VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 3 December 2013: How the New York Times silences Palestinians

3 December 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Army Invades Kofur Qaddoum
IMEMC – [Tuesday, December 3, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that one resident was injured, with several suffering the effects of tear gas inhalation, after dozens of soldiers invaded Kofur Qaddoum village, near the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. …

Five Children Kidnapped In East Jerusalem
IMEMC – The Israeli police said that it arrested five Palestinian children from Sur Baher town, south of occupied East Jerusalem, on suspicion of throwing stones at a settler’s vehicle, causing an injury to a settler’s child. …

Israel To Build 3000 New Settlement Units
IMEMC – [Tuesday, December 3, 2013] Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, has decided to approve 3,000 new units in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. New illegal settlement also to be built in the Negev. …

Qatar To Grant P.A. $150 Million
IMEMC – Palestinian Prime Minister in the occupied West Bank, Rami Hamdallah, stated that Qatar has promised to transfer $150 million to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) to help ease its sharp financial crises. …

Army Demolishes Homes, Structures In Northern Plains
IMEMC – Tuesday, at Dawn [December 3, 2013] A number of armored Israeli military jeeps have invaded several Palestinian communities in the West Bank’s Northern Plains, demolishing two homes, in addition to various agricultural structures and wells. …

Israeli Settlers Invade Yards Of Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Soldiers Kidnap Two Palestinians Tuesday morning [December 3, 2013] A group of Israeli settlers invaded the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, while Israeli soldiers kidnapped two Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israel ‘clears West Bank land for settler homes’
12/4/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Israel has bulldozed land slated for settler homes in the West Bank, a local official said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by the top US diplomat to boost peace talks.” The occupation (Israeli) authorities informed us, through notifications to landowners, that new settler homes would be built in the village of Al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya,” Abdallah Lawadeh told AFP. The 255 homes are among some….

Hundreds of settlers escorted to Joseph’s Tomb near Nablus
12/3/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli troops arrived at Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp east of Nablus early Tuesday morning. Local sources told a Ma’an reporter that ten Israeli military vehicles escorted dozens of settlers’ buses to visit the site at dawn in northern West Bank. Settlers performed religious rites throughout the early morning….

Amnesty demands Israel ‘immediately’ lift Gaza blockade
12/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — British human rights organization Amnesty International condemned the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip in a statement released on Monday, demanding Israel “immediately lift its blockade” on the besieged coastal enclave “by allowing the delivery of fuel and other essential supplies into the territory without restrictions.” The statement highlighted that the situation in Gaza had deteriorated significantly in the last month….

Settlers take over building near Hebron mosque
12/3/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli settlers moved chairs and furniture into a building in Hebron’s Old City on Tuesday in an attempt to take over the property, official news agency Wafa reported Tuesday. Hijazi Abu Sneineh, an official at the Ibrahimi Mosque, said that settlers brought hundreds of chairs into the building, indicating that they intend to turn the Budairi building into a….

Israel approves new town in Negev
12/3/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — The Israeli planning and building committee on Tuesday approved the construction of a new town in the Negev, as the state continues to implement the Prawer plan to displace the Bedouin population. Shizaf will be part of the Ramat Negev Regional Council, and it will include 250 housing units for young couples, the Ministry of Interior announced. Ramat head Shmulik Rifman….

1 arrested, 1 injured in clashes in Kafr Qaddum
12/3/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — A man was injured and another arrested in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Kafr Qaddum on Tuesday, a local activist said. Spokesman of the popular resistance committee Murad Eshtewi said Israeli forces raided the village on Tuesday afternoon firing tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets. Ahmad Eshtewi, 22, was hit with a tear-gas canister in the hand….

Israeli forces detained 110 Palestinians in Hebron in November
12/3/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 110 Palestinians in Hebron district in the southern West Bank over the course of November 2013, a report released by the Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society says. The report pointed out that the total number of detained included 25 patients, 30 children under 18, and two women.”More than 20 family members of the detainees….

Defending Geneva: Understanding Israel’s opposition to peace with Iran
12/3/2013 – Reuven Kaminer is one of the founding editors of the left-wing HaGadah HaSmalit Hebrew site and the author of the book, “The Politics of Protest: The Israeli Peace Movement and the Palestinian Intifada.”The Geneva agreement – and one might hope that there will be more agreements in the same spirit – was a major breakthrough. Its content is clear and simple: the US has admitted to….

Report: Palestinian, Israeli negotiators met despite PA resignations
12/3/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators met last week despite an alleged negotiations crisis, according to a report in Hebrew published on Walla news site Monday. The report claimed that several meetings were held between both sides in the period since the Palestinian negotiation team announced its resignation. Chief negotiator Saeb Erekat met last week with his Israeli counterpart alone, the report added….

Israel FM to hold US talks hot on heels of Kerry visit
12/3/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s foreign minister is to hold Washington talks with John Kerry later this week hot on the heels of a new visit to the region by the US diplomat, an Israeli official said Tuesday. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will also meet UN chief Ban Ki-Moon and address the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, his deputy Zeev Elkin told public….

Abbas to act against Israel at UN if peace talks fail
12/3/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas has warned the Palestinians will take action against Israel through international bodies if peace talks fail, ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry.”The talks are going through great difficulties because of the obstacles created by Israel,” Abbas told visiting Arab journalists late Monday at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.”If we….

French experts rule out Arafat poisoning
12/3/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — French experts have ruled out a theory that Yasser Arafat was killed by poisoning, a source close to the investigation into the Palestinian leader’s 2004 death told AFP.”The report rules out the poisoning theory and goes in the sense of a natural death,” the source said. The French experts’ findings differ significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who said…. Related: Arafat’s widow ‘shattered’ by experts’ disagreement on death

Arafat’s widow ‘shattered’ by experts’ disagreement on death
12/3/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Yasser Arafat’s widow said Tuesday she was “shattered” by contradictory findings by French and Swiss experts over the cause of the former Palestinian leader’s death.” I am so shattered by these contradictions. What are we supposed to think? ” said Suha Arafat after French experts ruled out a theory her husband had been poisoned. She added that she did not…. Related: French experts rule out Arafat poisoning

Egypt’s revolutionary poet Negm dies at 84
12/3/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, r
enowned for his revolutionary poetry and for his harsh criticism of political leaders, died on Tuesday at the age of 84, a publisher said.” Ahmed Fouad Negm passed away. He was 84,” Mohammed Hashem told AFP. Negm spent a total of 18 years in jail for his strident criticism of former Egyptian presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat….

Top cleric Qaradawi quits Al-Azhar in protest against ‘military coup’
12/3/2013 – DOHA (AFP) — Muslim Brotherhood-linked theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi has resigned from the governing body of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, accusing the top Sunni seat of learning of supporting Egypt’s military-installed government.” I submit my resignation,” Qaradawi wrote on Twitter and his Facebook page on Monday, accusing the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, of “abusing the authority of the office to support the….

Tripoli under Lebanon army control after sectarian killings
12/3/2013 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AFP) — Lebanese authorities decided Monday to place Tripoli under army control for six months after a wave of sectarian killings linked to Syria’s war left 11 dead in the main northern city. The decision was taken at a meeting between President Michel Sleiman, army chief General Jean Kahwaji and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, the premier’s office said.”It has….

Afghan refugees smarting under Iran sanctions
12/3/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Afghans refugees living in Iran are being plunged deeper into poverty as sanctions slapped on Tehran over its disputed nuclear drive sap the economy, a refugee agency has warned.”Sanctions on Iran have been bad news for both Afghan refugees and for humanitarian operations,” Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), told AFP during a visit to Tehran this week….

Minister: Libya hopes to restore full oil output in 10 days
12/3/2013 – VIENNA (AFP) — Libya hopes to restore full oil output “in 10 days”, its oil minister said Tuesday, after unrest led to the country’s production being slashed.”In 10 days if everything goes right, hopefully we’ll go back to 1. 5″ million barrels per day, Abdelbari al-Arusi told reporters gathered for OPEC’s oil output meeting in Vienna on Wednesday. [END]

Nasrallah says Saudi behind blasts at Iran’s Beirut embassy
12/3/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday blamed Saudi Arabia for a twin suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed 25 people last month. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda affiliate that claimed responsibility for the attacks, “has an emir and he is Saudi, and I am convinced that it is linked to the Saudi intelligence services, which direct groups like….

AlJazeera

French experts rule out Arafat poisoning
AlJazeera 3 Dec 2013 – New report says former Palestinian leader was not poisoned by radioactive polonium and that he died of natural causes.

Palestine News Network

UFree Network Calls for the Release of Political Prisoner and Activist Saba’neh
Palestine News Network

Ashrawi Speaks at the Launching of UNRWA’s Exhibition, “Long Journey”
Palestine News Network

Kairos Palestine: Struggle of Christian Palestinians against the Occupation
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Sourani Receives 2013 Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) in the Field of Human Rights
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

2013 Right Livelihood Awards presented in Stockholm
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: Palestinians rally in Gaza Red Cross against Israel’s detentions and Italy ties
12/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Marco Varasio | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Like every Monday morning, relatives and friends, as well as local and international activists, gathered at the International Committee of the Red Cross in solidarity with the Palestinian political prisoners. The rally started with the protesters chanting slogans, especially about their homeland Palestine and the political prisoner Marwan Barghouti. Wives and mothers of the detainees stood in….

Photos: Palestinians rally in Gaza to stop Prawer Plan on international ‘Day of Rage’
12/3/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Dozens of Palestinians rallied in Gaza City’s Palestine Square (al-Saha) on Saturday, 30th November 2013, joining a “Day of Rage” against the Prawer-Begin Plan held throughout Palestine and across the world. The Plan, a proposal in the Israeli Knesset, would displace tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin from dozens of villages in the Naqab region….

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 26 November – 3 December
Relief Web 3 Dec 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel clears W. Bank land for settler homes: local official
Relief Web 3 Dec 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/03/2013 14:18 GMT RAMALLAH, December 3, 2013 (AFP) – Israel has bulldozed land slated for settler homes in the West Bank, a local official said Tuesday, ahead of a visit by the top…

Lebanon: EU Supports Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction
Relief Web 3 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory Beirut On 11 November 2013, the European Union (EU) signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine…

occupied Palestinian territory: Walking Easier with Some Help in Gaza
Relief Web 2 Dec 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ten-year-old Abed El-Azeez loves school. “I love math,” the young Gazan says with pride. “It’s my favorite class.” Abed, a top student in his class, is confident and certain about…

The National

Arabian Gulf nations cautious about re-engaging with Iran
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Tehran uses interim nuclear deal to build bridges with Arabian Gulf neighbours.

French experts rule out Arafat poisoning in latest twist mystery
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Those findings, if confirmed, differ significantly from those of Swiss scientists, who say their research offers support for the suggestion Arafat was killed by polonium poisoning.

Third option shakes up traditional rivalry in Delhi elections
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Even if it does not win, the new Aam Admi Party appears certain to have an impact on the fortunes of its two established rivals – the BJP and Congress.

Farewell to Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egypt’s ‘poet of the people’
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Hundreds turn out in Cairo for the funeral of the man whose words were the soundtrack to change.

Galilee is a taste of Israeli apartheid 
The National 3 Dec 2013 – The condition of Arab-Israelis in Negev and Galilee helps us clearly understand why a two-state solution is necessary.

Syrian rebels accused of kidnapping nuns 
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Claims came as Syria’s state TV reported that a suicide attacker set off his explosive vest in central Damascus, killing four and wounding 17 others.

Number of Syrian children in need has quadrupled in a year, says UN
The National 3 Dec 2013 – Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA // The United Nations said on Tuesday it had delivered food to 3.4 million people in Syria in November, falling short again of its monthly target of 4 million as heavy fighting kept it from reaching hungry people in contested areas. As winter bites, the number of children in Syria deemed vulnerable and in need of assistance has nearly quadrupled from a year ago to 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) said. 

Ha’aretz

Veteran Israeli comedian Sefi Rivlin dies
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

EU to reconsider Palestinian aid if peace talks with Israel fail
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Habayit Hayehudi to support bill granting tax breaks to same-sex parents
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

U.K. sends diplomat to Iran for first time since 2011 embassy attack
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Israel not seeking peace to the extent it should, says former central bank chief
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Report: Iran asked for Israel’s help in soothing tensions with U.S.
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Nine arrested in Ethiopian immigrant protest over poor living conditions
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

French experts rule out theory Arafat died of poisoning
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Israelis less critical of home the longer they live in U.S., survey shows
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

First-ever Hasmonean structure uncovered in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Once prominent in South African politics, Jews are now taking a back seat
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

The IDF is strong, but not necessarily at advertising
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

You and I will change the world
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee inactive since Lieberman’s reappointment
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Berlin Zoo comes to terms with Nazi past, seeks out former Jewish shareholders
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

IDF providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians living near Israel border
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Israel Police rescind order demanding media footage from Bedouin protest
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

More abortions, fewer Jews
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Will the Women of the Wall stop fighting for equality?
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Israeli Arab journalists: Police often ask us to reveal sources
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Israeli woman found guilty of ‘sperm theft,’ ordered to pay $31,000
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Thailand orders police to stand down, as protesters vow to oust PM
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Bougie, Bibi and Gandhi: A guide to Israeli politicians’ weird nicknames
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Lady Gaga to perform in Israel in summer of 2014
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

Bob Dylan investigated in France for ‘racist’ comments
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

U.S. rejects Israeli criticism, says not avoiding confrontation with Iran at any cost
Ha’aretz – 3 Dec 2013

The house of flamboyance
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2013

If Bibi wants to cut the fat, he should start at home
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2013

Big Brother doesn’t want you watching too much ‘Big Brother’
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2013

Rabbinate opens kashrut supervision to women
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2013

History lessons in humility for Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 2 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Fireworks erupt at Knesset panel debate on Beduin
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – MK Zvulun Kalfa ends meeting after MK Jamal Zahalka calls him a “fascist racist” and refuses orders to leave room. 

Government says it is unable to enforce labor laws for Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Justice Ministry delays extending workers’ rights to West Bank Arabs employed there by Israelis. 

Court awards Temple Mount activist NIS 30,000 for two wrongful arrests
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Rabbi Yehuda Glick arrested for trying to film security booth at site, where he claims religious Jews are discriminated against. 

Unprecedented finding from Hasmonean period unearthed in City of David
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – “This discovery bridges a certain gap in Jerusalem’s settlement sequence,” says excavation co-director. 

How strong is the IDF? Very strong, according to online ad campaign
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – As IDF faces drop in motivation to join combat units, comical video campaign targets Israeli youth on social media. 

Israeli actor and comedian Sefi Rivlin passes away at age 66
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Rivlin gained fame for iconic television roles; succumbs to cancer after years-long battle. 

Israel Academy of Sciences inducts six life members, including two women
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – According to a 1961 law, academy members are to promote and advance Israeli science and as a body serve as advisers on science to the government. 

German: More research needed on medical marijuana
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Health minister says Israel is in an intermediate period until adequate research is performed. 

Nasrallah: Israel would not bomb Iran without green light from US
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Hezbollah chief says US signing of nuclear agreement with Iran signals end of American monopoly on power, and likely prevents a Mideast war: “Kerry made it clear the US is tired of war.” 

There they go again
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Institutions of higher education should foster the unfettered and free exchange of ideas for members of their own academic communities, but are under no obligation to provide support for the views of speakers from outside the campus walls. 

Moral, economic and legal responsibilities of the Jewish state?
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – While we can’t fix the situation in their home countries, we can focus our energies on treating those already in Israel with the dignity that they deserve and that international law and our own Jewish tradition demands. 

Terra incognita: Sur Bahir – Facing Jerusalem’s reality
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – The culture of violence and hate is a root of the problem. 

In my own write: Jumping for joy
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – My Hanukka ritual had become routine – until I publicized the miracle 

Rabbinic consolidation
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – A radical reevaluation of the Chief Rabbinate’s relevance must be part of such a discourse. 

Are we citizens of this country or not?
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – The only solution is for them to recognize that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.” – Knesset Internal Affairs Committee member Moshe Feiglin, during an official visit to the Beduin city of Rahat on November 24, 2013. 

Norwegian group coming to Knesset to apologize for Oslo Accords
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Christian leaders are coming from Oslo – to ask for forgiveness for “Oslo.” 

Analysis: New Egypt draft Constitution to cement military regime in power
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – The constitution seems to fit relatively well with Western and Israeli interests in seeing the continued crackdown against Islamists and less emphasis on Islam. 

Israel ranked 23rd out of 34 OECD countries in corruption report
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Justice Minister Tzipi Livni says Israel must attack corruption with transparency. 

French forensic experts find Arafat did not die of poisoning, source says
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Leaked report contradicts Swiss experts; radiation scientist says both studies found similar levels of Polonium 210 in Arafat’s body. 

PISA test results: Israeli pupils’ scores remain behind those of OECD countries
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Testing took place in March 2012 among a representative sample of 5,055 pupils from 172 schools across the country. 

Ethiopian immigrants protest poor housing conditions near Knesset; 9 arrested
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Around 100 people protest in capital, clash with police. 

Knesset Member protests ‘soft’ sentence for IDF officer convicted of indecent acts
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Convicted officer sentenced to 40 days community service and to pay compensation to victims, but will still receive army pension and other benefits. 

Bayit Yehudi, Yesh Atid agree on alternative tax break bill for gay parents
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – New wording would not legally recognize homosexual partnerships; L
apid challenges Bayit Yehudi claims initiative is a religion and state issue. 

Police: 5 suspects admit ‘hatred of Jews’ motivated J’lem stoning attack that wounded toddler
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Suspects admit to and reenacted stoning in capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood; set to face remand hearing. 

Ya’alon: Israel transferring food, water to besieged Syrian villages
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Defense Minister praises IDF’s Northern Command and the Golan Division for work to secure border, providing humanitarian aid. 

Army source to ‘Post’: Syrian cross-border shooting ‘was not stray fire’
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Monday’s gun attack on IDF patrol resulted from one Syrian soldier’s decision to shoot at us, source says. 

Bennett: Israel must not be ‘hostage’ to one country
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Comments come amid tensions between Israel, US and poll revealing half of all Israeli’s want less dependence on Washington. 

Ahmadinejad and Rouhani trade blame over Iran’s economic woes
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Former president takes offense at successor’s claims that he is responsible for dire state of Iranian economy. 

Court nixes police demand for media to turn over videos of Prawer protest
Jerusalem Post 3 Dec 2013 – Police said news footage of protests at Hura was necessary since assailants threw rocks, firebombs from all angles. 

Uruknet

Global Protests Against Bedouin Ethnic Cleansing
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – Around 40,000 Bedouins are targeted. They re Israeli citizens. They re considered nonpersons. They re treated that way. They re denied all rights. The so-called Begin-Prawer Plan (Law for Arranging Bedouin Settlement in the Negev) is…

77 Killed as Afghan, Taliban Forces Clash in Badghis
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – Local officials in Afghanistan s Badghis Province are confirming major casualties in three days of fighting between the Afghan military and Taliban fighters. They put the overall death toll at 77, including 57 Taliban and 20…

Killing Unnamed Children in Afghanistan
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -When I read this Washington Post article about the two-year-old child that U.S. forces just killed in Afghanistan, I wondered what the child s name was. Nowhere was it to be found in the article. Maybe the…

Former CIA head: U.S. has accepted Iranian uranium enrichment 
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium. “We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment,” Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week…

How the New York Times silences Palestinians
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -It will not be news to regular readers of The Electronic Intifada that The New York Times systematically excludes all except token Palestinian voices from its coverage.But under the regime of Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, the…

New Satire Campaign Launches War Against Irrational Fear
Uruknet 3 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013- Americans are 9,000 times more likely to die from the influenza or pneumonia than a terrorist attack – and that fact alone is a weapon in a new “War Against Irrational Fear,” which is waging war across…

Qatar wants powerful Iran in Middle East 
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -Qatar s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has hailed as a big achievement the recent nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major world powers, saying his country wants a powerful Iran in the region….

Sentencing those Egyptian girls was an injustice
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -Last week, an Egyptian court sentenced 14 Egyptian girls, including juveniles, to 11 years in prison because they participated in a protest. This decision takes us back to eras we thought we had left behind.The fact that…

Palestinian prisoner s health worsens after 210 days of refusing food
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013- Following in the footsteps of many Palestinian political prisoners who undertook lengthy hunger strikes, Alaa Hammad has been refusing meals for more than 210 days.Muntaha Qasem, Hammad s wife, has not spoken with her husband directly since…

Rights court to examine claims of CIA torture in Poland
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – The European Court of Human Rights will on Tuesday examine claims that Poland turned a blind eye to the torture on its territory of two Guantanamo-bound prisoners of the CIA.Lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, a 42-year-old Palestinian,…

Time to bury the two-state solution forever
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – …The time has come for the notion of a viable two-state solution to be buried forever. We must revive the original plan for a single democratic state in Palestine free of Zionist ideology, where Jews and…

Mother Agnes: a Zionist apologist for the Assad regime
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – It is nothing new or surprising to hear the claim that Mother Agnes is an apologist for the crimes of the Assad regime. Did you know, however, that this March she was invited by the France-Israel…

Israeli forces detain Palestinian protesters in Al-Naqab
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – Israeli occupation forces carried out detention campaigns on Monday morning in the villages of Al-Sayed and Hora in the Al-Naqab, or Negev, the 48 Arabs news website reported.The website noted that the detention campaigns targeted activists…

Drone strike killed 50 and still causes fear, UK court hears
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013- The Court of Appeal in London today heard from the lawyer for a civilian drone strike victim, who is seeking answers over the UK s role in supporting the CIA s covert programme in Pakistan. Noor Khan,…

The Exacerbating Electricity Crisis in Gaza
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -In light of the continued siege on the Gaza Strip, and the silence on the humanitarian crises there, the government realized the need to give a detailed picture of the exacerbating electricity crisis:The electricity problem is not…

Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: The Palestinian struggle is not about independence – it is about liberation 
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – Zionist dispossession and oppression of Palestinians does not begin with 1967. It goes back to 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from villages and towns in Palestine, and were deported to neighboring countries:…

Head of IDF s Gaza command: Hamas is the new policeman in Gaza
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -An Israeli army general says Hamas is stopping attacks against Israel and even keeps the peace when the IDF operates along the border. Israel s Channel 10 revealed the contents of a closed meeting between the head…

NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations with Family & Friends During Holidays
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 – A sheet of talking points for employees of the National Security Agency and Central Security Services, was sent out ahead of Thanksgiving to help guide conversations with family and friends during the holiday season. Firedoglake obtained…

Video: Israeli officer fires tear gas canister at B Tselem videographer, causing injures. 
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 -On 27 Nov. B Tselem volunteer videographer Abu Ahmad documented clashes between Palestinian youth and soldiers in Beit Ummar. An officer fired a canister that hit him in the chest, while he filmed. Abu Ahmad was bruised…

Jordan Valley demolitions leave 50 Palestinians homeless
Uruknet 2 Dec 2013 – December 2, 2013 — Israeli forces on Monday demolished four houses and eight agricultural structures in the southern Jordan Valley, leaving at least 50 Palestinians homeless, a local official said.Fathi Shqaier, head of a campaign to support communities in the…

Daily Star

Saudi-linked group behind Iran embassy attack: Hezbollah
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah says he is convinced a Lebanon-based Al-Qaeda group direct links to Saudi intelligence was behind last month’s deadly bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.

Police funding fighters in Lebanon’s Tripoli: Nasrallah
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah accuses the General Directorate of Lebanon’s police force of arming and funding fighters in the northern city of Tripoli, where frequent deadly clashes linked to the Syria crisis have been waged.

Iran calls Netanyahu ‘desperate’ post nuclear deal
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become desperate after the Islamic Republic agreed last month to cap its nuclear program in return for easing Western sanctions.

Hezbollah says preventing Iraq-style violence in Lebanon
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah says his party’s military involvement in Syria is necessary to preventing Lebanon plunging into Iraq-style violence.

Riyadh’s Iran policy preventing thaw in ties: Hezbollah
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah says Saudi Arabia is maintaining a hostile policy toward Iran, preventing the normalization of ties between Tehran and Riyadh.

Iraq attacks kill 23 as year’s toll tops 6,200
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Attacks mostly targeting Sunni Arab areas of Baghdad as well as northern and western Iraq killed at least 23 people Tuesday, the latest in a monthslong surge in bloodletting.

Russia’s Putin, Saudi Prince Bandar discuss Syria, Iran -Kremlin
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin met Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan near Moscow and discussed the war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear programme, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.

Gunmen kill Shiite leader and guard in Pakistan
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Gunmen shot dead a Shiite Muslim leader and his security guard on Tuesday in the latest sectarian attack to hit Pakistan’s volatile port city of Karachi, police said.

NATO seeks clarity on troops in Afghanistan
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 World diplomats vexed over how to secure Afghanistan’s future used a looming year-end deadline on Tuesday to persuade the war-torn nation’s leaders that allowing thousands of foreign troops to remain there beyond next year is better…

British envoy makes first Iran visit for two years: Foreign Office
Daily Star 3 Dec 2013 Britain’s new envoy to Tehran visited Iran on Tuesday, becoming the first British diplomat to travel to the country since ties were severed in 2011, the Foreign Office in London said.

YNet News

Supreme Court judges, female MKs meet to promote women’s rights
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – ….

UK: UN resolution against ransom payments to terrorists
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – ….

Residents protest dangerous intersection, prompted by teen’s death
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – ….

Hezbollah chief: Saudis behind embassy bombings
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – ….

UN: 250,000 besieged in Syria, beyond reach of aid
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – ….

Peace with a population
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: PM’s lexicon indicates gap between his recognition of Palestinian state, Palestinian people ….

Kosher supervision – not just for men 
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – Following High Court petition, Rabbinate to allow women to take certification exams for role of kashrut supervisors. ‘We are making a change,’ says one of petitioners, who hopes to begin working in field as soon as possible ….

A question of time
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Plan to cut summer vacation will give our kids less uptight parents, who are happier to spend time with them ….

‘Miketz’: Beginning of exclusion of women
YNet News, 3 Dec 2013 – Torah explicitly prohibits objectifying women, who like men are created in God’s image, merely as sexual objects. Man unable to respectfully listen to Torah sermon being delivered by woman should urgently seek help from rabbi or psychologist ….

Palestinian Information Center

Khudari: Israel’s decision to allow building materials into Gaza is not enough
PIC – Head of the popular committee against the siege Jamal Al-Khudari said that Israel’s stated decision to allow shipments of building materials into the besieged Gaza Strip is not enough.

Dozens of Jewish settlers and rabbis storm Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers in the company of rabbis stormed the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Human rights report: There are 26 disabled Palestinians held in Israeli jails
PIC – A Palestinian Human Rights Center considered Israel’s continued arrest of the disabled Palestinians as “contrary to the most basic international norms and conventions.”

Madhoun: Hamas’s visit to Malaysia reflected its international stature
PIC – Palestinian political analyst and writer Ibrahim Al-Madhoun said that the Hamas delegation’s visit to Malaysia clearly reflected the Movement’s weight in the international equation. 

Israel approves 3,000 settlement units in West Bank
PIC – Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon approved during his last four months in office, the construction of 3,000 settlement units in the West Bank, according to data issued by his ministry.

UNRWA plans to cut aid for 60 thousand refugee families in Gaza
PIC – Private sources told Hamas’s Department of Refugee Affairs that UNRWA in Gaza plans to cut food aid for more than 60 thousand refugee families in the Gaza Strip at the beginning of the next year.

IOF arrests Jerusalemite MP Ahmad Attoun’s two sons
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have arrested the Jerusalemite MP Ahmed Mohammed Attoun’s two sons after being summoned for investigation in Israeli interrogation centers in occupied Jerusalem.

Captives in Eshel asks for medical committee to examine effects of jammers
PIC – Captives in Eshel jail urged international human rights bodies, WHO and all medical institutions to form a legal and medical committee to examine the effects of the jammers installed in the jail.

Israeli court extends ban on entry of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah to J’lem
PIC – The Israeli magistrates’ court in occupied Jerusalem on Monday extended a ban on the entry of Sheikh Ra’ed Salah into occupied Jerusalem for 10 more days, ending on Wednesday, December 13.

WAFA

PEX Report: Index Up by a Slight
WAFA – 3 Dec 2013

Israel Kills a Farmer’s Dream
WAFA – 3 Dec 2013

Settlers Takeover Building near Ibrahimi Mosque
WAFA – 3 Dec 2013

Tension High at Al-Aqsa as Jewish Groups Plan Rituals
WAFA – 3 Dec 2013

Israel Demolishes Structures in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 3 Dec 2013

Misc

New report casts doubt on Arafat poisoning theory
LA Times 3 Dec 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank – Leaks from test results French scientists had conducted on samples taken last year from the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat added more confusion Tuesday to the debate over Arafat’s death.

Egypt arrests prominent secular political activist
LA Times 3 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — A prominent Egyptian political activist reported Tuesday he had been picked up by police, the latest in a string of arrests of secular Egyptians who helped spearhead the country’s 2011 uprising against ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, voice of a nation, dies at 84
LA Times 3 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — His verses spoke of the sufferings of ordinary people. And they struck a powerful chord.

Hezbollah Chief: Saudis Behind Embassy Bombings
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has accused Saudi Arabia of being behind last month’s two suicide bombings that targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. 

Top U.N. Relief Official Says Syria Crisis Worsening
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Despite modest progress by the Syrian government, the official, Valerie Amos, said aid delivery remains far below what is needed. 

UN: 250,000 Besieged in Syria, Beyond Reach of Aid
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – An estimated 250,000 people in besieged communities in Syria remain beyond the reach of aid, the U.N, humanitarian chief said Tuesday in a closed-door Security Council briefing that one member called “chilling.” 

Saudis Look to Private Businesses for Youth Jobs
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, urgently needs to create new jobs in the coming years for the millions of young people expected to enter the kingdom’s workforce, Saudi business leaders and the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. 

Syrian Refugees Face Another Harsh Winter in Camp
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Cranes are lifting trailers into place and tents are being packed away as international aid workers rush to winterize a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan — trying to avoid a repeat of last year when three days of torrential rain turned the massive site into a muddy swamp. 

Russia’s Putin, Saudi Prince Bandar Discuss Syria, Iran: Kremlin
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Russian President Vladimir Putin met Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan near Moscow and discussed the war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. 

Antiquities Dealer Sues Israel for $3 Million
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – An Israeli antiquities dealer acquitted in a high-profile forgery case last year says the trial ruined his reputation and is suing the Israeli government for more than $3 million. 

Israel Says Supplying Humanitarian Aid to Syrians Near Golan
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Israel is providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians caught up in fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebels near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, its defense minister said on Tuesday. 

Palestinians Say Iran Deal Sets Peace Precedent
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Senior Palestinians say the diplomatic pressure that produced the nuclear deal with Iran — world powers negotiating jointly in Geneva and wielding the stick of sanctions — should now be applied to the long-festering Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

French Tests Show Arafat Did Not Die of Poisoning-Source
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – French forensic tests have concluded that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, as had been suggested by an earlier report, a source who saw the conclusions of the report said on Tuesday. 

Militias Battle Anew in Lebanon’s Tripoli, Army Arrests 21 Fighters
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Clashes resumed on Tuesday between Lebanese militias who back opposing sides of Syria’s war and 21 fighters were arrested by the army as it pursued a six-month-long mandate to end bloodshed battering the city of Tripoli. 

Kurds’ Oil Deals With Turkey Raise Fears of Fissures in Iraq
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Iraqi Kurds are selling oil and natural gas directly
to Turkey, upsetting Baghdad and Washington, which fear a broader independence for Kurds in Iraq’s north. 

Israel Provides Humanitarian Aid to Syrians
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – Israel acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that it is providing humanitarian aid to victims of the civil war inside neighboring Syria, saying it has funneled food and other emergency supplies to embattled villages just across the frontier. 

Qatar Judge Postpones Child Murder Case Against American Couple
New York Times 3 Dec 2013 – The case, in which a couple will face accusations that they starved an 8-year-old adopted daughter to death to sell her organs or conduct experiments, will not be heard until February. 

El Al selling regular fares to low-cost destinations
Globes Main News – The Consumer Council has called on El Al to stop misleading consumers.

Bronfman-Schron earn 92% return on Discount Bank
Globes Main News – During the nine years that the Bronfman-Schron group held Discount Bank, the shekel strengthened 23% against the dollar.

“LNG plant is temporary insanity” 
Globes Energy & Water – Alona Sheffer-Karo: The plan to build an onshore LNG plant is a fantasy that messed up the thinking of the Tzemach Committee

America has changed in the face of Zionism’s frozen grimace
Mondoweiss – For a long time Zionists could count on the fact that the powerful men in London and Washington were just like them, at least when it came to popular views of non-whites. Winston Churchill, a man who’s long been lionized by a particular kind of historian,…

PISA: Israeli schoolchildren improving, but below OECD average 
Globes Macro Economics – The PISA exam shows substantial gaps between Hebrew and Arabic-speaking pupils.

Contribute to Mondoweiss end of the year fundraiser and receive copy of Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’
Mondoweiss – It’s the end of the year and the time that we appeal to readers for help. Our budget comes in large part from you, our readers. Your tax-deductible contributions have allowed us to grow in size and in relevance and to begin to pay for reporting…

Tue: Discount Bank pulls TASE down
Globes Main News – Discount Bank fell heavily after the Bronfman-Schron group sold shares, while Delek Group bucked the market.

What Comes Next: Towards a bi-national end-game in Palestine/Israel
Mondoweiss – This post is part of “What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm.” This series was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has…

Introducing Ms. Marvel (aka Kamala Khan): A superhero to counter Islamophobia?
Mondoweiss – Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel Depending on your socio-political views, you may choose to agree or disagree with me when I say: Islamophobia is in the air. Be it the USA, UK or even Myanmar, there are a good number of people out there who…

‘New Republic’ writer claims Jews have ‘self-critical intellectual space’ on Israel
Mondoweiss – Shany Mor wants you to know that the American Jewish community is wide open to critics of Israel. Writer Shany Mor. (Photo via Times of Israel) In The New Republic , the former Israeli National Security Council official has penned a long, meandering critique of Peter Beinart’s…

Cellcom and Partner plan digital TV by April
Globes Main News – Expanding Idan+ coverage will allow new players to enter the television market and introduce competition for Bezeq and Hot.

Potash market crisis deepens
Globes Main News – Potash Corporation’s announcement about layoffs and plant shutdowns is bad news for Israel Chemicals.

Wix boosted as analysts initiate coverage
Globes Main News – The DIY website developer has a market cap of $840 million, less than a month after it held its Nasdaq IPO at a value of $600 million.

Netanyahu’s ‘gift’ to Pope: book on Catholic church’s persecution of Jews
Mondoweiss – This is a video of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu exchanging gifts yesterday with Pope Francis (he’s the guy in the skullcap). Haaretz reports : Netanyahu, who was accompanied by his wife Sara, gifted the pope a book about the Spanish inquisition written by his father Benzion Netanyahu,…

Avigdor Lieberman bombs everywhere but in The New York Times
Mondoweiss – Avigdor Lieberman in 2010. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) From the gobsmacked in Gotham department, a lot of people have been passing this around. The New York Times published a piece on the return of Avigdor Lieberman to the post of Israeli Foreign Minister– “Lieberman Returns, but Abrasive…

Excellence sees stocks rising further in 2014
Globes Main News – “There is no bubble on the TASE, and it will rise 8%. Home prices will rise 7%. The trend will only reverse in 2015.”

Deputy Attorney General calls for halt to IDB vote
Globes Main News – Avi Licht: There is no point in a vote on the control of IDB when the Knesset will vote on the concentration bill next week.

Israel improves in global corruption ranking
Globes Main News – Israel rose three places in the 2013 Corruptions Perception Index to 36th out of 177 countries.

Former watchdog slams Netanyahu expenses 
Globes Macro Economics – Former State Comptrol
ler Micha Lindenstrauss: This is the exploitation of a public position to secure forbidden personal benefits

Settlerism as the New Hipster Chic
Tikun Olam – There’s a certain trend among a noted niche of young Jews imbued with the pro-Israel politics of Meir Kahane but yearning for some of the cultural flash of the 1960s counter-culture. So they create this weird amalgam which could be called hip-hop settlerism. You can see…

Arafat ‘not poisoned’ – French leak 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – French scientists say it is most likely that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, according to leaks from their report.

Give Directly to Palestine! Support Palestinian Grassroots Organizing 
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Dec 2013 – Dear friends and supporters of Palestinian organizing, It has been quite a year for the Center for Freedom and Justice and Palestine Solidarity Project. Perhaps you’re thinking to yourself: I haven’t heard as much from PSP this year, I wonder what’s been going on? The truth…

Terror suspects sue Poland over CIA 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – The European Court of Human Rights holds the first open hearing about an alleged CIA prison in Poland used to interrogate terror suspects.

What’s new in Egypt’s draft constitution? 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – A look at key changes in Egypt’s draft constitution

Egypt: British Embassy Cairo Hosts Conference for British Ambassadors From Across the Mena Region 
allAfrica.com 3 Dec 2013 – [PR Newswire]London -On 26 November, HMA James Watt hosted British Government colleagues and British ambassador’s from across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Syria crisis: Omar Shishani, Chechen jihadist leader 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – The ‘ordinary’ Chechen who turned jihadist commander in Syria

Bloomberg To Dedicate $1M Genesis Prize to Boosting Israeli-Palestinian Trade 
The Foward Breaking News 2 Dec 2013 – New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will use the $1 million awarded to him as recipient of the inaugural Genesis Prize to “promote commerce between the people in Palestine and the people in Israel,” the billionaire announced. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel bulldozes West Bank land to build settlements 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – Palestinian children from the village of al-Mazraa al-Qabaliya look a bungalows in the distance built by Israeli settlers at an outpost constructed on seized land from the Palestinian village, near the West Bank city of Birzeit on December 3, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Palestinian…

Arafat ‘not poisoned’ – French leak 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – French scientists say it is most likely that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, according to leaks from their report.

Forensics experts say Arafat not poisoned 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – French forensic tests have concluded that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, as had been suggested by an earlier report, a source who saw the conclusions of the report said on Tuesday. “The results of the analyses allow us to conclude that…

Lebanese army arrests 21 fighters in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – Clashes resumed on Tuesday between Lebanese gunmen who back opposing sides of Syria’s war and 21 fighters were arrested by the army as it pursued a six-month-long mandate to end bloodshed battering the city of Tripoli. The conflict between the Bab al-Tabbaneh district and the adjacent…

Attacks across Iraq leave 20 dead 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – At least 20 people have been killed in violence across Iraq, officials say, including a suicide bomb attack on a government compound in Tarmiya.

Deadly blast in central Damascus 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – A bomb blast in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has killed at least four people, according to reports.

Lebanon: Security Forces Target Al-Qaeda in Ain Al-Helweh 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – All this is still in the realm of suspicion without any hard evidence. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) All this is still in the realm of suspicion without any hard evidence. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) After the twin suicide bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut in mid-November, all…

Lines of the Game: Protecting Saudi From Israel 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 3 Dec 2013 – Israeli soldiers patrol on October 9, 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (Photo: AFP – Jalaa Marey) Israeli soldiers patrol on October 9, 2013 along the Israel-Syria border after mortar fire from inside war-torn Syria…

Lebanon: Can the Free Patriotic Movement Survive Without Aoun? 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – How can we talk about change in the leadership without the foundations of the institutions having been laid down first? (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) How can we talk about change in the leadership without the foundations of the institutions having been laid down first? (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)…

Terror suspects sue Poland over CIA 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – The European Court of Human Rights holds the first open hearing about an alleged CIA prison in Poland used to interrogate terror suspects.

What’s new in Egypt’s draft constitution? 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – A look at key changes in Egypt’s draft constitution

Islamist rebels abduct 12 nuns from Syrian town 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – A picture taken on June 29, 2009 shows a nun watching on as visitors pray in the Christian Orthodox monastery of Saint Takla in the Syrian village of Maaloula. (Photo: AFP – Louai Beshara) Islamist fighters who captured a Christian village north of Damascus have moved…

Trial date set for cleric Abu Qatada 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – The trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada, deported from the UK, is to begin in Jordan next week, his lawyer says.

Suicide bomber kills four in central Damascus 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – Four people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing in central Damascus, Syrian state television reported, after rebels seized a historic Christian town north of the capital. State television said the suicide attack in the Jisr al-Abyad neighborhood killed four and injured 17. (AFP)

Syria crisis: Omar Shishani, Chechen jihadist leader 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – The ‘ordinary’ Chechen who turned jihadist commander in Syria

Revolutionary Egyptian poet dies at 84 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – Ahmed Fouad Negm is pictured in Beirut following the 2006 Israeli assault on Lebanon. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Ahmed Fouad Negm is pictured in Beirut following the 2006 Israeli assault on Lebanon. (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, renowned for his revolutionary poetry and for his harsh…

Egypt arrests popular blogger in widening crackdown 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Dec 2013 – Updated 7:30pm: Prominent Egyptian youth leader Ahmed Douma was arrested Tuesday and ordered detained for four days for organizing an unauthorized demonstration and assaulting security forces, judicial sources said. Douma is the third pro-democracy activist to be detained within a week, as Egyptian authorities widen their…

VIDEO: Gaza refugees angry over aid cuts 
BBC 3 Dec 2013 – Refugees in the Gaza Strip vent their anger after the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Unwra, says it is cutting aid for some of them as a result of a funding shortfall.

VIDEO: UN implicates Assad in war crimes 
BBC 2 Dec 2013 – The UN’s human rights chief has said an inquiry has produced evidence that war crimes were authorised in Syria at the “highest level”, including by President Bashar al-Assad.

The US airman shot down by Syria 
BBC 2 Dec 2013 – The US airman shot down by Syria in 1983

What the Iranians Told Berri in Iran 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Dec 2013 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Syrian Prime Minister in Tehran on December 1, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Syrian Prime Minister in Tehran on December 1, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare) During his visit to Tehran , Lebanese…

Tripoli Shoots Itself in the Foot 
Al-Akhbar Politics 2 Dec 2013 – People run for cover from sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on December 1, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ghassan Sweidan) People run for cover from sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on December 1, 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

Articles


How the New York Times silences Palestinians 
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 12/1/2013
It will not be news to regular readers of The Electronic Intifada that The New York Times systematically excludes all except token Palestinian voices from its coverage.
But under the regime of Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, the silencing of Palestinians has plumbed new lows.
On 29 November, the Times published a story by Isabel Kershner about a Jerusalem photo exhibit put on by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees.
The exhibit showcases some of UNRWA’s unique archive of photographs of Palestinian refugees since the Nakba.
Palestinians have a complicated relationship with UNRWA. It is part of their history and the vast majority of its employees – teachers and doctors – are Palestinian refugees.
At the same time, it is criticized by many as a palliative to the plight of the Palestinians, substituting aid for real efforts to restore the right of return.
Yet in the Times article, as Adam Horowitz notes at Mondoweiss, Kershner does not quote a single Palestinian.
Instead, as Horowitz writes: “For some reason Isabel Kershner gives more space to Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor to denounce the exhibit than to UNWRA staffers to explain it. And, of course, the article ignores actual Palestinian refugees all together.” more.. e-mail

Jewish suffering, Palestinian suffering 
Joseph Massad, Al Jazeera 12/3/2013
Solidarity with Jewish suffering should lead to solidarity with victims of Zionist racism, the Palestinians.
Today the Palestinians are the Jews of the Israelis. – Primo Levi, holocaust survivor

The late French scholar Pierre Bourdieu once said that the tragedy of the Palestinians is that their oppressors are the victims of Europe, which led him to call the Palestinians “the victims of the victims”.
For Bourdieu, as for many European and American intellectuals who may be inclined to support the Palestinian struggle against oppression, the “tragic question” is “how to choose between the victims of racist violence par excellence and the victims of these victims?” The answer, of course, should be simple, namely that one should always stand with Jews as victims of European anti-Semitic violence and stand with Palestinians as victims of Jewish racist violence. There is no choice to be made between the two: The first position must lead to the second. Alas, many find this point difficult to grasp.
Over the last century and a quarter, many European and Euro-American Jewish intellectuals have come to recognise the oppressiveness of Zionist and Israeli Jews towards the Palestinians and have taken public positions that criticise Zionist and Israeli conduct and defend the Palestinians. This Jewish dissent began with Zionism itself. 
Zionist brutality
If Ahad Ha’Am recognised the brutality of European Jewish colonial settlers to the Palestinian peasants in the late 19th century, Judith Butler condemns this on-going brutality towards all Palestinians at present…. more.. e-mail

The Dreadful Legacy of UN Resolution 181 
Franklin Lamb, Damascus, CounterPunch 12/3/2013
Sixty Years Later Global Support for a Palestine Grows
In Damascus this week, despite many hardships, Palestinians in all of Syria’s ten official camp and three unofficial ones, paused to recall and reflect on the 1947 UN Resolution 181 and its progeny, the 1948 Nakba.
In point of fact, every year on November 29 approximately three quarters of a million Palestinian refugees, offspring of the families who were forced into Syria and Lebanon during both the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) and the 1967 Naksa (setback), along with their countrymen in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge following their ethnic cleansing from their land join, in various ways, in this annual commemoration.
Between Nov. 29, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1949, Zionist terrorists depopulated and destroyed 531 Palestinian villages and towns, killing more than 13,000 Palestinians and expelling more than 750,000, approximately half the population. UN General Assembly resolution 181, adopted on November 29, 1947, purported to divide Palestine between the indigenous inhabitants and European colonists who arrived seeking to occupy and exploit Palestine and create an exclusive Jewish homeland. Under the UN plan, European Jews were granted more than fifty six per cent of historical Palestine while the native Palestinians, who owned ninety three per cent of the territory, were offered less than forty four percent of their own land. The partition vote was based on a UN Special Committee (UNSCOP) recommendation to divide the country into three parts: a Pale
stinian state with a population of 735,000, of which 725,000 were Palestinians and 10,000 Jews; a new Jewish state comprised of 499,000 Jews and 407,000 Palestinians, creating a new state with roughly less than sixty per cent Jewish majority.

Zionist leaders have never concealed their intentions especially when holding political gatherings…. more.. e-mail

Defending Geneva: Understanding Israel’s opposition to peace with Iran 
Reuven Kaminer, Ma’an News Agency 12/3/2013
Reuven Kaminer is one of the founding editors of the left-wing HaGadah HaSmalit Hebrew site and the author of the book, “The Politics of Protest: The Israeli Peace Movement and the Palestinian Intifada.”
The Geneva agreement – and one might hope that there will be more agreements in the same spirit – was a major breakthrough.
Its content is clear and simple: the US has admitted to the world that there are relative and absolute limitations to its power on the international stage. And one should not take this lightly.
This change will be in the center of international developments in the near future. Because of this, it is necessary to understand that if one thing is certain, it is the approaching counteroffensive by anti-Geneva forces. These forces are determined that the Geneva agreement will not go unchallenged.
We shall concern ourselves here with this issue because Israel and its leadership are at the head of the forces getting organized for a counteroffensive. You may have asked yourself why Netanyahu refuses to accept the international consensus and continues to attack it on a daily basis. The answer is that Israel must maintain a high level of tension in order to prevent the disintegration of the anti-Geneva camp.
For example, the American Congress appears to be composed of a majority that wants to block the agreement with Iran, to continue tension and even to expand it. Democrats in Obama’s party have joined with openly reactionary and conservative forces to create a majority for reversing Geneva, i.e., for a clear policy of war and conflict. In the center of this grouping we have the US senators who are relying on Israeli encouragement and information to fight Obama’s pro Geneva turn. more.. e-mail

Wake up John Kerry, a global intifada is erupting
Electronic Intifada: 3 Dec 2013 – A free Palestine is on its way, so the US secretary of state should stop impeding it. more..


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