VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 November 2013: Israel Murdered Arafat

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PCHR Denounces Killing OF Two Palestinians By Army Fire At West Bank Roadblocks
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, based in Gaza, issued the following report denouncing the latest Israeli military violations leading to the killing of two Palestinians at military roadblocks in the occupied West Bank. …

Five Kidnapped In West Bank
IMEMC – Friday at dawn [November 8, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded various parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and violently searched homes, and kidnapped five Palestinians. …

PCHR Weekly: Five Palestinians Killed, Dozens Injured, By Army Fire
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) based in Gaza published its weekly report on Israeli violations in the occupied territories, in the period between October 21 and November 6 2013, and said that Israel army killed five Palestinians, and injured dozens of residents. …

Kerry Warns Israel Of Further isolation, Third Intifada
IMEMC – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Israel needs to withdraw from the Jordan valley and from Jordanian-Palestinian borders, adding that should the situation remain as it is, a third Palestinian Intifada will take place. …

Two Settlers Injured Near Bethlehem
IMEMC – [Friday November 8 2013] Israeli sources have reported that two Israeli settlers have been injured after a Palestinian hurled a Molotov cocktail at their car as it drove on road #356 close to the Efrat settlement, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Two Palestinians Killed On Two West Bank Roadblocks
IMEMC – Updated Nov 8 09:38 Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Thursday at night [November 7, 2013], that Israeli soldiers shot and killed two Palestinians at two roadblocks near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces kill 2nd Palestinian
11/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli border guards shot and killed a young Palestinian man at a checkpoint northeast of Bethlehem, family members said Friday, in the second deadly shooting in 12 hours. Anas Fouad al-Atrash, 23, from Hebron was shot dead overnight. Israeli forces claimed that al-Atrash tried to stab a soldier at the Container checkpoint. Witnesses said ambulances rushed to the area as Israeli…. Related: Relatives say Hebron man ‘assassinated’ in cold blood and Israeli forces open fire on West Bank protests, injuring dozens

Palestinian-Israeli cleric convicted of inciting violence
11/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli court found firebrand Islamic preacher Sheikh Raed Salah guilty on Thursday of incitement to violence but acquitted him on a charge of incitement to racism. The Jerusalem magistrate’s court said Salah, leader of the radical northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, had in February 2007 called on “all Muslims and Arabs” to “help the Palestinian people” and….

Relatives say Hebron man ‘assassinated’ in cold blood
11/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The family of Anas Fouad al-Atrash, who was shot dead by Israeli forces overnight Friday, rejects Israeli claims that he tried to stab a soldier, instead insisting he was assassinated in cold blood. Al-Atrash, 23, was shot dead at the Container checkpoint by Israeli border guards. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred around midnight, when a man ran…. Related: Israeli forces kill 2nd Palestinian and Clashes in Hebron as hundreds attend funeral for slain Palestinian

Israel detains 25 Palestinian activists over Facebook posts
11/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained 25 Palestinian social media activists in East Jerusalem on Thursday, a prisoners rights group said. Nasser Qous, head of the Jerusalem branch of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told official news agency Wafa that Israeli forces raided the homes of 25 Palestinian activists and detained them on charges of “incitement” due to their posts on Facebook. Israeli police also….

2 settlers injured by firebomb near Bethlehem
11/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two settlers were injured on Friday after a firebomb was thrown at their car near the illegal settlement of Teqoa, Israel’s army said.”There were two Israeli civilians that were injured after a Palestinian hurled a firebomb at their vehicle near Teqoa, burning the vehicle entirely. The victims were transferred to a hospital,” an Israeli spokeswoman added. Israeli soldiers….

Israeli forces open fire on West Bank protests, injuring dozens
11/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel forces injured dozens of Palestinians and international activists after opening fire on demonstrations in four cities across the West Bank on Friday afternoon. Israeli forces dispersed protests in Nabi Saleh, al-Masara, Bilin, and Kafr Qaddum protesting the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli forces on Thursday and marking the 9th anniversary of the death of former President Yasser Arafat. Israeli….

Rafah crossing closed until further notice
11/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Friday closed Rafah crossing from both sides until further notice, security sources said. Prior to the closing, six Palestinians buses carrying 339 travelers as well as humanitarian cases crossed the terminal Friday morning. The buses were originally scheduled to travel on Thursday. The decision follows the end of an agreement made between Palestinian and Egyptian authorities to….

Kerry: Failure of peace talks may ignite 3rd intifada
11/8/2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — 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.”The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos,” Kerry said in a joint interview with Israel’s Channel 2 and the Palestinian Broadcasting Corp.”I mean, does Israel….

Source: US, Israel lose UNESCO voting rights
11/8/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — The United States and Israel lost their UNESCO voting rights Friday after suspending funding to the organization for its recognition of Palestine, a source from the UN agency told AFP. Neither the United States nor Israel “presented the necessary documentation this morning to avoid losing their right to vote,” the source said on condition of anonymity. Both countries stopped paying their contributions to….

Israeli forces detain a Palestinian and his two sons in Hebron
11/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man from the old city of Hebron and his two sons after raiding his house early Friday morning, a Ma’an reporter said. Israeli forces raided the house of Zuhaier Abu Maizar in the old city of Hebron at around 2 a. m. During the raid, they caused damage to his house, and finally detained….

Clashes in Hebron as hundreds attend funeral for slain Palestinian
11/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral procession of a Hebron man killed on Friday by Israeli forces at a checkpoint near Bethlehem. Anas Fouad al-Atrash, 23, was shot dead at the Container checkpoint by Israeli border guards. The funeral procession began at the Abu Eisheh mosque and headed towards the al-Shuhada cemetery, where al-Atrash was laid to rest.”We demand the…. Related: Israeli forces kill 2nd Palestinian and Relatives say Hebron man ‘assassinated’ in cold blood

Palestinians say Israel ‘only suspect’ in Arafat death
11/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian investigators said on Friday that Israel is the “only suspect” in the death of president Yasser Arafat, after laboratory tests suggested he died from polonium poisoning.” We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue to carry out a thorough investigation to find out and confirm all the….

Diplomats rush to Geneva amid hopes of Iran deal
11/8/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Top Western diplomats rushed to Geneva on Friday as the prospect
emerged of a breakthrough deal on Iran’s nuclear program in international talks. The hoped-for agreement — seen as a first step ahead of further talks on a final deal — could see Tehran freeze its nuclear efforts for as long as six months in exchange for some relief from the sanctions that….

Habbash denounces Hamas decision to ban Arafat commemorations
11/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash denounced Hamas’ decision to forbid the commemoration of the 9th anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat in the Gaza Strip. Al-Habbash said during Friday noon prayer that such actions “widen the division between Palestinians” and reflect negatively on efforts to achieve unity among Palestinian factions. Al-Habbash added that “Arafat….

Video: Palestinians declare Balfour anniversary National Reading Day
11/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of Education organized a National Reading Day for Palestinians in the Cremisan Valley in the West Bank to coincide with the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration last week. The 1917 British declaration called for a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. Palestinians believe it paved the way for the Zionist colonization of Palestine and the eventual….

Iraq attacks kill 30 ahead of Shiite pilgrimage
11/8/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks in Iraq — including twin suicide blasts against an army base and a car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims — killed 30 people Thursday, a week ahead of a major Shiite pilgrimage. The bloodshed follows the start of the Islamic new year just days earlier and as Shiite Muslims converge on the shrine city of Karbala, south of Baghdad, for commemoration ceremonies, a period during….

Saudis bemoan soaring labour costs after migrant exodus
11/8/2013 – JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — 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 fully regulating the market. Professionals in the kingdom, both Saudi and expatriate, say the freelance tradesmen who used to queue for odd jobs in public squares have virtually disappeared since police patrols began the strict….

Polio outbreak in Syria poses risk for Europe
11/8/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — An outbreak of polio in Syria poses a threat to Europe, where the crippling and potentially fatal disease was declared eradicated in 2002, doctors warned on Friday. Europe is exposed because some countries have low rates of inoculation, which lowers “herd immunity”, or protection through community-wide vaccination, a pair of German epidemiologists warned in The Lancet. In addition, most countries use a type….

Iraq attacks kill seven
11/8/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A series of attacks in Baghdad and central Iraq killed seven people Friday, the latest in a months-long surge in bloodshed that comes in the lead-up to major Shiite Muslim commemorations. In the deadliest incident, two roadside bombs went off as worshipers were exiting midday prayers at the Imam Ali mosque, a Sunni place of worship, in the west Baghdad neighborhood of Amriyah….

20 million kids to get polio vaccine after Syria outbreak
11/8/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Emergency plans are under way to vaccinate more than 20 million children in the Middle East after polio resurfaced in war-torn Syria, the United Nations said on Friday. Unveiling the region’s largest-ever polio campaign, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) and World Health Organization (WHO) said vaccinations would be carried out over six months in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the….

Dubai hands out gold to weight losers
11/8/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — Dubai municipality has dished out 2. 8 million dirhams ($762,942) worth of gold in prizes to contestants in a weight-loss challenge, an initiative by the Gulf emirate to fight obesity. The “Your Weight in Gold” campaign promised one gram of gold for each kilogram shed, provided the contestants lost at least two kilos (4. 6 pounds) by August 16, when the Muslim fasting….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Polio this week – As of 06 November 2013
Relief Web 8 Nov 2013 – Source: Global Polio Eradication Initiative Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Israel, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, South Sudan (Republic of) Following confirmation of polio in Syria, health ministers of…

World: Armed non state actors and displacement in armed conflict
Relief Web 8 Nov 2013 – Source: Geneva Call Country: Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Western Sahara, World This report…

Syrian Arab Republic: Over 20 million children to be vaccinated in Syria and neighbouring countries against polio, say WHO and UNICEF
Relief Web 8 Nov 2013 – Source: World Health Organization, UN Children’s Fund Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey A week after the Middle East declared a polio emergency in the region, mass vaccination against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases…

occupied Palestinian territory: This week in Gaza: Power plant not working since Friday
Relief Web 8 Nov 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory October 29, 2013 – November 5, 2013: Blackouts in Gaza are up to 16 hours per day and there is a 60% electricity deficit ” The fuel shortage has also affected the fishing industry,…

The National

Kerry warns of hurdles before any Iran deal
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Officials had expressed optimism about progress achieved at the Geneva talks but John Kerry Kerry and his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany after they arrived in Geneva clearly indicated that some obstacles remain in the way of any agreement offering sanctions reductions for nuclear concessions.

Super typhoon Haiyan slams into the Philippines
The National 8 Nov 2013 – One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country s central region of island provinces.

Egypt announces timeframe for parliamentary vote
The National 8 Nov 2013 – The elections will come after a referendum on a new constitution, which would be held in December.

Israel only suspect in Yasser Arafat death, says Palestinians
The National 8 Nov 2013 – The chief Palestinian investigator in the case of Arafat’s death alleges that Israel is the main suspect, a day after Swiss scientists said the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned by radioactive polonium.

Video: Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Millions at risk as super typhoon Haiyan bears down on central Philippines

In pictures: Super typhoon Haiyan slams into Philippines
The National 8 Nov 2013 – One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country s central region of island provinces.

Italy arrests Somali man over Lampedusa shipwreck tragedy
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Italian police have arrested a 24-year-old Somali man accused of being a trafficker involved with the migrant boat that sank last month in a tragedy that claimed 366 lives, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Video: More violence in Libyan capital
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Violence erupts in Tripoli in the worst fighting to break out for months.

Video: Strait takes CMA s top prize, Bieber filmed asleep
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Beleaguered Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” in a newly-released expletive-laden video posted online and spoke to reporters immediately afterward.

Video: More questions than answers in Arafat death
The National 8 Nov 2013 – The remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat showed test results consistent with polonium poisoning, though it’s not absolute proof he died that way, Swiss experts said.

The 10 deadliest typhoons in the Philippines
The National 8 Nov 2013 – Super Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines on Friday, the latest in a never-ending pattern of storms for the South East Asian nation. The following are the 10 deadliest typhoons on record in the Philippines.

Ha’aretz

Tech roundup / Cat fight in cellular: Lies, damned lies and ministers who hit back
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Obama calls Netanyahu, offers reassurance in bid to allay growing Israeli unease on Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Obama: 75th Kristallnacht anniversary a reminder to denounce anti-Semitism, intolerance
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Nuclear accord with Iran could create fierce diplomatic storm between U.S. and Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

LIVE UPDATES: Russia, China to join intensive negotiations on Saturday
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

U.S.: Israeli criticism of possible Iran deal is premature
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Kerry in Geneva: No Iran deal just yet, important gaps must be closed
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

U.S., Israel lose UNESCO voting right in dispute over Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Palestinian investigative committee: Israel is responsible for Arafat’s death
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

EU survey: Every fifth Jew victim to anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Netanyahu warns Kerry: Israel not bound by any deal between Iran and West
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Do we need another Holocaust memorial day?
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

‘Don t count on the government to protect Israel’s weak’
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Palestinian firebomb attack wounds Israeli mother, daughter
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Proportion of teens wanting to serve in IDF combat units drops almost 10% in three years
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

Security forces close two Jerusalem charities, linking them to Hamas
Ha’aretz – 7 Nov 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

Lebanon denies reports that imported Israeli tomatoes causing sickness
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – ‘Daily Star’: Media reports tomatoes injected with cancer cells.

US, Russia see Syrian chemical disarmament missing deadline
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – According to document, powers call for most chemical arms to be removed from Syria by year’s end, but destroyed only in mid-2014.

Behind The Lines: Kurds defending autonomous Rojava enclave in Syria
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Kurds have in the last two weeks inflicted a series of telling defeats on al-Qaida-linked rebels.

Middle Israel: The unions are back
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – The Histadrut made headlines this week with the unexpected resignation of its leader Ofer Eini, but the real story there is about organized labor s renaissance.

US, Israel lose voting rights at UNESCO over Palestinian row
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Countries stopped paying dues after Palestinians made members.

Survey: 29% of European Jews considered emigrating due to anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – 76% say anti-Semitism has increased over past 5 years.

Netanyahu slams proposed deal with Iran in harshest words to date
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Prime minister tells Kerry Israel is not obliged to Western deal with Tehran; according to proposed short-term deal, Iran would freeze its nuclear activities for six months, allowing more time to reach a permanent agreement.

Egypt to hold parliamentary vote in February or March
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Presidential elections to follow in early summer, FM Fahmy says, adding that Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm can participate.

Palestinian investigators: Israel is ‘the only suspect’ in Arafat’s death
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Russian report more cautious than Swiss conclusions, saying insufficient evidence to support theory Arafat died by poisoning.

Border Police shoot, kill knife-brandishing Palestinian at checkpoint near Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Palestinians hurl firebomb at Israeli car, 2 lightly hurt; 2 Palestinian cars set alight in price tag attack in Beni Nai’m.

US asks Germany to publish list of Nazi-looted artworks
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – 1,400 artworks were discovered two years ago by German customs in Munich, seized by the Nazis from persecuted Jewish collectors.

UAE preempts Muslim Brotherhood with trials
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Human rights activists call for release of defendants, including 20 Egyptians.

MKs compete to replace Liberman as head of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – At least five Likud lawmakers see themselves as suitable, Yesh Atid makes claims to the chairmanship as well.

Do police have what it takes to tackle organized crime?
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – As police tell it, Israeli gangsters lack the resources, sophistication or training that they have.

Cops use indictment figures to counter outcry over mob violence
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Over 200 indictments have been made since January 2012 against alleged underworld figures arrested for serious crimes.

IDF records drop in motivation among youths for combat service
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – 70% expressed desire to serve in combat unit, compared to 79% in 2010; Modi’in in top place for percentage of recruits.

South African cabinet: No ban on government travel to Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Week after International Relations Minister says ministers not going to Israel as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Into the Fray: My billion-dollar budget: If I were PM (cont.)
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Perhaps the most important lesson the pro-Zionist advocates of today should learn from the Palestinians is this: If you will it, it is no fantasy.

My Word: Unhidden identities
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Who are we? And who would we like to be?

iEngage: Ethics and the essence of Judaism
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – It is time for us Israelis to reintroduce the view held by the Diaspora that to be Jewish is to be committed to ethical ideals.

Sinai Today: Ministers of international polarization
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Who would think that Avigdor Liberman and Maite Nkaona-Mashabane share so much in common?

Savir’s Corner: An American Spring
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – A victory in war has become virtually impossible in the age in which missiles and terror in the hands of the weak can deter the most powerful of armies, as was the case with the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Israel in Lebanon and Gaza.

Another Tack: Glitch in Glion?
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – We must expect that eventually nuclear disarmament promoters will focus their sanctimonious zeal only on Israel ever the global touchstone/scapegoat.

Editor’s Notes: Connecting American Jewry
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Jerry Silverman to steer next week s GA.

Column One: The greatest threat to Israeli democracy
Jerusalem Post 7 Nov 2013 – Liberman’s trial suggests the legal system must be placed under the microscope.

Inter Press Service

Syria s Economy May Be Devastated for 30 Years
IPS Men warm their hands by a fire in Homs, Syria, which endured two months of artillery bombardment in 2012. Credit: Freedom House/cc by 2.0 By Ramy Srour WASHINGTON, Nov 8 2013 (IPS) The almost three-year-old Syrian civil war has been a silent war on human and economic development , destroying the…

AlJazeera

Habbash denounces Hamas decision to ban Arafat commemorations
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 — Palestinian Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habbash denounced Hamas decision to forbid the commemoration of the 9th anniversary of the death of President Yasser Arafat in the Gaza Strip.Al-Habbash said during Friday noon prayer…

Israel s History of Assassinating Palestinian Leaders
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 -On November 6, several news outlets reported that the widow of former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat announced that the results of a Swiss investigation into her late husband s death concluded he was poisoned…

I ll put one in his head, if you want – court releases audio of Afghan insurgent shot dead by Royal Marine
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – The audio of the moment an injured Afghan insurgent was shot by a Royal Marine sergeant has been released by a military court. Three marines, who can only be identified as A, B and C, have…

Syria rebel ex-commander says West supporting Assad
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – One of the top rebel commanders in Syria has accused “hesitant” British and US policymakers of effectively backing the Syrian government. Col Abdul Jabbar al-Okaidi said by accepting Syria s offer to scrap its chemical weapons, the US gave it…

58 Killed, 82 Wounded As Suicide Bombers Target Iraq Army Bases
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – At least 22 soldiers were killed and another 38 more were wounded in a triple suicide bombing at a base in Tarmiya. In Baghdad, a bomb killed four people and wounded 10 more in Mashtal. Gunmen…

Syria rebel ex-commander says West supporting Assad
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – One of the top rebel commanders in Syria has accused “hesitant” British and US policymakers of effectively backing the Syrian government. Col Abdul Jabbar al-Okaidi said by accepting Syria s offer to scrap its chemical weapons, the US gave it…

Palestinian refugees accuse Jordan police of abuse
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Mohammed Yousef Abu Sulayman is missing his front teeth. The 40-year-old car mechanic lives in the Jerash refugee camp, locally called Gaza Camp for its more than 25,000 refugees whose families fled from Gaza in 1968….

Iraq: Executions at their highest in post-Saddam Iraq
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 2013- A sharp increase in the use of the death penalty in Iraq has brought the number of known executions to the highest in the decade since the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003, with at least seven prisoners…

What Comes Next: Struggle, or solutions?
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – The debate about one state or two states masks something basic: the diplomatic dance around the two-state solution has been one long performance, a means to manage the zero-sum conflict between Israeli settler-capitalism and the Palestinian…

No mercy for Qatari poet
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Qatar s Supreme Court last month upheld a 15-year prison sentence handed to poet Mohammed Al-Ajami for reciting a poem in support of the Arab uprisings on Youtube. Al-Ajami, 37, a married father of four children,…

Egypt Eyes $4Bln Arms Deal With Russia – Media
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Egypt is considering spending up to $4 billion on advanced weaponry from Russia following the partial suspension of military aid and equipment deliveries from the United States, a Palestinian online newspaper said Thursday. According to Donia…

Swiss Scientists Confirm Arafat Murdered by Polonium
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – …So there you have it: Israel is by far the most likely culprit. There s one way to challenge Israel s denials. Plutonium created in different reactors has different signatures. So the element created in a…

Guant·namo s Sham Trials, Now Unraveling
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Guant·namo s military tribunals were not created to try crimes, but to hide them. This system was set up to ensure that the U.S. government s torture program would never face trial, and so far it…

Netanyahu: Israel refuses to abide by any future agreement with Iran
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 -Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that Israel will not abide by any future agreement with Iran and will do what must be done to protect itself and the security of its citizens. Netanyahu told…

Exclusive: The secret diaries of Gitmo detainee Abu Zubaydah
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Al Jazeera has obtained a copy of the government s English translation of the secret personal diaries of Abu Zubaydah. The Bush administration once labeled him one of the key figures in its “war on terror,”…

Yes… Arafat was poisoned and Israel killed him, but what can we do?
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 -…The last time I contacted him by telephone, just a few weeks before his death, he was the model of steadfastness, unafraid of death and reiterating his pride to belong to a powerful people. We all lent…

Death to Arabs sprayed on Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013- The only Palestinian kindergarten in the Israeli-controlled part of Hebron is vandalized with threatening hate speech. Similar slogans found elsewhere in the H-2 part of the city. Israeli settlers vandalized a Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron earlier this…

Will the End of War in Afghanistan Spur Obama to Close Guant·namo?
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 -The short answer to the question, “Will the End of War in Afghanistan Spur Obama to Close Guant·namo?” is probably no, for reason
s I will explain below, although it is, of course, significant to numerous interested parties…

Kerry in Geneva to join nuclear talks with Iran; officials say breakthrough is possible
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Top diplomats negotiating a deal to curb Iran s disputed nuclear program gathered here Friday to try to seal an interim pact that would represent a breakthrough after years of fruitless talks. Secretary of State John…

Israel detains 25 Palestinian activists over Facebook posts
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 — Israeli police detained 25 Palestinian social media activists in East Jerusalem on Thursday, a prisoners rights group said. Nasser Qous, head of the Jerusalem branch of the Palestinian Prisoners Society, told official news agency Wafa that…

Syria News – November 7, 2013
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 54 martyrs including 5 women, 4 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 19 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 15 in Aleppo;…

Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan s Strategy
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – …But the drone strike that killed Mehsud stopped the peace talks before they could begin. Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan immediately denounced the drone strike that killed Mehsud as “a conspiracy to sabotage the…

Institutionalized Spying Targets Freedom
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013- Out-of-control spying reflects America s true face. At stake are fundamental rights too important to lose. They re gravely eroded already. They re headed toward disappearing altogether. They may not survive much longer. Everybody spies on everyone…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (31 Oct.- 06 Nov. 2013)
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (31 October – 06 November 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 members of Palestinian…

David Miranda & the Policing of Journalism
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 -Lawyers for David Miranda, the husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has been reporting on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was in Britain s High Court for the second day of a hearing. Miranda was…

PCHR Calls for Investigation into Death Palestinian Prisoner in Israeli Hospital
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – 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….

Israeli settlers burning and uprooting Palestinians olive trees
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 2013 – …”The ancient olive trees are regarded by Palestinians as a symbol of their connection to the land,” reports Al-Jazeera. “Each year during the olive harvesting season, such incidents spike across the West Bank-where more than 515,000…

Kerry warns Israel of a third intifada if peace talks fail
Uruknet 8 Nov 2013 – November 7, 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. “The alternative to getting back to the talks is…

Daily Star

Iran says after nuclear talks with U.S., EU “lots of work” remains
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 A top Iranian negotiator said a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was productive but that much work remained to reach a deal on the Islamic…

Cooking up a storm at BIEL
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 Smoking plumes of liquid nitrogen flooded a mixing bowl at Beirut Cooking Festival as Faysal al-Aridi and his sous-chefs demonstrated mastic ice cream frozen with gas at minus 196 degrees.

Maalouf, immortal and back in Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 Amin Maalouf. There s no need to introduce him. His name says it all.

End to Lebanon basketball exile in sight
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 An important weekend lies ahead for Lebanese basketball, as the general assembly of the league meets Saturday to approve amendments which will put an end to FIBA s ban on the local game and resume the sport…

2013 Beirut Marathon to boast record numbers
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 This year s Beirut marathon is expected to draw 36,000 runners from 93 countries, a record in comparison to last year s 32,000 participants.

Ahly in pole for final but wary of Pirates
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 Defending champions Al-Ahly of Egypt go into the second-leg final of the CAF Champion s League Sunday at home in Cairo with a slight edge, but South Africa s Orlando Pirates are vowing to fight back.

Islamists protest in Egypt over detained women
Daily Star 8 Nov 2013 Supporters of Egypt’s toppled president clashed with opponents Friday as security forces fired tear gas to break up their demonstrations over detained female protesters, part of an effort to draw wider support for their dwindling rallies….

Misc

Iran nuclear deal hits unexpected roadblock
LA Times 8 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John F. Kerry was prepared for a signing ceremony, but diplomats say talks are now expected to continue at least into next week. WASHINGTON Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top Western diplomats flew to Geneva on Friday in…

U.N. to immunize 20 million children against polio in Middle East
LA Times 8 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT An outbreak of polio among children in war-torn Syria has prompted a mass immunization campaign that aims to vaccinate 20 million children in seven Middle Eastern nations and territories, the United Nations and the World Health Organization said Friday.

Iran nuclear deal close, but important issues remain, Kerry says
LA Times 8 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined closed-door talks in Geneva on Friday amid indications that Iran and six world powers might be on the verge of a breakthrough in curbing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.

Kerry arrives in Geneva to join Iran nuclear talks
LA Times 8 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Geneva on Friday amid indications of a possible breakthrough in talks on Iran s controversial nuclear program.

Palestinians blame Israel for Arafat’s poisoning
LA Times 8 Nov 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — In the wake of a forensics report claiming that Yasser Arafat was killed by radioactive material, the Palestinian committee investigating his death accused Israel on Friday of poisoning the Palestinian leader.

Iran, world powers appear close to a nuclear agreement
LA Times 7 Nov 2013 – An initial nuclear deal with Iran would halt some uranium enrichment, ease some economic sanctions and set up more talks. WASHINGTON Iran and six world powers appeared to close in on a preliminary agreement in Geneva on Thursday that would begin to limit Tehran’s…

On Iran, Netanyahu Can Only Fume
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – The prime minister s hard-line stance against a deal with Tehran reflects a widening gulf between Israel and the United States on issues in the Middle East.

As Tensions Fall in Iran, So Do Costs of Gasoline
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – Energy experts say prices may fall further if talks between the United States and Iran bear fruit.

Roadblocks Remain as Officials Work Toward Iranian Nuclear Pact
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – Among the most contentious issues during the talks in Geneva have been the fate of a reactor in Iran, the country s stockpile of uranium and how much relief to give it from punishing sanctions.

The Lede: Netanyahu Pre-Deplores Bad Deal on Iran s Nuclear Program
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – Israel s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made his disapproval of a potential agreement over Iran s nuclear program clear both before and after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Video: The Fate of Egypt s Jon Stewart
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – A popular satirist, Bassem Youssef, was taken off the air after he made jokes about Egypt s military leaders, triggering a de
bate on the military s commitment to democracy.

Syrians on Both Sides of the War Increasingly See Assad as Likely to Stay
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – On both sides of the war, there is an impatience with those, including the American-backed opposition exiles, who insist President Bashar al-Assad must step down.

The Lede: Lara Logan s On-Air Apology for Flawed Benghazi Report
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – Video of the CBS News correspondent Lara Logan apologizing for her flawed 60 Minutes report on the deadly assault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

Palestinian Investigator Blames Israel in Arafat s Death
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – Though conceding there was not enough evidence that Yasir Arafat was poisoned with a radioactive substance, Palestinians said Israel was the main suspect.

Syrian Opposition Group Backs Out of Talks With Government Officials
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – The meeting planned for Moscow would have brought the main Syrian exile opposition group and government officials together for the first time.

U.S. Loses Voting Rights at Unesco
New York Times 8 Nov 2013 – The move came because Washington stopped paying dues two years ago in protest over admission of the Palestinians as full members of the United Nations agency.

Rejected Seat on U.N. Panel Is Considered by Jordan
New York Times 7 Nov 2013 – Arab states are said to be conducting talks about which country might replace Saudi Arabia in a nonpermanent Security Council role.

West and Iran Seen as Nearing a Nuclear Deal
New York Times 7 Nov 2013 – Even as the two sides tried to finalize the agreement on Thursday, fissures have widened between the United States and some of its principal allies over the potential pact.

Lipstick on a pig
Mondoweiss – NYT’s Isabel Kershner writes a long article about pig research in Israel on the same day Juan Cole publishes a catalog of human rights violations. Who’s telling us the truth?

What Comes Next: Struggle, or solutions?
Mondoweiss – The debate about one state or two states masks something basic: the diplomatic dance around the two-state solution has been one long performance, a means to manage the zero-sum conflict between Israeli settler-capitalism and the Palestinian right to self-determination. The talk around a solution is Western…

Right wing finds new way to dismiss Blumenthal: liken him to Dostoyevsky
Mondoweiss – Fyodor Max Blumenthal Two more attacks on Max Blumenthal s book about Israel, and two more raves. There s a hit job on the book and on the author s father, Sidney Blumenthal, up at Buzzfeed, by Rosie Gray . And Liel Liebovitz at Tablet says Goliath is a brilliant…

Why did AJC retweet photo of Capitol shooting? (Because the lobby needs war on terror)
Mondoweiss – AJC has trigger finger on photo of Capitol shooting, maybe because it thought Muslims were involved? Islam is coming for your dogs, says Front Page Magazine, a propaganda site for Israel

They re desperate
Mondoweiss – Israel turns to Paula Abdul, reality TV star, to promote its brand

JDate s mission of making JBabies might provoke outrage, Atlantic writer allows
Mondoweiss – The company that owns JDate also owns Christian and black dating sites, and its ceo wants to create more Jewish babies. Problematic? Even the Atlantic admits the language might provoke outrage

Enraged Netanyahu pressures Kerry not to cut Iran deal: Israel will do everything it needs to do to defend itself
Mondoweiss – Is this the end of the special relationship? A deal for Iran to limit its nuclear enrichment is said to have been reached in Geneva, and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu slammed John Kerry for agreeing to any such terms, calling it “the deal of the century”…

Swiss Scientists Confirm Arafat Murdered by Polonium
Tikun Olam – Yesterday, the PA and scientists who studied the skeletal remains of Yasser Arafat confirmed (full scientific report here ) that he was assassinated, poisoned with the highest dose of polonium ever recorded in a human being. The level was either 18 or 36 times the normal level (…

Israel Chief Rabbi Marks Kristallnacht Anniversary in Berlin
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2013 – Israel s chief Ashkenazi rabbi marked the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a visit to a Jewish kindergarten in Berlin. Click here for the rest of the article…

Barack Obama Briefs Israel as Iran Nuclear Talks Move On
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2013 – President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss international talks on Iran s nuclear program, the White House said in a statement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Groups Split as Iran Deal Looms J Street Backs White House
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2013 – The White House said on Friday that Israeli and Saudi criticism of a deal taking shape with Iran to curb its nuclear program was premature, as unease about the plan grew among U.S. lawmakers and Middle Eastern allies. Click here for the rest of the article……

John Kerry Says No Deal Yet With Iran on Nuclear Program
The Foward Breaking News 8 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday important gaps needed to be bridged in high-stakes talks with Iran on curbing its nuclear programme and he would meet Tehran s foreign minister shortly to try to clinch an interim deal. Click here for the rest of the…

Egypt: Egypt Calls for Appropriating UNSC Permanent Seat for Arab Countri
es

allAfrica.com 8 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s permanent envoy to the United Nations Moataz Ahmadein Khalil called for appropriating a permanent seat for the Arab countries in the UN Security Council (UNSC). The call coincided with Kuwait’s denial of reports suggesting that it would take the UNSC seat which the Kingdom…

Egypt: Egypt Partakes in Arab Forum On Restoring Smuggled Funds
allAfrica.com 8 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]An Egyptian delegation participated in the 2nd session of the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery taking place in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Libyan militias clash in Tripoli
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, with heavy gunfire heard in several parts of the capital, as the government struggles to assert its authority.

Balfour 96: Palestine Is Still the Question
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Nov 2013 – A Palestinian protester places a paper on a United Nation building during a demonstration in Gaza City to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) A Palestinian protester places a paper on a United Nation building during…

Manifesto of All People of Good Conscience
Al-Akhbar Opinion 8 Nov 2013 – A Palestinian protester takes part in a demonstration in Gaza City to mark the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed Abed) A Palestinian protester takes part in a demonstration in Gaza City to mark the anniversary of the Balfour…

Lebanon: Akkar s Forgotten Warmly Welcome EU Ambassador
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – French President’s companion Valerie Trierweiler (L) visits a Lebanese public school that is taking in Syrian refugee children in the Beirut suburb of Sin el-Fil, on November 5, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) French President’s companion Valerie Trierweiler (L) visits a Lebanese public school that…

The Mysterious Fall of Raqqa, Syria s Kandahar (I)
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – A child looks at child look at stand selling military fatigue in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa on October 1, 2013 as violence continues to rage in flashpoints around the country. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed Abdul Aziz) A child looks at child look at…

UN calls for mass polio vaccination in Syria and neighboring countries
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – A Syrian refugee woman watches children playing as they wait close to the town of Semalka, in northeast Syria, for permission from the Kurdish Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), who control a crossing into neighboring Iraq, on October 21, 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Al-Qaeda chief orders dismantling of ISIL faction in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – This still image from video obtained on October 26, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking in a video, from an undisclosed location, released by al-Qaeda s media arm. (Photo: AFP / Site Intelligence Group) Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has ordered the…

UNESCO rescinds US and Israel’s voting rights
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – A view of the main hall during the opening of the UNESCO “Forum of leaders”, on November 6, 2013, in Paris. (Photo: AFP – Jacques Demarthon) Updated at 5:00pm: UNESCO has suspended the voting rights of Israel and the United States, two years after they stopped…

Two killed and scores wounded in clashes in Libyan capital
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – Two people were killed and 29 others wounded in deadly clashes between rival Libyan militias in Tripoli on Friday. The violence was triggered by the death of militia chief Nuri Friwan a day earlier, who died from injuries incurred during a clash at a checkpoint manned…

Egypt FM sets timeline for parliamentary and presidential elections
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Friday Egypt would hold parliamentary elections between February and March, followed by presidential polls in early summer, and that the political arm of ousted President Mohammed Mursi’s banned Muslim Brotherhood could take part. Fahmy’s comments provided the most specific timeline…

PA says Israel “only suspect” in Arafat poisoning
Al-Akhbar News 8 Nov 2013 – Tawfiq Tirawi, center, Palestinian inquiry chief into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, speaks during a press conference in Ramallah, accompanied by Dr. Abdullah Al-Bashir, President of the Medical Committee, left, and Ali Muhanna Chairman of the Legal Committee on November 8, 2013. (Photo: AFP…

Libyan militias clash in Tripoli
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Libyan militias clash in Tripoli, with heavy gunfire heard in several parts of the capital, as the government struggles to assert its authority.

Would you visit a fake tourist attraction?
BBC 7 Nov 2013 – Which would you rather visit – a fake tomb or a real one?

Articles


Coming attraction: Liberman the peacenik
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 11/8/2013
If a militant nationalist wants to get elected prime minister of Israel, he has to repeat the word peace over and over.
Unlike a lot of other leftists in despair over Liberman s acquittal on Wednesday, I don t think it s a foregone conclusion he s going to succeed Netanyahu as prime minister. I agree that he may do it, it s definitely a possibility, but first he has a problem to overcome: as a candidate, he s scary to a lot of Israelis, maybe most Israelis, especially women. On the Eretz Nehederet ( Wonderful Country ) TV news satire, he s portrayed as a KGB liquidator. The poker face, the dead eyes, the quiet monotony of his speech, combined with the violence in his background and the violence of his message he s an intimidating guy. Hardliners love him, of course, but the broad center of the electorate, which no one who wants to be prime minister can dare frighten off, has a sweet tooth when it comes to the national elections. They want a leader who ll give them a little hope, a little reason to believe, a little vision of a brighter future. In a word, peace.
If a militant nationalist wants to get elected prime minister of Israel, he has to repeat the word peace over and over, nonstop, until it s linked in the voters mind with his name and image. The pro-war, anti-Arab stuff is all to the good, that s necessary too, but in the campaign it has to be leavened with something soft and fuzzy and optimistic because the average Israeli certainly the average Israeli woman doesn t want to think of herself or himself as an incorrigible hardass, and also doesn t want to think that the way things are in this country now with nothing on the horizon but the next war is the way they re going to be forever.
So when Bibi ran for prime minister in 1996, after doing nothing but slagging off Rabin, the Oslo Accords, Arafat and Arabs in general, what did he do to soften his image, to give folks a little hope for a respite from the old blood and fire? He came up with the slogan secure peace, and plastered it and broadcast it up and down the country and it worked.
Ariel Sharon, when he ran for prime minister in 2001, had a much longer-standing, much darker reputation as a war-monger to overcome; the line he came up with was, Only Sharon will bring peace, and it, too, did the trick. more..e-mail

Yes & Arafat was poisoned and Israel killed him, but what can we do?
Abdel Bari Atwan, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/8/2013
We are surprised by the silence of the PA and their continuation with the negotiations, not only after discovering this crime and Israel’s role in it. Especially as settlement activity continues at an unprecedented rate…There are three countries in the world that possess the radioactive polonium used to assassinate the Palestinian president Yasser Arafat; the United States, Russia and Israel. The two superpowers had no direct benefit from committing this war crime. So, fingers are now pointed at Israel, the country that has specialised in carrying out assassination operations against Arabs, Palestinians and international envoys over the past 60 years, since the beginning of the occupation of Palestine.
Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli Prime Minister who is lying comatose in hospital, had made several open threats to assassinate the Palestinian president. He had refused to surrender at the Camp David retreat in 2000 and abandon occupied Jerusalem and full sovereignty over it, as well as sparking the armed Intifada against the occupation, anticipating and waiting for his martyrdom.
President Arafat took all the necessary measures, within the limits of his basic capabilities, to thwart the attempts on his life while confined in his compound. He had no water, electricity, or official Arab visitors other than those who were mediating for him to go into exile (including Omar Suleiman), in addition to Arab and foreign solidarity delegations.
Arafat put up iron bars on the roof of his compound to prevent helicopters from landing and capturing him and locked his refrigerator that operated on a small electric current generated by a small motor; he was the only one with the keys. This refrigerator contained canned food, which was the only thing he ate out of fear of being poisoned. He also kept a gas mask and his small automatic gun near his bed in case gas bombs were thrown to kill him and in order to defend himself until he was martyred. more..e-mail

Israel Murdered Arafat
Stephen Lendman, CounterPunch 11/8/2013
Will the World Take Action?
On November 11, 2004, Arafat died in a Paris hospital. He was 75. He was hospitalized for an undiagnosed illness.
It developed in April. It got worse. He deteriorated badly. He needed special care. On November 3, he slipped into a coma. Days later he died.
Previous articles discussed his death. It wasn t accidental. It wasn t natural. Credible evidence points to assassination.
Israel wanted him eliminated. He became more liability than asset. His former aide, Hani al-Hassan, said he personally witnessed 13 attempts on his life.
Arafat said he survived 40 attempts. In 1985, he
narrowly escaped an Israeli air attack on his Tunisian headquarters. It killed 73 people. He went jogging shortly before Israel struck.

In December 2001, Israeli missiles struck his Ramallah compound. He was rushed to safety shortly before the attack.
An Israeli military spokesman called the strike a warning. It sent a message. Arafat was marked for death.
At the time, he was a virtual prisoner inside his presidential compound (the Mukataa). Medical reports showed him in good health. Close associates said Ariel Sharon wanted him dead.
As defense minister in 1982, he failed trying to kill him during Israel s siege of Beirut. He let Phalangist fascists do his dirty work. He called slaughtering Palestinians ridding the world of international terrorism.
Evidence suggests Sharon succeeded. He killed Arafat. At the time, the second Intifada was raging. Sharon declared war Palestinian freedom fighters. more..e-mail

Death to Arabs sprayed on Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 11/8/2013
The only Palestinian kindergarten in the Israeli-controlled part of Hebron is vandalized with threatening hate speech. Similar slogans found elsewhere in the H-2 part of the city.
Israeli settlers vandalized a Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron earlier this week, spray-painting Death to Arabs on its wall. This is the only kindergarten in the Israeli-controlled section of Hebron to which Palestinian parents can send their three- to five- year-old children without them having to pass through an Israeli checkpoint. This is what the children saw then they arrived:
Palestinian kindergarten in Hebron vandalized with Death to Arabs graffiti (Photo: Avner Gvaryahu, Breaking the Silence)
The kindergarten is located near Shuhada Street in H-2, the part of Hebron entirely under Israeli control and is home to about 30,000 Palestinians and 500 settlers. It is the site of some of the harshest restrictions on freedom of Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
The kindergarten was built over the last few months by volunteers from Youth Against Settlements (YAS), a Palestinian activist group coordinated by Issa Amro. Amro is the same activist whose home was stormed by IDF troops and used as a military training site during the Iftar holiday following Ramadan a few months ago.
Watch: IDF soldiers train inside Hebron Muslim cemetery
Earlier this week YAS reported that settlers came to the kindergarten and tried to prevent them from working on it, in some cases pushing and shoving them…. more..e-mail


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