VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 30 November 2013

30 November 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Assault Nonviolent Protesters Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Three Palestinians Kidnapped Saturday evening [November 30, 2013] Israeli soldiers attacked dozens of nonviolent Palestinian and international peace activists protesting near the Beit El illegal settlement, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and kidnapped Three. The protest was held against the Israeli Prawer-Begin Negev displacement plan. …

Israeli Police Kills A Palestinian Worker In Petah Tikva
IMEMC – [Saturday, November 30, 2013] Israeli police officers shot and killed a Palestinian laborer in the Petah Tikva area, north of historic Palestine, after chasing him. The police also kidnapped 20 of the workers. …

Farmers Prevented From Reaching Their Lands In Yatta
IMEMC – [Saturday, November 30, 2013] Israeli soldiers have attacked several Palestinian farmers, southeast of Yattat town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and prevented them from entering their lands. …

Ma’an News

Israeli volunteer shoots, kills Palestinian worker in northern Israel
11/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A volunteer for the Israeli border police shot and killed a young Palestinian worker in Petah Tikva early Saturday, Israeli media and a police spokesman said. According to the Israeli news site Ynet, the volunteer shot the Palestinian in Yarkon Cemetery while conducting a search for “people residing in Israel illegally.”Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed the incident. He said….

Official: 2 Palestinians sustain canister injuries in Kafr Qaddum
11/30/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Two Palestinian men sustained injuries Friday afternoon after they were hit by high-velocity tear gas canisters as Israeli forces dispersed protests near Qalqiliya, a local official said. Israeli soldiers injured two Palestinian protesters in the village of Kafr Qaddum during the weekly protests against settlement expansion, village council spokesman Murad Shtiewi told Ma’an. Mansour Abu Dayyah, 40, and thirteen-year-old….

Palestinian family forced to demolish 3 apartments in Jerusalem
11/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family in East Jerusalem had to demolish three apartments they had been building on Saturday after an Israeli court threatened the structures with demolition by the municipality. The family chose to demolish the structures manually before the municipal council of Jerusalem could send out bulldozers to do it. If the municipality itself had carried out the demolition, it would….

In photos: Thousands gather in Qalandiya to bury slain Palestinian
11/30/2013 – Thousands took part in a funeral march for Mahmoud Awwad in Qalandiya refugee camp on Friday, a day after the Palestinian man succumbed to wounds inflicted upon him by Israeli soldiers. Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad, 28, died Thursday in an Israeli hospital from months-old bullet wounds inflicted by Israeli forces. The injury caused him to fall into a coma, and he remained comatose until medics pronounced….

Clashes break out in Negev as police disperse anti-Prawer protest
11/30/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Saturday between Palestinians and Israeli police as police violently dispersed a protest against Prawer Plan in the Negev. Dozens of Israeli police and police officers on horseback used batons and water cannons to disperse protesters, according to a Ma’an reporter on the scene. Protesters responded by throwing rocks at police officers, who detained a number…. Related: Israel detains 3 at anti-Prawer protest near Ramallah andPalestinians rally in Gaza against Israel’s Prawer Plan

Israeli police attack large anti-Prawer protests in Haifa
11/30/2013 – NAZARETH (Ma’an) — Hundreds of protestors participated in a large demonstration in Haifa on Saturday against the Prawer Plan as part of a global “Day of Rage.”Many protesters were detained as Israeli police violently dispersed the crowds in the northern Israeli city, and clashes continued into the evening. Protests took place on both sides of the Green Line as well as worldwide, as…. Related: Clashes break out in Negev as police disperse anti-Prawer protest andPalestinians rally in Gaza against Israel’s Prawer Plan

Palestinians rally in Gaza against Israel’s Prawer Plan
11/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of Palestinian youth demonstrated in Gaza City Saturday in protest of Israel’s so-called Prawer Plan to displace Bedouin residents of Negev. Demonstrators raised posters rejecting the Prawer Plan and other Israeli practices against the Palestinian people. The rally was organized by Gaza Strip’s Intifada Youth Coalition in conjunction with an international “day of rage” against…. Related: Israel detains 3 at anti-Prawer protest near Ramallah andClashes break out in Negev as police disperse anti-Prawer protest

Israel detains 3 at anti-Prawer protest near Ramallah
11/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians at a protest against the Prawer Plan near Ramallah on Saturday. Protesters marched from the al-Bireh municipality near Ramallah towards the nearby Israeli settlement of Bet El. Israeli forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and live bullets at protesters as they neared the settlement. No injuries were reported. The demonstration is one of 24 protests against…. Related: Palestinians rally in Gaza against Israel’s Prawer Plan and Clashes break out in Negev as police disperse anti-Prawer protest

Woman detained at Tulkarem checkpoint
11/30/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint east of Tulkarem on Saturday evening. Security sources told Ma’an that Maram Hassouneh, a university student in her twenties from Rafidia, was detained after she lit up a firework at the checkpoint and refused to stop when soldiers told her to. She was then searched and a knife was found….

Year after UN vote, Palestinians eye diplomatic action
11/30/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A year after the Palestinians were granted non-member observer status by the United Nations, pressure is mounting on their leaders to exploit that rather than pursue peace talks few see bearing fruit. No official ceremony was scheduled Friday in the Palestinian territories to mark the historic Nov. 29, 2012 vote of the UN General Assembly. But in comments published Thursday by official news….

Official hopes world powers find Palestine solution after Iran, Syria
11/30/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian official said Saturday he had hopes for the international community to turn its attention toward Palestine after the historic Iran nuclear deal and the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria.”As Palestinians we aspire that the new international consensus on Iran and Syria will make our Palestinian case open to a solution,” Senior Fatah official Nabil Amr posted on….

Police seize 4 kg of marijuana in Jenin
11/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A Palestinian Authority anti-drug unit seized four kilograms of marijuana from a car with an Israeli license plate in the northern West Bank on Saturday. Chief of the Anti-Narcotics Police
Lutfi Ishtayya told Ma’an that the car had frequently visited Jenin and the driver had prior charges related to drug dealing. Ishtayya said the car was ambushed, and upon….

52 dead in throwback to Iraq’s sectarian bloodshed
11/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A wave of violence Friday killed 52 people in Iraq, most of whom were kidnapped and shot dead with their corpses abandoned, in scenes harking back to Iraq’s sectarian war. The killings come amid a surge in violence that has left more than 600 people dead this month, including several who were snatched from their homes, only for their bodies to….

20 dead in air raids on Syria’s Aleppo province
11/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 20 people, including seven women and a child, were killed in an aerial bombardment on Saturday of Al-Bab in Syria’s Aleppo province, an NGO said. Regime helicopters dropped explosive-laden barrels on the town in the northern province causing widespread damage, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Footage posted by activists on YouTube showed chaos in the aftermath of….

Four dead in sectarian clashes in Lebanon’s Tripoli
11/30/2013 – TRIPOLI, LEBANON (AFP) — Four people, including a 15-year-old schoolboy, were killed and 22 others wounded on Saturday in sectarian clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a security source told AFP. The Lebanese army, which deployed in the city and evacuated children from the school where the teenager was killed, said seven soldiers were among those hurt in the ongoing clashes. Violence regularly….

Seven dead in renewed Iraq bloodshed
11/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks near Baghdad and north of Iraq’s capital left seven people dead on Saturday, amid a protracted surge in bloodshed fueling fears the country is slipping back into all-out sectarian war. Iraq’s worst violence since 2008 has left more than 650 people dead already this month and forced authorities to appeal for international help in combating militancy just months….

Bahrain police, protesters clash
11/30/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — Bahrain’s police fired tear gas and used sound bombs to disperse hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday in a village near the capital, witnesses said. They said the incident took place at a road junction in Sanabis, a predominantly Shiite village, following the funeral of a 15-year-old youth. He died earlier the same day in hospital of burns he had suffered….

AlJazeera

Arrests at protest over Israel’s Bedouin plan
AlJazeera 30 Nov 2013 – Hundreds take part in ‘Day of Rage’ against government policy of resettling the Bedouin of the southern Negev desert.

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Darkness in Gaza
Relief Web 29 Nov 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory “Everything stops,” says Daulat. She doesn’t just mean the refrigerator, the washing machine and other devices; this Palestine refugee mother means daily life…

occupied Palestinian territory: 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 On 26 November 2013, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held a ceremony launching…

The National

Death toll rises to 8 in Glasgow helicopter crash
The National 30 Nov 2013 – Police say pilot and two officers on board the helicopter are among eight people killed when the helicopter crashed on to a packed pub on Friday night.

Letter from Cairo: Echoes of the Cold War
The National 30 Nov 2013 – A strain in ties with Washington has been followed by diplomatic overtures and weapons deals between Egypt and Russia a scenario similar to one that played out more than 50 years ago.

UN archive captures plight of Palestinian refugees
The National 30 Nov 2013 – Because of its historical and cultural significance, the archive has been part of Unesco s Memory of the World list since 2009.

In pictures: The Long Journey chronicles decades of Palestinian struggle
The National 30 Nov 2013 – Pictures and film captured over more than 60 years chronicling the collective memory of those who fled or were forced into exile is released by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.

Ha’aretz

Police, protesters clash across Israel at rallies against Bedouin relocation
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

U.S.: American fighters in Syria are at risk of being radicalized by Al-Qaida
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Iran, Syria reiterate alliance as Assad government says it’s winning the war
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Fire ravages Belarus oldest functioning synagogue
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Iran, Turkey seek to revive trade in wake of nuclear deal
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Syria-fuelled violence leaves four dead, 30 wounded in Lebanon
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Egypt panel votes on draft constitution that enshrines army’s role in politics
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

U.K. minister vows to end Shabbat discrimination against unemployed Jews
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Egypt police clash with protesters as deputy PM condemns new protest law
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

U.S. offers to destroy Syria’s most lethal chemicals offshore
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Thousands expected at protests throughout Israel, world against Bedouin resettlement
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Border Police volunteer shoots Palestinian dead during sweep for illegals
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

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

Jerusalem Post

The Travel Adviser: Turkeys and getting the spin
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Uncle Sam and American Airlines/US Airways recently removed the last roadblock to construction of the world s largest airline.

Disturbing imagery
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Dehumanizing imagery, like the sport of knocking Jews senseless, deserves official America s resounding and resolute admonition. Anything less betrays double-standards.

Inside Out: Borders on the horizon
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – For all intents and purposes, Israel s Likud-led government bowed to the European dictate regarding companies that do business over the Green Line.

Out There: Watching and squirming
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Since I recently spent three days with her at a yoga retreat, which is not my natural default option, my wife figured she should now do something with me that I like: watch a Broncos game.

Out of the mouths of babes
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Stammering cannot be completely cured, but it can be treated to improve the quality of life in most sufferers.

For Zion’s Sake: A code of ethics for the Likud
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – We hope party institutions reject measures that increase their own power and instead seize the opportunity to return the Likud to its former glory.

Rabbi Springsteen, please
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – An Israeli professor at Rutgers University uses a one-credit undergrad course to delve into the Old Testament theology of Bruce Springsteen.

Thousands protest controversial Beduin resettlement plan
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Political climate grows more tense as Prawer Bill draws regional, int’l condemnation; police arrest 28; 15 police officers wounded in clashes with demonstrators; Liberman: Situation in the South “catastrophic”.

NGO demands answers from ambassador to China over terror funding case
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – A former government agent’s involvement with the Bank of China, which is being accused of facilitating terror attacks, is in dispute.

Abbas: Deal with Israel must provide for independent Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Ex-PA negotiator Shtayyeh says peace talks with Israel are “pointlesss”; calls for international summit on issue.

Egyptian panel starts vote on draft constitution
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – New constitution is expected to be put to a referendum in December as part of army-planned political transition.

Iran envoy: Tehran, Ankara have ‘close’ intel ties
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bikdeli tells reporters that intelligence services are working in “close collaboration”.

Teacher plants seeds of success in east Jerusalem school
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – How one teacher’s initiative transformed the Ahmed Sameh school from severely neglected to a flourishing educational institute.

OPCW: US offers to destroy Syria’s priority chemicals
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says operations will be carried on on a US vessel at sea using hydrolysis.

The Geneva deal: A true test of leadership for Netanyahu and Obama
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Demonstration of power versus diplomacy; international criticism versus positive public opinion; pressure versus opportunity. The Geneva deal may shape the image of both leaders and determine their legacy.

Border Police volunteer shoots, kills Palestinian who tried to attack him
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Border Police were scanning the area near the Yarkon cemetery in Petah Tikva in search of illegal Palestinian workers.

Swiss lawmaker excluded from party after saying Israel is ‘on path of carbonization’
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – Another Geneva councilman calls for cancelation of Hanukka event in the city, saying it’s against Swiss law.

Peace is in the hands of the Iranians, Peres tells members of Mexican Senate
Jerusalem Post 30 Nov 2013 – “When Iran ceases to threaten others, it will liberate itself from the burden it has brought upon itself, president says.

French court fines boycott-Israel activists for discrimination
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – The ruling reversed a 2012 verdict which found the defendants not guilty.

British minister wants to end Shabbat discrimination against Jewish job seekers
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed that people from different religions are sometimes denied unemployment benefits.

Diplomacy: Cutting Iran some slack
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – Khamenei can make abominable statements, but the muted response from the world indicated to Jerusalem that everyone s mind was already made up: This train was bound for success.

Ya’alon embraces Druze community after incident of discrimination against IDF Druze soldiers
Jerusalem Post 29 Nov 2013 – 3 Druze soldiers reportedly were delayed entry to Dimona nuclear site while Jewish fellow soldiers waved in.

Nigerian court acquits Lebanese nationals on terror charges, targeting US, Israeli interests
Jerusale
m Post 29 Nov 2013 – Suspected Hezbollah members claim to have been interrogated by the Mossad in Nigeria following arrest.

Uruknet

Southern Iraq Targeted in Violence That Leaves 60 Dead, 107 Wounded
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – At least 60 people were killed and 107 more were wounded in today s carnage. A series of coordinated attacks affected cities south of Baghdad. Even though the region was once as violent as the northern…

Turkey, Iran reach common position on Syrian crisis
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Ankara and Tehran reached agreements on bilateral cooperation in several fields, including the Syrian crisis and Egypt, this week during Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutolu s visit to the Iranian capital. In a joint press conference…

On Israel s Collective Amnesia: Could We Kill an Arab? A new film festival in Tel Aviv challenges Israel s founding myths .
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – …Israeli mythmaking and the attendant forced disappearance of history is the subject of a new documentary by Israeli video journalist and former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky, titled On the Side of the Road. Set to…

Max Blumenthal on Syria and the peace movement
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013- Danny Postel, co-editor of The Syria Dilemma, interviews Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, on his reporting from Syrian refugee camps, his resignation from the newspaper Al Akhbar over its Syria coverage,…

On Israel s Collective Amnesia: Could We Kill an Arab?
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – …Israeli mythmaking and the attendant forced disappearance of history is the subject of a new documentary by Israeli video journalist and former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky, titled On the Side of the Road. Set to…

Israeli forces raid home to arrest 4-year-old, dad says
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – September 28, 2013 – Does the child pictured above look like a danger to you? He does to Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem who woke him up in the middle of the night intending to arrest him, his dad says….

CIA s most senior officer in Pakistan unmasked by Imran Khan s party
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA s most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign against US drone…

Washington luring Turkey into Iran s lap
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – Turkish strategic affairs analyst Ali Hasan Bakir believes the precipitous rapprochement between Turkey, the region s Sunni heavyweight, and Shiite powerhouse Iran could be aimed at giving “a Sunni cover to America s nuclear deal with Iran.” The nuclear agreement…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21- 27 Nov. 2013)
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 November 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians in Yatta,…

An unrelenting assault on the village of Deir Istiya s farmland
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013- The village of Deir Istiya has encountered severe disruption to its agriculture and water supply since 1990 from the Israeli authorities and nearby illegal settlements. This has culminated in the Israeli army s planned action to uproot…

Israeli Minister says settlement construction will resume at a rapid pace
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Israel s Minister of Housing Uri Ariel has said that settlement construction in the occupied West Bank will continue at a rapid pace. The minister, who is himself a settler, was participating in laying the foundation…

Gaza: Life and death under Israel s drones
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 -There are many things to fear in Gaza: Attacks from Israel s Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets, the coastal enclave s growing isolation, the regular blackouts from power shortages, increasingly polluted drinking water and rivers of…

Halfway through timeframe, Palestinian-Israeli talks are going nowhere
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – The two parties haven t met in almost a month, and Israeli politicians are now openly discussing the success of maintaining the status quo. Even the crisis with the European Union is over. Roughly halfway through…

Efforts to impose Sharia law in Iraq spark controversy
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari announced Oct. 23 that he had prepared a Sharia-based personal-status law and submitted it to the cabinet for approval and referral to the Council of Representatives for passage. Should the law…

Israel refuses to give dead back to West Bank
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – The families of Palestinian fighters killed in attacks against Israeli targets are accusing Israel of “callousness and racism” over what they see as procrastination to release the bodies of their beloved ones. The bodies and remains…

Israeli rightists enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Several large Israeli groups entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Thursday escorted by Israeli police. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Islamic endowment and mosque affairs, said that over 152 right-wing Israelis entered the mosque compound…

US Drone Attacks North Waziristan as Protests Continue
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 28, 2013 – Protests against the US drone strikes continue apace across the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwah (KP) Province today as another US drone attacked the North Waziristan Agency. The explosions were heard in the city of Miramshah, though locals say the…

Syria News – November 27, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 30 Nov 2013 – November 27, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 78 martyrs including ten women, seven children, and a martyr under torture: 44 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Aleppo;…

Daily Star

Hezbollah chief meets Iran lawmaker, ambassador
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah discusses developments in Lebanon and the region with the deputy chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, a statement from Hezbollah says.

American fighters in Syria a security risk: U.S.
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 Federal officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalized by al-Qaida-linked militant groups and return to the U.S. as battle-hardened security risks.

Egypt’s draft constitution enshrines army role in politics
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 Egypt’s new constitution, according to a draft text completed on Saturday nearly five months after the army deposed an Islamist president, will bolster the military’s hand and ban religious parties.

Police fire tear gas as top Egypt activist surrenders
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 Egyptian police fired tear gas on protesters as a prominent secular activist turned himself in Saturday after being ordered detained for holding a demonstration against a new protest law.

U.S. offers to destroy Syria’s chemicals at sea: OPCW
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a U.S. ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog says, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.

Police shoot dead Palestinian in Israeli town
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 An Israeli policeman shoots dead a Palestinian in the town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv after he tries to attack the arresting force, a police spokesman says.

Iran has final say on nuclear enrichment: Zarif
Daily Star 30 Nov 2013 Iran will decide the level of uranium enrichment in its nuclear program based on its energy and other civilian needs, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says.

YNet News

Dozens protest against Praver plan in Jaffa
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – ….

Netanyahu: We will continue to advance Praver Bill
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – ….

Netanyahu comments on Druze discrimination
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – ….

Minister Aharonovitch condemns violent protests
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – ….

Lieberman: We’re fighting for lands of Jewish people
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – ….

Not for Obama, for us
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – Op-ed: Weakened US status in Middle East obligates Israel to firmly move towards peace ….

Spanish kosher food market set to grow
YNet News, 30 Nov 2013 – With increasing numbers of Jewish tourists, demand is rising for Sephardic Jewish cuisine in southern Spain ….

Palestinian Information Center

Economic crunch savaging Palestinians as funds go to security agencies
PIC – Muhammed Azmi is a middle-aged Palestinian who can hardly makes ends meet due to an unprecedented economic crunch hitting the occupied territories.

Israeli jailors force prisoners to clean the prison with their feet shackled
PIC – The administration of the Israeli Hawara detention center forced a number of Palestinian prisoners, under the guard of the Israeli soldiers, to clean up the prison while their feet are shackled.

Siyam: The gov’t set contingency plans, especially to face any assault by Israel
PIC – Secretary-general of the Palestinian cabinet Abdul-Salam Siyam said the government prepared emergency plans to deal with any crisis, especially in case of an Israeli act of aggression against Gaza.

Rizqa: Admission of Israel to HRC prevents its prosecution
PIC – Palestinian government in Gaza Strip has accused the bloc of western countries at the UN Human Rights Council of providing legal protection to Israeli occupation.

IOF prevents Palestinians from having access to their lands in Yatta
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) prevented on Saturday Palestinian citizens from entering their lands in Khirbet Um Arayes east of Yatta, south al-Khalil in occupied West Bank.

Hamas: No int’l solidarity with our people without supporting their rights
PIC – The Hamas Movement said that the international solidarity with the Palestinian people can only be achieved through supporting their steadfastness and their right to resist the Israeli occupation.

Sit-in against Prawer plan in Nablus
PIC – The Palestinian factions coordination committee in Nablus organized a sit-in on Saturday in solidary with Palestinians in the Negev against the Israeli Prawer plan.

Violent clashes reported east of Jerusalem
PIC – Violent clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers on Friday evening in the town of Eizariya east of Jerusalem, and continued until dawn Saturday.

Israeli state of alert declared in al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli army has declared a state of alert in al-Khalil, southern occupied West Bank, following continued clashes with inhabitants over the past three days.

WAFA

Jerusalemite Demolishes Own Home to Avoid Heavy Penalty
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

UPDATE: Police Kill Palestinian Worker in Israel
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Soldiers Block Attempt by Farmers to Reach their Land
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Newspapers Review: Child Dies Due to Delay Caused by Checkpoint
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Monetary Authority, Bank of Algeria Exchange Expertise
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Day of Rage Planned against Displacement of Naqab Bedouins
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Palestinian Prosecutors visit Spanish Counterparts
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Police Kill Palestinian Worker in Israel
WAFA – 30 Nov 2013

Misc

The chalice that helped make possible the Iran nuclear deal
LA Times 30 Nov 2013 – In gesture of goodwill that helped lead to talks, the U.S. presented a gift to Iran: a silver chalice in the shape of a griffin that is thought to be an antiquity looted from an Iranian cave. WASHINGTON Many paths led to the international…

Bedouins in Israel Protest Plan to Regulate Settlement
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Thousands clashed with the police on Saturday in protest of a plan that its opponents say would force the relocation of up to 40,000 and dispossess them of their land rights.

A Look at Key Articles in Egyptian Draft Charter
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s draft constitution is made up of a four-page preamble and 247 articles. On Saturday, the country’s 50-member constituent assembly voted on 138 articles, limiting the scope of Islamic law, or Shariah, in legislation and introducing new articles seen as victory to rights advocates.

Arab Bedouins Protest Against Israeli Plan to Move Them Into Towns
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Hundreds of Bedouin Arabs and their supporters clashed with Israeli forces on Saturday in protests against a government plan to force 40,000 Bedouins living in the southern Negev region to leave their villages.

Turkey Says Energy Deals With Iraqi Kurdistan Not Yet Finalised
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan have yet to completely finalise a package of energy deals, and Ankara will seek Baghdad’s cooperation on the issue, the Turkish foreign ministry said on Saturday after sources said the contracts had been signed.

Israel Police Say Volunteer Killed Palestinian
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Israeli police say one of their volunteers shot and killed a Palestinian staying inside Israel illegally during an arrest raid.

40 Inmates Escape in Libyan Prison Break
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – A Libyan security official says 40 inmates have escaped from a prison in the southern city of Sabha after it came under attack by unknown gunmen.

Syrian Rebels Enter Christian Village Near Capital
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Syrian rebels including members of al-Qaida-linked Jabhat al-Nusra entered a predominantly Christian village near Damascus on Saturday and are fighting government forces in the old part of the town, activists and state media said.

Large Protests Over Bedouin Resettlement in Israel
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Protests over a plan to resettle nomadic Bedouin Arabs in Israel’s southern Negev desert caused injuries Saturday and led to some arrests, police said.

Iran Nuclear Deal Hits Gas Pedal for Carmakers
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – The nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers will put more rubber on the road in the Islamic Republic.

Egypt’s Draft Constitution Enshrines Army Role in Politics
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Egypt’s new constitution, according to a draft text completed on Saturday nearly five months after the army deposed an Islamist president, will bolster the military’s hand and ban religious parties.

Egypt Panel Begins Vote on Draft Constitution
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – A panel in Egypt has begun voting on a series of constitutional amendments, a milestone in the country’s transition to democracy after a July coup.

U.S. Offers to Destroy Syria’s Chemicals at Sea: OPCW
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a U.S. ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Saturday, and is looking for a suitable Mediterranean port where processing can be carried out.

Leading Egyptian Activist Turns Himself In
New York Times 30 Nov 2013 – Ahmad Maher, a symbol of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011, turned himself in to the authorities on Saturday after an order was issued for his arrest for defying a new law restricting demonstrations.

Thousands across Palestine protest against efforts to uproot Bedouin
Mondoweiss – Protesters against the Prawer Plan (Photo: Allison Deger/Mondoweiss) Protests erupted across the Palestinian territories today as a show of force against the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, demolish their villages and build new Jewish towns on top…

Not just the Prawer Plan: Villages across the West Bank face unrelenting assault from Israeli military
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement Israeli army demolish a house in the Salfit village of Deir Ballut [includes map, photo] DEIR BALLUT, Occupied Palestine (ISM Nablus Team) 29 Nov On Thursday morning at five am, the Israeli army demolished a…

Following a great deal of consultation, NYT corrects itself on the Apartheid Wall
Mondoweiss – (Screenshot: NYTimes.com) On November 19 and 20 the New York Times website published a two-part interview ( here and here ) with Josef Koudelka, a renowned Czech photographer, in Lens, a section of the site dedicated to photography, video, and visual journalism. The occasion was the publication of…

Palestinian civil society calls for escalating BDS to Stop Israel s racist Prawer Plan, urges Inter-Parliamentary Union to suspend Knesset s membership
Global BDS 30 Nov 2013 – The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society, strongly endorses the demonstrations taking place today across Palestinian cities and around the world today to oppose Israel s racist and colonial Prawer Plan. Already official Israeli government policy and approved by the Israeli…

US ship ‘to destroy Syria chemicals’
BBC 30 Nov 2013 – The organisation charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons confirms some will be “neutralised” aboard a US Navy ship.

Egypt: Egyptian-Saudi Maritime Maneuver Ended
allAfrica.com 30 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]The navies of Egypt and Saudi Arabia wrapped up Thursday the Morgan 14 joint training exercises.

Egypt: PM Hails Kuwaiti Support
allAfrica.com 30 Nov 2013 – [Egypt Online]Kuwait’s Ambassador in Cairo Salem al-Zamanan confirmed on Thursday his country’s support for Egypt in this important stage of its history.

Zimbabwe: Zim to Commemorate International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People
allAfrica.com 30 Nov 2013 – [The Herald]Harare -The commemorations will be held at the Zimbabwe College of Music from 6:15pm.

In pictures: Palestinian refugees
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Lives of early Palestinian refugees revealed in newly digitised photos

French Court Fines Members of BDS Group Calling for Supermarket Boycott
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2013 – A French court imposed a $1,300 fine on members of an anti-Israel group who called on supermarket shoppers to boycott Israeli products. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel May Join European Group of U.N. Human Rights Council
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2013 – Israel may join for the first time a regional group within the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of a deal to improve the U.N. body s relations with the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

British Orthodox Body Condems Shul For Allowing Women to Hold Torah
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2013 – Britain s umbrella body of Orthodox communities is condemning a London Orthodox synagogue that allows women to hold Torah scrolls. Click here for the rest of the article…

Media Tycoon Haim Saban Backs Hillary Clinton for 2016 Presidential Push
The Foward Breaking News 29 Nov 2013 – Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his full might should she run for president in 2016. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Security Experts Offer Divergent Views on Iran Nuclear Deal
The Forward New 29 Nov 2013 – Benjamin Netanyahu s full-throated denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has drowned out other voices. But not all Israeli security insiders agree with him. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt approves half of draft constitution
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – An Egyptian panel approved Saturday more than half of the articles of a new constitution aimed at paving the way for a return to elected rule after July’s military ouster of president Mohammed Mursi. If adopted in full, the charter will be put to a popular…

Israeli police attack anti-Prawer protests with tear gas, water cannons
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Israeli occupation forces attack a Palestinian protester after a demonstration against the so-called Prawer plan at the gate of the Beit El settlement, near Ramallah, on November 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Israeli occupation forces attack a Palestinian protester after a demonstration against the…

Lebanon s Orphans of Poverty
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Poor residents wait in line to receive food during the fasting month of Ramadan at the Sunni mosque of Abdul Qadir al-Gailani in Baghdad September 16, 2007. (Photo: REUTERS – Ceerwan Aziz) Poor residents wait in line to receive food during the fasting month of Ramadan…

Assad: Our Battle With Saudi Is Open-Ended
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Soldiers of the Syrian government forces patrol on a tank in a devastated street on July 31, 2013 in the district of al-Khalidiyah in the central Syrian city of Homs. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Soldiers of the Syrian government forces patrol on a tank in…

Kurds of Damascus: Trapped Between Secession and Integration
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Syrian Kurds celebrate the Noruz spring festival with a traditional danceat a restaurant in the Syrian capital Damascus on March 20, 2010. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Syrian Kurds celebrate the Noruz spring festival with a traditional danceat a restaurant in the Syrian capital Damascus on…

Clashes turn deadly in Lebanon’s Tripoli
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers evacuate civilians caught in sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on November 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ghassan Sweidan) At least four people were killed and thirteen injured in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Saturday in exchanges of…

Thousands protest for South Yemeni independence
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Thousands demonstrated in south Yemen’s main city Aden on Saturday to demand a return to independence a day after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi said only autonomy was on the table. The rally in Aden’s central Parade Square came as southerners marked the anniversary of the end…

US volunteers to destroy Syrian chemical weapons at sea
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – Sigrid Kaag, the Special Coordinator of the joint mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, overseeing the destruction of Syria s chemical stockpiles and production facilities, gives a press conference in Damascus on November 30, 2013. “(Photo: AFP -…

US ship ‘to destroy Syria chemicals’
BBC 30 Nov 2013 – The organisation charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons confirms some will be “neutralised” aboard a US Navy ship.

Two Guantanamo detainees fight against transfer to Algeria
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – This file photo dated August 6, 2013 shows Camp VI guard tower at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Photo: AFP) Two Algerian detainees at Guantanamo Bay are fighting efforts by US President Barack Obama’s administration to transfer them to their homeland, fearing abuse,…

Egyptian committee begins vote on new constitution
Al-Akhbar News 30 Nov 2013 – A 50-member panel drafting Egypt’s new constitution begins voting on Saturday on the final document which will then be put to a referendum, officials said. The constitution is the first key milestone in a road map envisaged by Egypt’s military-installed rulers after the army ousted Islamist…

In pictures: Palestinian refugees
BBC 29 Nov 2013 – Lives of early Palestinian refugees revealed in newly digitised photos

Israel Spies on the World in Lebanon
Al-Akhbar Politics 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)…

Lebanese Army Dismantles Sleeper Cells in Bekaa
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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 Politics 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. (…

Articles


Activists hold day of rage protests against Prawer Plan
Activestills, +972 Magazine 11/30/2013
By Activestills, +972 Magazine staff
972’s live blog follows November 30 Day of Rage protests against the Prawer-Begin Plan, which if implemented, will forcefully displace tens of thousands of Bedouin living in the Negev desert.
Bedouin, Palestinian and Israeli activists staged a Day of Rage against the Prawer Plan Saturday afternoon, holding rallies and protests throughout Israel and Palestine, with international solidarity protests taking place in cities across the world.
The central protest took place outside the Bedouin town of Hura in the Negev desert. Over 1,000 Arab and Jewish protesters arrived from all over Israel, calling to stop the Prawer Plan, which if passed, will displace tens of thousands of Bedouin, who are citizens of the state.
Protesters were met by dozens of armored and mounted riot police who confined the protest in a barricaded area tens of meters back from the main road.
Younger protesters attempted to breach the police barricades but elder demonstrators, including several Arab members of Knesset, pleaded with them and for a while prevented them from doing so.
Clashes eventually broke out and police used tear gas, foul-smelling water cannons and mounted, undercover and uniformed riot police officers to disperse the crowd. As youth threw stones, riot police charged into the crowd, arresting at least 15 activists, including at least one child (will update as numbers come in). Clashes continued for some time as Bedouin youth blocked the main road with burning tractor tires. — See also: Read more about the Prawer-Begin Planmore..e-mail

Time to shed more light on the Israel lobby
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/28/2013
The new Spinwatch report into BICOM, a leading force in Britain’s Israel lobby, makes for essential reading. MEMO is to be commended for funding its publication.
The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, as its full title goes is not a particularly secretive organization. At the same time, however, its activities are not widely known or understood among the general public.
And reading the report, this is the main thing that struck me. Its activities are not generally understood by the public because BICOM no longer seems to bother appealing to the public. The cause of defending Israeli war crimes and apartheid has become more and more difficult over the years, as the state’s aggression has become more and more open.
Older versions of BICOM’s website, preserved on the Internet Archive, stated that “bring[ing] about a significant shift in opinion in favour of Israel amongst the general public” was one of the group’s main goals. But by now, this aim has disappeared from their site, as the report notes.
A 2011 conference organized by BICOM was originally titled “Winning Britain Back for Israel” an admission it has lost the public.
Instead, as the report details, BICOM focuses on appealing to elites. These, of course, include politicians; but also journalists
One aspect of how BICOM operates is by persuading mainstream journalists to subtly tailor their work to make it more sympathetic to Israel.
In this way, BICOM operates much like a normal public relations agency but PR for a state in this case, one engaged in massive war crimes and a complex system of legalized racial segregation in occupied Palestine. — See also: Spinwatch report : The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?more..e-mail

Israel rejoining the UNHCR is meaningless if it isn t held accountable for human rights abuses
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/28/2013
After 18 months, Israel is to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Last March, it became the first country to sever all ties with the international body, after plans for an investigation into West Bank settlements were announced. Israel, which has long alleged that the UN has an anti-Israel bias, said that the only purpose of the investigation was “to satisfy the Palestinians’ whims and to harm future chances to reach an agreement through peaceful means”.
It rejoins with some important new conditions. Firstly, Israel will join the permanent group of western states within the UNHRC. This group includes the countries of western Europe, Turkey, Canada, America, and New Zealand. Previously, Israel was not part of any regional group, which left it diplomatically isolated. The second condition is that the states of the European Union boycott discussions held under “agenda item 7”. This agenda item st
ates that the UNHRC must discuss Israel’s human rights abuses every time the council convenes. Israel argues that this is unfair, since it is the only nation in the world subject to a specific rule of this type. Advocates of item 7 argue that the long-standing nature of the Israeli occupation justifies it. The EU had already expressed discomfort about these discussions, saying in March it would like to “avoid a proliferation of reports and mechanisms” under item 7, so the condition is not much of a leap.

The EU has agreed to boycott item 7 meetings at the next two UNHRC meetings, and has said it will only participate in these discussions in the future if there is complete consensus on the issues at stake from every EU member state. Israel’s Maariv newspaper, reporting the news, notes that this is practically impossible, and that western representation has essentially been stripped from the meetings.
Israel’s criticism of the UN tends to follow the line that the focus on Israel is disproportionate given the scale and range of different human rights’ abuses around the world…. more..e-mail

The Real Nuclear Option
Micah Zenko, Foreign Policy 11/25/2013
Why Israel might nuke Iran to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. Seriously.
This weekend’s interim Joint Plan of Action between the P5+1 countries and Iran over its nuclear program was met with skepticism and hostility from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. The divergence of the Israeli leadership’s perception of the nuclear agreement from that of its close U.S. ally is understandable and expected given the differing threat perceptions the two countries hold over a prospective Iranian bomb. Subsequently, these officials emphasized three points in their public reactions: the agreement is, in Netanyahu’s words, a “historic mistake” that makes the world a “much more dangerous place”; Israel is not obligated to accept its terms; and Israel retains the right to attack — as Netanyahu’s spokesperson termed it — “the Iranian military nuclear program,” with all of Israel’s military capabilities.
Like many other national security analysts, I have followed the developments in Iran’s civilian nuclear program closely for the past two decades, parsing the comments of Iranian and U.S. officials and combing through leaked or declassified intelligence assessments and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) quarterly reports. I have witnessed or participated in war games that simulate a political/military crisis over Iran’s nuclear program, and I’ve interviewed planners about how the U.S. military envisions a range of joint U.S.-Israeli or unilateral moves and contingencies with Iran that might be triggered, escalated, or culminated. (All of this supplemented, of course, with countless op-eds and analytical pieces from wonks, academics, and former officials.)
What never ceases to amaze in these discussions is the total omission of Israel’s nuclear weapons in U.S. policy debates about confronting Iran. There is an unspoken understanding that Israel’s bombs are an option best left off the table, even as Israeli officials routinely hint at missions where they would be used — specifically for deterrence or to threaten deeply buried targets in Iran. This tacit agreement within Washington policy circles of focusing on Iran’s nonexistent nuclear bombs, while consciously ignoring Israel’s actual nuclear arsenal (which is itself directly pertinent to discussions about Iran)…. more..e-mail

Underneath the Washed White Wall of Cynicism and Hope
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Nov 2013 – By Ramzy Baroud Outpost Magazine (Lebanon) The houses in my old refugee camp felt enormous. My neighbors homes had grown into strange dimensions because they had to make use of every inch of available space out of desperation. My old house stood still and unbending, vacant of glory and burdened with memories. It was no longer mine my father had sold it shortly before he passed away. He had grown to be very poor and obsessively worried about the future. My father hailed from a school of thought of adaptable ideology. At times, he was a communist, a Nasserite or Arab nationalist. Other times, he saw homegrown Islamic movements as an authentic response to imperialism and the decadence or Arab elites. But he was committed to being an ardent cynical, despite occasional gushes of hope. Looking around, the faces seemed familiar but distant. A band of kids followed…more


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