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International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Kidnap Brother Of Palestinian Killed On January 29
IMEMC – Ramallah – Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian from the al-Jalazoun refugee camp. The kidnapped Palestinian is the brother of a young man who was shot, and killed, by the soldiers on January 29. …

Cameraman Injured By Army Fire Near Ramallah
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening, February 11, 2014] Israeli soldiers invaded the Nabi Saleh village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, clashed with local residents, and kidnapped a Palestinian cameraman. …

Palestinian Moderately Injured By Army Fire In Beit Ummar
IMEMC – [Tuesday Evening, February 11, 2014] Palestinian medical sources have reported that a Palestinian man was moderately wounded by Israeli army fire after dozens of soldiers invaded Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West bank city of Hebron. …

Japan Contributes USD 62 Million to Palestinians
IMEMC – The Government of Japan has decided to extend approximately USD 62 million to the people of Palestine. … 

Israel to Allow Shipment of Goods into Gaza
IMEMC – Israel has agreed to allow a shipment of goods to enter the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. …

Kerry Plan Includes Palestinian Recognition of Israel as Jewish State
IMEMC – US Secretary of State John Kerry has approved that the drafted framework peace agreement, to be signed between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel, will include Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state, Maariv reported on Tuesday. …

Israel PM to Visit US, Meet Obama
IMEMC – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington on March 2, where he is to discuss Iran and the peace process with US President Barack Obama, his office said Monday. … 

Hamas Leaders Arrested West of Ramallah, Raids Conducted Across West Bank
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers have arrested two Palestinians in the town of Ni’lin, West of Ramallah in Palestine. …

Israeli Air Force Fires Missiles Into Two Areas In Gaza
IMEMC – [Tuesday at Dawn, February 11, 2014] The Israeli air force fired several missiles into two areas in the besieged Gaza Strip, causing property damage but no casualties, the Palestine News Network (PNN) has reported. …

Ma’an News

Israeli airstrikes target central, northern Gaza Strip
2/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli airstrikes rocked northern Gaza City and al-Nuseirat refugee camp early Tuesday, causing damages, security sources and locals said. Three air-to-surface missiles struck the Abu Jarad militant base in Gaza City, causing a fire to break out, the sources said. Heavy damages, but no injuries, were reported. Israel’s army said in a statement that a rocket fired from….

Settlers destroy over 150 olive trees near Bethlehem
2/11/2014 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Settlers cut down 150 olive trees in the Bethlehem-area village of al-Khader on Tuesday, land owners said. One of the owners, Muhammad Shawqi al-Zayyah, told Ma’an that settlers destroyed around 150 olive trees that his family planted two years ago. Several vines were also cut down. The settlers there are led by a Jewish extremist known as Hananiya, who….

Israeli navy detains 3 Gaza fishermen
2/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three fishermen off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, witnesses said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli warships stopped two fishing boats and arrested three fishermen at gunpoint. The boats and fishermen were taken to an unknown location. One of the fishermen was identified as Fadil Sultan. After ordering the….

Egyptian army destroys 5 smuggling tunnels
2/11/2014 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army on Tuesday destroyed five smuggling tunnels on the Gaza border, Egyptian security sources said. Border guards continued a crackdown against militants and smuggling groups near the border for the second day in a row. A border guard patrol seized a load of weapons and ammunition being smuggled into Egypt. Ninety automatic rifles and 12,000 bullets were found in….

4 injured, 1 arrested in clashes in Beit Ummar
2/11/2014 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets and dozens of others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation in clashes with Israeli forces in Beit Ummar north of Hebron. Spokesman for the popular resistance committee in Beit Ummar Mohammad Ayyad said that clashes broke out in the village during a funeral. Ayyad added that Israeli forces were deployed at the entrance….

Israeli forces arrest 11 Palestinians in overnight raids
2/11/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested 11 Palestinians in overnight detention raids across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, locals and Israel’s army said. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed the northern West Bank city of Nablus early Tuesday and detained three youths. Several Israeli military vehicles drove through the al-Dahiya and al-Taawon neighborhoods in the city after midnight….

Israeli minister visits Aqsa compound under guard
2/11/2014 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Right-wing Israeli housing minister Uri Ariel visited the the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Tuesday under armed guard, a mosque official said. Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, the director of Jerusalem endowments and al-Aqsa affairs, told Ma’an that Ariel and 27 rightist settlers entered the mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate. The group toured the area and then left via the Chain….

Gaza ministry: UNRWA curriculum ‘inappropriate’
2/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas-run Ministry of Education in the Gaza Strip has accused the UN Palestine refugee agency of including “inappropriate” new chapters in curriculum in Palestinian refugee camps in the coastal enclave.”We denounce the publication and distribution of syllabus in UNRWA-run schools without the approval of the ministry of education and higher education,” the ministry said in a statement Tuesday….

In Cremisan, our land represents our existence
2/11/2014 – Father Ibrahim Shomali is the Parish Priest of Beit Jala, Bethlehem District. – Since the beginning of our struggle for Cremisan, we have been determined to tell the world about the story of a small Palestinian community that, like many others, is threatened once again with dispossession and colonization. Beit Jala had already lost two thirds of its lands to the Israeli settlements of Gilo and….

PA official: Israel to allow shipment of goods into Gaza
2/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has agreed to allow a shipment of goods to enter the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian official said Tuesday. Hussein al-Sheikh, the head of the Palestinian Authority’s civil affairs department, told Ma’an that Israel agreed to allow 52 trucks carrying food, cargo, gas, and other fuel to enter Gaza. Additionally, Israel approved a shipment of supplies….

Ministers head to Romania to sign agreements
2/11/2014 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Six Palestinian ministers and several ministry officials led by the minister of foreign affairs left Tuesday for Romania where they will discuss cooperation between Romania and Palestine. A Foreign Ministry statement highlighted that the delegation would hold a second session for a joint Romanian-Palestinian committee. Several agreements are expected to be signed including an agreement on political consultations at the level….

Palestinian-Israeli gets 15 months for training in Syria
2/11/2014 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A Palestinian citizen of Israel has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of traveling to Syria and receiving training with the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front. According to the court ruling seen by AFP on Tuesday, Abdel Kader al-Taleh, 27, from the Palestinian village of Taibe in northern Israel, was convicted of “entering an enemy territory” and “illegal training for….

Obama: Firms violate Iran sanctions at own ‘peril’
2/11/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that foreign firms testing commercial prospects in Iran did so at their own peril and vowed to come down like a “ton of bricks” on sanctions violators. Obama spoke alongside French President Francois Hollande a week after a large French business delegation traveled to Tehran to test opportunities opened by the easing of Western sanctions. [END]

Israel returns remains of Nablus man
2/11/2014 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities returned the remains of a young Palestinian man to his family after keeping it for nearly 12 years since his death, an official said. The remains of Habash Hanani from Beit Furik near Nablus were delivered at the Taybeh crossing, and it was th
en moved to Rafidia general hospital in Nablus. Hanani’s funeral will be held on….

Hamas-affiliated students protest Fatah visit to Gaza
2/11/2014 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Dozens of students affiliated with Hamas on Tuesday held a demonstration outside of the premises where a visiting Fatah delegation is staying in Gaza City. The protesters denounced “detention campaigns” by Palestinian Authority security forces against Hamas-affiliated students at Birzeit University. Student union chief Hani Muqbil urged the Fatah delegation to stop arrest campaigns based on political affiliation. A Fatah….

Egyptian security: Militants blow up gas pipeline in north Sinai
2/11/2014 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security sources said militants in the northern Sinai Peninsula early Tuesday blew up a gas pipeline south of El-Arish. A security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Ma’an that militants affiliated with the al-Qaeda-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis destroyed parts of a pipeline that supplies natural gas to Jordan and central Sinai. Witnesses said a….

Syrian opposition warns won’t return for talks if no progress
2/11/2014 – GENEVA (AFP) — The Syrian opposition delegation in Geneva for a second round of peace talks warned Monday it would not return for a third round if no progress is made.” If there is no progress at all, I think it would be a waste of time to think about a third round,” opposition spokesman Louay Safi told reporters late Monday. He said the delegation had….

Aid mission in Syria’s Homs extended as talks falter
2/11/2014 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Aid teams launched fresh efforts on Tuesday to evacuate civilians from besieged districts of Syria’s Homs after a truce was extended, as mutual recriminations bogged down peace talks in Switzerland. The Syrian Red Crescent has so far helped evacuate around 1,200 people trapped in rebel-held areas of the war-ravaged central city, and delivered desperately-needed food and medicine. In Geneva, meanwhile, the….

Peace talks to reunite Cyprus resume after 2-year break
2/11/2014 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Dervis Eroglu were meeting Tuesday to relaunch talks on ending the island’s division after a nearly two-year break. The two leaders were expected to ratify a joint declaration allowing for the resumption of the stalled peace process. The meeting was taking place in the UN-controlled buffer zone, at the now defunct….

15 Iraqi soldiers killed in pre-dawn attack
2/11/2014 – MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — A pre-dawn attack on an army encampment guarding an oil pipeline in northern Iraq left 15 soldiers dead on Tuesday, as authorities grapple with near-daily attacks and running battles with militants. The latest bloodshed comes with unrest at its worst in Iraq in nearly six years, and has fueled fears that, with elections due in April, the country is on the brink….

Obama: Russia must make Syria comply with chemical arms deal
2/11/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that Russia had a “responsibility” to ensure that Syria complies with a deal to hand over its chemical weapons. Only three shipments of chemicals have left the Syrian port of Latakia so far — far less than the 700 tons the country was supposed to dispose of by the end of 2013, under a US-Russia brokered agreement. [END]

International Solidarity Movement

‘I hope one day all the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails will win their freedom’
2/11/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement, Gaza Team, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Friends and relatives, as well as local and international activists, gathered Monday morning at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza to demonstrate, like every week, in support of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.”My cousin was arrested during the 2006 Israeli invasion of Beit Hannoun,” Said Attallah Abu Oudah said.”He is detained….

Settlers attack Palestinian shepherds, Israeli activists and internationals during nonviolent action in South Hebron Hills
2/11/2014 – International Solidarity Movement – 8th February 2014, Operation Dove, At Tuwani, South Hebron Hills, Occupied Palestine – On the morning of February 8, 2014, during a nonviolent action claiming the right of Palestinians to access their own land, a group of settlers from the illegal outpost of Mitzpe Eshtamoa attacked Palestinians, Israeli activists and internationals with stones and sticks, while Israeli soldiers stood by and watched. At 9:36 a….

Relief Web

Lebanon: Lebanon: Emergency Response Fund (as of 08 January 2014)
Relief Web 11 Feb 2014 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilizes and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving…

Syrian Arab Republic: UNRWA strongly condemns school explosion in southern Syria
Relief Web 11 Feb 2014 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic Statement attributable to UNRWA’s director of operations in Syria, Michael Kingsley The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 04 – 11 February
Relief Web 11 Feb 2014 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali,…

The National

Afghanistan discovers first polio case since 2001
The National 11 Feb 2014 – Health workers say infection of three-year-old girl in Kabul underlines urgent need to step up vaccinations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mystery surrounds ancient Apollo statue found by Gaza fisherman
The National 11 Feb 2014 – 500kg bronze sculpture is believed to be about 2,000 years, but no one can see it until Gaza police find out who put it on eBay.

Aid mission to Syria’s Homs on hold as peace talks falter
The National 11 Feb 2014 – The UN refugee agency said 336 male evacuees aged between 15 and 55 were taken in for questioning after they left the rebel-held district of the city.

Newscaster apologises after mixing up Samuel L Jackson with Laurence Fishburne
The National 11 Feb 2014 – ‘What Super Bowl commercial? You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter,’ the animated actor exclaims.

Iran will ‘shatter’ sanctions, says Rouhani
The National 11 Feb 2014 – Hundreds of thousands gather in Tehran to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Republic and hear Hassan Rouhani’s most important public address since his election in August 2013.

Survivor found in Algerian military plane crash
The National 11 Feb 2014 – One survivor was found in an Algerian military plane crash that was thought to have killed all aboard

US military ordered destruction of bin Laden corpse photos
The National 11 Feb 2014 – Photos of the Al Qaeda leader’s remains were to be destroyed or sent to the CIA, according to newly released email

Family of Pakistani activist fears for his safety
The National 11 Feb 2014 – Kareem Khan was picked up by the security forces from his home in Rawalpindi on February 5, according to his legal team, just days before he was due to testify before the European parliament.

Qatar World Cup 2022 organisers pledge to protect workers
The National 11 Feb 2014 – Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organising committee draws up a workers’ charter after football’s governing body demanded action following the reported deaths of 185 Nepalese construction workers last year.

Iraqi militant bomb instructor blows up his students
The National 11 Feb 2014 – An instructor teaching militant recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration Monday, killing 21 of them in a huge blast.


Hundreds flock to ‘weeping’ Mary statue in Israel’s north
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Polish prosecutor general pledges to get tough on anti-Semitism
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Sharon ordered expulsion of 3,000 Bedouin, new biography reveals
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Danish giraffe’s fate prompts outrage – and perplexity
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Turkey PM: No reconciliation with Israel until end of Gaza siege
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Attorney General urges court: Allow woman to leave son uncircumcised
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Attorney General urges court: Allow woman leave son uncircumcised
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

American author compares killing of giraffe to Holocaust
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

New plan aims to bring thousands of Jewish students to Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Hate crimes of the Holy Land – now also available in Los Angeles
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Obama: U.S. will come down ‘like a ton of bricks’ on firms that violate Iran sanctions
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Polish activist, Israeli Holocaust scholar among Dan David Prize winners for 2014
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Erdogan attacks the Internet
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Israeli deputy education minister says same-sex couples aren’t families
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Israeli duo qualifies for Sochi figure skating finals
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Sharansky: Tens of thousands of descendants of forced converts want to immigrate to Israel
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

1 survivor, 102 dead in Algerian crash, says intel officer
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court orders new election in Beit Shemesh
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Israel’s Supreme Court orders new election in Nazareth
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Police recommend former chief rabbi be indicted for taking bribes
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

If Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospitals are so great, why are they so sick?
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Suspect in West Bank military court goes free after Israeli police lose evidence
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Australian FM ‘concerned’ by alleged Israeli abuse of Palestinian children
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

WATCH: Israel Aerospace Industries unveils revamped drone in Singapore
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Ultra-orthodox rally against Natalie Portman in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Calling out Rand Paul: Will you really defend Israel?
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Jaffa oranges, the ‘surprise of nature’
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Judge grants Hadassah temporary relief from creditors
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Israel’s U.S. envoy: Kerry didn’t talk about boycott to pressure us
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

Gov’t pledges financial support to rehouse monkeys bred for medical experiments
Ha’aretz – 11 Feb 2014

John Kerry deserves a ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ medal
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Fire of incitement is destroying Israel
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Autistic students being disciplined according to rules for regular Israeli schools
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Israel Air Force strikes Hamas targets in Gaza
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Israeli FM spokesman: Abuse of Palestinian kids ‘intolerable’
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Addressing the satanic, mystical aspect of Nazism
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Israeli Arab gets 18 months for trying to join fight against Assad
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Bringing the IDF melting pot to a boil
Ha’aretz – 10 Feb 2014

Jerusalem Post

Israel joins UN regional consultative grouping to Human Rights Council
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – UN grants Israel observer status in Latin American economic alliance; Foreign Minister Liberman says move shows Israel not isolated. 

Hadassah workers turn reduced Shabbat schedule at hospitals into emergency schedule
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – As Jerusalem District Court freezes HMO activities, hospital staffers to work more limited schedule. 

Rest in peace, Sarajevo
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – City that hosted the 14th Winter Olympics set on fire amid protests 

The BDS folly
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – The BDS movement has no targets other than Israel 

Jews of Venezuela, the new Diaspora
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Chavez made dangerous liaisons, such as with Iran, Islamic terrorists and other anti-Semites. 

Local governments to gain power in appointment of chief municipal rabbis
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Ministry of Religious Services has approved new guidelines for position that will put most of the power in the hands of city municipal council. 

The end of plastic bags?
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Why must a relatively light article like a dress or skirt or pair of shoes leave the store in a thick, shiny plastic bag? 

Stan’s not your man
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Fischer’s track record as the governor of the Bank of Israel is a topic of heated debate in Israel. 

Center Field: Harried Kerry, Can we talk peace without demonization, bullying and sideshows?
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Kerry is not wrong for trying to broker a peace. However, he and his allies err by trying to bully Israel to the peace table. 

Floods force Cameron to postpone visit
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – British prime minister informs Israel, Palestinian Authority that trip will be postponed in order to deal with disaster relief efforts. 

Why does the EU continue to fund anti-peace NGOs?
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – European Union and its member states actively promoting and funding the boycott and isolation of Israel. 

Suspected jihadist attack gas pipeline in Sinai
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Assailants carry out fourth strike in past year on pipeline, which links to Israel, Jordan. 

Knesset passes first reading of national housing project
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – If passed in 2nd and 3rd readings, will create a new institution to oversee planning. 

Israeli ice skating pair advance in Sochi
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich finish in 15th place in short program at Winter Olympics. 

Effort to raise electoral threshold advances
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – MKs decide against requiring a special vote on proposal to raise the electoral threshold. 

Hamas top official arrested on suspicion of corruption
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – The arrest of the former spokesman marks Hamas’s first such case since its establishment in 1988. 

Health Ministry sets new guidelines on food served in country’s medical institutions
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Ministry fails to reduce price of whole-grained products, observe rules in cafeteria at headquarters. 

Obama: US will come down ‘like a ton of bricks’ on violators of Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – US president, French president Hollande meet at White House; leaders address Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran nuclear issue, Syrian conflict. 

BGU Conference on welfare of the child tackles pressing issues about child abuse and poverty
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Supreme Court Justice states that child victims of abuse should not “pay the price” for remaining silent.

Pacific Alliance grants Israel observer status
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – South American trade alliance and Israel take ‘first step’ towards expanding trade relations. 

Dan David Foundation announces winners of prize
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Annual prizes honor research of the mind in past, present and future categories. 

Israeli startup reinvents the wheel
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – A newfangled wheel has begun rolling out of an Israeli startup’s production line, aiming to provide its users with a much more comfortable ride. 

Gantz: Serving the homeland is a right
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – In first remarks on draft debate, IDF chief of staff calls on “all shades of society” to take part in military service. 

Police: Evidence to support bribery, money laundering present in rabbi Metzger probe
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Authorities finish investigation of former chief rabbi arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes, illicit payments 

Suicide terrorism thriving in Syria, is threat to West, Israel new report wa

Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – 15% of world’s suicide bombings occurred in Syria last year, Tel Aviv study reports; majority carried out by al-Qaida linked groups. 

It’s final: Supreme Court orders new elections in Beit Shemesh, to be held March 11
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Jerusalem District Court ruling to nullify Beit Shemesh municipal elections on the grounds of massive and systematic fraud upheld. 

New elections slated for Beit Shemesh and Nazareth next month
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Abutbul: I’m surprised how easy it is to erase democracy; Justices say October’s fraud was ‘worrying and disturbing.’ 

Bennett, manufacturers face off in Knesset ‘Blue and White Day’
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Economy minster salutes industry, saying future of Israel depends on young entrepreneurs. 

A View from Down Under: Australia frontline of BDS campaign
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Perhaps much of Jewish mentality throughout the ages has been to keep a low profile in the diaspora, but I believe that Jews need to fight back against the racist campaign of the BDS movement. 

Hoard of paintings found in Austria, works may have been looted by Nazis
Jerusalem Post 11 Feb 2014 – Collection includes works by Monet, Renoir and Picasso; owner German recluse with previous stash found in Munich. 

The Guardian

When Palestinian protests turn violent | @guardianletters
The Guardian 11 Feb 2014 – In her feature on Palestinian children, Harriet Sherwood writes at length about protests in Nabi Saleh ( Weekend , 8 February). She mentions that at least 140 people from the village “have been detained or arrested as a…

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Inter Press Service

Bursting the ‘Blood Bubble’
IPS Palestinian workers at the SodaStream plant. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS. By Pierre Klochendler MISHOR ADUMIM INDUSTRIAL ZONE, Occupied West Bank, Feb 9 2014 (IPS) The longstanding Israeli practice of labelling settlement products “Made in Israel” is leading to mounting opposition to the occupation. Settlements are considered a violation of international law….

Daily Star

3 years after Mubarak, reports of abuses in Egypt
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 On the third anniversary of the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down as Egypt’s president after an 18-day uprising, the government blocked access to Tahrir Square on Tuesday and letters emerged from activists reporting that they have…

Obama defends latest delay to his healthcare law
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the latest delay in his healthcare law’s employer mandate, saying it follows similar relief his administration has already given to certain individuals.

Greek police: 4 Turks charged with terror offenses
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 Four Turkish men arrested in Athens were charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offenses. Greek police said one of them is also wanted by Turkish authorities for allegedly participating in a terrorist organization.

Warnings of failure as Syria talks deadlocked
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 Syria peace talks showed no signs of movement Tuesday, sparking warnings of failure, as the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held areas of Syria’s third city Homs was suspended.

Obama speaks out on Iran, Syria struggles
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 President Barack Obama weighed into two international struggles Tuesday, vowing to come down like “a ton of bricks” on firms that violate sanctions against Iran and acknowledging that Syrian peace talks are far from reaching their…

Afghanistan to release 65 ‘dangerous’ Taliban prisoners
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 Afghanistan on Tuesday said it would press ahead with the release of scores of alleged Taliban fighters from jail despite US objections that the men were a threat to NATO and Afghan forces.

Cinema attack kills 13 as Pakistan holds Taliban talks
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 A triple grenade attack on a cinema showing pornography in northwest Pakistan killed 13 people on Tuesday as government and Taliban negotiators met for a second round of peace talks.

Obama: Syria peace talks far from achieving goal
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 President Barack Obama says peace talks to end Syria’s civil war are far from achieving their goal of halting violence and facilitating a political transition.

Islamist threat at home forces Saudi rethink on Syria
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 After serving for years as the main conduit for weapons and cash to rebels battling Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is shifting its policy to contain the spread of Islamist militancy at home, diplomats and figures…

Obama hails Hollande’s ‘courage’ on foreign policy
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 WASHINGTON, Feb 11, 2014 (AFP) – US President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the “courage and resolve” of his French counterpart Francois Hollande in foreign policy matters, at a White House joint press conference.

Geagea: Bkirki Charter leaves no room for Hezbollah
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Tuesday praises the National Charter unveiled by The Maronite Church last week, saying it flies in the face of Hezbollah’s practices and ideology, and urges Lebanese political figures to fully implement…

Obama: Russia to blame if UN Homs resolution fails
Daily Star 11 Feb 2014 US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that Russia would be to blame for keeping aid from desperate Syrian civilians if it blocked a UN resolution designed to lift the siege of Homs.

YNet News

Netanyahu fights with Obama at Israel’s expense
YNet News, 11 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: Netanyahu may be allowed to base his future and welfare on one private American, but not the future, security and welfare of State of Israel ….

US spy chief calls Syria ‘apocalyptic disaster’ 
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EP president says EU will not boycott Israel
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Christie says bridge scandal won’t impede work
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Algeria: Plane crash kills 77 but 1 man survives
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Obama, Hollande speak out on Iran sanctions
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One nationality is all we need
YNet News, 11 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: Those seeking a foreign passport must make a choice, because when it comes to one’s homeland there is no two for the price of one sale ….

‘I know tomorrow will be my last day’
YNet News, 11 Feb 2014 – For years the Soviet Jewry’s Holocaust was a forbidden secret. Now, through letters found in archives, Yad Vashem is working to make the voices silenced behind the Iron Curtain heard ….

The people’s army is falling apart
YNet News, 11 Feb 2014 – Analysis: MKs are busy striking deals at the IDF’s expense, while the hesder yeshiva students and haredim are getting bonuses. Where is the equal share of the burden everyone’s talking about? ….

Tearing down haredi ghetto’s walls
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – Op-ed: The real threat to the haredi ghetto is not the haredi draft law, it’s a small plastic and metal device that opens the door to the outside world ….

After 50 years, ADL head Abe Foxman to retire next year
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – National Director of Anti-defamation League announces intention to resign in 2015. In resignation letter, Foxman writes of long-standing passion to fight for safety of Jewish people ….

Palestinians Say West Bank Exit Tax is Too High
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – Palestinian West Bank residents say $43 charged as exit fee for those crossing Allenby Bridge, connecting between West Bank and Jordan, is too steep ….

Escaping the siege: Hundreds evacuated from Homs 
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – After more than year-long blockade, some 1000 people evacuated from Syria city since weekend as part of temporary cease-fire ….

Danish parliament speaker: Row with Israel ‘storm in a cup of water’
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – During visit to Ramallah, Lykketoft makes light of his decision to visit West Bank but not Israel ….

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013 
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – Facebook founder’s donation of more than $970 million to Silicon Valley foundation puts him and wife Priscilla Chan at top of list of America’s most generous philanthropists in 2013 ….

Mysterious Greek god held in Gazan detention
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – Local fisherman scoops ancient life-sized bronze statue from Gaza shore, unaware of his finding’s value. Hamas swiftly seizes rare catch, claims investigation of matter is underway ….

Aerial ID card renewal: UAE to use drones for government services
YNet News, 10 Feb 2014 – Gulf oil superpower to launch mail service delivery where packages will be handed by unmanned aircrafts ….

Palestinian Information Center

Negev jail soldiers launch night raid on section 26
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner center for studies said that prison soldiers raided and ransacked section 26 of the Negev jail on Monday night at the pretext of looking for cellphones.

PLC calls for an international Parliamentary Lobby Group to isolate Israel
PIC – The PLC hailed the recommendations issued by South African Parliament in support of Palestinian people, calling for an international Parliamentary lobby to isolate the Israeli entity.

Activist Abu Aoun severely beaten during his arrest
PIC – The Palestinian activist Islam Abu Aoun was severely beaten during his arrest by Israeli soldiers, human rights center said.

PA apparatuses arrest two students and summon two Hamas supporters
PIC – PA security apparatuses in the West Bank arrested two university students and summoned two Hamas supporters, while the IOF arrested a former political detainee and summoned another.

Israel bars president of European parliament from visiting Palestinian school
PIC – The IOA prevented president of the European parliament Martin Schulz from visiting Al-Ittarat (tires) school in Khan Al-Ahmar district near the road between Jerusalem and Jericho cities.

IOF soldiers arrest Jihad cadre on his return from Jordan
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning Karame crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank arrested Islamic Jihad cadre Mohammed Salah on his return from Jordan on Monday.

Hamas calls on Fatah to benefit from the Tunisian experience
PIC – Senior leader in Hamas Movement Salah Bardawil confirmed that Fatah Central Committee delegation has received Hamas’s position towards reconciliation agreement.

Israeli televised report shows Jewish preparations to destroy Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Israel’s channel 10 televised once again a report showing Jewish settlers making preparations for the building of the alleged temple and its altar in place of the Aqsa Mosque.

Occupation cuts off water to 20 houses in Jerusalem
PIC – Staff of the Israeli Gihon Water Company raided the Old City in Jerusalem, and cut off the water supply to 20 houses in the neighborhoods of al-Oued and Bab Hutta, due to debts owed to the company.


Activists Plant Olive Seedlings in Response to Settlers’ Attack
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014

Palestinians Demand Tougher EU Sanctions against Israeli Settlement
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014

Settlers Uproot 150 Olive Seedlings near Bethlehem
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014

Israeli Jets Strike Gaza, No Injuries
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014

Nine Arrested in Various West Bank Areas
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014

Weather Forecast: Warm Weather Prevails
WAFA – 11 Feb 2014


Algeria military plane crash leaves dozens dead
LA Times 11 Feb 2014 – Rescuers find one survivor after the plane carrying at least 78 people crashes in eastern Algeria. Those killed include women and children. CAIRO — An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the…

Obama says U.S. is exploring ‘every possible avenue’ with Syria
LA Times 11 Feb 2014 – WASHINGTON – Acknowledging “enormous frustration,” President Obama said Thursday that the administration “continues to explore every possible avenue” to solve the nearly 3-year-old Syrian civil war.

Iran celebrates 35th anniversary of revolution in a time of change
LA Times 11 Feb 2014 – TEHRAN — Throngs of people took to the streets of the Iranian capital Tuesday to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which ousted a U.S.-backed leader and brought a defiantly anti-Washington government to power.

U.S. Can Keep Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Alive by Force: Court
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – A U.S. appeals court declined on Tuesday to halt the forced feeding of hunger strikers in Guantanamo Bay but ruled that the prisoners have the right to sue over the procedure and other aspects of how the U.S. military treats them. 

New Round of Syria Talks Off to a Slow Start
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – In Geneva, the United Nations mediator and representatives of the government and rebels say that little progress is being made. 

Obama Warns Companies Against Trying to Evade Iran Sanctions
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – President Obama made his comments at a news conference with the French president looking on, and were provoked by French executives who recently traveled to Tehran. 

U.S. Spy Chief Calls Syria ‘Apocalyptic Disaster’
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – The top U.S. intelligence chief said on Tuesday the war in Syria had created an “apocalyptic disaster” and said he was convinced that documents alleging torture and murder in the conflict were authentic. 

At War Blog: The Song Doesn’t Remain the Same
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – Sgt. Neil Gussman on the ritual of marching songs. 

Palestinian Women Make Strides in High-Tech
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – Growing up in a traditional society, Abeer Abu Ghaith was often told a woman’s future is in her husband’s kitchen. Quietly, the 29-year-old proved everyone wrong. 

Israeli Prize for Polish, French US Intellectuals
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – A Polish intellectual, a U.S. professor and a French historian are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Dan David Prize. 

Iranians Assail U.S. on Revolution Anniversary
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – Demonstrators singled out President Obama and other Americans for criticism over the nuclear dispute. They also warned children to brush their teeth. 

Analysis: In Peace Talks, Assad Plays for Time
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – Even as he fights to hold on to power, Syrian President Bashar Assad has agreed to destroy a significant part of his arsenal and to join negotiations whose stated aim is to remove him from his post. 

Thousands Flock to ‘Weeping’ Mary Statue in Israel
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – Hundreds of people have flocked to a small town in northern Israel to view a statue of the Virgin Mary that residents say “weeps” oil. 

Obama Says He Does Not See a Military Solution in Syria Right Now
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States does not see a military solution in Syria at the moment. 

Obama Warns Against Violating Sanctions Against Iran
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States will come down like a “ton of bricks” on businesses that violate sanctions against Iran. 

Obama Says U.S., France Agree on Continued Enforcement of Iran Sanctions
New York
Times 11 Feb 2014 – The United States and France agree on the need to enforce existing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday. 

Islamist Threat at Home Forces Saudi Rethink on Syria
New York Times 11 Feb 2014 – After serving for years as the main conduit for weapons and cash to rebels battling Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia is shifting its policy to contain the spread of Islamist militancy at home, diplomats and figures close to the government say. 

MediWound files for $75m Nasdaq IPO
Globes Main News – The wound treatment company has filed at a valuation of $400 million.

Ministry to raise minimum gas license stake to 20%
Globes Main News – Criticism followed dry holes drilled by operators with just 5% of license rights.

Teva chairman sold shares for $7m
Globes Main News – Following the sale, Phillip Frost still owns Teva shares worth more than $500 million.

Video platform co Kaltura raises $47m
Globes Main News – Kaltura will expand into Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Korea.

Ehud Barak should knock his 5 new apartments into 1
Globes Main News – If Barak consolidates his five Tel Aviv homes, he could save NIS 215,000 in taxes.

Court grants Hadassah 90 days protection
Globes Main News – Negotiations on the hospital’s recovery plan will begin in a few days.

France to perform CPR on Scarlett Johansson’s image — award for film career!
Mondoweiss – Johansson for SodaStream I wonder who cooked this one up? Just after being cut loose by Oxfam, and becoming t he darling of the right wing and a heroine of the settlers , because of her support for a business that operates out of an illegal Jewish…

Facebook hiring for Israel development center
Globes Main News – The new employees will join the operations of Onavo, which Facebook acquired for $150 million in October 2013.

Tamar partners plan $15b regional gas sales
Globes Main News – The partners want to use CNG technology to sell gas to Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus without pipelines.

Action Alert: Revised Version of Anti-Boycott Legislation in NY State Assembly
Jewish Voice for Peace – Update and Action Alert – 2/11/14 Revised Version of Anti-Boycott Legislation in NY State Assembly We again want to thank everyone who made calls, sent email messages, signed petitions, wrote statements and did all of the work to push against the anti-boycott legislation in the NY…

Outsource Thomas Friedman’s column to India
Mondoweiss – Friedman At one point, Thomas Friedman pauses briefly but significantly in The World is Flat , his gushing endorsement for how technology is moving all kinds of American jobs to places like India. He chuckles, a little nervously. “Thank goodness I’m a journalist and not an accountant…

Canadian groups press Neil Young not to play Israel
Mondoweiss – Neil Young has said that he will play Israel in July . Young was born and raised in Canada, and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East is petitioning him not to go through with the gig for the sake of “the human rights of…

IAI unveils Super Heron UAV 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – The Super Heron’s innovative diesel engine gives it greater flexibility and higher speed.

Home sales hit 10-year high in December
Globes Main News – Finance Ministry: 13,400 homes were sold in December, 47% more than in November.

Influential Jewish group pushes New York bill aimed at Israel boycott
Mondoweiss – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver speaking at the Jewish Community Relations Council’s 2009 rally in support of Israel during Operation Cast Lead. (Photo: Vosizneias.com) The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) takes legislators on free trips to Israel and spearheaded the campaign against boycotting the country at Brooklyn’s…

Goldberg and Cohen stoke fears of BDS
Mondoweiss – Ashrawi Talk of the boycott is alarming many of Israel’s supporters. In the last month the mere mention of it bolted from online forums onto the main stage, so politicos are now scrambling to figure out how to handle the issue. Haaretz reports “Netanyahu convenes…

Bloomberg: Turkey really wants Israeli gas
Globes Main News – The prospect of gas from the Leviathan field is prompting Turkey to normalize ties with Israel.

Palestine News Roundup 
Sabbah report 11 Feb 2014 – News roundup from around the world. Latest from Occupied Palestine, Israel War Crimes, Peace, Boycott, BDS and other related news. Read More: Palestine News Roundup . Sign up for our free newsletter!

Samantha Power Pushing for Israel’s Place on The U.N. Security Council 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Feb 2014 – Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, recommitted to securing Israel a tour on the U.N. Security Council after assisting its entry to a U.N. regional group. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘First UK suicide bomber’ in Syria 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – UK officials believe a British man may have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria, in what would be the first known attack of its type by a Briton there.

Ultra-Orthodox Protest Shooting of Natalie Portman Film ‘Tale of Love and Darkness’ 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Feb 2014 – Residents of a Haredi Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem reportedly have complained that filming for American actress Natalie Portman’s new film will take place there. Click here for the rest of the article…

Lebanon’s ‘I am alive’ app for bomb survivors 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – The app designed to reassure after bombings in Lebanon

Palestinians Say Peace Talks Doomed by ‘Reservations’ — Predicts ‘Stuck’ Process 
The Foward Breaking News 11 Feb 2014 – A top Palestinian official said on Tuesday a framework agreement being crafted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to buttress troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be doomed to fail. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt sets date for al-Jazeera trial 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – The judicial authorities in Egypt say the trial of 20 journalists, including four foreigners, on terrorism charges will start next week.

Algeria plane crash ‘kills dozens’ 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – An Algerian military transport plane with 78 people on board crashes in the mountainous north-east of the country, with one survivor found.

VIDEO: ‘Surviving on grass and olives’ 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – Some of the 1,200 people evacuated from the Syrian city of Homs have spoken of surviving on a diet of grass and olives, the BBC has learned.

UN concerned about Homs detainees 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – UN aid agencies say they are concerned about the safety of scores of men and boys detained by the Syrian authorities after fleeing Homs.

NCC at the Station: Shall we take the train to Geneva? 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – Louay Safi (R), spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks to journalists during the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on February 11, 2014 in Geneva. (Photo: AFP-Phillipe Desmazes) Louay Safi (R), spokesperson for the Syrian National Coalition, speaks to journalists during the Syrian…

Syrian Opposition Militants Holed Up in Krak des Chevaliers “Waiting for their Turn” 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed Abdel Rahman) A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014. (…

Turkey PM defends new Internet curbs as way to stop ‘cyber bullies’ 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vehemently rejected criticism of his country’s tough new Internet curbs, saying the legislation was necessary to stop “cyber bullies running wild”. “Nobody will be tapped. Nobody’s (personal) data on the Internet will be stored. Nobody’s freedom will be…

Qatar unveils workers’ rights plan 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – World Cup 2022 organisers publish new measures to protect workers in Qatar following 185 deaths in the last year.

Abbas aide calls Kerry peace formula a recipe for failure 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – A Palestinian official said on Tuesday a framework agreement being crafted by US Secretary of State John Kerry to sustain troubled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may be doomed to fail. Nabil Abu Rdeineh, spokesman to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, said the deal due to be submitted…

Algeria plane crash survivor found: emergency services 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – Updated 6:30 pm: One survivor was found on Tuesday from the crash of an Algerian military aircraft which had more than 100 people on board, an emergency services official told state radio. “We have found a survivor and the search continues,” Colonel Farid Nechad said, without…

Soldiers killed in north Iraq attack 
BBC 11 Feb 2014 – Militants have killed 15 soldiers guarding an oil pipeline in a pre-dawn raid on their camp in northern Iraq and kidnapped another, officials say.

Egyptian detainees complain of police torture 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – Activists arrested last month on the third anniversary of the revolt against Egyptian former dictator Hosni Mubarak say they have been tortured. The Interior Ministry denied any abuses and the government spokesman Hany Salah said it is committed to guarding human rights. If confirmed, the allegations…

Syrian envoy says dangerous chemical arms to go by March 1 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – The most dangerous elements of President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile will be removed from Syria by March 1, the Syrian ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday, according to the Interfax news agency. Syria missed a December 31 deadline to remove its most poisonous chemical agents…

Yabroud and Geneva II: A Time for Change 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 11 Feb 2014 – Syria’s General Fahd Jassem al-Freij (C), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces and Minister of Defense allegedly visiting troops in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.(Photo: AFP) Syria’s General Fahd Jassem al-Freij (C), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces and…

ISIS faces criticism from Jihad advocates in the Gulf and Jordan 
Al-Monitor 11 Feb 2014 – A number of prominent Salafist and jihadist figures have publicly criticized the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, yet it remains to be seen what effect this will have on their support base.

Syria peace talks not making much progress, says envoy 
Al-Akhbar News 11 Feb 2014 – UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) speaks during a press conference on the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters on February 11, 2014 in Geneva. (Photo: AFP – Philippe Desmazes) UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a press conference…

Have You Done Anything to Prevent a Building From Being Killed? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 11 Feb 2014 – The building under construction across my balcony has now reached my floor level. The exaggerated plantation I have installed to buffer its generous dust and noise contamination cannot save me from it anymore. Reality is not the most entertaining and/or cooperative game people have to play,…

PART III Former Syrian Prisoners: In Their Own Voices 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 11 Feb 2014 – A picture taken on February 6, 2014, shows the Syrian national flag waving in the wind over the Aleppo central prison, during clashes between pro-regime soldiers and rebel fighters. (Photo: AFP-Zein al-Rifai) A picture taken on February 6, 2014, shows the Syrian national flag waving in…

British MP: Iran’s exclusion from Geneva II ‘fatal error’ 
Al-Monitor 11 Feb 2014 – Lord Michael Williams speaks to As-Safir about the Syrian conflict, its effect on Lebanon and recent oil developments.

Israeli security chiefs modify assessment on Syrian war 
Al-Monitor 11 Feb 2014 – The Israel Defense Forces estimate that the Syrian war may last a decade, ending with Syria being divided into several cantons, with jihadist forces on the Israeli border and Hezbollah gaining in military experience.

Egypt’s museums looted during riots 
Al-Monitor 11 Feb 2014 – The wave of unrest and chaos in Egypt has given an opportunity for thieves to loot many of the country’s museums.

European officials divided over Geneva II priorities 
Al-Monitor 10 Feb 2014 – European officials attending the second round of the Geneva II conference are divided over what the priorities of the talks should be, with some focusing on humanitarian aid and others on a transitional government.

In Aleppo, friends offer glimmer of hope amid Syria tragedy 
Al-Monitor 10 Feb 2014 – A group of young men maintain their bonds of friendship despite differing political views on the Syrian war.

Energy reserves add new twist to Cyprus talks 
Al-Monitor 10 Feb 2014 – The negotiations over the future of Cyprus are linked to energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Where is it illegal to be gay? 
BBC 10 Feb 2014 – The 77 countries where being gay is a crime

PART II Former Syrian Prisoners: In Their Own Voices 
Al-Akhbar Series and Features 10 Feb 2014 – Syrians detainee, who were arrested over participation in the protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, are seen signing their release papers at the Damascus police leadership building July 11, 2012. (Photo: REUTERS – Khaled al- Hariri). Syrians detainee, who were arrested over participation in the…

AKP fights Turkish ‘porn lobby’ for Internet purity 
Al-Monitor 10 Feb 2014 – New Internet legislation may yet backfire on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party.


Ein Hiljeh: A symbol of resistance and hope 
Jessica Purkiss, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/11/2014
Hidden behind the leaves of palm trees, activists busied away resurrecting a village whose residents had long ago vacated. Until last week, the abandoned village of Ein Hijleh, in the Jordan Valley, just off a roaring main road, had remained silent since it was razed by Israeli soldiers nearly half a century ago.
Situated on one of the main arteries for vehicles travelling up and down the region and used daily by settlers living in one of the Jordan Valley’s 37 settlements, Ein Hijleh is set in the stunning landscape of the slopes marking the border with Jordan, with the Dead Sea in close proximity and views of Saint Gerasimos monastery. In 1967 its Palestinian Christian inhabitants were forcibly scattered when Israel conquered the West Bank from Jordan.
On Friday 31st January, scores of Palestinians activists, alongside international supporters, arrived at the site to reclaim the destroyed village in protest against peace talks they fear will further consolidate rather than end Israel’s grip on Palestinian land. Shortly after, Israeli military jeeps also arrived, stationed just beyond the palms to keep watch over the village’s new occupants.
In the early hours of Friday February 7, a week after they arrived, Israeli troops stormed the protest encampment and brutally evicted the activists who had taken up residence there. Dozens of people were arrested, and several were injured. The seemingly peaceful camp had already been under siege, with its water supply cut, food deliveries prevented and many arrests of its residents. On Monday night Israeli soldiers reportedly fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters into the camp, however it was the Friday early morning raid that put an end to the protest.
During that week, the stone houses of Ein Hijleh, which, preserved in their half crumbled state, had simply served as reminders of the homes they once were, were inhabited by a new generation of Palestinian families as men, women and children came to the village to sleep under the stars…. more.. e-mail

Israeli soldiers pose for photos while abusing Palestinian child 
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada 2/11/2014
Israeli forces in the eastern occupied Jerusalem village of al-Eizariya were caught on video on Friday posing for trophy photos as they held a wounded, handcuffed Palestinian child in a stranglehold.
The disturbing video, shot by Rami Alarya was published by the Independent Media Center (IMC), however that publication’s website, which regularly documents Israeli abuses in the village, appeared to be down.
The International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) which translated IMC’s report provided this description and analysis:
“The soldiers assaulted the child during clashes that took place in the [al-Eizariya] town, east of occupied East Jerusalem.
“One of the soldiers tried to push the cameraman, Alarya, and his colleague, Amin Alawya, away from the scene, and was yelling at them, “Enough, enough…. go away… what do you want…”
“Medical sources said the soldiers shot the child, Yassin al-Karaki, 13 years of age, with a rubber-coated metal bullet which hit the 13-year old in the leg. After he fell, the soldiers began assaulting and abusing him.
“The attack took place after soldiers, who hid in a building near the Annexation Wall in the Qabsa area, ambushed a group of children, and one of the soldiers opened fire on the children.
“Several soldiers then attacked and assaulted the wounded child before kidnapping him.
“The soldiers took pictures of themselves with the wounded child, and one soldier picked up a Molotov cocktail from the ground, while the child shouted in Hebrew, ‘it’s not mine, it’s not mine’, and a soldier responded, ‘it’s yours, it’s Ok … it’s yours’.” — See also:Video by Rami Alarya more.. e-mail

In Cremisan, our land represents our existence 
Father Ibrahim Shomali, Ma’an News Agency 2/11/2014
Father Ibrahim Shomali is the Parish Priest of Beit Jala, Bethlehem District.
Since the beginning of our struggle for Cremisan, we have been determined to tell the world about the story of a small Palestinian community that, like many others, is threatened once again with dispossession and colonization.
Beit Jala had already lost two thirds of its lands to the Israeli settlements of Gilo and Har Gilo, leaving our town with only 4,500 dunams of land. Our land represents not only our heritage and our olives represent not only our presence: they represent our existence.
As Palestinians we have gone for painful stories. In Beit Jala, we saw the refugees flee in 1948, the settlements grow since 1967, and the oppression engendered by a military occupation that aims at annexing our land. We witnessed the historic compromise made by the PLO, recognizing Israel on 78 percent of historic Palestine, which we all believed would bring peace. 
But Israel decided otherwise through its insatiable appetite for land. Since the PLO recognized Israel and accepted a two-state solution on the 1967 border, Israel has accelerated settlement construction and other elements of its colonial enterprise. Our town, due to its proximity to Jerusalem, was a natural target for Israeli settlements.
When Israel announced its plans to build the annexation wall, Palestine went to the International Court of Justice, and in 2004 obtained an unequivocal opinion: The construction of the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, and its associated regime, violate international law. Nevertheless, Israel has continued to build the wall with impunity.more.. e-mail

In the mirror of truth 
Fahmi Huwaidi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 2/11/2014
At a time when the thunder of Egyptian scandals echoes across the world, we in Egypt are playing dumb as we send delegations around the world in an attempt to improve our country’s image
Two days before the anniversary of the revolution, Amnesty International issued a report under the heading, “Roadmap to Repression: No End in Sight for Human Rights Violations”. It painted a bleak picture of the current situation in Egypt. Another Amnesty report was released last week: “The third anniversary of the revolution marred by police brutality”. It covered the events witnessed in Egypt on January 25th this year.
The first report was about 49 pages long and concluded that over the last seven months (since the coup), “Egypt has witnessed unprecedented levels of institutionalised violence as human rights were completely ignored and abused. Thus, the demands from the January 25th revolution, for dignity and human rights, remain more elusive than ever.”
Egypt has descended further down the path of repression and confrontation, with the authorities deliberately clamping down on freedom of expression and assembly. “The implementation of repressive laws,” said Amnesty, “makes it easier for the government to silence its critics and suppress protests. This grants security forces the opportunity to act above the law, in whatever way they please, and without the possibility of being held accountable for any violations they commit. Repression has now become the norm and, therefore, it is not punishable.”
Amnesty’s second report painted a picture of some of the things we knew and didn’t know about the events that occurred on the anniversary of the revolution last month. “The number of arrests that occurred on January 25th was lamentable. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of the Interior, over 1,000 people were arrested in a single day. It was also reported that 64 people were killed (although independent sources reported that 103 people were killed and those names were listed on the internet). Hundreds of others were wounded in the violence that erupted after police forces tried to break up anti-government protests.” more..e-mail

Gaza’s class divisions confronted by young writers
Electronic Intifada: 11 Feb 2014 – A story about seeking treatment for a toothache is one of the gems in “Gaza Writes Back.” more..

“This is apartheid”: rapper Jasiri X on visit to Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 11 Feb 2014 – Harassment of Palestinians resembles “stop-and-frisk” policies targeted towards African Americans.more..

The Boycott is Our Palestinian Non-violent Resistance
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Feb 2014 – By Hanan Ashrawi The SodaStream controversy, which recently caught the attention of media worldwide, has highlighted Israel’s ongoing military occupation and contributed to the growing awareness of global consciousness and social responsibility towards Palestine. It has laid wide open the whole issue of Israeli impunity and the imperative of multifaceted intervention and accountability. Scarlett Johansson’s choice to be the face of SodaStream, a company that operates a factory in the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, has brought to the forefront the debate on continued Israeli settlement activity and the real cost of such a dangerous and irresponsible policy. Ms. Johansson, who was also an ambassador of the human rights organization Oxfam, suddenly faced a conflict of interest and the challenge of individual responsibility and choice. The fact that Ms. Johansson decided to cast her lot with SodaStream, is, at best, naïve, and, at worst, an expression of a total lack…more

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