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Israeli Navy Chases Fishermen, Confiscates Fishing Equipment in Gaza Waters
IMEMC – Israeli Naval Forces stationed off Beit Lahi shore, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in 4 separate incidents, while sailing between 600 meters and 3 nautical miles. Israeli naval forces also confiscated 24 fishing nets. …

Two Detainees Moved To Hospital In Serious Condition
IMEMC – Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PSS), Hanan Khatib, has reported that the health conditions of two Palestinian detainees have sharply deteriorated, due to lack of adequate and specialized medical care. …

Israel Rejects American Request To Freeze Settlement Activities
IMEMC – [Thursday, December 19, 2013] The Israeli Government of Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected an American request to freeze settlement construction and expansion activities, in the occupied West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, as part of the effort to ensure the continuation of direct peace talks. …

Palestinian Killed, Seven Wounded In Jenin – Updated 
IMEMC – [Wednesday Evening, December 18, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that undercover forces of the Israeli army shot and killed one Palestinian, and wounded seven others, in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Palestinian Officer Killed By Army Fire In Qalqilia
IMEMC – [Thursday at Dawn, December 19, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, shot and killed a Palestinian security officer. …

Ma’an News

Israeli soldiers raid Qalqiliya, kill Palestinian ‘in cold blood’
12/19/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — In the second killing of its kind in less than 24 hours early Thursday, Israeli forces raided a northern West Bank neighborhood and shot a Palestinian man dead. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided a neighborhood in the center of Qalqiliya and opened fire at 28-year-old Saleh Samir Abd al-Rahman Yasin, leaving him to bleed to death. The soldiers shot Yasin…. Related: Officials mourn Qalqiliya man shot by Israeli troops

Israeli forces, police detain 8 Palestinians across West Bank
12/19/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces and police officers detained eight Palestinians in the West Bank in overnight raids, an army spokesperson told Ma’an. A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said that Israeli forces detained two Palestinians in Beit Ur al-Fauqa, two in Bethlehem, two in Ein al-Sultan refugee camp, and two elsewhere, without providing further details. Various local Palestinian sources confirmed the….

Official: Rafah crossing closed for seventh day in a row
12/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip has been closed seven days in row, a Palestinian official said. The Gaza government’s director of crossings Mahir Abu Sabha told Ma’an Thursday that the Egyptian authorities “promised” to open the crossing next week. The Egyptians opened the crossing for five days earlier in December to allow….

Israel PM vows to continue settlement expansion
12/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue “developing” settlements following reports of US pressure ahead of a fresh round of Palestinian prisoner releases due later this month.”We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing. . . the settlement enterprise,” he told members of his right-wing Likud faction in remarks broadcast on army radio on….

Unrest in Fatah after Abbas discharges senior member
12/19/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A Fatah official on Thursday denied reports that hundreds of the movement’s members had submitted their resignations in protest of President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to discharge lawmaker Jamal Abu al-Rub from Fatah after he assaulted another executive committee member Wednesday. Fatah secretary-general in the Jenin district Ata Abu Rmeila told Ma’an that Fatah’s leadership….

Hamas PM calls for unified Palestinian government with PA
12/19/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas-run government in the Gaza Strip, invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday to a meeting to discuss the formation of a unity government. In a speech he delivered to the al-Quds Scientific Conference in Gaza City, Haniyeh said it is necessary to discuss the political agenda of the hoped-for unity government, in….

Businesses suffer millions in losses as Alexa’s snow melts
12/19/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — As the snow from winter storm Alexa gradually melts, more and more damages to industrial and commercial facilities are being reported in Hebron, businessmen told Ma’an. Alaa al-Atrash, the owner of a trade company, told Ma’an Thursday that his company’s 1,000-square-meter steel storage structure collapsed Friday as a result of the heavy snow. Al-Atrash….

Israel-Palestinian talks may need extra year
12/20/2013 – BEIT JALA (AFP) — Efforts to reach an Israel-Palestinian peace deal may need to be extended for another year, if parties agree on key issues by the time the current round of talks wraps up in April, the chief Palestinian negotiator said. US Secretary of State John Kerry launched nine months of direct talks between the sides in July after a three-year stalemate, and has insisted….

Official: West Bank killings threaten peace talks
12/20/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A Palestinian official on Thursday accused Israel of a “dangerous escalation” after the army killed two people in the West Bank, calling the violence a deliberate attempt to scupper peace talks.”This dangerous Israeli escalation aims to thwart American and international efforts to move forward with the peace process, and leads the negotiations to a dead end,” presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said….

Officials mourn Qalqiliya man shot by Israeli troops
12/19/2013 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) – Mourners from Qalqiliya district in the northern West Bank joined the funeral of Salih Yasin who was shot dead by Israeli troops Thursday morning. The body of Yasin was covered with a Palestinian flag as mourners carried it from his home to a mosque in the center of Qalqiliya for funeral prayer. The body was then carried in a military vehicle…. Related: Israeli soldiers raid Qalqiliya, kill Palestinian ‘in cold blood’

Iran nuclear talks return to Geneva
12/19/2013 – GENEVA (AFP) — Delicate talks between Iran and world powers on how to implement a landmark nuclear deal were to resume in Geneva Thursday, as France’s foreign minister cast doubt on their chance of success. The technical talks were set to begin at 3:00 pm in the Swiss city, Iran’s deputy foreign minister and lead negotiator Abbas Araqchi, who is not….

Bloodshed, settlements hike pressure on Mideast talks
12/19/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — The struggling Middle East peace talks came under further pressure Thursday after Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to push more settlement construction. Despite relentless US efforts to coax Israel and the Palestinians into reaching an elusive peace agreement, tensions between the two sides showed little sign of abating as the negotiations, which are scheduled to last….

Iran sanctions relief a ‘limited’ boost
12/19/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — The economic benefits of an interim nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers are already being felt in the Islamic republic but the relief is limited, a report said Thursday. A deal struck in November to suspend international sanctions for six months has seen an improvement in Iran’s stock market and a drop in inflation, said the Institute of International Finance….

Pope ‘to make first Holy Land trip in May’
12/19/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Pope Francis is to make a brief vi
sit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories from May 25, his first to the Holy Land, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth reported Thursday. According to the top-selling daily, which published what it said was a preliminary papal program, Israeli authorities are unhappy with the brevity of the 48-hour visit and the fact that the prelate….

Egyptian forces ‘kill two gunmen’ in northern Sinai
12/19/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian army forces Thursday morning in the northern Sinai Peninsula shot dead two gunman allegedly affiliated with Wahhabi groups, an Egyptian official said. Ahmad Muhammad Ali, a spokesman of the Egyptian defense ministry, told Ma’an that Egyptian soldiers in El-Arish killed the two gunmen after they hurled grenades. Ali said the gunmen had in their possession a radio transmitter….

Egypt court acquits ex-PM, Mubarak sons of corruption
12/19/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court has acquitted Ahmed Shafiq, a former prime minister and presidential candidate, and two sons of ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, of corruption charges. Shafiq fled to the United Arab Emirates shortly after he narrowly lost to the Islamist Mohamed Morsi in a 2012 presidential election, a year before Morsi’s overthrow by the military. He faces another corruption trial, as….

Etihad ‘in discussions’ with debt-laden Alitalia
12/19/2013 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — Emirati carrier Etihad Airways is in discussions with debt-laden Italian airline Alitalia, spokesman Tom Clarke said on Thursday, without elaborating.” Etihad Airways is in discussions with Alitalia. We have no further comment at this time,” Clarke said in a terse text message to AFP. Troubled Alitalia has been looking for a foreign partner to rescue it as it aims to raise up….

Deaths feared in attack on UN base in South Sudan
12/19/2013 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Attackers forced their way into a UN base where civilians have taken refuge in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Thursday and deaths are feared, a UN spokesman said. Ethnic Lou Nuer youth entered the base at Akobo, said UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.”Fighting took place,” he told reporters.”We fear there may have been some fatalities but can’….

Syria: Nobody can stop Assad from running again
12/19/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian government said Thursday that nobody can prevent the country’s embattled President Bashar Assad from running for re-election next year.”Nobody has the right to interfere and say he must run or he should not run,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad said, shortly after Russia criticized statements that he wanted to seek another term.”President Assad in my opinion should….

Palestine News Network

Rock to Bethlehem 2013 in Bethlehem’s Manger Square
Palestine News Network

ADWAR Launches a RAP Song “Women Holding Threads of Sun”
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Naval Forces Chased Palestinian Fishermen and Confiscated their Fishing Equipment in the Gaza Waters
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli naval forces chased Palestinian fishermen and confiscated their fishing equipment in the Gaza waters
12/19/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Occupied Palestine – Israeli Naval Forces stationed off Beit Lahi shore in the northern Gaza Strip opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in 4 separate incidents while sailing between 600 meters and 3 nautical miles. Israeli naval forces also confiscated 24 fishing nets. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses concern over the continued targeting of fishermen and their livelihoods….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Palestine refugee children in Syria longing to live a normal life
Relief Web 19 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Amid all the violence of the conflict in Syria, now nearly three years old, the Hameed family will always remember…

Syrian Arab Republic: 2014 Syrian Arab Republic Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP)
Relief Web 19 Dec 2013 – Source: Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the crisis continues humanitarian needs inside Syria are increasing across all sectors while affected populations…

occupied Palestinian territory: Bloodshed, settlements hike pressure on Mideast talks
Relief Web 19 Dec 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/19/2013 12:24 GMT RAMALLAH, December 19, 2013 (AFP) – The struggling Middle East peace talks came under further pressure on Thursday after Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

The National

Former Assad official Makdissi backs ‘third way’ for Syria’s silent majority
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Peace talks set for January 22 in Switzerland have raised hopes that a ‘third-way’ solution can be found to the conflict, a political path backed by former regime spokesman Jihad Makdissi who fled Syria a year ago. Exclusive interview by Justin Vela and Phil Sands

Assad’s stance has buried politics under violence
The National 19 Dec 2013 – While rebels and regime forces shed blood in their attempts to respectively seize or retain power, the majority of Syria’s population is dreaming of a peaceful and sensible resolution to the conflict. Analysis by Phil Sands

Guilty verdict in Lee Rigby London murder case
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Jury in trial of two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby on a London street has been told that the pair wanted to scare police officers into killing them in a bid for martyrdom.

Turkish imam denies involvement in corruption probe
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Influential United States-based Turkish cleric denies he was behind a police corruption and bribery probe targeting allies of the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

South Sudan’s military loses control of town as fighting spreads
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Military loses control of Bor in the state of Jonglei to soldiers loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, as fighting spreads in what president claims is coup attempt.

India’s anger over diplomat arrest unlikely to damage long-term ties with US
The National 19 Dec 2013 – The outcry over the alleged treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade has obscured the serious charges levelled against her. Analysis by Samanth Subramanian

Syrians are ‘vanishing without a trace’, UN war crimes panel finds
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Cases include 60-year-old woman put in Homs prison for asking about her missing son, and a peaceful protester’s brother taken in a house raid by political security agents.

Kuwait to hold second Syria aid conference
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Around 60 nations have been invited to a second donors conference for Syria in a bid to raise an unprecedented $6.5 billion in humanitarian aid.

Christie’s launches in India to tap growing wealth
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Company’s first art auction held in India aims to tap budding market for prestige purchasing among the country’s fast-growing ranks of millionaires.

Palestinians accuse Israel of escalating violence to scupper peace talks
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Israeli army’s killings of two people on the West Bank along with Israel’s continuing construction of settlements are undermining peace talks, according to the Palestinians.

Dozens killed in North Waziristan raids
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Pakistani soldiers storm hotbed of militants with links to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, killing at least 23 suspected insurgents and three civilians.

Mubarak’s sons, PM acquitted of corruption charges
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Cairo criminal court finds Gamal and Alaa Mubarak and Ahmed Shafiq innocent of corruption in a case that arose from the 1995 sale of a plot of land to Mubarak’s sons by an association led at the time by the former prime minister.

Europe launches billion-dollar Milky Way telescope
The National 19 Dec 2013 – European Space Agency launches advanced telescope designed to detect a billion stars and provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way.

Putin says America’s NSA is ‘necessary’ but should abide by ground rules
The National 19 Dec 2013 – Russian president and KGB veteran says while the NSA surveillance programme ‘isn’t a cause for job, it’s not a cause for repentance either’ because it is required to fight terrorism.

Jabhat Al Nusra ‘does not seek rule in Syria’, says leader
The National 19 Dec 2013 – The leader of Syria’s Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat Al Nusra said in his first televised interview that his group was not seeking to rule Syria, but future rule must be based on Sharia law.

South Sudan army loses control of town as fighting continues
The National 19 Dec 2013 – South Sudan’s military said it is no longer in control of a town in a rural state where fighting has spread in the aftermath of what the government claims was an attempted coup mounted by soldiers loyal to a former deputy president.

US regrets strip search of Indian diplomat as Delhi seethes
The National 19 Dec 2013 – The United States voiced regret to India over the treatment of a diplomat whose account of being stripped and cavity-searched triggered outrage as the prosecutor in charge of the case defended the arrest.

Video: India outraged over diplomat’s arrest in New York 
The National 19 Dec 2013 – US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed regret to India amid controversy around the arrest of an Indian senior diplomat.

Video: NASA preps for spacewalks to fix failed valve on ISS 
The National 19 Dec 2013 – NASA officials preview the upcoming spacewalk to fix a failed valve that regulates the coolant system on the International Space Station.

Ha’aretz

Spoken Arabic studies counter anti-Arab prejudice among Israeli students
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israel should issue bonds in run-up to natural gas bonanza, top economist says
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Abuse of medical tourism for private gain
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Child conversion could become political hot potato
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Even as Gaza reels from floods, Hamas and Fatah remain divided
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Fast-track tour-guide program for Chinese raises ire in Israel
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

As Gaza reels from floods, Hamas and Fatah remain apart
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Mandela received weapons training from Mossad agents in Ethiopia
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Mandela and the Mossad: How Israel courted Black Africa
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israel’s ties to apartheid South Africa cannot be washed away
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Deadline: nine months to peace deal
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israelis are turning a blind eye to injustice
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

For Netanyahu, revenge is like pistachio ice cream: best served cold
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

There’s no bigotry in the boycott
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Ceiling in London’s Apollo Theater collapses; more than 80 hurt
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Ceiling in London’s Apollo Theater collapses; dozens hurt
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

White House threatens veto if Congress passes new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Iran-linked hackers claim to have infiltrated IDF, Saudi databases
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Tourist tip #396 / Christmas in the Holy Land: Take a tour through Nazareth
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israel’s top court halts rabbinical decree forcing woman to circumcise son
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israeli minister denies improperly intervening in student rape case
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Protesters demand release of activists detained in Bedouin demonstrations
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

EU support for labeling settlement products continuing to grow, envoy says
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Dozens of African migrants arrested after leaving detention facility
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Diamonds worth $200,000 found on street – and returned to owner
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Attorney general threw in the towel on Lieberman appeal
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Apartheid and the Arab world
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Israeli force kills Palestinian during military operation in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 19 Dec 2013

Report: Israel’s median income per capita higher than in Singapore, Spain
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Dairy costs in Israel 40% more than OECD average, study finds
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Israelis, stop treating U.S. Jews as rich uncles
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Knesset unanimously passes bill compelling mayors to quit when indicted
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Egyptian security forces outgunned by Islamic terrorists in Sinai
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Why Palestinians despise nature reserves
Ha’aretz – 18 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Threatening veto, Obama aides say Iran sanctions bill ‘defies logic’
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Bill would trigger new sanctions against Iran should six months pass without a comprehensive agreement; White House press secretary Jay Carney says bill is illogical and President Obama would veto the bill if it were passed. 

Chosen Bites: A simple and savory winter meal
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Celery root makes a delicious puree and with the addition of potatoes and garlic, it is gobsmackingly delicious! 

Israel Navy’s submarine service – For the best, but not for everybody
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – ‘One doesn’t have to know how to swim, but a good sense of humor is important,’ says top recruiter. 

Prosor: UN Iran resolution against violence is hypocrisy
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Iran promotes and sponsors resolution, with 11 co-sponsors, for a “World Against Violence and Violent Extremism.” 

Picking our fights
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – 

Progress – but not at the cost of justice
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – 22 Israeli families are taking legal action against the Bank of China for facilitating terrorist activities. 

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Sam Rothberg: I only did what I had to do
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Rothberg never forgot his origins, and helped thousands of young people directly and through programs he established. 

Settlements and the future of Zionism
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Deeply rooted in the fear that Israel will be wiped out, suggestions to abandon traditional Zionist ideals reflect a survivalist mentality. 

Savir’s corner: 2014 is decision time
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – It is time, in the beginning of 2014, for Netanyahu and Abbas to make the decision based on America bridging proposals. 

Parshat Shmot: How did anti-Semitism begin?
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – How did the nation’s status deteriorate from a successful and well-connected community to that of lowly, humiliated slaves? 

Report: 4 complainants in Eyal Golan case questioned on suspicion of lying to police
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Channel 2 reports that Israeli singer will not be indicted in underage sex case; Golan: I was waiting for the truth to come to light. 

Is singling out Israel for boycotts anti-Semitic?
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Let the world judge Israel by a single standard and let the world judge those who condemn Israel by that same standard. 

Alvin Goldstein, Jewish porn king, dies at 77
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Goldstein, whose Milky Way production company owned the long-running cable TV show “Midnight Blue,” passes away in Brooklyn. 

Liberman: Israel ‘serious’ in its intention to reach agreement with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – FM meets his Chinese counterpart in Jerusalem; calls on Palestinians to refrain from taking unilateral actions that hurt peace efforts. 

World Bank officials confirm support, possibly financially, for trilateral water agreement
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Deal, signed earlier this month, includes water “swap” with Jordan, will increase Israel’s water sales to PA by 20 million cubic meters annually. 

ADL presents Jewish issues ‘Top Ten’ of 2013
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Topping the list, unsurprisingly, are US-Iranian nuclear negotiations and the rise of European anti-Semitism; list omits key findings of Pew report. 

African asylum seekers launch another march out of detention facility, demanding recognition of their status
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Immigration authorities stop large number of marchers in attempt to determine if they can be detained by law. 

Tensions within Fatah growing over assault
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Jamal Abu Rub denies he was arrested by PA forces for punching Jibril Rajoub. 

Police arraign three associates of mobster Amir Mulner in “300 million shekel money laundering case”
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Case involves major sums of money funneled through currency exchanges and straw companies over the past four years. 

High Court freezes Rabbinical Court’s fine on woman who refuses to have son circumcised
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Beit Din had fined mother NIS 500 a day until she consented; last month Supreme Rabbinical Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. 

Gray is the new palette
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Beverly Barkat opens ‘Screening Layers’ exhibition. 

Putin to pardon jailed Jewish tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Russian president’s gesture seen to ease critics of human rights record; oil tycoon jailed since 2003 on fraud, tax evasion charges. 

PA: IDF killing of 2 Palestinians in West Bank aims to foil peace process
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – After 2 Palestinians killed in separate IDF raids, Abbas spokesman calls on world to help end “dangerous Israeli escalation.” 

Boycotting Israel: The day Humanities died
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – We are too fractionalized and marginalized to respond and this will be our downfall if we allow it. 

IDF officer filmed striking activists sentenced to 2 months community service
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, filmed striking Danish activist with his M-16 in 2012, will be discharged from army in plea deal. 

Weekly Schmooze: Mazel tov, KISS!
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – Jewish culture news worldwide: Gary Shteyngart’s hilarious book trailer; Lena Dunham meets Judy Blume. 

Bennett: At least half of Bayit Yehudi MKs should be female
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – “Every party or movement that does not put women at the top and use their power is made up of suckers,” Bennett says at faction’s Women’s Forum. 

Why did God create the world?
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – The most we can do, as the Abarbanel points out, is work backwards; now the world is created, what is our role and what does it look like its purpose is? 

Tempest in a teapot: Man arrested for pouring hot tea on MK Tibi
Jerusalem Post 19 Dec 2013 – UAL-Ta’al MK lightly injured at protest against Beduin resettlement bill; Shamir considering taking over responsibility for Prawer plan. 

The Guardian

Eyad Sarraj obituary
The Guardian 19 Dec 2013 – My friend and mentor Eyad Sarraj, who has died aged 69 after suffering from multiple myeloma, was not only Gaza’s first and most distinguished psychiatrist, but also a tireless chronicler of pain and resilience in that…

Palestinian killed by Israeli troops in West Bank
The Guardian 19 Dec 2013 – Saleh Yassin was shot dead by Israeli troops as they tried to arrest him in the West Bank town of Qalqilya Israeli troops have shot and killed a member of the Palestinian security forces they wanted…

Uruknet

Obama advisory committee whitewashes US spying programs
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 19, 2013 – A report released Wednesday by the Obama administration s hand-picked presidential advisory panel on the National Security Agency s (NSA) spying programs consists of minor reforms intended to preserve and legitimize the government s illegal operations,…

W.H.: Obama would veto Iran sanctions bill
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 19, 2013 -President Barack Obama would veto an Iran sanctions bill with Democratic co-sponsors, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. “We don t think this action is necessary, we don t think it will be enacted. If…

Searching for light on Gaza s dark streets
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 19, 2013 -After fifty days, is Gaza s latest power crisis coming to an end? On Sunday, the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank sent a shipment of 450,000 liters of fuel to run Gaza s only power…

Israel steps up its assassination policy in West Bank
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 19, 2013 – Bashir Habanin s house is full of the things he has made. As a professor of De cor at Khadoury Technical College in Tulkarem, West Bank, he was always making furniture to decorate the home he…

US Scholars Endorse Boycotting Israel
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- The American Studies Association (ASA) is the nation s oldest and largest organization involved in the interdisciplinary study of US culture and history.In 1951, it was chartered. It has 5,000 members. It s affiliated with 2,200 libraries…

Syria News – December 18, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 111 martyrs including 21 children, 12 women and 1 martyr under torture: 54 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 35 in Damascus and its Suburbs, 6…

Sheikh Abdel Malik Al-Saadi: Iraq s electoral system is illegitmate
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – …The Iraqi people are not sectarian-it is the government that is practicing sectarianism. Before the occupation, I never used the words “Sunni” or “Shi ite” from the mosque pulpit, nor even during jurisprudential arguments. After the arrival of the American…

Gaza refugees displaced by storm protest outside UNRWA
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 — Dozens of Palestinians from Gaza s Jabalia refugee camp on Wednesday demonstrated in front of UNRWA offices to demand that the UN agency repair their homes following a four-day storm which caused widespread damage in the…

Lack of healthcare adds to Bedouin burden in Area C PMRS
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- “The 150,000 or so Palestinians living in Area C are all considered vulnerable communities. They suffer from many problems; poverty and unemployment rates are high and they lack essential services including those related to health care, that…

Will Some Future Story on Documents from Snowden Show NSA Attacked Financial Systems?
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – A presidential review group convened by President Barack Obama to examine the National Security Agency s surveillance practices released its report after much criticism when it was announced that the White House was going to wait…

Obituary of Great National Struggler, If They Are Gone, Their Actions Speak for Them
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – As we terribly need the presence of such patriot and loyal persons, Dr. Iyad Rajab al-Sarraj, Director and Founder of Gaza Community Mental Health Program, have passed away after a long struggle with illness. The deceased…

Palestine and Syria are one! In memory of the Palestinian Syrian revolutionary activist and actor Hassan Hassan
Uruknet 19 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 -The death of Hassan Hassan, the Palestinian Syrian revolutionary activist from Yarmouk refugee camp, at the hands of the security forces of the Assad r
egime after two months of torture was announced to his father on December…

Afghans launch legal action over British drone strike as experts suggest British drones heading to Africa
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 -Legal action has been launched against the UK following the deaths of two men in an alleged British drone strike in Afghanistan. The family of Haji Abdullah (56), and his son Habibullah (18), say the two men…

Interview with Hashem Azzeh: “They want me to move but I will never give up, we are still fighting until we get our freedom”
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- …The settlers who live next to me cut the water pipes that lead to my house. I lived without water for three years. I therefore got in contact with international and human rights organizations. At least we…

Nasrallah hints at change in approaches to US, Lebanon
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- ….From this context, one can understand the significance in the change in Nasrallah and Hezbollah s discourse. Nasrallah seems to be telling the Americans, “In principle, there is no hostility between us, and there is no absolute,…

British Government refuses to rule out UK sending drones to bomb Yemen
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013- UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has refused to rule out the possibility that Britain would join the US covert drone programme in Yemen, despite the fact that there is no declared war in the country. Hammond s…

A Wedding Was Bombed-Don t Worry, It Was by the US, Not in the US
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – Last Friday, it was reported that what seemed to be a US drone strike hit a wedding convoy in Yemen, killing over a dozen people. It got attention from outlets like the New York Times (FAIR…

Murder in Yemen
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 -Here s the bottom line on the American drone strike that slaughtered as many as seventeen people in a wedding party in Yemen last week: the CIA, which carried out the attack, had no comment. The State…

US ambassador says Syria s Islamic Front rejects talks
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – The US ambassador to Damascus has said a newly formed Islamist alliance in war-torn Syria has refused to meet with American officials, in an interview aired Wednesday on Al-Arabiya television. “The Islamic Front has refused to…

Forbidden Pilgrimage Palestinian Christians speak out about the obstacles facing pilgrims to sites associated with the life of Jesus. 
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – Pilgrimage to sites associated with the life and ministry of Jesus has been a significant aspect of Christian faith since the earliest centuries AD. Group tours to the Holy Land are still very much part of…

30 families facing eviction east of Jerusalem to make room for more settlements
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – The Safa Palestinian Press Agency reported on Tuesday that Israeli occupation forces have handed final eviction notices to members of the Bedouin community residing in Al-Jahalin, which is located in the eastern governorate of Jerusalem. Sami…

EU gestures will not change reality on the ground
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – …Although the EU may really want an agreement to happen, however, it is ultimately unable to enact any real change on the ground. The peace process remains – as it always has been – monopolised by…

Would we be surprised by an understanding between Iran and Israel in the New Year?
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – …In Iran, Kayhan Barzegar, editor of Tabnak newspaper, published an article on 9 December in which he wrote that the Geneva agreement opened the door for more cooperation with Western countries to solve regional and international…

Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 – It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and…

Mandela is Gone, but Apartheid is Alive and Well in Australia
Uruknet 18 Dec 2013 – December 18, 2013 -In the late 1960s, I was given an usual assignment by the London Daily Mirror s editor in chief, Hugh Cudlipp. I was to return to my homeland, Australia, and “discover what lies behind the sunny face”….

Daily Star

Pakistan’s Musharraf vows to face cases against him
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf Thursday vowed to face all the criminal cases brought against him in his first interview since being placed under house arrest eight months ago.

Two rockets from Syria hit Lebanon’s Bekaa
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Two rockets from Syria hit the Bekaa Valley Thursday landing in deserted areas, a Lebanese security source told The Daily Star

Russia blocks UN action against Syria air attacks
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Diplomats say Russia has objected to a proposed U.N. Security Council statement expressing outrage at Syrian government airstrikes, especially this week’s indiscriminate use of heavy weapons in Aleppo that have killed more than 100 people.

US senators introduce bill on Iran sanctions
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 U.S. senators introduced a bill on Thursday to slap sanctions on Iran if the country breaks the terms of the interim deal struck last month in Geneva.

Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Egypt’s military-backed authorities steps up their crackdown on the liberal icons of the 2011 uprising, with security forces storming the headquarters of a rights group.

Iran, Russia helping Syrian aid effort: European officials
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Iran and Russia have used their influence on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government to get visas for U.N. aid workers and improve access for convoys in Syria.

Lebanon Army arrests six Syrians for illegal crossing
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 The Army arrested six Syrians for attempting to illegally cross into Lebanon while possessing two hand grenades.

Hezbollah: March 14 on same footing as terrorists
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Hezbollah’s bloc accused its rivals in the March 14 coalition Thursday of providing a safe haven to to takfiri groups that have carried out suicide attacks in the country

Pope to make first Holy Land trip in May: Israeli paper
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Pope Francis is to make a brief visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories from May 25, his first to the Holy Land, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot said on Thursday.

Syria says UK doctor’s body to be sent to Beirut
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 The body of a British doctor whose death in a Syrian jail was announced this week will be transported to Britain’s embassy in Beirut, Syria’s deputy foreign minister told AFP Thursday.

EU support up for labeling Israel settlement goods
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Support in Europe for sanctioning Israel over its settlement policies is growing and could gain steam if the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail, the outgoing EU envoy to the Middle East said Thursday.

Iran, six world powers resume expert talks on nuclear deal
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in return for some relief from…

Nobody can stop Assad from running again: Syria
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 The Syrian government said Thursday that nobody can prevent the country’s embattled Assad from running for re-election next year.

Suicide bombers kill 36 Shiite pilgrims in Iraq: police
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Suicide bombings in Iraq killed at least 36 people on Thursday in attacks targeting Shi’ite pilgrims ahead of a major holy day next week, police said.

Armed robbery at company in Beirut’s southern suburbs
Daily Star 19 Dec 2013 Two armed men broke into a company in Beirut’s southern suburbs and stole some electronics after holding employees at gunpoint, a security source said.

YNet News

US ship preps for Syria chemical weapons mission
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – ….

Egypt court rulings pave way for former PM Shafik’s return
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – ….

New delay hits 9/11 case at Guantanamo
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – ….

London theater balcony believed to have collapsed
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – ….

Russia blocks UN action against Syria air attacks
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – ….

NGOs on confrontation line
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: There is no difference between Kahane Chai, radical group working to boycott Israel because of its Jewish identity ….

Mother determined not to circumcise son 
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – Woman petitions High Court of Justice against High Rabbinical Court’s decision to force her to perform Jewish ritual on infant, at father’s request. ‘Tomorrow they’ll force people not to eat pita bread during Passover as part of divorce case,’ she tells Ynet ….

Kiddush cup more than half full
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: After years of exile and oppression, we are living in one of greatest eras in Jewish history ….

US remembers fight for Soviet Jewry
YNet News, 19 Dec 2013 – Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington working to ensure years of efforts to save Jews trapped behind Iron curtain are not forgotten, with exhibition called Voices of Vigil ….

US museum gets long-lost Nazi diary
YNet News, 18 Dec 2013 – Journal kept by top aide to Adolf Hitler as he oversaw genocide against Jews, used as key piece of evidence during Nuremberg trials, handed over US Holocaust Memorial Museum ….

Palestinian Information Center

Modus Vivendi between Hamas and Fatah is good
PIC – Hamas, the main Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, and Fatah, the mainstream PLO faction, made a joint effort to deal with the huge damage wreaked by the recent winter storm in the Gaza Strip.

Resheq: We did not and will never intervene in Egyptian affairs
PIC – Member of the Political Bureau of Hamas movement Ezzat Resheq expressed his movement’s regret over the continued political and media campaigns against Hamas and the resistance.

PMF condemns NBC plan to produce drama series in Jerusalem
PIC – Palestinian media forum (PMF) has strongly condemned the plan of American TV company (NBC) to film a drama series, in partnership with the occupation municipality, in Silwan in occupied Jerusalem.

Haneyya calls for the formation of a consensus government
PIC – Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya called on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to hold a national meeting to discuss the formation of a national consensus government according to Cairo agreement.

Widespread ire after Israeli soccer fans burn Qur’an, insult Prophet
PIC – A state of extreme anger has prevailed among the Palestinians after fans of the Israeli soccer team Beitar Jerusalem burned a copy of the holy Qur’an book and insulted Prophet Muhammad.

PA forces arrest liberated prisoner in Tubas
PIC – PA security forces arrested the liberated prisoner Samer Bani Odeh, who spent 17 years in Israeli jails, on Wednesday after dragging him in the street for a long distance in front of his family.

President Morsi referred to criminal court for communicating with Hamas
PIC – Egypt’s de facto attorney-general decided to refer president Mohamed Morsi along with other senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the criminal court in Cairo over espionage claims.

PLC calls on Int. community to bear its responsibility towards Gaza
PIC – Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) asked the international community, and international and Islamic parliaments and institutions to bear their responsibilities towards Gaza Strip.

WAFA

US Envoy Holds Talks with Abbas in Ramallah
WAFA – 19 Dec 2013

EU Missions Express Concern over Israeli Latest Demolitions of Palestinian Properties
WAFA – 19 Dec 2013

Presidency Denounces Israeli Killing of Two Youths in West Bank
WAFA – 19 Dec 2013

Israeli Army Shoots, Kills two Youths, Injures Seven Others in West Bank Clashes
WAFA – 19 Dec 2013

Misc

Syria rebel group accused of kidnapping, torture and executions
LA Times 19 Dec 2013 – BEIRUT — Mohammed Subhi Abed, a soft-spoken man of 43, says he was working for the opposition Free Syria News radio station in the northern city of Raqqa when masked gunmen burst into the offices in June and confiscated all of the laptops and satellite…

Egypt: Two Mubarak sons and ex-prime minister acquitted of corruption
LA Times 19 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — Two sons of ousted autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak, along with his last prime minister, were acquitted Thursday on corruption charges in a case that suggested a reversal of fortune for members of the government overthrown in the so-called Arab Spring of 2011.

Egypt special police raid office of civil rights group
LA Times 19 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — In a move that heightened concerns over freedom of expression and other individual rights in Egypt, special police forces raided a human rights center’s office in Cairo.

Senate Bill to Impose New Sanctions on Iran Spurs Veto Threat From White House
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – The Obama administration swiftly condemned the legislation by a bipartisan group of senators, warning that it could derail negotiations with Iran. 

Jihadist Leader Envisions an Islamic State in Syria
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – The Syrian government has orchestrated a policy of forced disappearances that amounts to a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said in a report. 

Judge Assails Military in Rejecting Count Against Ex-Marine
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – A federal judge in Manhattan dismissed the most serious charge against the former Marine — accused of accidentally shooting another serviceman in Iraq — and criticized military officials for not resolving the case. 

Authorities Move Against Rights Group in Egypt
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – The action against the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights was a sign that the military-backed government has expanded its crackdown beyond the Islamist supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi. 

Russia Blocks U.N. Statement Condemning Syrian Attacks: Diplomats
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Russia blocked a U.N. Security Council statement on Thursday that would have condemned the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for recent missile and “barrel bomb” attacks on civilians, including children, U.N. diplomats said. 

Russia Blocks UN Action Against Syria Air Attacks
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Russia objected to a proposed U.N. Security Council statement expressing outrage at Syrian government airstrikes, especially this week’s indiscriminate use of heavy weapons in Aleppo that have killed more than 100 people, U.N. diplomats said Thursday. 

White House Warns Against New Sanctions Against Iran
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – The White House on Thursday said a new sanctions bill against Iran would disrupt diplomacy aimed at preventing Teheran from building a nuclear weapon, and added that sanctions could quickly be imposed if efforts to reach a deal fail. 

Ten U.S. Democratic Senators Oppose New Iran Sanctions
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – A group of 10 U.S. Democratic senators – all leaders of Senate committees – came out in opposition to a new bill introduced by Democrats and Republicans on Thursday seeking to impose new sanctions on Iran if it does not comply with an interim agreement seeking to curb its nuclear program. 

Listening Post: On Iran and Syria, Diplomatic Tests Intertwine
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – The United States has strictly segregated the Iranian nuclear talks from the diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria, but success or failure in each could heavily influence the other. 

Iran Denounces UN Human Rights Resolution
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Iran’s state TV is saying the country’s foreign ministry has rejected a U.N. human rights resolution, calling it biased. 

Iran and Russia Helping Syrian Aid Effort: European Officials
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Iran and Russia have used their influence on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to get visas for U.N. aid workers and improve access for convoys in Syria, but much remains to be done, senior European officials told Reuters on Thursday. 

Syria Militant
s Go After Opposition Activists

New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Shortly after the revolt against President Bashar Assad erupted in March 2011, Imad al-Souri quit his computer job to help the protests. He uploaded online videos of the marches and sneaked banned loudspeakers to demonstrators to amplify their voices calling for Assad’s downfall. 

U.S. Court Revives 9/11 Victims’ Case Against Saudi Arabia
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived claims by families of victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks who alleged that Saudi Arabia provided material support to al Qaeda. 

EU Support Up for Labeling Israel Settlement Goods
New York Times 19 Dec 2013 – Support in Europe for sanctioning Israel over its settlement policies is growing and could gain steam if the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations fail, the outgoing EU envoy to the Middle East said Thursday. 

NYT discovers Mohammed Assaf: ‘the most remarkable concert I’ve ever seen’
Mondoweiss – Less than a month after Mondoweiss reported Mohammed Assaf had invaded the US the New York Times reported he’s ” trying to conquer North America “! Can you feel the earth shaking? Times journo Lindsay Crouse’s exposé on Assaf (Reem Makhoul contributing),while months late, is exploding across social media and…

The Guardian: Major US Academic Body Backs Boycott of Israeli Educational Institutions
Jewish Voice for Peace – American Studies Association says move is ‘in solidarity with scholars and students deprived of academic freedom’ Major US Academic Body Backs Boycott of Israeli Educational Institutions , Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian , December 17, 2013. The boycott movement claimed a major victory earlier this year when Stephen Hawking…

Emerson buys Israel’s APM Automation Solutions
Globes Main News – This is giant US company Emerson’s first acquisition in Israel, and it plans to set up a development center here.

Reform Jews embrace Israeli ‘pluralism’ — sans Palestinians — to energize the young
Mondoweiss – Anat Hoffman There’s an excellent piece of reporting up at the Forward on the crisis inside Reform Judaism. How to counter assimilation and disaffection, which are driving American Reform numbers down? The Reforms’ answer is the superb foto at the top of that Forward piece: A…

Tower, Gilat jump
Globes Main News – The Tel Aviv 25 Index closed slightly weaker today, after falling steeply towards the close. Gilat Satellite and Tower Semiconductor stood out in a strong technology sector.

Land to be marketed before IDF vacates bases
Globes Main News – Tender winners will be allowed to apply for building permits before the IDF vacates bases.

Gov’t footdrags on opening housing tender bids
Globes Macro Economics – Two and a half weeks after the tender for 450 homes in Or Akiva closed, the government has yet to open the envelopes.

Consumer confidence stutters
Globes Macro Economics – A steady rise in the “Globes”-PwC Israel Consumer Confidence Index over several months came to an end in November, with a fall of 1.2 points.

Tel Aviv 25 shares to be traded in Europe
Globes Main News – Under a TASE and Eurex derivatives trading cooperation agreement, Eurex will launch index futures contracts based on the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

John Kerry’s framework proposal sets the stage for the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank
Mondoweiss – John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah December 5, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) In recent days, US and European diplomats have been engaged in a frenzy of activity on the Israeli-Palestinian front, before they settle down for the usual two-week Christmas hibernation. A sense of urgency looms…

SuperCom raises $21m in secondary Nasdaq offering
Globes Main News – The funds will allow SuperCom to buy the Smart ID division of OTI.

This is the most dangerous peace process of all
Mondoweiss – Kerry, US gov’t photo This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Tell it like it really is. The unfolding tragedy in Syria demands accountability. The various players, including Saudi Arabia,…

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the birth of Israel’s liberal settler state
Mondoweiss – The following is the introduction to the new book Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State by Shira Robinson. Robinson is Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Tawfiq Tubi had expected little from the meeting. It was…

‘Foreign Policy’ blames AIPAC for warmongering Iran bill, but Maddow won’t tell you that
Mondoweiss – Rachel Maddow, MSNBC And you thought politics stops at the water’s edge? Two Democratic senators, Robert Menendez and Chuck Schumer (along with Republican warhorse Mark Kirk), are circulating a bill that would hamstring the Obama administration’s ability to negotiate with Iran by broadening sanctions. And the…

Developing robots for warfare
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Israeli research sees the future battlefield dominated by robots and unmanned devices.

Treasury mulls granting Intel billions of shekels
Globes Main News – The Ministry of Finance is weighing whether it is worthwhile giving Intel huge grants, if the company sets up a new Israel fab.

Dan Dankner handed 12-month prison sentence
Globes Main News – The judge tol
d the former Bank Hapoalim chairman that his conduct could have caused the bank to collapse.

Nochi Dankner transfers half of home to wife
Globes Main News – In September, Dankner transferred ownership of half of his Herzliya villa to his wife Orly.

IMI privatization agreement signed
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The agreement provides for continued IDF procurement and the release of large areas of valuable land for residential construction.

Nelson Mandela Received Training From Israeli Agents, Secret Documents Say 
The Forward New 19 Dec 2013 – Nelson Mandela was trained by Mossad operatives in 1962, top secret documents reveal. The Israeli agents tried to foster Zionist sympathies in the budding black leader. Click here for the rest of the article…

Almost a Quarter of Israeli Population Living in Poverty in 2012, Report Finds 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2013 – More than 1.7 million people in Israel were living in poverty in 2012 — some 23.5 percent of the population — marking a slight dip over the previous year. Click here for the rest of the article…

Senators Split on Push for New Iran Sanctions 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2013 – Despite opposition from the Obama administration, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to impose new sanctions on Iran if the country breaks an interim deal under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program. Click here for the rest of the article…

Dutch legal experts write to Dutch foreign minister on cooperation forum with Israel 
Global BDS 19 Dec 2013 – On 4 December 2013, 13 Professors of International Law sent a letter to Dutch Foreign Minister Timmermans concerning the Netherlands-Israel Cooperation Forum. Therein, the Professors urged the Dutch government to formally and explicitly restrict the territorial scope of this forum to Israel within its internationally recognized…

Olympia Community Benefit Brunch Campaign For Gaza Children Families! 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 19 Dec 2013 – It’s time once again for Media Island Internationa l’s monthly community benefit brunch! We are celebrating the presence of our friend, and current Media Island roommate Anees Mansour, and partnering with the Rachel Corrie Foundation, Al Basma Club For The Disabled and the Rachel Corrie Cultural Center (…

Brandeis Department Pulls Out of Pro-Israel Boycott Group 
The Forward New 19 Dec 2013 – A Brandeis University department withdrew its membership in the American Studies Association (ASA) yesterday, after the group’s controversial vote this week to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Click here for the rest of the article…

Al-Nusra leader rejects Syria talks 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – The leader of the al-Nusra Front says the al-Qaeda affiliate will not accept the outcome of next month’s proposed Geneva II peace conference on Syria.

Iran Resumes Nuclear Talks With Major Powers 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2013 – Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in return for some relief from economic sanctions. Click here for the rest of the article……

British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Slams Orthodox Shuls for Letting Women Lead Services 
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2013 – British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis called on Orthodox synagogues to ban partnership minyan services, where women can lead services and read from the Torah. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria abductions ‘a terror strategy’ 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – The Syrian government is systematically abducting civilians as part of a widespread campaign of terror, UN investigators say.

‘Bethlehem’ a Film About Israeli Agents and Their Assets 
The Forward Leonard Fein 19 Dec 2013 – 

Two Palestinians die in W Bank raids 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – A member of the Palestinian security forces and a militant are killed in separate gun battles with Israel troops in the West Bank.

Ethiopia: Future Unsure for Repatriated Female Ethiopians 
allAfrica.com 19 Dec 2013 – [VOA]More than 135,000 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia as illegal and undocumented workers. The returnees include many women who are unsure about what future awaits them in Ethiopia.

Reform Movement, Seeking To Stem Decline, Eyes Religious Pluralism in Israel 
The Forward New 19 Dec 2013 – Reform Jewry is plotting to stem a decline in enrollment and engagement of youth. Could the fight for religious pluralism in Israel prove an effective rallying cry? Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: What makes a beautiful camel? 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – The lucrative competition that judges beautiful camels

US ‘not disengaging from Middle East’ 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – US reassures Arab allies fearing abandonment

Al-Nusra leader rejects Syria talks 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – The leader of the al-Nusra Front says the al-Qaeda affiliate will not accept the outcome of next month’s proposed Geneva II peace conference on Syria.

Suicide bombers target Iraq pilgrims 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – Shia pi
lgrims travelling to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala have been targeted in three suicide bomb attacks, with at least 29 people dead.

Sunnis and Shia in the Middle East 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – How communities are distributed through the Middle East

Washington Shakes Hands With Al-Qaeda Ally in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Syrian-Kurdish refugee families receive aid food at the Quru Gusik (Kawergosk) refugee camp, 20 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on December 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Safin Hamed). Syrian-Kurdish refugee families receive aid food at the Quru…

Tunisian rapper Weld el 15 acquitted 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – A file picture taken on December 5, 2013 shows Tunisian rapper Alaa Yaacoubi, better known by his rap name “Weld El 15”, arriving at the courthouse for his appeal trial in the Hammamet suburb of Nabeul. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisian rapper Weld El 15…

Istanbul police chief sacked for his role in anti-corruption action 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Istanbul Police Headquarters in Fatih are seen on December 18 ,2013 in Istanbul. (Photo: AFP – Ozan Kose) Istanbul’s powerful police chief was dismissed from his post on Thursday over an anti-corruption action striking at the heart of Turkey’s ruling elite and threatening the authority of…

Jerusalem Residents Omitted From History 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – TOPSHOTSSnow covers the area next to a section of Israel’s controversial separation barrier in the West Bank village of Al-Ram on the outskirts of Jerusalem on December 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli). TOPSHOTSSnow covers the area next to a section of Israel’s controversial separation…

Beirut’s Zaitunay Bay: A Corruption Boardwalk 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Zaitunay Bay was developed over reclaimed land, whose cost was paid by the Lebanese state, under the pretext of building a tourist marina. (Photo : Marwan Tahtah). Zaitunay Bay was developed over reclaimed land, whose cost was paid by the Lebanese state, under the pretext of building…

Syrian Kurds demand separate delegation in Geneva II peace talks 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Syrian Kurds are demanding their own delegation separate from both the government and opposition at next month’s peace talks in Switzerland aimed at halting the conflict in Syria, Kurdish political leaders said on Thursday. The Kurds say they need independent representation because their demands in negotiations…

UN slams widespread use of enforced disappearances in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Syrian activists and other citizens have vanished into secret detention as part of a “widespread campaign of terror against the civilian population” committed by both rebels and government forces, UN investigators said on Thursday. More than 100 cases of enforced disappearances have been documented, but the…

Last two Sudanese detainees released from Guanatanamo 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – US soldiers help Sudanese Guantanamo prisoner Ibrahim Othman Ibrahim Idris to come out of a US military plane at Khartoum airport as he is repatriated following his release from the Cuba-based US prison on December 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ebrahim Hamid) The last Sudanese prisoners…

Suicide bombers, militant attack kill 41 across Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 19 Dec 2013 – Iraqi pilgrims undergo security check at a checkpoint as they walk along the main highway that links the Iraqi capital Baghdad with the central shrine city of Karbala on December 19, 2013, to take part in the Arbaeen religious festival which marks the 40th day after…

Syria abductions ‘a terror strategy’ 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – The Syrian government is systematically abducting civilians as part of a widespread campaign of terror, UN investigators say.

Two Palestinians die in W Bank raids 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – A member of the Palestinian security forces and a militant are killed in separate gun battles with Israel troops in the West Bank.

Mubarak allies cleared of corruption 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – An Egyptian court acquits the former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, and two sons of former President Hosni Mubarak of allegations of embezzlement.

Polio scourge threatens Middle East 
BBC 19 Dec 2013 – Scourge of polio posing fresh threat in Middle East

VIDEO: Fresh concern over Egyptian freedom 
BBC 18 Dec 2013 – As concerns grows about a fresh crackdown on dissent, Orla Guerin reports from Tahrir Square, birthplace of the Egyptian revolution.

VIDEO: Yemen: ‘Life is harder than it was’ 
BBC 18 Dec 2013 – Shaimaa Khalil reports from the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to find out what has changed in the country since the uprising three years ago.

Bahrain’s Activists Survive Off the Island 
Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Dec 2013 – A Bahraini anti-government woman with her face covered in her national flag, stands watching protestors clash with security forces following an anti-government demonstration in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on December 17, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Al-Shaikh). A Bahraini anti-government woman with her…

Ersal&rsqu
o;s Car-Bomb Express Steams Along 

Al-Akhbar Politics 18 Dec 2013 – The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of an explosion in the village of Sbouba east of Baalbek in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, on December 17, 2013(Photo: AFP – STR). The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of an explosion in…

Articles


US plans ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank 
Jonathan Cook In Nazareth, Redress 12/19/2013
In recent days, US and European diplomats have been engaged in a frenzy of activity on the Israeli-Palestinian front, before they settle down for the usual two-week Christmas hibernation.
A sense of urgency looms because Washington is supposed to unveil next month its so-called “framework proposal” for the creation of a Palestinian state, in a last desperate effort to break the logjam in negotiations. For this reason, the outlines of the US vision of an agreement are finally coming into focus. And, as many expected, the picture looks bleak for the Palestinians.
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, who has invested much of his personal standing in a successful outcome, has grown increasingly forthright that an agreement hinges on satisfying Israel’s security concerns, however inflated.
During a speech to the Saban Forum in Washington this month, Kerry said President Barack Obama’s highest priority was Israel’s “ability to defend itself, by itself”. Shortly afterwards, Kerry headed back to the region to show Israeli and Palestinian officials what he meant.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, was reportedly “boiling mad” by the US proposal. In recent days Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesmen have accused Kerry of “appeasement” and of failing to be “a neutral mediator”.
The criticism looks more than justified. Under cover of a vision for peace, the US secretary of state is offering an Israeli security plan at the expense of meaningful Palestinian statehood.
That is not entirely surprising given that the plan was drafted by John Allen, a general formerly in command of US forces in Afghanistan, who has spent months quietly liaising with Israeli counterparts. more.. e-mail

The Great Lament of Palestine 
Vacy Vlazna, CounterPunch 12/19/2013
A Christmas letter to Pope Francis on Gaza
Your Holiness,
In desperation, in December a campaign was launched appealing to you to help release the suffering people of Gaza from the genocidal strangulation of the Israeli seven year blockade.
There is no world leader other than yourself who possesses the moral strength, the political freedom and the spiritual imperative to help Gaza. There is noone of global influence to whom the Gazans can turn except Your Holiness.
Through your words and actions, we see the same star that heralded the advent of Gandhi, of Mandela, of Jesus. It’s light – the spiritual simplicity of love for the human family, for the oppressed, for the poor, is again penetrating human hearts and consciences.
It shone bright when you went to Lampedusa, the refugee purgatory, drawing world attention to the “globalization of indifference”
“We are a society that has forgotten the experience of weeping, of “suffering with”: the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!…..We are accustomed to the suffering of others, it doesn’t concern us, it’s none of our business…..Herod sowed death in order to defend his own well-being, his own soap bubble. And this continues to repeat itself.” (Lampedusa Homile,)
Today’s Israeli Herods have systematically made Gaza a hell on earth by imposing a blockade in violation of international law that has made Gaza an open air concentration camp imprisoning 1.7 million innocent people, half of whom are children. more.. e-mail

The truth Intifada 
Nourhan Riad, Al-Ahram Weekly 12/17/2013
Nourhan Riad reflects on the 25th anniversary of the first Palestinian Intifada — a moment of uprising that also saw Israel’s self-serving propaganda unravel
‘Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart’ — Yasser Arafat
‘You cannot continue to victimise someone else just because you yourself were a victim once —there has to be a limit’ — Edward Said
We are the fire of struggle.
We are the storming wind.
We are the spring of offering,
when generosity is scarce.
We are the whiffing scent.
We are the voice of conscience.
We are the rumbling thunder,
when the horn is blown.
The limits of time approach us.
And we give it the banners of extreme.
Oh, you extorters,
You renegades!
These are our chests.
The soil yearns for a new dawn.
For a new dawn yearns the blood of sacrifice.
Our dream is to be.
Our promise is to keep our right to our land. — The Intifada Anthem, by Marcel Khalife
This month commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first Intifada when local demonstrations set against the then decades old brutal Israeli occupation erupted in the West Bank and Gaza. What commenced as indigenous demonstrations swiftly snowballed into a large-scale popular uprising: a collective endeavour to “shake-off” Israel’s devastating occupation. Taking on simple means of resistance, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were engaged in throwing rocks towards advancing tanks and bulldozers, in addition to participating in an ever mounting form of civil disobedience — both of which took the Israeli military and Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO
) leadership exiled in Tunisia by surprise. more.. e-mail

Book Review: On Ari Shavit’s ’My Promised Land’ 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 12/19/2013
The Zionist story, re-told by the elite, for the elite.
A new book by Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit won rare compliments in recent weeks from the liberal Jewish elite in the United States. A couple of prominent Jewish writers—Leon Wieseltier and Thomas Freidman—praised the book on the pages of the New York Times, the New Yorker’s editor held a party for the book and its author at his home, Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg handed the Natan Prize to Shavit, and more.
The 17 chapters of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (Random House, English only) re-narrate the story of Zionist and Israeli history in this land, while investigating what Shavit recognizes as an existential crisis from which the nation is suffering. The first half of the book travels along the familiar Zionist path—the first waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine, the Arab revolt, the 1948 war, etc. The second, more polemic part, focuses on social forces and political developments.
Throughout the book, Shavit explores and analyzes social and historical developments through the eyes of dozens of Zionist Jews and Israelis. Most of them were interviewed by the author; some are historical figures. It is a wise choice that highlights Shavit’s greatest quality as a journalist—he is a patient and focused interviewer.
Yet the identity of Shavit’s interviewees reveals the limits of his analysis. All the book’s heroes save for a few—and there are, as I said, dozens of them—are Ashkenazi men. The handful of exceptions highlights the similarity between all the rest: A couple of Mizrahi Jews are interviewed on the Mizrahi problem and the Mizrahi experience, two or three Arabs are quoted in the chapters dealing with the Palestinian problem, and women are almost completely absent from the book…. more.. e-mail

Anti-Muslim slogans spray-painted on mosque in Palestinian town
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Racist ringleaders 2013: Israel’s war on Africans intensifies
Electronic Intifada: 19 Dec 2013 – The persecution of asylum-seekers has only got worse this year. more..

Searching for light on Gaza’s dark streets
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Does The Nation have a problem with Palestinians?
Electronic Intifada: 19 Dec 2013 – The venerable progressive magazine seems to have a hard time letting Palestinians express their own opinions. more..


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