VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 6 January 2014

6 January 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Freed Detainee Moved to Jordan Hospital In A Serious Condition
IMEMC – Freed detainee, Naim Shawamra, was moved to a hospital in Jordan after the Israeli authorities finally granted the approval following extended delays, Palestinian officials in the occupied West Bank said. …

Israeli Settlers Storm Urif
IMEMC – [Monday January 6, 2014] Israeli Settlers stormed the village of Urif, in the northern West Bank, south of Nablus, under heavy guard of Israeli soldiers. …

Palestinian Refugee Camps Suffering Under UN Strike
IMEMC – Strikers claim best interest of refugees 51,000 children have been out of school for over a month, over 40 health clinics have been closed and garbage is piling up around the camps, due to the recent UN-employee strike. Yet, there are no signs of a solution to the dispute, reports the Palestinian News Network (PNN). …

Kerry Leaves Middle East With No Framework Deal
IMEMC – [Monday January 6, 2014] US Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way home today, after four days of intense diplomacy, insisting that progress has been made and despite the failure of any framework peace agreement to be reached during Israeli-Palestinian talks. (Ma’an/AFP) …

Settlers Attack School Near Nablus
IMEMC – [Monday Morning, January 6, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian school and a water tank in Orif village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Tulkarem area man crushed to death inside Israeli checkpoint
1/6/2014 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man died inside of an Israeli checkpoint in the northern West Bank while en route to his place of work in Israel on Sunday. Witnesses told Ma’an that 59-year-old Adel Muhammad Yakoub from the northern West Bank village of Balaa died as a result of extreme overcrowding inside the Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint. They highlighted that some….

Israeli forces injure 2 with rubber bullets in Beit Ummar
1/6/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians during a raid in the village of Beit Ummar north of Hebron on Monday, injuring two with rubber bullets and causing dozens to suffer from excessive tear gas inhalation. Spokesman for the popular struggle committee against settlements and the wall in Beit Ummar Mohammad Ayyad Awad said clashes started in Safa area after two Israeli….

Freed prisoner moved to Jordan for medical treatment
1/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Recently released prisoner Naim Sharamrah was transferred to Jordan late Sunday for medical treatment after Israel authorized the move, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said. Director of the Hebron office of the PPS, Amjad al-Najjar, told Ma’an that Israel’s previous refusal to allow the transfer had nearly created a crisis within the Palestinian Authority. After “high-level coordination” Israel….

Settlers attack school, water reservoir near Nablus
1/6/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers attacked a school and water reservoir in the Nablus village of Urif early Monday before clashing with local Palestinians, a PA official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that six settlers from Yizhar tried to damage an electricity box connected to the water structure. The settlers also….

Teen killed by Israeli sniper posed ‘no threat’ to soldiers
1/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have provided no evidence that a Palestinian teenager fatally shot in the back in December by Israeli forces posed “any threat to life that would justify such a killing,” Human Rights Watch said Sunday. Wajih Wajdi al-Ramahi, 15, was shot with live bullets in the back by an Israeli sniper in front of his school on Dec. 7 in….

Protests in Bethlehem as UNRWA hunger striker taken to hospital
1/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Demonstrations were held on Monday for the second day in a row in Bethlehem in protest against policies of the UN’s Palestine refugee agency as one of 27 hunger strikers was taken to the hospital. An UNRWA employee was taken to the hospital as five local employees continued their hunger strike for the fifth day running in protest of….

Popular committees in West Bank camps halt services in protest
1/6/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — A spokesman for the popular committees in the West Bank refugee camps, Imad Abu Simbel, said that the committees closed their offices and halted services on Monday in protest against UNRWA policies and the government’s failure to transfer funds to them for the last three years.”The directors of the committees took this step in response to the negligent….

African asylum seekers in Israel lobby foreign embassies
1/6/2014 – TEL AVIV (AFP) — Thousands of African asylum seekers demonstrated outside Western embassies in Tel Aviv on Monday in a second day of mass protests against Israel’s immigration policies. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, marched from downtown Tel Aviv to the embassies, calling for help in the face of Israel’s refusal to give them refugee status and its detention without….

Kerry ends Mideast trip without framework deal
1/6/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — After four days of intense diplomacy, US Secretary of State John Kerry was heading home Monday, insisting progress has been made despite failing to agree a framework to guide Israeli-Palestinian talks. During his tour, Kerry spent hours locked in separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mahmoud Abbas, as well as making a surprise day trip to key Arab allies….

Hamas, Fatah resume talks secretly
1/6/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Hamas and Fatah have secretly resumed reconciliation talks in an attempt to finalize an agreement, a Fatah spokesman said on Monday. Ahmad Assaf said in a statement received by Ma’an that Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad, who is in charge of reconciliation talks, spoke on Sunday with his Hamas counterpart Mousa Abu Marzouq. The two followed up on discussions that….

Hamas says Fatah members can return to Gaza
1/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya reached out to West Bank rivals Fatah on Monday, saying its members would be allowed back into Gaza, in efforts to promote Palestinian reconciliation.”The (Hamas) government will allow all Fatah members who are from Gaza and who left the Strip (in 2007) to return, without any preconditions,” apart from those accused of killing Hamas members during….

Haniyeh phones Abbas to push forward reconciliation talks
1/6/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Strip Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh phoned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday in an effort to push forward reconciliation talks. The phone call comes only hours after Haniyeh announced a decision to allow Fatah members to return to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the release of Fatah members who had been previously arrested for “security” reasons. Haniyeh….

Patriarchs arrive in Bethlehem for Orthodox Christmas
1/6/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic, and Ethiopian patriarchs arrived in Bethlehem on Monday to commence the celebration of Eastern Orthodox Christmas, which takes place on Tuesday. The Assyrian patriarch was first to arrive, followed by the Coptic Patriarch and Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, while the Ethiopian patriarch is expected to arrive later. Most Eastern Orthodox Christian denominations celebrate the birth of….

Reports: Japan PM to visit Africa, Mideast with cash pledge
1/6/2014 – TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Africa and the Middle East this week, reports said Monday, bearing development cash pledges as Tokyo pushes back against growing Chinese influence in the resource-rich region. Abe is expected to promise $577 million in loans to Mozambique when he stops in the capital Maputo as part of a tour that will also take in Ivory Coast….

Syria rebels lay siege to Qaeda-linked militants in Raqa
1/6/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Rebel fighters were laying siege Monday to Al-Qaeda-linked militants in their northern stronghold of Raqqa, managing to free 50 people they had detained, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Raqqa emerged as a new front Sunday in fighting among rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad, with various groups joining forces against Al-Qaeda affiliate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant….

Manar TV employee dies after south Beirut blast
1/6/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — An employee of Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television died on Monday from wounds sustained in a suicide bombing in a busy commercial neighborhood of south Beirut last week, the channel announced. The death raised the toll from Thursday’s attack to five.”Our colleague in Al-Manar television Abbas Karnib has died from the serious injuries he suffered in the terrorist blast that….

Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter
1/6/2014 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s national assembly on Monday approved an article in the draft constitution that would guarantee gender equality “without discrimination” in the Muslim nation.”All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination,” states article 20 of the new charter, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out of the 169 who voted….

Analysts: Iraq at crossroads between reconciliation and war
1/6/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — An intensifying revolt in a Sunni Arab province of Iraq sparked by the Shiite-led government’s dispersal of a year-old protest leaves the country at the crossroads between reconciliation and civil war, analysts say. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki must decide in the coming days whether to offer a real share of power to the disenchanted Sunni minority, or press on with allegedly….

Iraq PM urges Fallujah to expel militants to avoid assault
1/6/2014 – RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki called Monday for Fallujah residents to expel “terrorists” holding the city to avoid an assault by security forces, as they battled gunmen in nearby Ramadi. Iraq is preparing a “major attack” to retake Fallujah, which has been outside government control for days, while parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west, are also held by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters….

AlJazeera

Hamas allows Fatah members back into Gaza
AlJazeera 6 Jan 2014 – Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh reaches out to West Bank rivals in an effort to promote Palestinian reconciliation.

African migrants protest Israel detention law
AlJazeera 6 Jan 2014 – Thousands appeal for international support in fight against controversial policy towards migrants.†

Kerry fails to reach Mideast framework deal
AlJazeera 6 Jan 2014 – According to Israeli media, Netanyahu rejected a Kerry formula that will enable the return of some Palestinian refugees.

Palestine News Network

Family of Released Prisoner Accuses Israel of Causing him incurable illness
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Prisoner Loses Eyesight in Israeli Prison
Palestine News Network

At Last…Israel Allows Sick Released Prisoner to Travel to Jordan for Treatment
Palestine News Network

UFree Network Calls Israel to End Human Rights Violation, Release Dirar Abu Sisi
Palestine News Network

Panel and Open Discussion about the Concept of Normalisation
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Israeli forces arrest three youth in Hebron
1/6/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 06th January 2014, International†Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied PalestineThe four youth detained by the checkpoint (photo by ISM). This morning in Khalil (Hebon), a large group of Israeli border police and soldiers gathered outside checkpoint 29. Israeli forces fired several tear gas grenades towards a school, detained four Palestinian youth and arrested three of them, taking them to Kiryat Arba police station. At approximately….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel approves new settlement plans: rights group
Relief Web 6 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/06/2014 19:05 GMT JERUSALEM, January 6, 2014 (AFP) – A plan for 272 new homes in West Bank settlements was approved on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s departure Monday,…

Lebanon: Best Wishes for a Less Destitute New Year
Relief Web 6 Jan 2014 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Mutawalli Abou Nasser BEIRUT, Jan 6 2014 (IPS) – Over the past year more than 50,000 Palestinian refugees have fled violence, chaos and destitution in Syria to…

The National

Turkish PM Erdogan hit by allegations of son s meeting with Al Qaeda financier
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Allegations of ties between the family of Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and an alleged Al Qaeda financier has heightened a high-level corruption scandal rocking the country.

Turkey s Erdogan will not oppose retrial of military officers
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said he will not oppose the retrial of hundreds of military officers convicted on charges of plotting a coup.

US faces big chill as polar cold front sweeps across
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Temperatures predicted to fall to record lows as ‘polar vortex’ brings freezing weather that is already disrupting normal life.

Iraq PM calls for Fallujah residents to expel terrorists
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri Al Maliki, has called on residents of Fallujah to expel “terrorists” to avoid an assault by security forces. Yet who is in control of the city remains unclear.

Turkish corruption probe raises the stakes but not just for Erdogan
The National 6 Jan 2014 – The investigation is widely seen as politically motivated and comes at a time when Turkey appears increasingly vulnerable with a war raging in Syria and the government facing fierce challenges from within.

Syrian rebels battle Al Qaeda-linked militants
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Syrian rebels are battling Al Qaeda-linked militants for control of the northern city of Raqa, where activists and Western journalists are being held captive.

Iraqi PM urges people of Fallujah to expel Al Qaeda
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Nouri Al Maliki s message, broadcast on Monday over state TV, came as dozens of families flee Fallujah in fear of major fighting.

Tunisia s new constitution will guarentee gender equality
The National 6 Jan 2014 – TUNIS // Tunisia s national assembly on Monday approved an article in the draft constitution that would guarantee gender equality without discrimination in the Muslim nation. All male and female citizens have the same rights and duties. They are equal before the law without discrimination, states article 20 of the new charter, which was approved by 159 lawmakers out of the 169 who voted. Tunisia hopes to adopt the long-delayed new constitution by January 14, the three-year anniversary of the overthrow of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt that kicked off the Arab Spring.†

Video: Bangladesh poll – no surprise, no solution†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Ruling Awami League wins Bangladesh election as expected but many reject the outcome.

Video: Iraqi forces in action in Ramadi†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Iraq’s Defense Ministry releases video showing its forces in action in Ramadi against al Qaeda-linked militants.

Video: Stranded whales die in New Zealand†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – New Zealand authorities say 39 pilot whales stranded on a South Island spit could not be saved.

Saudi Arabia jails five for up to 30 years for refinery bomb plot
The National 6 Jan 2014 – A Saudi court has jailed five people for up to 30 years on charges including plotting to blow up an oil refinery on behalf of Al Qaeda, state media reported today.

Video: Violence in Bangladesh as ruling party set to win election†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – At least 18 people were killed in Bangladesh election day violence, where the ruling Awami League was poised to win.

Video: Iraq violence sparks exodus†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – The fighting between Sunni militants and Iraqi government forces in Anbar province has sparked an exodus of families seeking refuge.

Video: Japanese whalers accused of breaches†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Environmental campaigner Sea Shepherd says video shows Japanese whalers killing protected species inside recognised sanctuary.

Video: At-sea training exercises begin for transporting Syria s chemical weapons†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – The ships that will transport Syria’s chemical weapons carry out emergency training exercises at sea.

Video: Rebel fighting turns inward in Syria†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – New video from a social media website appears to show Syrian rebel groups fighting against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Video: Life-threatening cold bites US Midwest†
The National 6 Jan 2014 – Residents of Midwestern United States brace for the region’s coldest weather in two decades, with temperatures that forecasters warned would be life-threatening.

Ha’aretz

Meet the Israeli bureaucrat who decides who can marry in the Jewish state
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Researcher says Knesset demoted him because of his political views
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Chabad work overseas to count as national service for 100 Haredim a year
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Answering Bibi and Libi
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

A guardian of company interests, not morality
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Two states for two people? When pigs fly
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Avigdor Lieberman is a man of his word – when it comes to population transfer
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Glenn Greenwald: There are more Snowden documents on Israel
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Israeli Foreign Ministry blasts UN agency for ‘unhelpful’ remarks on African migrants
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Israeli Foreign Ministry blasts UN agency for ‘unhelpful’ remarks on African migrants
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Professors: Rightist views shouldn’t keep economist from getting honorary doctorate
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Soccer shirt ignites feud between Chile’s Jewish, Palestinian communities
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Hamas leader in Gaza announces moves toward ending rift with Fatah
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Israelis could get 5 years in jail for distributing nude photos, sex films
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Stolen IDF weapons turning up in mafia wars, army says
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Netanyahu: Israel will not evacuate Hebron, Beit El as part of peace deal
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Berlin Police plan to protect Holocaust memorial after revelers desecrate it
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

U.S. top court halts gay marriage in Utah at least temporarily
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Netanyahu: Protests and strikes won’t work, African migrants will be expelled
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Dispute over the oldest inscription found in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Palestinian admits to stabbing 9-year-old in West Bank settlement
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

No love story: Obama and the (Orthodox) Jews
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Just give us our freedom
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Israeli teacher says she was denied jobs because of her hijab
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Germany’s Merkel hurt in skiing accident, cancels visits
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Ariel Sharon needs a ‘miracle’ to prevent further decline
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Thousands of African migrants march on Tel Aviv embassies
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Palestinians: Weapons found at Czech embassy were legal
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

Ex-Haredim in Israel shaken by spate of suicides
Ha’aretz – 6 Jan 2014

What about those who murdered innocent Palestinians?
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Look behind you, Europe: The quenelle’s odor is unmistakable
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Ministers approve bill to ban smoking at playgrounds
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Lieberman: Kerry’s offer is best Israel will get
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Poll: 1 in 3 young girls in Israel has been pressured into sexual contact
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Palestinian blood is cheap
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Lieberman: Several Israeli Arab towns must be made part of Palestine under peace deal
Ha’aretz – 5 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

State indicts man for driving bus bomber from W. Bank border to Bat Yam
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Abu Anza, 24, and an Israeli citizen, drove the car that brought al-Harimi to Bat Yam bus 240 on December 22, 2013.†

MK Mitzna calls on state to be more active in addressing sexual education
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Former Labor chief made remarks in the wake of the recent youth sex scandals, including the alleged gang rape of a 12 year old girl.†

Borderline Views: The implications of annexing the Jordan Valley
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – The Jordan Valley must not be allowed to become the new white elephant of the negotiation process.†

Only a ‘miracle’ could save Ariel Sharon’s life, doctor says
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – While his heartbeat and blood pressure have stabilized, his kidneys and lungs have not returned to function.†

No Holds Barred: Sharon s failure to continue the struggle
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Judaism loves peace and in our religion God s very name is peace. Every day we pray and year for peace. But calling war peace will not make it so.†

Fundamentally Freund: Can Israel say No to the US? Yes, we can!
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Believe it or not, there are some things that are more important even than American goodwill. Survival, I dare say, is one of them.†

The key to preventing academic boycotts successes in the future
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – To be reactive may well be to be too late; being vigilant and proactive is the only way to ward off these attacks on academic freedom.†

Our World: The long-term cost of releasing terrorists
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Walking away from the phony negotiations will be painful. But as Kerry s demands indicate, the price for remaining at the table gets higher by the day.†

Israeli injured after Palestinian hurls explosive at Bethlehem holy site
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – An explosive was thrown at Rachel’s Tomb, causing injuries to one man, who was evacuated to hospital by paramedics.†

NGOs and migrants
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Israel will never solve the socioeconomic ills of Africa. It does, however, risk losing its strong Jewish majority if it continues to absorb thousands of African migrants.†

Court to hear petition against state funding of private security for Jews in east Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – The ACRI petition alleges that security guards employed by the state represent a de facto private police force. †

A Bang of a trip
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Mayim Bialik of the hit series, The Big Bang Theory, travels to Israel for a deeply personal 10-day visit.†

Rick Wakeman says Yes to Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – The veteran keyboard wizard is happy to invite audiences into his inner world.†

Donate old cellphones at Mizrahi Tefahot bank branches to save cancer patients lives
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Project initiated by the father of Amit Kadosh, a girl who recuperated from leukemia after undergoing a bone-marrow transplant.†

Government touts debt forgiveness, management programs for sabbatical year
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – The next Shmita year starts at the beginning of the next Jewish calendar year which will be in September 2014.†

Liberman criticized for shift on peace process
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Likud MK Feiglin: The foreign minister is encouraging concessions to Palestinians and endangering Israel.†

Tel Aviv municipality to scatter rabies vaccination bait for foxes, jackals
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Municipal workers will in the coming days begin distributing the bait, which provides immunity to the animals upon swallowing.†

UN formally invites countries to Geneva II summit on Syria
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – US officials hope Iran will press Assad privately, if not publicly, to slow bombing campaign†

Abbas still waits word on details of Kerry’s framework proposal
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – In a letter to Arab league Secretary-General Nabil Elarabi, Abbas said that Kerry was trying to reach a framework agreement of understandings and not an interim or final solution.†

State files opposition to Katsav retrial for sex crimes
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Former president’s lawyer says there are factual and legal discrepancies” in the case; state: Discrepancies aren’t new.†

Health Ministry to require MDA to inform United Hatzalah of all emergencies
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Although there are 140 private ambulance companies in Israel, only the eight-year-old UH and MDA are national organizations.†

Bank of Israel governor says number of working poor on the rise
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Though labor participation and employment levels are at record highs, the overall poverty level has remained stable at around 20%.†

Piron calls for closer ties between Education Ministry and youth groups
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Piron said his office is considering differential funding for youth group chapters so that poorer Israelis get more funding.†

Olmert: Only an idiot prime minister would not make peace with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Former PM insinuates Netanyahu is an “idiot,” Sharon was revered only after lapsing into a coma.†

Turkey, Iran grow closer as Erdogan plans visit to Islamic Republic
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is planning a visit to Turkey in February.†

US officials say Iran can play helpful role on Syria
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – US says Tehran could work with Damascus to end bombardment of civilians, improve access for humanitarian groups.†

German editorial rejecting Israel as Jewish state causes uproar
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – The Neue Osnabr¸cker Zeitung published an editorial on Thursday entitled Israel as Jewish state: Unacceptable demand. †

Ten thousand migrants rally outside foreign embassies in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – Netanyahu says “no rallies or strikes will help” and stresses that “these are illegal work infiltrators” and not refugees.†

Ariel Sharon’s deteriorating situation draws interest from international press
Jerusalem Post 6 Jan 2014 – BBC, Fox News, Reuters, AP and even Chinese media set up cameras at Sheba Medical Center awaiting news of the former prime minister’s situation.†

The Guardian

Israel, the Palestinians and the peace process | @guardianletters
The Guardian 6 Jan 2014 – I would like to take issue with your editorial (2 January) about the Israel/Palestine peace process. It is untrue to say either that the Palestinians are the aggrieved party or that Israel bears the major responsibility…

Uruknet

The Last Gasp of American Democracy
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – This is our last gasp as a democracy. The state s wholesale intrusion into our lives and obliteration of privacy are now facts. And the challenge to us-one of the final ones, I suspect-is to rise…

American Jihad 2014 The New Fundamentalists
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – ….The expansion of Washington s national security state — let s call it the NSS — to gargantuan proportions has historically met little opposition. In the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, however, some resistance has…

Bashar al-Jihad: Is ISIS a child of the regime?
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2013 – Bashar al-Assad is one smart mass murderer. He has been saying all along that he is fighting al Qaeda and not a revolutionary movement of the Syrian people while at the same time letting al Qaeda…

Outside Israel s Military Prison 62 , protesters demand conscientious objectors be freed†
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – Demonstrators play music and sing songs to inmates in Military Prison 62 in a show of support for Omar Sa ad and other draft refusers. Similar vigils take place in cities across Israel, Palestine and abroad….

Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – Janaury 5, 2014 – Michael O Hanlon of the Brookings Institution is what you might call a part of part of foreign policy elite, constantly churning out op-eds and TV-ready soundbites about current and pending US wars, and generally being…

Syrian Rebels Attack ISIS
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – The situation is changing rapidly in northern Syria as rebel fighters have launched widespread attacks against the al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in dozens of locations in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. The…

The Last Three Uighurs Are Freed from Guant·namo; 76 Cleared Prisoners Remain
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – As was reported on New Year s Eve by Carol Rosenberg in the Miami Herald, one of Guant·namo s burning injustices has finally been addressed with the release – to Slovakia – of the last three…

Israel demolishes home of Palestinian citizen – video
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – Before dawn on Sunday morning, Israeli forces demolished the home of a Palestinian citizen of Israel in the town of Umm al-Fahim in the north of present-day Israel. Bulldozers belonging to the Israeli interior ministry, accompanied…

Kerry Says Iran Could Join Syrian Peace Talks Syrian Opposition Coalition Opposes Iran s Participation
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 -Iran might become involved in the Syrian peace talks scheduled to be held in Geneva this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said, a possibility that members of the opposition in Syria s civil war have resisted….

African asylum seekers strike to demand rights, hold unprecedented rally in Tel Aviv
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – In an unprecedented protest, some 20,000 African asylum seekers march to Rabin Square to demand that Israel examine their asylum claims and stop arresting and detaining members of the refugee community. Over 20,000 asylum seekers, mostly…

Anbar Clashes, Baghdad Bombings: 98 Killed, 135 Wounded
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 -At least 98 people were killed, and another 135 were wounded. Although fighting in Anbar was the cause of many casualties, bombers struck again in Baghdad. Even though no battles were reported in Falluja, heavy fighting in…

Will There Be Another Deadly Assault on Fallujah?
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 – The Iraqi government has declared that Fallujah has fallen entirely into the hands of “Al Qaeda and Daash”. This follows over a month of US and Iraqi PR campaigning in the news media touting Al Qaeda…

Iraq s Sunnis Feel Shortchanged
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 -Once more, Fallujah dominates the headlines. For several years after the US invasion of Iraq, the Sunni town was a hotbed of insurgents, where Baghdad regained control only after the tribes took up arms and drove out…

Mustafa Barghouthi criticises US-proposed framework agreement
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 -Palestinian MP Mustafa Barghouthi has criticised the US-proposed framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, which more or less adopts the Israeli position on security, borders, Jerusalem and the refugees, and recognises Israel s Jewish identity. Barghouti,…

Displacing decades of colonial incitement
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 -Eliminating chronology and context from the recent Palestinian resistance against Israel s state terror, its ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to condemn alleged Palestinian incitement against Israel. Conjuring the…

Are we attending a university, or a cold, faceless corporation?
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2013 – On 10 December, thousands of students at the University of Michigan woke up to find mock eviction notices posted to their dormitory rooms. The notices were a direct action carried out by Students Allied for Freedom…

Israeli man physically assaults Palestinian girl in Jerusalem
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 5, 2014 — An Israeli man on Sunday assaulted a Palestinian girl in the al-Sharaf neighborhood of the Old City of Jerusalem, her father said.He said his daughter, 12-year-old Marah Munther Jalajel, was beaten by an Israeli “settler” on…

White House sees a partner in Assad
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 – …Moreover, Obama has purposely narrowed the US interest in Syria to a matter of arms control. This will facilitate making the turn and dropping all demands for Assad s departure. As one senior administration official said,…

Syria News – January 4, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)†
Uruknet 6 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2013 – By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 81 martyrs including 6 women, 5 martyrs under torture and 3 children: 34 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 22 in Aleppo; 13 in Damascus…

Bait and Switch: The Heavy Price of Social Progress
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2013 – Jason Hirthler identifies one of the most important dynamics in the modern political world: “For every social advance, an economic price paid.” Hirthler examines the real-life aftermath of the social breakthroughs and advances represented by the…

Palestinian Children in Cages
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 – Israel willfully, systematically, maliciously and lawlessly abuses detained Palestinian children. They re treated like adult prisoners. Mercy isn t Israel s long suit. Nor are peace, equity, justice or respect for fundamental human and civil rights….

Military Resistance 12A4 the Enemy
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 – …Anbar tribal leaders said talks between tribesmen and Islamist militants were taking place, to keep the al Qaeda insurgents away from the fighting. “We are looking to prevent the government from using excessive power against us…

Diplomacy takes precedence over violations of international law
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 -A recent report in the Times of Israel illustrates the emphasis which Israeli officials place upon diplomatic rhetoric, instead of expounding upon the prevailing expansionism associated with the Zionist settler-colonial state. The regular approval of further settlement…

Afghanistan s Worsening, and Baffling, Hunger Crisis
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 – In the Bost Hospital here, a teenage mother named Bibi Sherina sits on a bed in the severe acute malnutrition ward with her two children. Ahmed, at just 3 months old, looks bigger than his emaciated…

Edward Snowden Evolved From Gaming Geek to Conscientious Whistleblower
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014 -The year 2003 was the last that 18-year-old Edward Snowden lived a normal life. Snowden, a computer gaming jock and fan of Japanese animation, was about to enter a decade-long journey deep inside the “black ops” secret…

Israeli champion of tolerance and multiculturalism suggests medal of honor for army torturer†
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014- Oh-so-hip Israeli musician Idan Raichel, known for wearing his hair in dreads (until he recently shaved his head) and incorporating Arab and African music and musicians into his act, took to Instagram the other day to suggest…

Iraq s Anbar Province Under Siege: 107 Killed, 46 Wounded
Uruknet 5 Jan 2014 – January 4, 2014- At least 107 were killed and 46 were wounded today. Most of the casualties were insurgents fighting in Anbar and elsewhere. Falluja came under heavy shelling today as the Iraqi government attempted to retake the city. Security…

Daily Star

Israel approves new settlement plans: rights group
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 A plan for 272 new homes in West Bank settlements was approved on the eve of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s departure, Israel’s Peace Now movement says.

U.S. speeds up drone, missile deliveries to aid Iraq
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 The United States will speed up delivery of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al-Qaeda linked militants, a Pentagon spokesman says.

Saudi Arabia introduces unemployment insurance
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Saudi Arabia will introduce compulsory unemployment insurance this year for all citizens with jobs, the world’s top oil exporter says.

Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood lawyers submit claim to ICC
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Lawyers for the Muslim Brotherhood have submitted a complaint to the ICC asking it to investigate the military’s alleged crimes against humanity in Egypt, they say in London.

Ex-U.K. foreign minister Straw visiting Iran
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Former British foreign minister Jack Straw is leading a delegation of lawmakers to Iran, his office says, as London and Tehran sought to improve diplomatic relations.

‘Jihad Jane’ gets 10 years in U.S. in terror plot
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 A U.S. woman involved in a plot to kill a Swedish artist who had offended Muslims has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad.

Egypt summons Iran diplomat over protest comments
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Iran’s top diplomat in the country to express its “total condemnation” of comments he and other Iranian officials made recently about the surge of violence here.

Iran not on Syria peace conference list: U.N.
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon started sending out invitations to a Syria peace conference on January 22, but Iran is not on the first list, a UN spokesman says.

UN sending invitations to Switzerland peace talks on Syria
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending out invitations to potential participants in Syrian peace talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland this month, the U.N. press office say.

Sleiman says can t keep delaying Cabinet formation
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 President Michel Sleiman hints he could move ahead with the formation of a fait accompli Cabinet if a consensus over a new government is not reached soon, in a challenge to Hezbollah which insists on a…

Lebanon mufti receives Hezbollah delegation
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Lebanon s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani receives a Hezbollah delegation at Dar al-Fatwa.

Third STL pre-trial conference on Jan. 9
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 The Special Tribunal for Lebanon says the Trial Chamber will hold later this week a third pre-trial conference in preparation for the trial of the four suspects involved in the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister…

Czech FM condemns arms at Palestinian embassy
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 The Czech Foreign Ministry has used strong words to condemn the discovery of illegal weapons at the Palestinian embassy complex where a possible booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador.

Egypt police boost security at churches ahead of Coptic Christmas
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Egyptian police deploy at churches across the country with orders to use live ammunition to protect Coptic Christians over their Christmas holiday, the Interior Ministry says.

Dead man found near north Lebanon hospital
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 The body of a man is found near a hospital in Minieh, north Lebanon.

Mansour downplays $3 billion Saudi grant to Lebanon
Daily Star 6 Jan 2014 Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour downplayed a $3 billion Saudi Arabia pledge to buy weapons from France to help support the Lebanese Army, saying the donation was no match to Israel s military might.

YNet News

Iran dismisses sideline role in Syria talks
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – ….

Security tight as Egypt Christians mark Christmas
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – ….

In the land of sin and hatred
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Instead of whining about Palestinian incitement, ministers should discuss state of incitement in Israel ….

UN: Half of Central African Republic needs aid
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – ….

Syria: Draft law to impose visas on Arab nationals
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – ….

Egypt: Army destroys 8 smuggling tunnels in Sinai
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – ….

End of the last chance†
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Ariel Sharon was the last right-wing statesman capable of bringing peace to Israel ….

Let settlers come home†
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Jordan Valley residents must not be turned into a bargaining chip in a cynical political game ….

NY Post under fire for ‘mocking’ Hasid’s murder†
YNet News, 6 Jan 2014 – Newspaper draws harsh criticism after asking in front-page headline, ‘Who didn’t want him dead?’ following brutal killing of Jewish landlord Menachem Stark. ‘The entire community is outraged by such a vulgar headline that is so offensive and horrific,’ says NYC Councilman Stephen Levin ….

Body of abducted NYC Jewish businessman found
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Menachem Stark was kidnapped during Thursday’s harsh storm in Brooklyn, his body found several days later; kidndapping caught on tape ….

Kerry: Saudi King backs Israeli-Palestinian push
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – After Kerry finishes tenth round of shuttle diplomacy in Israel, Palestinian Authority, he meets Saudi King Abdullah who offered his ‘enthusiastic support’ of US efforts to reach peace deal ….

Palestinian bites prison psychiatrist on nose
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Palestinian held in Jerusalem detention center for illegally entering Israel bites medical official on schnozzle as jailers open his cell to take him to physical examination ….

UN slams Israel for asylum seeker policy
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – UN refugee body slams Israel’s ‘open’ facility for ‘warehousing’ asylum seekers, failing to properly examine refugee claims. Tel Aviv mayor warns protest just beginning of long process which could end in volence ….

Labor leader: Netanyahu is ‘visionless CEO’†
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Opposition leader MK Herzog calls Netanyahu ‘visionless CEO’ in first speech as Labor party chairman, but promises to support PM if he has ‘backbone’ to reach deal with Palestinians ….

Weapons found in Palestinian envoy’s mission in Prague
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Cache found in Palestinian mission to Czech Republic, in violation of diplomatic treaties, days after blast mortally wounds Palestinian envoy. Former Czech chief-of-staff claims it is possible embassy used for weapons transfer ….

Terror persists, but West Bank fence still porous
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Breach in fence through which Bat Yam bus blast terrorist’s infiltrated Israel remains penetrable despite constant IDF patrols in area. Defense establishment aware of breaches, reporting 6,000 Palestinians enter Israel illegally every month ….

Pope announces first visit to Israel in May†
YNet News, 5 Jan 2014 – Francis follows in tradition of his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI; will also visit Jordan and West Bank ….

Palestinian Information Center

Activists: 30 Palestinian refugees died in Syria over the past week
PIC – Activists in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria documented the names of 30 Palestinians who died in Syria over the past week more than one third of them due to malnutrition and dehydration.

MP Halaiqa: The Palestinian people do not need another Oslo
PIC – Palestinian lawmaker Samira Halaiqa said that the Oslo accords had achieved nothing for the Palestinian people and did not fulfil their aspiration for an independent state.

IOF soldiers arrest five citizens during raid campaigns in WB
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Monday five Palestinians from different parts of occupied West Bank.

Report: The IOA seized 14,204 dunums of Palestinian land in 2013
PIC – The land research center in Bethlehem said that the IOA had seized 14,204 dunums of Palestinian lands in 2013 in the occupied territories of Jerusalem and the West Bank.

IOF kidnap Sheikh Bakirat from Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said that the IOF kidnapped on Monday morning Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Bakirat, a senior teacher at the Aqsa Mosque, during his presence at Al-Asbat Gate.

Report: Nine thousand settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque in 2013
PIC – More than nine thousand Israeli settlers stormed al-Aqsa Mosque during 2013, a Jerusalemite human rights center revealed.

Israeli demolition orders in Nablus
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and settlers stormed on Monday morning several towns in Nablus, where they handed over a number of demolition orders, while the settlers performed Talmudic rituals.

Union of fuel companies accuses PA of being behind fuel crisis in Gaza
PIC – The union of fuel companies in Gaza accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of being behind the stifling fuel crisis that has afflicted the besieged Strip for two weeks.

WAFA

Palestine, Sri Lanka Sign Cooperation Agreements
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Children March in Solidarity with Yarmouk Refugees
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Israel Allows Released Prisoner to Leave for Treatment in Jordan
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Orthodox Christians Start Christmas Celebrations
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Israeli Settlers Assault Shepherd near Hebron
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Kerry Calls Abbas, Discusses Jordan, Saudi Visit
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Settlers Attack Nablus Area Village
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Israeli Army Arrests Several People in West Bank
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Jewish Fanatics Provoke Worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Sri Lankan President Starts Palestine Visit
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Weather: Mild Conditions through Week
WAFA – 6 Jan 2014

Misc

Maliki calls on Iraqis to expel Al Qaeda from Anbar or face attack
LA Times 6 Jan 2014 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki urged the residents of Fallouja to expel Al Qaeda-aligned militants who seized the city last week or deal with an imminent attack by government forces to regain the Sunni Muslim stronghold, news agencies in Baghdad reported Monday.

Africans seeking asylum in Israel call for international pressure
LA Times 6 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM — For a second day running, African immigrants in Israel took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest government policy and demand better treatment.

Syrian rebel infighting spreads to stronghold in east
LA Times 6 Jan 2014 – BEIRUT — Fighting between rival opposition groups in northern Syria has spread to a rebel stronghold in the eastern part of the country, according to activists in the area.

Relatively moderate Syrian rebels gain against Islamic extremists
LA Times 5 Jan 2014 – Both factions oppose the government of Bashar Assad in Syria, but the extremists have angered local populations and used non-Syrian fighters. AMMAN, Jordan Infighting among Islamist antigovernment groups in northern Syria continued for a third day Sunday, as more moderate rebel factions engaged in…

Kerry vows to help Iraq fight militants, says U.S. won’t send troops
LA Times 5 Jan 2014 – After Al Qaeda-linked insurgents reportedly take control of Fallouja and parts of Ramadi, White House officials pledge support for the Iraqi government’s side. WASHINGTON Secretary of State John F. Kerry pledged Sunday to “do everything that is possible” to help Iraqi government forces in…

Pope Francis announces May pilgrimage to Holy Land
LA Times 5 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM–Pope Francis will visit the Middle East in May, he announced Sunday to believers gathered at St. Peter s Square in Rome.

Snowden Has More U.S.-Israel Secrets to Expose: Greenwald
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has more secrets to reveal that relate to Israel, the journalist who first brought his leaks to the world’s attention said on Monday.†

Israeli Official Points to Incitement by Palestinians
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Palestinians dismiss the accusation as an effort to distract attention from disagreements over issues like borders.†

Rebel Infighting Spreads to an Eastern Syrian City
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Some antigovernment activists said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a Qaeda affiliate, had been routed from the eastern city of Raqqa.†

Security Tight as Egypt Christians Mark Christmas
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Millions of Egyptian Christians thronged churches across this mainly Muslim nation for Christmas Mass, held Monday amid unusually tight security but with congregations filled with hope ahead of a key vote on a new constitution that enshrines equality and criminalizes discrimination.†

Israel Pursues Plans for Settler Homes as Kerry Departs
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Israel published plans on Monday to build 272 homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up his 10th visit in a year trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.†

UN: Iran Not Yet Invited to Syria Peace Talks
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Iran is not among the “first round” of nations invited to attend Syria peace talks in Switzerland later this month, a U.N. spokesman said.†

U.S. Acts to Block Turkish Firm From Sending GE Engines to Iran
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday issued a rare emergency order aimed at blocking the illegal re-export of two large, used U.S.-built commercial jet engines to Iran by a company based in Turkey.†

World Briefing | Europe: Czech Officials Demand Explanation for Weapons at Palestinian Mission
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – The authorities in Prague said they found 12 illegal weapons during their investigation into the death of the Palestinian ambassador.†

U.S. Steps Up Military Deliveries to Iraq to Help Fight Al Qaeda: White House
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – The White House said on Monday that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equipment to Iraq to help the country fight al Qaeda-linked militants, part of a strategy to isolate the insurgent groups.†

Filipino Diva Is Feel-Good Story of Israeli TV
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – A 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country.†

Egypt’s Army Chief Sisi Seen Edging Closer to Presidential Bid
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – In Egypt, it no longer appears to be a question of if, but when army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will declare his candidacy for president. For the second time in three days, local media reported on Monday that Sisi had finally made up his mind.†

U.N. Sending Invitations to Switzerland Peace Talks on Syria
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is sending out invitations on Monday to potential participants in Syrian peace talks scheduled to take place in Switzerland this month, the U.N. press office said.†

Senior EU and Iran Officials to Discuss Atom Deal This Week
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – Iran’s deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi will meet a senior European Union official at the end of the week in Geneva to discuss implementing a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, an EU spokeswoman said on Monday.†

Iran Tries to Reverse a Slumping Birth Rate
New York Times 6 Jan 2014 – In Iran, free condoms and government-backed vasectomies are out, replaced by sermons praising larger families and discussions of even offering gold coins to the families of newborns.†

Kerry s diplomatic doublespeak: The peace process is a puzzle steeped in history where core issues fit together like a mosaic
Mondoweiss – As settler website John Kerry Solutions Ltd s parody†video portraying Kerry as†the man with the wrong solution for everything †is making the rounds ,†for many of us complete exasperation has set in. While talk of† direct negotiations and† state institutions , has been further downgraded to a…

Netanyahu: There s a problem the Palestinians are [in the West Bank] . . . I don t want a binational state, and I don t want them as citizens or subjects
Mondoweiss – (Image: YouTube) Haaretz reports on a meeting of the†Likud Knesset faction today where Benjamin Netanyahu opened up about the US-led negotiations. After saying he had no intention of giving up Hebron, which is outside the Israeli Separation Wall in the West Bank, he made it clear…

Woodside to pay more for smaller Leviathan stake†
Globes Energy & Water – Woodside Petroleum is prepared to acquire 25% of the Leviathan natural gas field, instead of 30%, for a higher price than previously agreed.

Foreigners’ tax exemption on gov’t bonds looks set to stay
Globes Main News – After discussions with the Bank of Israel, the Ministry of Finance remains opposed to abolishing the exemption.

Marvin Hier is making his list, checking it twice
Mondoweiss – (Image: Carlos Latuff) Carlos Latuff has created a new cartoon of above following up on†The Simon Wiesenthal Center year-end list of the† Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs †for 2013. As Phil Weiss and Allison Deger wrote when they reported on the list , The Wiesenthal top ten is…

The Jewish Daily Forward: 14 Jewish Women to Watch in 2014
Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP’s Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson named one of the 14 Jewish women to watch in 2014. 14 Jewish Women to Watch in 2014 , Sarah Seltzer, The Jewish Daily Forward , December 31, 2013. Here s a list of 14 Jewish women to watch in 2014. Some of them…

Mon: Israel Corp leads losses
Globes Main News – Israel Corp. and Israel Chemicals both fell amid ongoing labor unrest, but Teva bucked the market.

Finance C’ttee set to allow massive arnona hike
Globes Main News – The Knesset will discuss an amendment that would let municipalities change the way they calculate local taxes.

Crushed to death: Palestinian man dies at overcrowded West Bank checkpoint
Mondoweiss – Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint, West Bank, Occupied Palestine (photo:David Heap/EAPPI) A Palestinian man is crushed to death at an Israeli Checkpoint.†http://t.co/nsXhI2jD4D†Here is what it looks like†pic.twitter.com/zCMqugZ9Kh† Yousef Munayyer (@YousefMunayyer) January 6, 2014 Ma an news reports a man was crushed to death on Sunday at…

Nochi Dankner to be indicted for share pegging
Globes Main News – An indictment is subject to a hearing by the Tel Aviv District Prosecutor.

Columbus answers Bethlehem s call for a Moment of Peace
Mondoweiss – Candlelight vigil supporting peace in Bethlehem and Palestine at Vineyard Columbus church, Westerville, Ohio, last December 22.† Photo: Hailey Lauren Photography . On December 22, 2013, more than 40 members of † Joshua House , the twenty-something community of† Vineyard Columbus church, †hosted new friends from†the Committee for…

U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv shuts down after tens of thousands of Africans asylum seekers protest
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Allison Deger) Tens of thousands of African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv protested in front of eight embassies and United Nations and European Union offices as part of a three-day strike against Israel s policy of imprisonment for those requesting refugee status, causing the U.S. Embassy…

Why are no Democrats coming down on Republicans who are crossing up Kerry in Jerusalem?
Mondoweiss – John Kerry toasts Republican Senators, before they trash his work As you probably know, three Republican senators just happened to be in Jerusalem while John Kerry was trying to make peace there recently, and they tromped mud all over his message. From the Washington Post : Leading…

Verint acquires Kana Software for $514m
Globes Main News – The acquisition will turn the intelligence solutions provider into a company with a $1 billion annual turnover.

Flug: Growth will continue, but more slowly
Globes Main News – Governor Karnit Flug told the Finance Committee that exports were not very sensitive to the exchange rate.

Landa: Vigodman is made of right stuff for Teva CEO
Globes Main News – In a letter to shareholders, Benny Landa said, “He is a straight shooter whom the Street will learn to trust.”

Bulldozers move in on Hebron, preparing another settlement
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Israelis begin construction on new settlement in central Hebron [photos, map] HEBRON (Ma an) 5 Jan Israeli settlers began leveling a large tract of land in central Hebron in preparation for the construction of a new Jewish settlement outpost…

BoI happy with slackening of home price rise
Globes Macro Economics – The December Monetary Committee minutes nevertheless do not explicitly refer to a turnaround in the housing market.

Dankner quits IDB
Globes Main News – Nochi Dankner has removed his personal effects from IDB’s offices, and withdrawn the motion to delay the transfer to Moti Ben-Moshe and Eduardo Elsztain.

Shekel-dollar exchange rate stable
Globes Main News – FXCM: The question remains whether the Bank of Israel’s massive intervention last week will drive an upward correction.

Idan Raichel, Israeli World Music Star, Endorses Torture, Rape of Arab Prisoners
Tikun Olam – Idan Raichel s Instagram post praising Doron Zahavi Ben White writes that Idan Raichel, one of Israel s biggest pop star and a celebrity in the world music pantheon, has publicly embraced (Hebrew) former IDF torturer Doron Zahavi.† Zahavi is the former IDF interrogator accused of raping Lebanese…

African Refugees Occupy Tel Aviv
Tikun Olam – Yediot headline: Infiltrators occupied Rabin Square: existential problem. Tonight I am proud and ashamed at the same time.† Earlier today, 30,000 African refugees and their Israeli supporters massed in Rabin Square demanding that Israel treat them as human beings and accord them basic rights guaranteed under…

A bible park grows in (occupied) Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – City of David park overlooking Silwan. (Photo: Allison Deger) Situated a short walk outside of Jerusalem s stone walls is the excavation site for the biblical city of Jewish kings. The dig enfolds into a safari experience for the City of David. Visitors can take a guided…

VIDEO: Egypt opposition ‘forced underground’†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – A clampdown on political opposition to Egypt’s military rulers has prompted fears that the country is reverting to authoritarian rule.

Palestinian Man Arrested Over Stabbing of 9-Year-Old Girl†
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian man was arrested and confessed to stabbing a 9-year-old girl in a West Bank settlement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Plans New Settler Homes As John Kerry Wraps Up Visit†
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jan 2014 – Israel published plans on Monday to build 272 homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up his 10th visit in a year trying to forge an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Click here for the rest of the…

Palestinian Firm Is First in Line To Buy Natural Gas From Israel’s Leviathan†
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian electric company was the first to sign an agreement to buy gas from Israel s Leviathan natural gas field. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Migrants’ protest resumes in Israel†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – Thousands of African migrants are protesting for a second day in Tel Aviv against their treatment by the Israeli government.

Israel To Name Anti-Missile Facility for Pro-Israel Senator of Hawaii†
The Foward Breaking News 6 Jan 2014 – Israel will name an Arrow anti-missile facility for Daniel Inouye, the longtime Hawaii senator who championed Israel in the U.S. Senate. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syrian rebel-on-rebel clashes spread†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – As fighting between rebel groups spreads in northern Syria, the powerful al-Qaeda linked Isis comes under attack in Raqqa, activists say.

Africa: African Refugees Protest Israeli Migrant Laws†
allAfrica.com†6 Jan 2014 – [VOA]Thousands of African migrants are marching for a second-straight day in Tel Aviv to protest what they say is harsh treatment from the Israeli government.

Tunisia: Marzouki Hands Credentials to Tunisia’s New Ambassador in Tehran†
allAfrica.com†6 Jan 2014 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Carthage -Caretaker president Moncef Marzouki handed over on Monday his credentials to Tunisia’s new ambassador in Tehran Ghazi Ben Salah.

Israeli pro-settler groups mock Kerry†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – Israeli groups mock ‘dangerous’ John Kerry peace plan

South Sudan: Kerry Press Briefing in Jerusalem On Middle East, South Sudan†
allAfrica.com†6 Jan 2014 – [State Department]U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Egypt: Mansour Extends Condolences to Saudi King Over Death of Prince Bandar†
allAfrica.com†6 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]President Adli Mansour sent a cable of condolences to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz over the death of Prince Bandar bin Mohammad bin Abdel Aziz Al-Saud.

VIDEO: Egypt opposition ‘forced underground’†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – A clampdown on political opposition to Egypt’s military rulers has prompted fears that the country is reverting to authoritarian rule.

Iraq PM urges militants’ expulsion†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki urges residents of the city of Fallujah to force out insurgents linked to al-Qaeda who have taken control of the city.

VIDEO: Migrants’ protest resumes in Israel†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – Thousands of African migrants are protesting for a second day in Tel Aviv against their treatment by the Israeli government.

From Downtown to Dahiyeh: Lebanese Media and the Victims†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – We can no longer desensitize ourselves to the constant horror of life in Lebanon. We are victims, not martyrs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) We can no longer desensitize ourselves to the constant horror of life in Lebanon. We are victims, not martyrs. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Lebanese media…

Majed al-Majed: 8 Days With the Lebanese Army†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – Army intelligence took control of the ambulance and drove it in the direction of the Defense Ministry in Yarze. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Army intelligence took control of the ambulance and drove it in the direction of the Defense Ministry in Yarze. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Majed al-Majed,…

Hamas invites exiled Fatah rivals to return to Gaza†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – Palestinians waves Fatah movement flags and shout slogans during a rally the day before the 49th anniversary of the formation of the movement in the Unknown Soldier Square in Gaza City on December 31, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Palestinians waves Fatah movement flags and…

Suspicions Surround Majed s Postmortem Exam†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP / STR) Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013….

Syria: Army of the Mujahideen Challenges ISIS Gains†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – Fighters from the Free Syrian Army buy AK-47 bullets from a weapons seller in Idlib province on July 4, 2012. (Photo: AFP) Fighters from the Free Syrian Army buy AK-47 bullets from a weapons seller in Idlib province on July 4, 2012. (Photo: AFP) It seemed…

Syrian rebel-on-rebel clashes spread†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – As fighting between rebel groups spreads in northern Syria, the powerful al-Qaeda linked Isis comes under attack in Raqqa, activists say.

Israeli pro-settler groups mock Kerry†
BBC 6 Jan 2014 – Israeli groups mock ‘dangerous’ John Kerry peace plan

Gaza Palestinians wish for electricity in 2014†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – For the year 2014, all Gaza Palestinians wish for better electricity, while some want a better economy and for Hamas and Fatah to unite.

Africans rally in second day of protests against Israeli detention†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – Thousands of African asylum seekers stage a protest in Tel Aviv on January 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Thousands of African asylum seekers stage a protest in Tel Aviv on January 5, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jack Guez) Several thousand African migrants protested outside…

Israel’s new eastern front†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – The value of Israel’s alliance with Jordan is far greater than that of a battalion of Israeli soldiers in the Jordan Valley, the demand for which is threatening to derail Kerry s initiative.

Man dies of wounds from Beirut suicide blast†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – A media worker for Al Manar television injured in the suicide attack that targeted the southern suburbs of Beirut last week succumbed to his wounds Monday morning, the station reported. Al Manar said colleague Abbas Karnib, who was employed with the Hezbollah-owned station for over 20…

Erdogan faces ‘Year of Truth’†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – The latest scandal engulfing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan could shake his firm grip on power.

The Arab-Israeli city Umm al-Fahm figures in Liberman’s land-swap plan†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – Israel’s foreign minister is pushing for attaching the town of Umm al-Fahm, synonymous in Israel with loyalty to the Palestinian cause, to the future Palestinian state.

Palestinian-Israeli framework recalls previous interim agreement†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – The structure of the current US-brokered negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians allows both sides to evade compromise.

Longtime Sharon associate calls on parties to close peace deal†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – Former Knesset member Majallie Whbee, a close associate of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, deplores Israeli leaders for not seizing the moment: We have a window of opportunity of just a few years to complete an agreement.

Sharon’s health getting “worse by the day”†
Al-Akhbar News 6 Jan 2014 – The condition of Israeli former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma since a 2006 stroke, continues to decline, a hospital official said on Monday. In his daily update to reporters since Sharon took a turn for the worse last week, Zeev Rotstein,…

Lebanese society on verge of further breakdown†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – In Lebanon, new security threats arise almost daily, threatening the country’s stability.

Iran’s thriving rap culture†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – Iranian hip-hop artists have made the music genre their own.

Saudi Arabia, France make their move in Lebanon†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – Hezbollah reacts to Saudi Arabia providing $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese army to buy French weapons.

Rifts widen among Syria s Islamist opposition†
Al-Monitor 6 Jan 2014 – The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has escalated its pre-emptive battle to maintain control in northern Syria after signs of confrontations with the Islamic Front began to appear.

Kuwait economy in desperate need of reform†
Al-Monitor 5 Jan 2014 – Despite immense oil revenues, the Kuwaiti government must work on economic reform, including diversification of its revenue sources, to achieve economic sustainability.

Malnutrition, food insecurity threaten unrest in Tunisia†
Al-Monitor 5 Jan 2014 – Tunisian authorities must act fast to address growing poverty and a lack of food security, which threaten the country with continued unrest.

Articles


Displacing decades of colonial incitement
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)†1/2/2014
††††† Eliminating chronology and context from the recent Palestinian resistance against Israel’s state terror, its ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to condemn alleged Palestinian incitement against Israel. Conjuring the usual depiction of helpless citizens living in constant terror, Prosor stated: “I urge the Security Council to condemn Palestinian violence and speak out against the rising tide of incitement. There cannot be peace in our region until there is peace and quiet on Israel’s borders.” In doing so Prosor has turned reality on its head.
†††† The recurring allegations of incitement have been deployed as tactics through which Israel is able to promulgate its own narrative of victimisation while eliminating references to its perpetual colonial incitement against Palestinians. Hence, references to Palestinian “terror” are isolated from routine Israeli violence. According to Prosor, “In classrooms, textbooks and houses of worship messages of hate and intolerance are poisoning the hearts and minds of the next generation and having deadly consequences.”
†††† The strategy of isolation reinforces the displacement of memory while allowing space for Israeli discrepancies to be promoted as absolutes. Prosor’s reference to Israel’s borders is an ambiguity which nevertheless enjoys support in mainstream narratives which follow Zionist propaganda, despite the absence of declared and internationally-recognised borders and continuous settlement expansion. The normalisation of Israel’s settler-colonial state has in turn fabricated the depiction of Palestinians as endorsing unwarranted violence. Hence, Israel ensures the supremacy of its narrative by articulating the concept of violence as being visible permanently and representing Palestinians while it pleads with the international community to protect it. Meanwhile, far from being defenceless and in need of protection, Israel uses disproportionate force and violence against an occupied and oppressed civilian population. At the slightest condemnation from the international community, Israeli evocations of historical persecution and associated guilt are enough to retain support for its occupation and colonisation of Palestine.†more..e-mail

Time for Palestinian leadership spring clean
Stuart Littlewood, Redress†1/6/2014
††††† The Times of Israel reports that Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, who recently resigned (again) but mysteriously remains in post, said in an interview that the Palestinians will not agree to extending the latest talks with Israel one minute beyond the allotted nine months, ending in April.
†††† The objective is to reach an agreement on all issues pertaining to a final-status deal. And according to the wording of the agreement with [US Secretary of State John] Kerry, there will be no transitional or interim agreement, Erekat said.
†††† He added that the US administration was trying to cut the talks short to pre-empt any attempt to extend them. In the meantime ,Israel was trying to thwart the peace process and US efforts in every way , the latest example being an Israeli bill to annex the Jordan Valley, which passed a key ministerial committee last week.Reality dawning
†††† Proper talks, which started last July, have not been held for two month owing to stalemate and unofficial meetings had been fruitless. Erekat said Washington has yet to present the two sides with an official offer. Where exactly the US gets its authority to make any offer without reference to, and full compliance with, international law and previous UN resolutions has never been clear to this writer.
†††† We re also told that Abbas, the de facto Palestinian president who is well past his clear-your-desk date, has written to Barack Obama that the Palestine Liberation Organization, which represents the Palestinians to the outside world, will not accept Israel as a Jewish state, will not accept a Palestinian state with 1967 borders without Jerusalem, and will not accept any Israeli on Palestinian land, sea, air and border crossings after Israel s withdrawal is completed. Nor will Abbas accept any solution that does not grant potentially millions of refugees their right to return and be compensated, as per UN Resolution 194, and allow for the release of prisoners.†more..e-mail

Kerry proposes another sticking plaster for Palestine s running sore
Samira Shackle, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)†1/3/2014
††††† During his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry has placed an emphasis on the Israel-Palestine peace process – or, more accurately, on restart
ing the peace process, which has been totally stalled for some years. It was largely due to Kerry’s personal efforts that direct talks resumed in July, after a three year hiatus. There have been around 20 meetings, the details of which have remained secret. But if appearances are anything to go by, progress beyond that has been slow.

†††† It appears that Kerry – who has made 10 visits to the region since becoming Secretary of State – plans to start 2014 in the same spirit. As the New Year commenced, he flew once again to the Middle East to attempt to secure a “framework” for a final agreement between the two sides.
†††† What this means is that he hopes to achieve a consensus on core issues such as security, borders, the status of Jerusalem, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees. The idea is that once this consensus is achieved, all the parties can be working towards a comprehensive agreement. Of course, these are the very same issues that have prevented any meaningful peace agreement in the past, and so a “consensus” would simply mean finding enough common ground to move forward. Speaking to Reuters this week, a US state department official was cautious, saying that Kerry did not expect a “breakthrough” although he was pushing both sides to agree on the broad points. This document would form the basis for a final peace agreement.
†††† Although the details of the framework have not been released, the same official stressed that much of it has “been generated as a result of the negotiations between the parties themselves”. It would be short – less than a dozen pages – and would not be signed by Israeli and Palestinian leaders. It would most likely note the reservations that both sides have about some of the elements. According to some reports, it could be made public in order to prepare both Israeli and Palestinian people for what a final peace treaty might look like.†more..e-mail

Best Wishes for a Less Destitute New Year
Mutawalli Abou Nasser, Inter Press Service†1/6/2014
††††† BEIRUT, Jan 6 2014 (IPS) – Over the past year more than 50,000 Palestinian refugees have fled violence, chaos and destitution in Syria to seek sanctuary in Lebanon. The vast majority have found themselves living in dire poverty, and trapped in chronically insecure existence.
†††† Denied assurances of legal residence many are unsure if and how they can continue to live in the country into the New Year.
†††† Who, I mean really who from the Palestinian families can pay 200 dollars for the papers for every family member? If the average family is five people, then that is 1,000 dollars. This is impossible as we know most Palestinian refugees aren t even sure how they are going to feed their children one day to the next, Mahmoud Assir Saawi, president of the Council for Palestinian Refugees Fleeing from Syria told IPS.
†††† Such sentiments are reiterated time and time again within the squalid camps and overcrowded ghettoes throughout Lebanon. Palestinians arriving from Syria find themselves in an administrative and bureaucratic morass hobbled by decades of troubled history and war that offers them scant security.
†††† Many of the Palestinian refugees from Syria will have originally been uprooted from their homeland in 1948 upon the creation of the state of Israel, or during the six-day war in 1967 when the Israelis comprehensively defeated the neighbouring Arab armies. New war has exacted its toll and around half of their communities in Syria have fled once again.
†††† Lebanon has received most of this exodus, and of Syria s neighbours it is perhaps least able to accommodate the influx.
†††† The presence of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Lebanon has always been a highly divisive issue….†more..e-mail

Obama: Who had hopes to shatter?
Electronic Intifada: 5 Jan 2014 – Josh Ruebner s book exposes the Obama administration s Palestine policies.†more..

Property Rights Scarce for Palestinians in Lebanon
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Jan 2014 – 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 towards the small hand-built home with a corrugated iron roof. The Ghadbaan family is one of 75 in the Palestinian gathering, or informal settlement, of Qasmiyeh in south Lebanon, where they are living wi
th the prospect that their homes might be destroyed. Like many of Lebanon s estimated 280,000 Palestinians, the family came to the country in 1948 after being evicted from their homes by Israelis. Now, 65 years later, they could be facing a second eviction. Qasmiyeh, unlike other areas where Palestinians have established homes, is not part of an official refugee camp run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). There are 12 such…
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Locked in Winter
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Jan 2014 – By Kathy Kelly Kabul The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp began in Nadiai s home shortly after noon.† She had rushed her son, who had a severe chest infection, to the hospital. She did not know that a gas bottle, used for warmth, was leaking; when the gas connected with a wood burning stove, flames engulfed the mud hut in which they lived and extended to adjacent homes, swiftly rendering nine extended families homeless and destitute in the midst of already astounding poverty. By the time seven fire trucks had arrived in response to the fire at the refugee camp, the houses were already burned to the ground. No one was killed. When I visited the camp, three days after the disaster, that was a common refrain of relief. Nadiai s home was on the edge of the camp, close to the entrance road. Had the fire broken out…more

My Entry into Gaza and the Story of Hala
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Jan 2014 – By Aayesha J Soni Before leaving for Gaza I was well aware of the statistics in the region which has been under siege since 2007. 54 percent of households face food insecurity with 38 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Due to lack of fuel, the Gaza Power Plant runs at 45 percent capacity, leading to daily blackouts of eight to twelve hours. The Gaza aquifer provides 90 percent of Gaza s water with only ten percent of that water meeting the standards of being suitable for consumption. Unemployment is at 45.2 percent, with only 40.3 percent of working-age Gazans in the labor force. Youth unemployment is at more than 47 percent. However, being well aware of the numbers and seeing the devastation of an entire population living under a constant siege via land, air and sea are two completely different things. We arrived to the gruesome reality…more

Fun with Chronology: Misreporting the Israeli Assault on Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 6 Jan 2014 – By Belen Fernandez The New York Times rendering of recent violence on the border between Gaza and Israel is a shining example of the chronological sleights of hand that have come to characterize mainstream reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Isabel Kershner s December 24 dispatch, Killing and Retaliation at Gaza-Israel Border Continue Violent Cycle , sets up the timeline as follows: An Israeli laborer who was repairing the security fence along the border with Gaza was fatally shot on Tuesday by a Palestinian sniper, according to the Israeli military, and Israel immediately responded with airstrikes and tank and infantry fire against targets it associated with militant groups in the Palestinian coastal territory. The seeming cause-and-effect relationship is emphasized by two photographs appearing side by side at the top of the article. On the left: the body of the sniper victim. On the right: the body of the three-year-old Palestinian girl cast as…more

The Peace Swindle
Dissident Voice: 6 Jan 2014 – The Times of Israel reports that Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, who recently resigned (again) but mysteriously remains in post, said in an interview that the Palestinians will not agree to extending latest talks with Israel one minute beyond the allotted nine months, ending in April. The objective is to reach an agreement on all issues pertaining to a final-status deal. And according to the wording of the agreement with [US Secretary of State] Kerry, there will be no transitional or interim agreement. He said the US administration was trying to cut the talks short to preempt any attempt to extend them. In the meantime Israel was trying to thwart the peace process and US efforts in every way , the latest example being an Israeli bill to annex the Jordan Valley, which passed a key ministerial committee last week. Proper talks, which started last July, have not been…more


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