VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 21 January 2014: Settler violence: It comes with the territory

21 January 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Israel Begins Transfer Of Palestinian Remains
IMEMC – On Sunday night, Israel began transferring the remains of 36 Palestinian militants who were previously buried in numbered Israeli military graves for enemy casualties. … 

Samer al-Issawi’s Home Raided
IMEMC – [Monday, January 20, 2014] An Israeli force raided former prisoner Samer al-Issawi’s home in the Issawiyeh District of occupied east Jerusalem, local media said. … 

Settlers Prevent Farm Access, Vandalize Cars
IMEMC – [Tuesday, January 21, 2014] Israeli forces and settlers, on Tuesday, prevented two Palestinian farmers from Husan, west of Bethlehem, from accessing their farmland located in the middle of the illegal settlement of Bitar Illit, said a local official. …

Rocket Hits Outskirts Of Eilat Resort
IMEMC – At least one rocket struck the outskirts of Israel’s southern Red Sea resort of Eilat, on Monday, according to a security source, Ma’an News Agency has reported. …

Explosive Charge Detonates Near Gaza Border
IMEMC – [Tuesday, January 21, 2014] An explosive charge detonated nearly 200 meters east of the Gaza border fence, on a border road used by the Israeli military, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. …

Ma’an News

Israeli airstrike kills 2 Palestinians in Gaza
1/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip early Wednesday, a Ma’an correspondent reported. [END]

Israeli border police shoot, injure Palestinian near Hebron
1/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli border police officer shot and wounded a Palestinian man near the illegal settlement of Telem in Hebron on Monday. Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an that a Palestinian man approached a female border police officer at a base outside Hebron. After being told to stop in Hebrew and Arabic, the female officer fired a warning shot….

Israeli intelligence detains Palestinian lecturer at Allenby Bridge
1/21/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli intelligence forces detained a Palestinian university lecturer from Nablus at the Allenby Bridge on Monday while he was on his way back from Malaysia via Jordan, a human rights group said. . Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights reported the detention of 35-year-old Ahmad Muhammad Daraghmah, a lecturer at An-Najah National University in the northern West Bank, on its website. According….

Israeli police, inspectors storm home of Samir Issawi
1/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police officers on Tuesday raided the East Jerusalem home of freed Palestinian prisoner Samir Issawi along with inspectors from the Jerusalem municipality. Issawi’s father told Ma’an that a large number of police officers and municipality inspectors broke into his home and took photos of both the interior and the exterior before they left. He pointed out….

Settlers vandalize Palestinian vehicles near Nablus
1/21/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of settlers attacked and damaged several Palestinians vehicles in the Nablus village of Qabalan on Tuesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers stormed the main entrance of the village and punctured the tires of eight vehicles. The settlers also smashed the windshields of….

Rightists, security forces enter Aqsa compound
1/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli rightists accompanied by Israeli forces on Tuesday entered the al-Aqsa compound through the Morrocan gate, witnesses said. They said that 46 Israelis, including a group of 33 led by extremist leader Yehuda Glick, roamed around the compound before leaving from the Chain gate. Witnesses added that over 100 security forces entered the compound. [END]

Israel backs plans for 381 new settler homes, NGO warns
1/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s government has approved plans to build 381 new homes in a settlement near annexed East Jerusalem, settlement watchdog Peace Now said Tuesday.”The Israeli civil administration, which falls under the defense ministry, has published plans for the construction of 381 extra units in Givat Zeev,” said spokesman Lior Amihai, referring to a settlement just south of Ramallah. Peace Now said….

Egypt opens Rafah crossing after 12 days of closure
1/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip was opened on Tuesday after 12 consecutive days of closure, according to Palestinian officials. Officials of the Palestinian crossings department confirmed in a statement that the crossing was open on Tuesday morning and a first bus had already crossed into the Egyptian side of the terminal. Egyptian authorities had decided to….

Israel PM threatens to teach Hamas lesson ‘very soon’
1/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to teach Hamas a lesson “very soon” after recent cross-border violence.” We foil terrorist attacks when we identify that they are in the making and we respond against those who attack us,” Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem at a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.”If Hamas and the other terror organizations….

Hamas denies deploying additional troops at border
1/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government in Gaza denied reports Tuesday claiming that it had deployed additional forces at the Gaza Strip border to stop attacks on Israel. Spokesman for the Gaza government Islam Shahwan told Ma’an that “there was no increase to the numbers of security forces deployed at the borders”. Shahwan added that the resistance would continue acting on….

Israeli restrictions on movement split Palestinian families
1/21/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s restrictions on Palestinian movement between Gaza and the West Bank is separating relatives and making family life impossible for tens of thousands of people, an Israeli human rights report said Monday. Jointly published by rights watchdogs B’Tselem and HaMoked, the 42-page report documents the impact of Israel’s policy of tightly restricting Palestinian movement into and….

2 injured in Gaza explosion
1/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two people were injured after an unidentified object exploded in Jabaliya refugee camp north of the Gaza Strip. Spokesman for the Gaza police Ayub Abu Shaar told Ma’an that two people suffered moderate injuries as a result of the explosion. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. [END]

Israel returns remains of 2 more Palestinians
1/22/2014 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israel on Tuesday returned the remains of two men who were held in “numbered graves,” according to an official tasked with repatriating Palestinian remains. Salim Khillah, cordinator for a committee to retrieve Palestinian remains from Israeli custody, said the remains of Fathi Jihad Ameera and Ata Ibrahim Samhan Samahna were delivered to Taybeh checkpoint near Tulkarem. The remains were taken to….

Analysis: How Stephen Harper weakened Canada’s status in Palestine
1/21/2014 – Dr. Nabeel Shaath is Fatah foreign relations commissioner, member of the PLO Political Committee and former foreign minister. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has visited Palestine. He has met with President Mahmoud Abbas, and he would have been received with the grace and generosity of spirit that is characteristic of Abu Mazen and his people. Mr. Harper will be able to say that he visited Mr….

Iran curbs enrichment as nuclear deal takes effect
1/21/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran halted production of 20 percent enriched uranium on Monday, marking the entry into force of an landmark deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear program. After nearly a decade of negotiations between Western powers and Iran over its nuclear drive, which the West suspected was aimed at developing weapons despite Tehran’s denials, the two sides reached the interim agreement….

Erekat: PA won’t negotiate with Israel past the agreed upon 9 months
1/21/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority will not agree to continue ongoing negotiations with Israel even one day after the agreed upon nine-month time frame is over, the chief of the Palestinian negotiation team told Ma’an on Tuesday. Saeb Erekat told Ma’an via telephone that the issue of extending negotiations past the nine month deadline has not been posed nor….

Abbas: No immediate extension of peace talks
1/21/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday reiterated his commitment to ongoing peace negotiations with Israel, stressing that he was focused on making progress within the nine month time frame originally agreed upon. Abbas said in a joint press conference with his Romanian counterpart, Traian Basescu, at the presidential headquarters in Ramallah that the Palestinians are determined to continue peace efforts in order….

2 Fatah-affiliated lawmakers who fled Gaza in 2007 return
1/21/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Fatah-affiliated lawmakers who fled the Gaza Strip in 2007 returned to the coastal enclave on Tuesday in a sign of warming relations between the two main Palestinian factions. Hundreds of Fatah supporters gathered near Erez crossing to welcome Majid Abu Shammalah and Alaa Yaghi, two elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing the Fatah movement. The lawmakers crossed….

2 killed, one critically wounded in Hebron car accident
1/21/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two men were killed and another seriously injured early Monday in a car accident in Hebron, locals said. Witnesses said a car with three passengers slid off a cliff in the village of Sair. Fire fighters and civil defense rescue teams pulled the car from the valley and ambulances evacuated the injured men. Karim Ayid al-Tarwa and Rajaay Hammad al-Tarwa were….

UN chief boots Iran out of Syria peace talks
1/21/2014 – UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — In an abrupt reversal, the United Nations barred Iran from this week’s Syria peace conference after it refused to back calls for a transitional government to end the country’s war. The unprecedented diplomatic action averted a Syrian opposition boycott of the talks, which are scheduled start in the Swiss town of Montreux on Wednesday. But a….

Qaeda gunmen tighten Fallujah grip as Iraq bombs kill 21
1/21/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Al-Qaeda-linked militants tightened their grip on Fallujah, a city on Baghdad’s doorstep that has been outside of government control for weeks, as bombings in the capital killed 21 people Monday. The latest violence came as security forces pressed a massive assault on anti-government fighters in Ramadi, another predominantly Sunni Arab city where swathes of territory have been outside of the authorities….

Beirut bomb blast ‘kills 4’
1/21/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Four people were killed in an apparent suicide car bombing Tuesday in south Beirut, in the latest in a string of attacks targeting civilian neighborhoods affiliated with Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.” Four people are dead, and there are 35 injured,” Red Cross communications director Ayad al-Monzer said. The official National News Agency said the attack appeared to be a suicide bombing.” Body parts….

Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon claims Beirut bombing
1/21/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — The Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, believed to be a franchise of the Syrian Al-Qaeda-linked group, on Tuesday claimed a bomb attack in Beirut that killed at least four people.”With the help of God almighty we have responded to the massacres carried out by the party of Iran (Hezbollah). . . with a martyrdom operation in their backyard in the southern (Beirut) suburbs,” the group….

Source: Plane carrying Syrian delegation to talks leaves Athens
1/21/2014 – MONTREAUX, Switzerland (AFP) — A plane carrying the Syrian delegation to peace talks in Switzerland left Athens Tuesday after being blocked at the airport for five hours, an official Syrian source said. The source had earlier said Greek authorities had been refusing to refuel the plane, while a Greek civil aviation spokesman said it was being inspected and that a flight plan had not been submitted. [END]

Syrian opposition delegation arrives in Montreux for talks
1/21/2014 – MONTREUX, Switzerland (AFP) — The Syrian opposition delegation arrived in the Swiss town of Montreux late Tuesday for a landmark international conference aimed at ending their country’s bloody civil war, a delegation member said.”The delegation has arrived. They are already in the hotel,” a member of the delegation told AFP. [END]

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: Two Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on Gaza: medics
Relief Web 21 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/21/2014 23:23 GMT GAZA CITY, January 21, 2014 (AFP) – Two Palestinian members of Islamic Jihad were killed in an Israeli air raid in the Gaza Strip overnight, witnesses and medical sources said…

Central African Republic: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 14 – 21 January
Relief Web 21 Jan 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Peace hopes fade as Israel plans 381 more settler homes
Relief Web 21 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/21/2014 17:42 GMT by Delphine MATTHIEUSSENT JERUSALEM, January 21, 2014 (AFP) – Israel moved ahead Tuesday with plans for another 381 homes for West Bank settlers, prompting Palestinian charges it was more interested…

Syrian Arab Republic: Statement by Bureau of Committee on Exercise of Inalienable Rights of Palestinian People on Humanitarian Situation at Yarmouk Camp
Relief Web 20 Jan 2014 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic GA/PAL/1286 The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People issued the following statement today, 20 January: The Bureau of the Committee…

World: Human Rights and Democracy: The 2012 Foreign & Commonwealth Office Report
Relief Web 20 Jan 2014 – Source: Government of the United Kingdom Country: Afghanistan, Belarus, China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Fiji, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia,…

The National

Rogues’ gallery: Former Saidnaya prisoners turned rebels
The National 21 Jan 2014 – A look at former regime prisoners turned Islamist anti-Assad fighters.

Assad regime abetted extremists to subvert peaceful uprising, says former intelligence official
The National 21 Jan 2014 – Radicalised prisoners were set loose to join revolt, providing the regime with proof to back its claims of an Islamist uprising.

Syrian prison a breeding ground for extremists
The National 21 Jan 2014 – A Syrian preacher and former legislator describes the conditions inside the country’s feared Saidnaya prison, where extremists were radicalised in the years before the current uprising against Bashar Al Assad.

Five Libyan ministers resign
The National 21 Jan 2014 – Five ministers from Libya’s Justice and Construction Party have said they would resign from the government on Tuesday, amid fresh violence west of the capital.

Blast kills 4 in Hizbollah stronghold
The National 21 Jan 2014 – An explosion hit Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, reportedly in a stronghold of the Shiite militia Hizbollah.

Number is up for Chilean football club’s Palestine jersey
The National 21 Jan 2014 – Club Deportivo Palestino, which was founded by Palestinian immigrants in Santiago in 1920, have been banned from wearing the shirt and fined by the Chilean football association after members of Chile’s Jewish community complained that the map on the shirt did not recognise the state of Israel

Russia and Iran face a choice about continuing to support ‘crazy’ Al Assad
The National 21 Jan 2014 – Bashar Al Assad fits his own definition of a “crazy person” by killing his own citizens, so why do Russia and Iran continue to support his regime?

Russia: Barring Iran from Syria peace talks a ‘mistake’
The National 21 Jan 2014 – Russia says that an unprecedented decision by the United Nations to bar Iran from taking part in this week’s Syria peace conference was a ‘mistake’ that cast a shadow on the reputation of the global body.

India minister’s wife Sunanda Pushkar died of drug overdose: autopsy report
The National 21 Jan 2014 – The wife of Indian minister Shahshi Tharoor, found dead in a luxury hotel after accusing her husband of being unfaithful, appeared to have died of drug overdose.

Ha’aretz

On pretext of Holocaust education, civil servants taking pleasure tours to Europe
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Washington gets in the way of Israel’s high-tech exports to China
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Why everything is so expensive in Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Obama’s place in history: already assured
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Two Israeli cybersecurity startups raise a combined $25 million
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Fox to make TV series about Syria’s Bashar Assad – in Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Israel kills Gaza militant blamed for rockets during Sharon funeral
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Why the shock? SAR girls’ school let in tefillin 20 years ago
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Tired of baby pictures? How about a life-size 3D fetus?
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Tired of the baby pictures? How about a full-size 3D fetus?
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Settlements, a life-giving disease for Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

UNESCO’s Israel exhibit back on track, sort of
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Eleven Israeli teens indicted for gang rape
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Israel Police to question heads of gas firm linked to deadly blast
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Abbas due in Moscow to meet Putin and other leaders
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Left-wing Australian Jews deplore Canberra’s refusal to censure settlements
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Rabbi Pinto calls bribery suspicions against him ‘terrible persecution’
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

U.S. storms wreak havoc on flights to and from Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

MKs refuse to let Miri Regev handle asylum seekers issue
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

You don’t have to be psychotic to be a comedian – but it helps
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

All clear issued after Purdue University shooting
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Bennett: Palestinian state will destroy Israeli economy
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Topple the taboo against organ donation in Israel
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Hamas deploys forces near Gaza-Israel border to stop rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Israeli newspapers join global industry’s downward trend
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Netanyahu warns Hamas of harsh Israeli response if rocket attacks don’t stop
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

French soccer star Anelka faces charges over inverted Nazi salute
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Poverty in Israel isn’t as bad as thought, says treasury economist
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Report: Israel’s High Court supports policy of ‘secluding’ Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Knesset approves bill to ensure women’s spots on judicial selection committee
Ha’aretz – 21 Jan 2014

Is surrogacy a right of gay male couples?
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

The lost Obama years
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

It’s time to devour the racists
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Lift the veil on West Bank outpost funding
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Harper proves a good friend of Netanyahu, but not necessarily of Israel
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Israeli schools aren’t yet reaching out to gay kids, LGBT leaders say
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Israel will be hard-pressed to respond to Sinai rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Israeli army shelling out over $28 million a year to rent extra office space
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Senior U.S. officials visiting Jerusalem to allay Israeli fears over Iran plan
Ha’aretz – 20 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

Protesters gather outside Sa’ar’s home to demand Israeli surrogacy in Thailand be recognized
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Over 50 picketers demonstrated against Israel’s refusal to issue passports to 65 infants born, or soon to be born, to surrogate mothers in Thailand. 

Israelis give more than NIS 4 billion a year in subsidies to farmers
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – On the one hand, consumers are experiencing high food prices, and on the other taxpayers and consumers are required to give huge subsidies to the agricultural sector. 

A true friend from Canada
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – When the Canadian prime minister declares, as he did in the Knesset, that “through fire and water, Canada will stand with you,” I swell up with pride. 

IDI looks to the public to document a Declaration of Human Dignity
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – “We are living in a highly cleaved society [that is] deeply conflicted,” IDI president says, “This could send a message that we are gathered to tackle it and to challenge it.” 

Animal rights NGOs, MKs slam Agriculture Ministry for ‘inadequate enforcement’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Shamir: Ministry will find the appropriate balance between human needs and protecting animals. 

Communal governance during a time of change
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – A new generation of Jews must learn to confront the new outbreak of anti-Semitism. 

In flap with UN, a chance for the US to look tough on Iran
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Washington’s surprise at the UN inviting Iran to the Geneva II summit, and its insistence on Tehran accepting the Geneva communiqué, allowed the Obama administration a chance to look tough in public on Iran. 

The greatest of friends
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – The full text of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s historic address to the Knesset on Monday. 

Iranian nukes
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Prospects look bleak for any real diplomatic breakthrough on the Iranian nuclear issue. 

UNESCO looks to hold Land of Israel exhibit in June
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Exhibit was postponed in response to a protest by Arab states who fear it could damage the peace process. 

Sea Wind
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Adaptation by Ofira Henig, Halifa Natour Haifa Theater, January 19 

Less than 48% of school dropouts are identified by authorities
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Recent survey depicts substantial worsening of youth drinking in Israel over the last 20 years. 

Government en route to giving NIS 60 million more to Holocaust survivors
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Committee approves legislation granting all 18,500 legally recognized Holocaust survivors an annual grant of NIS 4,750. 

United Hatazalah, ZAKA join forces to become largest first-response organization
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Together, the two emergency services organizations will have more volunteers than MDA and will not charge any fees. 

Regulation of IVF procedures for infertile women both restricted and eased
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Health Ministry drops limitation on women aged 39 and up to apply to in-vitro fertilization. 

Zionist Left disappointed by Harper speech
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Gal-On accuses Canadian PM of having “his head in the sand” and sounding like “the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry.” 

Netanyahu to Davos Wed. to push economy, hold diplomatic and economic meetings 
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Peres to be feted at annual conference 

Abbas rejects extending peace talks beyond nine-month timeline
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – PLO negotiator says Palestinians would not agree to even a one-day extension, denies secret talks being held in Washington. 

From murderer to martyr; French Jew exonerated 350 years too late
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – 344 years after his execution, French Jew cleared of blood libel. 

Hungarian Jews threaten boycott of gov’t Holocaust commemorations
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Head of Ukrainian historical research center allegedly said deportation, massacre of Ukrainian Jews during WW2 was a “police action against aliens.” 

Technician arrested in Jerusalem gas explosion released from custody
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Investigation determines separate technicians came to the apartment on 2 occasions within 3 hours. 

BGU and Dalhousie University of Canada to create Ocean Studies Center in Eilat
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – The center aims to become an internationally recognized gathering place for marine scientists from around the world. 

Israel explores possibility of sending another astronaut to space
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – ISA holds preliminary talks with 4 space agencies about possibility of sending astronaut to International Space Station. 

Nasdaq CEO praises Hapoalim’s new trading floor
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – New infrastructure allows Israeli clients to trade in real time in all of the global markets. 

Al-Qaida-inspired Egyptian group claims rocket attack on Eilat
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Sinai-based terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) warns:”Jews will see things they do not like.” 

Herzog: Bennett trying to undermine Netanyahu, seize leadership of the Right
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Labor leader challenges economy minister’s contention that boycotts are preferable to a Palestinian state. 

EXCLUSIVE: New Yiddish campaign aimed at encouraging hassidim to make aliyah
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – The Religious-Zionist World Mizrahi Movement is urging Yiddish speaking ultra-Orthodox Jews to move to Israel. 

Ten reasons for optimism in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – Despite being still imperfect in some areas, the constitution is certainly a step forward, and is already vastly superior to the former Islamist constitution. 

Report: Egypt’s Sisi to quit post in a few days to run for president
Jerusalem Post 21 Jan 2014 – ‘Al-Hayat’ reports Egyptian military chief will run in March election “in light of wide popular demand”; Mubarak not intending to return to political power 

The Guardian

St James’s Bethlehem wall was a bridge across the divide | @guardianletters
The Guardian 21 Jan 2014 – In your report (18 January) on the possibility of the Church of England appointing a woman bishop by Christmas you say of the main candidates: “Faull is the least controversial candidate. Osborne produced a report friendly…

Uruknet

UK War Crimes Exposed
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – Britain is complicit in most US wars of aggression. It s no surprise when new information surfaces. The July 2002 “Downing Street memo” was leaked to The Sunday Times. In May 2005, it was revealed. Its…

Military Resistance 12A16 the Reward
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – Afghanistan is the world s most corrupt nation (tied with North Korea and Somalia), according to Transparency International. It s a country where public officials have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars, most of it foreign…

Seeing Is Striking: Selling Israeli Warfare
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 — In 2013, Jane s Weekly Defense Magazine ranked Israel as the world s sixth largest arms producer. The country has some six hundred defense companies, including about four hundred devoted to homeland security (HLS). Almost ten…

Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- …Such is the Zionist narrative, and as Palestinian activists we have always rejected it, in its entirety, and have gone to great lengths to expose the hypocrisy of Israel and its savage character. Solidarity groups from all…

Trumpet of Conscience Remembering the Officially Deleted Dr. King 
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- Last summer I happened upon a neat find in a used book store. I found an original edition of Martin Luther King s posthumously published book The Trumpet of Conscience (New York: Harper & Row, 1968) -…

Iraq a hotbed of human trafficking
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – The Heartland Alliance, a US organization that deals with human rights issues, has tracked 100 cases of human trafficking in Iraq during the past two years.Razan Dyler, a representative of the organization in Iraq, told Al-Monitor, “…

Iran sanctions eased as deal sticks
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – The EU and US have lifted limited sanctions against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran had stuck to its part of the landmark deal agreed in November to freeze its nuclear ambitions. In…

UN chief Ban disinvites Iran from Syria peace talks
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – – The United Nations said on Monday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon withdrew Tehran s invitation to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland this week after Iran said it could not accept a June 2012 deal calling…

More than a Civil Rights Leader The Martin Luther King, Jr. You May Not Know
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – …King s most pointed speech against militarism was “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at Riverside Church in NYC on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated. While King…

Urgent appeal from General Military Council of the Iraq rebels
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 -The General Military Council of the Iraq rebels invites all clan s rebels in all uprising provinces to deliver the prisoners of al-Maliki s forces and security services to Red Cross representatives, for the following reasons: 1….

Communique of the Central Media Committee for Support of Iraq
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014- The Iraqi patriotic revolt represents all Iraqis from the north to the south and as such it is against sectarianism and categorically refuses all calls for a Bremer like plan to divide the unity of Iraq into…

The Revolution Between Two Coup D Etats: 11 February and 3 July
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – …As a matter of fact, the army s role in both the political and class struggle going on since the 25th of January 2011 is more complicated than that and it is quiet important to deconstruct…

King s Teachings on US Imperialism Opened My Eyes to Radical Thought – Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- ….So there s a book that I read by Nikhil Pal Singh called Black Is a Country, and in it, he starts with his criticism of the way that the sanitized notion of Martin Luther King is…

PHOTOS: Rally to save sick prisoner Ibrahim Bitar follows Gaza sit-in for detainees
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- Dozens of Palestinians joined a rally organized by the Popular Campaign to Save the Life of the Captive Patient Ibrahim Bitar outside the International Committee of the Red Cross Gaza office this morning.Bitar, a resident of Khan…

A report into the credibility of certain evidence with regard to torture and execution of persons incarcerated by the current Syrian regime
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20 , 2014 – A team of internationally renowned war crimes prosecutors and forensic experts has found “direct evidence” of “systematic torture and killing” by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad s regime, the lawyers on the team say in a…

Evidence of industrial-scale killing by Syria spurs call for war crimes charges 
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- Syrian government officials could face war crimes charges in the light of a huge cache of evidence smuggled out of the country showing the “systematic killing” of about 11,000 detainees, according to three eminent international lawyers… Most…

Syria war crimes evidences 
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 -A person who served for Syrian army for 13 years as a military policeman together with his colleagues took for two years 55,000 photographs of 11,000 people who were systematically tortured to death by Assad regime…. The…

US embarrassment “trumps British justice” in drone victim s case
Uruknet 21 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 -The Court of Appeal in London has today ruled that the case brought against the UK Government by a Pakistani victim of a drone strike cannot proceed as it might result in the “condemnation of the US…

So near and yet so far: Implications of Israeli-Imposed Seclusion of Gaza Strip on Palestinians Right to Family Life 
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – After the 1967 occupation, Israel enabled Palestinians to travel relatively freely between the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Israel. Residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip who married Israeli citizens or Israeli residents (…

“Just a Child” shows how prison leaves mental scars on Palestinian boy
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014 – Mohammad al-Azza pointed to his right cheek, where an Israeli rubber bullet hit his face, breaking many bones. Only six months after he was shot, the scars were miraculously hard to see. “The space between the…

The writing on the wall: Boycott is top story in Israel s No. 1 paper
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- “100 leaders of the economy warn of boycott on Israel,” reads the lead headline in Monday s Yedioth Ahronoth. The sub-headline includes the quote, “The world is losing its patience and the threat of sanctions is increasing….

The Palestinian Capitalists that have gone too far
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 20, 2014- While most Palestinians living under Israeli occupation are struggling to survive, a powerful group of Palestinian capitalists is thriving and growing in political, economic, and social influence. The cost, all too often, is their engagement in economic…

Syria News – Janaury 19, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – Janaury 19, 2014 – By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 115 Martyrs , including9 Women, 22 children and 4 martyrs under torture : 70 Martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 25 Martyrs in Damascus and its Suburbs;…

Serial killings: Mosul protest leaders targeted by both Sunni and Shiite extremists?
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014 -All eyes have been on Anbar. But a series of assassinations of Sunni Muslim tribal heads and clerics who have been leading demonstrations in Ninawa leads to worrying conclusions. Earlier this week, assailants broke into the home…

Military Resistance 12A15 What Goes Around…
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014 – … A massive US government spending bill introduced Monday evening would ramp up war spending for the first time in four years, and it includes billions for new weapon systems. A trillion-dollar, government-wide omnibus spending measure crafted…

The Burglary and COINTELPRO
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014 – In 1971 eight anti-war activists calling themselves the Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI plotted to break into an FBI field office located in Media, Pennsylvania. They knew that the government was conducting a massive spying…

Syrian rebel force rejects upcoming peace talks
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014 — A powerful alliance of Syrian rebels rejected upcoming peace talks on Sunday, meaning that even if the talks reach an unlikely breakthrough in the three year old civil war, it will be harder to implement it…

Obama Defends the Indefensible
Uruknet 20 Jan 2014 – January 19, 2014 – On Friday, Obama addressed sweeping NSA mass surveillance. He defended the worst of police state lawlessness.He believes privacy invasion intrusiveness should comfort us. He lied claiming it makes us safer. How does destroying civil liberties protect…

Daily Star

Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi, the White House said.

Assad’s future a ‘red line’ for peace talks: Syria FM
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 The future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a “red line” for the government delegation in peace talks, the foreign minister said Tuesday on the eve of their opening.

U.S. says reports of killings in Syria suggest widespread, systematic violations
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 A report on the torture and killing of thousands of detainees in Syria are horrific and suggest systematic violations by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Bahrain opposition holds talks with government
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 Members of Bahrain’s political opposition say they have held additional talks with the government in a further step toward reconciliation in the strategic Gulf island nation.

Bomb hits Pakistani bus full of Shiite pilgrims, 22 dead
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 A bomb ripped through a bus full of Shi’ite pilgrims in western Pakistan and killed at least 22 people on Tuesday, police said, extending a spate of sectarian attacks that have shaken the South Asian nation.

UN defends Iran exclusion from Syria talks
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 The United Nations on Tuesday strongly defended Iran’s exclusion from Syria peace talks after criticism from Russia and the Tehran government.

Snowden trial could be awkward for US
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 Putting former NSA contractor Edward Snowden on trial for leaking U.S. surveillance information could be an awkward public spectacle for the Obama administration.

Putin, Obama discuss Syria conference over telephone: Kremlin
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 U.S. President Barack Obama spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephone on Tuesday, and the leaders discussed an internationally sponsored conference on Syria, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Jihadists claim rocket fire on Israel Red Sea resort
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 A jihadist group based in Egypt’s Sinai claimed responsibility Tuesday for firing rockets a day earlier at Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat, calling the Jewish state the Muslim world’s top enemy.

Italy seeks to calm fears over Syrian chemical weapons transfer
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 The Italian government on Tuesday rejected what it called unjustified alarmism over plans to handle nerve agent components from Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal at a port in the Calabria region.

Libya PM vows to stay on as Islamists quit cabinet
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan vowed Tuesday to stay at his post, and Islamist ministers later quit his government in protest at persistent lawlessness that saw him briefly abducted last year.

Yemeni president’s term extended, Shi’ite Muslim leader killed
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 Yemen’s political factions extended the president’s term by a year and approved a new federal system at the end of national reconciliation talks on Tuesday, a milestone in the troubled country’s transition to democracy.

Iraq executes 26 men, including anti-Qaeda leader
Daily Star 21 Jan 2014 Iraq on Tuesday announced the execution of 26 men convicted of “terrorism”, including a high-profile anti-Qaeda militia commander whose arrest in 2009 prompted fierce street battles in Baghdad.

YNet News

Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – ….

IDF strikes in Gaza; 22-year-old involved in rocket fire killed
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – ….

New video of Toronto mayor emerges
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – ….

Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – ….

Syria peace talks: Hyped as crucial, downplayed
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – ….

Vatican hotel kitchen goes kosher for a day
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – Four-course lunch hosted by Pope Francis for dozen Argentine rabbis last week includes extensive, rabbinically supervised sterilizing of kitchen that on-site kosher cooking entails ….

Geneva II Conference doomed to failure 
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – Analysis: Syria peace talks will reach an agreement on fighting terror, but will raise an argument on the identity of the real terrorists: Rebels or Assad regime ….

Stop looking for traitors in every corner
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Why is almost everything taking place in Israel seen as a New Israel Fund conspiracy? ….

The infiltrators’ Israeli supporters
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Human rights groups, like the New Israel Fund, are cunningly working to turn Israel into a state of all citizens and neuter its Jewish character ….

Pope may open Holocaust-era archives 
YNet News, 21 Jan 2014 – Rabbi Abraham Skorka, a good friend of Pope Francis, says the pontiff is interested in opening the archives on wartime Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Nazi genocide of Jews in Europe ….

Israel will have to do something about the Gaza rockets – but what? 
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Analysis: What will the IDF do if the rocket fire at southern Israel continues? Ynet analyst Ron Ben-Yishai looks at strategies, understandings with Hamas and agreements with Egypt ….

Hamas deploys forces to prevent rocket fire on Israel
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Organization running Gaza Strip has set up security checkpoints to prevent escalation of hostilities with Israel. Diplomatic communications through Egyptian mediator help avert breakdown of status quo ….

West, Iran activate landmark nuclear deal 
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Islamic republic halts most sensitive nuclear operations as US, EU relieve some economic sanctions ….

Harper: Canada supports Israel because it is right to do so
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Harper stresses Canada’s strong bond with Israel, saying ‘Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable’, apologizes for Nazi-era negligence, denounces boycotts of Jewish State – and is heckled by Arab parliamentarians ….

Rockets hit open area in south
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Two rockets hit open areas near Eilat, one in Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries reported ….

Syrian opposition issues ultimatum on peace talks
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Rebel group presents Iran and United Nations with deadline to revoke Islamic republic’s invitation to Geneva talks ….

Canada pledges financial aid to West Bank
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – PM Harper says Canada would provide additional financial support for West Bank, in meeting with Abbas in Ramallah ….

Students show support for ‘leftist’ teacher facing dismissal
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Civics teacher faces possible dismissal after allegedly telling students ‘IDF isn’t most moral army in world’. Some 200 students riot on his behalf, ‘we talk about these subjects, isn’t that democracy?’ student asks ….

Syria’s Assad: ‘Significant’ chance I’ll seek new term
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – In exclusive interview, two days before Geneva peace conference aimed at resolving Syrian civil war, President Bashar Assad says appointing opposition figures to post of prime minister is ‘good joke’ ….

UN agency: Iran stops high end uranium enrichment
YNet News, 20 Jan 2014 – Tehran begins implementing historic Geneva nuclear deal as IAEA inspectors start to dismantle uranium enrichment centrifuges at Iranian Natnaz plant ….

Palestinian Information Center

Hamas: Canadian Prime Minister’s statements at the Knesset are racist
PIC – Hamas movement strongly condemned the statements of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party, that support Israel.

IOF soldiers kidnap the son of Jamal Abul Haija, many others
PIC – Israeli special forces arrested on Tuesday afternoon the son of the captive leader Sheikh Jamal Abul Haija after storming his workplace in the city of Jenin.

Israeli police secure mass desecration of Aqsa Mosque by settlers and soldiers
PIC – 157 Jewish settlers, soldiers and intelligence officers on Tuesday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque under tight police protection.

Hamas condemns explosion in southern Beirut
PIC – Hamas movement condemned the explosion that ripped through Haret Huraik in the southern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday morning.

Serious deterioration in two prisoners’ health condition
PIC – The health condition of the prisoners Salah al-Titi and Thaer Halahla has sharply deteriorated, the PA Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said.

IOF arrests two Palestinian notables in Jenin
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn Tuesday two notables in the village of Rumana, west of Jenin in the north of the West Bank, after storming their homes.

Prisoners Bilal and Amer persistent in their hunger strike until their release
PIC – The Palestinian Authority (PA) preventive security apparatus still refuses to release political prisoners Saeed Bilal and Saleh Amer, who have been on hunger strike for more than nine days.

Israeli navy detains fisherman and tows his boat
PIC – Israeli navy detained a Palestinian fisherman, and a boy who was assisting him, and towed his boat off the coast of northern Gaza Strip on Monday night.

WAFA

Youth Shot during Clashes near Hebron
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Israeli Soldiers Prevent Farmers Access to their Land
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Israeli Force Abducts Palestinian in Jenin
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Ban: 2014 a Decisive Year for Palestinians, Israelis
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Police Raid home of Released Hunger Striking Prisoner
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Settlers Destroy Crops near Hebron
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Poultry Farm Destroyed in Fire
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Romanian President Starts Official Visit to Palestine
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Force Arrests Senior Fatah Member in Jerusalem
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Five People from Jenin, Bethlehem
WAFA – 21 Jan 2014

Misc

Syria peace conference negotiators arrive in Switzerland
LA Times 21 Jan 2014 – MONTREUX, Switzerland – This fashionable lakeside city, known for its annual jazz festival, chic shops and tranquil alpine vistas, was abuzz Tuesday with eleventh-hour preparations for a long-anticipated international gathering aimed at halting Syria’s nearly three-year civil war.

Photos may provide evidence of torture, killing of Syria detainees
LA Times 21 Jan 2014 – With peace talks due to begin this week in Switzerland, a report lays out new evidence that the Syrian government engaged in the “systematic torture and killing” of detainees that it says could support charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Assassins in Yemen kill two leaders; third survives separate attack
LA Times 21 Jan 2014 – SANA, Yemen — In the latest in a spate of assassinations in Yemen, gunmen on Tuesday shot and killed a leading member of a Shiite Muslim group on his way to reconciliation talks and a senior advisor to a provincial governor was slain by a…

Israelis wary over interim nuclear deal between major powers and Iran
LA Times 21 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM — At a cafe in Jerusalem, Giora Shamis greeted the announcement that Iran has begun rolling back its nuclear program with a shake of his head.

Egyptian court sets Morsi foreign-conspiracy trial for Feb. 16
LA Times 21 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Tuesday set a Feb. 16 date for deposed president Mohamed Morsi to go on trial on charges of colluding with foreign militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Iran halts part of uranium enrichment efforts; West loosens sanctions
LA Times 20 Jan 2014 – The moves are small first steps toward a deal to try to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capability. TEHRAN — Iran suspended part of its uranium enrichment efforts Monday and the U.S. and European Union began loosening some economic sanctions, the first concrete steps…

Israel Kills Gaza Militant Blamed for Rockets During Sharon Funeral
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral last week. 

Engineer Charged With Trying to Leak Details on U.S. F-35 Program to Iran
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – A former engineer for defense contractors has been indicted on charges that he tried to send Iran secret details on the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 joint strike fighter program, the office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut said on Tuesday. 

Twitter Q. and A. on Syria Peace Talks
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Anne Barnard of The Times answered readers’ questions on the conflict in Syria and Wednesday’s peace conference. 

Obama, Putin Discuss Olympics Security in Call
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a “safe and secure” Winter Olympics in Sochi, the White House said. 

Excluded Iran Says Its Role At Syria Talks Will Be Missed
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – After Iran was invited to and then quickly disinvited from a coming peace conference on Syria, Iranian officials and commentators said it was the attendees who would be missing out. 

Suicide Bomber Strikes in South Beirut, Killing at Least 4
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – The blast in an area where Hezbollah holds sway was the latest in a series of attacks that are being seen as retaliation for the role groups are playing in Syria’s civil war. 

Progress at Algerian Plant That Terrorists Hit
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Algeria’s energy minister says a gas installation where a terrorist attack left at least 37 hostages dead last year will soon return to full production. 

Hungarian Jews Threaten Boycott of Holocaust Commemoration
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Hungarian Jewish leaders said on Tuesday they may stay away from commemorations of the Holocaust in 2014 because of resurgent anti-Semitism in a nation that has struggled to come to terms with a wartime role in deporting Jews. 

Nuclear Progress Won’t End Tensions for Iran, West
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – The U.N. decision to revoke Iran’s invitation to this week’s Syrian peace talks almost as quickly as it came was a reminder that the path to reconciliation between Tehran and the West is hardly a smooth one. Progress on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program is no guarantee of an easing of tensions in the multiple disputes between the two sides. 

Kurds Solidify Autonomy in Syria on Eve of Peace Talks
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Kurds in Syria declared a provincial government in the north of the country on Tuesday, consolidating their geographic and political presence on the eve of peace talks in Switzerland at which they will not be represented. 

U.S. Says Reports of Killings in Syria Suggest Widespread, Systematic Violations
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Photographs of the torture and killing of thousands of detainees in Syria suggest serious international crimes by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday. 

Bahrain Opposition Holds Talks With Government
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – Members of Bahrain’s political opposition say they have held additional talks with the government in a further step toward reconciliation in the strategic Gulf island nation. 

UN: Ban Had Only ‘Oral Understanding’ With Iran
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – A spokesman for Ban Ki-moon says the U.N. chief believed he had reached an “oral understanding” with Iran’s foreign minister before inviting Iran to this week’s Syria peace talks. 

Human Rights Watch Criticizes Inaction on Syria
New York Times 21 Jan 2014 – In its annual report, Human Rights Watch said the desire to bring the Syrian government to peace talks should not be a pretext for failure to shield civilians. 

Obama says likelihood of Iran deal and Israeli-Palestinian agreement are both under 50%
Mondoweiss – Obama walks out on stage in Jerusalem last March to deliver speech, photo by Pete Souza David Remnick’s piece on traveling with Obama has a number of Israel moments, including a fundraiser at Haim Saban’s spread in California. Obama told me that in all three of…

Palestinian teens scale Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness
Mondoweiss – Yasmeen El Najjar and Mutussam Abu Kirsh train on treadmills (photo: Friday magazine) Exciting news. Two Palestinian teens Mutussam Abu Kirsh, 16, and Yasmeen El Najjar, 17, are scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at 19,341 feet above sea level, to raise awareness of the plight of sick and injured…

UK Ambassador to Israeli TV: BDS “Not Yet Tsunami”
Tikun Olam – Israeli TV Channel 2 news aired a lengthy segment on the economic costs of BDS to Israel’s corporate bottom line. It is, as far as I know, the first full, dispassionate coverage of the subject in the Israeli media. The report, aired on the weekend news…

An open letter to Stephen Harper, agent of colonialism, injustice and hypocrisy
Mondoweiss – Benjamin Netanyahu and Stephen Harper. (Photo: SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS) This letter was written in response to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel. Dear Mr. Harper, Before I begin my letter, I must acknowledge that I have the pleasure of being allowed to…

Ignoring Human Rights Watch report, NYT suggests 15-year-old goaded Israeli soldiers who killed him
Mondoweiss – Jalazoun camp Isabel Kershner reports for the New York Times on a strike by UN relief workers in the West Bank that is stoking tensions inside Palestinian refugee camps. Outside the [Jalazoun] camp’s main entrance, youths were throwing stones, goading Israeli soldiers among the olive trees…

BDS leaders say Palestinian human rights are compatible with Israeli Jewish future
Mondoweiss – Image via WaronWant.org The American Studies Association’s (ASA) move to censure Israel sparked a deluge of pro-Israel responses claiming that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement seeks the “destruction” of Israel. It is a line of attack that conjures up the ghosts of the Holocaust…

Concerned about a boycott? Oh, really! 
Globes Macro Economics – If the 100 “leaders of the economy” travelling to Davos want to do some good, they can start at home.

Israel, India mull $40m joint venture tech fund 
Globes Macro Economics – The fund will support media, software, agriculture, energy, water, and aerospace ventures.

Israel bidding to send second astronaut into space 
Globes Macro Economics – Israel is in talks with the world’s space agencies to add an Israeli astronaut on a manned space mission in the coming years.

Histadrut threatens general strike
Globes Main News – Histadrut deputy chief Avi Nissenkorn has voiced vehement opposition to government plans to declare unions a monopoly.

Teva acquires NuPathe for $144m
Globes Main News – Teva will also make milestone payments if targets are achieved for NuPathe’s Zecuity patch for treating acute migraine.

Larry King, Technion team to promote Israeli high tech
Globes Main News – Larry King and the Technion are establishing the Israel Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce to foster Israeli high tech.

What gov’t must do for small businesses 
Globes Macro Economics – The government should set threshold conditions in government tenders, adapt regulations to business size, offer tax breaks, and improve the payment ethic.

Tue: Teva acquisition boosts market
Globes Main News – Teva rose strongly on the acquisition of NuPathe, while Bezeq recorded the strongest gain on the Tel Aviv 25 Index.

Gilat wins Israeli gov’t satellite tender
Globes Main News – Gilat Satcom will supply fixed and satellite-on-the-move (SOTM) communications services.

‘Economist’ pulls cartoon showing Obama shackled to Congress bearing Star of David
Mondoweiss – Economist cartoon, since removed This cartoon was published by the Economist to accompany an article about threats to the Iran deal . The cartoon unleashed criticism. (Per the JTA and t he Times of Israel). And the Economist now has this afterword to the story: “The print…

When you watch football, you are complicit in violent assault
Mondoweiss – Junior Seau Is it sadistic to watch football? Yes. Football is surely the most competitive and exciting popular sport in the States. But it now involves so much violence that it puts a viewer in a dubious moral position. Sunday was no exception. One conference championship…

Kerry’s Syrian illusion
Mondoweiss – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens at the outset of the Syrian Donors’ Conference in Kuwait City , Kuwait, on January 15, 2014 This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page ….

Netanyahu unrepentant over tax haven account
Globes Main News – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken briefly about the Jersey account revealed by “Globes.”

“We need independent player with 70 BCM gas” 
Globes Energy & Water – Antitrust Authority chief David Gilo: If Delek and Noble don’t meet conditions for competition, I’ll fight in court to take away Leviathan.

BiondVax universal flu vaccine matches all pandemic strains
Globes Main News – The tests compared the vaccine elements and the elements contained in new avian influenza strains, which have managed to infect humans, and some of which are lethal.

Pluristem reports positive muscle injury trial
Globes Main News – After falling 19% yesterday on fear of a failed trial, the stem cell company’s share price is up 20% this morning.

Migdal found in contempt of court over unionization
Globes Main News – Migdal and chairman Shlomo Eliahu will be fined NIS 200,000 for every approach to employees.

Shekel strengthens slightly
Globes Main News – FXCM: The strengthening of the dollar in international markets should send the shekel-dollar rate higher, but the shekel is staying strong.

Israel Gaza strike kills militants 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Two Palestinian militants are killed by an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Israeli officials say.

US and UN ‘horror’ at Syria report 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – The US and UN express horror at allegations in a new report that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees.

Canada’s Prime Minister Won’t Single Out Israel for Criticism, Despite West Bank Concerns 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jan 2014 – Israel is aware of Canada’s concern about West Bank settlements but does not need to be singled out for criticism, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Romania Premier Traian Basescu Battles Holocaust Denial With Mixed Results 
The Forward New 21 Jan 2014 – Romania has owned up to its Holocaust record more directly than ever – progress that has facilitated its integration into the European Union and helped forge lucrative ties with Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Hungary Jews Mull Boycott of Holocaust Events 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jan 2014 – Hungarian Jewish leaders said on Tuesday they may stay away from commemorations of the Holocaust in 2014 because of resurgent anti-Semitism in a nation that has struggled to come to terms with a wartime role in deporting Jews. Click here for the rest of the article……

VIDEO: Parents call for journalist’s release 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – The parents of an Australian ex-BBC correspondent, Peter Greste, who along with two other Al-Jazeera journalists is being detained in Egypt, appeal to the authorities for his release.

UN year of solidarity with the Palestian people begins with boycott success 
Global BDS 21 Jan 2014 – In November of last year, the UN General Assembly designated 2014 as the UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. Just three weeks into 2014, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has again shown that it represents an increasingly effective form of solidarity…

Islamists quit Libya government 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Libya’s Islamist Justice and Construction Party, the second largest party in the interim administration, says it is quitting the government.

The Economist Pulls ‘Anti-Semitic’ Cartoon on Barack Obama and Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jan 2014 – The Economist removed a cartoon from an article on its internet edition that has been characterized as anti-Semitic. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Palestine’ Soccer Team Agrees To Yank 1-State Map From Jersey 
The Foward Breaking News 21 Jan 2014 – Chile’s top soccer league has penalized the Palestine Football Club with a fine after playing in three official matches wearing uniforms showing the entire map of Israel as Palestine. Click here for the rest of the article…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Squeezed Hard as Iran Sanctions Fight Heats Up 
The Forward New 21 Jan 2014 – As the Iran sanctions battle heats up, Debbie Wasserman Schultz is caught in the crossfire between Jewish activists who want tougher measures and President Obama. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egyptians on Trial for Starting Muslim Brotherhood Branch in UAE 
allAfrica.com 21 Jan 2014 – [AI London]Twenty Egyptians and 10 nationals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) charged in connection with setting up an “international” branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE, are at risk of being wrongfully convicted following a trial marred by a catalogue of human rights violations,…

Israel’s Booming Tech Start-Up Nation Starts To Give Back 
The Forward New 20 Jan 2014 – As Israel’s tech-driven economy grows, so are corporate social responsibility efforts — a trend that mobile start-up Waze boosted to the tune of $1.5 million. Click here for the rest of the article…

Agreement at Yemen’s dialogue talks 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference agree a document on which the new constitution will be based, hours after a delegate is shot dead in Sanaa.

Israel announces another 381 settler homes 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – Israel moved ahead Tuesday with plans for another 381 homes for West Bank settlers, prompting Palestinian charges it was more interested in building settlements than building peace. It was the third such announcement in just over two weeks, and raised to 2,530 the number of new…

Netanyahu threatens to “teach Hamas a lesson” 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper (unseen) following their meeting in Jerusalem, on January 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with his Canadian…

Remembering Haret Hreik’s Victims: Loss, Tears, and Perseverance 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – Maria Jawhari, an 18-year-old resident of the area, posted on her Facebook page: “This is the third bombing I escaped from, I don’t know if I’ll die in the fourth.” (Photo: Facebook). Maria Jawhari, an 18-year-old resident of the area, posted on her Facebook page: “This…

Iraq executes 26 for ‘terrorism’ 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Iraq executes 26 people convicted of “terrorism”, despite international criticism of the country’s increasing use of the death penalty.

Haret Hreik: Once Again On The Front Lines 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – A suicide bomber killed four people and injured almost 50 others after he detonated a car packed with explosives on Arid Street in the Haret Hreik neighborhood in the southern suburbs of Beirut. Tuesdays explosion took place within meters of a previous attack that occurred earlier…

UAE jails 30 over ‘Brotherhood ties’ 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – A court in the UAE sentences 20 Egyptian and 10 Emirati Islamists to up to five years in prison after convicting them on national security charges.

Iran accuses UN chief of cowardice after rescinding Geneva invite 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon closes his eyes during a minute of silence for killed UN staff in Afghanistan prior to his speech before the conference on Disarmament on January 21, 2014 at the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: AFP – Fabrice Coffrini) UN Secretary…

VIDEO: Syria crisis – Geneva II explained 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Syria peace talks in Geneva explained – in 60 seconds.

Plane carrying Syrian delegation blocked in Athens 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – A plane carrying the Syrian delegation to peace talks in Switzerland left Athens Tuesday after being blocked at the airport for five hours, an official Syrian source told AFP. The source had earlier said Greek authorities had been refusing to refuel the plane, while a Greek…

Syria: Caliph’s ‘Convert or Leave’ Pact Revived for Christians 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – A Syrian Christian, assists a disabled elderly woman in the courtyard of Mar Elias House, a church hostel for the indigent in the old City of Aleppo, on September 16, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Jm Lopez). A Syrian Christian, assists a disabled elderly woman in the…

Lebanon: Israel Violates Border to Retrieve Spy Equipment 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – A picture taken from the Lebanese village of Adaysseh shows Israeli soldiers patrolling along the Israeli-Lebanese border on January 20, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat). A picture taken from the Lebanese village of Adaysseh shows Israeli soldiers patrolling along the Israeli-Lebanese border on January 20,…

Uncertainty clouds Syria peace talks 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – Syria peace talks were in disarray on Tuesday before they began, buffeted by a botched UN invitation to Iran, an explosion in Beirut and unverified photographs that claim to show the Syrian government has tortured and killed thousands. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s unexpected, last-minute decision on…

Iraq executes 26 men for “terrorism” 
Al-Akhbar News 21 Jan 2014 – Iraq has executed 26 men convicted of “terrorism,” the justice ministry said on Tuesday, despite widespread international condemnation of Iraq’s extensive use of the death penalty. “The justice ministry carried out the executions of 26 (men) convicted of crimes related to terrorism on Sunday,” a statement…

Lebanese Leaders Continue to Rally for a Secular Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 21 Jan 2014 – Last week, on January 16, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri held its first trial. The truth is nigh. The billboard in Beirut, which features a digital ticker counting the days till the trial, has been renovated. It…

Deadly bomb strikes Beirut suburb 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – A bomb blast blamed on a suspected suicide attacker hits a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut, reportedly killing four people.

Ransom drive for S African hostage 
BBC 21 Jan 2014 – Supporters of South African teacher Pierre Korkie held hostage in Yemen launch a campaign to raise the ransom his al-Qaeda kidnappers are demanding.

General Ashraf Rifi’s Solitary Battle: Take Note, I am Here! 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Jan 2014 – General Ashraf Rifi is waging an orphaned battle in Tripoli, without a political umbrella or regional patronage, and the city is paying the price. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah). General Ashraf Rifi is waging an orphaned battle in Tripoli, without a political umbrella or regional patronage, and the…

Four dead in South Beirut suicide blast 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Jan 2014 – Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the southern suburbs, and huge crowds gathered around the explosion site as emergency services attempted to remove those wounded from the area. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Large plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the southern suburbs,…

Geneva’s key role in international talks 
BBC 20 Jan 2014 – How Geneva became the world’s city of choice for difficult diplomacy

Chilean ‘anti-Israel’ shirt banned 
BBC 20 Jan 2014 – The Chilean football federation bans top division club Palestino from using controversial “anti-Israel” shirts.

Geneva II: Stifling Syrian Voices 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Jan 2014 – Syrian opposition fighters fire at government forces planes flying overhead in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 19, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mahmud al-Halabi) Syrian opposition fighters fire at government forces planes flying overhead in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 19,…

Lebanon: March 14 Christians on Shaky Ground With Hariri 
Al-Akhbar Politics 20 Jan 2014 – Hariri is not very pleased with his alliance with Geagea and Gemayel. Even though they all shared a common political position in 2005.(Photo: Marwan Tahtah). Hariri is not very pleased with his alliance with Geagea and Gemayel. Even though they all shared a common political position…

Articles


Settler violence: It comes with the territory 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 1/21/2014
Unlike any other aspect of the occupation, settler violence is something nobody outside the radical fringe in Israel will defend. This, alone, they’ll denounce. And yet, nobody — in Israel or internationally — has found the political will to put a stop to the decades-long phenomenon, even when the victims are U.S. citizens.
The burned door of the Khalil family home, months after settlers set it on fire while seven family members slept inside. (Photo:Activestills.org)
Kamal Shaban, a farmer in the West Bank village of Sinjil, is watching workmen repair a local family’s house that had recently been firebombed by settlers in the middle of the night, forcing the parents and five children asleep inside to flee to the rooftop. As for himself, Shaban tells me that during the autumn olive harvests, settlers have stoned the laborers in his fields, turned over a tractor, stolen sacks of olives and once broke a worker’s arm with a big rock – all under the eye of Israeli soldiers required by the Supreme Court to protect the farmers.
He asks: “Why do the United States, the European Union and the United Nations call Hamas terrorists and Hezbollah terrorists, but they don’t call these people terrorists?”
The phenomenon of settler violence against Palestinians, which is as old and as vibrant as the settlements themselves, tells you everything you need to know about how serious Israel is about ending its rule over a foreign people. It also tells you everything you need to know about how serious the world is about forcing Israel to end it.
Settler violence, lately characterized mainly by masked young men roaming the West Bank and attacking Palestinian farmers with stones, clubs or rifles and burning their olive groves, their fields, and occasionally their schools, mosques and homes…. more.. e-mail

Terrorism, nationalism and neoliberalism 
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/20/2014
States are increasingly employing the hegemonic discourse of “terror” to justify collective punishment, the dehumanisation of perceived enemies and the discrimination against communities based on their race or religion, as well as to deny political rights to oppressed groups. In nearly every context, this imagined war on “terror” promotes repressive nationalist projects that either directly or indirectly benefit the interests of Zionism and American empire.
As lawyer Jonathan Turley recently argued in Al-Jazeera English, the US-led war on “terror” has created a vast industry linking American foreign policy together with multinational corporations and a growing government bureaucracy that sustains the US economy by employing millions. Turley notes that: “The core of this expanding complex is an axis of influence of corporations, lobbyists, and agencies that have created a massive, self-sustaining terror-based industry.”
Furthermore, the US has exported its discourse of “terror” so successfully that both allies and foes alike are now embracing the hegemonic framework, ultimately empowering this neoliberal axis of elites who financially benefit from the world being in a perpetual state of war.
As a product of empire myself, I cannot help thinking that it is a mad world indeed when those who my country has labelled terrorists in order to unfairly criminalise, murder and oppress them suddenly start ascribing others with the same label. Although we all know that the war on “terror” can never be won by force, we seem to have forgotten that empire still profits from waging it.
In fact, the globalisation of the war on “terror” illustrates that empire is winning…. more.. e-mail

Question for the US administration 
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/16/2014
This is my $64,000 question to the Obama administration, echoing yesteryear’s popular television programme where if you correctly answered the first question, you got your first dollar and then would go doubling the preceding prize all the time, until one would earn $64,000: Why has it failed so far to twist Israel’s arms for failing to reach a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians since 1967? In his just published memoir, Robert Gates, former secretary of defence in the Obama administration, revealed that he had once a heated discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
over the $60 billion US arms sale to Saudi Arabia. Netanyahu asked Gates: “How about a counterbalancing investment in our military? How do we compensate on the Israeli side?” Gates writes: “Exasperated, I shot back that no US administration has done more, in concrete ways, for Israel’s strategic defence than Obama’s.” He goes on: “I used the line that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Netanyahu, Gates says, “replied acidly. ‘In the Middle East, the enemy of my enemy is my frenemy.” According to Bloomberg News, Gates also has some criticism for Israel in his book titled “Duty”. He writes: “I believe Israel’s strategic situation is worsening, its own actions contributing to its isolation.” Well and good. Gates hit the nail on the head…. 
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Far from the Israeli personal insults to the US state secretary Kerry 
Salim Nazzal, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/17/2014
This week the relationship between the state of Israel has witnessed some strain, over what the Us has described as the (offensive) and (inappropriate) words of the Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon, about the state of secretary John Kerry peace proposals. Yaalon was quoted to have described Kerry diplomatic efforts as being (misplaced obsession and Messianic fervor!).
However, it’s obvious that Yaalon has forgotten simple historical facts that without the Us back Israel could not have managed to occupy, and challenging international laws over 65 years. Moshe Yaalon is not attacking any country. He attacks a country that went to war for Israel, paid millions of money and; used two thirds of its veto at the UN for Israel; and a country that exposed its international relation, and image to criticism for Israel.
But it seems that the Zionist state demands from the Us have gone beyond all limitations. This was Chrystal clear towards the question of Iran, where Israel has been unsuccessfully lobbying that the Us go to war with Iran for the sake of Israel, a question that pro Israel American politicians found it too much.
Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Intelligence Committee, for instance, addressed this point directly by stating that (While I recognize and share Israel’s concern, we cannot let Israel determine when and where the US goes to war!).
In the mean time Kerry has been touring the middle east lately in the hope of finding a lasting peace in the region, struck by wars since the plantation of the Zionist state in Palestine in 1948.
Kerry is hoping that he would by April achieve progress on the main issues which includes border, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian refugees. But it is doubtful in light of the Zionist culture of land theft, that a fair solution could be achieved, without a radical shift of the Us towards Israel. And it’s doubtful that such thing happens soon. more.. e-mail

Hopes for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation grow, despite ongoing repression
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jan 2014 – Mothers who lost sons in Fatah-Hamas clashes still hope rift can be mended. more..

After glorification of Sharon, only boycott can reveal Israel’s truth
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jan 2014 – What Sharon’s victims deserved, and never received, was justice and restitution. more..

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