VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 3 February 2014: Scarlett Johansson: Israeli Apartheid is Profitable

3 February 2014 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

PETL Launching Ceremony Held in Ramallah
IMEMC – The launching ceremony of the Palestinian Electricity Transmission Company (PETL) was held on Monday, in Ramallah, and was attended by high-ranking Palestinian officials and an EU representative. …

Thousands Attend Funeral for Remains Returned to Bethlehem
IMEMC – Thousands of people attended the funeral, on Monday, of two Palestinians whose remains were returned, by Israel, a day earlier. … 

Settlers Storm Al Aqsa Mosque Yards
IMEMC – 14 Israeli settlers, led by Rabbi Yehuda Glick, stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday morning, and toured its courtyards. … 

Al-Awda Village Evacuated by Israeli Troops
IMEMC – Israeli army forces have stormed and evacuated the village of Al-Awda, or “The Return”, that was established by Palestinian activists in the Jordan Valley area which is threatened with confiscation. …

PCHR and IDMC Issue Report on Israeli Violations in Access Restricted Areas
IMEMC – On 01 February, 2014, the report “Under Fire” was issued by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) was launched in London. The report addresses the Israeli violations in Access Restricted Areas (ARA), in the Gaza Strip. …

Soldiers Invade A Palestinian Prison In Ramallah
IMEMC – [Monday, February 3, 2014] Israeli soldiers invading the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and broke into a Palestinian prison before taking a prisoner facing corruption charges. …

Jordan Valley Resistance: 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. … 

Ma’an News

Israeli forces storm Jordan Valley protest camp
2/3/2014 – TUBAS (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Monday morning stormed the Bab al-Awda protest encampment which Palestinian and international activists erected Sunday near the Bisan checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley. The mayor of nearby Kardala village Ghassan Fuqaha told Ma’an via telephone that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed the encampment area and tore down the tents which activists have built. Several….

Israel to release Palestinian lawmaker from jail
2/3/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli authorities were set to release Monday evening a Palestinian lawmaker from Hebron after a year in custody without trial, a human rights group said. The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights quoted family members of Ismail al-Tal as saying that he would be released Monday at Beitunia checkpoint near Ramallah. Al-Tal, 46, has been in administrative detention….

2 Israeli soldiers, 5 Palestinians injured in clashes in Hebron camp
2/3/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Two Israeli soldiers and five Palestinians were injured Monday evening in clashes in al-Arrub refugee camp north of Hebron, witnesses said. Israeli ambulances evacuated the injured soldiers. One was hit with a Molotov cocktail in the foot, and the other with a brick on the upper body, they said. Five Palestinians were also injured with rubber-coated steel bullets while dozens suffered….

Israeli forces detain retired PA security officer in Qalqiliya
2/3/2014 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested a retired Palestinian Authority security officer on Monday from his Qalqiliya home, locals said. Israeli soldiers ransacked the home of Adel al-Lubani, 62, and detained him, witnesses told Ma’an. Israeli military forces also confiscated his computer. Al-Lubani is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Palestinian Authority National Security Forces. He retired in 2006 due to diabetes and heart disease. [END]

Thousands attend funeral after Israel returns bodies to Bethlehem
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of people attended the funeral on Monday of two Palestinians whose remains were returned by Israel a day earlier. On Sunday, relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint southwest of Hebron to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas. Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she detonated an explosive….

Abbas suggests NATO force in future state
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Abbas has proposed that US-led NATO forces be stationed indefinitely in a future Palestinian state, according to an interview with the New York Times on Sunday. Speaking about security arrangements from Ramallah, Abbas said a NATO force could be positioned at all borders, checkpoints and within Jerusalem for a “long time” after Israeli military forces eventually withdraw from the occupied….

Israel returns remains of 2 Palestinians from Bethlehem
2/3/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces returned the remains of two Palestinians from the Bethlehem area who had been held in numbered graves for over a decade. Relatives gathered at the Tarqumia checkpoint southwest of Hebron late Sunday to receive the remains of Ayat al-Akhras, from Duheisha refugee camp, and Daoud Abu Swayy, from the village of Artas. Al-Akhras, 18, died in 2002 after she….

Israel offers $20 million to Turkey flotilla victims
2/3/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday. Citing unnamed Western diplomats briefed on the ongoing negotiations with Ankara, the daily said Turkey had yet to respond to the Israeli offer. Once-close relations between the two nations fell apart after Israeli….

Islamic Jihad leader accuses PA of arresting group activists
2/3/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A leader from the Islamic Jihad movement on Monday accused the Palestinian Authority security services of arresting activists from the group in Ramallah. Khader Adnan, who went on hunger strike for over 60 days while in an Israeli jail, told Ma’an that PA forces have targeted Islamic Jihad activists in the Ramallah area. Several Islamic Jihad members were arrested….

Syrian forces step up deadly attacks on Aleppo
2/3/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian forces bombarded Aleppo with barrel bombs and air raids for a second day, with 121 people killed in 48 hours, a monitor said, after peace talks ended inconclusively. At least 36 people were killed in Sunday’s attacks alone on Syria’s second city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, after reporting 85 deaths the previous day. Saturday’….

Etihad in ‘final’ assessment for Alitalia buy
2/3/2014 – ABU DHABI (AFP) — Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said Sunday it has entered the final stage of an assessment whether to purchase a stake in Italy’s debt-laden airline Alitalia. The two carriers “have entered the final phase of a due diligence process about a possible investment by Etihad Airways in Alitalia,” confirmed James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad Airways, and Gabriele Del Torchio, his….

Al-Qaeda disavows ISIL in Syria
2/3/2014 – DUBAI (AFP) — Al-Qaeda has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose members have been locked in deadly clashes with Syrian rebels, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites. Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri had already ordered the group in May 2013 to disband and return to Iraq, and announced that another jihadist group, the Al-Nusra Front, was Al-Qaeda’s official….

Lebanon security source: Blast south of Beirut
2/3/2014 – BEIRUT (AFP) — An explosion rocked an area south of Beirut on Monday, with initial indications that it was caused by a car bomb, a security source told AFP. There was no immediate information on casualties in the blast, which hit the area of Choueifat, home to a largely Christian and Druze population and south of the capital Beirut. [END]

White House: Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March
2/3/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia in March, following clear signs of disquiet in Riyadh about his Middle Eastern policies and nuclear talks with Iran. Obama will fly to meet King Abdullah on a trip added onto existing visits to the Netherlands, Brussels and Vatican City, the White House said in a statement. [END]

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR and IDMC Issue Report on Israeli Violations in Access Restricted Areas
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Gaza children with terminal illness spend their final years under the siege
2/3/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Epidermolysis bullosa is an exotic name for what is, in its most severe form, unusual, painful and fatal disease. It is caused by a deficiency of the protein that binds the two skin layers together, creating friction, blisters and open, slow-healing wounds. These blisters and erosions occur Even on internal mucous membranes. The wounds are similar to….

Relief Web

Lebanon: The Unbearable and Routines
Relief Web 3 Feb 2014 – Source: CARE Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The light goes on and off. It flickers for a few seconds, and then everything turns dark again. Hala sits on the floor of her small room in Beirut. Ahmed,…

occupied Palestinian territory: RCA allocates Dh300 million for relief and developmental programmes in Palestine
Relief Web 3 Feb 2014 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has earmarked Dh 300 million for its proposed humanitarian and relief initiatives in Palestine over the next three years to 2016. Dr Hamdan Musallam al Mazrouei,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Under fire: Israel’s enforcement of Access Restricted Areas in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 3 Feb 2014 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre Country: occupied Palestinian territory On 01 February 2014, the report “Under Fire” issued by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) was launched…

Syrian Arab Republic: UN agency appeals for long-term access to starving, desperate civilians in besieged camp
Relief Web 3 Feb 2014 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic 2 February 2014 – While confirming today’s delivery of more than 700 food parcels to the desperate, malnourished civilians stranded in a hard-hit area outside the Syrian capital of…

occupied Palestinian territory: No construction, no jobs
Relief Web 3 Feb 2014 – Source: Gisha Country: occupied Palestinian territory January 28, 2014. On October 13, the Israeli Ministry of Defense turned off the tap to one of the main driving forces of economic growth in the Gaza Strip: the construction industry. Seventy thousand…

The National

Racism rears its head in cosmopolitan Delhi
The National 3 Feb 2014 – Two incidents of assault highlight racism faced on a daily basis by Delhi residents from north-east India.

El Sisi’s past may serve him well for future Egypt-US ties
The National 3 Feb 2014 – The military chief’s time at the US Army War College could indicate how he will tackle strained ties with Washington as Egyptian president.

Al Qaeda severs ties to militant group fighting in Syria
The National 3 Feb 2014 – Al Qaeda’s general command said in an online statement early Monday that it’s cutting off the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, led by Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, after it disobeyed orders from the network’s leader, Ayman Al Zawahri.

Saudi King Abdullah issues decree punishing citizens who fight in foreign conflicts
The National 3 Feb 2014 – Saudi citizens who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom now face prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail following a decree from King Abdullah.

Abbas pressures Israel with Nato security proposal
The National 3 Feb 2014 – The Palestinian Authority president has proposed that a US-led Nato force stay indefinitely in a future Palestinian state to guarantee security for both Palestinians and Israelis.

Suicide bomber wounds six in Beirut
The National 3 Feb 2014 – A suicide bomber exploded a van on a motorway south of Beirut on Monday, killing himself and one other person.

British oil worker kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen
The National 3 Feb 2014 – SANAA // Gunmen kidnapped a British oil-sector employee in the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses and an industry official said, the second abduction of a foreigner in Yemen since Friday. The British national was seized in the Hada district in central Sanaa, just three days after a tribesman kidnapped a German citizen and after overnight explosions rocked Sanaa, two of them near the French embassy. 

Mexican Pacific castaway lands back in civilisation
The National 3 Feb 2014 – Sporting a bushy beard and clutching a can of Coke, a castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean arrived in the Marshall Islands capital Majuro on Monday.

Four men burnt alive by rival gang for cattle rustling: India police
The National 3 Feb 2014 – Four men were burnt to death in eastern India as suspected punishment for stealing cattle from a rival criminal gang, a senior police officer said on Monday.

Ha’aretz

Will Israel be able to peacefully draft the ultra-Orthodox?
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Israel moves to clean uranium from site of future park near Haifa
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Bill would allow same-sex couples to use surrogate in Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Two brothers arrested for killing sibling
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Boycott worries may be undermining Israeli currency, economists say
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Court to state: Explain refusal to alter security barrier that splits Palestinian town
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Toys belonging to Anne Frank discovered, to be put on display
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

New generation of Israeli lawmakers fights against shady budget transfers
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Poor sleep increases cancer risk, Israeli doctor says
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Baby dies of AIDS in Israel to mother who apparently did not know she was ill
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Iran gets $550 million in first sanctions relief tranche
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Israeli principal allegedly denied students lunch as punishment
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

EU ambassador warns Israel of isolation if peace talks fail
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

In the anti-boycott battle, Johansson is fantasy but Kerry is Captain America
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

New Zealand to issue visas to Israeli dancers, despite calls for boycott
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Surfing the Intranet: North Korea’s authoritarian alternative to the World Wide Web
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Iranian FM: Recognition of Israel possible if deal reached with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Ibuprofen doesn’t boost miscarriage risk, Israeli study shows
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Unlike Kerry, Rand Paul won’t flinch on Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Palestinian activists who are inspired by Jesus, but refuse to turn the other cheek
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

When will Turkish-Israeli ties fully mend? That’s up to Ankara
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian suicide bombers after bodies returned by Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Activist proposes renaming Israeli LGBT center for Shulamit Aloni
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Netanyahu: Abbas’ refusal to recognize Israel as Jewish state is ‘absurd’
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Israel’s left must shout, not whisper, its support for Kerry
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Mahmoud Abbas holds the key to peace
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Kerry’s success would be Zionism’s success too
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Two killed in Petah Tikva car blast
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Hillary Clinton argues against additional sanctions on Iran
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

‘Haredi WikiLeaks’: IDF, Haredim holding secret talks over conscription bill
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Verete: Piron’s warning to avoid ‘cultural land mines’ is ‘Orwellian’
Ha’aretz – 3 Feb 2014

Abbas proposes NATO mission in future Palestinian state
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Demographic symmetry and asymmetry
Ha’aretz – 2 Feb 2014

Jerusalem Post

Nobel laureate Shechtman to ‘Post’: As president I can unite the people of Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Shechtman, who won the Nobel for Chemistry in 2011, says he is the best person to defend Israel in the face of boycotts. 

January driest month in ages for many regions in Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Dry winter is caused by a phenomenon called “blocking,” in which most rain systems are “stuck” in Western Europe, expert says. 

Opinionated teachers
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Ideally, while a teacher can and should deal with controversial issues, he or she should do so without presenting personal political opinions in the classroom. 

Top EU diplomat floats extending Iran talks before they begin
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Given the stakes of failure of comprehensive negotiations on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Catherine Ashton is already discussing an extension of the 5-month deadline to reach accord. 

Knesset, UNICEF fund launch awareness campaign on violence against children
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – “We must eradicate this phenomenon and clarify – as a society – that violence is simply not an option,” says MK Orly Levy-Abecassis. 

On my mind: Syria peace plan
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Does Syria have a future or is this Arab country doomed? The answer is not any clearer following the Geneva II peace talks. 

Lapid: I oppose state funding for settlers’ political arm
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – FinMin says state funds shouldn’t be sent to YESHA, a body he says is separate from local, regional settler councils. 

Lessons for Israel-on-campus from Scarlett Johansson
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Scarlett Johansson has demonstrated tremendous courage in facing down the double standards of Oxfam and other organizations that trade in condemnation of the Jewish state. 

From ScarJo to UNESCO: Confronting the holy war against lovers of Zion
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Oxfam’s extreme anti-Israel animus is longstanding and runs deep. It’s humanitarian concerns end at Israel’s borders. 

Hidden within Harper’s speech: Why the Israeli Right is wrong
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – I was left wondering why a different sector represented in the Knesset didn’t also respond with some kind of protest. 

The ‘why’ behind Stephen Harper’s uniqueness
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Much was written in anticipation of, during, and in the aftermath of Harper’s trip, most of which lavished effusive praise on the Canadian leader. 

Electoral threshold to be set at 3.25 percent
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – According to deal reached between coalition factions, entering the next Knesset will require some 120,000 votes. 

Advisors of haredi leader Rabbi Shteinman in contact with IDF over enlistment
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Shteinman’s associates insist the rabbi remains opposed to mass haredi enlistment. 

Study: Anti-inflammatory drugs don’t cause miscarriages
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – NSAIDs are increasingly used by pregnant women in the first trimester to combat pain, fever and inflammation.The new technique, developed abroad and used in only a 10 to 30 places in the US and Europe, is called 24 Sure. 

IFCJ, Emunah inaugurate housing center for youth at risk
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – The new house in Pardes Hana comprised of two day care centers will allow for the absorption of additional youth at risk into the Children’s village. 

Israel joins 77 billion euro Horizon 2020 R&D program
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Israel begins participation in lucrative R&D project despite snags over EU settlement guidelines. 

Bill honoring Jewish refugees from Arab countries likely to pass first reading
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – A bill making November 30 an official day marking the expulsion of Jews from Arab countries was expected to pass its first reading. 

Ministers approve renewable energy quota shifts to photovoltaic sector
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Government tasked with underwriting debt for West Bank energy projects. 

US expects delay on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Kerry framework rollout
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Americans now view the April 29 date they originally set for negotiations to be “artificial,” US officials say. 

Knesset panel requires cable, satellite TV companies to carry local news channels
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – HOT, Yes will be asked to pay a combined NIS 5 million a year. 

IDF says rise in number of reported instances of sexual harassment
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Nearly half of the instances (49 percent) were physical, including 4% that were rape cases, and the rest were verbal. 

Obama treats enemy dictatorships better than ally Israel
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Israel is expected to do things neither the US nor its other allies would do. 

Report: Jesse Eisenberg to play Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – American-Jewish actor from the ‘Social Network’ set to join Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot in all-star cast for comic book epic. 

Peres greets new envoys from Hungary, Turkmenistan, Micronesia, and Serbia
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Micronesia unfailingly votes with and for Israel at the UN and other international forums, and can therefore be regarded as Israel’s best friend. 

Suicide bomber detonates van in southern Beirut
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Target of attack not immediately clear; Lebanese television footage reportedly shows chassis of a vehicle with no roof. 

MK Rozin: Time to act for the rights of children of migrant workers
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Meretz MK calls on Education ministry to assist with integration children of migrant workers, asylum seekers into school system. 

UK bars entry to French comedian accused of anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Britain subjects Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala to exclusion order for public policy, security reasons. 

Watch: Superbowl fever in Holy City
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – JPost joins American, Israeli football fans in Jerusalem to watch the Seahawks and Broncos battle it out at Israel’s largest Superbowl party. 

Netanyahu calls on world to pressure Palestinians after Abbas refuses to recognize Jewish state
Jerusalem Post 3 Feb 2014 – Bennett rejects PA president’s proposal to put NATO forces in future Palestinian state; says “Only the IDF will guard our kids.” 

The Guardian

Israeli embassy in US tweets in support of SodaStream and Scarlett Johansson
The Guardian 3 Feb 2014 – Official Israeli embassy Twitter account retweets SodaStream Superbowl ad shortly after it aired, adding the words ‘Love this, & Scarlett Johansson’ Helen Davidson

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How many New Yorkers know they just elected a new mayor of Israel? 
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 2, 2014 – 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…

The continuing deterioration of women s rights in Iraq
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 2, 2014 – National Iraqi News Agency reported on Friday 24th January that the Iraqi military s mortar shelling the night before left 4 people dead and 32 more injured “including women and children” and Saturday s military shelling…

Four bullets to the back of the head
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 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.On January 20, 2011, Jalal Mahmoud Masri left his house in East…

Activists construct second protest village in Jordan Valley
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 2, 2014 — 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…

Syria News – February 1, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – By the end of Saturday the Coordination Committees were able to document 165 martyrs including 23 children, 19 women and 6 martyrs under torture: 115 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Damascus and its Suburbs;…

Parliamentarians to push for tougher regulation of US bases in UK following drone revelations
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – In the wake of revelations about the role played in illegal mass surveillance and targeted killings by US bases in the UK, members of the House of Lords are set to vote today (Monday 3 February)…

Israeli Forces Demolish Entire Village In Jordan Valley
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 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. According to a report by WAFA Palestinian News &…

Mr. President, what should I tell cleared prisoners in Guantanamo? 
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – President Obama delivered his State of the Union address and said — again — that this is the year he intends to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. As President, he has promised this before,…

Metal band invoices US govt for using their music for torture in Gitmo 
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 -Veteran Industrial band Skinny Puppy have objected to their disturbingly dark music being played to discombobulate inmates at Guantanamo, and plan to “charge” the government for doing so. They are not the first band to express such…

Guantanamo: Inescapable
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – As one brother leaves Guantanamo, the focus turns back to releasing those left suffering inside. We often tell ourselves that those who have left have escaped a life of agony and have what matters most: their…

Palestinian refugees from Syria struggle to attend Gaza s universities
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 — Palestinian university students who recently escaped the cycle of violence in Syria and fled to the Gaza Strip are facing many difficulties meeting their educational needs in Gaza. Meanwhile, their families are suffering from a number…

UK-French combat drone project gets more funding
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Prime Minister David Cameron and President François Hollande held a mini Anglo-French Summit today at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Military co-operation was part of the discussions, with advancing the Anglo-French drone programmes a key item…

U.S. official: Iran considers Saudi Arabia, not Israel, its enemy
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the United States or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main…

Will Iraq remain united in 2020?
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – There was no referendum, no opinion polls, and no cross-party or public debate, as there usually is when genuine democracies inform people about their choices so that they can make decisions and accept responsibilities.The announcement by…

Is Israel building up for an offensive against Gaza?
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Gazans fear another Israeli military offensive is imminent, as Israel flexes its military muscle and Egypt joins the band, beating the drums of war. In November 2013, the Israeli military for the first time ever hosted…

What we see in images of war Helen Redmond reviews an exhibit of war photography at the Brooklyn Museum.
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Unfortunately, the evidence of war that is presented in the exhibition War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath at the Brooklyn Museum serves to glorify, justify and sanitize U.S. wars. Technological advances in photography have…

Group: 3 Palestinian refugees dead in besieged Yarmouk
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 — Three Palestinians have died in the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, a Syria-based group said Saturday. A statement from the Workforce for Palestinians in Syria said in a statement that a newborn baby girl and…

Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Afghanistan is raising a stunted generation whose hobbled development could spell disaster for the country s feeble economy and undermine the impact of billions of dollars in aid poured into health, education and other areas. More…

Settlers Attack Villagers Near Hebron
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 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….

As BDS Rises, Anti-BDS Rhetoric Falters
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014– 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…

A housing crisis yet demolitions in East Jerusalem
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – The threatened demolition of apartment blocks in East Jerusalem is adding new pressure to the city s housing crisis, with hundreds facing the prospect of losing their homes and Palestinian residents saying they face discrimination in…

Palestinian rights
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – We are in a new year and certainly I wish all humans (friends and foes) a happy new year that would bring justice which is the prerequisite for peace. In the first few field-trips in 2014,…

Iraqi army prepares to storm militant-held Falluja
Uruknet 3 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – …The official said the governor of Anbar had sent a “final warning” to militants and tribal fighters in Falluja. Whoever wanted to leave the city would be given safe passage and those who lay down their…

Beyond Orwell s Worst Nightmare
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 -“Big Brother is Watching You,” George Orwell wrote in his disturbing book 1984. But, as Mikko Hypponen points out, Orwell “was an optimist.” Orwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata…

Air Strikes for Anbar, Bombs Hit Baghdad: 88 Killed, 55 Wounded
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 – At least 88 people were killed and 55 more were wounded in violence. In Anbar province, clashes and air strikes continued to killed militants by the score. Baghdad saw yet another round of multiple bombing attacks….

Gaza official: Israel killed 6 Palestinians, injured 41 in January 
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – February 1, 2014 — 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…

Video- Anbar, Iraq: Al-Maliki s forces burn the corpse of a rebel & dance around him 
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Syria News – January 31, 2014 (Warning: Graphic Videos) 
Uruknet 2 Feb 2014 – January 31, 2014– By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 106 martyrs including 19 children, 15 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 61 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 19 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 9…

Daily Star

Mali rebels tell UN they want to resume talks
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Arab and Tuareg rebel leaders from crisis-torn northern Mali told a visiting UN Security Council delegation Monday they want to resume talks with the government.

Libya PM threatens eastern protesters with troops
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan stepped up the pressure on protesters blocking eastern ports on Monday, telling them he had weeks ago ordered troops to prepare to move there to end their blockade.

Abbas says Israeli pullout over 5 years if NATO deploys: NYT
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas would support a five-year Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank provided a NATO force is deployed to ensure security, the New York Times has reported.

Israeli ministers harangue Kerry over boycott remark
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry came under further attack Monday by Israeli hawks who accuse him of manipulating the threat of an economic boycott to pressure Israel into peace concessions.

Egypt refers Brotherhood leader to a new trial
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Egyptian prosecutors on Monday referred to trial the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 50 others on charges of inciting supporters to resist security forces during a deadly crackdown against them in August.

26 killed in Syria regime barrel bomb raids on Aleppo: NGO
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 At least 26 people were killed in aerial attacks with explosive-packed barrel bombs in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Saudi king orders punishing jihadi fighters
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah issued a royal decree on Monday that punishes citizens who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom, with prison sentences ranging from three to 20 years in jail.

Obama to visit Saudi Arabia in March: White House
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 US President Barack Obama will travel to ally Saudi Arabia in March, following clear signs of disquiet in Riyadh about his Middle Eastern policies and nuclear talks with Iran.

Iran welcomes French business chiefs after sanctions eased
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 Iran welcomed the most senior French trade delegation in years on Monday, telling more than 100 executives that the far-sighted among them stood to win the race for business following an easing of some economic sanctions.

Baghdad attacks kill 23 as Iraq presses Anbar assault
Daily Star 3 Feb 2014 A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car bombings, killed 23 people Monday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province.

YNet News

Iraqi forces kill 57 Islamist militants in Sunni province 
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Secret Service urges US lawmakers to do more on cyber crime
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Take Kerry at his word 
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – Analysis: When US secretary of state warns Israel against a South Africa-style international boycott, he knows what he’s talking about it ….

US execution delayed after lethal injection change
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Big winter storm hits US East, disrupts travel
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Security forces battle gunmen in Tunis suburb
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What Abbas did and didn’t tell the New York Times 
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – Palestinian president vocal on his own flexibility, but mum on IDF presence in Palestine and why he won’t recognize the Jewish state ….

Scholar and Mideast expert Barry Rubin dies at 64
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – IDC professor and author had reportedly been battling cancer for a year and a half ….

Anti-Semitism in Europe? Not a problem
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: EU has found an efficient way of fighting anti-Semitism – completely ignoring its existence ….

Boycott Israel’s boycotters
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: If Europeans, Arabs and their academic and corporate supporters want to single out the Jewish state, let us take the fight to them and hurt them financially through private lawsuits and legislation ….

Holocaust marked in Arab world in 2 unusual events
YNet News, 3 Feb 2014 – First official conference dealing with Holocaust of Tunisia’s Jews held in North African country. Bahraini ambassador to France visits Shoah memorial in Drancy ….

Asylum seekers’ battle continues; refugees announce protest 
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Asylum seekers announce they will protest in shifts in south Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Park, starting from Saturday. ‘Some people are tired, desperate, helpless upon seeing nothing is changing, but we still have strength to fight,’ says activist ….

Boycott on Israel: The overview
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – What’s the history? Who’s leading it? And what’s Israel doing to reduce the damage? ….

Haifa: Woman hospitalized in serious condition with swine flu
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Woman aged 38 is connected to respirator in Rambam Medical Center ICU after suffering respiratory complications due to swine flu. ‘People think they don’t need the vaccine,’ says Rambam ICU director ….

Hamas withdraws ‘anti-missile’ force from Israel border
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Rocket-prevention forces near border with Israel removed in protest against escalation, recent Israeli attacks in Gaza. Source says regular security forces are to remain in their place ….

Ya’alon: If we won’t reach deal with Palestinians, ‘we’ll manage’
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – After surprisingly not leaving plenum hall when Iran’s top diplomat addressed conference, defense minister says Israel, moderate Arab states share common enemy – Iran, stresses settlements are not obstacle to peace ….

Woody Allen’s adopted child renews molestation claim
YNet News, 2 Feb 2014 – Dylan Farrow makes first public comments about 1992 incident, says she was moved to speak out because of Hollywood’s continued embrace of famous American Jewish director ….

Palestinian Information Center

Settlers desecrate Aqsa Mosque plazas
PIC – Jewish settlers led by the extremist rabbi Yehuda Glick entered the Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Monday morning under tight security measures.

IOF soldiers destroy hundreds of trees in Yatta
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) destroyed hundreds of trees in Fakhit hamlet near Yatta town, south of Al-Khalil, on Monday morning.

IOF soldiers fire teargas bombs at Aroub houses
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired teargas and sound bombs at Palestinian homes in Aroub refugee camp, south of Al-Khalil, on Monday morning.

Hamas: Gaza invasion would be another failed escapade for Israel
PIC – Hamas said that any invasion of the Gaza Strip would be a very risky and failed adventure for the Israeli occupation state, which always pays dearly for its reckless acts and do not learn the lesson.

Peled: The peace talks brought only losses on the Palestinians
PIC – The Israeli author of the book “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” called on the Palestinians to renounce the peace talks which he said brought nothing but more losses on them.

Hamas condemns Israeli storming of Bab Awda village
PIC – Hamas has strongly condemned the continued Israeli racist practices against the Palestinian people and properties most recently was the break-in into Bab Awda village amid international silence.

MP Khudari appeals to Egypt to open Rafah crossing
PIC – Independent MP Jamal Al-Khudari has appealed to Egypt to open the Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip on permanent basis to enable travel of stranded citizens.

Israeli calls to storm al-Aqsa Mosque next Thursday
PIC – The so-called Jewish Temple organizations have called on its supporters to gather in front of the Mughrabi Gate Thursday to break into al-Aqsa Mosque, and to raise the Israeli flag in its squares .

Khaddirat continues his hunger strike for the 20th day running
PIC – Prisoner Abdul Majeed Khaddirat continued his hunger strike for the twentieth consecutive day, despite his health deterioration, protesting his continued detention. 

WAFA

Palestinians to Centralize Energy Sector as a Step toward Statehood Independence
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Mourners Hold Funerals for Remains of Palestinians Handed over by Israel
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Settlers kidnap Two Palestinians near Jenin
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

PEX Report: Index Plummets to Below 600-Point Mark
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Army Forces Activists out of Tent Village in Northern Jordan Valley
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Forces Uproot 1000 Trees near Hebron
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Newspapers Review: Israeli Reaction to Kerry’s Statements Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Israeli Forces Arrest 12 People in West Bank
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Weather Forecast: Cold with Chance of Light Rain
WAFA – 3 Feb 2014

Misc

Al Qaeda severs ties with militant group in Syria and Iraq
LA Times 3 Feb 2014 – BEIRUT — The general command of Al Qaeda has declared publicly that it has no link to one of its best-known affiliates, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which is waging a brutal guerrilla war in both Middle Eastern nations.

Suicide bomber strikes south of Lebanon’s capital
LA Times 3 Feb 2014 – BEIRUT — A suicide bomber killed himself and wounded at least two others Monday when he detonated an explosives belt while traveling in a passenger van south of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, authorities said.

Scarlett Johansson ad draws rock ‘n’ roll ire in Israel boycott debate
LA Times 3 Feb 2014 – JERUSALEM–The debate over Scarlett Johansson’s Super Bowl ad has hit The Wall.

Egypt reports 16 swine flu deaths
LA Times 3 Feb 2014 – CAIRO – Sixteen people in Egypt have died from the H1N1 virus – commonly known as swine flu – since the start of the winter, the country’s Ministry of Health said Monday.

Al Jazeera denounces Egyptian TV airing of arrest video
LA Times 3 Feb 2014 – CAIRO — The Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday objected strongly to the airing on Egyptian television of a video showing the arrest of two of its journalists, saying the leaked images were a clear attempt to stir up public sentiment against the pair in…

World Briefing: Saudi Arabia: Decree Lays Out Penalties for Fighting Abroad
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – King Abdullah issued a royal decree that punishes citizens who fight in conflicts outside the kingdom, with prison sentences ranging from three years to 20. 

The Lede: Al Jazeera Says Video of Its Journalists’ Arrest Is Effort to Demonize Them
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – Al Jazeera condemned what it described as “an attempt to demonize” two of its reporters, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, with the release of video recorded during their arrest in December in Cairo. 

Iran Giving Food Away to Millions for Relief
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The authorities began the initiative, which drew long lines, both to help those with low income and to try to lower inflation on food, local news media reported. 

Al Qaeda Cuts Ties With Jihadist Group in Syria Involved in Rebel Infighting
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The Qaeda leadership said it was no longer connected to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has asserted an increasingly important role in the Syrian conflict. 

The Lede: Both Sides Declare P.R. Victory in Skirmish Over SodaStream Super Bowl Ad
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – Both supporters and critics of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank declared victory after Scarlett Johansson’s Super Bowl ad for SodaStream was broadcast Sunday night. 

Algeria Party Head Slams Powerful Spy Chief
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The head of Algeria’s largest political party on Monday questioned the leadership of the powerful chief of the nation’s intelligence service and urged him to resign. 

EU Ambassador Warns Israel of Isolation
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The European Union’s ambassador to Israel has warned the Jewish State that it would likely endure “increasing isolation” if peace talks with the Palestinians collapse. 

U.N. Nuclear Agency May Press Iran on Rare Isotope in Probe
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The U.N. nuclear watchdog says it wants Iran to clarify past production of small amounts of a rare radioactive material that can help trigger an atomic bomb explosion, but which also has non-military uses. 

Russia Says Syria Committed to Abandoning Chemical Arms
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – Russia stepped up its defense of Damascus on Monday in a dispute with the West over delays in the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal, saying that President Bashar al-Assad’s government was not to blame and that a June deadline could still be met. 

Lebanon: Suicide Blast in South Beirut Wounds 6
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – A suicide bomber blew himself up in a passenger van in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Monday, wounding at least six people, the state news agency said. 

UAE Says Ruler in ‘Reassuring’ Condition After Surgery
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – The president of United Arab Emirates is in “stable and reassuring” condition after surgery following a stroke late last month, state media reported on Monday. 

Al-Qaida Breaks With Syria Group in Mounting Feud
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – Al-Qaida’s central leadership broke with one of its most powerful branch commanders, who in defiance of its orders spread his operations from Iraq to join the fighting in Syria and fueled bitter infighting among Islamic militant factions in Syria’s civil war. 

Brahimi’s Deputy Leaves Syria Talks Team
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – Deputy mediator Nasser al-Kidwa has left the team running peace talks aimed at ending the war in Syria, diplomatic sources said on Monday, after repeated calls from the Syrian government for him to be removed. 

Beirut Suicide Bomber Kills One Person, Target Unclear
New York Times 3 Feb 2014 – A suicide bomber killed himself and one other person when he detonated explosives in a van in southern Beirut on Monday, a Lebanese security source said. 

SodaStream stock sinks, and Bloomberg cites ‘sanctions over Jewish settlements’
Mondoweiss – On January 15 we reported SodaStream stocks had plunged that Monday morning after the announcement Johansson had signed on as the corporations global ambassador. However, we noted at that time there was “no mainstream investment media mention regarding the growing boycott against the corporation.” A week…

PA: Israeli police release dogs on Palestinian teens near Jerusalem
Mondoweiss – Violence / Raids / Clashes / Illegal arrests Israeli police dogs mauled Palestinian teens shot at checkpoint BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 1 Feb — 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…

Israelis accuse Kerry of courting rockets, anti-Semitism, and Nobel Prize
Mondoweiss – More incoming for John Kerry. The settlers’ organization, Yesha Council , released the video above, which features an Israeli actor impersonating Kerry not that well, and predicting “a lot of rockets” with his peace plan, and pulling for a Nobel prize. Dani Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy of…

After all that buildup– SodaStream ad was flat
Mondoweiss – Screenshot from SodaStream’s Super Bowl commercial in which Scarlett Johansson wonders how it all went so wrong. Whatever its political implications, SodaStream’s ad for the Super Bowl didn’t land well among viewers and mavens. It’s getting panned. The Washington Post , headlines its review, “ SodaStream strikes…

Investigating the investigators
Globes Main News – Who are Black Cube, the firm probing Moti Ben-Moshe’s affairs for Nochi Dankner?

Altria to pay $110m for e-cigarette co Green Smoke
Globes Main News – Israeli company Green Smoke has annual sales of $40 million.

Mon: Leviathan partners lead falls
Globes Main News – Energy stocks were today’s main losers, while Israel Chemicals posted the largest gain.

Apax lent Psagot NIS 200m at 10% interest
Globes Main News – As a foreign fund, Apax will be exempt from taxes on the profit from the loan.

C’tee recommends three 4G networks for Israel
Globes Main News – Carriers will be allowed to cooperate on infrastructures.

Record vehicle sales in January
Globes Main News – Over 27,000 vehicles were delivered last month, more than expected.

Markstone again fails to meet bond payment
Globes Main News – The private equity fund was due to make a NIS 15 million principal and interest payment.

Leading real estate developer held in corruption probe
Globes Main News – Developers are supected of bribing Rishon LeZion and Rehovot municipal officials.

Shekel weakens sharply
Globes Main News – On Friday, the Bank of Israel bought tens of millions of dollars.

Oppression by consensus in Israeli ‘democracy’
Mondoweiss – Above, a video promoting Israel’s high-tech ORT schools, featuring students of many backgrounds but citing as a goal “strength-[ening] Jewish identity.” A final year student in an ORT high school in Israel recently wrote a letter to Israel’s Minister for Education complaining about her Civics teacher…

Exchange rate worries manufacturers more than boycott
Globes Main News – Manufacturers Association president: Fewer than ten enterprises are exposed to a boycott.

Shaking up Zionism: A review of ‘Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide’
Mondoweiss – It’s hard to do justice to the extraordinary new booklet Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide in a brief review, because of the breadth of the topics it manages to cover in its 74 pages – from the history of Zionism, to issues in Christian theology…

I stayed away from Israel just as I stayed away from Nazi Germany — Hugh Trevor-Roper
Mondoweiss – Hugh Trevor-Roper Oxford Press has just published a new volume of 100 letters by Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), a historian and public intellectual (who slipped on the banana peel of the bogus Hitler Diaries). This is an excerpt of a l etter from Trevor-Roper to Max Perutz,…

The demand for a demilitarized state is telling Palestinians to give away the right to be free
Mondoweiss – Abbas and Netanyahu in 2010. This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . When a nation-state-to-be gives up the right to patrol its own borders and defend itself with its own…

Average Israeli family spends NIS 2,298 monthly on food 
Globes Macro Economics – A resident of Tel Aviv spends twice as much as a resident of Bnei Brak.

Doron Ofer appeals against inheritance ruling 
Globes Macro Economics – “The shares in Ofer Investments should be divided equally”

The Israel Project ‘Kills It’…Again
Tikun Olam – The Israel Project ‘s latest hasbara campaign Since Josh Block took over as chief of The Israel Project, they’ve been heard of very little, except for this semi-fraudulent opinion survey they cranked out recently. So it came as no surprise when I read that Josh was…

Israeli Columnist Calls for Extermination of Palestinians
Tikun Olam – Munich has opened a new front in the Israel-Palestine wars. There John Kerry warned Israel that his peace talks would be the last chance. If they failed, he predicted the rise of BDS and a looming one state solution: For Israel, the stakes are also enormously…

Palestine news roundup 2014.02.02 
Sabbah report 3 Feb 2014 – News from around the world related to Occupied #Palestine and the daily Israeli war crimes plus world interaction and related events. Read More: Palestine news roundup 2014.02.02 . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Los Angeles Jews Charged with $33M Bank Fraud Flee to Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Feb 2014 – Two Los Angeles Jews charged with participating in a $33 million bank fraud have fled to Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Barry Rubin, Middle East Scholar, Dies at 64 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Feb 2014 – Barry Rubin, a prominent Israeli Middle East scholar, has died. Click here for the rest of the article…

Heavy snow cuts power to Iran homes 
BBC 3 Feb 2014 – Heavy snow in northern Iran leaves nearly 500,000 homes without power and some towns and villages cut off.

Denmark Bank Dumps Israel’s Bank Hapoalim Over Occupation Backing 
The Foward Breaking News 3 Feb 2014 – A Danish bank has added Israel’s Bank Hapoalim to its list of excluded companies, over its dealings in the West Bank. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ethiopia: Israel to Finance Wolkayit Sugar Project 
allAfrica.com 3 Feb 2014 – [Reporter]An Israel construction company, Natifa, secured a loan to be used to finance the Wolkayit Sugar development project from an Israeli bank. Reliable sources told The Reporter that Natifa has been negotiating with Israeli banks that could finance the Wolkayit Sugar factory that the Ethiopian Government…

South Sudan: Ban Urges Annual Munich Security Summit to Back UN Efforts in Syria, DR Congo, South Sudan 
allAfrica.com 3 Feb 2014 – [UN News]Amid a global landscape filled with both volatility and opportunity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged leaders attending an annual security conference in Germany to work together – and with the United Nations -“to build the world of security that people deserve and that is within…

Tunisia: “Popular Protest” in Tunis Against Zionism and Normalization With Israel 
allAfrica.com 3 Feb 2014 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis, -The Coalition of Forces against Zionism and normalization with Israel staged, on Saturday, a “popular protest” at Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis.

Liberia: Taylor’s Prosecutor Indicts Syria 
allAfrica.com 3 Feb 2014 – [New Democrat]Former war crimes prosecutors say they have uncovered evidence of systematic torture by the Syrian government.

Al-Qaeda disavows ISIS in Syria 
BBC 3 Feb 2014 – Al-Qaeda insists it has no links the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), which has been locked in deadly clashes with rebels in Syria.

Why Israel Fears the Boycott 
Global BDS 3 Feb 2014 – JERUSALEM — 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 is likely to face an international boycott “ on steroids ,” as Mr. Kerry warned last…

Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem calls for boycott in response to Beit Safafa highway 
Global BDS 3 Feb 2014 – Update to the Urgent Appeal issued in April 2013 by the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem. The Appeal, including background, is available here . On Sunday, 26 January 2014, the Israeli Supreme Court sanctioned completion of the illegal section of the “Begin Highway” that cuts through…

Denmark’s largest bank blacklists Israel’s Hapoalim over settlement construction 
Global BDS 3 Feb 2014 – Denmark’s largest bank decided to blacklist Bank Hapoalim because of its involvement in the funding of settlement construction. Danske Bank added Bank Hapoalim to its list of companies in which the company cannot invest due to its corporate accountability rules. In an announcement posted on its…

Lebanon: Some Women Slip Through Cracks of Domestic Violence Law 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – We have to talk on an anecdotal basis because data is hard to come about, but with any conflict, with any emergency setting, we know that gender-based violence is generally a consequence. (Photo: Haitham Mousawi). We have to talk on an anecdotal basis because data is…

Deadly blast strikes Lebanese capital 
BBC 3 Feb 2014 – Several people have been wounded in a suicide bombing in a southern district of the Lebanese capital Beirut, officials say.

Abbas seeks NATO forces, vows to stop third uprising 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is seen during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin outside Moscow, on January 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP – Yuri Kochetkov) Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is seen during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin outside Moscow, on January 23, 2014. (Photo:…

Baghdad car bombings leave 14 dead 
BBC 3 Feb 2014 – At least 14 people have been killed in a series of car bombings in and around Baghdad, officials say.

Suicide bomber strikes Lebanon’s Choueifat 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – Lebanese police forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Choueifat, south of the capital Beirut. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro) Updated at 6:45 pm: A suicide bombing took place on Monday in the distant…

The SSNP ‘Hurricane’ in the Syrian Conflict: Syria and South Lebanon Are the Same Battlefield 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – Many SSNP members fled to the city, while others moved to Suweida and Damascus. In addition, SSNP members were kidnapped and executed.(Al-Akhbar). Many SSNP members fled to the city, while others moved to Suweida and Damascus. In addition, SSNP members were kidnapped and executed.(Al-Akhbar). For the…

A Strife That Will Not Soon Rest 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 3 Feb 2014 – Lebanese firefighters extinguish fire from burning cars following an explosion on January 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP). Lebanese firefighters extinguish fire from burning cars following an explosion on January 21, 2014. (Photo: AFP). Suicide bombers are now a creed. Impassioned followers see in them a legend leading…

Some New Variables in Arab Politics 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 3 Feb 2014 – There are many clichés said and written about the Arab world. In fact, Western analysis of Arab politics is deficient without a healthy amount of clichés. One can’t read a short piece on Arab politics without reading the word “bazaar,” and one can’t read anything about…

Bassem Youssef Returns to TV: Will MBC Tolerate Him? 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – Youssef reiterated his political views without the kind of equivocation that most of his Egyptian colleagues have resorted to to avoid Egypt’s political storms.(Archive). Youssef reiterated his political views without the kind of equivocation that most of his Egyptian colleagues have resorted to to avoid Egypt’s…

Arabic suffix leads net name rollout 
BBC 3 Feb 2014 – A new net address written in Arabic script is the first to go live in what will be a huge wave of new suffixes to be launched over the coming months.

Iran foreign minister: nuclear deal possible in six months 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif said on Monday a final deal with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program is possible within six months if there is good will and he was not worried about the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions. US President Barack…

Baghdad attacks kill 16 as Iraq presses Anbar assault 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – A series of attacks in and around Baghdad, including a spate of car bombings, killed 16 people Monday as Iraqi forces pressed an assault against militant-held areas of Anbar province. The latest bloodshed comes amid a surge in violence that left more than 1,000 people dead…

Israel’s ministers debate economic consequences of boycott 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Israeli ministers continue to disagree over the repercussions of an economic and exports boycott.

Geneva II not the only game in town on Syria 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – The real negotiations, including among Syrian parties and their backers, are taking place away from the media.

Why is the PKK siding with the AKP in the AKP-Gulen conflict? 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) may believe that the enemy of my friend is my enemy.

Herzog: Opposition not yet seeking alternative government 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Opposition leader Isaac Herzog has no intention of joining the coalition or forming an alternative government, reminding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that peace supporters “have a majority in this Knesset for an agreement with the Palestinians.”

Human rights activists condemn stringent Saudi counterterrorism law 
Al-Akhbar News 3 Feb 2014 – A recently implemented counterterrorism law in Saudi Arabia has sparked alarm from human rights activists, who say the legislation could mean peaceful opposition activists would risk being prosecuted as terrorists, media reported on Monday. According to the Associated Press, any act seen as “destabilizing the society’s…

International companies reconsider investment in Iran 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Iran’s economy and business community are in transition, creating both risks and opportunities for international investors.

Does Netanyahu have plan for settler withdrawal? 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – The settler movement is anxious about the possibility of the Israeli government making a deal that would force them to leave.

Who will compensate Jewish refugees from Arab lands? 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Despite a willingness by US envoy Martin Indyk to consider compensation for Jewish refugees as part of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, no Arab country or the United States has the financial means to make it happen.

Sexual harassment leads Egyptian women to martial arts 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – The Shoft Tahrosh movement in Egypt has launched campaigns that teach women how to defend themselves, following a steep increase in sexual harassment.

Tunisia’s new constitution criminalizes ‘takfir’ 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – The Tunisian constitution has criminalized the practice of takfir — the issuing of a religious edict declaring someone an infidel — a first in the Arab world.

Egypt, Sudan rhetoric escalates over disputed region 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Egypt and Sudan have traded fiery statements over the disputed border region of the Halayeb-Shalateen Triangle.

New Israeli conditions stall peace process 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – Israel’s status as an occupying power in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and its imposition of new conditions for peace, are further entangling negotiations with the Palestinians.

Anbar province headed toward isolation 
Al-Monitor 3 Feb 2014 – As fighting continues in western Iraq’s Anbar province, some warn that continued fighting will isolate the province from the rest of the country in the upcoming elections.

VIDEO: Amateur video ‘shows Aleppo attack’ 
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – Syrian government forces have killed dozens of civilians in air raids in the northern city of Aleppo, activists say.

Gaddafi’s secrets finally revealed 
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – Did Gaddafi blow up a Libyan airliner, killing 157 people?

Etihad and Alitalia close to deal 
BBC 2 Feb 2014 – Etihad Airways and debt-laden Alitalia are in the “final phase” of talks to agree an investment deal, the companies said on Sunday.

Articles


Israel’s Finance Minister warns of boycott impact, as further divestment announced 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/30/2014
Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid has issued a stark warning of the consequences should the U.S.-led peace process end in failure. Reports of Lapid’s comments on the threat posed by a boycott of Israel came hours before news of further divestment targeting Israeli companies by the Norwegian government.
Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies, Lapid said that an evaluation prepared by the Finance Ministry had produced an estimate of billions lost in exports should an “even partial” European boycott be imposed, and that “Israel’s economy today is much more vulnerable than its national security”.
The Israeli economy will retreat, every Israeli citizen will be hit directly in his pocket, the cost of living will rise, budgets for education, health welfare and security will be cut, and many international markets will be closed to us. 33% of Israeli trade is with the European Union. If there is no political settlement and we enter a scenario where our economy drops 20% in exports to the EU, the impact on the GDP would be 11 billion shekels annually, and 9,800 employees will be laid off immediately.
The Israeli minister claimed that “the world will believe [the talks] failed because of us”, and thus “there will be a price” – echoing language used recently by the EU Ambassador to Israel. Lapid also raised the threat of the EU suspending the Association Agreement which provides the framework for much Israel-EU cooperation, with The Jerusalem Post citing an EU spokesperson’s denial that any such step was being considered.
According to Israeli media reports, Lapid listed “an unsettling list of organizations already joining the BDS movement against Israel”, and warned “that the tipping point could come unexpectedly”. South Africa, Lapid observed, “did not realize until well after the fact the severity of the sanctions against it”. The Wall Street Journal noted that while “Israeli officials have been bracing for this possibility [of boycott]”, most have “expressed their sentiments in private.” — See also: Israel struggling against growing boycott campaign more.. e-mail

Abbas seeks further imperialist collaboration 
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/30/2014
Only a few days after Tawfik Tirawi ambiguously called upon Palestinians, including the Palestinian leadership, to embrace resistance, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has once again revealed his allegiance to Israel and imperialism by compromising upon border security, should the hypothetical Palestinian state become a reality.
In a televised interview with Ma’an which was broadcasted at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference, Abbas made contradictory remarks regarding sovereignty, stating that “the borders of the Palestinian state will eventually be in the hands of the Palestinians, not the Israeli army”. He then added that following the three-year transition during which Israel would gradually withdraw from the borders, security would then be entrusted to NATO, “in order to soothe our concerns and Israel’s”.
A recent meeting between Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow highlighted a mutual interest in collaboration between the imperialist organisation and the Zionist state, including the possibility of an Israeli representative at NATO. According to Elkin, the past decline in relations has improved and Israel is looking forward “to broaden the range of matters that NATO and Israel join forces on, including having an Israeli representative at NATO”.
Since the commencement of the negotiations, Abbas has embarked upon compromise which undermines the Palestinian right to unity and self-determination. By insisting that a Palestinian state based upon the 1967 borders is “an acceptable, lasting and legitimate solution”, he portrays the PA’s disassociation from Palestinian history. There are various ramifications associated with the statement asserting a conclusive solution based on the 1967 borders, including forfeiture of the Palestinian right of return, the repudiation of atrocities inflicted upon Palestinians in order to establish the settler-colonial state and an acceptance of international complicity in recognising the state of Israel…. more.. e-mail

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Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/3/2014
‘If the peace talks with the Palestinians fail, Israel would lose exports worth nearly 20 billion shekels’ – Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid
Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has released a report revealing that the Foreign Ministry has acknowledged its inability to face the growing boycott campaign despite resorting to all political and judicial means, which have been ineffective, especially against private companies. The report explained that the ministry has succeeded in putting pressure on some European governments to take a stance against calls to boycott Israel following the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians.
“It would be useless to launch an anti-boycott campaign to promote settlement products,” said a ministry official. Israel has been able to curb several boycott initiatives, said the report. Even in unfriendly countries, the boycott has not been made law yet; however it is likely that some politicians will push this “due to the sweeping wave of hostility” towards Israel.
According to Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, “If the peace talks with the Palestinians fail, Israel would lose exports worth nearly 20 billion shekels”. Furthermore, he added, the EU might also abolish its partnership with Israel, which means an extra loss of 3.5 billion shekels, mainly in the agriculture sector. Lapid noted that major European food chains, especially in Britain and the Scandinavian countries, have banned settlement products.
Yedioth Ahronoth published a list of companies and institutions that implement boycotts against Israel:
Norway: The Government Pension Fund of Norway has sold its shares in Africa Israel Investments, Danya Cebus and Sesa Sterlite…. — See also: Israel’s Finance Minister warns of boycott impact, as further divestment announced more.. e-mail

A Manufactured Crisis 
Peter Jenkins, Lobelog 2/3/2014
The subtitle of Gareth Porter’s new book, The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, is well-chosen. Large parts of A Manufactured Crisis are indeed untold till now. They amount to what the author terms an “alternative narrative”.
But don’t be misled by “alternative”. This is not the work of some crank who imagines conspiracies where none exist. One senses, rather, from the author’s meticulous sourcing and the extent of his research that what motivates him is a fierce hunger for truth and aversion to deceit.
Porter has been investigating the Iranian nuclear case for the best part of a decade. The result of his researches is both a fascinating addition to a growing corpus, unlike any previous work on the issue, and a disturbing indictment of US and Israeli policies. 
One central theme is that hidden motives have coloured these policies. On the US side, Porter explains, the end of the Cold War led to a federal bureaucratic interest in exaggerating the WMD and missile threat posed by Iran (and other emerging countries) to justify funding bids. During the presidency of George W. Bush some senior administration members also sought to exploit nuclear fears to “delegitimize” the Iranian government and engineer a pretext for enforced regime change.
On the Israeli side, every government since 1992–both Likud and Labour–has seen advantage in dramatising the Iranian threat and in demonising Iran’s leaders. “Iran and Shi’a fundamentalism are the greatest threats to global peace,” proclaimed one Israeli document. The purpose has been to maintain the value of Israel to the US as a “strategic ally”, to distract global unease from Israel’s nuclear weapons arsenal, and to create excuses for remaining in occupation of Palestinian territory.
Porter concludes: “US and Israeli policies have been driven by political and bureaucratic interests, not by a rational, objective assessment of available indicators of the motives and intentions of Iranian leaders”. more.. e-mail

Aid reaches Palestinians in Yarmouk camp, but it’s still only a trickle
Electronic Intifada: 3 Feb 2014 – Thousands of people haven’t benefited from food deliveries made last week. more..

US Secretary of State John Kerry Lambasted by Israel for ‘Amplifying’ Boycott
Palestine Chronicle: 3 Feb 2014 – By Richard Irvine Poor US Secretary of State John Kerry. He tries to defend Israel, even to save Israel; he tries to legitimize its illegal occupation and have the Palestinians accept their dispossession, and in return he is lambasted by Israel’s politicians as “an amplifier” of “anti-Semitic boycotts.” John Kerry, who has been engaged since the summer in trying to resurrect the long moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is due to present his proposed framework agreement to both sides in the coming week. If reports are to be believed, the framework agreement gives much more to Israel than is either morally or legally justified. Indeed if it corresponds to Thomas Friedman’s New York Times account it amounts to a virtual capitulation to Israeli demands and ‘facts on the ground’. Israel will retain its illegal settlement blocs, maintain a substantial military presence in the Palestinian Jordan Valley, and have nullified the Palestinian…more

Scarlett Johansson: Israeli Apartheid is Profitable
Dissident Voice: 3 Feb 2014 – more

Who will Finally Heal the “Running Sore in the East”?
Dissident Voice: 3 Feb 2014 – Do world leaders today even know the underlying causes of the Holy Land’s misery? Hansard is the official verbatim report of proceedings in the UK Parliament. You’d expect powerful intellectual stimulation, especially from the House of Lords, but too often the record reads like pulp fiction, punctuated as always with antique language, flowery manners and a pinch of pompous poppycock. But from behind it all emerge some uncomfortable truths. For example, in the House of Lords on 27 January we were presented with this: Baroness Falkner of Margravine : To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to the people of Gaza over the last three months. Baroness Northover (Government Spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development) : My Lords, the humanitarian situation in Gaza is precarious. There is a significant danger that food, water and fuel will run out later this year. The UK is a leading…more


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