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International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Assault A Palestinian Child In Hebron
IMEMC – [Saturday Evening December 7, 2013] A number of extremist Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian child in the heart if the Old City of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported. …

Palestinian Child Killed By Israeli Army Fire In Ramallah
IMEMC – [Saturday December 7, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that a Palestinian child was shot and killed by Israeli army fire near the Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli sniper near Ramallah
12/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah on Saturday. Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, 14, was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper in front of his school. Al-Ramahi was taken to the hospital, and placed in the ICU until he died. The teenager father’s said Israeli soldiers target….

Israeli tanks fire at farmers in northern Gaza
12/7/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli tanks fired several shells at Palestinian farmers in the northern Gaza Strip Saturday, witnesses said. Locals told Ma’an that farmers fled their fields east of Beit Hanoun after hearing the shelling. Also Saturday, Israeli media reported that three rockets fired from Gaza exploded on the Palestinian side of the border with Israel, without causing casualties. 1 ) j….

Germany to sell two destroyers to Israel
12/7/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — Germany will sell two destroyers to Israel for one billion euros ($1. 3 billion), the Bild daily reported Saturday. The torpedo-carrying war vessels will be used to protect Israeli pipelines, the paper said, without citing a source. The report said Israel’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, was in Berlin last week. [END]

Dutch PM to visit Ramallah Sunday
12/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, along with various other EU ministers, will visit Ramallah Sunday, Palestinian Authority Director of Border Crossings Nathmi Muhanna told Ma’an on Friday. Muhanna told Ma’an Friday that Rutte would visit the Gaza Strip Sunday to supply a security scanner to the Kerem Shalom, but a Palestinian foreign ministry official later denied this….

Arafat widow to challenge French forensic probe
12/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pledged Friday to challenge a French inquiry which found his death to have been from natural causes, rather than poison as Palestinians suspect.”A request for further expert opinion will be submitted in the next few days to investigating judges in (the Paris suburb of) Nanterre,” Suha Arafat’s French lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur told AFP….

Palestinians draw on Mandela legacy for inspiration
12/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — Palestinian leaders on Friday drew on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a high-profile supporter of their cause, likening his fight against apartheid to their own struggle to end Israeli occupation. Tributes to the late South African leader, whose death was announced Thursday, flooded in from Palestinian leaders. Their tone was far more politicized than the eulogies of their Israeli counterparts, and came as….

Diplomat: UK to donate 15.5 million pounds to UNRWA
12/7/2013 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — The United Kingdom will donate 15. 5 million pounds (over $25. 3 million) to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, a British official announced during a visit to Lebanon Saturday. Simon Gass, political director of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told reporters that the financial contribution to UNRWA would provide vital support to Palestinian refugees in Syria….

PA minister urges Pope to intervene sick Palestinian prisoners
12/7/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe on Saturday sent a Christmas letter to the Catholic Pope Francis urging him to intervene to save the lives of numerous sick Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israeli prisons.”On the occasion of Christmas celebrations, the world prays for peace, love, and human justice. . . following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ who defended the….

Israel’s Lieberman says peace with Palestinians not imminent
12/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are unlikely to bear fruit within the envisioned nine-month time frame but that dialogue should continue. His remarks Friday evening contrasted with those of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said peace was closer than it had been in years. Speaking to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in….

Bomb explodes in Golan near Israel patrol, no casualties
12/7/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli army said Saturday that a blast the previous evening on the Golan Heights was from a bomb detonated as patrolling troops passed by, but that there were no casualties. An investigation of the incident, which took place near the Syrian border, concluded that “the explosion was caused by a concealed explosive device operated against Israeli soldiers,” a statement said. No casualties….

US consulate marks Mandela passing with pro-Palestine statement
12/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The American consulate in Jerusalem on Friday posted a photograph on its official Facebook page marking the passing of late South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela by highlighting his pro-Palestinian political activism. The post showed Mandela prior to his death alongside a quote in solidarity with the Palestinian people.”But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the….

Palestinian churches to hold Sunday services in honor of Mandela
12/7/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Churches across the West Bank will hold special services in honor of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela on Sunday, according to a statement released by the Palestine Liberation Organization.”Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant congregations will dedicate their prayers to the South African Leader, who embodied the struggle against colonialism and oppression,” the PLO statement read.”The government and people of Palestine send….

Dear Mayor Bloomberg: Thank you, but no thank you
12/7/2013 – Sam Bahour is a business consultant living in Ramallah. He frequently provides independent commentary on Palestine and serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He blogs at www. epalestine. com – It was recently in The Daily Jewish Forward that New York City Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, was awarded the first-ever Genesis Prize, $1 million “which is meant to honor an…. Related: Sam Bahour’s blog: epalestine.comand Bloomberg To Dedicate $1M Genesis Prize to Boosting Israeli-Palestinian Trade

Anti-narcotics forces detain 2 settlers in Nablus for selling drugs
12/7/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Anti-Narcotics General Administration in Nablus has apprehended two Israeli settlers from nearby Taffuh settlement for selling drugs in Nablus a few days ago, the local director revealed on Saturday. Shehadeh Amer told Ma’an that the anti-narcotics body detained two settlers in the village of Beta south of Nablus and subsequently turned them over to Israeli police. The….

Egypt courts order 21 women, girl protesters freed
12/7/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt appeals courts on Saturday ordered 14 women jailed after a protest to be freed, reducing 11-year prison terms to one-year suspended sentences, as seven girls were also ordered released. The women’s supporters in the Alexandria courtroom chanted “God is great” as the judge pronounced the ruling. The girls, who had initially been sentenced to juvenile detention, were ordered freed….

Rouhani says tolerance can resolve Iran political prisoner issue
12/7/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told university students Saturday that tolerance could resolve the issue of political prisoners, as some of them chanted for opposition leaders under house arrest to be freed.”My government is committed to the promises it has made to the people, but we need to create internal consensus to achieve the objectives,” Rouhani told students at Shahid Beheshti University in….

Yemen says defense complex attackers mostly Saudi
12/7/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Militants who carried out a brazen day-light assault on the Yemeni defense ministry that killed 56 people were mostly Saudis, investigators said on Saturday. The finding, in a preliminary report on the inquiry into Thursday’s attack, adds credibility to a claim of responsibility by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which was formed from a merger of the Wahhabi militant network….

Footballer’s Qatar woes put spotlight on ‘kafala’ system
12/7/2013 – DUBAI (AFP) — A French footballer’s struggle to leave Qatar has highlighted the controversial “kafala” system giving sponsors control over foreign workers’ lives in the country that will host the 2022 World Cup. Zahir Belounis was able to finally depart Doha last week after being stranded for a year as his club al-Jaish had refused to grant him an exit permit over a….

The National

Nelson Mandela through the eyes of a photographer
The National 7 Dec 2013 – A South African photographer had a childhood link to Nelson Mandela before the icon was arrested. After the leader’s release he took his picture many times. Words and photos by Greg Marinovich

Amid civil war, a battle to preserve Syria’s historical heritage
The National 7 Dec 2013 – Besides claiming more than 120,000 lives since March 2011, the war has taken a heavy toll on Syria’s rich history. World-famous structures have been damaged by bombing and shelling, and looting of artefacts is becoming widespread.

A landmark visit for Mandela and New York
The National 7 Dec 2013 – Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York just months after his release enraptured his supporters and cemented his standing as a leader.

Hagel outlines new weapons sale plan for GCC countries
The National 7 Dec 2013 – The US defence secretary outlines the Pentagon’s plan to allow military sales to the Gulf Cooperation Council, so the six-member nations can have more coordinated radars, sensors and early warning missile defence systems.

Egyptian court frees 21 women who took part in Islamist protest
The National 7 Dec 2013 – Supporters cheer the decision to release the women who appeared in court holding red roses in white prison garb.

Oman will withdraw from GCC if a union is formed: foreign minister
The National 7 Dec 2013 – Oman’s foreign minister refusal to be part of an upgraded GCC comes after a Saudi diplomat calls on Gulf states to unify against dangers in the region.

Police arrest two in Goa for killing anti-superstition activist
The National 7 Dec 2013 – The arrests could mark the first major breakthrough in the murder of Narendra Dabholkar who was murdered in August.

Ha’aretz

IDB to offload Given Imaging at market cap of $955 million to undisclosed buyer
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

The dilemma over the Lieberman verdict
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Emotional South Africa plays on, sweeps group for late President Mandela
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Obama and Kerry spark speculation by outlining Israeli-Palestinian deal
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Finding common ground and building toward peace
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Widow loses legal battle against Dubek tobacco
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

The prime minister’s deserved rest
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Mandela’s mission is not yet complete
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Free the Negev demonstrators
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

German court releases alleged Auschwitz guard, says unfit for trial
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Dutch PM cancels ceremony in dispute over cargo scanner for Gaza crossing
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

South African immigrants say Pretoria’s anti-Israel stance betrays Mandela legacy
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Palestinians say teen killed by Israeli army in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Iran pressing ahead with uranium enrichment technology, says UN nuclear watchdog
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Obama: Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is a U.S. interest, not just Israel’s
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

U.S. security proposal includes Israeli military presence in Jordan Valley
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court rules footprints are problematic evidence
Ha’aretz – 6 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Temple Mount worshipers attack police with rocks
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Police: Tensions have increased due to religious Jews who insist on openly praying there. 

Ministers set to approve ‘custody revolution’ in divorce cases
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Men’s group says bill by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni doesn’t go far enough. 

Israel faces two existential threats, Kerry warns
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Iran, and the “demographic time bomb” that is the Palestinian question threaten Israel’s existence, Kerry tells Saban Forum; US secretary of State says “Israel has to be strong to make peace”. 

Wonder Woman
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Israel – and the Jewish people – need heroines such as Gal Gadot. They present a picture to the world of the beautiful, sexy Israeli. 

Israel makes rare appearance at G8 forum with blueprint for tackling diabetes
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Leaders of Israeli social finance group present innovative blueprint for tackling type-2 diabetes to G8 Taskforce. 

My shell casing from the 1917 Battle of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Today, as a resident of the great city of Jerusalem, I also have been given an opportunity to relive the emancipation of Jerusalem in the last century, via holding an actual shell casing from that battle. 

Lighting the Spark
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Maya Gelfman keeps the flame burning in her new solo exhibit. 

Rock pioneers Deep Purple returning to Israel
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Group will be performing for the fourth time in Israel at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on February 22. 

Palestinian report: 14-year-old shot dead by IDF north of Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – IDF checking report of shooting near Jizloun Refugee Camp; army source says details of the incident “still sketchy.” 

Reports: Palestinian youth shot dead by IDF north of Ramallah
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – IDF investigating report of shooting near Jalazone refugee camp; army source says details of the incident “still sketchy.” 

Iran forging ahead with uranium enrichment technology
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Development does not appear to contravene interim agreement but material can provide fissile core of nuclear bomb. 

Esteemed ex-IDF general Danny Matt laid to rest
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Matt led the Paratroopers in crossing the Suez Canal. 

Son of Greek Orthodox priest who supports IDF enlistment attacked in Nazareth
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Motive of attack still not certain; Father Nadaf has been subject to death threats in the past. 

Report: Germany to sell Israel 2 destroyers for 1 billion euros
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – German daily reports that torpedo-laden destroyers are intended to provide protection for Israel’s natural gas installations. 

Iranian students chant for release of political prisoners during Rouhani speech
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Iranian president preaches “tolerance” after students call for release of opposition politicians during speech at Tehran university. 

IDF: Explosive device on Syria border targeted patrol, investigation finds
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Blast that damaged IDF vehicle patrolling on Israeli side of border on Friday set off in Syrian territory. 

Foreign Affairs: What next for Iran?
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Iran’s leaders will soon discover that their problems were not caused by the sanctions and will not be solved by their removal. 

My personal recollections of Nelson Mandela
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – The miracle of the new democratic South Africa is that it was made possible without a bloodbath only because of Nelson Mandela`s vision and belief in peaceful reconciliation and coexistence. 

Canadian Protestant church launches West Bank settlement boycott
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Keter Plastic Ltd., SodaStream and Ahava targeted in boycott; Jewish group calls move “an assault on the Jewish people.” 

Hagel: US backing up Iran diplomacy with military deployment in region
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Speaking in Bahrain, US secretary of defense seeks to assure Gulf leaders that Washington will not be deceived by Iran. 

Teflon prime minister: Learning to let things slide
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Known as the “Teflon president,” Reagan maintained popularity no matter what scandals arose. After what Israeli sources are calling “hell week,” perhaps Netanyahu should learn a thing or two from the former US president. 

Liberman: Kerry won’t achieve deal in current peace talks, must temper expectations
Jerusalem Post 7 Dec 2013 – Foreign minister says lack of trust between Israel, Palestinians makes deal unlikely, but adds that talks are crucial to preventing violence. 

Four women among twelve Mossad agents singled out for outstanding service
Jerusalem Post 6 Dec 2013 – Two female recipients put their lives at risk on more than one occ
asion, and one gave up a very promising career. 

Austrian Mayor resigns over call for journalists to be hanged like Jews
Jerusalem Post 6 Dec 2013 – Mayor of the city of Gföhl is furious about asylum seekers, blames journalists for reporting on them. 

Uruknet

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist s Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush s Torture Program
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the…

Israeli report: Kerry proposed long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – The Americans have moved significantly toward the Israeli view in regard to security arrangements in any future Palestinian state. According to an unnamed Israeli diplomat, the American view of a post-settlement Israeli presence in a future…

THE PHONY PULLOUT FROM AFGHANISTAN
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013- Afghanistan s US-installed current ruler, Hamid Karzai, a former CIA “asset,” may stay on after 2014 or be replaced by another US-designated president. Washington says it will withdraw all US combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. But…

Israel s Lieberman: “About zero” trust in peace talks with Palestine
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013- Israeli Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are unlikely to bear fruit within the envisioned nine-month timeframe but that dialogue should continue. His remarks Friday evening contrasted with those of US Secretary…

When Those in Power Invite Us to Learn the Wrong Lessons from Nelson Mandela
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013- Secretary of State John Kerry, during a press conference yesterday in Israel, said a lesson Nelson Mandela taught him was that it “always seems impossible until it is done.” He told reporters that he considered it appropriate…

Life After a Drone Strike
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013- The only thing the outside world really knows about Waziristan is that it is dangerous. Since 2004, there have been hundreds of US drone strikes there, which government officials assure are killing dangerous people. But no foreign…

Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli sniper near Ramallah
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – — A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah on Saturday. Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, 14, was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper in front…

Israel s Netanyahu weakened by US shift on Iran/Syria
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013- …Iran s theocratic-led nationalist regime, despite its rhetoric about leading a “Resistance Front”, never wanted conflict with the US. It had made several efforts to reach an accommodation with the US. To this end, it worked with…

Radio: Andy Worthington Discusses the European Court of Human Rights Hearing About Poland s CIA Torture Prison on Voice of Russia 
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – On Monday and Tuesday, as I explained in a subsequent article, “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…

Settlers vandalize Nablus village in price tag attack 
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 –Israeli settlers on Friday destroyed a Palestinian car and vandalized a house in Jalud village south of Nablus, a local official said.Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told…

Syria News – December 6, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 141 martyrs including 47 children and 25 women and 7 martyrs under torture: 71 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 28 in…

Palestinian activism evolves in Prawer protests
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013- A feeling of satisfaction has spread among Palestinian activists and their supporters after the Nov. 30 protests against the Israeli Prawer Plan in the Negev. Salah al-Khawaja, a leading member of the Al Mubadara (The Initiative) Movement…

Honoring Lynne Stewart
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013- Just societies erect statues to do so. They bestow tributes. America persecutes its best. Lynne is a longtime human rights champion. She deserves high praise, not punishment. She remains unjustifiably imprisoned. She s there for her powerful…

Mandela s radicalism often ignored by Western admirers
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – Nelson Mandela will be celebrated primarily for the dignity with which he emerged onto the world stage after decades in prison and for the forgiveness that he displayed toward his former enemies in forging a democratic,…

How story of regime mass killing of 34+ people n #Nabk got out to wider world
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – Following claims on Thursday that regime forces have used chemical agents against civilians in Nabk in Damascus province, the Qalamoun Media Center report that medics in the town are attempting to get samples from the suspected chemical victims out for…

U.S. Military Changes Drone Rules to Make Targeting of Civilians Easier
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – The drone issue is just another topic in which President Barrack Obama has proven himself to be a world-class liar and master of deception. Despite his claims that drone strikes do little damage to civilian populations,…

Druze youth in military prison for refusing Israeli army draft
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013- Omar Saad turned 18 two weeks ago. His rite of passage into adulthood was especially weighty, as it meant that Israeli military recruiters would soon be knocking on his door. Saad is a member of the Druze…

The Bureau talks to Jeremy Scahill about Dirty Wars and drones
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – Journalist and filmmaker Jeremy Scahill says that handing control of CIA drone operations to the military co
uld lead to very serious abuses , in Drone News, the Bureau s new drones podcast.Scahill met the Bureau s Alice…

Settler attack instigates clashes in Hebron, one Palestinian shot with live ammunition
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – This afternoon in Hebron, approximately three illegal settlers, standing on the same roof as several Israeli soldiers, threw stones at Palestinian homes and cars in the old city. This act of aggression caused clashes to break…

Syria Protests December 6, 2013 : A Video Roundup 
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – 

Mandela Led Fight Against Apartheid, But Not Against Extreme Inequality
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – ..The mood here in South Africa is terribly somber. This was the day that everyone knew would come. And in the last few months Mandela s been in hospital four times. But it s hard to…

US officials will no longer provide information on Guantanamo hunger strikers
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – A spokesman for the US military announced this week that the authorities will no longer provide public information on how many prisoners at the American gulag at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba are participating in hunger strikes…

Mandela s legacy for Palestine
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 -Over the next two weeks tributes to the life and struggle of Nelson Mandela will continue to cascade on every media platform. All will no doubt be united on the fact that he was unquestionably a global…

The silences on Iraq
Uruknet 6 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – Iraqi Spring MC notes protests took place in Ramadi, Tikrit (above), Rawa, Samarra, Jalawla, Baquba, and Falluja. Today s protests are part of a series of continuous protests which have been ongoing since December 21st. They…

Freedom and justice remain illusions in Kerry s new-old package
Uruknet 6 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 -US Secretary of State John Kerry s current visit to Palestine was foreshadowed by a familiar dark cloud; every such high-level American visit results in more pressure on the Palestinian Authority. This one will be no exception….

Message of Marwan Barghouthi, following the announcement of Mandela s death “Our freedom seems possible because you reached yours”
Uruknet 6 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 -During the long years of my own struggle, I had the occasion to think many times of you, dear Nelson Mandela. Even more since my arrest in 2002. I think of a man who spent 27 years…

Is Obama finally coming out of the closet about Assad?
Uruknet 6 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – ….One of the cadaverous facts about the current Syrian government, is that in spite of the best efforts at propping up by Russia, Iran, and now Hezbullah and Iraq, not to mention the duplicity of the…

Victorious Over Apartheid, Defeated by Neoliberalism Mandela: a Dissenting Opinion
Uruknet 6 Dec 2013 – December 6, 2013 – Offering a dissenting opinion at this moment of a general outpouring of grief at Nelson Mandela s death is not likely to court popularity. It is also likely to be misunderstood. So let me start by…

Daily Star

Two bombings kill four people in Iraq
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Iraqi authorities say two separate bombings north of Baghdad have killed at least four people.

Iran’s Rouhani seen on casual hike in the hills
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 The personal website of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has published pictures of him hiking in the mountains outside Tehran, his black turban replaced by a baseball cap.

Iraq foreign minister warns of jihadi emirate in Syria
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 raq’s top diplomat says the “toxic” proliferation of extremist groups among Syria’s rebels raises the prospect of a jihadist-ruled territory at the heart of the region.

Islamists seize Free Syrian Army arms depots: activists
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 The largest Islamist rebel force in Syria seizes arms depots belonging to the mainstream Western-backed Free Syrian Army, activists say, highlighting tensions among rebel groups.

Lebanon declares Dec. 10 day of mourning for Mandela
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati declares Dec. 10 a day of mourning for former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this week.

Egypt has spent $1B of stimulus package: minister
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Egypt has spent 7 billion Egyptian pounds ($1.02 billion) of a package of 29.7 billion intended to stimulate an economy ravaged by more than two years of political turmoil, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi says.

Iran expects to begin gas exports to Iraq by July 2014
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Iran expects to begin exporting gas to neighbouring Iraq by July next year, with initial volumes at 7 million cubic metres per day, a senior Iranian energy official said on Saturday.

Syrian army fights rebels along key highway
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Syrian activists say government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters are battling Al-Qaeda-linked rebels for control of a western town located along the country’s main north-south highway.

Germany to sell two destroyers to Israel
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Germany will sell two destroyers to Israel for one billion euros ($1.3 billion), the Bild daily report.

March 14 funding Tripoli militants: Qaouk
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 The Future Movement-led March 14 camp is responsible for the funding of militants in the northern city of Tripoli, a Hezbollah official says.

IAEA inspectors in Iran for heavy water plant
Daily Star 7 Dec 2013 Inspectors from the U.N nuclear watchdog arrive in Iran to visit the stiill-unfinished Arak heavy water plant for the first time in more than two years, the ISNA news agency reports.

Stop The Wall

Latin America roundup: BDS campaigns target complicity with Israeli apartheid
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign brazil bds poster In November, numerous BDS initiatives were launched as solidarity activism built up towards the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people (November 29). Brazil The Coordination of Social Movements together with the Network for the Integration of the People (REBRIP) and…

YNet News

Ya’alon warns regional factions: Do not test our red lines
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India: No interest in US-style security role in Gulf
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Kerry: Nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel
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Kerry: Peace with Palestinians ‘will make Israel stronger’
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Gunmen attack liquor stores in Baghdad, killing nine
YNet News, 7 Dec 2013 – ….

On charisma and humanity
YNet News, 7 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Israel’s former ambassador to South Africa recalls how Nelson Mandela told him Yitzhak Rabin deserves his Nobel Peace Prize ….

NY: ‘Karate rabbi’ against ‘knockout’ thugs
YNet News, 7 Dec 2013 – Rabbi Gary Moskowitz teaches young kids to fight back and defend themselves against game affiliated with many hate crimes ….

Palestinian Information Center

Six shots by Israeli sniper kill Palestinian child
PIC – A Palestinian child from Jalazoun refugee camp to the north of Ramallah was killed Saturday night at the hands of an Israeli sniper.

Barhoum: Kerry marketing illusions
PIC – Hamas described US secretary of state John Kerry’s statement about approaching peace between Palestinians and Israelis as deceptive.

IOA blocks travel of writer Lama Khater
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) blocked the travel of Palestinian writer Lama Khater via Allenby bridge to Jordan on Friday night.

Action group: Four Palestinian refugees were killed in the last 24 hours
PIC – The action group for the Palestinians in Syria said that four Palestinian refugees were killed by the Syrian regime during the past 24 hours.

Israeli fanatic MKs pressure to prevent resuming education for prisoners
PIC – Israeli extremist parties have launched an incitement media campaign to reject Palestinian prisoners’ appeal to resume university education in custody, Palestinian human rights sources said.

Hundreds of Palestinians protest in Kafr Kanna against Israel’s Prawer plan
PIC – Hundreds of Palestinians, including Negev Bedouins, participated in a rally held in Kafr Kanna town, north of the 1948 occupied lands, to protest Israel’s Prawer plan.

Gaza government warns of more PA concessions
PIC – Palestinian government in Gaza Strip warned of PA serious concessions during its negotiation process with the Israeli occupation, saying that it would not recognize its results.

Farra: Gaza’s fuel crisis obstructed municipal work in flooded areas
PIC – Minister of local government Mohamed Al-Farra said that the acute shortage of fuel supplies has prevented the municipal authorities in Gaza from helping the citizens affected by the heavy rainfall.

Abu Marzouk slams Fatah spokesman’s persistent lies against Hamas
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk deplored one of Fatah spokespersons for his persistence in making daily lies and fabrications against the Hamas Movement.

WAFA

The Donkey Market: A Unique Place for Animal Trade
WAFA – 7 Dec 2013

Newspapers Review: Washington Adopts Israel’s Security Demand
WAFA – 7 Dec 2013

Misc

In an Israeli Plan, Bedouins See a Threat to Their Way of Life
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – After decades of discrimination and neglect, many Bedouins and their supporters see, in Israeli offers of jobs, education and homes, a plot to destroy their way of life. 

Bedouins Fight to Keep Their Family Land
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Israeli officials have struggled to convince residents that giving up land their families have lived on for generations will lead to a better future. 

Obama Defends Interim Iran Deal, Seeks to Assure Israel
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – President Barack Obama on Saturday defended an interim deal with Iran to curb its nuclear program and, seeking to reassure Israel, pledged to step up sanctions or prepare for a potential military strike if Tehran fails to abide by the pact. 

Egypt Releases 21 Female Protesters
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – The 14 women and 7 girls, who had participated in a street demonstration supporting Mohamed Morsi, the country’s ousted president, had been detained for over a month. 

Obama Says He Can Envision Nuclear Deal With Iran
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – President Obama added that there was no guarantee that an accord allowing Iran to enrich nuclear material for power with enough restrictions to assure Israel would emerge during talks. 

Rising Power India Sees No U.S.-Style Gulf Security Role
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Rising naval power India has no intention of becoming a U.S.-style protector of Gulf Arab states, even if the region’s states asked it to take on that role, its foreign minister said on Saturday, citing his country’s avoidance of foreign military deployments not mandated by the United Nations. 

Explosion in Golan Heights Appears to Target Israeli Troops
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Rather than intentional or accidental fire from the Syrian civil war, the explosion seemed to be a terrorist attack, Israeli officials said. 

Gunmen Attack Liquor Stores in Baghdad, Killing Nine
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Gunmen attacked 12 liquor stores in Baghdad on Saturday, killing nine people, police said, the latest in a series of assaults on alcohol sellers in the capital. 

Israeli Soldiers Accused of Killing Palestinian Boy in West Bank
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – A 15-year-old Palestinian boy died of a gunshot wound in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, hospital officials said, and his father and two friends blamed Israeli troops guarding a nearby settlement for the shooting. 

Bashir Announces Sudan Vice President Resignation: State Media
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced the resignation of First Vice President Ali Taha on Saturday, state media reported, the first move in a cabinet reshuffle to be announced later in the day. 

Iran Presses Ahead With Uranium Enrichment Technology
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Iran is moving ahead with testing more efficient uranium enrichment technology, a spokesman for its atomic energy agency said on Saturday, in news that may concern world powers who last month agreed a deal to curb Tehran’s atomic activities. 

Palestinians: Soldiers Shoot Dead 15-Year-Old Boy
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Relatives say Israeli soldiers shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank on Saturday. 

U.N.’s Nuclear Inspectors Arrive in Iran
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – The International Atomic Energy Agency’s team landed in Tehran on Saturday and is to inspect a heavy-water production plant on Sunday. 

Qatar Pushes for Gulf Arab Inclusion in Iran Talks
New York Times 7 Dec 2013 – Gulf Arab states must have a seat at nuclear talks between world powers and neighbouring Iran because of their own stake in regional stability, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday. 

Israeli report: Kerry proposed long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley
Mondoweiss – Headline: The United States Agreed to a Long-Term IDF Presence in the Jordan Valley The Americans have moved significantly toward the Israeli view in regard to security arrangements in any future Palestinian state. According to an unnamed Israeli diplomat, the American view of a post-settlement Israeli…

Interview with Roger Waters: ‘It’s a duty for artists to speak out’
Mondoweiss – Roger Waters in Palestine A conversation with Roger Waters Phone interview recorded on 4 th December 2013 By Frank Barat for “ The Wall has ears ” Listen to full audio version of interview here . Frank Barat: When did you make the decision to make the…

Israeli military attacks Palestinian commemorations of Nelson Mandela
Mondoweiss –
(Photo via Twitter ) Israeli forces attack protests commemorating Mandela across West Bank [photos] RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 6 Dec — Dozens of Palestinians were injured and one detained as Israeli forces opened fire to disperse protests against the Israeli occupation and commemorating Nelson Mandela’s death across the West…

The high cost of Israel’s water policies
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian girl takes a rest on her way to collect drinking water in Gaza, where in 2010more than 90% of the water available was polluted and unfit for human consumption. (Photo: Iyad El Baba/UNICEF-oPt) As Massachusetts officials and businessmen prepare to launch water industry collaborations…

Jewish establishment stays silent on Israeli plan to forcibly displace Bedouins
Mondoweiss – Jewish Voice for Peace members protest against the Prawer Plan in Boston. (Photo: JVP-Boston) The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the…

WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS? 
Sabbah report 7 Dec 2013 – The Jewish State and its lobbies are the greatest threat to world peace. There’s not much that anyone could celebrate as world peace, but things could get worse. Is it conceivable that Israel and its lobbies could bring about the final battle between good and evil?…

Summary Report On Human Rights Violations In the Occupied Palestine in 2013 
Sabbah report 7 Dec 2013 – This year is one of the worst in regards to the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and there is not yet an end in sight. Rather, day- by-day the situation continues to worsen with civilians paying the price. The summary report for 2013…

Interview with Dr. Haidar Eid: ‘The Palestinian struggle is not about independence – it is about liberation’ 
Sabbah report 7 Dec 2013 – Liberation is very different from independence, because our right to self-determination must lead to the right of return and full equality for all inhabitants of the state of Palestine. The two-state solution is a racist dogma that cannot guarantee all the rights; withdrawal of Israeli troops…

Egypt’s new breed of hijab-clad superheroine 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – The comic strip superhero breaking the mould in Egypt

VIDEO: Women protesters freed in Egypt 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Fourteen women jailed in Egypt over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been freed after an appeal court ruling.

Court frees pro-Morsi protest women 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Fourteen women jailed in Egypt last month over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are freed after an appeal court ruling.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela 
Global BDS 7 Dec 2013 – The Palestinian BDS National Committee mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of our age “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” –Nelson Mandela We mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. Humanity at…

Companies With Israel Ties Added $6.2 Billion to Massachusetts Economy 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Dec 2013 – Companies with connections to Israel contributed $6.2 billion to the Massachusetts economy last year, a new study found. Click here for the rest of the article…

Peace Agreement Unlikely But Talks Are Necessary, Says Avigdor Liberman 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Dec 2013 – Peace between Israelis and the Palestinians is unlikely, but talks must continue if only to manage the conflict, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria Bombs Israeli Military Vehicle Near Golan Border 
The Foward Breaking News 7 Dec 2013 – The Israeli army said on Saturday that an Israeli military vehicle had been damaged by a bomb set off by Syrians on frontier of the occupied Golan Heights. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Syria jihadists ‘use Turkey bases’ 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports on how foreign jihadist fighters are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into Syria to fight against government forces.

Egypt’s new breed of hijab-clad superheroine 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – The comic strip superhero breaking the mould in Egypt

VIDEO: Women protesters freed in Egypt 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Fourteen women jailed in Egypt over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been freed after an appeal court ruling.

Court frees pro-Morsi protest women 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Fourteen women jailed in Egypt last month over a protest in support of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are freed after an appeal court ruling.

Lebanon: Children Labor at Beirut Graveyards 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2013 – The boys do not squander any chance to hold on to any semblance of childhood as they play between the graves. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The boys do not squander any chance to hold on to any semblance of childhood as they play between the graves. (Photo:…

Former Knesset Member: We Possess Nuclear and Chemical Weapons 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2013 – An Israeli soldier from the army’s Home Front Command wearing a chemical warfare suit takes part in a defence drill simulating a chemical missile attack in the central Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, on October 2 2013. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) An Israeli soldier from…

The Global Lebanese Presidential Battle Has Begun 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 7 Dec 2013 – The current regional and international landscape does not allow for any party to successfully broker a new Lebanese accord. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The current regional and international landscape does not allow for any party to successfully broker a new Lebanese accord. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) It seems…

Syria jihadists ‘use Turkey bases’ 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Foreign jihadist fighters, including Britons, are using safe houses in southern Turkey to go to Syria to fight against government forces, the BBC has learnt.

VIDEO: Syria jihadists ‘use Turkey bases’ 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports on how foreign jihadist fighters are using safe houses in southern Turkey to cross into Syria to fight against government forces.

Despite Iran deal, US defense chief says Pentagon to keep strong Gulf presence 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2013 – US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks during the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on December 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh) Diplomacy with Iran must be backed up by US military might, Pentagon chief…

Egyptian court frees female Muslim Brotherhood protesters 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2013 – Updated at 2:50pm: An appeals court in Egypt on Saturday ordered 14 women jailed after a protest to be freed, reducing 11-year prison terms to a one-year suspended sentence. The women’s supporters in the Alexandria courtroom chanted “God is great” as the judge pronounced the ruling….

Israel’s Lieberman: “About zero” trust in peace talks with Palestine 
Al-Akhbar News 7 Dec 2013 – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman waits for the arrival of his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende on November 25, 2013 at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem. (Photo: AFP – Gali Tibbon) Israeli Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are unlikely to bear…

US power ‘underpins Iran diplomacy’ 
BBC 7 Dec 2013 – Diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear programme must be backed by military power, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel tells Gulf leaders.

American becomes unlikely new star on Arabs Got Talent 
BBC 6 Dec 2013 – The American contestant who has taken Arab talent show by storm

Politics Delay Cairo-Khartoum Highway 
Al-Akhbar Politics 6 Dec 2013 – Cairo University’s students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi flash the four-finger sign during a demonstration against July’s military “coup,” in Tahrir square on December 1, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Khaled). Cairo University’s students backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi flash the…

Articles


Dear Mayor Bloomberg: Thank you, but no thank you 
Sam Bahour, Ma’an News Agency 12/7/2013
Sam Bahour is a business consultant living in Ramallah. He frequently provides independent commentary on Palestine and serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He blogs at www.epalestine.com.
It was recently reported in The Daily Jewish Forward that New York City Mayor and billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, was awarded the first-ever Genesis Prize, $1 million “which is meant to honor an exceptional Jew.”
In his acceptance speech, given at an official Hanukkah party in New York, Mayor Bloomberg remained true to U.S. Jewish American politics and thus, before making his speech, cleared his intention to donate the money to “promote commerce between the people in Palestine and the people in Israel” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As a Palestinian-American businessman on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territory for twenty years, I did not know whether to laugh or cry at this seemingly generous announcement. This well-intentioned act is flawed for several reasons.
First, “commerce between the people in Palestine and the people in Israel” is not hindered by lack of funds; it is stifled due to 46 years of Israeli military occupation, each year of which has been squarely supported by the U.S.
Every single strategic economic resource needed to build Palestine, from water, land, borders, trade routes, frequencies, airspace, and so much more are 100% micromanaged by the Israeli military.
Until the dirty boot of military occupation is removed from the necks of Palestinians, joint commerce can only serve to beautify a status quo which is creeping toward a state of apartheid, not peace. — See also: Sam Bahour’s blog: epalestine.com and Bloomberg To Dedicate $1M Genesis Prize to Boosting Israeli-Palestinian Trade more.. e-mail

What helps Israel expand 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 12/6/2013
For the first time, an audio-visual exhibition — titled “The long journey” and described as “powerful and haunting” — of Palestinian refugees whose homeland had been usurped by Israel has been launched by a United Nations agency in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinians hope will serve as the capital of their future state. The exhibition consists of a “comprehensive compilation” of over half a million archived negatives, print, slides and hundreds of hours of film, all collected since the 1948 Nakbeh, (Arabic for catastrophe) until the present time. (A website is also available. Link follows.)
“This is an important piece of work,” Filippo Grandi, till recently the commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which has taken care of the five million refugees since 1949. “It is a contribution to building a national heritage for the Palestinians,” he added, according to The New York Times, which reported that “the refugee issue remains one of the most delicate and complex elements of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” since the United Nations had sanctioned the refugees’ “right of return” to their homeland. Israel consistently refuses to grant them this right. The timing of this event highlighted another regional problem, the continued bloodletting in the Arab world after the start of the Arab Spring, more than two years ago, and the refugee problem that emerged, especially in Syria where reportedly some two million Syrians fled to neighbouring states — Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey — and more recently to Europe. The Times, which has recently devoted almost two full pages to the problem, described the Syrian exodus as “one of the gravest global refugee crises of recent decades”. — See also: UNRWA photo and film archive for Palestine refugees more.. e-mail

IDF faces a recruitment crisis despite conscription 
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/6/2013
Joining the army is not optional for Israeli teenagers. At the age of 18, Israeli men face three years of mandatory service in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF); in an odd example of gender inequality, young women serve for two. Yet despite conscription, it has been reported in the Israeli media that the IDF is facing a recruitment crisis.
Figures released by the Personnel Directorate last month show that 42.6 per cent of women avoided military service in 2013. Haaretz reports that the authorities are “highly concerned” by this. The figures also show that around one quarter of men – 26.3 per cent – subject to the draft were not enlisted this year. Fourteen per cent were excused for religious reasons, with the others not serving because they live abroad, have medical problems or have criminal records. Recent legal changes aimed at bringing in ultra
-religious Haredi men into military service (they are currently exempted), and attempts to encourage Christian Arab citizens to enlist, demonstrate the extent of the problem.

Even within those conscripted, there has been a significant shift in the last few years. The Personnel Directorate figures also showed that just 70 per cent of recent recruits expressed an interest in combat service. This is a drop of nine percentage points in less than three years. Ever since the end of Operation Cast Lead – the brutal bombardment and invasion of Gaza at the end of 2008 – there has been a steady decline in those showing interest in actually fighting whilst in uniform. There are several possible reasons for this. The IDF, keen to downplay any problem, stresses that the high figure of 79 per cent in 2010 reflected a spike in enthusiasm because of the conflict with Hamas, and says that the current figures are in line with the last decade.
Although army chiefs are downplaying the significance of this lessening enthusiasm for combat service, they are clearly rattled. In an attempt to motivate teenagers nearing conscription age, the army this week launched a viral video campaign…. more.. e-mail

President of the Palestinian Federation of Peru on the Palestinian community in Peru, internationalism and democratic unity 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/2/2013
“Around the end of the 19th century a significant number of immigrants fleeing poverty during the Ottoman Empire reached Peru. The first Arabs who reached the country were mostly Palestinians who settled in the South Andes after crossing the highlands in Northern Argentina and Bolivia.”
While more Palestinians live in Latin America than anywhere else outside the Arab world, Peru is home to one of the smallest Palestinian communities in the region. However, speaking to Yassin Kaoud, the current President of the Palestinian Federation of Peru, it is clear that the community in Peru has thrived despite both the differences within the Palestinian community and the ramifications of living in a country that has had to contend with its own internal strife. A Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria, Kaoud studied Spanish and Social Sciences at the University of Havana Cuba, before furthering his studies at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru. His published work includes numerous articles and literary translations of poetry. He has also participated in several conferences about the Arab world that were held in various universities around the country. His past activism for Palestine includes serving as President of the Palestinian Students in Havana, Cuba, between 1990 and 1994, as well as Vice-President of the General Union of Palestinian Students in Cuba.
The discussion commences with an expression of appreciation and recognition for Cuba’s implementation of internationalism – an ideology that Fidel Castro expounded from the philosophy imparted by Cuban poet and revolutionary Jose Martí. A speech by Fidel Castro in 1963 in particular recognises the universal implications of colonialism: “There are many problems and very great tasks ahead of us – first of all, to face up to imperialism. In that same situation are many peoples, the colonised peoples subjected to imperialism.” Kaoud affirms that Cuba’s support of Palestine has historically been a political constant: “Cuba’s support of Palestine was always important – not only politically but also in accordance with international law….” more.. e-mail


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