VTJP Palestine-Israel Newslinks 24 October 2013: U.S. Jews Battle Over Blumenthal’s 'Goliath'

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International Middle East Media Center

Kerry Asks Netanyahu To “Advance Talks”
IMEMC – U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry, held on Wednesday [October 23, 2013] a seven-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Rome, and urged him to advance peace talks with the Palestinians, especially on core issues. The two also discussed the “Iranian file”. … 

Abbas Calls On European Companies To Divest From Settlements
IMEMC – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, called on companies in the European Union countries, and other foreign corporations operating in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, to abide by International Law by divesting from Israeli settlements. …

Ma’an News

Official: Israel forbids construction of public park in Jenin village
10/24/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities banned Palestinians from continuing construction on a park in the Jenin district village of Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a local official told Ma’an Thursday. Tawfiq Qabha, a member of the village council, told Ma’an that volunteers established the park – the only public park in the village – four months ago. Thursday morning, Qabha said, Israeli soldiers prevented locals….

Settlers assault farmers, attack vehicles in Nablus
10/24/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Thursday attacked several farmers in the Nablus district, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers assaulted Palestinian farmers who were harvesting olives in the Nablus village of Burin. One farmer suffered severe bruising as a result of the attackThe settlers….

Locals: Israel orders demolition of 2 Palestinian-owned buildings
10/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces issued orders Thursday for the demolition of buildings under construction by Palestinians in the Hebron district village of al-Shuyukh, locals told Ma’an. The buildings belong to residents Adnan Khalil Hussein Halaika and Ahmad Mohammad Issa Qadoum, locals said. Qadoum said that he found the housing demolition orders underneath a rock near the house that is under construction….

Israeli rightists tour Aqsa compound under guard
10/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli rightists toured the Al-Aqsa compound on Thursday escorted by Israeli police, witnesses said. An Israeli rightist, who had recently been banned from entering the mosque compound, tried to enter the area to pray, but was stopped by Israeli forces. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said “normal visits took place regularly and there were no incidents.” It is also venerated as….

Youths smash hole in Israel’s separation wall near Abu Dis
10/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of young Palestinians smashed a hole in Israel’s separation wall near Abu Dis on Wednesday, as clashes broke out in the town for the second day in a row. Popular resistance committee spokesman Hani Halbiya told Ma’an that youths made a 3-meter hole in part of the wall in protest against a house demolition in….

Group: Israel accuses Hebron woman of trying to stab soldier
10/24/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces have accused a 20-year-old woman detained in Hebron on Tuesday of attempting to stab an Israeli soldiers, a lawyer said Thursday. Jad al-Qadmani, from the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told Ma’an that Muntaha Saleh Ahmad Lahaleh was detained in Beit Ummar this week while returning home from work at a nursery. Israeli forces stopped the car….

Amnesty slams ‘harassment’ of human rights lawyer
10/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Thursday urged Israel to drop all charges against a Palestinian human rights lawyer a day after he was released from military custody.” The release of Anas Barghouti is positive news but he should have never been detained and charged in the first place,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at Amnesty International. An Israeli….

Israel to deliver 7 Palestinian bodies to West Bank families
10/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities agreed Thursday to return the bodies of seven Palestinians killed by the Israeli army, a Palestinian official told Ma’an. Salem Khelleh, an official in charge of a national campaign to return the remains to West Bank families, said Israel would deliver the bodies to Qalqiliya on Nov. 5. Khelleh told Ma’an the names of the….

Protesters shut down street in Qalandiya camp
10/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of men in Qalandiya refugee camp blocked a main road Thursday to protest the Palestinian Authority’s continued detention of a political prisoner, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said that the protesters shut down the camp’s central street – one that connects Ramallah to cities in the southern West Bank – and additionally closed entrances to the….

Egypt delays Hajj pilgrims from returning to Gaza
10/24/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Wednesday ordered 19 buses carrying pilgrims back to Gaza to return to el-Arish due to the security situation in Sinai, an official said. Director of the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing Sami Mitwalli told Ma’an that Egyptian authorities prevented the buses from traveling to Rafah due to a security curfew in the Sinai peninsula. The….

Israel minister: ‘small differences’ with US over Iran
10/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s international affairs minister on Thursday said there were “small differences” with the United States over the Iranian nuclear issue, a week after direct talks between Tehran and world powers.” We generally see eye to eye with the Americans on the final objective, which is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but there are sometimes small differences over the….

Report: Iran temporarily halts 20% uranium enrichment
10/24/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran has temporarily halted its production of enriched uranium to 20 percent purity as it has sufficient stocks to fuel its Tehran research reactor, a lawmaker was quoted Thursday as saying.”There is no production at all. . . as right now there is no need for the production of 20 percent (enriched) uranium,” the parliament website reported conservative MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini as saying….

Egypt border guards hurt in Sinai blast
10/24/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Two Egyptian border guards injured on Thursday after an explosive device exploded near military vehicles near the Gaza border, security officials said. The two wounded soldiers were transferred to el-Arish military hospital. The Egyptian army was working to remove trees and plants on both sides of the Rafah-el-Arish international road to prevent forces from coming under sniper fire. Earlier, armed….

Egyptian policeman shot dead by Sinai gunmen
10/24/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Armed men shot and killed an Egyptian policeman in the Sinai city of el-Arish on Thursday, security officials said. Kamel Karim, 30, was shot while walking to work by gunmen who opened fire from a vehicle before fleeing the scene. Egyptian armed forces launched large scale military
action against militants in the Sinai Peninsula in early September, in what officials….

Sharif urges Obama to end drone strikes
10/24/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Wednesday on US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes which are widely unpopular in his country. Speaking next to Obama in the Oval Office, Sharif said he “brought up the issues of drones during our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes.”[END]

Syria troops close in on suburbs hit by chemical attack
10/24/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops captured a key town southeast of Damascus on Thursday, a military source said, as they sought to “tighten the noose” around suburbs struck by chemical weapons in August. The Syrian opposition meanwhile said it would meet on Nov. 9 to decide whether to attend a Geneva peace conference that the United Nations is trying to convene in parallel with chemical disarmament….

Tunisia crisis talks delayed as policemen are mourned
10/24/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisians on Thursday mourned six policemen killed in a firefight with suspected jihadists, as long-awaited crisis talks faced fresh delay over opposition doubts about the ruling Islamists’ readiness to quit. The slain police were to be buried later Thursday in home towns around Tunisia, including in the central Sidi Bouzid region where Wednesday’s clash broke out, amid rising anti-government sentiment….

Libya court indicts Gadhafi aides over 2011 uprising
10/24/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — A Libyan court indicted Thursday around 30 Muammar Gadhafi aides, including the slain dictator’s son Seif al-Islam, for a raft of alleged offenses during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said. The indictments clear the way for what will be the most high-profile trial in the country’s history, with defendants also including former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Gadhafi’s….

Saudi warns women against defying driving ban
10/24/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday warned it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom.”It is known that women in Saudi are banned from driving and laws will be applied against violators and those who demonstrate in support” of this cause, interior ministry spokesman General Mansur….

Egypt Islamists call for protests against Morsi trial
10/24/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Islamist alliance backing Mohamed Morsi on Thursday urged its supporters to protest on Nov. 4 when the ousted president will be put on trial, raising fears of new clashes. Morsi – held at an unknown location since the military ousted him on July 3 – and 14 others have been charged in the killing of protesters outside his palace in December 2012. The Anti-Coup….

US pastor home after being deported from Iran
10/24/2013 – LOS ANGELES (AFP) — A Christian US pastor arrived home Wednesday after being deported from Iran for staging a protest outside a Tehran prison, denouncing what he called the “belligerent” Islamic regime. Pastor Eddie Romero, from southern California, was arrested Monday and held for over 24 hours in the Iranian capital before being put on a plane out of the country. Romero said he was treated….

UN envoy: No progress for now on Iran rights situation
10/24/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Iran so far has not made significant improvements on the human rights front, the top UN official for Tehran’s rights situation said Wednesday.”The human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to warrant serious concern, with no sign of improvement in the areas previously raised by the general assembly or the various human rights monitoring mechanisms,” Special….

AlJazeera

Israel announces new settlement building
AlJazeera 24 Oct 2013 – Senior official says his country will press ahead with settlement construction in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Palestine News Network

Waed: Prisoner Hammad in Serious Danger
Palestine News Network

Haykal Media Launches “Aliqtisadi Palestine” in Abu Dhabi Media Summit
Palestine News Network

Palestinians Again Boycott Jerusalem Municipal Polls
Palestine News Network

Amnesty International: Israel Must Drop Charges against Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer
Palestine News Network

Abbas Calls Foreign Companies to Stop Operating in Israeli Settlements
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: UK Aid Syria Response – 8th October 2013
Relief Web 24 Oct 2013 – Source: Department for International Development Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As conflict continues to rage in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance….

The National

Israel poised to announce new settlement building
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Senior Israeli official says the country will announce new plans for West Bank settlement construction in coming months.

Merkel: ‘Trust with US has to be built anew’Merkel: ‘Trust with US has to be built anew’ 
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Intelligence controversy looms over beginning of European Union leaders’ summit in Belgium.

Syrian forces seize rebel-held Damascus suburb as government bolsters its position
The National 24 Oct 2013 – President Bashar Al Assad’s forces have been gaining ground around Damascus since last month, storming several rebel-held suburbs and choking off supplies to others in the east and south.

US ‘concerned’ over Turkey’s choice of Chinese defence system
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insists that Turkey has a right to make procurement decisions based on its own national interests and without Nato interference. Thomas Seibert reports

Bahrain ‘frees’ opposition politician
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Khalil Al Marzouq, a former parliamentarian, was jailed last month by police investigating his alleged promotion of terrorism.

Norwegian hunter ends elderly man’s toilet break with a bullet wound
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Norwegian hunter takes aim at a moose but misses and accidentally hits a man sitting on the toilet in a nearby cabin.

US police shoot California teen carrying replica of assault rifle
The National 24 Oct 2013 – A 13-year-old boy carrying a replica of an assault rifle to a friend’s house has been killed by a sheriff’s deputy who believed the gun was real.

‘Everyone spies on their allies,’ former intelligence officials say
The National 24 Oct 2013 – European anger at reports that the US has conducted surveillance of allies’ telephone calls and emails glosses over basic truth that ‘all governments collect information on nearly all governments’, former intelligence officials say.

Buying spree puts Qatar emir’s sister atop art’s ‘power list’
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Sheikha Al Mayassa has been named as the art world’s most powerful figure, after unprecedented spending spree at auction houses and private sales around the world to fill Qatar’s new museums.

Bollywood playback singer Manna Dey dies
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Born Prabodh Chandra Dey, he was recognised easily by his pencil moustache and his trademark Kashmiri fur cap, and enjoyed his heyday between the 1950s and the 1970s, singing primarily in Hindi and Bengali. Samanth Subramanian reports

UK’s ‘white widow’ lived near other Kenyan mall
The National 24 Oct 2013 – One of the world’s most wanted women, a British-born Muslim convert called ‘the white widow’ by London’s tabloids, lived close to one of Nairobi’s major malls in 2011 but likely was not carrying out surveillance on it, Kenyan security official says.

Portugal reopens Madeleine McCann investigation
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Decision taken following a proposal from the Judicial Police and ‘the presentation of new elements’.

Thousands march in Tunisia calling on government to step down
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Protest comes hours before the ruling Islamists and opposition leaders were due to start talks aimed at ending months of political crisis.

Ireland returns 2 Roma children to their parents
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Two blonde children who were taken from their Romanian gypsy parents have been returned to their families after DNA tests determined the children were theirs.

Norway tried to stop Kenya mall suspect
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Norway’s domestic intelligence service tried to prevent suspected gunman in Nairobi mall attack from joining Somali militants more than three years ago but failed to talk him out of it. the agency’s chief says.

India’s Rahul Gandhi says he fears assassination
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Rahul Gandhi, who is expected to lead the ruling Congress party into next year’s polls, and whose grandmother and father were both assassinated when he was a child, has warned he too could be slain.

Video: Maltese military releases dramatic video of migrants rescue 
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Maltese armed forces releases dramatic video of more than 100 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea on October 11. Mana Rabiee reports.

Merkel demands answers from Obama on reports of US phone spying
The National 24 Oct 2013 – Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, demanded answers from Barack Obama after learning US spies may have monitored her phone, warning this would be ‘breach of trust’ between allies.’

Video: Prince George christened, Perry celebrates new album 
The National 24 Oct 2013 – The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Prince George is christened, Michael Jackson is the top earning dead celebrity, and Katy Perry celebrates her new album. Bob Mezan reports.

Ha’aretz

Time out on the Bibi adulation
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Druze officer named commander of elite infantry brigade
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Playing for time? Strategic flexibility in a ‘post-ideological’ Iran
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

L.A. gala raises $20 million for Israeli soldiers
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Tourist tip #365 / The Levinsky spice & stuff market in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Settlement construction push to follow next week’s Palestinian prisoners release
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Israel Chemicals falls on bearish news for global potash
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

White House to push Senate to delay new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Nobody is immune to Washington’s online espionage
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Ukrainian Jews lose bid to regain 100-year-old Balta synagogue
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Report: Israel alerted to terror plot targeting its nationals in India
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Minister: Major earthquake in Israel could kill 7,000
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Libya almost dares to long for Gadhafi
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Time for U.S. rabbis to fight back?
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

U.S. ambassador summoned by Germany over NSA spying
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Senior official says Iran has halted 20 percent enrichment
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Why Israel’s right fears the non-Jewish refugees
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Europeans discuss terms for Israel’s return to UN human rights council
Ha’aretz – 24 Oct 2013

Municipal elections: A vote for apathy and a nod to corruption
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

West Bank charcoal pollution ires communities in the Wadi Ara area
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

In reinforced concrete, deep under Tirat Carmel, lies Israel’s data
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Medical centers see sharp rise in syphilis cases in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Uneasy calm in the West Bank following several violent incidents
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

The slow but certain waning of ethnic politics in Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Head of Egypt’s intelligence in 1973: Israel’s agent was answering to Sadat
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

The slow extinction of the TV stars we sent to Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party proves a big loser in local elections
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Barkat retains Jerusalem, three mayors facing criminal charges re-elected
Ha’aretz – 23 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Turkey joins Saudis in showing displeasure over US policy on Syria
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Ankara chooses Chinese firm over US, European firms to co-produce long-range air, missiles defense systems. 

Livni: Saudis share our concern over Iran
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – “Failure to resolve Palestinian conflict would isolate Israel.” 

‘Start-up Nation’ meets Europe at Berlin event for Jewish professionals
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Conference meant “to connect young professionals with the Jewish world and engage people not affiliated with Jewish life.” 

Elite Hezbollah fighters are spearheading battle in Syria, IDF commander warns
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – “Shi’ite group fighting in the most dangerous places.” 

First Druse officer to command Golani Brigade
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Col. Rasan Alian served as commander of Golani’s Battalion 51, Reconnaissance Battalion and was deputy commander of brigade. 

Palestinian water engineer: Regional cooperation on water possible on private-sector level
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Khaled Shukri Haramy made remarks at session on regional water cooperation at WATEC conference in Tel Aviv. 

Israel to free Palestinian prisoners, announce more settlement building
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Second batch of prisoners expected to be released next week; Bayit Yehudi to present bill that would block future prisoner releases; Intelligence Minister Steinitz discusses peace talks, Iran with Biden in Washington. 

Israel is not alone!
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – We are not naive. We have ample experience of dealing with the Iranian regime and go into this with our eyes open. 

IKEA in Israel helps renovate therapy center for toddlers with disabilities
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – The renovation was made possible after Ikea and Akim began fund-raising campaign this past summer. 

Beit Shemesh residents hit the streets amid claims of fraudulent election
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – After losing bid to unseat haredi mayor Abutbul, Eli Cohen says legal team checking reports of fraud; 1,000 hit streets in protest. 

Financially strapped Hadassah hospital gives former director 75,000 shekels a month pension
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Shlomo Mor-Yosef is currently director-general of the National Insurance Institute. 

The astute Saudi nose
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – The Saudis intuit that Obama actually believes that the humbling of America will bring healing to the world. 

Are settlements worth it?
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Conflating security and defense costs with assistance to settlements distorts reality and masks more serious economic problems. 

CRIF chief: Europeans ‘ill placed to attack the Jews’ on moral issues
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – French Jewish leader tells ‘Post’ conference there is “general atmosphere” in Europe that is very uncomfortable for Jews. 

The unifying role of Shabbat
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Ahad Ha’am’s observation that “more than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews” continues to be relevant today. 

UK ambassador Gould: ‘Israel is not alone on Iran’
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – “It would be neither right nor wise for Israel to chart its way forward on the issue as if it were alone,” British envoy says. 

The boycott folly
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – The West Bank did not come into Israel’s possession as an occupying power, because the land did not belong to any sovereign power. 

Ya’alon: Civil war between Hezbollah and Global Jihad has erupted in Lebanon
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Def. minister: Global Jihad tried to drag Israel into conflict. 

Parshat Hayei Sarah: Seeing the other
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – When we talk about “seeing the other,” we do not mean only recognizing his existence but recognizing his needs and making real room for him in our hearts. 

Religious Services Ministry stirs opposition with proposal to outlaw independent Orthodox marriages, conversion
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Currently, only rabbis specifically approved by the chief rabbinate may perform weddings. 

Report: India warned Jerusalem of terror plot against Israeli tourists
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Hindustan Times reports Indian Mujahideen targeted Israelis in popular tourist destinations in the country. 

Peres will keep doing what comes naturally after presidential term ends
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – “A man who wants to serve the public does not ask himself what to be, but what to do,” Peres said at Post’s diplomatic conference. 

Israeli from Hebrew U. heads European coalition to prevent murder of women
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – “Femicide” conference held in Jerusalem; participants try to agree on definition of phenomenon. 

Iran ‘facing one of its most difficult periods,’ Meir Dagan says
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Former Mossad chief says economic troubles, ethnic tensions and conflict with the Sunni world contributing to Iran’s difficulties. 

Young Jews reportedly leaving Turkey ‘due to political strains’
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Rise in anti-Semitism related to tensions between Ankara and J’lem has led to current exodus, community leader says. 

France: 5,500 sign petition backing right to ritual circumcision
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Prominent French politicians, scholars and clergymen join effort to thwart attempts to ban ritual circumcision of boys in Europe. 

MK proposes bill to give workers municipal election day off
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Yisrael Beytenu MK concerned about low turnout for this week’s cross country municipal elections. 

The Jerusalem Post News: Your daily online newscast
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – JPost.com brings you a daily round-up of events making headlines in Israel, the Middle East and Jewish World. 

Mob war feared after deadly mid-day car bomb in Ashkelon
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Blast leaves one senior associate of mobster Shalom Domrani dead and another gravely injured. 

Jerusalem mother accused of murdering children may not face trial because of insanity plea
Jerusalem Post 24 Oct 2013 – Woman accused of murdering her two children over Rosh Hashanah holiday may not be mentally fit to stand trial. 

Inter Press Service

Tunisia Protesters Urge Government to Resign
IPS By AJ Correspondents DOHA, Oct 24 2013 (Al Jazeera) Thousands of opposition activists have protested in central Tunis, demanding the resignation of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government, before a national dialogue aimed at ending months of political deadlock. The protesters gathered on central Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital, waving Tunisian flags…

For U.S. in the Mideast, the Ice Is Getting Thinner
IPS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to the media following a meeting of Foreign Ministers from the ‘London 11’, the Core Group of the Friends of Syria, in London on Oct. 22, 2013. Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office/cc by 2.0 By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct 23 2013 (IPS) New…

OP-ED: The End of the Beginning
IPS By Robert E. Hunter WASHINGTON, Oct 22 2013 (IPS) The talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries last week bring to mind Winston Churchill’s 1942 description of World War II: “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” This characterisation…

Uruknet

Israel locks-down neighbourhood after Palestinians make hole in Apartheid Wall
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013- The Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a complete closure of Kabsa neighbourhood in Abu-Dis on the outskirts of the holy city of Jerusalem in response to activists smashing a 2.5 metre wide hole in the Apartheid Wall….

The Dirtiness of U.S. Drone War
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013- Almost 5 years after the spike in U.S. use of targeted killing of people via drone by the Obama administration (thousands have been killed), the United Nations, or rather its special rapporteur Ben Emmerson, has released a…

A Response to Eric Alterman A continuing conversation about Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013 – I am eager to debate the issues raised in my new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (Nation Books), the result of over four years of on-the-ground research and reporting. Whatever one s opinion…

Time to End the Torture and Jailing of Palestinian Children
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013 – Although I have been living far from Palestine for a few years and I am now in my forties, I still have nightmares about the Israeli army invading my house when I was a child and…

Israel Intel Minister: Not pessimistic about Iran deal
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013- Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday that he believes Iran is “serious” about wanting to make a nuclear deal to save its economy. But he pressed for no let-up in economic pressure unless Iran agrees to…

Official: Israel forbids construction of public park in Jenin village
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 24, 2013 — Israeli authorities banned Palestinians from continuing construction on a park in the Jenin district village of Bartaa al-Sharqiya, a local official told Ma an Thursday. Tawfiq Qabha, a member of the village council, told Ma an…

Syria News – October 23, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 82 martyrs including 10 women and 11 children: 27 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 18 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 15 in Homs; 6…

The effect of war on the environment in Iraq and it s health consequences
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – In Iraq, the environment fell victim to the catastrophic Anglo-American-led war and occupation and the use of unlawful weapons, but the effects of most dire concern are those that have befallen the Iraqi population. In a…

Military Resistance 11J 9 – Crash The Tea Party
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – An Afghan army special forces commander has defected to an insurgent group allied with the Taliban in a Humvee truck packed with his team s guns and high-tech equipment, officials in the eastern Kunar province said…

90 percent of Gaza s water unfit for drinking, says Falk
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – Richard Falk, a UN special rapporteur on Palestine, has used a new report on corporate complicity with the Israeli occupation to sound the alarm over how Israel is blocking Palestinians from access to their rightful share…

Eid in Gaza, in Canada 
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 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…

Palestinian Child Injured By Settlers In Nablus
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – Palestinian sources have reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers attacked, late on Tuesday at night, a Palestinian child after breaking into her family s home, in Burin village, south of the northern west Bank…

Barred from their homes: Continued displacement and persecution of Tawarghas and other communities in Libya (Full Report ) 
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 -In mid-August 2011, at the height of Libya s armed conflict, the entire population of Tawargha – some 40,000 people – was driven out by anti-Gaddafi militia, who vowed Tawarghas would never be able to return. Two…

Libya: Who Runs This Place? A power struggle between tribes, militias, and the state is tearing Libya apart
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – … Mohammed bin Saiid, a security official in Tripoli, told Asharq Al-Awsat via telephone that the recent short-lived abduction of Libya s prime minister Ali Zeidan was merely “a minor incident compared to the terror experienced by…

Pakistani PM pleads with Obama to put an end to drone strikes
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif added to growing international pressure over US drone killings on Wednesday by calling on Barack Obama to end all strikes in his country.At the end of a long-awaited US trip designed…

Iraq s Rare Animals Threatened by Violence
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – The lack of environmental awareness in Iraq and the absence of institutions that are concerned with the protection of animals, in addition to the weakness of the law, have led to the death of hundreds of…

America s “Secret Wars” in Over 100 Countries Around the World Empire Under Obama: Part 3
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013- Obama s global terror campaign is not only dependent upon his drone assassination program, but increasingly it has come to rely upon the deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world, reportedly between 70…

78 Killed, 53 Wounded in Ongoing Iraq Horror
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – In the last few days, coordinated attacks across the western province of Anbar have left a significant number of casualties, particularly among security personnel. At least 78 Iraqis were killed and 53 more were wounded. Rutba…

Gaza researchers determined to record Nakba generation before time runs out
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – Tucked into a quiet basement suite in the main building of the immaculate Islamic University of Gaza campus, the Oral History Center could at first be mistaken for a bursar or registrar s office. But its…
Iraq opposition has lost face
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 -…In any country the opposition starts when there are issues suffered by the people in their daily lives – and those are ample in Iraq. The absence of basic services, unemployment, poverty, and the corruption of the…

Political Case Brought Against Palestinian Organizer in Chicago for Immigration Fraud
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 -A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned…

Stop the Prawer Plan : Palestinian youth in solidarity with the Bedouins
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 -“We want this scheme to be known as it really is, not as the government is showing it.” says Farah, as we were in route to visit the Bedouin communities in the Naqab desert (also called Negev,…

Iraq s Civil Society Under Siege
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – Two years ago, famous Iraqi activist Hanaa Edwar stood up against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki while attending the National Conference on Human Rights in Iraq. She told him that he harbored hatred toward civil society organizations…

Institutionalised discrimination in Israel
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013- A recent decision by the Israeli Supreme Court that asserted “Jewish nationality” over “Israeli nationality” has further alienated Israel s large Arab minority and rekindled the old question of whether it is possible to really reconcile parochial…

The United States of War: An Addiction to Imperialism
Uruknet 24 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – A common description for the term addiction is, “the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors…” This definition is most appropriate in regard to the world s…

The Establishment Makes Big, Sloppy Love to the Snowden Leaks
Uruknet 23 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013- I have to agree that no one more perfectly captures the wretchedly pathetic character of the ruling class and the Establishment than the irrepressible, wonderfully witty, power- and status-worshipping Richard Cohen. If he were fictional, we would…

PHOTOS: Israel punishes Ni ilin activist, denies access to olive trees behind the wall 
Uruknet 23 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013 – For being one of the leaders of Nil in s popular struggle against the wall, Muhammad Amira has been marked by military authorities and is consistently denied a permit to work his own lands – for…

Lawyers want Guantanamo gag order lifted 
Uruknet 23 Oct 2013 – October 23, 2013- Defense attorneys for five detainees in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case asked the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Tuesday to lift restrictions that bar their clients from publicly discussing at an upcoming trial their alleged maltreatment by…

Daily Star

Iraq attacks kill 10, including TV cameraman
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Bombings and shootings across Iraq, including the killing of a television cameraman, left 10 people dead Thursday as a wave of violent attacks striking the country raged on, officials said.

Syria troops close in on suburbs hit by chemical attack
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Syrian troops captured a key town southeast of Damascus on Thursday, a military source said, as they sought to close in on suburbs struck by chemical weapons in August.

5 hurt in attack on Tunisian ruling Islamists’ office
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Protesters attacked an office of Tunisia’s embattled ruling Islamist party in the town of Beja on Thursday, leaving five party members wounded, Ennahda official Abdessatar Amdouni told local radio.

Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Algerian troops have discovered a huge cache of weapons near the border with Libya, including surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday.

Car bomb found at site of deadly Tunisia clash
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Tunisian security forces found a car bomb “ready to explode” at the site of clashes with suspected jihadists that left six policemen dead, the interior ministry said Thursday.

US offers funds to move Iranian exiles out of Iraq
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 The United States offers $1 million to help resettle Iranian opposition exiles currently in Iraq, contributing to a UN appeal in the wake of violence.

Hamas sentences prisoner for murder: Ministry
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers sentence a murderer to death, the Interior Ministry says, just weeks after another criminal was hanged in a move that outraged human rights groups.

Saudi Arabia warns women against defying driving ban
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Saudi Arabia warns it will take measures against activists who go ahead with a planned weekend campaign to defy a ban on women drivers in the conservative Muslim kingdom.

Egypt shortens nightime curfew
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Egypt is to shorten a night-time curfew imposed on Cairo and 13 other provinces by one hour starting Thursday, the cabinet announces.

Israel, Saudis speaking same language on Iran: Livni
Daily Star 24 Oct 2013 Saudi Arabia and Israel are united in their opposition to Iran, but they cannot cooperate as long the Palestinian conflict continues, Israel’s chief peace negotiator says.

YNet News

US wants limits on most prescribed painkiller
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – ….

White House responds to Guardian report
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – ….

Demolition has begun of Sandy Hook Elementary School
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – ….

Iraq attacks kill 10, including TV cameraman
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – ….

Unrest rises in Tunisia after Islamists kill police officers 
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – ….

Israeliness may be the answer
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Israeli-US community may be new avenue for secular Jews to connect to their Jewish identity ….

Jews flee Turkey over anti-Semitism
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – Negative atmosphere, fear for personal safety prompt many young Turkish Jews to emigrate, mainly to US and European countries – but also to Israel. ‘The Muslims don’t distinguish between Israel and local Jews. As far as they are concerned, if you’re Jewish you’re not a Turk,’ one of emigrants says ….

Kiev hosts anti-Semitism conference 
YNet News, 24 Oct 2013 – Marking 100th anniversary of infamous Beilis Trial, global leaders convene to explore role of government, religion, historical analysis in combating anti-Semitism ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers arrest two more Palestinians, serve demolition notifications
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed two Palestinians from villages east of Bethlehem on Thursday and served demolition notifications in Al-Khalil.

Abu Zuhri: There were no preparations for Mishaal visit to Iran
PIC – Hamas movement said that there were no preparations for a visit to Iran by its political bureau chairman Khaled Mishaal.

Dweik: a Palestinian state cannot be established through negotiations
PIC – Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, stated that the failure of negotiations is not a surprise to the Palestinian people..

Egypt accepts a Palestinian proposal operating Rafah crossing
PIC – The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip confirmed that it has recently started operating Rafah crossing with a new mechanism..

Sit-in in solidarity with Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Gaza 
PIC – Refugee Department in Hamas Movement has organized a sit-in in solidarity with the Palestinian and Syrian refugees who have drowned off the coast of Malta escaping from the hell in Syria.

Palestinian institutions in Europe follow up the refugees’ issue in Italy
PIC – A delegation of Palestinian institutions based in Europe has met with Italian police leadership to discuss the crisis of the Palestinian refugees and Syrians..

Hamas warns of Israeli schemes targeting al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Member of Hamas Political Bureau, Izzat al-Rishq, said that al-Aqsa mosque is being subjected to an Israeli fierce Judaization campaign that aims at dividing it..

Israeli tank shell explodes near Erez crossing
PIC – An Israeli army tank fired a shell that exploded near the Beit Hanun (Erez) crossing north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday morning.

Jewish fanatics break into the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Groups of Jewish fanatics broke into the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem via the Maghareba gate on Thursday morning.

WAFA

Administrative Prisoners to Start Protest Measures
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Abbas Meets Ashton in Brussels
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Lawyer says Army wants to Frame Girl Arrested at Checkpoint
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Israel to Demolish Park near Jenin
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Japan Supports Projects in Two West Bank Villages
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Rise in Business Cycle Indicator, says Monitory Authority
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

EUPOL COPPS Trains Lawyers in Cybercrime
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Newspapers Review: Abbas in Brussels Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Exports, Imports Down in Month, but Up in Year
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Abbas Calls on Companies not to Work in Israeli Settlements
WAFA – 24 Oct 2013

Misc

Egyptian comic praised by Jon Stewart goes back into the fray
LA Times 24 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — In these turbulent days, Egypt is a political satirist’s paradise — or minefield. Bassem Youssef is about to find out which.

In Syria, fear of spies pervades rebel and government ranks alike
LA Times 24 Oct 2013 – Syrian rebels’ fear of informants now extends to journalists and aid workers, who once were welcomed. ALEPPO, Syria — Rebel Col. Abduljabbar Aqidi was at his desk in a repurposed school when an assistant came in and slipped him a piece of paper about his…

Saudi police warn of crackdown on ‘Day of Female Driving’ protest
LA Times 23 Oct 2013 – Saudi authorities warned Wednesday that police will respond to a planned “Day of Female Driving” on Saturday by fully implementing laws against “actions that disturb social peace.”

Tehran Journal: A Homely Relic on Wheels Awakens Nostalgia in Iran
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – The Paykan, once Iran’s national car, is making a comeback, evoking memories of simpler times from the many Iranians who recall riding in it, or pushing it. 

Criticism of United States’ Mideast Policy Increasingly Comes From Allies
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – As America grapples with intractable problems over its policies on Iran and Syria, it has run into a buzz saw of criticism from Israeli and Saudi Arabian leaders. 

Some Iranians Seek to Renew an Old Chant
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – Several hard-line groups have announced plans for a “Down With U.S.A.” conference next month, with an award for the best photograph, poster, video, song or caricature. 

The Lede: Adelson Suggests U.S. Nuclear Strike on Iran Ahead of Negotiations
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – Sheldon Adelson, a leading donor to conservative politicians who share his staunch support for Israel, suggested that the United States should begin negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program by launching a nuclear attack on the Iranian desert. 

Lawmaker Says Iran Has Halted Enrichment
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a leading Iranian lawmaker, said the country had already stopped enriching uranium up to 20 percent, as it had enough for its reactor in Tehran. 

Middle East Peace Talks Go On, Under the Radar
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – Negotiators for Israel and the Palestinians are adhering to Secretary of State John Kerry’s admonition not to disclose the content of the meetings. 

Syria Releases 13 Female Detainees
New York Times 23 Oct 2013 – The Syrian government released 13 female detainees, an official and an activist group said Wednesday, in a move that appeared to be part of an ambitious regional prisoner exchange. 

Economic attache: Israel needs US investors to develop gas fields 
Globes Energy & Water – Economic attache to US Eli Groner: We want everyone who invests in drilling to be satisfied. If there are no investors, there won’t be any gas.”

Three make shortlist for TASE CEO
Globes Main News – The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange board is due to vote on a new CEO next Thursday.

‘Muslims, you want to kill 100 percent of the Jews’ — the wit ‘n wisdom of Sheldon Adelson
Mondoweiss – Sheldon Adelson Our story on Sheldon Adelson saying Obama should nuke Iran, not talk to Iran, has gotten wide play, but it’s hardly the only quotable thing the 80-year-old billionaire casino mogul said on Tuesday night at Yeshiva University. He went on at length on many…

UCLA council votes down anti-divestment resolution and exposes pro-Israel trips for student legislators
Mondoweiss – Students gathered to debate a resolution criticizing divestment at UCLA.
Photo: Agatha Palma Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) have chalked up another significant win–this time at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). SJP members spoke out against an anti-divestment resolution earlier this week and convinced…

Tower in talks to buy Panasonic fabs – report
Globes Main News – “Nikkei”: Panasonic has started talks to sell some overseas plants to Tower, with a deal likely to be reached before early next year.

Ex-Teva chairman: Layoffs were not done wisely
Globes Main News – Meir Heth: It’s a shame the layoffs were not accompanied by an announcement of a 10% pay cut for directors and executives.

‘Apolitical’ arts organization combatting BDS is front for pro-settler group tied to Israeli Foreign Ministry
Mondoweiss – Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is an organization that, in its own words , “supports the idea of building bridges between people through art and music.” Since its formation in 2010–11, CCFP has led the fight in the United States against the cultural boycott of Israel, proclaiming…

Ashkenazi Sephardi gaps narrowing
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Momi Dahan’s research attributes the closing of income gaps to educational achievements.

‘The Onion’ uses the k-word
Mondoweiss – People are talking about the fact that The Onion used the word “kike” to mock the refusal by Dan Snyder to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Snyder is Jewish, and the Onion headlines its story, “Redskins’ Kike Owner Refuses To Change Team’s Offensive Name.”…

Securities Authority opens fraud probe into Alfa Platinum
Globes Main News – On Thursday, Securities Authority investigators began collecting material on the alleged fraud, including bank documents and transcriptions of phone calls.

Steinmetz seeks to overturn NIS 50m arbitration ruling
Globes Main News – Beny Steimetz does not accept the ruling by arbitrator Judge Emeritus Boaz Okun to pay geologist Dr. Joseph Langotsky compensation for damages.

‘American Idol’s Simon Cowell joins Haim Saban to help raise $20 million for the IDF
Mondoweiss – Simon Cowell Sings ‘Go Go Power Rangers’ … For $1 MILLION Yup, you read that amount correctly – Twenty Million Dollars. That’s how much this year’s Friends of the IDF Western Region Gala raked in two nights ago. The event is chaired every year by billionaire Haim Saban,…

2 Republican presidential hopefuls bump into each other in… Israel
Mondoweiss – Rick Perry The news is filled with discussions and meetings between Israeli and American officials. You’d think that Israel was the 51st state. Or maybe Iowa. From Haaretz : U.S. governors Rick Perry of Texas and Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Republicans tapped for 2016 presidential runs, are…

Lapid: We will weaken the shekel
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Yair Lapid tells “Bloomberg” that the shekel is too strong and he will do everything in his power to weaken it.

Mekorot developing system to protect against water terrorism 
Globes Energy & Water – Mekorot, the Technion, and Canada’s Real Tech are developing a product to protect water reservoirs from deliberate contamination or poisoning by terrorists.

What Comes Next: The one state/two state debate is irrelevant as Israel and the US consolidate Greater Israel
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…

Can-Fite raises NIS 21.3m ahead of NYSE listing
Globes Main News – Can-Fite will use the proceeds to increase its shareholders’ equity to meet the criteria for listing its ADRs on the NYSE.

Daylight savings ends Saturday night 
Globes Macro Economics – Clocks will be put back one hour at 2 am Sunday, October 27.

Shekel strengthening towards NIS 3.50/$
Globes Main News – FXCM: Under the current global and local conditions, it seems to be just a matter of time before we see another collapse of the dollar.

Mellanox misses as misery continues
Globes Main News – The interconnect provider failed to meet analysts’ expectations, reporting a fall in non-GAAP profits, a GAAP loss, and continuing slow revenue.

Saudi Arabia Whines about U.S. Betrayals on Iran, Syria
Tikun Olam – Saudi Arabia is making known its extreme displeasure with the U.S.’ increasingly moderate, pragmatic approach to conflicts with Syria and Iran. When the corpulent, oil-besotted sheikhs have a fit of piqué, U.S. presidents are supposed to quake in their boots, lest the spigots be turned off….

Justin Raimondo Killed Published Antiwar.com Article
Tikun Olam – Article Justin Raimondo banned from Antiwar.com I wrote this post some time ago. Then I sat on it for various reasons. I decided to publish it now. The events described happened earlier this year. This is one of those sad posts I have to write from…

Israel Vows To Push More Settlement Building Even as Peace Talks Move On 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Oct 2013 – Israel said on Thursday it would press ahead with plans to build in existing Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in an apparent bid to appease hardliners opposed to peace talks with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article……

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz Takes Hard Line on Iran 
The Forward New 24 Oct 2013 – Leaving no r
oom for compromise, Israel’s intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz made clear Jerusalem will oppose any nuclear deal with Iran that allows it to continue enrichment or that gives Tehran any kind of reward for temporary suspending its nuclear activity. Click here for the rest of…

Simon Cowell Helps Friends of IDF Gala Raise $20M 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Oct 2013 – The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Region brought in $20 million in contributions at its gala in Los Angeles, the organization said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Boston Suburb of Newton Accused of Demonizing Israel in Classroom Materials 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Oct 2013 – A pro-Israel group is calling on public schools in a suburban Boston district to remove “hateful education materials from their curricula.” Click here for the rest of the article…

George Soros Gets Behind 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Push 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Oct 2013 – Billionaire financier George Soros, a major Democratic donor, is backing an effort to persuade former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, a spokesman said on Thursday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Saudi ministry warns women drivers 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – A Saudi interior ministry spokesman warns that measures may be taken against any women who take part in a campaign against a ban on female drivers.

Gaddafi-era figures charged in Libya 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – A Libyan court charges more than 20 figures linked to Muammar Gaddafi, including one of the ex-leader’s sons and his former intelligence chief.

Egypt sex assault victims face long wait for justice 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – Sexual assault victims face long wait for justice in Egypt

‘Four killed’ in Lebanon flare-up 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – At least four people are killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Women of Wall Deeply Split Over Anat Hoffman’s Acceptance of Prayer Deal 
The Forward New 24 Oct 2013 – Women of the Wall has more influence over prayer at the Kotel than ever. So why do some members accuse the movement’s leaders of selling out its most cherished ideals? Click here for the rest of the article…

Sheldon Adelson Wants Nuclear Strike on Iran — Says Two-States ‘Russian Roulette’ 
The Forward New 23 Oct 2013 – Sheldon Adelson doesn’t know the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims. He backs a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran. And he wants to be a bossy Chinese man in a future life. Click here for the rest of the article…

Saudi ministry warns women drivers 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – A Saudi interior ministry spokesman warns that measures may be taken against any women who take part in a campaign against a ban on female drivers.

Turkey’s Gezi Park protesters create new political party 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – A group of musicians and artists have founded a new political party named after the Istanbul park that became the epicenter of nationwide protests against the Turkish government in June. The Gezi Party, named after Gezi Park in Turkey’s largest city, will focus on altering the…

Libya indicts Seif al-Islam and dozens of Gaddafi aides 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Members of the Libyan security forces keep watch as relatives and friends of people killed during Muammar Gaddafi’s regime demonstrate outside the Libyan Prosecutor General’s Office on October 24, 2013 in Tripoli. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Turkia) A Libyan court indicted Thursday around 30 Muammar Gaddafi…

Gaddafi-era figures charged in Libya 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – A Libyan court charges more than 20 figures linked to Muammar Gaddafi, including one of the ex-leader’s sons and his former intelligence chief.

In South Lebanon, Entire Families Pick Olives 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Many decided to put off their older children’s schooling so they could help them in the olive harvest. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Many decided to put off their older children’s schooling so they could help them in the olive harvest. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) About 10 days ago, South Lebanon…

Kuwait: Chicken Soup with the Emir 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah speaks during the opening ceremony of the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on January 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) The Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah speaks…

Hamas’ Return to Resistance Camp Complicated 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – A Palestinian woman shouts slogans during a protest organised by the Hamas movement in Gaza City on September 24, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) A Palestinian woman shouts slogans during a protest organised by the Hamas movement in Gaza City on September 24, 2013. (Photo:…

Bahrain temporarily releases senior opposition politician 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – A senior Bahraini opposition politician was temporarily freed on Thursday by the court trying him on charges that include inciting terrorism, in a surprise conciliatory ruling in the US-allied Gulf Arab state. Khalil al-Marzouq, a former parliament member, was detained in September by police investigating his…

Egypt sex assault victims face long wait for justice 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – Sexual assault victims face long wait for justice in Egypt

Mursi followers call for action as Egypt considers “draconian” law on protests 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Egyptian students of al-Azhar university run for cover from a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes outside their university campus in Cairo on October 20, 2013 following an anti-army protest. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) An Islamist alliance backing Mohammed Mursi on Thursday…

‘Four killed’ in Lebanon flare-up 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – At least four people are killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Disarmament plan continues as Syria releases more female prisoners 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Updated at 6:00pm Syria is set to hand over a detailed plan for destroying its chemical arsenal Thursday, the international watchdog said, as a rebel attack near Damascus triggered widespread power outages. But prospects for a peace conference, which the United Nations is trying to convene…

Syria ‘releases female prisoners’ 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – At least 48 female prisoners are released by the Syrian government in one of the final stages of a complex three-way hostage deal, reports say.

Israeli minister calls for doubling number of settler homes in Hebron 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Israel’s housing minister on Thursday called for doubling the number of illegal Jewish settler homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, even as peace talks continue with the Palestinians. Uri Ariel, who leads the far-right Jewish Home party and lives in a West Bank…

Tunisia PM says committed to resigning as six policemen die in clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Oct 2013 – Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh gives a press conference on October 23, 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Talks on ending months of political deadlock in Tunisia have been postponed to Friday, as the country’s Islamist prime minister said his government was committed in “…

Qatari Sheikha tops art power list 
BBC 24 Oct 2013 – The sister of the Emir of Qatar and head of Gulf kingdom’s museums authority is named the world’s most influential figure in contemporary art.

Can technology help avoid stampedes? 
BBC 23 Oct 2013 – How technology helps Hajj stampedes

Lebanon: Berri Calls for Change in Amal 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Oct 2013 – The centerpiece of the change underway is to fast track younger party members, particularly from the universities. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The centerpiece of the change underway is to fast track younger party members, particularly from the universities. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Has the Arab Spring contagion finally…

Syria’s Next Major Battle Set for West Ghouta 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Oct 2013 – An opposition fighter holds a position on the front line in Syria’s northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on October 15, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) An opposition fighter holds a position on the front line in Syria’s northeastern city of Deir Ezzor on October 15,…

Articles


U.S. Jews Battle Over Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’ 
James M. Wall, Veterans News Now 10/23/2013
Clearly, a good number of liberal Zionists can’t accept the unstated conclusion that some of the fundamental problems of Israel are not due to a bunch of right-wing religious fanatics and nationalist Russians but are due to core Zionist principles.
Max Blumenthal is a young Jewish American journalist whose father, Sidney Blumenthal, was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from August 1997 until January 2001.
Preparing to write his latest book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, Max Blumenthal (shown here) spent four years reporting from Israel and occupied Palestine.
His father’s political connections did not pave the way for his interviews. All the son needed was his American passport and Jewish identity. Both Palestinians and Jews wanted to tell their stories.
In his research Blumenthal had easy access to major Israeli literary figures like Israeli novelist David Grossman. In his interview with Grossman, which he reports in his book, Blumenthal refers to his father’s earlier career in the Clinton administration.
What provoked this rare reference to his father was Grossman’s emotional defense of Israel as an essential safe haven for Jews.
Blumenthal writes:
For Grossman and liberal Zionists like him, the transformation of Israel from an ethnically exclusive Jewish state into a multiethnic democracy was not an option…. more.. e-mail

A Modest Proposal to the Anti-Defamation League 
Alison Weir, CounterPunch 10/24/2013
If Americans Knew
Dear Abe Foxman,
Thank you! Our organization, If Americans Knew, is enormously honored by our inclusion in your recent Top Ten list of “anti-Israel groups” – in reality, organizations working most strenuously and effectively to oppose Israel’s brutal human rights abuses and violent ethnic cleansing project.
As you note, hundreds of such groups “operate in the U.S. today,” and, I might add, a great many of them produce profoundly valuable work. This makes us particularly honored to have been included among the ten most effective.
Your organization apparently finds those working on behalf of justice and equality for all abhorrent when this includes Palestinians. Happily, many disagree with you. In fact, a large and growing number of people (of all ethnicities, religions, races, and political persuasions) believe that universal principles of morality do not contain exceptions.
Britain’s “Redress Information & Analysis” calls inclusion on your list “one of the highest accolades truth-telling fighters against racism and bigotry could hope for.”
Your Top Ten report appears to be an important element of your fundraising outreach, which rakes in almost $60 million for your annual budget – on top of your $115 million net assets.
Yet in looking through the report, I notice that almost all of us Top Ten groups have quite small budgets. Ours, which is one of the smallest, is less than 1/400th of your yearly revenue. Your salary alone – $688,188 – dwarfs the entire yearly budget for all but two of these groups, and is over four times the annual budget for our entire organization. more.. e-mail

An Israeli ’spy eagle’ has landed? 
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera 10/23/2013
Israeli surveillance has a history of sophistication, however recently more low-fi techniques have been utilised.
An October 17 report from Jerusalem-based AP correspondent Aron Heller begins:
“Israeli eagles dangerously endangered by pesticides, electrical wires and poachers now apparently face a new threat: Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.
Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website recently boasted of capturing an eagle that carried an Israel-labeled transmission device on its back and claimed the bird was an Israeli spy. It said hunters in central Lebanon shot down the bird and found devices on it as well as a copper ring on its leg that reads ‘Israel’ in English followed by letters that refer to Tel Aviv University. The fate of the eagle remains unclear.”
Heller goes on to quote ornithologist Yossi Leshem, a Tel Aviv University professor, who complains that “[t]he whole field of conservation is based on regional cooperation and not this nonsense …. It’s not enough that they kill people, now they are ki
lling birds too.”

Of course, such complaints might appear more applicable to Israel’s behaviour rather than Hezbollah’s. After killing dozens of Palestinians in Gaza in May 2004, for example, the IDF unleashed its military might on the Rafah zoo; BBC News reported that the “aviary was smashed” and that there was an “ostrich … rotting in the rubble”.
“Hezbollah Goes Paranoid”
Leshem alleges that a “paranoia persists in the Middle East” with regard to Israeli feathered friends that stage cross-border incursions. more.. e-mail

Association for Humanist Sociology Votes to Support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
CounterPunch 10/24/2013
The membership of the Association for Humanist Sociology, an organization dedicated to scholarship and action in the service of justice and peace, has voted to support the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. The call to boycott came out of Palestinian civil society and we are answering the call. This is part of a global and broadly-supported Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement aimed at ending the gross violation of Palestinian rights in Palestine/Israel.
Israel has continued and, in fact, intensified its colonization of Palestinian land in violation of international law. The human suffering in the Occupied Territories is great and getting more severe in many ways. All efforts to get Israel to reverse course have failed. BDS initiatives, including the Academic and Cultural Boycott, are what the international human rights community has left to dissuade Israel from this tragic course of action it has chosen.
It is our most sincere hope that the State of Israel listens to these cries for justice, which have emanated from around the world, including inside Israel itself. It must halt its repression and enter into negotiations as an equal partner with representatives of the Palestinian people that will lead to a mutually agreed upon peaceful settlement respecting the human rights and national aspirations of both peoples.
The membership of the Association for Humanist Sociology urges the U.S. government, which has continued to provide military and economic support to Israel, to discontinue such support immediately and to support instead:
(1) the right of return for Palestinian refugees;
(2) full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel; and
(3) the end of occupation and colonial rule….. more.. e-mail


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