VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 20 November 2013: The Wahhabi-Likudnik war of terror

20 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

33 Palestinians Killed Due To Israeli Violations This Year
IMEMC – Medical and legal sources in the West Bank and Gaza report that Israeli soldiers have killed 33 Palestinians since the beginning of this year; 23, including four detainees, have been killed in the West Bank and 10 in the Gaza Strip. …

Palestinian Detainees In Asqalan Conduct Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Palestinian detainees held at the Israeli Asqalan Prison have started an open-ended hunger strike, after special units of the Israeli army invaded the prison on Monday, November 18, 2013, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported. Several detainees have been injured. …

Woman Injured After Being Hit By Settler’s Vehicle
IMEMC – [Nablus – Tuesday Evening, November 19, 2013] A Palestinian woman was wounded after being rammed by the speeding vehicle of an Israeli settler, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Palestinian medical sources have reported. …

Ma’an News

PCHR: Gaza leukemia patients without medicine for 11 months
11/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Leukemia patients in the Gaza Strip have been without medicine for more than 11 months leaving them in grave danger of complications and death, according to a report released Sunday by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The Center called upon Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas to “immediately intervene in order to save these patients by instructing the Ministry of Health in….

Aid convoy enters Gaza for first time since June
11/20/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An aid convoy entered the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing on Tuesday for the first time since the June 30 events which overthrew Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi. Director of the Egyptian side of the terminal Sami Mutwalli told Ma’an that the convoy consisted of 100 tons of medicine, medical equipment and canned food. The aid was….

Israel detains 25 Palestinians in West Bank raids
11/20/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces carried out multiple arrest raids across the West Bank early Wednesday, detaining 25 Palestinian men, locals said. Israeli military vehicles raided the Jenin village of Yabad at around 2 a. m. and ransacked several homes before detaining eight young men aged 20-22. Alaa Adnan Abu Bakr, his brother Bahaa, Yasser Muhammad Amarnah, Khalid Jamal Abu Bakr, Yousif Qays….

Israeli forces issue stop-work orders for 7 houses near Jenin
11/20/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces handed Palestinians in Bartaa village seven stop-work notices and two notices to evacuate poultry farms on Wednesday, locals said. Locals said that the construction was almost complete. Three of the owners were identified as Mohammad Mouin Qabha, Ziyad Halabi, and Haitham Hassan al-Nabulsi. The farms that received eviction notices belong to Ziyad Saadallah. [END]

11-year-old detained in Jerusalem for throwing rocks
11/20/2013 – JERULASEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday arrested a child from Silwan village in Jerusalem for allegedly throwing rocks. Malik Daana, 11, was handcuffed and taken to a police station from a barber shop in Ein al-Lawza neighborhood in Silwan, his father said. Daana’s mother went to the station to check up on her son, but her ID was held, and they….

Anti-Prawer protests held in Jerusalem
11/20/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Hebrew University students, international activists, and residents of the Negev held a demonstration Wednesday in protest of Israel’s Prawer Plan to relocate Bedouins from their land. The protest was held in front of the supreme court in Jerusalem calling for an end to plans to displace a Bedouin village called Umm al-Hiran. The protest came ahead of worldwide demonstrations….

Egypt closes Rafah crossing due to technical fault
11/20/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities closed the Rafah land crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday due to a technical problem with computers at the terminal. Gaza’s Interior Ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told Ma’an that Rafah was closed after only one bus carrying around 60 passengers had been allowed to cross. Egyptian authorities did not inform Gazan authorities about….

PLO negotiators to ‘oversee’ talks until new team formed
11/20/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian negotiators will continue in their positions on a temporary basis until a new negotiations team can be formed, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday. The PLO negotiating team resigned last week in protest against continued Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank. Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Fatah’s central committee, said Wednesday that “the movement’….

Iran vows no retreat in crunch nuclear talks
11/20/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Iran’s supreme leader vowed Wednesday no retreat from Tehran’s nuclear “rights” in an anti-Israel diatribe that France said “complicates” crunch talks getting under way in Geneva. Predicting the demise of “rabid dog” Israel, which Iran has accused of trying to “torpedo” a deal, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the powers must respect the Islamic republic’s “red lines”.”I….

Britain’s Hague says Iran talks ‘historic opportunity’
11/20/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday he believed talks on Iran’s nuclear drive set to open in Geneva were a “historic opportunity”. Hague told reporters during a visit to Istanbul that it was too early to say how the negotiations starting later Wednesday between Iran and world powers would go. But he added: “A deal is on the table….

Iran FM says to hold ‘detailed’ nuclear talks with Ashton
11/20/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he will hold “serious and detailed” negotiations on a nuclear deal on Thursday with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.” So far, we have progressed based on our plans and we agreed to start serious and detailed negotiations about the agreement with Lady Ashton tomorrow,” Zarif wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday after having….

High court postpones decision on teachers strike
11/20/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The high court in Ramallah decided on Wednesday to postpone making a decision about a complaint against the teachers’ union. The court postponed the complaint, by the Palestinian Authority cabinet, until Thursday. In the meantime, the teachers’ union will continue a strike. The deputy secretary of the union, Bassam Naem, told Ma’an that the postponement of the….

Sinai car bomb kills 12 Egyptian soldiers
11/20/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — At least ten Egyptian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in a car bomb on Wednesday near the Sinai city of El-Arish, security officials told Ma’an. A car laden with explosives hit two buses carrying around 100 Egyptian soldiers, the officials said. Egyptian security sources told Ma’an that a Hyundai Verna was parked on the right-hand….

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai receives EU Sakharov rights prize
11/20/2013 – STRASBOURG, France(AFP) — Pakistan’s teenage activist Malala Yousafzai was Wednesday handed the EU’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. To thunderous applause announcing the European Parliament prize, the assembly’s president Martin Schulz praised the 16-year-old’s crusade for all childrens’ right to an education, saying: “You have given hope to millions of people.”[END]

Baghdad bears brunt as Iraq car bombs, shootings kill 33
11/20/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad, killed 33 people on Wednesday in the latest bout of deadly violence to hit Iraq. The bombings and shootings, which left more than 70 people wounded in all, come amid a protracted surge in bloodletting just months ahead of general elections that has forced Iraqi officials to appeal for….

Suicide bombers ‘hit Syria troops near Lebanon’
11/20/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Four suicide car bombs struck Syrian regime targets Wednesday in the Qalamoun region near Lebanon, killing at least seven soldiers, a monitor and state news agency SANA said. The attacks come a day after troops loyal to President Bashar Assad made gains in the Qalamoun area north of Damascus. The attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Nusra Front….

Syria chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea
11/20/2013 – THE HAGUE (AFP) — Syria’s over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea if no country agrees to dispose of them on its soil, the world’s chemical watchdog said Wednesday.”This possibility has been looked at for some time already,” Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP of destroying the chemicals at sea.”It….

Africa-Arab summit urges closer ties, joint terror fight
11/20/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Arab and African leaders ended a two-day summit in Kuwait Wednesday by calling for closer cooperation on the political and economic levels, as well as in the fight against terrorism. The leaders issued the Kuwait Declaration which called for accelerating economic integration in the Arab world, which includes oil-rich Gulf states and investment-thirsty African states. They called for the creation of a….

Saudi announces new MERS death
11/20/2013 – RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi health authorities on Wednesday announced a new MERS death, raising to 54 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities. A 73-year-old Saudi woman, infected by the virus and who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in Riyadh, the health ministry said in a statement on its website. It also reported a new infection of….

Boeing dominates Airbus with $101.5 bn orders at Dubai show
11/20/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — US aerospace giant Boeing on Wednesday announced up to $101. 5 billion in aircraft orders at the Dubai Air Show, as its new 777X model propelled total demand to more than twice that booked by European rival Airbus. More than $95 billion of the Boeing orders were for the 777X long-haul aircraft, making it the “largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by….

Kerry says he and Karzai have agreed on Afghan deal
11/20/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had reached agreement on the terms of a deal to cover the presence of American troops beyond 2014.”As we sit here tonight we have agreed on the language that would be submitted to a loya jirga, but they have to pass it,” Kerry said, talking about a….

AlJazeera

Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai attack
AlJazeera 20 Nov 2013 – At least 10 soldiers travelling on a bus killed in car-bomb assault in the north of volatile region bordering Israel.

Palestine News Network

Ashkelon Prisoners Launch Open-Ended Hunger Strike
Palestine News Network

Baby Lions Born in Gaza Zoo
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces capture two Palestinian fishermen and seize their boat off Gaza
11/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Sunday, 17th November 2013, two Palestinian fishermen were captured by Israeli naval forces, who also confiscated their boat, in Gaza waters. Ammar Asad al-Sultan, age 19, and Mohsen Zayed, age 25, were on a small fishing boat, or hasaka, without an engine, about one mile off the coast of Soudanya in the northern Gaza Strip. Israeli forces….

Gazan farmers and fisherfolk call for food sovereignty and an end to Israeli attacks
11/20/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Corporate Watch, Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On 20th November 2013, hundreds of farmers and fisherfolk gathered outside the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East (UNSCO) in Gaza City to demand that the international community take action to prevent the Israeli military’s attacks against them and to end the occupation. One fisherman told Corporate Watch, “We are only….

Shelter and water tank demolished in the village of Tawayel
11/20/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Tawayel, Occupied Palestine – Today, 20th of November, the Israeli army entered Tawayel, a village next to Aqraba, south of Nablus, to demolish a well and a shelter belonging to two families. At approximately 6:00 in the morning, for the third time this year, around 30 soldiers arrived with seven military jeeps and three bulldozers to further demolish this side of the….

Video: Gaza mother remembers Israeli airstrike that decimated her family a year ago
11/20/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Video – 20th November 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Gal·la López | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On 19th November 2012, shortly before the end of Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” military offensive against the Gaza Strip, an Israeli missile struck the Hijazi family’s house as they watched TV. The father and two his children were killed. Other family members were injured. Their house was…. Related: Gal·la López: Gaza

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: UNRWA Construction Projects in Gaza “Ground to a Halt” Outgoing Commissioner General warns of “further conflict” unless “human security” is addressed
Relief Web 20 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Dead Sea, Jordan The outgoing Commissioner General of UNRWA, Filippo Grandi, has warned that 19 out of 20 UNRWA construction projects in Gaza…

occupied Palestinian territory: Two-State Solution Could Be Irreparably Damaged Unless Parties Take Critical Preventative Steps, Security Council Warned
Relief Web 19 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Security Council Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic SC/11179 Security Council 7063rd Meeting (AM) Top Political Affairs Official Calls For Halt to Flow of Weapons, Foreign Fighters into Syria Negotiations between Israel and Palestine had reached a…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12 – 19 November
Relief Web 19 Nov 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (…

The National

JFK’s assassination started a turn for the worse the US is yet to halt
The National 20 Nov 2013 – The assassination of John F Kennedy represented a ‘loss of innocence’ that left Americans vulnerable to much of the heartache and tumult that was still to come.

The humble beginnings of India’s newest political star Arvind Kejriwal
The National 20 Nov 2013 – The former low-key civil servant and leader of the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, is now famous throughout India as an anti-corruption campaigner. And his Obama-style campaign is garnering support.

Iran’s ambassador ‘narrowly escaped’ Beirut blasts
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Iran’s ambassador was to accompany his late cultural attache Ibrahim Ansari to meeting with Lebanon’s culture minister.

Renewed ties between Iran and the West bring new knots
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Nascent nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers are kindling fears that after years of being sidelined from global diplomacy, Tehran may once again find a seat at the table.

India’s Modi accused of ordering police surveillance of young woman
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Every private moment and personal conversation of a woman the prime ministerial candidate is accused of having ‘intimacy’ with, were allegedly monitored by Gujarat police. Samanth Subramanian reports

Extensive global study finds kids today are less fit than their parents
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Study of millions of children around the world has found that they do not run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.

Erdogan under fire from Turkey’s liberals
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Turkey’s most powerful leader in decades is experiencing something new: serious opposition from within his own ruling party. Thomas Seibert reports

Flash floods kill seven in Saudi, 11 in Iraq
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Flash floods sparked by torrential rain in Saudi Arabia kill seven, while rising waters kill at least 11 in Iraq, swamping streets and toppling buildings.

Baghdad bears brunt as Iraq attacks kill 43
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Wave of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shiite neighbourhoods of Baghdad, kill 43 people in the latest bout of deadly violence to hit Iraq.

Suicide bomber rams into bus carrying soldiers, killing 11 in Sinai
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Suicide bomber rams his car into one of two buses carrying off-duty soldiers in Egypt’s northern Sinai region, killing 11 and wounding 37.

Missouri executes white supremacist serial killer Joseph Franklin
The National 20 Nov 2013 – White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin put to death in Missouri in the state’s first execution in nearly three years.

Can Lebanon’s delicate peace survive Syria? 
The National 20 Nov 2013 – As groups linked to pro- and anti-Assad forces in Syria fight in Lebanon, could it lead to a civil war?

Don’t resort to rapid mass burials of Philippines dead, Red Cross says
The National 20 Nov 2013 – International Red Cross knocks down the notion that corpses are a health hazard, saying there is no public health justification for rapid mass burials.

Philippines reconstruction to decide Aquino’s fate
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Reconstruction of the Philippines after super typhoon Haiyan could make President Benigno Aquino a hero.

Million-dollar stash of gold found in plane’s toilet in eastern India
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Cleaners found 24 gold bars stuffed in toilet compartment on a commercial plan in eastern India.

Syria chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea: watchdog
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Despite consensus on destroying the chemicals outside war-wracked Syria, no country has yet been found ready to have them destroyed on its soil.

UN agency says 19 of 20 Gaza projects halted by Israel
The National 20 Nov 2013 – UN Agency for Palestinian refugees says 19 of 20 construction projects in Gaza have ground to a halt because of an Israeli blockade on building materials.

Wave of attacks in Iraqi capital kills at least 29
The National 20 Nov 2013 – Bombings hit mainly Shiite and busy commercial areas in and outside Baghdad, killing at least 29 and wounding 104.

Best images from around the world for the past 24 hours
The National 20 Nov 2013 – The world’s best pictures on Wednesday, November 20.

Ha’aretz

Netanyahu lobbies in Russia against Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Ancient coin that Bennett flashed on CNN was illegally removed from Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

In the real tally of violence, Palestinians have it much worse
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Kerry: Muslim Brotherhood ‘stole’ Egyptian revolution
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

The biomed company that made 180 kibbutzniks into millionaires
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange benchmark index reaches record high
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Australia permits Chabad man accused of sex crimes to leave country
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Editors of extremist Jewish website to be charged with incitement
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Iran and world powers close to agreement as nuclear talks resume
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Third round of nuclear talks between Iran, world powers opens in Geneva
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Eyal Golan is top Israeli singer embroiled in underage sex scandal
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

New Israel Fund poised to champion political change and progressive pride
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Hezbollah calls for calm after bombing of Iranian embassy in Beirut
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Famed Gamla vultures face extinction
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Israeli rabbi charged with beating wife, child
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

White supremacist executed for 1977 deadly synagogue shooting
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

In blow for police, suspected Israeli crime boss Domrani released to house arrest
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Israelis ask: where have all the mall guards gone?
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Wreckage of Nazi submarine found off Indonesia’s coast
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Convicted Israeli killer extradited from Argentina, ending nine-year saga
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Non-Orthodox Jews have yet to reach the Promised Land
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Conservative Judaism: Not dead yet
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

As Israel’s allies soften stance on Iran, Netanyahu scrambles to regain control
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Bedouin call on court to block destruction of their Negev village
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Israel: David’s Sling missile interceptor passes important test
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Lieberman: Israel, Palestinians won’t achieve peace in foreseeable future
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Israeli singer Eyal Golan suspended from ‘Rising Star’ talent show
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Nine in ten sexual harassment cases in Israel don’t result in indictment
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

The changing lexicon of the occupation
Ha’aretz – 19 Nov 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

High Court delays request for ruling on racial profiling at airport
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Association for Civil Rights in Israel says airport security humiliates Israeli-Arabs non-stop. 

Dremer: US, Israel rift over Iran doesn’t amount to crisis in relations
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Israel’s ambassador to the US defends Obama, says US president delivers when Israel needs Washington’s help; notes American diplomatic corps keep Israeli government fully apprised on nuclear talks with Tehran in Geneva. 

ADL honors civil rights icons
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Five people received honors from the Anti- Defamation League for their sacrifices in the fight against hate. 

‘Norway unwilling to confront war crimes’
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff says Oslo won’t admit to part in war crimes done in Ukraine during World War II. 

High Court of Justice to A-G: Why didn’t you indict rabbis for ‘racist’ book?
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – ‘Torat Hamelech’ says that in certain conditions it is permitted to preemptively kill non-Jewish non-combatants during a conflict. 

Hassidic book fair to open today in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Some 250,000 books will be on sale at the world’s largest Hassidic book fair; event to also feature concert featuring religious melodies. 

Paratrooper overcomes injury to become captain
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Eran Kahlon was injured on the Gaza border in January 2011 from a misfired mortar shell that nearly killed him. 

Kerry: No decision on uranium enrichment in any interim Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – US official: Iran nuclear deal will be “very hard” to reach during talks in Geneva this week. 

Idol worship
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – The young girls who throw themselves at the object of their obsession didn’t materialize from a vacuum. 

Washington Watch: US presidency bleeding from self-inflicted wounds
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Nixon had Watergate, Clinton had Monica Lewinsky, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Bush 41 had “read my lips” and his son, Bush 43, had Katrina and Iraq. 

Media Comment: The media’s double double standard
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – It’s never too late to apologize and to make amends. That is true even when a media outlet makes a mistake. Or rather, it should be. 

Encountering Peace: A speech in Ramallah, a speech in the Knesset
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – These are the speeches that Abbas and Netanyahu should each give if they were to speak directly to the people from the Knesset and from Ramallah. 

Exclusive: Maccabee MKs fighting anti-circumcision laws
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – More than a dozen lawmakers are working to gather signatures from MPs around Europe on draft motion to reverse PACE ban of brit mila. 

One year since Pillar of Defense – Conclusions and policy implications
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – This is the fourth cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the past seven years, the first having been on November 26, 2006. 

Obama’s unlikely breakthrough
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – As much as President Barack Obama would like to wave his wand over a hat and declare a new Middle East reality, peace is a two-way street. 

OPCW: Syrian chemical arsenal could be destroyed at sea
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Chemical watchdog reviews option for disposing toxic agents in event that no country agrees to process on its soil. 

Eyal Golan released on house arrest after questioning over statutory rape allegations
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Singer’s father is believed to have exploited son’s fame in order to have sexual relations with underage girls. 

Beduins plead to Supreme Court: Don’t throw us out to build Jewish village
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – The legal battle is one of many in a great battle over the government trying to move Bedouins in the south to new locations. 

Netanyahu, Putin sharply divided over Iran nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – PM prods Russia to insist on better deal, while Putin sounded hopeful P5+1 could come to a resolution in Geneva. 

Education minister warns against dangers of outmoded school system
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – “The State of Israel will soon become irrelevant as knowledge is available on the smartphone and on Google at any given moment,” he said. 

Pollard supporters to mark 28 years since Israeli spy’s arrest
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Pollard’s wife maintains hope that US president Barack Obama would commute his sentence to the time he has already served. 

Fugitive murderer returns to Israel nearly a decade after fleeing to Argentina
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Moshe Ben-Ivgi lands in Israel some 9 years after police began process of extraditing him for murder of cab driver. 

Loophole on small-government bill draws fire from critics
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013
– Knesset Law Committee decided to pass a loophole that would exclude large coalitions from an 18-minister limit. 

PA shuts down Islamist seminar on women in Bethlehem
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Seminar sponsored by radical group Hizb ut Tahrir, whose goal is to create Islamic state or caliphate ruled by Islamic law. 

Some 600,000 children in Israel have witnessed domestic violence, report says
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Women’s International Zionist Organization report states there are about 200,000 women victims of domestic violence in the country. 

Yesh Atid MK warns against decriminalizing haredi draft-dodging
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Issue is heightening political tensions once again as committee dealing with government bill gets closer to completing its work. 

Underworld figure Domrani freed just two weeks after arrest
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Shalom Domrani was taken into custody for allegedly trying to influence the Netivot municipal elections. 

Growing Lithuanian business ties beget political support
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – Since 2010, both bi-national trade and tourism has doubled, and two new regularly scheduled flights have just been set between the two countries. 

Cancer tops list of causes of death in Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Nov 2013 – The prevalence of cancers and heart disease is lower relative to most other countries in the OECD, according to the CBS. 

Inter Press Service

Middle East Entrepreneurs Eye Education
IPS A schoolgirl returning home at the end of the day, Geziret el-Dahab island, Cairo. Credit: Rachel Williamson/IPS By Rachel Williamson CAIRO, Nov 20 2013 (IPS) The Middle East has some of the best and worst education systems in the world and they are attracting the attention of entrepreneurs keen to…

Uruknet

Morning settler attack triggers clash with serious injuries in Qusra
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – 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…

In Afghanistan, Security Deal Means US Occupation Forever 
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Days before the so-called bi-lateral security agreement heads to an Afghan council of elders and political leaders for a final decision, the U.S. is attempting to force through a stipulation that would allow U.S. troops to…

FISA Court: Vast Majority of Internet Communications Data NSA Collected Was Not Relevant to Counterterrorism
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – A batch of documents declassified as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been released. They were posted by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (…

Award-Winning Soul Singer Esperanza Spalding Calls for Closure of Guantánamo in New Song, “We Are America”
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – n the long and ignoble history of the “war on terror” prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, those who have fought to secure its closure have generally labored without the kind of celebrity endorsement that tends to…

Turn the Gaza lights on
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – 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 you can do…

Data shows worsening situation for children in Israeli military detention
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – In March 2013, UNICEF published a report – Children in Israeli Military Detention. The report s main finding was that the ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the military detention system appears to be…

Israeli prison guards raid Ashkelon prison, 9 Palestinians wounded
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 — 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…

Syria News – November 18, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees was able to document 70 martyrs including 4 women and 3 children: 22 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 20 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 7 in Homs, 6…

TPP: NAFTA on Steroids
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade deal from hell. It s a stealth corporate coup d etat. It s a giveaway to banksters. It s a global neoliberal ripoff. It s a business empowering Trojan…

Statement: CCR, PSLS, 64 other rights groups sign statement opposing indictment of Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – The below-signed organizations are deeply disturbed by and stand opposed to the indictment yesterday of Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a Palestinian-American community activist who has dedicated 10 years to the Chicago Arab-American community, working with women on…

Feeding the Flame of Revolt
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – I was in federal court here Friday for the sentencing of Jeremy Hammond to 10 years in prison for hacking into the computers of a private security firm that works on behalf of the government, including…

Iraq executes 12 amid international disquiet
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Iraqi authorities announced the execution of a dozen terrorism convicts yesterday, defying widespread international condemnation of the country s use of the death penalty. The latest executions, carried out on Sunday, bring the number of people…

UN reports record Afghan opium
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – The United Nations reports a 50% increase in Afghan opium production, a record crop in 2013, and no end in sight for opium eradication.Corporate mainstream media outlets politely warn of “failed” eradication, and of the spread…

Palestinian refugees fleeing Syrian conflict welcomed warmly in Gaza
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Palestinian refugees fleeing from the conflict in Syria are being welcomed warmly in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has pledged to offer a complete package of aid to each refugee from Syria. Meeting refugee…

One year later, Gaza journalists remember stories of resilience
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – The memory of his shattered leg will never leave photojournalist Khader Al-Zahar. One year later, Al-Zahar, along with many Palestinian journalists, continues to live the days of Israel s November 2012 offensive. Al-Zahar was wounded in…

Guantanamo detainee heard speaking from inside the prison
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Shaker Aamer can, for the first time, be heard speaking from his prison cell in Guantanamo Bay as part of a recording made by a US news channel. Mr Aamer, one of 84 cleared men still…

Gaza boy remembers Israeli drone strike that maimed him and killed his cousin
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – 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…

Yemeni Civil Engineer, Who Had Two Family Members Killed by Drone, to Address Congress Members
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – A Yemeni civil enginee
r, who spoke at the 2013 Drone Summit organized by the peace group, CODEPINK, has come to the United States to share his story about how a US drone strike killed his two…

IOF releases the child Mohammed Hamid after breaking his hand
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 — The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday evening released the child Mohammed Hamid, 12, after he was arrested and assaulted, in Silwad east of Ramallah. The IOF kidnapped Mohammed during violent clashes between Israeli forces and…

The bloody disaster of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan is laid bare
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Forty-three people died on Friday in clashes between militias in Libya, as did 22 on Sunday from bombs in Iraq. In Helmand, a return of the Taliban to power is now confidently expected. Why should we…

Video: West Bank Palestinians lose water and land
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Palestinian farmers in the Jordan Valley say Israel is cutting off their water sources, leaving them no choice but to leave their land. Israel insists it maintains control of the water for security reasons.Al Jazeera s…

Qatar 2022 World Cup: concerns about forced labor
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – When I was 10 and living in Libya, I would often visit my father at the Indian Embassy, where he was serving as a diplomat, and find his office packed with workers desperately seeking repatriation back…

Shackles and Chains: Detroit as a Template for Democracy s Destruction
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – Glen Ford brings the heat, and the truth, about one of the most important — and unreported — stories of our day: the shackling of Detroit. Over the past year, we have seen the citizens of…

The “war on terror” with a liberal veneer
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 – THE TV show Homeland began its third season with record-breaking ratings. The show s creators Alex Ganza and Howard Gordon, who previously collaborated on the wildly popular series 24, seem to have worked out a successful…

Washington s puppet regime in Libya teeters on the brink
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Libya s capital city Tripoli was at a virtual standstill yesterday. Most of Tripoli s businesses, schools and public sector workers went out on strike, demanding that militias leave the city.A 48-hour state of emergency was…

Israel s defense minister equates peace talks with murder of Israelis
Uruknet 20 Nov 2013 – November 18, 2013 -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…

Daily Star

US: No dialogue if NKorea keeps nukes running
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 The Obama administration says it wants to make Asia more stable and won’t negotiate with North Korea while it keeps critical elements of its nuclear weapons program running.

Obama seeks to renew Asia role with rescheduled trip
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama will visit Asia in April to push closer ties, an aide said Wednesday, after his earlier cancellation of a trip raised questions about US staying power.

Muslim Brotherhood ‘stole’ Egypt’s revolution: Kerry
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday accused the Muslim Brotherhood of stealing Egypt’s revolution, in some of his toughest comments yet about the party that took power in the nation’s first democratic election.

Iran nuclear deal will not just ‘buy time’: Kerry
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Wednesday that the United States would not allow any deal with Iran become a ploy to buy time to increase its nuclear capability.

Iran FM says to hold ‘detailed’ nuclear talks with Ashton
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he will hold “serious and detailed” negotiations on a nuclear deal on Thursday with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Flooding in Iraq, Saudi Arabia kills 18
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Flooding in central and southern Iraq killed at least 11 people as rising waters swamped city streets and toppled buildings, sparking anger over the dilapidated sewage system, officials said Wednesday.

US forces in Afghanistan after 2014 will not face local justice: draft deal
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 US forces remaining in Afghanistan after 2014 will be subject to American justice rather than local courts, according to a draft security deal released by Kabul on Wednesday.

Hollande says Iran must offer answers, not provocation
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 French President Francois Hollande called on Iran to offer answers in its stand-off with the West over its nuclear programme and not make provocative statements.

Russia’s Putin upbeat about Iran nuclear talks
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was hopeful of a positive outcome at talks in Geneva on the standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Afghan officials in Pakistan to meet Taliban
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Members of an Afghan delegation tasked with holding peace talks with the Taliban are in Pakistan to meet with the group’s former deputy leader in an attempt to breathe life into the stuttering negotiations, Pakistani and…

Iran, world powers end first session after less than 10 minutes
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Iran and world powers finished their first session of crunch talks on Wednesday after only five to 10 minutes, diplomats said.

Iran, world powers start nuclear talks: AFP
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Iran and six world powers began talks late Wednesday seeking a breakthrough in the decade-old standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme, an AFP journalist said.

Iran ambassador barely escaped Beirut blasts: diplomat
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon narrowly escaped a twin suicide bombing outside the embassy that killed 25 people, including an aide and four guards, an Iranian diplomatic source told AFP Wednesday.

Morocco repels 1,000 migrants trying to reach Spain
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Moroccan security forces drive back a crowd of about 1,000 migrants who charge at the border fence trying to climb into Spain’s north African territory of Melilla, Spanish authorities say.

World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 Big powers resume talks on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out “red lines” but saying it wants friendly ties with…

Gunfire from Syria kills Jordanian jihadist: Official
Daily Star 20 Nov 2013 A Jordanian jihadist dies of gunfire wounds he suffered as he tried to cross into the kingdom from war-torn Syria, a security official says.

YNet News

Illinois governor signs same-sex marriage into law
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – ….

Kerry: Muslim Brotherhood ‘stole’ Egypt revolution 
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – ….

Russia’s Putin warns against homophobia as Olympics approach
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – ….

US: No dialogue if NKorea keeps nukes running
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – ….

Daniel Kahneman wins US Medal of Freedom 
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – ….

More pious than the pope
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: How can Israel provide medical care to granddaughter of one of its greatest enemies? ….

Haredi press ignores Metzger arrest 
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – Ultra-Orthodox sector’s four daily newspapers fail to mention suspicions against former chief rabbi; radio stations avoid issue too. ‘It’s a sensitive matter,’ explains news editor at Radio Kol Hai ….

Life in Israel intolerable
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: If you’re not rich, a criminal or have strong connections, you have no chance of succeeding here ….

Poverty drives change among haredi Jews
YNet News, 20 Nov 2013 – Seeking way out of financial hardship, many ultra-Orthodox men are breaking with traditional ways and joining military as route to better jobs ….

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

IOF soldiers round up 25 West Bankers
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a rabid arrest campaign in lines of Palestinian citizens in the West Bank and Jerusalem at dawn Wednesday.

Naim: contacts with Egypt never ceased
PIC – Dr. Bassem Naim, Foreign Relations Advisor to the Prime Minister in Gaza, said that contacts with the Egyptian side have never ceased.

A new Israeli scheme to confiscate lands in Kafr a-Dik in Salfit
PIC – The Israeli Sub-Committee for settlement issued a new decision to confiscate lands in Khirbet Deir Samaan, in the town of Kafr a-Dik in Salfit.

Bardawil: Arab-African Summit’s position of Palestinian cause is disappointing
PIC – Leader in Hamas Movement Salah Bardawil expressed his disappointment following the Arab-African Summit’s weak position towards Palestinian cause..

Gaza minister retorts to French president’s statement on RoR
PIC – Minister of Justice in Gaza Mohammed Abul Sabh has affirmed that the Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homeland was inalienable and none could surrender it.

Ahrar: 22 Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the start of 2013
PIC – Ahrar Center for the studies of prisoners and human rights reported that 22 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the year 2013, by the IOA in different districts in the West Bank.

Jewish settlers, intelligence elements break into Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israeli intelligence elements broke into the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday morning in the company of dozens of Jewish settlers.

UNRWA: Gaza is quickly becoming uninhabitable
PIC – Outgoing commissioner general of UNRWA Filippo Grandi warned on Tuesday that the impoverished Gaza Strip is getting quickly unsuitable for human life as a result of the blockade.

Ghussein calls on Int. Community to consider the implications of the siege
PIC – Ihab Ghussein, the government spokesman, called on the international community to send a delegation to the Gaza Strip to see for themselves the suffering of the Palestinian people under siege.

Hamdan: we will take steps to end the Gaza blockade
PIC – Foreign relations official in Hamas, Osama Hamdan, stressed that his movement will make efforts and take steps to end the siege imposed for years on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

WAFA

Israel Orders to Remove Electricity Network near Hebron
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

PEX Report: Index Up again
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure 3 near Jenin
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

British Diplomat announces UK-Palestinian Strategic Dialogue
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

Israeli Army Arrests 24 in West Bank
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Abbas at Kuwait Summit Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

Military Demolishes Water Container in West Bank Village
WAFA – 20 Nov 2013

Misc

U.S. promises caution as Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva
LA Times 20 Nov 2013 – U.S. officials say they’ll take the time to reach the best possible preliminary deal on Iran’s disputed nuclear program. GENEVA — International negotiations aimed at limiting Iran’s disputed nuclear program resumed Wednesday, with U.S. officials insisting they would take the time necessary to reach the…

Iran won’t back down in nuclear talks, supreme leader vows
LA Times 20 Nov 2013 – TEHRAN — As Iran and world powers sat down Wednesday for a fresh round of nuclear talks in Geneva, Iran’s supreme leader warned that the Islamic Republic would not back down on its resolve to pursue nuclear energy.

In Lebanon, Iran Embassy bombings kill 25
LA Times 19 Nov 2013 – The attack in Beirut aimed at Iran, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, underscores how the Syrian war has crossed borders and fanned sectarian strife. BEIRUT — A pair of suicide bombings at Iran’s embassy that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 24…

Iran plays with wording on nuclear program
LA Times 19 Nov 2013 – The foreign minister says U.S. denial that Iran has a legal right to enrich uranium does not mean it opposes Iran’s enrichment. GENEVA — On the eve of a new round of talks, Iran’s foreign minister appeared to suggest a way Tehran and the West…

Egyptian Soldiers Killed in Sinai Attack
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – The bombing was the latest in a campaign of attacks by insurgents against security forces that began in July, when the military ousted Mohamed Morsi. 

Active and Improvising, Kerry Is Taking on Tough Problems
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – John Kerry may be poised to begin delivering a major goal Mr. Obama has long sought: an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program. 

Deal May Be Near as New Iran Nuclear Talks Open
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – The talks in Geneva follow an attempt two weeks ago to clinch a deal that would put a brake on Iran’s nuclear program in return for limited sanctions relief. 

Op-Ed Contributor: How Bush Let Iran Go Nuclear
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – It is George W. Bush, not President Obama, who is to blame for our dire situation with Iran. 

Raw Sewage, and Anger, Floods Gaza’s Streets as Electricity Runs Low
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – A shortage of electricity and cheap diesel fuel from Egypt led the Hamas government to shut down Gaza’s lone power plant, which caused sewage stations to stop working. 

Tehran Journal: Money Traders Fret Over Possible U.S.-Iran Pact
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – For most of the last decade, particularly since Western financial sanctions began to bite hard two years ago, the dollar has been king around Tehran’s currency bazaar. 

Student Shot Dead at a Cairo University Protest
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – A student was shot dead in clashes between supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and security forces at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, state newspaper al-Ahram reported on Thursday. 

Kerry: Whether Iran May Enrich Uranium Won’t Be Resolved in First Stage of Talks
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday the issue of whether Iran will ultimately be allowed to enrich uranium will not be decided in an interim deal under discussion between major world powers and Iranian officials in Geneva. 

The Lede: Egypt’s Revolution Was ‘Stolen’ by Muslim Brotherhood, Kerry Says
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry argued that Egypt’s 2011 revolution was started by tech-savvy young people with no ideological aims before being “stolen by” the Islamists who took power in democratic elections. 

The Lede: Surveillance Camera Captures Embassy Blast in Beirut
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – Video released on Wednesday showed the first of two deadly explosions at the Iranian Embassy in Beirut the day before. 

Analysis-Beirut Blast: Jolt From Past and Omen of Dark Future
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – Thirty years after the Lebanese capital gave birth to the modern suicide bomber, a killer has again driven his explosive-packed car towards an embassy in Beirut, hurling charred corpses through the street. 

Funerals Held in Lebanon for Iran Embassy Victims
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – Undeterred by a devastating suicide attack that rocked the Iranian Embassy in Beirut a day earlier, hundreds of Hezbollah supporters pumped their fists in the air Wednesday and vowed eternal allegiance to the Lebanese Shiite militant group as they buried victims from the bombing. 

Afghan Migrants in Iran Face Painful Contradictions but Keep Coming
New York Times 20 Nov 2013 – The nearly three million Afghan migrants in Iran have few rights and are often deported multiple times. But they keep returning, because they still find better education and job opportunities there. 

Did the U.S. undermine democracy in the Maldives because it wants to set up military bases there?
Mondoweiss – Mohamed Nasheed There was depressing news from the Maldives this week, after the Indian Ocean island nation voted in the second round of presidential elections on November 20. Mohamed Nasheed, the dynamic, young, pro-environmentalist Muslim leader who had led after the first round, lost by a…

Electric cars worth less to Israel than to Europe
Globes Energy & Water – Prof. Ofira Ayalon: The fuels used for electricity production in France and Denmark are less polluting, so the benefit of electric cars is greater.

Treasury accuses IEC of harming economy 
Globes Energy & Water – In a secret report, Accountant General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu says IEC’s massive exploitation of government guarantees is harming exports and growth.

‘The new Zionism’: Nefesh B’Nefesh urges young American Jews to leave ‘exile’ for the Negev
Mondoweiss – A sign at the Nov. 17th Nefesh B’Nefesh conference promoting the south of Israel. (Photo: Alex Kane) On the 17th floor of a Manhattan conference building, young Jews from the New York area listened intently to two Israeli-Americans speak of the wonders of the Jewish state….

Buckeyes take their stand for Palestine
Mondoweiss – Committee for Justice in Palestine at Ohio State University calls to us. Here are a few lines of their poem: “Palestine is one of the most reported places in the world…. But there still is a bunch of misinformation…. What much of the media fails to…

Delays in Cypriot LNG plant talks with Noble Energy – report 
Globes Energy & Water – Cypriot government officials have admitted that there have been difficulties in the talks with Noble Energy, apparently over the government’s stake in the project.

American Jews are ‘endangered,’ says Ari Shavit
Mondoweiss – The great hope for redeeming American Zionism, Ari Shavit, was on Charlie Rose two nights ago. Jeffrey Goldberg and David Remnick were there, too, as his offensive line, and the three Jewish journalists explained why Israel depends as a national security interest on the support of…

Wed: Tel Aviv 25 hits all-time high
Globes Main News – Teva powered today’s gains, which pushed the market to record levels.

CyberArk plans $150m Wall St offering in 2014
Globes Main News – The IT security company plans to raise $100-150 million at a company value of at least $500 million, before money.

Alan Dershowitz to address “Globes” Israel Business Conference 
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Alan Dershowitz, a prominent defender of Israel and human rights, will participate in the open session on conference’s second day.

Jewish worshipers seeking access to Haram al Sharif could trigger next intifada, Tibi says
Mondoweiss – Dome of the Rock mosque with Israeli security guards in the foreground. The increasing number of right-wing Jews who are praying at the Haram al Sharif or the Temple Mount, as it is known to Jews and the politicians who support them, are creating tensions that…

Friedman says lobby’s power to stymie Obama on major foreign policy opening stems from ‘Jewish votes and donations’
Mondoweiss – Hat’s off to Tom Friedman, for stating the basis of the power of the Israel lobby, money. His column is called “Let’s make a deal” and supports Obama’s efforts in Geneva. He is completely aligned with Walt and Mearsheimer here, in stating the power of the…

Paz reports lower profits on higher revenue 
Globes Energy & Water – Lower refining margins cut the net profit to NIS 125 million for the third quarter from NIS 138 million for the corresponding quarter.

Ceragon to raise $39m in Nasdaq secondary offering
Globes Main News – In contrast to the usual practice of holding secondary offerings when a share price is at a high, Ceragon is holding its offering when its share price is at a five year low.

Anat Levin appointed Migdal CEO
Globes Main News – Levin (50) currently serves as Bank Hapoalim deputy CEO and head of the financial markets division.

Evogene raising $83m on NYSE
Globes Main News – Evogene’s share price rose 94.5% on the Bulletin Board yesterday to $16.98.

The Mondoweiss Guide to Accessorizing for Israel
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Egg prices to fall 3.3% Thursday
Globes Macro Economics – A dozen large eg
gs will cost NIS 12.50 after the price cut, as opposed to the current price of NIS 12.90.

Beinart demands equality for the Cheney sisters, but is ‘willing to compromise’ equality of Palestinian Israelis
Mondoweiss – As Peter Beinart leaves Open Zion to pursue writing about other subjects of interest, he has taken an uncompromising stance against Liz Cheney’s grudging tolerance of her sister’s sexual orientation. He doesn’t buy Liz’s declaration of “compassion” for Mary, a word that connotes “pity for the…

Jersey Chief Minister to address Israel Business Conference 
Globes Macro Economics – Senator Ian Gorst will participate in the session, “In search of the best investment opportunities”.

Bibi’s fiscal planning serves his own agenda
Globes Macro Economics – Israel has no fiscal policy, other than implementing measures that serve the political needs of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gazit-Globe reports higher profit on lower revenue
Globes Main News – Net profit rose to NIS 334 million (NIS 1.89 per share) for the third quarter from NIS 187 million for the corresponding quarter.

FIMI completes C. Mer, Pharm-Up acquisitions
Globes Main News – FIMI has acquired 30% of C. Mer for NIS 95 million and 50% of Pharm-Up for NIS 85 million.

Jeremy Levin: I’m an unemployed immigrant
Globes Main News – The former Teva CEO told the Tel Aviv University MBA graduation ceremony that he is open to job offers.

Hidden-Hand Behind Beirut Bombing
Tikun Olam – Aftermath of Beirut bombing of Iranian embassy A devastating double-suicide bombing targeted the Iranian embassy in Beirut, which also happens to be located in a Hezbollah stronghold of the city. The bombing was even more cynical than your average suicide attack since it included a first…

Second day of Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – Negotiations between world powers and Iran on the future of Tehran’s nuclear programme resume in Geneva, following a ‘positive’ first day.

UK fighter ‘doing his duty’ in Syria 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – A British man in Syria tells the BBC he is fighting for a group linked to al-Qaeda because it is his duty and Muslims are “being slaughtered”.

Israeli ‘Idol’ Heartthrob Eyal Golan Quizzed Over Sex With Girls 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Nov 2013 – Israeli police questioned Eyal Golan, a popular Israeli singer and a judge on Israel’s version of “American Idol,” regarding allegations that he had sex with minors. Click here for the rest of the article…

North Africa: Egypt Keen On Coordination of Arab-African Development 
allAfrica.com 20 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]President Adli Mansour said Egypt has always been keen to extend support for development in sisterly African and Arab states. He said Egypt is also willing to extend support and expertise in the technical fields, keeping peace and boosting stability.

Israel Couples Say ‘I Don’t’ to Orthodox Marriage — Opt for Civil Ceremonies 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Nov 2013 – For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married – God’s way. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iranian Jews Rally in Favor of Nuclear Program 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Nov 2013 – Iranian Jews demonstrated in Tehran in support of Iran’s nuclear program. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Pleads With Vladimir Putin for Tougher Stand on Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Nov 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Russia on Wednesday to appeal for tougher terms in a nuclear accord with Iran after failing to convince the United States that world powers are pursuing a bad deal. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Opposition Says it Was Prevented From Holding Anti-Saudi Protest 
allAfrica.com 20 Nov 2013 – [Sudan Tribune]Addis Ababa -An Ethiopian opposition party, Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), on Tuesday said it was prevented from staging an anti-Saudi protest rally which was scheduled to be held last Sunday.

Brant Rosen, Suburban Chicago Rabbi, Doubles as Firebrand Critic of Israel 
The Forward New 20 Nov 2013 – Brant Rosen looks every bit like a plain vanilla suburban Chicago rabbi. He doubles as a firebrand critic of Israel — and his congregation has stood by him through thick and thin. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Roadside Bomb Kills Soldiers in Sinai 
allAfrica.com 20 Nov 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Cairo -At least 10 Egyptian soldiers are reported killed and several more wounded in a car bomb attack near the North Sinai city of el-Arish.

Afghan refugees ‘abused in Iran’ 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – The US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch accuses Iran of failing to protect Afghan refugees from abuse.

Iran deal still on table as Geneva talks resume 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Will sides clinch elusive deal at latest Iran nuclear talks?

Protest Slams Washington Jewish Funeral Home Merger — Fear Higher Costs 
The Forward New 19 Nov 2013 – Standing in front of an empty coffin carrying signs reading “I can’t afford to die,” leaders of the Washington Jewish community staged a protest outside the offices of the Federal Trade Commission urging it to protect Jewish burial from an expected rate hike following a planned…

Naftali Bennett Touts ‘70% Solution’ for Progress on Thorny Israeli Issues 
The
Forward New 19 Nov 2013 – Naftali Bennett, who leads Israel’s far right-wing Jewish Home party, talked about his plans for religious reforms, Iran and turning Israel’s “startup nation” ethos into a global brand. Click here for the rest of the article…

Entrepreneur Creates Social Network for Dead 
The Forward New 19 Nov 2013 – Israeli entrepreneur Shelly Furman Asa has created a Google Street View for cemeteries. It allows one to easily located the graves of deceased loved ones. Click here for the rest of the article…

Second day of Iran nuclear talks 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – Negotiations between world powers and Iran on the future of Tehran’s nuclear programme resume in Geneva, following a ‘positive’ first day.

UK fighter ‘doing his duty’ in Syria 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – A British man in Syria tells the BBC he is fighting for a group linked to al-Qaeda because it is his duty and Muslims are “being slaughtered”.

VIDEO: Michael Sheen visits Syrian refugees 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – The actor Michael Sheen has recently visited the Bekaa region with UNICEF to see the desperate situation Syrian refugees face.

Taxing Wealth: IMF Suggests Real Estate 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – A serious study of the report will indicate, without a doubt, that it recommended to “increase property taxes, especially recurrent charges on residential properties. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A serious study of the report will indicate, without a doubt, that it recommended to “increase property taxes, especially…

Beirut Bombing: A Saudi Gift to Iran 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 20 Nov 2013 – The lords of the dark kingdom have yet to denounce the double suicide bombings that took the lives of dozens and maimed over a hundred on Tuesday, November 19. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The lords of the dark kingdom have yet to denounce the double suicide bombings…

Has Lebanon Entered the Era of Suicide Bombings? 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – But Tuesday’s bombing follows the two car-bomb attacks in Bir al-Abed and Roueiss, both in the same general area of Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) But Tuesday’s bombing follows the two car-bomb attacks in Bir al-Abed and Roueiss, both in the same general area of…

Jordan charges 15 with “terrorist acts” for university clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Jordanian military prosecutors on Wednesday charged 15 men, including students, with carrying out “terrorist acts” over clashes on a university campus that injured four people, a judicial official said. “State security court prosecutors accused the suspects of carrying out terrorist acts and possessing automatic weapons with…

Libyan government reveals plan to integrate militias into armed forces 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Libyan policemen wave their national flag and flash the sign for victory as they attend a demonstration alongside Libyan civilians in Tripoli against the presence of militia in the capital and in support of the army and police on November 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud…

Egyptian troops die in Sinai attack 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – Eleven Egyptian military personnel are killed and dozens more wounded in a car bomb attack near the North Sinai city of el-Arish.

OPCW: Syrian chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Syria’s over 1,000 tons of chemical weapons and precursors could be destroyed at sea if no country agrees to dispose of them on its soil, the world’s chemical watchdog said Wednesday. “This possibility has been looked at for some time already,” Organization for the Prohibition of…

Saudi Arabia announces 54th patient death from MERS virus 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Saudi health authorities on Wednesday announced a new MERS death, raising to 54 the number of people killed by the coronavirus in the country with the most fatalities. A 73-year-old Saudi woman, infected by the virus and who had suffered chronic illnesses, died in Riyadh, the…

Turkish parliament faces stalemate in efforts to draft new constitution 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Members of the leftist Workers’ Party, with flags bearing the effigy of the nation’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, rally outside Turkish Parliament in Ankara on November 19, 2013 to protest against the possibility Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government, Kurdish rebel group of PKK and and…

Baghdad struck by deadly bomb blasts 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – At least 29 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks in mostly Shia districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials and medics say.

Israeli forces destroy water tank, agricultural facility in West Bank village 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Israeli forces demolished a water tank and an agricultural structure in a West Bank village near Nablus on Wednesday, a local official said. Deputy mayor of Aqraba Bilal Abdul-Hadi told Ma’an news agency that three bulldozers escorted by seven military vehicles stormed the neighborhood of al-Taweel…

Kuwaiti jailed over Twitter ‘insult’ 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – Human Rights Watch condemns the sentencing of a Kuwaiti man to five years in prison for a comment he made on Twitter about Sunni-Shia theology.

Deadly clashes erupt in southern Yemen between police and militants 
Al-Ak
hbar News 20 Nov 2013 – Three police officers and at least three suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes Wednesday in Yemen’s southeastern Hadramawt province, an extremist stronghold, police said. Al-Qaeda suspects hiding in two houses in Hadramawt’s city of Shahr opened fire at police searching the area, an official said….

Deal or No Deal, Iran’s Stock Keeps Rising 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Nov 2013 – The recent high-drama nuclear negotiations in Geneva were riveting, to be sure. Old foes shuttled between conference rooms, chatted amiably in corridors, colluded to guard the sensitive details of their discussions from an eager global media. Every utterance from officials, every smile, grimace and gesture made…

Afghan refugees ‘abused in Iran’ 
BBC 20 Nov 2013 – The US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch accuses Iran of failing to protect Afghan refugees from abuse.

Iran deal still on table as Geneva talks resume 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Will sides clinch elusive deal at latest Iran nuclear talks?

Chechens drawn south to fight against Syria’s Assad 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – Chechens drawn to fight against Syria’s Assad

‘Why we drove 3,000 miles to Aleppo’ 
BBC 19 Nov 2013 – The British Muslims taking aid to people affected by Syria’s conflict

Al-Akhbar in Qalamoun: Our War Has No Red Lines 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Lebanon: Hariri’s Saudi Oger Empire for Sale 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Israel’s policy of erasure 
Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles Times 11/18/2013
A path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians requires not simply dealing with settlements but with the whole complex of displacement, suffocation and erasure.
The revelation last week that Israel wanted to plan for 20,000 new settlement housing units received the usual outraged responses from around the world. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mindful of a backlash in the midst of the Iran nuclear negotiations, walked the revelation back, but not very far.
Just a few days earlier, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in Israel trying to keep peace talks afloat, reiterated the U.S. view in an interview: “We do not believe the settlements are legitimate. We think they’re illegitimate.”
Settlement expansion, we are constantly told, is the stumbling block to the fragile negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. The settlements are eating up the territory that is supposed to provide the basis for the creation of an independent Palestinian state. If only there were a settlement freeze, some say, one last chance for peace might be salvaged.
All of that may be true enough as far as it goes. But in fact, Israeli settlement expansion is meaningless when it’s considered in isolation. And that is how it is usually considered, given how much media attention the word “settlement” garners every time it comes up.
There are, however, other, individually quieter, smaller, less visible — but collectively far more significant — events taking place on a daily basis.
Indeed, the settlement program is only one component of a broad complex of Israeli policies that has come to define the rhythm and tempo of life for Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

The Wahhabi-Likudnik war of terror 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 11/20/2013
The double suicide bombing targeting the Iranian embassy in Beirut – with at least 23 people killed and 170 wounded – was a de facto terror attack happening on 11/19. Numerology-wise, naturally 9/11 comes to mind; and so the case of the Washington-declared war on terror metastasizing – largely conducted by oozy forms of Saudi “intelligence”.
Yet don’t expect the “West” to condemn this as terror. Look at the headlines; it’s all normalized as “blasts” – as if children were playing with firecrackers.
Whether carried out by a hazy al-Qaeda-linked brigade or by Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan’s (aka Bandar Bush’s) goons, the Beirut terror attack is essentially configured as a major, Saudi-enabled provocation. The larger Saudi agenda in Syria implies getting both Hezbollah and Iran to be pinned down inside Lebanon as well. If that happens, Israel also wins. Once again, here’s another graphic illustration of the Likudnik House of Saud in action.
Nuance also applies. Bandar Bush’s strategy, coordinated with jihadis, was to virtually beg for Hezbollah to fight inside Syria. When Hezbollah obliged, with only a few hundred fighters, the jihadis scurried away from the battlefield to implement plan B: blowing up innocent women and children in the streets of Lebanon.
While Hezbollah welcomes the fight, wherever it takes place, Tehran’s position is more cautious. It does not want to go all out against the Saudis – at least for now, with the crucial nuclear negotiation on the table in Geneva, and (still) the possibility of a Geneva II regarding Syria. Yet the House of Saud is not welcoming Geneva II anytime soon because it has absolutely nothing to propose except regime change. more.. e-mail

Attacking Iran Deal, Israel Can’t Get Its Numbers Straight 
Ali Gharib, Medium: War is Boring 11/19/2013
Even Israel doesn’t believe Israel’s sanctions relief estimates
Nuclear negotiators will resume talks tomorrow in Geneva for the third time since moderate Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani took his office this summer. It’s no secret that the loudest international voice against striking an interim deal with Iran—leading to six months of talks on a final deal—comes from Israel.
In the words of one international relations scholar, Israel is “wigging out.” But while the ferocity of Israel’s objections garner much attention, the substance of its claims against diplomacy between world powers and Iran often gets the short shrift.
Set aside Israel’s poor record on predicting an Iranian nuclear weapon, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dreadfully off-base prognostications about Saddam Hussein’s WMD programs; the star of this show is Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz. He’s the leader of what can rightfully be called Israel’s “information war” against an Iran deal.
Below is a brief summary of Steinitz’s estimates on how much sanctions relief Iran would get—a key tenet of Israeli opposition to an agreement is that it’s too generous—fro
m the reported interim deal that is still being negotiated as we speak.

The U.S. State Department had to take the unusual step—twice—of denying Israel’s estimates. And it turns out Steinitz’s guesswork doesn’t even match up with what other Israeli officials are telling members of Congress.
What follows are Steinitz’s estimates for Iranian sanctions relief, interspersed with U.S. and other Israeli officials’ rebuttals and estimates, respectively…. more.. e-mail

B-H Levy and the destruction of Libya 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 11/20/2013
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard-Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010. Levy, per the Post’s standards, came only two spots behind Irving Moskowitz, a “Florida-based tycoon considered the leading supporter of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem”.
To claim that at best Levy is an intellectual fraud is to miss a clear logic that seems to unite much of the man’s activities, work and writings. He seems obsessed with “liberating” Muslims, from Bosnia to Pakistan, to Libya and elsewhere. However, this would not qualify as a healthy obsession stemming from overt love for and fascination with their religion, culture and myriad ways of life.
Throughout his oddly defined career, Levy has done much harm by at times serving as a lackey for those in power, and at others leading his own crusades. He is a big fan of military intervention, and his profile is dotted with references to Muslim countries and military intervention from Afghanistan to Sudan and finally Libya.
Writing in the New York magazine on Dec 26, 2011, Benjamin Wallace-Wells spoke of the French “philosopher” as if he were referencing a messiah that was not afraid to promote violence for the greater good of mankind.
In “European Superhero Quashes Libyan Dictator”, Wallace-Wells wrote of the “philosopher [who] managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain”. The villain in question is, of course, Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader who was ousted and brutally murdered after reportedly being sodomized by rebels following his capture in October 2011. more.. e-mail

Bernard Henri Levy and the Destruction of Libya
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Nov 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard-Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010. Levy, per the Post’s standards, came only two spots behind Irving Moskowitz, a “Florida-based tycoon considered the leading supporter of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem”. To claim that at best Levy is an intellectual fraud is to miss a clear logic that seems to unite much of the man’s activities, work and writings. He seems obsessed with “liberating” Muslims, from Bosnia to Pakistan, to Libya and elsewhere. However, this would not qualify as a healthy obsession stemming from overt love for and fascination with their religion, culture and myriad ways of life. Throughout his oddly defined career, Levy has done much harm by at times serving as a lackey for those in power, and at others leading…more


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