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International Middle East Media Center

Three Palestinians Killed By Army Fire In Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian medical sources have reported that three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire, on Tuesday evening [November 26, 2013], east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Israeli Settlers Destroy Palestinian Olive Grove Near Salfit
IMEMC – A group of Israeli settlers invaded the village of Bruqin, near Salfit in the northern West Bank, early Monday morning, and uprooted a grove of 15 olive trees. This follows a similar uprooting of over 100 trees, the week before, in Yatta village. …

Hamas government in Gaza working with rival Fateh party to restore electricity, end flood of sewage
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, announced Monday that his government is working with the Fateh party which controls the West Bank to try to re-supply Gaza’s main power plant with fuel, after a month without power led to sewage flooding from its water treatment plant. …

Ma’an News

3 Palestinians shot dead near Hebron
11/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians late Tuesday near Hebron in the occupied West Bank, Israeli security officials said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the Palestinians were in a car near Hebron and fired on security officers, who responded by shooting and killing the occupants. Rosenfeld said explosive devices were found in the vehicle. He said….

Settlers bulldoze Palestinian lands west of Salfit, chop olive trees
11/27/2013 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers raided lands in the northern West Bank with bulldozers on early Tuesday morning in order to level the area to prepare it for expansion of the nearby Ariel settlement block, a witness said. Settlers razed the lands north of Bruqin village west of Salfit to prepare it for the construction of factories that will be a part of the….

Sick prisoners at jail hospital threaten open strike
11/26/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Sick Palestinian prisoners at Ramle hospital threatened on Monday to go on an open hunger strike in protest of their health situation, and what they termed an Israeli policy of medical negligence. Hanan al-Khatib, a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority’s prisoners ministry, quoted prisoner Riyad al-Amour as saying that prisoners with serious conditions were fed up with their treatment….

Israeli forces threaten to demolish mosque south of Nablus
11/26/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces handed out a notification to a mosque south of Nablus on Tuesday morning declaring their intention to demolish it within the next few hours, an official said. The notification ordered locals to evacuate the mosque, which is located in the al-Taweel area, so that Israeli forces could level the structure. Ghassan Daughlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement….

Activists smash holes in separation wall near Jerusalem
11/26/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of young Palestinians smashed holes in two sections of Israel’s separation wall east of Jerusalem late Monday, activists said. Popular resistance committee spokesman Hani Halbiya told Ma’an that Palestinian activists made two holes in a section of the wall, one near Abu Dis University and the other in an area between Abu Dis and al-Eizariya….

Palestinian village facing demolition awaits its fate
11/26/2013 – ZANUTA, West Bank (AFP) — Faris Samamri and his family of 20 scrape a living grazing sheep from a tin hut on a West Bank hillside but at a hearing that opens Wednesday the Israeli Supreme Court may order it destroyed. It is the climax of a six-year legal battle for Samamri and the other 26 Palestinian families who call the village of Zanuta in the….

Camp residents clash with PA security near Nablus
11/26/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — One man was injured on Monday evening during clashes between dozens of Palestinian youths and Palestinian Authority security forces in Balata refugee camp east of Nablus. Onlookers told Ma’an that Shadi Al-Bourini, 25, was lightly injured during the clashes. The violence started when dozens of Palestinians in the camp protested to call on the PA to release a man….

Israel prevents construction of Palestinian wells near Yabad
11/26/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday confiscated two pieces of digging equipment from a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin in order to prevent the construction of sewage wells, locals said. Israeli forces raided the village of Bartaa al-Sharqiya while locals were drilling sewage wells at the entrance to the village and confiscated two backhoes during the process, locals….

Shaath: Palestine prepared to join more UN orgs
11/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO leader Nabil Shaath said Tuesday that Palestine was prepared to join international organizations after talks with Israel failed to result in a breakthrough after five months.”The negotiations are falling on deaf ears,” Shaath told Ma’an.”The distance between us and them is huge, and that is apparent in the statements of their leaders regarding Jerusalem, the West….

PA premier in Qatar to address Gaza power crisis
11/26/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is scheduled to discuss with Qatari officials possible solutions to end the ongoing power crisis in the Gaza Strip. Chief of the Palestinian Power Authority Omar Kittanah told Ma’an Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority was exerting serious efforts to end the coastal enclave’s power crisis which resulted from a lack of fuel….

Iran nuclear deal vindicates Rouhani’s diplomatic push
11/26/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet marked its 100th day Monday, riding the success of a landmark nuclear deal that has for now vindicated his push to engage with the West. Backed by top decision-maker and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Rouhani embraced the agreement as a victory for Iran that has forced the world to recognize its nuclear “rights” and chipped….

Iran deal ‘will lead to surge of oil to Asia’
11/26/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Iran’s deal with Western powers to curb parts of its nuclear program is likely to lead to a sizable increase of shipments of oil from the Islamic Republic to Asia, analysts said. If the interim deal struck this weekend in Geneva leads to a full lifting of sanctions, it could spark an injection of oil into an already over-supplied global market….

Gaza government attempting to end power crisis
11/26/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The government in the Gaza Strip has been consulting local, Arab and international sides to try and bring to an end the power crisis in the coastal enclave, a Hamas official said Monday. Basim Naim, advisor to Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh, told reporters Monday that there were attempts to buy fuel from Israel through the Palestinian Authority.”Nothing came….

PA ‘detains Israeli drugs suspects’ near Nablus
11/27/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces on Tuesday detained two Israeli citizens accused of distributing drugs in Beita village south of Nablus, Palestinian security officials said. They said the Palestinian anti-drug unit arrested the two men on suspicions they were moving drugs into areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank. They were transferred from a Beita municipality building to a….

2 migrants shot dead, Egyptian officer injured near Israel border
11/26/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Two Sudanese migrants were shot dead Monday in a crossfire between an Egyptian police officer and a group of Sinai-based human traffickers near the border with Israel. Egyptian security sources told a Ma’an reporter that officer Muhammad Fathi Muhammad, 21, noticed a group of smugglers trying to help African migrants cross the border fence into Israel near al-Auja….

Top militant leader shot dead in Sinai by Egyptian troops
11/26/2013 – El-ARISH (Ma’an) — A leader of a Sinai-based Wahhabi militant group was killed Tuesday morning, according to Egyptian security sources. Sources told Ma’an that 62-year-old Muhammad Hussein Muharib, nicknamed “Abu Muneer,” was shot dead in clashes with Egyptian troops in al-Hura village south of the North Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid. Army intelligence, say the sources, discovered a hideout where Muharib….

US, Russia throw weight behind Syria peace talks
11/26/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — The United States and Russia threw their full weight behind long-delayed Syria peace talks that the UN said finally would be held January 22, though it was not yet clear whether key sponsors of the warring sides would attend.”We haven’t established a list yet,” UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said. That left open the participation of Saudi Arabia….

Syria opposition hails talks, rejects future role for Assad
11/26/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s main opposition National Coalition on Tuesday insisted that President Bashar al-Assad should play no role in the country’s political future, while hailing the fixing of a date for peace talks. The Coalition in a statement said it “affirms its absolute rejection of Assad or any of the criminals responsible for killing the Syrian people playing any role in….

Tensions mount in Libya’s Benghazi after deadly unrest
11/26/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya(AFP) — Shops and schools closed across Benghazi Tuesday as residents of Libya’s second city responded to calls for civil disobedience to protest deadly clashes between radical Islamists and the army. The call by the city council came as a source said defense ministry officials were in talks with jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia on an offer of safe passage out of the….

Russian embassy: Belarus contractor shot dead in Yemen
11/26/2013 – SANAA, Yemen (AFP) — Two gunmen on a motorbike killed a Belarussian defense contractor and wounded another as they left a hotel in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday, the Russian embassy in Sanaa said. The gunmen fled after firing on the pair, who were worked under private contract to the Yemeni army, embassy spokesman Nikolai Lyagushin told Russian’s Interfax news agency.”Two citizens of….

Syria jihadists execute soldiers, ‘collaborators’ near Damascus
11/26/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria has announced the execution of two soldiers and three “collaborators” with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime near Damascus, according to a statement published on jihadist sites. The Al-Nusra Front also published a photograph showing the bodies of five men, their hands tied and their mouths bound with handkerchiefs. Bloodstains can be seen on the ground next to….

Iran president bemoans ‘indefensible’ interregional trade
11/26/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s president opened a two-day meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation in Tehran Tuesday with a call for reforms to the regional body that would boost its “indefensible” trade volumes.” With the beginning of the third decade of cooperation, ECO needs to undertake some reforms,” President Hassan Rouhani said in his opening speech, as cited by local media. Rouhani asked members….

Suicide bombing at Iraq base kills 7, officials say
11/26/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A suicide bombing at the entrance to an army base north of Baghdad killed at least seven soldiers and wounded 22 others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said. The 8:30 p. m. blast hit the base in the town of Tarmiyah, according to a police colonel and a medical official, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. [END]

AlJazeera

Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
AlJazeera 26 Nov 2013 – Two killed in Yatta, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Publishes Report on the Gender-Specific Implications and Consequences of Operation Pillar of Defense
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

‘I’m very happy now beside my family,’ newly freed prisoner says at Gaza rally
11/26/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Marco Varasio | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On Monday morning, relatives and friends of Palestinian detainees, as well as Palestinian and solidarity activists, rallied at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza office to demonstrate their support of the Palestinian prisoners. The rally started with the chanting of slogan about the need of freedom for the Palestinian prisoners. Omar Massoud, an ex-Palestinian….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: General Assembly, Wrapping Up Annual Consideration of Question of Palestine, Situation in Middle East, Adopts Six Resolutions by Recorded Vote
Relief Web 26 Nov 2013 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory GA/11460 Sixty-eighth General Assembly Plenary 58th Meeting (AM) Sending a strong message of support for the Middle East peace process, albeit with the traditionally divergent views on how to achieve its aims,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Gaza fuel crisis: UN expert calls for urgent action to avert a humanitarian catastrophe
Relief Web 26 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Human Rights Council Country: Egypt, occupied Palestinian territory GENEVA (26 November 2013) United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk today called for urgent action to address the power shortage in occupied Palestine that has left 1.7 million residents…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 26 November
Relief Web 26 Nov 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (…

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria crisis response update (Issue 64), 25 November 2013
Relief Web 26 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic REGIONAL OVERVIEW Conflict is increasingly encroaching on UNRWA camps with shelling and clashes continuing to take…

occupied Palestinian territory: Through Women s Eyes: Gender-specific report on the latest Israeli offensive
Relief Web 26 Nov 2013 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory PCHR Publishes Report on the Gender-Specific Implications and Consequences of Operation Pillar of Defense On 26 November 2013, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) published the second report of…

The National

Yemeni court frees Saudi Juliet into UN protection
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Young Saudi woman who had crossed the border illegally to elope with a Yemeni man has applied for asylum and been released into UN custody.

Scotland independence blueprint: keep the pound, the queen and remain in EU
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond unveils the blueprint for independence from the United Kingdom ahead of its referendum in September 2014.

Belarussian defence contractor shot dead by Sanaa motorcycle assassins
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Gunmen on a motorbike kill a Belarussian defence contractor and wound another as they leave a hotel in the Yemeni capital.

Assad must build trust before SNC will attend Syria peace talks
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Syria’s main opposition says the international community must ‘prove its seriousness’ by forcing Bashar Al Assad to agree on trust-building measures before it will attend January Geneva talks.

India marks five years since Mumbai attacks
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Memorial services held to honour the 166 people killed in the three-day assault by Pakistani militants at hotels, a railway stations, cafe and Jewish centre.

Syrian women raped, used as shields and kidnapped by both sides in war
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Abuses against women being used as a deliberate tactic by both sides to defeat the other party symbolically and psychologically.

Ten on Egypt s constitution panel halt work over arrests
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Ten members of a panel drafting Egypt’s new constitution suspend work after authorities arrest demonstrators protesting against new anti-protest laws.

Iraq executes another 11 terror suspects
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Iraq announces the execution of another 11 convicted ‘terrorists’, bringing to 162 the number of people put to death so far this year.

Benghazi shuts down in protest over militants violence
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Shops and schools close across Benghazi as residents respond to calls for civil disobedience between radical Islamists and the army.

Egypt and Turkey pare diplomatic ties over Ankara s backing of Muslim Brotherhood
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Egypt has launched a diplomatic offensive against the Brotherhood’s foreign backers and the latest confrontation for the new authorities is with Ankara.

Egypt investigates disappearance of author critical of Islam
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam Hamed Abdel-Samad has disappeared, months after a cleric declared him an infidel and called for his death.

France to send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Defence minister announces his country’s second military foray into a troubled former colony this year.

Karzai s shifting stance on security pact infuriates Washington
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Negotiations on agreement allowing some US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014 have seen the Afghan president at his most unpredictable adding new demands, reneging on promises and taunting his supposed allies.

More than 1,500 tonnes of relief sent to Typhoon Haiyan victims from Dubai
The National 26 Nov 2013 – More than 1,500 metric tonnes of relief supplies have been sent to typhoon-ravaged Philippines from the International Humanitarian City warehouses on Tuesday.

Indian parents get life for murder of daughter, employee
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Judge rejects prosecution’s request for death penalty, sentencing couple to life imprisonment for the murder of their daughter and housekeeper.

Stalking complaint filed against John McAfee in Oregon
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Anti-virus software entrepreneur evicted from his Oregon apartment and hit with a civil stalking complaint.

British couple in 30-year slavery case were prominent Maoists
The National 26 Nov 2013 – LONDON // A couple who allegedly held three women as slaves in a London house for 30 years were prominent Maoist activists in the 1970s, according to media reports. The couple, named by British newspapers as Indian-born Aravindan Balakrishnan and his Tanzanian wife Chanda, were arrested on Thursday after their three alleged captives were freed in a police operation. One of the victims, aged 30, is believed to have spent her entire life in servitude.

Video: Tourists undeterred by Thai protests
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Tourists arriving in Bangkok appear unconcerned by or unaware of the escalating mass protests against Thailand’s prime minister. Paul Chapman reports.

Video: Ukraine opposition leader on hunger strike
The National 26 Nov 2013 – Jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko launches hunger strike in support of pro-Europe campaign. Paul Chapman reports.

Video: Holocaust survivor visits Bosnia s largest mass grave
The National 26 Nov 2013 – President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron visits Bosnia’s mass grave from which 430 bodies have been exhumed. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Ha’aretz

Arik Einstein, 1939-2013: The soundtrack of Israeli culture
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

New Egyptian constitution expected to entrench role of military
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israeli music legend Arik Einstein dies at age 74
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israeli security forces kill three armed Palestinians suspected of planning terror attack
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

The P5+1-Iran interim deal: Let the haggling begin
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

More sleep than action in IDF’s mock occupation of Ashkelon
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israel and EU compromise on terms of joint initiative, following rift over settlement funding ban
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Palestinian workers crowding West Bank buses, right-wing activists complain
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Former chief rabbi Metzger released on probation
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Top French and British diplomats visiting Israel to coordinate positions on Iran
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israel’s 95 degree weather breaks all-time November record
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israel’s fenced-in detention facility for African migrants to open in two weeks
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israel’s ex-security chiefs stand with the international community on Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Hanukkah’s Temple Mount incitement
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

American Jews, embrace your dual loyalties
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Secret CIA facility trained Gitmo prisoners to be double agents
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Israeli woman fined $140 a day for refusing to circumcise son
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

U.S. badly underestimated its greenhouse gas emissions, report says
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

U.S. badly underestimated its own greenhouse gas emissions, scientists warn
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Netanyahu orders additional talks with EU over scientific cooperation pact
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

A tale of two West Bank building permit requests
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

Anti-Semitic incidents on the rise in Australia, report shows
Ha’aretz – 26 Nov 2013

World powers to Israel: Stop griping, work with us toward final Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

Displacing Bedouin in the name of a false god
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

Israel launches first-ever national suicide-prevention council
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

Jews and Arabs told to use separate lanes at West Bank crossing
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

Haredim also have a birthright
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

A bill aimed to conceal criticism
Ha’aretz – 25 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

IDF major reports from Philippines: An extraordinary, powerful experience
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – “We touched the hearts of thousands of people who will always have a place in their hearts for the State of Israel.”

Legendary Israeli singer Arik Einstein passes away at age of 74
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Einstein, considered one of the greatest musicians in Israel, had been rushed to Tel Aviv hospital after suffering apparent heart attack.

Tel Aviv residents win battle to save their neighborhood s trees
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Agriculture Ministry nixes plan for uprooting on school grounds

Income taxes and ideology
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – There is an ideological battle of sorts being waged behind the scenes regarding Israel s fiscal policy.

For the Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – The United States and its partners had made clear to Iran that the development of nuclear arms bears a very high economic price.

Palestinian home hit with firebombs in suspected far-right attack
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Security forces have launched an investigation into the incident and carried out searches for attackers.

Tehran and the art of the shell game
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Give Iran a sharp choice: Fulfill its commitments and negotiate in good faith to a final deal, or the entire international community will respond with even more isolation and pressure.

US seeks Iran’s help in finding missing American
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Washington seeks to use goodwill created by nuclear deal to find former FBI agent who disappeared during trip to Iranian island in 2007.

The merger of jihad franchises in Syria: A war of Islamisms
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) accidentally beheaded one of their own commanders recently.

Bill aims to revolutionize custody in divorce cases
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Legislation would make courts take into account societal changes that have equalized parenting roles of mothers and fathers.

The world from here: Israel s public diplomacy is crucial on Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and senior Israeli cabinet ministers reflect the magnitude of Israel s challenge over the next six months.

Israeli special forces kill 3 Salafi jihadi terrorists in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Terrorists killed by Israeli forces in midst of firefight near Hebron; Suspects plotted a series of attacks against Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier, bombings.

The religious rapper: A journey out of the darkness
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Former gangsta rapper-turned-Orthodox Jew Nissim Black returns with a new album and a spiritual message for the hip-hop world.

‘I m a criminal’ Reputed mob boss gives court rare glimpse of underworld life
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Bullet proof vests and armored cars, rings of security guards and switching out SIM cards to avoid police wiretaps all part of the life Moti Hassin lived before his arrest and indictment for the murder of two friends and former associates in March 2012.

Arab Idol winner performs at UN to mark ‘International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Assaf was recently appointed a goodwill ambassador and regional youth ambassador for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Police: Jerusalem mother accused of killing her two children is pregnant
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Deemed fit to stand trial, Carina Brill was pregnant when she allegedly stabbed children to death, attempted suicide.

Jerusalem and EU agree on formula that allows Israel to join Horizon 2020 project
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Sides agree on compromise by which Israel can participate in lucrative research and development project despite EU settlement guidelines.

Report: Egypt breaks up Mossad spy ring
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Some of the spies were captured carrying a large quantity of images of military installations and vehicles.

ADL: FBI hate crimes statistics ‘seriously flawed’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Jews represented the most targeted faith, comprising 62.4 percent of victims, but statistics incomplete, Foxman argues.

Edelstein: Knesset can’t force PM to appoint head to key panel
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu hopes to appoint his ally, Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi, to the post.

Egyptian army kills jihadi leader in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Abu Mounir is a prominent member of the jihadists and is believed to be behind the killing of Egyptian security personnel.

Bar Ilan coffee boycott: Student Union to be represented on managing board
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – The BIU student union said that Tuesday s initiative is ‘a significant step toward putting the students in the center.’

Former Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger released to house arrest
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – In June, police from the National Fraud Squad raided Metzger’s home and offices and questioned him for several hours.

Turkey seeking to boost Iran trade after nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Ankara is eager to reignite economic ties after losing billions in trade revenue due to sanctions on Tehran.

Report: Anti-Semitic incidents rise 21% in Australia
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – According to annual report, serious physical attacks were at the lowest since 2005 with fewer than 20.

MOJ: Police Taser use legal in arrest of West Bank settler Boaz Albert
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Controversy surrounds video of Israel Police tasering the settler while he lay on the floor without resisting arrest.

Bank of Israel warns of long-term effects of Lapid tax cuts
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Monday’s announcement calls for no income tax increase; Knesset Finance Committee expresses outrage at Lapid s decision, calling it “inconsistent.”

El Al launches low-cost carrier ‘Up’
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Airline announces one-way fares of $69-175 from Tel Aviv to five cities in Europe.

Free Syrian Army says no ceasefire for Geneva talks
Jerusalem Post 26 Nov 2013 – Peace talks for the “Geneva 2” conference, focusing on the embattled country, are set to begin on Jan. 22; Iran ready to join if invited.

Inter Press Service

Spring Bursts Among the Toubou in Libya s Desert
IPS Toubou militiamen at their headquarters in Murzuq, southern Libya. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS By Karlos Zurutuza MURZUQ, Libya , Nov 26 2013 (IPS) Can there possibly be anything more satisfying than teaching your own language to your own people? Abdel Salam Wahali remarked to IPS. He is a teacher of Tebu, an…

Iran Deal Gains Traction Despite Netanyahu and Republican Dissent
IPS By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Nov 26 2013 (IPS) Despite strenuous objections by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and mostly Republican lawmakers here, the new accord between the Iran and the U.S. and five other major powers on Tehran s nuclear programme appears to be gaining support here and abroad. Most of…

Historic Iran Deal Aims at Final Nuclear Resolution
IPS P5+1 foreign ministers after negotiations about Iran’s nuclear capabilities concluded on Nov. 24, 2013 in Geneva. Credit: U.S. Dept of State/CC by 2.0 By Jasmin Ramsey GENEVA, Nov 24 2013 (IPS) A momentous agreement over Iran s nuclear programme was officially announced shortly before 3:00 am local time via Twitter by…

Uruknet

Life in Occupied Gaza
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – “Now the really hard part begins,” said John Kerry. The hardest part is getting Washington to stick to agreed on terms. It s believing America negotiates in good faith. It s thinking longstanding US imperial aims…

Israeli army detains shepherds, B tselem staffer
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – On the morning of November 19, two Palestinian shepherds and a staff member of the Israeli human rights organisation B Tselem were detained by the Israeli army in the South Hebron Hills. The shepherds had been…

Anti-Drone Protesters in Pakistan Set Up Checkpoints, Block NATO Trucks
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – With the Pakistani national government in charge of highways, and NATO supplies taking highways through the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah (KP) Province into neighboring Afghanistan, the legal options for the KP government to enforce a blockade were virtually nil….

US and Iran: Seven questions beyond the nuclear deal What are the ramifications of Iran s deal with the West on Middle East politics?
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – …The deal will have immediate regional and international ramifications, and once a long term deal is reached, possibly within a few months, rapprochement between Washington and Tehran is likely to pave the way towards major realignment…

After twelve years of torture Shaker Aamer s voice is heard – for a few seconds
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – Which of us could have imagined that after 12 years we would still be meeting like this? Twelve years of trying has not yet brought enough pressure on the UK government to bring home from a…

US drone strike killed 12 people in southern Yemen.
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013- At least 12 people were killed in a US drone attack in southern Yemen, a high-profile security source confirmed on Sunday. “A US drone hit a suspected Al-Qaeda hideout in Al-Mahfad town, Abyan province, late Saturday, killing…

Drone Wars, P3: Who Will Tell the Emperor He Has No Clothes
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – A year ago October, around the same time I went to Pakistan to meet some Drone victims, visit the countryside where they live, two academic studies were released explicating concerns about the impact of Drone strikes…

Israeli soldier discusses killing Palestinian children on Ukrainian game show
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – A few days ago Abir Kopty found a November episode of a Ukrainian game show where an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldier nonchalantly discussed killing Palestinian children. Dual Ukrainian and Israeli citizen Elena Zakusilo explains, while…

How Obama has supported Assad s gas murder always
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 -Adam Entous, Nour Malas and Rima Abushakra published a piece of first rate journalism in the Wall St. Journal on Friday, 22 November 2013. It is one of the most comprehensive reports on events surrounding the sarin…

4 injured, 2 detained in anti-Prawer protests in the Negev
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – — Four were wounded and two detained in clashes that broke out on Sunday morning between Israeli police and protesters opposed to the visit of a Knesset committee in the Negev region. The clashes broke out…

Why This Interim Nuclear Deal Is Far Bigger Than You Think
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 -….Within one year, both sides will implement provisions for an “enrichment programme with mutually agreed parameters consistent with practical needs, with agreed limits on scope and level of enrichment activities, capacity, where it is carried out, and…

Obama advised Netanyahu of Iran talks in September
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – …Israeli media reports now suggest that Israel s intelligence services were already aware of Obama s clandestine outreach to Iran, which had begun some seven months earlier, but senior U.S. officials have told The Associated Press…

Iran Document: Full Text of the Interim Nuclear Agreement
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013- … This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein. This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually…

Why did prosecutors sit on a Palestinian boy s killing for 14 months?
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013- Yusuf Fahri Mussa Ahleil, aged 16, was shot and killed on January 28, 2011, probably by a settler. The state took 14 months to appoint a prosecutor to the case….On January 28, 2011, something happened in the…

Intrigue Deepens Over Egypt-Russia Arms Deals
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 -The rumors surrounding an arms deal between Russia and Egypt deepened last week after the Egyptian Air Force commander stood up his Russian counterpart for a scheduled meeting at the Dubai Airshow, according to a source close…

Exclusive: Burns led secret US back channel to Iran
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – Deputy Secretary of State William Burns has led a secret U.S. back channel to Iran going back to before the June election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, U.S. officials told Al-Monitor. Burns was tapped to lead…

The invalidation of Palestinian narrative in UN resolutions
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 -As Israel s colonisation process continues to advance, diminishing prospects for viable Palestinian land reclamation due to the intricacies which have confined the indigenous population to slivers of territory; it is clear that the alleged protection emanating…

PHOTOS: Deciding the fate of the Bedouin, without consulting any Bedouin
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – Bedouin activists call for general strike, protests to meet MK Miri Regev and Knesset Interior Committee as they tour areas that will be affected by the Prawer-Begin Plan. As part of its discussions aimed at advancing…

Gaza forced to use donkeys for waste collection due to lack of fuel
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 24, 2013 – Garbage collection vehicles in the Gaza Strip stopped working on Sunday due to lack of fuel, forcing local municipalities to use donkeys in order to collect garbage and waste from cities and villages across the region….

Syria News – November 23, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 26 Nov 2013 – November 23, 2013 – By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 155 martyrs including 22 children, 12 women and 5 martyrs under torture: 64 martyrs were reported in Aleppo including 13 children and 7 women,…

Daily Star

Israel: 3 Palestinian suspects killed in raid
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said.

Security Council urges Lebanon to swiftly form Cabinet
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 U.N. Security Council members urged Lebanese parties Tuesday to facilitate the formation of a new government as soon as possible and commit to the policy of disassociation by keeping out of the crisis in Syria.

Israel’s Peres rejects Arafat poisoning theory
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Israeli President Shimon Peres rejected theories that Yasser Arafat was poisoned, telling a Mexican newspaper Tuesday that any assassin would have found it easier to shoot the Palestinian leader.

Suicide bombing at Iraq base kills seven: officials
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 A coordinated attack on an army base north of Baghdad killed at least seven soldiers and wounded 22 others on Tuesday, security and medical officials said.

Siniora cautiously welcomes Iran nuclear deal
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Former PM Siniora cautiously welcomes an agreement by Iran and world powers over Tehran s nuclear program, saying the Islamic Republic s future steps and dealings with its Arab neighbors will determine the success or failure of the…

10 on Egypt constitution panel halt work over arrests
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Ten members of the panel drafting Egypt’s new constitution suspended work Tuesday after authorities arrested several protesters, including a few prominent activists, a committee member said.

Gunmen kill four policemen in southern Pakistan
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Gunmen on motorcycles Tuesday shot dead at least four policemen and wounded two others in a southern Pakistani city, police said.

Iran says talks only on nuclear issue, not US ties
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday that bilateral discussions with the United States before a historic nuclear agreement were limited to the atomic issue and not rapprochement with Washington.

Referendum on Egypt’s constitution seen in December
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 A referendum on Egypt’s amended constitution will be held in December, the group drafting it said on Tuesday, an important step in an army-backed roadmap meant to lead to elections.

Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan admits he was Israeli spy
Daily Star 26 Nov 2013 Now, the Israeli-born businessman behind hits like “Pretty Woman,” ”Fight Club” and “L.A. Confidential” has finally come forth with a stunning admission: For years he served as an Israeli spy, buying arms on its behalf and…

YNet News

US bombers fly across China’s new air defense zone
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US seeks Iran’s help in finding missing American
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Arik Einstein dies at 74
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UN says Syria combatants stymie aid effort
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Report: IDF kills third Palestinian terror suspect
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Geneva deal a victory
YNet News, 26 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Israel acting like isolated, deceived, over-righteous country, insisting on snatching loss from jaws of victory ….

Rabbi: Woman’s sermon is blasphemy
YNet News, 26 Nov 2013 – Ramat Gan’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, one of most prominent Religious Zionism rabbis, rules women must not be allowed to engage in biblical discourse during Shabbat prayers at synagogues ….

Obvious care for sick child
YNet News, 26 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Caring for Amal Haniyeh is not part of media battle over Israel’s image in international arena ….

Hunt for Nazi suspects expanded
YNet News, 26 Nov 2013 – Following strong response to initial launch, Simon Wiesenthal Center is extending its poster and reward campaign in Germany in its push to track down Nazi war criminals before it is too late ….

Palestinian Information Center

European gangs involved in settlers’ attacks on Palestinians
PIC – The report of Euro-Mid Observer, on the European mercenaries serving in the ranks of the occupation army, will reveal the involvement of European criminal gangs in Jewish settlers’ attacks

Al-Khudari warns of turning Gaza siege into a de facto situation
PIC – MP Jamal al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, called on United Nations and the European Union and Parliament to work for lifting Gaza siege..

Report: Israel exercises torture against Palestinian female prisoners
PIC – The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said in a report that the Israeli occupation has been exercising all forms of torture and violence against Palestinian female prisoners in its jail.

IOF assaults a disabled girl at a military checkpoint
PIC – The Israeli occupation violence at military checkpoints erected throughout the West Bank against Palestinians is not limited to residents of the West Bank, but includes “Israeli-Palestinians‚¨ ù.

Ridwan warns of escalating Judaization activity in the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Minister of Awkaf and religious affairs in Gaza Dr. Ismail Ridwan has warned that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was escalating Judaization efforts in the Aqsa Mosque.

Demolition notification against a mosque south of Nablus
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have issued on Monday evening a demolition notification against Khirbet al-Tawil’s mosque east of Nablus.

Factories stop their work in Gaza due to the electricity and fuel crises
PIC – A Palestinian industrialist from Gaza decided to temporary stop all his manufacturing, trade and import operations due to the continued power outages in Gaza districts and the fuel shortage.

IOF: Gazan arrested in western Negev
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) claimed that a Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip was arrested in the western Negev on Tuesday.

Israeli warplanes launch a series of mock raids on Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes launched a series of mock raids on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday spreading panic among its inhabitants.

WAFA

Israeli forces Shoot, Injure Youth South of Gaza
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

WHO: October Denial of Israeli Permits for Gaza Patients Highest
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Soldiers Seize Two Bulldozers from Village
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

British Official Sees Hope in Young Gazans
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Hotel Guests Drop in 3rd Quarter, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

UN s Palestine Observer: Compel Israel to Respect Law
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Erekat says Israel Not Interested in Peace
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Israelis Throw Molotov at Palestinian Home
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Weather Forecast: Hot and Hazy
WAFA – 26 Nov 2013

Misc

One Syrian rebel group balks on peace talks, another uncertain
LA Times 26 Nov 2013 – BEIRUT A day after the United Nations unveiled a January date for long-anticipated Syrian peace talks, the head of the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army said Tuesday that his group had no intention of attending unless it was guaranteed that President Bashar Assad would relinquish…

White House calls for Iran to release retired FBI agent
LA Times 26 Nov 2013 – Days after completing a landmark deal with Iran to freeze its nuclear program, the White House publicly called Tuesday for the release of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was taken captive in Iran more than six years ago.

Egypt police fire water cannons on protesters testing new law
LA Times 26 Nov 2013 – CAIRO — Egypt s tough new anti-protest law got its first major test Tuesday when dozens of demonstrators gathered in the capital to protest harsh police tactics — and were met with drenching water-cannon blasts.

Iran talks reverberate through web of Mideast alliances
LA Times 25 Nov 2013 – Speculation about a thaw between Washington and Tehran touches on the idea of a ‘hinge’ moment that realigns the region politically. BEIRUT The interim accord hammered out between Iran and global powers focuses narrowly on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions but the reaction across the Middle…

Syria peace talks will start in January, U.N. says
LA Times 25 Nov 2013 – The talks in Geneva would be the first meeting between Syrian government and opposition representatives aimed at ending the civil war. BEIRUT Long-delayed peace talks designed to end the bloody conflict in Syria will begin Jan. 22 in Geneva, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon…

Americans Back Iran Deal by 2-To-1 Margin-Reuters/Ipsos Poll
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Americans back a newly brokered nuclear deal with Iran by a 2-to-1 margin and are very wary of the United States resorting to military action against Tehran even if the historic diplomatic effort falls through, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

Israeli Musician Arik Einstein Dies at 74
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Arik Einstein, a pioneering Israeli singer and songwriter who performed some of the country’s best-known anthems, has died.

The Lede: Prominent Egyptian Activists Detained for Protesting Under New Law
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Video posted online showed police officers aiming a water cannon directly at protesters, including several prominent activists, who were chanting against Egyptian military rule outside the upper house of Parliament in Cairo.

Iran: Israel Isolated After Geneva Deal
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says Israel has become isolated after his country and world powers reached a historical deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

Israel, EU Reach Research Deal, Finessing Settlement Issue
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Israel struck a compromise deal with the European Union on Tuesday allowing it to join a prestigious EU scientific research project, Israeli government sources said, resolving a dispute over Jewish settlements in occupied territory.

Israel: 3 Palestinian Suspects Killed in Raid
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli security forces shot and killed three suspected militants in a West Bank raid on Tuesday aimed at thwarting an attack on Israeli targets, the military and police said.

Suicide Bombings Kill 13 Iraqi Soldiers and Police
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Suicide bombings at a military base and a police station killed 13 members of the Iraqi security forces north of Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

Israel Says Kills Three Qaeda-Linked Militants in West Bank
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli security officials said their forces killed three Palestinian militants on Tuesday who were part of an al Qaeda-linked network in the West Bank.

Bombers North of Baghdad Kill Eight Soldiers
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Two suicide bombers killed eight Iraqi soldiers and wounded 26 near an army headquarters north of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said.

Analysis: Nuclear Deal Faces Hard-Line Test
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Even before Iran’s envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: selling the give-and-take to his country’s powerful insider interests led by the Revolutionary Guard.

Exclusive: U.N. Says Syria Combatants Stymie Aid Effort
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – The United Nations says its aid convoys cannot reach around 250,000 people in areas besieged by Syrian government forces or rebels, despite “growing needs and intensifying conflict”.

Tug-Of-War Erupts Over Planned Return of Jewish Archives to Iraq
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Jewish books and documents found by U.S. soldiers in the flooded headquarters of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and sent to the United States for restoration have touched off a dispute between Baghdad and Iraqi Jews who fled the country.

Libya Seeks Italian Help for Satellite System for Borders
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Libya will build a satellite surveillance system with Italian expertise to help secure its borders, its defense minister said, part of Tripoli’s plans to stem the flow of Islamist militants and illegal immigrants.

At War Blog: The Man Behind the MRAP Moves On
New York Times 26 Nov 2013 – Ashton B. Carter, the departing deputy secretary of defense, played a central role in the initiative to rush MRAPs to Afghanistan for the troop surge.

Sydney Pollack, gunrunner
Mondoweiss – Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis in Woody Allen s Husbands and Wives Everyone s talking about the Israeli TV broadcast in which Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood producer, says that he spied for Israel in the U.S. and brought out nuclear triggers and such. (Back in the days when…

Israel supporters target New America Foundation for upcoming event with Max Blumenthal
Mondoweiss – Max Blumenthal is scheduled to discuss his book Goliath at the New America Foundation in Washington DC on Wednesday, December 4th . Afraid that Blumenthal s reporting has breached the walls of the beltway, Israel s defenders have started the predictable McCarthyite campaign to shut it down. It seems…

The Cult in the Shadow War: An Interview with a former member of Mojahedin-e-Khalq
Mondoweiss – Masoud Banisadr Masoud Banisadr was an active member of the controversial Iranian opposition group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK, PMOI) for twenty years, serving as the organizations representative to the United Nations and to the United States during his tenure. The group is largely obscured from public discourse, or more…

IBC: How companies build competitive strategies
Globes Macro Economics – Unilever Israel chairwoman and managing director Anat Gabriel, Pelephone CEO, Gil Sharon, Walla CEO Ilan Yeshua, and El Al CEO Elyezer Shkedi will participate in a panel at the “Globes” 2013 Israel Business Conference

Are executive salaries justifiable or detached from reality?
Globes Macro Economics – Participants in the “Compensation of senior executives: justifiable or detached from reality” session will discuss these and other questions at the “Globes” 2013 Israel Business Conference.

“Ending QE3 will harm the economy”
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Richard Clarida will tell “Globes” Israel Business Conference that the main risk to the US economy is its political system.

T-Jat petitions court to dismiss Amdocs lawsuit
Globes Main News – T-Jat and its managers claim that Amdocs filed the lawsuit in order to intimidate them.

Ezra quits Dankner-Granovsky IDB bid; Nakash joins
Globes Main News – Two investment bids for IDB were filed with the Tel Aviv District Court today in the sale of the controlling interest in the insolvent company.

Barclays, Needham initiate Sapiens coverage with positive recommendations
Globes Main News – Barclays gave Sapiens an “Overweight” recommendation with a target price of $10, a 47% premium.

Tue: Bezeq pulls market down
Globes Main News – Bezeq fell 4.5% on the day’s biggest turnover, but fellow telcos Cellcom and Partner rose.

Rightwingers say Geneva deal is& Munich
Mondoweiss – Neville Chamberlain, British PM in 1938 at time of Munich Pact Guess what the Iran deal is like the west capitulating to Hitler at Munich in 1938. Bill Kristol said so. So did Bret Stephens and Charles Krauthammer [ link] . So has Cal Thomas at Fox : A…

The current round of talks leads inevitably to& the Jordanian option
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. The interfaith dialogue on Israel/Palestine, I took part in last week in Vienna was stilted. Though the audience turnout was good and the…

Hill says Iran deal could alienate Democrats pillar big Jewish donors
Mondoweiss – Saban All I ve ever asked for: honest reporting about the source of the lobby s power. The Hill s headline is Iranian nuclear deal strains Obama s relations with big Jewish donors. Some of Alexander Bolton s story: The Iran nuclear deal has put new strains on President Obama s relationship…

Klug on Kristallnacht: Opponents in Israel/Palestine debate are locked in an acrimonious circle
Mondoweiss – On November 9, Brian Klug, the philosophy scholar at Oxford, gave a talk on anti-Semitism at the Jewish Museum in Berlin to mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht. The assignment had become politicized because of Klug s noble positions on behalf of Palestinians; haters created a dossier against…

Gasoline prices set to rise Saturday night
Globes Energy & Water – Higher oil prices and the stronger shekel will boost the price of gasoline to NIS 7.45 per liter in December.

Israeli plans to give Bedouin village to Jewish settlers draw protest and rage
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Bedouin Arabs protest forced displacement plan in Negev, southern Israel IMEMC 25 Nov A visit by several Israeli legislators to the Negev desert in southern Israel Sunday was met by protests organized by local residents…

Why do US media insist that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Gulf states oppose Iran deal?
Mondoweiss – Brian Lehrer One of the irritations of coverage of the Iranian deal is the extent to which the American media say reflexively that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States along with Israel oppose the deal. Yesterday on WNYC, for instance , Brian Lehrer urged listeners not to…

Finance c tte slams Lapid s policy inconsistencies
Globes Macro Economics – MK Nissan Slomiansky: It seems that the Finance Minister changes policy direction in keeping with the public mood.

El Al launches low-cost flight brand “Up”
Globes Main News – El Al has announced one-way fares of $69-175 from Tel Aviv to five cities in Europe.

Printing money: 3D circuit printer seen rocketing Camtek
Globes Main News – Camtek’s share price rose a further 16.8% to NIS 18.89 in morning trading on the TASE today, and has more than doubled in three trading days.

Noble CEO confirms Leviathan delay
Globes Energy & Water – Charles Davidson: The deepwater drillship built to drill to Leviathan’s oil-bearing strata will be sent to another site.

Shekel strengthens after BoI maintains rate
Globes Main News – Energy Finance CEO Yossi Frank: Rumors about an interest rate cut caused traders to close positions.

Israel Corp., Leumi delay third quarter financials
Globes Main News – The postponement is because of the pending debt settlement at Zim, which has not yet obtained shareholder approval.

Strauss posts 17% profit rise on lower revenue
Globes Main News – A 2% fall in third quarter revenue is attributed to exchange rate differences.

Signs of gas at Tamar SW
Globes Energy & Water – The Tamar partners did not give an estimate of the amount of gas in the reserve.

Iran Nuclear Drama Has Little to Do with Nukes
Tikun Olam – Stephen Walt and Israeli Arab affairs reporter for Army Radio, Jackie Hugi , yesterday wrote two parallel analyses of the real reasons the festering tension both between Iran and the west, and Iran and its regional neighbors. In short, it s not about nukes. It s about power. Though…

Et tu, Bill?
Mondoweiss – Had the honor of meeting @PresidentPeres today and discussing the close ties between New York City and Israel. pic.twitter.com/1YRmnEKDAH Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) November 26, 2013 PS Looks like the Cornell Technion project is de Blasio policy too. And, was he reading Katie Miranda s tips…

Israel s Least-Bad Reporting on Iran Deal
Tikun Olam – Bibi looks confused and out of his depth in response to Iran nuclear deal, as he speaks at yesterday s press conference (Emile Salman Haaretz) Almost all the reporting from Israel about reactions to the Iran deal is terrible. It stinks from the head, as they say…

TELL BARTELL: Stop Selling SodaStream
US Campaign to End the Occupation 26 Nov 2013 – From Palestine Solidarity Committee- Seattle and Northwest BDS Coalition We would like to take the international campaign to a local Seattle target . Bartell Drugs still sells SodaStream, and Bartell is a locally-operated, family-run Puget Sound chain with headquarters in West Seattle. Many of us shop in…

Hollywood’s undercover agent
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – The Hollywood producer who ‘spied for Israel’

Israel and European Union Reach Research Deal Despite Settlements
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2013 – Israel struck a compromise deal with the European Union on Tuesday allowing it to join a prestigious EU scientific research project, Israeli government sources said, resolving a dispute over Jewish settlements in occupied territory. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Leaders in Oregon Protest Neo-Nazi Analogy in Gay Marriage Debate
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2013 – Jewish leaders in Oregon protested the use of an analogy about a Jewish business serving neo-Nazis to make a point about whether businesses should have to serve same-sex weddings. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Defense Forces Kill Two Palestinians Planning ‘Terrorist Attack’
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli security forces killed two Palestinians that the Israeli military said were planning a terrorist attack. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli security forces kill three suspected Palestinian militants in the West Bank, the Shin Bet intelligence agency says.

Logan suspended for Benghazi report
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – CBS suspends star reporter Lara Logan and a producer for a discredited 60 Minutes report about the attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Egypt panel walks out over arrests
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – Ten members of the panel drafting Egypt’s new constitution walk out in protest over arrests of dozens of activists rallying in the capital, Cairo.

AIPAC Slams Iran Nuclear Deal Calls for Tougher Future Stance
The Forward New 26 Nov 2013 – In a carefully worded statement awaited by many observers, the main pro-Israel lobby focused more on looking forward by pushing for a tough final agreement with Iran on its nuclear program than on blasting the United States and several other countries for signing an interim agreement…

Israel Mother Fined $140 a Day for Refusing To Circumcize Son
The Foward Breaking News 26 Nov 2013 – The Jerusalem rabbinical court has upheld a ruling requiring an Israeli mother to circumcise her son or pay a fine of $140 a day until he has his brit milah. Click here for the rest of the article…

Congress Iran Hawks Back Off for Now
The Forward New 26 Nov 2013 – They want to brandish a new stick against Iran, but hawks in Congress aren t going to use it yet. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ron Dermer Faces Big Challenges as Israel s New Ambassador to the U.S.
The Forward New 26 Nov 2013 – Ron Dermer, Israel s new ambassador to the U.S., is walking into a storm over the Iran nuclear deal. Will his American background and right-wing ties help or hurt? Click here for the rest of the article…

Hollywood’s undercover agent
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – The Hollywood producer who ‘spied for Israel’

Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli security forces kill three suspected Palestinian militants in the West Bank, the Shin Bet intelligence agency says.

Logan suspended for Benghazi report
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – CBS suspends star reporter Lara Logan and a producer for a discredited 60 Minutes report about the attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Egypt panel walks out over arrests
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – Ten members of the panel drafting Egypt’s new constitution walk out in protest over arrests of dozens of activists rallying in the capital, Cairo.

US asks Iran to release ex-FBI man
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – The White House asks Iran to help locate and free ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who US officials believe is being held captive in the country.

Israeli forces kill two Palestinians near Hebron
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – Israeli occupation forces killed two Palestinians Tuesday night after allegedly attempting to arrest them near the West Bank city of Hebron, the Shin Bet internal security service said. “In an operation by the special forces… in the Hebron/Yatta area, two members of a Salafist jihadist network…

Suicide bombing kills 15 near Damascus: State news
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 26, 2013 shows soldiers and Syrians gathering around a burnt vehicle after an alleged suicide bombing at a bus stop, in Somariyeh west of Damascus. (Photo: AFP / SANA) A suicide bomber blew…

Egyptian police fire water cannons at Cairo protesters
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – Egyptian policemen detain a protester during a demonstration in front of the Shura council in downtown Cairo on November 26, 2013 against the new law passed the previous day regulating demonstrations in the first unauthorized protest staged in the capital since the adoption of the law. (…

Security forces beat, arrest TV journalists in Beirut
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – Lebanese soldiers hold back protesters after a brief scuffle with security forces loyal to the country’s customs office who beat and arrested four journalists with Al Jadeed Television on Novemeber 26, 2013. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Security forces arrested four television journalists, who were beaten and had…

Beirut: Sectarian Drama on USJ Campus
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – The university had closed the main campus gate and practiced its favorite ritual of cordoning the students to pre-empt any security incident, which always results in the opposite. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The university had closed the main campus gate and practiced its favorite ritual of cordoning…

Lebanon: Embassy Suicide Bombers Are Graduates of the Assir School
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – A few hours after the Iran embassy bombing, the Internal Security Forces (ISF) removed security checkpoints at the entrance of the commercial market in Saida, prohibiting the entry of all cars. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A few hours after the Iran embassy bombing, the Internal Security Forces (…

FSA ‘will fight during peace talks’
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – The leader of the Western-backed rebel Free Syrian Army says that forces aligned to him will not join the peace conference in Geneva in January.

Lebanon: Future Party Wants to Extend President s Term
Al-Akhbar Opinion 26 Nov 2013 – No doubt the Lebanese president s delayed visit to Saudi Arabia was part of this effort. (Photo: AFP – Patrick Baz) No doubt the Lebanese president s delayed visit to Saudi Arabia was part of this effort. (Photo: AFP – Patrick Baz) It seems that the Future Party…

Berri in Tehran: Iran Wants to Reassure Its Arab Neighbors
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Tehran on November 25, 2013. (AFP – HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY) A handout picture released by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic Republic’s…

Al-Nusra Front executes five soldiers, “collaborators” in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – An al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Syria has announced the execution of two government soldiers and three “collaborators,” according to a statement published on jihadist sites. Al-Nusra Front also published a photograph showing the bodies of five men, their hands tied and their mouths bound with handkerchiefs. Bloodstains…

Sweden probes disappearance of two journalists in Syria
Al-Akhbar News 26 Nov 2013 – Sweden is investigating the disappearance of two Swedish journalists who are missing in Syria, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry declined to name the two, but said the country’s embassy in Syria, currently working out of the consulate in Lebanon, was investigating. A spokeswoman…

‘Belarusian’ killed in Yemen capital
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – A foreign military adviser – reported to be Belarusian – has been shot dead in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, local officials say.

Syrian women ‘raped and tortured’
BBC 26 Nov 2013 – Women in Syria are increasingly the targets of violent abuse and torture by government forces and armed groups, a report says.

Hezbollah s Nasrallah: Iran Embassy Bombings Meticulously Planned
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Nov 2013 – The talks between Nasrallah and his Iranian guests then moved on to regional issues, especially the situation in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The talks between Nasrallah and his Iranian guests then moved on to regional issues, especially the situation in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) It was…

Iran Nuclear Deal a Turning Point in the Region
Al-Akhbar Opinion 25 Nov 2013 – Iranians newspapers headlining the deal made with major powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear deal are displayed on the ground outside a kiosk in Tehran on November 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare) Iranians newspapers headlining the deal made with major powers over Iran’s disputed nuclear…

Articles


What the EU settlement compromise will mean on the ground
Michael Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 11/26/2013
An analysis of how the EU s settlement guidelines will affect Israel and the settlements after the two sides reached an agreement on their disputed terms, as they have been reported thus far.
The European Union will not impose a blanket ban on loans to Israeli entities that operate on both sides of the Green Line. That was the most important concession the EU made in watering down its settlement guidelines in the face of Israeli pressure, preliminary reports of a compromise detailed Tuesday evening.
Instead of banning financial instruments to any company that operates on both sides of the Green Line, as the original wording would have done, the new reported compromise will put the burden of proof on an applicant or recipient to show how they will ensure EU funds do not inadvertently finance settlement activity, Haaretz and other Israeli media reported.
Opposing views: Why the guidelines won t have any effect
The importance of that concession for Israel is massive. In the domestic Israeli market, there is no Green Line as far as commerce and trade are concerned. Barring financial instruments, i.e. loans, to any company or institution that operates on both sides of the Green Line would have effectively made most Israeli companies and institutions ineligible.
For example, an Israeli petrol company might have been ineligible for EU loans because it operates petrol stations in the West Bank. Now, it must only show how it will prevent EU funds from reaching those gas stations.
On the European side, there is actually little change in the practical applications of the new wording…. more..e-mail

Federation of Arab Journalists visit condemned
Abdullah Obaid, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/26/2013
A visit by a number of Arab journalists to the city of Ramallah has resulted in a surge of condemnation from Palestinian media institutions, which saw the move as a form of normalisation with the Israeli occupation. They stressed that Arab-Palestine solidarity movements must keep away from the umbrella of Zionism. Palestinian journalists need a lot of support and assistance and support for their causes, although not necessarily through visits and meetings.
The delegation of the Federation of Arab Journalists visited Ramallah in mid-November to discuss the differences between members of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the convergence of views between them so as to enhance their position in the face of Israeli aggression. The federation called recently for a meeting in the same city in April next year.
Despite accusations to the contrary, the federation stressed that its rules prohibit all forms of normalisation, professional and personal, with Israel. Indeed, they ban the establishment of any relations with Israeli media organisations and their representatives until the liberation of all occupied Arab territories. This was made clear in the decision of the General Assembly of the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate and other Arab news organisations on the issue of normalisation.
The move came in an explanatory statement issued by federation Chairman Ahmad Behbehani regarding the position of the members of the delegation from the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate in their recent visit to the State of Palestine, at the invitation of the Palestinian union and in coordination with the EU.
The statement pointed out that it is moving actively to support the Palestinian people and Palestinian journalists on the ground. Such support comes in the light of the demographic situation and Israel’s Judaisation policy, whereby a number of Arab delegations responded to the requests of the Palestinians and visited the city of Ramallah and other parts of the occupied territories. more..e-mail

By refusing to drastically amend its settlement guidelines, EU reopens debate on occupation within Israeli elites
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 11/26/2013
The EU s new settlement guidelines, which were published last summer, put limits on loans to Israeli businesses operating beyond the Green Line and forbid EU financing of projects in settlements. Right-wing ministers are demanding that Israel reject the new terms, while centrists would like to avoid international isolation.
File photo of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton with Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister is looking for a solution which will allow his government to continue cooperation with the EU while maintaining its freedom to settle the West Bank. (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held two long cabinet meetings with senior ministers on Sunday regarding the difficulty in reaching an agreement with the EU over its new settlement guidelines for joint projects with Israel, Israeli media reported. Netanyahu instructed Justice Minister Tzipi Livni to try and reach a deal that would end the impasse within the next couple of weeks the deadline for entering the prestigious Horizon 2020 program, which could bring NIS 1.5 billion ($400 million) to Israel in the form of research and developments grants.
Last summer, the EU published a Commission Notice with new guidelines regarding projects in Israel. According to the guidelines, projects which are carried out in Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line will not be eligible for EU grants of prizes, and organizations which operate beyond the Green Line will not be eligible for EU loans and financial instruments. You can read the full guidelines here.
Israel rejected the guidelines, demanding that it receive the grants and loans on its own terms. Israeli ministers fear that the guidelines will serve as a precedent that would limit not only the government but also the private sector s ability to conduct its business in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and in the Golan Hights…. more..e-mail

Tehran accord designed to fail?
Gareth Porter, Asia Times 11/26/2013
WASHINGTON – The “first step” agreement between Iran and the United States that was sealed in Geneva over the weekend is supposed to lead to the negotiation of a “comprehensive settlement” of the nuclear issue over the next six months, though the latter has gotten little attention.
But within hours of the agreement, there were already indications from senior US officials that the Barack Obama administration is not fully committed to the conclusion of a final pact, under which economic sanctions would be completely lifted.
The administration has apparently developed reservations about such an “end state” agreement despite concessions by the government of President Hassan Rouhani that were more far-reaching than could have been anticipated a few months ago.
The Rouhani government’s moves to reassure the West may have spurred hopes on the part of senior officials of the Obama administration that the United States can achieve its minimum aims in reducing Iran’s breakout capacity without giving up its trump cards – the harsh sanctions on Iran’s oil expert and banking sectors.
The signs of uncertain US commitment to the “end state” agreement came in a background press briefing by unidentified senior US officials in Geneva via a teleconference late on Saturday. The officials repeatedly suggested that it was a question of “whether” there could be an “end state” agreement rather than how it could be achieved.
“What we are going to explore with the Iranians and our P5+1 partners over the next six months,” said one of the officials, “is whether there can be an agreed upon comprehensive solution that assures us that the Iranian program is peaceful.” more..e-mail

The taboo on boycotting Israel has been broken
Electronic Intifada: 25 Nov 2013 – The American Studies Association s meeting showed that the time of fear of debate over boycotting Israel may be over. more..

Solidarity saved me from the Nazis; that’s why I fight Israeli apartheid
Electronic Intifada: 26 Nov 2013 – We should all support the international day of action against Israel s Prawer Plan. more..


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