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Saturday, January 28, 2012
Israeli Missile Targets Home in Ash-Shujaa’eya Neighborhood, Abu Mustafa shells Nahal Oz
IMEMC - Palestinian local sources reported that an Israeli missile targeted Saturday at dawn a home in the neighborhood of Ash-Shujaa’eya, east of Gaza. No injuries reported. ...

Israeli tank shells home in Gaza City
1/28/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli army tank fired an artillery shell at a Palestinian home east of Gaza City on Saturday morning, causing damage but no injuries, locals said. The shell caused severe damage to the kitchen of Abu Hajjaj home in Shujaiyyeh neighborhood, according to eyewitnesses. The family members were all at....

Palestinian teen hit by Israeli car at checkpoint
1/28/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian teenager was struck and injured by an Israeli driver near an East Jerusalem checkpoint on Saturday morning, witnesses told Ma'an. Suleiman Abu Mahamid, 18, was waiting to catch a bus near al-Zayyem checkpoint between the West Bank and Jerusalem when a private car hit him and fled....

Detained Jihad leader faces Israeli hearing Monday
1/28/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Detained Islamic Jihad leader Khader Adnan faces a hearing on Monday at an Israeli military court, the prisoners society said Saturday. Adnan, who was detained on Dec. 17, has been on hunger strike for 42 days to protest his treatment by Israeli prison authorities. He will appear at Ofer military court....

Irish foreign minister visits Gaza Strip
1/28/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore visited the Gaza Strip on Friday, where he slammed Israel's blockade on the coastal enclave. Gilmore, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, told reporters: "Ireland is completely opposed to the blockade. . . It is clearly having a devastating....

PLO cabinet to meet Monday over failed talks
1/28/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Liberation Organization Executive Committee will meet Monday in the West Bank to discuss failed talks with Israeli envoys this month, committee members said on Saturday. Wasil Abu Yousif, who is also secretary-general of the Palestinian Liberation Front, said the cabinet meeting would prepare for a Feb. 4 summit with....

Gaza Fatah official says ready for elections
1/28/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A top Fatah official in the Gaza Strip says his party is ready for the scheduled elections, in which Palestinians hope to resolve years of internal disunity. Zakariya al-Agha said Saturday that Fatah hopes Mahmoud Abbas will consider running again for the presidency, despite his repeated statements that he will....

Arabs to meet early Feb on fate of Syria monitors
1/29/2012 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- Arab League foreign ministers are expected to meet in the week starting Feb. 5 to discuss whether to withdraw their monitoring mission in Syria after an escalation in violence, despite an Arab peace effort, an Arab League official said on Saturday. The official, who declined to be named, told Reuters the ministers were.... Related: Arab League confirms will freeze Syria mission and Arab League confirms will freeze Syria mission

Arab leaders tell Davos: Focus on jobs not Islam
1/28/2012 - By Warren Strobel and Paul TaylorDAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) -- Leaders of the Arab Spring sought to assure the world's elite in Davos that the rise of political Islam is not a threat to democracy, and pleaded for help creating jobs and satisfying the hunger of their people for a better life. Politicians, activists and....

'Executed' corpses dumped in restive Syrian city
1/28/2012 - BEIRUT (Reuters) -- The bodies of 17 men previously held by Syrian security forces have been found in the city of Hama, activists said on Saturday, victims of a deadly struggle between President Bashar Assad and those determined to topple him. Turkey was due to meet Gulf Arab states later in the day to reinforce support....

Arab League confirms will freeze Syria mission
1/28/2012 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- The Arab League's monitoring mission to Syria has been frozen given the escalation of violence in the country, the Arab League said Saturday." It has been decided to immediately stop the work of the Arab League's mission to Syria pending presentation of the issue to the league's.... Related: Arab League suspends Syria mission as violence rages

Egypt police officers hurt in Sinai clash
1/28/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Three police officers were injured on Saturday in a clash with suspected drug dealers in the southern Sinai, Egyptians security officials said....

3 Egypt police officers hurt in drug raid
1/28/2012 - SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Three members of the Egyptian police were injured Sunday in armed clashes with suspected drug dealers in the southern Sinai, officials said. Forces raided areas suspected to be involved with narcotics trade in Hay Bader, Toshky and al-Tour, the police said. In the course of these raids, three police....

Arab League suspends Syria mission as violence rages
1/28/2012 - By Erika Solomon and Alistair LyonBEIRUT (Reuters) -- The Arab League said on Saturday it had suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of "the critical deterioration of the situation" as state security forces battled rebels holding three suburbs just outside Damascus. The Arab League called last week for President Bashar al-Assad to step down after.... Related: Arab League confirms will freeze Syria mission

Egypt police: French tourist shot dead in Sinai
1/28/2012 - SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Police say a Bedouin man shot and killed a French tourist Saturday in the Sinai, in an apparent act of retribution after clashes with police. Alexander Crister, 42, suffered multiple gunshot wounds after a man, distraught over the death of his relative in an anti-drugs raid, opened fire at....

Lebanon's PM prefers to 'dissassociate' with Syria
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Najib Mikati believes the only way to maintain stability in Lebanon is to stay out of the uprising in his small, but influential neighbour.

Congress Party 'must win' Punjab polls
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Punjab election over unemployment, political corruption and a stagnant economy could reshape the balance of power in India's upper house.

Education becomes luck of the draw
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Thousands of parents gathered yesterday to see whether their children would have places at the Abu Dhabi Indian School for the new academic year.

US Republican candidates tout foreign policies
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Cuba and Jewish vote critical in Florida where Republican candidates' woo voters in a key battleground state.

Novel mix of material brings 'invisibility cloak' a step closer
The National 28 Jan 2012 - US team masks tube from light in the microwave spectrum.

Why Sheikh Ahmed's Olympic dream has ended
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Royal gold medalist steps down after heart ailment diagnosed.

Families stay put after walls torn down
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Several families are remaining in partially demolished flats as they wait for the developer to return their paid rent.

New road may not solve all problems
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Experts say that even if a new road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi were to be built, it would not greatly affect the quality of life for commuters.

Emirati slang revived
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Realising many words unique to the UAE may be lost if not recorded, two men have launched a virtual dictionary of Emirati terminology.

New campus to add life to UAE University
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Premises will give students complete tertiary experience.

International City overcrowded, badly maintained
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Problems with human effluent and a tide of blue-collar workers spoilt the vast out-of-town development for many owners and occupiers

FNC sets deadlines for new laws
The National 28 Jan 2012 - Members are frustrated by bureaucratic bottlenecks.

State Department: Yemeni president arrives in US
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Saleh seeking medical treatment in US a week after leaving Yemen for Oman under plan for him to step down.

Nuclear experts arrive in Iran on day of oil embargo vote
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - IAEA deputy director seeks cooperation from Tehran over concerns regarding possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program; Iranian lawmakers set to ban oil exports to EU.

Ethiopian Jews confront psychological trauma
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - While many former immigrants from Ethiopia suffer from deep psychological scars, state agencies have so far ignored issue.

German commemorations avoid Iranian Shoah denial
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Analysis: Head of anti-Semitism monitoring watchdog tells 'Post' that Germany not carrying out its declared goal of combating modern anti-Semitism.

US bloggers blamed for ‘Jewish conspiracy'
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Center for American Progress removes anti-Israel language from website.

'1938-style Jew hatred still alive in Belgium'
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Edelstein tells European dignitaries that anti-Semitism rife in Europe.

‘Eshel probe includes sexual harassment allegation’
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Reports suggest PMO Bureau chief allegedly took pictures from under complaintant’s skirt; A-G to convene discussion on findings.

Palestinians form ‘civil guards’ to defend mosques
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Groups defending against extremist settler attacks unarmed, but top IDF officer voices concern over possible clashes if units confront W. Bank Jews.

Defense minister proposes revised Tal Law
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Demonstration continues at central train station against law that gives yeshiva students different conditions for army service.

New Worlds: Beverage nutrients protected
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Healthy drinks often lose nutritional content to marketing conditions; now innovation protects natural substances when added to beverages.

Health Scan: Shimmying towards health
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Clalit Health find that Belly dancing may be good for women's health; almost all muscles are used during the rhythmic dancing.

The Tuna War
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Following the recent Cottage Cheese War, tuna is now the cause for battle, and the gov't is in the vanguard.

An Arab ‘Righteous Gentile’: A daughter’s story
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - 69 years ago, my father saved a Jewish family from the Nazis. He modestly kept that secret to himself for the rest of this life

Out There: Rejoicing over the insignificant
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Jumping... is the body’s way of reacting to joy, gladness, delight, elation so great, so overpowering that the body simply can't contain it.

'Hamas breaks up Syria rallies in Gaza'
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Islamist group ruling Gaza does not want public displays against the Syrian Assad regime, 'Asharq Alawsat' reports.

My Word: Riding a Dragon
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Performers in Beijing celebrate the Chinese New Year with a traditional dragon dance. The Chinese dragon is awe-inspiring but auspicious.

Syria: Arab monitor pullout aims to influence UN
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Continued violence leads Arab league to "immediately stop" monitoring mission, though it will remain in Syria.

Livni: World must stop Iran's quest for the bomb
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Founder of Confederation of Iranian Students tells opposition leader that younger generation aims for democracy.

Peres: Iran is most morally corrupt nation on Earth
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Speaking with CNN's Richard Quest, Peres says "human rights now should be put in center" of dealing with Iran.

Abbas blames talks' failure on Israeli intransigence
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - PA President tells Irish minister that Israel refused to present a "clear vision" regarding border, security issues.

Kepler telescope team finds 11 new solar systems
Jerusalem Post 28 Jan 2012 - Discoveries boost number of extra-solar planets to 729; scientists have another 2,300 candidate planets.

Simon, Diamond and... Sinatra?
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2012 - What do they have in common? No, the punch line doesn’t involve a rabbi, priest, or bar.

The Numbers Crunch: Bibi’s oriental viral video
Jerusalem Post 27 Jan 2012 - PM Chinese greeting video garners over 40 m. views; Italian cruise crash 3rd-most viewed news video in US.

Newt Gingrich gets behind Israel, but fails to impress Florida's Jewish voters
The Guardian 28 Jan 2012 - Republican hopeful's support for Middle Eastern state is an attempt to court the evangelical Christian audience Newt Gingrich threw it all out there: the contentious claim that the Palestinians are a made-up people, Iran threatening a...

Newt Gingrich's agenda-setting big donor | Arun Kundnani
The Guardian 28 Jan 2012 - Sheldon Adelson's Super Pac funding has heavily backed Gingrich – and found him a firm pro-Israel and anti-Muslim ally • Paul Harris: the billionaire bankrolling Gingrich's campaign By donating $10m to the pro-Newt Gingrich Super Pac...

[] International Media Complicit in Legitimization of Israeli Settlements
Uruknet January 28, 2012 - Unbelievable, but true: over 70 journalists from international mainstream media took part in a tour through Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank last Thursday 19th. Israel national news source Arutz Sheva reported the news the next day, referring to a tour in Samaria joined by the foreign media, guests of the...

[] Palestinians Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Israeli Demolitions
Uruknet January 28, 2012 (WAFA) - Some 20 Palestinian residents from Khirbat al-Tawil, a locale east of the village of Aqraba, south of Nablus, declared an open-ended hunger strike on Saturday to protest an Israeli plan to demolish their homes and force them to leave the area, said Ghassan Daghlas, an activist monitoring settlement activities in the...

[] Arab League suspends monitoring mission in Syria
Uruknet January 28, 2012 - The Arab League has suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of an escalation of violence, it said on Saturday. "Given the critical deterioration of the situation in Syria and the continued use of violence ... it has been decided to immediately stop the work of the Arab League's mission to Syria pending...

[] Militia chaos in Bani Walid raises danger of civil war in post-Gaddafi Libya
Uruknet January 28, 2012 - ...Bani Walid, about 100 miles south-east of the capital Tripoli, was a Gaddafi stronghold, fighting defiantly to the bitter end under the direction of his son Saif al-Islam. The town only surrendered after dozens of its young men were killed by rocket barrages which smashed buildings to pieces. Since its fall in...

[] Thousands protest conservative Islam in Tunisia
Uruknet January 28, 2012 - Thousands of Tunisians angered by the increasing prominence of ultra-conservative Islamists in a country only recently freed from dictatorial rule took to the streets in protest Saturday. An AFP correspondent estimated several thousand activists, professors, artists and other demonstrators flooded the streets of the nation's capital, including along Bourguiba Avenue, a well-known...

[] Taliban team in Qatar for peace negotiations
Uruknet January 28, 2012 - A five-member Taliban delegation has reached Doha, the capital of Qatar, for peace negotiations with the United States, an official said on Saturday. Mullah Mohammad Omar's secretary and ex-foreign minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, then ambassador to Saudi Arabia Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, Taliban's representative to the United Nations, Sohail Shaheen, and a...

[] Israeli tank shells home in Gaza City
Uruknet January 28, 2012 -- An Israeli army tank fired an artillery shell at a Palestinian home east of Gaza City on Saturday morning, causing damage but no injuries, locals said.The shell caused severe damage to the kitchen of Abu Hajjaj home in Shujaiyyeh neighborhood, according to eyewitnesses. The family members were all at home, but no...

[] Syria News - January 27 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet January 27, 2012: Assad forces killed at least 102 today in what was called the Friday of Self-Defence. 38 were killed in Damascus suburbs, 21 in Hama, 15 in Daraa, and 14 in Aleppo...On Friday, Jan. 27, 588 demonstrations took place across the country from 470 different areas. The distributions of participants were recorded as follows:133...

[] Who can travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank?
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - The people of Gisha NGO translated their table showing who can and who can't travel from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. Here it is....Note that for a person to be allowed to travel from the Strip in the first place, the IDF and the ISA (Shin Bet) have to consider...

[] Military Resistance 10A22 : Tyrant Totters
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - As the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution draws to a close, hundreds of thousands of protesters remain in Tahrir Square, which saw a bigger turnout today than on 11 February of last year - the day that longstanding president Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Reports suggest that from the marches alone, 300,000...

[] Call me a Palestinian from Palestine
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - Don't call me homeless, because I have a home thousands of years old. I have a home in Jrash which you demolished, erased from your map. I have a home whose stones still stand as witness to your crimes, still stand witness to what once was and to what will be. I...

[] Unrepentant: Justice for Palestine
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - I had spent the prior month in Gaza and actually left Gaza to join the flotilla sailing from Greece. I was hoping to use my modest skills as an EMT in the event that Israeli naval forces began shooting people on board as they did in May 2010, when they killed nine...

[] Profile of a Rogue State
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - ...On January 22, London Guardian writer Harriet Sherwood headlined, "The Palestinian children - alone and bewildered - in Israel's Al Jalame" Prison, saying: Young children are physically and verbally abused. It's nightmarish. Cell 36 and others like it are "where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks....

[] Israeli Military Court Approves Illegal Interrogation of a Minor
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - A motion to rule inadmissible the confession of 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh was denied by a military judge yesterday. The motion was part of a trial-within-a-trial procedure at the Ofer Military Court, where the boy is being charged with throwing stones. During the...

[] Analysis: The writing has always been on the wall
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - ...It is clear that Israel has no plans to reach any form of lasting peace with Palestinians or concede to a two-state solution. Its spread of illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has created new facts on the ground that make it impossible to form a contiguous Palestinian state, even on...

[] Iraq snapshot - January 27, 2012
Uruknet January 27, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, a Baghdad funeral is targeted with a bombing, the media keeps undercounting the dead in Iraq since December 18th, new conditions of a national confrence in Iraq, and more... Adrian Blomfield (Telegraph of London) reports, "A suicide bomber killed at least 32 people on Friday by driving an explosives-laden...

[] Libyan Militias Deployed to Bani Walid With Anti-Aircraft Guns
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - Forces loyal to Libya's transitional government are positioning themselves near the town of Bani Walid following clashes between militias that deepened the country's worst political crisis since the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi was declared over in October. Several hundred militiamen with pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns are deployed on a main...

[] Palestinian-Israeli talks in Amman end without progress
Uruknet January 27, 2012 - A three-week long round of meetings in the Jordanian capital, Amman, between the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators; Saeb Erekat and Isaac Molkho, has ended without having led to a resumption in negotiations or any other steps forward for the political process. Palestinian and Israeli sources have said that in light of the...

Demonstrations erupt in Syria's 2nd city, 10 killed
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Militiamen loyal to Assad killed 10 people on Friday in Syria's main commercial and industrial hub of Aleppo after pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in the city and broke months of quiet.

Home of Judge Shabtini broken into, items stolen
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 The house of Judge Alice Shabtini, one of the reported candidates for the post of Higher Judicial Council head, was broken into over the weekend, security sources said Saturday.

U.S. weapons for future include key relics of past
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 The lineup of weapons the Pentagon has picked to fit President Barack Obama's new forward-looking defense strategy, called "Priorities for 21st Century Defense," features relics of the past.

Romney, Gingrich in final push for Florida primary
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney courted voters across Florida Saturday just three days before the state's pivotal primary in what now looks like a two-man race for the Republican nomination to challenge President Barack Obama.

Protest in north Lebanon over detention of "Salafist" sheikh
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 A protest against the detention of a religious leader believed to be a Salafist erupted over the weekend in Tripoli, north Lebanon, security sources said.

Asarta hands over UNIFIL helm to Italian successor
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Outgoing UNIFIL head Maj. Gen. Alberto Asarta Cuevas handed over Saturday command of the international forces to Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra of Italy, in a ceremony attended by foreign and Lebanese diplomats in south Lebanon.

IMF leads global push for euro zone to boost firewall
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Lagarde, supported by the British chancellor, George Osborne, said the IMF could boost its support for the euro zone.

911 call reveals frantic efforts to help Moore
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 A 911 recording revealed frantic efforts by friends of Demi Moore to get help for the actress who was convulsing.

Hariri leaves hospital, begins recovery stage at Paris home
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, following treatment for a skiing accident he incurred in the French Alps earlier this month, left over the weekend hospital to his estate in Paris.

Iran dialogue 'long overdue': U.N. nuclear inspector
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Watchdog chief Yukiya Amano on Friday urged the Islamic republic to show "substantial cooperation" during the visit.

2 men arrested for attempted car theft
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Police arrested two people for attempted car theft in Beirut’s southern suburbs Saturday, while a major car accident blocked the Beirut-Damascus highway for hours.

Arab League halts observer mission in Syria
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Syria's Interior Minister Mohammad Shaar vowed the crackdown would go on, telling families of security members killed in the past months that security forces "will continue their struggle to clean Syria's soil of the outlaws."

Police arrest Murdoch tabloid staff
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Police said on Saturday they were searching the London offices of Rupert Murdoch's News International and had arrested four people.

Yemen says kills Islamist fighters
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Yemeni troops killed four Islamist fighters in a southern town they seized from government control.

Prisoner escape attempt at Roumieh thwarted
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Police thwarted earlier this week an escape attempt by Roumieh prison inmates, including members from militant Fatah Al-Islam, security sources said.

Topless protesters detained at Davos forum
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Three topless Ukrainian protesters were detained Saturday while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders.

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake rattles Crete
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 Greek authorities say an earthquake with preliminary 4.9-magnitude has shaken the country's southern Aegean islands.

Libyan commander says will retake Bani Walid
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 A militia commander whose troops were driven out of the Libyan tribal stronghold of Bani Walid this week said on Friday that his forces were massing to recapture the town.

Facebook IPO could value it among top companies
Daily Star 28 Jan 2012 The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Facebook is preparing to file initial paperwork for an offering that could raise as much as $10 billion

Fire burns down synagogue in Harish
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - Blaze in synagogue of Breslov community near Wadi Ara destroys holy books, praying shawls and phylacteries. Locals claim fire caused by arson, however initial investigation points to electric malfunction ....

Yemen says kills Islamists, Saleh heads for US
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Republican race: Romney widens lead over Gingrich in Florida
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Syria report: Senior officer, 300 soldiers defect from army
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Barak calls for quota on army service exemptions
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Peru: 26 killed in fire at rehabilitation center
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Leap in number of Israelis studying in PA
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - Report published by Knesset Research and Information Center reveals some 1,300 non-Jewish Israelis enrolled in Palestinian higher education institutions. Main reasons: Difficulty getting accepted into Israeli colleges, language barrier ....

Peres: Iran the most corrupt country on earth
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - President tells CNN that talks with Palestinian are only path to peace in ME, calls on Iranians to get rid of 'evil government' ....

Yisrael Beiteinu slams PM over Tal Law
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch says postponing discussion on extension of law is like 'throwing sand in eyes of public' ....

The Tahrir Square illusion
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - Op-ed: Egyptian revolution's outcome has been secretly decided, and not in liberals' favor ....

Palestinians: Shell hits home near Gaza
YNet News, 28 Jan 2012 - Sources in Strip say Israeli tank opened fire at neighborhood of Sajaiyeh; no injuries reported, but house sustains damage. Earlier, Qassam explodes in open area in southern community ....

Republicans woo Jewish voters by campaigning against Palestinians
PIC - For Republican candidates seeking Jewish vote in the 2012 US presidential election, it is an open season to launch scathing attacks on the Palestinians and to show the Zionist side of their faces.

IOA to raze two Palestinian homes in Bethlehem village
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has served demolition notices to two Palestinian homes in Ma’sara village, south of Bethlehem, local sources said.

Senior Hamas delegation in Jordan to prepare for Mishaal’s visit
PIC - A senior delegation of the Hamas movement arrived in the Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday night to prepare for political bureau chairman Khaled Mishaal’s visit on Sunday.

Inhabitants of hamlet go on hunger strike to protest demolition of their homes
PIC - Inhabitants of Khirbat Al-Tawil hamlet south of Nablus city have gone on hunger strike for a single day on Saturday to protest Israeli occupation authority’s practices against them.

IOA blocks travel of 40 Palestinians in one week
PIC - The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) blocked the travel of 40 Palestinians from the West Bank to Jordan over the past week, Palestinian sources said.

Israeli soldiers attack peaceful marches in W. Bank villages
PIC - Dozens of Palestinians were reportedly wounded on Friday afternoon during Israeli military attacks on peaceful marches organized weekly in different West Bank villages.

OCHA: Israel demolished 17 Palestinian homes in the past week
PIC - Israel razed 17 Palestinian homes in the West Bank over the past week, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian land said on Saturday.

Canadian ministers object to participation of Hamas MPs in IPU meeting in Quebec
PIC - Two Canadian federal ministers have urged their country not to host a meeting for the international parliamentary union (IPU) in the event Hamas lawmakers attended the conference.

Turkish court orders release of citizens who chanted slogans against Israel
PIC - 30 Turkish citizens were acquitted on Friday of charges filed by a pro-Zionist prosecutor who accused them of chanting racist slurs against Jews in a basketball game.

Israel planning to raze 30 Palestinian houses in the Negev
PIC - The Israeli army is planning to build barracks for its intelligence in the Negev on the land of the unrecognized Palestinian village Mukaimen, the Arab center for alternative planning said.

World Bank President to Visit Palestinian Territory
WAFA - 03:23-WASHINGTON, January 29, 2012 (WAFA) - Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank Group, starts Monday a three-day visit to the Palestinian Territory and Israel to discuss development issues, a World...

Irish Foreign Minister Stresses Rise in EU Interest in Region
WAFA - 18:05-By Reem Qadan RAMALLAH, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) – Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Eamon Gilmore Saturday emphasized rise in level of European Union involvement and ...

Abbas Briefs Irish Foreign Minister, Japanese Official on Peace Talks
WAFA - 17:45-RAMALLAH, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas Saturday briefed visiting Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for...

Talks Proof Israel is Obstacle to Peace, says Official
WAFA - 12:19-CAIRO, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) –The outcome of the exploratory talks between Palestinian and Israeli representatives held recently in the Jordanian capital Amman proved to Jordan and the Quartet that ...

UN Official Calls for End to Israeli Demolition of Homes
WAFA - 11:26-JERUSALEM, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) – United Nation Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Maxwell Gaylard, called for an immediate end to Israel’s demolition of Palestinian home...

Israel to Demolish Two Houses near Bethlehem
WAFA - 10:54-BETHLEHEM, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) – Israeli forces delivered home demolition notices to two Palestinian homeowners in al-Ma’sara, a village south of Bethlehem, under the pretext that they were built ...

Palestinians Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Israeli Demolitions
WAFA - 10:45-NABLUS, January 28, 2012 (WAFA) – Some 20 Palestinian residents from Khirbat al-Tawil, a locale east of the village of Aqraba, south of Nablus, declared an open-ended hunger strike on Saturday to prot...

Can Foreign Gangsters Bulldoze YOUR Family Home Without Warning… and Get Away with it?
Intifada-Palestine: 28 Jan 2012 - And then do the same to all your neighbours? Salim and Arabiya in front of their home by Stuart Littlewood There can be few things more despicable than robbing a family of their home then destroying it in front of their... more

Arab League suspends monitoring mission in Syria
LA Times 29 Jan 2012 - The Arab League, citing continued violence, suspends its monitoring operation that began last month. The observers will remain in Syria, however, sustaining hope that the mission could resume. The Arab League said Saturday that it was suspending its observer mission in Syria amid escalating violence...

Election fever grips Israel as Netanyahu maneuver expected
LA Times 29 Jan 2012 - His coalition is stable, but some think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek early elections to capitalize on his popularity before the U.S. presidential vote. Israel's current coalition government is one of its most stable in decades, and the next scheduled national poll is nearly...

Yemen president arrives in U.S. for treatment
LA Times 29 Jan 2012 - Ali Abdullah Saleh will receive medical treatment for injuries suffered in the attack on his compound in June. NEW YORK — The embattled president of Yemen arrived Saturday in the United States for medical treatment for burns he suffered during an assassination attempt in June....

Arab League Suspends Its Monitoring in Syria
New York Times 28 Jan 2012 - The Arab League said a harsh new crackdown by the government made it too dangerous to proceed with its observer mission and was resulting in the deaths of innocents across Syria.

Yemeni Leader Arrives in U.S. for Medical Treatment
New York Times 28 Jan 2012 - President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen, who is seeking treatment for injuries sustained when the presidential palace was bombed in June, arrived on Saturday, officials said.

Lobbyists Drop Egypt’s Government as Client
New York Times 28 Jan 2012 - Tensions have grown since a crackdown by Egyptian authorities on several American nonprofit organizations.

‘NYT’ carries water on ‘Israeli offer’ (but there’s a hole in the bucket dear Ethan dear Ethan)
Mondoweiss - Ethan Bronner at Tel Aviv Univ. Photo:Itzik Edri Sometimes I like reading the url because it tells us about how a writer plans on pulling the wool over our eyes. Ethan Bronner's article, headlined " Israelis Say Settlements Must Be Part of Israeli State " is like that....

The courage to refuse: the 10-year anniversary of the Combatants’ Letter
Mondoweiss - It has been ten years since the publication of the Combatants’ Letter .   In January 2002, in the midst of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, 50 combat soldiers and officers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reserve signed a public statement in which they pledged to refuse to...

Rains white phosphorus here
Mondoweiss - Rains White Phosphorous Here 1/17/12 Travel with me to the land of sad oranges. Here children play in refugee camps. Grey, grey the buildings along the narrowest streets. Stench of garbage, cesspools of sewage no sun, no trees. Rains white phosphorous here where missiles fall. White...

Israeli soldiers drive tractor over worker’s legs to stop Palestinians from building a house on their (occupied) lands
Mondoweiss - Today is the Sabbath, and I pray with all my heart that all American Zionists see the pictures below and tell me how an ideology of Jewish separatism that has deprived several million Palestinians of any rights can be justified in today's world. Two days ago...

Isikoff expose of Gingrich backer — ‘All we care about is being good citizens of Israel’ — puts ‘Israel firster’ issue in mainstream
Mondoweiss - Video of Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson saying he "unfortunately" wore the uniform of the American military not the Israeli army, and that he wants his son to be a sniper for the Israeli army (4:45 on) . "All we care about is being good citizens of Israel."...

Links for 2012-01-27 [Digg]
Tikun Olam - What Spencer Ackerman Doesn’t Know about the Pro-Israel Crowd Could Fill a Book (or More) « Tikun Olam Liberal Zionists attempt to restrict debate & protect right-wing pro-Israel bullies

Stop the Jewish National Fund Greenwashing
Global BDS 27 Jan 2012 - The Jewish National Fund has designated Sunday 5th February as ‘Green Sunday’, when it encourages people to donate money to ‘plant trees in Israel’.  The JNF claims to have environmental objectives.  Don’t be taken in.  The JNF’s tree planting is a cover for ethnic cleansing. The...

Syria condemns Arab League move
BBC 28 Jan 2012 - The Syrian government condemns a decision by the Arab League to suspend its monitoring mission inside Syria, amid increasing violence.

UN nuclear inspectors visit Iran
BBC 28 Jan 2012 - Inspectors from the UN nuclear agency, the IAEA, begin a visit to Iran to try to determine the purpose of the country's nuclear programme.

Hamas leader goes back to Jordan
BBC 28 Jan 2012 - The political leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, is due to visit Jordan, 13 years after it expelled Hamas leaders.

New Libya torture claims emerge
BBC 28 Jan 2012 - The BBC hears accounts from prison inmates in Libya suggesting that supporters of former leader Col Gaddafi are being tortured in detention.

(en) Britain, Demonstration against NHS privatisation a success after Labour pull out
A-infos 28 Jan 2012 - Around 50 people joined a demonstration outside the Royal Liverpool Hospital against the privatisation of the NHS. Members of Solidarity Federation, the Anarchist Federation, Women Against The Cuts, along with a number of unaffiliated individuals who supported the cause. Despite the wind and rain, it was...

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