VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 November 2013

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Palestinian Police Torture Detained Journalist
IMEMC – Radio Bethlehem 2000 announced on Monday that its director George Qanawati, was beaten up and tortured while being under police custody. … 

Ma’an News

Israel implicated in shooting death of Palestinian bystander
11/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A report released by Israeli human rights group B’tselem on Monday casts “grave suspicion” that a Palestinian killed in Qabatiya on Oct. 31 was shot dead with live ammunition fired by Israeli forces, despite their denials. Based on interviews conducted with witnesses as well as security camera footage, the report suggests that Ahmad Tazazah was shot in the chest….

Israeli forces detain 7 teens in West Bank arrest raids
11/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained seven teenagers in arrests raids across the West Bank overnight Sunday, locals and Israel’s army said. Witnesses told Ma’an that over 10 Israeli military vehicles raided the al-Jabal al-Shamali, Khilleh al-Amoud, and al-Maajeen neighborhoods of Nablus and detained Bara Ghassan Thawqan, 18, Asem Mustafa al-Shinar, 16, and Yazan Zameer al-Nouri, 18. In Tuqu village….

Israeli forces raid towns across northern West Bank
11/11/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a number of residential areas across Jenin on Monday, temporarily detaining numerous Palestinians and ransacking a home in al-Zawiya village in the process. Israeli patrols raided the northern West Bank city of Jenin as well as other towns and villages in the north, including Bir al-Basha, al-Yamun and Yabad. Security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces….

Media group calls on PA to release Bethlehem journalist
11/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian media rights group on Monday called on the Palestinian Authority to release the director of a Bethlehem radio station, a day after he was detained by PA security forces at his home. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said George Qanawati, Director of Radio Bethlehem 2000, was arrested by PA police forces on Sunday. Bethlehem Radio correspondent….

Jerusalem family forced to remove caravans on debris of ruined home
11/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – A Palestinian family on Monday disassembled and removed their mobile homes in Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem upon orders by the Israeli municipality, a family member said. Afif Castero told Ma’an that municipality inspectors arrived Monday morning and took photos of two caravans and a room made of bricks before they ordered his family to remove them immediately. The….

Clashes in Jerusalem as Israeli forces shut down Arafat event
11/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces and intelligence officers stormed sports club in Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem and dispersed Palestinians who were commemorating the ninth anniversary of late president Yasser Arafat’s death. Witnesses told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli officers stormed the club and forced commemorators to leave immediately. The forces presented an order signed by the Israeli minister of…. Related: Thousands mark Arafat’s death across the West Bank

Israeli plan for Jewish Negev town ‘racist’
11/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli human rights organization on Monday accused the government of promoting “racist” policies in its decision to establish a Jewish town in the place of a Bedouin village. The cabinet on Sunday approved the establishment of “two new communities in the Negev” in southern Israel, naming them as Kesif and Hiran. But according to Suhad Bishara, director of the land and planning….

US seeks to pacify Israel public over Iran deal
11/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US Ambassador Dan Shapiro on Monday sought to quell Israeli fears over an emerging deal with Iran, vowing that Washington would never let Tehran acquire a nuclear weapon.”On this crucial issue the US and Israel share an identical agenda,” Shapiro told delegates attending the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Jerusalem. US President Barack “Obama has made it….

Massive ‘Question of Palestine’ mural unveiled in Nablus
11/11/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – A giant mural measuring about 1,000 square meters was unveiled in Nablus in the northern West Bank Monday. Gov. Jibril al-Bakri inaugurated the piece of art, which was painted on the outer wall of Nablus stadium and represents main landmarks in the history of the question of Palestine. Majdi Muhsin, spokesman of “Athens”, the group which produced the mural, told Ma….

Israel detains 2 children at Nablus checkpoint
11/11/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained two children at a checkpoint in Nablus on Monday, a local official said. Head of Beit Furik municipality Aref Hanini told Ma’an that Yaqout Mohammad Jawhar, 13, and Alaa Mustafa Hanini, 12, were detained during clashes at the checkpoint. Israeli soldiers detained the boys after Palestinians threw rocks at military forces, Hanini said. [END]

Israel moves to thwart ‘dangerous’ Iran deal
11/11/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel launched a diplomatic offensive Sunday to avert a “bad and dangerous” deal with Iran over its nuclear program, including by pressuring the US Congress. World powers failed to clinch a deal with Iran in three days of talks in Geneva, but top diplomats said they were closing in on an interim deal that would freeze or curb some of Iran’s….

PLO seeks ‘comprehensive’ peace deal, rejects interim period
11/11/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO negotiator and Fatah Central Committee Member Muhammad Shtayyeh said Monday that the PLO is not prepared to accept an interim peace deal with Israel and is pushing for a”comprehensive” agreement.” In the absence of political will from the Israeli side to take the negotiations seriously, we believe that it is better not to reach a deal than to reach….

Iran, atomic watchdog agree ‘roadmap for cooperation’
11/11/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog Monday reached agreement on a “roadmap for cooperation” to resolve outstanding issues linked to Iran’s controversial atomic drive, nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said.” We had successful negotiations regarding further cooperation between Iran and the (International Atomic Energy) Agency in various fields,” Salehi said at a joint press conference in Tehran with IAEA head Yukiya….

PLO secures ‘safe passage’ agreement for Yarmouk refugees
11/11/2013 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — Zakariya al-Agha, a member of the executive committee of the PLO, said Monday that “the coming hours will d
etermine the future of Yarmouk camp” as a Palestinian delegation seeks to ensure safe passage for Palestinians displaced by fighting in and around the Damascus refugee camp. Al-Agha said in a statement that Monday afternoon will witness the transfer of weapons and armed….

Interview with filmmaker Ken Loach: ‘There is no home but politics’
11/11/2013 – Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. He recently conducted an interview with British filmmaker Ken Loach for”The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine.”Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israelacross Europe. Could you tell us how you became aware and then involved in the struggle for….

UN nuclear chief defers issue of visit to Iran’s Parchin
11/11/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — The head of the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday deferred the issue of a visit by inspectors to the Parchin military complex where Iran allegedly conducted research on atomic weapons.” Parchin continues to be important and will be addressed on the subsequent steps under this framework,” Yukiya Amano told reporters in Tehran of an initial agreement signed with Iran for a “roadmap for….

Iran agrees to ‘roadmap’ for UN nuclear inspections
11/11/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran on Monday agreed with the UN nuclear watchdog on a “roadmap for cooperation” to inspect its disputed programme, as the United States questioned Tehran’s self-declared right to uranium enrichment. Diplomats insist world powers are close to reaching a landmark interim deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief despite failing to do so in Geneva….

Thousands mark Arafat’s death across the West Bank
11/11/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of people took to the streets across the West Bank on Monday to mark the 9th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. Large rallies were held in Jenin, Qalqiliya and Ramallah and other West Bank cities to commemorate the late president’s death in 2004, with crowds of people waving Palestinian flags and carrying portraits of Arafat. In…. Related: Clashes in Jerusalem as Israeli forces shut down Arafat event

Negev man assaults, threatens to kill wife over phone call
11/11/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — An Israeli magistrate court in the Negev on Monday indicted a Bedouin man in his twenties from the Negev town of Kseifa on charges of beating and threatening to kill his wife over a phone call she received. The suspect was arrested last Thursday by Israeli police after he assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her. Police sources told a….

HRW: Egypt detains Syria refugees, forces them to leave
11/11/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt detained more than 1,500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians and 250 children, before forcing most to leave the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report Monday. The New York-based watchdog said the refugees were detained for weeks and even months, and that some of the children were only two months old. HRW said that most of the refugees who were arrested….

Syria opposition ‘would attend peace talks with conditions’
11/11/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s main opposition grouping said Monday it was willing to attend peace talks on the condition that President Bashar Assad transfer power and is excluded from any transition process. In a statement issued after two days of meetings in Istanbul, the key National Coalition said it would take part in mooted peace talks in Geneva “on the basis of the full….

2 gunmen killed as Egyptian army raids strongholds in Sinai
11/11/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Two gunmen were killed and eight others were injured Monday in North Sinai district as Egyptian forces continued a crackdown against strongholds of suspected militant groups in the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an in el-Arish that Egyptian forces raided strongholds across Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid and el-Arish cities and surrounding villages in the North Sinai district. The….

Damascus mortar fire ‘kills 9 children’
11/11/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Nine children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school and a school bus in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television reported.” The toll in the terrorist targeting of the St. John of Damascus school with mortar rounds has risen to five dead, all of them children, and 27 injured,” a news alert on Syrian state television….

AlJazeera

Lieberman sworn in as Israel foreign minister
AlJazeera 11 Nov 2013 – Far-right politician welcomed back into government by prime minister Netanyahu after being cleared of fraud. 

Palestine News Network

Palestinian Economy and the Oslo Accords
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: Gaza’s weekly rally in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners
11/11/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story- International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Monday morning, many relatives of Palestinian detainees, political representatives and solidarity activists attended the weekly rally at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza City. In the first part of the sit-in, families of Fateh prisoners commemorated the ninth anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. Some of them held portraits of….

South Hebron Hills’ Outpost of Havat Ma’on Continues to Expand. Despite documentation, Israeli officials deny knowledge of expansion
11/11/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Press Releases, At Tuwani, Occupied Palestine – The Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on (Hill 833) in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills is growing at a phenomenal rate since the beginning of October. On Saturday November 9, the activist group of Ta’ayush (an Arab and Jewish grassroots nonviolent movement) and international peace activists entered the outpost in order to document….

Relief Web

Egypt: Egypt: Syria Refugees Detained, Coerced to Return
Relief Web 11 Nov 2013 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Palestinians, Children Among Most Vulnerable (New York, November 11, 2013) – Egypt has detained over 1,500 refugees from Syria, including at least 400 Palestinians and 250 children as…

The National

‘We have nothing left’: Filipino expats speak of Typhoon Haiyan’s aftermath
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Three days after super typhoon Haiyan battered the Philippines, anxious Filipinos expatriates in the UAE have yet to contact their families back home.

Iran and UN’s nuclear chief reach agreement
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Deal which allows expanded monitoring of the country’s nuclear sites seems to gain immediate concessions from the West.

Philippines is helpless in face of powerful storms: experts
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Philippine authorities were sure they had done enough to prevent mass casualties from Super Typhoon Hainan, but with 10,000 people now feared dead experts say parts of the country may be helpless against relentless storms.

Typhoon Haiyan survivors beg for help as rescuers struggle
The National 11 Nov 2013 – President declares a state of national calamity and deploys hundreds of soldiers in the coastal city of Tacloban to quell looting, as survivors beg for help and scavenge for food.

First camel tests positive for Mers: Saudi
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia says it is attemping to isolate the deadly virus, known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and hopes the camel can help to identify its source.

Syria’s opposition agrees to Geneva talks – with reservations
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Syrian National Coalition agrees to attend peace talks in Geneva but says President Bashar Al Assad can play no part in a transitional government aimed at ending the civil war.

Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines Typhoon Haiyan relief
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Previous relief effort hampered by rivalries between agencies, delivery of inappropriate aid and difficulty in managing the large sums of money donated.

No deal is better than bad deal with Israel, says Palestinian negotiator
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Failure to reach a peace deal with Israel is preferable to inking an agreement allowing it to continue its settlement building, says top negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh.

Libya federalists announce creation of oil company
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Supporters of a federal system in Libya have set up a company to sell oil from terminals they have seized in the east.

Musician shoots 3 ex-bandmates then himself in New York murder-suicide
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Man kicked out of indie rock band shoots three bandmates to death and wounds a fourth before killing himself.

Jordan to pursue UN Security Council seat that Saudi Arabia turned down
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Following Saudi Arabia’s rejection of the seat, Jordan is virtually assured to take the position as it is expected to be the only candidate.

Baghdad keeps eye on Syrian Kurds
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Baghdad is worried about militant Islamist fighters securing a wider corridor between eastern Syria and western Iraq.

Egypt plays debt card in economic gamble
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Egypt is using billions from its allies to stimulate its economy and keep its streets calm, in the hope that investors and tourists return.

UN gives Cambodia sovereignty over Preah Vihear temple land, asks Thailand to withdraw
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Cambodians dig bunkers and evacuate homes in preparation for reprisals after UN’s highest court gives Cambodia sovereignty over promontory around a 1,000-year-old temple.

Kerry stoic under fire on Middle East policy
The National 11 Nov 2013 – US secretary of state is positive of progress amid deadlocked negotiations over Iran, Israel and Palestine, and Syria’s war.

A deal with Iran must consider the Gulf states 
The National 11 Nov 2013 – America’s Arab allies are naturally uneasy about the sudden prospect of a US deal with Iran. But there are great potential benefits.

India ready to give Pakistan ‘benefit of the doubt’
The National 11 Nov 2013 – New Delhi is prepared to give Pakistan ‘the benefit of the doubt’ as the two countries strive for peace, India’s foreign minister says.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: ‘Miracle’ baby born in Philippines storm rubble
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Emily Sagalis cried tears of joy after giving birth to a ‘miracle’ girl in a typhoon-ravaged Philippine city, then named the baby after her mother who went missing in the storm.

Senior Haqqani leader shot dead in Islamabad
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Senior leader of one of the most feared militant groups fighting US troops in Afghanistan shot dead on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Action movie Waar has ‘a dangerous narrative’
The National 11 Nov 2013 – Pakistani-made film suggests that the country’s terrorism problem is not home-grown but a sinister plot by outside enemies, particularly long-term adversary Indi
a.

Ha’aretz

Eritrean asylum seeker joins Israeli first grade class in Tel Aviv school
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Is end of gas mask era in Israel at hand?
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Stuxnet virus infected Russian nuclear reactor, expert says
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Iran strikes deal with UN to expand inspections of nuclear sites
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Tourism tip #375 / Seven great places to eat in the Galilee
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

John Kerry’s next Israeli obstacle: Avigdor Lieberman
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

U.S. ambassador plays down diplomatic rift between U.S. and Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Alan Dershowitz petitions Peres on behalf of U.S. rabbi ‘shamed’ by Israeli Rabbinate
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Teva agrees to pay almost half a billion dollars on ‘captured profits’
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Saul Kagan, Claims Conference founder and chief, dies at 91
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

After acquittal, Avigdor Lieberman sworn back in as Israel’s foreign minister
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Jews worldwide mobilize for Philippines relief
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Jews worldwide mobilize support for Philippines relief
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Israel may become first non-European member of nuclear research group CERN
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Hundreds attend funeral of WWII veteran who died without family
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Netanyahu: Israel, U.S. have common goal to prevent a nuclear Iran
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

How not to teach the Holocaust to kids
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Palestinian police arrest criminals in Israeli-controlled areas near Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Netanyahu, back off the cheap Iran-Palestine analogy
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Kerry: No deal on Iran yet, Netanyahu’s opposition premature
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Seven ways to disrupt a Jewish conference
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Israel’s terror of truth and reconciliation
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Israel’s lazy left
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Israel must treat African migrants humanely
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Former NATO chief: U.S. doesn’t want another war
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

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

Why is no one addressing the real reason for the weak Palestinian economy?
Ha’aretz – 10 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Katz calls for privatizing driving tests as Histadrut blocks them
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Students needing a test will be forced to wait until union and Transportation Department work out differences. 

Supreme Court crafts compromise in copyright case between Ragen, Shapiro
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Ragen agreed to court order to remove 29 sentences from her 400-page book in any future printings. 

Ramat Gan college to launch first-ever ‘half-English’ law degree program
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Law school Dean Moshe Cohen-Eliya said that the college has “always been a pioneer” in education and in programs for English speakers. 

Knesset to debate the Chief Rabbinate’s policy on Diaspora rabbis
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Several organizations claim the Chief Rabbinate increasingly restricts number of rabbis in Diaspora whom it recognizes as authorized. 

Knesset committee discusses attacks on Israelis, others at Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – MK Regev says visitors in “mortal danger,” demands accountability and plan of action from police. 

The truth about anti-Semitism in Germany
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Regardless of the country, anti-Semitism is anti-Semitism; but still, in Germany, it hurts a bit more. 

After Kerry’s 3rd intifada comment, Shapiro says violence never acceptable
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – US, Israel have “as close a relationship” as anyone, envoy says. 

How al-Qaida split the Syrian opposition
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – The already weakened civilian leadership of the Syrian Opposition is faced with an unpleasant choice of becoming even more isolated. 

Cirque du Soleil to return to Israel next summer with new production
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – After successful debut in Israel, internationally renowned acrobatic troupe set to light up Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena once again in August 2014 with impressive ‘Quidam’ production. 

A Birthright Israel success story
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Thousands of young Jews from countries throughout the world to swarm upon Israel. 

Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Israel must embrace its promise for “freedom of religion and conscience… and equality” as a blueprint for a modern democratic Jewish state. 

Liberman sworn in as Foreign Minister following acquittal on fraud charges
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Knesset votes 62-17 to reinstate Liberman as FM; prior to vote, opposition MKs voice displeasure at move; “Liberman is an explosive that will blow up under the wheels of the peace process,” Meretz chief Gal-On says. 

The greening of VerTeDance
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Ensemble created by two young dancers from Prague to debut in Israel this week. 

Lazer Lloyd’s still got the blues
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – The hassidic rocker talks about his new single in Hebrew, which he hopes will do its part in uniting the Jewish people. 

Ya’alon: Sanctions crippling Iran regime, now not the time to let up
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Defense minister: Easing sanctions would be “historic mistake.” 

Two policemen killed in Egypt, continued fighting in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Morsi appears in court, arrest extended by 30 days; Russian warship visits Egypt port. 

MK Rozbozov vows Knesset panel will combat anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – The Knesset and world Jewry must work together, said MKs and European Jewish community leaders. 

No Holds Barred: British animus and Anglo-Jewish silence on Israel
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – In the global battle for its reputation and name, Israel deserves not silence but our courageous and indefatigable engagement. 

Lebanese TV station refuses to apologize for Nasrallah sketch that sparked riots
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Show which featured impersonation of Hezbollah leader causes anger; director rejects idea that some people can’t be criticized. 

Palestinian Authority police arrest Bethlehem journalist George Canawati
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Director of Radio Bethlehem 2000 complains he was physically assaulted before and during interrogation. 

Bill to limit hospital parking lot charges approved for reading by ministerial committee
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – MK Sheetrit picked up on the idea raised by Channel 2’s morning news program. 

In Depth: Iran’s Khamenei controls vast financial empire worth some $95 billion
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Supreme leader’s Setad organization has built its empire on the systematic seizure of thousands of properties belonging to ordinary Iranians. 

Bennett, Livni push for only one chief rabbi
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Bill seeks to end separate Ashkenazi and Sephardic chief rabbis; Bennett says move would symbolize national unity. 

Rafi Eitan says US told Israel that Pollard would only serve 10 years
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Former intel officer says he regrets incriminating Pollard. 

The Jordanian dilemma
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – It’s hard to rebut the Palestinian narrative without bringing up Jordan, yet doing so has real costs. 

Britain revives ties with Iran, two years after embassy attack
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Countries exchange charge d’affaires representing thaw in relations after 2011 ransacking of British embassy in Tehran. 

How South Park solved the Middle East conflict (almost)
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – The long-running cartoon follows in the footsteps of The Simpsons, and looks at the most enduring of conflicts. 

Court releases crime boss Ruhan less than a week after arrest for double murder
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – In blow to police, Ramle Magistrate’s Court order Avi Ruhan, co-defendant Hanoch Atzmon released on 5 days house arrest. 

Two Jews, five opinions
Jerusalem Post 11 Nov 2013 – Israelis and international Jews join forces for a weekend in the Negev exploring issues of religious and national identity. 

Inter Press Service

Christians Queue to Join Israeli Army
IPS Christian youth watch an Israeli military exercise ahead of joining the Israeli army. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS. By Pierre Klochendler QATSRIN, Occupied Golan Heights, Nov 11 2013 (IPS) In the municipal sports hall with an army officer to his side, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox Arab priest in full regalia,…

Uruknet

Report finds that Israel continues to violate Palestinian prisoners rights 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – Israel prevents a third of Palestinian prisoners family visits based on Israeli prisons service s “security reasons,” a report revealed.The report by the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said that there was no basis for the Israeli prison…

Yemeni drones victim to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and activists
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – A Yemeni civilian who lost his nephew and brother in law – respectively a local policeman and an imam who preached against Al Qaeda – to a US drone strike in 2012 is to visit Washington…

Making the preservation of Palestinian memory a priority
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – …A discussion of impunity with regard to Arafat s murder has various implications. Any impediment to an investigation is an affront to Palestinian memory and resistance. The distancing of Yasser Arafat from Palestinian collective memory exhibits…

Russian Warship Visits Egypt for First Time in Decades
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – The flagship of Russia s Pacific Fleet, the Varyag missile cruiser, docked on Monday at the Mediterranean port of Alexandria, making it the first Russian warship to visit Egypt since 1992. The Varyag s arrival comes…

NSA, GCHQ Spied on Oil Cartel, OPEC, According to Documents from Snowden
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013- The National Security Agency has managed to infiltrate the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), according to documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The German newspaper Der Spiegel reported the documents show that…

Bush Called Them Unlawful Enemy Combatants. Obama Calls Them Unprivileged Enemy Belligerents. 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – The Washington Post reported last week that hundreds of Afghan detainees held at Bagram airbase were transferred to Kabul s control, as per earlier agreements, and hundreds were simply released. At Lawfare, Robert Chesney was none…

Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – 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…

Yes, John Kerry, there can be a single, democratic state in Palestine (Video ) 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – …So with hopes of a “two-state solution” slipping away, Kerry is having to reckon with growing talk about a single, democratic state in historic Palestine – a “one-state solution.” During the interview, Kerry was asked by…

Clashes in Jerusalem as Israeli forces shut down Arafat event
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – Novembre 11, 2013 — Israeli forces and intelligence officers stormed sports club in Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem and dispersed Palestinians who were commemorating the ninth anniversary of late president Yasser Arafat s death. Witnesses told Ma an that large numbers…

Mass Surveillance Violates EU Law
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – A new study says so. It s titled “Mass Surveillance of Personal Data by EU Member States and its Compatibility with EU Law.” Sergio Carrera is a Spanish jurist. Francesco Ragazzi is Netherlands-based Leiden University Professor…

The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon – Bad for America
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – The Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 bandwagon has started very early and with a purpose. The idea is to get large numbers of endorsers, so that no Democratic Primary competitors dare make a move. These…

Syria News – November 10, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 62 martyrs including 9 children, 7 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 26 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 24 in Aleppo; 9…

Libya PM warns of foreign intervention
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – Prime Minister Ali Zeidan warned Libyans of the possibility of foreign powers intervening unless the country s current chaos ends, in an appeal on Sunday aimed at rallying his campaign against militias. “The international community cannot…

Observations from Occupied Palestine, Part 1
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- Over the years since May 2007, I have lived in different areas of occupied Palestine, witnessing the crimes of the Zionist entity and sharing in the daily tragedies, injustices and realities of Palestinians lives. In the occupied…

Al Jazeera Investigates – Killing Arafat (Video) Exclusive documentary reveals the details of the investigation into the Palestinian leader s death. 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – In the latest film from Al Jazeera s Investigation s unit, Palestinian officials admit that they had suspected poisoning as the cause of Arafat s sudden illness in 2004, contrary to their public statements. Senior Palestinian…

Foreign Office and human rights in Libya and Iraq
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- The remarkable aspiration of the British Foreign Office to only accuse the administrations of Libya and Iraq for the current state of events there, concealing their initial cause, consisting in initiation by the West and Great Britain…

Putin, Saudi king discuss Syria conflict, Iran nuclear drive
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 -Russian President Vladimir Putin called Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday to discuss international efforts to end the Syria crisis and halt Iran s disputed nuclear drive, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin said th
e two leaders “expressed a…

Olive harvest in Burin: Israel stifles Palestinian agriculture
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- With a population of around 2,500, the village of Burin is situated in the governate most often exposed to settler violence in the West Bank-Nablus. Between January and August of this year, 96 settler attacks have been…

Iranians angry and bewildered after French torpedo Geneva nuclear entente
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- France s role in Geneva talks that ended with no agreement over Tehran s nuclear programme has prompted bewilderment and anger inside Iran. Iranians, who stayed awake all night to find out whether their negotiators have reached…

Pro-Israel groups keen to revive discredited anti-Semitism definition
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – Two weeks ago, I wrote about a BBC Trust decision that shed further light on the abandonment of the draft working definition of anti-Semitism by the European Union s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). The FRA was…

Two broken cameras
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – One morning last September, Nadel Shafiq Taher Shatiya heard the loudspeakers of the mosque in his Nablus-area village announce that settlers were approaching the village s land. Shatiya, a photojournalist by trade, grabbed two cameras and…

Balfour, A Promise Of Bloodshed And Massacres
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 -It was a day like this day, 96 years ago, on November 2, 1917, when Britain decided to shift away its “problem”, and promise the Jews a homeland in Palestine. The Arab land that was under cruel…

Why I believe Yasser Arafat was poisoned The author cites scientific and contextual evidence which point to Arafat s poisoning with polonium. 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 -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…

The Dark Road from the Clipper Chip to PRISM Reveals Crypto Wars Never Ended 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013- Back in the 1990s, security researchers and privacy watchdogs were alarmed by government demands that hardware and software firms build “backdoors” into their products, the millions of personal computers and cell phones propelling communication flows along the…

Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – 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…

U.S. and Israel are paranoid democracies, craving surveillance 
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – 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…

Geneva talks end without deal on Iran s nuclear programme Diplomats said to be furious after France objected to a stopgap deal being presented as a fait accompli
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 -Three gruelling days of high-level and high-stakes diplomacy came to an end in Geneva with no agreement on Iran s nuclear programme, after France blocked a stopgap deal aimed at defusing tensions and buying more time for…

Imran says will block Nato supplies to record protest
Uruknet 11 Nov 2013 – November 10, 2013 – Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday criticized the United States for sabotaging Pakistan s peace talks with militants when Washington itself was seeking to engage the Afghan Taliban in talks. Speaking to media, the cricketer-turned politician said…

Daily Star

Kerry: Obama didn’t order all NSA spying
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says his counterparts in other nations know President Barack Obama didn’t order up all the snooping that the National Security Agency conducted abroad.

Yemen ceasefire deal violated a day after coming into force: official
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 A government-brokered ceasefire intended to halt days of clashes in northern Yemen between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim fighters has been violated a day after it came into force, an official said on Monday.

Hardliner Lieberman returns as Israel foreign minister
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Rightwing firebrand Avigdor Lieberman took his oath of office in front of the Israeli parliament on Monday, returning as foreign minister after he quit to fight corruption allegations.

MERS virus match found in Saudi Arabian camel
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 The Saudi Health Ministry says it has discovered a deadly virus in a camel in the eastern Saudi province of Jiddah.

Egypt: official indicates curfew to end Thursday
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Egypt’s interior minister indicated that a curfew and state of emergency in place for the past three months will expire Thursday as scheduled, saying security reinforcements will be deployed as a preventive measure in the face…

Iran to give U.N. inspectors more access to nuclear sites
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Iran will grant U.N. inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy-water plant within three months as part of a cooperation pact reached on Monday that aims to allay concern about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan: WHO 
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health…

Britain, Iran name envoys on path to restoring ties
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Britain and Iran on Monday named non-resident charges d’affaires to each other’s capitals, with London’s envoy to visit Tehran this month to start mending ties severed by the ransacking of the British embassy in 2011.

UN nuclear chief defers issue of visit to Iran’s Parchin
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 The head of the UN nuclear watchdog on Monday deferred the issue of a visit by inspectors to the Parchin military complex where Iran allegedly conducted research on atomic weapons.

Nine go on trial for plotting to kill Yemeni president
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Nine suspected al Qaeda members went on trial in Yemen on Sunday, accused of plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, kill military and security officers and kidnap foreigners, state news agency Saba reported.

Syria-based groups say talks may be ‘last chance’
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 An international peace conference proposed by the United States and Russia may be the last chance to negotiate an end to Syria’s civil war, a coalition of Syria-based opposition groups said Monday.

Iran deal involves ‘limited sanctions relief’: UK’s Hague
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme aim at finding an interim agreement involving limited sanctions relief before any final settlement, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday.

Assad wants to export strife to Lebanon: Jumblatt
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 MP Walid Jumblatt warns that the regime of President Bashar Assad is seeking to transfer strife from Syria to Lebanon and urges Lebanese and Druze in Syria to stay out of the devastating conflict.

Israeli leader urges ‘better deal’ with Iran
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Israel’s prime minister has softened his criticism of U.S.-led negotiations with Iran, saying a lull in the talks has given more time to extract concessions.

Lebanon prosecution orders arrest of HRC head, wife
Daily Star 11 Nov 2013 Acting state prosecutor orders the arrest of Ibrahim Bashir and his wife over embezzling public funds.

YNet News

Germany starts identifying Munich art found online
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Polio outbreak in Syria linked to Pakistan
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Hashish smuggling attempt at Egyptian border thwarted; 4 arrested
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Kerry: Obama didn’t order all NSA spying
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – ….

Syria-based groups say talks may be ‘last chance’
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – ….

Price of unnecessary rows
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Netanyahu has managed to isolate Israel from US, world over a critical matter which he is right about ….

Pope describes Jews as ‘our big brothers’
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – In words of solidarity marking 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Francis says Nazi state-sponsored ransacking of Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues should not be forgotten ….

Australia, then and now
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Anti-Semitic incidents in land down under may stem from import of hundreds of thousands of Muslims since 1980s ….

‘Vayeitzei’: Do we truly know what we want?
YNet News, 11 Nov 2013 – In this week’s Torah portion, ultimate of all fears is laid out before us: How is it possible to so strongly desire a specific woman, but be so blind as to not realize she has been substituted for another? ….

Kosher permit lost for ‘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 ….

Kristallnacht remembered, 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 Women Movement calls for breaking into al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – Israeli extreme women movement identified as Red Tent Temple Movement called for breaking into al-Aqsa mosque to perform religious rituals in the holy Islamic site.

Al-Khudari: Tightening Gaza siege disrupts dozens of projects
PIC – MP Jamal al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, has confirmed that tightening Gaza siege has affected business sector in the strip and disrupted dozens of projects.

RoR conference in final statement: No substitute homeland for Palestinians
PIC – The second conference on the Palestinian refugees right of return (RoR) held in Amman, Jordan, has declared that there will be no substitute homeland for the Palestinian people.

Siam: Gaza suffers under unprecedented harsh blockade
PIC – The Secretary General of Council of Ministers, Abdul Salam Siam, stated that there are Egyptian efforts to ease the Gaza siege and to provide the strip’s needs..

IOA approves demolition Bedouin village, replacement with Jewish settlement
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) approved the demolition of a Bedouin village Wadi Hayran in Negev, in the southern occupied territories in order to establish a religious Jewish settlement.

Hamas: Arab and European intelligence agencies behind Tamarud group
PIC – Hamas said that Tamarud Movement does not exist in the Gaza Strip and accused Arab and European intelligence agencies of attempting to create it in order to destabilize the situation in the Strip.

Captive Abu Sisi partially paralyzed
PIC – Prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi, who has been held in isolation since his kidnapping by Israeli intelligence agents in early 2011, is suffering partial paralysis.

Casualties in night clashes in Silwan
PIC – A Jerusalemite girl and a young men were injured during clashes with Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Silwan town south of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday night.

WAFA

Japan Donates Over $6 million to Palestine Refugees
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Syndicate Denounces Arrest of Journalist
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

100% of Households Connected to Electricity Network
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Palestinians Mark Arafat’s Death Anniversary with Rallies
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

South Hebron Outpost Continues to Expand, says Group
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Soldiers Attack Procession Marking Arafat’s Death
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

FAO Official says Occupation Harming Farming Sector
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Abbas at Arafat Memorial: Determined to Find the Truth
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Eight Palestinians Arrested in West Bank
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Students, Soldiers Clash near Bethlehem
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

Palestinians not looking for an Interim Agreement, says Negotiator
WAFA – 11 Nov 2013

FIFA World Cup Arrives in Palestine
WAFA – 10 Nov 2013


Misc

Iran, U.S. argue over who spoiled nuclear talks
LA Times 11 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John F. Kerry insists it was the Iranians, whose foreign minister shoots back that it was the six world powers, one in particular. WASHINGTON — The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure…

U.S., Iran trade accusations over hitch in nuclear talks
LA Times 11 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON – The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure of weekend talks to seal a preliminary deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.

Egyptian court extends detention of ousted president Mohamed Morsi
LA Times 11 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — A court on Monday extended the detention of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi for 30 days while prosecutors investigate charges stemming from a 2011 prison break by the Islamist leader and other members of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Palestinians mark anniversary of Arafat’s death, blame Israel
LA Times 11 Nov 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank – Marking the ninth anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Palestinians in the West Bank held rallies on Monday and accused Israel of assassinating Arafat and calling for an international inquiry into his death.

Kerry: Nuclear talks fell apart because Iran balked
LA Times 11 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — Weekend talks seeking a deal on Iran’s nuclear program fell apart not because of divisions among six world powers, but because Iran balked at the last moment, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.

Activists cheer release of Mexico massacre suspect
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – Mothers of victims in Ciudad Juarez are furious after a court frees Israel Arzate. He says he was arbitrarily arrested, then tortured and forced to confess. MEXICO CITY — Usually, human rights activists and victims are on the same side of a conflict. But the…

France’s role in scuttling Iran nuclear deal prompts speculation
LA Times 10 Nov 2013 – The halt in talks sets off a debate on whether France was motivated by commercial or geopolitical interests in the Middle East. WASHINGTON — France’s role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing…

Leading Syrian Opposition Group, Yielding to Pressure, Votes to Join Peace Talks
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – A statement from the main rebel coalition appeared to drop a demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down before negotiations could begin. 

A Beleaguered Israeli Diplomat Returns
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – Avigdor Lieberman had long been dogged by corruption charges and accusations that some of his actions were undiplomatic. 

Listening Post: After Near Miss on Iran, Kerry Insists Diplomacy Is Still the Right Path
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – As the prospect of a nuclear deal with Iran becomes more real, Secretary of State John Kerry is having to fend off those who want to pre-empt it — like Israel and Iran hawks in Congress. 

Iran Says It Agrees to ‘Road Map’ With U.N. on Nuclear Inspections
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – The reported deal will offer inspectors access to two more sites, but is not a formal part of the broader talks on Iran’s nuclear program. 

At War Blog: On Losing a Veteran Son to a Broken System
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – When Daniel Somers committed suicide on June 10, he left his family a letter listing the many roadblocks he had encountered in the Veterans Affairs system while seeking care for severe physical and psychological symptoms. 

Kerry Tries to Reassure Mideast Allies on Iran
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with critics not to try to scuttle an accord before details were hammered out. 

Iran Balked at Language of Draft Nuclear Deal, Western Diplomats Say
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – Toward the end of a marathon negotiating session, some diplomats believed that only a handful of words appeared to separate the two sides. 

An Iranian Deputy Minister Is Assassinated in Tehran
New York Times 10 Nov 2013 – An unidentified attacker shot and killed a deputy minister of industry on Sunday, in the first reported assassination of a senior national official in Iran in years. 

Danger Persists for Reporters in Pakistan, Despite Vow to Protect Them
New York Times 10 Nov 2013 – Five journalists have died so far this year in Pakistan, and by some accounts, the dangers of reporting in the nation have been intensifying. 

After Clashes With Saudis, Laborers Opt to Go Home
New York Times 10 Nov 2013 – Thousands of foreign laborers turned themselves over to the Saudi authorities after protests over a Saudi campaign against illegal immigrants led to the deaths of two people. 

Oscar hopeful ‘Bethlehem’ yet another film that celebrates Israeli victimhood
Mondoweiss – Bethlehem International Trailer from WestEnd Films on Vimeo . The theatre was packed to the rims, and the audience eager. The film has already won Venice and Haifa, and while we watched it, also took the Ophir prize (nicknamed the Israeli Oscars) for Best Film. Ninety-nine minutes…

Khalidi: Two-state solution is ‘Wizard of Oz stuff’ and Palestinians live in a ‘gussied-up prison’
Mondoweiss – The other night in Brooklyn, Rashid Khalidi gave a talk on the U.S. role in the peace process, and a friend leaned over to me and said she had never seen the scholar so impassioned. It was quite a performance, as you can see from the…

Iran’s nuclear rights vs. the West’s ‘bombastic diplomacy’
Mondoweiss – John Kerry meets with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, November 9, 2013. (Photo: AP) Reports following the end of the most recent round of talks between six world powers and Iran in Geneva early…

What Comes Next: Liberating Israelis and Palestinians
Mondoweiss – This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

The Heart is Not a Weapon: My correspondence with Shukri Abu Baker
Mondoweiss – Shukri Abu-Baker (Photo: Freedomtogive.com ) In 2009, after a previous trial resulted in a hung jury, Shukri Abu Baker was sentenced to 65 years in a United States prison after being convicted of having a role in distributing over 12 million dollars through the charity The Holy…

Viola Private Equity to sell Amiad stake 
Globes Energy & Water – Viola Private Equity owns 19.5% of Amiad Water, which has a market cap of £63 million, making it the company’s second largest shareholder.

Teva to pay $565m tax on trapped profits
Globes Main News – Teva has agreed to pay the Israel Tax Authority $565 million to release trapped profits, including the $95 million paid in May 2013.

New mortgage taking up again in October
Globes Main News – October’s new mortgage total of NIS 4.4 billion is 4.7% higher than this year’s monthly average, which is NIS 4.2 billion.

Evogene to raise $86m on NYSE on Wednesday
Globes Main News – The plant genomics company will offer 5 million shares at $17.16 per share, at a company valuation of $412 million.

The occupier’s fiat: Because Palestinian boys throw stones at us, we will uproot 100s of olive trees
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Israel orders destruction of village olive grove in retaliation for alleged stone throwing IMEMC 10 Nov — The Israeli military has issued demolition orders for hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in the village of Ya‘bad,…

Netanyahu’s man in Geneva, Laurent Fabius of France
Mondoweiss – Yesterday’s NYT coverage of the failure to produce an Iranian agreement in Geneva featured a photograph of Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister. Who is Fabius? I communicated with David Bromwich about the minister’s role, and he explained: Fabius was at the front of Western ministers…

Netanyahu’s greatest fear: Linkage
Mondoweiss – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the press at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on November 8, 2013 (Pool/AFP/File, Debbie Hill) Before heading to Geneva this weekend for the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, John Kerry was in Israel, where he gave a lengthy interview…

Beit Shemesh to annex land from Matte Yehuda 
Globes Macro Economics – Four tax-paying factories already operate in the commercial and industrial area being transferred.

Int’l Energy Agency chief economist to address Israel Business Conference 
Globes Energy & Water – Dr. Fatih Biron, one of the most influential experts in the energy industry, will visit Israel to participate in the 2013 “Globes” Israel Business Conference.

Babylon, ironSource cancel merger talks
Globes Main News – The companies announced that they are no longer conducting merger talks following, “the effect of various events in the industry.”

Consumer confidence up, despite labor market pessimism 
Globes Macro Economics – The Consumer Confidence Index by 5.3 points in October 2013 to 80.7 points.

Cisco becomes strategic investor in Wilocity
Globes Main News – The Israeli wireless chipset developer and Cisco will collaborate to develop a Wi-Fi standard for enterprise networking.

Lower refining margins push Delek US, Alon USA to losses 
Globes Energy & Water – Changes in the energy market, higher crude oil prices and lower refining margins pushed Delek US and Alon USA into the red for the first time in two years.

Givot reports oil flow at Meged 6 well 
Globes Energy & Water – Givot: The first flow, at a rate of three barrels, lasted for five minutes, and was accompanied by a high rate of gas.

France Torpedoes Iran Nuclear Deal, Hollande Rewarded with Knesset Address
Tikun Olam – France’s foreign minister single-handedly torpedoed a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations in Geneva this weekend. A deal was in place. The American and Russian foreign ministers had flown in in order to sign it. But Laurent Fabius announced that the terms weren’t punitive…

Netanyahu calls on American Jews to stand ‘together with us’ to stop Iran deal
Mondoweiss – Netanyahu speaking to the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America The largest American Jewish organization, the Jewish Federations, is having its annual conference in Israel this year. Netanyahu addressed the group tonight and said they had a responsibility to stop the deal that…

Israel Chemicals to pay NIS 380m 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.

Iran voices: Rouhani’s first 100 days 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Iranians give verdicts on president’s first 100 days in office

Lieberman returns to Israel cabinet 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Israeli far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman returns to the post of foreign minister after being cleared of corruption charges.

Israel’s Richest Rabbi on Forbes List Is $367M Man 
The Forward New 11 Nov 2013 – The rabbinate is not known as a path to riches. But for several Israeli rabbis, it is just that. The ten wealthiest Israeli rabbis own a combined fortune of over $620 million, according to a recent ranking by Forbes Israel. Click here for the rest of…

Italian Actor Moni Ovadia Quits Milan Jewish Community 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Nov 2013 – Italian actor Moni Ovadia resigned from the Milan Jewish community with accusations that it is a “propaganda office” of the Israeli government. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yair Lapid and Shelly Yachimovich Call for More Religious Pluralism 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Nov 2013 – Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich called for greater religious pluralism in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Avigdor Lieberman, King of Far Right, Returns as Israel Foreign Minister 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Nov 2013 – Israeli far-right leader Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as foreign minister on Monday after his acquittal on corruption charges, a development that could further complicate peace talks with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt player banned over Morsi sign 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – One of Egypt’s top football clubs suspends its striker from a competition for publicly showing support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Iran differences narrow, says Hague 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – The differences preventing Western countries reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme are now “narrow”, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Does Israel Rabbinate Have ‘Good Rabbi’ List? 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Nov 2013 – Israel’s Chief Rabbinate says it does not have a list of Diaspora rabbis whose testimony it accepts, despite turning down the testimony of the rabbis of immigrants wishing to clarify their Jewish and marital status. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Al Backs Egypt’s Initiative On Nuke-Free Mideast 
allAfrica.com 11 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]The Council of the Arab League announced that it backs Egypt’s initiative on activating efforts aiming to clear the Middle East of all weapons of mass destruction.

Egypt: Syria Refugees Detained, Coerced to Return – Palestinians, Children Among Most Vulnerable 
allAfrica.com 11 Nov 2013 – [HRW]Egypt has detained over 1,500 refugees from Syria, including at least 400 Palestinians and 250 children as young as two months old, for weeks and sometimes months.

Egypt: Up to 90 Antiquities Returned From Israeli Auction 
allAfrica.com 11 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Up to 90 pieces of antiquities were retrieved to Egypt after they had been offered for sale at an auction in Jerusalem, said Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim on Saturday.

Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. Practices ‘Double Standard’ Over Syria, Congo 
allAfrica.com 11 Nov 2013 – [Friends of the Congo]The Obama administration is concerned with the prevention of mass atrocities mainly when it is in alignment with US interests. However in the case of the deadliest conflict in the world where US allies are the aggressors, R2P is rarely if ever mentioned…

Iran voices: Rouhani’s first 100 days 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Iranians give verdicts on president’s first 100 days in office

Lieberman returns to Israel cabinet 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Israeli far-right politician Avigdor Lieberman returns to the post of foreign minister after being cleared of corruption charges.

Iranian band members shot dead in NY 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Three Iranian-expatriate musicians living in Brooklyn, New York, are shot dead by another Iranian musician in what police called a murder-suicide.

Egypt player banned over Morsi sign 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – One of Egypt’s top football clubs suspends its striker from a competition for publicly showing support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Iran differences narrow, says Hague 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – The differences preventing Western countries reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear programme are now “narrow”, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Beirut: Bulldozers Threaten Mar Mikhael’s Massad Stairs 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – The stairs are a popular tourist destination and an outlet for numerous works of art, music, and exhibits. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The stairs are a popular tourist destination and an outlet for numerous works of art, music, and exhibits. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Three days ago, the…

Is There an End in Sight to the Syria Crisis? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 11 Nov 2013 – Syrian refugee women prepare their regional dishes at Caritas Lebanon Immigrants Centre in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on November 6, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Syrian refugee women prepare their regional dishes at Caritas Lebanon Immigrants Centre in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on November 6,…

Syria: Militants Capitulate in Damascus Countryside 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – A picture taken on November 7, 2013, shows a pro-regime tank driving through the streets of Sbeineh south of Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo: AFP – STR) A picture taken on November 7, 2013, shows a pro-regime tank driving through the streets of Sbeineh south of Syrian…

Shelling kills nine children in Damascus: State TV 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – Updated 5:45 pm: Nine children were killed and 27 people wounded when mortar rounds hit a school and a school bus in the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state television reported. “The toll in the terrorist targeting of the St. John of Damascus school with mortar…

Tunisian man sets self on fire 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – A 32-year-old man from a poor neighborhood of the Tunisian capital set himself on fire outside a government building on Monday, the emergency services told AFP. Suffering third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands, the man was rushed to a specialist medical clinic in the…

Syria opposition agrees to peace talks if Assad quits 
Al-Akhbar News 11 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 Western-backed opposition agreed on Monday to attend planned peace talks in Geneva but said President Bashar al-Assad could play no…

Iran ‘backed out of nuclear deal’ 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – The US says Iran backed out of a deal on its nuclear programme in Geneva, as Tehran and the UN atomic agency agree steps to resolve issues.

Positive signs despite breakdown of Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Iran talks move from success to failure, but hope remains

Kerry seeks Iran nuclear deal to “protect Israel” 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry walk alongside US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (L), as he arrives for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 8, 2013 at Ben Gurion airport. (Photo: AFP – Jason Reed) US Secretary of State John Kerry…

Assad opponents agree talks position 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Syria’s main opposition alliance, the National Coalition, says it will attend peace talks in Geneva, if a number of conditions are met.

Two journalists face trial for “defaming” Egypt judges 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – Two journalists working for an independent newspaper are to stand trial for “defaming” judges in an article published in 2012, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported on Monday. Al-Masry Al-Youm ‘s former managing editor Magdy al-Gelaad and reporter Mohammed Senhuri are to appear before a criminal…

No peace deal if Israeli settlements continue: PA official 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Nov 2013 – Protesters hold a banner denouncing the settlements expansion during a demonstration to protest against US Secretary of State’s visit on November 6, 2013 in Bethlehem. (Photo: AFP – Hazem Bader) Failure to reach a peace deal with Israel would be better than inking an agreement which…

VIDEO: Sectarian strife is ‘worst threat’ 
BBC 11 Nov 2013 – Sectarian tension between Shia and Sunni Muslims is probably the most serious threat to the world security, according Iran’s foreign minister, Mohamed Javad Zarif.

Sectarian strife is ‘worst threat’ 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – Tensions between Shia and Sunnis Muslims are probably the most serious threat to world security, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Zarif tells the BBC.

Aiming to change the outcome of WWI 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – A nation hoping to change the outcome of World War One

VIDEO: Preserving the old sounds of Iran 
BBC 10 Nov 2013 – A Germany university and the Music Museum of Iran join forces to digitise 4000 old gramophone records of Iranian songs.

Articles


’Thanks for doing Zionism’s filthy work’: A response to Ari Shavit 
Ami Asher, +972 Magazine 11/11/2013
Israeli journalist Ari Shavit expresses gratitude for the perpetrators of the Lydda expulsion and massacre — for doing the ‘filthy work,’ explaining that, even ‘the critics of later years enjoyed the fruits of their deed.’ A response to Shavit’s ‘Lydda, 1948‘, published in The New Yorker.
Palestinian historian Nur Massalha wrote that from time to time, starting as early as 1949, Israelis have been periodically washed by waves of revelations and remorse for the injustices that enabled the establishment of a Jewish State. As an Israeli Jew, I know them well: articles are published, impassioned debates keep you awake, (Jewish) friends turn temporarily into foes, but then the wave recedes without leaving a mark on the beach and life returns to normal.
As part of the most recent Nakba wave, Ari Shavit chose to visit Lydda (or Lod, in Hebrew). Following that journey, he shared some very partial revelations in a classic Zionist-apologetic text that leads to a very clear conclusion: it is our duty to find out about what happened, but we must never challenge the premises with which we ventured on this journey. Relax, everything’s OK, we’ll weather this wave as well.
Shavit struggles to make sense of the “black box of Zionism,” as he calls Lydda. He starts by describing the neighboring Jewish youth village of Ben Shemen and also ends there, with a commanding view of the town. A Palmach militia fighter recently interviewed as part of Zochrot’s oral history project had a similar point of view to offer. Look at the town as you drive past it on your way back to Tel Aviv, he said, and imagine it bustling with a million Palestinians – then you will thank me.
Shavit is just as candid. He too feels enormous gratitude for the perpetrators of the Lydda massacre for doing the “filthy work” because even “the critics of later years,” who I can only assume include the likes of me, “enjoyed the fruits of their deed.” This zero-sum hypothesis – us or them – is the very essence of Zionism. more.. e-mail

The Syrian War in the Golan Heights 
Leah Frehse, Alternative Information Center 11/11/2013
The occupied Golan Heights were long regarded a centerpiece of Middle East peace. Somewhat ironically, the Syrian civil war has pushed the Israeli controlled territory to the sidelines. While so far the violence of war has been confined to the Syrian side of the border fence, its political divisions have found their way into the small Syrian community living in the Golan under Israeli rule. The portrait of a struggle for identity from the sidelines of civil war. Al Sharaq’s Leah Frehse reports.
In fall, the air of the mountainous Golan Heights is heavy with the smell of apples, the region’s main produce and symbol. For three years now, the harvest has been overshadowed by the occasional sound of bombs and gunfire that the wind carries across the nearby Syrian border. Just by the border fence lies Majdal Shams, a quiet town huddled up against the Golan’s northernmost peak, in a political dead end.
Majdal Shams is the largest of five Syrian villages in the occupied Golan Heights. Around 9,000 people live in the town that is spread out around a soccer patch in a landscape so scenic one tends to overlook the minefields, army bases, fenced settlements, ruins and border installations in its surroundings. So far, the Syrian civil war has largely stayed put behind the metal fence and explosives that divide the Golan from Syria proper. But it has deeply unsettled the village community, with some supporting the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad and others aligning with the opposition. Protests for and against either side have alternated on the village square for months.
In Majdal Shams, protests for and against the regime have ended in scuffles
Dr Taiseer Maray, co-founder of the community initiative Golan for Development based in Majdal Shams, sees a profound change having taken place in the community: “People’s attitudes have changed over the past two years. We were always united, loyal to Syria and opposed to Israel’s occupation. Now we have very sharp divisions within our community between those who are with the regime and those who are with the revolution.” more.. e-mail

U.S., Israel break not only on Iran, but on Palestine, too 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 11/12/2013
In the last week, things have changed between the U.S. and Israel. Kerry may have the guts to continue refusing to lie for Israel’s occupation – which is all that’s needed to shake its foundations. This is no tiff.
If it hadn’t happened on the same day, last Thursday, that the breakthrough came in the Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear program, John Kerry’s joint interview on Israeli and Palestinian TV – and the chain reaction it w
ould have set off – would still be dominating the news from the Middle East. Instead, it was a one-day story, overtaken by the chain reaction from the Geneva breakthrough, notably Netanyahu’s furious attempt to block what he calls this “bad deal” with Iran.

If it hadn’t been overshadowed by the Iran story, Kerry’s interview, coming on the heels of a report that the U.S. was going to present an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan in January, would have been seen for what it was: a very high-profile signal that the Obama administration has decided to stand up to Netanyahu, to tell him publicly what it thinks of his policy and to make clear that until he changes direction, the United States views him, not Mahmoud Abbas, as the main obstacle to peace.
I don’t know of a precedent for a U.S. secretary of state, or a president, publicly attacking Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians like Kerry did – and in front of not only the Israeli public, but the Palestinian public as well. Just look at what he said:
I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?
And this:
There will be an increasing isolation of Israel [and an] increasing campaign of delegitimization of Israel…. more.. e-mail

Late artist inspires new film on Palestinian children’s dreams 
Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada 11/6/2013
In 2003, Hassan Hourani, a rising star of Palestinian art, drowned in the sea off Jaffa, aged just 29. Having trained in Baghdad, exhibited across the Middle East as well as in South Korea and the United States and lived in Palestine and New York, he had returned to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and made a brief trip to Jaffa in present-day Israel with his nephew and friends.
Among the works Hourani left behind was the text of a book of children’s stories titled Hassan Everywhere. The fantastical tales of Rihan, who roams the world in search of love, were published along with assembled drawings from Hourani’s partly-finished artwork in 2004.
It is these tales — of clouds, fish, birds and breezes — which frame Mais Darwazah’s film My Love Awaits Me By The Sea. Hassan/Rihan becomes the guide for Mais the director, artist and narrator as she travels on a wistful, sparkling, melancholy journey through the landscapes of Palestinian youth, their dreams, fears and hopes.
The people Mais speaks to on the journey include a youth in a Damascus refugee camp, preparing to get married and leave the “suffocating” atmosphere of closely-packed houses and Bashar al-Assad’s secret police.
In the West Bank village of Bilin, we meet young men working in a bakery, the bustle of the shop juxtaposed with the martyr poster of Bassem Abu Rahmah, killed ten days earlier by a high-velocity tear gas canister fired by an Israeli soldier.
And on a hot night outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, we meet three young men who speak of their love for the city and its meaning for them but also of their preference for the occupation which humiliates and oppresses them, rather than the one that pretends to be benign. At least the Israeli soldier who shouts and insults them is honest, they say, unlike the one who smiles but continues to colonize their land. more.. e-mail

Why I Believe Yasser Arafat Was Poisoned
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Nov 2013 – By David Barclay 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….more


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