VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 29 October 2013

29 October 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Negotiators Provide Document Of Stances Regarding Core Issues
IMEMC – Israeli sources reported that Palestinian negotiators submitted to their Israeli counterparts a document representing the Palestinian stances regarding talks on final status core issues. …

Palestinian Child Could Face A Life-Term
IMEMC – A Palestinian child, identified as Mohammad Mahdi Suleiman, 15 years of age, could face a life-term by an Israeli court for “throwing stones at the soldiers, and endangering their lives”. …

26 Detainees To Be Released By Midnight
IMEMC – [Tuesday October 29, 2013] Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that Israel will be releasing the second phase of detainees, 26, held by since before the First Oslo Agreement of 1993, tonight by midnight. …

Soldiers Demolish An Apartment In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Tuesday Morning October 29, 2013], several Israeli military jeep, and police vehicles, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Beit Hanina, in occupied Jerusalem, and demolished an apartment building. …

Undercover Forces Kidnap Palestinian Near Ramallah
IMEMC – [Monday October 28, 2013] Uncover soldiers of the Israeli military kidnapped a member of the Islamic Jihad Movement, in Beit Leqia town, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The man is a friend of a Palestinian who was recently killed by the army. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian teen shot, injured by Israeli troops near Bethlehem
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian man was shot and injured Tuesday evening after fierce clashes broke out between Israeli troops and young men in the village of Tuqu east of Bethlehem. A Ma’an reporter said that 17-year-old Ahmad Riyad Sabbah was hit by a gunshot to the back. He was evacuated to the Bethlehem Arab Society Hospital in Beit Jala….

Israeli bulldozers demolish apartment building north of Jerusalem
10/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished an apartment building in Beit Hanina village north of Jerusalem early Tuesday morning, officials said. Saeed Shwaiki, a member of the political bureau of the Palestinian Arab Front, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers demolished a house belonging to his cousin Rushdi Shwaidi in al-Ashqariya neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Israeli forces surrounded the house at 4 a….

Israeli forces demolish a wall, two rooms, and water tank in Nablus
10/29/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers early Tuesday morning demolished a water tank, two rooms, a wall, and several agricultural properties in al-Taweel area near the village of Akraba south of Nablus, an official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that several Israeli bulldozers raided al-Taweel and demolished properties belonging to Yousef….

Israeli forces raid African-Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem
10/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the African neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem and assaulted Moayyad Salaymeh, 22, before detaining him on Tuesday, a local official said. Nasser Qaws, the director of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society office in Jerusalem, told Ma’an that an Israeli military force accompanied by an intelligence officer raided the African community neighborhood in the Old….

Israeli military court sentences Hebron man to life imprisonment
10/29/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israel’s Ofer military court on Tuesday sentenced Hussein Ali al-Qawasmeh to life imprisonment, a prisoners group said. Ahrar Center for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights said that al-Qawasmeh, 39, was detained on May 28, 2011, for planning to carry out an operation in Jerusalem to kidnap Israeli soldiers. After sentencing was announced, he said to the judge: “I do….

Israel arrests Hamas members in West Bank
10/29/2013 – HEBRON (AFP) — Israel arrested 10 West Bank-based members of Hamas overnight, the army said Monday, although Palestinian officials put the number at 15.”Ten Hamas operatives were detained overnight across the West Bank,” an army spokeswoman told AFP, without giving further details or reasons for the arrests. Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip since it took over the territory in 2007, but many of its….

Israel to free second group of Palestinian prisoners
10/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Tuesday was preparing to release 26 long-serving Palestinian prisoners, the second batch of 104 inmates who are to be freed in line with commitments to US-brokered peace talks. The release, which is due to take place late on Tuesday night, will see 21 prisoners returned to their homes in the West Bank and the remaining five returning home to the Hamas-run…. Related: 5 detainees transferred to Gaza crossing ahead of prisoner release and 5 detainees transferred to Gaza crossing ahead of prisoner release

5 detainees transferred to Gaza crossing ahead of prisoner release
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel transferred five Palestinian prisoners to a Gaza border crossing from the Ofer detention center in the occupied West Bank late Tuesday, ahead of their expected release. Twenty-six prisoners were due to be released late Tuesday as part of a four-stage deal to coincide with a return to peace negotiations in July. All 26 were convicted of killing Israelis, with most…. Related: Israel to free second group of Palestinian prisoners

PLO: Israel’s stance in talks harshest in 20 years
10/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Israel’s negotiating position with the Palestinians in US-sponsored peace talks is the toughest it has taken since before the 1993 Oslo Accords, a senior Palestinian official said on Tuesday.” The current Israeli negotiating position is the worst in more than 20 years,” said Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top official with the PLO, adding there had been “no tangible progress” in talks….

Riziq Salah was reading when soldiers stormed his home 20 years ago
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – “Since the first group of veteran prisoners were released, I have been busy preparing to receive him, buy the clothes he liked and cook the meals he was fond of,” says the wife of Riziq Salah, a veteran Palestinian prisoner from Al-Khader near Bethlehem. Salah has been in Israel’s custody since June 7, 1993. He is scheduled to be…. Related: Israel to free second group of Palestinian prisoners

Interview with filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad: ‘My films condemn oppression’
10/29/2013 – Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine . He recently conducted an interview with Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu Assad for “The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine.” Paradise Now, which focuses on two young Palestinian men preparing for a suicide bombing in Israel. How did a Palestinian airplane engineer become a filmmaker….

Group: Israel must release all Palestinian prisoners
10/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel must release all Palestinian prisoners as a precondition for peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, Addameer prisoner rights group said Tuesday, as 26 detainees prepared to leave Israeli prison custody. The prisoners were due to be released late Tuesday as part of a four-stage deal to coincide with a return to peace negotiations in July. All 26 were convicted of….

Equal laws, discriminatory practice: the plight of Jerusalem children
10/29/2013 – Rifat Odeh Kassis is the General Director of Defense for Children International’s Palestine Section. The principle of equality before the law is a well-established principle in civil legal systems. However, this principle is absent in the Palestinian territories currently occupied directly by Israel, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where the state of Israel systematically implements the law in a discriminatory way….

Israeli forces arrest 3 in northern West Bank
10/29/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday arrested three people at two checkpoints and took them to an unknown destination. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces arrested Jihad Munir Abu Baker and Ahmad Ghaleb Abu Baker at a flying checkpoint near Arraba south of Jenin. They were on a bus heading to Yabad from Nablus where one of them studies. Israeli forces….

Israeli police detain 3 Jerusalem residents
10/29/2013 – Separately, Israeli forces detained 11-year-old Nasim Natsha while he was walking on al-Wad street in Jerusalem. – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police detained two young Palestinian men near the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s council gate, a Palestinian Authority official said Tuesday. Director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian prisoner’s society Nasser Qaws told Ma’an that 16-year-old Abdul-Karim Nokad….

PA officer accused of installing cameras in women’s restroom
10/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s military financial administration on Tuesday appointed an investigation committee to examine charges against an officer suspected of installing surveillance cameras in women’s restrooms. The unidentified officer, a captain in the military financial administration, has been suspended until the committee submits its report. All his cameras, computers and other surveillance equipment were retained in legal….

Lack of vaccines leads to dozens of West Bank livestock deaths
10/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of animals have died in the West Bank due to a lack of vaccines against a deadly disease affecting livestock, farmers say. Adel Hassan Ibrahim, a shepherd from Bethlehem, told Ma’an that 48 of his cattle have died from the disease because the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Agriculture has no vaccines to protect animals. Ibrahim says he contacted….

Saudi frees blogger jailed for blasphemy after 20 months
10/29/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — A Saudi journalist accused of posting tweets deemed insulting to Islam’s Prophet Mohammed was on Tuesday freed from detention after 20 months, a human rights activist said. Hamza Kashgari fled Saudi Arabia to Malaysia in February 2012 after receiving death threats for tweets on the occasion of the prophet’s birthday. The Malaysian authorities immediately sent him back to Saudi….

Syria envoy warns of ‘Somalization’ if peace efforts fail
10/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Syria Tuesday on the most sensitive leg of a regional push for peace talks, has warned of the ‘Somalization’ of the war-ravaged country. His grim warning came as fighting prevented chemical weapons inspectors from visiting two sites, although UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the mission to destroy Syria’s arsenal by mid-2014 was….

Egypt probes complaint into satirist Bassem Youssef
10/29/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s state prosecutor ordered on Monday a probe into a complaint against television satirist Bassem Youssef after his show mocked both the military chief and the formerly ruling Islamists, a judicial source said. Youssef, known as ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ for modelling his show after the American comedian, debuted a new season on Friday in his first episode….

Damascus regime adamant Syrians alone will decide future
10/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Foreign Minister Walid Muallem insisted on Tuesday that only the Syrian people can choose their future, rejecting Western and Arab demands that President Bashar Assad step down. Muallem made the remarks to UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who is visiting Damascus to muster support for launching peace talks in Geneva, the official news agency SANA reported.”Syria will attend Geneva II based on….

Iran says 4 rebels killed in fresh clash
10/29/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) – Iranian forces have killed in a fresh clash four members of an extremist rebel group that killed 14 Iranian border guards Friday, a top military commander said Tuesday.”We clashed with Jaish-ul Adl (bandits) and killed four of them,” the Fars news agency quoted brigadier general Hossein Zolfaqari, commander of Iran’s border guards, as saying. He did not say when or….

AlJazeera

Jubilant crowds welcome Palestinian prisoners
AlJazeera 29 Oct 2013 – Israel frees 26 men to Gaza and West Bank in second phase of deal linked to renewed peace talks.

Israel’s stance in talks the harshest: PLO
AlJazeera 29 Oct 2013 – Palestinian official says Israel’s negotiating position in US-sponsored peace talks is the worst in more than 20 years.

Palestine News Network

Israel Arrests a Disabled Palestinian
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Loses Sight Due to Medical Neglect
Palestine News Network

Show by Palestinian Artist Samia Halaby Opens in London
Palestine News Network

Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Iran in Phone Call
Palestine News Network

Report on Human Rights Violations against Palestinian Refugees in Syria
Palestine News Network

Israel Complains to UN Over Gaza Rocket Fire
Palestine News Network

More than 40 Jewish Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Israel Demolishes House of Released Prisoner in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

IOF Arrests Two PLC Members, 20 Other Palestinians Affiliated to Hamas
Palestine News Network

Medicine Shortage Threatens Gazans
Palestine News Network

Statistics: Increase in Producer Price Index during September 2013
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Gaza Court of Appeal Confirms Death Sentence
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Relief Web

World: Le Conseil souligne que le partenariat ONU-OCI doit être renforcé pour maintenir la paix et la sécurité internationales
Relief Web 28 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Security Council Country: Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World Conseil de sécurité CS/11161 7050e séance – matin Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU se félicite des efforts conjoints menés « dans les domaines…

World: Security Council Advocates Greater Ties with Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Resolve Conflict in Middle East, Other Strife-Torn Regions
Relief Web 28 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Security Council Country: Afghanistan, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World SC/11161 Security Council 7050th Meeting (AM) The Security Council today recognized the importance of strengthened cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC),…

The National

PLO slams Israel ahead of prisoner release
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Israel’s negotiating position with Palestinians in US-sponsored peace talks is the toughest it has taken since before the 1993 Oslo Accords, senior Palestinian official says.

Four French hostages kidnapped in Niger in 2010 released
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Workers for French nuclear group who were kidnapped by Al Qaeda’s north African arm three years ago have been released.

Jury sworn in for UK phone hacking case
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Nine women and three men sworn in, as judge warns them to ignore a morass of ‘inaccurate and misleading’ reports about the high-profile case.

Kerry says he may travel to Egypt in coming weeks
The National 29 Oct 2013 – US secretary of state says he may visit, as ties between Washington and Cairo deteriorate following US announcement to withhold military and cash aid.

US drone victims head to Washington to discuss consequences
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Father and children from Pakistan’s North Wazirstan region travel to Washington to put a human face on the US drone campaign.

UN envoy warns of ‘Somalisation’ of Syria
The National 29 Oct 2013 – UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warns the alternative to a political solution in Syria could be a long term failed state, as president Bashar Al Assad sacks a deputy prime minister who met US officials in Geneva to discuss the planned peace conference.

Spanish miners strike after gas leak kills 6 coal workers
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Miners launch 48-hour work stoppage after six miners are suffocated in Spanish mining industry’s deadliest accident in 18 years.

Manny Pacquiao denies he is creating ‘political dynasty’ after three relatives elected to office
The National 29 Oct 2013 – It is common practice among Filipino politicians to have their relatives also run for office to put a ‘dynasty’ in place with hopes of expanding their influence and staying in power.

Onions drive Indian consumers to tears
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Onion prices more than quadruple since June, hitting poor and middle class families already struggling with steep inflation. Samanth Subramanian reports

US to mull ending spying on allies
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Fact that move is being considered underscores the level of concern within the US administration over the possible damage from the spying scandal.

Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti urges young Saudis not to fight in Syria
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Grand mufti urges young Saudis not to fight in Syria, despite backing the rebels battling President Bashar Al Assad.

US drone strikes Al Shabab vehicle in Somalia
The National 29 Oct 2013 – US military carries out drone strike targeting car carrying at least three members of Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab in Somalia.

UAE’s new mortgage cap rules are welcome
The National 29 Oct 2013 – The cap on mortgages will ensure stability and steady development of the property market.

Who will pay for reconstruction in post-war Syria? 
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Arab nations may have to provide the funds to rebuild Syria. But they will look for legitimate leadership of Syria before they are willing to commit billions.

Video: Tiananmen crash ‘was attack’ 
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Sources say Chinese authorities suspect Tiananmen crash was suicide attack.

Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran, Palestinian peace
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Iran’s nuclear capacity and Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts on the agenda.

Indian home minister attends glittering Bollywood event hours after deadly bombings
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Sushikumar Shinde photographed smiling with Bollywood actress at music launch of upcoming movie in Mumbai, as security forces scramble to investigate bombings.

Polio outbreak confirmed among Syrian children
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Polio outbreak confirmed among young children in north-east Syria risks spreading in the region, World Health Organization says.

Europe storm deaths rise to 15
The National 29 Oct 2013 – Death toll from storm over Europe rises to 15 after Danish driver dies after crashing into a tree knocked down by hurricane winds.

Ha’aretz

Jewish Democrats vs. Jewish Republicans on new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Soldiers from the Ethiopian community lag behind in the military
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

White House briefs Jewish leaders on Iran
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Israel set to release 26 Palestinian prisoners after midnight
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

TA riding roughshod over us, complain bicycle stores
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Defiant Israel returns to UN rights forum after 1.5 year boycott
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Obama spokesman evades question on NSA monitoring Netanyahu’s phone
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

As NBA season opens, Israeli eyes are upon Texas
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Hadassah hospital crisis deepens as Israeli board members resign
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

‘Rampant rabbi’ vibrator arouses legal battle between sex shop competitors
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

High Court rejects bereaved families’ petition to halt Palestinian prisoner release
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

High Court rejects bereaved families’ petition to halt Palestinian prisoner release
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Former Supreme Court President: Israel’s marriage laws violate basic human rights
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Rights groups: Israel holding some 1,800 migrants in contempt of court
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Personal Netanyahu family details listed in file on supporters of Jerusalem Mayor Barkat
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Tsunami warning? No one told Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Bennett to high-tech companies: Don’t discriminate against Arabs
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

The ASEAN model could work in the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Yesh Atid MK calls for new vote in Beit Shemesh, calling Haredi win ‘suspicious’
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Shunned and isolated, Hamas reaches unprecedented low in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Violating Orthodox law and custom, dividing our community
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Palestinian prisoners prepare for release from Israeli jails
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Israelis defrauded of thousands of dollars in Gmail hack attack
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Sudanese asylum seeker dies in Israel for lack of affordable health care
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Nazareth rivals, 21 votes apart, seek power-sharing deal
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Grandmother killed, baby injured as car crosses Netanya meridian
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

The dismal rise of personality politics
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Israel army intel chief: Iran undergoing ‘significant, strategic’ changes
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Jerusalem’s ex-top cop fired over sexual misconduct charges
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Arab Israeli sues cafe that fired him for ‘not being Jewish’
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Soldiers’ benefits mustn’t come at the expense of Israel’s minorities
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Disintegration of a political society
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Get off the tiger
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Bloomberg’s misplaced ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

Israel frees 26 Palestinians in second round of prisoner releases
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Thousands in Ramallah celebrate arrival of 21 released West Bank inmates; five free prisoners reach Gaza Strip after earlier transfer from Ofer Prison to Erez border crossing. 

White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Emphasis on groups that deal with Israel’s security. 

Israel goes ahead with second round of Palestinian prisoner release
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Defense Minister Ya’alon says this was a difficult day for him, but move to release prisoners guided by “long-term security considerations”; says chances released prisoners will return to terror are low. 

Mom of Australia attack suspect works at Jewish nursing home
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Says her son could not be an anti-Semite as she works for a Jewish nursing home. 

Bennett’s ‘revolution’
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett, who holds the Religious Services portfolio, presented a number of reforms in May to change the way religious services are provided to citizens by the state, which Bennett referred to as “revolutionary.” 

Separating the prosecution from the police
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Many people would no doubt be surprised to learn that the State Prosecutor’s Office does not prosecute most criminal cases in Israel. 

Anti-Semitism in Australia?
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – News of an incident has now reverberated around the world, with many commentators quick to say it is no longer safe to be a Jew in Australia or that Down Under is quickly turning into the next Europe. 

In My Own Write: Boxing match
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – TV or not TV – that was, indeed, the question. 

Center Field: The ‘Prime Minister’s Initiative’ needs educational tree-planting, not firefighting
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – The Jewish Agency for Israel recently announced an ambitious $300 million Prime Minister’s Initiative to revolutionize Israeli Education. 

Terra Incognita: The next revolution: Economic Zionism
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – A focus on finances, rather than on religion or ethnicity, can bridge the gaps and encourage social cohesion and mobility. 

PA refutes report saying Abbas has softened his stance on peace talks
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – PA official says Abbas’s position remains unchanged and that he continues to stick to Palestinian demands and principles. 

Lapid: Israel’s definition as Jewish and democratic is an unsolvable contradiction
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – FinMin says minorities in Israel not fully integrated. 

Marriage laws placed in spotlight as Yesh Atid makes waves with civil unions bill
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – The bill, called “historic” by Finance Minister Yair Lapid, is very unlikely to pass due to Bayit Yehudi’s veto power. 

MKs hold National Road Safety Day
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Nation’s legislators try out simulators that mimic the effects of driving under the influence of alcohol and while using cell phones. 

Nasrallah blames Israel for 17,000 Lebanese missing persons
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Hezbollah leader calls for political solution in Syria. 

Strong Israeli communities consuming twice as much power as weak ones, study finds
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Study is the preliminary result of the “Environmental Tag” project of the Center for Local Government and the Environmental Protection Ministry. 

Jerusalem College of Technology students make Internet user identity safer with digital protection
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – New development presented at competition of the Society of Electrical and Electronic Engineering-Israel (SEEEI) society. 

MK Bar-Lev throws support behind Yacimovich in Labor primary
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Nine of 15 Labor MKs support Yacimovich’s reelection; Herzog to hold major Labor leadership campaign event this week. 

Joint Israel-Uruguay postal stamp marks 65 years of friendship
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Jewish-Uruguayan artist creates series of biblical drawings in honor of his mother who contracted cancer. 

Turkey opposition trying to prevent headscarves in Parliament
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Three female parliamentarians declare their intentions to wear headscarves following pilgrimage to Mecca. 

Escaped prisoner found in West Bank 13 years after not returning from furlough
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – IDF and prisoner service officers raid Nablus home and take man into custody without incident. 

Turkish betrayal
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Israel is being sacrificed on the altar of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of metamorphosing into a modern-day Ottoman sultan. 

Beware of partial deals
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – President Hassan Rouhani has never lost sight of the goal of pushing forward Iran’s option for military nuclear capability. 

Defense Minister visits Gaza terror tunnel, dispels fears of local community
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Ya’alon assures southern residents of their protection. 

Israel to UNHRC: Release of Palestinian terrorists shows we’re serious about peace
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Issues under discussion include Beduin, migrants. 

Deri’s challenge
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – The party leader faces a decline in Shas’s fortunes following the death of its iconic founder Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. 

Britain aims to be first Western country to issue sovereign Islamic bond
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – Cameron says he wants London to be one of the great capitals of Islamic finance. 

A View from Down Under: Anti-Semitic Sydney attack was against all of us
Jerusalem Post 29 Oct 2013 – An attack against Israel is an attack against all Jews, and an attack against Jews is an attack against Israel. 

Inter Press Service

U.S. Jews Less Hawkish on Iran
IPS Por Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Oct 29 2013 (IPS) Despite renewed calls in Congress for increasing pressure on Iran, support for a U.S. attack against the Islamic Republic has declined markedly over the past year, according to the latest in an annual series of polls carried out by the American Jewish…

Misc

Watch Congressional Hearing on Civilian Drone Victims
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – Rafiq ur Rahman — a primary school teacher in Pakistan — will appear at a briefing called by Representative Alan Grayson (FL-09), along with his children Nabila and Zubair. In October 2012, Nabila and Zubair were…

Russian military delegation visits Egypt
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – A Russian military intelligence delegation arrived in Cairo on Monday to discuss possible cooperation with the Egyptian army, officials said. There have been reports that Egypt s military is looking for weapons suppliers other than the…

Settler violence: Think of it like burning down a Jewish business
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – Imagine a series of attacks on shops and businesses in your city. Every night, a gang of hooligans breaks windows, damages goods and sets fire to a different store.Now imagine that this same gang only targets…

Obama and the NSA: Information is Power
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – …On the subject of lies, the only justification the White House has offered on why it is necessary to conduct all this espionage is that it is necessary to protect America from terrorists …The problem is…

U.N. Will Censure Illegal Spying, But Not U.S.
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – When the 193-member General Assembly adopts a resolution next month censuring the illegal electronic surveillance of governments and world leaders by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the U.N. s highest policy-making body will spare the…

Israel Demolishes House of Released Prisoner in Jerusalem
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – Israeli bulldozers demolished Tuesday morning, a 3-story house in al-Ashraqyeh neighborhood in the village of Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem, under the pretext of construction without authorization. Local sources said that Israeli army forces and…

The untold story of an inspired Gaza youth leader ( VIDEO ) 
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – “The world used to think that Gaza knows nothing about life except the mass killings and destruction that it witnesses, but I wanted to show the opposite ,” Maysara Al-Arabeed explained. In an interview with local Gaza…

Child drone victims & Reprieve lawyer give evidence to US Congress
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013-Two children who were injured in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan which killed their grandmother are today visiting the US Congress, along with their school-teacher father, to give evidence on their ordeal. Rafiq ur Rehman – a…

Israeli forces demolish a wall, two rooms, and water tank in Nablus
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 — Israeli bulldozers early Tuesday morning demolished a water tank, two rooms, a wall, and several agricultural properties in al-Taweel area near the village of Akraba south of Nablus, an official said.Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who…

Perpetual War How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – On January 21, 2013, Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States. Just as he had promised when he began his first campaign for president six years earlier, he pledged…

The Corporate State of Surveillance
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – …Unfortunately, mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data threaten to undermine civil liberties and our privacy rights. What started as a necessary means of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering during World War II has…

Municipal elections and Palestinians in Israel: participation, racism and exclusion
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – …In officially mixed cities and in Jewish-majority cities with a high representation of Palestinians, like in Nazareth Illit (Upper Nazareth), elections took place in a rather tense atmosphere. The re-elected mayor of Nazareth Illit, Shimon Gapso,…

Cutting food stamps: The ruthlessness of the American ruling class
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 -Food assistance benefits for over 45 million Americans will be slashed starting this Friday, in the first-ever nationwide reduction in benefits under the US government s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.The cuts…

Israel s twisted logic in keeping EU legislators out of Gaza
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – …Israel blocked a European Parliament humanitarian delegation from entering the Gaza Strip through Israel last week, claiming that the visit would “strengthen Hamas.”… Costello condemned the Israeli decision, saying members were “shocked and dismayed,” since the…

Exclusive: Report on human rights violations against Palestinian refugees in Syria (Full Report ) 
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – UFree Network has issued in coordination with Action Group for Palestinians of Syria a human rights report on victims of torture and enforced disappearances among Palestinian refugees in Syria. The field report documented daily human rights…

Israeli attacks on Palestinian olive groves kept top secret by state
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – A document obtained by Haaretz details a series of incidents that have been kept confidential. Defense officials are content that the information has been kept secret for so long and that the leak of a few…

Exclusive: Report on human rights violations against Palestinian refugees in Syria (Full Report ) 
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – UFree Network has issued in coordination with Action Group for Palestinians of Syria a human rights report on victims of torture and enforced disappearances among Palestinian refugees in Syria. The field report documented daily human rights…

SR UN Report on Occupied Palestine Situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – As in all earlier reports during his period as Special Rapporteur, the Special Rapporteur has been denied the benefits of cooperation with the Government of Israel, including permission to enter the territory of the State of…

Israeli Responsibility for Hacking Millions of French Phones?
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – Mossad s credentials are notorious. They re well known. It s expertise is acknowledged. Its rap sheet is longstanding and nefarious. Its tactics include targeted assassinations, satellite, drone and other type spying, hacking and espionage expertise,…

Palestine s Mandela Marwan Barghouti s popularity can give new momentum to the Palestinian struggle
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013- On Sunday, October 27, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation launched an international campaign from the infamous Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years – for the release of Marwan Barghouti and all Palestinian political…

The structural roots of Israeli Apartheid
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013- Palestinian-Israeli negotiations have intensified in recent days. The talks, facilitated by US Secretary of State John Kerry, have resulted in 13 meetings between the two delegations to discuss issues of mutual concern. Yet in the midst of…

Where Does the USA Unequivocally Stand on Israeli Annexation of Palestine?
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013-American news agencies (AP, Reuters, any major news organization or outlet) in reference to Israeli settlements (which could more accurately be termed “colonies”), routinely comment that these settlements are “considered illegal by most nations.” This is dishonest, as…

Syria News – October 28, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 29 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013- By the end of Monday, the coordination committees were able to document 47 martyrs, including 4 women, 6 children and 6 martyrs under torture: 14 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 10 in Aleppo; 7…

Inter-American Commission Calls for Closure of Guantanamo in Public Hearing
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – – The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appeared in a hearing convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, Commission) to demand that the United States…

Israeli Forces Arrest 2 PLC Members and 20 Other Palestinians Affiliated to Hamas
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli forces detention of 2 Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from the Change and Reform Bloc of Hamas: Nizar Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid Ramadan (…

Senator Feinstein s Fraudulent Response to Revelations of NSA Spying on US Allies
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who has been fervent in defending the National Security Agency s domestic surveillance programs, has issued a statement condemning NSA spying on allies of…

White House Rebuts Feinstein: Surveillance of Allies to Continue
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 -Early today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA), the head of the Intelligence Committee, reported that the White House had promised a blanket end to surveillance of America s allies. The White House is now disputing that. “…

Wounds of Waziristan : The Story of Drones As Told By the People Who Live Under Them (Video) 
Uruknet 28 Oct 2013 – October 28, 2013 – …For journalist Madiha Tahir, the numbers are important, but they re not the whole story. Her documentary “Wounds of Waziristan,” which premieres above, features interviews with the people who live in the southern part of the…

Daily Star

U.S. Senate confirms Obama labor board nominee
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 A divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed a former union lawyer picked by President Barack Obama to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board.

Egypt and Brotherhood should pursue reconciliation-minister
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 Egypt’s army-backed government and the Muslim Brotherhood should seek reconciliation, a senior minister said on Tuesday, voicing a rare plea to seek compromise with a group branded “terrorists” by many of his cabinet colleagues.

Hand grenade explodes in north Lebanon village
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 The Army rushed to a north Lebanon village after a grenade exploded near the Akkar highway

Yemen arrests ‘dangerous’ Al-Qaeda militant
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 Yemeni authorities arrested on Tuesday “one of the most dangerous” Al-Qaeda militants in the country’s southeast, state news agency Saba reported.

Egypt deputy PM: Islamists must renounce violence
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 The judges presiding over the trial of leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood stepped down from the proceedings Tuesday because security agencies would not allow the defendants to attend in court, apparently out of fear of protests,…

Egypt arrests al Qaeda militant previously jailed for Sadat murder
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 Egyptian authorities have arrested an Islamist militant jailed over the assassination of Anwar Sadat, for plotting bomb attacks on behalf of al Qaeda since his release from prison in 2012, security sources said on Tuesday.

Iran says four rebels killed in fresh clash
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 Iranian security forces have killed four members of a rebel group behind an ambush that left 14 border guards dead, the guards’ commander said Tuesday.

Future: Nasrallah’s remarks on Syria part of psychological war
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 The Future bloc responded to Nasrallah’s remarks that dynamics in Syria have tipped in favor of the regime, saying the comments were part of attempts to delude citizens about the neighboring crisis.

Body found in Beirut waste dump
Daily Star 29 Oct 2013 Police have found the body of a black man in Beirut’s Karantina waste dump, a security source tells The Daily Star.

YNet News

UN expert: World Court should opine on Israel
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – ….

Five prisoners cross into Gaza; 21 released from Ofer Prison
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – ….

UK PM unveils plans for Islamic Market Index
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – ….

Settlement ends US state’s immigration law suit
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – ….

1,500 people arrived in Muqata to welcome released prisoners
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – ….

Don’t stand in way of peace
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Those damned murderers we are releasing today are some of bad symptoms of reality of occupation ….

Court rejects bereaved families’ request to postpone prisoners’ release 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Dozens of bereaved families, represented by Almagor group, filed appeal to High Court against second round of prisoners’ release Tuesday night. ‘We must follow through with our commitment’, justices say ….

Israel returns to UN rights forum 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Ending 20-month boycott of Geneva forum, Israel appears before main United Nations human rights body. ‘I think Israel only understands the language of pressure,’ Palestinian ambassador says ….

Iraqi PM flies to US, seeking arms to fight militants 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Three years after US pullout from Iraq, government is struggling to battle insurgents; PM visits US in search of aid ….

Women of Wall set conditions 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Liberal Jewish group presents list of demands for giving up on claim to pray at women’s section according to their custom, including taking part in running egalitarian plaza and restricting Western Wall rabbi’s authorities ….

Report: Elderly in Israel – poorest in Western world
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Prior to tax, pensions, poor are in great shape in relation to global situation. After – picture changes completely. Taub Center report says one fifth of Israel’s elderly live below poverty level – seven times more than in most developed countries ….

Ya’alon on prisoner release: Strategic considerations at play 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Addressing ‘difficult’ decision to free terrorists, defense minister says ‘these prisoners are old. We will keep monitoring them.’ Terror victims’ group petitions High Court to block ‘immoral, dangerous’ release ….

Iran says seeks ‘practical solution’ to rift with UN inspectors
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Upon second day of talks, Iranian envoy says Tehran seeks to ‘solve issue’, may be more cooperative with international nuclear experts ….

Protest against prisoner release: ‘Your death was in vain’ written near graves
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Upon release of 26 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli prison, Sorry We Forgot group places protest signs on graves of dozens of fallen IDF soldiers. Yad Labanim chairman: ‘Act of cowardice; shameful, damaging to memory of fallen ….

Iran’s deputy FM: Solution in Syria – supervised elections 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – In interview with Hezbollah-affiliated TV network, Hussein Amir-Abdullahian also says Iran and UN envoy to Syria agree only political solution can end bloodshed. Adds: We support Hamas in path of resistance ….

Nothing will come of prisoners’ release 
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Apart from Livni, no one here really believes peace will come from her talks with Erekat ….

Obama: Tapping designed to protect US
YNet News, 29 Oct 2013 – US president does not reveal whether he knew of world leaders’ phone monitoring, claiming matter is confidential. Senate Intelligence Committee head: ‘Obama, intelligence chiefs unaware of tapping ….

Heavy storm hits Europe; death toll rises to 13 
YNet News, 28 Oct 2013 – Hurricane batters Britain, spreads to Germany, Sweden, Holland, Denmark, France. Among the victims, 17-year-old girl killed in her sleep when tree fell on her house. Crane collapses on cabinet building in London, none injured ….

White House official sees need for ‘constraints’ on NSA spying
YNet News, 28 Oct 2013 – As European leaders take issue with US tapping scandal, White House admits need to review policies, says intelligence gathering is crucial for security ….

Saudi ‘no woman, no drive’ mockery video goes viral
YNet News, 28 Oct 2013 – New You Tube video making fun of Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers has gone viral, garnering 3.5M views after only two days ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinians won’t accept the deal the PA is negotiating with Israel 
PIC – President Abbas seemingly doesn’t care much about the paramount right of return for the refugees..But this right is actually the crux of the matter for millions of refugees. 

Prisoner Hassan al-Turabi fell into a coma in the Israeli jails
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner Hassan al-Turabi who suffers from cancer slipped into a coma after his health condition deteriorated, his family said.

Turkish coastguards rescue Palestinian refugees stranded at sea
PIC – Turkish coastguards rescued Palestinian and Syrian refugees off the coast of Turkey at an early hour on Tuesday morning.

The Israeli units took two administrative captives to court by force
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that elements of the Israeli special units stormed at dawn Monday section 25 in the Negev prison, and took two administrative prisoners by force.

Health Ministry warns of repercussions of escalation of Israeli aggression
PIC – The Ministry of Health in Gaza warned that the Israeli escalation against the Gaza Strip constitutes a real threat to the health and humanitarian services provided for the Palestinian people.

IOF soldiers raid African suburb in OJ
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the African suburb in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday morning and beat up protesting inhabitants.

New housing units established in Negohot settlement
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) built new housing units in Negohot settlement established on Palestinian land south of Al-Khalil.

WAFA

EU Mission Security: Palestinian Police is the Best
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Jericho Celebrates its Date Product
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Nigerian President on a Visit to Ramallah
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Forces Demolish Palestinian Property near Nablus
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Students Suffer Gas Inhalation during Army Raid
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Municipality Demolishes Building in Beit Hanina
WAFA – 29 Oct 2013

Misc

Syria dismisses top official who reportedly met with American
LA Times 29 Oct 2013 – ANTAKYA, Turkey — The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed a deputy prime minister who reportedly met last weekend with a top U.S. official working to jump-start peace negotiations on the Syrian crisis.

Egypt: Tensions rise as trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi looms
LA Times 29 Oct 2013 – CAIRO — From staid legal chambers to the kung fu arena, political tensions are heightening as Egyptian authorities prepare to put the country’s first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, on trial.

Israel beset by flurry of reported cyber attacks
LA Times 29 Oct 2013 – JERUSALEM — With reports of the U.S. National Security Agency tapping the phones of its allies’ leaders and the latest suspicion that Russia handed out “Trojan horse” USB flash drives at the G-20 summit last month, cyber-spying season is in full bloom.

The Lede: Egyptian Jihadists Cite Zawahiri in Video Claiming Responsibility for Cairo Attack
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – A video released by militants who claimed responsibility for an attack on the country’s interior minister included footage of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian leader of Al Qaeda. 

U.N. Agency and Iran Cite Progress in Settling Questions on Nuclear Program
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – A joint statement from Iranian officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency offered no specifics, but the tone was one of optimism. 

At War Blog: Share Your Views For Veterans Day
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – Our colleagues at Home Fires invite veterans, or friends or relatives of someone who served in the military, to share recollections, photographs and messages for a post on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013. 

Syria Fires Minister Who Met With the West
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – Qadri Jamil, a deputy prime minister who met with American and Russian officials about peace talks to end Syria’s war, was dismissed for not coordinating such meetings with the government. 

Amid Debate, Turkey Unveils Rail Tunnel Under Bosporus
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – The ceremony coincided with the 90th anniversary of the modern Turkish state and during debate about the tunnel’s safety. 

The Lede: Syrians Flee What Some Called the ‘City of Death’
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – Of the many Syrians evacuating Moadhamiya in the latest civilian exodus from the Damascus suburb, some were reported to be weak and being transported on stretchers and in wheelchairs. 

Centrist Party in Israel Introduces Civil Union Bill
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – The party, Yesh Atid, wants same-sex couples to be allowed to marry and heterosexuals to marry without religious strictures. 

At War Blog: Responding to an Insurgent Attack on an Afghan Base
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – An Air Force officer remembers the horrors of the night 15 Taliban insurgents attacked an American base in Afghanistan. But the experience had an unexpected after-effect: the discovery of a mentor he had never met. 

U.N. Confirms an Outbreak of Polio in Syria
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – Health officials have intensified vaccination efforts as tests confirmed polio in nearly a dozen children so far. 

Inspectors Visit All but 2 of Syria’s Declared Chemical Sites
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – International inspectors say they have been unable to reach two chemical weapons sites because they are in contested areas in Syria’s civil war. 

William H. Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Volatile Laos and Iran, Is Dead at 90
New York Times 28 Oct 2013 – Mr. Sullivan oversaw a secret bombing campaign in Laos and was the last United States ambassador to Iran before the 1979 hostage crisis. 

Prisoner Release Stirs Anger in Israeli Coalition
New York Times 28 Oct 2013 – Right-wing members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government tried in vain to stop future releases, part of United States-brokered peace talks. 

Josh Ruebner will anatomize Obama’s Mid East failure in Columbus tomorrow night
Mondoweiss – Shattered Hopes The Committee for Justice in Palestine (CJP) at Ohio State University (of which I’m a member) is happy to invite all to hear author and activist Josh Reubner speak about his book on Obama’s failure to make Middle East peace, Shattered Hopes , tomorrow night,…

Israel rejects Lebanon EEZ compromise
Globes Main News – Israel has rejected a US compromise on the dispute with Lebanon over offshore borders and exploration.

Gov’t delaying Leviathan development 
Globes Energy & Water – The foot-dragging in approving a gas pipeline terminal and allowing gas exports has prevented the gas field’s development.

Netanyahu: Integration of Arabs will bring growth
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a conference on minorities that more money was being invested in infrastructures for minority sectors.

Architect Eli Attia: Google stole my life’s work
Globes Main News – Eli Attia has developed an innovative building design and construction concept that Google sees generating $120 billion annually.

Tue: Discount Bank boosts market
Globes Main News – Discount Bank recorded the largest gain on the Tel Aviv 25 Index, after foreign investors reportedly bought large numbers of shares.

Lapid allocates NIS 52m to religious institutions
Globes Main News – After Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he voted against paternity leave because there was no budget for it, the Treasury has found money for other, mostly religious purposes.

Israel Corp unit signs $340m Chinese energy deal 
Globes Energy & Water – HelioFocus will build a 200-megawatt solar boosting system for coal-fired power stations for Chinese company Taiqing.

TLVMedia plans $30m TASE IPO
Globes Main News – The performance-based display advertising company is planning an IPO at a company value of $120 million, after money.

Lift the cruel, unfair sanctions on Iran, and you can close the nuclear dossier
Mondoweiss – Catherine Ashton With the recommencement of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers, hopes have been revived that more than a decade of conflict and dispute between the two sides can finally come to an end and the concerns over the possible diversion of…

Israel in gas talks with Russia 
Globes Energy & Water – Russian companies are examining options of participating in the development of Israeli gas, the Prime Minister’s Office says.

Israeli gov’t upholds denying entry to American teacher in Ramallah
Mondoweiss – In yesterday’s New York Times , Yousef Munayyer slammed the bills in Congress to grant Israeli citizens visa waivers when they visit the U.S., and Munayyer cited Israeli discrimination against Arab-Americans at its borders– specifically, the arbitrary refusal of Israeli authorities to allow Nour Joudah, above, a…

Kamada cuts guidance
Globes Main News – Kamada has lowered its full-year guidance, after reporting lower revenue for the third quarter of 2013.

Dennis Ross says US must undertake ‘new military deployments’ against Iran and support Israel if it strikes
Mondoweiss – Dennis Ross Dennis Ross and two former aides to George Bush take a hard line on negotiations with Iran in the LA Times . Reading this piece, it is astounding to consider that Ross was once the nerve center inside Democratic administrations, including Obama’s, for making American…

Flug calls for more Arabs, haredim in workforce 
Globes Macro Economics – In her first public speech as Governor of the Bank of Israel, Karnit Flug said current demographic trends would reduce annual growth by 1.3%.

‘Variety’ misses the story on BDS
Mondoweiss – Last week Rihanna crossed the international picket line, ignoring calls by BDS supporters to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv. In doing so, she made the decision to rebuke an opportunity to stand in solidarity with human rights and equality, instead choosing to tacitly support Israel’s…

Why does Uri Avnery know so little about Palestinian citizens of Israel?
Mondoweiss – Yes, I know. Uri Avnery has achieved many great things as a journalist and a peace activist. He has probably done more to educate people around the world about the terrible situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and for longer, than any other single human being….

My first post-Snowden moment
Mondoweiss – 

What Comes Next: We must enter a new Israeli discourse based in equality, justice and freedom
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…

This Halloween, do the SodaStream Smash
Mondoweiss – Check out this new song courtesy of the American Friends Service Committee , and learn more about the campaign to boycott SodaStream at Target stores this holiday season. Monster Mash Remix – Boycott SodaStream Lyrics by D-Pak I was shopping for the holidays, late one night When I…

IDF to shed 4,500 career personnel by 2015 
Globes Macro Economics – The layoffs were meant to take three years but will be accelerated because of the need for immediate cost cutting.

Shekel stonger after interest rate decision
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel kept the interest rate for November unchanged at 1%.

Israel Corp. in talks to sell Edegel stake for $500m 
Globes Energy & Water – The maket value of the stake in Peru’s largest private power producer is $430 million.

Israel Releases 26 Palestinian Prisoners 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Oct 2013 – Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help U.S.-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel frees another 26 Palestinians 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Israel frees the second of four batches of 26 Palestinian prisoners, as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks.

Dallas Mavericks Rookie Gal Mekel Is Latest Israeli Pro Basketball Star 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Oct 2013 – Omri Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association. And with the new season tipping off this week, Gal Mekel will become the second. Click here for the rest of the article…

With the placement of this memorial, Rachel has come home 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 29 Oct 2013 – On October 23, 2013 a memorial to Rachel Corrie was placed at The Evergreen State College. The piece created by international artist and Evergreen graduate Ross Matteson and entitled “Reflecting on Peace and Justice” is a bronze and polished steel representation of a dove on the…

Bill to Legalize Civil Marriage in Israel Submitted to Knesset 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Oct 2013 – A bill that would legalize civil marriages in Israel was submitted to the Knesset. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Told To Free Prisoners and End Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Oct 2013 – Israel in its first cooperation with the U.N. Human Rights Council in nearly a year-and-a-half heard calls to halt settlement building and release all Palestinian prisoners. Click here for the rest of the article…

The baby making history in Lebanon 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Does it matter which religion your newborn is?

Egyptians ‘missing’ in Libya desert 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Dozens of suspected illegal Egyptian migrants are missing in the eastern Libyan desert, after two are found dead there, Egypt’s foreign ministry says.

Egypt judges quit Brotherhood trial 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – The three presiding judges step down at Egypt’s trial of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and his two aides, halting the proceedings.

Nigeria: Jonathan Seeks Israel’s Support to Fight Terrorism 
allAfrica.com 29 Oct 2013 – [This Day]President Goodluck Jonathan has sought the assistance and cooperation of the State of Israel in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency, which is a common threat for both countries.

Nigeria: Nigeria, Israel Sign Bilateral Air Services Agreement 
allAfrica.com 29 Oct 2013 – [Daily Trust]Nigeria and the State of Israel in Jerusalem yesterday signed a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) to pave way for direct flights between them.

Nigeria: Terrorism – Come to Our Rescue, Jonathan Begs Israel 
allAfrica.com 29 Oct 2013 – [Daily Trust]President Goodluck Jonathan has appealed to Israel to collaborate with his administration to fight against insurgency currently ravaging Nigeria.

Zimbabwe: Iran Seeks Hi-Tech Ties With Zim 
allAfrica.com 29 Oct 2013 – [The Herald]A four-member Iranian delegation is in Zimbabwe to seek areas of co-operation in the field of science and technology to help transform and develop the country’s use of new technologies.The delegation, which is on a three-day visit, yesterday met Vice President Joice Mujuru where they…

Israel frees another 26 Palestinians 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Israel frees the second of four batches of 26 Palestinian prisoners, as part of a deal for the resumption of peace talks.

VIDEO: Starved Syrians flee Damascus suburb 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – The BBC’s chief international correspondent witnesses a tide of Syrians fleeing a suburb which has been under siege for nine months.

VIDEO: Where children are taught to fear ground 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Psychological trauma is increasing being seen in Iraqi children because of a rise in the number of explosions and shootings in the country.

Starved Syrians flee Damascus suburb 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Thousands of desperate civilians flee a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus that has been blockaded by government forces since March.

UN votes 188-2 (Israel, US) to condemn Cuba blockade 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to condemn America’s five-decade-old embargo against Cuba in a 188-2 vote. Only the United States and Israel opposed the resolution, down from three states last year in an annual vote over the crippling blockade by a giant super…

Saudi held for Muhammad tweets freed 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – A Saudi journalist detained after writing posts on Twitter deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad has been released, his friends and activists say.

Sudan detains nine professors in campus raid 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – Nine Sudanese university professors, many of them activists, have been detained during a campus raid, hours after President Omar al-Bashir spoke of political dialogue and reform, a lawyer said Tuesday. “We can confirm that nine professors were arrested yesterday (Monday) from inside Ahfad University” in Khartoum’s…

Syria sacks vice premier for meeting with US officials 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – In this file picture dated September 16, 2012, former Syrian vice premier for economic affairs Qadri Jamil speaks addresses reporters on a comprehensive opposition conference in the Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday sacked his vice premier who…

The baby making history in Lebanon 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Does it matter which religion your newborn is?

Assange sends protest package to Bahrain’s top political prisoner 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – A Bahraini protester prepares posters during a demonstration in solidarity with jailed freelance photographer Hussain Hubail in the village of Abu Saiba, west of Manama on October 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has sent an “experimental” protest package fitted with…

Western Diplomats: Tripoli Clashes Do Not Undermine Lebanon’s Stability 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 29 Oct 2013 – A Lebanese army soldier stands near a tank in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on October 29, 2013 as army deployed following a week of clashes between supporters and opponents of Syria’s regime. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A Lebanese army soldier stands near a…

Israel’s Missile Defense Crashes Amid Scrutiny 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – Israeli soldiers stand next to an “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system near the northern Israeli city of Haifa on January 28, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Israeli soldiers stand next to an “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system near the northern Israeli city of…

Lebanon: Former Police Chief Establishes Militia in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – Rifi continued his efforts to build up a united Sunni militia, with Hammoud agreeing to coordinate with the former commander, while at the same time working behind the scenes to undermine Rifi’s bid to control Tripoli’s fighters. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Rifi continued his efforts to build…

Egyptians ‘missing’ in Libya desert 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Dozens of suspected illegal Egyptian migrants are missing in the eastern Libyan desert, after two are found dead there, Egypt’s foreign ministry says.

Youssef Turns the Joke on His Former Fans 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Oct 2013 – Related Articles: Egypt: The Arab Jon Stewart Takes on the Brotherhood Egypt court to investigate Bassem Youssef for “insulting Pakistan” read more

Baghdad bomb blasts pile pressure on Iraq leaders 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Baghdad bombings raise Shia-Sunni tensions

Egypt judges quit Brotherhood trial 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – The three presiding judges step down at Egypt’s trial of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and his two aides, halting the proceedings.

Ten children diagnosed with polio in northeastern Syria: WHO 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – Palestinian children who fled Syria with their families hold placards during a protest in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to demand assistance and work on October 28, 2013 in Gaza city. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams) Updated 2:30…

US drone kills three in Somalia 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Oct 2013 – A US drone killed an alleged suicide bomb-maker for Somalia’s Shebab rebels and two other people, government officials said Tuesday. Residents near the site of the strike in southern Somalia reported at least three people were in the charred vehicle, which burst into flames shortly after…

VIDEO: Iraq’s rising violence in 90 seconds 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – BBC News examines the reasons for the increase in deadly attacks in Iraq and looks at what challenges lie ahead for the country.

Kuwaiti blogger jail sentence upheld 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Human Rights Watch condemns a Kuwaiti court’s decision to uphold a 10-year sentence handed to a blogger for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The world’s toughest religious text? 
BBC 29 Oct 2013 – Why are so many people reading a giant book of Jewish law?

Protests Mount Against France to Free Georges Abdallah 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Oct 2013 – Several hundred French solidarity activists held a protest outside Lannemezan Prison where Abdallah is being held, with signs calling for the Lebanese prisoner’s freedom. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) Several hundred French solidarity activists held a protest outside Lannemezan Prison where Abdallah is being held, with signs…

Yemen’s War of Assassinations Unearthed 
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Oct 2013 – Yemeni soldiers are positioned outside the court in the capital Sanaa on October 2, 2013 during the trial of 11 Al-Qaeda militants. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) Yemeni soldiers are positioned outside the court in the capital Sanaa on October 2, 2013 during the trial of…

Articles


Education denied 
Nina Castro, Alternative Information Center 10/29/2013
It is eleven o’clock in the morning when a large group of children pours from the school of At Tuwani and down the hill to the meeting point in front of the Operation Dove centre, where a number of international activists await their arrival. The cheerful and colourful group of pupils, teachers, parents and some older boys, walk down the hill singing Palestinian songs and waving Palestinian flags. The children in the first row carry banners in English and Arabic that say: “Hey folks, we have the right to study without obstruction!”
The occasion of the gathering was a solidarity action organized this Wednesday, October 23, by the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee and The Freedom Theatre’s Freedom Bus, to assert the right to education of children from Tuba and Maghayir Al Abeed. The action consisted of a short march in the areas where the local children meet the Israeli military escort that accompanies them home for their safety – the route back to their villages winds between the settlement of Ma’on and the ultra-orthodox outpost of Havat Ma’on, home to some of the most extreme and violent settlers in the West Bank.
During the march, a number of At Tuwani’s residents join the group, which heads for the so-called “gate” on Khelly Hill – the agreed point where the children wait for their military escort – where they find five soldiers blocking access to the “gate”. An army vehicle soon joins the soldiers, and on a nearby hill three soldiers are seen monitoring the situation from a distance. Over the next two hours more than 5 military vehicles and 3 armoured police cars arrive. This deployment of force is unwarranted, and gives the children the unwelcome, but not unfamiliar, feeling of being surrounded by malevolent forces.
Luckily, the Freedom Theatre crew are there to distract from the army’s presence and continue their performance. The troupe uses a method called ‘Playback Theatre’, an interactive approach where audience members share thoughts, feelings and fears that the actors then transform into improvised pieces. The performance is a resounding a success, and again the crowd begins singing Palestinian songs of liberty. Soldiers begin to approach the group…. more.. e-mail

Equal laws, discriminatory practice: the plight of Jerusalem children 
Rifat Odeh Kassis, Ma’an News Agency 10/29/2013
Rifat Odeh Kassis is the General Director of Defense for Children International’s Palestine Section. 
The principle of equality before the law is a well-established principle in civil legal systems.
However, this principle is absent in the Palestinian territories currently occupied directly by Israel, including the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where the state of Israel systematically implements the law in a discriminatory way against Palestinians – including Palestinian children.
In these occupied territories, unequal treatment before the law occurs in two primary ways. The first way is the existence of two legal systems (the Israeli military legal system and the Israeli civil system).
Discrimination arises between the civil laws applied to areas under Israel’s legal jurisdiction and Israeli military law – which is applied to Palestinian children in the West Bank but not to Israeli settlers living in the same area.
The second way is through the discriminatory application of Israeli civil law, as is the case in East Jerusalem.
Indeed, Israel’s treatment of East Jerusalem is unjust from the very beginning: after the June 1967 war, Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem to its borders, and in 1980 the Knesset declared “united” Jerusalem the Israeli capital, thus formalizing the annexation. Despite the fact that the annexation is legally void, Israel applies its own civil law in East Jerusalem, which constitutes a violation of international law. more..e-mail

We dream a million Palestinians protesting 
Carolin Smith, Alternative Information Center 10/28/2013
Friday is demonstration day in Al Ma’sara, and for the past seven years the village Popular Committee has chosen non-violent resistance against the Israeli occupation. Looking back over the years, organizers feel it is the demonstrations themselves that represent their greatest achievement.
With the Palestinian colours flying, demonstrators trek through the village chanting “1, 2, 3, 4, occupation no more.” Their voices are loud and powerful; words are the only weapons they use. Palestinians, along with people from across Europe, the United States as well as Israel, participate in the large October 25 demonstration, which marks the seventh anniversary of the non-violent popular struggle of Al Ma’sara.
On this
momentous occasion, over 100 people join the peaceful protest against the Israeli occupation. Much like every Friday, the protesters march from the center of Al Ma’sara – a town of around 950 inhabitants – to its entrance, where Israeli soldiers stand obstructing access to the main road. Popular committee leaders speak to the crowd and the around 30 soldiers blocking their path.

“We want to be free like all other nations in the world. But you, the Zionists, suppress us and take our rights”, says Hassan Brijieh, member of the Al Ma’sara Popular Resistance Committee (PRC), addressing the soldiers. After approximately one hour, the Israeli army declares the street a “closed military zone”, and orders the demonstrators to leave.
Daily demonstrations
In 2006, when bulldozers first approached the village to begin construction of the Separation Wall, the people of Al Ma’sara demonstrated every day, recalls Mahmoud Zawahre, one of the founding members of the local Popular Resistance Committee…. more.. e-mail

Recognizing that Europe and the U.S. support the occupation 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 10/27/2013
On both sides of the Atlantic, the consensus on the need to avoid and resolve confrontations with Israel at all costs guarantees that diplomacy will not change the trends on the ground in the foreseeable future. 
There are more and more signs that Israel and the EU are about to resolve the mini-crisis created by the publication of a commission notice that would have limited EU loans to Israeli entities that operate beyond the Green Line and set more strict rules regarding the use of EU grants and prizes.
Some initial media reports (including on this site) were not accurate in explaining the nature of the guidelines. The commission notice, I was told, was never meant to make Israeli institutions that receive EU funding cease their operations beyond the Green Line. Europe’s effort to mend relations with Israel’s right-wing government, however, is telling: If Europe wanted to send a warning against the settlements and in favor of the two-state solution, the “business-as-usual” messages from Brussels are having the exact opposite effect, demonstrating that the Right was correct all along in declaring that the world would not confront Israel over the occupation.
Indeed, when you separate rhetoric from the realm of actions, the international community seems to be rather supportive of the occupation and indifferent – at best – to the colonization of occupied land.
The most obvious example is the United States, whose cooperation is vital for Israeli control over the West Bank at each and every level. The U.S. provides Jerusalem with the necessary diplomatic cover for the settlements by vetoing Security Council resolutions on the matter, even when they are drafted in the administration’s own words. It uses its influence in other international institutions to shield Israel and Israeli officials from legal actions against them. It provides Israel with the weapons used in the West Bank…. more.. e-mail

Unlicensed banks provide “safety net” to besieged Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2013 – Public sector employees are receiving their salaries against the odds. more..

Palestinians in Lebanon vow to continue protests against UN aid cuts
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2013 – Medical support for kidney patients severely affected by budget shortfall. more..

We’ll never forget October 1956 massacre, say Palestinians in Israel
Electronic Intifada: 29 Oct 2013 – Most of the remaining survivors in Kafr Qassem remain too scared to speak publicly. more..

Peace Process is Doomed to Fail while Israel Stalls for Time
Dissident Voice: 29 Oct 2013 – Whatever happened to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process? You could be forgiven for thinking everyone packed up shop a while ago and forgot to inform you. There’s been barely a peep about it since the revi
val of talks was greeted with great fanfare back in July. The negotiations, which have been conducted in a fug of secrecy, flitted briefly back on the radar last week when the US secretary of state, John Kerry, met Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for what the media called an “unusually long”, seven-hour meeting in Rome. Much of the conversation was held in private, with not even officials present, but, according to reports, discussions concentrated on the revived peace process. Mr Kerry, concerned about the lack of tangible progress, is believed to have tried to pin Mr Netanyahu down on his vision of where the nine-month negotiations should lead. Mr Kerry’s intervention follows weeks of mounting…
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