VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 27 December 2013

27 December 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Seven Palestinian Injured In Jabalia
IMEMC – [Friday Evening December 27, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that seven Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired gas bombs at Palestinian homes in Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Several Residents Injured In Occupied Jerusalem
IMEMC – Three Children Kidnapped In Old City [Friday Evening December 27, 2013] Palestinian medical sources have reported that several residents have been wounded during clashes with Israeli soldiers invading the towns of Al-Ezariyya, Abu Dis, Anata and Ar-Ram, in occupied Jerusalem. Soldiers also kidnapped three children in Jerusalem’s Old City. …

Soldiers Invade Bethlehem, Kidnap Four Palestinians
IMEMC – [Friday evening, December 27, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Saff Street, in the center of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped four Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israel strikes Gaza, injuring at least 2 Palestinians
12/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel’s Air Force hit the Gaza Strip with missiles late Thursday, injuring two Palestinians and causing damage, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported. F-16 warplanes bombed “several sites” in Gaza City, specifically in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, in addition to striking Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Medical sources said two Palestinians were taken…. Related: 7 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Gaza border and Video: Israeli troops fire on Palestinian farmers and international activists in Gaza

Israeli forces shoot photographer in Bilin demonstrations
12/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A photographer was injured and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation as Israeli forces dispersed a demonstration in Bilin near Ramallah. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators as they neared their lands close to the wall. Photographer Mohammad Yassin, 20, was hit with a rubber coated steel bullet during the protests. Participants, some….

Israeli forces shoot 4 Palestinians in clashes near Ramallah
12/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Four Palestinians were injured when Israeli forces opened fire with live bullets during clashes in Silwad village north of Ramallah. Israeli forces raided the village and fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas, while Palestinian youths threw rocks and empty bottles at them. Israeli forces chased down Palestinians through the alleys of the village, injuring four of them during…. Related: In video: Nabi Saleh woman shot at close range by Israeli forces

In video: Nabi Saleh woman shot at close range by Israeli forces
12/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Activists from Nabi Saleh have released a video showing an Israeli soldier shooting a Palestinian woman in the leg at close range following clashes on Friday afternoon. The video, uploaded by prominent local activist Bilal Tamimi, shows Manal Tamimi walking towards two heavily-armed Israeli soldiers who raided the village and being shot with a rubber bullet from a distance of only…. Related: Israeli forces shoot 4 Palestinians in clashes near Ramallah

7 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Gaza border
12/27/2013 – GAZA (Ma’an) — Seven people suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday. Witnesses told Ma’an reported that Israeli forces fired tear gas heavily at Palestinian youths, and the fumes reached residences in the Izbet Abed Rabbo area east of the camp. Medics said that…. Related: Video: Israeli troops fire on Palestinian farmers and international activists in Gaza and Israel strikes Gaza, injuring at least 2 Palestinians

Lack of fuel grounds Gaza’s sole power plant
12/27/2013 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Lack of fuel from Israel brought Gaza’s lone power plant to a halt on Friday, days after it was fired back to life following a seven-week shutdown, the electricity company said.” The plant stopped working on Friday morning due to a lack of fuel caused by Israel’s closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing,” said a company official. Israel….

Israeli forces convert private home in Yabad into military base
12/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided a private home in the northern West Bank town of Yabad and converted it into a military watch station on Friday morning. Sobhi Ali Abu Bakr told a Ma’an correspondent in Jenin that he was surprised this morning when Israeli forces stormed his property and set up a military observation station in it before ascending to….

Israel extends the detention of 43 Palestinians being held in prison
12/27/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli courts on Friday extended the detention of 43 Palestinian prisoners under the pretext of continuing investigation and judicial procedures against them, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. Al-Jalama court extended the detentions of Orwa Radwan, Ali Irshid, Samih Adwan, Adib Ghalban, Amjad Hasis, Luay Huwari, Mahmoud Amarneh, Abdullah Harzallah and Anas Assaf. Ashkelon court extended the detentions of Ibrahim Musallam….

UNRWA hunger striker taken to the hospital
12/27/2013 – BEHTLEHEM (Ma’an) — An UNRWA worker from Deheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem was taken to the hospital after he fainted three days after launching a hunger strike in protest against the organization’s policies towards its employees. Khalil Abu Laban, who is one of four employees currently on strike against the UN Palestine refugee agency UNRWA, was taken to Beit Jala governmental hospital….

3 workers assaulted by Israeli forces in Hebron
12/27/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Three Palestinian laborers were assaulted by Israeli forces in al-Ramadeen area in southern Hebron as they were returning home from work on Friday. Mohammad al-Atawna, director of media at the Palestinian Workers’ Union said that the injured workers were taken to Alya hospital in Hebron with various fractures and bruises. Fadi Ahmad al-Ajarma, 21, suffered from broken teeth, a fractured….

Man killed in fight in Jenin
12/27/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A man was killed on Friday in an armed fight in Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. Jenin governor Talal Dweikat told Ma’an that Rifki Said al-Rukh, 40, was shot dead after a fight broke out between him and another man. Dweikat said that Palestinian security forces are currently deployed in the camp to avoid any escalation of the incident. [END]

US: Third group of Palestinian prisoners to be released a day late
12/27/2013 – WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — Israel has informed the United States that the third group of veteran Palestinian prisoners will be released a day later than originally promised. Spokeswoman for the US Department of State Jen Psaki said in a statement, “Although we had expected the release to occur on December 29, we have been informed that technical issues made it necessar
y to do the release….

NGO: Five Palestinians die of hunger in besieged Yarmouk
12/27/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Five people, including an elderly man, a woman and a disabled man, have died of hunger in a besieged Palestinian refugee camp south of Damascus, a monitoring group said Friday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have sealed off several rebel-held areas ringing the capital, some for more than a year, prompting fears of a worsening humanitarian disaster as citizens run low….

Beirut car bomb kills Lebanese anti-Syria figure
12/27/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A huge car bomb rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing five people including an influential member of a coalition opposed to the Syrian regime, and leaving cars ablaze and buildings wrecked. State news agency NNA said that Mohammad Chatah, 62, died as he headed to a meeting of the March 14 coalition at the mansion of ex-prime minister Saad Hariri, in the city….

2 killed, 148 pro-Morsi protesters arrested in crackdown
12/27/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two protesters were killed and at least 148 pro-Islamist protesters were arrested on Friday after they rallied in several Egyptian cities, police said, as the authorities vowed to repress demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood. Friday’s crackdown comes two days after the government declared the movement, to which deposed president Mohamed Morsi belongs, a terrorist group, and declared all members…. Related: Three dead, 265 arrested in Egypt crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

10 dead as army shells funeral tent in south Yemen
12/27/2013 – ADEN (AFP) — An army tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a school in Yemen on Friday, killing 10 people among them children, a medic and witnesses said.”We received 10 bodies, among them children, and 15 wounded people,” the medic from al-Nasr hospital in the southern province of Daleh told AFP. Witnesses said that an army tank had shelled the….

Three dead, 265 arrested in Egypt crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
12/27/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Three people were killed in clashes and 265 arrested in Egypt on Friday in a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations after the movement was labelled a terrorist group, police said. The military-installed government has banned protests by Brotherhood members demanding the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, after listing the movement as a terrorist organization on Wednesday. The three people were killed as…. Related: 2 killed, 148 pro-Morsi protesters arrested in crackdown

Palestine News Network

Prisoner Mustafa: Ashkelon Jailers Give Me Narcotic Drugs and Mistreat Me
Palestine News Network

AIC: Voices from Gaza Strip
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Why does Israel treat Gaza farmers sowing wheat by hand as military targets?
12/28/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – December is the time for farmers in the Gaza Strip to sow. But for those with fields near the Israeli separation barrier, it is highly dangerous. Sure enough, we were met by news that an 18-year-old was shot an hour earlier when he was checking his bird nets here in Khuza’a in the southern….

Escalation of Israeli attacks on Gaza kills two, injures at least 14, over five days
12/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Early on the afternoon on Friday, 20th December, Israeli occupation forces killed a 27-year-old Palestinian, Odah Jihad Hamad, and wounded his brother Raddad, age 22, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reports that Israeli forces fired directly at them, although it was clear that the two civilians were…. Related: Video: Israeli troops fire on Palestinian farmers and international activists in Gaza and 7 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Gaza border

Photos: Palestinians rally for prisoners in Gaza as Samer Issawi freed in Jerusalem
12/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Marco Varasio, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – On 23rd December, like every Monday morning, relatives and friends of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails gathered at the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza office for the weekly rally. But people at the rally had another reason to gather: the impending release of the Palestinian hero Samer Tariq Issawi, who spent more than….

Video: Israeli troops fire on Palestinian farmers and international activists in Gaza
12/27/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Resistenza Quotidiana, Silvia Todeschini, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – International activists have been accompanying Palestinian farmers to their lands near the separation barrier between the territories occupied in 1948 and the Gaza Strip. We have noticed, in recent days, an increase in the presence of the Zionist occupation forces. A few days ago, we felt more drones and F-16, then Jeeps and bulldozers began to move…. Related: 7 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces on Gaza border and Israel strikes Gaza, injuring at least 2 Palestinians

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel plans new settler homes while freeing Palestinians
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/27/2013 19:18 GMT JERUSALEM, December 27, 2013 (AFP) – Israel will reveal plans to build 1,400 settler homes in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem to coincide with the weekend release of…

Syrian Arab Republic: Five die of hunger in besieged Syria camp: NGO
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 12/27/2013 17:46 GMT BEIRUT, December 27, 2013 (AFP) – Five people, including an elderly man, a woman and a disabled man, have died of hunger in a besieged Palestinian refugee…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA thanks EU for support
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic East Jerusalem The European Union (EU) has announced a new contribution of EUR 16 million (US$ 21.9 million) to the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Atlas of Gaza City to Bayt Lahiya Area, Gaza (as of 26 Dec 2013)
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: UNOSAT Country: occupied Palestinian territory Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:34:12 GMT Product ID: 1897 – English Published: 26 Dec, 2013 GLIDE: ST20131217PSE FootPrint (Lat x Long, WSG84 Geographic, decimal degrees) TopLeft: 34.546493 x 31.583816 BottomRight: 34.427864 x 31.49428 This…

occupied Palestinian territory: Rafah and Surrounding Area, Gaza (as of 24 Dec 2013)
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: UNOSAT Country: occupied Palestinian territory Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:24:05 GMT Product ID: 1896 – English Published: 24 Dec, 2013 GLIDE: ST20131217PSE FootPrint (Lat x Long, WSG84 Geographic, decimal degrees) TopLeft: 34.328433 x 31.353153 BottomRight: 34.200865 x 31.283765 This…

occupied Palestinian territory: Atlas of Dayr al-Balah to Jarara Area, Gaza (as of 26 Dec 2013)
Relief Web 27 Dec 2013 – Source: UNOSAT Country: occupied Palestinian territory Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:59:58 GMT Product ID: 1898 – English Published: 26 Dec, 2013 GLIDE: ST20131217PSE FootPrint (Lat x Long, WSG84 Geographic, decimal degrees) TopLeft: 34.45227 x 31.470752 BottomRight: 34.267336 x 31.339154 This…

The National

Abbas urges US to help halt Israeli settler expansion
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Israel plans to build 1,400 settler homes and will announce the projects next week after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners on Sunday.

South Sudan government agrees to end hostilities
The National 27 Dec 2013 – South Sudan’s government on Friday agreed to end hostilities, regional leaders said at the end of a crisis summit, raising hopes for a potential breakthrough in efforts to cease violence that has displaced more than 120,000 people.

Turkish legislators resign over corruption scandal
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Turkey’s Justice and Development party is being directed by “arrogance”, said one of the legislators to quit, Ertugrul Gunay, who was a former culture minister.

Three dead in Brotherhood clashes in Egypt
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across Egypt on Friday, leaving three dead and 265 arrested in protests after the government declared the group a terrorist organisation.

New year brings new life for Marcus and Julie Lee in Australia
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Under house arrest since 2009, Marcus Lee finally cleared his name, had his passport returned and went home.

Beirut bombing kills Hariri ally
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Mohammed Chatah, 62, was killed as he headed to a meeting with the anti-Assad coalition in the capital. His death throws Lebanon, which has been drawn into Syria’s conflict, into further turmoil after a series of sectarian bombings over the past year.

Thai army to mobilise for elections 
The National 27 Dec 2013 – The Thai government said on Friday that it would ask the military to help protect candidates and voters in February elections following clashes between police and anti-government protesters that left two dead and scores wounded.

Filipinos ignore calls to obtain documents legally
The National 27 Dec 2013 – A call for sponsors of visiting relatives against buying notarised affidavits of support from travel agents went unheeded. In August officials at the Philippine embassy said the person executing the document must appear in person when applying for notary services.

The Reaper chilli is hot, hot, hot … and leaves other chillies out in the cold
The National 27 Dec 2013 – US man develops chilli recognised as the world’s hottest, so hot that it is more potent than pepper spray.

Video: Bomb blast hits bus in Cairo 
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Four people are injured when a bomb blast hit a bus in the Egyptian capital Cairo, a spokesman for Egypt’s interior ministry says.

Video: Accused Los Angeles airport gunman pleads not guilty 
The National 27 Dec 2013 – The California man accused of killing a TSA agent during a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last month pleads not guilty to federal charges.

Video: Brazil flooding kill at least 39 people 
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Heavy rains and flooding kill 39 and leave more than 50,000 people displaced in Brazil.

Video: Egyptians react to ‘terror group’ designation of Muslim Brotherhood 
The National 27 Dec 2013 – Cairo residents react to news that the opposition Muslim Brotherhood party has been designated as a terror group by the army-backed government.

Ha’aretz

U.S.: Israel plans to release next group of Palestinian prisoners on December 30
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Secret Israeli report on Temple Mount, buried by government, published in U.S.
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Syrian troops ambush, kill dozens of rebels
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Gaza’s only power plant shuts down over fuel shortage, official says
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

As 2014 dawns, Israel keeps a nervous eye on regional jihadist groups
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

State to court: Injunction to freeze Infiltration Law will infringe on Knesset’s powers
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

After court cries foul, non-Haredim in Beit Shemesh cheer for re-election
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah killed in Beirut blast
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Iran says it is developing new centrifuges
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Israeli schools gain autonomy over what theater shows pupils see
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Edgar Bronfman: You’re not born a Jew just to fight anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

Edgar Bronfman: Champion of Jewish inclusion and renewal
Ha’aretz – 27 Dec 2013

PA threatens legal action if settlement construction follows prisoner release
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Living by the knife
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Why I hate the rabbinate
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Israel’s public sector is getting fatter, despite Netanyahu’s ideology
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Bennett and gay TV presenter talk same-sex rights over Christmas dinner
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Education Ministry urges teachers to take New Age course
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Bill proposed to limit interviews with sexually abused minors
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Eq-wall-ity slogan wins U.S. teen a trip to Israel with Women of the Wall
Ha’aretz – 26 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Person of the year in the Syrian crisis: Israeli health care professionals
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Delivering vital medical services to 200 Syrians, medical staff in Safed hospitals are the biggest winners of 2013. 

Turkish protesters clash with police as supporters cheer Erdogan
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Police fire tear gas, use water cannon against protesters demonstrating a high-level corruption scandal in the country. 

UN, US condemn assassination of former Lebanese minister
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Security Council “unequivocally” condemns assassination of Mohammed Chatah; Kerry: This is a loss for the cause of regional peace. 

Report: Kerry to mull freeing Pollard as condition for Palestinian prisoners release
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Channel 10 reports US secretary of state to examine proposal to tie release of Israeli agent to release of remaining 52 Palestinian terrorists, but Israeli officials say doubtful President Obama approves the proposal. 

Five Palestinians, two IDF soldiers injured in West Bank clashes
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Palestinian injuries reported in Silwad, Bilin protests; IDF: Protesters hurled rocks at soldiers who used crowd dispersal means. 

Iranian nuclear chief: Islamic Republic designing new centrifuges
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Khamenei adviser: Iran should negotiate with each of the six world powers separately; talks to resume with P5+1 Dec. 30. 

Portuguese plumbers discover ancient mikvahs
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – 14th century Jewish ritual baths were found in Coimbra, in what archeologists say can be one of a kind discovery. 

‘New York Times’ launches Hungarian anti-Semitism survey
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Survey to help paper deepen its coverage of anti-Semitism in Hungary after EU survey finds high level of racism in country. 

Prosor: Rise in tensions a result of Palestinian incitement
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Israeli envoy to UN urges Security Council to condemn attacks, decries lack of condemnation from Palestinian leadership. 

Three killed in clashes between Egypt police, Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Tensions flare in Cairo, several other cities, in first large protests since the gov’t declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization. 

Gaza power plant shuts down again due to lack of fuel
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Palestinians say closing of Kerem Shalom crossing caused fuel shortage; Israel says internal Palestinian conflict to blame. 

France may ban black comedian for anti-Semitic jibes
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Comedian repeatedly fined for insulting memory of Holocaust victims; ran for European Parliament as head of Anti-Zionist list. 

Erekat: New Israeli settlement building would ‘destroy peace process’
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Chief PLO negotiator warns PA would apply for membership in 63 int’l organizations, including the ICC, if Israel makes move. 

Israel to announce plan for attracting more French Jews
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – State to reportedly increase scope of recognized French diplomas as part of campaign to potentially draw 42,000 French immigrants by 2017. 

US court orders former top official to testify in Bank of China case, or explain why he can’t
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – While in gov’t, Stuart Levey reportedly held meetings with bank, warned that services were indirectly aiding Islamic terror ops in Israel. 

Former Lebanese PM Hariri points to Hezbollah over deadly Beirut blast
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Explosions in Lebanon’s capital kills Hariri’s former aide, Hezbollah critic Mohamad Cahata; four others die in bomb attack. 

Former Lebanese minister among 5 killed in Beirut blast
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Security sources say explosion in Lebanese capital targeted convoy of Mohamad Chatah, aide to former Lebanese PM al-Hariri; plumes of black smoke seen rising in downtown business district; much of city goes into lockdown. 

Star Catcher: Week of December 27, 2013
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Tip for the week: Rather than rush to make a hasty decision, take your time and think things through. 

MK Regev: Talks with Palestinians should be about peace, not land
Jerusalem Post 27 Dec 2013 – Likud lawmaker says bill to annex Jordan Valley, which would limit PM’s freedom in peace talks, is a first order of strategic importance. 

Beyonce as prototype for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2013 – There was much sound and fury this week: Terror attacks, talk of a Pollard release, preparations for releasing more Palestinian terrorists, plans to announce more settlement construction. Does it all signify anything? 

Analysis: In Turkey, Erdogan is fighting for his political life
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2013 – The struggle between Erdogan’s AKP Party, Gulen’s Hizmet movement comes down to 2 radically different views of Islam; Erdogan’s faction identifies with the “Arab Islam,” while Gulen’s supporters prefer “the Islam of the Turks.” 

iENGAGE: The fairness of extending military service for women
Jerusalem Post 26 Dec 2013 – Length of service, which is indic
ative of the extent of our moral and civic duties as individuals, should not be determined by gender. That would be unfair. 

The Guardian

Israel Defence Forces deploy ‘selfie squad’ to boost image
The Guardian 27 Dec 2013 – Combat camera unit ‘here to explain and to document for the entire world that we don’t use force for bad’ Having suffered a PR battering from viral video clips showing its soldiers in an unflattering light,…

Time to end Israel’s Gaza blockade | @guardianletters
The Guardian 27 Dec 2013 – Today marks five years since the Israeli military launched missile and ground attacks on Gaza, which Israel named Operation Cast Lead. According to the UN, 1,383 Palestinians died as a result, including 333 children. And what…

Uruknet

Profile of a Racist Zionist State
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013- ….Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy calls Israel s problem “racism.” It s a separate, unequal society. It mocks fundamental human and civil rights. It s one of the world s most repressive states. It considers Muslims existential threats….

Addameer Holds the Occupation Responsible for the Life of Child Prisoner Mohammad Azzeh
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association holds the Israeli Occupation forces and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) responsible for the life of 16 year-old Mohammad Azzeh. Addameer expresses its utmost concern that Mohammad s deteriorating…

Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – In the Palestinian Christian village of Iqrit, only the church was left standing. On Christmas Eve 1951, Israeli troops destroyed the village. The houses were turned to rubble and the residents scattered. “Choosing Christmas Eve to…

Military Resistance 11L3 the Letter
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – Dear Mackenzie, Thanks for your kind words…But let s get a few things straight.First of all, I m not your friend. In fact, I specifically tried to avoid receiving this letter to save myself the burden…

Syria: Headlines for Forged Documents About Jabhat al-Nusra?
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 -…So, in the end, AP s “exclusive” is supported only by limited excerpts from two letters, written in a style which do not fit al-Joulani s background, and a purported photograph of the Jabhat al-Nusra. There is…

GMU Students Walk Out of Graduation Ceremony in Protest of Honoring Shari Arison
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – As I was reseated after walking out on apartheid profiteer Shari Arison, I could not help but reflect on the accomplishments of George Mason University s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and the relationships I have…

Video: Brother of Gaza Man Killed by Israeli Sniper Speaks
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013- Raddad Hamad was collecting scrap with his brother Odeh when Odeh was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers on December 20, 2013. The brothers, according to Raddad, were a kilometer away from Gaza s Israeli-sealed border, which is…

U.S. Sends Arms to Aid Iraq Fight With Extremists
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaeda-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western…

Q&A: “Libyan Women Were Handed Over as Spoils of War”
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 — Unless immediate changes are enforced, Libya is heading towards an “Afghan” model regarding women´s rights, Aicha Almagrabi, a Libyan writer and senior women rights activist, told IPS from her residence in Tripoli. Women who fight for…

Israel: Palestinian farmers to blame for settler attacks on their land
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 -The state is claiming that Palestinians who were the recent target of a “price tag” attack are to blame for their misfortune – because they failed to adequately protect their plot of land. This position arises from…

Netanyahu-Lieberman Compromise Could Mean End of Israeli Arab MPs
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – It isn t quite as far as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wanted to go, but Israel s new electoral reform law is still expected to mean the end of all Arab MPs in the Israeli Knesset….

MP Mustafa Barghouti: Israeli government practices extortion via announcement of 1,400 new settlement homes
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013-Dr. Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, said that the Israeli government s announcement to build 1,400 new settlement homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank is a continuation of the colonial settlement war against the…

Israeli army confiscates land in Qusra
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 — Israeli soldiers have declared a road south of Qusra, in Nablus District, a security zone, thus denying villagers access to over 500 dunams of their farmland. At 10:00 this morning, Israeli soldiers positioned themselves at various…

London church blocks its facade with replica of Israeli wall around Bethlehem (Video) 
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – St. James Church in central London unveiled an eight-meter-high replica of the Israeli-built concrete wall that entirely surrounds the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. It is an…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (19- 25 December 2013)
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – …Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (19 – 25 December 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, in the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 2…

Fake Adra massacre photos expose bloody hands on Left
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – Timed to coincide with the beginning of a new assault on Aleppo by helicopters carrying barrel bombs, an assault that has so far cost more than four hundred lives, the world of pro-Assad media began chortling…

Kerry wants to imprison West Bank with massive security fence along Jordanian border
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 -According to a widely quoted report from Israeli Army Radio (Galei Zahal) on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will propose most of the security arrangements that Israel desires from any agreement with the Palestinians. It…

Christmas trees offensive to Jews, Knesset speaker says
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013- Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein says he refused to display a Christmas tree in the parliament because of the “painful memories” it evoked among Jews. Edelstein told Israel Radio Thursday such a public display of a Christian symbol…

Israeli rap warns vulnerable Jewish women about seductive, dangerous Arab men (Video)
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – You don t really need a translation, but David Sheen fills us in: What Israeli “hip hop” has come to: Warning against inter-racial dating, claiming Arabs kidnapped 50,000 Jewish women – David Sheen (@davidsheen) December 25,…

West has created a monster in Iraq and they are still not admitting it 
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013- Iraq has not reached the bottom yet, but sooner or later people will get tired of being misled by their politicians, Sabah Al-Mukhtar, president of the Arab Lawyers Association, told RT… …

Drone Strike in Pakistan Was First to Be Launched by Obama Administration on Christmas Day
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – For the first time since the United States began to launch drone attacks, a strike was launched late on Christmas Day in Pakistan. Four people who could not be identified but who were allegedly from Afghanistan…

Did Mandela actually receive training from the Mossad?
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 – A recent report in Haaretz alleges that Nelson Mandela underwent training by Mossad agents in the early 60s. One key part of the story doesn t add up. Let us start by asserting that the following…

Israeli settler runs over Palestinian child near Salfit
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 26, 2013 — A Palestinian child was seriously injured after being run over by a car driven by an Israeli settler in the Northern West Bank town of Deir Istiya near Salfit. A Ma an correspondent citing local and…

Syria News – December 25, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 27 Dec 2013 – December 25, 2013 – By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 72 martyrs including 6 children, 4 women and 3 martyrs under torture: 21 martyrs were reported in Daraa; 19 in Aleppo; 16 in Damascus…

Daily Star

Delivery service brings fine dining’s fishy trends into the home
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 Of all the food trends Lebanon has seen over the last few years, imported fish surely tops the list.

Lebtivity collects all that Lebanon has to offer on one website
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 The founders of Lebtivity.com have watched traffic to their new startup boom this holiday season as thousands of locals and local tourists scan the site daily for things to do.

Solzhenitsyn’s exposé at 40:Gulag Archipelago echoes still
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 Published 40 years ago in Paris, The Gulag Archipelago revealed the shocking truth about Soviet terror and changed the way the USSR was viewed in the West.

New app guides visitors through Beirut National Museum
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 A modern tool is giving lovers of ancient history a chance to blow the dust off the past with the touch of a button, or rather a screen.

Preserving fragments of Palestine
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 Dr. Mohammad Khatib is a natural storyteller. Hands tracing patterns in the air, timbre modulating as he enacts a dialogue.

U.S. says Israel plans to release Palestinian prisoners on Dec.30
Daily Star 27 Dec 2013 Israel has informed the United States of plans to release the next group of Palestinian prisoners on Dec. 30 under a U.S.-brokered peace plan, the State Department said on Friday.

YNet News

Netanyahu released from hospital after treatment for sinus problems
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – ….

Netanyahu hospitalized for sinus infection 
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – ….

Opponents to fight new US military base on Okinawa
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – ….

9-year-old boy is youngest to reach Aconcagua summit
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – ….

US: S. Sudan to free politicians detained over alleged coup
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – ….

Yellow badge, brown badge: Teaching the persecuted
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – Eighteen members of Roma community visit Israel to study about Holocaust, learn how to raise awareness to their own genocide ….

Special sale on conversions
YNet News, 27 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Head of Masorti Movement recalls story related to method of placing price ticket on Judaism ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF arrest 4 youths and interrogate ex-detainee in Jenin
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed on Thursday night the towns of Silat Al-Harithiya and Arbuna in Jenin city, where they kidnapped four citizens and questioned a liberated prisoner.

PA security arrests university student having serious medical condition
PIC – The PA preventive security forces arrested on Thursday evening a student at al-Quds Open university Uday Awawda, aged 20 from the town of Karma west of Dura, while he was sitting for exams.

Abu Obeida stresses resistance’s readiness to face any aggression
PIC – Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas’ armed wing Al-Qassam Brigades, warned of resistance’s reaction over the continued tightened siege on Gaza Strip.

UN report: The IOA razes 663 buildings in WB during 2013
PIC – The united nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) condemned the demolition of Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank on Christmas Eve.

Netanyahu, Abbas have secret channel of talks for years
PIC – Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu and de facto president Mahmoud Abbas have been maintaining a secret channel of talks for several years now, Israeli media sources revealed.

Gaza gov’t calls on international community to boycott Israel
PIC – The Palestinian government has called on the international community to halt its support for the Israeli racist occupation and boycott it.

Israel plans to build new 1, 400 housing units in WB
PIC – Israeli official sources confirmed Israeli government’s intention to announce tenders for the construction of hundreds of settlements in West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Hebrew sources: A second rocket fired at Ashkelon
PIC – The Palestinian resistance on Thursday evening launched a rocket counterattack on the coastal city of Ashkelon in the 1948 occupied land in retaliation to Israel’s recent air raids.

Haneyya urges int’l community to shoulder its responsibilities towards Gaza
PIC – Premier Ismail Haneyya called on the Arab countries and the international community to assume their responsibilities towards Gaza and protect its population against Israel’s blockade and aggression.

Misc

Political assassination fuels fear of more instability in Lebanon
LA Times 27 Dec 2013 – Mohamad Chatah, a moderate who was critical of Hezbollah, dies in a car bombing, which killed five others and injured more than 70. BEIRUT—The assassination by car bomb on Friday of a prominent Lebanese political figure who was critical of the Shiite militia Hezbollah has…

Advisor to Iran supreme leader urges direct nuclear talks with U.S. 
LA Times 27 Dec 2013 – TEHRAN — The chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for direct talks with the United States on nuclear issues, a possible sign from the supreme leader that he is amenable to ending the animosity that has defined relations with Washington…

U.S. sending missiles, drones to help Iraq fight militants
LA Times 26 Dec 2013 – Hellfire missiles and surveillance drones from the U.S. will help Iraq contend with an Al Qaeda-linked group. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has begun sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance drone aircraft to Iraq to help the government battle an expanding threat from local Al Qaeda-affiliated…

Russia Says Syrian Toxin Removal Deadline Will Be Missed
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Deadly toxins that were to have been removed from Syria by December 31 under an international effort to rid the country of its chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to port to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday.

Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Defy Egyptian Crackdown
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Protesters marched in cities across the country following the government’s decision to declare the group a terrorist organization. 

The Lede: Last Words From a Beirut Bombing Victim
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – The blast struck the heart of Beirut’s business district, killing six people, one of them a senior Lebanese politician who had been critical of Hezbollah and the Syrian government. 

Turkish Airlines Employee Stabbed in Libya
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – A Libyan security official and the Turkish media say a
Turk has been stabbed to death in the Turkish Airlines office in Tripoli. 

Israel Plans 1,400 More West Bank Settlement Homes, Official Says
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next week after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli official said on Friday. 

Libya: Protesters Rally Against Interim Parliament
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Hundreds of Libyan protesters have rallied against the interim parliament’s decision to extend its mandate for nearly a year, delaying the drafting of the constitution and the holding of elections. 

Bahrain: 2 Policemen Wounded by Homemade Bomb
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Bahrain’s Interior Ministry says a homemade bomb has wounded two policemen in the capital Manama. 

Shell Hits Yemeni Funeral Gathering, Killing 15-Witnesses
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – An explosive shell hit a funeral gathering attended by southern separatists in Yemen, killing 15 people, including children, on Friday, witnesses and medical sources said. 

World Brief | Middle East: Syrian Security Forces Kill Dozens of Rebels in Ambush
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – The Syrian security forces struck near the town of Maaloula, north of Damascus, Syrian rebels and government television said. 

Artillery Hits Funeral Tent in Yemen, Killing 13
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Artillery shells hit a funeral tent Friday in a southern Yemeni city killing 13 people, following a day of clashes between the government and local gunmen, according to a security official and a witness. 

Push to Recruit Arab Christians Into Israeli Army
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – Dozens of Israeli soldiers respectfully rose from their seats as the Israeli national anthem began playing. The tinny recording of “Hatikva,” an ode to the Jewish yearning for the Land of Israel, wrapped up a ceremony, held in Hebrew, during which speakers thanked the troops and handed out awards. 

Lebanese National Snatched in North Nigeria Is Freed
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – A Lebanese man abducted by gunmen in northern Nigeria’s main city of Kano this week was released unharmed on Friday, police said, denying that any ransom was paid. 

France May Ban Black Comedian for Anti-Semitic Jibes
New York Times 27 Dec 2013 – France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. 

Video: Nabi Saleh activist shot at point blank range by Israeli border police (Updated)
Mondoweiss – Video: Israeli soldiers shot Manal Tamimi aka @screamingtamimi from a distance of zero meters today #NabiSaleh December 27, 2013 Mairav Zonszein has some details on the video above: An Israeli Border Policeman was videotaped shooting Palestinian activist Manal Tamimi in the leg…

Stanley Fish and the violence of neutrality
Mondoweiss – Now that the American Studies Association (ASA) has had its say with the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, the expected backlash has been loud and furious. It is pointless to challenge that backlash using the conventions of intelligent debate, because there is little in the…

New York Senate leader wants to cut off cash to colleges involved in American Studies Association
Mondoweiss – Dov Hikind stands with Jeffrey Klein at a press conference in February 2012. (Photo: DovHikind,Blogspot.com) The backlash against the American Studies Association’s (ASA) decision to boycott Israel continues to intensify. Two New York Democrats say they are planning to introduce legislation early next year that would…

Five Years after Cast Lead: ‘Gaza Writes Back’
Mondoweiss – The blog Arabic Literature interviews Refaat Alareer , editor of Gaza Writes Back , a book of short stories marking the five year anniversary of Cast Lead : Gaza Writes Back cover art (Photo: Alyateema Almqdsia) ArabLit: How did the idea for this collection come about? How did…

‘NYT’ fails to follow the money in reporting attacks on the academic boycott of Israel
Mondoweiss – Fund-raising is the most important part of the job for a college or university president in America. Today’s article in the New York Times quotes four different presidents (and one ex-president) who sharply criticize the American Studies Association’s boycott of academic institutions in Israel. But the…

Academic freedom
Jewish Voice for Peace – There is a growing backlash against the American Studies Association’s decision not to enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions until Israel ends it human rights violations (you can read JVP’s positions on this issue here and here .) The ASA is being accused of violating…

A Palestinian messenger
Mondoweiss – Kerry in Jerusalem This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Christian messages keep coming. First Edward Snowden, then the Pope, now Mahmoud Abbas . Shall the last become first?…

Palestinians agree: somebody has to mow the grass in Gaza
Mondoweiss – Israelis call their periodic attacks on Gaza “ mowing the grass .” To Palestinians, the phrase has a more traditional meaning. (Photo taken on the Gaza side of the Rafah terminal, Dec. 2012).

Danny Ayalon fabricates Christian fears in Isl
amophobic hasbara video

Mondoweiss – The rightwing Israeli politician Danny Ayalon is back with another of his lying hasbara videos, this time in response to Lara Sawalha and Dana Dajani’s ‘ The real truth about the West Bank’ . This time, along with the usual ‘Palestine and Palestinians don’t exist’ denial narrative, the former deputy…

Shavit and Beinart willfully ignore an anti-Zionist Jewish movement
Mondoweiss – Ari Shavit. (Photo: Spiegel & Grau/NPR) Ari Shavit got home to Israel from his triumphant U.S. book tour and reported that the American Jewish community is still Zionist, even if the young people don’t find Israel that relevant: The American Jewish community opened its heart…. Even…

Scion of Zion Calls Israel “Frightening, Sickening Monster” and “Leper State”
Tikun Olam – Imagine if you will a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson with an impeccable pedigree penning an op-ed in the New York Times saying the author of the Gettysburg Address or Declaration of Independence would be turning over in his grave if they could…

Beirut blast kills Sunni politician 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Top Sunni Lebanese ex-minister Mohamad Chatah, a staunch critic of Syria’s government and its Hezbollah backers, is killed in a bomb blast.

Israel Will Release Palestinian Prisoners on Monday 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2013 – Israel has informed the United States of plans to release the next group of Palestinian prisoners on Dec. 30 under a U.S.-brokered peace plan, the State Department said on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

PSP plans for 2014 
Palestine Solidarity Project 27 Dec 2013 – PSP, through its community organizing arm The Center for Freedom and Justice has two major tracks for community organizing and development for 2014. Here’s some more about them. We of course will be continuing our work with Palestinian prisoners, popular resistance, and everything else we’ve always…

Three killed in fresh Egypt clashes 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Three people are killed in fresh clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police across Egypt.

Egypt: Egypt, UAE Seek Boosting Economic Cooperation 
allAfrica.com 27 Dec 2013 – [Egypt Online]Minister of Investment Osama Saleh received a delegation of a United Arab Emirates petro-products company and discussed more projects in Egypt.

Egypt: Kuwaiti Media Delegation Hails Security Conditions in Sharm El-Sheikh 
allAfrica.com 27 Dec 2013 – [Egypt Online]A visiting Kuwaiti media delegation hailed the security situation in the coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh, which they observed during a four-day visit.

Ambush kills dozens of Syria rebels 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Dozens of Islamist rebels have been killed by a Syrian army ambush in a strategic area near the capital Damascus, activists and state media say.

Israel Plans 1,400 New Settlement Homes — Palestinians Angry 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2013 – Israel plans to build 1,400 homes in its settlements in the occupied West Bank and will announce the projects next week after releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners, an Israeli official said on Friday. Click here for the rest of the article…

Beit Shemesh Vote Voided as Showdown Looms 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2013 – A Jerusalem court voided the results of municipal elections in Beit Shemesh over fraud accusations, paving the way for a rematch between a secular challenger and the haredi Orthodox incumbent. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria surgeon’s inquest opens in UK 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – An inquest into the death of British doctor Abbas Khan, who died in a Syrian prison, is opened and adjourned in London.

Israel Hopes To Lure More French Jews 
The Foward Breaking News 27 Dec 2013 – Israel is set to announce a three-year plan aimed at attracting more French Jews to settle in the Jewish state. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egypt Notifies Arab League of Brotherhood’s Terrorist Label 
allAfrica.com 27 Dec 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt has asked the Arab league to notify its member-states of its decision that designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, said a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement.

Desert Town’s Struggle Shows Pitfalls of Israel’s Policies to Bedouin of Negev 
The Forward New 27 Dec 2013 – The town of Rahat was designed to kick-start urbanization of Bedouin life and lead to prosperity in the Negev desert. Four decades later, it offers a model only of failure. Click here for the rest of the article…

East Africa: Africans March in Tel Aviv 
allAfrica.com 26 Dec 2013 – [IRIN]Tel Aviv -Hundreds of African migrants and human rights activists marched through the streets of Tel Aviv on 21 December to protest the Israeli government’s policy of detaining irregular migrants, the majority of them asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan.

Chatah assassination marks dangerous escalation 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – After the assassination of Lebanon’s former finance minister, efforts must be made to protect Lebanon from further sectarian breakdown.

France tries to supplant US as Saudi Arabia’s arms supplier 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – With the US role in retreat in the Middle East, France and Saudi Arabia find themselves in need of each other, both politically and economically.

Syria signs offshore oil and gas exploration deal with Russia 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – The offshore exploration deal signals that Russia is confident that its relations with Syria will not change in the near term.

Israel, Hamas caught in ‘the Gaza trap’ 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – Israel and Hamas are trapped in the same dilemma: avoiding escalation on the Israeli-Gaza border requires cooperation between them, but such cooperation portrays each side as weak.

Egypt to send public delegations to Nile Basin neighbors 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – Following a recent workshop, the Arab Water Council has decided to send public delegations from Egypt to other Nile Basin countries to strengthen ties and calm the crisis over water shares.

Israel uses storm to locate Gaza tunnels 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – A new report indicates that Israeli intelligence took advantage of the recent storm that hit the Gaza Strip to locate Hamas-operated tunnels by tracking storm damage and sinkholes.

Iran’s billboard guide to family planning teaches ‘the more, the merrier’ 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – New billboards in Tehran encouraging families to have more children have been criticized as sexist and dismissive of the serious economic issues Iranians face.

Southern suburbs stand apart in Beirut 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – Al-Monitor tours Beirut’s southern suburbs, a stronghold of Hezbollah, to learn more about life there and residents’ views on Hezbollah’s Syria policy.

Turkish corruption probe hurts foreign relations 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – Following its corruption scandal, Turkey’s relations with Arab states, the United States and Europe have undoubtedly been affected, though no immediate foreign crisis has arisen.

Famous diva’s ‘fondness’ for Nasrallah stirs controversy 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – Lebanese artist, musician and playwright Ziad Rahbani stirred controversy when he said in an interview that his mother, the acclaimed Lebanese diva Fairouz, was ‘fond’ of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Anbar protesters remain defiant despite government threats 
Al-Monitor 13 Mar 2014 – In spite of calls from the government to postpone the Anbar sit-ins until after parliamentary elections, protesters there say they will not leave until their demands are met.

‘Foreign conspiracy’ in Turkey impacts Western ties 
Al-Monitor 12 Mar 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent accusations that the corruption probe is a foreign conspiracy could cause a serious crisis in relations between Ankara and the West.

Beirut blast kills Sunni politician 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Top Sunni Lebanese ex-minister Mohamad Chatah, a staunch critic of Syria’s government and its Hezbollah backers, is killed in a bomb blast.

Thirteen killed as army shells funeral in south Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – An army tank shelled a funeral tent erected by the Southern Movement at a school in Yemen on Friday, killing 13 people including children, a medic and witnesses said. Tensions are running high in the formerly independent south, home to an increasingly assertive secessionist movement, raising…

Three killed in fresh Egypt clashes 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Three people are killed in fresh clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police across Egypt.

Egyptian police attack pro-Brotherhood rallies, three dead 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – Egyptian riot policemen chase after Muslim Brotherhood supporters following a demonstration in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district on December 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Egyptian riot policemen chase after Muslim Brotherhood supporters following a demonstration in Cairo’s eastern Nasr City district on December 27,…

Ambush kills dozens of Syria rebels 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Dozens of Islamist rebels have been killed by a Syrian army ambush in a strategic area near the capital Damascus, activists and state media say.

Shells kill 13 at Yemen funeral 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Artillery shells hit a funeral tent in the southern Yemeni province of Daleh, killing 13 people, reports say.

Lines of the Game: Overlap Between Lebanese Instability and Turkish Corruption? 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 27 Dec 2013 – People hold up placards as they take part in a protest against corruption in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul on December 25, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Bulent Kilic). People hold up placards as they take part in a protest against corruption in the Kadikoy district of…

Who Was Mohammed Shattah? 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – In 2006 Shattah played a role in the negotiations that brought an end to Israel’s 34-day war on Lebanon with the enactment of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701. (Photo: Bilal Jawish). In 2006 Shattah played a role in the negotiations that brought an end to…

Saudi Preacher ‘Guides’ Syrian Druze to Wahhabi Salvation 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – Since the start of the Syrian crisis, the Druze in Idlib have not borne arms on the side of the Syrian army, or formed local armed committees. (Photo: AFP). Since the start of the Syrian crisis, the Druze in Idlib have not borne arms on the…

10-Horse Race to Lebanon’s Presidential Palace 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – President Suleiman visited Paris, aiming to get a def
initive answer about the possibility of living in France at the end of his term and assuming the general secretariat of the Francophonie.(Photo: Marwan Tahtah). President Suleiman visited Paris, aiming to get a definitive answer about the possibility…

Syria surgeon’s inquest opens in UK 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – An inquest into the death of British doctor Abbas Khan, who died in a Syrian prison, is opened and adjourned in London.

Explosion Rocks Downtown Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 27 Dec 2013 – Smoke billows from the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) Smoke billows from the site of a car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR) (Photo: Al-Akhbar…

VIDEO: On board chemical weapons removal ship 
BBC 27 Dec 2013 – Representatives from Russia, the United States, Syria and the UN are meeting in Moscow on Friday to work out how to safely remove Syria’s chemical stockpile.

VIDEO: UNESCO boss on new role 
BBC 26 Dec 2013 – Mounir Bouchenaki, the new Director of ARC-WH (Arab Regional Centre – World Heritage) will face fresh challenges in the role.

Articles


Israel Has Been ‘Singled Out’ in the US for a Very Long Time 
Thomas S. Harrington, CounterPunch 12/27/2013
“To whom much is given, much is expected”
As has been widely reported, the American Studies Association, the umbrella organization of academics devoted to the study of US literature, history and culture, recently voted to join the movement to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
In the days since that historic vote, numerous high-profile US supporters of the Jewish state have vehemently decried the scholarly association’s historic decision.
The first to do so was Lawrence Summers, one-time Harvard president and prime architect–in his role as deregulator-in-chief of the finance industry–of the recession that has robbed millions of Americans of their jobs, savings and homes. He has been followed by numerous others such as Leon Wieseltier of the New Republic and by Michael Roth president of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Reading their reactions to the democratically determined posture of the ASA, one particular argument appears with almost metronomic predictability. It goes something like this:
“Considering all the countries in the world where human rights abuses are rife, why in the world is the ASA so concerned about Israel, the only “democratic state” in the Middle East? Why is this organization, along with the millions of others who support the BDS movement, “singling Israel out” for such punitive treatment?”
One is left to wonder. Do these people always treat the intelligence of their audience with such contempt? Do they always assume that those to whom they speak are deeply ill-informed about the structural realities of contemporary politics and incapable of the most basic logical inductions in regard to the nature of Israel’s relationship with the US? more.. e-mail

The Killings Fields of Gaza 
Colin Green, CounterPunch 12/27/2013
Asymmetric Warfare
Revelations from Israeli sources such as ‘Breaking the Silence’ and ‘Physicians for Human Rights-Israel’ that the Israeli assaults on Gaza in 2008/9 (Cast Lead) and 2012 (Pillars of Defence) were planned many months ahead pose many questions about the real motives for the seven year siege and these massive attacks on a helpless concentration of impoverished and imprisoned people. Let us then pose just some of those questions and seek objective answers to:
* Why does the international community and UN allow Israel to blockade and besiege a tiny strip of land called Gaza for near seven years with absolute impunity?
* In a related vein, why is Israel allowed to commit piracy in international waters to prevent unarmed merchant ships reaching Gaza under the nose of NATO naval fleets operating in the Eastern Mediterranean?
* Were the asymmetric assaults on Gaza in 2008/9 and again in 2012 genuinely a response to Qassam rocket attacks or carefully planned attacks for other reasons?
* Could the siege and attacks actually be about testing of new weapons, testing of new missile defence systems, field trials of new strategies of population control and control of the immense energy resources found in the Eastern Mediterranean?
Let’s begin by examining the demographics obtaining at the time of the Cast Lead assault. Gaza is a narrow strip of land, 45 km long by 5-12 km wide, into which 1.5 million Palestinians were concentrated and virtually imprisoned – at a density of 4119/km2, four times the density of Bangladesh…. more.. e-mail

Boycott Israel campaign succeeding despite minimal resources 
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/20/2013
Two indirectly-related stories from the US this week struck me in a particular way. Firstly, it was a big week for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. The membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) voted in favour of the academic boycott of Israel. The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association also endorsed BDS.
Two other significant BDS victories this year came in May when Profes
sor Stephen Hawking decided to join the academic boycott of Israel and in March, when the Israel lobby’s “lawfare” strategy against BDS in British courts was dealt a serious blow. Ronnie Fraser, the director of “Academic Friends of Israel” attempted to sue the University and College Union, for merely discussing BDS. He failed, as an employment tribunal threw his case out.

I’ve been a supporter of the BDS movement for years, and have followed its slow-but-steady progress closely. The Palestinian national committee established to coordinate and lead the global movement earlier this year put out an interactive time line charting many successes over the previous eight years. These achievements are all the more impressive in light of the meagre resources that pro-Palestinian campaigners have at their disposal to advance the cause. BDS is a Palestinian-led phenomenon and the campaigners who have responded to the cause are genuine grass-roots activists.
This brings me onto the second story that caught my attention this week. This was a blog post at Mondoweiss about a new list of top earners at Jewish non-profit organisations in the US. Pro-Israel groups feature prominently.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman is paid a reported $688,000 a year. The head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gets over half a million dollars. Meanwhile, the CEO of the quasi-governmental Jewish National Fund in the US (an intrinsic part of Israel’s apartheid land regime), Russell Robinson, probably feels hard done by, receiving a miserly $344,000 annual salary.more.. e-mail

The world’s blatant double standard – in Israel’s favor 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 12/27/2013
The American Studies Association may be singling out Israel for boycott, but if you look at the serious, painful punishments the world metes out to oppressor nations, Israel is not being singled out, it’s being let off the hook.
As of Friday at noon, a Google search of “human rights sanctions” turns up over 40 million results. There are human rights sanctions and other punishments against China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Yemen, Belarus, Cuba, North Korea and lots of other countries. And these sanctions weren’t put in place by some minor academic group like the American Studies Association, but by the United States of America, the European Union and/or the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, these sanctions hurt those countries quite a bit more than the ASA’s boycott of Israeli colleges is likely to hurt Israel.
Yet you would think from the reaction to the recent ASA boycott that no other country in the world is being punished for its human rights violations. Everybody’s jumping on ASA president Curtis Marez’s quote on why the organization was going after Israel instead of other, far worse malefactors: “One has to start somewhere,” he told The New York Times. But while the ASA may be starting with Israel, the powers-that-be in the world have gone after any number of human-rights violating countries – yet still haven’t gotten to Israel and its 46-year military dictatorship over the Palestinians.
If you look at the serious, painful punishments the world metes out to oppressor nations, Israel is not being singled out, it’s being let off the hook.
Would Israel’s defenders like to see the world treat this country like it treats Iran – by “bringing it to its knees” with “crippling sanctions,” not to mention the clamor from some quarters to bomb its nuclear facilities? more.. e-mail

African refugees defy desert cold, Israeli internment in march for freedom
Electronic Intifada: 27 Dec 2013 – Defying internment and increasing repression, Sudanese and other refugees in Israel are taking matters into their own hands. more..

Five years on, family keep open Gaza clinic of doctor killed by Israel
Electronic Intifada: 27 Dec 2013 – Ehab Jasir al-Shaer was one of the first Palestinians killed during Operation Cast Lead. more..

Open Letter from Gaza to Moddi: Do Not Entertain Our Oppressor!
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Dec 2013 – Dear Modd
i , We are a group of academics, students and youth from Gaza, and our only fault is being born Palestinian. You might think we are in an era from where you should not be murdered, tortured, forced to leave your houses and villages, denied water and electricity, restricted movement, imprisoned and regularly harassed and humiliated – all because of who you are when you are born, because of what is written on your identity card. But this encapsulates the reality of our entire lives for decades under the Israeli Apartheid that you are intending to entertain on 1st February and we implore you to take a stand by refusing to perform there. The Israeli occupation of our land is the longest running in modern history. In Gaza we are in the seventh year of the Israeli imposed, medieval siege with our families and loved ones in what major Human…
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‘Blood Diamonds’ and Israel’s Diamond Export Industry
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Dec 2013 – By Sean Clinton In November, members of the Kimberley Process (KP), meeting in plenary in South Africa, squandered what was probably their last good opportunity to ban the sale of all blood diamonds, including cut and polished blood diamonds which are an important source of funding for the nuclear armed regime in Israel which stands accused of the crime of apartheid, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The governments with a vested interest in the diamond industry, that set up and control the KP, failed to amend the definition of a “conflict diamond” which is restricted to “rough diamonds used by rebel movements or their allies to finance conflict aimed at undermining legitimate governments”. All other diamonds associated with human rights violations evade the KP regulations. The failure was well flagged in advance as key stakeholders, including South Africa which chaired the KP in 2013, had voiced opposition to reforms…more

Little Hala and the Herods of Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 27 Dec 2013 – By Vacy Vlazna On Christmas Eve, while Christians knelt in churches to honor the birth of the eternal light of the Child of Bethlehem – the Child of peace, Israeli Herods struck Gaza and the life-light of little Hala hemorrhaged into eternal death. Hala Ahmed Abu Sbaikha, all of 3 years old, was, like all toddlers, both vivacious and shy, playful, affectionate with bright curious eyes and with a so soft cheek to rest a bedtime kiss. Why did the Herods of Israel attack Gaza? There are three possible answers – one false, one truly appalling, one heinous. Ostensibly, reports in western pro-Israel media, that devoted one sentence to Hala’s death, garbled on and on with the usual Herod hasbara (propaganda); the attack was Israel’s divine right to excessively inflict collective punishment for the shooting, by a Gaza sniper, of an Israeli civilian labourer, Salah Shukri Abu Latyef, 22, working…more



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