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Settlers Uproot 100 Olive Trees Near Nablus
IMEMC – Saturday morning [October 19, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian olive orchards in Qaryout village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and uprooted more than 100 olive trees. …

Settlers Occupy, Fence, 20 Dunams Of Palestinian Lands in Nablus
IMEMC – [Friday October 18, 2013] A group of armed extremist Israeli settlers illegally occupied 20 Dunams (4.94 Acres) of Palestinian lands that belong to residents of Aseera Al-Qebliyya village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian man shot at close range by Israeli forces in Hebron
10/19/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers on Saturday in the Wadi al-Khalil area south of Hebron. Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma’an that Ismael Mashni, 23, was shot in both feet by Israeli forces. He was subsequently taken in a private car to a medical center in al-Dhahiriya and later moved to Hebron Governmental….

Official: Settlers seize 5 acres of Palestinian land near Nablus
10/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli settlers late Friday appropriated approximately five acres of Palestinian land in the village of Asira al-Qibliya in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements in the Nablus district, told Ma’an that dozens of Israelis from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar surrounded the land with fences in the al-Bir area near….

Settlers destroy more than 100 olive trees near Nablus
10/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees in the Nablus district village of Qaryut early Saturday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Eli destroyed over 100 trees belonging to village residents Muhammad Ibrahim Muammar….

Report: Jewish women banned from night shifts to avoid Arab ‘contact’
10/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jewish women have been banned from working night shifts as a part of their national service at hospitals in Israel in order to avoid “contact with Arabs,” Israeli Channel 10 reported on Wednesday. Israeli National Service Administration Director Sar-Shalom Jerbi issued the directive two weeks ago banning any volunteer shifts past 9 p. m. for women fulfilling their national service duties….

Palestinians: Israel phones Gaza in bid to tar Hamas
10/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Palestinians in the Gaza Strip said they received phone calls on Friday from the Israeli army accusing Hamas of failing to provide for civilians.”To the residents of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army warns you against obeying the orders of the terrorist Hamas or having any contact with it,” the recipient of one such pre-recorded message quoted it as saying.”Know…. Related: Israeli army sends Gazans threatening voice messages

Palestinian prisoners in Rimon anxious after admin threatens raid
10/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prison Rimon said that there is a state of high anxiety and fear in the prison after the warden threatened to storm their rooms last Wednesday. Sources in the prison said that prisoners have promised to oppose the threatened operation, and will respond with force and burn their rooms down if the prison administration launches a raid….

Report: Palestinian mediation freed Lebanese abductees in Syria
10/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — It was Palestinian brokers who secured the release of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who had been held in Syria since 2011, according to a Beirut-based satellite TV station. Al-Mayadeen reported Saturday that the first phone call with the abductors was made by Palestinian ambassador to Turkey Nabil Maaroof from his mobile phone. Additionally, al-Mayadeen reported, chief of the Palestinian general intelligence….

British consul: Settlement construction ‘killing’ chances for peace
10/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — British Consul General to Jerusalem Sir Vincent Fean said Friday that Israel’s continued construction of settlements on Palestinian lands throughout the peace negotiations is “killing opportunities” for peace. In an exclusive interview with Ma’an, Fean expressed optimism about the possibility of a comprehensive political agreement being reached with Israel in spring 2014 that could lead to the….

Israeli army sends Gazans threatening voice messages
10/19/2013 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip received voice messages on their telephones from the Israeli army telling them not to go near any Hamas sites. Mohammad Yousef, a resident of Gaza, said that he received a voice message from someone who identified themselves as being a member of the Israeli armed forces, warning him not to go near any Hamas…. Related: Palestinians: Israel phones Gaza in bid to tar Hamas

Official: PA to reimburse farmers who suffer from settler attacks
10/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will reimburse Palestinian farmers who have suffered financial damages as a result of settler attacks on their fields, a PA official said Saturday. Minister of Agriculture Walid Assaf said in a statement that the PA would form a committee to compensate such farmers in order “to help them remain firm on their lands.” The minister’s remarks….

Reports: West Bank attacks do not signal new intifada
10/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An uptick in violence in the West Bank is cause for concern but not part of an orchestrated Palestinian campaign, Israeli media reported on Friday. A series of incidents, the latest of which saw Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian who forced his way into an army base on Thursday, have killed and injured several Israelis. Haaretz daily’s defense analyst Amos….

Merkel calls for ‘restraint’ from Israel on settlements
10/19/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Israel Friday to show “restraint” in the building of Jewish settlements, after talks with President Mahmoud Abbas.” We call on Israel to show restraint in the matter of settlement building,” Merkel told a joint press conference with Abbas in Berlin. Construction starts in Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land rose by 70 percent year-on-year in the first half….

Official: Bomb injures 4 at Egypt military site
10/19/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Three cars wired with explosives detonated near Egyptian military intelligence headquarters in northeastern city of Ismailia Saturday, injuring several officers, an Egyptian security officer told Ma’an. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officer said that a man drove his car through the external wall surrounding the building before he pulled the trigger, killing himself and injuring a number of….

Ankara: Turkish pilots held in Lebanon close to being freed
10/19/2013 – ANKARA (AFP) — Two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Lebanon in August are close to being released, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday.”Very favorable developments are under way concerning the two Turkish pilots, this matter has been largely settled,” Ahmet Davutoglu said on local television, adding that the men could be freed “within hours or days”. The pilots were kidnapped in Beirut….

Deadly blast near Damascus as envoy pushes peace
10/19/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) – A suicide car bombing of an army checkpoint in a Damascus suburb and a rebel attack killed 16 soldiers on Saturday, as the UN-Arab League envoy began a push for Syrian peace talks. Meanwhile, the United States said children were starving to death in besieged residential areas of the Syrian capital and demanded the regime allow in aid convoys. State media blamed the….

Palestinian fighter reportedly killed in Syria phones family alive
10/19/2013 – UMM AL-FAHM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man reportedly killed while fighting in Syria phoned his family on Saturday morning to tell them that he is alive and safe. Muayyad Zaki Jum’a Aghbarria, 28, left his village of Mushayrifa in northern Israel to fight with the rebels in Syria. His father Zaki said that his son “is alive and well, and news about….

The National

As peaceful protests decline, fears rise of a third intifada
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Combined with Israel s unrelenting expansion of Jewish settlements on land wanted for a Palestinian state, many Palestinians have begun questioning the usefulness of peaceful tactics.

Arab countries ask Saudi Arabia to reconsider Security Council snub
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Saudi Arabia s leaders should ‘maintain their membership in the Security Council and continue their brave role in defending our issues’.

Al Nusra bomber kills at least 16 at regime checkpoint near Damascus
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Rebel forces capture the checkpoint hit by the car bomb and are battling to take a second one on the outskirts of the capital.

Shunned by Egypt, Hamas reaches out to Palestinian rival
The National 19 Oct 2013 – The overture is received coolly by Fatah, whose leader, Mr Abbas, is engaged in a new round of US-sponsored peace talks with Israel.

Tunisian security forces kill 9 militants
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Tunisian forces killed the suspects in the Mount Taouyer area of Beja region, just 70 kilometres from the capital, the defence ministry said.

Signs that the global economy is recovering
The National 19 Oct 2013 – After a lot of bad news, there are some reasons for optimism in many parts of the world.

US restores military and economic aid to Pakistan
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the $1.6 billion (Dh5.87bn) to flow again.

Kashmir clashes spark outcries by Pakistan and India
The National 19 Oct 2013 – The clashes follow a pledge a few weeks ago by the prime ministers of the two countries to restore calm along the Line of Control.

Greek police race to find identity of girl found in Gypsy camp
The National 19 Oct 2013 – About 4 years old and going by the name Maria, the girl looked nothing like the couple she lived with.

Police stop presidential election in Maldives
The National 19 Oct 2013 – Police say the vote was stopped because the election commissioner failed to comply with a court order over the voter registation list.

India charges crew of US anti-piracy ship
The National 19 Oct 2013 – The crew have been charged with illegal procurement of diesel and possession of arms and ammunitions without required documentation.

Boy Scouts destroy ancient rock formation in Utah desert
The National 19 Oct 2013 – The rock formation, known as a goblin , dates to the late Jurassic era and is one of many that give the desert park a surreal appearance that draws visitors from around the world.

Ha’aretz

Wildlife habitat in the Judean Hills being throttled by fences
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Turkey blames Israel for report it leaked intelligence to Iran, source says
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Israeli Arab thought dead in Syria contacts family
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

More than 100 olive trees uprooted in West Bank, Palestinians report
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Over 100 olive trees uprooted in West Bank, Palestinians report
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Hamas PM calls for armed struggle, popular uprising against peace talks with Israel
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

New Israeli legislation aims to change the definition of rape as we know it
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Israel becomes major hub in the international cocaine trade, abuse rising
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Netanyahu backs bill for prolonged detention of illegal migrants
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Suicide blast kills at least 16 Syrian security personnel
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Lapid’s losing ground, Deri can’t get a break, and Netanyahu’s rising in the poll thanks to Iran
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Mild earthquake rocks northern Israel overnight
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

A portrait of Israel presented in the lives of Jerusalem’s liberators
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Now that Deri controls Shas, will he abandon non-Haredi Mizrahi Jews?
Ha’aretz – 18 Oct 2013

Bedouin sign language may be the key to human language development
Ha’aretz – 18 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Ahead of J lem vote, Lion garners range of right-wing endorsements
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Lion is still lagging in the polls but poll shows gap narrowing.

Reporter’s Notebook: Incivility in Beit Shemesh taints campaign
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Voters have allowed sectarian affiliations to desensitize them to humanity of their political opponents.

Arab states urge Saudi Arabia to maintain UN Security Council seat
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Group to kingdom: Continue brave role in defending our issues.

Peres commutes sentence for prisoner undergoing gender change
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Three-and-a-half years have passed since the prisoner committed the armed robbery for which he was eventually sentenced.

On day Ma’ariv building in Tel Aviv closed, beloved watchman takes his own life
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Paper’s journalists lament Russian historian who languished in his guard station due to insufficient Hebrew.

Israeli-Arab who was reportedly killed in Syria resurfaces, calls family
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Mueed Jumaa did not provide details of his whereabouts.

At least 30 killed as Syrian rebels attack outpost near capital
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Violence hits outskirts of Damascus reportedly by opposition forces; Observatory for HR: 15 rebels, at least 16 soldiers killed.

Haniyeh calls for ‘big Al Aqsa intifada,’ demands Israel release prisoners
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza marks two-year anniversary of Schalit swap with speech urging Abbas to halt peace talks.

2 years after deal to release IDF soldier Schalit, Hamas warns of more abductions
Jerusalem Post 18 Oct 2013 – Hamas freed Schalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel for terrorist offenses.

Uruknet

Assad s terror-famine
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Children in Syria are now eating leaves for nutrition. Residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp are baking flatbreads made from “stale lentils.” A group of Muslim clerics has issued an Eid al-Adha fatwa allowing the…

Great leap forward: daytime arrests for children under military occupation
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- Allegedly Israel will be reforming the way it arrests children in the West Bank. At least that s what we re led to believe by AFP s Israel army reforms child arrest methods, The United Nations Children…

Afghan Families Want Accountability, Not Apologies
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – The dusty cemetery in Saracha village hosts three new graves: small hills of soil shielding the bodies of Sahebullah, Wasihullah and Amanullah, three of the five boys and young men killed by an ISAF-NATO airstrike on…

Palestinians: Israel phones Gaza in bid to tar Hamas
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 — Palestinians in the Gaza Strip said they received phone calls on Friday from the Israeli army accusing Hamas of failing to provide for civilians. “To the residents of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army warns you…

An interview with Guant·namo expert Andy Worthington for The Prisma, An Online Multi-Cultural Newspaper
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Since Obama took power in 2009, he has freed 73 of the prisoners in Guant·namo, of the 240 prisoners who were held when he took office. Three others have died. But in the last three years…

Week of Action to Free Ahmad Sa adat: Calendar of Events
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Ahmad Sa adat, Palestinian leader, parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, has been held in Israeli jails since March 15, 2006. Before that time, he was held in Palestinian…

The Israeli government s official lawfare contractor
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – The Israeli hasbara group that once sued Jimmy Carter and Twitter, represents Israeli soldiers accused of excessive force and war crimes and files lawsuits at the behest of the Israeli government, calls itself a human rights…

WATCH: An IDF love song set in the ruins of a Palestinian village
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – One of the more difficult aspects of living in Israel over the last several years has been coming to terms with the layers of denial in which Jewish Israeli society wraps itself. The denial comes in…

Pakistan tells U.N. at least 400 civilians killed by drone strikes
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Pakistan has confirmed that of some 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade, at least 400 were civilians and an additional 200 victims were deemed “probable non-combatants,” a U.N. human rights investigator said…

Settlers destroy more than 100 olive trees near Nablus
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 — Israeli settlers chopped down more than 100 olive trees in the Nablus district village of Qaryut early Saturday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settler activities in the northern West…

Dramatic Increase in Israeli Settlement Construction
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – Peace Now compiled disturbing evidence. More on it below. It calls itself “the leading voice of Israeli public pressure for peace.” It wants Israel s occupation ended. It has over 10,000 global members. Settlement Watch is…

Syria News – October 18, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – By the end of Friday, the Coordination Committees were able to document 49 martyrs, including 5 women, 4 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 11 martrys were reported in Hama; 10 in Aleppo; 7 in Homs;…

Hersh Says bin Laden Kill Story “One Big Lie”
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 -If Seymour Hersh says the tale of the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy SEALS is “one big lie” and “not one word of it is true,” President Obama will be hard…

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images) Israel beefs up embassies with dedicated boycott fighters
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – Israel is ramping up its efforts to fight the growing campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). Anshel Pfeffer reveals in Haaretz this weekend: Today s battle is BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign…

Israel and the erosion of democracy: an Australian story
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – A few months ago I signed my name as co-defendant to a possible legal action threatened by an Israeli law firm, Shurat HaDin, targeting two Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) academics – Professors Jake…

Hashemi says he is ready for trial in Baghdad with European guarantees
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – Iraq s former Vice President Tareq Al-Hashemi, who was sentenced to death in absentia, said that he is ready to return “immediately” to Baghdad to appear before a court if the European Union pledged to ensure…

The ICC is an affront to international justice
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – The only surprise over the African Union s condemnation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for bias is that it took so long to come. Since its inception on July 1, 2002, to…

The Gaza Strip is closed and more besieged than ever
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 -Israel continues to maintain a full, tight closure by land, sea, and air, on the only coastal enclave left to Palestine. This has become even worse since July, as the Egyptian government closes the Rafah crossing on…

Determined to ignore reality? Questions that the Iraqi Ministry of Health-WHO report didn t ask
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 -Iraq s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation have published a summary report of ex-post assessment of the prevalence of birth defects, still-births and miscarriages in the country obtained through a household survey. Before publication…

Obama may unfreeze Iranian assets to keep nuclear diplomacy going
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 – US officials are contemplating unfreezing some of the tens of billions dollars of Iranian assets in blocked accounts around the world, to give them bargaining chips to take the table with Iran, now that substantive negotiations…

No NSA Poster Child: The Real Story of 9/11 Hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – Ocotber 18, 2013 – Since whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the incredible scope of the government s domestic spying programs, two different narratives are moving forward in Congress. One, expressed most recently by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in the Wall Street…

Syria Protests October 18, 2013 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 –

Daily Star

Pilots kidnapped in Lebanon arrive back in Turkey
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan personally greets two kidnapped Turkish pilots when they arrive back in Istanbul after two months in captivity in Lebanon, live television footage shows.

Plane carrying released pilgrims lands at Beirut airport
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Nine Lebanese nationals held hostage in Syria for over 16 months touch down at Beirut s Rafik Hariri International Airport.

Released Turkish pilots board plane, depart from Beirut airport
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Released Turkish pilots board plane, depart from Beirut airport

Arab states urge Saudi Arabia to keep U.N. Security Council seat
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 The Arab Group at the United Nations urges Saudi Arabia to reconsider its decision to renounce a rotating seat on the Security Council to protest the 15-nation body’s failure to end the war in Syria and…

Turkish pilots handed over to Lebanese authorities: source
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Two Turkish Airlines pilots kidnapped over two months ago in Beirut are handed over to Lebanese authorities, a security source told The Daily Star.

Two Turks to be flown out after pilgrims in Beirut: source
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Two Turkish pilots kidnapped in Beirut in August will be released and flown out of Lebanon after the return of the nine recently released Lebanese hostages, a security source says.

Lebanese pilgrims return, kidnapped Turks back home
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Nine Lebanese held hostage in Syria for over 16 months return home from Turkey following mediation efforts which also saw the release and return of two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Beirut two months…

Tunisia says nine ‘terrorists’ killed, bombs seized
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Tunisian security forces kill nine “terrorists” and seize two tons of explosives in a military operation near where two policemen were killed two days earlier, the defense ministry says.

Hasan remembered at police hq ceremony
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Lebanon s police hold at their Beirut headquarters a ceremony commemorating Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, the former head of the Information Branch who was assassinated a year earlier in a car bombing.

Obama names former lawyer to head security unit
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama says the former Pentagon lawyer he is recalling to service to lead the Department of Homeland Security has a deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the United States .

Mubarak trial resumes in Egypt behind closed doors
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 Egyptian state media say top security officials are testifying behind closed doors in the retrial of ex-president Hosni Mubarak.

Hamas denies taking part in Egypt, Syria, fighting
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 The Gaza Strip’s Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh denies reports that the Islamic militant group is involved in fighting in the neighbouring Egyptian Sinai or in Syria.

Fatah Al-Islam member shot, wounded in s. Lebanon
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 A member of Fatah Al-Islam is shot in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain Al-Hilweh and later transferred to a local medical center in the southern city of Sidon.

Car bomb near Egypt army intelligence building wounds four
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 At least four soldiers are wounded when a car bomb explodes near an army intelligence building in Ismailia, northeast of Cairo, security sources and state media say.

Obama urges Congress to ditch politics of crisis
Daily Star 19 Oct 2013 The U.S. Congress must stop stumbling from crisis to crisis and join together to create jobs and get things done, President Barack Obama says in his weekly radio address.

YNet News

Rabbi Abraham Zuckerman dies at 98
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – ….

Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – ….

Dutch building where Mati Hari was born burns
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – ….

Lane opens on Highway 1 in direction of TA
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – ….

Pilots kidnapped in Lebanon arrive back in Turkey
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – ….

Israel is leaving us
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Young Israeli woman studying in Rome says she didn’t leave for reasons of comfort, but for lack of better choice ….

Amazon sells books denying Holocaust
YNet News, 19 Oct 2013 – Online retailer offering publications with titles such as ‘Did Six Million Really Die?’ despite being sued for similar circumstances in 2009 ….

Museum wants relic back from Shoah survivor
YNet News, 18 Oct 2013 – Holocaust survivor’s family urges NY’s highest court to let them keep ancient gold tablet that their late father obtained in Germany after World War II. Berlin museum: Reparation has nothing to do with this case ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya calls for the ‚¨ SGreat Aqsa Intifada‚¨ ù
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya called on the Islamic peoples “from Tangiers to Jakarta to participate in the Great Aqsa Intifada.‚¨ ù

Clashes reported in Kharsa village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the village of Kharsa, south of Dura town in Al-Khalil, on Friday night and clashed with young men.

Israeli army incites against Hamas via cellphone messages
PIC – The Israeli army sent cellphone messages inciting the Gazans against the government of Hamas and the Palestinian resistance.

IOF arrests Palestinian farmer in Jenin village
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed on Friday night Tora village, south of Jenin, and arrested a Palestinian farmer while tending to his land near the Apartheid Wall.

Hamdan: The Syrian people should decide their own future independently
PIC – Hamas’ former representative in Lebanon and its foreign relations official Osama Hamdan said that the Syrian people should decide their own future without any external interference.

Hamas asks Lebanese forces to stop razing homes in Dabbiya refugee camp
PIC – Hamas movement asked Lebanese security forces to stop razing homes in Dabbiya Palestinian refugee camp, east of Beirut.

Abu Marzouk: Wafa al-Ahrar deal reflects the Palestinian resistance will
PIC – Hamas movement has renewed its adherence to freeing all Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and to liberating the entire land of historical Palestine.

IOF suppress weekly peaceful marches of W. Bank
PIC – The IOF quelled the peaceful marches held on Friday afternoon in different West Bank areas against settlement activities and in support of Jerusalem, the Aqsa Mosque and the prisoners.

WAFA

Erekat Urges US to Pressure Israel on Settlements
WAFA – 19 Oct 2013

Presidency Backs Saudi Position on Security Council
WAFA – 19 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: Dailies Resume Publication after Holiday
WAFA – 19 Oct 2013

Farmers Will Be Compensated for Damage Caused by Settlers, says Minister
WAFA – 19 Oct 2013

Israeli Settlers Cut Down over 100 Olive Trees in Nablus Area
WAFA – 19 Oct 2013

Misc

Suicide Bombing at Restaurant in Somalia
New York Times 19 Oct 2013 – The Shabab militant group in Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bomb Near Syrian Capital Kills 16, Activists Say
New York Times 19 Oct 2013 – Syrian rebels assaulted a checkpoint in a pro-government suburb of Damascus on Saturday, setting off a suicide car bomb that killed 16 soldiers, activists said.

Syrian Rebels Attack Checkpoint Near Capital
New York Times 19 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomb was part of the assault, which killed at least 16 soldiers Saturday in a pro-government suburb of Damascus, activists said.

Netanyahu s extrajudicial end-run, to imprison African asylum-seekers
Mondoweiss – African immigrants seen at a detention facility located in the south of Israel. August, 2012. (Photo: Moshe Shai/Flash90/Times of Israel) I ve seen the pattern before. Over the summer Israel s high court declared an amendment to the a nti-Infiltration Law of 2009 unconstitutional. The amendment extended the maximum…

Report: Summers rejects Netanyahu offer to be top Israeli banker
Mondoweiss – Larry Summers I guess rudeness is a resume-builder in Israel. Reuters reporter Dan Williams: . @Netanyahu offered former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers the job of Israeli central bank governor @Reuters Dan Williams (@DanWilliams) October 19, 2013 The Times of Israel says Summers has rejected…

NY panel to examine militarization, domestic spying, and Cornell-Technion partnership
Mondoweiss – On October 23, 2013, New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership will host a panel discussion at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. The panel aims to highlight connections between The Technion: Israel Institute of Technology, U.S. and Israeli weapons development, the advancement of Israeli apartheid, and the…

Journalists should tell their readers if they re Zionists
Mondoweiss – Peter Beinart I take Roger Cohen seriously and so I ve read a lot of his columns over the years, bought his book on the Balkans and read it. I leaped at the chance to debate the peace process with him in Qatar four years ago, and…

Great leap forward: daytime arrests for children under military occupation
Mondoweiss – Allegedly Israel will be reforming the way it arrests children in the West Bank. At least that s what we re led to believe by AFP s Israel army reforms child arrest methods, The United Nations Children s Fund ( UNICEF ) announced on Monday the Israeli military agreed to…

Jews turn away from Judaism, Jewishly
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. Does it matter what boundaries we cross to find the truth we need? If we can t find what we need in the place…

Corey Robin calls on American Jews to reflect on their power and status and deep differences with Israeli Jews
Mondoweiss – David Grossman Brooklyn College political scientist Corey Robin has overcome his reluctance to criticize a colleague and slammed Eric Alterman for his attack on Max Blumenthal s book Goliath in The Nation. Where Alterman finds only juvenile faux-cleverness, a case against the Jewish state that is carelessly…

Shmuley Boteach s Jewish Histrionics
Tikun Olam – You have to read this to believe it. Shmuley Boteach and his new billionaire pal, Sheldon Adelson, recently hopped into bed with Rwanda s mass killer Paul Kagame and feted him as a special humanitarian. Despite the fact that he played a major role in the killing…

Who Leaked Story about Turkish Intelligence Betraying Mossad Spy Cell?
Tikun Olam – David Ignatius and the Wall Street Journal reported this week that after the Mavi Marmara massacre, in which the IDF executed nine Turks aboard the vessel, Turkey took its revenge by betraying a cell of Iranian agents of the Mossad. The Israeli intelligence agency, since David…

Hamas Reaches Out to Rival Abbas After Being Cut Off From Egypt
The Foward Breaking News 19 Oct 2013 – Hamas, its Gaza Strip stronghold cut off by the new military-backed government in Egypt, called upon rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday to end their six-year schism and form a unity government. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria last year return home to Beirut, after a hostage deal sees two Turkish pilots released in Lebanon.

VIDEO: Decline of Turkish border towns
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Jiyar Gol visits the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar and sees the economic impact of the closure of the border with Syria.

VIDEO: Why is Libya still not pumping oil?
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Simon Atkinson examines why Libya is not producing as much oil as
before its uprising two years ago.

UN calls for urgent Syria ceasefire
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – The UN’s humanitarian chief calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah to allow for aid delivery and evacuations.

European Networks Purchase Israeli Signing Show ‘Rising Star’
The Foward Breaking News 19 Oct 2013 – The new Israeli reality show Rising Star has been sold to major networks in a number of European countries. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Between Abuja and Riyadh
allAfrica.com 19 Oct 2013 – [Daily Trust]I was privileged, a fortnight ago, to travel to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to attend a conference. Participants at the conference who were mainly university academics in the field of Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics were drawn from eight countries namely China; Egypt; Malaysia; Nigeria;…

Thousands of Morsi Supporters Protest in Cities Across Egypt
The Foward Breaking News 19 Oct 2013 – Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi protested across Egypt on Friday, shouting slogans against army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted him on July 3. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lebanese ex-hostages home from Syria
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped in Syria last year return home to Beirut, after a hostage deal sees two Turkish pilots released in Lebanon.

Tunisia forces kill nine ‘Islamists’
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Tunisian security forces kill at least nine suspected Islamist militants who are blamed for a deadly attack on police patrols, officials say.

VIDEO: Decline of Turkish border towns
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Jiyar Gol visits the Turkish town of Ceylanpinar and sees the economic impact of the closure of the border with Syria.

VIDEO: Why is Libya still not pumping oil?
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – Simon Atkinson examines why Libya is not producing as much oil as before its uprising two years ago.

Lebanese Resistance Leader: The Saraya Is Here to Stay
Al-Akhbar News 19 Oct 2013 – In this context, the party decided to reactivate an old decision, rejecting the membership of any former members of the PNO in the Saraya and welcoming any decision by a Saraya member to switch to the PNO. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) In this context, the party…

Why Did Riyadh Turn Down UN Seat?
Al-Akhbar News 19 Oct 2013 – An aerial view shows the clock tower and the nearby district of Jabal Omar (foreground) which is the location of the poorer district of the holy city of Mecca, on October 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Noureldine) An aerial view shows the clock tower and…

UN calls for urgent Syria ceasefire
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – The UN’s humanitarian chief calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyah to allow for aid delivery and evacuations.

VIDEO: Syria soldiers ‘killed in blast’
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – At least 16 Syrian soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack and the fighting that followed in a Damascus suburb, activists have said.

Blast rocks Egypt military building
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – A car bomb explodes outside a military intelligence building in the Egyptian city of Ismailiya, north-east of Cairo.

Nine Lebanese pilgrims reunite with relatives in Beirut
Al-Akhbar News 19 Oct 2013 – One of the nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims abducted by rebels in Syria reacts as he arrives at Beirut International airport on October 19, 2013, after being released in Turkey the previous day. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Updated 11:45 pm: The nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims who…

VIDEO: Syria snipers ‘target pregnant women’
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – A British doctor who has volunteered in hospitals in Syria for five weeks, says Syrian snipers are shooting pregnant women for a game.

Syrian soldiers ‘killed in blast’
BBC 19 Oct 2013 – At least 16 Syrian soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing and fighting that followed in a Damascus suburb, activists say.

Intense fighting follows suicide attack in Damascus suburb
Al-Akhbar News 19 Oct 2013 – Opposition fighters prepare homemade bombs in a street of the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Tarek Abu al-Fahem) A suicide car bombing outside a suburb of Damascus and fighting that followed killed and injured an…

Gunmen kill colonel in southern Yemen
Al-Akhbar News 19 Oct 2013 – Two masked gunmen killed a security officer and his bodyguard in southern Yemen late on Friday in what a security official said was a suspected al-Qaeda attack. Colonel Mohammed Abdullah al-Habashy, security adviser in the southeastern Hadramout province, was at a restaurant with his bodyguard in…

Lebanon: Dismal Conditions for Police in Dahiyeh
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Oct 2013 – One officer recounted an incident where a vehicle almost ran him over because its driver could not see him in the dark. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) One officer recounted an incident where a vehicle almost ran him over because its driver could not see him in the…

Articles


Even the World Bank Understands: Palestine is being Disappeared
Jonathan Cook, Centre for Research on Globalization – Middle East 10/17/2013
Two recent images encapsulate the message behind the dry statistics of last week s report by the World Bank on the state of the Palestinian economy.
The first is a poster from the campaigning group Visualising Palestine that shows a photoshopped image of Central Park, eerily naked. Amid New York s skyscrapers, the park has been sheared of its trees by bulldozers. A caption reveals that since the occupation began in 1967, Israel has uprooted 800,000 olive trees belonging to Palestinians, enough to fill 33 Central Parks.
The second, a photograph widely published last month in Israel, is of a French diplomat lying on her back in the dirt, staring up at Israeli soldiers surrounding her, their guns pointing down towards her. Marion Castaing had been mistreated when she and a small group of fellow diplomats tried to deliver emergency aid, including tents, to Palestinian farmers whose homes had just been razed.
The demolitions were part of long-running efforts by Israel to clear Palestinians out of the Jordan Valley, the agricultural heartland of a future Palestinian state. Ms Castaing s defiance resulted in her being quietly packed off back to Europe, as French officials sought to avoid a confrontation with Israel.
The World Bank report is a way of stating discreetly what Castaing and other diplomats hoped to highlight more directly: that Israel is gradually whittling away the foundations on which the Palestinians can build an independent economic life and a viable state.
This report follows a long line of warnings in recent years from international bodies on the dire economic situation facing Palestinians…. more..e-mail

Terry Gross aired Blumenthal when he went after Republicans, but Israel no thank you
Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss 10/17/2013
US press coverage of Israel is a theme in Dennis J. Bernstein s Consortium News interview with Max Blumenthal about his new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. The book came out at the beginning of October. And Blumenthal relates that he s had a hard time getting press coverage.
DB: This is one of the most, if not the most, censored subjects in the U.S. The liberal press is perhaps worse than the conservative press. We talked before about Rachel Maddow. Chris Matthews has a new book and will be on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Has NPR reached out to you yet? Morning Edition? Are any of these folks interested in this censored subject?
MB: I m glad you asked that. In my last book tour for Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, I got books for Fresh Air and Terry Gross. I didn t understand the significance of the show until my interview aired. She actually let me give my analysis uncensored on the Christian right and the Republican Party. Within five minutes of the show airing I went onto the Amazon page for my book and was number eight overall for books on Amazon. I was beating Glenn Beck, whose book was being bulk bought by conservative organizations.
People were eating it up, because they finally heard an analysis, even about the Republican Party, that had been sort of off-limits in the mainstream media. My publicist has tried to book me on Terry Gross again. If people hear my analysis, I think they are hungry to hear about my journalism and experiences. Terry Gross s producer has flat out rejected it. I have not gotten onto any mainstream media.
DB: Do they say why they aren t interested?
MB: I was asked to submit something by the New York Times op docs, a new section on the website that published short video documentaries…. more..e-mail

The Israeli government s official lawfare contractor
Yossi Gurvitz, translated from Hebrew by Jordan Michaeli, +972 Magazine 10/19/2013
The Israeli hasbara group that once sued Jimmy Carter and Twitter, represents Israeli soldiers accused of excessive force and war crimes and files lawsuits at the behest of the Israeli government, calls itself a human rights organization.
You know Israel s policy since no one believes a word it says (and rightfully so) that the country must operate through third parties supposedly unconnected to it? This has officially been Israeli state policy since 2010, but it seems it was established much earlier.
My Hebrew blog has dealt quite extensively with Im Tirtzu, and the fact that it is actually a GONGO (Government Operated Non-Governmental Organization), meaning, an organization pretending to be an independent organization while receiving instructions from the government, and the groups ties to the Prime Minister s Office (Hebrew). Now, thanks to Chelsea Manning and may we soon see her free another hasbara organization, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center, was exposed as a GONGO.
You may remember Shurat HaDin, which defines itself as a lawfare organization and that threatened to sue Twitter for the fact that Hezbollah has a Twitter account, sued former president Jimmy Carter for intentional misreprese
ntation of Israel and tried to prevent the Gilad Schalit deal with a petition to the High Court of Justice, among other hasbara tricks.

The organization, which defines itself as a Jewish human rights organization, probably in line with [Hebron settler and MK] Orit Struk s definition, was established in 2003 by Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner. According to the American embassy documents leaked by Manning, Darshan-Leitner told American embassy personal in 2007, as was reported by them, that during its early years (of Shurat HaDin, Y.G.), the organization received instructions from the Israeli government regarding which cases to handle…. more..e-mail

Have you murdered and also taken possession?
Avraham H. Muthada, translated from Hebrew by Iris Barner, +972 Magazine 10/19/2013
First the moderate Judaism of Mizrahi Jews was trampled and some of them were pushed into an extreme orthodox practice that originated in Europe. Then the Mizrahi Jews were blamed for Ashkenazi-originated orthodoxy, and now MK Ruth Calderon reinvents moderate Judaism as if none of this has ever happened.
Ruth Caldreron s maiden speech in the Knesset (Hebrew) left a mark in our memories and amazed the Israeli public. Ever since, the secular Midrashas (seminaries for women) she represents are sprouting up everywhere and are presenting a refreshing, new Jewish discourse. We have before us a modern and progressive Judaism that forms a bridge between past and present, between Zionism and moderate Judaism that links us back to our roots. But I wonder, did my tradition-keeping ancestors not bring with them the moderate God from abroad? Wasn t it Calederon s ancestors who dismissed my ancestors with one fell swoop and uprooted God from their hearts? It seems that the West is once again shown as a conqueror and destroyer, and then it picks up the pieces and rearranges them back into a mosaic that represents its views.
Every Saturday I hurry to the Iranian immigrants synagogue, and my heart sinks. I see a place of public worship, like the ones right next to it, where the number of worshipers is decreasing, standing on the brink. The aging generation around me finds it hard to understand how in the Holy Land of all places, the chain of tradition that survived exile has been broken.
Carrying God into modernity
The patterns of secularization and modernization that began in Europe in the 18th Century, as well as internal Jewish processes like emancipation and nationalism (particularly Zionism), shook the communal-religious structure; European Jewry was divide[d] between complete secularity on the one hand and a deepening orthodoxy that proclaimed renewal is prohibited by the Torah, on the other…. more..e-mail


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