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Israeli Navy Fires on Gaza Fishing Boats
Hamas denounces 'foolishness' of recent Israeli airstrikes The Israeli navy, on Saturday, again opened fire at Palestinian fishermen boats, this time along the As-Sudaneyya shore, northwest of the Gaza Strip. Hamas has denied responsibility for an alleged rocket attack coming from Gaza, denouncing the recently renewed Israeli airstrikes as foolish. ...
Settlers Attempt To Kidnap A Child Near Nablus
A number of extremist Israeli settlers attempted, on Friday evening, to kidnap a Palestinian child on the main road, leading to Huwwara village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. ...
UN General Assembly adopts resolution for Palestinian sovereignty in W. Bank, Gaza, E. Jerusalem
On Friday December 19th, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution recognizing the Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources. ...
Soldiers Kidnap Four Palestinians In Jerusalem
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late on Friday at night, four Palestinians, including two brothers, during clashes in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem. Several Palestinians have been injured by army fire. ...
Thousands March Through Jerusalem's Old City Following Prayers at Al Aqsa
4 kidnapped, 3 injured in East Jerusalem clashes Tens of thousands of Palestinians performed afternoon prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Friday, and later marched through the streets of the Old City in protest against Israeli policies banning Muslim worshipers. ...
VIDEO: No Donkeys Allowed
Mohammad Saleh, a sixty-six-year-old Palestinian resident of Tel Rumeida, al-Khalil (Hebron), waited with his mule outside Shuhada checkpoint for nine hours over the course of two days. He spent four hours waiting before being allowed through on Monday (15/12/14) evening. ...
Jerusalem, Hebron: 17 New Demolition Orders
Israeli authorities delivered 17 new demolition orders to Palestinian families in the Jerusalem and Hebron area Wednesday. ...
Israeli Settler Opens Fire on Bethlehem Area Protest
A Jewish settler opened fire on dozens of Palestinians, on Friday, who were holding a march in protest of the Israeli occupation and its settlement policies in the West Bank, in the village of al-Masara, near Bethlehem. ...
Washington Rejects Palestinian UN Resolution Draft
Washington, after seeing the text of the draft resolution circulating in the UN security council, Thursday, said that they had decided to not back it. ...
  Ha'aretz Diplomacy & Defense
 
Cabinet set to approve $5.9 billion relocation of IDF bases to south
Defense establishment planning to move military bases over next five years or so, freeing up lucrative land around Tel Aviv.
What's next for Gaza: rehabilitation or blowup?
The present situation in the Strip is not really that different from the circumstances that triggered last summer’s war.
Kerry: Peres and Livni told me UN vote on Palestine would help Netanyahu and Bennett
Kerry tells EU diplomats that UN resolution would reinforce Israeli hardliners, can wait until after the elections; Bennett, Likud accuse Livni of putting political interests ahead of those of Israel.
Israel attacks Hamas site in Gaza
Defense Minister Ya'alon says strike targeted cement factory used to rebuild tunnels; Hamas warns Israel against further attacks.
Israel rejects UN demand to pay Lebanon $850 million for 2006 oil spill
The United Nations General Assembly approves a resolution calling for Israel to compensate Lebanon for damages caused by an IAF strike during the Second Lebanon War.
2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel
Republican hopeful says he is in awe of Jewish state in first visit to Israel, deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama. Unknown to most Americans, Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, emerged as a conservative favorite in early field of GOP candidates.
High Court rejects Gazans’ petition seeking entry into Israel in order to sue state
Gaza Strip residents pursuing legal proceedings against Israel are allowed to enter ‘in exceptional humanitarian cases only.’
Top brass at prestigious Israeli army unit losing luster
Growing accusations of serious wrongdoing in the Givati Brigade indicate wider problems within the IDF.
Harvard president calls for probe into halting of SodaStream purchases
The university’s dining service reportedly agreed to halt buying equipment from the Israeli firm following protests by Palestinian students and their supporters.
Projectile fired from Gaza explodes in southern Israel
No injuries or damage reported; IDF is investigating.
Something is rotten in the IDF's Givati Brigade
Recent allegations of sexual harassment, improper use of funds and unexplained suicides indicate a severe problem of oversight.
Givati commander questioned 'under caution' about incidents in his brigade
Lt. Col. Ofer Winter suspected of covering up improprieties, including a sexual harassment complaint against one of his most senior subordinates.
Hamas seen as stepping up military preparations
One militant killed and three wounded during training exercise in southern Gaza Strip.
U.S. says will not support Palestinian UN bid
In first public response, Netanyahu says unilateral Palestinian moves would lead to Hamas takeover of West Bank.
EU envoys vow to keep Hamas on terrorist list
Ambassadors clarify to former justice minister Tzipi Livni that the removal of Hamas from watchlist was 'purely procedural' and did not reflect a policy change.
Israel must understand - Palestinians' UN bid is not a threat
From the Palestinian perspective, relying on Israel and the U.S. is no longer an option. The best solution is internationalizing the conflict.
Spreading out in Syria, ISIS approaches Israel’s Golan border
Three local jihadist groups that were fighting against the Assad regime in the southern Golan swore fealty this week to ISIS.
United Nations Security Council draft resolution on Palestinians, December 17
Resolution submitted by Jordan is a French-sponsored version of the draft, not the one originally phrased by the Palestinians and the Arab League.
Jordan submits UN draft on Palestinians; Lieberman: Act of aggression
Finalized draft could be put to vote on Thursday.
  Palestinian Center for Human Rights
 
“My faith sees me through!”
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
  International Solidarity Movement
 
ISM activist shot in the head with rubber-coated steel bullet
11/2/2014 - International Solidarity Movement - Ramallah, Occupied Palestine - Today during a protest at Qalandia checkpoint,an Italian ISM volunteer was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The injury is just two centimetres above her left eye. Giulia, the ISMer, stated, "I was just standing...
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  Uruknet
 
[Uruknet 109668 10-oct-2014 05:39 ECT] Afghan officials say US air strike kills 11 civilians
10 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - A US air strike in eastern Afghanistan killed 11 civilians, local officials said Wednesday, sparking condemnation from President Hamid Karzai who has often criticised the conduct of NATO forces now leaving the country. Civilian casualties caused...
[Uruknet 109667 10-oct-2014 05:20 ECT] Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for the siege to end
10 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - A new United Nations assessment published this week lays out the massive scope of the needs facing the nearly 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza following the "unprecedented" destruction wreaked by 51 days of Israeli bombing in...
[Uruknet 109666 10-oct-2014 03:54 ECT] The US, ISIS and Al Qaeda
9 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - ...The immediate problem with those warnings is that, according to U.S. intelligence experts, despite the shocking beheading of two captured American journalists, ISIS represents no immediate terrorist threat to the American heartland, nor is there any...
[Uruknet 109665 10-oct-2014 03:49 ECT] More of the Same An Unlearned Lesson from 9/11
9 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - ...It has been shown almost ad infinitum that following the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to cite only the most important ones, that the climate of worldwide violence has increased substantially, and shows no signs of...
[Uruknet 109664 10-oct-2014 03:44 ECT] Gaza beach massacre commemorated by child survivors
9 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - On Sunday evening, as the sun slipped behind the Mediterranean Sea, members of the Bakr family, a sprawling clan of fishermen in Gaza City s Beach refugee camp, gathered with hundreds of supporters on the beach...
[Uruknet 109663 10-oct-2014 03:41 ECT] Iraq snapshot - September 10, 2014
9 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - Chaos and violence continue, reality continues to look bad, but Barack just knows he can spin it, and much more. Wednesday night, US President Barack Obama gives an address on Iraq.He will most likely note the...
[Uruknet 109662 10-oct-2014 03:20 ECT] Iraqi Tajdeed movement says Abadi government does not suggest change is coming
9 Oct 2014 - September 10, 2014 - Iraq s Tajdeed Movement, headed by Iraq s former Vice President Tariq Al-Hashimi, has criticised the new government s composition saying it doesn t suggest that change is coming. The Anadolu news Agency reported a statement...
[Uruknet 109661 10-oct-2014 01:28 ECT] Syria News - September 9, 2014
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC were able to document 121 martyrs including 9 women, 22 children and 4 martyrs under torture: 50 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 44 in Damascus and its suburbs; 12 in...
[Uruknet 109660 10-oct-2014 00:55 ECT] Steven Salaita and Zionist McCarthyism
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - I have been following the controversy swirling around the dehiring of Steven Salaita by unilateral fiat of the Chancellor of the Urbana Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, Phyllis Wise. As is now widely known,...
[Uruknet 109659 10-oct-2014 00:49 ECT] American-Iranian Backed Government Forces Committing Ethnic Cleansing Massacres in Arab Sunni Majority Cities in Iraq
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014- ...Since the American occupation awarded Iranian revolutionaries and Kurdish Peshmerga for collaborating with them in the invasion and occupation in Iraq, the militias of those two beneficiaries have been working hand in hand with occupation forces in...
[Uruknet 109658 10-oct-2014 00:32 ECT] ISISophobia or "The Mooslims Are Coming"
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - ISIS has become the scare du jour of world politics. While ISIS is a profoundly disturbing phenomenon for which the world should develop some sort of response, the problem is that the Islamist movement has become...
[Uruknet 109657 10-oct-2014 00:26 ECT] Syria News - September 8, 2014
9 Oct 2014 - September 8, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 50 martyrs including 7 women, 11 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Hama; 7 in Damascus and its suburbs; 6 in...
[Uruknet 109656 09-oct-2014 23:57 ECT] For Gaza s children, safety is just a word
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 -As the smoke clears over Gaza and its residents begin to assess the damage of Israel s 50-day war, no group has been more traumatized than this enclave s children. They represent roughly half of Gaza s...
[Uruknet 109655 09-oct-2014 23:53 ECT] Hamas Rocket Launches Don t Explain Israel s Gaza Destruction
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - Israel and its supporters abroad have parried accusations of indiscriminate destruction and mass killing of civilians in Gaza by arguing that they were consequences of strikes aimed at protecting Israeli civilians from rockets that were being...
[Uruknet 109654 09-oct-2014 23:41 ECT] BREAKING WINDOWS: Corruption, Iraq, and American Empire
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - ....To break windows is to commit an act of psychic as well as physical violence. This study argues that the American assault on Iraq aimed deliberately to break windows. The United States projected its own demons...
[Uruknet 109653 09-oct-2014 23:33 ECT] Breaking silence, Salaita calls on Univ. of Illinois to rescind his firing over Gaza tweets
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - Steven Salaita broke his silence today for the first time since administrators at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) fired him from a tenured position in the American Indian Studies program more than a month...
[Uruknet 109652 09-oct-2014 06:28 ECT] Drone firms bought influence at NATO summit
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - Arms companies which provide key components for the drones used by the US to carry out secret strikes in violation of international law bought access to last week s NATO summit, research by legal charity Reprieve...
[Uruknet 109651 09-oct-2014 06:25 ECT] Giving up on the system: Leading Israeli human rights groups reject army request to file investigations on crimes in Gaza
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - Israel s leading human rights groups will no longer provide information on solider misconduct to army investigators. After years of delayed military investigations for two Israeli wars in Gaza, the last without any army abuse convictions,...
[Uruknet 109650 09-oct-2014 06:22 ECT] Lieberman s renewed demilitarisation demands
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - The aftermath of Israel s colonial massacre has resulted in a stronger Palestinian resistance. Only a few weeks after Iran s declaration to accelerate the process of armed resistance among Palestinians in Gaza and the West...
[Uruknet 109649 09-oct-2014 06:20 ECT] Iraq s Shi ite militia, Kurds use U.S. air strikes to further own agendas
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - ...Helped by the United States and Iran, Kurdish forces and Shi ite militia are finally beating back Islamic State militants who overran most Sunni Arab areas in northern and central Iraq nearly three months ago.But the...
[Uruknet 109648 09-oct-2014 06:17 ECT] EU Popular Opposition to Israel Stronger Than Ever
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - The dispossession of the Palestinian people has been and remains an internationalized endeavor. With the European Union as its largest trading partner and the United States as its largest backer militarily and politically, Israel has no...
[Uruknet 109647 09-oct-2014 06:11 ECT] Tony Blair: The War Criminal Middle East "Peace" Envoy
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - ... Though other Labour Party leaders have since endeavoured to jettison the pernicious legacy of the illegal Iraq war, Blair has steadfastly continued to maintain that he made the right decision . . ."If we hadn t removed Saddam...
[Uruknet 109646 09-oct-2014 06:08 ECT] Since the Truce into Force, 25 Shooting Incidents at Fishing Boats, Detention of 6 Fishermen and Confiscation of 3 Boats Reported
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is following up with concern the Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen while fishing in the Gaza Strip waters within the allowed fishing area. The most recent violation took place...
[Uruknet 109645 09-oct-2014 06:02 ECT] A veil of silence on Iraqi regime barbaric crimesThe corporate media are silent about Iraqi Government s militia crimes.
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - ... I called one of our distant relatives in Yousfiya southern Baghdad to check on his family. He told me that the militias kidnapped 83 of their cousins and young men from al Gartan Tribe and they...
[Uruknet 109644 09-oct-2014 05:57 ECT] Zionists try to close down Palestine solidarity group at Philadelphia university
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014- Members of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have sought legal advice after being falsely accused of anti-Semitism. The accusations, made by a right-wing Zionist student and Israel-aligned media, have prompted...
[Uruknet 109643 09-oct-2014 05:55 ECT] Why aren t we talking about racism and colonialism in the Salaita affair?
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - Since the news broke a few weeks ago that Steven Salaita s tenured appointment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) was rejected by Chancellor Phyllis Wise and, though without a formal vote, by the...
[Uruknet 109642 09-oct-2014 05:51 ECT] Why has Israel attacked so many Palestinian civilian targets?
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - The general assumption that many media outlets and international activists attempt to convey to the public is that when a state attacks civilian targets it is inhumane, breaches international law and disregards human rights. However, such...
[Uruknet 109641 09-oct-2014 05:47 ECT] An Arab world at the push of an American button
9 Oct 2014 - September 9, 2014 - We do not want to underestimate or diminish the danger of Islamic State (IS) and extremism, but for the Arab League not to issue a statement to confront Israel, even if it was only a lie...
[Uruknet 109640 09-oct-2014 05:43 ECT] Illegal Israeli settlements receive highest government spending
9 Oct 2014 - Illegal Israeli settlements received the largest budgets of all local municipalities including those within the Green Line, a report issued today revealed. In its report entitled "Inequality in Central Government Transfers to Municipalities" the Adva Centre said that between 1991...
[Uruknet 109639 09-oct-2014 05:36 ECT] Syria News - September 8, 2014
9 Oct 2014 - September 8, 2014 - By the end of Monday, LCC were able to document 50 martyrs including 7 women, 11 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 16 martyrs were reported in Hama; 7 in Damascus and its suburbs; 6 in...
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VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem
BBC 20 Dec 2014 - The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.
You’re on a roll, Mr. President, now abstain from vetoing the Palestinian bid to the UN Security Council
Mondoweiss 20 Dec 2014 - Now is the moment for President Obama to finally do something serious about Israel’s monstrous apartheid. Fresh from his foreign policy victory in normalizing relations with Cuba , without a re-election to worry about, he should not veto   the Palestinian UN Security Council resolution that seeks...
‘Clock is ticking’ till next round of Gaza escalation, and war
Mondoweiss 20 Dec 2014 - Israel attacks Hamas site in Gaza Haaretz 20 Dec by Gili Cohen – The Israel Air Force attacked a Hamas installation in the Gaza Strip Friday night in response to a rocket launched from the coastal enclave into Israel earlier on Friday. This is the first...
What’s he texting in the bomb crater?
Mondoweiss 20 Dec 2014 - From Israeli army spox Lt Col Peter Lerner’s twitter feed : This is the rocket that struck southern #Israel today, clear breach of Protective Edge cease fire. The dread urgency of the matter is undermined somewhat by the fact that the officer in the crater appears to...
NY Times says a Palestinian majority would ‘endanger Israel’s democratic ideals’
Mondoweiss 20 Dec 2014 - A New York Times editorial on the “elusive dream of a Palestinian state,” says that everyone with any sense wants that outcome, and assigns one-state talk chiefly to Israeli rightwingers, ignoring the leftwing push for one democratic state. David Remnick in the New Yorker was much more...
Four militants killed in Saudi raid
BBC 20 Dec 2014 - Saudi security forces kill four militants in a raid in Awamiya, in a province with a restive Shia population, the interior ministry says.
IDF Embraces Syrian Islamist Extremists
Tikun Olam 20 Dec 2014 - If the Israeli government isn’t paying big bucks to Daniel Pipes to advise it on strategic military-political policy, it should be.  When the Syrian civil war first began, Pipes wrote that Israel should favor whichever side was losing and hope both sides fought each other to...
Israel launches Gaza air strike
BBC 20 Dec 2014 - Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850m
BBC 20 Dec 2014 - The UN General Assembly approves a resolution asking Israel to pay Lebanon millions of dollars in compensation for an oil spill.
On eve of University of California honor, Bill Maher defends anti-Muslim hate speech in Vanity Fair interview
Mondoweiss 19 Dec 2014 - This weekend, UC-Berkeley honors its graduates and Bill Maher’s Anti-Muslimism, together. Unlike Harris-Maher-Affleck-Gate, a very peculiar comment from Bill Maher recently flew completely under the journo radar.  Sally Kohn of Vanity Fair said to him : “The religious scholar Karen Armstrong did an interview with Salon and...
VIDEO: Iraqi soldiers 'fighting for their lives'
BBC 19 Dec 2014 - Quentin Sommerville reports from the Ain al-Asad airbase - a linchpin in the battle against Islamic State for Iraq's Anbar province.
Hezbollah Exposes Major Mossad Cell
Tikun Olam 19 Dec 2014 - Mossad double agent, Muhammad Shawraba, earned millions for sabotaging Hezbollah operations. Lebanese media report  (if the site is down, try the Google cache ) that Hezbollah uncovered a high level cell operating in one of its most critical intelligence units.   Here is a second interesting article...
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Spirit of ‘Ubuntu’ called for at World Social Forum on Migration
Al-Akhbar Blogs 19 Dec 2014 - The 6th edition of the World Social Forum on Migration ( WSFM ), the very first on the African continent, took place earlier this month in Johannesburg, South Africa and featured a number of seminars which centered around this year’s theme – Migration in the Heart of our...
Che Guevara is laughing for Cuba has triumphed
Al-Akhbar Opinion 19 Dec 2014 - Che Guevara, the iconic revolutionary, in 1958. AFP/Getty Images/Antonio Nunez Jimenez Che Guevara, the iconic revolutionary, in 1958. AFP/Getty Images/Antonio Nunez Jimenez The sun sets behind the old neighborhoods in Havana. Lovers are scattered along the Corniche. Here, there is no racism, no religious doctrines and...
Dozens arrested in Turkey for protesting in favor of secular education system
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - Dozens of demonstrators were arrested on Saturday in the Turkish capital Ankara as police used pepper spray and water cannon to disperse a protest in favor of secular education. Police moved in on the protest, organized by labor unions, in the Kizilay district of Ankara with...
Tunisia on edge ahead of tomorrow’s presidential run-off election
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - Supporters of Tunisian presidential candidate for the anti-Islamist Nidaa Tounes party, Beji Caid Essebsi attend his last meeting on December 19, 2014 on the Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis, on the last day of campaigning before the second-round of the presidential election to be held on December...
Sisi brings back Egypt’s police state with a vengeance
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - Australian journalist Peter Greste (3rd R) of Al-Jazeera and his colleagues stand inside the defendants cage during their trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo's Tora prison on March 5, 2014.he high-profile case that sparked a global outcry over muzzling of the press is...
Bomb blast in Bahrain village injures three policemen
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - A bomb blast in a Bahrain village, the scene of years-long simmering unrest, has left three policemen wounded, officials said. The policemen were on patrol in the village of Bani Jamra when the blast occurred, the Gulf kingdom's interior ministry said in a statement on Twitter...
UN General Assembly votes for Israel to compensate Lebanon for 2006 oil spill
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during the July 2006 war. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6 with three abstentions, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon...
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza Strip for first time since August ceasefire
Al-Akhbar News 20 Dec 2014 - Palestinian youth fish on a small boat at sunset on December 17, 2014 in Gaza City. AFP / Mohammed Abed Israeli aircraft hit the Gaza Strip for the first time since an August truce ended 51 days of war, witnesses and the army said early Saturday. A...
Is a coup being plotted against PA President Abbas?
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Dec 2014 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends an extraordinary meeting with the members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) after the death of Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein who died due to the tear gas which was fired by Israeli police during a demonstration on December 10, 2014....
From Gaza to Sderot, Trauma Marks The Past — And The Present
The Forward Leonard Fein 20 Dec 2014 -
ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb
The Forward Leonard Fein 20 Dec 2014 -
Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him
The Forward Leonard Fein 20 Dec 2014 -
When We Stop To Really See Each Other
The Forward Leonard Fein 20 Dec 2014 -
Are Jews Now Safe and Free From Being Haunted?
The Forward Leonard Fein 20 Dec 2014 -
Rahm Emanuel's Son Beaten and Robbed Outside Chicago Mayor's Home
The Foward Breaking News 20 Dec 2014 - Rahm Emanuel’s teenage son was reportedly robbed and beaten outside the Chicago mayor’s home on the city’s north side. Click here for the rest of the article...
Harvard President Plans Probe of SodaStream Ban
The Foward Breaking News 20 Dec 2014 - Harvard University’s president has requested an investigation into the decision by the university’s dining service to stop buying SodaStream equipment. Click here for the rest of the article...
Israel Bombs Gaza Base After Mortar Attack
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2014 - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said. Click here for the rest...
Barack Obama Says Sony Should've Stuck With 'The Interview'
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2014 - President Barack Obama on Friday said Sony Pictures “made a mistake” in pulling the satirical film “The Interview” after suffering a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea. Click here for the rest of the article...
Far Right French Mayor Lights City Hall Menorah
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2014 - A French mayor with ties to the far-right National Front party lit a menorah in city hall despite protests that doing so violated the separation of church and state. Click here for the rest of the article...
Tunisia Jewish Leader Backs Secular Candidate in Presidential Race
The Foward Breaking News 19 Dec 2014 - In advance of the second round of Tunisia’s presidential elections, the head of the country’s Jewish community endorsed the campaign of secularist hopeful Beji Caid Essebsi. Click here for the rest of the article...
With Elections Looming, Tunisia Is an Arab Spring Success Story — For Now
The Forward New 20 Dec 2014 - With Tunisians gearing up for their first presidential election, Jews and Muslims met to hash out their complicated relationship on the island of Djerba. Click here for the rest of the article...
‘Homely’ Ancient Rock Boost King David’s Claim to Existence
The Forward New 20 Dec 2014 - What’s significant about this stone on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an inscription, which is the earliest extra-biblical reference to King David. Click here for the rest of the article...
Russian Jews Fall in Love With Reform Movement in Israel
The Forward New 20 Dec 2014 - When worshippers arrive for Friday-night services at Israel’s newest Reform congregation, they don’t greet one another in Hebrew. Not in English either, as they would in some of the more established Reform congregations founded by Anglophone immigrants around the country. Click here for the rest of...
For Older Cuban Jews, Opening To Havana Is Bad Idea
The Forward New 19 Dec 2014 - For many Cuban Jews – the majority of whom now live in the United States – it has been a bittersweet week. Click here for the rest of the article...
Egypt: Abbas, Shoukry Discuss Palestine UN Bid Over Phone
allAfrica.com 20 Dec 2014 - [Egypt Online]Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received on Thursday a phone call from Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
Egypt: FM - Egypt Keen On Maintaining Iraq's Sovereignty
allAfrica.com 20 Dec 2014 - [Egypt Online]Egypt has deep relations with its Arab sisterly countries and spares no effort to achieve joint Arab interests, said Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
North Africa: Meeting of Arab Telecommunications Ministers Council
allAfrica.com 19 Dec 2014 - [Algerie Presse Service]Cairo -The Arab Telecommunication Ministers Council held Thursday in Cairo its 18th session with on the agenda several points relating to the revival of the joint Arab action in the field of information and communication technologies.
Morocco: Morocco Women Recruit for Daesh
allAfrica.com 19 Dec 2014 - [Magharebia]Casablanca -Moroccan and Spanish security forces on Tuesday (December 16th) dismantled a terror cell that recruited women for the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq.
9/09/2011 AIPAC Junkets to Israel Illegal: IRS-DOJ Complaint Filing
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - A complaint filed with the IRS and Justice Department charges the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) is a "sham" charitable organization of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
5/16/2011 Obama vs. Reagan on AIPAC Documents reveal Ronald Reagan's response to Israel lobby invitation
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - President Obama accepts an invitation to speak at AIPAC, Reagan declined. Why?
4/18/2011 US Treasury Dept.: Tax-exempt US donation laundering into West Bank settlements "okay"
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - The US Department of Treasury has no program to combat massive flows of US tax-exempt charitable contributions into illegal settlement building. Despite ongoing public revelations of wrongdoing, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has never investigated or even discussed US charitable organizations with proven ties...
4/06/2011 US-Israel Trade: Espionage, Theft and Secrets - IRmep at University of Rochester
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - On April 6, Grant F. Smith presented a comprehensive review of the US-Israel Free Trade Agreement to the Finance and Economics Council at the University of Rochester. Using a slide show of declassified documents and charts, Smith revealed how secret agreements and a joint Israeli embassy/AIPAC...
3/28/2011 Neoconomics: Conscription and War as Wealth
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - Start-up Nation airbrushes one vital and enduring truth — when Israel faces sovereign barriers to foreign trade routes, weapons, or technology; it tends to break other country’s laws and steal what it thinks it needs.
3/07/2011 Israel lobbyist funds US Presidents, Israeli Nukes, AIPAC disinformation
IRMEP 20 Dec 2014 - According to new histories of Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program including "Israel and the Bomb" by Avner Cohen (1998), Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion secretly named Feinberg his chief nuclear weapons fundraising coordinator in 1958. According to Michael Karpin's "The Bomb in the Basement" (2007) Feinberg...
Join One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin Campaign
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - Organize a Discussion in Your Community! US Campaign member group Librarians and Archivists with Palestine is excited to announce their newest campaign : " One Book, Many Communities: Mornings in Jenin ." "One Book" is an international reading and discussion initiative drawing inspiration from the "one book, one town"...
The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording of our closing panel The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights . Panelists shared their thoughts about moving forward...
The Battle for Justice in Palestine
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for our Saturday evening session featuring Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada , and Tariq and Suha...
Exposing the 1% & State of Israel’s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel & Promote Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Racism
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the workshop Exposing the 1% & State of Israel’s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel &...
Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions workshop. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns are not just about...
Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles
US Campaign to End the Occupation 20 Dec 2014 - The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego. Below is the recording for the Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles panel. Earlier this year, the Israeli company Elbit Systems won...
  Ma'an News
 
For first time since summer, Israeli planes bombard Gaza
12/20/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Palestinians in the city of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip woke Saturday morning to the sounds of explosions for the first time since the Israeli offensive in July-August that lasted 51 days and left nearly...
Man says Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap his 4-year-old son
12/20/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man from the northern West Bank has said that a group of Jewish settlers attempted to kidnap his four-year-old son from a parked car on Friday evening. Majd Asous told Ma'an that he left...
Hamas warns of Israeli 'foolishness' as leftists denounce Gaza attack
12/20/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) --The Hamas movement on Saturday called Israeli airstrikes against a military base in Gaza a "dangerous escalation" as political parties across the Palestinian political spectrum condemned the first bombing since a ceasefire ended the summer's...
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for 2006 oil spill
12/20/2014 - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) -- Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856. 4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to...
Jordanians protest expected gas deal with Israel
12/20/2014 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of protesters marched in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday to denounce a gas deal with Israel that is expected to be passed by the end of the year. Protesters held signs against the Israeli diplomatic...
Rafah crossing to open for 2 days starting Sunday
12/20/2014 - GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities have decided to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for two days starting Sunday for those stuck in the Gaza Strip trying to reach Egypt as well as to allow humanitarian aid to enter the...
PFLP celebrates 47th anniversary of establishment in Balata
12/20/2014 - NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Members of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine celebrated the 47th anniversary of the group's establishment on Friday with a march and rally in Balat refugee camp near Nablus. PFLP leader and former...
  The Guardian
 
Israeli strike on Gaza will severely escalate violence, says Hamas spokesperson - video
20 Dec 2014 - Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas spokesman in Gaza, says Friday's strike by Israeli aircraft on a Hamas militant base in the Gaza strip will...
Israeli aircraft bomb Hamas base in Gaza Strip after militants fired rocket
19 Dec 2014 - Israeli defence force says there were no casualties from bombing, the first since conflict ended in August Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base...
Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson seeks to buff image in Israel
20 Dec 2014 - Retired neurosurgeon criticises Obama over Israel policy Carson, 63, has little foreign affairs experience In his first visit to Israel, the prospective Republican presidential...
African migrants speak out about life in Israel's detention centres
19 Dec 2014 - In September the supreme court ruled that Holot detention centre should close within 90 days. Still open as the deadline looms, a film shot...
African migrants in Israel's Holot detention centre - video
19 Dec 2014 - In September 2014 the Israeli supreme court ruled that the Holot detention centre should close within 90 days. But as the deadline looms, the...
The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron review – ‘an extraordinary view of contemporary Israeli society’
19 Dec 2014 - A fictional West Bank settlement and the chaotic lives its inhabitants lead reflect the contradictions and complexities of life in modern Israel Great writers...
  Daily Star
 
Lebanon judge charges 13 over fuel scandal
20 Dec 2014 Financial Prosecutor Judge Ali Ibrahim filed charges of embezzlement of public funds Saturday against 13 people including nine detainees involved in the scandal of a fuel company.
Kurds advance against ISIS in Syria's Kobani
20 Dec 2014 A Kurdish official and an activist group say Kurdish fighters have advanced in the contested northern Syrian town of Kobani after heavy clashes with the Islamic State group.
Lebanon Army arrests seven including terror suspect
20 Dec 2014 The Lebanese Army said Saturday it arrested seven people including Syrias and Lebanese for arms possession in the Metn region.
  Ha'aretz National News
 
Hatnuah MK quits, slams Livni over Labor election deal
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
Israeli state-run video service to launch in 2015
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
Start-up aims to log all 200,000 gravestones in Israel's largest cemetery
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
Cabinet set to approve $5.9 billion relocation of IDF bases to south
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
The Russians aren't coming! Number of tourists to Israel set to drop 20%
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
Britain is recommending home births – why isn't Israel?
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
What's next for Gaza: rehabilitation or blowup?
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
Uri Ariel, king of the election shuffle
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
An Israeli war correspondent in ISIS territory
Ha'aretz - 20 Dec 2014
High Court rejects Gazans’ petition seeking entry into Israel in order to sue state
Ha'aretz - 19 Dec 2014
Cussing their way to the Knesset: Israeli politicians’ juiciest insults of the week
Ha'aretz - 19 Dec 2014
Anti-bank activists take campaign to CEO’s daughter’s school
Ha'aretz - 19 Dec 2014
  Palestinian Information Center
 
Khatib warns of Israel’s “step-by-step†Judaization policy in al-Aqsa
Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib has warned of what he dubbed “the step-by-step†policy adopted by the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) as part of a larger Judaization scheme in al-Aqsa Mosque.
Report: Over 300,000 citizens jobless in the West Bank and Gaza
The Palestinian central bureau of statistics said there are more than 300,000 citizens with no jobs in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip according to data collected during the second quarter of 2014.
Mass-arrests, interrogation summonses reported in IOF assaults throughout WB
The Israeli occupation forces rounded up 15 Palestinian citizens and summoned others for interrogation following a round of arbitrary home-raids and combing operations across the West Bank.
Masri: Egypt postponed truce negotiations
Hamas MP Mushir al-Masri said that Egypt has postponed the convening of indirect truce negotiations between a Palestinian delegation and Israel that was scheduled to start in Cairo on Monday.
Jewish settlers destroy Palestinian farmer’s property
Jewish settlers destroyed part of the fence surrounding the land lot of Qunaibi family in Tal Rumaida in al-Khalil on Sunday as a prelude to lay their hands on it.
Clashes ongoing between young men and Israeli troops in east J'lem
Violent clashes broke out Saturday evening between Palestinian young men and Israeli policemen in different areas of occupied Jerusalem.
Hayya: Israel will pay for its reluctance regarding Gaza reconstruction
Khalil al-Hayya, a member of Hamas’s political bureau, said Israel’s security will pay the price for the delay in rebuilding Gaza after the recent Israeli offensive.
Hamas: Talks with Israeli occupation to resume Monday as scheduled
Senior Hamas leader, Ismail Redwan, has ruled out all potential scenarios for the delay of the indirect talks between the Palestinian resistance factions and the Israeli occupation.
Khudari urges the Palestinians to be united against Israel's violations in J'lem
MP Jamal Al-Khudari, head of the popular committee against the siege, called on the Palestinians from all spectra to join forces with each other to confront Israel's violations in occupied Jerusalem.
Hamdallah’s credibility below par after he reneged on reconstruction pledges
PLC member Atef Udwan said PM Hamdallah’s dragging of his feet vis-à-vis his promises regarding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip dealt heavy blows at his credibility as an elected politician.
  IRIN
 
Jordan's refugees - a human timeline of regional crisis
AMMAN 09 December 2014 (IRIN) - Jordan is straining under the weight of its over 600,000 Syrian refugees, yet the country has been receiving refugees since 1948. IRIN went to meet five of them to understand the feeling of temporary permanence and to learn how they have both been formed by and helped form their adopted country. >
  Aljazeera
 
Castro says US must respect communist system
12/20/2014 - Cuban leader says his country will not give up its socialist principles as Havana works to restore ties with US.
New York police officers killed in Brooklyn
12/20/2014 - US police say gunman dies of self-inflicted gun wound after shooting two officers inside their patrol car.
Afghan civilian casualties 'hit record high'
12/20/2014 - UN says casualties are expected to exceed 10,000 by end of 2014, making it deadliest year for noncombatants since 2009.
Erdogan defends crackdown on opponents
12/20/2014 - Turkish president calls clampdown on critical journalists and move to arrest US-based arch-foe "clean" legal process.
Saudi police kill 'terrorists' in Shia area
12/20/2014 - Interior ministry says four men shot in eastern Awamiya region were behind the killing of a member of security forces.
Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection
12/20/2014 - UNAIDS to join Health Ministry to conduct full epidemiological investigation in affected community in Battambang.
Will Tunisia pass the transition test?
12/20/2014 - Tunisians go to the polls to choose their first democratically elected president since 2011 revolution.
  New York Times
 
Delivery of Helicopters Shows Mending of U.S.-Egypt Ties
20 Dec 2014 - The Americans had imposed a hold on the Apache helicopters last year after the Egyptian military toppled President Mohamed Morsi.
In a Year, Egypt Detained 10,000
20 Dec 2014 - An aide to the interior minister gave a rare accounting of a crackdown in which those suspected of being militants and rioters were arrested over the past 12 months.
Gulf States and Qatar Gloss Over Differences, but Split Still Hampers Them
20 Dec 2014 - The lack of unity is raising questions about the ability of the gulf states to muster a coherent response to a storm of crises.
World Briefing: Israel: Airstrike Hits Gaza Site
19 Dec 2014 - Retaliating for a rocket fired into Israel on Friday, the Israeli military said it carried out an airstrike on a Hamas site in southern Gaza early Saturday in what was its first aerial bombing in Palestinian territory since an August...
Open Source: Israeli Politician Stars in YouTube Satire Mocking Tel Aviv Liberals
19 Dec 2014 - In a satirical campaign video, Naftali Bennett, the hawkish leader of the Jewish Home party, plays a stereotypical Tel Aviv peacenik.
Former Marine Held in Iran Protests to Tehran Officials
19 Dec 2014 - Amir Hekmati, in a letter to the Iranian ministers of justice and intelligence, described deteriorating conditions in prison and deplored the lack of progress in his case.
Investigators Said to Seek No Penalty for C.I.A.'s Computer Search
19 Dec 2014 - A panel investigating the search of a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.'s use of torture will suggest no punishments, officials said.
U.N. Seeks $8.4 Billion for Syrians
18 Dec 2014 - For the first time, the annual request includes development aid for Syria’s neighbors that have been overwhelmed with refugees.
Backed by U.S. Airstrikes, Kurds Reverse an ISIS Gain
18 Dec 2014 - The two-day offensive, which involved 8,000 Kurdish fighters, was the largest one to date in the war against the Islamic State.
Malnutrition Hits Millions of Children in Yemen
18 Dec 2014 - The country, which has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition, is struggling through a failing transition to democracy and facing a rebel uprising.
World Briefing: Syria: Mass Grave May Hold Bodies of 230 Members of Anti-ISIS Tribe
17 Dec 2014 - More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in eastern Syria, activists said Wednesday.
  Jerusalem Post
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Tunisians to vote in historic presidential run-off
20 Dec 2014 -
Tekuma central committee votes to stay on Bayit Yehudi’s Knesset list Saturday night
20 Dec 2014 - The party will receive four of the first 20 slots on a joint list.
Tekuma central committee decides to stay on Bayit Yehudi’s Knesset list
20 Dec 2014 -
Two New York police officers killed, gunman dead
20 Dec 2014 -
Planting seeds for peace and health
20 Dec 2014 - A three-year EU project to identify natural compounds in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Spain and Greece that could be turned into beneficial drugs was a success.
Hamas: Gaza woman spied for Israel
20 Dec 2014 -
Firebrand fighter for senior citizens’ rights Gideon Ben-Yisrael dies at 91
20 Dec 2014 - The long-time chairman of the Senior Citizens Union in the Histadrut will be laid to rest today, Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Tel Aviv’s prestigious Trumpeldor Cemetery.
The thought of Liberman as PM makes me sick, says Yacimovich
20 Dec 2014 - Yisrael Beytenu MK says former Labor leader must be on drugs
  YNet News
 
Police: 2 NYC cops dead in shooting
20 Dec 2014 - ....
Intellectuals in service of Palestinian propaganda
20 Dec 2014 - Op-ed: Petition urging European parliaments to support statehood only reinforces rejectionist approach and drives further anti-Semitism. ....
We're not going to get another miracle
20 Dec 2014 - Op-ed: There's a gap in understanding. Netanyahu's two-state solution includes a small, demilitarized state on the basis of PA territory. The West heard what it wanted to hear - a state along the 1967 lines. ....
Egypt's powerful intelligence chief replaced
20 Dec 2014 - ....
Report: Egypt receives 10 Apache helicopters from US
20 Dec 2014 - ....
300 protest lack of support for rape victims in Tel Aviv
20 Dec 2014 - ....
Hamas official: Working to keep factions committed to ceasefire
20 Dec 2014 - ....
Why I called on Europe to recognize Palestine
20 Dec 2014 - Op-ed: Giving up on the option of reconciliation and coexistence with the Palestinians casts a heavy shadow on the State of Israel's existence, novelist A.B. Yehoshua writes. ....
Jerusalem, where economics triumph over violence
20 Dec 2014 - Despite incidents of violence in Jerusalem, demonstrations and escalating tension, the economy is bringing a semblance of normalcy to the lives of Jews and Arabs in Jerusalem. ....
IAF strikes Gaza in response to rocket fire
19 Dec 2014 - Air force jets attack Hamas training facility in Khan Yunis in retaliation for rocket fired at Israel earlier Friday; attack marks first IAF strike in Gaza since military op. ....
A lone grave in the desert
19 Dec 2014 - How can you argue with a rabbi who looks you in the eye and tells you that your deceased mother was not Jewish? ....
Synagogue fashion show sparks outcry among Ultra-orthodox community
19 Dec 2014 - Models in revealing attire walk runway alongside Torah ark at Tel Aviv's Beit El synagogue, setting off storm among ultra-Orthodox media and social networks. ....
More Israelis forced to scavenge for food from ground
19 Dec 2014 - In the face of increasing food insecurity, students, heads of families pick up food from ground at markets 'because they have no other choice'. ....
Tami Arad: 'All I want to know is what became of him'
19 Dec 2014 - Nearly 30 years after Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad's plane was shot down over Lebanon, Tami Arad talks about the long years in which she fought for his release – and of her fears that he will be forgotten. ....
Youth claims he was offered money by Bedouin politician to protest
19 Dec 2014 - Bedouin youth says former MK Talab El-Sana conditioned financial assistance for his studies on his participation in protest against Prawer Bill. ....
 

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