VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 5 December 2013: A wall in Issawiya

5 December 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Arab MK’s Demand Kerry To Stop Israel’s Prawer Plan
IMEMC – Israeli TV, Channel 10, has reported that Arab Members of Israeli Knesset demanded the visiting US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to intervene, and stop Israel’s Prawer Negev displacement plan. …

EU Grants PA €11 Million For Pensions And Salaries
IMEMC – The European Union has granted the Palestinian Authority (P.A) in the West Bank approximately €11 Million to help it pay November salaries of more than 71.000 Palestinian civil employees and pensioners, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. …

Abbas Rejects U.S Security Proposal
IMEMC – [Thursday December 5 2013] Israeli sources have reported that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, has rejected security arrangements offered by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, during their Thursday meeting in Ramallah. …

Kerry Meets Netanyahu
IMEMC – [Thursday, December 5, 2013] After landing in Tel Aviv, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Their meeting mainly focused on security arrangements, and the “Iranian file”. …

Liebermann Alleges P.A. Avoiding Real Peace
IMEMC – Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank is “avoiding talks” with Tel Aviv, and is “not interested in genuine peace”. …

American Studies Association Endorses Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
IMEMC – The American Studies Association leadership announced, Wednesday, that its National Council has unanimously approved a resolution submitted by the Academic and Community Activism Caucus to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. …

Kerry To Meet Netanyahu And Abbas
IMEMC – [Thursday, December 5, 2013] Israeli media sources have reported that United States Secretary General, John Kerry, will be separately meeting, later on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces raid African neighborhood in Old City of Jerusalem
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday raided the African neighborhood in the Old City of Jerusalem and detained one man, locals said. Residents say Israeli police raided the neighborhood and inspected several homes. Scuffles broke out with locals and Israeli police sprayed pepper gas and assaulted a large number of people with batons. Abed Qawes, 48, was arrested. 1 ) Africans are THE TRUE….

Jewish groups enter Al-Aqsa under armed guard
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Rightist Israeli Jewish groups entered the Al-Aqsa compound early Thursday escorted by police, surrounding Palestinian worshipers in the southern mosque and setting off fireworks, witnesses told Ma’an. Witnesses said that a group of extremists led by Yehuda Glick, an American-born Israeli Jewish Rabbi who chairs the Temple Mount Heritage Fund, entered the mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate. The….

Israel closes case on killing of Palestinian activist
12/5/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Military Advocate General’s Corps said Thursday that it decided to close an investigation into the death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was killed in 2011 after an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister at him from point-blank range. In a letter to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Military Advocate for Operational Matters Lt. Col. Ronen….

Israel refuses to compromise on Jordan Valley
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s deputy defense minister ruled out Thursday any compromise on security in the Jordan Valley as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held security talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.”The Americans are proposing joint control over the crossing points (into Jordan),” Danny Danon told Israel’s army radio.”From the Israeli point of view, there will not be any….

Global pressure pushes back Israel’s red lines
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) – The nuclear deal signed with Iran, and Israel’s participation in an EU project which bars settlement funding, is proving the effectiveness of external pressure on Israel, experts say. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region Wednesday for his first visit since world powers reached an interim agreement with Iran to scale back its nuclear program in exchange for….

Kerry in Israel for talks on peace, Iran
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Washington’s top diplomat was holding talks on security with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday in their first meeting since a fallout over a nuclear deal struck with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry landed just before midnight on Wednesday for a trip aimed at giving momentum to the direct negotiations, which appear to have made little headway since….

Palestinian Knesset members urge Kerry to oppose Prawer Plan
12/5/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Four Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset on Thursday sent a message to US Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to pressure Israel to stop its so-called Prawer Plan to uproot Bedouin villages. Knesset members Ibrahim Sarsour, Ahmad Tibi, Masoud Ghanayim, and Talab Abu Arar detailed the implications of the Prawer Plan in their letter to Kerry, describing the structured….

Kerry: Israel security a priority in talks on peace, Iran
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Israel’s security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians. Kerry is in Israel for a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at driving forward peace negotiations which appear to have made little headway since they began under his….

Swiss expert insists Arafat poisoning likely despite France finding
12/5/2013 – LAUSANNE (AFP) – A French report ruling out poisoning in Yasser Arafat’s 2004 death has a glaring inconsistency, the co-author of a Swiss probe said Thursday, sticking by his team’s conclusion that the Palestinian leader was likely killed.”Our data lean more towards the thesis of poisoning than in the opposite direction,” Professor Francois Bochud, head of the Lausanne Institute of Applied….

Palestinians: Mideast talks ‘difficult and complicated’
12/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A top Palestinian negotiator on Thursday said peace talks with Israel were “difficult and complicated,” after a meeting between Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry.” The situation is still very difficult and matters are complicated,” Saeb Erekat told AFP.” Abbas met Kerry for four hours. . . and discussed issues including security. We hope Israel will stick to its commitments….

PA accuses 3 government employees of financial corruption
12/5/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority general prosecution has been tracking the bank accounts of two employees in the Ministry of finance and a third who quit three months ago, the Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said Thursday. Government sources told Ma’an that three high-profile employees were referred to the Palestinian anti-corruption commission for investigation over suspected financial offenses. The minister, however, denied….

Palestinian detainees in Malta appeal for release
12/5/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians being held in a Malta prison on Wednesday called on human rights organizations, officials and international organizations to intervene and secure their release. The Palestinians were detained in late October after they arrived in Malta via boats coming from Libya. Most of the refugees were released but young men are still being held. One of the detainees, Hassan Abdullah, was….

1 dead, 5 injured in car accident near Ramallah
12/5/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A man died and five people sustained injuries as a result of a car accident Thursday near Ramallah, the Palestinian Civil Defense Force said in a statement. Two cars collided near the village of Umm Safa north of Ramallah, killing 33-year-old Said Barghouthi and injuring five others, the statement said. Civil defense forces and firefighters arrived at the scene to….

US teacher shot dead in Libya’s Benghazi
12/5/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, 15 months after a deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya’s second largest city, medical and security officials said. The dead man was a US cit
izen who taught at the city’s international school, security services spokesman Ibrahim al-Sharaa said. He was shot dead as he was taking….

Egypt secular activists to be tried for demo
12/5/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Two prominent Egyptian secular activists will stand trial on Sunday for allegedly taking part in a violent and unauthorized protest under a disputed new law, judicial sources said. The pair, Ahmed Maher and Ahmed Douma, were arrested after Maher’s supporters allegedly scuffled with policemen outside a Cairo court, as Maher handed himself in for questioning on suspicion he had organised an….

52 killed as militants storm Yemen defense complex
12/5/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the Yemeni defense ministry complex Thursday, followed by an armed assault in which 52 people died, including seven foreign medical staff, officials said. The brazen daylight attack on the sprawling facility followed a spate of hit-and-run strikes on military personnel and officials, as the country struggles to complete a thorny political transition. The attacks in….

Iran says Geneva peace summit must aim for free polls in Syria
12/5/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday a peace conference on Syria slated for January should lay the groundwork for “absolutely free” elections.”The ground should be prepared for holding an absolutely free election with no preconditions,” Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the presidency website reported. Rouhani, whose country backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the conference should also….

NGO: Syria Wahhabi militants kidnap more than 50 Kurds
12/5/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Wahhabi militants in northern Syria have kidnapped more than 50 Kurds in the past three days, in the second such case of mass hostage-taking since July, a monitoring group said Thursday. The kidnappings come months into major battles for control of several parts of northern Syria that have pitted Kurdish fighters against Wahhabi groups, chiefly the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant….

Five dead in Iraq as Qaeda group claims mall assault
12/5/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Attacks in Baghdad and the main northern city of Mosul on Thursday killed five people as an al-Qaeda front group claimed an assault on a mall and adjoining police complex. The violence was the latest in a protracted surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 6,200 people already this year, forcing the authorities to appeal for international help just months ahead of….


Israeli-Palestinian talks making ‘progress’
AlJazeera 5 Dec 2013 – US Secretary of State Kerry says he presented Israel with ideas on improving security as part of the peace talks.

Palestine News Network

Health Condition of Prisoner Jerboni Deteriorates Due to Medical Neglect
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Loses Consciousness Due to Israeli Medical Negligence
Palestine News Network

Stories of Resistance: 26 Years to the Intifada in Beit Sahour
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

World: Un budget ambitieux mais réaliste pour répondre à des besoins croissants en 2014
Relief Web 5 Dec 2013 – Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Mali, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, South Sudan (Republic of) 05-12-2013 Communiqué de presse Alors que des millions de personnes…

World: ICRC presents ambitious yet realistic budget to meet growing needs in 2014
Relief Web 5 Dec 2013 – Source: International Committee of the Red Cross Country: Afghanistan, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Mali, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, South Sudan (Republic of) 05-12-2013 News Release While millions of people in Syria, Mali,…

Lebanon: UNRWA and UK visit Dbayeh Camp
Relief Web 5 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland On 4 December, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)…

The National

Hagel: US has no plans to retreat from global affairs
The National 5 Dec 2013 – US defence secretary travels to Arabian Gulf on Friday and says America still has a role to play in the Middle East, despite rise of China, a change in strategy from Washington and defence spending cuts.

Militants kill 52 in assault on Yemen’s capital
The National 5 Dec 2013 – Doctors, nurses and troops were among the dead in the attack that targeted the Yemeni defence ministry and a hospital.

Kerry says progress made in peace talks
The National 5 Dec 2013 – He met Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem and said in a news conference that the discussions focused on Israeli concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme and security under any future accord with the Palestinians.

One dead as high seas and gale-force winds batter UK and northern Europe
The National 5 Dec 2013 – UK, Germany, Netherlands and Denmark hit hard by storm that led to cancelled flights, railway disruptions and evacuations of thousands of homes.

India’s Congress pays the price of its failures 
The National 5 Dec 2013 – Leaders of India better beware that they can no longer take the common people for granted

Jordanian Al Arabiya reporter recovering after 18-month kidnap ordeal in Philippines
The National 5 Dec 2013 – A Jordanian TV reporter for the Dubai-based network Al Arabiya describes escaping captivity by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippine jungle following an 18-month kidnap ordeal that saw him lose a third of his body weight.

India exit polls forecast string of wins for BJP
The National 5 Dec 2013 – Exit polls published today for five state elections forecast a string of victories for the opposition which would provide momentum to hardline Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi ahead of national polls next year.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford tried obtaining crack tape: court documents
The National 5 Dec 2013 – New court documents released Wednesday suggest Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may have offered $5,000 and a car to suspected drug dealers in exchange for a video that appears to show him smoking crack.

Thai king appeals for stability in birthday speech after violent protests
The National 5 Dec 2013 – Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urged the nation to work together for ‘stability’ in today’s speech on his 86th birthday, marked with a lull in tensions after violent anti-government protests.


Premier Netanyahu and other world leaders pay tribute to Mandela
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Bronfman-Schron group stands to earn $200m on Discount shares
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

OECD on Israel: Economy strong, but social indicators lagging
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Toshiba, Harris plan Israel R&D centers following acquisitions
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Are kids are on holiday more than in class, or does it just seem like it?
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Knesset okays speedier grants for battered women leaving shelters
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Palestinians seek to cancel NIS 550m of debt owed to Israel Electric Corp.
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Remembering what made Nelson Mandela great
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

INTERACTIVE: Milestones in the life of freedom fighter
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

My friend Mandela
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Nelson Mandela dies at 95
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Iranian state TV launches preemptive attack on Jon Stewart
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Truth and lies in ‘Bethlehem’
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Palestinians reject U.S. security proposal for Israel peace accord, official says
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

N.Y. synagogue appoints first Asian-American rabbi to top post
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Israeli military closes probe into death of Palestinian protester Mustafa Tamimi
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

What you and your neighbors can learn from Israel’s ‘garbage mountain’
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Word of the Day / Eshkolit: The fruit that got its name through the grapevine
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Suspect in slaying of U.K. soldier had Al-Qaida, jihad texts
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Hundreds of haredim clash with police in Jerusalem over yeshiva student’s arrest
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Hundreds demonstrate in Be’er Sheva against Bedouin relocation
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Spat on bill granting tax breaks to gay parents puts off vote
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Geneva-Iran, Geneva-Syria: Why not a Geneva conference for Palestine?
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Ben Gurion Airport to shut main terminal on Friday to test new security system
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

IDF to reduce number of soldiers in non-military roles
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Winter reaches Israel at last, with heavy rains in north and center
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

American support for isolationism hits 50-year high, PEW survey finds
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Diskin hits back at Netanyahu in scathing personal attack on Facebook
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

Curing carnivores of their addiction
Ha’aretz – 5 Dec 2013

The Netanyahus’ list of bills is long, but the public’s memory is short
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

You’re gonna miss us, America
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

Shot down like a dog: The heinous killing of an illegal Palestinian worker
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

Gross neglect of weak pupils
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

Israel seeks to tighten medical marijuana regulations
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

Israel’s new airport is angering Jordan, a rare friend in the region
Ha’aretz – 4 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Court censures ex-police officer for striking Arab lawyer during protest
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Court rejects man’s claim that protesters had physically attacked him first, was acting in self-defense. 

‘You are Israel’s heartbeat’
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Peres blesses some 200 disabled IDF veterans who came from all across country before Jerusalem Torch Race. 

First winter storm of season hits Israel – Kinneret rises, Mount Hermon sees snow
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Unseasonably warm weather broken by scattered showers from the North to the Negev; winter weather forecasted to continue over weekend. 

Egypt reportedly to declare Muslim Brotherhood ‘terrorist organization’
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Pro-Morsi alliance calls for renewed protests this weekend in memory of killed protesters, ones in custody. 

Netanyahu, Peres mourn the loss of Mandela, ‘a freedom fighter who opposed violence’
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – “The world has lost a venerable leader who changed the path of history,” President Peres says. 

Obama recalls influence Mandela had on his political career
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Mandela embodied promise that human beings and countries can change for the better, Obama says. 

Diskin’s warnings
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – From time to time former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin makes public statements that stir up quite a bit of controversy. 

Former South African president Nelson Mandela dies aged 95
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Mandela led the country during the transition years of apartheid South Africa and was its first black president; South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announces passing, says nation has “lost its greatest son.” 

Kerry presents new security plan to Netanyahu, Abbas
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Palestinians reportedly reject US proposal; PM Netanyahu: Israel is ready for “historic peace” with Palestinians. 

Why is Israel alone in objecting to the agreement with Iran?
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Rouhani’s charm offensive lulled the West into forgetting basic reasons for objecting to Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. 

Diskin: PM’s high ice cream bills is the price tag for his handling of Iran
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Former Shin Bet head responds to Netanyahu’s verbal assault against him in tongue-in-cheek Facebook message. 

Hezbollah threatens to retaliate against Israel for assassination
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Lebanese papers claim Mossad was behind attack, say “Israel hasn’t carried an attack this bold, direct before.” 

Parashat Vayigash: Everything is for the best
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – This week, when we hear Parashat Vayigash, we will listen to the climax in the ongoing drama between Joseph and his brothers. 

On being taken to the cleaners
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – The smiling, soft-spoken, savvy, team of negotiators, who seem to have swept the five plus one off their feet, are not the people who count. 

Syrian opposition alleges new poison gas attack
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Opposition says victims have been discovered with swollen limbs, foaming at the mouth; at least 7 casualties reported. 

When friends disagree
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – There exists a reasonable and legitimate disagreement between the current Israeli government and the current American Administration. 

Swiss expert contests French finding that Arafat not poisoned
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – “We are in agreement except the French say the polonium was deposited by radon, but it a very weak argument,” says expert. 

Netanyahu: Female Mossad agents are the true Wonder-Women
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Comments were made during a ceremony at which the prime minister, President Peres and Mossad Chief Pardo presented 4 awards to women. 

US eyes sea trials of gear that may destroy Syria chemical arms
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – US to test two chemical neutralization units ahead of difficult process of transporting chemical weapons, destroying them. 

Knesset passes bill regulating foster care system in Israel
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Drafted by Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar and the National Council for the child, the bill regulates rights and duties of all parties involved. 

Israel as the Junior High Cafeteria
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Who are the Israelis? The hundreds of thousands who attended Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef funeral or maybe those who chose to mourn singer Arik Einstein? 

Extremist haredim violently protest arrest of yeshiva student by army
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – 19-year-old haredi refused to present himself at IDF’s enlistment office; two protesters arrested, one officer lightly injured. 

Sir Paul McCartney: Israelis and Palestinians deserve peace
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Former ‘Beatle’ says all donations made to Israeli-Palestinian youth peace initiative, ‘OneVoice,’ will be doubled after December 5. 

Peretz meets his Turkish counterpart for highest level Turkish-Israeli meeting in 3 years
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Environmental protection minister tells conference in Istanbul he hopes Israel, Turkey can bridge gaps soon. 

Palestinian journalist proposes marriage to PA President Abbas via Facebook
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Other journalists in Ramallah have expressed fear that she may be fired or detained for “insulting” Abbas. 

Vandals spray-paint graffiti threats on Jerusalem home of WoW leader
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – ‘Post’ reporter Peggy Cidor: “The next time I’m going to wake up with a grenade at my door?” 

Austrian mayor: Journalists should be hanged like Jews
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Mayor of the city of Gföhl is furious about asylum seekers, blames journalists for reporting on them. 

Edelstein’s ultimatum to PM: Choose FADC chairman or I will
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Knesset’s most prestigious committee has been left without leadership for a month since Avigdor Liberman’s departure. 

Weekly Schmooze: Haim’s epic ‘Hanukka Song’ cover
Jerusalem Post 5 Dec 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: The final roundup of Festival of Lights videos; Billy Joel at MSG; Gal Gadot is Wonder woman. 

Inter Press Service

Morocco Under Fire Over Women’s Rights Bill
IPS By AJ Correspondents DOHA, Dec 5 2013 (IPS) Women’s rights activists in Morocco have criticised the Islamist-led government for excluding them from drafting proposed legislation to combat violence against women and for seeking to dilute the bill through changes. The long-awaited bill is currently under study in Morocco. It comes…

Gaza Returns to Donkey Days
IPS Palestinian child on donkey cart next to garbage container in Gaza City. Credit: Mohammed Omer/IPS By Mohammed Omer GAZA CITY , Dec 5 2013 (IPS) The garbage trucks of Gaza city are at a standstill due to an ongoing fuel shortage affecting all aspects of daily life, including garbage collection, sewage…

Iran Deal Look Safe from Lawmakers’ Attack for Now
IPS The threat of Congressional action has receded amidst the consolidation of a consensus that the deal negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry is a good one. Credit: US Mission/Eric Bridiers By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Dec 5 2013 (IPS) Ten days after the signing in Geneva of a groundbreaking deal…


Operation Enduring Occupation The last 12 years have brought only suffering to Afghanistan–and there s more to come.
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – OPERATION ENDURING Freedom–the U.S. government s official name for its war and occupation of Afghanistan–is supposed to be coming to an end. But the arrangement established under a proposed deal between the U.S. and Afghan governments…

American Studies Association Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israel
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – …Whereas the United States plays a significant role in enabling the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the expansion of illegal settlements and the Wall in violation of international law, as well as in supporting the systematic…

Nelson Mandela dies aged 95
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa s struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95.South Africa s first black president died in the company of…

Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 52 at Yemeni defense ministry
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen s defense ministry on Thursday, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff, government sources said, in the country s worst militant assault in 18 months. One…

Iraqi MPs call for end to killings in Sunni Anbar governorate Fallujah rocked by killing of mayor and protest leader
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 -The political bloc led by Iraq s parliamentary speaker has called for action to tackle a spate of assassinations in the city of Fallujah, in Iraq s troubled Anbar province. MP Khalid Al-Alwani, a member of the…

Druze youth likely headed to prison for conscientious objection
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – “I was raised first and foremost as a human being, and as such I feel that I cannot possibly aim an assault weapon at any other human being, be it Arab, Jewish or whomever, and so…

European Court of Human Rights Hears Evidence About CIA Torture Prison in Poland
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 -On Monday and Tuesday, an important step took place in the quest for those who ordered and undertook torture in the Bush administration s “war on terror” to be held accountable for their actions, when the European…

Israel closes case on killing of Palestinian activist
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 5, 2013 – Israel s Military Advocate General s Corps said Thursday that it decided to close an investigation into the death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was killed in 2011 after an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister at…

Syria News – December 4, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 62 martyrs including 4 women, 3 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 24 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 19 in Damascus and its Suburbs,…

Britain s War on Press Freedom
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013- Press freedom is too important to lose. The right to express thoughts and opinions freely is fundamental. Without it all others are at risk. It s being assaulted in America. It s at risk in Britain. Both…

Exclusive: Foreign doctors raise alarm over Syrian birth defects
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -Doctors working inside Syria are witnessing a “shocking” number of babies being born with severe deformities – a result of the collapse of the war-torn country s healthcare system. The cases of Anencephaly – a condition which…

Twelve years of torture, illegality, and shame
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -Twelve years have passed since the US government of President George Bush made the dramatic decision to ignore half a century of international law, abrogate the Geneva Conventions and bring us to a place today where 164…

November 2013 Update: US covert actions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – Three CIA drone strikes hit Pakistan, killing at least 11 people including the leader of the Pakistan Taliban (TTP) and several alleged senior Haqqani Network members. The attacks sparked popular protests and condemnation from the government…

Britain is up to its neck in US dirty wars and death squads
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -You might have thought the war on terror was finally being wound down, 12 years after the US launched it with such disastrous results. President Obama certainly gave that impression earlier this year when he declared that “…

NSA Has a Massive Program Which Incidentally Collects Cell Location Data of Millions of Americans 
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -New documents from former National Security Agency contractor and whis
tleblower Edward Snowden show the NSA is storing location data from “at least hundreds of millions of devices.” The Washington Post s Barton Gellman and Ashkan Koltani write, “…

Photos: Palestinian fishermen and activists sail to protest Israel s siege of Gaza
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013- On Monday, 2nd December 2013, 200-250 Palestinians, foreign activists and journalists, many from international media, gathered in the Gaza seaport for a joint action to alert the world about the siege and its consequences for fishermen pursuing…

The Anti-Empire Report #123 People before Profit, Hollywood History, and the Coup in Oz 
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – …In the digital age, the NSA has very little need for individuals to spy on their friends, acquaintances, and co-workers. (In any event, the FBI takes care of that department very well.) Can we ever expect…

Kerry will find pessimism in Palestine
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -When US Secretary of State John Kerry visits the region this week, he is certain to find Palestinian expectations at an all-time low regarding any possible breakthrough in the peace talks with Israel. The dual resignations of…

Israeli occupation s violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque on the rise
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -So-called Temple organisations in Israel have filed a demand to the Israeli ministerial council to employ a rabbi in the Al-Aqsa Mosque and to place a Jewish Menorah on top of the Dome of the Rock, the…

Summary Report on the Human Rights Situation in the oPt in 2013
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4,2013 – This year is one of the worst in regards to the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and there is not yet an end in sight. Rather, day- by-day the situation continues to worsen…

First UK legal challenge to CIA drones reaches Court of Appeal
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – An unprecedented attempt to discover if British officials are complicit in the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan reached the Court of Appeal this week.The case is brought by Noor Khan, a Pakistani tribesman whose father was…

Waterboarding, prolonged stress positions, placed in a box and subjected to extreme noise: CIA s rendition of two terror suspects in Polish jail revealed
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – Lawyers for two terror suspects currently being held by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay have accused Poland of human rights abuses. They say they fell victim to the CIA s program to kidnap terror suspects and…

Pentagon Guidelines No Longer Ban Killing Civilians With Drones
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – The Pentagon has dramatically revised its guidelines on the use of drone strikes, removing previous instructions that admonished troops to “ensure” civilians aren t targeted with drones. Instead, the instructions now simply encourage troops to “avoid…

Marked for destruction: Jerusalem neighborhoods brace for large wave of home demolitions
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -As Isam Hamad Ali, a civil engineer in the Shu fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, drove his silver sedan along a wide dirt road near Israel s Separation Wall, he pointed to every building he passed….

Major Hezbollah Figure, Tied to Syrian War, Is Assassinated Near Beirut
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – Hassane Laqees was a major player in the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah from its inception three decades ago to its current intervention in Syria s civil war. Over the years, he survived several assassination attempts….

Why was Arafat killed?
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – On November 7, Raanan Gissin commented on the instructions given by the then PM Ariel Sharon in 2002, to the effect that “everything [must] be done to ensure that Arafat… was not killed by our soldiers,”…

Palestinian Lost Opportunities
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 -Just over a week ago Palestine had a chance to cast its first vote at the UN General Assembly appointing a Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas first submitted…

Iraq: 165 violent deaths in the first four days of the month
Uruknet 5 Dec 2013 – December 4, 2013 – Jaclyn Jaeger (Compliance Week) reports, “Spain, Libya, and Iraq are just a few countries who fared worst than last year in Transparency International s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index. Spain slipped from 30th place in 2012 to…

Daily Star

Two missing Norway teens are in Syria, lawyer confirms
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 Two teenaged Norwegian sisters who ran away from home in October, saying they wanted to help rebels in Syria, are indeed in the war-wracked country, a lawyer for their family confirmed Thursday.

Al-Nour Party urges support for Egypt constitution
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 An Islamist party that backed the army’s ouster of President Mohammad Morsi urged Egyptians to vote in favor of a new constitution in an upcoming referendum, saying that would spare the country more turmoil.

White House expects Libya to investigate American’s death in Benghazi
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 The Libyan government should thoroughly investigate the killing of an American in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said on Thursday.

Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 52 at Yemeni defence ministry
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen’s defence ministry, killing 52 people including foreign medical staff on Thursday, government sources said, in the worst single militant assault in Yemen in 18 months.

Palestinians spurn US security ideas for peace with Israel
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 The Palestinians rejected ideas raised by visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for security arrangements under a possible future peace accord with Israel, a Palestinian official said.

98 dead in Central African Republic after clashes
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 Fighting came to the capital of Central African Republic on Thursday, leaving dozens of casualties and posing the biggest threat yet to the country’s new government just as the U.N. Security Council authorized an intervention force…

Sudanese killed in firefight with Egypt border guards
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 Four Sudanese were killed on Thursday in an exchange of fire with Egyptian border guards, security officials said, adding that 10 more were wounded.

Israel security a priority in talks on peace, Iran: Kerry
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Thursday that Israel’s security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.

American teacher shot dead in Libya’s Benghazi
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 An American teacher was gunned down in Libya as he took his morning jog Thursday, a week before he was to return home on holiday, officials and the school said.

Activists: Rebels kill Iraqi journalist in Syria
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 Syrian opposition fighters killed an Iraqi freelance journalist in the rebel-held north of the country, the latest of dozens of reporters who have died in the country over the past three years, an activist group and…

Salafists urge supporters to back Egypt constitution
Daily Star 5 Dec 2013 Egypt’s Salafist Al-Nour party said Thursday it will rally supporters to vote for a new draft constitution in a referendum fiercely opposed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

YNet News

Peres, Netanyahu eulogize Nelson Mandela
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – ….

Obama: Mandela achieved more than could be expected 
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – ….

South African icon Nelson Mandela dies at 95
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – ….

Erekat denies reports that PA rejected Kerry’s proposal
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – ….

Hurricane-force winds hit Britain and close in on Europe 
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – ….

US plan for Israel’s safety 
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – Analysis: Americans on historic mission to revive deadlocked talks by solving security issues ….

From China to Israel: Marketing Hanukkah
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – Jewish startup campaign in 25 countries worldwide encourages Jews who have never celebrated holiday properly to light menorah with elderly Jews in Moldova, taste traditional holiday meal in China, connect to their Jewish identity in Jerusalem ….

Lavishness and insolence 
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: While regular Israelis groan under burden of mortgage or rent, Netanyahus are puffing up ….

Survivors recall Kindertransport escape 
YNet News, 5 Dec 2013 – Seventy-five years ago this week, first group of kids arrived without their parents at English port of Harwich, after Britain agreed to take in children threatened by Nazi murder machine. These are stories of five Kinder in their own words ….

Palestinian Information Center

Zahhar: Any peace treaty with Israel is not binding for the Palestinian people
PIC – Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said that any conciliatory agreement resulting from the current negotiations between the PA and the occupation is non-binding for the Palestinian people.

Tensions in the Aqsa mosque
PIC – Israeli occupation forces tightened security measures since Thursday morning on the Qibli Mosque in the Aqsa Mosque where dozens of Palestinian worshipers were maintaining vigil.

Radwan condemns the continuation of negotiation
PIC – Dr. Ismail Radwan, Minister of Religious Affairs in Gaza, condemned the continuation of negotiation between Israeli and Palestinian authorities despite the national consensus on its rejection.

Israel plans to build wall along Palestinian-Jordanian border
PIC – A senior Israeli military official said that the Israeli army intends to build a perimeter fence along the borderline with Jordan, similar to the one it had built along the border with Egypt.

PCHR: IOF killed 2 fishermen, arrested and wounded dozens since 2009
PIC – Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued on Wednesday a report documenting Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen and their fishing equipment during the past four years.

IOF arrests 14 minors within a week
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have arrested during the recent days a number of minors from Sur Baher, south east of occupied Jerusalem, human rights sources said.

FHI calls on Egypt to stop arresting Palestinian refugees
PIC – Friends of Humanity International (FHI) called on Egyptian authorities to stop “unfair persecution and arrest campaigns” against Syrian and Palestinian refugees fleeing from Syria to Egypt.


Kerry says Goal of Talks is a Viable Palestinian State
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Road Collapses in Silwan due to Excavations, say Residents
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Kerry Arrives in Ramallah, Meets Abbas
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Newspapers Review: US Security Plan Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Israeli Army Arrests 8 People in Bethlehem
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Israeli Police Clash with Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

EU Supports PA with €11M for November Salaries
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013

Weather Forecast: Scattered Showers Ahead
WAFA – 5 Dec 2013


Yemen attack bears hallmarks of Al Qaeda; at least 52 dead
LA Times 5 Dec 2013 – SANA, Yemen — In a strike that bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, assailants in military uniforms staged a brazen daytime assault Thursday on Yemen’s defense ministry, setting off a daylong battle that killed at least four dozen people and left scores injured, with some…

The Lede: Latest Updates: Global Reaction to the Death of Nelson Mandela
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – The Lede is following global reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday. 

Kerry, Seeking to Nudge Along Peace Talks, Offers Netanyahu Ideas on Security
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry discussed security arrangements that could be put in place in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley, a move that seemed to signify a more active American role in Israeli-Palestinian talks. 

Morgan Freeman, Other Entertainers, Mourn Mandela
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Actors Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba, who both portrayed Nelson Mandela in the movies, were among many figures from the entertainment world who paid tribute to the South African anti-apartheid hero who died on Thursday. 

World Honors Mandela as Champion of Freedom and Reconciliation
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Nelson Mandela was hailed on Thursday as a champion of reconciliation who “achieved more than could be expected of any man,” as people the world over mourned his death and celebrated his triumphant fight against apartheid in South Africa. 

U.S. Teacher Gunned Down in Benghazi, Officials Say
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Libyan security officials said they had yet to determine a motive for the killing, which came during a surge of assassinations and armed clashes in Benghazi. 

Assault on Yemeni Defense Ministry Compound Kills 52
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Assailants suspected of being members of Al Qaeda entered the compound after a car bombing and gunned down civilians at a hospital inside. 

Al-Qaida-Style Attack in Yemen’s Capital Kills 52
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Militants stormed the Defense Ministry in the heart of Yemen’s capital Thursday, killing 52 people, including at least seven foreigners, in a suicide car bombing and assault by gunmen. The brazen, al-Qaida-style attack follows a rise in U.S. drone strikes in this key American ally in the Middle East. 

Syrian Refugees Flee for Safety Through the Desert
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – As evening gathers across a desert plain in eastern Jordan, 80-year-old Muteea Talaa stands with 200 other starved, cold and wet refugees on the Syrian side of a muddy ditch marking the border between the two countries, waiting for a signal from a Jordanian army patrol to cross over. 

Lebanese Soldier Killed in Clashes With Sunni Militants
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – A Lebanese soldier was killed on Thursday evening during clashes with Sunni Muslim fighters in the coastal city of Tripoli after the army tried to storm a Sunni area, a security source said. 

Hagel to Reassure Gulf Allies on Iran Deal
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a tough challenge as he looks to reassure nervous allies in the Gulf that the U.S. will continue its strong military support to the region, even as world powers move forward on the nuclear pact with Iran. 

U.S. Military Hikes Regional Alert Status After Yemen Attack
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – The U.S. military has increased its regional alert status following deadly, coordinated strikes on Yemen’s defense ministry on Thursday, a senior U.S. defense official said. 

Calle 13 Singer Says Palestinians Like Puerto Rico
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – The frontman for the Grammy-winning Puerto Rican hip-hop outfit Calle 13 said Thursday that he sees similarities between the political situation of Palestinians and those of his own people. 

Tunisian Rapper Gets 4 Months Prison
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – The defense lawyer for a Tunisian rapper says his client
has been convicted of insulting police and sentenced to four months in prison. 

Syrian Opposition Alleges New Poison Gas Attack
New York Times 5 Dec 2013 – Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of using poison gas in Syria’s civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth. 

Students support the American Studies Association boycott resolution
Mondoweiss – This letter originally appeared on the National Students for Justice in Palestine website, where you can find the most up-to-date-list of sign-ons. If other SJPs wish to sign on, please email: CornellS4JP@gmail.com . For more on the American Studies Association boycott resolution, see here . Dear Curtis…

Thu: TASE breaks losing streak
Globes Main News – The main indices were positive today, with Elbit Systems, Bank Hapoalim and Bezeq among the most notable advancers, but leading stock Teva fell.

Ben-Dov sells Partner shares for NIS 63.2m
Globes Main News – Scailex will transfer NIS 54.8 million of the proceeds to a trust account for its Series B bondholders.

OECD: Israel land of high tech and poverty
Globes Main News – The 2013 OECD Economic Survey praises Israel’s high tech and slams the highest relative rate of poverty of any member country.

Netanyahu tweets red-telephone picture, to show how happy he is with Kerry
Mondoweiss – Remember that unhappy picture of his meeting with Kerry that Netanyahu tweeted a month ago ? Well things got a lot better today. Netanyahu and Kerry today in Jerusalem You’d be smiling too if Benjamin Netanyahu was that close to the red telephone. Isn’t that the…

Analysts unenthusiastic over Teva’s NTE products
Globes Main News – Teva sees $3 billion in potential sales by 2020 from 50 new therapeutic entities.

Schumer says it’s a ‘mistake’ for Kerry to criticize settlements
Mondoweiss – Schumer Folks have been passing around Andrew Sullivan’s attack on the New Republic and its new owner Chris Hughes. Sullivan says he thought the Facebook magnate would end the magazine’s defense of the settlement project. There was some thought that Chris Hughes might actually bring some…

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
Mondoweiss – Just before 2pm, on a warm day in March, three students came into the office and told me that campus was being evacuated. In the spring of this year, I taught literature at Al Quds University in Abu Dis, in the occupied West Bank. From the…

Because Israel mocks the peace process, we need BDS, ‘Salon’ writer explains
Mondoweiss – A strong sign of how the discourse is changing. Salon is firmly on the left, and the left now has both feet in Palestinian solidarity. (Though it’s easier for the left on the left coast. In New York, The Nation is still a battleground). Steven Salaita ,…

Plus500 CEO: We’ll be a $1b company
Globes Main News – The return on Plus500’s share since its IPO at £1.15 is 140% and CEO Gal Haber sees its market cap doubling.

Infographic: 20 Years of talks Keep Palestinians occupied — with settlers and checkpoints
Mondoweiss – Twenty years ago, the PLO Central Council approved the Oslo Accord with the Israeli government. Israeli-Palestinian talks were slated to conclude within 5 years, yet two decades on Israel’s occupation continues, and the situation on the ground has only moved backwards for Palestinians. The infographic “20…

The Almond Tree: A peace proposal
Mondoweiss – A spirited debate has followed Susan Abulhawa’s critical review of Michelle Corasanti’s book, The Almond Tree , originally posted on Aljazeera and reposted on Mondoweiss together with the author’s rebuttal . Much of the seemingly endless debate relates to issues of my community, the Palestinian citizens of…

Gilat lowers guidance after selling unit
Globes Main News – Gilat cut its 2013 full-year revenue forecast from $310 million to $230 million, following the sale of Spacenet.

Israelis pay over double for Gillette products
Globes Main News – Gillette products cost twice as much or more at Super Pharm stores in Israel than at Walgreens or Boots in the US and UK.

IDB bondholders support Elsztain
Globes Main News – Sources: 70% of the private bondholders who hold bonds with a par value of NIS 100 million also support Elsztain’s bid.

Merrill Lynch: 4 reasons to buy Teva in 2014
Globes Main News – Merrill Lynch gives Teva a “Buy” recommendation with a target price of $48, compared with Wednesday’s close of $40.03 on the NYSE.

French whore gives Zionism a blow job 
Sabbah report 5 Dec 2013 – “Whenever I hear of politicians being compared to prostitutes, I ask myself why would anyone want to drag ladies of the evening through mud like that?” My comment: I was not seeking to disparage ladies of the evening (or the day). The point by obvious implication…

France Lies for Israel 
Sabbah report 5 Dec 2013 – Swiss study says Polonium found in Arafat’s bones. France claims otherwise. On December 3, Reuters headlined “Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude.” Coverup and denial is longstanding official policy. French doctors claimed they couldn’t diagnose his illness. Why they inadequately explained. They claimed…

Gaza Returns to Donkey Days 
Sabbah report 5 Dec 2013 – The garbage trucks of Gaza city are at a standstill due to an ongoing fuel shortage affecting all aspects of daily life, including g
arbage collection, sewage and waste disposal and other vital services. But the local donkeys are here to help. But the fuel shortage is…

Palestinians Lose Again 
Sabbah report 5 Dec 2013 – The Palestinians would get some bits of desert to compensate for the lost fertile land and they should stop dreaming of Palestine as it once was as there will be no right to return to their former homes. I would hate to think that the White…

US teacher shot dead in Libya 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – An American teacher is gunned down by unknown assailants while jogging in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, local officials say.

German Soccer Team Withdraws Sponsorship From Saudi Airline 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Dec 2013 – A German soccer team withdrew from a sponsorship agreement with Saudi Arabia’s national airline because it refuses to ticket Israeli citizens. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Reject U.S. Security Ideas for Israel Peace Agreement 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Dec 2013 – Palestinians rejected ideas raised by visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday for security arrangements under a possible future peace accord with Israel, a Palestinian official said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Fleeing Rabbi Draws Unwanted Attention to Israeli Fugitives in Morocco 
The Forward New 5 Dec 2013 – Rabbi Berland fled from Israel to Morocco after being accused of sexual assault. His presence has drawn attention to the dozens of Israeli fugitives that have made the country their home. Click here for the rest of the article…

Haredim Protest Jailing of Yeshiva Student Refusing IDF Draft 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Dec 2013 – Hundreds of haredi Orthodox protesters took part in a second day of demonstrations against the jailing of a yeshiva student who refused to present himself at an IDF enlistment center. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran takes charm offensive to Gulf 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Iran takes diplomatic charm offensive to the Gulf

Growing suffering of Syria’s besieged civilians 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Civilian suffering getting worse in besieged Syrian towns

Iran’s president in storm over #PersianGulf tweet 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Iran’s president in a storm over ‘Persian Gulf’ name

Home of Women of the Wall Board Member Vandalized in Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 5 Dec 2013 – Graffiti calling Women of the Wall “scum” was painted outside the Jerusalem apartment of one of the group’s board members. Click here for the rest of the article…

Academic Hypocrisy 
The Forward Editorial 5 Dec 2013 – EDITORIAL: The decision by leading professors of the American Studies Association to support a boycott of Israeli academic institutions is hypocritical and short-sighted. Click here for the rest of the article…

Double attack on key Yemen ministry 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – A suicide car bomb followed by a gunbattle at Yemen’s defence ministry have left at least 52 people dead and some 162 injured, officials say.

US teacher shot dead in Libya 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – An American teacher is gunned down by unknown assailants while jogging in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, local officials say.

Scientist puts in doubt French report ruling out Arafat poisoning 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – Ailing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat says goodbye to well-wishers as he boards a Jordanian army helicopter at dawn at the Muqatta, his West Bank offices in Ramallah 29 October 2004, en route for Amman, from where he would fly to Paris to seek medical treatment. (Photo:…

Three soldiers, one American citizen killed in Libya’s Benghazi 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – Two Libyan soldiers and an American teacher were shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, medical and security officials said. A third soldier, who was attached to military intelligence, died when a bomb placed under his vehicle blew up, a security official said. The soldiers were the…

Winter 2013: Beirut Drowns Again 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – Photo blog by Marwan Tahtah On December 4, 2013, the first major rain of the season hit Beirut. Unsurprisingly, in what has become a recurring event, the city’s streets flooded halting traffic and wreaking havoc. The tunnel linking Beirut’s city center with its international airport was…

Lebanon: Resistance Air Defense Commander Assassinated 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – They suddenly learned the true identity of the shadowy man who lived on the second floor as being one of the people credited for achieving Hezbollah’s victory in July 2006. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi). They suddenly learned the true identity of the shadowy man who lived on…

Iran takes charm offensive to Gulf 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Iran takes diplomatic charm offensive to the Gulf

Growing suffering of Syria’s besieged civilians 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Civilian suffering getting worse in besieged Syrian towns

Lebanon’s Communications: A One-Man Bottleneck 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – A technician installs a 3G base station at the rooftop of Lebanese mobile operator MTC Touch in Beirut September 30, 2011. On October 1, 2011. (Photo: Reuters- Jamal Saidi). A technician installs a 3G base statio
n at the rooftop of Lebanese mobile operator MTC Touch in…

Tunisian rapper Weld El 15 gets four-month sentence in retrial 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – Tunisian rapper Ala Yaacoubi, better known by his rap name “Weld El 15”, arrives at the courthouse for his appeal trial on December 5, 2013 in the Hammamet suburb of Nabeul. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) A Tunisian rapper who went on the run after receiving…

Lebanon: Hezbollah Will Respond to Assassination 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 5 Dec 2013 – Mourners carry the coffin of Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, one of the Hezbollah’s top commanders, during his funeral in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek on December 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Mourners carry the coffin of Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, one of the Hezbollah’s top commanders,…

The New Egyptian Constitution: Blueprint of the Sisi Republic? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 5 Dec 2013 – Egypt has a new draft of a constitution. It may be modified if the military rulers choose, although their wishes were faithfully carried out by the assembled 50 appointed members. Egyptian Nasserist director, Khalid Yusuf, said that the constitution promises more freedoms than most democracies. (He…

VIDEO: Attacks on Yemen defence ministry 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – A series of attacks at Yemen’s defence ministry have left at least 29 people dead and 70 injured, officials say.

Three secular activists to stand trial in Egypt for defying protest ban 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – A file picture taken on June 3, 2013, shows Egyptian political activist Ahmed Douma reacting as he stands behind dock bars during his trial in Cairo, on charges of insulting president Mohammed Mursi. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egypt ordered on Thursday three prominent political activists…

Iran’s president in storm over #PersianGulf tweet 
BBC 5 Dec 2013 – Iran’s president in a storm over ‘Persian Gulf’ name

In Netanyahu meeting, Kerry makes Israel security a peace talks priority 
Al-Akhbar News 5 Dec 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laughs with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a press conference following a meeting at Netanyahu’s Jerusalem office on December 5, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Gali Tibbon) US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that some progress had…

Jumblatt: Regional War Being Waged on Our Soil 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Dec 2013 – He urges the contending forces in Tripoli to sit together and find a way to come to an agreement. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar). He urges the contending forces in Tripoli to sit together and find a way to come to an agreement. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)….

Lebanon: Army Mounts Last Resort in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar Politics 4 Dec 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013 (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub). Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013 (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub). Following a…


IDF closes probe into killing of Mustafa Tamimi in Nabi Saleh 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 12/5/2013
Two years later, Israel’s Military Advocate General rules no regulations were breached when a soldier fatally shot Mustafa Tamimi with tear gas from close range. This decision sends Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable.
The Israeli Military Advocate General (MAG) announced Thursday that it has closed the investigation into the killing of Mustafa Tamimi, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Tamimi died almost exactly two years ago, on December 10, 2011, after being hit by a tear gas canister shot by IDF soldiers at close range during a demonstration in the village. He was critically injured at the protest, and died the next day at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.
According to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, the MAG claims the canister that killed Tamimi was fired “according to the relevant rules and regulations and did not involve any illegality.” It accepted the soldier’s claim that he didn’t see Tamimi when shooting from the military jeep and further relied on expert opinion that determined the soldier could not have seen Tamimi while shooting.
How could it possibly be in line with regulations for a soldier to fire any weapon without having a clear line of sight, especially during a protest?
According to B’Tselem, Israeli military orders officially forbid shooting tear gas canisters directly at people. While military officials regularly cite this position in response to B’Tselem’s queries, in practice such shooting continues unabated.
This decision follows another similarly infuriating decision in September…. more.. e-mail

Palestinians Lose Again 
Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com 12/5/2013
Obama Can’t Do Multitasking
Though the President of the United States is responsible for the management of the nation’s foreign policy he hardly has a free hand. Congress has increasingly been playing a role utilizing its power to legislate and also its control over the federal budget while various non-government constituencies within the United States have the ability to influence elections and media perceptions of the Administration. Those groups have inevitably become part of the process, which has also become more complicated due to the fact that foreign policy, which for the Founders consisted largely of protecting Americans overseas, has since the Second World War been conflated with national security and defense, making it increasingly difficult to identify and pursue clear cut interests. The result is that though foreign policy is not a major concern for most Americans at the White House level it consumes a disproportionate amount of time and energy while the instant news cycle and a reflexively hostile GOP make every possible misstep fraught with peril.
The Barack Obama administration’s foreign policy has been characterized by numerous errors caused by vacillating perceptions of what national interests are actually at play in any developing situation. That dysfunction is largely a result of differing visions of America’s place in the world, whether it is to serve as a last resort instrument to make people behave, however that is defined, or as a realistically driven force that does what it needs to do to support its own interests, however they are defined. Both realism and idealism are represented within the cabinet in the persons of Kerry and Hagel versus Rice and Powers.
The political schizophrenia is nowhere more evident than in the Middle East, where the Administration has proven adept at going one step forward followed by two steps back in an attempt to assuage a gaggle of allies who are not really allies and to advance certain interests that are not actually genuine interests for the United States…. more.. e-mail

A wall in Issawiya 
Lene Roiser, Alternative Information Center 12/5/2013
The neighbourhood of Issawiya, located on Mount Scopus and surrounded by the Hebrew University and Hadassah Hospital, faces further land expropriation.
At one of the three remaining entrances to the neighbourhood, construction is underway of a wall that will separate the road to Issawiya from the premises of Hadassah Hospital.
A significant portion of the land confiscated for construction consists of a steep slope that, because of its gradient, could barely be used by its original owners. This confiscation of land, however, has little to do with necessity or utility and everything to do with broader plans to annex territory and isolate Palestinian Neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem – which are systematically denied building permits or charged extortionate prices to obtain them.
Surprisingly, the project was initiated by Hadassah hospital, although the extent of their motives are not yet clear, since the hospital’s admi
nistration have yet to release any statements on the matter. Residents of Issawiya have achieved a temporary interruption in the construction work, which was organised by the municipality, according to a local source. So far there has been no communication between the hospital and the neighbourhood’s residents.

It is uncertain how much of the land will be confiscated by the wall if construction continues, or if it would form part of the planned national park the Jerusalem municipality seeks to establish. Another cause for concern is the impact of the wall on road safety – accidents are fairly frequent as the streets are narrow and winding, and the addition of a wall will substantially reduce visibility of oncoming traffic.
In Issawiya, the streets are narrow because they have been denied building permission to develop their infrastructure…. more.. e-mail

Nuclear chutzpah 
Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera 12/5/2013
Marwan Bishara examines claims and counter-claims by Israel and Iran regarding their nuclear and regional policies.
The unwritten rule in US and other Western capitals regarding nukes is: Don’t mention Israel’s nuclear programme. Even journalists in the mainstream media don’t, or won’t, ask the Israeli or Western officials simple and direct questions about Israel’s nukes.
There seems to be an “unspoken understanding” that Israel’s bombs are best left unmentioned, even when, as Micah Zenko writes in Foreign Policy, “Israeli officials routinely hint at missions where they would be used – specifically for deterrence or to threaten deeply buried targets in Iran.”
Ever since it was built with France’s help in the 1950s, Israel has rejected any international inspections or oversight of its reactor in the southern part of the country. Any leaks from this decades-old reactor in Dimona could affect millions of Israelis and Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the world’s powers have signed an agreement with Iran, which allows them access to most of the country’s nuclear sites. They also put to rest the possibility that Iranian possession of nuclear weapons would have been a major blow to nuclear non-proliferation and would have had disastrous implications for the region and world security. A balance of nuclear terror between Israel and Iran wouldn’t have necessarily led to the same result as the Cold War between the US and Soviet Union.
According to some Western estimates, a worst case scenario of future nuclear confrontation between Israel and Iran would lead to (wild as it may seem) some 27 million Iranian deaths and two million Israeli deaths. more.. e-mail

Pre-Nakba diwan custom lives on in Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 4 Dec 2013 – Spaces for men from the same family survive spread of coffee shops and restaurants. more..

Burden of Pain
Palestine Chronicle: 5 Dec 2013 – By Tamar Fleishman I know that the only thing a person who has just been released from hospital wants and need is to crawl into bed. But according to the logic of the occupation, a person from Gaza who received treatment in a hospital at the West Bank is not an ordinary person. A man, who had both his legs amputated, was discharged from a hospital in Ramallah after receiving treatment for a kidney disease. He sat waiting patiently for his uncle to go to the DCO offices, where perhaps the permit needed to allow him to return home on that very day, would be issued. Patience, as well as submissiveness and forbearance, are resources needed for survival in the day to day life of any Palestinian individual and especially for one who lives in Gaza. Only the accidental arrival of two Jewish women at that very place on that…more

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