VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 1 December 2013: Bantustan Borders: Israel s Colonisation of the Jordan Valley and the security myth

1 December 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

13 Palestinians Killed, 374 Kidnapped, In November
IMEMC – [Sunday December 1, 2013] The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights issued its monthly report revealing that Israel soldiers shot and killed 13 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in November, while more than 374 Palestinians, including eight women, have been kidnapped. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces open fire at farmers in southern Gaza
12/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Sunday shot at Palestinian farmers near Rafah in southern Gaza, locals told Ma’an. Witnesses said Israeli forces opened fire at farmers who were working on their agricultural lands near the Karem Shelom Crossing with Israel. The soldiers also fired smoke grenades, locals said. Additionally, Israeli reconnaissance drones were reportedly seen flying over Gaza. A spokeswoman….

Israeli forces raid al-Aqsa, detain 7 Palestinians following clashes
12/2/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police and undercover forces on Sunday morning raided al-Aqsa compound, leading to clashes with Palestinian worshipers. Eyewitness told a Ma’an reporter that an Israeli police group escorted 26 Jewish Israelis to perform religious rituals near the Golden Gate in order to mark the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The group was escorted by Israeli police and undercover forces, and….

Israel detains 6 in anti-Prawer protests in Jerusalem
12/1/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Six Palestinian were detained on Saturday after Israeli forces attacked a protest against the Prawer Plan near Herod’s Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem as well as in clashes near Shuafat district in East Jerusalem, according to a Ma’an reporter on the scene. Clashes erupted when Israeli forces attacked a peaceful protest against the Prawer Plan…. Related: Israeli court extends detention of 13 anti-Prawer protesters and Video round-up: Thousands rally in anti-Prawer ‘Day of Rage’ protests

Israeli settlers attack Ramallah village under armed guard
12/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli settlers raided a village east of Ramallah late Saturday under protection of the Israeli army, residents said. Locals said the settlers “attacked” the village of al-Maghier, without providing further details. Palestinian residents confronted the settlers by throwing rocks at them, and Israeli forces fired sound bombs and tear gas grenades in response, witnesses said. Residents of al-Maghier said….

Report: Israeli President, PM say Prawer Plan will move forward
12/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In spite of worldwide demonstrations against the Prawer Plan Saturday, the Israeli President and Prime Minister said the plan would continue to be pursued, Israeli media reported.”Millions of shekels were invested in this plan and I’m sure the intentions are good,” said Israeli President Shimon Peres, according to the Israeli news site Ynet. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu condemned….

Knesset member: Plans to build 20,000 settlement homes not cancelled
12/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not in fact cancel plans to build 20,000 new settlement homes in the West Bank as he claimed, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset told Ma’an Sunday. Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Ahmad Tibi said that Netanyahu’s claim on Nov. 13 that he had cancelled plans for the construction of….

Gaza man kidnapped by masked gunmen, killed
12/1/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man died Sunday after masked gunmen kidnapped him and beat him brutally in northern Gaza, locals told Ma’an. The body of 40-year-old Iyad Abd al-Karim al-Madhoun was found near Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahya, showing signs of torture, police said. Witnesses said they saw four masked gunmen enter al-Madhoun’s house several times before….

Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to lessen restrictions on Gaza pilgrims
12/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mahmud al-Habbash, unveiled on Saturday the details of an Egyptian-Palestinian agreement to open Rafah crossing twice a month in order to facilitate the passage of Gazans on pilgrimage to Mecca. Al-Habbash told Ma’an that he visited Egypt recently and successfully concluded an agreement with Egyptian authorities to open Rafah crossing once every….

Assailants damage car of former Hamas minister in Jenin
12/1/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants damaged the car of a Hamas leader and the former minister of prisoners’ affairs Wasfi Qabha on early Sunday morning, Qabha told a Ma’an reporter. Qabha said that his children and neighbors heard sounds outside his Jenin home around 1 am this morning, and when they exited the house to see what was happening, they found….

Video round-up: Thousands rally in anti-Prawer ‘Day of Rage’ protests
12/2/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A global “Day of Rage” against the Prawer Plan took place in nearly 30 cities worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 30. , and dozens were detained as Israeli police attacked protests across Israel and the West Bank. Large demonstrations in more than 14 countries united Palestinians, Israelis, and citizens of many other countries in protest against the plan, which if implemented will displace…. Related: Israel detains 6 in anti-Prawer protests in Jerusalem andIsraeli court extends detention of 13 anti-Prawer protesters

Tel Aviv ‘Nakba’ film festival keeps alive memories of 1948 in Israel
12/2/2013 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — The first-ever International Film Festival on Nakba and Return took place on Nov. 28-30 in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, reminding audiences that the 1948 trauma at the center of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be ignored nor forgotten. The festival, which showcased 12 films dealing with memories of the ethnic cleansing from Palestinian, Israeli, and international perspectives, was a….

Soldiers detain 6 Palestinian workers attempting to cross into Israel
12/1/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained six Palestinian workers who were attempting to cross into Israel from a southern West Bank town, a worker’s father told Ma’an. Ismail Halahla told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers detained his son along with five other workers who were trying to pass from the town of al-Dhahiriya into Israel to work without permits….

Christmas message from Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun
12/1/2013 – Vera Baboun is the mayor of the Bethlehem Municipality. The following is a letter written on the occasion of the commencement of this year’s Christmas season. From a small grotto in Bethlehem a message of love, hope, justice and peace was spread all over the world. Today, our lit
tle town has become even smaller due to the continued expansion of Israeli settlements, but….

Hamas in first official visit to Malaysia
12/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Hamas delegation headed by Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal arrived in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday in order to attend a conference hosted by the rural party of the southeast Asian country. Hamas sources said that Mashaal will meet with the Malaysian president and the head of the ruling United Malays National Organisation political party and other officials. Sources….

Iran’s Zarif reassures Gulf Arabs over nuclear deal
12/1/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Gulf Arab states Sunday his country’s nuclear deal with the West is in their interest and also announced plans to visit Saudi Arabia.” The solution to this issue serves the interests of all countries in the region. It is not at the expense of any state in the region,” Zarif said after meeting….

Teachers’ Union announces full strike Monday across West Bank
12/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Teacher’s Union announced late Sunday that it will go through with plans to have a strike on Monday despite the Palestinian Authority’s attempts to prevent them through legal means. Earlier in the day, Palestinian High Court of Justice ordered the Teachers’ Union to call off their strike temporarily until a final decision could be made….

Thousands attend Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Bethlehem
12/1/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Nearly 3,000 people attended the annual Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on Sunday night to mark the start of the holiday season. Among the speakers at the night’s events was Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who said in his remarks that “Palestine has preserved the values of peace and tolerance by celebrating Christmas for centuries.”He….

Man killed in car accident near Ramallah
12/1/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A man died Saturday in a car accident while driving through a tunnel northwest of Jerusalem, and his brother sustained serious injuries, a Ma’an reporter said. Nour Ali al-Mazarawi died at the scene of the accident, which occurred near the West Bank village of Biddu. His brother was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. [END]

Two people shot in family dispute east of Nablus
12/1/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot late on Saturday in a family dispute in the village of Salem east of Nablus, locals said. The dispute occurred late on Saturday in the village, but dates back several years. Inad and Samer Issa were shot in armed clashes between the two parties. They both were transferred to hospital. [END]

Soldier killed, army base attacked in Libya’s Benghazi
12/1/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Unidentified assailants gunned down a soldier outside his home and attacked a special forces base in Libya’s second city Benghazi during the night, a security official said on Saturday. There were no casualties in the attack on the base even though the assailants used rocket-propelled grenades, sub machine guns and an anti-tank mine, the official said, speaking on condition of….

Egyptian forces shoot dead 3 militants in North Sinai
12/1/2013 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Three militants affiliated with the “al-Tawhid wa al-Jihad” Wahhabi militant group were killed Saturday evening in clashes with Egyptian forces in Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai district. Egyptian security sources told a Ma’an reporter in Sinai that fierce clashes broke out between the Egyptian forces and militants affiliated to the group in the mountainous area of al-Nasraniyya south….

Thousands rally for south Yemen independence
12/1/2013 – ADEN (AFP) — 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 central Parade Square came as southerners marked the anniversary of the end of British colonial rule in 1967, which created an independent state that lasted until union with….

Iraq funeral bomb kills 12, November unrest claims 950
12/1/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A suicide bombing at the funeral of an Iraqi anti-Qaeda fighter killed 12 people Sunday as figures showed nearly 950 people died in November in spiraling violence ahead of elections. The violence, Iraq’s worst protracted period of unrest since it emerged from a gruesome Sunni-Shiite sectarian war, has sparked fears the country is slipping back into all-out bloodletting. Officials have adopted….

International Solidarity Movement

Daily brutality towards Palestinians in occupied Al-Khalil
12/2/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Israeli forces regularly exercise brutal and irrational behaviour in the H2 area of Khalil (Hebron), which is under military control. An example of this treatment took place on Saturday 30th November, when 7 Israeli soldiers reacted to a group of Palestinian youth throwing stones at an illegal settlement by launching stun grenades through the souk (market). International activists….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli Police Kill Palestinian in Raid
Relief Web 1 Dec 2013 – Source: Voice of America Country: occupied Palestinian territory VOA News November 30, 2013 Israeli police say one of its officers has killed a Palestinian in a suburb of Tel Aviv. Authorities say the officer shot the man Saturday in Petah…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel/OPT: Gaza power crisis has compounded blockade s assault on human dignity
Relief Web 30 Nov 2013 – Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory At a Glance 28 June 2006 Israeli aircraft fired eight missiles into the Gaza power plant, destroying all six of its transformers and putting it out of operations. Israeli restrictions on imports of…

Lebanon: Liban: trois morts dans des violences confessionnelles ‡ Tripoli
Relief Web 30 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 12/01/2013 18:24 GMT TRIPOLI, 1 dÈcembre 2013 (AFP) – Trois personnes ont ÈtÈ tuÈes dimanche dans des violences confessionnelles ‡ Tripoli dans le nord du Liban, portant ‡ neuf…

Lebanon: Two days of fighting kill 10 in Lebanon’s Tripoli
Relief Web 30 Nov 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 12/01/2013 21:34 GMT TRIPOLI, December 1, 2013 (AFP) – Ten people, including a woman and an off-duty soldier, have been killed in two days of sectarian clashes in northern…

The National

Three killed in West Bank were Al Qaeda
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Al Qaeda-linked group says three militants killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces last week were its members showing the Islamist network has taken root in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Egypt s constitution panel keeps military trials for civilians
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Constitution drafting panel votes to keep military trials for civilians in certain cases, despite opposition from some secular activists and rights groups concerned over the army’s wide-ranging powers.

Two days of Assad regime air raids on Syria s Al Bab kill 50
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Wave of regime airstrikes on a northern Syrian town kills 50 people in two days, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Thailand s PM flees protesters as crisis deepens
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Security forces fight off protesters throwing rocks and petrol bombs during the sharpest escalation yet of the country’s latest crisis.

Libya s army tells militias, protesters to free up oil ports
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Former militia fighters and protesters told to end their occupations of oilfields and ports, and allow crude exports to restart.

Four die, 63 injured in New York train derailment
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Passenger train derails on section of track in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 63.

Iran s Zarif to visit Saudi Arabia to allay concerns over nuclear deal
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Foreign minister assures Gulf Arab states his country’s nuclear deal with the West is in their interests, as he adds Saudi Arabia to tours of Kuwait and Oman.

Hamas cancels anniversary rally over economic woes
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Hamas cancels its upcoming anniversary rally, saying it is inappropriate to celebrate at a time of deep economic woes in the territory and the funds will be used to alleviate the suffering of its people.

Iraq November unrest claims 950
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Suicide bombing at the funeral of an Iraqi anti-Al Qaeda fighter kills 12 as figures show nearly 950 people died in spiralling violence last month ahead of elections.

Americans are joining Syria s civil war
The National 1 Dec 2013 – US officials say Americans are joining the bloody civil war in Syria, raising the chances they could become radicalised by Al Qaeda-linked militant groups and return to the US as battle-hardened security risks.

Egypt warms to the draft constitution
The National 1 Dec 2013 – The positive reception for Egypt’s draft constitution comes amidst tumultuous times since the uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and bodes well for the future.

How to stop a suicide bomber: seminar held for Iraqi cafe owners
The National 1 Dec 2013 – From employing private security guards to reducing the number of open entrances, officials give tips on spotting and deterring militants, hoping to curb Iraq’s worst wave of violence since 2008.

Chinese anti-veil beauty campaign sows ugly tensions
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Chinese government’s ‘Project Beauty’ campaign aims to discourage women from covering their faces, a religious practice for some Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang region.

India s Mangalyaan spacecraft leaves Earth s orbit en route to Mars
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Spacecraft on India s first mission to Mars clears critical hurdle on its journey, overtaking the efforts of rival Asian giant China.

Indonesian maid s murder trial in Malaysia stirs passions on workers rights
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Young maid faces death penalty over murder of her employer in trial that adds new fuel to a row over the conditions faced by legions of migrant workers in Malaysia.

Philippines embattled taxman takes aim at the famous
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Taxman has long struggled to compel the country’s elite to pay their fair share, but a name-and-shame campaign targeting one of history’s greatest boxers, Manny Pacquaio, and other celebrities hopes to change that.

Video: At least 8 dead, 32 injured after police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Witnesses say a police helicopter that crashed into a busy Glasgow pub, killing at least 8 people and injuring dozens more, dropped like a stone from the night sky.

Video: Thai protesters vow to paralyse government
The National 1 Dec 2013 – Thai protesters march to more public buildings in attempt to paralyse state and force PM to step down.

Ha’aretz

Who are Israel s biggest polluters?
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli scientists discover substance that may fend off Alzheimer’s, aging
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli scientists discover substance that may fend off Alzheimer’s, aging
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli criminologists: Protect, don t persecute, prostitutes and addicts
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

U.S., Russia should hold Geneva talks for Israeli-Palestinian peace, says negotiator
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Netanyahu to meet Pope Monday during Rome visit
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

China on path to becoming third country on moon
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Ex-Jobbik extremist to speak at Chabad event, despite opposition
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Ehud Olmert: Netanyahu tried to interfere in U.S. elections
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Hamas cancels anniversary rally over Gaza economic woes
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Clashes flare in Cairo as Egypt constitution nears approval
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

El Al CEO Eliezer Shkedy to step down after 4 years
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Halakhic prenups no answer for many chained wives
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Netanyahu’s cost to taxpayers: $1m for three homes in 2012
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israel’s new opposition chief tells Abbas his party will support future peace deal
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Ukrainian protesters converge outside monastery
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israel reassures U.S., Palestinians it has frozen new tenders for West Bank housing
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Passenger train derails in New York City, at least four dead
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

WZO pushing new Jewish towns to ‘balance Arab population in Israel’s north
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

India mission to Mars leaves orbit
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Police threatened us, say protesters against Bedouin relocation
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli ministers back tax breaks for gay parents, reversing last week’s ‘no’ vote
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Iranian report: Israel, Saudis plotting new computer worm to sabotage our nuclear program
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Al-Qaida-linked group claims growing foothold in West Bank, PA denies
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Obama throwing Iranian people under the bus
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli spies reportedly looking for ‘smoking gun’ on Iran deal
Ha’aretz – 1 Dec 2013

Israeli military lost $14 million worth of equipment in apparent thefts in 2012
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

French parliament backs reform of law on prostitution
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

North Korea says American tourist apologized for ‘hostile acts’
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Eight dead as police helicopter crashes into Glasgow pub
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Biden heads to Asia to show U.S. hasn t lost focus
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Israel dare not presume to say what is good for America
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Israel must not let divorce be cause for deportation
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Arik Einstein wasn t Israel s ‘national singer
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

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

If they will it, Israel s center-left parties can rule
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

The Iran case proves it: Sanctions will get Israel to end the occupation
Ha’aretz – 30 Nov 2013

Jerusalem Post

Trial of former Jerusalem police chief on sexual assault charges opens
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Nisso Shaham faces charges of sexual assault, sexual harassment, fraud and breach of trust.

Jews in Jerusalem neighborhood demand stronger police presence in wake of attack
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – A two-year-old girl from the Armon Hanatziv quarter was hospitalized after being hit by a rock last week.

Israel law applies to Palestinian who works for Israeli
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – The ruling was handed down in spite of Palestinians being non-citizens or residents.

IC Power, Peru sign $1b. power agreement
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Israel Corporation to establish, operate 590-megawatt backup power plant in South American country.

In Budapest, rabbi makes house calls
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – In the Hungarian capital of Budapest, you can order a rabbi to your home as if ordering takeout, but only during Hanukka.

The Region: How US policy is betraying not only Israel, but also Sunni Arabs
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – The US has objectively sided with Iran, and that is one of the reasons the Saudis are angry.

Bringing Hanukka home
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Today s commuters can personally witness Modi in s Maccabean heritage as they travel along the road which leads toward Latrun

Rome: The Maccabee miscalculation
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Hanukkah should be a time to celebrate Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel, miracles brought forth by God, and Jewish security.

The unsettling story of settling the Beduin
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – The Beduin are not villains: they are citizens with a particular culture and bitter experience.

Ministerial panel passes bill to abolish twin chief rabbi posts
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Bayit Yehudi says it will stymie passage of legislation seeking establish single chief rabbi in cities, municipalities.

Israel and the Hanukka miracle: Blood and oil
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – In our era, the challenge to live and govern the land also tests our capability to pursue our finest purposes.

The Beduin conundrum
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Israel cannot continue to tolerate a state of lawlessness and anarchy like the one afflicting the Negev.

Fallout from Beduin protests threatens passage of bill
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Deputy Defense Minister Danon says in light of violence over Prawer-Begin bill, process should be frozen.

Peace after moviemaking?
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Jordan-born, Brooklyn-raised director Ghazi Albuliwi’s film opens this year s Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.

US rockers Black Angels descend on Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Rising indie Austin, Texas band set to debut in Israel at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv.

About half of people with disabilities in Israel are unemployed, CBS report shows
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Twenty-four percent of employed people with disabilities between ages of 25 to 54, earn up to NIS 4,000 a month.

At least four dead, 63 injured in New York train derailment
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Tragedy in New York: 11 people in critical condition after suburban train in Bronx slides off tracks.

Netanyahu: I will not ‘shut up’ when Israel’s interests are at stake
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – PM responds to criticism on his approach to Iran deal; Olmert: Netanyahu has “declared war” on US by slamming ally’s role in brokering interim accord; says Israel should urge US to lead efforts on preventing nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu’s expenses reveal: 80,000 NIS water bill for Caesarea home
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – PM explained that water bill covered the years 2009-2011; expense report comes after court petition by NGO.

Rouhani: Iran to start building 2nd nuclear plant in Bushehr
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Iranian president says “there will be nuclear reactors in most parts of” Gulf coast province.

Environmental Protection Ministry makes emissions data accessible to public
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Public will be bale to access emissions data from 426 businesses in industrial, agricultural and other sectors.

Herzog meets with Abbas: ‘We have partner for peace’
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Newly-elected opposition leader meets with PA president for first time since taking post.

Referendum bill is back on the way to becoming Basic Law
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Law would not apply to the W. Bank, but would apply to peace treaty involving land swaps or giving up parts of J’lem.

Alleged Tel Aviv bus bomber to agree to plea bargain
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Taibe resident accused of 2012 attack expected to admit to most charges; prosecution to drop charge of coordinating bombing with Hamas.

Iranian FM Zarif: We are working to strengthen cooperation with Saudi Arabia
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – In midst of great tension between Tehran and Riyadh over nuclear agreement, Iran attempts to mollify regional rival.

Clashes break out between Jewish, Muslim worshipers on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – 2 Jews, 2 Mulsims arrested after Muslims attack Jewish worshippers; police close site to Jewish visitors.

PMO official denies Israel pushing ahead with plans for 24,000 new settlement units
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Official in Netanyahu’s Office shoots down reports of planning progress for projects over Green Line, including in controversial E1 area.

Ministers approve tax break for gay couples with kids
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Bill would give same-sex couples benefit meant to encourage women to enter workforce.

Iran, powers to meet next week on carrying out nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 1 Dec 2013 – Iranian deputy FM warns deal not legally binding and Iran has right to undo it if world powers fail to hold up their end of the bargain.

Inter Press Service

Egypt Begs Gulf for Rescue
IPS A woman steps away from tear gas during a riot in Cairo. Credit: Hisham Allam/IPS. By Hisham Allam CAIRO, Dec 1 2013 (IPS) Subsidies from the Arab world are large and reflect Arabs love towards the Egyptian people, but we cannot depend on that to build an economy that can…

Uruknet

EU businesses and Israeli settlements
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013- Private European businesses play a major role in funding, facilitating and supporting Israeli violations of international law and illegal Israeli settlements in three main ways: I. Providing products and services that facilitate the existence of illegal settlements…

Nakba II Israel is Testing the Water
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – Simultaneous protests took place on Saturday in Hifa, Tayibe and Jerusalem over Praver Bill – a plan to evict Bedouin communities in the Negev. The Bill has provoked a storm not only amid the Arab MKs…

Dubious wisdom: Assad s waiting game
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 -Syrian poet Rasha Omran once told me that Bashar al-Assad was “not a dictator, just a gangster boss”. But he s not even that. What he is, a (dysfunctional) functionary. Syria is a dictatorship which lacks an…

Thousands across Palestine protest against efforts to uproot Bedouin
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – 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…

US strikes again as Pakistani protesters block NATO routes over drone strikes
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – In spite of the fact that the Pakistani parliament several times has passed resolutions demanding American drone strikes end, the strikes continue. The government has done little but voice protests against the strikes in various ways….

EU discreetly repairs ties with the Syrian regime
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – European ambassadors and intelligence officials are making discreet trips to Damascus in a bid to resume contacts with the Syrian regime after years of outspoken support for the opposition, diplomats say. “Since May, little by little,…

Drones: Draining The Sovereignty Of Pakistan
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013- It is a well established fact, that the main violators of a sovereignty are the armed men with a clear mission, that an opponent nation has to be weakened and destabilized in any case, but after scrutinizing…

Iraq : Sunni sect will boycott elections, resort to self-determination, MP
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – Iraqi MP Ahmed al-Alwani threatened that the Sunni sect will boycott the coming parliamentary elections and to resort to self-determination in coordination with the United Nations “if the attacks against them continued to prevent them updating…

US in secret talks with Hezbollah
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013-…The revelation of the US-Hezbollah talks comes just days after the US and its allies reached an interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran s bourgeois-clerical regime and its regional allies- including Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar…

Five Palestinians killed in the West Bank in three days
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013- Clashes erupted in Qalandia Thursday night and Friday morning after Mahmoud Wajeeh Awwad passed away in an Israeli hospital due to the bullet wounds he sustained at clashes eight months ago. According to the most recent statistics…

Palestinians fight Israeli attempts to claim Bethlehem
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – As the Christmas season approaches and as tourism to the Holy Land rises, the fight over holy sites has also escalated. The Palestinian Ministry of Information published on its website a report citing an official complaint…

BBC intensifies its whitewashing of Israel
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013- This week, Israel s PR machine staged a masterclass in how to manipulate a willing media into whitewashing its stained reputation.The easy puppets whose strings were being pulled were, of course, the reporters, editors and producers of…

Sadr: “Iran give up supporting Maliki for 3rd term”
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 – The Head of the Sadr Trend, Muqtada al-Sadr, revealed that Iran informed him “not to support The Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to run for a third term as a Premier.” Sadr said answering a question for…

Israeli police attack large anti-Prawer protests in Haifa
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 — 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…

Activists hold day of rage protests against Prawer Plan
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 30, 2013 -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…

Syria News – November 29, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013- By the end of Friday the coordination committees were able to document 90 martyrs, including 12 children, 8 women and 3 under torutre: 41 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 15 in Aleppo; 11 in…

Political tourism challenges Palestinian tolerance
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013- “Hebron – the ultimate family experience in Israel: Isn t it about time you took your children to visit your great-grandparents in Hebron?” Such is the concise, convenient way in which Jewish tourism companies advertise their tours…

Where are the prisoners? A Palestinian photojournalist in Gaza discovers that everyone under occupation is serving a prison sentence
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 –
November 29, 2013 -They call me “fixer,” but I don t fix things. Rather, I keep an inventory of broken things – broken lives, broken homes, broken promises. And then I spread them out like a street vendor for foreign…

Will They Ever Let Us Back to Our Families?
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 – …I do not understand why they won t let me go, and nobody is willing to give me any kind of an explanation. I do not spend too much time looking for an apology for everything…

Revealed: How British Empire s dirty secrets went up in smoke in the colonies
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 – In April 1957, five unmarked lorries left the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and drove to a Royal Navy base in Singapore with their cargo of files detailing the secrets of Britain s rule in…

Israeli settlements expand at rapid pace
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013- Israel s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the number of illegal settlements constructed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem this year has increased by 130 per cent in comparison to last year. According…

BREAKING NEWS: Assad s Thankgiving Massacre in #Raqqa
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 -A Scud missile blew up a bakery in ar-Raqqa on Wednesday. The Death toll now stands at 40 but with another 200 injured, the number killed is almost certain to rise. All told, three Scud have hit…

Revealed: How British Empire s dirty secrets went up in smoke in the colonies
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 – In April 1957, five unmarked lorries left the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and drove to a Royal Navy base in Singapore with their cargo of files detailing the secrets of Britain s rule in…

Gaza offshore gas field estimated at 33 billion cubic metres
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 -The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) has revealed that an undersea gas field off the coast of Gaza contains an estimated 33 billion cubic metres of natural gas. This, reports Turkey s Anadolu news agency, is sufficient to…

In 2 Crimes of Extra-judicial Execution and Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Civilians in Yatta, South of Hebron
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 -On Tuesday evening, 26 November 2013, Israeli forces killed in 2 separate attacks of an extra-judicial execution and excessive use of lethal forces 3 Palestinian civilians in the vicinity of Yatta, south of Hebron. The Palestinian Centre…

Syria Protests November 29, 2013 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 –

18 Sunnis kidnapped in Iraq later found shot dead
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013 – Men dressed as Iraqi soldiers abducted 18 Sunnis, whose bullet-ridden corpses turned up in farmland just south of Baghdad, authorities said Friday, a grim reminder of the worst days of sectarian killings that plagued the country…

“Fear Not The Path of Truth”
Uruknet 1 Dec 2013 – November 29, 2013- Take 60mn off and do watch this very intelligently done video by US vet Ross Caputi.It is a source of multi layered information on Iraq, past and present, the American Occupation, what Resistance is and is not…and…

Daily Star

Egypt draft charter approved for referendum
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Egypt’s new draft constitution was approved Sunday for a referendum billed as the first stage in a “democratic transition” promised by military-installed authorities after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s July ouster.

White House meets goals for HealthCare.gov, but more work ahead
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Two months after the disastrous launch of a website that is a key component of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, administration officials said on Sunday they had met their goal of getting the HealthCare.gov site running…

Turkey agrees Iraqi oil exports need Baghdad’s approval
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Baghdad and Ankara have agreed that oil exports from anywhere in Iraq need the central government’s approval, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy said, after a bi-lateral meeting aimed at diffusing a row over Kurdish energy…

Egypt panel retains military trials in new charte
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Egypt’s constitution-drafting panel voted Sunday to retain military trials for civilians in certain cases despite opposition from some secular activists and rights groups concerned over the army’s wide-ranging powers.

Police, Morsi supporters clash in Egypt’s Tahrir
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Police swiftly swung into action on Sunday to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president from Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square, firing heavy tear gas to clear them from the central plaza barely minutes after…

Palestinian security arrests 20 Salafists in W.Bank: Source
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 Palestinian security forces have arrested 20 Salafists in a series of raids across the West Bank, a security source says, denying any of them has ties to Al-Qaeda.

Press body accuses Israel army of targeting journalists
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 The Foreign Press Association accuses the Israeli army of “deliberately targeting” journalists after soldiers fire rubber bullets and throw a stun grenade at photojournalists clearly identified as press.

Egypt detains Islamist TV chief: Judiciary
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 A court in Egypt orders the detention of the head of the Muslim Brotherhood television channel, as the authorities press a crackdown on the banned group.

Islamist says Egypt on precipice as constitution takes shape
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 A hardline Islamist leader says the army has driven Egypt to the “edge of a precipice”, as a new constitution likely to ban Islamic political parties is set to be approved by the panel that drafted…

A Syria solution must have Assad’s blessing: Minister
Daily Star 1 Dec 2013 No solution proposed at Syria peace talks next month will be implemented without President Bashar al-Assad’s approval, the deputy foreign minister says.

YNet News

Suicide bomber attempts attack in north Mali
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – ….

Libya sends back 360 Egyptians arriving with forged visas
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – ….

Iraqi PM travels to Iran for first visit since Rohani election
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – ….

Turkey to seek Baghdad’s consent for Iraqi Kurdish oil
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – ….

Battle over Israel’s face
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Law-abiding state has duty to evacuate those engaging in illegal construction regardless of religion, race or gender ….

Hanukkah candles lit by Western Wall
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – Jewish Festival of Lights celebrated every afternoon at holy site in Old City of Jerusalem, where large menorah is lit right before sunset ….

US foreign policy in ‘whirlfall’
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Whom will Washington be able to turn to when it has to fight to reestablish its security perimeter, reassert its interests from position of self-imposed weakness? ….

Tug-of-war erupts over return of Jewish archives to Iraq
YNet News, 1 Dec 2013 – Jewish books, documents sent to US for restoration after being found by American soldiers in Saddam Hussein’s flooded headquarters touch off dispute between Baghdad, Iraqi Jews who fled country ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas urges Palestinians to unite against Israel’s Prawer plan
PIC – The Hamas Movement reiterated its strong rejection of Israel’s Prawer plan and urged the Palestinian people and their political forces all over Palestine to stand united in the face of this scheme.

Confrontations in Fawar, Jenin
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed Fawar refugee camp, south of Al-Khalil, at noon Sunday triggering confrontations with young men.

Palestinian patient prisoner in his sixties refuses medication
PIC – A Palestinian prisoner in his sixties has refrained from having his medication in Israeli captivity in protest at medical neglect pursued by the Israeli prisons services.

Tel Aviv police release killer of Palestinian young man
PIC – The Israeli police released on Saturday evening the Israeli soldier who shot and killed on the same day a Palestinian young man near Tel Aviv in the 1948 occupied lands.

Gazans hold torch-lighting ceremony for one-week events against blockade
PIC – The popular committee against the siege on Saturday evening started its one-week events against the blockade on the Gaza Strip by lighting its anti-siege torch.

Resheq calls on Egypt to release Palestinian refugees from its jails
PIC – Ezzat Resheq asked the Egyptian authorities to clarify the news stories about cases of sexual harassment against Palestinian and Syrian refugee women detained in Egyptian jails.

IOF soldiers nab Palestinian citizen in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained a Palestinian citizen in Beit Ummar, north of Al-Khalil, after searching his home.

IOA announces intention to confiscate 1200 dunums in Salfit
PIC – The IOA announced intention to confiscate 1200 dunums of Palestinian land in the town of Deir Estia in Salfit to expand settlements established in the area of Wadi Qana.

Mishaal arrives in Malaysia for meetings with its leaders
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chairman of Hamas, arrived in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to attend the general conference of the ruling party ‚¨ SUMNO‚¨ ù.

WAFA

Report: Index Up in Beginning of Week s Trading
WAFA – 1 Dec 2013

Israel Arrests 5 Palestinians in West Bank and Jerusalem, summons 10
WAFA – 1 Dec 2013

Weather Forecast: Cloudy, Dusty and Windy Weather
WAFA – 1 Dec 2013

Misc

Senators say they’ll press Iran sanctions as ‘insurance’
LA Times 1 Dec 2013 – WASHINGTON — Key lawmakers said Sunday they expect to press forward with an Iran sanctions package that can be imposed quickly if the interim accord to freeze Tehran’s nuclear program fails to lead to a long-term deal.

New unrest hits Cairo as protesters denounce student killing
LA Times 1 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — Thousands of protesting university students took to the streets of Cairo on Sunday, underscoring the growing role of college campuses as a hotbed of anti-government sentiment.

Israeli Arabs, Palestinians protest plan to relocate Bedouins
LA Times 30 Nov 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — Thousands of Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank demonstrated Saturday against an Israeli government plan that in some cases would relocate Bedouins from traditional lands in the Negev desert to urban communities.

Israel s Foreign Minister Returns, but Abrasive Style Appears Absent
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Newly acquitted of fraud charges, Avigdor Lieberman returned to his post as Israel s foreign minister, but his abrasive political style has not followed suit.

Factbox-Egypt’s Draft Constitution
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Egypt’s constituent assembly finalised a draft constitution on Sunday that will be put to a referendum this month or next. It is a major milestone in the army’s political roadmap after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Iran s Hard-Liners Keep Their Criticism of Nuclear Pact to Themselves
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Unwilling to risk a confrontation with the supreme leader, who has backed the deal, Iranian hard-liners are waiting for a misstep to unleash criticism and huge protests.

Libya Sends Back 360 Egyptians Arriving With Forged Visas: State Media
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Libya has deported 360 Egyptians who arrived on two flights with forged visas, state news agency Lana said on Sunday.

Egypt Draft Constitution Opens Way to Presidential Poll First
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – A draft Egyptian constitution completed on Sunday opens the way for a presidential election to be held before parliamentary polls, potentially changing the transition plan outlined by the army when it ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

Turkey to Seek Baghdad’s Consent for Iraqi Kurdish Oil
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Oil exports from anywhere in Iraq to Turkey need the central government’s approval, Baghdad and Ankara said on Sunday after a bi-lateral meeting aimed at diffusing a row over energy exports from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

Israel’s Former Leader Slams Netanyahu Over US
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his successor has severely damaged the country’s relations with the United States.

Turkey Agrees Iraqi Oil Exports Need Baghdad’s Approval
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Baghdad and Ankara have agreed that oil exports from anywhere in Iraq need the central government’s approval, Iraq’s deputy prime minister for energy said, after a bi-lateral meeting aimed at diffusing a row over Kurdish energy resources.

Bethlehem’s Christmas Season Gets Earlier Start
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – The Christmas season begins a little earlier this year.

Blasts Kill at Least 12 Mourners at Funeral of Iraq Sunni Leader
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Three blasts struck mourners at a funeral in northern Iraq for a leader of the Sunni Awakening movement in Diyala Province.

Clowns Help Syrian Camp Children Smile for Moment
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – At this sprawling desert camp in Jordan, home to thousands of children who fled Syria’s civil war, a few found a moment to smile Sunday watching a troop of clowns.

North Yemen Fighting Kills More Than 120
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Fighting between Shi’ite Houthi rebels and Sunni Salafis in northern Yemen has killed more than 120 and a government official in charge of enforcing a ceasefire accused the Houthis of breaking the truce, a newspaper said on Sunday.

Egypt Assembly Raises Doubt Over Vote Timetable
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – The assembly writing Egypt’s new constitution voted on Sunday against an article that requires parliamentary elections to be held before presidential elections, raising uncertainty over the country’s political transition timetable.

Syrian Helicopters Drop ‘Barrel Bombs’ on Rebel Town, Killing 20
New York Times 1 Dec 2013 – Syrian army helicopters bombarded the northern rebel-held town of Al-Bab for a second day on Sunday, killing 20 people including four women when they dropped improvised barrel bombs on a market district, a monitoring group said.

12,000 Cherokee, 40,000 Bedouin Don t let history repeat
Mondoweiss – Jewish Voice for Peace has a petition up against the Prawer Plan and has released this flyer about lighting Hanukkah candles against the initiative. Jewish Voice for Peace appeal on Prawer Plan

Water rates to fall 2% in January
Globes Energy & Water – Union of Local Authorities chairman Shlomo Bohbot: The decision is divorced from reality.

Sun: TASE soars to new record, up 15% in 2013
Globes Main News – Osem continued climbing today while mobile operators Cellcom and Partner also led the gains on the market.

Only sanctions against Israel will end occupation Gideon Levy
Mondoweiss – In Haaretz, Gideon Levy calls for international sanctions against Israel to end the occupation. He says the Iran case proves that sanctions work. And that John Kerry should end the masquerade of peace talks, which only he believes in, because Israel will never give up territory…

Sleepless with Dan Snyder
Mondoweiss – Buffalo Hunt (1899). Charles Marion Russell. As far back as I can remember I ve had trouble sleeping. Tonight I stayed up late reading about Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins. He s a Rob Ford-type so the articles are gossipy. When restless a few weeks ago…

Heard any good gentile jokes lately?
Mondoweiss – New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren has been tweeting her husband Gary Rudoren s short film about Thanksgivukkah (above), and though I m no film critic, this one falls into the category of gentile shtik. The Sullivans are bland, bigoted against Jews, all dressed in red,…

PM’s household expenses reach NIS 3.2m
Globes Main News – 2012 expenses for Benjamin Netanyahu’s official Jerusalem residence and private Caesarea home exceeded the NIS 2.2 million approved.

Eltek leaves Maiman wistful
Globes Main News – The company has doubled its value in the month since Yossi Maiman closed the sale of his stake.

Petrochemicals loss worsens
Globes Energy & Water – The company posted a third quarter loss of NIS 170.3 million, compared with NIS 64.9 million in the corresponding quarter.

Hadera Paper threatens to fire hundreds
Globes Main News – Management has threatened to fire hundreds of tenured and non-tenured employees after talks with the workers committee broke down.

Israel Corp. posts $84m third quarter loss
Globes Main News – The financial statements of subsidiary Zim, which lost $44 million, carried a going concern qualification.

Leumi provides NIS 190m more for Swiss probe
Globes Main News – Bank Leumi still posted a profit of NIS 555 million for the third quarter, 16% up on the corresponding period.

Israel: Nakba and Return
Tikun Olam – 1948: two generations of Palestinian refugees The Zionist dream is known as the Ingathering of Exiles. Of course, this means Jewish exiles. But there will come a time for another ingathering of exiles. Those who were exiled in 1948. The Palestinians . In the Zionist narrative, 1948…

4.1 TCF estimate for Cypriot Block 12
Globes Energy & Water – Delek Drilling and Avner report that the amount of condensate in the reservoir is put at 8.1 million barrels.

Treasury sees upgrade from Fitch
Globes Macro Economics – Rating agency Fitch has raised it outlook for Israel to ‘Positive’, and Ministry of Finance officials expect a rating upgrade within a year to two years.

Why is a Nation writer labeling Jerry Haber and Abdeen Jabara Palestinian cheerleaders ?
Mondoweiss – Eric Alterman Evidently embarrassed by its decision to run Eric Alterman s attack on Max Blumenthal s book Goliath , The Nation now runs six letters criticizing Alterman, then a response to them from the columnist. A couple of letters express anger that The Nation is providing a home…

Egypt charter agreed amid protests
BBC 1 Dec 2013 – Police fire tear gas to disperse supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president in Cairo, as amendments to the constitution adopted during his time in office are agreed.

Lebanese city hit by deadly clashes
BBC 1 Dec 2013 – At least 10 people are killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in two days of fighting between supporters and opponents of Syria’s President Assad.

Netanyahu Is Declaring War on U.S. Says Olmert
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2013 – Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accused Benjamin Netanyahu of declaring war on the United States. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Awarded Prize for Gender Equality by International Women’s Forum
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2013 – An international forum on women s rights has awarded Israel with a prize for progress made in reducing gender gaps. Click here for the rest of the article…

Four Palestinians Arrested for Attack That Injured Israeli Toddler
The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2013 – Four Palestinians were arrested in connection with an attack on a car in a Jerusalem neighborhood that seriously injured a Jewish toddler. Click here for the rest of the article…

Al Qaeda Claims Growing Fo
llowing in West Bank

The Foward Breaking News 1 Dec 2013 – An al Qaeda-linked group said three militants killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces last week were its members, and that their presence there showed that the Islamist network had taken root in the occupied Palestinian territory. Click here for the rest of the article……

Egypt: Al Chief, Azhar Sheikh Discuss Syria, Palestinian Developments,
allAfrica.com 1 Dec 2013 – [Egypt Online]Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Arabi discussed on Thursday with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb the latest developments in the Arab region, especially the Syrian crisis and its dangerous repercussions on Syria’s future and security in neighboring countries and the region as well.

Egypt: Egypt, Saudi Arabia to Sign Electricity Consulting Contract in December
allAfrica.com 1 Dec 2013 – [Egypt Online]Chairman of the State-run Egyptian Electricity Holding Company Gaber al-Desouki said on Wednesday 27/11/2013 that the ministries of electricity in Egypt and Saudi Arabia will sign a consulting contract for an electricity interconnection project between the two countries in Cairo December 12.

Bedouins hold Israel ‘day of rage’
BBC 30 Nov 2013 – Bedouin Arabs living in Israel have been protesting in the Negev Desert and towns and cities over government plans to resettle them.

Egypt charter agreed amid protests
BBC 1 Dec 2013 – Police fire tear gas to disperse supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president in Cairo, as amendments to the constitution adopted during his time in office are agreed.

Lebanese city hit by deadly clashes
BBC 1 Dec 2013 – At least 10 people are killed in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in two days of fighting between supporters and opponents of Syria’s President Assad.

Palestinian police arrest 20 salafis in West Bank raids
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2013 – Palestinian security forces arrested 20 salafis, a senior source said Sunday after a Gaza-based group affiliated with al-Qaeda confirmed it was operating in the West Bank for the first time. But the Ramallah-based source denied that any of those arrested in a series of recent raids…

Weekend clashes leave 10 dead in North Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers evacuate schoolchildren caught in sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on November 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ghassan Sweidan) Lebanese army soldiers evacuate schoolchildren caught in sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on November 30,…

Yemen bans motorbikes in capital to curb “shoot and scoot” attacks
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2013 – Yemen began enforcing a temporary ban on motorbikes in the capital on Sunday to prevent “shoot and scoot” attacks as al-Qaeda suspects on a bike elsewhere killed an army officer. The interior ministry said the ban will last until December 15 and that its aim is…

Egypt releases secular activist, extends detention of another
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2013 – An Egyptian student smashes a police vehicle during a demonstration on December 1, 2013 in support of a comrade engineering student at Cairo University killed the previous week in clashes with Egytian security forces during an Islamist demonstration. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Kamel) An Egyptian student…

Suicide bomber kills 10 funeral goers in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 1 Dec 2013 – An iraqi cafe owner injured in an bomb attack attends a seminar for owners of coffee shops suggesting measures to stop a suicide bomber, on November 30, 2013 in the capital Baghdad. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye) A suicide bomber in northern Iraq blew himself up…

Suicide bomber hits funeral in Iraq
BBC 1 Dec 2013 – At least 10 people are killed in a suicide bomb attack in northern Iraq on the funeral procession of a Sunni tribal leader, police say.

VIDEO: Syrian conflict impacts on nightlife
BBC 30 Nov 2013 – Ongoing violence may have forced some Syrians to change the way they go out and have fun – but others are refusing to give up their rich social life despite the dangers.

Bedouins hold Israel ‘day of rage’
BBC 30 Nov 2013 – Bedouin Arabs living in Israel have been protesting in the Negev Desert and towns and cities over government plans to resettle them.

Articles


Decades of dispossession and discrimination: Umm al-Hiran
Mya Guarnieri, +972 Magazine 12/1/2013
While the Prawer Plan has made international headlines, Israel s Bedouin have suffered from dispossession and discrimination since the state was established. Such is the story of Umm al-Hiran, which will be destroyed so a Jewish town of Hiran can be built in its place.
In the unrecognized Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran, 600 people are waiting for the Israeli High Court of Justice to decide their fate.
Abed Abu Al-Qia an is a 49-year-old resident of Umm al-Hiran, which Israel plans to empty and destroy in order to make way for a new Jewish town, Hiran. The children are panicking. All the time, they re asking us, What will happen? he says, adding that kids from the village have trouble concentrating in classes because they go to school not knowing if they ll come home to a house or not.
Earlier this month, the Israeli cabinet approved the state s plans to demolish Umm al-Hiran to make way for Hiran, which is designated for Jewish religious nationalists. The current residents of Umm al-Hiran, who are citizens of Israel, will be forcibly transferred to the nearby township of Hurah.
This will not be the first time the village s inhabitants are displaced. Prior to Israel s founding in 1948, the residents lived northwest of where Umm al-Hiran stands today. Like many Bedouin, they were expelled from their homes in the Negev during and after the 1948 war.
Like most other Arab citizens of the state, Bedouin in the Negev lived under martial law until 1966…. more..e-mail

Bantustan Borders: Israel s Colonisation of the Jordan Valley and the security myth
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 11/6/2013
At the regular cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli PM Netanyahu repeated a demand that as part of any future agreement with the Palestinians, Israel would maintain a “security border” in the Jordan Valley. The same day, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu has ordered the construction of a security barrier on the Jordanian border in a development that one Israeli journalist said would “finalize the West Bank’s complete closure”.
This is not the first time that Netanyahu has insisted on a long-term Israeli claim to the Jordan Valley. In 2010, for example, he told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that “Israel would never agree to withdraw from the Jordan Valley under any peace agreement signed with the Palestinians”, while in his 2011 speech to Congress, the Israeli PM asserted that “a long-term military presence along the Jordan River” would be “absolutely vital”.
In January 2012, Netanyahu told Likud members that he would “sign a permanent agreement only if it includes Israel’s remaining in the Jordan Valley”, remarks which anonymous officials later claimed referred only to a “security presence”.
The security rationale even extends to a justification for the denial of building permits to Palestinians in the area, with an unnamed government official telling the BBC this week that “the Jordan Valley is in part a security-sensitive area”, thus making “certain areas unsuitable for private development.” Yet as with other Israeli policies such as the West Bank settlement network and the Separation Wall, Israel’s motivations when it comes to the Jordan Valley seems more based on colonisation and economic profit than on security concerns.
The targeting of Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley for expulsion and home demolitions is sadly commonplace, with periodic bursts of evictions and destruction…. more..e-mail

Will Israel come to terms with Iran deal?
Jonathan Cook, Rebellious Independent News and Film 11/30/2013
The recent agreement in Geneva between the world s major powers and Iran over its nuclear programme is a bitter pill that Israel s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has spent much of the past week choking on.
For much of the past decade, Netanyahu has been leading the chorus of doom about Iran, warning of the imminent threat posed by its supposed pursuit of a nuclear bomb.
Seven years ago, as leader of the opposition, Netanyahu issued one of his characteristic warnings: It s 1938 and Iran is Germany. And Iran is racing to arm itself with atomic bombs. The leadership in Tehran, he added, was preparing another Holocaust for the Jewish state .
Despite the available intelligence, almost all politicians in Israel publicly share the assumption that Iran is close to secretly building a nuclear warhead, with many further claiming that Tehran s first priority will be to destroy Israel. More generally, an Iranian bomb is seen as a threat to Israel s nuclear monopoly in the Middle East, and likely to give Iran much greater influence both in the region and in Washington.
There is also the fear that an Iranian bomb might push Arab states to pursue their own nuclear arsenals, further eroding what Israel calls its qualitative military edge
. It emerged this month that Saudi Arabia has been in talks with Pakistan about acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Existential interests…. more..e-mail

Christmas message from Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun
Ma an News Agency 12/1/2013
Vera Baboun is the mayor of the Bethlehem Municipality. The following is a letter written on the occasion of the commencement of this year’s Christmas season.
From a small grotto in Bethlehem a message of love, hope, justice and peace was spread all over the world.
Today, our little town has become even smaller due to the continued expansion of Israeli settlements, but the message of Jesus Christ remains in our hearts, overcoming with hope the despair of decades of living under a foreign occupation and being deprived of our rights.
In Bethlehem, despite the hardships, we have an obligation to look to the future with hope. We celebrate because an important part of our Old City has become a World Heritage Site at UNESCO and the works to repair the Nativity Church have begun under the patronage of H.E President Mahmoud Abbas.
Our private sector continues to invest despite the obstacles erected by the occupation, and our people continue to peacefully demonstrate against the injustices imposed upon them, while the international community merely watches sympathetically.
Once a year, the town of Bethlehem enters millions of homes worldwide through the figure born in this little grotto. Over 2000 years have passed since that moment, and the people of Bethlehem continue to protect and care for the places where the Holy Family left its legacy. more..e-mail

Nakba II
Dissident Voice: 30 Nov 2013 – Simultaneous protests took place on Saturday in Hifa, Tayibe and Jerusalem over Praver Bill a plan to evict Bedouin communities in the Negev. The Bill has provoked a storm not only amid the Arab MKs who voted against it, but mainly among those it is aimed against, the Bedouin residents of southern Israel. It seems as if Israel is testing the water examining the reaction to another mass expulsion of Palestinians. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today Nothing has changed since the Tower and Stockade days. We are fighting for the lands of the Jewish people and there are those who intentionally try to rob and seize them. Lieberman, didn t leave much room for a doubt. Once again, it is the Jewish state that is evicting Palestinians from their land in favor of the Jewish People and their Jewish interests. Israel is testing the water examining the possibility…more


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