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Israeli Navy Opens Fire A Fishing Boats In Gaza
IMEMC – Soldiers carry out a limited invasion into Khan Younis. Israeli navy boats opened fire, on Tuesday at dawn [November 19, 2013] at a number of Palestinian fishing boats near the Gaza coast causing damage but no injuries. …

Settlers Burn Two Cars Near Nablus
IMEMC – [Tuesday at dawn November 19, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Far’ata village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, burnt two cars and wrote racist graffiti. … 

Sewage floods Gaza City neighborhoods after treatment plant runs out of fuel
IMEMC – As a consequence of the recent Israeli and Egyptian clampdown on the tunnels under the border between Gaza and Egypt, fuel has become exceedingly scarce in Gaza, and a major waste treatment plant in Gaza City has shut down, leading to floods of sewage in the city streets. …

Ma’an News

Israel targets southern Gaza
11/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli air forces on Tuesday launched airstrikes at targets in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, locals said and Israeli security officials confirmed. Locals said the airstrikes targeted two chicken farms in the al-Manara neighborhood in Khan Younis and a tunnel belonging to Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades in the north. Witnesses said Israeli forces also targeted a training site….

Jewish mob attacks Palestinian man in Jerusalem
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Jewish extremists attacked a Palestinian man early Monday as he was driving through West Jerusalem, the victim told Ma’an. Majdi Al-Jarbawi, 40, said that the attack began at 4 a. m. after stopping at traffic lights on Bar Ilan street, which runs through a majority Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood.”When I stopped at the light, a large number of….

Israeli prison guards raid Ashkelon prison, 9 Palestinians wounded
11/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison guards stormed the Palestinian section of Ashkelon prison on Monday morning, wounding nine prisoners in a raid that lasted several hours. Israeli forces raided rooms 15 and 16 of section number three in Ashkelon Prison around 11 a. m. on Monday, the Palestinian Prisoners’ society said. The raid injured nine Palestinian prisoners, while the rest of the Palestinian….

Settlers torch 2 cars and attack Palestinian home west of Nablus
11/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers torched two cars and sprayed racist graffiti in a Palestinian village near Nablus on Tuesday. A number of Israeli settlers from the nearby Havat Gilad settlement raided the Palestinian village of Farata in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya early Tuesday morning, locals said. The settlers torched two cars belonging to Bahjat Mohammad Salman and attacked his house….

UN Palestinian agency to stop paying wages
11/19/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — The United Nations will stop paying wages to thousands of workers helping Palestinian refugees next month because of a growing cash crisis, a top UN official said Tuesday. The UN Relief and Works Agency, one of the UN’s oldest agencies, faces a “dire situation” with a $36 million deficit, under secretary general Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council.”UNRWA will….

Gaza fighter killed, 4 injured in accidental explosion
11/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian fighter was killed and four others were injured Tuesday morning in an explosion in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood of Gaza City. Gaza medical sources confirmed to Ma’an that Muhammad al-Bahloul died shortly after he was evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Medics added that four other fighters sustained minor to moderate wound. The Gaza Strip has….

Palestine casts first vote at UN Assembly
11/19/2013 – NEW YORK (AFP) — Palestine cast a UN General Assembly vote for the first time Monday and claimed the moment as a new step in their quest for full recognition by the global body. Most of the 193 members of the General Assembly applauded Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour as he voted for a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The Palestinians became….

Israel ‘holding suspected Qaeda activist since 2010’
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has been secretly holding a suspected Al-Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents showed on Monday after the suspect petitioned a court for his release. According to court documents seen by AFP, the Israeli security establishment told the high court ahead of a Monday hearing it believed that Samer Al-Barq is “an activist in the global terror group….

Refugees to shut down UNRWA offices, programs
11/19/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The popular service committees of Palestinian refugee camps in the northern West Bank will shut down all UNRWA offices and programs, except clinics and schools, Wednesday and Thursday. In a joint statement, the committees said the move was part of ongoing protests against “UNRWA’s systematic reductions” in services provided to Palestinian refugees in the region. The decision came following….

Ma’an office in Gaza re-opens
11/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Authorities in the Gaza Strip re-opened Ma’an News Agency’s Gaza City office on Tuesday, after four months of closure. The public prosecutor in the Hamas government handed the keys over to the head of the news agency’s Gaza City office and its attorney. On Saturday, Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh issued a decision to re-open….

Palestinian arrested in clashes near Jerusalem
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was arrested and others were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in al-Isawiya village near Jerusalem on Tuesday. Local official Mohammad Abu al-Hummous told Ma’an that Israeli forces arrested Tamer Hassan Zumurud while he was on his way to a medical center during the clashes that started after Israeli forces raided the area. Israeli forces erected a….

Hollande: France urges ‘full and complete halt to settlement’
11/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — French President Francois Hollande on Monday called for a complete halt to Israel’s settlement activities on occupied Palestinian territory.” France demands a full and complete halt to settlement activity,” he said at a joint news conference in Ramallah with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas. Speaking on his first official visit to the Palestinian territories, the French leader warned that settlement construction…. Related: French president: Jerusalem must be capital of two states

French president: Jerusalem must be capital of two states
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Jerusalem must be the capital of both Israel and the future 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. Israel seized the Arab eastern sector of the…. Related: Hollande: France urges ‘full and complete halt to settlement’

Putin tells Rouhani of ‘real chance’ for Iran nuclear deal
11/19/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — 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 an accord, even though the US downplayed hopes of an imminent deal. Speaking by phone two days before the talks resume on Wednesday in Geneva, Putin “stressed that a real chance has now emerged for finding…. Related: Netanyahu takes Iran nuclear campaign to Kremlin

Iran releases video explaining position on nuclear energy
11/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif released a video on Tuesday explaining Iran’s position on the country’s nuclear energy program ahead of negotiations on Wednesday. The video was released in five languages on Zarif’s personal Youtube page, and it comes as the foreign minister headed to Italy to meet with leaders there.”Free will is….

Netanyahu takes Iran nuclear campaign to Kremlin
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — At odds with ally Washington over an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will on Wednesday take his campaign against the deal to Moscow. Russia is a member of the P5+1 group — alongside the United States, China, France, Britain and Germany — which has been struggling to reach a deal to freeze or curb Iran’s nuclear activities…. Related: Putin tells Rouhani of ‘real chance’ for Iran nuclear deal

Gunmen fire at parked car of Fatah official in Ramallah
11/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a private car belonging to a Fatah official in Ramallah in the central West Bank on Tuesday morning. Member of Fatah Revolutionary Council Sufyan Abu Zaydah told Ma’an that he counted more than 20 bullet holes in the body of his car. The windshields and all windows were smashed as well. He added that….

Hundreds protest PA appeal against teacher strike
11/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of teachers protested outside the Palestinian Supreme Court on Tuesday after the PA appealed to the legal body to suspend strike action by the general union of teachers. The Palestinian teachers’ general union on Sunday launched a limited strike across the West Bank in protest against the Palestinian Authority’s failure to implement previous agreements. The PA appealed….

Hamas PM granddaughter returns from Israel clinically dead
11/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — A granddaughter of Gaza’s Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh returned to the Gaza Strip on Monday in a state of “clinical death” after she was hospitalized in Israel in critical condition, Palestinian sources said Monday. Amal Haniyeh, aged one, suffers from a serious infection of the digestive tract which has affected her nervous system, according to Gaza medical sources.”Amal….

Official: Israeli forces set up fence near Hebron camp
11/19/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday placed an iron fence on the main road adjacent to al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, an official said. Ahmad Abu Khayran, a local camp official, told Ma’an that Israeli forces put a 6-meter iron fence on the road adjacent to the refugee camp. [END]

Police seize rotten meat in Jerusalem village
11/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Police and public safety officers on Tuesday seized a large amount of rotten meat in al-Eizeriya near Jerusalem on Tuesday, authorities said. A police report said 3 tons of veal, lamb and mutton, 80 kilograms of turkey, and 150 kilograms of chicken not fit for human consumption was seized during the raids. The report added that the meats were destroyed. [END]

Hamas announces birth of 2 lion cubs in Gaza
11/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Gaza’s Hamas-run authorities on Tuesday announced the birth of two lion cubs in the Palestinian enclave, named in honor of the last bout of fighting with Israel. The cubs were born less than a week after the first anniversary of the eight-day conflict between Hamas and Israel in November 2012.”The lioness gave birth yesterday (Monday) to two cubs, one….

2 children die of wounds sustained in Jenin fire
11/19/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Two children died late Monday when a fire broke out in their home near Jenin. Four-year-old Rida Farid Awad and 2-year-old Muna died on Monday night as a result of wounds sustained in a fire that broke out in their house in Saris village south of Jenin. The children’s father was critically wounded and transferred to an Israeli….

Bethlehem man dies after falling from building
11/19/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 21-year-old Palestinian man from Bethlehem died on Tuesday of wounds sustained after he fell from the second floor of a building a day earlier, locals said. George Jamal Qaraa died on Tuesday in Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was transferred from Beit Jala governmental hospital to Hadassah after he fell from the second floor and sustained serious wounds on Monday. [END]

Turkey FM: Better intel will stop militants entering Syria
11/19/2013 – WASHINGTON D. C. (AFP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday hit back at charges that his country is allowing extremists to flow across its long border with Syria, calling for greater intelligence cooperation.”In no way Turkey tolerates or will be tolerating any extremist groups crossing Turkish borders,” the minister told reporters, speaking in English after meetings in Washington with top US officials. The….

Afro-Arab Summit kicks off in Kuwait
11/19/2013 – KUWAIT (Ma’an) — Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah launched the third Afro-Arab Summit in the capital Kuwait City on Tuesday morning. Leaders of 41 countries from Africa and the Arab world listened to al-Sabah’s inaugural address along with 61 foreign ministers and some 300 journalists. Representatives of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization FAO were also present….

Wahhabi militants claim ‘suicide’ blasts near Iran’s Beirut embassy
11/19/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Wahhabi militant group linked to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for what it called a double suicide bombing on Tuesday outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut, which killed at least 23 people.” This is a double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes from the heroic Sunnis of Lebanon,” Sirajeddin Zreikat, a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, wrote on his Twitter account. The….

Official: Afghanistan, US finalize security pact
11/19/2013 – KABUL (AFP) — Afghanistan and the United States have finalized details of a crucial security pact just two days before it was due to be voted on by Afghan tribal and political leaders, an Afghan official said Tuesday. Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, told reporters in Kabul that the deal would allow US troops to enter Afghan homes but only in “extraordinary circumstances” where….

Cameron makes first UK call to Iranian president in over a decade
11/19/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Prime Minister David Cameron telephoned President Hassan Rouhani on Monday, becoming the first British premier to call an Iranian leader in over a decade, Downing Street said. Cameron and Rouhani discussed the upcoming negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the conflict in Syria and the recent improvements in bilateral ties between London and Tehran, it said in a statement. [END]

Global news chiefs in Saudi discuss changing industry
11/19/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — The heads of global news agencies gathered in Riyadh Tuesday to discuss how to navigate a changing media landscape marked by falling subscriptions and intense online competition. The fourth edition of The World Congress of News Agencies was held in the Saudi capital under the theme: “Reinventing the news agency in the 21st century.”Previous meetings took place in Russia in 2004, Spain….

Qatar announces third MERS death
11/19/2013 – DOHA, Qatar (AFP) — An expatriate living in Qatar had died after he contracted MERS, bringing to three the number of deaths from the coronavirus in the Gulf state, health authorities said Tuesday. The 61-year-old man had also suffered from “chronic illnesses,” said Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health in a statement published by the official QNA news agency. Another foreign man, aged 48….

Syria troops seize strategic Qara village
11/19/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops on Tuesday captured the village of Qara in the mountainous Qalamoun region on a key supply route between Damascus and Homs, the army said in a statement. The reported capture came after days of air strikes on the region near the Lebanese border, which is also a key smuggling route for rebels battling to oust President Bashar Assad.”This morning units….

Palestine News Network

Two Detained Brothers Declare Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

UFree Network: Palestinian Political Prisoners Health Conditions Deteriorate
Palestine News Network

Love in the Time of Apartheid Campaign: “Our Love is Resistance”
Palestine News Network

“Panorama and Heritage of Palestine” Museum in Jenin Depicts Four Centuries of Palestinian History
Palestine News Network

Lecture on Privatization of the Israeli Military Checkpoint
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: Gaza families and supporters rally for Palestinians detained by Israel
11/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Monday morning, families and supporters of Palestinian detainees held a weekly sit-in in the courtyard of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza office. The regular event, launched by two detainees’ mothers in 1995, demands the freedom of Palestinian prisoners and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. [END]

Morning settler attack triggers clash with serious injuries in Qusra
11/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Qusra, Occupied Palestine – Early yesterday morning, a Palestinian family was attacked by approximately 20 settlers on their fields in Qusra village, southeast of Nablus. 30 olive trees were also destroyed. Following this incident, a clash broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth in the village where a house was raided and Israeli soldiers fired many tear gas canisters, rubber-coated….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: PRCS concluded a project for the development of educational and rehabilitation services in schools and centers for the deaf in the West Bank
Relief Web 19 Nov 2013 – Source: Palestine Red Crescent Society Country: occupied Palestinian territory Al Bireh- 10/11/2013: Today, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) concluded a project for the development of educational and rehabilitation services at three PRCS centers and schools for the deaf. The…

The National

South Africa mall collapses, killing one, injuring 26
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Roof at Tongaat mall under construction collapses, killing one person and injuring 26.

Gettysburg Address is a sacred, but elusive text
The National 19 Nov 2013 – The United States marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, seen as one of the greatest speeches in American history.

Al Qaeda-linked group claims responsibility for Beirut’s Iranian embassy suicide bombings
The National 19 Nov 2013 – The Abdullah Azzam Brigade, which has links with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the bombings, as the intensifying battle between factions fighting in Syria’s civil war spills over into Lebanon again.

Iran says path open for solution to nuclear dispute
The National 19 Nov 2013 – World powers should seize an ‘historic opportunity’ to clinch a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, the country’s foreign minister says, ahead of today’s fresh round of negotiations.

Kuwaitis forced to wait for housing
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Every married Kuwaiti couple is entitled to a house or apartment, or land and a loan to build or buy one. But there is a backlog of 106,747 housing applicants. Elizabeth Dickinson reports

Bomb explodes outside Kathmandu polling station
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Homemade bomb detonated outside polling station in Nepalese capital injures an eight-year-old boy and two others.

Interpol sends experts to Philippines to help identify bodies
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Experts from Canada, South Africa and the International Commission on Missing Persons include DNA specialists.

Widow slept with husband’s corpse for a year: report
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Brussels widow sleeps next to her mummified husband’s corpse for a year, her landlord says, after making the macabre discovery during an eviction.

Libyan protesters keep pressure on militias
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of university students march to a central square in the capital, chanting against militias and demanding that the national army and police assert themselves.

Family of 8 slain in Mexico border city, baby spared
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Eight members of an extended family found stabbed to death including three young children and an elderly woman. 

Young Saudis getting creative on YouTube
The National 19 Nov 2013 – There’s much more to a ‘night in’ for the average Saudi – they are the world’s most avid watchers of YouTube.

Indonesia reviews Australia cooperation as spy row escalates
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Australian prime minister refuses to apologise over claims Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s phone was tapped.

Qatar is right to curb genuine labour abuses
The National 19 Nov 2013 – When legitimate and proportionate criticism is made, it is right that countries, whether in Qatar or elsewhere, look at measures seriously

Young Syrian sisters guide blind grandfather on seven-hour trek to safety
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Sisters aged 8 and 10 guide elderly man on perilous night-time journey as they escape shelling in the mountainous Qalamoun region to safety in Lebanon.

Assad’s troops seize strategic Syrian village
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Government troops capture the village of Qara in the mountainous Qalamoun region along a key supply route between Damascus and Homs, military source says.

Video: Clean up begins in tornado ravaged US, Midwest 
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Entire towns leveled in deadly Midwest tornadoes, Illinois governor vows to use every state asset to help people recover.

Video: Nasa launches Maven to Mars 
The National 19 Nov 2013 – NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft blasted off to Mars on a mission to better understand the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

Video: 23 dead in Beirut blasts 
The National 19 Nov 2013 – At least 23 people are dead after twin blasts in the Lebanese capital Beirut Tuesday

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford vows ‘outright war’ after being stripped of powers
The National 19 Nov 2013 – Scandal-plagued Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been stripped of the last of his meaningful powers after a heated City Council debate in which he argued with members of the public, charged hecklers and knocked a councilwoman down.

In pictures: Twin blasts near Iranian embassy in south Beirut
The National 19 Nov 2013 – wo explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least 23 people, wounding scores and causing damage to the mission and nearby buildings.

Ha’aretz

Haniyeh’s granddaughter treated at Israeli hospital
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Rabbi charged with beating wife, kids
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Famed Gamla vultures on list of endangered species
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

More than half of all sex assault cases closed
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Bedouins call on court to save their Negev village
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Israeli soldiers get six months in jail for beating blindfolded Palestinian
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Israel to stop issuing birth certificates to children of foreigners
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Rabbis are not divine – only God is
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Israel’s next state prosecutor must restore the public’s faith most of all
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Treasury chief opposed to tax cuts at this stage but leaves door open
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

The time to prepare for evacuation of the West Bank is now
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Two IDF officers injured in explosion near Lebanon border
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Iran talks: The first round or the last?
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Obama to Congress: Halting nuclear talks will bring Iran closer to bomb
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Police suspect West Bank settlement developer of bribery, tax fraud
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Lebanon turning into a decisive battlefront in the Syrian civil war
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

UN political chief: Israel settlement construction could irreparably damage peace talks
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Afraid of lagging behind U.S. and Israel, EU to launch its own drone program
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Right-wing MKs blast panel’s preference for Israel’s next state prosecutor
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Golda Meir doubted Oswald was lone gunman in JFK assassination
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

On eve of nuclear talks, Iran and Israel launch efforts to sway world public opinion
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

In rare public display, Iranian Jews rally in support of nation’s nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

High Court upholds Israel’s 3-year detention of Al-Qaida weapons expert
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

British comedy veterans Monty Python reunite
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

America’s Mideast allies face U.S. withdrawal
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Brittney Murphy was poisoned, says her dad
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

Picture this: Oxford’s word of the year is ‘selfie’
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

State vs. High Court
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Don’t lower taxes just yet, Lapid
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

P5+1 not likely to prevail in Geneva
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

No good choices in Labor primary
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Dershowitz to J Street: Ditch the distortions, focus on Israel’s survival
Ha’aretz – 18 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem mayor Barkat signs coalition agreements with Bnei Torah and Shas
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Bnei Torah chairman Epstein lauds arrangement as a means of “adding to the holiness” of the capital. 

Almost one in five children in Israel registered with social services
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Central Bureau of Statistics released ahead of Universal Children’s Day on Wednesday. 

Israel starting to consider ‘day after’ Iran agreement
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Greater issue of how to deal with Iran, not only Geneva talks, to be discussed in PM’s meeting Wednesday with Putin; Iran counters Israeli public diplomacy against interim accord with push of their own in favor. 

In my own write: Memories are made of this
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – I guess people don’t want to be remembered as much as they don’t want to be forgotten… they want their lives to mean something – From an Internet post. 

Germany still hopes to settle Nazi art case
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Heirs weigh options for recovering paintings from reclusive dealer. 

Ministry to reduce time it takes to become a doctor
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Health Ministry director said he was working to reduce the duration of medical studies by at least six months. 

Most haredi women don’t take their children to get free hearing tests, says TAU researcher
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Out of all sectors, ultra-Orthodox women are least likely to bring their baby for a second test after birth to follow up on its hearing ability. 

Obama breaks new sanctions push as Iran talks restart
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Senator implies sanction legislation on hold for time being. 

IDF’s Home Front Command chief arrives in Philippines to oversee aid delegation
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Army’s field hospital is able to treat 500 people at a time, according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office. 

The World Bank vs. Israeli settlements
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – The World Bank has a reputation for integrity and objective professional analysis which it’s new report calls into question. 

Terra Incognita: The Haniyeh family health plan in Israel
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Reports of Israel’s medical care for Palestinians, including Palestinians involved in violence against Israel, goes back many years. 

Center Field: Israel must not become ‘Corruptistan’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Israel’s democracy is near-miraculous; but democracies are delicate systems requiring vigilance against internal rot and procedural perversions. 

Inclusive growth
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – The wave of layoffs at Office Depot, Bazan and Teva is a reminder that we live in an increasingly globalized and competitive world economy. 

Quo vadis, Labor? Vote for Buji
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – The Labor party has played a crucial role in establishing the State of Israel and in shaping, for decades, its society and policies. 

‘Doctor Who’ celebrates 50 years
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – “The Day of the Doctor” starring Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman and Billie Piper to air simultaneously in 75 countries on Saturday. 

IAF strikes targets in Gaza Strip in response to mortar fire
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Army says 4 terror targets hit after morning projectile fire in Eshkol. 

Iranian Jewish community holds rally in support of nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Demonstrators denounce Zionism, saying it “has nothing to do with Judaism.” 

Right-wing MKs bash state attorney appointee for being ‘anti-settlement’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely calls for ministers to reject Shai Nitzan’s appointment by special selection committee. 

Industry execs: Hollande visit shows increased potential for French-Israeli cooperation on new technologies
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – EDF-EN Israel has invested 250m. euros in 11 solar energy projects throughout the Negev. 

MKs prepared for long-term effort to bring women into local politics
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – “We need to prepare today for the next election starting with legislation,” says Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie. 

Surviving ‘death boat,’ Syria Palestinians locked up in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Palestinians are being denied basic rights of other refugees who fled Syria, and their only legal option is to return to the war in Syria. 

Eritrean mothers: Our children are being treated as unwanted guests
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Group of asylum seeking Eritrean women petition health minister, welfare minister for health, social services for children. 

Researchers identify new genetic risk factor for psychiatric disorders using database of Ashkenazi genes
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Israeli, American researchers publish work on new genetic risk factor for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. 

Protesters hit Cairo’s Tahrir on anniversary of deaths
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Demonstrators voice criticism of military, fear government is returning Egypt to Mubarak era repression. 

At least 23 killed in explosions targeting Iranian embassy in Beirut
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Lebanese-based al-Qaida-linked group claims responsibility. 

‘Hamas PM’s granddaughter returns to Gaza ‘clinically dead’ after Israeli doctors unable to save her’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Doctors in Petah Tikva reportedly deemed 1-year-old Amal Haniyeh’s chances of survival as slim before returning her to Strip. 

Iran state media rejects reports of Khamenei’s multi-billion dollar organization as ‘disinformation’
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – IRNA says Reuters reports use partial truths in order to undermine “the pillars of the Islamic Revolution.” 

Brandeis U suspends partnership with Palestinian university following Nazi-style protest
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Demonstrators marched in black military gear with fake weapons, waved flags Nazi, offered traditional Nazi salute. 

Iranian FM invokes American values to state case on nuclear rights
Jerusalem Post 19 Nov 2013 – Zarif draws parallels between the Iranian people and Americans to support Tehran’s “right to enrich” and call for a peaceful resolution. 

Inter Press Service

Libya’s Fragile Peace Cracks
IPS Protesters at Tripoli’s Algeria square. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS. By Karlos Zurutuza TRIPOLI, Nov 18 2013 (IPS) Car accident in Omar Mokhtar Avenue in downtown Tripoli. Nobody was injured but there’s a bumper hanging off the back of a car. In just a few seconds, a group gathers around. “Forget about…

Uruknet

Voices From the Drone Summit
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Last weekend, I participated in a panel on the illegality of drones and targeted killing off the battlefield at the conference, “Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance,” in Washington DC. Nearly 400 people from many…

America and Israel: Police States Writ Large
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – Wikipedia calls a police state one “in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic, and political life of the population.” Merrian-Webster s definition is “a political unit characterized by repressive governmental…

Will A Rehabilitation Center Lead to the Release of the Cleared Yemeni Prisoners in Guantánamo?
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Times ran an article about one of the enduring problems at Guantánamo – how to establish a situation in Yemen to reassure those who are concerned about the security situation…

Israel detains Palestinian leftist without trial
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 -Detained without trial since his arrest in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah in April 2011, supporters of a left-wing Palestinian writer and academic are nevertheless hopeful that he will be freed next month.Ahmad Qatamesh has…

Settlers uproot 26 olive trees in Nablus village
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 — 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…

Israel holding suspected Qaeda activist since 2010 
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 — Israel has been secretly holding a suspected Al-Qaeda activist without trial for more than three years, legal documents showed on Monday after the suspect petitioned a court for his release. According to court documents seen by…

Syria News – November 17, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 19 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 44 martyrs, including 4 women, 3 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 15 martyrs in Aleppo; 11 in Daraa; 8 in Damascus and its…

164 Palestinian Detainees Held Under Administrative Detention Orders
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 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. The PPS said that the…

Israeli land claims: Archaeology and ideology
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013-The Holy Basin – containing Jerusalem s Old City and its surrounding territories – may be the most contested piece of property in the world. Sacred to Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths, it is both the centre of…

COST OF OCCUPATION / BETRAYAL AND MISERY
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – In five years, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama, the agent of hope and change, has become the prince of darkness and his presidency has become a farce ~ an absurdly futile exercise in pretense and broken…

The Syrian Revolution in Brazil (Video) 
Uruknet 18 Nov 2013 – November 17, 2013 – This documentary shows the inspiring solidarity extended by Brazilian workers to revolutionaries in Syria and the wider Arab world. It puts to shame the betrayals of the Cuban and Venezuelan states, and of course the irrelevant…

Daily Star

Jihadists claim murder of Egypt investigator of Islamists
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 An Al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the assassination of an Egyptian officer involved in a crackdown on Islamists following the military’s overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi.

Security risks to U.S. healthcare portal, experts testify in Congress
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 Republicans opened a second front in their political battle against President Barack Obama’s healthcare program on Tuesday, with a coordinated effort to convince Americans not only that its main enrollment website is broken but that personal…

Saudi deports 60,000 foreigners in crackdown on illegals
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 Saudi Arabia has deported more than 60,000 illegal foreign workers in a crackdown over the past fortnight and more are to follow, Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef said Tuesday.

UN: Israel settlement building hurting peace talks
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 The U.N. political chief warned Tuesday that chances of peacefully ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be “irreparably damaged” unless steps are taken to prevent new Israeli settlement building and other “negative developments.”

U.S. slams ‘despicable’ bombings near Iran embassy
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 The United States condemns the twin blasts that targeted Iran’s embassy in Beirut, describing the attack as senseless and despicable terrorist bombings.

Afghanistan, US finalise security pact: official
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 Afghanistan and the United States have finalised details of a crucial security pact just two days before it was due to be voted on by Afghan tribal and political leaders, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

Pakistan sets up special court to try Musharraf
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 Pakistan on Tuesday set up a special court to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason, an official statement said.

Iran thrash sorry Cedars 4-1
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 Iran thrash Lebanon 4-1 in their Asia Cup Group B qualifier at Cite Sportive Tuesday, to book their place in next summer’s continental competition in Australia.

Iran says sees good chance of success at Geneva nuclear talks
Daily Star 19 Nov 2013 The protracted dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme can now be resolved, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in remarks released on Tuesday, and world powers should seize an “historic opportunity” to clinch a deal.

YNet News

UK summons Spanish ambassador over Gibraltar
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – ….

Homefront Command to perform drill in Ashdod, Ashkelon
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – ….

16 injured in clash at Tahrir Square
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – ….

UN to Syria: Stop blocking aid convoys
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – ….

Thousands flee fighting in Central African Republic
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – ….

The empty chair
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Israel must claim its place around every negotiating table debating fate of our region ….

US study: Kosher chicken less healthy 
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – Kosher poultry nearly twice the frequency of antibiotic-resistant E. coli than conventional products, American researchers find, suggesting result ‘belies the historical roots of kosher as a means to ensure food safety.’ Israeli State Veterinary Services say findings have no implications on public health ….

Be fair without being a ‘frier’
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Arrival of chain offering coffee for NIS 5 shows profit maximization is not only way to run business ….

Shoah survivors’ home sees last generation
YNet News, 19 Nov 2013 – Only 12 Holocaust survivors – youngest in their mid-80s, oldest 102 – remain in retirement community founded more than 60 years ago in Chicago for Jews who were victims of Nazi persecution ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian dies of wounds sustained 7 years ago
PIC – A Palestinian man, from Rashayidah village in Bethlehem, succumbed this morning to wounds he sustained when he was chased by occupation forces seven years ago. 

Netanyahu calls on Abbas “to recognize Israel as a Jewish state”
PIC – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called on President Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli Knesset and to “recognize Jewish links to the land of Israel.”

166 settlers roam Aqsa plazas
PIC – Big numbers of Jewish settlers broke into the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday and roamed its various courtyards.

Gaza gov’t condemns Beirut explosions
PIC – The Gaza government on Tuesday condemned the double explosion that targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

IOA prevents two prisoners from family visits
PIC – The IOA continued to prevent the family of prisoner Mona Ka’adan from visiting her in Hasharon prison since her arrest, a year and a half ago, under the pretext of security reasons.

Baraka: Beirut’s explosions aim at destabilizing Lebanon’s national security
PIC – Hamas Resistance Movement strongly condemned Tuesday expulsions in Iranian embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs, stressing that it is a criminal act aims at destabilizing Lebanon’s national security.

General Strike in Negev Sunday protesting Prawer plan
PIC – High Steering Committee of the Arabs of the Negev called for a general strike on Sunday protesting the Israeli government’s decision to approve Prawer plan.

Nine captives in Ashkelon jail wounded during raid by IOF
PIC – Nine Palestinian prisoners in Ashkelon jail were injured after Israeli repressive forces broke into rooms 15 and 16 in section 3 in the jail, where Palestinian security prisoners are held.

WAFA

PEX Report: Index Up during Large Trading
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Fatah Denounces Shooting at Car of Member
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Palestinian-Israeli Commercial Arbitration Center Launched
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Data Shows Significant Increase in Connection to Water Networks
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

World Figures, 100 Organizations Endorse Family Unification Campaign
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Palestine Casts its Vote for First Time at UN
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Toddlers Die from Smoke Inhalation Caused by Fire
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Israeli Navy Opens Fire at Gaza Fishermen
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Weather Forecast: Cool with Chance of Rain
WAFA – 19 Nov 2013

Misc

Obama asks Senate leaders to hold off on new Iran sanctions
LA Times 19 Nov 2013 – WASHINGTON – A day before the United States and allies are to reopen talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program, President Obama asked Senate leaders Tuesday to hold off on imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic to give the negotiations a chance to work.

Iran official: Nuclear talks are ‘historic opportunity’ for change
LA Times 19 Nov 2013 – GENEVA — Iran’s foreign minister has embarked on a personal effort to promote the international talks over Iran’s nuclear program, and appears to be suggesting a way Iran and the West can finesse the touchy question of Iran’s “right” to enrich uranium.

U.N. Committee Slaps Syria, Iran, North Korea, Myanmar for Rights Abuses
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – A U.N. General Assembly committee on Tuesday condemned Syria for widespread human rights abuses and expressed concern about such violations in Iran, North Korea and Myanmar, but also welcomed pledges by Iran and Myanmar’s presidents to improve some areas. 

Options Narrowed, U.S. Is Said to Weigh Destroying Syrian Chemicals at Sea
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – As other nations reject appeals to destroy the chemical agents on their territory, the United States is considering plans for an oceangoing barge where they would be dissolved or burned, American officials said. 

The Lede: Protest in Cairo Notes Another Anniversary
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Protesters were cleared from Tahrir Square after a day of demonstrations dedicated to dozens of activists who were killed by the security forces two years ago. 

U.S. Official: Less Than $10 Billion in Iranian Assets Would Be Unfrozen Under Nuclear Deal
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – The White House attempted to play down the impact of the limited lifting of economic sanctions that would take place under a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran. 

The Lede: Attack in Beirut Through the Lens of Hezbollah TV
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – A look at the coverage of the deadly attack at Iran’s embassy in Beirut from Hezbollah’s Al Manar news channel. 

Key Issue Said to Be Resolved in U.S.-Afghan Security Talks
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Afghan officials said a long-term security pact could be reached with the United States if President Obama acknowledged military mistakes and vowed not to repeat them. 

Egyptian Police Fire Teargas to Clear Tahrir Square
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Egyptian police fired teargas to drive protesters out of Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday following a demonstration to commemorate 42 people killed two years ago in clashes with security forces. 

Exclusive: Syria’s Chemical Weapons May Be Destroyed at Sea-Sources
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Syria’s chemical weapons could be processed and destroyed out at sea, say sources familiar with discussions at the international body in charge of eliminating the toxic arsenal. 

Florida Businesses Eye Mideast Aviation Bonanza
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Tucked near the back of one of the world’s largest airshows is a modest pavilion for the state of Florida, where a handful of businesses are trying to get a piece of the billions being invested in the aviation industry by wealthy Arab governments. 

UN to Syria: Stop Blocking Aid Convoys
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – The General Assembly’s human rights committee demanded Tuesday that Syria’s government immediately allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to areas throughout the country that need it most and stop hampering distribution with “bureaucratic impediments and other obstacles.” 

Senators Press Obama for a Tougher Iran Nuclear Deal
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – A bipartisan group of senators made their push as lines hardened ahead of a new round of nuclear talks scheduled for this week in Geneva. 

Blasts at Iranian Embassy in Beirut Kill at Least 23
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – The attack appeared to broaden the violent pattern of division across the Middle East linked to the civil war in Syria, where Iran has emerged as a powerful ally of the government side. 

Israeli Military Stalls a College Career
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Tom Maayan, a sophomore point guard at Seton Hall, learned on Monday that his exemption from the Israeli military is for only 120 days and that he is expected back by Jan. 2. 

Israel Rejects Bid to Free Suspected Qaeda Operative
New York Times 19 Nov 2013 – Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian detainee held for more than three years without trial was too dangerous to release. 

Turn the Gaza lights on
Mondoweiss – Sarah and her sisters reading books by candlelight during power outage in Gaza Imagine that you have to spend your night in utter darkness, to arrange your plan for each day according to a power-cut plan, or to force yourself into bed as there is nothing…

Thousands of homes planned over Green Line
Globes Main News – The Israel Land Authority has decided to finance the planning of tens of thousands of housing units in Judea and Samaria.

IT security co Logic Industries to fire 100
Globes Main News – The layoffs are part of a restructuring plan to focus on new global high growth fields, including Internet of Things and big data.

Can the US maintain growth after QE3? 
Globes Macro Economics – Leading economists will discuss “The US: catch 22 the zero interest rate” at the “Globes” 2013 Israel Business Conference.

Jews who protest settlements are ‘mutants’ who should have been aborted, says ZOA leader
Mondoweiss – Protesters outside settlers conference, Nov.17, photo by Bud Korotzer Protesters outside settlers’ conference, photo by Bud Korotzer On Sunday, supporters of Israeli settlers held a conference at the West Side Institutional Synagogue (I did a post about it yesterday), and a large group of protesters organized…

Tue: Market flat
Globes Main News – Teva rose sharply, but failed to lift the market, while Delek and its gas exploration units corrected upwards.

Azrieli NOI flat
Globes Main News – Revenue fell to NIS 403 million for the third quarter and net profit fell to NIS 56.1 million.

Ari Shavit’s Zionist revival is a hit in New York
Mondoweiss – Ari Shavit Israeli author Ari Shavit is the toast of the town. It’s almost embarrassing how much attention his book is getting from media royalty. Tom Friedman wrote him up last weekend. Terry Gross interviewed him yesterday. Charlie Rose had him on last night . David Remnick…

El Al raising debt to finance new Boeing 737-900ERs
Globes Main News – El Al is exercising an option to change the financing for its new Boeing 737-900ER airliner from bank financing to a debt issue in the US.

Contribute to the ‘Stop Veolia Zine Project’
Mondoweiss – Stop Veolia Seattle is a new working group organizing around discontinuing King County’s contract with Veolia for the operation of Metro Access Buses in Seattle. They are publishing a Zine to promote the campaign and are asking for submissions: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Stop Veolia Zine Project…

‘It’s 3 am, in the cattle cage’ — Susan Abulhawa publishes first book of poetry
Mondoweiss – Today, Susan Abulhawa, the acclaimed Palestinian-American rights activist and author of the best-selling novel Mornings in Jenin , is releasing her first volume of poetry, My Voice Sought the Wind . I am delighted that Susan entrusted my company, Just World Books, with the job of publishing this…

OECD Economics Dept head to address Israel Business Conference 
Globes Macro Economics – Dr. Peter Jarrett will participate in the session “Bankruptcy of the health system.”

Are you blind (to Palestinian rights)?
Mondoweiss – The Are You Blind Project sent along the following images. The project’s website says the images are based on the Ishihara color perception test , but these images are “not to test your color vision, but aims at questioning our social and political blindness.”

Winning the world and losing our (particular) soul
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 . Aberrational all, those Jews in Judaism, Christians in Christianity, Muslims in Islam, secular folks turning away from the “progress” of modernity. Such turning…

OECD lowers Israel 2013 growth forecast
Globes Main News – The OECD has revised its growth forecast for Israel in 2013 down to 3.7% from 3.9%.

Melisron, CEO acquitted on securities fraud
Globes Main News – Melisron and its CEO, Avi Levy, were acquitted on reasonable doubts of manipulating Melisron’s bonds ahead of an offering.

Africa-Israel fined NIS 5m for insider trading
Globes Main News – The Israel Securities Authortity also fined three Africa-Israel executives in the first administrative sanctions against executives at public companies.

65% of Israeli drivers would consider switching to natural gas 
Globes Energy & Water – A Meida Shivuki survey also found that 49% of the public support natural gas exports to Turkey even without improvement in its relations with Israel.

AFI Development posts 20% rise in rents
Globes Main News – Africa-Israel’s Russian development arm posted a net profit of $84.1 million in January-September.

Lapid sees no slowdown 
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: There is no slowdown in growth; the figures are getting back to normal.

Former Mossad Agent Secretly Tried, Convicted for Treason; Israel Secretly Imprisons Palestinian for Years Without Trial
Tikun Olam – Most of you know of the case of Ben Zygier, the Mossad agent who blew up a painstakingly developed spy ring against Hezbollah, was arrested in secret, and who committed suicide. Before we knew his identity, we called him Prisoner X. I’ve also written about an…

New era for Israel’s El Al airline 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – The revolution facing Israel’s national flag carrier

Beirut braces for reaction to Iran embassy bombing 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Beirut waits nervously for reaction to bombings

Egypt unrest on clashes anniversary 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Opponents and supporters of Egypt’s military-backed administration clash on the second anniversary of bloody anti-government protests.

Egypt defends pro-Morsi athlete bans 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s sports minister defends the punishment of two athletes who have openly expressed their support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Baby Granddaughter of Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh Treated in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Nov 2013 – The granddaughter of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was admitted to an Israeli hospital. Click here for the rest of the article…

David Makovsky Joins U.S. Peace Talks Team 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Nov 2013 – David Makovsky, a scholar at a think tank with close ties to the U.S. and Israeli governments, has been named to the U.S. State Department’s burgeoning Israel-Palestinian peace-brokering team. Click here for the rest of the article…

Dealing with dictators 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Is President Obama cosying up to despots?

New era for Israel’s El Al airline 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – The revolution facing Israel’s national flag carrier

Cameron telephones Iranian president 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – David Cameron becomes the first UK prime minister in more than a decade to call an Iranian president, No 10 says.

Twin blasts hit Iran Beirut embassy 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – At least 22 people are killed in explosions that hit the Iranian embassy in Beirut, in a stronghold of the Hezbollah militant movement.

Beirut braces for reaction to Iran embassy bombing 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Beirut waits nervously for reaction to bombings

Bahrain opposition heads ‘targeted’ 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – The head of the main Shia political society in Bahrain tells the BBC that the opposition leadership is being systematically targeted by the state.

Al-Akhbar in Qalamoun: Our War Has No Red Lines 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Raad Hammadi hails from the village of Abu Houri in the Qusayr countryside and is stationed in the mountains adjacent to the Lebanese border. (Photo: Radwan Mortada) Raad Hammadi hails from the village of Abu Houri in the Qusayr countryside and is stationed in the mountains…

Deadly flooding sweeps across Saudi Arabia 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Flash floods sparked by torrential rain in largely desert Saudi Arabia have killed four people and left 10 missing over the past two days, the civil defense authority said Tuesday. Two of the dead and seven of the missing were in the capital Riyadh, with the…

Lebanon: Hariri’s Saudi Oger Empire for Sale 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Former Lebanese prime minister and Future Party leader Saad Hariri’s visitors in Saudi Arabia continue to report that the crisis facing his company, Saudi Oger, is far from over. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Former Lebanese prime minister and Future Party leader Saad Hariri’s visitors in Saudi Arabia…

Egypt unrest on clashes anniversary 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Opponents and supporters of Egypt’s military-backed administration clash on the second anniversary of bloody anti-government protests.

American Models of Liberation in the Middle East 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 19 Nov 2013 – Related Articles: I Condemn, Do You? read more

Lines of the Game: The Iranian Spring Blooms in Damascus 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 19 Nov 2013 – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad (L) as they meet in Moscow, on November 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP – KIRILL) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad (L) as they meet…

US Treasury Official Threatens Lebanese Banks 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – The target here became abundantly clear as Iran, Syria, and the Lebanese Resistance were placed alongside drug traffickers in order to prevent them from accessing Lebanon’s banks…or else! (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The target here became abundantly clear as Iran, Syria, and the Lebanese Resistance were placed…

Egypt defends pro-Morsi athlete bans 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s sports minister defends the punishment of two athletes who have openly expressed their support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Syrian troops retake mountain village near Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Syrian troops on Tuesday captured the village of Qara in the mountainous Qalamoun region along a key supply route between Damascus and Homs, state news agency SANA reported. The capture came after days of air strikes on the region near the Lebanese border, which is also…

Egyptians scuffle at rival demos marking 2011 anti-army protests 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Egyptian supporters of the military regime (background) throw stones towards anti-regime protesters (foreground) during clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on November 19, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AFP – Gianluigi Guercia) Updated 7:00 pm: Brief scuffles erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday when hundreds of…

Bahrain upholds draconian jail terms for 17 activists 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – Bahraini riot police attack protesters during an anti-regime demo heading to “Pearl Square” after a religious procession marking Ashura on November 15, 2013 in the village of Daih, west of the capital Manama. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) A Bahrain appeals court has upheld jail terms…

Suicide blasts kill 23 outside Iranian embassy in Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Nov 2013 – A Lebanese soldier helps evacuate a wounded man at the scene of a powerful blast in southern Beirut near the Iranian embassy on November 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP / STR) Updated 3:20 pm: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs…

Syrians find home-from-home in Istanbul 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Syrian refugees find safe haven in Istanbul

G4S: From Israeli Settlements to Lebanese Banks 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 18 Nov 2013 – Fighters from the Bilal al-Habashi Brigade of Jabhat al-Nusra in Yabroud, Syria. (Photo: Radwan Mortada) Fighters from the Bilal al-Habashi Brigade of Jabhat al-Nusra in Yabroud, Syria. (Photo: Radwan Mortada) Al-Akhbar visited the Syrian region that runs along the border with Lebanon, touring villages, towns, and…

Articles


Without Fear, Without Favor 
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 11/19/2013
The Future of Journalism
The Words “lifetime achievement” have a certain undertone. There is a hint that the work is finished.
I have just been told that the 90-year-old Shimon Peres, who is three weeks older than I, has announced that he is about to start a new political career. If he can, why can’t I?
Ten years ago you were so kind as to award me the Sokolov Prize for journalistic excellence. I remarked on that occasion that you had spoiled a boast of mine: that I had received several prizes abroad, but never a prize in Israel. Now you have done it again.
First of all, I want to thank Yossi Bar-Mokha, the chairman of this impressive conference, and Shalom Kital, who initiated this award. I also want to thank my late wife, Rachel, who had a very major part in my life’s work.
For ten years I was both a member of the Knesset and the editor of the news magazine Haolam Hazeh. At the time I was often asked which of the two jobs I thought was more important. I always answered without hesitation: the journalistic one. The journalist carries out the more important task and he has a greater impact. This is my view now, too.
A short publicity break: In one or two months, the first half of my memoirs is about to appear. I still have no title. If anyone of you has an idea, please give it to my lector, Rami Tal, who is present here.
To the matter in hand:
On the morrow of the 1948 war, a small group of ex-combat soldiers took possession of Haolam Hazeh…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s other silent war 
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera 11/17/2013
State-sponsored racism and discrimination against African migrants continue amid international media silence.
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 by the US political class and media as a highly ethical democracy meriting multibillion-dollar annual donations.
As it turns out, South Africa’s alleged “obsession” with Israel extends beyond the treatment of Palestinians. In 2012, a resolution was passed “abhor[ring] the recent Israeli state-sponsored xenophobic attacks and deportation of Africans”.
One could argue that, because Africans are also treated like excrement in other places around the globe, Israel is being unfairly singled out for criticism.
However, this debate is generally averted thanks to the relative silence surrounding the plight of Africans in Israel…. more.. e-mail

PHOTOS: Jordan Valley village resists demolition 
Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler, Alternative Information Center 11/12/2013
The Palestinian village of Khirbet Makhoul lies in the arid Jordan Valley between three Israeli military bases and a settlement in the northern West Bank. Inhabited by Palestinians prior to 1948, the Israeli army demolished the entire village and its original stone homes when it took control of the area following the 1967 War. Since then, village residents have lived in more temporary structures, such as tin-roofed shacks and tents. Some 120 residents live in the village, of whom 30 are children and 15 elderly.
In September of this year, the Israeli army once again demolished most of the shelters in the village, and even blocked attempts by the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to deliver emergency tents. Even foreign diplomatic representatives were forcibly ejected from the area.
Later that month, the Israeli High Court issued an injunction allowing the residents to return to their village and preventing its total demolition. Residents succeeded in using remains from the demolitions to build eight shelters for themselves and six for their herds.
Then in early October, Israeli soldiers invaded the village in the early morning hours, se
tting fire to hay stacks, ripping sheets from four tents and throwing them into the fire. The village’s attorney submitted an urgent complaint to the state attorney’s office, in which he accuses the perpetrators of vandalism and contempt of the High Court order, demanding the perpetrators be brought to justice.

Obviously shelter is essential for the villagers’ survival, including that of their flocks. Without shade, many sheep have died from exposure to the intense sun and heat of this desert region…. more.. e-mail

American-Israeli Obstructionism 
Norman Pollack, CounterPunch 11/19/2013
It was not always so—presently, America thrives on war, the preparation for war, the militarization of the national consciousness (and the political economy of advanced capitalism, of which it is a part), as though intuitively recognizing that in no other way can the US maintain its position of global leadership in an increasingly multipolar world-power system. Leadership here refers to, not the paragon of moral virtue, beacon to the world championing human rights, but quite the opposite, unilateralism, vehicle for the expansion and security of a capitalistic system which has seen better days and is now witnessing the atrophy of manufacturing, the utter scurrilousness of market behavior, the growing disparities in wealth, income, power, reflected in bubbles, unemployment, foreclosures, hardship, in sum, a system in decline in spite of, or even because of, its military power.
The historical-structural context for America has all of the makings of a society, fearing the loss of its supremacy, which is willing to bring the world down with it, contrariwise, the grand assertion of hegemony, via the narrowing focus on militarism, to sustain the no-longer sustainable: global political-economic-financial-cultural-ideological dominance in the face of all comers, notably, China, but also an EU restive under US influence, a reawakening Russia, Brazil, exemplifying the industrial potential of formerly Third World economies and regional power-centers, and, of course, Japan, India, and the Far East in general as Obama’s capitalist area of expansion of choice (the Pacific-first strategy, as in days of yore, as the presumed future for successful market penetration).
Poor Iran, easily lost sight of in America’s cosmic framework of Superpowerdom, except for one thing: the Empire’s consolidation is only as good as the nitty-gritty details shaping its content, all of which must necessarily pull in the same direction. Not surprisingly, the term “credibility” is on everyone’s lips of the national-security establishment, POTUS on down. Give an inch, and the Giant evaporates into thin air, or, as is the case with the victims of Obama’s drone attacks, becomes a blood splat…. more.. e-mail

Why Israel has no “better friend” than Italy
Electronic Intifada: 19 Nov 2013 – Military cooperation between the two sides is flourishing. more..


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