VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 20 October 2013: Israel heightens campaign to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque and build alleged Temple

20 October 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Refuses Entry Of 120 Trucks Into Gaza
IMEMC – Sunday October 20, 2013, the Israeli Authorities refused to allow 120 trucks, loaded with construction material, into the Gaza Strip as they tried to cross through the Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) terminal between Gaza and Israel. … 

Ma’an News

Official: Israeli forces detain man harvesting olives
10/20/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Sunday detained a 65-year-old man while he was harvesting olives near the Nablus district village of Azmut, a Palestinian official told Ma’an. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Adnan Samarah while he was picking olives on his land near the illegal Israeli….

Israeli forces detain Gazan on way to hospital with his mother
10/20/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained Nu’man Rihan, 41, at the Beit Hanoun crossing while he was traveling with his mother to Israel for medical treatment on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holidays. Human rights sources told Ma’an that on Tuesday Rihan was en route to Israel with his mother when he was detained. She was forced….

Israel to restrict Muslims from Ibrahimi mosque Fri and Sat
10/20/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have decided to restrict access to the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron’s Old City to Muslims on Friday and Saturday. The closure will take place from 3 p. m. on Friday afternoon until 9 p. m. on Saturday evening. During this time, the mosque will be opened for Jewish settlers to celebrate the holiday “Shabbat Chayei Sarah,” which….

Settlers attack olive harvest near Nablus
10/20/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers on Sunday attacked a group of Palestinians and international volunteers harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the notorious Yizhar settlement raided the neighboring Palestinian village of Burin and attacked the group with iron rods. Nemr….

Haniyeh: Oppose Israel negotiations based on US ‘blackmail’
10/20/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Prime minister of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday called on Palestinians to oppose any new negotiations with Israel, arguing that they “jeopardize the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people’s rights.””These negotiations mark the violation of the Palestinian national consensus as negotiations are carried out as a result of US pressure and….

Israel reopens Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza
10/20/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities opened Gaza’s Kerem Shalom terminal Sunday morning after a six-day closure for Eid al-Adha, a Palestinian official said. Raed Fattouh, who coordinates imports into the Gaza Strip, said in a statement Sunday that Israel would allow 250 truckloads of goods into Gaza. He said that commercial commodities, agricultural products, humanitarian aid supplies and a limited amount…. Related: Rafah crossing closed due to computer malfunction

2 Israeli teens arrested over racist graffiti in East Jerusalem
10/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Sunday arrested two teenage Israeli girls for suspected involvement in spraying racist slurs in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah last week, Israeli police said. Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an that Jerusalem special patrol units arrested the two teens as part of an ongoing investigation into the incident. The girls, aged 15 and 16….

Journalists rally in Ramallah to reopen Gaza media offices
10/20/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of journalists rallied in Ramallah on Sunday to launch a petition to reopen the Gaza bureaus of Ma’an News Agency and al-Arabiya. The petition stated that the closure of the media offices violates Article 19 of the Palestinian Basic Law, which entitles the freedom of opinion, and Article 27, which allows anyone to operate a media outlet….

Abbas: Israel has transformed political conflict into religious one
10/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with a German television station that he blamed Israel’s “demands in East Jerusalem” for having “transformed the conflict’s political nature into a religious conflict in a region already burdened with sensitivities.”Abbas said that he rejected any attempt to make the Palestinian-Israeli political conflict a religious issue “on….

Rafah crossing closed due to computer malfunction
10/20/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah crossing closed on Sunday due to a computer malfunction on the Egyptian side of the border, an Egyptian official said. The Egyptian officials at the crossing told Palestinian border workers that they are working to address the technical difficulties, but that Rafah would be in partial operation until Thursday. Only one bus crossed through Rafah on Sunday, locals…. Related:Israel reopens Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza

PA officials worked for over a year to free Lebanese hostages
10/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority officials worked for over a year to secure the release of nine Lebanese Shiite pilgrims who had been held in Syria since 2011, the Palestinian Authority ambassador to Turkey said Sunday. Nabil Maarouf told Ma’an that Palestinian officials cooperated with Lebanese, Turkish and Qatari officials to secure the release of the pilgrims. The pilgrims, who had been….

Contrary to announcement, Israel PM not meeting pope
10/20/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not be meeting with Pope Francis in three days, a diplomatic source said Sunday, after the premier’s office had previously said they would. A statement from Netanyahu’s office had said the premier would be “meeting Pope Francis next Wednesday at the Vatican” and with US Secretary of State John Kerry for updates on….

PA public workers’ union to launch open-ended strike
10/20/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s Public Workers’ Union announced Sunday that it will launch an open-ended general strike on Wednesday effective across all governmental offices in the West Bank. The head of the union, Bassam Zakarneh, said Sunday that the union is still firm on its position regarding the need for the Palestinian Authority to add cost of living increases….

NGO launches 9th annual women’s film festival
10/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Cultural NGO Shashat is launching its 9th annual women’s fil
m festival in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this week. The festival will take place from October 20 until December 20 in six refugee camps and 20 cities in collaboration with seven universities and 22 organizations in the West Bank and Gaza, a statement said. This year’s….

Palestinian child, teenager dead in separate car accidents
10/20/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — A four-year-old girl died Sunday after her father accidentally ran her over with his car in the Negev city of Rahat, medics and police said. An ambulance rushed the girl to Suroka hospital, police said. Medics said that she arrived at the hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead from her wounds. Khaled Zein Ramadan Abu Zeina was critically….

Israeli bus flips over south of Bethlehem, 26 injured
10/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty-six Israelis were injured Sunday as a passenger bus flipped over near the settlement of Gush Etzion south of Bethlehem, Israeli police said. The bus turned over on its way to Jerusalem from the Gush Etzion area. Israeli police patrols and ambulances rushed to the scene, adding that one passenger sustained moderate wounds while all others suffered minor injuries. [END]

3 Egyptian soldiers injured in Sinai shooting
10/20/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Three Egyptian soldiers were injured on Sunday in an attack by gunmen, Egyptian security officials said. Gunmen opened fire at a bus carrying soldiers near the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid, injuring three soldiers and the driver, officials said. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. [END]

Lebanese ex-hostages in Syria back home, Turkish pilots freed
10/20/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Nine Lebanese pilgrims held hostage in Syria for 17 months arrived in Beirut after being freed in an exchange that also released two Turkish Airlines pilots seized in Lebanon. The Shiite pilgrims were greeted by cabinet ministers and other senior officials from across the political spectrum in Lebanon, where their seizure had sparked angry protests by family members. Relatives broke into tears and….

Egyptian police fire teargas as Islamist students protest
10/20/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police fired teargas at Islamist students who pelted them with rocks during an anti-army protest in Cairo’s Al-Azhar university on Sunday, an AFP reporter and the interior ministry said. About 3,000 students initially blocked the main Nasr road leading to the Islamic university’s campus, and clashed with police who arrived to persuade them to leave, the ministry said….

Syria peace talks in doubt over opposition rifts
10/20/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian peace talks can only be held if a “credible opposition” takes part, an international envoy said Sunday, as a truck bombing in the war-ravaged country killed dozens. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters in Cairo the talks would be held on November 23, but UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who spoke at the same news conference, refused to set a date….


Hamas denies involvement in Egypt and Syria
AlJazeera 19 Oct 2013 – Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas chief in Gaza, says the group has not interfered in the violence in either Egypt or Syria.

The National

Qatar to fund Dh2bn Arab cultural centre in Washington
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Centre will be dedicated to teaching the Arab culture and Arabic language to American pupils, as part of massive development project in Washington. Taimur Khan reports

Fate of Syrian prisoners unclear after hostage deal
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Fate of dozens of Syrian women prisoners who were to be freed in exchange for nine released Lebanese hostages is not yet known.

Arab League announces date for Syria peace talks
The National 20 Oct 2013 – International talks have been announced for next month however Syrian National Council says it will not negotiate with the Assad regime unless ‘conditions on the ground’ change. Phil Sands reports

Syrian activist in Britain keeps grim toll of civil war
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Founder of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights criticises the ‘hypocrisy’ of the international community in focusing on chemical weapons and overlooking the ‘endless bloodbath’ in Syria.

Egyptian family rejects Israeli honour bestowed on first Arab for Holocaust bravery
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Family of the first Arab honoured posthumously for hiding Jews in Berlin during the Nazis’ genocide say they are not interested in receiving an award from Israel.

Iran parliament chief warns over nuclear pressures
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Speaker tells legislators they can intervene in nuclear talks with calls for stepped-up atomic work if the West presses too hard for concessions.

Qatar recovers websites after hacking by pro-Assad Syrians
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Several government websites restored following attack by Syrian Electronic Army, which supports President Bashar Al Assad.

A bold Saudi call for reform of UN
The National 20 Oct 2013 – The Saudi decision to disdain a seat on the Security Council is an act of frustration.

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysian region dies
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, whose armed followers invaded Malaysia’s Sabah state sparking a security crisis that left dozens of people dead, has died in a Philippines hospital.

Iraq’s Sahwa fighters awaken to threats from Al Qaeda
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Sunni fighters were a key force in defeating Al Qaeda during the height of Iraq’s sectarian war, which came to be known as the Sahwa or ‘Awakening’, in 2006-2007. Now, as the Shiite government turns its back on them, they say they refuse to fight against a growing militant menace. 

Winds, heat keep wildfire risk high in Australia
The National 20 Oct 2013 – The fires have killed one man, destroyed 208 homes and damaged another 122.

India on pace for record dengue fever cases
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Doctors say they are overwhelmed with cases of the ‘break-bone disease’ and that cases are being underreported.

Millions of elderly wordwide suffer in silence
The National 20 Oct 2013 – The death of the Australian woman Cynthia Thoresen, 88, underscores abuse and neglect of the elderly in wealthy nations and a failure by authorities to take action.

Video: Lebanese and Turkish hostages freed 
The National 20 Oct 2013 – After months of uncertainty, Lebanese and Turkish hostages are freed as part of a deal negotiated by Qatari mediators.

Video: Train crash leaves 36 injured in Buenos Aires 
The National 20 Oct 2013 – Dozens of people are injured after a commuter train crashes into a Buenos Aires station, the same station where a similar crash left 52 dead last year.

Video: 11 killed in Belgium skydiving plane crash 
The National 20 Oct 2013 – A plane crashes south-east of Brussels, killing all 11 on board, despite several skydivers’ attempts to jump to safety, officials say.


Israeli military may start calling up reservists twice as often
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Israeli ministers to vote on easing conversion and eroding ultra-Orthodox monopoly
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

The true story behind the belated, grudging appointment of Karnit Flug
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

The Holy Land of the West Bank’s hilltop youth
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Netanyahu plays down reports of Iran ‘progress’, stands firm on policy
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Family of first Arab Righteous Among the Nations rejects Israeli recognition
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Egypt police, protesters clash at Cairo university
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Shay Piron dismisses Haaretz poll: Yesh Atid will overtake Likud
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Europe’s shudder at circumcision
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

It isn’t anti-Zionism that’s causing Israelis to leave
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Second earthquake hits Israel in one day, fourth in week
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Ministers back bill requiring 66% Knesset majority to negotiate Jerusalem status
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Israeli army phones Gazans to slam Hamas, Palestinians say
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Jews without God are just as legitimately Jewish
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Netanyahu: Geneva nuclear talks may legitimize Iran’s ‘rogue regime’
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Abbas: Peace talks with Israel haven’t reached dead end
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Technology colleges to strike Sunday in bid for state funding
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

‘Lost’ Indian Jews come to Israel despite skepticism over ties to faith
Ha’aretz – 20 Oct 2013

Greece riveted by mystery of ‘blonde angel’
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Amid French firestorm, Hollande says expelled girl can return – alone
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Supreme Court asked to rethink ruling that nationality may not be changed from ‘Jewish’ to ‘Israeli’
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Buy it or hate it, New Yorkers flock to Banksy’s art
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

State orders Israelis evacuated from Gaza to close up shop in south
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Israel should legalize medical marijuana
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Early municipal voting begins Sunday on Israel Navy bases
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Reviving Rabbi Ovadia Yosef for political gain
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Labor’s leader in Israel has her party paralyzed
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

U.S., U.K. tell Israel: Iran willing to limit uranium enrichment
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Lessons in hatred: Israeli incitement is worse than that of Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

The UN needs a revamp, and Israel should be involved
Ha’aretz – 19 Oct 2013

Israeli Arab thought dead in Syria contacts family
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

Jerusalem Post

Light tremors prompt Erdan to summon defense, emergency chiefs for meeting
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Minister discusses preparations in place for massive quake. 

Technological colleges begin strike, demand state funding
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Colleges request that the Treasury approves a budget of NIS 140 million to be distributed over five years to technical education. 

Petitioners to High Court: Help prisoners vote in municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Lawyer: While law doesn’t ban prisoners from voting, jails don’t have apparatus to allow for it. 

High Court fires Bay Yam Mayor Lahiani 2 days before election, permits him to run for reelection
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Indictment came just three weeks before municipal elections in which Lahiani was planning on running in upcoming election. 

Flug appointment as BoI Governor receives widespread praise
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Opposition leader Yacimovich lauds decision as “enlightened”. 

Court orders Iranian spy Mansouri remanded to custody
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Police to detain spy allegedly sent to Israel to form intelligence, terror base until end of legal proceedings. 

Suicide bomb kills 30, wounds dozens in Syria’s Hama
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Syrian Observatory says attack targeted Syrian army checkpoint. 

Two earthquakes in one day shake northern Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Oct 2013 – Head of Geophysical Institute: Still no explanation for tremblors; no reports of injuries or damage. 

Report: Spike of Western, Caucasus jihadists enter Syria
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Fresh groups of jihadists are travelling from Chechnya to Syria; two transit points have been identified in Europe, reports Le Monde . 

Turkish FM: Intel chief doing his duty by revealing Mossad spies in Iran
Jerusalem Post 19 Oct 2013 – Ahmet Davutoglu seemingly confirms some allegations regarding Hakan Fidan. 

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


China missile deal sign of Turks frustration with US 
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – Turkey s decision to choose China for a missile defense system demonstrates Ankara frustration with its American ally, according to a scholar. The two allies policies on Syria and Egypt differ, while Washington s unusually critical…

60pc Afghan children facing malnutrition: WFP
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – The World Food Programme on Wednesday said 60 percent children were reportedly faced with malnutrition in Afghanistan alone, with over 842 million individuals lacking adequate food around the world. “While security issues related to insurgency and…

Foreign investors eying return to Iran oil market
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – Iran is preparing to capitalize on improved relations with the West through floating a huge incentive – the prospect of giving Western investors access to the country s vast oil and gas reserves. Oil Minister Bijan…

Maan report details Israel s Endemic impunity 
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – A report by Maan Development Centre, titled Endemic Impunity – Israeli violations of international law in the Jordan Valley (2013) makes use of legal debate and Israeli manipulation of international law to avoid accountability for its…

Between barbarism and exceeding authority 
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip a force of Givati Brigade soldiers seized a position in a house in the Tel AlHawa neighborhood of Gaza City. Two of the soldiers, sergeants first class GA…

From Dissident Gold to Imperial Dross: The Neutering of the NSA Archives
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013- Take heart, you fans of slam-bang super-spy adventure stories! Tom Clancy is not dead; he lives on in the pages of the Washington Post, channeled through the airport-thriller prose of Barton Gellman — one of the small…

Thank You, Edward Snowden
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 – …Watchdog organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sought for years to expose the extent and depth of federal surveillance, but their efforts were largely stymied by…

Settlers attack olive harvest near Nablus
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 20, 2013 — Settlers on Sunday attacked a group of Palestinians and international volunteers harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin, a Palestinian Authority official said.Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma…

Girl trafficked into UK to have organs harvested, says Government report
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 -A girl was smuggled from Somalia to the UK to have her organs harvested, it has been revealed.The case, involving an unnamed girl, was detailed in a Government report into human trafficking, which claimed that the number…

Discussing the NSA s Role in Drone Strikes on HuffPost Live (Video) 
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – This morning I appeared on Huffington Post Live to discuss the Washington Post s story based on documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing the role of the NSA in CIA drone strikes and…

Netanyahu s extrajudicial end-run, to imprison African asylum-seekers
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 –
I ve seen the pattern before. Over the summer Israel s high court declared an amendment to the anti-Infiltration Law of 2009 unconstitutional. The amendment extended the maximum imprisonment for those who entered the country illegally-…

The U.S. s 64-Square-Foot “Torture Chambers”
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – Ocotber 19, 2013 – He has not had human contact or a good night s sleep in nearly three decades. Every single day, he wakes to the sound of metal doors clanging open and a pair of disembodied hands pushing…

Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi s death
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab spring revolution….

Syria News – October 19, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 6 children and 4 women: 24 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 16 in Aleppo; 5 in Darra; 4 in…

Suffocating Palestine Toward Extinction
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- … Israel unjustifiably calls Gaza a “hostile entity.” It claims a unilateral right to lay siege. Land crossings are blocked. So are sea and air access. Israel maintains total control. It destroyed Gaza s economy. Poverty and unemployment…

Iraq: Politics and Science in Post-Conflict Health Research
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – During my time as the director of the World Health Organisation s (WHO) programme in Iraq between 2001 and 2003, the WHO, together with other agencies, were aware of the reports of abnormal rates of health…

Photo: A freed detainee joins his mother at the Gaza protest she began 18 years ago
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 18, 2013 -Ibrahim Baroud joined his mother, Ghalia Baroud, or Um Ibrahim, at Gaza s weekly sit-in for Palestinian prisoners, which she co-founded, on Monday morning.Baroud, a former Palestinian detainee, was captured by Israeli forces on 9 April 1986,…

Iraq faces fragmation amid bickering
Uruknet 20 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Iraq faces further fragmentation as politicians continue to bicker and bombs take more lives. Iraq is continuing its slide into the unknown as the security situation across the country is turning into a disaster, while politicians…

Qatar paid $150 mil ransom to free the Lebanese hostages
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya was the first to announce on Friday that “the Qatari mediation has led to the release of the nine Lebanese” hostages who were abducted in Syria s Aazaz .Al-Jazeera television which…

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…

Guantanamo Bay detainees appeal inhumane force-feeding 
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- Three hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay will take their petition to end “inhumane” force-feeding at the detention center to a federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Their lawyers stated that the practice amounts to a violation…

Action Alert: Palestinian institutions based in Europe ring serious alarm bells about the serious situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp 
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 -The undersigned European institutions have expressed deep concern over the catastrophic conditions in Yarmouk Refugee Camp since the outbreak of the events in Syria two years ago.Twenty thousand Palestinians mostly children, women and elderly suffer inhuman living…

Oil, Gas, and the New Relationship between the United States and Russia
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- The compass of the geopolitical strategic balance of power is turning towards a qualitative relationship between the United States and Russia, following a phase of tension in their relationship, the features of which had clearly appeared first…

All clues point to Israel in Yasser Arafat death
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013 – At first they thought it must have been something he d eaten. About two hours after having supper, at 11.30pm on the evening of October 11, 2004, Yasser Arafat felt sick. The 75-year-old chairman of the…

Jerusalem, the red line 
Uruknet 19 Oct 2013 – October 19, 2013- The other day Hamas s political chief, Khaled Meshaal, criticised the Palestinian Authority for “criminalizing armed resistance.”He claimed that, by dropping the armed resistance option, Arab States and the PA had lost the ability to deter Israel…

Daily Star

Iran speaker: Don’t push too hard on nuclear issue
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 Iran’s parliament speaker warned Sunday that lawmakers could intervene in ongoing nuclear talks with calls for stepped up atomic work if the West presses too hard for concessions.

Libya PM: ‘Swimming against the current’ in chaos
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 Libya’s prime minister said Sunday he is “swimming against the current” in a country awash with militias and weapons as Libyans mark the second anniversary of the killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Republicans making ‘Obamacare’ their next target
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 “Obamacare” escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it, but just as quickly they have opened a new line of attack on President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement – one handed to them…

Israel to get US briefing on Iran nuclear talks
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday world pressure on Iran must be maintained, as an Israeli delegation travelled to Washington to be briefed on talks on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iraq attacks including eight suicide bombings kill 15
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 Eight suicide bombers targeted police and local officials in Rawa, northwest of Baghdad, killing eight people on Sunday, while seven died in other attacks in Iraq, officials said.

UN envoy on Syria to visit Iran next week: reports
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will visit Tehran next week for talks to prepare for a proposed peace conference on Syria, Iranian state media reported on Sunday.

Salam admitted to Beirut hospital
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is receiving treatment for a stomach virus at the American University Hospital in Hamra, a source close the official told The Daily Star Sunday.

254 Syrian, Egyptian migrants land in Italy
Daily Star 20 Oct 2013 A boatload of 254 Syrian and Egyptian migrants including 94 minors landed in Italy on Sunday after a perilous voyage through rough seas from Egypt that skirted Greece and Malta to reach Italy.

YNet News

Egyptian gunmen kill two outside church in Cairo suburb 
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – ….

Bomb attacks at Baghdad cafe kill 34
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – ….

Man wounded in Jat shooting succumbs to wounds
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – ….

Rohani: Zionists commiting acts of sabotage
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – ….

Respond to betrayal
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Israel must sever diplomatic ties with Turkey, wait patiently for Erdogan’s reign to end ….

Europe, Priebke and Jews
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Step between democratically opposing Israeli policies and calling Jews descendants of apes and pigs is a small one ….

Yeshiva teacher’s victim: More should speak up
YNet News, 20 Oct 2013 – Yosef Kolko, 39, sentenced to nearly 13 years for aggravated sexual assault of 12-year-old New Jersey boy. Victim, whose family was shunned by their Orthodox Jewish community after he reported abuse, urges others to come forward ….

Palestinian Information Center

The paradoxical Cairo junta
PIC – The military junta in Egypt, headed by army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, seems to be thoroughly stupid as it is manifestly criminal.

IOF bar Palestinians from harvesting olive trees in Idna town
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) prevented on Saturday hundreds of Palestinian citizens from reaching their cultivated lands in Idna town south of Al-Khalil city for the olive harvest.

Mashaal: A new intifada in the West Bank in the offing
PIC – Khaled Mashaal said that the West Bank is getting prepared for another round of confrontation against the Israeli occupation and the harbingers of a new intifada are looming.

IOF soldiers shoot at, wound Palestinian worker
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) shot at a group of Palestinian workers near Daheriya village, south of Al-Khalil, on Saturday night wounding one of them.

Israeli official holds PA responsible for resistance attacks in W. Bank
PIC – A senior Israeli official held the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) fully responsible for the recent escalation of the West Bank resistance operations.

Tension running high in Israeli jail
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Raymond jail said that tension was prevailing in the prison due to threats by its director to storm its wards.

Ahrar center urges Red Cross to provide protection for families of detainees
PIC – Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights appealed to the Red Cross to provide full protection for the relatives of detainees during visits in Israeli jails.


Abbas Arrives in Lithuania
WAFA – 20 Oct 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Four Palestinians in Jenin
WAFA – 20 Oct 2013

Settlers attack, Injure Palestinians near Nablus
WAFA – 20 Oct 2013

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Condemns Ongoing Settlers’ Attacks against Palestinians
WAFA – 20 Oct 2013

UPDATE: Israel Arrests Nine Palestinians in West bank, Jerusalem
WAFA – 20 Oct 2013


After ‘soap opera’ search, Bank of Israel gets a governor
LA Times 20 Oct 2013 – JERUSALEM — An awkward four-month saga came to an end Sunday with the appointment of Karnit Flug as the new governor of the Bank of Israel, the first woman ever chosen for the position.

Syria rebels free Lebanese hostages; Turkish pilots freed in Lebanon
LA Times 19 Oct 2013 – The convoluted case has highlighted how the Syrian civil war has spread instability and sectarian tension through the Middle East. BEIRUT — Nine Lebanese hostages freed after being held by Syrian rebels for more than a year arrived to a tumultuous welcome in Beirut late…

Nazareth Journal: Mayoral Race Threatens Stability in Jesus’ Childhood Home
New York Times 20 Oct 2013 – Ramiz Jaraisi, the city’s Christian mayor, has been in office for 20 years in this largely Muslim city, which depends on tourism generated by its past, and some say it is time for a change. 

Dozens Killed in Suicide Bombing in Syria
New York Times 20 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens on a busy road on the outskirts of Hama. 

Swap Frees Lebanese Held by Syrian Rebels in Exchange for Turks
New York Times 19 Oct 2013 – Lebanese citizens held by Syrian rebels were freed under the deal, as were Turkish pilots kidnapped by Lebanese gunmen. 

Suicide Blast in Somalia Kills 15, Police Say
New York Times 19 Oct 2013 – The Shabab, the militant Somali Islamist group, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Saturday at a cafe in western Somalia, near the border with Ethiopia. 

Flug appointed Bank of Israel Governor
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been impressed by Dr. Karnit Flug as Acting Governor and performed a u-turn to make her head of the central bank.

Christian Science Monitor asks, ‘Why do Israeli settlements expand during peace talks?’
Mondoweiss – Why do Israeli settlements expand during peace talks? is an impressive 10 page series of info-graphics published by The Christian Science Monitor.

Eric Alterman on Palestine and Israel, part 1: The liberal Zionist dilemma
Mondoweiss – In response to Eric Alterman’s Nation review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath , I posted a couple of comments on Mondoweiss that described disturbing statements Alterman has made about Palestine and Israel. I was asked to elaborate on this, and so I present this two-part study. Here,…

IEC faces 30% operating budget shortfall 
Globes Energy & Water – CFO Tamir Poliker warns that Israel Electric Corp. will have to boost its budget by NIS 1.5 billion to meet its 2014 targets.

Plus500 jumps on Q3 results
Globes Main News – The online trading platform (contracts for difference) company went public three months ago and has seen its share price rise 25% since.

Mazor Robotics set to raise $46m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – The surgical systems company has filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a prospectus to issue two million American Depository Shares.

Sun: Flug appointment boosts market
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals rose on the day’s biggest turnover, but Teva slipped back.

High Court hears gas export issue 
Globes Energy & Water – The State’s attorney urged a quick decision arguing by 2015 the Tamar field won’t meet Israel’s needs and Leviathan won’t be ready.

NY panel featuring Adelson asks whether Jews can exist without Israel
Mondoweiss – A heck of a full-page ad in the New York Times the other day, don’t you think? For an event at Yeshiva University this Tuesday. Someone’s spendy. At least three of the panelists are rightwingers, including the formidable Sheldon Adelson , and Shmuley Boteach, mentor to Democrats (…

Former State Dep’t official apologizes for burying the Goldstone Report
Mondoweiss – Judge Richard Goldstone This came out over a month ago in Truthout, but it’s still getting passed around, as well it should: an apology to the Japanese people from Daniel H. Garrett, a former diplomatic officer in the US State Department for seven years. Here’s an…

Larry Summers rejects offer to become BoI governor
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was turned down by the former US Treasury Secretary.

‘WSJ’ books editor says he’s thrown out Blumenthal book on Israel

Mondoweiss – Sohrab Ahmari In the American denial category. Sohrab Ahmari is the assistant books editor at the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday he tweeted links to a harsh review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath , by Eric Alterman in The Nation . @Eric_Alterman rips to shreds @maxblumenthal ‘s “Goliath,” of…

The young flee Israel because it is a ‘failure’ and ‘xenophobic theocracy’ — ‘Haaretz’ columnist
Mondoweiss – Neri Livneh An amazing piece on the Israeli reality, by Neri Livneh in Haaretz , reflecting on what a failure it is, how the best young people are leaving. She connects this to Israel’s constitution as a Jewish state, in which Jews are superior to others, and…

Equity funds post strongest week this year
Globes Main News – Equity and flexible mutual funds raised a net NIS 240 million last week.

Karnit Flug back in reckoning for BoI governor
Globes Macro Economics – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Finance Yair Lapid will meet today to make a final decision on the ninth governor of the Bank of Israel.

Teva-Tech workers strike
Globes Main News – The employees claim that 60% of the plant’s employees earn the minimum wage, even when working on weekend and holiday shifts.

Energy management systems co Panoramic Power raises $8m 
Globes Energy & Water – Marker LLC led the investment round in the energy management solutions company.

Yahoo! warns Babylon on agreement
Globes Main News – Babylon has received notification that Yahoo! considers it in breach of the July 2012 agreement between the two companies.

Americans Sell Body Parts For Income 
Sabbah report 20 Oct 2013 – “I was just trying to find ways to make money, and I remembered Jo from ‘Little Women,’ and she sold her hair.” Read More: Americans Sell Body Parts For Income . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Zionism versus Diplomacy and Peace 
Sabbah report 20 Oct 2013 – Members of Congress who consistently support the political Zionist position are usually motivated by something other than ideology. They are motivated by money. That does not necessarily make them bad people, it just makes them slaves to a bad political system. The ability to call into…

Prove What You Don’t Have 
Sabbah report 20 Oct 2013 – This can’t be emphasised enough. Several TV anchors and a number of op/ed columnists have claimed that Iran has nuclear weapons or is working on developing them. This is where proof should be demanded. If you believe this myth, more than likely invented by Mossad or…

Hamas Claims Responsibility for Tunnel From Gaza to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Oct 2013 – Hamas Islamists in the Gaza Strip claimed responsibility on Sunday for a tunnel that Israel said was found beneath the heavily fortified Israel-Gaza frontier. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gunmen in Egypt target Coptic church 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Three people are killed in Egypt as gunmen on motorcycles open fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo.

Peace Talks Have Plenty of Time Says Abbas 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Oct 2013 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the new peace talks with Israel have plenty of time to bear fruit. Click here for the rest of the article…

Livni To Fight Netanyahu’s Cabinet To Negotiate on Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Oct 2013 – Israel’s chief peace negotiator will seek to block a proposal introduced by members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet to make it tougher to negotiate with the Palestinians over Jerusalem, one of her aides said on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Blumenthal’s Goliath and PEP Critics like Eric Alterman 
The Magnes Zionist 20 Oct 2013 – I read half of Max Blumenthal’s new book Goliath on Shabbat, and I would like to send a copy to every Jew I know, especially every PEP Jew I know (“PEP” means “progressive except for Palestine.” ) This is the sort of book that even if you…

Egypt police clash with students 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Egyptian security forces fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of students staging an anti-military protest at Cairo’s al-Azhar University.

Knesset Banks Bill Requiring 66% Majority To Negotiate Jerusalem Status 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Oct 2013 – The cabinet won’t be able to even negotiate the status of Jerusalem without the approval of a two-thirds majority in Knesset favoring talks, according to a bill the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Govt Denies Amnesty Report on Mistreatment of Syrian Refugees 
allAfrica.com 20 Oct 2013 – [Egypt Online]The Egyptian Foreign Ministry described a report by Amnesty International about the mistreatment of Syrian refugees in Egypt as “inaccurate and unrepresentative of the real situation”.

VIDEO: Inside Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camp 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – An increasing number of Syrian Kurdish refugees are heading to Iraqi Kurdistan as fighting between Kurds and jihadist groups in northern Syria intensifies.

Gunmen in Egypt target Coptic church 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Three people are killed in Egypt as gunmen on motorcycles open fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo.

Baghdad cafe hit by suicide bombing 
20 Oct 2013 – At least 37 people are killed and more than 40 injured by a suicide bombing at a Baghdad cafe in a mainly Shia district, Iraqi officials say.

Egypt police clash with students 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Egyptian security forces fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of students staging an anti-military protest at Cairo’s al-Azhar University.

Deadly truck bomb rocks Syrian city 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – At least 30 people are killed by a suicide truck bombing targeting government troops on the edge of the central Syrian city of Hama.

Suicide bombers hit Iraqi officials 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Five suicide bombers have attacked government buildings in north-west Iraq killing five people, while six people have died in another suicide attack, police say.

Qatar recovers sites hacked by pro-Assad group 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2013 – Qatari authorities have restored several government websites attacked by hackers from the Syrian Electronic Army, who support President Bashar al-Assad’s government, local media reported Sunday. Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Technology (ictQatar) said in a statement carried by local media that it has “recovered all…

Eight suicide bombers among 14 dead in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2013 – A worker sweeps the pavement, a day after a car bomb attack outside a restaurant in the Karrada district of Baghdad on October 18, 2013. (Photo; AFP – Ali al-Saadi) Eight suicide bombers attacked security forces and a local government building northwest of Baghdad on Sunday,…

“Friends of Syria” to push for peace talks at London summit 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2013 – An injured child reacts as he is treated in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Syria northern city of Aleppo on October 19, 2013, following an alleged shelling by government forces. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) Western countries and their favored Arab allies will meet with Syria’s…

VIDEO: Inside Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camp 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – An increasing number of Syrian Kurdish refugees are heading to Iraqi Kurdistan as fighting between Kurds and jihadist groups in northern Syria intensifies.

Suicide bomber kills 37 civilians in Syria’s Hama: State news 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Oct 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 20, 2013 shows Syrians on the site of a suicide bombing hit the government-held city of Hama in central Syria. (Photo: AFP / SANA) Updated at 6:00 pm: A suicide bomber driving a…

Hostages freed in Lebanon swap deal 
BBC 20 Oct 2013 – Nine Lebanese citizens kidnapped in Syria last year return home to Beirut, after a complex hostage deal sees two Turkish pilots released in Lebanon.


Israel heightens campaign to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque and build alleged Temple 
Awad Al-Rujoob, Aljazeera.net, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 10/20/2013
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon has participated in a propaganda film to promote the Jewish relationship with the city of Jerusalem. The film shows the gradual wearing away of the Dome of the Rock and the appearance of the alleged Temple of Solomon in place of the dome. The Israeli Foreign Ministry had banned the release of an earlier version of the film, in which the Dome of the Rock was more clearly demolished and the temple was put in its place.
Palestinian organisations and individuals have condemned both films, charging that they are promoting, perhaps even inciting, Israelis to demolish the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque and to build the Temple in its place, a propaganda campaign now pushed by the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
The Al-Aqsa Association for Waqf and Heritage said that officially supported organisations and groups, as well as branches of the Israeli occupation, are all working hard to promote the idea of demolishing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and building the Temple in its place. The association warned against the danger of such ideas, “which are picking up pace on a daily basis”.
Moreover, in a statement the association warned that the “plans to bomb the Al-Aqsa Mosque are on the verge of execution.”
The association quoted Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper saying that the Israeli Foreign Ministry had earlier prepared “a short promotional video that makes historical Jewish claims regarding occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” that included “scenes of the Dome of the Rock, followed by a scene in which the dome is demolished, and then a scene showing the construction of the alleged Temple on its ruins.”
According to the newspaper, the film was censored “in case of angry Muslim and Arab reactions and some scenes were changed.” more..e-mail

Between ’barbarism’ and ’exceeding authority’ 
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 10/20/2013
Israel lacks laws for trying soldiers for war crimes – and when IDF soldiers commit them, the results are ludicrous charges, indictments and sentences.
For boys and girls, and we alongside them
Or by quiet agreement,
Are nudged, mumbling “necessity” and “vengeance”
Into becoming war criminals. – Nathan Alterman, “About This” (Al Zot), 1948
During Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip a force of Givati Brigade soldiers seized a position in a house in the Tel AlHawa neighborhood of Gaza City. Two of the soldiers, sergeants first class GA and SA, noticed bags they considered as possibly booby-trapped. Therefore, they used what the IDF used to call the “neighbor procedure,” separated a nine-year-old child from his mother and demanded he open the bags. Unfortunately for GA and SA, the incident was documented; they found themselves in the middle of a firestorm, and they ended up before a military tribunal, with the media dubbing the incident, “the child procedure.” In his testimony, the child, RM, described the fear he felt as he was taken from his mother, how he wet his pants and noted that the soldiers hit him in the face.
When former president of Israel’s Supreme Court Aharon Barak deigned to finally deal with the “Neighbor Procedure” case – a case the High Court of Justice postponed time and time again during the bloody years of the Second Intifada – he ruled that, “it’s clear that the army may not use the local residents as ‘human shields’,” and said the act was “cruel and barbaric.” The last word is of importance: before we were aware of the concept of war crimes, before we began haltingly to say that there are orders which are obviously illegal, the term for such acts was “barbarism.”…. more.. e-mail

Tulkarem: A city under dust 
Carolin Smith, Alternative Information Center 10/17/2013
A high rate of unemployment, lack of electricity and first and foremost the nearby chemical factories that threaten the health of local residents. Although the people of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem have numerous reasons for despair, they refuse to lose hope.
“The chemical substances produced by the Geshuri factories affect my plants”, says Palestinian farmer Fayez Taneeb from the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. Taneeb stands in front of a row of greenhouses. Inside most of them are long white plastic boxes, hung from the ceiling and filled
with organic strawberries In others, tomatoes, cucumbers and red peppers peep out. For his products he doesn’t use any chemical fertilizers. Instead, Taneeb employs natural means such as special insects to counter pests and vermin.

But Taneeb’s organic concept of cultivation is constantly threatened by twelve nearby Israeli factories – the Geshuri factories – that produce agricultural chemicals in the occupied area of Tulkarem. According to Sharif Shahroroi, member of the Society of Social Work Committee in Tulkarem, the factories manufacture pesticides, paint, cement and also cancer-causing asbestos. For this reason, Taneeb needs to raise his organic vegetables in closed greenhouses. “I can’t sell the plants that I cultivate outside under an organic label because of the air and soil pollution”, he says. One criterion for organic food is that it doesn’t come into contact with chemicals.
According to studies by Birzeit University and the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the air in Tulkarem contains increased rates of carbon monoxide and toxic substances that result in respiratory diseases. As a 2012 report of the Ministry of Health demonstrates, Tulkarem has the fourth highest cancer rate in the West Bank. Furthermore, a study by the University of Nablus found that in 77 percent of the Tulkarem area, there is a clear connection between the high cancer rates and the chemical substances of the factories. Reduced lung capacities, asthma as well as lung- and blood-cancer are probable consequences of living near the factories…. more.. e-mail

Iran-US detente gives Israel, Gulf states jitters 
Jim Lobe, Asia Times 10/17/2013
WASHINGTON – As hopeful, albeit vague, statements about talks in Geneva between Iran and the great powers continued to issue from the Swiss city, foes of detente between Washington and Tehran maintained their own high tempo of work. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and its supporters in the powerful Israel lobby, which exerts its greatest influence through the United States Congress, appear to be working overtime to persuade the administration of President Barack Obama not to ease economic sanctions on Iran until their maximalist demands are met.
On the eve of the two-day talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany), a bipartisan group of ten key US senators published a letter they sent to President Barack Obama urging Washington’s delegation to stake out positions in Geneva – specifically, that Iran end all uranium enrichment on its own soil – which most Iran specialists believe are certain to kill prospects for a deal.
While insisting that they “support your efforts to explore a diplomatic opening,” the senators wrote Obama that they were “prepared to move forward with new sanctions to increase pressure” on Tehran unless it takes “concrete … actions” to dismantle its nuclear program, beginning with the suspension of all enrichment.
If Iran complies, they said, they would suspend action on pending sanctions legislation that otherwise could be taken up as early as next week.
The letter reflected the position of Netanyahu, who has been campaigning tirelessly for several weeks, particularly since Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, made a highly successful visit last month to New York for the UN General Assembly, against any agreement between the P5+1 and Tehran that would not require Iran to totally abandon its nuclear program, including enrichment capabilities. more..e-mail

Palestinian artists in Gaza
In Gaza: 20 Oct 2013 – During my years in Gaza, I’ve met many talented artists whose work and photos should be viewed outside of the Strip. I share below some of Gaza’s beauty. Feel free to contact the artists directly, particularly if you wish to buy their art and support their work. more

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