VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 8 June 2013: Israel Is Losing Its Battle in Syria

8 June 2013 — VTJP


Ma’an News

Israeli forces destroy Palestinian protest village
6/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces destroyed the Palestinian protest village of Canaan on Saturday for the third time, a local committee said. Yousef Abu Maria, spokesman for Beit Ummar’s committee against the wall, told Ma’an that Palestinian and international activists rebuilt the village after it had been destroyed months earlier by Israeli military forces. A fire broke out in the….

Settlers prevent Yatta villagers from accessing land
6/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Settlers prevented Palestinian villagers from accessing their land near Yatta on Saturday, locals said. Witnesses told Ma’an that Palestinian shepherds were prevented from grazing their sheep near Khirbet Umm al-Khair. Clashes broke out between settlers and Palestinian shepherds, with Israeli forces arriving at the scene and arresting Suleiman Eid, 55, before declaring the area a closed military zone. [END]

Israel raids home owned by former Palestinian PM
6/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Saturday raided the house of Nasser al-Din al-Shaer, a former deputy prime minister, for the second time in a week, locals said. Soldiers raided his apartment west of Nablus in an “aggressive way,” onlookers said. They handed a notification to al-Shaer’s son Qasim, 22, to meet Israeli intelligence. [END]

Palestinian activist detained in Israeli raid
6/8/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday raided the al-Sumoud (“steadfastness”) center in Hebron and detained Jawad Abu Aisheh, 39, from the Old City, an official said. The director of the center, Ahmad Amro, said six soldiers and two policemen stormed the center, causing damage. They also assaulted some of the activists there and threatened them. Forces detained Jawad Abu Aished who lives near….

PA official leaves BDS talk after heckler insults Abbas
6/8/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of national economy withdrew from a BDS conference in Bethlehem on Saturday after a heckler in the crowd criticized President Abbas and the PLO. Jawad Naji was speaking at the “Fourth National Conference for the boycott of Israeli goods,” held at Bethlehem University, when a member of the audience, Nizar Banat, shouted insults at the president and….

Gunmen shoot, injure restaurant worker in Tulkarem
6/8/2013 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Two gunmen shot and injured a restaurant worker in Tulkarem on Saturday, police said. Gunmen entered a restaurant in the northern West Bank city and shot Hayati Salamah, 26, in the leg. He was taken to a nearby hospital with moderate injuries. Police say they are aware of the identity of the suspects and have opened an investigation into the case. [END]

Kerry renews Egypt military aid
6/8/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Secretary of State John Kerry last month approved $1. 3 billion in annual US military aid to Egypt, despite concerns over democratic progress by the country’s new government, a US official said Friday. All such aid is “carefully considered,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters, but it was felt the funding was necessary to help “preserve important regional interests.”On….

Egypt seizes Palestinian in Gaza tunnel area
6/8/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities detained a Palestinian from the Gaza strip on Saturday after he was caught sneaking into Egypt via tunnels. They detained him as he emerged from one of the tunnels on the Egyptian side, a Ma’an reporter said. The detainee, who was not identified, was transferred for questioning. [END]

Al-Malki: Palestinians are committed to peace
6/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Malki on Saturday met with a delegation from France’s Green Party and reiterated the Palestinian commitment to relaunch peace talks. Palestinians are dedicated to achieving peace and establishing an independent state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, he told the group, stressing that the Palestinian Authority is cooperating with international….

Gaza health ministry to spend $46 million on new projects
6/8/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Health in Gaza is set to implement projects in 2013 worth $46 million, a spokesman said Saturday.”The health situation today is much better than before, despite the blockade and closures, because the ministry has taken it upon itself to provide health services for the Palestinian people,” Ashraf al-Qidra told Ma’an. The health ministry works….

Journalists union chief voted VP of media federation
6/8/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The head of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Abed al-Nasser al-Najjar was elected on Saturday as the vice president of the International Federation of Journalists, state media reported. President Mahmoud Abbas congratulated al-Najjar on the decision, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported. Abbas also praised what he termed the important national role that Palestinian journalists play defending the Palestinian cause….

8-year-old drowns in Nablus swimming pool
6/8/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — An 8-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool on Friday evening at the Wadi al-Bathan park west of Nablus, medics said. Palestinian Red Crescent officials said Amro Hamdullah Antari, 8, from Deir Sharaf village west of Nablus, drowned. Attempts to revive him failed and his body was taken to a Nablus hospital. Police rushed to the area, and they said….

Mandela back in hospital in ‘serious but stable’ condition
6/8/2013 – JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — Former South African president Nelson Mandela, 94, was readmitted to hospital on Saturday with a renewed lung infection and is in “serious but stable” condition, the presidency said.”This morning at about 1:30 a. m. his condition deteriorated and he was transferred to a Pretoria hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition,” President Jacob Zuma’s office said in….

Thousands join Turkey protests defying PM
6/8/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Thousands of angry Turks poured into the streets on Saturday to join mass anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule. Protesters blew whistles and waved flags in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the epicenter of the protests which erupted on May 31, while others brought blankets and food to….

Yemen begins new national talks as Hadi hails progress
6/8/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Yemen began the second round of its national dialogue in Sanaa on Saturday, as President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi hailed progress made during talks in March. The UN-backed dialogue aims to draft a new constitution and prepare for elections in 2014, after a two-year transition led by Hadi. Saturday’s dialogue was part of a UN-brokered deal that eased former strongman Ali Abdullah….

Hospital: Ex-Libya rebel HQ attacked in Benghazi, 7 dead
6/8/2013 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — At least seven people died and 30 were wounded on Saturday when demonstrators attacked the headquarters in Benghazi of former rebels who had fought to oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, a hospital official said.”At least seven people are dead,” said a doctor at Al-Jala hospital in the eastern city, which was the cradle of the anti-Gadhafi uprising in 2011.”We also….

International Solidarity Movement

The Fourth National BDS Conference rejects normalisation with Israel
6/8/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 8th June 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team, Bethlehem, Occupied Palestine – Beginning in the early morning, with buses coming from all over the West Bank full of eager participants, the Fourth National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) conference, hosted at Bethlehem University got off to an amazing start with a fully packed auditorium. As the day progressed, a plethora of agenda items on how to….

Relief Web

World: Children and armed conflict – Report of the Secretary-General (A/67/845–S/2013/245)
Relief Web 8 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Security Council, UN General Assembly Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, World,…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine – Annual Report 2012 (MAAPS001)
Relief Web 8 Jun 2013 – Source: IFRC Country: occupied Palestinian territory Overview The year 2012 witnessed a major humanitarian crisis in Gaza which requested the prompt response by The Palestine Red Crescent Society to respond to the humanitarian needs. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS)…

The National

Modhesh returns to help Dubai beat the summertime blues
The National 9 Jun 2013 – The popular mascot is one of many hits at this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises.

Sustainable makeover for Abu Dhabi’s Mushrif Park
The National 8 Jun 2013 – The park will be transformed into a place for the entire community and will be built to sustainable standards.

Fatal knife stabbings in UAE
The National 8 Jun 2013 – Officials are calling for greater efforts to stop knife crimes in the UAE.

Police crack down on weapons sales as Sharjah’s knife crimes soar
The National 8 Jun 2013 – ‘A law criminalising the possession for bladed weapons is a must for solving the problem,’ says Dubai’s police chief.

Five UAE women who hope to make a difference
The National 8 Jun 2013 – Five students, two of them Emirati, will participate in the Student Innovators Programme in Washington DC.Their goal is to make a difference in the field of paediatric surgery.

Abu Dhabi researcher transforms waste into energy
The National 8 Jun 2013 – A new way to convert waste into energy is being pioneered by a group of researchers at the Masdar Institute.

FNC calls for Down syndrome support for all UAE children
The National 8 Jun 2013 – FNC member calls for better healthcare options for Down syndrome infants and their parents.

UAE experts warn about dangers of ‘legal highs’
The National 8 Jun 2013 – Synthetic cannabis was banned last year but hundreds of new psychoactive substances are flooding the market to take its place.


Israeli Police chief who evacuated West Bank outpost defends use of force
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Jerusalem clashes expected as Women of the Wall to hold monthly Kotel prayers
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Israel’s enemies are able to launch major cyber attack, defense expert says
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk dies of cancer aged 83
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

During Quneitra clashes, Israel threatened to attack Syrian forces, UN peacekeeping chief says
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

The outcry over PRISM, and the question over an Israeli connection
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

After outcry, BBC retracts cuts to English-language radio programming in Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Cyprus asks Israel, Greece to assist in clearing munitions dumped offshore
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

U.K. union passes resolution banning member visits to Israel
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Yacimovich: Labor may mull joining coalition if Netanyahu pushes for peace
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Netanyahu, Putin talk following Russia’s offer to replenish UN troops in Golan Heights
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

What was the Israeli involvement in collecting U.S. communications intel for NSA?
Ha’aretz – 8 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Palestinians protest against new PA prime minister
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2013 – Hebronites are unhappy locals will not be included in new gov’t. 

NGO opposes postponing haredi draft hearing
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2013 – Hearing to discuss drafting approximately 70 percent of draft-age ultra-Orthodox men into the IDF within three years. 

Haredim to demonstrate against draft in NYC
Jerusalem Post 9 Jun 2013 – Mass rally against planned draft of Israeli haredi yeshiva students is to be held in New York City, expecting more than 25,000 people. 

Leon Wieseltier to be awarded 2013 Dan David Prize
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Wieseltier to ‘Post': If you live as a Jew in Hebrew, you are in a sense participating in Israeli life. 

German cop orders rabbi to erase pics of attackers
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Police officer and security personnel ordered a rabbi to delete photographs of suspects in anti-Semetic violent attack. 

German report: Berlin a hub of Hezbollah activity
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Currently 950 members living in Germany, 250 in the capital. 

Anaylsis: Qusair victory prolongs war in Syria
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – If international support becomes consistent and determined, then there would be a good chance to reverse the latest Assad gains. 

Report: Syria asked IDF to hold fire as it battled rebels
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – UN peacekeeping troops report allegedly submitted to UN Security Council states that the Syrian regime asked the IDF not to fire at their tanks in Golan Heights buffer zone between countries. 

A hostile takeover
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – The logic of new ethos is the precise reverse – to draw more Israelis away from the periphery and into the hub. 

Need for the Global Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Anti-Semitism, its younger brother anti-Zionism exist in every country, if Jewish communities in those countries or not. 

Left-Right: Beyond the stereotypes
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Most Israelis who do not identify ethnically with Palestinians or Arabs, identify themselves as Zionists. 

A dunam here and a dunam there
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Conservationists and environmentalists revisit the question of how to most effectively promote environmental activism. 

Technion scientists create biological computer
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – New Worlds: Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed and built a molecular transducer. 

The end of illness?
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – A California cancer expert and author claims that one day, people will die suddenly rather than after years of decline. 

Writer, painter Yoram Kaniuk dies at 83
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – The author of many famous novels, and winner of several literature awards, Kaniuk succumbs after a long fight with cancer. 

LA Jewish leaders call for Wall compromise
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Conservative, reform and orthodox rabbis find common ground, sign off on letter endorsing Natan Sharanksy-led task force. 

Police prepare for ultra-Orthodox protesting WoW
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Haredi rabbinic leadership asks demonstrators to behave ‘in accordance with Torah’ ahead of Kotel protest planned for Sunday. 

PA Economy Minister walks out of BDS conference
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – After making insulting comments in response to a “provocative” question, participants ask Jawad al-Naji to leave. 

Better Place car owners champion electric vehicles
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – The leaders of the association rallied for existing Better Place customers to join the cooperative, to promote electric car use. 

Mel Brooks’ Top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – A collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips before this weeks national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on the artist. 

Power’s nomination bittersweet for Pro-Israel crowd
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Obama’s nominee for US ambassador to UN has an activist impulse that wins Pro-Israel lobbies, except when it’s about Israel. 

British trade union to ban member visits to Israel
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Union with over 600,000 members bans members from visiting Israel and PA on trips organized by Trade Union Friends of Israel. 

1st France gay married couple honeymoons in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Couple who married at the end of May attended the city’s Gay Pride Parade and were among the guests of honor at the event. 

Yacimovich to PM: Move peace process forward
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Opposition leader Yacimovich tells Netanyahu she is supportive of peace initiative. “We are ready to be your safety net.” 

Syrian forces capture final rebel post in Qusair
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Backed by Hezbollah, gov’t captures the last rebel stronghold; senior Syrian army officer calls Qusair victory a “liberation.” 

Paris museum opens exhibit of Palestinian ‘martyrs’
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – French government subsidizes museum which opens exhibition of 68 photos, entitled “Death,” of Palestinian suicide bombers. 

ADL calls on Greece to pass new anti-racism law
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – In response to Holocaust denial comments made by lawmaker from neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, lobby urges PM to fulfill pledge. 

Mubarak’s trial over Egypt protester deaths delayed
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Clashes break out outside Cairo court for 2nd session of retrial; retrial adjourned on account of new evidence. 

In defiance of Erdogan, Turks prepare for protests
Jerusalem Post 8 Jun 2013 – Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s ruling party rejects early elections after fierce anti-government protests. 

Four dead in Southern California shooting spree
Jerusalem Post 7 Jun 2013 – A few miles from where Obama was speaking, gunman goes on rampage killing four, injuring five before being shot dead by police. 


We’re All Bradley Manning

How the Pentagon Removes Entire Peoples

Further Calls for the Closure of Guantánamo from the United Nations and the European Parliament

Trashing Four Generations of Palestinian Inheritance

Israel charges Stop the Wall activist with supporting prisoners

Four years ago Obama promised to investigate Afghan massacre; has anything happened since?

Afghans Say New Bodies Have Been Found Near a Former U.S. Base

Hamas-Hezbollah Ties Deteriorate Over Syria

Memo to the International Criminal Court: Put Up or Shut Up About Not Targeting Africans

Video: Reality of life for fishermen in Gaza – 6 miles of sea

Daily Star

Hezbollah denies fighters captured by rebels
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Hezbollah denies that any of its fighters were held captive by Syrian rebels, after media outlets aired video claiming to show captured party fighters in Syria.

Beirut social media fair aims to empower activists
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Journalists, activists, bloggers and marketers gather in Beirut to discuss the best ways for groups to make their voices heard through social media.

Envoy urges Saudi nationals to leave Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Saudi nationals in Lebanon should go back to their country because they are in danger here, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri says.

Red Cross evacuate wounded from Qusair to Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 The Red Cross starts evacuating wounded people from war-torn Qusair in Syria to local hospitals in Lebanon, after the city fell to a Hezbollah and Syrian Army assault.

Sleiman discusses refugee crisis with GCC envoys
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 President Michel Sleiman discusses what he says is a crisis caused by Syrian refugees’ influx into Lebanon with the heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Lebanon.

Car bombs kill 5 in Iraq
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Authorities say two car bombs, one in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and the other targeting an Iraqi police convoy, have killed five people.

Syrian helicopters fire rockets into Lebanon
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Syrian helicopters fire six rockets into the Bekaa, northeast Lebanon, security sources told The Daily Star.

Syrian forces capture final rebel stronghold in Qusair region
Daily Star 8 Jun 2013 Syrian government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seize the western village of Buwayda, extinguishing final rebel resistance around the town of Qusair in a fresh success for President Bashar al-Assad.

YNet News

150 protest outside police headquarters in Jerusalem 
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – ….

European Under-21: Israel loses 0:4 to Italy 
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – ….

Ashdod: 3 suffer stab wounds during brawl
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – ….

Livni on Kaniuk: Fought for Israel’s soul
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – ….

4 arrested in Jerusalem rally against economic measures
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – ….

‘Racism’ or extinction
YNet News, 8 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Most Arab citizens have it pretty good; prefer living in Israel than in any Arab country ….

Palestine Information Center

Rizqa: The occupation demise is approaching
PIC – Dr. Yousef Rizqa, political adviser to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya, said that developments in the region prove that the occupation’s demise is approaching.

IOF soldiers raid Tobas, arrest teenager
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided the city of Tobas at dawn Saturday and arrested a Palestinian teen after breaking into and searching his family home.

Ayyash: Israeli navy continues to chase Gaza fishermen
PIC – Nizar Ayyash, chairman of Palestinian fishermen syndicate in Gaza, said that the Israeli naval forces have continued to target Palestinian fishermen and rob them of their boats.

IOF raids house of Hamas MP Nayef Rajoub, summons his son
PIC – The IOF on Saturday raided the house of Hamas lawmaker Nayef Al-Rajoub in Dura town of Al-Khalil city and handed one of his sons a summons for interrogation from the intelligence agency.

OCHA: 50 Palestinians injured, 13 others displaced in one week
PIC – A UN report said that around 50 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank and Gaza, 1,000 olive trees were damaged, and 30 people were displaced in East Jerusalem during the past week.

Captives in the Negev subjected to sanctions
PIC – Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies confirmed that the occupation authorities have continued to impose sanctions on ward 6 in the Negev jail, since Monday after a storming the ward.

IOF destroys Kanaan village in al-Khalil for the third time
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) demolished on Saturday the village of Kanaan 3, which had been established by Palestinian and foreign activists on lands near the village of Surif near al-Khalil.

Rizqa warns of PA attempts to resume secret talks with Israel
PIC – Palestinian government in Gaza warned that the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah is preparing to resume secret negotiations with Israeli occupation.

Berawi: The global march to J’lem was a warning message to the occupation
PIC – Spokesman for the global march to Jerusalem Zaher Al-Berawi said that the march that took place in different countries around world sent a message to Israel that Jerusalem is a red line.

Jewish settlers storm Kafl Hares town, verbally attack its residents
PIC – Hundreds of Jewish settlers under military protection stormed Friday morning Kafl Hares town in the northern side of Salfit city at the pretext of performing rituals.


UN Official says Israel, its Proxies Distort Facts to Allow Violations
WAFA – 8 Jun 2013

Kanaan Village Destroyed for Third Time
WAFA – 8 Jun 2013

Military Closes Farm Road in Bethlehem
WAFA – 8 Jun 2013


Hezbollah fighter tells of Syria battle
LA Times 8 Jun 2013 – ‘It was a street war’ in the town of Qusair, says a militant with the Lebanese Shiite group that has aligned itself with President Bashar Assad’s troops against rebel factions made up mostly of Sunnis. BEIRUT — He sits on a couch in an inconspicuous…

Emirates Balk at Activism in Region Hit by Uprisings
New York Times 8 Jun 2013 – As part of a broader trend in the region, the United Arab Emirates has moved aggressively to shut down a group that sought political change and a more Islamic government. 

U.S. Helps Allies Trying to Battle Iranian Hackers
New York Times 8 Jun 2013 – The new effort is the latest example of how the Obama administration is increasingly depending on assuring the defense of computer networks and, if necessary, striking back against assaults. 

Syria Opposition Won’t Attend Talks Unless Rebels Get Arms, Commander Says
New York Times 8 Jun 2013 – The proposal to hold talks in Geneva at a point when the Syrian opposition has suffered a bitter reversal has led many in the opposition to question the West’s strategy. 

News of U.S. Surveillance Draws Anger Abroad
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – Activists and militants expressed outrage over the disclosures about the global scope of American data mining and surveillance of private information conveyed over the Internet. 

Palestinian Farmers in Gaza Buffer Zone Remain Wary
New York Times 7 Jun 2013 – Farming lags in an area close to the fence separating Gaza and Israel, amid confusion about Israeli restrictions and fears of military incursions. 

IDF Unit 8200 Cyberwar Veterans Developed NSA Snooping Technology
Tikun Olam – A little known footnote to the brewing PRISM scandal, in which the NSA has for years harvested Americans’ personal data via eight of the largest social media and technology companies in the world, involves special technology developed by two Israeli companies founded by veterans of the…

Thank You SF Supervisor Avalos
Jewish Voice for Peace – Update on attacks on American Muslim for Palestine (AMP)’s San Francisco bus ads. American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), the Asian Law Caucus, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the San Francisco Bay Area office of CAIR thank San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos for his courageous position in…

A tale of 3 villages: settlers cut down 20 olive trees, burn a car, scrawl ‘Death to Arabs’ on homes
Mondoweiss – Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Restriction of movement Settlers cut [down] Palestinian trees near Hebron IMEMC — Thursday June 6 2013, a number of extremist Israeli settlers cut nearly 20 Palestinian olive trees that belong to a farmer from Beit Ummar Palestinian town,…

End your illusion: Israeli government will never implement a two-state solution, top official says
Mondoweiss – Danny Danon in his office  Photo credit:  Yonatan Sindel (Flash 90) In an interview given to the Times of Israel on Wednesday (June 5) and reported the following day, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon said what most already know:  The current Israeli government will never implement…

Israel Threatened To Attack Assad Troops Along Syria-Israel Border 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jun 2013 – UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said at a closed emergency session of the UN Security Council on Friday night that Israel threatened to attack President Bashar Assad’s troops near the border with Syria, during clashes Thursday between rebels and the Assad regime. Click here for the…

What Was the Israeli Involvement in Collecting Communications Intel for NSA? 
The Foward Breaking News 8 Jun 2013 – Were Israeli companies Verint and Narus the ones that collected information from the U.S. communications network for the National Security Agency? Click here for the rest of the article…

Israeli Road Expansion Means Home Demolitions and Confiscation of Beit Ommar Land 
Palestine Solidarity Project 8 Jun 2013 – We recently received plans for the continuation of route 60; it will start from the roundabout of Gush Etzion and continue to Keryat Arba’. The road will be 30m in width and 8 kilometers in length, built mostly on the land of Beit Ommar as well…

Syria rebels trounced near Qusair 
BBC 8 Jun 2013 – Syrian state TV says government forces have captured Eastern Bouweida, the final rebel stronghold near the strategic town of Qusair.

Video: Belgian fighters behead man in Syria 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jun 2013 – A new video has surfaced allegedly filmed in Syria that shows a group of rebels, some of them speaking Flemish, use a large knife to behead a man. The rebels, chanting “God is great,” first try to slice the man’s head off, but then begin hacking…

Yemen court may try Saleh over 2011 protest killings 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jun 2013 – A Yemeni court on Saturday ordered a new probe into the involvement of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the killing of 45 protesters during the 2011 uprising against his rule. The court ordered that 12 other Saleh-era officials be questioned on the same March 18…

Fury in Egypt court over Mubarak trial delays 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jun 2013 – Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak (C) and his two sons Alaa (R) and Gamal (L) are seen behind thrit cage during their retrial at the Police Academy in Cairo on 8 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Khaled Desouki) Families of Egyptians killed in protests that unseated…

Iran condemns attack on pilgrims in Iraq 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jun 2013 – Iran on Saturday condemned a deadly attack the day before in neighboring Iraq, in which at least 14 Iranian Shia pilgrims were killed, the official IRNA news agency said. “Iran condemns this indiscriminate terrorist act, which is contrary to Islamic and human values,” it cited foreign…

Thousands pour into Turkey’s Taksim for weekend rallies 
Al-Akhbar News 8 Jun 2013 – Demonstrators sit in Gezi park next to Taksim square in Istanbul early on 8 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Aris Messinis) Thousands of angry Turks took to the streets on Saturday to join mass anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call to end the…

Internal Divisions Weigh on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood 
Al-Akhbar Politics 7 Jun 2013 – A picture taken on 7 June 2013 at the office of opposition movement Tamarrod in the Egyptian capital Cairo shows an opposition tract featuring Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and signed petition forms as part of Tamarrod’s campaign to demand that Morsi steps down to pave the…

Syria rebels trounced near Qusair 
BBC 8 Jun 2013 – Syrian state TV says government forces have captured Eastern Bouweida, the final rebel stronghold near the strategic town of Qusair.

VIDEO: Sanctions hit Iranians studying abroad 
BBC 7 Jun 2013 – Economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the West which have a direct impact on money transfers are making it harder for Iranians to study in the US.


Cruelty of Israel’s Cast Lead assault captured by new documentary 
Daryl Meador, Electronic Intifada 6/6/2013
      Where Should the Birds Fly shows the everyday injustices faced in Gaza.
     Where Should the Birds Fly, the new documentary directed and narrated by Fida Qishta, begins with chilling footage of Israeli bulldozers destroying houses in Rafah in 2004. Qishta, a native of Rafah, the city in the south of the Gaza Strip, watched her parents’ house of 30 years crumble under the bulldozers. As it was destroyed, her father told her and her family to leave and keep walking. “He feared if our eyes took in the sight, our hearts would be filled with hate,” Qishta says.
     The young woman channeled the intense anger and frustration felt from this episode, and many others caused by the Israeli blockade, to create a touching film that reveals many of the daily injustices in Gaza.
     Qishta began her career as a wedding videographer. After becoming comfortable with the camera, she began to film her surroundings and eventually accompanied human rights observers to document their work.
     Much of the first half of the film features scenes of everyday life for Palestinians in Gaza. Qishta left the Gaza Strip in 2006 to visit Europe; when she returned she was forced to wait for three weeks at the border. She filmed the time she spent waiting to re-enter her home.
     Shots of the border crossing terminal show tired men, women and children as they waited indefinitely without being offered beds or food.
     Targeted by snipers
     The documentary visits the farming village of Khozaa, which lies in the Israeli-designated “buffer zone,” land near the boundary with Israel that Palestinians are forbidden from entering…. more.. e-mail

On Hamas, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah 
Mu’min Bseiso, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/6/2013
      ‘…serious Islamic and Arab efforts must be made to rescue Syria and Lebanon…from fragmentation and division’
     The Syrian crisis encompasses a number of thorny and complicated issues, the details of which are intertwined and the courses of which branch out. This produces a strange state in which contradictions and opposites collide, and where decisiveness is more costly, based on what potential settlements and reconciliation opportunities hold.
     Hamas, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah are vital elements in the current Syrian situation, and the re-structuring of relations between them is inevitable to secure a political solution to end the bloody Syrian crisis that broke the heart of the entire nation.
     Hamas and the Syrian crisis
     There have been two prevalent positions within Hamas on the Syrian crisis lately. The first was frank with no ambiguity – leaders such as Khaled Meshaal and Ismail Haniyeh expressed complete solidarity with the revolution and support for the Syrian people’s fair demands. However, other leaders such as Dr Mousa Abu Marzook and Dr Mahmoud Al-Zahar have made statements calling for a political compromise as a solution to the crisis that would put an end to the people and government’s suffering.
     In the world of politics, true tactical action means fluidity and the ability to justify involvement in political arenas infested with the age’s various diseases; while pure strategic action means desensitisation, stagnation and failure to keep up with developments of life and the needs of the times. Therefore, the model solution lies in customising a flexible political action able to take on the mechanisms of manoeuvring and tactics, and fortified with principles and strategies. more.. e-mail

Jerusalem Post compares labeling settlement products to Nazism 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 6/7/2013
      The paper’s correspondent in Berlin, known for his ties with radical right-wing groups, has done it again.
     In a couple of articles published last month, the widely-read Jerusalem Post compared the European Union’s decision to label Israeli settlement products to nothing less than Nazism.
     A year ago, the European Union passed a decision to label Israeli goods produced in the occupied territories, differentiating them from products of Israel proper. The Union is objecting to Israel’s settlement policy, but nevertheless has many trade agreements and joint projects with Israel. (The EU is Israel’s largest trade partner.) The decision to label products from the occupied territories was seen as a political compromise, allowing consumers to decide whether they want to purchase them or not, but remaining very far from a total ban of those products, let alone a boycott of Israeli goods.
     Recently, 13 European Counties wrote EU Foreign Affairs chief Catharine Ashton, requesting that she forumlate guidelines for product labeling. Some EU countries have already taken some independent steps in this direction.
     In Germany, the Green Party sent a questionnaire to the government asking what steps it plans to take on the issue of settlement labeling. The government has confirmed that it doesn’t view the settlements as part of the European-Israeli trade agreement.
     In response, The Jerusalem Post published a piece in which the paper (citing various “public figures,” all expressing the same opinion) accuses the Green Party of no less than Nazi policy – naturally, the most serious accusation one could make in Europe, and most of all in Germany.
     Another item in the Post targeted Bundestag deputy Kerstin Müller, who is set to be the new head of the Tel Aviv office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which is affiliated with the Green Party (disclaimer: +972 Magazine has received support from the Heinrich Böll Foundation). The piece cites a rabbi from the Wiesenthal Center who says that “Ms. Müller should relocate to Riyadh, not Tel Aviv.”
     There is a back story here: the reporter behind both stories – the one who called politicians and Jewish community leaders asking for their comments on the Green Party questionnaire – is Benjamin Weinthal, who is credited as the Post’s correspondent in Berlin. Weinthal, however, is a paid fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a U.S.-based neo-conservative think tank dedicated to fighting “militant Islamism” through “strategic communication” and similar means – a fact which is conveniently absent from his bio on the Jerusalem Post website. Obviously, neither of Weinthal’s items include a disclosure on his paid affiliation with the think tank.
     This week, Weinthal continued his campaign against the German Green party with an op-ed in Haaretz. This time he signed his piece as a “fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,” ommitting the fact that he is supposed to be a reporter for the competition. — See also: JPost: Politicians slam German Greens for ‘Israel boycott’ more.. e-mail

Suspicious organisations in Egypt 
Ahmed Mansour, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 6/6/2013
      American ambassador to Egypt has already admitted to pumping $60 million into NGOs in Egypt just months after the revolution.
     On Tuesday, the Cairo criminal court sentenced 43 defendants to 1 – 5 years in jail over a foreign funding case. The defendants were of American, German and Egyptian nationalities and work in five NGO’s that received foreign funding. This case has shed light on foreign civil organisations and institutions operating in Egypt, many of which are not subject to monitoring.
     These organisations, which work under many covers serving the purposes of their funders and backers, which are usually intelligence parties or parties with personal goals or projects with limited objectives, were and still are a tool used to destroy and spread chaos in Egypt since the beginning of the revolution. This is due to the fact that there are no parties in the world that grant or give money to anyone else without wanting something in exchange or without a clear and specific goal for the funded party; and any simplification in interpreting this matter would be naïve and foolish.
     Since the beginning of the revolution, Egypt has been exposed to an organised attack by what are known as international organisations working in the field of civil society. However, we do not know what these organisations gaining from pumping tens of millions of dollars into familiarising Egyptians, as they say, with the exercise of democracy.
     14 members of the organisation known as the International Republican Institute, who were sentenced to jail time, received $22 million from its headquarters in the US, $18 million of which was received in May 2011 alone. The institute used the money for salaries and benefits and the rest was spent on conducting research, studies, forums, polls, workshops and training courses for some of the country’s political parties and forces, as well as providing media support to attract voters…. more.. e-mail

Gaza’s Ark is Different
Palestine Chronicle: 8 Jun 2013 – By Ehab Lotayef – Montreal November 2011: Two boats sail out of Turkey quietly heading to Gaza: the Tahrir and the Saoirse. Once in international waters they announce their destination and their challenge to the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza. The two boats are attacked, boarded and seized by the Israeli Navy in international waters, just 45 nautical miles from Gaza. October 2012: After a four-month trip in solidarity with the people of Gaza and against the Israeli blockade imposed on the tiny coastal strip, a trip during which it spread awareness and gathered public support in numerous European ports, the sailing vessel Estelle is attacked, boarded and seized by the Israeli Navy. It too, was in international waters, in this case 38 nautical miles from the port of Gaza. Those two challenges to the blockade of Gaza by sea follow in the steps (or sails) of the Free Gaza…more

Israel Is Losing Its Battle in Syria
Dissident Voice: 8 Jun 2013 – In the last week we have been following British and French’s desperate attempts to push for a military intervention in Syria. It is far from being a secret that both British and French government are dominated by the Jewish Lobby. In Britain it is the ultra Zionist CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel) — apparently 80% of Britain’s conservative MPs are members of the pro Israeli Lobby. In France the situation is even more devastating, the entire political system is hijacked by the forceful CRIF . But in case anyone fails to grasp why the Jewish Lobby is pushing for an immediate intervention, Debka, an Israeli news outlet provides the answer. Seemingly, the Syrian army is winning on all fronts. Israel’s military and geo-political calculations are proved to be wrong. According to Debka , “the battle for Damascus is over”. The Syrian army had virtually “regained control of the city in an epic…more

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Posted 9th June 2013 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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