VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 16 January 2014: Israel to destroy another Haifa neighborhood, evict Palestinian residents

16 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Settlers Storm Al-Aqsa Courtyards
IMEMC – [Thursday January 16, 2014] 22 Israeli settlers, escorted by occupation soldiers, stormed al-Aqsa yards on Thursday morning. …

Abed Rabbo: “Palestinian Leadership Rejects Kerry’s Plan”
IMEMC – Secretary-General of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Abed Rabbo, stated that the Palestinian leadership rejects the proposed agreement presented by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. …

Two Brothers Kidnapped Near Jenin
IMEMC – [Thursday January 16, 2014] Local sources have reported that several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Taybeh town, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped two brothers. … 

Four Children, One Woman, Injured As Army Bombards Gaza
IMEMC – [Thursday at Dawn, January 16, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that four children and one woman have been injured, after Israeli soldiers carried out a number of air strikes targeting eastern and western areas of Gaza city. …

Soldiers Invade 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 youth who hurled stones and empty bottles at the invading forces. …

Ma’an News

5 injured by Israeli airstrikes in northern Gaza Strip
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Four children and a woman were injured in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Thursday, medics said. Several strikes hit areas in the west and east of Gaza City, with all of the injured suffering shrapnel wounds. Palestinian security officials confirmed that one strike hit a military base used by Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades. The airstrikes were….

Israeli forces detain 3 Hamas leaders in Hebron
1/16/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three prominent Hamas leaders in Hebron early Thursday, locals said. Nidal al-Qawasmi, Sufyan Jamjoum and former Palestinian minister of local governance Issa Khayri al-Jaabari were detained following arrest raids on their homes, witnesses said. An Israeli army spokeswoman said five people were detained in Hebron and two in Ramallah overnight, but could not comment on the political affiliation….

Israeli army: 5 rockets launched from Gaza
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Iron Dome interception system shot down five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Ashkelon in southern Israel, an army spokeswoman said early Thursday. There were no reports of injury or damage. [END]

Abbas to attend Quds meetings in Morocco
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to fly to Morocco to participate in meetings with the al-Quds Committee, Palestinian officials said. The meetings will be held on Friday and Saturday in Marrakesh under the patronage of King Muhammad VI. Officials said that foreign ministers of Arab member states of the al-Quds Committee would attend the meetings. Representatives of the United Nations, the….

Israel’s Yaalon risks isolation after Kerry slur
1/16/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s defense minister may have apologized for his offensive comments about US Secretary of State John Kerry but his outburst could see him marginalized by Washington, commentators warned on Wednesday. A furious diplomatic row erupted between Israel and its closest ally on Tuesday when Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying Kerry had an “obsession” about the peace process and….

US consulate posts anti-settlement news report
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The US Consulate General in Jerusalem on Thursday hinted at a second incident in days of Israeli criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry. On its Facebook account, the consulate linked to a story on an Israeli news site that refuted claims by Israeli Minister of Housing Uri Ariel that Kerry approved his plan to build 1,400 new settlement units….

Jordan’s King Abdullah meets Netanyahu in Amman for talks
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Amman on Thursday.” King Abdullah and Netanyahu discussed peace process developments in light of the current US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinians peace negotiations,” a palace statement said. Last week, King Abdullah met with President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The king said at the time that….

Israel to return remains of Palestinian man killed in 2002
1/16/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have agreed to deliver the remains of a Palestinian man, who was killed by Israeli forces in 2002, to his family in the northern West Bank, an Israeli organization said Thursday. The Supreme Court ruled that Israel would send the remains of Majdi Abd al-Jawad Khanfar to his family in the village of Silat al-Dhahir in the West Bank….

Official: Israel imposing agenda on Mideast talks
1/16/2014 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A top Palestinian leader Thursday accused Israel of imposing its own agenda onto Washington’s Middle East peace push, pressing issues that overshadowed Palestinian demands. The remarks by senior Fatah party member Nabil Shaath came after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s 10th visit to the region to try to push a framework for final status talks as an April….

Doctors in public hospitals start partial strike
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Doctors in public hospitals in the occupied West Bank have started partial strike action against what they describe as “abusive practices” by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health. Head of the doctors’ union, Shawqi Sabha, told Ma’an that outpatient services and scheduled surgeries will be suspended in all public hospitals until the ministry complies with the union’….

Security spokesman denies West Bank Hamas arrests
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority security forces on Thursday denied Israeli media reports that the PA had arrested Hamas members in the West Bank. Adnan al-Dumieri told Ma’an Thursday that Israeli reports claiming the PA had arrested a small group of Hamas members in Bethlehem and another in Hebron were false.”We have no information about this issue….

Bombing kills 7 in Syria refugee camp
1/16/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinian refugees were killed and dozens injured late Thursday in a bombing that targeted Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. The head of the Omari Battalion, a Free Syrian Army militant group, told Ma’an that a military helicopter dropped an explosive barrel on houses in the “Palestine Park” area of the camp. The injured were still being removed from….

Car bomb kills 3 in Lebanon’s Hermel
1/16/2014 – BAALBEK, Lebanon (AFP) — A Likely suicide car bomb ripped through the main square of Hermel on Thursday, killing three people in the latest attack linked to Syria’s war. The bomb, which exploded in front of Hermel’s main government building, was the first to hit the town — a haven for Hezbollah in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley — since the Syrian conflict erupted….


Palestinian film nominated for Oscar
AlJazeera 16 Jan 2014 – Omar, directed by Palestinian Hany Abu-Assad, will compete in best foreign language film category in March.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives a Number of Visiting Figures and International Delegations
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Illegal settlers attacked a mosque in the village of Deir Istiya
1/16/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Deir Istiya, Occupied Palestine – In the early morning of Wednesday the 15th January 2014, at 3:45 AM, the muezzin of the Deir Istiya village went from his home to the Abu Bakr mosque west of the village in order to prepare for the first prayer. He found the entrance to the mosque under fire. He immediately brought water from his home….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Syria peace conference must end starvation for besieged civilians
Relief Web 16 Jan 2014 – Source: Amnesty Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The Geneva II peace conference on Syria must aim to urgently end government sieges imposed on opposition-held towns where civilians are starving to death, said Amnesty International. The organization is urging…

Syrian Arab Republic: 2013 Syrian Regional Humanitarian Crisis in Review (as of 14 January 2014)
Relief Web 16 Jan 2014 – Source: US Department of State – Humanitarian Information Unit Country: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey

occupied Palestinian territory: Five Palestinians wounded in Israeli Gaza raid
Relief Web 16 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/16/2014 04:16 GMT GAZA CITY, January 16, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip against training camps used by the armed wing of the territory’s Hamas rulers left four children…

occupied Palestinian territory: B’Tselem reviews 2013: 5-year high in number of Palestinian fatalities in West Bank
Relief Web 15 Jan 2014 – Source: Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories Country: occupied Palestinian territory No progress made in investigation of most of this year’s fatalities Palestinian fatalities: Three times as many people were killed in the West Bank in…

The National

Palestine scores Oscar nod for best foreign film with Omar
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Shot in both Israel and the West Bank, Omar follows the story of a young Palestinian baker who must deal with issues of love, trust and betrayal while fighting Israeli occupation.

Iranian female politician’s speech at Friday prayers is cancelled
The National 16 Jan 2014 – According to much of the Iranian media, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the vice-president for environmental affairs, would have become the first woman in the history of the Islamic republic to speak at the Mosalla in front of thousands.

Vast majority of Egyptian voters back new constitution
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Given a boycott by the Islamist opposition, the result has never been in doubt, but the interim government is hoping for a large turnout to bolster its democratic credentials after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi.

Hariri trial prosecutors promise to seek the truth over 2005 assassination
The National 16 Jan 2014 – The accused, who are members of the militant Hizbollah movement, are charged with planning the 2005 blast on Beirut’s waterfront, an attack that killed former Lebanese PM Rafiq Hariri and almost tipped the country back into civil war.

In Asian countries and beyond, democracy is taking a beating
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Eric Randolph examines the state of democracy around the world, from Nepal to Thailand, India, Egypt and the Maldives, and finds an ideology seemingly under fire – even in the US.

Jordan’s King Abdullah hosts Israeli PM for talks about peace process
The National 16 Jan 2014 – The rare and unnannounced meeting comes as US secretary of state John Kerry presses Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework to guide peace talks forward.

Delhi police hunt for six more suspects in Danish gang-rape case 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Police announced the arrest of two homeless men late on Wednesday who are suspected of taking part in the assault and robbery of the 51-year-old woman on Tuesday.

Video: Smog shrouds Beijing 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Air pollution in Beijing reaches hazardous levels, worrying residents.

Video: Mexican vigilantes refuse to stand down against drug cartel 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Mexican vigilantes in Michoacan reject calls to stand down in fight against powerful cartel, creating a security headache for the government.

International operation cracks paedophile web sex ring which preyed on children in Philippines
The National 16 Jan 2014 – MANILA // An international probe has cracked a paedophile ring which streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children over the web, leading to dozens of arrests, police in the Philippines, Britain and Australia said Thursday. Under Operation Endeavour which spanned a dozen nations, 29 people have been arrested including 11 in the Philippines, while three other continuing probes have identified 733 suspects, Britain’s National Crime Agency said. 

US nuclear weapons scandal: 34 officers accused of cheating on tests
The National 16 Jan 2014 – The US Air Force disclosed that 34 officers entrusted with the world’s deadliest weapons have been removed from launch duty for allegedly cheating – or tolerating cheating by others – on routine proficiency tests.

Angry wife outs Indian minister’s ‘affair’ on Twitter
The National 16 Jan 2014 – The furious wife of the Indian government’s top-tweeting minister admitted Thursday she had hacked his account to send out messages exposing an alleged affair he was having with a Pakistani journalist.

Video: UN says South Sudan violence horrific 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – UN human rights official says innocent civilians are suffering in South Sudan, and corpses are left on roadsides.

Video: More than $2.4 bln pledged at Syria aid conference 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says donors had promised more than $2.4 billion in humanitarian aid for Syria at a conference in Kuwait.

Video: Senate panel says Benghazi attack was preventable 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – The Senate Intelligence Committee says the attack on a US diplomatic post in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was preventable, but the State Department says there was ‘no specific threat.’

Video: Car bomb kills at least 29 in Nigeria 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – In the latest wave of violence to hit a region beset by an Islamist insurgency, at least 29 people are killed after a car bomb exploded outside television offices.

Video: Egyptians give up or down vote for draft constitution 
The National 16 Jan 2014 – Egypt marks a milestone in its political roadmap with a ballot vote on a draft constitution, even as rights groups complain the government stifled dissent and made a ‘no’ campaign impossible.


White House releases details of Iran nuclear deal amid calls for transparency
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Palestinians aim to win back right to appeal property confiscations in military court
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Israeli-Canadian scientist wins Wolf Prize for medicine
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Congressman to PA: Stop incitement or lose U.S. aid
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Children at Canadian Haredi cult ‘forced’ to take psychotropic drugs
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Israel Police rocked by second scandal involving sexual harassment
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Pentagon publishes details of Osprey aircraft deal
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

This day in terrorist history
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Polish families demand compensation for Auschwitz land
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Bitcoin: Innovative new currency, or tool for terror?
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Iran accuses Israel of ‘state terrorism’ over AMIA comment
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Iran accuses Israel of ‘state terrorism’ over AMIA comment
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Israeli envoys in Europe summoned over new settlement construction
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

‘In Eritrea I was afraid, here they are afraid of me’
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Michael Oren joins CNN as Middle East commentator
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

WATCH: Jon Stewart pokes fun at Kerry-Ya’alon row
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Czech police discover more explosives at Palestinian embassy
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Edith Zierer, one of Lena Kuchler’s children, 1931-2013
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Countdown to Gaza operation has begun
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Pope removes cardinals in shake-up of Vatican bank
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Slandering senators as warmongers
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Afula man indicted for trying to kill black baby
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Saudi women laud suspension of travel-tracking device
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Jordan: Netanyahu was in Amman for closed-door talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Pinto’s lawyers: Drop charges in exchange for info against cops
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Falcons track prey like jet-fighter pilots, says study
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Two-thirds of all mammals in Israel are in danger of extinction
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Netanyahu demands Israel retain fourth settlement bloc in peace deal
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Blair’s moral failure
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Nuclear researcher fired for connecting USB to work computer
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

Parole Board approves early release of Anat Kamm from prison
Ha’aretz – 16 Jan 2014

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

Does Netanyahu agree with Ya’alon about Kerry?
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

Iron Dome intercepts rocket attacks on Ashkelon, air force strikes Gaza
Ha’aretz – 15 Jan 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

Leftists sparked by Ya’alon protest in favor of peace process
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Activists are inspired by defense minister’s criticism of diplomatic path initiated by Kerry. 

Stephen Harper’s moral leadership
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – The Canadian prime minister, who arrives in Israel on Sunday, has emerged as a courageous global voice of principle about Jews and Israel. 

Netanyahu slams EU after Israel envoys censured over settlements
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Envoys in London, Rome and Paris were summoned in protest over Israeli building in the West Bank; Netanyahu calls move hypocritical, and that it “pushes peace further away.” 

Hiriya, Freshkills dumps partner to transform trash into treasure
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Leaders of both parks aim to learn from each other’s successes and challenges in order to create the greenest spaces possible in two densely populated metropolitan regions. 

Analysis: A lopsided election victory
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Even though the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups boycotted the referendum, such lopsided results probably resulted from an unfair vote 

Minister Silvan Shalom to attend Abu Dhabi energy conference next week
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Will be first Israeli delegation to visit the UAE since assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in 2010. 

The POSTman Knocks Twice: Teddy, the madrich
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Teddy Kollek was one of the most handsome and talented of Israel’s operatives I have ever met. 

Manchester United and peace in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – The Mideast conflict is a difficult one, with bombs and shootings, missiles and war, but there is a sense of calm, brotherhood and friendliness when it comes to one thing: Soccer. 

Policing speech
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – The exploitation of the word “Nazi” or of Holocaust imagery is best combated through education and the promotion of a public discourse. 

Lessons from Jethro
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Jethro was Moshe’s father-in-law who came from his land of Midian and joined Am Yisrael who had just left Egypt and was on its way to the Promised Land, Eretz Yisrael. 

Anat Kamm wins appeal for early release
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Former IDF soldier was sentenced in 2011 to 4.5 years in prison for leaking classified military documents. 

Labor MK Bar: We must not wait for someone to be killed on Mount of Olives
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Knesset panel calls for higher security on holy site and cemetery in Jerusalem, which has been subject to rock-throwing. 

Wolf Prize in sciences and arts goes to 8 people from four countries
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – The prizes will be awarded at state ceremony at the Knesset and attended by President Shimon Peres in May. 

Hebrew University researchers explain how ‘innocent’ bacteria can cause flesh-eating disease
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Bacteria can live inside humans without causing any symptoms or any harm but in some cases may trigger fatal diseases such“flesh-eating disease” and toxic-shock syndrome. 

‘Israel will make Hamas suffer if Gaza rocket fire continues’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Senior Israeli military official says Hamas probably not to blame for recent salvoes but says that militant group has proven its ability to prevent terror attacks. 

Israel, US team: Cosmetics chemical is toxic to coral reefs
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Prevalent sunscreen chemical additive benzophenone-2 (BP-2) can bleach coral reefs and even kill them. 

Study: Synagogue-goers more likely to give to Jewish causes
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Orthodox Jews give higher amounts to congregations and Jewish organizations than both Conservative and Reform Jews. 

British MPs label case of Schlesinger twins ‘Kafaesque’ and ‘a miscarriage of justice’
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Jewish UK-born mother of twins who were taken from her custody says she is facing increasing problems gaining access to them. 

Peres marvels at the miracle of the Arava
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Jordanian student shows Peres a plant that she is developing which she believes has cancer curing qualities. 

State indicts minor for alleged stabbing murder of Naor Atias
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Suspect allegedly stabbed Atias to death in mid-November during an altercation. 

Meretz petitions Tax Authority on PM’s offshore account
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Yacimovich: Netanyahu should run for prime minister of Jersey; Likud MK Hotovely says press is personally targeting Netanyahu. 

Special report: Is film the key to a peaceful Beit Shemesh?
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – The Wonderful Women NGO aims to build bridges between the haredi and secular communities. 

‘Omar’ becomes the second Palestinian film to receive an Oscar nod
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Best Foreign Film nominee tells story of young Palestinian in trouble with Israeli security forces; “American Hustle,” “Gravity” get 10 nods each. 

A proud Jew and military strategist
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Ariel Sharon’s strong-minded determination to do what he considered to be right for the Jewish people, regardless of conventional wisdom. 

WATCH: IAF releases video of airstrike on Gaza terror targets
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Iron Dome intercepts 5 rockets fired at Ashkelon from Gaza; additional rocket lands in open, uninhabited area; no reports of damage, injury. 

Hamas condemns Egypt threats against its rule in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Statements made by Egyptian authorities represent first official admission of Egyptian involvement in internal Palestinian affairs, Hamas spokesperson says. 

Her way
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Power struggles and nudity are some of the taboos artist Tzlil Tzemet isn’t afraid to explore. 

US House spending bill includes full $3.1 billion for Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Eliot Engel (D-NY) tells ‘Post’ that aid demonstrates bipartisan commitment to ensuring Israel’s security needs are fully met. 

Czech police confirm explosives found at Palestinian embassy in Prague
Jerusalem Post 16 Jan 2014 – Following death of Palestinian ambassador to Prague at embassy last month, Czech police discovered unregistered weapons and explosives. 

The Guardian

Sharon: war hero and practical peacemaker | @guardianletters
The Guardian 16 Jan 2014 – The most troubling aspect of Avi Shlaim’s one-dimensional piece on former PM Ariel Sharon ( Comment . 13 January) is his claim that the goal of the Gaza disengagement was “preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state”. In…

Czech police discover explosive at Palestinian embassy
The Guardian 16 Jan 2014 – Discovery follows explosion of safe at Prague complex earlier this month, killing ambassador Police say investigators have discovered another explosive at the Palestinian embassy complex in Prague where a possibly booby-trapped safe killed the ambassador. A…

Israel intercepts rockets fired from Gaza Strip
The Guardian 16 Jan 2014 – Military launches air strikes on Hamas-controlled territory after Iron Dome missile defence system shoots down five rockets Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system has intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza…

Inter Press Service

Egyptians ‘Say Yes’ to New Constitution
IPS By AJ Correspondents DOHA, Jan 16 2014 (Al Jazeera) Egyptians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new constitution drafted by the army-backed interim government, according to early results. The tally, released on Thursday, also shows that turnout in this week’s referendum was at least modestly higher than for a…

Israel Lobby Thwarted in Iran Sanctions Bid For Now
IPS By Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jan 16 2014 (IPS) In what looks to be a clear victory – at least for now – for President Barack Obama, a major effort by the Israel lobby and its most powerful constituent, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), to pass a new sanctions…

Kuwait Tops Humanitarian Aid to Syria at Pledging Conference
IPS Garbage piles up in the streets of Homs, Syria. Credit: Freedom House/cc by 2.0 By Thalif Deen KUWAIT CITY, Jan 15 2014 (IPS) As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon grimly predicted a worsening of the monumental humanitarian disaster in war-torn Syria, the international community Wednesday pledged over 2.4 billion dollars in new…


Ariel Sharon: His Sabra and Shatila Legacy – An Eye Witness Account
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15 , 2014 -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…

Israel, US invoke Islamist terrorism fears as a pretext for retaining Assad: Palestinian analysts 
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 -Palestinian analysts have dismissed a new study by Israeli academics which cites growing concern among Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv over the Syrian revolution, especially the influence of jihadi groups and the implications of the increasing strength…

Suspected Jewish vandals torch West Bank mosque
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014- Suspected Jewish extremists torched the entrance to a mosque in the West Bank early on Wednesday, in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinians beating and detaining Israeli settlers last week.The attackers scrawled “Arabs out” and “Revenge for…

New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official says
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran s chief negotiator said Monday. Abbas Araqchi disclosed…

The United States bloody messes in Yemen 
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – December 12 was supposed to be a day of celebration for the al-Ameri family. A young bride traveled to her wedding with her relatives in Bayda province, Yemen. But in a few dark seconds their celebrations…

The truth about Israel s secret nuclear arsenal
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2015 – Deep beneath desert sands, an embattled Middle Eastern state has built a covert nuclear bomb, using technology and materials provided by friendly powers or stolen by a clandestine network of agents. It is the stuff of…

NSA Metadata Collection: Fourth Amendment Violation
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014- Edward Snowden, who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA), revealed a secret order of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), that requires Verizon to produce on an “ongoing daily basis … all call detail records or telephony…

Implanted Eyes: NSA Puts Radio Spyware Inside Computers
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – According to the New York Times, and based on input from security officials and documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has “implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world” allowing it to spy…

U.N. abandons aid delivery to Yarmouk Palestinian Camp after Syria insists on dangerous route
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – Shooting forced the United Nations to abort a delivery of food and polio vaccines to a besieged area of Damascus after the Syrian government said it should use a circuitous and dangerous route, a U.N. spokesman…

Obama to Overhaul Security Clearances System, Not Surveillance Programs 
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – When President Barack Obama delivers his speech on alleged surveillance reforms on Friday, he will not be suggesting measures that will truly prevent future abuse of surveillance powers. He will be advocating for reforms that could…

US Drone Strike Kills Yemeni Farmer
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – US rockets hit a field on the outskirts of the village of al-Houta in southeastern Yemen today, and shrapnel killed a farmer who was walking one at the time.Local officials have confirmed the killing, but have…

Source: UAE, Iran Reach Accord on Disputed Hormuz Islands
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – The United Arab Emirates and Iran have reached an agreement on the three disputed islands near the Strait of Hormuz, according to a high level UAE source. According to the source, UAE and Iranian officials have…

Iraq s Bloody Day: 115 Killed, 145 Wounded
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 -At least 115 people were killed and 145 more were wounded in a continuing bomb spree in Baghdad and ongoing clashes in Anbar province. Several cities near the capital were also targeted today. Iraqi forces in Anbar…

Children burned with cigarettes by Israeli soldiers in illegal settlement
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014- Three Palestinian children were allegedly burned with lit cigarettes and denied access to food, water or toilet facilities after being arrested and detained by Israeli soldiers and police in September, a new report indicates. In separate incidents,…

TMZ Reveals Photos of U.S. Troops Burning Dead Bodies in Fallujah
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – Janaury 15, 2014 — Today, TMZ published eight horrifying images, allegedly taken nearly a decade ago in Fallujah, which appear to show U.S. Marines posing next to dead bodies, soaking them in gasoline, and lighting them on fire. The gossip…

Displacement continuing in central Iraq, aid reaching affected communities
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – …Meanwhile, in central Iraq, UN agencies and Iraq s Ministry of Displacement and Migration estimate that some 70,000 people have now been displaced by the fighting and insecurity in Iraq s Anbar Province. Most are in…

“The Linear Ancestors of Edward Snowden” Mumia on COINTELPRO Activists and Other Ordinary Heroes
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – Mumia Abu-Jamal was one of hundreds of journalists who received in the mail a packet of covertly-copied COINTELPRO documents. They were sent by eight activists who broke into FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania in 1971-and whose…

General Military Council for Iraqi Revolutionaries
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – After days of battles that have been fought by the Sons of the Tribes and revolutionaries, who have now joined the Military Council, and after the spread of the battles to other numerous Iraqi provinces with…

Yarmouk According to the Residents of Yarmouk
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – There has been an overflow of accounts regarding what prevented a relief envoy from reaching Yarmouk. The speculation morphed into conviction that oppositional fighters shot at the envoy, thwarting efforts to end the siege that has…

U.S. forces killed 8 civilians in Afghanistan, mostly children, in new incident, Karzai says
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 – Relations between the U.S. military and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are being tested once again after he accused American troops of killing eight civilians, including seven children, during a military operation in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday….

A poor man from Gaza
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 -Setting beside the fire , seeking warmth in the dark cold winter nights, Abu Rami,43, thinks of all that he has been suffering and wonders if his two daughter and the son whom he left in Jerusalem are…

Israeli forces issue demolition orders to residents near Hebron
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 15, 2014 — Israeli forces issued demolition notices for houses, tents, and wells in southern West Bank village on Wednesday, residents said.Ziad Abd al-Mahdi Shalaldeh told Ma an that residents of the village of Sair were given until Feb….

In the shadow of the Wall: The bedouin of al-Ram
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 – A small Bedouin community pressed between the West Bank town of al-Ram and the Israeli separation barrier illustrates the vast discrepancies in poverty and vulnerability amidst a nation already struggling under occupation. On a narrow strip…

Ten things we ve learned about opposition to academic boycott
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 – With four scholarly associations in the past year articulating support for the academic boycott of Israel, it seems a good time to review the major responses that have emerged in opposition. The boycott movement shows no…

Israel defense minister lambasts Kerry over security plan
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014– 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…

Dutch business giants join boycott, causing Israel concern
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 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…

Syria News – January 14, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 — By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 55 martyrs including 10 women, 7 children , 5 martyrs under torture and 3 martyrs with chemical weapons: 18 martyrs were reported in Damascus and…

Sharonian Evil Lives
Uruknet 16 Jan 2014 – January 14, 2014 – It rages in Israel. It s worse in Washington. It infests most other Western states. Despots rule most regional ones. They dominate other parts of the world. State terror harms global billions. Human torment is extreme….

Daily Star

Obama taps Kuwait ambassador for Yemen post
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 President Barack Obama is looking to his ambassador to Kuwait to fill an open ambassadorship in Yemen.

Netanyahu says EU states summon Israeli envoys over settlements
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday some European Union states had called in Israeli ambassadors to hear protests at Israel’s latest announcement of settlement-building and he criticised the move as “hypocritical”.

Israeli PM slams settlement critics as hypocrites
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday dismissed international critics of Jewish settlements, calling them hypocrites and saying claims that the construction on occupied lands poses an obstacle to peace were “bogus.”

Bodies of 14 kidnapped Sunni tribesmen found in Iraq
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 The bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim tribesmen were found in date palm groves north of Baghdad on Thursday, a day after they were kidnapped by uniformed men in security forces vehicles, Iraqi police and medics said.

Suicide bomber kills three pro-government militiamen in Iraq
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-government Sunni tribesmen 25 km (16 miles) west of the rebel-held Iraqi city of Falluja on Thursday, killing three and wounding two, police said.

Army confiscates weapons in car
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 The Lebanese Army discovered shells and ammunition in a car which was stopped on the Al-Namliye Bridge in northeast Lebanon

Final destruction of worst Syrian chemicals slides to end June
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 The removal and destruction of the most dangerous agents in Syria’s chemical arsenal will likely be delayed until the end of June because of logistical and security problems, the head of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog…

Israel warns Hamas over upsurge in rocket fire from Gaza
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 The Islamist Hamas movement is probably not responsible for a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of Gaza where it rules, but will be made to suffer if the salvoes continue, a senior Israeli military official…

Egypt prosecutors question Al-Jazeera journalists
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Egypt’s prosecutors say three detained journalists working for Al-Jazeera English are being interrogated on suspicion of having unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news that harmed national security.

Syria allows aid into 2 contested areas
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 The Syrian government allowed supplies to enter two contested front-line areas near the capital, a relief official said Thursday.

Al-Qaida asks Iraqis in embattled city for support
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Members of al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq have handed out pamphlets urging residents in Fallujah to take up arms and back the militants in their weekslong fight against government troops as clashes raged on around the city,…

Militants attack Yemen army camp, air force retaliates
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Suspected al Qaeda-linked militants attacked an army base in Yemen on Thursday, triggering clashes that killed nine soldiers and retaliatory strikes from the air force, a local government official and witnesses said.

Group claims suicide attack in Lebanon’s Hermel
Daily Star 16 Jan 2014 Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claimed responsibility Thursday for what it said was a suicide bombing in northeast Lebanon, saying the attack was in retaliation to Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria.

YNet News

Al-Qaeda asks Iraqis in embattled city for support
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – ….

US govt warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – ….

Operation Eruv: Manchester Jews set free 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – After decade of planning and construction and more than £350,000, largest enclosure in UK allowing religious Jews to carry items outside homes on Shabbat finally goes operational. ‘It has changed many people’s lives here,’ says local project manager ….

PM’s tax haven: It’s kosher but it stinks
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: When a man of Netanyahu’s rank takes steps to avoid paying taxes to the state he heads, it’s a problem ….

Trial starts of suspects in Hariri assassination
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – ….

Obama, UK’s Cameron discuss security, NSA
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – ….

Palestinians: Shells fired at Gaza, IDF denies attack
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – ….

Settlement construction prompts rebuke of Israeli ambassadors 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Israeli ambassadors to London, Madrid, Paris and Rome summoned by European diplomats who express protest at construction of 1,400 settlements housing units ….

Prague police find explosive at Palestinian embassy
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Days after Palestinians apologize for ‘illegal presence of weapons’ in Prague mission, Czech police find additional explosive on premises ….

Palestinians: Israel imposing agenda on Mideast talks
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Senior Fatah party member Nabil Shaath says Israel forces own agenda on peace negotiations; comes at cost of Palestinian demands. Netanyahu’s office: ‘Israel is putting an emphasis on security arrangements, which is also in Jordan’s interest in any future agreement’ ….

Let’s throw Jerry Seinfeld in jail 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Instead of enacting ‘anti-offensive’ laws, Knesset should invest money and energy in helping real victims of Nazis ….

Rabbinate to accept Rabbi Weiss’ letters
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – After questioning his commitment to Jewish law, Israel’s Chief Rabbinate agrees to recognize American modern Orthodox rabbi’s testimonies on personal status of his congregants ….

VIDEO: IAF destroys Islamic Jihad munitions factory 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – IDF releases video documenting air force’s aerial response to rocket fire on Israel in which IAF jets destroyed Gaza Strip rocket launch site, arms warehouse and munitions factory ….

‘Make peace’, Abdullah tells Netanyahu in low-key Amman talks
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – Royal Palace in Amman says meeting part of Jordanian ‘cooperation with all sides involved in the peace process’ ….

US congressman ‘got half a million dollars from Israeli rabbi’s followers’ 
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – FBI investigation puts Republican congressman with assistant of influential Rabbi Pinto; assistant now facing embezzlement charges ….

Netanyahu fumbled the Ya’alon affair
YNet News, 16 Jan 2014 – In a parallel universe, Netanyahu would have reprimanded his defense minister and personally apologized to Obama. But this is Israel, where the prime minister has been verbally attacking the US president for five years ….

In Iran, Basij paramilitary holds sway
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Paramilitary Basij volunteer corps, part of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, has ever-increasing influence on life in Iran ….

Iran’s FM discusses peace talks with Syria’s Assad
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Despite looming Syrian peace talks, Iranian FM Zarif visits Damascus and meets with representatives of the Syrian government, including Assad as part of regional diplomatic tour ….

US-Iranian attempts to smuggle F-35 blueprints to Iran
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Iranian born former US air defense contractor caught smuggling boxes of secret documents to Iran, including ‘thousands of pages contained in dozens of manuals/binders relating’ to F-35 fighter jet expected to be sold to Israel ….

US set to unfreeze aid to Egypt
YNet News, 15 Jan 2014 – Congress inserts clause into spending bill to restore $1.5 billion in aid as Egyptian government holds constitutional referendum vote ….

Palestinian Information Center

Egypt’s de-facto Mossad agents
PIC – Senior Egyptian military officials reportedly told a western news agency this week that the Egyptian armed forces would try to destroy Hamas, the Islamic Palestinian movement.

Israeli female soldier assaults Palestinian school girl in Al-Khalil
PIC – A female Israeli soldier physically assaulted in a new recent incident a Palestinian school girl from Al-Khalil city as she was en route to her school.

PNGO: refugees in the Yarmouk camp are exposed to genocide
PIC – Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO) said that the siege imposed on the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria and the prevention of the entry of aid convoys have caused the death of big numbers of refugees.

IOF arrests former minister and liberated captive in al-Khalil
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces arrested at dawn Thursday Palestinian former minister Issa Jabari and liberated prisoner Nidal Imran Qawasmi after raiding their homes in the city of al-Khalil.

Family of captive Hamdouni warns of the deterioration of his health condition
PIC – Family of captive Hossam Hamdouni held the Israeli occupation government fully responsible for Houssam’s life in light of the serious deterioration of his health condition.

Hamas demands the departure of all armed men from Al-Yarmouk refugee camp
PIC – The Hamas Movement asked all armed militants in the Palestinian refugee camp of Al-Yarmouk to leave it immediately in order to avoid further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

Resheq: Kerry’s options represent conspiracy against the right of return
PIC – Ezzat Resheq, member of Hamas’s political bureau, warned the Palestinian negotiator against responding to the options proposed by the US secretary of state concerning resolving the issue of refugees.

IOF raids different areas in occupied WB, triggering clashes
PIC – Violent clashes have erupted Wednesday when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) raided Beta village, south of Nablus, on Wednesday night.


PLO Congratulates Egypt for Successful Voting on Constitution
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014

Erekat: Israeli Settler Attacks Up by 41 Percent
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014

Israel to Take Over Area Around Ibrahimi Mosque
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014

Israel Orders Family to Stop Building of Home
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014

Abbas to Attend Al-Quds Committee Meeting in Morocco
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014

Woman, 4 Children Injured in Israeli Air Attack on Gaza
WAFA – 16 Jan 2014


Kerry implores Syrian opposition to attend peace talks
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – The Syrian National Coalition is poised to vote on whether to join the conference in Montreux, Switzerland, set to begin next week. WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups to not drop out of a peace conference scheduled…

Obama administration releases to lawmakers Iran nuclear deal text
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – WASHINGTON – Facing congressional demands for more details, the Obama administration Thursday released to lawmakers the nine-page text of world powers’ latest nuclear deal with Iran.

Absent Hezbollah suspects on trial in killing of Lebanon’s Hariri
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – Four fugitives linked to the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah militia went on trial in the Netherlands in absentia Thursday, facing terrorism and murder charges in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Egypt’s referendum appears to be big winner amid light turnout
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — In a lopsided margin reminiscent of elections held during ex-dictator Hosni Mubarak’s decades of rule, unofficial results on Thursday indicated that Egypt’s new constitution was approved by nearly 98% of voters.

Early tallies point to a big ‘yes’ vote on Egypt’s constitution
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — Unofficial results Thursday indicated that Egypt’s new constitution was approved by about 98% of voters, a lopsided margin reminiscent of elections that were held prior to the uprising against Hosni Mubarak three years ago.

Car bomb kills 5, injures dozens in Lebanon
LA Times 16 Jan 2014 – BEIRUT — A car bomb detonated early Thursday in the center of the northeastern Lebanese city of Hermel, close to the border with Syria, killing five people and injuring dozens, authorities said.

Italian Port Chosen as Transfer Point for Syrian Chemicals
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – The port of Gioia Tauro, one of the busiest in Europe, was picked because of its facilities for transferring cargo ship-to-ship. 

The Lede: Al Jazeera Denies That Journalists Detained in Egypt Confessed to Terror Charges
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – Egypt said journalists from Al Jazeera English detained on Dec. 29 had “confessed” to being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, but their network denied the claim. 

U.S. Urges Syria Rebels to Attend Peace Talks, Slams Government
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – The United States urged Syria’s opposition on Thursday to attend January 22 peace talks and criticized its government for suggesting the meeting should be about fighting terrorism rather than forging a political settlement. 

Top Iraq Lawmaker to Visit Washington Next Week
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – The speaker of Iraq’s parliament, Usama al-Nujaifi, will visit Washington next week to meet with senior Obama administration officials as Iraq seeks to fend off a surge in violence. 

Netanyahu Says EU States Summon Israeli Envoys Over Settlements
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday some European Union states had called in Israeli ambassadors to hear protests at Israel’s latest announcement of settlement-building and he criticized the move as “hypocritical”. 

The Lede: Hariri Son Discusses Assassination at Lebanon Tribunal
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – A suicide car bomb in a Lebanese town was a bloody backdrop on the opening day of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. 

Army Chief Said to Be Focused on Egypt’s Problems
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – Having secured victory in a referendum on a relatively liberal constitution that he championed, Egypt’s military chief is turning his attention to the country’s overwhelming array of problems — from health and education to government subsidies and investment, insiders said Thursday. 

Bodies of 14 Kidnapped Sunni Tribesmen Found in Iraq
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – The bodies of 14 Sunni Muslim tribesmen were found in date palm groves north of Baghdad on Thursday, a day after they were kidnapped by uniformed men in security forces vehicles, Iraqi police and medics said. 

Kerry to Make Statement on Syria at 1.30 P.m.
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make a statement on Syria at 1:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) on Thursday, the State Department said. 

Bahrain Airshow Says $3B in Deals on First Day
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – Bahrain’s state news agency says the Bahrain International Airshow opened to announcements of more than $3 billion in deals. 

Iran’s President Slams Opponents of Nuclear Deal
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has criticized opponents of a nuclear deal struck with world powers in his country. 

United Nations Says Aid Convoy Reaches Damascus District
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – The United Nations delivered aid to a district in southeast Damascus on Thursday, a day after it said that Syrian authorities had promised to allow humanitarian supplies through to areas cut off by fighting. 

Iranian Minister Says Oil-Goods Swap Deal Not Topic on Russia Visit
New York Times 16 Jan 2014 – A potential multi billion dollar oil-for-goods swap was not on the agenda of meetings with Russian officials, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday during a trip to Moscow. 

JTA: Obama to Congress: Now Isn’t the Time for New Iran Sanctions
Jewish Voice for Peace – President Obama urged Congress not to pass new Iran sanctions and Jewish Voice for Peace is among 62 organizations that signed a letter this week urging the US Senate not to pass new sanctions. Obama to Congress: Now Isn’t the time for new Iran sanctions , JTA ,…

Breaking the Gag: Israeli Police Chief Accused of Sexual Harrassment
Tikun Olam – Maj. Gen. Baruch Stein, accused of sexual harrassment (Flash 90) The Israeli police don’t have enough scandal on their plate, what with Maj. Gen. Menashe Arviv accused of accepting bribes from Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto. Now a new scandal (Hebrew) slouches its way toward Tel Aviv to…

If Rose Fostanes played basketball 
Globes Macro Economics – Reforms in regulations for foreign caregivers are welcome, but don’t go far enough.

Cornell SJP responds to the situation in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp
Mondoweiss – Ruined buildings in the Yarmouk refugee camp, summer 2013. (Photo: Reuters) The situation in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, the ghost capital of the Palestinian Shatat, is intolerable. Over the last several months, the camp’s remaining Palestinians have been closed off from without and deprived…

2015 budget a recipe for unrest
Globes Macro Economics – Further erosion of Israel’s public services is liable to lead to mass protests.

Packed house in London for launch of ‘Gaza Writes Back’
Mondoweiss – The London launch for Just World Books’ new work, Gaza Writes Back Jan.15, 2014 (Photo: Just world Books) There was a packed house for the London launch of Just World Books’ Gaza Writes Back, Short stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine yesterday and I’m…

Hany Abu-Assad’s ‘Omar’ bags Oscar nomination for Palestine
Mondoweiss – Omar Official U.S. Trailer – af from Adopt Films on Vimeo . Nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced this morning and as has become somewhat of a common occurrence there was good news for Palestine. Following 5 Broken Cameras ‘s nomination last year in the…

Jon Stewart plays ‘Let’s break a deal’ with AIPAC
Mondoweiss – Jon Stewart knocks it totally out of the ballpark in this recent episode of the Daily Show. He skewers AIPAC, congress and Israel over AIPAC’s proposed Iran sanctions legislation, and then some. He kills! Bonus a Lindsey Graham imitation to die for– and then a photo of all the…

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 up 1.9% on week
Globes Main News – Bezeq was the biggest decliner on the Tel Aviv 25 list today, but there were strong gains for Israel Corp. following the debt settlement in Zim, and for Israel Chemicals.

Eric Alterman continues to justify lack of Palestinian voices at ‘The Nation’
Mondoweiss – Liberals can sound pretty pathetic when their back is to the wall, and liberal Zionists even more so. A case in point is Eric Alterman. Eric Alterman Rania Khalek has initiated important criticisms, amplified by both Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss , that not only establishment media such…

The search for U.S. charities that support projects in Gaza
Mondoweiss – Photo from the MECA “Let Them Play and Heal” project. (Photo: MECA) While searching the internet for ways a private citizen in the U.S. could support humanitarian projects in the West Bank and Gaza through charities based in the U.S., I was not surprised to find…

Is this a first? State Dep’t rebukes out-of-control Israeli minister
Mondoweiss – Moshe Ya’alon, Israeli Defense Minister Another sweet moment in the special relationship. A religious zealot who is one of their rightwing government ministers–Defense, no less–attacks the US secretary of state over the peace talks, going on a tirade in newspaper interviews and saying Kerry has a…

Netanyahu continues moving the goalposts – announces new settlement bloc Israel must keep in deal with Palestinians
Mondoweiss – (Image: Mondoweiss. Inspiration: The Dersh ) Netanyahu adds another settlement bloc to the list of parts of Palestine that Israel plans to keep. And then there’s the Jordan Valley and so on. Haaretz reports : Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that Israel retain a fourth settlement bloc…

Trading in Alvarion shares suspended
Globes Main News – The company’s shares have been relegated from Nasdaq to the Pink Sheets market.

Sharon’s death is ‘perfect time’ for settler siren’s new Miley Cyrus parody, ode to Gaza settlers
Mondoweiss – Israeli-American Orit Arfa has followed up her Miley Cyrus pro-settler anthem (parody?) “Jews Can’t Stop” with “Gaza Wrecking Ball.” Filmed in the West Bank settlement of Ariel, a pantsless Arfa portrays an uprooted Gaza settler knocking rubble from a demolished house, a pantsless Israeli Defense Forces…

AIPAC fail: Goldberg leads, and Sen. Blumenthal climbs off the war bus
Mondoweiss – Chris Hayes The tide has clearly turned against the sanctions bill that would destroy the Iran deal. It seems only fair to give the most powerful Jewish journalist in the country credit for the change in the current–Jeffrey Goldberg, who has come out strongly against an…

State Comptroller to review Netanyahu bank account
Globes Main News – Joseph Shapira does not intend to conduct an in-depth inquiry into the matter, but will carry out a technical review of the records.

Analysts see no interest rate cut 
Globes Macro Economics – Leader: The Bank of Israel will probably keep the interest rate unchanged, because of the improvement in the global environment and renewed rise in home prices.

Psagot bullish on Israel Chemicals
Globes Main News – Psagot: Potash prices have bottomed out, and prices are rising.

Tower jumps on Jim Cramer recommendation
Globes Main News – Jim Cramer advises tracking the share in his “4 Under-$10 High Tech Stocks to Watch.”

Zim signs $3b debt settlement with creditors
Globes Main News – Israel Corp. loses control of the shipping company in the largest-ever debt write-off in Israel’s history.

Netanyahu’s Jersey account stirs up anger
Globes Main News – Opposition MKs have slammed the prime minister, after the “Globes” revelation about his bank account in a tax haven.

Koor sells remaining Credit Suisse stake
Globes Main News – Since August 2013, Koor has sold 31.06 million shares in Credit Suisse for 897 million Swiss francs.

Israeli Miracle Rabbi Turns State’s Witness Against Both Rep. Grimm and Senior Israeli Police Commander
Tikun Olam – Yesterday, an Israeli judge acknowledged the charade that the gag order in the Miracle rabbi case had become. Not only did I break the gag, but virtually all Israeli publications were nibbling at the edges of the story with tantalizing details leaking out. Finally, the justice…

Elovitch earns $23m on Pilat Media sale
Globes Main News – Shaul Elovitch has sold his stake in Pilat Media to his partner, Riverwood Capital’s SintecMedia, at a value of $100 million.

Israeli energy minister to visit UAE 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – Israeli Energy Minister Silvan Shalom is to travel to the United Arab Emirates – the first such visit since the 2010 murder of a Hamas commander.

Al-Jazeera trio ‘facing charges’ 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – Three al-Jazeera journalists are being detained in Egypt on suspicion of using unlicensed equipment and broadcasting false news, prosecutors say.

US in talks plea to Syria opposition 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Syria’s main political opposition group to decide on Friday to attend next week’s Geneva peace talks.

North Africa: ANHRI Releases the 7th Issue of “Wasla” Newspaper 
allAfrica.com 16 Jan 2014 – [HRInfo]Cairo: -The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today, 16 January 2014, released issue No. 7 of the second publication of “Wasla” newspaper. The issue includes some writings of bloggers along with comments of Internet activists that pertain to the current situation in Egypt and…

Staples Norway to quit selling SodaStream 
Global BDS 16 Jan 2014 – In a Twitter message, they write: “For several reasons, Staples will phase out SodaStream from our stores. We thank @fagforbundet and @norskfolkehjelp for a good dialogue”. SodaStream’s main production facility is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. In using this…

BDS: Permanent Address for Palestinian Solidarity 
Global BDS 16 Jan 2014 – Roger Waters in occupied Palestine. (Image via WagingNonviolence.org) The intellectual dishonesty of Israel’s supporters is appalling. But in some odd way, is also understandable. How else could they respond to the massively growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign? When a non-violent campaign – empowered by…

Israel Gets Poor Environmental Marks on Tu B’Shvat ‘Green Report Card’ 
The Forward New 16 Jan 2014 – In Israel, all indicators show a decline in biological diversity. About one-third of plant species unique to Israel and some two-thirds of all mammals are in danger of extinction. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt’s struggle to motivate the ‘sofa party’ 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – Voter apathy dampens Egypt’s eagerness for referendum turnout

African Immigrants Rise Up From Shadows To Mount Powerful Revolt in Israel 
The Forward New 16 Jan 2014 – African immigrants usually live in the shadows of Israeli society. Now they are rising up to mount a potent challenge to detention and deportation threats. Click here for the rest of the article…

Corpses found in Iraq orchard 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – The bodies of 14 Sunni men are found in an orchard near Baghdad, a day after they were kidnapped by suspected militants, say Iraqi authorities.

Syria chemical arms transport ‘slow’ 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – The UN body tasked with removing and destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal says security concerns have slowed down the process.

Turkey removes top prosecutors, pushes strict Internet bill 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Turkey removed a series of top Istanbul prosecutors from their posts on Thursday, pressing a government purge of the judiciary intended to curb what it considers a specious corruption investigation shaking the government. Istanbul’s chief prosecutor and five of his deputies were among 20 people reassigned…

Egyptian prosecutors charge four al-Jazeera staff 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Egyptian state prosecutors have charged four al-Jazeera English reporters, who were detained last month, with “possessing unlicensed broadcast equipment used to damage Egypt’s national security, publishing false news to disrupt national peace and possessing false images aimed at tarnishing the country’s reputation and weakening its financial…

Michel Suleiman’s ‘Accomplishments’ in Print 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman chairs his country’s delegation during the Arab summit in Doha, Qatar, Monday, March 30, 2009.(Photo: AP – Amr Nabil). Lebanese President Michel Suleiman chairs his country’s delegation during the Arab summit in Doha, Qatar, Monday, March 30, 2009.(Photo: AP – Amr Nabil)….

Netanyahu hardens settlement demands in peace talks: report 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Updated at 5:35pm: Israel’s prime minister has increased the amount of occupied territory he wants to keep after any peace deal with the Palestinians, Israeli radio reported on Thursday, a move that complicates the US-backed efforts to reach an accord. Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman declined to comment…

Czech police finds explosives on site of blast that killed Palestinian envoy 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Czech police said on Thursday they found explosives at the Palestinian mission in Prague while investigating a New Year’s Day blast that killed the ambassador. Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal died after opening a safe, police reported at the time. They ruled out an attack on the diplomat…

Protests throw spotlight on Israel’s African migrant pressures 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – Mass protests of illegal African immigrants test Israel’s resolve

The Story of Two Armenians Arrested by ISIS 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Opposition fighters prepare to storm the headquarters of the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters in the Bab al-Neirab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 7, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Medo Halab). Opposition fighters prepare to storm the headquarters…

Iran: Is Bread Connected to the Nuclear Agreement? 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – An Iranian couple takes photographs on the shore of the Chitgar lake in western Tehran on December 20, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Atta Kenare). An Iranian couple takes photographs on the shore of the Chitgar lake in western Tehran on December 20, 2013. (Photo: AFP -…

Iraq war crimes inquiry: army witness denies allegations of prisoner abuse 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – A former British military intelligence officer denied at a public inquiry on Thursday that he had made death threats and fired shots while questioning Iraqi detainees in 2004. The man, referred to only as “M004” because of his intelligence background, was giving evidence at the long-running…

UN: Growing executions by Syrian rebels a war crime 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Rebels groups in Syria are committing a “soaring” number of executions in the country’s north that could amount to war crimes, the U.N. human rights office announced in a statement released on Thursday. “In the past two weeks, we have received reports of a succession of…

Al-Qaeda militants kill ten soldiers in central Yemen 
Al-Akhbar News 16 Jan 2014 – Al-Qaeda militants killed 10 Yemeni soldiers in three simultaneous attacks Thursday on army positions in the central province of Bayda, a military official said. “Al-Qaeda assailants carried out simultaneous attacks against three military positions in Rada” in Bayda, an extremist stronghold, the official told AFP. Ten…

Hariri murder trial begins at Hague 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – The in-absentia trial of four men accused of murdering Lebanese ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 begins at a special tribunal at The Hague.

US marines probe Iraq burning images 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – The US Marine Corps says it is trying to determine the authenticity of photographs that appear to show marines burning bodies of Iraqi insurgents.

VIDEO: Robert Gates: Iraq future ‘at risk’ 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – The US Defence Secretary who oversaw much of the war in Iraq told the BBC’s Stephen Sackur that violence, coupled with political mismanagement, is putting Iraq’s future at risk.

‘Five hurt’ in Israel Gaza air raids 
BBC 16 Jan 2014 – Five people are injured in a series of Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip after rockets are fired towards Ashkelon in southern Israel, reports say.

VIDEO: Filipina carer wins Israeli X Factor 
BBC 15 Jan 2014 – A Filipina carer, once part of a faceless crowd of foreign workers who tend to Israel’s infirm and elderly, has surprised the country by winning one of its most popular TV singing contests.

Lebanese Christians and the Recurring ‘Quadripartite Alliance’ 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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 Politics 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…


Israeli leaders worried about BDS successes 
Michel (Mikado) Warschawski, Alternative Information Center 1/15/2014
“We are pleased to announce that the planned June 2014 “International Oral History Conference” being organized by Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been rendered a double blow with the withdrawal of their two international keynote speakers:Alessandro Portelli (Italy) and Mary Marshall Clark (USA). The university’s claim to be hosting the “first international oral history conference” was unfounded when they made it; it is even less true now.” By these words, BDS supporters hailed the decision of two keynote speakers to boycott a conference organized by the department of history of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently, the state of Israel and its institutions suffered several other blows from the international campaign to boycott the Israeli apartheid and colonial regime.
The decision of the American Studies Association to endorse BDS, followed by the decision of the Dutch Pension Fund (PGGM) to divest from Israeli banks because they are involved in settlement financial activities, are clear indications that the BDS campaign is reaching a new and higher stage. 
For several years, BDS was essentially conducted by activists and progressive groups and movements: they paved the way. The arrogance of the ultra-right Israeli government’s colonial policy, as well as the set of new apartheid laws concerning the Palestinian minority in Israel, are opening the eyes of much bigger, and sometimes institutional, bodies: major unions, international corporations, political parties (recently, Le Parti de la Gauche in France) are now joining the international BDS campaign.
As a result, more and more Israeli left-centre politicians and columnists are expressing their worry: “Netanyahu’s policy is isolating us in the international arena” said one Knesset member, and journalist Gideon Levy – who recently expressed publicly his support to the BDS campaign – warned that Israel will soon become like South Africa in the last years of the Apartheid regime. [END] e-mail

The whitewashing of Ariel Sharon 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 1/13/2014
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 was at the heart of CNN coverage of his death on January 11.
Sharon spent his last eight years 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, while finding every opportunity to recount his fictional virtue. “Many in the Arab world called Sharon ‘the Butcher of Beirut’ after he oversaw Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon while serving as defense minister,” Duke wrote.
Nevertheless, Sharon was not called the “The Bulldozer” for being “a fearless leader” nor do Arabs call him “the Butcher of Beirut” for simply “overseeing” the invasion of Lebanon. Duke is either ignorant or oblivious to the facts, but the blame is not his alone, since references to Sharon’s heroism was a staple in CNN’s coverage.
Sharon’s demise however, and the flood of robust eulogies will neither change the facts of his blood-socked history, nor erase the “facts on the ground” – as in the many illegal colonies that Sharon so dedicatedly erected on occupied Palestinian land. more.. e-mail

Palestinians scoff at Kerry 
Ahmed Al-Sayed, Gaza, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/8/2014
What was supposed to be a nine-month peace talks process between Israel and the Palestinians under US stewardship appears to have all but failed.
“We are now at a point where the choices narrow down and the choices are obviously real and difficult,” this is how US Secretary of State John Kerry described the outcome of his 10th round of talks with the Palestinians and Israelis.
Negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis resumed last July, following a three-year hiatus because of Israel’s settlement activities.
Initially, officials were hoping to reach a conclusion within nine months, but now it seems that the talks will last for much longer.
The ta
lks failed to make much headway, as Kerry’s bundle of proposals, which he called a “framework”, was deemed too biased to the Israelis.

During four days of shuttle diplomacy that saw Kerry meeting Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians and Saudis, the top US diplomat strove to come up with a final settlement deal addressing the whole gamut of outstanding issues, including borders, security, Jerusalem, and Palestinian refugees.
Kerry speaks of his plan in sanguine terms, calling it “fair” and “balanced”. But the Palestinians say that the plan undermines their basic rights.
Not only does Kerry ask the Palestinians to recognise the “Jewishness of Israel”, but also his plans allow the Israelis to maintain presence on the Palestinian-Jordanian borders. more.. e-mail

PHOTOS: African women march for their rights in Tel Aviv 
+972 Magazine 1/16/2014
Over 1,000 women asylum seekers and their children on Wednesday protested against a new detention center and called on the Israeli government to recognize their rights as refugees.
The march proceeded from south Tel Aviv to UNHCR offices and the U.S. embassy in an action following last week’s general strike and mass protests.
Photos by: Keren Manor, Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv. 
Thirteen photographs of an impressive protest and affirmation. more.. e-mail

Israel to destroy another Haifa neighborhood, evict Palestinian residents
Electronic Intifada: 16 Jan 2014 – Locals say that their history is being erased. more..

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