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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
PA Telecommunications minister: Palestinian Internet Under Hacking Attacks
IMEMC - Palestinian Minister of Telecommunications, Dr. Mashour Abu-Daqa, confirmed that destructive hacking attacks by pirates from more than 20 states are being made against the Palestinian internet service providers since Tuesday morning led to the break of internet service in the Palestinian Territories, the Maan News Agency reported Tuesday morning. ...

Hanniyah confirms responsibility for Gaza-Christians safe life
IMEMC - Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Hanniyah, confirmed to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Father Hamam Akhzouz, Hamas government’s full commitment for being held responsible for maintaining safe and descent life for Gaza Christians along with the freedom of worship in accordance with social and religious privacies. ...

Israeli Authorities Prevent Farmers Reaching their Farmlands
IMEMC - On Tuesday, the Israeli authorities prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their farmlands, which are located behind the Annexation Wall in Kufr Jamal village, near the West Bank city of Tulkarem, the Palestine News & Info Agency reported. ...

Israel Continues To Develop Nuclear Arsenal
IMEMC - A report publish by the British Newspaper, The Guardian, in London on Monday morning, revealed Israel to be expanding its nuclear arsenal, seeking to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles, and want to boost its “second strike” nuclear capability. ...

Gantz Orders Gradual “Response” To Gaza Shells
IMEMC - Israeli Army Chief of Staff, Benny (Benjamin) Gantz, ordered the army to start what he called “gradual retaliation” to counter the shells fired from the Gaza Strip into adjacent Israeli areas, Israeli TV reported. ...

Israeli forces detain Hamas leader and son
11/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained Palestinian lawmaker Hassan Yousef overnight Monday in a raid on his home in Ramallah. Hamas officials said Tuesday that soldiers ransacked Yousef's home in Beituniya at 3 a. m. , detaining him and his son. Yousef is a leader in the Islamist movement. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu....

NGO: Settlers destroyed 2,600 olive trees in October
11/1/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees released a report on Tuesday which found that over 2,600 olive trees were destroyed by settlers in October. The report by the Gaza-based NGO issued findings on settler violence and attacks against Palestinian agriculture in October. According to the report, 55 attacks took place across 37....

73 get suspended terms for Israel embassy attack
11/1/2011 - CAIRO (AFP) -- An Egyptian military court on Monday handed down six-month suspended jail sentences to 73 people accused of involvement in an attack on the Israeli embassy in September, a military source said. Two other people were acquitted. The September 9-10 attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo by a crowd angered by Israel....

Abbas aide: Israel isn't serious about peace
11/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) - Sanctions against the Palestinian Authority, which the Israeli government is said to be considering, would be a clear violation of international conventions and initiatives, a political adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday. Nimir Hammad says that as Israel is reported to be considering sanctions because Palestine won membership in UNESCO....

Student 'stabs Nablus policeman'
11/1/2011 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A policeman in Nablus was stabbed in the foot on Tuesday after a heated argument with a local student, officials said. Director of Nablus police Omar al-Bzoor told Ma'an that "the student, 20, who studies in Nablus, stabbed the policeman in his foot with a knife. The officer has....

Fuel and domestic-use gas prices for November
11/1/2011 - RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Finance, together with the Petroleum Authority, announced the latest consumer fuel and gas prices on Tuesday, which will be effective in the West Bank for November 2011. The prices, which will take effect on Wednesday, were set as follows: -- 1 liter of diesel: 6. 60 shekels....

Libya 'elects' new PM
11/1/2011 - TRIPOLI (AFP) -- Libya's new prime minister has pledged his interim government will set respect for human rights as its priority. Abdel Rahim al-Keib, an academic and wealthy businessman who is a native of Tripoli, was elected interim prime minister in a public vote carried out by the members of the National Transitional Council....

Israel orders new building in East Jerusalem
AlJazeera 1 Nov 2011 - Tenders for fresh "housing units" made public as Netanyahu government decides to freeze tax revenues to Palestinians.

PLO to seek membership in more UN agencies
AlJazeera 1 Nov 2011 - Official says PLO will seek to join more than a dozen world bodies after UNESCO's vote to admit Palestine.

Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees: 3.5 Olive Trees Destroyed Per Hour in 2011
PNN - PNNThe Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) released its monthly report on Monday, revealing that about three and half olive trees were destroyed per hour during the 2011 season. The report includes all...

MADA Condemns Settler Attacks on Palestinian Journalists
PNN - MADAOn Saturday, 29 October 2011, a group of stone throwing settlers attacked four Palestinian journalists covering the weekly Beit Omar march near Hebron city. Of the journalists, French Agency photographer Hazem Bader,...

Ashkelon Mayor Reports Rockets from Gaza Stronger than Before
PNN - PNNBenny Vaknin, mayor of the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, said that rockets from the Gaza Strip that Israelis “used to laugh at” had been replaced by more precise and powerful models....

Israeli Army Raids 16 Municipalities, Arrests Nine Palestinians
PNN - PNNIsraeli troops raided 16 cities and villages in the West Bank on early Monday morning, arresting nine citizens from Jerusalem, Qalqiliya, Nablus and Bethlehem. A police report said the Israeli troops raided...

American Playwright, Palestinian Actors Team Up for "Still Small Voices"
PNN - PNNOn Monday evening, American actress and playwright Maren Rosenberg will premier her play Still Small Voices at the Catholic Action Center in Bethlehem, featuring three Palestinian actors from the theater company Inad....

Sheikh Condemns "Normalizing" Islamic Heritage in Israeli National Library
PNN - by Maysa Abu GhazalehQurans and ancient manuscripts, some over a thousand years old, are just some of the rare Islamic treasures on display at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in a show sponsored...

Two More Found Dead in Khan Yunis, Death Toll Rises to 13
PNN - PNNOn Monday morning, Khan Yunis medical teams found the bodies of Yusef Abu Abdo and Ali al-Akkad, both in their twenties and both killed in Israel’s weekend airstrikes on the Gaza Strip....

PCHR Welcomes Palestine’s Admission to UNESCO
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 01 November 2011

Israel drops missile on North Gaza neighborhood, no one cares
11/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - Radhika Sainath, International Solidarity Movement, Gaza - The Israeli Air Force fired a missile into a Beit Hanoun residential neighborhood in north Gaza early Sunday morning.  The missile landed in a grove surrounded by homes, creating a crater the size of a tennis court and destroying over forty orange and olive trees. Chunks of shrapnel and.... Related: Israeli missile strikes Beit Hanoun: Click for images

Resistance is fertile: Palestine's eco-war
11/1/2011 - International Solidarity Movement - James Brownsell, Al Jazeera English - After uprooting thousands of olive trees, Israel's latest plantation may pose a fire risk to its own citizens. They come from across the planet and meet in the shadow of Israel's 12m concrete wall. They strap olive saplings and water bottles to the back of a donkey.... Related: Source

Palestinian acceptance in UNESCO signals new strategy for struggle
Alternative Information Center - What does the admission of Palestine to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) mean, if anything, for the Palestinian struggle? Just over a month after the Palestinian Authority submitted its application for statehood...

Settler Violence Report : Summer 2011
Alternative Information Center -   During July and August 2011, settler violence against Palestinian residents and properties in West Bank continued unchecked. In the southern area of the West Bank, especially the Hebron District, Jewish settlers assaulted Palestinian shepherds and...

Egypt: Truce halted major Israeli operation in Gaza: Egypt
Relief Web 1 Nov 2011 - Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Egypt said on Tuesday that the truce it negotiated between Gaza militants and Israel this week had prevented a "large scale" Israeli military operation against the coastal...

Jordan: How can I help a Palestine refugee?
Relief Web 1 Nov 2011 - Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Jordan , Lebanon , Syrian Arab Republic (the) The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established...

Thousands of UN schools staff strike for third time in Gaza Strip
The National 1 Nov 2011 - Employees at about 240 United Nations schools in the Gaza Strip have gone on strike for the third time in little more than a month .

Syria, Arab League agree roadmap: official media
The National 1 Nov 2011 - Official announcement on agreement between Syria and Arab League on ending Syrian unrest expected today.

International arrest warrant issued for Arafat's widow
The National 31 Oct 2011 - Allegations over founding of school in Tunis with the former first lady of Tunisia are behind the move.

Netanyahu trying to persuade cabinet to support attack on Iran
Ha'aretz - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who previously objected to attacking Iran, was recently persuaded by Netanyahu and Barak to support such a move.

Israel to expedite settlement construction in response to Palestinian UNESCO membership
Ha'aretz - Netanyahu and top ministers decide to impose sanctions on Palestinian Authority after it was accepted to UN cultural body; Palestinians slam decision as 'destructive to peace process' and 'inhumane.'

Egypt: Israel agreed to delay expanding Gaza offensive
Ha'aretz - Egyptian official says his country asked for 24 hours to try to bring all factions into an informal cease-fire after a recent escalation between Gaza militants and IDF forces erupted last week.

Israel closes down Yitzhar yeshiva due to violent acts against Palestinians
Ha'aretz - Education Ministry follows Shin Bet recommendation to close down West Bank yeshiva after its students engage in violent acts against Palestinians, Israeli security forces.

Syria says reaches final deal with Arab League on ending unrest
Ha'aretz - State television says Syria and Arab League reached agreement, to be officially announced on Wednesday.

Shin Bet closes East Jerusalem institutions suspected of being run by Hamas
Ha'aretz - According to intelligence collected by Israeli security forces, several civilian institutions in East Jerusalem are operated by Hamas officials.

With UNESCO membership granted, Palestinians seek to join 16 more UN agencies
Ha'aretz - World Health Organization, Intellectual Property Organization and Atomic Agency are among the organizations where the PA will request full membership.

Goldstone: Israel is not an 'apartheid state'
Ha'aretz - UN judge says applying term to Israel is 'unfair and inaccurate slander', and is used to 'retard rather than advance peace negotiations.'

Palestinian gang charged with throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails at Israelis
Ha'aretz - The Palestinians, three of whom are minors, were lead by a 17-year-old, and are not officially affiliated with any political organization.

U.S. Jewish group appeals against placing 'Jerusalem, Israel' on passports
Ha'aretz - Americans for Peace Now files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court to oppose listing Israel as home country of Jerusalem-born Americans; U.S. has never recognized any sovereignty over Jerusalem, be it Israel, Palestinian or Jordanian.

Israel's PM office under fire for employing too many personal aides
Ha'aretz - Report released by State Comptroller's Office says failure to establish clear criteria allowed number of 'positions of personal trust' to increase six-fold between 1995-2010.

Egyptian gas supply back to 70% capacity
Ha'aretz - The most recent renewal of Egyptian gas supplies came 100 days after the fourth pipeline attack, out of five so far this year.

Dangerous shoals ahead
Ha'aretz - Prof. Lucien Bebchuk doesn't mince his words: In contrast to the tycoons' spin, Israel has a grave problem with economic concentration that constitutes a real danger to economic stability.

Food still costs more than in 2008
Ha'aretz - Manufacturers are raking it in, retail chains aren't, accuses Dror Strum.

Vandals set fire to Arab restaurant in Jaffa in suspected 'price tag' attack
Ha'aretz - Phrases 'price tag' and 'Kahane was right' were reportedly scrawled on walls at the scene; police are investigating incident.

Iran expresses hope Assad stays in power despite Syrian unrest
Ha'aretz - Declaration by Foreign Minister is first open expression of support for Syrian President; five more people killed in government crackdown on Monday.

UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership
Ha'aretz - Cultural body is first UN agency Palestinians have sought to join since opening bid for recognition; Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France vote in favor; U.S., Canada and Germany oppose, while Britain abstains.

FM Lieberman: Israel must weigh cutting ties with Palestinian Authority
Ha'aretz - Speaking at Yisrael Beiteinu meeting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel needs to topple the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.

Syria ‘pursued 2 routes to nuclear weapons’
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - UN's International Atomic Energy Agency found a previously unknown nuclear facility in Syria’s northeast, according to The Associated Press report.

Swiss ‘solartaxi’ rolls into Israel
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan praises vehicle inventor Louis Palmer as global educator for ‘better life.’

Education Ministry closes part of Od Yosef Hai Yeshiva
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Religious high school connected to W. Bank yeshiva closed because students believed to be involved in violent attacks against Palestinians.

America should prosecute terrorists freed in Schalit swap
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - It is a federal crime to kill a national of the United States, even on foreign soil; US law prescribes death or extended imprisonment for those convicted.

A message to my daughter under the huppa
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Mushki, you are my eldest child and we have always shared a special bond.

On My Mind: Two states for a sustainable peace
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - The basic obstacle to Israel-Palestinian peace hasn’t changed in 64 years - Palestinian rejectionism.

Terra Incognita: Disgraceful behavior
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - The desecration of Sammy Ofer’s grave is but the latest in a shameful wave of hate directed at an Israeli success story.

Greece risks meltdown after bailout vote bombshell
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - French, German leaders summon Greek PM to crisis talks in Cannes to push for quick implementation of new bailout deal ahead of G20 summit.

PM calls for increased W. Bank settlement after UNESCO vote
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Netanyahu asks for accelerated construction of 2,000 housing units following special inner cabinet session; cabinet also decides to halt money transfers to PA; Palestinians warn: “The peace process could be destroyed.”

'Syria reaches agreement with Arab League on unrest'
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Deal made on final paper regarding situation, official announcement to be announced at Arab League headquarters, Syrian TV says.

Israel holds off on Gaza operation at Egypt's request
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - IDF delays operation to stem rocket fire due to efforts by Cairo to give an additional 24 hours to cease fire efforts, 'Post' learns.

US takes different approach in prisoner swap talks
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Following Israel prisoner swaps that freed over 1000 for Schalit, Grapel, US rejects Cuban exchange offer to release "spy" Alan Gross.

Jordan PM: Expelling Hamas was a political mistake
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Newly-appointed Awn Khasawneh says removing Mashaal and his leadership 12 years ago from Amman was "a legal error."

'Israeli children won't be part of Hamas’ Russian roulette'
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Education C’tee chairman calls for Defense Ministry to increase protection of school buildings from rocket fire.

The congressional couple that’s odd for getting along
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Republican Granger, Democrat Lowey known for focusing on bipartisan agreement, working to convince PA to change statehood course.

State comptroller slams PMO 'human resource errors'
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Lindenstrauss publishes report revealing practices that harm "PMO's governmental, professional and apolitical character."

Shalom: 'Dramatic' move that will halt Gaza rockets is near
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Vice premier warns Hamas, Gaza terrorist factions against continuing rocket fire into Israel as relative quiet prevails after week of hostilities.

Erdogan voices support for 'glorious' Syrian opposition
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Turkish PM quoted as saying Ankara "cannot remain silent" in face of violent crackdown which has killed 3,000 people.

Turkey's tremor strikes at poorest
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Bringing economic activity to a halt, devastation from recent earthquake accentuates widening economic gap between country's East and West.

Gallery: Vegans celebrate ‘birth’ of world movement
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - November 1 is dedicated as World Vegan Day, to kick off awareness month; events be held around the world.

Sights and Insights: Seeing beauty that illustrates truth
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Dr. Wayne Stiles says that the Mount of Beatitudes offers more than a beautiful view; it offers a place to consider truth.

'People with dementia less likely to go home after stroke'
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Study: Those with the disease were found more likely to become disabled and remain hospitalized than those without dementia.

A caution to healthcare patients who use social media
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Do you go online for your healthcare? Why social media can potentially do more harm than good....

Borderline Views: Rethinking the peripheral regions
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - Middle-class professionals commute from their homes in Tel Aviv to jobs elsewhere without contributing to the cultural landscape in outlying regions.

Israel – Jewish state or state of the Jewish people?
Jerusalem Post 1 Nov 2011 - It is high time a serious debate took place on what exactly we mean by “the national state of the Jewish people,” in both religious and civic terms.

‘Miracle’ saves young teen from turning into ‘human torch’
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2011 - 13-year-old boy suffers serious injuries after spray deodorant thrown onto sidewalk explodes.

Knesset panel advances law freezing women’s retirement age
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2011 - Law gains initial approval from Welfare, Labor and Health Committee will reverse legislation that would raise women's retirement age to 64.

International legislators advocate for Israel in Budapest
Jerusalem Post 31 Oct 2011 - Political conference concluded with group urging recognition of J'lem as capital of Israel; Hungary official plays down country’s anti-Semitic far-right.

Israel rushes settlement growth after Unesco accepts Palestinians
The Guardian 1 Nov 2011 - Punitive measure agreed by Israeli cabinet, as West Bank and Gaza internet services come under attack Israel is to expedite the construction of about 2,000 homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem...

Palestinians hit by cyber-attack following success at Unesco
The Guardian 1 Nov 2011 - Computer experts are trying to identify who was responsible, as authority considers applications to other global bodies Internet services in the West Bank and Gaza have come under "sustained attack" by unknown hackers in multiple locations,...

Unesco vote on Palestine membership gets angry response from US - video
The Guardian 1 Nov 2011 - Officals from the US, Israel, Palestine and and UN react to Unesco's vote to give Palestine full membership

LIBYA: Visitors Could be Saviours
IPS "A crossroads of history, continents and ancient empires; a place where history comes alive through the extraordinary monuments on its shores", reads a well- known tourist guidebook about Libya. It's all still there, but the tourists aren't there to see it.

[] The Sirte Massacres: 10 Victims, Burnt, Run Over, Burnt Again
Uruknet November 1, 2011 - The corpses we'll be considering here have already been blogged on in a separate post that will have to be split up. The eight bound and executed bodies (out of ten) filmed by Danish Channel 2 Nyhederne and shot by Tracey Shelton for Global Post on October 12 will be covered here. They were...

[] NATO declares formal end to criminal war on Libya
Uruknet November 1 , 2011 - NATO formally ended its seven-month predatory war against Libya at midnight Monday, having achieved its aim of regime change and opened up the country to what its imperialist member states hope will be the unrestrained exploitation of Libya's huge energy resources by Western oil companies. Speaking in Tripoli at a joint news conference with...

[] NATO says will not intervene in Syria
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - NATO ruled out the possibility of military intervention in Syria Monday ... Speaking during a visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said military action in Syria was out of the question. "My answer is very short. NATO has no intention (to intervene) whatsoever. I can completely rule that out," he...

[] Settlers Stone Elderly Palestinian Lady
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - A group of Jewish settlers Monday stoned an elderly Palestinian lady as she was picking olives in Mukhmas, a village southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank, according to local sources. The 80-year-old woman was reported to be injured in the head and transferred to hospital for treatment. Settlers have escalated their attacks on...

[] Not judges, but witnesses: the third Russell Tribunal on Palestine begins
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - "We do not represent any state power, nor can we compel the policy-makers responsible for crimes against the people of Vietnam to stand accused before us. We have no force majeure. The procedures of a trial are impossible to implement." With those words, the renowned philosopher Bertrand Russell opened the first Russell Tribunal on...

[] No Home, No Homeland: East Jerusalem Ethnic Displacement
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) will submit complaints to the UN's Special Rapporteurs - claiming that Israel's policy in East Jerusalem violates international law and may constitute a war crime. In a press conference held this morning (Monday, October 31st) ICAHD launched its latest report on illegal Israeli practices in East Jerusalem: '...

[] Syria News - October 31, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet Number of martyrs in Syria rose to 10, 6 in Homs, 2 in Idlib, 1 in Harasata in Damascus Suburbs and 1 in Kafarnaboda in Hama... Homs: cab driver October 31, 2011 - Anas Annajar has been shot dead in Al Qahira street. Anas was shot in the waist as he was driving his car. He bleeded to...

[] Israeli torture traders exhibit in Paris
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - An Israeli company selling instruments of torture and repression has been given refuge at a Paris arms fair, six years after it was expelled from a similar event in London. Electroshock shields were one of the items offered by TAR Ideal Concepts at the Milipol exhibition in the French capital earlier this month, a...

[] Wikileaks: Israel wanted to overcome diplomatic isolation at UNESCO
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - A Wikileaks gem that I came across after the final dump of all the cables this summer is all the more shiny in light of today's vote to make Palestine a member state at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. A cable dated 24 February 2010, marked unclassified but "sensitive," summarizes...

[] Anti-Qaddafi Forces Flew al-Qaeda Flag During Siege of Sirte
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - ... The appearance of the al-Qaeda flag over the Benghazi courthouse has been generally spun by commentators in the Western media as a sign that Islamic extremists are now rushing to fill the "vacuum" left by the fall of the ancien re'gime in Libya. But the Echorouk report and the accompanying photo indicate that anti-Qaddafi...

[] A new UN Report Finds Closure of Gaza Illegal and Calls for its Complete Lifting
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - The UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories has submitted its 43rd report to the UN General Assembly during the 66th session opened in New York last September. Established in 1968 by the UN General Assembly with resolution 2443[2] following the Israeli occupation...

[] Ex-soldier jailed for leaking Israeli assassination policy
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Israel has sentenced a former soldier to four and a half years in prison for leaking classified documents to a journalist who used them to expose an alleged army policy to assassinate wanted Palestinian militants in violation of court rulings. Anat Kam, 24, was convicted in February for copying 2,085 military documents on to...

[] Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine
Uruknet October 31 , 2011 - As pro-Palestinian discourse begins to make its voice heard in the worldwide Occupy Wall Street movement, right-wing organizations and individuals in the United States, including the Republican National Committee and the Emergency Committee for Israel, have denounced the protests as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. As the people-powered movement for social justice and democratic equality, which...

[] Iraq snapshot - October 31, 2011
Uruknet October 31, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, one year ago today Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad was attacked, US plans to use Kuwait as a stating area finally get serious attention from the US mainstream media, Nouri's screaming "Ba'athists!" again, and more... "The crackdown on ex-Ba'athists started earlier this month," Kelly McEvers observed today on Morning...

[] Success at UNESCO: One up to the Palestinians
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - It makes a nice change for Palestinians to be able to chalk up a success. And admission as a full member to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is good news for them and bad news for their Israeli tormentors. Palestine becomes the organisation's 195th member as soon as it has...

[] Small village awaits final decision on demolition
Uruknet October 31 , 2011 - Since 11 October, Mneizel-a small town located seventy kilometers south of Hebron-has been facing a demolition order announced by the Israeli Civil Administration. Included in the demolition order are a solar power plant, a battery factory and three family houses that lie within the area in question. All buildings will be razed to the...

[] Video- Sirte: "Al-Qaeda was here"
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Graffiti written on a wall in Sirte by the Libyan rebels: "Al-Qaeda was there".

[] Maariv: "Palestinians Rejected Israeli Proposal Of Secret Talks"
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - During the Quartet visit to Palestine last week, Israel submitted a proposal to break the current impasse of the peace process by initiating secret direct negotiations with the Palestinians, but the Palestinian Authority rejected the offer. This rejection, however, upset Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is not...

[] The Complete Guantánamo Files: WikiLeaks and the Prisoners Released in 2006 (Part Ten of Ten)
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Kushky Yar, who was 39 years old at the time of capture, was one of ten men seized after an attack on US forces in Lejay, in Helmand province, on February 10, 2003, all of whom, it seems, were wearing olive drab jackets when they were seized. According to the US authorities, US Special...

[] Gaza olive trade recovers slowly from siege, attacks
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Seventy-five-year-old Khaled Ali al-Farra leaned on a stick as he waited at the olive oil extraction plant near the entrance of his home town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. Inside, his olives were being pressed, an annual autumn ritual that he and many other farmers undertake to obtain a staple food for...

[] Libya: "revolutionaries" turn on each other as fears grow for law and order
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - The fighting fuelled growing fears that nobody is in control of thousands of swaggering armed men who are still based in Tripoli and that the country's interim government will struggle to impose law and order. Two people died from bullet wounds and at least seven fighters were injured during a battle that started when...

[] Libya's "Other" Victims
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Suleyman and Rasool have come to the University of Bani Walid, in western Libya. If they are lucky they might find some chemistry notes and, perhaps, a computer that works. Unfortunately it is not likely, since NATO reduced the campus to rubble. Saif al Islam - Muammar Gaddafi's son and heir apparent - had...

[] Living Under Israel's Boot
Uruknet October 31, 2011 - Like occupied people everywhere, Palestinians understand oppression better than experts. Ask them. They'll explain. In Gaza, it means living under siege and Israeli air, land and sea attacks. West Bank communities face day and night incursions. In the week ending October 27, 58 were conducted, nearly 10 a day. Israel arrests Palestinians while releasing...

[] Overnight airstrike brings Gaza deaths to 12
Uruknet October 31, 2011 -- Two militants were killed overnight Sunday as Israeli forces targeted the Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll in the coastal enclave to 12 since Saturday. Palestinian medical sources identified the victims as Yousif Rawhi Mahmoud Abu Abdu and Ali Abdullah al-Aqad, both from Khan Younis in southern Gaza. They were transferred to the Nasser...

Uruknet October 31, 2011 - ...In the videos of Gadafi's lynching, there are several Black people who are tied to the back of pro-nato rebel pick-up trucks. One of them, the first below, is immediately in the vicinity of Gadafi being lynched. The second photo is taken from THIS clip from Al-Jazeera English, which is a piece about the...

[] Syria News - October 30, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet October 30, 2011 - 11 martyrs today , 4 of them are in Homs including a woman,3 martyrs in Hama (Kafranboda and 2 in Khatab), 2 martyrs in Daraa (Taseel and Al-Mozeireb), and a martyr in each of: Idlib (Maaret Al-Nouman) and Damascus Suburbs (Harasta)....The number of martyrs who fell from being shot by security and heavy weapons of...

Council pledges stronger measures to fight crime
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 The Central Defense Council pledged to strengthen efforts to combat crime and security incidents in the country, following a meeting at the Interior Ministry Tuesday.

60 victims to participate in trials against STL accused
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Close to 60 people either wounded or harmed in the 2005 bomb attack that killed former statesman Rafik Hariri have applied to participate in the trials of those accused of the crime...

Doctors transplant bone marrow from non-relative
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 For the first time in Lebanon, doctors at the American University of Beirut Medical Center this week transplanted bone marrow from a donor unrelated to the patient.

Rifi receives Interpol medallion at police meet
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Interpol awarded Internal Security Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi and other police chiefs medallions for their efforts in combating crime, the Central News Agency said Tuesday.

Police raid club employing underage dancers, escorts
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Police closed down a nightclub in Maameltein for hiring minors and subjecting them to financial and sexual exploitation, the Internal Security Forces said in a statement it issued Tuesday.

Defense minister issues freeze on all gun licenses
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn issued a decree Tuesday to temporarily freeze all arms licenses.

Hariri and Hezbollah praise Palestine’s victory at UNESCO
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Hezbollah hailed Palestine’s entry as a full member of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Tuesday, describing the step as a victory for the Palestinian people.

Hoss blasts U.S. over UNESCO vote opposition
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Former Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss accused the United States Tuesday of hypocrisy and arrogance for voting against Palestinian UNESCO bid, according to the Central News Agency.

Arslan meets Assad in Damascus, reiterates support for Syrian president
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan reiterated support for Syrian President Bashar Assad during his meeting with the Syrian leader in Damascus Tuesday.

Qabalan warns of attempts to incite strife in region
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 The Vice President of the Higher Shiite Council Sheikh Abdul-Amir Qabalan urged Muslims and Christians to show mutual openness to each other, discuss matters deeply, be free from selfishness and avoid hatred and envy.

Mikati to meet Cameron next week for talks on Middle East
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati is scheduled to visit London later this week for talks with his British counterpart David Cameron on the situation in Lebanon...

Mikati urges election law that ensures genuine representation
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati called Tuesday for a new election law that will ensure genuine parliamentary representation and boost the country’s parliamentary democratic trend.

Health Ministry efforts to license nurseries draw mixed reactions
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 After the Health Ministry delivered a six-month deadline to unregistered nurseries to obtain licenses, many are hoping that the sector will finally be regulated – others are critical of the move, which they say won’t change...

ISF arrests water employee over theft of fees
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 The arrest of an employee of Sidon’s Water Department for allegedly stealing LL53 million in water fees and the theft of jewelery and chocolate valued at around $1 million Monday night topped crime news Tuesday.

Student supporters of Hariri, Berri clash at LAU
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Supporters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement clashed Tuesday with students loyal to Speaker Nabih Berri with chairs...

Anti-sectarian spring ended as summer began
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 As the summer came to a close with debate raging over Patriarch Beshara Rai’s warning that Arab Christians were under threat it was hard to remember that the same year the country had seen some of...

Rights groups raise concerns over journalists missing in Syria
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Rights groups are raising the alarm over the continued disappearance of journalists in Syria.

Syria, Arab League agree roadmap: official media
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Syria and the Arab League have agreed on a roadmap to end the violence, and a formal announcement will be made on Wednesday at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Syrian official media said.

Syrian Army completed planting landmines: Lebanon residents
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 The Syrian Army completed planting landmines along the border town of Wadi Khaled passing through the disputed area of al-Joura late last week, village officials in the area said Tuesday.

Iran wants Bahrain as its 'crown jewel': minister
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Bahrain's foreign minister on Tuesday accused Iran of eying the Gulf monarchy as "the crown jewel" in a campaign to penetrate the Gulf, and called for Arab support in confronting Tehran, according to official Egyptian media.

Hariri praises Abbas and Libya’s Al-Qeeb
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Former PM Saad Hariri praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the decision by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization to grant the Palestinians full membership status at the U.N. body.

Supporters of Hariri, Berri fight at Beirut university
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Supporters of former PM Saad Hariri’s Future Movement clashed Tuesday with students loyal to Speaker Nabih Berri with chairs, trash cans and stones at the Lebanese American University in the capital, witnesses said.

Algeria says agreement in Arab talks with Syria: TV
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Algeria's Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said on Tuesday an Arab League committee charged with seeking an end to the violence in Syria had reached agreement with Syrian authorities, al-Arabiya television said without giving any further details.

Britain hopes Lebanon can avoid facing sanctions against Syria: Fletcher
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Britain seeks to protect Lebanon’s lucrative banking sector from sanctions against Syria, Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon said, adding that the country should be prepared for the worst if the government fails to fund the Special Tribunal...

Large stash of weapons left over from war found in Beirut
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 A large amount of mortar bombs, grenades and flares left over from a previous conflict were found Tuesday near a Beirut hospital, experts said.

Russia denies report of warning Lebanon on STL funding
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 The Russian Embassy in Beirut denied a report published over the weekend that said Moscow had warned Lebanon of sanctions should it fail to finance the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Thieves make away with $1.016 mln worth in jewelry, chocolate
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Jewelry and chocolate valued at $1.016 million were stolen Monday night from separate stores in the northeastern Beirut suburb of Hazmieh.

Arslan meets Assad, reiterates support for Syrian leader
Daily Star 1 Nov 2011 Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan reiterated support for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a meeting in Damascus Tuesday.

Store robbed of LL1 mln, 5-day-old baby abandoned
Daily Star 30 Oct 2011 The 75-year-old owner of a grocery store in the southern coastal city of Sidon was assaulted over the weekend by thieves who made off with over LL1 million.

Schools enrolling more displaced Syrian students
Daily Star 30 Oct 2011 Public and private schools in the Bekaa and North Lebanon seeing jump tin the enrollment of Syrian students.

Experts warn of PA break up
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Growing voices in Ramallah calling for the dismantling of the Palestinian Authority due to a political stalemate with Israel have raised concern among Israeli experts, ... ....

PM speeds up construction in response to UNESCO vote
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - The forum of top eight ministers on Tuesday concluded its meeting on Israel's response to the accession of the Palestinian Authority into UNESCO. Following the ... ....

Syria, Arab League reach deal on unrest
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Syrian official news agency SANA on Tuesday reported that a final agreement had been reached between Syrian authorities and an Arab League committee tasked with finding a ... ....

Government closes down Yitzhar yeshiva
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - The Education Ministry has decided to close down the Dorshei Yehudcha Yeshiva high school and withhold funds from the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva over the involvement of their ... ....

East Jerusalem: 3 Hamas-affiliated institutes shut down
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Cleared for publication: Three establishments operating on behalf of Hamas in east Jerusalem were shut down in a joint Shin Ben-Police operation last month. The offices ... ....

'IDF has green light to stop Gaza rockets'
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Israel has authorized its military to take all necessary steps to stop rocket fire from Gaza, including a ground operation, an Israeli military official said Tuesday, as ... ....

State Comptroller report slams PMO staffing regulations
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - A State Comptroller report published on Tuesday slammed the staffing procedure at the Prime Minister's Office, stating that "special adviser and aide" positions were ... ....

Satellite project to prompt new Israel-Turkey crisis?
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Israel asked Ankara not to sell images of its territory taken by new satellite....

Shalom: We're nearing dramatic decision to end rocket fire
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Egyptian official says Israel agreed to delay expanding Gaza offensive for 24....

Al-Qaeda flag flies high on top of Benghazi courthouse
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Flag seen flying alongside Libyan national flag but National Transitional....

Palestinians aim to join 16 other UN agencies
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - PA UNESCO victory leads it to seek admittance to additional UN agencies.....

Barak: Increase defense budget by NIS 7-8 billion
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Barak claims only if budget is increased will country's security needs be....

Senior Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, son arrested
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Just months after being released, former Hamas spiritual leader in West Bank....

Inspectors razing structures in Ramat Migron outpost
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Ramat Migron is a small outpost adjacent to the more well-known outpost of....

Parents struggle to find solutions for kids as schools remain closed in south
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - Lack of rocket protection leads mayors in southern cities to close schools, but....

New suspected nuclear complex exposed in Syria
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - UN investigators identify previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters....

Goldstone: There is no apartheid in Israel
YNet News, 1 Nov 2011 - In pro-Israel NYT op-ed piece, judge says 'nothing in Israel comes close to the....

Abu Rudeineh: Israeli Decision to Build 2000 Housing Units Destroys Peace

Israeli Police Arrests Seven Palestinians in East Jerusalem

One up to the Palestinians
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Nov 2011 - Delegates applaud after the vote at the UNESCO headquarters where the United Nations' cultural agency decided to give the Palestinians full membership of the body, a vote that will boost their bid for recognition as a state at the United Nations,... more

Amnesty International’s flawed Syrian Hospitals “Investigation”
Intifada-Palestine: 1 Nov 2011 - “Amnesty International claims this week, without convincing material, probative or relevant evidence that Syrian authorities, including Hospital administrators and staff, have since March 2011 turned Syrian hospital into instruments of repression in order to crush protests and demonstrations.” Franklin Lamb (NIAMEY,... more

Syria Says It Has Agreed on Plan to End Deadly Crackdown
New York Times 1 Nov 2011 - Lebanon’s police said Syria was behind the abductions of Syrian dissidents in Lebanon, and a Syrian official reportedly said troops had begun sowing landmines along the border.

Egypt’s Tourism Suffers as Its Revolution Stalls
New York Times 1 Nov 2011 - Violence and political discontent has kept visitors away, even after a dictator has fallen.

Unesco Accepts Palestinians as Full Members
New York Times 1 Nov 2011 - The organization defied a mandated cutoff of American funding on Monday and approved a Palestinian bid for full membership by a vote of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions.

‘You lost’ — reporters at State say UNESCO vote isolates U.S. from world opinion (and possibly from intellectual property enforcement)
Mondoweiss - Below is the transcript of the amazing interchange yesterday between State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland and AP's Matt Lee, among other reporters at the daily briefing. The reporters have had it with the emperor's new clothes. Matt Lee points out repeatedly how the United States has...

Edward Said and Martin Buber: the Real Story
Tikun Olam - 10 Brenner Street, the Said family home, in which Martin Buber lived from 1938-1942 A few days ago I published a story about the relationship between the Said family and Martin Buber based on an account offered by Uri Davis and a caption for an image...

Goldstone sugarcoats persecution to try to save Israel
Mondoweiss - Richard Goldstone’s op-ed in the Times today saying that it is “slander” to say that Israel practices “apartheid” is shocking at a number of levels. It is shocking that the eminent judge, who damaged his international reputation last spring by stepping away from a UN report...

Caption contest
Mondoweiss - (Photo: Thibault Camus/ AP ) Permanent delegate of the US to UNESCO David Killion, center, reacts as delegates vote on the Palestinian membership, during a session of UNESCO's 36th General Conference, in Paris, Monday Oct. 31, 2011. ( h/t Angry Arab )

South Africans think Israel is practicing apartheid
Mondoweiss - Paging Judge Goldstone . . . From the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa : The HSRC commissioned an international team of scholars and practitioners of international public law from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel and the West Bank to conduct the study. The resulting 300-page draft, titled...

Does the UNESCO vote pave the way for broader Palestinian acceptance within the UN system?
Mondoweiss - Phyllis Bennis discusses the fallout of the UNESCO vote on Democracy Now. Former British Ambassador Craig Murray says the UNESCO also sets a precedent for Palestine to join the International Criminal Court : The UNESCO membership is crucial recognition of Palestine’s statehood, not an empty gesture. With...

Nigeria: Palestine Becomes Unesco Member 1 Nov 2011 - Palestine has been admitted as a Member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) bringing the number of UNESCO's member states to 195.

Egypt: NYC Stresses Depth of Youth Relations Between Country, Saudi Arabia 1 Nov 2011 - Head of the National Youth Council, Dr. Safieldin Kharboush stressed depth of relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia in all fields, including youth. He stressed that the two countries are keen on strengthen bilateral cooperation on an ongoing basis.

Egypt: Minister - Israel Did Not Get a Drop of Water From Country 1 Nov 2011 - Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Dr. Hisham Qandeel denied on Friday 28/10/2011 Israel has got water from Egypt describing allegations over Israel's being consuming subterranean water from reservoir in Sinai as untrue.

BNC to participate in South Africa session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Global BDS 1 Nov 2011 - BDS National Committee to participate in South Africa session of Russell Tribunal on Palestine – Cape Town, 5-7 November 2011 Live webcast begins 8am local time Saturday 5 November : http :// www . russelltribunalonpalestine . com / en Representatives of the Palestinian BDS National Committtee (BNC), the broad Palestinian civil...

Israel to rush settler expansion
BBC 1 Nov 2011 - Israel says it will speed up the construction of Jewish settlements, after the Palestinians won membership of the UN cultural organisation Unesco.

Libya appoints academic as new PM
BBC 31 Oct 2011 - Libya's interim authorities name Tripoli-based academic Abdurrahim al-Keib as the new prime minister, days after declaring the country "liberated".

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