VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 29 November 2013: Save the children from Israel’s deadly drones

29 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli troops shoot and injure two Palestinian protesters near Jerusalem
IMEMC – As Palestinian protesters took to the streets Friday to bring attention to the death of a Palestinian child at an Israeli military checkpoint Thursday, and two protesters were shot with live ammunition in two separate locations near Jerusalem. …

Army Opens Fire At Farmers In Khan Younis
IMEMC – [Friday Morning November 29, 2013] Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border with Gaza, opened fire at Palestinian farmers working in their lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Due To Israeli Restrictions, Child Dies In Ambulance
IMEMC – Thursday Evening [November 28, 2013] A Palestinian child has died, as an ambulance transporting her to the Beit Jala Hospital, in the Bethlehem District, was delayed at an Israeli military roadblock, Palestinian medical sources have reported. …

Ma’an News

Anti-Prawer demos planned worldwide
11/30/2013 – RAHAT (Ma’an) — Protests slated for Saturday in dozens of cities worldwide are likely to be the largest-yet demonstrations against Israel’s so-called Prawer Plan to uproot Bedouin villages. A joint Israeli-Palestinian activist organization on Thursday announced the 24 locationswhere demonstrations were scheduled to take place. Israel’s Prawer Plan, if implemented, would result in the systematic destruction of more than 35….

Israeli policeman assaults Palestinian Aqsa guard
11/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli police officer Thursday physically assaulted a Palestinian guard at the Al-Aqsa compound, an eyewitness told Ma’an. Omar al-Zanaeen, 60, was hospitalized after an Israeli policeman “brutally beat him” near Al-Aqsa’s al-Silsila gate, the witness said. The policeman reportedly ordered al-Zanaeen to close one of the gate’s doors 7:15 p. m. before closing….

Teen dies en route to hospital amid checkpoint closure
11/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager died Thursday after she was unable to pass through an Israeli checkpoint on the way to the hospital during a medical emergency, the girl’s family said. Nour Mohammad Afaneh, 14, died in an ambulance while in critical condition on her way to a Bethlehem hospital, Afaneh’s father told Ma’an. He said that….

Israeli police threaten to detain 4-year-old Palestinian in Jerusalem
11/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police raided a house in East Jerusalem late Thursday carrying a detention order for a four-year-old Palestinian boy, a neighborhood information center said. According to Wadi Hilweh information center, several Israeli police officers raided the house of Zein al-Majed in the al-Saediya neighborhood in Jerusalem’s Old City. The police said they had a detention order of al-Majed’….

Israeli forces fire at Palestinian farmers in southern Gaza
11/29/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Friday fired at Palestinian farmers in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses told Ma’an. Locals said that Israeli soldiers stationed near al-Qarara village shot at farmers east of Khan Younis refugee camp. The soldiers were reportedly firing in the direction of Palestinian houses. Israeli forces regularly shoot in the area, locals said, adding that Israeli bulldozers….

Israeli forces disperse weekly protests in West Bank
11/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Several people were injured and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces violently dispersed protests across the West Bank. Two people were injured, a third was arrested, and dozens suffered from excessive tear-gas inhalation in clashes in Bilin near Ramallah. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades as protesters neared lands close to the….

Palestinian shot, injured in clashes in Jabaliya
11/29/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot and injured in clashes with Israeli forces near the al-Shuhada cemetery east of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip on Friday, witnesses said. Jibril al-Najjar, 22, was shot in the left leg and taken to Kamal Adwan hospital in moderate condition, they said. Clashes started after dozens of youths gathered near the cemetery and threw rocks….

Activists: 2 Palestinians hurt by live fire in clashes near Jerusalem
11/29/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians at a demonstration near Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank late Friday, activists said. The protesters were demonstrating in the al-Ezeriya and Abu Dis villages against the death of Nour Mohammad Afaneh, who died in an ambulance while it was held up near a checkpoint. Popular Committee spokesman Hani Halbiya said that clashes broke….

Palestinians, Israeli forces injured in Jerusalem clashes
11/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was injured with live bullets and two others with rubber-coated steel bullets in clashes in Silwad north of Ramallah on Friday, a reporter said. Silwad-based journalist Mouath al-Qaten said Israeli forces arrested Mohammad Ali Hammad, 15, when he fell to the ground after being shot by a live bullet. He was severely beaten and then arrested, al-Qaten said. [END]

3 injured, 1 arrested in Hebron clashes
11/29/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot a Palestinian then arrested him on al-Shalala Street in the center of Hebron on Friday, witnesses said. Jamil Mohammad Sarahana, 48, was shot, arrested, and taken to an unknown destination. Clashes broke out in the al-Shalala Street and Bab al-Zawiya areas in the city. [END]

Thousands of mourners join funeral of Qalandiya man
11/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners on Friday participated in the funeral of a man who died Thursday of wounds he suffered from Israeli fire eight months earlier. Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad, 24, died Thursday as a result of injuries he sustained after being shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet eight months ago during clashes at the entrance of Qalandiya refugee camp….

UNRWA digitizes Palestinian refugee experience
11/29/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees this week unveiled a newly digitized archive documenting the mass displacement of Palestinians from 1948 to the present day. The archive consists of over half a million negatives, prints, slides, films and videocassettes, covering all aspects of the lives and history of Palestinian refugees since 1948, UNRWA said in a statement.”Collective memory is….

UN begins distributing fuel to counter Gaza crisis
11/29/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The United Nations on Thursday began distributing fuel in Gaza to keep critical infrastructure running as fears of a health crisis grow over accumulating rubbish and sewage, a UN official said.”Fuel is actually coming in, as of today, through the Kerem Shalom (goods crossing with Israel), purchased by UNRWA and distributed by the UN,” the organization’s Middle East special….

IAEA not ready to verify Iran nuclear deal
11/29/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — The UN nuclear watchdog said Thursday it was not yet ready to verify Iran’s compliance with the recent deal with world powers, as Tehran invited inspectors to the key Arak site.”We need to study the agreement (struck in Geneva on Sunday) and we have to identify the ways in which the elements relevant to the IAEA be put into practice….
Envoy: Iran nuclear freeze to start by January
11/29/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — Iran’s six-month freeze of its nuclear program agreed with world powers in Geneva will start by early January, Tehran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog said Friday.”We expect that either at the end of December or the beginning of January we should start implementing the measures agreed by both sides,” Reza Najafi, envoy to the International Atomic Energy….

Hamas cancels anniversary celebrations
11/29/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement said Friday that it would cancel its 26th anniversary celebrations in the Gaza Strip due to the economic crisis there. Ashraf Zayed, a Hamas official, told Ma’an that Hamas canceled its main celebrations and events in the GazaSstrip due to the economic situation in the coastal territory. Political analyst Mustafa al-Sawaf had called on Hamas….

Teachers to strike next week
11/29/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian teachers union announced its decision Friday to launch a strike for three days next week in schools across West Bank. Spokesman Bassam Naim told Ma’an that the union decided to escalate its protest after efforts to reach a resolution failed. Naim said the strike will be held on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of next week with teachers….

UN spotlights trauma of Syrian refugee children
11/29/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syrian refugee children are paying a cruel price as civil war rips their country apart, the United Nations warned Friday in a report with heart-rending testimony from youngsters driven from their homes.”This is impossible to forget. It’s like someone has stabbed me with a knife when I remember,” 15-year-old Taha, who saw seven corpses near his house in Syria….

Quake near Iran nuclear plant kills 8
11/29/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — A 5. 7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant killed eight people and injured 190 on Thursday, emergency response chief Hassan Qadami told state media.”So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital treatment,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Qadami as saying. However, an official said the temblor had “not created….

Protest law, jail terms boost Egypt opposition
11/29/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Restrictions on protests and hefty jail terms for girl demonstrators are reviving Egypt’s autocratic past, say activists and erstwhile supporters of the government that replaced Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after he was overthrown. The military, the real power behind the civilian government it installed after Mori’s ouster in July, remains wildly popular, and many Egyptians, troubled by a stagnant….

TV: Mortar fire kills 4 by Ummayad mosque in Damascus
11/29/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — At least four people were killed and 26 wounded on Friday by mortar fire near the famed Ummayad mosque in Syria’s capital Damascus, state television reported.”Mortars fired by terrorists in front of the Ummayad mosque have killed four people and injured 26,” state television said in a breaking news alert. [END]

MERS virus strikes Jordan couple in UAE
11/29/2013 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — Two new cases of the potentially deadly MERS respiratory virus, including a heavily pregnant woman, have been reported in the United Arab Emirates, media Friday cited health authorities as saying. A 38-year-old Jordanian resident was hospitalized with breathing problems and diagnosed to be a carrier of MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was….

Egypt police fire tear gas as Islamists defy protest law
11/29/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Police fired tear gas on Friday at Islamists who demonstrated in Egypt, defying a new law banning unauthorized protests that has also angered activists following the arrest of a prominent blogger. The Muslim Brotherhood had vowed to go ahead regardless with the weekly protests it has organised after noon prayers ever since Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in a July 3 military….

Palestine News Network

Deterioration of Palestinian Patient Prisoners’ Health
Palestine News Network

International Film Festival on the Palestinian Nakba and Return
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Two Fishermen Arrested and Their Boat Confiscated in Rafah Waters
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli army demolish a house in the Salfit village of Deir Ballut
11/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Deir Ballut, Occupied Palestine – On Thursday morning at five am, the Israeli army demolished a house under construction, and left the area before the owner Ghaneem Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Karim or other villagers were able to arrive at the scene. It is believed that the Israeli forces conduct these activities so early in the morning in order to avoid non violent….

Day of Rage against the Prawer Plan will be held this Saturday, 30th of November, in the Naqab
11/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 10th November 2013, Prawer Won’t Pass Campaign, Occupied Palestine – After a month laden with demonstrations and debates in the Interior Affairs Committee of the Knesset, this Saturday will see the largest event held thus far in the Naqab (Negev), with thousands of protesters expected to arrive from around the country. Parallel protests will be held in Gaza, Ramallah, Haifa, Berlin, The Hague, Cairo and….

PNGO and human rights organizations calls for immediately ending suffering of civilians due to electricity outages
11/29/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Occupied Palestine – The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) and human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip express their deep concern for the deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the population of the Gaza Strip due to the continued tightened closure imposed by Israel on 1. 8 million people and its impact on all aspects of their lives, while the international community remains….

Relief Web

Saudi Arabia: UNRWA and Saudi Arabia launch West Bank projects
Relief Web 29 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Saudi Arabia On 26 November 2013, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held a…

Lebanon: UNRWA announces launch of winterization assistance
Relief Web 29 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The United Nations Agency for Works and Relief (UNRWA) is launching a nationwide winterization assistance plan, starting on 5…

The National

Halt to Iran s nuclear programme could start as early as next month
The National 29 Nov 2013 – The six-month freeze is meant to make it more difficult for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.

Execution-style killings in Iraq raise fears of return to civil war
The National 29 Nov 2013 – Elsewhere in Iraq on Friday, attacks in and around Baghdad, and the predominantly Sunni cities of Mosul, Baquba and Kirkuk kill 23 people and wound dozens.

Sectarian violence in central Egypt kills Muslim man
The National 29 Nov 2013 – Meanwhile in Cairo, police fire tear gas at hundreds of Islamists who defy a new law banning unauthorised protests.

Thai protesters storm army headquarters
The National 29 Nov 2013 – Protesters in Thailand stormed the grounds of the national army headquarters on Friday, asking the military to support their campaign to topple prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Ha’aretz

Obama’s problem, Saudi Arabia’s concerns and Israel’s new goals
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

The new Israeli Arab hipsters: Dancing through the culture clash
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Fitch upgrades Israel’s credit outlook to positive, citing shrinking deficit
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Israel invited to join UN Human Rights Council’s Western nations group
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Hezbollah arms dealer sentenced to life in Nigeria, two others freed
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Egypt Islamists rally to defy draconian protest ban
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Zarif: Iran will not enter nuclear negotiations that include Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Turkey to fund fuel for Gaza stricken utilities
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Israel-EU settlement compromise: When funding at stake, heaven and earth can be moved
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

UN: Syrian refugee children increasingly working, not in school
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Kanye West: Obama isn’t as well connected as Jews
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Leader of African gay rights movement honored in Nuremberg
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Druze soldiers detained at entrance to Dimona nuclear facility during drill
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Media tycoon Saban says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

Police arrest four suspected in Jerusalem rock attack
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

The right’s childish fear of death
Ha’aretz – 29 Nov 2013

The Geneva formula could work for making peace as well
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Luckily, we don t believe Bibi
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

South Tel Aviv security much improved, say long-time residents
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Ultra-Orthodox shunning higher education more than ever
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Poll sparks fear of rising HIV rate among gay Israelis
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Report: Pope Francis to visit Israel in May
Ha’aretz – 28 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

UN’s Ban to Israel: Stop building settlements in W. Bank, e. Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Secretary General also condemns rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel; warns of “dangerous tensions” between Israel, PA.

Iran nixes possibility it would attend nuclear talks with Israel present
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – FM Zarif also denies rumor that an Israeli representative attended the Geneva round of meetings.

Iran sees implementation of nuclear deal starting by early January
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – In anticipation of sanctions relief, Russian oil giant expresses interest in resuming ties, India pushes Iranian port project.

IDF s Druse battalion prepares for its next clash with Hezbollah
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Senior commanders in the IDF s 300th Infantry Brigade tell ‘The Jerusalem Post’ that the quiet reigning over the Lebanese frontier is highly deceptive: “Hezbollah is carrying out massive preparations.”

Rep. Eliot Engel to lead Jewish lawmakers’ group
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Democratic congressman will take over chairmanship of International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians from Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein.

Kanye West defends Obama, saying he lacks Jewish connections
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Hip hop superstar: “Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”

‘Washington Post’: White House omitting facts about Iran nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Paper’s editorial board warns that while interim deal delays progress toward bomb, text on comprehensive deal makes many concessions.

Israeli-American media tycoon Saban says he dreams of Hillary Clinton as US president
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – “The general feeling is that Hillary is Obama’s natural successor,” says big-time donor, vowing to back Clinton with “full might.”

Bayit Yehudi’s Ben-Dahan: Kerry giving legitimacy to terror, not a worthy mediator
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Deputy minister attacks Kerry’s comments that failure of peace talks will push Palestinians to third intifada.

Lebanese government c’tee presents foreign envoys with report on ‘Israeli espionage’
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Israeli “cyberwarfare” is infiltrating UNIFIL and Lebanese army networks, c’tee tells group of 27 ambassadors.

Canadian diplomats skeptical of Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – As my prime minister said, instead of a historic agreement, we feel it s a historic mistake, says Israel’s new ambassador to Canada.

Slaughter ban splits Polish Jews, Muslims
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – According to the EJA, arguments contained in the petition are similar to those presented to the Polish Ministry of Agriculture in September.

Anabaptist group meets with Chief Rabbi Lau in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – A Christian song emanated from the offices of the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem Thursday afternoon.

Turk MP supports peace pipeline
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Politicians can give you many reasons why this can t happen, but it takes a statesman to build peace, he told the Jerusalem Post .

Canadian PM to be honored at KKL-JNF Toronto event
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Outside the weather will be minus 10 degrees, but inside the atmosphere will be extremely hot, organizers said in a statement.

Rouhani touts ‘brotherhood’ with UAE as Iran looks to improve relations with Gulf states
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Iranian president looks to reestablish commercial ties in region, blunt opposition of Gulf countries to nuclear deal.

Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in knockout attacks
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – The latest attack came Monday, when a 72-year-old Russian-speaking Jewish woman was punched in an East New York neighborhood.

Mexico s president: Peres visit cause for celebration
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Peres also met with Carlos Slim, who is reportedly the world s richest man and the key sponsor of the Mexican- Israeli business conference.

Into the fray: Will the West withstand the Obama presidency?
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – The really chilling aspect of the Obama-incumbency is that it is difficult to diagnose whether the abysmal results it produced including the recent Geneva debacle reflect crushing failure or calculated success

My Word: Arik Einstein s genius
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Everybody had their Einstein, and it comes with an inseparable dose of nostalgia.

If only one man’s terrorist was another man’s terrorist
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – With over 100 different definitions of terrorism worldwide, we can never truly collaborate effectively in fighting it.

Another Tack: Bloodlust and lies
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – He was dragged out of bed and it was off-with-his-head- as simple, as speedy and as savage as that.

Savir’s Corner: On Buji, Tzipi and peace
Jerusalem Post 28 Nov 2013 – Israel is in urgent need of leaders who can lead her to peace, democracy and social justice and good relations with the world.

Inter Press Service

Arab World Sinks Deeper into Water Crisis, Warns UNDP
IPS A forward osmosis desalination plant at Al Khaluf in Oman. Credit: Starsend/cc by 2.0 By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2013 (IPS) The Arab world is widely perceived as blessed with an embarrassment of riches: an abundance of oil (Saudi Arabia), one of the world s highest per capita incomes (…

Uruknet

Iraq without its Christians
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -Ravaged by sectarian violence and persecution, Iraq s Christians continue to flee into exile, prompting fears that this community, one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, could be facing extinction in its ancient homeland….

Children shot and injured near Gaza s border fence with Israel
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – Yazid Abu Khader, 17, once the only bread winner of his eight-member family, struggles to stand up at his house in central Gaza Strip. The teen suffered a disability from a gunshot injury when he took…

The End of American Thanksgivings: A Cause for Universal Rejoicing
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – …Thanksgiving is much more than a lie – if it were that simple, an historical correction of the record of events in 1600s Massachusetts would suffice to purge the “flaw” in the national mythology. But Thanksgiving…

Five soldiers killed in Libya s volatile east
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013- Three soldiers were shot dead in Libya s second city Benghazi on Wednesday and the bodies of two more were found in the nearby eastern town of Derna, officials said. The latest violence came as Benghazi was…

Joint Press Release: PNGO and Human Rights Organizations Calls for Immediately Ending Suffering of Civilians Due to Electricity Outages
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) and human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip express their deep concern for the deteriorating humanitarian conditions of the population of the Gaza Strip due to the continued tightened closure…

Government services collapse in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – These photos were taken in and around the Shu fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem. Shu fat has seen overcrowding and a collapse of government services since the construction of the Separation Wall cut it off…

Counting the Dead in the War on Terror
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – On Thursday the intelligence committee of the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an initiative requiring U.S. spy agencies to annually report on the number of casualties resulting from drone warfare. A similar provision, accepted by the…

Hamas mixed on Iran nuclear deal
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -The Iranian nuclear agreement announced in Geneva on Nov. 24 has unsettled not only Israel but also Hamas. Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy head of Hamas political bureau, wrote on his Facebook page on the evening of…

“5 Broken Cameras” wins Palestine s first Emmy
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – Emad Burnat s 5 Broken Cameras took the prize for best documentary at the International Emmy Awards in New York City on Monday evening. “It s a big honor to be the first Palestinian to win…

UN affirms reluctance to hold Israel accountable for its colonisation of Palestine
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -Remembrance and solidarity with Palestinians have once again been voiced in commemoration of the United Nations resolution which lacerated Palestine, paving the way for decades of perfected massacres since the implementation of the partition plan. Describing the…

US ultimatum on permanent occupation of Afghanistan
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -Susan Rice, the Obama administration s national security adviser, issued an ultimatum Monday to Afghanistan s President Hamid Karzai: either sign a bilateral security agreement with Washington immediately, or face the withdrawal of all US military forces…

Iran: White House gave false details of nuclear agreement
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -Tehran has strongly rejected Washington s interpretation of the long-awaited interim nuclear agreement reached by the P5+1 nations in Geneva, as Iran s Foreign Ministry labeled the factsheet released by the US a “one-sided interpretation.” The agreement,…

Don t just resign, withdraw from the negotiations altogether
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -The resignation of the Palestinian negotiating team reflects the crisis of the talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis. Close to twenty sessions since 30 July concentrated mainly on Israel s security needs; it knows how…

Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already!
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade. When I was a child in Baghdad, we…

Palestinians increasingly concerned Jordan may be given control of West Bank in future deal
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – In Vienna last week, it wasn t the people surrounding the interfaith dialogue that were boring. Not at all. The organizers of the conference are committed Austrian Christians who repent of their country s history of…

Iraq: 75 Killed, 98 Wounded As Dumped Bodies Are Found Across Baghdad
Uruknet 29 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – At least 75 people were killed and 98 more were wounded in attacks across the northern half of Iraq. While bombers were very active today, it was the discovery of dumped bodies across Baghdad that chillingly…

Who Will Protect Libyans Now?Libya s Hell, Enabled by Canadian Humanitarians
Uruknet 28 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – Who will protect Libyans now? One of the darkest and most shameful chapters in Western military intervention continues to play out in spades in Libya. Recent news from Benghazi revealed that one of the (literally hundreds)…

Daily Star

Stitching it all together at Creative Space Beirut
Daily Star 29 Nov 2013 Lights dimmed, projector on, images from one of the Web s biggest fashion blogs, The Sartorialist, flashed across a white screen as instructor Nicolas El Hani discussed style with students at the Creative Space Beirut.

Tug-of-war erupts over return of Jewish archives to Iraq
Daily Star 29 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…

No dismantling of Iran nuclear facilities: Rouhani to FT
Daily Star 29 Nov 2013 Iran will not dismantle its nuclear facilities after a historic deal with world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said in an interview with The Financial Times newspaper published Friday.

Libyan soldier, policemen shot dead in Benghazi
Daily Star 29 Nov 2013 A soldier and a policemen were shot dead on Friday in another day of violence targeting security forces in Libya’s second city Benghazi, a hospital official said.

YNet News

Egypt police arrest nearly 200 over illegal protests
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – ….

Rohani: No dismantling of Iran nuclear facilities
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – ….

Ban warns of ‘dangerous’ Israel-Palestinian tensions
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – ….

WB: 2 Border Guard officers, 3 Palestinians injured in clashes
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – ….

Nigeria says kills more than 50 Islamist insurgents in airstrike
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – ….

Rabbi whose good friend became pope
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – When Francis was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, he and Rabbi Abraham Skorka co-wrote a book of dialogues on Judaism and Roman Catholicism. Skorka hopes they can pray together before Jerusalem’s Western Wall and in Bethlehem, ‘to show the world it is possible’ ….

Crushing moral values
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: By nursing in public in name of liberalism, mothers are restricting other people’s freedom ….

Olim mark Thanksgivukkah in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 29 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of new immigrants, lone soldiers celebrate once-in-a-lifetime double holiday of Hanukkah, Thanksgiving at landmark Goren Synagogue with three-course meal replete with traditional holiday foods, including latkes and turkey ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian succumbs to injuries sustained in March
PIC – Mahmoud Wajeeh Awawd, 24, on Thursday night succumbed to injuries he sustained in March at Qalandia Checkpoint.

Siam: We need real international action to end the siege
PIC – A Palestinian official considered international voices calling for ending the siege on Gaza “insufficient,” urging for more action to lift the siege.

Settlement construction up 130% since resumption of “peace talks‚¨ ù
PIC – Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics reported an increase of 5.5% in settlement construction in the West Bank since the beginning of 2013 compared to the corresponding time frame in 2012.

Hamas’s leaders and MPs call for halting negotiations with occupation
PIC – Hamas movement’s political leaders and deputies have strongly condemned the continuation of negotiations between the PA and Israeli occupation after the assassination of three Palestinians.

IOA issues demolition notifications against 14 facilities in Jenin
PIC – Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) have notified Thursday afternoon ten citizens from Barta’a village southwest of Jenin, of the intended demolition of their 14 homes and facilities.

Hamas collects signatures on a document stressing the adherence to constants
PIC – Hamas movement called on all Palestinian factions, leaders, intellectuals and students and all the Palestinian people to sign a document that stresses the adherence to the constants.

Occupation issues an arrest warrant for a 4-year-old child
PIC – Palestinian human rights sources said that the occupation authorities issued an arrest warrant against a 4-year-old Jerusalemite child.

PA apparatuses in West Bank arrest a student summon a young man
PIC – Palestinian Authority security apparatuses arrested a student at an-Najah National University, and summoned a young man from al-Khalil, while the occupation forces arrested two Hamas leaders.

Clashes erupt in al-Khalil and IOF tightens security measures
PIC – Sporadic clashes broke out on Thursday between dozens of Palestinian citizens and the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in Bab al-Zawia in the center of al-Khalil, in the southern West Bank.

Misc

Fawning over Egyptian strongman Sisi goes over the top with PJs
LA Times 29 Nov 2013 – A cult of personality around Egypt’s defense minister and de facto leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, has gone from fad to farcical with a social media campaign promoting women’s pajamas bearing the strongman’s image in beribboned uniform and sunglasses.

Syrian forces recapture strategic border town
LA Times 28 Nov 2013 – Rebels had seized Deir Attiyeh, a vital link on the main highway between Damascus and Homs, less than a week ago. BEIRUT Syrian government forces have recaptured the western border town of Deir Attiyeh, less than a week after rebel forces had seized it…

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Rejects a Request by Syria to Convert Arms Sites
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – The group turned down a proposal for 12 of the facilities to be used for storage.

The Lede: For Egypt s New Rulers, Familiar Scapegoats
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – The arrest of an Egyptian activist whose blogging has made him the target of four successive governments seemed to signal that the security forces are intent on quashing dissent.

Firm Says U.S. Navy Suspension Related to Old Billing Dispute
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – A maritime services company that had millions of dollars in contracts suspended by the U.S. Navy this week says the action stemmed from a billing dispute probed by the Justice Department several years ago, and it hopes to resolve the issue quickly.

Yemen President Rules Out Southern Split, Separatists Call Rallies
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – Yemen’s president ruled out ever allowing the partition of the country, challenging southern separatists who called for demonstrations across their territory to press for independence.

18 People, Abducted in Baghdad, Are Found Shot to Death
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – The bodies were dumped on a farm near the predominantly Sunni neighborhood where they were rounded up the night before, according to the police.

Palestinian Negotiator: Peace Deal Still Possible
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – The chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel says the world needs to get tough with Israel over its continued settlement building to ensure the remaining five months of talks won’t be wasted.

Tents, Refugees Crowd Lebanese Valley-Just Don’t Call It a Camp
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – White tents with “The U.N. Refugee Agency” written on them flap in the wind outside the Lebanese mountain town of Arsal. Children run past latrines and water points. In all respects, it is a refugee camp, but you must not call it that, say officials.

Out of Syria, Into a European Maze
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – As war rages on, more refugees are risking a journey across the Mediterranean in hopes of new lives in Europe. Instead, many find uncertainty and frustration.

Hezbollah Arms Suspect Gets Life in Nigeria, Two Others Freed
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – A Nigerian court handed a life sentence for illegal arms trafficking and possession on Friday to a Lebanese man suspected of having links with Hezbollah, but it freed another two Lebanese suspects in the case.

Quake Did Not Damage Nuclear Plant, Iran Tells IAEA
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency an earthquake near the city of Bushehr did not damage the country’s sole nuclear power plant and it continues to operate normally, the IAEA said on Friday.

Dozens of Firms Interested in Destroying Syrian Chemicals: OPCW Sources
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – More than two dozen companies have expressed interest in destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, sources at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told Reuters on Friday.

Niger Cuts Off 1.7 Million Mobiles Phones in Security Crackdown
New York Times 29 Nov 2013 – Niger has cancelled 1.7 million mobile phone numbers, around one third of the West African country’s total cell numbers, in what the government said was an attempt to improve security.

Petition to Hillary assails right wing Democrats who take warmonger AIPAC cash
Mondoweiss – Hillary Clinton Another public assault on the Israel lobby. Just Foreign Policy, partnered with Moveon.org, is running a petition to ask Hillary Clinton to support the Iran deal. She s been lamentably silent. But she was outfront on bombing Syria. Notice that the petition states that many…

NYT article on Palestinian refugees manages to quote Israeli govt spox but no Palestinians
Mondoweiss – Yousef Munayyer s tweet really says it all: UNREAL @nytimes story on photos of Palestinian refugee experience quotes Israelis but precisely ZERO Palestinians link to t.co Yousef Munayyer (@YousefMunayyer) November 29, 2013 The article, Photographs Tell a History of Palestinians Unmoored , is about a…

International Day of Rage against the Prawer Plan planned for tomorrow
Mondoweiss – Tomorrow, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a day of rage to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin…

IDB posts NIS 380m third quarter loss
Globes Main News – Discounting a write-down on the transfer of its investment in Clal Insurance to a trustee, IDB Group lost NIS 8 million in the quarter.

Aipac s Tortured Role in Iran Nuclear Talks: Tear Down Deal, While Appearing to Support It
Tikun Olam – The Israel Lobby likes to say (and hear members of Congress saying it as well) that there isn t an inch of daylight between Israel and U.S. political leaders. And that s generally so. But I ve just read a memo produced by Aipac which diverges from the Israeli…

Netanyahu strengthens despite Iran deal
Globes Main News – Likud-Beitenu, and Labor under Isaac Herzog, both gain in the latest “Globes”-Smith Institute poll.

Israel And The Slow Death of Gaza
Sabbah report 29 Nov 2013 – As long as Israel runs the foreign policy of the world s greatest weapon of mass destruction , the United States, and as long as Arab regimes assist and submit to Israel s and America s hegemony in the region; GAZA will eventually die out. The West Bank will be…

Analysts warn of jihadist backlash
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Will Syria’s Jihad come to haunt Europe?

Three Palestinians Killed By Israeli Forces in Yatta
Palestine Solidarity Project 29 Nov 2013 – From Ma an News Agency: 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…

VIDEO: Tear gas fired at Egypt protesters
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Police in Egypt have fired tear gas at hundreds of Islamist protesters defying a new law that bans unauthorised demonstrations.

Nigeria: Lebanese cleared of terror
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Three men accused of being members of Hezbollah are cleared of terrorism charges by a Nigerian court, though one is jailed for life on weapons charges.

Saudi female driver defies ban
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – A leading Saudi campaigner for giving women the right to drive is stopped by police while driving through the capital, Riyadh.

Analysts warn of jihadist backlash
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Will Syria’s Jihad come to haunt Europe?

VIDEO: Tear gas fired at Egypt protesters
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Police in Egypt have fired tear gas at hundreds of Islamist protesters defying a new law that bans unauthorised demonstrations.

Nigeria: Lebanese cleared of terror
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Three men accused of being members of Hezbollah are cleared of terrorism charges by a Nigerian court, though one is jailed for life on weapons charges.

Saudi female driver defies ban
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – A leading Saudi campaigner for giving women the right to drive is stopped by police while driving through the capital, Riyadh.

Three killed near Damascus mosque
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – A mortar round lands near the historic Umayyad Mosque in the Old City of Damascus, killing at least three people.

Child among four killed in shelling on Damascus: State news
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on November 29, 2013 shows an injured man laying on a hospital bed in the capital Damascus. (Photo: AFP / SANA) At least four people were killed Friday in mortar fire near the famed Ummayad…

Israel Spies on the World in Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – A picture taken from Lebanon in Adaysseh on the Lebanese-Israeli border shows an Israeli soldier patrolling in an armoured vehicle along the border on August 23, 2013 after the Israeli air force launched a rocket toward a Palestinian group in Lebanon. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat)…

Nigeria frees two Lebanese in “terror” case, jails one for life
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – Three Lebanese nationals accused of being Hezbollah members were cleared of terrorism charges in Nigeria on Friday but one of them was convicted of a weapons offense and jailed for life. Mustapha Fawaz, Abdallah Thahini and Talal Ahmad Roda were arrested in May after the discovery…

Lebanese Army Dismantles Sleeper Cells in Bekaa
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – A picture shows a car rigged with 400 kilogrammes (250 pounds) of explosives that was found by the Lebanese army abandoned on a road between the villages of Makneh and Yunin in the Bekaa Valley, late on November 21, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) A picture…

Qatar Opens Up to Hezbollah and Damascus After Hostage Deal
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – Qatar also asked Lebanese security officials who were involved in freeing the Lebanese hostages to relay positive messages to both Hezbollah and Damascus. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Al-Shaikh) Qatar also asked Lebanese security officials who were involved in freeing the Lebanese hostages to relay positive messages…

Jenin: Palestinian Authority Crackdown on Anti-Negotiations Activists
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – A Palestinian boys rides a bicycle near building materials on the street outside new houses which are part of a project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on November 21, 2013. (…

VIDEO: The tale of Dubai’s first skyscraper
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – How is Dubai’s first skyscraper coping with competition from newer, flashier towers? Howard Johnson reports.

VIDEO: Optimism over easing of Iran sanctions
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – The easing of sanctions against Iran have brought optimism to the UAE, as Jonathan Frewin reports from Dubai.

Egyptian blogger held over protest
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Police in Egypt arrest prominent activist Alaa Abdul Fattah, who is accused of calling for protests against a new law restricting demonstrations.

Police fire tear gas at Egyptian protesters defying ban
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – Egyptian Riot policemen fire tear gas towards supporters during a demonstration of Muslim Brotherhood on November 29, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Khaled) Updated 6:30pm: Police fired tear gas Friday at Islamists who demonstrated in Egypt, defying a new law banning unauthorized protests…

Eighteen abducted Iraqis found dead
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – The bodies of 18 people are found near a town north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, hours after they were abducted from their homes, police say.

Five drown when boat capsizes off Turkey’s coast
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – At least five people, including a child, drowned on Friday after a boat carrying clandestine immigrants trying to reach Greece capsized off western Turkey, the coastguard said. “Acting on a tip-off at 2:30 am (0030 GMT) the coastguard seized the boat and recovered five bodies,” coastguard…

NATO apologizes for strike that killed two-year-old Afghan
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov 2013 – Afghan children walk along a wall in Mazari Sharif on November 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Farshad Usyan) Updated 6:00pm: US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan on Friday apologized for an airstrike that killed a two-year-old boy, as acrimony deepens over a deal to allow US troops…

Iraqi police uncover 18 bodies of kidnappees
Al-Akhbar News 29 Nov
2013 – Iraqi police have discovered the bodies of 18 men who were abducted from their homes and killed execution-style in a town near Baghdad, two police sources said on Friday. The corpses were found grouped together and shot in the head in Meshahda, around 20 miles north…

Warning over Syria war’s child cost
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – The war in Syria is creating a generation of damaged refugee children, many of whom are forced to work to survive, a UN reports says.

Saudi crackdown on illegal workers sparks heated debate
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Saudi crackdown on illegal workers sparks heated debate

VIDEO: Anguish over Egyptian girls’ jailing
BBC 28 Nov 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to Egypt’s streets, protesting against heavy sentences imposed on 21 female supporters of ousted President Morsi.

Syria: Did Saudi Assassinate Armed Opposition Leader?
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Nov 2013 – An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on September 12, 2013, shows the Liwa al-Tawhid brigade high commander, Abdul Qader Al-Salih, seaking to rebel fighters at an undisclosed location in Syria. (Photo: AFP – Youtube) An image grab taken from a video uploaded…

Moderate Syrian Islam Attracts Ire of State and Militants
Al-Akhbar Politics 28 Nov 2013 – A rebel fighter stands behind a window as he holds a position in a building in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on November 24, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud) A rebel fighter stands behind a window as he holds a position in a…

Articles


The Greatest Danger to Israel is the Stupidity of Its Leaders
Uri Avnery, CounterPunch 11/29/2013
The Debacle
The greatest danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders.
This is not a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. A great many of the world s leaders are plain stupid, and always have been. Enough to look at what happened in Europe in July 1914, when an incredible accumulation of stupid politicians and incompetent generals plunged humanity into World War I.
But lately, Binyamin Netanyahu and almost the entire Israeli political establishment have achieved a new record in foolishness.
Let us start from the end.
Iran is the great victor. It has been warmly welcomed back into the family of civilized nations. Its currency, the rial, is jumping. Its prestige and influence in the region has become paramount. Its enemies in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia and its gulf satellites, have been humiliated. Any military strike against it by anyone, including Israel, has become unthinkable.
The image of Iran as a nation of crazy ayatollahs, fostered by Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad, has disappeared. Iran now looks like a responsible country, led by sober and shrewd leaders.
Israel is the great loser. It has maneuvered itself into a position of total isolation. Its demands have been ignored, its traditional friends have distanced themselves. But above everything else, its relations with the US have been seriously damaged. more..e-mail

Obligations to combat settler violence under the domestic law of Third Party States
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/28/2013
Third Party States have obligations under international law and their own domestic laws to investigate entities within their jurisdictions that are lending support to violent settler groups in the Occupied Territories, according to a new report by Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq.
As internationally deemed illegal settlements have mushroomed across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, attacks against Palestinians perpetrated by some of the 520,000 settlers have only increased.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties and property damage has increased by 32 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, and by over 144 percent compared to 2009.
As settler violence is considered an organized crime, Third Party States must ensure that support, financial or otherwise, coming from within their borders and going towards settler violence is investigated and tackled.
“States should investigate groups and individuals that lend support to violent settler groups, or settlements known for their involvement in settler violence, both of which could be held liable for committing offences under the domestic laws on organized crime and financing of acts of terror,” said an Al-Haq legal advisor.
This comes in response to suspicions raised with regard to support being given to settler groups and settlements from associations and individuals in France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For example, in September 2011, the French Defense League, a private group in France, sent its members to conduct military trainings for Israeli settlers….more..e-mail

On Israel s collective amnesia: Could we kill an Arab?
Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera 11/29/2013
A new film festival in Tel Aviv challenges Israel’s ‘founding myths’.
A few years ago, the Israeli Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs unveiled an English-language website with the aim of repairing Israel’s image, which was said to be under unfair attack abroad.
A Jerusalem Post article marking the debut of the (now defunct) site noted that it “provide[d] hasbara material related to current events, tips for the ‘novice ambassador’, myths and facts about Israel and the Arab world, and lists of Israel’s most prominent achievements in science, medicine and agriculture”.
Among alleged image-improving factoids listed by the ministry was that “[a]n Israeli invention for an electric hair removal device makes women happy all over the world.” The catalogue of “myths” included that the West Bank settlements are an obstacle to peace – a notion debunked on the website as follows: “The Palestinian Authority sees the roots of the conflict as being the ‘1948 settlements’, whereas the facts show that the settlements were founded after the 1967 war.”
Via this attempted sleight of hand, the ministry endeavoured to dismiss the problematic issue of 1948 by triumphantly “proving” that the post-1967 settlements were indeed established after and not before 1967 – something that no one argues with anyway.
The real myth, of course, is the one propagated by Israel, whose refusal to atone for, or even acknowledge, the crimes upon which the nation is founded. This, in fact, constitutes the principal obstacle to peace. more..e-mail

Save the children from Israel s deadly drones
Brad Parker, Al Jazeera 11/28/2013
One year on, despite evidence of war crimes, justice has not been served for victims of Operation Pillar of Defence. Mahmoud Khousa was 13 when he died. He was killed last November by an Israeli drone-fired missile on the last day of Operation Pillar of Defence, an eight-day Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip. More than 30 Palestinian children were killed. Yet one year on, despite well-documented evidence of war crimes and serious violations of international humanitarian law, there has been no accountability and no justice for Mahmoud’s family.
Israel’s military policy toward Gaza is one of deterrence. Just last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the Israeli military Gaza division and marking the one-year anniversary of the assault, declared, “Deterrence is achieved by the enemy’s knowing that we will not tolerate attacks on our communities and our soldiers, and that we will respond in great strength.” The “great strength” that Mr. Netanyahu refers to is also known as disproportionate force.
Since 2006, the Israeli military has sought to achieve “deterrence” by implementing something known as the “Dahiya doctrine,” or “the application of disproportionate force and the causing of great damage and destruction to civilian property and infrastructure, as well as suffering to civilian populations.” It derives its name from the Hezbollah-controlled neighbourhood of Dahiya in Beirut, which Israeli forces leveled in the summer of 2006 during its assault on Lebanon. Following Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 to January 2009, which resulted in the death of over 350 children, the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict found Israeli practices consistent with this doctrine.
The eight days of Operation Pillar of Defence were characterised by disproportionate force directed at government and civilian infrastructure, residential neighbourhoods, and, in the case of Mahmoud, individual civilians. According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, 167 Palestinians died during the offensive, with 80 percent of uninvolved fatalities occurring in the last four days of the operation…. more..e-mail

In Israel, Canada embraces the racism it abolished at home
Electronic Intifada: 29 Nov 2013 – Stephen Harper will speak at the Jewish National Fund this weekend, an organization intimately tied to Israel s laws that discriminate against its non-Jewish citizens. more..

The Iran Debacle: Israel s Loss is Incalculable
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Nov 2013 – By Uri Avnery The greatest danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders. This is not a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. A great many of the world s leaders are plain stupid, and always have been. Enough to look at what happened in Europe in July 1914, when an incredible accumulation of stupid politicians and incompetent generals plunged humanity into World War I. But lately, Binyamin Netanyahu and almost the entire Israeli political establishment have achieved a new record in foolishness. Let us start from the end. Iran is the great victor. It has been warmly welcomed back into the family of civilized nations. Its currency, the rial, is jumping. Its prestige and influence in the region has become paramount. Its enemies in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia and its gulf satellites, have been humiliated. Any military strike against it by…more

The Debacle
Dissident Voice: 29 Nov 2013 – The greatest danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders. This is not a uniquely Israeli phenomenon. A great many of the world s leaders are plain stupid, and always have been. Enough to look at what happened in Europe in July 1914, when an incredible accumulation of stupid politicians and incompetent generals plunged humanity into World War I. But lately, Binyamin Netanyahu and almost the entire Israeli political establishment have achieved a new record in foolishness. Let us start from the end. Iran is the great victor. It has been warmly welcomed back into the family of civilized nations. Its currency, the rial, is jumping. Its prestige and influence in the region has become paramount. Its enemies in the Muslim world, Saudi Arabia and its gulf satellites, have been humiliated. Any military strike against it by anyone, including Israel,…more


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