VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 5 November 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Attack, Occupy, Home In Ibrahimi Mosque Yard
IMEMC – Hebron – Tuesday November 5, 2013, the Radio Bethlehem 2000 has reported that a number of extremist Israeli settlers occupied a Palestinian home in the yard of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Detainee Dies In Israeli Prison Due To Medical Neglect
IMEMC – [Tuesday Morning November 4, 2013] The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that detainee Hasan Abdul-Halim Toraby, 22 years of age, died at the Al-‘Affoula Israeli Hospital, after being denied essential medical treatment. He was recently moved to the ‘Affoula hospital after a sharp deterioration in his condition. …

Ma’an News

Young Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail
11/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Hasan Turabi, 22, from a Nablus-area village died Tuesday morning at Afula Medical Center in northern Israel, according to local Palestinian sources. Sources from the village of Sarra in the northern West Bank told Ma’an that the Israeli prison service officially notified Turabi’s family of his death. Turabi, according to lawyer Hiba Masalha of the…. Related: Palestinian prisoners protest death of inmate, 20 injured and Rimon prisoners to go on hunger strike

Palestinian prisoners protest death of inmate, 20 injured
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty Palestinian prisoners were injured on Tuesday after Israeli forces suppressed a protest following the death of inmate Hassan Turabi, who died Tuesday morning at Afula Medical Center. Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails declared a day of mourning for Turabi and sent back meals provided by the Israeli Prison Service, the PA Ministry of Prisoners said. Prisoners also refused to take…. Related: Young Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail

Rimon prisoners to go on hunger strike
11/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners in Rimon prison on Tuesday announced that they will go on hunger strike for three days and will not visit the prison’s infirmary on Thursday to protest the death of inmate Hassan Turabi. This step aims to condemn the policy of what they described as intentional medical negligence adopted by the prison administration toward sick inmates, prisoners…. Related:Young Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail and Hundreds gather for funeral of Jerusalem man

Medics: Teenager hurt by rubber-coated bullet
11/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A teenager was injured after being shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet on Tuesday in Qutna village northwest of Jerusalem. Yousif Mahmoud Tawfiq Taha was shot while walking near Israel’s wall. He was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. [END]

Israel says separation wall to serve ‘as Palestinian border’
11/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli negotiators have told their Palestinian counterparts the separation wall that cuts through the West Bank should serve as the border of a future Palestinian state, media reports said Tuesday. Just hours before US Secretary of State John Kerry’s arrival for top-level talks on ongoing direct peace negotiations, two press reports said the Israeli team had made the proposal.”Israel’…. Related: Abbas hopeful peace talks will succeed

Israel jails young Palestinian over ‘illegal phone call’
11/5/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court at Ofer detention center on Monday sentenced a young Palestinian man to a month in jail after he was found guilty of making an “illegal phone call,” according to a Palestinian prisoners group. Twenty-one year-old Musab Nidal Zghayyar from Hebron was jailed on charges of talking to a Hamas dignitary over the phone, according to a statement….

Hundreds gather for funeral of Jerusalem man
11/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians joined the funeral procession for 27-year-old Rami Bajis Zalabani, who died Monday evening from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces four years ago. Funeral prayers took place in the Al-Aqsa mosque before the body was carried to al-Mujahidin cemetery on Saladin street. Mourners shouted slogans and waved Palestinian flags during the procession as Israeli security forces…. Related: Jerusalem man succumbs to 4-year-old wounds and Rimon prisoners to go on hunger strike

Palestinian laborer dies on job in West Bank settlement
11/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian laborer died on Tuesday after an iron rod fell on him while working in a mall in Modiin settlement west of Ramallah. Medical sources told Ma’an that medics arrived at the scene at 7. m. , and pronounced the man, 39, dead at the scene. Israeli police arrived and opened an investigation into the incident. [END]

West Bank fuel crisis ‘resolved’
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli companies have resumed fuel supplies to West Bank gas stations resolving a fuel crisis that has plagued the region for the last few days, deputy speaker of the union of gas station owners said Tuesday. Nizar al-Jaabari told Ma’an that some gas stations are still short of fuel as demand is still high after West Bank stations ran….

Analysis: What future for the Oslo Model?
11/5/2013 – The second installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. The policy brief is co-authored by Jeremy Wildeman and Alaa Tartir. Overview: Since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles, the donor…. Related: Part 1 – Analysis: Can Oslo’s failed aid model be laid to rest?

Israel conducts DNA tests to identify Palestinian fighters
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has completed DNA tests to identify the bodies of 36 Palestinian fighters held in Israeli custody, a spokesperson from a campaign to retrieve the bodies said. Salim Khilla from the Palestinian national campaign to restore martyrs bodies told Ma’an Tuesday that relatives of the fighters traveled to the Tayba crossing in Tulkarem to give DNA samples which Israel….

Abbas hopeful peace talks will succeed
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas says the PLO will continue its efforts to reach an agreement with Israel and achieve peace, security and stability to end the occupation and achieve an independent state. Abbas briefed his polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski in a joint news conference in Bethlehem on Tuesday and said that “we haven’t lost hope” despite years of failed talks…. Related: Israel says separation wall to serve ‘as Palestinian border’

Report says negotiators meet in Jerusalem, PLO denies
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli news website said Tuesday that peace talks were ongoing between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Jerusalem, in an account denied by a PLO official. According to the report, by Walla news agency, the talks were ongoing despite US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the region and recent threats by Palestinian leaders to withdraw.”The recent….

Iranian FM says nuclear accord ‘possible’ this week
11/5/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday a deal to end a nuclear standoff with the international community could be reached at talks in Geneva later this week.” I believe it is even possible to reach that agreement this week but I can only talk for our side, I cannot talk for the other side,” Zarif told France 24 television….

Four Palestinian refugees killed in Syria clashes
11/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian refugees have been killed in ongoing clashes in Syria, says a Palestinian group. According to a statement by the Workforce for Palestinians in Syria, Raed Ahmad Muwas was killed in clashes in Daraa refugee camp on Monday. Three other refugees were killed in Khan Danoun refugee camp near Damascus. According to the statement, Muhammad Qasim Omar, his brother Ghayyath….

Talks to name new Tunisia PM suspended indefinitely
11/5/2013 – Tunis (AFP) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists and the opposition failed Monday to agree on a new prime minister to steer the country out of a political crisis and talks have now been suspended indefinitely, the mediator said.”We have decided to suspend the national dialogue until there are favorable grounds for talks to succeed,” said Houcine Abassi, head of the UGTT union federation which….

Diplomats meet in Geneva to salvage Syria peace conference
11/5/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria met senior diplomats in Geneva Tuesday in a new push to prepare a long-delayed peace conference amid persistent disagreement over who should take part. Hoping to build on the momentum of a US-Russia accord to destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal by mid-2014, Lakhdar Brahimi has been criss-crossing the region to rally support for a new….

Muslim Brotherhood ‘cell’ on trial in UAE
11/5/2013 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — The United Arab Emirates state security court on Tuesday launched the trial of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians charged with setting up an illegal branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. A total of 24 defendants attended the hearing in Abu Dhabi, WAM state news agency reported, saying that the session was attended by families of the defendants as well as by representatives of civil….

Diplomat: Mortar round hits Vatican embassy in Damascus
11/5/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A mortar round hit the Vatican embassy in Damascus on Tuesday morning, damaging the building but causing no casualties, a diplomat told AFP.”A mortar round fell this morning at 6:30 a. m. on the embassy rooftop, causing only material damage,” said the counsellor at the papal nunciature. [END]

Trader: Syria pound surges against dollar
11/5/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The severely weakened Syrian pound has surged against the dollar in recent days, a trader said Tuesday, with experts pointing to central bank intervention and developments favorable to the regime.”The dollar was being exchanged on Tuesday at 115 to 123 Syrian pounds, while it was worth more than 160 pounds last week,” the trader told AFP. He said he was unable to….

Sectarian fighting resumes in north Yemen
11/5/2013 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Sectarian fighting has reignited between Shiite Huthi rebels and Sunni Islamists in northern Yemen, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the critically wounded, both sides said Tuesday. The Huthis have been battling Yemen’s central government for nearly a decade, but the outbreak of fighting with Sunni militants has amplified the sectarian dimension of the conflict in the remote….

Vivendi announces Maroc Telecom deal for 4.2 bn euros
11/5/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — French media and entertainment group Vivendi has reached agreement to sell its 53-percent stake in Maroc Telecom to Emirates firm Etisalat for 4. 2 billion euros in cash, Vivendi said on Tuesday. The announcement of the deal, worth the equivalent of $5. 7 billion, came a few days after a deadline which the two sides had set for a deal. Vivendi said….

UN-Arab League envoy: Still no date for Syria peace talks
11/5/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — World powers failed Tuesday to set a date for a hoped-for Syria peace conference in Geneva, UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said after meeting with senior diplomats.”We were hoping that we’d be in a position to announce a date today, unfortunately we’re not,” Brahimi told reporters.”But we’re still hoping that we’ll be able….

AlJazeera

Israel says Separation Wall will be border
AlJazeera 5 Nov 2013 – Negotiators tell Palestinian officials they will not get a state based on 1967 borders, Israeli reports say.

Palestine News Network

Prisoner Al-Fsissi Continues His Hunger Strike for 36 Days in Protest Against Administrative Detention
Palestine News Network

Prisoner from Nablus Dies in an Israeli Hospital
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: A hero returns to Gaza
11/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story, International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – What could be a more appropriate theme for this Monday demonstration for prisoners than those recently released by Israel? Would it have been possible to have a different one? Possible, but hardly appropriate. On the street outside the Red Cross, a temporary stage with a lectern had been erected and draped with banners. Loudspeakers were….

Protest against Israeli chemical factories in Tulkarem
11/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Tulkarem, Occupied Palestine – On the 4th of November, associations, officials and activists protested against the chemical factories that sicken the population of Tulkarem. The construction of Israeli factories on Palestinian land near Tulkarem started in 1987. At the time locals were told these installations were a good will gesture that would provide employment. 26 years later the women’s….

Settlers steal olives in As Sawiaya
11/5/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, As Sawiaya, Occupied Palestine – The villagers of As Sawiaya had gained permission to pick their olives, for just 3 days in the year the Israel army was allowing them to visit their land. These three days were overshadowed by the harassment and attacks from settlers from the illegal Israel settlement of Eli. Since these attacks happen on a regular basis….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Children as young as three have seen bombs destroy their homes and neighbourhoods
Relief Web 5 Nov 2013 – Source: Islamic Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Muna Abed, Coordinator of Islamic Relief’s psychosocial counseling centre in Gaza, reports on the toll the ongoing crisis is taking on children. Children living in the Gaza Strip have been exposed to, and…

The National

Iran ‘ready to call for withdrawal of foreign fighters in Syria’
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Iran’s foreign minister signals that Tehran could use its influence to encourage non-Syrian forces to withdraw from the country.

Syria peace talks ‘no earlier than December’
The National 5 Nov 2013 – A long-awaited peace conference for war-torn Syria appears set for further delays as sharp divisions persist between rival camps over the conditions for their participation.

India’s mission to Mars blasts off successfully
The National 5 Nov 2013 – India launches its first spacecraft bound for Mars, known in Hindi as ‘Mangalyaan’, in a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.

Main rebel movement in the DRC downs arms to seek a political solution
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Main rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo downs arms to seek a political solution.

Turkey, EU see ‘new spring’ as membership talks resume after chill
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Turkey has resumed talks to gain entry into the European Union after a 40-month freeze, as both sides hail potential ‘turning point’ in its stalled bid to join the EU club.

More than 9 million Syrians need aid, says UN
The National 5 Nov 2013 – UN estimates about 40 per cent of the Syrian population needs humanitarian assistance.

Iran looking to discuss ‘content’ of nuclear accord in new talks
The National 5 Nov 2013 – The P5+1 group of major powers will meet with Iran’s nuclear team this week for the latest round of negotiations revived after the election of the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

Destressss with an Indonesian snake massage
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Thrillseekers and those looking to get over a lifelong phobia of snakes are among customers brave enough to try a Jakarta spa’s “snake massage” with 1.8m pythons.

Nobel laureate calls on EU and US to ban Iran from using satellites
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Former Iranian judge Shirin Ebadi says West should ban Iran from using US and EU satellites to broadcast the Islamic Republic’s propaganda.

More than 150 sentenced to death, hundreds jailed at mass Bangladesh mutiny sentencing
The National 5 Nov 2013 – A total of 823 soldiers and 23 civilians appear in special court charged with murder, torture and other offences over 2009 mutiny, in which scores of top officers were massacred.

Indian cyclists crushed in the rush for prosperity
The National 5 Nov 2013 – The hierarchy on India’s roads is topped by lorries and buses, followed by cars and autorickshaws. Cyclists are above the widely ignored pedestrian, but below cows.

Unknown masterpieces among paintings trove found in Munich
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Previously unknown masterpieces by Marc Chagall and Otto Dix among vast haul of works believed stolen by the Nazis and hidden in a Munich flat.

Pakistan PM condemns ‘senseless force’ after Taliban chief’s killing
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Pakistani government reacts angrily to US killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, saying his death would scuttle peace talks with the Taliban.

Jordan’s revolution could bring balance 
The National 5 Nov 2013 – The king of Jordan is seeking reform. Speaking to his parliament at the start of the week, King Abdullah II said the “white revolution” he has previously outlined would go ahead. At its heart, King Abdullah’s revolution is about reform, attempting to bring about peaceful transformation in one of the most fraught corners of the Middle East. The most eye-catching reform is the political aspect: the king wants to bring about real change in how elections are conducted. At the moment, voting for the parliament is often conducted along tribal lines, with the consequence that political parties don’t function on ideology. That has left a fractured political scene of nearly two dozen parties. 

US mercenary business booms, as expert warns UN over ‘dogs of war’ activity
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Expert on private military and security business tells UN the activity remains a threat, not only to security but also to human rights and the rights of people to self-determination.

Philippines sends teams to Saudi Arabia to ensure protection of workers during clampdown
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Diplomats from the Philippines are communicating with the kingdom’s human rights council to ensure the protection of Filipino workers.

Bangladesh sentences 152 to death for 2009 army mutiny
The National 5 Nov 2013 – A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 152 people to death for their actions in a 2009 border guard mutiny in which 74 people, including 57 military commanders, were killed.

Video: Homes become the frontline in Aleppo 
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Amateur video appears to show war raging across Syria amid reports that Bashar al-Assad’s forces are reclaiming rebel-held ground.

Video: Mass rally in Tehran on anniversary of US embassy takeover 
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” on the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the US Embassy in a jab at moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he tries to ease tension with Washington and resolve the nuclear dispute.

Video: Pakistani PM hints that Taliban peace talks can move forward 
The National 5 Nov 2013 – Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif hints at pushing forward peace talks with the Taliban, regardless of the killing of the Taliban leader in US drone strike.

Ha’aretz

Despite Netanyahu’s rhetoric, Israel-U.S. gaps on Iran closing
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Insults traded as Israeli-Palestinian negotiation session ends in row
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Hollywood snaps up Israeli TV series created by Rabin’s granddaughter
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Swiss forensic team submits Arafat testing results to Palestinian Authority
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Kerry lands in Israel to ease tensions between Israeli and Palestinian sides
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Australian man living in U.S. arrested for child sex abuse
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

German spa withdraws ad, apologizes for ‘romantic Kristall-Nacht’
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Israeli art expert says Nazi-looted trove in Munich is ‘just the tip of the iceberg’
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Measure aimed at curbing rabbinical ‘cheats’ casts its net too wide
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Measure aimed at curbing rabbinical ‘cheats’ casts its net too wide
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Israeli army salaries 22% over budget in 2012
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Israeli police enter homes of French Jews suspected of money laundering
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Poll: Americans strongly support Israel, but don’t want to get involved in Middle East
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

It’s time to abandon posturing on Iran
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister likely to be convicted of corruption, legal experts say
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Why I put up with Orthodox Judaism’s women problem
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Iran’s culture minister: Citizens should use Facebook and Twitter freely
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Palestinians blame Israel for death of detainee with leukemia
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Culture war in IDF over who will teach soldiers Jewish values
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Marriage reform law could land bride, groom and rabbi in jail for two years
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

The best of Haaretz photographers: Olivier Fitoussi
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Histadrut labor federation chief to step down
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Police search for gunman at N.J. mall after shots fired
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

The extremist rabbi who reigns unobstructed
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Netanyahu and Lapid: Making the fat man even fatter
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Yasukuni and Ramallah: Commemoration also requires sensitivity
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

A knight in shining armor for well-heeled damsels in financial distress
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Stop funding ultra-Orthodox ignorance
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Abbas: Linking Palestinian prisoner release to Jewish settlements could kill peace talks
Ha’aretz – 4 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

US official: Syria may try to hide chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – UN envoy Power: US skeptical of Syria WMDs declaration. 

Iran, Israel took part in secret Mideast nuclear talks, sources say
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Diplomats: No direct contact between Israelis, Iranians. 

Iran negotiator says outline nuclear deal possible this week
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – FM Zarif says framework deal possible, but no disaster if none. 

Leaders of Jewish Federations to focus on demographics during Jerusalem confab
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Implications of Pew Report on American Jewry to take center stage. 

Thousands attend memorial rally for Rabbi Yosef
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Former Shas party chairman Eli Yishai: No words to describe leadership void left by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s death. 

Yacimovich: Sort out delayed pay for hospital workers
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – HMO has a deficit of more than NIS 1.3 billion. 

Kerry arrives in Israel amid pessimism on prospects for peace
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State’s first stopped in Tel Aviv where he laid a wreath at the memorial to Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 18 years ago yesterday; Kerry will meet with Netanyahu and Abbas separately on Wednesday. 

Report: Israeli health system among most unequal in OECD countries
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Health Ministry pledges to improve itself through NIS 1b. investment and “stubbornness, professionalism and patience.” 

Fighting organized crime
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Police are scrambling to improve their public image by making arrests. 

Curing the hiccups in Israeli-Turkish negotiations
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – From tales of Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan revealing the names of 10 Mossad assets to Iranian authorities, to El Al being locked out of the Turkish market, it is hard to find a silver lining amid the darkening clouds of Israeli-Turkish relations. 

Center Field: Yes, Minister Lapid, Israel can be both Jewish and democratic
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Judaism can welcome democracy today more than it did 3,000 years ago. In fact, many theorists root democracy in Judaism and the Bible. 

A man of his word
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Dr. Miklos Nemeth is not a name Israelis and Jews around the world are familiar with. 

Trial and tribulation – South Africa’s obsession with Israel 
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Early this year the so-called Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTP) concluded in Brussels four years of regular meetings around the world. 

Terra Incognita: When Einstein was wrong
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Einstein’s letter to the New York Times in 1948 condeming the ‘Freedom Party’ tarnishes his name. 

Lapid unveils plan to reform government-run companies
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Lapid: Stopping political appointments and jobs will bring the old politics of corruption in government to an end.

Statistics show dramatic drop in illegal migration to Israel
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Only 36 African migrants were caught crossing into Israel in 2013, in contrast to 2012 when 10,440 entered illegally. 

UN nuclear chief reportedly to visit Iran in possible sign of progress
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – IAEA seeks breakthrough that will facilitate long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research. 

Top police official: Organized crime families weakened, smaller gangs on the rise
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Amid continued mob hits and public criticism of police, senior police intelligence official strikes defensive tone. 

Moshe Lion detained at airport for not declaring clothing estimated at 10,000 NIS
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Former mayoral candidate released after brief interrogation; accused of wrongly entering “nothing to declare” line. 

‘Climate change puts 5m. Israelis at risk of severe flooding events’
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – The conditions could also result in outbreaks of transmissible diseases from pests such as mosquitoes 

Syrian forces deploying on Lebanese border as talks over peace conference stall
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Army source in Syrian army says they have decided to “get rid of terrorism coming from neighboring countries.” 

UN blames Gaza projects shutdown on Israel building materials ban
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Israel imposed ban after discovering long tunnel from Gaza last month; says ban is important security measure. 

Lipman works to make converting foreign driving licenses easier
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Yesh Atid MK vows to take on issue for which he says he has received the most complaints from new immigrants. 

First-ever scientific cooperation agreement with Poland signed in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – The agreement will take effort in the beginning of 2014. 

Minister to French MPs: Abbas knew about settlement building
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Bayit Yehudi minister says construction coordinated with US and PA: calls Abbas’ protests “a show.” 

Lapid: Jerusalem is not up for negotiation because the city will never be divided
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Finance minister says Palestinians will have to compromise. 

Knesset Security gives MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) bodyguards on Monday
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Several cases of incitement and threats made against the lawmaker after criticizing Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba Dov Lior. 

Meretz MK Gilon submits bill to impose term limits on mayors
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – Bill will prevent mayors from serving two consecutive terms; says limiting terms will reinstate public faith in government. 

Vatican Embassy in Syria hit by mortar fire
Jerusalem Post 5 Nov 2013 – No casualties reported in incident; not clear if embassy deliberately targeted; at least eighth time embassy hit since July. 

Inter Press Service

Jordan’s Farmers Struggle to Weather Climate Change
IPS Abu Waleed says climate change has increased temperatures, bringing pests and diseases. Credit: Elizabeth Whitman/IPS. By Elizabeth Whitman AMMAN, Jordan, Nov 5 2013 (IPS) Abu Waleed isn’t quite sure where to begin his litany of grievances. Bugs that chomp their way through the mint he grows, or the dry well…

Uruknet

For Israeli soldiers, some Palestinians are little more than props 
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013- How can an entire army battalion pass through a village without disrupting its inhabitants? How can soldiers train with live bullets while ensuring that no one will be injured? A former IDF soldier describes the ways in…

Construction of thousands of new settler homes announced right after prisoner release
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013- Just after the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday morning, 30 October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Gideon Sa ar announced the establishment of 1,500 new settler homes to be built on expropriated…

Egypt Looks To Russia To Fill American Shoes
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — Egyptian officials have said they are in “serious talks” with other countries, including Russia, to fill the gap left in United States military aid, even as Secretary of State John Kerry spent six hours in Cairo…

The New York Times is Responsible for Misperception Edward Snowden Sought Clemency
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In the past twenty-four hours, there has been quite a bit of discussion about remarks from the White House and two members of Congress addressing whether or not former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden deserves…

Video: Jeremy Scahill “First Obama Authorized Drone Strike In Yemen Killed 36 Women & Children!”
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In Yemen an entire village was destroyed by US military strikes in 2009, and in Mogadishu Somalia a US kill list is executed by local war lords….

Welcome to the United Police States of America, Where Police Shoot First & Ask Questions Later
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5 , 2013 – No longer is it unusual to hear about incidents in which police shoot unarmed individuals first and ask questions later. What is unusual is our lack of outrage, the relative disinterest of our elected representatives, the…

Ex-CIA Analyst on Snowden and Calling Journalists Terrorists (Video)
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – On Friday, the British government let it be known that they think that Glenn Greenwald s partner, David Miranda, when he brought documents that apparently are the several thousands of NSA-related leaked documents into the U.K.,…

Teenagers Are Droned, And a Family Cries Out The U.S. says it was hunting militants on August 8. The dead boys brother has a different story. 
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Arfag al-Marwani finished his last minute shopping for the Eid al Fitr holiday by midnight, just enough time to enjoy a few hours of rest before the holiday s dawn Fajr prayers. A 28-year-old laborer, Arfag…

Israel Appoints Accused War Criminal as Special Forces Commander
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – 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…

The U.S. kills a Taliban leader and Pakistan s chance for peace
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013- Living up to its reputation built over the last few years, the United States again sabotaged Pakistan s proposed talks with the Taliban with a drone attack that killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (…

Israel s Knesset forms special committee to transfer secret funds to Shin Bet and Mossad
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 -The Israeli Knesset finance committee has approved the formation of a special committee of three members to pass secret funds to the Shin Bet and Mossad without revealing the source of or the reasons for the transfer….

The Iraqi regime calls for help from the American administration
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 -In an article attributed to the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and published in the New York Times on October 30th, al-Maliki urged the American administration to “be patient with him” and his regime. The article was…

Protest against Israeli Chemical factories in Tulkarem
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – On the 4th of November, associations, officials and activists protested against the chemical factories that sicken the population of Tulkarem . The construction of Israeli factories on Palestinian land near Tulkarem started in 1987. At the time…

Young Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — Palestinian prisoner Hasan Turabi, 22, from a Nablus-area village died Tuesday morning at Afula Medical Center in northern Israel, according to local Palestinian sources. Sources from the village of Sarra in the northern West Bank told…

Nakba denial and rape culture at Peter Beinart s Open Zion
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Should a publication that seeks to foster “a new conversation about Israel and Palestine” perpetuate Nakba denial and tolerate discourse that excuses or denies sexual assault? On Friday 1 November, Peter Beinart s Open Zion blog…

Protest against Israeli Chemical factories in Tulkarem
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – On the 4th of November, associations, officials and activists protested against the chemical factories that sicken the population of Tulkarem . The construction of Israeli factories on Palestinian land near Tulkarem started in 1987. At the time…

If You re A Civilian And You Die In A Drone Strike, It s Your Fault!
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – I managed to break into the mainstream for a few minutes yesterday on MSNBC s Weekend s With Alex Witt to talk about the drone strike victims who addressed Congress last week, which I wrote about…

Who is behind lopsided figures of civilian drone victims?
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013- Who has lied to the nation and who has defrauded the state institutions, parliament or judiciary, as the defence ministry has told the National Assembly that only 67 civilians were killed by drones since 2008, whereas the…

Israeli military rules that mock attacks in Palestinian villages are acceptable
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – 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”. This is an Israeli military concept that allows its soldiers…

US, UK governments defend police-state spying
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – The US and British governments have stepped up their campaign of repression and victimization against Edward Snowden and his allies for exposing the worldwide police-state spying by the US National Security Agency and the British GCHQ (…

Israeli Apartheid Ruthlessness
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013- Israel exceeds the worst of apartheid South Africa. Ninety-year-old Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc) founder, Uri Avnery, has many commendable attributes. Recognizing apartheid reality isn t one of them. He supports peace between Israel and all Arab countries….

Syria News – November 4, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013- By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 56 martyrs including 11 children, 9 women and 5 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Aleppo; 7…

Taliban statement Remarks of spokesman of Islamic Emirate regarding baseless report by The Daily Beast 
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 -Yesterday The Daily Beast newspaper, which pursues a malicious intelligence agenda and is run by famous intelligence agents, published a far from reality, purely propaganda based and fabricated report regarding the Islamic Emirate which stated that some…

The US-Israeli Idea of Peace Looks A Lot Like Conquest 
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 -Later this week, Secretary of State John Kerry is going to Israel to follow up on so-called “peace talks.” “We and the parties remain focused on our goal of achieving a permanent agreement which ends the conflict…

Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror (Full Report )
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – The 9/11 terrorist Attacks on the United states resulted in U.s. government-approved harsh treatment and torture of detainees suspected of having information about terrorism. Military and intelligence-agency physicians and other health professionals, particularly psychologists, became involved…

Resistance is fertile: Palestine s eco-war
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – They come from across the planet and meet in the shadow of Israel s 12m concrete wall. They strap olive saplings and water bottles to the back of a donkey, silent under its burden. Former police…

Opinion: Obama Plays While His Chancellor Wages War on Syria
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 -…. Obama s adviser admits that America s strategic interest is in the continuation of the conflict in Syria, denying the nonsense and absurd talk about the withdrawal of America from the Middle East and its declining…

Love under apartheid
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – 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…

Daily Star

Lebanon charges 8 over armed clash with Army
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Eight Lebanese were charged Tuesday for allegedly belonging to an armed gang, and wounding two soldiers during an armed clash in the Bekaa Valley last month

Yemeni president warns of sectarian fighting
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Yemen’s president is warning of sectarian violence in his country after deadly clashes continued for a second week in the restive northern part of the country between rebels from a branch of Shiite Islam and ultraconservative…

Iran invites U.N. nuclear chief, hopes for deal
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is considering an invitation to visit Tehran for scheduled talks, a possible sign of progress in a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Iran.

Syria seeks recruits for police band
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 The Interior Ministry in Syria is advertising for musicians to join the police band, state news agency SANA said Tuesday.

Kerry arrives to shepherd Israeli-Palestinian talks
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel on Tuesday evening for top-level talks aimed at giving a push to revived Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

UN envoy: No deal on Syrian peace talks date
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 After a rocky day of talks, diplomats failed Tuesday to agree on a date to bring Syria’s warring sides back to the negotiating table, the U.N’s top envoy for Syria said.

Iraq attacks kill 13 people, as 2013 toll tops 5,500
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Attacks in Iraq killed 13 people Tuesday, most of them security personnel, officials said, the latest casualties in a country-wide spike in violence that the government has failed to stem.

Egypt’s ousted president in prison hospital
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi spent his first night in a civilian penitentiary in a hospital room after he complained he wasn’t feeling well, senior security officials said Tuesday.

Iranian FM says nuclear accord ‘possible’ this week
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister said Tuesday a deal to end a standoff with the international community over Tehran’s nuclear programme could be reached at talks in Geneva later this week.

Obama meets with CEOs to push immigration reform
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama says U.S. businesses are looking for quick passage of immigration reform as he pushes Congress to act by the end of the year.

Tunisia president says confident can overcome political crisis
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said he was confident the country could overcome a protracted political crisis that deepened Tuesday with the breakdown of talks on a new prime minister.

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new PM
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 There was no end in sight Tuesday to Tunisia’s months-long political crisis after ruling Islamists and the opposition failed to agree on an independent premier following two missed deadlines.

Lebanon bombing suspect arrested on border with Syria
Daily Star 5 Nov 2013 A man charged in two deadly car bombings in the northern city of Tripoli is apprehended by General Security while trying to enter Syria, security sources say.

YNet News

US House subpoenas administration on Obamacare 
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Pact with Germany unlikely despite Snowden’s revelations
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French FM: Negotiations with Iran could not go on forever
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Military Intelligence unit 504 awarded medal for its work
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Voting turnout in second municipal election: 50.90%
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Jewish enough to survive?
YNet News, 5 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Suggested reform may sound wonderful, but converts will continue going through hell ….

Montreal: Hasidic woman elected councillor
YNet News, 5 Nov 2013 – While in Israel Orthodox women are unsuccessful in entering politics, 24-year-old Mindy Pollak wins race for borough councillor in Outremont after gaining her community’s support ….

Rethinking European Jewry 
YNet News, 5 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: We must celebrate Jewish life, hope in Europe at least as often as we mourn victims of Nazis ….

Rabbi, cardinal find common language 
YNet News, 5 Nov 2013 – Senior Catholic Church officials, rabbis and religious scientists hold fascinating interfaith meeting to discuss religious clerics’ place in Western world ….

Palestinian Information Center

Abu Marzouk: occupation arrests encourages the outbreak of the Intifada
PIC – Member of the political bureau of Hamas movement, Mousa Abu Marzouk stated that the Israeli arrest campaign against the resistance leaders will not break their spirits..

IOF soldiers raid Arub refugee camp triggering clashes
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Arub refugee camp to the north of Al-Khalil on Tuesday triggering clashes with young men.

Jewish settlers occupy Palestinian houses in Al-Khalil
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers took control of a number of houses in Al-Khalil on Tuesday under protection of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Israeli MK calls for reoccupying Gaza
PIC – MK Moti Yogev (Habayit Hayehudi) has called for the reoccupation of Gaza Strip in its capacity as the only means of maintaining security.

Calls for dividing Al-Aqsa temporally and spatially between Muslims and Jews
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowments and Heritage said Israeli groups seek to enact laws and regulations aiming at partitioning the Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews..

Al-Khudari calls for international intervention to end Gaza siege
PIC – MP Jamal al-Khudari stated that the serious implications of Gaza siege have noticeably increased, stressing the need for an international intervention to lift the siege.

Arrest campaign in Nablus
PIC – Israeli patrols raided at dawn Tuesday different parts in Nablus and arrested two Palestinians.

Appeals to stop Palestinian refugees’ suffering in Syria
PIC – The Palestinian Return Centre called in an urgent letter to the Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby to deal with the Palestinian refugees’ issue within Arab-African Summit in Kuwait..

Hamas: al-Aqsa mosque will remain an Islamic Waqf
PIC – The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas warned the Israeli occupation of persisting in attacks against al-Aqsa Mosque or any part of it.

WAFA

Committee Investigating Arafat’s Death Receives Swiss Autopsy Results
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Abbas Briefs his Polish Counterpart on Peace Process
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Settlers Takeover Buildings near Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Polish President Arrives in Palestine
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Prisoners Riot following Death of Inmate
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

PLO calls to Investigate Situation of Prisoners in Israel
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Palestinian Dies after Release from Israeli Prison
WAFA – 5 Nov 2013

Misc

U.N.: More than 9 million Syrians in dire need as winter approaches
LA Times 5 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT — The humanitarian crisis inside Syria is escalating rapidly with more than 9 million people — about 40% of the population — in dire need as winter approaches and agencies find it increasingly difficult to deliver aid inside the war-ravaged nation, the United Nations…

Israelis, Palestinians dig in ahead of Kerry’s arrival
LA Times 5 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — With U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry set to arrive for talks in Israel and the West Bank, tension between Israelis and Palestinians is peaking, with both sides seemingly entrenched in their positions and bracing for possible U.S. intervention.

Iran may be lowering expectations for next round of nuclear talks
LA Times 5 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — Iranian officials appear to be trying to sharply lower expectations for the round of international nuclear negotiations set to begin Thursday in Geneva.

In Egypt, ex-President Morsi calls his trial illegitimate
LA Times 4 Nov 2013 – Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s trial is marked by chaos and shouting. It is adjourned until Jan. 8 after fighting between his supporters and foes. CAIRO — The chaotic scenes and defiant shouts that marked the opening of Mohamed Morsi’s trial Monday suggest that Egypt’s…

Iranian protesters chant ‘Death to America’ on hostage anniversary
LA Times 4 Nov 2013 – The rally outside the former U.S. Embassy highlights hard-liners’ wariness about the controversial diplomatic outreach during nuclear talks. TEHRAN — Tens of thousands of protesters chanting “Death to America” marched outside the former U.S. Embassy in Iran’s capital Monday in a staged rally highlighting hard-liners’…

Iran Says Nuclear Deal Is Possible This Week
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Two days before talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program resume in Geneva, the country’s foreign minister, Mohammed Jawad Zarif, sounded an optimistic note. 

Few Eager to Talk Peace in Syria, but a Mediator Won’t Stop
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Lakhdar Brahimi’s latest mission — starting Syria peace talks — has proved to be among the most stubborn of the many conflicts he has mediated on behalf of the United Nations. 

Kerry, in Mideast, Tries to Prod Israeli-Palestinian Talks
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – An absence of progress on core issues and grousing by Israeli and Palestinian officials about each other’s motives suggest talks are sputtering. 

In Geneva, Diplomats Try to Push Syria Peace Conference
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Senior U.S., Russian and U.N. diplomats met to build momentum for peace talks, despite rifts within the Syrian opposition and other states in the region. 

At War Blog: My Suicide Attempt and My Struggles to Get Help
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Thomas James Brennan, a Marine, describes the difficulties he encountered when he sought help after trying to commit suicide. 

Americans Jailed for Months in Qatar After Daughter’s Death
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – Supporters described the case as a combination of flawed or nonexistent evidence, ethnic prejudice and extreme cultural misunderstandings. 

Egypt’s Ex-President Is Defiant at Murder Trial
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 for two months. 

Kerry Reassures Saudis U.S. Shares Their Goals
New York Times 4 Nov 2013 – Both sides took pains to publicly dispel the notion that the relationship was in danger of collapsing. 

Who’d Import Pigs to Israel? Ancient Europeans, 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 area’s pigs are of European stock, and probably arrived with the Philistines. 

George Mitchell praises SodaStream settlement factory as beacon of cooperation
Mondoweiss – Mishor Adumim Industrial Zone, home to Israel’s SodaStream factory in the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. (Photo: Emil Salman/Haaretz) Former Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace George Mitchell has praised a settlement industrial zone as a “glimmers of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation.” Last week Mitchell cited…

Wix set to raise $119m on Nasdaq Wednesday
Globes Main News – The do-it-yourself website builder will issue 7.7 million shares at $14.50-16.50 per share at a company valuation of $719 million.

Israel faces water surplus 
Globes Energy & Water – The Water Authority is considering scaling back production at desalination plants.

Interpol probing French, UK Jewish immigrants
Globes Main News – Police believe that fictitious invoices were part of a pan-European tax evasion scheme worth $5 billion.

Tue: Teva fails to lift market
Globes Main News – Teva corrected upwards, but Israel Chemicals fell on reports of labor unrest.

Beinart: Saving Israel took too much time away from my writing career
Mondoweiss – Peter Beinart Today Peter Beinart put up a long piece at Open Zion explaining why he’s closing the site. Short version: It took too much time away from his being a writer. Color me confused. I thought he cared about the liberal Zionist cause and about…

Israel Chemicals: Royalties already too high
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals told Sheshinski II: We pay 45% royalties and salt harvesting costs while other potash producers pay 29% royalties.

Spacecom signs East Asian deal 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The company has signed a ten-year $77 million follow-on deal to provide satellite communications services to an Asia customer.

Israel is a ‘corpse’ — Hedges on Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’
Mondoweiss – Max Blumenthal Yesterday Max Blumenthal’s new book on Israel, Goliath : Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, got the emphatic endorsement of two influential journalists, Chris Hedges and Andrew Sullivan. First, here’s Hedges at Truthdig , hammer and tongs in an inspiring Old Testament manner: Zionism is a…

Two rightwing supporters of Israel make huge grant to int’l LGBT campaign
Mondoweiss – Daniel Loeb From Paper Bird, a human-rights blog: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest US gay organization, is going international. It’s just been given at least $3 million to spread the word of marriage equality to benighted countries that treat gays badly. Unfortunately, there’s a…

Hagel tells Goldberg: Netanyahu threats brought Iran to the table
Mondoweiss – Maariv headline reads “American Defense Secretary: Netanyahu’s Threats Brought Iran to the Peace Table.” Wanting to see if any US official would have the nuts to back up a widely-publicized statement by John Kerry in favor of negotiations with Iran, which has been widely perceived as criticizing…

Israel Chemicals unions launch struggle against streamlining
Globes Main News – The employees claim that the plan includes workforce reductions, and even firings, at some of the company’s facilities in the south.

Median wage one-third less than average wage 
Globes Macro Economics – Central Bureau of Statistics: The median gross monthly salary is NIS 6,541 in 2012, compared with an average gross average salary of NIS 9,149.

Infographic: How the Syrian crisis created a disaster for Palestinian refugee children
Mondoweiss – Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the estimated 6 million displaced by conflict has gained only sporadic reportage. Meanwhile, the second large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned….

Help journalist David Sheen write the first book on anti-African racism in Israel
Mondoweiss – If you know about the rising Israeli racism against African refugee neighborhoods in Tel Aviv it’s likely because of Israeli-Canadian journalist David Sheen. For the past three years, Sheen has tirelessly captured the growing anti-asylum seeker movement that hit a fever-pitch in 2012 when members of…

When dreams are arrested: Students stuck in Gaza at the Rafah crossing
Mondoweiss – The Rafah border crossing. (Image via RafahToday.org) I was supposed to be in Egypt on Sunday October 27 to start my trip to Doha along with a distinctive group of Palestinian students. We were planning to attend the WISE conference. We spent three months preparing for…

The victims of drones have come out of the shadows
Mondoweiss – Nabila Rehman holds a drawing she made depicting a drone strike that killed her grandmother. (Photo: Associated Press) At each of the over 200 cities I’ve traveled to this past year with my book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control , I ask the audience an easy…

Video: Israeli soldiers detain, terrify young Palestinian boys in Hebron
Mondoweiss – It’s hard to know what to make of this. Nerve-grinding hard. The accompanying text of the International Solidarity Movement video says: Published on Oct 30, 2013 Israeli soldiers hid in an alleyway outside a school and fired stun grenades directly at school children, before grabbing two…

Eliahu: Generali made me an offer I couldn’t refuse
Globes Main News – Shlomo Eliahu: Migdal is Israel’s biggest insurance company and the company where I started out as a messenger.

OECD Secretary General Gurria to speak at Israel Business Conference 
Globes Macro Economics – Angel Gurria will discuss a range of issues that will appear in the OECD report, with a focus on taxes and the healthcare system in Israel.

Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini to stand down 
Globes Macro Economics – Eini, whose standing has weakened since the Netanyahu-Lapid-Bennett government was set up, will leave in February after 8 years in the job.

Polygraph tests caused Teva board rift with Levin – report
Globes Main News – “Channel 2 “: Six months before his resignation, Jeremy Levin investigated alleged leaks by Teva’s directors.

Teva asks US Supreme Court for stay on Copaxone ruling
Globes Main News – In July, the US Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision invalidating four patents on the blockbuster MS treatment.

Kerry aims to rescue Mid-East talks 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Israel in an effort to bolster stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Back To School: Palestine Refugee Children 
Sabbah report 5 Nov 2013 – As millions of children around the world return to school for a new year, the infographic “Back to School” – produced by VP in partnership with UNRWA and the EU – highlights the challenges faced by Palestinian refugee children from Syria, from displacement to school closures,…

The Jewish Paradox arising from The Curse of Zionism 
Sabbah report 5 Nov 2013 – The Jewish paradox comes down to this. Israel was created by Zionism to guarantee the wellbeing and existence of the Jews, but that wellbeing and perhaps even existence is most seriously threatened by Zionism’s policies and actions. What we are witnessing today is a rising, global tide…

Israeli Finishes Third in World Series of Poker Tournament 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Nov 2013 – Israel native Amir Lehavot finished in third place in the World Series of Poker, taking home about $3.7 million. Click here for the rest of the article…

John Kerry Admits Peace Talks ‘Difficulties’ 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Israeli- Palestinian peace talks had run into difficulties but thought it still possible some agreement could be reached. Click here for the rest of the article…

Women’s Soccer Star Dana Schwartz Joins Tel Aviv Team 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Nov 2013 – Dana Schwartz, a member of two U.S. teams to win the Maccabiah Games gold medal in women’s soccer, moved to Israel and will play professionally there. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria peace conference delayed 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says a peace conference he had hoped to hold in Geneva this month on the Syria conflict has been delayed.

Iran minister urges Facebook access 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Iran’s Culture Minister, Ali Jannati, says social networks should be made accessible to ordinary Iranians, singling out Facebook for special mention.

U.N. Halts Gaza Projects Amid Israel Blockade 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Nov 2013 – The U.N. said on Tuesday it had halted work on all but one of its 20 Gaza building projects as a result of an Israeli ban on importing building materials into the Palestinian enclave. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iranian commander ‘killed in Syria’ 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – A funeral is held in south-eastern Iran for a Revolutionary Guards commander who was reportedly killed by rebel forces in Syria.

Zambia: Katongo Out of Jordan Clash 
allAfrica.com 5 Nov 2013 – [Times of Zambia]CHIPOLOPOLO captain Christopher Katongo, striker Moses Phiri and goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata have been ruled out of tomorrow’s international friendly match against Jordan to be played in Doha, Qatar.

Kerry aims to rescue Mid-East talks 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Israel in an effort to bolster stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Who in US is to blame for Iraq fiasco? 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Who is to blame for Iraq fiasco – US civilians or generals?

Syria peace conference delayed 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says a peace conference he had hoped to hold in Geneva this month on the Syria conflict has been delayed.

Iran minister urges Facebook access 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Iran’s Culture Minister, Ali Jannati, says social networks should be made accessible to ordinary Iranians, singling out Facebook for special mention.

Ashura Threats Heighten South Lebanon Security 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Various commercial establishments also expressed the Karbala spirit: Shops were united in black, so were gas stations and vegetable stands, which displayed sayings uttered by Imam Hussein at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Various commercial establishments also expressed the Karbala spirit:…

Thirty Islamists on trial in UAE 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Twenty Egyptian and 10 Emirati Islamists go on trial at a court in the UAE, accused of illegally setting up a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

AUB Elections: Same Parties, Same Platforms 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Most students are in agreement that confidence in political activism at the university has been in decline year after year, due to the failure of the successive student councils to advocate student demands effectively. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Most students are in agreement that confidence in political…

Egypt-Libya: Public Smiles and Hidden Disagreements 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi (poster), rally outside the Presidential Palace protected by the Egyptian security, on November 1, 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi (…

The Failed Gamble of Khaled Meshaal 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 5 Nov 2013 – It would be fair to say that Khalid Meshaal is one of the biggest casualties of the Arab uprisings. Early on, Meshaal appeared more arrogant and more self-confident than usual. He had his reasons: the sponsoring Qatari regime was on the offensive and it seemed to…

Morsi ridiculed in Egyptian press 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Egyptian media portray ex-president as hysterical in court

US seeks to repair relationships with Arab allies 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – US tries to put ties with Arab allies back on track

Saudi jails thousands of migrant workers in crackdown 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Saudi authorities rounded up thousands of foreign workers without legal status at the start of a nationwide crackdown, media reported on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of workers have already left the medieval-styled kingdom following a grace period of seven months during which authorities told expatriates that…

Militia street battles wrack Libya’s capital 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Libyan security forces man a checkpoint in Tripoli on October 20, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Turkia) Heavy fighting between militias using rifles, grenades and anti-aircraft weapons erupted in several parts of Tripoli on Tuesday in the worst violence in the Libyan capital for weeks. Fighting…

Iranian commander ‘killed in Syria’ 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – A funeral is held in south-eastern Iran for a Revolutionary Guards commander who was reportedly killed by rebel forces in Syria.

Sectarian clashes reignite in Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – Sectarian fighting has reignited between Huthi rebels and salafis in northern Yemen, shortly after a ceasefire allowed the evacuation of the critically wounded, both sides said Tuesday. As the clashes resumed, there were claims that some among salafis killed over the past week were foreigners, including…

Mortar strikes Vatican embassy in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – A mortar round hit the Vatican embassy in Damascus on Tuesday morning, damaging the building but causing no casualties, a diplomat told AFP. “A mortar round fell this morning at 6:30 am (0430 GMT) on the embassy rooftop, causing only material damage,” said Giorgio Ghezza, counselor…

UN nuclear chief to visit Iran next week 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – UN nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano is expected to visit Tehran on November 11, Iranian state television said on Tuesday, a possible sign of progress in a long-stalled investigation into suspected nuclear arms research by Tehran. The head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi,…

Russia: Iran must join Syria peace talks 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Nov 2013 – A rebel fighter monitors the surrounding area during clashes with government forces in the Syrian northeastern city of Deir Ezzor, on October 28, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) Russia insisted on Tuesday that Iran must be invited to peace negotiations on Syria that world powers…

Articles


For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory 
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine 11/2/2013
If Israel was able to inflict fatalities in 2000 just as it did in Kafr Qasim in 1956, with no accountability to the victims and affected families, how can Arabs feel safe about their rights as citizens?
This week, Palestinian citizens of Israel marked the 57th anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre, when an Israeli paramilitary unit shot dead 49 Arabs (almost half of whom were children) as they returned from their farms, unaware of the new military curfew that had been imposed on their village. The perpetrators served meager jail sentences, with several officers promoted upon their return to the security forces.
Although there has never been an incident as grave as the 1956 massacre, the legacies of Kafr Qasim are far from being a distant memory for the Palestinian community in Israel. This past month, Palestinians also marked the 13th anniversary of the October 2000 killings, when Israeli police shot 13 Palestinian citizens during protests against escalating military violence in the Occupied Territories. Despite years of vigorous advocacy and a landmark government commission issuing extensive recommendations, not a single police officer was brought to court. One of the killers even got a promotion in the security forces several years later.
The October 2000 events, and many other episodes before that, are shocking echoes of the violence and absence of accountability that were seen in 1956. Though Palestinians citizens are no longer under military rule, the mechanisms that allowed those two incidents to occur remain the same. The state continues to believe that Arab citizens remain a collective danger to the state, that Arabs who protest in the Israeli public sphere are a threat, and that Arabs must be kept in their place – as a marginalized fragment of Israeli society. — See also: 48 human beings were massacred – and we have forgotten them more.. e-mail

48 human beings were massacred – and we have forgotten them 
Shirley Racah And Abed Kannaneh, +972 Magazine 11/3/2013
When a country accepts responsibility for such a significant event in its past, one might expect it to erect a monument to the victims, to sponsor the annual memorial ceremony and to honor the memory of those murdered rather than leave the matter to the families left behind, as if it were their problem alone.
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 (the coordinated attack on Egypt by Israel, Great Britain, and France) —the Kafr Qasim massacre took place. A Border Police unit shot and killed 48 villagers — women, men, and children — and wounded 13 more.
Instead of addressing the massacre and its public implications head on, the government of Israel banned publication of the story. Two Knesset members, Meir Vilner and Tawfik Toubi (along with Latif Dori, who was not an MK) reached the village the next day, collected testimonies from the residents and raised the issue in the Knesset plenum. As a result, the massacre found its way to the international news media, and subsequently to the local press. In 1957, the perpetrators of the atrocity were tried and sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. Within a year, however, they had all been released.
Read also: For Palestinian citizens, Kafr Qasim isn’t a distant memory
Immediately after the massacre, poet Natan Alterman wrote in the Davar newspaper: “Such an incident must strike every human society as a terrifying nightmare, shake the seats of the supervisors and commanders, both direct and indirect, challenge entrenched concepts, alarm military instructors, and arouse a moral reckoning and search for responsibility — and all of this in addition to the punishment meted out to the perpetrators of the atrocity, so that such things may never happen here again. Never.” — See also: For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory more.. e-mail

Analysis: What future for the Oslo Model? 
Jeremy Wildeman and Alaa Tartir, Al-Shabaka, Ma’an News Agency 11/5/2013
The second installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. 
Overview
Since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Declaration of Principles, the donor community has invested more than $23 billion into “peace and development” in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), making it one of the highest per capita recipients of non-military aid in the world. However, aid has not brought peace, development, or
security for the Palestinian people, let alone justice. Al-Shabaka Guest Author Jeremy Wildeman and Program Director Alaa Tartir examine the origins of the present aid-for-peace model as well as its effects on socio-economic conditions and pull together the many critiques of the Oslo economic model.

The authors argue that donors are reinforcing failed past patterns associated with the so-called peace dividends model while making only cosmetic changes to their engagement. Indeed, donors do not appear ready to change an approach dominated by policy “instrumentalists” who ignore and reject outcomes that do not match their pre-determined values instead of upholding international law on Palestinian rights and international development principles that strive to “do no harm.” They underscore the alarming possibility that the Oslo aid model may serve too many interests to be dismantled and conclude with an assessment of what will be needed for change.
What Future for the Oslo Model?…. — See also: Part 1 – Analysis: Can Oslo’s failed aid model be laid to rest? more.. e-mail

Obama’s New Middle East Strategy 
Shamus Cooke, CounterPunch 11/4/2013
A Fundamental Shift or More of the Same?
The Saudis and Israelis are fuming. Obama’s talks with Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani point to a possible new direction in U.S.-Middle East policy. Iran is the regional arch-rival of the Saudis and Israelis, who for decades have shared the mantle as the main U.S. allies in the Middle East.
The Arab Spring has — along with the ascendance of Russia and China — shifted the geo-political ground of the region, and the U.S. is trying to maintain a dominant position with a new strategy. This shift, if successful, has the potential to create a political crisis within the U.S. government as well as abroad. Israel and Saudi Arabia, for example, won’t quietly accept a diminished role in the Middle East.
Israel gave a thunderous response to Obama’s Iranian talks last week by committing its fourth war crime against Syria in the last year, by launching a bombing raid against a Syrian military installation. Since Obama is currently pursuing “Geneva II” peace talks with Syria and Russia, the timing of the Israeli bombing suggests that Israel is intent on not being ignored.
The Saudis, too, have fired missiles, though of the diplomatic type, aimed at the U.S. by refusing a seat at the UN Security Council. The Saudis have also threatened a fundamental break from their long-standing U.S. ally, which in reality means a shift towards Russia and China.
There are three main factors that appear to be pushing Obama in a new Middle East direction: Obama’s political defeat in the Syrian conflict, the United States’ new ocean of natural (shale) gas, and the new Egyptian government’s shift away from a long-standing U.S. alliance. The Middle East is changing fast. more.. e-mail

Observations from Occupied Palestine, part 1
In Gaza: 4 Nov 2013 – November, 2013, CO Over the years since May 2007, I have lived in different areas of occupied Palestine, witnessing the crimes of the Zionist entity and sharing in the daily tragedies, injustices and realities of Palestinians’ lives. In the occupied West Bank in 2007, I volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement for eight months, during which time I was detained at a protest against a Jewish-only highway in the West Bank, arrested at a road-block removal action, and was finally deported and banned from occupied Palestine. During those months, I was witness to the ugliest aspects of life under Zionist rule: attacks by illegal Jewish colonists (also armed) and by Zionist soldiers on Palestinian children, women, elderly; humiliating military checkpoints , some with zoo-like turnstiles , all which serve to delay or completely prevent Palestinians’ movement; and raids and weeks-long lock-downs on Palestinian towns and cities, in which the Zionist army ransacks…more


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