VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 30 December 2013

30 December 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Mosque, Properties in Jerusalem Area To Be Demolished
IMEMC – [Monday December 30, 2013] The West Jerusalem municipality has ordered Jerusalem area residents to demolish a newly-built mosque, Palestinian homes and parking garages, under the pretext of “unlicensed construction”, according to witnesses. …

2 Injured By Israeli Fire In Gaza
IMEMC – Two Palestinians were injured after Israeli artillery fired on the central Gaza Strip, on Sunday, a Palestinian official has said. …

10 Arrested In Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Monday December 30, 2013] Israeli forces have arrested six Palestinians in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, in addition to four others from Jerusalem, according to security sources, the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported. …

Israel To Release 26 Veteran Detainees
IMEMC – Israel will be releasing, on Monday [December 30, 2013], 26 veteran Palestinian detainees who have been held since before the first Oslo agreement of 1993. …

Ministerial Committee Approves Bill Annexing Jordan Valley
IMEMC – [Sunday December 29, 2013] Israeli Ynet News has reported that the Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill calling for annexing the occupied West Bank s Jordan Valley, and for it to remain under Israeli sovereignty, under any peace agreement with the Palestinians. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain 9 in overnight arrest raids
12/30/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians in the Hebron district overnight Sunday, locals and Israel’s army said. Israeli forces raided two homes in Hebron and detained Nidal and Rajih al-Juneidi, witnesses told Ma’an. Raed Ali Zuhur was arrested in Beit Kahil, Khalil Sabarnah in Beit Ummar and Jihad Sharawnah in Deir Samit. Zuhur and Nidal and Rajih al-Juneidi….

Israeli forces assault Bethlehem man during arrest raid
12/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a man from Bethlehem on Monday while detaining a family member, locals said. Israeli soldiers detained 22-year-old university student Hasan Atif al-Kamil in the Wadi Maali neighborhood of Bethlehem at dawn on Monday, relatives told Ma’an. The soldiers confiscated al-Kamil’s computer during the raid. Days earlier, Israeli forces arrested another family member, Hamza….

Settlers attack local official in south Hebron hills
12/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of settlers injured a local Palestinian official in the south Hebron hills on Saturday after attacking him with a rock, a local peace group said Monday.”On Dec. 28, a group of settlers attacked Palestinians who were plowing a field in the South Hebron Hills village of At Tuwani. Hafez Huraini, a member of the South Hebron Hills Popular…. Related:Settlers attacked member of the South Hebron Hills popular committee

Prisoner release conditions prove Israel not acting in ‘goodwill’
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Conditions attached to the release of Palestinian prisoners prove that Israel is not serious about the peace process, the director of rights group Addameer said Monday as 26 Palestinians prepared to be freed from Israeli jails. Israeli authorities are expected to release the veteran Palestinian prisoners after midnight in the third stage of a phased agreement to free 104 detainees in…. Related:Veteran prisoners to be released after midnight

Palestinians in Italy send blankets to Gaza
12/30/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The Palestinian community in Italy in cooperation with the Union of Palestinian Women announced Monday a fundraising campaign to support the people of Gaza. The campaign “Blanket for Gaza” was announced in a news conference at offices of the embassy of Palestine in Rome. Palestinian ambassador to Italy Mai al-Kalia said the “Palestinian people are subjected to all kinds of racism….

Veteran prisoners to be released after midnight
12/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Twenty-six veteran Palestinian prisoners will be released after midnight at Ofer detention center near Beitunia in the West Bank and at Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip simultaneously, an official said Monday. Undersecretary of the Palestinian ministry of prisoners affairs Ziad Abu Ein said he and minister Issa Qaraqe along with others will enter Ofer detention center at 11 p…. Related:Prisoner release conditions prove Israel not acting in ‘goodwill’

Israelis appeal against release of Palestinian prisoners
12/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The families of Israeli victims of Palestinian attacks appealed Monday against the imminent release of long-serving Palestinian prisoners as part of US-brokered peace talks, media reported. The Supreme Court has always rejected such appeals. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to the phased release of 104 Palestinian prisoners in line with commitments to the US-backed talks, which resumed in July, and previous….

Israel court approves prisoner release
12/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is set to release 26 Palestinian prisoners in the early hours of Tuesday as part of US-brokered peace talks, after a court rejected a last-minute appeal by victims’ families. The prisoners were expected to be freed just after midnight, in the third stage of the release of 104 inmates that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to let go when the….

PFLP: Hamas should not abandon ideology
12/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas are a vital component of the Palestinian nationalist struggle and should not abandon their ideology, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Monday. The statement from the leftist group was in response to a recent call by the PLO for Hamas to dissociate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood.”We are not calling on Hamas or other forces….

Founder of Black Panthers in northern West Bank to be released
12/30/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) – Among the 26 Palestinian prisoners expected to be released overnight is the founder of the Fatah-affiliated Black Panthers organization in the northern West Bank. Ahmad Awad Kamil has been serving 16 life terms and 20 more years in Israeli jails.”I am now 83, and very frankly and honestly I never expected my son to be freed while I am alive….

Union: Finance Ministry ‘mismanagement’ could result in fuel crisis
12/31/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Owners of gas stations across the West Bank may be obliged to shut down their stations due to problems with the Palestinian ministry of finance and the General Petroleum Corporation, the speaker of the union of gas station owners said. The ministry is “imposing unachievable terms” by stipulating that gas stations pay the Palestinian Authority in cash in advance before they….

PA cabinet holds weekly meeting in Jordan Valley
12/30/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – The Palestinian Authority has decided to hold its weekly Tuesday meeting in a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley in response to a Knesset bill approved by a ministerial committee to annex the Jordan Valley. Secretary-general of the cabinet Fawwaz Aqil told Ma’an Monday that Tuesday’s cabinet meeting would be held in the Jordan Valley village of….

Gaza City mayor submits resignation
12/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The mayor of Gaza City Rafiq Makky on Monday submitted his resignation to the Hamas-run government’s minister of local governance. Makky told Ma’an that it was the second time he submitted his resignation. The first time, he explained, was three months ago, but it was turned down. In both cases, the decision to resign was due….

UNRWA: 15 Palestinians dead from hunger in Syria camp
12/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger since September in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees told AFP on Monday.”Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus have died because of malnutrition, bringing the total number of reported….

10 injured in Gaza road accident
12/30/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ten people were injured in the central Gaza Strip on Monday after a collision on a coastal road, a Gaza health official said. Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an that a private car crashed into a three-wheeled vehicle on a beach road near Deir al-Balah, injuring 10 people. Two children sustained moderate wounds and were taken to….

Lebanon in $3 billion Saudi military aid pledge
12/30/2013 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Lebanon announced a Saudi pledge of $3 billion on Sunday to buy military equipment from France, as it buried leading Sunni politician Mohammad Chatah, killed in a Beirut car bombing. Friday’s killing of Chatah, a prominent critic of the Syrian regime, revived painful memories of political assassinations and came as the conflict in Lebanon’s larger neighbor stoked sectarian tensions….

Egypt police arrest Al-Jazeera journalists
12/30/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian secret police have arrested an award-winning Australian journalist and an Egyptian reporter for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel on suspicion of illegally broadcasting news harming “domestic security”, the interior ministry said. Officers of the National Security service raided their makeshift bureau at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, arresting the two and confiscating their equipment, the ministry said in a statement. It did not….

44 Iraq MPs resign after protest camp cleared
12/30/2013 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Forty-four Iraqi MPs announced their resignation on Monday, after security forces moved to demolish a Sunni anti-government protest site and detained a lawmaker. The announcement was made at a televised news conference at which the MPs also demanded “the withdrawal of the army. . . and the release of MP Ahmed al-Alwani,” who was arrested on Saturday. [END]

AlJazeera

Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners
AlJazeera 30 Dec 2013 – Inmates freed from Israeli jails as part of US-brokered deal to restart Middle East negotiations.

Palestine News Network

Third Group of Prisoners to be Released Monday Midnight
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Calls for Investigating Death of Man and Injury of another One in Regrettable Incidents in Jenin
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Settlers attacked member of the South Hebron Hills popular committee
12/30/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – Operation Dove, At Tuwani, Occupied Palestine – On December 28, a group of settlers attacked Palestinians who were plowing a field in the South Hebron Hills village of At Tuwani. Hafez Huraini, a member of the South Hebron Hills Popular Committee (SHHPC), was injured in the attack. According to Huraini, at about 2. 45 p. m. five settlers, of whom four were children and one an…. Related:Settlers attack local official in south Hebron hills

Relief Web

Lebanon: Syrian Children Lose More Than Their Country
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Rebecca Murray BEIRUT, Dec 28 2013 (IPS) – As refugees from Syria continue to pour into Lebanon, the majority of children are not going to school, spurring…

occupied Palestinian territory: Violations Bulletin – Issue 35 – October-November 2013
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory The remains of the Al-Dalou family home after an Israeli airstrike on November 18, 2012. Photo: DCI-Palestine. Operation Pillar of Defense November marked the one year anniversary of Operation Pillar…

occupied Palestinian territory: Extremist Israeli settlers of Yitzhar terrorize Palestinian villages
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: Defence for Children International/Palestine Section Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah, December 23, 2013 Defence for Children International Palestine produced a short film about Palestinian families living near the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar, which is described by The New York Times…

Syrian Arab Republic: UN seeks access to Palestinians in Syria after 15 die of hunger
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Source: Reuters – Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:48 PM BEIRUT, Dec 30 (Reuters) – The United Nations appealed on Monday for the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow…

Lebanon: Hearing Aids, Glasses for Palestinians in Lebanon
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic December 30, 2013 ANERA Ali is an energetic six-year-old boy, living in Beddawi camp in northern Lebanon. Since he was born, he has suffered from profound…

occupied Palestinian territory: Relief Aid Underway for Gaza s Flood Victims
Relief Web 30 Dec 2013 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory December 30, 2013 ANERA In the aftermath of the torrential rains and flooding in Gaza, ANERA already has distributed 500 cleaning and personal hygiene kits to some of the affected…

The National

Saudi s $3bn pledge to Lebanon seen as counterbalance to Hizbollah, Iran
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Saudi Arabia s move to donate almost double the Lebanese army s 2012 budget allocation of $1.7bn is being seen as a power play meant to counter the weight of its regional rival Iran, which backs Hizbollah. Analysis by Shane Farrell

Egypt arrests four Al Jazeera journalists over broadcasts
The National 30 Dec 2013 – The journalists broadcast live news harming domestic security, the interior ministry says, adding they were also found in possession of Muslim Brotherhood publications .

Clashes between police and Sunnis in Iraqi protest camp kill 13
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Fighting breaks out as Iraqi police move to dismantle a Sunni Muslim protest camp in the western Anbar province, killing at least 13 people.

Russia on alert after second deadly suicide bombing
The National 30 Dec 2013 – At least 14 people are killed when a suicide bomber blows himself up on a packed trolleybus in Volgograd, raising new concerns about security at the Sochi Olympics a day after a deadly attack on the southern Russian city s train station.

Volgograd: symbol of Russian wartime heroism
The National 30 Dec 2013 – It was under the name of Stalingrad that the city endured its greatest suffering and ultimately its finest hour when it was besieged and occupied by invading Nazi forces who were then driven out by the Red Army.

The world s best pictures of 2013
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Our picture editors’ selection of the best world news photographs of 2013.

Locks-of-love trend latches on to bridges across the world
The National 30 Dec 2013 – A couple will visit a bridge and fasten a lock there as a symbol of their enduring, unbreakable love. The keys will then be thrown into the river below, implying that there will never be a need to unshackle their bond. But not everyone is happy with this growing custom. Mark Angeles reports

China officially says Japanese PM not welcome after Yasukuni visit
The National 30 Dec 2013 – China’s foreign ministry accuses Shinzo Abe of hypocrisy after visit to Yasukuni war shrine, and says he is not welcome in China.

UN asks Syria to allow urgent aid delivery to Yarmouk as residents starve
The National 30 Dec 2013 – The United Nations has appealed for the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent aid to reach a Palestinian district of southern Damascus where 15 people have died of malnutrition in recent months.

Lebanon s army fires on Syrian aircraft for first time
The National 30 Dec 2013 – It was the first time the Lebanese army has responded to Syrian attacks on its territory, which have multiplied as its eastern neighbour s conflict has intensified.

Poor visibility halts rescue of ship frozen in Antarctic
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Australian icebreaker struggling to reach a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica hampered by gusty snow showers.

Chinese police shoot 8 Muslim Uighur terrorists in Xinjiang
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Police shoot eight Muslim Uighurs, claiming they had attacked them with knives and explosives in the latest in a string of violent incidents in the ethnically tense region of Xinjiang.

India s anti-graft hero offers too much information
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Indian state s newly sworn-in chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweets about ‘loose motions’ as Delhi belly spoils first day on the job.

Video: Motor racing legend Schumacher in critical condition – agent
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Seven times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher in ‘critical’ condition, Sky Sports News reports, following skiing accident.

Video: March marks India bus rape death anniversary
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Candles are lit in New Delhi to mark the first anniversary of the death of a young woman gang-raped aboard a moving bus.

Video: Russian crews work to clean up the bloodied scene of a suicide attack
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Investigators examine the scene of a suicide attack that killed 16, and crews work into the night to clean up the blood-splattered scene.

Video: Russian authorities say death toll in railway bombing at least 14
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Russian investigator says at least 14 people died and 27 were injured by train station explosion in Volgograd carried out by female suicide bomber.

Video: A day in mourning turns deadly in Indonesia
The National 30 Dec 2013 – A bus collision kills 18 mourners in Indonesia who were on their way to a funeral in east Java.

Ten killed in second blast in Russian city of Volgograd
The National 30 Dec 2013 – Ten people were killed Monday in a blast on a trolleybus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, a day after a deadly suicide bombing at the city’s main train station, officials said.

Ha’aretz

Sderot workers go on strike to protest end to cellphone subsidies
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Follow Swiss example – don’t up the budget
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israeli nature experts crowdsource hikers to track down rare flower
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel likes a party, but is torn about New Year’s Eve
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Bring down the regime
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Visiting Aussie teens treated for food poisoning
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel frees all 26 Palestinian prisoners, completing third stage of release
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Two men detained at airport over Bnei Brak shooting
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel begins thrashing out details of ultra-Orthodox draft, but an uphill battle remains
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

55 American universities condemn ASA boycott of Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

IDF interrogator accused of torturing Lebanese operative reveals own name
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Girl killed, brother seriously injured in East Jerusalem blaze
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israeli forces killed 27 West Bank Palestinians, 9 Gazans in 2013
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Frustrated Israeli oarsmen appeal to public: Name our sports
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

French soccer player agrees to stop celebrating goal with Nazi-like salute
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Rocket fired from Gaza strikes open area in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel s return fire over the border is like shooting in the air
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

No home for BDS in Hillel
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel to fund all abortions for women 20-33 starting next year
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Second blast in Russia’s Volgograd kills 14 on bus
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Where’s the all-powerful Israel lobby now?
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Why does the zebra have stripes? To confuse you
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

In Israel, child poverty, abuse, obesity, idleness rise, study finds
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Tnuva white cheese, sweet cream to be price-controlled
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Poor children more prone to fatal injuries, study says
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Without permit and despite lawsuits, Jerusalem interchange gets green light
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Court restricts nuclear whistleblower Vanunu’s movement for seventh time
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Obama’s attempt to be on the right side of history was a failure in thinking
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Onward Christian soldiers
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

A national religious voice of reason
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Who will protect Israel s poor settler kiddies?
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

The gospel according to Eli Ben Dahan
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Dangerous new strategic reality taking shape around Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

26 Palestinian prisoners released, head home to celebrations
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Following High Court decision to reject appeal, Israel releases 26 prisoners after midnight: 18 to West Bank, 5 to east Jerusalem and 3 to Gaza.

Most Israelis own Bibles but never open them, says study
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – The Smith Research poll of 500 Israelis also revealed that a tenth of religious and ultra-Orthodox respondents have not opened a Bible in the past year.

MKs say anti-Semitism in Europe could turn violent
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Growing figures are alarming, warns Knesset Speaker Edelstein; French immigration to Israel increased 63% over past year.

New wing launched in Jerusalem shelter for battered ultra-Orthodox women
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Bat Melech charity launches a new wing in its Jerusalem shelter last week; shelter already filled to capacity.

A tumultuous 24 hours in Bnei Brak
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Crime hits the central city; attempted underworld hit and a man found dead in a drainage ditch.

State files closing arguments against Olmert, Zaken in Holyland trial
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – A central goal for the prosecution is to hold Olmert accountable for bribes that his aide allegedly received on Olmert s behalf.

Jordanian Palestinian who writes for Post indicted in Jordan for inciting hatred
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Mudar Zahran Zahran is a political refugee and has been granted asylum by the British Government.

Hassidic rabbis cancel US tour protesting IDF draft
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – United Torah Judaism MK Eichler feared trip would be misunderstood and stir up anti-Semitism.

Person of the year in editor’s pick: Avigdor Liberman
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Jerusalem Post Editor-in-chief Steve Linde lauds the FM, known as a tough but charming diplomat, who this year made a comeback after his name was cleared.

B Tselem: IDF violence against Palestinians down in Gaza, but up in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – The report did not analyze the reasons for the rise in West Bank fatalities or the drop in the Gaza deaths.

Battalion that links forces by satellite cited for excellence
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Commander of Central Command s C4i Battalion tells Post of technological breakthrough.

Lapid, Shamir sign order cutting cheese prices
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Prices of two popular cheese products should go down about 20%; consumer group says Ministers move is like fighting cancer with aspirin

Settler leaders: Washington understands the Jordan Valley must remain in Israeli hands
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Area s Regional Council head tells The Jerusalem Post but the Americans cannot say this, because it would destroy the negotiations.

Health committee recommends Treasury subsidize abortions
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Proposed NIS 300 million expansion to health basket gives a voice to groups who have not been heard .

Report: Israel tells US it will not release Israeli-Arab prisoners
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – PM won’t release prisoners with Israeli ID as gesture to Abbas, but will release them if Pollard is freed, Channel 2 reports.

Turkish government seeks dialogue with Gulen movement
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Following corruption case, former politicians call for candidates for public office to publicly declare personal assets.

Some thoughts as 2014 begins
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – A human being, who has not a single hour for his own every day, is no human being.

No Holds Barred: Why Hillel is failing in the fight for Israel on campus
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “If Hillel wants to have a true impact on Jewish students they should subordinate the social events to the hard-nosed debates about the great challenges to Jewish identity.”

Left, Right and wrong: Solzhenitsyn and Jewish politics
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “There should be an alternative to Right and Left that taps into the riches of Judaism and Jewish history.”

Fundamentally Freund: Operation Menashe: A lost tribe s journey home to Zion
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “The Bnei Menashe s journey home has been long and arduous. It is time for the Jewish people to welcome them back with joy and open arms.”

Our World: Empowering Palestinians who reject Israel s right to exist
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “Today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.”

The Jordan Valley s fate
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “Staging what will most likely be nothing more than a symbolic hawkish ministerial vote to annex the Jordan Valley does more harm than good.”

Jerusalem Municipality presents preliminary storm recovery report
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Storm resulted in hundreds of millions of shekels in losses; Mayor requests government aid and greater autonomy among transportation and electrical providers in future.

Bennett mocks: Livni should make peace deal with aliens
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Netanyahu reportedly checking with Bennett where his red lines are for remaining in the coalition following framework deal.

Poll finds some Jordan Valley settlers want to leave
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Amid talk of annexing Jordan Valley to preserve Jewish communities, many Jewish residents actually wouldn’t mind leaving.

Ben-Dahan proposes kosher police
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – New bill proposal would give kosher inspectors authority to probe restaurant owners, confiscate items connected to their offense.

US-Israel Binational Research Foundation invests $9m. in new projects
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Investment will help fund projects in electronics, cyber security, life sciences, communication and homeland security.

Protesters march to released terrorist s Jerusalem home to express outrage
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – “This is not about politics, it s a matter of our lives,” says demonstrator. “Have Jews not shed enough blood?”

Ringing in a decisive year in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Applying deadlines rare in diplomacy, the US expects results in 2014 on Iran and Palestinian statehood.

Erekat: Peace talks have failed, PA should seek statehood recognition
Jerusalem Post 30 Dec 2013 – Chief PLO negotiator says Israel foiled talks, adds denying Jordan border for Palestinian state “is clear step towards apartheid.”

The Guardian

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners
The Guardian 30 Dec 2013 – Latest group goes free as condition of peace talks being brokered by John Kerry, the US secretary of state

Palestinian mother remembers son in garden of Israeli teargas canisters – video
The Guardian 30 Dec 2013 – Protester Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma, killed in 2009 by a teargas grenade, is remembered in Bil’in in the West Bank by a garden of flowers planted in used teargas canisters Mat Heywood Mustafa Khalili

Inter Press Service

Palestinians Face a Route to Nowhere
IPS Route 443 passing Ofer jail. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS. ROUTE 443, Occupied West Bank, Dec 29 2013 (IPS) The full moon sets; another dawn rises over Route 443. For over 40,000 Israeli residents and settlers commuting daily between Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv metropolitan area, it isn t yet rush hour. For…

Syrian Children Lose More Than Their Country
IPS Children in Beirut’s Shatila refugee camp. Credit: Rebecca Murry/IPS. BEIRUT, Dec 28 2013 (IPS) As refugees from Syria continue to pour into Lebanon, the majority of children are not going to school, spurring concern that they will become a lost generation . Awad, 12, and her little sister Eman, 10, are…

Uruknet

Time to own up: who really killed UK army captain Richard Holloway in Afghanistan?
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – British Army Captain Richard Holloway was killed in Afghanistan on 23 December while on active patrol near Kabul. Who killed him? The answer is: none of the usual suspects. Although the army report said Captain Holloway “…

About the death of Palestine at the camp of Yarmouk, Syria
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – In front of me now, as I am writing this piece, are the names of fifteen person who died due to starvation exacerbated by dehydration. Regime forces have, on top of the food blockade, also cut…

Israeli official to Ynet: Netanyahu is driving Israel toward boycott and economic sanctions
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 -Ynet, the website of Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, quoted a “senior Israeli official” on Thursday saying that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not really willing to move forward with the negotiations,” referring to the current talks with…

Video: Palestinian refugees starving in Syria
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – The United Nations has warned of a disastrous humanitarian situation in Syria s Yarmouk Camp, a residential area home to Palestinian refugees and Syrians.There are reports that five people have starved to death in the neighbourhood.Yarmouk…

Military Resistance 11L4 Bring It on
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – An American was among three military personnel killed by a bomb attack on a convoy on the eastern outskirts of Kabul Friday, according to U.S. and local officials.A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility in a message on…

Spy wars: Americans need to know more than Snowden has revealed
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 -Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know a lot about what the National Security Agency has secretly been up to. As a result, Congress, a U.S. district court judge and the White House are considering ways to rein…

Gaza fishermen suffer 85 percent income loss as Israeli siege, attacks continue
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – On 17 December, Palestinian fishermen and their supporters erected a tent – a traditional venue for protest, as well as celebration and mourning – inside the Gaza seaport. “It was to highlight the situation, the crimes…

Official: 2 Palestinians injured by Israeli artillery in Gaza
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 — Two Palestinians were injured after Israeli artillery hit the central Gaza Strip on Sunday, a Palestinian official said. Israeli forces hit an area east of al-Maghazi refugee camp with an artillery shelling, Gaza s Ministry of…

The A-Z of Drones 2013 – Part Two
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – I . In February Human Rights Watch released a report detailing how IDF drones violated the Laws of War during operation Pillar of Defence, while War on Want released a report on UK links with the Israeli…

Israeli ministers committee votes to annex Jordan Valley
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – In a move that would thwart the reported “security arrangements” in John Kerry s draft peace proposal, a committee of Israeli government ministers today approved new legislation to annex the occupied Jordan Valley. Kerry s proposal…

Palestinian villagers complaints of settler violence are going unheard
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – It s easy to guess that whoever threw two firebombs at a small house in the Palestinian West Bank village of Burin – where a family of five lives – will not be brought to justice….

Whitewashing the settlers police force
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – Israeli police in the West Bank manage to avoid carrying out the most basic of investigative actions – even while holding in custody two suspects caught red-handed. On July 26, 2010, Israeli civilians – some of…

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I d start with: “How many women and…

Close Guant·namo Now: Andy Worthington s US Tour on the 12th Anniversary of the Prison s Opening, January 2014
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 -January 11, 2014 is the 12th anniversary of the opening of the “war on terror” prison at Guant·namo Bay, Cuba, an experiment in extraordinary rendition, torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial that should never have…

Israeli forces besiege Jenin-area town for 6th day
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013- Israeli forces continued to besiege the northern West Bank town of Yaabad near Jenin for the sixth day in a row closing all the town s entrances with military checkpoints and preventing residents from moving in and…

Why I changed my mind about the ASA boycott The action clearly targets Israeli institutions, not individuals
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 -…When I first heard about the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign, I was skeptical for the same reasons. I felt that universities and colleges in Israel and the Palestinian territories presented the most likely places where free…

Syria News – December 28, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013- By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 133 martyrs, including 24 children and 8 women: 74 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 20 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 13 in Deir Ezzor; 8…

Open Letter to Trinity College President and Dean
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – The following open letter was issued by the below signatories, all of whom are faculty at Trinity College and are writing in response to recent statement by the college s president and dean vis-a-vis the American…

Syria: Last Words of a Hunger Striker in Moadamiyyat Ash Sham?
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – Every day since he began his hunger strike on November 26, local activist Qusai Zakarya has posted a diary entry about life in the besieged Damascus suburb of Moadamiyyat Ash Sham.On Wednesday, he wrote: During another…

Why I changed my mind about the ASA boycott The action clearly targets Israeli institutions, not individuals
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 -…When I first heard about the boycott, divestment and sanction campaign, I was skeptical for the same reasons. I felt that universities and colleges in Israel and the Palestinian territories presented the most likely places where free…

Report: “Israeli Soldiers Kidnapped 3874, Including 931 Children, In 2013”
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year,3874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013. The Census Department said that 1975 of…

Turkey s prime minister refuses to step down amid protests
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013- Turkey s prime minister has rejected calls for him to step down, as protests continue across the country against a growing corruption scandal that has embroiled Recep Tayyip Erdogan s government. Speaking to a large rally of…

BDS Momentum and Debate in 2013
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – In December, a major European business firm and an important American academic association made headlines when they endorsed sweeping boycott measures against Israeli institutions, capping a momentous year of growth and debate surrounding the Boycott, Divestment,…

The Year of the Leaker
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – People who condemn the leaks of classified documents by Pvt. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning and National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden typically cite the supposed harm done to U.S. diplomacy and say lives have been put…

U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq Amidst Bloody Sectarian Conflict Set Off by 2003 Invasion (Video)
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – …The U.S. has been funding and training and supporting the same government that has been funded and trained by Iran. So, the United States and the Iranian governments, have been supporting the same leaders in Iraq.And…

Solicitor says documents show Howardb government knew former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks would not get fair trial
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 -The solicitor for David Hicks says Freedom of Information (FoI) documents reveal the Howard government knew the former Guantanamo Bay detainee would not get a fair trial.Papers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and…

“Reprimanded” Israeli soldier still posting violent, racist material on Instagram
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – He s back. Only months after he was supposedly “reprimanded” for his conduct on social media, Israeli army Golani Brigade soldier Osher Maman is again publicly disseminating racist and violent material including outright calls to murder…

When Home Becomes a Firing Zone
Uruknet 30 Dec 2013 – December 28, 2013 – Jinba is in the crosshair of Firing Zone 918 – and Firing Zone 918 is a microcosm of the Israeli occupation. Together with seven other communities, Jinba is slated for demolition to make way for an…

Daily Star

Two Libya oilfields resume production
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Production at two oilfields in southern Libya has restarted after it was suspended for several months, a national oil company official said on Monday.

Putin to keep within the law in terror hunt: UN
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Monday to stay within international law in the hunt for the perpetrators of two bomb attacks in the city of Volgograd, the United Nations said.

Iran arrests tycoon accused of busting U.S. and EU sanctions: media
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Iran arrested a businessman subject to U.S. and European Union sanctions on Monday, Iranian media reported, as officials met in Geneva for further talks on the country’s nuclear programme.

Fighting erupts as Iraq police break up Sunni protest camp
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Fighting erupted when Iraqi police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp in the western Anbar province on Monday, leaving at least 13 people dead, police and medical sources said.

STL receives Lebanon’s share of annual budget
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 The court prosecuting the alleged killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri announced Monday that it had received the annual Lebanese contribution to its budget.

Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first: sources
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Egypt’s government is likely to call a presidential election before parliamentary polls, officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state…

Yemen’s army, southern tribesmen clash; 8 killed
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 A Yemeni military official says fighting in the country’s south between troops and tribesmen angry over a deadly shelling last week has killed eight people – five troops and three tribesmen.

Lebanese man falls to death in Beirut
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 A Lebanese man falls to his death in an apparent suicide Monday in Beirut’s Monot.

US, Libyan forces capture Tunisian militant: state agency
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Tunisian state media said the head of the country’s Islamist militants had been captured in Libya by U.S. and Libyan forces on Monday, though his organisation denied he had been detained.

44 Iraq MPs resign after protest camp cleared
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Forty-four Iraqi MPs announced their resignation on Monday after security forces demolished a Sunni anti-government protest site and detained a lawmaker.

British lawmakers to visit Iran to help rebuild ties
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 British parliamentarians are to visit Iran next week to try to organize a reciprocal visit by Iranian lawmakers, the latest step aimed at improving relations between the two countries.

Syria’s Assad urges fight against Saudi religious ideology
Daily Star 30 Dec 2013 Syria’s President Bashar Assad calls for a battle against Wahhabism, the political and religious ideology embraced by the Saudi government, a key backer of the uprising against his regime.

YNet News

Gaza: Palestinians released to Gaza pass Erez crossing
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – ….

Dad of Boston bomber’s friend killed in Florida writes Obama
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – ….

UN chief speaks with Putin; Security Council condemns bombings
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – ….

Spurs’ Parker apologizes for making anti-Semitic gesture
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – ….

Support rally for minister Sa’ar due to work on infiltration
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – ….

Netanyahu’s headache
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: As US-brokered negotiations approach their home stretch, prime minister faces a crucial decision ….

Israel set to get ‘kashrut police’
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – Government-proposed bill will allow uniformed supervisors to raid businesses suspected of presenting food as kosher without state-issued kashrut certificate ….

Intifada for beginners
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Series of violent attacks since start of peace talks is simply a Palestinian operational routine ….

Auschwitz barracks returns to Poland
YNet News, 30 Dec 2013 – One of main items at US Holocaust Museum arrives back in Poland after two decades, long negotiations. Wooden structure to undergo conservation, be joined with its other half in Birkenau ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: IOA decision to annex Jordan Valley an act of aggression
PIC – Hamas movement has asserted that the Israeli occupation authority‚¨ “!s decision to annex Jordan Valley was an act of aggression and should be resisted.

IOF kidnap five Palestinians from their homes in Al-Khalil and Bethlehem
PIC – The IOF on Monday raided different areas in Al-Khalil city and kidnapped four Palestinians, while another was taken prisoner on the same day earlier during a raid on his home in Bethlehem.

3 Palestinian refugees die of hunger in Syria, 5 others killed
PIC – The working group for Palestinians in Syria said that eight Palestinian refugees died in Syria on Sunday as a result of the Syrian shelling and siege of refugee camps.

Prisoners boycott prison clinics in protest at medical neglect
PIC – The leadership of Hamas captives in Israeli jails said that prisoners decided to boycott prison clinics on Tuesday in protest at the deliberate policy of medical neglect exercised against them.

Israeli soldiers attack and seriously wound Palestinian workman near Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli soldiers on Sunday brutally attacked a Palestinian workman from Beit Ummar town as he was on his way to his workplace, while others kidnapped a young man at the entrance to Beit Ummar town.

AOHR urges UN to protect Palestinian prisoners
PIC – The London-based Arab organization for human rights (AOHR) demanded the UN to provide protection for the Palestinian prisoners, who suffer from daily violations by Israeli jailers.

Abu Marzouk warns of new Oslo agreement between PA and Israel
PIC – Mousa Abu Marzouk warned of a framework deal to be brokered by US secretary of state John Kerry between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, describing it as a new Oslo agreement.

IOF cut off Jenin village from the outside world for 9th day
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have continued their siege of Yabad village, south of Jenin, for the 9th day running.

IOF soldiers raid Nablus village, search homes
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Beita village, south of Nablus, at dawn Monday and searched several homes.

WAFA

Israeli Settlers Pump Sewage into Palestinian Village near Jenin
WAFA – 30 Dec 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest 10 in Hebron, Bethlehem and Jerusalem
WAFA – 30 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Municipality Notifies to Demolish Mosque, Properties in Jerusalem Area
WAFA – 30 Dec 2013

GDP Up in First Three Quarters of 2013, Says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 30 Dec 2013

Misc

Israel releases 26 more Palestinian prisoners
LA Times 30 Dec 2013 – RAMALLAH, West Bank Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners early Tuesday, the third of four groups it promised to free as part of peace talks restarted during the summer.

Egypt arrests Al Jazeera journalists amid Brotherhood crackdown
LA Times 30 Dec 2013 – CAIRO — Four journalists working for Al Jazeera have been arrested by Egyptian authorities, the pan-Arab satellite channel said on its website, in an apparent escalation of Egyptian authorities harsh campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Rocket from Lebanon hits Israel, sparking major retaliation
LA Times 29 Dec 2013 – Israel fires a barrage of artillery shells at Lebanon in retaliation for a rocket strike. Benjamin Netanyahu blames Hezbollah. JERUSALEM In the first border flare-up of its kind in four months, at least one Katyusha rocket fired from Lebanon struck northern Israel on Sunday,…

Three Dead in South Yemen Blasts
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Three people including a suicide bomber were killed in three explosions targeting security offices in Aden, the main city in southern Yemen, al-Arabiya news reported early on Tuesday.

The Lede: Assange s Father Met Assad in Damascus
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Julian Assange s father met with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria during a visit to Damascus as a member of a solidarity delegation from Australia hoping to foster peace and transparency.

The Lede: Egypt Arrests 4 Al Jazeera English Journalists
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – The authorities accused them of broadcasting false news that damaged national security and possessing written materials that promoted incitement, including information about protests supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran Arrests Tycoon Accused of Busting U.S. and EU Sanctions-Media
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Iran arrested a businessman subject to U.S. and European Union sanctions on Monday, Iranian media reported, as officials met in Geneva for further talks on the country’s nuclear programme.

Israel s Pairing Prisoner Release and Settlements Angers Many
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced withering criticism from all corners, including conservative members of his own coalition.

In a Selfie, a Slain Lebanese Teen’s Last Moments
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – It’s a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.

Deadly Clashes Between Iraqi Forces and Tribal Fighters in Anbar
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – A security official said at least 17 people, including 12 civilians, were killed in unrest in Ramadi, Hit and Falluja.

Israel Likes a Party but Is Torn About New Year’s
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Happy New Year? Not so fast, if you’re in Israel, where the somber, soul-searching and autumnal new year of the lunar Jewish calendar overshadows the Gregorian’s Jan. 1.

Report: Iranian Tycoon Arrested
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Iran’s official news agency says tycoon Babak Zanjani has been arrested over corruption charges.

British Lawmakers to Visit Iran to Help Rebuild Ties
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – British parliamentarians are to visit Iran next week to try to organize a reciprocal visit by Iranian lawmakers, the latest step aimed at improving relations between the two countries.

Bahrain Says Weapons Seized, Car Bomb Defused
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Bahraini officials seized stocks of weapons, including some being smuggled in by sea, and defused a car bomb during two days of security raids in the restless Gulf nation, the country’s public security chief said Monday.

Saudi Judge Orders Man Lashed for Accusing Wife
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – A Saudi news website says a judge in the city of Mecca ordered a man to be lashed 20 times for accusing his spouse of not being a virgin when they married.

Bahrain Says Foils ‘Terror’ Attempts, Seizes Explosives, Weapons
New York Times 30 Dec 2013 – Bahraini authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle explosives and arms, some made in Iran and Syria, into the country by boat, the Gulf Arab state’s public security chief said on Monday.

Haaretz s Bad Case of Journalistic Amnesia
Tikun Olam – IDF torturer Doron Zahavi (Daniel Bar On) Today, Haaretz reporter, Revital Hovel, published an expose (Hebrew, chasifah ) revealing that the name of Israeli IDF torturer, Captain George, was Doron Zahavi. The only problem? This was no chasifah . This was old news, 3 1/2 year-old news…

Eretz Israel Museum names hall for US fugitive
Globes Main News – Former Comverse CEO Kobi Alexander, who fled to Namibia after being indicted in the US for fraud, donated to the museum.

Gindi Investments faces cancelations after balcony collapse
Globes Main News – Gindi Investments has received 36 requests to cancel apartment purchases in the adjacent building.

Netanyahu wants tax reductions for exporters in periphery
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Ministry of Finance budget director Amir Levy to examine not raising income tax for exporters based in the periphery to 9%.

Mon: Elbit Systems lifts market
Globes Main News – Elbit Systems and Delek Group recorded the strongest gains on the Tel Aviv 25 Index today.

The importance of Susan Abulhawa s poetry
Mondoweiss – Over the holidays I ve been reading and re-reading poems in Susan Abulhawa s new book, My Voice Sought the Wind , and I cannot recommend a collection more highly. Abulhawa s poems are best understood as a reflection of the grief of el ghorba , an Arabic word that Abulhawa…

The New York Times: Members of Jewish Student Group Test Permissible Discussion on Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace – Hillel chapters have been instructed to reject collaboration with left-leaning Jewish groups but this month Swarthmore Hillel declared themselves the first Open Hillel in the nation. Members of Jewish Student Group Test Permissible Discussion on Israel , Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times , December 28, 2013. At…

Abortion added to healthcare basket
Globes Main News – The 2014 basket includes 83 new treatments and abortion for women aged 20-33 without a medical reason for terminating pregnancy.

Gov’t slaps price controls on more dairy products
Globes Main News – The government found Tnuva was making “unreasonable” profits on whipping cream and soft white cheese – prices should fall 20%.

El Al airlines promotes tourism in occupied territories
Mondoweiss – Photo of Golan Heights from El Al global facebook page Not too bright, the folks at El Al airlines. Notice how they spell Golan: Planning a visit to Israel? The Goloan Heights is a MUST landmark you should keep in mind. Here are the& http://t.co/vVewUxVTFD

Shocker: NYT publishes fair story on Swarthmore Jews bucking Hillel guidelines
Mondoweiss – Hillel logo Yesterday the New York Times stunned us by publishing a very fair story about the vote by Swarthmore Hillel to throw out Hillel International guidelines on who is welcome, indicating that it will invite anti-Zionists. Reporter Laurie Goodstein told her story in a calm,…

Being pessimistic is not a solution
Mondoweiss – (This is the author s third diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire,England. Here are her first Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home , and second Two months away from home ) And here the world is about to farewell a year filled with lots of…

Palestinian Ministry: 3,874 Palestinians detained by Israel in 2013, including 931 children
Mondoweiss – Report: Soldiers kidnapped 3,874, including 931 children, in 20132 IMEMC [Friday Dec 27] The Census Department of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainee published its annual report stating that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, this year, 3,874 Palestinians, including 931 children. Four detainees died in 2013. The Census…

Orbimed invests $6m in RedHill Biopharma
Globes Main News – The funds will be used for R&D including tclinical development of RHB-104 for Crohn’s disease and RHB-105 for H. pylori infection, both undergoing Phase III studies in the US.

Fox confirms talks with Apax
Globes Main News – The fashion chain says no price or terms for a deal with the private equity fund have been set.

Shekel-dollar slide continues
Globes Main News – FXCM: Criticism is growing of the Bank of Israel’s feebleness; this is a testing moment for Karnit Flug.

Russian Immigration to Israel Seen as Success Story
The Foward Breaking News 30 Dec 2013 – The 1 million Russian-speaking immigrants who arrived in Israel in the 1990s now comprise almost 20% of the population. And they are considered a success story. Click here for the rest of the article…

Iran billionaire Zanjani ‘arrested’
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – The billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani is arrested after being accused of withholding state oil revenue, state media say.

Iran and Turkish Leaders Top ‘Anti-Semitic’ 2013 List
The Foward Breaking News 30 Dec 2013 – Iran s supreme leader, Turkey s premier and United Nations official Richard Falk top the Simon Wiesenthal Center annual list of the top 10 anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs of the year. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt urged to free Al-Jazeera staff
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – Broadcaster Al-Jazeera demands the release of four journalists arrested in Egypt for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why is Egypt targeting Al-Jazeera?
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – Why is Al-Jazeera being targeted by the new government?

55 Universities Reject Push for Academic Boycott of Israel
The Foward Breaking News 30 Dec 2013 – At least 55 American universities and colleges have rejected the American Studies Association membership vote in favor of an academic boycott of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

26 Palestinian Prisoners Readied for Release
The Foward Breaking News 30 Dec 2013 – Some 26 Palestinian prisoners were transferred to Ofer Prison in preparation for their release as part of the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article…

Africa: Egypt One of Most Dangerous Countries for Journalists
allAfrica.com30 Dec 2013 – [allAfrica]Egypt has become one of the deadliest places in the world for journalists, says the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Forging new links to boycott movement in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada
Global BDS 29 Dec 2013 – Joe Catron interviews Corporate Watch on their recent trip to Gaza & read more Source: BDSmovement Pinboard

G4S | The Electronic Intifada
Global BDS 29 Dec 2013 – The G4S section atEI.net& read more Source: BDSmovement Pinboard

On Palestine, BDS and solidarity in a time of political crisis
Global BDS 29 Dec 2013 – Ben White writes on the politics of solidarity and the BDS movement & read more Source: BDSmovement Pinboard

Video: Angela Davis, Gina Dent On Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex | War on Want
Global BDS 29 Dec 2013 – Angela Davis, Gina Dent and Rafeef Ziadah speak at an event in London organised by War on Want & read more Source: BDSmovement Pinboard

Turkish Kurds want explanation, apology for Roboski massacre
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The emotional estrangement of Turkey s Kurds has deepened over Ankara s failure to bring to account those responsible for the killing of 34 Turkish Kurdish youths in 2011 and the continued imprisonment of Kurdish members of Turkey’s parliament.

Peace, not Pollard, is the issue
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempt of pulling Jonathan Pollard into the US diplomatic efforts in the peace process testifies to Israel seeking to serve its own interests rather than a peace deal with the Palestinians.

Obama should see peace process through
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – History suggests that only a resolved American president, such as former Presidents Jimmy Carter or George Bush, Sr., can persuade the Israelis to come to an agreement with the Palestinians.

Syrian Kurds agree to disagree
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – Despite agreeing to speak with a single Kurdish voice at Geneva II, Syria’s Kurds are far from united on how to administer the Kurdish areas in the future.

Syrian interim government hopes to open offices in Syria
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – In an interview with Al-Hayat, the deputy prime minister of Syria s interim government, Iyad Qudsi, said that his government seeks to open offices in Syria to better communicate with the Syrian people.

Egypt’s government fails to end civil strife, terrorism
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The Egyptian government s recent decision to list the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is meant to draw attention away from criticism directed at the government and will not help address Egypt s primary challenges.

Iraq fails to attract domestic capital
Al-Monitor 12 Jun 2014 – Due to the deteriorating security situation as well as underdeveloped financial and banking apparatuses, Iraqi capital has been migrating outside the country.

Will Iran, Hamas resume relations?
Al-Monitor 12 Jun 2014 – Following a split between Iran and Hamas over a number of regional issues, most prominently the Syrian conflict, the two sides have once again restored relations, according to sources in Hamas.

Talks with Palestinians return to Israel’s public discourse
Al-Monitor 12 Jun 2014 – Pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from opponents within and outside his coalition has grown in sync with advances in talks with the Palestinians.

Yemeni tribal checkpoints take travelers off guard
Al-Monitor 12 Jun 2014 – In the past two years, checkpoints set up by gangs and tribes have become widespread in Yemen.

Storm recovery could bring Abbas to Gaza
Al-Monitor 12 Jun 2014 – The recent devastating storm could prompt a visit by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the Gaza Strip and potentially expedite Palestinian reconciliation efforts.

Role of Palestinian women in the uprisings
Al-Monitor 13 May 2014 – Looking back on the first and second Palestinian intifadas, it appears the role of women has decreased amid rising religiosity and an increase in political appropriation of women s issues.

Ten die as Iraq clears protest camp
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – At least 10 people are killed in violence as Iraqi security forces dismantle an anti-government protest camp in the city of Ramadi.

Iran billionaire Zanjani ‘arrested’
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – The billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani is arrested after being accused of withholding state oil revenue, state media say.

Egypt urged to free Al-Jazeera staff
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – Broadcaster Al-Jazeera demands the release of four journalists arrested in Egypt for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why is Egypt targeting Al-Jazeera?
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – Why is Al-Jazeera being targeted by the new government?

Report: Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – According to a report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013 with “two-thirds of journalist killings during the year took place in the Middle East.” The report noted that Syria…

Lebanon s $3 Billion Price Tag
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – The president s allies were taken off guard by Suleiman s declaration, especially since he had spoken to some figures during Shatah s funeral service that he was planning to declare an initiative that could change the face of Lebanon.(Photo: Marwan Bu-Haydar). The president s allies were taken off guard…

Iran and world powers resume nuclear talks
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – Closed-door talks resumed Monday between Iran and world powers on implementing a landmark deal to rein in Tehran’s controversial nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions. European Union foreign policy spokesman Michael Mann told AFP that the Geneva meeting began at 8:30 am (0730 GMT) but…

Shatah Assassination: First Details of Investigation Emerge
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – Lebanese police forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a powerful car bomb explosion on December 28, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro). Lebanese police forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a powerful car bomb…

Michel Suleiman, I Implore You & Just Leave
Al-Akhbar Opinion 30 Dec 2013 – Lebanese President Michel Sleiman gestures as he arrives on September 7, 2013 in Nice. (Photo: AFP – Valery Hache). Lebanese President Michel Sleiman gestures as he arrives on September 7, 2013 in Nice. (Photo: AFP – Valery Hache). What does Michel Suleiman expect? To thank him,…

Lebanon Mufti: Future Movement Supporters Spilled My Blood
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – Qabbani told Al-Akhbar, When I saw the martyr s father and friends crying over his casket, I decided to attend the funeral to pray over his body. (Photo: Haytham El-Mousawe). Qabbani told Al-Akhbar, When I saw the martyr s father and friends crying over his casket, I decided…

Hamas: Egyptian Terrorist Label Meaningless
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – A Palestinian man sits next to a smuggling tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 9, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud Hams). A Palestinian man sits next to a smuggling tunnel beneath the Gaza-Egypt border, in Rafah in the…

Lebanese troops fire at Syrian jets
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – Lebanese troops fire at Syrian aircraft crossing into Lebanese airspace, the first time they have taken such action since the conflict in Syria began.

UN: 15 Palestinians dead from hunger in Syria camp
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – At least 15 Palestinians have died of hunger since September in a besieged refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees told AFP on Monday. “Reports have come in over the weekend that at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged…

Bahrain jails five for 15 years for “bombing”
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – A Bahraini court sentenced five men to 15 years in prison for two attacks by homemade bombs including one during last year’s Formula 1 race the Gulf Arab state’s official BNA news agency said. BNA said the men had admitted being behind the bombings…

Egypt court sentences 139 pro-Mursi supporters
Al-Akhbar News 30 Dec 2013 – Cairo University’s students backing ousted president Mohammed Mursi shout slogans during a demonstration against July’s military “coup,” in Tahrir square on December 1, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.(Photo: AFP – Mohammed el-Shahed) Cairo University’s students backing ousted president Mohammed Mursi shout slogans during a demonstration against July’s…

Eight killed in south Yemen attack
BBC 30 Dec 2013 – At least five soldiers and three gunmen have been killed in an attack on an army position in southern Yemen, military officials say.

Articles


On the Jewish State of Israel
John V. Whitbeck, Paris, CounterPunch12/30/2013
News reports continue to suggest that one of the primary roadblocks to any agreement in the current round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is the understandable Palestinian refusal to accept the Israeli demand that Palestine explicitly recognize Israel as a Jewish State a legally and intellectually bizarre demand clearly intended to make any agreement impossible while facilitating Israel s post-failure public relations campaign to assign to the occupied Palestinians responsibility for Israel s latest success in producing failure.
Palestinian acceptance of this Israeli demand would constitute explicit Palestinian acquiescence in permanent second-class status for Palestinian citizens of Israel and in the liquidation of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees, as well as implicit Palestinian acceptance that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine was morally justified, which in turn would require conceding that Palestinians are sub-humans not entitled to fundamental human rights.
No Palestinian leadership could accept this demand and survive. Israelis know that. That is why the demand is being made.
While few anticipate that the current round of negotiations (which, according to Israeli press reports, Benjamin Netanyahu now wants to extend for a further year beyond their end-April deadline so as to kill more time while building more settlements) will produce anything, the State of Palestine could and should take constructive action now to disarm the Jewish State gambit, which the Israeli prime minister appears to view as his best hope for shifting blame, at least in Western eyes, to the Palestinians.
The State of Palestine could and should reiterate that Israel s self-identification is a matter for Israelis (not Palestinians) to decide….more..e-mail

Meretz: We won t oppose annexation of Jordan Valley
Dimi Reider, +972 Magazine12/30/2013
Far-right politicians prefer it when their more outlandish proposed laws are shot down prudently from across the aisle. One party on the Left now tries to edge out of that role.
Meretz chairwoman Zehava Galon on Monday declared that her party will no longer rescue Israel s ruling coalition from itself, and will not vote against an annexation bill proposed by Miri Regev (Likud).
The bill, endorsed by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, would apply Israeli law to much of the Jordan Valley effectively negating the possibility a future Palestinian state that might share a border with any country other than Israel. Under international and Israeli law, the Jordan Valley is as much an occupied territory as Hebron, Jenin or East Jerusalem, successive Israeli governments have long insisted this area was of special concern and Israelis have developed a narrative to match. Settlements in the Jordan Valley are referred to in Hebrew as communities and kibbutzim, creating the impression that they are in Israel proper. In a poll conducted two years ago, most Israelis under 20 did not even know the area was occupied.
The bill proposed by Miri Regev is unlikely to pass into law, and Galon hasn t given up on the two-state solution: annexation would be a provocation even the apathetic second-term Obama would find impossible to swallow. When I interviewed Galon a few months ago she declined to even discuss alternatives to two states because she feared that would legitimize the one-state prospect. Like much of the center-left at the moment, Meretz seems intent on going down with the two-state ship rather than so much as be overheard considering a lifeboat.
The bill is actually meant as a statement of general intent from coalition members to the right of Netanyahu, and as a means of scoring points with their own electorate….more..e-mail

Sweeping the sand out of the desert: From Verwoerd to Prawer
Hilla Dayan, +972 Magazine12/30/2013
The Prawer-Begin Plan was shelved. But the idea that you can forcefully transfer an indigenous population and determine where it can legally reside looks and smells like a plan pulled from the dusty drawer of Hendrik Verwoerd, architect of Apartheid South Africa. And that didn t work out so well.
Sadly, it was too early to celebrate the downfall of the Prawer-Begin Plan. The victory of suspending the Knesset vote following the the day of rage protests on November 30 was short lived. The dark threatening cloud of ethnic cleansing still hovers over the Negev s Bedouin population. Nevertheless, Prawer s suspension was the culmination of a grassroots mobilization that took months, years actually, to climax and grab public attention. It was an historical achievement.
The good news is that for the first time, the Jewish Israeli public woke up to the sound of a clear
, well articulated and well organized Bedouin-led resistance movement.

The bad news is that it was immediately perceived, particularly by Israeli liberals, as ingratitude and a failure to comply with what the government successfully framed as the most enlightened, generous and historically fair settlement of land disputes in the Negev. Liberman and fellow Jewish supremacists naturally opposed the plan from the very beginning, considering it too generous and predicting its demise from the outset. But it is more interesting to look a closer look at the enlightened expressions of disappointment about the Bedouin protests. It is the liberal state of mind that will likely eventually provide the moral justification for forced removals in the near future. Meirav Arlosoroff s analysis in Haaretz immediately following the day of rage is a case in point.
What is the difference between massive confiscations of Arab land for Jewish settlements in the 1950s and the Prawer Plan today? There s no difference, according to Arlosoroff….more..e-mail

The year in Palestinian hip-hop
Janne Louise Andersen, Al-Monitor12/29/2013
Hip-hop is not dead, it lives in Palestine, reads a popular T-shirt design. Indeed, 2013 proved that the Palestinian hip-hop scene, one of the first in the Middle East, is alive and kicking. Both its godfathers and newcomers released a broad variety of hip-hop productions that are pushing the scene to another level.
Producer Anan Ksym, 28, along with his organization Mazaj Productions and the UG Records label, stood out this year. Ksym is himself a rapper from the group WE7 / Wlad El 7ara, which he established in 2001 with fellow rappers Alaa Bishara and Adi Krayem. Their last album, Wednesday, which was released on YouTube on Dec. 6 before their split, was the result of a collaboration project called “Kayaan” with the Swiss composer Christian Mueller. This Arabic jazz-rap album is one of the most innovative of the year.
Soon after Ksym built his own studio in the basement of his family home in Nazareth, aspiring young emcees started to ask for beats and mentoring. Today, Ksym has a full entourage of promising rappers and musicians under his wing.
One of them is Hussam Ikbarey, 16, better known as Hoss Basha the Eminem of Palestine, according to Ksym. Ikbarey considers the hip-hop icon a rap God, and he resembles the young Eminem both in physical appearance and style. Moreover, he is an incredible freestyler. His upcoming album, Made in Safafri, takes listeners to his neighborhood in Nazareth one of the most impoverished, drug-infested and crime-ridden cities in Israel where Ikbarey works after school at his brother s car wash to support the family.
I see that my community is in deep, and I don t want to be connected to that. I want to change that, he said.more..e-mail

Thousands of Jerusalem children denied basic services by Israeli apartheid
Electronic Intifada: 30 Dec 2013 – Once they reach 16, sons and daughters need special permits to visit their parents, from a web of Israeli bureaucracy campaigners say is aimed at driving Palestinians out of Jerusalem.more..

Help the Chronicle Like Freedom, Truthful Journalism is Priceless
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2013 – What Palestine Really Needs is Honest Advocacy: Make is your New Year s Resolution Stand With Us Palestine and the Middle East need honest advocates more than ever. The Palestine Chronicle is a very serious journalistic platform that for 14 years has reached millions of readers and has effectively contributed to the way people throughout the world view Palestine. Thanks to hundreds of contributors and the donations of our readers, the Chronicle is now a staple in the news arena of the Middle East. Entering into our 15th year as an unwavering and dependable media platform, we need your help more than ever . The Palestine Chronicle is a registered 501C3 non-profit organization (Washington State) and all donations are tax deductible. As you consider your end of year giving, please think of PC and our burden of honest reporting, something our world needs desperately. To make a contribution using your paypal account…more

Israeli Violations of Human Rights and Academic Freedom
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2013 – By Ron Forthofer Michael Roth recently attacked the American Studies Association over its resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions . Roth called the resolution a repugnant attack on academic freedom, declaring academic institutions off-limits because of th
eir national affiliation. However, academic freedom refers to safeguarding legitimate rights of faculty members. Roth appeared to miss the point that the ASA boycott refers specifically to Israeli academic institutions, not to individual faculty. If Roth were really concerned about academic freedom though, one would think his article would have challenged the decades of blatant Israeli violations of the academic freedom of Palestinians. Thus Roth s article seems more like an attempt to divert attention from Israeli violations of human rights and international law than a true concern about academic freedom. A few examples of Israeli crimes include its: building illegal colonies in the West Bank; destroying Palestinian homes; limiting Palestinian travel; deporting…
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Iraq s Persecuted Christians
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2013 – By Hussein Al-alak The Christmas day attacks against Iraq s Christian community has once again thrust this besieged and dwindling minority back into the media. Iraqi Christians have been reduced from a sizable minority of over 1.4 million people under Saddam, to less than 450,000, since the introduction of Democracy in 2003. But the Christmas day bomb attacks, which killed over thirty people and injured countless others, is not unique to Christians in Iraq and since Al-Qaeda made their first appearance after the US/UK invasion, for over a decade, Christianity has carried a certain death sentence. The Bishop of Mosul reported in 2006, that a fourteen year old boy had been found crucified in Al Basra. That same year, Paulos Iskandar, the Syriac-Orhtodox priest had his body dumped, having been beheaded by terrorists. In March 2008, Paulos Faraj Rahho, archbishop of Mosul s Chaldean community, was found dead after being abducted, while…more

On the Jewish State of Israel : Disarming Netanyahu
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Dec 2013 – By John V. Whitbeck News reports continue to suggest that one of the primary roadblocks to any agreement in the current round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is the understandable Palestinian refusal to accept the Israeli demand that Palestine explicitly recognize Israel as a or the Jewish State a legally and intellectually bizarre demand clearly intended to make any agreement impossible while facilitating Israel s post-failure public relations campaign to assign to the occupied Palestinians responsibility for Israel s latest success in producing failure. Palestinian acceptance of this Israeli demand would constitute explicit Palestinian acquiescence in permanent second-class status for Palestinian citizens of Israel and in the liquidation of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees, as well as implicit Palestinian acceptance that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine was morally justified, which in turn would require conceding that Palestinians are sub-humans not entitled to fundamental human rights. No Palestinian leadership could accept this…more

Volgograd Bombings: NATO, Bandar Bush Are Main Suspects
Dissident Voice: 30 Dec 2013 – The back-to-back bombings in Volgograd come on the heels of Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan s reported threats to Putin earlier this year to sponsor terror attacks around the Sochi Olympics if Russia refused to allow military intervention in Syria. The suicide bombings also follow the pattern of NATO Operation Gladio B, and fall in line with NATO protection of Chechen terrorists. James Corbett joins RT to discuss these developments.more


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