VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 24 January 2014: The impact of recognising Israel as a Jewish state

24 January 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Germany Excludes Settlements From Science Grants
IMEMC – The German government is continuing grants to Israeli high-tech companies, as well as renewing a scientific cooperation agreement, on the inclusion of a territorial clause stating that Israeli entities located in the West Bank settlements or East Jerusalem will not be eligible for funding, according to Haaretz. …

Gaza Protester Killed, One Injured
IMEMC – [Friday, January 24, 2014] Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian and injured another, on Friday, during a protest east of Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip. … 

PCHR Weekly Report: “Two Palestinians Killed; Israeli Escalation Continues”
IMEMC – The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued its weekly report on Israeli violations in the occupied territories, for the period between January 16 – 22, 2014, and said that the army assassinated two Palestinians, conducted 73 invasions, and continued to target the civilian population. …

Army Opens Fire Into Southern Gaza
IMEMC – [Thursday Evening, January 23, 2014] A number of Israeli military vehicles, stationed across the border fence with Gaza, fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition into Palestinian agricultural lands and homes east of Abasan As-Sagheera town, southeast of the southern Gaza Strip district of Khan Younis. …

Ma’an News

Israeli forces shoot dead Gaza protester, injure another
1/24/2014 – GAZA STRIP (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead one Palestinian and injured another on Friday during a protest east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 20-year-old Bilal Samer Oweidah died after being shot dead in the chest by Israeli forces near the border. Owiedah was among a group of Palestinians who….

Last mass held in Beit Jala as court to rule on land seizure
1/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Residents of Beit Jala held their last weekly mass Friday in an area threatened by Israel’s separation wall as locals awaited a decision from Israel’s Supreme Court on an appeal to halt the land seizure. Around 60 Palestinians, internationals and representatives of the Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran churches gathered on an olive tree-covered hilltop in the Cremisan….

Settlers assault man, woman near Yatta
1/24/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers early Friday assaulted a woman and a man from Khirbet Umm al-Khair east of Yatta in the southern West Bank. The head of the local council of the nearby village of Susiya Jihad al-Nawaja told Ma’an that around 20 settlers attacked Bilal al-Hathaleen, 27, and Maliha al-Hathaleen, 57, while they were on their way to an agricultural….

Israeli forces injure infant, man in Kafr Qaddum
1/24/2014 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — One man was struck in the shoulder by a tear-gas canister and dozens suffered from excessive tear-gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided the village of Kafr Qaddum following a protest. Witnesses said Israeli forces fired tear gas into residential areas in the village as clashes broke out following the village’s weekly protest, hitting one man and injuring dozens, including….

2 injured in Bilin clashes
1/24/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were injured and dozens suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli forces dispersed a protest in the northern West Bank village of Bilin. Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, stun grenades, and live 0. 22 inch caliber bullets at protesters as they neared their lands close to the wall during the weekly protest. Nimer….

15 Israeli soldiers injured after fire hits warship near Gaza
1/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — 15 Israeli soldiers were injured on Friday evening after a fire broke out in an Israeli warship off the coast of the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli media sources. Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported that the injured were taken to Tel Hashomer hospital with injuries ranging from light to moderate, while others suffered from smoke inhalation. The newspaper added that the….

Russia, PA sign 3 agreements
1/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Russia and Palestine signed three agreements on Friday, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia said. Fayed Mustafa told Ma’an that the Russian and Palestinian ministries of interior signed an agreement. A second agreement was signed regarding customs, and a third regarding health, Mustafa said, without providing further details about the agreements. Abbas’ visit to Russia has been “exceptionally successful….

Remembering Saleh: A life cut short
1/24/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians gathered across Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank to mourn the anniversary of the death of a boy killed during protests a year earlier. Fifteen-year-old Saleh al-Amarin from Azza camp died Jan. 23, 2013 after being shot in the head during clashes with Israeli forces days before. Around noon Jan. 18, 2013, Saleh attended a protest at the….

Israeli forces arrest PA police officer near Kafr Qaddum
1/24/2014 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces late Thursday arrested a Palestinian police officer at a checkpoint in a northern West Bank city, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Muhammad Shaker Ishtawi, 23, was arrested at a flying checkpoint at the entrance of Kafr Qaddum near Qalqiliya. Ishtawi is an officer for the Palestinian Authority police force. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which….

Germany toughens stance over Israel research deal
1/24/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Germany is insisting that research support and cooperation with Israel exclude Jewish settlements built on Palestinian land, Israeli media said Thursday, weeks ahead of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the report in Haaretz daily, Berlin’s decision “represents a significant escalation in European measures against the settlements” in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Haaretz notes that a….

Analysis: Palestinians and Arabs make a stand on Jerusalem
1/24/2014 – Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and former professor of journalism at Princeton University. – How similar is today to yesteryear? When U. S. president Bill Clinton failed to move Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat on the issue of Jerusalem at the 2000 Camp David talks, he decided to turn to America’s Arab allies. U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry, unable to….

NGO: 63 dead from hunger, medical shortages in Yarmouk
1/24/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — A Syrian monitoring group said Friday it has documented the deaths of 63 people, including women and children, in the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus because of food and medical shortages. Yarmouk in southern Damascus has been under a choking army siege since June, along with several other opposition-held areas across Syria, mostly around the capital and in the central city….

Few hopes as Syria warring sides due for first talks
1/24/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria’s warring sides are due to hold their first talks aimed at stemming the country’s bloodshed Friday, in what are likely to be long and difficult negotiations with little hope of success. Pulled together by the UN, Russia and the US, delegations from President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition battling to oust him are expected to….

Deadly bombings rock Cairo on uprising anniversary eve
1/24/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — A suicide bomber struck Cairo police headquarters on Friday, the first of three bombings in the Egyptian capital that killed five people ahead of the anniversary of the 2011 uprising. The attacks came a day before police were to deploy across the capital for the third anniversary of the uprising that unseated Hosni Mubarak, with Islamists calling for mass protests against the new….

Regime threatens to quit troubled Syria peace talks
1/24/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria’s regime threatened to quit peace talks in Geneva on Friday as UN-backed efforts to bring the country’s warring sides together stumbled on their first day. Syrian state television said Foreign Minister Walid Muallem had told UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi that “should serious sessions fail to take place tomorrow, the official Syrian delegation will leave Geneva.” Muallem told Brahimi….

Clashes and shelling as 140,000 flee Iraq conflict
1/24/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Violence in parts of Anbar province held by anti-government fighters killed three people as the United Nations warned Friday of Iraq’s worst displacement since its brutal 2006-08 sectarian conflict. More than 140,000 people have fled their homes in the mostly-desert province since unrest erupted in late December, as security forces and their tribal allies have been locked in a deadly….

Activists who toppled Egypt’s Mubarak see autocracy return
1/24/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Three years after being hailed as heroes for toppling Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, the young activists who led the 2011 uprising say an even more repressive regime has emerged. Their revolt captivated the world and galvanized the Arab Spring, raising hopes that long-ruling dictators across the region would be swept aside by popular demands for democratic change. But Egypt has been rocked….

International Solidarity Movement

Firms active in the settlements are facilitating abuses of human rights – UN report says
1/24/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine,| Brussels, Belgium – The UN report is the result of a mission investigating Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Information gathered by the mission shows that private firms have enabled, facilitated and profited, directly and indirectly, from the construction and growth of the settlements. It identified a number of business activities that raise particular concerns about….

Relief Web

Lebanon: No Place Like Home: An Assessment of the Housing, Land and Property Rights of Palestinian Refugee Women in Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon
Relief Web 24 Jan 2014 – Source: Norwegian Refugee Council Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory Palestinian women live in fear of being forced out of their homes Olivia Kalis (19.12.2013) Many Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon live in fear of being forcibly evicted from their homes….

Syrian Arab Republic: Food and medical shortages leave 63 dead in Syria camp: NGO
Relief Web 24 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 01/24/2014 16:24 GMT BEIRUT, January 24, 2014 (AFP) – A shortage of food and medical supplies has left dead at least 63 people, including women and children, in a besieged…

Iraq: 24 January 2014: World Events
Relief Web 24 Jan 2014 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Iraq, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, South Sudan (Republic of) SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC – Conflict • Fierce fighting between armed opposition groups continues unabated in northern…

Jordan: Jordan Baseline information – Syria Needs Analysis Project
Relief Web 24 Jan 2014 – Source: MapAction, Assessment Capacities Project Country: Jordan, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic This paper outlines the social and economic situation in Jordan by explaining the causes of the significant underlying vulnerabilities and by exploring how these issues have been…

Syrian Arab Republic: Belgium supports UNRWA efforts in Syria
Relief Web 24 Jan 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Belgium, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is grateful to the Kingdom of Belgium for responding to the…

The National

Syrian opposition agrees to direct talks with regime negotiators
The National 24 Jan 2014 – Fears of Syria peace talks collapsing averted after UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi convinces Syrian National Coalition to withdraw earlier refusal to meet regime delegation.

Hizbollah given deadline to join Lebanon’s new government
The National 24 Jan 2014 – Prime minister-designate Tamim Salam threatens to form cabinet without powerful Shiite group after dispute over post of energy minister.

Four bombs shake Cairo ahead of 2011 uprising anniversary
The National 24 Jan 2014 – At least six people are killed and dozens wounded as the blasts appear to target police and police headquarters across Egypt’s capital.

Anbar violence displaces 140,000, says UN
The National 24 Jan 2014 – The violence started in late December when security forces and their tribal allies became locked in a deadly standoff with militants, including those from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

Video: Mob boss in 1978 Lufthansa heist arrested 
The National 24 Jan 2014 – Five members of the Bonanno crime family are taken into custody, charged in connection to 1978 Lufthansa heist. Gavino Garay reports.

Video: Deadly explosion in central Cairo 
The National 24 Jan 2014 – A blast in central Cairo kills four people and injures dozens, witnesses say gunfire was heard. Michaela Cabrera reports.

Video: Central African Republic’s interim president sworn in 
The National 24 Jan 2014 – Catherine Samba-Pazna takes oath of office in capital city Bangui with the hope of taming inter-religious violence that has killed more than 2,000. Gavino Garay reports.

Ha’aretz

In Iran sanctions debate in Senate, what the sides are arguing about
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Private letters of SS chief found in Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Syria government, opposition agree to ‘meet in same room’
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Is it time for the IDF to stop hugging its teddy?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

The future of yesterday: Avraham Burg on Ari Shavit’s new book
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Netanyahu: I will not uproot a single Israeli
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

The legacy of Shulamit Aloni, our fearless teacher
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Kerry: If talks fail, Israel’s future as a democratic Jewish state is at stake
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Netanyahu may have basked in Canada’s sunshine, but storm clouds are gathering
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Palestinians: Israeli forces kill Gaza protester
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Crowd-sourcing the constitution
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Did AIPAC go too far in attacking Jewish lawmaker over Iran?
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

‘Auschwitz, we have returned!’
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

University admission could get harder without psychometric tests, study says
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Over and drought: Why the end of Israel’s water shortage is a secret
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Israeli government cancels 2014 budget cut for yeshivas
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Tatiana Edelstein, wife of Knesset speaker, dies at 63
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Netanyahu, Kerry discuss core conflict issues in Davos
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Peres honored at World Economic Forum in Davos
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Shulamit Aloni, former minister and staunch civil rights supporter, dies at 85
Ha’aretz – 24 Jan 2014

Polish right campaigns against Knesset session in Krakow
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Germany’s message: Make peace already
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Tapes of teacher’s hearing contradict high school administration’s version of events
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Treasury scores another victory over dwindling population of Holocaust survivors
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Palestinians discount Shin Bet claim Al-Qaida cell nabbed over Israel bomb plot
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Come on, give the rabbi’s hand a kiss
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Israel cuts unenforced high school Arabic studies requirement
Ha’aretz – 23 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

Frustration grows over slow pace of Syrian chemical handover
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Syria delays first shipment of chemical weaponry, western powers concerned construction project will miss deadlines. 

After rough start Syrian peace talks to go ahead
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Talks would be the first in three-year war, after day’s delay, mediator says talks will start on Saturday 

1 Palestinian dead in clash with IDF on Gaza border
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – IDF says dozens of Palestinians entered closed security zone on border between northern Gaza and Israel and rioted in the area. 

At Davos, Kerry says US remains engaged in Mideast, is committed to peace process, Syria, Iran
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – US secretary of state addresses Davos World Economic Forum; says he is perplexed by claims that US is disengaging from the world and nothing could be further from the truth. 

Three bombs explode in central Cairo
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Wave of attacks kill six, and raise fears that Islamist insurgency is gaining pace on eve of anniversary of Mubarak toppling. 

Iran’s Zarif says priority in Syria is cessation of fighting, humanitarian crisis
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Iranian FM and other Middle East leaders, including Turkish FM Davutoglu, discuss regional changes at Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland in a discussion under the banner “The End Game for the Middle East.” 

Special feature: New Dudu Fisher Holocaust film shines spotlight on survivors’ silence
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – ‘Post’ explores film with new angle on Holocaust as world gears up for International Remembrance Day. 

Netanyahu attends cyber conference, meets with Chinese FM in Davos
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Netanyahu, Wang talk bilateral cooperation in technology for Israel, China; stresses global threat of internet during cyber conference. 

Peres honored at Davos World Economic Forum
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – President receives ‘Spirit of Davos’ award at high powered int’l gathering in Switzerland; addresses Iran, Syria, and peace process; “Iran is not an enemy,” he says. 

Small bomb explodes in Rome near French church
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – The explosion came just hours before French President Francois Hollande was scheduled to meet with Pope Francis. 

Wife of Knesset Speaker Edelstein dies at 63
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Tatiana Edelstein passed away following serious illness; was a Hebrew teacher in the USSR and promoted Aliyah before coming to Israel herself. 

Former Meretz leader Shulamit Aloni dies at 85
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Aloni received Israel Prize in 2000 for her achievements and contribution to Israel; was born in Tel Aviv and first elected to Knesset in 1965. 

Poll: Likud-Liberman split would net 55 seats
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Survey predicts that if PM’s, FM’s factions run separately in next election, they will win 39, 16 Knesset seats, respectively. 

‘Protecting the security fence is a daily fight,’ says commander of Tavor Battalion
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – Palestinian attackers place gas tanks inside burning tires to lure soldiers to blasts along West Bank security barrier. 

Report: US official downplays ‘Qaida plot to bomb embassy’
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – American official calls cell’s plans to attack US mission “aspirational,” although does not rule out possibility of danger. 

Into the Fray: A public challenge to Michael Oren
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – What is it about the Palestinian problem that makes otherwise seemingly smart people expound such utterly stupid ideas? 

My Word: Photo essays and historical narratives
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – The propaganda war has no set battlefield. And anything goes. 

Another transfer proposal?
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – The Arabs living in these areas have repeatedly made clear that they have no interest in Palestinian citizenship if they have to give up their Israeli one. 

Rehabilitation workshop: Parshat Mishpatim
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – In the Western world, the concept of slavery has disappeared, and good that it has. But it seems that we still have something to learn. 

Column One: Canada takes its place at the table
Jerusalem Post 23 Jan 2014 – Under Stephen Harper, as the noose of int’l isolation is drawn around Israel’s neck more tightly every day, Canada has emerged as an outspoken supporter and defender of the Jewish state. 

Uruknet

Bennet Claims that Palestinian State Will Destroy Israel s Economy
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 -In a statement to his Habayit Hayehudi Knesset faction on Monday, Israeli Economy Minster Naftali Bennett claimed that the future of Israel s economy would be detrimentally impacted by the creation of a Palestinian state.Bennet called on…

Iran eager to end hostility with US and reopen embassy in Tehran
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 -According to Swiss television RTS on Thusday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that reopening of the American embassy in Tehran is “not impossible.”… Commenting on whether peace is possible with the US, Rouhani said, “Everything is…

More than 2,400 dead as Obama s drone campaign marks five years
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 -Five years ago, on January 23 2009, a CIA drone flattened a house in Pakistan s tribal regions. It was the third day of Barack Obama s presidency, and this was the new commander-in-chief s first covert…

Remembering the Politics of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Obama
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 85 this year. King s birthday passes each year with most people in this country lacking a more complete understanding of King s political significance. A proper celebration of King…

A Government Turning the Tools of War on Its Citizens
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- While poets and psychologists talk about soldiers bringing the battlefield home with them, in fact, the U.S. is doing just that. More and more, weapons, tactics, techniques and procedures that have been used abroad in war are…

Settler-driven archaeology plan threatens to push Hebron family off farmland
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- Israeli settlers recently began an alleged archaeological excavation on two plots of land surrounding a Palestinian family s homes in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron. Feryal Abu Haikal, 68, is a retired school principal and mother…

US Drone Strike Kills Four, Wounds Several in Central Yemen
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – The Obama Administration s drone war against Yemen continues tonight, with a drone attacking and destroying a car in the Maarib Province, killing four people within and wounding several bystanders, seven of them severely so. None…

“Significant escalation” in boycott campaign by Israel s “best friend” Germany
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign, is hailing an “unprecedented” decision by Germany to prevent its funds being diverted to institutions located in Israel s illegal West Bank colonies. “The German…

Iran relations with US can be rebuilt, Rouhani tells Davos
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said today it was possible to turn more than three decades of enmity with the US into friendship if both sides made an effort… Asked whether there could one day be a…

As power cuts continue, Gaza turns to solar energy
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – Abir al-Hurqali got dressed and put on makeup as she prepared to leave her house in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City to attend her cousin s wedding. The ceremony was being held in a wedding…

Israel denies EU delegation entry to Gaza
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014– The Israeli government on Wednesday denied an official European Union delegation entry to the Gaza Strip, claiming the visit would strengthen the ruling Hamas movement. Six members of an EU Parliament delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council…

Released Palestinian detainees struggle with life outside prison
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 -Liberated prisoner Oweida Kalab, 50, closed all the windows and turned on the radio to listen to Hebrew-language stations. He locked himself inside his room and refused to see visitors or go outside, except for the rarest…

In Extra-Judicial Execution Attempt, Israeli warplanes kill Member of Palestinian Armed Group and his Cousin in Beit Hanoun, Northern Gaza
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 22, 2014 – In an extra-judicial execution attempt, on Wednesday 22 January 2014, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car in Beith Hanoun, Northern Gaza. As a result both passengers, a member of a Palestinian armed…

Military Resistance 12A18 Too Little, Too Late 
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 22, 2014 – The 85 richest people on Earth have the same amount of wealth as the bottom half of the population, according to a new report that highlights growing income inequality as political and business leaders gather for…

Harper in Israel
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 22, 2014- On January 18, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Israel. It s his first official state visit. He s touring Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. More on his trip below. America s special relationship with…

Syria News – January 22, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 22, 2014 – By the end of Wednesday the Coordination Committees were able to document 73 martyrs in Syria including 9 women, 6 children and 10 martyrs under torture: 32 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 22 in Damascus and…

US psychology body declines to rebuke member in Guantánamo torture case
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 22, 2014 – America s professional association of psychologists has quietly declined to rebuke one of its members, a retired US army reserve officer, for his role in one of the most brutal interrogations known to have to taken…

Daily Star

Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital
Daily Star 24 Jan 2014 Unidentified gunmen kidnapped an Egyptian diplomat in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, officials said, hours after a powerful Libyan militia reported the arrest of its leader in Egypt.

Tripoli claim victory over stunned title hopefuls Racing
Daily Star 24 Jan 2014 Racing lost a golden opportunity to provisionally leapfrog current leaders Safa and Ahed to first place after they surprisingly fell at the hands of Tripoli 1-0 at the Beirut Municipal Stadium Friday.

YNet News

Florida city suspends police officers for escorting Bieber
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Egypt bombing damages Islamic art museum
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Hagel says ‘something is wrong’ with nuke force
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Report: Syrian gov’t, opposition to discuss aid for Homs over next two days
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Egyptian diplomat kidnapped in Libyan capital
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Jews, Muslims unite to combat circumcision ban
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland tells delegation of Muslim, Jewish leaders that religious discrimination of minorities is ‘a very dangerous avenue to pursue’ ….

Teacher, keep your opinions to yourself
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: In classroom, a teacher’s job is to challenge opinions of all sides – not to be one of them ….

Auschwitz launches online Shoah awareness in Arabic, Farsi
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Museum at site of former Nazi German death camp in southern Poland says We wants to address groups of people who often have little knowledge of Holocaust or who even advocate revisionist views ….

Rockets and tunnels: Hamas preparing for next conflict
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – From mosque tower cameras to a complex system of tunnels to a massive stockpile of long-range missiles, despite the relative quiet in Gaza and general attempts by Hamas to prevent an escalation, Hamas is hard at work preparing for its next war with Israel ….

Lebanese TV allowed onto IAF base to send Hezbollah a message
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – In rare use of public media, Israeli air force allow Lebanese television network to film inside base, interview IAF commander in bid to send Hezbollah a clear, direct threat ….

Golan testifies on sexcapades: ‘So my dad shows up with two girls…’
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – Israeli singer Eyal Golan’s testimony to police goes public, revealing group dirty orgies organized by his father. In one case, 16-year-old girl reportedly told Golan she didn’t want to sleep with him only to have him tell her: ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be done in five’ ….

Canadian MP discovers picture of relative in Ghetto during Israel visit
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – Canadian politician visits Holocaust survivor center, spots picture of cousin in Ghetto Lodz. Seeing the image was ‘both moving and very painful,’ says Adler ….

Bennett’s party backtracks move to cut funds for yeashivas
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – After marathon talks between Finance Ministry and Bennett’s religious party, previous decision to cut funding for yeshivas gets snubbed, allegedly in bid to promise same level of support for religious students, but could Bennett be trying to placate haredim? ….

Kerry: Iran must stop supporting terror
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – In special interview, Kerry says Iran must stop its support of terror, both in Syria and in Lebanon via Hezbollah. Also comments on peace process giving rare details regarding ‘framework agreement’ ….

Baby Boom: Lebanese parents dress newborn in Hezbollah uniform
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – Marking Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, parents decide newborn’s first clothes would be Hezbollah uniform. ‘He became a symbol of the resistance from his first hours,’ television reporter says ….

Iranian president: Key for Mideast peace is economic growth
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – Hassan Rohani addresses economic panel in Davos, as Islamic Republic steps up efforts to win back investments from oil companies as part of its rapprochement with West ….

Report: Spy bugs found in Turkish PM’s office
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – London paper details listening devices as next round in fight between Erdogan and competitor in exile, Fethullah Gulen, claimed to be responsible for bringing about corruption investigation ….

Australian police crack global money-laundering racket
YNet News, 23 Jan 2014 – Crime Commission in Australia says cracked major global money-laundering ring with operatives in more than 20 countries, transferring funds to various groups, including Hezbollah ….

Palestinian Information Center

One Palestinian killed, 5 others wounded in Israeli gunfire east of Jabaliya
PIC – One Palestinian citizen was killed and five others were wounded on Friday afternoon when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) randomly opened fire at a residential area to the east of Jabaliya.

PA security arrests five citizens in West Bank
PIC – The Palestinian Authority (PA) security apparatuses arrested five Hamas supporters and summoned two others in the West Bank.

Haneyya: the resistance will not forsake the prisoners’ file
PIC – Palestinian Premier Ismail Haneyya stressed that Palestinian resistance “will never give up the prisoners’ file”, stressing that it is a top priority for his government and the resistance. 

Israeli minister calls for building temple in place of Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israeli minister of housing and construction Uri Ariel called on Friday for the “rebuilding” of what he called the “Third temple”, to replace al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

PA forces arrest three Palestinians, including ex-detainee
PIC – Political detainee Mohamad Asfour, from al-Khalil city, started Thursday an open-ended hunger strike shortly after his arrest by the PA preventive security forces.

Palestinian gov’t hails Germany’s anti-settlement position
PIC – Palestinian government hailed the actions taken by the German government that refuse trade dealings with Israeli institutions involved in settlement activities in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Prisoner Khudairat continues his hunger strike, despite his health deterioration
PIC – Prisoner Abdul Majid Khudairat, from Tubas, continued his hunger strike for 12th day in a row despite his health deterioration.

Ahronoth: Hamas prepared itself well to confront Israel’s next war
PIC – Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper claimed on Thursday that the Israeli army would face fierce confrontation during any next war on the Gaza Strip, warning that Hamas works hard on preparing itself.

European petition to allow humanitarian aid into Yarmouk Refugee camp
PIC – European MPs and politicians have called on the international community and participants at Geneva-2 Conference to work immediately for full access of aid supplies to the besieged areas in Syria.

Misc

U.S. coming under fire from Mideast allies, who see retrenchment
LA Times 24 Jan 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry disputes the assertions that the U.S. is scaling back its role as Mideast power broker and peacemaker. WASHINGTON — Five years after President Obama vowed to expand U.S. relations with the Arab world and the broader Middle East, his administration…

Cairo bombings kill at least six
LA Times 24 Jan 2014 – Four blasts rock Egypt’s capital before the anniversary of the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, fueling fear that Islamist insurgents are moving their fight to the city. CAIRO — A series of explosions across Cairo on Friday killed at least six people, injured scores of others…

The Lede: Video of Deadly Bombing in Cairo
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – A closed-circuit television camera captured video of the largest of four bombings in Cairo, killing four and injuring 70 outside the city’s police headquarters, and the bombers responsible for it. 

The Lede: Letter to Obama From American Detained in Egypt
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – The complete text of a letter to President Obama from an American citizen who has been detained in Egypt since August. 

U.N. Documents New War Crimes in Syria for Future Prosecution
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – U.N. war crimes experts have documented more torture and killings by both sides in Syria and are confident they can build a case that could be taken up by the International Criminal Court, a leading member of the team said on Friday. 

Hagel ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Health of U.S. Nuclear Forces
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Friday he was “deeply concerned,” over the health of U.S. nuclear forces after the drug and cheating scandals this month, and that some nuclear officers felt their mission was taken for granted during 13 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Iraq Politician Warns Elections May Further Alienate Sunnis
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – The speaker of Iraq’s parliament warned on Friday that upcoming elections might be used to further marginalize already-frustrated Sunni Muslims, who have chafed against what they call unfair treatment from the country’s Shi’ite prime minister. 

The Lede: Egyptian Filmmaker Who Mocks Authorities on YouTube Detained Amid Widening Crackdown in Cairo
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – The sense that Egypt’s revolution has come full circle intensified with the arrest of an artist who posts wry commentaries on the country’s leaders on YouTube. 

Ex-Syria Envoy Annan Says Iran Should Play Regional Role
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – Former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan said on Friday that Iran had an essential role to play in guaranteeing stability in the Middle East and urged U.S. lawmakers to give a diplomatic detente with Tehran a chance. 

Egypt Bombing Damages Islamic Art Museum
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – Centuries-old glass and porcelain pieces were smashed to powder, a priceless wooden prayer niche was destroyed and manuscripts were soaked by water spewing from broken pipes when a car bombing wreaked havoc on Cairo’s renowned Islamic Art Museum. 

Secretary of State Kerry Rejects Notion U.S. Is Disengaging From World
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed on Friday as “a myth” suggestions that the United States was withdrawing from world affairs. 

Unrest Spreads to More Cities in Ukraine
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – President Viktor F. Yanukovych and antigovernment demonstrators remain at an impasse in Kiev, as the protesters’ demands have grown. 

Syrian Government, Opposition to Discuss Aid for Homs Over Next Two Days: Sources
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – The Syrian government and opposition have agreed to discuss over the next two days a possible deal to provide humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs as part of confidence building measures, diplomatic sources said on Friday. 

Egyptian Diplomat Kidnapped in Libyan Capital
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped an Egyptian diplomat in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday, officials said, hours after a powerful Libyan militia reported the arrest of its leader in Egypt. 

Israel Warns of Growing Jihadi Threat From Syria
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – A sharp increase in the number of al-Qaida linked fighters joining the fight against President Bashar Assad in Syria is threatening to spill over the borders and prompting the Jewish state to re-evaluate its policy of neutrality in the civil war next door, a senior Israeli intelligence official warned on Friday. 

Official: Egyptian Diplomat Kidnapped in Libya
New York Times 24 Jan 2014 – A spokesman for Egypt’s Foreign Ministry says one of its diplomats has been kidnapped in Libya. 

Scarlett and Oxfam chat over Palestinian land loss
Mondoweiss – “Sure, Oxfam. Let’s keep the dialogue going. What could happen?”(Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome ) I flipped last night when I opened the New York Times coverage of the SodaStream/Scarlett fiasco by Robert Mackey, Scarlett Johansson’s SodaStream Endorsement Deal Conflicts With Charity Work, Aid Group Says . Not one but…

‘Embracing Democracy’ event at DC Jewish community center broaches the Nakba
Mondoweiss – On Wednesday night, Jan 23, I attended what seemed to be two more Washington DC area Jewish community programs spouting the standard pro-Israel messages. By the end of the evening I realized that we may in fact have heard the next iteration of the so called…

Albuquerque and Albany papers publish pieces defending boycott from critics
Mondoweiss – Lawrence Summers Another sign that there is a movement afoot in the U.S. for Palestinian human rights. Here are two op-ed pieces, in Albuquerque and Albany, by solidarity activists who defend the recent American Studies Association vote for academic boycott of Israel and take on its…

New York bill to punish ASA over Israel boycott picks up 48 supporters
Mondoweiss – A New York bill to cut off state funding to the American Studies Association over its Israel boycott has the support of 48 lawmakers . That means that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who authored the bill, is just 28 members short of garnering a majority of the…

‘We demand that Yarmouk and other civilian areas are open to humanitarian access’
Mondoweiss – A Palestinian woman protests in Ramallah in solidarity with the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. (Photo: Nasser Nasser/AP) The UN relief agency UNRWA has initiated an on-line campaign to get aid to Yarmouk, the neighborhood in Damascus where many Palestinian refugees live. “We demand access…

How we can oppose the Assad regime and Western intervention at the same time
Mondoweiss – Assad The purpose of this article is to answer two very legitimate questions: 1. How can one oppose the the Syrian regime, its leader and its policies without accepting the narrative that such an opposition necessitates an agreement to American and Western ambitions to interfere in…

Pressure builds on ‘double talk’ Wasserman Schultz– not a ‘real friend’ of Israel
Mondoweiss – The pressure is increasing on Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, to take a stand for Obama on the Iran deal, or to side with AIPAC, the Israel lobby that lines the pockets of Democratic candidates. And– no surprise– the pressure inside the…

NY Mayor tells AIPAC: ‘Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel’
Mondoweiss – My goodness. Here’s a tape of NY Mayor Bill de Blasio praising Israel at a closed-door function for the Israel lobby group AIPAC in Manhattan last night, reported by Sally Goldenberg of Capital NY . De Blasio said that the U.S. should boycott Saudi Airlines, and that…

Germans Still Tone-Deaf Over Holocaust, Continue Offending Jews Through Ignorance or Worse
Tikun Olam – We’re now 70 years since the greatest act of genocide in the history of the human race and there are, alas, Germans who seem to have learned nothing. Or, if they’ve learned any lessons, they’re largely the wrong ones. This post begins with a tweet I…

Betraying Mossad: Case of Prisoner X2
Tikun Olam – For the past year or so, Israeli media have featured a few tantalizing stories about a mysterious case of Prisoner X2 . You’ll recall that after I first exposed the suicide death of another Israeli prisoner, who I first called “Mr. X” and who eventually came…

100 Israeli business chiefs to promote peace at Davos 
Globes Macro Economics – The delegation includes Ofra Strauss, Rami Levy, Moshe Lichtman, Yossi Vardi, Shlomi Fogel, and Yehudit Bronicki.

Syria foes ‘to meet face-to-face’ 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Syria’s opposition and government will meet “in the same room” in Geneva on Saturday, the UN says, for talks aimed at “saving Syria” from devastation.

Scarlett Johansson Releases Statement Defending SodaStream After Criticism 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2014 – Scarlett Johansson has released a statement to the Huffington Post after coming under fire for her decision to represent SodaStream, an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank. “While I never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation…

Israeli troops shoot dead Gaza man 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded another in a cross-border incident in the north of the Gaza Strip.

Shulamit Aloni, Leftist Israeli Ex-Minister, Dies at 86 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2014 – Shulamit Aloni, a former Israeli minister and leader of the left wing Meretz party, died. Aloni died Friday at the age of 86. She will be buried Sunday in Kfar Shmaryahu near the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, Israel’s Army Radio reported. A veteran of…

VIDEO: McCain and Pushkov clash over Syria 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – US Senator John McCain has criticised Russia for supplying arms to the Assad regime in Syria but Russia’s Alexei Pushkov said there had been foreign interference in Syria from the start.

Egypt: Foreign Ministry Strongly Slams Israeli Official Remarks 
allAfrica.com 24 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly slammed remarks by Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon on Egypt, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Badr Abdel-Atti.

Egypt: UAE FM Denounces Cairo’s Bombing 
allAfrica.com 24 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has strongly condemned the terrorist blast that rocked Cairo on Friday.

Egypt: Kuwait Deplores Cairo Blasts 
allAfrica.com 24 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]Kuwait strongly deplored a series of blasts in Cairo and the loss of Egyptian lives on Friday.

Auschwitz Eyewitness Account Translated to Mandarin Chinese 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2014 – The report of a Polish non-Jew who escaped Auschwitz to deliver first-hand testimony of the Holocaust was for the first time translated into Mandarin. The account of Witold Pilecki, a Polish army captain escaped the death camp in 1943, appeared earlier this week in Taiwan, according…

Syrian refugees in Lebanon 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Photographer documents Syrian refugees seeking a life in Lebanon

One of Israel’s Last Remaining Jews Dies 
The Magnes Zionist 24 Jan 2014 – Today I woke up to the news that Shulamit Aloni had passed away. Aloni was of a generation that was brought up with the notion that to be a Jew was to be a moral human being. Judaism was encapsulated for her in the ethical humanism…

Israeli Toddlers Killed by Potent Bug Killer 
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2014 – Two Jerusalem girls died after inhaling the fumes of a powerful pesticide. Avigayil and Yael Gross, two and four years old respectively, died Wednesday from breathing in the fumes of a pesticide which an exterminator had left inside a room in their home. The room was…

High School Tefillin Debate Just Tip of Iceberg for Orthodox Jewish Women 
The Forward New 23 Jan 2014 – Orthodox Judaism has — and continues to have — different rituals for men and women. The debate over girls using tefillin shows the divisions are starting to break down — at least a bit. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jewish Enough for Birthright — But Not for Israel 
The Forward New 23 Jan 2014 – They came on Birthright. They saw, fell in love and decided to stay. So why does Israel say they’re not Jewish enough to qualify for citizenship? Click here for the rest of the article…

Is AIPAC Shooting Itself in Foot With Quixotic Iran Sanctions Push? 
The Forward New 22 Jan 2014 – Is AIPAC shooting itself in the foot by pushing hard for an Iran sanctions measure that appears to be dead on arrival in Congress — even among Jews? Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Energy summit: Can UAE ditch oil? 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – As Abu Dhabi hosts an energy summit, Leana Hosea asks whether a city built on oil could ever become a centre for renewable power.

Militants step up Egypt attacks 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Six people are killed and some 100 others wounded as militants step up attacks against the authorities with a series of explosions across Cairo.

Brahimi: Syrian government, opposition to meet Saturday 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – Syria’s government and opposition have agreed to meet in the same room on Saturday and accept that their talks will be based on a 2012 communique which called for a transitional governing body to be set up, mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Friday. “Tomorrow we have…

Lebanon: Syrian Refugees Face Sexual Harassment, Abuse 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – A Syrian refugee family sit outside their makeshift tent in Atme village in the northwestern province of Idlib, bordering Turkey, on September 4, 2012. (Photo: AFP – Giorgos Moutafis). A Syrian refugee family sit outside their makeshift tent in Atme village in the northwestern province of…

Syrian rocket fire hits Lebanon border region 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – Four rockets likely launched from Syria struck Lebanon’s northeastern border Friday evening, state news reported. Three of the rockets hit the town of Hermel, and a fourth landed along the Qasr-Hermel highway, the National News Agency said. There were no reported injuries. Several people have been…

Week In Photo (18 January- 24 January) 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – A plane of the Irish low cost company Ryanair flies in front of a rainbow over Rome on January 19, 2014. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys – AFP) A plane of the Irish low cost company Ryanair flies in front of a rainbow over Rome on January 19,…

Tunisian MPs agree new constitution 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Tunisia’s interim parliament agrees a new constitution, which will be voted on at the weekend, in a bid to end months of political deadlock.

Al-Nusra Front threatens Lebanon with more attacks 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – An al-Qaeda-linked group which claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings in Lebanon this month alone warned Friday that all areas of the country where the Hezbollah movement operates are “legitimate targets” for attack. “We, al-Nusra Front in Lebanon, announce that Iran’s party (Hezbollah) and all its…

Israeli forces shoot, kill Gaza youth 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – A picture taken on January 24, 2014 at the morgue of Beit Lahia’s hospital, northern Gaza Strip shows the body of Bilal Samir Oweida, a 20-year-old Palestinian who was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces after they said he had entered “a prohibited area.” (Photo: AFP)…

Lebanon: Tripoli’s Real ‘Alley’ Battle Has Yet to Begin 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – Gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his aide in their hometown al-Bireh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on May 21, 2012.(Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid). Gunmen attend the funeral of Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahed and his aide in their hometown al-Bireh,…

VIDEO: UN’s plea to focus plight of Syrians 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – Valerie Amos, the UN’s Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Co-Ordinator, says she hopes the plight of ”ordinary Syrians” will be the main focus of peace talks in Geneva.

This Is How Geneva II Will Fail 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – Syria’s Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem, speaks during peace talks of the so-called Geneva II conference in Montreux on January 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP). Syria’s Foreign Minister and head of the Syrian government delegation Walid Muallem, speaks during peace talks…

UN: More than 140,000 have fled Iraq’s Anbar province 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – An Iraqi soldier monitors a checkpoint east of Baghdad on January 24, 2014, as deadly clashes continue between security forces and anti-government fighters in Anbar province, east of the capital in what the United National said is Iraq’s worst displacement in years.(Photo: AFP – Ali al-Saadi)…

IAEA: Long way to go on Iran accord 
BBC 24 Jan 2014 – The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog says the interim deal with Iran is an important step forward, but that there is still “a long way to go”.

Victims’ brothers testify at Hariri murder trial 
Al-Akhbar News 24 Jan 2014 – Updated 5:22 pm: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Friday heard statements from two brothers of victims killed in the 2005 downtown Beirut explosion that targeted former prime minister Rafik Hariri. There was a third witness who spoke via video link but their picture and…

Egypt’s Salafis: Inheriting the Brotherhood and Courting the Regime 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2014 – Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir square after a new constitution was approved on January 18, 2014 in the capital Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Khaled). Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir square after a new constitution was approved on January 18, 2014 in the capital Cairo. (Photo: AFP -…

Lebanon: Tripoli Gunmen Threaten Hariri 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2014 – Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP – STR). Lebanese security forces patrol a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP – STR). On January 22, a…

Watching Geneva II From Damascus 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2014 – Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon opens the so-called Geneva II peace talks next to UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi on January 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Fabrice Coffrini). Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon opens the so-called Geneva II peace talks next to UN-Arab League envoy for…

ISIS Brings Life Back to Raqqa, in Its Own Way 
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Jan 2014 – A Syrian man inspects the damage following shelling by pro-regime forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on January 22, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Fouad Hallak). A Syrian man inspects the damage following shelling by pro-regime forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on…

Articles


The impact of recognising Israel as a Jewish state 
Dr Abdullah Al-Ashaal, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/24/2014
The Zionist project is a comprehensive, long-term programme. Given that the Arab people don’t have a single national narrative or memory, Israel’s story from the earliest immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century has been one of steady progress. It is easy to see the Arab retreat and Israeli progress since the establishment of the state in 1948.
The Arab leadership has tended to focus on isolated details, looking at them as independent issues. The Zionists, on the other hand, look at matters comprehensively, precisely and flexibly. They are aware of available possibilities, capable of creating the right conditions to suit their aims (as well as adapting existing ones) and transforming challenges into opportunities.
Lacking a coherent strategic vision, the Arabs are hesitant and influenced easily. This opens the door to the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, and the Zionist media to penetrate public and ruling positions in the Arab world, seeking out weak spots backed all the time, of course, by US hegemony.
Israel insists on the recognition by the world, and especially the Palestinians, of its status as a “Jewish state”. This has serious implications for Israel’s non-Jewish citizens and could signal another step in the drive to remove all trace of Palestinian existence in historic Palestine.
The idea of “The Jewish State” was mooted by Theodor Herzl in his book of the same name, published in 1896. The newly-formed World Jewish Congress adopted the book’s content as a programme of action for the Zionist movement. It depended from the very beginning on immigration to Palestine (although that was not Herzl’s first choice of location for the state) and international support, especially colonialist countries who would, it was believed (rightly) look favourably on what was in effect another colonial project. more.. e-mail

Remembering Saleh: A life cut short 
Graham Liddell, Ma’an News Agency 1/24/2014
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hundreds of Palestinians gathered across Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank to mourn the anniversary of the death of a boy killed during protests a year earlier.
Fifteen-year-old Saleh al-Amarin from Azza camp died Jan. 23, 2013 after being shot in the head during clashes with Israeli forces days before.
Around noon Jan. 18, 2013, Saleh attended a protest at the nearby Aida refugee camp. As tensions grew, he and his friends threw stones toward the Israeli separation wall, while soldiers fired tear-gas canisters back at the boys.
Then the protest came to an abrupt end. Saleh was hit in the head with a live bullet. His friends and the Palestinian Red Crescent carried him to a nearby hospital, and he died five days later.
A year later, locals held memorial services and military parades in Saleh’s honor.
On Thursday, hundreds from the Bethlehem area attended a memorial service in Dheisheh camp’s Phoenix Center.
Several men gave speeches, a children’s dance crew performed, and a video of the aftermath of Saleh’s death was screened. Saleh’s face was emblazoned on walls, t-shirts, and pamphlets.
On Wednesday, a group of teenagers from Dheisheh and Azza organized a march on a main street in Bethlehem, temporarily blocking traffic. more.. e-mail

Discussing Israel’s colonial expansion at the UN Security Council 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/23/2014
Recurring trends regarding the peace negotiations have emerged from the latest United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting. Language shifted from heroic to compromising, within a veneer of fabricated equality which rarely challenged Israel’s imperialist-supported policies. Despite the alleged concern to implement a just solution enabling Palestinians to achieve self-determination, the debate highlighted the manifestation of allegiances which, despite exhibiting symbolic solidarity to Palestine, failed to expound upon the necessity of holding Israel accountable for its violations of international law.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon imparted the illusion of equality by insisting upon the neces
sity of compromise, stating “I do not underestimate the difficulties, but the risks of inaction or surrender are far greater.” Describing 2014 as decisive in shifting the perceived stalemate, Ban acknowledged the illegality of Israel’s settlement expansion as a major obstacle. However, there was no departure from the incessant endorsement of the US involvement in the negotiations. Discussions regarding Palestinian right to self-determination and land remain fettered to imperialist support for Israel. The impasse is also debatable when applied to the context of Israel’s settler-colonial plans and Palestinian resistance. Israel’s impunity enables it to enforce its superiority, ingrained within the knowledge that opposition to its actions remains confined to rhetoric. Palestinian resistance is deconstructed by Israel to justify further violence and atrocities. Alleging an impasse serves to further Israel’s colonisation of Palestine, as it continues to impose its colonisation policies partly through retaliation for the release of Palestinian political prisoners, but also through the imposed disassociation from Palestinian history incorporated within the plan which does not question Israel’s fabricated legitimacy.

Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine Riyad Mansour insisted upon the necessity to hold Israel accountable for its international law violations, mentioning the fragmentation of Palestinian territory, settler-violence, the plight of Palestinian prisoners including children, in Israeli jails and the continuous internal forced displacement of Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

Oxfam reputation at risk over Johansson-SodaStream controversy 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/23/2014
Oxfam’s reputation is at risk of taking a hit after the charity’s ambassador Scarlett Johansson was recently unveiled as brand ambassador for SodaStream, an Israeli company with production facilities in an illegal West Bank settlement. Oxfam is now receiving calls by campaigners urging the charity to take immediate action.
Press coverage of Johansson’s new relationship with SodaStream has included many articles covering the boycott of the company for its complicity in Israel’s occupation. But while the focus has been to a large extent on Johansson herself, it is Oxfam, who the actress has represented since 2005, that stands the most to lose here.
Oxfam’s position is that “Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory pose a grave threat to efforts to achieve a durable and inclusive solution to the conflict, based on international law”. The charity has supported the labelling of settlement produce. Furthermore, since “advocacy and campaigning” is considered “an essential part” of their remit, Oxfam has urged the EU to “take urgent action to press the Government of Israel to end the construction of settlements and comply with its responsibilities under international law”.
Such positions, however, are inevitably undermined by a relationship with Johansson. Mark Goldring, Oxfam UK chief executive, has reiterated the charity’s opposition to “trade from Israeli settlements, in which SodaStream is engaged”, and claims that Oxfam is “engaged in a dialogue [with Johansson] on these important issues.” There is also now a similarly worded statement on the Oxfam page dealing with Johansson as ambassador.
Oxfam has been here before: with the Kristin Davis controversy and Oxfam Italy cutting ties with Paola Maugeri…. more.. e-mail

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Syria Talks
Dissident Voice: 24 Jan 2014 – A five-minute audio message by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri went viral on the internet in which he enjoins the rebels in Syria to end their infighting and focus their energies on battling against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. A veritable testimony to the fact that the militants fighting against Bashar al-Assad are affiliated to the terrorist al-Qaeda and as a result, they are stripped of any cloak of legitimacy, it further reinforces the notion that there is more than meets the eye in Syria. Interestingly, the warring factions decided to patch up their differences and sit down at the negotiating table once they heard their leader’s bezels of wisdom. The negotiations started on Wednesday in an ambience charged with vitriol and spite. While Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem was trying to clarify the real situation in Syria and give a “Syrian version of facts,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon interrupted him…more

Diversity Dialogues — Young People of Color are Rightfully ANGRY!
Dissident Voice: 24 Jan 2014 – “I’m telling you, this place is the most racist place I’ve ever been to. September 10, it was Latinos and Blacks.
And then September 11 came, and it’s Muslims. It’s a list. I top the list.” That’s Vera, student in the USA, in the film, If These Halls Could Talk. She’s Palestinian, Israeli, not accepted by the racist Zionists, not accepted by the racist Americans, and not accepted by racist Arabs who see her passport is stamped Israel. Vera, like the other youth of color, is a powerful voice for the persistent racism of America, the white power-privilege of Americans who are not accepting, but who are judgmental, trapped inside the bodies of the dead historians, these white youth who are the benefactors of the history of genocide, slavery, enslavement, exploitation, divide and conquer, privilege, their own whiteness. The Students: Jon, Julie, Will, Marilyn, Maiv Ntxhiav (Sia), Joe, Tyanne, Leif,…
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