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Palestinian Factions Congratulate Al-Eesawy On Release
IMEMC – “Video Included, Translation Provided Below to Segments Of Al-Eesawy Interview” [Monday December 23, 2013] Different Palestinian factions in occupied Palestine congratulated Samer Al-Eesawy, who was released from an Israeli detention facility on Monday, after conducting a 9-month hunger strike. …

Abbas Thanks UAE For $50 M. Donation
IMEMC – Financial Crisis Not Over [Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has formally thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for granting the Palestinian Authority 50 Million USD to help it pay late salaries and perform its duties. …

Ufree Network Congratulates Samer Issawi On This Historic Victory
IMEMC – and wish him a fruitful life amongst his family and friends Israeli authorities have released Monday evening (23rd December) the Jerusalemite prisoner, Samer Issawi, who engaged in one of the longest hunger strikes in history after spending more than 11 years inside Israeli jails. …

African Refugees March Through Tel Aviv
IMEMC – Thousands take to streets after hundreds of arrests An unprecedented demonstration has taken place in Tel Aviv, as thousands of African asylum seekers marched through the city on Saturday, December 21st, 2013. … 

Samer Issawi Released From Prison
IMEMC – Israeli forces raid Issawi home, ban celebration [Monday December 23, 2013] Samer Issawi, iconic Palestinian political prisoner and hunger strike organizer, was released today, following over 17 months in Shatta Prison. …

Over A Dozen Arrested Across West Bank
IMEMC – More than a dozen people from different areas of the West Bank were arrested by Israeli forces, Monday, December 23, according to security and local sources. …

Rocket Fired From Gaza Hits Israel, South Of Ashkelon
IMEMC – No injuries reported [Monday December 23, 2013] Palestinian news sources have reported that, according to Israeli police, a rocket fired from Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip hit a southern Israel community, early this morning, without causing damage or injuries. …

Kerry To Present Peace Framework By Dec. 31 
IMEMC – Abbas states position According to an Arab League official, US Secretary of State John Kerry will present Palestinian and Israeli leaders with a framework peace agreement by the end of the month, the Ma’an News Agency has reported [Sunday December 22, 2013]. …

Ma’an News

Young man seriously injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip
12/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man near Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical sources confirmed that a young man in his twenties from Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City was hit in the leg and abdomen. He was evacuated first to Kamal Udwan hospital in Jabalia, then to al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.”The….

Jerusalem issues demolition orders to displace 19 Silwan residents
12/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Inspectors of the municipal council of Jerusalem on Monday handed a demolition warrant to a Palestinian family notifying them that two residential buildings are scheduled to be demolished, potentially displacing 19 people. The Siyam family were told that the buildings in Silwan neighborhood would be demolished “because they were constructed without the needed license.”The buildings, according to family members, belong….

Report: NBC cancels plans to film TV series in East Jerusalem
12/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The American media and entertainment company NBC has responded to Palestinian pressure by saying it will not shoot a new television series near the Old City of Jerusalem and in Palestinian neighborhoods as originally announced, Israeli media reported Monday. After a Palestinian outcry against plans to film the show on illegally annexed land, NBC told the PLO delegation to the US….

Israeli forces raid Samer Issawi house, ‘ban’ release celebration
12/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday raided the house of a prominent Palestinian prisoner due to be released later today and “banned” his family from organizing any celebrations, family members said. Israeli intelligence officers accompanied by soldiers raided Samer Issawi’s family home in Issawiya village near Jerusalem on Monday morning, a day after they raided his house to issue orders for…. Related: Prisoner Samir Issawi released from Israeli jails

Israeli leaflets warn Palestinian parents of their ‘terrorist’ kids
12/23/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — In an unprecedented move, Israeli forces on Sunday night put up posters in a refugee camp near Hebron featuring photos of locals Israeli forces claim are the fathers of those who commit “terrorist attacks.” The Arabic-language posters were put up at al-Arrub refugee camp and targeted the parents of “teenagers who attack Israeli vehicles.” Israeli intelligence posted pamphlets on walls at….

Prisoner Samir Issawi released from Israeli jails
12/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli prison service released prominent Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi on Monday evening, freeing him to return to his East Jerusalem home. Local sources told Ma’an that Issawi was set free from Shatta prison in northern Israel, and subsequently headed to his East Jerusalem home. His release comes after Israeli forces raided his family home twice in the last…. Related: Israeli forces raid Samer Issawi house, ‘ban’ release celebration

Checkpoints and closures near Ramallah after Israeli officer stabbed
12/23/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces tightened security procedures in the central West Bank on Monday evening after an Israeli security officer was stabbed by an unidentified attacker in a nearby settlement. Israeli forces closed a checkpoint near the Palestinian village of Jaba southeast of Ramallah to Palestinian cars after reports of a stabbing in Geva Binyamin settlement. The closure caused major delays for Palestinian….

Gaza rocket hits Israel, no injuries
12/23/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in the early hours of Monday hit a southern Israel community without causing damage or injuries, Israeli police said. Bomb disposal experts found the “rocket fired from the Gaza Strip” in a community near the city of Ashkelon, according to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Police said the projectile hit near a school bus stop. Gaza….

PA official: Israel trying to create ‘chaos’ in Palestinian territory
12/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have been trying to create a state of chaos in the Palestinian territories by claiming that the increasing number of attacks recently indicates that a “Third Intifada” is underway, a Palestinian security official said on Monday. Adnan Dmeiri, a spokesperson for all Palestinian security services, told Ma’an that the Israelis are trying to create “guided violence” in….

In video: Gaza streets still flooded a week after storm
12/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A video shot on the streets of Gaza City shows extensive flooding more than a week after the region was hit by a massive storm. Taken on December 21, the video from the Institute for Middle East Understanding’s Jehad Saftawi shows streets, cars, and homes still completely flooded, revealing the devastation the Gaza Strip suffered in the wake of….

Suspect found dead at PA detention center in Bethlehem
12/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A suspect being held in Palestinian Authority custody committed suicide Monday evening at a detention center in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, sources told Ma’an on condition of anonymity. The sources highlighted that the suspect was accused of multiple criminal acts including murder and possession of illegal weapons. Governor of Bethlehem Abdul-Fattah Hamayil confirmed to Ma’….

Two injured in work accident at Gaza military base
12/23/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two men sustained minor wounds after an explosion at a military training site in al-Maqusi neighborhood of western Gaza City on Monday afternoon. Spokesman for the ambulance and emergency services of the Gaza Ministry of Interior Diyaa Addin Hussein said in a statement that ambulances evacuated two injured men to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. He highlighted that fire broke….

Iran nuclear talks suspended for Christmas
12/23/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s foreign minister and the EU’s top diplomat agreed during telephone call Sunday to postpone until after Christmas talks on implementing a landmark nuclear agreement, the country’s chief negotiator said.”During this telephone conversation, it was agreed to continue the negotiations, but with the Christmas holidays in sight it was decided to interrupt and resume (the talks….

Ambassador: Egypt to open Rafah crossing for three days
12/23/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities will open the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip for three days starting Tuesday, the Ambassador of Palestine to Egypt Barakat al-Farra said Monday. Al-Farra told a Ma’an reporter in Egypt that the decision followed intensive contacts the Embassy of Palestine had with “high-profile” Egyptian officials. The Gaza Strip Ministry of Interior confirmed in a….

In video: PLO releases Christmas animation
12/23/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestine Liberation Organization on Sunday released a video commemorating the Christmas holiday.”Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ,” the video’s Youtube description says. The animation features a pope-like figure wandering Palestine’s streets, passing Israeli checkpoints, barbed wire fences, and incidents of settler violence. 1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel23/12/2013….

In photos: PFLP celebrates 46th anniversary
12/23/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine organized a festival near Jenin on Saturday to celebrate the faction’s 46th anniversary. Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered and raised the flags of Palestine, Syria, and the PFLP, chanting slogans that commemorated the group’s anniversary. In addition to celebrating the PFLP’s anniversary, participants called for reconciliation….

Shelling kills four Iraq army officers, two soldiers
12/23/2013 – Baghdad (AFP) — Mortar rounds struck an Iraqi army base west of Baghdad on Monday, killing four officers and two soldiers, security officials said. A brigade commander was among the dead in the attack, which took place in the Abu Ghraib area, the sources said. The deaths came two days after five senior officers, including a division commander, and 10 soldiers were killed during an operation….

Egyptian troops kill four militants in North Sinai
12/23/2013 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Egyptian military forces killed four gunmen affiliated with Wahhabi militant groups during a security operation in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, Egyptian security officials said. The officials told Ma’an that infantry supported by air forces raided strongholds of gunmen affiliated to a group called “Ansar Bait al-Maqdis,” clashing with them near the village of al-Mahdiyya south of Rafah….

NGO: 300 dead in 8 days of air raids on Syria’s Aleppo
12/23/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign against rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said Monday.” From December 15 to 22, 301 people have been killed, including 87 children, 30 women and 30 rebels,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists and witnesses….

Activist jailings ‘blight Egypt’s march to democracy’
12/23/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — The jailing of three activists has triggered fears in Egypt of a return to the police rule that blighted the Mubarak era, eroding gains made in the march towards democracy. On Sunday, a court jailed Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohamed Adel to three years for organizing an unauthorized protest in a verdict seen as the military-installed government broadening the crackdown on dissent….

AlJazeera

Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker
AlJazeera 23 Dec 2013 – Issawi ended his hunger strike after Israel agreed to shorten his sentence to eight months in prison.

International Solidarity Movement

Fundraising call for ISM
12/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Season’s greetings friends! As the holidays fast approach, The International Solidarity Movement comes close to the end of its 13th year standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Every year brings new challenges under a ruthless occupation of the West Bank and an unrelenting siege of the Gaza strip, but volunteers with The ISM continue to rise to the challenge with the brave farmers….

Gaza: ‘Free the Holy Land sea’
12/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – “Free the Holy Land sea” was a three-day protest by fishermen in Gaza which began on Tuesday, 17th November. The fishermen, supported by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights and al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, set up a tent at the Gaza seaport in which photographs showing Israeli violations were exhibited, along with banners in solidarity with….

Metaphor in Gaza
12/23/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – You stand below a dam because you have discovered cracks where water leaks out. You try to seal them with your bare hands, but they are not enough. The pressure is too high, and the cracks too large. And you scream for help, to let people know what is happening, stop the pressure from the inside before….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: DCI-Palestine and LPHR launch “Know Your Rights” campaign for children on detainee rights
Relief Web 23 Dec 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, December 23, 2013—Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine) launched a “Know Your Rights” campaign for Palestinian children with partner, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), on Monday. The campaign…

occupied Palestinian territory: Erez Crossing closed following collapse of connecting bridge in stormy weather
Relief Web 23 Dec 2013 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory December 15, 2013. The Erez Crossing, connecting Gaza to Israel, is closed today following stormy weather which caused the collapse of a pedestrian bridge between the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the crossing. It…

Lebanon: Palestinians from Syria flood Lebanon camps
Relief Web 23 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic When Hasna and her family fled Syria to the El Buss camp in southern Lebanon last winter, the experience was bitterly familiar: Hasna…

Syrian Arab Republic: Additional €30 million to boost aid for victims of Syria crisis
Relief Web 23 Dec 2013 – Source: European Commission, European Union Country: Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Just as winter weather has hit Syria and the region, the European Commission has mobilised an additional €30 million aimed at providing urgently needed assistance to…

The National

China moves to overcome GM angst
The National 23 Dec 2013 – China may have a long and impressive history of agricultural invention but its people are passionately averse to transgenic technology. Hannah Gardner reports

More than 300 people, including 87 children, killed in Aleppo barrel bomb campaign
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Indiscriminate barrel bombs – effectively oil drums filled with explosives and dropped from aircraft – have been widely used in the latest eight-day assault, according to residents, activists and international rights groups. Phil Sands reports 

South Sudan army readies to wrest back rebel-held town
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Army poised for major offensive against rebel forces, as the country slides towards civil war despite international peace efforts.

Almost half of Pakistani politicians ‘don’t pay tax’
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Findings of new study may endanger billions in IMF and other loans and aid that shore up a faltering economy.

Erdogan plans cabinet reshuffle amid graft outcry
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Turkish prime minister, rattled by the worst scandal of his 11-year rule, is expected to replace 10 ministers by the end of the month.

Russia releases punk band members from prison
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Two jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been released under an amnesty law that both have described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Bahrain acquits two police officers over torturing doctors
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Court acquits two police officers accused of torturing doctors who were detained while treating wounded Shiite protesters in 2011.

Bahrain to almost double diesel price by 2017
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Move to lift price from 100 fils to 180 fils per litre by January 2017 is aimed at reducing heavy subsidy burden on state finances.

British Airways plane crashes into building at Johannesburg airport
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Boeing 747 passenger aircraft has accident during takeoff taxiing, with wing penetrating an airport building.

Kuwait cabinet resigns ahead of reshuffle
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Ministers submit their resignations ahead of a reshuffle amid plans by some legislators to submit a number of ministers to a parliamentary grilling.

Riek Machar: South Sudan’s divisive pretender for power
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Arguably South Sudan’s best-known living politician, the British-educated former vice president has been an eternal pretender for power throughout a chequered political career that began two decades ago.

Teen Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo fighting
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Molhem Barakat died as he photographed a battle over a hospital between rebels and forces loyal to the president, Bashar Al Assad.

Kejriwal’s anti-graft party to form Delhi government
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the year-old anti-graft Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party, has announced that his party will form the next government of Delhi, capping a meteoric rise that has been practically unprecedented in independent India. Samanth Subramanian reports.

Lebanon’s 2013 – not a good vintage
The National 23 Dec 2013 – For Lebanon, 2014 will surely be better. The country had a disastrous 2013, for sure.

Video: Pussy Riot member freed in Russia 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina is released from jail under the Russian prison amnesty.

Video: Thai protesters block election stadium 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Anti-government protesters in Thailand surround a Bangkok stadium where candidates are due to register for February’s elections, in a bid to disrupt the polls

Video: Supporters of leading figures of 2011 Egypt uprising condemn sentencing 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Three of Egypt’s leading activists in its secular protest movement were sentenced to three years and hefty fines for inciting unlawful protests.

Video: Tensions high in Central African Republic after nighttime lynching 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Violence overnight in the Central African Republic prompts Seleka rebels to barricade a major road in the capital Bangui.

Video: Six injured, others missing as cargo train derails in Kenya 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Uganda bound cargo train derails in one of Africa’s poorest neighborhoods, injuring at least six people.

Video: USA, Canada hit by snow and ice 
The National 23 Dec 2013 – Ice storms and heavy snowfall hit the United States and Canada, while in Toronto powerful winds leave hundreds without electricity possibly until Christmas Day.

Ha’aretz

Defense minister postpones draft of yeshiva students yet again
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

At least 12 dead in massive blast at police HQ in Egypt
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Diamond industry fighting imposition of money laundering controls
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Ultra-secure 100-year-old code cracked by Israeli cryptographer
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Supreme Court awards custody of Ethiopian child to adoptive family
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Israeli researchers find security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Defense Ministry budget to grow in 2014, despite government attempts to cut it
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Barkat: Snowstorm cost capital up to NIS 500 million
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Iraqi crude from Egypt was Assad’s secret lifeline, documents reveal
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Market report / Tel Aviv shares extend gains on U.S. economic data
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Netanyahu joins Western leaders in rejecting Sochi invite
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Kalashnikov assault rifle designer dead at 94
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Suspected mafia car bombing seriously injures father, son in Rehovot
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Hebrew U. scientists discover why some bacteria survive antibiotic treatment
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Netanyahu on U.S. spying allegations: There are things friends mustn’t do
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

UK retailer M&S apologizes after Muslim worker refused to sell alcohol
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

American universities: Boycott of Israel violates academic freedom
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Fifteen youths arrested in alleged rape of 12-year-old girl
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Is Israeli drone dominance waning?
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Two dead, 14 injured in morning traffic accidents
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Russia sends armored trucks to Syria for chemical arms transport
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Israeli Arabs face red tape when leasing JNF land
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Rocket from Gaza hits Israel; no injuries
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Turkey relaxing stance on Israeli compensation for Gaza flotilla victims
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Report: New York police inspect buses after blast near Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 23 Dec 2013

Israeli pediatricians question benefits of therapeutic horseback riding
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

NBC denies plans to shoot TV series in East Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

Did you know that reindeer’s eyes change color for Christmas?
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

No Christmas tree in Israeli parliament, speaker decides
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

Israel summoning migrants in city centers to detention
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

Kanye West: ‘Jews with connections’ remark was compliment, not anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 22 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Top PA officer sent to prison for assaulting a Ramallah family
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Said Ahmed worked as head of the bureau of Tayeb Abdel Rahim, the secretary-general of the PA presidency. 

Yesh Atid MK: Ethiopian ‘olim’ forming dependency on absorption centers
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Absorption centers for Ethiopian olim have one mission: to give olim the knowledge and ability to leave the centers and become independent. 

Police instructor sentenced for indecent acts on female trainees
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Officer exploited his seniority, and the physical closeness to trainees inherent in a course on shooting, in order to commit indecent acts to junior officers. 

Bayit Yehudi MK: Planned cuts to yeshiva budgets to be reduced
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Officials in Yesh Atid have said that the cancellation of some of the cuts will only come into effect if the government bill on drafting haredim into the army will be passed. 

Peres grants scholarships in brain research
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – 10 outstanding doctoral students, engaged in various fields of brain research receive grants worth a total of NIS 2 million. 

A humble beginning
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “Saturday night’s protest…was both the most important protest in the history of the Israeli gay rights movement, and a humble beginning to the battle that lies ahead.” 

EU rights agency decries ‘mainstreaming’ of extremism in Hungary, Greece
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Greece’s Golden Dawn and Hungary’s Jobbik have both been termed neo-Nazi parties by the World Jewish Congress. 

On My Mind: Syria’s Chemical Weapons
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “The OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize, but Assad got a reprieve from any firm action against his regime, an extension on his license to kill.” 

No Holds Barred: Sean Penn, my unlikely hero
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “Penn did something recently that blew my mind and, in the spirit of gratitude, I must acknowledge it.” 

Halachic nation: The medieval roots of the Jewish nation
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “Jewish life all over the world needs to be rooted in thousands of years of Jewish history, not just the political movements of modernity.” 

A problematic Jordanian membership in the UN Security Council
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “Given the frequency within which the Security Council debates Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab events, often violent ones, Jordan will be asked to make difficult choices as a Security Council member.” 

Our World: Kerry’s oh-so-’90s security nonsense
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “There are several serious problems with Kerry’s arrangements…their most glaring flaws are rooted in their disregard for all the lessons we have learned over the past two decades.” 

The terrorist threat
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – “We so quickly forget the past. But the realities on the ground, whether in the West Bank or in Gaza, do not allow us to forget the horrible dilemmas we face.” 

Report: Netanyahu will ask Obama to free Pollard as condition in peace talks
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Channel 2 reports that PM will make signing of framework agreement with Palestinians conditional on Israeli agent’s release; Ch. 10: Obama sees no connection between Pollard and NSA spying on Israel, won’t release him. 

Remand extended for teenage gang rape suspects
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Tel Aviv Juvenile Court extends remand for five suspects arrested for gang rape of 12-year-old girl. 

IDF soldiers fire at Palestinian placing bomb on Gaza-Israel border
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Man was hit by gunfire, though his condition remains unknown; comes after 4 incidents of IDF opening fire on border over weekend. 

Court rules Ethiopian baby can stay with non-Ethiopian adoptive parents
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Supreme court overrules itself rejecting Ethiopian Yesh Atid MK Solomon, NGOs accepting A-G’s opinion. 

Tibi compares government policies to Jim Crow in US blog
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – MK says Netanyahu gov’t laws reminiscent of old US segregation policies; Yisrael Beytenu MK: Tibi acts like he hates Jews, wants to destroy Israel. 

Israel releases hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – IPS frees Samer Issawi who fasted for 266 days while serving sentence for violating terms of patrol for prior arrest. 

Alleged gang rape of 12 year old a ‘wake-up call’ for Israeli society
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Director of Rape Crisis association: “This is a serious social problem and we must eradicate it.” 

British public lashes out at retailer Marks & Spencer for Muslim policy
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Major UK retailer allows employees to refuse to sell certain foods on religious grounds. 

Police officer stabbed in back during terrorist attack near West Bank checkpoint
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Third terrorist attack in 24 hours has police on heightened alert; Public advised to increase awareness on all buses
and public areas. 

Thessaloniki to build Holocaust museum and research center
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Center to stand at site where some 50,000 of the city’s Jews were deported to Nazi death camps. 

Lapid calls to cancel MK pay hike
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Lawmakers and other elected officials’ salaries set to be raised by 3% in 2014. 

Netanyahu says US spying on Israel ‘unacceptable,’ calls for ‘clarifications’
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – PM issues strongest comments yet on revelations that NSA spied on former Israeli PMs; meets Pollard’s wife, reiterating calls for his release. 

PM praises security forces, vigilant citizens for Bat Yam bomb response
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Netanyahu notes the growing trend in terror attempts in the past year; Right calls for stopping diplomatic process. 

Q&A: The man who put Israel on the map
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – Maccabi Tel Aviv legend Tal Brody tells the ‘Post’ that he is more confident than ever that Israel is here to stay. 

Shalva’s True Superheroes: Episode 23
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – In which our heroes use their powers to help Israelis in the storm. 

Rouhani wants trust while US promises to verify any nuclear deal
Jerusalem Post 23 Dec 2013 – White House seeks “trigger” on sanctions, as Rouhani pens op-ed calling for improved relations with West. 

The Guardian

Graffiti and selfies record pilgrims’ progress at Bethlehem shrine
The Guardian 23 Dec 2013 – Academics are only now studying messages and paintings on the Church of the Nativity’s columns dating back to the Crusades Most visitors to the Church of the Nativity head straight for the grotto beneath the altar…

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity: saving the angels at Jesus’s birthplace
The Guardian 23 Dec 2013 – Italian craftsmen have won the Palestinian Authority’s tender to repair the 4th-century church and Unesco heritage site Italian craftsmen have begun urgent repairs to the centuries-old roof of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, first…

Uruknet

Young man seriously injured by Israeli fire in northern Gaza Strip
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 — Israeli forces shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man near Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip.Palestinian medical sources confirmed that a young man in his twenties from Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City was hit…

CPJ condemns attack on Iraqi TV station
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today s attack on Salah al-Din TV station headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq, which left several journalists dead. The attack comes amid a wave of targeted killings of journalists in the past few…

Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi who went on hunger strike for 266 days is freed
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Samer Issawi, whose 266-day hunger strike drew attention to the plight of Palestinian prisoners and Israel s policies of jailing people without charge, has been freed to his home in East Jerusalem. His release has sparked…

The A-Z of Drones 2013 – Part One
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013- A . It was good to see large numbers turn out at a big protest at Parc Aberporth, the drone test centre in West Wales, in September as the owners announced a big expansion. It was even better…

Rise in citizenship-stripping as government cracks down on UK fighters in Syria
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 -The British government has dramatically escalated its use of secretive citizenship-stripping powers. The rise in cases comes as the government attempts to prevent dual nationals who have gone to fight in Syria from returning to the UK….

Bethlehem Christians Unable to Celebrate Christmas as they Fight for their Existence
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – As Christians from all over the world get ready to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the cradle of Christianity, Palestinian Christian residents of this holy city are busy fighting to protect their land and their homes from…

The Rebel Offensives in East Ghouta: “The Battle of God is the Greatest and Most Honorable” (November 22nd-December 21st)
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – 23 December 2013- This analysis addresses the southeastern Otaibah and northeastern Adra offensives, which together constitute Phase I of the rebels “Battle of God is the Greatest and Most Honorable” in East Ghouta: * How far south and west did the…

Food Behind Bars Isn t Fit for Your Dog
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Shares in the Philadelphia-based Aramark Holdings Corp., which contracts through Aramark Correctional Services to provide the food to 600 correctional institutions across the United States, went public Thursday. The corporation, acquired in 2007 for $8.3 billion…

Hamas calls on Arab League to protect Palestinians in Syria
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – The Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine has called on the Arab League and human rights organisations to intervene to protect the Palestinians in Syria. Hamas said that such protection should apply equally to those living in…

US outraged by Israel s sale of military equipment to China
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – The sale of Israeli military equipment to China has sparked outrage in the United States, leading to the resignation of an Israeli Defence Ministry official. The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Sunday that Meir Shalit, the…

Taking direct action against Israel s racist marriage law
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Activists have launched a new campaign to challenge Israeli laws which prevent many Palest
inians from marrying each other. “We were all friends through different forums, and we decided to do something to tackle this racism,” Najwan…

Any More U.S. “Stabilization” and Africa Will Collapse
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – History is just one of those hard things to ignore, especially in South Sudan. In 2011, the U.S. midwifed the creation of a new nation, South Sudan. Though at the time Obama invoked the words of…

While you were sleeping: The systematic terrorization of Burin
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013-To paraphrase Tolstoy, every village in the West Bank is miserable in its own way. The curse of Burin, in the Nablus region, is that it neighbors two particularly troublesome settlements, Har Bracha and Yitzhar. Attacks by Israeli…

Israeli forces raid Samer Issawi house, ban release celebration 
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 — Israeli forces on Monday raided the house of a prominent Palestinian prisoner due to be released later today and “banned” his family from organizing any celebrations, family members said.Israeli intelligence officers accompanied by soldiers raided Samer…

Hassan Abboud: We will fight for our rights (Video) 
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 -As diplomats engage in diplomacy, world powers give their blessings, and a date is announced for a conference to bring peace to Syria, the war continues to take its toll on the fractured Syrian nation…In an exclusive…

WATCH: Al Walaja – The story of a shrinking Palestinian village
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013- Beginning with the 1948 war and continuing with the the illegal annexation of land to Jerusalem, the canton-like divisions created in the Oslo Accords and now with the separation barrier, Israel has, piece by piece, chipped away…

Will Palestine see real solidarity in 2014?
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Last year I took part in a TV program on RT about the Palestinian Authority s bid for statehood at the United Nations. During this talk show, Raanan Gissin – an adviser to Ariel Sharon when…

Iran s Rouhani eyes renewed relations with U.S.
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Iran wants to improve bilateral relations with the United States and other Western powers, President Hassan Rouhani said in an editorial published in a German newspaper on Monday, broaching an issue he has so far avoided…

Interrelatedness of Evil Obama Run Amuck
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Comparative structural-political typologies are interesting to study, for in that way one learns modesty when the temptation arises to assert patriotic nobility and superiority over all others. Is drone murder more righteous than Gulag imprisonment? Is…

Exposed: The CIA s Clandestine Operations in Colombia
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – Since the early 2000s, the CIA has been secretly helping the far-right Colombian government torture, spy on, and kill at least two dozen members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a covert program…

Conversation with Ilan Pappe: We Don t Have the Luxury to Wait Any Longer
Uruknet 23 Dec 2013 – December 23, 2013 – …The reason why we are all debating this is because on the ground the machine of destruction does not stop for one day. We therefore don t have the luxury to wait any longer. Time is…

In video: Mandela speaks of support for Palestine during 1990 US visit
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – — Rare video footage has emerged of late anti-apartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela speaking of his “identification” with the Palestinian struggle during a visit to the United States in 1990.The video was…

Syria News – December 22, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 166 martyrs including 22 children, 10 women and 3 martyrs under torture: 92 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 31 in Damascus and its Suburbs;…

Deconstructing the UN s symbolic solidarity with Palestinians
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – After decades of United Nations complicity allowing Israel s colonisation of Palestine, the yearly International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has been upgraded symbolically to encompass a whole year. On November 26, the UN…

Home Office confiscates Moazzam Begg s passport following Syria trip
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – The former Guantánamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg has been stripped of his UK passport after visiting Syria. Begg, 45, from Birmingham, says he was stopped by police at Heathrow airport on his return from a trip…

Some deaths are more equal than others
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – … Built into this culture, is one of mitigation, of presenting any acts of illegality within a context of prior or wider events. All abuses that have occurred on the part of US and UK troops, are…

Hamas condemns the targeting of Palestinian refugee camps in Syria
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013– Hamas movement strongly condemned the “brutal massacre” in Dira refugee camp on Saturday that killed eight refugees. Hamas renewed in a statement on Sunday its call for neutralizing refugee camps in the current armed conflict in Syria…

Egyptian court jails three secular leaders of 2011 uprising
Uruknet 22 Dec 2013 – December 22, 2013 – Three of the figureheads of Egypt s 2011 uprising have been jailed for three years, the first secular activists to be sentenced in a crackdown that has previously centred on Islamist supporters of the former president…

Daily Star

UN’s Ban calls for thousands more South Sudan peacekeepers
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon asked the U.N. Security Council on Monday to send 5,500 more peacekeepers in South Sudan to better protect civilians from violence that threatens to plunge Africa’s youngest country into civil war.

Obama symbolically signs up for Obamacare
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 US President Barack Obama has symbolically signed up for health insurance to promote his own controversial health care reform legislation, a White House official said Monday.

UN backs Iran going to Syria peace conference
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Iran is a very important regional power that can play a major role in helping end the Syrian conflict and should be allowed to participate in next month’s peace conference in Switzerland.

Charbel honors airport employee for returning $10,000
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel honored an employee Friday who returned the $10,000 he had found in Beirut airport’s reception hall

Abbas says Jesus was a ‘Palestinian messenger’
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a “Palestinian” messenger of hope.

Kahwagi: Army to counter terrorists, Israeli aggression
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 Gen. Jean Kahwagi vows during a visit to south Lebanon that the Army will swiftly respond to any Israeli aggression and counter terrorist attempts to undermine security.

Syria opposition ‘won’t attend talks’ unless Aleppo bombing ends
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 The opposition Syrian National Coalition said Monday it will not attend planned peace talks in Geneva if government warplanes keep up their bombing campaign on the northern city of Aleppo.

Syria bombards Aleppo, killing hundreds ahead of talks
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 Syrian warplanes have killed more than 300 people, including 87 children, in an eight-day bombing campaign in the second city of Aleppo a month before planned peace talks.

Hundreds protest against Egypt’s jailing of activists
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 Several hundreds of Egyptians protested in central Cairo on Monday against a court ruling that sent three leading secular pro-democracy campaigners to jail, witnesses said.

Militant group in Egypt’s Sinai warns military
Daily Star 23 Dec 2013 An al-Qaida-inspired group in the volatile Sinai Peninsula called on Egypt’s soldiers and policemen to desert, warning them in a statement Monday that otherwise they face death at the hands of its fighters.

YNet News

Report: Bush’s security aid calls Pollard demands ‘chutzpah’
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – ….

Supreme Court ruling: Return Ethiopian boy to foster family
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Decision overturns previous top ruling giving child’s aunt custody. Adopting couple: ‘We were the first ones he called ‘mom’ and ‘dad.’ Judge: ‘You can’t tear the child away from the one family he has’ ….

Gaza: Palestinian wounded by IDF fire
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Hours after policeman stabbed in back, IDF shoot Palestinian attempting to place explosive along Gaza border fence. Meanwhile, Palestinians ‘turn down any extension’ of peace talks, further straining on-going negotiations ….

Virus kills over 1,000 dolphins along US east coast
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Report: Brazil crane operator worked 18 days
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – ….

Patient 200: Another Syrian casualty evacuated by IDF
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UN peacekeeper killed in Central African Republic
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – ….

Abbas: Jesus was a ‘Palestinian messenger’
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Palestinian president claims Jesus was a ‘Palestinian messenger who would become a guiding light for millions’ in attempt to prepare ground for papal West Bank visit ….

Sign of loss of control
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Analysis: Abbas must realize that ‘popular resistance’ he initiated may jeopardize peace talks, as well as PA’s survival ….

West Bank terror: Police officer stabbed, manhunt in progress
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Policeman stabbed in back during possible terror attack in Jerusalem-area settlement. Police fired at fleeing suspect, conducting manhunt to capture assailant ….

Shall we dance? Rabbi-approved salsa
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Ballroom dancing trend taking hold among many religious couples. Teachers dress modestly, classes are given individually, and during Niddah partners join classes with members of their own sex ….

Iran’s Rohani eyes rebuilding relations with United States
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Iranian president tells German newspaper that his country is looking to the future, seeking to ease long-standing tensions with US and Europe ….

Marks & Spencer under fire for Muslim staff booze and bacon ban
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – World famous retailer criticized for allowing Muslim employees to refuse assistance to customers when it comes to pork and alcohol ….

Breaking the rules
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Now that it turns out Americans spied on every possible target, they must free Jonathan Pollard ….

KKK fights image of racism, hate
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – White supremacy group, whose history has long list of lynches on blacks, Jews, says main interest is saving America from being run into ground ….

UK synagogue saved by Muslims
YNet News, 23 Dec 2013 – Bradford Reform Synagogue’s future is rosier than ever thanks to intervention of local Muslim community, whose fundraising efforts have secured its long-term future ….

Report: Hezbollah, Syrian rebels clash in Lebanon
YNet News, 22 Dec 2013 – Lebanese site reports Hezbollah man killed in clashes between Syrian rebels, Shiite terror group on Lebanese soil, in additional incident of spillover from Syrian conflict into neighboring countries ….

Iran says ‘slow’ progress in nuclear deal talks
YNet News, 22 Dec 2013 – Islamic republic’s negotiator says Tehran’s talks with world powers on implementation of nuclear deal are making slow progress ….

Palestinian Information Center

Palestinian man seriously wounded in IOF shooting
PIC – A Palestinian citizen was seriously wounded at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) west of Beit Lahia, north of the Gaza Strip, on Monday evening.

Rizqa: Abbas uses negotiations to stay in power
PIC – Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Palestinian Premier in Gaza, said that PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas uses negotiations to maintain the donor countries’ financial aid and to stay in power.

Prisoner society: Brothers Halahela suffer health problems in Ramon jail
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner society said that the two prisoner brothers Thaer and Shaher Halahela suffer from difficult health conditions and deliberate medical neglect in Ramon jail.

Families of prisoners organize solidarity sit-in
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner society (PPS) and the committee of families of prisoners in Nablus staged a sit-in on Monday in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli occupation jails.

Action group: The blockade on Al-Yarmouk camp enters its 159th day
PIC – The action group for the Palestinians in Syria said that the Syrian regime forces have been imposing a tight blockade on Al-Yarmouk refugee camp for the 159th consecutive day.

Palestinian prisoner continues his hunger strike for 18th day
PIC – Palestinian prisoner Ali Daana, from Silwan town in occupied Jerusalem, has continued his open hunger strike for the 18th day in a row protesting the Israeli arbitrary transfer policy. 

IOF arrests 11 Palestinians
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn today 11 youths in occupied West Bank and took them to unknown detention centers.

Hamas: The bus attack in Bat Yam is a natural reaction to Israel’s crimes
PIC – The Hamas Movement has hailed the operation that targeted a bus near Tel Aviv as “heroic” and described it as a natural reaction to Israel’s ongoing crimes against the Palestinians and their property.

IOA tells Samer family: No celebrations
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) officially told the family of captive Samer Al-Issawi, who is due to be released on Monday, not to organize festivities to celebrate his release.

Abu Zuhri condemns Arab FM supportive position of negotiations
PIC – Hamas Movement has renewed its rejection to any agreement reached between Palestinian and Israeli authorities, condemning the Arab foreign ministers’ green light for continuing talks.

WAFA

WHO: Permit for Child Awaiting Cancer Treatment Delayed 3 Months
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

PEX Report: Index Up by More than 4 Points
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Less than Half of the Employed Work in non-Agricultural Sectors
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Tourism Minister Denounces Denying Arab Ministers Entry into Palestine
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Lawlessness will not be Allowed in Palestine, says Official
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Israel Arrests more than a Dozen People from West Bank
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Abbas: Millions Denied Right to Worship in their Homeland
WAFA – 23 Dec 2013

Misc

Syria keeps up deadly air offensive in Aleppo
LA Times 23 Dec 2013 – A ninth day of airstrikes kills more than 50 in the northern province. The air campaign has claimed 300 to 500 lives, rights groups say. Syrian government airstrikes pounded the country’s northern province of Aleppo for a ninth straight day Monday, killing more than 50…

In Egypt, activist’s death is new blow to revolution
LA Times 23 Dec 2013 – Bassem Mohsen, 25, was shot during a protest last week. He was among the 2011 revolutionaries who had fallen on hard times. CAIRO — To many of those who took part in Egypt’s 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the…

Israel releases Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi
LA Times 23 Dec 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Israel Prison Service on Monday freed Samer Issawi, a Palestinian inmate whose prolonged hunger strike helped fuel weeks of protests in the West Bank this year.

In Egypt, activist’s death seen as embodiment of dashed hopes
LA Times 23 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — To many of those who took part in Egypt’s 2011 revolution against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomized that era’s dashed hopes.

Egypt: Reformist judges under investigation as illegal group
LA Times 23 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — Under Egypt’s military-backed government, even some distinguished jurists have found it hard to keep from running afoul of the law.

3 Egyptian activists get prison terms for protesting
LA Times 22 Dec 2013 – The men get maximum sentences of three years in prison and heavy fines. They had demonstrated against a new law that in effect criminalizes street protests. CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, in…

Russia Sends Vehicles to Syrian Port to Aid in Removal of Chemical Weapons Stockpile
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – The Russian Defense Ministry said 50 trucks and 25 armored vehicles were sent to Syria for the latest phase of the plan for destroying the stockpile. 

Five Killed in an Explosion in Egypt’s Nile Delta
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – At least five people were killed and more than 100 hurt in an explosion at a security building in Egypt’s Nile Delta town of Dakahlyia on Tuesday, state media and a security source said. 

U.S. Softens Deadline for Deal to Keep Troops in Afghanistan
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – The Obama administration is backing away from its tough talk about a total withdrawal if the agreement is not finalized by Dec. 31. 

Document: Israeli Mossad Trained Mandela
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – Israel’s state archives has published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state’s sympathy for the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1960s. 

As Violence Rises, Journalists in Iraq Face Renewed Risks
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – A suicide attack on a television station in Tikrit underscores a stepped-up campaign by Al Qaeda against journalists, who also face the wrath of officials. 

Exclusive: Assad’s Secret Oil Lifeline: Iraqi Crude From Egypt
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions. 

UN Backs Iran Going to Syria Peace Conference
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Iran is a very important regional power that can play a major role in helping end the Syrian conflict and should be allowed to participate in next month’s peace conference in Switzerland. 

The Lede: American Gets One-Year Sentence for Spoof Video in United Arab Emirates
New York Times 23
Dec 2013 – A state security court in the United Arab Emirates handed a one-year sentence to an American man and two Indians for making a satirical video deemed a threat to the nation. 

Long-Time Palestinian Hunger Striker Released
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for nearly nine months to press for his freedom walked out of an Israeli prison on Monday to a joyous welcome from friends and family. 

Israel Frees Palestinian Prisoner After Hunger-Strike Deal
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – Israel freed a Palestinian prisoner from jail on Monday, completing a deal agreed earlier this year in exchange for him halting a lengthy hunger strike that almost killed him. 

Abbas Says Jesus Was a ‘Palestinian Messenger’
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – In a Christmas message, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has referred to Jesus as a “Palestinian” messenger of hope. 

At Least 20 People Killed in Attacks Across Iraq: Police
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – At least 20 people were killed in a spate of attacks across Iraq on Monday that included the seizure by gunmen of a television station, the targeting of Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims and a desert offensive by the army. 

Hundreds Protest Against Egypt’s Jailing of Activists
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – Several hundreds of Egyptians protested in central Cairo on Monday against a court ruling that sent three leading secular pro-democracy campaigners to jail, witnesses said. 

American Jailed in UAE for YouTube Parody Video
New York Times 23 Dec 2013 – An American citizen was sentenced to a year in prison in the United Arab Emirates on Monday for posting a parody video on YouTube which pokes fun at young Emirati men who imitate U.S. hip-hop culture, his family said. 

Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi who went on hunger strike for 266 days is freed
Mondoweiss – Samer Issawi arriving to his home in Jerusalem. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) Samer Issawi, whose 266-day hunger strike drew attention to the plight of Palestinian prisoners and Israel’s policies of jailing people without charge, has been freed to his home in East Jerusalem. His release has sparked…

2013 boom year for Israeli high-tech
Globes Macro Economics – In the first half of the year, there was a 52% rise in demand for mobile and web developers, and salaries are up as well.

Opko nausea drug reports positive Phase III results
Globes Main News – The drug is licensed to Tesaro and the market is skeptical whether the treatment has any advantages over existing drugs.

Mon: TASE rally continues
Globes Main News – The banks led the market rises while Bezeq rose strongly on the day’s largest trading turnover.

Three university presidents issue statements against boycott
Mondoweiss – Wallace Loh Last week’s American Studies Association’s vote in favor of academic boycott of Israel has unleashed a backlash . University execs are lining up to disavow the idea. Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust’s statement is remarkably terse: Academic boycotts subvert the academic freedoms and values necessary…

BoI leaves January interest rate unchanged
Globes Main News – The Monetary Committee has kept the rate at 1% citing low inflation, a moderation in home price rises and shekel stability.

Remnick asks Shavit whether Zionism is a historical mistake
Mondoweiss – In October, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, published the most transgressive portion of Ari Shavit’s very-Zionist book, a piece about the ethnic cleansing of Lydda in 1948, and when the book came out a month later, Remnick interviewed Shavit on stage at the…

Shufersal found guilty of forming cartel
Globes Main News – The Antitrust Authority will demand a prison sentence for former CEO Effie Rosenhause.

Yet another Dershowitz fabrication
Mondoweiss – As expected, Alan Dershowitz responded to the American Studies Association support of BDS movement’s by smearing the voters as anti-Semitic (reprinted from Haaretz.) Nothing new here. Nor was it new that Dershowitz told the following story in support of his condemnation: [It] reminds me of the…

Civilian public sector wages total NIS 160b
Globes Main News – Director of Wages Kobi Amsalem: We must connect salaries to quality and excellence of manpower, and not put them on autopilot.

Discount Bank employees to strike all branches Tuesday
Globes Main News – Employees want an automatic annual salary rise of 5% while the bank wants to pay a significantly lower increase.

Israeli High Court asks Palestinian farmers to drop case against settlers for stealing land
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing High Court asks Palestinians to drop land case against settlers Haaretz 23 Dec by Amira Hass — A High Court of Justice panel has asked farmers from the West Bank village of Yatta to withdraw a petition against settlers…

‘Goliath’ is indispensable to understanding the real Israel in 2013
Mondoweiss – If you are an American mainstream reporter in Israel, you have a real challenge, just about every day. You have to wilfully ignore much of the news that is happening right around you. Let’s take the events of May 23, 2012 in south Tel Aviv as…

Israel’s war on Christmas rages on
Mondoweiss – Issa Kassissieh, dressed as Santa Claus, carries a Christmas tree outside the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem Dec. 23, 2008.(Photo: Xinhua/Reuters Photo) In what has become a yearly holiday tradition, Israeli politicians are attempting to quash official attempts to recognize Christmas. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports : Israeli…

‘The Nation’ and the privileging of Jewish voices on Israel/Palestine
Mondoweiss – An important argument has broken out between the Electronic Intifada and The Nation over the issue of the left privileging Jewish voices on the conflict and not being hospitable to Palestinians. Screenshot: Electronic Intifada Three days back, Electronic Intifada published Rania Khalek’s piece, “Does The Nation…

Israel Chemicals takes majority stake in Brazil’s Fosbrasil
Globes Main News – Fosbrasil produces purified phosphoric acid and raw materials for fertilizers.

Salaries and home prices further apart
Globes Main News – 136 average monthly salaries were needed to buy a home in the third quarter of 2013, compared with 132 last year.

NSA Spied on Israel’s Prime Minister, Defense Minister, Arms Merchants, and WMD Research
Tikun Olam – Yediot Achronot’s blaring headline: “Ally-Spy” Tucked into a paragraph of yesterday’s latest NY Times NSA spying revelation courtesy of Edward Snowden was a bombshell about surveillance against various Israeli targets. These weren’t just any targets, they were those at the highest political, military and academic levels…

Avi Gabbay seeks to buy El Al with Saban
Globes Main News – Saban Capital Group is believed to have asked former Bezeq CEO Gabbay to prepare a feasibility study.

Deadly blast at Egypt security site 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – An explosion near an Egyptian security building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura kills at least 14 people and wounds more than 100.

Association of American Universities Condemns Academic Boycotts of Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Dec 2013 – The Association of American Universities issued a statement late last week condemning rising support for an academic boycott of Israeli institutions, arguing that it infringes upon principles of academic freedom. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Frees Palestinian Prisoner Whose Hunger Strike Sparked Protests 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Dec 2013 – Israel freed a Palestinian prisoner from jail on Monday, completing a deal agreed earlier this year in exchange for him halting a lengthy hunger strike that almost killed him. Click here for the rest of the article…

Brotherhood in Egypt hunger strike 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Members of the Muslim Brotherhood jailed in Egypt go on hunger strike in protest at their “inhumane treatment” in prison, the group says.

NBC Scraps Plans To Film Series in East Jerusalem Amid Palestinian Protest 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Dec 2013 – NBCUniversal assured the Palestine Liberation Organization that it will not film an upcoming television series in parts of eastern Jerusalem. Click here for the rest of the article…

Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts U.S. Spying on Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 23 Dec 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, commenting on allegations the United States had spied on Israel’s leaders, said on Monday such activity was unacceptable and had no place in the allies’ close relationship. Click here for the rest of the article…

Russian lorries to remove Syria arms 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Russia sends 75 vehicles to Syria to assist the international operation to destroy or remove its chemical weapons.

Google Glass Challenged by Israeli Startup Meta 
The Forward New 23 Dec 2013 – Israeli startup Meta is set to take on Google Glass with its own model of augmented reality glasses, the Meta Pro, unveiled over the weekend. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel searches for bomb suspects 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Israeli police are searching for suspects after a bomb exploded on board a bus in central Israel on Sunday, just minutes after it had been evacuated.

Swarthmore Hillel Gets Boost From Controversy Over Israel Critics 
The Forward New 23 Dec 2013 – Swarthmore College’s Hillel might have expected to lose members over its controversial decision to embrace some critics of Israel. Instead, it’s sparked a boom. Click here for the rest of the article…

Deadly blast at Egypt security site 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – An explosion near an Egyptian security building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura kills at least 14 people and wounds more than 100.

Hundreds protest jailing of secular Egyptian activists 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Several hundreds of Egyptians protested in central Cairo on Monday against a court ruling that sent three leading secular pro-democracy campaigners to jail, witnesses said. Raising a banner reading “Freedom for all detainees,” the protesters chanted against the military-backed government, calling army chief General Abdel Fattah…

Egypt: Jailed brotherhood members launch mass hunger strike 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – More than 450 imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members launched a hunger strike Monday over their “inhuman treatment” after being jailed following the military’s overthrow of Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi, the group said. A Twitter account operated by the Brotherhood, which has largely been driven underground by a…

Saudi security court jails poet 
BB
C 23 Dec 2013 – A security court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Shia poet and journalist to a year in prison in connection with protests in Eastern Province.

Brotherhood in Egypt hunger strike 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Members of the Muslim Brotherhood jailed in Egypt go on hunger strike in protest at their “inhumane treatment” in prison, the group says.

Hezbollah fighter killed in border clash with Syrian rebels 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – One Hezbollah fighter and an unknown number of Syrian rebels were killed in clashes early Sunday along the Lebanese-Syrian border after rebels crossed into Lebanese territory, Al-Akhbar ‘s correspondent in the Bekaa reported. The corespondent said that clashes broke out around 2:00 am after a Hezbollah…

Lebanese man kidnapped in Nigeria 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Gunmen kidnapped a Lebanese factory owner in Nigeria’s second city of Kano on Monday in an attack that left two employees wounded by gunfire, police and witnesses said. Kano, the largest city in the mainly Muslim north, has been attacked repeatedly by Boko Haram Islamists but…

Lives of fear for Egypt’s Christians 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – The mounting violence against Egypt’s Copts

Lebanon: School Dropouts Soar on Tripoli Demarcation Lines 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Lebanese army soldiers evacuate civilians caught in sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on November 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ghassan Sweidan). Lebanese army soldiers evacuate civilians caught in sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on November 30,…

Five journalists killed in Iraq suicide attack 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – A man mourns over the coffin of Iraqi free-lance journalist Yasser Faisal Al-Joumaili who was killed in the Syrian province of Idlib on December 4, as his body arrives by road from Turkey to the Iraqi city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad, on December…

Beirut Tunnel Flood a Result of Negligence 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Youssef denied that he or the contractor were to blame. He said, “Everything was proceeding at the airport road tunnel to the best of our abilities, but what happened has happened.”. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah). Youssef denied that he or the contractor were to blame. He said,…

Syria: ISIS Imposes ‘Sharia’ on Idlib’s Druze 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Israeli Arab Druze and Druze from the Golan Heights attend a meeting with Lebanese Druze leaders Walid Jumblatt and Talal Arslan in Damascus September 17, 2010. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled al-Hariri). Israeli Arab Druze and Druze from the Golan Heights attend a meeting with Lebanese Druze…

Libyan tribal clashes leave three dead 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Three Libyan tribesmen have been killed in fighting that grew out of disputes between army units under conflicting orders over who controls key resources in the country’s east, officials said Monday. Another five people were wounded in the fighting between Toubou and Zuwayya tribesmen on Sunday…

Lebanon: Child Refugee Deaths Expose Corruption in Relief Work 
Al-Akhbar News 23 Dec 2013 – Syrian children play with the snow in the Arsal refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 15, 2013.(Photo: AFP – STR). Syrian children play with the snow in the Arsal refugee camp in the Lebanese Bekaa valley on December 15, 2013.(Photo: AFP – STR)….

UAE convicts eight for ‘spoof video’ 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Six foreigners and two UAE citizens are sentenced to up to a year in jail for making what they say is a spoof video about Dubai youth culture.

Russian lorries to remove Syria arms 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Russia sends 75 vehicles to Syria to assist the international operation to destroy or remove its chemical weapons.

Israel searches for bomb suspects 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Israeli police are searching for suspects after a bomb exploded on board a bus in central Israel on Sunday, just minutes after it had been evacuated.

Al-Qaeda apologises for Yemen attack 
BBC 23 Dec 2013 – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula offers a rare apology to the families of those killed in an attack on a military hospital earlier this month.

Iran talks make ‘slow progress’ 
BBC 22 Dec 2013 – Iran says talks with world powers on the implementation of an accord on the country’s nuclear programme are making “slow progress”.

Articles


Metaphor in Gaza 
Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine, International Solidarity Movement 12/23/2013
You stand below a dam because you have discovered cracks where water leaks out. You try to seal them with your bare hands, but they are not enough. The pressure is too high, and the cracks too large. And you scream for help, to let people know what is happening, stop the pressure from the inside before the disaster happens. But no one listens to your warning, and no one seems to want to see the water that wells between your fingers. Some even claim you are exaggerating. And you stand there,not daring to move your hands, wondering how long you will be able to hold back the pressure, how long you can keep calling before your voice fails. This is the metaphor that best describes the frustration activists here feel from time to time, a frustration we have to deal with because it cannot pass in dejection.
To be an activist here is not just to go with farmers into the “buffer zone,” or out to sea with fishermen, more or less as human shields: to try to seal the cracks with your hands, if I am allowed to continue using the metaphor as an explanatory model. Far more time is spent interviewing victims, gathering information, going to demonstrations and writing articles, to call for help and draw attention to what is happening. And it is mainly during the search for information that you unwittingly also look for something to show that a change is afoot. One’s eyes skim through title after title, then suddenly it’s there, the article that makes you pause. Standing below the dam, you notice a change among those high above you. Maybe now something’s finally starting to happen. And you feel relief and joy, and share the news with all the activists you meet.
Most recently, on 8th December, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had planned to inaugurate a container scanner at the Kerem Shalom checkpoint, but called off the whole thing when it became apparent that the scanner would not, contrary to Rutte’s assumptions, facilitate and thereby increase the movement of goods between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Israel is determined to keep these two parts of Palestine separated from each other. more.. e-mail

The nightmare hidden within liberal Zionism 
David Lloyd, Electronic Intifada 12/21/2013
Since the American Studies Association (ASA) announced this month that its members had voted overwhelmingly to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the predictable outpouring of furious responses has been proliferating.
They range from former Harvard president Larry Summers’ recycling of the threadbare charge that the boycott is tantamount to anti-Semitism to the soundbites of homophobic, Islamophobic venom that have been spewed onto the ASA’s Facebook page and into the inboxes of its officers.
But surely the most disingenuous of responses to date is that of The Crisis of Zionism author and Open Zion editor Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast — despite the fact that Beinart eschews the overheated and overtly bigoted language deployed by other critics (“The real problem with the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel,” 17 December 2013).
Indeed, Beinart generously exonerates the ASA from anti-Semitic tendencies, though the ASA has no need of his good graces on that score. It would have been better for Beinart to consider whether the really anti-Semitic gesture is not the Zionist demand that all Jews, no matter what their political or ethical beliefs, accept a single state as their representative and offer their allegiance to it, even if it is founded in discrimination, exclusion and ethnic cleansing.
To demand such an identification of all Jews is not only to dismiss the growing number of Jews worldwide who are challenging the nature of the “Jewish State,” but also to erase centuries of diverse and non-Zionist Jewish traditions.
Beinart also gives the ASA a pass on inconsistency, both for being an academic association boycotting academic institutions and for seeming to single out Israel for special attention. The ASA doubtlessly welcomes his dispensation, even though what it really reveals is his complete misunderstanding of the history and practice of boycott as a political tactic deployed by social movements. — See also: Beinart: The real problem with the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel more.. e-mail

Spying for Apartheid 
Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review 12/20/2013
The death of Nelson Mandela and the refusal of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend the funeral serve as a reminder of the somewhat tortuous relationship between South Africa and Israel as well as a notorious but little known spying case involving both nations and the Israel Lobby’s Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in the 1990s. Israel’s reluctance to celebrate Mandela is not exactly surprising as he became a prominent critic of Tel Aviv’s repression of the Palestinians, a situation that to him was all too reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa. Indeed, Israelis among themselves frequently describe the occupation of the West Bank as apartheid, a fact noted by former US President Jimmy Carter among others, but a characterization which is assiduously avoided in the US media.
Israel and South Africa under apartheid had a lot in common, given that both states were regarded by many as international pariahs due to their exclusionary domestic politics, in Israel based on religion and ethnicity and in South Africa based on race. Israel also was and still is regarded as an occupying power, in the 1990s due to its direct military control of the Sinai Peninsula, West Bank, Golan Heights, and Gaza Strip. South Africa and Israel’s shared perception of victimhood produced a willingness to stand together against world opinion and a mechanism for cooperation between the two governments also existed in the form of a large and wealthy Jewish community centered on Johannesburg.
It is now generally accepted that Israel secretly helped South Africa develop a nuclear bomb, receiving in return uranium for its own program, while South Africa was also an eager buyer of weapons produced by Israel’s fledgling arms industry. The probable test of a nuclear device, either of Israeli or South African provenance, was arranged by Pretoria in the Indian Ocean in 1979. Both nations shared the belief that they would have to possess nuclear weapons to defend themselves against their numerous enemies. Though South Africa ultimately abandoned its arms program and signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel continued on its own, using stolen American technology and enriched uranium to construct an arsenal that today consists of between 100 and 200 nuclear weapons. more.. e-mail

Mandela and Vanunu 
Mairead Maguire, CounterPunch 12/23/2013
Two Men of Courage
This week the World’s political leaders stood united in admiration at the Memorial service in South Africa to honour the memory of Nelson Mandela, Leader of his country, and a man of courage who gave inspiration to many people around the world.
Across the world in East Jerusalem in solitude sits another man of courage Mordechai Vanunu. In l986 Vanunu, the Israeli Nuclear whistle-blower, told the world about Israel’s secret nuclear Weapons. For this he served 18 years in an Israeli prison, 12 in solitary confinement, and since his release in 2004 he has been forbidden to leave Israel, speak to foreigners, and is constantly under surveillance.
On 25thDecember, 2013 Christmas day, he will be brought again before an Israeli Supreme Court and will, yet again, ask for his right to leave Israel. The Supreme Court can give him his freedom to go get on a plane and leave Israel as he wishes to do. I appeal to President Shimon Perez, to Prime Minister Netanyahu, to let him go. He is a man of peace, desiring freedom, who followed his conscience.
He is no threat to Israel. He like Mandela, has served now 27 years and deserves his freedom.
To the World’s Political Leaders who recognized in Mandela, a man of Honour and courage and saluted him, I appeal to you to do all in your power to help Vanunu get his freedom now. You have it in your power To do so, please do not be ‘silent’ whilst Mordechai Vanunu suffers and is refused his basic rights.more.. e-mail

Community which confronted Israeli killer suffered years of harassment
Electronic Intifada: 23 Dec 2013 – Three men banned over their role in Shefa Amr strike finally return home. more..

Will Palestine see real solidarity in 2014?
Electronic Intifada: 23 Dec 2013 – We need action, not words, during the year dedicated to us. more..

video from Gaza: Gaza above the Storm
In Gaza: 23 Dec 2013 – Dec 23, 2013, Media Ain Filed under: resisting Zionism , siege on Gazamore

For the Palestinians, al-Nakba Did not End in 1948
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Dec 2013 – By Hasan Afif El-Hasan For the Palestinians, the 1948 al-Nakba did not end in the establishment of Israel. It has been a continuous ongoing process of dispossession, Judaization and cleansing. Peaceful Palestinians have presented an existential challenge to Israel’s demographic imperatives because the conquest of all Palestine has been the fundamental tenets of Zionism. Under the cover of the two wars of 1948 and 1967, Israel was able to force more than one million Palestinians outside the territory it controlled. Unless there is another war, the opportunity to carry out another mass expulsion is unlikely to arise again. Israel is carrying on slow ethnic cleansing through careful planning, rules and legislations, settlements expansion, separation walls, promise of land swapping, and low intensity military operations. Israel has ignored the powerless Arab and Islamic states protest and condemnation; it used its powers as an occupier to create Greater Jerusalem, and now it…more

What Are They Doing to Rafah?
Palestine Chronicle: 23 Dec 2013 – By Huda Julie Webb-Pullman Norway, Washington DC, Sydney, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand have already done it. The United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Italy are about to. Activists all around the planet are today presenting Egyptian embassies and consulates with the demands of more than 12,000 people worldwide to permanently open the Rafah crossing, leave the tunnels alone, and allow travel and trade for Gazans trapped by the Israeli siege. First off the mark was Norway, where Lene Oline Sedolfsen presented the petition to the Egyptian diplomats. Next was Washington DC, where Pam Bailey accompanied Medea Benjamin and Gael Murphy to the Egyptian consulate where they presented the demands to Dr. Yasser Elwy. In Sydney James Godfrey and Michael Coleman from Free Gaza Australia handed it over to consular official Ahmed Morsy, while in New Zealand Egyptian embassy official Mahmoud Zayed received it from Julie Webb-Pullman in Wellington. The diplomats…more


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