VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 18 November 2013: Israel’s Other Silent War: State-sponsored Discrimination against African Migrants

18 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Racist Graffiti Found On Islamic Tombstones, Nearby Structures, In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Dozens of trees cut by extremist settlers near Hebron Israeli sources reported Sunday [November 17, 2013] that a number of extremist Israeli youths invaded an Islamic graveyard in occupied Jerusalem, broke tombstones and wrote racist graffiti on tombstones and buildings adjacent to the graveyard. …

Dozens Of Palestinians Injured In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades during clashes with Israeli soldiers invaded, on Sunday, in Abu Dis town in occupied East Jerusalem. … 

Army Kidnaps Six Teenagers in Bethlehem, Hebron
IMEMC – [Sunday November 17, 2013] Israeli soldiers kidnapped one Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and five in the West Bank district of Bethlehem. …

Ma’an News

8 hurt in Nablus clashes, 1 critically
11/18/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinians were injured on Monday in clashes with Israeli forces south of Nablus, locals said. Abed al-Athiem al-Qadi, the mayor of Qusra village, told Ma’an that clashes broke out earlier in the day after Israeli settlers uprooted 26 olive trees in the village. Israeli forces arrived on the scene and fired rubber-bullets at Palestinian villagers, injuring eight people….

Israel cuts power to Jericho village over unpaid debts
11/18/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities cut electricity to a Palestinian village in Jericho on Sunday, claiming that a local company had failed to pay its bills over the past three months. Fathi Khdeirat, coordinator of the Jordan Valley campaign, said 12 water wells in al-Jiftlik have stopped working due to the power outage. Haza Daraghmeh, a member of al-Jiftlik village council, told Ma’….

Settlers uproot 26 olive trees in Nablus village
11/18/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers destroyed at least 26 olive trees in the Nablus village of Qusra on Monday, a local official said. Village mayor Abed al-Atheim told Ma’an that settlers from an illegal outpost south of Qusra chopped down 26 trees belonging to Talat Fawzi Hassan. The settlers also damaged concrete agricultural structures belonging to Deeb Abdel Latif Hassan and Ali Abdul….

Israel issues orders to halt construction of Yatta mosque
11/18/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces prevented villagers in Yatta from constructing a mosque on Monday, claiming the building lacked an Israeli-issued building permit, locals said. Israeli forces arrived in the area and confiscated stones and construction materials being used to build the mosque, villagers in al-Deirat told Ma’an. Israeli forces issued demolition orders for the parts of the mosque already built and….

Israeli forces confiscate school bus in Yatta, locals say
11/18/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday confiscated a school bus in Yatta, without providing an explanation, locals said. Mufied Abu Qbeita, the driver of the vehicle, said an Israeli patrol pulled him over and inspected his ID and the vehicle’s papers. Two Israeli soldiers then entered the vehicle and told him to drive from Masafer Yatta to the Israeli District Coordination….

80 Israeli police officers visit Aqsa mosque
11/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Around 80 Israeli security forces entered the al-Aqsa compound from the Moroccan gate and toured the area, a group said Monday. The Al-Aqsa Foundation said in a statement that 80 uniformed officers entered the compound from the Moroccan gate. They toured the compound including one of the mosques inside. [END]

Rafah crossing closed for tenth day in a row
11/18/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah land crossing, which connects Egypt and the Gaza Strip, has been closed by Egyptian authorities for ten days in a row, officials said on Sunday. Officials from the Palestinian side said that the crossing is still closed and that although they have been communicating with the Egyptian side in order to re-open it, they has had no success….

Abbas: Peace talks will run full course
11/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Peace talks with Israel will continue for the full nine months agreed with Washington “regardless of what happens on the ground,” President Mahmoud Abbas told AFP on Sunday. He also called for an international probe to determine who killed Yasser Arafat after scientists said it was likely he had been poisoned. Abbas was speaking in an exclusive interview at his Muqataa headquarters in….

Poll: Oslo brought ‘political normalization’ but no benefits
11/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A majority of respondents to an opinion poll conducted by al-Quds Open University believe that the 1994 Oslo Accord will not help establish a sovereign Palestinian state. A majority of 74. 1 percent of the respondents believe Oslo created “political normalization” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but the Palestinians gained nothing in return. Similarly, 77. 4 percent of the respondents….

Egypt seizes antiquities being smuggled to Israel
11/18/2013 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) – Egyptian security forces on Monday seized antiquities dating back to the Roman and Pharaoh eras, according to security sources. They told Ma’an in el-Arish that Egyptian forces raided the home of a suspected antiquity smuggler in the village of Rabia in North Sinai district. Large numbers of antiquities including pottery, coins and sculptures dating back to the Roman and….

Netanyahu calls on Abbas to address Israeli parliament
11/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday invited President Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli parliament and publicly recognize Jewish links to the land of Israel.”I call on him from here today: let’s break the deadlock,” Netanyahu said in a special address to the parliament, or Knesset, in honor of a visit by French President Francois Hollande.”Come to the….

Hollande: France fighting anti-Semitism ‘with all its might’
11/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — France is using “all its might” to battle anti-Semitism, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday in a special address to the Israeli parliament.” France is fighting with all its might against anti-Semitism in all its forms,” he said.”I confirm in this house the French Republic’s commitment to watch over at all times the security and safety of the Jews of France.”[END]

Hollande: Sanctions stay unless Iran renounces nuclear arms
11/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Sanctions on Iran will remain in place as long as France is not convinced that Tehran has “definitively renounced” its military nuclear ambitions, President Francois Hollande said on Monday.”I confirm here that we will maintain the sanctions as long as we are not certain that Iran has definitively renounced its military (nuclear) program,” he said.”France will not let Iran arm itself….

Hollande: Jerusalem must be capital of 2 states
11/18/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Jerusalem must be the future capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine, French President Francois Hollande told the Israeli parliament on Monday.”France’s position is known: a negotiated settlement, with the State of Israel and (the State) of Palestine both having Jerusalem as capital, coexisting in peace and security,” he said. [END]

Clashes at Birzeit between Hamas, Fatah supporters
11/18/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Several students were injured after clashes broke out Monday afternoon between supporters of Fatah and Hamas at Birzeit University in Ramallah in the central West Bank. Witnesses told Ma’an that fistfights broke out between groups of students affiliated to rival Palestinian movements of Fatah and Hamas. Other students attacked each other with bats and stones before the university’….

Video: Thousands of Christians mark ‘day of faith’ in Nazareth
11/18/2013 – NAZARETH (Ma’an) — Over seven thousand Catholic pilgrims from around the world congregated in Nazareth on Sunday to mark the International Day of Faith organized by the Catholic Churches of the Holy Land. The day marked the end of the ‘Year of Faith’ declared by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Oct. 11, 2012 and gave rise to a number of initiatives….


Hollande: We won’t allow a nuclear-armed Iran
AlJazeera 18 Nov 2013 – French president tells Israeli MPs that such a situation would be a threat to Israel and a threat to the region.

Palestine casts first vote at UN
AlJazeera 18 Nov 2013 – Palestine’s delegation to UN General Assembly casts first ballot in routine vote, saying now closer to full membership.

Saudi denies contact with Israel on Iran
AlJazeera 18 Nov 2013 – Riyadh dismisses possible cooperation with Israel to stop Iran from developing a nuclear warhead.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Concerned He May be Tortured, Israeli Forces Arrest Patient while Heading to Israeli Hospital for Medical Treatment
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

‘Gaza Book’: Exhibition of photos by Gaza children
11/18/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Maria del Mar Fernandez, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – We attended a photography exhibition last Wednesday in besieged Gaza City. There were many, many pictures, some of which we photographed. I wish were as much of an an artist as the children, between nine and 16 years old, who shot the originals. They were there, among the public, and I was able to talk….

Gaza boy remembers Israeli drone strike that maimed him and killed his cousin
11/18/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – An hour before dusk, an armed drones flies low over the rooftops, taking its time, seeking. A few miles away, someone sits, perhaps a young man, perhaps a woman, in front of a screen, secure in a command center. Soon this faceless person will find a target and fire the drone’s deadly cargo. Two boys….

Relief Web

World: VOICE Out Loud Newsletter Issue 18: Whose emergency is it anyway ? The role of local actors
Relief Web 18 Nov 2013 – Source: Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies Country: Central African Republic, India, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, World While working with local partners holds a central role in the development sector practice in the case of emergencies is much…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA Demands Humanitarian Access to Yarmouk
Relief Web 18 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Damascus The UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES (UNRWA) is increasingly concerned at the continued prevention of…

The National

Russian Muslims fight and die against Assad’s forces
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Moscow fears that hundreds of Russian-born militants it says are fighting in Syria will return experienced in warfare to join an insurgency by militants fighting for an Islamic state.

Syrian rebel leader Abdelqader Saleh dead after air raid
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Head of the Al Tawhid Brigades, which is back by Qatar, dies from wounds in Turkish hospital.

France demands ‘complete halt’ to Israeli settlement construction
The National 18 Nov 2013 – French president makes unequivocal demand for Israel to stop building on land seized in the 1967 war.

World Bank offers Philippines US$500m loan for Typhoon Haiyan rebuilding
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Authorities estimate more than 3,900 people died when Typhoon Haiyan made landfall and the sea surged ashore.

Qatar to act on expat workers’ rights
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Amid heightened criticism of the treatment of its migrant workers, Qatar’s committee charged with the 2022 World Cup confirms it will double its number of labour inspectors by the end of the year. Gary Meenagahn reports

Libya militia starts Tripoli withdrawal after clashes
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Militia fighters blamed for the worst violence in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Qaddafi have begun to pull out of the capital.

Goa, where paradise fades as racial tensions rise
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Gang-related killing stirs vitriolic debate about the rampant drug trade in Goa, spurring racism that is straining diplomatic ties. Samanth Subramanian reports

Iran unveils what it says is its biggest drone
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Iran says the reconnaissance and combat drone Fotros has a range of 2,000 kilometres and can fly for up to 30 hours.

Russia strikes missile deal with Egypt: report
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Moscow has signed a deal to provide Egypt with air-defence missile systems, the head of Russia’s state-controlled industrial holding company says.

Egyptian moderates shoved to the margins
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Polarised attitudes force Egyptians in the middle ground to disappear largely from political view, making any reconciliation between Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government more remote.

Train crash south of Cairo kills 26
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Train slams into at least three vehicles, with most victims family members returning from a wedding in Cairo.

A 2013 Marshall Plan will boost Mena nations 
The National 18 Nov 2013 – A Marshall Plan for the Mena region would help countries like Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Jordan to boost their economies.

Iraq executes 12 amid international disquiet
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Iraqi authorities announce the execution of a dozen men convicted of terrorism, defying widespread international condemnation of the country’s use of the death penalty.

US-Afghan security pact hits impasseUS-Afghan security pact hits impasse 
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Afghan president rejects provision of US-Afghan security pact, placing deal in jeorpardy days before the country’s leaders gather to debate it.

Gunmen kill Egypt anti-terror officer due to testify against Morsi
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Gunmen kill officer in charge of Muslim Brotherhood file at the Egyptian interior ministry’s national security agency.

140 factories closed in new Bangladesh wage protest
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Thousands of workers protesting against new minimum wage clash with police outside Dhaka.

Bahrain keeps travel ban on opposition figure
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Bahrain court rejects appeal to lift travel ban on Khalil Al Marzooq, who faces charges of encouraging anti-government violence.

Pakistan imposes new curfews after sectarian clash
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Curfews imposed and troops deployed in two different areas of north-west Pakistan after three people killed during sectarian clash.

Paris manhunt after gunman opens fire in French newspaper office
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Manhunt underway after gunman opens fire in Paris-based newspaper lobby, gravely wounding a photographer’s assistant before fleeing.

India’s small towns favour opposition, despite Congress handouts
The National 18 Nov 2013 – Handouts for farmers by India’s Congress party have helped turn a once-deprived village into a thriving retail centre with an emerging middle class, but many will still vote for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.


French kissing in the Knesset: Netanyahu receives Hollande like Israel’s savior
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Senator asks Netanyahu: Keep Philadelphia consulate open
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

J Street too engaged by distorting the truth rather than with Israel’s survival
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Kerry rebuffs Netanyahu: Nothing the U.S. is doing on Iran will put Israel at risk
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Man seriously wounded as rainstorms drench Israel
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Iran building secret new nuclear site, exiled dissidents say
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

UN chief pays tribute to Holocaust victims in Auschwitz visit
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Hollande: Jerusalem should be capital of Israel and Palestine
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Netanyahu invites Palestinian leader Abbas to address Knesset
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Court orders liquidation of Office Depot Israel
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

No EU nation willing to destroy Syria chemical arms on its soil
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

El Al, British Airways, Lufthansa sued for price-fixing
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Boko Haram, taking to hills of Nigeria, seizes slave ‘brides’
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Severely disabled, but ineligible for mobility benefits
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Biblical archaeology: Finds in Israel from millennia of yore
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

West shouldn’t undervalue its leverage over Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

The Israeli agency that oppresses Palestinians ‘for their own good’
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

In Ramallah, Hollande urges Palestinians to be flexible on right of return
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israeli ministers snub dinner with French counterparts
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Putin: There is a ‘real chance’ to make a deal with Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

In New York, Bennett hammers home Jerusalem’s message on a nuclear Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

In New York, Bennett hammers home Jerusalem’s message on a nuclear Iran
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israel’s former chief rabbi arrested on suspicion of accepting millions in bribes
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israel’s former chief rabbi arrested on suspicion of accepting millions in bribes
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

When the Democrats attacked the ‘Christ-killing Shylocks of Wall Street’
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Muslims, Jews find common cause in fight for religious rights
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israel could strike Iran’s nuclear sites on its own, says outgoing security chief
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israel must be included in Western nations’ group on UN human rights council, allies say
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

The cost of not planning and imagining peace
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Israeli Arabs are exiles in their own land
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Defense Ministry preparing new migrant detention center in south
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Race to become next state prosecutor now down to two
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

State freezes funds for Haredi girls youth group over irregularities
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

Barkat promises glitz for second term but sectarianism remains
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

Israeli bill that benefits veterans discriminates against Israeli Arabs
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

Israel secretly holding Al-Qaida bio-weapons expert for three years
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

White House denies TV report of secret talks between U.S. and Iran
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

Car of Islamic court judge torched in Jaffa
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

U.S. Jews should push for sanctions but dial down the anti-Obama rhetoric
Ha’aretz – 17 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Israeli hospital treats Hamas PM Haniyeh’s granddaughter
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Girl admitted to Petah Tikvah hospital for digestive tract infection. 

Lador’s successor as state attorney to be named
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Right-wing activists oppose ‘in-house’ favorite Deputy Attorney-General Shai Nitzan. 

Protesters rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against security forces
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – In rare open criticism of army chief Sisi, 1,000 Egyptians flock to square, raising tension on the eve of planned mass protests. 

Philippines ambassador joins Jerusalem youths in effort for typhoon victims
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – In coordination with embassy, students prepared 25 boxes filled with ready-to-eat food, blankets,and other necessities. 

State to High Court: al-Qaida agent too dangerous to release from administrative detention
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Al-Barak’s lawyer: IDF closed case against him for lack of public interest, so why detain him indefinitely? 

Iran unveils new drone it claims can ‘reach Israel’
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Israeli arms expert says air defenses can deal with drone. 

No holds barred: The Iranian ‘problem from hell’
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – One can only hope that a moral voice like Samantha Power’s will not join Kerry’s misguided appeal on Iran. 

Majorca’s master chef returns to the Jewish people
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Tony Pina of Palma de Majorca, Spain, defied history and logic and achieved the impossible. 

How Kalandia makes us suffer
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Security can be maintained. Countries and even continents around the world have borders, but few of them are like Kalandia. 

At Knesset, Hollande calls for two-state solution with Jerusalem as joint capital
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu invites Abbas to speak at the Knesset, calls on him to recognize Israel as a Jewish state; on Iran, Hollande promises to continue sanction pressure until Iran gives up plan to develop nuclear weapons. 

A trap of his own making
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu’s panicked reaction to the deal being hatched in Washington indicates his belated recognition of the costs of his approach. 

The old (Israeli) boys’ club
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Many believe once women enter the political arena they adopt “male” traits in order to succeed. 

Palestinians cast first-ever vote in UN General Assembly
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – First vote delegation cast since status upgrade to “non-member state.” 

Israel in the Philippines
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – For a while, at least, the world has glimpsed a completely different facet of the IDF. 

Hitting the bulls-eye with ‘Arrowed’
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Bobbi Jene Smith presents “Arrowed” at the Suzanne Dellal Center, a project she has committed to making her life’s work. 

‘Shake it up, baby’
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Tony Kishman and his Beatles tribute band Twist and Shout, will ‘come together’ as they perform in Israel next month. 

Former chief rabbi Metzger arrested for taking bribe, fraud
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Metzger suspected of defrauding charities of millions of shekels. 

Bill for one chief rabbi in Israel approved by Ministerial Committee for Legislation
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Legislation would lead in ten years time to election of just one chief rabbi instead of two. 

Bill advances in Knesset committee to standardize diagnosis of learning disabilities
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Currently students’ diagnoses are not always recognized by all post-secondary education institutions in the country. 

WIZO submits bill for the establishment of domestic violence courts in Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – There are currently over 300 such specialized courts operating in countries around the world. 

Herzog: Yacimovich wrong to be optimistic in Labor race
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Herzog criticized Yacimovich for leaking to press results of her volunteers’ canvassing of party members. 

Abbas to Hollande: Palestinian refugee problem must be solved to end conflict with Israel
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Hollande calls for stop in W. Bank settlement construction to salvage the two-state solution. 

Arbitration center for Israeli-Palestinian business disputes launches
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Jerusalem Arbitration Center aims to boost Israeli-Palestinian economic ties with agreed upon commercial dispute mechanism. 

Critics challenge Warsaw site for monument to Polish righteous gentiles
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – “There is no lack of space for monuments for the righteous all over Poland,” scholars say in a statement, “but the Warsaw Ghetto area should remain an intact sanctuary of the memory of the murdered Jews.” 

Saudi Arabia denies working with Israel on contingency plan for potential attack on Iran
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Saudis say they have “no relations, contacts with Israel at any level.” 

Discovering your Jewish identity – it’s never too late
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – A seemingly innocent question posed by Boglarka Palko’s teacher, led the Hungarian teen to embrace the Jewish roots she never knew she had. 

Israel must not put all gas export eggs in one basket, industry expert tells Post 
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Dr. Amit Mor, CEO of Eco Energy says Israel should diversify the modes of export for its gas. 

Bennett in New York: I vehemently oppose a Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Economy and Trade Minister tells audience at 92nd Street Y that he does not believe current peace talks will succeed. 

Liberman: Palestinians oppress their own refugees
Jerusalem Post 18 Nov 2013 – Foreign Minister says Palestinians use their refugees as a tool, not let them integrate in society. 


Video: As siege stops pumps, Gaza children wade to school in sewage
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – This video shows children in the al-Sabra neighborhood in eastern Gaza City wading through streets flooded with sewage.Some carefully make their way across stones to avoid the fetid water, while others wade right in or are…

Urgent Action Required: Palestinian Political Prisoners Health conditions deteriorate
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 -A European network to support the rights of Palestinians prisoners (UFree Network), demanded on Sunday 17th November, prompt implementation of international treaties and accords that protect rights and health conditions of prisoners in the occupied Palestinian territories….

UNRWA Demands Humanitarian Access to Yarmouk
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 -The UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES (UNRWA) is increasingly concerned at the continued prevention of access for desperately needed humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Yarmouk. The Syrian authorities and all concerned parties…

Israel s other silent war
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 -A recent Jerusalem Post op-ed on “South Africa s obsession with Israel” resurrects complaints regarding the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which during its 2011 session in Cape Town concluded that “Israel s rule over the Palestinian people,…

The two faces of America What did a Guantanamo inmate learn about Americans in Halloween?
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – It was Halloween ten days ago in the United States. Having spent the last 11 years in US custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I ve learned a fair amount about American culture. I understand that it…

Eleven Years Lost in Translation
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013- …I am working at the charity Reprieve at the moment whose lawyers were counsel in the infamous case of Mohammed el Gharani. He was just 14 years old when he was seized for a bounty in Pakistan….

Open Letter to a Condescending U.S. Peace Activist
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – … Instead of offering one bit of solidarity, you come in to tell us who we are and who we should be and are suspicious of us if we are not packaged into discrete separate compartments for…

Libya: Tripoli Launches General Strike in Protest of Militias
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013- Residents of Tripoli have launched a general strike after Libyan militiamen killed 43 Friday. Further violence came Saturday, when militiamen stole arms and ammunition and exchanged fire with government-aligned troops. On Sunday, the streets of Tripoli sat…

Family of young Palestinian artist killed at checkpoint last week reveals shock and anger
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – “We had a football match together with our friends, just two days before he was killed…he was such a peaceful and talented man…and then, in one moment, done – no more Bashir… related Wael Samir, cousin…

Photos of Israeli tear gas canisters fired at Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza buffer zone 
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – On 2nd November 2013 Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinians demonstrating in the Gaza buffer zone East of Gaza City, by the Nahal Oz checkpoint. A report of the demonstration by an eyewitness can be…

The real criminal, our government, jails the real hero. The Hero and the Villains: the Jeremy Hammond Sentence
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – This past Friday, Internet activist Jeremy Hammond stood in a federal courtroom and told Judge Loretta A. Preska why he released a trove of emails and other information uncovering the possibly illegal and certainly immoral collaboration…

Libya: Tripoli Launches General Strike in Protest of Militias
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013- Residents of Tripoli have launched a general strike after Libyan militiamen killed 43 Friday. Further violence came Saturday, when militiamen stole arms and ammunition and exchanged fire with government-aligned troops. On Sunday, the streets of Tripoli sat…

The Israeli Government Insists on Challenging the International Will and Approves (The National Park) Settlement Plan in Jerusalem
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the decision of the Israeli government to approve the “National Park” plan, which would confiscate 740 dunums of Palestinian lands in the villages of al-Tur and al-Issawiya in…

Bombs Rattle Baghdad, Tuz Khormato: 54 Killed 116 Wounded
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – At least 54 Iraqis were killed and 116 more were wounded, mostly in Baghdad and the mixed city of Tuz Khormato. In Baghdad, a car bomb targeting a police patrol instead killed three bystanders and wounded…

Radio: Andy Worthington Discusses Guantánamo s 12th Anniversary and Accountability for Torture with Scott Horton and Peter B. Collins
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – On Wednesday (November 13), the media, inspired by an article for the Guardian by Col. Morris Davis, the former chief prosecutor of the military commissions at Guantánamo, who has become a formidable critic of the prison…

How Israel s security services turned me into a potential terrorist 
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – When Yoav Haifawi joined radical left organizations in Israel, he had no idea that the airport security services would begin searching him for explosives. A true story about the security services modus operandi. The following story…

Israeli settlers uproot 106 olive trees near Yatta
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 — Israeli settlers raided Palestinian agricultural areas in the southern West Bank overnight, uprooting 106 olive trees in Quwawees area east of Yatta.Locals said that Israeli settlers destroyed 106 olive trees owned by Abd al-Nabi Makhamra in…

Syria News – November 16, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013- By the end of Saturday LCC was able to document 58 martyrs, including 7 women, 3 children, 3 martyrs under torture: 22 martyrs in Aleppo, 16 martyrs in Damascus and its Suburbs, 9 martyrs in Hama, 5…

Israel fast tracks construction of national park between two Palestinian villages
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013 – The cabinet on Thursday ordered that a plan to build a national park on the eastern slope of Mount Scopus be expedited, along with other construction plans outside the Green Line. According to one source, the…

Why Is Henry Kissinger Walking Around Free?
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013 – Two months ago, hundreds of thousands of Chileans somberly marked the 40th anniversary of their nation s September 11th terrorist event. It was on that date in 1973 that the Chilean military, armed with a generous…

Feinstein promotes bill to strengthen NSA s hand on warrantless searches
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013–A Senate bill promoted as a surveillance reform would codify the ability of the National Security Agency to search its troves of foreign phone and email communications for Americans information, and permit law enforcement agencies to search the…

Tony Blair: never in the field of human history has one man earned so much from deaths of so many
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013 – Just as we learned that the US and UK governments were conspiring to stop us learning the truth of the Bush-Blair Iraq consiracy, Tony Blair picked up £150,000 for an hour-long speech in Dubai. In the…

Israel s culture of walls
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013 – …Walls on the ground reflect walls that already exist in the mind. The Zionists came to Palestine with a wall already fixed in their minds. That wall existed as a conviction that anti-Semitism was inevitable and…

Palestinian farmer injured by Israeli gunfire in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet 17 Nov 2013 – November 16, 2013 -On Wednesday, 13th November, gunfire by Israeli occupation forces injured a Palestinian farmer near al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the center of Gaza strip. Mneifi Abu Abdullah, age 25, was working with three other farmers about 600 meters…

Daily Star

Kerry presses Iran to prove its nuclear program peaceful
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pressed Iran to finalize an agreement that can prove to the world its nuclear program is peaceful, but said he has “no specific expectations” for talks in Geneva…

Upbeat Putin calls Rouhani as powers gear up for Iran talks
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 World powers and Iran geared up Monday for fresh nuclear negotiations, with Russian President Vladimir Putin telling Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani he was upbeat about prospects for a landmark accord.

Kerry says won’t visit Israel this weekend
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he would not be able to visit Israel over the coming weekend, despite an announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

White House encourages Yemen during political transition
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism aide, Lisa Monaco, spoke with Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Monday to discuss the country’s political transition and process towards greater democracy, the White House said.

Kerry says has no specific expectations ahead of Iran nuclear talks
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he had no specific expectations about world powers reaching a deal with Iran in talks later this week that hope to finalize an interim deal on Tehran’s…

Kerry: Netanyahu has right to oppose Iran deal
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “every right” to voice his opposition to a potential nuclear deal with Iran.

Police free five-year-old boy, arrest three Syrians
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 The Internal Security Forces Information Branch said Monday it freed five-year-old kidnapped two days ago in north Lebanon, adding that three Syrians were arrested for involvement in the abduction

Geagea: Nasrallah’s justification distort facts
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea criticized Hezbollah’s presence in Syria Monday, saying leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s justification for it distorted the facts

Obama to brief senators as Iran talks resume
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with key U.S. senators on Iran as the White House pushes Congress to hold off on new sanctions.

Egypt blames militants for officer’s killing, protests loom
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 Egyptian authorities blamed Islamist militants for the high-profile shooting death of an Interior Ministry lieutenant colonel, heightening security fears on Monday in a country on the edge with mass protests looming.

Sanctions stay unless Iran renounces nuclear arms: Hollande
Daily Star 18 Nov 2013 President Francois Hollande said Monday that sanctions on Iran will remain in place as long as France is not convinced that Tehran has “definitively renounced” its alleged nuclear weapons programme.

YNet News

Boston Marathon invites those affected by bombings
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Girlfriend claims Zimmerman pointed gun at her
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Italy: Al-Qaeda members may be among migrants
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Egypt: Islamist tells army chief to avoid politics
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US to train several thousand Libyan soldiers
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Welcoming converts 
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: US Jews should encourage those who wish to join Jewish people on historic spiritual journey ….

Bill: No questioning women at mikveh
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Law proposed by Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavi seeks to forbid attendants at public purification baths to interrogate women arriving for ritual washing. ‘The woman’s personal life is none of the bath attendant’s business,’ she says ….

The weak alliance
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: History of Israel-France ties teaches us that yesterday’s allies may become today’s rivals ….

Al-Baraq’s path from biology student to wanted terrorist
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Interrogation transcripts attainted by Ynet reveal chilling tale of terrorist recruitment, training process. Read how Samir al-Baraq reportedly being held in Israel grew from a biology student to terrorist involved in secretive al-Qaeda chemical division ….

Hungary doubts anti-Semitism poll
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Budapest officials question methodology behind survey that showed greater fear of anti-Semitism among Jews than in any other European country ….

PA pays former prisoners $10,000-$50,000 upon release 
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – In addition to monthly salary paid by Palestinian Authority, Palestinian prisoners serving time in Israel jails receive massive prison ‘severance package’ that can reach up to $60,000. In one case, PA even picked up bill for prisoner’s wedding ….

Abbas: Regardless of what happens, peace talks to continue 
YNet News, 18 Nov 2013 – Before meeting with French President Hollande, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas gives extended interview to AFP, promises peace talks to run full course, asks: Who poisoned Arafat? ….

Officer who took down Afula terrorist receives commendation
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Soldier who stopped Afula attacker receives recognition from commanders. ‘We are proud of you’ ….

Syria: 31 troops killed by blast near Damascus
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Three generals, brigadier-general among dead. Violence escalates across country. Refugees lack safe haven ….

Ya’alon: I supported Oslo, but I sobered up
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – At Tel Aviv University, defense minister discusses two most pressing issues in Israeli defense: Nuclear Iran, peace talks with PA. Says current murder wave ‘result of the political process’ ….

Iran says next round of nuclear talks ‘difficult’
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Islamic republic deputy foreign minister says any agreement must respect ‘rights of Iranian nation.’ Discussions restart in Geneva on Wednesday; US, European officials voice optimism ….

German recluse wants to keep Nazi-looted art trove
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Son of powerful Nazi-era art dealer says will not give up paintings found in his Munich apartment without a fight. Paintings believed to be looted by Nazis, but Munich resident insists his father acquired them legally ….

Despite initial protest, Morsi dons prison uniform
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Expelled Egyptian president refused to go to court in white prisoner’s clothes claiming he’s the legitimate president, but local newspaper publishes photos showing Morsi dropped suit in favor of prisoner garb ….

Syria: Hezbollah concentrate massive forces to join Battle of Qalamoun
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – Thousands flee Syria into Lebanon as Battle of Qalamoun rages. While Hezbollah amass forces in Lebanon, rebels come together for high stakes battle over strategic mountainous region road ….

Report: Israel, Saudi Arabia cooperating on possible attack on Iran
YNet News, 17 Nov 2013 – With nuclear talks set to resume Wednesday, Sunday Times reports Israel, Saudi Arabia heightening cooperation, in bid to formulate contingency attack plan on Iran should talks succeed in reaching agreement, but fail in halting Iranian nuclear program ….

Palestinian Information Center

Lieberman’s whims on Palestinian refugees 
PIC – The gung-ho scandal-ridden Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has accused the Palestinian people of brazenly continuing to invoke the mantra of Palestinian refugees..

IOA confiscates building materials for the restoration of a mosque
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) confiscated Monday morning building materials dedicated for the restoration of a mosque in Yatta town in al-Khalil, in the southern West Bank.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers and settlers storm Al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – A group of 80 Israeli soldiers stormed this morning with their military uniform al-Aqsa mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage confirmed.

IOF arrest 8 Palestinian at dawn Monday
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn on Monday eight Palestinians, including two minors, following a raid campaign of a large number of houses in different parts of West Bank.

IOF renews administrative detention of Palestinian MPs
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) renewed the administrative detention of MP Mahmoud Ramahi, 50, and MP Yasser Mansour for 6 months a few days before their release, human rights sources revealed.

IOA to confiscate lands in al-Khalil, clashes erupt
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) informed Sunday Palestinian citizens in Yatta town south of al-Khalil of its decision to confiscate 1370 dunums of their lands.

Six Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
PIC – Six Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria over the past 24 hours in shelling on their camps, activists in those camps said on Monday.

15 Palestinians suffer gunshot wounds as hundreds of IOF soldiers attack village
PIC – Hundreds of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) attacked Qasra village, south of Nablus, afternoon Monday under heavy gunfire wounding 15 Palestinians.

IOA cuts off electricity to Jiftlik village in Jordan Valley
PIC – The IOA cut off the power supply to the impoverished Palestinian village Al-Jiftlik, located in the Jordan Valley, at the pretext of its residents’ failure to pay the electricity bills. 

Aqsa foundation warns of new wave of Jewish break-ins at Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage warned of a new spate of Jewish break-ins at the Aqsa Mosque during the coming days in conjunction with the Jewish festival called Hanukkah.


Israeli Authorities Order Jordan Valley Residents to Demolish Own homes
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013

Two Injured during Clashes near Nablus
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013

Palestinian State Best Security for Israel, says French President
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013

Israeli Military Seizes Building Equipment
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013

French President Hollande Arrives in Ramallah
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013

Israeli Settlers Cut Down Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 18 Nov 2013


Israeli police arrest former chief rabbi on suspicion of corruption
LA Times 18 Nov 2013 – JERUSALEM — Israel’s former chief rabbi was arrested Monday on suspicion of taking bribes, defrauding charities and obstructing an investigation, police said. 

Syrian rebel leader killed in another blow to Assad foes
LA Times 18 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT — A major Syrian rebel group confirmed Monday the death of its military chief, signifying another blow to opposition forces reeling from government counter-attacks, internal divisions and Western alarm about the rapid growth of extremist factions linked to Al Qaeda.

Syrian Rebel Leader Dies After Government Attack
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – The death of Abdulkader al-Saleh, who led one of the most effective factions fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, came amid a government offensive. 

Israelis Embrace French President for Iran Position
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – The warm Israeli greetings for visiting President François Hollande of France reflected their deep shared suspicion of Iran’s nuclear intentions. 

American Imprisoned in Iran Gets U.N.’s Attention
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – The United Nations human rights agency is looking at the circumstances behind the continued incarceration of Amir Hekmati, who has not been charged. 

Courtroom Cages Remain Common, Despite Criticism
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – Long avoided by courts in the United States, they are widely used elsewhere, even in cases where the defendants do not seem particularly dangerous. 

Abducted Libyan Official Is Released
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – The City Council in Tripoli, where the deputy intelligence chief was seized, called a general strike to demand that militias leave the city. 

Bomb at Base Kills at Least 31 Syrian Troops
New York Times 18 Nov 2013 – The attack, one of the deadliest against government soldiers in recent months, came as an offensive against rebels continued on three fronts. 

Dozens Are Killed in Iraq Bombings
New York Times 17 Nov 2013 – Officials said that 44 people were killed and over 100 were hurt in explosions — some set off by suicide bombers — that targeted public spaces and security checkpoints. 

West Faces Challenge in Moving Syrian Chemical Arms Through Battlefields
New York Times 17 Nov 2013 – A plan to move more than 600 tons of precursor chemicals out of Syria in vehicles is raising concerns that such a convoy would present a slow-moving target for Syrian opposition groups. 

Another AIPAC man joins State Dep’t negotiating team
Mondoweiss – Makovsky Well I’m shocked. Obama @StateDept hires Israel lobbyist David Makovsky to join other AIPACers running its “peace process” link to t.co — Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) November 18, 2013 Laura Rozen broke the story . Veteran Middle East scholar David Makovsky has joined the team of US…

Making Boulder a sister city to Nablus would be ‘anti-Semitic,’ says local Republican
Mondoweiss – Macon Cowles, at an antiwar rally in Boulder T he Boulder Daily Camera reports on a campaign by local extremists to head off a proposal to make Boulder a sister city of Nablus. The initiative was defeated last June, but three City Councilpeople, including Macon Cowles,…

‘Obama is no JFK,’ neocons say– likening Iran to Cuba
Mondoweiss – This is delicious, on a number of levels. Neoconservatives are using the anniversary of the Kennedy assassination to say that Obama is a wimp on Iran because Kennedy stood firm during the Cuban missile crisis. John Bolton and Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America….

US takes over Mizrahi Tefahot Swiss probe
Globes Main News – Psagot analyst Terence Klingman: The investigation’s transfer to the US implies the bank could face a bigger fine in the affair.

“Noble Energy gave distorted impression every drilling hits bulls-eye” 
Globes Energy & Water – Poalim Sahar analyst Yoav Burgan said that until the string of failures, which began at Myra and Sarah, a very distorted impression emerged, caused by the success of Noble Energy.

Mon: Tel Aviv 25 on threshold of all-time high
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals lifted the market while Delek Group, its energy exploration units and Ratio fell sharply on reports of delays in Leviathan drilling.

Leviathan oil well drilling postponed 
Globes Energy & Water – The ultra deepwater drillship, which was to begin drilling in the first quarter of 2014, is now not likely to start work before the second half of 2014.

Iran deal could result in ‘nuclear suitcase’ in US city in 10 years — Naftali Bennett scares NY
Mondoweiss – Naftali Bennett at an Israel Project event in Jerusalem. (The Israel Project/Flickr) Naftali Bennett, the star of the Israeli right , is nothing if not brash and confident. His cockiness shone through at a New York appearance last night . He bragged about his “landslide” HaBayit HaYehudi primary…

Housing cabinet approves Lapid’s “aggressive” proposals
Globes Main News – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: . Although the measures approved are aggressive, their aggressiveness fits the seriousness of the crisis.

Speakers at settlers conference in NY say Temple Mount ‘belongs to us’
Mondoweiss – Yesterday in New York there was a gathering of settlers and their supporters at a synagogue on the Upper West side. Many speakers made intolerant statements about Muslims and Palestinians. The above speech was given by Ken Abramowitz , of American Friends of Likud and American Friends…

Court orders Office Depot Israel closure
Globes Main News – Judge Irit Weinberg-Nutovitz ordered the retailer’s liquidators to fire all 780 employees, close the stores, and place guards on them.

Treasury: Netanyahu leaked tax cut rumors
Globes Main News – According to the leaks, the Finance Ministry is planning to delay or cancel the 1.5% income tax hike because of an ostensible “budget surplus” in 2013.

Mizrahi Tefahot reports double-digit Q3 profit growth
Globes Main News – A rise in mortgages contributed to Mizrahi Tefahot’s reported growth in 2013, while return on equity was 33%.

Aberrational Judaism
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 . I have been traveling Jewish in South Korea and America. Tomorrow I leave for Vienna. The overall theme of my travels is simple….

Israel demolishes wells in push to confiscate village lands near Hebron and Nablus
Mondoweiss – Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization Israel to confiscate Palestinian villagers’ lands near Nablus NABLUS (Ma‘an) 16 Nov — The Israeli government on Saturday announced a decision to confiscate Palestinian lands between Za‘tara [Tapuah] junction and Osarin village south of Nablus. Yatma village…

Ari Shavit has a selective memory for war crimes, Khalidi says
Mondoweiss – Ari Shavit Ari Shavit’s new book My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel , will be published this week, and tomorrow night the author and David Remnick will have a conversation at the 92d Street Y. A section of the book dealing with the expulsion…

Court effectively disqualifies joint Elsztain, Ben-Moshe bid for IDB
Globes Main News – Judge Eitan Orenstin’s decision means that IDB Holding’s bondholders will not vote on Elsztain and Ben-Moshe’s joint bid.

Israel Corp to enter Zim debt settlement talks
Globes Main News – Israel Corp. has told Zim’s creditors that it is willing to inject hundreds of millions of shekels into the company.

Shekel weakens at opening
Globes Main News – FXCM: If the exchange rate continues to fall toward NIS 3.50/$, corresponding to the dollar’s weakness in international markets, the Bank of Israel may intervene.

Iran warns West over nuclear demands 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – President Hassan Rouhani warns world powers trying to negotiate a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme that they should not make “excessive demands”.

Iran unveils new ‘biggest’ drone 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Iran’s defence minister says the country has developed a drone with a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles), capable of launching missile strikes.

Libya spy chief freed by gunmen 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Libya’s deputy intelligence chief is freed a day after being abducted at the international airport in the capital Tripoli, military sources tell the BBC.

Ex-Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Arrested for Million-Dollar Bribes 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2013 – Former Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger was arrested on suspicion that he received bribes, as well as committed money laundering and fraud, during his time as Ashkenazi chief rabbi. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Tensions remain high in Libya 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Tensions remain high in Libya as the militias from the western city of Misrata are ordered to leave the capital Tripoli.

U.N. Interpreter Who Criticized Anti-Israel Resolutions Gets Job Offer — From Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there will always be a job waiting in Israel for a United Nations interpreter caught wondering aloud at an excessive number of anti-Israel resolutions while her microphone was still on. Click here for the rest of the article…

French President Francois Hollande Calls for End to West Bank Settlements 
The Foward Breaking News 18 Nov 2013 – French President Francois Hollande called on Israel on Monday to halt settlement building on occupied territory, saying it hampers chances for a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Click here for the rest of the article…

Gambia: President Jammeh Attends Third Arab-Africa Summit 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2013 – [Daily Observer]The president of the Republic, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh, accompanied by a high-powered delegation Sunday night at 23.00pm left The Gambia to attend third Arab Africa summit in Kuwait City. President Jammeh and delegation were seen off at the Banjul International…

Egypt: Mansour in Kuwait to Attend 3rd Afro-Arab Summit 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]President Adli Mansour arrived in Kuwait on Sunday 17/11/2013 to take part in the third Afro-Arab Summit, which will kick off on Tuesday 19/11/2013.

Egypt: Egyptian Press Delegation Visits Al-Quds to Support Palestinian People – Ambassador 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s Ambassador to the Palestinian Authority Yasser Othman said that the delegation of the Egyptian Press Syndicate made a “heroic” action to support the Palestinian people on the ground by visiting Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem).

Egypt: Abdel Nour – Government Keen to Solve All Problems Facing Saudi Investments in Egypt 
allAfrica.com 18 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, Munir Fakhry Abdel Nour said the ministry tends to set a new road map for the economic and trade relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to be worked out in participation with the joint business council between the two…

Detested Libyan militia withdraws from Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – Libyan soldiers deploy on Tripoli’s corniche after militias were ordered to leave the capital following weekend clashes on November 18, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Turkia) Militia fighters blamed for the worst unrest in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi pulled out of the capital…

Spain halts child rapist extradition 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – A Spanish court rules against the extradition to Morocco of a convicted paedophile who was mistakenly pardoned by the Moroccan king.

Iran warns West over nuclear demands 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – President Hassan Rouhani warns world powers trying to negotiate a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme that they should not make “excessive demands”.

Iran unveils new ‘biggest’ drone 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Iran’s defence minister says the country has developed a drone with a range of 2,000km (1,200 miles), capable of launching missile strikes.

Israel detaining al-Qaeda suspect 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Israel has secretly detained a suspected al-Qaeda biological weapons expert without charge or trial for more than three years, court documents show.

Qatar 2022 ‘to act on worker rights’ 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – The organisers of the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar promise to produce guidelines for workers’ welfare after a critical report by Amnesty.

UAE man ‘jailed for trial tweets’ 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – A man has been sentenced to two years in prison in the UAE for “violating state security” in messages he posted on Twitter, activists say.

Lebanon: Justice for Another Domestic Worker 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – An Ethiopian maid, right, chats with her Sri Lankan Neighbor, left, as they stand on balconies in Beirut, Lebanon Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. (Photo: AP – Grace Kassab) An Ethiopian maid, right, chats with her Sri Lankan Neighbor, left, as they stand on balconies in Beirut,…

G4S: From Israeli Settlements to Lebanese Banks 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – A stranded traveler looks for his carry-on bag with the help of Los Angeles Airport Police officer which he left behind at the screeners during the shooting a day after a shooting that killed one Transportation Security Administration worker and injured several others at Los Angeles…

Al-Akhbar in Qalamoun: The Throne of God and Cherry Trees 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – A Syrian father holds his children as he flees the site of a bombing in a rebel-held neighborhood of Aleppo on November 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed al-Khatib) A Syrian father holds his children as he flees the site of a bombing in a rebel-held…

Libya spy chief freed by gunmen 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Libya’s deputy intelligence chief is freed a day after being abducted at the international airport in the capital Tripoli, military sources tell the BBC.

Egyptian security official shot dead 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian security official reportedly involved in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood is shot dead by gunmen near his home in Cairo, police say.

Returning hero divides Kurds 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Singer’s return from exile divides Kurds

VIDEO: Tensions remain high in Libya 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – Tensions remain high in Libya as the militias from the western city of Misrata are ordered to leave the capital Tripoli.

UAE: Taken to court for ‘lewd’ handshake 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – How a ‘lewd’ handshake landed two men in a Dubai court

Hollande reiterates opposition to Israeli settlements 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – French President Francois Hollande (L) listens to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas speak during a joint press conference on November 18, 2013 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: AFP – Marco Longari) French President Francois Hollande called on Israel on Monday to halt its illegal…

The Nonsensical Distance in Egypt’s Protest Legislation 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 18 Nov 2013 – Cairo – Walls. Walls. Walls. The geography of Cairo’s traffic has been gravely altered by the cement walls blocking streets to the Ministry of Interior, the cabinet and the parliament, all in close proximity, in addition to other facilities in central Cairo. Related Articles: Youssef Turns…

Libyans yearn for order to replace gun 
BBC 18 Nov 2013 – The Libyans yearning for reconciliation, not revenge

Jordan applies for UNSC seat rejected by Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – Jordan has applied for a two-year term on the UN Security Council, the information minister said on Monday, after Saudi Arabia won a seat and then turned it down. “Jordan has officially applied for a non-permanent seat on the UN security Council. The kingdom is interested…

Rebel shelling kills two in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – Mortar rounds fired on a central district of the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday killed two people, state news agency SANA reported. “Two citizens were killed and others were injured by mortars fired by terrorists at Al-Mawassam Square in the Qassaa neighbourhood,” the agency said. Rebel…

Militias urged to leave Libya’s Tripoli after killings 
Al-Akhbar News 18 Nov 2013 – Members of the Tripoli Rebels Brigade militia patrol a main road in Tajura, 15 kilometers from the capital Tripoli, on November 16, 2013, after foiling attempts by Misrata-based militiamen to advance into the city earlier in the day. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Turkia) Leaders from the…


Israel’s defense minister equates peace talks with murder of Israelis 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 11/18/2013
“Our victims are victims of the diplomatic process.”
The man in charge of Israeli security provides his expert opinion that violence against Israelis is a direct result of negotiations with Palestinians and thus anathema to Israeli security. Can’t the same be argued regarding Israeli violence against Palestinians?
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon blamed the recent murder of Israelis in the West Bank on the peace process. By doing so, he instantaneously undermined the government’s involvement in U.S.-brokered diplomacy with the Palestinians, and made it clear that he opposes negotiations.
Speaking at a conference Sunday night, and reported thus far in Ma’ariv (Hebrew) and settler-outfit Arutz Sheva in English, Ya’alon added that the Palestinian Authority is no different than Hamas, and blamed the root of the conflict on Mahmoud Abbas’ unwillingness to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
“When there is a peace process, the Israeli issue comes up in the Palestinian media at the level of de-legitimization and hatred. They educate their children, in their curriculum, in the rhetoric, and when this increases then there are initiatives – not by terror organizations but rather by criminals – that turn into nationalistically motivated crimes. Our victims are victims of the diplomatic process. And when we stand firm and do not look like we are about to give up, that’s when we receive quiet.” 
Let me see if I got this straight: the presence of negotiations of some sort between Palestinians and Israelis directly leads Palestinians to incite toward violence and hatred of Israelis…. more.. e-mail

PHOTOS: Caught between barriers 
Melica Rochi, photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Alternative Information Center 11/13/2013
In late October, the Israeli army entered the Khaletal-Hmam community, destroying the home of the Abu Tarbush family and ordering the demolition of four new rooms belonging to the family of a young Palestinian man named Bilal. The army did not present the families with any court-approved documentation or warrant for the demolition. These incidences demonstrate, once again, Israel’s total disregard for Article 53 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits the demolition of private property by an occupying power.
The small Khalet al-Hmam community is located between Gilo and Har Homa settlements, and is therefore under strict Israeli control as it represents a strategic point for connecting the two settlements.
Any construction in this area, whether for private homes, agricultural structures or necessary infrastructure, must be pre-approved by Israeli Civil Administration – which, as part of policy, imposes severe restrictions on construction to stunt the natural growth of Palestinian communities. In short, Palestinians are prohibited from developing their own land, and are instead forced to go through expensive application processes for permits they are unlikely to obtain.
More than seven months ago, Bilal’s family extended their home by adding four new rooms to the existing structure. Last Wednesday morning however, the Israeli army arrived to inspect the house, bringing with them old photographs of the building for comparison. After reviewing the changes, the army ordered the family to demolish the four extension rooms within two weeks. The family will have to demolish the rooms themselves or risk the Israeli bulldozers demolishing their whole house and charging them steep fees for the service. Just a few years ago, in 2010, Bilal was forced to demolish a one-meter area of his new residence.
The community – which was once part of Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem until the construction in 2004 of the Separation Wall dividing Bethlehem from Jerusalem for “security reasons”…. more.. e-mail

Just how real is Hamas’s transformation? 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 11/14/2013
Is new spokesperson Isra Modallal on a “mission impossible”?
I wish 23 year-old Isra al Modallal all the luck in the world in her new and important job as the media face of Hamas – important, that is, if Hamas allows it to be. It’s a courageous move on her part… and a curious innovation by Hamas.
Some reports say Isra is not even a member of Hamas and she’d be happy representing bitter rival Fatah and the Palestinian Authority as well. If she plans to freelance like that, I wouldn’t mind betting it will end in tears.
I hear Isra was at college in Bradford, England. Bradford is in the county of Yorkshire, an area whose people are noted for blunt speaking and no nonsense, laced with a dry humour all of their own. If she brings some of these qualities to Gaza it will stand her, and Ham
as, in good stead.

So how do we contact this bright young lady? Or will she reach out to the “alternative” media? Will those who are interested be placed on her database and regularly briefed? Is she even aware of online publications like the ones that carry this article? Does she know of their long-time, unflagging support for the Palestinian cause?
Hamas and Fatah have never given a toss for the toils of the alternative media on their behalf. We expect ignorance from the quislings but not from genuine patriots. Hamas is obstinately insular, obstructive and unapproachable, so writers like me are frankly fed up with them.
But, according the the Guardian newspaper, the Hamas government “began a public transformation six months ago with the new head of media, Ihab Ghussein”, who among other things “orchestrated a new government website. more.. e-mail

France clueless on Iran 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 11/15/2013
Here is definitive proof – if any was needed – that the Gallic fit-throwing that burned the possibility of an interim Iranian nuclear deal last week in Geneva was completely pointless.
The key “concern” expressed by Israel-firster French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to derail an interim deal was about the Arak heavy-water reactor.
Well, UN inspectors this week reported that they had detected no new developments in Arak over the three months since August.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, was also in Tehran on Monday, and – unusually for his trademark paperboy role for Washington – had nothing to complain about.
Fabius used the Arak gambit at the last minute in Geneva to derail the talks, provoking the ire of even fellow European diplomats. That was out of pure disinformation; Tehran was already doing what Fabius insisted they were not doing.
A EU diplomat (non-French) confirmed to Asia Times Online that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had already informed US Secretary of State John Kerry about these euphemistically defined “confidence-building measures”. Kerry was fully aware before he landed in Geneva on his way to sign an interim deal.
But guess what: the French were clueless. Kerry did not tell anybody else on the P5+1 table (comprising the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) because he feared any leaks. This proves once again that this infinitely complex negotiation is really between Washington and Tehran. Russia and China are behaving – so far – as sort of quiet (and wary) observers. Yet Kerry, Francophile that he is, should have know better about Gallic peacock instincts. more.. e-mail

Israel detains Palestinian leftist without trial
Electronic Intifada: 18 Nov 2013 – Even Israeli military court judge isn’t convinced that Ahmad Qatamesh should be behind bars. more..

Israel’s Other Silent War: State-sponsored Discrimination against African Migrants
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Nov 2013 – By Belen Fernandez A recent Jerusalem Post op-ed on “South Africa’s obsession with Israel” resurrects complaints regarding the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which during its 2011 session in Cape Town concluded that “Israel’s rule over the Palestinian people, wherever they reside, collectively amounts to a single integrated regime of apartheid.” The op-ed author reasons that, “[i]f… supporters of the tribunal were honestly concerned with the lives of Palestinians, why then was there not a single word mentioned about the abuse of Palestinians by Arab regimes such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait, who keep them stateless, refuse them access to higher education and do not allow them the vote?” This critique conveniently ignores the fact that Palestinian statelessness is a direct result of the establishment of Israel, whose initial crime of ethnic cleansing granted Arab regimes the opportunity to engage in such abuses. Furthermore, none of these regimes is portrayed…more

Israel’s “Exceptionalism” and the UN
Dissident Voice: 18 Nov 2013 – Israel is again at the centre of moves to challenge key agencies at the United Nations, as it lobbies to prevent the Palestinian leadership from gaining more of a foothold in global forums. Israel ended a 20-month boycott of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month, under pressure from Western allies that it should return to a review process designed to monitor the human rights situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. However, Israel did so only after securing promises of reforms that human rights groups fear will further weaken international efforts to hold Israel accountable for its illegal occupation. The UNHRC has regularly and harshly criticised Israel’s human rights record in both the occupied territories and inside Israel. It has also set up several fact-finding missions, including the Goldstone inquiry into Israel’s attack on Gaza in winter 2008-09, that have acc
used Israel of war crimes….

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