VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 23 November 2013

23 November 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

15 Palestinians Injured Near Ramallah
IMEMC – [Saturday Evening November 23, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least fifteen Palestinians have been injured by Israeli army fire during clashes that took place after Israeli soldiers invaded the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah …

Five Injured, Five Kidnapped, In Hebron
IMEMC – [Saturday November 23, 2013] The Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, has reported that five Palestinians have been wounded during clashes with extremist Israeli settlers, while Israeli soldiers kidnapped five more Palestinians. …

4900 Palestinians Currently Held By Israel
IMEMC – Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainee’s affair Abdul-Nasser Farawna stated that the Israeli occupation army is still holding captive 4900 Palestinians in 17 prisons, prison camps, detention and interrogation facilities. Among the detainees are children, disabled, elderly and legislators. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces injure 15 Palestinians in clashes in al-Jalazun camp
11/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot 15 Palestinians with live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets, and dozens of others suffered from tear gas inhalation in clashes in Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah on Saturday afternoon. Clashes broke out after Palestinians tried to stop Israeli settlers from throwing rocks at passing cars on the road between Nablus and Ramallah. Palestinians threw rocks at settlers….

Activists cut hole through separation wall in al-Khader
11/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of Palestinian activists dug a hole through Israel’s separation wall which surrounds the town of al-Khader south of Bethlehem on Friday. The activists said in a statement that a hole was dug in a section of the wall running alongside Israel’s route 60 bypass road near a compound of public schools in the the old….

Israeli excavations near Al-Aqsa ‘damage Palestinian homes’
11/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man who lives near the Al-Aqsa Mosque says his house suffered major cracks Friday as a result of Israeli excavations around the property. Muhammad Zaghoul pointed out to Ma’an major cracks and sagging in the walls and ceilings in his East Jerusalem house which consists of three rooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. He highlighted that the….

Israeli forces detain the son of a Palestinian security official
11/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained last night the son of a Palestinian Authority security official inside Israel claiming that he intended to stab a soldier. Palestinian sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained Odai Bassem Al-Harmi, 16, from Balata camp in Nablus while he was in Haifa. Sources added that forces raided Al-Harmi’s house on Jerusalem St. southern Nablus….

Israeli admits shooting at Palestinian children on TV game show
11/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier admitted that she shot and killed unknown numbers of Palestinian people, including children, on a Ukrainian television program that aired in early November. Elena Zakusilo, a Ukrainian Jewish woman who moved to Israel in order to serve in the Israeli army, revealed on the Nov. 4 episode of the program “Lie Detector” that she had killed Palestinians and….

Palestinian teenager suspected of assaulting soldier detained in Jaffa
11/23/2013 – JAFFA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian teenager from the West Bank in connection with the assault of an Israeli soldier in Jaffa. The teenager, 16, was in Jaffa without a permit at the time of the incident, he is currently under interrogation. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samari said that around 7 p. m. on Friday evening the soldier, a 20-year-old from….

Abbas ready for Knesset ‘on own terms’
11/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – President Mahmoud Abbas says he is ready to go to the Israeli Knesset but on his own terms rather than what the Israeli prime minister “wants me to say.” In an interview Friday with Voice of Russia radio, Abbas explained that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited him to address the parliament and insisted he make certain remarks.”If he wants….

Rafah crossing shut for second day in a row
11/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities shut down Rafah crossing for the second day in a row after opening it to traffic for two days. Egyptian authorities closed off the crossing on Thursday evening after a few passengers were able to leave. Thousands of Palestinians remain waiting for it to re-open so they can cross. Earlier this month, Gaza government officials said that they….

Zarif: Iran to oppose ‘excessive demands’ in nuclear talks
11/23/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran will not bow to “excessive demands” in nuclear talks with the major powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday, adding that negotiations had entered a critical stage.” We will definitely oppose excessive demands,” Zarif said as the talks in Geneva stretched into a fourth day in the search for an elusive deal. The talks had entered a “very difficult stage….

Palestine & UNESCO: The national duty to protect cultural heritage
11/23/2013 – The second installment of a two-part policy brief from Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. The first part can be found here. Al-Shabaka is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law. The policy brief is co-authored by Valentina Azarov and Nidal Sliman. Overview Palestine gained membership of UNESCO….

Teachers on strike across West Bank tomorrow
11/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Teacher’s Union in the West Bank has announced its decision to launch a limited strike on Sunday. The limited strike means that teachers will be ending the school day after the third period and all administrative offices and ministries will close after 11 a. m. Ahmad Sihweel, head of the Union told Ma’an, “We decided to….

2 Palestinian men killed in accident in Hebron
11/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Two Palestinian men were killed and three others were injured in a serious road accident near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba east of Hebron Friday evening. Sources in the Red Crescent ambulance service told Ma’an that 20-year-old Muhammad Tarrad Musallam and 27-year-old Muhammad Khalil Harahsha were killed in the accident. Hani Abu Sbeih, a taxi driver….

2 killed as clashes erupt in Egypt
11/23/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — A young boy and a man were killed on Friday as supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi clashed in Egypt, officials said. The confrontations came as pro-Morsi groups called for a week of anti-military protests under the slogan “Massacre of the Century”. That is a reference to the August 14 crackdown by security forces on Morsi supporters in Cairo’….

UN refugee chief urges EU-wide effort for Syrians
11/23/2013 – SOFIA (AFP) — UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres on Friday called for the European Union to step up support for countries like Bulgaria coping with an influx of Syrian refugees living in overcrowded camps. The EU needs to mobilize and show “solidarity. . . especially when some countries like Bulgaria have more limited resources and are at the external border of the union,” Guterres told journalists after visiting….

Wahhabi militants cut down 150-year-old oak in Syria
11/23/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Wahhabi militants cut down a 150-year-old oak tree in Atme, on Syria’s border with Turkey, after they accused locals of worshiping it, a pro-Wahhabi militant source said.”Thank God almighty, the tree. . . aged more than 150 years has been removed, after people were worshiping it instead of God,” said the source on Thursday via his Twitter account named “our call….

Foreign ministry: Egypt expels Turkish ambassador
11/23/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt decided Saturday to expel Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali after remarks made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Cairo deemed as being “provocative,” the foreign ministry said. Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Cairo took three decisions on Saturday concerning its diplomatic ties with Ankara.”First to expel the Turkish ambassador and downgrade our ties to the level of charge d’….

Syrian rebels seize major oil field
11/23/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian rebels, including from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, have seized a key eastern oil field, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.”Fighters from Al-Nusra and other groups have taken the Omar oil field in Deir Ezzor province after clashes overnight,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. He said government troops had withdrawn from the field, one of the biggest….

Iraq oil sales recover from lows, but still below peak
11/23/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraq’s oil exports in October recovered from a 19-month low, but remained far below their peak due to ongoing maintenance and sabotage of pipelines, figures released on Saturday showed. Iraq exported 69. 8 million barrels of oil in October, or 2. 25 million barrels per day, resulting in overall revenues of $7. 16 billion, according to the oil ministry. The….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli soldiers shoot, wound 4 Palestinians: medics
Relief Web 23 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/23/2013 17:17 GMT RAMALLAH, November 23, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in the West Bank north of Ramallah on Saturday, wounding four of them, Palestinian medical sources said. The…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians sit tight, count down to end of talks
Relief Web 22 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 11/23/2013 03:39 GMT by Selim SAHEB ETTABA RAMALLAH, November 23, 2013 (AFP) – Seeking to avoid taking the fall for failed Middle East peace talks, the Palestinians are simply sitting out the nine-month…

occupied Palestinian territory: Observance of international day of solidarity with Palestinian people, 25 November
Relief Web 22 Nov 2013 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory General Assembly GA/PAL/1280 OBV/1280 NEW YORK, 22 November (Division for Palestinian Rights) — The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will hold a special meeting in…

The National

As intensity of Iran nuclear talks rises, so do doubts of resolution
The National 23 Nov 2013 – The bargaining is primarily over the wording of a draft six-month agreement that would offer Iran limited relief from economic sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Letter from Cairo: Egyptian government scores PR win with Morsi trial
The National 23 Nov 2013 – In what was billed as a possible political disaster, the government’s handling of its case against the former Islamist president and Muslim Brotherhood members has instead raised its legitimacy.

Egypt kicks out Turkish ambassador over Muslim Brotherhood fallout
The National 23 Nov 2013 – The decisions by Ankara and Cairo to expel diplomats decisions are a dramatic reversal of the warming relations over the past year.

Investigative editor of India’s Tehelka under fire for rape scandal
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Indian journalists lambast Tarun Tejpal for not resigning and his deputy for not calling police as soon as she heard about the incident.

After defeat, chessmasters ponder Anand’s next move
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Doubts remain if Anand, 43, who lost the defence of his crown against Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen at home in Chennai on Friday, will carry on in a sport that has been his life for almost two decades.

Safety accord for Bangladesh is positive step 
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Two agreements by European and American companies for tougher safety standards in Bangladesh are a welcome result of the Rana Plaza disaster

Fans will gather at dawn to watch Pacquiao fight in Abu Dhabi
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Filipino fans in the UAE will turn out in droves to watch their national hero Manny Pacquiao take on Brandon Rios in a welterweight match broadcast live from The Venetian in Macau via pay-per-view.

Video: Thousands take to the streets of Pakistan 
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Sunni Islamists in Pakistan take part in countrywide protest rallies to condemn the latest wave of sectarian violence that has killed at least 11.

Video: Jackman has skin cancer, Jolie stops traffic 
The National 23 Nov 2013 – The day’s top showbiz news including Hugh Jackman gets treated for skin cancer, Angelina Jolie works on new film in Sydney, and Ellen DeGeneres dishes on upcoming Oscars.

Video: Dozens die following Latvian supermarket collapse 
The National 23 Nov 2013 – Death toll reaches dozens after roof caved in during busy shopping time.

Video: Kerry to join Iran talks in Geneva 
The National 23 Nov 2013 – In a bid to bridge gaps, the US State Department announced Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry would join Iran nuclear talks in Geneva.


Nuclear talks continue into night as Iran, P5+1 struggle to find common ground
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Report: Iran plans construction of 2 more nuclear power plants
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Israel asks P5+1 to address military dimension of Iran nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Kerry, Iranian FM meet in Geneva in effort to clinch nuclear deal
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Spike in indictments against African migrants for driving without a license
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Tourist tip #382 / Do good while celebrating Thanksgiving
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Israel’s new Labor Party leader doesn’t bark or bite
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Kerry arrives in Geneva amid hopes that deal with Iran is close
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Man threatens passengers on British Airways flight to Israel
Ha’aretz – 23 Nov 2013

Yacimovich’s sin of arrogance ends in Herzog knockout
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Abbas: I’ll address the Knesset, but not on Netanyahu’s terms
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Moroccan lawmakers push bills to criminalize trade with Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Unclear and present danger: Israel facing growing threat of non-organized terrorism
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Lebanese man identified as one of Iran embassy bombers
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Scientists uncover wine cellar in Israel that dates back to 1700 B.C.E.
Ha’aretz – 22 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem to mark International Day to stop violence against women
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – 200,000 women in Israel are victims of domestic violence; 7,335 treated for injuries in the past year. 

German minister: Nazi-looted art hoard could be put on public display
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Bavarian justice minister suggests coming to an “amicable settlement” with Cornelius Gurlitt, who has demanded his art back. 

Israel advises against rushing to sign nuclear deal, says Iran has no other viable options
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Diplomatic source says crippling economic sanctions have put Iran into a position where it has no alternative but to make concessions in order to ensure the survivability of the regime. 

Politics in the mikve
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Education can also help to begin the process of transforming the concept of a mikve attendant from a halachic gatekeeper to someone who facilitates a woman’s experience. 

Jordan’s king and the Islamists: In one boat?
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Unlike what many of Jordan’s king supporters in the West might believe, he is not an anti-Islamist, and the Jordanian public is not pro-MB. 

The art of hiding nuclear enrichment facilities
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Foreign intelligence would prefer to keep mum on its knowledge of an attempted hidden facility, so as not to induce the country in question to increase its on-site defensive capabilities or construct another hidden facility. 

Iran planning to build 2 new nuclear power plants, official says
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Fars news agency quotes Tehran’s deputy nuclear chief as saying two nuclear reactors being planned in addition to Bushehr core. 

Ben-Ivgi’s return
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – The overriding objective of Israel’s courts must be to protect the law-abiding populace. Gullibility is a perilous gamble. 

Geneva nuclear bargaining with Iran narrows to Arak, uranium enrichment levels
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Iranian FM Zarif: “We have reached the point of writing and it’s difficult because we’re insisting on Iran’s national interests.” 

Dance Review: International Exposure
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Madrid events attract dozens of dance professionals, mainly festival and dance centers’ directors from various countries. 

Herzog: There’s no point in Labor joining coalition in its present make-up
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Newly-elected Labor leader says if Netanyahu makes “courageous diplomatic step” he will help him; Yacimovich suggests she’ll stay in party despite loss. 

Eyal Golan to be questioned for fourth time, police search for missing witness
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Reports abound that Golan will not be indicted in the case, and that most of the charges, including the most serious offenses, will fall on his father. 

Erdogan slams Egypt’s army-backed rulers after Cairo expels Turkish ambassador
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – “I will never respect those who come to power through military coups,” says Erdogan after Cairo accuses Turkey of backing Muslim Brotherhood. 

Foreign Affairs: Obama’s retreat from empire
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – As the Obama Administration’s conduct in Syria, Iran and Egypt has demonstrated, the spirit of empire which has shaped America’s destiny is fading, raising questions about who will fill the void. 

Technion’s first online course in Arabic gains significant interest from Arab countries
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Nanoscience course set to begin in March 2014 draws interest from Syria, Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. 

For second time in less than a week, Israeli sets self on fire in Tel Aviv area
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Woman who sets self on fire in Or Yehuda remains in serious condition; police have not determined what drove her to act. 

Islamist forces say they’ve seized crucial Syrian oil field
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – If confirmed, the raid would cut off President Bashar Assad’s forces’ access to almost all local crude reserves. 

Politics: Naftali Bennett Out-Bibi-ing Bibi in DC
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – On a whirlwind tour of the US, Naftali Bennett talks to the ‘Post’ about his adventures in public diplomacy, using his own flawless English to unapologetically explain Israel’s views on Iran and the Palestinians. 

Different faiths come together in support of the Jordan River
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Senior clerics from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religions sign treaty calling upon the Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian governments to expedite the rehabilitation of the Jordan River. 

Dov Lautman, successful Israeli entrepreneur and social activist, dies at 77
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Netanyahu praises Lautman’s contributions to industry, education in Israel; Peres mourns the loss of a personal friend and partner in ideas. 

Source: Lebanon identifies Palestinian man as second Iran embassy bomber
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Authorities say suspect in twin blasts that killed 23 is a follower of Ahmed al-Assir, a firebrand Sunni Muslim cleric. 

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, Ankara retaliates
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Cairo accuses Turkey of backing Muslim Brotherhood, inciting against military-backed regime; Ankara deems Egyptian envoy “persona non grata.” 

Rowdy passenger on board British Airways flight to Israel causes panic at Ben-Gurion
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – State of emergency declared after authorities received reports of a rowdy passenger on British Airways flight to Tel Aviv. 

Where I was
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – President’s Kennedy death affected me both directly and indirectly. 

Foreign Ministry braces for international condemnation of Prawer plan
Jerusalem Post 23 Nov 2013 – Issue of relocation of Beduin towns in the Negev has drawn interest in the United States and the European Union. 


The journey from Iraq to Camelot
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – …It has been almost ten years since I graduated from the College of Languages in Baghdad, and it seems that all the languages of the world are no longer able to capture the indescribable damage of…

Modern Day Slavery in Qatar
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – … A new Amnesty International (AI) report is titled “The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar s construction sector ahead of the World Cup.” More on it below. On November 15, Bloomberg headlined “Soccer Is Just…

Israeli Palestinian Guilty of Flying While Arab, Humiliated by Shabak at Ben Gurion 
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Israeli Palestinian high-tech entrepreneur Hani Almi, often flies abroad for business meetings involving his investments in high-tech ventures in both Israel and Palestine. He d planned to fly to Paris for such a purpose a few…

Iraq snapshot – November 21, 2013
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – …For the second day in a row, RT has allowed John Wright to blame Sunnis for the violence in the Middle East including Iraq. How stupid or hateful is he?…By blaming Sunnis for the problems in Iraq, Wright s able…

CIA drone strikes outside Pakistan s tribal regions
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – A CIA drone strike hit a religious school in Hangu, Pakistan before dawn today, killing at least six and injuring several more. It is believed to be the first time a strike has taken place in…

Palestinian Lands Uprooted Near Al-Khader Reporters, Peace Activists, Detained
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – 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. Israeli…

Iraq s Jaafari law would violate human rights
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – The Iraqi Justice Ministry announced on Oct. 27 that it had sent a copy of a draft law on Jaafari (Shiite) jurisprudence and personal status to the cabinet for approval and referral to the Council of…

Israeli forces capture two Palestinian fishermen and seize their boat off Gaza
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – 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…

Bombs Across Central Iraq Leave 79 Dead, 106 Wounded
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Although bombings continued in and around Baghdad today, the deadliest blast took place in Diyala province, where a dozen dumped bodies were found in a river. Also, a militant group claimed to have launched mortars into…

Proliferation and Resistance – Drone Summit 2013
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – t was a joy to meet many readers of this blog at Code Pink s Drone Summit in Washington DC this weekend. Over 400 drone campaigners and researchers gathered together to learn, strategize and build the…

Iraq Militia Says Fires Mortar Bombs at Saudi as Warning
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013- Six mortar bombs landed near a border post in northern Saudi Arabia in an attack claimed by an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi ite militia, which said on Thursday it was warning the kingdom to stop meddling in Iraqi…

Yemeni man still looking for answers after White House drones meeting
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Staffers from the White House National Security Council met on Wednesday afternoon with a Yemeni environmental engineer who wants to know why his brother and nephew died from a drone strike. Faisal bin Ali Jabar, a…

Bedouin village destroyed by Israelis for 61st time
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – The Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb in the occupied Negev region has been destroyed by the Israeli occupation forces for the 61st time. Local Palestinian sources said that bulldozers protected by a heavy police presence were used…

In the Real Tally of Violence, Palestinians Have it Much Worse
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Anyone who has worn a uniform past or in present, whether speaking on the record or off, immediately “knows” that the latest terror attack and what looks to soldiers as the latest attempted terror attack does…

In defiance of internationalism – Israel s manipulation of humanitarian aid
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 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…

The US military and the Philippines
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – In a brief statement last week on the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, President Barack Obama declared it a “heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life is.” As the head of a government that has…

Iran: Afghan Refugees and Migrants Face Abuse Thousands Denied Refugee Rights, Summarily Deported
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – The government of Iran s policies toward its Afghan refugees and migrant population violate its legal obligations to protect this vulnerable group from abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iranian forces deport…

What Does Drawing Down the Afghan War Mean For the US Drone War in Pakistan?
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Here s an uncomfortable reality: the Obama administration s decision to recommit to the war in Afghanistan and surge U.S. military forces in his first term was made largely to allow for continued U.S. drone attacks…

(Wissam Nassar / Maan Images) Boycott activists beat Israel lobby in French high court
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Palestine solidarity activists in France are celebrating a victory in the country s highest criminal appeals court this week, affirming the earlier acquittal of an activist in a case stemming from protests calling for the boycott…

The last chance for the two-state solution
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 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…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (14- 20 November 2013)
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (14 – 20 November 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 15 Palestinian civilians, including 8…

Israeli organisations call on Jews to storm Al Aqsa Mosque
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 -Al-Aqsa Foundation for Religious Endowments and Heritage has revealed that several Israeli organisations, including the so-called Temple Mount groups, have called on Jews to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Hanukkah Festival (Festival of Lights) which begins on…

Afghan draft deal gives US troops immunity
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – – The US will have “the exclusive right” to try its soldiers accused of crimes in Afghanistan, and will maintain several bases in the country after the bulk of its forces pull out next year, according…

US and Afghanistan reach deal to ensure American post-war presence
Uruknet 23 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – The US and Afghanistan governments have reached terms on a deal that would ensure an American presence in the war-ravaged country beyond the formal 2014 end of combat. US secretary of state John Kerry, who had…

US Drone Strike Targeting Seminary in Settled Area of Pakistan Kills Six
Uruknet 22 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013 – At least six people were killed and several injured in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan early in the morning on November 21 when a CIA drone attacked a seminary. The drone strike…

Israel to build security fence in the heart of the West Bank
Uruknet 22 Nov 2013 – November 21, 2013- 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. Earlier this…

Syria News – November 20, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 22 Nov 2013 – November 20, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 51 martyrs, including 5 children, 3 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 25 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 11 in Aleppo;…

Daily Star

Iran nuclear deal reached in Geneva
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Iran and six world powers have reached an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, several delegations in the talks say.

Gulf leaders meet amid Iran Geneva talks
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Saudi King Abdullah meets the emirs of Qatar and Kuwait for a mini-summit, state television reports, as Iran and the West hold a third day of talks on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Israeli soldiers shoot, wound four Palestinians: medics
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Israeli soldiers open fire on demonstrators in the West Bank north of Ramallah, wounding four of them, Palestinian medical sources say.

Lebanon identifies suicide bombers
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Authorities identifies a Lebanese and a Palestinian with links to a militant Islamist preacher as the two suicide bombers involved in the deadly attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut.

Obama reiterates support for Lebanon’s STL
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 President Barack Obama stresses on the importance of the U.S. contribution to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to help put an end to the lack of accountability for political assassinations.

Asiri denies threats against Saudi Embassy in Beirut
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Saudi Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri denies that Riyadh’s embassy in Lebanon received threats, days after Saudis were urged to leave Lebanon following a deadly attack on Iran’s Embassy in Beirut.

Turkey declares Egyptian envoy persona non-grata
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Turkey declared Egypt’s ambassador “persona non grata” and downgraded diplomatic relations to the level of charge d’affaires on Saturday

Egypt detains US citizen, 38 others for torching tram
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Egypt has detained 39 people, including a US citizen, accused of torching a tram during a protest against the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Father of suspected Palestinian bomber summoned
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 The father of a Palestinian national suspected of being the second suicide bomber in the deadly attack against the Iranian Embassy in Beirut was summoned as part of the probe in the case, security sources say.

Iran to oppose ‘excessive demands’ in nuclear talks: Zarif
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said nuclear talks with the major powers had entered a critical stage Saturday

DNA tests confirm first bomber was Lebanese
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Results of DNA tests confirm that the first suicide bomber involved in the attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut was a Lebanese man with links to a fugitive Islamist preacher, a security source says.

Air strikes kill at least 40 in northern Syria: Activists
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Air strikes around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo killed at least 40 people on Saturday, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

U.K.’s Hague says Iran nuclear talks still
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday that remaining gaps in talks between Iran and six powers on Tehran’s nuclear programme were narrow but important.

Turkey vows to reciprocate Egypt’s expulsion of envoy
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Turkey vows to retaliate after Cairo decides to expel Ankara’s ambassador over Turkish criticism of the Egyptian regime’s crackdown on Islamists.

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, Turkey retaliates
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Egypt says it is expelling Turkey’s ambassador and accuses Ankara of backing organizations bent on undermining the country – an apparent reference to the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted President Morsi.

Islamist rebels report capture of largest Syrian oil field
Daily Star 23 Nov 2013 Islamist rebels led by al Qaeda-linked fighters seized Syria’s largest oil field, cutting off President Bashar Assad’s access to almost all local crude reserves, activists say.

YNet News

Iran: Nuclear deal must recognize right to enrich uranium
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Texas ricin suspect cuts deal, details unknown
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Egypt minister: Muslim Brotherhood financing attacks
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Iran says will construct two more nuclear power stations
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Egypt official: Muslim Brotherhood backs unrest
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South African danger 
YNet News, 23 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: ‘World’s conscience’ has become ground zero of initiatives aimed at boycotting Israel ….

US shul revitalized by $1M recruitment 
YNet News, 23 Nov 2013 – Businessman worried his synagogue is dying moves to fund program to get fellow Jews to move to Alabama. Arrival of six new families from New York, Florida and other states helps double size of worship services ….

Palestinian Information Center

Khudari: Complete paralysis in all int’l projects in Gaza
PIC – MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against siege, has said that all international and local construction projects in the Gaza Strip had come to a grinding halt.

Boat carrying Palestinian family fleeing from Syria sinks off Greece
PIC – Palestinian refugee family drowned off Greece coasts while trying to reach Europe after fleeing from the ongoing events in Syria, Action Group for Palestinian Refugee in Syria revealed.

Abu Marzouk: Till the false pregnancy period ends, the reconciliation shelved
PIC – Mousa Abu Marzouk said that the Palestinian reconciliation efforts have been deferred until the end of the “false pregnancy period,” in reference to the current peace talks.

Israeli forces and settlers’ attacks continue in al-Khalil
PIC – Five Palestinians were injured and many others were arrested after the outbreak of violent clashes in Yatta town southern al-Khalil between Palestinian residents and Israeli occupation forces.

Freed prisoner Muntaha al-Hih reveals she was tortured in Israeli jails
PIC – Freed prisoner Muntaha al-Hih revealed in an affidavit, recorded by Ahrar Center, that she was beaten and tortured by Israeli soldiers in jail, which caused her bleeding in the kidney.

Occupation forces and settlers’ attacks on Yabad continue
PIC – Israeli settlers and forces waged on Friday night attacks in the vicinity of the town of Yabad, south of Jenin, and closed the Yabad – Tulkarem road.

Qaradawi warns of Israeli scheme to demolish Al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi called on the Palestinians to unite their ranks and end their division, before the Israeli occupation destroys Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Two Gazans wounded by IOF gunfire in Jabaliya
PIC – Two young men on Friday evening suffered bullet injuries when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) randomly opened fire at Palestinian farmers living east of Jabaliya district in northern Gaza.

IPS isolates two imprisoned brothers
PIC – The family of the two brothers Islam and Mohamed Bader, detained in Israeli jails, stated that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) isolated both after declaring an open hunger strike, Ahrar center revealed.


Girl Arrested at Checkpoint says she was Severely Beaten
WAFA – 23 Nov 2013

Israelis Attack Palestinian Farmers near Hebron
WAFA – 23 Nov 2013

British Consul General tells Gazans: ‘You have not been forgotten’
WAFA – 23 Nov 2013


Iran nuclear deal appears imminent
LA Times 22 Nov 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers in Geneva hope that a preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is near. But a few obstacles remain. GENEVA — A deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program appeared close to completion Friday as negotiators from…

No Final Nuclear Agreement Reached Yet-Senior Iranian Official
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – No final nuclear agreement has been reached yet between Iran and six world powers, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying on Sunday by Iran’s IRNA news agency. 

Iran Nuclear Talks in Geneva Aren’t Over Yet: U.S. Official
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers have not ended yet, senior U.S. State Department official said on Sunday. 

Syrian Rebels Seize Control of Oil Field From Assad
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – A group of rebel brigades captured a large oil and gas field from government forces, opposition activists said. 

Iran Nuclear Talks Over, Diplomat Says; No Word on Results
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers ended early on Sunday, an Iranian diplomat said, but there was no immediate word on whether a long-sought deal had been reached. 

Sunnis Close Baghdad Mosques to Challenge Religious Attacks
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – A move to shutter the sect’s mosques indefinitely as a protest tactic highlights Iraq’s deepening sectarian rift. 

Syria Seen as Most Dire Refugee Crisis in a Generation
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Nearly three years of civil war in Syria have created what is being described as the most challenging refugee crisis in a generation — bigger than the one unleashed by the Rwandan genocide. 

An Unrelenting Crisis
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – At 300,000 one year ago, Syrian refugees now total 2.1 million, and the United Nations predicts their numbers could swell to 3.5 million by the end of the year. 

A Gamble in Iran Talks: Easing of the Sanctions
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – President Obama’s critics — in Congress, the Arab world and Israel — argue that he has the strategy backward in negotiating a freeze of Iran’s nuclear program. 

Iran Digs in Heels on Nuclear Enrichment at Geneva Talks
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Iran said on Saturday it cannot accept any agreement with six major powers that does not recognize what it describes as its right to enrich uranium, a demand the United States and its European allies have repeatedly rejected. 

Son of Israeli Ex-President Takes Helm of Labor Party, Urging Peace
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Isaac Herzog, the son of former President Chaim Herzog, urged “bold steps” toward peace with the Palestinians. 

Egypt Official: Muslim Brotherhood Backs Unrest
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s interior minister said Saturday his forces have foiled several attempted terror attacks and arrested militant leaders, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood of mobilizing and financing some of them to cause unrest. 

Detained Syrian Refugees in Egypt on Hunger Strike
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – A group of Syrian and Palestinian refugees detained in Egypt have gone on a hunger strike to protest spending more than two months of captivity, an activist doctor said Saturday. 

Talks With Iran on Nuclear Deal Hang in Balance
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats struggled to complete a groundbreaking agreement with Iran that would temporarily freeze Tehran’s nuclear program and lay the foundation for a more comprehensive accord. 

Egypt Expels Turkish Ambassador
New York Times 23 Nov 2013 – Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey and ordered its ambassador expelled from Cairo, a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries that have mounted since Mohammed Morsi’s ouster. 

Real estate, racism, and righteousness– a grim visit to Israel
Mondoweiss – The Israeli settlement of Psagot on the horizon, viewed from Ramallah, photo by Scott Roth Every time I go to Israel I like to report on my response to the conflict, and after visiting in September my feelings are bleaker than they’ve ever been. That’s been…

The wisdom of Ari Shavit
Mondoweiss – Ari Shavit Editor’s note: In the mainstream media, Ari Shavit continues to rake up honors. Four days ago the Times ran a rave for his book – “ a gale of conversation, of feeling, of foreboding, of ratiocination…. a love story and a thriller at once…. a moral…

Boston Globe reporter defends absence of Bedouin and Palestinians from article on water in the Negev
Mondoweiss – Bostonglobe.com screenshot Boston-area Palestinian rights activist Nancy Murray recently wrote Boston Globe reporter Erin Ailworth about her November 17th article “ In Israel, water where there was none ” and you can read their correspondence below. Here’s a taste of Ailworth’s article: On the chalky lower…

New State Dep’t envoy said Rouhani is a pragmatist who would not use nukes if Iran had them
Mondoweiss – Rouhani meeting yesterday with deputy Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, from his twitter feed The newest member of the State Department’s Middle East negotiating team has argued that Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, is a highly-pragmatic leader who would give up obtaining nuclear weapons for the…

Occupier demolishes villagers’ water tank — ending the vegetable harvest
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Shelter and water tank demolished in the village of Tawayel ISM 20 Nov — Today, 20th of November, the Israeli army entered Tawayel [or al-Taweel], a village next to ‘Aqraba, south of Nablus, to demolish a well and a…

Brandeis President’s Hypocrisy
Tikun Olam – In the past week, Brandeis University severed its academic affiliation with Palestine’s Al Quds University due to a campus rally by the Islamist militant group, Islamic Jihad. The controversy began with Israel’s far-right prime minister railing about a “Nazi-like” rally with its alleged anti-Semitic character on…

Iran nuclear deal agreed at talks 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – Iran and six world powers meeting in Geneva reach a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, foreign ministers say, without giving details.

Iran Clinches Nuclear Deal — Wins $4B Relief 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2013 – Iran and six world powers have reached an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria children ‘targeted by snipers’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – More than 11,000 children have died in Syria’s civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says.

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – Egypt tells the Turkish ambassador to leave the country, after Turkey’s prime minister calls for the release of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Iran Nuclear Deal Nears as Ministers Gather — Issues Remain 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of five other world powers joined talks on Iran’s contested nuclear programme on Saturday with the two sides edging towards a breakthrough to ease a dangerous decade-old standoff. Click here for the rest of the article…

Kenya: Palestinian Embassy Decision Too Hasty 
allAfrica.com 23 Nov 2013 – [The Star]THERE are many legitimate criticisms of the state of Israel.

John Kerry Joins Iran Nuclear Talks — Deal Looks in Sight 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Nov 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran’s contested nuclear programme in Geneva — signalling an elusive breakthrough may be near. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran nuclear deal agreed at talks 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – Iran and six world powers meeting in Geneva reach a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, foreign ministers say, without giving details.

Syria children ‘targeted by snipers’ 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – More than 11,000 children have died in Syria’s civil war in nearly three years, including hundreds targeted by snipers, a new report says.

Forbidden Love: Saudi Woman Flees to Yemen, Seeks Asylum 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – Two Yemeni boys hold placards which read in Arabic: “Don’t kill us with your silence” during a demonstration outside the house of the residence of the Yemeni president in Sanaa on November 23, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Huwais) Two Yemeni boys hold placards which read…

Lebanon: Dangerous Proposal to Integrate Gangs into Security Forces 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – A Lebanese man carries a gun as he stands next to his motorcycle during a clashes between Sunnis and Alawites after a demonstration of the anti-Syrian regime protesters, in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, on Friday June 17, 2011. (Photo: Archive – AP) A Lebanese man carries a…

Air strikes ‘kill dozens’ in Aleppo 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – Syrian government air strikes kill at least 40 people in and around the northern city of Aleppo, with “heavy civilian casualties”, activists say.

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – Egypt tells the Turkish ambassador to leave the country, after Turkey’s prime minister calls for the release of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Syrian minister survives car attack 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – A Syrian government minister survived an attack on his car on Saturday but his driver was killed, state media said. Al-Ikhbariya television said the car of Ali Haidar, the Minister of National Reconciliation Affairs, was targeted while driving on a highway in Tartous province – a…

A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet 
BBC 23 Nov 2013 – A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet

Palestinians weighing their options in peace talks with Israel 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – Seeking to avoid taking the fall for failed peace talks, the Palestinians are simply sitting out the nine-month period of negotiations before they can resume legal action against Israel. Israel’s settlement building on land Palestinians want for their future state has in the past 10 days…

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador over critical remarks by PM Erdogan 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – A file photo taken on June 1, 2010, shows Turkish ambassador to Egypt Huseyin Avni Botsali speaking during a meeting with General Secretary Amr Mussa (not seen) and other Arab Ambassadors for the Arab League at the headquarters in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egypt…

Kerry arrives in Geneva as Iran nuclear talks verging on breakthrough 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Nov 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Geneva International airport in Geneva on November 23, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Denis Balibouse) US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Saturday to join talks on Iran’s contested nuclear program, as Tehran and six world…


Why Does America Hate Us? 
Haidar Eid, Alternative Information Center 11/21/2013
The Palestinians have “realized”, thanks to John Kerry, that the current US administration – much like all of its predecessors – is biased towards Israel. The U.S. Secretary of State succeeded in persuading the “two parties to resume negotiations without preconditions”, even going so far as praising Benjamin Netanyahu’s “unprecedented concessions”. Gone is the sweet talk of U.S. President Barak Obama, and long gone is the euphoria following his “ground breaking” speech at Cairo University in 2009. 
Unsurprisingly, we are back to square one.
Which begs the question: why does America hate us Palestinians? Do the American people really believe that we have no rights, even though those rights are enshrined in international law? Does President Obama truly believe that we are only a nuisance?
U.S. hegemonic political philosophy judges a belief by its effects and not by its causes. Their emphasis rests on the connection between the truth of a statement and its practical applicability by one measure only: does it benefit America? This is the epitome of so-called American pragmatism, whereby predominantly White, liberal, American politicians are only interested in the function and effects of ideas and statements, rather than the sources and conditions of their production.
‘Workability’ and ‘practicability’ are the very justifications for positions taken by the U.S. establishment, who do not take into account, however, the circumstances under which these positions are considered ‘workable,’ either historically or socially. Whatever white liberal Americans want is justifiable and thus legitimate as long as it is ‘workable’ and ‘practical’, regardless of the means by which it is achieved. Thus Apartheid, Nazism, Zionism, and the American occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan can be “easily” justified and sold to CNNized citizens. more.. e-mail

Riches to rags to virtual riches: The journey of Jewish Arab singers 
Shoshana Gabay, +972 Magazine 11/23/2013
Some of the most revered musicians from the Arab world moved to Israel in the 1950s and 60s, where they became manual laborers and their art was lost within a generation. Now, with the advent of YouTube, their masterpieces are getting a new lease on life and new generations of Arab youth have come to appreciate their genius. Part one of a musical journey beginning in Israel’s Mizrahi neighborhoods of the 1950s and leading up to the Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf.
The birth of the Internet awakens our slumbering memory. Sometime in the 1950s and early 1960s, the best artists from the metropolises of the Levant landed on the barren soil of Israel, from: Cairo, Damascus, Marrakesh, Baghdad and Sana’a. Among them were musicians, composers and singers. It didn’t take them long to find themselves without their fancy clothing and on their way to hard physical work in fields and factories. At night they would return to their art to boost morale among the people of their community. Some of the scenes and sounds which at the time would not have been broadcast on the Israeli media have little by little, been uploaded to YouTube in recent years. Through the fall of the virtual wall between us and the Islamic states, we have been exposed to an abundance of footage of great Arab music by the best artists. This development has liberated us from the stranglehold and siege we have been under, allowing us to reconstruct some of the mosaic of our Mizrahi childhood, which has hardly been documented, if at all.
We should remember that in the new country, as power-hungry and culturally deprived as it was in the 1950s and 1960s, the impoverished housing in the slums of the Mizrahi immigrants was a place for extraordinary musical richness. The ugly, Soviet-style cubes emitted a very strong smell of diaspora. At night, the family parties turned the yards, with the wave of a magic wand, into something out of the Bollywood scenes we used to watch in the only movie theater in our neighborhood. On the table, popcorn and a few ‘Nesher‘ beers and juices. At a Yemenite celebration one would be served soup, pita bread, skhug and khat for chewing, and at that of the Iraqis…. more.. e-mail

AIPAC no match for the ’sleeping giant’ 
Pam Bailey, Al Jazeera 11/21/2013
In the court of public opinion, AIPAC and other pro-Israel lobbies are losing ground.
The absolute power of the “pro-Israel” lobby, as manifested most prominently by the US-based organisation known as AIPAC, is often cited as a truism of Western foreign policy.
However, the recent defeat of the Israel-supported push to go to war in Syria, and the US administration’s continued backing of a deal with Iran on its nuclear capabilities (which Israel opposes), suggests that the pro-Israel lobby isn’t as Goliath-like as perceived.
Michael Koplow, programme director of the Israel Institute, claimed in a recent blog post that “the loud insistence of ‘Israel lobby truthers’ that AIPAC controls US policy in the Middle East has, more than anything else, enhanced the power of pro-Israel groups by convincing a growing nu
mber of people that the mistaken perception is actually true. This in turn leads to government officials believing the hype, and thus you get the ADL and AJC (two AIPAC member organisations) invited to a private briefing at the White House…The bottom line is that Congress… is going to do what public opinion tells it to do.” 

While Koplow is a bit too glib in his dismissal of AIPAC money and electoral threats, his core premise is correct: When the public finally wakes up and mobilises, the lobby’s vaunted power dissipates. And the pro-Israel lobby is slowly losing the battle for public legitimacy.
The lesson of Syria
On its website, during the debate over whether to bomb Syria as punishment for its suspected use of chemical weapons, AIPAC stated…. more.. e-mail

Oslo Part II 
Dr Nadia Saad El-Din, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/22/2013
The so-called final status issues will not be affected by the course of the current Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, nor will they be affected by the results of the talks, or by whether they are destined to achieve anything during its nine month time frame. The time frame may even be extended or its near-inevitable failure may be announced.
This is due to the context of the negotiations which began, under American patronage, on 30 July, as well as the contrasting objectives between the Palestinians’ approach to the “final issues” and Israel’s attempt to drag in a second Oslo into an environment that rejected the first. It is also interested in any form of “agreement” in the light of America’s bias towards the occupation and the weakness of the Arab and Islamic support for the Palestinian cause, other than simple expressions of solidarity.
In the face of what appeared to be an American “breach” of the stalled peace process, Secretary of State John Kerry made six visits to the region and was able to bring the two sides together to discuss the final status issues of the refugees, Jerusalem, settlements, borders, security and water within nine months in order to reach a peaceful agreement that will put an end to the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This occurred after four years of the Obama presidency that lacked any real effort towards peace, except for neutralising the role of the UN and ignoring Israeli violations of international law in the occupied territories, without proposing any vision to end the conflict or having the will to impose a balanced solution.
Under US pressure and urged on by the Arab states, the Palestinian Authority was forced to abandon its pre-conditions for talks; an end to settlement construction, acceptance of the June 1967 borders as the basis for the talks, and the release of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel since before the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993. more.. e-mail

Why we must boycott Israeli universities
Electronic Intifada: 22 Nov 2013 – The right to education can’t be afforded to Israelis and Americans but not to Palestinians. more..

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