VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 November 2013

12 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Army Attacks Australian Journalists In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers attacked on Monday [November 11 2013] several Palestinian and visiting Australian journalists visiting the Aida refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

B’Tselem Investigation finds illegal use of force by Israeli troops in killing of young man
IMEMC – A young Palestinian, Ahmad Tazaz’ah, was killed by Israeli troops on October 31st in Qabatiya, south of Jenin. While the Israeli military has claimed that Tazaz’ah was not killed by Israeli forces, but had been previously killed in internal clashes between Palestinian factions, the extensive investigation by B’Tselem including both physical evidence and exhaustive eyewitness accounts directly contradicts that claim, and has led the army to agree to carry out its own ‘limited’ investigation. …

Al-Qodwa: “Arafat Died By Poison, Israel Responsible”
IMEMC – Palestinian official Nasser Al-Qodwa stated that the report released by the committee that investigated the death of late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat revealed that the leader was poisoned to death, and added that Israel is directly responsible for his assassination. …

Ma’an News

Israel ‘plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank’
11/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler homes, the biggest batch of tenders it has ever issued in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Tuesday.”The housing ministry announced tenders for the planning of 20,000 settler homes,” Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer told AFP.” This is a record,” he added. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office stressed he…. Related: PLO officials weigh response to settlement plans and How 24,000 new settlement homes allowed Netanyahu to save face

Violent Hebron outpost expands at ‘phenomenal’ rate
11/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An illegal Israeli outpost in the south Hebron hills, notorious for incidents of violence against Palestinians, has grown at a “phenomenal rate” since the beginning of October, according to a peace group working in the area. Operation Dove on Monday said that activists from the grassroots Taayush movement entered an area near the Havot Maon outpost this week to document illegal….

Israel plans more house demolitions in Shufat camp
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli intelligence agents on Tuesday escorted representatives from the Jerusalem municipality on a tour of Shufat refugee camp and took photos of several buildings in Ras Khamis and Ras Shehada neighborhoods. Jerusalem activist Thaer Abed Rabbo told Ma’an that more than 120 intelligence agents were seen in the camp. Jamil Sanduqa, who chairs a local committee to develop the….

Woman accused of stabbing attempt, arrested at checkpoint
11/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A woman was arrested and physically abused at Zaatara checkpoint on Monday afternoon, witnesses said. Wiam Sameeh Aseeda, 22, was beaten to the ground and taunted by Israeli soldiers before she was handcuffed and taken in a police car, an eyewitness told Ma’an. Aseeda, a student from Tel village near Nablus, was charged with attempting to stab a soldier….

Hardliner Lieberman returns as Israel foreign minister
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Right-wing 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. The 120-member house confirmed his reappointment by a vote of 62 to 17, almost a year after he resigned to fight the charges which he was cleared of last week. Lieberman heads the ultra-nationalist….

Iran blames US for failure of nuclear talks
11/12/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran and Russia on Tuesday blamed friction among world powers for the failure of talks in Geneva that had come tantalizingly close to a landmark deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The two states dismissed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that Iran had balked just as the so-called P5+1 world powers were closing in on a deal….

Report: Jordan rejects Israel request for prayers at Aqsa
11/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordan has rejected an Israeli request to allow Jews to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday. Maariv quoted Jordan’s envoy for holy sites in Jerusalem Abdel Naser Nassar as saying that Jewish “extremists” would not be allowed into the mosque compound. The request was an attempt to divide al-Aqsa as part of the….

Global Palestinian ‘Right to Education Week’ kicks off at Birzeit
11/12/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A week of events focusing on the Palestinian Right to Education kicked off Monday afternoon at Birzeit University as part of a global campaign in solidarity with Palestinian students. Right to Education Week at Birzeit University commenced Monday with a workshop on the education of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails. Events will be held on campus throughout the week highlighting….

PLO officials weigh response to settlement plans
11/13/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — PLO officials will hold an urgent meeting to discuss a response to plans disclosed Tuesday for Israel to build thousands of settlement units across the occupied West Bank. PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told Ma’an that “all options are open” in response to the plans, and he said that the US, Russia and EU had been notified. He said an…. Related: Israel ‘plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank’

Russia denies Iran to blame for nuclear talks failure
11/12/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Russia on Tuesday denied Iran was to blame for the failure to agree a historic deal on its nuclear program at talks in Geneva, implying the fault was due to disunity among the six world powers.”The draft joint document suited the Iranian side. But since decisions at negotiations are taken by consensus, it was not possible to make a final deal,” a….

Iran’s nuclear drive has cost $170 billion, say Israeli sources
11/12/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli security sources claimed Tuesday that Iran’s controversial nuclear program has cost the country $170 billion, mostly due to tough economic sanctions. The figures came as Israel and the US were locked in a war of words over negotiations between world powers and Iran that could see sanctions relaxed in exchange for Tehran curbing or freezing parts of its controversial nuclear….

UN atomic agency says it still wants to probe Iran nuclear claims
11/12/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — The head of the UN atomic watchdog said Tuesday he still wants Iran to answer allegations of past nuclear weapons research despite no explicit mention of the issue in a new accord.”The Iran nuclear issue is very complicated. We cannot expect that everything will come overnight, that is why we have taken a step-by-step approach,” International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukiya Amano….

FM: PA determined to uncover truth about Arafat death
11/13/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyadh al-Malki said Tuesday that the Palestinian leadership was determined to uncover the truth behind the death of former President Yasser Arafat. Al-Malki’s comments were made in a commemoration ceremony of the ninth anniversary of Arafat’s death in Paris, with the participation of the Arab and Palestinian community and other solidarity groups….

In photos: Yasser Arafat’s death mourned in Ramallah, 9 years on
11/12/2013 – Thousands took to the streets across the West Bank on Monday to mark the 9th anniversary of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death with protests against the continuing the Israeli occupation. Ramallah was host to a more somber commemoration Monday evening at the late leader’s mausoleum at al-Muqataa. (MaanImages / Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz) After Israel failed to abide by its responsibilities….

3 Ethiopians migrants killed in Saudi Arabia
11/12/2013 – ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Three Ethiopians have been killed in Saudi Arabia when violence broke out between police and undocumented migrants preparing to return home, Ethiopian officials said Tuesday. Each year, large numbers of Ethiopians move to the Middle East looking for jobs, often as domestic workers. Saudi Arabia is among the preferred destinations.”The act of killing innocent civilians is uncalled for, we condemn that….

Egypt farmers fear water supply threat from Ethiopia dam
11/12/2013 – EZBET RABIE, Egypt (AFP) — With an economy already in tatters, Egypt’s farmers fear the building of an upstream Nile dam in Ethiopia could lead to water shortages and crop failures with catastrophic effects on their livelihood.”We don’t want this dam,” says Saeed al-Simari, standing on his modest land in Egypt’s fertile Nile Delta region.”We want to plant….

Court: Egypt 3-month state of emergency expires
11/12/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court ruled a three-month-long state of emergency accompanied by a curfew expired on Tuesday, before its scheduled end on Nov. 14. The cabinet said in a statement it would respect the ruling but would wait for official notification from the court before implementing it. [END]

Pro-Syrian regime cleric killed in north Lebanon
11/12/2013 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — A Lebanese Sunni cleric close to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad was shot dead in the northern Lebanon town of Tripoli on Tuesday, a security source said.”Sunni sheikh Saadeddine Ghiyeh was mortally wounded by a bullet to the head while he was getting into his car in the Bahsa neighborhood in the center of town,” the source told AFP….

AlJazeera

Israel PM halts plans to build settler homes
AlJazeera 12 Nov 2013 – Israeli PM says plans caused ‘unnecessary conflict’ with international community and potentially hindered Iran talks.

Palestine News Network

Sick Prisoners Call for Holding Israeli Authorities Accountable for Negligence
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli army assaults Arafat memorial march
11/12/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – The residents of Kafr Qaddum held their annual anniversary demonstration marking Yasser Arafat’s death, despite strong repression from the Israeli army. At approximately 2:30 pm, Palestinian demonstrators and international activists assembled in front of the illegal settlement of Qedumim. After about 30 minutes, the Israeli army began shooting a huge amount of tear gas into the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Families powerless in Gaza
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: IRIN Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, 12 November 2013 (IRIN) – Since the beginning of November, Gaza’s only power plant has been shut due shortages of industrial diesel. The result has been a major increase in power outages for…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 5 – 12 November
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (…

occupied Palestinian territory: Abbas says talks over unless Israel halts settlement moves
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/12/2013 20:50 GMT JERUSALEM, November 12, 2013 (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday that he would declare the peace process over unless Israel cancels tenders for nearly 20,000 new settler homes….

occupied Palestinian territory: Dislocated Communities: The Case of Khirbet Khamis – November 2013
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory Khirbet Khamis is a Palestinian community north of Bethlehem, home to approximately 60 people, including 24 children. Immediately after the 1967 war, Khirbet Khamis, together with dozens…

The National

Egypt’s state of emergency ends
The National 12 Nov 2013 – A three-month state of emergency imposed in Egypt after a crackdown on Islamist protesters has expired, court rules.

Syria Kurds announce transitional autonomous government
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Kurds in Syria’s north-east announce a transitional autonomous government after making key territorial gains against jihadists in recent weeks.

Arab Spring countries among worst for women’s rights: poll
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in the region, poll on 22 Arab states finds three Arab Spring countries among the bottom five states for women’s rights.

PLO in Damascus talks on ending refugee camp siege
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Pro-Damascus Palestinian groups have lain siege for months to pro-rebel groups inside the Yarmuk camp in the southern outskirts of Damascus, prompting the exodus of at least 135,000 of its 170,000 residents.

Typhoon highlights weak Philippine infrastructure
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Trail of death and destruction in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake highlights fragile and patchy infrastructure after decades of neglect and corruption.

Slain Iranian rockers from Yellow Dogs moved to US for musical freedom
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Iranian musicians killed by gunman had gained political asylum in the US after appearing in a film about Tehran’s underground music scene. 

Parties bicker over ‘Iron Man of India’ legacy
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are claiming to be the true inheritors of the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a statesman and freedom fighter.

Israel plans to build 24,000 homes in West Bank and East Jerusalem, rights group says
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Peace Now, which monitors settlement activity on Palestinian land, says tenders issued by Israel’s Housing Ministry last month raise questions on Israeli government’s commitment to peace talks.

Iran to let UN inspect Arak reactor next month
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Iranian authorities are poised to let the UN inspect a new heavy water reactor at Arak within weeks.

Russia negotiating ‘biggest weapons deal with Egypt since the Cold War’
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Russia seeks to capitalise on US President Barack Obama’s decision to cut defence aid to Egypt’s military-backed government in deal that could be worth as much as US$2 billion.

Victims of Typhoon Haiyan still waiting for aid
The National 12 Nov 2013 – Aid is on its way to Tacloban but the scale of the disaster and the challenges of delivery mean few have received any help.

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei controls a business empire worth Dh350bn, investigation shows
The National 12 Nov 2013 – A little-known organisation called Setad, controlled by the Supreme Leader, has built its empire on the seizure of thousands of properties belonging to Iranian citizens – members of religious minorities, Shiites, business people and Iranians living abroad.

Ha’aretz

Rabbinate’s discrimination of Orthodox rabbis abroad prompts emergency Knesset meeting
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israel’s police seek law to jail mafia figures without trial
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Defense Ministry delaying reform in fundraising for IDF
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israel agrees to recognize EU ban on funding institutions in settlements
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Needed: A Mizrahi leadership
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israel’s unofficial minister of settlements
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Iranian nukes and ethnic politics
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

A fighting chance: Teens train to win place in IDF’s elite units
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israeli team finds protein that kills bacteria
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

First we’ll take Washington
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Ban Ki-moon to be first UN chief to see Auschwitz
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Germany sets up task force to trace ownership of Nazis’ looted artworks
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Nearly half of Israel’s children suffer physical, sexual or emotional abuse, study finds
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

After uproar, Netanyahu orders stop to West Bank housing tenders
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

TA-25 index ends down for second day
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Controversial West Bank tender in E1 area issued behind Netanyahu’s back
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Controversial West Bank tender in E1 area issued behind Netanyahu’s back
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israeli women want it all, now
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israeli breast cancer patient paddleboards toward a cure
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Oppose the deal on Iran
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israel planning to construct some 20,000 housing units in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Soldier’s remarks give insight into Israel’s cyber intelligence practices
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Netanyahu’ s two state mask has slipped
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Lieberman: It’s time to calm tensions between Israel and U.S. over Iran
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Detained illegal migrants the first to move to Israel’s open detention center
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Hostility toward Israel is the ruling classes’ new anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Zarif hits back at Kerry: Iran not to blame for failure of nuclear talks
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Sabra fruit, symbol of modern Israel, under threat from Central American insect
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Is the end of Israel’s gas mask era at hand?
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Israelis don’t scare easily, Mr. Kerry
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Maybe the real question is why marry at all?
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Renounce theft of Bedouin land
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

Livni, Bennett propose bill to do away with separate chief rabbis for Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Maariv to join freebie newspaper market with free evening daily
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

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

Channel 10 TV forced to cut planned content budget for 2014
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

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

Following Clinton’s semi-ban, Kerry intends to turn over a new leaf with Lieberman
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Iran’s nuclear road map raises specter of unpleasant surprises
Ha’aretz – 11 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Hundreds march to Robinson’s Arch during symbolic conclusion to GA
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – “We must not fight to see how we can defeat each other, we must fight to see how we can be one people,” says Sharansky. 

Filipinos in Israel pray for their missing relatives
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Donation boxes were set up at Filipino-owned markets, travel agencies, banks in Tel Aviv to help typhoon victims find loved ones. 

Riot ensues after police shut down Arafat memorial in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – At least three detained after rioters threw rocks at police, and officers were forced to use stun grenades on crowd. 

Hamas calls dissident group a foreign ‘conspiracy’ after day for ‘revolt’ comes and goes
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Palestinian Tamarod group fails to organize uprising against Hamas on day commemorating anniversary of Arafat’s death. 

Analysis: Gov’t adopts High Court’s ideas to forge new migrant policy
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – It will be difficult for justices to strike down law based on their own prescriptions. 

Philippine envoy thanks Israeli government, NGOs as aid and assistance continues
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – IDF, Foreign Ministry and Israeli, Jewish humanitarian organizations are all sending aid workers to the Philippines. 

Belgian FM signs medical research cooperation agreement with Hadassah
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – The agreement covers the fields of healthcare, medical education, clinical research and hospital management. 

Shapiro, Sharansky differ on Pollard at GA
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – US ambassador says only unusual circumstances will make US President Obama get involved in Pollard’s release. 

Hacker arrested for money laundering
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Ehud “The Analyzer” Tenenbaum allegedly set up a system to transfer large amounts of foreign currency secretly into Israel. 

Israel to become CERN member
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – New law gives Israeli researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research the same rights as diplomats. 

Netanyahu: Plans for 24,000 units beyond Green Line would harm efforts to stop Iran
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – US says “deeply concerned” by announcement; PA threatens to appeal issue to UN Security Council; Netanyahu nixes Housing Ministry tenders for some 1,200 E1 units; official: PM’s order seeks to maintain int’l focus on Iran. 

‘Great Challenges’ remain in Diaspora-rabbinate relations, says RCA
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Tzohar executive VP says Diaspora rabbis have been treated as second class Jews, hopes Chief Rabbinate can resolve issue. 

Secretary of fate
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Secretary Kerry, like a dozen or so of his predecessors, will fail unless he holds the Palestinians to accepted international norms of behavior. 

Kerry is mistaken on settlements
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – The express purpose of the permanent status negotiation continues to be to determine, by agreement, the status of the territory, to which Israel has a longstanding legitimate claim. 

Israel and US Jewry: A shared destiny
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Israel and American Jewry have a shared destiny and a symbiotic relationship. We can and must provide support to one another. Both of our futures depend on it. 

Main concern of Chief Rabbinate: No abhorrent practices
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Non-Orthodox rabbis don’t realize they play with fire with their easy conversions, weddings and divorces. 

‘Jewish declines don’t invalidate current efforts’
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – American Jewry has the tools to fight intermarriage, sociologist Steven Cohen tells “Post”. 

For Zion’s sake: The proclamation of revolt
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – The British learned to take the revolt seriously. And the more seriously they took it, the more they realized that they would have to go. 

Kristallnacht as a political instrument
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – The widespread and increasing abuse of Holocaust memory in general is an endemic problem that must be curbed. 

Mitzna: Agriculture Ministry lax on animal abuse
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – At meeting on slaughterhouse practices, Knesset committee chairman says he’ll summon Shamir to appear before panel and provide answers. 

Saudi, Russia, China and Cuba win seats on top UN rights body
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – 4 countries with questionable records elected to 47-seat council. 

Julio Iglesias still speaks the language of love
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Having proclaimed being Jewish ‘from the waist up,’ the legendary Latin crooner is excited to bring his passion back to Israel. 

Defense establishment weighs cancellation of further gas mask distribution
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Cancellation would occur if IDF assesses risks of a possible chemical attack are negligible. 

PM says Israel will not ‘sit on hands’ as Gaza rearms behind civilian shield
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu: 98% drop in rocket attacks from Gaza since Pillar of Defense. 

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak could be released as early as this week
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Move would follow expected lifting of state of emergency that was put into place in the summer. 

Public Security minister calls for administrative detention against organized crime suspects
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Human rights lawyer says move would begin the “slippery slope” to endangering other rights. 

Traumatized child more likely to get PTSD if parent had it
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Study examines children exposed to Grad missile attacks in Beersheba during Operation of Cast Lead. 

National Council pushes forward gas reception plan
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Plan details infrastructure necessary for handling, treating Israel’s copious natural gas supplies. 

Ben-Dahan to Council of Europe leader: Circumcision ban violates freedom of religion
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – MK tells Thorbjorn Jagland that EU cannot fight the principles of Judaism that the Jews have observed for thousands of years. 

MK Tibi: Government must help Israeli Arabs attacked by Ukranian neo-Nazis
Jerusalem Post 12 Nov 2013 – Tibi accuses Israeli media of ignoring the issue because the students being attacked are not Jewish. 

Uruknet

Israel s gains from the death of Arafat cannot be ignored
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – It seems there are still plenty of parties who would prefer that the death of the long-time Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat continues to be treated as a mystery rather than as an assassination. It is hard,…

US Refuses to Cooperate With Afghan Investigation Into War Crimes
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – Last week, Matthieu Aikins at Rolling Stone shed light on evidence that U.S. forces committed war crimes against Afghans, including extra-judicial executions, torture, and disappearances of at least 17 men. The following day, Human Rights Watch…

Disaster follows disaster in the Philippines
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – “WORSE THAN hell.” That s how Magina Fernandez, a survivor of Typhoon Haiyan in the now-decimated Philippines city of Tacloban, described the aftermath of the storm to CNN. With 10,000 or more estimated dead, entire cities…

Israel plans 20,000 new settlement units, most in decade
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – Israel s Ministry of Housing and Construction (run by Jewish Home MK Uri Ariel, who lives in a West Bank settlement) published tenders last week for 20,000 new settlements units, including a tender to build 1,200…

Israel plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank 
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 — Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Tuesday, the biggest batch of tenders since peace talks restarted. “The housing ministry announced tenders for the planning…

Veterans Day Hypocrisy
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – Some people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. They re both federal holidays. The latter remembers combat related dead service personnel. The former honors war and peacetime veterans. It largely thanks living ones. It does so…

Syria News – November 11, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 102 martyrs including 14 children, 8 women and 3 martyrs under troture: 38 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 24 in Damascus and its Suburbs,…

Military Resistance 11K3 – Enough 
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 -… “I stood among the heaps of dead.”They lay crumpled, useless, defunct. The vital force was fled. A bullet or a mortar fragment had torn a hole in these frail vessels and the substance had leaked out. “…

Deconstructing the drone war
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – … Last year, US President Barack Obama reportedly told his aides that he is “really good at killing people” with drones, according to a new book on last year s presidential election. Of course, anti-US fighters aren…

Living in fear of Baghdad s dirty squad
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – Night draws in over Adhamiya neighbourhood in the northeast of Baghdad, and the central square comes alive…But not everyone can do so. Inside the mosque is a man who is afraid to be seen in public….

Military Resistance 11K 2 – Hidden History 
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – The first general strike in American history to enlist both skilled and unskilled labor, black and white, and to paralyze the life of a great city occurred in New Orleans in November of 1892. More than…

Israel approves construction of 9,000 more housing units
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 -The Israeli Ministry of Housing have issued tenders for the construction of 9,000 new homes in the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and other major Israeli cities. The ministry has preconditioned designers to include settlements in the occupied…

“He Didn t Commit a War Crime”: Omar Khadr s US Lawyer Challenges His Conviction at Guantánamo
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – Last week was a busy week for legal challenges by former Guantánamo prisoners. Just after David Hicks announced that he was appealing against his 2007 conviction for providing material support for terrorism (which I wrote about here), Omar Khadr s…

Iraq: Anbar protestors to set deadline in talks with government
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 -A leading figure in the protests in western Iraq said its leaders will explain their position on the dialogue with the central government, currently led on behalf of the protesters by the governor of Anbar province, in…

Iraq women lament costs of U.S. invasion
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 – One year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, then-President George W. Bush told a gathering at the White House: “Every woman in Iraq is better off because the rape rooms and torture chambers of Saddam Hussein…

Netanyahu s greatest fear: Linkage
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013 -Before heading to Geneva this weekend for the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, John Kerry was in Israel, where he gave a lengthy interview on Channel 2, harshly criticizing Israel s settlement expansion policy. According to Haaretz, that…

Video : Pakistanis Rally Against U.S. Drone Attacks
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013- In Pakistan, hundreds of people rallied in multiple cities on Friday to protest the U.S. drone war. Demonstrators in the city of Peshawar staged a massive sit-in, blocking a NATO supply line. The action followed the strike…

Why is no one addressing the real reason for the weak Palestinian economy?
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013- I never expected that Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of United States Agency of International Development, would ignore my question completely, but he did. I thought he would make some general statement or perhaps say that the…

Photos: Gaza s weekly rally in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners
Uruknet 12 Nov 2013 – November 11, 2013- 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…

Daily Star

Kerry says additional sanctions on Iran now would be a mistake
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry will tell U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday it would be a mistake for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran now amid talks with Tehran over its nuclear program, the State Department…

Abbas says talks over unless Israel halts settlement moves
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday that he would declare the peace process over unless Israel cancels tenders for nearly 20,000 new settler homes.

Israel plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Israel is to build a “record” 20,000 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said Tuesday, despite US and Palestinian warnings that such moves threaten peace talks.

White House says world powers are united in Iran talks
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 The White House said on Monday that world powers are united in their effort to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran in spite of signs of a split.

Egypt police arrest ex-minister under Morsi: security
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a former minister under Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, officials said, as authorities press a months-long crackdown on the deposed leader’s supporters.

Syria Kurds announce transitional autonomous authority
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Syrian Kurds in the country’s northeast announced the formation of a transitional autonomous administration on Tuesday after making key territorial gains against jihadists in recent weeks.

China, Russia return to UN Rights Council
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba won seats on the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, despite fierce criticism of their records from rights campaigners.

Man shot, wounded over gambling dispute in Beirut
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 A man shot and wounded his friend Tuesday over a gambling dispute, a security source told The Daily Star.

Future: Hezbollah should prove intention to join dialogue
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 Future bloc said Tuesday Hezbollah should prove its intention to hold dialogue and resolve outstanding issues in the country by withdrawing from Syria and end its alliance with Iran.

Egypt court rules post-Mursi state of emergency ended
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 An Egyptian court ruled a three-month state of emergency be lifted on Tuesday, a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normality after the military ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Libya protesters shut down western oil refinery
Daily Star 12 Nov 2013 A Libyan government spokesman says that protesters have shut down an oil refinery in western Libya, adding to tensions in the country after militias seized vital export terminals in the east.

YNet News

Ban Ki-moon to be first UN chief to see Auschwitz
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – ….

PMO: PM slammed housing minister for settlement plans
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – ….

New US guidelines in statin use for cholesterol lowering
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – ….

Syrian opposition names cabinet for rebel areas 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – ….

Activists to Livni: Add woman to list of state prosecutor nominees 
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – ….

PM doing the right thing
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Even biggest optimists should be grateful to Netanyahu for his efforts to improve deal with Iran ….

Hungary Jews face rising anti-Semitism
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – Editor of Hungarian Jewish newspaper says applications at branch of Israel’s immigration agency have hit record high following rise in prejudice against Jews in media and political life, vandalism and open hostility on street. ‘Older Jews, Holocaust survivors and their children are afraid,’ he says ….

Organized crime equals terror
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Shin Bet’s investigation methods should be used by police against criminal organizations ….

Top 10 Orthodox Jewish All Stars named
YNet News, 12 Nov 2013 – US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann are among 10 individuals honored by Jew in the City organization, which is dedicated to re-branding Orthodox Jews and Judaism to world through digital media ….

Palestinian Information Center

On Arafat, Arab secularists and PA-Israeli talks
PIC – since the futile talks started more than 20 years ago, Israel tripled the size of its colonies and nearly completed the process of de-Arabizing and de-Islamizing Arab East Jerusalem. 

IOA continues to prevent entry of construction materials 
PIC – The Follow-up committee of crossings in the Popular Committee Against the Siege stated that occupation authorities continued to prevent the entry of construction materials to Gaza siege for 23 days.

IOF storms Dura, clashes erupt
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) stormed on Tuesday Singer area in Dura south of al-Khalil.

IOF arrests 16 Palestinians in West Bank, including 6 children
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Tuesday arrested 16 Palestinians during raids into towns and villages in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Deterioration of health condition of captive Yosri Masri who suffers from cancer
PIC – Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib stated that the health condition of captive Yosri al-Masri, held in Ramla hospital has seriously deteriorated, after he underwent a surgery to remove a tumor.

Hamas bloc calls for international efforts to lift Gaza siege
PIC – Change and Reform Parliamentary Bloc affiliated to Hamas, called on international Parliaments, parties, and human rights organizations to act for lifting Gaza siege..

Israeli special units storm section 25 in the Negev prison
PIC – Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies confirmed that a state of tension prevailed the Negev prison after the Israeli special units stormed section 25 in the jail.

MP Ashqar accuses Abbas of complicity in killing Arafat
PIC – MP Ismail Al-Ashqar charged PA chief Mahmoud Abbas with complicity in the killing of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat.

Israeli special units break into Palestinian prisoners’ ward
PIC – Israel special forces of the Dror and Matsada units along with other jailers broke into ward 4 in Raymond jail on Tuesday.

Haneyya: We are working hard to solve the power crisis
PIC – Gaza premier Ismail Haneyya said on Tuesday that his government was working hard to solve the power crisis in Gaza Strip.

WAFA

Injuries during Confrontations in Aida Camp
WAFA – 12 Nov 2013

Forces Arrest Five Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 12 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Family Loses Shelter after Home was Demolished
WAFA – 12 Nov 2013

Weather Forecast: Slight Chance of Rain
WAFA – 12 Nov 2013

Misc

U.N. denounces mortar attacks on schools in the Syrian capital
LA Times 12 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT — The United Nations on Tuesday denounced as “barbaric” a series of recent mortar attacks on schools in Damascus, Syria’s capital, that have left at least four students dead and dozens others injured.

State of emergency canceled in Egypt
LA Times 12 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt declared an end to its state of emergency Tuesday, nearly three months after it was imposed in the midst of nationwide protests that followed the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Private Donors’ Funds Add Wild Card to War in Syria
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – The flow of millions of dollars in private money to extremist fighters has added an unpredictable factor to the rebellion, analysts say, exacerbating divisions in the opposition. 

The Passion (and the Politics) of an Algerian Soccer Team
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – Mouloudia Algiers, called the beating heart of the nation, is deeply tied to Algeria’s history and politics.The club is by far the most popular team in the country. 

Israeli Move Over Housing Poses a Threat To Peace Talks
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – The lead Palestinian negotiator said the talks would end if Israel did not withdraw its call for new plans for housing in West Bank settlements. 

The Lede: On State Television, Iran’s Foreign Minister Defends Nuclear Negotiations
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – Late Monday, after he defended Iran’s position during nuclear negotiations on Twitter, the nation’s foreign minister went on state television to discuss the talks. 

Iranian Official Faults Kerry and France for Breakdown in Talks
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – In posts on Twitter, Iran’s foreign minister challenged American and French officials over the failure of nuclear talks in Geneva. 

Acquitted Israeli Politician Returns to Job as Foreign Minister
New York Times 11 Nov 2013 – Avigdor Lieberman had long been dogged by corruption charges and accusations that some of his actions were undiplomatic. 

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

“Let capital pipelines function to full potential” 
Globes Macro Economics – Amir Bramly argues that limited investment supply is stifling small and medium Israeli companies.

Tue: Cellcom fails to lift flat market
Globes Main News – Cellcom rose strongly despite reporting lower profits but Opko fell after reporting widening losses.

3D printer co Stratasys agrees $250m credit facility
Globes Main News – The credit facility with Bank of America will provide added capacity for the company’s ongoing expansion and acquisitions.

‘The goal is to isolate Iran’–Jamal Abdi breaks down Israel’s opposition to the Geneva talks
Mondoweiss – Secretary of State John Kerry addressing the press in Geneva over the weekend at the conclusion of talks with Iran. (Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini) The collapse of diplomacy in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program has strengthened the resolve of those who want to continue to inflict economic…

“Ma’ariv” plans weekly English-language magazine
Globes Main News – This would be “Ma’ariv’s” second foray into “Jerusalem Post” territory after announcing the launch of a free daily evening edition.

Israel will attack Iran unless you block nuclear agreement — French Israel fixer warned Foreign Minister
Mondoweiss – Meyer Habib, a representative in the French National Assembly, telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and warned him that Israel would attack Iran if Fabius did not scuttle the proposed nuclear deal between Iran and the P5 + 1 nations. The Times of Israel, quoting Israeli Channel…

Rehovot is richest Israeli city, Bnei Brak poorest
Globes Macro Economics – However, Tel Aviv is Israel’s richest city in per capita rather than household figures, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports.

Gwen Ifill, USA Today question Israel’s influence in US politics– even as David Gregory beats Netanyahu’s drum
Mondoweiss – Last night on PBS’s News Hour, in a report on Why the Iranian nuclear talks fell apart , host Gwen Ifill repeatedly raised issues about Netanyahu’s intervention in the American political process. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a mainstream journalist be so straightforward about the role…

Prof. Steve Keen to participate in Israel Business Conference 
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Steve Keen is one the 12 economists who predicted and warned about the financial crisis.

What Comes Next: A one-state reality and a two-state discourse
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…

Israel plans ‘unprecedented’ settlement expansion, 20,000 new units in the West Bank
Mondoweiss – Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Photo: Reuters) Haaretz reports on a massive expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank which reporters Chaim Levinson and Barak Ravid describe as “unprecedented” in recent years. Peace Now Director Yair Oppenheimer says the new tenders reveal Israel’s intention in the occupied territories,…

3D imaging co Orscan files prospectus for TASE IPO
Globes Main News – Orscan, controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva, wants to raise NIS 30-35 million at a company value of NIS 30-40 million, before money.

Yachimovich: Teva sucks from Israeli society without giving back 
Globes Macro Economics – Labor Party chairwoman MK Shelly Yachimovich: Lapid should have collected the full tax on trapped profits.

Cellcom profits halved
Globes Main News – Cellcom will pay a dividend despite reporting a 58% fall in profits and 15% fall in revenue for the third quarter of 2013.

Tax break beneficiaries to invest NIS 1.8b
Globes Main News – The companies receiving tax breaks to release trapped profits will invest NIS 1.8 billion in Israel over the next 5 years.

Israel Chemicals to lay off 130 employees
Globes Main News – Rotem Amfert plans early retirement for 100-130 employees and intends implementing it “either voluntarily or through compulsion.”

Opko doubles revenue but loss widens
Globes Main News – Third quarter revenue rose 74% to $20.6 million, but the net loss widened to $60 million.

Check Point to pay NIS 500m tax to release trapped profits
Globes Main News – The move to release trapped profits has generated NIS 4.3 billion in tax revenues. Finance Minister Lapid: I’ve promised 700 times that the situation will improve within 18 months.

Challenging the image of Ashura in Iran 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – How unofficial ceremonies give Ashura a different image in Iran

URGENT ACTION NEEDED! SUPPORT THE BEDOUINS OF THE NEGEV! 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 12 Nov 2013 – Next week the Knesset will deliberate on the Prawer Plan – developed in 2011 to forcibly remove over 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral homelands in the Negev. If the plan is implemented, approximately 35 unrecognized Bedouin villages will be destroyed. The Prawer Plan…

Syria Kurds plan transitional rule 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Syria’s largest Kurdish party announces plans to form an transitional administration to run Kurdish-majority areas in the northeast.

Israel backtracks on settlements 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank.

Netanyahu Backs Down From Plans to Build 24,000 New Settler Homes 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Tuesday a reassessment of plans to build nearly 24,000 settler homes, saying he feared an international outcry that would divert attention from Israel’s lobbying against a nuclear deal with Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

U.S. Furious Over Plans for 24,000 New Homes for Jewish Settlers 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2013 – State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made clear at her daily briefing that the United States was both caught unawares and displeased by reports that Israel is making plans to build nearly 24,000 more settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Click here for…

John Kerry Says Slapping Fresh Sanctions on Iran Would Be Mistake 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry will tell U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday it would be a mistake for Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran now amid talks with Tehran over its nuclear program, the State Department said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Civil Marriage in Israel Is Cause That Unites American Jewish Federations 
The Forward New 12 Nov 2013 – It is a cause that elicited cheers from a roomful of participants at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly. It is the institution of civil marriage in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Federations General Assembly Capped by March to Kotel 
The Foward Breaking News 12 Nov 2013 – The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly ended with speeches at Jerusalem City Hall and a prayer service at Robinson’s Arch, the egalitarian site at the Western Wall. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt lifting state of emergency 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s state of emergency and night-time curfew – in place since 14 August – are being lifted, the army-backed government says.

Pew Study Casts Long Shadow Over Jewish Federations General Assembly in Israel 
The Forward New 12 Nov 2013 – When it’s held in Israel once every five years, the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly aims to focus on challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish state. In large part, this year was no exception. Click here for the rest of the article…

Stop Prawer Plan: Call to action on November 30th 
Global BDS 12 Nov 2013 – 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…

Egypt: El-Tayyeb – Palestinian Cause in Heart of All Egyptian 
allAfrica.com 12 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb met on Monday 11/11/2013 with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who is currently on a visit to Egypt.

Egypt: FM – Egyptian-Saudi Relations As Superbly Great 
allAfrica.com 12 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi said that a quadrilateral meeting of the Egyptian and Russian foreign and defense ministers that is planned to be held after the two Russian officials’ arrival in Cairo today will cover boosting bilateral economic, political, security and military cooperation.

Anonymous calls for Israeli boycott with massive Twitter protest 
Global BDS 12 Nov 2013 – In July, the European Union proposed a ban on providing financial assistance to Israeli organizations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip—a move Secretary of State John Kerry urged the E.U. to postpone. Last month, the Palestinan Authority reached out to 50 countries around the…

To support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is not antisemitic 
Global BDS 12 Nov 2013 – The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, a thriving Palestinian-led initiative that attacks institutional links to Israel’s illegal settlements, has been gaining in popularity. In Australia, the movement has been slowly growing as Israel continues to defy international law – and it now faces one of its greatest opportunities…

Israel is not a reference: Occupation, Colonisation and Apartheid are not our model for Catalonia 
Global BDS 12 Nov 2013 – Right now, Artur Mas, the President of the Generalitat de Catalunya along with Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias and the Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Andreu Mas-Colell are on an official visit to the state of Israel. #IsraelNoEsReferent #BDS Right now, Artur Mas, the President of…

Challenging the image of Ashura in Iran 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – How unofficial ceremonies give Ashura a different image in Iran

VIDEO: Life on the streets of Baghdad 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – The BBC spoke to two people working on the streets of Baghdad – photographer Raad Mohammed and newspaper seller Waleed Arafat – about life in the capital.

Syria Kurds plan transitional rule 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Syria’s largest Kurdish party announces plans to form an transitional administration to run Kurdish-majority areas in the northeast.

Israel backtracks on settlements 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu orders his housing minister to reconsider construction plans for more than 20,000 homes in the West Bank.

Egypt lifting state of emergency 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s state of emergency and night-time curfew – in place since 14 August – are being lifted, the army-backed government says.

Israel to build yet another 20,000 settler homes in West Bank 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Israel’s controversial separation barrier surrounds the Ras Khamis neighborhood of East Jerusalem, on November 12, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler homes, the biggest batch of tenders it has ever issued in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace…

Hotbeds of Transformation: Manna Meets Nasrallah and Jumblatt’s Secret Supper 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 12 Nov 2013 – A rebel fighter holds a position in a damaged building during clashes with Syrian government forces in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor, on November 11, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) A rebel fighter holds a position in a damaged building during clashes with Syrian…

Ankara Seeks to Limit Damages and Mend Ties With Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – People gather in front of the mausoleum (Anitkabir) of Turkey’s founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk during a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of his death in Ankara, on November 10, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) People gather in front of the mausoleum (Anitkabir) of Turkey’s founder…

Lebanon: Travesty of Justice for Beirut Port Fishermen 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Here again, the security men moved in, asking the relatives to leave the court, even though Lebanese law clearly stipulates that such trials must be open to the public. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Here again, the security men moved in, asking the relatives to leave the court,…

Sixteen wounded in Damascus shelling 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – The body of a Syrian girl, Vanessa Neekho, 7, who was one of the several children killed the day before when mortar rounds hit a school bus is seen at al-Moujtahed hospital on November 12, 2013 in the Syrian capital Damascus. (Photo: AFP / STR) Rebel mortar…

Background of the Saudi-Israeli Alliance 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 12 Nov 2013 – Related Articles: Saudi Princes Fret Saudi Regional Supremacy? Not So Fast read more

Iran blames West for talks failure 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif blames divisions between Western powers for the failure to agree a deal on its nuclear programme on Saturday.

VIDEO: Turkish soaps soften Saudi hearts? 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Saudi link between migrant workers and steamy soaps

Gunmen kill Lebanese sheikh in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a Sunni cleric in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Tuesday, the latest attack in a spate of Syria-related violence to wrack the area. Saadeddine Ghiyyeh, an official in the Islamic Action Front who is reportedly close to Hezbollah,…

Iran: Rouhani’s first 100 days 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Assessing Iranian President Rouhani’s first 100 days in power

Saudi police kill three Ethiopian workers 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Foreign workers gather outside Saudi immigration department as they try to get visas and legalize their work situation, on November 3, 2013 in Riyadh. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Saudi police have killed at three Ethiopian migrants who were preparing to return home following a brutal…

Kuwaiti couple buries maid in desert to cover up murder: report 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Police in Kuwait arrested a couple for killing their maid and burying her body in the desert, a local daily reported Tuesday. Security officials told Al-Rai that a Kuwaiti man confessed to police that he helped bury the maid’s body after his wife beat her to…

Jordanian dailies strike over “interference” 
Al-Akhbar News 12 Nov 2013 – Jordan’s largest daily, the government-owned Al-Rai , and its sister newspaper suspended publication on Tuesday after staff held a one-day strike in protest at state “interference.” “Al-Rai and Jordan Times did not publish today after employees at the Jordan Press Foundation, which publishes the two dailies, observed…

US challenge to convince Mid-East allies over Iran 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Kerry’s tough task to pacify Mid-East allies over Iran ‘deal’

VIDEO: Syria opposition talks to the BBC 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – The leader of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, tells the BBC’s Lina Sinjab that his group aspires to a democratic Syria.

Egypt ‘worst in Arab women’s rights’ 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Egypt is now the worst country for women’s rights in the Arab world, according to a poll of experts on gender issues in 22 Arab states.

Syria: Militants Capitulate in Damascus Countryside 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


How 24,000 new settlement homes allowed Netanyahu to save face 
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 11/13/2013
Israel’s nearly unprecedented announcement and subsequent ‘review’ of plans for 24,000 new settlement units were actually a win-win situation – except for the Palestinians, of course.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was outflanked from the right on Tuesday, purportedly surprised by an announcement of 24,000 – yeah, you read that right – new settlement housing units in the West Bank.
Immediately following the first report of the unprecedented settlement expansion, Netanyahu announced he would block construction in E-1, one of the West’s least favorite proposed settlement plans. Some eight hours later, he publicly reprimanded his housing minister, denied having advanced knowledge of the plans and said they would be “reconsidered” – but not canceled.
The initial announcement drew immediate criticism and, coming as it did on the heels of one of Washington’s harshest condemnations of Israeli settlement building in recent memory, increased the risk of what appeared to be a quickly deepening crisis brewing between Israel and the United States.
Click to read Kerry’s condemnation of settlements
Part of that crisis was driven by the Israeli government throwing a diplomatic temper tantrum over what it fears is a bad deal between the P5+1 states and the Iran over the latter’s alleged nuclear arms program.
Fully aware of the situation’s complexities considering the goal of Israel’s primary diplomatic push on Iran, Palestinian negotiators mocked their Israeli and American counterparts on Tuesday, acquisitioning the language they have been using surrounding the Iran talks. — See also: Israel ‘plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank’ more.. e-mail

Palestinian villages as ‘props’ in Israel’s military training 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/12/2013
A cemetery; usually a place for loss and remembrance; grief and commemoration. However in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, a cemetery is also a place for military training. The bodies that fill the graves are Palestinians; the soldiers partaking in the military training are Israelis serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This is the image captured on video by activists from Israeli human rights group Yesh Din just over a week ago.
In the Muslim cemetery the Israeli soldiers were simulating the breakup of a demonstration. Some were dressed as Palestinian protestors, whilst an armed unit was charged with dispersing the demonstration. The armed soldiers fanned out across the cemetery, weaving through graves as they made their way to break-up the “mock” peaceful protest.
“We were shocked to discover last week that training was taking place in a cemetery in Hebron, in blunt disregard of the sensitivities of local civilians,” said Yesh Din attorney Emily Schaeffer. “I find it hard to believe that the IDF would hold training of this type in a Jewish cemetery, or in any Jewish neighborhood in the West Bank or within Israel.”
The incident in the Hebron cemetery is part of the ongoing recruitment of Palestinian villages and homes for IDF military training. Under the auspices of “training,” IDF soldiers can invade Palestinian villages, without informing the residents, and with no “legal obstacles”.
The legality of training inside Palestinian villages is anchored in the principles of “belligerent occupation,” Military Advocate Generals deputy prosecutor for the IDF’s operational affairs, Major Harel Weinberg concluded last week, in a document written in response to a complaint filed by Yesh Din. The complaint was filed following a series of similar training incidents involving Palestinian villages. more.. e-mail

The breeze of our homeland 
Melica Rochi, Alternative Information Center 11/12/2013
“The breeze of our homeland revives the body
And surely we cannot live without our homeland
The bird cries when it is thrown out of its nest
So how is the homeland that has its own people?”
 – Verse from a traditional Palestinian folk song, sung in the form of an “Ataaba”.
There are many occasions for traditional songs in Palestinian life, and for each occasion there is a different style. Ataabas, of which one excerpt is shown above, are just one example of popular Palestinian styles.
Traditional Palestinian music has a number of forms: folk, pop and classic, the most important and prevalent musical genre however is folk. Folk songs have no single composer because the melodies and lyrics evolved from day-to-day life: created and
transformed by guests at a wedding, farmers working the land or labourers in the factories. It was at these gatherings that people would begin composing songs, organically and collectively, while playing traditional instruments crafted from whatever materials were available to them. Passed down through the generations, these songs are still important today and form a vital link to the past.

In some cities in the north of the West Bank, such as Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarem, traditional music can still be heard at weddings and during Dabke (a traditional dance), played with the oud or arghul – a double-pipe instrument.
Wassim Qassis is a Palestinian musician. At age 5 he began playing percussion, and by 6 or 7 years old he had handmade his first instrument using wooden furniture…. more.. e-mail

Interview with filmmaker Ken Loach: ’There is no home but politics’ 
Frank Barat, Ma’an News Agency 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.” 
Ken Loach is an English director and political activist who has for years used cinema as a tool of social critique, tackling social issues at home as well political oppression and injustice abroad. He is a tireless advocate for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel across Europe. 
Could you tell us how you became aware and then involved in the struggle for Palestinian rights? 
It began some years ago when I was involved in putting on a play called “Perdition.” 
It was a play about Zionism in the Second World War and the deal that was made between some Zionists and the Nazis. It shed a whole new light on the creation of Israel and the politics of Zionism. I became aware then, and gradually in the following years, that the foundation of Israel was based on a crime against the Palestinians. Other crimes have followed since then. The oppression of the Palestinians, who have lost their land, whose daily lives are interrupted by the occupation, that live in a state of permanent depression that is continuing today- this is something that we have to deal with.
Why Palestine? Why is Palestine symbolic?
There is oppression all around the world but what makes the Israel-Palestine conflict special is a number of things. First of all, Israel presents itself to the world as a democracy. A country just like every Western State. It presents itself in this way while it is in fact committing crimes against humanity. more.. e-mail

Why does US treat ex-prisoners from Ireland and Palestine differently?
Electronic Intifada: 12 Nov 2013 – Rasmea Yousef Odeh has been targeted because she is an effective Arab community leader in Chicago.more..

Israel’s Gains From The Death of Arafat Cannot Be Ignored
Dissident Voice: 12 Nov 2013 – It seems there are still plenty of parties who would prefer that the death of the long-time Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat continues to be treated as a mystery rather than as an assassination. It is hard, however, to avoid drawing the logical conclusion from the finding last week by Swiss scientists that the Palestinian leader’s body contained high levels of a radioactive isotope, polonium-210. An inconclusive and much more limited study by a Russian team published immediately after the Swiss announcement also suggests Arafat died from poisoning. It is time to state the obvious: Arafat was killed. And suspicion falls squarely on Israel. Israel alone had the means, track record, stated intention and motive. Without Israel’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, it may be impossible to secure a conviction in a court of law, but there should be evidence enough to convict Israel in the court of world opinion. Israel…more


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