VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 8 December 2013: Reflection on Mandela and Palestine

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Ma’an News

Explosive device ‘left by Israeli forces’ injures Palestinian teen
12/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A teenager was seriously injured on Sunday after an unidentified device exploded south of Hebron, medics told Ma’an. Medics said that a device left by Israeli forces in an area east of Yatta exploded and injured 16-year-old Maher Adil Najajra, without providing further details. Najajra was rushed to Hebron Governmental Hospital. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said…. Related: Teenager seriously injured by old ordnance near Hebron

Palestinian mosque in Israel vandalized with anti-Islamic graffiti
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A mosque in the northern Israeli Arab village of Baqa al-Gharbiya was vandalized with anti-Islamic graffiti on Sunday morning. The mosque in the village was covered with graffiti in Hebrew reading, “Muhammad is a pig,” as well as “mutual responsibility,” and “terror stones,” slogans which suggest the attack was carried out by Jewish right-wing extremists as part of a “price tag….

Gaza power crisis worsens as winter approaches
12/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip Power Authority is worried that electricity will be available for less than six hours a day in Gaza as winter approaches, an official announced during a news conference on Sunday. Director of public relations for the main electricity authority in Gaza Jamal Dardasawi warned that the company would fail to meet even a minimum of six-hour electricity….

Teenager seriously injured by old ordnance near Hebron
12/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager sustained major wounds Sunday as a result of the explosion of an object in Yatta, south of Hebron, in the southern West Bank. Medical sources in Hebron told Ma’an that 16-year-old Mahir Adel Najajra was evacuated to a hospital after an old ordnance left by Israeli forces exploded east of Yatta. The internationally recognized Palestinian…. Related: Explosive device ‘left by Israeli forces’ injures Palestinian teen

Thousands mourn child shot dead by Israeli sniper in al-Jalazun
12/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Thousands of mourners turned out on Sunday for the burial of Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces near al-Jalazun refugee camp while he was walking home from school on Saturday. Al-Ramahi was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper from a watchtower in the nearby settlement of Bet….

Report: Israeli police volunteer ‘changes story’ about border killing
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli border police volunteer who shot and killed a Palestinian worker on Nov. 30 has retracted his original claim that the Palestinian tried to stab him with a sharp object, Israeli media reported Saturday. According to Haaretz, the unnamed border police volunteer “changed his story, saying there was no sharp object, but he had nevertheless been attacked.” A border police….

Israel minister proposes partial West Bank annexation
12/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday proposed that Israel annex parts of the West Bank under its full military control where most Jewish settlers live.”I favor implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 (settlers) live and only 70,000 Arabs,” said the head of the far-right Jewish Home religious party in the ruling coalition. Bennett also ridiculed the US-brokered peace talks….

China offers to start projects in the West Bank
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — China has offered to work with the Palestinian Authority on joint economic projects and is studying a variety of potential projects, a Fatah official said on Saturday. Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and the movement’s general commissioner for relations with Arab countries and with China, told Ma’an that the PA and China have….

Israeli authorities refuse Dutch FM access to Hebron Old City
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans’ visit to Hebron on Sunday was marred by the refusal of Israeli authorities to allow him to visit the Old City without an Israeli military escort, the Palestinian ambassador to the Netherlands told Ma’an. Ambassador Nabil Abuznaid told Ma’an in an interview on Sunday that the Dutch minister had planned to…. Related: Report: Dutch PM cancels scanner inauguration at Gaza border

Report: Dutch PM cancels scanner inauguration at Gaza border
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Dutch Prime Minister cancelled Saturday a planned visit to the Gaza Strip to inaugurate a state-of-the-art security scanner at the Karem Shalom crossing with Israel, according to Israeli media. The cancellation of the event is due to the Israeli government’s refusal to allow Gaza’s imports and exports to resume, even with a security scanner, Haaretz reported…. Related: Israeli authorities refuse Dutch FM access to Hebron Old City

Hundreds rally in Jaffa against Prawer Plan
12/8/2013 – JAFFA (Ma’an) — Hundreds of supporters of the Islamic Movement in Israel rallied in Jaffa in protest against the Prawer Plan on Saturday. Palestinian members of the Israeli parliament Ibrahim Sarsour, Masud Ghanayim and Talab Abu Arar participated in the rally, as well as Sheikh Hammad Abu Daabis, the leader of the Islamic Movement in southern Israel. The rally marched from Ajami Mosque to….

In photos: Manger Square vigil marks Mandela’s passing
12/8/2013 – Dozens of Palestinians gathered in Manger Square in Bethlehem on Saturday evening to mark the passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela with a candlelight vigil. The vigil was organized by the local Popular Committee for Resistance against the Wall and the Settlements, and followed a day of demonstrations across the West Bank commemorating Mandela’s legacy of resistance to the South African….

Documentary shows scenes of home demolitions by Israel in Negev
12/8/2013 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – A Palestinian organization based in the Negev has released a documentary depicting what the organization called the “ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) against the population of the Negev since 1948.”The film brings to light the suffering and embittered lives of the Palestinian Bedouin residents of Negev, especially those villages which the
government of Israel doesn’t recognize. Those residents, according to…. Related: VIDEO: The Negev.. Land and Man

3 Palestinians released from Israeli prisons
12/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday released three Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem after the completion of their sentences. The Committee for the Families of Jerusalem Prisoners said in a statement that the Israeli prison administration released Nasser Yakoub Yassin Abu al-Suood, 45, who served a 26 month sentence. During his time in prison, al-Suood participated in a hunger strike and was beaten once….

President Abbas to visit South Africa for Mandela memorial service
12/8/2013 – JOHANNESBURG (Ma’an) — Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will participate in the memorial service for the iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week, sources told Ma’an. A high-level Palestinian delegation will accompany Abbas to South Africa for the services, which begin on Tuesday and are scheduled to continue until the late South African leader’s burial next Saturday….

Obama warns ‘ideal world’ Iran deal not possible
12/8/2013 – WASHINGTON DC (AFP) — President Barack Obama warned Saturday that Israel’s vision of an “ideal” nuclear agreement with Iran was unrealistic and put the chance of any acceptable final deal emerging at no more than 50/50. But Obama argued that the best possible available agreement with Tehran was likely to be better than the alternatives, and it was therefore imperative to try to….

UN experts inspect Iran’s Arak nuclear plant
12/8/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Experts from the UN nuclear watchdog were at Iran’s Arak heavy water plant on Sunday to inspect it for the first time in more than two years, media reported.” The IAEA experts started their visit to the Arak facility on Sunday morning,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s atomic energy organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying. The visit comes just….

Israel to allow entry of construction material into Gaza
12/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel will allow the entry of construction materials for projects planned by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees into Gaza Strip starting Tuesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Nathmi Muhanna, PA director of border crossings told Ma’an that Israel will allow cement, iron, and gravel into Gaza for the continuation of UNRWA projects. The Gaza Strip has….

US says Israel peace deal security guarantees possible
12/8/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Saturday it had conducted its deepest-ever analysis of Israel’s security needs and believed a two-state solution with Palestinians could include sufficient guarantees to safeguard the Isreali state. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry revealed some details of the US effort to convince Israel that its security could be ensured in any final peace deal….

Netanyahu: For peace, Palestine must accept Israel as ‘Jewish state’
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” is “the minimal requirement for peace.”During a webcast video speechto the 10th annual Saban Forum on Middle East policy in Washington, Netanyahu said that Palestinians needed to “come to grips” with the idea of Israel as a Jewish nation state in order for peace….

Israel president ‘ready to meet Iran counterpart’
12/8/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, even though their two countries consider each other arch-enemies. Asked at an economic forum over a possible meeting, Peres replied: “Why not? I don’t have enemies. It’s not a question of personalities but of policies.” The aim is to transform enemies into….

PFLP leader confirms resignation
12/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Deputy secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Abdul Rahim Mallouh, announced his resignation from the position on Saturday. Mallouh told Ma’an that he had handed in his resignation back in 2010, but was in a caretaker position until Saturday, when his resignation took effect. Mallouh said he will remain a member of the PFLP, and….

Hamas requests permission to hold anniversary celebration in Nablus
12/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Chief of the Coalition of Nonpartisan Palestinian Dignitaries in the West Bank Khalil Assaf said on Sunday that the Hamas movement had officially asked him to obtain permits from the Palestinian Authority in order to organize a major commemoration of the 26th anniversary of Hamas’ founding in Nablus on December 14. Assaf told a Ma’an reporter in Nablus….

Afghanistan’s Karzai in Iran amid US security row
12/8/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Iran for talks Sunday amid disagreement with the United States over a security accord that would allow some NATO forces to stay in Afghanistan. Karzai will meet President Hassan Rouhani — for the second time in four months in Tehran — and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the official IRNA news agency reported. The proposed deal allowing NATO troops….

Egypt court acquits 155 arrested after Cairo protests
12/8/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court acquitted 155 people arrested during deadly clashes in the capital between Islamist protesters and police in October, state media reported on Sunday. The Cairo misdemeanor court on Saturday dismissed the charges of assaulting policemen and vandalism over the Oct. 6 clashes that killed almost 50 people, state-owned al-Ahram newspaper reported. Appeals courts in Alexandria the same day ordered the release….

AlJazeera

Israel blamed in Palestinian teenager’s death
AlJazeera 8 Dec 2013 – Palestinian President Abbas blames Israel for “cold-blooded assassination” that could undermine the peace process.

International Solidarity Movement

In an excessive use of force, Israeli forces kill Palestinian child in al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah
12/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Occupied Palestine – According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 07 December 2013, dozens of Palestinian children gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, near the UNRWA school, nearly 300 meters from the fence of “Beit Eil” settlement. They set fire to rubber tires and….

Three people detained and several people injured during demonstration in Nabi Saleh
12/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine – Yesterday, the village of Nabi Saleh held an event to commemorate the deaths of Mostafa and Rushdi Tamimi. It is the second year anniversary of the death of Mostafa who was killed during a demonstration. The 7th of December also marks 26 years since the beginning of the first intifada. In addition to the weekly Friday demonstrations that are….

The National

Syrian refugees resort to desperate measures in Jordanian frontier town
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Ramtha, a scrappy town of cement buildings and faded shop signs, has developed a booming economy in sex, drugs, weapons and purloined international aid all fuelled by the civil war in Syria. Special report from Phil Sands and Suha Maayeh

Obama: Iran nuclear deal could go either way
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Remarks an overture to unhappy Israelis US president promises to reinstitute sanctions if talks end without reaching agreement WASHINGTON // The chances for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran are 50-50 or worse, but diplomacy is still the best way to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons, said Barack Obama, the US president. Mr Obama said he was not naive about the odds for a successful final agreement between world powers and Iran next year, building on the six-month interim deal reached last month.

Syrian troops seize control of strategic highway
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Government troops launched an offensive last month in the Qalamoun region north of Damascus in an attempt to secure the main north-south highway that runs through the area and to cut rebel supply lines that criss-cross the mountainous terrain.

Reservations emerge over proposal for Gulf to form European-style union
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Plan to develop the GCC into a fully fledged union similar to that of Europe has proven divisive, with Oman saying it would opt out if the idea was approved.

Presidents, royalty expected for Mandela s memorial service
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela is expected to be one of the largest such gatherings in generations, with tens of thousands of South African mourners and dozens of foreign leaders expected.

Bombings kill 39 in and around Baghdad
The National 8 Dec 2013 – At least 11 explosions tear through predominantly Shiite areas, killing at least 39 people at crowded markets, commercial districts and car repair shops.

Susan Boyle says Asperger s diagnosis a relief
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Singer says she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition.

South Africa unites in prayer and song for Nelson Mandela
The National 8 Dec 2013 – South Africans of all races and religions unite in prayer and song for their beloved Nelson Mandela, amid calls to keep his dream of a Rainbow Nation alive.

Congress party falters as BJP wins at least four Indian state elections
The National 8 Dec 2013 – India’s oldest political party, the Congress, loses heavily in all four state elections whose results have been announced, in a sign of its weakening popularity ahead of national elections next summer. Samanth Subramanian reports

Sudan s Bashir replaces two vice presidents and part of his cabinet
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Changes are hoped to ‘bring forward experienced youth’ amid urgent calls for reform in the 24-year-old regime accused of corruption and stagnant leadership.

Tacloban s progress mixed with reminders of disaster
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Philippines government agencies may be back at work and the markets are selling food, but tens of thousands of Tacloban residents are living amid the ruins of their former lives as bodies are still being uncovered.

Hagel backs Nato force in Afghanistan post-2014
The National 8 Dec 2013 – US defence secretary tells American troops he supports a Nato force playing a role in Afghanistan after 2014, as Washington and Kabul wrangle over a stalled security pact.

UN decries slow, uneven use of law protecting Afghan women
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Law designed to protect women from violence in a country regularly voted one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman is not often used.

Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian teen in West Bank
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli soldiers shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in the West Bank on Saturday, relatives say.

One month after super typhoon Haiyan, Philippines faces huge challenges
The National 8 Dec 2013 – Masses of survivors are still living amid rubble in rebuilt shanty homes and experts say reconstructing destroyed communities will take years.

Ha’aretz

Turkish students detained at Auschwitz for alleged Nazi salute
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Netanyahu cancels South Africa trip over high travel costs
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Only shared ground on child-custody amendment: Everybody hates it
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Egypt’s new constitution: Greater freedom – subject to military approval
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Assad takes back road needed to ship chemicals to destruction
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Accounts of Palestinian teen’s death differ
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Israel may scale back chemical warfare defenses
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Leaked document reveals Sara’s love of luxury
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Netanyahu: A nuclear Iran will preclude Israeli-Palestinian peace
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Army accuses soldier under house arrest of deserting
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Covidien buying Given Imaging for $860 million
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Dutch PM: No idea why Israel won’t let scanner be used for exports to West Bank
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Lapid: Deadlock with Palestinians imperils Israeli government
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Gay-rights bills fall in Israeli cabinet vote
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Israel and Netherlands in row over security scanner at Gaza border
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Mosque in Israel defaced by anti-Muslim graffiti
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Robo-Frog demonstrates how tungara toads turn into princes
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Peres says willing to meet Iranian counterpart Rohani
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

Defense Ministry seeking $853m to buy German missile boats
Ha’aretz – 8 Dec 2013

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

South African-born Israelis say Mandela’s legacy betrayed by Pretoria’s anti-Israel stance
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Obama at Saban Forum
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Obama: Israeli-Palestinian deal possible, will be implemented in stages
Ha’aretz – 7 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Father Nadaf: Arab leaders must stop incitement campaign against me
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – The Greek Orthodox priest supports IDF enlistment and the integration of Christians into Israeli society; son attacked for upcoming enlistment.

Fars report: Saudi intelligence chief met with Israeli counterpart
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Iranian news agency cites twitter account of whistleblower who said sides met to coordinate on Iran, Syria.

Syrian opposition head fears US-Iran thaw could benefit Assad
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Ahmed Jarba says unfreezing of Iranian funds as part of Geneva interim deal could leave Tehran more money to support Assad; says there are efforts to unify rebel forces on the ground ahead of “Geneva 2” peace talks in January.

Think about it: It is time for a comprehensive housing plan
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – In short, Israel has an overall housing problem, which is not being confronted comprehensively.

Reality Check: How will Bibi be remembered?
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – It s clear that his peace rhetoric should be viewed much in the same light as the household expenses he charges to the taxpayer: exaggerated and out of touch.

Piron: 20 haredi schools have signed up to teach core curriculum studies
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Education minister says defunding would force 2 main haredi elementary school networks to integrate core curriculum to studies.

Patrol group warns New York Jews not to go out alone at night
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Woman attacked in Brooklyn in “knockout game”; NY councilman asks NYPD to install security cameras in areas prone to attacks.

The Cairo effect: America s declining power from the Egyptian perspective
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Cairo was the symbol of President Barack Obama s policy in the Middle East. Now, it might also be the symbol of its failure.

Mandela the mensch
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – The warm statements issued by Israeli and Jewish leaders following Mandela s death nicely reflect their respect for and appreciation of the man and his legacy.

Expert: Israel cannot remain an energy island
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Dr. Fatih Birol, chief economist of Int’l Energy Agency in Paris makes remarks at The Israel Business Conference.

Nochi Dankner loses control of IDB
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – The Eduardo Elsztain-Motti Ben-Moshe consortium received over 75% of the bondholders vote.

Tobacco vending machines to be outlawed in Israel next month
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Health Ministry is carrying out its obligation regarding vending machines to the World Health Organization.

British military chopper makes emergency landing in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli troops securing scene of landing in Jordan Valley; IDF spokeswoman denies report chopper landed in minefield.

Netanyahu: Ready for historic compromise with Palestinians, but peace is a two-way street
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Prime minister addresses Saban Forum, says Iran acquiring nuclear weapons would “literally change the course of history”; says deal with Iran must also “demand a change to Tehran’s genocidal policy” toward Israel.

Lapid: I won’t let anyone derail the peace process
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Finance minister vows to push peace process forward, “even if it necessitate a coalition realignment of one kind or another.”

OECD Sec-Gen: Israel s economy strong, but social cohesion a problem
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – New report attributes growth to booming high-tech, natural gas; Arab and ultra-Orthodox exclusion a central problem.

BIU group petitions against Israeli students upcoming meeting with Abbas
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Delegation of some 200 students from dozens of academic institutions to meet PA president in Ramallah next week.

Bayit Yehudi minister: Gays are ‘not normative,’ won’t get government recognition
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – MK Horowitz slams Uri Ariel’s “homophobic comments;” ministers split on bill against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Israeli cinema takes top prizes at European Film Awards
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli films, ‘Fill the Void,’ wins the cinematography award, and ‘The Congress,’ wins best animated feature.

Iranian parliament speaker says Palestinians can achieve victory like Mandela did
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – The Zionist regime represents the modern face of fascist racism, Iranian speaker Ali Larijani says.

Archaeological dig reveals 10th-century mosaic fountain in Ramle area
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Discovery of 900-year-old fountain marks first such find outside of the known wealthier districts of Old Ramle.

Bennett in Australia: Israel can only depend on itself for security
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Economy Minister presents Australian PM Abbott with 2,000 year old coin from City of David, signs R&D agreement.

UN nuclear inspectors visit Arak reactor, a feared source of bomb fuel for Iran
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – IAEA inspectors visit heavy water production plan
t for first time in more than two years; increased transparency is result of interim deal.

Bill to curb migration to face final Knesset vote
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Opposition plans filibuster; poll shows 53% of public supports bill; Sa’ar: Government is responsible for protecting borders.

Winter is coming& No, it’s here
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Although winter arrived considerably late this year, Sunday’s post-Shabbat showers serve a stark reminder that winter has arrived.

Israelis brace for frigid temperatures, escalating storms
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Although winter arrived considerably late this year, Sunday’s post-Shabbat showers serve a stark reminder that winter has arrived.

Analysis: Obama succeeded in talking to Israelis, over the head of Netanyahu
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – The US president delivered the goods at the Saban Forum with interesting insights on the subject of Iran and the Palestinians; The question is, were they satisfied by his comments at a certain house in Jerusalem, or Caesarea.

As sanctions bite, Iran’s Rouhani presents austerity budget to parliament
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – Iran’s budget for the year starting in March 2014 tops $66 billion, down from Ahmadinejad’s $200 billion budget last year.

Peres says he’s willing to meet Rouhani: ‘Iran is not our enemy’
Jerusalem Post 8 Dec 2013 – President says Israel prefers diplomatic solution to Iran threat, claims peace can be achieved, and comes out in favor of gay marriage.

Uruknet

Mechanised mass murder: the terror of Obama s drone wars
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – …The vast majority of drone strike victims are faceless. None but those who mourn them know their names. But there are some faces, thanks to the courage of a few decent journalists, which the world has…

Gitmo officials change procedures for hunger strikes, force-feeding
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – Officials at Guantanamo Bay have implemented revised protocols for hunger strikes and force-feeding, according to a Justice Department letter obtained by Al Jazeera. The controversial military detention center keeps scores of detainees imprisoned, often without charge….

Front and back Whatever the Islamic Front is, it may already be hobbled by the United States
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – Two competing analyses of the Islamic Front, a newly formed consortium of seven powerful Syrian rebel groups, have been published in the last week, both attempting to the address the crucial question of the Front s…

Escaping The Abusive State: After Snowden
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – The more contact one has with the modern state, even in those societies that have long constitutional traditions entrenching civil liberties, the more grounds there are for deep and growing concern. I suppose that the most…

Gaza Returns to Donkey Days
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – 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 and waste disposal and other vital services. But the local…

Message to Kerry: Negotiations Focus on “Bettering” the Occupation, Not Ending It
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – On September 8 US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that “the Allenby Bridge [crossing between the West Bank and Jordan] is now going to be open 24 hours a day, five days a week, and…

Israeli soldiers detained 4 children ages six to nine, handcuffed 3 of them. Kafr Qadum, November 15, 2013
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:30 AM, about two and a half hours before the weekly demonstration in the village was set to begin, four children from Kafr Qadum: Malek (8) a third grade student,…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Nov.- 04 Dec. 2013)
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 -….Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 November – 4 December 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian worker inside Israel….

International attitude towards Gaza: management by crisis
Uruknet 8 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 – The cycle is occurring again. The Gaza Strip, and the 1.7 million Palestinians who live there, periodically force their way into international headlines, driven by a crisis so urgent they can no longer be ignored. Politicians…

IDF faces a recruitment crisis despite conscription
Uruknet 7 Dec 2013 – December 7, 2013 -Samira ShackleJoining 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…

Daily Star

Hafeez leads Pakistan to T20 win over Afghanistan
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 Captain Mohammad Hafeez returned to form with an unbeaten 42 and guided Pakistan to a six-wicket victory against Afghanistan in the first ever Twenty20 international between the two countries on Sunday.

British military chopper makes unexpected West Bank landing
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 A British military helicopter made an unscheduled landing on Sunday in the Israeli-occupied West Bank because of a “technical malfunction”, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.

Netanyahu says military option ‘necessary’ on Iran
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that a “military option” was “necessary” for the success of negotiations aimed at reining in Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

Palestinians remember Mandela as an inspiration
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 Palestinians mourned Nelson Mandela as their most loyal champion, lighting candles in special prayer services Sunday and holding his picture like a shield in confrontations with Israeli troops.

Car bomb kills one and wounds five in Libya’s Benghazi
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 One person was killed and five wounded in Libya’s eastern city Benghazi on Sunday when a car bomb exploded at a funeral for an assassinated army officer, security and medical sources said.

Bahrain jails 12 Shiites over attack on police
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 A Bahraini court sentences 12 Shiites, including three minors, to prison terms of up to five years for attacking a police patrol with Molotov cocktails, a judicial source says.

Israeli PM predicts ‘cold peace’ in Mideast
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 Israel’s prime minister says any agreement with the Palestinians will likely initially result in a “cold peace.

Assad’s forces kill five children in Syria: Activists
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kill at least five children during fighting for the town of Nabak north of the capital Damascus, activists say.

Hagel to visit Pakistan on Monday: US officials
Daily Star 8 Dec 2013 US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit Pakistan Monday, officials say, with Afghanistan’s stalled peace process high on the agenda as well as the strained relations between Washington and Islamabad.

Stop The Wall

Israeli occupation demolishes an under struction house in Der Blot
Stop The Wall – Palestinian Grassroots Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign Demolished House in Jerusalem The Israeli forces demolished an under struction house at dawn on Thursday, in Der Balot village in Salfeet district. Rezek Abu Naser the coordinator of Stop the Wall in the district has reported that, the house belongs to the citizen Ghanem…

YNet News

Hezbollah media outlets apologize to Bahrain
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Egyptian army: Another attack thwarted in Sinai Peninsula
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Iran report: Saudi intelligence chief met Israeli officials in Geneva
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PMO: Netanyahu will not attend Mandela wake
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Ex-chief rabbi: I warned against Metzger
YNet News, 8 Dec 2013 – Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron says he knew about criminals acts attributed to former Ashkenazi chief rabbi. ‘We knew about it before he was elected, and I declared that there would be defamation of God. Unfortunately, he was elected anyway,’ he states ….

The al-Qaeda takeover
YNet News, 8 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Security arrangements suggested by Americans are irrelevant to Salafi Spring era ….

Obama to Israelis: We’re not abandoning you
YNet News, 8 Dec 2013 – Netanyahu still at odds with US president, secretary of state over Iran, peace deal, but American politicians make it clear to Palestinians, Iranian that Jewish State will remain protected. But what does this message mean for Israel? ….

Peace based on value of life
YNet News, 8 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Gap between Israel, Palestinians’ basic grasp of life pushes any chance of peace away ….

Berlin Zoo seeks WWII Jewish members
YNet News, 8 Dec 2013 – More than 70 years after forcing Jewish shareholders out of its ranks, German institution trying to come clean about its own dark chapter during Nazi era ….

Palestinian Information Center

Is the PA embarking on Oslo-II?
PIC – The fears of the Palestinian Main Street that the PA leadership might be cajoled to cede inalienable Palestinian rights are not groundless or phobic in nature.

Palestinian infant suffocates in IOF gas shooting incident
PIC – A newly-born Palestinian baby suffered severe suffocation after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas at his family home in Kufr Qaddoum village in Qalqilia on Saturday night.

Jewish price tag gangs spray anti-Islam graffiti on mosque in Baqa village
PIC – Jewish ‚¨ SPrice Tag‚¨ ù gangs sprayed racist slurs against Islam on the walls of a mosque in Baqa al-Gharbiya village in the 1948 occupied Palestinian land.

IOF soldiers threaten to fire at Yatta landowners
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) threatened on Sunday to open fire at landowners in Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, if they ventured into their land.

Ramla jail hospital refuses to receive prisoner patient suffering cancer
PIC – The Israeli administration of the Ramla prison hospital refused to receive Palestinian prisoner Yousri Al-Masri, who suffers from cancer, without giving reasons.

Violent confrontations in Arub refugee camp
PIC – Violent confrontations erupted on Sunday between Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and inhabitants in Arub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, after the soldiers raided a number of suburbs in it.

IOA holds detainee Rehan in administrative detention
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) ordered the administrative detention, without trial or charge, of detainee Mutasem Rehan for six months.

WAFA

Teen Injured due to Explosion of Object Left Behind by Israeli Soldiers
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

Israeli Army Opens Fire at Farmers East of Gaza
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

Infant Suffocate from Tear Gas Bombs Fired by Israeli Forces
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

PEX Report: Index Begins Week s Trading in Decline
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

Israeli Fanatics Spray Anti-Muslim Graffiti on Mosque
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

Weather Forecast: Cold Weather and Rain Prevail
WAFA – 8 Dec 2013

Misc

Netanyahu insists Iran can be forced to give up nuclear program
LA Times 8 Dec 2013 – WASHINGTON In a pointed rebuttal to President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Iran can be forced to shed its nuclear program and urged the imposition of new economic sanctions.

Obama says Iran could be allowed a modest nuclear enrichment program
LA Times 7 Dec 2013 – President Obama says that it isn’t realistic to try to force Iran to dismantle its entire nuclear complex, but that strong monitoring would be needed. WASHINGTON President Obama signaled Saturday that he was prepared to allow Iran to enrich uranium on its own soil,…

Syrian Opposition Head Fears U.S.-Iran Thaw Could Benefit Assad
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – The head of the Syrian National Coalition opposition group said on Sunday a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran could strengthen President Bashar al-Assad’s hand in Syria’s civil war.

Iran, Saudi Strategists Spar, Swap Ideas, Over Gulf Security
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Invoking religious faith and desert folklore, Gulf Arab officials proclaim wariness about a possible thaw in relations between their ally the United States and regional rival Iran.

Netanyahu: World Powers Must Demand Iran Change ‘Genocidal’ Anti-Israel Policy
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its “genocidal” anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal.

Seizure of Nuns Stokes Syrian Christian Fears
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Syrian Christians offered prayers Sunday for a group of more than a dozen nuns and orphanage workers held by rebels for nearly a week, fueling fears in the minority community that they are being targeted by extremists among the fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.

Palestinians Remember Mandela as an Inspiration
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Palestinians mourned Nelson Mandela as their most loyal champion, lighting candles in special prayer services Sunday and holding his picture like a shield in confrontations with Israeli troops.

Afghanistan, Iran Plan Cooperation Pact Amid Tensions With U.S.
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran on Sunday, an Afghan official said, while continuing to resist signing a long-term security agreement with the United States.

Bombings Kill Dozens Around Baghdad
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – The attacks in largely Shiite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more, officials said.

Adviser to Yemen’s President Survives Assassination Attempt
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – The Yemeni government said on Sunday there had been an assassination attempt on an adviser to the country’s president, the latest of a wave of bombings and shootings.

Syrian Troops Seize Control of Strategic Highway
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad secured the highway Sunday that links Damascus with northern Syria, paving the way for the potential shipment of chemical weapons overland to a Mediterranean port for destruction abroad, an activist group and two pro-government TV stations said.

Egyptian Police Stage Rare Protest in Defiance of New Law
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Hundreds of Egyptian police rallied on Sunday to demand higher wages, in a rare act of defiance of a new protest law which they themselves have been enforcing to quell unrest on the streets.

New Protests at Egypt’s Al-Azhar University
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Egyptian police have fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president protesting at an Islamic university in Cairo.

Israeli Leader Predicts ‘Cold Peace’ in Mideast
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Israel’s prime minister says any agreement with the Palestinians will likely initially result in a “cold peace.”

Assad’s Forces Kill Five Children in Syria: Activists
New York Times 8 Dec 2013 – Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have k
illed at least five children during fighting for the town of Nabak north of the capital Damascus, activists said on Sunday.

Nochi Dankner loses IDB
Globes Main News – The Eduardo Elsztain-Motti Ben-Moshe consortium received over 75% of the bondholders votes for a clear victory in the bid to control IDB.

“Globes” names Waze founders people of the year
Globes Main News – Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar, Uri Levine, and Noam Bardin topped “Globes” list of the most influential people in Israel’s economy in 2013.

Sun: Oil Refineries boosts TASE
Globes Main News – Oil Refineries and Opko Health rose strongly, while Delek and its energy exploration units led the declines.

The Israeli sniper shot my son as if he hunted a bird : Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14, killed while standing outside of West Bank school
Mondoweiss – Instagram photo published by Mor Ostrovski , 20, Israeli sniper. February 2013 An Israeli sniper killed a child yesterday. Wajih Wajdi Al-Ramahi, 14 was shot in the back by while walking in front of a school in Jalazoun refugee camp near Ramallah. Thousands of mourners turned out…

Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with false Israel apartheid quote
Mondoweiss – Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an apartheid regime? Israel s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives. Nelson Mandela meets with Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, right, on Sunday, May 20, 1990 in Cairo. Shortly after…

Lumenis files to raise $115m on Nasdaq
Globes Main News – The laser surgical devices company plans to hold the IPO in the first quarter of 2014.

Cabinet approves income tax hike cancellation
Globes Main News – The cancellation of the income tax hike, scheduled for January 1, will cost NIS 3.3 billion a year.

Noble Energy exec: Leviathan gas only in late 2017
Globes Energy & Water – Keith Elliott says that the Leviathan gas field will cost $8 billion to develop and is confident of finding oil in the region.

Covidien buys Given Imaging for $860m
Globes Main News – Given Imaging CEO: After thoroughly evaluating our options we determined that this deal is in the best interests of Given Imaging.

Josef Ackermann: Tapering will rock markets
Globes Macro Economics – The former Deutsche Bank CEO told the “Globes” 2013 Israel Business Conference that the Fed’s tapering will shake the markets.

Peres: I’d meet with Rouhani
Globes Main News – President Shimon Peres told the “Globes” 2013 Israel Business Conference that Iran is not Israel’s enemy.

Pact seen adding $1 trillion to global economy
Globes Main News – Ministers from 160 countries adopted a new World Trade Organization agreement on Saturday.

Court rejects deferral of IDB vote
Globes Main News – The bid by the Eduardo Elsztain-Motti Ben-Moshe consortium apparently commands a majority among the bondholders.

Israel s Historic Disregard for Lives and Rights of Negev Bedouin
Tikun Olam – The controversy over Israel s Prawer plan to dispossess 30-40,000 Negev Bedouin of their traditional lands and congregate them in reservation-style accommodations brought back to an Israeli friend the nightmare memory of a horrific incident in the early annals of the IDF and the State. Those who…

Ukrainian Jews Join Nationalists in Protest of President Viktor Yanukovych
The Foward Breaking News 8 Dec 2013 – On the last evening in November, at least 31 protesters were taken into custody and dozens treated for injuries following a violent confrontation with Ukrainian police in Kiev s Independence Square. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Young protester ‘will go out again’
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – A 15-year-old Egyptian girl released from detention on Saturday has told the BBC she intends to go back out to protest.

UN inspectors visit Iran plant
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – Inspectors from the UN’s nuclear agency visit the Arak heavy water production plant for the first time in more than two years.

Netanyahu Urges U.S. To Demand Iran Change Genocidal Anti-Israel Policy
The Foward Breaking News 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its genocidal anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal. Click here for the rest of the article……

Shimon Peres Willing To Meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
The Foward Breaking News 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli President Shimon Peres said he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Click here for the rest of the article…

Yair Lapid Urges Netanyahu To Show ‘Historic Courage’ with Peace Deal
The Foward Breaking News 8 Dec 2013 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu s main coalition partner publicly prodded him on Sunday to show historic courage and reach a peace deal with the Palestinians even at the risk of his government s collapse. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt recovers ancient stolen statue
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – Egyptian police recover an ancient statue of Tutankhamun’s sister and wife, stolen during unrest in August.

Palestinian anger over boy’s death
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – The Palestinian presidency says it holds Israel responsible for the killing of a 15-year-old youth in a West Bank refugee camp on Saturday.

“Bethlehem” a Film About Israeli Agents and Their Assets
The Forward Leonard Fein 7 Dec 2013 – Ad: How To Win Any Election (kit – A Complete Guide To Winning Elections – 5 Ebooks And Sample Documents, Including A 178 Page Elections Guide That Shows Everything You Need To Know To Win Your Next Election!

VIDEO: Young protester ‘will go out again’
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – A 15-year-old Egyptian girl released from detention on Saturday has told the BBC she intends to go back out to protest.

UN inspectors visit Iran plant
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – Inspectors from the UN’s nuclear agency visit the Arak heavy water production plant for the first time in more than two years.

Egypt recovers ancient stolen statue
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – Egyptian police recover an ancient statue of Tutankhamun’s sister and wife, stolen during unrest in August.

Car bomb kills one at Benghazi funeral
Al-Akhbar News 8 Dec 2013 – One person was killed and five wounded in Libya’s eastern city Benghazi on Sunday when a car bomb exploded at a funeral for an assassinated army officer, security and medical sources said. The army colonel had been killed by a device planted under his car which…

Israeli minister proposes annexing West Bank villages
Al-Akhbar News 8 Dec 2013 – Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday proposed that the Israeli government annex parts of the West Bank under its full military control where most Jewish settlers live. “I favor implementation of Israeli sovereignty over the zone where 400,000 (settlers) live and only 70,000 Arabs,” said the…

Palestinians mourn boy shot dead by Israeli soldier
Al-Akhbar News 8 Dec 2013 – Mourners carry the boy of 15-year-old Wajih al-Ramahy during his funeral at the Jalazoun refugee camp on December 8, 2013, one day after he was shot dead by Israeli occupation. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Hundreds of Palestinians attended a funeral Sunday to mourn the death…

Palestinian anger over boy’s death
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – The Palestinian presidency says it holds Israel responsible for the killing of a 15-year-old youth in a West Bank refugee camp on Saturday.

VIDEO: Calls to revive Kuwait’s racetrack
BBC 8 Dec 2013 – Jonathan Frewin reports on the calls to build a new motorsports race track in Kuwait.

At least 35 dead in Baghdad bombings
Al-Akhbar News 8 Dec 2013 – A picture taken on December 5, 2013 shows damages and a burnt vehicle after the mall in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk was stormed by security forces to end an hours-long siege that has followed an attack involving a car bomb, gunmen and would-be suicide…

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

Articles


U.S. security plan : Another decisive cave-in to Netanyahu
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 12/8/2013
Once again, the Obama administration hangs Abbas and the Palestinian Authority out to dry.
Halfway through the scheduled nine-month Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, there s been a break in the action, or rather the inaction: the Obama administration, once again, has sought to end the deadlock by backing Netanyahu s illegitimate demands and hanging the Palestinians out to dry. Last Friday the Americans presented a security plan ( security in the American lexicon means security for Israelis, not Palestinians) that calls for Israeli troops to remain in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, in a future Palestine, on the Palestinian side of their border with Jordan as part of the peace treaty.
The time period in which an Israeli military presence along the Jordan River will remain is long, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz. More than three to four years.
The Palestinian Authority hasn t responded officially to the plan, but an unnamed Palestinian official was quoted saying it wasn t acceptable because it would extend the occupation Israeli control over Palestinian territory.
The plan also calls on a future Palestinian state to be denied the right to military weaponry beyond the needs of a police and anti-terror force, and gives control of a future Palestine s borders to a joint Israeli-Palestinian team, possibly with Americans also involved, according to Haaretz.
This is ridiculous. This is a security plan that comes at the cost of Palestinian independence and sovereignty. A country required to tolerate former enemy troops on its soil and at its border crossings, and that s barred from having an army, is not an independent, sovereign state…. more..e-mail

Report: 40,000 Bedouin will be evicted from homes under Prawer Plan
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 12/8/2013
Up until now, very few details have been released about how many people and how much land will be affected by the Prawer Plan.
Bedouins and other activists shout slogans during a protest against the Israeli government s Prawer Plan, on Road 31 near Hura, Israel, on November 30, 2013.
Knesset Internal Affairs Committee chairperson MK Miri Regev revealed details of a secret document prepared in the Prime Minister s Office about the implementation of the Prawer Plan for the resettlement of the Negev Bedouins, Yedioth Ahronoth reported this weekend.
According to a map obtained by MK Regev, the state will take over 250,000 dunams (61,700 acres) currently populated by Bedouins, while the Bedouins will receive 170,000 dunams (42,000 acres). Around 40,000 people will have to leave their homes.
The Prawer Plan, named after retired general Uri Prawer who drafted its initial outline for the Prime Minister s Office, intends to solve the issue of unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel s south.
Israel never recognized its Bedouin citizens land claims or ownership rights. In the years following the 1948 war, The Bedouin were expelled from the western part of the Negev (Israel s southern desert); later, most of the population was transferred to seven townships that Israel planned and built for them. The remaining Bedouin villages were deprived of infrastructure such as schools, running water and electricity. Almost 100,000 people live such unrecognized villages today…. more..e-mail

Police, courts take extreme measures against anti-Prawer Plan arrestees
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 12/8/2013
Twelve activists arrested at Negev day of rage protest are still in jail after more than a week; police are asking they be detained until the end of legal proceedings; activists fear the heavy handedness is an attempt to smother resistance to Prawer. Solidarity demonstration is held in Tel Aviv.
It has been more than a week since dozens of demonstrators were arrested in clashes between police and anti-Prawer Plan activists in the Negev town of Hura and in Haifa. Protesters detained at demonstrations in Israel are usually released the same day as the arrest or in the worst case scenario, the morning after. In the case of the anti-Prawer arrestees, police are asking the courts to hold 12 of these protestors, including five minors, in custody through the end of legal proceedings (criminal trials can take months if not years to make their way through the courts). In a show of solidarity with the detainees and in an effort to maintain resistance to Prawer, some 400 people marched through and blocked streets in central Tel Aviv Saturday evening.
One of the detainees, a young man from Tel Aviv who works in education and has no previous criminal record, was charged with rioting and shoving a police officer while already in the police station. The Be er Sheva court has extended his detention several times already, the latest of them on Sunday morning.
Compared with everything we know about arrests in demonstrations it is simply unbelievable that he is still inside, the activist s attorney, Smadar Ben Natan, said. It s complete madness that for charges suc
h as these police are asking for detention until the end of proceedings, which might take ages.”

They ve pulled out all the possible excuses, saying he might be dangerous to the public, might flee the country or destroy evidence as if he was some sort of criminal, she continued…. more..e-mail

Navigating privilege, solidarity and belonging: A chapter from the new book Anarchists Against the Wall
+972 Magazine 12/7/2013
As a member of Anarchists Against the Wall, Roy Wagner acts in solidarity with people whose plight and oppression has to do with his privilege. Since I am part of their problem, it s pointless for me to patronize them over how their communities go wrong. When it comes to his beloved hometown of Tel Aviv, however, that becomes a much more difficult, if not impossible task. With those who share my privileges though not my politics, with those whose wrongs are so densely interlinked with mine, I feel that I don t have enough of a common language to talk about what s wrong.
The following is a chapter from the new book, Anarchists Against the Wall: Direct Action and Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Struggle. Edited by Uri Gordon and Ohal Grietzer and published by AK Press.
Fear and Loathing at the Central Bus Station
By Roy Wagner
I think Tel Aviv is not only the most beautiful city on the face of the earth, it s probably also the most beautiful city that could ever possibly be. But that s a minority opinion. Activists tend to think of it, and of everything around it, and of Israel in general, as despicably heinous. They are right, of course: wherever you go you re surrounded by soldiers.
Soldiers in uniform carrying guns. Reserve soldiers, living their civilian lives, except for one month a year when they go back to being proper soldiers. Former soldiers, who think you too should be a soldier. Mothers, fathers, wives of soldiers. People who think that soldiers are always right and that they deserve a 10 percent discount in shawarma stands, and that they keep us safe. Border police soldiers on civil police duty. Oh, and there s that depressed, alienated, self-loathing little soldier that I used to be. more..e-mail

We don t have the luxury to wait for Israel to change on its own, says Ilan Pappe
Electronic Intifada: 8 Dec 2013 – Campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions is as good as it gets, according to the Israeli historian. more..

Zionism in Service of Fossil Fuel Extraction
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Dan Fischer With Israel branding itself as a model of environmental sustainability, many overlook the Zionist lobby s support for extreme fossil fuel extraction in North America, from fracking to offshore drilling. Historically, Israel has helped the US secure the flow of oil from the Middle East. In 1958, the US National Security Council stated, if we choose to combat radical Arab nationalism and to hold Persian Gulf oil by force if necessary, a logical corollary would be to support Israel as the only strong pro-West power left in the Near East. Now, pro-Israel organizations defend North America s own energy flows. Zionist leaders have gone so far as to form an alliance with oil and gas drillers. Named the Council for a Secure America, it has been hailed as potentially one of the most significant coalitions in our industry by the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association. Increasing Domestic Production …more

Nelson Mandela: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Blair Tributes of Shameful Hypocrisy
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Felicity Arbuthnot London Accusing politicians or former politicians of breathtaking hypocrisy is not just over used, it is inadequacy of spectacular proportions. Sadly, searches in various thesaurus fail in meaningful improvement. The death of Nelson Mandela, however, provides tributes resembling duplicity on a mind altering substance. President Obama, whose litany of global assassinations by Drone, from infants to octogenarians a personal weekly decree we are told, summary executions without Judge, Jury or trial stated of the former South African s President s passing: We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again & His acts of reconciliation & set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. I studied his words and his writings & like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, (…more

(Un)holy River
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Uri Avnery So here comes John Kerry again, for the umpteenth time (but who is counting?) to make peace between us and the Palestinians. It is a highly laudable effort. Unfortunately, it is based on a false premise. To wit: that the Israeli government wants peace based on the two-state solution. Unwilling or unable to recognize this simple truth, Kerry looks for a way around. He tries approaches from different directions, in the hope of convincing Binyamin Netanyahu. In his imagination he hears Netanyahu exclaim: Now, why didn t I think of that?! So here he comes with a new idea: to start by solving Israel s security problems and doing away with its worries. Let s not talk for now about the other core problems , he says. Let s look at your concerns and see how to meet them. I have brought with me an honest-to-goodness combat general with an…more

No More Sanctions on Iran: Give Peace a Chance
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Ron Forthofer The U.S. has often resorted to military means as a way of settling disputes with far weaker nations during the last fifty years. Frequently these attacks have been unwarranted as well as violations of international law. U.S. attacks on Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Serbia and Iraq (2003) are a few examples of these illegal conflicts. We are currently fighting in Afghanistan and illegally using drones to kill in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. After long years of fighting and losing wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. public is fed up with senseless conflicts. This point was made clear recently by the huge public outcry against illegally bombing Syria. Besides the millions it killed and the incredible destruction it wreaked on far weaker nations, the U.S. has incurred costs as well. Tens of thousands of U.S, soldiers were killed and hundreds of thousands more were wounded. The families…more

Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Jonathan Cook 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 recognizing Mandela s huge achievement in helping to bring down South African apartheid, and make clear my enormous respect for the great personal sacrifices he made, including spending so many years caged up for his part in the struggle to liberate his people. These are things impossible to forget or ignore when assessing someone s life. Nonetheless, it is important to pause during the widespread acclamation of his legacy, mostly by people who have never demonstrated a fraction of his integrity, to consider a lesson that most observers want to overlook. Perhaps the best way to make my point is to highlight a mock memo written in 2001 by Arjan el-Fassed, from Nelson Mandela…more

Reflection on Mandela and Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Dec 2013 – By Iqbal Jassat Johannesburg As South Africa and the world comes to grips with the sad reality of the passing of Nelson Mandela, tributes and messages of condolences pour in at a remarkably frantic rate. International media has broken away from regular news coverage to focus almost exclusively on what s correctly being described as a tragic loss of a colossus. Indeed Nelson Mandela was a giant. Whether as a militant youth, as a revolutionary leader of South Africa s freedom struggle or as the first black president of a free democratic post-apartheid state, Mandela was larger than life. Much has been recorded and will be restated about Mandela s huge legacy. In fact as is the case when historians, biographers and contemporaries reflect on the life of outstanding human beings, danger of mixing fact with fiction always lurks in the background. One can expect that the inevitable death of Mandela will…more


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