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11-Nov-14 World View -- Palestinian violence increases around Jerusalem

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11-Nov-14 World View -- Palestinian violence increases around Jerusalem

'Kiss of Love' demonstrations challenge Hindu nationalism in India

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China's Xi Jinping snubs Japan's Shinzo Abe at Beijing meeting

Ice cold handshake Monday between Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe
Ice cold handshake Monday between Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe

Pollyannas have been hoping that finally Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would resolve their countries' differences over the islands in the East China Sea when then met on Monday. Abe had reportedly been looking forward to the meeting, but any hopes of détente were quickly dashed.

The encounter took place at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, being held in Beijing, attended by numerous world leaders. Xi violated protocol by keeping Abe waiting for Xi to greet him at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. Abe greeted Xi when they finally met and stiffly shook hands, but Xi didn't say a word, and ostentatiously frowned.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said wishfully: "Leaders (from the two nations) met and exchanged views frankly. I think there was big progress in freshly improving the economic and various relationships between Japan and China."

There have been private talks between Xi and Abe, but the outcome has not been reported. Reuters

Palestinian violence increases around Jerusalem

Fears are mounting that Israel may be facing a new Palestinian uprising on multiple fronts. Violence has been increasing since last June's abduction and murder of three Israeli teens, launching a spiral of violence that triggered the Gaza war, essentially in defeat for Hamas, and further violence after the war ended.

On Monday, a West Bank Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded a soldier in Tel Aviv. Hours later, a Palestinian tried to run over pedestrians, and then got out of his car and stabbed three of them. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. There have been several similar attacks -- stabbings and attempts to run over pedestrians -- in the last few weeks, and Hamas has been calling for more acts like that.

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again took a hard line:

"The terrorists want to drive us out from here. I promise they will not succeed. We will fight the incitement of the Palestinian Authority and we will act with determination against the rioters calling for Israel’s destruction. ...

To all those [Israeli Arabs] who are shouting against Israel and demonstrating against it — you are welcome to move to the Palestinian Authority or to Gaza, Israel won’t stand in the way.

But whoever stays here must know — we will stand in the way of terrorists and attackers. I have given instructions to use all of the means at our disposal, including passing new laws, including destroying terrorists’ homes, and other measures."

Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO) spokesman Hanan Ashrawi said:

"People are beginning to be provoked beyond endurance. We’ve been against violence from the beginning but Israel seems to think it’s a one-way street, that they can do it against Palestinians with impunity and if any Palestinian responds in the same way it’s called terrorism."

There's very much the feeling that the situation is spiraling out of control. Times of Israel and Foreign Policy and Independent (London)

Israeli lawyers file war crimes complaint in ICC against Mahmoud Abbas

The Israel Law Center (ILC) has filed a war crimes complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Palestinian Authority (PA/PLO/Fatah) chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The complaint states that the Fatah faction was responsible for numerous rocket attacks on Israeli cities during this past summer's Gaza war, making Abbas personally liable for the terrorist groups' criminal acts.

Neither the State of Palestine nor the Palestinian Authority is a member of the ICC. Nonetheless, the ILC says that the ICC has jurisdiction over Abbas because Abbas is a Jordanian citizen, and Jordan became a member of the ICC in 2002.

Abbas has been widely encouraged to have the State of Palestine become a member of the ICC, and then to bring war crimes charges against Israel. However, as we reported in July, Palestinian lawyers are saying that they are on solid grounds in some areas, but that Palestine would face much more severe war crimes charges for launching missiles at Israeli citizens. Jerusalem Post and Israel National News

'Kiss of Love' demonstrations challenge Hindu nationalism in India

A Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) organization is making threats against sponsors of "Kiss of Love" events, where couples embrace and kiss in public, which is considered to be indecent behavior by strict Hindu nationalists. According to the national president of a Hindutva youth outfit:

"We are not against love – I am a young man too. But we oppose any expression of love that goes against our traditions, against Hindu society. The country also has a law against indecent behavior in public. These are a few misguided youth who are affiliated with NGOs and want to attract media attention."

There have been some threats of violence against "Kiss of Love" participants. DNA India

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