VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 November 2013: In defiance of internationalism – Israel's manipulation of humanitarian aid

21 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

PCHR Weekly Report: 15 Palestinians wounded in 56 incursions by Israeli troops
IMEMC – In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the week of 14- 20 November 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces launched 8 air strikes on the Gaza Strip. 3,500 chicks and 15 sheep died in Israeli raids on poultry and sheep farms in Khan Younis. …

Miles Of Smiles Aid Convoys Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – The Miles Of Smile solidarity aid convoy made it into the coastal region, on Thursday [November 21, 2013], after crossing through the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt, carrying supplies and various Arab and other international champions. …

Ailing Detainees Facing Further Health Complications
IMEMC – Detainees held at the Majeddo Israeli prison are facing a severe health crisis, due to the lack of adequate medical treatment by the prison, reports the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS). …

Palestinian Lands Uprooted Near Al-Khader
IMEMC – Reporters, Peace Activists, Detained [Thursday November 21, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Baten Al-Ma sy Mountain area, in the Al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, and bulldozed Palestinians lands, uprooting them in preparation for use in the construction of new settlement units. …

Army Hands Destruction Orders Against Homes Near Jenin
IMEMC – [Wednesday evening November 21, 2013] Several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Barta a village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, carrying destruction orders issued by the military against seven Palestinian homes and two chicken farms. …

Army To Illegally Confiscate Lands In Hebron
IMEMC – Israeli Soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning [November 21, 2013], the Deerat village, east of Yatta in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and illegally confiscated seven dunams of Palestinian lands, in order to pave a road for Jewish settlers. …

Ma’an News

Israeli guards raid Ashkelon jail, assault detainees
11/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison guards raided Ashkelon jail on Thursday causing damage to prisoners’ rooms and belongings, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Prisoner Rabee Ibrahim Rabee told the group that prison guards assaulted and handcuffed detainees and forced them to lie on the ground during the eight hour raid. Prison authorities cut electricity and water to the cells and gathered all detainees….

Islamic Jihad warns Gaza ceasefire could come to end
11/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, on Thursday warned that the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza could come to an end in light of ongoing Israeli violations. Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for the group, said in a statement that Israeli incursions into Gaza and airstrikes against civilian and military sites could mark the beginning….

Gaza food industry struggles from lack of electricity, fuel
11/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The food industry is struggling in Gaza due to the ongoing Israeli economic blockade and intermittent access to electricity, a factory owner told Ma’an Thursday.”In light of regular power cuts, working hours have been reduced, and so the factory can’t provide the Gaza market with the necessary amount of food,” Mahir Alay said. Facing issues….

PA supreme court rules in favor of teacher strike
11/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a strike carried out by the general union of teachers is legal, after the Palestinian Authority appealed to the legal body to suspend the protest action. The court informed the PA of its decision early Thursday after the public prosecution of the Palestinian Authority filed a lawsuit against the teacher’s union….

Ban Ki-moon appoints new UNRWA chief
11/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday the appointment of Pierre Kr‰henb¸hl as the new commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. Mr. Kr‰henb¸hl, from Switzerland, will replace outgoing commissioner-general Filippo Grandi. Ban Ki-moon expressed gratitude for Grandi’s leadership in implementing UNRWA’s mandate and praised his “outstanding dedication…. Related: UNRWA staff protests against low salaries, funding

Ashrawi: We are witnessing the end of the two-state solution
11/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi said Thursday that Israel is using peace negotiations as a “cover” to continue building illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.”Israel is using negotiations as a political and legal cover to escalate its settlement activities in and around Jerusalem and to evade accountability,” Ashrawi said in a statement Thursday.”Such unilateral actions constitute a deliberate attempt….

Iran warns of ‘lack of trust’ at nuclear talks
11/21/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — World powers resumed talks Thursday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Tehran’s lead negotiator warning of a lingering “lack of trust” following an inconclusive meeting earlier this month.” The main obstacle is the lack of trust because of what happened at the last round,” Abbas Araqchi told state television.”As long as trust is not….

PCBS: Over 100,000 Palestinians work in Israel
11/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Over 100,000 Palestinians work in Israel with around 20,000 working exclusively in Israeli settlements, thePalestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. The results are part of a survey taken from July-September to document labor participation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to the survey, 103,000 Palestinians were employed in Israel between July-September, with over 60 percent employed in the….

UNRWA staff protests against low salaries, funding
11/21/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The workers’ union at the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza continued protests Thursday calling for salary increases, an UNRWA employee said. Union members organized a protest outside of the UNRWA office Thursday, Secretary-General Yousef Hamdounah told Ma’an. The protesters hope to improve the livelihoods of UNRWA workers, Hamdounah said. The workers’ union additionally called…. Related: Ban Ki-moon appoints new UNRWA chief

Netanyahu insists on ‘real solution’ to Iran nuclear crisis
11/21/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday insisted on the need for a “real” solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis, after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Putin said that the two men discussed the Iranian nuclear standoff “in detail” at Kremlin talks which overran by several hours. But the Israeli premier was insistent that only the strongest of diplomatic solutions….

Iran says no deal without right to enrich uranium
11/21/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran will not sign up to a nuclear deal with world powers unless they accept its right to enrich uranium, its chief negotiator to talks in Geneva said Thursday.”No deal that does not include the right to uranium enrichment from start to finish will be accepted,” Abbas Araghchi said on his Twitter account, quoted by official news agency IRNA. [END]

Palestinian PM discusses education with British Council
11/21/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Thursday met with the members of the British Council in Palestine to discuss education. Hamdallah met with British Council members Alan Smart and Karolin Khalaf in Ramallah to plan continued mutual cooperation in the education sector. They focused on reforming university-level education in Palestine, planning developments in e-learning, applied sciences programs, and research methods. Hamdallah and….

Official: Shtayyeh will not return to negotiations team
11/21/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian negotiator Mohammad Shtayyeh will not return for future peace negotiation sessions with Israel, a Palestinian official said Thursday. A Palestinian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma’an that Shtayyeh will definitely not be returning to the negotiations team after resigning last week. Another Palestine Liberation Organization official will replace Shtayyeh and join Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat….

Iran says nuclear deal not yet in sight
11/21/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Iran and world powers locked horns in intense nuclear talks Thursday, with Tehran saying a deal was not yet in sight in the third round of negotiations since Hassan Rouhani’s election. Both sides, seeking to end the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program after a decade of rising tensions, stressed however that the talks were detailed, serious, and constructive. Raising….

5 injured in Qalqiliya car accident
11/21/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Five people were injured on Thursday in a car crash near Kafr Laqif village in Qalqiliya. A woman and three children suffered light to moderate injuries in the collision, with one person said to be seriously wounded. Civil Defense crews evacuated the injured to hospital. [END]

6 injured in Negev car accident
11/21/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Six people were injured on Thursday in a road accident between a truck and two vehicles at the entrance of al-Laqia village in the Negev. The injured were transferred to Soroka hospital for treatment, with one person said to be in a critical condition. [END]

Masked gunmen rob delivery truck in Nablus
11/21/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Masked gunmen stole over 100,000 shekels ($28,063) late Wednesday from a driver delivering cigarettes near Fara refugee camp in Nablus. Locals told Ma’an that the gunmen stopped the delivery vehicle at gunpoint and forced the driver out of the truck. They then handcuffed and blindfolded him, before making off with the money and other goods. The robbery took place….

Iraq car bomb kills 48 as year’s death toll tops 5,800
11/21/2013 – BAQUBA (Iraq) (AFP) — A market bombing north of Baghdad was the deadliest in violence that killed 48 people on Thursday, as the year’s death toll topped 5,800 amid a surge in unrest. The flare-up has prompted Baghdad to appeal for international help to counter the worst bloodshed since 2008, just months before its first general election in four years. Officials have voiced concern….

Lebanon town braces for new flood of Syria refugees
11/21/2013 – ARSAL (Lebanon) (AFP) — The Lebanese farming town of Arsal, already inundated with Syrian refugees, is bracing for another influx as the brutal civil war creeps over the horizon just across the border. The town has long been linked to Syria by well-worn smuggling paths over the mountains, now used by thousands of refugees fleeing the latest offensive by President Bashar Assad’s troops. The….

Egypt gives police new powers as students clash
11/21/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s interim rulers gave police on Thursday the power to enter university campuses to quell protests without seeking prior permission, after a student was killed in clashes. Students who support the new military-installed authorities and those who oppose it have clashed regularly in Cairo and elsewhere since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3. The military-installed cabinet said….

Palestine News Network

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International Solidarity Movement

Demonstration in Ya’bad is violently repressed by Israeli forces
11/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Ya’bad, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday in the village of Ya’bad, a peaceful protest was violently repressed by Israeli forces through the use of tear gas canisters, stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets. Demonstrators were directly targeted by Israeli soldiers, five Palestinians were injured and two were arrested. Yesterday morning at approximately 10:00, six international activists from….

Sewage flows in Gaza streets for 18 hours a day
11/21/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – The lack of electricity in the Gaza Strip is also creating an environmental crisis. Wastewater treatment facilities have stopped due to the lack of fuel. In the Zeitoun neighborhood, in the east of Gaza City, a sewage pumping station has stopped working due to the lack of electricity. The wastewater flooded the streets and houses in the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Leap of Faith: Israel s National Religious and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Relief Web 21 Nov 2013 – Source: International Crisis Group Country: Israel, occupied Palestinian territory EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Although the landscape of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking might bear resemblance to that of a decade past, one change is unmistakable: the right is stronger within Israel and the…

occupied Palestinian territory: WFP Welcomes Japan s Continued Support For Food Insecure Palestinians
Relief Web 21 Nov 2013 – Source: World Food Programme Country: Japan, occupied Palestinian territory RAMALLAH The Government of Japan today renewed its commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing US$3.4 million (JPY 340 million) in support of the most vulnerable, food-insecure…

occupied Palestinian territory: One year since Gaza ceasefire, economic benefits for Palestinians have failed to materialize
Relief Web 21 Nov 2013 – Source: Oxfam Country: occupied Palestinian territory New crisis looming as power shortages worsen 21 November 2013 One year since the ceasefire between the Government of Israel and Hamas, the promised economic improvements for people in Gaza have failed to materialize,…

The National

Saudi Arabia warns its citizens to leave Lebanon after embassy bombing
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia urges its citizens to leave Lebanon and exercise caution following this week’s bombing at the Iranian embassy amid deepening tensions with Lebanon’s Hizbollah militants.

Iran says nuclear deal not yet in sight as Geneva talks resume
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Iran and world powers lock horns in intense nuclear negotiations but both sides stress the talks are constructive.

Syrian rebel commander Abdelqader Saleh remembered in Qatar
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Renowned Syrian rebel commander who died this week from wounds after an air strike in Aleppo commemorated in Qatar.

Newborn lion cubs die in Hamas-run zoo in Gaza
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Newborn lion cubs unveiled by Hamas as prized additions to a zoo they run have died.

Never forget … the day the Secret Service failed JFK
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, the US Secret Service has strengthened its resources.

Iraq attacks kill 41 as 2013 toll tops 5,800
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Latest wave of violence sparks appeal by Baghdad for international help in fighting the country’s worst bloodshed since 2008.

UK police rescue three women allegedly held as slaves
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Three traumatised women rescued from a London home after one called a charity to say she’d been held against her will for more than three decades.

Kenya to demand change to ICC rules over president s case
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Kenya expected to demand rules change at the International Criminal Court to try to ensure its president does not face charges of crimes against humanity.

Saudi police arrest two men over free hugs
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Two young men offering a ‘free hug’ to passers-by have been arrested by religious police.

Up to 15,000 foreign troops could stay in Afghanistan: Karzai
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Afghan president urges tribal elders to support security deal with the United States, but says he will defer the signing of the agreement to the winner of next year’s presidential elections.

Philippines struggles to keep typhoon aid, donations graft-free
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Authorities are grappling with a familiar problem how to stop fraudulent claims and prevent greedy politicians from taking advantage.

Shale oil boom a wake up call for Gulf nations
The National 21 Nov 2013 – The world will need the energy of the oil-rich states of the Arabian Gulf for many years yet. But the time to diversify GCC economies is now

Embassy bombing sparks great fears for Lebanon
The National 21 Nov 2013 – For Lebanese, Tuesday s carnage at the Iranian embassy was both a sharp jolt from their own bloody past and a harrowing omen of a future as the Middle East s next sectarian slaughterhouse. Analysis by Dominic Evans of Reuters

Albright says US must overcome loss of trust from Arab World
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Former US secretary of state says trust has eroded among Arab nations since the Iraq war.

Paris shooting supsect is man jailed in Bonnie-and-Clyde murder case from 20 years ago: French police
The National 21 Nov 2013 – France says the suspect arrested over this week s shootings in Paris is a man previously jailed for his role in a ‘Bonnie-and-Clyde’ style multiple murder that gripped the country 20 years ago.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon blighted by poverty and debt
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Desperate Syrian refugee families in Lebanon face a daily battle to survive in a country where jobs and affordable accommodation are scarce.

Pope Francis says no Middle East without Christians
The National 21 Nov 2013 – Pope Francis says the Catholic Church will not accept a Middle East without Christians, who often find themselves forced to flee areas of conflict and unrest.

Chinese baby declared dead cries at funeral parlour
The National 21 Nov 2013 – A Chinese baby boy who had been declared dead was saved from being cremated alive when he started crying at a funeral parlour, media reported Thursday.

Ha’aretz

U.S. officials condemn Khamenei’s ‘abhorrent’ remarks on Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Nuclear talks hit standstill as Iran demands right to enrich uranium, sanctions relief
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

More Palestinians working in Israel, but unemployment rising sharply in West Bank and Gaza
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

U.S., Israeli defense chiefs to attend Halifax security forum
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Labor rivals refuse to predict outcome as voter turnout hovers in mere thousands
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Labor primary likely to turn on a few thousand votes
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Israeli court once again puts off ruling on discriminatory airport security checks
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

White House: Israel s all-or-nothing proposal on Iran would lead to war
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

White House: Israel s all-or-nothing proposal on Iran would lead to war
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Israel may cut some 560 state jobs to fund detention center for African migrants
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Ikea Israel taps finance chief as new CEO
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Tourist tip #381 / Don t mess with flash floods
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Labor voters in Israel’s north complain of lack of polling stations
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Labor voters in Israel’s north complain of lack of polling stations
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Israeli criminal shot dead in South Africa
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Khamenei’s description of Israel as ‘rabid dog’ shows Iran still a threat, Netanyahu says
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Israel on fast track to urban sprawl
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Croats celebrate World Cup berth with pro-Nazi chants
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

With nuclear talks underway in Geneva, Iran takes tougher stance
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Court asks state: Why King’s Torah authors not indicted?
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Isn’t it ironic: When U.S. Jews celebrate Hanukkah
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Dutch TV pulls Jews-killed-Jesus ad off air following uproar
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Labor Party members vote in close primary race
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

How can Israel minimize existential threats against it?
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

Knesset to consider granting child tax credit to same-sex couples
Ha’aretz – 21 Nov 2013

A Palestinian Ben-Gurion? I wish
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

I’d vote for Shelly Yacimovich, despite it all
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

The spreading plague of sexual harassment in Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

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

Israel’s David’s Sling missile: Promising, but no magic wand
Ha’aretz – 20 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

3 Palestinians crash car into police cruiser after high-speed pursuit
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Three suspected car thieves were arrested after ramming the stolen vehicle into a police cruiser and then attempting to flee the scene by foot.

Israeli mob associate found murdered in South Africa
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Shimmy Anu was believed to be high-ranking member of Musli brothers crime family, which has clashed with Abergil affiliated gangs.

Yacimovich-Herzog Labor party contest goes down to the wire
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Low turnout of 52.73 percent seen by Labor insiders as sign that result of primary may be very close; close race could mean another primary.

Uncertainty in Geneva on Iran leads to tough talk in Washington
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – As Western powers express skepticism on Iran nuclear deal, key US senators threaten new sanctions without progress.

Ya’alon: A stronger Iran means a stronger Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Defense minister meets Canadian counterpart as he takes effort to warn against “bad deal” on Iran’s nuclear program abroad.

Israel: The bright side of life
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – I ve come up with an astonishingly optimistic strategic assessment regarding the long-term fortunes of the State of Israel.

Parashat Vayeshev: Man and his plans
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – God will take care of things and we will all see how the deeds of an enemy that stem from bad intentions will themselves lead to positive and beneficial results for Israel.

Death and destiny in Dallas
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – In a sense, we grew up on that day, and we are still experiencing those growing pains.

On the table
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Convincing the Iranians that they face military action if they continue to march toward nuclear weapons capability actually increases the chances that diplomacy will work.

Christian Israeli-Arab wants to build Rio-style Jesus statue near Nazareth
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Bishara Shlayan wants to build huge Jesus statue on Mount Precipice, near his home city in the Galilee.

World Zionist Organization establishes council to promote Hebrew language for diaspora Jews
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Council’s inaugural conference was held this week in New Jersey; aimed at increasing fluency in Hebrew.

EXCLUSIVE: FBI head at time of Pollard’s arrest unopposed to his release
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – William Webster tells Post that he would not oppose Obama commuting Israeli agent’s life sentence to time served.

Former top mob boss Yitzhak Abergil to return to Israel from US jail
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Abergil, in prison in LA for being part of an ecstacy distribution network, will serve remainder of sentence in Israel.

Israeli official: Iran’s Khamenei spitting on world powers and the West thinks it’s rain
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Officials in Jerusalem upset that Western powers fail to condemn inflammatory comments by Iran’s supreme leader: “We knew the Americans were eager to reach a deal in Geneva, but we did not estimate to how great an extent.”

Rapper 50 Cent arrives in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Superstar is in Israel to promote his brand of headphones.

Live, Love and Learn: How the dating diva saved Hanukkah
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – When Hanukkah rolls around, the anxiety level shoots up at least eight points on the gift-giving scale to match the length of the celebration.

Rape Crisis Centers submit bill expand definition of statutory rape, following Eyal Golan scandal
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Under bill adults suspected of statutory rape will not be able to claim they thought minor was older than 16 as excuse.

34,600 Palestinians working in Israel without permits
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reports that the unemployment rate in Gaza was 32.5%, and 19.1% in the West Bank.

‘Monuments Men’ veteran predicts more Nazi-seized art will surface
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – With so much art left unrecovered, and so many pieces not returned to their rightful owners, it was inevitable a hoard of lost works would be unearthed in the future, Ettlinger says.

Lapid, Bennett split on intervening against lay-offs
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Business headlines have been dominated in recent weeks by news of significant layoffs from major companies in Israel.

Sisi hints at presidential run, return of military establishment rule in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Man who led military ouster of Morsi says shift in Egypt’s alliances “out of the question” despite US suspension of military aid.

Eilat-Eilot vows to become energy independent within 2 years
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Region launches its second major solar field, an 8-megawatt medium-sized field at Kibbutz Neot Smadar.

Eyal Golan’s father appears in court in underage girls sex crimes case
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Superstar’s dad and an employee in singer’s production company remanded into custody for another four days.

Dutch Catholic TV airs, then pulls, Jews-killed-Jesus video
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Television station pulls video off air, apologizes after complaints from Dutch Israelite Religious Community umbrella organization.

The battle for Sinai
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – So far the violence in the test zone of Sinai has not been particularly well contained, though al-Sisi is receiving brownie points from the Egyptian public for his determined attempts to do so.

Hadassah hospital’s severe financial problems raised by State Comptroller, to PM, ministers
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Some 5,000 staff at hospital have not received their wages on time for the last three months.

Gayrusalem
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Young, gay and religious in the Holy City.

Netanyahu, Putin and their so-called ‘chemistry’
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – PM emerges from nearly 4 ? hours of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin; concludes that the 2 countries have many overlapping interests; only Putin, his closest advisers, know to what extent he was swayed by Netanyahu.

Israel hails US alliance as Iran, world powers weigh prospective nuke deal
Jerusalem Post 21 Nov 2013 – Deputy FM Elkin says “there is no one who can take the place of the Americans,” after Liberman suggests new path.

Uruknet

Taliban statement Islamic Emirate s spokesman clarification on martyrdom of 7 children
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 -Sadly, 7 children were martyred with two others wounded Monday morning in explosives planted by the Arbaki militias in their abandoned post in Paktika province. Two days back, the puppet militias locally known as Arbaki vacated one…

Abu Ghraib Torture Survivors Fight on Against Military Contractors
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Can you travel abroad, commit war crimes and then return home and continue on with your life as if nothing happened? If you are a corporation involved in war crimes abroad, can you continue to operate…

Sewage flood pushes Gaza crisis to new heights
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – GAZA CITY – The inhabitants of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, in eastern Gaza City, were stunned by the flood of wastewater invading their homes on Nov. 14, causing extensive damage to property. This came approximately two days after the area s treatment…

Interior Ministry now able to expel non-Israelis while they await residence
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 -The Interior Ministry has gotten tougher with foreign citizens and Palestinians seeking residence permits in Israel, allowing expulsions in cases that were hitherto immune from such a step. The policy change was announced on October 1 on…

Interview: Madiha Tahir Documenting the drone wars
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Pakistani-American filmmaker and journalist Madiha Tahir recently released Wounds of Waziristan, a 25-minute documentary about the U.S. military s use of drones to bomb the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in northwestern Pakistan. Tahir spoke with Eric…

Don t buy the spin on Guantanamo: “Closing” it doesn t mean what you think
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Technically, President Obama appears to be making strides on his 2008 promise to close down Camp Delta at Guant·namo Bay Naval Base. But despite Fox News takeaway, let s not get confused: closing down the prison…

PCHR Concerned He May be Tortured, Israeli Forces Arrest Patient while Heading to Israeli Hospital for Medical Treatment
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly arresting a patient from the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces at Beit Hanoun “Erez” while he was heading to al-Muttale Hospital in Jerusalem for medical treatment. PCHR is…

Suicide slaughter at Iranian embassy
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – There was still a bloodied body squirming on the ground when NOW arrived at Jerusalem Street Tuesday morning, surrounded by rescue workers frantically trying to lift the semi-conscious man onto a stretcher. The Lebanese army, in…

Palestinian villages subject to Israeli mock raids not told they are exercises
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 -Palestinian civilians are being embroiled in Israeli military training, including mock arrests, raids on private homes and incursions into villages, without being told they are involved in army exercises. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) defended the training…

A tale of two conferences
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – This is a tale of two conferences, one billed as a teach-in on Syria that occurred yesterday at New York University; the other to be held in London on November 30th on Syria as well. They…

Israeli forces issue demolition orders for Nablus park
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 — Israeli forces on Tuesday issued demolition orders for several structures in a park in the Nablus village of Burqa, a local official said. Ziyad Masud, a member of the al-Masodiya park rehabilitation committee, told Ma an…

Why Israel has no “better friend” than Italy
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 -When political leaders from Italy and Israel gather for a summit in Turin next month, they will celebrate a flourishing friendship – one in which Italy helps Israel obscure its bloodstained reality. The official talk ahead of…

EU and Russia call for an end to support for Syrian opposition
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 -The European Union and Russia have called for an end to support for armed groups in Syria, saying that they endanger regional stability. EU Foreign Ministers demanded on Monday that all parties involved in providing such support…

Slinging Stones at the Drone Goliath Do activists have a fighting chance?
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Looking around at the standing room only crowd at the Global Drone Summit on Saturday, one wondered if all of these people knew exactly what they re up against. The multi-billion dollar drone industry fueled, in…

Fisa court order that allowed NSA surveillance is revealed for first time
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – A secret court order that authorised a massive trawl by the National Security Agency of Americans email and internet data was published for the first time on Monday night, among a trove of documents that also…

Yemeni man seeks answers in US over deadly drone strike
Uruknet 21 Nov 2013 – November 19, 2013 – Faisal Ahmed bin Ali Jaber is a man on a mission to find the truth behind the drone attack that killed his relatives – and he traveled thousands of miles from his native Yemen to Capitol…

Daily Star

US urges signing of Afghan security pact by year’s end
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 The United States urged Afghanistan on Thursday to sign a draft security pact before the end of the year, after President Hamid Karzai said he could not approve it before April 2014.

Yemen soldiers killed despite rebel-Salafist truce: army
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Two Yemeni soldiers were killed on Thursday as they deployed to police a truce between Shiite rebels and hardline Sunnis in the north, a military official said.

The heartbreaking story of a courageous teenage refugee
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Fayza D. who kept her last name a secret so as not to bring harm to her family that are still living in Damascus is a 19-year-old girl forced to leave her home in…

Hezbollah: March 14 justifying Beirut terrorist attacks
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Hezbollah s bloc took an indirect swipe Thursday at the March 14 coalition, which it accused of attempting to justify recent car bombings in the country particularly Thursday s attack against the Iranian Embassy.

Iranian denies plan to attack Israeli embasy in Azerbaijan
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation.

UN warns of deteriorating Gaza humanitarian situation
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 The humanitarian situation in Gaza has deteriorated one year after a truce that ended fighting between Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Palestinian enclave, UN officials said.

Oil prices advance on Iran talks impasse
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Oil prices rallied Thursday in the absence of a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme, as markets also assessed the outlook for Federal Reserve stimulus and reacted to weaker Chinese data.

Truck bomb, attacks kill at least 38 in Iraq
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 A truck bomb tore through an outdoor vegetable market in northeastern Iraq, the deadliest of a series of attacks Thursday that killed at least 38 people, officials said.

Egypt gives police new powers as students clash
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Egypt’s interim rulers give police the power to enter university campuses to quell demonstrations without seeking prior permission, state media report, after a student is killed in clashes.

Companies may help destroy Syria arms
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 The global chemical weapons watchdog is inviting private companies to bid to get involved in destroying Syria’s stockpile of toxic agents and precursor chemicals.

Jordan in Dec. 6 election to Security Council seat
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 The U.N. General Assembly schedules an election Dec. 6 to choose Jordan for a two-year Security Council term, replacing Saudi Arabia, which refused to accept the seat it won in November and denounced the council’s inability…

Mikati: Lebanon to reconsider approach to refugee influx
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday Lebanon is forced to reconsider the way it is handling the continuous influx of Syrian refugees, urging the creation of refugee centers inside Syria. .

Iran sanctions relief around $6 bln: US envoy
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 A package of sanctions relief being proposed to Iran in return for reining in its suspect nuclear program is worth around $6 billion, a top US official confirms.

Saudi police arrest two over ‘free hugs’
Daily Star 21 Nov 2013 Saudi religious police arrest two young men offering a “free hug” to passers-by in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom’s capital, local media report.

YNet News

Survey: 56% of US citizens in favor of Iran deal
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – ….

Source: Most alleged sex scandal victims known to aid services
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – ….

Results near in Labor primaries
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – ….

Croatian soccer player fined for pro-Nazi chants
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – ….

Plan proposes 3,300-person infiltrator detention center
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – ….

Fishing for funds
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Crowdfunding, micro grants are models of philanthropy that empower people to help themselves ….

Giving in to terror
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Israel has lost moral authority to demand others fight institutions supporting terror groups ….

Swedish Jew claims asylum in own country
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – In bid to draw attention to plight of Sweden’s 20,000-strong Jewish community, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein is seeking refugee status in country for fear of being persecuted ….

The national suspect
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Eyal Golan crossed all ethical lines, believing he is a king who can do anything he likes ….

Shoah Museum gets Nuremberg transcript
YNet News, 21 Nov 2013 – One-time US Army reporter during World War II donates never-before-published transcript of radio coverage of war crimes trials of Nazi leaders to US Holocaust Memorial Museum ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli authorities move captive Khatib to solitary confinement
PIC – A Palestinian human rights organization reported that the Israeli prison administration isolated the Palestinian captive Fathi al-Khatib, aged 53, from the town of Qaffin in Tulkarem.

Ghussein calls on Arab-African Summit to implement its resolutions
PIC – The Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip expressed its appreciation to Arab-African Summit’s resolutions, stressing the need for effective decision to end Israeli crimes.

Israel launches new mock aerial attacks on Gaza
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces on Thursday morning carried out new mock air raids on different areas of the Gaza Strip.

Muslim scholars call on the Arab and Islamic nations to support the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The International Union for Muslim Scholars called on all Islamic countries and scholars to organize events on Friday in support of Jerusalem..

PCBS: 275 thousand Palestinians are unemployed
PIC – Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has stated in its report that 275 thousand Palestinians are unemployed in West Bank and Gaza Strip, using ILO standards.

Israeli notification to remove electricity network in Idna
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have issued a notification to remove the power grid in Idna town in al-Khalil southern West Bank.

IOF destroys Bedouin village al-Araqib for 62nd time
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished on Wednesday the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev in the southern 1948 occupied territories, for the 62nd time in a row since 2010.

IOF raids Nablus and settlers perform Talmudic rituals in Youssef’s Tomb
PIC – Large Israeli military forces stormed at dawn Thursday the city of Nablus while a drone was flying over the area, to provide protection for settlers who arrived on many buses to Youssef’s Tomb..

Refugee camps escalate protests against cuts of UNRWA’s services
PIC – The popular committees of the Palestinian refugee camps in the northern West Bank stressed its determination to continue protests against the reduction of UNRWA’s services.

WAFA

Ki-Moon Appoints Pierre Kr‰henb¸hl of Switzerland Commissioner-General of UNRWA
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

PLO Official says Israel Aims to End Two-State Solution
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

PEX Report: Index Up at End of Week Trading
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

EU Lawmakers Urge Strict Enforcement of Settlement Guidelines
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Israeli Government Agency Finances Settlements
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

More than 46 financial enterprises in 2012, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

Report: Palestinian Assets Abroad exceed $5 Billion
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

Statistics: Over 23% were Unemployed in Third Quarter
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

Israel to Demolish Homes, Seize Land for Settlements Road
WAFA – 21 Nov 2013

Misc

Iran: Reid backs Senate action next month on new sanctions
LA Times 21 Nov 2013 – GENEVA — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he will support consideration of new sanctions on Iran next month, putting new pressure on the Obama administration s efforts to negotiate a deal with Tehran over its disputed nuclear program.

Agency seeks private help in destroying Syrian chemical arms
LA Times 21 Nov 2013 – The international agency tasked with locating and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons said Thursday it was calling for help from private industry in neutralizing 1,000 metric tons of chemicals and munitions after U.S. ally Albania balked at hosting the operation.

Nuclear talks resume between Iran, six world powers
LA Times 20 Nov 2013 – GENEVA — International negotiations over Iran s nuclear program resumed here Wednesday, with the U.S. team under growing pressure to deliver an interim deal as soon as possible.

Hacipasa Journal: As Syrian War Grinds On, a New Flock of Refugees Takes Flight
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – Many Syrian men who have fled to Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan to escape the war have taken their passion for pigeon collecting with them.

Israeli Startup Buys Up Bankrupt Electric Car Firm
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – An Israeli energy startup has taken over the remains of Israel’s trailblazing and now bankrupt electric car venture, the new owner said Thursday.

Lebanon Pushed to Edge _ but, Somehow, Not Over It
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – By nearly all measures, Lebanon should have long ago buckled under the weight of Syria’s civil war.

Iranian Denies Plan to Attack Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.

Speech by Iran s Supreme Leader Raises Ire as Talks Resume
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei assailed Israel, the United States and France in televised remarks before international negotiators met again in Geneva to discuss Tehran s nuclear program.

Companies, Port Sought to Destroy Syria Poisons
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – The global chemical weapons watchdog is urgently seeking commercial firms to destroy toxins from Syria’s poison gas arsenal, and trying to find a Mediterranean port where the deadliest chemicals can first be processed off-shore.

EU Criticizes Conditions for World Cup Workers
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – The European Union parliament has called on Qatar to ensure that any abuses of the human rights of migrant workers involved in preparing for the 2022 World Cup are ended. It plans to send a fact-finding mission next year.

Turkey, Its Allies Struggling, Tempers Ambitions to Lead Region
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – With the Muslim Brotherhood on the run in Egypt, some in Turkey would now settle for just getting along with its neighbors.

At Least 32 Killed as Truck Explodes at Iraqi Market
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – The blast at a fruit and vegetable market in Saadiya, north of Baghdad, came a day after a wave of explosions that convulsed the capital.

UN Says Gaza Construction Industry Near Collapse
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – A senior United Nations official says new border restrictions on Gaza by Egypt and Israel have paralyzed the territory’s construction industry and idled 10 percent of the workforce.

Saudi Urges Citizens to Leave Tense Lebanon
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia is urging its citizens to leave Lebanon and exercise caution following this week’s deadly bombing at the Iranian Embassy and deepening tensions with Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants.

Saudi Envoy Urges Citizens to Leave Lebanon
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens to leave Lebanon due to the risk of political violence in the country, where twin suicide bombings near Iran’s embassy in Beirut killed 25 people this week.

Israel Hails U.S. Alliance After Lieberman Suggests New Path
New York Times 21 Nov 2013 – Israel pledged allegiance on Wednesday to its special relationship with the United States, now tested by pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appeared to question the strength of the tie.

Never again has changed
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 . Here in Vienna, traveling Jewish, I am reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. What s on their minds? Whither Palestine. Europe s vistas…

Boston Globe article on water partnership gets the story wrong in Massachusetts and Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – A November 17 article in the Boston Globe titled In Israel, water where there was none detailed the emerging water partnership between Massachusetts and Israel, a union sparked by Governor Deval Patrick s visit to the Holy Land on a 2011 trade mission . It s a picturesque chronicle of…

“Economic data don t justify TASE prices”
Globes Main News – Altshuler Shaham co-CEO Gilad Altshuler: Money is flowing into stocks because there’s nowhere else to go.

Thu: Opko keeps TA 25 at record high
Globes Main News – Today’s most heavily traded stock Teva fell, but a surge in another healthcare stock, Opko Health, left the Tel Aviv 25 Index slightly higher today and 2.2% up on the week.

IEC teams with EDF on Ashkelon power plant
Globes Energy & Water – EDF will own 51% of the joint venture that will be established to build the $3 billion power station.

David Cameron and liberal Zionist groups try to shore up support for Iran deal
Mondoweiss – The diplomats are meeting in Geneva, and the Israeli Prime Minister, shown meeting with his Russian counterpart, continues to try and stick a spoke in the wheels of American deal-making with Iran: The real Iran is led by a leader who once again attacked the United…

ICC-Cal profit down
Globes Main News – The credit card company’s third quarter net profit fell 32% to NIS 37 million.

Africa-Israel bondholders scupper early repayment
Globes Main News – The question now is how Africa-Israel chairman Lev Leviev will respond to the bondholders’ decision.

Retail 3000 offers NIS 1.4m for Office Depot Israel
Globes Main News – Retail Group 3000 promises to employ 65% of Office Depot Israel’s employees.

“IEC guarantees not holding economy back”
Globes Energy & Water – Former accountant general Shuki Oren says the limit on state guarantees is artificial and should be lifted.

Ceragon raising $31.4m in Nasdaq offering
Globes Main News – The company will issue 14 million shares at $2.40 per share, a ten-year low.

Israel to build security fence in the heart of the West Bank
Mondoweiss – Yitma Junction, area of land confiscated for security fence. (Photo: Allison Deger) It s barely 100 meters, but a fence Israel plans to build through four villages in the heart of the iconic hills of the West Bank shows how deep the occupation reaches into Palestinian life….

Mohammed Assaf invades! (50 years after the Beatles)
Mondoweiss – Mohammed Assaf, North American Arab Idol tour, November 15, 2013 New Jersey There s a North American Arab Idol tour performing to packed , sold out houses in cities across the country. It features the show s finalists Ziad Khoury from Lebanon, Farah Youssef from Syria, and the main…

Evogene raises $74m in New York
Globes Main News – Monsanto invested $12 million in Evogene as part of the offering.

JVP Joins 28 Organizations Urging Diplomacy with Iran
Jewish Voice for Peace – Washington, DC — Twenty-nine national organizations sent a joint letter to key Senators today warning against new Iran sanctions or restrictive policy language that could sabotage recent diplomatic progress with Iran. The letter comes while the Senate considers amendments on the National Defense…

Tax Authority chief: Black economy is 20% of GDP
Globes Main News – Tax Authority director general Moshe Asher: Israelis have very large amounts of black capital abroad.

Lapid: Housing crisis is strategic threat
Globes Macro Economics – Finance Minister Yair Lapid: We’ll be aggressive in the housing market.

IEC chairman: We re opening the market to competition
Globes Energy & Water – Yiftach Ron-Tal: We’re talking about 20-30% of electricity production being generated by independent producers.

Kamada set to join MSCI index
Globes Main News – Kamada will be included in the MSCI Global Small Cap Index from next week.

Shekel-dollar rate up sharply
Globes Main News – FXCM: Movement above the last high could impart strong momentum to a more general upward movement.

Brandeis Shame: Severs Academic Ties with Palestinian University
Tikun Olam – In the past few days, two pieces of embarrassing news originated from Brandeis University. The first concerns its academic affiliation (or former affiliation) with Al Quds University in Abu Dis, Palestine. Al Quds is a remarkable Palestinian educational institution founded by its current president, Sari Nusseibeh…

Tripoli eats cake to celebrate militias’ withdrawal
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Why Tripoli residents celebrate militia pullout with pastries

Powers struggle on Iran nuclear deal
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – World powers and Iran are locked in difficult talks in Geneva as they struggle to secure an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

White House Accuses Israel of Stoking Iran ‘War’
The Foward Breaking News 21 Nov 2013 – Israel s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war, a top White House official said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt policeman killed in operation
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian police officer has been shot dead while trying to arrest suspects wanted over the killing of a security official, the government says.

Avigdor Lieberman Rebuked Over Remark About ‘Waning’ U.S. Link With Israel
The Foward Breaking News 21 Nov 2013 – Israel pledged allegiance on Wednesday to its special relationship with the United States, now tested by pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran, after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman appeared to question the strength of the tie. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran Nuclear Deal Would Halt Progress to Bomb Not Prevent It
The Foward Breaking News 21 Nov 2013 – An interim deal to restrain Iran s nuclear programme aims to make it harder for the Islamic state to build any bomb but may still leave it, at least for now, with enough material for several nuclear warheads if refined to a high degree. Click here for…

Liberia: Kuwait Declaration, Eight Resolutions and CommuniquÈ On Palestine Adopted As Third Africa-Arab Summit Concludes in Kuwait City
allAfrica.com 21 Nov 2013 – [Liberia Govt]The leaders of African and Arab countries, concluding the 3rd Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait City on November 20, adopted the “Kuwait Declaration” in which they agreed to promote South-South cooperation and build closer relations between the governments and people of the two regions, strengthen diplomatic…

Tunisia: Tunisia Condemns Double Suicide Bombing in Beirut – Foreign Ministry
allAfrica.com 21 Nov 2013 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Tunisia strongly condemned the double suicide bombing perpetrated against the embassy of Iran in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed and injured several civilian people.

Kenya: President Kenyatta Backs Palestine Independence Bid
allAfrica.com 21 Nov 2013 – [CAJ News]Nairobi -PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta pledged the country’s support of Palestine’s independence cause.

Lebanon struggles with desperate Syrian refugees
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Lebanese struggle with rising influx of Syrian refugees

Tripoli eats cake to celebrate militias’ withdrawal
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Why Tripoli residents celebrate militia pullout with pastries

Powers struggle on Iran nuclear deal
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – World powers and Iran are locked in difficult talks in Geneva as they struggle to secure an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Saudi men arrested for free hugs
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Two Saudi men who offered free hugs to passers-by in Riyadh are arrested by the country’s religious police for offending public order.

Police officer killed in Egypt during arrest raid
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian police officer was shot dead in a Nile Delta town on Thursday while trying to arrest suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a security official, the Interior Ministry said. Captain Ahmed Samir came under fire during an early morning raid in the…

Pope in vow to Mid-East Christians
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Pope Francis vows the Vatican “will not resign itself to a Middle East without Christians” after meeting Catholic leaders from the region.

Saudi Arabia arrests two for offering “free hugs”
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – Saudi religious police arrested two young men offering a “free hug” to passers-by in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom’s capital, local media reported Thursday. The arrests were made in the main Tahlia Street where the two men were waving banners marked “Free Hug” in English, according to…

Egypt policeman killed in operation
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian police officer has been shot dead while trying to arrest suspects wanted over the killing of a security official, the government says.

Iraqi group claims mortar attack on Saudi Arabia
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – An Iraqi group claimed Thursday it had fired six mortar rounds that hit a remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia a day earlier as a warning to the Wahabbi kingdom. Wathiq al-Battat, head of the pro-Iranian group Jaish al-Mukhtar, told AFP by telephone from Baghdad that…

Mortar bombs land in Saudi desert
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Saudi Arabia and Iraq investigate an incident in which six mortar bombs landed in a remote area of Saudi Arabia near the border with Iraq and Kuwait.

Al-Akhbar in Qalamoun: Cave Commandos Vow to Move War to Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – Al-Nusra Front, which represents al-Qaeda in Syria, tends to lead most of the joint operations between brigades. (Photo: Radwan Mortada) Al-Nusra Front, which represents al-Qaeda in Syria, tends to lead most of the joint operations between brigades. (Photo: Radwan Mortada) In this third installment of Al-Akhbar…

Syria: Tense Coexistence Between Regime and Militants in Homs District
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – Syrian troops stand near seized items on November 19, 2013 in Qara, after the Syrian army said they have captured the village in the mountainous Qalamoun region on a key supply route between Damascus and Homs. (Photo: AFP – STR) Syrian troops stand near seized items…

US official: Washington has “nothing to apologize for” in Afghanistan
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – Soldiers from the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, stand to attention while being introduced during a homecoming ceremony in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month…

Lebanon s Sheikh Hammoud: The Suicide Bombers Have No Religion
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) We have to be level-headed about this as…

Syrian army makes advances as ISIS calls for jihadi unification
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 1, 2013 shows Syrian soldiers walking in Sfeira, in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo, after the area fell from rebel to army hands, after a 27-day siege, activists said. (Photo: AFP / SANA)…

In interview, Egypt army chief Sisi toys with idea of presidential candidacy
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egypt’s army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving a televised speech in Cairo on the attacks in the capital and North Sinai on November 20, 2013, targeting Egyptian security forces. (Photo: AFP / Egyptian TV) Egyptian army chief…

Dozens killed in Iraq car bombing
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – At least 25 people are killed in a car bomb attack north-east of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Car bomb in crowded Iraqi market kills scores
Al-Akhbar News 21 Nov 2013 – Updated at 2:30pm: A car bomb exploded in a busy market in northeastern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 40, the town’s mayor and medical sources said. Iraq is suffering its worst wave of violence in at least five years,…

Lebanon struggles with desperate Syrian refugees
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – Lebanese struggle with rising influx of Syrian refugees

VIDEO: Schultz: Iran ‘a tough customer’
BBC 21 Nov 2013 – The Iranians are good at “smiling, encouraging you on and then cutting your throat” former US Secretary of State George P Shultz has told the BBC.

Has Lebanon Entered the Era of Suicide Bombings?
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Arab Americans excluded from US peace team
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/21/2013
David Makovsky was unexpectedly, if not surprisingly, appointed as a senior member of the State Department s Palestinian-Israeli peace team, led by former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk. The inexplicable failure of the State Department to issue an official announcement about the appointment in the first few days of this week touched off a wide-ranging discussion on the Internet. Arab Americans were privately shocked that no attempt has yet been made by leading members of the Obama administration to engage Arab Americans, be they politicians, academicians, journalists or members of various think tanks, in this all-important undertaking, while many American Jewish personalities have held several important positions to help tackle this crucial issue that has been troubling all US administrations since the middle of the last century. Among previous officials are Dennis Ross, Aaron David Miller, Eliot Cohen, Paul Wolfowitz and Gary Schmitt. Interestingly, Makovsky s brother, Michael, is the chief executive officer of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, where he is said to have been a leading proponent of hawkish US policies on Iran . The State Department has yet to issue an official announcement that David Makovsky is now a senior member of the Indyk team, which to date reportedly includes eight others. A former journalist, Makovsky has worked here and in Israel where he was editor of The Jerusalem Post. His most important position lately has been as senior member of The Washington Institute for Near East Report (WINEP), a spin-off the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)…. more..e-mail

In defiance of internationalism – Israel’s manipulation of humanitarian aid
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/21/2013
As Israel’s heavily publicised humanitarian mission in the Philippines commenced, the IDF has been constantly updating its achievements in the ravaged land through a twitter account which briefly utilised the hashtag #IDFWithoutBorders, until activists exploited the irony implied within the chosen vocabulary, relating the implied lack of confines to Israel’s unbridled usurpation of Palestinian land and expanding territorial borders.
Social media has been inundated with examples of gratitude and assimilation which competently portray the propaganda campaign. A baby named Israel by ‘the thankful mum’, children photographed while holding the Israeli flag; and the teaching of the Hebrew language to students emphasise an expected compliance, as opposed to collaboration, in return for its involvement in the Philippines. IDF officials have been emphasising their selective implementation of humanitarian work, clearly eliminating its atrocious human rights violations against Palestinians from the equation: “Saving lives is not only a motto but a way of life”. “Medicine is a bridge between people.” For a passive observer, the rhetoric, combined with photography depicting the IDF contingent as actively involved in internationalism would undoubtedly influence public opinion with regard to the application of humanitarian aid.
However, any merit of Israel’s venture in the Philippines must be questioned in light of its manipulation of internationalism, international law violations and the blockade on Gaza issues which are conveniently relegated to the periphery while promoting the colonising power’s alleged ‘moral army’. The exhibited propaganda dictates a restricted perception of the Israeli army in an attempt to disassociate the same entity from its human rights violations against the Palestinian population.
Paraphrasing Peruvian political philosopher Jose Carlos Mariategui, internationalism practiced in solidarity should counter capitalist exploitation, which is another form of internationalism designed to generate subservience to imperialist agenda. In 1960, Fidel Castro evoked the politics of internationalism and solidarity in reference to exploitation and imperialism…. more..e-mail

The last chance for the two-state solution
Al-quds Editorial, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/20/2013
The Palestinian cause is declining despite the negotiating process revived at the end of July. The eighth and most recent session of talks has just ended without making any significant or tangible progress. Israel continues to try to impose more demands and conditions on the Palestinians, most notably their recognition of the so-called “Jewish state”. This was reiterated publicly by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said it is “a necessary condition, and not the only one necessary to continue the political process with the Palestinians.” Although a time frame of 6 to 9 months was set for the completion of the negotiations, 3 months have already passed since they started and matters are still at a standstill without a specific agenda; only general matters are being addressed. The Israelis are focusing on “security first” in order to apply the resulting security agreement on the border map to suit the extreme right-wing Netanyahu government.
Observers of Israeli politics will notice the emergence of the belief that reaching the so-called two-state solution by means of an agreement has more or less become a thing of the past. This was expressed clearly recently by prominent right-winger and former minister Moshe Arens; the ex-ambassador to the US and UN has started to speak of a Jewish state established in all of historic Palestine except the Gaza Strip, which can contain all the Palestinians currently in the West Bank.
Arens is 88 years old and
has had his opinions about a one-state solution for 20 years. He is one of the historic leaders of the right-wing bloc in Israel and co-led the Likud Party with its founder Menachem Begin; he is regarded as the political godfather of Benjamin Netanyahu, having introduced him to the world of politics and planted the spirit of extremism within him.

The veteran politician is urging for a “shift in the negotiations with the Palestinians and the demolition of the separation wall”, as well as the abandonment of the “two-state solution” along with the negotiation of “one state for two peoples”. Arens’s suggestion received support from some parties on the Israeli right which believe that they must keep the entire West Bank in any future agreement with the Palestinians. more..e-mail

Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan s Hidden Agenda
Nicola Nasser, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 11/20/2013
The eruption of the Syrian conflict early in 2011 heralded the demise of Turkey s officially pronounced strategy of Zero Problems with Neighbors, but more importantly, it revealed a hidden agenda in Turkish foreign policy under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
What Sreeram Chaulia, the Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs in India s Sonipat, described as a creeping hidden agenda (http://rt.com on Sept. 15, 2013) is covered up ideologically as Islamist.
But in a more in-depth insight it is unfolding as neo-Ottomanism that is pragmatically using Islamization, both of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk s legacy internally and Turkey s foreign policy regionally, as a tool to revive the Ottoman Empire that once was.
Invoking his country s former imperial grandeur, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu had written: As in the sixteenth century & we will once again make the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East, together with Turkey, the center of world politics in the future. That is the goal of Turkish foreign policy and we will achieve it. (Emphasis added)
Quoted by Hillel Fradkin and Lewis Libby, writing in last March/April edition of www.worldaffairsjournal.org, the goal of Erdogan s AKP ruling party for 2023, as proclaimed by its recent Fourth General Congress, is: A great nation, a great power. Erdogan urged the youth of Turkey to look not only to 2023, but to 2071 as well when Turkey will reach the level of our Ottoman and Seljuk ancestors by the year 2071 as he said in December last year.
2071 will mark one thousand years since the Battle of Manzikert, when the Seljuk Turks defeated the Byzantine Empire and heralded the advent of the Ottoman one, according to Fradkin and Libby. more..e-mail

Syria, Egypt Reveal Erdogan’s Hidden Agenda
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2013 – By Nicola Nasser The eruption of the Syrian conflict early in 2011 heralded the demise of Turkey s officially pronounced strategy of Zero Problems with Neighbors, but more importantly, it revealed a hidden agenda in Turkish foreign policy under the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What Sreeram Chaulia, the Dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs in India s Sonipat, described as a creeping hidden agenda (http://rt.com on Sept. 15, 2013) is covered up ideologically as Islamist. But in a more in-depth insight it is unfolding as neo-Ottomanism that is pragmatically using Islamization, both of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk s legacy internally and Turkey s foreign policy regionally, as a tool to revive the Ottoman Empire that once was. Invoking his country s former imperial grandeur, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu had written: As in the sixteenth century & we will once again make the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East, together with…more

Enlightenment: Connecting the Peoples of US and Afghanistan
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2013 – By Kathy Kelly I ve been a guest in Colorado Springs, Colorado, following a weeklong retreat with Colorado College students who are part of a course focused on nonviolence. In last weekend s Colorado Springs Gazette, there was an article in the Military Life section about an international skype phone call between U.S. soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and sixth grade girls at a private school in Maryland. ( Carson Soldiers Chat With Friends November 17, 2013 F4) Soldiers from Fort Carson s Company C Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division had been receiving care packages and hand-written letters from sixth grade girls at a private school in Brooklandville, MD. The project led to a late October video chat session which allowed the soldiers and students to converse. I read in the article that one of the U.S. soldiers in Kandahar assured the girls in Maryland that girls in Afghanistan now have better access…more

The Palestine Chronicle Challenges Corporate Western Media Bias, Arabic Media Polarization But Needs Your Support to Exist
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Nov 2013 – Dear Readers, Fourteen years and three months ago we resolved that there was a serious lack of objectivity on Palestine in Western mainstream media. So, we decided to do something about it. Today, that problem still persists. Meanwhile, Arab media are divided along sectarian, political and religious lines. As a result, Palestine hardly fits into that self-defeating agenda. The Palestine Chronicle a genuine, balanced and professional media outlet began with an important mission. Now, its role and existence is absolutely essential. We could spend lots of time elaborating, but those familiar with our publication require little elaboration. Those who are not simply need to look us up. Books that cite our work and reference our world-renowned writers are measured by the hundreds, if not thousands. We are making a serious mark on the Palestine discourse. We have always said it as it is, and will continue to do…more


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