VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 13 November 2013

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Man Seriously Injured After Being Assaulted By Extremists In Jerusalem
IMEMC – A Palestinian man identified as Kamel Basseela, 48 years of age, was seriously injured after two Israeli extremists dropped a stone on him as he was heading to work in occupied Jerusalem. The wounded man was moved to surgery suffering fractures in his spine, and a ruptured artery. …

Settlers Dump Toxins On Palestinian Lands Near Salfit
IMEMC – [Wednesday November 13, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinians lands, close to the “Samaria Highway” settler road, near the Bruqin village, west of the central West bank district of Salfit, and dumped toxins. …

Clashes, Injuries And Arrests Reported In Burin Village
IMEMC – Two Palestinians were kidnapped in occupied East Jerusalem [Wednesday November 13, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the village of Burin south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, leading to clashes lasting until early dawn hours. Several residents and one soldier were injured; at least six Palestinians were kidnapped. …

Army Invades Southern Gaza
IMEMC – [Wednesday Morning November 13, 2013] A number of armored Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers carried out a limited invasion into Palestinian lands near khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Settlers Invade Palestinian Orchard Near Nablus
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday [November 12, 2013] a Palestinian orchard east of Qarawat Bani Hassan village, west of the central West Bank district of Salfit. …

Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Woman Near Nablus
IMEMC – [Tuesday November 12, 2013] Israeli soldiers were caught on tape violently attacked a Palestinian woman at the Za’tara roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Israeli soldier killed in stabbing attack
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An Israeli soldier died on Wednesday after a Palestinian youth stabbed him on board a bus in the north of the country, police said.”The Israeli soldier who was stabbed this morning by a Palestinian on a bus at the Afula bus station has died of his wounds in hospital,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Earlier, police had said he was…. Related: Israeli forces arrest relatives of soldier stab suspect

Jerusalem man in coma after settler attack
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from the al-Isawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem was seriously wounded after being attacked by Israeli settlers near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, relatives said. Kamil Dawood Basila, 48, was walking near the Western Wall on the Moroccan Gate road when two settlers threw a large rock at him from a height, family member Daoud Basila told Ma’….

Israeli forces arrest relatives of soldier stab suspect
11/13/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday raided the Jenin village of a teenager suspected of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death earlier in the day. Hussein Sharif Ghawadra, 16, stabbed an Israeli soldier to death while traveling on a bus in Afula, northern Israel. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village of Bir al-Basha and arrested Ghawadra’s…. Related: Israeli soldier killed in stabbing attack

Israeli forces detain 6 after clashes in Nablus village
11/13/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the northern West Bank village of Burin overnight Tuesday and detained six people, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the village following clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers. Locals told Ma’an that young men had showered an….

Israeli rightists, intelligence officers tour Aqsa compound
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli intelligence officers and rightists entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard Wednesday under protection of Israeli police officers, eyewitnesses said. Onlookers said dozens of “settlers” and intelligence officers toured the southern mosque, the Marawani mosque underground and the Dome of the Rock mosque. Separately, one of the rightists verbally assaulted a Palestinian girl who studied in the Al-Aqsa Mosque school. The compound….

Israeli bulldozers demolish house in Negev village
11/13/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers early Wednesday demolished a house in a Negev village, a Ma’an reporter said. Police forces accompanied the bulldozers to al-Sayyed village, where they destroyed the home of Nafeth Hassan Salem al-Sayyed. Locals told Ma’an that al-Sayyed, 20, planned to use the house as the venue for his upcoming wedding. Al-Sayyed village, which was officially recognized….

Families powerless in Gaza
11/13/2013 – GAZA CITY (IRIN) — Since the beginning of November, Gaza’s only power plant has been shut due to shortages of industrial diesel. The result has been a major increase in power outages for Gaza’s 1. 7 million inhabitants, with electricity now absent for around half of each day. The humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, James W. Rawley, says the shutdown….

Teenager shot, injured in Bethlehem
11/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A teenager was shot and injured by Israeli forces in clashes near Rachel’s Tomb north of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an. Witnesses said that the teen was shot with a live bullet in the foot and taken to Beit Jala governmental hospital for treatment. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army did not return calls seeking comment. [END]

Al-Quds Brigades threatens ‘battle of ghosts’ with Israel
11/13/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A spokesman for a Palestinian militant group Wednesday warned Israel of an upcoming “battle of ghosts.” Following a military parade in Gaza conducted by al-Quds Brigades – the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement – a spokesman for the group condemned peace negotiations as an impossible method for liberating Palestine and its people. The only appropriate place to meet with Israel….

Minister: Israel to give back stolen organs
11/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel will soon return to the Palestinian Authority organs that were stolen during a forensic examination, a PA official said Wednesday. Palestinian Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said that an Israeli doctor stole the organs of Palestinian bodies from the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. Israel will soon be returning some of the organs, he said. In a 2000 interview, Hiss admitted….

Israel PM cancels plans for 20,000 settler homes
11/13/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday cancelled plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, hours after their announcement sparked US and Palestinian criticism. Netanyahu ordered Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel “to reconsider all of the steps for evaluating planning potential (for the settler homes) that he distributed without any advance coordination,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office…. Related: How 24,000 new settlement homes allowed Netanyahu to save face

Iran’s Arak reactor: 2nd route to a nuclear bomb?
11/13/2013 – Vienna (AFP) — Iran’s nuclear reactor being built at Arak figured highly in recent failed talks between Tehran and six world powers in Geneva, with France in particular wanting work there stopped. The so-called “heavy water” reactor is of concern because, in theory, it could provide Iran with plutonium – an alternative to highly enriched uranium used for a nuclear bomb. Once completed, Iran could….

Official: No new peace talks planned
11/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have no immediate plans to hold new talks, after the Palestinian negotiating team offered its resignation in protest of Israeli settlement plans. A PLO official told Ma’an on Wednesday that the US-brokered talks were suspended in practice, with no date set for a new round of negotiations. The official, who spoke on the condition of….

Kerry to warn US Senate off new Iran sanctions
11/13/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry faces a potentially hostile reception Wednesday when he urges skeptical US lawmakers not to proceed with proposed new sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear drive. Senate Republicans and Democrats who are convinced that tighter sanctions against Tehran could bring about a long-sought resolution to its disputed atomic program bristled when the White House warned Tuesday that….

Report: 4 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
11/13/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were killed during clashes in a Syrian refugee camp Wednesday, a Syria-based Palestinian group said. According to a report by the Workforce for Palestinians in Syria, four refugees living in Yarmouk camp died as a result of a bombing that targeted the al-Ouroba neighborhood. Two of the bodies were identified as Hassan Awwad and Ibrahim Tu’ma, the….

Saudi officially rejects UN Security Council seat
11/13/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Saudi Arabia officially told the United Nations on Tuesday that it would not be taking up a UN Security Council seat — opening the way for Jordan to take the place. Saudi envoy to the United Nations Abdullah al-Mouallimi wrote to UN leader Ban Ki-moon to inform him of the move and reaffirm a Saudi protest over the way the council has acted….

Iraq attacks kill 23 as Shiites mass for Ashura
11/13/2013 – Baghdad (AFP) — Violence across Iraq, including bombings against Shiites, killed 23 people on Wednesday as worshipers massed in a shrine city on the eve of major commemoration rituals often targeted by militants. The bloodshed was the latest in a months-long surge in unrest that has forced Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to appeal for Washington’s help in combating militancy as Iraqi action has failed….

Aleppo militants call to arms against Syrian advance
11/13/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Islamist militant rebels in Aleppo in northern Syria have called for mass mobilization to counter regime advances on the country’s former commercial hub after a string of setbacks. Watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant put out an urgent bulletin on Tuesday. It called on “all brigades and Muslims to arms….

Lawyer: Egypt’s Morsi to sue rulers over ‘coup’
11/13/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi plans to sue the army-installed authorities over his overthrow, warning that stability will only return once their “coup” is annulled, his lawyer said Wednesday. Mohamed al-Damati and a team of lawyers on Monday visited Morsi in jail, where he is awaiting the next hearing in a trial on charges of involvement in the deaths of protesters during his….

Egypt cabinet awaits court order to lift curfew
11/13/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s cabinet was on Wednesday awaiting a court order to lift a curfew three months after it was imposed on Cairo and 13 other provinces following a crackdown on Islamists. An administrative court ruled on Tuesday that the state of emergency in force since mid-August was to end on the same day based on its calculations, said the official MENA news….

TV: Syrian army ‘seizes town south of capital’
11/13/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian army has seized a town south of Damascus in its campaign to cut off eastern neighborhoods of the capital that are home to rebels, state television said Wednesday.” The army has taken town of Hujeira,” the television channel said. The military has for months edged closer to rebel positions in the southern districts of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for….

Kuwait: OPEC not expected to change output next month
11/13/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Kuwait Oil Minister Mustafa al-Shamali said Wednesday that he does not expect the OPEC oil cartel to change production at its next ministerial meeting in December.”I don’t expect it to be changed because the production till now goes with the needs of consumers and that’s enough,” Shamali told reporters outside parliament.”I think it won’t….

Palestine News Network

Deterioration of Health Condition of Prisoner Suffering from Cancer
Palestine News Network

Syrian Golan: History, Present and Future Challenges
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

One Year Following the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Justice for Palestinian Victims Still Denied
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli navy captures two Gaza fishermen, including one injured by gunfire
11/14/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On the morning of Sunday, 10th November, brothers Saddam Abu Warda (age 23) and Mahmoud Abu Warda (age 18) were captured by the Israeli navy in Palestinian waters off the Gaza Strip. They were released later in the evening and their boat was confiscated. Mahmoud was injured by a bullet in the right side of his abdomen….

Protest against demolition orders in Izbit Tabib
11/14/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Photo Story – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Izbit Tabib, Occupied Palestine – Several years ago the village of Izbit Tabib, east of Qalqiliya was served with demolition orders by the Israeli Army. The orders would mean destruction of 33 houses (73% of the village) and the village school. Two houses have already been demolished and the school which has 52 students is vital to the village….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Turkey supports food assistance in Gaza
Relief Web 13 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Turkey East Jerusalem The Government of Turkey, through the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey (…

Syrian Arab Republic: Funding deficit of over $40 million threatens UN assistance to Palestinian refugees
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 11 November 2013 – The United Nations agency providing protection and assistance to some five million Palestinian refugees is facing a cash deficit that threatens to bring…

World: Donor Spending on Gender in Emergencies 2013
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: CARE Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Norway, occupied Palestinian territory, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great…

occupied Palestinian territory: Opening Ceremony for a Grassroots Project Supporting Disabled Children in Deheisha Refugee Camp
Relief Web 12 Nov 2013 – Source: Government of Japan Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory Today, on 6 th November, 2013, Mr. Makoto Honda, Deputy Representative of Japan to the PA attended the opening ceremony of the project for Expanding and Improving the Educational Center for…

The National

Settler homes torpedo Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Entire Palestinian team of negotiators resigns in response to ‘increasing settlement building and the absence of any hope of achieving results’.

Looting, gunfire break out in typhoon-hit Tacloban
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Eight die when wall collapses on crowd raiding a rice warehouse, while security forces exchange gunfire with an armed gang.

UAE Filipinos unite to mobilise aid for Typhoon Haiyan victims
The National 13 Nov 2013 – A brunch fundraiser, a fashion show and concert will be held this month, with all proceeds going to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Kashmir on the agenda as Pakistan minister meets Singh
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Pakistan prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser reaffirms Islamabad’s desire to have ‘good neighbourly relations with India’ in a meeting with the Indian prime minister.

‘The waves threatened the world’s end’: Typhoon Haiyan survivor recounts terror
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Resident of Easter Samar says he can’t sleep after the typhoon that dashed the dreams of countless Filipinos into the boiling ocean. Aya Lowe reports

Poisonous rivalries between commanders end in defeat for Free Syrian Army
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Effects of losing critically important town to Syrian regime are still being felt, as rebels struggle to unite their ranks and make up lost ground. Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh report

Police break up Muslim march in Indian Kashmir
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Police and paramilitary soldiers use batons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions.

White House warns US Congress sanctions on Iran could cause war
The National 13 Nov 2013 – White House warns Congress that tougher sanctions on Iran could mean ‘a march to war’.

World Trade Center named tallest US building
The National 13 Nov 2013 – International architectural panel recognises One World Trade Center – at 541 metres high – as the tallest skyscraper in the United States, controversially including a 124-metre needle on top of the building’s roof.

India’s top policeman under fire over rape comment
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha is facing calls to resign for saying, ‘If you can’t prevent rape, you might as well enjoy it’.

23,000 Ethiopians surrender in Saudi in first 10 days of labour crackdown: envoy
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Around 23,000 Ethiopians have handed themselves in since Saudi authorities cracked down on illegal foreign workers 10 days ago, envoy says.

Attacks in Iraq around religious ritual kill 21
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Attacks across Iraq targeting worshippers marking a major Shiite commemoration kill at least 21 people, including children.

Death of spy found in gym bag ‘most probably’ an accident, say UK police
The National 13 Nov 2013 – A British intelligence analyst who was found dead in a gym bag at his apartment three years ago most probably killed himself by accident.

Obama’s popularity at all-time low: survey
The National 13 Nov 2013 – For the first time, a majority of Americans believe President Barack Obama is untrustworthy, new survey shows.

Israeli soldier stabbed to death on bus
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Palestinian teenager stabs soldier to death in rare attack inside Israel.

Video: Typhoon-hit hospital copes as US aid heads to Philippines 
The National 13 Nov 2013 – A badly-damaged hospital in Typhoon-hit Tacloban City is overwhelmed with casualties, as a US navy ship with aid and troops heads for the Philippines.

Video: Tacloban struggling with a lack of supplies, security 
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Devastated Tacloban deals with dwindling supplies and security issues.

Desperation for food in typhoon-stricken Philippines 
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Thousands of people stormed a rice warehouse on an island devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, authorities said Wednesday, highlighting the urgent need to get water, food and medical supplies into an increasingly desperate region.

In pictures: Typhoon Haiyan survivors desperate for food
The National 13 Nov 2013 – Thousands of people stormed a rice warehouse on an island devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, authorities said Wednesday, highlighting the urgent need to get water, food and medical supplies into an increasingly desperate region.

Ha’aretz

Jewish federations start betting on Israeli equity
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Eilat dolphin company fined for damaging coral
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Polio emergency declared in Middle East following outbreak in Syria
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

U.S. dismisses Israeli assessment on Iran as ‘exaggerated, not based in reality’
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

U.S.: Israeli assessment on Iran ‘exaggerated, not based in reality’
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Hezbollah leader: Failure to reach nuke deal between Iran, world powers will lead to war
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israel Press Council reprimands Haaretz columnist for alleged ethics lapse
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

TA-25 falls for a third day as stimulus uncertainty plagues world markets
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

IDF commander: 100,000 Palestinians have a score to settle with Israel
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Supermodel Bar Refaeli says goodbye to beauty mark on Instagram
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

French ambassador: U.S., world powers fell in line with France on Iran
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Netanyahu: A bad deal with Iran could lead to war
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

N.Y. police investigate string of assaults targeting Jews in Brooklyn
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Orthodox Jewish boxers score a hit
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israeli soldiers prepare airlift to typhoon-stricken Philippines
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Drama, not drones: Why Israel should export its culture to the world
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Netanyahu: Afula terror attack result of Palestinian incitement
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Authorities begin dismantling eyesore dump near Kalansua
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israeli soldier,19, killed in suspected terror attack in Afula
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Abbas: Palestinian peace talks team resigns
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Hardened in Syrian war, Hezbollah presents new set of threats
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israel signs aviation pact with Philippines, permitting regular direct flights
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israel and Saudi Arabia, a suspicious relationship
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israeli police want law to jail mobsters without trial
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Super-hacker Ehud Tenenbaum arrested again – for money-laundering
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

White House steps up effort to dissuade Congress from new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

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

High school boot camp: Teens train for elite Israeli army units
Ha’aretz – 12 Nov 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

Fight over Chief Rabbinate’s attitude toward American Orthodox rabbis reaches Knesset
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – MK Elazar Stern (Hatnua) accuses Chief Rabbinate of alienating Jews in Israel and abroad by its policies. 

Kerry warns that new US sanctions could torpedo Iran talks
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Republican senator hopes Kerry provides Senate with details of proposed nuclear deal with Tehran before vote on sanctions. 

Netanyahu vows to build ‘thousands more homes’ in settlements
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – PM says settlement construction must be done wisely; Steinitz denies Netanyahu has created a link between settlements and Iran; Ariel says plans for 24,000 housing units were 6-7 years away from being built. 

Media Comment: The unprofessional ombudsmen
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – The Knesset made sure these powerful media groups in Israel would be open to public criticism, through the offices of the ombudsman, or complaints commissioner. 

US-Israel feud helps Iran
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu may not like Barack Obama very much – I’m sure the feeling is mutual – but he needs to American president much more than the American president needs him. 

Celebrating failure at the GA
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – If the Jewish federations were serious about confronting the intermarriage crisis, they should have taken the extraordinary step of reformatting the GA’s schedule in order to focus on the existential emergency at hand. 

Getting Israel advocacy right in Canada
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – With few exceptions, the level of anti-Zionism that routinely rears its head in European Leftist politics has failed to come to Canada. 

Delegitimizing Europe?
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – ‘ALTHOUGH WE share the objective of achieving a two-state solution, our positions on how to achieve that have differed on a number of points,’ writes the EU ambassador-designate to Israel. 

Keeping Israel in the loop
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – The US is Israel’s greatest ally, but in the case of Iran, the best intentions can be fraught with danger. 

A family affair
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – The dance piece “Relative” will premier this weekend at the annual Curtain Up Festival at the Suzanne Dellal Center. 

Bernard Allison: Born to a bluesman
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – This Friday and Saturday, Allison will perform in the Galilee at Hemdat Yamin Club and in Tel Aviv at the Zappa Club. 

‘Jewish Schindler,’ ex-boxer team up to aid Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Former Kingsmen singer, ex-world champion boxer help relocate Syrian refugees into permanent housing in Bulgaria. 

Judge asked to invalidate Iran-Argentine probe of 1994 bombing
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Argentine investigator asks judge to declare “truth commission” to probe bombing that killed 85 people unconstitutional. 

Karnit Flug officially sworn in as Bank of Israel Governor
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – At ceremony, Flug reveals personal details, tells how her parents survived Holocaust, moved to Israel from Poland when she was 3. 

Renowned haredi rabbi prohibits women from driving due to immodesty
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Amnon Yitzhak claims that only “fourth of fifth” rate rabbis would permit women to drive. 

Testimony stage of Olmert Holyland corruption trial concludes
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Tel Aviv District Judge David Rozen is expected to give his verdict in between six to nine months. 

PA minister: Israel poisoned Arafat the same way Jews poisoned Prophet Mohammed
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Palestinian minister of religious affairs says Prophet Mohammed told his wife he was poisoned in Jewish town Khaibar. 

Would Israel have company using administrative detention to fight crime?
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Other than Mexico, Malaysia, administrative detention has never been used against domestic criminals in democracies. 

Norway to introduce new regulations on circumcision
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Norwegian gov’t to examine non-medical circumcision; Norway Children’s Ombudswoman: Non-medical circumcision violates minors’ rights. 

Despite opposition law giving more responsibility to pharmacists likely to be implemented
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Law would allow patient with a chronic condition to go to pharmacist for repeat prescription without going to a doctor. 

Lapid appoints committee to examine tax benefits for companies investing in Israel
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Critics note unfairness of big companies to pay less tax while small businesses pay the full corporate tax rate. 

Ben Gurion University researchers unveil fuel made from water, carbon dioxide
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – It could take 5 to 10 years to commercialize the patent-pending technology, researcher says at Tel Aviv conference. 

Netanyahu: Bad deal with Iran could lead to war
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – PM continues lobbying against interim nuclear deal with Tehran. 

Film created by and starring people with special needs to debut
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – The NGO for people with special needs, Chimes will be hosting a screening on Thursday at the Cinematek in Tel Aviv. 

PM responds to stabbing: Palestinian incitement must stop
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Likud hardliners call to stop negotiations after soldier Eden Attias is murdered on a bus by a Palestinian teen. 

I can’t handle the truth
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Incredibly well acted and directed as ‘Bethlehem’ was, its message was unsettling on so many levels. 

Wild polio virus outbreak in Syria does not affect Israel, says Health Ministry
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – The WHO says it and UNICEF organization are committing to vaccinating all Syrian children. 

Report: Knife-wielding man arrested at Israeli embassy in Brussels
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Iranian also arrested, suspected of gathering intelligence on embassy, but police were unable to link him to the knife-wielding man. 

Steinitz: Sanctions relief worth up to $40 billion to Iran
Jerusalem Post 13 Nov 2013 – Strategic affairs minister say US-offered relief would make it more difficult to enforce other sanctions. 

Inter Press Service

Middle East Women Mean Business
IPS EduKitten founders Sarah Abunar, COO (left) and Rana Said, CEO (right); absent is Ahmed Galal, marketing. Credit: Rachel Williamson/IPS By Rachel Williamson CAIRO, Nov 13 2013 (IPS) Evidence is mounting to suggest women entrepreneurs are more common in the Middle East than in startup capital Silicon Valley, and some even…

Uruknet

What happened to the S in BDS?
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – … After eight years of successful struggle, the most urgent issue that needs to be raised today is the “S” in the BDS acronym, or the campaigning for Sanctions against Israel. Sanctions are a powerful tool to…

Armed Drones Becoming the Norm? At the Crossroads of Robotic Warfare
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 -We are at a critical crossroads in this new era of robotic warfare. In the global war on terror, remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones, make it possible to strike almost anywhere from the comfort of…

Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest – with international support
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – During the recent olive harvest, which lasted from the end of September through October, dozens of Palestinian volunteers joined farmers in their groves near the tense barriers of the Gaza Strip. The volunteers worked during a…

Exclusive: US blocks publication of Chilcot s report on how Britain went to war with Iraq
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Washington is playing the lead role in delaying the publication of the long-awaited report into how Britain went to war with Iraq, The Independent has learnt.Although the Cabinet Office has been under fire for stalling the…

The Charlatanism of Palestine-Denial
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Here we go again. On Israel and the US losing their UNESCO voting rights, Israel s ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, said in an interview that his country supports the U.S. decision [to suspend contributions], “objecting…

WikiLeaks Reveals Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Where Countries Oppose United States
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 -There are twelve countries that have been involved in the ultra-secretive process of negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Six hundred corporate advisors have been given access to the text of this so-called free trade agreement while the…

“Too trapped in a war to be at peace”-the suicide of Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – On Tuesday, the New York Times published the suicide note of Daniel Somers, a 30-year-old war veteran from Phoenix, Arizona who shot himself in the head on June 10, four years after the end of his…

Fixing the Muslim Brotherhood s tarnished image
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013- Diseased by the inheritance of unforgettable and difficult-to-correct mistakes passed on by Egyptian and Tunisian Islamists, Jordan s and, more remarkably, Syria s branches of the Muslim Brotherhood have embarked on helpless endeavors to repair the movement…

Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – More than two years on since the “revolution” of Feb. 2011, the security crisis is exacerbating by the day threatening Libya with an implosion charged with potential realistic risks to the geopolitical unity of the Arab…

Palestinian peace talks delegation resigns, Abbas says
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his delegation of peace negotiators has resigned over the lack of progress in U.S.-brokered statehood talks with Israel that have been clouded by Jewish settlement building. The development would…

Jerusalem man in coma after settler attack
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 — A Palestinian man from the al-Isawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem was seriously wounded after being attacked by Israeli settlers near the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, relatives said. Kamil Dawood Basila, 48, was walking near the Western…

Reinforcing compromising discourse regarding Palestinian refugees
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – An overview of the Fourth Committee s meeting during the 68th UN General Assembly regarding the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was mired…

Today is Guantánamo s 12th anniversary, and there s no end in sight
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Twelve years ago, on 13 November 2001, President George W Bush signed an order authorizing the detention of suspected al-Qaida members and supporters, and the creation of military commissions. To borrow a line from the Grateful…

PayPal Is a Huge Weapon for the Powerful
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – I ve written recently about what ought to be deeply disturbing aspects of Pierre Omidyar s new journalism venture. My primary focus has been — and remains — on the fact that Omidyar, as the 123rd…

When Falsehoods Triumph: Why a Winning Palestinian Narrative Is Hard To Find
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – In an initially pointless exercise that lasted nearly an hour, I flipped between two Palestinian television channels, Al Aqsa TV of Hamas in Gaza and Palestine TV of Fatah in the West Bank. While both purported…

How 24,000 new settlement homes allowed Netanyahu to save face
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Israel s nearly unprecedented announcement and subsequent review of plans for 24,000 new settlement units was actually a win-win situation – for everyone but the Palestinians, of course. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was outflanked from…

Families powerless in Gaza
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – – 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 Gaza s 1.7 million inhabitants, with…

Israel PM cancels plans for 20,000 settler homes
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Tuesday cancelled plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, hours after their announcement sparked US and Palestinian criticism. Netanyahu ordered Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel “to…

Eight years in context: BDS Indicators
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Eight years since the 2005 BDS Call, the principal question for the movement is if the tactic is being incorporated into a common Palestinian vision and political commitment? It is important to cultivate a culture of…

Syria News – November 12, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013- By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 65 including 4 women, 6 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 14 in Aleppo, 10 in…

The Hebrew University and Hasbara 
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 -The Hebrew University s plan to hold an international oral history conference in Jerusalem in 2014, announced early in July 2013, has sparked a wave of protest from oral historians and scholars around the world. Initiated by…

Israel colonist runs over university student
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – An Israeli colonist has fled the scene of an accident after running over a female Palestinian university student who was on her way to college to attend classes. The 22-year-old Palestinian woman, Zaina Omar Musleh Awad,…

America s Global Gulag: Challenging Wrongful Convictions
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – Many thousands of political prisoners languish in America s global gulag. They do so unjustly. War on terror victims increased earlier numbers. Muslims are mostly affected. They re wrongfully vilified. They re persecuted for their faith…

White House On Iran Diplomacy: The American People Do Not Want A March To War 
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – The White House starkly warned Congress on Tuesday not to stand in the way of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program, specifically referring to thwarting diplomacy as taking the United States on a “march…

Silencing the debate on US campuses
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – American Zionists are once again up in arms about an event taking place later this week at Brooklyn College in New York City featuring Ben White, a researcher and writer for MEMO. White is currently on…

30 percent of vital medicines “at zero supply” in Gaza, says released doctor Tarek Loubani
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – … Physicians in Gaza are also people, and one of the things that I had seen and observed and witnessed was these people – whose families are also under fire by these new weapons, and weird weapons,…

B Tselem investigation: grave suspicion Ahmad Tazaz ah was killed by Israeli soldiers using unlawful lethal force
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – On the morning of 31 October 2013, at about 5:30 AM, Ahmad Tazaz ah, 20, who worked in a vegetable market, was hit in the chest by live ammunition. The ammunition was allegedly fired by an…

Health Ministry in Gaza warns of “health catastrophe” due to blockade
Uruknet 13 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 – The Ministry of Health in Gaza has warned of a “health catastrophe” in the beleaguered territory due to the ongoing Israeli-led blockade. Top of the crisis list is the shortage of vital medicines and medical disposables….

Daily Star

Sudanese killed in Saudi clashes with illegal migrants
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Renewed clashes on Wednesday between Saudis and illegal migrants, targeted in a nationwide campaign, killed one person and wounded 17, police said.

Kerry to Congress: ‘Calm down’ over Iran sanctions
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry urged lawmakers to “calm down” Wednesday over proposed new sanctions on Iran, warning they could scuttle diplomatic efforts to rein in Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Obama to announce plans to improve healthcare law: White House
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama will propose ways to improve his healthcare law, which has been marred by insurance signup difficulties and health plan cancellations, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday.

Nasrallah urges supporters to participate in Ashura despite security risk
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah urged his supporters Wednesday to participate in Ashura marches despite security risk.

Hezbollah will emerge stronger in any Iran nuclear deal: Nasrallah
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Hezbollah’s Chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Wednesday his party will emerge stronger in any deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia stalling Cabinet formation in Lebanon
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Nasrallah accused Wednesday Saudi Arabia along with its allies in the March 14 coalition of stalling Cabinet formation in Lebanon.

Nasrallah: Understanding between Iran, West or regional war
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Nasrallah warns the only alternative to rapprochement between Iran and the West was regional war.

NATO backs keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 NATO allies backed keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey on Wednesday, agreeing with Ankara that threats from the civil war in Syria remained serious, an alliance official said.

Egypt to lift state of emergency, curfew on Thursday
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Egypt will lift a state of emergency and nightly curfews on Thursday, a government minister said, three months after the army enforced the measures amid bloody turmoil that followed its overthrow of an Islamist president.

Boko Haram and Ansaru: Nigeria’s deadly insurgents
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Here are key facts on Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Ansaru, which were designated as terror groups by the United States on Wednesday.

Libya protesters shut down another oil refinery
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Scores of Libyan protesters on Wednesday shut down an oil refinery in the country’s east to demand jobs they claim were promised for 1,000 people, a state-owned oil company official said.

Hollande, Obama say ‘up to Iran’ to accept nuclear deal
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 French President Francois Hollande and US President Barack Obama on Wednesday jointly urged Iran to accept a deal presented by world powers on its nuclear programme, Hollande’s office said.

Lebanese minister admitted to hospital
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Caretaker Public Works Minister Ghazi Aridi was admitted to a Beirut hospital Wednesday after falling ill, a source close to the case told The Daily Star.

Pakistani faces US terror charge, wanted to fight in Syria
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 A Pakistani living legally in the United States has been charged with attempting to join an Al-Qaeda linked militant group.

Turkey to re-investigate 1994 deaths after European court ruling
Daily Star 13 Nov 2013 Turkey says it will re-open an investigation into the deaths of 33 Kurdish villagers killed in an airstrike 19 years ago, after the European Court of Human Rights found that government forces had carried out the…

YNet News

Senator: Pentagon cancels plans to buy Russian helicopters
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Mayor: We will help murdered soldier’s family
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J’lem: Moltov cocktails thrown at hospital guard post
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US: First step in Iran agreement is 6 month suspension
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – ….

Thousands pay last respects to slain soldier
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – ….

US Jewry needs Israel’s help 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Debate over halachic details as half of US Jews disappear is stupidity under religious guise ….

Rabbi Stav launches attack on Reform Jews
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – Chairman of modern Orthodox organization Tzohar accuses US Reform Judaism leaders of ‘bringing mixed marriages in through the back door. You want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?’ URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs responds, ‘State of Israel alienates Jews’ ….

Any Arsim at the table? 
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Northern kibbutzim want Kiryat Shmona residents’ money, but continue to stigmatize them ….

Knish factory fire leads to US shortage
YNet News, 13 Nov 2013 – Kvetching going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since start of six-week-long shortage of fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes. ‘I miss them. It’s something I grew up with,’ says Brooklyn man ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF storms Burin and Urif and arrests citizens
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights reported that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Wednesday arrested 30 Palestinian youths after a raid on the village of Burin, south of Nablus.

Health condition of prisoner Naim Shawamra deteriorated
PIC – Karim Ajwa, a lawyer for the prisoners ministry, confirmed that an Israeli doctor in Barzillai Hospital had recommended the immediate release of the patient prisoner Naim Shawamra..

Israeli minister: Construction works in WB, OJ settlements ongoing
PIC – Israeli minister of foreign relations and strategic affairs Yuval Steinitz has affirmed that construction works in settlements in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank were ongoing.

Dozens of Jewish settlers enter Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers entered the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning amidst Israeli police protection.

Israeli vehicle pours toxic waste in Palestinian land in Salfit
PIC – Israeli settlers have poured toxic waste in agricultural lands in Bruqin village west of Salfit, before fleeing the scene, local sources said.

Leader Natshe held in solitary confinement for the 10th day
PIC – The Negev prison administration continues to isolate the Hamas leader captive Abdel Khalek Natshe in a solitary confinement cell for the tenth day.

Occupation: Peace agreement with Jordan allows Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa
PIC – Knesset member Zvulun Kalfa from the Jewish Home Party said that Jews have the right to pray at the Aqsa Mosque, according to the “peace agreement” signed between Jordan and Israel.

FHI demands IOA to immediately release Akram Al Fosaisy
PIC – Friends of Humanity International expressed its profound concern towards the deteriorating conditions of the Palestinian prisoners Akram Al Fosaisy in the Israeli Jails. 

IUMS calls on kings of Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Jordan to protect al-Aqsa
PIC – The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) called on the Kings of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Morocco to use their international and regional relations to stop the Israeli attack on al-Aqsa.

WAFA

Dozen Suffocations during Israeli Army Raid near Ramallah
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Forces Raid Family Home of Stabber of Soldier
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Israel Arrests Five Palestinians in West Bank, Two in Jerusalem
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Town Petitions Israeli High Court against Uprooting Trees
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Jenin Resident Stabs and Kills Israeli Soldier
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Plans for 20,000 Settlement Units Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Erekat says Settlements will Derail Negotiations
WAFA – 13 Nov 2013

Misc

New signs of tension between U.S. and Israel over Iran talks
LA Times 13 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s dispute with Israel over Iran intensified Wednesday, even as Secretary of State John F. Kerry prepared to visit Capitol Hill to ask lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions that could disrupt pending international negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program….

Two Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly resign in frustration
LA Times 13 Nov 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — Peace negotiators Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Shtayyeh have submitted their written resignations to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee said Wednesday.

Syrian Forces Recapture Damascus Suburb From Rebels
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – State news media showed government troops entering Hujeira, the latest in a string of suburbs south of Damascus where the government has made inroads in recent days. 

Killing of Israeli Soldier Further Clouds Peace Process
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – The killing the soldier, reportedly by a Palestinian teenager, injected further uncertainty into peace talks, already in deep crisis over Israeli settlement plans in the West Bank. 

The Lede: Egyptian Soccer Star Banned for Expressing Sympathy With Massacred Islamists
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian soccer player has been suspended by his team because he celebrated an important goal by raising four fingers in the air, in a gesture of sympathy with Islamist protesters killed by the security forces in August. 

In Statement From Prison, Morsi Accuses Egypt’s Military Leaders of Treason
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president of Egypt, heaped scorn on his opponents in the military-backed government and tried to rally his beleaguered supporters. 

Cairo Journal: Memory of a Mass Killing Becomes Another Casualty of Egyptian Protests
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – The military-backed government’s efforts to extinguish the memory of Rabaa al-Adawiya, the worst mass killing in Egypt’s history, are extensive. 

Attacks Across Iraq Kill Dozens
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – At least 27 people were killed on Wednesday in a series of bomb blasts and gunfire attacks that stretched to the northern cities of Tikrit and Mosul and to the regions west of Baghdad and Falluja. 

Iran Talks Face Resistance in U.S. Congress
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – The Obama administration is trying to stop efforts in Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran that the White House fears could derail negotiations in Geneva. 

Rivals Unite in Jordan’s Surprising World Cup Run
New York Times 12 Nov 2013 – Jordan’s soccer team is two games from qualifying for the World Cup with a roster that reflects the country’s schism between East Bank Jordanians and citizens of Palestinian origin. 

Palestinian-American activist facing prison pleads not guilty on immigration fraud charges
Mondoweiss – Supporters of community activist Rasmea Odeh hold up signs. (Photo via Samidoun.ca) Rasmea Yousef Odeh was 21-years-old when she was thrown into the harsh confines of Israeli prison. 45 years later, the Chicago-based Palestinian-American is now facing the prospect of another prison stint–this time in the…

Home price rise not our fault, Netanyahu claims
Globes Main News – The prime minister: The bureaucracy is stifling; Yachimovich: How long can you blame your predecesors?

Flug: Growth is not enough
Globes Main News – At her induction as Governor of the Bank of Israel, Dr. Karnit Flug stressed the need to improve productivity and to spread the fruits of growth more equally.

Ruebner says boycott is essential because ‘we’d be mad to leave this to politicians’
Mondoweiss – Josh Ruebner with students of the Committee for Justice in Palestine at OSU, Sami Mubaric, President Sarah Almusbahi, and Fairuz Ali. Josh Ruebner, author of the new book on Obama’s failure to make peace, Shattered Hopes , fascinated a Columbus, Ohio, audience long concerned about Palestine and…

Richard Cohen’s racist ABC’s: Arab culture, biracial children, Chirlane McCray’s sexuality
Mondoweiss – Richard Cohen Richard Cohen is evidently the culture columnist at the Washington Post. A year ago he endorsed Mitt Romney’s view that Jews are culturally superior to Arabs. And two days ago he wrote that NY mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s marriage to a black woman makes…

Wed: Telecoms stocks strong
Globes Main News – The TASE fell today, but there were decent rises for Bezeq, the day’s most heavily traded stock, Cellcom, and Partner.

New Israeli film profiles the soldiers who carried out the Nakba
Mondoweiss – Activist Frank Barat recently interviewed Israeli filmmaker Lia Tarachansky about her new film on Le Mur a des Oreilles (LMaDO) , a Brussels-based radio show about Palestine. Tarachansky’s movie, “On the Side of the Road,” tells the story of the fighters who sought to erase Palestine by…

George Bush set to speak to Christian End-Times group that calls for conversion of Jews
Mondoweiss – Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to be the keynote speaker tomorrow at a fundraiser for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute. This appearance confirms what many have long suspected – that George W. Bush was and is an adherent to Christian Zionist End Times theology….

Employees file to liquidate Ori Yogev’s Whitewater
Globes Energy & Water – The workers previously submitted a request to appoint a temporary liquidator for the company, due to a NIS 2.4 million debt to its employees.

Liberal Zionism ends with a pinch
Mondoweiss – Netanyahu and Lapid welcome Lieberman back into the government as Foreign Minister, photo by Reuters This photograph, which appeared in the New York Times and Haaretz yesterday, is why Peter Beinart is closing Open Zion. Because liberal Zionism is screwed. Because Yair Lapid– whom the liberal…

‘Alternative is military action,’ White House says of Iran, under pressure from AIPAC and ADL
Mondoweiss – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting with Combatant Commanders and Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Nov. 12, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) As John Kerry goes to Capitol Hill to beg Congress not…

Gabbai rates Granovsky-Dankner IDB bid safest
Globes Main News – Court expert Eyal Gabbai gave his report on the three proposals for investment in IDB to Judge Eitan Orenstin today.

Jusidman joins Granovsky-Dankner IDB bid
Globes Main News – Daniel Jusidman is known in Israel for his philanthropic donations and is one of the wealthiest men in Mexico.

Will new cable thriller focused on Jerusalem archeology whitewash the settlers?
Mondoweiss – The New York Times reports a new show for the USA Network will take place in Jerusalem: On Wednesday, USA is to announce a deal for the most expensive and ambitious drama the network has ever commissioned: “Dig,” an action series set (and shot) in Jerusalem…

Noble Energy, Delek to begin Ruth C survey
Globes Main News – The 3D seismic survey of the offshore license near the Dalit field will begin in the coming days and take one month.

Report: Netanyahu cancels plan for 20,000 new settlement units to avoid ‘unnecessary confrontation with the international community’ as Israel works to influence deal with Iran
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing New Peace Now/APN report: Bibi’s settlements boom — March-November 2013 UPDATE 12 Nov by Lara Friedman — Settlement boom even bigger than was known – …Over the past 8 months, tenders have been issued for 3,472 new settlement units. Of…

Why Israel wanted Arafat dead
Mondoweiss – Yasser Arafat (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images) It seems there are still plenty of parties who would prefer that Arafat’s death 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…

Pelephone, Cellcom mull 4G network collaboration
Globes Main News – Pelephone and Cellcom have begun discussing cooperation following the agreement between Hot Mobile and Partner.

Israel Chemicals Q3 profits halved
Globes Main News – As the company prepares to dual list on the NYSE, lower demand and prices for potash and phosphates adversely affected results.

Israel Lobby Smears Kerry as Anti-Israel, Pro-Hamas; Questions His Conduct of Iran Talks
Tikun Olam – John Kerry’s letter requesting safe-passage for Gaza-bound humanitarian mission An indication of just how low the Israel Lobby can go in its efforts to smear U.S. government officials who defy their wishes can be seen in today’s Maariv. It features an article by Israel’s leading smear-monger…

El Al launches new routes as profit soars
Globes Main News – The carrier’s profit rose 54% in the third quarter as it announced new lines from Tel Aviv to Venice and Larnaca.

Israeli Drone Leased to German Army in Afghanistan Hacked and Crashed
Tikun Olam – German-leased Israeli Heron drone at Mazar i Sharif airport (DPA) The German army has operated three Israeli-leased Heron drones in Afghanistan for reconnaissance purposes. Two of the drones crashed in 2010. One, on its first flight, when it crashed into a military transport plane on landing. …

John Kerry Warns Iran Sanctions Could ‘Break Apart’ Nuclear Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Nov 2013 – If the U.S. Congress imposes new sanctions against Iran, it could “break … apart” ongoing international negotiations aimed at curbing Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons work, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran develops sea rescue drone 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Tehran-based engineers test a flying robot that can drop life rings next to people who at risk of drowning.

Argentina Prosecutor Sues To Kill Deal With Iran on 1994 Jewish Center Bombing Probe 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Nov 2013 – An Argentine prosecutor has asked a judge to declare as unconstitutional an agreement between Argentina and Iran to jointly investigate the deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that local courts blamed on Tehran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Morsi warns of Egypt instability 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi warns in a statement that the country will not “regain stability” until “the military coup is eliminated”.

Israel Sends 148-Member Team to Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines 
The Foward Breaking News 13 Nov 2013 – The Israel Defense Forces has sent a 148-member humanitarian delegation to the Philippines to provide search-and-rescue and medical services to areas hard hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria rebels in Aleppo call to arms 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – A jihadist rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda joins calls for a mass mobilisation in the Syrian city of Aleppo to halt a government advance.

Jewish Leaders Rally Against Orthodox Control of Religion — and Waning Faith Practice 
The Forward New 13 Nov 2013 – Jewish leaders didn’t come to Israel to rally over Iran. They took aim instead at the Orthodox stranglehold on religion there — and the waning practice of faith shown in the Pew study. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli soldier stabbed to death 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – An Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on a bus in northern Israel, Israeli police say.

Nasrallah: Netanyahu “spokesperson” for Saudi Arabia, Qatar 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah speaks during a rare live appearance from Beirut’s southern suburb neighborhood of Roueiss on November 13, 2013. (Photo: AFP / STR) Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned on Wednesday that failure to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program would spell “war…

Iran develops sea rescue drone 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Tehran-based engineers test a flying robot that can drop life rings next to people who at risk of drowning.

Shia pilgrims killed in Iraq attacks 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – A string of bomb attacks in Iraq targeting Shia pilgrims and police kills at least 20 people and injures dozens others, officials say.

Morsi warns of Egypt instability 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi warns in a statement that the country will not “regain stability” until “the military coup is eliminated”.

Inside Syrian city run by al-Qaeda 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Activists forced to flee al-Qaeda-run Syrian city of Raqqa

23,000 Ethiopians hand themselves over in Saudi crackdown on immigrants 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Some 23,000 Ethiopians have handed themselves in since Saudi authorities clamped down on undocumented foreign workers 10 days ago, Addis Ababa’s country’s ambassador in Riyadh said in remarks published Wednesday. The crackdown was marred by clashes between police and Ethiopian migrants on Saturday that led to…

Lebanon: Assassinated Sheikh Opposed US and Al-Qaeda 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his religious companion in their hometown al-Bireh, north of Beirut on May 21, 2012. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his religious companion in their hometown al-Bireh,…

Beirut: Sudden Deaths at AUB Medical Center Trigger Concern 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – The similarity between the two deaths has raised suspicions among doctors and medical experts. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The similarity between the two deaths has raised suspicions among doctors and medical experts. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) On 30 October 2013, loud cries of grief could be heard on…

Hezbollah’s Qassem: Content with Caretaker Government 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – In practice, we are partners in this country, and we should be partners in making its decisions and establishing its future. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) In practice, we are partners in this country, and we should be partners in making its decisions and establishing its future. (Photo:…

Governor of Beirut Stops Destruction of Massad Stairs 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – The neighborhood’s residents continue to wonder about the remarkable influence of the property owners, given their ability to procure in record time the approval of Ogero Telecom to move the telephone booth. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) The neighborhood’s residents continue to wonder about the remarkable influence of the…

Kuwait reports first MERS virus case 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – A Muslim pilgrim wears a mask due to fears linked to the MERS virus, as she heads to noon prayers at the Nemra mosque, near Mount Arafat, on October 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldine) Kuwait has discovered its first case of the MERS coronavirus…

Mursi says was kidnapped before ouster, plans to sue army-backed government 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Mohammed al-Damati, center, the spokesman for the panel of lawyers representing ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi speaks during a press conference on November 13, 2013 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi said on Wednesday he was kidnapped by the Republican…

Palestinian delegation quits peace talks with Israel over settlements 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his peace negotiators had resigned over the lack of progress in US-brokered statehood talks clouded by Israeli settlement building. The development would mark a new low point for the talks with Israel that resumed in July and which officials…

Libya’s Amazigh to boycott constitution talks, as ex-rebels end refinery blockade 
Al-Akhbar News 13 Nov 2013 – Libya’s Berber minority will boycott a committee to draft a new national constitution, Berber leaders and the election commission said, in a move that complicates attempts to end oil and gas protests. Meanwhile, former rebels demanding medical care lifted on Wednesday a three-day blockade of an…

Syria rebels in Aleppo call to arms 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – A jihadist rebel group affiliated to al-Qaeda joins calls for a mass mobilisation in the Syrian city of Aleppo to halt a government advance.

Israeli soldier stabbed to death 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – An Israeli soldier has been stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager on a bus in northern Israel, Israeli police say.

Syria conflict: Grief and anger in Damascus 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – Syrian outrage as conflict claims more innocent lives

Concerns over UN rights body members 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam are elected to the UN’s highest human rights watchdog, despite concerns about their rights records.

VIDEO: Star Zain sings for Syria aid 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Award-winning Muslim pop star Maher Zain talks about his efforts to raise money for Syrian aid.

VIDEO: Children buried after mortar attack 
BBC 12 Nov 2013 – Four children and their school bus driver have been buried in Syria after two mortars struck the Old City of Damascus on Monday.

Ankara Seeks to Limit Damages and Mend Ties With Iraq 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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,…

Articles


Making the preservation of Palestinian memory a priority 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/11/2013
Yasser Arafat’s assassination, confirmed by the Swiss report detailing the discovery of polonium in Arafat’s exhumed remains, has been mired within a political debate in danger of ensuring further depletion of Palestinian right to memory. Proof of assassination after years of hypothesis regarding the subject should have led to an assertion of the right to reclaim memory and history; however, the report confirming polonium poisoning has been partly mellowed into a risk of diplomatic dispute which could allegedly disrupt the farcical peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Various statements have condemned the assassination, countered by Israeli insistence that the state was not involved in Arafat’s murder. Hamas described the assassination as ‘a despicable Zionist crime’ and called for an immediate termination of the negotiations with Israel. Palestinian investigator into Arafat’s death, Tawfik Tirawi, stated that Israel is ‘the first, fundamental and only suspect in the assassination of Yasser Arafat’. Israel deems the results inconclusive, asserting that the state was not involved in the death of the Palestinian leader. With further investigations pending, including the sequence of events which led to the administration of polonium while Arafat was besieged in his Ramallah compound, speculation on possible culprits remains central to the discourse regarding the murder. The manufacture of, and access to polonium, acquisition, administration leading to assassination and the initial reluctance by the Palestinian Authority to conduct a thorough investigation into the suspicious circumstances may indicate a sequence of collaboration designed to weaken Palestinian resistance.
Decolonisation has challenged the hegemony of memory imposed upon the population, disrupting the intentional manipulation of history by allowing the subaltern to construct and disseminate its memory of resistance against oppression. Hegemonic historical narrations are challenged by embracing the right to an alternative which dispels the selective truth of oppressor powers –a process which is susceptible to a form of subjugation through impunity…. more.. e-mail

A reading of the ’tunnel wars’ 
Omar Karout, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/11/2013
Over the last few days, the two tunnels that link the Gaza Strip with the Occupied Territories and span the length of borders, have become well known. A lot of information has been revealed about these tunnels features and the main reasons why they have been designed as such. These tunnels are facilitating two very contrasting issues.
The first is the discovery of plans and policies by the Palestinian resistance movement that reveals their current intentions. The resistance movement is currently planning a strategic plan of action that would allow them to attack the aggressive occupational forces in the Gaza Strip and Palestinian territories. They are progressing well due to their thought out approach that distances itself from the confusion currently overwhelming Palestinian political thought.
The second issue is that the Occupation has exposed the true capabilities of the Palestinian resistance and plans to stop any attempts to confront the Occupation. It has become clear that Israel’s plans to change the nature of confrontations to come and that it will revisit its strategic policies relating to security in the Gaza Strip.
The discussion on the use of tunnels by Palestinian resistance is not unprecedented. In fact, they used this tactic even prior to Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. We all remember the exact sites of these tunnels; however, now the tunnels are changing from being tactical to being strategic and from being practical to being targeted. This means that the original purpose of these tunnels has altered to carry out resistance operations and taken on a more strategic purpose, dictating the movement’s confrontation of the Occupation. This change demonstrates a turning point in the resistance’s planning and a new point of concern for the Occupation, which now feels the need to establish security measures that will enable them to detect and uncover unmarked tunnels. more.. e-mail

Palestinian College Students in Lebanon 
Franklin Lamb, CounterPunch 11/12/2013
Vowing to Aid Their Countrymen Fleeing Syria
The Syrian conflict continues pushing Palestinian refugees from that beleaguered country’s ten official and three unofficial Palestinian camps forcing the majority to flee to Lebanon despite the latter outlawing for Palestinians, illegally expelled from their homes during the 1948 Nakba, of even the most elementary civil right to work or to own a home.
Palestinian refugees (PR) make up the second most massive scale displacement from the Syria crisis with an estimated 65% of the 500,000 Palestinians in Syria having been displaced, along with 7 million Syrians, as it becomes ever more difficult for Palestinians to flee as they are increasingly abused in neighboring countries while totally barred from seeking refuge in their own country, Palestine.
Approximately 255,000 Palestinian refug
ees are displaced in Syria with over 200,000 in Damascus, around 6,600 in Aleppo, 4,500 in Latakia, 3,050 in Hama, 6,450 in Homs and 13,100 in Dera’a. 9,657 Palestinian refugees (PR) from Syria have registered with UNRWA for assistance in Jordan and 49,000 in Lebanon. UNRWA reports approximately 6,000 Palestinian refugees in Egypt, 1,100 in Libya, 1,000 in Gaza and more than 1000 fled to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

Intermittent, sporadic hostilities including airstrikes, shelling and mortars continue and during the past two months around the camps of Yarmouk, Husseiniyah, Sbeineh, Barzeh, Jobar, Qaboun, Khan Eshieh and Dera’a. A total 125 Palestinian refugees (PR) were reportedly killed as a result of the hostilities: 22 in Yarmouk, 18 in Dera’a, 13 in Husseiniyah and 12 in Khan Eshieh among others. This is the highest number of reported Palestinian deaths for months. Yarmouk and Sbeineh are currently sealed off with UNRWA increasingly concerned about the well-being of those trapped. more.. e-mail

Kabbala curse cast upon ’Zochrot’ founder 
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine 11/11/2013
The curse, which places Eitan Bronstein in the powerful club of premiers Sharon and Rabin, was issued in New York and promises the activist death by’ mysterious work accident,’ as well as being devoured by ravens and foxes. 
A “Pulsa Dinura” curse was issued by a New York group against Eitan Bronstein, co-founder of “Zochrot” – an organization working for Israeli recognition of the Nakba and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Bronstein was informed of the curse by a letter incongruously printed in the playful Bradley Hand font and signed with a magic marker.
Authored by the “The Great ‘Pulsa Di Nura’ Committee” of 231 Street West, New York, the curse is addressed to the Zochrot conference that took place at the Eretz Yisrael Museum in Tel Aviv in September – although the letter misspells the venue as the “Haaretz Museum,” which might account for it taking some three months to arrive.
It condemns Bronstein to death “for conitnues [sic] incitement and actions against Zionism and Israel.” The spell, according to the letter, will be carried out within 30 days. A footnote explains it can take the shape of “Sudden illness, Car Accident, Mysterious Work Accident” – a perfectly explainable one doesn’t count, apparently – and, presumably by way of a bonus if you pay with credit card, “Free Fall from building.” Bronstein’s corpse will then be “devoured by Ravens and Foxes”.
Signing “for the Board” are J. Martinson and S. Epstein.
While the term “Pulsa Dinura” is mentioned once in the Talmud and once in the Zohar book – a canonical text of Kabbalah mysticism – it is used on both occasions as description of divine punishment against sinners, unsolicited by third persons…. more.. e-mail

Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest — with international support
Electronic Intifada: 13 Nov 2013 – Workshops encourage Palestinian farmers to boycott Israeli goods and build a social movement. more..

Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out
Electronic Intifada: 13 Nov 2013 – Mohammad Saba’aneh’s drawings done inside Israeli prison are currently on exhibition in Ramallah. more..

Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Nov 2013 – By Nicola Nasser More than two years on since the “revolution” of Feb. 2011, the security crisis is exacerbating by the day threatening Libya with an implosion charged with potential realistic risks to the geopolitical unity of the Arab north African country, turning this crisis into a national existential one. Obviously the status quo is unsustainable. “Libya is imploding two years after the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi” was captured and killed on October 20,” Patrick Cockburn wrote in British The Independent on last Oct. 10. Libya’s oil industry has become the target of violent attacks and civil protests, closing export terminals in east and west or/and creating an oil black market. “Security guards” at the country’s main ports are on strike and selling oil independently in spite of a 67% in pay for employees of the state oil sector on last Oct. 31. Libyan oil minister, Abdulbari Ali al-Arousi,…more

The Charlatanism of Palestine-Denial
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Nov 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna Here we go again. On Israel and the US losing their UNESCO voting rights, ‘Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, ‘said in an interview that his country supports the U.S. decision [to suspend contributions],
objecting to the politicization of UNESCO, or any international organization, with the accession of a non-existing country like Palestine.” (AP 8-11-13) Palestine-denial, next to straight out violent ethnic-cleansing, is Israel’s sinister stratagem to wipe Palestinians off the face of their own ancestral land in order to lay a fictitious claim to the whole of historic Palestine. Like the boy who cried ‘wolf’, Israel’s frenetic cries of ‘delegitimization’ or’ anti-Semitism’ at criticism of its illegal occupation and apartheid policies, is falling on the skeptical ears of the decent masses fed up with Israel’s double standards of delegitimizing Palestine and dehumanizing Palestinians as non-people. In between the years spanning Golda Meir’s “There were no such…
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When Falsehoods Triumph: Why A Winning Palestinian Narrative is Hard to Find
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Nov 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud (Editor’s Note: Ramzy Baroud will be conducting a speaking tour in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxemburg starting Dec 2. For more information click here .) In an initially pointless exercise that lasted nearly an hour, I flipped between two Palestinian television channels, Al Aqsa TV of Hamas in Gaza and Palestine TV of Fatah in the West Bank. While both purported to represent Palestine and the Palestinians, each seemed to represent some other place and some other people. It was all very disappointing. Hamas’ world is fixated on their hate of Fatah and other factional personal business. Fatah TV is stuck between several worlds of archaic language of phony revolutions, factional rivalry and unmatched self-adoration. The two narratives are growingly alien and will unlikely ever move beyond their immediate sense of self-gratification and utter absurdity. It is no wonder why Palestinians are still struggling to tell the world…more

Another Covert Assassination: Why Israel Wanted Arafat Dead
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Nov 2013 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It seems there are still plenty of parties who would prefer that Arafat’s death 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 not be quite enough to secure a conviction in a court of law, but it should be evidence enough to convict Israel in the court of world opinion. Israel…more

When Falsehoods Triumph
Dissident Voice: 13 Nov 2013 – In an initially pointless exercise that lasted nearly an hour, I flipped between two Palestinian television channels, Al Aqsa TV of Hamas in Gaza and Palestine TV of Fatah in the West Bank. While both purported to represent Palestine and the Palestinians, each seemed to represent some other place and some other people. It was all very disappointing. Hamas’ world is fixated on their hate of Fatah and other factional personal business. Fatah TV is stuck between several worlds of archaic language of phony revolutions, factional rivalry and unmatched self-adoration. The two narratives are growingly alien and will unlikely ever move beyond their immediate sense of self-gratification and utter absurdity. It is no wonder why Palestinians are still struggling to tell the world such a simple, straightforward and truthful story. Perhaps it is now out of desperation that they expect Israel’s New Historians, internationals who make occasional visits to Palestine…more


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