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Large Scale Israeli Offensive On Gaza Likely
Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is preparing the international public opinion for a large-scale military offensive against the Gaza Strip, adding that it seems that Netanyahu has already decided to conduct a large ground offensive against the coastal region.
Netanyahu has sustained harsh criticism due to continued rocket fire at Israel’s south, but he understands he doesn’t have the international legitimacy to carry out an operation against Hamas at the moment.
New Israeli Escalation against the Gaza Strip, 7 Palestinians, Including 3 Children, Killed and 52 Others, Including 6 Women and 12 Children, Wounded
Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip.  Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed, and 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.  Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City.  Additionally, 2 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed, and some civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, Israeli military vehicles stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired an artillery shell at a number of Palestinian children who were playing football at al-Mentar Hill east of al-Shoja’iya neighborhood, which is east of Gaza City and nearly 1,500 meters away from the border.  As a result, 2 children were instantly killed: Mohammed Ussama Hassan Harara (16); and Ahmed Mustafa Khaled Harara (17). Following this attack, a number of Palestinian civilians, who were in the consolation house of the Harara family, rushed to the area, where the IOF immediately fired another 3 shells.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were instantly killed.

Gaza boy killed by Israel dreamed of becoming soccer player

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, always wore his Real Madrid shirt when he played soccer with his friends. He died wearing the same shirt, killed by Israeli forces before the second half of a game with friends could be finished. His father said Hamid would imitate Real Madrid star Ronaldo while playing in front of his Gaza home. ”My house is located in an area away from clashes, nearly one and a half kilometers away from the nearest point of the borders with Israel, therefore I didn’t have a problem with my son playing in front of the house,” Hamid’s father told Ma’an.

Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported that several residents were injured Saturday as Israeli soldiers attacked a funeral in Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

After Israeli attacks, Palestinians mourn for their dead friends and relatives.

Citizens suffer breathing difficulty in IOF attack on funeral procession
A number of Palestinian civilians were treated for breathing problems after Israeli occupation forces fired tear gas at a funeral procession in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, on Saturday.

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes broke on out on Sunday between students and Israeli soldiers in the Bethlehem village of Tuqu, Ma’an’s reporter said. Students in the village had organized a march to commemorate the death of late president Yasser Arafat, and threw stones at Israeli soldiers who were positioned at the entrance to the village. Soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets in response and later clashed with students in the center of the village.

Palestinian youth hospitalized after Jewish settlers throw rocks on him
A 22-year-old Palestinian youth was hospitalized on Sunday after a group of Jewish settlers threw rocks on him in downtown Al-Khalil.
Thousands of zionists from around the world arrived into Al Khalil (Hebron) on Friday, camping overnight in the centre of the city for a Jewish religious holiday. Harassment and abuse were widespread and freedom of movement for Palestinian people was severely restricted. Several attacks occurred and the zionists invaded the Palestinian souq (market) for tours for around five hours.
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Settlers in Hebron threw stones at a Palestinian man on Saturday, causing moderate head injuries, medics said. Samir Jaber, 20, was taken to hospital for treatment after settlers from Kiryat Arba threw stones at him in an unprovoked attack. Hebron was split into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control under a 1997 agreement. The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque — also split into a synagogue referred to as the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Earlier in the morning, house-owner Khalid al-Hamed, his two sons and two international activists spent some hours lifting rocks out of a pit outside the house where the major water pipes are. Settlers have previously thrown those rocks down into the pit attempting to break the pipes.  At around 12:15 one settler arrived and filmed this activity from the road.

IOF killed two kids playing soccer then fired at approaching residents killing another two 
Over the past 72 hours, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip.  Five Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, have been killed, and 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.  Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries resulted from an Israeli attack on a football playground in al-Shoja’iya neighborhood east of Gaza City.  Additionally, 2 members of the Palestinian resistance were killed, and some civilian facilities were destroyed or damaged. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 10 November 2012, Israeli military vehicles stationed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired an artillery shell at a number of Palestinian children who were playing football at al-Mentar Hill east of al-Shoja’iya neighborhood, which is east of Gaza City and nearly 1,500 meters away from the border.  As a result, 2 children were instantly killed: Mohammed Ussama Hassan Harara (16); and Ahmed Mustafa Khaled Harara (17). Following this attack, a number of Palestinian civilians, who were in the consolation house of the Harara family, rushed to the area, where the IOF immediately fired another 3 shells.  As a result, 2 Palestinian civilians were instantly killed.

Land Theft & Destruction / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement / Apartheid & Occupation 

Hundreds of Palestinians are being evacuated from the northern Jordan Valley to make way for an Israeli military training exercise, local officials told Ma’an news agency. According to several village council heads in the Jordan Valley, an estimated 1,500 Palestinians will be displaced by the exercise, which begins on Sunday. Al-Malih and al-Madareb council chief Aref Daraghmeh said some families would be permitted to return after the two-day exercise, while others were told to leave their homes permanently. He said several Israeli departments were working together to pressure Palestinians to leave the Jordan Valley in order to build Jewish settlements and military bases. Al-Malih resident Abu Mohammad told Ma’an that despite having lived in the village for decades, he would be leaving out of fear for his safety. His house had been hit by Israeli artillery before, he said.
According to documents obtained by Haaretz, the defense minister approved the plan in September; Jewish council has been pressing for construction since murder of Fogel family.
The Displaced Working Group (DWG) had received reports that more than 40 eviction orders were distributed to over 50 Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley, giving them between three hours and two months to leave their homes (see below). More recent reports indicate that Israeli authorities actually intend to issue as many as 150 eviction orders affecting as many 250 families living in or near areas designed as “firing zones” in the Jordan Valley, in areas extending between Ma’ale Efrayim checkpoint and the junction between road 578 and road 90 (the Allon Road) and eastward from Road 578 to Tayasir checkpoint.

Plaques containing serious Jewish temple claims walled near Aqsa Mosque
The IOA has placed many street plaques on the walls of Arab historical sites near the Aqsa Mosque inscribed with Hebrew names as well as hints claiming the temple of Solomon was once in the area.

Palestinian youth in Lebanon: Abbas must apologize to refugees, Nour Joudah
Protest and statement by Palestinian youth in Lebanon against Abbas’ statements on the right of return.

Israeli & Egyptian Siege on Gaza

IOA closes Karm Abu Salem crossing
The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) closed the Karm Abu Salem crossing on Sunday and blocked entry of goods and humanitarian relief material to the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Resistance Groups React to Israeli Violence
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Factions in Gaza said they fired over 19 rockets into Israel on Saturday in response to Israel’s shelling of Gaza City, which killed four people and injured over 30. Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, said it fired 13 rockets towards the city of Ashkelon. The PFLP’s Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades said it fired three rockets into the western Negev, while the Al-Mujahideen brigades claimed responsibility for 2 rockets.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s military wing published two short videos showing what it said was a new type of rocket launcher firing projectiles toward Israeli targets.  The footage shows three rockets launched toward Israeli tanks, according to the group.
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An anti-tank missile was fired at an Israeli army patrol along the fence in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, injuring four Israeli soldiers, security officials said. The Israeli army said it targeted several sites in the Gaza Strip in response.
Illegal Arrests

IOF launches arrest campaign in Shufat
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) launched a campaign of arrests in Shufat refugee camp and nearby suburbs in occupied Jerusalem on Sunday, local sources said.
Youth Arrested in Night Raid
On Wednesday 7th of November at 3 a.m. Israeli occupation forces raided the village of Beit Ommar. Approximately fifty soldiers arrived in five jeeps and one van to transport prisoners. Two youth of Beit Ommar were arrested; Mutazem Ibrahim Ikhlayl (20) and Mohammed Nasser Ikhlayl (19). Both of them have been arrested before. The prisoners were taken to the military base in Gush Etzion. In addition to these arrests, the soldiers went to the house of Emad Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem (23). He lives together with his wife and two children. Emad was given an order to meet in Gush Eztion Monday 12th of November only ten days after he was released from an Israeli prison.

IOF arrests a Palestinian in the West Bank
The Israeli occupation forces arrested on Sunday a Palestinian citizen from the city of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, while clashes erupted in al-Khalil and Bethlehem.

IOF soldiers arrest brother of two martyrs
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested Obada Duvesh from his home in Al-Khalil city at dawn Sunday, his family said.

Other Prisoner News

Children’s time in detention is extended despite their ill health
The Israeli Magistrates court have extended the detention of 17-year old Malek Mhesen until Monday so that they can continue investigations. The judge ruled that Ammar Adel Mhesen could be transferred to house arrest if bail money is paid. The prosecution have appealed against the ruling.   Malek was presented to the judge in a closed, classified hearing. Neither his parents nor his lawyer was allowed into the court room. He was seen with bruises and other injuries to his face.   Malek was arrested yesterday at Shoufat camp by the Israeli forces. He was arrested and beaten. He was received injuries to his head, mouth, nose and eyes. He was immediately transferred to hospital.   Ammar was arrested whilst in Hadasa Ein Karem hospital. He was attacked and received injuries to his head, eye, ear and chest before fainting.

Female detainee denied lawyer visit
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) refused to a allow a lawyer from the prisoners’ committee in 1948 occupied Palestine to visit detainee Nawal Al-Saadi.

Muhammad Abu Tayeh was presented to the judge of the Magistrate court
The Israeli magistrate court extended on Thursday the arrest of the 31 years old Muhammad Tawfik Abu Tayeh until Friday ignoring his health conditions The prosecution accused Abu Tayeh in throwing stones and fireworks during the confrontations that happened in Silwan last evening, and attacking the undercover unit and the cops and destroying their operation Abu Tayeh rejected these accusations saying he was on his way to the hospital at the moment The scars were so clear on Abu Tayeh, a lot of swelling on his face and different scars as well, the undercover unit arrested him while he was in Ein al Lawze area Eye witnesses told the Information Center of Wadi Hilwe that the unit and the police attacked Abu Tayeh while he was walking to the hospital and started beating him in his face and head with their hands and feet, he fell to the ground and fainted and the soldier took him to the police car According to the prisoner Abu Tayeh, the police started beating him from 8pm until 10pm in the Wadi al Rababe area, then he was investigated from 11pm till 2am, then was transferred to Hadasa Ein Karem’s hospital to be treated, he was transferred from there at 8am to the court and stayed their 7 hours until his trial started, he was still with his hospital uniform The confrontations in Silwan started after the Israeli forces attacked the gathering that was welcoming the released prisoner Muhamad Abd Odeh using live ammo and robber bullets towards the gathering Abu Tayeh have 2 kids, Tawfik (3) and Teem (1.5)

Broad campaign of transfers in Megiddo Prison to put pressure on prisoners
Palestinian prisoners in Gilboa prison complained about the prison administration’s practices, especially their transfer to the courts in the so called “Bousta”.

IOA prevents a liberated prisoner’s mother from travelling
The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) prevented on Saturday the mother of a Palestinian liberated prisoner deported to the Gaza Strip from traveling to Jordan and summoned her for interrogation.

Human rights activist: Prisoners issue should rise above all differences
Palestinian human rights activists expressed their regret at the refusal of the PA in Ramallah and its institutions to take part in the conference supporting the Palestinian prisoners in Tunisia.


Legal committee to defend the prisoners’ rights
The second day of the international conference, two sessions were held on the legal side of Palestinian prisoners’ issue, discussing ways to prosecute Israeli occupation authorities and officials.

Protests / Solidarity / Activism / BDS

IOF quells peaceful marches against wall and settlement in W. Bank
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) suppressed the peaceful marches that were staged on Friday afternoon in different West Bank villages against the segregation wall and settlement activities.

IOF quells a march in solidarity with prisoners
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) quelled on Friday a peaceful march in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in front of the Israeli Etzion prison, to the north of the city of al-Khalil.

Palestinians rallying for the weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation and the confiscation of land and water resources by Zionist settlers. More than 100 Palestinians and solidarity activists from around the world turned out in support.
WATCH: Demonstrators block settlement junction in protest against the occupation
On Friday, Palestinians and internationals blocked the Gush Etzion junction in the southern West Bank, the central entry point leading to the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, halting traffic for 15 minutes. The action sought to highlight the restriction of movement experienced by Palestinians on a daily basis throughout the occupied Palestinian Territories. One activist was arrested.
For the last few years, the Friday demonstration in the West Bank village of Al Ma’sara has been a consistent but modestly sized protest against the Israeli separation wall. Like many weekly demonstrations throughout Palestine, numbers have shrunk from initial hundreds due to arrests and intimidation by Israeli forces, as well as the use of various crowd control techniques like tear gas and sound bombs. Yet the demonstrations have continued, with the gathering of local, international, and Israel activists sometimes outnumbered by the Israeli soldiers that block their way.

Police ban Israeli activists from West Bank demonstrations
Thirteen anti-occupation activists were awoken by police officers early Sunday morning to receive closed military zone orders, preventing them from joining Palestinians in weekly demonstrations in the West Bank.

Big solidarity rally marks trial of activist who disrupted Israel-France basketball game, Ali Abunimah
Activist’s trial part of a crackdown by French authorities on Palestine solidarity activists.

United Methodist Reverend brings the struggles of Wadi Foquin to Washington DC, Annie Robbins
Reverend Michael Yoshii, Senior Pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, California, is heading off to Washington DC today to meet with the House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Rev. Yoshii is meeting with US officials on behalf of the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin near Bethlehem. Wadi Foquin’s economy has been strangled due to the theft of 94% of their village land and the occupation. Rev. Yoshi and the Buena Vista United Methodist Church congregation stepped in to make a difference and soon thereafter other local churches and Bay Area residents joined in. More on how below, first…

Battle within the Presbyterian church over stance on US aid to Israel, Annie Robbins

The Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) has issued an unprecedented press release condemning the mischaracterization of Presbyterian Church (USA) policies on Israel/Palestine by the unofficial group Presbyterians for Middle East Peace (PFMEP).
According to Irish FM’s assessment, move will fail due to opposition from a few EU member nations. Ireland is planning to utilize its upcoming term as President of the Council of the European Union, which begins on January 1 2013, to advance efforts to achieve a joint decision between all 27 member states to ban products from West Bank Settlements.

Podcast: South Africa building mass movement of Palestine solidarity
Muhammed Desai of BDS South Africa on the significance of the South African government’s support of the Palestinian-led BDS movement, and strengthening solidarity between South Africans and Palestinians.


Israel “more inhuman” than apartheid South Africa, ANC conference told
The recent ANC conference was a tribute to anti-apartheid leader Oliver Tambo combined with a call to boycott Israel.

This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Israeli Racism and Discrimination
A popular restaurant in Rishon Letzion has been accused of racism after an Arab couple claimed they could only make a reservation using Jewish names. A popular restaurant in Rishon Letzion has been accused of racism after an Arab couple claimed last week they had been denied reservations when using their real names, but were able to book after calling back and using Jewish names.

Israeli racism, As’ad AbuKhalil
 ”E:60 explores an Israeli Premier League soccer team with fans who express a passionate hatred of Arabs during matches. PS An American friend generally unfamiliar with the Middle East brought this to my attention, utterly dismayed at the unabashed racism of the Israeli fans. I tried to find the whole segment but could only find the preview above.”

Political Developments / Other News
Elta, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, has agreed to resume the production of the airborne warning and control systems for Turkish spy planes, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Friday. According to the report, this would allow the long-delayed transfer of four Boeing 737 AWACS planes, that were built for a total of $1.6 billion, to be completed. More importantly, the decision, which would have to be approved by the Defense Ministry, may indicate that the government is softening its stance on defense exports to Turkey, the report said. Turkey had ordered the 737-700 AWACs plane from Boeing in 2002, and Elta had committed to equip them with early warning systems for about $100 million.
Israel’s army fired into Syria on Sunday in what it described as a “warning,” after stray munitions from fighting between the Syrian army and rebels hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The incident, described by Israel Radio as the first direct engagement of the Syrian military on the Golan since the 1973 war, highlighted international fears that Syria’s civil war could ignite wider regional conflict.

Obama to Palestinian leader: U.S. opposes U.N. membership
US President Barack Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader’s spokesman said. “There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama,” Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. “Obama expressed the opposition of the United States to the decision to go to the UN General Assembly.” Abbas explained “the reasons and motives for the Palestinian decision to go to the UN … including the continued (Jewish) settlement activity and Israeli aggression against citizens and property,” Abu Rudeina said. Israel and the United States are both opposed to the Palestinian plan, insisting that a Palestinian state can only result from peace negotiations, which have been suspended for the past two years.

Abbas Declines U.S. Request Not To Head To UN
Palestinian political sources stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, declined a request made by U.S. President re-elect Barack Obama, asking him to refrain from heading to the United Nations this month to asking for upgrading the Palestinian status to an observer state, the Palestine News Network (PNN) reported.

(Reuters) – Israel will stop collecting tax revenues for the Palestinian Authority and not hand over any money if President Mahmoud Abbas continues to seek observer state membership of the United Nations, Israel’s finance minister said on Saturday.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian faction based in Syria on Sunday called on Arab nations to dismiss Israeli ambassadors from their posts in response to recent attacks on Gaza. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command also called on the Palestinian Authority to end security coordination with Israel. Egypt must speak with the Israeli ambassador about the attacks on Gaza, the PFLP-GC said in a statement.  Six people have been killed in Gaza and dozens injured since Saturday as Israel fired tank shells and launched airstrikes on the coastal enclave.

Haneyya gov’t appeals for international intervention to bridle Israel

The government of Ismail Haneyya has appealed to the world community to intervene and bridle the Israeli military attacks on unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas’s refugee affairs bureau calls for legal action against Abbas
Hamas’s refugee affairs bureau condemned the latest remarks that were made by Mahmoud Abbas in which he waived the right of return as grave, and called for legal action against him.
FM: Abbas doesn’t represent anyone anymore
Minister Lieberman slams PA president’s silence over constant rockets fire at Israel; says it proves PA not interested in peace.,7340,L-4304003,00.html
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A sister of late leader Yasser Arafat on Sunday called on officials not to exhume his Ramallah grave. Khadija Arafat told Ma’an that “exhuming Arafat’s remains will not benefit anyone now. Punishing the murderers of Arafat does not come by exhuming his remains.” If Palestinian Authority officials know who murdered Yasser Arafat, then they can arrest them without removing his remains, she added. Khadija has advised in the past against exhuming her late brother’s body.
Ghannouchi: Liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine approaching
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Tunisian al-Nahda Movement, said that “The (Islamic) nation is approaching, day by day, the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine.”

Families of Marmara victims: We will continue to pursue Israeli war criminals
The families of the Turkish martyrs, killed in the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara ship confirmed they will continue to pursue the Israeli officials for their crime.
Analysis / Op-ed / Human Interest

Apartheid, by any other name, Gideon Levy
No, Israel is not an apartheid state, but the occupation in the territories is apartheid. Are we really as terrible as all that? Anyone who tries to draw a comparison between the occupation regime in the territories to the South African apartheid regime – and their number is rising constantly – is instantly labeled anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. But the facts justify the comparison. No, Israel is not an apartheid state, but the occupation in the territories is apartheid. The comparison is legitimate. It’s a good thing that it upsets a lot of Israelis – perhaps their anger will prod them into looking at the occupation for once. But that isn’t to say there are no differences between the two regimes, between the tyranny of the Israeli occupation and segregation regime of preliberation South Africa. The biggest difference, unfortunately, is that apartheid is gone while the occupation is only becoming further entrenched.

Rami Levy’s supermarket chains are a hit in Israeli settlements, so it came as a surprise that the Israeli businessman was invited – along with Arab politicians – to a wealthy Palestinian’s mansion in the West Bank to talk politics.

Six of one, half-a-dozen of the other: Israel’s elections are a sham, Asa Winstanley
It was recently announced that new Israeli elections will take place in 2013. But on the issues that matter, there are no real differences between the Zionist parties.


‘It’s time for Palestinians in Israel to stand firm against the Bantustan plan of Oslo’: An interview with Awad Abdel Fattah, Jonathan Cook
The following interview was conducted in Nazareth with Awad Abdel Fattah, secretary general of the National Democratic Assembly party. The NDA (Al-Tajamoa in Arabic, and Balad in Hebrew) is one of three parties in the Israeli parliament representing Israel’s Palestinian minority, which numbers 1.4 million and comprises nearly a fifth of the country’s population.

Palestine Entangled, Ramzy Baroud
In Malaysia, a small group of community activists are busy at work developing projects that benefit most vulnerable members of Palestinian society in Gaza. Working under the umbrella of Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM), the group shows solidarity through empowerment projects: interest free loans for micro projects, providing employment for women, supplying thousands of solar lamps aimed at ending the persistent darkness for many families, and more. The overall value of the combined efforts of VPM is important, because it is long-lasting. But equally important, the channeled funds are not part of a political scheme nor are aimed to exact concession. This can hardly be said of much of the relationship between Palestinian leadership and society, and outside funds, which began pouring in, with a clear political manual that has been dutifully followed by those who provide the funds and those who receive them.


Putting Palestine on the Map
With the US embroiled in Afghanistan’s endless theater, the debate around insurgencies has once more taken hold. In 2007, Jeffery Record’s Beating Goliath detailed the story of how some insurgencies end up defeating their much more powerful adversaries. Three years later, the RAND Corporation published Ben Connable and Martin Libicki’s How Insurgencies End, which showed that such struggles last for ten years, giving the stubborn Goliath the best odds if they are able to quell public opinion in their own country and break the support networks for their David. The US War College’s Thomas Mockaitis’ 2011 study Resolving Insurgencies found that most rebellions degenerate into criminal organizations or small terrorist networks, both unable to sustain the political goals that initiated them. All this is salutary reading for tone-deaf policy makers, who would like to see the Afghan story follow this script: let it become a drug infeudated oligarchy and lose popular support. It is simply not what has happened.


A Zionist Tribute to Fred Halliday (I): A Critique of Susie Linfield’s Review in The Nation, Asad AbuKhalil
The Nation magazine has long ceased to be a leftist magazine. It has served for years now as a mere propaganda sheet for the Democratic Party. On foreign policy, it has pretty much adhered to the Zionism of Amos Oz: the Zionism that accepts and approves of Israeli massacres of women and children, but then feigns concern when the number of victims reaches too high a figure, for their taste. The magazine has surrendered its coverage of Palestine, either to no one at all, or to people who parrot Zionist principles.


5 Broken Cameras: Film Screening
a Cinema Politica Film Screening Weekly protest in Bi’ilin Monday November 12, 2012 Screening begins at 7pm Room H-110 Concordia University 1455 de Maisonneuve West Admission is free. Donations are welcome Described as “part resistance journal, part home movie, and part memorial”, 5 Broken Cameras charts five years of popular resistance through the eyes of one family.

5 Responses

  1. seafoid
    November 12, 2012, 10:35 am

    “Netanyahu meeting with foreign diplomats to ‘prepare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza’”

    Ground control to Captain Pork- “you may take off now “

  2. justicewillprevail
    November 12, 2012, 1:53 pm

    An ‘operation’ where hundreds of innocent people get wounded, mutilated and killed, whilst their already inadequate infrastructure is destroyed (again) is the preferred election tactic for putative demagogic flag waving dictators in Israel it seems. Yes, how does one ‘prepare’ international opinion for that? Charades? Cartoons? drawings of a big bad scary bomb at the UN?

  3. Taxi
    November 12, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Criminal summons the witnesses.

  4. MRW
    November 13, 2012, 6:07 am

    He’s barbaric. He makes Bluebeard seem like a boy scout.

    “[P]repare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza”
    He’s so coarse he thinks this is statesmanship. If Netanyahu were the parent and the Gazans the child and he pulled this sort of mental and physical torture on a child in this country for as many years as he’s been engineering this, we would have him locked up in jail for two lifetimes.

  5. akayani
    November 13, 2012, 6:24 am

    Israel can’t hit Iran without crippling Gaza as a warning first. This is preparation and practice for what is to come. No one has ever bombed an operating nuclear facility and Bushehr is an old containment, a Russian reactor, a mix of old and new technology and reactor that would have been impossible to accurately model in critical states.

    If this is what is being planned RUN! Get out of Gaza, get out of Israel and get out of anywhere within 500KMS of a nuclear facility in Iran. RUN, RUN FAST!

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