VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 November 2013: Netanyahu’s latest deception

15 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: Two Palestinians killed, 7 wounded by Israeli troops this week
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 07- 13 November 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that 2 Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli forces at military checkpoints in the West Bank. 7 others were wounded this week, including 2 children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. …

Tel Aviv Wants Veteran Jerusalem, Historic Palestine, Detainees Exiled
IMEMC – The Israeli government is considering forcing Palestinian detainees from Jerusalem and historic Palestine into exile should they be released under an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. …

Ma’an News

Sewage floods Gaza streets as lack of fuel plunges strip into darkness
11/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Sewage has flooded the streets of a central Gaza City neighborhood as an ongoing fuel shortage and the shut down of the besieged region’s sole functioning power plant has caused the failure of the strip’s main waste water treatment plant. Residents of the al-Sabra neighborhood in al-Zaytoun in central Gaza City were surprised Wednesday night to find….

Israeli forces injure 3 with live bullets in clashes in al-Eizeriya
11/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces opened fire with live bullets on protestors east of Jerusalem on Friday evening. Clashes broke out between Palestinian protestors and Israeli occupation forces in al-Eizariya on Friday evening, and Israeli forces opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas canisters in order to disperse the crowds. A medic told Ma’an that three….

Israeli forces shoot teenager in the foot near Hebron
11/15/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers shot a Palestinian teenager in the foot in clashes near Dura south of Hebron. Moussa Abu Rayoush, 17, was shot in the foot and taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, locals said. In the clashes, Palestinian youth threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets, live ammunition, and tear gas at protestors. The use of excessive….

Report: Israel arrests 70 Palestinian workers
11/15/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli forces overnight Thursday arrested 70 Palestinians working in the country illegally, Israeli media said. Israeli forces raided the northern towns of Shfaram, Kfar Menda, Ilut and other Palestinian majority areas and arrested laborers working on construction sites and agricultural fields, Ynet reported. Around 67 of those arrested will be questioned and returned to the occupied West Bank. Around….

Israel accelerates controversial park project
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli government has accelerated a project for a national park between two Palestinian villages near annexed east Jerusalem to stop Palestinians building in the area, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday. The project, which authorities say is aimed at preserving the environment on the slopes of Mount Scopus, was announced at the end of October along with the construction of a further 1,500….

Activists smash, cut holes in Israel’s separation wall
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian activists smashed and cut holes in sections of Israel’s separation wall surrounding occupied East Jerusalem early Friday. A group of activists used sledge hammers to break a hole in part of the separation wall near the Palestinian town of Bir Nabala northeast of Jerusalem. Activist Abdullah Abu Rahma told Ma’an that dozens of people managed to….

Israeli forces assault 7 family members in their home near Hebron
11/15/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted seven members of a Palestinian family, including the elderly parents, in Arrub refugee camp near Hebron on Friday. Locals said that Israeli soldiers tried to raid the house of Mohammad Mahmoud Abu Dawoud, and when family members tried to stop them from entering the house the troops beat them severely. Troops also caused property damage to the residence….

PLO negotiators resign over settlements
11/15/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The Middle East peace process suffered a fresh blow after the entire Palestinian negotiating team resigned in protest against continued Israeli settlement building. Negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh told AFP the resignation move Wednesday was in response to “increasing settlement building (by Israel) and the absence of any hope of achieving results.””Until now, president Abbas has not accepted our resignation,” he added. Another negotiator….

RSF condemns secret arrest of Palestinian journalist
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Reporters Without Borders on Thursday condemned Israel’s arrest and continuing detention of a Palestinian journalist working for the Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper in Jerusalem. Mohamed Jamal Abu Khdeir was arrested on Nov. 6 on charges of endangering Israeli national security, the watchdog said. On Wednesday, authorities extended his detention until Nov. 18, and his family and lawyer have not been able to….

Israeli forces detain 4 teenagers near Ramallah
11/15/2013 – Israeli forces on Friday detained four teenagers from Silwad village north of Ramallah after clashes broke out in the village. Majd Saleh Hamid, 16, Mohammad Ziyad Hamid, 12, Abdullah Khalid Hammad, 17, and a fourth unidentified teen were detained, locals said. Hundreds of people held a demonstration earlier on Friday during which they threw rocks at Israeli army vehicles and settlers cars. The internationally recognized….

Netanyahu ‘unimpressed’ by IAEA nuclear report on Iran
11/15/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was unimpressed by a report from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday that Iran had frozen its nuclear activities. Iran’s archenemy Israel takes a hard line on international pressures for Tehran to rein in its controversial nuclear programme and has not ruled out military action against it.” I am not….

Minister: US gambling with Israel’s security
11/15/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Israel accused the United States of gambling with its security Thursday as it grapples for a nuclear deal with Iran, and renewed warnings it could conduct its own military strikes. Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, dispatched by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to campaign against a nascent deal being negotiated by western powers with Iran, spoke out against moves which in a first phase….

Majority of Israelis oppose Iran nuclear deal
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Nearly two thirds of Israeli Jews oppose a deal being reached between world powers and Iran on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, the results of a survey published on Friday said. When asked “Should Israel support or oppose the nuclear agreement being discussed with Iran? “65. 5 percent said they were against it, and 16. 2 percent expressed backing for an accord…. Related: Majority of Israelis oppose Iran nuclear deal

Palestine & UNESCO: Protecting heritage and reasserting sovereignty

11/15/2013 – The first installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. – Overview – Palestine gained membership of UNESCO in 2011 but its representatives have not yet made best use of this new status due in part….

Majority of Israelis oppose Iran nuclear deal
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Nearly two thirds of Israeli Jews oppose a deal being reached between world powers and Iran on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, the results of a survey published on Friday said. When asked “Should Israel support or oppose the nuclear agreement being discussed with Iran? “65. 5 percent said they were against it, and 16. 2 percent expressed backing for an accord…. Related: Majority of Israelis oppose Iran nuclear deal

14 injured as Israeli forces disperse West Bank protests
11/15/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces dispersed a weekly nonviolent protest in the Qalqiliya village of Kafr Qaddum on Friday, injuring at least 14 Palestinians. Four people were hit by rubber-coated bullets and dozens of people suffered smoke inhalation after Israeli forces fired tear gas at villagers, locals said. Eight people were injured after being hit directly by tear gas canisters. Israeli forces also fired….

Wahhabi militants say Syria rebel ‘beheaded in error’
11/15/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria have admitted beheading a fellow rebel by mistake after believing him to be an Iraqi Shiite fighting alongside regime forces, a watchdog said on Friday. A video posted on the Internet on Wednesday showed two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holding up a bearded man’s head before a crowd in Aleppo….

‘2 dead, 25 hurt’ in Libya as militia fires on Tripoli demo
11/15/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — At least two people were killed and 25 wounded as militiamen opened fire Friday on residents holding a peaceful protest to demand they vacate their Tripoli headquarters, a Libyan official said. The militias are holdovers from the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi and now a powerful force in the increasingly lawless North African country.” Two dead and 25 wounded have so….

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza farmers succeed in tending to olive harvest – with international support
11/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – The Electronic Intifada, Joe Catron, Gaza City, Occupied Palestine – 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 week at the height of the harvest season, from 20 to 27 October, in two of the farming districts most often….

Apartheid wall smashed on anniversary of independence declaration
11/15/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Bir Nabala and Rafat, Occupied Palestine – This morning, November 15, 2013, 25 years after Yasser Arafat declared independence of the Palestinian state, a group of Palestinian activists undertook a direct action against the annexation wall and fence, supported by both Israeli and international activists. At approximately 6:30 am groups of Palestinian, Israeli and international activists traveled to a section of….

Israeli forces injure 8 Palestinians during aggressive Kafr Qaddum demonstration
11/15/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – Today, Friday 15th November, the Israeli army detained four children before the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum. Israeli soldiers then invaded the village during the protest, firing many tear gas canisters and injuring 8 Palestinians. At approximately 9:00 this morning, a group of children were playing in the village, when Israeli forces arrived with military….

The National

Libyan militiamen open fire on peaceful protest in Triopli, killing 22
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Militiamen attack demonstration that followed calls by imams during Friday prayers for protests against the militias.

US spearheads Philippine relief effort as Typhoon Haiyan toll rises
The National 15 Nov 2013 – The UN says almost 4,500 are confirmed killed in the typhoon – one of the strongest ever recorded – and the lives of many others hang by the thinnest of threads. 

Islamist militants admit to beheading the wrong person
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ask the dead man for forgiveness and say the mistake occurred after the man utter the names of Shiite figures.

Albania refuses to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons
The National 15 Nov 2013 – The decision was a major blow to international efforts to destroy the arsenal by the middle of next year.

Agonising wait for family names to appear on the list of survivors
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Relatives of people hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have spoken of their anxious wait to hear news from their loved ones, and of profound grief for the the loss of lives. 

Survivors in outlying areas must wait for aid teams to reach them
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Relatives of people hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have spoken of their anxious wait to hear news from their loved ones, and of profound grief for the the loss of lives. 

Horror of not being able to contact family who lived in worst-hit area
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Relatives of people hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have spoken of their anxious wait to hear news from their loved ones, and of profound grief for the the loss of lives. 

Nine relatives of Abu Dhabi resident killed as storm made landfall
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Relatives of those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines have spoken of their anxious wait to hear news from their loved ones, and of profound grief for the loss of lives. 

Video: Thousands of Filipinos displaced by the typhoon arrive in Cebu island 
The National 15 Nov 2013 – Thousands of survivors leave devastated Leyte island, moving to Cebu one week after a super typhoon ravaged the central Philippines.

Video: Obama on healthcare frustrations ‘I hear you loud and clear’ 
The National 15 Nov 2013 – President Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare.

Video: Albanians protest request to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons 
The National 15 Nov 2013 – The US has requested that Albania destroy Syria’s chemical weapons as part of a Russian-American deal, prompting protests in the Adriatic nation.

Ha’aretz

How Israel is transplanting the Bedouins of Hiran
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Gaza Strip full of corrupt millionaires, says Palestinian official
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

UN interpreter’s candid outrage: 9 anti-Israel resolutions are ‘a bit much’
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

World powers, Iran may reach nuclear deal next week, says top U.S. official
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

One year after Pillar of Defense, houses are rebuilt but lives remain shattered
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Is Simon Cowell really planning on converting to Judaism?
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Montreal Jewish hospital says it will defy religious symbol ban
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

U.K. police drop sex assault investigation into Golders Green rabbi
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Shimon Peres warns against Israeli feud with U.S. over Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

One year after Pillar of Defense in Gaza, Hamas-Fatah rivalry is mounting again
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Pollard’s operator: U.S. promised to free spy after 10 years
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Amid devastation of Philippines typhoon, baby born in Israeli field hospital
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Bennett: Deal with Iran undermines efforts to thwart nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Dueling dinosaur bones could set fossil auction record
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

J Street responds: Don’t undermine chance for ‘good deal’ on Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Migration can be a good thing – just look at the Arabs in Europe
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

The authority for consumer neglect
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Who’s a ‘thorn in the butt’ and who’s a fig leaf
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Labor fundraising: Yacimovich’s masses vs. Herzog’s fat cats
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

In praise of a thorny prime minister
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

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

American Jewish leaders only care about themselves
Ha’aretz – 14 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Comment: Did Israel really poison Yasser Arafat?
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – I have no idea if and how Arafat was poisoned. I definitely have an idea of how the Israeli government uses assassinations in the face of strategic challenges, when it has no other strategic recourse. 

Netanyahu urges France not to weaken on Iran talks
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Ahead of French President Hollande’s visit to Israel next week, Netanyahu tells Le Figaro he hopes France does not lower its guard on Tehran’s nuclear program; adds settlement construction is not what’s preventing peace. 

Albania rejects US request to host destruction of Syria chemical weapons
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – OPCW source says US has alternatives to host WMDs. 

Power: We have to test the Iranian regime before signing permanent nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – US official says deal could possibly be reached next week. 

Hungary: Survey on anti-Semitism in Europe flawed
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Hungarian officials question methodology of survey that showed greater fear of anti-Semitism among Jews in Europe. 

London police drop sex abuse charges against prominent rabbi
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Rabbi Chaim Halpern was investigated for allegations of sexual offenses, exploitation and child abuse command. 

Behind the IAEA report: Iran halted uranium enrichment for maintenance purposes
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Following halt in uranium enrichment from late August to early November, Tehran resumed conversion at faster pace. 

Report: Simon Cowell plans to embrace Jewish faith, visit Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – X Factor boss, whose father was Jewish, is interested in girlfriend’s religion as they expect their first child early 2014. 

First baby born in IDF field hospital in Philippines, named Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – 148 person IDF delegation helps in Philippines with aftermath of devastating typhoon. 

George W. Bush headlines Jews for Jesus event
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Former US president’s appearance at the Messianic fundraiser causes controversy; ADL urged Bush not to speak at event. 

Senator Cruz tells ‘Post’: Obama is degrading the US-Israel relationship
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Republican says US grasping at any deal it can achieve with Iran, giving away its leverage; calls for more sanctions. 

Poll: Israeli public backs Netanyahu in dust-up with US
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Israel Radio: 40% of the public agrees with PM’s criticism; 55% say J’lem can’t count on the US to worry about its security concerns. 

Obama national security aide chides Israel over settlements
Jerusalem Post 15 Nov 2013 – Rice: US remains committed to peacemaking. 

Bennett visits DC to counter Kerry’s effort against new sanctions
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Sources on Capitol Hill say US secretary of state is concerned over Bennett’s lobbying effort. 

Livni says Bayit Yehudi politicizing Afula murder
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Livni complained that Bayit Yehudi was advancing settlement construction to prevent the formation of a Palestinian state. 

Labor denies polling places give Yacimovich advantage
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Herzog had accused Yacimovich of refusing to set up polling places at 80 locations because she was afraid their residents would support him. 

US Jews ask Washington not to return Jewish antiquities to Iraq
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – The documents, which the Hussein regime confiscated from the Jewish community, were discovered by coalition forces in 2003. 

Energy: Learning from the Dutch experience
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Experts from the Netherlands give advice on what Israel should do with its newfound gas reserves. 

iEngage: Israelis must learn to listen to our American cousins
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Failure to listen and engage in an honest dialogue will alienate our overseas cousins and drive them away, and that is something that we cannot afford to do. 

Why blame John Kerry?
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – In its campaign against Israel, the ICRC has violated its mandate, distorted the FGC and wreaked much confusion. John Kerry is not its first victim and won’t be its last. 

My word: Meddling in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – The US secretary of state should apply pressure in the places that really need it. 

Another Tack: The organized loathing of Yvett
Jerusalem Post 14 Nov 2013 – Left-wingers now direct their sneers at the attorney-general for having failed to convict the man for whose conviction they hoarsely clamored. 

Uruknet

Six world powers and Iran close to deal 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 -Six world powers and Iran are getting close to a first-stage agreement to curb the Islamic Republic s nuclear programme, a sen
ior US official has said.The official told reporters in Washington on Friday that it was “quite…

At least 31 dead as Libyan militias fire at protesters 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – At least 31 Libyan demonstrators were killed and 285 were injured on Friday when a militia group fired at a rally demanding it to abandon a place it has occupied in the capital Tripoli since the…

New Report Condemns Role of Doctors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists as Torturers in Bush s “War on Terror”
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Unusually, there has been so much Guantánamo-related news lately that I haven t had time to write about it all. A case in point is “Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on…

WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – The Senate Intelligence Committee recently took an important step by passing an intelligence authorization which would require for the first time – if it became law – that the Administration publicly report on civilian casualties from…

At least 16 dead as Libyan militias fire at protesters 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – At least 16 Libyan demonstrators were killed on Friday when a militia group fired at a rally demanding it to abandon a place it has occupied in the capital Tripoli since the 2011 ouster of Muammar…

Report: Israel arrests 70 Palestinian workers
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 — Israeli forces overnight Thursday arrested 70 Palestinians working in the country illegally, Israeli media said.Israeli forces raided the northern towns of Shfaram, Kfar Menda, Ilut and other Palestinian majority areas and arrested laborers working on construction…

Israeli rapper: First burn all jails with Palestinians inside, then destroy Jenin! 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 -One of Israel s most popular hip-hop artists, Subliminal, was pretty angry after a Palestinian teen murdered an IDF soldier in his sleep earlier this week. Subliminal posted a photo of the Palestinian, who was bandaged after…

Judaizing Palestine
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – On November 13, the Jerusalem Post headlined “Netanyahu instructs housing minister to reconsider plans for 24,000 units beyond Green Line.” Tenders were issued to begin preliminary work. According to an unnamed Israeli official, Netanyahu expressed concern…

Syria News – November 14, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 76 martyrs including 5 women, 15 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 45 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 20 in Damascus and its Suburbs,…

Torture inquiry finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment 
Uruknet 15 Nov 2013 – November 14, 2013- An official investigation into the extent of the UK s involvement in rendition and torture after 9/11 is reported to have concluded that British intelligence officers were aware that detainees were being mistreated in prisons across the…

Daily Star

Moments made permanent in Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Uzbekistan
Daily Star 15 Nov 2013 Amine Issa pursues a passion for photography. Between 2006 and 2013, his wanderlust led him to Iran, Turkey, Egypt and Uzbekistan.

Chemical watchdog agrees Syria arsenal destruction plan
Daily Star 15 Nov 2013 The world’s chemical watchdog on Friday adopted a final roadmap for ridding Syria of its arsenal by mid-2014, only reaching agreement hours before a deadline expired.

Najla Said: Like father, like daughter?
Daily Star 15 Nov 2013 What does it mean to be an Arab in America? In Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family actress Najla Said explores her youthful struggle to reconcile two seemingly competing identities.

YNet News

Dozens dead in clash with Libyan militiamen in Tripoli
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – ….

Syrian chemical weapons will be transferred
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – ….

Forbes media network looks for buyer
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – ….

Netanyahu to La Figaro: Hopes France won’t flex on Iran
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – ….

US to Israel: Diplomacy vis-?-vis Iran, or war
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – ….

UN chief to visit Auschwitz on Monday 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – Ban Ki-moon will be first United Nations secretary-general to visit former Nazi death camp in Poland since international organization’s establishment. ….

Can Israel survive Obama?
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Isolated like never before, stark choices facing Israel’s leadership are unimaginably difficult ….

Catholics interrupt Kristallnacht memorial 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – Group of ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholics cause disturbance at Buenos Aires cathedral during interfaith ceremony meant to promote religious harmony on anniversary of beginning of Holocaust. Rabbi says protestors made cutting comments like ‘Jews killed Jesus’ ….

DC junction renamed for savior of Jews 
YNet News, 14 Nov 2013 – Street intersection 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 ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF arrests 5 Palestinians, claimed to possess weapons
PIC – Israeli occupation police announced that it arrested last night five Palestinians near the settlement of Maale Adumim, built on lands of the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Israeli police arrest 70 Palestinians in the 1948 occupied territories
PIC – Israeli police on Friday arrested 70 Palestinian workers in the 1948 occupied Palestine, under the pretext that “they entered Israel without work permits”.

Statistic: IOF killed 11 Palestinians in Gaza after one year of truce agreement
PIC – 11 Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded and arrested since the entry into force of the truce agreement signed on 21November 2012..

Hundreds of objections to a plan to build Talmudic garden in Tur and Issawiya
PIC – About 300 residents from Issawiyya objected on Thursday before the Israeli District Committee to a plan to create a national park for the settlers, on 741 dunums of citizens’ lands..

Occupation puts Bethlehem on its tourist cities guide
PIC – Israel’s embassy to Italy recently announced the city of Bethlehem and other Palestinian sites among its list of Israeli tourist cities.

Occupation arrests and prosecutes a number of students at the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Palestinian sources said that the Israeli court postponed the trial session of six detained students at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

One of Gaza’s main streets to be named after martyr Jabari
PIC – Gaza municipality decided to name a main street in the city after martyr Ahmed Jabari, al-Qassam Brigades commander who was assassinated by an Israeli airstrike a year ago.

Journalists organize sit-in outside PA headquarters
PIC – Dozens of journalists organized on Thursday afternoon a sit-in outside PA headquarters in Ramallah, protesting PA forces’ continued violations and abuses against them over the past few days.

Intifada Youth Coalition calls for confrontations with IOF on Friday
PIC – Intifada Youth Coalition called on all the Palestinian youths to join the mass rallies and the angry confrontations, which will kick off on Friday..

WAFA

November 15 marks Declaration of Independence
WAFA – 15 Nov 2013

Negotiators Explain Reasons for Resigning
WAFA – 15 Nov 2013

Misc

In Syria, a new order for daily bread
LA Times 15 Nov 2013 – Bakeries in rebel-held areas now sell through nondescript distribution centers to avoid government shelling of bread lines. ALEPPO, Syria — The bags of pita bread are stacked in tight formation on the sidewalk, as if standing at attention.

Beheading in Syria Is Called a Mistake
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – Jihadists in Syria beheaded a half-conscious man believed to be an enemy combatant and a Shiite — only to find that he was a rebel fighter, too. 

Solution May Be Near for Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Official Says
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – American officials appear to be seeking a solution in which Iran would be allowed to enrich uranium at the low level of 3.5 percent during an interim agreement and also under a comprehensive accord. 

Albania Rejects Request to Host Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – The decision dealt a blow to Washington’s efforts to find a country prepared to undertake the politically sensitive disarmament project. 

The Impossible Refugee Boat Lift to Christmas Island
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – More than a thousand refugees have died trying to reach Christmas Island. But faced with unbearable conditions at home, they keep coming. 

On a Mission, Armed with Paint
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – A group of graffiti artists bomb for peace in their own way. 

Israel and its apologists can no longer defend the country on its merits, instead they must try to suppress debate
Mondoweiss – In yesterday’s New York Daily News , Tammi Rossman-Benjamin scurrilously attacks Brooklyn College President Karen Gould and the university’s Political Science Department for encouraging an open debate on campus about Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians. She baselessly charges that I, having spoken yesterday on campus, support “anti-Semitic” policies,…

Neocon attack group uses health care debacle to say Obama can’t be trusted on Iran
Mondoweiss – The Emergency Committee for Israel is warning that President Barack Obama can’t keep promises–whether it’s on health care or Iran. The neoconservative group’s latest video warns that the American people can’t trust the president, and that he’s the one marching towards a war with Iran. It’s…

Kerry is smeared by Israel and its friends as ‘pigheaded’ adversary of Jewish state
Mondoweiss – Kerry is getting slammed by the Israel lobby. And maybe by Joe Biden?

Another rabbi laments young American Jews’ ‘alienation’ and ‘anger’ re the country they should love
Mondoweiss – Rabbi Gerald Skolnik says Americans who protested the Vietnam war loved America, and that’s the way young Jews should feel about Israel even if they are critical. Carole Zabar, liberal Zionist, also justifies criticism, while saying Israel has a right to exist as the Jewish homeland

October inflation higher than expected
Globes Main News – The Consumer Prices Index rose 0.3% last month, mainly because of soaring prices of tomatoes.

Ethan Bronner’s Palestinian goodbye party
Mondoweiss – Today The New York Times publishes a valentine to Artists4Israel, a group that paints pretty pictures in the occupation . Jodi Rudoren’s report from the occupied Golan Heights is yet another example of the Times’s deep fascination with the Israeli mindset even as the newspaper of record…

Cornell student group: Drop the charges against Rasmea Yousef Odeh
Mondoweiss – Supporters of Rasmea Yousef Odeh demonstrating. (Photo via boycottisraeliapartheid.org) Students for Justice in Palestine groups are mobilizing across the country to fight the government’s case against a long-time Palestinian-American activist, Rasmea Yousef Odeh. Here’s Cornell University’s SJP on the charges Odeh is facing: On October 22nd,…

‘Pro-Life? Pro-Israel?’: Israeli anti-abortion organization reaches out for US support to fight demographic war in the Jewish state
Mondoweiss – An Israeli anti-abortion group is reaching out to Christian Zionists and pro-choice advocates in the United States in an effort to increase the state’s Jewish population. The organization, Efrat, is an Israeli anti-abortion group with hundreds of volunteers that counsel Jewish women against abortion and provide…

Israeli Hip-Hop Star Calls for Burning Palestinians Alive
Tikun Olam – Israeli rap star, Subliminal (aka Yaakov Shimoni), posted a racist, genocidal Kahanist screed on Facebook in response to the murder of an Israeli soldier, Eden Attias, on an Egged bus in Afula this week. While the killing of the sleeping soldier by a Palestinian boy was…

Reporters Without Borders Condemns Secret Arrest of Palestinian Journalist
Tikun Olam – Reporters Without Borders condemned the secret arrest of Mohammed Abu Khdeir by the Shin Bet, and his being held incommunicado under gag order. Israel’s media may not report this story nor name the detainee who was arrested–solely for the practice of journalism. Only a country that…

Hamas press team gets makeover with first spokeswoman 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – Hamas press team gets its first spokeswoman

Deaths at Libya militia protest 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – At least 31 people are killed and 235 injured in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, officials say, after militiamen open fire on demonstrators.

VIDEO: Syria weapons road map agreed 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has adopted a detailed plan for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.

Syria chemical arms plan adopted 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has now adopted a detailed plan for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.

Israel Prods France to Stick to Guns on Iran Nuclear Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed France on Friday not to weaken in its stance toward Iran in upcoming talks on the Islamic state’s nuclear programme, days before President Francois Hollande is due to visit Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Orthodox Rabbis Stand Up for Beleaguered Israeli Rabbinate 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2013 – Amid calls for reform of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, leading Orthodox U.S. and European rabbinical organizations stressed its “essential role.” Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Come by Next Week 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2013 – Major powers and Iran are getting closer to a first-stage agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, adding it is “quite possible” a deal could be reached when negotiators meet Nov. 21-22 in Geneva. Click here for the rest of…

Egypt: President Mansour Receives Kuwaiti Media Delegation 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Interim President Adly Mansour received on Thursday at Heliopolis presidential palace a visiting Kuwaiti media delegation.

Egypt: Visiting Occupied Lands Support for Palestinian People – Ambassador 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman said that it is essential for the public opinion in Egypt to know that visiting the occupied Palestinian territories is the most important support for the Palestinian people.

Shimon Peres Urges Respect for U.S. Amid Feud With Iran on Nuclear Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 15 Nov 2013 – President Shimon Peres urged Israelis on Friday to show respect for the United States, seeking to soothe relations with the country’s most powerful ally that have been strained over Iran. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rwanda: The Arab World Can Learn From Rwanda’s Experience 
allAfrica.com 15 Nov 2013 – [New Times]One can’t help but feel for the good people of Syria, Egypt, Libya and other Arab countries in turmoil similar to that of Syria, in the name of a ‘democratisation process’ called the Arab Spring.

For White House, Bitter Split With Israel Undoes Years of Careful Progress 
The Forward New 15 Nov 2013 – Barack Obama’s careful plans to mend fences with Israel have dramatically unraveled in just a few days. With divisions mounting on peace and Iran, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syrians place their faith in Geneva II 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – Syrians place their faith in Geneva II talks

Hamas press team gets makeover with first spokeswoman 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – Hamas press team gets its first spokeswoman

Deaths at Libya militia protest 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – At least 31 people are killed and 235 injured in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, officials say, after militiamen open fire on demonstrators.

VIDEO: Syria weapons road map agreed 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has adopted a detailed plan for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.

Syria chemical arms plan adopted 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The global chemical weapons watchdog says it has now adopted a detailed plan for the destruction of Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.

Israeli forces handcuff, detain Palestinian children as young as five 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years for more than an hour Friday with their hands cuffed, Palestinian witnesses said. Palestinian activist Murad Ashtiye told AFP that clashes erupted with soldiers in the northern West bank village…

Tunisians demand government’s resignation 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – Tunisian protesters shoot slogans during an anti government demonstration on November 15, 2013 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Some 250 Tunisian protesters gathered Friday outside the government’s headquarters demanding the resignation of the Islamist-led ruling coalition, with no end in sight for a months-old…

Egyptian teen killed as rival protests clash in Alexandria 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – A teenager was killed Friday when supporters and opponents of Mohammed Mursi clashed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, officials said, as backers of the ousted president rallied in and around Cairo. The pro-Mursi demonstrations came just a day after the governm
ent lifted on Thursday a…

US urged to rethink Bahrain strategy 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – US urged to rethink Bahrain naval presence to force reforms

Fifteen dead as Libyan gunmen attack anti-militia protest 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – People assist a man who was injured after Libyan militiamen opened fire on anti-militia protesters on November 15, 2013 in southern Tripoli. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Turkia) Updated 9:00 pm: At least 15 people were killed and 95 hurt in Tripoli after a peaceful demonstration calling…

Twelve migrants die off Greek coast 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – Twelve undocumented migrants believed to be Syrians, including four children, drown off the Greek coast when their boat capsizes.

The Mad Kingdom: Saudi Raises the Stakes 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Nov 2013 – A picture taken on October 25, 2013 shows members of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front taking part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria, at the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP – Karam al-Masri) A picture taken on October…

Lebanon’s new 50,000 LL bank note a “Photoshop massacre” 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – Lebanon’s central bank has announced the launch of a limited edition 50,000 LL note to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country’s independence from France. The controversial new note, featuring a cacophony of sharply contrasting colors inharmoniously placed images, will be released on November 22 to…

Syria: Yarmouk Camp Settlement Falters 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – A fighter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC) squats next to the covered body of an alleged foreign rebel fighter in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus on September 12, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro)…

The Full Scoop on the Palestinian Role in the Azaz Hostage Deal 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – One of the nine Lebanese pilgrims abducted by rebels in Syria flahes the V-sign for victory as is greeted by relatives upon his arrival at Beirut International airport on October 19, 2013, after being released in Turkey the previous day. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) One…

Syrian rebel ‘beheaded by mistake’ 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – An al-Qaeda affiliated group in Syria has asked for forgiveness after beheading a fellow rebel in a case of mistaken identity, reports say.

Russia offers Egypt $2 billion arms deal 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi (R) and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov give a press conference on November 14, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Russia is offering to sell Egypt modern helicopters and air defense systems in a landmark deal…

Iraqi forces need “massive” human rights training: UN official 
Al-Akhbar News 15 Nov 2013 – Iraqi security forces patrol as Shia worshippers head to the holy shrine of Imam Abbas to attend Ashura celebrations in Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, on November 12, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ali al-Saadi) Iraq’s security forces require “massive amounts of re-training” in human rights…

Articles


Palestinians lose way in own maze 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 11/14/2013
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 or an unexceptionally fair Western journalist to tell it.
But what about the Palestinian themselves? This is rare because factionalism in Palestine and among Palestinians in the diaspora is also destroying the very idea of having a common narrative through which they can tell one cohesive story, untainted by the tribal political mentality which is devouring Palestinian identity the same way Israeli bulldozers are devouring whatever remains of their land.
Even if such a narrative were to finally exist, it would likely be an uphill battle, for Israel’s official narrative, albeit a forgery, is rooted in history. On May 16, 2013, Shay Hazkani, described in a detailed Ha’aretz article the intricate and purposeful process through which Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion rewrote history. “Catastrophic thinking: Did Ben-Gurion try to rewrite history?” was largely based on a single file (number GL-18/17028) in the State Archives that seemed to have escaped censorship…. more.. e-mail

In-between identities 
Nourhan Tawfik, Al-Ahram Weekly 11/13/2013
Review: Najla Said, Looking for Palestine: Growing up Confused in an Arab American Family, Riverhead, 2013
In her recently published memoir, the daughter of the late world-renowned scholar Edward Said, Najla, writes of her turbulent search for identity as an Arab-American. It is a haunting and inimitable life story that chronicles growing up in the shadow of a larger-than-life figure and embroidered with a battle against distorted notions of ethnic, racial and cultural identity.
“I struggled desperately to find a way to reconcile the beautiful, comforting, loving world of my home, culture and family with the supposed ‘barbaric’ and ‘backward’ place and society others perceived it to be. I wondered why I was ‘an exception’ to the rule of what both Arabs and Americans were ‘supposed’ to be like, and why I was stuck in such an uneasy position,” writes author, playwright and actress Najla Said, who takes readers on a journey into her life as a second-generation American, sharing the quest for negotiating and carving out an identity of her own. By dwelling on the difficulties she has encountered as the daughter of a prominent Palestinian thinker and his Lebanese wife, Mariam — up to and including the inevitable “racialisation” that went into them — Najla Said offers an intense, candid account of living as “the other”.
An early resort to drama classes had paved the road for Najla’s eventual pursuit of a career in acting where she participated in Off-Broadway shows as well as in film and television. Her frustration was that she was rarely given the role of the Arab woman because she looked more “white” and less “exotic” than a typical Arab — a frustration that became acute in the aftermath of 9/11. An ever-increasing coinage of the Arab as the “other” incited Najla to voice her outrage through her work and write about her own trail to self-definition in the form of a one-woman show under the title of Palestine.
The show, which would complete a nine-week sold-out Off-Broadway run in 2010, inspired Najla to turn the solo spectacle into this warm and enchanting memoir — a book that, despite bearing a profound and contemplative message, left those who regard Najla as Edward Said’s daughter disappointed…. more.. e-mail

Palestine & UNESCO: Protecting heritage and reasserting sovereignty 
Valentina Azarov and Nidal Sliman, Ma’an News Agency 11/15/2013
The first installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.
Overview
Palestine gained membership of UNESCO in 2011 but its representatives have not yet made best use of this new status due in part to pressure by Israel and the United States. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nidal Sliman and Guest Author Valentina Azarov review the value of UNESCO in the quest to fulfill Palestinian rights and to apply the relevant international law instruments to the case of Palestine.
They make a compelling argument that Palestine can gain significant practical advantages from its UNESCO membership, including reasserting sovereignty over its land and sea and obliging third states to hold Israel accountable for its obligations.
Why UNESCO Membership Is Important
The day after Palestine gained membership of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which took place on Oct. 30, 2011, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accelerated the construction of 2,000 settlement homes, and froze Israel’s participation in UNESCO’s budget.
The United States also cut off funds to UNESCO following Palestine’s membership. The Administration claimed that legislation passed in the 1990 and 1994 forced it to do so. The U.S. also put forward the paradoxical argument that membership – which was based on, and solidified, Palestine’s status as a state – undermined the goal of a negotiated final status agreement that would bring about Palestinian statehood. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu’s latest deception 
Alan Hart, Redress 11/13/2013
Why, really, has Netanyahu put settlement expansion on hold?
His own explanation was that he wants to avoid or minimize the prospects for an “unnecessary confrontation” with the international community, for which read President Barack Obama and the European leaders who would follow his lead (with the arguable exception of the French whore).
I think it’s more than reasonable to believe that Netanyahu was concerned, possibly even alarmed, by the explicit nature of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s condemnation on 6 November of Israel’s on-going colonization of the occupied West Bank.
On Israeli television Kerry asked why Israel was continuing to build settlements when doing so was giving the Palestinians good cause to believe that Israel was not serious about peace. (Writing in the Times of Israel, Raphael Ahren said Kerry’s “rhetorical onslaught” amounted to “a forceful slap in the face for Netanyahu”, a slap “the prime minister cannot have expected and one he will not quickly forget”.)Netanyahu’s fear
My guess is that Netanyahu concluded that there was a grave danger, for the first time ever, of Israel being blamed by the whole of the international community, including America, for the breakdown and collapse of the latest round of “peace talks”.
But his main focus was and is elsewhere – on the effort the Zionist lobby in association with its Saudi allies is now making to sabotage the prospects of Obama reaching an accommodation with Iran.
As I write Kerry is about to brief members of the Senate Banking Committee behind closed doors in the hope of persuading it not to introduce Zionist lobby dictated legislation to impose even more punitive sanctions on Iran while negotiations with it are still underway.more.. e-mail

Power cuts force Gaza’s youth to study in dark
Electronic Intifada: 15 Nov 2013 – The Gaza Strip has no electricity for around half of each day. more..

forced to walk through sewage
In Gaza: 15 Nov 2013 – Mohammed Salem, Reuters The Palestinians of Gaza continue to suffer silently. Not only: -12- 18 hour power outages (depending on where in the Strip they live) -critical shortages of medicines ( 40% of essential drugs ): “ We’re not talking here about luxury medications — and by luxury I mean medications that will treat conditions that will kill you in five years or ten years. We’re talking about essential medication. We’re using medications that my colleagues in Canada have only used if they’ve been in practice since the ’60s. So yes, we have a deep and desperate shortage there. The shortages of medications, the shortages of supplies — especially what we would call “consumables.” I rarely have the sutures that I want available for the patients when I need them. I rarely have the correct-sized chest tubes. Sutures are how you sew people up together, chest tubes are the things that you…more

Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”
Dissident Voice: 15 Nov 2013 – IPS — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed a crucial detail Thursday about last week’s nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva that explains much more clearly than previous reports why the meeting broke up without agreement. Lavrov said the United States circulated a draft that had been amended in response to French demands to other members of the six-power P5+1 for approval “literally at the last moment, when we were about to leave Geneva.” Lavrov’s revelation, which has thus far been ignored by major news outlets, came in a news conference in Cairo Thursday that was largely devoted to Egypt and Syria. Lavrov provided the first real details about the circumstances un
der which Iran left Geneva without agreeing to the draft presented by the P5+1. The full quote from Lavrov’s press conference is available thanks to the report from Voice of Russia correspondent Ksenya Melnikova. Lavrov noted that unlike previous…
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