VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 December 2013: PPS: “5000 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”

10 December 2013 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Gunmen Kill A Palestinian Officer In Bethlehem
IMEMC – The Palestinian Police in the West bank district of Bethlehem, has reported that an officer was shot and killed, on Tuesday [December 10 2012], after gunmen opened fire at a Police station in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem. …

PPS: “5000 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”
IMEMC – [Tuesday, December 10, 2013] Marking The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Adopted by the UN on December 10 1948), the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israel is ongoing with its serious violations, and is currently holding captive more than 5000 Palestinians, including 200 minors and 15 women. …

Twin Girls Rammed By Settler’s Vehicle Near Beit Jala
IMEMC – [Tuesday, December 10, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that twin girls have been wounded after being rammed by an Israeli settler’s vehicle in the Al-Walaja road, west of Beit Jala, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. …

Soldiers Invade Al-Eesawiyya, Clashes Reported
IMEMC – [Monday Evening, December 9, 2013] Several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Al-Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and broke into the home of detainee Samer Al-Eesawy; clashes have been reported. …

Kerry To Visit Tel Aviv, Ramallah
IMEMC – The White House announced that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would be visiting Tel Aviv and Ramallah on Wednesday, November 11, to hold separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. …

Ma’an News

Settlers raid Palestinian park near Nablus
12/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Dozens of Israeli settlers attacked a park in the Palestinian village of Burqa northwest of Nablus overnight Monday, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers attacked al-Masudiyya park and attempted to pull down a number of structures. The settlers who launched the attack….

Israeli forces raid Duheisha near Bethlehem, detain 4
12/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stormed Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem in the southern West Bank early Tuesday morning and detained four young men. Locals told Ma’an that undercover Israeli forces entered the camp in a civilian vehicle and detained four young men after ransacking their homes. They were identified as Murad Zghari, 24, his brother Ashraf, 18, Muhammad Abid Rabbo….

Racist graffiti sprayed in Palestinian village in northern Israel
12/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian village in northern Israel was targeted by racist graffiti and vandalism on Tuesday morning, according to Israeli media sources. The phrase “Stop assimilation, Arabs get out” was found written in Hebrew on a wall in Akbara village near Safed, according to Ynet. Police also found 10 cars with punctured tires in the village, presumably linked to the graffiti. Police….

Israeli forces wreck house, several structures in Jordan Valley
12/10/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished a house and several steel structures and tents in the northern Jordan Valley on Tuesday morning, a local spokesman said. Fathi Khdeirat, a spokesman of the Campaign to Protect the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers escorted by several military wrecked a house in al-Jiftlik. In the nearby village of Fasayil, meanwhile, bulldozers tore down….

Israeli forces raid prisoner’s home, interrogate relatives
12/10/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the house of a Palestinian man currently imprisoned in Israeli jails early Tuesday and interrogated his family, his wife said. Margaret al-Raee, the wife of prisoner Maher al-Raee, said that Israeli forces raided her house at 3 a. m. , causing extensive damage to her property and belongings. During the course of the raid, Israeli forces interrogated her about….

Israel army recruits tour al-Aqsa compound
12/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — More than 100 newly recruited Israeli soldiers entered the al-Aqsa compound escorted by large numbers of police officers on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses said more than 100 male and female recruits entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate and made stops across the compound listening to briefings by Israeli tour guides about the significance of the compound. Separately, a group of settlers and….

PA policeman killed in attack on security post
12/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian policeman was killed after unknown assailants attacked a police station in Tuqu village southeast of Bethlehem late Tuesday, medics said. A Bethlehem emergency spokesman said Naser Othman Brewish, 23, from Beit Kahil in Hebron, was shot in the chest. He was taken to a clinic in Tuqu before an ambulance took him to Beit Jala governmental hospital where he….

UNRWA employees in Gaza stage partial strike
12/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip staged a partial strike on Tuesday, a member of the employees’ union told Ma’an. Medical centers affiliated to the UNRWA were shut down from 8 a. m to 9. 30 a. m. , said Suheil al-Hindi, a member of the union of UNRWA employees. He….

Israel passes law to detain illegal African migrants
12/10/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s parliament has approved a law which allows illegal immigrants from Africa to be detained for up to a year without trial, MPs announced on Tuesday. The government-backed bill amends earlier legislation from 2012 under which illegal immigrants could be held for three years without trial that was overturned by the Supreme Court in September. The new bill passed by 30….

Medics: 3 injured by explosion in Gaza
12/10/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Three people were injured on Tuesday evening in an ambiguous explosion east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, medics said. Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that three injuries arrived at Kamal Adwan hospital in serious and moderate condition. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear, and the injured were not identified. [END]

Israel, Jordan, Palestinians ink water-sharing deal
12/10/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians signed a historic water-sharing initiative at the World Bank in Washington Monday that could protect water resources in the region amid rising demand. The project envisions a new desalination plant at Aqaba as the lynchpin of a sharing deal involving end-users in all three parties to the deal.”It gives a glimmer of hope that we can overcome….

Kerry back to Israel as Palestinians warn of negotiations ‘failure’
12/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry is to fly back to Israel just days after his last visit amid a Palestinian warning that his proposals on security would lead to “total failure.” Kerry will head to Israel on Wednesday, five days after he landed back from Jerusalem and after spending most of the weekend meeting in Washington with Israeli leaders.” This is an….

Ashrawi urges NBC to halt drama series set in East Jerusalem
12/10/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Tuesday called on US network NBC to halt production of a drama series due to be filmed in East Jerusalem. The upcoming drama ‘DIG’ is an action-adventure series set to be filmed entirely in Jerusalem. It was developed by Keshet Media Group, an Israeli media company, and will consist of six episodes due to….

Egypt releases 100 Palestinian Syria refugees
12/10/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released 100 Palestinian refugees out of 350 who were detained while trying to leave Syria through Egyptian waters, the Palestinian embassy in Cairo said. The released detainees were freed from Alexandria and el-Beheira police stations, the embassy added. Over 350 Palestinian refugees from al-Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria were detained by Egyptian security forces in September while….

Kerry raises doubts if Iran ready for final deal
12/10/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday raised doubts if Iran was truly prepared to conclude a final deal with western powers on dismantling its nuclear program.”I came away from our preliminary negotiations with serious questions about whether or not they’re ready and willing to make some of the choices that have to be made,” Kerry told US lawmakers….

Palestine’s most fertile meadow ‘at risk’
12/10/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – The West Bank’s most fertile meadow is shrinking gradually as a result of construction licensed by the Palestinian ministry of local governance, according to the head of a local committee in Jenin. Mousa al-Badawi, who chairs a committee representing the public in Jenin, told Ma’an Tuesday that “Palestine’s food basket Marj Ibn Amir is at….

Snow storm expected to hit Palestine Tuesday
12/10/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Meteorological Department expects a mountaintop snowstorm to hit parts of the country Tuesday evening and continue through Wednesday and Thursday. Director of the Palestinian Meteorological Department Yousif Abu Asaad said in a news conference in Ramallah that the storm would hit hardest on Thursday, with snow falling in areas over 700 meters above Sea Level. He added that winds….

Gulf leaders focus on potential union, Iran ties
12/10/2013 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Leaders of the oil-rich Gulf states meet in Kuwait on Tuesday to discuss plans to boost integration at a time of differences over a proposed union and ties with Iran. Foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday night drew up a final agenda for the two-day summit, which will also tackle the Syrian conflict. The summit follows a….

Regime seizes Syria town as conflict passes 1,000th day
12/10/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syria’s regime captured from rebel fighters a key town near Lebanon on Monday, as doubts were cast on any breakthrough at a Geneva peace conference slated for next month. France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, downplayed the chances of a peace agreement being reached in Geneva, while expressing confidence the January 22 conference would go ahead. But his British counterpart….

Obama leads world tributes to Mandela at memorial
12/10/2013 – SOWETO, South Africa (AFP) — US President Barack Obama led world tributes Tuesday to Nelson Mandela, hailing him as ‘a giant of history’ at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration. Obama was one of close to 100 world leaders at the event in Soweto’s World Cup stadium, where songs of praise and….

French army: French kill 19 Islamists in Mali
12/10/2013 – BAMAKO (AFP) — French troops killed 19 Islamist militants during an army operation in Mali’s rebel-infested northern desert on Tuesday, a French military source told AFP.”A French military operation is underway north of Timbuktu. French troops are facing a pretty determined group. At the moment, 19 members of this group have been killed,” the Bamako-based source said. [END]

White House: Obama-Castro handshake not ‘pre-planned’
12/10/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuba’s President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela was not “pre-planned,” a US official said.” This wasn’t a pre-planned encounter,” a White House official said.”Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela, and that was the president’s singular focus at….


Israel-Romania row over settlements building
AlJazeera 10 Dec 2013 – In latest row between Israel and EU, Romania refuses to allow its workers to build illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Palestine News Network

PPS: 5000 Prisoners in Israeli Jails, Including 200 Children
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Photos: A visit to the Gaza fish auction
12/10/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Gaza’s fish action brought back memories from both my time as a fisherman and my work in the port of Gothenburg. There was the same crowding around the neat rows of boxes, filled with different types of fish and shellfish, the auctioneer’s pad and pen, the attention, the exclamations. In my hometown, I….

Relief Web

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 03 – 10 December
Relief Web 10 Dec 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Polio immunization campaign kicked off in the State of Palestine as part of massive regional efforts
Relief Web 10 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, 9 December 2013 – Joining efforts to stop a polio outbreak in Syria from spreading across the region, UNICEF is supporting Palestinian Ministry of Health partners to immunize up to 630,000…

occupied Palestinian territory: The State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2013
Relief Web 10 Dec 2013 – Source: Association for Civil Rights in Israel Country: occupied Palestinian territory The annual State of Human Rights Report is published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) each year to coincide with International Human Rights Day (December 10)….

occupied Palestinian territory: WHO expresses concern over the Gaza humanitarian health crisis, December 2013
Relief Web 10 Dec 2013 – Source: World Health Organization Country: occupied Palestinian territory 8 December 2013, Jerusalem – The accumulation of shortages in basic supplies in Gaza is leading to rapid deterioration in the social determinants of health for the population of 1.7 million Palestinians….

occupied Palestinian territory: Egypt tunnel blockade takes toll on Gaza business
Relief Web 9 Dec 2013 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory Source: Reuters – Mon, 9 Dec 2013 12:00 PM Long power cuts after Egypt chokes off smuggled fuel Hamas looks for solutions, domestic criticism muted By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, Dec 9 (Reuters)…

occupied Palestinian territory: Opening of 40th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers in Guinea, In his last speech as OIC Secretary General: Your organization has developed and matured into a reputable organization
Relief Web 9 Dec 2013 – Source: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Country: Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory In his last speech as secretary general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu gave an account of the major achievements and initiatives undertaken during his tenure at the opening of the…

The National

Nelson Mandela: the last great liberator of the 20th century
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Obama leads tributes, comparing Mandela with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Abraham Lincoln, but there are jeers at the service for South African president Zuma. 

GCC steps closer to an EU-style union
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Kuwait’s foreign ministry under secretary says GCC summit will approve setting up a unified GCC military command. Hadeel Al Sayegh reports

Invisible in prison, Mandela was kept in spotlight by music
The National 10 Dec 2013 – For nearly three decades, very few people except prison guards and fellow inmates knew what Nelson Mandela looked like.

Tens of thousands pay their respects to Nelson Mandela
The National 10 Dec 2013 – World leaders, family members and South Africans whose lives he helped change gathered in the tens of thousands in a Soweto stadium to pay their respects to South Africa’s first black president.

East Libya separatists set deadline for oil deal
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Leaders of a movement seeking autonomy for Libya’s Cyrenaica region say they could allow oil exports to resume on Sunday if Tripoli allows the region to take its share of crude.

Ukrainian president attempts to calm protesters
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Viktor Yanukovych offers to release some demonstrators arrested in the protests sweeping Ukraine’s capital in an attempt to defuse a political standoff that is threatening his leadership.

Assad allows humanitarian aid to be flown into Syria
The National 10 Dec 2013 – The United Nations’ first humanitarian airlift to Syria from Iraq will deliver food and winter supplies to the mostly Kurdish north-east this week with the permission of both governments.

War crimes laws need clarifying, says Swiss think tank
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Armed conflicts killed at least 95,000 people and wounded hundreds of thousands more last year but few of them led to any punishment for war crimes because the laws are unclear, a Swiss think tank says.

US ‘not expecting a Gulf union soon’
The National 10 Dec 2013 – It is widely believed in Washington that closer security cooperation among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will not occur soon, as differences persist over how to respond to a possible long-term deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Taimur Khan reports

Palestinian ‘total failure’ warning on talks brings Kerry back to Israel
The National 10 Dec 2013 – US secretary of state returns to Israel days after his last visit, following a Palestinian warning that his proposals on security would lead to ‘total failure’.

Dutch hostages freed in Yemen
The National 10 Dec 2013 – A Dutch journalist and her partner kidnapped in Yemen six months ago have been freed.

Middle East water deal brings Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline one step closer
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority sign a water-sharing agreement that includes the building of a desalination plant on the Gulf of Aqaba and a pilot study for a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea.

Pop star Bieber visits typhoon-hit Philippines
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Pop megastar Justin Bieber sang to and played basketball with young survivors of the Philippines’ deadliest typhoon after flying into the disaster zone to boost an international relief effort.

UN predicts near doubling of city dwellers by 2050
The National 10 Dec 2013 – The number of city dwellers is at an all-time high of about 3.5 billion and will nearly double in the next 30 to 40 years, UN agency says.

Gandhi heir struggles to win India polls as time runs out
The National 10 Dec 2013 – The 43-year-old heir to India’s most famous political dynasty, Rahul Gandhi, has limited time to turn things around as the government’s popularity sags with national elections due by May.

Maker of faulty French breast implants jailed for four years
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Founder of a French breast implant company sentenced to four years in prison by a Marseille criminal court for hiding the true nature of the sub-standard silicone used in implants sold to 300,000 women around the world.

Philippines typhoon survivors still waiting for news of missing
The National 10 Dec 2013 – With nearly 1,800 people officially listed as missing, thousands of typhoon survivors are enduring an agonising wait of hope and denial for news of loved ones.

Nuclear war between India and Pakistan ‘could end human civilisation’, study finds
The National 10 Dec 2013 – A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would set off a global famine that could kill two billion people and effectively end human civilisation, study finds.

Nelson Mandela, a ‘giant of history’, remembered
The National 10 Dec 2013 – US president Barack Obama eulogised Nelson Mandela as a ‘giant of history’ who became more than a smiling icon by showing the power of political action, as tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration at an emotional memorial service.

Saudi Arabia begins gene mapping to research diseases
The National 10 Dec 2013 – Saudi Arabia has launched a genetic code mapping project aimed at identifying the basis of chronic diseases prevalent in the kingdom.


Memorial to gay Holocaust victims inaugurated in Tel Aviv park
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

U.S. officials: Iran to get at least $20 billion in sanctions relief
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

The problem with Netanyahu isn’t the ice cream bill
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

An African farewell watched by the world
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

How South Africa’s apartheid regime saved Israel’s defense industry
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Chemical weapons watchdog accepts Noble Peace Prize
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Israel and Russia to begin free trade talks in 2014
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Dutch water giant cuts ties with Israeli counterpart due to settlements
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Palestinians, Israelis agree: Peace talks not progressing
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Romania stops sending construction workers to Israel over settlements
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Word of the Day / Boss: How an ancient Germanic word for auntie morphed into ‘dude’
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

New rabbinical court in N.Y. to address issue of ‘chained’ wives
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Four Israeli soldiers wounded in Golan Heights drill
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Marwan Barghouti vows to ‘honor Mandela’s struggle’
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

What if Mandela were Palestinian?
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Mock funding drive launched to send Bibi to Mandela service
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

U.S. plan keeps Israeli army in Jordan Valley for 10 years
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

In Hebron, you don’t ask ‘why?’
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

South Africans, world leaders gather for Mandela service
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Leaving Mars, Obama repivots toward Venus
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Fresh hope for dying reefs: Coral sperm bank
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Flights to and from Israel face delays as storm nears
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Israeli couple ordered to pay for upkeep of dog they abandoned
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

South African Jews in Australia recall life in the shadow of apartheid
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Knesset okays detention of migrants without trial
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Lifestyles of the rich and famous in ancient Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Israeli army: Golan bomb was activated by Assad forces, not Islamists
Ha’aretz – 10 Dec 2013

Israel negotiating boat deal with Germany, while considering other options
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

African detention center to open this week – short of fire code and without hot water
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Presence isn’t the same as security
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Mourning the lack of human rights
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Diaspora is part of the Zionist vision
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

How to solve Israel’s Bedouin problem
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Israelis with multiple disabilities struggling for government assistance
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Israel readies for first winter storm
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Israeli cabinet likely to scrap controversial Bedouin relocation plan
Ha’aretz – 9 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

New forum chaired by Uzi Arad aims to draw up Israeli grand strategy
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – While Israel has excelled over the years in finding short-term solutions to problems, long-term strategic thinking has been sparse. 

Supreme Court endorses paying millions more in compensation to former Gush Katif settlers
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Millions of shekels to be paid out in settlement after families claim committee undervalued their homes. 

Children suspected of beating 90-year-old father in J’lem forest
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Son, daughter allegedly abduct and assault father over a financial dispute, then leave him for dead. 

Brandeis professors call on university to ‘resume, redouble’ ties with Al-Quds University
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Suspension of Nusseibeh from Brandeis advisory board “violates principle of maintaining dialogue.” 

End harassment
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Court gives IDF commander convicted of harassment a light punishment. 

Terra incognita: Getting less out of the Red-Dead Sea deal
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Straining the Kinneret’s already over-taxed water table, to rehabilitate the Dead Sea is like robbing Peter to pay Paul 

For Zion’s sake: The hunting season
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – If Britain continued her White Paper policy of minimal to no Jewish immigration and ultimate autonomy for an Arab-majority Palestine, the last chance Jewry had to reconstitute itself might be lost forever. 

Iran sees progress in talks on nuclear deal implementation
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Kerry asks Congress to hold off on imposing new sanctions on Tehran, saying if talks fail, Obama will ask for more sanctions. 

Center field: David Broza unites Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Singer, despite conflict, plays with Said Murad, celebrates peace. 

The world from here: A triangle of peace
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – anchoring a peace agreement with the Palestinians in a more secure and stable triangular framework, will benefit Jordanians, Palestinians and Israelis equally. 

Radical haredim protest again in Mea Shearim against military enlistment
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Haredim continue protesting arrests of 2 yeshiva students who refused to arrive at IDF enlistment office; 11 demonstrators arrested. 

Israel and Russia to negotiate free-trade agreement
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – After doing only $2 billion of trade last year, Economy Minister Bennett hopes agreement will help increase trade. 

Jerusalem anticipates 3rd year in a row with possible snow
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Barkat says capital prepared for snowfall, that may fall as early as Thursday; snow to also fall on Golan, mountain peaks. 

Cannes Dance Festival: November 19-24
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – The Biannual Dance Festival in Cannes is a week-long event which enjoys an extra touch of glamour in the wake of the Cannes film festival. 

Yankaleh Rotblitt’s backyard Tzavta date
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Rotblitt is one the country’s most successful lyricists, penned top Israeli hits. 

Dutch firm severs ties with Mekorot over West Bank policy
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – The Netherland’s largest drinking water supplier says decision had to do with Israel’s alleged violations of international law. 

Israeli Opera to bring the grandeur of ‘La Traviata’ to Masada
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – The director is Michal Znaniecki, who specializes in directing open-air productions. 

Regev rails against bill suspending corrupt mayors
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman says there should be no suspension unless the mayor is convicted. 

Poll shows shift as US public opinion now disapproves of Iran deal
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – 43% of Americans disapprove of interim nuclear agreement; survey also finds accord did not reduce American public’s skepticism about Iran’s leaders, 62% think Iranian leaders were “not serious” about international concerns. 

Ya’alon on Iran: An unconventional regime must not have unconventional abilities
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Defense minister tells high school students in Dimona Tehran will be more bold once under the protection of nuclear weapons. 

Why it’s hard for me to mourn Nelson Mandela
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Outside of his own country, he was not the same Nelson Mandela who had transformed South Africa from an apartheid state into a true democracy by means of an olive branch and reconciliation. 

Palestinians to raise prisoner release issue with international forums
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – PA aims to win international support for the prisoners’ release in order to put more pressure on Israel to free them. 

Edelstein: Regional leaders should renounce violence like Mandela
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Knesset Speaker, 5 MKs attends memorial service; SA Chief Rabbi: Mandela, like Biblical Joseph, rose from prison to become leader.

Police: No intention to arrest animal rights activist Gary Youstrofsky
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Bar-Ilan University cancels lecture by outspoken American vegan after a series of altercations mar his visit to Israel. 

Palestinian statehood and jihadist terror
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – The primacy of twisted ‘faith.’ 

Four IDF soldiers injured during training exercise in Golan Heights
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Apparent malfunction causes gunpowder explosion inside tank; incident is not terror related, army source says. 

Report: Kerry offers ten-year Israeli presence in Jordan Valley
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Palestinian official tells ‘Al-Ayyam’ Kerry offered Abbas Israeli presence that would focus on border passes and mountain tops. 

Iran dismisses Peres’s offer to meet with Rouhani
Jerusalem Post 10 Dec 2013 – Foreign ministry spokeswoman says proposal is aimed at helping Israel out of global isolation, adds will never recognize Jewish state. 

The Guardian

UK government issues warning over doing business with Israeli settlements
The Guardian 9 Dec 2013 – For the first time, UK government issues guidelines on the risks of trading with Israeli settlements The UK government has issued an explicit warning to British businesses over the risks of involvement in Israeli settlements in…

Dead Sea neighbours agree to pipeline to pump water from Red Sea
The Guardian 9 Dec 2013 – Project would help slow shrinking of Dead Sea, but critics say it is playing with nature and fails to address root causes Israel, Jordan and Palestine have signed an agreement on an ambitious and contested project…

Obama and Netanyahu downplay differences on Iran nuclear deal
The Guardian 10 Dec 2013 – Israeli prime minister says he shares US preference for ending Tehran’s alleged weapons programme through diplomacy Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sought to heal their rift over Iran during a weekend conference in Washington, as United…

Fishing under fire off the Gaza coast – in pictures
The Guardian 8 Dec 2013 – Dwindling stocks, an exclusion zone and patrolling Israeli gunboats all make life difficult for the fishermen of Gaza

Fishing under fire off the Gaza coast | Alex Renton
The Guardian 10 Dec 2013 – Harassed by Israeli gunboats, Palestinian fishermen are chasing dwindling shoals in the heavily guarded six-mile fishing limit off the Gaza coast. Alex Renton goes aboard to see what it’s like to be a fisherman in some…

Palestinian boy dies from gunshot, president and family blame Israel
The Guardian 7 Dec 2013 – President Mahmoud Abbas blames Israel for the ‘cold-blooded assassination’ 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…

Palestinian entrepreneur hopes sex shop will help married couples connect
The Guardian 6 Dec 2013 – Ashraf Alkiswani, 30, says he has approval from Ramallah mosque elders for pornography-free online venture Karaz In a Ramallah mosque, Ashraf Alkiswani sat before three sheikhs, elders with authority on matters of Islam, to ask for…

Israeli military closes investigation into death of Palestinian stone-thrower
The Guardian 6 Dec 2013 – Israeli human rights group says decision sends message that soldiers will not be held accountable for Palestinian deaths The Israeli military says it has closed its investigation into the death of a Palestinian stone-thrower who was…

Palestinian negotiator calls for summit of great powers to resolve conflict
The Guardian 6 Dec 2013 – Mohammed Shtayyeh says international conference similar to Iranian nuclear talks in Geneva is needed An international conference of the world’s great powers could help to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of the impasse in…

Israeli former security chief: failure to end conflict is bigger threat than Iran
The Guardian 5 Dec 2013 – Yuval Diskin says two-state solution will soon no longer be possible and Palestinian youths are ‘frustrated and hopeless’ The failure to reach a deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a bigger existential threat to Israel…


US Drone Strike Kills Four in Southern Yemen Officials: Identification of Slain Not Possible
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 -Another US drone strike hit the Hadramawt Province in southeastern Yemen today, destroying a truck and killing four unidentified people within. Yemeni officials dubbed the slain “al-Qaeda suspects,” and in some accounts “gunmen,” though they conceded that…

An Overview: Apartheid South Africa & Israel
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – The state of Israel was created in 1948, the same year that the racist apartheid regime was implemented in South Africa. In the 1960s a political and military alliance developed between the two countries, deepening following…

Drone Killings Show Numbers, Not Bodies
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – – More than 300 U.S. drone attacks have killed 2,160 militants and 67 civilians in Pakistan since 2008, according to Pakistani defence ministry data. But people living in the affected areas are now questioning these figures,…

Palestinians: Kerry appeasing Israel over Iran at our expense
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 -A senior Palestinian official said the United States was asking Palestinians to make security concessions in peace talks with Israel in order to silence Israel s criticism of world power diplomacy over Iran s nuclear program. The…

Libya: 6 Months On, Scant Action on Protester Killings Failures in Police Protection, Lack of Accountability of Militias
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013- Libyan authorities should urgently announce the results of promised investigations into at least two deadly clashes between protesters and militias during 2013. The clashes killed dozens of people and injured hundreds. Six months after 32 people died…

Faced with Anti-Drone Blockade Disrupting NATO Supply Route, US Warns Pakistan Aid Could Be Cut Off
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – A Pakistani political party chaired by Imran Khan has vowed to continue a blockade established as part of a protest against CIA drone strikes, despite a warning from the United States that aid could be cut…

Female Palestinian detainees suffer diseases in Israel s Hasharon prison
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – Ahrar Centre for Prisoners Studies and Human Rights in the Palestinian territories has said that most of the female Palestinian prisoners detained in the Hasharon Israeli prison are suffering from various diseases and are in need…

French troops intervene in Central African Republic, seize Bangui
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013- France deployed troops to the Central African Republic (CAR) this weekend, after the UN Security Council adopted a France-sponsored resolution on December 5 authorising French and African intervention. They ostensibly aim to halt ongoing sectarian violence between…

Kerry threatens to delay Palestinian prisoner release if PA refuses US/Israel demands
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – Yesterday, Maariv (Hebrew) said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressured the Palestinian Authority by threatening to delay the next scheduled release of Palestinian prisoners. The paper claimed that Kerry brought up a possible delay…

Key legal principle functionally useless for Guantanamo detainees, says US judge 
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013- A US judge has described a fundamental legal principle – by which Guantanamo detainees seek relief from their indefinite detention through the courts – as functionally useless , in a ruling made last week. The ruling, made on…

At least 309 killed in Iraq so far this month
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013- The reported violence kicked off today with, as NINA reported, an attempt to storm Anbar Province s Karmeh police station. The assault left 1 police officer dead and another injured. NINA also notes a Baquba car bombing…

Bibi Cancels Trip to Mandela Memorial Over Cost, Israeli Settler Leads Israeli Delegation
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – Whoever s handling Israel s foreign affairs isn t doing a sterling job. Deciding who to send to the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa today became a matter fraught with intrigue and embarrassment when PM…

WATCH: What happens when a racist Jewish soccer fan meets an Arab player?
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – A new show on Channel 2, “The Newsroom,” aired a short segment this week called “To the extreme,” where it brings two people together from different ideological backgrounds. This first week brought a fan from Beitar…

Semour Hersh and Richard Sale s senior moments
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 – Perhaps betraying senior moments, long-time reporters Seymour “Sy” Hersh (76) and Richard Sale (74) have penned articles of the sort that were rampant in the weeks following Barack Obama s threats to do something about Bashar…

See the Prawer Plan map Israel s government was keeping secret
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013- Until now, nobody knew the extent of the Prawer-Begin Plan. No government official or statement has detailed how many Bedouin citizens will be displaced, how many unrecognized villages razed and how much land will be expropriated by…

Bennett calls for annexing parts of the West Bank and describes negotiations as a joke 
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 -Israel s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has called for Israel to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.In an interview on Sunday with Israel radio, the leader of the far right Jewish Home Party (HaBayit HaYehudi) stated…

Settlement wastewater pumped in valleys, plains in Salfit district
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 9, 2013 — Settlers in illegal settlements in the central West Bank area have started to pump untreated wastewater into the valleys and plains near Palestinian villages in Salfit district, a local researcher said Monday.Khalid Maali told Ma an…

Syria News – December 8, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 8, 2013By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 93 martyrs including 17 children, 9 women and 10 martyrs under torture: 40 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 26 in Aleppo, 12 in…

Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with false Israel apartheid quote
Uruknet 10 Dec 2013 – December 8, 2013 – Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an apartheid regime? Israel s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives. Shortly after his release from 27 years in prison, Mandela described Palestinian…

Daily Star

Chemical watchdog receives Nobel Prize
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Recalling the burning, blinding and suffocating horrors of chemical weapons, the head of a watchdog trying to consign them to history accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Tuesday, urging Israel and other nonmembers to embrace the organization.

Syria Islamists seize Turkey border crossing: monitor
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Syria’s largest Islamist rebel force seized a crossing on the Turkish border Tuesday from other rebels, including brigades loyal to the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, a monitoring group said.

Obama-Castro handshake not ‘planned’: White House
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuba’s President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for the late South African leader Nelson Mandela was not “planned,” a US official said.

Croatia mulls Syrian chemical weapons destruction
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Croatia’s prime minister says his government is considering taking part in the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons, but only if there is no opposition from the public.

Kerry to brief full U.S. Senate on Iran on Wednesday: Senate aides
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Secretary of State John Kerry will brief the full U.S. Senate on Wednesday on the status of talks with Iran, Senate aides said on Tuesday.

No start date for Iran nuclear freeze expected from Vienna talks
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Experts from Iran, world powers and the UN atomic watchdog discussing how to implement November’s nuclear deal are set to fall short of agreeing a start date for Tehran’s six-month nuclear freeze, diplomats said.

U.N. plans first aid airlift to Syria from Iraq as winter grips
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 The United Nations’ first relief airlift to Syria from Iraq will deliver food and winter supplies to the mostly Kurdish northeast over the next 10 days with the permission of both governments, U.N. aid agencies said…

Obama leads world tributes at Mandela memorial
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 US President Barack Obama led world tributes Tuesday to Nelson Mandela, hailing him as “a giant of history” at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration.

Kuwait emir opens Gulf summit with call to end Syria war
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah opened an annual Gulf summit on Tuesday with a call for an end to the “human catastrophe” in Syria.

Dutch: Kidnapped reporter, 1 other freed in Yemen
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 The Dutch government says a reporter and her partner who were taken hostage in Yemen six months ago have been released unharmed.

Libya militia to open oil terminals in December
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 The Libyan militia that shut down most of the country’s oil terminals for months causing the loss of millions of dollars said Tuesday that terminals will reopen on Dec. 15.

Attacks on Shiites kill 18 in Iraq
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 A suicide bomber attacked a Shiite shrine in Iraq Tuesday, killing 11 people, including some mourning seven who were shot dead earlier in the day, police and a doctor said.

Most Syrian and Palestinian refugees held in Egypt released
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 More than 170 Syrian and Palestinian refugees held since October in Egyptian police stations were released on Tuesday and granted temporary permits to stay in Egypt, a government spokesman said.

STL schedules start of January trial
Daily Star 10 Dec 2013 The Trial Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has scheduled the trial of Ayyash et al. for January 16, 2014, the tribunal said in a statement Tuesday

YNet News

Treasury predicts 2014 unemployment rates similar to 2013
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Ashdod: 8-year-old boy injured in hit-and-run
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US Senate banking chairman inclined to hold off on Iran sanctions
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J’lem: 11 arrested in haredim’s protest
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Palestinian shot, dies in village of Tuqu’
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Thieves, go home!
YNet News, 10 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: We citizens don’t work hard for our living so those who govern us can live in glorious palaces ….

Rabbis: Don’t take charity from criminals
YNet News, 10 Dec 2013 – Religious leaders say one must not accept donations from people involved in organized crime so as not to ‘purify their conscience.’ Publishing criminal’s contribution to synagogue can be seen as legitimizing his actions, Hotam rabbinical forum writes in position paper ….

Lost in Africa 
YNet News, 10 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Netanyahu’s decision to back out of Mandela memorial due to high travel costs insults intelligence ….

Film chronicles California Jewish pioneers
YNet News, 10 Dec 2013 – ‘American Jerusalem’ aims to give voice to West Coast pioneers who built Jewish community in San Francisco that remains unique in modern day ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli court defers trial of female prisoner for 10th time
PIC – The family of Palestinian prisoner Mona Ka’adan, a 42-year-old woman from Jenin city, said that the Salem military court on Monday postponed her trail to December 19 without giving reasons.

Hamas condemns agreement linking Red Sea with Dead Sea
PIC – Hamas movement has expressed its total rejection to the agreement linking Red Sea with Dead Sea, considering it a normalization and legalization to the Israeli occupation.

MP Abu Halabiyeh warns of land collapse in the Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiyeh, head of Jerusalem Committee at the PLC, warned of the continuing Israeli digging under Al-Aqsa Mosque.

IOF demolition of homes in JV displaces families
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) unleashed their bulldozers in the northern Jordan Valley on Tuesday razing homes and displacing entire families.

Hamas appeals to OIC and Arab League to protect Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Hamas urged the organization of Islamic cooperation and the Arab League to assume their responsibilities and move urgently to protect Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque against Judaization.

IOF tightens military restrictions in Nablus, storms Ibrahimi Mosque
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have tightened military restrictions in Nablus northern West Bank.

Jordanian prisoner Alaa Hammad resumes hunger strike
PIC – Jordanian prisoner Alaa Hammad resumed his hunger strike on Sunday night after Israeli occupation authorities backtracked on the agreement they concluded with him to halt his strike.

EuroMid: The blockade threatens every aspect of women’s Lives in Gaza
PIC – An European human rights institution has revealed in a field report that 45 per cent of pregnant women in the Gaza Strip suffer from anemia due to the poor living conditions under the Israeli siege.


Freedom of Press Guaranteed in Palestine, say Officials
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

PEX Report: Index Up by 3 Points
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Official says US TV to Promote Occupation of Jerusalem
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest 10 from Deheisheh Camp, Hebron Area
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Israel Allows Cement into Gaza for First Time in Months
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Israeli Settlers Attempt to Vandalize Park near Nablus
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

UNICEF Launches Polio Immunization Campaign
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Israel Demolishes Shelters near Tubas
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013

Weather Forecast: Storms, Flood Warning in Low Areas
WAFA – 10 Dec 2013


Lawmakers complain proposed nuclear deal yields too much to Iran
LA Times 10 Dec 2013 – WASHINGTON – House lawmakers complained to Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday that a proposed nuclear deal with Iran yields too much by potentially opening the way for the Islamic Republic to continue enriching uranium at low levels.

Syrian opposition lawyer, three colleagues are kidnapped
LA Times 10 Dec 2013 – BEIRUT — A prominent Syrian opposition activist lawyer, Razan Zeitouneh, and three of her colleagues have been kidnapped in a mostly rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus, according to fellow activists and media accounts Tuesday.

Israel passes law aimed at deterring African migrants
LA Times 10 Dec 2013 – JERUSALEM — In a controversial move decried by human rights organizations, Israel’s parliament passed a bill allowing migrants to be jailed without trial for a year.

Rights groups demand investigation into killings of Egypt protesters
LA Times 10 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — It’s been nearly four months but the bloody events of mid-August still haunt many Egyptians. On Tuesday, a consortium of human rights groups called for an official probe of the slayings then of nearly 1,000 Islamist protesters by security forces.

White House to lobby Congress in bid to forestall Iran sanctions
LA Times 9 Dec 2013 – A bipartisan group of lawmakers has nearly completed sanctions legislation intended as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will launch a lobbying push Tuesday to stop Congress from approving harsh new penalties for Iran, a move the White…

The Lede: Leaders of Israel and Iran Praise Mandela, From a Safe Distance
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – As the crowd turned on South Africa’s president at the memorial for Nelson Mandela, and controversy surrounded a handshake, top officials in Israel and Iran may have been glad they had skipped the ceremony. 

Eyes on Iran, Navy in Gulf Stays at Ready
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – With a temporary nuclear agreement reached, the American Navy’s presence in the gulf is part of a plan to maintain military pressure while giving diplomacy a chance to work. 

Republican Says Iran Deal Should Halt Uranium Enrichment
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, laid down a marker on a comprehensive Iran accord during a hearing that included testimony by Secretary of State John Kerry. 

Rights Lawyer Among 4 Abducted in Syria; 2 Journalists Are Also Being Held
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – The abduction of the lawyer, Razan Zeitouneh, came hours after relatives and colleagues of two Spanish journalists kidnapped by Islamists in September in northern Syria made their plight public. 

Western Saharans Protest EU-Morocco Fishing Accord
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Police clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators in a city of Western Sahara on Tuesday during a protest against a new fishing accord that gives EU boats access to rich coastal waters. 

At War Blog: A Plan for a More Powerful Military That Costs Less
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – The Macgregor Transformation Model proposes to decrease Defense Department’s spending without leaving the armed forces less-than-ready for combat — a problem with other downsizing plans. 

Iran: Guards Chief Criticizes Foreign Minister
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – The head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards rebuked the country’s foreign minister Tuesday over comments he made about the military’s ability to withstand a potential American attack. 

Syrian Opposition Head Urges Gulf States to Launch Aid Fund
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – The head of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition group urged wealthy Gulf Arab states on Tuesday to set up an aid fund for millions of Syrians stricken by civil war. 

Iran Sees Progress in Talks With Powers on Nuclear Deal Implementation
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Senior Iranian officials indicated on Tuesday that progress was being achieved in expert-level talks between Tehran and six world powers over the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal. 

Kerry to Brief Full U.S. Senate on Iran on Wednesday – Aides
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew will participate in a classified briefing for the full U.S. Senate on Wednesday on the status of talks with Iran, Senate aides said on Tuesday. 

Anti-Assad Syrian Rights Lawyer Abducted in Rebel Territory
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Razan Zaitouneh, a prominent Syrian human rights lawyer who went into hiding for her widely publicized work on atrocities committed by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, has been kidnapped in a rebel-held town, activists said on Tuesday. 

Hagel Tours Low-Profile US Base in Qatar
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it’s kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence. 

Croatia Considers Role in Destruction of Syrian Chemical Weapons
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – NATO member Croatia may allow the use of its Adriatic ports to load Syria’s deadly chemicals onto a U.S. ship for destruction offshore, Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday. 

AP Interview: Egypt’s Moussa Defends Draft Charter
New York Times 10 Dec 2013 – Egypt’s best known diplomat said Tuesday that a constitution drafted by a 50-member panel he chaired offered unprecedented guarantees for democracy, individual freedoms and gender equality. 

Film Review — ‘Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine’
Mondoweiss – “Nothing lights a fire like a dream deferred.” -Bernice Johnson Reagon “If you don’t have anything worth dying for, find something.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine is an illuminating and moving documentary by award-winning producer Connie Fields ( Have You Heard…

South African activists post pro-Palestine banners at Mandela memorial
Mondoweiss – Activists from BDS South Africa posted the image at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. (Photo: BDS South Africa Facebook) A group of South African activists hung pro-Palestine banners at the stadium where Nelson Mandela’s memorial was held. The posters were put up by BDS South…

Protesters ask Target to drop Israeli settlement product SodaStream
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Adalah-NY) (Editor’s Note: Last week activists in Minneapolis delivered a petition with more than 8,000 signatures to Target headquarters as part of a nationwide campaign calling on the company to stop selling SodaStream products. Below is a report from Adalah-NY on a protest held this past weekend…

Given Imaging CEO entitled to $2.2m golden parachute
Globes Main News – Homi Shamir also holds shares and options in the company, which has been acquired by Covidien, worth $9 million.

Israel Chemicals freezes layoffs
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals has agreed to intensive talks with the Histadrut over the employees it plans to lay off.

‘NYT’ and Wash Post won’t tell us why Dems are hurting Obama on Iran deal
Mondoweiss – Sen. Elizabeth Warren The lobby is doing its utmost to sandbag the breakthrough agreement between the U.S. and Iran. The Congress is now readying yet more sanctions bills; the Forward says Democrats are backing the legislation or doing nothing to oppose it because “These are the…

Israel Corp chairman resigns to become Teva vice chairman
Globes Main News – Amir Elstein, scion to one of Teva’s founding families, has been mentioned as a possible successor to Teva chairman Phillip Frost.

‘They’re not being kind to the brothers’ (Why Keith Richards and Gram Parsons boycotted South Africa)
Mondoweiss – Richards Keith Richards met the legendary American musician Gram Parsons at a London club in 1968 when Parsons was touring with the Byrds. Parsons was then 21, Richards 24. From Richards’s 2010 book, Life . They [the Byrds] were touring, on their way to South Africa….. I…

Amiad Water installs filters in new US aircraft carriers 
Globes Energy & Water – The company installed its pre-filtration solution on the USS Gerald R. Ford and will provide the system to its sister ship, the USS John F. Kennedy.

Deconstructing Netanyahu’s tribute to Mandela
Mondoweiss – Netanyahu couldn’t attend Mandela’s memorial. It was too expensive. I mean, with the cost of the Prawer Plan and dealing with those pesky Palestinians who just won’t shut up and die already, the Jewish state is strapped for cash. So, Israel’s prime minister sent a 37…

Teva sees two Copaxone scenarios in 2014
Globes Main News – In its 2014 guidance Teva provides a pessimistic scenario with generic Copaxone competition, and an optimistic one with Copaxone exclusivity.

Despite being hard up for cash, Netanyahu (sorta) makes an appearance at Mandela memorial after all
Mondoweiss – Quick update on our campaign to send Benjamin Netanyahu to the Mandela Memorial . We came to you in Israel’s time of need and you delivered! So far we’ve raised just over $1,000 – enough to send Netanyahu a one-way ticket to almost anywhere in the world!…

Mandela and the responsibility of activism
Mondoweiss – President Obama gave a great speech at the Mandela memorial in South Africa today about the responsibility of fighting inequality and injustice. I want to focus on excerpts that touch on action– “of taking risks on behalf of our ideals.” By action, Obama means activism; and…

On Human Rights Day, stop the blank check to Israel
Mondoweiss – The Israeli military getting ready to shoot tear gas. (Photo: Casey Stinemetz) Today, December 10th is Human Rights Day. This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms…

Knesset passes Concentration Law
Globes Main News – Finance Committee chairman MK Nissan Slomiansky: The new law will fundamentally change economic life in Israel and greatly help ordinary people.

Securities Authority chief: High-tech exits bad for economy
Globes Main News – The Securities Authority estimates that each $1 of a sale abroad costs a direct and indirect loss of at least $3 to the economy and country.

Cellcom, Pelephone, Golan to share 4G network
Globes Main News – The three mobile carriers will cooperate in obtaining frequencies.

Bibi Cancels Trip to Mandela Memorial Over Cost, Israeli Settler Leads Israeli Delegation
Tikun Olam – Whoever’s handling Israel’s foreign affairs isn’t doing a sterling job. Deciding who to send to the Nelson Mandela memorial in South Africa today became a matter fraught with intrigue and embarrassment when PM Netanyahu decided at the last minute not to attend. The official reason was…

U.S. Suggests There Will Be a ‘Framework Agreement’ in Peace Talks 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Dec 2013 – Amid simmering tensions over Iran policy, the Obama and Netanyahu governments appear to have quietly forged common ground in recent weeks on Israeli-Palestinian talks, with the United States accepting that a possible “framework” agreement might not address every outstanding issue in the negotiations. Click here for…

Dutch Water Company Severs Ties With Israel Over West Bank Operations 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Dec 2013 – The largest public water company in the Netherlands has severed ties with Israel’s national water company over its operation in West Bank settlements. Click here for the rest of the article…

Left-Wing Groups Propose Alliance With ‘Right-Wing Opponents’ of Israel Bedouin Plan 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Dec 2013 – They can’t agree on the project’s goal. They can’t agree on who supports it. They can’t even agree on its name. Click here for the rest of the article…

PLO Urges NBC To Pull Filming of ‘Dig’ Show in Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 10 Dec 2013 – A Palestinian leader asked the NBC television network to pull out of filming a drama series in the Old City of Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Spanish journalists seized in Syria 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.

Abu Qatada denies terror charges 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies terror charges at a Jordanian court, and complains the presence of a military judge means he is being denied a fair trial.

Fernanda Lima and the dress that shocked Iran 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Fernanda Lima and the dress that shocked Iran

Libya: Mother and Son Restore Contact 
allAfrica.com 10 Dec 2013 – [ICRC]Siham comes from Syria. More than a year ago, her grandson Fahd went missing and never came back. All that she and her family know is that he was killed. “Nothing else,” she says. The pain is devastating.

Tenth Annual Saban Forum Reveals Clear Fault Lines Between Israel and U.S. 
The Forward New 10 Dec 2013 – The annual Saban Forum brought together the highest ranking Israeli and American officials under one roof — but the event highlighted deep cracks in the relationship. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Syria fighter: ‘We are all al-Qaeda’ 
BBC 9 Dec 2013 – French fighter explains why he joined jihadist group in Syria

Spanish journalists seized in Syria 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Two Spanish journalists have been kidnapped in Syria by a radical Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda, the newspaper El Mundo says.

Lebanon: No Return for Mikati Government 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – No one took Mikati’s recent proposal to hold a cabinet session seriously, despite repeated calls by some parties that the resigned government meet to settle urgent matters. (Photo: Haitham Mousawi). No one took Mikati’s recent proposal to hold a cabinet session seriously, despite repeated calls by…

Lines of the Game: Crucial Showdown Between Lebanese Army and Al-Qaeda 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 10 Dec 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub). Lebanese army soldiers patrol a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub). The latest…

Saudi Prince Accuses Syrian Director of “Sexual Jihad” 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – Anzour chose Damascus cinemas to show his movie, defying all lawsuits that accused him of “defaming and slandering a royal personality and a royal family.” (Photo: Al-Akhbar) Anzour chose Damascus cinemas to show his movie, defying all lawsuits that accused him of “defaming and slandering a…

Suspected rebels kidnap four Syrian activists: NGO 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – Four prominent Syrian activists, including one whose work was recognized by the European parliament, were kidnapped Tuesday in a rebel-held area near Damascus by suspected rebels, an activist network said. “On the morning of December 10, a group of unknown people broke into the headquarters of…

Lebanese Ministers Open the Floodgates of Corruption 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – During the press conference, Aridi expressed his “apologies, personally and officially, from a position of responsibility toward all Lebanese for the flooding, which occurred due to the rain.(Photo: Marwan Tahtah). During the press conference, Aridi expressed his “apologies, personally and officially, from a position of responsibility…

Suicide blast kills 11 at Iraq shrine 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – A suicide bomber attacked a Shia shrine in Iraq Tuesday, killing 11 people, including some mourning seven who were shot dead earlier in the day, police and a doctor said. The blast at the Abu Idris shrine in Baquba, northeast of Baghdad in the province of…

Romania bars citizens from working in Israeli settlements 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – A diplomatic spat has erupted between Israel and Romania after Bucharest reportedly refused to allow Romanian construction workers to be employed in Israel’s illegal West Bank settlements, Israel’s military radio said Tuesday. The row comes in the wake of tensions between Israel and the European Union…

Abu Qatada denies terror charges 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Radical cleric Abu Qatada denies terror charges at a Jordanian court, and complains the presence of a military judge means he is being denied a fair trial.

Fernanda Lima and the dress that shocked Iran 
BBC 10 Dec 2013 – Fernanda Lima and the dress that shocked Iran

Israel passes law to jail African immigrants 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – Israel’s parliament has approved a law which allows clandestine immigrants from Africa to be imprisoned for up to a year without trial, MPs announced on Tuesday. The government-backed bill amends earlier legislation from 2012 under which clandestine immigrants could be held for three years without trial…

Saudi Arabia beheads man for incest 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a man convicted of incest in the south of the medieval kingdom, the interior ministry said. Hasan Ghazwani, a Saudi national, was executed in the city of Jizan, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. It…

Syria jihadists abduct two Spanish journalists 
Al-Akhbar News 10 Dec 2013 – A picture released on December 9, 2013 shows Syrian women walking along a street strewn with debris after government forces captured the town of Nabak, north of Damascus, near the border with Lebanon in the Qalamoun region. (Photo: AFP / SANA) A picture released on December 9,…

VIDEO: Syria fighter: ‘We are all al-Qaeda’ 
BBC 9 Dec 2013 – French fighter explains why he joined jihadist group in Syria

Road to Geneva II: Will Divided Syrian Opposition Attend? 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Dec 2013 – A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army holds a position with a Belgium made FAL rifle at a front line in the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on December 1, 2013. (Photo: AFP _ Mohammed Al-Khatib). A rebel fighter from…

Lebanon: Hezbollah Media Apologize to Bahrain Regime 
Al-Akhbar Politics 9 Dec 2013 – Bahraini women shout slogan during clashes with riot police following the funeral of Ahmed Abdul Ameer in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, on November 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Shaikh). In a surprising development, Hezbollah’s media arm apologized to the Bahraini state for…


Stop the Blank Check to Israel 
Casey Stinemetz, CounterPunch 12/10/2013
Stop Funding Human Rights Violations
December 10 is Human Rights Day. This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms to which all humans are entitled: the right to life, the freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. But are these rights applied equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and other differences? 
Last month I traveled on a two-week delegation to Palestine and Israel organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders. During my trip, I spoke with many individuals, both Israeli and Palestinian, and heard their personal stories. With every experience, my eyes were opened to the harsh reality of life in this region. I couldn’t help but feel outraged, knowing that the U.S. government is an ally that provides major funding to the Israeli government.
Israelis are living in a state of fear that fuels much of their national policy; policy that by nature violates the rights of their Palestinian neighbors. Israel’s fear may be justified by the brutal treatment of European Jews, but does that history give Israel the right to deny human rights to Palestinians?
I thought I was prepared for the situation I found in the Palestinian communities we visited, but I was shocked at the depth of the pain I witnessed. Many Palestinians have been forcibly displaced from their villages, sometimes massacred, often thrown in jail without charges. Families have been torn apart, separated by walls, barbed wire fences, and endless military checkpoints, all erected by Israel…. more.. e-mail

Gaza: The tightening blockade 
Ahmed Eleiba, Al-Ahram Weekly 12/3/2013
Amid the repercussions of political events in Egypt, Gaza is suffering economically more now than it ever has, and with no respite in sight.
“They blame us for being alive. But, by God, the accusation is fabricated!”
The bitter sarcasm of this remark, written by Mohamed Abu Shar, a citizen of Gaza, encapsulates the mounting despair over the lack of access to the basic necessities of life in Gaza, which has been subject to an economic blockade since 2006. Even the existing avenues to essential goods are being closed off. To the west and south, many of the Sinai-Gaza tunnels, the artificial arteries that had seen an unprecedented burst of activity for three years, have been closed off by the Egyptian army in order to stem the flow of smuggled arms and terrorists into Sinai and the illicit flow of Egyptian gasoline into Gaza. The remaining supply lines are now strictly regulated. To the east and north, Israel has tightened the valves to reduce the influx of goods and materials to a trickle. The result: the Gazan private sector has been decimated and a gloom as dark as it had been before the end of the Israeli war on Gaza in 2008 prevails once again.
“Gaza is in the grips of a gradually worsening humanitarian crisis that threatens to reach catastrophic proportions in the near future,” continues Abu Shar in his account to Al-Ahram Weekly of the current situation in Gaza. “There no longer exists even a modest hope for remedying this crisis. Electricity, the chief energy source that moves the gears of every sector of daily life, is only available six hours a day, forcing people to condense most of their essential activities to those hours alone. Because of the gasoline crisis, gasoline powered generators will soon cease as an alternative energy source when the electricity goes off. At those times when limited supplies of gasoline are available, it is sold at double or at triple its original price. Hospitals are particularly hard hit. In addition to shortages in medicines, emergency surgeries have to be performed by candlelight.” more.. e-mail

International attitude towards Gaza: management by crisis 
Pam Bailey, Al Jazeera 12/7/2013
The urgent need for a comprehensive action on the disastrous situation in Gaza has largely been ignored.
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 wring their hands; activists and relief agencies issue calls for help and organise convoys of supplies and volunteers; and the media practice pack journalism by running a story or two. Then, once conditions are no longer quite so dire, the world’s attention veers on to the next tragedy, or to affairs that more directly affect the superpowers that set the agenda.
Meanwhile, the underlying problems fester on, waiting to burst forth again a few months down the road, in a never-ending cycle of futility and hopelessness.
el is the crisis ‘du jour’

The latest crisis in Gaza was triggered on June 30, when the Egyptian military forced the country’s elected president from office (clearly a coup, albeit with the support of a large swath of the public), imposed martial law, and halted all but a trickle of traffic into and out of the tiny, densely packed strip of land (in retaliation for the alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood by the Hamas government). Added to the already crippling blockade imposed by Israel since 2007, the Egyptian actions have created an acute shortage of fuel, construction materials and a variety of essential medicines within Gaza. On December 1, Amnesty International renewed its call for an end to the Israeli blockade, and demanded that both Israel and Egypt facilitate the delivery of fuel and other vital supplies – a statement that has yet to garner any serious media attention. more.. e-mail

Madiba in Palestine 
Robin D.G. Kelley and Erica Lorraine Williams, CounterPunch 12/10/2013
Apartheid Died on the Sharp Edge of Principles
Nelson Mandela’s death has produced both an outpouring of international solidarity, remembrance, and celebration commemorating Madiba’s leadership in defeating apartheid in South Africa. It has also generated a wave of historical revision and mythmaking—the sort of thing we’ve come to expect when radicals become icons. Mainstream media outlets and statesmen who had only a few years earlier heaped opprobrium on Mr. Mandela, eulogized him not for his commitment to the African National Congress’s unrelenting struggle against the apartheid system, but rather for forgiving his oppressors. In other words, Mandela was great because he transcended race – he chose not to “hate.” Of course, “hate” is far-removed from the politics of the ANC, a non-racial organization open to all committed to democracy.
The magic wand of mass media has transformed what was a potent international boycott of South African products and all firms doing with business with the apartheid regime into a slogan: Free Nelson Mandela. Yet again, a broader social movement to overthrow a racist, oppressive regime is individualized as being about one exceptional figure. The boycott, a global, non-violent movement conducted in solidarity with the disenfranchised, dispossessed, and subjugated people of South Africa, was organized to pressure the South African regime to abide by international law and dismantle apartheid. And it succeeded.
Rather than participate in this mythmaking and what Cornel West calls the “Santa Claus-ification” of the man who was only removed from the U.S. Terrorist Watch list in 2008, let us reflect on Mandela’s transition as an occasion to remember not only his understanding and advocacy of boycotts as a strategy of resistance, but also his unwavering support of the Palestinian right to self-determination. more.. e-mail

Kite-flying film shows Gaza’s kids grow old too soon
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2013 – Youngsters featured in Flying Paper describe how bombs and shells sound to them. more..

Jailing of Palestinians who tackled Israeli killer shows courts serve apartheid
Electronic Intifada: 10 Dec 2013 – Judge effectively rubber-stamps request from state. more..

As Bedouin Villages are Destroyed, so too are Hopes for Palestinian Peace Deal
Dissident Voice: 10 Dec 2013 – As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life. In what was billed as a “day of rage” last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands inside Israel, in the Negev. The clashes were the worst between Israeli police and the country’s large Palestinian minority since the outbreak of the second intifada 13 years ago, with police using batons, stun grenades, water cannon and arrests to deter future protests. Things are only likely to get more heated. The so-called Prawer Plan, being hurried through parliament, will authorise the destruction of more than 30 Bedouin villages, forcibly relocating the inhabitants to deprived, overcrowded townships. Built decades ago, these urban reservations languish at the…more

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