VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 15 January 2014: Sentencing Israel of Genocide

15 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Invde Towns Near Nablus, Clashes Reported
IMEMC – [Wednesday Evening, January 15, 2014] Dozens of Israeli military vehicles invaded Beita town, and Bir Qoza area, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, and clashed with Palestinian youths who hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading forces. …

Jewish Organizations Call For Storming Of Al Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – The Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage reports that Jewish groups have announced an “organizational structure” for the alleged storming of Al Aqsa Mosque, on Thursday, to coincide with a Jewish holiday. …

Two Jerusalem Prisoners To Be Freed On Condition Of Exile
IMEMC – Israeli authorities, on Wednesday, agreed to free two Palestinian Jerusalemites on the condition that they be deported from Jerusalem, a prisoners’ committee spokesman said. …

Soldiers Raze Land Near Nablus
IMEMC – [Wednesday January 15, 2014] Israeli bulldozers, on Wednesday, razed around 60 dunums (nearly 15 acres) of land belonging to Palestinians in the village of Jalud, south of Nablus, according to a local official. …

Palestinian Authority To Mediate Between UNRWA And Unions
IMEMC – Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with representatives from the Palestinian union for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees on Wednesday, a Palestinian official has said. …

Deir Estia Mosque Attacked Again By Settlers
IMEMC – [Wednesday at Dawn January 15, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers infiltrated into Deir Estia town, near the central West Bank district of Salfit, and burned the entrance of its mosque before locals noticed and extinguished the fire before it spread out. …

Army Invades Area Near Khan Younis
IMEMC – [Wednesday Morning, January 15, 2014] Several Israeli military vehicles carried out a limited invasion into Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Abasan town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. …

Soldiers Obstruct Convoy Of Palestinian PM Twice On Tuesday
IMEMC – [Tuesday, January 14, 2014] Dr. Ehab Bseiso, head of the Media Office of the Palestinian government in the West Bank, stated that Israeli soldiers obstructed the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, at the Za tara roadblock, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The incident was the second in less than 12 hours. …

Soldiers Invade Burqin Village Near Jenin
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening, January 14, 2014] Palestinian sources have reported that several residents have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers invaded the Burqin town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Ma’an News

Settlers torch mosque in Salfit, spray racist graffiti
1/15/2014 – SALFIT (Ma’an) — A group of settlers on Wednesday set fire to the facade of a mosque in the Salfit village of Deir Istiya and sprayed racist slogans on its walls, local officials said. The mayor of Deir Istiya, Ayyub Abu Hijlah, told Ma’an that settlers sneaked into the village before dawn prayers and set fire to the main door of the…. Related:Minister orders formation of local committees to protect mosques

Hundreds of settlers raid private Palestinian land in Hebron
1/15/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Hundreds of settlers raided private Palestinian land near the illegal Hebron settlement of Kiryat Arba on Tuesday. Badee Dweik, an activist with the International Solidarity Movement, said that over 300 settlers raided land belonging to Rashid al-Zarou, Hamid al-Zarou, and Hamdy Abu Rmeila. The settlers planted some trees on the land and dug up private land. 1 ) ANDREW MALONE / U. S….

Hebron schoolgirl says Israeli soldier threatened to kill her
1/15/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — An Israeli soldier threatened to kill a Palestinian girl in Hebron on Wednesday. Asil Jabir, a pupil at Taysir Maraqa preparatory school, said that she was heading to school with some of her friends when a female Israeli soldier stationed at a checkpoint near the Ibrahimi Mosque forced the group to go back. The girls were forced to take a bypass….

Academic delegation to Palestine endures 10-hour interrogation
1/15/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Members of an academic delegation were held for 10 hours by Israeli security forces when crossing into Palestine from Jordan, a statement said Tuesday. A delegation of six academics and a labor activist came to the West Bank to conduct meetings with Palestinian scholars “in order to better understand conditions on the ground and to facilitate future collaborations,” one of the….

Israeli settlers, soldiers stop Palestinian premier at checkpoint
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday stopped interim prime minister Rami Hamdallah at a checkpoint near the town of Turmusayya north of Ramallah. Hamdallah told Ma’an via telephone that settlers and soldiers stopped his car and tried to force his guards and driver to step out. He highlighted that Israeli soldiers escorted the settlers, who….

Lack of Gaza construction material impedes repair of homes
1/15/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A lack of construction material in the Gaza Strip is preventing the refurbishment of 20 homes in the al-Bureij refugee camp, an UNRWA official said Wednesday. Abu Omar Rabaty, director of UNRWA’s housing department, said the UN agency has already signed contracts to refurbish the homes but Israel has yet to allow the necessary construction material into Gaza….

Analysis: Biden thwarts Kerry peace efforts
1/15/2014 – The eulogy Monday by US Vice President Joe Biden at the funeral of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon has in a way thwarted his Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to finalize a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The way Biden praised Sharon and how “he defended Israel’s security” alerted Israeli political leaders to the necessity that Kerry…. Related:Israel defense minister lambasts Kerry over security plan

Israel defense minister lambasts Kerry over security plan
1/15/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s defense minister has lashed at US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying a security plan he presented is “not worth the paper it was written on,” an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.”The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us. . . provides neither security nor peace,” Moshe Yaalon was quoted by Yediot Aharonot as saying. The plan “isn’…. Related:Analysis: Biden thwarts Kerry peace effortsandIsraeli defense minister apologizes to Kerry over diatribe

Hamdallah to meet officials on UNRWA strike
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Interim Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah will meet a number of officials to discuss an agreement to be reached with UNRWA to end a 43-day strike, Ma’an has learned. Informed sources said Tuesday that Hamdallah recently intensified his efforts in negotiations with UNRWA directors, and he believes his proposal will meet the demands of both sides. Hamdallah received a…. Related:Official: PA to mediate between UNRWA and unionsandHamdallah meets UNRWA union

Israeli defense minister apologizes to Kerry over diatribe
1/15/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon apologized to US Secretary of State John Kerry after he accused the American of having an “obsession” with Middle East peace, sparking a furious diplomatic row between the two allies. The White House had described Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon’s initial comments as “offensive,” in a mark of the degree of outrage in Washington…. Related:Israel defense minister lambasts Kerry over security plan

Israel to free 2 Jerusalem prisoners on condition of exile
1/15/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday agreed to free two Palestinian Jerusalemites on the condition that they be deported from Jerusalem, a prisoners’ committee spokesman said. Amjad Abu Asab, a spokesman for a committee that represents Jerusalemite prisoners, told Ma’an that Israel agreed to free a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a former Minister of Jerusalem Affairs. Abu….

Official: PA to mediate between UNRWA and unions
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah met with representatives from the Palestinian union for the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said. Labor Minister Ahmad al-Majdalani said that the meeting was set up to discuss a letter Hamdallah received from UNRWA’s general commissioner. Filippo Grandi’s letter addressed the ongoing dispute between the Agency and its…. Related:Hamdallah to meet officials on UNRWA strikeandHamdallah meets UNRWA union

Hamdallah meets UNRWA union
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Interim Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Wednesday met representatives from UNRWA’s employees union and refugee camp popular committees to discuss a letter he received from the refugee agency’s general commissioner. The letter from Filippo Grandi addressed issues between UNRWA and its employees including re-hiring 53 employees whose contracts ended in December 2013 as part of a job-creation…. Related:Official: PA to mediate between UNRWA and unionsandHamdallah to meet officials on UNRWA strike

PA short of medicines, medical equipment
1/15/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health is suffering from shortages in medicines and medical equipment because the Ministry of Finance has not paid the suppliers. Public hospital doctors and patients have recently been complaining about shortages in indispensable medicines and equipment such as arterial, electrocardiograph paper as well as medications for cardiac diseases, blood pressure and cancer among others. Director of….

Minister orders formation of local committees to protect mosques
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority’s minister of religious endowments and religious affairs on Wednesday decided to form local committees to monitor and protect mosques from settler attacks. Mahmoud al-Habbash’s decision was announced during a visit to a mosque in the Salfit village of Deir Istiya which was burned by settlers earlier on Wednesday. Al-Habbash instructed installing cameras on mosques…. Related:Settlers torch mosque in Salfit, spray racist graffiti

Fatah urges Hamas to respond to reconciliation proposal
1/15/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah called Wednesday on Hamas to provide a single position and a clear and conclusive answer to the issue of reconciliation. Fatah said in a statement that it is still awaiting an official response to proposals from Hamas political bureau chief Khalid Meshaal and premier Ismail Haniyeh. The statement added that Meshaal and Haniyeh requested time to discuss the issue within….

Egypt army kills gunman in Sinai peninsula
1/15/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) –Egypt’s army shot dead a gunman in the Sinai city of Sheikh Zuweid on Tuesday, military officials said. Egyptian forces ransacked several hideouts in the city before a man opened fire at them. Soldiers returned fire and killed the man, who is believed to be affiliated to an Islamist group. Egyptian forces also destroyed a number of homes, hideouts….

Gun prices, sales up in Jordan over Syria war fears
1/15/2014 – AMMAN (AFP) — Firearm prices in Jordan have soared tenfold since the war in neighboring Syria erupted in 2011 but more people than ever are buying guns for protection against a possible spillover of the violence. The number of licensed weapons stands at 120,000 but there are more than one million unlicensed guns in the kingdom of seven million people, according to interior ministry estimates. According….

Syria aid pledges less than half of UN target
1/15/2014 – KUWAIT (AFP) — Donors meeting in Kuwait pledged more than $2. 4 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of the Syrian war Wednesday, less than half the $6. 5 billion sought by the United Nations. The meeting came just a week before the so-called ‘Geneva II’ peace conference aimed at finding a political solution to the 34-month conflict that has claimed more than….

Egypt resumes voting on charter seen key to general’s future
1/15/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Voting in Egypt’s constitutional referendum was largely incident-free Wednesday after clashes left nine people dead the previous day, with turnout seen as key to a likely presidential bid by the army chief. Dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi blocked a metro railway station in a Cairo suburb on Wednesday, security officials said, but there were no reports of….

Afghan president accuses US of killing 8 civilians in airstrike
1/15/2014 – KABUL (AFP) — President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday accused the United States of killing seven children and one woman in an airstrike, in an incident set to further damage frayed ties between the two allies.”As a result of bombardment by American forces last night, which was conducted. . . in Siahgird district of Parwan province, one woman and seven children were martyred and one civilian injured,” a….

Officials: Iraq unrest toll up to 73 dead, 128 wounded
1/15/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — A wave of violence in Iraq, including car bombs, suicide attacks and shootings, killed at least 73 people and wounded 128 on Wednesday, security and medical officials said. The bloodshed was concentrated on Baghdad, where nine car bombs killed 37 people, but attacks also struck in restive Diyala province as well as around the main northern city of Mosul. [END]


Karzai accuses US of killing Afghan civilians
AlJazeera 15 Jan 2014 – Afghan presidential office condemns killing of seven children and woman in airstrike in Parwan province.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Meets with South Africa s Representative to the Palestinian National Authority
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza welcomes freed Palestinian detainees, rallies for others in illness and isolation
1/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Marco Varasio, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Like every Monday morning, people gathered at International Committee of the Red Cross’ Gaza office to demonstrate in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention facilities. This week’s rally started with the chanting of slogans against the illegal detention of Palestinians and people offering sweets to pay homage to Rami Barbakh, a prisoner….

Gaza’s economy shattered by Israeli siege
1/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Rosa Schiano, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – A recent report by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Gaza says the Israeli authorities have closed Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom)checkpoint, the Gaza Strip’sonly commercial crossing, for 150 days, 41% of working days,during 2013. The reports points out that the continued closure of the commercial crossing constitutes a violation of….

International activists physically and verbally abused in detention
1/15/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – InternationalSolidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine – On Wednesday 8th January, Vincent Mainville and Fabio Theodule were arrested by Israeli border police in Khalil (Hebron). The two actvists were handcuffed and taken to Jaabara police station where they were forced to kneel on the concrete floor for approximately 30 minutes. Fabio was blindfolded with his own keffiyeh and while kneeling he was pushed against the wall by Israeli….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Donors pledge $2.4 billion for Syrians in need
Relief Web 15 Jan 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey (Kuwait City, 15 January 2014): International donors today in Kuwait pledged more than $2.4…

Syrian Arab Republic: Secretary-General’s remarks at the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference on Syria
Relief Web 15 Jan 2014 – Source: UN Secretary-General Country: Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey Salaam Aleikum. Good morning. I thank the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, for generously hosting this Conference in Kuwait City…

occupied Palestinian territory: Nylon and Blanket Distribution for families in Beit-Lahia, Gaza Strip
Relief Web 15 Jan 2014 – Source: Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief Country: occupied Palestinian territory Severe floods hit the Gaza Strip last December and provoked the emergency evacuation of over 4000 people. On Saturday 14 December, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)…

The National

Turkey s president seeks to calm country s political war
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul has sought to calm tensions in the country. If successful the the mediation could pay dividends for the leader.

Delhi police arrest two in tourist gang-rape case
The National 15 Jan 2014 – She approached a group of men for directions, but they lured her to a secluded area where they allegedly raped her at knifepoint.

Iraq crisis worsens as country-wide attacks kill 73 people
The National 15 Jan 2014 – UN chief Ban Ki-moon and other leaders have urged Iraq s leaders to seek political reconciliation to resolve nationwide violence and the standoff in Anbar, but Iraqi prime minister, Nouri Al Maliki, has ruled out dialogue with militants as his forces have launched wide-ranging security operations.

Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians have increased fourfold, says UN
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Israel is accused of being reluctant to stop settlers from committing acts of violence in the occupied territories.

Egypt votes for second day in constitutional referendum
The National 15 Jan 2014 – The final day of voting in a constitutional referendum was held in Egypt on Wednesday, the results of which are expected to define the country’s future diection.

Iran s Zarif in Damascus ahead of Geneva 2 peace talks
The National 15 Jan 2014 – The Iranian foreign minister met with Syria’s president Bashar Al Assad in Damascus ahead of the Geneva 2 peace conference.

Syria s war triggers a spike in gun sales in Jordan, a country where one in four owns a firearm
The National 15 Jan 2014 – As more Jordanians put their finger on the trigger, prices of weapons have surged recently with a Belgian-made M9 Browning pistol leaping from in price from Dh1,035 to more than Dh9,336.

Britain showing cautious optimism on its economy
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Things are looking up for Britain. One forecast even has the country overtaking Germany’s economy by 2030. But not all are convinced.

Video: Thai standoff grips capital, government sticks to election date
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Thai government maintains election date, while protesters continue bid to shut down the capital and force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.

Video: Trapped coal miners in China rescued
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Chinese coal miners, trapped 900 meters underground when ceiling collapsed, are lifted to safety.

Video: Gates explains criticism of Obama
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Former US defense chief Robert Gates tempers some of his criticism of Obama, but says the president was unwilling to stress the importance of the mission in Afghanistan.

Israeli defence minister apologises for Kerry peace prize gibe
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Moshe Yaalon had criticsed the US secretary of state for what he called a messianic zeal for peace and accused him of seeking talks between the Israelis and Palestinians so as to win a Nobel Peace prize.

Danish tourist gang raped in Delhi: Indian police
The National 15 Jan 2014 – A Danish tourist was gang raped in near a popular central shopping area in the Indian capital after she lost her way and asked for directions back to her hotel, police said Wednesday.

Video: Flour attack on Guatemalan VP
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Two women throw flour at Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti at the president’s state of the nation address.

Video: Rolf Harris pleads not guilty to child abuse chargers
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Australian entertainer Rolf Harris pled not guilty Tuesday to 12 counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1960s and allegedly involving young girls, one reportedly as young as seven or eight.

Video: Despite boycotts, first day of voting in Egypt proceeds
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s first day of its constitutional referendum wraps up. Observers say the voting proceeded without major problems.

Video: United states returns recovered sculptures to India
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Both sides deny the move is intended to influence icy relations between the two countries.

Video: Leaving it all behind in Syria
The National 15 Jan 2014 – Millions have fled the violence in Syria with one refugee explaining, ‘Life is not about money or anything else, it’s about living with dignity.’

Video: US state department – Israeli Defense Minister s comments offensive
The National 15 Jan 2014 – The Israeli defense minister reportedly denounced US Secretary of State John Kerry’s quest for mideast peace as ‘messianic’ and ‘an obsession.’


Study: Formerly observant Israelis at high risk of suicide
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Bill to ban Nazi symbols passes first hurdle
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel Police held Palestinian for 72 hours without questioning
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Will Labor’s new leader be more like Peres or Rabin?
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

What Ya alon doesn t understand
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome battery intercepts five rockets from Gaza
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel’s Iron Dome battery intercepts five rockets from Gaza
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

In PR offensive, settlers arm themselves with chopsticks
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Still falling into the disengagement trap
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Senior police officer suspected of taking bribes from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Obama officials to Jewish groups: New Iran sanctions are ‘dangerous’
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Infiltrators all, whether from Sudetenland in 1939 or Sudan in 2014
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

BDS bullying is not a path to peace
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Outside ruling coalition, Israeli MKs can affect very little change
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Haaretz journalist Ari Shavit wins U.S. National Jewish Book Award
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Biblical-era jug found in Mediterranean Sea
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Gag order to be lifted on police scandal involving Rabbi Pinto
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Peres praises U.S. support for Israel following Ya’alon row
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Thieves try to steal Sigmund Freud’s ashes in London
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

West Bank terror plot thwarted, Shin Bet says
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Helium balloons fly over Israel to protest settler attacks
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Report: Netanyahu held offshore account while serving as finance minister
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel’s ‘X Factor’ winner can rejoice, but not sing
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

When Diaspora Jews visit a West Bank court
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Russian counter-terror units, militants face off before Olympics
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Cheap Paris-Tel Aviv flight? Not on easyJet
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Hype is wrong: Circumcising newborn boys is safe and healthy
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

U.S. Senate sanctions bill is all about torpedoing a nuclear deal with Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Kerry responds to Ya’alon: I won’t let one set of comments undermine peace efforts
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Scientists discover: Your dog poops to the north
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

African asylum seekers resume protest after few days’ respite
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel needs borders, not therapy
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israeli flag flies at CERN in mark of full membership
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Israel, a far cry from traitorous Iran
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Palestinian mosque set on fire in suspected hate crime
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Filipina migrant worker wins Israeli X-Factor
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

What transgender violence says about Israeli society
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

How Israel’s defense minister shot himself in the foot
Ha’aretz – 14 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

Peres, Livni post their eyes online to launch digital campaign against racism
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Look in my eyes, is one piece of the Justice Ministry s new campaign against racism.

Settler leaders vow to rebuild West Bank settlement of Homesh
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Homesh was evacuated under the 2005 disengagement; settler leader says state must allow forthwith return of residents.

Courts lifts gag order on ‘severe scandal’ relating to police, Rabbi Pinto
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Rabbi Yeshayahu Pinto is suspected of attempting to bribe a police officer; Knesset to hold hearings next week.

PM s Office: No wrongdoing in Netanyahu s offshore bank account
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – From 1999-2003, Netanyahu used tax haven while overseeing agency responsible for reducing use of such accounts by Israelis.

Netanyahu on Palestinian ‘right of return’: There is no room for maneuver
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Netanyahu: Claim that Israel needs to deal with refugees created by 1948 war the Arabs started is preposterous; PLO says peace process is not serious, calls on international involvement in negotiations.

Jewish school teacher beaten in Ukraine
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Attacked believed to be sparked by anti-Semitism is a vicious act that must not go unpunished, World Jewish Congress head says.

December tourism to Israel sets record
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Jerusalem remains most visited city, attracting 75% of total visitors; Western Wall most visited site at 68%.

Ya alon s apology
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Flying off the handle and taking public umbrage for private banter is not only self-indulgent but arrogant.

Price-tag attacks: Indignation is not a policy
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Indignation is a bad policy where law enforcement is concerned.

Washington Watch: Incitement: Obstacle or excuse?
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Incitement is the work of hatemongers and ideologues seeking to prevent peace, who are willing to go to almost any length to further their goal.

Media Comment: Sharon and the media; the media and Sharon
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Eventually, Sharon found himself alternatively battling and being assisted by the media.

An American founding father s influence on Judaism
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Benjamin Franklin, who was born on January 17, 1706, influenced Jewish thought and practice after his death.

Of trees, technicians and poets
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – What we see, how we see, and how we react to what we see are the mirrors reflecting who we really are.

Missile defense expert warns of growing strategic threat
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Iran, Syria, Hezbollah are turning rockets to GPS-guided ballistic missiles with a homing sensor.

Liberman ally re-elected Arad mayor
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Arad mayor Tali Ploskov was re-elected with 55 percent of the vote, defeating candidates Nisan Ben-Hamo, who won 41%.

Swedish editor defends Sharon-Hitler comparison
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Israel s envoy to Sweden slams Mideast specialist for comments; Jˆnsson: I was referring to Sharon s military policies during the 1950s.

Knesset holds festive Tu B shvat ceremony for Jewish festival of trees
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – MK’s Edelstein, Herzog, Calderon attended ceremony led by Tzohar Chairman Rabbi David Stav; Stav says Tu B’shvat is a ‘festival of faith.’

Netanyahu had off-shore bank account while serving as finance minister
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – From 1999-2003, Netanyahu used tax haven while overseeing agency responsible for reducing Isreali’s use of such accounts.

Report: Lorraine Schwartz to design wedding ring for Kim and Kanye
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Jewish jewelry designer is a favorite among A-list celebrities; Schwartz previously designed engagement ring for Beyonce.

Shin Bet thwarts terror kidnapping plot
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Hamas-affiliated group “recruited prisoners for kidnapping plot”; 3 Palestinian prisoners confess to plot.

IFCJ distributes NIS 350 grants to 20,000 elderly as part of Operation Winter Warmth
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – The annual assistance operation will provide NIS 7.5 million worth of donations to for the elderly.

Migrants testify in Knesset, a week after being refused entry
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Meretz MK accuses Knesset speaker of racism; Edelstein: Circumstances changed since last week.

Tu Bishvat is coming… time to plant some trees!
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Netanyahu, Peres, KKL-JNF chairman and Jerusalem Mayor Barkat roll up their sleeves to celebrate nature’s day.

Opposition: Bill outlawing Nazi nickname violates free speech
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Bill proposes that use of Nazi, Holocaust symbols and calling someone Nazi or similar should carry NIS 100,000 fine and can be the subject of civil suits.

Employment Service agrees to freeze controversial welfare-to-work plan
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Employment service workers, who had refused to answer phones and cancelled public visiting hours, return to work.

Turkey reassured that NATO shield not designed for Israel
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Ankara was worried that a Turkish-hosted NATO radar would be used to aid an Israeli military assault on Iran.

West Bank rabbis say price tag attacks contravene Torah and ethical behavior
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – Group of rabbis sign petition forbidding settler attacks, declaring that price tag attacks are unethical and against Jewish faith.

Diaspora Diaries: Why do Jews seeks out Jews abroad?
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – What is it about? A desire to delve deeper into our shared heritage? A need to find a connection in a strange place? A wish to feel we are part of a group even when we are far from home?

Bills seek to deny freed terrorists unemployment, pension payments
Jerusalem Post 15 Jan 2014 – “First we free murdering terrorists for no reason, and the icing on the cake is we give them unemployment payments. What’s next?” MK Shaked asks.

The Guardian

Israel’s defence minister apologises for ‘offensive’ Kerry remarks
The Guardian 15 Jan 2014 – Binyamin Netanyahu seeks to repair diplomatic damage after Moshe Ya’alon dismisses US peace broker as ‘obsessive and messianic’ Israel’s defence minister has been forced to apologise for “offensive and inappropriate” remarks, in which he described John…


A Murderous Pragmatism The Sharon Formula
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 -He had been in a coma for eight years after suffering a massive stroke. Now, world leaders have paid their respects to Ariel Sharon s passing at an official ceremony at the Knesset, prior to the body…

Shaker Aamer Reports 33 Guant·namo Prisoners on Hunger Strike, Issues Statement on Prison s 12th Anniversary
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 –A month ago, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guant·namo, who was cleared for release under President Bush and President Obama, reported that prisoners – himself included – had resumed the hunger strike that raged from…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02- 08 January 2014)
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 -Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 January 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, a Palestinian child died of wounds he sustained a…

With Verdict in Kelly Thomas Case, Authority of Police to Beat People to Bloody Pulp Preserved
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014- A verdict in the case of a 37-year-old homeless schizophrenic man, who was beaten to death, found two former police officers in Fullerton, California, who were involved in brutalizing him, not guilty. Former Fullerton police officer Manuel…

Palestinian Youths sentenced to 20 years in prison for throwing stones
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 – An Israeli military court has issued Sunday tough sentences against two brothers from Halhoul, north of al-Khalil, for allegedly stone-throwing. Ofer military court sentenced the two brothers Iyad and Hassan Bajes Albou for 12 and 20…

Israel s silent expulsion of Jerusalemites
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 -The Israeli authorities have taken advantage of the shifts in the Arab scene and the media s preoccupation with these shifts to further Judaise the city of Jerusalem by means of imposing a silent transfer policy against…

Murdering Palestinians by starvation
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 – There isn t much the Palestinian people haven t suffered. But the use of enforced starvation against them by the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad at the Yarmouk refugee camp breaks new ground in cruelty. Hundreds…

How butcher Sharon massacred my relatives
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 -MY friend and I were on a cross-country flight from San Diego to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 18, 1982.We arrived at our friends home with gleaming smiles, but were received with dejected expressions.”Haven t you heard…

Official Israeli curriculum likens Ariel Sharon to Moses
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 -A curriculum to teach students about former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, published by the Education Ministry in the wake of his death, likens the former Israeli leader to Moses and contains no mention of the controversial episodes…

WATCH: Settlers hurl rocks at Palestinians in the presence of IDF soldiers
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014- IDF soldiers do not use any crowd dispersal means to stop settlers throwing stones toward Palestinians in the West Bank village of Burin; several reportedly injured. Over 20 masked settlers armed with slingshots invaded the West Bank…

Israeli settlers, soldiers stop Palestinian premier at checkpoint
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 — A group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday stopped interim prime minister Rami Hamdallah at a checkpoint near the town of Turmusayya north of Ramallah.Hamdallah told Ma an via telephone that settlers and soldiers…

Eulogizing a Mass Murderer
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 – On January 11, Ariel Sharon died. He s not missed. A previous article discussed his blood-drenched military and political career.It did so in depth. It explained his decades of high crimes against peace. They began before…

Syria News – January 13 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014– By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 72 martyrs including 11 children, 3 martyrs under torture and 2 women: 27 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 25 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 12…

Sharon and a Nobel Prize for Nonsense
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 -Until recently I thought Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had no rivals in the business of talking propaganda nonsense (Israel s Jews in danger of annihilation etcetera, etcetera, etcetera). But if there was a Nobel Prize for talking…

Iraq: “Devastating” Dossier Lodged with the International Criminal Court
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 – A “devastating” two hundred and fifty page document, “The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-20083 , has been “presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in…

Iraq snapshot – January 13, 2014
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – Monday, January 13, 2014. Chaos and violence continue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Baghdad, some in the US think you can pet mad dog Nouri, efforts to charge UK officials with War Crimes, and more….Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is…

You need to go to Geneva : Opposition source reveals threat made by Britain and US over Syria peace talks
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – Janaury 13, 2014 -Britain and the US have threatened to withdraw support from the Syrian rebels unless they attend forthcoming peace talks, a senior member of the opposition to Bashar al-Assad s regime has claimed. The official revealed that there…

This is what an academic boycott looks like: Two new campaigns target conferences hosted by Israeli universities
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 – Recent decisions by prestigious US academic organizations to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement have sparked long neglected public discussion of the limits of academic freedom in the West, the deleterious effects of occupation…

Palestinian Refugees Starved to Death in Yarmouk Camp
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 -In the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, only 8 kilometres from the Syrian capital, people are starving to death. Since over months, the camp is subjected to a dire siege by regime troops. Already marked by exile and…

The NY Times Non-Story of 2013: Israeli abuse of child prisoners
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014- The reports came in throughout the year, all pointing to a singular problem in Israel: Palestinian children in military custody were routinely mistreated, traumatized and denied their rights. In March UNICEF released “Children in Israeli Military Detention,”…

Iraq and Iran are training and paying Iraqis to fight for Assad
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014- The government of Iraq s beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is paying each Iraqi recruit $500 a month to receive free military training in Iran before being deployed in Syria to fight for President Bashar al-Assad. Beirut…

The Whitewashing of Ariel Sharon
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13 , 2014 -The death of former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon enlivened US media s interest in the legacy of a man considered by many a war criminal, and by some a hero. In fact, the supposed heroism of Sharon…

Why the Washington Post s New Ties to the CIA Are So Ominous
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014- A tip-off is that the Washington Post refuses to face up to a conflict of interest involving Jeff Bezos — who s now the sole owner of the powerful newspaper at the same time he remains Amazon…

On the UN Secretary-General s praise for mass killer Ariel Sharon as a “hero”
Uruknet 15 Jan 2014 – Janaury 13, 2014 – The tributes and praise from various world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt, for Israeli war criminal Ariel Sharon who died on Saturday, are vile but sadly predictable.But probably the…

The Trouble With Chris Christie
Uruknet 14 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been Wall Street s anointed son for the presidency. He is backed by the most ruthless and corrupt figures in New Jersey politics, including the New Jersey multimillionaire and hard-line…

Israeli Arabs reject proposed land swap
Uruknet 14 Jan 2014 – January 13, 2014 -Leaders of Israel s Arab community, which accounts for a fifth of the country s total population, have strongly rejected an informal but highly controversial proposal for swapping some Arab communities in Israel proper for Jewish settlements…

Daily Star

French trade delegation to visit Iran next month
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 A delegation of some of France’s biggest companies will visit Iran next month to seek business as relations thaw with western powers, the head of the employers’ union said on Wednesday.

$2.4 billion in aid pledged for war-ravaged Syria
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 Western nations and their Gulf Arab allies led the promises of support at a fundraising conference in Kuwait on Wednesday that generated pledges of at least $2.4 billion to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by…

US Marines probing validity of Iraq war photos
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 The U.S. Marine Corps says it is attempting to determine the authenticity of photos published byTMZ.comthat the entertainment website says show Marines appearing to burn bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah in 2004.

Saudi-Qatar rivalry divides Syrian opposition
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 Rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has fuelled wrangling within the Syrian opposition that threatens to prevent a united rebel delegation attending international peace talks next week.

Libya officials in talks over El Sharara protest threat: sources
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 Libyan authorities were in negotiations on Wednesday with protesters threatening to restart a blockade of the southern El Sharara oilfield, where protests cut output for two months last year, tribal and National Oil Corp (NOC) sources…

Egyptian polls close after final day of voting on constitution
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 Polls across Egypt closed on Wednesday evening after a second and final day of voting on a draft constitution that could pave the way for a presidential bid by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Syria builds dollar reserves, thanks partly to Assad’s enemies
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 Syria’s central bank has bought hundreds of millions of dollars from the domestic currency market it now tightly controls, helping to build up depleted reserves for an economy crippled by civil war, bankers and dealers say.

Kerry plays down spat with Israeli defense chief
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday played down criticism by Israel’s defense minister of American efforts to broker peace in the Middle East, saying he wouldn’t let “one set of comments” undermine his work.

Car bomb blamed on al Qaeda kills 26 in north Syrian town
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 A car bomb blamed on a radical group linked to al Qaeda killed at least 26 people in a rebel-held city of northern Syria on Wednesday, an opposition monitoring group said.

Yemen drone strike kills farmer: witnesses
Daily Star 15 Jan 2014 A Yemeni farmer is killed in a U.S. drone strike in what witnesses say is an attack apparently intended for suspected Islamist militants in southeastern Yemen.

YNet News

Rockets launched at Ashkelon; none injured
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – ….

Ya’alon is telling the painful truth
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Defense minister is unwilling to be part of bluff under which peace negotiations are being held ….

US has video of captured US soldier
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – ….

Egypt voters overwhelmingly approve constitution
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – ….

IAEA board to discuss Iran nuclear freeze Jan 24
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Hollande says France will not tolerate religious hatred
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – French president hails as ‘victory’ ban on anti-Semitic comic’s sketches initiated by interior minister. ‘There are acts, there are anti-Semitic words, there are anti-Muslim actions which all must be denounced,’ Hollande says ….

Ya’alon’s frustration got out of control
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Analysis: After being blasted by Kerry and his team as main obstacle to framework agreement with Palestinians, frustrated defense minister had enough, but frustration is no substitute for sophisticated public diplomacy ….

Report: Jews suffer hostility in 71 countries
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Pew Research Center finds violence, discrimination against religious groups by governments, rival faiths have reached new highs in all world regions except Americas ….

‘Nazi’ an illegal slur? It’s about time
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Law banning use of Nazi symbols in Jewish state should have been enacted decades ago ….

Ya’alon’s office issues letter of apology to Kerry
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – The defense minister ‘apologizes if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister,’ letter says. Israeli official reports Netanyahu contacted US top official in attempt to smooth over controversy sparked by defense minister’s comments ….

Israel sees safe passage for chemical arms out of Syria
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Though Israeli concerns Assad to retain some of his toxic arsenal, weapon shipments may reach Hezbollah, IDF will hold fire at Syrian border as convoys remove chemical weapons from Syria ….

Employer of Tomer Hazan’s murderer indicted
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Indictment filed against Tzahi Antebi for harboring IDF soldier’s murderer, who resided in Israel illegally. Restaurant owner insists employee had residence permits ….

Egyptian referendum on draft constitution expected to pass
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Egyptians head to polls, optimistic that referendum on draft constitution will pass by wide margin. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to run for president if referendum approved. Activists against constitution say protest silenced by military ….

Rohani casts nuke deal as win for nation
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Iranian president says nuclear deal struck in Geneva was Islamic republic’s victory, the ‘surrender’ of Western powers to Iranian demands ….

With Muslim Brotherhood crushed, Egypt sets sights on Hamas
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Egyptian official says his country ‘cannot get liberated from the terrorism of the Brotherhood in Egypt without ending it in Gaza’. ….

WATCH: Palestinian PM gets into row with Israeli police over reckless driving
YNet News, 14 Jan 2014 – Officers tried to release Palestinian leader quickly, but he first demanded an apology from the police officers for stopping him. ….

Palestinian Information Center

Abu Zuhri: Egyptian statements about ‚¨ Sdestroying Hamas‚¨ ù very serious
PIC – Hamas movement expressed absolute dismay at the statements attributed to Egyptian security and diplomatic figures that Cairo would work on liquidating Hamas movement.

IOA releases, exiles Jerusalemite MP, former minister
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) agreed on Wednesday to release Jerusalemite MP Mohammed Totah and former Jerusalem minister Khaled Abu Arafa in return for their exile out of occupied Jerusalem.

Hamas holds Fatah responsible for disturbing the atmosphere of reconciliation
PIC – Hamas movement condemned the campaign of mass arrests by Fatah’s security services in the West Bank, which targeted university students, leaders and journalists.

IPS isolates detainee on hunger strike
PIC – The Israeli prison service (IPS) isolated administrative detainee Wahid Abu Marya in Ofer jail for going on hunger strike.

Citizens injured in clashes south of al-Khalil
PIC – A number of Palestinian citizens suffered from suffocation on Wednesday during clashes that broke out in the southern region of al-Khalil, between Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and inhabitants.

Palestinian consensus against negotiations
PIC – Hamas Movement renewed its rejection of talks resumption between Palestinian and occupation authorities in light of the imbalance of power in favor of the Israeli occupation.

104 Israeli drilling operations carried out in 2013
PIC – The Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage confirmed that the so-called Israeli Antiquities Authority had carried out 104 drilling operations in Palestinian sites during 2013.

Settlers burn mosque in Deir Estia in Salfit
PIC – Fanatic Israeli settlers set fire at dawn Wednesday in Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque in Deir Estia village in Salfit northern occupied West Bank.

46 Palestinian refugees died of hunger in Yarmouk camp
PIC – Quds Press agency reported on Tuesday that 46 Palestinian refugees died of hunger and lack of food in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital Damascus.


Israel to Demolish 6 Houses, 6 Water Wells near Hebron
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Suffocation Cases in Clashes with Israeli Army
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Erekat Denounces Czech Ambassador s Visit to Settlement
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Israeli School Books Incite to Hatred against Arabs, says report
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Soldiers Raze Large Area of Land near Nablus
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Children, Students Suffocate during Clashes in Hebron area
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Army Arrests Six in Hebron
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Newspapers Review: Negotiations Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Two from Jerusalem, Hebron
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014

Weather: Temperature above Seasonal Average
WAFA – 15 Jan 2014


Senate panel issues harsh report on Benghazi attack
LA Times 15 Jan 2014 – Senate Intelligence Committee says the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans might have been prevented. WASHINGTON The deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was caused by the failure of the State Department to adequately protect the…

Three years after revolution, Tunisians have cause to celebrate
LA Times 15 Jan 2014 – It seems the “Arab Spring,” which toppled long-ruling autocrats only to expose simmering religious and sectarian conflicts in the region, did succeed in bringing renewal to one of the countries it swept through three years ago.

Egyptian authorities claim high turnout in vote on constitution
LA Times 15 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — Egyptians went to the pollsWednesday for a second and final day of balloting on a new constitution, with authorities claiming initial indications of a strong turnoutthey held up as proof voters had rejected a boycott call by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Militants Unleash Wave of Violence in Iraq, Killing Dozens
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – The latest deaths brought the number of people killed in the last three days to more than 80.

Donors Offer $2.4 Billion to Aid Syrian Civilians, but U.N. Says More Is Needed
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Western nations, Arab states and others pledged the aid as Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary general, said that $6.5 billion was needed to help Syrian civilians this year.

Flow of Westerners to Syria Prompts Security Concerns
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Western officials say they are worried that the civil war in Syria could create a cohort of radicalized young people, experienced with warfare, who hold European or American passports.

Egypt’s Christian Minority Rally Behind Charter
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Hymns echoing from the new church in this village in Egypt’s southern heartland could be heard well after sundown Wednesday, a reminder of the jubilant mood as Aziyah’s Christian residents vote on a new constitution.

Egypt Voters Approve Constitution-Government Official
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Egyptian voters in a referendum held this week have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, an Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday, a result that could pave the way for army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to announce his candidacy for president.

Egyptian Police Detain AP Cameraman
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Police on Wednesday detained a freelance Egyptian TV cameraman who was covering the country’s constitutional referendum for The Associated Press.

Trial of Suspected Hariri Assassins Set to Begin
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – The truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri sent a sectarian tremor across the Middle East and set off years of upheaval in Lebanon, the consequences of which are still felt across the turbulent region.

Saudi-Qatar Rivalry Divides Syrian Opposition
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Rivalry between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has fuelled wrangling within the Syrian opposition that threatens to prevent a united rebel delegation attending international peace talks next week.

Iraq Draft Budget Intensifies Kurd Oil Export Row
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Iraqi Kurdish ministers walked out of a cabinet session on Wednesday in protest at the country’s draft 2014 budget, further complicating a feud over the autonomous region’s plans to export crude via a new pipeline to Turkey.

U.N. Nuclear Agency Board to Meet Next Week on Iran Deal
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – The 35-nation governing board of the U.N. nuclear agency will meet next week to discuss its role in verifying the implementation of a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday.

New Pharaonic Tomb Discovered in Egypt
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says that American and Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a previously unknown pharaonic king dating back to dating to roughly 1650 B.C.

U.S. Marine Corps Investigates Photos Showing Bodies Being Burned
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – The Marine Corps said on Wednesday it was investigating a series of photos depicting what appeared to be a Marine pouring flammable liquid on dead bodies in an unidentified compound and setting them ablaze.

Archaeologists Uncover New Pharaoh in Egypt
New York Times 15 Jan 2014 – Archaeologists in Egypt believe they have discovered the remains of a previously unknown pharaoh who reigned more than 3,600 years ago.

The New York Times: Lobbying Picks Up Over Bill to Toughen Antinuclear Sanctions Against Iran
Jewish Voice for Peace – The New York Times today reported on a letter to the Senate, co-signed by JVP, opposing new sanctions against Iran. By foreclosing diplomatic prospects, new sanctions would set us on a path to war, read a letter sent Tuesday to senators as part of an effort…

Israeli settlers set mosque on fire as UN says settler attacks have quadrupled in last 8 years
Mondoweiss – Arson attack on Palestinian mosque in West Bank. (Photo: Rabbis for Human Rights) Haaretz reports on the latest Israeli price tag attack against Palestinians: Vandals set fire to a mosque early Wednesday morning in the Palestinian village Deir Istiya in the northern West Bank, in a…

Zionism Unsettled: Presbyterian network pushes a new dialogue on Zionism
Mondoweiss – Zionism Unsettled cover art The indomitable Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA) is at it again. They continue to do yeoman s work breaking down walls over thechallenge of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. They ve now published a 74-page illustrated study guide Zionism Unsettled , including…

Hillel Ottawa new social media policy bans mentions of Israel boycotts as hateful rhetoric
Mondoweiss – Israel Awareness Committee at the University of Ottawa clubs day. (Photo: IAC ) Hillel Ottawa, through its Israel advocacy wing, the Israel Awareness Committee (IAC), has recently released its Social Media Code of Conduct , which bans virtually all posts that are critical of Israel. While the IAC,…

CPI up 0.1% in Dec, in line with expectations
Globes Main News – The Consumer Prices Index rose by 1.8% in 2013, the Central Bureau of Statistics reports.

Netanyahu held tax haven bank account
Globes Main News – “Globes” reveals that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held an account in the Channel Islands tax haven of Jersey in 1999-2003.

Europeans with no legitimate claim to America wiped out indigenous people totally different from Israel (Harris)
Mondoweiss – Modified by Engin Coban One of the rising choruses from the pro-Israel crowd is that the U.S. is no better because it too is based on an ethnic cleansing (though the U.S. got its ethnic cleansing in before the age of decolonization). David Harris at the…

Wed: Teva lifts TASE
Globes Main News – Teva soared as the company reiterated its commitment to streamlining and Israel Corp rose sharply as a Zim debt settlement nears.

IFF to acquire Aromor Flavors for $88m
Globes Main News – Kibbutz Givat Oz and a group of former Makhteshim executives will each gross $44 million on the acquisition by the US company.

We can t let Israel determine when and where U.S. goes to war, says Feinstein, but Hillary is quiet as a mouse
Mondoweiss – Picking up the pieces on the new Iran sanctions bill that would kill Obama s historic deal with Iran. And today s bottom line is, Opposition to the warmongers is firming up. Jim Lobe reports that Senator Feinstein s speech (above) may have killed AIPAC s hopes of passing the…

Scarlett Johansson watch: SodaStream plunges
Mondoweiss – SodaStream is the seltzer maker that produces its fizz-boxes in occupied territory in Palestine, and the other day starlet Scarlett Johansson signed a multi-year contract with the corporation that kicks off during the Superbowl. Monday was SodaStream s first day of trading since the announcement that Johansson…

The self-hating goy
Mondoweiss – Mo Rocca of the Cooking Channel was on WNYC this morning and speaking to a Jewish host; Rocca s not Jewish talked up this trailer for a TV comedy he wants to make. It s called Shabbos Goy. Check it out; I find it mildly repulsive. (And many readers…

Bank Hapoalim to cut 500 positions
Globes Main News – The cost-cutting plan will reportedly include early retirement, the transfer of employees, and the firing of non-tenured employees.

Don’t expect orthodoxy from Fischer at the Fed
Globes Macro Economics – Stanley Fischer, as Janet Yellen’s deputy, will be an activist, creative, and definitely not very liberal vice chairman of the Fed.

Former US citizen, former Israeli ambassador, Oren gets job at CNN
Mondoweiss – Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren Michael Oren had to renounce his US citizenship in 2009 to take his last job as Israeli ambassador to the U.S., but no matter now he s been named a commentator on CNN, the Jerusalem Post reported yesterday . I m…

Getting engaged in the Diaspora
Mondoweiss – Mohammed and I at our engagement party, 01.04.14 On the entire planet, there is no place available where both families could get together and meet one another. The whole world doesn t have a single spot where my family could travel to without having to suffer the…

After Sharon
Mondoweiss – The coffin of Ariel Sharon leaving the Knesset 13 January 2014. Photo by Allison Deger This is part of Marc H. Ellis s Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archives page . After. Never Again. This time they went too…

Citi: Teva creating value for investors
Globes Main News – Citi analyst Liav Abraham: Teva s Board of Directors has provided a clear signal to investors that it is focused on maximizing shareholder value creation.

Israel Corp close to losing control of Zim
Globes Main News – The proposed debt settlement reportedly includes a 50% write-off on the $3 billion debt while Israel Corp’s creditors would receive 66% of shares.

New Charges in Rep. Grimm Case, Israeli Police Chief and Former Minister Under Suspicion
Tikun Olam – I hope you ll bear with me in this post. I m going to tie together some disparate characters ranging from a crooked police chief, to a wonder rabbi, and a mobbed-up Congressman. This will take us geographically from Tel Aviv to New York and Washington DC. I…

Elsztain, Ben-Moshe to meet bankers over IDB debt
Globes Main News – Eduardo Elsztain and Moti Ben-Moshe will meet the banking syndicate to revise the covenants for IDB’s NIS 1.4 billion debt.

Elbit Systems wins $15m Israel Air Force order
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Elbit Systems will upgrade C-130H Hercules transport planes to meet strict international air traffic management standards.

Teva hits 20-month high on cost-cutting promise
Globes Main News – Acting CEO Eyal Desheh: We are committed to reducing costs by $2 billion and moving production from the US to Europe and Asia.

Yaalon Gives Kerry High Forecheck to the Boards
Tikun Olam – Yediot headline: Yaalon says Kerry is Messianic and Obsessive Israel s defense minister, Bogie Yaalon issued a fiery fusillade aimed at John Kerry and his intensive round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Yaalon declared that the secretary of state was animated by a messianic obsession for peace that…

‘High turnout’ in Egypt referendum
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – Egyptian officials speak of a high turnout in a referendum on a new constitution, with voters expected to back the removal of President Morsi.

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto Suspected of Bribing Senior Police Officer
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2014 – A senior Israeli police officer is suspected of taking bribes from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto and his followers. A gag order in the sensational case has been lifted. Click here for the rest of the article…

Sentence for Alleged Iranian Spy in U.S. Renews Cries to Free Jonathan Pollard
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2014 – A 10-year maximum prison sentence given to an Iranian engineer accused of spying on the United States spurred a new call in Israel for the release of Jonathan Pollard. Click here for the rest of the article…

Obama Officials Urge Jewish Groups Not to Back New Iran Sanctions
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2014 – Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them dangerous. Click here for the rest of the article…

White House Pushes Jews To Shun ‘Dangerous’ Iran Sanctions
The Foward Breaking News 15 Jan 2014 – Two top Obama administration officials urged Jewish groups not to back new Iran sanctions, calling them dangerous. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Brown: Syrian children ‘need hope’
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has spoken out about the need to provide education for Syrian child refugees who have fled to Lebanon and other countries.

UN’s huge aid request for Syria
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – Much has been pledged, but how much will materialise?

Iranian ‘stole US jet blueprints’
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – US authorities arrest an Iranian-American engineer accused of attempting to ship stolen documentation on the US Joint Strike Fighter plane to Iran.

Egypt: Ambassador to Saudi Arabia – Turnout in Egypt Constitution Referendum “High” On 2nd Day
allAfrica.com15 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]The Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh and the General Consulate in Jeddah received on Thursday 9/1/2014 a high turnout of voters during the second day of the referendum on Egypt’s amended constitution.

Liberia: President Sirleaf Consoles Israel
allAfrica.com15 Jan 2014 – [New Dawn]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of Condolence to the Government and People of the State of Israel following the death of Former Israeli Prime Minister H.E. Ariel Sharon who died after a period of protracted illness.

Eric Fingerhut, New Hillel Chief, Finds Himself in Firing Line on Israel
The Forward New 15 Jan 2014 – Eric Fingerhut took over as head of Hillel, the Jewish college student group, last summer. He stepped right into a major controversy over the group s guidelines about supporting Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Karzai: US airstrike kills seven children
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday accused the United States of killing seven children and a woman in an airstrike in central Afghanistan. “As a result of bombardment by American forces last night… in Siahgird district of Parwan province, one woman and seven children were martyred and…

Voting ends over Egypt’s constitution
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – Egyptians have their IDs checked as they arrive at a polling station during the second day of voting on a new constitution on January 15, 2014 in the northern port city of Alexandria. (Photo: AFP / STR) Egyptians have their IDs checked as they arrive at a…

‘Half of Syrians’ in urgent need
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – Western and Arab Gulf states pledge $2.4bn (£1.5bn) to Syria, as the UN warns half the population is in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

VIDEO: Full interview: Ruler of Dubai
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – Full interview with the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Erdogan calls on Turkish ambassadors to tell the “truth” on corruption case
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to the members of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on January 14, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan) Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan ordered his ambassadors on Wednesday to confront allies with the “truth” that a corruption investigation…

African women refugees protest Israeli immigration policies
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – A protestor hold up a sign as several hundred African women asylum seekers and their children, who entered Occupied Palestine illegally via Egypt, stage a protest in Tel Aviv, on January 15, 2014, after days of mass protests against Israel’s immigration policies. (Photo: AFP – Jack…

Yarmouk Camp A Responsibility to Protect
Al-Akhbar Opinion 15 Jan 2014 – Palestinian children who were living in Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp before fleeing Syria, hold banners during a protest in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Beirut January 17, 2013. (Photo: Reuters – Sharif Karim) Palestinian children who were living in Yarmouk…

Lebanon: Broken Promises Behind Contract Workers Last Stand
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – The government never held the exam, putting the workers under the mercy of private companies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The government never held the exam, putting the workers under the mercy of private companies. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Contract workers in Lebanon strike again! Their voices resonated across…

Lebanese forces arrest Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – Lebanese forces captured a leader of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group in a raid on his hideout in central Lebanon on Wednesday, the military said, weeks after they detained the unit’s commander. Jamal Daftardar, a Lebanese citizen, was one of the leading figures in the Abdullah Azzam…

Lebanese Christians and the Recurring Quadripartite Alliance
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – There are attempts to convince Christian factions that they have a role in the deal, with Saad Hariri claiming that he would not defer to Saudi s demands for a settlement except after agreeing with the Kataeb and the Lebanese Forces. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) There are attempts…

Where to, Egypt?
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – An Egyptian street vendor sells the country’s national flag and masks of the Egypt’s Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as voters queue outside the polling station during the second day of voting on a new constitution on January 15, 2014 in the southern Cairo Giza…

Israelis set West Bank mosque on fire, as UN report reveals rise in settler violence
Al-Akhbar News 15 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian man looks at graffiti scrawled at the entrance to a mosque that reads in Hebrew, “Arabs out” and “Revenge for blood spilled in Qusra” in the West Bank village of Deir Istiya which lies next to the illegal Ariel settlement in the northern West…

VIDEO: Egypt voters hail Sisi amid poll
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – People in Egypt are voting on the second and final day of a referendum on a new constitution.

VIDEO: Syria conflict: Voices from Damascus
BBC 14 Jan 2014 – Pianist, protester and businessman on life in a war zone

Al-Qaeda Leaks II: Baghdadi Loses His Shadow
Al-Akhbar Politics 14 Jan 2014 – People demonstrate outside the offices of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) demanding that they stop fighting with the rebels on January 6, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Wisam) People demonstrate outside the offices of…


Israel s silent expulsion of Jerusalemites
Nabil Al-sahli, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)1/14/2014
The Israeli authorities have taken advantage of the shifts in the Arab scene and the media’s preoccupation with these shifts to further Judaise the city of Jerusalem by means of imposing a silent transfer policy against Arab Jerusalemites.
In practice, Israel has developed plans that aim to make Israeli Jews the overwhelming majority in the eastern part of Jerusalem, which was occupied in 1967. The proposed increase of Jews in the city will also accommodate those migrating from abroad in response to Israel’s attempts to reopen the channels of Jewish immigration from European countries after recent declines.
In addition to this, there have been reports of financial incentives being offered by Israeli authorities to raise the number of births by Jewish settler women in Jerusalem in order to increase the rate of Jewish population growth.
At the same time, according to Israeli plans, this increase in the number of Jews in the holy city will be accompanied by systematic policies against the Palestinians in Jerusalem aiming to silently expel them from their homes by voiding the legitimacy of their stay in their city. This may lead to tipping the demographic balance in favour of the Jewish settlers in the city in the foreseeable future.Silent expulsion measures
The Israeli authorities have taken several measures in order to drive Palestinian Jerusalemites (both Muslim and Christian) outside the city. Such measures include stripping Jerusalemites of their identity cards if….more..e-mail

Hamas, Gaza and a double confrontation
Yassir Al Zataara, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)1/10/2014
The PA on the other hand looks comfortable about all that is happening and it is contributing to the blockade of Gaza instead of working to ease it. If it didn’t fear a negative public response it would be even more hostile as it hopes to see the Hamas government in Gaza collapse.
When the Israelis finally complete their “Iron Dome” missile defence system they are more likely to consider another attack against the people of the Gaza Strip. Once again, the likely pretext will be “missiles” launched from Gaza at 1948-occupied Palestine.
Israel says explicitly that Hamas is not interested in a new confrontation at the moment. However, some prominent security and military analysts (such as Amos Harel and Alex Fishman) say that the Islamic Resistance Movement is using the current calm to prepare for a new assault by the occupation authorities.
It is certain that the military wing of Hamas works day and night to get so prepared; its men have never put down their weapons, nor have they abandoned resistance as an option against Israel’s military occupation. Nevertheless, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip cannot engage in war with Israel on their own. They are besieged by land, sea and air, and no matter how well equipped they are this is always going to be an asymmetric conflict; everything at the moment is in favour of the Israeli occupation, including the attitude and positions taken by the Palestinian Authority and Arab world. Regional conditions are not conducive to any concerted effort against Israel. The best that Hamas can do is to be prepared to defend the people as best it can against Israeli aggression.
The situation is not only dependent on what is happening in Egypt but also to other developments in the region, where everything that is happening seems to be in the best interests of the enemy…. — See also:Report: Egypt has long-term plan to oust Hamasmore..e-mail

Dutch business giants join boycott, causing Israel concern
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)1/14/2014
In the wake of the recent termination of cooperation with Israeli companies linked to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by three Dutch business giants, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has declared that the Netherlands rejects boycotts and sanctions against Israel.
Despite Israel being responsible for the settlements and the creation of the settlement enterprise, deemed illegal under international law, on Friday, according to Dutch News, Timmermans told local media, that while the Netherlands is committed to its anti-settlements stance and discourages Dutch companies from doing business with them, it does not support a boycott of the state itself.
According to Timmermans, the anti-settlement stance has been a Netherlands “policy for years.” He previously summarised the Dutch position in a letter to Parliament in July, “The Dutch government discourages economic relations between Dutch firms and businesses in settlements in the Occupied Territories. Dutch government institutions do not provide services to any businesses established in Israeli settlements. The Netherlands embassy in Tel Aviv advises Dutch firms on the international law implications of doing business in occupied territories. Dutch firms are, where necessary, called to account.”
Despite the launch in December of the Netherlands-Israel Cooperation Forum in an attempt to strengthen bi-lateral ties between the two nations, their relationship was tested in the same week, when Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte cancelled a gala ceremony planned to inaugurate a new container scanner donated by the Netherlands to Israel’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip.more..e-mail

Sentencing Israel of Genocide
Dr. Elias Akleh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)1/11/2014
While the so-called international legal bodies such as ICC, UN and Security Council lack the guts to face up to the Zionist global terrorism, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) has demonstrated unequivocal courage for prosecuting the terrorist state of Israel and its military generals for their crimes. After listening to eyewitness testimonies and examining the voluminous documented evidence the Tribunal found the state of Israel guilty of genocide, and the Israeli retired army general Amos Yaron guilty of crimes against humanity and of genocide.
Israel was accused of systematic crimes of genocide since its inception against Palestinians, and the Israeli military general Amos Yaron was accused of crimes against humanity for the 1982 massacre of Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.
The charge against general Yaron was as follows: The defendant Amos Yaron perpetrated war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in his capacity as the Commanding Israeli General in military control of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Israeli occupied Lebanon in September of 1982 when he knowingly facilitated and permitted the large-scale massacre of residents of those two camps in violation of the Hague Regulations on Land Warfare of 1907; the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949; the 1948 Genocide Convention; the Nuremberg Charter (1945), the Nuremberg Judgement (1946), and the Nuremberg Principles (1950), customary international law, jus cogens, the Laws of War, and International Humanitarian Law.
The charges against the state if Israel were as follows: From 1948 and continuing to date the state of Israel (hereafter the defendant ) carried out against the Palestinian people a series of acts namely killing, causing serious bodily harm and deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about physical destruction….”more..e-mail

Romance and realism merge in Jerusalem-focused radio play
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jan 2014 – Reem Kelani s music provides effective match to Selma Dabbagh s writing.more..

Ariel Sharon: His Sabra and Shatila Legacy An Eye Witness Account
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jan 2014 – By Felicity Arbuthnot and Dr. Ang Swee Chai As Israel buried Ariel Sharon amid eulogies from world figures, Tony Blair, a Butcher of Baghdad, paid a tribute to the Butcher of Beirut which included the line that Sharon: didn t think of peace as a dreamer, but did dream of peace. Also that: & he sought peace with the same iron determination as he had fought (read slaughtered, across the Middle East.) Re-writing history does not come more blatant, but Blair was ever good at fantasy, think weapons of mass destruction and forty five minutes. Surgeon, Dr Swee Chai Ang went to help the wounded of Beirut after the 1982 Israeli invasion and witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre of unarmed men woman and children, Palestinian and Lebanese, between the 15th-18th September,1982. In her book From Beirut to Jerusalem , she describes the reality: As I walked through the…more

On War Criminals and Heroes
Dissident Voice: 15 Jan 2014 – The death of former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon enlivened US media s interest in the legacy of a man considered by many a war criminal, and by some a hero. In fact, the supposed heroism of Sharon was at the heart of CNN coverage of his death on January 11. Sharon spent the last eight years prior to his death in a coma, but apparently not long enough for US corporate media to wake up from its own moral coma. CNN online s coverage presented Sharon as a man of heroic stature, who was forced to make tough choices for the sake of his own people. Throughout, he was called The Bulldozer, a fearless leader who got things done, wrote Alan Duke. In his article, Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister, dead at 85 , Duke appeared to be confronting Sharon s past head on. In reality, he cleverly whitewashed the man s horrendous crimes,…more

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