VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 November 2013: Cabinet OK’s razing Bedouin towns to build Jewish settlement in their place

10 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Hands Demolish Orders Against Homes In Al-Eesawiyya
IMEMC – [Sunday November 10, 2013] Palestinian sources have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and handed destruction orders targeting a home, and a residential building, allegedly for being built without permits. …

Meretz Head Calls On Netanyahu Not To Appoint Lieberman As FM
IMEMC – Chairwoman of the Meretz Israeli Party Zahava Gal-On called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from appointing Avigdor Lieberman as Foreign Minister due to his extreme views that isolated Israel. …

Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
IMEMC – The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Yabad, in the northern West Bank, following threats that if kids kept throwing stones at soldiers, the army would destroy the village’s olive trees. …

Israel and US lose voting rights at UNESCO after refusing to pay dues for last two years
IMEMC – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to suspend the voting rights of the U.S. and Israel after the two nations refused to provide a justification for their failure to pay dues. …

Ma’an News

Official: Bulldozers raze lands west of Salfit to expand settlement
11/10/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Sunday razed lands in a northern West Bank village near Salfit in order to expand the illegal settlement of Rafafa, a local official said. Ayoub Abu Hajleh, mayor of the village of Deir Istiya, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers began digging up lands near the main street of the village from the southwestern side. They are….

Israeli forces raid three Palestinian neighborhoods, detain one
11/10/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided Yabad and Jenin late Saturday and a village near Bethlehem early Sunday, detaining one, witnesses told Ma’an. Two Israeli military patrols stationed on Haifa Street in Jenin raided an agricultural nursery belonging to Iyad Bashir around 10 p. m. and confiscated an agricultural tractor, locals said. Also on Saturday night, Israeli soldiers reportedly entered Yabad village….

Israeli authorities hand out demolition orders in East Jerusalem
11/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided al-Issawiya village in East Jerusalem on Sunday, handing out demolition orders for several houses owned by Palestinians in the area, a local official said. Mohammad Abu al-Homs, a member of village’s follow-up committee, said that Israeli forces and members of the Jerusalem municipality staff raided several houses in al-Issawiya, taking photos of each. During the raid….

Israeli forces attack, detain Gaza fishermen near Beit Lahiya
11/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza after firing upon them, a union official said. The head of Gaza’s fisherman’s union said in a statement Sunday that Israeli forces detained Sadam and Mahmoud Saleh Abu Ward west of Beit Lahiya. Israeli gunboats reportedly fired at the two fisherman late….

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian vehicles on road near Nablus
11/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian vehicles on the road south of Nablus on Sunday, causing damage to a number of cars, locals said. A number of Palestinian vehicles were damaged in the attacks, as their windows and windshields were destroyed by the projectiles near the northern West Bank city. Hashim Abu Zaitoun, a bus driver, told Ma’an that a number….

Rafah crossing closed for the 3rd day, dozens stranded
11/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities kept the Rafah land crossing closed for the 3rd day in a row, stranding dozens of Palestinians on either side who were attempting to cross. Palestinian officials said that Rafah crossing will be closed again on Sunday to traffic from both sides, marking the third day of continuous closure. Passengers from both sides were left stranded at the….

Anti-Prawer protests scheduled for Nov. 30 in Palestine, worldwide
11/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian youth will gather in several cities within historic Palestine and around the world on Nov. 30 to protest against Israel’s Prawer Plan, several youth organizations said in a statement Sunday. The protest event will take place simultaneously in the Negev, Haifa, Ramallah, and Gaza City, as well as in several locations worldwide, and will be named the “International…. Related: Join Palestinians on November 30th to protest against the Prawer plan

‘Gaza Ark’ against Israeli blockade to be launched spring 2014
11/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The closure of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has delayed the launch of Gaza Ark, an improvised cargo ship built by Gaza fishermen set to sail to Europe in protest against the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. Member of the Gaza Strip association of fishermen Mahfouth Kabariti said Sunday that the Gaza Ark was supposed….

Belgium raises Palestinian diplomatic status
11/10/2013 – BRUSEELS (AFP) — Belgium said Saturday it had raised the standing of a Palestinian diplomatic delegation to the country to “mission” status in a show of commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East. Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders confirmed the change from “general delegation” to “mission” after signing an agreement during a bilateral meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during a visit to Jordan….

Israel threatens to derail potential Iran nuclear deal
11/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel plans to lobby the US Congress to prevent a deal being reached on Iran’s nuclear program, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday ahead of the Nov. 20 resumption of talks.”Before the talks resume, we will lobby dozens of members of the US Congress to whom I will personally explain during a visit beginning on Tuesday that Israel’s…. Related: Iran, world powers fail to clinch nuclear deal and Kerry: US ‘not blind, stupid’ in nuclear talks with Iran

FM: Egypt ‘skeptical’ of peace because of Israel settlements
11/10/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday he was growing “skeptical” that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal will be reached soon because of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. Fahmy’s comments, in an interview with AFP, came on the eve of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Cairo and days after direct talks with Israel broke down….

Abbas meets Sisi and Egypt president in Cairo
11/10/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart Adly Mansour met Sunday in Cairo and discussed the latest political developments in the region, focusing on ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and the PLO. Abbas updated Mansour on the ongoing settlement expansion and Israel’s escalating violence against the Palestinian people, according to news agencies’ reports. The Palestinian president also briefed….

Egyptian journalists delegation in Ramallah
11/10/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — A delegation of Egyptian journalists visited Ramallah on Sunday to participate in events for Palestinian Independence Day. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate invited its Egyptian counterpart to participate in the events which begin Sunday and end on Nov. 15. [END]

Kerry: US ‘not blind, stupid’ in nuclear talks with Iran
11/10/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States is “not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid” in nuclear talks with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a US television interview that aired Sunday. The top US diplomat also insisted there is “zero gap” between the Obama administration and its commitment to Israel, with diplomatic relations between the two allies under strain…. Related: Israel threatens to derail potential Iran nuclear deal

PM: Israel to convince world to avoid ‘bad’ Iran deal
11/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a “bad and dangerous” deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Netanyahu said he had spoken with leaders of five of the six world powers negotiating with Iran and told them that the looming deal was “bad and dangerous.” “I suggested they wait,” he…. Related: Israel threatens to derail potential Iran nuclear deal

Abbas pledges to uncover truth behind Arafat’s death
11/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinian Authority wasdetermined to uncover the truth of how former leader Yasser Arafat died, regardless of the consequences.”I am confident that the investigations committee will reach the truth that will be publicized to our people,” Abbas said in a recorded speech to coincide with a ceremony marking the 9th anniversary of Arafat’….

Iran, world powers fail to clinch nuclear deal
11/10/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Iran and world powers failed to clinch a long-sought deal Sunday on Tehran’s nuclear program despite marathon talks in Geneva but kept hopes alive by agreeing to meet here again on Nov. 20. In Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pleaded for parliament’s backing in the negotiations while insisting that Iran would not abandon its nuclear rights, including uranium enrichment…. Related: Israel threatens to derail potential Iran nuclear deal andPM: Israel to convince world to avoid ‘bad’ Iran deal

Hebron man injures himself in fireworks accident
11/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A 25-year-old man from Hebron sustained serious injuries on Sunday while playing with fireworks, police said. In a statement, police said fireworks exploded in the man’s face, causing serious burns. He was rushed to the hospital for treatment, the statement said. 1 ) Olivia / Denmark 10/11/2013 18:21This is truly dreadful; I hope his litigation against the….

World Cup trophy arrives in Palestine
11/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The FIFA World Cup Trophy arrived in Palestine on Sunday, where it was met by the Palestine Olympic Committee. The trophy came to Palestine as part of a tour around the world in which it will visit around 90 countries. Leader of the the Palestinian Football Federation and the Palestine Olympic Committee Jibril Rajoub welcomed the trophy, saying that its arrival….

Child drowns in Hebron well
11/10/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A child died on Sunday after drowning in a well in Hebron in the southern West Bank. Abdulrahman Rabah al-Heeh, 18 months, was taken to Hebron governmental hospital where he was pronounced dead, doctors said. Police have opened an investigation in the matter. [END]

Sectarian clashes resume in north Yemen
11/10/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Deadly clashes resumed Saturday between Zaidi Shiite rebels and Sunni Wahhabi militants in northern Yemen, both sides said, a day after the Red Cross evacuated 44 wounded during a lull. The fighting, which first erupted late last month, has centered on a Salafist mosque and Koranic school in the town of Dammaj that has been besieged by the rebels, known as Huthis after….

Turkey’s Davutoglu in Iraq to push fresh start in relations
11/10/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu landed in Baghdad on Sunday for a slew of meetings with top Iraqi officials as the two neighbors seek a “fresh start” to chilled ties. Relations between Ankara and Baghdad, which had been on the upswing as recently as 2011, fell off as the two countries clashed over the war in Syria, Turkey’s ties with Iraq….

NGO: Kidnapped Syrian MP executed by jihadists
11/10/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Syrian lawmaker who was kidnapped by opposition jihadist fighters earlier this year has been executed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Sunday. A parliamentary source in Damascus, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Mujhem al-Sahu, from eastern Deir Ezzor province, had been executed, without specifying who was responsible. [END]


Al Jazeera Investigates – Killing Arafat
AlJazeera 10 Nov 2013 – Exclusive documentary reveals the details of the investigation into the Palestinian leader’s death.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Receives Representatives of Germany and Italy to the PA and the Consul General of France
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Join Palestinians on November 30th to protest against the Prawer plan
11/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Prawer Won’t Pass Campaign, Occupied Palestine – On 24th of June, the Israeli Knesset approved the Prawer-Begin plan, which if implemented will result in the destruction of more than 35 unrecognized villages in Al-Naqab and the forced expulsion and confinement of more than 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins. The Prawer plan is the largest Israeli land-grab since 1948. It epitomizes the nature of Israel’s…. Related: Anti-Prawer protests scheduled for Nov. 30 in Palestine, worldwide

Settlement expansion in Khalil encroaches on Palestinian land
11/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – The attempted expansion of Qiryat Arba, the largest settlement in Khalil, threatens to further reassign land boundaries. This would affect the livelihoods of several Palestinian families who have long been subject to harassment and violence. On Tuesday 5th November, international activists were called to the Tamimi family olive groves in Khaled Abudee, which are located in a….

The National

Typhoon Haiyan unleashes ‘catastrophe of epic proportions’
The National 10 Nov 2013 – As many as 10,000 people are believed dead in one Philippine city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes and schools.

Corpses hang from trees in Typhoon Haiyan’s vision from hell
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Two days after one of the strongest typhoons on record smashed into the central Philippines, the stench of death lingers in a town believed to have lost 10,000 people. Aya Lowe reports from Tacloban

Opponents line up to torpedo Iran nuclear deal
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Hardliners on both sides may take advantage of a break in negotiations to press their governments not to compromise on enrichment issues.

An untold story of journalists missing in Syria
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Extremist groups are believed responsible for most kidnappings since the summer, but government-backed militias, criminal gangs and rebels affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army have also been involved.

Syrian regime and rebels reach deal to ease blockade in Qudsaya
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Deal will allow food to reach civilians in town near the capital for the first time in weeks.

UAE to donate Dh37m worth of aid to Typhoon Haiyan victims
The National 10 Nov 2013 – The UAE Government expressed ‘its deepest sympathies for the loss of life and property’ in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and has pledged Dh37 million in aid and assistance.

UAE Filipinos to learn how to deal with natural disasters
The National 10 Nov 2013 – A disaster preparedness and management programme will be launched next year for Filipinos in the UAE, the Philippines ambassador said

Yemeni Shiite, Sunni fighters agree to ceasefire
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Fighting in northern Yemen between Shiite Houthis and Sunni Salafis stops as government-mediated ceasefire takes effect.

Crisis brewing in Israeli-US relations over Iran nuclear deal
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Israel launches diplomatic offensive against world powers engaged in negotiations with Tehran over ‘dangerous’ agreement.

Two dead, 68 injured in Saudi clashes over crackdown on illegal workers
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Foreign nationals clash with police in Riyadh a week after authorities begin crackdown on illegal workers.

Hamas switches to softer voice
The National 10 Nov 2013 – The hiring of Isra Almodallal as a spokeswoman for the Gaza Strip’s Islamist rulers is part of a plan to present a friendlier face both to its own citizens and internationally.

US trash is a treasure for Afghans
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Withdrawing US military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, to sell as scrap.

Thaksin’s ‘Red Shirts’ rally ahead of key amnesty debate
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Thousands of pro-government ‘Red Shirts’ gather in Bangkok in first show of force since a wave of opposition protests against a controversial political amnesty bill.

Saudi’s Mers coronavirus toll reaches 53 as Oman records first death
The National 10 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia announces another fatality from the Mers coronavirus, taking its toll to 53, as Oman records its first death from the respiratory disease.

Indian PM joins boycott of Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit
The National 10 Nov 2013 – International pressure mounts on Colombo to look into accusations of war crimes from 2009, with Manmohan Singh the second Commonwealth leader to boycott meeting.

Mars on a budget a launchpad for India in global space market
The National 10 Nov 2013 – India’s mission could help win contracts from foreign agencies .

Typhoon misery strikes Filipino expatriates, too 
The National 10 Nov 2013 – The emotional damage of typhoon Haiyan reaches far beyond the places the storm battered. 

Super Typhoon Haiyan: 600,000 flee homes in Vietnam as Philippines mourns storm deaths
The National 10 Nov 2013 – More than 600,000 people were evacuated as super typhoon Haiyan veered towards Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, after the storm smashed through the Philippines killing thousands and causing widespread devastation.

Maldives court postpones presidential run-off
The National 10 Nov 2013 – First democratically elected president of the Maldives and the brother of the country’s former autocratic ruler qualify for a run-off.


World powers demand Iran to suspend work on Arak reactor
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Israel should seek the achievable rather than waging an unwinnable, all-out war with Washington
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Israel and U.S. Jews: Different challenges, one fate
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

‘No gays in my town, thank God’ says Orthodox mayor of Beit Shemesh
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

U.S. officials arrive in Israel for urgent discussion on Iran
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Jews are ‘our big brothers,’ Pope says at Kristallnacht commemoration
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Lebanon: Israel spying on our phones
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

New York Jews who aren’t afraid to mix church and state
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Syrian opposition seeks its fighters’ blessing to enter peace talks
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Cabinet OKs demolishing Bedouin village, replacing with Jewish town
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Trove of sacred Iraqi Jewish texts goes on display in Washington
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Shin Bet refuses Netanyahu’s request to investigate ‘mob attack’
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

ADL chief Foxman: Kerry’s ‘chutzpah’ will unite American Jews
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Rohani: Iran’s rights to uranium enrichment are red lines
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

If Iran and world powers want a deal, what’s causing the delay?
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

At a crossroads: North American Jews’ moment of truth
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

The fallibility of Iron Dome missile defense
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

For defendants at top of pyramid, chance of acquittal soars
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Israel is going about Iran all wrong
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

The maestro who should be our president
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

At least 10,000 dead in Philippines from typhoon, officials estimate
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Geneva talks with Iran end without nuclear deal
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Netanyahu’s harsh criticism of U.S. on Iran is a political boomerang
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Housing Ministry publishes tenders forcing planners to build in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 9 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Elite Military Intelligence cadets complete training
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – “These are the elite of the elite, the best of the youths,” Maj. L. said. “We’re talking about a small group of people.” 

IsraAID sends medical team to Philippines to help after monster storm
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Six-member group left Sunday for the ravaged area. 

Report: Miley Cyrus to wreak havoc in the Holy Land
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – You thought Rihanna caused a scene? Just wait till Cyrus wags her infamous tounge in Tel Aviv. 

Major differences emerging in US, Israeli tactics on Iran
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Netanyahu says he will use 10-days before next round of talks to lobby intensively against deal that will not roll-back nuclear program; PM says he will not remain quiet on matter 

UN sends mock assistance flights to Israel in earthquake drill
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – The drill, named ‘Extremities of the World,’ will last 4 days. 

10 years in, Shurat Hadin fights Iranian terrorism and BDS in international courts
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of the organization, reflects on its long journey. 

Bad deal
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Criticism voiced by PM, the French, the Saudis and US Democratic, Republican lawmakers have hopefully compelled the P5+1 to reconsider their priorities in negotiating with Iran. 

What’s wrong with this picture?
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – We are entering a period of time that may be the most dangerous the world has seen since the fall of the Berlin wall. 

Justice Ministry quietly proposes new bill that revises migrant policy
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – No announcement was made over proposed revisions. 

Think About It: Government by rabbis
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – The truth is that no one knows what the Israeli society will really look like if and when the haredim turn into a majority. 

Israeli protesters condemn Kerry’s remarks over 3rd intifada at US Consulate
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – ‘Kerry will be responsible for any uptick in violence.’ 

The Liberman factor: Less than meets the eye?
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – In the long run, to fulfill his ambition of becoming PM, Liberman will have to broaden his appeal. 

The cynical manipulation of Israel’s Beduin citizens
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Over the past few years, the complexities of the relationship between the State of Israel, Beduin population in Negev gained new urgency. 

Jewish films coming soon to a screening near you
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival is being held this coming Hanukkah for the 15th year in a row at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. 

Jerusalem photo exhibition to celebrate lives of Peres and Begin
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – ‘It’s a great honor for us to offer the public these two exhibitions commemorating the lives of Peres and Begin in the city of Jerusalem,’ says Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler. 

French President Hollande to address Knesset next week
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Announcement comes almost a week after French leader chose not to speak to lawmakers in Knesset, but to students instead. 

Pro-Israeli activists defeat anti-Israel resolution on Palestinian health issues
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – APHA last week rejected anti-Israel resolution that had virulently attacked nation for its medical practices towards Palestinians. 

Likud to vote on separation from Yisrael Beytenu
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Members of Likud Central Committee to decide in December on separating from joint list after running together in last election. 

PM says waiting for ‘Palestinian Ben-Gurion’ to end Mideast conflict
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – On Kristallnacht anniversary, PM blasts Palestinians for Nazi references. 

HRW: Syria has used incendiary bombs in dozens of attacks
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Rights group calls on world to condemn Damascus for using weapons containing flammable substances. 

John Kerry: US not ‘blind’ or ‘stupid’ in Iran nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state tells NBC that America remains skeptical of Iran’s willingness to dismantle its nuke program, will keep sanctions in place. 

Water Authority, Agriculture Ministry to up water quantities for farmers
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Water quotas for farmers to increase more than 20% in hopes to achieve more effective, stable agricultural operations. 

US envoy to Mideast: Washington must be ready to step up Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – We must not let Tehran off the hook, says Dennis Ross at Jewish Agency for Israel’s 2013 Assembly. 

Cabinet okays Liberman to return as foreign minister
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Knesset to vote Monday on appointment of Yisrael Beytenu leader; A-G rejects call from NGO to block Liberman from returning to post. 

Christians and Jews unite in London to support Israel
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Director of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus calls on Israel’s supporters to battle anti-Zionism. 

Mobster Shalom Domrani and Rabbi Abergil held on alleged attempt to extort ‘X-ray rabbi’ and influence Netivot elections
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Authorities mum on reports that Domrani, other suspects may have tried to influence the recent mayoral election in Netivot. 

Zero Hour: Israel must now choose between attack and enslavement
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – Should Israel strike Iran, the world will undoubtedly howl. Let it: this too shall pass. 

Russia resurgent in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 10 Nov 2013 – How long will it be before the West realizes that the balance of power in the Middle East is shifting – and that Russia has positioned itself to gain maximum advantage. 


The Nuclear Handshake Is the Pakistan-Saudi weapons program for real? 
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – BBC Newsnight, a British equivalent of ABC s 20/20, ran a story on Nov. 6 saying intelligence reports judged that Pakistan was ready to deliver nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia. The purpose would be to counter…

Union seeks costs from Israel lobbyist after failed “lawfare” suit
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – The UK s Israel lobby is facing a new setback in its campaign against the rising popular movement to boycott Israel. The legal bill for one of its high-profile “lawfare” cases against the boycott, divestment and…

Will Israel Go Fascist?
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – Max Blumenthal s sprawling portrait of contemporary Israel is far more a work of journalism than political theory. It largely avoids sustained argument or analysis, allowing its main points to be inferred through the words of…

US built powerful organs of state terrorism in Iraq 
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 -Iraq is still suffering from the US invasion because the apparatus of state oppression and terror is still in place, killing people every day. But few in the US seem to realize the scale of the war…

Union seeks costs from Israel lobbyist after failed “lawfare” suit
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – The UK s Israel lobby is facing a new setback in its campaign against the rising popular movement to boycott Israel. The legal bill for one of its high-profile “lawfare” cases against the boycott, divestment and…

Amid Lingering Hunger Strike, Guantanamo Abuses Press On
Uruknet 10 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – During the summer, the Guantanamo hunger strike and use of force-feeding put the US naval base in Cuba back into headlines. The strike even prompted President Barack Obama to reiterate his promise to close the prison….

Kurt Eichenwald s Espionage Fantasy: Edward Snowden Has Become a Chinese Spy
Uruknet 9 Nov 2013 – November 9, 2013 – No shortage of individuals willing to advance theories about how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden became a spy for America s enemies exist. There are a number, who write about United States national security and consider…

Daily Star

Iranian deputy industry minister shot dead in Tehran: IRNA
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 An unidentified attacker shot dead Iranian Deputy Industries Minister Safdar Rahmat Abadi in Tehran on Sunday evening, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Attacks concentrated in north Iraq kill seven
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Attacks across Iraq, the deadliest of which struck the main northern city of Mosul, left seven people dead and 50 wounded Sunday, the latest in a months-long surge in bloodletting.

Saudi MERS toll reaches 53 as Oman records first death
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Saudi Arabia announced another fatality from the MERS virus Sunday, taking its toll to 53, as neighboring Oman recorded its first death from the respiratory disease.

Netanyahu asks U.S. supporters to oppose Iran deal
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against a nuclear accord with Iran directly to the U.S. public on Sunday, denouncing “a very bad deal” that he feared the Obama administration was pursuing.

‘Vive la France!’ say US opponents of Iran nuclear deal
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Conservative US leaders, fond of finger-pointing at France in recent years, lavished praise on Paris Sunday for blocking an agreement between Western powers and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Turkey and Iraq push trade and counterterror ties
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Turkey and Iraq pledged greater cooperation on trade and counterterrorism while admitting to disagreements over Syria’s war during a landmark visit to Baghdad by the Turkish foreign minister Sunday.

Algeria says Morocco responsible for diplomatic impasse
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Algeria’s foreign minister said Sunday that Morocco had caused a diplomatic impasse over the way it responded after his country’s flag was torn down from its consulate in Casablanca.

Syrian army retakes northern military base in 3rd day of clashes
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Syrian forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah militants recaptured an army base in northern Syria from rebels on Sunday, the third day of heavy fighting for the strategic military target which has changed hands three times since…

Kerry arrives in UAE to discuss Iran, Syria
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the United Arab Emirates Sunday to brief the US ally on talks with Iran on its nuclear programme and efforts to hold Syria peace talks.

Syrian opposition wants rebel backing for Geneva talks
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Syria’s opposition is edging towards agreeing to international peace talks in Geneva but wants approval from fighters inside the country first to give the process more legitimacy, its spokesman said at talks in Istanbul.

Libya PM warns foreign forces may act to halt chaos
Daily Star 10 Nov 2013 Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warns Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country’s current chaos ends, in an appeal aimed at rallying his campaign against militias.

YNet News

Two Egyptian soldiers shot dead near Ismailia 
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Israeli official: US wants to sign deal to avoid strike
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Typhoon deaths climb into thousands in Philippines
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Netanyahu: Rest of world soft on Palestinians
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Ya’alon: Old mechanism for protecting communities irrelevant
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Netanyahu’s empty gun 
YNet News, 10 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: PM’s missed opportunities, clumsy moves have turned Iran into nuclear threshold country ….

Kosher permit lost over ‘missionary activity’
YNet News, 10 Nov 2013 – Jerusalem Rabbinate revokes kashrut of local caf?, claiming visitors encouraged to convert to Christianity. Manager says although restaurant owned by Evangelical Christian businessman, no missionary activity taking place there ….

Kerry, give it a rest 
YNet News, 10 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Failure of Israel-PA talks won’t lead to third intifada as expectations are so low on both sides ….

Kristallnacht remembered as memory fades
YNet News, 10 Nov 2013 – Infamous pogrom against Jews which took place 75 years ago marked with ceremonies in Berlin, Vienna, elsewhere over weekend. Focus of remembrance switches from bringing perpetrators to justice to educating generation growing up as survivors die out ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli navy arrests two fishermen
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian fishermen off the coast of northern Gaza on Sunday morning and confiscated their small fishing boat.

Health condition of patient captive Natsheh deteriorates
PIC – Ahrar Center for studies appealed to WHO, Doctors without Borders, and all human rights organizations to intervene to release the patient detainee Nabil Natsheh, 56, from al-Khalil.

IOF arrests 4 Palestinians including two boys
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested four Palestinians from al-Khalil and Bethlehem, while ten citizens were injured in clashes in the town of Ya’bad south of Jenin.

Conference on RoR in Jordan: Palestinian cause entered most serious stages
PIC – Participants in the conference of the “Right of Return”, which was held on Saturday in Jordan, unanimously agreed that the Palestinian people will not accept a substitute for their homeland.

Rizqa: Some Arab and international parties are responsible for Gaza siege
PIC – Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Gaza Prime Minister, held the Israeli occupation responsible for Gaza blockade and said that his government is in contact with the Egyptian authorities.

Hamas: IOF rounded up about 100 Palestinians in one week
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up about 100 Palestinians in the West Bank over the past week, a statistics report by Hamas said on Sunday.

Rafah border terminal closed for third day
PIC – The Egyptian authorities have continued the closure of Rafah border terminal with Gaza Strip in both directions for the third day running.

Jewish settlers bulldoze land in Salfit to build new housing units
PIC – Settlers in Rafafa settlement, west of Salfit, bulldozed land near their settlement to pave the way for building new housing units, eyewitnesses said on Sunday.

IOF threatens the destruction of hundreds of olive trees in Jenin village
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have notified 70 villagers in Yabad, south of Jenin, that their olive trees would be chopped down after four days of verbal threats to the same effect.

IOA forces Jerusalemite citizen to raze his own home
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) forced a Jerusalemite citizen to raze his own home in the Old City of Jerusalem at the pretext of lack of construction permit.


Kerry says of Iran nuclear talks: ‘We are not blind’
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday said he was not being taken in by an Iranian effort to buy time to build a nuclear weapon.

Israel’s Netanyahu still concerned about potential deal with Iran
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — The morning after talks between Iran and six major powers ended in Geneva without an agreement on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday welcomed the delay.

Turkey is alarmed by extremist militants in Syria border area
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – Turkey has welcomed Syrian rebels in the border area, but as the conflict drags on, the rise of Al Qaeda-linked militants becomes a concern. REYHANLI, Turkey — In this bustling border town, anonymous apartments serve as safe houses for Syrian rebel commanders, clinics for wounded…

Albania asked to host destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – The U.S. is turning to its tiny staunch ally to find a place where Syrian weapons can be destroyed, officials in Tirana have confirmed. WASHINGTON — For years, when the United States has needed to hand off a dirty diplomatic chore, one obscure nation has…

Six nations fail to reach deal with Iran on nuclear negotiations
LA Times 9 Nov 2013 – Dashing expectations, the foreign ministers say they are unable to resolve issues raised by France in marathon talks. WASHINGTON — After days of rising expectations, diplomats from six world powers failed in marathon talks with Iran to seal a preliminary deal aimed at launching comprehensive…

Kerry, No Deal in Hand, Defends Negotiating Strategy on Iran
New York Times 10 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said that despite concerns from Israel and others, the nuclear limits he was seeking for Iran would be strong and would serve Israel’s interest. 

Talks With Iran Fail to Produce a Nuclear Agreement
New York Times 9 Nov 2013 – Puncturing days of feverish anticipation, marathon talks were stymied not only by divisions between Iran and major powers, but also by fissures within the group negotiating with Iran. 

Teva owes NIS 2.1b taxes on trapped profits
Globes Main News – Assuming that Check Point pays a tax rate of 5-6%, its tax liability will be $82-102 million (NIS 300-360 million).

Apax in talks to increase Tnuva stake
Globes Main News – Sources: The sellers are farms in the Jordan Valley and Milouot Corporation in Haifa Bay.

Woodside interested in Neta, Roy investment 
Globes Energy & Water – Australia’s Woodside Petroleum is interested in acquiring rights to the Neta and Roy licenses, controlled by Ratio Oil Exploration.

Israel’s high food prices hit poorest hardest
Globes Macro Economics – Opening the food market to imports would benefit everyone, but especially the bottom 20%.

Sun: Tel Aviv 25 hits 30-month high
Globes Main News – Partner surged on a network sharing agreement with Hot Mobile, but Bezeq fell back on the day’s largest turnover.

Ben White begins North American speaking tour in the face of opposition
Mondoweiss – British author Ben White begins his U.S./Canada speaking tour “ Israel: Apartheid Not Democracy ” this week in the United States. White will be visiting 13 different locations between November 11 – 25. In a recent interview White told me that: “ I hope that…

Stories of equality (for the women of our nation)
Mondoweiss – On Friday, the liberal Zionist organization, the New Israel Fund, published a magazine titled “ Taking Our Place: Stories for Equality” in Israeli newspapers, in order to mark the 25th anniversary of a historic organization, Women of the Wall, which has led the fight for women…

Lumenis to raise $100m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – The medical devices company plans to raise the money at a company valuation of $500 million by February.

U.S. and Israel are ‘paranoid democracies, craving surveillance
Mondoweiss – Angela Merkel Edward Snowden continues to deliver gifts to the U.S.: the gift of self-awareness. Who can possibly argue that the information he released is not vital to our democracy? Or, as Snowden said, what gave him the right as a security analyst to know about…

Truth hurts: 25 Palestinian social media activists detained for ‘incitement’
Mondoweiss – Graphic: virtualjerusalem.com Last Thursday Israel rounded up 25 Palestinian activists because of their social media postings on Facebook, and it didn’t warrant a blurp in the mainstream press. The activists were hauled off after their homes were raided in East Jerusalem, due to their Facebook postings….

Kerry pleads with Congress to give diplomacy a chance
Mondoweiss – Kerry in Geneva From Kerry’s latest press availability, in Geneva, he repeatedly stated that the goal was to make sure Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons– language attuned to Israel and its friends– but he also offered many positive signals about the talks: I want to say…

Stop Prawer now!
Jewish Voice for Peace – If we can get 20,000 names saying No to Prawer by the evening of Monday November 11, we will hand-deliver our list to the Knesset. Take a stand now against the eviction of tens of thousands of Bedouins from their homes!

Housing Minister: Gov’t must intervene to lower housing prices
Globes Macro Economics – Uri Ariel said after the cabinet meeting: There is no choice other than strong, aggressive governmental involvement to reduce the price of housing.

‘NYT’ review casts Dershowitz as lovable contrarian
Mondoweiss – Alan Dershowitz This New York Times review of Alan Dershowitz’s autobiography “Taking the Stand” is an excellent example of how to take sides without being too blatant about it. Dahlia Lithwick just picks and chooses what to mention and what to ignore and phrases things in…

U.S. government timidity undermines the brave pro-democracy movement in Maldives
Mondoweiss – Male, capital of the Maldives One of the most eloquent leaders on climate change in the global south continues to be marginalized, partly because the U.S. government is not speaking out forcefully for democracy in his Indian Ocean island nation. Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is…

Gov’t deficit continues to narrow 
Globes Macro Economics – The narrowing of the deficit continued in October, falling to NIS 34.4 billion for the preceding 12 months, or 3.3% of GDP.

Israel Chemicals to pay tax on trapped profits
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals has agreed to pay NIS 380 million, and the Tax Authority is also in intensive talks with Check Point and Teva.

Ezra family joins Granovsky-Dankner consortium for IDB
Globes Main News – This increases the cash amount deposited by the consortium in advance with the trustee million to NIS 585.5 million.

Clal Finance: Africa-Israel can service its debt
Globes Main News – Analyst Brurit Fein: The conduct of the company and its controlling shareholder indicate that it means to stand behind its commitments.

Partner, Hot Mobile sign network sharing agreement
Globes Main News – The carriers will set up a subsidiary that they will own in equal shares, which will operate and develop a cellular network.

Makhteshim Agan reports improved profitability
Globes Main News – Third quarter operating profit rose 39.3%, on revenue of $732 million, compared with $643.5 million for the corresponding quarter.

Orthodox Mayor Proclaims No Gays in Israeli Town of Beit Semesh 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Nov 2013 – An LBGT group filed a complaint against the haredi Orthodox mayor of Beit Shemesh after he said on television that his “holy and pure” city does not have homosexual residents. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Rabbis and Couples Could Head To Jail for Disobeying Chief Rabbinate 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Nov 2013 – Advocates for religious pluralism in Israel thought they scored a minor victory last month with the passage of a law aimed at loosing the regulations surrounding marriage in the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Tells Jewish Federations To Block Iran Nuclear Deal 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Nov 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case against a nuclear accord with Iran directly to the U.S. public on Sunday, appearing on American TV to decry “a very bad deal” he feared the Obama administration was pursuing. Click here for the rest of the article……

US ‘not stupid’ about Iran – Kerry 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington is “neither blind nor stupid” about Iran’s willingness to roll back its nuclear programme.

Netanyahu Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Bad and Dangerous’ for Israel and World Peace 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Nov 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal on the table between the world powers and Iran “bad and dangerous.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Sisi Reaffirms Egypt Backing for Palestine 
allAfrica.com 10 Nov 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt’s defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday during his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that Egypt will continue to support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and their call for an independent state.

Iran talks are different this time 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Are the Iran nuclear talks a good beginning or an honourable failure?

Gaza gears up for anti-Hamas Tamarod protest group 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Gaza gears up for Egyptian-style anti-Hamas protest group

Deadly clashes in Saudi capital 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – At least two people are killed as Saudi police clash with protesting migrants in the capital, Riyadh, days after an amnesty for foreign workers expired.

Nine accused of Yemen leader plot 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – A trial begins in Yemen of nine suspected al-Qaeda members accused of plotting to assassinate President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

US ‘not stupid’ about Iran – Kerry 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington is “neither blind nor stupid” about Iran’s willingness to roll back its nuclear programme.

Bahrain jails four over car bomb 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Nov 2013 – A Bahraini court sentenced two men to life in prison and two others to 15 years for a car bomb attack outside a mosque in July, state news agency BNA said on Sunday. Bahrain, a Western ally which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, has been in…

Rohani: Iran will not yield to threats 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Nov 2013 – President Hassan Rohani, architect of Iran’s diplomatic opening to big powers, said on Sunday it would not yield to any threats or discrimination as Tehran edges toward a deal on its nuclear program. He was speaking to the Iranian parliament one day after the Islamic Republic…

Migrants surrender to Saudi police after deadly raid 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Nov 2013 – Foreign workers carry their belongings and a baby as they leave the Manfuhah neighborhood of the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 10, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Hundreds of clandestine migrants targeted in a Saudi nationwide crackdown turned themselves in on Sunday after security forces…

Syria opposition to woo rebels to peace talks 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Nov 2013 – President of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) Ahmad Jarba (C) and members attend a meeting of the National Coalition on November 9, 2013, in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic) Syria’s opposition is edging towards agreeing to international peace talks in Geneva but wants approval from…

Iran talks are different this time 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Are the Iran nuclear talks a good beginning or an honourable failure?

Gaza gears up for anti-Hamas Tamarod protest group 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Gaza gears up for Egyptian-style anti-Hamas protest group

VIDEO: Boy 11, killed in Cairo clashes 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – The family of an 11-year-old child killed during clashes in Cairo on Friday have told the BBC he was shot dead by a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, but they deny being involved.

Iranians dare to hope amid Geneva talks 
BBC 9 Nov 2013 – Iranians view Geneva nuclear talks with cautious optimism


Cabinet OK’s razing Bedouin towns to build Jewish settlement in their place 
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 on Sunday made one of its most outrageous decisions in recent years (and there is no shortage of those, as you know). The cabinet held a special session in Sde Boker – the Kibbutz in which David Ben-Gurion is buried – to approve plans to build a new Jewish town (along with several others – all for Jews) in the northeast region of the Negev desert.
The symbolism of meeting at Sde Boker 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 live), are the location where the kibbutz is planned.
Last year, Lia Tarachansky of the Real News produced a comprehensive video report about Umm al-Hiran and the Israeli government’s plans for it:
Several dozen protesters gathered outside the kibbutz to protest the cabinet decision and displacement of the Bedouin villagers, who are all citizens of the State of Israel. Four were taken away by police, including former MK Taleb el-Sana.
Their residents are originally from the western part of the Negev (Palestinians call the same desert Naqab); they were expelled eastward by the IDF following the 1948 war, and a kibbutz called Shoval was built on their land…. — See also: Video – Israel’s “New West Bank” more.. e-mail

Denying ’Israeli nationality’ only perpetuates discrimination 
Uzzi Ornan, translated by Jordan Michaeli, +972 Magazine 11/9/2013
One group of Israelis is working tirelessly to ensure that every citizen of Israel feels like they belong, regardless of religion or ethnicity.
There is a discriminatory regime in Israel, a regime under which citizens are granted and denied rights on the basis of whether they are Jews or non-Jews. Separate laws were made to determine citizens’ personal status or issues such as the state’s official days of rest. Even if an Israeli citizen does not believe the government should be able to decide whether they “belong” (or if they “belong”) to any given religious group, everyone is still required to turn to “their” religion’s institutions in order to get married or divorced. And it doesn’t stop there. If you belong to the Jewish group, for instance, rabbis, who live off public funds, tell you what to eat, shut down your public transportation on Saturdays and forbid or allow you to get married.
In order to change the status quo, the “Ani Israeli” (I am Israeli) group was formed, and subsequently filed a lawsuit which said the following: we are Israeli citizens, and we do not want to be formally affiliated with any religious or ethno-religious group. Every country has a state nationality named after the state’s name. Even our passports explicitly state that our nationality is Israeli. We are suing the Interior Ministry so that it registers us as members of the Israeli nation — not only for the purpose of international travel, but for every official domestic interaction with the state.
Our lawsuit made it all the way to the Supreme Court. The court, however, ruled against the 21 petitioners, and refused to issue a declaratory judgment defining them as members of the Israeli nation. The court explained its decision by stating that a similar lawsuit was rejected 40 years ago. In the previous case, the court ruled that the Jewish people must not be split into two nations, a “Jewish” nation, as Jews are customary known, and another “Israeli” nation. According to the verdict, the founders of the State of Israel never intended for Israelis to be a nation in their own right. Additionally, the court noted that the petitioner was only one individual who himself couldn’t prove the existence of an Israeli nation. more.. e-mail

On fooling around, burnout and nausea 
Eli Aminov, Alternative Information Center 11/10/2013
Under the heading “The Left’s One-State Colonialism”, which appeared in Haaretz on 30 September 2013, Yitzhak Laor attacked the vision of one democratic state as a capitulation to the plans of the Israeli government and settlers. The immediate target of his criticism was Professor Ian Lustick, who published an article in the New York Times entitled “The Two-State Illusion”, which announced the undignified death of the two-state plan as a symbolic – and impossible – concept only brought forth when the Palestinian national q
uestion endangers regional political and social order.

Professor Ian Lustick does not require my support or defence concerning the Palestinian question. Yitzhak Laor is correct when he remarks that Lustick’s book, The Arabs in the Jewish State, is the best book on this topic published in Hebrew. In his book, Lustick exposes the sophisticated forms of Israeli control exercised over Arab society – which has become a shadow of its former self within the borders of 1948 – and the apparatuses that permit its exclusion, through marginalisation, the prevention of its development through the preservation of Arab patriarchy, and its role as an agent of the state.
In brief, Lustick paved the way for subsequent researchers and stood on the shoulders of the giants before him. His abandonment of the apartheid plan known as the two-state solution points precisely to his deep wisdom and understanding of the topic and testifies to his sharp perception of the reality in Palestine.
The collapse of the “two states for two people” fallacy represents a done deal, and it is no longer possible to convince the masses to continue playing along – which explains the panic of Israeli pundits from across the Zionist political spectrum. For years the idea of “two states for two people” perfectly camouflaged the continuation of the occupation, while subtly transforming the PLO leadership into an ancillary enforcer of the apartheid state. more.. e-mail

Why I believe Yasser Arafat was poisoned 
David Barclay, Al Jazeera 11/10/2013
The author cites scientific and contextual evidence which point to Arafat’s poisoning with polonium.
Polonium 210 is so toxic that it is difficult to explain just how dangerous it is – a fatal dose is almost a million times less than is needed for cyanide, for example.
Its danger comes from its high radioactivity. It decays by giving out alpha radiation and once Po210 is absorbed and is circulating in the body, it silently and fatally damages each individual cell. Half of any amount of Po210 decays in this way every 138 days.
It is impossible to physically see what would be a fatal amount of solid polonium, making it impossible for anyone to detect that they have been given the poison. Obviously, this also makes it remarkably easy to give to someone in a drink or food.
Strangely though, it is completely safe to handle, because alpha radiation is stopped by even a sheet of paper or by human skin. It can be carried around in a test tube for years without harming anyone, until it gets into someone’s blood stream.
I believe it did get into Yasser Arafat’s bloodstream and here is why.
Evidential certainty
The Swiss scientists produced a truly excellent report, which has researched every issue and explored every possibility. Their conclusion about the cause of Arafat’s death is based, quite correctly, entirely on their scientific results, since they have no scientific information about his illness. more.. e-mail

Of Love and Resistance: Shafik Kabha, Palestinian Music Icon, 1960-2013
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Nov 2013 – By Louis Brehony One of Palestine’s most loved singers Shafik Kabha was gunned down on his way home from singing at a wedding in Umm al Fahm, Galilee on 22 October. He was aged 53. Shafik was famous for his staunch support for the Palestinian cause, which he bravely upheld as a ’48 Palestinian, forced to live under the apartheid rule of the Israeli state. His musical approach was diverse, modern and highly skillful. He refused to let obstacles stand in his way and sang anthems for a free Palestine wherever he went. Shafik Taqfiq Kahba was born on 24 September 1960 in the Arab town of Kafr Qara, 20 miles south of the city of Haifa. Following the tradition of many of the most technically gifted Arab singers including Umm Kalthoum, Shafik learned to recite the Quran as a youngster. He joined his first band at the age of…more

Time to Ignore Netanyahu the Rejectionist
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Nov 2013 – By Ludwig Watzal Benyamin Netanyahu’s hyperventilated fury didn’t surprise anybody. Even before the first outlines of a possible long-term agreement between Iran and the West on Iran’s nuclear program were publicized, Israel’s Prime Minister categorically rejected any such agreement. This irrational behavior disqualifies him as a serious partner to other heads of states. His extremism goes even as far as to promote further sanctions against Iran. Netanyahu wants Iran to capitulate and abolish its entire nuclear industry. He announced that Israel does not feel bound by the agreement. Netanyahu arrogates Israel a right to override decisions by UN Security Council members. That Western leaders should consult the leader of a tiny country before they act shows the imaginary power they attribute to Netanyahu. To seek advice from Netanyahu shows how intimidated Western politicians are. By now, they should be aware of his hostility to peace, be it with Iran or…more

What Kind of Murderer Deliberately Leaves Fingerprints behind?
Dissident Voice: 10 Nov 2013 – Not many people doubt that Israel was behind Arafat’s death, especially now, when it became immanently clear that it was radioactive Polonium 210 that was responsible for the late leader’s lethal symptoms. It has been already established that just a few countries could produce Polonium let alone deliver it to the besieged Arafat’s Headquarters in Ramallah. The Palestinian committee investigating the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 confirmed today that Israel is actually the “only suspect” in this murder case. Yet, one question puzzles me. What did Israeli leaders had in mind when they decided to poison the Palestinian leader with a radioactive substance that would leave forensic traces in Arafat’s remains for millenniums to come? What kind of a murderer consciously leaves fingerprints behind? After all, the decision to kill Arafat and in such a manner was taken by the Israel’s supreme decision makers. They must have closely examined…more

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