VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 25 January 2014: The Palestinian side of the story

25 January 2014 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian leftists protest so-called ‘peace’ negotiations
IMEMC – Left-wing groups and parties held marches in several parts of the West Bank on Saturday, challenging the negotiations currently taking place between the Palestinian Authority and Israeli officials, governed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as a farce that will never lead to lasting peace. …

Shulamit Aloni 1928-2014
IMEMC – Shulamit Aloni, founder of leftist Meretz party, former minister of education and the legendary mother of the Israeli civil rights movement, died Friday at the age of 86. …

Netanyahu: Will Not Remove A Single Settlement
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that Tel Aviv would not remove a single Israeli settlement in the occupied territories, and that any ideas proposed now to advance peace talks, are just proposals. …

Army Bombards Area Near Khan Younis
IMEMC – [Saturday at Dawn, November 25 2014] Israeli soldiers fired several shells and rounds of live ammunition into Palestinian farmlands east of Al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza. Soldiers also opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats. …

Gaza Protester Killed, Several 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. …

Ma’an News

Israeli warships fire at Gaza fishermen
1/25/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warships early Saturday fired at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza City, fishermen told Ma’an. The fishermen said Israeli ships fired machine guns at them, and that many were forced to sail back to shore. No injuries were reported. After calling on the boat to stop, the Israeli ship “fired in its vicinity to halt….

Group of settlers assaults two Palestinians in East Jerusalem
1/25/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers cornered and assaulted two young Palestinian men from the Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem on Friday night as they drove past the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev. A family member told Ma’an that a group of settlers armed with clubs blocked their vehicle and attacked 18-year-old Yazan Hani Ramadan and 18….

In photos: ‘Bidna Capoeira’ holds workshop in Bethlehem refugee camp
1/25/2014 – A center for the arts in Bethlehem’s Azza refugee camp held a Capoeira workshop on Thursday in coordination with an international organization that promotes the Brazilian martial art form in the West Bank. About a dozen children and teens from Azza gathered in Handala center for the workshop, run by Bidna Capoeira. The organization, which has held programs in refugee camps across the….

Families: UNRWA responsible for hunger striking employees
1/25/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The families of hunger striking employees of the UN agency for Palestine refugees said Saturday that UNRWA would be held responsible for any harm to the strikers’ health. Family dignitaries told Ma’an that they would “sue the UNRWA administration at all international levels” if necessary. The hunger strikers’ demands are “just,” and they are supported by their….

Second baby born in Gaza using smuggled sperm of jailed father
1/25/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The wife of a jailed Palestinian from the Gaza Strip gave birth to a baby boy after her husband smuggled his sperm out of an Israeli prison, the mother said. Maryam Abu Salah told Ma’an that after using sperm smuggled from her husband, Fahmi Abu Salah, she had given birth to a son, whom she named Asaad after….

A strange but stable alliance: The Senate awaits Israeli instruction
1/25/2014 – Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant and the editor of PalestineChronicle. com. His latest book is “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.”- Israel is often viewed by Washington politicians as the most ‘stable’ ally in the Middle East. But stability from the American perspective can mean many things. Lead amongst them is that the ‘….

Kerry: Palestinians need to know Israeli ‘occupation’ will end
1/25/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Palestinians must be assured that the Israeli “occupation” would end as a result of a peace deal.” Palestinians need to know that at the end of the day their territory will be free of Israeli troops — that occupation ends,” Kerry said at the global economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. An Israeli-Palestinian peace….

Fatah official: Negotiations will fail, it’s time to resume resistance
1/25/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will not be established within the coming 20 years, a member of the Central Committee of the Palestinian Authority’s ruling party Fatah said on Saturday. Tawfiq Tirawi told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen satellite channel on Friday that “It is not possible under any circumstances that a Palestinian state will be….

Official: PLO committee agrees on steps for joining UN bodies
1/25/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A political committee of 12 members representing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s various factions convened in Ramallah and agreed on recommendations to take the Palestinian plight to the UN and its various bodies, a PLO official said on Saturday. Hanna Amirah, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, told Ma’an on Saturday that the committee recommended….

Family to receive remains of Palestinian from Israeli authorities
1/25/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities are scheduled to return the remains of a Palestinian man from the northern West Bank on Tuesday, a Palestinian group said in a statement. A campaign to retrieve the remains of Palestinians held in Israel said that the family of Ahmad Hafith Saadat Abd al-Jawwad would receive his remains on Tuesday at the Taybeh checkpoint near Tulkarem. Abd al-Jawwad….

Leftists hold rallies across West Bank rejecting negotiations
1/25/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Leftist Palestinian parties on Saturday held demonstrations across the West Bank in opposition to negotiations with Israel and US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework proposal that will serve as the basis for future negotiations. Leftist rallies in Hebron and in Nablus brought hundreds to the street to reject the negotiations proposals from the US leader, which they claimed….

Iran says nuclear talks to resume next month
1/25/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that talks with world powers on reaching a long-term nuclear deal will resume next month. An interim six-month accord with the so-called P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany — was agreed in November and took effect on Monday. That deal requires that Tehran freeze or curb its nuclear….

Israelis pessimistic over peace process
1/25/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — An overwhelming majority of Israelis think current peace talks with the Palestinians will not lead to an agreement, according to a poll published on Saturday. A huge 87 percent of respondents answered “no” when asked if they thought the negotiations would result in a peace deal. Only seven percent said “yes,” according to the survey conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown and broadcast on….

Egypt rivals stage rallies on anniversary clouded by bombings
1/25/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) – A spate of deadly bombings put Egyptian police on edge Saturday as supporters and opponents of the military-installed government prepared rival rallies for the anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Hours before the rallies were due to start, residents of a north Cairo neighborhood woke up to a small explosion outside a police training center, a day af
ter four blasts, including a….

Syria foes to meet face-to-face
1/25/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria’s government and opposition delegations are set to meet face-to-face Saturday after a first day of peace talks in Geneva stumbled with the regime threatening to walk out. After meeting with both sides, UN-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday they had agreed to “meet in the same room.” Pulled together by the United Nations, Russia and the United States….

Egyptian military helicopter ‘gunned down’ in north Sinai, 5 dead
1/25/2014 – SINAI (Ma’an) — An Egyptian military helicopter crashed near a village in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Saturday, killing five Egyptian soldiers, after the helicopter was gunned down, locals said. Egyptian army spokesman Ahmad Ali confirmed the crash near the village of al-Kharruba and the deaths of the soldiers, but did not provide further details about the incident. He said a search was underway….

Clashes kill 29 as divided Egypt marks 2011 uprising
1/25/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — At least 29 people were killed in clashes in Egypt Saturday during rival rallies on the anniversary of the 2011 revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, underscoring the country’s violent polarization. Three years after Egyptians rose up to demand the overthrow of Mubarak, thousands of demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanted slogans backing another military man, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi….

International Solidarity Movement

Who Profits report: Corporations profit from Israeli prisons
1/26/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network – Who Profitsreleased the following report on the involvement of Israeli and multinational corporations in the Israeli prison system: On December 2013, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) responded to a freedom of information request byWho Profits, which was submitted three months earlier, regarding twenty-two corporations that provide services to Israeli prisons. These companies mainly provide security equipment and services to incarceration….

Gaza: Life beneath the drones
1/25/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Corporate Watch, Tom Anderson and Therezia Cooper| Gaza, Occupied Palestine – In the Gaza Strip there is no escape from Israel’s drones. Nicknameed “‹zenana’by Palestinians because of their noisy buzzing, the drones (remote control aircraft) are omnipresent. Sometimes they are there to carry out an extra judicial killing and sometimes they are there for surveillance. If you are on the ground you….

Two people were injured and dozens more suffered from tear gas inhalation at weekly demonstration in Bil’in
1/25/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – FFJ Media Center, Bil’in, Occupied Palestine – Two people were injured and dozens of other civilians, including international solidarity supporters, suffered from tear gas inhalation during Bil’in’s weekly protest against the wall and settlements. This week, the demonstrators also marched in protest of the continued siege and starvation of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. After the Friday prayers, the….

Weekly protest at Kafr Qaddum met with exceptional violence
1/25/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – On Friday 24th January, 2014, the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum, in the Qalqilya district, was repressed by excessive force, to a much greater extent than on most Fridays. By11:00 a. m. , clashes had already broken out between local youths and Israeli soldiers and border police on the outskirts of the village. The demonstration was….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: RCA provides aid to Jerusalem’s population
Relief Web 25 Jan 2014 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah: The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has provided assistance to the needy people in addition to scholarships to the outstanding students of low-income families in the Old City in Jerusalem. Naima Al…

The National

Yemen moves closer to new constitution and federal structure
The National 25 Jan 2014 – UN chief hails progress as months-long national dialogue on future of Yemen reaches its conclusion.

Everything s uphill for Indian athletes at Sochi Olympics
The National 25 Jan 2014 – After struggling to fund costs of equipment and training, two skiers and luge competitor will not be competing for national pride.

At least 29 killed in clashes on Egyptian uprising anniversary
The National 25 Jan 2014 – Security forces and supporters of army chief El Sisi and the military-installed government face off with backers of Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo and other cities.

Turkey s Erdogan prepares to visit Tehran
The National 25 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Iran this week for the first time since 2012 in a bid to repair relations damaged by the conflict in Syria.

Peace talks add to cynicism over Syria
The National 25 Jan 2014 – The Syria peace conference in Switzerland has seen diplomatic pomp and saturated media coverage but little substance. Phil Sands reports from Beirut

Despite peace talks, Assad s forces drop barrel bombs
The National 25 Jan 2014 – The Syrian air force bombed rebel-held areas on Saturday as fighting on multiple fronts raged across the country.

Iraq s sectarian war threatens the Middle East
The National 25 Jan 2014 – The global community needs to point out aloud that Iraq is not merely Mr Al Maliki s fiefdom

Mumbai fishermen squeezed out by giant trawlers
The National 25 Jan 2014 – Fishing communities in Mumbai are struggling to compete against big trawlers, pollution and dwindling catch. To make matters worse, the better-educated younger generation is not keen on joining the family business and are looking for jobs elsewhere.

The life of a traditional fisherman
The National 25 Jan 2014 – A day in the life of Vasu Turbhekar, 54, a traditional Koli fisherman in Worli, Mumbai.

Video: Thai protesters march after election ruling
The National 25 Jan 2014 – Thai protesters march in Bangkok with their leader, a day after a court ruled that polls may be postponed. Michaela Cabrera reports.

Video: Ukraine to hold special session of parliament as unrest continues
The National 25 Jan 2014 – President Viktor Yanukovich calls for a special session of parliament to address the unrest. Nathan Frandino reports.

Video: Syria fighting goes on, as Switzerland talks falter
The National 25 Jan 2014 – Fighting rages in Syria as talks in Switzerland hoping to bring an end to the conflict nearly collapse. Michaela Cabrera reports.

Video: Blast in Egypt on uprising anniversary
The National 25 Jan 2014 – A bomb explodes near a police academy in Cairo, a day after a wave of deadly attacks sparks fears of a strengthening insurgency. Michaela Cabrera reports.

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Cairo bombings
The National 24 Jan 2014 – Ansar Beit Al Maqdis warns Muslims to stay way from police buildings after the attacks that killed six people targeting police and police headquarters across Egypt’s capital.

Ha’aretz

At Davos, Israeli central bank chief stresses poor Haredim, Israeli Arabs
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Israel’s West Bank administration targeted in hacker attack
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Israel’s West Bank administration targeted in hacker attack
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Farewell to one of Israel s true fighters on the left
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Shulamit Aloni: The great woman of the dreams
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Shin Bet in danger of playing politics
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

High arrest rates for light 
drug possession in Israel, despite policy
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

High arrest rates for light ( drug possession in Israel, despite policy
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Israeli Arabs are both Palestinian and Israeli patriots – It s complicated
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Kerry to present Israeli-Palestinian framework deal ‘within weeks’
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Deadline looms for 65 African asylum seekers to arrive at detention center
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Why Hadassah’s demise would be a tragedy
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

29 Egyptians dead as country marks 3rd anniversary of uprising
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

French President announces separation from wife
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

The Himmler letters strange path from Bavaria to a Tel Aviv bank vault
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Ukraine president offers opposition leaders top government posts
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

32 presumed dead in Quebec retirement home fire
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

3 dead in Maryland mall shooting
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Pig heads sent in boxes to Jewish targets in Rome
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

4,000-year-old tablet describes Noah’s ark – as round
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Twelve dead as Egypt celebrates, protests third anniversary of uprising
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Final mass in West Bank town as Supreme Court due to rule on land seizure
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

Sick with flu? Don’t take a fever-reducing drug
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

In response to critics, Scarlett Johansson says she supports two-state solution
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

N.Y. mayor at closed AIPAC gala: Part of my job is to defend Israel
Ha’aretz – 25 Jan 2014

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

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

Jerusalem Post

Health scan: How stubborn bacteria avoid antibiotics
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – The mechanism used by some bacteria to survive antibacterial treatment has been revealed for the first time by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers.

A breath of fresh air
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – The US surgeon-general s pioneering report declaring that tobacco smoking kills was issued exactly 50 years ago.

Jerusalem tragedy
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – It is better for the Israel Electric Corporation to generate current with gas than for us to cook with it at home.

Out there: Can t I just buy a stamp?
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Each time the post office advertises new, fancy services to the public, I sit there and shake my head: if only they would just concentrate on selling stamps.

Peace, war and messianism
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – There are real costs and major dangers associated with a failed peace process based ultimately on faith and hope.

My heart is in the East… and West
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Through his own interesting moral journey out West, Harper has glimpsed the beauty and morality of the Jewish journey out East.

Bringing the power of words to the big screen
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Director Brian Percival provides The Post with an inside look at adapting the novel The Book Thief about an orphan in Nazi Germany.

Palestinians in Hebron, Nablus protest Kerry’s peace proposals
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Demonstrators claim proposals deny Palestinian right of return and increases Jewish settlement.

29 killed across Egypt on anniversary of anti-Mubarak revolt
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – While forces fire in air to scatter anti-government protesters, thousands of others chant support for army chief Sisi; violence follows day after bombs explode in Cairo, claiming six.

Jerusalem Municipality extends aid to Gilo gas-explosion victims
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Young boys overcome last week by fumes from exterminator s chemicals remain in critical condition.

Hungary at UN apologizes for role in the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Envoy to UN: Institutions in the then-Hungarian state were responsible for the Holocaust.

Outrage in Italy after pig’s head sent to Rome synagogue
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – President of Lazio region condemns “cowardly act” leading up to Holocaust memorial day.

Syrian government and opposition meet in presence of mediator
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – In first meeting in 3 years, Lakhdar Brahimi speaks to both parties, with no dialogue, but talks continue Saturday between the two sides.

Middle Israel: Don t know much about politics
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Dan Shechtman s surprising presidential bid has gained public support and caught politicians off guard. Their silence this week was reminiscent of the scientific hostility he faced en route to his Nobel prize.

Nazi love letters surface in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Letters between Hitler’s right-hand man, Heinrich Himmler, wife to be displayed in German newspaper Die Welt; collection kept in bank vault until now.

Qaida-inspired group claims Egypt attacks
Jerusalem Post 25 Jan 2014 – Militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) say they are responsible for Friday’s attacks in Cairo; additional bomb Saturday wounds 1.

Inside Iran: Iran s demographic problem
Jerusalem Post 24 Jan 2014 – Author David Goldman sees Iran s current policies through the prism of the Islamic Republic s declining birth rate.

The Guardian

Goodbye Gaza: our correspondent reflects on her time in the Middle East
The Guardian 25 Jan 2014 – After three years reporting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, our Middle East correspondent is coming home to the UK. With heavy heart she pays a farewell visit to Gaza and pays tribute to the resilience, creativity and…

Uruknet

Photos: Close Guant·namo – The Washington D.C. Protest on the 12th Anniversary of the Prison s Opening, Jan. 11, 2014
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 -On Saturday January 11, 2014, a coalition of groups involved in campaigns calling for the closure of Guant·namo – including Amnesty International, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, Witness Against Torture, World…

US Army of Contractors Now Works for Iraq
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014- At the height of the US occupation, a massive military presence in Iraq was bolstered by a huge number of contractors. Even when the military began leaving, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was openly talking about establishing…

Overcoming the Jordan Valley Foil
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 – Pro-Israel commentators have been known to downplay the importance of the Israel lobby here in the U.S. “The lobby” is not as influential, coordinated, sneaky, or nefarious as many of its critics maintain, they insist, while…

Iraq: As Nouri al-Maliki terrorizes the people, protests continue
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 – National Iraqi News Agency reports that the Iraqi military s mortar s
helling last night left 4 people dead and 32 more injured “including women and children” and today s military shelling of Falluja left 5 people…

New York bill to punish ASA over Israel boycott picks up 48 supporters
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014- 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…

Continuing fighting in central Iraq leaves 140,000 forcibly displaced
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 – The UN refugee agency on Friday reported that more than 65,000 people had over the past week fled the conflict in the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in central Iraq s Anbar province. Since fighting broke…

The Truth About Fallujah: U.S. War Crimes, Not Marine “Sacrifices”
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014-….How is the U.S. imperialist media dealing with the ongoing carnage in Iraq? One example was the January 10 New York Times front-page story titled, “Fallujah s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There.” This article is an exposure…

Firms active in the settlements are facilitating abuses of human rights – UN report says
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 – 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,…

Lieberman says return of Palestinian refugees would be a security threat to Israel
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 -Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that the return of Palestinian refugees to “the Palestinian state” would constitute “a security threat to Israel”. He rejected absolutely any right of return for refugees to go back to…

Remembering Saleh: A life cut short
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 24, 2014 – 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…

Syria News – January 23, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 83 martyrs including 16 women, 13 children and 14 martyrs under torture: 34 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 30 in Damascus and its Suburbs;…

Obama Maintains a State of National Emergency
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- No threat whatever exists. Alleged ones are fabricated. They re fake. They used to enforce police state harshness. Fearmongering is longstanding US policy. So is bald-faced lying. At issue is supporting wealth, power, and privilege. It s…

Israeli bulldozers uproot olive trees
Uruknet 25 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- Occupation military bulldozers uprooted thousands of olive trees in Wadi Qana in the town of Dier Estia of the governorate of Salfit on Thursday under the pretext that the area is a natural reserve and thereby could…

The Strange but Stable Alliance: US Senate Await Israeli Instructions
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 -Israel is often viewed by Washington politicians as the most stable ally in the Middle East. But stability from the American perspective can mean many things. Lead amongst them is that the ally must be unconditionally loyal…

The USA v. China in South Sudan
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- If one asks the question “who benefits from the South Sudanese civil war?” the answer is clear. The USA is presently the ONLY beneficiary of the ongoing horrors in South Sudan for this latest round of conflict…

The Secret War in Libya
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014 – The battles currently raging in the South of Libya are no mere tribal clashes. Instead, they represent a possible burgeoning alliance between black Libyan ethnic groups and pro-Gaddafi forces intent upon liberating their country of a…

Libya: Activist Imprisoned Under Al-Gaddafi Facing Jail for Televised Remarks About Politicians
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- A writer and political commentator who was a prisoner of conscience under Mu ammar al-Gaddafi s rule, has now fallen foul of Libya s transitional authorities after making statements deemed offensive to prominent political figures during a…

Libya militias holding thousands prisoner
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- Libya s militia-controlled detention centres are holding nearly 5 000 people without access to the justice system, and around 35 000 civilians still remain forcibly displaced as a result of the country s 2011 civil war, an…

Declaration of a Shared Fate
Uruknet 24 Jan 2014 – January 23, 2014- We, the undersigned, in accordance with our belief in the shared fate of the Syrian and Palestinian people, and our wish for the unity of Syrian territory and safety for all Syrians, draw the attention of the…

Daily Star

Syria antagonists in ‘half-steps’ of peace talks
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 The U.N. mediator trying to broker peace after three years of civil war in Syria says the agreement by the antagonists to face each other at peace talks for the first time is an accomplishment to…

Syria parties discuss aid to Homs, prisoners on Sunday agenda
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 Brahimi says that humanitarian aid to the city of Homs was discussed in talks with Syria’s warring sides and that prisoners would be on Sunday’s agenda.

Car bomb strikes Egypt police base: ministry
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 A car bomb strikes a police base in the Egyptian canal city of Suez, wounding at least four people in an attack earlier blamed on a rocket.

Five rockets from Syria hit Lebanon s Hermel
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 Five rockets from Syria hit the northeastern region of Hermel , a security source says, in an attack claimed by a group affiliated to the Nusra Front in Lebanon and Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Al-Qaeda leader opposes fighting Christians
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 Al-Qaeda’s leader says that Egypt’s majority Muslims should not fight their Christian compatriots, even though the head of their church supported a military coup that deposed the Islamist president.

Yemeni official says diplomat’s body found, but Iran report denies it
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 An Iranian embassy official kidnapped in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in July was found beheaded in central Yemen on Saturday, a provincial official says.

Anyone returning from Syria faces arrest: U.K. police
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 Anyone travelling from the UK to Syria faces arrest on their return, a senior police chief warns, fearing they pose a terror threat to Britain.

Iran says no need for UN watchdog office in Tehran
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 A senior Iranian official dismisses the need for a Tehran office for U.N. inspectors tasked with monitoring Iran’s partial nuclear freeze, Mehr news agency says.

Syria talks to discuss cease-fire, aid deal for Homs: opposition
Daily Star 25 Jan 2014 Syrian government and opposition delegations will discuss a deal for a short cease-fire to allow humanitarian aid to enter besieged rebel-held areas in Homs, opposition delegate Anas al-Abdah says.

YNet News

Police trying to ID gunman in Maryland shooting
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Eight-year-old girl critically wounded from gunfire in northern village
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Lebanon militant pledges allegiance to al-Qaeda
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Egypt says evacuates Libya embassy after kidnappings
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Hundreds protesting in TA against animal abuse in milk industry
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The red/black alliance, liberal democracy and Israel
YNet News, 25 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: If not by intent, then certainly by effect, radical leftists are working to undermine the sole, pluralistic democracy in the region ….

Shalom, Sweden: Jewish culture guide
YNet News, 25 Jan 2014 – There are an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 Jews residing in Sweden today. Largest population lives in the capital, Stockholm, with an estimated 4,300 members ….

Israel warns of growing jihadi threat from Syria
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Military source says more than 30,000 jihadis linked to al-Qaeda are fighting in Syrian civil war. Official believes growing number and experience of fighters may force Israel to reconsider neutrality ….

Activists: 63 people die in Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Assad forces refuse to loosen the siege of the Yarmouk district, denying humanitarian convoys access to sick and starving population ….

Arab cyberactivism faces ‘unprecedented attack’
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Three years after the Arab Spring, social media activists convene in Jordan to discuss challenges of living in surveillance states, where they’re incarcerated and intimidated for posting their political opinions online ….

Kerry promises Palestinians an IDF-free state
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – At Davos conference, US Secretary of State says West Bank occupation will end when Israel is assured new state is not launchpad for terror ….

Fire erupts on Israeli navy ship, 15 injured
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Dvora-class fast patrol boat malfunction leaves sailors with smoke-inhalation injuries, 15 evacuated to area hospitals, one in light-to-moderate condition ….

IDF may cut mandatory non-combat service by a year
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – Enlistees that army doesn’t need ‘costs more than just a salary,’ adjutant says 30% of manpower from main Tel Aviv bases could be cut without anyone noticing ….

Kerry, Israeli PM talk peace in Davos
YNet News, 24 Jan 2014 – US secretary of state defends American policy in Middle East, set to deliver speech arguing against the ‘myth’ of Washington’s disengagement from region ….

Teacher, keep your views 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 ….

Palestinian Information Center

Bahar: Abbas’s invitation to Netanyahu to address PLC unacceptable
PIC – Ahmed Bahar, PLC first deputy speaker, denounced the invitation by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech at the PLC.

OCHA warns of the seriousness of targeting Palestinian children by IOF
PIC – UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories warned of the seriousness of the Israeli occupation‚¨ “!s recent practices targeting Palestinian children.

Hamas urges Fatah to withdraw from negotiations immediately
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has called on Fatah faction, that is controlling the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, to withdraw from negotiations with the IOA without further delay.

IOF soldiers storm Palestinian cities, arrest two young men
PIC – Israeli occupation forces arrested two Palestinian young men on Saturday one of them during confrontations in Arub refugee camp, north of Al-Khalil, and the other from a village south of Al-Khalil.

IOA bars travel of 42 Palestinians in one week
PIC – Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) barred the travel of 42 Palestinian via the Karame crossing linking the West Bank to Jordan over the past week.

IOF quells WB weekly marches
PIC – The weekly anti-apartheid wall and settlement marches continued in the West Bank on Friday, despite the repressive actions by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Palestinian refugee killed by sniper fire in Yarmouk, 4 others die of starvation
PIC – Five Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of Damascus, died over the past 24 hours, one of them by sniper fire and four others out of hunger.

Israeli navy opens fire at fishing boats, IOF soldiers target farmers
PIC – Israeli navy gunboats opened heavy machinegun fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza and Sudaniya area on Saturday morning.

Israeli army prepares to strike populated areas in Gaza
PIC – An Israeli radio report revealed that the Israeli army intends to strike Palestinian civilian targets during a possible military operation against the Gaza Strip.

Sabri: Declaring Israel ‚¨ SJewish state‚¨ ù will never be accepted
PIC – Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, a Khatib (preacher) of the Aqsa Mosque, has declared that the attempt to declare Israel a ‚¨ SJewish state‚¨ ù is null and void and will never be accepted.

Misc

Syrian negotiators focus on humanitarian aid for civilians
LA Times 25 Jan 2014 – The Syria talks in Geneva so far appear to be less about substance and more about building confidence between the warring sides. GENEVA Humanitarian aid for civilians trapped in Syria’s civil war topped the agenda Saturday as representatives of President Bashar Assad’s government and…

Memories of Tahrir Square: A revolution ‘too perfect to be sustained’
LA Times 25 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — Before Jan. 25, 2011, I rarely spent time in Tahrir Square. For me, like millions of other Cairenes, it was no more than a busy downtown traffic hub you d pass through on the way to somewhere else.

Los Angeles man detained amid sweeping crackdown in Egypt
LA Times 24 Jan 2014 – A Los Angeles man working in Cairo as an English-Arabic translator and his Egyptian roommate, a documentary filmmaker, were taken into custody this week amid a sweeping crackdown by the country’s military-backed transitional government.

Syria s Shaky Peace Talks Move Toward Solid Ground in Effort to Aid Homs
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – The Syrian government and opposition met face to face in Geneva for the first time to try to win government approval for an aid convoy to parts of Homs.

Not All Egyptians Cheer Uprising s 3rd Anniversary
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Some Egyptians commemorated their revolt against autocracy by holding a giant rally for the military leader who ousted the country s first democratically elected president.

Algerian Islamist Party Announces Election Boycott
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Algeria’s largest Islamist political party has announced it will be boycotting April’s presidential elections, citing fears of fraud.

Egypt Says Evacuates Libya Embassy, Benghazi Consulate After Kidnappings
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Egypt evacuated its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli and the consulate in Benghazi as a precautionary measure after five of its diplomatic staff were kidnapped, a foreign ministry spokesman told Al-Arabiya news channel on Saturday.

Death Toll From Protest Clashes in Egypt Rises to 29: Health Ministry
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – The death toll from clashes during protests in Egypt on Saturday climbed to 29, state television quoted a health ministry official as saying.

AP PHOTOS: Rage and Celebration on Egypt’s Streets
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – It was a day of celebration and rage Saturday across Egypt as the country marked the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Syrian Talks Haven’t Achieved Much, but Will Continue: Mediator
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said a first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s opposing sides had not yielded significant results but he hoped they would lead to aid supplies reaching the besieged city of Homs.

Outrage in Italy at Pig’s Head Sent to Rome Synagogue
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Offences against Jewish targets in Rome including a pig’s head sent to the city’s main synagogue caused outrage in Italy on Saturday in the run-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day next week.

British Police Say Volunteers Going to Syria War Will Face Arrest
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Britons travelling to Syria to help the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad could be arrested on their return, a senior police chief warned on Saturday, saying they may pose a security risk to the UK.

Militant Group in Lebanon Issues Warning to Sunnis
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – An al-Qaida-inspired group in Lebanon on Saturday warned Sunni Muslims to stay away from areas dominated by their Shiite brethren, saying it intends to attack strongholds of the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah group that is fighting in Syria.

Iran: Ex-Leader’s Daughter Gets Suspended Sentence
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – An Iranian news agency is reporting that the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has received a six-month suspended prison sentence on charges of slandering top officials.

Yemeni Official Says Diplomat’s Body Found, but Iranian Report Denies It
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – An Iranian embassy official kidnapped in the Yemeni capital Sanaa in July was found beheaded in central Yemen on Saturday, a provincial official said.

Explosion Heard Near Police Building in Egyptian City of Suez: State TV
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – An explosion was heard on Saturday near a police building in the Egyptian city of Suez, state television reported.

Four Protesters Killed in Clashes in Cairo: Security Sources
New York Times 25 Jan 2014 – Four protesters were killed on Saturday in clashes that erupted during anti-government marches in Cairo, security sources said, on the anniversary of the revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

JVP and allies respond to Scarlett Johansson statement on SodaStream
Jewish Voice for Peace – Jewish Voice for Peace joins CODEPINK, Adalah-NY, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in responding to Oxfam Ambassador Scarlett Johansson’s statement concerning her work on behalf of SodaStream. The original release, issued by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation , may be…

Calls grow for Oxfam to drop Scarlett Johansson following her defense of Israeli occupation
Mondoweiss – (Image: Stephanie Westbrook) Groups working for Palestinian rights are urging Oxfam International to take immediate action and break its ties with Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson after she issued a statement supporting Israel s military occupation and human rights abuses. On January 10, SodaStream, which makes home carbonating…

Last mass in Beit Jala, as state is poised to grab Palestinian Christians land
Mondoweiss – Israeli soldier walks away after handing a demolition order to Sister Adrianna of the Cremisan monastery. As Israel ramps up its hasbara (Hebrew for p.r.) on an alleged Christian awakening and pretends to…

Deconstructing Scarlett Johansson s statement on SodaStream
Mondoweiss – To be an active member of the community, to be a responsible citizen and to engage politically have always been part of my awareness and part of my life. Scarlett Johansson , before SodaStream became part of her life If you already have the spotlight shining…

Hizzonor at AIPAC (has more political room than he thinks)
Mondoweiss – I think Phil s comment on DeBlasio s abject groveling before AIPAC lets the mayor off the hook. It seems to say: Well kissing Israel s ass is par for the course in American politics, so this no surprise. For otherwise liberal New York City Democrats to support Israel s…

On the 3rd anniversary of the democratic uprising, is there hope for Egypt?
Mondoweiss – Tahrir Square, February 2011 The latest news from Egypt continues to depress. Three years after masses of brave demonstrators filled Tahrir Square, the new military government continues to arrest thousands of innocent people with the apparent support of a majority of Egyptians. The security forces…

Canadian pols pandering to Israel is e
ven more clownish than US pols, but at least they do it on camera

Mondoweiss – Everyone else has posted this excruciating video of Canadian Premier Stephen Harper serenading Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu in Jerusalem the other night, so we have to get it up too. Unbelievable. Harper went over with more than 200 guests, paid for by the government. I couldn t…

Secrecy of de Blasio s AIPAC conclave fuels anti-Semitic tropes Sullivan
Mondoweiss – Andrew Sullivan has a wonderful post up on Bill de Blasio s shocking and private speech to AIPAC two nights ago, titled, The Selective Secrecy of Bill de Blasio. Two excerpts, first on the secrecy of AIPAC, and the degree to which traditional anti-Semitic tropes are fulfilled…

Rabbi raises dual loyalty question and all hell breaks loose in DC Jewish community
Mondoweiss – Rabbi Weintraub talks about dual loyalty Last month at a Washington Jewish forum, a liberal Zionist rabbi said that the Iran issue raised the question of dual loyalty for American Jews, and all hell broke loose. Other Israel supporters on the panelexpressed outrage that a Jew…

Pope is coming on peace pilgrimage, and wall is erected Catholic leader on threatened land
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing Last mass held in Beit Jala as court to rule on land seizure BETHLEHEM (Ma an) 24 Jan by Charlie Hoyle Residents of Beit Jala held their last weekly mass Friday in an area threatened by Israel s separation wall…

Chilean soccer team will lose Palestinian-map jersey, as NYT links incident to anti-Semitism
Mondoweiss – (Image: JTA) This is a follow-up on the Chilean Club Deportivo Palestino (The Palestine Sports Club) soccer team, whose new uniforms used a silhouette map of historic Palestine to replace the numeral one on their jerseys. The new shirt design became a subject of much controversy…

Bibi, Israel Lobby Give Obama Congressional Ally Semi-Public Flogging for Opposing Iran Sanctions Bill
Tikun Olam – Obama chained and Rouhani restrained from policy of nuclear detente While it s still too early to tell, the prospects in Congress for a new set of draconian anti-Iran sanctions seem to be flagging. The legislation has gone from a virtual sure thing to a question mark ,…

Humanitarian issues top Syria agenda
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – Humanitarian issues are top of the agenda in the first tentative meetings between the Syrian regime and opposition forces in Geneva.

Jailed reporter urges Egypt pressure
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – An Australian journalist, who is being held in an Egyptian jail, calls his detention an “attack” on press freedom, in a letter sent from prison.

Egypt: Arab Contractors Begin Renovating Security Building Damaged By Friday Bomb
allAfrica.com25 Jan 2014 – [Aswat Masriya]The Arab Contractors Company began on Saturday fixing the damages that happened at a Cairo security office as a result of a bomb explosion on Friday, a state website said.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio Praises Israel at AIPAC Gala
The Foward Breaking News 25 Jan 2014 – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly praised Israel at a private gala event hosted by the pro-Israel group AIPAC in Manhattan. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egyptian embassy staff ‘seized’
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – At least four Egyptian embassy personnel have been kidnapped in the Libyan capital Tripoli, the Libyan foreign ministry says.

VIDEO: Assad’s future ‘not on agenda’
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar Jafari, says President Bashar al-Assad’s future is not up for discussion during talks in Geneva.

Scarlett Johansson Defends SodaStream After Criticism Over Occupation
The Foward Breaking News 24 Jan 2014 – After coming under fire for her decision to represent SodaStream, Scarlett Johansson has jumped to the Israeli company s defense. Click here for the rest of the article…

How to sweeten the Syrian peace pill
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – Bridget Kendall’s guide to sweetening Syrian peace pill

Egypt anniversary clashes kill 29
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – At least 29 people are killed in clashes in Egypt as rallies mark the anniversary of the 2011 uprising which overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Hariri and Hezbollah in the Same Boat?
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Saad Hariri, son of slain former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, speaks during an interview at the Hotel Des Indes in the Hague on January 16, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Jan Hennop) Saad Hariri, son of slain former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, speaks during an interview at…

ISIS and Al-Nusra Declare War on Lebanon
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Firemen and rescue teams search a damaged apartment at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik on January 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP – STR) Firemen and rescue teams search a damaged apartment at the scene of a car bomb…

VIDEO: ‘Syrian people want transition’
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – The spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, Monzer Akbik, says talks in Geneva will focus on the country’s humanitarian crisis as well as political transition.

Yemen’s “national dialogue” ends following months of talks
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Yemen’s feuding factions wrapped up months of national dialogue Saturday aimed at drafting a new constitution and establishing a federal state in a country where southerners are clamoring for independence. Secessionists boycotted the talks launched in March 2013 as part of a UN-backed transition that saw…

Papers condemn Cairo bombings
BBC 25 Jan 2014 – Egyptian papers condemn Cairo bombings

Syrian Patriarch: Abducted Maaloula nuns are “well”
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Thirteen nuns abducted by Syrian rebels from their convent in the town of Maaloula last month are “well” as negotiations continue for their release, Syrian Patriarch John Yazigi told reporters on Saturday. Rebels kidnapped the nuns on December 3 from their convent in the Mar Thecla…

Five soldiers killed in Egypt helicopter crash
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – A helicopter crash in the restive Sinai Peninsula killed five Egyptian soldiers on Saturday, medics said. The military confirmed a helicopter had crashed and said a search was under way for its crew. It was not immediately clear how the aircraft came down, in an area…

Libyan gunmen kidnap four Egyptian embassy staff
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Kidnappers seized Egypt’s cultural attache and three other embassy staff in Tripoli Saturday a day after another of its diplomats was abducted, the Libyan foreign ministry said. “The cultural attache and three other staff were kidnapped in Tripoli,” ministry spokesman Said Lassoued told AFP. The early…

Syria’s warring sides meet face-to-face in Geneva
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Syria’s permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari (R) speaks to the press before a meeting at the “Geneva II” peace talks in Geneva on January 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Philippe Desmazes) Syria’s permanent representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari (R) speaks to…

Shelling, bombings kill 19 in Iraq
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Updated 2:55 pm: Shelling and bombings across Iraq killed 19 people on Saturday as militants bombed a key bridge linking the capital to north Iraq, the latest in a surge of nationwide violence. The latest bloodshed, which pushed the death toll for January to more than…

Small blast hits Cairo as protesters mark revolution anniversary
Al-Akhbar News 25 Jan 2014 – Egyptians gather next to the wreckage of a car following an explosion outside a police training center in a north Cairo neighborhood on January 25, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Kamel) Egyptians gather next to the wreckage of a car following an explosion outside a police…

Lebanon: Tripoli s Real Alley Battle Has Yet to Begin
Al-Akhbar Politics 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,…

This Is How Geneva II Will Fail
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


The Palestinian side of the story
George S. Hishmeh, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)1/23/2014
A little more than 40 years ago, I landed a job at the foreign desk of the Washington Post, a leading American newspaper, just about four years after returning to the US to settle in Washington for good, since I was returning with my American wife in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
My success was due to meeting the paper s deputy Opinion page editor, the late Stephen S. Rosenfeld, an American Jew, who I called that morning when I had just read his very long column critical of Senator William J. Fulbright, who was then head of the prestigious Senate Foreign Relations Committee and was believed to be understanding, if not sympathetic, to the Palestinian people in their conflict with Israel. I was surprised by his reaction when I told him that the Post did not carry the senator s remarks, which he decried. He was shocked and promised to call me back wondering whether the coverage appeared in a later edition of the paper. But when he returned my call he admitted, rather embarrassingly, that I was correct as the paper failed to carry the speech. The excuse was that it came too late for the deadline … but not for his commentary.
At least you and I think it was an important speech, I said, laughingly. He went along with me and later he revealed that he was a subscriber to the bimonthly magazine that I had edited then, but folded up a few weeks earlier due to lack of funding. The magazine, called Amideast, was published by the American Friends of the Middle East (AFME), a non-profit organisation, which was very popular among its readers who followed the news of the turbulence, as always, in the Middle East. He then suggested we have lunch together.
I was then freelancing for some papers in the Arab world, including the Daily Star of Lebanon, which I had edited before coming to the US. He then wondered about my future plans. I replied, half-jokingly, that I would like to work for the Post. He took my response seriously and said he would look into it. That evening, I started my first day at the Post, but regrettably my stay did not last for long.more..e-mail

New exhibition features Palestinian artwork created out of Israel’s tools of oppression
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)1/23/2014
Although Palestinians have lived under Israeli occupation and apartheid for over six decades, Western narratives usually paint them as hateful and violent, as if they were born with hatred rather than shaped by a life of displacement, discrimination, military rule, poverty and oppression.
And to deepen the injustice of these narratives, despite being born into these harsh circumstances, the vast majority of Palestinians have still adopted nonviolent strategies of resistance in their continuing struggle for equal rights and justice. Today this nonviolent resistance movement includes: weekly protests against Israel’s separation wall, mass mobilisations against Israeli policies of displacement, hunger strikes against Israel’s inhumane treatment of prisoners and staging protest camps against Israel’s appropriation of land and illegal settlements.
Thus while popular Western narratives have been insisting that Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy and that the civilised Israelis want to live in peace, whereas the backwards Palestinians only know violence, today this distortion of history is being challenged on a daily basis.
A new art exhibition currently travelling around the West Bank called “Chic-Art-Resistance” also offers a strong counter narrative, and with such honesty and simplicity that it is deeply affecting.
Palestinian activists Sami Musa and Mohammed Khatib have transformed the oppressive tools that sustain Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its apartheid policies of discrimination, and transformed them into beautiful works of art that communicate messages of love, dignity and resistance.
Musa and Khatib collected the remains of barbed wires, parts of the Israeli separation wall, spent ammunition used to suppress weekly protests, tools used by protesters to defend themselves from police assaults….more..e-mail

Jordan and Palestinian refugees
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN)1/23/2014
An interesting development is taking place in Jordan: Forty years after the Rabat Summit, which declared the PLO as the “sole legitimate representative” of the Palestinian people, one aspect of representation is being challenged.
Jordanian officials, including the prime minister, the speaker of the Parliament and the foreign minister, were recently quoted as demanding a greater role for Jordan
in the peace talks.

In addition to insistence on a role on the future of Jerusalem, Jordanian officials are saying that no final status agreement regarding refugees can be finalised without Jordan’s say.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has over two million registered Palestinian refugees, and many more unregistered.
According to the Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh, since Jordan gave these Palestinian refugees citizenship, it should have a say in their future, whether in terms of return or compensation, or both.
Jordan also insists that as a host country to 42 per cent of the world’s Palestinian refugees, its decades old effort must be recognised and compensated.
Perhaps the official Jordanian position on the Palestinian refugees was best summarised by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh’s statement when he chaired the UN Security Council this week: “Most of the refugees on our territory are Jordanian citizens in addition to their status as refugees, and it lies at the heart of our responsibilities to protect and restore their legitimate rights recognised by the international terms of reference pertaining to the peace process. As a host country, we, in turn, have rights for the burdens we have shouldered.”more..e-mail

Rouhani and the 1914 remix
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times1/24/2014
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is at the moment the hardest-working man in (geopolitical) show business. He has just stepped into the lion’s den – or goldfish bowl; the World Economic Forum at Davos. And he charmed them all just with his “prudent moderation” strategy, which broadcasts what every Master of The Universe, real or fake, really wants to hear; Iran is open for business.
Rouhani stressed what even BRIC-inventor Jim O’Neill has acknowledged; Iran has the potential to become one of the world’s Top Ten economies before 2040. His strategy to achieve it is extremely sound; a very balanced foreign policy subordinated to boosting economic development. It starts with a definitive deal with the P5+1 – the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – until the end of 2014; the lifting of all sanctions; and then a steady flow of investment by the West.
Rouhani does not see any “insurmountable hurdles” towards a permanent, comprehensive nuclear deal – “unless other parties don’t show enough serious will”. Sanctions, he said, “merely exacerbate” instability, rather than create peace.
Rouhani could not be more measured in his push to “engage with the world community in a fair basis”. He re-stressed that Iran’s nuclear program is for civilian use only: “We have no ambition to create a nuclear weapon … I strongly declare that nuclear weapons have no place in our security strategy. But Iranian people are not prepared to give up their peaceful technology. We will continue to develop peaceful nuclear use.”
That’s why, when asked about dual-use of nuclear technology, he said, “Forty countries have dual-use of nuclear technology. Iran will not accept being discriminated against.”more..e-mail

Subdued Atmosphere at Sharon s Burial: The BDS Tsunami
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Jan 2014 – By Iqbal Jassat, Johannesburg South Africa Much has been written and talked about Ariel Sharon since his death following an eight year long coma. Not surprisingly, Israeli leaders have been rather subdued in their praise despite liberal use of metaphors to categorize him among those who played a pivotal role in defining the regime s military prowess . Some may wonder whether the sense of hesitancy displayed by Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu and even Ehud Olmert has to do with internal rivalries that stretch back to Sharon s removal of Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip or with his gung-ho style of leadership. Others may suggest that Sharon s arrogance, bullying and reckless military forays have turned out to be a huge liability for Israel rather than any glory Peres or Netanyahu sought to project. Whatever the reasons may be, my reading of the events since his death was announced, is that Israel…more

Young Gazan Writers Prove the Power of the Short Story
Palestine Chronicle: 24 Jan 2014 – By Susannah Tarbush Israel s massive 23-day Operation Cast Lead offensive on Gaza, which began on 27 December 2008, caused massive destruction and killed more than 1,400 people. Another 5,000 were injured. Just World Books of Charlottesville, Virginia, has now published a ground-breaking collection of short stories exploring the lives of Gazans during and since Operation Cast Lead. Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza , Palestine, edited by Refaat Areer, contains 23 stories by 15 writers all but three of them women. The number of stories equals the number of days Cast Lead lasted. These stories take us into the homes and hearts of moms, dads, students, children, and elders striving to live lives of dignity in one of the world s most embattled communities, says the book s cover. Th
e book carries acclaim from prominent Palestinian and other activists and writers including Dr Ghada Karmi, Victoria Brittain, Ramzy…
more

U.S. Dismantling Rhetoric Ignores Iran s Nuclear Proposals
Dissident Voice: 25 Jan 2014 – (IPS) Iran s pushback against statements by Secretary of State John Kerry and the White House that Tehran must dismantle some of its nuclear programme, and the resulting political uproar over it, indicates that tough U.S. rhetoric may be adding new obstacles to the search for a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with CNN s Jim Sciutto Wednesday, We are not dismantling any centrifuges, we re not dismantling any equipment, we re simply not producing, not enriching over five percent. When CNN s Fareed Zakaria asked President Hassan Rouhani, So there would be no destruction of centrifuges? Rouhani responded, Not under any circumstances. Not under any circumstances. Those statements have been interpreted by U.S. news media, unaware of the basic technical issues in the negotiations, as indicating that Iran is refusing to negotiate seriously. In fact, Zarif has put on the table proposals for resolving the remaining…more

NSA, Israel, GVEs, Hasbara, and Gun Massacres in the USA and Beyond
Dissident Voice: 25 Jan 2014 – Why would US leaders, lawmakers, intelligence and law enforcement agency administrators allow foreign intelligence and espionage agencies and their front companies unfettered, unexamined, long-term access to vast audiences of American children and young adults? And does not that question represent legitimate and vital concerns regarding privacy, public health, public safety, and national security? It is a matter of public record that, through its intelligence agencies and their spin-offs and many front companies, Israel is actively and deeply involved with the NSA in collecting and organizing data on Americans. The information thus collected by the NSA is shared with Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand as well as Israel, but Israel is the major threat to legitimate US interests. Israel s equivalent of the NSA, Unit 8200 , or Israel SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), is notorious for its spin-off companies that become private intelligence gathering and espionage operations under Israeli control, in much…more


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