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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Elderly Woman Seriously Injured After Being Attacked By Settlers
IMEMC - Palestinian medical sources reported Wednesday that a Palestinian woman was seriously injured after a number of fundamentalist Israeli settlers hurled stones at a vehicle on the Yitzhar-Nablus road, in the northern part of the West Bank. ...

Abbas: “We Seek Real, Comprehensive Peace”
IMEMC - On Wednesday evening, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated during a press conference, held in Ramallah, with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban ki-moon, that the Palestinian leadership seeks a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel, but will not accept to hold talks while Tel Aviv continues its settlement activities in the occupied territories. ...

Army Kidnapped 320 Palestinians In January
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers kidnapped more than 320 Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and occupied East Jerusalem during the month of January, a Palestinian researcher stated. ...

Netanyahu Rejects Demands Of Settlement Freeze
IMEMC - Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told the visiting United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that Israel will continue the construction of settlements, and that any chances for a construction freeze would only be possible through direct peace negotiations. ...

HRW Issues Report Criticising Israel High Court
IMEMC - “One more indication of the unraveling of protections for rights and freedom in Israel” Human Rights Watch has denounced on Tuesday recent judgements by the Israeli High Court in a report titled “Israel: High Court Rulings Undermine Human Rights”. ...

U.S. Government Criticises Israel Over New Subsidy Plan
IMEMC - The U.S. Government has criticised, on Tuesday, the recent announcement by the State of Israel’s inclusion of 70 West Bank settlements in its list of areas to received subsidies towards development costs. ...

Six Detained in West Bank, Including Hamas Leader
IMEMC - Six men have been detained in the West Bank on Tuesday, including a Hamas leader from Jenin. ...

UN Secretary-General Starts Middle East Tour
IMEMC - Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, started a series of talks with both Israeli and Palestinians officials on Wednesday, by holding a meeting with Israeli President, Shimon Peres, in Jerusalem. He will also be heading to the West Bank city of Ramallah. ...

Netanyahu Wins Party Elections
IMEMC - Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, won the Likud Party elections with 75% of the total votes. Party elections were held Tuesday, shortly after the Netanyahu led government approved further incentives for Israelis encouraging them to live in settlements in the occupied territories. ...

Jerusalem Political Activist Ordered Out of West Bank for Seven Months
IMEMC - After interrogating him at a Police station in occupied Jerusalem, on Tuesday, the Israeli Police issued an order forcing Palestinian activist and intellectual, Rasem Obeidat, to remain in his residential area in Jerusalem for seven months. He will not be allowed out of Jerusalem, and will only be allowed into certain areas in the city. ...

Woman hurt in settler attack near Nablus
2/1/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A 60-year-old woman was seriously injured Wednesday after Israeli settlers threw rocks at her car near the illegal Yitzhar settlement, a PA official said. Maysar Majeed, from Sarra village west of Nablus, suffered a head injury and was taken to Rafidea Hospital, said Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settlement issues in....

PFLP member slams Arab attendance at Israel conference
2/1/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A Popular Front official in Lebanon condemned Wednesday the participation of Arab and Palestinian delegations in a conference held by an Israeli policy institute. Marwan Abdul Al described the decision by Palestinian and Arab groups to participate in the the Annual Herzliya Conference Series as "shameless.""This is a new....

Detainees join hunger strike to support Jihad leader
2/1/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad detainees in Israeli prisons on Wednesday went on hunger strike in solidarity with Jihad leader Khader Adnan, prisoners' relatives said. Adnan was hospitalized on Tuesday after 45 days on hunger strike in protest over his treatment by Israeli prison authorities and his detention without charge. On Tuesday he....

Israel 'detains 85 people' in Hebron in January
2/1/2012 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained 85 people from towns, villages and refugee camps in the Hebron district in January, the Palestinian Prisoners' Institute said Wednesday. Soldiers raided homes in the southern West Bank district, often accompanied by dogs, head of the institute Amjad al-Najjar said in a statement. People were ordered out....

400 Israelis enter Nablus village overnight
2/1/2012 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Hundreds of Israelis entered the northern West Bank village of Awarta overnight Tuesday escorted by Israeli soldiers. Head of Awarta village council Sami Awwad told Ma'an several buses of Israelis and a large force of soldiers arrived in the village at around 11 p. m. and stayed until 5....

Hackers target Palestinian news sites
2/1/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hackers temporarily shut down two Palestinian news websites in the occupied West Bank late Tuesday, the latest targets in a string of hacks on Mideast websites. There was no immediate indication of who was behind the attacks on Wafa, the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, and several websites affiliated....

Key settlement outpost slated for evacuation
2/1/2012 - RAMALLAH (IRIN) -- Israel's High Court of Justice has ordered Israeli settlers in the Migron outpost in the West Bank to leave by March 31 in response to a 2006 petition filed by seven Palestinian landowners and Israeli pressure group Peace Now."The prime minister is trying to implement the court's decision....

Haniyeh meets Qatari emir
2/1/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday met Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifaal-Thani, a spokesman for the Hamas-led government said. Taher al-Nunu said the leaders discussed the role of Qatar and the Arab League in addressing Israel's illegal siege of Gaza and protecting Jerusalem. The....

Islamic Jihad has low expectations for UN chief visit
2/1/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad has low expectations of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to the region, Jihad leader Ahmad al-Mudalal said Tuesday. Al-Mudalal told Ma'an: "We don't count too much on the United Nations - it was one of the key contributors in the tragedy of our people....

European MPs call on Israel to release Palestinian lawmakers
2/1/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of European Parliamentarians on Wednesday called on Israel to release 26 imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers, official news agency Wafa reported. The group, composed of 26 members of the European Parliament, urged "the EU and its Member States to take immediate action" to release all imprisoned members of the Palestinian Legislative....

Gaza electricity company calls for new measures to end crisis
2/1/2012 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The director of a state-run electricity company in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday called for new initiatives to end the energy crisis in the coastal enclave. Maher Ayesh made the comments during a meeting organized by the Hamas run company entitled "Ending the electricity crisis requires agreement." Israel continues to....

Ban urges Israeli goodwill gestures to Palestinians
2/1/2012 - JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to offer Palestinians goodwill gestures to keep peace talks alive. Netanyahu gave no sign at a news conference with Ban that he would heed the appeal, which included a repeated call to refrain from "further settlement" in the occupied West Bank....

Shaath meets Russian deputy foreign minister
2/1/2012 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Fatah official Nabil Shaath met with Russia's deputy foreign minister on Wednesday in Ramallah, a statement said. Shaath and Mikhail Bogdanov discussed Palestinian-Russian bilateral relations and the Fatah official updated Bogdanov on the latest political developments concerning Palestine. Shaath told the Russian deputy foreign minster that Israel had presented....

Analysis: Hamas on the move, seeks Palestinian ascendancy
2/1/2012 - By Khalid Mashaal - GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Political winds from the Arab Spring are filling the sails of the Hamas, as it seeks a course out of international isolation to the forefront of the Palestinian national movement. Hamas' ties to Syria and Iran are changing. This week, the two top men in the 25-year-old....

Turkey's PM takes aim at writer Paul Auster over Israel
2/1/2012 - ISTANBUL (Reuters) -- Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan branded acclaimed novelist Paul Auster as ignorant on Tuesday for refusing to visit Turkey in protest at the jailing of journalists, accusing the Jewish American writer of double-standards for visiting Israel. Though a foreign novelist made an easy target, there is rising unease over press freedom under Erdogan among....

Israel's Netanyahu wins new party mandate
2/1/2012 - JERUSALEM(Reuters) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a new mandate to head his right-wing Likud party, defeating an ultranationalist challenger opposed to any land-for-peace deal with Palestinians. Initial results published Wednesday after voting held a day earlier showed Netanyahu captured a resounding majority of party ballots in a poll that some political commentators....

Palestinians, Israeli officers hurt in Jerusalem clash
2/1/2012 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian youths sustained injuries overnight in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers and police officers in al-Isawiya in occupied East Jerusalem, a Ma'an reporter said. One young man sustained serious injuries, witnesses said. Confrontations began Tuesday afternoon in the center of al-Isawiya after Israeli forces broke into the home of....

At least 73 die in Egyptian soccer pitch invasion
2/1/2012 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- At least 73 people were killed and 1,000 injured in a riot at a soccer match in the Egyptian city of Port Said, the worst disaster in the country's soccer history, health officials said. The game was between Al Ahli, one of Egypt's most successful clubs, and al-Masry, a....

Abbas meets UN chief, urges end to settlements
2/1/2012 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- President Abbas met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday and called on Israel to stop settlement building and lift the blockade on Gaza, Palestine TV reported. The UN chief had earlier visited Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, urging the Israelis "to act in a constructive spirit and offer goodwill gestures which....

Chinese workers kidnapped in Sinai released
2/1/2012 - EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma'an) -- Bedouin kidnappers on Wednesday released 25 Chinese workers taken hostage a day earlier in Egypt's Sinai. The hostages were freed after negotiations between Bedouin tribesmen and Egyptian military leaders, a Ma'an correspondent said. A high-ranking official from Cairo also arrived in Sinai and helped to mediate....

Yemen minister eludes assassination attempt
2/1/2012 - ADEN/SANAA (Reuters) -- Gunmen riddled the car of Yemen's information minister with bullets as he left a cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday but he escaped the assassination attempt unhurt, an aide said. In southern Yemen, at least 12 al Qaeda militants, including four local leaders, were killed in a US strike....

Arab meeting on Syria delayed, awaits UN move
2/1/2012 - CAIRO (Reuters) -- Arab foreign ministers are likely to meet on Feb. 11, almost a week later than originally planned, to discuss the Syria crisis, an Arab diplomat said on Wednesday, a delay that would give time to see whether world powers back an Arab peace plan. The diplomat at the Arab League, who spoke on....

6 projectiles fired at southern Israel
2/1/2012 - TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Six projectiles were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday with no reported injuries. The projectiles landed in the Shaar Hanegev regional council at around 9 p. m. , Israeli news site Ynet reported....

Four injured as Beit Ommar marks anniversary of Yousef Ikhlayl's murder
2/1/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 31 January 2012, Palestine Solidarity Project - On Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, Beit Ommar villagers demonstrated near Route 60 at the entrance of the village to commemorate the one year anniversary of the murder of Yousef Ikhlayl, a 17-year-old Beit Ommar youth who was murdered by Israeli settlers on January 28th, 2011. The demonstration was.... Related: Palestine Solidarity Project

Left behind at the scene of the crime: Israel wages war on Bil'in
2/1/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - By Wedad Yassin, 30 January 2012, Sixteen Minutes to Palestine - Weeks ago, Wedad Yassin traveled back to Ein Yabrud, a village near Ramallah in the West Bank, to visit her family and to experience Palestine's rich cultural heritage. Her intention had been to tour through the Al-Khalil district, Ramallah, Bil'in, and.... Related: Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Messages of support to Mustafa Tamimi's family
2/1/2012 - International Solidarity Movement - 1 February 2012, Life on Bir Zeit Campus - Martyrs are not numbers. It is essential for us and for supporters of the Palestinian cause to remember the stories behind the names and numbers. For this reason, we offering this space as a platform where your voices will be heard regarding the first martyr the village.... Related: Life on Bir Zeit Campus

Short history of BDS in France
Alternative Information Center - As 2012 begins, a French activist looks at the short history of the French BDS movement, which mobilized in the wake of the Israeli assalt on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead.

Damning report on 'amateurish and under-resourced' observers in Syria
The National 1 Feb 2012 - General who led monitors says some were elderly, infirm and unqualified, and others thought they were on a pleasure trip.

IAEA has 'good talks' with Iran, plans another visit this month
The National 1 Feb 2012 - The announcement indicated progress was made in persuading Iran to address suspicions that its nuclear programme has a military dimension.

56 killed as security forces step up attacks on towns near Damascus
The National 1 Feb 2012 - Syrian government forces intensified an assault on rebel fighters in towns encircling Damascus yesterday in an effort to stamp out an insurgency that was pushing towards the capital, opposition activists said.

Russia warns of veto on Arab League peace plan
The National 1 Feb 2012 - Russia will block any UN Security Council resolution on Syria it deems to be unacceptable that does not specifically rule out the possibility of military intervention.

'I didn't know if my baby was alive or dead'
The National 1 Feb 2012 - A mother who was viciously assaulted by three men in the cafeteria of the Ikea store in Dubai when she was seven and a half months pregnant has described the anguish of not knowing if her unborn child was alive or dead.

Green villa planner launches online
The National 1 Feb 2012 - Villa owners and small developers that are struggling to adopt the capital's new Estidama building code can now follow rules laid out in an online program.

Training for special education blocked
The National 1 Feb 2012 - Master's expensive and requires English

Sami reminds us of our promises
The National 1 Feb 2012 - The British singer Sami Yusuf will send proceeds from his new CD to aid organisations that are fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa.

Labour pact 'will protect' 600,000 Filipinos
The National 1 Feb 2012 - Countries near agreement on employee protection and welfare.

Man warned mum: I'll jump with baby
The National 1 Feb 2012 - A drunken tourist from India, claiming the child was his, threatened to jump from a balcony at Amwaj Rotana.

Row over camel led to fatal stabbing
The National 1 Feb 2012 - A farmer is accused of murdering another after a camel deal went sour.

Safety certificates required for construction equipment
The National 1 Feb 2012 - New municipal regulations require third-party inspectors to certify heavy machinery.

Israel asks U.S. to prod Palestinians to continue peace talks
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Seven rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Photo of soldier pointing gun at girl prompts Facebook outcry
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

73 people dead in Egypt's worst-ever soccer disaster
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Four Hezbollah men to be tried in absentia for killing of ex-Lebanon PM
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

IDF leaves behind soldier in West Bank village after operation, witnesses say
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

IDF chief: Iran's nuclear program must continue to be disrupted
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Top Likud minister: Peace will not come by uprooting Jews from their homes
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Syrian troops battle defectors near Damascus in fresh assault
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Four U.K. men admit guilt in London terror plot
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Germany donates $13 million to Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Iran's defense budget would double under Ahmadinejad proposal
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

UN chief to Netanyahu: Israel must refrain from settlement construction
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Turkey PM accuses American Jewish writer of double standards on Israel
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Israel ranked second most educated country in the world, study shows
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

All Israeli schools can now join West Bank 'heritage' tours, Education Minister says
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

U.S. Jew produces $100,000 YouTube clip on the Holocaust
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Half of Syria no longer under Assad's control, opposition says
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

January rainfall breaks all-time Israeli record, with 29 wet days
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

UN chief calls on Israel to make 'goodwill' gestures toward Palestinians
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

U.S. bipartisan group urges upping military threat against Iran
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Arab League, Western powers say not seeking military action in Syria
Ha'aretz - 1 Feb 2012

Russia, China oppose 'forced regime change' in Syria
Ha'aretz - 31 Jan 2012

Netanyahu wins Likud primary following tense day of voting
Ha'aretz - 31 Jan 2012

IDF may ground new project to produce high-tech drones
Ha'aretz - 31 Jan 2012

'IDF soldiers, taxpayers must receive priority on housing'
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Meseznikov, Livni critique Israel Land Authority criteria for affordable housing.

PA detains journalist for criticizing leadership
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Rami Samara, who works for the PA’s official news agency Wafa, and the privately owned Ajyal radio station detained for Facebook post.

Court outlaws shofar blowing at Kotel Hakatan
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Right-wing activists blast decision as ‘shameful’ and symptomatic of ‘ghetto mentality.’

Abbas, Mashaal to meet in Cairo next week for unity talks
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - The meeting in Egypt will be fourth meeting between PA president, Hamas chief since May 2011 when they reached a reconciliation agreement; two leaders to discuss obstacles preventing implementation of deal.

'Low haredi workforce participation must end'
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Speaking at Herzliya conference, Stanley Fisher expresses concern over 40% haredi employment, Arab community.

Wilf to ambassadors: UNRWA an obstacle to peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - MK launches international parliamentary campaign to restructure Palestinian refugee agency.

Doctor who?
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - The Council for Higher Education slapped Bar Ilan’s wrist when it nixed its doctorates-for-VIPs fast-track.

Getting serious about sanctions
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - History has shown that sanctions can work when they have a resolute and united world behind them.

Gaza terrorists fire rocket salvo into south Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - At least 7 rockets fired within an hour, 1 rocket fired in the morning towards Sha'ar Hanegev; no injuries, damage reported.

Sanctions on Iran force interest rates higher
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Western world's sanctions are having an effect – although Ahmadinejad denies the squeeze.

The Amman talks: Another exercise in futile diplomacy
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Recent Israeli-Palestinian ‘pre-negotiations’ mark another ineffectual endeavor to bridge the gap.

Media Comment: Why not Ynet?
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - The future will tell whether the public will tolerate the lack of accountability of Ynet.

Terra Incognita: Israel’s missing movies
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Isn’t it time for Israel to find some characters from its past that are fit for the silver screen?

Does God care about the Super Bowl?
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Fundamentally Freund: I’d like to believe that our Father in Heaven will delight in this Sunday’s game.

73 dead in Egypt's 'worst' soccer disaster
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Following match, Al Masry fans jump into Port Said stadium and charge Al Ahli opponents; fans light stadium on fire.

The Tahrir Square illusion
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Egypt's SCAF continues to rule not in spite of the citizens, but with their compliance.

Yalla Peace: Hallucination of peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - It’s easier to argue incessantly than it is to overcome our emotions and make compromises for peace.

Chinese have opportunity to show resolve in Sudan
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Military operation not inconceivable to rescue hostages.

Gantz: Iran will be able to make nuclear bomb within a year
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - "Iran is a global problem, a regional problem, and a problem for Israel," there is no doubt that Iran is working on developing a nuclear weapon, IDF chief of staff says at Herzliya Conference.

Syrian opposition bold in face of Damascus retreat
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Commander of Free Syria Army says Assad has lost about half of Syrian territory to rebels; 40 killed throughout country.

Iraq becomes dollar source for Iran, Syria
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Discounted Iranian rials and Syrian pounds pour into Iraq as Western sanctions make trade difficult.

Israel among world's most educated countries
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - OECD report indicates that Israel ranks second in percentage of population with post-secondary degrees.

Ahmadinejad wants to double Iran defense budget
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Critics says Iranian president's budget proposal is unrealistic, fails to take into consideration extent of Western sanctions on Tehran over alleged nuclear program; Ahmadinejad wants 127% increase.

Steinitz rejects alleged role in Carmel fire
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Finance minister says there is "a little confusion" about the role of Finance Ministry in national affairs.

Islamists admit London Stock Exchange bomb plot
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Radical UK citizens inspired by al-Qaida; had also planned attacks on US embassy, home of London mayor.

Fischer concerned about possible Europe crisis
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Economy is strong in the short term, but a European financial crisis would be a challenge, says Bank of Israel governor.

Kinneret water level rises 55 cm. in 1 month
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Lake remains 10 cm. below "bottom red line" despite significant increase.

The EU is an obstacle to peace in the Middle East
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Transferring the fate of Palestinian refugees from UNWRA to UNHCR would remove a major obstacle to peace.

Jackie Mason to retire after 47 years
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - 75-year-old veteran funnyman announces plans to scale back on live shows, to only perform "every once in a while."

Live Q&A session from the Herzliya Conference
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Mobile coverage of Israel's biggest conference on security; readers are encouraged to send in questions.

Top 5: Tel Aviv’s hidden gems
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Food enthusiasts at Taste TLV give their verdict on the best that the Tel Aviv dining scene has to offer.

'IDF, Palestinians clash in east Jerusalem'
Jerusalem Post 1 Feb 2012 - Violence breaks out between security forces, Palestinian activists in Issawiya neighborhood, Palestinian news agency reports.

Israel remembers Ramon 9 years on
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - Space Agency appoints new head; ministries to invest additional NIS 165 million.

Conservative movement sending 1st rabbi to FSU
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - New leader of Kiev congregation: Anti-Semitism in Ukraine at a low simmer, gays welcome in his synagogue.

Virtual center sharpens elderly minds, staves off lonelines
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - The program enables elderly individuals to connect with day care centers via Skype.

Thorny issue of copyright brings cuddly cacti to court
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - Makers of children’s character ‘Kishkashta’ say Israeli Olympic mascot Shpitzik too similar.

Metzger calls for strike over appointments crisis
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - UTJ and Shas veto bill that would reserve spots on rabbinical court appointment committee for women.

Khamenei criticizes US 'interference' in Syria
Jerusalem Post 31 Jan 2012 - Iranian supreme leader slams Arab countries for aligning themselves with Washington while supporting reforms in Damascus.

Israel military chief: Iran bomb plans must be disrupted
The Guardian 1 Feb 2012 - Benny Gantz says Israel should exploit 'full range of capabilities' to contend with challenges Israel must exploit its offensive capabilities in the battle against its enemies and "adapt our patterns of operations" to contend with new...

[uruknet.info] The Assange Case Means That We Are All Suspects Now
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - This week's Supreme Court hearing in the Julian Assange case has profound meaning for the preservation of basic freedoms in western democracies. This is Assange's final appeal against his extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual misconduct that were originally dismissed by the chief prosecutor in Stockholm and constitute no crime...

[uruknet.info] Hundreds of slaughtered civilians isn't a 'huge number' for Obama
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - On Monday afternoon, Barack Obama became the first president to host a virtual town hall live on the Internet. While that might be a feat worthy of the record books, President Obama did something else during his address that America has become accustomed to: he lied to the world.... Tackling a question...

[uruknet.info] Israel detains Palestinian politicians in an attempt to foil reconciliation attempts
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - On Sunday, 23 January, an Israeli Military Court placed Dr. Aziz Dweik, the elected head of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), in six months administrative detention without a trial and without officially filing any charges against him. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) detained Dr. Dweik without reason on Sunday after holding him for...

[uruknet.info] Rival Libyan militias fight gunbattle in capital
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - Rival militias fought a two-hour gunbattle over a luxury beach house being used as a barracks in the Libyan capital Wednesday, underscoring how volatile the country is following the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. A Reuters reporter heard exchanges of both heavy and light weapons coming from the Tripoli district of El-Saadi beach,...

[uruknet.info] Israel plans to demolish solar panels in village near Hebron
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - The Israeli occupation authorities have issued notice of their intention to demolish a renewable energy project which generates electricity and represents the only source of lighting for the houses in a Palestinian village near Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The people of Al-Mnazel received the demolition notice advising of Israel's plans...

[uruknet.info] The Haditha Massacre: No Justice for Iraqis
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Last week, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich was sentenced to a reduction in rank but no jail time for leading his squad in a rampage known as "The Haditha Massacre." Wuterich, who was charged with nine counts of manslaughter, pled guilty to dereliction of duty. Six other Marines have had their charges dismissed...

[uruknet.info] PFLP member slams Arab attendance at Israel conference
Uruknet February 1, 2012 - ..."What would the role of Arab delegations be? To offer advice? Or to reassure Israel that it is safe during the current Arabic revolutions," Abdul Al told Ma'an. "How could an Arabic country like Qatar, which is at the forefront of the Arab Monitoring Committee of the Arab League, participate in such...

[uruknet.info] Israel closes organizations, destroys dwellings in campaign against Palestinian life in East Jerusalem
Uruknet Israeli police shut down two Palestinian organizations in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday, the Ma'an News Agency reports. The closing of the soccer club and charity because of alleged "connections" to Hamas are part of an increasingly enforced policy of shutting down Palestinian civil society in occupied East Jerusalem. Ma'an also reported...

[uruknet.info] Military Resistance 10A25 : Whose Troops -- Our Troops
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Thousands of pilots, mechanics and intelligence officers from Yemen's air force marched through the capital on Saturday and Sunday to demand the ouster of their commander, President Ali Abdullah Saleh's half-brother, heightening tensions in this fractured country as its new coalition government struggles to assert power. The escalation of the protests against...

[uruknet.info] Syria News - January 31, 2012 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet The number of martyrs have reached 37, including two children, two women and 5 defected soldiers, 4 of whom were executed by the security forces in Idlib. 16 martyrs fell in Idlib, 12 in Homs, 3 in Damascus Suburbs, 3 in Daraa and one in each of Hama,Aleppo and Damascus.Homs: Rastan: Martyrdom of Ayyoub Naser Ayyoub...

[uruknet.info] Iraq detains 16 bodyguards of fugitive vice president
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Iraqi security forces have detained 16 of Tareq al-Hashemi's bodyguards, the interior ministry said, in a move the fugitive vice president said Tuesday was the latest in a string of false accusations. Hashemi is hiding in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq after the Baghdad authorities issued a warrant for his...

[uruknet.info] Blame NATO for the Mess in Libya
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - The British Foreign Office and the US State Department are seriously concerned. Human rights officers in the United Nations are angry. Canada, for some reason, seems particularly enraged. The target of all this fury is Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), which is berated for failing to curtail widespread human rights violations throughout...

[uruknet.info] Iraq snapshot - January 31, 2012
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Chaos and violence continue, close to 500 people died in Iraq's January violence, a Palestinian is tortured to death by Thug Nouri al-Maliki's forces, Iraq drops significantly on Reporters Without Borders Press Index, Nouri wants to sue the Guardian yet again, the documentary This Is Where We Take Our Stand debuts in...

[uruknet.info] List of B'Tselem's demands for investigation of harm to unarmed civilians in Operation Cast Lead
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - After Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip, B'Tselem wrote to the MAG Corps demanding investigations of the Military Police Investigation Unit (MPIU) into 20 incidents that had taken place during the operation. In each of the incidents, B'Tselem's field research raised serious suspicions that military actions had harmed unarmed, uninvolved civilians,...

[uruknet.info] Refugee brothers 'alive but forgotten'
Uruknet January 31, 2012 -- The plight of a family of Palestinian refugees underscores the dire circumstances experienced by thousands of the stateless residents of Lebanon's camps, a refugee rights group says. The Bourshli family were expelled from Akka in Palestine in 1948 as the state of Israel was created. They fled to Sidon in southern Lebanon....

[uruknet.info] Israel Lawlessly Indicts MK Sa'id Naffa
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Israel reveals its rogue credentials daily. In mid-July 2010, its Knesset stripped MK Hanin Zoabi of key parliamentary rights and privileges for participating in the May 2010 Freedom Flotilla bringing vital aid to Gaza. Since then, she's been vilified, threatened, and may be prevented from standing for reelection. Hard-liners call her a "...

[uruknet.info] UN Report: NATO's Libya War Armed al-Qaeda
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - The Western-backed overthrow of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi likely provided huge stocks of heavy weapons to terrorist groups and criminal organizations operating in the Sahel region of North Africa, the United Nations confirmed January 26 in a report. Among the groups benefiting from the arms are al-Qaeda and the deadly Islamic terror...

[uruknet.info] The Israeli Supreme Court's Decision in the Citizenship Law Case HCJ 466/07, MK Zahava Galon v. The Attorney General, et al.
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Raneen, a thirty-six-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, is married to thirty-nine-year-old Hatem, a Palestinian from the West Bank. They have been living together in the north of Israel since getting married in 1999, and have three children. They lead a normal family life, with one glaring exception: Hatem has only a temporary...

[uruknet.info] BDS update: Peaceful blitzkreig and Israeli counterattacks
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - The Third Annual BDS Conference opened 17 December at Hebron's Children's Happiness Centre, "to expand Palestinian civil society's active implementation of BDS that is deeply rooted in the Palestinian struggle." European BNC coordinator Michael Deas affirmed, "BDS is now the main framework for solidarity. We are very close to closing the European...

[uruknet.info] Protesters attacked, injured during commemoration for Palestinian teen murdered by Israeli settlers
Uruknet January 31, 2012 - Earlier today, protesters were attacked and four were injured by Israeli soldiers during a peaceful demonstration to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the killing of Yousef Ikhlayl, a 17-year-old boy shot by Israeli settlers on 28 January, 2011, while he was farming with his father on their land in Beit Ommar. As...

STL decides to move ahead with in absentia trials
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 The STL handed down a historic decision Wednesday to try in absentia the four men indicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

FIFA unveils logo for 2013 Confederations Cup
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Football's governing body FIFA on Wednesday unveiled the logo for the 2013 Confederations Cup, 500 days before the tournament's opening game in Brasilia.

Iraq to host first Arab summit since revolts
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Iraq is to host an Arab summit on March 29, the first since the Arab Spring that swept away several dictators and brought Islamists to the fore.

Iran's ships stopped from shipping Ukrainian grain
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Traders are no longer booking cargoes on Iranian ships to transport grain exports from Ukraine because of difficulties with payments following European Union sanctions on Iran.

Bahrain rehiring staff fired after unrest
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Bahrain's labour ministry said that most of the 2,462 employees fired after last year's crackdown on Shiite-led democracy protests have been reinstated or in the process of being rehired.

Hamas on the move, seeks Palestinian ascendancy
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Political winds from the Arab Spring are filling the sails of the Palestinian Islamist organisation Hamas.

Fresh clashes in Senegal as anti-Wade movement regroups
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Fresh clashes erupted in Senegal as the opposition mulled a new strategy to force octogenarian leader Abdoulaye Wade to scrap his controversial ambitions for a third term in office.

Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa arrested-security source
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Nigeria's secret service on Wednesday arrested the spokesman for Boko Haram, who frequently made statements to the press after attacks by the violent Islamist sect.

At least 73 die in Egyptian soccer pitch invasion
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 At least 73 people die and hundreds of others injured after a soccer pitch invasion in the egyptian city of Port Said.

European transfer window ends as top European clubs add strength
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 The January transfer window closed Tuesday night with a number of interesting moves having taken place. The Daily Star will round up the moves of the top clubs in Europe.

'Soul Train' creator Cornelius found dead
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 U.S. music impresario Don Cornelius died Wednesday of a gunshot wound.

U.N.'s Ban urges Israel settlement freeze
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, meeting officials in Occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday, called on Israel to refrain from settlement activity and offer the Palestinians a "goodwill gesture".

France convicts Google Maps for unfair competition
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 The Paris court upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc.

France says Russia 'less negative' on Syria U.N. resolution
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Russia has a "less negative" attitude towards a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to bloodshed in Syria.

Russia will veto any 'unacceptable' Syria resolution
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Russia will use its veto to block any U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria that it deems to be unacceptable.

Rival Libya militias fight gunbattle in capital
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Exchanges of both heavy and light weapons could be heard coming from the area of El-Saadi beach, next to the heart of Tripoli.

Sleiman encourages greater role for women in politics
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 President Michel Sleiman encouraged women to have a greater role in the country’s political life, hoping that the day when the Arab woman enjoy her full rights is not far on the occasion of Arab Woman...

Estonia honors former President George W. Bush
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Estonia is set to bestow former President George W. Bush with the country's highest civil award given to a foreigner.

Iran says 11 Iranian pilgrims kidnapped in Syria
Daily Star 1 Feb 2012 Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast condemned the attack as "unjustifiable" and asked Syrian authorities to secure the release of the abducted citizens.

Palestinians escort lost soldier out of village
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Combatant loses sight of fellow soldiers during routine operational activity near Ramallah, later returns unharmed. IDF launched inquiry ....

Tennis: Israel beats Holland 1:2 in Fed Cup games
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The day after Assad
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Op-ed: CNN correspondent Nic Robertson offers a rare look inside turbulent Syria ....

US to Russia, others: Are you with Syria or Assad?
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Yishai: Looking forward to Benizri's return to public life
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Gantz: Iran atom program must be disrupted
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - IDF chief says international community must take 'determined action' to compel Iran to abandon nuclear arms ambitions ....

Egypt's army sends helicopters to scene of soccer violence
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Gaza rocket barrage: 7 Qassams hit south
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Palestinians fire seven Qassam rockets at Israel which explode in open areas in Shaar Hanegev Council; no injuries ....

Germany upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Palestinian delegation in Berlin upgraded to mission headed by ambassador ....

MKs urge Sarkozy to extradite Zeituni's killers
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Seventy Knesset members sign letter calling on French president to overcome legal obstacles, turn over French citizens who ran over Israeli woman ....

Former haredi troops demand to report for reserve duty
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Dozens of ultra-Orthodox youths claim IDF refuses to call them in for reserve service, despite pleas ....

The Judeo-Christian divide
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Op-ed: The road to true Christian-Jewish reconciliation starts with Christian repentance ....

Education minister: All school students should visit Hebron
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Gideon Sa'ar announces plan to expand pilot program that will have school children visit Hebron, Cave of Patriarchs ....

Don't pay for religion
YNet News, 1 Feb 2012 - Op-ed: Israel does not need huge government apparatus that provides religious services ....

30 years after the Massacre at Sabra-Shatilla Lebanese politicians still block Palestinian rights
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Feb 2012 - Franklin Lamb Shatila Camp, Beirut We all know it is not just American and Lebanese politicians who use Palestinian refugees as political footballs during electoral campaigns. But they are currently the two most egregious apart from most Zionist politicians in temporarily... more

Democratic Elections in the Middle East: Why the Islamists Win – An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Feb 2012 - by Dr. Lawrence Davidson Part I – Two Democratic Elections There have now been two democratic elections in the Middle East as a consequence of the Arab Spring. One was in Tunisia in October 2011, and the recent staggered elections of... more

Arab, Western nations push for U.N. action on Syria crisis
LA Times 1 Feb 2012 - At the Security Council, diplomats press Russia and others to OK an Arab League proposal for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power and end a bloody crackdown.  

Al Qaeda weakened, Iran a threat, U.S. intelligence officials say
LA Times 1 Feb 2012 - A Senate panel is told a purported Iran plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat convinced the U.S. that Tehran is increasingly likely to support bombings on U.S. soil. Al Qaeda's ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year,...

U.S. airstrikes kill 5 suspected militants in Yemen
LA Times 1 Feb 2012 - At least one leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is believed to be among those killed in attacks targeting a meeting of the group in southern Yemen. U.S. military aircraft launched strikes that killed at least five suspected militants in southern Yemen in...

More Than 70 Killed in Mayhem at Soccer Match in Egypt
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - A brawl between rival soccer fans after a match in Port Said was Egypt’s bloodiest episode of lawlessness since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak a year ago.

At U.N., Pressure Is on Russia for Refusal to Condemn Syria
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - As Arab and Western states confronted Russia over its refusal to sign on to a call for President Bashar al-Assad to leave power, violence continued without pause in Syria.

Iran Warns Citizens to Avoid Bus Trips to Syria
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - The warning came after Iran’s government confirmed reports that 11 Iranian citizens, whom it described as pilgrims, had been kidnapped last week while visiting Syria.

New Twists and Turns in Turkey's Head-Scarf Debate
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - A television program featuring a woman in a head scarf driving a car set off a storm in Turkey.

IAEA Nuclear Inspectors to Visit Iran Again in February
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - Inspectors will return to Iran on Feb. 21, suggesting that some common understanding had been reached regarding the country’s position regarding scrutiny of its nuclear program.

Humble Museum Aims for Rebirth
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - The Egyptian Museum of Modern Art houses works by more than 1,500 Egyptian artists but has been overshadowed by the country's pharaonic and medieval Islamic heritage.

Julian Assange Appeals Extradition at Britain’s Supreme Court
New York Times 1 Feb 2012 - Julian Assange was set to appear on Wednesday at Britain’s Supreme Court to appeal an order approving his extradition to Sweden.

Anti-Defamation League reprises debunked quote in attempt to discredit Helena Cobban and Penn BDS conference
Mondoweiss - Helena Cobban (Photo: Kevin Matthews/UCLA) The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is playing a leading role in the escalating debate over the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and this week's pro-BDS conference at the University of Pennyslvania. Over at the organization's "Access ADL" blog , the ADL has...

Racism Report: Africans in Israel
Mondoweiss - From the African Refugee Development Center : On 30 January, the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) submitted a report to the  UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  (CERD). This report demonstrates that Israel continues to ignore its international obligations towards asylum seekers and refugees and...

The BDS movement grows in Italy
Mondoweiss - The following statement was issued at the third national BDS meeting in Italy, held January 21 and 22 in Bologna, Italy: Over the weekend of January 21-22, the third national meeting of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel was held in Bologna, Italy....

Mossad chief held secret talks in DC with top U.S. officials
Mondoweiss - FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director David Petraeus appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Jan. 31, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence met yesterday for the...

Romney’s battle in FL was to show Adelson he is OK on Israel –TNR
Mondoweiss - Adelson Your Israel lobby at work. Noam Scheiber reports at the New Republic that Romney's big goal in Florida was to convince Sheldon Adelson to drop Newt (whom he and his wife have given $10 million) and come over to his side. So Sheldon Adelson is...

Arab Intelligence Agencies Collaborate With Mossad to Detain, Extradite Hamas Activist to Israel
Tikun Olam - Imprisoned Palestinian engineer, Jafar Daghlas In a story reminiscent of the kidnapping of Dirar Abusisi, a Palestinian engineer known for his activities in support of Hamas, has been arrested and interrogated for long periods by the Mukhabarat in both the United Arab Emirates and Jordan: Was...

Israeli Film Depicts Iranian First-Strike Nuke Attack on Israel
Tikun Olam - The Israeli power of delusion is evident in this short film called, The Last Day , which purports to film the last moments of an Israeli family before Iran drops a nuclear bomb on Israel and obliterates it. The film, created by Ronen Barany , is shot in...

U.N. Security Council discusses the situation in Lybia
Voltaire Network 1 Feb 2012 - The meeting was called to order at 10.45 a.m. The President : Under rule 37 of the Council's provisional rules of procedure, I invite the representative of Libya to participate in this meeting. In accordance with rule 39 of the Council's provisional rules of procedure, I invite...

The imaginary flight of the Assad family
Voltaire Network 31 Jan 2012 - The Western and Gulf press reports of heavy fighting on the outskirts of Damascus. With maps to prove it, it claims that the revolutionaries are about to take the capital. The wife and children of President al-Assad were supposedly intercepted on their way to the airport...

South Africa: Country to Showcase Artistic Talent in Palestine
allAfrica.com 1 Feb 2012 - [BuaNews] Pretoria - Government will use South African Week in Palestine to showcase its abundant artistic talent to the people of that country later this year.

Egypt: Banning a Bahraini Writer From Entering Country to Sign Book
allAfrica.com 1 Feb 2012 - [HRInfo] The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounced today the Egyptian government for preventing Aly Eldery, Bahraini activist and writer and author of "Out of the Sect", from entering the Egyptian territories, without giving clear reasons except that his name is on the lists...

Egypt football clash kills scores
BBC 1 Feb 2012 - At least 74 people are killed and many injured in clashes between rival football fans in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

Gun fight erupts in Libya capital
BBC 1 Feb 2012 - Rival Libyan militias fight a brief gun battle in central Tripoli amid tension between former rebel groups, witnesses and officials say.

UN positive about Iranian talks
BBC 1 Feb 2012 - UN nuclear inspectors back from a trip to Iran to discuss its nuclear programme have said the country is "committed" to "resolving all outstanding issues".

West pressing Russia over Syria
BBC 1 Feb 2012 - Western nations at the UN attempt to persuade Russia not to block international endorsement of an Arab League peace plan for Syria.

(en) Palestine-Israel, The only sure thing about the joint struggle is the Tsumud (Persistence) of both the Palestinians and the anarchists against the wall
A-infos 1 Feb 2012 - Day in and day out, year in and year out, the creeping transfer of the Israeli settler colonialism continue - both in the Israeli south where lot of Bedouin Palestinians citizens are transfered and concentrated to small locations and most of their lands confiscated. Similarly happen...

Media Tell State Department: The Emperor Has No Clothes
US Campaign to End the Occupation 1 Feb 2012 - When it comes to the so-called Israeli-Palestinian "peace process," the State Department daily press briefings have truly degenerated into a farce in which the mainstream media refuses to believe any longer. Take, for example, yesterday's briefing , during which a succession of members of the media poked...

Sharp rise in administrative detention
B'tselem 31 Jan 2012 - There has been a sharp rise in Israel's use of administrative detention over the past year. Over 300 Palestinians are now being held without charge or trial, for periods ranging from 6 months to several years. In protest, one administrative detainee has been on hunger strike...

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