VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 6 November 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

Child Seriously Injured In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening November 5, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that a Palestinian child was seriously injured by Israeli army fire in Qotna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. …

Talks Session Ends With Crisis
IMEMC – [Tuesday November 5, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that a direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiation session, held on Tuesday, ended with crisis due to sharp differences between the stance of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. …

Lapid: “Jerusalem Not On The Table”
IMEMC – [November 5, 2013] Israeli Finance Minister, head of the Yesh Atid “There is Future” Party Yair Lapid stated that the future of Jerusalem is not a subject for discussion in Israeli Palestinian negotiations, and that Jerusalem will always “remain the united capital of Israel’. …

Ma’an News

Thousands face uncertainty over Jerusalem demolition threat
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians northeast of the separation wall near Jerusalem face an uncertain future after Israeli authorities issued demolition orders last week which could displace thousands of people, a rights group said Wednesday. A local Palestinian official said last Thursday that officers from Jerusalem’s municipality issued demolition orders for Palestinian homes in the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada. Jamil….

Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers enter Gaza
11/6/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered eastern Gaza City Wednesday as civil defense crews continued their search for the bodies of two people killed in an Israeli attack, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that the vehicles entered the Zeitoun neighborhood of the city and that the bulldozers began digging up lands near the border with Israel. A spokeswoman for….

Lawyer: Israeli prison guards assault prisoners in Megiddo
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli wardens on Tuesday assaulted Palestinian prisoners in their cells in Megiddo prison and destroyed their personal belongings, says Hiba Masalha, a lawyer appointed by the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs to defend Palestinian prisoners. The prison wardens stormed all sections of Megiddo prison after prisoners demonstrated protesting the death their inmate 22-year-old Hasan Turabi. The lawyer told Ma….

Findings of Arafat death probe handed to officials
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian authorities have received the reports of Swiss and Russian forensic investigations into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, an official said Tuesday, without disclosing the findings.”The report was delivered” by the Swiss laboratory, Tawfiq Tirawi, who heads the Palestinian investigation into Arafat’s death, told AFP. When contacted, the Swiss lab declined to comment on the matter. Some 60 samples…. Related: Tests on Arafat ‘point to polonium’

Tests on Arafat ‘point to polonium’
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Swiss scientists have concluded Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is likely to have died from polonium poisoning, according to a text of their findings published by Al Jazeera television Wednesday. The results of tests on Arafat’s remains “moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210,” said the 108-page analysis posted on Al Jazeera’…. Related: Findings of Arafat death probe handed to officials

Israeli forces assault student in Aqsa compound
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli police officer assaulted a female Palestinian student in the Al-Aqsa compound on Wednesday, witnesses said. Around 40 Israeli intelligence officers entered the Al-Aqsa compound via the Moroccan Gate and were greeted by jeers and calls of ‘Allah Akbar’ by students, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli forces then assaulted a female student and arrested a man who….

‘Masked’ Israeli police arrest 3 in East Jerusalem
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday raided two shops in East Jerusalem neighborhoods and arrested three people, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said that masked Israeli police raided Sana print shop on al-Asfahani street near the Old City in addition to an internet café in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood near Silwan. The names of the three detainees, witnesses said, are Issa al-Kharas….

Israel, PLO negotiators in row over settlements ahead of Kerry visit
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators broke down in a row over settlements on Tuesday, hours before Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem hoping to ease tensions between the two sides, Palestinian officials said. PLO negotiators present at the secret meeting in Jerusalem accused Israeli officials of trying to discredit the Palestinian leadership by linking new settlement plans with…. Related: Settlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast

Welcome to Bethlehem, Secretary Kerry
11/6/2013 – By Vera Baboun – Dear Secretary Kerry, You are most welcome to the holy city of Bethlehem. It is an honor for me, as the mayor of Bethlehem, to welcome you on your most recent trip to our occupied homeland, in order to achieve the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The nobility of your goal makes me extremely….

Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 70 percent of Palestinians expect US-sponsored peace talks with Israel to fail, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University. The poll, published Wednesday, used a sample of 1,360 people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and asked the Palestinian public about their perceptions of Israeli-Palestinian peace…. Related: Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit

Israel PM slams PLO officials as Kerry bids to rescue talks
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accused Palestinians of creating “artificial crises” during talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is striving to rescue the fragile peace process. Kerry’s arrival in the region late Tuesday for meetings with both sides comes amid growing indications the US-brokered peace talks that resumed in late July are on the brink of…. Related: Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit andSettlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast

Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Bethlehem on Wednesday as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the southern West Bank city. The protesters gathered near a crossroads on the main road where Kerry’s motorcade was scheduled to pass on his way to meet President Mahmoud Abbas at his Bethlehem headquarters. The demonstrators waved posters reading “No to…. Related: Israel PM slams PLO officials as Kerry bids to rescue talks and Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail

Settlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed US opposition to Israeli settlements on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of creating “artificial crises” over the issue. Kerry arrived in the region late on Tuesday in a bid to keep fragile peace talks on track as recriminations grew following three months of negotiations that appear to have made little progress in resolving…. Related: Israel, PLO negotiators in row over settlements ahead of Kerry visit

Israel’s Lieberman acquitted on graft charges
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court on Wednesday acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust, public radio reported. The head of the hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, who resigned from the foreign ministry in December 2012, can return to his cabinet post immediately, as long as the attorney general does not file an appeal. Lieberman was unanimously acquitted by…. Related: Israel’s Lieberman set to rejoin government after acquittal

Abbas meets freed prisoners from Bethlehem
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas met Tuesday evening in his Bethlehem headquarters with veteran prisoners from Bethlehem who were freed last Tuesday. Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe, who attended the meeting, told Ma’an that Abbas met with Issa Abed Rabbo, Riziq Salah, and Khalid al-Azraq, all of whom were freed in conjunction with peace negotiations between Israel and….

Israel’s Lieberman set to rejoin government after acquittal
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court on Wednesday acquitted Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges in a move welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hailed his anticipated return to government as foreign minister. The verdict, reached by a panel of three judges at Jerusalem Magistrates Court, means the outspoken hardliner is free to return to a commanding position within the coalition – in a move which could…. Related: Israel’s Lieberman acquitted on graft charges

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop
11/6/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Bomb attacks in Syria’s capital Damascus and the country’s south killed at least 16 people on Wednesday, a day after Moscow and Washington failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks. In Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Moscow was ready to host informal talks between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition. Russian….

Iraq attacks kill 15, mostly police
11/6/2013 – BAQUBA (Iraq) (AFP) — A suicide bomber detonated an oil tanker rigged with explosives at a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing seven policemen, while attacks elsewhere left eight dead, officials said. Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500 people killed this year despite major military operations targeting insurgents and tightened security measures. In Wednesday’s deadliest….

Qatar court frees US couple tried over daughter death
11/6/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — A Qatari court released on Wednesday a US couple on trial for allegedly causing the death of their eight-year-old adopted daughter to sell her body parts, judicial sources said. Matthew and Grace Huang are American citizens of Asian origin held in Qatar since January, when their daughter Gloria died in the Gulf state, according to the “Free Matt and Grace” website. The couple….

Libya to stop paying armed groups from 2011 uprising
11/6/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — The Libyan government said Wednesday it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprising unless they sign up to join the security forces by the end of the year. The government will “stop paying any premium or reward after” Dec. 31, a deadline for the “dissolution of the armed groups and their integration into the army or the police”, said a statement….

Kentucky Fried Chicken shuts its doors in Syria
11/6/2013 – Damascus (AFP) — US fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed the doors of its last remaining branch in Syria due to economic and supply problems, shopkeepers in Damascus told AFP. The branch in the upscale Abu Rummaneh neighborhood of Damascus is the last of seven KFCs in Syria to have shuttered.”Closed. Please leave your number if you are interested in buying this establishment,” a….

Jordan jails militant, doctor for aiding Syria rebels
11/6/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — A Jordanian court on Wednesday jailed a militant and a doctor for going to neighboring Syria to support rebels fighting the regime in the war-torn country, a judicial official said.”The state security court sentenced a jihadist to five years in prison for infiltrating Syria to fight with the rebels last spring,” the official told AFP. The convict was charged with “carrying out….

AlJazeera

Israel’s Lieberman to return to government
AlJazeera 6 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu’s announcement follows former foreign minister’s acquittal on all corruption charges by Israeli court.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Issue Administrative Detention Orders Against 38 Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Dies due to Israeli Deliberate Medical Negligence
Palestine News Network

Blumenthal’s “Goliath” Holds Mirror to Israeli Society
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

World: Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, UN Peacebuilding Commission, UN Women Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Liberia, Nepal, occupied Palestinian territory, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, World Empowering women in…

Libya: UNHCR Libya External Update – October 2013
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic Refugees and asylum seekers The Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM) has started releasing from detention persons of concern to UNHCR ….

occupied Palestinian territory: United States Announces $75 Million to Support the Palestinian Authority’s High Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative (HIMII)
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: US Department of State Country: occupied Palestinian territory, United States of America In Bethlehem on November 6, 2013, Secretary Kerry announced an additional $75 million in support of the Palestinian Authority’s High Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative (HIMII), bringing the total…

Syrian Arab Republic: UK Aid Syria Response – 5th November 2013 
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: Department for International Development Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As conflict continues to rage in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance….

Lebanon: Safe and Dignified Cash Assistance in Lebanon
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic For the first time in Lebanon, Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) don’t need to wait in lines or visit…

The National

Settlement spat looms large over Kerry’s Mideast visit
The National 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state reaffirms America’s opposition to Israeli settlements, as Israel’s talks with Palestinians break down over Israeli announcement to push ahead with 3,700 new settler homes. 

Assad ‘has lied about Syria’s chemical arsenal’
The National 6 Nov 2013 – A former chemical warfare commander who defected from Bashar Al Assad’s army has joined US officials in expressing doubts over the accuracy of Syria’s declaration of its stockpile of chemical weapons. Phil Sands and Suha Ma’ayeh report

Atrocities against Rohingya Muslims a haunting focus of the Holocaust Memorial Museum
The National 6 Nov 2013 – The plight of Myanmar’s most beleaguered people, the Rohingya Muslims, is being projected onto the external walls of Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Palestinian leader Arafat ‘was assassinated with polonium’, widow says
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Suha Arafat says Swiss forensic tests on corpse of late PLO leader prove a political assassination, with polonium levels in bones and soft issues ‘up to 20 times larger’ than first thought. 

India guru Asaram Bapu charged with rape over teen sexual assault
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Popular spiritual leader charged with raping 16-year-old schoolgirl at religious retreat.

Egyptian court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban and orders its assets confiscated
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Decision moves forward the complicated process of the government taking control of the group’s social network and its finances.

Catholic church slams Israel’s razing of its property
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Bulldozers and security forces arrive at a house owned by Roman Catholic Church at 5am with a previously unseen demolition order and destroy it.

Israeli court finds Avigdor Lieberman innocent of graft charges
The National 6 Nov 2013 – The decision handed Avigdor Lieberman, 55, a resounding victory in a case that had threatened to derail his political career and reshape the make-up of the coalition government. Instead, he could return to the political arena stronger than ever.

Indian police arrest man over Nigerian’s death in Goa
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Police blame the killing on rivalry between local and Nigerian drug traffickers.

Bombing outside China’s Communist Party headquarters kills one
The National 6 Nov 2013 – State media says the blasts were caused by homemade bombs, but there is no official word on the target or perpetrators.

Toll of Gaza martyrs in Syria’s war grows
The National 6 Nov 2013 – A lack of opportunity for resistance in Gaza is pushing young would-be militants to turn elsewhere.

Amanda Knox’s ex-lover claims innocence at Italy murder trial
The National 6 Nov 2013 – US student Knox’s former Italian lover describes a ‘fairy tale’ romance and says the couple ‘were thinking of anything but the distorted, scornful vision of humanity of which we are being accused by the whole world’.

Commonwealth Sri Lanka summit a conundrum for Singh
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Should India’s prime minister attend, he could alienate ethnic Tamil voters in upcoming national elections, while missing it could diminish his country’s influence in the region. Samanth Subramanian reports

Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack, refuses to resign
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledges for the first time that he smoked crack ‘probably a year ago’, but he refuses to resign amid the scandal.

‘Jetman’ joyrides around Mount Fuji
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Swiss aviator Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy, whose jet-engine powered wings have taken him over some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places, has added another — Japan’s Mount Fuji.

In pictures: India’s successful mission to Mars
The National 6 Nov 2013 – India’s first mission to Mars blasted off successfully today, completing the first stage of an 11-month journey that could see New Delhi’s low-cost space programme win Asia’s race to the red planet.

Forensic findings of Arafat death probe handed to Palestinians
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinian authorities have received the reports of Swiss and Russian forensic investigations into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, an official said, without disclosing the findings.

Video: Fighting to the finish in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Defeated M23 ends revolt in Congo, raising peace hopes in a country where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence.

Ha’aretz

Where in the world is the elusive German art hoarder?
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

State spends NIS 30m to protect ‘frontline’ towns not in danger
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

The useless reporter’s glossary to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Munich art find mirrors Clooney and Damon film on search for Nazi loot
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

U.S. couple donates $50 million to Weizmann Institute
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Six powers seek ‘first step’ of temporary halt to Iran nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Tourist tip #372 / Open House Jerusalem 2013
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Israeli startup Wix raises $127 million in initial public offering
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

How Iran is winning the war of words
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Berlusconi: My kids feel like Jews persecuted by Hitler
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Word of the day / Osher v’osher: Happily ever after
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Nazi-looted art trove was no secret, expert says
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

The judges let Lieberman off, but they don’t want him in the government
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry urges Israel to limit ‘illegitimate’ settlements
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Cleared of corruption charges, Lieberman eyes role of prime minister
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Lieberman acquittal paves way for return to Foreign Ministry
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

In Marvel Comics, Ms. Marvel returns as Muslim teen
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Netanyahu meets Kerry in Jerusalem, says concerned over progress of peace talks
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Erdogan’s poisonous rejection of Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Lieberman’s acquittal: The attorney general blew it
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Kahane disciple Ben Ari to teach at Ariel University
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Defense Ministry raps Army Radio over TV news spat
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Cop gets eight years for rape, assault of two subordinates
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

AG was forced to throw out main case against former Israeli foreign minister in favor of trimmed indictment
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Israel must allow civil unions for all
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

A diplomatic price tag
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Not all criticism is incitement
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Indications suggest Syria may attempt to hide chemical stash, U.S. official says
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

U.S. to join largest aerial drill in Israel’s history, along with Italy, Greece
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Second-guessing Israel’s army budget
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Say goodbye to clinical psychology
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Goverment seeks ‘paradigm shift’ in Israel-Diaspora relations
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The government is looking to “create a strategic plan for the upcoming 25 years that will include a common vision and more importantly an implementation of new projects for the Jewish people.” 

The thrill of victory and the quivering lip of defeat
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Reporter’s Notebook: Liberman and his entourage rose jubilantly and exchanged hugs and congratulations. 

Inside the IDF’s satellite communications battalion
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – ‘The Jerusalem Post’ is granted an inside look at the unit that enables the IDF to operate anywhere in the world. 

Jerusalem initiates demolition proceedings of 11 buildings it deems illegal constructions
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Municipality issued orders to hundreds of Palestinian families in capital’s Ras Hamis and Ras Shahada neighborhoods. 

Knesset panel debates Beduin resettlement bill
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – United Arab List-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi tells panel “We demand that we be treated as equal citizens.” 

Israel opposes alleged Iran nuclear proposal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Israeli official: Tehran will offer to cease 20% enrichment, slow down work in Arak in return for sanctions relief; US official: Washington willing to offer “reversible sanctions relief” in exchange for “first steps” on nuclear program. 

Tensions continue to escalate over prayer rights at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – “Let them threaten us with a third intifada – we cannot give up our rights to Muslim intolerance.” 

Eini’s resignation
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini’s decision to step down in February was a strange sort of surprise 

Analysis: Crocodile cheers and jeers after Liberman’s acquittal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – It is interesting to note what politicians said about Liberman following his acquittal, and what they might say in a truly honest planet.

Washington Watch: Petulant potentates peeved at president
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – It’s time to swap Saudi petulance for participation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

Encountering Peace: Negotiating atmospherics
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Building peace requires negotiators reach best deal possible; that becomes more possible when both sides demonstrate same amount of positive will, actions. 

Media Comment: Media self-protection
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The media demands that there be no interference in its professional work. 

Berlusconi says his kids feel like Jews persecuted by Hitler
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Remarks, made in interview for upcoming book, cause outrage in Italian Jewish community. 

Inside Out: A community in flux
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The national-religious sector in Israel is often represented in local media reports as holding monolithic views on any number of issues that pertain to state, religion. 

The Prosecution gets slaughtered; Where did Weinstein go wrong?
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Unlike the close decision in the Olmert case, the resounding defeat also makes it less likely that the state will appeal, although Weinstein may find it hard to back-down. 

John Grant learns to deal with his ghosts
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – HIV-positive gay singer/songwriter on his first visit to Israel connects with growing audience by telling the truth. 

Opposition MKs, NGOs slam A-G over Liberman verdict
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Groups call for resignation of Weinstein following acquittal of Yisrael Beytenu leader on charges of fraud, breach of public trust. 

Leading rabbis call for haredi solidarity ahead of conference in US
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Group seeks support in the face of “efforts to crush the honor of the Torah and those who study it.” 

Germany could challenge recluse’s ownership of Nazi-looted art
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Legal status of looted art haul found in Munich is ambiguous; German gov’t may have authority to return it to Jewish owners. 

Israeli company mines sewage into gold
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Applied CleanTech firm signs agreement with Dutch wastewater, paper mill facilities. 

Peres urges Kerry not to allow anything to interrupt his mission for peace
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – President commends US secretary of state for his “unmatched energy, devotion” in attempt to solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Liberman to be sworn in as FM next week
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – PM congratulates Yisrael Beytenu leader on acquittal. 

New book quotes Obama calling Netanyahu ‘a pain in the a**’
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US president made comment during 2012 US election campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann reveals. 

‘Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered with polonium,’ widow says
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Suha Arafat cites results of Swiss forensic tests on husband’s remains. 

Iranian FM: Only talks with world powers can resolve Tehran’s nuclear issue
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Mohammad Javad Zarif tells Israel Radio there is no space for threats of military action against Iran such as those made by Israel. 

Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be ‘illegitimate’
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state urges Israel to limit settlement building after meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem; vows Washington will not stop efforts to pursue peace; says despite difficulties, both Abbas, PM set to work toward deal. 

Kerry to Abbas: US determined to reach Palestinian-Israeli peace deal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state meets with PA president in Bethlehem, vows Washington will not stop efforts to pursue peace; says despite difficulties, both Abbas, Netanyahu set to work toward accord. 

German: Social stigmas are bad for your health
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Health Minister warns of the dangers of ignoring AIDS, breast examinations, suicide rates just because the topics are social taboos in some sectors. 

Knesset to discuss panel on prisoner releases’ findings
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Panel recommended gov’t should avoid large-scale swaps such as the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for Gilad Schalit. 

Inter Press Service

‘I Sold My Sister for 300 Dollars’
IPS This road through the Zaatari refugee camp has been named Champs Elysées. Arab men come scouting around here for virgins. Credit: Liny Mutsaers/IPS. By Annabell Van den Berghe ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan, Nov 6 2013 (IPS) Amani has just turned 22. Two months ago she fled from the civil war in…

Uruknet

Third Victim of CIA Torture in Poland Granted Victim Status, as European Court of Human Rights Prepares to Hear Evidence
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -It s almost exactly eight years since Dana Priest of the Washington Post first broke the story, on November 2, 2005, that, “according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents,” the CIA had…

Liberman acquitted in corruption trial, setting stage for return as FM
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – Former – and most likely soon-to-be-reinstated – foreign minister Avigdor Liberman was acquitted of all charges stemming from a years-long corruption investigation on Wednesday. The move paves the way for his return to the helm of…

The Israelis who want to take rather than give away territory: Government faction opposes idea of Palestinian state
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013- As the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, resumed talks in Jerusalem in the quest to create “two states for two people”, a vocal faction in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s government is, more openly than ever,…

Swiss forensic report on Arafat s death The 108-page report by Swiss scientists who say their data supports the theory that Arafat was poisoned with polonium.
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – …On the evening of October 2004, approximately four hours after eating dinner, President Arafat began to experience severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain followed by watery diarrhea. He did not have a fever. The clinical examination…

Swiss study: Polonium found in Arafat s bones
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – Swiss scientists who conducted tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat s body have found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains. The scientists said that they were confident up…

Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 — Over 70 percent of Palestinians expect US-sponsored peace talks with Israel to fail, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University.The poll, published Wednesday,…

Giving Peace a Chance – Ground-breaking report exposes work of pro-Israel lobby in the UK
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – The Middle East Monitor, in coordination with Spinwatch, have released a report into the work of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre. The report, Giving Peace a Chance will be launched at the House of…

Unmanned Gods of Destruction: How Drone Strikes Kill Civilians And Target Rescuers
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – Recently the Rehman family went on a some 7,000 mile journey, traveling from their village in Pakistan s North Waziristan region to Washington, DC., so as to recount the harrowing events that took place last October,…

If You Blindly Believe Gov t Claims About Drone Victims, You Are A Sucker
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Shuaib Almosawa, a freelance journalist in Yemen, has a must-read report up at Foreign Policy investigating a U.S. drone strike in Marib, Yemen on August 8, 2013. It must be read in full, but Noah Shactman,…

Senate Legislation Legitimizes Lawless Surveillance
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – War is America s national pastime. So is mass surveillance. Post-9/11, it escalated dramatically. It way exceeds the most lawless previous practices.Privacy no longer exists. Big Brother watches everyone. It has complete access to our most…

New US Plans For Nation-Building in Libya Riddled With Problems
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The U.S.-led NATO war to topple the Libyan regime of Muammar Gadhafi helped create a nation of disparate rebel militias that to this day, two years later, refuse to give up their arms. This, along with…

Pressure to shut NATO supply routes in Pakistan over drone strikes
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — The Pakistani government is under pressure to block NATO supply routes to Afghanistan this month if the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan.The demands from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the opposition party…

Fact Sheet: Brief on Israeli Settlement Schemes Since the Resumption of Negotiations
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – Palestine Liberation Organization s Negotiations Affairs Department issued on Tuesday, a new fact sheet entitled, “Brief on Israeli Settlement Schemes since the resumption of negotiations” for July 30- November 4, 2013. Since the first trilateral US-Israel-Palestine meeting on July 30th…

Israel jails young Palestinian over illegal phone call 
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — 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…

Report: Indirect Talks between Hizbullah, U.S. over Government Formation
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 -Indirect and secret contacts are ongoing between Hizbullah and the U.S. embassy in Lebanon, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Monday. The daily quoted a March 14 MP as saying that the “relations between the Hizbullah and…

Alaa Hammad continues his hunger strike for 186 days
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Jordanian prisoner Alaa Hammad, 35 continued his hunger strike for 186 days in a row although the Israeli prison administration s provocations in an attempt to break his strike. Hammad, who holds a Jerusalemite identity card,…

Doctors: Force-Feedings at Guantanamo Have Been Used to Break Political Protests, Not Save Lives
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013- A new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations highlights the role medical professionals have played in breaking political protests among detainees at Guantanamo…

Catholic church slams Israel for razing property
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land protested Tuesday against Israel s demolition of a church-owned property in annexed east Jerusalem, saying it eroded chances for peace. “This act is against the…

The Israeli Occupation is solely responsible for the death of Palestinian political prisoner
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 2013 – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the death of Hasan Turabi (22 years old), who suffered from leukemia and died this morning in Afoula Hospital in the occupied Palestinian…

Heavy shooting lasting hours in Libya s capital Tripoli
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – 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 started in Tripoli s eastern Suq al-Juma district…

Syria News – November 5, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The number of martyrs in Syria today has risen to 28 thus far including 1 woman, 3 children and 1 martyr under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 7 in Homs, 2…

Exclusive: The CIA, Not The Pentagon, Will Keep Running Obama s Drone War
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In May, the White House leaked word that it would start shifting drone operations from the shadows of the CIA to the relative sunlight of the Defense Department in an effort to be more transparent about…

The Illegality, Illegitimacy & Immorality of U.S. Drone Strikes
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – For the past 12 years, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been waging what it initially called a global “war on terror.” Through various adjustments and “rebrandings,” this has included the…

Iran, Israel attended Middle East nuclear meeting: diplomats
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Iran, Israel and Arab states took part in a meeting two weeks ago about prospects for an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, diplomats said on Tuesday, a rare such gathering of…

Amnesty International Explains Why It Won t Oppose All Drone Murders
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – I was on Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese s Clearing the Fog Radio today together with Naureen Shah of Amnesty International. I had earlier published a critique of AI s report on drones. On this show,…

Petraeus Races Against the History Clock
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – It was merely coincidence that on the same week that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington to plead for more intelligence and military aid for his imploding nation that former Gen. David Petraeus published…

Three reasons for the Egypt-Russia rapprochement
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In May 1958, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser started an 18-day state visit to Russia, a visit that officially marked a recalibration of Egyptian foreign policy away from the Western sphere, and toward the Soviet camp….

Daily Star

Libya warns against buying oil from militias
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Libya’s government is warning oil companies not to buy from export terminals seized by militias in the east of the country.

Obama meets more than dozen Senate Democrats on healthcare rollout
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met more than a dozen Senate Democrats on Wednesday to discuss the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law and heard their input to existing challenges to the…

UN protests 152 Bangladesh death sentences
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The U.N.’s top human rights official has expressed serious alarm at death sentences handed down in Bangladesh to 152 border guards after mass trials that she says were unfair.

U.S. looking for “first step” from Iran in nuclear talks
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The United States wants Iran to agree in negotiations this week a “first step” that stops its nuclear programme advancing further and starts reversing parts of it, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium: widow 
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse.

Egyptian court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement.

Libya to stop paying armed groups from 2011 uprising
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The Libyan government says it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprising unless they sign up to join the security forces by the end of the year.

Iran’s Zarif charms Paris with smiles, optimism and a rug
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister ends a two-day visit to France, a country he says is the most intransigent among the six world powers – including the United States – that he will face at nuclear talks this…

Israel setting up spying stations on border: Berri
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Israel is installing spying stations along its border with Lebanon and Beirut should file a complaint to the United Nations on the matter, Speaker Nabih Berri says.

YNet News

A rare fossil of two insects copulating discovered in China
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UNSC: Congo’s FDLR rebels now in peacekeepers’ sights
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Sudan plans cabinet reshuffle after fuel price protests
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4 Syrian wounded brought to Israeli hospitals for treatment
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Obama meets Senate Democrats on healthcare rollout
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Clock not at zero yet
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: UK ambassador to Israel says his country entering diplomacy with Iran with its eyes open ….

US rabbis: Rabbinate won’t recognize us
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Dozens of American Orthodox rabbis considering petitioning High Court against Chief Rabbinate, saying it rejected letters attesting to personal status of their congregants due to their liberal opinions. ‘Each rabbi is examined individually,’ Rabbinate says in response ….

Netanyahu’s miscalculations
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Should Iran engage in long-term talks, Europe and US leaders may find easy way out of action ….

Anti-Semitic souvenirs sold in Poland
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – World Zionist Organization representatives run across paintings, amulets of Jews waving dollars in Polish tourist sites ….

Palestinian Information Center

PA forces arrest 5 members of Hamas
PIC – PA security services arrested five Palestinians, summoned two others on the backdrop of being affiliated to Hamas and they stormed Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hija’s house for the fifth time.

Islamic-Christian Commission: Settlement has not been stopped since Oslo Accords
PIC – The Secretary General of the Islamic-Christian Commission in Jerusalem, Hanna Issa, said that Israel continued to persecute Jerusalemites since 1948 in order to grab their land.

Jerusalemite boy shot in the head, in critical condition
PIC – A Jerusalemite boy was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in the head in confrontations with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to the north west of occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

Israel ups the ante in Jerusalem as peace talks reach dead-end
PIC – The Israeli Knesset witnessed acrimonious discussion Monday as lawmakers made inflammatory calls, urging the Israeli government to “partition” the Aqsa Mosque.

Hamas: Death of Turabi an Israeli crime
PIC – Hamas movement held the IOA fully responsible for the death of captive Hasan Al-Turabi due to its deliberate medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners and the inhuman practices against Turabi.

WAFA

Arab American Group Protests Stereotype Image of Arabs
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry in Bethlehem Announces $75 for Infrastructure Projects
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry Arrives in Bethlehem
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Police Arrest Woman inside Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Soldiers Arrest 8 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Misc

Yasser Arafat probably poisoned by polonium, Swiss review concludes
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004, Al Jazeera channel reported Wednesday.

Secretary of State Kerry meets with Israeli, Palestinian leaders
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to extend support at a tense juncture in peace talks.

Bombing in heart of Syria’s capital kills 8
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT — A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy square in central Damascus, killing eight people and wounding at least 50, Syria’s state-run media reported.

Egypt court upholds ban on Muslim Brotherhood
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a sweeping ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a sign of the interim government’s determination to keep heavy pressure on the Islamist movement.

Israel legal saga ends as Avigdor Lieberman acquitted of fraud
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — A legal saga that has held Israel’s political system in suspense for years came to an end Wednesday as Avigdor Lieberman, one of the country’s most controversial and powerful politicians, was acquitted of corruption charges.

9 million Syrians need help before winter, U.N. says
LA Times 5 Nov 2013 – As winter nears, Syrians lack basic supplies and aid groups face danger trying to reach them. Meanwhile, Geneva II talks are put off. BEIRUT — Syria’s escalating humanitarian crisis has left more than 9 million people in the country in need of aid, according to…

West Close to Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran, Official Says
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – An Obama administration official said that an Iranian agreement to halt nuclear activity, for six months perhaps, would buy time for negotiators to work out a more sweeping deal. 

W.H.O. Escalates Polio Fight in Reinfected Mideast
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – Worried about containing an outbreak in Syria, the World Health Organization has doubled the number of young children it wants vaccinated to more than 20 million. 

Deadly Blasts Puncture Picture of Normalcy in 2 Syrian Cities
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – A bomb in Damascus, the capital, hit a landmark train station, killing eight, Syrian state media reported, and another struck a military intelligence office in a largely peaceful southern city. 

Kerry Presses Israel on Settlement Construction
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to steady peace talks floundered after a dispute over Jewish settlements. 

Israeli Court Clears Former Foreign Minister of Fraud Charges
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – The acquittal opens the way for Avigdor Lieberman, a political powerhouse in Israel, to be reinstated as foreign minister by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Qatari Court Orders Temporary Release of American Couple
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – The couple, Matthew and Grace Huang, are accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, but they say the girl had been struggling with an underlying eating disorder. 

Diplomats Fail to Agree on Details for Syria Peace Talks
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Senior American, Russian and United Nations diplomats could not agree on a date for peace talks, nor were they able to decide on which countries should participate. 

Iranian Minister 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, Mohammad Javad Zarif, sounded an optimistic note. 

In Mideast, Kerry Tries to Nudge Peace Talks Along
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. 

Ultra-rightist Avigdor Lieberman returns to Foreign Ministry after acquittal on fraud charges
Mondoweiss – Lieberman and Netanyahu at a press conference, November, 2012. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi) Avigdor Lieberman is back in action. The pugnacious right-wing leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party was acquitted of fraud charges earlier today, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed him back into the government….

Video: ‘The real truth about the West Bank’ offers rejoinder to Danny Ayalon’s hasbara lies
Mondoweiss – Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani set the record straight in Visualizing Palestine ‘s new video debunking Danny Ayalon’s lies in Shlomo Blass ‘s 2011 hasbara production created for the Israeli Foreign Ministry . (Hat tip Refaat Alareer)

Wix raises $127m in Nasdaq IPO
Globes Main News – The DIY website creator’s offering was held at the high end of the $14.50-16.50 price range and company valuation of $600 million.

El Al to launch low-cost flights to Europe
Globes Main News – El Al’s campaign is in response to the rising competition as part of the “Open Skies” policy being promoted by the Transport Ministry.

Elovitch improves liquidity of Bezeq parent
Globes Main News – B Communications has modified its financing agreement with the banking syndicate, which it used to help acquire control of Bezeq in 2010.

‘Bloomberg marched with a fascist’
Mondoweiss – Bloomberg with Danny Danon This picture was taken last June in New York, at the Israel Day parade. I just saw it on Scott Roth’s twitter feed. Mike Bloomberg marching with a fascist. Wouldn’t be acceptable if it was anyone but an Israeli. pic.twitter.com/b6jpN7T4B4 — Scott…

Wed: Bezeq again boosts market
Globes Main News – Bezeq and its parent companies B Communications and Internet Gold after B Communications modified its financial covenants.

What comes next: Why secularism fooled me into thinking the two-state solution was likely
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…

Palestinian-American student denied entry to Israel after being told, ‘there is no such thing as Palestine’
Mondoweiss – Two Israeli soldiers standing guard near the Allenby Border Crossing. (Photo: Yara Karmalawy) I’ve spent my entire life hearing stories about Jerusalem and the beauty of my homeland from my mother and grandparents. I had always dreamed of one day being able to visit, and in…

Flug: Good public services mean high taxes 
Globes Macro Economics – Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug: If you want a big government, it means large expenditures and high taxes.

Teva awards Kfar Saba employees 27% pay hike
Globes Main News – The company and the plant’s workers committee are due to shortly sign a five-year labor contract.

AIPAC is a presence on Ohio State campus, and Palestinian solidarity group is denied funding
Mondoweiss – Lately the Committee for Justice in Palestine at The Ohio State University was denied funding for the first time by the OSU Student Government (USG). Student Paul Peters wrote to the school newspaper, The Lantern, supporting the group’s appeal of the denial. Because his letter has not appeared,…

Caesarstone raises 2013 guidance
Globes Main News – The company will have seven production lines by 2015.

SodaStream to air $4m Super Bowl ad
Globes Main News – This is the second consecutive year that the home carbonation system company will be among some 40 elite brands advertising during the Super Bowl.

‘Weak and retreating’ US policy on Iran is ‘bad for the Jews’ — Foxman
Mondoweiss – Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala last week I missed this last week, Abe Foxman’s speech to the ADL centennial gala (Thanks to Max Blumenthal). A paean to American militant engagement in the world, to support Israel. Notice that the Holocaust survivor says…

He’s baaaack . . .
Mondoweiss – Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted today of corruption charges and is expected to re-join the Israeli government as Foreign Minister. We’ll have more on the news later, but for now this gives you a summary:

Photo-sharing co Mobli raises $60m
Globes Main News – Carlos Slim has invested in the company and America Movil will offer Mobli’s services to its mobile users.

Halevi: 2000 years of Jewish aspiration, Palestinians not so much
Mondoweiss – Yossi Klein Halevi Yossi Klein Halevi’s recent talk at Marist College was a masterful performance. The author of a new book, he began by being disarmingly blunt about the suffering of the Palestinian people. He had seen it himself during his service in the Israel Defense…

Weizmann Inst. receives $50m for personalized medicine research 
Globes Macro Economics – The donation is for the Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine, which will be named for Nancy and Stephen Grand.

Palestinian ‘props:’ Israeli army trains in cemetery and villages under occupation
Mondoweiss – Army training in populated villages and towns VIDEO: NGO films soldiers training near West Bank cemetery Haaretz 5 Nov by Gili Cohen (1.31 minutes) — A video shot last Thursday by volunteers of the human rights group Yesh Din shows Israel Defense Forces troops training in…

TASE trading volumes reach 2-year high
Globes Main News – Trading volume in October was 32% above the monthly average for the year to date.

Amdocs acquires Celcite for $129m
Globes Main News – Celcite’s business service solutions serve mobile providers and will expand Amdocs’s business systems services.

Yehudit Bronicki steps down from Ormat 
Globes Energy & Water – Yehudit Bronicki will retire on June 30, 2014, after 48 years at the geothermal energy company, including 23 years as CEO.

Treasury implements hedging deal
Globes Macro Economics – The Debt Management Unit reported Tuesday that it executed a $75 million hedging deal.

Netanyahu: No tax hikes for wealthy 
Globes Macro Economics – Benjamin Netanyahu: Taxes shouldn’t be raised on companies or the wealthy – faster growth will achieve higher tax revenues.

Anatomy of a Pro-Israel Con #Fail
Tikun Olam – A bad con job I don’t know what it is about reporting on Israeli drone failures that brings the right-wing con artists and hoaxsters out of the woodwork, but the ghouls are out in force once more. Maybe it’s the influence of Halloween or the new…

Sham Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Continue 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2013 – It bears repeating. Israel and Washington deplore peace. They demand unconditional Palestinian surrender. John Kerry is Israel’s man at State. Expect no diplomatic breakthrough. Whatever Kerry proposes will be entirely one-sided. Crumbs offered Palestinians will be too little to matter. Israeli settlement construction continues unabated. Dispossessing…

Theo Bickel To Be Honored By Austria On Anniversary of Kristallnacht 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Theodore Bikel, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Vienna for prestate Israel, will be honored by the Austrian government on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Click here for the rest of the article…

First Woman to Head Bank of Israel Targets Economic Inequality 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Andromeda Hill is a beachfront complex of luxury apartments connected by tree-lined pathways that features such amenities as a spa and business center. Five minutes down the road is Ajami, a low-income neighborhood profiled in the 2009 film of the same name that remains one of…

Arafat ‘may have been poisoned’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera.

Yasser Arafat Poisoned With Polonium, Widow Charges 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Boycott Israel’ Stickers Hit Shelves of Irish Supermarket Giant Tesco 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement placed yellow stickers on items produced in Israel in a popular supermarket chain in Ireland. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt rejects Brotherhood ban appeal 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A court in Egypt dismisses an appeal by the Muslim Brotherhood against a ban on all its “activities” and the seizure of its assets.

Israeli ex-FM cleared of corruption 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is cleared of corruption charges and is set for a return to Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

Prosecutor killed in south-east Iran 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A public prosecutor and his driver have been killed in the restive south-eastern Iranian province of Sistan Baluchistan, state media say.

Jewish Groups Split on 60-Day ‘Time Out’ for Lobbying Over Iran Nukes 
The Forward New 6 Nov 2013 – Jewish groups are divided over giving the White House time to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program. But there is little sign of intense pressure for a stronger stand. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zambia: Will Zambia Cross Jordan? 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2013 – [Times of Zambia]ZAMBIA today takes on 2014 World Cup playoff finalists, Jordan in an international friendly match in Doha with interim Chipolopolo coach, Patrice Beaumelle eyeing his first victory since taking charge of the team.

South Africa: Cosatu Defends South Africa’s Democratic Foreign Policy On Israel and Condemns Attacks Against Dirco Minister 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2013 – [COSATU]COSATU, South Africa’s largest trade union federation with over 2 million members would like to make three points regarding recent statements by South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Deadly blast hits central Damascus 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Eight people are killed by am explosion blast in the Syrian capital Damascus, and another eight in a blast in the Druze town of Suweida, reports say.

Arafat ‘may have been poisoned’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera.

Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Could Saudi Arabia be about to obtain nuclear arms from Pakistan?

Kerry confident of Mid-East progress 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says he remains optimistic that tensions and difficulties can be overcome in the Middle East peace process.

Forensics reveal Arafat was killed with polonium, widow says 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – A September 28, 1998 file photo shows Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addressing the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo: AFP – Timothy A. Clary) Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha…

Violence in Iraq sparks new sectarian displacement 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Violence in Iraq sparks new sectarian displacement

Lines of the Game: Assad Compromise Not Yet Complete 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 6 Nov 2013 – A picture taken on November 6, 2013, shows blood and debris on a sidewalk following a mortar attack in the northern city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) A picture taken on November 6, 2013, shows blood and debris on a sidewalk following a mortar…

Lebanese Minister Reveals Daliyeh’s Port Mysteries 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – The family of assassinated prime minister Hariri wants to seize public land in Daliyeh. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The family of assassinated prime minister Hariri wants to seize public land in Daliyeh. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) On Tuesday, November 5, Lebanese Transport and Works Minister Ghazi Aridi summed…

Suhail Bawji: Lebanon’s De Facto Ruler 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position for 13 years. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position…

Russia says ready to host informal Syria talks 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Russia is ready to host informal talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition, ITAR-TASS quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Wednesday. The news agency quoted Bogdanov, who represented Russia at talks in Geneva on Tuesday with US officials and UN-Arab…

Tunisia president says will free man jailed for posting Mohammed caricatures 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki said Wednesday he would free a Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased. Jabbeur Mejri was sentenced at a closed hearing in March 2012 to seven and half years…

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani man, marking 71th execution of 2013 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man Wednesday in the eastern Qatif province after he was convicted of drug trafficking in the kingdom, the interior ministry announced. Jaafar Ghulam Ali was “arrested as he was smuggling a large amount of heroin,” said the ministry statement quoted by…

Suicide bomber blows up oil tanker in Iraq, killing seven 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Updated at 4:45pm: A suicide bomber detonated an oil tanker rigged with explosives at a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing seven policemen, while attacks elsewhere left eight dead, officials said. Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500…

Egypt rejects Brotherhood ban appeal 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A court in Egypt dismisses an appeal by the Muslim Brotherhood against a ban on all its “activities” and the seizure of its assets.

Israeli ex-FM cleared of corruption 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is cleared of corruption charges and is set for a return to Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

Egypt upholds ban on Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted President Mohammed Mursi shows a posters with the four fingers, the symbol known as “Rabaa”, which means four in Arabic, remembering those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo earlier in the year,…

Iranian prosecutor shot dead in tense border region 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – An Iranian public prosecutor and his driver were killed by unidentified militants on Wednesday at 7:15 am, a provincial chief justice stated. Moussa Nouri and his driver were killed in the city of Zabol, located near the joint border between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The attack…

Prosecutor killed in south-east Iran 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A public prosecutor and his driver have been killed in the restive south-eastern Iranian province of Sistan Baluchistan, state media say.

Why fate of Jordan Valley is key to MidEast peace deal 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Why Israel and Palestinians both want control of Jordan Valley

VIDEO: ‘Let Syrian people decide future’ 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – As world powers meet in Geneva to discuss possible Syria peace talks, the Syrian Presidential Advisor, Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, has rejected the opposition’s demand that President Assad make it clear before the talks that he will step down during the transition.

Egypt-Libya: Public Smiles and Hidden Disagreements 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 (…

Articles


Appeasement dooms Palestinians to misery 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 11/6/2013
UN’s precious gift empowering legal action is squandered while Israel, with US/UK/EU acquiescence, continues to seize land and resources with impunity.
Later this month Palestinians will be celebrating an important anniversary, namely the decision by the UN General Assembly a year ago to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state.
But not with much joy, I suspect.
Its upgraded status now enables Palestine to take part in UN debates and join bodies like the International Criminal Court (ICC). Predictably, Israel flew into a rage at the prospect and said the move pushed the peace process “backwards”, while the US said it was “unfortunate”.
So what has the Palestinian leadership done with this precious gift of empowerment from the international community?
Nothing.
Litany of crime
In March this year the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, concluding four years of investigations, called for the ICC to investigate “crimes” committed by Israel in the occupied territories. The tribunal said it would “support all initiatives from civil society and international organizations aimed at bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court”. Since Palestine was awarded observer status at the UN the previous November, it could file complaints on its own behalf against Israel with the court. The tribunal also called on the ICC to recognize Palestinian jurisdiction and for an extraordinary session of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid, set up for South Africa, to examine the Israeli case. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu: PA agreed to new settlement construction in exchange for prisoner release; Kerry denies 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/6/2013
This post has been updated to add John Kerry’s statements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming that the Palestinian leadership agreed to new settlement construction in exchange for release of Palestinian prisoners during the current bilateral peace negotiations. There have been reports of such an understanding in the Israeli media, but no official confirmation so far.
In an interview to the Israeli news channel i24, Netanyahu said:
“If they can’t even stand up to, or stand behind the agreements that we had that we would release prisoners while we continue building, then how can I assume that they’ll actually stand by the larger issues that will require of them far greater confrontation with received opinion and with fixed positions in their societies?” asked Netanyahu. “You want to lead? Stand up. Do the difficult things. I’ve done it. I expect the Palestinians to do it.”
The Palestinian leadership has been protesting Israel’s decision to advance the construction of no fewer than 5,000 new housing units in the West Bank, including hundreds in isolated settlements outside the areas know as the settlement blocks. Head of the Palestinian negotiating team, Saeb Erkat, even threatened to resign over the issue.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, in no unclear language, shot down the notion.
“I want to make it extremely clear that at no time did the Palestinians in any way agree, as a matter of going back to the talks, that they somehow condone or accept the settlements,” Kerry said in Bethlehem after meeting with Abbas. “The Palestinians believe that the settlements are illegal.” — See also: Read: The real problem with the prisoner release more.. e-mail

Hamas textbook incitement and Israeli manipulation 
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 11/4/2013
Violence and incitement in education should be condemned on, and from every side. But clinging to and focusing only on the worst of the ‘other side’ can be even worse than incitement.
The Hamas leadership in Gaza is replacing Palestinian Authority high school textbooks with its own, New York Times reported Monday. The Hamas textbooks, the story explains, promote militancy and a Hamas-tinted reading of history, Palestinian identity and the conflict.
The report is upsetting. The last thing this conflict needs is even more extreme, hard-line and distorted renditions of its history for any of the parties involved.
It is also disturbing because of the social and political context in which readers will interpret it. This in no way implies that the story shouldn’t be told. But the cheap politi
cal manipulation it will certainly feed can help no one.

Related: Palestinian textbook case closed, more trumped-up charges expected
Most Jews, Israelis and mainstream, even liberal supporters of Israel who read the article will be horrified. Many already believe that Palestinian Authority textbooks are hotbeds of hatred, stuffed full of Der Sturmer images of Jews, suffused with cults of death. In their mind’s eye, classrooms full of Palestinian kids intone, “death to Jews, throw Zionists into the sea,” every day.
Conservative Israelis and their supporters will be gleeful. The notion that Palestinian education is a factory for anti-Israel incitement has become a touchstone for their reluctance to advance peace, and fallback excuse when argued out of any other point. Incitement is dragged out to reinforce the permanence of Palestinian hostility. The fixation has become so deep in recent years that incitement now rivals the “no partner” mantra as a justification for continued, maybe permanent, occupation. more.. e-mail

What Palestinian citizens of Israel can learn from the civil rights movement 
Robert Cherry, +972 Magazine 11/6/2013
Despite recent improvement in the economic situation of Palestinian citizens of Israel, many remain suspicious of the Israeli government and its motives. Palestinians must look back at the legacy of the black American struggle for equality, drawing on lessons that they can use to further their own cause.
Thanks to Israeli government efforts, there has been a substantial improvement in the economic wellbeing of its Palestinian citizens. Whereas in the period 1997-2005, after adjusting for inflation, Palestinian family income declined, during the next six years it rose by more than 7 percent. By contrast, Jewish family income increased by more during the earlier than the most recent period. The following essay will identify five ways in which the Palestinian community can learn from the economic advancements made by black Americans in recent decades.
1. Can economic advancements be a catalyst for social and political improvements?
After the initial civil rights gains, many U.S. whites maintained negative attitudes toward black Americans. In Israel, strong anti-Palestinian attitudes remain so that Palestinians doubt that many of the current government initiatives can be sustained. I am more hopeful, however, because I believe, just as it happened in the U.S., a growing professional class will push successfully for social and political changes.
2. Is a moral commitment to equality necessary to sustain government efforts when a significant share of the majority population is not supportive of equality?
In the U.S., efforts were sustained because many government officials were driven by a strong moral commitment towards equality. While there are notable exceptions like Manuel Trajtenberg (who led the 2011 negotiations between the government and the social protest leaders), the Israeli government is driven by economic concerns…. more.. e-mail

US Christian Zionists plan to take over Palestinian university in Israel 
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinians accuse Texas governor Rick Perry of jumping on an educational project in Nazareth to pursue a racist agenda. more..

Late artist inspires new film on Palestinian children’s dreams
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – Hassan Hourani left behind a book of children’s stories when he drowned ten years ago. more..

The Month in Pictures: October 2013
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine. more..


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Child Seriously Injured In Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening November 5, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that a Palestinian child was seriously injured by Israeli army fire in Qotna village, northwest of occupied East Jerusalem. …

Talks Session Ends With Crisis
IMEMC – [Tuesday November 5, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that a direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiation session, held on Tuesday, ended with crisis due to sharp differences between the stance of Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. …

Lapid: “Jerusalem Not On The Table”
IMEMC – [November 5, 2013] Israeli Finance Minister, head of the Yesh Atid “There is Future” Party Yair Lapid stated that the future of Jerusalem is not a subject for discussion in Israeli Palestinian negotiations, and that Jerusalem will always “remain the united capital of Israel’. …

Ma’an News

Thousands face uncertainty over Jerusalem demolition threat
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians northeast of the separation wall near Jerusalem face an uncertain future after Israeli authorities issued demolition orders last week which could displace thousands of people, a rights group said Wednesday. A local Palestinian official said last Thursday that officers from Jerusalem’s municipality issued demolition orders for Palestinian homes in the neighborhoods of Ras Khamis and Ras Shahada. Jamil….

Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers enter Gaza
11/6/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered eastern Gaza City Wednesday as civil defense crews continued their search for the bodies of two people killed in an Israeli attack, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that the vehicles entered the Zeitoun neighborhood of the city and that the bulldozers began digging up lands near the border with Israel. A spokeswoman for….

Lawyer: Israeli prison guards assault prisoners in Megiddo
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli wardens on Tuesday assaulted Palestinian prisoners in their cells in Megiddo prison and destroyed their personal belongings, says Hiba Masalha, a lawyer appointed by the Palestinian ministry of prisoners’ affairs to defend Palestinian prisoners. The prison wardens stormed all sections of Megiddo prison after prisoners demonstrated protesting the death their inmate 22-year-old Hasan Turabi. The lawyer told Ma….

Findings of Arafat death probe handed to officials
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian authorities have received the reports of Swiss and Russian forensic investigations into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, an official said Tuesday, without disclosing the findings.”The report was delivered” by the Swiss laboratory, Tawfiq Tirawi, who heads the Palestinian investigation into Arafat’s death, told AFP. When contacted, the Swiss lab declined to comment on the matter. Some 60 samples…. Related: Tests on Arafat ‘point to polonium’

Tests on Arafat ‘point to polonium’
11/6/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Swiss scientists have concluded Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is likely to have died from polonium poisoning, according to a text of their findings published by Al Jazeera television Wednesday. The results of tests on Arafat’s remains “moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with polonium-210,” said the 108-page analysis posted on Al Jazeera’…. Related: Findings of Arafat death probe handed to officials

Israeli forces assault student in Aqsa compound
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli police officer assaulted a female Palestinian student in the Al-Aqsa compound on Wednesday, witnesses said. Around 40 Israeli intelligence officers entered the Al-Aqsa compound via the Moroccan Gate and were greeted by jeers and calls of ‘Allah Akbar’ by students, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli forces then assaulted a female student and arrested a man who….

‘Masked’ Israeli police arrest 3 in East Jerusalem
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday raided two shops in East Jerusalem neighborhoods and arrested three people, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said that masked Israeli police raided Sana print shop on al-Asfahani street near the Old City in addition to an internet café in the Ras al-Amoud neighborhood near Silwan. The names of the three detainees, witnesses said, are Issa al-Kharas….

Israel, PLO negotiators in row over settlements ahead of Kerry visit
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators broke down in a row over settlements on Tuesday, hours before Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jerusalem hoping to ease tensions between the two sides, Palestinian officials said. PLO negotiators present at the secret meeting in Jerusalem accused Israeli officials of trying to discredit the Palestinian leadership by linking new settlement plans with…. Related: Settlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast

Welcome to Bethlehem, Secretary Kerry
11/6/2013 – By Vera Baboun – Dear Secretary Kerry, You are most welcome to the holy city of Bethlehem. It is an honor for me, as the mayor of Bethlehem, to welcome you on your most recent trip to our occupied homeland, in order to achieve the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. The nobility of your goal makes me extremely….

Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 70 percent of Palestinians expect US-sponsored peace talks with Israel to fail, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University. The poll, published Wednesday, used a sample of 1,360 people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and asked the Palestinian public about their perceptions of Israeli-Palestinian peace…. Related: Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit

Israel PM slams PLO officials as Kerry bids to rescue talks
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accused Palestinians of creating “artificial crises” during talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is striving to rescue the fragile peace process. Kerry’s arrival in the region late Tuesday for meetings with both sides comes amid growing indications the US-brokered peace talks that resumed in late July are on the brink of…. Related: Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit andSettlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast

Dozens protest in Bethlehem against Kerry visit
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Bethlehem on Wednesday as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the southern West Bank city. The protesters gathered near a crossroads on the main road where Kerry’s motorcade was scheduled to pass on his way to meet President Mahmoud Abbas at his Bethlehem headquarters. The demonstrators waved posters reading “No to…. Related: Israel PM slams PLO officials as Kerry bids to rescue talks and Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail

Settlement spat as Kerry visits Mideast
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed US opposition to Israeli settlements on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of creating “artificial crises” over the issue. Kerry arrived in the region late on Tuesday in a bid to keep fragile peace talks on track as recriminations grew following three months of negotiations that appear to have made little progress in resolving…. Related: Israel, PLO negotiators in row over settlements ahead of Kerry visit

Israel’s Lieberman acquitted on graft charges
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court on Wednesday acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on charges of fraud and breach of trust, public radio reported. The head of the hardline nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, who resigned from the foreign ministry in December 2012, can return to his cabinet post immediately, as long as the attorney general does not file an appeal. Lieberman was unanimously acquitted by…. Related: Israel’s Lieberman set to rejoin government after acquittal

Abbas meets freed prisoners from Bethlehem
11/6/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas met Tuesday evening in his Bethlehem headquarters with veteran prisoners from Bethlehem who were freed last Tuesday. Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe, who attended the meeting, told Ma’an that Abbas met with Issa Abed Rabbo, Riziq Salah, and Khalid al-Azraq, all of whom were freed in conjunction with peace negotiations between Israel and….

Israel’s Lieberman set to rejoin government after acquittal
11/6/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court on Wednesday acquitted Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges in a move welcomed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hailed his anticipated return to government as foreign minister. The verdict, reached by a panel of three judges at Jerusalem Magistrates Court, means the outspoken hardliner is free to return to a commanding position within the coalition – in a move which could…. Related: Israel’s Lieberman acquitted on graft charges

Deadly bombs hit Syria cities after peace talks flop
11/6/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Bomb attacks in Syria’s capital Damascus and the country’s south killed at least 16 people on Wednesday, a day after Moscow and Washington failed to announce a date for proposed peace talks. In Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Moscow was ready to host informal talks between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition. Russian….

Iraq attacks kill 15, mostly police
11/6/2013 – BAQUBA (Iraq) (AFP) — A suicide bomber detonated an oil tanker rigged with explosives at a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing seven policemen, while attacks elsewhere left eight dead, officials said. Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500 people killed this year despite major military operations targeting insurgents and tightened security measures. In Wednesday’s deadliest….

Qatar court frees US couple tried over daughter death
11/6/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — A Qatari court released on Wednesday a US couple on trial for allegedly causing the death of their eight-year-old adopted daughter to sell her body parts, judicial sources said. Matthew and Grace Huang are American citizens of Asian origin held in Qatar since January, when their daughter Gloria died in the Gulf state, according to the “Free Matt and Grace” website. The couple….

Libya to stop paying armed groups from 2011 uprising
11/6/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — The Libyan government said Wednesday it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprising unless they sign up to join the security forces by the end of the year. The government will “stop paying any premium or reward after” Dec. 31, a deadline for the “dissolution of the armed groups and their integration into the army or the police”, said a statement….

Kentucky Fried Chicken shuts its doors in Syria
11/6/2013 – Damascus (AFP) — US fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken has closed the doors of its last remaining branch in Syria due to economic and supply problems, shopkeepers in Damascus told AFP. The branch in the upscale Abu Rummaneh neighborhood of Damascus is the last of seven KFCs in Syria to have shuttered.”Closed. Please leave your number if you are interested in buying this establishment,” a….

Jordan jails militant, doctor for aiding Syria rebels
11/6/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — A Jordanian court on Wednesday jailed a militant and a doctor for going to neighboring Syria to support rebels fighting the regime in the war-torn country, a judicial official said.”The state security court sentenced a jihadist to five years in prison for infiltrating Syria to fight with the rebels last spring,” the official told AFP. The convict was charged with “carrying out….

AlJazeera

Israel’s Lieberman to return to government
AlJazeera 6 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu’s announcement follows former foreign minister’s acquittal on all corruption charges by Israeli court.

Palestine News Network

Israeli Authorities Issue Administrative Detention Orders Against 38 Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Dies due to Israeli Deliberate Medical Negligence
Palestine News Network

Blumenthal’s “Goliath” Holds Mirror to Israeli Society
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

World: Women and Natural Resources: Unlocking the Peacebuilding Potential
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, UN Peacebuilding Commission, UN Women Country: Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Indonesia, Liberia, Nepal, occupied Palestinian territory, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, World Empowering women in…

Libya: UNHCR Libya External Update – October 2013
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic Refugees and asylum seekers The Department for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM) has started releasing from detention persons of concern to UNHCR ….

occupied Palestinian territory: United States Announces $75 Million to Support the Palestinian Authority’s High Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative (HIMII)
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: US Department of State Country: occupied Palestinian territory, United States of America In Bethlehem on November 6, 2013, Secretary Kerry announced an additional $75 million in support of the Palestinian Authority’s High Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative (HIMII), bringing the total…

Syrian Arab Republic: UK Aid Syria Response – 5th November 2013 
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: Department for International Development Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As conflict continues to rage in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance….

Lebanon: Safe and Dignified Cash Assistance in Lebanon
Relief Web 6 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic For the first time in Lebanon, Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) don’t need to wait in lines or visit…

The National

Settlement spat looms large over Kerry’s Mideast visit
The National 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state reaffirms America’s opposition to Israeli settlements, as Israel’s talks with Palestinians break down over Israeli announcement to push ahead with 3,700 new settler homes. 

Assad ‘has lied about Syria’s chemical arsenal’
The National 6 Nov 2013 – A former chemical warfare commander who defected from Bashar Al Assad’s army has joined US officials in expressing doubts over the accuracy of Syria’s declaration of its stockpile of chemical weapons. Phil Sands and Suha Ma’ayeh report

Atrocities against Rohingya Muslims a haunting focus of the Holocaust Memorial Museum
The National 6 Nov 2013 – The plight of Myanmar’s most beleaguered people, the Rohingya Muslims, is being projected onto the external walls of Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Palestinian leader Arafat ‘was assassinated with polonium’, widow says
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Suha Arafat says Swiss forensic tests on corpse of late PLO leader prove a political assassination, with polonium levels in bones and soft issues ‘up to 20 times larger’ than first thought. 

India guru Asaram Bapu charged with rape over teen sexual assault
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Popular spiritual leader charged with raping 16-year-old schoolgirl at religious retreat.

Egyptian court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban and orders its assets confiscated
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Decision moves forward the complicated process of the government taking control of the group’s social network and its finances.

Catholic church slams Israel’s razing of its property
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Bulldozers and security forces arrive at a house owned by Roman Catholic Church at 5am with a previously unseen demolition order and destroy it.

Israeli court finds Avigdor Lieberman innocent of graft charges
The National 6 Nov 2013 – The decision handed Avigdor Lieberman, 55, a resounding victory in a case that had threatened to derail his political career and reshape the make-up of the coalition government. Instead, he could return to the political arena stronger than ever.

Indian police arrest man over Nigerian’s death in Goa
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Police blame the killing on rivalry between local and Nigerian drug traffickers.

Bombing outside China’s Communist Party headquarters kills one
The National 6 Nov 2013 – State media says the blasts were caused by homemade bombs, but there is no official word on the target or perpetrators.

Toll of Gaza martyrs in Syria’s war grows
The National 6 Nov 2013 – A lack of opportunity for resistance in Gaza is pushing young would-be militants to turn elsewhere.

Amanda Knox’s ex-lover claims innocence at Italy murder trial
The National 6 Nov 2013 – US student Knox’s former Italian lover describes a ‘fairy tale’ romance and says the couple ‘were thinking of anything but the distorted, scornful vision of humanity of which we are being accused by the whole world’.

Commonwealth Sri Lanka summit a conundrum for Singh
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Should India’s prime minister attend, he could alienate ethnic Tamil voters in upcoming national elections, while missing it could diminish his country’s influence in the region. Samanth Subramanian reports

Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack, refuses to resign
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledges for the first time that he smoked crack ‘probably a year ago’, but he refuses to resign amid the scandal.

‘Jetman’ joyrides around Mount Fuji
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Swiss aviator Yves ‘Jetman’ Rossy, whose jet-engine powered wings have taken him over some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places, has added another — Japan’s Mount Fuji.

In pictures: India’s successful mission to Mars
The National 6 Nov 2013 – India’s first mission to Mars blasted off successfully today, completing the first stage of an 11-month journey that could see New Delhi’s low-cost space programme win Asia’s race to the red planet.

Forensic findings of Arafat death probe handed to Palestinians
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinian authorities have received the reports of Swiss and Russian forensic investigations into the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, an official said, without disclosing the findings.

Video: Fighting to the finish in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
The National 6 Nov 2013 – Defeated M23 ends revolt in Congo, raising peace hopes in a country where millions have died in nearly two decades of violence.

Ha’aretz

Where in the world is the elusive German art hoarder?
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

State spends NIS 30m to protect ‘frontline’ towns not in danger
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

The useless reporter’s glossary to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Munich art find mirrors Clooney and Damon film on search for Nazi loot
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

U.S. couple donates $50 million to Weizmann Institute
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Six powers seek ‘first step’ of temporary halt to Iran nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Tourist tip #372 / Open House Jerusalem 2013
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Israeli startup Wix raises $127 million in initial public offering
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

How Iran is winning the war of words
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Berlusconi: My kids feel like Jews persecuted by Hitler
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Word of the day / Osher v’osher: Happily ever after
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Nazi-looted art trove was no secret, expert says
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

The judges let Lieberman off, but they don’t want him in the government
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry urges Israel to limit ‘illegitimate’ settlements
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Cleared of corruption charges, Lieberman eyes role of prime minister
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Lieberman acquittal paves way for return to Foreign Ministry
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

In Marvel Comics, Ms. Marvel returns as Muslim teen
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Netanyahu meets Kerry in Jerusalem, says concerned over progress of peace talks
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Erdogan’s poisonous rejection of Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Lieberman’s acquittal: The attorney general blew it
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Kahane disciple Ben Ari to teach at Ariel University
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Defense Ministry raps Army Radio over TV news spat
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Cop gets eight years for rape, assault of two subordinates
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

AG was forced to throw out main case against former Israeli foreign minister in favor of trimmed indictment
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Israel must allow civil unions for all
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

A diplomatic price tag
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Not all criticism is incitement
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Indications suggest Syria may attempt to hide chemical stash, U.S. official says
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

U.S. to join largest aerial drill in Israel’s history, along with Italy, Greece
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Second-guessing Israel’s army budget
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Say goodbye to clinical psychology
Ha’aretz – 5 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Goverment seeks ‘paradigm shift’ in Israel-Diaspora relations
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The government is looking to “create a strategic plan for the upcoming 25 years that will include a common vision and more importantly an implementation of new projects for the Jewish people.” 

The thrill of victory and the quivering lip of defeat
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Reporter’s Notebook: Liberman and his entourage rose jubilantly and exchanged hugs and congratulations. 

Inside the IDF’s satellite communications battalion
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – ‘The Jerusalem Post’ is granted an inside look at the unit that enables the IDF to operate anywhere in the world. 

Jerusalem initiates demolition proceedings of 11 buildings it deems illegal constructions
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Municipality issued orders to hundreds of Palestinian families in capital’s Ras Hamis and Ras Shahada neighborhoods. 

Knesset panel debates Beduin resettlement bill
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – United Arab List-Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi tells panel “We demand that we be treated as equal citizens.” 

Israel opposes alleged Iran nuclear proposal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Israeli official: Tehran will offer to cease 20% enrichment, slow down work in Arak in return for sanctions relief; US official: Washington willing to offer “reversible sanctions relief” in exchange for “first steps” on nuclear program. 

Tensions continue to escalate over prayer rights at Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – “Let them threaten us with a third intifada – we cannot give up our rights to Muslim intolerance.” 

Eini’s resignation
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini’s decision to step down in February was a strange sort of surprise 

Analysis: Crocodile cheers and jeers after Liberman’s acquittal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – It is interesting to note what politicians said about Liberman following his acquittal, and what they might say in a truly honest planet.

Washington Watch: Petulant potentates peeved at president
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – It’s time to swap Saudi petulance for participation in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 

Encountering Peace: Negotiating atmospherics
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Building peace requires negotiators reach best deal possible; that becomes more possible when both sides demonstrate same amount of positive will, actions. 

Media Comment: Media self-protection
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The media demands that there be no interference in its professional work. 

Berlusconi says his kids feel like Jews persecuted by Hitler
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Remarks, made in interview for upcoming book, cause outrage in Italian Jewish community. 

Inside Out: A community in flux
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – The national-religious sector in Israel is often represented in local media reports as holding monolithic views on any number of issues that pertain to state, religion. 

The Prosecution gets slaughtered; Where did Weinstein go wrong?
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Unlike the close decision in the Olmert case, the resounding defeat also makes it less likely that the state will appeal, although Weinstein may find it hard to back-down. 

John Grant learns to deal with his ghosts
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – HIV-positive gay singer/songwriter on his first visit to Israel connects with growing audience by telling the truth. 

Opposition MKs, NGOs slam A-G over Liberman verdict
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Groups call for resignation of Weinstein following acquittal of Yisrael Beytenu leader on charges of fraud, breach of public trust. 

Leading rabbis call for haredi solidarity ahead of conference in US
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Group seeks support in the face of “efforts to crush the honor of the Torah and those who study it.” 

Germany could challenge recluse’s ownership of Nazi-looted art
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Legal status of looted art haul found in Munich is ambiguous; German gov’t may have authority to return it to Jewish owners. 

Israeli company mines sewage into gold
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Applied CleanTech firm signs agreement with Dutch wastewater, paper mill facilities. 

Peres urges Kerry not to allow anything to interrupt his mission for peace
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – President commends US secretary of state for his “unmatched energy, devotion” in attempt to solve Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Liberman to be sworn in as FM next week
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – PM congratulates Yisrael Beytenu leader on acquittal. 

New book quotes Obama calling Netanyahu ‘a pain in the a**’
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US president made comment during 2012 US election campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann reveals. 

‘Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered with polonium,’ widow says
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Suha Arafat cites results of Swiss forensic tests on husband’s remains. 

Iranian FM: Only talks with world powers can resolve Tehran’s nuclear issue
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Mohammad Javad Zarif tells Israel Radio there is no space for threats of military action against Iran such as those made by Israel. 

Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be ‘illegitimate’
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state urges Israel to limit settlement building after meeting with Abbas in Bethlehem; vows Washington will not stop efforts to pursue peace; says despite difficulties, both Abbas, PM set to work toward deal. 

Kerry to Abbas: US determined to reach Palestinian-Israeli peace deal
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state meets with PA president in Bethlehem, vows Washington will not stop efforts to pursue peace; says despite difficulties, both Abbas, Netanyahu set to work toward accord. 

German: Social stigmas are bad for your health
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Health Minister warns of the dangers of ignoring AIDS, breast examinations, suicide rates just because the topics are social taboos in some sectors. 

Knesset to discuss panel on prisoner releases’ findings
Jerusalem Post 6 Nov 2013 – Panel recommended gov’t should avoid large-scale swaps such as the 1,027 Palestinian prisoners exchanged for Gilad Schalit. 

Inter Press Service

‘I Sold My Sister for 300 Dollars’
IPS This road through the Zaatari refugee camp has been named Champs Elysées. Arab men come scouting around here for virgins. Credit: Liny Mutsaers/IPS. By Annabell Van den Berghe ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan, Nov 6 2013 (IPS) Amani has just turned 22. Two months ago she fled from the civil war in…

Uruknet

Third Victim of CIA Torture in Poland Granted Victim Status, as European Court of Human Rights Prepares to Hear Evidence
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -It s almost exactly eight years since Dana Priest of the Washington Post first broke the story, on November 2, 2005, that, “according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents,” the CIA had…

Liberman acquitted in corruption trial, setting stage for return as FM
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – Former – and most likely soon-to-be-reinstated – foreign minister Avigdor Liberman was acquitted of all charges stemming from a years-long corruption investigation on Wednesday. The move paves the way for his return to the helm of…

The Israelis who want to take rather than give away territory: Government faction opposes idea of Palestinian state
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013- As the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, resumed talks in Jerusalem in the quest to create “two states for two people”, a vocal faction in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s government is, more openly than ever,…

Swiss forensic report on Arafat s death The 108-page report by Swiss scientists who say their data supports the theory that Arafat was poisoned with polonium.
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – …On the evening of October 2004, approximately four hours after eating dinner, President Arafat began to experience severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain followed by watery diarrhea. He did not have a fever. The clinical examination…

Swiss study: Polonium found in Arafat s bones
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – Swiss scientists who conducted tests on samples taken from Yasser Arafat s body have found at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains. The scientists said that they were confident up…

Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 — Over 70 percent of Palestinians expect US-sponsored peace talks with Israel to fail, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University.The poll, published Wednesday,…

Giving Peace a Chance – Ground-breaking report exposes work of pro-Israel lobby in the UK
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – The Middle East Monitor, in coordination with Spinwatch, have released a report into the work of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre. The report, Giving Peace a Chance will be launched at the House of…

Unmanned Gods of Destruction: How Drone Strikes Kill Civilians And Target Rescuers
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 4, 2013 – Recently the Rehman family went on a some 7,000 mile journey, traveling from their village in Pakistan s North Waziristan region to Washington, DC., so as to recount the harrowing events that took place last October,…

If You Blindly Believe Gov t Claims About Drone Victims, You Are A Sucker
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Shuaib Almosawa, a freelance journalist in Yemen, has a must-read report up at Foreign Policy investigating a U.S. drone strike in Marib, Yemen on August 8, 2013. It must be read in full, but Noah Shactman,…

Senate Legislation Legitimizes Lawless Surveillance
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – War is America s national pastime. So is mass surveillance. Post-9/11, it escalated dramatically. It way exceeds the most lawless previous practices.Privacy no longer exists. Big Brother watches everyone. It has complete access to our most…

New US Plans For Nation-Building in Libya Riddled With Problems
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The U.S.-led NATO war to topple the Libyan regime of Muammar Gadhafi helped create a nation of disparate rebel militias that to this day, two years later, refuse to give up their arms. This, along with…

Pressure to shut NATO supply routes in Pakistan over drone strikes
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — The Pakistani government is under pressure to block NATO supply routes to Afghanistan this month if the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in northwestern Pakistan.The demands from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the opposition party…

Fact Sheet: Brief on Israeli Settlement Schemes Since the Resumption of Negotiations
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – Palestine Liberation Organization s Negotiations Affairs Department issued on Tuesday, a new fact sheet entitled, “Brief on Israeli Settlement Schemes since the resumption of negotiations” for July 30- November 4, 2013. Since the first trilateral US-Israel-Palestine meeting on July 30th…

Israel jails young Palestinian over illegal phone call 
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 — 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…

Report: Indirect Talks between Hizbullah, U.S. over Government Formation
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 -Indirect and secret contacts are ongoing between Hizbullah and the U.S. embassy in Lebanon, the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper reported on Monday. The daily quoted a March 14 MP as saying that the “relations between the Hizbullah and…

Alaa Hammad continues his hunger strike for 186 days
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Jordanian prisoner Alaa Hammad, 35 continued his hunger strike for 186 days in a row although the Israeli prison administration s provocations in an attempt to break his strike. Hammad, who holds a Jerusalemite identity card,…

Doctors: Force-Feedings at Guantanamo Have Been Used to Break Political Protests, Not Save Lives
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013- A new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations highlights the role medical professionals have played in breaking political protests among detainees at Guantanamo…

Catholic church slams Israel for razing property
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land protested Tuesday against Israel s demolition of a church-owned property in annexed east Jerusalem, saying it eroded chances for peace. “This act is against the…

The Israeli Occupation is solely responsible for the death of Palestinian political prisoner
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 2013 – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association holds the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the death of Hasan Turabi (22 years old), who suffered from leukemia and died this morning in Afoula Hospital in the occupied Palestinian…

Heavy shooting lasting hours in Libya s capital Tripoli
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – 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 started in Tripoli s eastern Suq al-Juma district…

Syria News – November 5, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 6 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – The number of martyrs in Syria today has risen to 28 thus far including 1 woman, 3 children and 1 martyr under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 7 in Homs, 2…

Exclusive: The CIA, Not The Pentagon, Will Keep Running Obama s Drone War
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In May, the White House leaked word that it would start shifting drone operations from the shadows of the CIA to the relative sunlight of the Defense Department in an effort to be more transparent about…

The Illegality, Illegitimacy & Immorality of U.S. Drone Strikes
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – For the past 12 years, following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has been waging what it initially called a global “war on terror.” Through various adjustments and “rebrandings,” this has included the…

Iran, Israel attended Middle East nuclear meeting: diplomats
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – Iran, Israel and Arab states took part in a meeting two weeks ago about prospects for an international conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, diplomats said on Tuesday, a rare such gathering of…

Amnesty International Explains Why It Won t Oppose All Drone Murders
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – I was on Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese s Clearing the Fog Radio today together with Naureen Shah of Amnesty International. I had earlier published a critique of AI s report on drones. On this show,…

Petraeus Races Against the History Clock
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – It was merely coincidence that on the same week that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came to Washington to plead for more intelligence and military aid for his imploding nation that former Gen. David Petraeus published…

Three reasons for the Egypt-Russia rapprochement
Uruknet 5 Nov 2013 – November 5, 2013 – In May 1958, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser started an 18-day state visit to Russia, a visit that officially marked a recalibration of Egyptian foreign policy away from the Western sphere, and toward the Soviet camp….

Daily Star

Libya warns against buying oil from militias
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Libya’s government is warning oil companies not to buy from export terminals seized by militias in the east of the country.

Obama meets more than dozen Senate Democrats on healthcare rollout
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met more than a dozen Senate Democrats on Wednesday to discuss the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law and heard their input to existing challenges to the…

UN protests 152 Bangladesh death sentences
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The U.N.’s top human rights official has expressed serious alarm at death sentences handed down in Bangladesh to 152 border guards after mass trials that she says were unfair.

U.S. looking for “first step” from Iran in nuclear talks
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The United States wants Iran to agree in negotiations this week a “first step” that stops its nuclear programme advancing further and starts reversing parts of it, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium: widow 
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse.

Egyptian court upholds Muslim Brotherhood ban
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement.

Libya to stop paying armed groups from 2011 uprising
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 The Libyan government says it will stop paying armed groups from the 2011 uprising unless they sign up to join the security forces by the end of the year.

Iran’s Zarif charms Paris with smiles, optimism and a rug
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister ends a two-day visit to France, a country he says is the most intransigent among the six world powers – including the United States – that he will face at nuclear talks this…

Israel setting up spying stations on border: Berri
Daily Star 6 Nov 2013 Israel is installing spying stations along its border with Lebanon and Beirut should file a complaint to the United Nations on the matter, Speaker Nabih Berri says.

YNet News

A rare fossil of two insects copulating discovered in China
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UNSC: Congo’s FDLR rebels now in peacekeepers’ sights
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Sudan plans cabinet reshuffle after fuel price protests
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4 Syrian wounded brought to Israeli hospitals for treatment
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Obama meets Senate Democrats on healthcare rollout
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Clock not at zero yet
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: UK ambassador to Israel says his country entering diplomacy with Iran with its eyes open ….

US rabbis: Rabbinate won’t recognize us
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Dozens of American Orthodox rabbis considering petitioning High Court against Chief Rabbinate, saying it rejected letters attesting to personal status of their congregants due to their liberal opinions. ‘Each rabbi is examined individually,’ Rabbinate says in response ….

Netanyahu’s miscalculations
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Should Iran engage in long-term talks, Europe and US leaders may find easy way out of action ….

Anti-Semitic souvenirs sold in Poland
YNet News, 6 Nov 2013 – World Zionist Organization representatives run across paintings, amulets of Jews waving dollars in Polish tourist sites ….

Palestinian Information Center

PA forces arrest 5 members of Hamas
PIC – PA security services arrested five Palestinians, summoned two others on the backdrop of being affiliated to Hamas and they stormed Sheikh Jamal Abu al-Hija’s house for the fifth time.

Islamic-Christian Commission: Settlement has not been stopped since Oslo Accords
PIC – The Secretary General of the Islamic-Christian Commission in Jerusalem, Hanna Issa, said that Israel continued to persecute Jerusalemites since 1948 in order to grab their land.

Jerusalemite boy shot in the head, in critical condition
PIC – A Jerusalemite boy was hit with a rubber-coated bullet in the head in confrontations with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) to the north west of occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday night.

Israel ups the ante in Jerusalem as peace talks reach dead-end
PIC – The Israeli Knesset witnessed acrimonious discussion Monday as lawmakers made inflammatory calls, urging the Israeli government to “partition” the Aqsa Mosque.

Hamas: Death of Turabi an Israeli crime
PIC – Hamas movement held the IOA fully responsible for the death of captive Hasan Al-Turabi due to its deliberate medical neglect of Palestinian prisoners and the inhuman practices against Turabi.

WAFA

Arab American Group Protests Stereotype Image of Arabs
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry in Bethlehem Announces $75 for Infrastructure Projects
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Kerry Arrives in Bethlehem
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Police Arrest Woman inside Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Soldiers Arrest 8 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 6 Nov 2013

Misc

Yasser Arafat probably poisoned by polonium, Swiss review concludes
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004, Al Jazeera channel reported Wednesday.

Secretary of State Kerry meets with Israeli, Palestinian leaders
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to extend support at a tense juncture in peace talks.

Bombing in heart of Syria’s capital kills 8
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT — A bomb exploded Wednesday in a busy square in central Damascus, killing eight people and wounding at least 50, Syria’s state-run media reported.

Egypt court upholds ban on Muslim Brotherhood
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a sweeping ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a sign of the interim government’s determination to keep heavy pressure on the Islamist movement.

Israel legal saga ends as Avigdor Lieberman acquitted of fraud
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — A legal saga that has held Israel’s political system in suspense for years came to an end Wednesday as Avigdor Lieberman, one of the country’s most controversial and powerful politicians, was acquitted of corruption charges.

9 million Syrians need help before winter, U.N. says
LA Times 5 Nov 2013 – As winter nears, Syrians lack basic supplies and aid groups face danger trying to reach them. Meanwhile, Geneva II talks are put off. BEIRUT — Syria’s escalating humanitarian crisis has left more than 9 million people in the country in need of aid, according to…

West Close to Temporary Nuclear Deal With Iran, Official Says
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – An Obama administration official said that an Iranian agreement to halt nuclear activity, for six months perhaps, would buy time for negotiators to work out a more sweeping deal. 

W.H.O. Escalates Polio Fight in Reinfected Mideast
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – Worried about containing an outbreak in Syria, the World Health Organization has doubled the number of young children it wants vaccinated to more than 20 million. 

Deadly Blasts Puncture Picture of Normalcy in 2 Syrian Cities
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – A bomb in Damascus, the capital, hit a landmark train station, killing eight, Syrian state media reported, and another struck a military intelligence office in a largely peaceful southern city. 

Kerry Presses Israel on Settlement Construction
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to steady peace talks floundered after a dispute over Jewish settlements. 

Israeli Court Clears Former Foreign Minister of Fraud Charges
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – The acquittal opens the way for Avigdor Lieberman, a political powerhouse in Israel, to be reinstated as foreign minister by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Qatari Court Orders Temporary Release of American Couple
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – The couple, Matthew and Grace Huang, are accused of starving their 8-year-old daughter to death, but they say the girl had been struggling with an underlying eating disorder. 

Diplomats Fail to Agree on Details for Syria Peace Talks
New York Times 5 Nov 2013 – Senior American, Russian and United Nations diplomats could not agree on a date for peace talks, nor were they able to decide on which countries should participate. 

Iranian Minister 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, Mohammad Javad Zarif, sounded an optimistic note. 

In Mideast, Kerry Tries to Nudge Peace Talks Along
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. 

Ultra-rightist Avigdor Lieberman returns to Foreign Ministry after acquittal on fraud charges
Mondoweiss – Lieberman and Netanyahu at a press conference, November, 2012. (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi) Avigdor Lieberman is back in action. The pugnacious right-wing leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party was acquitted of fraud charges earlier today, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed him back into the government….

Video: ‘The real truth about the West Bank’ offers rejoinder to Danny Ayalon’s hasbara lies
Mondoweiss – Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani set the record straight in Visualizing Palestine ‘s new video debunking Danny Ayalon’s lies in Shlomo Blass ‘s 2011 hasbara production created for the Israeli Foreign Ministry . (Hat tip Refaat Alareer)

Wix raises $127m in Nasdaq IPO
Globes Main News – The DIY website creator’s offering was held at the high end of the $14.50-16.50 price range and company valuation of $600 million.

El Al to launch low-cost flights to Europe
Globes Main News – El Al’s campaign is in response to the rising competition as part of the “Open Skies” policy being promoted by the Transport Ministry.

Elovitch improves liquidity of Bezeq parent
Globes Main News – B Communications has modified its financing agreement with the banking syndicate, which it used to help acquire control of Bezeq in 2010.

‘Bloomberg marched with a fascist’
Mondoweiss – Bloomberg with Danny Danon This picture was taken last June in New York, at the Israel Day parade. I just saw it on Scott Roth’s twitter feed. Mike Bloomberg marching with a fascist. Wouldn’t be acceptable if it was anyone but an Israeli. pic.twitter.com/b6jpN7T4B4 — Scott…

Wed: Bezeq again boosts market
Globes Main News – Bezeq and its parent companies B Communications and Internet Gold after B Communications modified its financial covenants.

What comes next: Why secularism fooled me into thinking the two-state solution was likely
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…

Palestinian-American student denied entry to Israel after being told, ‘there is no such thing as Palestine’
Mondoweiss – Two Israeli soldiers standing guard near the Allenby Border Crossing. (Photo: Yara Karmalawy) I’ve spent my entire life hearing stories about Jerusalem and the beauty of my homeland from my mother and grandparents. I had always dreamed of one day being able to visit, and in…

Flug: Good public services mean high taxes 
Globes Macro Economics – Bank of Israel Governor Karnit Flug: If you want a big government, it means large expenditures and high taxes.

Teva awards Kfar Saba employees 27% pay hike
Globes Main News – The company and the plant’s workers committee are due to shortly sign a five-year labor contract.

AIPAC is a presence on Ohio State campus, and Palestinian solidarity group is denied funding
Mondoweiss – Lately the Committee for Justice in Palestine at The Ohio State University was denied funding for the first time by the OSU Student Government (USG). Student Paul Peters wrote to the school newspaper, The Lantern, supporting the group’s appeal of the denial. Because his letter has not appeared,…

Caesarstone raises 2013 guidance
Globes Main News – The company will have seven production lines by 2015.

SodaStream to air $4m Super Bowl ad
Globes Main News – This is the second consecutive year that the home carbonation system company will be among some 40 elite brands advertising during the Super Bowl.

‘Weak and retreating’ US policy on Iran is ‘bad for the Jews’ — Foxman
Mondoweiss – Foxman and the vice president at ADL centennial gala last week I missed this last week, Abe Foxman’s speech to the ADL centennial gala (Thanks to Max Blumenthal). A paean to American militant engagement in the world, to support Israel. Notice that the Holocaust survivor says…

He’s baaaack . . .
Mondoweiss – Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted today of corruption charges and is expected to re-join the Israeli government as Foreign Minister. We’ll have more on the news later, but for now this gives you a summary:

Photo-sharing co Mobli raises $60m
Globes Main News – Carlos Slim has invested in the company and America Movil will offer Mobli’s services to its mobile users.

Halevi: 2000 years of Jewish aspiration, Palestinians not so much
Mondoweiss – Yossi Klein Halevi Yossi Klein Halevi’s recent talk at Marist College was a masterful performance. The author of a new book, he began by being disarmingly blunt about the suffering of the Palestinian people. He had seen it himself during his service in the Israel Defense…

Weizmann Inst. receives $50m for personalized medicine research 
Globes Macro Economics – The donation is for the Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine, which will be named for Nancy and Stephen Grand.

Palestinian ‘props:’ Israeli army trains in cemetery and villages under occupation
Mondoweiss – Army training in populated villages and towns VIDEO: NGO films soldiers training near West Bank cemetery Haaretz 5 Nov by Gili Cohen (1.31 minutes) — A video shot last Thursday by volunteers of the human rights group Yesh Din shows Israel Defense Forces troops training in…

TASE trading volumes reach 2-year high
Globes Main News – Trading volume in October was 32% above the monthly average for the year to date.

Amdocs acquires Celcite for $129m
Globes Main News – Celcite’s business service solutions serve mobile providers and will expand Amdocs’s business systems services.

Yehudit Bronicki steps down from Ormat 
Globes Energy & Water – Yehudit Bronicki will retire on June 30, 2014, after 48 years at the geothermal energy company, including 23 years as CEO.

Treasury implements hedging deal
Globes Macro Economics – The Debt Management Unit reported Tuesday that it executed a $75 million hedging deal.

Netanyahu: No tax hikes for wealthy 
Globes Macro Economics – Benjamin Netanyahu: Taxes shouldn’t be raised on companies or the wealthy – faster growth will achieve higher tax revenues.

Anatomy of a Pro-Israel Con #Fail
Tikun Olam – A bad con job I don’t know what it is about reporting on Israeli drone failures that brings the right-wing con artists and hoaxsters out of the woodwork, but the ghouls are out in force once more. Maybe it’s the influence of Halloween or the new…

Sham Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks Continue 
Sabbah report 6 Nov 2013 – It bears repeating. Israel and Washington deplore peace. They demand unconditional Palestinian surrender. John Kerry is Israel’s man at State. Expect no diplomatic breakthrough. Whatever Kerry proposes will be entirely one-sided. Crumbs offered Palestinians will be too little to matter. Israeli settlement construction continues unabated. Dispossessing…

Theo Bickel To Be Honored By Austria On Anniversary of Kristallnacht 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Theodore Bikel, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Vienna for prestate Israel, will be honored by the Austrian government on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Click here for the rest of the article…

First Woman to Head Bank of Israel Targets Economic Inequality 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Andromeda Hill is a beachfront complex of luxury apartments connected by tree-lined pathways that features such amenities as a spa and business center. Five minutes down the road is Ajami, a low-income neighborhood profiled in the 2009 film of the same name that remains one of…

Arafat ‘may have been poisoned’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera.

Yasser Arafat Poisoned With Polonium, Widow Charges 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband’s corpse. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Boycott Israel’ Stickers Hit Shelves of Irish Supermarket Giant Tesco 
The Foward Breaking News 6 Nov 2013 – The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement placed yellow stickers on items produced in Israel in a popular supermarket chain in Ireland. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt rejects Brotherhood ban appeal 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A court in Egypt dismisses an appeal by the Muslim Brotherhood against a ban on all its “activities” and the seizure of its assets.

Israeli ex-FM cleared of corruption 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is cleared of corruption charges and is set for a return to Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

Prosecutor killed in south-east Iran 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A public prosecutor and his driver have been killed in the restive south-eastern Iranian province of Sistan Baluchistan, state media say.

Jewish Groups Split on 60-Day ‘Time Out’ for Lobbying Over Iran Nukes 
The Forward New 6 Nov 2013 – Jewish groups are divided over giving the White House time to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program. But there is little sign of intense pressure for a stronger stand. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zambia: Will Zambia Cross Jordan? 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2013 – [Times of Zambia]ZAMBIA today takes on 2014 World Cup playoff finalists, Jordan in an international friendly match in Doha with interim Chipolopolo coach, Patrice Beaumelle eyeing his first victory since taking charge of the team.

South Africa: Cosatu Defends South Africa’s Democratic Foreign Policy On Israel and Condemns Attacks Against Dirco Minister 
allAfrica.com 6 Nov 2013 – [COSATU]COSATU, South Africa’s largest trade union federation with over 2 million members would like to make three points regarding recent statements by South Africa’s Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Deadly blast hits central Damascus 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Eight people are killed by am explosion blast in the Syrian capital Damascus, and another eight in a blast in the Druze town of Suweida, reports say.

Arafat ‘may have been poisoned’ 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera.

Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Could Saudi Arabia be about to obtain nuclear arms from Pakistan?

Kerry confident of Mid-East progress 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says he remains optimistic that tensions and difficulties can be overcome in the Middle East peace process.

Forensics reveal Arafat was killed with polonium, widow says 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – A September 28, 1998 file photo shows Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat addressing the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Photo: AFP – Timothy A. Clary) Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha…

Violence in Iraq sparks new sectarian displacement 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Violence in Iraq sparks new sectarian displacement

Lines of the Game: Assad Compromise Not Yet Complete 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 6 Nov 2013 – A picture taken on November 6, 2013, shows blood and debris on a sidewalk following a mortar attack in the northern city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) A picture taken on November 6, 2013, shows blood and debris on a sidewalk following a mortar…

Lebanese Minister Reveals Daliyeh’s Port Mysteries 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – The family of assassinated prime minister Hariri wants to seize public land in Daliyeh. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The family of assassinated prime minister Hariri wants to seize public land in Daliyeh. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) On Tuesday, November 5, Lebanese Transport and Works Minister Ghazi Aridi summed…

Suhail Bawji: Lebanon’s De Facto Ruler 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position for 13 years. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Despite the end of his term and the questionable legality of his appointment, the man has persevered in his position…

Russia says ready to host informal Syria talks 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Russia is ready to host informal talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and the opposition, ITAR-TASS quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Wednesday. The news agency quoted Bogdanov, who represented Russia at talks in Geneva on Tuesday with US officials and UN-Arab…

Tunisia president says will free man jailed for posting Mohammed caricatures 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki said Wednesday he would free a Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased. Jabbeur Mejri was sentenced at a closed hearing in March 2012 to seven and half years…

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani man, marking 71th execution of 2013 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Saudi authorities beheaded a Pakistani man Wednesday in the eastern Qatif province after he was convicted of drug trafficking in the kingdom, the interior ministry announced. Jaafar Ghulam Ali was “arrested as he was smuggling a large amount of heroin,” said the ministry statement quoted by…

Suicide bomber blows up oil tanker in Iraq, killing seven 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Updated at 4:45pm: A suicide bomber detonated an oil tanker rigged with explosives at a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing seven policemen, while attacks elsewhere left eight dead, officials said. Iraq is mired in its worst violence since 2008, with more than 5,500…

Egypt rejects Brotherhood ban appeal 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A court in Egypt dismisses an appeal by the Muslim Brotherhood against a ban on all its “activities” and the seizure of its assets.

Israeli ex-FM cleared of corruption 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is cleared of corruption charges and is set for a return to Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet.

Egypt upholds ban on Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted President Mohammed Mursi shows a posters with the four fingers, the symbol known as “Rabaa”, which means four in Arabic, remembering those killed in the crackdown on the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo earlier in the year,…

Iranian prosecutor shot dead in tense border region 
Al-Akhbar News 6 Nov 2013 – An Iranian public prosecutor and his driver were killed by unidentified militants on Wednesday at 7:15 am, a provincial chief justice stated. Moussa Nouri and his driver were killed in the city of Zabol, located near the joint border between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The attack…

Prosecutor killed in south-east Iran 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – A public prosecutor and his driver have been killed in the restive south-eastern Iranian province of Sistan Baluchistan, state media say.

Why fate of Jordan Valley is key to MidEast peace deal 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – Why Israel and Palestinians both want control of Jordan Valley

VIDEO: ‘Let Syrian people decide future’ 
BBC 5 Nov 2013 – As world powers meet in Geneva to discuss possible Syria peace talks, the Syrian Presidential Advisor, Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, has rejected the opposition’s demand that President Assad make it clear before the talks that he will step down during the transition.

Egypt-Libya: Public Smiles and Hidden Disagreements 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 (…

Articles


Appeasement dooms Palestinians to misery 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 11/6/2013
UN’s precious gift empowering legal action is squandered while Israel, with US/UK/EU acquiescence, continues to seize land and resources with impunity.
Later this month Palestinians will be celebrating an important anniversary, namely the decision by the UN General Assembly a year ago to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state.
But not with much joy, I suspect.
Its upgraded status now enables Palestine to take part in UN debates and join bodies like the International Criminal Court (ICC). Predictably, Israel flew into a rage at the prospect and said the move pushed the peace process “backwards”, while the US said it was “unfortunate”.
So what has the Palestinian leadership done with this precious gift of empowerment from the international community?
Nothing.
Litany of crime
In March this year the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, concluding four years of investigations, called for the ICC to investigate “crimes” committed by Israel in the occupied territories. The tribunal said it would “support all initiatives from civil society and international organizations aimed at bringing Israel in front of the International Criminal Court”. Since Palestine was awarded observer status at the UN the previous November, it could file complaints on its own behalf against Israel with the court. The tribunal also called on the ICC to recognize Palestinian jurisdiction and for an extraordinary session of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid, set up for South Africa, to examine the Israeli case. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu: PA agreed to new settlement construction in exchange for prisoner release; Kerry denies 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/6/2013
This post has been updated to add John Kerry’s statements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is claiming that the Palestinian leadership agreed to new settlement construction in exchange for release of Palestinian prisoners during the current bilateral peace negotiations. There have been reports of such an understanding in the Israeli media, but no official confirmation so far.
In an interview to the Israeli news channel i24, Netanyahu said:
“If they can’t even stand up to, or stand behind the agreements that we had that we would release prisoners while we continue building, then how can I assume that they’ll actually stand by the larger issues that will require of them far greater confrontation with received opinion and with fixed positions in their societies?” asked Netanyahu. “You want to lead? Stand up. Do the difficult things. I’ve done it. I expect the Palestinians to do it.”
The Palestinian leadership has been protesting Israel’s decision to advance the construction of no fewer than 5,000 new housing units in the West Bank, including hundreds in isolated settlements outside the areas know as the settlement blocks. Head of the Palestinian negotiating team, Saeb Erkat, even threatened to resign over the issue.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, in no unclear language, shot down the notion.
“I want to make it extremely clear that at no time did the Palestinians in any way agree, as a matter of going back to the talks, that they somehow condone or accept the settlements,” Kerry said in Bethlehem after meeting with Abbas. “The Palestinians believe that the settlements are illegal.” — See also: Read: The real problem with the prisoner release more.. e-mail

Hamas textbook incitement and Israeli manipulation 
Dahlia Scheindlin, +972 Magazine 11/4/2013
Violence and incitement in education should be condemned on, and from every side. But clinging to and focusing only on the worst of the ‘other side’ can be even worse than incitement.
The Hamas leadership in Gaza is replacing Palestinian Authority high school textbooks with its own, New York Times reported Monday. The Hamas textbooks, the story explains, promote militancy and a Hamas-tinted reading of history, Palestinian identity and the conflict.
The report is upsetting. The last thing this conflict needs is even more extreme, hard-line and distorted renditions of its history for any of the parties involved.
It is also disturbing because of the social and political context in which readers will interpret it. This in no way implies that the story shouldn’t be told. But the cheap politi
cal manipulation it will certainly feed can help no one.

Related: Palestinian textbook case closed, more trumped-up charges expected
Most Jews, Israelis and mainstream, even liberal supporters of Israel who read the article will be horrified. Many already believe that Palestinian Authority textbooks are hotbeds of hatred, stuffed full of Der Sturmer images of Jews, suffused with cults of death. In their mind’s eye, classrooms full of Palestinian kids intone, “death to Jews, throw Zionists into the sea,” every day.
Conservative Israelis and their supporters will be gleeful. The notion that Palestinian education is a factory for anti-Israel incitement has become a touchstone for their reluctance to advance peace, and fallback excuse when argued out of any other point. Incitement is dragged out to reinforce the permanence of Palestinian hostility. The fixation has become so deep in recent years that incitement now rivals the “no partner” mantra as a justification for continued, maybe permanent, occupation. more.. e-mail

What Palestinian citizens of Israel can learn from the civil rights movement 
Robert Cherry, +972 Magazine 11/6/2013
Despite recent improvement in the economic situation of Palestinian citizens of Israel, many remain suspicious of the Israeli government and its motives. Palestinians must look back at the legacy of the black American struggle for equality, drawing on lessons that they can use to further their own cause.
Thanks to Israeli government efforts, there has been a substantial improvement in the economic wellbeing of its Palestinian citizens. Whereas in the period 1997-2005, after adjusting for inflation, Palestinian family income declined, during the next six years it rose by more than 7 percent. By contrast, Jewish family income increased by more during the earlier than the most recent period. The following essay will identify five ways in which the Palestinian community can learn from the economic advancements made by black Americans in recent decades.
1. Can economic advancements be a catalyst for social and political improvements?
After the initial civil rights gains, many U.S. whites maintained negative attitudes toward black Americans. In Israel, strong anti-Palestinian attitudes remain so that Palestinians doubt that many of the current government initiatives can be sustained. I am more hopeful, however, because I believe, just as it happened in the U.S., a growing professional class will push successfully for social and political changes.
2. Is a moral commitment to equality necessary to sustain government efforts when a significant share of the majority population is not supportive of equality?
In the U.S., efforts were sustained because many government officials were driven by a strong moral commitment towards equality. While there are notable exceptions like Manuel Trajtenberg (who led the 2011 negotiations between the government and the social protest leaders), the Israeli government is driven by economic concerns…. more.. e-mail

US Christian Zionists plan to take over Palestinian university in Israel 
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – Palestinians accuse Texas governor Rick Perry of jumping on an educational project in Nazareth to pursue a racist agenda. more..

Late artist inspires new film on Palestinian children’s dreams
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – Hassan Hourani left behind a book of children’s stories when he drowned ten years ago. more..

The Month in Pictures: October 2013
Electronic Intifada: 6 Nov 2013 – A monthly roundup of photographs documenting Palestine, Palestinian life, politics and culture, and international solidarity with Palestine. more..


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