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Israel Renews Administrative Detention of Hamas MP
IMEMC – Israeli occupation forces renewed, on Sunday, the administrative detention of Hamas MP from Hebron, Hatim Qafisha,54. …

Israel Threatens to Evacuate Ein Hejleh
IMEMC – Munther Amira, an activist and member of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC), told the Palestinian News Network (PNN) that extreme caution prevails in the vicinity of the village of Ein Hejleh, which was opened by Palestinians yesterday to assure that the Jordan Valley is a Palestinian land. …

Palestinian Resistance in the Jordan Valley: Salt of the Earth
IMEMC – The Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee launched on Friday, January 31, the Melh Al-Ard (Salt of the Earth) campaign by reviving the village of Ein Hijleh, in the Jordan Valley. …

Settlers Uproot Hundreds Of Trees In Nablus, Ramallah
IMEMC – [Sunday, February 2, 2014] Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian orchards in the West Bank districts of Nablus and Ramallah, uprooting more than 1,425 olive trees and saplings. …

Two Palestinians Shot By Soldiers, Mauled By Dogs
IMEMC – [Jerusalem – Saturday, February 01, 2014] Lawyer of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees, Tareq Barghouth, visited two Palestinians who were shot and wounded by Israeli military fire before army dogs mauled them, in addition to being dragged by the soldiers, on the ground, for more than 300 meters. …

Denmark’s Largest Bank Divests From Israel’s Hapoalim Over Settlement Construction
IMEMC – Danske Bank states that Bank Hapoalim is acting against the rules of international humanitarian law. The bank has already pulled investments from two Israeli firms. …

Settlers Attack Villagers Near Hebron
IMEMC – [Saturday, February 01, 2014] A number of Israeli settlers attacked several Palestinian villagers working on their own lands in Wad Abu ar-Reesh — Khirbit Safa area — in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. …

Report: Six Killed, 383 Kidnapped, By The Army In January
IMEMC – [Saturday, February 01, 2014] The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported that Israeli soldiers killed six Palestinians, wounded dozens of others, and kidnapped 383, in January of this year. …

Ma’an News

Israeli police dogs mauled Palestinian teens shot at checkpoint
2/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A lawyer for the Palestinian Authority ministry of prisoners’ affairs Tariq Barghouth alleged on Saturday that Israeli forces launched attack dogs on two Palestinian youths after shooting them multiple times on Thursday night at a checkpoint near Jerusalem. Adam Abd al-Rouf Jamous, 17, and Jawhar Nasser al-Din Halbieh, 19, were mauled by police dogs after Israeli forces opened fire on….

Israeli forces storm Jenin area towns, ransack homes
2/2/2014 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces stormed the northern West Bank towns of al-Jalamah and Qabatia near Jenin on Sunday morning and ransacked several homes. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces in al-Jalamah stopped a teenage peddler named Muhammad Ibrahim Nuerat from Jenin while he was selling clothes at roadside stand near al-Jalamah checkpoint. The sources added that ten Israeli military….

Israeli forces threaten Ein Hajla encampment, detain 9
2/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian and international activists at the Ein Hajla protest encampment in the Jordan Valley repulsed three attempts by Israeli forces to enter the village overnight, while nine activists from Jerusalem were detained trying to reach the area. Mustafa Barghouthi, a member of the Palestinian parliament and the secretary general of the Palestinian National Initiative, told Ma’an that Ein Hajla….

Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah
2/2/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers from the Shilo settlement uprooted more than 1000 saplings in….

Israel repeatedly forbids call to prayer because it ‘annoys’ settlers
2/2/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces forbade the Islamic call for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in the month of January because it “annoyed” Jewish settlers, according to an official from the Palestinian Authority ministry of endowments. Director of the Hebron office of the ministry of endowments Sheikh Taysir Abu Sneinah said that Israeli forces in the old city of the….

Israel evacuates settlers entering protest camp
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Sunday evacuated five settlers who said they mistakenly entered the Ein Hijla encampment protest near Jericho. Abdullah Abu Rahma, a representative of the West Bank popular committees against Israel’s separation wall and settlements, told Ma’an that that Palestinian activists, who have been encamping in Ein Hijla for the third day, stopped the settlers and….

Israel intercepts rocket aimed at Eilat Red Sea resort
2/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket fired at Eilat Friday and destroyed it, police said, the second time the Red Sea resort has been targeted this month. The rocket was destroyed by an Iron Dome battery deployed outside Eilat and there were no injuries or damage in the foiled attack, a police spokeswoman said. On Jan. 20, a rocket….

Report: Hamas pulls back forces preventing rockets against Israel
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Hamas movement has allegedly pulled back hundreds of gunmen previously deployed along the borders with Israel in order to prevent other Palestinian factions from firing homemade rockets at Israeli towns, according to an Israeli report released on Sunday. The Hebrew language news site Walla reported on Sunday that according to Palestinian sources Hamas had pulled back 600 gunmen who had….

Egyptian officials: 4 Palestinians, 2 Egyptians behind deadly attack
2/2/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian intelligence officials said Saturday that two Egyptians and four Palestinians were behind an attack that downed a military helicopter in north Sinai last week. Officials said eyewitnesses told them the attack was carried out by a group of six who launched the missile from a poultry farm. The missile used in the attack was a 9K38 Igla, a Russian-made man-portable….

Israel finance minister suspends settlement funds
2/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has decided to suspend the transfer of public funds to West Bank settlements pending a probe into their alleged misuse, his office said. The move announced late Saturday was not expected to affect controversial plans for settlement expansion, a major obstacle to US-backed peace talks relaunched last year. Lapid’s move came after it emerged that some….

Gaza official: Israel ‘killed 6 Palestinians, injured 41’ in January
2/2/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed six Palestinians and injured 41 in attacks on Gaza in January, a ministry official said Saturday. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health, said in a statement that “the Israeli occupation intensified airstrikes against unarmed civilians, particularly in the eastern Gaza Strip” in January. The statement pointed out that a large number of the….

Israeli forces raid hotel in Bethlehem and detain 2 Palestinians
2/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers stormed a hotel near Bethlehem’s northern entrance on Saturday evening and detained two Palestinian men. Local sources said that Israeli occupation forces raided the hotel and detained Raed Ayoub Daber and Nidal Khalifa. The sources added that the pair were taken to an unknown destination. The raid occurred near Rachel’s Tomb, which has been the….

Activists construct second protest village in Jordan Valley
2/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian and international activists erected a new protest encampment called “al-Awda,” or “Return,” near the Bisan checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley on Sunday morning. The move comes two days after activists set up a similar camp at Ein Hajla, as part of a campaign entitled “Salt of the Earth” to prevent further Israeli settlement expansion and to combat Israeli moves….

Erekat, Livni argue history at Munich meeting
2/3/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A heated argument erupted Sunday between the chief PLO negotiator and his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni during a symposium about the Middle East peace process, Erekat’s office said. US Middle East envoy Martin Indic and international Quartet envoy Tony Blair were present at the meeting in Germany, at the Munich Security Forum, according to Erekat’s office. The….

Officials: Israel lessens restrictions on goods shipment to West Bank
2/2/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israel has agreed to several steps meant to facilitate the shipment of goods between Israel and the West Bank in both directions at al-Jalameh terminal in the northern West Bank, according to the Nablus chamber of commerce. Deputy chairperson of the chamber Omar Hashim told a Ma’an reporter on Saturday that the agreements were the outcome of uninterrupted efforts….

UN slams Israel destruction of Jordan Valley homes
2/2/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The UN humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories criticized Israel’s demolition of 36 homes in the Jordan Valley and urged a halt to such actions in the West Bank. Hundreds of activists, meanwhile, staged an overnight demonstration in the Jordan Valley region. The moves came as fresh opinion poll evidence showed that faith in the Middle East peace process has largely….

Kerry’s billions: US economic plans for occupied Palestine
2/2/2014 – Alaa Tartir is a Palestinian writer and researcher who is working on a PhD at the London School of Economics. He is also the program director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. – Since May 2013, there has been intense debate about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories. The plan — known as the Palestine Economic Initiative (PEI….

Kerry, Iran’s Zarif discuss next round of nuclear talks
2/2/2014 – MUNICH (AFP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry held a rare meeting with his Iranian counterpart Sunday to discuss the next steps in resolving Western fears over Iran’s contested nuclear program. World powers are due to hold another round of talks with Iran on Feb. 18 after reaching an initial accord in November to curb the nuclear activities and open up them up….

Official: Fatah leadership in Gaza submits resignation to Abbas
2/2/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The leading body of the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip submitted its resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas last week, Fatah sources said. An official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma’an Saturday that Gaza’s chief Fatah leader Zakariyya al-Agha submitted the body’s resignation in protest against interference in Gaza affairs by the….

Syria barrel bomb raids ‘kill 85’ after Geneva talks
2/3/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — At least 85 people were killed in 24 hours of Syrian regime air raids on the city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Sunday, after 10 days of inconclusive peace talks. The deaths came as a suicide car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold across the border in Lebanon killed four people on Saturday, in the latest regional spillover of the conflict. The Syrian….

More aid allowed into Damascus camp
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN agency for Palestine refugees on Sunday distributed 715 food parcels in a refugee camp in Damascus, adding to the thousands distributed since gaining access to Yarmouk camp in January. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness reported that large crowds and long lines of people waited for the food, which attested “to the enormous humanitarian need and the desperation of a sizeable….

Thousands of aid parcels distributed in besieged Yarmouk camp
2/2/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Aid distribution in the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus continued for the third day in a row on Saturday, as UNRWA passed out hundreds of food parcels and PLO officials reported thousands more had been given out the day before. Spokesperson for the UN’s Palestine refugee agency UNRWA Chris Gunness told Ma’an on Saturday that….

Yemen Shiite rebels overrun tribal strongholds
2/2/2014 – SANAA (AFP) — Shiite Huthi rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in northern Yemen, witnesses said Sunday, in a major advance following weeks of combat that have left scores dead. The rebels have been pushing out from their stronghold in the mountains of the far north to other areas nearer the capital to expand their hoped-for autonomous unit in a promised federal Yemen. The Huthis….

UN voices concern as Lebanon car bombing kills four
2/2/2014 – BAALBEK, Lebanon (AFP) – The United Nations urged Lebanon’s feuding factions to refrain from getting involved in Syria’s crisis after a suicide car bomb left at least four people dead near the border Saturday. The explosion happened at a petrol station in Hermel, a city whose residents largely support the Shiite movement Hezbollah, Lebanon’s interior minister said. The Al-Nusra Front….

Shadowy militant group poses grave threat to Egypt
2/2/2014 – CAIRO (AFP) — A militant group behind a wave of spectacular attacks is a grave threat to Egypt’s stability as political turmoil triggered by the Islamist president’s ouster rocks the country, analysts say. In less than a fortnight, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has claimed responsibility for several high-profile attacks. These include a car bombing at police headquarters in Cairo, shooting….

Explosion targets police bus in North Sinai, no injuries
2/2/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — A booby-trapped vehicle exploded Sunday morning in a neighborhood of the North Sinai city of Rafah called “Unknown Soldier,” an Egyptian security source said. The sources told a Ma’an reporter that militants allegedly detonated the vehicle from distance while a bus carrying Egyptian officers was traveling near the vehicle. No injuries were reported. The military action comes in the….

Egyptian army raids militant hideouts in North Sinai
2/2/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army on Saturday carried out raids against alleged militants in Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah, and el-Arish in the North Sinai Peninsula, a military spokesman said. Ahmad Muhammad Ali said in a statement that Egyptian forces demolished four smuggling tunnels under the borders with the Gaza Strip in Rafah. He added that 30 barrels of explosives were seized. Ten others were….

Turkey: UN failure in Syria like Bosnia, Rwanda
2/2/2014 – MUNICH, Germany (AFP) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu lashed out Sunday at the world community’s failure to end the bloodshed in Syria, saying that one day a UN chief will apologize for it.”The international system is failing like it failed in Bosnia for three years, like it failed in Rwanda for many years,” Davutoglu told the Munich Security Conference. He….

State media: Mauritanian PM, cabinet resign
2/2/2014 – NOUAKCHOTT (AFP) — Mauritania’s prime minister and his entire cabinet resigned Sunday, state-run news agency AMI reported, without giving a reason for the mass departure.”Prime Minister Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf has submitted his government’s resignation to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,” AMI said. The premier had been in his post since 2009. [END]

Monitor: 36 dead in air strikes on Syria’s Aleppo
2/2/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — At least 36 people were killed Sunday in regime air strikes and aerial attacks with explosive-packed barrels on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime aircraft carried out a series of deadly air strikes for a second day in eastern parts of the city. [END]

Syria talks end with accusations, next round uncertain
2/1/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — Syria’s warring sides have traded barbs over the failure to achieve concrete results at peace talks in Geneva, amid doubts over the regime’s participation in a planned new round in February. No ceasefire was agreed as the talks wound up Friday, talks on a transitional government never began, and a deal to allow aid into besieged rebel-held areas of….

AlJazeera

Funeral for Palestinians after a decade
AlJazeera 2 Feb 2014 – Israel returns about 30 bodies of Palestinian bombers and gunmen after more than a decade.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Conducts Series of Workshops on Democracy Concepts in Cooperation with Youth Groups
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Israeli Forces Wilfully Kill Palestinian Civilian North of Ramallah
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

In Gaza, remembering the sick Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails
2/2/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Resistenza Quotidiana, Sil, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – At this week’s Gaza sit-in in solidarity with political prisoners in Israeli jails, the focus was on the sick prisoners. The Palestinian political prisoners in need of medical care number about 1,000, and the lives of many are in danger because they are often denied necessary medical care.”My son’s name is Ibrahim Al Goshen….

UN presence at Kafr Qaddum demonstration leads to theatrics by Israeli forces
2/2/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 31st January 2014, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team, Kafr Qaddum, Occupied Palestine – In stark contrast to other Fridays, the weekly demonstration of Kafr Qaddum, in Qalqilya district, on 31st January, 2014, was met with a cynical display of theatrics, in which Israeli forces attempted to portray themselves as peacemakers. The presence at the demonstration of a representative from the United Nations Office of the High….

Palestinians launch ‘Melh Al-Ard’ campaign by reviving Ein Hijleh Village in the Jordan Valley
2/1/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, Jordan Valley, Occupied Palestine – Hundreds of Palestinians announced today the launching of “Melh Al-Ard” (Salt of the Earth) campaign by reviving the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley on land belonging to the Orthodox Church and St. Gerassimos monastery. The campaign is launched in refusal of Israeli policies aimed at Judaizing and annexing the Jordan Valley. Campaign organizers and….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Starving for Access in Syria s Yarmouk Camp
Relief Web 1 Feb 2014 – Source: Inter Press Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic By Jonathan Rozen UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 2014 (IPS) – The refugee camp of Yarmouk represents one of the most severe examples of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, with…

The National

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in Manhattan apartment
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Academy Award winning actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead at home on Sunday afternoon, according to a law enforecement official.

Iran pledges good faith in resolving nuclear issue
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Iranian foreign minister holds out hope of agreement in upcoming nuclear negotiations after meeting western leaders at Munich security conference.

85 killed in Aleppo barrel bomb attacks
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Air raids over Aleppo killed dozens as forces loyal to Bashar Al Assad continued an offensive on the city.

Netanyahu rejects Kerry s warning of global boycott over settlements
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Israeli politicians react with anger to US secretary of state’s warning about possible consequences if peace talks fail.

Iranian opposition leader transferred to house arrest
The National 2 Feb 2014 – After three-years in a state-supervised apartment, Mehdi Karrubi, was allowed to move home because of deteriorating health.

Afghan election campaign kicks off
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Campaigning for Afghanistan’s April 5 presidential election kicked off on Sunday, with 11 candidates veying for power but no clear front runner.

Shadowy militant group poses grave threat to Egypt
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Analysts warn that militant group Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has the potential to destabalise Egypt ahead of crucial elections.

UN condemns terrorist attack in Lebanon that kills four
The National 2 Feb 2014 – The car bombing is the seventh attack to target Hizbollah in Lebanon since the middle of last year, when the group sent men to Syria to fight alongside President Bashar Al Assad s troops against mainly Sunni rebel groups.

Yemen rebels overrun tribal strongholds
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Rebels in northern Yemen have overrun tribal strongholds after weeks of fighting.

Defiant Thais vote as protesters block hundreds of polling stations
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Protesters form blockades to prevent voters from entering polling stations, block the delivery of ballots and other election materials, preventing voting stations from opening.

In pictures: Thais confront protests to vote in general election
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Although balloting was largely peaceful, protesters forced thousands of polling booths to close in Bangkok and the south, disenfranchising millions of registered voters.

After months drifting across the Pacific, castaway Ivan begins long journey home to Mexico
The National 2 Feb 2014 – A Mexican castaway who says he drifted for months across the Pacific Ocean before washing up on a remote Marshall Islands atoll was on his way to the capital Sunday, hoping to begin his long journey home.

Sinai car bomb wounds three
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Three civilians were wounded in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Sunday in a car bombing that targeted a bus carrying soldiers.

Mount Sinabung eruption: Death toll climbs to 16
The National 2 Feb 2014 – The death toll from an Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months rose to 16 Sunday after rescuers found another charred corpse and a critically injured college student died in hospital.

In pictures: Search on for survivors of Indonesia volcano eruption
The National 2 Feb 2014 – Indonesian rescuers search through thick ash Sunday hoping to find survivors after Mount Sinabung volcano erupted engulfing victims in scorching clouds, killing 16 people including four high-school students.

Agreement to safeguard Filipino workers rights to be signed soon
The National 1 Feb 2014 – An agreement that safeguards the rights of both Filipino workers and their employers in the UAE will be signed soon, a top Filipino labour official said. It will cover all workers, except domestic workers.

Damascus residents reflect on Geneva 2 peace talks
The National 1 Feb 2014 – With little progress made during peace talks in Switzerland between the Syrian regime and opposition, Damascus residents see no end in sight for the conflict.

Hope for Indian couples in the UAE who wish to adopt
The National 1 Feb 2014 – Indian authorities have agreed to accept applications from non-resident couples who wish to adopt, lifting a ban put in place in October 2012.

Indian residents in the UAE want faster adoption process
The National 1 Feb 2014 – Indian UAE residents who are hoping to adopt from their home country are urging the authorities to speed up the process.

Ha’aretz

Organizational ladder toppling among Diaspora Jewish groups as trend of outside hires mounts
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Leave Daphni Leef alone
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Poll: 1 in 5 of Israelis say immigrants have a ‘negative effect on local culture
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Poll: 1 in 5 of Israelis say immigrants have a ‘negative effect on local culture
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

What s wrong with BDS, after all?
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Jerusalem court throws out Im Tirtzu s claim against left-wing activists
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Don t attack Netanyahu
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Symmetry and asymmetry
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Battle between home front and defense ministries comes to a head
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Why we must raise the alarm about settler violence
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Dankner appeals to Supreme Court over loss of IDB business empire
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Israel offers Turkey $20m in compensation over Gaza flotilla raid
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Assailant caught on tape beating African refugee at Tel Aviv port
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Israeli preschool assistant teacher suspected of telling kids to beat classmate
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Jewish-American artist Bernard Perlin dies at 95
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Israel returns Palestinian bombers’ bodies, decade after attacks
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Hungary to unveil statue portraying itself as victim of Nazis
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Kerry and Netanyahu discuss peace talks, despite row over boycotts jibe
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Israeli court raps lawyers for passing on cash envelopes from killer client
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Two West Bank settlers charged with incitement over racist website
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in N.Y. home
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

SodaStream: Israel isn t providing promised aid for plant inside Green Line
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Chagall painting deemed a fake may be burned in France
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day prediction: Winter won’t be over so soon
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Ya’alon in Munich: Israel will ‘manage’ even if no deal reached with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Egypt to try eight for alleged Mossad spy operations
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

SodaStream boss accuses Oxfam of ‘hypocrisy and funding BDS movement
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Why ‘Cool Pope Francis’ but no rabbi makes the cover of Rolling Stone
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Gas technician suspected of negligence in Jerusalem blast forced to take leave
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Report: Hamas pulls out border forces preventing rocket attacks
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Africa s Belfast, where Christians and Muslims are rigorously segregated
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Kerry to Iran’s Zarif: U.S. will not remove existing sanctions
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Toddler dies of meningitis in central Israeli city of Bnei Brak
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Education Minister backs embattled ‘leftist’ teacher in open letter
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

U.S. responds to Israeli criticism: Don’t misrepresent Kerry’s remarks
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Roger Waters takes Neil Young and Scarlett Johansson to task on Facebook
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Bedouin fight for their right to make home improvements
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Put Israel s nuclear program on a diet
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Who s afraid of a binational state?
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Al-Qaida offshoot claims responsibility for missile attack on southern Israel
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Panel: Israeli judges can’t ‘friend attorneys on Facebook, LinkedIn
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Cronyism unleashed in Israel’s culture ministry
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Kerry pressing for framework before next prisoner release
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Greek Golden Dawn chooses backup name in case of ban
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Ukraine should be free to align with Europe, Kerry says
Ha’aretz – 1 Feb 2014

Jerusalem Post

Knesset forum debates restraining orders against settler activists
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Right-wing MKs confront security officials over cases such as that of Boaz Albert, barred from West Bank although he lives there.

Report: Hamas calls back Gaza rocket prevention force
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Security source says that the field forces posted near the border with Israel were withdrawn to protest the latest escalation of Israeli attacks on Gaza; IDF reported upswing in Gaza rockets during month of January.

Boycott fears
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – US Secretary of State John Kerry warned yet again over the weekend that Israel would suffer if its leaders failed to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

How the EU can help Ukraine
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – The central challenge in post-Soviet politics today is the unity of the Ukrainian state. To preserve peace in Eastern Europe, the West s main attention should be towards Moscow, not Kiev.

Israeli banking the money s on change
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Israeli banking in 1981 was done without Internet, PCs, cell phones, faxes or multifunction ATMs.

Abruptly, police may finally be backing off the case of social activist Daphni Leef
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Recent events may show the police is reconsidering the public relations damage that the Leef case can cause to it.

Police could be backing away from case against protest leader Leef
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – The police may finally be backing off their case against social justice movement leader Daphni Leef, according to several indications on Sunday.

Think about it: Arik and Shula
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Both Ariel Sharon and Shulamit Aloni passed away in January 2014. Each had three sons (Sharon s eldest was killed in a tragic accident) who were endlessly devoted to them.

Reality check: The privacy of a politician s family
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Unlike any other children of an Israeli prime minister either before or since do you know the names of Ehud Barak s daughters or Ehud Olmert s offspring? the two Netanyahu boys have constantly been placed in the spotlight by their parents.

Lawyers for mobster Shalom Domrani investigated for alleged threat against prosecutor
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – One of the lawyers to “Post”: “You think I’m going to do something as stupid as threaten a prosecutor in front of a judge?”

Fatah wants Kerry prosecuted before ICC for ‘threatening’ Abbas
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Palestinian media reports Kerry told PA president that he would meet the same fate as former president Arafat if he did not accept US peace proposals.

Rabbi Moti Elon not appealing conviction of sexual assault on minor
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Elon was formerly one of the most popular and influential leaders of the national-religious movement.

Elon will not appeal sex conviction
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Elon was formerly one of the most popular and influential leaders of the national-religious movement.

Livni, most ministers want transparent voting, but PMO legal opinion slows march
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Justice Minister has been pressing for greater transparency on a range of issues relating to the government.

PMO blocking way for transparency in voting by ministerial legislation panel
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Justice Minister has been pressing for greater transparency on a range of issues relating to the government.

NGO to State Attorney: Indict Rabbi Pinto or we will file petition to compel process
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – The Movement for the Quality of Government, on rabbi’s bribery charges says he should face justice for his actions “like any other man.”

Slain in love triangle, Buhbut laid to rest 15 years after father killed in mob hit
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – 15 years after his father was killed in an infamous mob hit, Yossi Buhbut met same fate following reported romantic dispute.

Major health fund, Meuhedet, signs historic collective agreement with workers, Histadrut
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Agreement gives 4,500 employees of Israel’s third largest fund higher pay, improved benefits.

New regulations imposed on rabbis by Ministry of Religious Services receives criticism
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Rabbi in defense of new rabbinic regulations: Some rabbis want to continue parasitic behavior.

US and Iran meet privately, in public agreement on stakes of nuclear talks
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Senator McCain and Secretary Clinton offer different perspectives on new sanctions legislation; Zarif says it would be a ‘disaster’ if talks fail.

Flu complications fill hospitals as public remain apathetic to getting free shots
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Hundreds of patients with weak immune systems die each winter from complications of the flu.

Jewish philanthropist Anne Heyman dies in horse-riding accident
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Heyman established Rwandan youth village for children orphaned in genocide, modeling it on Israeli youth village Yemin Orde.

Syrian forces kill 83 in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo, UK-based monitoring group says
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – West says oil drums packed with explosives, metal fragments indiscriminately target civilians; have killed 700 in past 6 weeks.

Italian police identify man suspected of sending pig heads to synagogue
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Police say that the 29-year-old suspect wished to found an anti-Semitic movement.

Palestine Collective amnesia spells collective disaster
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – If Obama and the Annapolis participants have forgotten that creating a democratic Palestinian state is fundamental to the conflict being ended they only have themselves to blame for the chaos that will surely follow.

The ‘shiksa’ scandal that wasn’t
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 –

Piron says education exposes students to ‘a range of opinions,’ warns teachers to tread carefully
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – Education minister says teacher who made controversial comments about IDF should not be fired.

Gas technician accused of negligence in Jerusalem home explosion, receives 60-day work suspension
Jerusalem Post 2 Feb 2014 – The Supergas technician has been suspended from working on gas infrastructure; police find questionable work record.

The Guardian

US warns Israel over apparent distortion of John Kerry statements
The Guardian 2 Feb 2014 – State department says it expects all parties in Middle East peace talks to portray accurately secretary of state’s comments The US hit back at Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday after the Israeli prime minister warned that calls…

Netanyahu dismisses Kerry warning about price of failure in peace talks
The Guardian 2 Feb 2014 – Secretary of state had warned of delegitimisation campaign but prime minister says boycott of Israel is immoral, unjust and will fail

Will the Israeli peace process talks prove to be a turning point or a crisis? | Peter Beaumont
The Guardian 2 Feb 2014 – Binyamin Netanyahu’s negotiations with John Kerry take place against a background of divided public and political opinion Speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos last month, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, spoke of…

John Kerry hopeful of framework Israeli-Palestinian accord in weeks
The Guardian 1 Feb 2014 – US secretary of state says ‘I don’t think we’re being quixotic’ in efforts to agree outline of final status deal

Uruknet

That Surreal Moment When Snowden s Accomplices at The Guardian Destroyed Hard Drives
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 — The act of demolition was not going to stop The Guardian from reporting on any more of the files from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, but it did not matter to Downing Street. Cabinet…

Forget Metadata … The NSA Is Spying On EVERYTHING
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – Don t Get Too Distracted By The Details … The Government Is Spying On ALL Of Your Digital Communications. The NSA s spying on everyone s metadata can tell them just about everything about us … and it…

Iraq: 935 Lies, a Tyrant and Weapons of Mass Destruction
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – … Further, according to a 2008 study George W. Bush “and seven top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, made 935 false statements about…

Hard-line Iran website publishes names of fighters killed in Syria
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – Hard-line Iranian University Students News (IUSN) published the names of 15 Iranians killed who had volunteered to go to Syria. While Iranian officials and commanders have admitted to having sent “advisers” into Syria to assist the…

Indyk says 80 per cent of Israeli settlers will remain in their homes
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -The US State Department s lead envoy to the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, Martin Indyk, has revealed that the proposed US framework agreement will allow 70-80 per cent of the Israeli settlers to remain in their homes under Israeli…

Syria Protests January 31, 2014 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 –

Analyst: Fatah seeks closer ties with Iran
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -Political analyst Dr Adnan Abu Amer believes that the recent rapprochement between Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran comes as a result to Fatah s desire to reinforce its regional alliances in order to help the…

The demise of the two-state solution
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – Even if the Palestinians agree to implement all of Israel s preconditions for the peace talks, the Israeli government will surely invent new and even more ridiculous terms to delay yet further the establishment of a…

Women/Pioneers: Challenging the Myth of Zionist Egalitarianism
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -A hundred years ago, women emigrated from Europe to Palestine to establish the kibbutz of Ein Harod. Their diaries and letters are filled with questions, concerns, and a dream to create a new, independent woman. One writer…

Oday Tayem, Son of the Two Intifadas
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 — On 29 August 2013, Syrian security forces arrested Palestinian-Syrian activist Oday Tayem after raiding his house in Jaramana, a regime-controlled suburb southeast of Damascus. In the five months following his incommunicado detention, attempts by Oday s…

Leaked official document records 330 drone strikes in Pakistan
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -The Bureau is today publishing a leaked official document that records details of over 300 drone strikes, including their locations and an assessment of how many people died in each incident. The document is the fullest official…

Leaked Pakistani document contradicts US accounts of drone strikes
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – A secret Pakistani government document contradicts several of the US s rare public statements on the CIA s drone strikes in Pakistan.The document outlines over 300 drone strikes dating between 2006 and September 2013. It is…

Obama administration officials escalate attack on Snowden and “accomplices”
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -In congressional hearings Wednesday, senior US government officials continued their defense of unconstitutional data collection programs and escalated the attack on former National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified…

NYU silent after Israel bans Palestinian student from “coexistence” program
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – Janaury 31, 2014 -New York University (NYU) has refused to comment on reports that a Palestinian student in Gaza has been prevented by Israel from traveling to join one of its “coexistence” programs. Its silence contrasts with university leaders loud…

In Memoriam: Colonel Meow
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – The internet s most inspiring, lovable cats passed away yesterday. RIP, Colonel Meow. Like many of the greats, Colonel Meow was born into rough circumstances. He was found abandoned on the side of the road but…

Crackdown on international human rights activists in Palestine: arrests, deportations, and abuse
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – With the arrest of two international human rights activists at Salem Military Court, in Jenin district, on Wednesday 29th January 2014, the total number of arrests of activists in the past month has risen to five,…

Formalizing the status quo The Geneva II conference was never meant to transition Assad out of power
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 -The idea of a partnership with Assad is a recurring fantasy that has deep roots in the American foreign policy establishment, well predating the Syrian uprising. Indeed, engaging Assad and involving him in a process, no matter…

Kerry s billions: US economic plans for Palestine place investment over freedom
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014- Since May 2013, there has been intense debate about US Secretary of State John Kerry s economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories. The plan – known as the Palestine Economic Initiative (PEI) – aims to develop…

Zionism is a “false theology,” says new Presbyterian study guide
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – In five months, the Presbyterian Church (USA) will consider divestment from three US companies with Israeli military contracts, at its general assembly in Detroit. A new study guide published by the church and compiled by its…

Abolishing War, Resurrecting Fallujah
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – Iraq vet Ross Caputi s film opens with a fleeting synopsis of the American heartbreak — and the bandage we tape across it.His documentary, Fear Not the Path of Truth, is about the U.S. devastation of…

Poland and Lithuania Haunted by Their Involvement in Hosting CIA Torture Prisons
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 – In the long search for accountability for the torturers of the Bush administration, which has largely been shut down by President Obama, lawyers and human rights activists have either had to try shaming the US through…

Israeli airstrikes injure 7 Palestinians in Gaza
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014 — Seven Palestinians were injured early Friday when Israeli warplanes launched a series of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, a Ma an reporter said.Israeli aircraft attacked a site in northwest Gaza, lightly wounding a child and damaging…

America s Criminal Afghanistan Legacy
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014 – Over 12 years of war left millions dead. Violence, displacement, deprivation, starvation and diseases killed them. Many others suffer horrifically. Media scoundrels ignore high crimes of war, against humanity and genocide. America turned Afghanistan into a…

Syria News – January 30, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014 -By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 88 martyrs including 13 children, 8 women and 5 martyrs under torture: 38 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 25 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 8…

Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Custody Face Physical Violence
Uruknet 1 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014 — -Three in four Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank last year endured physical violence during arrest and interrogation, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research. Data compiled by DCI-Palestine…

Military Resistance 12A22 Love Gone Wrong[
Uruknet 1 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014 – Just days after the Obama Administration urged schools to back off harsh school discipline, a federal civil rights complaint filed in North Carolina this week alleges that school police have “violently tackled” st udents, pepper-sprayed teens…

Checkpoint hardship for sick Gazans seeking care in Israel
Uruknet 1 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014 -Fadi al-Katshan, from the Gaza Strip, underwent a critical vascular surgery at the Israeli Tel Hashomer Hospital in May 2013. A ventricular assist device (VAD) was installed in his heart, and he was supposed to return later…

The Torture That Flourishes From Gitmo to an American Supermax
Uruknet 1 Feb 2014 – January 30, 2014- I just returned from Guant·namo, where I met with my client Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a Yemeni citizen who began his thirteenth year of detention without charge there this month. He has been deprived of a third of his…

Daily Star

Three explosions rock Yemeni capital Sanaa
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 Three large explosions were heard in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday, close to the defence ministry, the central bank and the former president’s home, locals told Reuters.

16 Syria rebels killed in jihadist bomb attack: NGO
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 At least 16 Syrian rebels were killed on Sunday in a double bomb attack carried out by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an NGO said.

World Food Program can’t meet demand in Syria
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 A United Nations official says aid agencies have been overwhelmed by demand for food in Syria, with thousands surviving without a regular supply of nourishment for more than a year because of civil war in the…

Bodies of migrants wash up on Moroccan shores
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 The bodies of five presumed migrants thought to have been trying to reach Spain were found on Sunday on northern Morocco’s shoreline, local authorities said.

France sees Iran opportunity if sanctions are lifted: Moscovici
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 France will have “significant commercial opportunities” in Iran if sanctions are lifted, but Tehran first has to prove its good faith in abiding by nuclear undertakings, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Sunday.

Palestinian bombers’ bodies returned after decade
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 When 18-year-old Ayat al-Akhras blew herself up outside a busy Jerusalem supermarket in 2002, killing two Israelis, her grieving parents were unable to bury her and say their final goodbyes because Israel refused to send her…

Grenade attack on cinema kills 4 in NW Pakistan: officials
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 At least four people were killed and 31 wounded late Sunday when unidentified attackers hurled two grenades at a cinema in northwest Pakistan, police and medics said.

New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists
Daily Star 2 Feb 2014 Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.

YNet News

Woody Allen: Farrow claims ‘untrue,’ ‘disgraceful’
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France sees Iran opportunity if sanctions are lifted
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Munich conference: All talk, no action
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Analysis: Half empty auditorium at annual security conference indicates Syria crisis is not about to be solved soon, as no one really has the energy to deal with it anymore ….

EU, US working on Ukraine aid plan
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Injured activist leaves Kiev for treatment in Lithuania
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Asylum seekers to hold mass protest in south Tel Aviv
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Haredim launch ‘Shabbat war’ on Jerusalem caf?
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Dozens of ultra-Orthodox protestors gather Saturday outside business in city center which has begun opening its doors on Jewish day of rest, vow to return every Shabbat ….

Carrot and stick: The real threat to Israel
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Analysis: If peace talks fail, EU is threatening to impose sanctions on Israel similar to those used against South Africa during apartheid regime ….

UN voices concern as Lebanon car bombing kills 4
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate claims attack on Twitter, saying it was suicide bombing in response to Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria ….

All’s fair in boycott of Israel
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: Oxfam’s war on Israel defeats war on poverty, even at Palestinian laborers’ expense. Still, Israel cannot bury its head in the sand ….

‘Terumah’: Put your money where your mouth is
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Even if the children of Israel escaping from Egypt really were owners of valuable items, the journey into the unknown makes the Divine request for an offering especially difficult. Who can dare to freely offer one’s property at a time when one’s future is clouded in the fog of uncertainty? ….

Egyptians fight terrorism, Eilat pays the price
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Egyptian army increases fighting efforts against al-Qaeda-inspired organization called Champions of Jerusalem that claimed responsibility for rocket fire at Eilat ….

‘Compensating Jews who fled Arab nations is historic justice’
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – ‘We should get what we deserve’, says Minister Silvan Shalom on matter of paying compensation to Jews from Arab countries who were forced to leave behind homes, land, businesses in 1948, echoing claims made by other Sephardic Jews attempting to find balance between past grievances and future prospects ….

Foreign Ministry: We can’t fight against European boycotts
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Diplomacy has limited tools to combat boycotts initiated by commercial companies, says Foreign Ministry official: ‘As long as Israel continues to build (in settlements), Europe will continue to ban’ ….

Molotov cocktails thrown towards home in Jerusalem
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Three Molotov cocktails thrown at private home in Jewish neighborhood, set furniture in balcony on fire, no injuries reported. Police suspect nationalistic motive behind event ….

Lapid halts money transfers to settlements
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Following information suggesting funds intended for West Bank settlements were illegally transferred to Yesha Council for anti-government campaigns, finance minister orders funds freeze pending examination ….

Israel and the American Dream
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: Jewish state cannot continue to be preserved unless its citizens are guided by a very different ethos than that of US ….

Indonesian militants fighting in Syria
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Oceanic nation worries that citizens’ experience in Syrian civil war could have negative fallout when Indonesian Muslims return home from their jihad ….

The return to God during the Holocaust
YNet News, 1 Feb 2014 – Hundreds of documents collected by Shem Olam Institute point to fascinating phenomenon in the shadow of horror: Assimilated Jews, some of whom had converted to Christianity, decided to go back to Judaism and die as religious Jews ….

Palestinian Information Center

Kerry’s plan: A liquidation of the Palestinian cause
PIC – It is manifestly clear by now that the so-called “framework agreement” proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would liquidate and decapitate rather than resolve the enduring Palestinian cause.

Israeli minister threatens to invade Gaza and destroy Hamas
PIC – An Israeli minister has threatened to invade the Gaza Strip if Palestinian rockets continues to land in Israeli areas.

Activists construct protest village in Jordan Valley
PIC – Palestinian and foreign activists on Saturday started constructing a new protest village called “al-Awda”, 300 meters away from the Bisan military checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley.

Abu Marzouk calls for organizing massive protests against Kerry’s plan
PIC – Member of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk on Saturday called on the Palestinians to revolt against the framework plan proposed by US secretary of state John Kerry.

National forum in Jordan in rejection of Kerry’s plan
PIC – Jordanian dignitaries and citizens participated on Saturday in the inauguration of the popular meeting for the protection of Jordan and Palestine against Kerry’s peace plan in Amman.

Israel to raze dozens of Palestinian homes in Arab Al-Jahalin area
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) distributed recently 24 demolition orders against European-funded homes belonging to Palestinian families from Al-Jahalin Arabs to the east of the holy city.

IOF raid Nablus, clash with young men in Hawara and Beta towns
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed last night and at dawn Sunday many neighborhoods and areas of Nablus city, and clashed with young men in Hawara and Beta town to the south of the city.

Report: The IOF detained more than 400 Palestinians last month
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner center for studies said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained more than 400 Palestinians last January in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Minister Radwan slams Israel’s bombing of mosque in recent air raid
PIC – Palestinian minister of religious affairs Ismail Radwan strongly denounced the Israeli bombing of Rafah area in Gaza a few days ago, which caused considerable damage to Al-Ferdaws Mosque.

Two Palestinian youths seriously wounded after brutal attack by Israeli soldiers
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) last Thursday unjustifiably caused serious bullet injuries to two young men and let their police dogs maul them before they brutally beat them.

WAFA

Abbas Discusses Refugees Conditions with UNRWA Commissioner General
WAFA – 2 Feb 2014

PEX Report: Index Exceeds 600-Point Mark
WAFA – 2 Feb 2014

Settlers Uproot around 1625 Olive Saplings near Ramallah
WAFA – 2 Feb 2014

Hamdallah Praises Japan s Economic Support to Palestine
WAFA – 2 Feb 2014

Newspapers Review: Anti-Settlement Activities in Jordan Valley Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 2 Feb 2014

Settlers Attack Farmers near Hebron
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Activists who Revived Jordan Valley Village Fear Army Action Soon
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Food Aid Continues to Enter Yarmouk Camp, says Official
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Israeli Tear Gas Interrupts Football Game
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Newspapers Review: Activists Defying Occupation Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Abbas Convenes Security Meeting
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest Minors in Hebron, Activist in Bethlehem
WAFA – 1 Feb 2014

Misc

Backing Obama, Hillary Clinton opposes new Iran sanctions
LA Times 2 Feb 2014 – WASHINGTON Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing President Obama s opposition to new economic sanctions against Iran.

Iran eases terms of detention for opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi
LA Times 2 Feb 2014 – TEHRAN — Iranian authorities have eased the terms of confinement of Mehdi Karroubi, a leader of the opposition Green Movement that was crushed after disputed presidential elections in 2009, his son said Sunday.

Egyptian court acquits Al Jazeera journalist, 61 others
LA Times 2 Feb 2014 – CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted an Al Jazeera journalist and 61 other people who had been charged with a variety of offenses after being arrested in July during clashes with security forces.

Car bomb in Lebanon kills at least 3 near the border with Syria
LA Times 1 Feb 2014 – BEIRUT A car bomb killed at least three people and injured about two dozen Saturday in a Lebanese town close to the Syrian border, the latest deadly attack in Lebanon apparently linked to the war raging in the neighboring country.

Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi back on trial for protester deaths in 2012
LA Times 1 Feb 2014 – CAIRO — Deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was back in court again Saturday, on trial for inciting murder.

Hillary Clinton Argues Against Additional Sanctions on Iran
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging Congress to resist imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, saying that “this is the time” to give diplomacy a chance to work.

Three Explosions Rock Yemeni Capital Sanaa
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Three large explosions were heard in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Sunday, close to the defense ministry, the central bank and the former president’s home, locals told Reuters.

Airline Sets Deadline On Talks With Alitalia
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi says its discussions with Alitalia over a possible investment in the troubled Italian airline have entered the final phase.

France Sees Iran Opportunity if Sanctions Are Lifted: Moscovici
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – France will have “significant commercial opportunities” in Iran if sanctions are lifted, but Tehran first has to prove its good faith in abiding by nuclear undertakings, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Sunday.

Iraqi Army Bombards Falluja in Preparation for Ground Assault
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – The Iraqi army intensified its shelling of Falluja on Sunday in preparation for a ground assault to regain control of the city, which has been under the control of militants for a month.

Red Cross Suspends Work in Sudan
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – A Red Cross official in Sudan says that the organization has suspended its work there after the Sudanese government said that the organization was not complying with national laws.

Palestinian Bombers’ Bodies Returned After Decade
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – When 18-year-old Ayat al-Akhras blew herself up outside a busy Jerusalem supermarket in 2002, killing two Israelis, her grieving parents were unable to bury her and say their final goodbyes because Israel refused to send her remains home.

Report: Moderate Earthquake Hits Southern Iran
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Iranian state TV says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake Sunday has jolted a sparsely populated area in the country’s south.

Yemen Officials Say German Kidnapped in Capital
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Armed Yemeni tribesmen have kidnapped a German citizen in the capital Sanaa, foreign ministry officials said Sunday.

Netanyahu Criticizes Kerry Over Boycott Remarks
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for warning that Israel could face more foreign boycotts if the peace process fails.

UAE Summons Qatari Ambassador Over Muslim Cleric’s Comments
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – The United Arab Emirates summoned the Qatari ambassador over what it said were insults against the UAE made by a prominent cleric in a broadcast from Doha, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

Al-Jazeera Cameraman Acquitted in Egypt
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – A Cairo court says it has acquitted a cameraman for the Qatar-based network Al-Jazeera, after he was held for months on charges of committing acts of violence.

UAE Summons Qatar Envoy to Protest Islamist Cleric
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – The United Arab Emirates has summoned Qatar’s ambassador to formally protest the comments of an outspoken pro-Muslim Brotherhood cleric.

Jailbreak in Libya, 54 Detainees Escape
New York Times 2 Feb 2014 – A Libyan security official says that over 54 detainees have escaped from a prison in the capital Tripoli due to a security failure.

Scarlett Johansson s new image (grossout alert)
Mondoweiss – Adam retweeted this arresting poster from the Israel Project, a rightwing Israel lobby group that has now started a campaign to thank Johansson for standing up to the anti-Israel bullies by quitting her work for a global antihunger organization. I don t think it works. (But then,…

Vast sums flowed from Zim to the Ofers
Globes Main News – The shipping industry crisis passed over the Ofer family’s shipping companies.

How many New Yorkers know they just elected a new mayor of Israel?
Mondoweiss – We Will Not Be Silent campaign We ve been charting the angry response to Mayor Bill de Blasio s private meeting with AIPAC, at which he promised to stand up for the rightwing Israel lobby group wherever and whenever. The other day a wide array of NY Jews (…

Video: Make Seltzer, Not Settlements Boycott SodaStream
Mondoweiss – Over the past few years we have suggested some home carbonation alternatives to SodaStream that aren t produced in illegal Israeli settlements (yes, there are some). Mondoweiss reader Bill Haywood has done one better and produced the video above with his family showing a truly DIY method…

Lapid halts settlements cash
Globes Macro Economics – Settlement freeze compensation allegedly reached the Judea and Samaria Council.

SodaStream and gov’t at loggerheads over grants
Globes Main News – Government says SodaStream contravened investment laws. SodaStream accuses government of bureaucratic inertia.

As Zim sinks, Ofer family’s UK shipping cos prosper
Globes Main News – The Ofer family’s British shipping companies made annual profits of $100-150 million over the past decade.

Sun: Delek keeps TASE in positive territory
Globes Main News – The Leviathan partners rose strongly on reports that a deal with Woodside is close.

The Process
Mondoweiss – Kerry, Livni, Indyk et al, State Dep t photo Now again, the Process. It s hard not to be nauseated in the most visceral sense by its every representation and permutation. Its endless recapitulation by people who don t know better or by cowardly or two-dimensional people…

Cabinet approves NIS 114m for cyber cos
Globes Main News – The cabinet approved funds to support cyber companies in Jerusalem and Beersheva.

Netanyahu and ministers lash out at insufferable Kerry for mentioning boycotts
Mondoweiss – Kerry mentions boycott of Israel in Munich Scarlett Johansson sure gets attention! Why else would John Kerry say one line about boycotts contributing to Israel s de-legitimization yesterday, but for the attention that her support for settlements has gotten. And now Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is disturbed…

Banks to adopt US GAAP standards by Jan 2015
Globes Main News – Bank of Israel has instructed banks to adopt the standards regarding employee benefits.

Do SodaStream s workers have the right to vote? Roger Waters asks Scarlett Johansson
Mondoweiss – Roger Waters Tonight Scarlett Johansson will roll out her support for an Israeli settlement project with a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream (which even the Financial Times says is stilted and off). Meantime, Neil Young is going to play Israel, a ter a 15 year absence….

Dankner appeals to Supreme Court on IDB
Globes Main News – Nochi Dankner also wants a new Tel Aviv District Court hearing on the sources of Moti Ben-Moshe’s money.

Netanyahu: Israel boycott unjustifiable
Globes Main News – “No pressure will cause me to concede Israel’s vital interests,” Prime Minister says.

Salaries needed to buy home up 52% since 2008
Globes Main News – The Bank of Israel reports that the number of average salaries needed to buy an average home has risen to 147.

New York Assembly pressured to reject bill targeting Israel boycotters
Mondoweiss – New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and members of the Higher Education Committee at a press conference. (Photo: Clara A. Smith/Legislative Gazette) Palestinian rights and civil liberties groups are mobilizing fast to halt an anti-boycott bill coming up for a vote in the New York State…

The real SodaStream commercial they don t want you to see
Mondoweiss – (Image: Katie Miranda)

Teva seen as Valeant target
Globes Main News – “Bloomberg”: Valeant Pharmaceuticals aims for a $150 billion market cap by 2016.

FT blast on settlements will strike fear at Hasbara Central (if not among liberal Zionists and glitzy blondes )
Mondoweiss – Lost in Translation (graphic: Stephanie Westbrook) An editorial in this weekend s Financial Times, t he salmon-colored tribune of London s City, the financial district, is certainly striking terror into Hasbara Central in Israel if not at the State Department in Washington. In forceful language that looks like…

AP asks State: Why shouldn t folks boycott Israel when your own settlements policy is ineffective?
Mondoweiss – It s remarkable how many reporters are now impatient with the U.S. obeisance to Israel. From yesterday s State Department briefing ( In the video, go to minute 41), questions about Obama s State of the Union nod to Israel as a Jewish state to annoyance at the fact that…

As BDS Rises, Anti-BDS Rhetoric Falters
Tikun Olam – In the fallout from the Scarlett Johansson imbroglio, there are lessons to be learned. First, that money trumps principles almost always. Johansson proved that. I m not foolish enough to believe that a brilliant actress is a great humanitarian or lives her life by consistent values, but…

News roundup 2014.01.31
Sabbah report 2 Feb 2014 – News roundup from around the world related to Palestine and daily Israeli war crimes in the occupied territories. Read More: News roundup 2014.01.31 . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Ein Hijleh LIVE
Sabbah report 2 Feb 2014 – LIVE news updates from Ein Hijleh, Occupied Palestine. Read More: Ein Hijleh LIVE . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Israel ‘Will Manage’ Without Peace Deal Says Defense Minister
The Foward Breaking News 2 Feb 2014 – Israel will manage without a peace deal, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told the Munich Security Conference. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinians Found Melih Al Ard, Al Awda Protest Camps Against Israeli Annexation in Jordan Valley
Palestine Solidarity Project 2 Feb 2014 – UPDATE: Israeli forces attempted to remove activists from Melih Al Ard last night, but were repulsed by the activists, according to Ma an News. On January 31, 2014, a group of over 300 Palestinians and their supporters reclaimed an ancient Canaanite village, Ein Hijleh, and renamed it…

Modern Orthodox Leader Won’t Appeal Sexual Assault Conviction
The Foward Breaking News 2 Feb 2014 – Rabbi Mordechai Motti Elon, an Israeli Modern Orthodox leader, will not appeal his conviction on two charges of sexually assaulting a minor. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt court acquits Morsi supporters
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – A court in Egypt clears dozens of supporters of ex-President Morsi arrested last July, as well as an Al-Jazeera cameraman covering their protest.

Roger Waters Attacks Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young Over Israel Support
The Foward Breaking News 2 Feb 2014 – Roger Waters assailed actress Scarlett Johansson and musician Neil Young on his Facebook page for their support of Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Netanyahu Slams Kerry for Comment on Israeli Boycotts
The Foward Breaking News 2 Feb 2014 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed John Kerry for his warning that Israel would face more international boycotts if the peace process fails. Click here for the rest of the article…

Row over accepting Israel as ‘Jewish’
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – Recognition of ‘Jewish state’ could be deal breaker for Palestinians

Car bomb in Hezbollah stronghold
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – At least three people have been killed in a car bomb in the Lebanese town of Hermel – the second attack in the Hezbollah stronghold in two weeks.

Palestinian Workers Cheer SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson Occupation or No
The Forward New 1 Feb 2014 – SodaStream s Palestinian workers say they are happy whatever critics of Scarlett Johansson may claim. I can bring a million people who want to work here, boasts Ahmed Nasser. Click here for the rest of the article…

VIDEO: Syrian refugees’ impact on Jordan
BBC 1 Feb 2014 – Leana Hosea reports on the impact of Syrian refugees on neighbouring Jordan.

VIDEO: Afghan election campaign begins
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – The campaign for Afghanistan’s presidential election has been formally launched, with rallies for key candidates in the capital, Kabul.

Barrel bombs ‘kill dozens’ in Aleppo
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – Syrian government helicopters have dropped barrel bombs on the northern city of Aleppo, killing about 90 people, activists say.

Israeli forces unleash attack dogs on Palestinian teens
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – Two Palestinians teenagers were attacked by Israeli forces, who released attack dogs on them, earlier this week, Ma an news agency reported on Saturday. According to a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority s ministry of prisoners affairs, Israeli soldiers shot 17-year-old Adam Abdarrouf Jamous and 19-year-old Jawhar Nasser…

The Syria disconnect in US terrorism policy
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – The US national intelligence director, James Clapper, foresees a rise in “political uncertainty and violence” in the Middle East in 2014.

Kerry discusses nuclear deal with Iranian FM in rare meeting
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – Photo dated November 18, 2013 shows US Secretary of State John Kerry listening to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the State Department in Washington. (Photo: AFP – Nicholas Kamm) US Secretary of State John Kerry held a rare meeting with his Iranian counterpart Sunday to…

Car bomb injures three in Egypt’s Sinai
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – A car bomb targeting a bus carrying Egyptian soldiers wounded three civilians in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, security officials said. An explosives-laden car was detonated by remote control near government buildings in the town of Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip,…

Israel halts financing of illegal West Bank settlements over misuse of funds
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – Palestinians and Israeli activists hold a banner reading “No peace with settlements” as they take part in a protest denouncing the repeated refusals of the Israeli Prime Minister to dismantle Jewish settlements, on January 31, 2014, near Jericho in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: AFP -…

Suicide attack targets Shiite town in Lebanon
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – On Feb. 1, a suicide attack targeted the Shiite-majority town of Hermel in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, the fifth suicide attack against Shiite areas in less than three months.

Saudi Arabia carries out fourth beheading of 2014
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – Saudi authorities beheaded a citizen in the northeastern city of Arar on Sunday after he was convicted of murder, the interior ministry said. Habib al-Shammari was accused of killing fellow tribesman Mishaal al-Shammari following a dispute, the ministry said in a statement published by the official…

Huthi rebels take over tribal strongholds in northern Yemen
Al-Akhbar News 2 Feb 2014 – Huthi rebels have overrun strongholds of powerful tribes in northern Yemen, witnesses said Sunday, in a major advance following weeks of combat that have left scores dead. The rebels have been pushing out from their stronghold in the mountains of the far north to other areas…

Iraqi law recognizes Kurdish, other languages
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – On Jan. 7, the Iraqi parliament passed a law that allows for greater use of “official local languages,” to the satisfaction of Kurds and other minority groups who speak languages other than Arabic.

Turkey and Iran seek workaround on Syria
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – Ankara and Tehran are attempting to normalize a relationship put off track by Syria.

Sochi Olympics give boost to Circassian identity in Turkey
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – Turkish Circassian activists are opposing the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia because of Russia’s historical maltreatment of Circassians.

Syrian opposition cites ‘momentum’ after Geneva talks
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – Representatives of the Syrian National Coalition concluded the Geneva II peace talks in a “positive spirit,” although there are still questions about the group s influence with armed groups and the opposition inside Syria.

Egypt: resistance through sarcasm
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – In light of the clampdown on freedoms and increasing security restrictions in Egypt, many activists and regular citizens have turned to sarcasm and humor to voice their opinions.

Yemen’s coffee revival
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – While Yemen has been long known for its Arabic coffee and is the birthplace of Mocha, coffee production has dwindled in recent years, prompting initiatives aimed at reviving this historic trade.

Tax evasion major challenge for Arab states
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – Arab states have seen widespread tax evasion throughout recent years, and must work to improve the efficiency and integrity of government agencies to build taxpayer confidence and thus boost compliance.

Reyhanli: medical base for Syrian mujahedeen in Turkey
Al-Monitor 2 Feb 2014 – Tensions are growing between locals and Syrian refugees in the city of Reyhanli in southern Turkey, while some claim that al-Qaeda members are present in the town.

VIDEO: Web-savvy Gulf youth cashing in
BBC 1 Feb 2014 – BBC News hears from two young web entrepreneurs making money from the Middle East’s growing internet use.

The Useful Failure of Geneva II: Washington Finds Alternative to Assad
Al-Akhbar Opinion 1 Feb 2014 – Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Khatieb) Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the…

Tunisian Rap Slowly Makes a Comeback
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2014 – A Tunisian Muslim carries mats as worshipers commemorate the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed in a “Mouled” procession in Zitouna mosque in Tunis, on January 13, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) A Tunisian Muslim carries mats as worshipers commemorate the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed…

Deadly Hermel attack claimed by al-Nusra Front
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2014 – Lebanese emergency personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb explosion targeting a petrol station in eastern Lebanon’s town of Hermel on February 1, 2014, which left at least four people dead and tens wounded, the army said. (Photo: AFP) Updated on Sunday at…

The Salafi Plot to Assassinate Najib Mikati
Al-Akhbar News 1 Feb 2014 – The Government Guard has stepped up its security measures over the past two days in the vicinity of Mikati s home in Tripoli, and those of his family. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The Government Guard has stepped up its security measures over the past two days in the…

Shin Bet report: terror increase originating from West Bank
Al-Monitor 1 Feb 2014 – The 2013 Shin Bet report indicates a rise in terror activities originating in the West Bank, attributed partly to the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the weakening of Fatah security mechanisms.

US presses Russia on Syria weapons
BBC 1 Feb 2014 – The US asks Russia to press its ally Syria into speeding up the removal of chemical weapons, saying the slow progress in “unacceptable”.

Johansson on ‘wrong side of history’
Al-Monitor 31 Jan 2014 – American actress Scarlett Johansson is on the “wrong side of history” as she quits her Oxfam ambassador gig to endorse an Israeli company that operates in an illegal settlement.

Articles


Four bullets to the back of the head
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine2/2/2014
An IDF sharpshooter fired four bullets to the back of Jalal Mahmoud Masri s head and killed him. The army s investigators closed the case.
The soldier will act in an intelligent and secure manner in all his actions, acknowledging the supreme importance of human life [& ] the soldier will use his arms and force only for the mission, only in the measure needed, and will maintain humanity even during fighting. The soldier will not use his arms and force to harm non-combatants and prisoners, and will do whatever he can to prevent harm to their lives, bodies, dignity and property. From The Spirit of the IDF, the code of ethics of the Israeli Defense Force.
On January 20, 2011, Jalal Mahmoud Masri left his house in East Jerusalem and went to visit relatives in the village of Idna. Masri, a father of two and a truck driver, did not know that this was to be his last ride. Fate put Sharpshooter Avi in his path.
Avi and three of his friends had erected an emergency checkpoint after a white Peugeot 205 ignored a checkpoint near the Gush Etzion Junction. Avi, a sharpshooter, was in a nearby tower. Masri noticed the impromptu checkpoint made of soldiers waving flashlights and slowed down after seeing the first flashlight. As soon as he had passed the checkpoint, he suddenly accelerated. According to most of the testimonies, the commanding officer at the checkpoint fired three rounds into the air. Immediately afterwards, Avi fired four rounds at Masri s head. He collapsed, mortally wounded, and died months later in hospital.
IDF trackers scanned the scene immediately afterward. This is the conclusion of the senior tracker, Sgt.-Maj. Salah….more..e-mail

5 things I learned from the Scarlett Johansson/SodaStream affair
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine2/2/2014
The Scarlett Johansson/Sodastream affair appears to be over. The American movie star left relief group Oxfam citing differences of opinion over boycott and will continue to represent Israeli company Sodastream, which has a factory in a West Bank settlement.
The Israeli media declared victory with the weekend papers cheering Johansson s decision to quit Oxfam. Scarlett for Israel was the headline in Yedioth Ahronoth, whose Friday edition is the most widely read paper in Israel. The editors placed the story on page 1, above the fold. International coverage of the affair, however, told a slightly different story, repeatedly referring to the settlements as illegal and highlighting the damage to Johansson s image. Here are my takeaways:
1. The difference between opposing the settlements and opposing the settlements. Personally, I oppose the settlements is a common opening line among many Israelis and American Jews. It s like saying someone supports the two-state solution, a statement deprived of any political meaning since most Israelis and certainly most Americans are not personally required to help built a settlement or alternatively, facilitate the creation of an independent Palestine. Even elections are not decided on these issues. That is why you hear everyone from Meretz to Alan Dershowitz and Abe Foxman all say they oppose the settlements.
Occasionally, however, one needs to take an actual stand and what do you know? Many so-called settlement opposers rallied behind a settlement-based factory. Here is the Forward s editor Jane Eisner explaining believe it or not that the occupation takes place outside the SodaStream factory, not in it; here is Tablet s Stephanie Butnick congratulating Johansson for proving herself to be more than just a glamorous face attached to a product ; and there were others, including J Street supporters like Rabbi Andy Bachman. You have to wonder what legitimate action as opposed to words against the occupation consists of for this crowd. Probably nothing.more..e-mail

Kerry’s billions: US economic plans for occupied Palestine
Alaa Tartir, Ma an News Agency2/2/2014
Alaa Tartir is a Palestinian writer and researcher who is working on a PhD at the London School of Economics. He is also the program director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.
Since May 2013, there has been intense debate about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s economic plan for the occupied Palestinian territories.
The plan — known as the Palestine Economic Initiative (PEI) — aims to develop the economy of the West Bank and Gaza over the next three years, as a prerequisite for a political settlement to end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
However, very few of those welcoming or criticizing the plan know anything concrete about it. Hence I call it the “invisible plan.”
On a trip to the West Bank in December 2013, I met Palestinian and international officials and diplomats who are involved directly or indirectly in the PEI. Their message was that there will not be, as many expect, a third intifada, but something very different: an “investment intifada.”
The PEI is invisible not only because it was prepared by a team of “international experts,” but also because the Palestinian people, whose economic development is at stake, are the last to know about it. This is not new.
Development planning since the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in 1993 has followed a non-participatory, top-down approach that conforms to the policy perceptions of the international financial institutions, and marginalizes the very people it is supposed to benefit.more..e-mail

Rejecting the good Muslim, bad Muslim framework
Dr Sarah Marusek, 2/1/2014
Writing back in 2002, scholar Mahmood Mamdani astutely remarked that after 11 September, Western publics and their leaders, like former US President George W Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, propagated the idea that “Islam must be quarantined and the devil must be exorcised from it by a civil war between good Muslims and bad Muslims.”
This framework imagines Islam as a self-contained geography, without recognising the oppressive colonial and imperial encounters past and present. Somehow, within such a framework, Islamic resistance is seen as a backwards response to modernity rather than as a direct product of Western occupation and exploitation. Indeed, the Western role in any conflict is rendered invisible.
Alas Afghanistan and Iraq are still fighting the West’s imposed civil war today, and the mission has been successfully outsourced to many other corrupt governments in Muslim majority countries.
Now, apparently, it is Egypt’s turn.
On 25 December, the Egyptian authorities designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, even though the movement has long renounced violence and decried the brutal attacks that have taken place since the military coup that ousted Egypt’s first democratically elected government. Never mind that the authorities do not have any evidence to support their assertion, or that unrelated groups have claimed responsibility for the upsurge in violence.
Instead the Egyptian authorities are waging a fascist nationalist campaign against the Islamist movement, and the West has remained largely silent because it is in Israel’s interests.more..e-mail

Between Normal and Abnormal: A Day in Aida Camp
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Feb 2014 – By Kholoud Al-Ajarma Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank This is normal, we got used to it! Salah, the Director of Lajee Center responded to me when I comment that the center smells like tear gas even though the clashes had not started yet. Lajee Center (Lajee means refugee in Arabic) is a Palestinian creative cultural center for children and youth that was established in 2001 in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem. Believing in its ideology and support of national, human and moral rights, I joined Lajee Center when I was 14 years old. On Sunday, January 19, 2014 I met some of the children who participate in the daily activities of the center in order to learn about their daily experience in the camp. It was 11am when I left my house at the entrance of Aida camp and walked the 50 meters between my house and the center….more

Pete Seeger Character, Personality, Intuition and Focus
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Feb 2014 – By Ralph Nader After 94 years, on January 27, 2014, the world lost Pete Seeger. The world is the lesser for that loss. The accolades for this giant of folk songs and herald of all causes just, are pouring in from around the world. He is celebrated for regularly showing up at mass protests, for singing songs so transcendent (This Land is Your Land; We Shall Overcome; Where Have All the Flowers Gone) they are sung in many foreign languages all over the earth and for his mentoring and motivating of millions of people and children. Pete Seeger overcame most of his doubters and adversaries. On his famous five string banjo, he inscribed the slogan, This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender. No less than the Wall Street Journal, after reprinting an ugly commentary on Seeger s earlier radicalism, wrote: troubadour, rabble rouser, thorn in the side of the…more

Why the Boycott Movement Scares Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Feb 2014 – By Omar Barghouti If Secretary of State John Kerry s attempts to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority fail because of Israel s continuing construction of illegal settlements, the Israeli government will likely face an international boycott on steroids, as Mr. Kerry warned last August. These days, Israel seems as terrified by the exponential growth of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (or BDS.) movement as it is by Iran s rising clout in the region. Last June, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, effectively declared BDS. a strategic threat. Calling it the delegitimization movement, he assigned the overall responsibility for fighting it to his ministry of strategic affairs. But BDS doesn t pose an existential threat to Israel; it poses a serious challenge to Israel s system of oppression of the Palestinian people, which is the root cause of its growing worldwide isolation. The Israeli government s view of BDS as a strategic threat reveals…more

How would Arafat and Habash React to Events in Yarmouk?
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Feb 2014 – By Omar Chaaban There is this damning obsession with how would certain dead leaders behave in current circumstances. Perhaps this obsession is borne out of an understandable yearning for a charismatic political figure that would unite the Palestinians under one banner that would ultimately lead to the return to and liberation of a dispossessed homeland. But we must understand that since there is no way that we can possibly know whether these leaders will behave one way or the other, this obsession is at best damning and a waste of time. To our misfortune, we are not only characterized by the lack of a unifying political figure, we are also cursed with corrupt self-appointed leaders who only have the depth of their pockets as their primary concern. From Mahmoud Abbas, to Yaser Abed Rabbo to Mahmoud Dahlan, we have persons (as I shall refrain from calling from leaders) who funnel…more

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Facilitating Israeli War Crimes
Dissident Voice: 2 Feb 2014 – Michael Ratner: President Obama and New York mayor de Blasio s statements in blanket support of Israel enables it s violations of Palestinians rights.more

The Un-controlled Opposition
Dissident Voice: 2 Feb 2014 – If you really want to understand the world we are living in, you better stick with the Zionist media. The Jerusalem Post will provide you with the names of the Jews who own the planet . The British Jewish Chronicle will teach you about arch pedophile Jimmy Seville s ties with Israel . Haaretz will even let me speak about all those topics The Guardian (Of Zion ) is there to shamelessly suppress. Yesterday I came across a text by Dave Rich , a Hasbara mouthpiece operating within the UK ultra-Zionist Community Security Trust. Rich suggested that making a common cause between Holocaust deniers, neo-fascists, the pro-Palestinian left, and the revolutionary Islamists of Iran is precisely what DieudonnÈ has spent the past decade trying to achieve . Let us admit it, no one could have been more succinct and precise in analysingDieudonnÈ s vast impact. Yet in order to fully understand Rich s statement we ll…more


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