VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 22 October 2013: PHOTOS: Eid Al-Adha in Area C

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Flood Farmlands With Sewage Water
IMEMC – [Tuesday October 22, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers used sewage water to flood Palestinian farmlands in the Al-Khader town, south of the West bank city of Bethlehem. …

Army Invades Northern And Central Gaza
IMEMC – [Tuesday Morning October 22, 2013] A number of armored Israeli military vehicles invaded areas in the northern and central parts of the besieged Gaza Strip, and fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition before uprooting Palestinian farmlands. …

Army Kidnaps, Injures Palestinians in Abu Dis, Demolishes Building
IMEMC – Palestinian sources have reported that several Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire, on Monday night after midnight, while others have been kidnapped, after Israeli soldiers invaded Abu Dis town, east of occupied Jerusalem, and demolished an under construction building. …

Extremist Settlers Caught On Tap Attacking Palestinian Villagers
IMEMC – Israeli TV, Channel 2, published a video showing a group of extremist Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian villagers picking olive trees in their own land, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Army Claims Uncovering Explosive Charge On Gaza Border
IMEMC – Israeli military sources claimed Monday [October 21, 2013] that Israeli soldiers, manning the border with Gaza, managed to uncover a high velocity explosive charge, near Kissufim area, on the border with the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Elderly Palestinian hit by settler car dies from injuries
10/22/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — An elderly Palestinian man knocked down by a settler car in Qalqiliya last week died on Tuesday from his injuries, relatives said. Abdul-Hafith Muhammad Tayyim, 75, was hit by a settler vehicle on the first day of Eid al-Adha on Oct. 15. He was taken to Rabin Medical Center in Israel for treatment but passed away on Tuesday, relatives told Ma….

Clashes in Abu Dis following Israeli house demolition
10/22/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out overnight Monday and continued into Tuesday morning after Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian home in the Jerusalem town of Abu Dis, locals said. Israeli bulldozers accompanied by over 30 military vehicles surrounded the home, located near Al-Quds University, before demolishing the two-story property on the pretext that it was unlicensed. The home belonged to the Abu Snainah and….

Settlers uproot 53 olive trees in Qalqiliya, attack farmer
10/22/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted 53 olive trees in Kafr Laqif village west of Qalqiliya, officials said. Ghassan Douglas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that a number of Israeli settlers from the Karni Shomron settlement uprooted around 53 olive trees belonging to Suleiman Jaber. In a separate incident, Israeli settlers from the….

Israel displaces 17 families for Jordan Valley military drill
10/22/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces temporarily displaced 17 Palestinian families from their dwellings in Burj al-Mayta and al-Baziq neighborhoods in the northern Jordan Valley late Monday night and Tuesday morning for military drills in the area, a local official said. The mayor of al-Malih and the Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, Aref Daraghmeh, said that eight families were evacuated Monday night in….

Israeli forces raid villages across Jenin, detain 2
10/22/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided houses in the northern West Bank village of Sansour and detained two Palestinian men Tuesday morning, security sources said. They detained Bilal Abdul Latif Al-Ayasa, 21, and Bilal Hilal Hababa, 20, after ransacking their houses. The sources confirmed that more than seven military vehicles had raided the village. An Israeli spokeswoman confirmed the two arrests and said the….

Minister: Israel refusing to release sick prisoners
10/22/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe on Tuesday said that the Israeli government refused Palestinian Authority requests to release prisoners facing serious health problems. At a sit-in in solidarity with prisoners at the Red Cross in al-Bireh, Qaraqe said that the PA would continue to pressure Israel into releasing prisoners whose health is deteriorating. He also said the PA was working to fight….

Israeli bill on Jerusalem talks makes Palestinian state ‘impossible’
10/22/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli lawmakers approved a bill on Sunday stipulating that a two-thirds majority of Knesset members would have to consent before the Israeli government could begin any negotiations over the status of Jerusalem. The bill passed with a 5-4 majority through the ministerial committee in charge of approving draft legislation before being sent to the Israeli parliament. The bill comes only….

Arab women push to the fore in local Israel vote
10/22/2013 – NAZARETH, Israel (AFP) — From billboards across Nazareth shines the discreet smile of Hanin Zuabi, a controversial Palestinian woman MP who is hoping voters will chose her as mayor of Israel’s largest Arab city. This 44-year-old former math teacher, her black hair cut into a sleek bob, is the only woman running for leadership of the sprawling northern city revered by Christians as…. Related:Frustration and apathy in East Jerusalem on election dayandLocal elections across Israel marred by boycott, scandals

Israeli forces set up checkpoint in Jenin village
10/22/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jenin village of Qabatiya on Tuesday and set up a military checkpoint, locals said. Eyewitnesses said that four Israeli military patrols and a military vehicle carrying 20 soldiers were stationed at the southern entrance to Qabatiya. They subsequently set up a military checkpoint and checked the IDs of Palestinians passing along the road, as well as inspecting….

2 teens arrested in Jerusalem
10/22/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested two Palestinian teenagers in the Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem. Alaa Mohammad Atta Abdah, 14, and Islam Umran Srour, 14, were arrested near a voting center in the neighborhood and were taken to a police station. [END]

Kerry: Israeli, Palestinian talks intensifying
10/22/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that talks between Israel and the Palestinians were intensifying and that all issues were on the table. He also announced that Qatar had agreed to provide $150 million in debt relief to the Palestinian Authority. Speaking after talks with Arab League officials in Paris, Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had so far held….

Frustration and apathy in East Jerusalem on election day
10/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — At 2 p. m. at the Municipal Girls School of Ras al-Amud in occupied East Jerusalem, there isn’t a student in sight. Bored elections workers congregate outside a polling station, waiting to see if any East Jerusalem residents will turn out for Tuesday’s municipal elections. Empty classrooms filled with official elections posters and vacant voting booths are…. Related:Local elections across Israel marred by boycott, scandalsandArab women push to the fore in local Israel vote

Local elections across Israel marred by boycott, scandals
10/22/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israelis were Tuesday voting in municipal elections in a poll expected to be shunned by much of the public who see local authorities as tainted by corruption. Polling stations in 191 municipalities opened their doors at 7. 00 a. m to allow Israel’s 5,469,041 registered voters to cast their ballots for both a mayor and a list of local council candidates…. R
elated:Frustration and apathy in East Jerusalem on election dayandArab women push to the fore in local Israel vote

Qalqiliya man sentenced to 15 years hard labor for murder
10/22/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A court in Qalqiliya on Tuesday sentenced a man to 15 years of hard labor for murder. The unnamed man, aged 31, from Qalqiliya was convicted of killing his fianc?©e’s brother in 2005 after leading him to his house and striking him with an iron rod. [END]

Voter turnout over 50 percent in some Negev towns
10/22/2013 – NEGEV (Ma’an) — Voter turnout was recorded at over 50 percent in Arab towns in the Israeli Negev area in elections on Tuesday. The town of Kasif had the highest turnout with 74 percent of 6,765 eligible voters followed by Shaqib al-Salam, which had a turnout of 72 percent out of 3,945 eligible voters. Tal al-Sabe had the lowest turnout in the Negev towns…. Related:Local elections across Israel marred by boycott, scandalsandFrustration and apathy in East Jerusalem on election day

Fifth earthquake hits north, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale
10/22/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An earthquake measuring 3. 3 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel Tuesday morning, according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel. The quake’s epicenter was reportedly in the Sea of Galilee. Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Ahranoth reported that the quake was felt across the North, in Tiberias, Nazareth, and the Galilee region, as well as in the occupied Golan Heights. [END]

5 Palestinian refugees from Syria killed recently identified
10/22/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian group in Syria on Monday identified five Palestinian refugees who have been killed recently in the ongoing unrest in Syria. The Workforce for Palestinians in Syria said Amjad Ammouri, a refugee from the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, had succumbed to wounds he sustained from a shell which landed near a bakery in the camp. The….

Sinai roadside bomb kills Egyptian soldier, wounds 7
10/22/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An explosive device was detonated along a main road in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing one Egyptian soldier and wounding seven others. An Egyptian armored personnel carrier and a military bus carrying soldiers were traveling across the Sinai’s northern desert near Bab Sdeirot, a small town near Rafah, when the bomb exploded on the roadside. The dead….

Key Syria talks to open in London in November
10/22/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — The “Friends of Syria” group of Western and Arab foreign ministers meets in London on Tuesday hoping to persuade opposition leaders to attend a planned peace conference in Geneva next month. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the London meeting was aimed at persuading Syria’s fractious opposition to have a “united position” for the conference in the Swiss city, penciled in….

Assad says ‘factors not in place’ for Syria peace talks
10/22/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview Monday that “factors are not yet in place” for peace talks despite efforts by world powers to convene a meeting next month. In the wide-ranging exchange broadcast on Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen television, Assad also said he was willing to run for a third term in office. His comments came as US Secretary of State….

Syria talks in London agree no future role for Assad
10/22/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Western and Arab powers agreed with Syrian opposition leaders Tuesday that President Bashar Assad should be excluded from any future government, but urged the rebels to take part in a peace conference in Geneva. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said after a meeting in London that the rebels had to overcome their differences and commit themselves to the talks in the Swiss city….

Mission head: Syria fully cooperative on chemical disarmament
10/22/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria has so far “fully cooperated” in destroying its massive chemical arsenal, the chief of the joint Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations mission said Monday.”To date, the government of Syria has fully cooperated in supporting the work of the advance team and the OPCW-UN joint mission,” said mission chief Sigrid Kaag in Damascus. Kaag said that “by….

Syria’s Assad deals blow to peace initiative
10/22/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has dealt a blow to efforts for a peace conference, saying the time is not ripe, as Western and Arab powers prepared to meet Tuesday with the fractured opposition.” No time has been set, and the factors are not yet in place if we want (the US-Russian initiative dubbed Geneva 2) to succeed,” Assad told Lebanon-based pan-Arab satellite channel….

Syria air force ‘strikes rebels near Damascus, Aleppo’
10/22/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Government warplanes and helicopters struck rebels Tuesday as they struggled to advance near Syria’s two main cities, Damascus and Aleppo, a monitoring group said. In other developments, shelling by both loyalists and rebels killed civilians across the country, including in the capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said helicopters fired explosives-laden barrels at buildings near the town of Sfeira in….

AlJazeera

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank
AlJazeera 22 Oct 2013 – Suspect of bombing in Tel Aviv killed in fire exchange with security forces that had come to arrest him in Bilin.

Palestine News Network

Israel to Hold Court Session for Palestinian from Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Italian Authorities are Accused of Abject Failure in Dealing with the Euro-Mediterranean Incident
Palestine News Network

Kerry: Qatar to Offer $150 million to PA
Palestine News Network

The Real Cost of the Occupation
Palestine News Network

76-Year-Old Dies of Injuries Sustained after Israeli Settler Ran Over Him
Palestine News Network

Five Settlers Injured Near Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

Erekat Describes Lieberman’s Statements as “Dangerous Incitement” against President Abbas
Palestine News Network

Administration Evacuates Al-Quds University Following Clashes Nearby
Palestine News Network

Video: IOF Kills Palestinian in Ramallah Village
Palestine News Network

Earthquake Hits Northern Israel for 5th Time in a Week
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian refugees in Syria face ‘extreme vulnerability’: UN
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 10/22/2013 18:31 GMT NEW YORK CITY, October 22, 2013 (AFP) – Top UN official Jeffrey Feltman emphasized Tuesday the “extreme vulnerability” of Palestinian refugees in Syria as fighting there escalates….

occupied Palestinian territory: Renewed talks offer opportunity neither Israelis nor Palestinians can afford to lose UN official
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: Israel, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 22 October 2013 The top United Nations political chief today called for taking advantage of the opening that now exists with renewed negotiations between the Israelis…

Lebanon: Lebanon Baseline information – Syria Needs Analysis Project
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 – Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic This paper outlines the social and economic situation in Lebanon by explaining the causes of the significant underlying vulnerabilities and by exploring how these issues have been…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians, Israeli discuss water in latest peace talks
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10/22/2013 13:40 GMT RAMALLAH, October 22, 2013 (AFP) – Palestinian and Israeli negotiators have held a new round of peace talks in Jerusalem, a Palestinian official said, saying it had focused on the…

occupied Palestinian territory: The case of Al Mughayyir village
Relief Web 22 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory (extract) As the annual olive harvest begins in the West Bank, the case study describes the impact of a settlement outpost on a Palestinian village, in terms…

The National

Syria s opposition to boycott peace talks if Assad doesn t stand aside
The National 22 Oct 2013 – The Syrian National Coalition says it will boycott the Geneva talks if Bashar Al Assad doesn’t stand aside as Syria’s leader.

US demands its troops be immune from Afghan law and tried in America as bilateral security pact falters
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Afghanistan and the United States have not yet agreed on several issues in a bilateral security pact, raising the prospect that Washington could pull out all its troops next year if the differences are not be ironed out.

Iran s hardliners planning Death to America rally on anniversary of US Embassy attack
The National 22 Oct 2013 – For more than three decades, clenched-fist chants of the slogan have been shouted in well-drilled unison at Friday prayers and other public events, where the Stars and Stripes are often also set ablaze. Michael Theodoulou reports

Nato must concentrate more on Arabian Gulf to ensure regional security, experts say
The National 22 Oct 2013 – At a Nato conference in Dubai, the organisation presented its approach to Gulf cooperation.

Iran nuclear talks end with progress
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Diplomats say chief advance achieved at Geneva was not detailed concessions, but Tehran’s willingness to engage the six powers on their concerns.

Palestine a demographic bomb , former US envoy says
The National 22 Oct 2013 – George Mitchell, Washington s former special envoy to the Middle East, discusses the demographic bomb in Palestine, the impasse over Iran s nuclear programme and the Syrian civil war, in an interview with Sean Cronin

Sultan of Brunei introduces death by stoning under new Sharia laws
The National 22 Oct 2013 – The Sultan of Brunei announces the phased introduction of tough Islamic punishments including death by stoning for crimes such as adultery, in the monarchy s latest step towards conservatism.

Egypt orders trial of 4 policemen over killing of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners
The National 22 Oct 2013 – The 39 men died after teargas was fired into the back of a police van where they were being held.

Disabled former rebels vandalise Libyan parliament
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Former rebels from the war that toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi break into the parliament and vandalise it.

Gaza s poorest struggle to survive
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Salih Alwadiya and his family are among the poorest on the Gaza Strip, where nearly half the population lives in dire poverty, defined by the UN as living on less than Dh8 a day. .

Saudi women driven to challenge authority
The National 22 Oct 2013 – In a country where women are not permitted to drive, this weekend a small number will get behind the wheels of their cars to flout a law that, they say, stops women who cannot afford a driver from pursuing an education, going to the shops or following a career.

US missile attacks killed civilians in Yemen: rights group
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Human Rights Watch details six ‘unacknowledged’ US military attacks on targets in Yemen, which either clearly, or possibly, violated international law.

Greek police seek foreign clues on mystery child Maria among Roma
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Greek authorities seek clues in global child disappearance cases resembling a young blonde girl whose discovery in a Roma camp has sparked worldwide interest.

In pictures: The Gaza Strip s poorest
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Nearly half the population of the Gaza Strip lives in dire poverty, defined by the UN as living on less than $2 a day.

India starts production at Russian-built Kudankulam nuclear plant
The National 22 Oct 2013 – India starts pumping electricity for the first time from its much-delayed Kudankulam nuclear power plant in the state of Tamil Nadu, with an initial output of 160MW.

France tells US snooping must stop but backs off fight
The National 22 Oct 2013 – France tells the US to stop monitoring the telephone calls of its citizens but backs away from picking a fight with its ally over the issue.

Cambodia court races death, dwindling resources to rule on Khmer Rouge war crimes
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Clock ticks at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, where two elderly defendants are in poor health and funds vital for bringing justice for the horrors of the “Killing Fields” are drying up.

Australia merges wildfires ahead of dangerous weather
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Firefighters deliberately merge two major blazes in desperate attempts to manage the advancing infernos ahead of dangerous weather conditions.

Sri Lankan factory closed after suspected gas leak hospitalises 70
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Police said that 72 factory workers and nearby residents fell sick after gas thought to be ammonia leaked from the plant.

Beijing prepares emergency measures to tame its smog problem
The National 22 Oct 2013 – Emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits will kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.

Ha’aretz

Preliminary numbers show Jerusalem, Tel Aviv mayors to keep seat
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Orthodox and here to stay
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Report: Turkey could annul secret cooperation agreement with Israel’s Mossad
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Candidate shot in Lod during heated mayoral campaign
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Texas A&M University to establish new campus in Nazareth
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

French anger over NSA spying: hypocrisy instead of serious debate
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Mayor Barkat’s secret weapon: Following Jerusalem voters in real time
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Sex-reassignment ops in Israel put on hold as waiting list continues to grow
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Druze youth from Golan flocking to Syria to join Assad army
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

French anger over U.S. spying continues to simmer as top diplomats meet
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Netanyahu the fundamentalist
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

University tuition higher in Israel than almost all of Europe, study finds
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Man suspected of stabbing ex-partner to death near Netanya
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Israeli forces in West Bank kill Palestinian suspect behind 2012 Tel Aviv bus blast
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Who’s taking care of post-Birthright Jews?
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Israel preparing to ‘free’ detained African migrants to open camps
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

What should I do in case of an earthquake in Israel?
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

Earthquake hits northern Israel for fifth time in a week
Ha’aretz – 22 Oct 2013

The real cost of the occupation
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2013

National identity and the rights of minorities
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2013

For a united left
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2013

Avant-garde leaders wanted
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2013

Waiting for Israel at UN human rights agency
Ha’aretz – 21 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Why do voters stay home?
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Researchers say holding municipal and national elections on the same day would boost turnout

Voting polls access for disabled must improve
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – In most of cities, 10 to 20 percent of voting stations were made accessible for people with disabilities.

Matthew Bronfman thinks a strong economy could save the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – US philanthropist supports cooperation with Palestinians; advocates integrating the ultra-Orthodox sector into mainstream society.

200 IDs seized in Beit Shemesh in suspected voter fraud
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Eight haredim arrested as tensions flare in the city.

Holiday atmosphere as Arabs turn out to vote in municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Many families in sector press their members to vote for their favored candidates and crowds congregate in streets.

Jerusalem race gets close with low turnout worrying Barkat campaign
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Tensions escalate in the capital as candidates urge residents to go out to vote; only 31% made it to the polls by 9pm.

Saudi spy chief says Riyadh to ‘shift away from US’ over Syria, Iran
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Prince Bandar slams US for failure in dealing with regional issues.

42-year-old woman believed stabbed to death by ex-lover in Tel Mond
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Woman had complained that the suspect had acted violently toward her twice in October; suspect apprehended after manhunt.

Lod city council candidate shot on eve of elections in troubled city
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Abd al-Karim Azbarga shot by masked assailant, suffers moderate-to-serious wounds; unclear if shooting linked to election.

President Peres an early bird voter in municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Peres has voted in Knesset and municipal elections in Jerusalem throughout the period of his presidency.

3.3 earthquake strikes North, fifth tremor to hit Israel in last week
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – IDF releases earthquake guidelines amid recent spate of tremors; latest quake centered northeast of Lake Kinneret.

A guide to voting in municipal elections
Jerusalem Post 22 Oct 2013 – Find out when and where to vote, as well as what the voting procedure entails.

Israelis are feeding Syrian refugees in Jordan, but in secret
Jerusalem Post 21 Oct 2013 – Mysterious purple sacks paid for by Israeli nonprofit IsraAid: We don t announce with trumpets that we re Israeli.

Uruknet

U.S. military investing heavily in Africa
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – The Pentagon has begun a burst of spending in Africa, expanding its main base on the continent and investing in air facilities, flight services, telecommunications and electrical upgrades as the U.S. military deepens its footprint in…

Why Washington Can t Stop The Coming Era of Tiny Wars and Micro-Conflicts
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – In terms of pure projectable power, there s never been anything like it. Its military has divided the world — the whole planet — into six “commands.” Its fleet, with 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, rules…

WATCH: Masked settler beats Palestinian with metal pipe
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – Masked settlers attacked Palestinian olive pickers and Israelis who joined them on Sunday near the village of Burin, I reported here. Now, a video of the incident has come to light, showing what appears to be…

Minister: Israel refusing to release sick prisoners
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 — Prisoners minister Issa Qaraqe on Tuesday said that the Israeli government refused Palestinian Authority requests to release prisoners facing serious health problems.At a sit-in in solidarity with prisoners at the Red Cross in al-Bireh, Qaraqe said…

150 Days of the GTMO Clock: Despite Obama s Promise, Just Two out of 84 Cleared Prisoners Freed from Guant·namo
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013- Today the GTMO Clock, an initiative launched by the “Close Guant·namo” campaign in August, marks a sad anniversary – 150 days since President Obama promised to resume releasing prisoners from Guant·namo who were cleared for release by…

Israeli occupation arrests 33 Palestinian minors in two weeks
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 -An official Palestinian report has revealed that the Israeli occupation forces arrested 33 Palestinian minors during the first half of this month. The report, issued by the ministry of information in Ramallah, noted that the occupation forces…

Saudi spy chief says Riyadh to “shift away from U.S.” over Syria, Iran
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – – Saudi Arabia s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a “major shift” in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran,…

Who is the world s policeman?
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 -The United States of America continues to play its role as the world s policeman despite the huge financial crisis it is suffering and sharp internal polarisation. We were reminded of the fragile state of this “policeman”…

You Americans are responsible for this, says a Bedouin whose village is slated for removal by Israel (Video)
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – Last month I visited Hajj al-Ahmed, 61, in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev desert. Under Israel s new plan for dev
eloping the Negev, this small village is to be removed and its…

Is EU stepping up police cooperation with Israel?
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – Is the European Union flouting international law by stepping up its police cooperation with Israel? Officers from Israel are known to have taken part in a number of activities coordinated by Europol, the EU s police…

Glenn s Big Adventure The NSA Provides Tech Support for Assassinations? Shocking!
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – Glenn Greenwald has announced that he is going to revolutionize the news business. Ta Da! Greenwald s self-described “momentous” media venture will be financed by billionaire eBay creator Pierre Omidar, whose staff of computer geeks is…

Child victims of CIA drone strike to appear before US Congress
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – On Tuesday 29 October, two children who were injured in a drone attack in North West Pakistan which killed their grandmother will appear, along with their father, at a briefing in the US Congress. Rafiq ur…

Haniyeh Discusses Hamas Ties With Egypt, Iran in Speech
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – For weeks now, Palestinian media circles have been abuzz with anticipation of Hamas historical speech, which was to be given by its leader Khaled Meshaal. This comes amid regional political developments and the movement s ongoing…

Israeli Settlers Flood Farmlands With Sewage Water
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – A number of extremist Israeli settlers used sewage water to flood Palestinian farmlands in the Al-Khader town, south of the the West bank city of Bethlehem. Head of the Al-Khader Local Council, Tawfiq Salah, stated that…

EU: Guidelines weren t meant to stop Israeli entities operating beyond Green Line
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – The European Union says that contrary to reports, its new settlement guidelines don t require Israeli entities to stop operating beyond Green Line. The EU delegation in Israel sent me a response to my item (and…

“Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda” The Civilian Cost of US Targeted Killings in Yemen (Full Report)
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 – United States targeted airstrikes against alleged terrorists in Yemen have killed civilians in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The strikes, often using armed drones, are creating a public…

Israeli forces kill Palestinian during raid northwest of Ramallah
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 22, 2013 — A young Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli troops in a cave between the villages of Bilin and Kafr Nima in northwest Ramallah on early Tuesday morning. Large numbers of Israeli military vehicles had raided…

A secular democratic state in historic Palestine – a promising land
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – …A secular, democratic unitary state in historic Palestine (in its British Mandate borders) is the most just and morally coherent solution to this century-old colonial conflict, primarily because it offers the greatest hope for reconciling the…

Syria News – October 21, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 54 martyrs including 5 women, 4 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 14 in Homs;…

Iraq snapshot – October 21, 2013
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013- Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi publicly declared (speech in full via the National Council of Resistance of Iran or in the repost we did): I want also to ask those countries, especially the United States, which still…

Top actor Saleh Bakri rejects Israeli cinema, identity (Video)
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – In a hard-hitting new interview for Le Mur a des Oreilles, a program on Belgian station RadioPanik, Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri (seen in the above trailer for Annemarie Jacir s When I Saw You) delivers his…

Palestinian NGO statement on the World Bank-sponsored Red-Dead Sea Canal
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – The undersigned Palestinian NGOs call on the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to halt all forms of cooperation with the World Bank-sponsored Red Sea – Dead Sea Conveyance Project (RSDSCP) and…

New NSA Revelations
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013- NSA is one of 16 known US spy agencies. They re all up to no good. They violate core rule of law principles. They do whatever they want. They operate out-of-control. They re powers unto themselves. NSA…

12 Years Following Their Deaths, PCHR Succeeds in Ensuring Remedy for 3 Children of Lubbad, Banat and al-Madhoun Families
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 -Lawyers of the Legal Aid Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) succeeded in ensuring remedy for the families of 3 Palestinian children, who were killed by Israeli forces in 2001. Following years of legal…

US Increasingly Supporting Government Repression in Africa
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – But as long-standing U.S. towards brutal Middle Eastern regimes begins to adjust due largely to increased awareness, America s penchant for supporting dictatorship is shifting to Africa. Newly strengthened U.S. allies are sharply intensified domestic repression….

Syria – Every Friday: New Slogans of the People s Revolution
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013- The democratic people s revolution in Syria has accomplished something of world-historic importance: it has united both the imperialists and the anti-imperialists against it. Eastern imperialism led by Russia arms Bashar al-Assad to the teeth, Western imperialism…

NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake Discusses Meeting Snowden & Most Critical Revelations from Him (So Far)
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 – Over the weekend, a conference on surveillance was held by the Chicago chapter of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC). The conference examined surveillance, traditional and high-tech, how it intersected amongst federal, state and local…

NGOs call on PA to withdraw from World Bank project
Uruknet 22 Oct 2013 – October 21, 2013 — A coalition of Palestinian NGOs on Monday called on the Palestinian Authority
and Palestine Liberation Organization to withdraw from a World Bank-sponsored project with Jordan and Israel, a statement said.Palestinian civil society organizations demanded that the…

Daily Star

Mexican diplomat says Obama promises NSA probe
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama has promised an investigation into spying the U.S. reportedly did on Mexico’s presidential email system, Mexico’s top diplomat told reporters Tuesday.

Woman faces immigration charges for Israel bombing
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 A woman who became a naturalized U.S. citizen is facing immigration charges for her role in a 1969 bombing in Israel.

Three soldiers wounded in east Lebanon shooting
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Gunmen shot and wounded three soldiers in the eastern city of Baalbek, the Army said Tuesday, adding that a number of the suspects were arrested.

Militants target Iraq security forces in checkpoint attacks
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Militants killed at least 22 members of the security forces in Iraq on Tuesday, mostly in attacks on police and military checkpoints, with the western Anbar province bearing the brunt of the violence, sources said.

White House: cooperation with Saudis to continue
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 The Obama administration says its cooperation with Saudi Arabia will continue despite the kingdom’s rejection of a coveted seat on the U.N. Security Council.

Egypt: Attack in Sinai kills soldier, civilian
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Insurgents ambushed an army convoy in northern Sinai early Tuesday killing a soldier and a civilian, the local government and the military said, the latest in a rising wave of attacks in Egypt’s volatile peninsula.

Pakistan PM says ready to go ‘extra mile’ with India
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Tuesday to go the “extra mile” to make peace with India, saying the historic rivals can resolve all issues including Kashmir through dialogue.

Syria peace talks plans in jeopardy after opposition, Saudi moves
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Plans for talks to end the fighting in Syria were in jeopardy on Tuesday after the opposition refused to attend unless President Bashar al-Assad is forced from power and a furious Saudi Arabia made clear it…

Egypt orders trial of four policemen over killing of Islamist detainees
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Egypt’s prosecutor general on Tuesday ordered the trial of four police officers charged with killing 39 Muslim Brotherhood members in August after they were picked up in the crackdown that followed the military overthrow of President…

Morocco journalist in ‘terrorism’ trial seeks bail
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Moroccan journalist Ali Anouzla, arrested last month and charged with aiding “terrorism” in a case that has provoked an international outcry, applied for bail at a court hearing on Tuesday.

One killed, 11 wounded in north Lebanon fighting
Daily Star 22 Oct 2013 Renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad killed one boy and wounded 11 other people Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli.

YNet News

Municipal elections’ preliminary results: Barkat leads in J’lem
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – ….

Iran minister says no need to re-hang convict
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – ….

Ballot boxes in Jedida Makher moved
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – ….

3 injured in Rihanna concert in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – ….

Municipal elections in Israel: 20 arrested
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – ….

Age of narcissism
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Instead of being ashamed, young Israelis have turned emigration into a source of pride ….

From Capitol Hill to Nahal Brigade
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – Joshua Gardner, 27, gives up on promising political career in Washington to immigrate to Israel, join IDF ….

UC-Berkley opens Jewish studies center
YNet News, 22 Oct 2013 – New center allotted $1 million to ‘connect more students to wealth of Jewish studies resources across campus, enrich university s engagement with Jewish community in San Francisco Bay area’ ….

Israel grants NY mayor $1M ‘Jewish Nobel’
YNet News, 21 Oct 2013 – Genesis Prize Foundation announced first laureate ever, Jewish media mogul Michael Bloomberg, for record of public service, philanthropy. ‘My parents instilled in me Jewish values, ethics that I have carried with me throughout life,’ he says ….

Palestinian Information Center

Copts are innocent, but not their Church
PIC – The Egyptian military establishment is inured in the culture of lying and its ability to sacrifice truth and morality for the sake of securing their own interests is notorious.

IOF soldiers use rifle butts in beating Palestinian child, triggering clashes
PIC – A Palestinian child was injured in Al-Khalil on Tuesday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning a roadblock in downtown used their rifle butts in assaulting him.

Jerusalemites arrested following confrontations in Abu Dis
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently dispersed protesting young men in Abu Dis town to the east of occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Dozens injured in confrontations after Asy‚¨ “!s murder
PIC – Dozens of Palestinian citizens were injured in confrontations with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Bilin village on Tuesday after the murder of Mohammed Asy at the hands of those forces.

Palestinian old man dies after settler ran over him
PIC – A Palestinian old man from Funduq village, east of Qalqilia, died on Tuesday of wounds sustained a week ago after a settler ran over him.

Israeli Knesset discusses bill to divide al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage stated that members of Likud party led by the Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin have proposed a bill to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Dozens of refugees‚¨ “! corpses still unrecovered off the coast of Italy
PIC – The ‚¨ SEuro-Mid‚¨ ù Observer for Human Rights, based in Geneva, has said that tens of Palestinian and Syrian refugees’ bodies remain in the wreckage of a sunken ship off the Italian coast.

IPS threatens penalties against administrative detainees
PIC – The Israeli Prison Services (IPS) threatened unprecedented punishments against administrative prisoners in case they declare hunger strike, Tadamun Foundation said.

Settlers drown agricultural land with wastewater in Bethlehem
PIC – Israeli settlers from Efrat settlement drowned this morning Palestinian-owned agricultural fields with wastewater in al-Khader village south of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank.

Al-Risheq calls on Palestinian leaders to bear responsibility toward Yarmouk RC
PIC – Hamas political bureau member Ezzat al-Risheq called on the PLO and PA and all Palestinian officials and factions to bear their moral and national responsibilities towards Yarmouk Refugee camp.

WAFA

Public Employees Union Suspends General Strike
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Anti-Corruption Seeks Information on Alleged Squander of Aid Money
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

PEX Report: Index Up in Midweek Trading
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Cameraman Shot and Injured by Israeli Soldiers in Bilin
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Al-Quds University Shuts Down Campus Following Israeli Raid
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: EU on Settlements Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Army Tells Hebron area Villagers Their Homes will be Destroyed
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Army Forces Jordan Valley Residents Out of Their Homes
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Weather Forecast: Fair Conditions through Weekend
WAFA – 22 Oct 2013

Misc

Arab states and Western nations push Syria peace talks
LA Times 22 Oct 2013 – LONDON A key group of Arab states and Western nations, including the United States, urged the moderate opposition in Syria to attend peace talks aimed at ending the country s civil war, but underlined their insistence that Syrian President Bashar Assad could have no role…

Syrian rebel leader reportedly killed in clashes
LA Times 22 Oct 2013 – BEIRUT — A prominent Syrian rebel field commander was killed Monday in clashes with military forces near the southern city of Dara, according to opposition and government accounts.

Rights groups say drone strikes kill more civilians than U.S. admits
LA Times 22 Oct 2013 – Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International allege that many of the attacks in Yemen and Pakistan may have been illegal. WASHINGTON U.S. airstrikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed far more civilians than American officials acknowledge, and many of the attacks appear to have…

Reports: U.S. drone strikes in Yemen, Pakistan killed civilians
LA Times 22 Oct 2013 – WASHINGTON U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan are not as precise as American officials have suggested, and some appear to have violated international law, according to a pair of reports by human rights organizations based on interviews with survivors and witnesses.

Britain Urges Support for Moderate Opposition in Syria
New York Times 22 Oct 2013 – Foreign Secretary William Hague made the call as representatives of 11 Western and Arab nations met in London to promote peace talks.

Pollen Study Points to Culprit in Bronze Era Mystery
New York Times 22 Oct 2013 – Analysis of pollen grains from sediment beneath the Sea of Galilee and the western shore of the Dead Sea indicate drought caused a Late Bronze Age collapse.

Bank Hapoalim joins Microsoft Accelerator
Globes Main News – Fintech start-ups will gain access to the bank’s technological environment to test their ideas in a beta version.

Babylon meeting Yahoo!
Globes Main News – Babylon: Yahoo! has not suspended the agreement between the parties.

Leviathan partners want Woodside to pay more
Globes Energy & Water – The reasons for a higher price are larger estimated natural gas reserves, greater chance of finding oil, and interest from Turkish buyers.

Israeli water tech exports top $2b annually
Globes Energy & Water – Israeli companies are displaying innovations in desalination, wastewater treatment, control, and water quality systems at Watec.

Stryker set to acquire ActiViews for $20-30m
Globes Main News – ActiViews has developed a guided needle for pulmonary biopsies and tumor surgical procedures.

Tue: Leviathan partners lift TASE
Globes Main News – Delek units Avner and Delek Drilling rose while Ratio climbed sharply on the day’s largest turnover, after the High Court gave the green light for gas exports.

Update: Assaf s first video as global star affirms role as voice for the voiceless
Mondoweiss – Ya Hal Arab, Mohammed Assaf s much anticipated first video since winning Arab Idol, has been released by MBC Platinum Records and it succeeds beyond the wildest expectations, gloriously showing him as the full fledged artist-star he has become. A coming-out for Assaf on the world stage,…

UBS: Leviathan partners must decide how Woodside fits in
Globes Energy & Water – “The more likely alternatives, in our view, are LNG in Cyprus, pipelines to neighboring countries, or a combination,” says Roni Biran.

Varonis Systems to hold Nasdaq IPO at $500m value
Globes Main News – The enterprise software company has filed a prospectus with the SEC and will reportedly raise $100-150 million.

Spacecom reports Amos 5 satellite fault
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The breakdown will shorten the communicatio
ns satellite’s lifespan by eleven months.

MJ Rosenberg owes Ali Abunimah an apology for false accusations of anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – While tirelessly working to promote the rights of his people, Palestinian-American activist and Electronic Intifada founder Ali Abunimah has kept a wary eye open for anti-Semitism, and repeatedly made it clear that there is no room in the Palestinian rights movement for any attacks on Jewish…

Girl rapper tells of sharing stairs to her Jerusalem house with Jewish settlers who flash pistols
Mondoweiss – This is a short film produced by Defence for Children Palestine. Tayma Fteiha is a 13-year-old girl rapper who must share the steps to her home in Silwan, East Jerusalem, with settlers who have colonized her neighborhood and aim to demolish Palestinians houses. They flash their…

Einstein letter, on sale at Ebay, blamed Jewish terrorists for risking catastrophe in Palestine
Mondoweiss – Einstein letter, 1948 Ebay is selling a letter written by Albert Einstein at the time of the Deir Yassin massacre in April 1948 to an American Zionist, denouncing the Zionist militias terrorist activities. It s interesting that Einstein s word, catastrophe, is also the Palestinians word in Arabic,…

Teva ups US lobbying 40%
Globes Main News – Teva spent $3.2 million on lobbying the White House, Congress and federal agencies in January-September 2013.

You Americans are responsible for this, says a Bedouin whose village is slated for removal by Israel
Mondoweiss – Last month I visited Hajj al-Ahmed, 61, in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev desert. Under Israel s new plan for developing the Negev, this small village is to be removed and its people relocated to a reservation-like city. And a community of Jewish…

Video shows aftermath of Israeli soldier assault on Palestinian child
Mondoweiss – The description from Al Quds Newspaper on YouTube: (translated from Arabic): The moment of child abuse Fawzi Fayez Al-zarou by Israeli soldiers (Hat tip @PalestineVideo )

What Comes Next: If the goal is to change U.S. policy, American Jewish opinion can t be ignored
Mondoweiss – This post is part of What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm. This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

Shekel again strengthening
Globes Main News – Prico CEO Yossi Fraiman: Foreign currency trading in the local market will stay within a narrow band.

Israeli analysts miss Bezeq surge
Globes Main News – While foreign analysts believed in Bezeq’s share, their Israeli colleagues completely missed its rally.

Pentagon deploying Israeli-developed micro-robots
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The US is fast-tracking deployment of Roboteam’s stair-climbing Micro Tactical Ground Robot with US Army Special Forces.

Remembering the renowned Palestinian poet and author Fouzi El-Asmar
Mondoweiss – Fouzi El-Asmar, photo by Magda Abu-Fadil As many of you know, renowned Palestinian poet, author, journalist and activist Fouzi El-Asmar died last month near his home in Bethesda, Maryland after several years of failing health. He was buried in Palestine, upon his request. El-Asmar was the…

Fischer: Karnit Flug will be an excellent governor
Globes Macro Economics – “The Bank of Israel has succeeded in moderating the real estate market, but a strong response on the supply side would be preferable.”

Fahrblunget!*
Tikun Olam – That s the only word I can think of to describe the past two days of near-madness trying to solve a technical problem that prevented any readers from sending me e-mail via the blog over the past year. In that time, many people undoubtedly tried to contact…

Iran and Syria: Best of Times, Worst of Times
Tikun Olam – Iran s foreign minister Mohammad Zarif at press conference during Geneva nuclear talks (REUTERS/Ruben Sprich) Charles Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities begins with those famous lines: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Today s Middle East doesn t enjoy the best…

VIDEO: Starting a new life in Sweden
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Chris Morris visits a migrant processing centre in Sweden, which has taken in more asylum seekers from Syria than any other country in Europe.

Memorial to Rachel Corrie to be installed at The Evergreen State College
Rachel Corrie Foundation 22 Oct 2013 – The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, has announced the dedication tomorrow, Wednesday, October 23, of a sculptural tribute to Rachel Corrie. The piece created by international artist and Evergreen graduate Ross Matteson and entitled Reflecting on Peace and Justice is a bronze and polished steel…

Iran: ‘No need’ for repeat hanging
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Iran’s justice minister says there is “no need” for a man who survived being hanged for drug smuggling to be put through a second execution.

Rihanna Performs for 50,000 in Tel Aviv, Despite BDS Campaign
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2013 – Rihanna sang before a crowd of 50,000 in Tel Aviv at Israel s largest performance venue, Yarkon Park. Click here for the rest of the article…

Pace of Peace Talks Has “Intensified,’ Says Secretary of State John Kerry
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said all the core issues are on the table in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that have intensified. Click here for the rest of the article…

15-Year-Old Palestinian
Boy Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Oct 2013 – From Christian Peacemaker Team: BREAKING: Palestine, Al Khalil/Hebron October 22nd 2013 Today CPT talked with 15 year old Mohammed (not his real name) in the Alya Hospital Al Khalil/Hebron. Mohammed had been beaten by Israeli Military for not having an ID. Palestinians are not issued ID s…

New Israeli Legislation Aims To Change Definition of Rape To Include Male Victims
The Forward New 22 Oct 2013 – For years, Israeli child-protection officials have looked on in despair as female pedophiles and incestuous mothers brought to court for molesting boys were never even charged with rape. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt police to be tried over deaths
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Egyptian prosecutors refer four police to trial for the manslaughter of 37 Islamist detainees who died when tear gas was fired into a transport vehicle.

Texas A&M Will Open Branch Campus in Israel, Chancellor John Sharp Says
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2013 – Texas A&M is set to announce the creation of a branch campus in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Saudi Arabia To Make ‘Major Shift’ In Relationship With the United States
The Foward Breaking News 22 Oct 2013 – Saudi Arabia s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a major shift in relations with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Click here for…

Ethiopia: The Last Jews of Ethiopia?
allAfrica.com22 Oct 2013 – [ThinkAfricaPress]A page has been turned in the history of Jews in Ethiopia. But despite what Israel may think, the page doesn’t mark the end of the book, but merely a new, uncertain chapter.

Hollywood Insiders Form Group To Counter Celebrity BDS Campaigns
The Forward New 22 Oct 2013 – The performing arts have emerged as a field in which BDS campaigns have yielded strong and very public results. But now, one group is fighting back. Click here for the rest of the article…

Wanted Palestinian killed in W Bank
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – A Palestinian militant suspected of planning a 2012 bombing in Tel Aviv has been shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank, the Israeli army says.

Nigeria: Trial of Lebanese Men Accused of ‘Terrorism’ Concludes
allAfrica.com22 Oct 2013 – [VOA]Abuja -Nigeria’s trial of three Lebanese-born men who are accused of terrorist-related activities associated with Hezbollah concluded Monday. Defense lawyers argued that some of the charges against the men had not been proven, and others were not criminal acts in the first place.

US survivors recall 1983 Beirut bombing
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – The bombing of US marine base in Beirut, 30 years on

VIDEO: Starting a new life in Sweden
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Chris Morris visits a migrant processing centre in Sweden, which has taken in more asylum seekers from Syria than any other country in Europe.

Iran: ‘No need’ for repeat hanging
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Iran’s justice minister says there is “no need” for a man who survived being hanged for drug smuggling to be put through a second execution.

Syria opposition urged to join talks
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Syria’s moderate opposition should “commit itself fully” to planned peace talks, ministers from the Friends of Syria group of countries say.

Bahrain sentences six protesters to 10-year jail terms
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – A Bahraini court jailed six protest activists for 10 years on Tuesday after convicting them of attempted murder of police in the US and Saudi-backed Gulf kingdom, a judicial source said. A popular anti-government uprising demanding a democratic reforms erupted in Bahrain in February 2011, and…

Lebanese boy killed in Tripoli clashes
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – Lebanese general security forces man a checkpoint at the southeastern entrance of Tripoli as part of a security plan, on October 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A 13-year-old child was killed and 11 other people wounded in a gunfight in Lebanon’s second city Tripoli…

Police say Yemeni girl burned to death for “meeting fiance” before wedding
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – A 15-year-old Yemeni girl has been burned to death for allegedly meeting her fiance before their wedding, police said on Tuesday, adding that her father was the chief suspect. Prosecutors are to press charges against the 35-year-old over the death of his daughter in the village…

US defends Pakistan drone strikes
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – The US defends its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan, as Pakistan’s PM urges Washington to end the unmanned raids in his country.

Syria opposition resists calls for talks with Assad
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – The president of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba is seen at a press conference after attending the “London 11” meeting, the core group of the so-called “Friends of Syria” in central London on October 22, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Suzanne Plunkett) Western powers and their…

Egypt police to be tried over deaths
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Egyptian prosecutors refer four police to trial for the manslaughter of 37 Islamist detainees who died when tear gas was fired into a transport vehicle.

Foreigners held over Benghazi bombs
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – A brigade of Libyan former rebels in Benghazi d
etains several people accused of carrying out attacks during a recent wave of violence in the city.

Syrian Women Excluded From Prisoner Exchange
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – Turkish Airline pilot Murat Akpinar (R), who was kidnapped in Beirut in August, hugs his son upon arrival at the Istanbul Ataturk airport on October 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ozan Kose) Turkish Airline pilot Murat Akpinar (R), who was kidnapped in Beirut in August, hugs…

Azaz Diaries of Detention: Sakr, Erdogan, and Abu Ibrahim
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – You say we are your guests. We don t want to be your guests. We are sick of everything you force us to say. Release us, or at least, provide medicine for the sick among us. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) You say we are your guests. We don t…

Saudi Price for Peace: A Lebanese Government of Our Choice
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 Oct 2013 – Riyadh hopes to form a government that would ultimately pressure Hezbollah to pull its forces out of Syria, which is currently the monarchy s overwhelming priority. (Photo: Reuters – Hussam Shebaro) Riyadh hopes to form a government that would ultimately pressure Hezbollah to pull its forces out…

Syrian family’s tortuous journey into the unknown
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Syrian family’s dangerous quest for refuge in Europe

Handicapped ex-rebels break into Libyan Parliament
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – A number of disabled former Libyan rebels that helped NATO forces topple the government of Muammar Gaddafi two years ago, broke into the parliament building and vandalized some of it Tuesday, an MP told AFP. The protest came on the eve of the second anniversary of…

Concern over Bahrain ‘tear-gas need’
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – Human rights groups express concern over an apparent request by Bahrain for large quantities of tear gas, blamed for the deaths of opposition protesters.

Prince Bandar: Riyadh to “shift away” from US over Syria, Iran
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has said the kingdom will make a “major shift” in dealings with the United States in protest at its perceived inaction over the Syria war and its overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin…

Israeli troops kill young Palestinian in West Bank raid
Al-Akhbar News 22 Oct 2013 – A Palestinian protester hurls a stone towards Israeli forces during clashes following a demonstration against the theft of Palestinian land by Israel on October 18, 2013 in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: AFP – Jaafar Ashtiyeh) Israeli troops…

Wanted Palestinian killed in W Bank
BBC 22 Oct 2013 – A Palestinian militant suspected of planning a 2012 bombing in Tel Aviv has been shot dead by Israeli troops in the West Bank, the Israeli army says.

Lebanese Hostages in Syria and Western Media Propaganda
Al-Akhbar Blogs 22 Oct 2013 – The release of the Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria more than a year and a half ago was not big enough news for Western media, or even for Arab oil and gas media. The story is embarrassing for those in Western media who have…

Lebanese Hostage Deal: 10 months of Negotiations and $9 Million
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Oct 2013 – Indeed, it was all too clear to those following the hostage crisis that Turkey and Qatar were still wagering on extracting a political price from Hezbollah. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Indeed, it was all too clear to those following the hostage crisis that Turkey and Qatar were…

Articles


Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
Ilan Pappe, Electronic Intifada10/18/2013
Jews in today s Israel must reconnect to Jewish heritage before it was distorted by Zionism.
When the Zionist movement appeared in Eastern Europe in the 1880s, it found it very difficult to persuade the leading rabbis and secular Jewish thinkers of the day to support it.
The leading rabbis saw the political history in the Bible and the idea of Jewish sovereignty on the land of Israel as very marginal topics and were much more concerned, as indeed Judaism as a religion was, with the holy tracts that focused on the relationship between the believers themselves and in particular their relations with God.
Secular liberal or socialist Jews also found the idea of Jewish nationalism unattractive. Liberal Jews hoped that a far more liberal world would solve the problems of persecution and anti-Semitism while avowed socialists and communists wished peoples of all religions, not just the Jews, to be liberated from oppression.
Even the idea of a particular Jewish socialist movement, such as the Bund, was a bizarre one in their eyes. Zionists who were afraid of seasickness is how Russian Marxist Georgi Plekhanov called the Bundists when they wanted to join the international communist movement.
The secular Jews who founded the Zionist movement wanted paradoxically both to secularize Jewish life and to use the Bible as a justification for colonizing Palestine; in other words, they did not believe in God but He nonetheless promised them Palestine.
This precarious logic was recognized even by the founder of the Zionist movement himself, Theodore Herzl, who therefore opted for Uganda, rather than Palestine, as the promised land of Zion….more..e-mail

PHOTOS: Eid Al-Adha in Area C
Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Alternative Information Center10/16/2013
Dressed up specially for Eid Al Adha, Andalib Shalalda ties shut her family s livestock pen for the night. Her family of seven has lived in a tent for more than 10 years because their house was demolished by Israeli authorities.Dressed up specially for Eid Al Adha, Andalib Shalalda ties shut her family s livestock pen for the night. Her family of seven has lived in a tent for more than 10 years because their house was demolished by Israeli authorities.
Samiha and Suleiman Shalalda live with their five children in a tent on the edge of the Jordan Valley desert, with a view of the Dead Sea in the distance. On the first day of Eid Al Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice , family visitors filled their tent with food, gifts, and laughter. According to Muslim tradition, the holiday celebrates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, with God instead providing a sacrificial lamb.
As the setting sun illuminates the horizon Jordanian mountains with pastel hues, roasted meat from sheep slaughtered to honor God’s provision fills folds of flatbread baked over open fires. The beauty of the location and occasion, however, cannot disguise the ugly reason that this family must live on the edge of the desert without access to running water or electricity. Like many Palestinians living in Area C, the 61% of the West Bank that is under total Israeli control, they found it impossible to get a building permit when they were newly married. The house they did build, near the town of Sa’ir, was quickly demolished by Israeli authorities.
Since then, they have lived in a tent near Al Maniya, now adjacent to the site of a newly constructed USAID-funded landfill. For more than 10 years, their water has come from a tank that they must pay to refill from delivery trucks. Their only electricity comes from a small gas-powered generator that is used sparingly.more..e-mail

High court rules: It is impossible to be Israeli
Neve Gordon, Al Jazeera10/21/2013
Recent ruling of Israel’s Supreme Court exposes the contradictions of Zionism.
For years when I travelled abroad, people would often inquire about my name and nationality. I, of course, would answer without hesitation: I am Israeli .
Recently, however, I learned that there are no Israelis in Israel. Sounds odd? It does to me, particularly considering that there are Egyptians in Egypt, Germans in Germany, Mexicans in Mexico, and Canadians in Canada. So why are there are no Israelis in Israel? Because the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on the matter in early October, stating that there is no proof of the existence of a uniquely Israeli people.
Three High Court justices rejected a petition filed by several Israelis who had requested a change in the registration in their identity cards. The plaintiffs in the registration case were asking that the Interior Ministry write Israeli instead of making the distinction between Jewish, Arab, or Druze in their nationality category.
Headed by Supreme Court President Chief Justice Asher Grunis, the three-judge panel declared that it was not the court s mandate to determine new categories of nationality. Justice Hanan Melcer also noted that in the current situation citizenship and nationality were separate , adding that there was no reason to create a new nationality that would unite the diffe
rent people living in Israel under a single inclusive identity. Such a move, he insisted, was against both the Jewish nature and the democratic nature of the State .

The crux of the matter is that the High Court fears that if Israeli citizens are allowed to be categorised in the state registry as Israeli instead of Jewish, Arab, or Druze then the Jewish character of the state will be jeopardised….more..e-mail

Who is the real threat: Iran or Israel?
Akbar Ganji, Al Jazeera10/22/2013
Israel continues to threaten Iran, despite the new dawn in Iranian diplomacy spearheaded by President Rouhani.
During his eight-year presidency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly used inhumane and absurd language to speak about the existence of Israel and cast doubt on the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, and by doing so he served extremists such as Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu well, to the extent that he was favoured by many Israeli officials in the presidential elections of 2009.
Netanyahu, who is the biggest loser in the outcome of Iran’s last presidential elections, called President Hassan Rouhani a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, alleging that he smiles while building a nuclear bomb.
In my recent article, Iran’s olive branch, I demonstrate the fallacy of Netanyahu’s arguments. The fact is that Netanyahu and his government have tried to bring the Iran “nuclear threat” to the foreground in order to sideline other major issues, including the continued occupation of Palestinian lands and denying citizenship rights to its inhabitants. The fact that has been neglected is that Israel has been building hundreds of nuclear warheads and it threatens Iran with military attacks.
Iran’s nuclear bomb is a product of Israel’s propaganda. Since 1992, Netanyahu and current Israeli President Shimon Peres have repeatedly claimed that Iran will build a nuclear weapon over the next few years. Here are two out of many examples:
1992: Israeli parliamentarian Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is three to five years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon – and that the threat had to be “uprooted by an international front headed by the US”.
1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Peres tells French TV that Iran was set to have nuclear warheads by 1999….more..e-mail

How the FBI blacklisted US’ largest Muslim civil rights group
Electronic Intifada: 22 Oct 2013 – Tenuous evidence used to smear Council on American-Islamic Relations.more..

Eid in Gaza, in Canada
In Gaza: 22 Oct 2013 – Having spent many Eid celebrations in the Gaza Strip, in the years since late 2008, I thought it interesting to compare Eid al-Adha (and the two Eid holidays in general) in Gaza to Eid in Canada. Some rather obvious observations jump out at anyone who has a sense of the collective suffering in the Gaza Strip of the last many decades, but particularly since tightened closures after Hamas election in 2006. Amira Hass, who writes for Ha aretz, would point out that the closures began at least in the 90s and steadily worsened, even though Hamas was not then in power& That the closures were, as they are now, a form of collective punishment against Palestinians, for no other reason than this is what Zionists do (my paraphrasing). The Gaza Strip has been rendered desperately poor by the continued closed borders and ban on exports (since at least 2007), and by the…more

Sectarianism: Redrawing the Map of Middle East
Palestine Chronicle: 22 Oct 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud The warm waters of the Gulf look quiet from where I am sitting in Doha, but such tranquility hardly reflects the conflicts this region continues to generate. The euphoria of the so-called Arab Spring is long gone, but what remains is a region that is rich with resources and burdened with easily manipulated history that is in a state of reckless transition. No one can see what the future will look like, but the possibilities are ample, and possibly tragic. In my many visits to the region, I have never encountered such a lack of clarity regarding the future, despite the fact that battle lines have been drawn like never before. Governments, intellectuals, sects and whole communities are lining up at both sides of many divides. This is taking place to various degrees everywhere in the Middle East, depending on the location of the conflict. Some countries…more


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