VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 14 October 2013: How Israel increases its odds of international prosecution

14 October 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Refugees Drown As Ship Came Under Libyan Fire
IMEMC – The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria has reported that a ship carrying hundreds of Palestinian and Syrian refugees who fled from Syria drowned in the Mediterranean close to Libyan shores after coming under fire from Libyan side on Friday. …

5200 Palestinian Detainees Currently Held By Israel
IMEMC – The Palestinian Ministry Of Detainees issued a press release revealing that Israel is currently holding captive 5200 Palestinians in 17 prisons, detention camps, and interrogation facilities. …

Ma’an News

30 settlers attack Palestinian car near Nablus
10/14/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A group of 30 settlers attacked a vehicle carrying three Palestinians near Nablus on Monday. Nasser Hamarsheh, 60, his cousin Montaser and an international guest were traveling to the former site of Homesh settlement northwest of Nablus when 30 settlers hiding behind olive trees attacked the car with stones and sticks. The car managed to escape the attack and an Israeli….

Rights group: Israel cancels Jordan Valley evacuation
10/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces have canceled a planned evacuation of 75 people from their homes in the Jordan Valley, an Israeli rights group said Monday. Representatives of the Civil Administration visited the Palestinian communities of al-Burj and al-Mita to inform residents that they will not be required to leave their homes on Tuesday, the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday, B’….

Report: Gaza hacker publishes details of 5,000 Israelis
10/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A hacker from the Gaza Strip on Sunday published personal details for over 5,000 Israeli citizens online, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported. The hacker, known as GaZa HaCHer, published the identity numbers, personal phone numbers and addresses of 5,000 Israelis, claiming he did it out of boredom. He attached a message saying ‘Enjoy’ with the information. [END]

Israeli rightists raise flag in Asqa compound
10/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli right-wingers raised the Israeli flag while touring the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Monday, locals said. Witnesses said that a group of 14 Israeli rightists pulled out an Israeli flag while touring the religious site and began dancing and singing. The men were removed from the area by Israeli police and arrested. Jerusalem’s Old City is….

Radiation experts confirm polonium on Arafat clothing
10/14/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which “support the possibility” the veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned. In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found polonium on Arafat’s belongings. Arafat died in France on November….

Facebook buys Israeli startup Onavo
10/14/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Facebook will acquire an Israeli start-up called Onavo, the Tel Aviv-based firm said Monday, in a deal reportedly worth up to $200 million.”Facebook has agreed to acquire our company,” Onavo co-founders Guy Rosen and Roi Tiger wrote on their blog, without saying how much the social networking giant had agreed to pay. Local media reports priced the acquisition at $100-200 million….

PA premier expresses sorrow over Malta shipwreck
10/14/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday expressed sorrow after a boat carrying Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria capsized off Malta’s coast on Friday. The boat, which left the Libyan port of Zwara on Thursday, sank a day later near Malta, killing at least 33 people, with hundreds unaccounted for. The PA said it is closely following developments….

Israel PM: Easing Iran pressure would be ‘historic mistake’
10/14/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Easing pressure on Iran over its nuclear program at this stage would be a “historic mistake,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.” It would be a historic mistake to ease the pressure on Iran a moment before the sanctions achieve their objective,” he said at the opening of the Israeli parliament’s winter session, a day before world powers begin….

Muslim pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for hajj climax
10/14/2013 – MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands thronged Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia from early Monday for the high point of the annual hajj, praying for an end to disputes and bloodshed. Officials said they expected around 1. 5 million pilgrims to descend on the site, where they were to offer prayers and later in the day to listen to the….

Gunmen kill Libya air force officer in Benghazi
10/14/2013 – BENGHAZAI, Libya (AFP) — A Libyan air force officer was killed and another security forces member badly wounded on Sunday in two separate attacks in the eastern city of Benghazi, an official said.”Unidentified assailants opened fire on Abdelfattah al-Ryani, an air force officer, in the Al-Hadaek region of Benghazi,” Colonel Abdullah al-Zaidi of the security services told AFP. The officer “died after being struck by….

NGO: Jihadists in Syria behind kidnapping of ICRC workers
10/14/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Jihadists in Syria were behind the kidnapping of seven aid workers in the northwest of the country, a monitoring group said Monday, shortly after four of them were freed.”The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has freed. . . International Committee of the Red Cross workers they abducted yesterday on the road linking Saraqeb and Sirmin” in Idlib province, said the Syrian Observatory….

Egypt arrests Briton over police-like clothes
10/14/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police said on Monday they had arrested a Briton in the restive north Sinai town of el-Arish in possession of “a black jacket and trousers” similar to police uniforms. The 44-year-old also had a laptop with a picture of a man suspected of belonging to Hamas that rules neighboring Gaza, a police statement said. The statement said police searched for the….

Experts mull plans for Syrian war crimes tribunal
10/14/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — When the guns fall silent in Syria and the killing eventually stops, a key part of helping a traumatized people rebuild and heal will be bringing to justice those behind years of shocking brutality. Even though there is no end in sight yet to the grinding war in which some 110,000 people have died, a group of international judges and experts is already….

AlJazeera

Palestinian youths face Israeli abuse: report
AlJazeera 14 Oct 2013 – UNICEF report says Palestinian teenagers are still mistreated by Israeli army during detention despite plans to reform.

Palestine News Network

Beer Yacoub Church’s Historical and Architectural Significance
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNICEF on Children in Israeli military detention : first progress report
Relief Web 14 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM, 14 October 2013 – On 6 March 2013, UNICEF released a briefing paper titled Children in Israeli military detention which outlined practical measures to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA deplores the violence in Dera a refugee camp in Southern Syria, which reportedly claimed the lives of Palestine refugees and severely damaged UNRWA s health centre and women s programme centre
Relief Web 14 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The UNITED NATIONS WORKS AND RELIEF AGENCY deplores the violence in Dera a refugee camp in southern Syria, which reportedly claimed…

occupied Palestinian territory: Following exposure of Gaza tunnel to Israel: No construction materials to enter the Strip from Israel
Relief Web 13 Oct 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory This morning, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Gen. Eitan Dangot, blocked the transfer of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. Seventy truckloads of building materials for the private sector and 60…

The National

Syria bombing kills 15 people ahead of Eid
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Car bomb in rebel-held town in northwestern Syria kills at least 15 people and wounds dozens in outdoor market crowded with Eid shoppers.

1.5 million engulf Mount Arafat in pinnacle of Haj pilgrimage
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Pilgrims from 188 countries representing the full spectrum of Islamic traditions, languages, and cultures pray on the site where the Prophet gave his last sermon.

Lebanon charges 7 over Tripoli mosque bombing
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Seven charged with ‘acts of terrorism’ over deadly mosque bombings that killed 47 people.

Some US senators would suspend new Iran sanctions under conditions
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Nine Democratic and Republican US senators say they are open to suspending new sanctions if Tehran slows its nuclear programme.

Iran arrests man for faking ministers Facebook accounts
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Recent reports suggested some ministers were active on Facebook but the ministers denied they had any social media accounts.

UN to assess stricken Fukushima power plant
The National 14 Oct 2013 – UN atomic agency begins nine-day mission to assess clean-up efforts as the plant’s operator struggles to contain radioactive contamination.

South Dakota farmers reel from cattle losses in blizzard
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Cattle farmers who have lost tens of thousands of stock would typically turn to the federal Livestock Indemnity Programme, but the farm provision has expired and its future is in flux due to congressional gridlock and the continuing federal shutdown.

Ten dead Myanmar migrants found off Thai coast
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Thai authorities recover the bodies of 10 dead migrant workers from Myanmar whose boat is believed to have sunk in a recent storm.

Outrage rises over deadly India stampede
The National 14 Oct 2013 – At least 115 pilgrims crushed to death or drowned in stampede near a Hindu temple.

Taliban chief says group will fight US-Afghan security deal
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Afghan Taliban leader says his followers will keep fighting if the government in Kabul signs a crucial security deal with the United States.

Four of seven kidnapped aid workers in Syria released
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteer and three of six Red Cross staffers taken hostage are free and safe.

Word Allah is not exclusive to Islam
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Muslims, Jews and Christians all worship the same God, so a Malaysian decision to ban a Christian newspaper from using the term “Allah” is strange.

Russian police detain 1,200 in Moscow anti-migrant raid
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Moscow police detain 1,200 people in an anti-migrant raid on a produce market where a riot took place after the killing of an ethnic Russian.

Malaysia court rules non-Muslims may not use the word Allah
The National 14 Oct 2013 – The Malaysian government insists that Allah should be exclusively reserved for Muslims because of concerns its use by others would confuse Muslims and could be used to convert them.

In pictures: National View blog selects some of the best images from around the world over the past 24 hours
The National 14 Oct 2013 – National View blog selects some of the best images from around the world over the past 24 hours.

In pictures: Haj pilgims pray on plains of Arafat
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Muslim pilgrims pray atop Mount Mercy on the plains of Arafat during the peak of the annual Haj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca.

Video: Malala- I want to be a politician in Pakistan 
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Malala Yousafzai tells the BBC ‘I want to be a politician in Pakistan,’ adding ‘I want to be a politician in that country that needs developing.’

Video: Dozens die in India stampede
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Dozens killed and more injured in a stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in central India.

Video: Anti-migrant clashes in Moscow
The National 14 Oct 2013 – Russian protest erupts into anti-migrant unrest, rioting and clashes with police.

Ha’aretz

Israeli students develop system to diagnose Parkinson s
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Onavo acquisition could be just the start for Facebook in Israel
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Stolen to order: Israel’s car thieves are getting choosier
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Promising signs that animals may get the ministerial protection they deserve
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Large-scale fraud halts land transactions in West Bank settlement of Beit El
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Tunnel discovery leaves local security squads wondering if paintball training is enough
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Former Israel Navy chief complains after routine questioning at London airport
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

U.S. won’t ease pressure until Iran takes significant steps to halt nuclear program, official says
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Anne Frank video game re-creates one day of hiding
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Social protest leaders have given up on Tel Aviv municipal election
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

The code to Damascus: Why Bashar Assad will never relinquish power
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Pressure mounts on Syrian opposition to let UN inspectors visit chemical sites
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Muslim pilgrims start hajj in Saudi Arabia
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Ex-Jerusalem police head indicted for sexually assaulting colleagues
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Israel seeks to delay illegal outpost eviction, says it may hurt diplomacy
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Netanyahu: For the first time in history, Arabs realize Israel is not the enemy
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Yasser Arafat s underwear tells experts little about his death
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Jewish identity is more complex than ticking a box
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

How to negotiate with Iran: Nothing tangible is given for free
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Three Americans win Nobel prize for economics
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Report: Wife of Palestinian prisoner pregnant after sperm smuggled to Gaza
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Two high-ranking Israeli Foreign Ministry staff nabbed over suspected embezzlement
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Israeli politicians brace for stormy winter Knesset session
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

The dark knights of the Israeli army: Are soldiers teaming up with settlers?
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Hearing on demolition of Palestinian village postponed – again
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Facebook buys Israeli startup Onavo for more than $100 million
Ha’aretz – 14 Oct 2013

Jerusalem mother charged with murdering her two children
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Hamas’ strategic tunnels: Millions of dollars to spirit kidnapped Israelis into Gaza
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Fear and scorn of Mizrahim at the funeral of Ovadia Yosef
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Perhaps in mourning the sulha will come
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Blind Israeli workers pay price for NGO dispute with ministry
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Jerusalem mayoral candidate Leon attacks Haredim in Russian press
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Kerry on Iran: Window for diplomacy is cracki
ng open

Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

No skullcap will cover this gaping gash in our collective act
Ha’aretz – 13 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Bomb found in Lebanon’s Hezbollah stronghold on eve of Muslim holiday
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Explosive found in the Mamora area of southern Beirut.

Katsav requests retrial on sex crime convictions
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – His attorney Yehoshua Reznick said that the request is based on factual and legal discrepancies in the case.

Jerusalem Municipality suing Holyland developers for NIS 129m.
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – The claim contends that the entrepreneurs behind the venture acted fraudulently by concealing the developments true value.

State: Demolition of Amona diplomatically harmful
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Its response to the court was issued in the midst of renewed negotiations with the Palestinians.

Egypt continues operations against Sinai terror groups
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Egyptian security forces took positions surrounding the area near the border with the Gaza Strip where tunnels have been found.

TAU President: Without more funds to higher education, Israel can t solve brain drain
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Taub Center for Social Policy Studies published figures saying there are 29 Israeli scholars in the US for every 100 remaining.

Netanyahu: Knesset will pass new anti-migration law
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Knesset c’tee advisor proposes open facilities to house migrants, who would be free to come and go as they please.

Former Jerusalem Police Chief indicted on sex crimes charges
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – 8 different female officers accused Nisso Shaham of exploiting his senior position to carry out sexual relations with them.

13 detained on Temple Mount for Jewish prayer, singing Hatikva
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Three of the men laid on the ground in protest of restrictions, followed by 10 men waving Israeli flags and singing the national anthem.

Iranian FM lowers expectations ahead of nuclear talks with world powers
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Javad Zarif: Another meeting will be required to make progress.

Assad: Loss of chemical weapons is blow to Syria’s morale, political standing
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – During a gathering in his palace, Syrian President Bashar Assad jokes that he should win Nobel Peace Prize.

Boutique living in Jerusalem’s Baka neighborhood
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Park Eight is the latest addition to Baka s housing stock, a neighborhood that abounds with stunning homes.

Hamas not meddling in Egypt s affairs, says Haniyeh
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh denies allegations it is involved in Sinai terror attacks on Egyptian soldiers.

Israel s head of state to launch new social media project
Jerusalem Post 14 Oct 2013 – “You Ask, President Peres Answers.”

Knesset seeking new logo in competition
Jerusalem Post 13 Oct 2013 – The winning design is to appear on the Knesset s stationary, business cards, website, smartphone application and in other places.

Morsi defiant after Egypt’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
Jerusalem Post 13 Oct 2013 – Deposed leader’s family says he won’t negotiate with authorities; he is due to face trial on Nov. 4 on charges of inciting violence.

Inter Press Service

Kurds Build Bridges At Last
IPS A group of Kurdish mourners bound for Syria board on the Iraqi shore. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. By Karlos Zurutuza DERIK, Syria, Oct 13 2013 (IPS) After fleeing the war three months ago, Gulnaz is headed back for Syria to bury her brother within the 24 hours Islam stipulates. But it…

Mystery Attackers Hit Sinai
IPS The northeastern Sinai Peninsula has seen almost daily attacks on security personnel since the Jul. 3 ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. Credit: Adam Morrow/IPS. By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani CAIRO, Oct 12 2013 (IPS) A period of more than three months since former president Mohamed Morsi s ouster by…

Uruknet

Rand Paul’s Hate Speech Against Muslims
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – …Paul quickly made it clear that the war on Christians is being waged by Muslims. How did he support this theory? He would cite isolated actions by a few Muslims in various countries. In fact, in…

Refugees Drown As Ship Came Under Libyan Fire
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013- The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria has reported that a ship carrying hundreds of Palestinian and Syrian refugees who fled from Syria drowned in the Mediterranean close to Libyan shores after coming under fire from Libyan…

Military Resistance 11J6 Taking the Initiative
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – – An Afghan man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at U.S. soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least one serviceman on Sunday, local officials and the NATO-led coalition said. The so-called “insider attack” in Paktika…

Barack Obama s Global Terror Campaign Empire Under Obama: Part 2
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – Some may find my use of the term “terror campaign” to refer to Obama s drone program as hyperbolic or emotive. But what else are we supposed to call a program that produces “chaos and rage”…

Syria News – October 14, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – By the end of Monday the Coodrination Committees were able to document 121 martyrs, and includes, 14 children, 9 women, and 3 under torture: 48 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 19 in Deir Ezzor; 16 in…

Ghost Village Beitin
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013- Beitin s status is testimony to Israeli ruthlessness. It reflects racist hate. It s vicious. It s lawless. It s out-of-control. It demands long denied real change. Beitin is a Palestinian village. It s in al-Bireh Governorate….

U.S. Leaving Toxic Time-Bombs Across Afghanistan
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -The U.S. Government waged chemical warfare in Afghanistan. It did not do so with sarin gas or mustard gas, but with solvents, toxic metals, hazardous liquids, corrosive materials, infectious hospital waste and radioactive debris from scrap military…

One Month After Historic Hunger Strike Ends, Legislators Hold Hearings About Solitary Confinement
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – Families and former prisoners held for years in solitary confinement expressed optimism October 9 after the first of several California Public Safety Committee hearings about the punishment, promised in exchange for an end to prisoners 60-day…

Qatar detained two Germans who filmed World Cup labour conditions
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -Two German broadcasters have said they were detained by Qatari police this month as they attempted to investigate the plight of migrant labourers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup. Peter Giesel, a film-maker and the head…

Libyan national sovereignty is an illusion
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – … Libya presents us a striking example of what I had termed in a previous article as “stable chaos,” with the existence of a modern state intermixed with armed groups it does not fully control. The Operation…

Today We Honor Native Americans (And Not That Other Guy)
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – …In honoring the history and culture of Native Americans today and every day, we work to recognize the dishonor in our past and help to remedy the discrimination against Native Americans today. In Winner, South Dakota,…

Lieberman says Israel offered to return Golan Heights to Assad
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – Israel s Maariv newspaper published unprecedented remarks by the leader of the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, claiming that the Israeli government had proposed to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad the return of the occupied…

New York Times says UK tried to get it to hand over Snowden documents
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013- The editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, has confirmed that senior British officials attempted to persuade her to hand over secret documents leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Giving the newspaper…

The Folly of Empire
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -The final days of empire give ample employment and power to the feckless, the insane and the idiotic. These politicians and court propagandists, hired to be the public faces on the sinking ship, mask the real work…

Edward Snowden Speaks Out Against NSA “Dragnet Mass Surveillance” (Video)
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – For the first time in months, the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has appeared on video speaking in Moscow. He warned about “dragnet mass surveillance that puts entire populations under sort of an eye that…

Fired for Standing in Way of Iraq War: Ousted Director of Nobel-Winning OPCW Speaks Out
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – The former director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, declared Sunday that he was ousted from the organization s helm over a decade ago for…

The perfect epitaph for establishment journalism
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – Like many people, I ve spent years writing and speaking about the lethal power-subservient pathologies plaguing establishm
ent journalism in the west. But this morning, I feel a bit like all of that was wasted time and…

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar¥s Eid ul-Adha Message
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – … The Kabul Administration and the invaders are not only bent on playing havoc with Afghanistan domestically, but are marginalizing the country at regional and global level by signing colonial agreements and thus procure reasons for continuation…

Hamas: Israeli announcement of Gaza tunnel pretext to tighten siege
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – The spokesperson of the Palestinian Islamist Movement Hamas, Sami Abu-Zuhri, has accused the Israeli occupation of using any pretext to tighten the siege on the Gaza Strip. Abu-Zuhri was commenting on the Israeli occupation s announced…

The bra is a security threat : Harassment and interrogation at Ben Gurion airport
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -I took a deep breath and looked around at my surroundings. I mostly kept tabs on the other people who I had been in line with. While most went through the baggage scan machine and straight to…

UN: Syria war devastating Palestinian lives, homes
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 ≈”-The Syrian conflict is “devastating” the lives of Palestinian refugees in the country, a UN agency said Monday, after weekend shelling of a Palestinian camp in the southern province of Daraa.”Initial reports indicate the (Daraa) Palestine refugee…

“May you be raped in your grave,” says new darling of Israel s ruling Likud party
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – May Golan has been a regular presence at Tel Aviv rallies where Israeli politicians whip Jewish mobs into a frenzy of hatred against asylum-seekers and migrants from countries in Africa. But she is no mere passive…

30 settlers attack Palestinian car near Nablus
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 — A group of 30 settlers attacked a vehicle carrying three Palestinians near Nablus on Monday. Nasser Hamarsheh, 60, his cousin Montaser and an international guest were traveling to the former site of Homesh settlement northwest of…

Syria News – October 13, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 13, 2013 – The number of martyrs in Syria has risen to 58 thus far , and includes 8 children, 4 women and 3 under torture: 17 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 15 in Aleppo; 10 in…

The Desert of Israeli Democracy
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – …Only one problem: just about all the “Israeli” news here is focused on its future policy toward Iran, and remarkably little of it on the way Israel continues to eat up Palestinian lands and displace Palestinians…

A family in Qaryut was stopped by Israeli soldiers from harvesting their olive trees
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -Yesterday, Sunday 13th October, Palestinian farmers and international activists were picking olives in Qaryut when it was observed that two members of settler security from the illegal settlements of Eli and Shilo were nearby. The settler security…

Some Progress on Guant·namo: The Envoy, the Habeas Case and the Periodic Reviews
Uruknet 14 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 -Progress towards closing the prison at Guant·namo Bay – or even getting men freed who have been cleared for release by a government task force – has become such a slow and difficult process that any positive…

Palestinian village continuously inhabited for 3,000 about to be destroyed by Israel
Uruknet 13 Oct 2013 – October 14, 2013 – The Israeli High Court is set to rule on the forced expulsion of all of the residents of the village of Khirbat Zanuta, southwest of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Monday.The decision comes five…

Daily Star

U.S. ready to ease Iran sanctions if Tehran acts
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 The United States held out the prospect of quick sanctions relief for Iran on Monday if Tehran moves swiftly to allay concerns about its nuclear programme, although both countries said any deal would be complex and…

Obama delays congressional leaders’ meeting to give Senate more time
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 A meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to discuss progress toward a deal to re-open the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling has been postponed to give the Senate more time, the White…

4 of 7 kidnapped aid workers freed in Syria: Red Cross
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Efforts continued Monday to free three aid workers from the International Committee of the Red Cross who were kidnapped in Syria, after four fellow abductees were released.

Egypt used ‘live ammo’ against Morsi backers: Amnesty
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Egyptian security forces used live ammunition on October 6 to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were also attacked by men with firearms and swords, Amnesty International said Monday.

Reid: Progress made to resolve political stalemate
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Both President Barack Obama and the top Democrat in Congress reported progress Monday toward a deal to avoid a threatened default and end a two-week partial government shutdown, as Obama called congressional leaders to the White…

Israel leader says world must keep pressuring Iran
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 A day before world powers were to renew talks with Iran over its suspect nuclear program, Israel’s prime minister urged the international community Monday to maintain firm pressure on the Islamic Republic until it quits enriching…

Migrants claim Libyan forces fired on boat
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Syrian survivors of the latest shipwreck involving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea claim Libya’s coast guard fired on their boat after reaching it a couple of hours out of port, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday.

Obama: Without deal ‘good chance of default’
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama says that if Republicans can’t resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, “we stand a good chance of defaulting.”

Feltman denies reports he criticized Saudi Arabia
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 U.N. official Jeffrey Feltman denied Monday reports published by a local media that he criticized Saudi Arabia s government, saying they were fabricated.

STL issues PSA, urges Hezbollah suspect to participate in trial
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued a public service announcement Monday urging the fifth suspect to participate in the trial proceedings.

Obama, congressional leaders to meet Monday
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama was meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House Monday afternoon, as a partial government shutdown entered its 14th day and the United States moved closer to a default that world leaders…

Army dismantles rigged car in Beirut southern suburb
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Military experts dismantled a rigged vehicle in the Beirut sourthern suburb Monday, the Army said.

Iran arrests man for faking ministers’ Facebook pages
Daily Star 14 Oct 2013 Iran arrests a man accused of opening fake Facebook accounts in the names of some cabinet ministers, judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeie says.

YNet News

UK police charge man with knife outside palace
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Explosion hits hotel in Myanmar’s main city
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Egypt urged to probe killing of Morsi protesters
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UK arrests thwart Kenya-style plot
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Gas grenade thrown in Jerusalem; mild injuries reported
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Emigration campaign a lie
YNet News, 14 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Political agents who say ‘entire generation’ wants to leave Israel are conveniently ignoring facts ….

Jewish group: Incinerate Nazi’s body
YNet News, 14 Oct 2013 – Head of Simon Wiesenthal Center says remains of war criminal Erich Priebke, who died last week in Italy aged 100, should be sent to Germany and burnt ….

Holland seeks funding to protect Jews
YNet News, 14 Oct 2013 – Ruling party in Netherlands voiced support for additional ¨ 200,000 for securing synagogues, Jewish schools in Amsterdam ….

Nobel laureate fled Nazis when small
YNet News, 13 Oct 2013 – Martin Karplus, one of three scientists who won prestigious prize in chemistry, describes in autobiography how attitudes towards him and his family changed even before Nazi takeover of Austria. ‘My brother and I were called dirty Jew boys’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Institutionalized discrimination against non-Jews in Israel
PIC – Israeli officials often claim that Israel is both Jewish and democratic in nature. Critics, however, argue that this is “an empty slogan” devoid of truth..

UFree calls on international community to protect Palestinian refugees
PIC – UFree Network to defend the rights of Palestinian prisoners expressed its deep concern over the tragic incident that befell dozens of Palestinian and Syrian refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.

Hamas slams Fatah for making false accusations against Mashaal
PIC – The Hamas Movement strongly denounced Fatah spokesman Ahmed Assaf for fabricating lies and making false accusations against head of its political bureau Khaled Mashaal.

IOF use sapper vehicles to search for tunnels near Gaza
PIC – The IOF on Sunday started to make a sweep along the perimeter fence east of Gaza using specially-equipped vehicles in order to look for any underground tunnels dug by the Palestinian resistance.

Gaza govt. calls for an int. investigation into Palestinian refugees‚¨ “! sinking
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza Strip has called for an international investigation into the sinking and death of hundreds of Palestinian refugees in the Mediterranean sea.

IOF arrests 16 citizens in West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday arrested more than 16 citizens in different parts in the West Bank.

Refugees’ ship sank after Libyan forces open fire at it in the Mediterranean
PIC – The Action Group for Palestinians in Syria said on Sunday evening that a ship carrying hundreds of Palestinian refugees sank in the Mediterranean Sea after the Libyan coast guard shot wildly at it.

Khudari: One million people in Gaza are living on aid
PIC – MP Jamal Khudari, the head of the Popular Committee against the Siege, confirmed that more than one million people in Gaza are living on aid from international, Arab and Islamic institutions.

Settlers raise Israeli flag in Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Jewish extremist settlers stormed on Monday morning al-Aqsa mosque where they performed their rituals and raised the Israeli flag in the mosque squares.

WAFA

National Geographic Team Visits Palestine
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Police Arrest Two Israelis Inciting Against Palestinians in Jerusalem
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Salah Abdul Shafi Named Permanent Representative to UN in Vienna
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Ramallah Cancels Eid Festivities in Mourning of Ship Victims
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Israel Orders Jordan Valley Families to Leave Homes on Eid Day
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Government Following Up Ship Tragedy, says Premier
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Abbas Chairs Security Meeting
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: Ship Tragedy Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Police Close Al-Aqsa Gate for Visitors after Israelis Raise Flag
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Adviser to Abbas Meets Italian Consul General
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Israel Orders Jordan Valley Residesnts to Leave Homes
WAFA – 14 Oct 2013

Misc

U.S. keeping measured expectations in nuclear talks with Iran
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – A senior U.S. official says that ‘the chances of an agreement being reached in two days are quite low,’ as world powers and Iran prepare to meet in Geneva. GENEVA A senior Obama administration official cautioned Monday that “no one should expect a breakthrough…

Only Muslims can call their deity Allah, Malaysian court rules
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – Only Muslims have the right to refer to their god as Allah, a Malaysian appeals court ruled Monday, setting off angry outcries among Christians and opposition political leaders that the government is oppressing minority faiths.

Syria: Car bomb strikes rebel-held town, killing at least 27 people
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – GAZIANTEP, Turkey A car bomb exploded in the bustling central shopping district of a rebel-controlled town in northern Syria on Monday, killing at least 27 people.

Obstacles to Iran nuclear deal: Secrets, lies, political infighting
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – Iran and six major powers have been at odds for a decade over the Islamic republic s development of nuclear capabilities, at the heart of negotiations set to resume Tuesday in Geneva.

Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi won’t renounce claim to presidency, family says
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — A senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood s political party was arrested Monday on the eve of a major Muslim holiday, while the family of the organization s jailed leader issued a defiant statement saying he wouldn’t renounce his claim to Egypt s presidency.

Nations gear up for Iran nuclear talks
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – Iran seeks approval to enrich uranium but also relief from sanctions. The U.S. and European allies want Iran to dial down its nuclear program right away. WASHINGTON After a decade of stalemate, diplomats from Iran, the U.S. and five other nations are about to…

Syria says civilians evacuated from embattled Damascus suburb
LA Times 14 Oct 2013 – BEIRUT Syrian officials said Sunday that authorities working with the Red Crescent had overseen the evacuation of 3,000 women and children from a battleground suburb of Damascus to temporary shelters outside the war zone.

Car bombs explode near state TV headquarters in Syria
LA Times 13 Oct 2013 – BEIRUT Suicide attackers detonated a pair of car bombs in central Damascus on Sunday near the state broadcasting headquarters, causing material damage to an exterior wall but no injures, the Syrian media reported.

In Iran Talks, Nuclear Gains Offer Challenge
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – An American official said the United States and its partners would wait for Iran to take concrete steps to constrain the pace and scope of its nuclear program before easing any sanctions.

Qaeda Suspect Is Brought To New York for a Hearing
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, captured in Libya this month, was to be presented before a federal judicial officer on Tuesday after he stopped eating and drinking aboard a Navy vessel.

Business Rebuilds in a Thriving City in Iraq
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – A campaign by Kurdish leaders to make Erbil the political and business capital of the region in northern Iraq has stirred investments from Western businesses.

Wadih el-Safi, 91, a Favorite Singer in the Arab World
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – Mr. Safi helped spread colloquial Lebanese Arabic outside of Lebanon, becoming known to many Arabs as the man with the golden voice. 

Wadih el-Safi, 92, a Favorite Singer in the Arab World
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – Mr. Safi helped spread colloquial Lebanese Arabic outside of Lebanon, becoming known to many Arabs as the man with the golden voice. 

At War Blog: Missing a Young Friend in a Changed Kabul
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – Last month marked one year since our friend Parwana, 11, was killed along with her sister and two others by a suicide bomber. Life has gone on in the eye of the Afghan storm, as it must.

Israel Warns Against Easing Sanctions on Iran
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – The warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came as talks between Iran and the big powers over its nuclear program were about to resume.

World Brief | Middle East: Ten Jewish Men Detained at Temple Mount
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – The men were detained but not arrested after singing and dancing at the site, the holiest in Judaism and third holiest in Islam.

Syrian Rebels Urged to Let Inspectors See Arms Sites
New York Times 14 Oct 2013 – The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog said it had reached 5 of 20 sites but had access problems at others because of the civil war.

Damascus Highway Journal: In Syria, Motorists Press on, Yielding for War
New York Times 13 Oct 2013 – Driving in Syria reveals the sometimes surreal experience of Syrians trying to move themselves and their goods around a country that has become a patchwork of rebellion and control.

In Rare Cease-Fire, Hundreds Evacuate Rebel-Held Syrian Town
New York Times 13 Oct 2013 – Hundreds of civilians were allowed to leave Moadhamiyeh, outside Damascus, but aid workers said they were still unable to enter the besieged town, where six people have reportedly died of malnutrition.

Iran to Offer Proposal and Speak of Peaceful Aims at Nuclear Talks in Geneva
New York Times 13 Oct 2013 – Iranian nuclear negotiators said that they would give assurances on Tuesday in Geneva that Iran was not trying to assemble atomic weapons.

DC s Theater J, The Admission, and The Threat of Truth Telling
Muzzlewatch – By Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark Culture is the arena through which collective memory is created and sustained, and that s why it s often so disputatious. Among the most powerful of these collective memories is the Zionist narrative of Israel s War of Independence in 1948, which presents Zionist conduct…

WFAA ABC News: Rights groups urge Justice probe of 1985 bombing
Jewish Voice for Peace – Civil rights groups and members of Congress are pressing the Justice Department to renew its investigation of a 1985 office bombing that killed Palestinian-American civil rights leader Alex Odeh and injured seven people. Rights groups urge Justice probe of 1985 bombing , Associated Press, WFAA ABC News,…

Long Island University Puts Kibosh on Academic Freedom
Muzzlewatch –  Thisfast-growing petitiontells a sad story about the decline of academic scholarship in the face of Israel criticism-phobia. In a nutshell: professor Harriet Malinowitz gets support from her department for proposal to take sabbatical and write about Zionism and Propaganda. University administration inexplicably denies proposal. Union…

Columbus Day reflection
Mondoweiss – Today being the official Columbus Day holiday in the U.S., it s a good occasion for people here to reflect on the similarities between the history of this land and what s happening in Palestine Modified by Engin Coban h/t Anna Baltzer

Join Mondoweiss on Facebook
Mondoweiss – Do you check Facebook before Mondoweiss? If so, we ve got something for you: join Mondoweiss on Facebook so you can look through your friends and family s lives and get your fix of Israel/Palestine news at the same time. Mondoweiss is now ramping up our presence on…

The Desert of Israeli Democracy: A trip through the Negev Desert leads to the heart of Israel s national nightmare
Mondoweiss – From the podium of the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seamlessly blended frightening details of Iranian evildoing with images of defenseless Jews bludgeoned and left for dead by anti-Semites in nineteenth century Europe. Aimed at U.S. and Iranian moves towards diplomacy and a…

In photos: On the brink of displacement, Jerusalem Bedouin celebrate Eid
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Allison Deger) On Sunday, one day before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Palestinians from the Bab al-Shams local committee and the Fatah Youth Movement delivered toys to Bedouin children living in four unrecognized villages in the Jerusalem hills . The communities of Abu Nawar, Afhad…

Onavo investors see tenfold returns
Globes Main News – Onavo’s founders, CEO Guy Rosen and CTO Roi Tiger, will rake in $50 million on the Ramat Gan company’s sale to Facebook.

S&P Maalot cuts Oil Refineries rating
Globes Main News – Standard & Poor’s Maalot has lowered Oil Refineries credit rating to BBB following weak operational performance.

Teva VP: We must adapt to changing market
Globes Main News – Ika Abarbanel, Teva’s executive VP, says the workers too have an interest in the company remaining a market leader.

IEC declares emergency as strike looms
Globes Energy & Water – The Histadrut has declared a labor dispute at Israel Electric Corporation after the collapse of reforms talks.

What Comes Next: Unlikely, unrealistic, or unimaginable?
Mondoweiss – This post is part of What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm. This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

What Comes Next: Even one state may not be enough
Mondoweiss – This post is part of What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm. This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

Miley Cyrus, sociologist
Mondoweiss – Maybe you ve followed Miley Cyrus s transformation (or self-destruction). The singer has broken forth, at 20, from her former Disney persona as Hannah Montana with two or three sexually-explicit performances; and Sinead O Connor has warned her that she s being exploited. Cyrus has been defiant. Lately she said…

Mon: Teva keeps climbing
Globes Main News – Teva boosted the market in the wake of its controversial cutbacks, but layoffs could not stop Oil Refineries continuing slide.

Finance Ministry to review Teva tax breaks
Globes Main News – Tax Authority director general Moshe Asher is to examine whether it is legally possible to reduce the tax breaks given to Teva.

Ehud Barak denies interest in Israel Military Industries
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Ehud Barak: I have not now, or ever, any intention of acquiring IMI.

The face of young Israel: Palestinians shouldn t be in the Knesset, or in relationships with Jews
Mondoweiss – Last month, I went to the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in West Jerusalem to interview Israelis, and spent half an hour sitting with three teenagers. After a few minutes, they allowed me to turn on my video camera. Max Blumenthal was with me, and I believe…

Teva and gov’t policy have failed
Globes Macro Economics – Teva also failed to see that the Israeli mood has changed, and that figures such as NIS 13-14 billion in tax breaks over six years are unacceptable.

Teva denies plan to shift production to Far East
Globes Main News – The company says that the details of its streamlining program have not yet been finalized.

Today we will see Palestinian farmers, and Israeli settlers and soldiers, but we don t know what s in store
Mondoweiss – An activist friend from the UK has been working with Ta ayush, the Arab-Jewish partnership organization in Israel and Palestine. He asked that we keep him anonymous as he is concerned about freedom to travel. Ed. A Day with Ta ayush Saturday 12th October 2013 The Ta ayush bus…

Isaiah s complaint
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. In the America of the 1970s, the Jewish establishment worried about the corrosive effects of Portnoy s Complaint . Was Jewish life boiling down…

Power plant breakdowns cause outages
Globes Energy & Water – Power outages were felt across the country due to two malfunctions at the Gezer power station.

Energy stocks dive
Globes Energy & Water – By midday, Shemen Oil fell 89.6%, but Oil Refineries is up, following reports on layoffs.

Shekel starts week stronger
Globes Main News – FXCM Israel: Trading in the dollar in international markets, and probably in the Israeli market too, will be highly volatile this week.

Oil Refineries downsizing
Globes Energy & Water – The company will fire 240 employees, 16% of its workforce. Since the beginning of 2011, Oil Refineries has lost $315 million.

Geneva hosts key Iran nuclear talks
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – World powers are set to begin talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme, but no major breakthrough is expected in Geneva.

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect reaches US
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – The Libyan al-Qaeda suspect seized in a US raid on Tripoli on 5 October has been transferred to the US to face charges in New York, prosecutors say.

United States Could Ease Sanctions Quickly if Iran Acts on Nuclear Promises
The Foward Breaking News 14 Oct 2013 – The United States held out the prospect of quick sanctions relief for Iran on Monday if Tehran moves swiftly to allay concerns about its nuclear programme, although both countries said any deal would be complex and take time. Click here for the rest of the article……

StandWithUs Counters Anti-Israel Ads With Vancouver Transit Campaign
The Foward Breaking News 14 Oct 2013 – An Israel advocacy group has launched a transit campaign in opposition to anti-Israel ads on Vancouver buses and light rail stations. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rabbi Ovadia Highway Coming to Jerusalem
The Foward Breaking News 14 Oct 2013 – A new highway into Jerusalem will be named for the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas party. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women of Wall Fouders Reject Leader’s Compromise on Prayer at Western Wall
The Foward Breaking News 14 Oct 2013 – Ten longtime members of Women of the Wall are protesting the organization s recent decision to accept a spot at the Robinson s Arch area next to the Western Wall Plaza. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Israel warns over sanctions on Iran
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz, warns against easing sanctions on Iran in return for it agreeing to suspend uranium enrichment.

Israel PM site ‘in erotica gaffe’
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Twitter site briefly followed a Persian erotica account before unfollowing it, sparking comments on social media, reports say.

Geneva hosts key Iran nuclear talks
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – World powers are set to begin talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme, but no major breakthrough is expected in Geneva.

Libyan al-Qaeda suspect reaches US
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – The Libyan al-Qaeda suspect seized in a US raid on Tripoli on 5 October has been transferred to the US to face charges in New York, prosecutors say.

Arms team in Syria short-truce plea
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – The head of the body tasked with destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal tells the BBC fighting is hampering access to sites and calls for truces.

VIDEO: Israel warns over sanctions on Iran
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz, warns against easing sanctions on Iran in return for it agreeing to suspend uranium enrichment.

Assad: Hamas Has Betrayed Us Repeatedly, But& 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Oct 2013 – SAn image grab taken from a video shows an opposition fighter firing an rocket propelled grenade (RPG) on August 26, 2013 during clashes with regime forces over the strategic area of Khanasser, situated on the only road linking Aleppo to central Syria. (Photo: AFP – Salah…

Switching to Digital Reading
Al-Akhbar Blogs 14 Oct 2013 – Related Articles: The Arab Reader and the Myth of Six Minutes Against All Odds: Seven Years of Al-Akhbar read more

Kidnappers release four of seven aid workers in Syria: Red Cross
Al-Akhbar News 14 Oct 2013 – Three of the six Red Cross aid workers abducted by gunmen in northwest Syria on Sunday have been released, along with a volunteer from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday. “Good news! We confirm that the…

Israel PM site ‘in erotica gaffe’
BBC 14 Oct 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Twitter site briefly followed a Persian erotica account before unfollowing it, sparking comments on social media, reports say.

Relatives hurl grenade inside Iran prison in attempt to stop execution
Al-Akhbar News 14 Oct 2013 – Family members threw a hand grenade inside an Iranian prison, leaving 28 people injured, in an abortive attempt to prevent an execution, state media reported on Monday. “During the carrying out of a death sentence, family members of a convict launched a grenade attack in Ilam…

At least 25 dead in string of Iraq bombings
Al-Akhbar News 14 Oct 2013 – An Iraqi boy inspects a burnt-out vehicle following a suicide attack the previous night in Baghdad’s eastern al-Jadidah district, on October 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye) A series of bombs killed at least 25 people across Iraq on Sunday, police and medical sources said….

Russia urges US to bring Syrian opposition to Geneva
Al-Akhbar News 14 Oct 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 12, 2013 shows a burnt car after two mortar rounds slammed into the central Abu Rummaneh neighborhood of Damascus. (Photo: AFP / SANA) Updated 1:50 pm: Russia on Monday urged the United States…

Articles


The Desert of Israeli Democracy
Max Blumenthal and Tom Engelhardt,Antiwar.com10/14/2013
 In case you hadn t noticed, Israel has been in the news a lot lately. After all, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at the U.N. in the midst of an Iranian “charm offensive,” just as presidents Obama and Rouhani were having the first conversation between Iranian and American heads of state since Jimmy Carter s day, and gave the usual hellfire sermon. He said Israel would, if necessary, “stand alone,” implicitly threatening to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities without Washington s support (an act that is, in reality, increasingly unlikely), and generally acted like the odd man out. Soon after, he made a comment reflecting his ignorance of life among the Iranian young “If the people of Iran were free, they could wear jeans, listen to Western music, and have free elections ” and the next thing you knew, indignant Iranian tweets were going up along with photos of jeans and Western music albums. And so another round of news stories hit the wires….. ~ Tom
 A Trip Through the Negev Desert Leads to the Heart of Israel s National Nightmare, By Max Blumenthal
 From the podium of the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seamlessly blended frightening details of Iranian evildoing with images of defenseless Jews “bludgeoned” and “left for dead” by anti-Semites in nineteenth century Europe. Aimed at U.S. and Iranian moves towards diplomacy and a war-weary American public, Netanyahu s gloomy tirade threatened to cast him as a desperate, diminished figure. Though it was poorly received in the U.S., alienating even a few of his stalwart pro-Israel allies, his jeremiad served a greater purpose, deflecting attention from his country s policies towards the group he scarcely mentioned: the Palestinians.
 Back in November 1989, while serving as a junior minister in the Likud-led governing coalition of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, a younger Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan University, “Israel should have taken advantage of the suppression of demonstrations [at China s Tiananmen Square], when the world s attention was focused on what was happening in that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the Territories….”more..e-mail

Hooray, we brought the Iranian people to their knees
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine10/14/2013
 With nuclear talks resuming Tuesday, the happy consensus is that the sanctions have forced Iran s regime to blink. But hardly anyone wants to think about the effect they ve had on the country s 80 million people.
 If you Google bringing the Iranian economy to its knees, you ll have a lot of reading to do. This is the new cliche regarding sanctions they ve brought the Iranian economy to its knees. And the United States, Europe and, of course, Israel are thrilled to hear it; to the leaders and no doubt the great majority of the public in the West (not to mention here), that cliche spells success. Bringing the Iranian economy to its knees is what led Iran s leaders to blink, to sue for economic peace, to offer whether they mean it or not to meet at least some of the West s demands regarding their nuclear program. In the consensus view, the sanctions worked precisely because they were crippling, to use another favorite clichÈ because they brought Iran s economy to its knees.
 Related: The myth of benign sanctions against Iran
 And I m sure this is true. I don t doubt that the reason Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei changed his tune, or the reason President Hassan Rouhani got elected, was because the sanctions had devastated the Iranian economy. But what does it mean to devastate the economy of a country of 80 million people? How do you bring a country s economy to its knees without bringing the country s people to their knees, too?
 You can t, can you?
 There have been plenty of news stories and NGO reports about how the sanctions have cut so deep into the Iranian economy that they have indeed crippled the basic well-being of all but the rich and well-connected. (Here, here, here and here, for starters.) Health care, especially the availability of a range of life-saving medicines, has been crippled….more..e-mail

How Israel increases its odds of international prosecution
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine10/14/2013
When the criminal records of IDF war criminals are expunged, the government puts them in danger of being tried abroad.
 Last week Yesh Din published a new report, Lacuna: War Crimes in Israeli Law and Court Martial Rulings. It deals with the way the military justice system handles offenses that are in effect war crimes. One of the issues discussed is the criminal records of soldiers convicted of offenses of this kind.
 In 2011 the Knesset enacted Amendment No. 61 of the Military Justice Act. It s pretty complicated, but can be summed up by saying that if a soldier was convicted of an offense in a military court martial, and the court sentenced him to no more than two months imprisonment, his criminal record would be erased in five years.
 The criminal record is a sort of cross that any man who has ever been convicted of a felony has to bear. It is a database
run by that most efficient of Israeli bureaucracies, the Israel Police. Having your name appear in it seriously jeopardizes your chances of being employed by the government, and it may well even deprive you of a visa to travel abroad. Unless, of course, you are the leader of a major political party then you can assault a child and still become the foreign minister. The period of time for maintaining criminal records is 10 years plus the length of the statute of limitations for the offense; the minimum period is 17 years.

 As was mentioned, since 2011, soldiers convicted of offenses are given a significant discount: their criminal record is deleted after five years, assuming their sentence was shorter than two months. Amendment No. 61 is intended to prevent young people from having their names besmirched for the rest of their lives due to a mistake they made during their military service. It is also retroactive…. — See also:Resource: War crimes in Israeli lawmore..e-mail

Staying power and the war for justice
Lawrence Davidson, Redress10/14/2013
 On 22 May 2013 I wrote an analysis titled Staying Sober . It recounted two news stories that drew many hopeful comments from progressives. One was about the New York-based federal judge who placed an injunction on the US government s practice of indefinite detention. The other was the momentary success of Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons at attaining some relief from their intolerable conditions. They too were protesting, among other things, against that country s version of indefinite detention.
 I noted that these were battles won and precedents to take heart from. They showed what was possible through determined opposition against unjust state practices. However, winning battles is not equivalent to winning wars, so it would be wise to celebrate soberly, knowing the struggles were not over. As it turned out, that was good advice. The New York judge s injunction was overturned on appeal and the behaviour of the Israelis quickly reverted to the status quo ante.
 Today we are in a similar situation. Again we have two news stories that have raised the hopes of progressives. The first is the decision of US President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to engage diplomatically, a step which represents a setback for the influence of the Zionist lobby. The second report is about a poll indicating that a near majority of American Jews think the Israeli government is not serious about peace with the Palestinians. Again, while both developments show movement in the right direction movement that progressives can help sustain it would be wise to stay sober.The diplomatic approach to Iran
 The most immediately uplifting event was President Obama s diplomatic approach to Iran. I was quite impressed with the president s move in this direction and said so in an analysis posted on 5 October 2013. However, others have seen this move as a possible radical reforging of American foreign policy . While a delightful thought, I think this is highly unlikely. Consider the following….more..e-mail


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