VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 November 2013: Israel’s culture of walls

14 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Cut 100 Olive Trees In Yabod
IMEMC – [Thursday November 14, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded Yabod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli Supreme Court. …

Palestinian Negotiators Resign
IMEMC – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated Wednesday that the Palestinian negotiators to peace talks with Israel have resigned. The decision was made due to ongoing Israeli violations, topped by its illegitimate settlement activities, the Arabs48 News Website has reported. …

Soldiers Cut Olive Trees Near Jenin
IMEMC – [Wednesday November 13, 2013] Israeli soldiers cut dozens of Palestinian olive trees close to the main road near Ya’bod village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Ma’an News

Israel strikes 2 targets in northern Gaza
11/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, Israel’s army said.”Earlier this afternoon an IAF aircraft targeted two concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip. Since yesterday two rockets have hit Israel,” a statement said. An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that one rocket hit southern Israel on Wednesday and one….

Israeli forces cut down 100 olive trees in Jenin village
11/14/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli military forces on Thursday cut down 100 olive trees in the Jenin town of Yabad, despite a petition by landowners against the decision, a local official said. Yabad mayor Samer Abu Baker said that Israeli soldiers arrived overnight to cut down the trees, which are located near the illegal settlement of Mevo Dotan. Israeli forces also set up a checkpoint….

Israel raids home of soldier stab suspect, detains brother
11/14/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Thursday detained the brother and a friend of the Palestinian teenager suspected of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death on Wednesday, relatives said. A large Israeli military force raided the home of 16-year-old suspect Hussein Sharif Ghawadra after midnight, damaging the main gate of the property and releasing sound bombs, Ghawadra’s father told Ma’….

Settlers torch Palestinian home in revenge attack
11/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Settlers set fire to a Palestinian home in the Ramallah village of Sinjil overnight Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack following the killing of an Israeli soldier, PA security sources said. The attackers torched the front of the Dar Khalil home in Sinjil and spray-painted the words “Regards from Eden, Revenge!” in Hebrew in blue on a wall outside the house….

Israeli forces impose checkpoint on northern West Bank village
11/14/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces set up a temporary military checkpoint on Thursday at the entrance of a northern West Bank village, locals told Ma’an. Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers outside of Sabastiya in the Nablus district stopped dozens of cars, questioned passengers, and checked IDs. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part….

Journalists protest police ‘violations’ of media freedom
11/14/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of journalists on Thursday organized a protest calling on Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to investigate various journalists’ claims to have been mistreated by Palestinian police. During a demonstration held in front of a government building in Ramallah, journalists demanded police put an end to “violations” of media freedom in Palestine. In a letter to a Palestinian Authority spokesman….

Iran freezes expansion of nuclear activities: IAEA
11/14/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — Iran has frozen the expansion of its nuclear activities, a UN atomic watchdog report said Thursday, in a possible confidence-building measure by new President Hassan Rouhani before talks next week. The International Atomic Energy Agency said that in the last three months only four new centrifuges had been installed at Iran’s Natanz plant, compared to 1,861 machines put in place in….

Residents fear new war as Gaza marks 2012 anniversary
11/14/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian families say they live in constant fear that renewed fighting will break out, as the Gaza Strip prepares to commemorate the first anniversary of Israel’s war on the coastal territory. Israel’s military bombarded the Gaza Strip for eight days in November last year, killing over 170 people and injuring at least 1,000. Extensive damage was….

Man in lawyer’s uniform ‘fires at defendant in court’
11/14/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man disguised as a lawyer fired at a defendant at a court in Nablus in the northern West Bank on Thursday, a court official said. Raed Assaf, spokesman of the Palestinian Higher Judicial Council, said the shooter wore a lawyer uniform and presented himself as a lawyer from Ramallah.”After the hearing was over, the man pulled out a….

Qassam member dies in operation accident
11/14/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A 22-year-old man died as a result of an accident during a militant operation in Gaza on Thursday, medics and a military group said. Hamas’ military wing al-Qassam Brigades announced the death of one of its members, Foad Muhammad al-Siqli, who medics said arrived to the hospital in critical condition and soon passed away. Al-Silqi is reportedly from….

Police detain 4 suspects for murder of Palestinian wedding singer
11/14/2013 – UMM Al-FAHM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained four people suspected for involvement in the murder of Palestinian wedding singer Shafiq Kabha, a police spokesperson said Thursday. Israeli police spokesman Luba al-Samari said that police detained a man and his two sons, in addition to another suspect. All of the suspects are reportedly from Umm al-Fahm, a Palestinian city in Israel’s Haifa district….

Hezbollah chief warns of ‘war’ if no Iran deal
11/14/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned in a rare public appearance Wednesday that failure to strike a deal with ally Iran over its nuclear program would spell “war in the region.” Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by Israel, spoke in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold to mark the Shiite Muslim Ashura holiday. World powers failed to reach….

Dutch senator in Palestine to report on ‘Partner for Democracy’ status
11/14/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Dutch senator and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Tiny Kox started Wednesday an official visit to Palestine, Palestinian parliamentary officials said. Kox will author a report about the Palestinian experience two years after PACE granted the Palestinian National Council the status of “Partner for Democracy”. The report is expected to examine key issues such as concluding….

Abbas son wins case against Al Jazeera in Jordan
11/14/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Yasser Abbas, the eldest son of President Mahmoud Abbas, said Thursday that a Jordanian court in the capital Amman had ruled in his favor in a case against the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel. Abbas said Wednesday that he filed a complaint in 2010 against the company, its satellite channel, the presenter of the show the Opposite Direction, Faisal al-Qasim, as….

Nablus government officer suspended over forgery
11/14/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Ministry of the Interior on Thursday suspended an employee over forgery charges, officials told Ma’an. The suspended official, who works at the ministry’s Nablus office, was accused of forging official government stamps. Initial investigations reportedly revealed that the man forged stamps which Palestinians often buy as payment for official applications for identity cards, birth certificates….

PA security forces continue crime crackdown in Area C village
11/14/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces continued a crime crackdown in an Area C village north of Jerusalem Thursday, confiscating illegal materials and detaining dozens, an official said. Abdullah Siam, Deputy Governor of Jerusalem, told Ma’an that PA security forces had arrested several drug dealers, suspected illegal weapons traders, and other wanted people in the village of al-Ram since last Friday….

Egypt sentences 12 pro-Morsi protesters to 17 years
11/14/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 12 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 17 years in prison on Wednesday for taking part in a violent student-led protest, state media reported. The official MENA news agency reported that the protesters were convicted of attacking the headquarters of the Islamic Al-Azhar institution during the protest. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement said on its website….

Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria war, says Nasrallah
11/14/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Thursday to keep his forces in Syria fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s regime, in a rare public speech delivered in Beirut. Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by Israel, spoke in Hezbollah’s south Beirut stronghold as tens of thousands of followers of his Shiite militant group marked Ashura….

Iraq bombers kill 44 as millions mark Shiite holiday
11/14/2013 – KARBALA (Iraq) (AFP) — Attacks against Shiites, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 44 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of worshipers, including tens of thousands of foreign pilgrims, thronged the central shrine city of Karbala for the climax of Ashura, braving the repeated….

Russian ministers talk arms sales in landmark Egypt visit
11/14/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — The defense ministers of Russia and Egypt are locked in discussion on military collaboration between their countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday during a landmark visit to Cairo. Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are leading a high level Russian delegation on a visit that comes in the wake of a diplomatic spat between Egypt and the United States triggered since….

‘Geneva II’ Syria peace talks set for Dec. 12
11/14/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — A long-delayed peace conference on Syria’s bloody conflict will be held on Dec. 12, a Syrian newspaper said Thursday, as mortar shells and two blasts killed three in Damascus. The date was reported as the head of Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah, which backs Syria’s President Bashar Assad, said his forces would continue to fight alongside the regime….

AlJazeera

Palestinian negotiators quit in protest
AlJazeera 14 Nov 2013 – Israel’s “escalation of settlement-building” blamed for resignations, which President Abbas has yet to accept.

Relief Web

World: Ambulance and pre-hospital services in risk situations
Relief Web 14 Nov 2013 – Source: ICRC, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Norwegian Red Cross Country: World New report shows way forward for ambulances at risk Geneva/Sydney (ICRC) – A new report, entitled “Ambulance and pre-hospital services in risk situations,” sets out ways to make pre-hospital care…

Lebanon: EU and UNRWA commence infrastructure project in lebanon
Relief Web 14 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory Beirut The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) marked the inauguration of an infrastructure improvement project…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories: A year on from deadly Israel/Gaza conflict, the nightmare continues
Relief Web 14 Nov 2013 – Source: Amnesty Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory EMBARGO: Thursday 14 November 2013, 00:01Hs GMT AI Index; MDE 15/020/2013 In the blink of an eye, ‘Attiyeh’s worst nightmare came true. On 21 November 2012, his 13-year-old son Mahmoud was killed when…

occupied Palestinian territory: Settlement plans threaten renewed hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace, UN envoy warns
Relief Web 13 Nov 2013 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory 13 November 2013 – A senior United Nations official today voiced his growing concern at the series of settlement announcements made by Israel over the past weeks and stressed the need to…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinian peace negotiators resign over settlements
Relief Web 13 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/13/2013 23:46 GMT RAMALLAH, November 13, 2013 (AFP) – The entire team of Palestinian peace negotiators has resigned to protest continued Israeli settlement building, two of them said Wednesday, but president Mahmud Abbas…

The National

Iran has ‘virtually halted’ uranium enrichment expansion, IAEA says
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Iran’s stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium has risen by about 5 per cent to 196kg since August.

One dead, 17 injured in Saudi Arabia riots over migrant labour crackdown
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Fighting continues between residents and expatriates in the Manfouha district of Riyadh.

Storm damage hampers Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Survivors tell of desperation over the trickle of supplies to Tacloban city six days after Typhoon Haiyan caused widespread destruction. 

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza after provoking Palestinian mortar fire with incursion
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Palestinians fire projectiles across border after Israeli troops enter Gaza with tanks and bulldozers.

Egypt pledges strong ties to Russia as it negotiates arms deal
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Negotiations follow US decision to cut defence aid to the military-backed government.

Iraq Sunnis kill 39 Ashura pilgrims
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Massive security deployed for one of the holiest days in Shiite faith fails to protect Iraqi worshippers.

Hizbollah fighters to support Assad regime in Syria ‘for as long as necessary’
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says his Lebanese Shiite group will remain in Syria ‘as long as the reasons remain’.

Thousands of Syrians shun refugee camps to sleep rough on Istanbul’s streets
The National 14 Nov 2013 – ‘We don’t have a tent, we don’t have a place to stay, we only have God,’ says a Syrian cobbler, who with his young family is braving street life in Istanbul. Thomas Seibert reports

Poppy growing season begins in Afghanistan after last year’s record opium sale
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Afghanistan’s farmers are rushing to replant their fields with the base ingredient of opium after the country reaped its biggest poppy harvest ever last May.

Prince Charles to claim UK government pension
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Future monarch plans to claim a $175 per week government pension because of his service in the Royal Navy and voluntary contributions he has made.

Westinghouse Electric eyes nuclear power projects in Saudi Arabia
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, plans to seek preliminary bids for its first nuclear reactor next year.

Sri Lanka’s president faces fresh human rights questions on eve of Commonwealth summit
The National 14 Nov 2013 – President defends his government’s human rights record as fresh questions arise over the treatment of ethnic minority Tamils.

Train mows down, kills 7 elephants in east India
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Passenger train kills seven elephants and injures another 10 as a herd crosses railroad tracks in West Bengal state.

John F Kennedy conspiracy theories still in abundance decades later
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Fifty years on, the assassination of John F Kennedy has become a morass of theories, less about a solution than the desire to see a comprehensible reality, Saul Austerlitz writes.

In pictures: Afghanistan’s growing industry of opium
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Farmers in Afghanistan rush to replant poppy seeds to produce opium after increase in harvest last May. Their profits will them be “insured”, in case NATO forces withdraw from the country.

Mers coronovirus strikes second victim in Kuwait
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Kuwait has reported its second case of the deadly Mers coronavirus for a man who just returned from abroad, the health ministry said.

Video: Typhoon survivors flee villages in panic 
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines flee badly-hit Tacloban City in a panic among rumors of looting and armed bandits.

Video: Opium cultivation reaches record levels in Afghanistan, report says 
The National 14 Nov 2013 – A new United Nations report says that Afghan opium cultivation has hit a record high as international forces prepare to leave the country.

Video: India’s top criminal investigator apologizes for ‘enjoy rape’ comment 
The National 14 Nov 2013 – The head of India’s top criminal investigation agency apologizes for earlier remarks saying ‘if you can’t prevent rape, enjoy it’.

Video: Aid to Typhoon-hit Philippines arrives as looting turns deadly 
The National 14 Nov 2013 – Five days after a monster Typhoon ravaged the Philippines, aid is finally trickling in but desperate survivors struggle to find food and shelter.

Ha’aretz

Murderers of colonel ‘wanted to give a gift to Palestinians and prisoners’
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Barghouti rejected involvement in soldier’s murder, prosecutors say
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Israeli ministry refuses to relocate gay tenant despite years of homophobic harassment
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

New telephone system enables bugging of prisoners’ calls
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Over the top Iran reactions raise concern: Is Israel on the verge of a nervous breakdown?
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Israeli court asked to kick tax cheats off TV talent shows
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Netanyahu ‘unimpressed’ by UN report on Iranian nuclear slowdown
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Netanyahu debunks report that Iran nuclear activities slowed ahead of talks
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

New accessibility rules for Israeli websites seem to have annoyed everyone
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

IDF team sets up field hospital in Philippines city
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Israel Air Force strikes Gaza in retaliation for mortar fire
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Prominent Israeli rabbi: Women shouldn’t drive
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Senior Israeli minister: Kerry no longer an honest broker between Israel, Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Antiquities battle pits Old City merchants against inspectors
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Who’s really fighting for religious justice in Israel?
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Kerry: Disagreement with Israel exists, but our goal is a shared one
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Tourism tip #377 / On the trail of the women of the Bible
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Israel fast tracks construction of national park between two Palestinian villages
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

The case against detention without trial
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Palestinians: Peace talks to go on, despite resignations
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

How the Israeli army is raising the next generation of cyber geeks
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Assailants set West Bank house on fire, spray ‘Regards from Eden’ on wall
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Two Israeli singers suspected of having sex with minors
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

CIA declassifies Camp David Accords intelligence
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Payback: The real cost of the Iraq War is a nuclear Iran
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

The real reason why teens are cold-shouldering combat units
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

EasyJet, Airbus team create world’s first man-made ash cloud
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Murdered Israeli soldier dreamed of becoming a DJ
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Parents of accused Palestinian killer shocked to hear the news
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Israeli hackers with a conscience
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Lost cause in Geneva
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

The police vs. human rights
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Legislators barred from campaign fundraising for Israeli presidency
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Vegans for the occupation
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Republicans blast Kerry’s ‘anti-Israeli’ Senate briefing against new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

As border security tightens, Israel starts getting high on its own supply
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Israel police say Arab singer was murdered for refusing to perform at wedding
Ha’aretz – 13 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

A year on, residents of Kiryat Malachi building hit by rocket try to move on
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Avraham and Haya Hager sat in their renovated living room, into which they were finally able to move back, five months after the rocket strike. 

PA ignores plight of Palestinian prisoners held in Arab countries
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Dozens of Palestinians jailed in Kuwait since 1991. 

3 yeshiva students arrested after J’lem neighborhood dispute ends in bloodshed
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Arik Pelzin, 65, has lived next to the Diaspora Yeshiva on the historic hillside, just beyond the Western Wall’s Zion Gate, since the early ’70s. 

Yesh Atid MK proposes law to prevent mikve guides interrogating women
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – In Jewish law, women must immerse in a ritual bath, or mikve, every month after their period as well as on other occasions. 

Erekat: Israel is trying to sabotage the peace process
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Prosor: PLO negotiators resignation is pretext to exit talks. 

We know, we know
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Unlike some, we think Jews worldwide can and should choose what to say and how to support their visions of Israel, unfettered by those who would cut off conversation and repress dissent. 

Fundamentalists disrupt interfaith Kristallnacht remembrance in Argentina
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Demonstrators protest “the presence of fake gods” at Cathedral where Jewish-Christian memorial was held. 

Russia and Egypt
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Like it or not, this smacks of a return – if not fully in substance then at least in appearance – to the days of the Cold War. 

US drama series by Homeland writer to be filmed in Jerusalem 
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Dig , produced by Hatufim creator Gideon Raff, will premiere on USA Network in the fall of 2014. 

Representing Israel at the UN
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – When I was appointed to this demanding position representing Israel in the global arena, I intended to show the “Israel beyond the conflict.” 

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Eshkol and Johnson, Farmer meets farmer
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – The first state visit by an Israeli PM to the US. 

Parshat Vayishlah: Faith and deeds
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Sometimes it seems to us that if a person really believes in G-d and trusts in Him, he is not supposed to take practical steps to protect himself from an enemy. 

Awaken, American Jewry!
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – What will it take to rouse US Jews into action against a grand deal with the Iranians at Israel’s expense? 

Iran halts nuclear capacity expansion under Rouhani, IAEA report shows
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – PM “not impressed” with report: Iran has all it needs to reach bomb. 

Obama: Military strike could lead Iran to ‘pursue nukes more vigorously’
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – US president warns of cost of military conflict, urges Congress to hold off on new sanctions on Tehran; US Secretary of State Kerry says sanctions ease is necessary in order to build trust with the Iranians. 

EU to re-impose Iran sanctions annulled by court earlier this year
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Move aims to counter successful legal challenges against sanctions, would not create new sanctions, diplomats say. 

On war anniversary, Hamas holds major military rally
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Hamas commander in the Gaza Strip says Islamist group is preparing for another war against Israel. 

Law proposed in Knesset to prevent mikve guides interrogating women about religious practice
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – In Jewish law a woman must immerse in the mikve (ritual bath) after their period and on other occasions. 

Health Ministry not willing to supervise school catering contractors on quality of food
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Overweight rate of primary school children is growing with one in seven first graders estimated to be overweight. 

Israel, World Bank establish their first joint technology fund
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – WB managing director praises Israel for its tech. prowess, says she wants to see more Israeli participation in projects. 

Knesset bill would require all schools to teach Israel is Jewish State
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – MK Ohayon says Arab citizens of Israel “must realize that their nation has 22 states and Jews only have one.” 

Knesset approves amendment providing income support to battered women
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Chairwoman of WIZO Israel, Gila Oshrat welcomed the approval of the amendment this week. 

Egypt’s Sisi sees new Russia defense cooperation
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Russian defense, foreign ministers visit Cairo to discuss strengthening military relations between the two countries. 

Yesh Atid MK seeks to make non-religious burial in Israel easier
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Yoel Rozvozov proposes law that would put civil burial under Interior Ministry’s jurisdiction. 

Weekly Schmooze: Israel Wonder Woman
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Inigo Montoya on Broadway; an anthem for mohels. 

Palestinian indicted for murder of IDF soldier Tomer Hazan
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Nedal Amar allegedly lured his co-worker Hazan to the West Bank with promise of criminal score. 

Arab women want male guardianship
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Britain has called for the abolition of the Saudi system of male guardianship for women, but have the women themselves been asked what they want? 

Erdan slams Kerry’s claim that Iran deal shouldn’t be criticized before it is final
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – “What do they expect from an Israeli prime minister? Not to cry out when the knife is in the hand, but only when it is across our throat?” 

IAF strikes underground rocket launchers in Gaza following mortar fire
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – IAF strike comes after Palestinian mortar attack; hostilities come one year after Operation Pillar of Defense. 

Inter Press Service

Cairo Women Bring Men Back on the Rails
IPS Basma co-founder Nihal Saad Zaghloul in the Cairo metro, where she held the first awareness campaigns. Credit: Courtesy of Magali Corouge/Documentography By Annabell Van den Berghe CAIRO, Nov 14 2013 (IPS) Nihal Saad Zaghloul is an Egyptian woman in her late twenties. Like other young women, she faces the daily…

Uruknet

Call for religious circles to intervene and stop arbitrary arrests in Baghdad
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – Mutahidoun Bloc MP Wihda al-Jumaili called Iraqi senior religious circles to “immediately stop the arrests in Baghdad”, charging the government “not to act on this question”. In a statement, she added that government forces are indulging…

This Man Was Sentenced to Die in Prison for Shoplifting a $159 Jacket: This Happens More Than You Think
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – At about 12.40pm on 2 January 1996, Timothy Jackson took a jacket from the Maison Blanche department store in New Orleans, draped it over his arm, and walked out of the store without paying for it….

Attacks Against Iraq Pilgrims Continue: 67 Killed, 152 Wounded
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 -…In Saidiya, a suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform attacked Shi ite pilgrims recreating a historic battle. At least 32 people were killed and 80 more were wounded. A second suicide bomber, possibly in nearby Baquba,…

Libya protestors shut down another oil refinery
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 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.The closure is the latest disruption…

Israeli navy captures two Gaza fishermen, including one injured by gunfire
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 -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…

Russian FM: Iran Backed US Nuclear Proposal
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – Russia s foreign minister says Iran had accepted a U.S.-draft proposal on a nuclear deal, but last-minute amendments blocked an accord last week in Geneva. Sergey Lavrov s account fits with comments from Iran and world…

US Agencies Put Together McCarthy-esque List With Americans Personal Data to Find Untrustworthy Workers 
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 -Thousands of Americans had their personal data passed on to US agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency, Internal Revenue Service and National Security Agency as part of an effort to uncover “untrustworthy federal workers,” according to a…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (07- 13 November 2013)
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – …Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (07 – 13 November 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded…

Afghanistan: The Bilateral Security Agreement and Karzai s So-called Objections
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – The U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are currently negotiating what they call a bilateral security agreement to sketch out the framework for U.S. operations in the country after the end of 2014, when Washington said…

Can Iraq be saved?
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013- …Today Iraq stands on the brink of being a failed state, and its fall into the abyss has so far been averted due to a wide-range geopolitical and geostrategic factors that depend on Iraq s stagnancy rather…

Guantánamo 12 years on: how the media is missing the point
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 -Two recent stories about Guantánamo from two of the US s most respected news organisations highlight just how little attention the American press has paid to the facts about the extralegal prison – which was authorised 12…

Israeli Soldiers Cut 100 Olive Trees In Yabod
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – Israeli soldiers invaded Yabod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by the owners with the Israeli…

Yemeni drone victim requests meeting with Obama during Washington visit
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – A Yemeni man who lost two members of his family to a US drone strike one year ago has asked President Obama to meet with him when he visits Washington DC this week. Faisal bin Ali…

Hezbollah will stay in Syria as long as needed: Nasrallah
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – Shi ite militants from Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria s civil war alongside President Bashar Al-Assad s forces as long as necessary, the group s leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday. Hezbollah has helped…

A New Era: Egypt turns to Russia for support
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 -The visit by a top Russian delegation to Egypt on Thursday has signalled a possible major shift in Cairo s foreign policy, consolidating ties with old allies and reducing reliance on the United States. Russian Defense Minister…

US Atrocities in Afghanistan
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – US drones murder Afghan civilian men, women and children. American grounds forces do it up close and personal. US inflicted death, torture and other atrocities reflect daily life. Ordinary Afghans suffer most. They struggle to survive….

Palestinian family targeted by arson in revenge for murder of Israeli 
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013- A Palestinian home in the West Bank village Sinjil was firebombed early Thursday morning in an apparent revenge attack for the murder of an Israeli soldier yesterday by a Palestinian teenager. Seven family members were inside at…

Crossing Qalandia checkpoint, day after day after day
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – I moved to Qalandia refugee camp because of several reasons, one of them, relevant for the reader of this story, is the Qalandia checkpoint located just about 5 minutes walking distance from the camp. I involved…

Israel strikes 2 targets in northern Gaza
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 — Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, Israel s army said.”Earlier this afternoon an IAF aircraft targeted two concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip. Since yesterday two rockets have…

Will new cable thriller focused on Jerusalem archeology whitewash the settlers?
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – 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…

Let s Take Advantage of Suffering Filipinos!
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – The same week in which a Washington Post columnist claimed that interracial marriage makes people gag, a USA Today columnist has proposed using the U.S. military to aid those suffering in the Philippines — as a…

Muslim Brotherhood in Syria rejects Iranian offer over regime change
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria has confirmed that it has received an offer from the government in Iran over regime change. Omar Al-Mushawah confirmed statements attributed to Mohammad Farouk Tayfour, the Brotherhood s…

Tony Blair kept Cabinet in the dark over Iraq deliberately as ministers evaluated case for war in 2003 
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 -Members of Tony Blair s Cabinet were “deliberately” excluded from seeing key documents drawn up by officials examining the case for war against Iraq, a former head of the Civil Service has claimed. Lord Butler, who led…

Jews and Muslims to share al-Aqsa Mosque?
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Until a few weeks ago, most Israeli and Palestinian pundits dismissed the possibility of a Palestinian uprising in the near future. However, a draft Israeli law granting Jews the right to pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque…

Palestine s Land Defense Coalition
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – … Stop the Wall is a “Palestinian movement against Israel s Separation) Wall and the settlements under Israeli repression.” It wants construction stopped, portions built dismantled, confiscated lands returned, and compensation paid for losses. Land Defense Coalition (…

Taliban statement Statement of Islamic Emirate concerning the farce Loya Jirga 
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 -In the coming days, Karzai s stooge regime wishes to assemble a mock and ostentatious jirga in Kabul. Through this farce, the Karzai regime wishes to execute the American s demands and implement a treacherous deal which…

Syria News – November 13, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 73 martyrs, including 10 martyrs under torture, 6 children and 4 women: 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 15 in Homs;…

One Year Following the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Justice for Palestinian Victims Still Denied
Uruknet 14 Nov 2013 – November 13, 2013 – Tomorrow, 14 November 2013, marks the first anniversary of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, codenamed “Operation Pillar of Defense,” which lasted for 8 days. This offensive, like the preceding one, was characterized by brutality…

Daily Star

Norway offers aid in destruction of Syria chemical arms
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Norway says it will offer logistical support for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal despite refusing to carry out the operation on its soil as requested by the United States.

IAEA: Iran slows nuclear activities ahead of talks
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Iran has significantly slowed work on nuclear projects that could be used to make weapons, the U.N. atomic agency says in a report that comes as six world powers and Iran report new momentum in their…

Lebanon Central Bank to keep interest rates stable
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Lebanon’s Central Bank will maintain stable interest rates through its intervention in the bond market, Governor Riad Salameh says, a week after Standard & Poor’s downgraded three leading Lebanese banks.

Libya has lost $6 billion from oil protests: minister
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Libya has lost some $6 billion due to protests at ports and oil fields that have reduced the North African country’s crude exports to a trickle, its economy minister says.

Kerry: Any Iran nuclear deal will be ‘failsafe’
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says any deal negotiated with Iran will be “failsafe” and will guarantee that Tehran will not have the capacity to develop nuclear weapons.

Fire at north Lebanon warehouse injures two
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 A fire erupts at a tire warehouse in north Lebanon leaving a Syrian and a Lebanese worker badly injured.

Israel warplanes strike Gaza after militant mortar fire
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Israeli warplanes bomb two separate targets in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired projectiles across the border, the army says.

Damascus: Opposition delusional in demanding Assad quit
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi says the opposition was dreaming if it believed President Bashar al-Assad would agree to quit in order to get it to join proposed peace talks.

Syrian and Russian leaders discuss peace talks
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 The presidents of Syria and Russia have discussed a proposed peace conference to end Syria’s nearly three-year civil war and Damascus’ efforts to put its chemical weapons under international supervision, the Kremlin says.

Hariri: Nasrallah sacrificing Lebanon for Assad, Iran
Daily Star 14 Nov 2013 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri launchs a scathing attack on Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, accusing the Hezbollah secretary-general of sacrificing Lebanon in the interests of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran.

YNet News

2 killed in gas pipeline blast in Poland
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – ….

Rabbi Abergel supporters protest opposite Lod police offices
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – ….

Report: Al-Qaeda-linked rebels cut off head of wrong person
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – ….

Attacks in Libya’s Benghazi kill two
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – ….

Former Cyprus president in critical condition
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – ….

Conflict can be managed 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Israel, PA can agree on certain issues, agree to disagree on currently unsolvable issues ….

Norway promotes anti-circumcision law
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – Scandinavian country’s health minister plans to introduce new regulations on ritual circumcision following call by children’s ombudswoman to ban non-medical circumcision of minors due to ‘violation of rights.’ European Jewish Association head seeks Israel’s help on matter ….

DC intersection renamed for savior of Jews 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – Street junction outside Bulgarian Embassy will now be known as Dimitar Peshev Plaza after lawmaker credited with helping spare lives of tens of thousands of Jews during Holocaust. Recognition approved despite reservations over Bulgaria’s complicated history during World War II ….

Rabbi Stav lashes out at 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’ ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinians mark Shale stones 1st anniversary in Gaza
PIC – Palestinian people in the Gaza strip on Thursday marked the 1st anniversary of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip that lasted for eight days..

AFEH denounces intentions to film Jewish drama series near Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Al-Aqsa Foundation for endowments and heritage denounced the intention of American and Israeli film companies to produce and film a Jewish drama series in the excavations adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque.

22,000 administrative detention orders since al-Aqsa Intifada
PIC – Human rights network, based in Oslo, said that the Israeli authorities issued around 22,000 administrative detention orders against Palestinian prisoners since al-Aqsa Intifada on 28 September 2000. 

Resheq: negotiations with the occupation a crime that must be stopped
PIC – Member of the political bureau of Hamas movement, Ezzat Resheq considered that the continuation of the negotiations and security coordination with Israel is a crime that must be stopped.

IOF detains brother and friend of attack suspect
PIC – Palestinian sources in the city of Jenin said that large Israeli military forces stormed on Wednesday afternoon the of town Bir Basha south of the city and arrested two Palestinians.

Prisoners in Raymond prison threaten to escalate their protests
PIC – An Israeli special unit has stormed sections 4 and 6 in Raymond prison on Tuesday and conducted a search campaign for long hours, Palestinian Prisoners Society said.

Sewage water fills Gaza’s streets
PIC – Sewage from a treatment plant have flooded streets in Gaza city on Wednesday evening after the wastewater treatment plant stopped functioning, due to fuel shortage, a Palestinian official has said.

Hamdan: Hamas is making efforts to end Palestinian refugees’ crisis in Syria
PIC – Osama Hamdan, head of Hamas’s foreign relations department, confirmed that considerable efforts have been made to neutralize Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria.

IOF soldiers round up 14 Palestinians including 3 brothers in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed 14 Palestinian citizens from Al-Khalil including ten from Daheriya town at dawn Thursday.

PA intelligence kidnaps son of martyr Jamal Mansour
PIC – Palestinian Authority intelligence agents kidnapped the university student Bakr Jamal Mansour on Thursday morning while on his way to sit at a final half term exam in Najah University.

WAFA

AI Says a Year after Israeli Attack on Gaza People still Displaced
WAFA – 14 Nov 2013

Israel Cuts Down 100 Olive Trees in West Bank Town
WAFA – 14 Nov 2013

Price Index Up in October
WAFA – 14 Nov 2013

Soldiers Arrest 20 Palestinians in West Bank
WAFA – 14 Nov 2013

Final Draft of Agricultural Credit Project under Discussion
WAFA – 14 Nov 2013

Misc

Iran’s nuclear program has slowed almost to a halt, IAEA says
LA Times 14 Nov 2013 – A report from the IAEA indicates Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has essentially stopped new work at Iran’s nuclear facilities. WASHINGTON — Iran’s new government has slowed expansion of its nuclear program almost to a halt since August, according to the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency,…

Obama cautions Congress against fresh sanctions on Iran
LA Times 14 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON — President Obama urged Congress on Thursday not to slap Iran with new economic penalties that could disrupt diplomatic efforts to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, warning that the alternative of a military attack would be “messy” and “difficult” and would not prevent the Iranians…

Senators still mulling over additional Iran sanctions
LA Times 13 Nov 2013 – Key Democrats face pressure from the administration to avoid derailing talks with Iran and from hawks to increase sanctions. WASHINGTON — Key senators remained undecided Wednesday on whether to impose more economic sanctions on Iran after Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other administration…

Turkey Moves to Silence Dissenters, but With One Eye on Its Image Abroad
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – Journalists and foreign observers have reported a continuing campaign of intimidation by the government. 

Obama Calls for Patience in Iran Talks
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – President Obama argued against a plan to impose new sanctions against Iran while negotiators seek a six-month agreement to freeze Tehran’s nuclear program. 

Golan Heights Journal: On a Mission Within Earshot of a War, Armed With Paint
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – A group of graffiti painters from several countries gathered in the disputed region to add color to a building’s ruins. 

Government in Egypt Eases Restrictions
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – The interim government lifts a state of emergency and a nighttime curfew after three months — an indication of its confidence in its control of the country. 

In Iraq, a Day of Religious Observance, and of Blood
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – A wave of attacks against Shiite Muslims killed at least 47 people and wounded dozens as they were marking the holy day of Ashura. 

Hezbollah Chief Says His Forces Will Stay in Syria
New York Times 14 Nov 2013 – Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the militant group, was addressing tens of thousands of followers marking a major Shiite religious holiday. 

Iran and Western Powers Clash Over Why Nuclear Talks Failed
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – The United States says Iran was unwilling to agree to a unified proposal, while Iran says France thwarted progress. 

Kerry and Biden Ask for Room to Reach a Nuclear Deal With Iran
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. pressed senators to give the Obama administration breathing room to reach an accord with Iran. 

Attack on Israeli Worsens Tensions With Palestinians
New York Times 13 Nov 2013 – The killing of 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. 

Senators and Kerry battle over who’s on the phone to Israel
Mondoweiss – The Obama administration’s effort to save its talks with Iran has turned into a craven game of Israel outreach. John Kerry, Joe Biden and a top Treasury official had to placate Israel’s friends on the Hill yesterday, but these powerful friends, including Democrats, repeatedly cited Israeli…

TIAA-CREF removes Veolia from Social Choice Fund
Mondoweiss – Press Release : The We Divest coalition joins workers, environmentalists, and corporate accountability organizations in congratulating pension fund giant TIAA-CREF for removing Veolia Environnement SA stock (VIE:EN Paris) from its Social Choice Funds portfolio. In July 2013, TIAA-CREF’s website showed over $1.2 million in Veolia shares for…

Neto exploiting IDB’s Shufersal ties
Globes Main News – After Neto joined the Dankner-Granovsky consortium, managers at IDB unit Shufersal were reportedly told to increase shelf space of Neto’s tuna.

‘NYT”s Dershowitz reviewer lately participated in ‘celebrate’ Israel mission
Mondoweiss – Last Sunday The New York Times did a favorable review of Alan Dershowitz’s autobiography that described his legacy as huge and enduring (as Donald Johnson pointed out on our site). The treatment was predictable inasmuch as the author of the review, Slate legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick,…

Ben White brings ‘apartheid’ talk to Brooklyn College dep’t (which hasn’t hosted Dershowitz in 39 years)
Mondoweiss – Do progressive Americans care about the Israel/Palestine issue? I think they do. Last night Josh Ruebner spoke at Brooklyn College and supported BDS ( then rode Amtrak back to DC ) and tonight Ben White will be speaking there, despite a vigorous campaign to shun him. His subject…

Blumenthal’s book draws ire of a one-time Kahane-supporter (and Dershowitz)
Mondoweiss – Alan Dershowitz I keep saying that Max Blumenthal’s book is important , and a signal moment in the US discourse on the conflict, and here’s more evidence. The rightwing continues to deploy the politics of personal destruction to try and stop this book. The neoconservative Washington Free…

US Supreme Court rejects Teva Copaxone petition
Globes Main News – A motion to suspend a previous ruling while deciding Teva’s appeal against early invalidation of the patent was dismissed.

Senior Treasury officials deny tax cut plans
Globes Main News – Finance Minister bureau official: Any claim or mention about reducing taxes is irresponsible.

Sapiens raising $40m in Nasdaq offering
Globes Main News – The insurance services software company will use the proceeds for corporate purposes including acquisitions and investments.

Gilat reports layoffs, losses and lower revenue
Globes Main News – Gilat Satellite Networks posted a net loss of $1.9 million on $71.3 million revenue for the third quarter, missing analysts’ forecasts.

Israel Chemicals exec: Royalties can’t be raised
Globes Main News – Dead Sea Works SVP Noam Goldstein: In 2030, our franchise expires and the government can set 50% royalties and 50% income tax.

Crossing Qalandia checkpoint, day after day after day
Mondoweiss – The Qalandia checkpoint. (Photo: Scott/Flickr) I moved to Qalandia refugee camp because of several reasons, one of them, relevant for the reader of this story, is the Qalandia checkpoint located just about 5 minutes walking distance from the camp. I involved myself in this “crossing Qalandia”…

Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ and the imagination of national security
Mondoweiss – The show Homeland began its third season with record-breaking ratings . The show’s creators Alex Ganza and Howard Gordon, who previously collaborated on the wildly popular series 24, seem to have worked out a successful narrative for the War on Terror during the Obama era. If 24…

Bank of Israel has exhausted its options 
Globes Macro Economics – The government, which has avoided implementing important housing measures or channeling money to stimulate projects, must now join hands with the Bank of Israel.

Treasury hedges $200m in 3 deals 
Globes Macro Economics – In the past few months, the Ministry of Finance has bought $1 billion to hedge dollar-denominated debt.

“The worst could still be ahead in Europe” 
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Charles Wyplosz will discuss Eurozone recovery at the Globes Israel Business Conference on December 8-9.

Zisser’s Plaza Centers suspends bond payments
Globes Main News – The company will submit to its creditors a restructuring plan in a formalized restructuring process within a few days.

Shekel stable against dollar
Globes Main News – FXCM: Only the Bank of Israel has enough reserves to affect trading, and we may see it intervene if the shekel-dollar exchange rate falls below NIS 3.50/$.

Israel Lobbies Senators to Oppose U.S. Policy on Iran
Tikun Olam – Sen. Mark Kirk greeting “Iran’s Chalabi,” Amir Fakhravar Man, if this doesn’t take the cake! Buzzfeed reports that GOP senators publicly avowed that Israeli diplomats had lobbied them to oppose U.S. policy toward Iran. While I don’t want to make the case that lobbies or lobbyists…

Elbit Systems reports higher revenue and profit
Globes Main News – The orders backlog was $5.7 billion at the end of the third quarter, down from $5.8 billion at the end of the preceding quarter.

VIDEO: Egypt and Russia in high level talks 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Russia’s foreign and defence ministers have met senior Egyptian officials in Cairo for the highest level talks in decades.

Russia and Egypt in ‘historic’ talks 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Both sides hail talks between a high-level Russian delegation and Egyptian ministers in Cairo as “historic,” amid reports of a possible arms deal.

Kerry downplays Iran assets ‘deal’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says a “tiny portion” of Iranian assets may be freed under a proposed deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.

John Kerry Insists No Dispute With Israel on Nuclear Deal With Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he understands Israel’s “deep concerns” over Iran’s nuclear program and that the two allies share the same goal in curbing the perceived threat, although they differ in tactics. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: UAE FM – GCC Stance On Egypt Has Become More Unified 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stance has become more unified on Egypt, state-run WAM news agency reported.

Egypt: FM – Qatari Stance Towards Egypt Raises Questions 
allAfrica.com 14 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi said on Wednesday 13/11/2013 that the Qatari stance on Egypt is raising many questions by Egyptians and other Arabs.

Morsi supporters jailed over unrest 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Twelve supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Morsi are jailed over unrest at Al-Azhar university, as a state of emergency comes to an end.

Gaza Drowns in Sewage as Egypt Cuts Fuel Supplies in Hamas Feud 
The Foward Breaking News 14 Nov 2013 – Children waded through sewage submerging the streets of a central Gaza neighbourhood on Thursday, a day after one of the blockaded Palestinian enclave’s largest waste water treatment plants stopped for lack of fuel. Click here for the rest of the article…

South African human rights organisation terminates G4S contract 
Global BDS 14 Nov 2013 – After being approached by the Palestine solidarity and human rights organisation, BDS South Africa, the renowned Cape Town based “Trauma Centre” has terminated their ties and contract with the controversial security company G4S. James Taylor, the Chairperson of the Trauma Centre, in an official statement posted…

VIDEO: Egypt and Russia in high level talks 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Russia’s foreign and defence ministers have met senior Egyptian officials in Cairo for the highest level talks in decades.

Russia and Egypt in ‘historic’ talks 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Both sides hail talks between a high-level Russian delegation and Egyptian ministers in Cairo as “historic,” amid reports of a possible arms deal.

Ashura Rituals and Amal Oaths on Lebanese University Campus 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – The circular has not been enforced. At the Faculty of Information, the place is wrapped in black for Ashura, while slogans for the religious occasion are everywhere and recordings mourning Hussein can be heard in every corner. (Photo: Archive – Alia Haju) The circular has not…

Shrines in Iraq: ‘Mako’ Imam, ‘Mako’ Najaf 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – Muslims run between the Imam Hussein (background) and Imam Abbas shrines as part of the ritual ceremony of Ashura in Karbala, 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Baghdad, during the commemoration of Ashura, on November 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ali al-Saadi) Muslims run between the…

Kerry downplays Iran assets ‘deal’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says a “tiny portion” of Iranian assets may be freed under a proposed deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Damascus violence ‘kills three’ 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Three people have been killed by bombs and mortar fire near the historic centre of the Syrian capital Damascus, state-run media report.

Bombs strike Iraqi Shia processions 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Attacks targeting Shia Muslims on the festival of Ashura kill at least 41 people across Iraq, with the worst of the violence in Diyala province.

Morsi supporters jailed over unrest 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Twelve supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Morsi are jailed over unrest at Al-Azhar university, as a state of emergency comes to an end.

Russia returns to the Middle East 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – How Russia is reasserting itself as a key Middle East arms supplier

Syria peace talks date tentatively set for December: media 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – A long-delayed conference aimed at ending Syria’s 32-month conflict will be held in Geneva on December 12, a Syrian government daily reported on Thursday, citing diplomatic sources in Paris. The al-Watan newspaper said that US Secretary of State John Kerry had told his French counterpart Laurent…

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – An Iraqi looks at damages on the site of a car bomb attack on November 14, 2013 in the northern city of Kirkuk. (Photo: AFP – Marwan Ibrahim) Updated at 2:50pm: Attacks against Shia worshipers, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed…

VIDEO: Will Afghanistan descend into civil war? 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Documentary photographer Robert Nickelsberg talks to the BBC about the more than three decades he has spent covering conflicts in Afghanistan.

Israeli tanks, bulldozers enter Gaza Strip, are met with mortar fire 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – Israeli army vehicles penetrated into the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, witnesses said, with Palestinian militants firing mortar shells in response without causing any casualties. “Six military bulldozers accompanied by several tanks incurred about 200 meters from the border into farmland, as helicopters and spy…

Nasrallah: Hezbollah will stay in Syria as long as necessary 
Al-Akhbar News 14 Nov 2013 – The head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah is flanked by a security guard as he speaks during a massive commemoration of the Shia holiday Ashura in southern Beirut on November 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday his group, which has been fighting…

Ethiopians ‘surrender’ in Saudi 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – About 23,000 Ethiopians have surrendered to Saudi authorities since a clampdown on illegal migrants began in the oil-rich kingdom last week, officials say.

Israel-Gaza conflict: One year on 
BBC 14 Nov 2013 – Israel and Gaza residents remember eight-day conflict

Kerry opposes new sanctions on Iran 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry tells a Senate panel new sanctions against Iran would risk ruining talks over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Lebanon’s forgotten space programme 
BBC 13 Nov 2013 – How students in Lebanon launched a rocket into space

Hezbollah’s Qassem: Content with Caretaker Government 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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:…

Articles


What is Normalization? 
Nassar Ibrahim, Alternative Information Center 11/14/2013
The concept of normalization emerged at the Camp David agreements signed by Egypt and Israel in 1979. The agreements laid the foundation for normalized political, economic, cultural, social and academic relations between Arab countries and Israel before solutions for a just and comprehensive peace were found. Under such conditions normalization can be understood as a process by which normal relations are manufactured in a context of abnormal circumstances – thereby divorcing Israel from its own acts of aggression, occupation and racism, and treating it as a political entity that is somehow independent of its political actions.
Normalizing discourse embraces East/West dialogues of clashing religions and civilizations. These dichotomies serve to distract from the core issues of the conflict, as if they were minor misunderstandings that could be resolved if only the invested parties would sit down together and speak as respected colleagues. This fallacy disregards the unequal balances of power between the two sides and attempts to delegitimise resistance as a tool for obtaining political and civil rights.
Normalization, the occupation of awareness
Beginning with the Camp David agreements, an emerging culture of defeat fostered actual political defeat in a self-fulfilling prophecy. This course was driven by a process that subordinated Arab and Palestinian political frameworks to Israel’s will – characterised by a series of concessions that concerned the very core of Arab and Palestinian national rights. These concessions lead to a crisis that ultimately damaged the legitimacy of leading Arab and Palestinian forces. Even more damaging, was the fact that Palestinian national movement representatives had begun to integrate and submit to the logic and conditions of the dominant side through a gradual process of capitulation and compromise.
The poor performance of the Palestinian leadership established the framework of a Palestinian political culture dominated by defeat…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s culture of walls 
Lawrence Davidson, Redress 11/14/2013
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced his government’s intention to construct another “separation barrier” – a large fortified wall or fence referred to by Palestinians as an apartheid wall – “between the West Bank and Jordan after completing walls on the Egyptian and Syrian borders”. Netanyahu is doing this for a variety of reasons, such as to keep Arab and other non-Jewish refugees from coming into Israel and, in the case of the West bank-Jordan wall, to symbolize Israel’s ongoing control of the area.Israel’s walls
The original Zionist rationale for the state of Israel was that it would serve as a place of safety for the world’s Jews as anti-Semitism played out its allegedly inevitable horrid destiny. Well, the problem today is that the policies of Israel are the major motivators of worldwide anti-Semitism and, because of these same policies, there is no place in the world more potentially dangerous for Jews than Israel. Hence the Israeli fondness for walls. It may very well be that when all of this wall construction is finished, Israel will look like the world’s largest ghetto.
Within their walls, Israel’s leaders are busy making their ghetto religiously pure. Just this week buildings occupied by 15,000 East Jerusalem Arabs were scheduled for demolition. Those serving the notices to the 200 residential blocs had to be “escorted by Israeli soldiers”. Thus, while the walls discourage the non-Jews outside from breaking in, the home demolitions (along with a host of other nasty policies) encourage the inside non-Jews to get out.
It makes not a bit of difference that all this wall building, to say nothing of the accompanying ethnic cleansing, is illegal. The Israelis don’t care. They make their own “law” based on their military capacity to enforce their will, and their perverted psychology – the belief that their past suffering (at least that of the Jews of Europe) somehow justifies imposing suffering on others. more.. e-mail

Killing Arafat 
Justin Raimondo, My Catbird Seat 11/9/2013
If you take the time to read the 108-page Swiss report, compiled by a group of scientists with painstaking attention to detail, it is clear that Arafat was not only assassinated – he was murdered by the most exotic means one can possibly imagine.
The investigation into the death of Yaser Arafat took a giant step forward the other day when Al Jazeera posted the report of a team of Swiss doctors that pretty conclusively shows he was poisoned. The big news, however, is that this was no ordinary poisoning: the agent was polonium-210, the same radioactive substance that knocked off Russian exile Alexander Litvinenko, an associate of the late Boris Berezovsky.
Arafat fell ill after eating a meal – a strong indication he was poisoned. At the time, however, his symptoms did not yield any definitive diagnosis, and no autopsy was done after his death a few weeks later.
If you take the time to read the 108-page Swiss report, compiled by a group of scientists with painstaking attention to detail, it is clear that Arafat was not only assassinated – he was murdered by the most exotic means one can possibly imagine. Polonium-210 isn’t something you can buy at the local drugstore: it’s a highly radioactive and volatile substance used in the construction of nuclear triggers, satellites, and specialized industrial processes. It is highly toxic: a few milligrams found in Arafat’s remains, and on his clothing, was enough to kill him. As David Barclay, a scientist specializing in forensics, told the Guardian newspaper:
“’The report contains strong evidence, in my view conclusive evidence, that there’s at least 18 times the level of polonium in Arafat’s exhumed body than there should be.’ He said the report represented ‘a smoking gun.’ Barclay said: ‘It’s what killed him. Now we need to find out who was holding the gun at that time,’ adding: ‘I would point to him being given a fatal dose. I don’t think there’s any doubt at all.’ more.. e-mail

Netanyahu and the War Mongers 
Sheldon Richman, CounterPunch 11/14/2013
Preventing War With Iran Must be a Top Priority
The best way to keep Iran from building a nuclear bomb is for the Obama administration and its nuclear client Israel to stop threatening the Islamic Republic.
Look at recent history. In 2003 Iraq’s government had no nuclear weapons (or other WMD). The U.S. government invaded, and before long Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was hanging from a rope. In 2011 Libya’s government had no nuclear weapons. The U.S. government led NATO on a bombing campaign to help a group of rebels, and before long Libyan Col. Muammar Qaddafi lay dead on a roadside. Today Syria has no nuclear weapons. The U.S. government and NATO are currently aiding rebels seeking to overthrow (and likely kill) President Bashar al-Assad.
On the other hand, North Korea has nuclear weapons, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un appears safe from any regime change sponsored by the U.S. government and NATO.
Lesson for foreign leaders who are in the doghouse with the U.S. government: Get a nuke.
Therefore it follows that not threatening a foreign regime is a good way to keep it from following the yellowcake road. And it sure beats threatening war, which all too easily can become actual war.
Iran is not building a bomb. U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies have said so repeatedly. The Islamic Republic, unlike Israel, is a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is thus subject to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Moreover, the Islamic regime long ago issued a fatwa, invoked many times since, condemning WMD as immoral. more.. e-mail

Ken Stone’s “Canada’s Harper Government Supports Covert Mercenary War on Syria, Funds Al Qaeda Affiliated Rebels”
In Gaza: 14 Nov 2013 – November 12, 2013 *PLEASE SHARE WIDELY As expected, Prime Minister Harper wholly endorsed President Obama’s call to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013. 1 Harper did, however, decline to join the tiny coalition of countries willing to join a US-led air strike on Syria outside the mandate of the United Nations Security Council. 2 Unlike the United Kingdom and France, his government has not officially recognized the oppositional Syrian National Council as a government-in-exile. Unlike the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, the Harper government has not openly armed the foreign-backed mercenaries. Has Harper changed his spots? Has he morphed into a peacenik? Hardly. Actually the Prime Minister has been working, but mostly behind the scenes, over the past thirty months for regime change in Syria. His government’s efforts fall into the following six categories: 1. organizing the covert…more

‘This Is Not a Life at All’ – Families Powerless in Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 14 Nov 2013 – By IRIN – Gaza 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 electricity now absent for around half of each day. The humanitarian coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, James W. Rawley, says the shutdown and fuel shortages will “impact all essential services, including hospitals, clinics, sewage and water pumping stations.” The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights says the move has “left serious consequences on the humanitarian conditions of the Gaza Strip’s population.” The plant was only reopened last year after rehabilitation following an Israeli airstrike in 2006. According to the Gaza Energy Authority, it generates around 30 percent of Gaza’s electricity supply, the rest coming from Israel (120 megawatts) and Egypt (27 megawatts). Since June, a security clampdown on the Egyptian side of the…more


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