VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 28 January 2014

28 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Clashes Reported In al-Azza Refugee Camp In Bethlehem
IMEMC – Soldiers Place Sand Barrier On Road Near Beit Ummar [Tuesday Evening, January 28, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers attempted to invade the al-Azza refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and clashed with local youths. Palestinian kidnapped in Deheisha refugee camp. …

Israel Alleges Arresting A Hamas “Cell” In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Israeli media sources reported Tuesday [January 28, 2014] that the Israeli Internal Security managed to uncover a “Hamas cell” in occupied East Jerusalem, and that its members planned attacks in Israel. …

134 Members of US Congress Sign Letter Against ASA Boycott
IMEMC – Israel’s Hayom newspaper reported, on Monday, that 134 out of 435 members of Congress have signed a letter criticizing the American Studies Association’s decision last month to boycott Israel’s academic institutions. … 

Israeli Checkpoint Holds Premier’s Convoy for The 4th Time In A Month
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers manning a checkpoint at the northern entrance to Ramallah, Tuesday, stopped the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah for a security check, and kept him there for one hour, according to a government statement. …

Two Journalists Detained, A Third Attacked
IMEMC – Israeli forces detained on Monday, January 27, 2014 European Press Agency photographer Abed El-Hafiz Al-Hashlamoon and WAFA Agency photographer Ahmed Mizher, during their coverage of the clashes which erupted between Palestinian citizens and IOF in Khilat Alnahl area near the city of Bethlehem, The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) said in a press release. …

Iron Gate Installed at Entrance to Bethlehem Village
IMEMC – [Tuesday, January 28, 2014] Israeli forces, on Tuesday, erected an iron gate at the main entrance to the Bethlehem village of Nahhalin. …

Soldiers Kidnap At Least 30 Palestinians In West Bank, Jerusalem
IMEMC – [Tuesday, January 28, 2014] Palestinian sources have reported that Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and kidnapped at least 30 Palestinians. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli forces detain 22 Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus
1/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces launched multiple raids across the West Bank early Tuesday morning, detaining at least 22 young Palestinian men. Spokesman for the youth movement in East Jerusalem Hani Halabiyya told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed al-Eizariya and Abu Dis villages shortly after midnight and detained 15 young men after ransacking their homes. Halabiyya highlighted that fierce clashes broke out….

Israeli forces violate Gaza border, level agricultural lands
1/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers escorted by military vehicles entered the Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, violating the coastal enclave’s borders and destroying agricultural land nearby. Eyewitnesses told a Ma’an reporter that bulldozers violated the border near Abasan east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip in order to level agricultural land. Eyewitnesses added that Israeli troops escorted….

Israel barrier threatens to split Bethlehem area villages
1/28/2014 – BATTIR (AFP) — Israel’s separation barrier could soon destroy the livelihoods and redraw the demographics of two Palestinian villages south of Jerusalem, locals say, should an imminent court ruling approve its planned route. The barrier — in parts an eight-meter-high (25-foot) concrete wall — would cut through ancient irrigation systems relied upon by the West Bank village of Battir, separate residents of nearby Beit Jala….

Israeli forces install iron gate at entrance to Bethlehem village
1/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday erected an iron gate at the main entrance to the Bethlehem village of Nahhalin. Locals told Ma’an that in 2001 Israeli forces blockaded a road connecting the village to Hebron. On Tuesday, Israeli forces removed the earth mounds blocking the road and replaced them with an iron gate, which is expected to give villagers access….

Palestinian in stable condition week after Israel shooting
1/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An injured young Palestinian remained at al-Maqased hospital in Jerusalem in stable condition Monday over a week after Israeli forces shot him at a gas station, relatives said. Alaa Mahmoud Abdul Jawad al-Jamzawi, 20, was shot in his right thigh on Jan. 17 at the gas station where he worked during clashes in Anata village, his uncle, Abu Walid, said. Al-Jamzawi….

Ramallah governor briefly held by Israeli forces
1/28/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday evening detained Ramallah and al-Bireh governor Laila Ghannam on her way from Jericho to Ramallah. A statement from the governor’s office said that “Occupation forces brutally took the papers of the car carrying the governor, and stopped all cars with red (Palestinian governmental) license plates intentionally and provocatively”. They were released a while later, the….

Gaza teen dies of wounds sustained in explosion
1/28/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian teenager died Monday from wounds sustained a day earlier in an explosion in al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Ashraf Thahir Muhammad Farajallah, 18, died after being injured late Sunday in an “internal” explosion in the camp, Gaza medical official Ashraf al-Qidra said, without providing further details. Farajallah was taken to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital and….

Israeli forces detain 3 teenagers in East Jerusalem
1/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinian teenagers in the al-Thuri neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Monday. Muhammad Mahmoud, a lawyer from the Al-Damir Association for Human Rights, told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the neighborhood early Monday and detained Mahmoud Ayman Abu Nijmah, 19, Majdi Umran Uweida, 18, and Omar Mazin Abu Khatir, 18. All three were taken to the….

Israeli forces arrest teen in East Jerusalem
1/28/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian teenager in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Isawiya on Tuesday, locals said. Mahmoud Abu Snieneh, 14, was assaulted and detained by soldiers during clashes in the area, witnesses said. [END]

Israeli forces deploy near Teqoa settlement
1/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli army and border guard officers were heavily deployed in the vicinity of Teqoa settlement east of Bethlehem on Tuesday, a Ma’an reporter said. Ambulances and firetrucks arrived at the scene and Israeli forces were searching the area. Witnesses say that there were clashes in the western side of the village. [END]

Canada’s changing role in humanitarian intervention and policy
1/28/2014 – Lamya Hussain is a PhD Candidate at SOAS, with the Department of Development Studies, focusing on development, aid, and security issues across Israel and the Palestinian territories. – There was indeed no sugar coating as Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, visited Israeli and Palestinian territories last week. The message was loud and clear, the bond between Canada and Israel could not be stronger. While political analysts….

PFLP-GC: No Hamas move to end Yarmouk crisis
1/28/2014 – DAMASCUS (Ma’an) — The pro-regime Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command group denied reports Monday that it accepted an initiative from Hamas to end the siege at Yarmouk refugee camp. But the PFLP-GC welcomed Hamas’ recent statement in which the movement tried to convince militia groups to sign an initiative of 14 Palestinian factions and withdraw from the camp. There were…. Related: Group: 7 Palestinians die of hunger, lack of medical care in Yarmouk

Iran nuclear talks to resume February in New York
1/28/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Iran and world powers will resume talks next month in New York on reaching a long-term nuclear deal, a senior US official said Monday.”It is our understanding that those talks will be in New York in mid-February, with dates still being confirmed on schedule, but it will be around that time period,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. She confirmed that Iranian….

Iran says Israel using nuclear issue to hide ‘crimes’
1/28/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iran said Tuesday that Israel is using Tehran’s nuclear program to distract from its “crimes” against the Palestinians, during a rare visit by an official from the Western-backed Palestinian Authori
ty. Israel, along with Western countries, has long accused Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian program — charges denied by Tehran — and Israel criticized a landmark nuclear deal reached with….

Group: 7 Palestinians die of hunger, lack of medical care in Yarmouk
1/28/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Seven Palestinian refugees who died in the past few days in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus were identified Tuesday by a Palestinian group based in Syria. The Workforce for Palestinians in Syria identified seven victims in a statement received by Ma’an on Tuesday, adding to dozens who have already died as a result of deteriorating conditions and…. Related:PFLP-GC: No Hamas move to end Yarmouk crisis

Syria talks to continue despite deadlock over power transfer
1/28/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syrian peace talks were due to resume in Geneva on Tuesday with the warring sides deadlocked over the explosive issue of transferring power from President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi admitted as the talks closed on Monday that the negotiations “haven’t produced much.”But he said he would bring the country’s warring sides together again….

Tunisia’s leaders sign new charter 3 years after revolution
1/28/2014 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s leaders on Monday signed the new constitution adopted by lawmakers, a key goal of the revolution three years ago that touched off the Arab Spring. The historic document, seen as one of the most modern in the Arab world, was signed by outgoing Islamist premier Ali Larayedh, Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar, and President Moncef Marzouki during a ceremony at the….

Gunmen kill Egyptian police general in Cairo
1/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead Tuesday an Egyptian police general in Cairo, who was also an aide to the interior minister, security officials and medics said. The morning attack comes a day after Egypt’s military backed its chief Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, to run for the presidency. It also coincided….

Security: Gunmen kill 1 policeman, wound 2 at Cairo church
1/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Gunmen shot dead a policemen guarding a church in Cairo on Tuesday, and wounded two others, security sources said, hours after another attack claimed the life of a police general. The shootings come a day after Egypt’s military backed its chief Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, to run for the presidency. Security….

Turkey’s PM says he opposes interest rate rise
1/28/2014 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the opposed any interest rate rise a few hours before the central bank holds an emergency meeting to defend the lira.” I am opposed to interest rate increases now as I always have been,” Erdogan told reporters before leaving for Iran.”But I don’t have any authority to interfere” in the bank….

HRW presses Jordan to ease curbs on freedom of speech
1/28/2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Human Rights Watch urged Jordan again Tuesday to reform laws that restrict freedom of expression, saying it is shameful that people can be jailed for chanting slogans or criticizing officials. In its World Report for 2014, US-based HRW called on parliament to “undertake critical reforms. . . to remove or amend laws that place impermissible limits on free expression.””It’s shameful that….

7 Iraqi security personnel killed as unrest surges
1/28/2014 – BAGHDAD (AFP) — Gun attacks north of Baghdad killed seven members of Iraq’s security forces Tuesday, the latest in a surge in violence fuelling fears the country is slipping back into all-out conflict. Coupled with a deadly standoff between security forces and anti-government fighters in the western province of Anbar, unrest this month has left more than 850 people dead, the worst prolonged period….

Morsi tried for jailbreak as top Egypt police officer murdered
1/28/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Ousted president Mohamed Morsi was defiant as he went on trial Tuesday for a prison break during the 2011 uprising, as a top police official was murdered in another sign of Egypt’s instability. The trial, and other violence in which a police guard was gunned down outside a Cairo church, came a day after the military backed army chief Field Marshall….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: 20,000 people in Syria’s Yarmuk camp face starvation
Relief Web 28 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 01/29/2014 03:03 GMT by Serene ASSIR BEIRUT, January 29, 2014 (AFP) – Besieged since June, nearly 20,000 people in Damascus’ Yarmuk Palestinian camp are so desperate for food that many…

occupied Palestinian territory: Evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Palestinian National Council
Relief Web 28 Jan 2014 – Source: Council of Europe Country: occupied Palestinian territory [Extract] Parliamentary Assembly On 4 October 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly adopted Resolution 1830 (2011) on the request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Palestinian National Council,…

Syrian Arab Republic: Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013
Relief Web 28 Jan 2014 – Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq,…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 21 – 28 January
Relief Web 28 Jan 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel barrier threatens to split West Bank villages
Relief Web 28 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/28/2014 11:51 GMT by Shatha YAISH BATTIR, January 28, 2014 (AFP) – Israel’s separation barrier could soon destroy the livelihoods and redraw the demographics of two Palestinian villages south of Jerusalem, locals say,…

The National

Morsi rages inside glass cage at trial
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Former president rages inside soundproof glass cage as trial over prison break resumes.

Rahul Gandhi presents a poor case for Congress in TV interview
The National 28 Jan 2014 – In a rare interview, Rahul Gandhi, who will head the ruling Congress party’s general election campaign, injected a tense new element into the battle that has so far focused mainly on the economy and corruption.

Kurdish oil flow raises the stakes for Maliki
The National 28 Jan 2014 – A new oil pipeline built by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has infuriated Baghdad. But with elections approaching compromise might be necessary.

Syria peace negotiators remain at loggerheads
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Syrian peace negotiations saw only one session of talks on Tuesday as deadlock persisted between representatives of Bashar Al Assad and the opposition.

Cost is no consideration for lavish Iranian weddings
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Despite their country’s weakened economy, Iranians strive for only the best when it comes to getting married.

Morocco pharmas aim for Gulf Market
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Morocco’s generic medicines producers aim to set up base in the UAE to enter Gulf and Central Asian countries.

Netanyahu’s settler plan has merits
The National 28 Jan 2014 – The biggest is that the symbolic value of a state with two peoples would be immense

Five rare tiger cubs die after ‘motherly neglect’ in Delhi zoo as sixth fights for its life
The National 28 Jan 2014 – The cubs, born last week, died over the weekend after the seven-year-old tigress refused to feed or care for them, curator of Delhi’s National Zoological Park said

In pictures: Hong Kong culls thousands of chickens amid outbreak of bird flu
The National 28 Jan 2014 – uthorities in eastern China said Tuesday they will ban live poultry sales after an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu.

Video: Thousands seek Shelter in Sudan 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Nearly 8,000 South Sudanese citizens are now seeking shelter in Sudan. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Gunfire and looting in Central African Republic 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Violent clashes and looting intensify in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Syria peace talks hit more trouble as rebel city ‘starves’ 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – The United States demands Syria allow aid into the “starving” city of Homs, while ongoing peace talks in Geneva reach a stand-still on the issue of Syria’s political future. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Video: France’s former first lady takes high road in India 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – France’s former first lady Valerie Trierweiler focuses on charity work in India after split from President Francois Hollande. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Clinton calls Benghazi her ‘biggest regret’ 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says her biggest regret while leading the US State Department was the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Nathan Frandino reports.

Video: Holocaust survivors return to Auschwitz 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Auschwitz survivors commemorate the liberation of the Nazi death camp in Poland 69 years ago as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Floods and mudslides batter northern Bolivia 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Torrential rainfall continues to flood towns in northern Bolivia and residents flee their homes. Jillian Kitchener reports.

Video: Kiev protesters shun state hospitals for volunteer clinics 
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Volunteers at makeshift field hospitals in Ukraine say injured people are refusing to attend proper hospitals for fear of arrest. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

German cows cause methane explosion at dairy farm
The National 28 Jan 2014 – Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said.


Palestinian petitions to force Ya’alon to reveal outpost deal
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Israeli ministers unveil $66 million plan to feed the hungry
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

University heads call for reform
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Netanyahu to convene forum to debate BDS threat
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

SodaStream boss admits West Bank plant is ‘a Pain’
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Yeshiva University pulls provocative photography project
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

For Bennett it’s back to business as usual, but Netanyahu doesn’t forget so easily
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Ousted Egyptian president Morsi lashes out at judge as trial opens
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Bennett’s ignorant and dangerous distortion of Jewish history
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

I wasn’t behind anti-government rally invite, says housing minister
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

I wasn’t behind anti-government rally invite, says housing minister
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

UNESCO sets date for contested Jews in Israel exhibit
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Jews would be killed under Palestinian rule, says Bennett
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Israeli singer Eyal Golan in the clear after girls admit to lying, Ch. 2 reports
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Pete Doherty to make debut Israel performance
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Netanyahu: Israel has the potential to become a global economic power
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Netanyahu: Israel not obligated to accept Kerry’s framework in full
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Teenager stabbed in Ashdod school parking
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Condition of Jerusalem boy, poisoned by pesticide, improves
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

In Gaza, water – and time – are running out
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Scarlett Johansson’s pro-Israel master class
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Abbas agrees to temporary Israeli military presence after peace
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Hard times: Queen Elizabeth II ‘down to her last million’
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

ADL: U.S. refusal to release Pollard borders on anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Israeli police officer’s spouse questioned over alleged bribe-taking
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Housing minister defies government by organizing mass protest against peace process
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Dutch ask Israel to extradite teacher accused of sexual abuse
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Anti-Zionist would-be spy for Iran gets 4.5 years in Israeli prison
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Israeli contractor plans Jewish-only residential project in Jaffa
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Ya’alon: Israel can’t rely on the Palestinian Authority for security
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Tefillingate: Orthodoxy must not reject its most committed women
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

BDS demands Oxfam drop Scarlett Johansson over SodaStream role
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Ukraine’s PM submits resignation in bid to ease crisis
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Is Israel’s defense establishment a giant interest group?
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Defense Ministry prepares to seize military documents Ariel Sharon kept illegally
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

It’s the settlements, stupid
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Israel’s new war: Orthodox vs. Orthodox
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Daphni in the dock
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Netanyahu mad Rohani stole his magic at Davos
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Netanyahu’s maneuvers, feints and deceptions
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Obama vs. Harper: Who’s the real man of principle?
Ha’aretz – 27 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

‘I will veto’ new legislation against Iran, Obama tells Congress
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – In fifth State of the Union to Congress and the nation, Obama says Iran diplomacy “may not succeed,” but personally issues veto threat against new sanctions bill. 

New York Senate bill ends funding to schools linked to Israel boycott group
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – “Bill sends a message – we should never ask taxpayers to support religious, ethnic, or racial discrimination.” 

Bush’s national security adviser: US is mismanaging Egypt, Syria
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Stephen Hadley says largely ineffective American response to the crisis in Syria opened door to al-Qaida. 

Ex-CIA head: US would use force to stop Iran
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Petraeus says that while Americans are wary of military interventions abroad, US is willing to use force to protect its interests. 

Hamas says it would never accept two-state solution, won’t give up ‘one inch’ of land
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Group says will not agree to recognize Israel, stresses only armed resistance will liberate Palestinian land. 

Bipartisanship in US Senate may fracture over Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Future of controversial sanctions bill lies in the balance amid jockeying on the Hill. 

Israel returns Syrian girl who sought asylum
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Physicians for Human Rights advocates giving Syrian refugees being treated in Israeli hospitals asylum. 

Gilo gas explosion, building’s residents express fear and dread
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Linda Schvartz, only child of two Holocaust survivors, succumbs a week after blast; Young poisoning victims show marked improvement. 

Bouena Sarfatty of Salonika: A partisan-poet Holocaust survivor
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – In short, these collections are a rare find in the world of Ladino poetry. Bouena passed away on July 23, 1997, leaving a rich legacy for generations to come. 

Reversing the ‘brain drain’: Is the answer in the network?
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – It boggles mind to imagine what could be achieved if Israel invested just a fraction of what less developed nations invest in high- and very-high-speed broadband infrastructures. 

In my own write: What Braxton said
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – The White House spokespeople, she said, showed no interest in what six-year-old Braxton actually said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

Candidly speaking: Pollard, American Jewish leaders and anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Pollard is now serving his 29th year in prison – seven of which were in solitary confinement – for a crime which carries a maximum 10 year penalty. 

Terra incognita: The dictatorship of critical thought
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – “Critical thought” comes to light in recent case about left-wing teacher sharing his views with his class. 

Scarjo and peace
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Perhaps something good will come out of all the media attention given to SodaStream and Johansson after all. 

Left derides Bayit Yehudi MKs for attending prayer rally against peace talks
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Party “holds keys to our tax money,” funds settlements and then complains, Meretz’s Gal-On says. 

Pew to issue study on Israeli Judaism
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Research center follows up on report that shook American Jewry, announced comprehensive new study of Israeli Jewry to be completed in fall. 

Pete Seeger, folk-singing legend, dies in New York City at 94
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Lifelong environmentalist recorded several Hebrew songs, but had a complex relationship with Israel in later years. 

Tehran: We won’t dismantle any portion of our nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – FM says Iran won’t let Zionist regime divert world attention from “crimes against Palestinians.” 

Barkat announces major urban renewal project in capital
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Urban Renewal Housing Ministry chairman says Jerusalem will be one of the first cities to carry out project, welcome innovative reform. 

High Court orders Israel to recognize gay adoption of child born through surrogacy
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – At the same time court rejects gay adoption in case where neither man proved biological connection to child. 

NIS 230m. child-hunger program to feed 24,000 families
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Health Minister German notes food targets not defined by simple caloric value, but that it would also be nutritious. 

ILA, Environment Ministry publish tender for new ammonia plant in Rotem
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – State decided in 2012, that 17,000-ton ammonia facility must close and move from Haifa to an unpopulated part of Negev by 2017. 

Egyptian general assassinated in Cairo hours before Morsi trial convenes
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – US security official shows concern about Sinai ji
hadists shooting down Egyptian helicopter. 

It’s never too late: Bar Mitzvah at 81 at the Western Wall
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Michael Benkler was four when he saw his parents for the last time and was placed in an orphanage where he lost his Jewish identity. 

Netanyahu: Failure to recognize Jewish state core of conflict
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – The prime minister says interim deal with Iran only set Tehran’s nuclear program back some six weeks. 

Knesset panel: Education Ministry must work harder to lower high school dropout rate
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Estimated number of dropouts range from 4,000-40,000, according to panel; MK’s demand reform. 

Regulations pass for upcoming E-Waste Law
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Law will mandate that manufacturers and importers of electronics recycle 50 percent of the electronic equipment they sell. 

Shin Bet, police arrest 16 Hamas activists in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Members of Islamist movement are accused of setting up learning program on Temple Mount that caused public disturbances. 

Bennett: Jews living under PA rule would be killed
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – Bayit Yehudi head dismisses two-state plan; Yacimovich: Abbas told me Jews could stay in a Palestinian state. 

Student stabbed in high school brawl
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2014 – 16-year-old badly wounded during second such incident at Israeli high school in 24 hours; Education Minister Shay Prion expresses concern. 

The Guardian

Mohamed Morsi defiant in face of jailbreak and conspiracy charges
The Guardian 28 Jan 2014 – Trial of Egypt’s former president reportedly postponed for a month as violence continues in Cairo The former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been charged with breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising and conspiring with…


Syria News – January 26, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 72 martyrs including 2 women, 4 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 24 in Damascus Suburbs; 8 in…

Guantánamo: Where Being Cleared for Release Means Nothing
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014- First, the good news: on January 9, the Pentagon announced that the first Guantánamo prisoner to undergo a Periodic Review Board (PRB) had been recommended for release. The PRBs were first mentioned nearly three years ago, in…

Netanyahu steps up demands, wants settlers to remain in Palestinian state
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -A couple of statements from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are adding to the confusion over the kind of solution he envisions, if he supports one at all.Answering a question from a reporter in Davos regarding the possible…

Israel demolishes 4 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 — Israeli authorities on Monday demolished four Palestinian homes in annexed East Jerusalem that had been built without construction permits, police and residents said.A total of 20 people lived in the four buildings, two of them located…

Syria News – January 26, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – By the end of Sunday the Coordination Committees were able to document 72 martyrs including 2 women, 4 children and 7 martyrs under torture: 28 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 24 in Damascus Suburbs; 8 in…

Volume: 12A Issue: 20 Veterans Occupy DC
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – At least ten Afghan policemen were killed or injured following militants attack on a police check post in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The incident took place in Qaisar district late Thursday night after a group…

Remembering Shulamit Aloni
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014– On January 24, longtime Israeli MK, minister, human/civil/women s rights champion, and outspoken critic of Israeli apartheid passed. She was 86. Her roots were Polish. Her parents were rabbinical family descendants. She was born in Tel Aviv….

The Crumbling Lockerbie Case
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – ….While the police investigation in Libya has stalled, the police and Crown Office are studiously ignoring new evidence that destroys the case against Megrahi and Libya. It concerns the most important physical evidence of the entire…

Young Gazan Writers Prove the Power of the Short Story
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 25, 2015 – 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…

Al-Maliki s assault on Fallujah 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – NINA reports a military assault has begun today on Falluja. How did that work out? AFP reports: On Sunday, witnesses said between five and 22 soldiers, were captured by anti-government fighters who also seized several military…

Death toll rises in Yarmouk as siege and bombings continue
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014- A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, after nearly 200 days of siege and over 50 dead. Parcels of lentils, oil, sugar, rice…

Colonial Partners in Israel s Crimes
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – Is it just me, or do you also see a thread of colonial superiority and racism binding US, Australia, Canada to Israel? Think about it. All are ex-British colonies and like Israel, have a shameful history…

U.S. “D
ismantling” Rhetoric Ignores Iran s Nuclear Proposals

Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – 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…

Israelis detain camel for infiltrating military zone 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014– Israeli security forces have detained a camel alleged to have “infiltrated” a “military zone” near Bethlehem, taking the level of arbitrary arrests and harassment of young Palestinians to a new low. The head of Rashaida village council,…

War on Libya: Not a Humanitarian Intervention
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014– Maximilian Forte s book on the Libyan war, Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO s War on Libya and Africa (Montreal: Baraka Books, 2012), is another powerful (and hence marginalized) study of the imperial powers in violent action, and…

Scarlett Johansson is “ambassador for oppression,” says Oxfam founder s grandson
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – The grandson and grand-nephew of two founders of Oxfam is calling on the charity to dissociate from its “Global Ambassador,” Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, who signed a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Israeli-occupation profiteer SodaStream. Hubert…

“Don t forget us here”: Photos reveal devastation in Syria s Yarmouk camp
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 -Since July, Yarmouk refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus has been closed to humanitarian relief. Thousands of people – Palestinians and Syrians – trapped inside have been suffering from malnutrition and a grievous lack of medical…

I will not uproot a single Israeli settler, Netanyahu says, and Washington Post backs him up 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014- In response to a question about the Jordan Valley at a press conference in Davos on Friday Netanyahu wowed the crowd and made headlines by saying he didn t intend to evacuate any settlements or uproot even…

Snowden: NSA Involved in Industrial Espionage 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – The vast dragnet operations of the NSA include “industrial espionage,” whistleblower Edward Snowden told the German television network ARD TV in an exclusive interview airing Sunday evening. In his first televised appearance since speaking with journalists…

Contrary to Obama s promises, the US military still permits torture
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – The United States Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation (pdf) has been sold to the American public and the world as a replacement for the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA and the Department of…

OCHA warns of the seriousness of targeting Palestinian children by IOF
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories (OCHA) warned of the seriousness of the Israeli occupation s recent practices targeting Palestinian children. The UN said in its monthly report issued…

PLO official reveals full details of Kerry s plan
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – The secretary of the PLO Executive Committee has revealed the details of John Kerry s plan for the Israel-Palestine negotiations. Yasser Abed Rabbo spoke to London s Al-Hayat newspaper. According to Abed Rabbo, the US Secretary…

Who Profits report: Corporations profit from Israeli prisons
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 – Who Profits released 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 by Who…

The ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 -An executive committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said recently that Jerusalem will be lost permanently if Israel continues its settlement projects while Arab-Muslim support for the city remains weak. “Jerusalemites should be valued,” urged Ahmed…

Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurl stones at Palestinian vehicles in Jerusalem
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 26, 2014 — Dozens of ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled stones at cars traveling on route 1 highway in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, in what victims claimed were racially-motivated assaults targeting Palestinians.Eyewitnesses told a Ma an reporter that about 60 ultra-Orthodox…

Syria News – January 25, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 25, 2014– By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 66 martyrs including 7 women, 13 children and 8 martyrs under torture: 29 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 18 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 5…

Military Resistance 12A19 Shock
Uruknet 28 Jan 2014 – January 25, 2014 – “In many parts of the country, people can t move freely in their own districts or villages because militants from different groups are there,” says Naeem Ayubzada, director of the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan, an…

Daily Star

Rouhani meets ‘Elders,’ calls for unity to end Syria war
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani met with the former United Nations secretary-general and his delegation of The Elders Tuesday, calling for unity in trying to end the Syrian civil war.

Morocco, Algeria trade accusations over Syrians
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Morocco and Algeria, North Africa’s two most powerful countries and biggest rivals, are accusing each other of mistreating Syrian refugees.

‘Nobody walking out’ of Syria peace talks: UN envoy
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Neither of the warring sides in the Syria peace talks under way in Geneva was prepared to give up Tuesday despite two days of deadlock, the UN mediator in the negotiations said.

Israel charges Palestinian in U.S. embassy bomb plot
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 A Palestinian man was charged on Tuesday in connection with what Israel says was a plot to carry out a suicide bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv discussed during contacts with a militant in…

New Tunisian govt to focus on jobs, security
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Tunisia’s new interim prime minister has presented the country’s elected assembly with plans for his new government, whose top priorities are restoring security and reviving the economy.

Abbas sets ‘reasonable’ 3-year frame for Israel pullout
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian territory should take place within a three-year period under any final Middle East peace deal.

Iran says Israel using nuclear issue to hide ‘crimes’
Daily Star 28 Jan 2014 Iran’s foreign minister said Tuesday that Israel is using the issue of Tehran’s nuclear programme to distract from its “crimes” against the Palestinians.

YNet News

Britain to take in hundreds of women and children from Syria 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – ….

Detained Yemeni seeks release after 12 years
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – ….

Explosive device goes off in vehicle in Yokneam, no injuries
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – ….

PLO Official: Israelis welcome to apply for immigration to ‘Palestine’
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – PM Netanyahu’s remarks on possibility of Israeli Jews living under Palestinian rule stir controversy among State’s political leaders. PA President Abbas also against idea, but Palestinian officials say possibility not ruled out ….

Former US national security advisor says Netanyahu not being pressured by US 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Stephen Hadley, former US president Bush’s national security advisor, tells Ynet that American administration is playing ‘right role’ in management of negotiations between Israel, Palestinians ….

Jailed terrorists secretly earn university degrees while serving time in Israeli prisons
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails organize courses behind bars, receive backing from universities in West Bank, Gaza. ‘When I found myself in jail for life, I had to either make meaning for my life or waste my mind behind bars,’ says former prisoner ….

Biden welcomes progress in Ukraine crisis
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – ….

Jewish presence in ‘Palestine’ impossible 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: An agreement which will see Jews live peacefully and quietly in a Palestinian state is detached from reality ….

UN chief meets with Fidel Castro in Havana
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – ….

Iran says Israel using nuclear issue to hide ‘crimes’
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Iranian FM accuses Israel of hidden agenda in concern over Iran’s nuclear program: ‘Under pretext of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy (program), Zionists have always tried to distract governments, nations’ public opinion from own crimes in Palestine’ ….

Hamas operates in Jerusalem under Islamic Movement disguise 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Shin Bet detains 16 East Jerusalemites suspected of operating, funding security offenses in city, Temple Mount ….

US: Syrian government poisoning talks by denying aid 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – State Department says conditioning delivery of food on opposition withdrawing or disarming is not ‘acceptable offer of humanitarian access’, slams ‘despicable “kneel or starve” campaign’ ….

Elie Wiesel: People are no longer ashamed to be anti-Semites
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Nobel Peace Prize laureate tells Ynet about never-ending struggle against anti-Semitism and recognition that it will likely never be defeated ….

Egypt’s Morsi back on trial – over 2011 jailbreak 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Deposed Muslim Brotherhood president facing second of three trials, over breakout from Wadi Natrun jail which included Hezbollah and Hamas members ….

My 148th visit to Auschwitz 
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Noah Klieger explains why he insists on returning to death camp he survived over and over ….

Italian president condemns threats against Jews
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – President Giorgio Napolitano calls delivery of packages containing pig heads to Israeli Embassy and local synagogue ‘a miserable provocation.’ Two men arrested in Italy for anti-Semitic graffiti ….

Careless whisper in Norwegian PM’s ear
YNet News, 28 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: How can Netanyahu demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state while bragging about his son’s gentile girlfriend? ….

Report: Egypt’s top military body approves Sisi running for president
YNet News, 27 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s run for presidency approved by country’s military council ….

‘Day of Anger’ protest against French president ends with Nazi salutes
YNet News, 27 Jan 2014 – 150 people detained by French police as demonstrators call for President Francois Hollande’s resignation, return of controversial comedian Dieudonne ….

Palestinian report: Israel strikes Syria’s Latakia
YNet News, 27 Jan 2014 – Large blast strikes western Syrian port city according to Lebanese news websites. Palestiniain sources claim Israel behind attack; Israeli security sources decline to comment ….

Palestinian Information Center

I didn’t commit the Holocaust
PIC – Every time Zionist Jews mark the holocaust, they strive to utilize the crime against humanity in order to divert attention from the crimes they have been carrying out against the Palestinians.

Bardawil: Egyptian public prosecutor’s charges against Hamas political
PIC – Hamas refused the charges leveled against it by the Egyptian public prosecutor that accused Hamas of being involved in freeing Egyptian ousted president Mohammed Morsi from jail before his election.

IOF soldiers assault youth in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) assaulted a Palestinian young man south of Al-Khalil on Tuesday morning.

Action group: 391 Palestinian refugees are detained in Syria
PIC – The action group for the Palestinians in Syria called on the parties to the Syrian conflict meeting in Geneva not to ignore the issue of the Palestinian detainees in Syria.

Abul-Sabeh: The int’l silence helps Israel to persist in its violations
PIC – Minister of justice Attallah Abul-Sabeh said that the international silence on Israel’s daily crimes against the Palestinians has given it impunity to persist in violating the international law.

MP Dahbour: Kerry’s peace plan is like “recycling of the Oslo accords”
PIC – Palestinian lawmaker Ibrahim Dahbour said the peace plan of US secretary of state John Kerry is like “recycling of the Oslo accords” but in a way that is much worse than the previous agreements.

The sick prisoner Mohammed Mardawi hospitalized
PIC – The sick prisoner Mohammed Mardawi, 34, was transferred Monday to Soroka Hospital after his health condition seriously deteriorated.

IOF arrests 16 Jerusalemites for stone throwing, 14 West Bankers
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces arrested 16 Palestinians from Alezariya and Abu Dis towns east of occupied Jerusalem on charges of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails, Israeli media sources said.

Jerusalem Foundation: Dividing Beit Safafa village part of Kerry’s plan
PIC – Jerusalem International Foundation said that the Israeli decision to establish a highway dividing Beit Safafa village into two parts came as part of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Calls to Stop Israeli Acts against Palestinians
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

EU Official says Kerry’s Initiative Most Important Opportunity
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

PEX Report: Index Shy of 600-Point Mark
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

Settlers Raze Land near Bethlehem
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

WHO: Treatment for Gaza Children Delayed Awaiting Permit
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

Fourth Time in a Month, Israeli Checkpoint Holds Premier’s Convoy
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

Oxfam asked to Drop Actress as Ambassador for Promoting Settlement Product
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 25 People from West Bank
WAFA – 28 Jan 2014


Many visions, little accord on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks
LA Times 28 Jan 2014 – TEL AVIV — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out clashing visions of a two-state solution here Tuesday during an Israeli security conference.

Egypt’s ex-president Mohamed Morsi back in court on jailbreak charges
LA Times 28 Jan 2014 – CAIRO — Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was put on trial Tuesday on charges of orchestrating a prison break in 2011, state media reported.

Impasse imperils Syria aid deal reached at Geneva peace talks
LA Times 27 Jan 2014 – Rebels demand a cease-fire before trapped residents are allowed to evacuate the Old City of Homs. GENEVA — A deal hammered out to aid trapped residents of the war-battered Syrian city of Homs appeared threatened Monday, as rebels demanded a cease-fire and relief supplies before…

World Briefing: Iran: U.N. to Visit Uranium Mine
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – The visit by United Nations inspectors is part of a temporary international agreement aimed at resolving the longstanding dispute over the Iranian nuclear program. 

Rebels in Syria Claim Control of Resources
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – The scramble for oil is turning what was once an essential source of income for Syria into a driving force in its civil war. 

News of Congress’s Approval of Aid to Rebels Disrupts Syria Talks
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – The Syrian government criticized Congress’s approval of support for the rebels, as the United Nations mediator did not attend the afternoon session of talks to end the civil war. 

U.N. Envoy Urges Action on Yemen, Security Council to Draft Resolution
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – The United Nations’ envoy on Yemen urged the Security Council on Tuesday to “do its part” in helping stop those attempting to obstruct the Yemeni transition, which diplomats said was a call for possible sanctions against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. 

Turkish Central Bank Hikes Key Rate to Boost Lira
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – Turkey’s central bank has sharply raised its key interest rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent to try to stave off inflation and support the national currency, which has fallen sharply in recent weeks. 

Military Is Asked to Return Guantánamo Inmate to Yemen
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – A lawyer for Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab al-Rahabi, a Guantánamo inmate for 12 years, sought his return to Yemen, but a military profile said there were risks. 

Palestinian Leader Presides Over Mass Wedding
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday presided over a mass wedding of 218 couples in the parking lot of a five-star hotel, for the first time copying a social outreach tactic perfected by his Islamic militant rivals as he courted popular support.

Netanyahu: Interim Deal Set Iran’s Nuclear Drive Back by 6 Weeks
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – An international deal capping Iran’s nuclear work set the program back by just six weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, accusing Tehran of using the hiatus to hone technologies with bomb-making potential. 

Egypt Locks Morsi in Soundproof Cage During Trial
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – The soundproof enclosure, unheard-of in Egyptian courts, showed the extraordinary measures that the new government is using to silence the deposed President Mohamed Morsi. 

U.N. Suggests Removal of Syria Chemicals Unnecessarily Delayed
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon suggested in a report on Tuesday that an operation to remove Syria’s chemical weapons had been unnecessarily delayed and urged the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to speed up the process. 

Israeli Man Jailed for Offering to Spy for Iran: Court
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – An Israeli man described as a member of an ultra-Orthodox fringe group and accused of offering to spy for Iran was jailed for four and a half years on Tuesday, court papers showed. 

Morocco, Algeria Trade Accusations Over Syrians
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – Morocco and Algeria, North Africa’s two most powerful countries and biggest rivals, are accusing each other of mistreating Syrian refugees. 

The Lede: Video of Palestinian President is Shown at Tel Aviv Conference
New York Times 28 Jan 2014 – President Mahmoud Abbas said that he could accept an Israeli military presence in the West Bank for a three-year transition period as part of a peace deal. 

Pete Seeger on Palestine (in 1967)
Mondoweiss – Seeger American folk icon Pete Seeger — taken from us at the age of 94 — was a man of enormous intellectual coherence. We recall Seeger speaking out brilliantly in the 1940s in support of socialist-populist principles; against segregation in the US South in the fifties…

At Auschwitz: ‘The IDF is the Jewish people’s answer to the Holocaust’
Mondoweiss – Malcolm Hoenlein of Conference of Presidents, seated amid Israeli Knesset at Auschwitz, photo by Shmuley Boteach A little under half of the Israeli Knesset visited Auschwitz yesterday to commemorate the liberation of the death camp. Many American supporters of Israel went too. The photo above is…

New York Senate passes bill punishing ASA over Israel boycott
Mondoweiss – State Senator Jeffrey Klein (Photo: MARIELA LOMBARD/New York Daily News) Legislation that targets the American Studies Association over its decision to boycott Israel passed its first test today: a vote in the New York Senate. The bill , introduced by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, the co-leader of…

Vote at the Guardian: Should Oxfam sever ties with Scarlett Johansson?
Mondoweiss – “Sure, Oxfam. Let’s keep the dialogue going. What could happen?” The Guardian just launched an online poll on the ScarJo controversy . So far it’s a blowout: 87% of voters (number unspecified) says yes, Oxfam should sever its ties with its recently appointed “brand…

Gas the equalizer?
Globes Macro Economics – Israel has the opportunity to use its offshore discoveries to help close corrosive wealth gaps.

Why Palestinians don’t want settlers in their midst
Mondoweiss – An anonymous “well-placed official” in the Israeli Prime Minister’s office set off a brouhaha in Zionist politics the other day by telling journalists he would insist that settlers left on the Palestinian side in a potential division of the West Bank have the option of choosing…

Discount Bank pulls Discount New York sale
Globes Main News – Israel Discount Bank will sell Uruguay-based Discount Bank Latin America instead with interest from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA.

Camtek set for 3D circuit printer pilot
Globes Main News – Camtek will start trials of its GreenJet PCBs for 3D printers over the weekend, sources inform “Globes.”

Attorney General to close “Bibi Tours” case
Globes Main News – A police and prosecutor’s team had investigated foreign trips by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was an MK.

Tel Aviv fast lane jammed by toll fault
Globes Main News – The sign stuck on NIS 7, the lowest toll, and hundreds of drivers exploiting the bargain were caught in a huge jam.

De Blasio’s leftwing base is enraged by AIPAC moment
Mondoweiss – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Israeli President Shimon Peres in 2013. Last night I attended a jampacked event in New York for this book about imagining a socialist America . The event was taped for CSPAN; several speakers said socialism is in the zeitgeist….

Makhteshim renames as Adama Agricultural Solutions
Globes Main News – The agrochemicals company is rebranding as Adama, meaning soil in Hebrew.

“Queen of Mean” donates NIS 25m to Haifa University
Globes Main News – Leona Helmsley, who died in 2007, served a jail sentence for tax evasion. The donation will further deep sea research technology.

JVP letters to Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam America on SodaStream
Jewish Voice for Peace – JVP writes Scarlett Johansson and human rights group Oxfam America concerning role of Oxfam’s “Global Ambassador” in promoting Israeli settlement trade. Earlier this month, Israeli firm SodaStream announced that Oxfam Global Ambassador Scarlett Johansson had been contracted as the company’s new “Brand Ambassador”. SodaStream is based…

In 2012 Oxfam Italy cut ties with celebrity spokesperson over SodaStream connection
Mondoweiss – (Image via Twitter ) The Stop Sodastream Italy campaign sent t he following letter to Oxfam Italy and shared it with Mondoweiss: Dear Oxfam Italy, As Stop Sodastream Italy, we are writing regarding a matter concerning your organization at the international level. American actress Scarlett Johansson,…

Hadassah Hospital halves salaries
Globes Main News – Union chief Amnon Baruchian: CEO Avigdor Kaplan’s should draw personal conclusions from his failure.

Video: Checkpoint by Jasiri X
Mondoweiss – From Ferrari Sheppard’s website Stop Being Famous : Up-and-coming Pittsburgh Emcee Jasiri X releases “Checkpoint,” a chilling music video documenting his experience visiting Palestine in 2014. The video features footage Jasiri himself captured of Israeli soldiers, as well as newsreel clips of IDF brutality against Palestinians and internationals….

Cisco to invest in JVP fund
Globes Main News – A Cisco executive at CyberTech 2014: The company will participate in the $60 million part of JVP’s fund that is designated for cyber.

Abbas lays out his two-state vision in video address to Israeli security conference
Mondoweiss – Mahmoud Abbas talks about his vision of a Palestinian state The above video shows Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) being interviewed by the Israeli lawyer and former negotiator at the 2000 Camp David summit, Gilead Sher. It was recorded about a month ago and today (…

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine
Mondoweiss – John Kerry meeting in Saudi Arabia, Sunday, January 5 2014. (Photo: US State Department) This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew…

Dov Moran closes smart keyboard co KeyView
Globes Main News – The DiskOnKey inventor invested $2 million in his failed attempt to market a keyboard with a screen.

Banks in joint talks with Dankner on private debts
Globes Main News – The banks are apparently acting together in order to deflect the public anger likely to arise over any settlement.

Pete Seeger Dies: Where Have All the Folk Legends Gone?
Tikun Olam – To lose both Pete Seeger and Shulamit Aloni in the same week: the world seems an especially cold and cruel place. Today, Pete Seeger died (NYT obituary and Performing Songwriter interview ) at the age of 94. He was the Iron Man of American music. He outlasted…

Photos Reveal Devastation in Yarmouk – Palestinian Refugees Camp in Syria 
Sabbah report 28 Jan 2014 – Thousands of people – Palestinians and Syrians – trapped inside have been suffering from malnutrition and a grievous lack of medical care. Dozens are reported to have died of starvation. Read More: Photos Reveal Devastation in Yarmouk – Palestinian Refugees Camp in Syria . Sign up for…

NSA helps Israel discriminate against U.S. citizens 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 28 Jan 2014 – When I called the US Embassy in Tel Aviv during my detention by Israeli intelligence at Ben Gurion airport in May 2012, I told the Embassy official that the Israelis were demanding access to my Gmail account. The Embassy staffer replied nonchalantly, “If the Israelis have…

Edgar Bronfman’s Legacy Recalled at Lincoln Center Memorial 
The Forward New 28 Jan 2014 – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli President Shimon Peres paid tribute to Edgar Bronfman at a public memorial service Tuesday night. Click here for the rest of the article…

Key West Bank barrier decisions due 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – West Bank villages’ fate rests on key Israeli court ruling

Israel Sending Team of Five Athletes To Sochi Olympics Next Month 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jan 2014 – Israel will be sending five athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, starting next month. Click here for the rest of the article…

Clegg: UK to resettle Syria refugees 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – Some of the “most vulnerable” Syrian refugees will be temporarily resettled in the UK, Deputy PM Nick Clegg confirms.

Palestinians hold mass weddings 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – Nearly 300 Palestinian couples take part in mass wedding ceremonies in the West Bank and Gaza.

SodaStream Boss Admits West Bank Plant Is ‘a Pain’ — Praises Scarlett Johansson 
The Forward New 28 Jan 2014 – EXCLUSIVE: As controversy swirls, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum admits its West Bank factory is a ‘pain’ — but tells workers Scarlett Johansson would be proud of them. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu: Interim Deal Set Iran’s Nuclear Drive Back By Just 6 Weeks 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jan 2014 – An international deal capping Iran’s nuclear work set the program back by just six weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, accusing Tehran of using the hiatus to hone technologies with bomb-making potential. Click here for the rest of the article…

UNESCO Sets Date for Controversial Exhibit on Jewish Presence in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jan 2014 – An opening date has been set for a previously postponed exhibition at UNESCO headquarters on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Anti-Zionist Sentenced for Spying for Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jan 2014 – A member of the anti-Zionist haredi Orthodox Neturei Karta sect who offered to spy for Iran was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison under a plea bargain. Click here for the rest of the article…

Syria pressed on transition at talks 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – The Syria peace talks in Geneva adjourn early, as the opposition demands that the government address the question of a political transition.

Feud Over Hillel Pro-Israel Rule Sparks New Controversy at California College 
The Forward New 28 Jan 2014 – David Harris-Gershon planned to bring a message of reconciliation to a Hillel chapter in Santa Barbara, Calif. Then organizers found out he has spoken in favor of boycotting Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Clashes erupt between Gaddafi loyalists, ex-rebels in southern Libya 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – Fresh clashes erupted Tuesday in the southern Libyan city of Sebha pitting supporters of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi against government forces and former rebels, a military source said. The latest fighting was sparked by the arrival of government reinforcements who aim to dislodge the Gaddafi supporters…

Israeli jailed for Iran spying offer 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – A court in Israel sentences a member of the anti-Zionist Jewish sect Neturei Karta to four-and-a-half years in prison for offering to spy for Iran.

Morsi defiant at jailbreak trial 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi rails against the authorities at the beginning of a trial over his escape from prison in 2011.

Abbas proposes “gradual” Israeli withdrawal from Jordan Valley 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – Western and Israeli-favored Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas proposed on Tuesday that Israel carry out a “gradual” three-year withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal, an offer that fell short of Israeli demands. He gave the time frame in an…

Welcome to Amsterdam 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – On the banks of the Amstel river, the historical city of Amsterdam rests quietly. In this tranquil city, Al-Akhbar’s Marwan Tahtah guides us along a short visual tour of its spacious streets and centuries-old architecture. Here we see, the Vincent van Gogh Museum, cloaked by silence,…

Egypt: The Old State Returns, but Will It Last? 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – A supporter of Egypt’s military commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (portrait), who is to run for the presidency in the upcoming elections, waves her national flag as she demonstrates outside the Police Academy in Cairo where a new hearing in the trial of deposed president Mohamed Morsi…

Syria: Rampant Looting by Both Sides in Damascus Countryside 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – A destroyed street is seen in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as clashes continue between forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and opposition fighters on January 27, 2014. (Photo: AFP – STR). A destroyed street is seen in the Salaheddin…

Yarmouk Camp 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 28 Jan 2014 – It is indubitable that the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria is under siege by the troops of the Syrian regime; it is also indubitable that the Syrian rebels find it easy to use the camp as a staging ground for the continually-postponed attack on Damascus. Both…

Drowning in Debt: Lebanon Loses $10 Billion Due to Syria War 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – Real growth would accelerate to 5% in 2014 and 6% in 2015. Government revenues would recover, leading to … a shift in the primary balance from a deficit … to a surplus. Real growth would accelerate to 5% in 2014 and 6% in 2015. Government revenues would recover,…

Brahimi: Syria talks to continue despite deadlock 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) arrives for a press briefing at the United Nations on January 28, 2014, in Geneva. (Photo: AFP – Fabrice Coffrini) UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) arrives for a press briefing at the United Nations on…

Omar Atrash ‘Confesses’ to Transporting Bomb-rigged Cars 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – Smoke and blaze from burning cars are seen following an explosion on January 21, 2014 in Haret Hreik. (Photo: AFP). Smoke and blaze from burning cars are seen following an explosion on January 21, 2014 in Haret Hreik. (Photo: AFP). Omar al-Atrash, arrested in connection with…

Analysis: Yemen faces fresh challenges as National Dialogue ends 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – Talks success in Yemen, but can lingering problems be solved?

Firefighter, victim’s brother testify at Lebanon tribunal 
Al-Akhbar News 28 Jan 2014 – Updated 5:25 pm: A veteran Beirut firefighter testified for the second consecutive day before The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Tuesday in a trial over the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri. Khaled Toubaili, a retired officer from the Beirut fire brigade who…

Bahrain urged to investigate death 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – Amnesty International is calling on the Bahraini authorities to investigate the death in custody of a 19-year-old man earlier this month.

Gaza Writers Resist War and Siege through Fiction 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 28 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian youth waits near luggage, hoping to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on January 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) A Palestinian youth waits near luggage, hoping to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing…

Tunisia’s women make huge gains 
BBC 27 Jan 2014 – New rights are enshrined in Tunisia’s constitution

ISIS in Lebanon: Lebanese Army a Target 
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Jan 2014 – Civilians walk past Lebanese security forces deployed in a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 19, 2014 . (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub). Civilians walk past Lebanese security forces deployed in a street of the northern port city of Tripoli on January 19,…

Maaloula Nun Captors Seek Release of All Islamist Prisoners in Roumieh 
Al-Akhbar Politics 27 Jan 2014 – A picture shows Mar Takla Greek Orthodox monastery in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula on September 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR). A picture shows Mar Takla Greek Orthodox monastery in the Syrian Christian town of Maalula on September 7, 2013. (Photo: AFP – STR)….


On Scarlett Johansson and ’Blood Bubbles’ 
Jamil Khader, Al Jazeera 1/28/2014
The debate over BDS rages on in the United States due to movie star’s Sodastream affair.
The American Studies Association’s (ASA) historic decision to boycott, divest from and sanction Israeli academic institutions has inadvertently become a site for a long overdue debate about the taboos in US public discourse and media regarding the Israeli apartheid and Zionist settler-colonialism in Palestine.
BDS (boycott-divest-sanction) activists and pro-Palestinian voices are receiving more exposure to public platforms and media venues that were inconceivable a few years ago. However, the violent and irrational Zionist backlash against the ASA, in particular, and the BDS, in general, is not going away anytime soon.
A war of delegitimisation 
Those who oppose the ASA and its call for BDS are wasting no time in their quest to crush the ASA and delegitimise it. As Ben Cohen put it in The Algemeiner: “Much as some Jews are uncomfortable with acknowledging this reality, we have the power to harass, frustrate, and crush the BDS movement wherever it appears. Let us do so without mercy.”
His scary call for “Jewish power” smacks of a long history of fascist usurpation of democratic institutions and civil society.
The fact is that the field of public opinion is still in flux, and many people, especially academics, are still making up their minds about the ASA and the BDS. Mired in their multicultural mantras and cultural relativism, many of these liberal academics are still wavering in their support of the ASA. more.. e-mail

West Bank riot illustrates essence of occupation 
Yesh Din, written By Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 1/29/2014
When residents of one of the most radical settlements in the West Bank terrorized their Palestinian neighbors, the army and police did what they are becoming known for doing: absolutely nothing.
On April 25th, 2013, Raed Mahmoud Ahmad Sabah was in his house in the village of ‘Urif when he noticed three Israeli civilians, all wearing hoods, approaching his house from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar. Shortly afterwards, a settlement security vehicle joined the group, and out stepped a man who Sabah identified as a settlement security officer. Several minutes late, two IDF vehicles arrived, out of which emerged a handful of soldiers. The squad of hooded Israelis was reinforced by even more hooded Israelis who also came from the direction of Yitzhar. Together they began to hurl stones at Sabah’s home and at the neighboring houses and uprooting saplings. The Israeli soldiers, along with the settlement security officer, just stood about aimlessly.
Only when the young men of ‘Urif gathered to defend themselves and their property, did the army spring into action. Naturally, the IDF and Border Police began firing tear gas canisters at the Palestinians. Sabah would later count seven tear gas canisters in his courtyard. The Israeli rioters used the opportunity to sneak back home under cover of the gas. Needless to say, none of them were detained.
Yitzhar is one of the most notoriously radical settlements. Its municipal council recently resigned (Hebrew) after its residents decided to stop cooperating with the IDF and appointed suspected criminal Boaz Albert (Hebrew) as their representative to the army. Last August, the settlers denied Druze workers entry to the settlements. At the time, the army decided once more to give in (Hebrew) and sent Jewish workers in their stead. Yitzhar is home to the Od Yosef Khai Yeshiva (religious school), whose rabbis published the gentile-slaying manual, “Torat HaMelekh….” more.. e-mail

No, Abe Foxman, America is not out to get the Jews 
Larry Derfner, +972 Magazine 1/28/2014
The U.S. Jewish establishment is starting to say publicly that anti-Semitism is the reason Jonathan Pollard is still in prison. This is sickening slander that reflects a deep-seated psychological problem. 
Abraham Foxman, long-time leader of the Anti-Defamation League, capo di tutti capi of the Israel lobby, scourge of all scourges of anti-Semitism (real or imagined), the U.S. Jewish establishment’s chief of language police, the J. Edgar Hoover of A
merican Jewish macherdom, has flipped out completely this time. Earlier this month he said publicly that Jonathan Pollard’s continued incarceration for spying, now going on 29 years, is a “vendetta” against the entire American Jewish community. From Foxman’s statement on the ADL website:

“Yes, I use that word because that’s what it seems like at this point. If it were only a vendetta against one individual it would be bad enough. But it has now become one against the American Jewish community.
“In effect, the continuing imprisonment of this person long after he should have been paroled on humanitarian grounds can only be read as an effort to intimidate American Jews. And, it is an intimidation that can only be based on an anti-Semitic stereotype about the Jewish community, one that we have seen confirmed in our public opinion polls over the years, the belief that American Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country, the United States.
“In other words, the underlying concept which fuels the ongoing Pollard incarceration is the notion that he is only the tip of the iceberg in the community. So Pollard stays in prison as a message to American Jews: don’t even think about doing what he did.”
Foxman wrote the above in response to an editorial by the online Tablet magazine…. more.. e-mail

Is Israel’s Netanyahu certifiable? 
By Alan Hart, Redress 1/27/2014
The expanded and most explicit form of my headline question is this: Is Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of sound mind and knowingly talking propaganda nonsense about threats to Israel’s security in order to fool the world, including most of its Jews, or is he unbalanced, mentally disturbed, even clinically insane?
I ask because his rubbishing in Davos of the most important speech any Iranian leader has made since the revolution which brought the mullahs to power 35 years ago sent me to bed recalling something my father said to me when I was a very young boy: “There are none so blind as those who don’t want to see.”
What was there in President Rouhani’s address to the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting for Netanyahu to see if he was of sound mind?
What Rouhani said
Rouhani’s main message to the region, and probably Saudi Arabia in particular, was that his government is fully prepared “to engage with all neighbouring countries to achieve shared practical solutions on a range of issues”.
His main message to the world, and probably President Barack Obama in particular, was this:
“In recent years a dominant voice has been repeatedly heard. “The military option is on the table.” Against the backdrop of this illegal and ineffective contention, let me say loud and clear that peace is within reach. So, in the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I propose, as a starting step, consideration by the United Nations of the project the World Against Violence and Extremism, WAVE. Let us all join in this WAVE. I invite all states, international organizations and civil institutions to undertake a new effort to guide the world in this direction…”more.. e-mail

Tale of Palestinian family torn apart by prison brought to London stage
Electronic Intifada: 27 Jan 2014 – The Keepers of Infinite Space conveys the tyranny of Israel’s jails. more..

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