VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 16 November 2013: Palestinians play resignation card to protest Israeli settlements

16 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli troops injure 17 civilians in weekly non-violent protests on Friday
IMEMC – On Friday Israeli troops shot and injured 17 civilians with so-called ‘non-lethal’ ammunition. Among those injured were children and journalists, who were present during anti wall and settlements protests that were organized at a number of West Bank communities. … 

164 Detainees Held Under Administrative Detention Orders
IMEMC – [Saturday November 16, 2013] The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the current number of Palestinians imprisoned by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention Orders, without charges or any due process now stands at 164. …

Ma’an News

Witnesses: Israeli troops cuff Palestinian children
11/16/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli troops 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. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that troops rounded up some minors during rioting in the northern West bank village of Kfar Qaddum but held them only briefly.”A group of Palestinian children were detected setting….

Israel to confiscate Palestinian villagers’ lands near Nablus
11/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Israeli government on Saturday announced a decision to confiscate Palestinian lands between Za’tara junction and Osarin village south of Nablus. Yatma village council member Ahmad Snobar told Ma’an that the council was officially informed by Israel that the land would be seized. Dozens of villagers from Yatma, Osran, and Qabalan own the land that Israeli forces….

Hamas to re-open Ma’an Bureau in Gaza
11/16/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The government in Gaza decided on Saturday to re-open Ma’an News Agency’s bureau in the Gaza Strip after four months of closure. A spokesman for the Hamas-run government Ihab al-Ghussein said that the government withdrew its complaint against Ma’an from the public prosecution. Al-Ghussein said that Prime Minister in Gaza Ismael Haniyeh “gave his….

Palestinians set animal traps to protect lands from settler raids
11/16/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinians seeking to protect themselves and their properties from Israeli settler attacks have begun using animal traps, sources say. In response to recurring raids by local Israeli settlers targeting Palestinian homes and agricultural areas, farmers in villages around Nablus have began to use an old method to protect their fields. Farmers in villages south of Nablus have begun laying animal traps….

In photos: Gaza Strip plunged into darkness as fuel runs out
11/16/2013 – Fuel shortages have caused daily life in the Gaza Strip to grind slowly to a halt,The lack of diesel fuel is a result of the tightening of a 7-year-long blockade imposed on the territory by Israel with Egyptian support. Until July of this year, tunnels connecting Gaza to Egypt provided a vital lifeline for the territory amidst the otherwise crippling Israeli blockade. The….

Video: Hebron Bedouins demand freedom of movement, infrastructure
11/16/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinian Bedouins historically moved freely across the land, and their lifestyle and survival depended on their mobility. The Israeli occupation, however, has changed all of this. Bedouins in a southern West Bank village enumerated the difficulties of life under Israeli occupation during a Ma’an reporter’s visit last week. Al-Hathaleen, a village 15 miles southeast of Hebron, is….

Italy donates 3 million euro for PA initiative in Area C, Jerusalem
11/16/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced a 3 million euro contribution from Italy to the Palestinian Authority, a statement said Friday. The money is to be used for a Palestinian-led initiative to improve infrastructure in Area C and East Jerusalem, the statement from the Italian consulate in Jerusalem said.”This generous contribution is very important for the achievement of our endeavors to….

US believes Iran deal ‘possible’ at next talks
11/16/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US officials gearing up for new talks with Iran said Friday a deal could be struck next week in the decade-long bid to rein in its nuclear program, but warned tough issues and Congress could still scupper the negotiations.” We are going to work very hard next week. I don’t know if we’ll reach an agreement. I think it….

Israel urges France not to waver on Iran
11/16/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged France to stand firm in international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.”We hope France will not yield,” Netanyahu said in an interview to Le Figaro newspaper due out on Saturday, on the eve of French President Francois Hollande’s visit to Israel.”For us, the United States remains an important ally, the most….

Interview with Lia Tarachansky: a former settler documents the Nakba
11/16/2013 – Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine . He recently conducted an interview with filmmaker Lia Tarachansky for “The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine.” Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli journalist and the director of the film, “On the side of the road,”which tells the stories of Israeli fighters who perpetrated….

Haniyeh meets with Gaza factions to discuss national ‘reconciliation’
11/16/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Premier Ismael Haniyeh met with leaders of various political factions in Gaza on Saturday, with the absence of Fatah representatives. Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh said that the meeting was called for by Haniyeh to discuss pressing issues in the Gaza Strip, including the ongoing siege as well as potential reconciliation among Palestinian political factions. Al-Batsh added that Haniyeh….

Ministry: PPR isn’t a plague, but already existing disease
11/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Commenting on news reports circulated in Palestinian media claiming an outbreak of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) in the Palestinian Territory, and the failure by the Ministry of Agriculture to provide farmers with the needed vaccines, ministry officials say the disease affecting livestock “isn’t a plague” but rather an already existing disease. The statements follow public outcry over the….

Gaza woman delivers sextuplets in Nablus hospital
11/16/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A woman from the Gaza Strip delivered sextuplets at a hospital in the northern West Bank Friday, a hospital official told Ma’an. Ghadah Abd al-Rahim Hammad delivered six healthy babies via cesarean section, Director of Nablus Specializing Hospital Abd al-Rahim Kittan said. Hammad underwent an embryo transfer in a Gaza hospital before being moved to Nablus Specializing Hospital in….

US offering $10 mln reward to find Benghazi attackers
11/16/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The State Department revealed Friday it has been quietly offering a $10 million reward to help track down the militants behind last year’s deadly attack on a US mission in Libya. The brazen assault in Benghazi cost the lives o
f four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, with the fatalities and disputes about what unfolded at the diplomatic base causing fury in….

Syria air strike hits Islamist brigade leadership
11/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Syrian air strike has killed a senior commander of the Islamist Liwa al-Tawhid rebel brigade in Aleppo and wounded its chief and another leader, a watchdog said Friday. Four more rebel chiefs were killed in other incidents, three in the northern Aleppo province and the fourth in Homs to its south, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Yussef al-Abbas, known as….

Egypt’s Brotherhood offers talks to ‘exit’ post-Morsi crisis
11/16/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Islamist coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood offered on Saturday negotiations to end the deadly tumult since Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow, without explicitly insisting on his reinstatement. The coalition “calls on all revolutionary forces and political parties and patriotic figures to enter a deep dialogue on exiting the current crisis,” it said in a statement. The coalition, which has….

Thousands flee to Lebanon as Syria fighting hits border region
11/16/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Thousands of Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon over the past two days as fighting between government forces and rebels has flared near the border, a local official said Saturday. The refugees were fleeing the Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus, a strategic border district with a mixed Sunni Muslim and Christian population where both sides have been massing forces.”Some 1,000 families have….

International Solidarity Movement

Several injuries during Bi’lin weekly demonstration
11/16/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Friends of Freedom and Justice, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday during the weekly Bi’lin demonstration, an Egyptian photographer was injured after being shot by a tear gas canister in his back, Ismaeil Mohamed Abu Rahma (17-years-old) was shot by three rubber bullets in his back and Mohamed Hamed (21-years-old) suffered from tear gas spray in his eyes. Dozens of citizens….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine refugees go missing in the Mediterranean Sea
Relief Web 15 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Amman, Jordan After Palestine refugees go missing in the Mediterranean Sea, UNRWA draws attention to the acuteness of their plight…

The National

US seeks to build prison in Yemen for Guantanamo detainees
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Yemeni and US officials disagree over whether the planned facility would include a de-radicalisation programme to reintegrate the men to society, or would simply be a prison.

Fresh clashes in Triopli as toll from anti-militia protests rises
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE’s Foreign Minister, condemns the violence and gives his support to the Libyan government as it tries to quell its latest crisis.

Suicide bomber strikes Kabul after Karzai announces draft deal with US
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Authorities say 22 people are wounded in the powerful blast that mangled a dozen cars and destroyed shops nearby.

Indian cricket rode the meteoric rise of Tendulkar
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Through his talent and charisma, India’s greatest batsman earned tens of millions of dollars and catapulted cricket to become the country’s highest grossing sport.

Reporter’s notebook: Tendulkar, the centre of my cricket universe
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Foreign correspondent Samanth Subramanian reflects on possibly being the last person in India to come under the spell of Tendulkar’s magic.

Another day in hell as the search continues in Philippines for missing
The National 16 Nov 2013 – The search for the missing – 1,179 by official count – after Super Typhoon Haiyan is a gut-wrenching daily activity for those looking for loved ones.

Muslim Brotherhood offer to discuss an Egypt without Morsi
The National 16 Nov 2013 – The proposal to negotiate an end to the country’s political crisis is the Islamists’ most flexible yet made in public, and comes “with no conditions”, a coalition official says.

Pakistan imposes curfew in Rawalpindi after sectarian clashes kill 8
The National 16 Nov 2013 – The Sunnis who were killed are from an Islamic seminary affiliated with an anti-Shiite group, Ahle Sunnat Waljamaat.

Albania offers a lesson to this region 
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Collective security has worked well for the GCC, which is free of non-conventional weapons. It could also work further afield.

Video: Black Sabbath wins big, Van Damme performs split 
The National 16 Nov 2013 – The day’s top showbiz news including Black Sabbath takes home top prizes at the Classic Rock awards, and Jean-Claude Van Damme does his famed split for Volvo.

Video: Violence and despair in typhoon-hit Philippines 
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Looting and violence in the aftermath of a super typhoon, as many families try to flee the devastation.

Video: NASA’s MAVEN set for Mars mission launch 
The National 16 Nov 2013 – NASA scientists are hoping the MAVEN spacecraft will help them better understand the red planet. 

Video: Protest against Libyan militia in Tripoli ends in deaths, injuries 
The National 16 Nov 2013 – Several people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes between militiamen and armed residents in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Friday, state television said.


Netanyahu: Iran’s nuclear program threatens ‘survival of my country’
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Stop the discriminatory East Jerusalem park plan
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

California school to keep nickname ‘Arabs,’ but may change mascot
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Senior IDF officer: Recent anti-Palestinian attack could spark terror in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Israel blocks former security official from testifying in U.S. anti-terrorism case
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party gains support after members killed
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Israel’s coalition will collapse over peace process, says Yesh Atid minister
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Israeli army’s drone commander: Surgical strikes were key in Operation Pillar of Defense
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Russian FM: No ‘fundamental’ differences between world powers, Iran
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Hollande prepares to visit Israel, reap reward for stance on Iran
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Netanyahu urges France to stay firm in Iran in talks
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Were teens being pimped out?
Ha’aretz – 16 Nov 2013

Couple suspected of running illegal abortion clinic, trafficking in migrant workers’ babies
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Hezbollah threat wanes, but rising new players in Lebanon present Israel with new challenge
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Albanian ‘no’ deals blow to Syria chemical weapons plan
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Hollande is weak at home, but he can prove strong on the peace process
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Time for a new “honest broker” as U.S. secretary of state – Abe Foxman
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Netanyahu needs to hear what the U.S. public is saying: ‘No more wars, no more Middle East’
Ha’aretz – 15 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Vive la France!
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Thanks to the French, the Islamic Republic will not, for the time being, get relief from the sanctions regime as it marches – nearly unhindered – toward nuclear capability. 

Jasper, Canada’s dark sky lights up the heavens
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – From images of the Milky Way to the striking beauty of Jasper National Park, being up here provides a priceless opportunity to find your own personal relationship to the night sky. 

Report: Mossad working with Saudis on contingency plans for potential attack on Iran
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – ‘Sunday Times’ quotes diplomatic source as saying Saudis “furious” over Iran nuclear deal on table and are willing to give Israel “all the help it needs” on military option. 

Health Scan: Untangling Alzheimer’s disease
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Researchers hope that eventually microRNA-325 can be used to create a drug to help Alzheimer’s patients maintain low levels of tomosyn and preserve brain function. 

Da Vinci robot improves prostate cancer surgery
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – A prominent urological surgeon who fled from Iran’s Khomeini regime as a teenager made a name for himself by fighting prostate cancer and is coming to Israel again to teach local colleagues. 

Canadian parliamentary c’tee calls to recognize Jewish refugees of 1948
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Panel says Canadian gov’t should encourage all refugee populations to be considered in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. 

Hungarian woman planning Budapest Shoah museum visits Yad Vashem
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Museum at transit point used to send Jews to Auschwitz will have a focus on the fates of young people during the Holocaust. 

Over 800 attend Jerusalem’s Art Limmud FSU Festival
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Three-day festival for young Russian-speaking Israelis featured 80 lectures from luminaries. 

Yehiel Kadishai, longtime Begin aide, dies at 90
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu: “Kadishai was loyal to the values of the nation, and ready to take on any task assigned to him.” 

Prosor: Palestinians ‘playing games’ in peace talks
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Yacimovich assails Netanyahu for “slapping Americans in face,” igniting the diplomatic front. 

Thanksgivukka: Please pass the turkey-stuffed doughnuts
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – As Thanksgiving and Hanukka converge for a once-in-a-lifetime event, double holiday cheer – and endless culinary mashups – are on the menu. 

Israel tries to stop former agent from testifying in terror financing case against Bank of China
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – NGO representing terror victims: PM turning back on victims. 

‘NY Times’ and Jerusalem battle over Iran policy
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Paper’s editorial board blasts Netanyahu for his loud opposition to Washington’s policies; says if diplomacy fails, “PM and the hard-line interest groups will own the failure”; Erdan comes to PM’s defense in response. 

‘Fringes’: Documentary explores different ways to be Jewish
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – The film follows two families and one clutch of young men over the course of about a year. 

Rendezvous with French cinema
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Serge Toubiana, head of Paris’s Cinémathèque picks his favorite films in honor of TA Cinematheque’s anniversary. 

Esther Pollard heartbroken by Peres statement about Obama
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Wife of jailed Israeli agent responds to President’s remark that Obama has responded favorably to all Israeli requests. 

IDF field hospital treats 370 injured Filipinos
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Procedures include operations with advanced medical equipment. 

Hamas allows Palestinian news agency Ma’an back into Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Agency closed in July for alleged fabrications of reports about Hamas’s support of pro-Morsi Egyptian Islamist groups. 

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt calls for talks to end tumult
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Islamists do not insist explicitly on Morsi reinstatement; call for release of detainees, freedom of protest. 

Report: Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt calls for talks to end tumult
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Islamists do not insist explicitly on Morsi reinstatement. 

Minister: Israel doesn’t recognize Iran’s right to enrich uranium
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Erdan warns against ‘very bad’ interim deal between P5+1, Iran. 

Despite epidemic of ‘Lone Wolf’ terrorists, don’t expect widespread unrest
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – While the last few months have seen increased Palestinian violence, IDF sources doubt John Kerry’s assessment that a third intifada could break out should peace talks fail. 

US official says Iran interim nuclear deal ‘quite possible’ next week
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – “For the first time in nearly a
decade we are getting close to a first-step that would stop the Iranian nuclear program from advancing.” 

Report: Iran, US to take part in Syria aid conference
Jerusalem Post 16 Nov 2013 – Washington, Tehran to attend a UN-sponsored meet in Geneva, but Saudi participation still unclear, ‘Foreign Policy’ reports. 


IMAP/OSF Report Calls for Investigation of Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Breaking a three-year silence by the medical and human rights community, a panel of doctors, attorneys, human rights professionals, university professors and ethics experts have called for an investigation into the use of mefloquine on detainees…

Oil Espionage: Targeting OPEC
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – NSA and Britain s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) spy globally. It s largely unrelated to protecting national security. The only enemies both countries have are ones they invent. Claims otherwise ring hollow. Spying is for control….

Syria Protests November 15 , 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – 

Protests in Iraq
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Since December 21st, ongoing protests have been taking place in Iraq. Layla Anwar (An Arab Woman Blues) explained the reasons back in February: Protests are raging throughout Iraq…thousands upon thousands are demanding the following :- End…

Wikileaks Exposes the TPP as a Capitulation to Corporate Interests
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – We learned it s as bad as we expected. The chapter that was released deals with intellectual property. And what was interesting about it was it really showed that the Obama administration was pushing for the…

Lavrov Reveals Amended Draft Circulated at “Last Moment”
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – 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…

Exclusive: Assad allies profit from Syria s lucrative food trade
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – …Food and medicine are being withheld from rebel areas near the capital in what one of Assad s security officials called a campaign of “starvation until submission”, a Reuters investigation has shown. “The cargoes they are…

Israeli troops cuff Palestinian children: witnesses
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Israeli troops 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. An Israeli military spokeswoman said that troops rounded…

Economic Exploitation of Children in the Military Courts: Observations from Ofer Military Court
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 -Since the start of the second Intifada in September 2000, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have arrested more than 9,000 Palestinian children under military orders that violate international humanitarian law (IHL) and the international human rights law (…

PHOTOS: Palestinians destroy separation barrier in two West Bank villages
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in two Palestinian villages took part in a “direct action” to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of Route 443,…

TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet Freedom (Video) 
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the past several years, the United States and 12 Pacific Rim nations have been negotiating…

Guantánamo s forever captives to make pitch for freedom in secret
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – — The Pentagon has begun notifying would-be observers that it plans to hold the first session of the long-awaited parole-style boards at Guantánamo in secret. President Barack Obama ordered his administration to set up the so-called…

WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill
Uruknet 16 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 U.S….

Iraq: Harsh Tactics in Advance of Holy Month Deter Attacks With Investigations, Not Harassment 
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Iraqi security forces have been surrounding and closing off majority Sunni neighborhoods, effectively shutting residents inside, raiding homes, and carrying out mass arrests in advance of the Muslim holy month of Muharram, Human Rights Watch said…

Abu Zubaydah s case continues to languish in legal black hole
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – The case of Abu Zubaydah – the subject of an investigative story by Jason Leopold for Al Jazeera America based on revelations from Zubaydah s diaries – is important for the light it sheds on the…

Allawi: Iraq lost its sovereignty to Iran
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 – Former Iraqi interim prime minister and head of Iraqya political bloc Iyad Allawi on Friday accused the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of failing to protect the Iraqi sovereignty, which he said is lost to…

Reporters Without Borders Condemns Secret Arrest of Palestinian Journalist
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – 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…

American soldier charged in Iraq killings of deaf, unarmed teens
Uruknet 16 Nov 2013 – November 15, 2013 -An Army small-kill team leader is charged by military investigators with two counts of murder in the fatal shootings of two deaf, unarmed Iraqi youths in March 2007, an incident first made public in a Tribune-Review investiga

Daily Star

Lebanon says responding to ‘large’ refugee influx
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Lebanon’s Social Affairs Ministry says it is responding to the large influx of Syrian refugees entering the Bekaa Valley, particularly the northeastern town of Arsal.

Activists in Beirut call for return of missing journalists
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Activists gather in Downtown Beirut and call for the return of a Lebanese cameraman and a reporter who disappeared in Syria last month.

Four police killed in Iraq attacks
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 A series of attacks in Baghdad and north Iraq leave four policemen dead and a dozen people wounded, in the latest in a months-long surge in nationwide bloodshed.

Erdogan launches peace talks with Iraqi Kurdish leader
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Turkey’s prime minister welcomes the leader of Iraq’s autonomous north to his country’s own Kurdish-dominated territory for the first time, in a visit designed to kickstart a stalled peace process.

Syrian gunmen attempting to enter Lebanon arrested
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 The Lebanese Army detains nine Syrian gunmen attempting to enter the country from Syria, the Lebanese military says.

Baabda Declaration needed now, for future: Sleiman
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 The Baabda Declaration that seeks to neutralize the country from regional crises, namely in Syria, warrants inclusion in the country’s Constitution, President Michel Sleiman says.

New clashes in Libya’s Tripoli as toll tops 40
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Fresh clashes erupt in Tripoli as the death toll from a shootout at an anti-militia protest rises to 43 and the weak, post-revolutionary government appealed for restraint.

Man found dead in north Lebanon, suicide suspected
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 A 38-year-old man is found dead at his home in north Lebanon in a suspected case of suicide, security sources say.

Russia’s Lavrov says ‘very good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Iran nuclear talks had eliminated the fundamental areas of disagreement and there was a real chance of reaching a deal next week.

Thousands of Syrians from Qalamoun enter Lebanon
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Hundreds of families from the Syrian village of Qara have made their way to the Lebanese town of Arsal over the past two days, in what one official describes as an unprecedented influx of refugees into…

Captagon pills seized at Beirut airport, Kuwaiti arrested
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 A Kuwaiti was arrested earlier this week at Beirut’s international airport while trying to smuggle a large quantity of Captagon tablets out of Lebanon, the police says.

Lebanese banknote celebrates independence – but can’t spell it
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Lebanon will go ahead with plans to issue banknotes marking 70 years since its independence despite a spelling mistake on the commemorative currency, the Central Bank says.

Israel urges France not to waver on Iran
Daily Star 16 Nov 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged France to stand firm in international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.

YNet News

German far right draws 1,500 to anti-refugee demo
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Texas man gets death for killing baby sitter
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Tribal fight ‘kills 100’ in Sudan’s Darfur; Chad troops dead
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Hundreds dead in tribal killing in Darfur; Tribal violence and rebel-government battles displaced at least 460,000 in Darfur this year, UN says ….

Unknown group says it killed 2 activists in Greece
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – ….

IDF delegation to Philippines treated 370 patients thus far
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Delegations sets up field hospital, tends to 370 patients, 150 of whom children on first day. Teams include medical, maintenance personnel ….

Hollande visit aims to fortify France-Israel ties
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – French President Francois Hollande to visit Israel, meet with PM, president; visit to include attempt at deepening financial, diplomatic ties between countries ….

Body of US man who fell from plane likely found
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – ….

Report: Masked teens attacked children from Kiryat Tivon 
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – ….

Israel blocks witness in US anti-terrorism case
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – State drops anti-terrorism suit it filed against Bank of China via bereaved families, draws criticism it is bowing to pressure ….

Hamas orders reopening of Gaza news agency
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh orders reopening of Palestinian news agency Maan, which was closed in July for alleged ‘false’ reporting of Hamas aid to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood ….

Report: Senior Hezbollah member killed in Syria
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Assad army makes gains in civil war; senior Hezbollah member killed. Intense battles between rebel forces, army at central highway being used to transfer chemical weapons out of Syria ….

Yehiel Kadishai dies at 90
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Menachem Begin’s chief of staff, politician, volunteer passes away Saturday. Other than political work, Kadishai is known for helping Holocaust survivors into Israel ….

Egypt judges recommend dissolving Islamist party
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Judges’ panel recommends Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party be dissolved. Administrative court may ban party for its affiliation with Brotherhood ….

Russia’s Lavrov says ‘very good chance’ of Iran nuclear deal
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Russian FM optimistic ahead of renewed talks in Geneva. ‘All that is necessary now is to correctly draw up agreement we have reached in diplomatic language,’ says Lavrov to Russian news channel ….

McCain: Don’t increase sanctions on Iran this year
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – Senior senators accept White House request to not escalate sanctions on Iran during nuclear talks. ‘Whether it is 10%, 40% or 60% chance, it should be tested, probed’ senior senator says ….

Indian synagogue hosts Prince Charles 
YNet News, 16 Nov 2013 – British royal couple meets members of India’s Jewish community, attends prayer service at ancient synagogue in Kochi city on occasion of Prince of Wales’ 65th birthday ….

Diplomat: ‘Quite possible’ Iran deal reached next week 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – Talking to reporters, senior US official says major power, Iran close to first-stage deal on nuclear progam. ‘Still tough issues to negotiate,’ he says, adds diplomats will meet on Nov 21-22 ….

Jihadists misidentify comrade, cut off his head
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – Injured, drugged fighter in hospital mutters names of famous Shiite imams, leading al-Qaeda linked militants to mistakenly identify him as Assad loyalist, decapitate him ….

Iran: World must recognize our ‘nuclear rights’ for talks to succeed 
YNet News, 15 Nov 2013 – With nuclear talks set to resume Wednesday, Iranian FM says success contingent on world’s acceptance of Iran’s ‘nuclear rights,’ but nonetheless says he is hopeful. Meanwhile, President Peres urges Israel to play nice with US amid week of aggressive rhetoric between allies ….

Palestinian Information Center

Haneyya renews appeal for ending Egypt’s siege on Gaza
PIC – Premier Ismail Haneyya reiterated his appeal to Egypt to end its blockade on Gaza, saying it is unreasonable to secure Egypt’s security at the expense of the humanitarian situation in the Strip.

Efforts underway to resolve the issue of Palestinians detained in Thailand
PIC – The international bureau to follow up the affairs of Palestinians in Syria started a series of contacts in order to solve the issue of Palestinian refugees from Syria, detained in Thailand.

Barghouthi: Israel uses negotiations to cover its settlement expansion
PIC – Head of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouthi, received a Norwegian solidarity delegation in Ramallah.

Palestinian activists demolish part of Apartheid Wall near Jerusalem
PIC – Activists in the Popular Committee against the Wall have managed to demolish part of Israeli Apartheid Wall north-west of occupied Jerusalem, and to uproot the barbed wire southern Ramallah.

IOF detains and beats Palestinian child north of al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained on Friday evening a Palestinian child near the town of Halhul, north of the city of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.

Rafah crossing closed for the ninth day
PIC – Egyptian authorities continued for the 9th day to close the Rafah crossing, which is considered Gaza’s main window to the world in light of the tightening of the Israeli siege.

Action group: Three Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
PIC – More Palestinians were killed in the armed clashes and projectile attacks that happened during the last 24 hours in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria.

OIC: Gaza witnesses Israeli escalation
PIC – The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has stated in its report that Gaza Strip has witnessed serious Israeli escalation in October.

IOF arrests four boys in Silwad
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday night arrested four boys during violent clashes that erupted in front of the western entrance to the town of Silwad east of Ramallah.


Monitory Authority: Business Indicator Up in November
WAFA – 16 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Controversial Park Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 16 Nov 2013


Albania won’t be host site for destruction of Syria chemical weapons
LA Times 15 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Edi Rama says Albania, a U.S. ally, lacks the ‘capacities to get involved’ in the effort to destroy Syrian weapons. WASHINGTON — Despite pressure from the Obama administration, Albania’s prime minister said Friday that he would not allow the destruction of Syria’s chemical…

New Syrian Refugees Descend on Lebanon
New York Times 16 Nov 2013 – Refugees poured into Arsal, Lebanon, amid reports that a battle was beginning along the Syrian border. 

Syrian Government’s Forces Gain, but a Siege War Goes On
New York Times 16 Nov 2013 – The Assad government has made gains, and the momentum has tipped, however slightly, in its direction even while the nation remains badly fractured. 

The Saturday Profile: To a Philosopher-General in Israel, Peace Is the Time to Prepare for War
New York Times 16 Nov 2013 – The departing commander of Israel’s Army in northern Galilee, Brig. Gen. Herzl Halevi, is convinced that Israel will go to war again with Lebanon. 

World Briefing | Europe: Greece: Boat Accident Kills 12 Migrants
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – Twelve migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead after a plastic boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather, the authorities said. 

Libya Protest Turns Deadly as Militias Open Fire
New York Times 15 Nov 2013 – Dozens of people were killed in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, setting off some of the worst violence there since the revolt against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi almost three years ago. 

Albania Won’t Aid in Destruction of Syria’s Chemical Arms
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. 

Compromise 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. 

‘NYT’ publishes hagiographic profile of Israeli ‘philosopher-general’
Mondoweiss – Herzl Halevi The latest report by Jodi Rudoren in The New York Times, “To a Philosopher-General in Israel, Peace Is the Time to Prepare for War,” profiles Herzl Halevi, “a triathlete and father of four who said his university studies in philosophy proved more salient to…

Protest Sunday: The Israeli settler movement is not welcome in New York City!
Mondoweiss – On Sunday, November 17, at 1:30 PM, at the West Side Institutional Synagogue, 120 West 76th Street, several groups will protest a conference ( see link below, poster left ) supporting the Israeli settler movement, featuring leaders of the Shomron Regional Council, the Zionist Organization of America, a…

Interfaith ecumenical dialogue should give way to interfaith solidarity for Palestine
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . This is a presentation I am giving in Vienna, Austria in an interfaith dialogue. Never judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge…

Medical heroes arrive in Gaza, no fanfare, no NBC
Mondoweiss – The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and Little Wings Foundation medical team arrives in Gaza Nov.16, 2013 Last night as I was tracking Mohammed Assaf’s travels across America I intercepted the Facebook page for The Palestine’s Children Relief Fund – Detroit Chapter where Assaf made a stopover…

Israeli soldiers cut down 100 olive trees at night in occupied village– in name of security
Mondoweiss – Soldiers cut [down] 100 olive trees in Ya‘bod IMEMC — [Thursday November 14, 2013] Israeli soldiers invaded Ya‘bod village, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and cut [down] more than 100 olive trees that belong to the residents despite a pending petition filed by…

‘Economist’ says lobby is trying to kill Iran talks, Roger Cohen says it’s France
Mondoweiss – Economist’s cartoon. Laura Rozen at Al Monitor says it’s spot-on. BN, with megaphone, banging on drums ‘stop, no’, as Obama-Rouhani play poker- says it all @MehrzadBBC : pic.twitter.com/eslIGv7qkf @ChemiShalev — Laura Rozen (@lrozen) November 16, 2013 The accompanying article in the Economist , by Lexington, is plain about…

‘Quietly, with no fanfare,’ Israeli army delivers Philippine baby alongside NBC’s Dr. Snyderman
Mondoweiss – Nancy Snyderman is NBC’s medical correspondent. She’s been in the Philippines and tweeted this photo yesterday. Waiting for a chopper to fly to Gobo, Philippines where the Israeli Defense Force has moved into a hospital @nbcnews pic.twitter.com/qAqX5fd6Oy — Dr. Nancy Snyderman (@DrNancyNBCNEWS) November 15, 2013 The…

The American street, rising
Mondoweiss – From a friend in Albuquerque.

Gaza’s waste water treatment plant breaks down, floods neighborhood
Mondoweiss – From the Institute for Middle East Understanding: Children navigate sewage in the streets of Al Sabra, a neighborhood in Eastern Gaza City on Thursday, November 14, a day after a nearby waste water treatment plant ran out of fuel. The ongoing fuel crisis in Gaza, brought…

Ben Dror Yemini: The Beat, and the Lies, Go On
Tikun Olam – Over the past few days, Maariv’s far-right columnist, Ben Dror Yemini has been lying up a storm in a desperate effort to show that John Kerry hates Israel and loves Islamists like Hamas and Iran. The evidence he’s offered is a sack of lies, as I’ve…

Israel Won’t Let Official Testify in Anti-Terror Case 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Nov 2013 – The Israeli government has decided to prevent a key witness from testifying in an anti-terrorism case in the United States, drawing accusations that it is caving in to pressure from China. Click here for the rest of the article…

Fresh militia clashes erupt in Libya 
BBC 16 Nov 2013 – Fighting breaks out between rival Libyan militias near Tripoli, after at least 43 people died and hundreds were wounded in clashes on Friday.

Iran’s 1,000-day countdown 
BBC 16 Nov 2013 – The Iranians getting round the ban on Twitter and Facebook

John Kerry Tells CongressTo Ignore What Israel Says on Iran Nukes 
The Foward Breaking News 16 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly told U.S. senators to disregard Israeli reports of Iran’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Damage Separation Barrier in Two Locations 
Palestine Solidarity Project 15 Nov 2013 – From Activestills: PHOTOS: Palestinians destroy separation barrier in two West Bank villages During the early hours of Friday morning, Palestinians in two Palestinian villages took part in a direct action to destroy parts of the separation barrier. In Bir Nabala, located on the other side of…

US quietly offers Benghazi bounty 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The US is quietly offering as much as $10m (£6.2m) for information about the attack on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

Fresh militia clashes erupt in Libya 
BBC 16 Nov 2013 – Fighting breaks out between rival Libyan militias near Tripoli, after at least 43 people died and hundreds were wounded in clashes on Friday.

Iran’s 1,000-day countdown 
BBC 16 Nov 2013 – The Iranians getting round the ban on Twitter and Facebook

Egypt’s Islamist coalition says open to dialogue with opponents 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Nov 2013 – A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohammed Mursi holds up a placard that reads in Arabic, “Down with Military rule” as he takes part in a march through the streets of Cairo in his support on November 8, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi…

Sudan president announces government shakeup 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Nov 2013 – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir hinted on Saturday at an imminent and wide-ranging government shakeup, after the most serious split in years within his ruling party. “We will soon make changes in the executive and legislative bodies at the federal and state levels,” he told his National…

Libya buries 32 after deadly Tripoli clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Nov 2013 – The Libyan capital prepared Saturday to bury its dead after 32 people were killed and almost 400 wounded when a residents’ revolt against militia rule degenerated into armed clashes. After blasts and gunfire rocked several areas throughout the night, a relative calm returned to Tripoli in…

OPCW adopts last-minute roadmap for Syrian chemical arsenal’s destruction 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Nov 2013 – Sigrid Kaag, the newly appointed Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpiles and production facilities speaks to the press in Damascus on October 22, 2013. (Photo:…

Syrian army advances towards Aleppo 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 10, 2013, shows Syrian government forces advancing after seizing control of a key base, Base 80, in northern Aleppo province after fierce clashes with rebels. (Photo: AFP /SANA) Forces loyal to President…

US quietly offers Benghazi bounty 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The US is quietly offering as much as $10m (£6.2m) for information about the attack on a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

VIDEO: ‘I quit job to educate Egyptian kids’ 
BBC 15 Nov 2013 – The BBC hears from a woman who left her job to concentrate on improving children’s education in Egypt.

Syria: Yarmouk Camp Settlement Falters 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…


A year after ’Pillar of Defense,’ the nightmare continues 
Yonatan Gher, +972 Magazine 11/16/2013
A year after 165 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed, political leaders have yet to conduct independent, impartial investigations into allegations of human rights violations. If neither side demonstrates the political will to protect all civilians, the cycle of violations will become a recurring nightmare.
On 21 November 2012, 13-year-old Mahmoud Abu Khousa was killed when he was struck by a missile fired by an Israeli drone as he walked to a shop down the road from his home in the al-Manara area of Gaza City.
Delegates from Amnesty International’s International Secretariat examined the site of the missile strike a few days later. The missile struck Mahmoud on a wide road with good visibility from above. Israeli aerial surveillance should have been able to see that he was a child. Witnesses said there were no evident military targets in the vicinity at the time.
Mahmoud was killed on the last day of an eight-day conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces had launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November 2012 by killing the leader of the military wing of Hamas, following unlawful attacks by both sides in the preceding days.
Click here for +972’s full coverage of Operation Pillar of Defense
Within just over a week, more than 165 Palestinians, including more than 30 children and some 70 other civilians who were not directly participating in hostilities, and six Israelis, including four civilians, were killed. A ceasefire was reached on the evening of 21 November.
The Israeli military has not commented on the killing of Mahmoud in any of 18 strikes documented by Amnesty International, in which civilians were killed by Israeli drone-fired missiles during that tragic week. more.. e-mail

Have Palestinian-Israeli talks collapsed? 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 11/15/2013
Next stop: the International Criminal Court?
In an earlier article I said that if the Palestinian Authority suddenly beamed information at me I’d view it with grave suspicion. So what was I supposed to make of the press release below, received yesterday evening and purporting to be from the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Negotiations Affairs Department and relayed by the embassy in London?
I could find nothing about this bombshell on the PLO or Palestine Mission UK websites. So, I called the London embassy at 10:15 this morning, to find nobody in to confirm or deny it! The ambassador’s secretary said there was a meeting with the UK Foreign Office and everyone was probably there.
Press Release: Statement on resignation of Palestinian negotiations team
In reference to the latest reports concerning the resignation of the Palestinian negotiations team from the final status negotiations, the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department would like to announce the following:
1. Several days ago, Dr Saeb Erekat and Dr Muhammad Shtayyeh wrote to H.E. President Mahmoud Abbas explaining that they would not be able to continue fulfilling their duties as negotiators, and thereby requesting that the president relieve them of their positions. This request was motivated by a number of factors, including: an unprecedented escalation of colonization and oppression against Palestine and the Palestinian people by the state of Israel; a lack of seriousness from the Israeli government about reaching a two-state solution; and the Israeli government’s failure to fulfil commitments undertaken before the resumption of direct negotiations on 29 July 2013. more.. e-mail

Palestinians play resignation card to protest Israeli settlements 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/15/2013
Ever since the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks began this summer, Palestinian negotiators have found themselves without one of their strongest negotiating weapons: the ability to walk out of the talks.
The current peace talks began without the Israelis agreeing on two basic conditions: the suspension of settlement building in Palestinian areas and a clear reference point for the talks. While these conditions were not directly accepted by Israel, the United States guaranteed that the 1967 borders would be the basic reference point of the border discussions. On the settlements, the Palestinians were assured by the United States that Israel would not build any outside the settlement blocks that Israelis hope would be annexed to Israel.
On both these issues, Israel appears to have reneged and the Palestinian side was put in a corner. If the Palestinians walk out of the talks for this violation of the understanding communicated by the United States, the Israelis would stop the process of staggered prisoner releases. Israel has committed to releasing 104 Palestinians imprisoned since before the 1993 signing of the Oslo Accords in accordance with th
e 1999 Sharm el-Sheikh agreement.

Furthermore, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced during a joint press interview with Palestinian and Israeli journalists that the quid pro quo for the prisoner release was a Palestinian commitment to not seek any further membership as a state in UN agencies. The Israelis have alluded to and have in fact acted on their own claim that they can add new Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, each time they release prisoners. This has happened twice already following the release of 52 prisoners so far in August and in October. The Palestinians are hoping that the remaining 52 prisoners will be released as agreed upon in stages within the next few months.more.. e-mail

Israel, Iran and the Bomb 
Andrew Levine, CounterPunch 11/15/2013
The Neighborhood Bully
What accounts for the U.S.-Israel “special relationship”? This question is seldom addressed outside dissident circles; the foreign policy establishment simply takes it for granted, much as they used to take it for granted that the Cold War needed to be fought.
From the Israeli side, there is no mystery. The association with the United States is an economic, military and diplomatic necessity. Keeping it going is therefore Israel’s top priority; taking advantage of it whenever they can is a close second.
But what explains the U.S. role? Plainly, inertia plays an important part: the U.S.–Israeli relationship developed years ago, under different conditions than those that now obtain, and foreign policy establishments become set in their ways. The world changes, but deeply entrenched assumptions are not easily dislodged.
Legislators too can be blissfully indifferent towards shifting realities – when there is nothing in it for them in taking changed situations into account, and when they think it is risky to do so.
The fact that the issue is off the mainstream agenda also helps keep everything as is. If the issue isn’t engaged, how can views change?
But even if the main reason why things are as they are is that they were that way in the past, it is important to understand the rationale for received ways of thinking and acting.
For this, the work of foreign policy dissidents is indispensable. more.. e-mail

Gaza Speaking Tour
In Gaza: 16 Nov 2013 – The situation in Gaza is one of critical importance, and is sadly largely far from the corporate media’s radar. The 1.7 million Palestinians locked under blockade, occupation, and now darkness, in the Gaza Strip suffer from an endless list of preventable–and dangerous– injustices, and have been so suffering for years, at least since 2007. Starting November 26, 2013, I will be speaking on the reality of life in Gaza, including the dangers posed to fishers, farmers (and anyone in the border regions), the numerous and layered aspects of the blockade on Gaza, and the various Israeli wars waged upon the Palestinians of Gaza. See below for the thus-confirmed dates of my British Columbia and western USA speaking tour. I will be updating this post as dates become confirmed. Please share widely and encourage people you know to get informed about Gaza, one of the greatest manufactured (and preventable) crises and…more

As Gaza Drowns in Sewage, UN Rapporteur Announces First UN World Toilet Day
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Nov 2013 – By Julie Webb-Pullman As streets in Gaza flow with excrement, as families stay awake until 2am to take advantage of the two hours that water will flow through the taps – if they are lucky – the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, celebrated the UN General Assembly’s decision declaring 19th of November as UN World Toilet Day with a Press Release on November 15. The irony will not escape Palestinians in Gaza – they must be asking themselves “Is she for real? Or is it just a very cynical preliminary to announcing Gaza’s latest distinction – from being the largest open air prison in the world, to being the largest open air toilet?” “I hope this declaration galvanizes national and international action to reach the billions of people who still do not benefit from this basic human right,”…more

Yasser Arafat: The Assassination
Palestine Chronicle: 16 Nov 2013 – By Uri Avnery From the first moment, I did not have the slightest doubt that Yasser Arafat was assassinated. It was a matter of simple logic. On the way back from the funeral, I happened upon Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Knesset for the nationalist Arab Balad party, who is a highly qualified doctoral pharmacist. We exchanged views and came to the same conclusion. The findings of the Swiss experts last week only confirmed my conviction. First of all, a simple fact: people don’t just die for no reason. I visited Arafat a few weeks before it happened. He seemed in reasonably good health. Upon leaving, I remarked to Rachel, my wife, tha
t he seemed more sharp and alert than during our last visit. When he suddenly became very ill, there was no obvious cause. The doctors at the French military hospital, to which he was transferred at the…

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