VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 12 October 2013: As Egypt’s army fights its own civilians, Israel is on the verge of annexing Sinai

12 October 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel To Build 1500 Units For Settlers In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli sources have reported that bids for the construction of 793 new settlement units will be announced soon, as part of a plan to build 1500 new units in a number of Jewish settlements in the Jerusalem district, and around it. …

Two Palestinians Injured By Settlers Near Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported Saturday [October 12, 2013] that two Palestinians have been injured after being attacked by extremist Israeli settlers in Susiya village, east if Yatta town, south of the southern West bank city of Hebron. …

Two Palestinians Injured Near Ofer Prison
IMEMC – [Friday Evening October 11, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that two Palestinians have been injured near the Ofer Israeli Prison, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. … 

Ma’an News

Woman run over by settler’s vehicle, sustains critical wounds
10/12/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) – A Palestinian woman sustained serious injuries Saturday morning after she was run over by a settler’s vehicle in the central West Bank village of Marda north of Salfit. A Ma’an reporter highlighted that the 57-year-old woman was evacuated to a hospital in Israel. [END]

5 springs in Bethlehem area ‘dangerously contaminated’
10/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Research by high school students has concluded that five major springs which serve as a main source of water in the south Bethlehem area are inadequate for human use as a result of the high rates of fecal coliform bacteria contaminating that water. The research was organizedas an extracurricular activity by a well-known teacher from Bethlehem Secondary Boys School on Oct. 6….

PA: 5,200 Palestinians in Israeli jails
10/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – There are 5,200 Palestinians in 17 Israeli military prisons and detention centers, according to a report released Saturday by the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs. The report highlighted that 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013 including 476 children and 49 women. A number of those detainees were released later. Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are still in Israel’….

PFLP-GC: Thousands from Yarmouk camp have fled to Sweden
10/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty-three thousand Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria have fled to Sweden since the war started, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said Saturday. PFLP-GC military leader Khalid Jibril said in a statement that the suffering in Yarmouk has been largely due to the presence of Syrian opposition forces within the camp.”More than a….

Iran wants P5+1 top diplomats at nuclear talks
10/12/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran wants the six world powers negotiating over its controversial nuclear drive to send top diplomats to crunch talks in Geneva next week, the official news agency IRNA reported Friday. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to lead Iran’s nuclear team at a new round of negotiations with the so-called P5+1 group of the United States, Britain, France, China and….

Official: PA still awaiting Arafat test results
10/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The results of a lab investigation into the cause of death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are yet to be announced, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday. Tawfiq al-Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee to investigate Arafat’s death, denied that there was any local or international pressure to delay the announcement of the test results. He said foreign investigators….

Allenby Bridge to close on first day of Eid al-Adha
10/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Allenby Bridge, the only border terminal between the West Bank and Jordan, will shut down completely on Tuesday to mark the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Palestinian Authority chief of crossing and borders Nathmi Muhanna said. In a statement Saturday, Palestinian police added that the bridge, also called the Karama crossing, will operate regularly Monday, Wednesday and….

Abbas: PA struggling to pay salaries
10/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas expressed concern Friday that the Palestinian Authority would not be able to pay salaries for its employees in November due to the difficult economic situation. In an interview with official PA television, he said that his minister of finance, Shukri Bishara, had informed him that the government would not be able to pay salaries unless international aid arrives….

PA distributes 6 million shekels to universities
10/12/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will be giving 6 million shekels in financial aid to Palestinian universities this month, in addition to the funds normally distributed, the interim prime minister announced Saturday. Rami Hamdallah said that “Through this step, we aim to support and empower universities to continue their mission in light of the current financial crisis.” Some 3 million shekels were distributed….

Wadih al-Safi, giant of Lebanese music, dead at 92
10/12/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Wadih al-Safi, a Lebanese music legend renowned throughout the Arab world for his singing talent, has died at the age of 92, the official National News Agency reported. He passed away on Friday night, Lebanon’s NNA said.”He was with his son in Mansouriya (near Beirut) when he began to feel unwell. . . . He was immediately taken to hospital, where he died….

Egypt: 4 gunmen killed laying explosive device in north Sinai
10/12/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) – Four gunmen were killed Friday night while they were allegedly trying to lay an explosive device ahead of the arrival of an Egyptian military convoy traveling from Sheikh Zuweid to al-Houra village in North Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that the devices exploded unexpectedly killing four gunmen who were laying it. Egyptian security forces carried out….

Al-Qaida chief blames Islamists for setbacks
10/12/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Friday said moderate Islamists in Egypt and Tunisia were in part responsible for their recent political setbacks, accusing them of having been too conciliatory. A 16-minute audiotape of Zawahiri released on jihadist forums focused on his native Egypt, where he said military-backed authorities were waging war on Islam at the behest of Israel and the United States….

Amnesty slams plan for ‘tests’ to ban gays from Gulf
10/12/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — A Kuwaiti proposal to require “medical tests” to prevent homosexual or transgender migrants from entering Gulf countries is “outrageous” and should be rejected, Amnesty International said Friday.” This proposal will only further stigmatize people who already suffer extremely high levels of discrimination and abuse on the grounds of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Philip Luther, the rights group….

Syria chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize
10/12/2013 – OSLO (AFP) — The watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to rid the world of the devastating weapons. In a surprise choice on Friday, the Nobel committee honored the UN-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) for “its extensive efforts” in banishing the scourge of chemical arms.”Recent events in Syria….


Arafat poisoning claim backed by journal
AlJazeera 12 Oct 2013 – Lancet publishes peer review supporting findings Palestinian leader may have been poisoned by polonium.

Relief Web

Malta: Dozens dead in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy
Relief Web 12 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Italy, Malta, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 10/12/2013 16:15 GMT by Matthew XUEREB VALLETTA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) – Rescuers plucked 200 refugees from the sea Saturday after their boat capsized, killing 31 in yet…

The National

Mortar shells hit near chemical weapons inspectors’ hotel in Syria
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Girl killed and 11 people injured in blasts in upscale Abu Roumaneh area of Damascus.

Rape victims suffer in silence after India riots
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Sexual violence was rampant during Hindu-Muslim riots in northern India last month.

How researchers solved Saudi Arabia’s Haj gridlock
The National 12 Oct 2013 – As millions of pilgrims begin the Haj, few will know that their every movement is bring studied by scientists researching mass transport and crowd management. Elizabeth Dickinson reports

Cyclone Phailin batters India
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Seven die and more than 600,000 flee their homes in panic as the Indian Ocean’s fiercest recorded storm slams into eastern India.

Thousands rally for south Yemen independence
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Thousands of separatists demanding secession take to the streets of Aden to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen.

Islamist leader says Libya PM must quit
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood leader describes US special forces raid that snatched a Libyan Al Qaeda suspect from the streets of Tripoli as ‘a blatant violation to the national sovereignty’.

Egypt now fighting ‘an enemy it doesn’t know’ as attacks by militant cells rise
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Surge in brazen attacks everywhere from the Sinai to Cairo points to diffuse groups drawn to an ideology of violence, analysts say.

13 killed as Typhoon Nari batters the Philippines
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Floods cause power cuts and devastate rice-growing region.

Pakistan’s Kayani supports talks with Taliban
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Outgoing army chief says the country’s powerful military supports negotiating with militants but would keep open the option of launching possible attacks against them.

Espionage suspects face trial in Iran
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Group of suspected Israeli spies goes on trial in Iran.

Three arrested over Iraqi Kurdistan attack
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Three Iraqis allegedly involved in attack that killed seven people and wounded 60 last month have been arrested.

Kerry makes progress on US troops withdrawal deal during Kabul visit
The National 12 Oct 2013 – The US secretary of state and the Afghanistan president began talks over long-delayed deal on the future of US forces in Afghanistan.

Nobel Prize choice isn’t about peace 
The National 12 Oct 2013 – This year’s Nobel Peace Prize award amounts to approval of a failure of diplomacy.

Bahrain prison care questioned after inmate’s death
The National 12 Oct 2013 – Lawyer says Bahraini prisoner who died was denied adequate medical care, a claim denied by authorities.


For 44th straight year, Israel misses chance to qualify for World Cup
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Iran seeks to lower expectations ahead of nuclear negotiations
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Fundraising group gives $1m a year for subscriptions to Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Drastic decline in Israeli undergraduates seeking humanities degrees
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Top European firm in bid to run private Israeli ports
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Kinneret kibbutz celebrates centennial and a history of ‘sacred stubbornness’
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Shin Bet investigating whether Jordan Valley assailant knew victims prior to attack
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Netanyahu tells French, U.K. leaders: Sanctions are working, now hit Iran even harder
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Yitzhak Rabin memorial rally draws 30,000 people
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Poll: Most Greeks support crackdown on far-right Golden Dawn
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Suspected Israeli spies stand trial in Iran
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Mild earthquake strikes near Crete
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

Wind, rain, sea pound India as large cyclone nears
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

TV ad puppets electrify Israeli gay rights debate
Ha’aretz – 12 Oct 2013

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

Israeli reserves colonel murdered outside his Jordan Valley home
Ha’aretz – 11 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Has Islamism peaked in the Middle East?
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – The popular opposition to Islamist-led governments in Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Tunisia, and Sudan have been cited by experts as a sign that the once-popular ideology is waning. 

Did Lebanese distributor censor book critical of Hezbollah?
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – NOW News claims that Dr. Matthew Levitt’s book, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of the Party of God, was banned by authorities. 

Abbas: Israel to blame for dire state of Palestinian economy
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – PA president says Israel “exploits” Palestinian resources. 

Thousands expected at Rabin ceremony in square where former PM was assassinated.
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – Ceremony marks 18 years since leader was slain by right-wing radical. 

Back to school: Over 300,000 university, college students set to begin new academic year
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – Education Minister Shai Piron says, “Every young person in Israel deserves the opportunity to develop themselves.” 

Eritrean community mourns Lampedusa migrant ship disaster in south Tel Aviv memorial service
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – Over a thousand gather in city park for solemn service. 

Amid his warnings on Iran nuclear program, Netanyahu says he’s less isolated than Churchill, Herzl
Jerusalem Post 12 Oct 2013 – NYTimes interview says PM has little faith in allies. 


Washington s cynical policy towards Syria
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – This view is reminiscent of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger s infamous position regarding the Iraq-Iran war; that American interests are best served if both combatants lose the war. The proponents of this “cynical” view as described by…

Palestinian security forces detain nearly 100 across Jenin
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – Ocotber 12, 2013 — Palestinian National Security Services said Saturday that they had detained nearly 100 people in the northern West Bank as part of a security campaign to tackle disorder in the Jenin region following weeks of protests. They…

Syria News October 12, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – By the end of Saturday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 106 martyrs, including 15 children, 12 women and 1 martyr under torture: 28 martrys were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 23 in Aleppo;…

Anti-Monsanto Activism
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Monsanto perhaps is the world s most hated corporation. Considering the competition, it s not easy taking top honors. GMO foods and ingredients are toxic. They re unsafe to eat. They re hazardous to human health….

FIRST VIDEO: Snowden receives Sam Adams Award in Moscow
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – The first videos of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have surfaced since he received asylum in Russia. The footage, provided by WikiLeaks, was taken during the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence awards ceremony. The video…

Chemistry Equations: the Pious Virtuosos of Violence
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013- …Meanwhile, the BBC managed to penetrate the rebel-held areas and report on the results of the combined attack of chemical and conventional weapons:”There are more and more dead bodies on the street, and the stench is unbearable ……

Syrian security forces accused of executing 130 men
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -The Free Syrian Army accuses Syrian security forces of executing 130 men during several battles to gain control of suburbs near Damascus and is calling on the international community to investigate.The Syrian army and their allies, Lebanese…

Kerry, in Afghanistan, suggests agreement may be near on U.S. presence beyond 2014
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled Saturday that a deal is in sight to allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan after next year. A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the two sides hoped…

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg s data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. The Microsoft-owned internet chat company could…

From Egypt, the message is “Obama keep your aid”
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12 , 2013 – …The United States said on Wednesday it would withhold deliveries of tanks, fighter aircraft, helicopters and missiles to Cairo as well as $260 million in cash aid to push the army-backed government to steer the nation…

US Troops Capture Pakistani Taliban Leader, Foiling Peace Talks
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Several months of intense negotiations by the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) almost bore fruit this week, when they finally managed to convince a key Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader, Latif Mehsud, to come to…

Israel lobby group counters Palestinian dispossession with- Jewish creationism
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Seriously now, this is not the Onion …We don t make this stuff up. When I first saw this I thought it was a spoof ad- of the famous images of Palestinians loss of land. But…

More Talk About Closing GTMO, While Prisoners Treated Abysmally
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – What s going on in Guantanamo is still outrageous. Obama renewed promises to close Guantanamo, although so far, only 3 prisoners have been released since 2010. Last week, a prisoner who the U.S. military has known…

200 Jerusalem Palestinian families without homes
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013
– October 12, 2013 – At least 200 Palestinian families of occupied East Jerusalem are homeless and temporarily living in the houses of their relatives and friends due to home demolitions by the Israeli occupation, with no respite in sight. The…

Arafat poisoning claim backed by medical journal 
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -One of the world s leading medical journals has supported the possibility that Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader, was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210. The British The Lancet journal has published a peer review…

Syria Analysis: Critiquing HRW s Report that “Opposition Forces Indiscriminately Killed Civilians”
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -A report by Human Rights Watch on Friday accuses five Islamist factions of executing and kidnapping civilians during an August offensive against Alawite villages in the Latakia countryside. The report makes a general accusation of complicity by…

Letters detail punitive tactics used on Guantánamo hunger strikers
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -The US military secretly used a variety of tactics to break the resolve of the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers, including placing them in solitary confinement if they continued to refuse food, newly declassified interviews with detainees reveal….

Animation Produced by Guardian Vividly Depicts Life for Hunger Striking Guantanamo Prisoners
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – An animation produced by The Guardian depicts what it has been like for Guantanamo prisoners. The “personal statements of five detainees,” four cleared for release and one who actually has been released, provide a basis for…

Illegal settlers prevent family from leaving their home and attack internationals whilst Israeli soldiers watch
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013- Yesterday, 11th October at 7 pm, a group of settlers of the illegal settlement of Tel Rumeida surrounded the entrance of the Azzeh family property and built a wire fence to block the exit. Young settlers fixed…

Peace prize an Assad victory 
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013- Syrian doctors and activists have condemned the award of the Nobel peace prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, saying it had handed a victory to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad…Supporters of the…

The many challenges Palestinian students face
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Palestinian students who study at Israeli universities are confronted by racist assaults from the day they step foot on university campuses in an attempt to discourage them or even drive them away. The myriad forms of…

Iraq may be drifting toward civil war
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – The media spotlight on the Arab world shifts focus almost every month: counter-revolution in Egypt, civil war in Syria, an American raid in Libya. It rarely stays on Iraq for long, because the violence there has…

Israel To Build 1500 Units For Settlers In Occupied Jerusalem
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Israeli sources have reported that bids for the construction of 793 new settlement units will be announced soon, as part of a plan to build 1500 new units in a number of Jewish settlements in the…

PHOTOS: A week in the demolished West Bank village of Khirbet Al-Makhoul
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 – Israeli authorities razed the West Bank village of Khirbet al-Makhoul, located in the Jordan Valley, on September 16, 2013. The destruction caused nearly all of its 120 residents to relocate to the nearby village of Tannoun….

Kerry in Afghanistan to salvage US occupation treaty
Uruknet 12 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 -US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Friday in a bid to salvage negotiations on a long-term US occupation of the country. Talks between the Obama administration and the puppet regime of…

Settlers attack Palestinians harvesting olives in Hebron
Uruknet 11 Oct 2013 – October 12, 2013 — Israeli settlers attacked residents of the Hebron district village of Susiya while they were picking olives Saturday, injuring three Palestinians, a village councilman said. Jehad al-Nawal, head of Susiya s village council, told Ma an that…

Daily Star

Israeli soldiers cross technical fence on Lebanon border
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 An Israeli infantry unit crossed the technical fence in south Lebanon Saturday and inspected an olive field where UNIFIL was able to defuse tensions a day earlier, a security source told The Daily Star.

Hale holds talks with Franjieh in north Lebanon
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon holds talks with the head of Marada Movement Suleiman Franjieh in Zghorta and meets with other figures from the northern region.

Agency: Espionage suspects stand trial in Iran
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 A news agency in Iran says a group of suspected Israeli spies have gone on trial in the country’s southeast.

FIFA demand security guarantees from Egypt
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 Egypt have been asked to provide security guarantees following Ghana’s request to move next month’s World Cup playoff out of Cairo because of safety fears.

Libya’s Islamist party leader says PM failed
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 The leader of Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood political party says the country’s prime minister – who was briefly abducted by militia members earlier this week – has failed and needs to be replaced.

Kerry, Karzai extend talks on Afghan-US pact for third round
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a second day of talks in Kabul Saturday, after making progress over a long-delayed deal on the future of US forces in Afghanistan.

Bahrain prison care questioned after inmate death
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 The lawyer of a Bahraini prisoner who died after being transferred to a hospital is claiming authorities waited too long to provide medical treatment and ignored his deteriorating health, claims officials have denied.

Obama against Republican plan on debt ceiling deal
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 WASHINGTON, Oct 12, 2013 (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Saturday came out against a proposal to extend for just weeks the country’s authority to borrow money as crisis talks with Republicans entered the 12th day.

Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 Two mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, causing casualties and damage, state news agency SANA said.

Pakistan army chief supports dialogue with Taliban
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani Saturday said the army supports the government’s policy of dialogue with the Taliban to end the insurgency wracking the country.

France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan
Daily Star 12 Oct 2013 A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan this week has been charged with terror offenses, French judicial officials said Saturday.

YNet News

West Bank: 2 Palestinians killed, 2 injured in car crash 
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – ….

Obama to meet Senate Democratic leadership 
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – ….

Three days of jihadist-rebel clashes kill 50 in Aleppo
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – ….

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s son: “No one can replace him”
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – ….

Palestinian driver mildly injured by stones thrown
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – ….

Meat pots instead of falafel
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Israel is obligated to do just one thing for those who abandon it – tell them the truth ….

UK couple gets anti-Semitic wedding video
YNet News, 12 Oct 2013 – Cameraman captures his own racist remarks about Jewish couple on film, sends them unedited version. ‘I don’t think I blame Hitler,’ he is heard saying as he films bride and groom dancing ….

Palestinian Information Center

Jewish settlers attack farmers harvesting olive crops
PIC – Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian farmers while harvesting their olive crops in Susiya village in Al-Khalil.

PRC to organize symposium on 96th Balfour anniversary in the British parliament
PIC – The Palestinian return center announced its intention to hold a symposium in the British parliament on the 96th anniversary of the Balfour declaration that falls on the second of November.

Egyptian authorities reopen Rafah crossing
PIC – The Egyptian authorities reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip only partially on Saturday.

Rizka: Important speech for Haneyya within days
PIC – Dr. Yousef Rizka, the political advisor to Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya, revealed that Haneyya would address the Palestinian people within the few coming days on a number of crucial issues.

Relatives of Mavi Marmara martyrs protest int’l silence on Israel’s crime
PIC – Scores of Turkish citizens and relatives of Mavi Marmara martyrs rallied on Thursday in Istanbul in protest at the failure of the international community to bring the killers to justice.

IPS isolates Jerusalemite prisoner
PIC – The Israeli prison service (IPS) on Saturday isolated Jerusalemite prisoner Murad Nimir soon after his return from an interrogation round in Petah Tikva.

Two Palestinians wounded in shooting outside Ofer jail
PIC – Two Palestinian young men were shot and wounded during confrontations outside the Ofer jail, south of Ramallah, on Friday evening.

Forum of journalists slams arrest of three journalists by PA and Israel
PIC – The forum of Palestinian journalists strongly denounced the arrest campaigns that are launched mutually by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel against Palestinian journalists in the West Bank.


Egyptian student’s death at protest to be probed
LA Times 12 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — Apparently seeking to prevent a student’s death from becoming a rallying cause for the backers of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president, authorities said Saturday they were investigating the circumstances of the teenager’s killing.

14 Are Killed by Car Bomb Outside Shops in Iraqi City
New York Times 12 Oct 2013 – There was no claim of responsibility for the attack northwest of Baghdad, but Sunni Islamist militants and other insurgents have been regaining ground this year. 

Netanyahu Takes a Lonely Stance Denouncing 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. 

United Nations Human Rights Chief Condemns Mass Executions in Iraq
New York Times 11 Oct 2013 – Navi Pillay condemned Iraq’s execution of 42 prisoners over two days this week as “obscene and inhuman” and warned that they undermined efforts to reduce violence. 

Muzzling Discussion of the Nakba and Palestinian History
Muzzlewatch – By Donna Nevel 10/12/13 We know all too well how adamantly pro-Israel forces in the U.S. Jewish community and Israel consider certain conversations and actions critical of Israel “beyond the pale,” and how blatant their hasbara (pro-Israel propaganda) attempts are to silence and suppress them. Although…

Netanyahu’s cycle of violence
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The New York Times headline screams empire : “Netanyahu Takes A Lonely Stance Denouncing Iran.” Then Israel’s Prime Minister treats us to his…

Palestinian women seeking to exercise in neighboring Israeli town are told to get lost
Mondoweiss – From Sol Salbe’s excellent Facebook page. Hafrada means separation in Hebrew. Kochav Yair is famously home to retired Israeli brass, including political leaders Ehud Barak and Shaul Mofaz. Salbe: Apologists for overt Israeli racism often point to the ultra-orthodox and poorer classes as being responsible. As…

Israel lobby group counters Palestinian dispossession with– Jewish creationism
Mondoweiss – Seriously now, this is not the Onion: Stand With US We don’t make this stuff up. When I first saw this I thought it was a spoof ad– of the famous images of Palestinians’ loss of land . But it’s no spoof. The ad above is a…

The Rabin assassin
ation– and the immunity of rightwing Jewish terrorists

Mondoweiss – Last month I saw the writer/activist Yossi Gurvitz at a Tel Aviv cafe, and in seeking to explain to me how much influence rightwing extremists have inside the Israeli power structure, he described the conspiracy to kill Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995. “This…

Palestinian villagers near Bethlehem visit their farmland after being barred by Israel for 13 years
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Silence of the lambs: A Palestinian hamlet on the brink of destruction Haaretz 11 Oct by Gideon Levy & Daniel Bar-On — The lambs due to be born soon in the village of Halat Makhoul may not survive these…

VIDEO: Jordan’s $1bn desalination plan 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – The Jordanian government is planning to tackle the country’s lack of water with a number of desalination plants.

Egypt: 12 Dead Off North Coast After Boat Sinks 
allAfrica.com 12 Oct 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]The Egyptian Navy and border guards recovered the bodies of twelve illegal immigrants who drowned off the coast of Alexandria on Friday morning, said Major General Amin Ezz ElDin, Alexandria’s head of security.

Migrant boat capsize survivor tells of ordeal 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – Survivor of migrant shipwreck tells BBC about his ordeal

Egypt: Reduced US Military Aid to Prompt Eastern Shift? 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2013 – Supporters of Egyptian ousted president Mohamed Morsi and of the Muslim brotherhood movement demonstrate against the military in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district on October 11, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed Abdelmenien) Supporters of Egyptian ousted president Mohamed Morsi and of the Muslim brotherhood movement demonstrate…

Wadih al-Safi (1921-2013): A Career That Shaped Lebanon’s Musical Identity 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2013 – Lebanese singer Wadih el-Safi performs with the Fahed al-Abdullah dance troupe at the ancient columns of Baalbek late on August 9, 2000. (Photo: AFP – Ramzi Haidar) Lebanese singer Wadih el-Safi performs with the Fahed al-Abdullah dance troupe at the ancient columns of Baalbek late on…

VIDEO: Jordan’s $1bn desalination plan 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – The Jordanian government is planning to tackle the country’s lack of water with a number of desalination plants.

VIDEO: The Afghans doing business in Dubai 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – Will the Afghans who moved to Dubai to avoid conflicts at home be tempted to return once international troops withdraw?

Mediterranean ‘becoming a cemetery’ 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – The Mediterranean is becoming a cemetery, Malta’s leader says, after another boat laden with migrants capsizes, killing at least 30 people.

Renowned Lebanese singer dies at 92 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – Wadih al-Safi, a Lebanese music legend across the Arab world, dies at the age of 92 in Beirut, with some calling him the Mid-East’s Frank Sinatra.

Libyan government ‘must take charge’ 
BBC 12 Oct 2013 – Libyans look to their government to assert control over militants

Abbas: PA employee salaries in jeopardy due to Occupation-induced crisis 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2013 – President Mahmoud Abbas expressed concern Friday that the Palestinian Authority would not be able to pay salaries for its employees in November due to Palestine’s economic difficulties. In an interview with official PA television, Abbas said Finance Minister Shukri Bishara had informed him the government would…

Southern separatists stage protest in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2013 – Thousands of separatists demanding secession took to the streets of Aden on Saturday to mark the anniversary in 1967 of the independence of former South Yemen. The demonstrators came from across the south and gathered on Parade Square in the center of Aden, waving flags of…

Lebanese music legend Wadih al-Safi, 92, dies 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Oct 2013 – Lebanese singer Wadih al-Safi acknowledges the crowd during a concert in his honor, with the Syrian al-Farah choir at the Opera House in Damascus on October 27, 2010. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Wadih al-Safi, a Lebanese music legend renowned throughout the Arab world for his…

Hezbollah and Hamas Still Not Ready to Meet Face-to-Face 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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 Politics 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…


Israel’s politics of deflection 
Richard Falk, Al-Ahram Weekly 10/8/2013
Israel has long sought to deflect attention from the substance of Palestinian grievances and Israeli and Palestinian rights under international law.
During my period as UN special rapporteur for human rights in Palestine on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council, I have been struck by the persistent efforts of Israel and its strong civil society adjuncts to divert attention from the substance of Palestinian grievances or the consideration of the respective rights of Israel and Palestine under international law.
I have also observed that many, but by no means all, of those who represent the Palestinians seem to be strangely reluctant to focus on substance or to take full advantage of opportunities to use UN mechanisms to challenge Israel on the terrain of international law and morality.
This Palestinian reluctance is more baffling than are the Israeli diversionary tactics. It seems clear that international law supports Palestinian claims on the major issues in contention: borders, refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, resources (water, land), statehood and human rights. Then why not insist on resolving the conflict by reference to international law with such modifications as seem mutually beneficial?Of course, those representing the Palestinians in international venues are aware of these opportunities, and are acting on the basis of considerations that in their view deserve priority. Yet, it is disturbing that this passivity on the Palestinian side persists year after year, decade after decade.
There are partial exceptions: support for recourse to the International Court of Justice to contest the construction of the annexation wall, encouragement of the establishment of the Goldstone fact-finding inquiry investigating Israeli crimes after the 2008-09 attacks on Gaza, and complaints about settlement expansion in the West Bank and Jerusalem…. more.. e-mail

As Egypt’s army fights its own civilians, Israel is on the verge of annexing Sinai 
Dr Abdul Hamid Omran, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/12/2013
‘During the October War, Israel faced two united armies that were highly trained and well armed, led by seasoned leaders of economically strong and independent countries in Syria and Egypt. The picture is very different today’
It is important for analysts to be absolutely accurate in their deliberations and data if they are to retain any credibility. Likewise, it is important for the analysis itself not to be slanted to favour one group or another. I say this because my analysis suggests that Israel may exploit the state of confusion in the region and invade Sinai in order to annex the territory that it has occupied once before. That may upset some people but it has to be said.
Israeli may be motivated to do this in order to counter the result of the 1973 October War, when Egyptian forces pushed the Israel Defence Forces back from the Suez Canal in a manoeuvre which the Arabs regard as a great military victory. Retaking Sinai would erase that defeat from Israel’s collective memory.
Annexation may also be considered so that the Israelis can displace the Palestinians out of the Gaza Strip into Sinai. That would relieve Israel of the burden of defending itself against the resistance groups and enjoy the full bounties of the Holy Land.
They are the possible reasons for annexation, but why would Israel be thinking about it at this time?
During the October War, Israel faced two united armies that were highly trained and well armed, led by seasoned leaders of economically strong and independent countries in Syria and Egypt. The picture is very different today.
Syria is no longer a stable country; it has been destroyed and its people are divided, just as Israel planned. The situation is such that Syria does not pose a threat to any other country, least of all Israel. more.. e-mail

Jews, Arabs work to resist racist municipal election campaign 
Dov Caller And Alan Traister, +972 Magazine 10/11/2013
In the face of a nationalistic mayoral campaign by the local Likud chapter, a group of Jews and Arabs in Karmiel choose to focus on eliminating gaps, building public housing and creating a city where everyone can live together as equals.
“If the Arabs keep coming, Jews will leave and we will even end up with an Arab mayor. The attempt to elect representatives of the Arab community to the city council shows that Karmiel is on the way to becoming a mixed city. Karmiel of 2013 is fighting for its life as a Jewish and Zionist city.” – Attorney Koron Noimark, Chairman of the Likud election committee.
It’s happening again. Every four years, when municipal elections come around, the genie of nationalistic fear and hatred is let out of the bottle. In Karmiel, this is the time when Arab migration to the city becomes the main topic of conversation. A typical letter to the editor reads: “Here, the country grants them all their rights, security, stability, and a good life while they return nothing to the country — their own country — nothing.”
Almost all of the political groupings stress the dangers to Karmiel posed by an Arab population that is rapidly growing because young Arab professionals and their families want to improve the quality of their housing, all the while finding it increasingly difficult to build legally in the neighboring villages.
In order to combat Karmiel’s recurring nationalistic fear of reality, a group of Jewish and Arab men and women, supported by political parties Meretz and Hadash, have joined together to create a new list called “Karmiel Rainbow for Social Justice” which is running in the municipal elections that will be held on October 22, 2013. We believe this to have far more significance than just the local election itself. more.. e-mail

Hanna Arendt and Jewish intolerance 
Editor, Redress 10/12/2013
In 1961 the German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt travelled to Jerusalem to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker. Margarethe von Trotta’s new docudrama, Hannah Arendt, tells the story of her journey and the controversy following her report.
What Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) saw in Eichmann was not stupidity, but thoughtlessness – a complete incapacity for independent critical thought. Arendt understood that it was within this thoughtlessness that the evil becomes banal as opposed to being a sinister, premeditated crime. The “banality of evil”, as such, is the structure that allows the ethical to fade away and blind compliance to take over. To a certain extent, the banality of evil is that crude obedience that actually removes responsibility from the perpetrator and turns genocide into a mechanical operation.
The Jewish community was outraged by Arendt’s reading of both the Holocaust and the Eichmann trial, and objected to the portrayal of Eichmann as an obedient officer within a state bureaucratic apparatus. They protested against the instrumental notion of the banality of evil. They wanted revenge and wanted to see Eichmann as the arch exemplary case of a “anti-Semite” hatemonger. But Arendt suggested he wasn’t that at all. According to Arendt, Eichmann’s appearance in Jerusalem proved that he was just a minor cog in a big machine.
But even more, the Jewish community was infuriated by Arendt’s contention that actually it was the Jewish councils’ (Judenräte) collaboration that made the Holocaust into a colossal tragedy. Arendt argued that, without the assistance of the Judenräte in registering and concentrating Jews into ghettos and later in actively assisting in the deportations to the camps, far fewer Jews would have perished. In that regard, Arendt found the Jews at least partially responsible for their own destruction. more.. e-mail

Post-Intervention Libya: A Militia State
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Oct 2013 – By Richard Falk Two apparently related and revealing incidents have turned public attention briefly back to Libya just after the second anniversary of the NATO intervention that helped anti-Qaddafi rebel forces overthrow his regime. The first incident involved the infringement of Libyan sovereignty by an American special forces operation that seized the alleged al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al-Libi (also known as Nizah Abdul Hamed al-Ruqai), on October 5, supposedly with the knowledge and consent of the Libyan government. The second incident, evidently a response to the first seizure, was the kidnapping a few days later of the country’s prime minister, Ali Zeidan, while he lay asleep in his hotel lodgings in the center of Tripoli. He was easily captured by a squadron of 20 militia gunmen who arrived at the hotel around 2:00 am and proceeded without resistance from security guards to carry off the head of the Libyan…more

Generation Palestine – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Oct 2013 – (Generation Palestine – Voices from the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement. Ed. Rich Wiles. Pluto Press, 2013.) Reviewed by Jim Miles Generation Palestine is a timely and enlightening work. For all the reading available on Palestine/Israel, I am usually left with a combination feeling of despair for the overall situation combined with admiration for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people. The general trend of the history of Palestine is one of displacement, eviction, murder, torture, imprisonment by an overwhelming military power supported by the majority of western governments. It appears to be a downward trend toward the successful ethnic cleansing of Palestine, while the world stands by, fooled by the rhetoric of the ‘peace process’ and ‘the war on terror.’ The slow ongoing creation and strengthening of the apartheid system seems inexorable. In a clearly written and concise work edited by Rich Wiles, Generation Palestine presents a significantly more hopeful…more

Re-assessing Political Islam: Part I
Palestine Chronicle: 12 Oct 2013 – By Eric Walberg Now that the smoke is clearing in Tahrir Square after two and a half years of upheaval—and thousands of deaths—the meaning of the Arab Spring and the intent of the Islamists is becoming clear. First, the Arab Spring was/is an Islamic Awakening, as confirmed in five elections/ referenda in Egypt, where Islamists consistently won two-thirds of the vote in the freest elections in any country in recent times. Money was not a significant factor thanks to limits on candidates’ financing (no corporate or Super PACs a la US, or foreign donations), the brainwashing of the old order no longer worked, and the Mubarak thugs who stuffed ballot boxes were hiding in their holes. We can only envy the Egyptians. The strategy of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for 80 years has been to patiently build alternative social structures to the corrupt ‘soft state’ (especially in education, health, charity),…more

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