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International Middle East Media Center

Jerusalemite Prisoner Announces Open-ended Hunger Strike
IMEMC – Jerusalemite Ubaida Asaid, age 16, has begun an open-ended hunger strike to protest against transferring him to Ofek criminal jail. …

Settlers Uproot 25 Olive Trees
IMEMC – [Wednesday, January 29, 2014] Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, uprooted around 25 olive trees in the village of Madama, south of Nablus, according to a local activist. …

Ramallah Governor Detained By Israeli Forces
IMEMC – Israeli forces, on Tuesday evening, detained Ramallah and al-Bireh governor Laila Ghannam while she was on her way from Jericho to Ramallah. …

Soldiers Kidnap 10 Palestinians In Occupied West Bank
IMEMC – [Wednesday, January 29, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded various Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and kidnaped 10 Palestinians, including seven in the West Bank district of Nablus. …

Ma’an News

Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli forces near Ramallah
1/29/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man near the Ramallah village of Ein Siniya on Wednesday. A Ma’an reporter identified the victim as Muhammad Mahmoud Mubarak, 22, from al-Jalazun refugee camp. Israeli forces in the area denied Palestinian ambulances access to the body before medics were eventually allowed to transfer the man to Ramallah Medical Complex.”A Palestinian….

Israeli forces stop Palestinian premier’s convoy for third time
1/29/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — For the third time in two weeks, Israeli forces on Tuesday stopped the convoy of interim Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah as he was traveling in the occupied West Bank. Local sources told a Ma’an reporter that Hamdallah was detained for 45 minutes at the checkpoint near the District Coordination Office at the entrance to Ramallah. The convoy….

Israeli forces arrest 7 in East Jerusalem neighborhood
1/29/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Wednesday arrested seven people in an East Jerusalem neighborhood, a monitoring committee member said. Muhammad Abu al-Homs told Ma’an that Israeli police raided al-Isawiya, raided several houses, and clashed with locals. The police used pepper spray against locals before clashes started, Abu al-Homs said. An Israeli police spokesman was unable to be reached for comment. [END]

New demolitions feared in East Jerusalem neighborhood
1/29/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Municipality workers escorted by Israeli soldiers toured a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem on Wednesday, a popular committee member said. Muhammad Abu al-Hummus told Ma’an that the workers took photos of dozens of residential buildings, streets, and alleys in the al-Isawiya neighborhood. Al-Hummus said residents were worried about incidents like this one because they usually precede home demolitions. In….

Youths clash with PA security forces in Ramallah
1/29/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Palestinian youths and Palestinian Authority security forces in Ramallah, a Ma’an reporter said. Dozens of shops in al-Jalazun refugee camp closed in mourning after a 22-year-old from the camp, Muhammad Mubarak, was shot dead by Israeli forces. When one man refused to close his restaurant, enraged Palestinian youths threatened to burn it down. [END]

Palestinians lay to rest man killed by Israeli forces
1/29/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinians on Wednesday gathered for the funeral of Muhammad Mubarak, a 22-year-old man who was shot dead by Israeli forces earlier in the day. A Ma’an reporter said a funeral procession brought Mubarak’s body from Ramallah Governmental Hospital to a cemetery in al-Jalazun refugee camp, where the man was laid to rest. A group of masked….

Interview with Phil Monsour: Music, BDS, and decolonizing Australia
1/29/2014 – Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. He recently conducted an interview with Phil Monsour for “The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine.”Phil Monsour is an Australian musician and activist and is founding member of Artists Against Apartheid-Australia. – It’s great to have you on, really. One of the…. Related: The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine

Experts visit Iran uranium mine for first time in years
1/29/2014 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency visited Iran’s Gachin uranium mine on Wednesday for the first time in nine years, Iranian officials said.”The inspectors expressed their satisfaction after having visited different parts of the mine,” said Mohammed Amiri, an official of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, quoted by state news agency IRNA. He said the visit to the….

Fatah: Hamas yet to reply to reconciliation proposal
1/29/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Fatah spokesman on Tuesday said that Hamas did not reply to Fatah’s recent proposal on a reconciliation agreement. The head of Fatah’s reconciliation team Azzam al-Ahmad said earlier this month that he would visit the Gaza Strip and meet with Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. However, spokesman Hassan Ahmad told Ma’an that “al-Ahmad….

PA forces detain Nablus man suspected of cyber blackmail
1/29/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces arrested a man in the northern West Bank on suspicion of cyber blackmail, security officials said Wednesday. Security officials told Ma’an that a hacker from Nablus was detained after a young woman told police he had stolen private photos from her computer and threatened to publish them on Facebook unless she paid him 1,000 shekels….

20,000 people in Yarmouk refugee camp face starvation
1/29/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Besieged since June, nearly 20,000 people in Damascus’ Yarmouk Palestinian camp are so desperate for food that many eat stray animals to survive, and some women have resorted to prostitution.”I was looking at a cat on the street, and thinking of slaughtering it,” said Yarmouk resident Ali, who was a university student when Syria’s revolt erupted in 2011.”Many…. Related: Official: Aid to enter Yarmouk camp Wednesday

Official: Aid to enter Yarmouk camp Wednesday
1/29/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Abbas Zaki said Wednesday he expected supplies to enter Yarmouk refugee camp later the same day.”The ways in which the supplies will enter the camp will be surprising,” Zaki said without elaborating. The Fatah official added that despite the PA’s efforts only 150 food parcels so far entered the camp, which is home to…. Related: 20,000 people in Yarmouk refugee camp face starvation

Haniyeh congratulates Tunisia leader on new constitution
1/29/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday telephoned Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki to congratulate him on the country’s new constitution. 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 National Constituent Assembly….

Egypt back to square one as army returns to politics
1/29/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Three years after a popular uprising forced out ex-general Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s army is again pushing a commander to stand for president after he ousted the first civilian head of state. On Monday, the army endorsed its Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s candidacy for an election he is expected to win amid a strong nationalist fervor since he overthrew….

Deadlocked Syria talks resume in Geneva
1/29/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Talks between Syria’s warring sides entered their fifth day in Geneva on Wednesday with no signs of progress on a transfer of power or on providing desperately needed humanitarian relief. Delegations from President Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition National Coalition sat down from around 11:00 am, the UN said. The two sides have been unable to even….

UN mediator not expecting ‘anything substantive’ at Syria talks
1/29/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said Wednesday he did not expect a week of peace talks in Geneva between Syria’s warring sides to produce “anything substantive”.”To be blunt, I do not expect that we will achieve anything substantive,” Brahimi told reporters after a fifth day of talks in the Swiss city, adding though that he was “very happy that we’re still talking.”[END]

General’s murder highlights fragile Egypt security
1/29/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — The brazen daylight assassination of a police general in Cairo underscores the growing insecurity in Egypt, as it awaits an announcement from its army chief to run for the presidency. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group from the restive Sinai Peninsula, said it shot dead General Mohamed Saeed outside his home in western Cairo on Tuesday, and threatened more such attacks. The killing….

Barrel bombs kill 13 in Syria’s Aleppo
1/29/2014 – BEIRUT(AFP) — Syrian government forces dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held districts of Aleppo Wednesday, killing 13 people as they pressed an assault southeast of the northern city, a monitoring group said. More than 20 of the controversial unguided munitions were also dropped on the town of Daraya, southwest of the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Government troops meanwhile battled rebel forces near….

Syria has shipped less than 5% of chemical arms
1/29/2014 – THE HAGUE (AFP) — Less than five percent of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria’s arsenal have left the country and Damascus will be pressured to move faster, sources close to the world’s chemical watchdog said Wednesday. Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria’s port of Lattakia this month as….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Palestinian factions in Lebanon adopt a declaration on the protection of children
Relief Web 29 Jan 2014 – Source: Geneva Call Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory At the invitation of Geneva Call, nine Palestinian factions attended a roundtable discussion on the protection of children from the effects of armed conflict and violence in Mieh Mieh refugee camp, Lebanon,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Al Mezan Concerned over Rise in Misuse of Small Arms in Gaza, Calls for Measures to Address the Problem
Relief Web 29 Jan 2014 – Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Since the beginning of 2013 till present, 27 people were killed in internal incidents, including nine children and one woman.. A further 105 were injured, including 22 children and…

occupied Palestinian territory: Israel troops shoot dead Palestinian teen in West Bank
Relief Web 29 Jan 2014 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory 01/29/2014 18:32 GMT RAMALLAH, January 29, 2014 (AFP) – Israeli soldiers shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian in the West Bank on Wednesday, with the army alleging he had opened fire at them although…

The National

Female politician accuses Indian women of inviting rape
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Asha Mirje, a Nationalist Congress Party leader in western Maharashtra state, questioned at a meeting on Tuesday why a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was gang raped on a bus in Delhi in 2012 was out late at night.

Obama sidesteps Middle East challenges faced by the US
The National 29 Jan 2014 – US president’s speech short on detail of his administration’s approach to the complicated politics of the region.

Iraq’s fugitive vice president warns Anbar violence could spread
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Tarek Al Hashemi, Iraq’s fugitive vice president, said in an interview that he is not optimistic about Iraq’s future and thinks violence in the country will spread.

Residents starving in Damascus’ Yarmuk Palestinian camp
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Nearly 20,000 people in Syria’s Yarmuk Palestinian camp are starving, with aid convoys unable to reach them.

Bahrain shuts Shiite clerics’ council
The National 29 Jan 2014 – On Wednesday, a Bahraini court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets.

Syria peace talks see “positive” step
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Syrian peace talks in Switzerland took a “positive” turn on Wednesday though the two sides still have not agreed on the focus of the talks.

Afghanistan’s wounded warriors are off the front lines but their battle has just begun
The National 29 Jan 2014 – With the Nato mission now shrinking rapidly, the future of Afghanistan rests with its national army and police, but rocketing casualty rates point to weaknesses in first-aid and a lack of long-term treatment.

Tunisia shows counter-wave to Islamism 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – The wave that is sweeping many of the Arab Spring nations shows there is wide support for secular ideas

In Pictures: Up Helly Aa Viking festival
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Photos from the Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. The festival celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian Vikings in the Shetland Islands with up to 1000 participants dressed as Vikings.

Singapore premier hits back at ‘pack behaviour’ outrage over British expat’s ‘poor people’ comment
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Speaking at a university forum late Tuesday, Lee said social media raised the risk of an overreaction from the public when contentious incidents occur in the ethnically diverse city-state, with ‘unrestrained, anonymous viciousness’.

Video: Scarlett Johansson stands by SodaStream 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – The actress continues her role as global brand ambassador for the SodaStream after the company comes under fire. Alicia Powell reports.

Video: Weapons, wounded left behind as Seleka rebels move camp in CAR 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – Weapons and the wounded are left behind after Seleka rebels move their base camp as regional peacekeepers secure the Central African Republic capital. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Queen’s royal household warned to rein in spending 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – British lawmakers tell Queen Elizabeth’s royal household to cut costs as its cash reserves dwindle. Linda So reports.

Video: Obama gives State of Union speech 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – President Obama outlined his strategy for getting around a divided Congress that reflects scaled-back legislative ambitions after a tough year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Video: Cold talks between Putin and EU over Ukraine 
The National 29 Jan 2014 – President Vladimir Putin meets with European Union officials who are raising concerns over the conflict in Ukraine. Nathan Frandino reports.

Tunisia approves new cabinet line-up
The National 29 Jan 2014 – After a marathon session broadcast live on national television, the line-up proposed by prime minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa was approved by 149 lawmakers, with 20 voting against and 24 abstaining.

Obama urges Guantanamo closure this year, shift from ‘permanent war footing’
The National 29 Jan 2014 – President Barack Obama said that 2014 should be the year to finally close the prison at Guantanamo Bay as the United States winds down its military role in Afghanistan and shifts away from a ‘permanent war footing’.

Obama challenges Congress on inequality in US in State of the Union addresss
The National 29 Jan 2014 – President Barack Obama vowed to reverse a tide of economic inequality threatening the American dream Tuesday, seeking to outflank Republicans and revive a second term blighted by self-inflicted wounds and partisan warfare.

Ha’aretz

If there’s no way back from the settlements, then Zionism’s days are numbered
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Academia must be free from politics
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Top authority on Jewish law: Keeping Arab teachers out of religious schools violates Torah
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

We never told cops to arrest light-drug users, says State Prosecutor’s office
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Tens of thousands of reservists to be excused from duty
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Number of asylum-seekers leaving Israel rises tenfold in two months
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Lapid: If talks with Palestinians collapse, economy will be battered
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

House panel approves bill to strengthen Israel-U.S. ties
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

In private, Bennett claims victory, calls Netanyahu’s threat a bluff
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Netanyahu’s media horribilis: Whatever happened to Bibi?
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Israeli businesspeople launch peace campaign
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Bennett clarifies: I did not apologize to Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Like Yair Netanyahu’s ‘girlfriend,’ am I Israel’s non-Jewish enemy within?
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Education minister: Teachers can’t be sacked over ideological views
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Intel chief: Hundreds of cyber attacks hit Israel last year
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Tefillingate unraveled: In Orthodoxy, women just don’t wear tefillin
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Holocaust survivor who safeguarded lessons and legacy
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Opponents of raising electoral threshold win coup
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Jerusalem to get racist chief rabbi?
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Israeli army preventing Palestinian from sowing land near settlement
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Gantz: None of the options in Syria are good for Israel
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

British journalist union plans to boycott Israel – again
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Pete Seeger’s Hebrew songbook
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

French court rules boycott group cease denigrating campaign against SodaStream
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Obama and his administration should stay away from this year’s AIPAC Conference
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Netanyahu denies his son is dating non-Jewish Norwegian woman
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Netanyahu to Bennett: Apologize or your seat in government is at stake
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Obama vows to veto Congressional action on new Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

Praying and shooting in Israel’s security agency
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Jewish-only residential project in Jaffa is a pearl of discrimination
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Alterman? Not welcome in our schools anymore
Ha’aretz – 28 Jan 2014

Jerusalem Post

MK Rotem: Christians can’t be Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus, WJC honor Father Gabriel Naddaf for contribution to the state. 

Prosor calls on Security Council to recognize the signs of genocide
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Israeli ambassador says patterns of Holocaust repeated themselves in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur. 

Austria aggressively moves to boost trade with Iran
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Ambassador to Iran voices sharp criticism of Western sanctions targeting Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. 

Ambassador Shapiro clarifies: Kerry paper drawn from Israeli, Palestinian proposals
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Remarks by US envoy to Israel contrast with Netanyahu assertion that framework peace agreement ideas reflect “American positions”; Shapiro says “very little” of paper will be purely authored by Americans. 

Steinitz: Abbas is world’s number one anti-Semitic leader
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Strategic affairs minister says peace with Palestinians impossible until PA leader stops incitement against Israel, Jews. 

The UNRWA Reform Initiative
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Legislators of donor nation should be encouraged to stop UNRWA from advocating the ‘right of return’ by force of arms 

Al-Qaida and Palestinian jihadists: The Hamas connection
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – The symbiotic relationship between Hamas and salafi/ jihadi factions in Gaza will continue and probably expand on the background of their common interests to act against Israel. 

Ashton’s lapse
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Perhaps Europe in general and Ashton in particular find Holocaust Remembrance Day a troublesome, even a disagreeable burden. Hence Ashton obscured the Jewish context with a short collection of hackneyed platitudes on tolerance and human rights. 

Property stolen during the Nazi terror must be returned
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – As the largest representative of claimants who have not yet received their property from the Claims Conference, we (Claimants Representative Committee, CRC) have read your above article with interest. 

One more standing ovation for Stephen Harper
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Confirming the saying “two Jews, three opinions,” it seems impossible to please the Zionist Left. 

New exhibit at UN dedicated to preserving Holocaust memory
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Warsaw Ghetto survivor: The moral is, never underestimate what you can do when you don’t give up. 

A story worth telling
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Since 1993, Dutch artist Marcel van Eeden has been doing a drawing a day of events that occurred before November 22, 1965, the day on which he was born. 

Lapid: EU considering striking central treaty with Israel if peace talks fail
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – EU denies it is considering backtracking on crucial treaty; finance minister says failure of talks will bring GDP-reducing boycott. 

Margalit: Arrest of Hamas cell points to increased radicalism of young Arabs in capital
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – East Jerusalem portfolio council member calls for investigation of “dangerous development”. 

IAF chief: Israel will destroy Hezbollah bases in Lebanon, even ones in residential areas
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel says IDF’s military power is 15 times greater than what it had in last conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. 

Ariel says gov’t will pay to lower housing costs
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Housing Minister blames Olmert for high costs, “We don’t have the option to wait four years until the housing market stabilizes,” he says. 

Piron: We must make schools ‘more relevant’
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Education minister says the education system must tackle questions of identity and demonstrate how knowledge can be an inspiration. 

Elections for Jerusalem chief rabbis could happen in coming months
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – High Court of Justice to rule elections for chief rabbi must be held in short order after years of legal wrangling and delays. 

Netanyahu accepts Bennett non-apology, ending coalition crisis
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – After PMO officials tell economy minister to either resign or apologize for harshly denouncing idea of leaving Jews under Palestinian sovereignty, Bennett says it is his duty to criticize PM when situation calls for it. 

Sa’ar: Hundreds of migrants returned home in Jan.
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Numbers a “direct result of our clear policies,” says interior minister; Meretz MK calls Holot facility a prison.

Israel Wind Energy Association slams gov’t behavior toward wind sector
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – CEO of IsraWEA criticizes gov’t decisions regarding wind farms and slashing wind sector quotas. 

Iran’s enrichment must be severely limited
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – The stark reality is that the amount of enrichment work needed to make a single annual fuel reload for a 1,000 megawatt nuclear power reactor will also be enough to produce some 40 nuclear bombs. 

Chosen Bites: Schmaltz, the forgotten fat
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – There is something magical about the golden pools of chicken fat. 

Sinai-based jihadist group claims responsibility for latest Egyptian attacks
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Al Jazeera journalists to face trial for aiding “terrorist organization” by supplying them with money, equipment and information. 

From synagogue to parliament: South America’s first rabbi-MP in the spotlight
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – “When you’re proud of your identity… you can make your contribution to the whole society,” Argentinian freshman MP tells ‘Post’. 

Peres again raises issue of territory versus identity
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – On second day of annual conference, President Shimon Peres says terrorism is international challenge, not just in Israel. 

Report: Natalie Portman’s husband hopes to be a Jew soon
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Israeli-Jewish actress has been living in the Holy Land whilst filming her directorial debut of Amos Oz’s novel, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” 

Alleged murderer indicted after mystery body parts found in cemetery
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – Body parts of a 74-year-old woman found in Givatayim cemetery, murder allegedly took place in 2012. 

IDF troops return fire, kill Palestinian in West Bank
Jerusalem Post 29 Jan 2014 – 21-year-old Palestinian killed by soldiers after he opens fire on army post; attack comes two days after Shin Bet reports drastic rise in terror in 2013. 

The Guardian

Oxfam under pressure to cut ties with Scarlett Johansson over SodaStream ad
The Guardian 29 Jan 2014 – Anti-Israel activists say actor should lose goodwill ambassador role after appearing in ad for firm with factory in settlement Oxfam is under mounting pressure from anti-Israel campaigners to sever ties with Scarlett Johansson after she agreed…

Costa winner Nathan Filer: ‘This is huge, isn’t it?’
The Guardian 29 Jan 2014 – Nathan Filer, surprise winner of the Costa prize, talks to Kira Cochrane about split personalities, getting engaged in an Israeli detention centre – and why he may never write another book This has been one of…

Uruknet

Iraq snapshot – January 27, 2014 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – Chaos and violence continue, Nouri s assault on Anbbar continue, the US government moves to send the thug more weapons, Nouri trash talks Saudi Arabia, talk continues that some provinces may not be allowed to vote…

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2104 -The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction…

73 Palestinian refugees starved to death in Yarmouk refugee camp
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 — The action group for Palestinians in Syria has said that 73 Palestinian refugees had died of hunger in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp. The group said in a statement on Monday that the number was registered…

Women, children refuse to leave Syria s Homs, say activists
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -More than half of the 500 women and children trapped in the Syrian city of Homs refuse to be evacuated, saying they fear leaving male relatives behind, activists said Monday.”Some 200 women and children, those suffering the…

Interim nuclear deal allows Iran to continue centrifuge research
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – The interim nuclear deal between Iran and world powers will allow Tehran to continue far more research and development on centrifuges to enrich uranium than has been publicly recognized, according to a veteran Washington nuclear analyst….

Afghan Zero Option Won t Stop CIA s Drone War: Report 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – The New York Times on Monday reports that high-level officials at the CIA, the Pentagon, and the White House are coming together to find a set of alternatives if a full military withdrawal in Afghanistan this…

Patterns of impunity and deceit in Myanmar
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – Yet another deadly attack on Myanmar s persecuted Rohingya minority made the news recently, this time taking place in the village of Du Chee Ya Tan, Rakhine state, not far from the border with Bangladesh. It…

Snowden docs reveal British spies snooped on YouTube and Facebook
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014- The British government can tap into the cables carrying the world s web traffic at will and spy on what people are doing on some of the world s most popular social media sites, including YouTube, all…

Cut Off the NSA s Juice
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2013 -The National Security Agency depends on huge computers that guzzle electricity in the service of the surveillance state. For the NSA s top executives, maintaining a vast flow of juice to keep Big Brother nourished is essential-and…

Angry Birds and leaky phone apps targeted by NSA and GCHQ for user data 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users private information across the internet, according…

Intelligence Officials Make Direct Threats on Snowden s Life (Video ) 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – Now there are even threats on Snowden s life from the intelligence community:”One Army intelligence officer even offered BuzzFeed a chillingly detailed fantasy” of what it would be like to kill Edward Snowden. He had this…

Assad s Holocaust Now! [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014–Today we are presenting two new sets of photos from the holocaust Bashar al-Assad has created in Syria. One is from a new set of the 55,000 photos of 11,000 people tortured and murdered by the Assad regime…

Abdullah al-Qahtani Again Under Imminent Threat of Execution
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -There has been a horrendous, sudden spike in executions in Iraq. Sources indicate that Abdullah al-Qahtani is once again under imminent threat of execution.Your immediate action could spare his life.Abdullah is one of six men who were…

Torture and hangings a trademark of Maliki s reign
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -…Accusing the Prime Minister of enforcing Shiite Muslim domination over the government, a number of tribes in the predominantly Sunni Muslim region of Anbar have revolted against Maliki s government. Maliki has blamed the revolt on armed…

U.S. moves forward with attack helicopter sale to Iraq
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – The Obama administration notified Congress on Monday of plans to sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq, part of an effort to bolster the military against al Qaeda-linked militants, after addressing lawmakers concerns that held up…

Nouri Al-Maliki continues to terrorize Anbar
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014– Newsflash! Saudi Arabia attacking Anbar Province! Or that s what Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq s chief thug and prime minister, would have you believe. Press TV quotes the madman declaring, “The current terrorism originates from Saudi Arabia.” Press…

US officials “want to kill me,” warns Edward Snowden
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 -In an interview broadcast Sunday night by the German public television network ARD, Edward Snowden warned that there were “significant threats” to his life. US “government officials want to kill me,” he said.The former contractor for the…

The struggle for collective rights unites all Indigenous peoples from North America to Palestine
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – The UN has declared 2014 to be the “Year of solidarity with the Palestinian people”, a move that reflects the rising level of international support for equal rights and justice in Palestine. But while this is…

Silwan continues struggle for human rights in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014- Amid expanding Israeli settler development projects, mounting demolition orders on Palestinian homes, and ongoing night raids to frighten and detain children, the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan remains resilient, launching a new creative protest on Wednesday, 22…

Thirteen-year-old boy attacked by settlers then arrested at Checkpoint 56 in Hebron
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – On Saturday, January 25th at around 2:30 p.m., when a group of around 30 settlers were passing by Checkpoint 56 on Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron, two 13-year-old boys were attacked by five settlers. One of the…

Outlaw drone strikes, says Yemeni National Dialogue
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – Yemen s National Dialogue Conference (NDC), the body appointed to chart a post-revolutionary course for the country, has recommended that the new Yemeni constitution make a criminal offence of extra-judicial killing. The recommendations, issued today by…

“Internal revolt” at Oxfam over Scarlett Johansson affair, insider says
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – There is an “internal revolt” within Oxfam over the international charity s refusal to cut ties with Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, an Oxfam insider has told The Electronic Intifada. The dispute within the global charity is…

Outlaw drone strikes, says Yemeni National Dialogue
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – Yemen s National Dialogue Conference (NDC), the body appointed to chart a post-revolutionary course for the country, has recommended that the new Yemeni constitution make a criminal offence of extra-judicial killing. The recommendations, issued today by…

US Slams Afghan Decision to Not Indefinitely Hold Bagram Prisoners as Step Backward in Rule of Law 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – U.S. military forces on Monday slammed Afghanistan s decision to release from the notorious Bagram prison 37 prisoners for whom there is “no incriminating evidence” as a “major step backward in… the rule of law.” The…

Havoc for Gaza strawberry growers amid storms and siege
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014– For years, Israeli restrictions and unexpected closures of the Gaza Strip s lone commercial crossing have caused severe losses for strawberry growers in the coastal enclave, whose produce is mainly destined for European markets. But in the…

Daily Star

Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah to meet Feb 14 in California
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah will discuss Syria and the Middle East at a Feb. 14 summit at a retreat in California, the White House said on Wednesday.

Army capable of combating terrorism: Kahwagi
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 Lebanese Army chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Wednesday the military has demonstrated its ability to protect Lebanon from regional repercussions and combat terrorism, which he described as a threat to international peace

Moroccan unions unite against government reforms
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 Morocco’s three largest labour unions agreed on Wednesday to join forces in protest against cuts in pensions and subsidies demanded by the government’s international lenders.

Egypt military offensive kills 8 Sinai militants
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 Egyptian military officials say that troops backed by helicopters and armored vehicles have killed eight militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula, part of a continued offensive against rising militancy in the volatile region.

Egypt turns away Indian Shiite pilgrims
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 Egyptian officials say they have barred entrance to the country to 52 Shiite pilgrims from India who came to visit historic Shiite Muslim shrines.

Man found dead in apparent suicide in Beirut
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 A man was found dead in an apparent suicide in the upscale Beirut neighborhood of Verdun Wednesday, a security source told The Daily Star

Hoping to deter Hezbollah, Israel threatens Lebanese
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 Israel accuses Lebanon’s Hezbollah of putting “thousands” of bases in residential buildings and said it would destroy these in a future conflict, even at the cost of civilian lives.

Kerry calls for swift elections in Tunisia
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged Tunisia’s new government of independents to organize elections swiftly as the next step in the country’s democratic transition.

France charges Yemen airline over deadly 2009 crash
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 France has charged Yemenia Airways with manslaughter over a 2009 crash off the Comoros islands in which 152 people were killed, sources said Wednesday.

Brahimi says no substantive progress on Syria
Daily Star 29 Jan 2014 International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday that he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks ending on Friday, but hoped for a more productive second round starting about…

YNet News

Report: 250 million school age kids can’t read
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – ….

The cost of peace, the price of boycott
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Analysis: Based on the disengagement experience, the direct cost of evacuating settlers will be at least NIS 120 billion. Where will we raise such an imaginary sum? ….

Radical haredi campaign calls IDF ‘national trash can’
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Ultra-Orthodox groups step up war on IDF draft law with new cartoons distributed on haredi street. One of posters shows soldiers going up in flames, another refer to haredi troops as ‘predatory bacteria’ ….

Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah to meet in California
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – ….

Israel airport plan for Eilat will affect Jordan
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Nuremberg Trial documents sold in Jerusalem auction
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – ….

AG Weinstein backs launching criminal investigation of Arbiv
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – ….

Arabic: A weapon and bridge to peace
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Cutting Arabic studies in Israel will harm both IDF intelligence, chances of dialogue with Arabs ….

Sharing a united Jerusalem
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: There are several benefits to EU or UN-led security forces enforcing Palestinian laws in east Jerusalem ….

Peres, Hillary Clinton honor Edgar Bronfman
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Former US secretary of state and first lady tells memorial gathering in Manhattan about 1996 meeting she arranged between late Jewish leader and then-President Bill Clinton, which led to years of negotiations over Holocaust assets ….

Palestinian Information Center

85 Palestinian refugees die of starvation in besieged Yarmouk camp
PIC – The action group for Palestinians in Syria said that 85 Palestinians died of starvation in the Yarmouk refugee camp, south of Damascus, until Wednesday.

Ten Palestinians rounded up in IOF arrest campaign
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a large-scale arrest campaign in the West Bank at dawn Wednesday that ended with the detention of ten Palestinians.

Jordan condemns entry of Israeli soldiers into Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Jordanian ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs condemned in a statement the entry of 30 Israeli soldiers in their uniform into the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem last Sunday.

Barghouthi: 10,000 housing units approved since the start of negotiations
PIC – Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, said that Israeli occupation has waged unprecedented deportation and Judaization campaign against occupied Jerusalem.

Palestinian child declares hunger strike in Israeli jails
PIC – The 16-year-old Palestinian prisoner Ubaida Amer Asaid declared on Tuesday an open hunger strike protesting his transfer to the Israeli Ofek jail.

Gaza gov’t: Egyptian media incitement targets Palestinian resistance
PIC – Palestinian government in Gaza has expressed its deep regret at the Egyptian media outlets’ ongoing accusations targeting Gaza and Palestinian resistance. 

Israeli prosecution demands the imprisonment of Sheikh Salah
PIC – Israeli prosecution demanded on Tuesday the imprisonment of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, concerning Wade al-Jouz issue.

Zahhar: IOA did not halt or freeze Prawer plan
PIC – Dr. Mahmoud Zahhar, head of the PLC political committee, said that the Israeli Occupation Authorities did not halt or freeze Prawer plan that aims to confiscate as much Palestinian land as possible.

IOF soldiers break into school, confiscate cars in Al-Khalil
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) broke into a school in Al-Khalil on Tuesday night and confiscated two cars near Fawar refugee camp, south of the city.

WAFA

Settlers Uproot 25 Olive Trees near Nablus
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Remains of Two Palestinians Re-Buried at Their Hometowns
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Activists Call on Oxfam to Cut Ties with Actress for Promoting Settlement Product
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Israeli Army Kills Youth near Ramallah
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Prisoner Club Protests Red Cross Decision to Close Qalqilya Office
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Newspapers Review: Israelis on Peace Talks Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Israeli Forces Demolish Homes in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 10 People from West Bank
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Prices Up in December and Year, says Statistics Bureau
WAFA – 29 Jan 2014

Misc

Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian in West Bank; reason disputed
LA Times 29 Jan 2014 – RAMALLAH, West Bank – Israeli soldiers fatally shot a young Palestinian man on a West Bank road Wednesday, and a dispute immediately arose about the circumstances of the confrontation.

Egypt orders 20 Al Jazeera journalists to stand trial
LA Times 29 Jan 2014 – CAIRO – In what appears to be an escalating effort to curtail press freedoms in Egypt, prosecutors have referred 20 journalists working for the news channel Al Jazeera, four of them foreigners, to trial on charges of aiding or joining a terrorist group.

Mohamed Morsi appears in court on Egypt prison break charges
LA Times 29 Jan 2014 – Egypt’s ousted Islamist president, held in a glass cage, shouts ineffectually during the Cairo proceedings. CAIRO — It was difficult not to read the courtroom scene Tuesday as political metaphor, or perhaps as political theater: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s ousted Islamist president, pacing and shouting ineffectually…

U.N. cancels round of Syria peace talks, plans to resume Wednesday
LA Times 28 Jan 2014 – GENEVA — The United Nations canceled a scheduled afternoon round of Syria peace talks Tuesday after a second consecutive day of apparent stalemate and angry exchanges between government officials and representatives of the U.S.-backed opposition bloc.

Obama, Jordan’s King Abdullah to Meet February 14 in California
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordan’s King Abdullah will discuss Syria and the Middle East at a February 14 summit to be held at a California retreat, the White House said on Wednesday. 

Popular Wave Could Lift Egypt Army Chief to Office
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – Unknown only two years ago, the head of Egypt’s military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is riding on a wave of popular fervor that is almost certain to carry him to election as president. Many Egyptians now hail him as the nation’s savior after he ousted the Islamists from power and as the only figure strong enough to lead. 

Some Movement Seen in Syria Peace Talks, but Both Sides Still Far Apart
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – The top United Nations diplomat overseeing the talks, Lakhdar Brahimi, said that he expected little progress in the final few days of talks. 

Veteran Negotiator Pursues Syria ‘Mission Impossible’
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – The job was too much for Kofi Annan. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning former U.N. secretary general – hardly known as a quitter – threw in the towel in August 2012, declaring that serving as international mediator for Syria was impossible as long as global powers were hopelessly divided. 

Baghdad Bombs and Shooting Kill at Least 19
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – Car bombs in mainly Shi’ite districts of the Iraqi capital and a shooting killed at least 19 people on Wednesday, police said, driving the death toll so far this month to nearly 1,000, according to Iraq Body Count. 

Jordan: King to Meet Obama Feb. 14 in California
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – The Royal Palace says Jordan’s king will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in California on Feb. 14 for talks on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Syria and ways to boost traditionally strong political, economic and security ties. 

U.S. Spy Chiefs Say Number of Foreign Militants in Syria Rises
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – More than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria’s civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, U.S. spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday. 

The Lede: A Dutch Jihadist in Syria Speaks, and Blogs
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – A Dutchman who quit the Royal Netherlands Army to join the jihad in Syria explains himself on Tumblr and in an English-language interview this week on Dutch television. 

World Briefing: Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in West Bank
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – The Israeli military said the man opened fire first at a military post north of Ramallah; a Palestinian official said he was carrying a sign to redirect traffic. 

Nuremberg Documents Sold in Jerusalem Auction
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – An American collector has purchased a trove of some 500 pages that include documents used to convict top Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials. 

Activists: Siege of Damascus Camp Grows Deadlier
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – Starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or the lack of medical aid in a Palestinian camp in Damascus besieged for months by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have killed at least 85 people, activists said Wednesday. 

Tension Builds in Israeli Coalition at a Critical Juncture in Peace Talks
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning to a right-wing political partner, Naftali Bennett, over his harsh criticism of Mr. Netanyahu’s positions in recent days. 

Egypt Charges 20 Journalists With Conspiracy
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – Egyptian prosecutors said that the journalists, all employees of the Al Jazeera television network, worked to help and spread propaganda for the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Israel Seeks to Export Cyber Tech, Despite Risk
New York Times 29 Jan 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a bold initiative this week calling on tech giants and Western powers to band together to protect the world from cyber-attacks, vowing to relax export restrictions normally placed on security-related technologies so Israeli cyber-defense companies can sell their expertise around the globe. Making this vision a reality, however, will be complicated. 

House committee advances bill to make Israel ‘major strategic partner’–and waive visas for Israelis
Mondoweiss – When Congress headed home for the holidays last year, activists celebrated because a bill that effectively gave American blessing to discrimination against travelers to Israel wasn’t voted on. A month later, the bill is back–though the version that passed a House committee does not include much…

‘A Spartan Israel’ — from Finkelstein to Hecataeus
Mondoweiss – Pausanias, victor of Plataea. The author was told at school that without him we’d all be sitting on mats learning Persian ‘An Israeli Sparta’: A pungent phrase, and a long tradition, from Finkelstein to Hecataeus The pungency of Norman Finkelstein’s phrase ‘ an Israeli Sparta, beholden…

Open Letter from NY Jews to Mayor de Blasio: ‘AIPAC does not speak for us’
Mondoweiss – The following letter was shared with Mondoweiss: An Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio: We are Jewish residents of New York who read, in the leaked transcript of your private speech to a meeting of AIPAC leaders, the following: “City Hall will always be…

Israel space Chief: Investment in space pays
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Ministry of Defense Space Directorate Chairman Amnon Harari: Israel’s investment in space is relatively cheap and worthwhile.

Regional tax breaks should be scrapped
Globes Main News – Those who really need the breaks won’t get them when 80% of women don’t reach the tax threshold.

Patrick Drahi: France’s discrete telecom tycoon
Globes Main News – Ahead of the €1.3 billion IPO of Hot parent company Altice, “Globes” profiles French Jewish businessman Patrick Drahi.

Former ILA chief to examine onshore gas terminals
Globes Energy & Water – The National Planning and Building Commission has appointed Gideon Witkon to examine opposition to natural gas terminals in Emek Hefer and Yokne’am.

Ad monetization co Inneractive raises $6m
Globes Main News – Inneractive CEO Zvi Elul: This investment will help us accelerate our plans with video, programmatic advertising, and US expansion.

Cloud security co CloudLock raises $16.5m
Globes Main News – CloudLock will use the funds to expand in new markets, invest in product lines, and grow operations in the US, Europe, and Israel.

Delek Group to split with probable London IPO
Globes Main News – Delek is in advanced talks with Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo to serve as underwriters for the spin off of Delek’s oil and gas exploration activities.

‘I’ll believe a corporation is a person the day it gets a colonoscopy’
Mondoweiss – On Monday night I attended the NY book launch for Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA at Housing Works bookstore. CSPAN was there, and as you can see, the house was jammed. In this video, taken with my usual high standards, Debbie Smith, a contributor to…

Wed: Copaxone boosts Teva but not TASE
Globes Main News – Teva rose strongly on FDA approval for longer-lasting Copaxone, but Israel Chemicals and Israel Corp. lost ground.

El Al appoints new CEO
Globes Main News – VP trade and aviation relations David Maimon will succeed Elyezer Shkedy on March 20.

‘One state for two people’ — Tom Friedman’s crystal ball
Mondoweiss – Friedman A remarkably realist/detached Tom Friedman suggests that John Kerry’s mission is a “fantasy.” The Times columnist places chief responsibility for the likely failure on the more powerful party to the talks, Israel, saying that Netanyahu lacks the political ability to forge a new, centrist governing…

Analysts enthuse as Check Point hits 12-year high
Globes Main News – Citi: Check Point is the best way to participate in the growth in security.

Human rights advocates meet with Oxfam & Scarlett Johansson reps over concerns with Israeli settlements
Mondoweiss – Activists at Oxfam America’s office in Washington DC. (Photo: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) In a meeting at Oxfam America’s Boston headquarters Tuesday afternoon, local human rights advocates urged representatives of the international aid agency Oxfam to be true to the organization’s principles and…

Israel battles to hold Jerusalem with bulldozers on north, south, and east
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Judaization / Apartheid Israel barrier threatens to split Bethlehem villages BATTIR (AFP) 28 Jan — 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…

Chilean soccer team defies league, retains Palestine on jersey
Mondoweiss – The new Palestino jerseys which were worn Friday. Photo credit: Club Deportivo Palestino The old jerseys which were banned by the league. Photo credit: JTA Despite an explicit ban by the league on using the map of historic Palestine on their uniforms, the Club Deportivo Palestino…

Is Obama punting on Kerry’s peace plan?
Mondoweiss – Kerry and Obama The view that Obama has washed his hands of the hopeless peace process in order to use all his political capital to head off a war with Iran was underscored by his State of the Union speech last night. There was one line…

(Their) State of the Union
Mondoweiss – Obama works on State of Union speech with Cody Keenan (White House photo by Pete Souza) This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Our State of the Union might be…

GetTaxi U-turns on drivers’ tips and order fees
Globes Main News – GetTaxi has backed down and will stop collecting half of drivers’ tips paid by credit card and will reinstate weekend order fees.

FDA approves Teva’s longer-lasting Copaxone
Globes Main News – The 40-ml dosage is administered by injection three times a week, instead of daily.

Pete Seeger’s Evolution on Israel
Tikun Olam – Last night, in my appreciation of Pete Seeger I wrote about the Weavers mega-hit, Tzenah . I noted the fullsome praise of the new Zionist nation that characterized its lyrics. I also noted that, at the time, neither Seeger nor many others outside the Arab world…

Israel’s gas as economic equalizer
Globes Macro Economics – Israel has the opportunity to use its offshore discoveries to help close corrosive wealth gaps.

Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens to Throw Reporter Off Capitol Balcony
Tikun Olam – The sub-headline of this story: Godfather Goes to Washington. Michael Grimm seems to be letting the FBI investigation against his corrupt campaign finance practices get to him. Just after the State of the Union address, Grimm took an interview with NY1 reporter, Michael Scotto. At the…

I Traveled to Palestine-Israel And Discovered There is no ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’ 
Sabbah report 29 Jan 2014 – I must put to rest a misnomer. Contrary to what’s been reported in the news for years, there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. None, zero, zilch, diddly-squat. I can say with confidence that Palestinians have no agency. The Israeli government controls everything in the country. This total…

News roundup 2014.01.28 
Sabbah report 29 Jan 2014 – News roundup from Palestine, Yarmouk Camp, Gaza and other interesting news. Read More: News roundup 2014.01.28 . Sign up for our free newsletter!

‘Nothing substantive’ from Syria talks 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says he doesn’t expect to achieve “anything substantive” in the first round of Syria talks set to end on Friday.

Libya minister escapes gunmen attack 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – Libya’s acting interior minister escapes an assassination attempt by unknown gunmen in the capital, Tripoli.

Is Yair Netanyahu Dating Non-Jewish Norwegian Woman? 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2014 – The son of Benjamin Netanyahu is not dating a non-Jewish Norwegian girl, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office reportedly told the head of the haredi Orthodox Shas party. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Biblawy Due in Saudi Arabia Tuesday 
allAfrica.com 29 Jan 2014 – [Egypt Online]Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawy is due in Saudi Arabia Tuesday 28/1/2014 for talks on means of bolstering bilateral cooperation in various domains, especially encouraging Saudi investments in the Arab State.

Journalists ‘face charges in Egypt’ 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – Egypt says 20 journalists – including four foreigners – are facing charges of belonging to or assisting a “terrorist organisation”.

Naftali Bennett Ordered To Apologize for ‘Settlers Stay’ Rift With Benjamin Netanyahu 
The Foward Breaking News 29 Jan 2014 – Israeli government minister Naftali Bennett must apologize for remarks contradicting Benjamin Netanyahu or face the consequences, the Prime Minister’s Office told Israeli news outlets. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian shot dead in West Bank 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – A Palestinian man is shot dead by Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah, but there are conflicting reports over whether he was armed.

Kenya: Officer Defends MCAs Israel Trip As Important 
allAfrica.com 29 Jan 2014 – [The Star]THE Kitui county assembly has said the representatives tour of Israel was important to address the perennial food shortage in the county.

President Obama Threatens Iran Sanctions Veto in State of Union 
The Foward Breaking News 28 Jan 2014 – President Obama talked up Mideast peace talks and warned Congress he would veto any Iran sanctions bill during a State of the Union address that mostly focused on domestic issues. Click here for the rest of the article…

US: 7,000 foreign rebels fighting in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – More than 7,000 foreign militants are fighting for the rebels in Syria’s civil war and some are being trained to return home and conduct attacks, US spy chiefs told lawmakers on Wednesday. The estimate, given at a Senate intelligence hearing, was much higher than earlier figures…

Turkey opens fire on ISIS convoy 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – The Turkish army said Wednesday it had opened fire on a convoy of vehicles in northern Syria belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist group. The army said the attack, carried out Tuesday, came after two Turkish military vehicles had been fired…

Brahimi: Syria peace talks show little progress 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi arrives at a press briefing in Geneva on January 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Fabrice Coffrini) International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi arrives at a press briefing in Geneva on January 29, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Fabrice Coffrini) International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on…

Acting ban for Ahmadinejad ‘lookalike’ 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – A well-known Iranian actor reveals he was banned from acting for eight years because of his resemblance to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iraq releases photo of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – The Iraqi interior ministry Wednesday published a photograph purportedly of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi , leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting in Iraq and Syria, and which has claimed attacks in Lebanon. The photograph, the first of its kind published by…

Two prosecutors pulled from Turkish corruption probe 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – Two prosecutors were removed from a corruption investigation targeting members of Turkey’s elite allegedly because they summoned two business leaders to testify, media reports said Wednesday. Chief prosecutor Hadi Salihoglu, named January 16 as the government has sought to rein in the high-profile investigation, removed prosecutors…

This Piece Is Chaos: The Tripoli Syndrome 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 29 Jan 2014 – Like all of his colleagues, my barber knows everything. I was getting my hair cut at his shop close to my parents’ place in Tripoli last week, having hypothetically dodged potential bullets on my way there because that’s how people deal with their transport rituals there…

Barricades Are Back in Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – Barricades have returned to Beirut, popping up especially in the southern suburbs. Al-Akhbar’s Marwan Bou Haidar snaped up shots of this resurfacing phenomenon, with heavy bags of sand elegantly aligned together. The scenes are reminiscent of a time decades ago when Lebanese were in the midst…

Aoun and Hariri Meet in Rome to Turn New Page 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldin). Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri. (Photo: AFP – Fayez Nureldin). Sources maintained that General Michel Aoun and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri recently met in Rome upon the advice of the United States…

Domestic Violence in Lebanon: Don’t Just Beat Her, Drag Her on the Ground 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – The dark spot under the woman’s eye didn’t repel anyone. Neither did the laughter of the man wearing the hat.(Photo: Marwan Bou Haydar). The dark spot under the woman’s eye didn’t repel anyone. Neither did the laughter of the man wearing the hat.(Photo: Marwan Bou Haydar)….

Israel Welcomes Sunni-Shia Conflict 
Al-Akhbar News 29 Jan 2014 – A picture taken from the Lebanese village of Adaysseh shows Israeli soldiers patrolling along the Israeli-Lebanese border on January 20, 2014.(Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat). A picture taken from the Lebanese village of Adaysseh shows Israeli soldiers patrolling along the Israeli-Lebanese border on January 20, 2014.(Photo:…

UK ‘to act with urgency’ on Syrians 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – The UK’s PM says it will act with “the greatest urgency” in offering the “most needy people” in Syrian refugee camps a “home in our country”.

Al-Qaeda’s 20-Year Plan: From 9/11 to Final Victory 
Al-Akhbar Politics 29 Jan 2014 – Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (top), during a protest in solidarity with Syria’s anti-government protesters, in the port-city of Tripoli in north Lebanon October 7, 2011. (Photo: REUTERS – Omar Ibrahim). Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden (top), during a protest in solidarity with Syria’s anti-government protesters,…

Yemenia Airways charged over crash 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – France charges Yemenia Airways with manslaughter over a 2009 crash off the Comoros Islands that killed 152 people, judicial sources say.

VIDEO: Egypt crisis threatens Islamic art 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – A string of fatal bombings in Cairo which targeted security headquarters have also taken a toll on the country’s art collection.

A Holocaust book for young children 
BBC 28 Jan 2014 – It’s not easy to teach young children about the Holocaust

Syria: Rampant Looting by Both Sides in Damascus Countryside 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Omar Atrash ‘Confesses’ to Transporting Bomb-rigged Cars 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…

Articles


Principles to guide the young activist 
Ramzy Baroud, Asia Times 1/28/2014
In a recent radio interview with a National Public Radio affiliate in Juneau, Alaska, I was asked if I had advice for a 16-year-old Palestinian student, Haitham. He had just arrived in the US as part of a school exchange program, and, admirably began reaching out to his peers in his and other schools to teach them about Palestine, its people and its ongoing struggle for freedom and rights.
There was not enough time to convey much to Haitham, whose voice expressed the personality of a gentle, smart and driven young man. And since I have been asked that question on more than one occasion, mostly coming from young people in Palestine, here are a few thoughts that are an outcome of my own experiences, and nothing else.
Beat your ego to a pulp
“Ego” is Latin for “I”, but its implications are common to every language. If an activist doesn’t learn to control his ego, he is likely to suffer numerous consequences, and perhaps ultimately fail in his mission. An activist, especially one who represents causes deemed “controversial”, will find himself under repeated attacks and unwarranted accusations targeting his “self” not his ideas. And while there are those who will try to erode your confidence, there are also those who will hail your perceived success and heroism even. Both are dangerous to the ego, for they could upset the balance necessary to keep us focused and involved as members of a larger community, and moral in our behavior and conduct.
Define and internalize your message
It is easy to get pulled into all sorts of directions that may separate you from your original mission. To ensure that you will always find your way back, you must be clear on what you stand for and why…. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu steps up demands, wants settlers to remain in Palestinian state 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 1/27/2014
The Israeli prime minister tells reporters he wouldn’t ‘uproot’ a single Israeli. Netanyahu’s office later explains that the object of the new demand is to score points against the Palestinian Authority by ‘exposing its real face.’
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 evacuation of Jordan Valley settlements – Israel seeks to keep IDF forces along the Jordan River even after any withdrawal – Netanyahu said that he “wouldn’t uproot a single Israeli” as part of a peace deal.
Haaretz, which was the first to report the comment, used caution, allowing readers to understand that Netanyahu might have referred to the settlements in the Jordan Valley, and not the evacuation of any settlement. Yesterday (Sunday), however, Israel Hayom, which keeps its reporting in line with the prime minister’s spin at all times, used the broad interpretation, allowing readers to understand that Netanyahu will not forcefully evacuate settlers regardless of their location.
Later that day came a sort of explanation, when a source in the Prime Minister’s Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity but on the record, told the Israeli media that Netanyahu would like settlers to have the option to remain in the settlements after the establishment of a Palestinian state. The source didn’t explain what arrangement Netanyahu envisioned for the settlers: whether they would remain under Israeli control or accept Palestinian sovereignty.
Sure enough, the settlers were quick to attack the prime minister for his latest “capitulation.” That’s part of Israel’s political theater: no matter how hawkish the government is, there will always be someone to its right…. more.. e-mail

Putting a Christian Zionist in Charge 
Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com 1/28/2014
What Canada Can Tell Us
Even though there were few good reasons to vote for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, the Republicans provided plenty of better reasons not to vote for their candidates, allowing Obama to benefit from the political vacuum.
I was particularly concerned in both election cycles regarding the in-your-face religiosity of several of the GOP candidates. I assessed Sarah Palin as being basically a Christian Zionist, though admittedly a particularly ignorant version thereof who hardly understood what she was promoting, while Romney’s Mormonism with its affinities to evangelical Christianity and strong ties to Israel was equally disturbing.

I care little for what one chooses to believe but when the beliefs are such that they will likely be translated into policy that impacts on all the rest of us it is difficult to pretend that a candidate’s religion doesn’t matter. Be that as it may, the United States has recently benefited from having heads of state that either are believers in a casual way or engaging in a form of piety that is essentially phony, as Bill Clinton did when he paraded around Bible in hand pretending penitence after having had a White House intern perform oral sex on him.
The Canadians have not been so lucky, however. Canada, multicultural to a fault and home to more than a million Muslims, ironically has possibly the world’s most pro-Israeli government, its Prime Minister Stephen Harper having described Israel as a light that “…burns bright, upheld by the universal principles of all civilized nations – freedom, democracy justice.” He has also said “I will defend Israel whatever the cost” to Canada, an interesting proposition for those who might have believed that his duty was to protect his own country and advance its interests. Harper also supports the currently active Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism’s seeking to define the “new anti-Semitism,” which will include any criticism of the State of Israel, and hopes to introduce legislation that will make it a hate crime and prosecutable. Critics have noted that it might soon be possible for Canadians to criticize their own government but not that of Israel. more.. e-mail

UK’s William Hague and Israeli crimes 
Stuart Littlewood, Redress 1/29/2014
Hague, sworn enemy of criminal impunity, still soft on Israel’s war crimes
A few days ago we were talking about William Hague’s self-proclaimed commitment to smoke out war criminals, bring them to account and support the International Criminal Court in its investigations.
“If you commit war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide you will not be able to rest easily in your bed,” he said.
But knowing his record, isn’t that just another case of our brave foreign secretary shooting his mouth off? Judge for yourselves.
Last week my MP, Henry Bellingham, put the following parliamentary question:
Mr Bellingham: To ask the secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs how many times he has made representations to his Israeli counterpart on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories in each of the last 12 months. [183766]
Hugh Robertson [Foreign Office minister of state]: The secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, my Right Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Mr Hague), has made four representations to the Israeli foreign minister on this issue in the last 12 months.
Only four times in 12 months while Israel’s war crimes sky-rocketed?
The Foreign Office website states: “Our position on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories is clear: they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution harder to achieve.” more.. e-mail

Chicago Botanic Garden forced to rethink links with Jewish National Fund
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jan 2014 – Taking action against sponsors of pro-Israel events can be an effective tactic. more..

Documents reveal Zionist group spied on US student delegation to Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 29 Jan 2014 – Secret files show that Zionists are deeply worried about growing boycott movement and think that even projects aimed at coexistence are bad for Israel. more..

Principles to Guide the Young Activist
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jan 2014 – By Ramzy Baroud In a recent radio interview with a National Public Radio affiliate in Juneau, Alaska, I was asked if I had advice for a 16-year-old Palestinian student, Haitham. He had just arrived in the US as part of a school exchange program, and, admirably began reaching out to his peers in his and other schools to teach them about Palestine, its people and its ongoing struggle for freedom and rights. There was not enough time to convey much to Haitham, whose voice expressed the personality of a gentle, smart and driven young man. And since I have been asked that question on more than one occasion, mostly coming from young people in Palestine, here are a few thoughts that are an outcome of my own experiences, and nothing else. Beat your ego to a pulp “Ego” is Latin for “I”, but its implications are common to every language….more


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