VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 8 January 2014: Israel’s West Bank torture regime

8 January 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Miles Of Smiles 24 Arrives In Gaza
IMEMC – [Wednesday January 8, 2014] The “Miles Of Smiles 24” humanitarian convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Border Terminal, between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt. …

Palestinian Injured During Funeral Of Slain Fighter In Gaza
IMEMC – [Wednesday Afternoon, January 8, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that at least one Palestinian was wounded after Israeli soldiers attacked the funeral procession of a Palestinian fighter killed earlier in the day, east of Gaza city. …

Kerry Asks Jordan, Saudi Arabia, To Support Palestinian Recognition Of “Jewish State”
IMEMC – An Israeli official said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged King Abdullah, of Jordan, and King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, to talk the Palestinian leadership into recognizing Israel as a Jewish State. …

Palestinian Villagers Detain, Protect Settlers Who Attacked Child
IMEMC – A potentially violent confrontation was defused Tuesday in the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus, after a group of 11 Israeli settlers invaded the village to carry out a “revenge attack”, after Israeli troops dismantled one of their illegal settlement outpost structures. …

Ma’an News

Israel destroys shepherding community in Jordan Valley
1/8/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities destroyed an entire community of rural Palestinians in the Jordan Valley on Wednesday, demolishing their homes and leaving 25 people homeless, human rights group B’Tselem said. The demolition took place at 6. 30 a. m. , with Israeli military and civil administration officials arriving at the village of Khirbet Ein Karzaliyah and proceeding to demolish all of the….

Man killed by Israeli strike east of Gaza City
1/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was killed on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip after an Israeli strike targeted the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medical sources said.”A Palestinian militant was killed by an Israeli drone in Shujaiyeh,” said Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, referring to a district near the Israeli border with Gaza. He named the dead man as….

Israeli forces raid homes of Islamic Jihad members in Jenin
1/8/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces and intelligence officers raided the homes of two Islamic Jihad members in Jenin overnight Tuesday. Khader Adnan, a former long term hunger-striker, told Ma’an that an Israeli intelligence officer escorted by a large number of soldiers ransacked his house, after trying to shake hands and talk to him. After Adnan refused to shake his hand or talk….

Israel releases 80-year-old woman after 2-day detention
1/8/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday freed an 80-year-old woman after she spent two days in custody, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. The woman, Fathiyya Abu Own, was detained by Israeli forces Monday after she allegedly smuggled a mobile phone to her son, who is an inmate in a Negev prison, a PPS official said. Her son, Waddah Muflih Abu Own….

Hamdallah meets with UNRWA as strikes ‘devastate’ refugee life
1/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Wednesday met with an official for the UN agency for Palestine refugees to discuss an ongoing general strike by the agency’s Palestinian employees, officials said. In his Ramallah office, Hamdallah spoke with UNRWA Commissioner General Filippo Grandi about the urgency to reopen UNRWA schools, which have been closed for 36 days due to a….

Israeli forces raid Rimon prison
1/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Qaraqe said that a unit from the Israeli prison administration on Wednesday “brutally assaulted” a Palestinian inmate in Rimon prison. Qaraqe told Ma’an that the Israeli forces raided Rimon prison and that the situation remains “tense,” without providing further details. Similar incidents are often reported in Rimon. The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said….

Settlers torch 2 Palestinian vehicles near Nablus
1/8/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers torched two Palestinian cars in the Nablus village of Madama on Wednesday in an apparent revenge attack after a group of settlers was held captive by villagers in Jalud a day earlier. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity, told Ma’an that a group of masked settlers exited a car by a bypass road in Madama….

Israeli forces detain Fatah leader, 5 others
1/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Jerusalem home of Fatah leader Anwar Badr on Wednesday and detained him, relatives said. Badr’s sister told Ma’an that Israeli border guards raided the Abu Dis property and ransacked the home before arresting Anwar. They treated the family “savagely” while inspecting the house and deliberately damaged furniture and other contents, she added. Israeli….

African migrants protest outside Israel’s parliament
1/8/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — More than 10,000 African asylum seekers rallied outside Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem Wednesday, police said, in a fourth straight day of protests against immigration policy. The demonstration was “calm,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP, adding that police were deployed to keep order. He put the number of protesters at “more than 10,000.” “We are refugees; we need protection,” the demonstrators….

Abbas to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah
1/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. PA ambassador to Jordan Atallah Khairi told Jordanian daily newspaper ad-Dustour that Abbas will update the Jordanian King on the latest visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Palestinian and…. Related: Abbas discusses peace process with Jordanian king

Ashrawi: Dutch boycott reminds Israel ‘it isn’t above the law’
1/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A decision by the largest pension fund management company in the Netherlands to withdraw all investments from Israel’s five largest banks “made Israel realize that it isn’t above the law,” a PLO official said Wednesday. Executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi told Ma’an that the Dutch decision was influenced by the European Union’s boycott….

PA: Qusra residents sent a warning to violent settlers
1/8/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians who appended a group of settlers in the Nablus village of Qusra on Tuesday have sent a stern warning to their attackers, a Palestinian Authority official said Wednesday.”They managed on Tuesday to defy groups of settlers who assaulted farmers in the village and tried to damage their property,” PA media spokesman Ehab Bseiso said.”They chased them in the….

Abbas discusses peace process with Jordanian king
1/8/2014 – AMMAN (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday discussed the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process with Jordanian King Abdullah II, according to Palestinian media.”We have presented what we have and (what we’ve) heard,” Abbas said.”Meetings will continue as usual, especially these days with Kerry’s visit to the region,” the official Wafa news agency reported.”We discuss…. Related: Abbas to meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah

Hamas to release 7 Fatah prisoners as unity gesture
1/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Ministry of Interior on Wednesday announced that it would release seven imprisoned Fatah members hel
d in custody for security reasons. A spokesman for the ministry, Ibrahim Salah, told Ma’an that “upon a decision by the prime minister, the ministry will release seven Fatah-affiliated prisoners as a first stage.”Salah said he hoped Fatah would make…. Related: Hamas frees Fatah prisoners to mend Palestinian ties

Fatah proposes unity government plan to Hamas
1/8/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Fatah reconciliation team has made a proposal to Hamas regarding a national unity government, a Fatah spokesman told Ma’an Wednesday. The proposal stipulates that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set dates for new presidential and legislative elections, Osama al-Qawasmeh said. Al-Qawasmeh told Ma’an that the head of Fatah’s reconciliation team, Azzam al-Ahmad, informed Gaza….

Hamas frees Fatah prisoners to mend Palestinian ties
1/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Gaza’s Hamas government freed seven imprisoned Fatah members Wednesday, as part of efforts to mend relations between the Islamist movement and its West Bank-based Palestinian rival, officials said.”The release of these condemned men comes as part of the prime minister’s decisions to strengthen national reconciliation,” Gaza interior ministry spokesman Islam Shahwan told reporters.”More positive steps will…. Related: Hamas to release 7 Fatah prisoners as unity gesture

Woman, boy shot dead in Gaza family brawl
1/8/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian woman and a 9-year-old boy were shot dead on Wednesday during a family brawl in the Zaytoon neighborhood of Gaza City. Medical officials told Ma’an that the bodies were taken to a morgue in al-Shifa hospital. Three other people were injured in the brawl, with one sustaining serious injuries, Gaza police spokesman Ayyub Abu Shaar said. [END]

Morsi trial delayed to Feb 1 after court absence
1/8/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned the murder trial of deposed president Mohamed Morsi to February 1, citing “weather conditions” that prevented the Islamist’s transport to court from prison. It had been scheduled as the second hearing in Morsi’s trial, after an initial court appearance in November in which he denounced the tribunal and insisted he was still the….

13,000 families flee Fallujah amid Iraq standoff
1/8/2014 – FALLUJAH, Iraq (AFP) — More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said Wednesday, warning of a “critical” humanitarian situation as masked gunmen locked in a days-long standoff with Iraqi troops hold the city. And though traffic police returned to its streets, some shops reopened and more cars could be seen, Fallujah was still hit by clashes and shelling, after an al-Qaeda-linked group urged Sunnis to….

ISIL loses HQ in Syria’s Aleppo, journalists freed
1/8/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Wednesday, as claims emerged that ISIL had massacred prisoners there in cold blood. They were reportedly also pressing ISIL in Raqa, the only provincial capital lost by the regime of President Bashar Assad and a stronghold of the group. The operation in Aleppo came a day after ISIL….

Militants prevent patients from leaving Yarmouk camp
1/8/2014 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — A group of sick refugees who were to leave Yarmouk camp for treatment were unable to be transferred out of the camp after rebel militants opened fire at the camp’s popular committee members and Palestinian militants on Wednesday, a committee source said. Snipers from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fired at the popular relief committee and….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Forces Continue the Policy of Arresting Gazan Patients at the Beit Hanoun Crossing (Erez)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Illegal settlers burn two cars in the village of Madama
1/8/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 08th January 2014, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Madama, Occupied Palestine Today, the 8th January 2014, at approximately 3am settlers entered the Palestinian village of Madama, south of Nablus and set fire to two cars. The cars were parked in the village center beside the home of the car owners. A villager from Madama and owner of one car, D r. Rami Nassar, heard noises outside his home, when….

Clashes in Qusra: olive trees destroyed and settlers beaten
1/8/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 08th January 2014, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Qusra, Occupied PalestineClashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth erupted yesterday after settlers attacked villagers from Qusra on their fields. Palestinians captured a group of settlers on their way to Qusra after they had destroyed a number of olive trees. In the morning of the 7th January 2014, several farmers from Qusra, a village south of Nablus, entered….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Resilience-based Development Response to the Syria crisis
Relief Web 8 Jan 2014 – Source: UN Development Programme Country: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Responding to the multiple dimensions of the crisis will enable communities to improve their capacity to absorb the shock of this and future catastrophes -…

The National

Maliki vows to uproot Al Qaeda in Fallujah as 13,000 families flee the violence
The National 8 Jan 2014 – The Iraqi premier says the army is preparing a major assault on the city to push back Al Qaeda militants. But tribal leaders, who say Sunnis are treated like second-class citizens, have questioned the Shiite-led government’s actions in Anbar province.

Bahrain suspends National Dialogue
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Bahrain has suspended its National Dialogue process, according to the country’s official news agency. The dialogue was initiated in 2011 to encourage discussion about governance in the country.

Assad regime “beneficiaries” of rebel in-fighting, says security source
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Syrian rebels overran the Aleppo headquarters of Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters as a regime security source says: “We are the beneficiaries” of the rebel in-fighting.

Tunisia’s Ennahda party opts for consensus
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Tunisia’s Ennahda party has chosen compromise on a future constitution in a bid to save their political legacy, analysts say.

France convicts woman for wearing veil
The National 8 Jan 2014 – A French court has convicted Cassandra Belin for wearing an Islamic veil in public and refused to overturn the country’s controversial burqa ban.

Turkey removes 16 more police chiefs amid fresh corruption allegations
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Sixteen Turkish police chiefs have been reassigned by the government as some 25 more people were detained in the western city of Izmir over allegations of government-connected bribery and fraud.

Tankers loading oil from seized ports will be destroyed: Libyan PM
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Autonomy-seeking groups in eastern Libya have invited foreign companies to buy oil from ports they seized, despite threats from the central government in Tripoli.

Video: Spanish princess charged with tax fraud 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – A judge in Spain has charged Princess Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos, with tax fraud and money laundering.

Video: Bangladesh’s garment factories crippled by political strife 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Political tension in Bangladesh is squeezing its $22-billion garment industry. Orders from global retailers have dropped, as they worry about unrest and disruptions to supply chains.

Video: Four US military feared dead in helicopter crash 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Four US military personnel are suspected dead after their helicopter crashed in eastern England.

Video: Al Qaeda, government forces, battle for control of two key Iraqi cities 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Iraqi families flee Falluja and Ramadi as al Qaeda militants battle with government forces for control of the two key cities.

Morsi murder trial adjourned
The National 8 Jan 2014 – The murder trial of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi was adjourned on Wednesday because poor weather prevented his transport to the Cairo court.

Nine dead in train blaze near Mumbai
The National 8 Jan 2014 – A fire on an overnight train killed at least nine people Wednesday with sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped through three carriages, a railway official said.

India asks US to stop ‘commercial’ activities at embassy in latest diplomatic spat
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Commercial members pay thousands of dollars a year to use the swimming pool, gym and bowling alley, as well as the bar and restaurant which serve imported alcohol and food at low rates.

Ex-Miss Venezuela Monica Spear killed in front of daughter in murder that shocks nation
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Gunmen killed a former Miss Venezuela and her British-born partner in front of their young daughter in an attack that shocked the crime-plagued nation, authorities said Tuesday.

Video: Ukrainian protesters celebrate Orthodox Christmas
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Ukrainian anti-government protesters celebrate orthodox Christmas with a mass in Kiev’s Independance Square. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Video: Syria ships out first batch of chemical weapons materials 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – The first batch of Syria’s chemical weapons materials are moved out of the country for destruction, beginning a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament program delayed by war and technical problems.

Video: Russia tightens security in Sochi before Olympics 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – Russia’s law enforcement agencies were on high alert in Sochi and tightened access restrictions, as part of measures by President Vladimir Putin to ensure security at next month’s Winter Olympics.

Video: School’s in session for Prince William 
The National 8 Jan 2014 – The heir to the British throne is taking classes at Cambridge University.

Video: Denn
is Rodman readies for North Korean games 

The National 8 Jan 2014 – Dennis Rodman and a team of fellow former NBA stars are training for basketball games in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, to mark Kim Jong Un’s birthday.

Ha’aretz

Hebron archaeological dig financed by Culture Ministry, Civil Administration funding
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Shas schools to be part of public school system
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Netanyahu wants to say ‘yes’ to Kerry, but without anyone noticing
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Netanyahu wants to say ‘yes’ to Kerry, but without anyone noticing
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Lieberman’s land, population swap proposal is roundly condemned
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

What to expect from nature inspectors
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Education minister unveils plan to streamline school testing, college admission requirements
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Jordan, Palestinians seek to buy Israel’s excess desalinated water
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Settlers attack Palestinians’ house while Israeli troops look on
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Avi Weiss is not alone: Israeli rabbinate disqualifies another U.S. rabbi
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Missing teen Caleb Jacoby sighted in Providence, ABC reports
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

German man, 88, charged for 1944 Nazi massacre in France
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Birthright pumped $825 million into Israeli economy in 13 years, study shows
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Palestinian official: Blast kills Gaza militant; Israeli army denies responsibility
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

10,000 Africans rally in Jerusalem, Knesset speaker thwarts talks with MKs
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

In first, Israeli museums to help locate Jewish owners of Nazi-looted art
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Canada appoints pro-Israeli lawyer as ambassador
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

American studies scholars in Israel criticize boycott decision
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Netanyahu views original Declaration of Independence, but where will he house it?
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Israel’s defense minister calls settler attacks ‘terrorism’
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Israel has examined only 250 out of 1,800 asylum requests – and approved none
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Who incites more Palestinian hatred? Abbas or Netanyahu?
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

South Korea scientists develop cancer-treating nanobots
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Polar freeze grips U.S., some temps lower than Antarctica; at least 21 dead
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Israeli teen held in solitary for 5 months because juvenile home was full
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

Fewer Ethiopian soldiers jailed by IDF, but more still than other soldiers
Ha’aretz – 8 Jan 2014

When it comes to African refugees, where are Bibi’s Jewish values?
Ha’aretz – 7 Jan 2014

Loophole in system nets Israeli police officers extra $8 million pay a year
Ha’aretz – 7 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

Israeli youth movements send winter equipment to Syrian refugees
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Operation Human Warmth was organized in response to the snowstorm last month during which 27 Syrian children died. 

Peres at Technion calls for free undergrad education
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – President discusses future of R&D with three fellow Nobel Prize laureates; dismisses land swap proposal as “unpractical.” 

Abbas, Abdullah agree to coordinate unified response to Kerry
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Jordan’s FM: Establishment of independent Palestinian state is national interest of the kingdom. 

Antiquities Authority begins excavations in Tel Hebron
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Previous digs found walls from the eras of Noah, Abraham and Joshua. 

Iran nuclear talks hit snag on centrifuge research
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Among issues to be resolved in political talks with world powers due to begin in Geneva later this week is that of R&D of a new model of advanced nuclear centrifuge that Iran says it has installed. 

Reporter’s Notebook: Waiting for Godot in the Knesset
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – “Nothing happens. Nobody comes, nobody goes. It’s awful,” writes Samuel Beckett. The same sentiment applied on Wednesday, when Knesset reporters waited in vain for protesting African migrants to be allowed into the building. 

Chief Rabbinate rejects credentials of second US rabbi
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Diaspora religious establishment concerned Israeli body does not fully trust Orthodox rabbis, institutions outside the country. 

Award-winning Israeli wildlife conservationist survives Ethiopian crocodile attack
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Ofir Drori was enjoying nature in the tribal woodlands of Ethiopia’s Omo River banks when a 3-meter croc charged at his canoe. 

Comment: Over the top – an editorial and the vitriol that followed
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – As misguided or harsh as this week’s editorial on African migrants and NGOs who support their plight may have been, it was child’s play compared to the menacing vitriol directed at the Post’s management and senior staff by supposed advocates of the migrants and NGOs in question. 

Knesset panel examines link between absorption process of immigrants and prostitution
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Nearly half of women residing in emergency shelter for prostitution are immigrants from FSU, according to figures presented to committee. 

Scholars launch counter-measures against MLA’s moves toward boycott
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – 30,000-member group to vote on resolution asking State Department to condemn Israel. 

Ankara dismisses most senior commander yet in ongoing purge
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Newest development latest in series of political scandals rocking Turkey; Other commanders also removed from posts. 

Canadian injustice
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Anti-Semitism isn’t what it used to be. The favorite ploy of contemporary anti-Semites is to deny their anti-Semitism and cloak it as something else. 

CANDIDLY SPEAKING: An open letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – I urge you to set aside conventional political correctness to appreciate that our concerns are for the lives of our children and grandchildren, the future of our nation. 

Media comment: It’s all in the context
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Media context harms the media itself but also our democratic society, which desperately needs a context- free media to uphold it. 

Ignorance about Jordan – A threat to Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Jordan will change sooner or later, and supporting a new regime must be discussed behind closed doors and in public. 

Encountering peace: The people’s water
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Well, that is the situation today – now there is more than enough water to go around. 

Ya’alon: ‘Price tag attacks’ are acts of terror in every sense of the word
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Defense minister lashes out against hate crimes after Jewish vandals torch car, vandalize shop in Palestinian village. 

Save Darfur and Israel: A personal plea from an American Jew in Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Israeli Jews have much to teach Diaspora Jews, through their strength, service and commitment. 

The Egyptian revolution is stuck
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Almost three years after the Arab Spring, the Egyptian revolution seems to have become stuck, and may even have devolved to its starting point. 

Foreign Ministry slams Dutch pension firm that divested from Israeli banks
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor condemns “self-righteousness” of decision by PGGM to cut ties with 5 banks over settlements issue. 

Knesset c’tee head calls for more transparency in cases of prison deaths
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – 22,000 prisoners live in 33 prisons; About 17,000 new prisoners and detainees are taken in yearly; roughly 4,000 have chronic diseases. 

Sharansky: rejection of Rabbi Avi Weiss credentials ‘absurd’
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Jewish Agency Chairman says prominent New York Rabbi is a leader and has inspired generations of Jews. 

Comptrollers unite against corruption in the Knesset
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Lobby for the Struggle Against Corruption in the Public Sector attended by many top officials including Herzog, Livni and Yachimovich. 

Current, former comptrollers unite against graft
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Shapira, Lindenstrauss tell MKs of efforts to improve country’s record on money-laundering, other corruption. 

Knesset approves dog, cat sterilization bill in preliminary reading
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Legislation would require all kennels to sterilize cats, dogs before releasing them for adoption. 

Disciplinary committees to be established for errant chief municipal rabbis
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Ministry has seen at least 45 reports in last year about chief municipal rabbis not fulfilling the demands and requirements of their office. 

Econ Affairs C’tee approves 2-month postponement of E-Waste Law
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – Necessary regulations were not submitted on time to implement law by January 1. 

IDF probes soldiers who failed to stop settlers from hurling rocks at Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 8 Jan 2014 – B’Tselem video shows soldiers standing idly during incident; “They did not act as required,” IDF Spokesperson says. 

The Guardian

The myth of an undivided Jerusalem is collapsing under its own weight | Daniel Seidemann
The Guardian 8 Jan 2014 – Binyamin Netanyahu is misguided to believe a two-state Israel-Palestine solution is possible while keeping a deeply divided city intact As John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative moves into a decisive stage , two Jerusalem truths are becoming crystal…

Inter Press Service

Islamic Party Parts With Islamists
IPS By Sam Kimball TUNIS, Jan 8 2014 (IPS) In the city of Metlaoui in the Governorate of Gafsa, a mining region in the parched south of Tunisia, the streets are dust, filled with ruts, the skin of the men in the cracked lanes leathery brown from the heavy weather. In…

Uruknet

Is Domestic Surveillance Today Less Intrusive Than the Age of COINTELPRO?
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – Charles Pierce at Esquire says the new look at the 1971 burglary of FBI offices that revealed systematic abuses “says a lot about why the whole debate over what the NSA has been up to should…

Islamists, Salafists, and Jihadists: Friends or Foes of the Revolution?
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – There is no democratic revolution in the Arab world without – much less against – Islamists so long as they enjoy majority or large minority support and since most Islamist parties favor democratic rather than autocratic…

Forgetting Fallujah
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – The Iraq War was back in the news again, with reports that Al-Qaeda-affiliated forces claimed control over the city of Fallujah. For many in the media, this was a time to recall a particularly important moment…

Activists Who Took FBI Files in 1971 Praise Edward Snowden, Defend How He Blew the Whistle
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – The shrill brigade of critics opposed to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden have repeatedly emphasized their belief that if he truly thought he was engaged in civil disobedience he should have remained in the United…

26 Palestinian political prisoners released; 5,000 remain in prison
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – 26 political prisoners, held in Israeli prisons since the Oslo Accords, were released the night of 30th December. About 5,000 others remain in prisons located in the territories occupied in 1948, a violation of international law….

Zionism is part of Canada s political fabric
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014-Canada s Conservative government is trying to convince Canadian Jews to support its right-wing imperialistic worldview. Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently spoke to the annual Toronto gala of the Jewish National Fund, which has a long history of…

America s Black-Ops Blackout Unraveling the Secrets of the Military s Secret Military 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014- “Dude, I don t need to play these stupid games. I know what you re trying to do.” With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me. More than a month before, I had called U.S….

Recognizing Israel as a Jewish State is like saying the US is a White State
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is adding a fifth demand to his negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas: That the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” For Netanyahu…

Drug trade could splinter Afghanistan into fragmented criminal state – UN
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014- Afghanistan s booming narcotics trade risks splintering the country into a “fragmented, criminal state” if the government and its western allies do not step up efforts to tackle opium production and the illicit economy it supports, a…

Netanyahu will not dismantle settlements in occupied West Bank
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Monday that he will not dismantle any of Israel s settlements in the occupied West Bank, Israeli media have reported. All of the settlements are considered to be illegal under…

The Massacre in Syria That Wasn t A look at Russian media coverage of Adra
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – 80 civilians “massacred,” bodies thrown in ovens, and an international cover up of a horrific act of terrorism – these are just some of the striking claims made by the Russian network RT. On December 15th,…

More Israel disclosures in Snowden s trove of significant stories – Greenwald 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – Glenn Greenwald, the investigative journalist who first published Edward Snowden leaks, said that the NSA whistleblower still has “a huge number of very significant stories to reveal,” including those relating to Israel.”There definitely are stories left…

NYT casts Israelis as victims of Palestinians who complain bitterly about oppression 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014– Lately Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times has been passing along Israeli hasbara to Americans in an unquestioning manner. Today she has an article putting forward the Israeli view that certain Palestinian statements about Israel constitute “…

Israel s Education System Peddles Intolerance and Lies
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014- John Kerry spent last week testing the waters with the Israelis and the Palestinians over his so-called framework agreement – designed to close the gaps between the two sides. But the issues he is trying to resolve…

As protests intensify, thousands plan to march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to demand asylum
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 – During a third day of strikes African asylum seekers in Israel have announced plans to march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to demand refugee status. Over 20,000 have already demonstrated in front of foreign embassies, and…

Iraq snapshot – January 7, 2014 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, Odierno explains what s going on in Iraq but the press ignores him and distorts him, Nouri al-Maliki continues his assault on the people, if a government has no power-sharing and has no…

Like lambs to the slaughter, the Palestinians are sleep-walking to disaster, again
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – Janaury 7, 2014 -If he succeeds with his current “peace” initiative, John Kerry would have killed three birds, not two, with one stone. With the stroke of a pen his “proposed framework” will not only dissolve the Palestinian refugee issue…

Video:
A Message from Fallujah 

Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014- Tribal Rebels sending a message to all Liars in all Media Channels, “We are The Tribal Rebels and not Al-Qaida, This is our City, come and see by yourself, stop lying to people, Shame on all Liars”…….

Israeli Forces Continue the Policy of Arresting Gazan Patients at the Beit Hanoun Crossing (Erez)
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 -The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns arresting a patient from the Gaza Strip by Israeli forces at Beit Hanoun “Erez” crossing while he was heading to receive medical treatment at “Sergie Care” Hospital in the…

Head of Fatah reconciliation team to visit Gaza
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 7, 2014 — An official from Fatah s reconciliation team is due to visit the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to discuss progress on unity talks, Fatah Central Committee member Muhammad Shtayeh said.”Azzam al-Ahmad and I met the head of…

Kabul: Locked in Winter 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 6, 2014- ….As many as 35,000 displaced persons are now living in the slum areas in Kabul alone. “Conflict affects more Afghans now than at any point in the last decade,” according to Amnesty International s 2012 report, Fleeing…

Military Resistance 12A5 On To 2024
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 6, 2014 – The White House s push for another 10 years (at least) in Afghanistan – already the nation s longest war – could make waves. The administration is pushing for a security deal with the Afghan government…

Defence minister claims Israeli withdrawal from West Bank will lead to collapse of Abbas s rule
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – January 6, 2014 -Defence Minister Moshe Ya alon warned on Sunday of the serious consequences of an immediate Israeli army withdrawal from the occupied West Bank. “It would lead, probably, to the collapse of the rule of President Mahmoud Abbas…

Syria News – Janaury 6, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 8 Jan 2014 – Janaury 6, 2014 – By the end of Monday LCC was able to document 114 martyrs including 13 children, 7 under torture and 5 women: 61 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 20 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 10 in Daraa;…

Daily Star

Obama agrees to 4-year extension for International Space Station
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 The Obama administration wants to keep the International Space Station, a $100 billion orbital research outpost that is a project of 15 nations, flying until at least 2024, four years beyond a previous target, NASA said…

Bahrain government suspends reconciliation talks
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 Bahrain’s state news agency says the government has suspended reconciliation talks with Shiite opposition leaders as unrest goes on in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

Hamas frees Fatah men, urges rival to reciprocate
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip freed seven imprisoned members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction Wednesday, saying it was trying to promote reconciliation with its West Bank-based rival.

Watchdog wants to speed up Syrian disarmament
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 The global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday urged Syria to intensify efforts to get its stockpile of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents to a port, so it can be shipped out of the…

Obama invites Merkel to visit Washington after phone tap row
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 US President Barack Obama Wednesday launched an effort to repair ties with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a diplomatic crisis provoked by revelations of US eavesdropping on her mobile phone.

Palestinian official: Blast kills Gaza militant
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 A Palestinian militant was killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, a health official said, prompting an Islamic group to threaten attacks against Israel.

‘Prisoners executed by jihadists’ in Syria’s Aleppo
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 Video footage posted online Wednesday shows nine bodies of prisoners, blindfolded and hands bound, in pools of blood allegedly executed by Al-Qaeda-linked militants in northern Syria, activists said.

Al Qaeda group vows to attack Syrian rebels, opposition leaders
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 An al Qaeda affiliate based in Iraq and Syria has vowed to crush opposition groups it has been confronting in the worst outbreak of infighting among rebels since the start of the uprising against President Bashar…

Eyeing Syria talks, Iran may put Assad ties in play
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 For weeks, American officials have lobbied to exclude Iran from the Geneva talks on the Syrian conflict in late January, pointing to Tehran’s military and financial aid to the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Libya PM says he plans cabinet reshuffle
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Wednesday he would soon announce a major cabinet reshuffle, after calls in the assembly for a vote of no confidence in his government.

Thousands of African migrants protest outside Israeli parliament
Daily Star 8 Jan 2014 More than 10,000 African migrants demonstrated outside Israel’s parliament on Wednesday, extending protests into a fourth consecutive day in a quest for recognition as refugees and freedom to work legally without fear of incarceration.

YNet News

Kerry seeking cease-fire, aid for Syria
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – ….

UK proposes UN condemn Syrian air raids on Aleppo
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – ….

Jordanian option must be reconsidered
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Objection to Jordan Valley annexation shows Jordan has not lost interest in West Bank ….

Fatal case of H5N1 bird flu reported in Canada
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – ….

Molotov cocktails thrown at bus south of Bethlehem; none injured
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – ….

PMO: Will not change policy regarding asylum seekers
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – ….

Is One Direction star obsessed with Judaism?
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – After getting a Hebrew tattoo on his left arm, Harry Styles is reportedly learning Hebrew, holding Shabbat prayers at his house and trying to eat kosher ….

A lesson in solidarity
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Israelis should learn from African asylum seekers how to stand up courageously for their human rights ….

Rabbi Weiss a victim of haredi Rabbinate
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has stopped representing Jews in general, representing instead only a broken ultra-Orthodox view of Judaism ….

Lieberman: Arabs who want to remain Israeli are suddenly ‘lovers of Zion’
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Foreign Minister under fire for plan to exchange Arab communities in central Israel for settlements as part of peace deal ….

What ties Hezbollah to Hariri’s murder?
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Almost a decade after former Lebanese PM killed in Beirut motorcade bombing, court documents shed light on the culprits ….

Knesset Speaker bars asylum seekers from parliament as protests reach seat of government
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Decision comes after request from Likud MK Miri Regev, despite planned meeting between eight refugees and MKs ….

Ministers to mull bill on cutting public funds for elected officials
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Labor MK drafts legislation in wake of scandal over Netanyahu’s state-funded expenses at his luxury Caesarea home ….

Let’s swap Lieberman and keep Wadi Ara
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Foreign minister’s proposal to transfer Arab communities to a new Palestinian state is just aimed at inflaming tensions ….

Saudi FM: Israeli policies could ruin peace negotiations 
YNet News, 8 Jan 2014 – Prince Faisal blames Israel’s ‘unilateral policies and the continuing provocation in Jerusalem and the settlements’ for endangering the US-driven negotiations, which began in July after a three-year break ….

Palestinian Information Center

Students treated for gas inhalation in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas canisters at students and citizens near a secondary school in Al-Khalil at noon Wednesday causing breathing problems among students.

Dozens of settlers, accompanied by rabbi, storm al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Dozens of extremist Jewish settlers and elements of the Israeli intelligence services stormed on Wednesday morning al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate, under the protection of the occupation police.

IOF arrests 10 citizens in the West Bank
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday ten citizens from al-Khalil and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Barghouthi: Kerry’s initiative seeks to prolong Israeli occupation
PIC – Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi renewed his rejection to talks resumption and “Framework Agreement”, considering it a new Oslo Accord that seeks to prolong the Israeli occupation.

UNRWA refuses to increase its employees’ salaries in Gaza
PIC – UNRWA refused to increase the salaries of its employees in Gaza Strip, claiming that it is facing a budget deficit due to the donor countries’ rejection to deliver financial assistance.

IOF storms houses of three Islamic Jihad leaders in Araba
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed on Tuesday night the town of Araba, in the south-west of Jenin, and broke into houses of three leaders in the Islamic Jihad movement.

IOA deprives Jerusalemite ex-prisoner from accompanying his wife to hospital
PIC – Tadhamun Foundation said that the IOA prevented on Tuesday a Jerusalemite ex-captive, freed in Wafa Ahrar deal, from accompanying his wife to a hospital in Nablus, where she gave birth to triplets.

Resistance fighter killed, child wounded in IOF artillery shelling
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired an artillery shell on a group of citizens east of Gaza city on Wednesday morning killing a resistance fighter and critically wounding a 9-year-old child.

WAFA

Ambassador Killed in Prague Explosion Buried in Ramallah
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Government Says Events in Qusra were Self Defense
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Newspapers Review: Settlers Attacks Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Arab States Broadcasting Union holds First Palestine Conference
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Palestinians Welcome Dutch Fund’s Divestment from Israel
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Family says whereabouts of Detained Daughter Unknown
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

World Bank Supports Women Entrepreneurs in West Bank, Gaza
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Settlers Torch Palestinian Cars, Cut Olive Trees
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Israeli Army Arrest More than Dozen in West Bank
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Weather: Relatively Cold mainly at Night
WAFA – 8 Jan 2014

Misc

News Analysis: Grim Sequel to Iraq’s War
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Contrary to President Obama’s statement “I ended the war in Iraq,” a resurgence by Islamic insurgents has been a reminder that the war is anything but over. 

Syria Reports 2 Attacks On Chemical Arms Sites
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – The account by Syria’s delegate to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons came as Syria began exporting the deadliest compounds. 

The Lede: Israel’s Defense Minister Calls Settlers’ Attacks on Palestinians ‘Outright Terror’
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Two cars were set on fire with Molotov cocktails and Hebrew graffiti was sprayed on the walls of a West Bank village, in apparent retaliation for an incident the day before. 

Syrian Rebels Deal Qaeda-Linked Group a Reversal
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Rebel fighters have ejected the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from its headquarters in Aleppo. 

Russia Again Blocks U.N. Security Council From Condemning Syria Attacks
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Russia blocked a U.N. Security Council statement on Wednesday that would have expressed outrage at deadly airstrikes by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and condemned the use of missiles and “barrel bombs” in towns, U.N. diplomats said. 

AP Interview: Egypt’s Top Satirist Prepares Return
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s most popular satirist often compared to U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, said Wednesday his team is preparing to bring back their widely watched television show poking fun at politics in a country still beset by turmoil following a July military coup. 

Egypt: El-Sissi Seeks Mandate From Vote on Charter
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s military chief is looking for a strong turnout in next week’s constitutional referendum as a mandate to run for president. But the popular general who ousted President Mohammed Morsi and ordered a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood could be disappointed: His Islamist foes have promised a boycott and mass demonstrations aimed at keeping voters at home. 

Al-Qaida-Linked Group Ramps Up Regional Violence
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Al-Qaida is positioning itself as a vanguard defending the Sunni community against what it sees as persecution by Shiite-dominated governments across Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. 

Bahrain Government Ends Reconciliation Talks
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Bahrain’s state news agency says the government has ended reconciliation talks with Shiite opposition leaders as unrest goes on in the tiny Gulf kingdom. 

The Lede: U.A.E. Releases American Who Was Jailed for Satirical Video
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Shezanne Cassim of Minnesota was one of the creators of a video comedy sketch that attracted the disdain of United Arab Emirates authorities. The sketch was about the fictitious Satwa Combat School, set in the Dubai neighborhood of the same name. 

Iran, Big Power Nuclear Talks Hit Snag on Centrifuge Research
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on implementing a landmark November deal to freeze parts of Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing some sanctions have run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, diplomats said. 

UK Proposes UN Condemn Syrian Air Raids on Aleppo
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – Britain wants the U.N. Security Council to denounce the Syrian government’s air strikes on rebels in the city of Aleppo with Scud missiles and barrel bombs that have killed some 700 civilians. 

Former SS Soldier, 88, Charged Over 1944 Village Massacre in France
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – German prosecutors have charged an 88-year-old former member of Hitler’s elite Waffen SS of taking part in a World War Two massacre of hundreds of French villagers, nearly 70 years after one of the most infamous Nazi atrocities. 

Biden, Al-Maliki Discuss Ongoing Battle in Anbar Province-White House
New York Times 8 Jan 2014 – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki about the ongoing fight against al Qaeda affiliated insurgents in the country’s western Anbar province, the White House said in a statement. 

DC Jewish Comm’y Center to stage panel on Nakba — without Palestinians
Mondoweiss – In two weeks, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center is holding an event that will examine the disturbing history of the Nakba, or the 1948 expulsion/flight of 750,000 Palestinians who were not allowed to return to their homes in the new country of Israel lest they…

You are what you drive
Globes Macro Economics – Ministers are doing everything to avoid the conflict between personal desire and public image in choosing their official cars.

Court nixes development of Palmachim Beach
Globes Main News – The Central District Court rejected the petition by Maoz Daniel to be allowed to proceed with construction of a vacation village.

Wed: NuPathe bid boosts Teva
Globes Main News – The TEl Aviv 25 Index fell slightly today, but leading stock Teva rose. The big two banks fell, and IDB Holding slid further after yesterday’s collapse.

E&Y: Tamar gas worth $52b to Israel 
Globes Energy & Water – E&Y Israel partner Shlomo Alfia estimates the savings at $42 billion and the government’s take at $10 billion in capitalization value.

Dutch pension giant ditches Israeli banks over involvement with settlements
Mondoweiss – Major Israeli financial institutions woke up to the news today that a Dutch pension fund has pulled out its investments because of the banks’ involvement in the occupied West Bank. The move, first reported by Haaretz ‘s Barak Ravid , means that tens of millions of euros…

What if Obama wanted to transfer Miami to Cuba so as to lower percentage of Jews in U.S.?
Mondoweiss – As Alex Kane noted yesterday , high Israeli officials are pushing a scheme in which it would “transfer” communities containing 300,000 Palestinian citizens to Palestinian sovereignty under any proposed peace plan so as to bolster the Jewish majority in Israel. Afif Abu-Much, a high tech specialist who…

My Disillusionment with Hillel: Feeling censored and unwelcomed in the Jewish community
Mondoweiss – When I was a freshman at UC San Diego, I sought to find a home away from home. Naturally, I was drawn to Hillel; its mission of providing a community for Jewish students to embrace their cultural and religious identities made me feel like it would…

Dershowitz steps down from Harvard to spend more time with what he loves — Israel
Mondoweiss – (Photo: Sun Sentinel) Often times, when powerful and public figures – from government officials and politicians , community leaders , high-powered corporate CEOs , NFL coaches , and countless local TV news anchors – leave their longtime positions, they say their…

Teva offers $149m for neurology co NuPathe
Globes Main News – Teva will also make, “payments of up to $3.15 per share if specified net sales of NuPathe’s migraine treatment, ZECUITY, are achieved.”

Knesset votes down the two-state solution
Mondoweiss – An Israeli news report from when the “Two-State Solution Bill” was introduced. Press CC for English captions. When, oh when, will the Palestinians find a partner for peace? From the Jerusalem Post article “ Knesset rejects ‘Two-State Solution Bill’ “: The Knesset voted down the so-called…

PwC Israel: Average M&A price up 48% in 2013
Globes Main News – Even though the number of deals in Israel fell 27% to 120, the aggregate total rose 5% to $8.3 billion.

BioLineRx, JHL sign diabetes drug commercialization deal
Globes Main News – The two companies signed an agreement for the development and commercialization of BL-9020, a novel monoclonal antibody for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

Palestinian villagers capture settlers carrying out ‘price tag’ attack in West Bank
Mondoweiss – Qusra Jan. 7, 2013 (photo: Ahmad Talat Hasan) Palestinians from the village of Qusra captured a band of invading setters yesterday who had come to raid their village and uproot their olive trees. Ma’an reports 18 settlers were captured, Haaretz reports ten. The invading masked…

Record number of tourists in 2013 
Globes Macro Economics – Tourist entries rose 0.5% to 3.53 million in 2013 from 3.52 million in 2012.

IDB tanks as Manor family sells stake
Globes Main News – The liquidation of the Manors’ stake in IDB is apparently the reason for the 51.7% drop in IDB’s share price yesterday.

Bank Leumi sets up high-tech credit subsidiary
Globes Main News – Leumi Tech aims to extend NIS 2 billion in credit to small- and medium-sized technology companies over the next three years.

Leiderman opposes exchange rate floor 
Globes Macro Economics – Bank Hapoalim chief economist Leo Leiderman: Fundamental factors, not speculators are responsible for the shekel’s appreciation.

Dutch pension fund disinvests from Israel
Globes Main News – PGGM has withdrawn its investments in five Israeli banks over their activities in West Bank settlements.

Knesset study: Israeli food prices 25% higher than EU 
Globes Macro Economics – Israeli prices are very high in food sectors where competition is low, or which are price-controlled, such as milk, cheese, and eggs.

Teva in talks to buy Korean biotech firm – report
Globes Main News – The Korean media reports that Teva is one of several pharmaceuticals giants in talks to acquire Celltrion.

Israel planning gas pipeline to Jordan – report
Globes Main News – Israel will build a 15 kilometer pipeline from the Dead Sea to Jordan in 2015, sources told “Bloomberg.”

Kerry Lobbying Arab Strongmen to Pressure Palestinians to Accept Israel as Jewish State
Tikun Olam – Tonight’s news is yet another in those series of wacky ‘flyers’ that Israeli-Arab peace negotiators sometimes take in order to bridge insurmountable divides. After intensive negotiations with both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, Kerry has determined that Israel must be recognized as “the state of the…

Take Action: Send A Letter to NYT About Palestinian “Incitement” 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Jan 2014 – On Monday, January 6 The New York Times published an article by its Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren entitled ” Israeli Official Points to ‘Incitement’ by Palestinians .” The article and accompanying presentation portrays official Palestinian Authority media and textbooks as inciting hatred towards Israel and Jews by…

SodaStream Culture Jamming on Amazon 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Jan 2014 – BDS activists have been posting reviews on Amazon in an effort to educate consumers about occupation-profiteer SodaStream and its exploitation of Palestinian labor, land, and resources. There are two ways you can join in this campaign: Vote up 1-star reviews so that they are more prominently…

Aid money to Syria ‘mismanaged’ 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Chronic mismanagement affecting Syria aid money, staff say

New front in Syria’s multiplying war 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Violence between rebel factions adds to civil war

Double Murder of Jewish Snowbirds Makes ‘Every Day a Nightmare’ for Daughter 
The Forward New 8 Jan 2014 – Police have recovered DNA evidence from two women in the heartbreaking double-murder of a Jewish retiree couple who were found slain in their Florida condo home. Click here for the rest of the article…

Canadian Columnist Critical of Palestinians Appointed Ambassador to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jan 2014 – A Toronto lawyer whose newspaper columns have been critical of Palestinian leaders and the United Nations will be Canada’s next ambassador to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

2 Mystery Women’s DNA Tied to Jewish Snowbirds Double-Murder 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jan 2014 – Police have recovered genetic evidence from two unidentified women at the scene of the double murder of Jewish retirees Rochelle Wise and David (Donny) Pichosky in their south Florida condo. Click here for the rest of the article…

10,000 African Immigrants Protest at Israel’s Knesset 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jan 2014 – Thousands of asylum-seeking African migrants protested outside of the Knesset in Jerusalem over Israel’s response to their refugee requests. Click here for the rest of the article…

Deadly blast at Iran war film shoot 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – At least five people are killed and several seriously hurt in Iran after live explosives detonate at a film set outside the capital, Tehran.

Releasing Jonathan Pollard Backed by American Ex-Ambassadors to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jan 2014 – wo former U.S. ambassadors to Israel who have opposed clemency for jailed spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard told an Israeli news website that they have changed their minds. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian killed in Gaza explosion 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian militant has been killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip, medics and officials say, but there are conflicting reports about the cause.

Ultra-Orthodox Women Act on Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Gospel 
The Forward New 8 Jan 2014 – Sheryl Sandberg has arrived in the ultra-Orthodox world. Jewish women are leaning in to start businesses — while being observant wives and mothers. Click here for the rest of the article…

Aid money to Syria ‘mismanaged’ 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Chronic mismanagement affecting Syria aid money, staff say

Rebel jihadist Aleppo HQ seized 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Islamist rebels capture the headquarters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

New front in Syria’s multiplying war 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Violence between rebel factions adds to civil war

Gaza Strip frees seven prisoners in effort to heal Hamas-Fatah rift 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Gaza’s Hamas government freed seven imprisoned Fatah members Wednesday, as part of efforts to mend relations between the Islamist movement and its West Bank-based Palestinian rival, officials said. “The release of these condemned men comes as part of the prime minister’s decisions to strengthen national reconciliation,”…

Clashes break out during Tunisian protest over economic hardship 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Clashes broke out Wednesday in central Tunisia between police and demonstrators protesting economic hardship, as discontent mounts over new taxes and government failure to improve living conditions, three years after an uprising. Dozens of protesters tried to force their way into the offices of the ruling…

S Korea ends Bahrain tear gas supply 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – South Korea orders the suspension of tear gas exports to Bahrain after a campaign by activists to prevent its misuse against peaceful protesters.

Israel MP says Christian citizens “not Arabs,” pushes for discriminatory policy 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – A member of the Israeli Knesset is pushing forward legislation that would discriminate between Christian and Muslim Palestinian citizens of Israel, media reported on Wednesday. MK Yariv Levin, the coalition chairman for the governing conservative Likud-Yisrael Beitenu faction, is proposing a series of bills over the…

UN warns of Iraq humanitarian crisis 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – The UN warns of a “critical humanitarian situation” in Anbar province, as troops prepare for a major assault on al-Qaeda-linked militants in Fallujah.

Lebanese Film Festival Postponed Due to ‘Security Situation’ 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – We saw that the situation was not comfortable to bring foreigners – who were to be part of the program – here, and we, with the sponsors, did not feel that we wanted to take responsibility for their safety. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah). We saw that the…

‘No decision yet’ on Qatar World Cup 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – Fifa plays down claims from its own general secretary over moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup from the summer to winter.

Erdogan continues police purge, calls for broader governmental control of judiciary 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s deputy police chief was sacked overnight, the most senior commander yet targeted in a purge by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after security forces arrested several in a corruption case. The deputy chief was one of 16 provincial police chiefs fire in a new mass purge…

Morsi absence halts Cairo trial 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – The trial of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi is adjourned after officials said bad weather had stopped his helicopter from taking off.

Dutch pension fund divests from Israeli banks over illegal settlements 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Dutch pension asset manager PGGM, one of the largest in the country, said on Wednesday it was divesting from five Israeli banks because they finance illegal settlements. The announcement comes a month after a major Dutch water supplier ended a partnership with an Israeli water company…

Lebanon’s Government: A Ray of Hope With No Guarantees 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Al-Akhbar sources revealed that Salam informed Jumblatt he doesn’t mind forming an all-embracing government, and asked him to discuss the issue with Hariri and Saudi Arabia.(Photo: Haytham El-Mousawi). Al-Akhbar sources revealed that Salam informed Jumblatt he doesn’t mind forming an all-embracing government, and asked him to…

Post-June 30 Egypt Puts Palestinian Solidarity on Hold 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian girl sleeps on bags as her family waits at the the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on January 8, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Said Khatib). A Palestinian girl sleeps on bags as her family waits at the the Rafah border…

More than 13,000 Iraqi families flee Fallujah after gunmen takeover 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – An Iraqi girl, who fled Fallujah with her family, looks on at an aid center of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) NGO on January 6, 2014 in Ayn al-Tamer in Karbala province. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye) More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah in…

ISIS Claims Jihad Project in ‘Grave Danger’ 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jan 2014 – Rebel fighters inspect a mortar in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on December 31, 2013.(Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud). Rebel fighters inspect a mortar in the northeastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on December 31, 2013.(Photo: AFP – Ahmad Aboud). The Islamic State of…

Deadly blast at Iran war film shoot 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – At least five people are killed and several seriously hurt in Iran after live explosives detonate at a film set outside the capital, Tehran.

Saudi strategy includes alliance with Pakistan 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Saudi Arabia considers Pakistan a pivotal ally, both to contain Iran and to further Riyadh’s leadership bid in the Arab world.

Turkey makes splash in Mediterranean with naval acquisition 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s purchase of a Landing Platform Dock vessel is raising questions about its naval strategy.

Turkey energy deal with KRG lacks transparency 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Turkey risks its reliability by keeping quiet on its energy deal with the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Turkish Kurds react to court decision on Roboski bombing 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s military prosecutor has decided not to prosecute those behind the deadly December 2011 Roboski inc
ident, causing Kurds to lose their hope of finding justice.

Palestinian killed in Gaza explosion 
BBC 8 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian militant has been killed in an explosion in the Gaza Strip, medics and officials say, but there are conflicting reports about the cause.

Will Israel’s gas royalties be funneled to the defense establishment? 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – The Knesset Science and Technology Committee approved on Jan. 6 a bill outlining the procedure for establishing and managing the gas royalties fund, but left open essential questions regarding the allocation of revenues.

Lebanon’s age of extremism 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Is the center of gravity in the Syria war expanding from Damascus to Beirut?

Turkish Intelligence Agency (MIT) at center of political storm 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – The myth of a “new MIT” has been caught in the crossfire of the AKP-Gulen movement battle.

African refugees teach Israeli society lesson in civics 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – After years of ignoring the fate of African asylum seekers, the human dilemma has risen to the top of Israel’s public discourse, forcing the authorities to confront it.

Tunisia ratifies constitution, despite disagreements 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly ratified the draft constitution on Jan. 7, despite disagreements between members on a number of controversial points.

Iraq’s future uncertain as Anbar escalates 
Al-Monitor 8 Jan 2014 – Recent clashes in Anbar have made Iraq’s future even more uncertain.

Hamas ready for security cooperation with Egypt 
Al-Monitor 7 Jan 2014 – In response to the latest Egyptian accusations against Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement has called for security cooperation to end the rift.

Tripoli residents condemn burning of Saeh library 
Al-Monitor 7 Jan 2014 – After Tripoli’s Saeh library was burned, the city’s residents stood in solidarity to condemn the act and vowed to help restore the library.

Articles


Population swap: From apartheid to something worse 
Awad Abdel Fattah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/8/2014
“Do you want to move to the Palestinian state?”
“No, I want to stay in my city, Umm Al-Fahm.”
“So, you like living in the state of Israel?”
“No, this is my land; I was born here and I will stay here.”
“You will not be displaced from your city; instead of being a citizen of the state of Israel, you will be a citizen of the Palestinian State, in a state you support to be established. Don’t you want this state?”
That was the gist of a recent conversation between an Israeli journalist and a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Umm Al-Fahm. When the point presented by the journalist is raised, an Arab Palestinian citizen living in the cities and towns located in the area known as “The Triangle”, which has been talked about in official Israeli circles for many years, is confused. Israel views this area as an area that, along with its residents, must be annexed to the imaginary Palestinian state still to be created on land inside the West Bank. The most prominent of the proponents of this move is the openly racist Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.
Indeed, why do Palestinian Israeli citizens refuse to be annexed to the “Palestinian state”? We cannot accuse them of loving Israel or identifying with its contents, figures and policies because they view Israel a foreign entity although there are, of course, some who have totally assimilated after losing their national identity, but these are a very small minority. more.. e-mail

How Israel views Palestinian, African and Jewish refugees 
Haggai Matar, +972 Magazine 1/7/2014
Nadav Franckovich writes on Facebook:
The State of Israel on Palestinian refugees:
Refugees should not return to their country of origin, even if the state of emergency which caused their exile has ended. They shall never ever return. Ever. They must remain where they are, be accepted by their host countries and become naturalized citizens there. That’s that.
The State of Israel on Sudanese, Eritrean and Syrian refugees:
Refugees should not be accepted by the countries where they are currently living, let alone be naturalized by them. They have no rights as refugees and must immediately return to their country of origin, even if the state of emergency which forced them into exile is still in place. That’s that.
The State of Israel on Jewish* refugees:
A (Jewish) refugee has the right to return to his homeland after 2,000 years of exile and be naturalized in it. The state founded on that land may banish other people in order to make room for the Jewish refugee while keeping the others out. Of course, the Jewish refugee also has the full right to return to and become naturalized in the country from which he/she became a refugee 60 years ago, and maintain both rights simultaneously….. — See also: Nadav Franckovich writes on Facebook more.. e-mail

Israel’s West Bank torture regime 
Asa Winstanley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/2/2014
The slow disintegration of living conditions in the West Bank continues apace. But this is no natural disaster or complicated economic malaise. This is a very deliberately created policy, one designed and implemented by a state – the occupying power Israel.
The Zionist project in the land of Palestine shares much with the toppled South African apartheid regime. But there are important differences. Unlike South Africa, which relied on the black masses as a subservient labour force, ideologically, Israel would simply wish for Palestinians to disappear.
Hence the project of Zionist colonisation that began even before 1948, but reached a peak then, with the Nakb
a – the deliberate ethnic cleansing of the majority of the Palestinian population through force of arms. This project never ended and continues today.

Palestinians on both sides of the “Green Line” ceasefire line (drawn in 1949) constantly face down direct expulsions from the Israeli terrorist army. A new project of Israeli ethnic cleansing the in southern desert, the Naqab, has been thwarted by a concerted Palestinian protest movement. Or thwarted for now, we should say, since the Prawer Plan is likely to return to the Knesset in another form.
But a less obvious form of this creeping, slow-motion Nakba is the everyday grind of occupation – the deliberate Israeli policy of enforced misery in the West Bank and the siege on Gaza.
A glaring example is the apartheid wall that cuts Palestinian farmers off from their lands. The checkpoints that break up Palestinian life and economic activity…. more.. e-mail

Christmas and Israel’s Bethlehem 
Stuart Littlewood, London, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/1/2014
Contrary to the idyllic images of the nativity popularised in Christmas carols and festivities, Bethlehem in reality, under Israeli occupation, is a grim and woeful nightmare.
London’s Christmas was made gloomier this year — and rightly so — by the appearance in the courtyard of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, of a replica of the hated Israeli annexation wall that threads its thieving way around the Palestinian West Bank.
It’s a life-size representation of the actual eight-metre high wall surrounding Bethlehem and imprisoning its inhabitants. The project, called “Bethlehem Unwrapped”, is a response to a call from the united churches of the Holy Land pleading with churches and communities around the world to “help us get our freedom back”.
The Israelis claim that the monstrous wall, also known as the apartheid wall, is to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks. But in reality it is carefully routed to bite deep into Palestinian territory in order to steal choice agricultural land and water resources, as well as to seize strategic landscape and communication features and disconnect Palestinian communities from their livelihoods and from each other.
This is not the first time the evil barrier has been replicated by a British church. Over Christmas in 2006, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in my hometown of St Ives in Cambridgeshire, instead of enjoying the usual live sheep, cow, donkey and new-born babies at a nativity scene, visitors were greeted by a grim grey replica of the wall and photos of the real thing.
The parish priest wanted to draw attention to the plight of the Palestinian people and replace the romantic idea of a manger crib with the ugly reality of the brutal occupation…. more.. e-mail

Zionism is part of Canada’s political fabric
Electronic Intifada: 7 Jan 2014 – Stephen Harper’s embrace of the Jewish National Fund is in keeping with the support for Israel voiced by his predecessors. more..

Gaza Speaking tour, USA, 2014
In Gaza: 4 Jan 2014 – Friends, Justice Supporters, I will embark on another speaking tour in Feb 2014, please see feedback from my 2013 talks . But folks in my previous talks have said, you need to reach out to larger audiences, beyond the ‘choir’. Please help me do so. I’m just one person with some experiences and journalistic publication reaching out, striving to overcome the massive power imbalance and Zionist lobby. If you have contacts, ideas, please message or email me. I’m a grassroots girl and dedicated to the truth. Justice before peace. Eva Eva Bartlett’s presentation on Gaza should be heard by every American, including every single member of Congress. I am quite sure that they would end the American taxpayers’ financial support of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine if they only knew the horrors our money was paying for. Bartlett spoke beautifully, in a clear, articulate voice, presenting all the details of Israeli…more

Haj Sami Sadeq and the struggle for Al Aqaba
Palestine Monitor: 28 Jan 2013 – Al Aqaba is a small Palestinian village located in the northern Jordan Valley, home to around 300 r
esidents. Since 1999 Haj Sami Sadeq has been the mayor of this town, facing a constant struggle…
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Starving Refugees: How We Disowned Palestinians in Syria
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jan 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud A worst case scenario is unfolding in Syria, and Palestinian refugees, particularly in the Yarmouk refugee camp, are paying a heavy price for Syria’s cruelest war. They are starving, although there can be no justification, nor logistical explanation for why they are dying from hunger. Spokesman for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Chris Gunness, told AFP that “at least five Palestinian refugees in the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk have died because of malnutrition, bringing the total number of reported cases to 15,” since Sep. 2013. Other estimates, especially those reported by local residents, say the number is significantly higher. The camp, which is located south of Damascus, had once housed nearly 250,000 Palestinians that included 150,000 officially registered refugees. Three years of a brutal war later, Yarmouk is now nothing but ruins, and houses only around 18,000 residents who couldn’t escape to Lebanon, Jordan…more

The Saudi Bull in Arab China Shop
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jan 2014 – By Nicola Nasser Obsessed with the “Iran threat,” which leads to its warmongering in Syria, Saudi Arabia is acting like a bull in a china shop, wreaking regional havoc in an already Arab fragile political environment and creating what George Joffe’ of Cambridge University’s Centre of International Studies, on last December 30, called the “second Arab cold war,” the first being the Saudi-led cold war with the Pan-Arab Egypt of Gamal Abdul Nasser since the 1960s. The kingdom stands now almost isolated politically. Its “going it alone” in the Syrian conflict has cornered Saudi Arabia into a self-inflicted foreign policy no-win deadlock, to be at odds with three super powers, including its strategic U.S. ally as well as Russia and China, in addition to regional heavy weights in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Algeria, all who advocate a political settlement of the conflict. Within the six-member Cooperation Council for the Arab…more

Selling Arms to China: Let’s Not Forget Israel’s Treachery
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jan 2014 – By Iqbal Jassat – Johannesburg An intriguing dispute has arisen between the United States of America and Israel over China that may have adverse implications for both countries but most certainly for the Zionist regime. It relates to military equipment sold by Israel to China via France in breach of America’s inviolable rule: Don’t sell arms to China. Though Israel has apologized for this, it has done so reluctantly after being caught with its hands in the proverbial cookie jar. It’s reported that in early December, U.S. intelligence uncovered details of the surreptitious deal. It involves equipment such as a cryocooler which is used for drones and homing head missiles. Israel has sought to downplay the fallout from this embarrassing discovery and has unceremoniously offered the head of Meir Shalit [Chief Export Control for the Israeli Defense Ministry] on a platter to the State Department. Though the buck ought to…more

Villagers Hold Settlers ‘Captive’ Near Nablus following Clashes
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jan 2014 – Palestinian villagers from the Nablus town of Qusra on Tuesday held at least 18 settlers captive after they raided their village and tried to uproot olive trees, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from the illegal outpost of Yesh Kodesh tried to uproot olive trees belonging to Qusra residents. In the nearby village of Jalud, dozens of settlers attempted to uproot olive trees south of the main entrance. Jalud residents quickly mobilized to stop the attacks, leading to clashes. Daghlas said that Qusra villagers managed to contain 18 settlers for several hours in an area between Qusra and Jalud. Palestinian security sources told AFP locals had apprehended the settlers, some of whom were masked, after earlier clashes between the sides near Qusra village. The governor of Nablus, Jibrin al-Bakri, later confirmed that the…more

Boycott Debate Underscores Competing Academic Freedom Commitments
Dissident Voice: 8 Jan 2014 – We certainly hope that the MLA does not consider a one-sided punitive resolution against Israel like the one adopted by the American Studies Association [ASA]. The “blowback” against the ASA has been significant. — Roz Rothstein, co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs – It is still too early to assess, but I would nevertheless venture to predict that next year will not be an easy one for Israel’s enemies on campus. — Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl – Debates about the Israel-Palestine conflict frequently slide into a familiar pattern of assertion and counter-assertion: if one asserts that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories deserves formal condemnation in some forum, it is only a matter of time before someone else counter-asserts that the condemnation employs “a double-standard,” “hypocrisy,” and “loaded language,” represen
ting an attempt to “demonize” and “delegitimize” Israel. Then, the motivations of Israel’s accusers must be analyzed for some hidden animus…
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The Long History of Zionism in Canada
Dissident Voice: 8 Jan 2014 – The Conservatives are trying to rally Canadian Jews to their right wing imperialistic world view. At the start of last month Stephen Harper spoke to the annual Toronto gala of the Jewish National Fund, which has a long history of dispossessing Palestinians and discriminating against non-Jews. Alluding to Arab/Persian/Muslim barbarians at the gate, Harper told the 4,000 attendees that Israel is a “light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness.” A few days before this event Minister for Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney spoke at the launch of the Canadian chapter of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Established by a former colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, MEMRI selectively (mis)translates stories from Arab and Iranian media in a bid to advance expansionist Israeli interests. Kenney told the audience assembled at Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue that MEMRI is “a peaceful weapon of truth-telling…more


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