks during Friday prayers and some say they never even heard of the Mers coronavirus, which has claimed 60 lives worldwide.

India braces for Cyclone Phailin, its worst storm in 15 years
The National 11 Oct 2013 – India moves oil vessels out to sea, closes one of its biggest ports and deploys rescue teams to its eastern coastline to prepare for the storm. 

Watchdog overseeing dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize
The National 11 Oct 2013 – By giving the peace award to the OPCW, the Nobel committee found a way to highlight the Syrian civil war without siding with any group involved in the conflict that has claimed more than 110,000 lives.

Sudan has little to celebrate ahead of Eid
The National 11 Oct 2013 – Sudanese have endured two years of rising prices, a sinking currency and an unemployment rate estimated to exceed 30 per cent.

Iran cancels anti-Israel forum
The National 11 Oct 2013 – The annual event was set up by Hassan Rouhani’s predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and showcased the former president’s vitriolic anti-Israeli rhetoric and promoted his anti-Israeli sentiments.

Malala accused of ‘spoiling Pakistan’s name around the world’
The National 11 Oct 2013 – Malala Yousafzai is lauded across the world for campaigning for women’s education in Pakistan but many in her home country react to her work with a mixture of hatred, fear, jealousy and resentment.

Group dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize
The National 11 Oct 2013 – The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons beats out favourites Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban, and the Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege.

Ha’aretz

Polyamorous Jews seek acceptance
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Another migrant ship capsizes off Italy, at least 27 dead
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Berkeley Jewish student union rejects J Street affiliate
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

From French yeshivas to Israeli prison: Michel Warschawski recalls 50 years of peace activism
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

What links the recent attacks on Israelis in the West Bank?
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Attacks in the West Bank: Signs of a brewing intifada?
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Erich Priebke, convicted in Nazi massacre, dies at 100
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Women of the Wall vs. Women of the Wall: Organization splits over controversial decision
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Miley Cyrus knows better than ‘old Jewish men’
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Nobel for chemical watchdog is justified by track record – and wishful thinking
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Palestinians mull appeal to UNSC over ‘serious Israeli violations in Temple Mount’
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

What is the OPCW and what does it do?
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Global chemical weapons watchdog wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Precise missiles, cyber-attacks, mass border invasions: Israel’s next war
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Half a million years ago, proto-men recycled, say Israeli scientists
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Mayors under investigation meet retired policemen: A love story?
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Have the U.K.’s leading nationalists really repented?
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Israelis’ Nobel win points toward a road not travelled
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Tenants evacuated from condemned Jerusalem building a year ago still waiting to return
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Sarid’s hate-fest
Ha’aretz – 10 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Canadians detained in Egypt return to Toronto
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – John Greyson and Tarek Loubani were arrested after going to see street demonstrations on August 16. 

Analysis: Egypt’s message to Obama – Keep your aid
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – US faces danger that Egypt will turn to rival country for aid. 

Israeli officials say Egypt peace treaty is paramount amid US decision to cut Cairo aid
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – Jerusalem official expresses hope for restoration of normal relations between Egypt and America “as quickly as possible.” 

Nobel Peace Prize goes to chemical weapons watchdog OPCW
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – Hague-based group overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. 

Norwegian broadcaster says chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to win Nobel Peace Prize
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – NRK: Group overseeing destruction’s of Syria’s arsenal to win prize. 

HRW accuses Syrian rebels of committing war crimes
Jerusalem Post 11 Oct 2013 – Rights group says Assad foes killed 190 in August offensive; many of the dead executed by militant groups, some linked to al-Qaida. 

The Guardian

Syrian rebels accused of crimes against humanity
The Guardian 11 Oct 2013 – • Human Rights Watch documents execution of Alawites by rebels • Chemical weapons inspectors call for temporary ceasefires • Egypt condemns US decision to cut military aid Matthew Weaver Guardian readers

Uruknet

Syria News – October 11, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – By the end of Friday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 112 martyrs, including 19 children, 9 women and 7 martyrs under torture: 37 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 30 in Aleppo;…

Pakistani Lawyer For Drone Strike Victims Misses Drone Conference After Visa Troubles
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013- — There was no shortage of industry representatives scheduled for a conference on drones this weekend. But one man who isn t attending is Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer for the victims of drone strikes. The reason,…

Star Trek and the NSA
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – What do Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise and NSA director Keith Alexander have in common? (a) Both boldly go where no man has gone before.(b) One is a fictional character, and the other likes…

In video: About the Bureau s Naming the Dead project
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – The Bureau has launched a new project aimed at bringing more information about the use of drones in Pakistan into the public domain. As part of the Covert Drone War project, the Bureau has been tracking…

Palestinians and Israelis: Unequal Treatment
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Israeli deaths alone matter. Palestinian ones go unnoticed. Unequal treatment ignores their suffering. Daily crimes against humanity go unreported… On October 11, Haaretz headlined “Israeli reserves colonel murdered outside his Jordan Valley home,” saying: “Colonel (Res.)…

Fear of Annexation Turns Olive Harvest Bitter
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -On Friday morning a group of 100 gathered in Beit Jala s Cremisan valley to pick and sort olives, as Palestinians have done every October for many centuries. Europeans, North Americans, South Americans, and Palestinians gathered to…

A little girl and a little boy and 120 years of history
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -…Two days after the weekend that the Israeli girl and the Palestinian boy were wounded, the prime minister of Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered a speech at Bar Ilan University. He had once before spoken at this same…

Israeli forces injure dozens at Palestinian protests across West Bank
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 — Israeli forces on Friday dispersed several demonstrations across the occupied West Bank, attacking Palestinian demonstrators with tear-gas grenades in numerous villages and causing dozens of injuries.Dozens of Palestinians suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday…

Syria Protests October 11, 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – 

UN calls Iraq death penalty obscene and inhuman 
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – The U.N. s human rights office says Iraq s execution of 42 people over the past two days is an “inhuman” and likely illegal use of the death penalty. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N….

Executions Don t Make Iraq Safe
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Over the last two days, Iraqi officials have executed 42 people, bringing the number of people executed this month alone to 65. Sadly, this is Iraq s new normal… Executing alleged criminals-meeting violence with violence-isn t…

Palestine solidarity activists protest US deportation policies in Arizona
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – In an important direct action today in Tucson, Arizona, a group of immigrant rights activists, including members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), have locked themselves to the entrance of a courthouse where buses carrying…

Libya: Ali Zeidan s abduction perfectly illustrates failure of the post-Gaddafi state
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Seldom has the failure of a state been so openly and humiliatingly confirmed as happened in Libya with the brief kidnapping the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his hotel in Tripoli by a militia allied to…

Many Gitmo Detainees Too Sick to Keep Long, Harsh Captivity Has Some on the Brink of Death 
Ur
uknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Life at Guantanamo Bay hasn t been kind to many of the captives, particularly those who were first captured at the start of the US occupation of Afghanistan, and over a decade later are awaiting release,…

400 Million Children Mired in Extreme Poverty
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Four hundred million children under 13 years of age are living in extreme poverty worldwide, according to a new study released by the World Bank here Thursday. That total constitutes fully one-third of the 1.2 billion…

MI5 s Andrew Parker lives in a different world
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – It has often been said that MI5 operates in a shady, parallel world. Unfortunately, the recent public comments of Sir Andrew Parker, the new head of MI5, makes it all too clear that he does not…

New animation depicts life inside Guantanamo
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – A new animation narrated by David Morrisey and Peter Capaldi depicting life inside the US prison at Guantanamo Bay was released today. The animation features three detainees who have been cleared for release but remain detained…

Time to start talking about Zionist anti-Semitism
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – During the recent media dust-up over the Daily Mail s attack on Labour leader Ed Milliband s father, many people on the left called attention to the right-wing tabloid s history of support for the Nazis….

The Brutality of US Drone Strikes in Yemen: A Conversation With Farea-Al-Muslimi
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -There is little doubt that drone warfare has proven to be a go-to tool for the American government s seemingly never-ending “war on terror.” The unmanned airplanes can be operated from thousands of miles away, dropping bombs…

Time to start talking about Zionist anti-Semitism
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – During the recent media dust-up over the Daily Mail s attack on Labour leader Ed Milliband s father, many people on the left called attention to the right-wing tabloid s history of support for the Nazis….

The Brutality of US Drone Strikes in Yemen: A Conversation With Farea-Al-Muslimi
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – 

Libyan PM s kidnapping deepen fears for country s disintegration
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Libya was thrown into turmoil on Thursday after the prime minister, Ali Zeidan, was kidnapped by more than 100 members of his own security force in retaliation for the arrest of an al-Qaida suspect by US…

Obama s efforts to control leaks most aggressive since Nixon , report finds 
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 – Barack Obama has pursued the most aggressive “war on leaks” since the Nixon administration, according to a report published on Thursday that says the administration s attempts to control the flow of information is hampering the…

Syrian rebels accused of executing civilians in Latakia
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11 , 2013 – A Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation claims there were executions and indiscriminate shootings in the Latakia countryside, and that hostages are still being held by the Islamic state of Iraq and Sham (Isis) and Jaish al-Muhajireen…

Israeli statistics reveal that 149 children are among nearly 5,000 Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -The Palestinian Prisoners Club published on Wednesday a report issued by the Israel Prison Service about the numbers of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. According to Israel s own statistics, there are 4,762 Palestinians in detention, including…

Dozens of Israeli Settlers Storm Solomon s Pools Area, Army Detains Photographer
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -Dozens of extremist settlers, under the protection of Israeli army forces, raided on Friday the Solomon s Pools area in Bethlehem, said PNN reporter.Around 100 settlers from the settlement of Efrat, which is constructed in the lands…

Refusing to forget Palestinian political prisoners in Gaza
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 11, 2013 -Every Monday here in central Gaza City a demonstration is held, and has been since 1994 or 1995. It was the first time I attended, though I d probably call it a meeting more than a demonstration….

Behind the Scenes: Qatar Trying to Restore Relations with Syria s Allies
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 10, 2013 – Qatari authorities are pressing ahead to try to restore relations with Syria s allies whether states or parties as a major shift in its policies after the latest developments in the world and the region… US…

A guide to buying secondhand in Beirut
Daily Star 11 Oct 2013 The concept of secondhand or charity shops is central to the impoverished fashion-conscious in the U.S. and many European countries.

YNet News

White House: Obama would sign a short-term debt increase
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Maltese PM: 27 dead in capsized migrant ship
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White House: Obama will not pay ‘ransom’ to end debt crisis
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9 bodies recovered, 221 people rescued from capsized boat
YNet News, 11 Oct 2013 – ….

Al-Qaeda leader urges Egypt’s Islamists to unite 
YNet News, 11 Oct 2013 – ….

We have a wonderful country 
YNet News, 11 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Israel has warmth, intimacy, an enchanted language. Our home may need some repairing, but it’s ours ….

2 rabbis, 8 others jailed in US divorce sting 
YNet News, 11 Oct 2013 – Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Martin Wolmark arrested in FBI sting on charges they plotted to kidnap, torture man to force him to grant religious divorce ….

18th century Haggadah found in UK garage
YNet News, 11 Oct 2013 – Jewish manuscript, which experts say dates back to 1726, discovered among various non-related items in cardboard box ….

Palestinian Information Center

90% of Gaza fishermen out of work
PIC – The head of the fishermen’s union in the Gaza Strip, Nizar Ayyash, said that only 10% of Gaza’s fishermen are working (370 out of 3700 fishermen) as a result of the blockade on the Strip.

Settlers storm Solomon’s Pools to perform Talmudic rituals
PIC – Dozens of settlers stormed on Friday Solomon’s Pools area in the town of Khedr in Bethlehem south of the occupied West Bank, to perform Talmudic rituals there.

IOF on alert in Jordan Valley after an Israeli officer was killed
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) were put on alert in the Jordan Valley and areas in Nablus and Ramallah, following the announcement of the killing of an Israeli reserve colonel.

PA’s apparatuses escalate arrest campaigns against citizens in WB
PIC – The PA security apparatuses arrested 5 students and a university lecturer in Nablus and al-Khalil, and raided and searched houses and student hostels.

Formation of Popular Committee for the Defense of Al-Aqsa in Gaza
PIC – Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, head of Jerusalem International Foundation in Gaza, announced the establishment of the Popular Committee for the Defense of Al-Aqsa..

IOF storms al-Khalil while PA’s security withdraw
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed on Thursday afternoon the Squares of Manara and Sehha as well as Salam Street in the center of al-Khalil in the south of the West Bank.

Settler attacks on farmers escalate in Nablus
PIC – Farmers in villages east of Nablus complained of the escalation of settlers’ provocative actions over recent days that precede the season of olive harvest..

Misc

Kerry makes urgent trip to Kabul as security pact deadline looms
LA Times 11 Oct 2013 – Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Friday to press Afghan President Hamid Karzai to work out the last, divisive details of a proposed U.S. military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO forces.

Two Canadians jailed in Egypt are on their way home
LA Times 11 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — Two Canadian nationals who endured a seven-week prison ordeal in Egypt were on their way home on Friday, media in their home country reported.

At border, Israelis watch Syria’s civil war through a fortified fence
LA Times 11 Oct 2013 – In the Golan Heights, the military’s anxiety grows as the fighting intensifies. The biggest challenge is just keeping track of the various factions. SYRIAN BORDER, Golan Heights — From the bunkers and watchtowers along this tense, fortified frontier, Israelis say they can do little more…

Libyan prime minister abducted, freed; militia cites U.S. raid
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — Libya slipped deeper into turmoil Thursday when gunmen staged a brief but brazen abduction of the country’s prime minister, storming into a luxury hotel in the capital, Tripoli, and seizing him. He was freed hours later, Libya’s state-run news agency reported.

Nobel Prize in chemistry puts spotlight on Israel’s brain drain
LA Times 10 Oct 2013 – JERUSALEM — This year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry struck a bittersweet chord in Israel — a mix of pride for home-grown achievement and concern for the future of the nation’s higher education and scientific research.

Alone, but Undaunted, Israeli Leader Presses Case Against Iran
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – As Western powers prepare for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, an increasingly isolated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his push for stronger action. 

U.N. Human Rights Chief Condemns Mass Executions in Iraq
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – The United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, condemned Iraq’s execution of 42 prisoners over two days this week. 

The Lede: Video Report Bolsters Claims of Summary Executions of Civilians by Syrian Rebels
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – A Human Rights Watch video report makes a compelling case that Syrian rebels executed civilians, including women and the disabled, during a raid in August on the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling Alawite sect. 

Lives: My Fake Levantine Romance
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – Our cultural differences blinded me to the obvious. 

Israeli Man Fatally Bludgeoned in West Bank
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – Some right-wing Israeli politicians attributed the killing of Sariya Ofer, a colonel in the reserves, to terrorism and called on Israel to stop releasing Palestinian security prisoners. 

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2013 Peace Prize on Friday to the United Nations body charged with destroying Syria’s stocks of chemical weapons under a deal brokered by Russia and the United States. 

Listening Post: On Iran Talks, Congress Could Play ‘Bad Cop’
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – Lawmakers could tighten the screws on Iran’s leaders in a way that helps produce a nuclear deal. Or they could foul up delicate diplomacy at a crucial moment. 

Syrian Civilians Bore Brunt of Rebels’ Fury, Report Says
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – Human Rights Watch said it had documented for the first time that rebel groups in Syria “systematically” targeted civilians in a massacre in August that left 190 dead. 

Fifth Suspect Is Indicted in 2005 Killing of Ex-Lebanese Premier
New York Times 10 Oct 2013 – An international tribunal handed down another indictment against a member of Hezbollah in the bombing that killed Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister. 

Yair Lapid is much more charming than Netanyahu, but message is the same
Mondoweiss – Yair Lapid with Joe Biden, photo tweeted by the veep Yair Lapid, the finance minister of Israel and rising centrist star, is getting sick access in the U.S. Lapid met with the vice president yesterday , in the middle of the shutdown, and they apparently got along….

‘Elder of Ziyon’ fails ICRC reading comprehension test
Mondoweiss – “Elder of Ziyon” is the handle of an anonymous blogger who enjoys some popularity among pro-Israel circles. Despite concealing his identity even when he appears in public , he has been cited as an authority by those media sources for whom one’s level of expertise directly correlates…

De Blasio is hawkish on Iran, and his bundler funds Israeli army
Mondoweiss – One of the mantras of those who seek fairness in the Israel/Palestine conflict is “progressive except Palestine,” or PEP. It describes public figures who score well on any list of progressive issues, then go right on Palestine. Bill de Blasio is PEP. The other day we…

Demand justice for Alex Odeh
Jewish Voice for Peace – Today is the twenty-eighth anniversary of the murder of Alex Odeh, as he opened the door of the Southern California Regional Office of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) . Read more and take action.

J Street leader supports a two-state deal on Netanyahu’s terms
Mondoweiss – Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street I have to admit that I have given up on the two-state solution, maybe not in principle, but I just do not see the Israelis agreeing to the minimum Palestinian demands. Also, I have always been skeptical about J Street. It…

Fund Albuquerque’s needs, not Israel’s occupation, new billboards proclaim
Mondoweiss – Albuquerque 12th and Mountain JVP billboard Oct 10, 2013 (Photo Susan Schuurman) Jewish Voice for Peace-Albuquerque Chapter put up seven billboards yesterday! The group is launching a campaign asking the Albuquerque City Council to issue a proclamation telling Congress to spend federal funding on Albuquerque rather…

Israel’s Empty Threats Against Iran
Tikun Olam – Ha’Negbi: Israel Can and Must Attack Iran Israel’s Air Force regularly trains for attacking Iran. I’ve written several posts about previous war games exercises in Greece and Romania . The latter in 2004 ended in a helicopter crash during an exercise in which the IAF was…

Israeli Drones Fallin’ from the Skies Like Flies: Third UAV 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…

Libya PM’s kidnap was ‘coup attempt’ 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says his brief kidnap this week was an “attempted coup”, blaming his political opponents for the attack.

Migrants drown in Egypt capsize 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – At least 12 migrants drown and some 116 are rescued after their boat capsizes off Egypt’s coast near Alexandria, security officials say.

Gaddafi top spy to be tried in Libya 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The International Criminal Court rules Libya’s Gaddafi-era intelligence chief can be tried in Libya, a decision condemned by his lawyer.

Berkeley Jewish Students Union Rejects J Street Campus Group in Israel Feud 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Oct 2013 – The Jewish Student Union at the University of California-Berkeley rejected J Street U for membership for the second time since 2011. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Settler Bludgeoned With Ax Near West Bank Home 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Oct 2013 – Israeli police are searching for two Palestinians who are believed to have killed a Israeli army colonel outside his Jordan Valley home. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Syria monitors win Nobel Peace Prize 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The Organisation for th
e Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mashrou’ Leila: The band out to occupy Arabic pop 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The Lebanese band out to stir up Arab pop culture

Libya PM’s kidnap was ‘coup attempt’ 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says his brief kidnap this week was an “attempted coup”, blaming his political opponents for the attack.

Migrants drown in Egypt capsize 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – At least 12 migrants drown and some 116 are rescued after their boat capsizes off Egypt’s coast near Alexandria, security officials say.

Syria monitors win Nobel Peace Prize 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The OPCW, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

Gaddafi top spy to be tried in Libya 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The International Criminal Court rules Libya’s Gaddafi-era intelligence chief can be tried in Libya, a decision condemned by his lawyer.

Nine Egyptian soldiers wounded in Sinai Peninsula attacks 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – At least nine Egyptian soldiers were wounded when improvised bombs targeted their armored vehicles in the Sinai border town of Rafah on Friday, a security official said. The explosions occurred during a military operation in the town bordering the Gaza Strip, witnesses said. The military regularly…

ICC rules in favor of local trial for Libya former intelligence chief 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – Libya’s ex-intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi, center, accused of crimes during the 2011 revolt, arrives for his pre-trial hearing at the appeals court in Tripoli on September 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP) The International Criminal Court ruled Friday that Libya can try slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s former spy…

Suicide bomber gravely injured three South Yemen separatists 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomber in southern Yemen gravely wounded three members of the separatist Southern Movement on Friday in an attack in Lahij province, the group and a local official said. The bomber detonated an explosives belt as activists’ cars headed for the port of Aden for…

Palestinian official slams lack of Israeli cooperation after settler death 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – Israeli policemen stand outside the Brosh settlement at the Jordan Valley in the West Bank on October 11, 2013 after an Israeli man was bludgeoned to death and a woman injured in an attack. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) A top Palestinian negotiator on Friday slammed…

The Syrian air force deserter driven to escape the war 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – How violence led Syrian security officer to fake his own death

AUDIO: Iraqi people describe daily ‘hell’ 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – Ordinary Iraqi people describe daily life amid rising violence in the country.

Tunisian filmmaker gets suspended sentence for throwing egg at minister 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A Tunisian filmmaker who threw an egg at a minister received a suspended five-month sentence Friday while charges were dropped against the videographer who filmed the incident, their lawyer said. “Nasreddine Shili was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended, while the charges against Mourad Mehrezi…

Hezbollah and Hamas Still Not Ready to Meet Face-to-Face 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – Palestinian girls gesture as they walk past Islamic Hamas movement militants during a march in Gaza’s Nusseirat refugee camp on September 27, 2013 in commemoration of the September 28, 2000 outbreak of the devastating second intifada. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) Palestinian girls gesture as they…

South Lebanon: Israeli Border Road Blocked 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A file photo shows an Israeli soldier holds his camera as he patrols the Lebanese-Israeli border as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila, June 2, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Karamallah Daher) A file photo shows an Israeli soldier holds his camera as he…

Bahrain Settlement Scuttled by Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A Bahraini protestor drags wood pallets to use to block a road during clashes with riot police following an anti-regime protest in the village of al-Maqsha, on September 21, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) A Bahraini protestor drags wood pallets to use to block a…

Week In Photo (4 October – 11 October) 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A Sri Lankan soldier stands at attention as rain falls during the army’s 64th anniversary and Army Day ceremony in Colombo on 10 October 2013. (Photo: AFP – Lakruwan Wanniarachchi) A Sri Lankan soldier stands at attention as rain falls during the army’s 64th anniversary and…

Swedish embassy in Libya targeted by car bomb 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Oct 2013 – A destroyed car and the remains of car bomb are seen following an explosion outside the Swedish consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on October 11, 2013 which seriously damaged the building but caused no casualties. (Photo: AFP – Abdullah Doma) A car bomb…

UN urges Iraq to halt executions&
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BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Iraq to halt all executions, calling the deaths of 42 people this week “obscene and inhumane”.

VIDEO: Syrian rebels ‘executed families’ 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The campaign group Human Rights Watch has accused Syrian Islamist rebel groups of carrying out war crimes during an offensive in August.

Syria rebels ‘executed civilians’ 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – Rebels in Syria killed as many as 190 civilians and seized more than 200 hostages during a military offensive in August, Human Rights Watch says.

VIDEO: Syria monitors win Nobel Peace Prize 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Palestinians held over Israeli death 
BBC 11 Oct 2013 – Israeli forces detain five Palestinians after an Israeli man is beaten to death at his home in the occupied West Bank.

Syria: ISIS Orphans al-Nusra Front, Cutting Its Funding 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Al-Qaeda’s New Orders: Avoid Killing Christians and Shia 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Recognising the Jewish state 
Charlotte Silver, Al Jazeera.com 10/10/2013
For the current Israeli government, what makes a Israel a Jewish state, is if the Palestinian leadership agree it is.
Israeli historian, Shlomo Sand, is wont to point out that Israel has yet to define what makes a state a Jewish one. For David Ben-Gurion, founding prime minister of Israel, it was not sufficient that a majority of its citizens were Jewish, but that the state be home to Jewish people around the world. For the Daily Beast’s Micah Stein (and many others) it’s an existential fact that Israel is a Jewish state as evidenced by its national anthem, Declaration of Independence, flag, and, of course, name. 
Excluded from Stein’s list of Jewish-state-signifiers are others that extend beyond symbols. These include the state’s Basic Laws; ban on all political parties that don’t recognise the Jewish character of Israel; that the Palestinian community within the state is allotted only six percent of the annual budget; and the Nakba law that defunds organisations that commemorate the 1948 mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes. In the Middle East Monitor, author and journalist Ben White writes about the recent Israeli Supreme Court ruling that Israeli citizens may not list their nationality as Israeli–but either Jewish or Arab–re-affirming that “there is no Israeli nation separate from the Jewish nation.”
Shlomo Sand maintains that Israel has chiefly defined its Jewish character by identifying what it is not. In an interview with Haaretz, he states, “being a Jew in Israel means first and foremost not being an Arab.”
But, for the current Israeli regime, apparently what makes a state a Jewish one is if Palestinians say so. 
The so-called “peace talks” resume today, 10 October, and will proceed like the post-mortem twitches of a corpse that they are. more.. e-mail

Negotiations for the sake of Israel’s security and Jewish nature 
Ibrahim El Sheikh, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/10/2013
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 what the Israelis want while convincing the world, falsely, that they want peace and a solution to this conflict; in the meantime they continue to make political gains. The Palestinians have been forced to return to the negotiation table due to Arab and American pressure so that the world will not say that they do not want peace; failure to comply will lead to an end of US aid for the PA.
Israel goes to the negotiations backed up by American political, economic and military support. It is well known that the Israeli negotiators seek to maintain the occupation. They negotiate from a position of strength and impose many restrictions on, and squeeze many concessions from, the Palestinians while ignoring and rejecting any criticism of settlement expansion from the west. Despite the fact that talks are again underway, Israel is still expanding its settlement projects, proceeding with the Judaisation of Jerusalem and the demolition of Palestinian houses, and killing Palestinians in cold blood. Palestinian concerns about all of this are ignored.
The PA claims that negotiations are the only option, especially since its leaders ruled out resistance; that could have strengthened their position, which is weakened even further by the continued absence of national unity. Furthermore, the current situation in the Arab world does not allow for many countries to provide tangible support to the Palestinians. Arab countries are incapable of putting pressure on America and Israel; in fact, the exact opposite happens.
Although both parties need to find the best possible solution, it is obvious that this is an asymmetric conflict. The balance of power militarily, politically and financially is entirely in favour of the occupier, Israel. It is a mistake to think that the Israelis approach talks with good intentions. Palestinians may be morally and legally in the right but America and Israel take advantage of their weakness to negate such advantages….more.. e-mail

The Rabbi’s Choice 
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 10/11/2013
Ovandia and the Sephardics
When Rabbi Ovadia Yosef first appeared on the national scene, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.
Here was the man I had dreamed of: a charismatic leader of oriental Jews, a man of peace, a bearer of a moderate religious tradition.
“Rabbi Ovadia”, as everybody called him, who died this week at the age of 93, was born in Baghdad, came to Palestine as a boy of 4, gained huge respect as a religious scholar. During the 1948 war he was the chief rabbi of Egypt, later he beca
me the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel. When his appointment was not renewed, as a result of some obscure political intrigue, he founded a new political party, Shas, which quickly became a force in Israeli politics.

He first attracted my attention when, contrary to most other prominent rabbis, he decided that Jewish religious law, the Halakha, allows giving up parts of Eretz Israel for the sake of peace. The “saving of lives” takes precedence.
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Before we proceed, let’s define some terms. “Sephardic” and “oriental” are often confused. But they are not quite the same.
Sepharad means Spain. Sephardic Jews are the descendents of the Jews who were expelled from Spain by their Most Catholic Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella, in 1492. Almost all of them shunned Christian anti-Semitic Europe and settled in countries under benevolent Muslim rule, from Morocco to Bulgaria. more.. e-mail

A federal path to Middle East peace 
Wong Syuh-jeun, Asia Times 10/11/2013
Semite, n., a member of any of the peoples supposed to be descended from Shem, son of Noah (Gen.10:21 ff.), including esp. the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Babylonians, and Phoenicians. (The Concise Oxford Dictionary, 1995).
A futile war of attrition in the ancient land of Palestine continues without end. Previous peace-settlement initiatives have all failed because they did not address key philosophical issues.
For instance, for present-day Israelis, returning to the pre-1967 boundary would mean that their fallen soldiers and civilians had died in vain during the past 45 years. For Palestinians, the right of return of the refugees who were dispossessed in 1948 must never be extinguished.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was created in 1949 is a relief and human development agency. It was originally intended to provide jobs on public works projects and direct relief for 652,000 Arabs who fled or were expelled from Israel during the fighting that followed the end of the British mandate over Palestine.
In 2013, there are approximately 5 million refugees recognized by UNRWA. The principal UNRWA refugee camps are located in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The operating budget of UNRWA is more than US$1 billion annually. This highlights that resolving the Palestinian right of return by mass re-settlement of Palestinian refugees in a third country such as Australia and Brazil – as some have suggested – is absolutely nonsensical.
After more than 20 years of peace negotiations under the 1993 Oslo Accord between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, there is no apparent path forward. Neither side can agree to any major territorial and political concessions. more.. e-mail


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