VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 30 January 2014: The Israel-Palestine ’peace process’ as a capitalist metaphor

30 January 2014 — VTJP

Peace, Love and Occupation? Tell Ben & Jerry’s to Stop its Complicity with the Israeli Occupation!


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Forces Demolish Entire Village In Jordan Valley
IMEMC – [Thursday Evening, January 30, 2014] The Israeli army demolished, on Thursday, at least 50 structures, including residences, displacing 13 families in the northern Jordan Valley, as a result , according to a local official. …

Three Administrative Detainees Determined To Continue Hunger Strike
IMEMC – [Thursday, January 30, 2014] Three Palestinian detainees, held by Israel under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges, have been on hunger strike since March 9, and are determined to continue their strike until their release, or a day in court. …

Surveillance Cameras To Be Installed Inside Al Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC – Al Aqsa Foundations for Heritage and Waqf has warned against attempts by Israeli occupation forces to install surveillance cameras on al-Aqsa mosque’s northern wall, and this in addition to the cameras previously installed by occupation police, near the Dome of the Rock compound. …

CPT To Take Denial of Entry to Court
IMEMC – Christian Peacemaker Teams is going to court to challenge the refusal to let them enter Palestine. …

Scarlett Johansson Quits Oxfam Over Settlement Row
IMEMC – LONDON (AFP) via Ma’an News Agency — US actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed the role “incompatible” with her promotion of an Israeli firm that has a factory in the occupied West Bank. …

Soldiers Invade Homes, Conduct Training, In West Bank Village
IMEMC – Families displaced in the Northern Plains [Thursday at Dawn, January 30, 2014] Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Ein Shibli village, in the West Bank’s Central Plains, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, broke into several homes and conducted military drills. … 

Army Kidnaps Six Palestinians In Jenin, Hebron
IMEMC – Clashes, injuries have been reported in Nablus; woman and a child, injured [Thursday at Dawn, January 30, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded several Palestinian communities in different parts of the occupied West Bank, searched them, and kidnapped five Palestinians near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and one near Hebron, in southern West Bank. …

Jerusalem; Seven Kidnapped, Several Palestinians, including Pregnant Woman Injured
IMEMC – [Wednesday Evening, January 29, 2014] Eyewitnesses said that Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Eesawiyya town, in occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped seven Palestinians, including a young woman. Dozens of residents have been injured; soldiers also attacked a pregnant woman inflicting moderate injuries. …

Ma’an News

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam over settlement row
1/30/2014 – LONDON (AFP) — US actress Scarlett Johansson has quit as global ambassador for Oxfam after the aid group deemed the role “incompatible” with her promotion of an Israeli firm that has a factory in the occupied West Bank. Johansson’s spokesman said Wednesday that the actress had a “fundamental difference” with Oxfam, a global humanitarian charity, over their opposition to trade from Israeli settlements, which….

Witnesses: New house demolitions underway in Negev
1/30/2014 – BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) – Israeli bulldozers, escorted by large numbers of police officers, are preparing to demolish Bedouin houses in the Negev, locals said Thursday. They told Ma’an that since 10:30 a. m. bulldozers and police vehicles started to arrive near Shawkat crossroads in Negev preparing to demolish houses in Arab villages. [END]

Witnesses: Israeli drone crashes in Gaza near border
1/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli drone crashed in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday near the border with Israel, witnesses said. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the drone fell east of the city of Rafah. Israeli forces quickly entered Gaza and moved the drone to the Israeli side of the border, witnesses said. Israeli military drones regularly conduct reconnaissance missions over Gaza….

Israel minister slams Abbas as ‘No.1’ anti-Semite
1/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s intelligence minister has said President Mahmoud Abbas is the world’s most anti-Semitic leader following the departure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president last year.” Since Ahmadinejad left the political stage, Abu Mazen is the number one leader in injecting anti-Semitic and anti-Israel poison,” Yuval Steinitz told a Tel Aviv security conference Wednesday, using the name by….

Norway fund blacklists Israeli firms with settlement ties
1/30/2014 – OSLO (AFP) — Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, blacklisted two Israeli companies involved in construction of settlements in annexed East Jerusalem, the country’s finance ministry said on Thursday. The ban on investing in the firms revived a three-year prohibition on them that the Government Pension Fund of Norway had dropped in August last year. The companies are….

UNRWA employees in Gaza suspend protests
1/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Employees of the UN agency for Palestine refugees suspended their strike after reaching a framework agreement with the agency’s commissioner-general, a union official told Ma’an. Palestinian UNRWA union chief Suheil al-Hindi told Ma’an that all protests and strike actions were suspended after signing a framework agreement with UNRWA’s administration. Joint committees will….

Israel to return remains of young Palestinian woman
1/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities will return next Sunday the remains of a young Palestinian woman held in a “numbered graves” cemetery for twelve years, Palestinian officials said Wednesday. A committee tasked with retrieving “martyrs’ bodies” confirmed Wednesday that remains of Ayat Muhammad Lutfi al-Akhras from Duheisha refugee camp near Bethlehem will be delivered to her family at Tarqumia checkpoint to the southwest….

Israel minister apologizes to PM over peace talks jibe
1/30/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s hard-right economy minister apologized Wednesday for public attacks on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over US-backed Middle East peace talks.”There are those who are trying to spin what is a debate about the future and security of our country as a personal attack that never happened,” Naftali Bennett said at an education conference at the Dead Sea.”If the prime….

Hamas reiterates non-intervention in Egypt affairs
1/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Thursday urged the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to create an independent fact-finding commission to investigate accusations by the Egyptian authorities. In a statement, Hamas highlighted that the movement had confirmed several times that “there hasn’t been any intervention in Egypt’s internal affairs before, during or after the revolution.” The statement….

Blair: Quartet to help improve tourism in Bethlehem
1/30/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Minister of Tourism Rula Maayeh met Thursday with a senior Middle East Quartet official to discuss the importance of tourism in Palestine, and specifically in Bethlehem. Maayeh said in a news conference with former UK prime minister Tony Blair in Bethlehem that their meeting focused on ways to improve tourism in Palestine. She said tourism faced countless obstacles as….

President Abbas attends mass wedding in Jericho
1/30/2014 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday attended a mass wedding of more than 200 couples in the city of Jericho. Arab Idol star Muhammad Assaf performed at the ceremony together with singers Murad Sweiti and Ibrahim Sbeihat, who were accompanied by the Awtar Band. The wedding expenses were funded by the presidential office to help young couples who are struggling financially. One….

Hamdallah: Gaza priority for PA
1/30/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Gaza Strip is a priority to the Palestinian Authority government, interim Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said during a meeting with a senior Middle East Quartet official. After a meeting with Tony Blair in Ramallah, Hamdallah said: “The Gaza Strip is a priority to us. The government is providing the needed support to our people there.”Hamdallah said the Quartet was….

Hamas proposes steps for national reconciliation
1/30/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run government in Gaza has proposed steps to move forward with national reconciliation, the adviser to Gaza’s prime minister said Thursday. Issam al-Daalees said in a news conference that the first important step would be to hold union and university elections in which all Palestinians would participate. Another step would be to reform all local governments in…. Related: Hamdallah: Gaza priority for PA

UNRWA: Aid convoy enters Yarmouk refugee camp
1/30/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An aid convoy carrying over 900 food parcels entered the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus on Thursday, an official from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said.”The distribution is on going. This is the first aid to enter the camp since January 21, by when UNRWA had distributed 138 food parcels,” UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said. The UN official….

Egyptian army kills 7 militants in north Sinai
1/30/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army killed seven people after raiding two houses in the northern Sinai Peninsula, an Egyptian official said Wednesday. Egyptian Ministry of Defense spokesman Ahmad Muhammad Ali told reporters that the men were Wahhabi militants, without providing further details. On Thursday, also in the northern Sinai, the Egyptian army safely detonated two booby-trapped vehicles which security sources said were intended….

HRW: Syria regime razed homes as ‘collective punishment’
1/30/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — Syria’s government has razed thousands of homes as “collective punishment” of communities that back the opposition in the capital Damascus and in Hama province, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The group in a report accused Syria’s government of “wiping entire neighborhoods off the map” using bulldozers and explosives.” These unlawful demolitions are the latest additions to a long….

Syria foes focus on ‘terrorism’ as Geneva talks near end
1/30/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria’s warring sides focused on “terrorism” during a sixth day of talks in Geneva Thursday, sparring over who was to blame for the violence tearing their country apart. For the first time in days, the two sides appeared to have agreed on the topic of discussion, but while they both wanted to talk about “terrorism” their interpretations of who was behind….

Egypt warns social media users against inciting unrest
1/30/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt on Thursday warned users of social media such as Facebook and Twitter of arrests if they incited violence through their posts, saying they were being tracked. The interior ministry said 10 members of the “terrorist (Muslim) Brotherhood” had already been arrested for such acts. The authorities were using “modern technology to track” those inciting violence against police and civilians, and for posting….

International Solidarity Movement

Two international activists arrested on visit to military court
1/30/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Occupied Palestine – On Wednesday 29th January, 2014, two international human rights activists were arrested at Salem Military Court, in Jenin district. The activists, Norwegian and Canadian, were at the court to attend a hearing for Ahmad Atatreh, a 20-year-old Palestinian activist who had been arrested ten days earlier at a peaceful demonstration in the Jordan Valley. Following the hearing, which the….

Relief Web

occupied Palestinian territory: How we fight childhood diseases in Gaza
Relief Web 30 Jan 2014 – Source: American Near East Refugee Aid Country: occupied Palestinian territory Reading international publications is one of the only ways to sustain hope and refuel determination for me and for many ambitious Gazans who believe that “minds can never be besieged.”…

Egypt: Giving families vital help in winter
Relief Web 30 Jan 2014 – Source: Save the Children Country: Egypt, Syrian Arab Republic It is 8.30am and I am waiting at a Cairo bus stop, alongside a queue of fellow early risers. This is not your standard morning commute, however: for many of the…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA successfully delivers aid to Yarmouk
Relief Web 30 Jan 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) today distributed food parcels, bread and milk for infants…

The National

US moves forward with bill to make Israel ‘major strategic partner’
The National 30 Jan 2014 – Law would grant Israel entry into the US visa waiver programme, which would allow Israeli citizens to receive 90-day tourist visas on arrival in the US.

US expresses concern as Syria stalls on implementing chemical weapons deal
The National 30 Jan 2014 – Just two shipments of around 16 metric tonnes each of so-called Category 1 chemicals have left Syria’s port of Latakia this month as part of an internationally backed disarmament plan supervised by the OPCW.

Scarlett Johansson ‘on wrong side of history’ for backing SodaStream, says Palestinian movement
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement welcomed the end of Scarlett Johansson’s work with Oxfam but criticised her for endorsing SodaStream, a company that has its biggest factory in a Jewish settlement built on illegally-occupied Palestinian territory.

Gulf legacy of US top banker Ben Bernanke is positive
The National 30 Jan 2014 – How will history judge the US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke?

Iraq forces flush out militants who attacked government building
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The brazen assault on a building in the north-east of the capital comes as security forces grapple with intensifying violence and an extended standoff with anti-government fighters in the western province of Anbar.

US warns 7,000 foreign fighters in Syria may pose risk to home countries
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The estimate, given at a Senate intelligence hearing, was much higher than earlier figures of 3,000 to 4,000 foreign fighters in Syria, and came after news emerged this week that Congress had secretly approved more funding to send weapons to “moderate” rebels.

Syrian government ‘demolishing neighbourhoods to punish civilians’
The National 30 Jan 2014 – Human Rights Watch says many of the demolished buildings were apartment blocks, and that thousands of families have lost their homes because of the destruction.

Was US general Westmoreland unfairly portrayed as a troop butcher in Vietnam War?
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The general who led US military operations in Vietnam is vilified as a failed tactician who pursued military aims regardless of the human cost. A new history by a retired colonel is rather more forgiving, Steve Donoghue writes

Scarlett Johansson to step down as Oxfam ambassador amid SodaStream criticism
The National 30 Jan 2014 – Scarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticised over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank.

Ten dead as mob with shotguns attack India village at centre of land dispute
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam.

Video: Sickened cruise ship returns to port 
The National 30 Jan 2014 – A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returns to New Jersey two days ahead of schedule after more than 600 passengers and staff had fallen ill with what cruise officials are calling “a gastrointestinal illness.”

Video: Merkel signals door still open for EU deal with Ukraine 
The National 30 Jan 2014 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that the door for signing the EU association agreement is still open for the Ukraine. 

Video: Lambert, McGraw lead ACM nods; Motley Crue to retire 
The National 30 Jan 2014 – The day’s top showbiz news and headlines including Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead the nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, Motley Crue announce their retirement, and Oprah Winfrey celebrates her 60th birthday. 

Video: Brahimi says no substantive progress at Syria talks 
The National 30 Jan 2014 – International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says he does not expect to achieve anything substantive in the first round of Syria talks. 

Video: Retaliation in the Central African Republic 
The National 30 Jan 2014 – An angry mob kills a Muslim man for allegedly harboring Seleka general in Bangui home.


Security technology made in Israel: a big winner at the Sochi games
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Indyk to Jewish leaders: Framework peace plan to arrive in weeks
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Sterilizing Sochi for the ‘Big Brother Games’
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

The “Nazi’ law and the Rabin murder
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Senior Palestinian official: If reports about contents of Kerry’s framework deal are true, there’s no deal
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Ministers split on strategic plan over how to counter boycott threats
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Amanda Knox’s murder conviction upheld on appeal
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

N.Y. Senate passes bill penalizing schools for boycotting Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Army report: More West Bank settlers in senior IDF positions
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Israeli teacher won’t be fired for expressing ‘leftist’ opinions, school rules
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Israeli teacher won’t be fired for expressing ‘leftist’ opinions, school rules
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Longest-serving Jewish House member, Henry Waxman, to retire
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

How John Kerry won me over
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

South African government woos voters living in Israel
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Obama’s half brother photographed wearing Hamas kaffiyeh
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Obama’s half brother photographed wearing Hamas kaffiyeh
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Some 700 Syrians treated in Israeli hospitals since early 2013
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

The RCA/Rabbinate deal is about recognizing Jews, not individual rabbis
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

As housing crunch deepens, Haredim spill into secular communities
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Israeli minister: Abbas ‘most anti-Semitic leader’ in world
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Rightist minister’s rally draws thousands praying for end to ‘Kerry’s edicts’
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Radical Grace: A eulogy to Shulamit Aloni, from her youngest son
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

The Pete Seeger I knew did not support blind boycotts
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Israeli army to stop training in Palestinian cemeteries
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Get a sneak peek of new film ‘Noah’ during Superbowl
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Norway drops Israeli companies from pension fund over East Jerusalem construction
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Crime boss Yitzhak Abergil returns to Israel to serve out sentence
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Will boycotting ScarJo end the occupation?
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Israeli soldiers shoot man attempting to infiltrate Iron Dome battery
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Lieberman: Bennett was right to apologize to Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

‘French kiss’ (between dinosaurs) costs Israeli editor her job
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Down the road from SodaStream, a complicated coexistence
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Shulamit Aloni’s failure
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

A boycott is not anti-Semitic
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

With the U.S. fixated on sanctions, Iran is writing the script
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Vandals hit Reform synagogue in Ra’anana
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Study: Average Israeli family has 3.72 members; 13% have a single parent
Ha’aretz – 30 Jan 2014

Over one third of world’s kids can’t read, study says
Ha’aretz – 29 Jan 2014

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

Jerusalem Post

US senators newly reluctant on Iran sanctions after Obama pleads for time
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – US President Barack Obama made a plea for time to explore diplomacy in his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. 

The economics of bigotry
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – More than six decades after the establishment of the state, we have failed to eradicate inequalities between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim. 

The man with the Midas touch
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Businessman and philanthropist Hershey Friedman talks to the ‘Post’ about the secrets of his success. 

SodaStream plans to bring Johansson to Israel this year
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Company says its West Bank factory provides work to many Palestinians, who work alongside Israeli Arabs and Jews. 

A hidden lifeline
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – A small museum devoted to a live-saving cable car is located in the Mount Zion Hotel on Hebron Road in Jerusalem. 

The second coming of Shimon Peres
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Peres plans to come roaring back into Israeli politics this summer as the country’s shadow prime minister, to “save” Israel – as only he can. 

Washington ‘deeply concerned’ about delay in Syria’s removal of chemical arms stockpile
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Only 4% of stockpile has been prepared for transfer; US stops short of renewing threat of military action to force compliance. 

We won – we’re here
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – A visit to Auschwitz on the 69th anniversary of its liberation. 

Jewish leader says German museums turn blind eye to Nazi-looted art
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – WJC President calls for a thorough examination of the provenance of works in public collections. 

Parshat Truma: Freedom within a framework
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Parshat Truma, like the Torah portions before it, deals with descriptions of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle), the temporary temple that Am Yisrael built during its years in the desert before entering the Land of Israel. 

Fatah official: Palestinians interested in Iranian role in conflict with Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – After Tehran visit, Jibril Rajoub says Palestinians “entitled” to seek all channels to recruit regional action for cause. 

Egyptian belly dancer to run for parliament in Morsi’s hometown
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – TV personality who released an anti-Obama video last year wants to run to “annoy the Brotherhood every day.” 

INPA to celebrate Israel’s wetlands this weekend, in honor of int’l day
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – A new success story in wetland conservation efforts is rehabilitation of Einot Tzukim, saline wetlands located just north of the Dead Sea. 

Meretz proposes increased benefits for single mothers
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – “The law will help many women get into the work force, will help many single mothers leave the cycle of poverty.” 

Antitrust Authority: Noble, Delek should sell smaller reservoirs, remain in Leviathan
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Replacing energy giants with competitors in natural gas basin is physically impossible, says antitrust commissioner. 

Demonstrators rally at Western Wall against peace deal with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Masses hold extensive prayer service in Jerusalem to protest against ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. 

Norway’s $810 bln fund excludes two Israeli firms
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Africa Israel Investments, Danya Cebus excluded for 2nd time because they are involved in e. J’lem settlement building. 

Health Ministry launches new medical data sharing system
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – “Revolutionary” project to allow specific health care professionals to access medical records of patients while keeping information privileged. 

Ya’alon: Democracy in the Arab world doubtful during my lifetime
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Defense minister blames “messianic-apocalyptic” Iranian regime as lead instigator of instability in region. 

Shaked vs. Bennett? Bayit Yehudi MK said Jews could live in Palestinian state
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Ayelet Shaked told i24 News in December that she sees no reason why Jewish settlers can’t stay in the Palestinian state. 

Belgian MP: Zionists bankrolled the Holocaust
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Parliament president condemns lawmaker who said Zionists were responsible for Holocaust, did quasi-Nazi salute in parliament. 

Palestinians in Gaza producing film on Schalit kidnapping in Hebrew
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – The Palestinian film industry, which is dominated by amateur artists, struggles to get a wider Arab audience. 

PLO official: Kerry’s proposals offer ‘general and vague’ formulas about J’lem’s future
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – PLO Secretary-General Yasser Abed Rabbo says proposals offered by US secretary of state are “Israeli ideas.” 

Bayit Yehudi MK: Kerry pressure on Israel has anti-Semitic undertones
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – First-term MK Motti Yogev claims the secretary of state “wants to decrease the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel.” 

Peace talks and the king in the middle
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – The current peace plan was reportedly proposed by Jordanian King Abdullah II to US President Barack Obama last year in order to avoid Jordan becoming Palestine. 

Fashion blogger apologizes for glamorizing Jewish graves
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Rachel Nguyen of fashion blog ‘That’s Chic’ posts photo shoot in front of Jewish cemetery on Holocaust Remembrance Day, then deletes it. 

IDF shoots, wounds man who approached Iron Dome in Eilat
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – The man refused calls to stop moving forward, says IDF spokesperson; and investigation has been opened into the incident. 

Liberman: PM’s words got twisted, Israel wouldn’t leave settlers under Palestinian rule
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – FM comments on Netanyahu-Bennett feud, says it’s okay to disagree with prime minister, but not to lash out at him. 

After three years in US prison, former mob boss Abergil arrives in Israel
Jerusalem Post 30 Jan 2014 – Return for remainder of sentence comes as police are embroiled in scandal and facing criticism of their ability to fight underworld crime. 

The Guardian

John Kerry in final push to disprove cynics on Middle East peace deal
The Guardian 30 Jan 2014 – Special report: Secretary of state and elite team of US diplomats return to Israel as goals shift for the US’s once-ambitious peace plan Paul Lewis Harriet Sherwood

Scarlett Johansson is right – the face of SodaStream doesn’t fit with Oxfam | Vijay Prashad
The Guardian 30 Jan 2014 – Thanks to the star’s involvement with the Israeli company, illegal settlement activity is under increased scrutiny Global charities seek global ambassadors to help them raise the profile of their work. Simply doing their best to stem…

Labour criticises Peter Hain comments on Middle East conflict
The Guardian 30 Jan 2014 – Former cabinet minister questions whether UN goal of achieving a two-state solution in the Middle East can be achieved The Labour leadership has slapped down the former cabinet minister Peter Hain after he raised the possibility…

Gaza warned of looming water crisis
The Guardian 30 Jan 2014 – Friends of the Earth campaign highlights problem which it says is being exacerbated by hold-ups in Middle East peace process Residents of Tel Aviv will wake up in February to discover a huge hourglass full of…

Scarlett Johansson steps down from Oxfam ambassador role
The Guardian 30 Jan 2014 – Avengers star attracts wrath of activists after appearing in ad for company with West Bank settlement factory • Oxfam under pressure to cut ties with Scarlett Johansson over SodaStream ad Scarlett Johansson has quit her ambassador…


Glimpse of Hebron children s reality: video footage of minors, some under age 12, detained for throwing stones
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – B Tselem has written to Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria Col. Doron Ben-Barak notifying him of two recent incidents in which soldiers unlawfully detained children, some under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion of…

Nouri al-Maliki continues his assault on Anbar 
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – Defense World explains, “Iraq has requested a sale of AH-64E APACHE LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $6.2 billion. The proposed sale is divided into two…

Dialogue in the Service of Power: UC Leadership s Anti-Divestment Strategy
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – …What the leadership of the University of California failed to learn from the South Africa experience is that their resistance and obstience to divestment spurred the movement for justice. Rather than discouraging student activism, the ten-year…

Ex-journalist Robert Fisk: One is reminded of Goebbels
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014- …That was three years ago when Robert Fisk was still a journalist, not a mouthpiece for a dictator, and still did work that was useful to the people. Now things as different, as his latest defence of…

Is it time to de-privatize the Internet? The Federal Court Trashes Net Neutrality…and the Internet
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014- The week before last, the District of Columbia Federal Appeals Court handed down an unsurprising decision that, if applied aggressively, would destroy the Internet as we know it. It concerns the term most of us have heard,…

Ruins of Gaza airport tell sad tale
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – Not far from the border gate in Rafah, where thousands of travelers are held up after the Egyptian authorities closed the crossing, lies the Gaza International Airport. The airport is made up of three huge buildings…

Pakistan official: U.S. drone attack derails peace talks with Taliban
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 (Xinhua) — Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the parliament on Monday that the American drone attack in November derailed the peace process in the country. The Interior Minister said that the contacts with Taliban…

391 Palestinian refugees are detained in Syria
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28,2014- According toThe action group for the Palestinians in Syria, there are a total of 391 Palestinian prisoners in Syria, 355 of them are detained by the Syrian regime and the other 36 detainees are held by the opposition…

On Scarlett Johansson and Blood Bubbles 
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – 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…

Karzai suspects U.S. is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – President Hamid Karzai has frequently lashed out at the U.S. military for causing civilian casualties in its raids. But behind the scenes, he has been building a far broader case against the Americans, suggesting that they…

Clashes with Kadhafi supporters erupt in southern Libya
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – Fresh clashes erupted Tuesday in the southern Libyan city of Sebha pitting supporters of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi against government forces and former rebels, a military source said. The latest fighting was sparked by the arrival…

Video: Checkpoint – Jasiri X
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – “Checkpoint” is based on the oppression and discrimination Jasiri X witnessed firsthand during his recent trip to Palestine and Israel “Checkpoint” is produced by Agent of Change, and directed by Haute Muslim ..

US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview Exposing Death Threats
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – The former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appeared Sunday night in his first extended television interview. Citing published statements by unnamed US intelligence and military operatives calling for his assassination, he warned that he faces “…

The Secret Police of American Capitalism The NSA, CIA, and the Promise of Industrial Espionage
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – In a weekend interview with German ARD public television network, Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government uses its broad electronic surveillance capabilities to engage in industrial espionage. Snowden told ARD TV that, “I will say…

Two Palestinian fishermen, including child, kidnapped by Israeli forces off Gaza
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – On Monday, 20th January, at about 6:00 am, Yousef Amin Abo Warda (age 18) and his cousin Ahmad Kamal Abo Warda (age 16) left their house to go fishing in a small boat without an engine….

What About Palestinian Security?
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – The American approach to peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians has tended to prioritize different concerns for either side. For the Israelis, the focus is usually on security, for the Palestinians, sovereignty. But a recent episode in…

Oxfam s Palestinian partners condemn charity s “mishandling” of Scarlett Johansson affair
Uruknet 30 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 -Oxfam s Palestinian partners have strongly condemned the charity s handling of the Scarlett Johansson affair and urged it to “sever” its ties with the Hollywood star as long as she remains a spokesmodel for the Israeli-settlement…

Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya People Genocide in Myanmar?
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014– Few days back, I read about yet another vicious attack on Myanmar s helpless and persecuted Rohingya minority. This time, the venue was Du Chee Ya Tan village in the Rakhine state, which lies pretty close to…

New York Senate passes bill punishing ASA over Israel boycott
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 – 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…

Group: 7 Palestinians die of hunger, lack of medical care in Yarmouk
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 28, 2014 — 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…

Syria News – January 27, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 29 Jan 2014 – January 27, 2014 – By the end of Monday the Coordination Committees were able to document 70 martyrs including 5 women, 3 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 38 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 24 in Aleppo;…

Daily Star

Obama administration nominates new NSA, Cyber Command boss
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 The Obama administration is nominating Michael Rogers, head of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, as the new head of the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Command at a moment when U.S. surveillance practices are under intense…

One dead in Egypt clashes
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 One person was shot dead in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria Thursday during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, security sources said.

Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: army
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Thursday night hit an open area in southern Israel without causing any damage or injuries, the army and police said.

Israel’s SodaStream: under fire over West Bank factory
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 SodaStream, the Israeli firm under fire over its manufacturing operations in a West Bank settlement, is a global brand that produces a device for making home-carbonated drinks.

Israeli minister: Abbas top anti-Semite
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 Israel’s intelligence minister has said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is the world’s most anti-Semitic leader following the departure of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president last year.

Syria can still meet deadlines on chemical weapons: U.S.
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 The United States on Thursday said it was still possible for Syria to meet its obligations to remove chemical weapons.

Syria opposition chief to visit Russia on Tuesday: aide
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Jarba is to visit Moscow on Tuesday at the invitation of Russian authorities, a top aide told AFP on the sidelines of peace talks in Geneva.

US ‘concerned’ by Syria chemical weapons delay: Hagel
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday voiced concern over Syria’s delay in handing over its chemical weapons arsenal and pressed Damascus to solve the problem.

Army-separatist clash kills four in south Yemen
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 Two soldiers were among four people killed on Thursday when the army clashed with separatists in Daleh in south Yemen, sources on both sides said.

Libya congress sets Feb 20 for constitution assembly vote
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 Libya will elect an assembly on Feb. 20 to draft a constitution intended to advance a transition to democracy more than two years after a NATO-backed uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the head of the interim parliament…

Son of security chief in Libya’s Benghazi snatched: army
Daily Star 30 Jan 2014 Clashes erupted in Libya’s second city Benghazi after the son of the army’s special forces commander there was kidnapped on Thursday, a military source and witnesses said.

YNet News

US to seek death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber 
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – ….

Beirut suburb on high alert after wave of bombings
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Croatia probes alleged Nazi guard for war crimes
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Jakob Frank Denzinger, a 90-year-old Croatian, had previously been stripped of his US citizenship due to his Nazi past. Croatian authorities ask US, Germany for help in investigation ….

Take initiative to avoid isolation 
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Israel must make a strategic move which will restore its relations with US and Western countries, so it can influence agreement taking shape with Iran ….

Six terror attacks in a day: The Shin Bet story you didn’t hear
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – In segment not included in award winning documentary ‘The Gatekeepers,’ former Shin Bet chiefs Yuval Diskin, Avi Dichter discuss their experiences with terror threats ….

Amanda Knox’s murder conviction upheld on appeal
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – ….

Libya sets February 20 vote for constitution panel
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – ….

Oxfam accepts Scarlett Johansson’s resignation
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – After the charity organization contested the actress’ role as SodaStream global brand ambassador because of the company’s West Bank location, the Hollywood star resigned her position ….

Rocket hits open area in Sdot Negev; none injured
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – ….

New York State passes anti-boycott legislation
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Bill proposed by Democratic state senator passes chamber, if signed into law will prohibit New York universities and colleges from paying dues to ASA and other academic organizations that boycott Israel ….

Peres: Time to make historic decisions, not political ones
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – President delivers joint statement with Blair, saying State is at its most critical period of time since 1948, stressing Abbas ‘has very serious intentions’ ….

UN exhibit keeps memory of Shoah alive 
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – International project invites students of art and design from around the world, including Muslims from Indonesia, to create posters presenting their personal interpretation of the memory of the Holocaust ….

Israel minister slams Abbas as ‘No.1’ anti-Semite
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Yuval Steinitz says Palestinian president replaced former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as leading anti-Israel figure ….

Norway fund blacklists Israeli firms with settlement ties
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Country’s wealth fund blacklists two Israeli companies involved in settlement construction in East Jerusalem ….

The Holocaust remembrance industry
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Op-ed: Why did dozens of Israeli officials spend public money going to Auschwitz when there are sick and starving Holocaust survivors in Israel? ….

Report: Assad regime razed pro-rebel neighborhoods as punishment
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Human Rights Watch says thousands of residential buildings demolished seven districts in Damascus-area and Hama. ….

Frenchman charged over anti-Semitic photos
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Website administrator charged with inciting racial hatred for hosting pictures of man performing ‘quenelle’ gesture in alleged glorification of deadly attack on Jewish school in Toulouse ….

Hezbollah expanding drone use to Syria and Lebanon
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Lebanese politician critical of Iranian-backed group says unmanned planes used over his home; army confirms Hezbollah tracked car bomb across Lebanon-Syria border ….

Netanyahu versus Bennett: It’s a matter of time until the next coalition crisis
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Analysis: The recent row over the peace process was only a preview of what’s to come. As Bennett continues to deliver on his promises to his voters, the prime minister’s ‘befuddlement’ is likely to reappear ….

Rags to riches to ruin: Iranian sanctions-buster who ended up in jail
YNet News, 30 Jan 2014 – Ahmadinejad favorite helped Iran evade international sanctions, made enemies among moderates, and now under arrest while government investigates ‘violations’ in oil deals ….

WATCH: SodaStream’s uncut Scarlett Johansson Super Bowl ad
YNet News, 29 Jan 2014 – Company had to change advert before it was allowed to keep its spot during the 2014 Super Bowl ….

Palestinian Information Center

Confrontations near Ofer jail between university students and IOF soldiers
PIC – Violent confrontations took place at noon Thursday between dozens of Bir Zeit university students and Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stationed at Ofer prison near Ramallah.

IOA claims Palestinian was injured while trying to attack base
PIC – The Israeli occupation authorities claimed that a Palestinian young man was wounded when he tried to attack a military base near Eilat on Thursday and was shot by guarding soldiers.

IOF kidnaps seven Palestinians from one family in Issawiya district
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday kidnapped seven Palestinian citizens from one family, including a young girl, and clashed with others in Issawiya district in occupied Jerusalem.

IOF soldiers raid house of slain young man Mohamed Mubarak
PIC – The IOF at dawn Thursday stormed Al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah city, and raided the house of the 20-year-old young man Mohamed Mubarak who was murdered by Israeli soldiers yesterday.

IOF demolishes 15 facilities in Jordan Valley, evicts 150 citizens
PIC – Israeli bulldozers demolished Thursday morning 15 Bedouin facilities, a home for 150 residents most of them children, in Wadi al-Maleh northern Jordan Valley.

MP Barghouthi: 35 Palestinians killed by Israel since the peace talks kicked off
PIC – Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Al-Barghouthi said that the killing of Mohamed Mubarak brought the number of the Palestinians killed by Israel to 35 victims since the peace talks started.

Jerusalemite prisoner Hamza Kaloti’s health condition deteriorated
PIC – Jerusalemite prisoner Hamza Kaloti suffers from serious health deterioration due to Israeli deliberate medical negligence policy against Palestinian prisoners.

Hamas calls on Arab League and OIC to probe Egyptian accusations against it
PIC – Hamas called on the Arab League and the organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC) to form a neutral fact-finding committee to investigate all the accusations and claims made by Egypt against it.

Israeli settlers break into Youssef’s Tomb in Nablus
PIC – Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed at dawn Thursday Youssef’s Tomb, east of Nablus, to perform Talmudic rituals escorted by Israeli occupation forces.

IOF soldiers storm different parts of West Bank cities and towns
PIC – Israeli Occupation Forces have brutally attacked a group of Palestinian women in Silwad east of Ramallah while trying to prevent Palestinian youth’s arrest during clashes that erupted in the town.


Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam amid flap over SodaStream ad
LA Times 30 Jan 2014 – SodaStream, which operates in the occupied West Bank, is an Israeli firm targeted by the Palestinian-driven boycott movement. JERUSALEM — It’s a rare thing when a Hollywood actress and a kitchen appliance spark a debate about policies in the Middle East.

Syria unlikely to meet deadline on its deadliest chemical agents
LA Times 29 Jan 2014 – President Bashar Assad’s government has delivered less than 5% of its deadliest chemical weapons agents. The deadline is next week. WASHINGTON — Syria has delivered less than 5% of its deadliest chemical weapons agents to international authorities a week before a deadline to surrender the…

Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam, Torn Apart by Israeli Company Deal
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The actress’s endorsement of a company with a factory in an area of the West Bank that Palestinians envision as part of a future independent state has created an international political storm. 

Delay in Chemical Arms Pledge Criticized
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The United States sharply criticized Syria for what it called serious and unjustifiable delays in the export of the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile. 

Egypt Tries to Reassure Journalists From Abroad
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The government told foreign correspondents that they are free to work in Egypt after prosecutors accused 20 journalists for Al Jazeera television of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – President Hassan Rouhani has identified water as a national security issue, and nowhere is the crisis more pronounced than at Lake Urmia, once one of the largest salt lakes in the world 

Syria Talks May Yield Little, but Give Cover to Those Defying Hard-Liners
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – Government supporters complained that the opposition delegation could not claim to represent all opponents, let alone all Syrians, while opposition activists said they would look weak if they failed to win concessions. 

The Lede: Charge Sheet Against Al Jazeera Journalists in Egypt
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – A translation of the complete statement by Egyptian prosecutors charging 20 journalists working for Al Jazeera with joining a terrorist group and broadcasting false news. 

The Lede: Human Rights Watch Shares Images of Razed Neighborhoods in Syria
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The government used explosives and bulldozers to demolish thousands of residential buildings to punish civilians in neighborhoods where the army has clashed with opposition fighters, the group said. 

The Lede: Scarlett Johansson Chooses SodaStream Over Oxfam After Dispute About West Bank Factory
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – Forced to choose, Scarlett Johansson ended her charitable work on behalf of Oxfam, which opposes trade with Israeli settlements, and continue as a paid “brand ambassador” for SodaStream, which makes products in the occupied West Bank. 

Beirut Suburb on High Alert After Wave of Bombings
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – Mohammed Hussein has stacked 300 sandbags outside his coffee shop in Beirut’s southern suburbs to reassure customers frightened by a wave of deadly bombings there, but business is still down by half. 

Syria Can Still Meet Deadlines on Chemical Weapons: U.S.
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The United States on Thursday said it was still possible for Syria to meet its obligations to remove chemical weapons. 

As Gaza Tunnels Closed, Hamas Lost Cash, Israeli Official Says
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The Islamic militant group lost a major source of income because of an Egyptian clampdown on smuggling tunnels, an Israeli military official said. 

Foreign Agendas Keep Syrian Peace Talks Going
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – Weeklong Syrian peace talks have neither stemmed the bloodshed nor produced a deal, yet pressure is mounting on Syria’s government and the opposition to keep the process going after a brief break. 

In Egypt, Just Speaking to Brotherhood Is a Risk for Foreign Reporters
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – When Hosni Mubarak was in power, a foreign journalist could spend unlimited time with members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, who roundly condemned the autocratic leader. 

U.S. Tells Syria to Take Immediate Steps to Remove Chemical Weapons
New York Times 30 Jan 2014 – The United States told Syria on Thursday to take immediate actions to comply with a U.N. resolution to remove its chemical weapons materials saying demands by Damascus for additional equipment were “without merit” and delays were adding to costs. 

‘You seem to be on both sides of this legitimate/illegitimate kind of a thing’: State Dept. spox says neither Israeli settlements, nor settlement boycotts, are legitimate
Mondoweiss – Jen Psaki There was an amusing exchange today at the State Departments’ Daily Press Briefing the sums up the confused and contradictory U.S. policy towards Israeli settlements. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki dodged questions about Israel’s settlements, the boycott of Israeli goods, and the ‘framework agreement’, claiming…

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam over SodaStream
Globes Main News – “Johansson and Oxfam have a fundamental difference of opinion.”

Lapid: European boycott would cost Israel dearly
Globes Main News – The finance mnister has detailed the potential huge cost to Israel if peace talks fail.

Dankner: German regulator probing Ben-Moshe
Globes Main News – Nochi Dankner seeks to bring “new” evidence about Moti Ben-Moshe’s affairs.

Tshuva in talks to sell Delek Europe for €800m
Globes Main News – A UK fund is in advanced talks to buy Delek’s fuel operations in France and Benelux.

Naftali Bennett loses ground
Globes Main News – The latest “Globes”-Smith poll shows Habayit Hayehudi at its lowest ebb since the elections, while Likud-Beitenu holds steady.

Delek, Noble Energy to sell Alon A and C licenses
Globes Main News – The regulators will not allow the Karish and Tanin discoveries to be separated from the licenses.

Shlomo Eliahu recognizes union at Migdal
Globes Main News – Eliahu is believed to have made the decision with a heavy heart.

The impending detention of African asylum protest leader Mutasim Ali
Mondoweiss – Sudanese protest leader Mutasim Ali holds up a notice to appear at Holot prison. (photo: Facebook) Last week, noted African asylum seeker organizer Mutasim Ali, 27, was given a summons to report to prison, which he promptly circulated on Facebook. Mutasim is a fixture of the…

Unemployment down in 2013 
Globes Macro Economics – In Q4 the rate fell to its lowest since the counting method was changed in 2012.

‘Without doubt, the biggest loser in this well publicized BDS campaign was SodaStream’: Reactions to Johansson leaving Oxfam
Mondoweiss – (Image: Stephanie Westbrook) The Institute for Middle East Understanding sent out the following reactions to the news that Scarlett Johansson is leaving her role with Oxfam in order to maintain her sponsorship with SodaStream: OMAR BARGHOUTI, Independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist, founding member of…

Palestinians living near West Bank SodaStream factory urge Scarlett Johansson to end role with occupation profiteer
Mondoweiss – A network of Palestinians living near the SodaStream factory in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in Occupied Palestine, as well as Israeli and international grassroots activists who work with them, have issued a press release today calling on Scarlett Johansson to step down as SodaStream spokesperson. Press Release: Bab…

Ceva up sharply on strong financials
Globes Main News – The share price rose more than 7% in early trading, after results handily beat estimates.

Elbit Systems’ Hermes 900 UAV enters service 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Elbit Systems is delivering its new Hermes 900 to three foreign customers and the IAF.

Finnish deal revives UAV co Aeronautics fortunes 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The first 50 Orbiter mini-UAVs are about to be delivered to the Finnish Army.

Celebrity justice
Mondoweiss – Johansson in her (former) work for Oxfam This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. So Scarlett Johansson has stepped down as an Oxfam ambassador . She’s certainly global but it seems…

Rep. Grimm, poster boy for the lobby, threatens to throw reporter off Rotunda balcony
Mondoweiss – GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, representing New York’s 11th congressional district (Staten Island/Brooklyn), keeps making the news, and not in ways that he wants. Grimm is a congressman who was brought into office in 2010 with support from the rightwing Israel lobby; he is being investigated by…

‘The greatest people will come forward, after I kick the bucket’ — Pete Seeger
Mondoweiss – Pete Seeger was my neighbor, and I interviewed him once in 2007. We were in the Beacon, N.Y., Sloop Club and he was getting the fire going in the woodstove, with a red knit stocking cap on his head and a red bandana in his pocket…

Scarlett Johansson not only abandons Oxfam but throws it under the bus
Mondoweiss – During a 2007 Oxfam trip to Sri Lanka, Scarlett Johansson heard the story of how Asela Abeytunga lost his father and brother to the tsunami . ( Adrian Fisk ) “On one hand you’re thinking, [the celebrity life] is so surreal, but it’s my work and helps me bring…

Lost in Occupation: Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam to stick with SodaStream (Updated)
Mondoweiss – “I know, I’m really proud of my Oxfam work. It’s just….I have this SodaStream gig to get to.” (Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook) Ever the optimist, a week ago as I wondered what choice Scarlett would make , knowing “something’s gotta break” between now and the Superbowl. Somehow I…

Senior BoI official: Shekel overvalued 
Globes Macro Economics – However, Andrew Abir told “Reuters” the Bank of Israel opposes a floor rate.

Kerry’s Israel-Palestine “Framework” is DOA
Tikun Olam – I can’t think of anything more dry and boring than talking about a diplomatic “framework.” It’s enough to give diplomacy a bad name. A framework is not a deal, it’s not tangible, it doesn’t mean much–unless both sides want it to. And usually two sides that…

Scarlett Johansson Defends Apartheid Israel, Quits Oxfam 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2014 – Scarlett Johansson Defends Apartheid Israel, Quits Oxfam News roundup from around the world. Scarlett Johansson Defends Apartheid Israel, Oxfam accepts her resignation. Reaction from around the world, including some Zionist media. Story will be updated as news unfold. Read More: Scarlett Johansson Defends Apartheid Israel, Quits…

News roundup 2014.01.29 
Sabbah report 30 Jan 2014 – News roundup related to Palestine and other interesting news from around the world Read More: News roundup 2014.01.29 . Sign up for our free newsletter!

New York Senate Passes Anti-Israel Boycott Bill 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2014 – The New York State Senate approved a bill that would suspend funding to educational institutions which fund groups that boycott Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Oxfam Accepts Scarlett Johansson’s Resignation as Global Ambassador 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2014 – Oxfam accepted actress Scarlett Johansson’s resignation as a global ambassador, calling the role “incompatible” with her work for the Israeli company SodaStream. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Johansson quits Oxfam over ad row 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson steps down as an Oxfam ambassador after criticism of her support for Israeli company SodaStream.

US ‘concern’ at Syria weapons delay 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – The US says only 4% of Syria’s declared chemical weapons has been surrendered and expresses concern at the lack of progress.

SodaStream Controversy Puts Spotlight on Israeli Occupation 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2014 – Actress Scarlett Johansson’s very public rift with the charity Oxfam over her endorsement of an Israeli firm operating in the West Bank has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on one of the thorniest issues in Middle East peace talks. Click here for the rest of the article……

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role following public outcry 
Global BDS 30 Jan 2014 – Scarlett Johansson has today announced that she is resigning her role as Oxfam ambassador following a huge outcry over her role as the public face of a ad campaign by SodaStream , an Israeli company that based in an illegal Israeli settlement. Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson with…

Nuremberg Trial Nazi Documents Fetch $10K — Found at Flea Market 
The Foward Breaking News 30 Jan 2014 – Documents from the Nuremberg Trials found in a flea market in Israel were sold at auction. Click here for the rest of the article…

Homes ‘deliberately razed’ in Syria 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – The Syrian authorities have “deliberately and unlawfully” demolished thousands of residential buildings, says Human Rights Watch.

Actress quits Oxfam in West Bank row 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – Scarlett Johansson steps down as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank.

SodaStream Controversy Fueled by Lies and Distortions — and Israel’s Occupation 
The Forward New 30 Jan 2014 – SodaStream has been praised and pilloried in a dispute stretching to the Super Bowl. To find the truth, we started with the land where its factory stands in a West Bank settlement. Click here for the rest of the article…

Zambia: Kola Marks Israel Return With Goal 
allAfrica.com 30 Jan 2014 – [Times of Zambia]CHIPOLOPOLO striker Roger Kola has started his loan spell at the Israeli club Ironi Kiryat Shmona on a high after finding the back of the net in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Hapoel Acre in a League Cup.

UN delivers food to besieged Yarmouk camp 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria’s besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, where dozens have died from shortages of food and medicines, the UN and Syrian state media said. UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 1,028 food rations had been delivered to…

Four killed in clashes between Yemen army and separatists 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – Two soldiers were among four people killed on Thursday when the army clashed with separatists in Daleh in south Yemen, sources on both sides said. “Southern Movement activists ambushed an army vehicle at dawn with automatic fire, killing two soldiers,” a military source told AFP. Two…

Saudi Arabia beheads Indian man accused of murder 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – An Indian worker convicted of murdering a Saudi was beheaded by the sword in the Riyadh region Thursday, the interior ministry said. Mohammed Latif was found guilty of having beaten to death his “sponsor,” Dhafer bin Mohammed al-Dussari, with a sharp object and then dumping his…

Norway fund blacklists Israeli companies with settlement ties 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, blacklisted two Israeli companies involved in construction of settlements in East Jerusalem, the country’s finance ministry said Thursday. The ban on investing in the firms revived a three-year prohibition on them that the Government Pension Fund of Norway…

On the Tragedy of Two Revolutions in Egypt and Syria 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 30 Jan 2014 – A young Egyptian sells key rings and portraits of Egypt’s military commander Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is to run for the presidency in the upcoming elections, along with portraits of Egypt’s late leader Gamal Abdel Nasser (top-R) in Cairo’s landmark Tahrir Square on January…

Tunisian Minister Resigns After Normalization Accusations 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – Tunisia’s premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa (R) presents his new government during a parliamentary session in the constituent assembly on January 28, 2014 in Tunis. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisia’s premier-designate Mehdi Jomaa (R) presents his new government during a parliamentary session in the constituent assembly on…

Behind Perdition’s Eyelid: To Live and Die in Aleppo 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – A Syrian man in clutches makes his way through debris following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 30, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Khatieb) A Syrian man in clutches makes his way through debris following…

Troops ‘end Baghdad hostage crisis’ 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – Iraqi security forces have ended a hostage crisis at a government building in Baghdad, but there are conflicting reports about the number of casualties.

Israeli minister: Abbas is world’s “most anti-Semitic leader” 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech in front of hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 11, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Abbas Momani) Israel’s intelligence minister said Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas is the world’s most anti-Semitic leader following…

Syrian delegations trade barbs at Geneva talks 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – Syrian senior presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban (C) leaves the media area after answering journalists’ questions at the United Nations on January 30, 2014 in Geneva. (Photo: AFP – Philippe Desmaze) Syrian senior presidential adviser Buthaina Shaaban (C) leaves the media area after answering journalists’ questions at…

Turkey removes 800 more police officers from corruption investigation 
Al-Akhbar News 30 Jan 2014 – The Turkish government on Thursday fired or reassigned some 800 police officers as it pressed on with a purge of the country’s police force in response to a high-level corruption probe, local media said. Senior officers were among those removed from their posts in the latest…

AUDIO: Greste brother devastated at trial 
BBC 30 Jan 2014 – The brother of Al-Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste says he is “devastated” that his brother is to face trial in Egypt.

Time running out as Bahrain tries to revive national dialogue 
BBC 29 Jan 2014 – Bahrain prince seeks to revive national dialogue

Aoun and Hariri Meet in Rome to Turn New Page 
Al-Akhbar Politics 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…


Will Palestinians accept Jewish settlers in Palestine? 
Daoud Kuttab, Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN) 1/30/2014
Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are illegal. The whole world has said so.
When the International Court of Justice in the Hague was asked for an opinion on the Israeli wall built deep into Palestinian territory, the ICJ reaffirmed that occupying powers are not allowed to take property or move their people to areas under occupation.
The illegality of settlements is clearly defined in the 4th Geneva Convention, made into humanitarian law after the relatively prolonged Nazi occupation of France. The Israeli occupation of Palestine since 1967 has lasted more than seven times the German occupation.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat was, therefore, totally justified when he told The Associated Press that no settler should remain in the state of Palestine as part of any peace deal.
Erekat was responding to a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in which the latter stated that Jewish settlers currently living in the occupied territories could remain in their homes and live under Palestinian rule. The statement was later modified to make this issue a choice for Israeli settlers.
With the exception of Erekat, the Palestinian side was relatively silent, but Netanyahu’s bombshell left many political victims in his own ruling coalition.
Israeli right-wing leaders including minister Bennet called Netanyahu’s statement “very dangerous.” while Israeli newspapers said that a trap intended for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas exploded in the face of Netanyahu’s own government. more.. e-mail

The Israel-Palestine ’peace process’ as a capitalist metaphor 
Dr Sarah Marusek, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/13/2014
MEMO published an article recently by Egyptian scholar and diplomat Abdullah Al-Ashaal about what he calls the disastrous “bartering policy” framework of the ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In theory, the way this framework is supposed to work is that both parties have their sets of demands and both are expected to make certain concessions.
However, Al-Ashaal makes the important argument that, during these negotiations, “established Arab rights are being bartered, such as security in exchange for freedom, even though the people need both.” After all, human rights are inalienable, so how can they be bartered?
Of course, bartering is a system of exchange that predates the money system. Traditionally, it involves trading services or goods between individuals or groups. Al-Ashaal, though, suggests that the Palestinians are “providing one thing in exchange for another” kind of thing altogether, an unequal exchange quite different to bartering in the traditional sense of the term.
For example, he argues that: “The bartering policy started when UN Security Council Resolution 242 was issued in 1967. This resolution linked Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Arab territories to the recognition of Israel and normalisation with it.”
Here the Palestinians are expected to exchange some rights in order to secure others, even though all are enshrined as rights guaranteed to all humans.
On the other hand, Israel is merely “conceding” to abandon one aspect of its criminal aggression: seizing all of Palestine in 1967. What is a concession for Israel is only the undoing of one illegal and unjust act, without ever addressing the crime of expelling 750,000 Palestinians from their lands during the Nakba in 1948…. — See also: Al-Ashaal: The risks of the bartering policy in the Arab-Israeli conflict more.. e-mail

Sharon’s Sabra and Shatila legacy-an eyewitness account 
Felicity Arbuthnot and Swee Chai Ang, Al-Ahram Weekly 1/23/2014
The eulogies paid to Sharon at his burial will never hide the fact that he was a cold-blooded murderer.
As Israel buried Ariel Sharon amid eulogies from world figures, Tony Blair, a Butcher of Baghdad, paid a tribute to the Butcher of Beirut and included the line that Sharon: “didn’t think of peace as a dreamer, but did dream of peace.” Also that: “he sought peace with the same iron determination” as he had fought (read slaughtered) across the Middle East. Rewriting history does not come more blatant, but Blair was ever good at fantasy. Think “weapons of mass destruction” and “45 minutes”.
Surgeon, Dr Swee Chai Ang went to help the wounded of Beirut after the 1982 Israeli invasion and witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre of unarmed men, woman and children, Palestinian and Lebanese, between 15 and 18 September 1982.
In her book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, she describes the reality:
“As I walked through the camp alleys looking at the shattered homes (many of these houses had just been rebuilt following earlier bombardments by Israel) I wanted to cry aloud, but was too exhausted emotionally even to do that. How could little children come back to live in the room where their relatives were tortured and then killed? If the Palestinian Red Crescent Society could not function legally, who was going to look after the widows and orphans?
“Suddenly, someone threw his arms around me. It was Mahmoud, a little child who had broken his wrist while trying to help his father rebuild their broken home. He had survived and his wrist had mended, but now his father was dead. Mahmoud cried, but he was glad I was alive because, from his hiding place during the massacre, he had seen the soldiers taking us away. He thought they had killed me.”more.. e-mail

Palestine divisions worsen Yarmouk siege 
Ahmad Barqawi, Asia Times 1/30/2014
Their ambivalent stance was not enough, for no middle ground is safe in the Syrian war. No middle ground to be found there anyway. And the worst thing that can happen to the Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk Camp is being impartial at a time when the Arab world is so thoroughly drenched in former US president George W Bush’s woebegone doctrine of “you’re either with us or against us”, a time when divisions reign supreme and self-imposed partitions are the order of the day. They were demanded to choose a side and choose it quickly, either the hammer or the anvil… only to be crushed in between.
The strategic geographic location of the camp on the southern outskirts of Damascus meant that its residents were no longer spoilt with the luxury of safe choices, a deadly case of damned if you do and even more damned if you don’t; It also meant that the Palestinian refugees inside the camp were reduced to nothing more than a small “inconvenience” in the ever onward, grinding pursuit of military supremacy from both sides of the conflict, a mere banal obstacle to be gotten around when military commanders unfurl their maps and plot their next counter-attack, and it’s always a counter-attack, with plenty of “collateral damage” sure to be left in its devastating wake.
The Islamist armed groups of the opposition saw the camp as the Syrian government’s Achilles’ heel and nothing else, a prize-catch in their desperate quest to “conquer” Damascus; the perfect springboard for their intended “jihad” against the regime’s main stronghold, practically putting a target on the camp’s back and turning its entire refugee population into a huge block of human shields held hostage to the flick of these groups’ military whims. Not that it was going to deter the Syrian government anyway which in turn saw the camp strictly as a potential (intolerable) breach in its skintight security belt around the capital. One that needed to be fixed – militarily.
The armed opposition’s all-guns-blazing infiltration into, and subsequent control over Yarmouk in late 2012 has plunged its Palestinian refugees headfirst into the throes of the Syrian war; transforming the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria into a “hostile territory” for the Syrian Army…. more.. e-mail

interview on Gaza, on the Taylor Report
In Gaza: 30 Jan 2014 – Jan 20, 2014 Phil interviews Eva Bartlett, who worked with Gazan farmers, fishers, and schoolchildren in the face of naked aggression by the Israeli occupational forces. Ms. Bartlett maintains the blog ingaza.wordpress.com and lectures extensively on the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza across North America. listen here sources mentioned : Rachel Corrie Free Gaza boats Eva in Gaza and Head first towards the opposition Dec 2008 and Jan 2009 attacks on Gaza [and photos/vid ] Harper in occupied Palestine, guards assault Palestinian Journalists Melville United Church event, Jan 2014 , Fergus, Ontario Al Haq, 2008/9 Israeli Attacks Gaza: Life and death under Israel’s drones [more IOF war crimes in Gaza ] Nablus medic taken as human shield Palestinian medic killed by Israeli-fired dart bomb [and here ] Palestinian medic sniped by Israeli soldier during “cease-fire” hours Targeting Medics IOF soldier charged: theft of a credit card Mairead Maguire Nominates Mother Agnes Mariam and Mussalaha Peace…more

‘Checkpoint’ – Music Video
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jan 2014 – “Checkpoint” is based on the oppression and discrimination Jasiri X witnessed firsthand during his recent trip to Palestine and Israel. “Checkpoint” is produced by Agent of Change, and directed by Haute Muslim.more

Axis of Sinhala Chauvinism, Zionism and Western Imperialism: Palestinians and the Tamils
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jan 2014 – By Athithan Jayapalan State oppression and counter-insurgency do not exist in isolation; they are situated in a global nexus of inter-state relations and links. Thereby the experience of a state in repressing resistance and people struggles also often becomes the focal point of inter-state interaction. In this light it is of importance to illuminate the structural ties between the Zionist Israel and the Sinhala chauvinist Sri Lankan state. As the oppressors collaborate and extend aid to each other, the oppressed also integrate their struggles and identify common grounds, thus the dynamics of resistance and oppression does not unfold in geographic isolation. Subsequently in the 1970’s Tamil militants from EROS, PLOTE and EPRLF established relations with the Palestinian revolutionary movement, the PFLP and went to southern Lebanon to receive training in guerilla warfare to fight the Sri Lankan state. In contrast to the solidarity mentioned above the President of Sri Lanka…more

Jewish National Fund’s War Crimes Mission
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jan 2014 – By Vacy Vlazna At the black heart of Israel’s 65 year rape of Palestine, is the Jewish National Fund ( JNF) which once went by the more germane, Jewish COLONIAL Trust; an opportunistic real-estate jackal that has aggressively deposited its Zionist stink throughout the ancestral land of Palestine. From its inception in 1901, JNF’s mission of the theft of Palestinian land for the Jews-only Greater (Eretz) Israel is racist, colonial, criminal (colonial expansion is a war crime under Article 8.2(b)(viii) of the Rome Statute) and bloody. Max Blumenthal writes “JNF director Yosef Weitz was instrumental in hatching Plan Dalet, the campaign to ethnically cleanse at least 400 Palestinian villages and expel their residents in 1947 and 1948. After the war of 1948, Weitz orchestrated the planting of hundreds of thousands of non-native trees west of Jerusalem to cover up the scores of villages that had just been ethnically cleansed by Zionist…more

The Innocence of America’s Imperialism
Palestine Chronicle: 30 Jan 2014 – By Ahmad Barqawi Another day, another American atrocity in Iraq revealed. By now, it’s become a very familiar (albeit unfortunate) tale; gory pictures of American marines’ criminal shenanigans in third-world countries surface, with little to zero indignation from the mainstream media or the public, the Pentagon announces a full investigation and/or a “thorough” inquiry into the matter (which, for the uninitiated, are nothing more than shoddy euphemisms for letting the perpetrators slide through unpunished and their crimes un-probed), the story dies down quickly and the U.S. carries on preaching democracy and human rights the world over at the point of a gun… or a drone missile for that matter. Rinse, repeat. After that horrendous milestone of a moral depravity that was Abu Ghraib, we thought we’d seen all that there was to see from America’s inglorious, democracy-spreading escapades in the region, but as it turned out; the Abu Ghraib torture…more

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