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Erekat: Abbas Never Accepted A Transitional Solution
IMEMC – [Wednesday October 30, 2013] Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, never accepted a transitional solution to the conflict, and will never abandon the legitimate Palestinian rights. …

Detainee Sentenced To Life Term And 60 Years
IMEMC – The Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies have reported that the Ofer Israeli Military Court sentenced detainee Hussein Ali Qawasma, from the southern West bank city of Hebron, to a life term and additional sixty years. …

Israel To Build 1500 Units in Illegal Jerusalem Settlement
IMEMC – [Wednesday October 29, 2013] The Israeli government has announced that it intends to build additional 1500 units for Jewish settlers in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, in occupied East Jerusalem. Abbas: We never accepted the release of detainees in return for accepting Israel s settlement activities . …

Abbas Welcomes Released Detainees In Ramallah
IMEMC – 26 Detainees Released [Wednesday at Dawn October 29, 2013] Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, various officials and thousands of Palestinians welcomed 21 veteran Palestinian detainees, released from Israeli prisons, as part of diplomatic moves to ensure continuation of direct talks . Five Gaza Strip detainees were sent to the Erez Terminal. …

Israeli Officials Drum For War on Gaza
IMEMC – A number of Israeli officials of the government of Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to wage what they called a decisive war on the Gaza Strip, targeting what Hamas and armed Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza. …

Ma’an News

Israel announces 1,500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem
10/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gideon Saar agreed to build 1,500 new homes in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo early Wednesday, army radio said, hours after 26 Palestinian prisoners were released from jail. Last week, an Israeli official said new tenders were to be announced in the large settlement blocs and in East Jerusalem “in the coming months…. Related: PA: Israel settlement plans ‘destructive’ for peace process

Settlers destroy over 600 olive trees in Nablus
10/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Yizhar cut down hundreds of olive trees belonging to the Hamad, Hussein and Allan famlies in the village of Einabus. Settlers also used a….

Israel demolishes residential building in East Jerusalem
10/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished a residential building in East Jerusalem for the second day in a row. Israeli police forces raided the neighborhood of Beit Hanina early Wednesday and demolished a residential property belonging to the Qarsh family. Ayman Qarsh, owner of the building, said that the apartment had three floors and four commercial properties and was home to eight…. Related: Orders to demolish 5 houses in Silwan

Orders to demolish 5 houses in Silwan
10/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an)” Israeli forces distributed five orders to demolish houses on Wednesday in the Ein Allouza neighborhood in Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem. Hamouda Siyam said that forces raided Housh Karam al-Sheikh in Ein Allouza and distributed orders to demolish houses belonging to the al-Abbasi, Alwat and Assaf families. The 50 houses were built in 2002…. Related: Israel demolishes residential building in East Jerusalem

Video: Settlers attack farmers, volunteers at olive harvest
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem on Wednesday released video footage and photos of an Israeli settler attack on Palestinian farmers. B’Tselem said in a statement that on Oct. 26, masked Israeli settlers approached the Palestinian village of al-Mughayir and attacked the Na’asan family with stones while they were harvesting olives.”The family responded by….

Israel defends rights record in return to UN spotlight
10/30/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Israel defended its record before the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, marking an end to its 18-month boycott of the body over scrutiny of the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories.”Our record is before you. It is not a perfect record,” Israeli ambassador Eviator Manor told the council, which is the United Nations’ top human rights forum. Israel’s….

Israel frees 26 veteran prisoners
10/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel freed 26 veteran prisoners to the occupied West Bank and Gaza on Wednesday, alongside US-brokered peace talks. Twenty-one prisoners arrived in Ramallah shortly after 1 a. m. Wednesday, after Israel released them in a gesture to support the peace process. Five others crossed into their native Gaza. The 21 former prisoners from the West Bank arrived by bus to President…. Related: Group: Israel confines released prisoners to Palestine for 10 years and Freed prisoner speaks of “oppression and humiliation” in Israeli jails

Group: Israel confines released prisoners to Palestine for 10 years
10/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The human rights organization Tadamon said Wednesday that Israel bans freed prisoners from leaving the occupied Palestinian Territories for 10 years after their release. Moa’ayad Salim Hija, a released prisoner from the Nablus district, is quoted in the statement as saying that released prisoners are not allowed to leave Palestine for 10 years and are confined to their home….

Freed prisoner speaks of ‘oppression and humiliation’ in Israeli jails
10/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Freed Prisoner Osama Abu Hanana on Wednesday spoke of “oppression and humiliation” imposed on Palestinians in Israeli jails. Abu Hanana, one of 26 veteran prisoners released Tuesday, told Ma’an that throughout his time in prison, Israeli officials often raided cells with police dogs, transferred prisoners to faraway locations and sometimes prohibited family visits altogether. He called on the all….

New documentary challenges evangelical bonds with Israel
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A new documentary about Palestinian Christians is challenging mainstream evangelical assumptions about the Holy Land in the United States. As evangelical organizations hold events across the US presenting an unbreakable bond between Christians and Israel, first-time director Yasmine Perni tours American churches with a film that instead documents the plight of Palestinian Christians at the hands of Israel.”The (Palestinian) Christians….

Abbas: Peace deal must free all prisoners
10/30/2013 – Correction appended RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas greeted 21 freed prisoners in a ceremony in Ramallah after midnight Wednesday, telling them the PLO would never sign a peace deal with Israel unless it secured every Palestinian’s freedom.”We congratulate and greet our brothers who arrived from behind bars to the world of freedom. We welcome them and congratulate ourselves for this…. Related: Israel frees 26 veteran prisoners and Freed prisoner speaks of “oppression and humiliation” in Israeli jails

Israeli minister: US must put Mideast peace after Iran
10/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s deputy defense minister on Wednesday urged the United States to sideline Middle East peace talks in favor of dealing with the Iran nuclear issue as a priority. Danny Danon, a hardline member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, said that a peace agreement with the Palestinians was “wishful thinking” in the time frame set aside by….

PA: Israel settlement plans ‘destructive’ for peace process
10/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian presidency on Wednesday condemned an Israeli decision to build 1,500 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem. Israel’s settlement policy “is destructive to the peace process and a message to the international community that Israel does not abide by international law and keeps putting obstacles in the way of the peace process,” a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas…. Related: Israel announces 1,500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Hamdallah unveils plan to boost Gaza development
10/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Interim Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Wednesday that a new national development plan supervised by the Ministry of Planning will prioritize the Gaza Strip. He said the plan would focus on development and infrastructure projects, especially for water. Hamdallah unveiled the plan during meetings with Australian and Swiss representatives Tom Wilson and Paul Garnier in a meeting in which they discussed….

Tubas public official sentenced on corruption charge
10/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian anti-corruption court on Wednesday sentenced a man from the Tubas district to a year and a half of hard labor and fined him 200 Jordanian Dinars ($275) after he was found guilty of corruption. The court found the man, identified only as A. D. , guilty of embezzling 160 Jordanian dinars as an employee of Tubas’s property tax….

Man found dead in his house in Tulkarem
10/30/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A man was found dead on Wednesday in his house in Tulkarem, locals told Ma’an. Khalid Rouhi Makkawi was found dead after neighbors informed police of a strong stench coming from his house, residents said. Neighbors added that Makkawi lived alone despite being married and having children. [END]

Iraq PM heads to US to seek security support
10/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki left for Washington on Tuesday, where he will push for increased US support for Baghdad’s efforts to curb a months-long surge in violence. The unrest in Iraq has reached a level unseen since 2008 and killed more than 5,350 people this year, as authorities have so far failed to curb daily attacks despite carrying out a….

Egypt arrests man accused of assassination attempt
10/30/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian police on Wednesday detained a suspected member of an Islamist group in the Sinai peninsula accused of plotting to assassinate interior minister Mohammad Ibrahim in early September. Security sources told Ma’an that Nabil Al-Mughrabi was arrested in a raid on his home in al-Qayloubia. Al-Mughrabi, who was an officer in the Egyptian marines in 1981, has been detained….

Diplomatic source: Brahimi to meet Assad Wednesday
10/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi will meet Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Damascus on Wednesday morning, a diplomatic source told AFP. It will be the first meeting between the pair since Brahimi’s last visit to war-torn Syria in December last year. [END]

Peace envoy Brahimi in talks with Syria’s Assad
10/30/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi met briefly with President Bashar Assad Wednesday, the third day of a Damascus visit aimed at bringing Syria’s warring parties to the negotiating table. The encounter came a day after the Red Crescent oversaw the evacuation of about 500 women, children and elderly civilians from a besieged town near Damascus, in an operation that saw….

Egypt police enter al-Azhar university to confront Islamist demo
10/30/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian police entered al-Azhar University in Cairo on Wednesday to confront Islamist protesters, the first time security forces have moved on a campus since a 2010 court ruling. The police took the action at the prestigious Islamic university following a request from its administration, the interior ministry said. Students supporting deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have held regular and sometimes violent protests since….

Hundreds of civilians evacuated from besieged Syrian town
10/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Some 800 women, children and elderly civilians trapped in the besieged town of Moadamiyet al-Sham, southwest of Damascus, have been evacuated, activists said Wednesday. Supervised by the Red Crescent, they were escorted from the rebel-held town a day earlier in coordination with the regime.”Eight hundred civilians were evacuated yesterday,” said Wassim al-Ahmad, of the town’s local council.”All sides, without….

Egypt detains senior Brotherhood leader in Cairo
10/30/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian authorities on Wednesday detained senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian, one of the last few leaders of the Islamist movement to have escaped a security crackdown, the interior ministry said. Security forces arrested Erian, deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, in the early hours of Wednesday at an apartment in east Cairo where he had been in….

Suicide bombers hit Iraq security as attacks kill 35
10/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Three suicide bombings killed 14 Iraqi security force members overnight, officials said Wednesday, the deadliest in a series of attacks that left 35 people dead in two days. The attacks come as Iraq witnesses its worst violence since 2008, a surge in unrest that has killed more than 5,400 people this year that has persisted despite authorities having carried out a swathe of….

Qatar removes Zidane’s headbutt statue after protests
10/30/2013 – DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — Qatar has removed the Zinedine Zidane headbutt statue less than a month after it went on display following an outcry by conservatives, who slammed the art work as anti-Islam idolization. The 16. 4-feet sculpture which immortalizes the headbutt delivered by the French football legend to Italian player Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final was put on display on Doha….

Oman detects first MERS infection
10/30/2013 – MUSCAT, Oman (AFP) — Oman has discovered the first case of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf sultanate, Health Minister Ahmed al-Saeedi said on Wednesday. The patient, a 68-year-old Omani man, was receiving treatment at a hospital in Nazwa, 93 miles west of Muscat, and was “stable,” Saeedi told AFP. He said the case, the first in Oman, had been discovered on Tuesday, and that….

AlJazeera

Israel announces East Jerusalem settlements
AlJazeera 30 Oct 2013 – Israel sets new plan for 1,500 homes in motion hours after it released 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of peace talks.

Palestine News Network

Prisoner Hassan al-Turabi Fell into a Coma in Israeli Jails
Palestine News Network

Israel Frees Second Batch of Palestinian Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Tomorrow’s Land and a Discussion about South Hebron Hills Resistance Activities
Palestine News Network

Expert: UN Should Seek International Court Opinion on Israeli Occupation
Palestine News Network

Drying up Ideological Wellsprings of Arab-Israeli Conflict
Palestine News Network

Accurate and Serious Details about Legalizing the Temporal and Spatial Partition of Al-Aqsa
Palestine News Network

Israel to Build 1500 Settler Units in Occupied Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: Hundreds greet freed detainees at midnight rally in northern Gaza Strip
10/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story – 30th October 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – As part of the resumption of negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, 26 Palestinian prisoners were released overnight Wednesday from Ofer prison in Israel. Five were transferred to the Gaza Strip via the Erez checkpoint in Beit Hanoun. This was the second of four planned releases of a total of 104 Palestinian….

VIDEO: Mornings in Khalil: child and adult detention
10/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Hebron, 30th October 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – This morning, Wednesday 30th October, as children made their way to school Israeli soldiers burst from an alleyway firing stun grenades and detained two 10-year-old boys. In a separate incident nearby, a Palestinian was detained and taken to a military base for unknown reasons. This morning international activists were monitoring checkpoint 29….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Deals linked to settlements in occupied territories could be criminal, UN expert warns
Relief Web 30 Oct 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 30 October 2013 An independent United Nations human rights expert today warned that financial institutions and real estate companies involved with housing settlements in occupied Palestinian territory which are considered…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel ‘destroying peace process’ with new housing
Relief Web 30 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10/30/2013 21:03 GMT by Steve Weizman JERUSALEM, October 30, 2013 (AFP) – The Palestinians accused Israel Wednesday of trying to wreck peace talks with plans to build 1,500 new settler homes in east…

Syrian Arab Republic: October Regional Analysis for Syria – RAS
Relief Web 30 Oct 2013 – Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Overview This Regional Analysis of the Syria Conflict (RAS) is an update of the September RAS. The RAS seeks to bring together information…

Syrian Arab Republic: War on development: Socioeconomic Monitoring Report of Syria – Second quarterly report (April June 2013)
Relief Web 30 Oct 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in partnership…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel to build 1,500 settler homes in east Jerusalem: report
Relief Web 29 Oct 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 10/30/2013 00:50 GMT JERUSALEM, October 30, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gideon Saar have agreed to build 1,500 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement of Ramat…

The National

NSA has tapped Yahoo and Google data
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Washington Post report citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says the programme can collect data at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts.

Assad says Syria peace talks depend on ending rebel support
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Syrian president tells joint UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi that foreign support for the armed opposition must end if any political solution to the country s conflict is to succeed, casting further doubt on efforts to convene an international peace conference.

Bahrain police close exhibition about protests
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Riot police close exhibition dedicated to the 32 months of unrest in Bahrain.

Speeding Indian bus crashes, killing 45 in inferno
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Bus explodes in a ball of flames after crashing into the central reservation on a southern Indian road.

Uighurs facing new police scrutiny in Beijing since Tiananmen Square attack
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Scrutiny against minority Uighur community has intensified after this week’s vehicle attack at Tiananmen Square in which the Uighurs are the prime suspects.

Pakistan says civilians killed by US drones
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Pakistan s defence ministry says US drone strikes in the country s tribal areas have killed 67 civilians since 2008, a surprisingly low figure given previous casualty estimates.

After 3 years in captivity, French hostages home
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Four Frenchmen held hostage by Al Qaeda militants land in France after three years in captivity in the African Sahel.

Israel s plan to build 1,500 new settler homes is destroying the peace process , PA says
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Palestinians says Israel’s plan for 1,500 units, and an archaeology and tourism site in occupied East Jerusalem near the Old City ‘destroys the peace process and is a message to the international community that Israel is a country that does not respect international law’.

You will live my darling, don t you dare die on me : How Cairo church shooting shocked Egypt
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Attack which killed two Christian girls aged 12 and 8 in their best dresses to attend a wedding, two of their relatives and a Muslim man outrages Egyptians, Muslims and Christians alike and deepens their opposition to Islamists. Youssef Hamza reports

Egyptian forces arrest key Muslim Brotherhood figure
The National 30 Oct 2013 – Essam El Erian had been on the run since the country’s Islamist president was removed from power by the military in July.

Oman reports first case of Mers coronavirus
The National 30 Oct 2013 – A 68-year-old man also suffering from diabetes has contracted the virus after contact with a person from outside the sultanate.

Kuwait PM raises questions for region
The National 30 Oct 2013 – When the prime minister of Kuwait warns Kuwaitis that the current welfare state is unsustainable , his words echo across the Arabian Peninsula.

Woman on Costa Concordia bridge when it crashed: I was the captain s lover
The National 30 Oct 2013 – A Moldovan dancer who had been on the bridge of the Costa Concordia when it crashed into a reef off Italy electrified the captain’s manslaughter trial by testifying reluctantly that the two were lovers.

90% of malls in India are struggling
The National 30 Oct 2013 – In the past decade, supermarkets and malls have spread across India s large cities and towns, fuelled by fast economic growth but 90 per cent of them are failing according to a report.

Video: Dream Chaser space taxi debuts in California skies
The National 30 Oct 2013 – A privately owned prototype space plane aces its debut test flight in California but runs into landing problems on the runway.

Video: Top US intelligence chiefs call spying reports false
The National 30 Oct 2013 – The director of the National Security Agency calls reports that the US is spying on millions of European citizens ‘false’ in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

Video: Oscar Pistorius to face additional gun charges
The National 30 Oct 2013 – South African Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius will face two additional gun-related charges at his trial for the murder of his girlfriend due to start in March, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Video: WHO official says risk is high of polio spread in Syria
The National 30 Oct 2013 – A polio outbreak now hits Syria, where the World Health Organization says the “risk is high of spread across the region’.

Ha’aretz

Israel provided MiG jet for U.S. testing during Cold War
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Israel advancing plan for some 5,000 new homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Jewish center joins activist groups’ lawsuit against NSA
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Palestinians and UN condemn new settlement construction plans
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Next round of Syria talks in Geneva may be delayed due to U.S.-Russia disputes
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Visiting LGBT leadership group gets a blunt Israeli welcome
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Some 2,000 Beit Shemesh residents cry fraud over Haredi win in local elections
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Minister Naftali Bennett to pocket millions from sale of Israeli company
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Former IDF chief Gabi Ashkenazi resigns as CEO of Shemen Oil
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Israel not as business-friendly as it used to be, global ranking shows
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Tropical rain and high temperatures to continue until the weekend
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

CEO of Teva, Israel’s largest company, steps down in shock resignation
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Civil union bill unlikely to pass, Knesset members admit
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Kuwaiti report: Deal between Iran, Western intel agency to expose details on missing navigator Ron Arad
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Yeshiva funding for foreign students restored, but with a Zionist twist
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

In effort to appease Israel’s right, Netanyahu recycling old construction plans in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Israeli military seeks massive top-up of 2014 defense budget
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Israel to offer African migrants $5,000 to leave
Ha’aretz – 30 Oct 2013

Cervical cancer vaccine for Israeli schoolgirls meets religious opposition
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Denmark’s prince deserves a joyous welcome in Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

One small crime at Ben-Gurion airport
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

The Shoah for five-year-olds
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Little joy in West Bank as 26 Palestinian prisoners return home
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

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

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

Which Arab state has the vision to find common ground with Israel?
Ha’aretz – 29 Oct 2013

Obama administration bowing out of the Middle East
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Netanyahu listed as Barkat supporter in Jerusalem mayoral campaign file
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Israel frees second group of Palestinian prisoners
Ha’aretz – 28 Oct 2013

Jerusalem Post

No intention to legalize employment for African migrants, MKs told
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Decision passed along by attorney from the Population, Immigration and Borders Authority.

Thirty two Jewish graves desecrated in South Africa
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Local resident says vandals broke headstones by pushing them over to shatter.

Most Iranians in favor of relations with US, according to government poll
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Poll finds that between 80% and 90% of Iranians want to give relations between the two countries a chance.

US aid cut doesn’t affect Egypt’s Sinai offensive, officials say
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Washington officials say US still working to assist Egyptian military in its counterterrorism operations.

Four Hadassah board members resign in protest
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Resignation reportedly due to Finance Ministry efforts, without consulting board, to establish recovery plan to restore HMO s financial health.

Ancient sorcerer s curse inscribed on lead tablet unearthed in City of David
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – 1,700-year-old screed written in Greek, likely to spite woman s enemy over legal dispute.

Washington watch: Term limits aren t the answer
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Republicans who voted to end the government shutdown are being threatened from the far right by challengers who say they aren t doctrinaire enough.

Do civics studies in Israel teach democracy or intolerance?
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – A new version of a civics textbook emphasizes Israel as a nation state rather than a democratic one says Dr. Halleli Pinson from Haifa U.

Netanyahu, what were you thinking?
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – What civilized nation releases killers of its soldiers?; that is not democracy, that is benevolent dictatorship.

White House begins pushback against Senate sanctions bill on Iran
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – New Senate proposal would seek to halve Iran’s remaining oil exports; Obama administration argues against timing of the bill that if given a vote, would likely pass with bipartisan support.

Encountering Peace: No solace
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – There are no happy Jewish Israeli citizens watching the release of 26 more Palestinian murderers from Israeli prisons.

Fundamentally Freund: Politicians, prisoners and perfidy
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Israel s release of Palestinian prisoners this week proved to be breathtakingly scandalous, disturbing.

Israel and the Rights Council
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Israel has switched tack and 2 days ago defended its record in a UNHRC hearing that descended into a kangaroo court.

Vienna Konzerthaus hits 100
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Centenary celebrated with dazzling array of musical intent that covered vast artistic terrain.

Report: Saudi jails Jordanian ‘spy’ for Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Riyadh court says man communicated with PM, intel officer.

Report: US security agency taps Google, Yahoo overseas traffic
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Report, based on secret NSA documents shows agency intercepted Internet giants’ material between data centers.

Environment Ministry launches probe on Solgowek slaughterhouse after
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Chief Rabbi to review kashrut of one of the nations largest poultry slaughterhouses after Kolbotek report documents abuse.

MKs demand sports betting firm end horse racing campaign
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Sports Minister Limor Livnat, 9 MKs petition Toto Winner to scrap advertising campaign encouraging betting on horse racing abroad.

Shas’s Deri and Yishai shake hands after holding talks that reduce tensions
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – After meeting Yishai says We will do everything to work together protect the movement.

Increase in minimum marriage age to face final Knesset vote
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Bill proposes to increase minimum legal marriage age to 18 to prevent minors from getting married when they are not prepared.

S. Tel Aviv residents ask High Court to block potential return of released migrants
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Detention center director: There needs to be an end to the anarchy reigning over south Tel Aviv.

Peres thanks Denmark’s royalty for saving country’s Jews in Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – “We shall never forget this historic act,” Peres tells Crown Prince Frederik.

Palestinian Authority: Netanyahu’s settlement construction announcement ‘destroys peace process’
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – UN chief Ban also blasts Israeli building announcement.

State statistics show Israeli household incomes increased in 2012
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – CBS survey: Average gross monthly income per household in Israel stood at NIS 16,577 in 2012, an increase of 3.8 % from the year before

M
eretz lawmaker seeks to decriminalize private marijuana use in Israel

Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – According to Tamar Zandberg’s bill, personal use of small amounts of marijuana will not be considered a crime

IDF veteran benefits bill passes early vote despite opposition calls of racism
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Meretz MK Frej: Gov’t isn’t willing to contribute to the Arabs, but wants them to contribute to the gov’t.

Report: Deal in works to reveal fate of IAF navigator Ron Arad
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Kuwaiti paper: In deal, Iran will learn fate of missing diplomats.

Cutting the US defense budget
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – As the military currently shares approximately 20% of the country s overall budget, cutting here would tremendously impact the nation s economic health.

Assad: Peace talks can succeed only if foreign aid to rebels stops
Jerusalem Post 30 Oct 2013 – Syrian president says success of Geneva 2 talks, planned for Nov. 23, tied to stopping support for “terrorist groups.”

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: Bahraini Opposition Shuns Bogus Dialogue
IPS Por Emile Nakhleh WASHINGTON, Oct 30 2013 (IPS) Bahraini opposition groups announced on Tuesday their opposition to participating in the dialogue that is supposed to start tomorrow. According to the Bahrain Mirror, the five opposition groups that signed the joint statement included al-Wifaq, Wa d, al-Minbar, al-Tajammu , and al-Ikha . The statement…

Uruknet

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Saudi Arabia s declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening. While a full-fledged “divorce” from the U.S….

The Doctrine of Exceptionalism Extends Its Reach
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 -Let s briefly review several critical facts.If there is a single general theme to Glenn Greenwald s career as a journalist, it is that he constantly confronts and challenges power and those who exercise power, primarily in…

Israel to Build 1500 Settler Units in Occupied Jerusalem
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Interior Minister, Gideon Saar, have approved a plan to construct 1500 new settler unit in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Army Radio reported Tuesday…

UK use of drones in Afghanistan remains under wraps after disclosure campaign is thwarted
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Campaigners have vowed to continue to fight the “culture of secrecy” surrounding Britain s use of drones after a protracted legal battle to force the Government to disclose details of deployments in Afghanistan failed, with the…

50 displaced Syrians die of starvation near Jordan border
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Fifty Syrian refugees trapped along the Jordanian-Syrian border by ongoing shelling died of starvation and malnutrition on Monday and Tuesday, activists and border region residents said. The deaths were reported in the Syrian border villages of…

Former MK Einat Wilf Falsely Charges MP Jack Straw with Anti-Semitism
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Israeli media has blared headlines over the past three days charging UK MP Jack Straw with making anti-Semitic statements during a Global Diplomatic Forum held in the Houses of Parliament. The charge was made by former…

US drone strike kills three in NW Pakistan
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 -MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a house Thursday in Miranshah area of North Waziristan killed three people and injured three more.An official in the city of Peshawar confirmed the attack, saying the identities of the people…

The Short Life and Drone-Delivered Death of Tariq Aziz
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Secure within the Margalla Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, I sat talking to 16-year-old Tariq Aziz, a schoolboy from the tribal regions in North Waziristan. “How many drones do you see a week?” I asked, expecting him…

PHOTOS: Palestinians celebrate prisoner release in West Bank
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Palestinians celebrated as they received 26 prisoners who were released from Israeli prisons in the early hours of Wednesday. The men were freed in the second stage of a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority…

More Evidence of NSA s Hoarding Complex: Agency Collecting Data from Links to Google, Yahoo Data Centers
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – During yesterday s House intelligence committee hearing, Director for National Intelligence James Clapper said to one member of Congress, “There are many things we do in intelligence that, if revealed, would have the potential for all…

Settlers destroy over 600 olive trees in Nablus
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 — Settlers destroyed over 600 olive trees in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said.Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma an that settlers from Yizhar…

Disfigured Iraqi girl blocked from urgent surgery (Video)
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Farah, meaning “happiness,” was abandoned at a Baghdad hospital in 2010. She is one of many Iraqi children to have been born with deformities and disease following the US-led invasion. Residents say the use of depleted…

More Evidence of NSA s Hoarding Complex: Agency Collecting Data from Links to Google, Yahoo Data Centers
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – During yesterday s House intelligence committee hearing, Director for National Intelligence James Clapper said to one member of Congress, “There are many things we do in intelligence that, if revealed, would have the potential for all…

Unmanned
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – The new film Unmanned: America s Drone Wars should be required viewing in all schools and homes in the United States, including the home of the U.S. president who could not be bothered to meet with…

US spied on Vatican in run-up to conclave
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – The US National Security Agency allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed on Wednesday. “The National Security Agency wire-tapped the pope,” the magazine said,…

Naming the Dead Government document identifies 20 people killed in Pakistan in a 2009 drone strike
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – The Bureau has obtained a document identifying 20 people killed in a single 2009 drone strike. Nobody killed in the strike had ever been named before. In addition, during a recent trip to Pakistan the Bureau…

Bad apple narrative still rotten 57 years after Kafr Qasim Massacre
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Fifty-seven years ago, on the afternoon of October 29, 1956, an Israeli Border Police unit shot to death 49, men, women and children from Kafr Qasim as they returned home from a day of work in…

It s Not Just the NSA You Should Worry About The Kafk
aesque World of Data Mining

Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – …The general context of both The Trial and The Castle – which were started by Kafka exactly a century ago- is an exploration of oppression by a mysterious power and of the alienation of individuals. In…

Crimes and US Responsibility The War in Iraq: an Assessment
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – …Media coverage of the Iraqi disaster has been sporadic and never comprehensive. Yet that may be changing. Recent initiatives promise easy access to basic information. The contention here is that knowing what has happened in Iraq…

Hollande agenda change for Israel visit creates diplomatic crisis
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – The French President s cancellation of a speech to the Israeli Knesset has created a diplomatic crisis. In return, reported Yedioth Ahronoth, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein has decided to boycott events during Francois Hollande s 3-day…

Israel enters dangerous uncharted territory in Jerusalem
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 -As happened in 2000, the Palestine-Israel negotiations are about to end with another eruption of civil unrest because of Jerusalem. The main difference on this occasion is that the parties have not even begun to discuss the…

Congressional No-Show at Heart-Breaking Drone Survivor Hearing
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – Despite being heralded as the first time in history that U.S. lawmakers would hear directly from the survivors of a U.S. drone strike, only five elected officials chose to attend the congressional briefing that took place…

The global NSA spying scandal
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013- Over the course of the past week, the Obama administration has been rocked by an escalating international diplomatic scandal sparked by a new series of leaks from Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned whistleblower….

CIA s Wash Post Leaks Aimed At Silencing Drone Critics (Video)
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 30, 2013 – … We ve known for a few years that there was in fact an understanding, going back to the Musharraf regime, which allowed the United States CIA to carry out drone strikes against al-Qaeda, and that this…

Demolition order in the village of Tawayel
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – Today, Tuesday 29th October, Israeli soldiers invaded the village of Tawayel in the early hours of the morning to demolish several buildings and a water reserve. The demolition continued into the afternoon, where two international activists…

Palestinian teen shot, injured by Israeli troops near Bethlehem
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 — 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…

Group: Israel must release all Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – 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…

Canada should investigate Dick Cheney for war crimes
Uruknet 30 Oct 2013 – October 29, 2013 – On Halloween this year, Toronto will host the man who operated from the “dark side” of U.S. policy. As vice-president of the United States, Dick Cheney was a key architect of a post-9/11 response that featured…

Daily Star

Morocco recalls envoy from Algeria over W.Sahara criticism
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Morocco on Wednesday decided to recall its ambassador to Algeria over President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s “provocative” comments about the disputed Western Sahara, the foreign ministry said.

Saudi court convicts Jordanian of spying for Israel: newspaper
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 A Saudi court convicted a Jordanian citizen of spying for Israel and sentenced him to nine years in jail and 80 lashes, a pro-government Saudi newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Tunisia arrests 5 Salafist ‘terrorists’ over attacks
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Tunisian security forces arrested five Salafist “terrorists” implicated in two failed attacks on Wednesday in resort towns on Tunisia’s eastern coast, the interior ministry announced.

White House: president has “complete confidence” in HHS’s Sebelius
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 President Barack Obama has full confidence in embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who told Congress on Thursday that she is responsible for the “debacle” of the roll out of the health care web…

Iraqi forces behind attack on Iranian exiles: rights group
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Human rights activists accused Iraqi forces Wednesday of carrying out a bloody attack on a camp of Iranian exiles in which 52 people were shot dead.

Bomb attacks leave 10 dead in Pakistan
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Bomb attacks in Pakistan on Wednesday left 10 people including five soldiers dead and at least 18 others wounded, officials said.

Putin topples Obama in Forbes power ranking
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Having outfoxed him on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has pipped Barack Obama to the title of the world’s most powerful leader as ranked by Forbes on Wednesday.

Suicide bomber attacks Tunisian resort town
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Tunisian tourist resort of Sousse on Wednesday, the first such assault in more than a decade in a country now battling Islamist militants boosted by chaos in neighbouring…

Shooting, bombings in Iraq kill at least 24
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Shooting and bombings, including two separate overnight suicide attacks targeting Iraqi government forces and an allied militia, killed at least 24 people, officials said on Wednesday.

Army bombs Damascus: monitor
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 A Syrian army shelling of Damascus killed six people Wednesday and 11 others died in a rebel attack on a Alawite village in central Syria, an activist group said.

Egypt’s president makes 2nd trip to wealthy Gulf
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Egypt’s interim president is visiting Arab monarchies in the Gulf that have propped up the new military-backed rulers in Cairo with $14 billion in pledged aid.

Iraqi PM faces criticism over sectarian violence in Washington visit
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was due to meet with members of Congress on Wednesday as he seeks increased military aid to fight sectarian violence amid criticism from U.

Russia warns of ‘huge threat’ if Syria talks fail
Daily Star 30 Oct 2013 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday blasted critics of a US-Russia initiative for a peace conference on Syria, warning that toppling the Assad regime militarily posed a “huge threat” to the area.

YNet News

Security Council urged to turn down Kenya deferral
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – ….

Political-Security Cabinet meeting ends without results
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – ….

Israel Ambassador to UN: Abbas’ letter incitement
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – ….

NSA says ‘not authorized’ to access companies’ data
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – ….

Suspicion: Madeleine McCann kidnapper was hotel worker who died
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – ….

Stop religious discrimination
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – Op-ed: Israel is only democracy in Western world still imposing serious restrictions on freedom of marriage ….

Rabbi: Eating soy makes you gay
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – Religious leader from Gur Hasidic movement forbids students to consume any soy-based products, claiming hormones will lead to ‘homosexual activity’ ….

Afghanistan already here
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – Analysis: Global jihad spreading like cancer throughout Middle East; Israel preparing for the worst ….

St. Petersburg hosts Limmud conference
YNet News, 30 Oct 2013 – Some 400 young Jews gather in Russian city for festival of Jewish learning featuring packed program of lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and wide-range of cultural events ….

Palestinian Information Center

Dozens of Jewish fanatics storm Aqsa to perform rituals
PIC – Dozens of Jewish fanatic settlers stormed the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning amidst tight security measures.

IOA arrests 5 Palestinians in WB, extends a prisoner’s administrative detention
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested last night 5 citizens from occupied Jerusalem and West Bank, including two children, Palestinian human rights center said.

Bruqin residents complain about the continuous flow of settlements sewage
PIC – Residents of Bruqin village west of Salfit complained about the health crisis caused by the continuous flow of settlements sewage near their homes.

Patient prisoners suffer medical negligence in Israeli jails
PIC – The mother of patient prisoner Mo’tassem Raddad, who suffers from colon cancer, stated that her son’s health situation has dramatically deteriorated after the cancer spread throughout his body.

Hamas urges Ramallah authority to halt ‚¨ Sdisastrous‚¨ ù negotiations
PIC – Hamas movement urged the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah to immediately stop the ‚¨ Sdisastrous‚¨ ù negotiations with Israel.

Palestinian farmer is dying due to inhalation of gases from settlers factory
PIC – Palestinian farmer Osman Balasma, from Salfit, was admitted to the intensive care unit in Martyr Yasser Arafat hospital in the city, after a serious deterioration in his health condition.

WHO warns of serious humanitarian disaster in Gaza
PIC – WHO warned of serious humanitarian crisis due to the drugs and medicine supplies’ shortage in Gaza Strip, calling on PA to provide the besieged strip with the necessary medicines.

Archbishop Alexios hails Haniyeh government keenness on security of Christians
PIC – The Greek Orthodox Archbishop Alexios in Gaza stressed that the Hamas movement and its government is very keen on the security of the Church and Christians in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza government condemns the escalation of Israeli attacks against Gaza
PIC – The Palestinian government condemned the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip on Monday, and said: ‚¨ Sthese raids prove that the occupation is continuing its hostile policies against the Strip ..”

Israeli attempts to turn Buraq Square into synagogue
PIC – The Israeli government has discussed with a special committee a Judaization project that aims at turning Buraq Square into a large Jewish synagogue divided into three sections

WAFA

Israel to Demolish Five Homes in East Jerusalem
WAFA – 30 Oct 2013

British Official: UK Support Helps Peace Talks Continue
WAFA – 30 Oct 2013

Settlers cut Down 600 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 30 Oct 2013

The Freed Prisoners: The Day After
WAFA – 30 Oct 2013

Abu Rudeineh: Israel is Destroying Chances of Peace
WAFA – 30 Oct 2013

Misc

Hunger consumes life in suburb of Damascus, Syria
LA Times 29 Oct 2013 – Residents of Muadhamiya forage for what they can find, which is often just grass and leaves. The town is under government siege. For many months, people in the Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya have arisen with uncertainty: the unknown of whether, or how much, they would…

World Brief | Middle East: Iran Denies Halt to 20 Percent Uranium Enrichment
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – The top nuclear official in Iran contradicted assertions made last week by an influential lawmaker that Iran had stopped the enrichment.

Israel Approves 1,500 New Apartments in East Jerusalem
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – The government s announcement, and progress on plans for a national park, prompted Palestinian accusations that Israel is not taking Washington-brokered peace talks seriously.

The Lede: Saudi Men Sing No Woman, No Drive in Mock Homage to Ban on Female Drivers
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – A video by Saudi comedians mocking the country s ban on female drivers has brought attention to a campaign encouraging women to get behind the wheel.

High-Ranking Muslim Brotherhood Leader Is Seized in Egypt
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – The capture of Essam el-Erian, a political adviser to the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, appears to complete the jailing of the organization s top leaders.

Assad Says Foreign Support for Syrian Rebels Must End
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – A meeting between President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and the special United Nations envoy illustrated the wide gulf between the various sides in Syria s conflict.

High-Ranking Muslim Brotherhoood Leader Is Seized in Egypt
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – The capture of Essam el-Erian, a political adviser to the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, appears to complete the jailing of the organization s top leaders.

Senators Warn Obama Before Iraq Leader s Visit
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – An influential group of senators sent a strongly worded letter to warn that the Iraqi premier s mismanagement of the country s politics had contributed to the surge of violence there.

Ousted General in Egypt Is Back, as Islamists Foe
New York Times 30 Oct 2013 – Gen. Mohamed Farid el-Tohamy s swift and silent rehabilitation from corruption charges, critics say, signals a restoration of the old order after the military takeover.

Emotional Gulf Renewed as Israel Frees Palestinian Prisoners
New York Times 29 Oct 2013 – The Palestinian leadership prepared a hero s welcome for the 26 long-serving prisoners, who were released as part of a deal to resume peace negotiations with Israel.

Teva halts Russian deliveries of cancer treatment
Globes Main News – Moscow City Department of Healthcare: Teva has halted deliveries of Carboplatin, a generic cancer treatment.

Teva chairman: I disagreed with Levin
Globes Main News – Phillip Frost has attributed CEO Jeremy Levin’s departure to differences of opinion over implementation of Teva’s new strategy.

Google discontinues Babylon contract
Globes Main News – Babylon’s share price is collapsing as Google ends its contract due to the large number of complaints from Chrome browser users.

Wed: Teva gives market bitter pill
Globes Main News – The resignation of its CEO depressed Teva, dragging the market down, but energy exploration stocks were firm. Babylon bombed after Google dumped it.

Analysts fearful for Teva after CEO’s departure
Globes Main News – Aviv’s Erez Zadok: Levin’s resignation is bad news for Teva’s employees in particular and for Israel in general.

Desheh soothes Lapid over Teva layoffs
Globes Main News – Desheh promised Lapid that the understandings that were established between the previous CEO and the Finance Minister will remain unchanged.

Asurion acquires Soluto for $100m
Globes Main News – Tel Aviv-based Soluto, which has developed software to correct problems in Windows, has raised $20 million to date.

What Comes Next: We need the courage to do away with existing institutions, policies, and paradigms
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 P
eace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

Levin leaves Teva with $4m
Globes Main News – Dr. Jeremy Levin could also be eligible for up to an additional $3 million as part of his non-competition agreement with Teva.

I wanted to show Americans what they re paying for Max Blumenthal on why he wrote Goliath
Mondoweiss – Drop the New York Times international section and pick up Max Blumenthal s new book. If you want to peel back the layers of deception pro-Israel groups and the media have created, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is the perfect place to start. It s…

US intermarriage rivals Iran as a grave threat to Israel says NYT columnist
Mondoweiss – The recent Pew poll on American Jewish identity documented a declining attachment to Israel and stirred handwringing at a Zionist panel at Yeshiva University last week, chiefly from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach who called the Pew findings devastating, catastrophic (as Alex Kane reported here). And it is…

Flug: Inequality is slowly falling
Globes Macro Economics – Since the beginning of the last decade there has been a slow but continuous drop in gross income inequality, said Bank of Israel Governor Dr. Karnit Flug.

Teva CEO Jeremy Levin steps down
Globes Main News – Levin is departing after tensions with chairman Phillip Frost. CFO Eyal Desheh has been appointed interim CEO.

Reports say peace process is fantasy and worst since Oslo but blame falls on Israel this time
Mondoweiss – Yasser Abed Rabbo, photo by Issam Rimawi Here are three recent mainstream reports that the peace process is stalled and going nowhere. Interestingly, all three put the blame on Israel, which is a shift from earlier versions of the failure of the peace process. The key…

Obama meets with small coterie of Jewish leaders, after Kerry appears to criticize Netanyahu for fear tactics
Mondoweiss – Obama talks to Netanyahu on the phone Oct. 28, photo by Pete Souza Yesterday the White House sought to diffuse tensions over its Iran opening with a meeting between the president and a small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders. One of those leaders was Abe Foxman,…

Is recovery around the corner?
Globes Macro Economics – At the conference on December 8-9, leading experts will examine the prospects for global recovery in 2014.

26 Palestinian prisoners released as part of Israeli-Palestinian talks
Mondoweiss – Mo ayad Hajah meets his sister after he spent more than 22 years in Israeli prison. His mother died when he was in prison, Burqa, West bank, October 30, 2013. (Photo: Activestills) Prisoner release In pictures: Jubilant scenes as Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners The Telegraph 30…

Israeli Consul General frets about progressive elite delegitimizing the Jewish state at elite Manhattan event
Mondoweiss – Israeli Consul General of New York Ido Aharoni addressing a crowd at the CORE Club in Manhattan. (Photo: Ilir Bajraktari / The Tower) Israel s name is being tarnished in the media and its reputation is threatened by delegitimization, the Israeli Consul General of New York told a…

Israel mulls gas export options
Globes Energy & Water – Cyprus wants a joint liquefaction facility, but a pipeline from Israel to Turkey is also an option.

Only 22% of serial entrepreneurs are Sephardim
Globes Macro Economics – Dr. Ze’ev Ganor: Fewer than a quarter of serial high-tech entrepreneurs are Sephardim and 78% are Ashkenazim.

Housing accounts for 25% of household expenditure
Globes Macro Economics – Average household gross monthly income from all sources (labor, capital, welfare, and support) was NIS 16,577 in 2012.

Mazor Robotics raising $41m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – The robotics surgery company issued 2.4 million American Depositary Shares at $17.00 per ADS.

Former MK Einat Wilf Falsely Charges MP Jack Straw with Anti-Semitism
Tikun Olam – Einat Wilf, looking as if she s staring down an anti-Semite vampire (Israel National TV) Israeli media has blared headlines over the past three days charging UK MP Jack Straw with making anti-Semitic statements during a Global Diplomatic Forum held in the Houses of Parliament. The charge…

Lou Reed was on our side, Israel supporters say
Mondoweiss – Lou Reed The late great Lou Reed was a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, and though Zionism hasn t been an element of the mainstream obituaries I ve seen still, the claim is being made. Here s Tom Gross in the National Review: Perhaps even more than other American-Jewish rock…

Israel Green Lights 3,500 New Homes for Jewish Settlers on West Bank
The Foward Breaking News 30 Oct 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered officials on Wednesday to press ahead with plans to build 3,500 more homes for Jewish settlers, hours after Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Offers $5K to African Immigrants To Voluntarily Leave Country
The Foward Breaking News 30 Oct 2013 – The Israeli government plans to offer $5,000 to any African migrant who agrees to leave the country voluntarily and promises not to return. This is more than triple the $1,500 it has offered departing migrants until now. Click here for the rest of the article…

French Jewish Celebrity Art Dealer Reburied in Israel 143 Years After Death
The Foward Breaking News 30 Oct 2013 – A Jewish celebrity art dealer who died in 1870 in France was reburied in Israel after his body was exhumed from his Paris grave due to property laws. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Syria footage ‘shows Iran involvement’
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Footage from Syria appears to show the extent of Iran’s involvement in the conflict-ridden country.

Women of Wall Rebels Refuse To Back Down on Western Wall Prayer
The Foward Breaking News 30 Oct 2013 – A group of Women of the Wall activists who reject the idea of moving the group s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian space on Wednesday notified Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett that they are determined to continue praying, as they have for the past 25…

Egypt police dispel student protest
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Police enter al-Azhar University in the Egyptian capital Cairo to disperse students protesting in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Envoy Brahimi talks peace with Assad
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to try to win backing for planned peace talks next month.

VIDEO: Are missing girls fighting in Syria?
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – An international alert has been issued for two Norwegian sisters of Somali origin who disappeared from home in Oslo apparently to join Islamist forces in Syria.

Egypt: Mansour Arrives in Kuwait
allAfrica.com 30 Oct 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian Interim President Adly Mansour arrived in Kuwait Wednesday 30/10/2013 on a one-day visit within the framework of a Gulf tour.

Egypt: Egypt’s President Starts Second Gulf Tour
allAfrica.com 30 Oct 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egyptian interim President Adli Mansour traveled on Wednesday to Kuwait for a one-day visit in his second tour to the Arab gulf countries.

Eric Alterman and the Legacy of Yeshayahu Leibowitz
The Magnes Zionist 30 Oct 2013 – In his shrill response to Max Blumenthal s letter to the Nation, Eric Alterman continues to question Blumenthal s claim that the Israeli thinker Yeshayahu Leibowitz was revered by the Israeli left. He takes issue with what I wrote in the post below, which Blumenthal had quoted. I…

Nigeria: Iran Latest to Feel Nigerian Heat
allAfrica.com 30 Oct 2013 – [CAF]Three-time champions Nigeria had no trouble with Iran at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain racking up three goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 win. The result sets up a quarter-final date for the Nigerians with Uruguay, a game in…

Zimbabwe: Iran Pledges to Support Zimbabwe
allAfrica.com 30 Oct 2013 – [The Herald]The Iranian government is ready to help Zimbabwe develop mining and medical equipment production plants once the country comes up with viable business strategies, an Iranian official has said.

Israel approves new settlement homes
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Israel approves plans to build hundreds of new homes in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, hours after freeing 26 Palestinian prisoners.

Salafists ‘killed in Yemen attack’
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – At least four people have been killed in an attack on a mosque in a Salafist-controlled town in northern Yemen, reports say.

Qatar removes Zidane headbutt statue
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – A statue of French footballer Zinedine Zidane’s infamous headbutt is removed from the Corniche in the Qatari capital weeks after being installed.

Bahrain forces raid opposition party headquarters
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – Bahraini forces stormed the headquarters of the country s main opposition party, al-Wefaq, on Wednesday, the political group said. According to a statement by al-Wefaq, heavily armed forces, backed by civil militias, have raided the building of al-Wefaq National Islamic Society in Qufool in the capital Manama …

VIDEO: Syria footage ‘shows Iran involvement’
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Footage from Syria appears to show the extent of Iran’s involvement in the conflict-ridden country.

Fears for ‘trapped’ Syrian civilians
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – There are fears many civilians may still be trapped in a besieged Damascus suburb, despite thousands finally being allowed to leave.

Egypt police dispel student protest
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Police enter al-Azhar University in the Egyptian capital Cairo to disperse students protesting in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Lebanon: Corruption a Drag on Social Security
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – For years, the NSSF administration proceeded to address the problem of fiscal and human deficit by delaying the clearance of beneficiary transactions. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) For years, the NSSF administration proceeded to address the problem of fiscal and human deficit by delaying the clearance of beneficiary transactions. (…

Lebanon: Patients Hostage to Medicine Merchants
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – The Lebanese Health Ministry also prohibits free offers on medications, though it is not strict in its enforcement. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) The Lebanese Health Ministry also prohibits free offers on medications, though it is not strict in its enforcement. (Photo: Marwan Bou Haidar) A pharmacist’s…

STL defense team denounces “questionable” practices as trial nears
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – According to the defense team, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) has taken a series of “questionable” steps ahead of the trial s opening session on January 13, 2014. Pr
eparations are underway at the STL to begin the trial of five Lebanese citizens accused of planning the…

Region Slowly Turns to Diplomacy in Syria Crisis
Al-Akhbar Opinion 30 Oct 2013 – In short, the winds of change, particularly regarding the Syrian crisis, are making themselves felt throughout the region, rattling the likes of Saudi Arabia who seek to resist the shift taking place at all costs. (Photo: AP – Hassan Ammar) In short, the winds of change,…

Envoy Brahimi talks peace with Assad
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi meets Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus to try to win backing for planned peace talks next month.

Saudi lawyer sentenced to three months in prison for criticizing authorities
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – Saudi prominent rights lawyer Walid Abulkhair said on Wednesday a court has sentenced him to three months in prison over a petition he signed two years ago criticizing the authorities. Abulkhair told AFP he would remain out of jail pending an appeal of the sentence. The…

VIDEO: Are missing girls fighting in Syria?
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – An international alert has been issued for two Norwegian sisters of Somali origin who disappeared from home in Oslo apparently to join Islamist forces in Syria.

Suicide bomber kills himself as Tunisia stops other planned attack
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – A suicide bomber blew himself up on Wednesday on a beach in Tunisia’s resort town of Sousse while security forces foiled another planned attack nearby, the interior ministry said. “A man blew himself up on a beach in Sousse,” ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Laroui told AFP,…

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners, ramps up illegal settlement construction
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – Released Palestinian prisoner Hazem Shubeir kisses the hand of his father upon his arrival at his home in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip early on October 30, 2013.(Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Israel freed 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners Wednesday in line with commitments to…

Egypt arrests leading Muslim Brotherhood figure
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – A file picture taken on November 22, 2010 shows senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood Essam al-Erian attending a press conference in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egyptian authorities on Wednesday detained senior Muslim Brotherhood figure Essam al-Erian, one of the last few leaders of…

Suicide blast in Tunisian resort
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – There has been a suicide bomb attack at a Tunisian beach resort and a foiled attempt to blow up the tomb of an ex-president, officials say.

Suicide bombings kill dozen security force members in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 30 Oct 2013 – Three suicide bombings killed 14 Iraqi security force members overnight, officials said on Wednesday, the deadliest in a series of attacks that left 27 people dead in two days. The attacks come as Iraq witnesses its worst violence since 2008, a surge in unrest that has…

Iraq is hit by wave of bombings
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Three separate bombings targeting Iraqi government forces and an allied militia have killed at least 20 people, officials say.

AUDIO: Syrian civilians ‘too weak to walk’
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – Lyse Doucet reports from Moadamiya, the war-battered suburb of Damascus.

Egypt arrests senior Islamist leader
BBC 30 Oct 2013 – A senior Muslim Brotherhood figure, Essam al-Erian, is detained in Egypt, in the latest move by the authorities against the Islamist movement.

Israel s Missile Defense Crashes Amid Scrutiny
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

Articles


Deal: prisoners for settlements
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 10/30/2013
Palestinian Minister for Prisoners, Issa Qaraqe, stated after midnight on Wednesday, at a ceremony greeting released Palestinian prisoners in Ramallah, that the PLO would never sign a peace deal with Israel unless it secured the release of all Palestinian prisoners.
“An agreement will never be signed without freeing all prisoners,” Qaraqe said.
The release of the 26 prisoners, most of who were jailed before the Oslo Agreements, comes as part of a tripartite deal between Israel, the US and the PLO, coinciding with the return to peace negotiations in July. According to the agreement, Israel will release Palestinian prisoners in four stages over a nine-month period as a confidence-building measure for Palestinian participation in the talks. The three parties also agreed that Israel would not freeze settlement construction.
Almagor Terror Victims Association appealed the release of prisoners to the Israeli high court, claiming that the first round of releases was responsible for a recent uptick in terror emanating from the West Bank , and requested a delay of the release until the issue could be investigated further. The association also claimed that some of the prisoners were slated for release in error, as they violated the government s own standards of eligibility and had been arrested after the Oslo Agreements.
The High Court of Justice rejected the petition late Tuesday night after a rushed hearing by a panel of three justices, presided over by Deputy Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.
According to the prisoners support group Addameer there are currently 5,007 political prisoners in Israeli jails, including 137 administrative detainees, 12 women and 180 minors. — See also: Israel announces 1,500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem and Israel frees 26 veteran prisonersmore..e-mail

Interview with filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad: My films condemn oppression
Frank Barat, Ma an News Agency 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.”
Hany Abu Assad is the director of many films including Academy Award-nominated 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?
It is because of a lot of elements. One of the most important one was love! I was in love with somebody who was not in love with me and I thought that if I become a famous filmmaker, maybe she will regret her decision one day!
This is what I need, when I feel good or bad, a medium where I can express myself, in a way that is more interesting than dealing with numbers and formulas.
Why did you leave Nazareth in 1980? Was it also for love or was it for something else?
Once again, there are so many reasons that make you do what you have to do. The major reason in 1980 when I left Nazareth was that I felt for a Palestinian living in Israel that there were no other options for you to explore the world. Almost everything was closed to you whether you wanted to make a career in science, art or business.
If you want to explore the world, be curious, have access to information as a Palestinian in Israel, most of the doors are closed to you….more..e-mail

Israel’s twisted logic in keeping EU legislators out of Gaza
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 10/29/2013
Israel says allowing organizations to visit Gaza inherently strengthens Hamas, even when no visits with Hamas officials are planned. Couldn t the same logic be used to argue for a boycott of Israel, considering Israel s occupation regime?
Israel blocked a European Parliament humanitarian delegation from entering the Gaza Strip through Israel last week, claiming that the visit would strengthen Hamas.
The draft program of the trip, seen by +972, was scheduled to take place this week, October 27-30. The delegation was expected to enter Gaza through Israel s Erez Crossing on Monday morning after spending the night in East Jerusalem and leaving through Erez and and driving straight to Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday. The program does not appear to include any meetings with Hamas officials; rather, the two-and-a-half-day trip was to focus on civil society and the work of UNRWA, the UN organization supporting Palestinian refugees.
More about the new EU settlement guidelines
In an email to the delegation, the Israel mission to the European Union denied that Israel refused an official visit of the de
legation to Gaza& but rather refused the use of its territory to enter the Gaza Strip. The email went on to explain, this is in line with the policy according to which Israel does not facilitate visits to the Gaza Strip which will strengthen Hamas, a terror organization designated as such also by the European Union.

The EU delegation was to have included MEPs Emer Costello (Ireland), Margarete Auken (Denmark), Sir Robert Atkins (UK) as well as MEPs from Germany and France. The delegation was organized with the knowledge and support of European Parliament President Martin Shultz. more..e-mail

Bad apple narrative still rotten 57 years after Kafr Qasim Massacre
Leehee Rothschild, +972 Magazine 10/30/2013
Though individual soldiers were convicted in the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre, Israel s courts never even questioned why civilians were under military rule and curfews. Today, individual soldiers are still convicted of crimes but the occupation itself is never questioned and wrongdoing is dismissed as the work of bad apples.
Fifty-seven years ago, on the afternoon of October 29, 1956, an Israeli Border Police unit shot to death 49, men, women and children from Kafr Qasim as they returned home from a day of work in the fields.
Kafr Qasim, located in central Israel s Triangle area, was under military rule like most Palestinian villages and towns at the time. From 1949 until 1966 Palestinian citizens of Israel were governed under martial law that limited their movement, and subjected them to curfews, administrative detention and expulsions. The Israeli Border Police, a unit within the IDF at the time, was in charge of maintaining the military imposed law and order in Palestinian population centers.
The day of the massacre was the first day of the 1956 Suez War. Instructed to take all precautionary measures to keep the Jordanian border quiet, Border Police Central District commander Col. Issachar Shadmi decided to change the start time of the nightly curfew time to 5 p.m. The order was issued only in the early afternoon, which resulted in Palestinian farmers working their fields not hearing about the change of the curfew time. Maj. Shmual Malinki, who was in charge of one of the battalions enforcing the curfew on the ground, asked Shadmi what should be done with curfew breakers. Shadmi said, Allah Yerachmu (an Arabic blessing for the dead). Malanki passed this message to his officers, instructing them to shot to kill every person who violates the curfew. Nevertheless, out of eight officers, only one, Gabriel Dahan, carried out his order. Dahan s platoon was stationed at the entrance to Kafr Qasim. more..e-mail

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2013 – By Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero Saudi Arabia s declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening. While a full-fledged divorce from the U.S. appears highly unlikely at this juncture, there is genuine cause for concern in Washington. The Saudi government s decision has potentially profound implications regionally, as cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. has been a hallmark of the Middle East s political landscape for the past 80 years. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have maintained a strategic partnership since World War II based on a common understanding Saudi Arabia provides the U.S. with oil and the U.S. in turn provides a security umbrella to the Kingdom. The two have for many years also shared mutual interest in containing Communism and Arab nationalism, which has led to many joint U.S.-Saudi campaigns…more

Drying up Ideological Wellsprings of Arab-Israeli Conflict
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2013 – By Nicola Nasser Gradually, awareness that de-Zionization of the US and European foreign policy as well as the internal policies of the State of Israel has become a prerequisite for peace in the Middle East is steadily taking roots in Israeli and world public opinion and consciousness. However this awareness has yet to wait for drying up the Zionist ideological wellsprings of the Arab Israeli conflict and translating it into real politics by de-Zionization of Israel and disengaging western foreign policy from its ideological attachment to Zionism. In his article published by Foreign Policy on last October 25, James Traub quoted US President Barak Obama in a speech last May, announcing a re-formulation of the war on terror, as saying: We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; the only alternative to perpetual war is a sustained effort to reduce the wellsprings of extremism. The wellsprings …more

Lebanon Haunted by Ghosts of Civil War
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Oct 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Throughout the years, Lebanon s demographics have experienced periodic influx. But in the last two years, the demographic shift has become overwhelming due to the influx of Syrian refugees in desperate need of shelter. The situation is highly charged, if not perilous, considering Lebanon s unmanageable sectarian balances and the direct involvement of Lebanese parties in the brutal Syrian war. I
f not treated with utter sensitivity and political wisdom, Lebanon s shifting demographics could impact on its fractious sectarian politics. The numbers speak for themselves. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 790,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict. The number is constantly increasing, as an estimated 75,000 make the difficult journey every month. Those refugees also include tens of thousands of Palestinians who have suffered as a result of the war. Lebanon had already hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees driven…
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Israel on the Lookout
Dissident Voice: 30 Oct 2013 – Throughout the years, Lebanon s demographics have experienced periodic influx. But particularly in the last two years, the demographic shift has been so overwhelming due to the flood of Syrian refugees in desperate need for shelter. The situation is highly charged, if not perilous, considering Lebanon s unmanageable sectarian balances, let alone the direct involvement of Lebanese parties in the brutal Syrian war. If not treated with utter sensitivity and political wisdom, Lebanon s vastly changing demographics will not bode well in a country of exceedingly fractious sectarian politics. The numbers speak for themselves. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 790,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict. The number is constantly increasing, as an estimated 75,000 make the difficult journey from Syria to Lebanon every month. Those refugees also include tens of thousands of Palestinians that have borne the brunt of the war in…more


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