VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 31 December 2013

31 December 2013 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

European legislators threatened with arrest by Israeli authorities
IMEMC – Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon declared, on Tuesday, that former British International Development Secretary Clare Short and three other European legislators would be arrested if they try to come to Israel, due to their involvement in a European-Palestinian organization calling for an end to the Israeli siege on Gaza. …

2 Boys Arrested, South Of Bethlehem
IMEMC – Israeli occupation forces arrested two students from the Greens, on Tuesday, after chasing them on the way to their homes, following school. …

Settlers Burn Three Cars In Ramallah
IMEMC – [Tuesday at Dawn, December 31, 2013] A number of Israeli settlers invaded the Dahia agricultural area, close to the Bet El Israeli settlement, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and burnt three Palestinian cars. …

26 Veteran Detainees Released
IMEMC – [Tuesday at Dawn, December 31, 2013] Israel released 26 veteran Palestinian detainees, as part of the third phase of releasing all detained Palestinians held by Israeli since before the first Oslo peace agreement of 1993. …

Ma’an News

Israeli prison guards raid Rimon jail cells
12/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli prison guards in Rimon jail raided a section of the prison overnight and moved all Palestinian prisoners, a rights group said Tuesday. The Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Israeli officers assaulted the prisoners before taking them to an unknown destination. [END]

‘5-year high’ in number of Palestinians killed in West Bank
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel killed 27 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2013, making it the deadliest year for Palestinian fatalities since 2008, Israeli rights group B’Tselem said Monday. According to data compiled by the rights group, three times as many Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2013 compared to 2012. By contrast, in 2012 Israeli security forces killed….

26 veteran Palestinian prisoners freed
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israel released 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners Tuesday at 2. 15 a. m. completing a third stage of the release of 104 prisoners held in Israeli jails before the Oslo Accords of 1994. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to set the prisoners free before peace talks between Israel and the PLO were resumed in July. Eighteen prisoners from the West Bank…. Related: Freed Gaza prisoners: All detainees should be released and In photos: Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

Abbas says Jordan Valley ‘a red line’
12/31/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank was a “red line” for the Palestinians despite Israeli plans to annex it.”If they do that, which we will not allow, we will see what future holds. This land is ours and will remain Palestinian land, and everybody should know that this is a red line…. Related: PA cabinet meets in Jordan Valley to protest annexation bill

Minister: Islamic Relief Organization to support PA health sector
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – The International Islamic Relief Organization is set to fund projects to develop the health sector in Palestine, the Palestinian minister of health said Monday. Jawad Awwad told Ma’an that he met in his office in Ramallah with a delegation representing the organization and agreed with them that his ministry would submit project proposals about urgently needed projects. The Islamic….

Freed Gaza prisoners: All detainees should be released
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoners from the Gaza Strip among 26 that Israel released after midnight called Wednesday for serious efforts to free all Palestinians held in Israeli jails.”I wish I could see all my fellow prisoners set free,” Rami Barbach who was freed before he completed a 25-year sentence told Ma’an. He pointed out that all prisoners in Israel…. Related: 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners freed and In photos: Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners

Haniyeh: Egypt will not declare Hamas a ‘terrorist group’
12/31/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday ruled out the possibility that Egypt would declare the Hamas movement as a “terrorist” group. Speaking to reporters in Gaza City, Haniyeh said that various media outlets have been trying to promote a link between Hamas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.” Though we oppose this characterization in the first place, nobody can….

PA cabinet meets in Jordan Valley to protest annexation bill
12/31/2013 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet convened its weekly meeting in the Jordan Valley on Tuesday to protest an Israeli bill to annex the area. Headed by PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the village of Ein Al-Beida, the PA ministers applauded the Palestinian people for their steadfastness in light of the Israeli government’s crimes against them. The Jordan Valley is…. Related: Abbas says Jordan Valley ‘a red line’

Iran says ‘good progress’ in nuclear talks
12/31/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s chief negotiator said Tuesday talks in Geneva with world powers through the night on implementing a landmark nuclear deal had made “good progress,” according to media. Negotiations continued throughout the night until early on Tuesday morning in Geneva “and the two sides have made good progress on different issues,” lead negotiator Abbas Araqchi said in comments carried by official news….

Israel frees Palestinian prisoners ahead of Kerry visit
12/31/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday as part of US-brokered peace talks ahead of the latest visit to the region by Secretary of State John Kerry. But as Kerry geared up for his 10th visit to the region since March, an anticipated announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government of further settlement construction — designed to appease hardliners — looked set again…. Related: Freed Gaza prisoners: All detainees should be released and 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners freed

In photos: Israel releases 26 Palestinian prisoners
12/31/2013 – Israel released 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners Tuesday at 2. 15 a. m. completing a third stage of the release of 104 prisoners held in Israeli jails before the Oslo Accords of 1994. Eighteen prisoners from the West Bank were released from Ofer detention center near the Ramallah-area town of Beitunia, while five prisoners from Jerusalem were set free at al-Zaytouna checkpoint near al-Ezariya in East…. Related: 26 veteran Palestinian prisoners freed and Freed Gaza prisoners: All detainees should be released

Man killed, boy seriously injured in accident near Bethlehem
12/31/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man from Bethlehem area was killed and a teenager sustained serious wounds in a road accident in the southern West Bank village of Tuqu east of Bethlehem Tuesday. Bethlehem medical official Muhammad Awad told Ma’an that 53-year-old Issa Muhammad Abdul-Rahman Sabbah was killed in an accident. The victim, he explained, lost control of a vehicle he….

Rafah man found dead in his apartment
12/31/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A Palestinian man was found dead in an apartment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, police said Tuesday. Hamas-run Gaza Strip police spokesman Ayyub Abu Shaar told Ma’an that “32-year-old Hussein Muaamar was found killed in an apartment in western Rafah.”The spokesman provided no further details on the victim’s cause of death, but….

Jordanian-Palestinian charged with incitement, insulting king
12/31/2013 – AMMAN (AFP) — A Jordanian-Palestinian critic of Jordan’s monarchy has been charged with incitement and insulting the king after calling for revolt on social media, a security official said Tuesday. Mudar Zahran, who currently resides in Britain, “is accused of inciting hatred against the regime, sectarian strife and insulting the king as well as security services,” the official told AFP without saying when the….

Putin warns ‘terrorists’ face total destruction
12/31/2013 – MOSCOW (AFP) — President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned “terrorists” they face total destruction, after Russia was hit by double suicide bombings in its southern city of Volgograd that claimed 34 lives.” Dear friends, we bow our heads in front of the victims of the terrible acts of terror. I am sure we will toughly and consistently continue to fight against terrorists until their total destruction….

Sparkling Sydney kicks off global 2014 party
12/31/2013 – SYDNEY (AFP) — Sydney kicked off New Year celebrations with a dazzling fireworks spectacular, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai. Seven tonnes of explosives lit up Australia’s biggest city, with fireworks shooting off the Opera House for the first time in more than 10 years as part of the December 31 extravaganza….

Palestine News Network

Abbas: “There Will Be No Agreement Until All Prisoners are Released”
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Raid Ramon Prison, Assault Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Palestine Welcomes Third Group of Palestinian Prisoners
Palestine News Network

Israel Extends House Arrest of Mentally ill Boy
Palestine News Network

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israeli forces kill 27 in West Bank in 2013: NGO
Relief Web 31 Dec 2013 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 12/31/2013 11:55 GMT JERUSALEM, December 31, 2013 (AFP) – Israeli forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2013, a human rights watchdog has said, three times the figure recorded last year….

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestinians Face a Route to Nowhere
Relief Web 31 Dec 2013 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Pierre Klochendler 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…

The National

Al Jazeera journalists to be detained in Egypt for 15 days
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Journalists to be held for 15 days on suspicion of joining a terrorist organisation and spreading false news harmful to state security.

Yemen car bomb kills three soldiers at security headquarters
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Suicide car bombing in Yemen’s southern city of Aden kills at least three soldiers in what appears to be an Al Qaeda attack, police say.

Chinese doctor admits to stealing babies from hospital and selling them to traffickers
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Respected obstetrician admits to stealing babies from the hospital where she worked and selling them to human traffickers.

Syrian chemical weapons removal deadline missed
The National 31 Dec 2013 – International disarmament mission misses the end-of-year deadline for the removal of Syrian chemical weapons but remains on high alert to oversee the transport of the munitions.

Syrian war death toll passes 130,000, including more than 46,000 civilians
The National 31 Dec 2013 – In a new tally, the UK-based group, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said 130,433 people have been killed since the conflict began in March 2011, including 46,266 civilians.

Israelis and Palestinians draw ‘red lines’ before Kerry plan
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Politicians stake out boundaries they claim their leaders would never cross once presented with US secretary of state’s widely anticipated proposal for the outlines of a peace deal.

Prisoners’ release prompts elation among Palestinians as Netanyahu looks to undermine talks
The National 31 Dec 2013 – While the release prompts elation among Palestinians, an anticipated announcement by the Israeli prime minister’s government of further settlement construction – designed to appease hardliners – could derail peace talks. 

Royal baby birth doctor knighted, Beckham snubbed
The National 31 Dec 2013 – The gynaecologist who helped deliver the first child of Prince William and his wife Kate was given a knighthood and veteran actress Angela Lansbury was made a dame in Britain’s New Year Honours List.

US townsfolk asked to evacuate after oil train derails
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Authorities urge residents to evacuate US town after a 1.6 kilometre-long train carrying crude oil derails, shaking residents with explosions.

Rebels recapture Bor as South Sudan government and Machar agree to talks
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Anti-government rebels in South Sudan took control of nearly all of a strategic city as officials announced that representatives from the government and the rebels agreed to hold talks for the first time.

Iraq PM seeks to calm tensions after protest camp shut
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Iraqi troops will pull out of cities in Anbar province, the prime minister says, apparently seeking to defuse simmering tension after security forces closed a Sunni anti-government protest camp.

Delhi’s new chief minister Kejriwal halves power costs
The National 31 Dec 2013 – As a new year’s gift to the Indian capital, its new chief minister has announced the government will slash power costs by half, fulfilling a top campaign pledge a day after he promised a free supply of water.

Fake priest ‘tried to approach Michael Schumacher in hospital’
The National 31 Dec 2013 – A person dressed as a priest, reportedly a journalist, tried to approach Michael Schumacher, who is in a coma and critical after a skiing accident in France.

Sixth Turkish politician resigns over corruption scandal
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Hasan Hami Yildirim had criticised the government for exerting pressure on the judiciary over the graft investigation, which has plunged Turkey into political turmoil just three months ahead of key elections.

Six world powers and Iran make ‘good progress’ in Geneva talks
The National 31 Dec 2013 – While it is unclear how close the seven countries have come to resolving all the practical issues involved in putting the November 24 accord into practice, Iran’s deputy negotiator says only some issues remain to be agreed at a more senior level.

Indonesia sharia stronghold bans New Year’s festivities
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Islamic police in Banda Aceh have seized thousands of firecrackers and cardboard trumpets after the city administration banned New Year’s Eve celebrations for the first time.

Egypt turmoil turns tourist hub Luxor into ghost town
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Tourists once flocked to Luxor for its pharaonic treasures, but as Egypt witnesses sweeping political upheavals, the visitors have vanished from this famed temple city.

Suicide bombings stoke fears that terrorists will target Sochi Olympics
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Counterterrorism officials say the main threat is attacks by separatist groups in the North Caucasus that are at war with the Russian government.

Israeli forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank in 2013
The National 31 Dec 2013 – The death toll was three times the figure recorded last year and was also the first time in 10 years that more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians in 2013, Israeli rights group says.

Jordanian boy, 8, commits suicide after school bullying
The National 31 Dec 2013 – Eight-year-old Jordanian boy hangs himself in his home in the northwestern city of Zarqa after schoolyard bullies taunted him about his deformed hand.

Ha’aretz

Gas mask era might come to an end in Israel
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Arab town advertises for ordained rabbi to head local education
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Guess who’s invited to Hillel?
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Israeli women deserve the freedom to choose
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

For the first time in history, Israel paying salary to Reform rabbis
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Yeshiva planned for contentious East Jerusalem neighborhood
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Inscription on jar from time of King Solomon may refer to cheap wine
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Methodically, if not quietly, Miri Regev is changing the Israeli consensus
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

President Abbas, you should meet Kerry in the Subuh family’s living room
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Palestinian Authority to invest $4 million in Jordan Valley
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Kerry to push for solutions as Israeli-Palestinians peace talks intensify
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Iconic Lebanese singer Fairouz stirs controversy with ‘love’ of Hezbollah chief
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Dozens of Israeli defense firms suspected of export law violations
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

First American rabbi honored by Queen Elizabeth II
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

For first time, arctic bird spotted wintering in Israel
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

The siege of Sochi
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Netanyahu on Palestinian prisoners: Murderers are not heroes
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Near miss between helicopter and air force jet in sky over Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Debunking the ‘dead Negev doctrine’
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Rightist MK makes headlines at ministerial committee for legislation
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Regev and Anelka: A meeting of minds
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Home Front Defense Ministry looking for a home, for the second time this year
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Defense Minister Ya’alon outlaws NGO representing Hamas in Europe
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Moshe Katzav’s former attorney suspected of laundering $20 million
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Strange ‘high-tech’ crop circle appears in California
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

150 African migrants told to report to Negev detention center
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

After prisoner release, 32 pre-Oslo-era Palestinians remain in Israeli jails
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

#SupermanSam: How the Internet changes the way we mourn
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Israeli animal hospital rescues pelican with 110 shotgun pellets
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

‘Regards to John Kerry’ graffiti sprayed by vandals in West Bank
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

PM calming right-wing fears on U.S.-brokered ‘framework agreement’
Ha’aretz – 31 Dec 2013

Take back Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Israel’s defense industry lobbying to ease exports to China
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

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

Mahmoud Abbas, the last Jew?
Ha’aretz – 30 Dec 2013

Jerusalem Post

Hebrew University women learn to fend off Arabs making sexual advances
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – The initiative was created following a series complaints by Arab and Jewish female students of crude advances by young Palestinian men. 

Hebrew U survey finds most Israelis and Palestinians support two-state solution
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Poll addressed issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including expectations regarding a permanent settlement. 

Farewell to the agora and the phenomenon of prices that can’t be paid
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Tomatoes at NIS 5.46 a kilo? Instant coffee for NIS 19.99? Not any more. From Wednesday, the price has to be rounded up or down. 

Google Glass goes on explorer’s tour of Israel
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – US Jewish Federation pilot program enabled participants to share their Israel experience in new ways. 

US official: Kerry to push for permanent peace agreement by April
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Kerry hopes to intensify talks further, bridge gaps on core issues with framework agreement, State Department official says. 

Center Field: Fight gang rape with moral education – and an electronics-free ‘Sylvester’
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – “Our educational system is worthless if it produces dotcom giants but moral pygmies. Our hi-tech wizardry means nothing without old-fashioned morality.” 

France probes anti-Semitic gesture at Toulouse Jewish school
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – City prosecutor vows to fight “quenelle” fad and glorification of 2012 shooter Merah; NBA player Tony Parker apologizes for gesture. 

Terra Incognita: Can Zionism (and Israel) overcome the ‘demographic bogeyman’ mentality?
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – “The lack of integration of Arabs and haredim into the economy after 65 years of Israeli statehood cannot be laid only at their respective doors.” 

In My Own Write: A moving story
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – “We think of moving as a physical effort, when in fact half of it – maybe more than half of it – is emotional; and never more so than when it comes to one’s possessions.” 

Analysis: Ya’alon reveals why he rejected US security proposals
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – No amount of drones or satellites can replace boots on the ground or stop Palestinian incitement to hatred, defense minister tells US Secretary of State John Kerry and his aides. 

In memoriam: Avraham Levin, legendary ‘Post’ advertising manager
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – “The story of Avraham’s life, a sixth-generation Jerusalemite, is the story of Eretz Yisrael.” 

Jerusalem’s multi-cultural heritage
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – “Jerusalem and the Holy Land are a beacon of hope to the world, and no more so than at this time of the year.”

Person of the year in regional affairs: Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – In 2013, Sisi stood up to domestic and international opposition to wrestle power over Egypt from the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Quenelle salute
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – The popularity of the quenelle reflects the popularity of Dieudonne, which is a testament to the increasing acceptability of anti-Jewish sentiments in Europe. 

Israeli Druse named Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Ambassador
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Edelstein: Former MK Majallie Whbee’s appointment is a great achievement for Israel and the Knesset. 

French comedian faces eighth trial for gas chamber comment
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – A comedian who implied that a Jewish journalist belonged in a gas chamber may be tried for racial incitement for the eighth time. 

Google and IDC Herzliya launch inaugural DIGIT award for online journalism
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – The NIS 15,000 prize is designed to strengthen Israeli digital media. 

Identity of former IDF investigator ‘Captain George’ revealed
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Doron Zahavi allegedly raped terrorist Mustafa Dirani who is suing state; Zahavi also suing state for “throwing him to the dogs.” 

Revelers usher in 2014 with fireworks, festivities
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – From ball drops to “possum drops” to edible confetti, New Year’s Eve celebrations draw crowds of millions. 

SPNI: 72% of Israelis favor ban on recreational hunting
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Knesset c’tee to discuss potential prohibition of the sport on Wednesday; currently, hunting allowed from Sept-Jan. 

New coalition bill seeks to limit terrorist releases
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Legislation would allow court to stop president from pardoning murderers with nationalist motivation. 

Israeli research: Pomegranate juice can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Research shows that antioxidants in pomegranate juice, taken with statins, significantly reduce risk of heart disease and stroke. 

Teen arrested for suspected murder in Bnei Brak
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Suspect was friend of victim, last person to see him alive according to police. 

Top Israeli Jewish Philanthropies of 2013
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Some of the most inspiring charities to look out for next year. 

Abbas: No final agreement with Israel until all prisoners released
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – PA President Abbas vows to release all Palestinian prisoners; says no Palestinian state without Jordan Valley. 

Head Iranian negotiator: Geneva deal to be implemented in late January
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Iran, P5+1 reach a “mutual understanding” on date to start enforcing the interim deal, pending approval of countries’ leaders. 

New Year’s Eve: Should Jews party like the rest of the world?
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Israel is ironically among the few countries that name the occasion after known anti-Semite, Pope Sylvester. 

Hamas rejects Egypt’s labeling of Muslim Brotherhood as terror organization
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Gaza government reaffirms solidarity with ousted movement, rejects calls to sever connections with the Brotherhood. 

Person of the year in entertainment: Gal Gadot
Jerusalem Post 31 Dec 2013 – Gadot is not only a modern Israeli role model, she stood up for women globally. 

The Guardian

Hamas, Israel and the blockade of Gaza | @guardianletters
The Guardian 31 Dec 2013 – Among the many crucial omissions in the letter “Time to end Israel’s Gaza blockade” (28 December), the most striking is any reference to the responsibility of the Hamas terrorist organisation, which has taken Gaza hostage. There…

Israeli ministers back Jordan Valley annexation ahead of John Kerry visit
The Guardian 31 Dec 2013 – Palestinian leaders condemn support for bill as US secretary of state heads to region for latest attempt to unblock peace talks Rightwing Israeli government ministers have stepped up their opposition to a peace deal with the…

Jubilation as Israel releases Palestinian prisoners – video
The Guardian 31 Dec 2013 – Israel releases another 26 Palestinian prisoners overnight

Uruknet

Through the lens of Muhammad Hassunah: 1970s Gaza
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 30, 2013 – For those who didn t experience life in Gaza in the 1970s, it is difficult to imagine how things were back then. Although the imagination is the only thing that politics or religion cannot control, the…

Settlers attack local official in south Hebron hills
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 30, 2013 – 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…

Syria News – December 29, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 78 martyrs including 7 children, 6 women and 1 martyr under torture: 33 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 19 in Deir…

Military Resistance 11L5 Surprise Surprise
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – If you think the most recent “embrace the suck” passed in the House that screws military veterans pension benefits is just one step in the effort to screw vets, you d be wrong.In fact, these ideas…

US and Israeli Season s Greetings: Part II
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – No nations more egregiously violate legal, moral and ethical principles, standards and norms. None do so more contemptuously. None operate more lawlessly. None more mock the season s spirit. None more do it throughout the year…

African refugees hold up i.d. numbers, recalling Holocaust tattoos
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – Thousands of African asylum-seekers, joined by Israeli supporters, held a silent march through Tel Aviv last night (Saturday). The protesters demand that the Israeli government recognize them as political refugees and request freedom for their countrymen,…

Overthrow the Speculators
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 29, 2013 – Money, as Karl Marx lamented, plays the largest part in determining the course of history. Once speculators are able to concentrate wealth into their hands they have, throughout history, emasculated government, turned the press into lap…

Property rights scarce for Palestinians in Lebanon
Uruknet 31 Dec 2013 – December 2013, 2013 – “If they throw us out, we will end up in the sea,” Zahar Sayed Ghadbaan says, her anger not entirely disguised by the joking tone. “We have nowhere else to go but here,” she says, gesturing…

Daily Star

Suspected militants blow up Egypt Sinai pipeline
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 Suspected militants in Egypt’s Sinai blow up a gas pipeline that feeds an industrial area in the restive peninsula, security officials say.

Vatican to host workshop about peace in Syria
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 The Vatican will host a brainstorming workshop on Jan. 13 about how to achieve a cease-fire in Syria so humanitarian aid can be delivered and how to end persecution of Christians there.

Anelka salute sparks furore in Israel
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 French footballer Nicolas Anelka’s use of a salute dubbed anti-Semitic in a celebration of a weekend goal in England has sparked a storm in Israel.

Egypt holds Al-Jazeera crew on ‘terror’ accusations
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 Egypt has accuse detained journalists from the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television network of belonging to a “terrorist” group, saying they had ties with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution says.

Abbas threatens legal, diplomatic action against Israel settlements
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas threatens diplomatic and legal action against the “cancer” of Israeli settlement building, a day before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits.

Leader of group linked to Al-Qaeda held in Lebanon : sources
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 A Saudi militant who allegedly leads a group linked to Al-Qaeda which operates throughout Mideast has been arrested by authorities in Lebanon, according to U.S. national security sources.

Iran says nuke deal to be implemented in late Jan.
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 World powers and Iran have agreed to start implementing in late January an agreement obliging Tehran to suspend its most sensitive nuclear work, an Iranian official is quoted as saying.

More than 130,000 dead since start of Syria conflict: activists
Daily Star 31 Dec 2013 More than 130,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Syria nearly three years ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

YNet News

27 eagle deaths in Utah caused by West Nile Virus
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Jordan assumes UN Security Council chair as conflicts persist
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Unknown gunmen blast natural gas pipeline in Sinai
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Iran plans to send satellite to space early February
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Egypt’s top prosecutor detains Al Jazeera journalists for 15 days
YNet News, 31 Dec 2013 – ….

Has Kerry lost his mind? 
YNet News, 31 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: US secretary of state is determined to end Mideast conflict. What if he succeeds? ….

Murdered for the second time
YNet News, 31 Dec 2013 – Op-ed: Terror victim’s daughter slams Israeli leaders for shaming her father’s memory by setting his murderer free ….

Khamenei, Waters top 2013 anti-Semites list
YNet News, 31 Dec 2013 – Simon Wiesenthal Center gives two first slots on its top-10 list of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs to Iranian supreme leader Khamenei, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters ranks fourth for ‘using his status as a musician to denigrate Judaism’ ….

Spain’s C?rdoba, a Sephardic capital
YNet News, 31 Dec 2013 – Undeniable historic Jewish roots of city in region of Andalusia being heavily promoted by tourism board, attracting growing curiosity ….

Palestinian Information Center

Eirekat’s belated admission
PIC – With frustration and anger clear in the tone of his voice, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Eirekat admitted on Monday that “peace talks” with Israel were going nowhere. 

Haneyya: 2014 is the year of reconciliation and national constants
PIC – Premier Ismail Haneyya said that 2014 would be the year of the Palestinian reconciliation and the protection of the national constants.

Israeli settlers storm al-Aqsa Mosque, torch cars in Ramallah
PIC – A number of Israeli settlers on Tuesday morning stormed al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, and toured its courtyards, under the protection of the occupation forces.

Israeli jailors evacuate prisoners from prison ward
PIC – Israeli Nahshon forces stormed Raymond jail at dawn Tuesday and evacuated all Palestinian prisoners from section two after assaulting them.

Report: 2013 saw an escalation in Israel’s Judaization activities in J’lem
PIC – The Islamic Christian authority for patronizing Jerusalem and holy sites said that 2013 has seen an unprecedented escalation in Israel’s Judaization activities in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

IOA continues interrogation of journalist Dofesh despite his health condition
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation for Human Rights said that the Israeli intelligence officers are still interrogating the doctoral student and journalist Bilal Dofesh despite suffering a nervous breakdown.

Amman rejects Israeli decision to annex Jordan Valley
PIC – Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed Al-Mawmani has reiterated his country’s position considering the entire lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied Palestinian land.

Report: 1,869 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria
PIC – The working group for Palestinians in Syria announced that 1,869 Palestinian refugees were killed in Syria since the crisis in that war-torn Arab country started.

Channel 2: Israel released prisoners in exchange for settlement construction
PIC – “Building in the territories in exchange for freeing prisoners is the equation created by the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu since the negotiations began,” Israel’s channel 2 said.

Abul Sabbah calls for supporting the sick prisoners
PIC – Minister of Prisoners Dr. Atallah Abul Sabbah called for supporting the captive movement in the protest steps, it intends to start in the Israeli prisons, against the policy of medical neglect.

WAFA

PEX Report: Index Continues Down Trend
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Police Overlook Annual Wash of the Nativity Church
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Cabinet Gives Priority to Jordan Valley Development
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Palestinians 11.8 Million Worldwide, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Jenin Public Transport Drivers Continue Strike
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Israeli Forces Level Farming Land South of Jenin
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Israeli Settlers Torch 3 Cars near Ramallah
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Celebrations Continue for Released Prisoners
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Weather: Cloudy with Chance of Rain
WAFA – 31 Dec 2013

Misc

Israeli right simmers over reports of U.S. framework for peace
LA Times 31 Dec 2013 – JERUSALEM — Ahead of another visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, reports that he plans to present a framework for peace to Israeli and Palestinian leaders are causing growing unrest among Israeli opponents of a two-state solution.

Shelling of Bus in Northern Syria Caps a Merciless Year
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – The explosion in Aleppo killed at least 10 people, and more than 500 have died during two weeks of bombardment of civilian targets by the Syrian government. 

Egypt Says 3 Journalists Will Be Held 15 More Days
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – The journalists from Al Jazeera English face charges that include belonging to a terrorist group and harming Egypt’s reputation abroad. 

Gunmen Blast Natgas Pipeline in Sinai: Security Sources
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Unknown assailants attacked a natural gas pipeline in the Sinai on Tuesday, Egyptian security sources told Reuters, raising concerns of instability as the country pushes through with a roadmap for political transition to democracy. 

Kerry to Push for Solutions as Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Intensify
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to narrow differences between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks this week that are intended to guide the sides toward a deal in April, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday. 

Diplomat Back in Iran After Exile in the U.S.
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator, had been in unofficial exile as a Princeton scholar after he was accused of leaking secrets. 

Jordan Assumes U.N. Security Council Chair as Conflicts Persist
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Jordan takes over the U.N. Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere. 

Leader of Group Linked to Al Qaeda Held in Lebanon: Sources
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – A Saudi militant who allegedly leads a group linked to al Qaeda which operates throughout the Middle East has been arrested by military authorities in Lebanon, according to U.S. national security sources. 

Egypt’s Top Prosecutor Detains Al Jazeera Journalists for 15 Days
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Egypt’s general prosecutor on Tuesday detained several journalists for 15 days for broadcasting graphics on the Qatar-based Al Jazeera channel that damaged the country’s reputation. 

Bombs Across Baghdad Kill at Least 15, Clashes Continue in Anbar: Sources
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, police and medical sources said, a day after police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp in a western province. 

Outgoing Top Muslim Envoy Seeks Accord With Christians
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – The outgoing head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Tuesday some Muslim states should broaden rights for religious minorities. 

Egypt: Al-Jazeera Journalists’ Detention Renewed
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – Egypt’s top prosecutor on Tuesday ordered five people — including four journalists working for satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera English — held for 15 days on suspicion of joining a terrorist organization and spreading false news harmful to the state security. 

Anti-Assad Monitoring Group Says Syrian Death Toll Passes 130,000
New York Times 31 Dec 2013 – The death toll in Syria’s civil war has risen to at least 130,433, more than a third of them civilians on both sides of the conflict, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. 

Happy new year from Mondoweiss
Mondoweiss – A 2013 Highlight: Mondoweiss report on Sheldon Adelson picked up by news outlets around the world. Thank you for another wonderful year of Mondoweiss. In what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition around these parts, here is a rundown of some of our site stats from…

Tnuva mulls lowering more dairy product prices
Globes Main News – Products similar to those placed under price control, such as 3% soft white cheese, will likely be lowered.

Woodside to raise Leviathan offer
Globes Main News – Yitzhak Tshuva says the deal will be signed soon as sources say the Australians will up their payment by several hundred million dollars.

Regulator reaches deal with Delek and Noble Energy
Globes Main News – Antitrust Authority head David Gilo is set to agree not to declare Delek and Noble a cartel if they sell their Karish and Tanin rights.

Tue: Tel Aviv 25 Index up 11% in 2013
Globes Main News – Delek rose very strongly for the second straight day, boosted by plans to restructure its energy holdings, while the banks recorded gains.

Delek Group to restructure energy business
Globes Energy & Water – All the group’s energy activities will be concentrated in a new company to be listed in Tel Aviv and possibly overseas.

Should dual citizen of US/Israel be vice chair of our Federal Reserve Bank?
Mondoweiss – Stanley Fischer Two weeks back, Forbes and CNBC reported that President Obama plans to nominate Stanley Fischer to be the next vice chairman of the Federal Reserve if the current vice chair, Janet Yellen, is confirmed by the Senate as Fed chairwoman in the new year….

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls Falk, Walker, Waters, Blumenthal and ASA anti-Semites
Mondoweiss – Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top ten list of Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs for 2013. (Image: Simon Wiesenthal Center) You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the…

Israel’s population grew 1.8% in 2013
Globes Macro Economics – 175,000 babies were born in 2013 and 16,600 people immigrated to Israel, as the population reached 8,132,000.

Palestine is a topic too far for Boston African-American paper
Mondoweiss – Over the years I have been an occasional op-ed contributor to a Boston African-American owned newspaper, The Bay State Banner. The editors gladly printed pieces of mine about Iran and the price of gas; military spending and US Budget priorities; a visit to an ANC colleague…

Indiana scholars say their school presidents are wrong on boycott
Mondoweiss – Purdue President and former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels This collective response by eight faculty from three Indiana campuses to attacks by the Indiana University and Purdue presidents on the American Studies Association vote for boycott went up yesterday on a Gannett site . We received permission to…

Mizrahi Tefahot starts cashing in Dankner’s debt
Globes Main News – The bank has sold IDB shares worth NIS 1.6 million given as securities by Ganden, Dankner’s private company.

Infiltrating the New Year
Mondoweiss – This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. “Infiltrators” – a word increasingly used to describe African refugees in Israel. It’s become acceptable political discourse in Israel. Not surprisingly, such terminology…

Tax breaks reached record NIS 7.2b in 2011
Globes Macro Economics – Total tax breaks given to companies as part of the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments reached a record NIS 7.2 billion in 2011, up 20% from 2010.

Low turnout for Palestinian prisoner release as negotiations slump
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Allison Deger) In a scaled back ceremony early Tuesday morning 18 Palestinians returned to the West Back in the third round of prisoners released by Israel during the Kerry-backed direct negotiations. The group, all pre-Oslo prisoners who were sentenced to 19 to 28 years,…

Growth hits 10-year low
Globes Main News – The Israeli economy grew just 3.3% in 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics estimates, with 25% of growth attributed to natural gas.

Tax Authority demands additional NIS 805m from Israel Chemicals
Globes Main News – The Tax Authority claims Israel Chemicals subsidiaries Dead Sea Works and Rotem Amfert Negev are not entitled to tax benefits under the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investment.

Shekel strengthening continues unabated
Globes Main News – FXCM Israel: If there is continued weakness of the dollar at the start of 2014, the Bank of Israel must take aggressive action to prevent a collapse.

State Attorney seen indicting Nochi Dankner
Globes Main News – Dankner is suspected of share pegging in an offering by IDB in February 2012.

Haaretz Declares Simon Shaheen Treif
Tikun Olam – While this post about a particular person, it also contains many of the prejudices that are writ large throughout Israeli society and even the attitudes of its liberal Zionist intelligentsia. Haaretz’s culture blogger, Ilene Prusher, wrote a promotional piece about the UK Limmud Festival in which…

Reporters face 15 days in Egypt jail 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – Three Al-Jazeera journalists accused by Egyptian prosecutors of links with the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood are remanded in custody for 15 days.

Pre-Oslo Prisoner: “Palestinian Leadership Must Come from the Prisoners” 
Palestine Solidarity Project 31 Dec 2013 – Mousa Abu Maria and Riziq Ali Salah PSP co-founder Mousa Abu Maria interviewed his friend from prison, Riziq Ali Saeed Salah, who was released in the previous batch of Pre-Oslo prisoners. To date, 26 prisoners arrested by Israeli forces before the signing of the Oslo Accords…

Israeli Killings of Palestinians in West Bank Triple in 2013 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Dec 2013 – Three times as many Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2013 as were in the previous year, according to an Israeli human rights watchdog. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria chemical deadline ‘missed’ 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – A UN deadline for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile looks certain to be missed after the European ships due to collect them turn back.

Yosef Shapira, World Bnei Akiva Leader, Dies at 87 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Dec 2013 – Former Israeli government minister Yosef Shapira, who was one of the founders of World Bnei Akiva, has died. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Frees 26 Palestinians Ahead of John Kerry Visit 
The Foward Breaking News 31 Dec 2013 – Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was due back in the Middle East to press the two sides to agree a framework peace deal. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel’s Social Justice Movement Fades Silently Into Political Obscurity 
The Forward New 31 Dec 2013 – Israel’s tent city protests once threatened — or promised — dramatic social change. Two years later, the movement for social justice has silently faded into obscurity. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Salafi Party Head Says Army Prevented Egypt From Turning Into Syria 
allAfrica.com 31 Dec 2013 – [Aswat Masriya]Egypt would have turned into a fragmented country if it were not for its army, said Younis Makhioun, the Salafi Nour Party head.

Harrowing end to 2013 for civil society in Egypt 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – It’s been a harrowing end to 2013 for activists, journalists and opposition, who have faced crackdowns, arrests, imprisonment and death when opposing or even just working under the rule of the military-backed government that ousted Mohammed Morsi.

Despite prisoner release, any Israeli settlement construction may end talks 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – Palestinian Authority Minister for Prisoner Affairs Issa Karake has declared that if Israel insists on more settlement construction following the latest prisoner release, the negotiations will be over.

Is Erdogan’s survival detrimental to Turkish democracy? 
Al-Monitor 13 Jul 2014 – The Turkish prime minister is using his executive powers in what seems a desperate effort to alter the legal system to protect himself and his government against further corruption allegations.

Another year, another chance for spring 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – 2014 will be a time for the Middle East to assess the promises and falterings of the Arab Spring and rebuild the confidence of the people to push forward together.

Does Erdogan’s attack on judiciary reflect his view of Turkish democracy? 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The Erdogan government’s evasion of the corruption investigation increases the risks to Turkey’s unity and peace.

Turkey’s 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.

Ending Iraq’s demonstrations won’t solve Sunni crisis 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The Sunni demonstrations may not last much longer, but their end will not mean that Iraq’s sectarian problems have been addressed.

Was Jesus a Palestinian, a Jew or both? 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The Israeli Foreign Ministry was quick to respond to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ claim that Jesus was Palestinian.

Issawi’s release places individual hunger strikes in spotlight 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – Samer Issawi’s release set off exuberant celebrations in the streets, but more importantly has refocused the spotlight on his fellow hunger strikers in prison.

Death of Gaza child renews fears of war 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – The recent Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip, which led to the death of a 3-year-old girl, has renewed residents’ fears of another military confrontation.

Dayan: ‘Kerry causes damage by insisting on a solution now’ 
Al-Monitor 13 Jun 2014 – While some in the Israeli right looked for an alternative to the two-state solution, former Yesha head Dani Dayan prefers the status quo since ”there is no solution to the conflict at the moment.”

Egypt accuses detained Al Jazeera journalists of “terrorism” 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Egypt has accused detained journalists from the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television network of belonging to a “terrorist” group, saying they had ties with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if all three journalists face the same accusation, the first…

Lebanon: Bekaa Valley Coupon Racket Scams Syrian Refugees 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Sacks of bread and other relief material are prepared ready for transportation to Syrian refugees encamped in Arsal, in the Lebanese Bekaa valley, on December 17, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) Sacks of bread and other relief material are prepared ready for transportation to Syrian…

Lebanon: Back to ‘Breaking Bones’ in Tripoli 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – A man displays an unexploded home made explosive device in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) A man displays an unexploded home made explosive device in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 4, 2013. (Photo:…

Aleppo’s Sharia Authority: Tyranny in the Guise of Religion 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – A wounded Syrian woman walks with her children following airstrikes on a rebel area of the war-torn northern city of Aleppo on December 15, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Khatib) A wounded Syrian woman walks with her children following airstrikes on a rebel area of the…

Person of the Year 2013: Palestinian Hunger Striker Samer al-Issawi 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi, who held a hunger strike for several months, flashes the “V” for victory sign as he celebrates his release from an Israeli jail in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya, on December 23 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli) Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi,…

Reporters face 15 days in Egypt jail 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – Three Al-Jazeera journalists accused by Egyptian prosecutors of links with the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood are remanded in custody for 15 days.

Iraqi Sunnis’ long struggle since Saddam 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – How Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have tried to recover since Saddam

Syria chemical deadline ‘missed’ 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – A UN deadline for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpile looks certain to be missed after the European ships due to collect them turn back.

Pro-Israel Jordanian charged for insulting king 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – A Jordanian-Palestinian critic of Jordan’s monarchy who openly supports Israel has been charged with incitement and insulting the king after calling for a revolt on social media, a security official said Tuesday. Mudar Zahran, who currently resides in Britain, “is accused of inciting hatred against the…

Israeli occupation forces killed 36 Palestinians in 2013: group 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Israeli occupation forces killed 27 Palestinians in the West Bank and nine in Gaza in 2013, an Israeli NGO has said. It was also the first time in 10 years more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than in the Gaza Strip, according to B’Tselem….

Eight-year-old Jordanian hangs self over bullying 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – An eight-year-old Jordanian boy hanged himself in his home in the northwestern city of Zarqa after bullies at his school taunted him about his deformed hand, police said on Tuesday. Mustafa Ahmad Abu Osheibeh, “repeatedly cried and complained to his family that he was suffering because…

Yemeni soldiers die in Aden bombing 
BBC 31 Dec 2013 – At least four soldiers have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack on the security forces’ headquarters in Yemen’s southern city of Aden.

Israeli settlers torch Palestinian cars after prisoners freed 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Freed Palestinian prisoners are greeted as they arrive at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on December 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo: Abbas Momani) Freed Palestinian prisoners are greeted as they arrive at the Mukata Presidential Compound in the early hours on…

Clashes kill four more at Iraq protest camp 
Al-Akhbar News 31 Dec 2013 – Smoke billows from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, West of Baghdad during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, on December 30, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Azhar Shallal) Smoke billows from the Iraqi city of Ramadi, West of Baghdad during clashes between security forces and anti-government…

Lebanon’s $3 Billion Price Tag 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Shatah Assassination: First Details of Investigation Emerge 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Lebanon Mufti: Future Movement Supporters Spilled My Blood 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…

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Foreign dictates support the colonisation of Palestine 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 12/31/2013
Opposition to the Palestinian prisoners’ release reverberated during a meeting organised by Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon. According to reports in Maariv, Danon called upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “reconsider the release of terrorists given the recent terror attacks,” adding that the meeting was a commemoration of the “sacrifice” endured in order to live in Israel.
Opposition to the release of Palestinian prisoners has been continuous, with Israeli ministers exploiting the sentiment and seizing the opportunity to distort the legitimacy of Palestinian resistance, by eliminating the historical process of colonisation and perpetual Israeli state terror. Discourse regarding Palestinian resistance continues to be disseminated within various frameworks of isolation which serves to distance Palestinian identity from Palestinian history. Mired within oblivion serving the fabricated Israeli claims to land, Palestinians resurface in Israeli narratives as an impediment to imaginary collective assertions pertaining to security concerns. Hence the deliberate depiction of Israel in constant alert over alleged terrorism, engrossed in the commemoration of victims, while permanently isolated from the Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine which has been perfected throughout decades to avoid the possibility of international condemnation.
The Palestinian prisoners’ release remains the only specimen of commitment which Israel has symbolically adhered to in the course of the negotiations – an ineffective gesture in combination with further settlement expansion. While the release of prisoners has been welcomed by Palestinians, the focus upon the release since the announcement has been utilised by imperialism to highlight Israel’s alleged commitment to peace, notwithstanding the immoral bargaining over people’s lives and the indignity of associating resistance with minimalist concessions; a process sanctioned by the Palestinian Authority and central to Israel’s settler-colonial agenda. more.. e-mail

The Red-Dead seas canal: a Zionist victory 
Jamal Kanj, Redress 12/31/2013
The two seas canal agreement, connecting the Red and Dead sea, was summed up best by Silvan Shalom, Israel’s minister for development of the Negev and the Galilee, who jubilantly described it, following the 9 December signing ceremony at the World Bank headquarters, as “a historic agreement that realizes… the dream of [founder of modern Zionism Theodore] Herzl”.
The canal was another strategic triumph for Israel’s conniving diplomacy, even after the project was reduced to about one-tenth of its original size due to serious economic and environmental concerns raised by the World Bank.
The Zionist-envisioned project was repackaged and sponsored by Jordan as a must to save the Dead Sea, and building a large desalination plant providing Israel and Jordan with eight billion to 13 billion gallons of fresh water annually.
According to Israeli and international environmentalists, Israeli government’s policies of over pumping from the Sea of Galilee and Jordan River – serving Jews-only colonies – was the main cause for the loss of nearly 30 per cent of the Dead Sea’s mass in the last 50 years.
Herzl’s repackaged vision includes articles tacitly granting Israel exclusive water rights in the supposedly shared Sea of Galilee and Jordan River water. This is because the agreement empowers Israel to transfer nearly 13 billion gallons of fresh water from those bodies to Jordan and to sell the Palestinian Authority 8 billion gallons of drinking water at preferential prices.
Even more cynical is that while under the agreement the Palestinian Authority will purchase water from Israel, Israel continues to expropriate the occupied West Bank’s water aquifers for the benefit of illegal Jewish colonies for free. more.. e-mail

2013 was a deadly year in Israel-Palestine 
Michael Omer-man, +972 Magazine 12/31/2013
Regardless of how they were killed, by whom, how it was justified or who mourned them, each person who died in the Israel-Palestine conflict this year has a name.
Last year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton for daring to mourn together in the same breath the killings of Jewish schoolchildren in France and Palestinian schoolchildren in Gaza. Legally speaking, of course, there was a difference. But legal and even moral arguments
only affect the killer. Categorizing deaths does very little, if anything, to ease the pain of families in mourning, regardless of if or how a legal system or politician justifies their loss.

Forty-four people were killed in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2013. The vast majority of them (38) were Palestinian, six were Israeli. Five of the Palestinians were minors and one was a woman. The youngest was two years old, the oldest was 61. Some were actively involved in hostilities or were members of armed groups and armies, others were civilians who were uninvolved in hostilities.
Those are the numbers.
Of course, it’s almost gratuitous to mention that there are far-more-deadly conflicts taking place just a few hours’ drive from Israel and Palestine. The point of this post is not to show how deadly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was in relation to other conflicts this year, or even compared to years past in Israel and Palestine. Compared to previous years, 2013 actually saw a relatively small number of civilian casualties. more.. e-mail

On its 26th anniversary: What next for Hamas? 
Khaled Hroub, Al Jazeera 12/31/2013
The movement has been functioning within the grey areas of politics.
If Hamas’ jubilee last year was truly silvery, this year’s 26th anniversary seems to find the movement in a bad shape. A year ago, Hamas was breathing fresh air with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s driver’s seat. The long years of blockade in the Gaza Strip and sour relationship with Mubarak’s government were over. The movement’s gamble of betting on the “will of the people” in the Arab Spring was winning – albeit temporarily. The riskiest part of that gamble was to sever the relationship with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and leave Damascus, and in doing so provoking its historical ally in Tehran and alienating itself from Hezbollah.
Meanwhile, Turkey, under the rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP Party, stepped in to fill the vacuum created in Hamas’ backers’ list. In the middle of this, and we are still in Hamas’ jubilant year, Israel was worried. Not only was its strategic “treasure” in Cairo, Hosni Mubarak’s regime, deposed, but also an emerging axis seemed to be forming connecting Cairo, Istanbul and Doha and ending up with Hamas in Gaza.
In Ramallah, Hamas’s internal rival, Fatah, under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority, were also taken aback by the Islamist movement’s sharp gains. Beyond Egypt, the ascendance of other Brothers to power in Tunisia and Libya confirmed a general victorious trend of Islamist movements in the region – luring some of Hamas’ figures to furnish outlandish statements about the coming victory of Islam and the liberation of Palestine. Hamas’ honeymoon Arab-Spring was, however, shorter than expected. more.. e-mail


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