VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 November 2013: Government to confirm destruction of Bedouin village; Jewish town to be built on site

9 November 2013 — VTJP

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Ma’an News

Dozens injured after settlers attack Palestinian villagers near Nablus
11/9/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers and soldiers attacked Palestinian villagers south of Nablus on Saturday afternoon, leading to dozens of Palestinian casualties from excessive tear gas. Clashes broke out in the village of Burin after settlers attacked Palestinian locals in the village’s eastern neighborhood, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank. Israeli forces….

Prisoners to protest against Israeli medical ‘negligence’
11/9/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners held in Israel’s Nafha prison are threatening to begin protests in solidarity with sick inmates, the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said in a statement Saturday. The prisoners are calling for the release of inmates with serious illnesses, the statement said. PA prisoners’ lawyer Amer Abu Hamdiyya met with a chief Israeli intelligence official and told….

Israeli authorities to destroy olive groves for ‘security purposes’
11/9/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Families in the Palestinian town of Yabad woke up this morning to find their olive trees covered in Israeli military signs in Hebrew and English announcing the army’s intention to chop down their olive orchards, locals told Ma’an. Locals were surprised when they visited their lands near the northern West Bank town’s main street and….

Israeli forces using Hebron Muslim cemetery for military drills
11/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli troops have been using a Muslim cemetery in Hebron as a location for military drills and practice, Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said on Wednesday. Yesh Din captured footage of the soldiers carrying out military exercises inside the Palestinian cemetery near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.”Think of the scandal we’d see if Palestinian policemen….

Israeli forces detain young Palestinian man in Jenin Friday
11/9/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a young Palestinian man in an overnight raid on his house in the northern West Bank early Friday. The family of 21-year-old Muhammad Mahdi Abu al-Hasan told Ma’an that a number of Israeli troops “ransacked” their Jenin house at 3:00 a. m. and questioned the young man for fifteen minutes before arresting him. An….

In Photos: Battir’s ancient terraces under Israeli threat
11/9/2013 – MaanImages / AlexaStevens – Battir is a Palestinian village southwest of Jerusalem famous for maintaining a Roman-era terraced irrigation system in continuous use for nearly 2000 years. The Hejaz Railway, an Ottoman-built track originally running from Damascus to Medina, winds through the valley intersecting the village. In 1948, Israeli troops attacked the village and forced most residents to flee, but locals lit candles in the houses of….

Ambassador: Abbas travels to Cairo for 3-day visit
11/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to arrive in Cairo Saturday on a three-day visit where he will meet with acting president of Egypt Adly Mansour, a Palestinian diplomat said. Barakat al-Farra, the Palestinian ambassador to Egypt, said that Abbas would update Mansour on the latest developments in Palestine and the ongoing Israeli violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Abbas…. Related: Abbas arrives in Egypt for 3-day visit

Palestinian delegation arrives in Damascus to ‘rescue’ camps
11/9/2013 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian delegation arrived Saturday in Damascus headed by a member of the PLO executive committee, Zakariya al-Agha, to study the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria. In a statement, al-Agha emphasized the need to maintain the Palestinian camps in Syria as neutral zones and to ensure the safe passage of Palestinian refugees.” Palestinian and Syrian officials have agreed previously to….

Iran eyes nuclear deal during visit by IAEA’s Amano
11/9/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran expects to sign an accord with the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday on its controversial atomic ambitions, Tehran’s ambassador to the agency said Saturday.” The Islamic republic of Iran has presented a new proposal that includes concrete actions, and we foresee that the text will be finalized on Monday and that the two sides will reach agreement….

Abbas arrives in Egypt for 3-day visit
11/9/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Cairo on Saturday to begin a three-day visit to Egypt. An official at Cairo International airport told a Ma’an reporter that Abbas arrived at the airport in a private jet, and left through the presidential hall. The Palestinian president will meet acting president of Egypt Adly Mansour, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and…. Related: Ambassador: Abbas travels to Cairo for 3-day visit

PA security forces fight crime in Jerusalem neighborhoods, towns
11/9/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces on Friday entered several Israeli-occupied neighborhoods and towns in the Jerusalem area for the first time since the Palestinian Authority was established, a PA security official said. PA security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma’an that Palestinian police entered the occupied areas of al-Ram, Beit Hanina, Shufat, Anata, and al-Sawahira Friday and began a crackdown on criminal….

Egyptian forces kill 8 ‘gunmen’ in Sinai
11/9/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Eight gunmen were killed Saturday as Egyptian security forces launched attacks across the Sinai Peninsula as part of an ongoing crackdown on militants operating there, Egyptian security officials said. Speaking to a Ma’an reporter in El-Arish, security sources described the gunmen who were killed as “very dangerous,” and added that another gunman was arrested in the operation. A weapons….

Syrian opposition seek to heal deep divisions in Istanbul
11/9/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Syria’s fractured opposition began meeting Saturday in Istanbul to decide whether to attend a peace conference that world powers want to hold in Geneva. The talks involving the main umbrella opposition, the National Coalition, took place in a hotel here as the rebels retook a strategic base in northern Syria. They were due to continue through Sunday evening, the coalition said….

Ea
stern Libya attacks kill four in under 24 hours

11/9/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — A string of attacks in eastern Libya has killed a public prosecutor and three members of the security forces in less than 24 hours, judicial and medical sources said on Saturday. Since the ouster of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in October 2011, eastern Libya has been hit by a wave of bombings and shootings, mostly targeting security officials. Prosecutor Mohamed al-Naass was….

Ethiopia to bring home undocumented workers from Saudi Arabia
11/9/2013 – ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — The Ethiopian government is repatriating its citizens living in Saudi Arabia without documents, after reports that an Ethiopian was killed by Saudi police, officials said Saturday. Last April, the Saudi government issued an amnesty period giving “illegal immigrants” seven months to gain legal status or leave the country.”The ones who failed are the ones who are being repatriated,” the spokesman for….

Qaida chief says Nusra Front alone runs Syria operations
11/9/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has ordered the Iraqi faction of his network to stop meddling in Syria and anointed al-Nusra Front militants to carry the network’s banner in the civil war. The demand for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to shut down in Syria was included in an audiotape broadcast by Al Jazeera Friday that confirms a written….

AlJazeera

Experts question Russian Arafat findings
AlJazeera 8 Nov 2013 – Al Jazeera releases conclusions of Russian probe into Palestinian leader’s death, which say results are “inconclusive”.

US and Israel lose UNESCO voting rights
AlJazeera 8 Nov 2013 – Both countries stopped paying the UN agency in protest over a 2011 UNESCO decision granting membership to Palestine.

International Solidarity Movement

After Gaza Power Plant Forced off, Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Deteriorate
11/9/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Occupied Palestine – 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. On Friday morning, 01 November 2013, the operation of the Gaza power plant was totally stopped due to the lack of fuel required for its operation….

The National

Letter from Cairo: After rise, Brotherhood headed for a fall
The National 9 Nov 2013 – The clampdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in recent months has been comprehensive and relentless, but is the campaign against the group designed to bring it into line, or are the authorities intent on crushing it out of existence? Foreign Correspondent Youssef Hamza reports

No deal on Iran nuclear programme despite extra day of talks
The National 9 Nov 2013 – France cites differences over Arak reactor and uranium-enrichment limits as world powers and Iran fail to reach deal.

More than 1,000 feared killed by Typhoon Haiyan in Philipinnes
The National 9 Nov 2013 – Witnesses describe corpses in the streets and massive structural damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest on record, which smashed into the Philippine islands of Leyte and Samar.

In Pictures: Philippine Typhoon Aftermath
The National 9 Nov 2013 – One of the most powerful typhoons in history is believed to have killed 1,200 people in the Philippines, the Red Cross Saturday, as rescue workers raced to reach towns devastated by tsunami-like waves.

Video: Cruise, Scientology played part in divorce, Morissette working on musical 
The National 9 Nov 2013 – The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Tom Cruise says Katie Holmes left him partly because of his ties to Scientology, Alanis Morissette is working on a Broadway show, and Emma Thompson puts her hands and feet in cement.

Video: Pakistan Taliban vows revenge as new leader announced 
The National 9 Nov 2013 – Pakistan Taliban rejects further peace talks with the government after electing hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader.

Video: Iran talks to resume Saturday 
The National 9 Nov 2013 – Negotiations between Iran and six world powers will resume Saturday after top diplomats from the U.S., Iran and European Union make progress during nuclear talks.

Ha’aretz

Iran nuclear talks end without deal, French foreign minister says
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Bennett to Jewish Diaspora: Pressure governments to stop ‘bad deal’ with Iran
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

More than 100 killed in massive Philippines typhoon
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Suriname president’s son invited Hezbollah to set up base in South America, U.S. says
Ha’aretz – 8 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Political sources: US folded during Iran nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Tough diplomacy will avert military force against Iran, Defense Minister Ya’alon says; sources say Israel learned over the weekend of deal on the table in Geneva that is “far worse” than one previously presented to J’lem. 

Police arrest top mafia kingpin Domrani in latest organized crime sweep
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Authorities say Domrani to have remand extension hearing Sunday. 

Government expected to authorize Liberman as FM
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Gal-On makes last-ditch effort to prevent recently-acquitted Yisrael Beytenu leader from filling the role. 

Bayit Yehudi MK to Kerry: You are not an ‘honest broker’ to Israeli-Palestinian talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Orit Struck say US secretary of state echoes Palestinian stance. 

Iranian FM: If no deal Saturday on nuclear program, talks with world powers to continue soon
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Western diplomats: Talks likely to end Saturday without accord. 

Iran announces new air defense missile system amid nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – WATCH: Iran mid-range, high-altitude system to protect against possible future air threats from “enemy fighters.” 

US, France, Britain: Iran nuclear negotiations have reached an abrupt halt
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Fabius stresses importance of Israel’s security concerns, says there will be no deal. 

MKs dissatisfied by ‘alarming’ outcome of Geneva nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – Finance Minister Yair Lapid says sanctions on Iran must remain because “they work.” 

Israel surprised by US course of action on Iran, officials say
Jerusalem Post 9 Nov 2013 – PM criticizes prospective Iran deal after meeting with Kerry. 

US says Suriname president’s son wanted to host Hezbollah base for attacks on Americans
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Indictment says authorities recorded conversations Dino Bouterse had with US agent posing as Hezbollah member. 

Amid negotiation tensions, Obama tells Netanyahu he’s committed to nuclear weapons free Iran
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – PM: Deal being forged in Geneva clear victory for Iran; White House says PM’s critique of agreement “premature”. 

The Human Spirit: Lovely bones
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – To see my great-great-grandparents’ remains treated with respect and honor, draped in a tallit and a white burial cloth was uplifting. 

Not by accident does the glass shatter no more
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – A century after Begin was born, we owe it to him – and to ourselves – to thank him again, to pause to reflect on what we’ve learned and on how far we have come since Jews stood by stunned, with no idea of how to respond. 

Grumpy Old Man: Like talking to a Wall
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – We are going to have to come up with a solution that satisfies all comers to the Kotel. 

An open letter to the prime minister
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – You can be just another prime minister who did what every other prime minister has done before him. Or you can be a prime minister that stood on principles and courageously applied them. 

Well done, Chief Rabbi Mirvis! Have courage, Dayan Ehrentreu!
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Limmud and the Orthodox fiasco. 

Diplomats: Jordan likely to take UN Security Council seat rejected by Saudis
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia rejected seat in protest of UNSC Syria failures; Arab states have been trying to convince Riyadh to change mind. 

Obama: 75th Kristallnacht anniversary a reminder of what silence in face of hatred can bring
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – US president marks tragedy of 1938 pogrom calling for world to denounce anti-Semitism, intolerance. 

Manchester United icons Giggs and Neville set to buy synagogue
Jerusalem Post 8 Nov 2013 – Long-time teammates on English football powerhouse have gone into development business and Manchester shul is next project, ‘Jewish Chronicle’ reports. 

Inter Press Service

Libya’s Berbers Close the Tap
IPS One of the Berber militiamen blocking the gas and crude oil complex in Nalut, Libya. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS By Karlos Zurutuza ZWARA, Libya , Nov 9 2013 (IPS) “Oil tankers won´t get crude from this port until Tripoli finally meets our demands,” says Younis, one of the Amazigh rebels today blocking…

Uruknet

Afghan Troop Deaths Soar in Latest Report
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 -Over 12 years into the occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon reports remain as upbeat as ever, insisting that the situation is well in hand and their latest transition is “on track.” The boundless optimism lasts until you…

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: Occupation checkpoints turned into assassination centers at the gates of cities and towns in the Palestinian territories
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Member of the Palestinian Parliament and Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, said on Saturday that Israel has turned its checkpoints, set up by the military in the occupied territories, into barriers…

African Human Rights Commission Hears Evidence About CIA Rendition and Torture Case from 2003
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Last Saturday, for the first time, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, founded in 1986, heard a case relating to the program of rendition and torture established under George W. Bush after the 9/11…

THE MURDER OF YASSER ARAFAT
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – …Palestinians have long accused Israel of murdering Arafat. Israel s intelligence service Mossad and warplanes have killed over a score of senior PLO leaders in the past three decades. Many attempts had been made by Israel…

Diplomat says P5+1 divided over draft Iran accord
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – … “In fact, the French are the big upset in the way of an agreement,” the senior diplomat said, on condition his name or nationality not be named. He said there is a joint P5+1 draft text…

Appeasement dooms Palestinians to misery
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Later this month, Palestinians will be celebrating an important anniversary, namely the decision by the U.N. General Assembly a year ago to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state. But not with much joy, I suspect….

Negotiations… What if?
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Most of the readings of and predictions for the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations anticipate that the two sides will reach a dead end. These predictions are largely based on pessimistic statements made by officials on both sides, as…

Prisoners to protest against Israeli medical negligence 
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 — Palestinian prisoners held in Israel s Nafha prison are threatening to begin protests in solidarity with sick inmates, the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs said in a statement Saturday. The prisoners are calling for the release of…

To support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is not antisemitic
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, a thriving Palestinian-led initiative that attacks institutional links to Israel s illegal settlements, has been gaining in popularity. In Australia, the movement has been slowly growing as Israel continues…

The Anti-Empire Report #122 National Security Agency – The only part of the government that really listens to what you have to say
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9 , 2013- The New York Times (November 2) ran a long article based on NSA documents released by Edward Snowden. One of the lines that most caught my attention concerned “Sigint” – Signals intelligence, the term used for electronic…

Syria News – November 8, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013- By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 96 martyrs, including 13 children, 5 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 44 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 16 in Idlib; 13 in Damascus and…

Nuclear accord with Iran could create fierce diplomatic storm between U.S. and Israel
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 — If there were a synoptic map for diplomatic storms, the National Weather Service would be putting out a hurricane warning right now. The winds are blowing cold, tensions are on the rise and tempers are beginning…

Healthcare Professionals Involvement in US Torture
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – On November 4, an independent panel of military, ethics, medical, public health, and legal experts said Pentagon and CIA officials directed doctors and psychologist to ignore medical ethics, principles and standards. Post-9/11, the Task Force on…

Iraq: We know where the protests are, where are the reporters?
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – That s the sit-in in Falluja today. Iraqi Spring MC posted the photo. Where s the media? I don t mean the Iraqi media, they re targeted enough and, even so, they will still manage over…

Taking the Lead, Hizballah Girds for Key Syria Battle on Assad s Behalf
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – …Unlike the battle for Qusayr, Qalamoun, with its mountain redoubts, caves and unmapped goat tracks, will not be a set piece battle with clear front lines and decisive victories. Instead it will resemble a guerrilla-type campaign…

Is It Anti-Semitic To Protest Injustice?
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – After a recent public speech, I received an email from someone I don t know named Bloom, who said that I should have perished in the Holocaust with the rest of my family. Ironically, the insult…

Taking the Lead, Hizballah Girds for Key Syria Battle on Assad s Behalf Read more: In Syria, Hizballah Helps Assad in the Battle for Qalamoun 
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – …Unlike the battle for Qusayr, Qalamoun, with its mountain redoubts, caves and unmapped goat tracks, will not be a set piece battle with clear front lines and decisive victories. Instead it will resemble a guerrilla-type campaign…

Putin t
o Visit Egypt in Bid to Restore Military Ties

Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt later this month as part of a push by Moscow to replace the United States as the Egyptian military s main patron….According to U.S. officials, Putin will visit Cairo…

US Is a State Sponsor of Terrorism
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Drone attacks are raw terror tactics that terrorize civilian populations . Now we know exactly how many members of the U.S. House of Representatives care enough about American terrorism to attend a Congressional briefing about a U.S….

Iraq: We know where the protests are, where are the reporters?
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – That s the sit-in in Falluja today. Iraqi Spring MC posted the photo. Where s the media? I don t mean the Iraqi media, they re targeted enough and, even so, they will still manage over…

Relatives say Hebron man assassinated in cold blood 
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 — 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…

Oppose the Sectarian Regime The US Should Stop Supporting Nuri Al-Maliki
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8-10, 2013 – Maliki is a liar , Iraqis have been chanting in their demos for years now, showing their displeasure with the Iraqi prime minister Nuri Al-Maliki. Now he has gone to the United States asking for weapons and…

Arafat assassination confirmed, says widow
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – In exclusive comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, the widow of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat revealed that her husband had asked her to discover what had sickened him prior to his death. Suha Arafat said: “Abu Ammar […

On Iran, Netanyahu Can Only Fume
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – …Although Mr. Netanyahu s declaration on Friday that Israel is not “obliged” by any agreement made in Geneva raised anew the specter of an Israeli military strike on Tehran, experts here say such an attack is…

Israeli forces kill second Palestinian in West Bank
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – Israeli border police shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint near Jerusalem, Israeli police and family members said Friday, in the second fatal shooting by Israeli forces in 12 hours… Family members named him as Anas…

After Gaza Power Plant Forced off, Humanitarian Conditions of Approximately 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Deteriorate
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013 – 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. On Friday morning, 01…

US Drone Strikes Kill Five in Yemen
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 8, 2013- Three US drone strikes hit the Abyan Province today, killing at least five people, all of whom the Yemeni government termed “suspected al-Qaeda fighters.” The Abyan Province was taken over by fighters from the Ansar al-Sharia faction…

Syria Protests November 8, 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – 

Daily Star

Iran’s Rouhani urges P5+1 not to miss ‘exceptional opportunity’
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges world powers not to miss an “exceptional opportunity” to reach an agreement in their ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

Iran nuclear talks likely to end without deal: diplomats
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Barring a late breakthrough, talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program are likely to end without an agreement, but are expected to resume in a few weeks, Western diplomats say.

Iran FM says ‘differences’ among world powers at nuclear talks
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there are divisions among the world powers attempting to negotiate a landmark deal with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Syria opposition wants pressure on Damascus before agreeing to talks
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Syria’s splintered opposition coalition insists it will not go to peace talks in Geneva unless pressure is brought to bear on Damascus to abide by the outcome.

Pro-Assad Rifaat Eid warns Lebanon police branch
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Rifaat Eid warns he regards the Information Branch as fair game, accusing the police wing of coercing a suspect into naming his father in relation to the deadly bombings in Tripoli.

Iran says nuke talks to resume in ‘7-10 days’ if no deal
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 If world powers and Iran fail to reach a hoped-for deal Saturday over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, a new round of talks will be held in seven or 10 days, Iran’s foreign minister says.

U.S. must update its Cuba policy, Obama says
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 The U.S. must continue to update its policy towards communist Cuba, President Barack Obama says, speaking at the home of a prominent Cuban-American activist.

Syria rebels recapture army base near Aleppo airport
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Islamist rebels retakes most of a military base in northern Syria from forces loyal to President Bashar Assad after two days of fighting in which at least 60 people have been killed, activists say.

China foreign minister to attend Iran nuclear meeting
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend ongoing talks in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program, Chinese state radio says.

Kuwait expects OPEC to keep crude output target unchanged
Daily Star 9 Nov 2013 Kuwait’s oil minister says he expects OPEC to keep its crude oil output target unchanged at its next meeting.

YNet News

Diplomat: French trying to upstage other powers in Geneva
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – ….

Venezuelan is new Miss Universe
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – ….

Haifa: 4 shot, wounded outside of club
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – ….

White House urges Congress to regain US UNESCO vote
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – ….

Egypt to expand Russia cooperation after fall out with US
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – ….

Poll: Anti-Semitism on rise in Europe
YNet News, 9 Nov 2013 – Study released by European Fundamental Rights Agency ahead of 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht finds prejudice against Jews has worsened in continent in past few years, with abuse increasingly widespread on Internet ….

Comic book incites against haredi troops
YNet News, 8 Nov 2013 – Booklet distributed in haredi concentrations presents ultra-Orthodox soldiers as stray sheep, seculars as bloodthirsty bears seeking to destroy them ….

Shameless appeasement of Iran
YNet News, 8 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: It is morally disgraceful for US president to pressure Jews to turn their back on Israeli concerns ….

Book offers fresh look at Kristallnacht 
YNet News, 8 Nov 2013 – As Germany prepares to mark 75th anniversary of Night of Broken Glass, new account sheds light on murder of diplomat Ernst vom Rath, whose November 7, 1938 death Nazi leaders seized upon as pretext for pogrom against Jews ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF arrests 6 citizens including Jerusalemite journalist
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Saturday the city of Jenin, where they raided several neighborhoods and erected military checkpoints.

Mukhalalati warns of looming health disaster
PIC – Gaza Minister of Health Mofid Mukhalalati warned that the halt of the Gaza Power Plant (GPP), the only power plant in the Strip, signals serious problems in health services. 

Family of martyr Habanin: We will prosecute the occupation authorities
PIC – Family of martyr Bashir Habanin, who was killed by the Israeli forces gunfire on Thursday night at Za’atara checkpoint, said it will prosecute the Israeli authorities for killing him.

IOF arrests 75 Jerusalemites, issues 200 demolition orders in October
PIC – Israeli violations have escalated against Jerusalemites during October, including arrests against minors and children, in addition to demolition orders against Palestinian houses and facilities.

PHRC: IOF killing of two youths a war crime
PIC – Palestinian Human Rights Center expressed its deep concern at the killing of two Palestinians on Thursday evening at Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank, considering it as a war crime.

European delegation visits Gaza
PIC – The PCHR received a European delegation that arrived in Gaza Strip to check on the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave especially after the power crisis and the tightening of the siege.

IOF soldiers cause head injury, hemorrhage to Jerusalemite boy
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) brutally suppressed a number of protests in two villages to the east of occupied Jerusalem on Friday night wounding a boy in the head and causing him internal bleeding.

15 Palestinians died since the resumption of negotiations
PIC – A statistics report prepared by Quds Press International news agency showed that fifteen Palestinians died since the resumption of the negotiations, three months ago.

Gaza students appeal to the world to intervene to save their school year
PIC – Students in Gaza appealed to the international community to immediately intervene to save their school year that is threatened due to the continued power outages.

Marches in West Bank in memory of Arafat
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) suppressed the weekly peaceful marches in West Bank in solidarity with prisoners and Jerusalem. The marchers also called for revealing Arafat’s killers.

WAFA

Farmers Ordered to Uproot their Olive Trees
WAFA – 9 Nov 2013

Abbas, Belgian Foreign Minister Discuss Political Developments
WAFA – 9 Nov 2013

Misc

Syrian Rebels Said to Recapture Base
New York Times 9 Nov 2013 – Syrian rebels recaptured a base near the international airport in the northern city of Aleppo in a counteroffensive hours after the Syrian Army had advanced into the area, activists said on Saturday. 

Talks on Nuclear Deal to Restrain Iran Hit a Snag
New York Times 9 Nov 2013 – France questioned whether the deal would do enough to curb a nuclear reactor that would produce plutonium, the first sign of division among the major powers negotiating a deal. 

The Lede: Netanyahu Deplores Potential ‘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. 

Two Palestinians killed at West Bank roadblocks
Mondoweiss – Escalation of Violence in the West Bank Two Palestinians killed at two West Bank roadblocks IMEMC updated 8 Nov — 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…

Kerry reassures Israel as Congress grumbles about a deal
Mondoweiss – From the State Department, Kerry’s arrival in Geneva after leaving Israel , where Prime Minister Netanyahu was incensed by reports of a deal with Iran. Good afternoon, everybody. It’s great to be here. The P51 is doing some very important work right now, and I’m delighted to…

Shin Bet Arrests Palestinian Journalist Returning from Egypt
Tikun Olam – Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, secretly arrested by Shabak Israel’s security services arrested Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, after he returned from a reporting trip to Egypt two days ago. Abu Khdeir, who reports for the Palestinian Al Quds and the Kuwaiti Al-Rai , was arrested at…

Echoing Netanyahu, Ted Cruz slams Kerry and calls on Iran to recognize Israel as ‘Jewish state’
Mondoweiss – Update : Senator Ted Cruz is parroting Netanyahu, and saying Iran must recognize Israel as a Jewish state: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) expressed grave concerns today regarding reports that Secretary of State John Kerry may strike a deal to lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange…

Iran talks ‘may need new round’ 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme may need a new round, diplomats say, as tough negotiations continue for a third day.

Iran Nuclear Talks Likely To End Without Deal 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Nov 2013 – Barring a late breakthrough, talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme are likely to end on Saturday without an agreement, but are expected to resume in a few weeks, Western diplomats said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Nuclear Deal Elusive as Talks Drag On 
The Foward Breaking News 9 Nov 2013 – France warned of serious stumbling blocks to a long-sought deal on Iran’s nuclear programme as foreign ministers from Tehran and six world powers extended high-stakes negotiations into a third day on Saturday to end a decade-old standoff. Click here for the rest of the article…

For Brad Ausmus, Road to Detroit Tigers Job Ran Through Israel 
The Forward New 9 Nov 2013 – Brad Ausmus has taken his place on the short roster of big-league Jewish baseball manager. His journey to the Detroit Tigers job got a boost with his work as skipper of Team Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Suriname leader’s son terror charges 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – The son of Suriname’s president is charged in the US with attempting to provide material support to the Shia militant group Hezbollah.

Iran’s women football fans score small victory 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Will Iranian women be allowed to go to football matches?

US loses its Unesco voting rights 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – UN cultural agency Unesco suspends US and Israeli voting rights after they both miss a deadline for paying financial contributions.

2022 World Cup to avoid Olympic clash 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – The Qatar World Cup will not be moved to January or February 2022 because of the Winter Olympics, according to Fifa.

Iran talks ‘may need new round’ 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Talks in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear programme may need a new round, diplomats say, as tough negotiations continue for a third day.

Beirut’s “New” Sanayeh Garden to Open May 2014 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – However, it is the poor and middle-income families who will be enjoying a garden of a new type. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) However, it is the poor and middle-income families who will be enjoying a garden of a new type. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The Rene Moawad–Sanayeh Garden…

Syria: A Cold War Deepens Between Jihadis 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – A Syrian rebel carries an improvised explosive device (IED) in
the northern city of Aleppo on November 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) A Syrian rebel carries an improvised explosive device (IED) in the northern city of Aleppo on November 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

Syrian opposition meets to discuss attendance at Geneva II talks 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – Members of the Syrian National coalition (SNC) attend a meeting of the National Coalition on November 9, 2013, in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) Syria’s fractured opposition began meeting Saturday in Istanbul to decide whether to attend a peace conference that world powers want to…

Two more contaminated with MERS virus in Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – A Muslim pilgrim wearing a mask due to fears of the deadly MERS virus arrives to throw pebbles at pillars during the “Jamarat” ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca, on October 15, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Saudi…

Ethiopia repatriates citizens from Saudi Arabia due to immigrant crackdown 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – The Ethiopian government is repatriating its citizens living in Saudi Arabia illegally, after reports that an Ethiopian was killed by Saudi police, officials said Saturday. Last April, the Saudi government issued an amnesty period giving undocumented immigrants seven months to gain legal status or leave the…

Iran nuclear talks enter third day 
Al-Akhbar News 9 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton before their meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister on November 8, 2013, in Geneva, on the second day of talks with Iran on their nuclear program. (Photo: AFP -…

Suriname leader’s son terror charges 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – The son of Suriname’s president is charged in the US with attempting to provide material support to the Shia militant group Hezbollah.

Analysis: Maliki bolsters Iraq re-election chances 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Can Nouri Maliki prevail in Iraq’s 2014 elections?

US archivist who saved Iraqi Jewish past 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – The US archivist who rescued Iraq’s Jewish history

Iran’s women football fans score small victory 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Will Iranian women be allowed to go to football matches?

US loses its Unesco voting rights 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – UN cultural agency Unesco suspends US and Israeli voting rights after they both miss a deadline for paying financial contributions.

UN targets Syria polio outbreak 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – A huge UN vaccination campaign against polio is under way across the Middle East after an outbreak in Syria, where fierce fighting is continuing.

Syria ex-commander accuses UK and US 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – A top rebel former commander in Syria says Western strategy is enabling President Assad to step up attacks with conventional weapons.

Yemen police ‘stop child’s wedding’ 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Yemeni authorities say they have intervened to stop the wedding of a nine-year-old girl, as the issue of child marriage attracts international attention.

Iran deal fear for US’ Mid-East allies 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Iran nuclear ‘deal’ unwelcomed by US’ Mid-East allies

Palestinians eye Israel over Arafat 
BBC 8 Nov 2013 – Palestinian officials say Israel is the only suspect in the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, after a report said his remains had high levels of polonium.

Articles


Government to confirm destruction of Bedouin village; Jewish town to be built on site 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/10/2013
After being expelled and relocated in the 1950s, the residents of Umm al-Hiran are about to lose their homes once again – this time to make way for a Jewish national-religious settlement.
The Israeli government is about to make one of its most outrageous decisions in recent years (and there is no shortage of those, as you know). The government will hold a special session in Sde Boker – the Kibbutz in which David Ben-Gurion is buried – to confirm plans to build a new Jewish town (along with several others – all for Jews) in the northeast region of the Negev desert. The symbolism is clear: Ben-Gurion believed that the Negev is Zionism’s final frontier, and all Jewish pioneering effort should take place there.
There is no better example of how Zionism as a state ideology represents, in practice, the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians. Two Bedouin-Palestinian villages, Umm al-Hiran and Atir (where members of the Al-Qia’an tribe sit), are presently where the kibbutz is planned. Their residents are originally from the western part of the Negev (Palestinians call the same desert Naqeb); they were expelled east by the IDF following the 1948 war, and a kibbutz called Shoval was built on their land. After several years of moving from one site to another, the army finally told those members of the Al-Qia’an tribe to build their homes in Umm al-Hiran and Atir, and so they did in 1956. Here is the army’s order (via Adala). It is marked “confidential”:
Despite the fact that it was the state who told the Al-Qia’an tribe where to move, the new villages were never made part of a zoning plan, and their residents still lack basic infrastructure like water and electricity. The government is finally deciding to build a proper settlement there – but not for the Palestinian Bedouin (who are citizens of Israel, some of whom even served in the IDF). They will be pushed to the township of Hura, one of the poorest cities in the country…. more.. e-mail

Saudi Arabia and Israel Try To Derail Nuclear Negotiations With Iran by Terrorism 
Muhammad Sahimi, Antiwar.com 11/9/2013
Ever since Hassan Rouhani was elected Iran’s President on 14 June 2013 and promised that he will lead a government of “hope and prudence,” the United States’ most important allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia and Israel – and their lobbies here have been doing their best to prevent any agreement between Iran and the Obama administration regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Israel and its lobby in the United States have succeeded in persuading Washington to impose the most crippling economic sanctions on Iran, disrupting and threatening the lives of tens of millions of ordinary Iranians. But that has not been enough for Israel. It wants Iran to surrender its national sovereignty and its rights under Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty that gives Iran the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Thus, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been on an increasingly desperate diplomatic offensive to “prove” that Iran is not sincere in its effort to reach a nuclear agreement. After cynically calling the efforts by Iran’s new administration “a charm offensive;” referring to President Rouhani “a wolf in sheep’s clothing;” mentioning Iran 70 times and Rouhani – not Mr. Rouhani or President Rouhani – 25 times in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly meeting (while barely mentioning Israel’s war on the Palestinians); foolishly becoming an advocate of “democracy” for the Iranian people by declaring that if the Iranian youth were free, they would wear jeans and listen to Western music – which created a huge backlash by the Iranians (see here, here, and here), telling Netanyahu to first address democracy for the Palestinian people – and repeating his absurd claim that “Iran is preparing for another Holocaust,” Netanyahu threatened once again that if forced to, Israel will attack Iran alone.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has also let the world know that it is angry at the Obama administration for not attacking Syria, for imposing military sanctions on the military junta in Egypt even though they are insignificant, and for trying to reach a diplomatic resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program…. more.. e-mail

Negotiations… What if? 
Oraib Rantawi, 11/8/2013
Most of the readings of and predictions for the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations anticipate that the two sides will reach a dead end. These predictions are largely based on pessimistic statements made by officials on both sides, as well as on the trends in Israeli public opinion. However, this pessimistic outlook has not prevented a number of optimistic estimations from the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli government, and several diplomatic circles close to this iss
ue.

When it comes to us, we have questioned and continue to question whether or not the negotiations will succeed. We have often repeated and reiterated our belief that the road to negotiations is a dead end and we have often based this assumption on the deep-rooted shifts that have occurred in the Israeli community within the past twenty years, including the trends in Israeli society towards religious extremism, national security, and the growing influence of the “settlement lobby” in internal Israeli politics and its reorientation as a legitimate political party alongside Likud, Kadima, and other parties of the right and far right.
However this time around, we will try to answer the following questions: what if these negotiations successfully lead to reaching an agreement? What will this agreement look like? Which Palestinian rights will be lost on the road to reaching this agreement? Will this agreement be the unwavering and marketable type of agreement? Will this agreement elevate the status of the Palestinian Authority or will it be the final nail drilled into the coffin? Will this agreement be the end of the Palestinian national movement as we have known it since 1965? How will this agreement affect the balance of power within the Palestinian movement’s “national” and “Islamic” wings? Indeed, there are a flood of questions.
As we all figured from the outset, these negotiations have begun by placing the Palestinian negotiators at a very low point, not just in terms of the reality that is present on the ground, which overwhelmingly favours the occupation, but also in terms of the preconditions placed on the Palestinian Authority as well…. more.. e-mail

Teaching Shoah in kindergarten! 
Michel Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 11/5/2013
The Jewish genocide must be taught in school, there should be no doubt about it. In Israeli schools as well as European schools, and eventually in the entire world. As should be taught other dark chapters of modern history, like the genocides in Armenia or in Rwanda and, of course, the genocide of the Roma by the Nazis. It should be taught in a way that brings young men and women to the conclusion that such mega-crimes should never happen again. No where.
In Israel, obviously, the genocide of European Jewry is taught in school, but with a totally different approach: disconnected from anything else, including other genocidal behaviours by the same Nazi regime; without any attempt to analyse the rationale of Nazi barbarism, and the connection between Nazism and modernity. On the contrary: the context in which the Jewish genocide is taught is the discourse of Jewish specificity, and the basic irrationality of Jewish fate; anti-Semitism is one – from the Romans (sic) to Abdel Nasser, from the Crusaders to Yasser Arafat (re-sic), “the whole world is against us”, always was, always will be. The lesson to be drawn from Nazism is never universal and cannot lead to universal anti-racism, but only that the Jews can count solely on their own might. Long live the great army of the State of Israel!
No wonder that the organized visits for high school students to sites of the Jewish genocide in Europe were such a disgraceful event (alcohol and sex festivities) that they have to be cancelled: they have learned the topic in such a way that no compassion – even to the Jewish victims – was possible at all. Indoctrination is never efficient, if one intends to make the audience receptive to some kind of lesson.
Instead of initiating a serious reflection on the ways to teach Nazism and genocides, Israel’s new education minister has just decided to start the indoctrination… already in the kindergarten!…. more.. e-mail

The Collapse of Turkey’s Syria Policy
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2013 – By Jeremy Salt – Ankara Catastrophic for Syria and disastrous for Turkey. So can be summed up the consequences of Turkish intervention in Syria over the past two years. While not admitting that they were wrong, the architects of this policy, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, appear to be backing off, at least to the extent of tightening border security and seeking to repair the damage they have caused to relations with neighboring states. In early August Davutoglu visited Tehran and now President Rouhani of Iran has been invited to Ankara. So has Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, with Davutoglu due to visit Baghdad in a few days. Both Davutoglu and Erdogan have also shut down the vociferous support they were expressing for the deposed Egyptian president, Muhammad Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. Now they seem to agree that what happens in Egypt…more

Egypt’s Revolution against Democracy
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2013 – By Ali Younes – Washington, D.C. When the Egyptian military leaders decided to end Egypt’s first ever-ever democratic experience in a coup d’etat on July 2nd, toppling the Muslim brotherhood ( MB) government from power and imprisoning president Mohammad Morsi. With that in mind Egypt has perhaps became the only country in the world that had a revolution against democracy. As a result, the new government embarked on persecuting and illegally imprisoning members of the Muslim brotherhood and others who defy the military takeover of power. Last Monday president Morsi was arraigned in court for his initial procedural hearing on charges of “incitement to murder” and ‘collaborating with enemy entities or states” a ref
erence to the Palestinian organization Hamas. During his brief appearance, Morsi defied the court declaring that he is the “legally-elected president of Egypt” and that ‘the court proceedings were illegal”. Although the trial was rescheduled to January 8th,…
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Saudis Fight a Lost Battle against Change
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Nov 2013 – By Nicola Nasser The ongoing aggressive Saudi policy for a militarized “regime change” in Syria is more an expression of internal vulnerability, trying hopelessly to avert change outside their borders lest change sweeps inside, than being a positive show of leadership and power, but Syrian developments are proving by the day that the Saudis are fighting a lost battle against change. Riyadh is fighting several preemptive battles outside its borders in its immediate proximity in a disparate attempt to prevent an historic regional tide of change from changing the country’s pre-medieval system of governance and social life. Surrounded by a turbulent changing regional and international environment, the Saudi Arabian rulers seem worried as hell that their system is facing an historical existential test for the survival of which they are unwisely blundering in foreign policy to alienate friends, win more enemies, exacerbate old animosities and trying counterproductively to promote their…more


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