VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 7 November 2013

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International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Calls for Investigation into Death Palestinian Prisoner in Israeli Hospital
IMEMC – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for an immediate and independent investigation into the circumstances of the death of a Palestinian prisoner, Hassan al-Turabi, in Affoula Hospital inside Israel on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. …

Gaza Power Plant Forced off
IMEMC – Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Deteriorate The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip. …

Army Kidnaps 25 Social Media Activists In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Occupied Jerusalem – Israeli soldiers and police officers kidnapped on Wednesday evening [November 6 2013] 25 young Palestinian men and women, active in social network sites, exposing Israeli violations. …

Shots Fired At Army Vehicle Near Ramallah
IMEMC – [Thursday November 7, 2013] Israeli sources have reported that, on Wednesday at night, rounds of live ammunition were fired at an Israeli military vehicle, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing or injuries. …

Ma’an News

Israeli army kills Palestinian at checkpoint in southern Nablus
11/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at the Zaatara checkpoint in southern Nablus Thursday, witnesses told Ma’an. The 20-year-old man from Nablus was shooting fireworks at Israeli soldiers, who responded by shooting the Palestinian to death, witnesses added. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that soldiers opened fire on a man in Tapuah near the….

Suspects open fire at Israeli soldiers near Ramallah
11/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Shots were fired from a Palestinian car at Israeli soldiers in a Ramallah village overnight Wednesday, Israel’s army said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said the shots were fired at Israeli forces as a car exited the village of Nilin. Another car then approached an Israeli army commander and tried to run him over, she added. The Israeli commander fired….

Settlers torch 2 cars in Hebron village, spray graffiti
11/7/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers torched two Palestinian cars in a Hebron village on Thursday, locals said. A group of settlers from Kiryat Arba set fire to the vehicles in Bani Naim, which belonged to brothers Abed al-Menm and Mohammad al-Salayma al-Jalajel. The settlers also sprayed threatening graffiti in the village reading “Good things are coming,” apparently referring to future attacks being prepared by settlers….

Israel closes alleged Hamas offices in Jerusalem
11/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli security forces on Thursday shut down two East Jerusalem offices they said were a cover for activities of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip. A statement from Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service said its agents and police closed “two Jerusalem offices, from which the Hamas terror organization had been conducting actions.” The Shin Bet named….

Israel opposes alleged Iran nuclear proposal
11/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel urged world powers on Wednesday to reject what it said was an Iranian offer to partly cut back its nuclear program in return for an easing of Western sanctions.”Israel in the last few hours has learned that a proposal will be brought before the P5+1 in Geneva in which Iran will cease all enrichment at 20 percent and slow down….

PFLP-GC to coordinate safe exit for Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk
11/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command has agreed with Syrian authorities to facilitate the exit of all Palestinian refugees who wish to leave Yarmouk camp, the militant organization said in a statement. The plan for the refugees’ exit will be announced at the beginning of the next week, PFLP-GC media official Anwar Raja was quoted as….

Calls for Arafat ‘killing’ probe after poison report
11/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian officials demanded a global probe into the “killing” of Yasser Arafat on Thursday, a day after it emerged that Swiss forensic tests showed he probably died from polonium poisoning. With the scientific analysis purportedly showing how the Palestinian leader had died mysteriously, a senior figure in the Palestine Liberation Organization called for an international inquiry to determine who was behind it.” The….

Kerry in Jordan as settlement spat imperils peace talks
11/7/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Jordan’s king Thursday after reaffirming US opposition to Israeli settlements, as the contentious issue threatens to derail the peace process. The top US diplomat met with King Abdullah II in Amman and was later to hold talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Kerry, who has single-mindedly fought to get the Israeli-Palestinian peace….

Israel: Proposed Iran deal would be ‘historic’ error
11/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Thursday warned against a proposal to ease sanctions on Iran in return for the freezing of its nuclear program, saying it would be “a mistake of historic proportions.” “Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today” which would “allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Jerusalem conference….

Iran nuclear talks kick off amid guarded hopes
11/7/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — A fresh round of talks between Iran and world powers kicked off Thursday with a push for Tehran to freeze its disputed nuclear program in exchange for some relief from sanctions. Officials have said that a long-awaited deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions may be finally within reach, after years of fruitless talks were given fresh momentum by the election of….

Explosion destroys Israeli lawyer’s car in Tel Aviv, no injuries
11/7/2013 – The car belonged to attorney Guy Goren, who has repeatedly prosecuted crime organizations – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A car exploded in central Tel Aviv Thursday near Ichilov Hospital, destroying the car of an Israeli lawyer, a Ma’an reporter said. Police, ambulances, and fireman rushed to the area, but no injuries were reported.” No one was in the vehicle at the time of the….

Sniper kills Egypt soldier in Sinai
11/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A sniper shot dead an Egyptian soldier Wednesday in the lawless Sinai Peninsula where the army has been waging a relentless campaign to root out militants, a security official said. The 20-year-old conscript was killed while training at a military camp in Sheikh Zuwayed, the official said.”He was shot in the head,” the official said, adding the nature of the wound….

Syria army retakes town near Damascus from rebels
11/7/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime militiamen retook a major rebel enclave south of Damascus on Thursday, severing a key opposition supply line. The recapture, reported by a monitoring group and state television, was part of a broader army campaign that has seen a string of towns in the area fall into regime hands. In France, meanwhile, Foreign Minister….

Iraq attacks kill 11 people ahead of Shiite pilgrimage
11/7/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks in Iraq, including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 11 people on Thursday, officials said, just a week ahead of a major annual Shiite pilgrimage. The violence follows the start of the Islamic new year and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad,
for commemoration ceremonies. The bloodshed is the latest in Iraq’s….

Iran Sunni rebels claim prosecutor’s assassination
11/7/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — The Sunni extremist group Jaish-ul Adl has claimed responsibility for the assassination of a public prosecutor in Iran’s restive southeast, media reports said Thursday. The reports came a day after Mousa Nouri, prosecutor of the city of Zabol which lies near the Afghan border in Sistan-Baluchestan province, was gunned down in a “terrorist attack,” according to officials. Jaish-ul Adl, the rebel….

US looks to allies to destroy Syrian chemical arms
11/7/2013 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — Washington has contacted several of its allies, including Belgium and France, for possible help in destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal, a Belgian foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday.”The Americans held an exploratory working brief in early October with Belgium, Norway, France and Albania to see what capacities each might have to treat chemical weapons,” the spokesman told AFP.”There was no formal….

AlJazeera

EU deplores Israel’s new settler homes plan
AlJazeera 7 Nov 2013 – Decision to build thousands of illegal structures on occupied land called threat to talks with the Palestinians.

Palestine News Network

IOA Postpones Visits to Megiddo Prisoners to Cover its Crime
Palestine News Network

Russel Brand’s “Messiah Complex” to be Performed in West Bank
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian farmland in ‘buffer zone’ near Beit Hanoun
11/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story – Corporate Watch, Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper | Beit Hanoun, Occupied Palestine – An Israeli surveillance balloon was hovering above farmers working in Beit Hanoun in the ‘buffer’ area – Close-up of surveillance balloon – Beit Hanoun – Close-up of surveillance balloon – Beit Hanoun – A Palestinian farmer sorts vegetables underneath the surveillance balloon – A Palestinian farmer sorts vegetables underneath the surveillance balloon – Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian homes….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Back on their feet in the West Bank
Relief Web 7 Nov 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory Maliha Jweihan walks down the hallway of the hospital’s physical therapy department in Hebron with the help of a newly-donated walker. In her 70s, Maliha suffers from severe back and…

occupied Palestinian territory: After Gaza Power Plant Forced off, Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Deteriorate
Relief Web 7 Nov 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the…

Syrian Arab Republic: What teachers can do
Relief Web 7 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Damascus By January 2013, four United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) schools in the Qabr Essit Palestine…

The National

Kerry warns of violence should Israeli and Palestinian talks fail
The National 7 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state in frantic bid to get peace negotiations back on track amid rising public anger among Palestinians over Israeli settlement building and among Israelis over the release of Palestinian prisoners.

Philippines braces for super typhoon Haiyan
The National 7 Nov 2013 – World’s most powerful typhoon this year gains strength as it swirls towards the Philippines with more than 12 million people in its path.

Who killed Yasser Arafat?
The National 7 Nov 2013 – With findings by Swiss scientists that the late Palestinian leader’s body contained levels of radioactive polonium ’20 times larger’ than expected, speculation will now turn from whether Arafat died an unnatural death to who was responsible for poisoning him. Analysis by Hugh Naylor 

Iran claims some sanctions to be lifted in nuclear talks breakthrough
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator says deal to cap some of its nuclear activies in exchange for selective relief from economic sanctions has been accepted by six world powers.

UK’s enemies ‘rubbing their hands with glee’ over Snowden leaks
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Head of MI6 spy agency says Al Qaeda and other enemies of Britain are ‘lapping up’ unauthorised disclosures by former US National Security Agency contractor.

Iranian prosecutor killed in revenge attack for hangings
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Sunni Islamist Baluch militants claim responsibility for killing prosecutor for ‘execution of 16 innocent young Baluchs’.

Musharraf freed from months-long house arrest
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Former president freed from months-long house arrest, days after he is bailed in case related to death of a radical cleric.

Tunisia’s revolution of youth confiscated by the old
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Three years after Tunisia’s revolution, youths who formed the vanguard of protests find themselves sidelined from the political arena by veteran leaders determined to hold on to power.

French principal flees Qatar after claims of anti-Muslim attitudes
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Deal struck by diplomats after principal is accused of having anti-Muslim attitudes and told he faced imprisonment. Colin Randall reports

Syrian militias are robbing civilians
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Complaints that Bashar Al Assad’s armed ‘Popular Committees’ exploit and abuse residents, in part because they operate with impunity.

Questions need to be answered in Arafat plot
The National 7 Nov 2013 – A report suggesting Yassar Arafat might have been murdered with polonium-210 adds a new dimension to the Palestinian struggle but diverts attention from the main goal

India’s space agency chief brought down to Earth by divine blessing
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Chairman of organisation that launched successful Mars mission criticised for visiting temple.

Fugitive terror suspect suing Britain over torture claim
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Somali-born terror suspect who escaped the surveillance of British authorities by donning a burqa is suing the government for alleged torture before he fled.

The best pictures from around the world on November 7
The National 7 Nov 2013 – A selection of the best pictures from around the globe on November 7.

Libyan government warns oil companies not to buy oil from militias
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Government describes such dealings as ‘blatant violation’ of Libyan sovereignty and a crime punishable by law.

Vietnam’s Dr Dracula and the dengue-busting mosquitos
The National 7 Nov 2013 – New research suggests some 390 million people are infected by dengue fever each year, mostly in Asia. However, one lab, on a Vietnamese island is fostering dengue-blocking mosquitos.

In pictures: Nurturing friendly mosquitos
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Vietnamese scientist Nguyen Thi Yen rids mosquitos of disease by injecting them with Wolbachia which works as a vaccine against dengue fever.

Cleveland rapist Ariel Castro took ‘coward’s way out’
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Michelle knight, the first woman to be abducted and tortured by rapist Ariel Castro says he he took the “cowardly way out” by hanging himself on Dr Phil Show.

Video: Olympic torch heads to international space station 
The National 7 Nov 2013 – The astronauts and cosmonaut heading to the International Space Station receive the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games torch, which they will carry through space.

Russia blasts torch into space ahead of Winter Olympic in Sochi
The National 7 Nov 2013 – Nasa Live TV showed the rocket, emblazoned with the pale blue Sochi 2014 logo, launching from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome on a clear morning in Kazakhstan.

Ha’aretz

The cynicism of Lieberman’s visit to the Kotel
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Finance Minister Lapid: Israel must ditch Reaganomics to help middle class
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Security forces close Jerusalem offices of two charities they say are fronts for Hamas
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Kerry to land in Geneva for Iran talks in unexpected visit
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

The politician telling the truth on Israel’s economy
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Bank Leumi and I won’t be working together
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Whether with Netanyahu or Likud’s right wing, Lieberman’s path is paved
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Lieberman is unfit to be a minister
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Health Ministry threatens to cut medical services to IDF soldiers in central Israel
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

George W. Bush to headline fundraiser for Texas proselytizing group
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

California high school under fire over ‘Arab’ mascot
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Israeli Islamic Movement leader convicted of inciting to violence
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Pakistan ready to give Saudi Arabia nuclear bombs, say experts
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Israeli army kills Palestinian after he opens fire at West Bank junction
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Jewish family claims Nazi-looted artwork recovered in Germany
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Kerry warns lack of progress in peace talks may lead to intifada
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

As Iran eyes deal with world powers, Netanyahu warns of historic mistake
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

U.S. secretary of state meets Palestinian president in Amman
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Kerry: ‘Significant progress’ made in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Prosecutor’s car detonated near Tel Aviv District Court
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Israel can’t muzzle the world’s media – not even CNN
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Israel vehemently denies poisoning Arafat
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

New bill aims to make Israelis organ donors by default
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Kerry, send the peace process to the Security Council
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

BBC prankster duo fails to fool Israel’s embassy in London
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Kerry extends Mideast trip in effort to salvage peace talks
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Railways reform: A utopian vision that leaves passengers stuck fast
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Britons invited to post their genomes online for science
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Reunited, Netanyahu and Lieberman ally to crush the ‘kids’ Lapid, Bennett
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Jewish museum’s obsolete debate on anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Israel deserves Lieberman as prime minister
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Lieberman 1, Israel 0
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Yosef Harish, former Attorney-General, dead at 90
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Runoff election puts third woman at helm of local authority
Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

Soldiers on a mission to expose Israeli
army’s dark side

Ha’aretz – 6 Nov 2013

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

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

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

Jerusalem Post

ADL: 2 in 3 Israeli teens report experiencing anti-Semitism online
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Poll suggests that websites and social media are worldwide hotbeds for hate against Israelis. 

US Congress will not wait to push ahead with sanctions on Iran
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – White House says that it would consider sanctions relief if Iran offered “concrete verifiable measures” on its nuclear program; Netanyahu tells delegation of US congressmen that sanctions relief against Iran would be huge mistake. 

MK Adi Kol: Fix discriminatory bus fares against non-haredim
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – “Mehadrin” bus lines (with separate male and female seating) which service haredi towns and destinations continue to enjoy cheaper fares than bus routes of a similar distance and time. 

Bar Ilan students to boycott campus cafeterias to protest overpriced coffee and food
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Research conducted by the Student Union shows that the Bar Ilan prices are higher than in other higher education institutions in Israel. 

Car bomb targets Tel Aviv district prosecutor, shaking north Tel Aviv neighborhood
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Lawyer worked several cases against organized crime figures. 

The Liberman lesson
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court’s unqualified acquittal of Avigdor Liberman has many implications for his political career. 

Organized crime won’t go away on its own
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Although the Israel Police and the Public Security Ministry published data showing that there has been a decline in crime rates, this is not actually true. 

The Iranians are feeling the pinch
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.” 

Parshat Vayetze: Withstanding a negative environment
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Ya’acov’s behavior there can teach us about the lifestyle that affects each and every one of us. 

The shuk of Jewish ideas
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – The 153 Jewish Federations and 300 smaller Network communities across North America compose one of the world’s largest charitable organizations, raising nearly $1 billion annually. 

Report: Car belonging to prosecutor of organized crime explodes in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – No one injured in explosion near court house. 

Palestinian killed near Tapuah junction after firing on bus stop
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Police suspicious body may be wired with an explosive. 

Shalom threatens to cut off Palestinian electricity over unpaid bills
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom says “they have over a billion shekels of debt and they’ll need to pay them.” 

Prominent cleric calls for jihad against Egyptian army
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Sheikh urges Egyptians to attack the “army of infidels.” 

Rivlin proposes bill for Knesset to vote on gas exports
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – “Every government decision effects generations, like gas distribution.” 

IDF Soldiers shot at after run in with suspicious vehicle in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Second Palstinian car attempts to run over company commander; no injuries or damages resulted from the attack. 

Kerry warns of third intifada, Israel’s isolation, if peace talks break down
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Israelis, Palestinians committed to talks, Kerry says. 

Shin Bet shuts down Hamas offices in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Shin Bet says both offices are part of the Islamic Movement and managed from Nazareth and Umm El-Fahem. 

PLO demands international probe into Arafat’s death
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Group points to Swiss team’s report finding Arafat was poisoned. 

Netanyahu says nuclear deal with Iran would be a ‘mistake of historic proportions’
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Iranian FM calls nuclear program talks with Western powers “difficult” but believes progress is being made; PM tells world powers that any deal made with Iran will only allow them to retain capabilities to make nuclear weapons. 

Volunteer medic saves trapped baby’s life using new ‘window shatter’ technology
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – The device for safely breaking vehicle windows had been distributed to medics only the night before. 

Health and Defense Ministries argue over payment for soldiers’ public health fund clinic care
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – The issue affects some 30,000 soldiers who are permitted to go to health fund clinics instead of military doctors. 

Lapid does about face on corporate tax breaks
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Finance minister lays out plans for bolstering Israeli innovation; Yacimovich pans Lapid’s address, calls him a “failure”. 

Chemical watchdog: Inspectors verify previously inaccessible Syrian chemical site dismantled
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – OPCW says used footage from sealed cameras to verified one of two remaining chemical weapons sites. 

Jerusalem court convicts Islamic Movement leader for incitement to violence
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Raed Salah acquitted of racist incitement for 2007 speech. 

Sources: Saudi could have Pakistani-made atom bombs upon request
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Kingdom has allegedly financed nuclear arms made in Pakistan, the BBC reports. 

Palestinian vehicle attempts to run over IDF officer in West Bank, shots fired
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – IDF identifies suspicious car leaving Ni’lin, passengers open fire. 

Watch Live: Lapid, Bennett address Israel Democracy Institute Conference
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Israeli leaders speak at the Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society in Eilat. 

US strength of will may be questioned if Syria is hiding chemical arms
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – If Russian-brokered agreement with Syria’s Assad is ultimately ineffective, the US’s credibility is likely to suffer in their handling of Iran’s nuclear issue. 

Inter Press Service

New Law Threatens to Choke Freedom in Egypt
IPS A solider trying to stop a protest by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo. Credit: Hisham Allam/IPS. By Hisham Allam CAIRO, Nov 7 2013 (IPS) Demonstrations have been at the heart of historic upheavals in Egypt since January 2011. But a newly proposed law that seeks to regulate protests could imperil…

Cracks Widen in U.S.-Saudi Alliance
IPS A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber flies by ships participating in an exercise in the Arabian Gulf, August 2013. Riyadh views the U.S. as willing to risk sacrificing key strategic assets – in this case, the Bahrain headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet — as part of a broader retreat…

Uruknet

Video: A funny and devastating response to the lies of Israel s Danny Ayalon
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – In 2011, then Israeli deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon released an outrageous propaganda video called “The Truth About the West Bank.”The video was anything but the truth: it denied the land was Palestinian and that it…

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images) Video: A funny and devastating response to the lies of Israel s Danny Ayalon
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – In 2011, then Israeli deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon released an outrageous propaganda video called “The Truth About the West Bank.”The video was anything but the truth: it denied the land was Palestinian and that it…

War Crimes in Afghanistan? 10 Bodies of Abducted Villagers Found Outside U.S. Special Forces Base
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013- Shortly after the U.S. military was forced to vacate a base in Afghanistan s Wardak province this spring, the bodies of 10 Afghan villagers were found nearby. All of the people had disappeared after being detained by…

What it s like to be detained in Guantanamo Bay
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – My cell was about eight foot by six foot. You couldn t take more than three steps in either direction. It had a metal bunk fixed in and a steel toilet and wash basin. There was…

Report: Military Doctors Designed, Enabled U.S. Torture of Prisoners at Guantánamo, Secret Prisons (Video) 
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – A new report says medical professionals working under U.S. military orders have been complicit in the abuse of terrorism suspects. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism concluded that medical staff who worked with the CIA…

Sanctimoniousness and Wounded Pride The US-Germany Dramarama
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – America s allies are scandalized to learn that the NSA has been spying not only on their citizens but – going way over the line – their leaders. Obama, who once presented himself as the alternative…

Joseph Massad on how Peace is War (Video) 
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – …Above is a lecture he presented at Austin Community College on October 23, 2013. In it Massad details the history of Zionism, which he sees as a racist, colonial-settler movement that has always intended to subdue…

Video: US Soldiers Watch as Man Mercilessly Whipped, Beaten
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 -A violent video acquired by Rolling Stone journalist Matthieu Aikins and posted to the magazine s website on Thursday appears to show U.S. soldiers standing by as an unidentified Afghan prisoner is whipped and beaten by members…

Israeli army kills Palestinian at checkpoint in southern Nablus
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man at the Zaatara checkpoint in southern Nablus Thursday, witnesses told Ma an. The 20-year-old man from Nablus was shooting fireworks at Israeli soldiers, who responded by shooting the…

When security means training in a Muslim cemetery (Video ) 
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – Last Thursday, Yesh Din field investigators filmed our brave troops while they were training in a Muslim graveyard in Hebron …One is pressed to imagine greater callousness of heart: turning a graveyard, a place on which…

Iranian official reports progress at Geneva nuclear talks
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – A senior Iranian official has claimed a significant step forward at nuclear talks in Geneva, saying Tehran s proposed plan for resolving the decade-long impasse over its atomic programme has been accepted. Abbas Araqchi, the deputy…

Activists calls for urgent protection of prisoners inside Israeli jails
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – Palestinian activists organised a symbolic funeral in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for the Palestinian prisoner who died in an Israeli hospital after he had been denied proper healthcare for months. Hassan Al-Torabi was pronounced dead…

Officers and soldiers defect from Iraqi army
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -A number of soldiers and officers in the 12th Division of the Iraqi army, stationed in Kirkuk in the governorate of Ta mim, have announced their defection from the army. The Commander of the first regiment of…

When Prisons Retaliate: California Inmates Still Paying Price for Demanding Rights
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – …”People perceived as supporting the strike, whether refusing meals, refusing work, or supporting the strike with other action faced retaliation,” said attorney Caitlin Kelly-Henry in an interview with Common Dreams. “As many as 30,000 people are…

US ordered to hand over Red Cross files on conditions at Guantánamo Bay
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -The military judge in the 9/11 tribunal has ordered the disclosure of correspondence between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the US government about conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. The extraordinary ruling, issued…

Obama administration pledges to continue illegal spying programs
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013- The Obama administration is responding to the latest series of exposures of the massive National Security Agency spying operations by insisting that all the programs will continue, while intensifying its campaign against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Leaks…

Syria News – November 6, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – By the of Wednesday the coordination committees were able to document 74 martyrs including 10 women, 7 children and 1 under torture: 26 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 12 in Homs; 11 in…

The A-Team Killings
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – In the fall of 2012, a team of American Special Forces arrived in Nerkh, a district of Wardak province, Afghanistan, which lies just west of Kabul and straddles a vital highway. The members installed themselves in…

NSA Spying: Get It All
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – NSA spies at home and abroad. Anything goes is policy. Obama exceeds what his predecessors began. NSA s pre-9/11 incarnation was a shadow of today s monster. Privacy no longer exists. Advanced technology lets NSA go…

Violence in Iraq sparks new sectarian displacement
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -The Farouk family were so frightened that we had to visit their house under cover of night to hear their story.They are Sunni Muslims and say they received an ultimatum to leave their house from Shia extremists…

Thousands face uncertainty over Jerusalem demolition threat
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 — 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…

Palestinian-American student denied entry to Israel after being told, there is no such thing as Palestine 
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 -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 the summer of…

Iraqi children face poverty, violence, exploitation
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – …Child victims are not restricted to those killed in bombings or those who have lost their parents; there are other types of threats facing the children of Iraq. They are the primary target of criminal gangs…

Netanyahu: PA agreed to new settlement construction in exchange for prisoner release; Kerry denies
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – 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…

Berber Protesters Halt Flow of Libyan Gas to Italy
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013– Berber protesters occupying a gas terminal at MellitahBerber protesters occupying a gas terminal at Mellitah in western Libya said today they are cutting off the Greenstream gas pipeline that delivers supplies to Italy.in western Libya said today…

In the Shadow of Malala: The West s Unsaved Others
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – …Many have written about Malala s fame. Journalist Assed Baig argued that Western journalists and politicians have used Malala to appease their white man s burden, to hide their sins in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to…

Imran Khan seeks Nato blockade over killing of Taliban leader
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013 – Pakistani politician Imran Khan has threatened to blockade supply lines to Nato forces in Afghanistan if the US does not end drone strikes this month.The cricketer-turned-politician accused the US of sabotaging peace efforts with the Pakistani…

UK government refusing to grant visas for drone strike victims
Uruknet 7 Nov 2013 – November 6, 2013- The British government is refusing to grant visas to three Pakistani drone strike victims, including Noor Khan, who is suing the UK over its role in intelligence-sharing with the CIA. All three men had been invited to…

Daily Star

Obama says ‘sorry’ to Americans losing health insurance
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama said Thursday he was “sorry” for Americans who had insurance plans cancelled because of his health care law, even though he had promised they would not.

Suicide bombings kill 19 at Iraq military base
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Authorities in Iraq say at least 19 soldiers have been killed in a dual suicide car bombing at a military base just north of the capital, Baghdad.

Iran, six powers making progress in “tough” nuclear negotiations
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Iran and six world powers appeared to be edging towards a deal on its disputed nuclear activity on Thursday, citing progress in negotiations building on a diplomatic opening from Tehran, although it cautioned that the discussions…

Failure of peace talks may ignite third intifada: Kerry
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a grim warning to Israel on Thursday that failure to make peace with the Palestinians could trigger a new, bloody uprising.

Iran FM says agreement ‘possible’ by end of nuclear talks Friday
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Thursday it was possible to reach a deal with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme by the end of talks in Geneva on Friday.

Father denies AUB student suicide
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 The father of a student who fell to his death at the American University of Beirut denied Thursday that his son committed suicide.

Pakistani Taliban’s ruthless new commander
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Maulana Fazlullah, the new leader of the Pakistan Taliban, has a reputation as a ruthless commander prepared to do anything to enforce his uncompromising interpretation of Islamic law.

Kurds protest against wall along Turkey’s border with Syria
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Thousands of Kurds protested on Thursday against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border, calling it a move to stop Kurdish communities strengthening cross-frontier ties as Syria splinters from civil war.

Iraq attacks kill 11 people ahead of Shiite pilgrimage
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Attacks in Iraq, including a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims, killed 11 people on Thursday, officials said, just a week ahead of a major annual Shiite pilgrimage.

Ousted Egypt president’s wife sees him in prison
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 The family of Egypt’s toppled president visited him in prison on Thursday, their first face-to-face contact with him since a popularly-backed military coup ousted him from power four months ago, his wife said.

Berber militia takes western Libya oil facility
Daily Star 7 Nov 2013 Ethnic Berber militia fighters take control of a natural gas complex in western Libya, an employee there says, in an attempt to pressure the country’s interim parliament to give them better representation on a panel writing…

YNet News

Report: Kerry, Zarif to meet in Geneva
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – ….

Strongest typhoon of the year slams Philippines
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – ….

Palestinian tries to stab Border Guard officer near J’lem, shot
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – ….

Senior Iran negotiator says ‘a bit optimistic’ on nuclear deal
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – ….

US court rules lesbian egg donor has parent rights
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – ….

PM playing with fire 
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Palestinians want full sovereignty; if Israel wants to live, it must knock over negotiating table ….

Chabad emissary makes full recovery
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, who was shot about three months ago in Dagestan, attends annual Chabad conference in Brooklyn. ‘I found rabbis from around the world telling me I was inspiring them,’ he tells NY Post ….

Because he’s different
YNet News, 7 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Lieberman affair says a lot about our ability to accept person with foreign accent, unusual look ….

WAFA

Abbas Closely Following Up on Committee Investigating Arafat’s Death
WAFA – 7 Nov 2013

Settlers Set Fire to 2 Cars near Hebron
WAFA – 7 Nov 2013

British Official calls for Avoiding ‘Provocative’ Actions in Holy Places
WAFA – 7 Nov 2013

Israeli Police Round up Jerusalem Social Media Activists
WAFA – 7 Nov 2013

Weather Forecast: Chance of Rain at Night
WAFA – 7 Nov 2013

Misc

Kerry warns of violence if Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fail
LA Times 7 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — On a mission to keep the troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on track, Secretary of State John F. Kerry continued his round of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders Thursday .

U.S. holds talks about Yemen detention center for Guantanamo inmates
LA Times 6 Nov 2013 – The plan for a facility in Yemen is considered key to a renewed push by Obama to close Guantanamo, but funding is an issue. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is in talks with Yemeni officials to set up a detention facility outside their capital to…

Listening Post: Kerry Takes a Personal Approach to Mideast Peace
New York Times 7 Nov 2013 – Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, who mostly left managing the peace process to others, Secretary of State Kerry seems to enjoy grinding it out. 

Inspectors Verify Another Chemical Site in Syria
New York Times 7 Nov 2013 – International inspectors had not been able to reach the location in the northern Aleppo region earlier because of fighting in the country’s bloody civil war. 

U.S. Signals Flexibility as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume
New York Times 7 Nov 2013 – An American official said that a short suspension of the Iranian program would give negotiators time to pursue a comprehensive and far more challenging agreement. 

U.S. Will Ease Sanctions if Iran Halts Nuclear Program, 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. 

Antakya Journal: Next Door to War, There’s Money to Be Made
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – A half-dozen military supply stores are a source of military vests, camouflage pants, knives and gas masks for a clientele flooding in from all over the Middle East. 

Russians Meet With an Uncle of Assad in an Effort to Jump-Start Peace Talks
New York Times 6 Nov 2013 – Rifaat al-Assad, an uncle of President Bashar al-Assad, was forced out of the country in 1984 after attempting to lead a coup. 

Gaza forum showcases youth creativity despite crippling blockade
Mondoweiss – Palestinians protest the shutting down of their power plant in 2008. On November 1, 2013, the power plant shut down again. (Photo: Abid Katib/Getty Images) Gaza proves its creativity everyday. The besieged region has never bowed down to the confines of a brain-sapping blockade complete with…

Housing Minister: Prices will fall, but not by much
Globes Main News – Uri Ariel see a downward trend in home prices from 2015.

What’s making Africa-Israel run?
Globes Main News – The company’s share price has risen 40% in seven session, without any spectacular event.

Palestinian Brit trying to volunteer in Bethlehem interrogated for five hours at Ben Gurion airport
Mondoweiss – Anonymous, 18, is a Greek-Palestinian British student who lives in London. They usually go to Jordan every 2 years, but never had the chance to go to Palestine and hoped to this year as part of a volunteering program. They knew they would have difficulties at…

Shekel strengthens after euro rate cut
Globes Main News – In a surprise move, the European Central Bank cut the Eurozone interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.25%.

The first time I saw a settlement from behind its walls
Mondoweiss – Last summer was the first time I had ever seen a settlement from behind its walls. We 26 delegates drove down the highway that bisects the E1 corridor in a stream of all yellow, Israeli license-plates. Behind us were the outskirts of East Jerusalem, whole Palestinian…

Thu: ECB rate cut boosts TASE
Globes Main News – Stocks rose in afternoon trading after the Eurozone rate cut, with Teva to the fore.

Klug targeted by McCarthyite ‘dossier’– because he will speak on anti-Semitism in Berlin on Kristallnacht anniversary
Mondoweiss – Brian Klug “A vicious campaign is being waged against me and the lecture I am due to give at the Jewish Museum Berlin on Friday. The Jerusalem Post has just stoked the flames,” writes Brian Klug, a philosopher at Oxford and founder of Independent Jewish Voices…

Joseph Massad on how ‘Peace is War’
Mondoweiss – Joseph Massad is an Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He is a Palestinian born in Jordan in 1963. In 1998, Massad earned a doctorate at Columbia University
where he studied under Edward Said. His most recent book Desiring Arabs (2007), which…

Granovsky: I’ll invest in Israel regardless of IDB
Globes Main News – The Ukrainian tycoon said, “It’s impossible for us not to win IDB, but if God decides no, we’ll find another investment in Israel.”

Average salary rises 
Globes Macro Economics – The average gross monthly salary was NIS 9,297 in August 2013, in current prices.

Budget cuts threaten 10,000 defense industry jobs
Globes Macro Economics – Senior executives warn many factories are in danger of closing due to the drying up of defense ministry’s orders.

Yeshiva U president Joel has nothing to say about Adelson’s nuke-Iran recommendation
Mondoweiss – Richard Joel, Miri Adelson, Sheldon Adelson, Bret Stephens, Shmuley Boteach, and Boteach’s daughter. Woman at left unknown Yeshiva University president Richard Joel has declined to answer questions about why he said nothing as Sheldon Adelson said Obama should nuke Iran on a Yeshiva University stage, at…

What Comes Next: One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State
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…

Foreign currency reserves pass $80b threshold 
Globes Macro Economics – The Bank of Israel’s foreign currency reserves totaled $80.57 billion at the end of October, following a $669 million increase during the month.

Israel Chemicals to raise $275m debt in US
Globes Main News – The company will carry out a private placement of bonds with US investment institutions.

Israel Corp. prepared to inject capital into Zim
Globes Main News – However, Israel Corp.’s minority shareholders may be an obstacle, following a string of the company’s business failures.

Israel and Exile: a Nation in Need of a Founding Myth
Tikun Olam – Exile – A Myth Unearthed by Ilan Ziv , National Film Board of Canada Ilan Ziv’s remarkable film, Exile, a Myth Unearthed is now being screened around the world. You may recall that this was the film the BBC commissioned and then abandoned last May after pressure…

Bezeq Q3 profit jumps on lower revenue
Globes Main News – Lower telephony revenue was offset by higher Internet services, transmission, and data service revenue.

Lapid: Trickle down economics doesn’t work
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: Israel’s economy grew by 26.8% in the past ten years, but Israelis’ salaries rose by just 2.1%.

Norway gov’t split on lifting Israel arms sale ban
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The junior partner in Norway’s new right-wing coalition is pushing to lift the prohibition on weapons exports to Israel.

New report proves Yasser Arafat was most likely assassinated through polonium poisoning
Mondoweiss – Undated photograph of Yasser Arafat in Gaza City, made available by the Palestinian Authority. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority) Palestinian President Yasser Arafat was almost certainly murdered. Finally, after almost 9 years since his death, an extensive investigation initiated by Al Jazeera has shown what many have suspected for…

Iran sees nuclear deal on Friday 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Iran says a nuclear deal with world powers is possible during Geneva talks on Friday, as the US secretary of state changes his travel plans to attend.

John Kerry Heads to Geneva as Iran Nuclear Deal Looks in Sight 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Friday in an effort to help secure a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, a senior U.S. State Department official said. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Hundreds’ of Britons fight in Syria 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – The number of British Islamists who have gone to Syria to fight is in the “low hundreds”, the head of domestic intelligence service MI5 says.

John Kerry Grimly Warns Israel of Palestinian Unrest and Isolation If Peace Talks Fail 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Thursday that it could face a third Palestinian uprising and deepening international isolation if American-brokered peace negotiations failed. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Slams Possible Iran Nuclear Deal as ‘Historic’ Mistake 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers was taking shape in talks in Geneva, and adopting it would be a “mistake of historic proportions”. Click here for the rest of the article…

Arafat polonium findings confirmed 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Swiss scientists confirm late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had high levels of polonium in his body, but are not certain it caused his death.

Silvio Berlusconi Defends ‘Feel Like Jews’ Remark Over His Legal Woes 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Nov 2013 – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stressed his support for Israel and Jewish causes after sparking outrage by comparing his family to Jews under Hitler. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria army retakes key rebel enclave 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Syrian troops have retaken a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, state media say, as chemical weapons inspectors verify another site.

Get Involved With the BDS Movement 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 7 Nov 2013 – There are a number of ongoing BDS campaigns nationwide in which supporters of peace with justice in Israel/Palestine can become involved. Locally, the Rachel Corrie Foundation actively defends and supports the gains of the Olympia Food Co-op, the first food institution in the U.S. to implement…

Iran sees nuclear deal on Friday 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Iran says a nuclear deal with world powers is possible during Geneva talks on Friday, as the US secretary of state changes his travel plans to attend.

Morsi ‘steadfast’ in jail, says wife 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – The wife of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, currently on trial, says he is “steadfast” after visiting him in jail.

Attacks on Iraq army base kill 16 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Two suicide bombings leave at least 16 people dead at a military base north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Lebanon: Unlicensed Syrian Businesses Target of Ministry Plan 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Beirut and Mount Lebanon governorates host around 28.8 percent of informal Syrian businesses, concentrated in Bourj Hammoud, Nabaa, Tarik al-Jadida, and Mazraa. However, these establishments have a different image than those in the Bekaa. (Photo: Reuters – Ali Hashisho) Beirut and Mount Lebanon governorates host around…

‘Hundreds’ of Britons fight in Syria 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – The number of British Islamists who have gone to Syria to fight is in the “low hundreds”, the head of domestic intelligence service MI5 says.

Hamas and the Resistance: The Movement Plots Its Return 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Nov 2013 – Palestinians watch rescue workers as they search for the bodies of three Hamas militants inside a tunnel targeted by an Israeli air strike, near the border between Israel and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on November 2, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Palestinians…

Ziad Doueiri’s “The Attack”: Whitewashing the Enemy 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – The director has the gall to claim that his film is unbiased and sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The director has the gall to claim that his film is unbiased and sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) It’s been a year since the…

Akkar and the Syrian Refugees: Love and Loathing 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – A visitor bound for Akkar has no choice but to pass through the Malouleh roundabout in Tripoli. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) A visitor bound for Akkar has no choice but to pass through the Malouleh roundabout in Tripoli. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Perhaps the…

Israeli settlers torch cars, spray threatening graffiti in West bank village 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Israeli settlers torched two Palestinian cars in a West Bank village on Thursday, locals told Ma’an news agency, the latest incident of settler violence in the Palestinian territory. According to Ma’an, a group from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba set fire to the vehicles in…

Arafat polonium findings confirmed 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Swiss scientists confirm late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had high levels of polonium in his body, but are not certain it caused his death.

Amid migrant worker crackdown, Saudis gripe about higher labor costs 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Foreign laborers work outside a fabric shop on November 7, 2013 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Saudis have begun complaining of surging labor costs following the exodus of a million foreign workers, although economists insist there will be long-term planning benefits from…

Egyptian Islamist group to rally in defiance of draft law banning protests 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Mursi rally outside the Presidential Palace on November 1, 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) An Egyptian Islamist group has said it will rally in defiance of a new law designed to regulate…

Insurgents claim responsibility for Iranian prosecutor death 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Extremist group Jaish-ul Adl has claimed responsibility for the assassination of a public prosecutor in Iran’s southeast, media reports said Thursday. The reports came a day after Moussa Nuori, prosecutor of the city of Zabol which lies near the Afghan border in Sistan-Balochistan province, was gunned…

PLO calls for investigation into Arafat death after polonium diagnosis 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Palestinians walk past a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City on November 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Updated at 1:20pm: A PLO official on Thursday called for an international inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a day…

Syria army retakes key rebel enclave 
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Syrian troops have retaken a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, state media say, as chemical weapons inspectors verify another site.

Inspectors say verified all but one of Syria’s chemical weapons sites 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Nov 2013 – Inspectors have verified all but one of Syria’s 23 declared chemical weapons sites, the world’s watchdog said Thursday, after filming a site that was difficult to
access because of the war. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that Syrian personnel had visited one…

Suhail Bawji: Lebanon’s De Facto Ruler 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Syria: Graphic designers, the Army of Islam wants you 
BBC 6 Nov 2013 – Syrian rebel group posts ad for graphic designers

Articles


There is nothing artificial about the crisis of occupation 
Sabrien Amrov, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/7/2013
Last night, Israeli spokesperson Marc Negev participated in an interview with Al Jazeera to answer inquiries about recent developments in the peace talks, specifically regarding the meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
When asked if the latest announcement of illegal Israeli settlements is the main source of the current deadlock, Regev argued that Israel has been both cooperative and loyal to the agreements set out in the original guidelines of the peace process.
He went on to accuse Palestinians of creating an “artificial crisis” in order to downplay the latest round of talks commencing in August 2013. When asked what he meant by this term – which was also used by PM Netanyahu – Regev refrained from answering the question, instead suggesting that Palestinians must “give the talks a chance”.
After more than 60 years of Israeli occupation, “artificial crisis” is an interesting choice of words. The English dictionary defines artificial as something that is “manmade rather than natural“ or a “fabrication“ of the sort. While Regev is quite right to suggest that the occupation is a man-made tragedy, he is at fault to suggest that the settler colonial occupation of Palestine is a fabrication. Rather, it is a deliberate policy to ensure that there is a permanent crisis in Palestinian socio-political life.
Indeed, the settlement numbers speak for themselves.
According to a report by Peace Now, the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank was up 70% from January to June of 2013. To date, more than 340,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, which is more than triple the number 20 years ago when the peace process began…. more.. e-mail

Asking the Wrong Questions: Did Arab Revolutions Fail? 
Ramzy Baroud, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/6/2013
Challenging the falsehoods and simplifications that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring from the very start doesn’t necessarily mean that one is in doubt of the very notion that genuine revolutions have indeed gripped various Arab countries for nearly three years. In fact, the revolutionary influx is still underway, and it will take many years before the achievements of these popular mobilizations be truly felt. One can understand the frustration and deep sense of disappointment resulting from the state of chaos in Libya, the political wrangling in Yemen and Tunisia, the brutal civil war in Syria, and of course, the collective heartbreak felt throughout the Arab world following the bloody events in Egypt. But to assign the term ‘failure’ to Arab revolutions is also a mistake equal to the many miscalculations that accompanied the nascent revolutions and uprisings from the start. Many lapses of judgment were made early on, starting with the lumping together of all Arab countries into one category – discussed as singular news or academic topics. It was most convenient for a newspaper to ask such a question as “who’s next?” when Libya’s Muammar al-Gaddafi was so pitilessly murdered by NATO-supported rebels. It is equally convenient for academicians to keep contending with why the Egyptian army initially took the side of the January 25 revolution, the Syrian army sided with the ruling party, and while the Yemeni army descended into deep divisions. In the rush to emphasize one’s intellectual authority, if not ownership over the narrative and for political reasons as well, the Arabs were dissected in every possible way, stretched in every possible direction, and reduced in ways so useful, yet so flawed, so that quick answers could be obtained. more.. e-mail

The curse of Zionism and the Jewish paradox 
Alan Hart, Redress 11/5/2013
Zionism: the real enemy of the Jews
I was inspired (perhaps I should say provoked) to write this piece by something US Vice-President Joe Biden said in his speech to the recent J Street national conference in Washington DC. He recalled visiting Golda Meir when she was Israel’s prime minister and he was a junior senator. Her parting words to him were, he said, these: “We Jews have a secret weapon in our conflict with the Arabs. We have no place else to go.”
Taken a face value what Golda said was obviously not true because there were then, as there still are, many countries to which Israeli Jews can go to start a new life if they wish. For the one million who have taken their leave of the Zionist (not Jewish) state for a better life elsewhere, America was and remains the first choice, but today Germany is also becoming popular.
So what, really, was Golda’s message to Biden by implication?
Zionism’s raison d’être
In very low key “Mother Israel” was giving voice to Zionism’s raison d’etre (reason for being). The logic of it can be summarized as follows.
The world always has been anti-Semitic (meaning anti-Jew because Arabs are Semites, too) and always will be. So, Zionism takes it as a given that
holocaust II – shorthand for another great turning against Jews – is inevitable. Israel therefore exists to be a safe haven, a refuge of last resort, an insurance policy for all the Jews of the world when that day comes. That’s why Israel has an unsatisfied hunger for more Palestinian land, an unquenchable thirst for more Palestinian water and a lust for the oil that has very recently been discovered in Palestine that became Israel. 
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Is Israel About to Strike Iran? 
Conn Hallinan, CounterPunch 11/7/2013
Rumors of War
Is Israel really planning to attack Iran, or are declarations about the possibility of a pre-emptive strike at Teheran’s nuclear program simply bombast? Does President Obama’s “we have your back” comment about Israel mean the U.S. will join an assault? What happens if the attack doesn’t accomplish its goals, an outcome predicted by virtually every military analyst? In that case, might the Israelis, facing a long, drawn out war, resort to the unthinkable: nuclear weapons?
Such questions almost seem bizarre at a time when Iran and negotiators from the P5+1—the U.S., China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany—appear to be making progress at resolving the dispute over Teheran’s nuclear program. And yet the very fact that a negotiated settlement seems possible may be the trigger for yet another war in the Middle East.
A dangerous new alliance is forming in the region, joining Israel with Saudi Arabia and the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, thus merging the almost bottomless wealth of the Arab oil kings with the powerful and sophisticated Israeli army. Divided by religion and history, this confederacy of strange bedfellows is united by its implacable hostility to Iran. Reducing tensions is an anathema to those who want to isolate Teheran and dream of war as a midwife for regime change in Iran.
How serious this drive toward war is depends on how you interpret several closely related events over the past three months.
First was the announcement of the new alliance that also includes the military government in Egypt. That was followed by the news that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were stocking up on $10.8 billion worth of U.S. missiles and bunker busters…. more.. e-mail

Swiss Study: Polonium Found in Arafat’s Bones
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Nov 2013 – By David Poort and Ken Silverstein – Paris, France 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 to an 83 percent level that the late Palestinian leader was poisoned with it, which they said “moderately supports” polonium as the cause of his death. A 108-page report by the University Centre of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which was obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera, found unnaturally high levels of polonium in Arafat’s ribs and pelvis, and in soil stained with his decaying organs. The Swiss scientists, along with French and Russian teams, obtained the samples last November after his body was exhumed from a mausoleum in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Dave Barclay, a renowned UK forensic scientist and retired detective, told Al Jazeera…more

Israel and the Dangers of Ethnic Nationalism: An Interview with Jonathan Cook
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Nov 2013 – (Jonathan Cook has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the past 12 years. Extracts from this interview with Joseph Cotto were published in several articles by the Washington Times Communities website.) Cotto: What sort of general impact would you say Zionism has had on the Middle East? Cook: Zionism was a reaction to the extreme ethnic nationalisms that dominated – and nearly destroyed – Europe last century. It is therefore hardly surprising that it mirrors their faults. In exporting to the Middle East this kind of nationalism, Zionism was always bound to play a negative role in the region. Theodor Herzl, the father of Zionism, developing the concept of a Jewish state in response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe in the late nineteenth century. One notorious incident that appears to have shaped his views was France’s Dreyfus affair, when a very assimilated Jewish army officer was unjustly accused…more

Asking the Wrong Questions: Did Arab Revolutions Fail?
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Nov 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Challenging the falsehoods and simplifications that surrounded the so-called Arab Spring from the very start doesn’t necessarily mean that one is in doubt of the very notion that genuine revolutions have indeed gripped various Arab countries for nearly three years. In fact, the revolutionary influx is still underway, and it will take many years before the achievements of these popular mobilizations be truly felt. One can understand the frustration and deep sense of disappointment resulting from the state of chaos in Libya, the political wrangling in Yemen and Tunisia, the brutal civil war in Syria, and of course, the collective heartbreak felt throughout the Arab world following the bloody
events in Egypt. But to assign the term ‘failure’ to Arab revolutions is also a mistake equal to the many miscalculations that accompanied the nascent revolutions and uprisings from the start. Many lapses of judgment were made early…
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