VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 4 November 2013

4 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Eight Palestinians Kidnapped, Two Injured, In West Bank
IMEMC – [Monday At Dawn November 4, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, and kidnapped at least eight Palestinians. Two Palestinians were shot and injured by army fire near Nablus. …

Israeli military rules that mock attacks in Palestinian villages are acceptable
IMEMC – The Israeli Military’s Advocate General ruled Sunday that Palestinian villages can continue to be used for Israeli military trainings under the principle of “belligerent occupation”. …

P.A. Arrests Fighters For Allegedly Planning To Abduct Soldier
IMEMC – A senior Israeli military source told the Israeli Walla News Agency that the Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank arrested a week ago members of what is believed to be a cell that planned to abduct an Israeli soldier. …

Ma’an News

Israel detains 5 Palestinians in Hebron, Abu Dis
11/4/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided houses and detained four Palestinians in the Hebron region and one near Jerusalem overnight, locals said. The raids took place in the city of Hebron as well as in the village of Tarqumiya west of Hebron. Israeli military forces raided the house of Abed al-Muez Maraqa in Hebron and detained his two sons, Nidal and Kifah. They also….

Israeli bulldozers uproot 25 olive trees west of Salfit
11/4/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Monday razed Palestinian lands west of Salfit and uprooted 25 olive trees in order to to pave the way for the expansion of an Israeli settlement, an independent researcher said. Israeli authorities razed the lands in the northwestern West Bank in order to expand a road for settlers from the adjacent settlement of Bruchin, said researcher Khaled Maali….

Israeli authorities halt work on 2 Palestinian houses in Idhna
11/4/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities handed out two stop-work orders for two homes in the West Bank town of Idhna on Monday. Israeli forces ordered the owners of the two buildings to stop construction on their own houses in the city west of Hebron near the Green Line. The first building consisted of a house of two apartments belonging to Muhanad and Saed Issa….

Refugee committees to shut down UNRWA offices
11/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The popular committees of the Palestinian refugee camps in the northern West Bank will shut down UNRWA’s offices Tuesday protesting reductions in services provided to Palestinian refugees in the region. The decision came after UNRWA decided to end the UN Money for Work program in Jenin district in the northern West Bank. The program offered temporary job opportunities to….

Jerusalem man succumbs to 4-year-old wounds
11/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – A young Palestinian man from Shuaafat refugee camp in Jerusalem on Monday succumbed to wounds he sustained four years earlier during clashes with Israeli forces in the camp. Jerusalem activist Thaer Abed Rabbo told Ma’an that 27-year-old Rami Bajis Zalabani died Monday evening. He highlighted that Zalabani was hit with a rubber-coated steel bullet to the chest four….

Israel MKs in heated debate on prayers at Jerusalem site
11/4/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli parliamentary committee held a heated debate Monday on whether to begin allowing Jews to pray on the compound housing the Al-Aqsa mosque. But there was no outcome to the Knesset internal affairs committee’s hearing, which was repeatedly disrupted by Palestinian MKs who were eventually ejected from the room. Israeli deputy religious affairs minister Eli Ben-Dahan of far-right Jewish Home….

Israeli forces detain 2 in Nablus village
11/4/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two Palestinians from the Nablus village of Awarta on Monday, a local official said. Israeli military vehicles raided several homes in the village and arrested Ayman Hani Darawsheh, 24, and Mutasem Nabil Awad, 19. [END]

PLO official: Israel not serious about peace talks
11/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo said Monday that Israel is not engaging in peace talks with PLO negotiators, the official news agency Wafa reported.”There is one party negotiating, and that is us, while the other party is not proposing anything that goes in line with international legitimacy and law,” Abed Rabbo told Voice of Palestine radio. Israel “responds to…. Related:Abbas: Negotiations made zero progress so far and Peace talks ‘set to collapse unless US acts’

Iran’s Rouhani not ‘optimistic’ about nuclear talks
11/4/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is not “optimistic” about ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reported Monday ahead of a new round of talks this week.” The government is not optimistic about the Westerners and the current negotiations,” he was quoted as saying, echoing similar comments by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sunday.” But it does not….

Abbas: Negotiations made zero progress so far
11/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Peace negotiations with Israel haven’t made any progress so far despite all the meetings between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday. Speaking at a meeting for his Fatah movement’s consultative council in Ramallah, Abbas added that he expected some “tension” in the offing because Israel is trying to connect settlement expansion to the release…. Related: PLO official: Israel not serious about peace talks and Peace talks ‘set to collapse unless US acts’

Peace talks ‘set to collapse unless US acts’
11/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Nascent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are likely to collapse without urgent US intervention, voices on both sides warned ahead of a new visit by Washington’s top diplomat. US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is due to arrive late Tuesday for the latest round of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, has kept up a positive front, insisting he is “hopeful” progress…. Related: Abbas: Negotiations made zero progress so far and PLO official: Israel not serious about peace talks

Hamas appoints 1st female English spokesperson
11/4/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The government in the Gaza Strip appointed a woman as their first English-language spokeswoman on Sunday, offering the Hamas-led authority a fresh new face to represent itself on the world stage. Israa Al-Mudallal, 23, a journalist who spent years as a child in the United Kingdom, said in an interview that she would “address Western and Israeli media” and would….

6-year-old girl killed in Negev accident
11/4/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — A 6-year-old girl was killed in the Negev on Monday after being run over by a tractor, Israeli police said. The girl’s father brought her to a hospital in Beersheba following the accident but she was later pronounced dead. [END]

Defiant Morsi tells Egypt court to try ‘coup’ leaders
11/4/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court Monday on the first day of his trial, rejecting its legitimacy and demanding “coup” leaders be prosecuted, as thousands of his supporters rallied. In his first public appearance four months after the military toppled him, Morsi was indignant and outraged as he attended the courtroom at a police academy in east Cairo. Morsi….

Syrian car bomb kills 6
11/4/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A car bomb killed six people, three of them children, and wounded 37 others in the central Syrian province of Homs on Monday, state-run SANA news agency reported. It said “terrorists” — the official tag for rebels fighting to topple the regime — blew up the explosives-rigged vehicle at the entrance to the town of Thabitiyeh. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on….

Iraq VP sets parliamentary polls for April 30
11/4/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq’s vice president announced Monday that parliamentary polls will be held on April 30, 2014, confirming an earlier parliament decision, though lawmakers have yet to approve rules governing the election. The lack of agreement on the election law, which sets the voting system and rules for the polls, means the election could be delayed past April, but MPs insisted the law….

Monitor: Syria Kurds rout Wahhabi militants across northeast
11/4/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Kurdish fighters have driven Wahhabi militants from 19 towns and villages across northeastern Syria in recent days, a week after capturing a key Iraqi border crossing, a monitoring group said Monday. The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People, the main Kurdish militia in Syria, has battled other rebel groups in a bid to carve out an autonomous region in the northeast….

Saudi begins clampdown on undocumented foreigners
11/4/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi authorities began Monday a clampdown on undocumented immigrants after the end of an amnesty that gave overstayers and workers a grace period to leave or legalize their status. Police patrols will be searching for foreigners staying “illegally” and those who help them, interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki said late Sunday. Violators will be arrested, penalized and deported, he said. Another roughly….

Egypt security forces kill 3 bomb suspects in Sinai
11/4/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian military forces shot dead three gunmen while they were trying to lay an explosive device to ambush Egyptian military vehicles who have been carrying out a crackdown against fugitives in Rafah, according to Egyptian security officials. Spokesman for the Egyptian military Col. Ahmad Muhammad Ali confirmed to Ma’an that the Egyptian armed forces continued their security campaign to….

UN announces major rise in Syria war homeless
11/4/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The United Nations on Monday announced a 30 percent rise in the number of Syrians left homeless and needing aid because of the country’s war. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the UN Security Council that 6. 5 million people have now fled their homes and 9. 3 million need outside assistance to survive. [END]

UN announces major rise in Syria war homeless
11/4/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — The United Nations on Monday called for greater UN Security Council pressure for access to war-stricken Syria as it announced a major rise in homelessness and civilians in need. UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the council that 9. 3 million people now need outside help to survive, up from 6. 8 million in September, and 6. 5 million are now homeless….

Tunisia leaders fail again to break deadlock on PM
11/4/2013 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisian political leaders failed again in a meeting Monday to choose a new prime minister after missing two earlier deadlines to bridge their differences and resolve months of deadlock. The powerful UGTT trade union mediating the talks said the latest meeting began at around 1300 GMT, two hours after a noon deadline passed to announce the name of a new prime minister. After….

New ceasefire reached in north Yemen
11/4/2013 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — A new ceasefire has been reached between Shiite Huthi rebels and Sunni Islamists fighting in northern Yemen, allowing the Red Cross to evacuate the wounded, the UN envoy said Monday.”I am happy to say that following intensive efforts. . . we have reached a ceasefire” between the sides fighting in Saada province, Jamal Benomar told reporters. A Red Cross convoy entered the village….

AlJazeera

Israel MPs mull Jewish prayer at al-Aqsa site
AlJazeera 4 Nov 2013 – Arab-Israeli MPs ejected from parliamentary meeting on plan to allow Jews to pray at holy site in East Jerusalem.

Palestine News Network

Film Screening of “A Place Called Chiapas”
Palestine News Network

US to Propose Palestine-Israel Deal in January
Palestine News Network

Darkness is Always at Our Doors
Palestine News Network

Israel Orders Demolition of Apartment Buildings in Jerusalem
Palestine News Network

Will Israel Profit From West Bank Oil?
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Shoot and Injure Palestinians near Jenin
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Arrest Five Palestinians from Jerusalem, Hebron
Palestine News Network

Israel Issues Tenders for More Settler Homes Ahead of Kerry Visit
Palestine News Network

Netanyahu Revives Plan to Build Apartheid Wall in Jordan Valley
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

World: Brief mental health interventions in conflict and emergency settings: an overview of four Medecins Sans Frontieres — France programs
Relief Web 4 Nov 2013 – Source: BioMed Central Country: China, Colombia, occupied Palestinian territory, World Conflict and Health 2013, 7:23 doi:10.1186/1752-1505-7-23 Introduction Mental health problems, particularly anxiety and mood disorders, are prevalent in the setting of humanitarian emergencies, both natural and man-made disasters. Evidence regarding…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian Territories – Risk Assessment Report, 2013
Relief Web 4 Nov 2013 – Source: Carleton University Country: occupied Palestinian territory Executive Summary This conflict diagnostic will provide an overview and analysis for the period of 2006-2012 of leading structural indicators in the Palestinian Territories (PT) relating to probability of violent armed conflict. This…

occupied Palestinian territory: What is Area C?
Relief Web 4 Nov 2013 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Interim Agreements between Israel and the PLO, divided the West Bank into three categories: Area A, currently comprising about 18% of the land in…

occupied Palestinian territory: Thousands of Palestinians in Area C face threat of expulsion from their homes
Relief Web 4 Nov 2013 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory In late 2011 the Civil Administration published a plan designed to “provide a permanent solution for the residence for the Bedouin population”. The plan applies…

The National

East Libya movement launches government, challenges Tripoli
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Leaders of autonomy movement in Libya’s oil-rich east have unilaterally declared a regional government.

Islamic faith puts Uighurs at odds with Han Chinese
The National 4 Nov 2013 – For more than a decade China has clamped down on Uighur culture, religion and language, forcing Uighurs to ‘re-Islamise at a rapid rate’.

Morsi goes on trial for inciting violence
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Mohammed Morsi rejects the court’s legitimacy on the first day of his trial for incitement to murder, and demands that those who removed him from office be prosecuted.

Arab League backs Geneva 2 peace talks
The National 4 Nov 2013 – League calls on the opposition to form a delegation under the leadership of the mainstream Syrian National Coalition and attend the Geneva 2 talks.

Kerry dismisses talk of US rift with Saudi Arabia
The National 4 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state meets King Abdullah in the Saudi capital and underscores the importance of Washington’s relationship with Riyadh after Saudi policymakers expressed frustration with US policy in the region. Elizabeth Dickinson reports

Elvis can sniff out a pregnancy
The National 4 Nov 2013 – American zoos will soon find out whether a beagle named Elvis can let them know when their polar bears are pregnant.

Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front leader stays in Syria’s shadows
The National 4 Nov 2013 – No one knows where leader of the Nusra Front is but rumours of his death are doubted by experts.

US medical staff ‘helped torture and degrade’ terror suspects
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Doctors and nurses tasked with monitoring the health of terror suspects have been complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, independent report claims.

Suicide bomber targeting children hits Syrian school, killing 6
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Suicide bomber detonates explosives-laden truck in Shiite Syrian village, killing six people, including three children and a woman, and wounding dozens.

Kenyan court charges four over Westgate Mall attack
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Four Somali men charged with terrorist offences for helping militants linked to Al Qaeda carry out an attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed 67.

Kuwaiti woman arrested for driving her father to hospital in Saudi Arabia
The National 4 Nov 2013 – A Kuwaiti woman has reportedly been arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.

Russian nationalists rally against migrants
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Animosity is strong among nationalists against migrants from the former Soviet Central Asian republics and against non-Slavs from the largely Muslim Russian Caucasus region.

UAE Filipinos lured by higher pay to enter Iraq and Afghanistan illegally
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Filipino workers in Dubai are being lured to high-paying jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are banned from working by their government.

Foreign workers stay home to escape Saudi visa crackdown
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Government says it will raid businesses, markets and residential areas to catch expatriates whose visas are invalid if they are not working for the company that sponsored their entry into the kingdom.

Narendra Modi ‘1-10’ on Indian Mujahideen’s hit list
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Indian security forces prepare for one of their most challenging assignments in decades, protecting highly divisive prime ministerial candidate.

Egypt’s ousted leader Morsi goes on trial as tensions mount
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Ousted Islamist president flown in by helicopter to trial at police academy in Cairo, as fears rise of new bloodshed following his ouster.

Video: Morsi trial begins
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Trial for deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gets underway

Germany finds 1,500 masterpieces looted by Nazis
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Nearly 1,500 priceless paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse that were stolen by the Nazis have been discovered in a flat in Munich.

In pictures: Protest at Morsi trial in Cairo
The National 4 Nov 2013 – Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi gather outside the Hight Court in Cairo to protest his trial on Monday.

Ha’aretz

Ashkelon gangland killings no shock for locals
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Treasury, Hadassah trade blame for hospital’s financial woes
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

AG calls on indicted mayors to step down
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

NGO films soldiers training near West Bank cemetery
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Police suspect vote fraud in Beit Shemesh that included the dead
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

As Lieberman waits for verdict, coalition members figure out all the angles
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Palestinians insist U.S. peace solution be permanent
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Israel’s treatment of Nazareth’s budding university is anything but universal
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Former Jerusalem mayoral candidate suspected of smuggling clothes
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Habayit Hayehudi: Yes to civil union, but it ‘won’t happen’ for gay couples
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Israel to spend NIS 871 million on Mossad, Shin Bet pensions
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Jewish group condemns German silence on huge art find
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander killed in Syria
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Hagel: Netanyahu threats, economic sanctions pushed Iran to negotiating table
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Word of the day / Kibud: Honor thy father, mother and snack time
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Netanyahu: Israel will examine any peace proposal but will accept no dictates
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Secret History of Paul McCartney, the Jewish Beatle
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Migrants freed from detention are banned from Tel Aviv and Eilat
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Orthodox ministers pressured Bnai Akiva not to protest Women of the Wall
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Knesset debate on Jewish prayer on Temple Mount ends in name-calling, walkout
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Education gap widens in Israel, despite overall improvement in test scores
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

How far have Jerusalem and Washington diverged on Iran?
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

JFK, the forgotten Zionist
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Interests of child trump religion in new Israeli adoption bill
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

U.S. to propose Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in January, senior MK tells Haaretz
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Time to stop damning the Diaspora
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

The third assassination of Rabin
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

In ratings battle, blood trumps justice
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Netanyahu’s distorted priorities
Ha’aretz – 3 Nov 2013

Jerusalem orders demolition of apartment buildings in Arab neighborhoods
Ha’aretz – 3 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

More suspects arrested in voter fraud probe in Beit Shemesh
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Nine people have been arrested, questioned and released during police investigation; dozens more have been summoned for questioning. 

From protest to mayhem in Cairo
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Residents of central Cairo are all too used to noisy, often violent demonstrations but Monday was a bit different: their former president was on trial. 

Minimum marriage age upped to 18
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Haredi MKs spoke out against bill, meant to prevent teenagers from being forced into marriages at a young age.

Who is Hassan Rouhani?
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – The claim that Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, is a “moderate,” with whom Western leaders can do business on the basis of mutual self-interest, brings to mind an earlier fantasy common among elites in the West. 

The Western Wall belongs to everyone
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – There is no other place in Israel that has over ten million visitors, worshipers and pilgrims every year. 

The future of Israel-EU research
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Israel must sign wholeheartedly into Horizon 2020 and accept that it will apply to institutions which located within the recognized territory of Israel. 

Conversion
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – It makes little sense for the secular Jewish Israeli majority to expect non-Jewish immigrants to convert to Judaism. 

Jewish group condemns German silence on huge art find
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Two years ago, German customs uncovered 1,500 artworks in Munich, seized by the Nazis from persecuted Jewish collectors. 

It’s time to reassess Israel’s strategic assumptions
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – All of Obama’s second term foreign policy goals are harmful to Israel. Everything that is good for Obama is necessarily bad for Israel. 

US pressure and demands on Israel to make concessions must stop
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – The Obama administration has not called out the long, uninterrupted record of PA intransigence and extremism. It has, however, leaned heavily on Israel to make concessions. 

Abbas: Israel’s claim it wants Jordan Valley for security is a lie
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – PA president reiterates objection to accepting Israel as Jewish state. 

Cyndi Lauper to have fun in Tel Aviv with debut Israel concert
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Pop icon from Queens is expected to perform on January 4 at Nokia Arena. 

Netanyahu: I want Abbas to give his own Bar-Ilan speech
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – The prime minister wants PA president to declare his support for two-state solution in a speech at a Palestinian university. 

Taking a walk on the desert side
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Celebrated tar player Piris Eliyahu to perform at this week’s Oud Festival in Jerusalem. 

‘Death to America’, ‘Down to Israel’ chants as Iran celebrates US embassy siege anniversary
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Several thousand Iranians protest at compound of embassy that was under siege in 1979. 

Round 2 of Municipal elections held in 38 towns where no candidate breached 40% of vote
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – 639,898 people will have chance to vote in 1,032 polling places; polls open for reduced hours, between 1 and 10 p.m. 

America’s paradoxical strategies on how to stop Iranian nukes
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Key senators, administration officials and Jewish leaders talk to The Jerusalem Post about a punishing new sanctions bill taking shape in Congress — and Iran’s chance to avoid it in Geneva this week. 

Israel and Vietnam establish joint agriculture R&D fund, work toward free trade agreement
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – In 2012 Israeli exports to Vietnam last year jumped by 120% to $747 million. 

Edelstein exhorts Polish president against anti-circumcision laws, ritual slaughter ban
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Komorowski to Peres: Poland is sensitive to anti-Semitism, says relationship to Israel is “emotional.” 

Planners: Gas reception sites on land will be more environmentally friendly
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Debate continues on whether these facilities would best be suited for establishment on land or sea. 

South African Jewish leaders slam campaign to free Palestinian prisoners
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – SA Zionist Federation says it’s an insult to compare Marwan Barghouti, who was jailed for terrorism, to Nelson Mandela. 

Yacimovich: Israeli democracy threatened by incitement, extremist Knesset bills
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – On 18th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination, Labor MK Herzog criticizes leadership’s lack of vision. 

Arab MKs denounce Jewish visitation to Temple Mount in Knesset hearing
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – “There is no Temple Mount,” shouts MK Zahalka at proposal to find solution to allow Jews to enter compound. 

In court, defiant Morsi says he is still Egypt’s president
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Egyptian TV shows first footage of ousted president; Morsi’s interruptions prompt judge to adjourn trial. 

Holon to host third annual ELEM run for at risk youth
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – NGO is expecting some 1,500 people to participate in the event comprising three running tracks. 

Analysis: Could Libya break apart?
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Separatist demands have dramatically increased since the onset of the Arab uprisings. 

National Council for the Child: Avoid shaking your baby at all costs
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Most of the cases are not malicious but due to inexperienced parents who don’t know that shaking can be fatal.

Hagel: Israeli threats, sanctions helped push Iran to nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Rouhani says he’s not optimistic about nuclear talks with West. 

Putting the ‘fun’ into Bible study
Jerusalem Post 4 Nov 2013 – Following in the footsteps of Jerry Seinfeld and Mel Brooks, this Jewish comedy duo will have you falling over in laughter, while you learn about the Bible. 

Inter Press Service

For Kurdish Women, It’s a Double Revolution
IPS At Qamishli’s women centre, everyone is inspired by Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. By Karlos Zurutuza QAMISHLI, Syria, Nov 4 2013 (IPS) “I got married when I was 14 and I already had four children at 20,” recalls Nafia Brahim. In…

Uruknet

Israel s prisoner release: From one jail to another
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – …After all, Israel has announced several thousand new settler homes since the talks began – the very antithesis of negotiating in good faith. The PA is simply accepting this by continuing to talk while its people…

Germany should offer Edward Snowden asylum after NSA revelations 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – An increasing number of public figures are calling for Edward Snowden to be offered asylum in Germany, with more than 50 asking Berlin to step up it support of the US whistleblower in the new edition…

An Interview With Jonathan Cook Israel and the Dangers of Ethnic Nationalism 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – Zionism was a reaction to the extreme ethnic nationalisms that dominated – and nearly destroyed – Europe last century. It is therefore hardly surprising that it mirrors their faults. In exporting to the Middle East this…

US Medical Professionals Were Involved in the Design & Administration of Torture
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 -Following the September 11th attacks, physicians and other medical professionals, “particularly psychologists,” were involved in the “design and administration” of harsh treatment and torture. This conduct was “in clear conflict with established international and national professional principles…

Jewish student receives death threats over Palestine solidarity work
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – A Jewish member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University in Boston has received death threats ostensibly because of his involvement in Palestine solidarity activism and outspoken criticism of Zionism.The threats come as Zionist…

Security advisor says Israel should continue with negotiations to escape international pressure
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – Israel s National Security advisor General Yaakov Amidror warned on Sunday that if the political process with the Palestinian Authority collapsed, it could escalate international pressure and the boycott against Israel. Amidror said: “the negotiations with…

Ever-Shrinking Democracy in America NSA s Path to Totalitarianism 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – The New York Times, a recipient, along with the Guardian, of Snowden s disclosures about the illegal activities of Obama and USG, is breaking out, as now, of its reticence about the nation s profound disregard…

Jordan Valley fence would finalize the West Bank s complete enclosure
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – In what might be a shot to the heart of current peace negotiations, Netanyahu is reviving plans to build a security fence in the Jordan Valley. If the fence follows the original route it will enclose…

Drones and Hakimullah Mehsud Killing Peace 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 -In time, an insidious practice assumes the property of custom. It might seem barbaric and archaic, but as the great Sophist Protagoras claimed, man is the measure of all things. A ghastly measure, at that.This ghastliness was…

Israeli bulldozers uproot 25 olive trees west of Salfit
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 — Israeli bulldozers on Monday razed Palestinian lands west of Salfit and uprooted 25 olive trees in order to to pave the way for the expansion of an Israeli settlement, an independent researcher said.Israeli authorities razed the…

48 human beings were massacred – and we have forgotten them
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – For most citizens of Israel, the 29th of October was just another day. But not for Israel s Arab citizens. On this date in 1956, 57 years ago – the first day of the Sinai Campaign (…

Syria rebel leader in Aleppo quits
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – The rebel leader who led a massive July 2012 assault on Aleppo resigned Sunday, accusing both Syria “warlords” and the international community of “conspiring” against the people. “Because of some people s refusal to heed calls…

East Libya Declares Autonomy from Tripoli Announcement Moves Cyrenaica Closer to Secession 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – Top provincial leaders in Eastern Libya have announced to formation of an “autonomous regional government” that will operate in parallel with the central government in Tropli, the latest step toward independence in post-war Libya. So far…

Syria News – November 3, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – By the end of Sunday the committees were able to document 40 martyrs including 3 children, 2 women, and 1 child under torture: 10 martyrs in Daraa; 9 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 9 in Homs;…

Military Resistance 11K1 : The House Of Cards
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -The southern Afghan district of Maiwand has long been the Taliban s heartland. Except for this town, which is an island of relative stability and security that U.S. Special Forces based here dub the “Hutal Bubble.” This…

Iraq Today: America s Genocidal Legacy
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – …Obama calls Iraq an emerging democracy. Bush said its future reflects a “beacon of democracy.” Reality reveals otherwise. High-minded rhetoric rings hollow. Iraq is a failed state. It s totally dysfunctional. Basic services and security don…

Israel plans new 1,859 colony homes ahead of Kerry visit
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -The Israelis issued tenders Sunday to build 1,859 colony homes in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, a monitor said. Colony watchdog Peace Now said…

Gaza Running Out of Fuel and Medicines
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – Gaza s suffocating siege persists. Israel imposes it illegally. It s been ongoing since June 2007. It began a year earlier in less extreme form. It constitutes collective punishment. Fourth Geneva s Article 33 states: “No…

Lesley Stahl: the Majority of Men at Guantanamo Have Not Committed “Dastardly Deeds”
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -As a preview to her 60 Minutes Guantanamo segment, Leslie Stahl said to Charlie Rose that she “assumed” the men at Guantanamo were guilty of “dastardly deeds.” It is unconscionable for a journalist of her supposed stature…

The Human Consequences of US foreign policy in Fallujah
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – To begin, it is necessary to analyze the presumed legitimacy of the Coalition s mission in Iraq. As much as the human consequences of the sieges of Fallujah are unknown to most Americans, the context in which they occurred is…

America as Economic Spy: NSA s Mission Is Self-Aggrandizement, Not Fighting Terrorism
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – The government justifies the National Security Agency s expansive domestic and foreign surveillance with essentially one argument: security. As we learned from FOIA documents published recently, the NSA s official talking points encouraged officials to use…

Stop the demolitions in Jerusalem!
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – The “judaization” of Jerusalem and the West Bank continues apace, despite the so-called “peace process.” This week the Israeli government demolished a large apartment block in Beit Hanina, bringing the total number of Palestinian structures demolished…

As drone victims testified to Congress, Obama met the arms company which makes missiles for drones
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – In an interesting spot, journalist Alice Ollstein today noted that, while Reprieve clients the Rehman family were testifying at Congress about the day a drone strike killed their grandmother in North-West Pakistan, President Obama was meeting…

Aung San Suu Kyi and the world of Buddhist Islamophobia
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 – Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the contemporary world s most celebrated icons of human rights, non-violence and reconciliation, crossed the line into Myanmar s world of “Buddhist” Islamophobia. Disturbingly, on BBC Radio Four s flagship…

Richard Falk: Situation in Gaza is almost catastrophic
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -An independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday held a press conference and warned that developments in the Middle East region, “particularly in Egypt, have made the situation in Gaza one that is a point of…

Peace is war: After the Oslo Accords
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -n the wake of the 1973 War, the US had started an earlier version of the so-called “peace process”, one that fully adopted Vladimir Jabotinsky s model. The US was represented by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger….

Richard Falk: Situation in Gaza is almost catastrophic
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 -An independent United Nations human rights expert on Wednesday held a press conference and warned that developments in the Middle East region, “particularly in Egypt, have made the situation in Gaza one that is a point of…

NSA Invaded the Google and Yahoo Servers; Monitors Nearly Everyone s Internet Use
Uruknet 4 Nov 2013 – November 3, 2013 –What a week! Shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that maybe our government had gone “too far” in its surveillance programs, the Washington Post dropped another Edward Snowden bombshell demonstrating that it is going a…

Daily Star

Syria government vows to vaccinate all children
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has vowed that authorities will vaccinate all Syrian children after cases of polio emerged in the country’s northeast.

Saudi minister plays down policy differences with U.S.
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says the kingdom’s recent policy differences with the United States are mostly on tactics rather than on goals, and such disagreements are a normal part of relations between any two countries.

Jumblatt denies sending letter to Syria’s Assad
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt denies a report he had recently sent Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter.

Search warrant for Tripoli Alawite leader Eid
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Judge Saqr issues a search warrant for Arab Democratic Party Secretary-General Ali Eid, sources say, a week after the ally of President Assad defied a judicial summons over the deadly August bombings in Tripoli.

Iran Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 A commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has been killed in Syria after volunteering to defend a Shiite shrine in Damascus, the Iranian Mehr news agency says.

Syria Kurds rout jihadists across northeast: activists
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Kurdish fighters have driven jihadists from 19 towns and villages across northeastern Syria in recent days, a week after capturing a key Iraqi border crossing, activists say.

Officials: Shootings, bombings kill seven in Iraq
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Authorities in Iraq say shootings and bombings, including a double suicide bomber attack, have killed seven people.

March 14 has no right to set conditions: Hezbollah
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad accuses the March 14 coalition of undermining state institutions and says his rivals are in no position to set conditions over the Cabinet formation.

Rouhani not ‘optimistic’ about Iran nuclear talks: IRNA
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is not “optimistic” about ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers, the official IRNA news agency reports, ahead of a new round of talks this week.

Arab League falling short in refugee aid: Abu Faour
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour criticizes the Arab League over its response to the growing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon but praises the regional organization over its stance on the planned Geneva 2…

Geagea denounces attack on Alawites in n. Lebanon
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea denounces the recent assault on a number of Alawite residents from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Arslan denies giving Assad letter from Jumblatt
Daily Star 4 Nov 2013 MP Talal Arslan denies a report he had given Syrian President Bashar Assad a letter on behalf of Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt.

YNet News

US officials offer few concessions on NSA spying 
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – ….

Nairobi mall attack: 4 Somalis accused of involvement
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – ….

Study: 8.8 billion Earth-sized just-right planets
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – ….

Norway: 3 killed in bus hijacking
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – ….

Report: Brazil spied on embassy personnel 
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – ….

Contribution to peace process 
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Most Israelis unaware of fact that majority of freed Palestinian prisoners join peace efforts after their release ….

Women of Wall mark 25 years of struggle
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – Exactly quarter of century after launching battle for equality and freedom of religion at Western Wall, members of liberal Jewish group hold traditional Rosh Chodesh prayer at holy site alongside hundreds of supporters from Israel, abroad ….

Revisiting Resolution 338
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Current events demonstrate that just, durable peace in region is not contingent on immediate solution to Palestinian problem ….

‘Toldot’: Isaac’s destructive loves 
YNet News, 4 Nov 2013 – On love, anxiety and eating disorders: First loves in Bible all belong to our forefather Isaac. He is first child described as ‘loved,’ first man who loved a woman. He loved his mother, loved his wife, loved his son. He also especially loved food ….

Palestinian Information Center

Report: 11 IOF violations against journalists in October
PIC – A human rights report said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violated rights of journalists on 11 occasions during the past month of October.

Al-Fsissi continues his hunger strike for 36 days, suppression in Gilboa prison
PIC – Palestinian captive Akram al-Fsissi, from Ethna village west of al-Khalil, has continued his hunger strike for 36 days in a row protesting his administrative detention.

Netanyahu: Abbas was aware of Israeli settlement plans during negotiations
PIC – The Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the PA position regarding settlement construction that considered settlement activities in the West Bank a violation of the peace negotiations conditions.

Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian agricultural lands continue
PIC – Israeli bulldozers have uprooted more than 25 olive trees after bulldozing large tracts of agricultural lands for the benefit of Brochan settlement, Palestinian farmers said.

IOF arrests 8 citizens, releases a Jerusalemite female prisoner
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Monday eight Palestinians in West Bank, releasing a Jerusalemite female prisoner.

IOF soldiers break into martyr’s home, interrogate citizens in Tulkarem streets
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the village of Beit Lakia, west of Ramallah, at dawn Monday and broke into and searched the home of martyr Mohammed Asy.

Health Ministry warns of health and environmental deteriorating situation
PIC – Health minister in the Gaza government Mufid Al-Makhalalaty warned of the serious implications on the health and environmental services after stopping the operation of Gaza’s only power plant.

Confrontations, casualties at Arub refugee camp
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Arub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, on Sunday night and fired tear gas at young men protesting their invasion.

IOF artillery shells border areas in Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened artillery fire at a number of border areas in the Gaza Strip at a late night hour on Sunday.

IOA serves 11 demolition notices in Jerusalem
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) served 11 demolition notifications in occupied Jerusalem, a Hebrew press report said on Monday.

WAFA

Israel Arrests 5 People in West Bank, Beat up Worker
WAFA – 4 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Israel Welcomes Kerry with Settlements
WAFA – 4 Nov 2013

Abed Rabbo says Negotiations are a One-Way Street
WAFA – 4 Nov 2013

Israeli Settlers Destroy Olive Trees near Bethlehem
WAFA – 4 Nov 2013

Two Injured in Confrontations near Jenin
WAFA – 4 Nov 2013

Misc

Palestinian leader Abbas: Peace talks so far ‘without results’
LA Times 4 Nov 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank – For the first time since the start of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations three months ago, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has publicly declared that the negotiations have not yet produced any results.

U.S.-Saudi rift papered over by Kerry visit
LA Times 4 Nov 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s visit with Saudi officials Monday put a smiling face on strained relations between longtime allies but probably did little to ease concerns in the kingdom that Washington has been too lax in confronting opponents in Syria, Egypt and…

Egypt: Morsi trial begins amid tight security
LA Times 4 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt was on high alert Monday as authorities prepared to stage the politically charged trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Lede: Reaction on the Streets and Online as Morsi Appears in Court
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – Video of Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, in court was broadcast on state television and widely shared online. 

Kerry Meets Saudis to Ease Tensions
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and his Saudi hosts acknowledged a difference in tactics but said their common goals and friendship remain intact. 

Morsi Calls Trial in Egypt ‘Illegitimate,’ and Case Is Delayed
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – The trial, on charges of inciting the murder of protesters, was Mohamed Morsi’s first public appearance since his removal from office in July. It was adjourned until Jan. 8. 

Pigs in Israel Originated in Europe, Researchers Say
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – Archaeologists involved in a lengthy project whose goal is to reconstruct ancient Israel have established that the pigs here are of European stock, and probably arrived with the Philistines. 

Iran’s Top Leader and U.S. Counter Criticism of Talks
New York Times 3 Nov 2013 – Iran’s supreme leader rebuked his country’s hard-liners, and the chief American negotiator offered assurances to Israel in a television interview. 

To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks
New York Times 3 Nov 2013 – The Hamas movement is deviating from the approved Palestinian Authority curriculum, using the new texts as part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology. 

Lonely Advocate for Restraint in Egypt Tiptoes Around Talk of Compromise
New York Times 3 Nov 2013 – With the country on war footing and security officials rallying a fight against Islamists, Ziad Bahaa el-Din, a cabinet minister, is in a precarious place, trying to coax the government toward moderation. 

Egyptians Following Right Path, Kerry Says
New York Times 3 Nov 2013 – In Cairo, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated that additional steps needed to be taken to establish an inclusive, civilian-led government. 

Israel Appoints Accused War Criminal as Special Forces Commander
Tikun Olam – The IDF has just appointed (Hebrew) Lt. Col. Gur Schreibman as commander of the notorious Shayetet 13, the IDF equivalent of U.S. Navy SEALS. Shayetet 13 was the unit which perpetrated the Mavi Marmara massacre and indeed, Schreibman was a commander who participated in that killing…

CUNY Law SJP condemns student suspensions over anti-Petraeus activism
Mondoweiss – General David Petraeus, pictured here in 2007, has been the target of protests while teaching at the City University of New York. (Photo: Robert D. Ward/Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons) The following statement was sent in the wake of student suspensions due to activism opposing General David…

Love under apartheid
Mondoweiss – Palestinians Louay and Areen at their wedding. August 25, 2013, Jordan Love is never sure to go smoothly, but at least you’re not in Palestine where love can get a whole lot more complicated. Love is one of the most beautiful and pure emotions in the…

Oplon mulls IPO at $100m company valuation
Globes Main News – Nes Ziona based Oplon had developed a protective polymer compound for food and drink packaging.

Beinart is leaving ‘Daily Beast,’ and ‘Open Zion’ may close
Mondoweiss – Journalist and author Peter Beinart. (Photo: Center for American Progress/Flickr) Updated : Our scoop has been confirmed in an announcement by Atlantic Media. Politico says Open Zion “will cease to exist.” And Haaretz has also announced that it is hiring Beinart to write about the issue. “Peter…

Banks to issue customer credit ratings
Globes Main News – Banking sources believe that implementation of the customer credit ratings and subsequent competition could cut the banks’ revenue by 10%.

Baker Tilly: Elsztain’s is best bid for IDB
Globes Main News – According to the firm, the Dolphin-Elsztain consortium’s bid is best for the creditors, whether or not Clal Insurance is sold.

JPMorgan downgrades Teva again
Globes Main News – JPMorgan has downgraded Teva to “Underweight”, just two months after downgrading it to “Neutral.”

Banks to demand huge capital injection into Oil Refineries 
Globes Energy & Water – The banking syndicate will demand that Israel Corp. inject a larger amount of capital into the company than planned under the pending rights issue.

Barclays: Bezeq will need NIS 1b for merger with Yes
Globes Main News – Barclays: The correction in Bezeq’s share is over.

‘Forward’ columnist says ‘divided’ loyalty is as American as cherry pie
Mondoweiss – Brandeis Last week the Israeli Foreign Ministry was preparing to distribute a poll to American Jews asking them to which country they would feel allegiance during a crisis, Israel or the U.S., when Prime Minister Netanyahu stuffed the survey out of concern that it would raise…

What comes next? The future bends toward equal rights
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…

Prof who aims to research ‘Zionism and propaganda’ is denied sabbatical by NY school
Mondoweiss – Harriet Malinowitz Jewish Voice for Peace has put up a petition on behalf of member Harriet Malinowitz , an English professor at Long Island University who is researching Zionist propaganda. This fast-growing petition tells a sad story about the decline of academic scholarship in the face of…

Jerusalem gov’t invites you to watch knights battle in the occupied city
Mondoweiss – Knights Festival The Jerusalem municipality and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs is behind this promotion in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem: a knights festival on three Thursdays this month. (Full text at the site ). Fourth year in a row. At the festival, the…

Merrill Lynch: No real estate bubble in Israel 
Globes Macro Economics – According to Merrill Lynch, housing prices in Israel lag those in other Western countries.

Israeli military advocate says it’s legal for IDF to train inside West Bank villages
Mondoweiss – Israel’s military advocate: IDF training inside Palestinian villages is legal Haaretz 3 Nov by Gili Cohen — There is no legal barrier to Israel Defense Forces training inside Palestinian villages in the West Bank , according to a document prepared by the IDF ‘s Military Advocate General….

Netanyahu expands separation wall to Jordan Valley
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian youth rides his bicycle next to Israel’s “apartheid wall” on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Al Akhbar English) The Netanyahu government has now announced that it will expand the separation wall to seal in the Jordan Valley, building along the border with Jordan….

Just three consortia bid for IDB
Globes Main News – The consortia are led by Eduardo Elsztain; Nochi Dankner with Alexander Granovsky, and Motti Ben-Moshe.

Will Teva face class-action from shareholders?
Globes Main News – New York law firm Wohl & Fruchter: We are investigating possible violations of federal securities laws.

Another Israeli Drone Hacked, This Time by Hamas
Tikun Olam – Hacked Israeli drone after it was brought down by Hamas Palestinian militant sources in Gaza claimed today that it “shot down” an Israeli Skylark drone (manufactured by Elbit) flying over Gaza. This is a small, slow-flying vehicle used by field artillery units for advance reconnaissance. Israel…

UN: Millions more Syrians need aid 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Some 9.3 million people in Syria – or about 40% of the population – now need outside assistance, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says.

Israel and the dangers of ethnic nationalism 
Sabbah report 4 Nov 2013 – If you came armed with a gun to my house and took it from me, and then forced me and my family to live in the shed at the end of the garden, you could hardly be surprised if I started making trouble for you. If…

Imploding the Myth of Israel 
Sabbah report 4 Nov 2013 – Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked…

Syrian War Refugee Gives birth to Baby Boy in Israeli Hospital 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Nov 2013 – A Syrian woman who lives in the crossfire of the civil war gave birth to a baby boy in an Israeli hospital in Safed. Click here for the rest of the article…

AIPAC and AJC Refuse ‘Time Out’ on Iran Push 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Nov 2013 – AIPAC and the American Jewish Committee refused a White House request to suspend lobbying for new sanctions on Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morsi tells trial ‘I am president’ 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s ousted leader Mohammed Morsi goes on trial in Cairo and tells the judge the case is illegitimate as he remains president.

Jerry Silverman Promises More Than Talk at Federations General Assembly 
The Forward New 4 Nov 2013 – This time, it’s not going to be just talking. There’s going to be listening and debating – and, eventually, action. That’s what Jerry Silverman, CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, says will distinguish this year’s General Assembly, which is slated for Nov. 10-12 in…

Why ‘Death to America’ remains Iran hardliners’ slogan of choice 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Why Iran has not dropped anti-US slogan despite signs of detente

Morsi trial is about who rules Egypt 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Mohammed Morsi’s trial latest chapter in power struggle in Egypt

Namibia: Muinjo At Fifa U17 World Cup in Dubai 
allAfrica.com 4 Nov 2013 – [Namibian]NFA President John Muinjo is hoping for more scouts and a high level of organisation of the 2014 CAF Women Championships to be hosted by Namibia and believes his presence at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates will come in handy.

Israel Bill Would Open Door to Adoption by Non-Orthodox Families 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Nov 2013 – A new bill would allow non-Orthodox Israeli parents to adopt non-Jewish children. Click here for the rest of the article…

Is John Kerry Plotting Peace Talks Breakthrough? 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Nov 2013 – The Obama administration plans to present in January its own plan for a draft framework agreement on permanent status between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior Knesset Member told Haaretz on Monday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Cameroon: U.S. Secretary of State On Middle East Tour 
allAfrica.com 4 Nov 2013 – [Cameroon Tribune]Beginning in Egypt yesterday, November 3, 2013, John Kerry’s 10-day visit is to take him to five countries.

Cameroon: Israel Grateful for Cameroon’s Support 
allAfrica.com 4 Nov 2013 – [Cameroon Tribune]Outgoing Ambassador, Miki Arbel, spoke at a State dinner in Yaounde on October 31, 2013.

Egypt: Interim President Adly Mansour to Kuna – My Visit to Express Gratitude to Kuwaiti Leadership and People for Supporting Egyptian People 
allAfrica.com 4 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour said his visit to Kuwait and meeting with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah was out of Egypt’s keenness to “express gratitude and appreciation” to the Kuwaiti leadership and people for supporting Egypt following the June 30 revolution and their…

UN: Millions more Syrians need aid 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Some 9.3 million people in Syria – or about 40% of the population – now need outside assistance, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says.

Morsi tells trial ‘I am president’ 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s ousted leader Mohammed Morsi goes on trial in Cairo and tells the judge the case is illegitimate as he remains president.

Why ‘Death to America’ remains Iran hardliners’ slogan of choice 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Why Iran has not dropped anti-US slogan despite signs of detente

Migrant workers rounded up in Saudi 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia begins detaining thousands of illegal migrant workers, after an amnesty introducing new employment rules expired.

Kerry: US-Saudi ties are enduring 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry, in Saudi Arabia on the second stop of his regional tour, says ties between the two nations are strategic and enduring.

Morsi trial is about who rules Egypt 
BBC 4 Nov 2013 – Mohammed Morsi’s trial latest chapter in power struggle in Egypt

Turkey intercepts chemical shipment from Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Nov 2013 – Workers in protective suits hold a dummy grenade during a demonstration in a chemical weapons disposal facility at Gesellschaft zur Entsorgung von chemischen Kampfstoffen und Ruestungsaltlasten in Munster, northern Germany, on October 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Philipp Guelland) Turkish authorities have seized a large quantity…

Syria car bomb kills six, wounds dozens 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Nov 2013 – A car bomb killed six people, three of them children, and wounded 37 others in the central Syrian province of Homs on Monday, state-run SANA news agency reported. It said attackers blew up the explosive-rigged vehicle at the entrance to the town of Thabitiyeh. Thabitiyeh is…

Mursi on the stand: “This court is illegal” 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi, rally outside the Presidential Palace on November 1, 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Updated 4:20 pm: Egypt’s deposed president Mohammed Mursi appeared in court Monday on the first day of his…

VIDEO: Bahrain Revolution Museum shut down 
BBC 3 Nov 2013 – The leader of Bahrain’s opposition party, Ali Salman, has been arrested and charged with insulting the authorities.

Muslim Brotherhood’s changing tactics 
BBC 3 Nov 2013 – Brotherhood supporters tactics change, but purpose remains

Articles


Is the Obama administration cooking up ’Oslo 3’? 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/5/2013
More and more reports are suggesting that the U.S. is planning to put forward an offer that would end the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Martin Indyk, the American envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, gave an hour-long address at the end of the J Street Conference in Washington last month. Indyk said nothing about the talks themselves but some commentators noticed a couple of references to them: first, the American envoy said the talks’ goal was to reach a final status agreement and nothing else; second, that by next year’s conference, he said, “the leaders will have had to make their choice.”
Since most people estimated – and still do – that the talks themselves will go nowhere, the last statement was seen as indication that somewhere along the way the American administration would put forward a proposal of its own – a bridging idea or agreement that the two parties will have to accept or reject (no need to hold your breath, I explain what I believe their response will be by the end of this post).
In the month since Indyk’s speech, speculation about an American-led initiative has become more frequent and explicit. A two-page feature in Yedioth Ahronoth this weekend claimed that the United States has already given up all hope that the parties can reach an agreement on their own. According to the article, an American offer will be put forward before the end of the nine-month designated negotiation period.
The Yedioth report was light on specifics but it did claim that the American proposal will be made of an interim agreement and a certain framework or illustration of a final status agreement. It wasn’t noted if the interim agreement will include evacuating settlements (my hunch: a handful at best, but more likely none), or whether the Palestinian Authority would be upgraded to a recognized state (more probable, since there is no political cost attached to such a move)…. more.. e-mail

The silent axe: Driving Palestinian olive farmers off their land 
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 11/3/2013
The daily terrorism directed against Palestinians in the West Bank is reliant on the despair Palestinians have for the Israeli justice system. A case in point: olive trees burned to the ground.
Amira Hass last week wrote about the “quiet terror attacks,” the ones Israelis don’t hear about. They occur on an almost daily basis and they are directed at Palestinian agriculture. Time after time, Palestinians’ trees are set on fire, uprooted or cut down. Time after time, it happens in an area that is under Israeli control. Time after time, it happens within spitting distance from Israeli settlements or outposts that are surrounded by soldiers, policemen, security cameras and more. Time after time, the people responsible evade justice.
Read also: Settler violence: Think of it like burning down a Jewish business
Hass noted that the attacks are quiet, because the Israeli media and the IDF are in cahoots to cover up what, at best, is military incompetence of the first rank and, at worst, is aiding and abetting agricultural terrorism. But there’s another reason that these events fade into the background. Aside from the Israeli public’s disinterest in knowing what is happening in their name and with their tax shekels; and aside from the tendency of for-profit organizations who once were proud of saying that the public needs to know but nowadays just prefer to avoid angering the buyers of the ads they envelope in text, there is another factor: the fact that Palestinians despair of reporting the incidents. Here is a case in point.
Abd Al-Razeq Mahmmoud Abd Al-Karim Amer is a farmer from Qaddum who is all too familiar with the dark side of the Israeli occupation. Every year his plot of land, situated near the settlement of Qedumim, is attacked on the eve of the olive harvest. He lodged several complaints with the Israeli police in the past, to no avail. In 2008, Amer saw the vandals who ran amok on his plot with his very own eyes; the police investigator told him that does not constitute evidence. more.. e-mail

Israel and the dangers of ethnic nationalism 
Redress 11/4/2013
An interview with Jonathan Cook
Jonathan Cook has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the past 12 years. Below are extracts from his interview with Joseph Cotto, originally published by the Washington Times Communities website.
[Jospeh Cotto] What sort of general impact would you say Zionism has had on the Middle East?
[Jonathan Cook] Zionism was a reaction to the extreme ethnic nationalisms that dominated – and nearly destroyed – Europe last century. It is therefore hardly surprising that it mirrors their faults. In exporting to the Middle East this kind of nationalism, Zionism was always bound to play a negative role in the region.
Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, developed the concept of
a Jewish state in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe in the late 19th century. One notorious incident that appears to have shaped his views was France’s Dreyfus affair, when a very assimilated Jewish army officer was unjustly accused of treason and then his innocence covered up by French elites.

The lesson drawn by Herzl was that assimilation was futile. To survive, Jews needed to hold firmly on to their ethnic identity and create an exclusivist state based on ethnic principles.
There is a huge historical irony to this, because Europe’s ethnic nationalisms would soon end up tearing apart much of the world, culminating in the expansionary German war machine, World War II and the Nazi death camps. International institutions such as the United Nations and international humanitarian law were developed precisely to stop the repeat of such a cataclysmic event. more.. e-mail

US-Israeli spat echoes in Syria and Gaza 
Victor Kotsev, Asia Times 11/4/2013
The Israeli operations in Syria and the Gaza strip that took place almost simultaneously last week demonstrated just how fraught with tensions the relationship between the United States and Israel has become and how unpredictable and dangerous the period ahead is.
It is hardly a secret to anybody that Israel and Saudi Arabia – plus other countries in the Gulf – are cooperating to put an end to the new American course of “leading from behind” in the Middle East and pursuing a d’etente with the Iranian regime (as well as perhaps with the Syrian down the road).
Israeli warplanes struck Latakia, Syria’s principle port city, on October 31 and Damascus was also attacked. The next day Israeli warplanes bombed southern Gaza, killling three members of the Hamas military wing. Washington’s strong displeasure with this was evident by the almost unprecedented act of making public the Israeli attack on Syrian missiles the day after it took place – to the reported fury of the Israeli government.
It can be argued whether or not the Syrian regime forced Israel’s hand by attempting to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. But even the Israeli press acknowledged that Hezbollah already has the SA-8 anti-aircraft missiles that were allegedly targeted, and these missiles are in any case considerably less advanced than the SA-17 which Israel reportedly hit in a similar strike in January.
The timing of the operation in Syria, moreover, is highly suspicious. Just the previous day, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that Syria had met its deadline to destroy all declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, relieving much of the international pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at least until the much more precarious deadline for destroying the chemical weapons themselves approaches next summer. more.. e-mail

Blumenthal’s “Goliath” holds mirror to Israeli society
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2013 – Liberal Zionists in uproar over bestselling author’s authoritative tome but mainstream media prefer to ignore it. more..

Jewish student receives death threats over Palestine solidarity work
Electronic Intifada: 4 Nov 2013 – Northeastern University comes under fire from leading Zionist groups determined to stifle debate. more..


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