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Hamas Official Demands Hezbollah To Withdraw Fighters From Syria
IMEMC – [Monday June 14 2013] The Hamas movement called on the Lebanon-based Hezbollah party to withdraw its fighters from Syria [supporting President Bashar Assad], and to focus on the struggle against Israel. …

Settlers Attack An Elderly Woman In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Three Israeli settlers attacked [Sunday June 16] an elderly Palestinian woman in Deir Yassin area, in West Jerusalem. … 

Hamas Formed Special Unit To Counter Shell Fire From Gaza, Report Claims
IMEMC – [Monday June 17 2013] Israeli sources have reported that the Hamas movement in Gaza formed a special unit to prevent resistance groups from firing shells into adjacent Israeli areas. …

Ma’an News

8 detainees on hunger strike
6/17/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinian detainees held at the Ramon Prison in Israel began a hunger strike on Monday, the Detainees’ Center announced in a statement. The detainees strike comes in response to a denied request they they be transferred to a prison closer to relatives, the statement said. The center added the detainees are in isolation. [END]

Israeli forces issue 3 demolition orders in Silwan
6/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Monday issued three demolition orders for residential and commercial properties in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, locals said. Israeli police and Jerusalem municipality officers took pictures of several buildings and stores in Silwan, before hanging demolition orders on a barber shop, butcher shop and residential property, store owner Issam Dana told Ma’an. Last week, eight….

Official: Settlers attack stone workshop near Nablus
6/17/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers tried to set fire to a stone factory south of Nablus on Monday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Naji al-Asmar’s stone factory in Rujeib village, near Huwwara checkpoint, was damaged in the arson attempt, said Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank. [END]

Israeli minister: Palestinian statehood at ‘dead-end’
6/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli economy minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday the idea of a Palestinian state was at a “dead-end”, the latest Israeli official to speak out against the notion of a two-state solution.”The idea that a Palestinian state will be founded within the Land of Israel has reached a dead-end,” said Bennett, using the biblical term for Israel that includes the West Bank…. Related: PA slams Israel minister’s ‘dangerous’ comments on statehood

’3 settlers assault Palestinian woman in Jerusalem’
6/17/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A 75-year-old Palestinian woman has filed a complaint with Israeli police after being assaulted by three Israelis as she waited for a bus in West Jerusalem on Sunday, her son told Ma’an. Fathiyeh Ajaj was waiting for a bus in Deir Yassin, now known as Givat Shaul, after a hospital appointment when she was pushed to the floor….

Israel army detains 4 after raiding Balata refugee camp
6/17/2013 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians on Monday at dawn after raiding the Balata refugee camp in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, a source told Ma’an. The source said Israeli army vehicles entered the camp at midnight, breaking in to homes. Those detained were identified as brothers Muhammad Abu Zour, 23, Mujahed Abu Zour, 28, Hasan Hashash ,18….

4 detained near Gaza border by Israeli forces
6/17/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians late Sunday night after they tried to enter Israel. The four were detained near Kissufim, an Israeli community in the Negev located near the border, east of Khan Younis in Gaza, a source told Ma’an. Three of those detained are from the Abu Muhareb family and the fourth is from the Abu Sawawin….

Egyptian forces ‘ready to defend Hamas’
6/17/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egyptian security has asked Hamas leaders to change the hotel its delegation is staying in after receiving intelligence that protests will be held outside, sources told Ma’an. Hamas’ chief in exile Khaled Mashaal and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh, along with a delegation of 24 party officials, were told that demonstrators would be rallying outside the Intercontinental Hotel to….

Egypt detains Palestinian
6/17/2013 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities detained a Palestinian man on Sunday evening who entered Egypt through a smuggling tunnel, police said. Police said the 25-year-old unidentified man was in possession of hashish. Upon questioning, he said he had entered Egypt through a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza border and is not in possession of identification documents, police said. [END]

Hamas hopes for ‘stable relations’ with Iran
6/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas hopes for more stable relations with Iran following the election of President Hassan Rowhani, senior party leader Ahmad Yousef told Ma’an.”The reformers are looking for more stable relations because the previous conservative movement was tough on Hamas,” Yousef said. The Islamist movement has yet to declare its official stance toward the new government, but is set to….

Hamas to Hezbollah: Keep your weapons aimed at Israel
6/17/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas on Monday called on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria and to keep its weapons aimed at Israel. The Lebanese Shiite movement’s involvement in the Syrian conflict has increased sectarian strife in the region, Hamas said in a statement calling for unity. Hezbollah has dispatched its fighters to Syria to assist President Bashar Assad’s battle against….

PA slams Israel minister’s ‘dangerous’ comments on statehood
6/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman on Monday called on the Israeli government to clarify its position on remarks by its economy minister dismissing the two-state solution.”These are dangerous remarks by a minister in the Israeli government which has been expanding settlements and evading all commitments and instead imposing preconditions to negotiations,” said Nabil Abu Rdeina. At a conference in Jerusalem…. Related: Israeli minister: Palestinian statehood at ‘dead-end’

Security sources: Egypt’s Sinai on high alert
6/17/2013 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt has declared a state of alert in the Sinai after extremist Islamist fighters set up a military base in the peninsula, Egyptian security officials said Monday. Egyptian forces and police have imposed curfews on Sinai cities el-Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Military helicopters were seen hovering over the cities, a Ma’an reporter said. Militants from Egypt, Palestine and….

UNRWA: Palestinian camps in Syria ‘theaters of war’
6/17/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian refugee camps in Syria have become ‘theaters of war’ in the country’s ongoing conflict, with many inaccessible to the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA’s commissioner general said Sunday.”Killings, kidnappings, poverty, destruction and fear have become part of daily life,” Filippo Grandi said Sunday during a meeting of stakeholders in Amman….

Woman, daughter found dead in Hebron apartment
6/17/2013 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Police are investigating the deaths of a woman and her 5-year-old daughter whose bodies were found at their home in Hebron on Monday. Initial investigations suggest Zuhoor Irfaiyya and her daughter died from a gas leak in their apartment, police say. Irfaiyya was a major in the Preventive Security Service, Hebron police spokesman Ibrahim al-Absi told Ma’an. The….

Turkey PM says ‘duty’ to oust protesters as clashes rage
6/17/2013 – ISTANBUL (AFP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday told a crowd of more than 100,000 supporters it was his “duty” to order a crackdown on an Istanbul protest park, as police and anti-government demonstrators faced off in fresh clashes. A full day after riot police dislodged thousands of protesters occupying Gezi Park, officers in the city were still firing tear gas and jets….

Security source: Gunmen kill 3 Lebanon Shiites, Turk
6/17/2013 – BAALBEK, Lebanon (AFP) — Gunmen killed three Lebanese Shiites and a Turk in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a security source said, revising an earlier toll breakdown, as the conflict in neighbouring Syria raised fresh tensions. The unidentified assailants shot dead “two members of the Jaafar family, an Amhaz family member and a Turk” in an ambush while they were smuggling fuel through the Qaa area….

Iraqi holy city hit hard by Iran economic woes
6/17/2013 – NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) — The spiritual heart of Shiite Islam and a hub for religious tourism in Iraq is being badly hit as sanctions against neighbouring Iran have resulted in fewer pilgrims with less money to spend. Business leaders, shopkeepers and hotel owners in Najaf, site of a shrine to a revered figure in Shiite Islam and home to most of the sect’s top….

Rowhani ‘tone’ may reopen doors for Iran
6/17/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — New President Hassan Rowhani’s experience as Iran’s nuclear negotiator will go a long way toward changing the “tone” of talks with major powers and could lead to an easing of sanctions, analysts say. His negotiating skills won him the respect of his European interlocutors and the monicker “diplomat sheikh”. But his policies under reformist president Mohammad Khatami were abandoned….

5 Syrians from diverted jet seeking UK asylum
6/17/2013 – LONDON (AFP) — Five Syrians from a New York-bound EgyptAir flight escorted by fighter jets to a Scottish airport after the discovery of a suspicious note are seeking asylum in Britain, according to police and the airline. Police Scotland confirmed that five passengers had not rejoined the flight as it continued its journey from Cairo and were being dealt with by the UK Border Agency, the….

Analysts: Mursi cuts Syria ties to woo West, boost image
6/17/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s President Mohamed Mursi, in severing ties with Damascus, aims to show solidarity with Western and fellow Arab states opposed to Syria’s regime and also boost his under-fire image at home, analysts said. Mursi, an Islamist from the Muslim Brotherhood, told supporters in a Cairo stadium for a “Support for Syria” rally on Saturday that he was going to….

Assad says Europe would ‘pay price’ for arming rebels
6/17/2013 – BERLIN (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad warned Monday that European powers would “pay the price” if they sent weapons to rebel forces seeking to topple him.”If the Europeans deliver weapons, then Europe’s backyard will become terrorist, and Europe will pay the price for it,” he was quoted as saying by German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Sending weapons to rebels would lead to….

Russia under pressure as Syria set to dominate G8
6/17/2013 – LOUGH ERNE (AFP) — The conflict in Syria was set to dominate the G8 summit starting in Northern Ireland on Monday, with Western leaders upping pressure on Russia to back away from its support for President Bashar Assad. Increasingly isolated from fellow G8 leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin was likely to get a frosty reception at the two-day summit in the lake-fringed Lough Erne golf resort….

Demos demand Obama free Yemenis held in Guantanamo
6/17/2013 – SANAA (AFP) — Relatives of Yemenis being held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention center protested outside Washington’s mission in Sanaa on Monday, calling on US President Barack Obama to free the detainees.”Freedom, freedom for the detainees!,” chanted dozens of protesters, some dressed in orange — the color of jumpsuits worn by Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Four American activists, including anti-war activist Madea Benjamin, took….

Palestine News Network

Bet Lahem Live Festival
Palestine News Network

Morsi Hosts Delegation from Hamas Movement in Cairo
Palestine News Network

Dr. Erekat: “Israeli Government Has Officially Declared the Death of Two-State Solution”
Palestine News Network

Israeli Forces Arrest 8 Palestinians from Nablus, Bethlehem
Palestine News Network

IOF Forces Raid Houses in Jenin, Interrogate Their Residents
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Refugees and World Refugee Day
Palestine News Network

Family of Sick Prisoner Appeals to Save His Life
Palestine News Network

MADA: Over 500 Palestinian Violations Against Media Freedoms in Palestine since the Fatah-Hamas Division
Palestine News Network

Gaza: Ministry of Interior Obligated to Explain Reasons for Preventing PCHR’s Staff from Traveling to West Bank
Palestine News Network

Dr. Ashrawi Condemns Recent Israeli Officials’ Remarks Regarding Establishment of Palestinian State
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Receives Delegation of French NGO’s Platform for Palestine
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR denounces the degrading search by anti-drug police of a lawyer in bethlehem
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

Illegal settler colonisers attack workers in Asira
6/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17th April 2013, International Women’s Peace Service, Asira al Qibliya , Occupied Palestine – In the evening of Sunday 16 June, a gang of illegal settler colonisers, accompanied by some 30 Israeli soldiers, attacked the small group of Palestinian men who were working on a water project in the village of Asira, south of Nablus. The settlers threw stones while the army threw stun grenades….

The latest episode of endless settler violence in Qusra
6/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Nablus Team | Qusra, Occupied Palestine – The night of Saturday, 15 June, Israeli settlers continued a tradition of violence and harassment against the Palestinian village of Qusra. Late at night, settlers from Esh Kodesh, the nearby settlement, trespassed upon Palestinian private property, damaged five olive trees, destroyed part of a building and took two support poles from it. Several olive….

Video: Ten-year-old boy arrested in Hebron
6/17/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 17th April 2013, International Solidarity Movement, Khalil Team, Hebron, Occupied Palestine – Around 8:30pm on June 16th, a ten-year-old local Palestinian named Amed was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the market of the old city of Hebron. He was held for around an hour in the military base on Shuhada Street and interrogated. He was then taken, handcuffed, by two soldiers on foot through the….

Relief Web

Syrian Arab Republic: Denmark donates 100 million Danish Kroner as relief to the victims of the crisis in Syria
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: Government of Denmark Country: Denmark, occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic On Sunday The Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach announced a humanitarian contribution of 100 million DKK to victims of the Syrian conflict. Denmark has so far…

occupied Palestinian territory: Palestine refugee surrounded by settlements, imprisoned at home
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory West Bank To mark the occasion of World Refugee Day, UNRWA is putting a spotlight on the situation of Palestine refugees in the…

occupied Palestinian territory: Emergency women’s shelter re-opens
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling Country: occupied Palestinian territory On 30 May an emergency women’s shelter in the Jordan Valley re-opened following extensive renovations. The WCLAC-run shelter originally opened in 2006 and was the first of its…

occupied Palestinian territory: Supporting Greater Prosperity and Security for Palestinians
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: Canadian International Development Agency Country: Canada, occupied Palestinian territory June 17, 2013 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today visited the West Bank to announce an immediate, $25-million contribution to aid Palestinians. “Canada supports a better, brighter future for…

World: Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 10-17 June 2013
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: Assessment Capacities Project Country: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands,…

World: OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development
Relief Web 17 Jun 2013 – Source: OPEC Fund for International Development Country: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Togo, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe…

The National

Shadow of Syria looms over G8 gathering
The National 17 Jun 2013 – Russia is unwavering in its support of Bashar Al Assad and will oppose any attempt to impose a no-fly zone over Syria. Omar Karmi reports 

Inventors from UAE fold away patents
The National 17 Jun 2013 – The inventors have made a patent application to the the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

Hamas tells Hizbollah to withdraw fighters from Syria
The National 17 Jun 2013 – Call to withdraw forces from Syria is a further sign that the 26-month uprising against President Bashar Al Assad is straining longtime alliances in the region. Hugh Naylor reports from Ramallah 

Anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles boost Syrian rebels
The National 17 Jun 2013 – Rebels fought to halt an advance by the forces of Syria’s president, Bashar Al Assad, into northern Syria yesterday as new evidence emerged of escalating foreign support for the rebels.

Bio-security tightly linked to UAE’s vision of the future
The National 17 Jun 2013 – First phase of strategy will focus on updating existing legislation.

Turkey threatens to call in the troops if police can’t stop protests
The National 17 Jun 2013 – Deputy prime minister warns army may be used while a former minister speaks of ‘civil war’. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul 

Praise for UAE’s efforts on human rights protection
The National 17 Jun 2013 – Representatives of the European Commission yesterday praised the UAE’s efforts to build on the protection of human rights, create awareness of human rights issues and spread a culture of protection.

Ethiopia and Egypt remain on edge over Nile dam
The National 17 Jun 2013 – The foreign ministers of Egypt and Ethiopia cancelled a press conference yesterday after meeting in Ethiopia’s capital, raising doubts that tensions over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile River will subside soon.

Ha’aretz

Israeli researchers manage to erase the memories of mice
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

U.S.: No nuclear offer for Iran – it’s up to them to compromise
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Clinton: Israel must make peace with Palestinians in order to survive
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Idea of a two-state solution has reached ‘dead end,’ Bennett says
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Hamas political bureau urges Hezbollah to leave Syria and focus on Israel
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Netanyahu restricts Shin Bet from hiring relatives of current employees
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Israelis living in West Bank demand green laws apply on their side of Green Line
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Israel begins sweeping rejection of Eritrean asylum claims
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Health Ministry pushing for major changes to organ donation and surrogacy laws
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

Iran election result underscores limitations of Israeli intelligence
Ha’aretz – 17 Jun 2013

WZO Settlement Department gets more money than it is budgeted
Ha’aretz – 16 Jun 2013

Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: Israel, India agree to start hi-tech trade fund
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Indian Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal tells ‘Post’ that purpose of fund will be to enhance ties between Israel’s innovative IT sector and India’s burgeoning hi-tech manufacturing sector. 

Gamzu pledges more doctors and nurses in public system
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – 1,300 more medical students to graduate every year to cope with the growing shortage of physicians, Health Ministry director-general vows. 

Bill Clinton: Only a 2 state-solution can preserve Israel as a Jewish, democratic state
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – “I don’t see any alternative to a Palestinian state,” visiting former US president says at gala event honoring President Peres; says situation will only worsen over time because of demographic issue. 

The new Palestinian prime minister
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Hamdallah has always favored opportunities for dialogue to promote intercultural dialogue. 

A look at Rami Hamdallah
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Mahmoud Abbas made a wise choice in appointing Rami Hamdallah Palestinian Authority prime minister. 

Rohani puts ‘moderate’ foot forward, yet shows no sign of halting nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Iranian pres.-elect largely spares Israel, jabs it only once: Netanyahu says Rohani “does not call the shots” on nuclear policy. 

Iran’s new fanatic-in-chief
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – The assertion that Rohani is a moderate is absolute hogwash, marinated in self-delusion and garnished with sheer ignorance. 

The Iranian election: Have the people really won?
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Though Rohani’s tone is undoubtedly less incendiary, he is the same person who presided over the secret advance of the nuclear program. 

PM reaffirms two-state solution after Bennett says it’s at a dead-end
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Erekat: Bennett’s comments designed to undermine Kerry’s efforts. 

Chief rabbi battle
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s diatribe against Rabbi David Stav follows in a long tradition of intra-rabbinic nastiness. 

Liberman considers polygraph probe of MKs
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – “The Foreign Affairs and Defense C’tee is considering all options to prevent leaks that can harm national security,” spokesman says. 

Female police officer censured for racy bikini pics
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – 19-year-old in hot water after pictures of her posing in a pink bikini and in lingerie were published on a local news portal. 

TA municipality tries out 25 electric scooters
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Pilot program part of plan to reduce emissions, noise. 

Court tosses divers’ suit alleging polluted river made them ill
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Navy divers claimed that diving in Haifa’s Kishon River exposed them to harmful toxins dumped by local industrial plants. 

UN nuclear watchdog: Iran’s nuclear program advancing despite sanctions
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Amano believes sanctions having no impact, says no new talks set. 

Anti-corruption NGO asks court to revisit petition on haredi draft
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – High Court canceled petition by Movement for Quality Government demanding that state immediately begin drafting ultra-Orthodox. 

Barbra Streisand given honorary doctorate at Hebrew University
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Visiting singer and noted social activist uses part of her acceptance speech to cite women’s rights in Israel as cause of concern. 

Study: Two-thirds of Israelis say refugees are burden
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Refugee welfare NGO releases figures which show that almost 60 percent of Israelis believe refugees are dangerous to society. 

Turkey could deploy army to quell protests
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Erdogan deputy: Turkish Armed Forces could be used to control demonstrations if police, security forces not enough. 

Assad warns: Europe will ‘pay price’ if it arms Syrian rebels
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Syrian president cautions Europe against arming “terrorists”; at G8 summit Western leaders rebuke Putin for backing rebels. 

Lapid defiant in face of withering criticism of budget
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Opposition chief Shelly Yacimovich blasts austerity measures in budget, which goes before Knesset for first reading. 

Sheshinksi to head 2nd c’tee on natural resources
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Lapid announces that new committee will examine how to tax natural resources such as water and potash. 

Fiji troops to join Golan peacekeeping force
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Island nation to send 170 peacekeepers to help replace the 380 Austrian troops who left last week; Fijians due to arrive at end of month. 

Barbra Streisand embraces Make a Wish kids in J’lem
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – “I don’t know of anybody who was blessed with such a heavenly voice that emits a pure prayer and a moving song,” President Peres tells visiting Streisand. 

LIVE: Knesset votes on 1st reading of the budget
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – The legislation is expected to pass the first vote, despite the hours of opposition speeches through the night. 

Russia says it will not allow Syria no-fly zones
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Moscow says no-fly shows disrespect for international law. 

Hamas to Hezbollah: Leave Syria and focus on fighting Israel instead
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – Hamas says Hezbollah involvement inflames sectarian conflict in Syria; Saudis supply anti-aircraft missiles to rebels. 

The hilltop youth’s self-defeating zealotry
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – A new poll shows that extremist settlers are undermining support for their own cause. 

High on chicken
Jerusalem Post 17 Jun 2013 – This drunken grilled chicken recipe includes some rum and lots of great sweet flavors to contrast the alcohol. 

The Guardian

Palestinian hopes for two states ‘not possible’, says Israeli minister Bennett
The Guardian 17 Jun 2013 – Israeli trade minister Naftali Bennett dismisses two-state solution as ‘hopeless’ and urges swift annexation of West Bank’s Area C A rising star in the Israeli cabinet has declared that the idea of a Palestinian state is…

Uruknet

Palestinian activist Abir Kopty: Oslo should go, the peace process serves Israeli interests
Uruknet

Six Afghan Police Killed in Apparent Insider Attack
Uruknet

Acceptable Use Policy Which Bradley Manning Didn’t Sign Used By Prosecutors Against Him
Uruknet

Palestinian Female Prisoners Suffer Abuse in Israeli Jails
Uruknet

Pre-Oslo prisoners still obstacle to Palestinian-Israeli talks
Uruknet

The most humane little checkpoint
Uruknet

Dannon: “The Palestinian Future is In Jordan”
Uruknet

Pentagon: Manning’s Leak of Iraq Massacre Video ‘Helped Enemy’
Uruknet

Guantánamo Stories: 19 of the 43 Men Being Force-Fed in the Prison-Wide Hunger Strike
Uruknet

Daily Star

Bill Clinton: Israel must make peace to survive
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 Former President Bill Clinton urged Israel to make peace with Palestinians in order to survive as a Jewish and democratic state at a conference Monday evening, adding his voice to a chorus of prominent pro-Israel figures…

Putin: US-Russia positions on Syria don’t coincide
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin tells President Barack Obama that their positions on Syria do not “coincide” but the two leaders said during the G-8 summit that they have a shared interest in stopping the violence that…

Obama, Putin to meet in Moscow in September
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin said after talks on Monday that they will hold a US-Russia summit in Moscow in September.

Saudi Arabia ‘supplying missiles’ to Syria rebels
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 Saudi Arabia, a staunch opponent of President Bashar Assad since early in Syria’s conflict, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to rebels on a small scale about two months ago, a Gulf source said Monday.

Shiite Iraq militia claims it attacked Iran group
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 A Shiite militia leader on Monday claimed responsibility for a rocket attack over the weekend that killed two members of an Iranian exile group near Baghdad.

Gaddafi officials acquitted but stay behind bars
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 Two former top associates of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi were acquitted on Monday of wasting public money, but remained in jail as part of a bigger investigation involving his spy chief and one of his sons.

Tunisian police arrest Libyan militant in south
Daily Star 17 Jun 2013 A Libyan militant with ties to al-Qaida-linked militants has been arrested in southern Tunisia, according to the interior ministry.

YNet News

Budget passes 1st Knesset reading 
YNet News, 17 Jun 2013 – ….

Lapid to haredim: You perpetuated poverty culture
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Unions prepare strikes to support Turkey protests
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Anger in southern Egypt over Islamist governor
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Merkel: US intelligence helped foil terror plot
YNet News, 17 Jun 2013 – ….

Rohani’s only way is up 
YNet News, 17 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: Iran’s higher authorities won’t restrict new president, as long as he doesn’t cross red lines ….

Assad must not win 
YNet News, 17 Jun 2013 – Op-ed: If Syrian army defeats rebels, US will lose remainder of its credibility, deterrence power in the Middle East ….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel builds settlements, PA guards them 
PIC – Shaath, who is known for his honesty and candidness, said the PA was spending more funds on protecting Israeli settlements than it was on education and health in the occupied territories.

Former Israeli commander confesses to razing entire villages during Nakba
PIC – Former Israeli army commander has confessed to razing entire Arab villages in the Nakba that led to the creation of Israel on the land of Palestine.

Egyptian president to meet Hamas delegation led by Mishaal
PIC – Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is to meet a Hamas delegation led by its supreme leader Khaled Mishaal in Cairo on Monday night, sources close to the delegation said.

Eight isolated prisoners go on hunger strike
PIC – Eight Palestinian prisoners held in solitary confinement in Ramon jail have gone on hunger strike as of today Monday.

Hamas calls on Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from Syria
PIC – Hamas has renewed its supportive stand for the Syrian people’s stable rights in freedom and dignity.

Bardawil: Hamas revived the Ummah by its steadfastness
PIC – Dr. Salah Bardawil, a leader in Hamas, stated that Hamas delegation’s visits to a number of Arab and Islamic countries came in light of the movement’s efforts to activate the Palestinian issue.

IOF demolishes facilities in Yatta
PIC – The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demolished on Monday morning Palestinian facilities in Yatta town south of al-Khalil in the occupied West Bank.

12 prisoners in Israeli jails continue their hunger strike
PIC – Around 12 Palestinian and Jordanian prisoners continued their open hunger strike in Israeli jails.

Al-Sakhel family reveals more details about Saadi al-Sakhel’s death
PIC – Al-Sakhel family, from Nablus, revealed that Haitham Zahran, an officer at PA Intelligence services, was behind the arrest of Saadi al-Sakhel before his death.

Arieh King nominated to join Jerusalem municipal elections
PIC – Hebrew media sources revealed that Aryeh King is nominated to run in the Israeli next municipal elections in October as head of an independent electoral list.

WAFA

Abbas Briefs Canada’s Foreign Minister on Peace Process
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

Abu Rudeineh: Israeli Official’s Statements Dangerous
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

Erekat says Israel has Declared Death of Two-State Solution
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

PLO Criticizes Negative Remarks by Israeli Officials
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

Settlers Attempt to Set Quarry on Fire
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

Israeli Forces Arrest Elderly for Defending his Land
WAFA – 17 Jun 2013

Misc

Hope grows that Iran could pull back from nuclear standoff
LA Times 16 Jun 2013 – President-elect Hassan Rowhani has experience in avoiding nuclear sanctions and has shown his interest in easing them. He also has a good rapport with the ayatollah. BEIRUT — The surprising election of Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, as Iran’s president has prompted a wave of…

The Lede: Iran’s President-Elect Confronted With Plea for Detained Opposition Leader’s Freedom
New York Times 17 Jun 2013 – At a news conference broadcast live on Iranian state television, a man called on Iran’s president-elect, Hassan Rowhani, not to forget the detained opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi. 

At War Blog: How Cyberwarfare and Drones Have Revolutionized Warfare
New York Times 17 Jun 2013 – Tim Hsia and Jared Sperli write that the next few decades will be dominated by advancements in software and hardware (cyber and robotics, including drones) just as the last decade was dominated by counterinsurgency. 

President-Elect of Iran Talks of Easing Tensions With U.S.
New York Times 17 Jun 2013 – Speaking for the first time since his election victory, Hassan Rowhani called Iran’s nonexistent ties with the United States a “wound” that must be healed. 

New Governor Is a Shock to Some Inside Egypt
New York Times 16 Jun 2013 – The new governor of Luxor, Adel Asaad Khayyat, comes from the political arm of an Islamist group that once carried out terrorist attacks. 

Teva acquires MicroDose Therapeutx
Globes Main News – Teva will pay $40 million for the lung disease drug developer and up to $125 million in milestone payments plus royalties.

Israel Chemicals: Sheshinski has facts wrong
Globes Main News – Israel Chemicals says royalties probe head Prof. Sheshinski has “presented incorrect and unchecked facts and figures.”

Israel’s luxury home market stagnating
Globes Main News – The strong shekel, austerity measures and global economic woes mean there are few buyers for Israel’s most expensive projects.

Mon: TASE rises despite fall by Israel Chemicals
Globes Main News – On the first day of the TASE’s extended trading hours, Israel Chemicals and parent company Israel Corp. fell sharply on news that the government will investigate its take on natural resources.

SodaStream teams with KitchenAid
Globes Main News – SodaStream and KitchenAid will develop a home carbonation system for KitchenAid’s kitchen appliances and tools.

Reversing the brain drain 
Globes Macro Economics – The Israeli government’s National Brain Gain Program is trying to bring scientists back to Israel.

Natural resources probe underway 
Globes Macro Economics – Prof. Eytan Sheshinski will head a committee to examine royalties from Israel’s natural resources, especially those paid by Israel Chemicals.

IDF Appoints “Legal Advisor” to Review Cyber-War Attacks
Tikun Olam – I really had to scratch my head at this one : The Israel Defense Forces has appointed a major to be its legal adviser on cyber activities, notably cyber warfare…The majority of his work focuses on regulation of cyber warfare activities, particularly within the Military Intelligence Directorate,…

When is a Jew a Terrorist? For Bibi, Never
Tikun Olam – In a classified security cabinet meeting, whose deliberations were predictably leaked (this being Israel), Bibi Netanyahu refused to accept the Shabak’s recommendations that settlers engaging in price tag attacks be designated as terrorists.  The thought process behind the decision is truly staggering in its amorality: price…

In ’68, Italo Calvino said the only solution in Palestine is ‘the revolutionary road’
Mondoweiss – Further evidence that the injustice of the situation was obvious to people of sensibility a long time ago, and many of us in the west are catching up: in 1968, Italo Calvino, the Italian journalist and novelist, wrote that the Israeli victims of Nazis have become…

Setting a dangerous precedent: 16-year-old Ali Shamlawi faces 25 counts of attempted murder for alleged stone throwing
Mondoweiss – Three months ago today, in the early hours of March, 17 2013, Israeli soldiers appeared at 16-year- old Ali Shamlawi’s house in the West Bank village of Hares. They blindfolded him, handcuffed him and took him away. His arrest was one of a spate of arrests…

‘No consequences… ad finitum’ — Reporters reject State Dep’t explanation of US policy on settlements
Mondoweiss – This is funny/encouraging. During last Thursday’s briefing by Jen Psaki at the State Department– video above– there was a lot of pushback from reporters about the renewal of the alleged peace process in the light of the latest Israeli settlement plans. “No consequences… ad finitum,” the…

Rob’t Kraft accuses Putin 8 years later– why now?
Mondoweiss – Maybe you heard this weekend: Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of stealing his Super Bow l championship ring during a meeting in St. Petersburg in 2005 at which Kraft removed the ring to allow Putin to admire…

Exile and the Prophetic: Bought and sold
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page . There’s that picture again, this time from the front, President Obama, Susan Rice and Samantha Power, their arms around each other, walking…

David Stav Gets Support From Rabbinical Council of America After ‘Wicked Man’ Attack 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2013 – The Rabbinical Council of America offered its support to Israeli chief rabbi candidate David Stav after he was harassed at a wedding and labeled “a wicked man” by Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Click here for the rest of the article…

Barbra Streisand Lashes Out at Orthodox Over Treatment of Women in Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2013 – Iconic Jewish entertainer Barbra Streisand on Monday took a swipe at Orthodox Jews in Israel who compel women to sit in the back of buses and assault them for following religious rituals traditionally reserved for men. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ben Gurion Students Build Formula Race Car To Compete Internationally 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2013 – Last week, Rani Dekel was doing doing donuts on the streets of Jerusalem in a blue and orange Formula race car with hundreds of thousands cheering him on. Click here for the rest of the article…

Naftali Bennett Says Two-State Solution Is Dead 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Jun 2013 – The idea of establishing a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel has reached a “dead end,” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday, as the double-talk from the government regarding the conflict with the Palestinians continued. Click here for the rest of the article…

West Africa: Analysts – West Africa Attractive Hezbollah Destination 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2013 – [VOA]Analysts say numerous factors have made West Africa an attractive target for Hezbollah, a Shi’ite extremist group founded in Lebanon.

Nigeria: Jonathan Congratulates Iranian President-Elect 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2013 – [Daily Trust]President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Mr. Hassan Rouhani on his victory in the Iran’s presidential elections.

Nigeria: Amman – A City of Undulating Mountains, Ancient Hill Caves 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2013 – [Daily Trust]Have you been to Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State? Or Tel Aviv in Israel? If your answer is in the affirmative, then, you are in a familiar terrain. Then, hop into this flight and let’s cruise to Amman, the capital and the largest city…

Nigeria: How Israel, Palestine Can Settle – - Reinert 
allAfrica.com 17 Jun 2013 – [Daily Trust]Ilorin -A research associate from the Institute of French Research in Africa (IFRA), University of Ibadan, Dr. Manuel Reinert, has advocated the imposition of an agreement by a third party as the best solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reinert stated this while delivering a lecture…

Rouhani vows nuclear transparency 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Iran is ready to show more transparency on its nuclear programme, but will not halt its uranium enrichment, says President-elect Rouhani.

Obama and Putin push Syria summit 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – The US and Russian presidents acknowledge at the G8 summit they have a different stance on Syria but do agree to push for Geneva talks.

Islamists given Egypt governorships 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi appoints Islamist allies as regional governors, tightening the Muslim Brotherhood’s grip on power.

Gaddafi son to be tried in August 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried in Libya in August and “will receive a fair trial”, officials say.

Occupied Palestine 
US Campaign to End the Occupation 17 Jun 2013 – On June 5th 2013, at the Jerusalem Fund, I had the luck to watch the documentary by David Koff “Occupied Palestine”. This documentary was one of the best I watched about the colonization of Palestine. Koff’s documentary offers an analysis of the Israeli occupation that is still today rare to find.

Iran’s Lesson to Washington’s Arabs 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Jun 2013 – Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani waves as he attends a press conference in Tehran on 17 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Behrouz Mehri) Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani waves as he attends a press conference in Tehran on 17 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Behrouz Mehri) Iran’s presidential…

Lights Out on Turkish Power Ship 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – Karadeniz Powership Fatmagul Sultan docks at the newly set wave breaker in front of Lebanon’s main electricity plant of Zouk on 26 February 2013. (Photo: AFP – Joseph Eid) Karadeniz Powership Fatmagul Sultan docks at the newly set wave breaker in front of Lebanon’s main electricity…

Tunisia charges rappers, journalist after courtroom scuffle 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – A Tunisian court on Monday charged two musicians and a journalist implicated in violence that erupted last week at the trial of a rapper who was controversially jailed for two years for insulting the police. Aymen Feki and Mustapha Fakhfakh, and French-Tunisian journalist Hind Meddeb, who…

Egypt: Alexandria Rewrites History 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – A protester gestures in front of a courthouse during a demonstration in Alexandria 21 January 2013. (Photo: REUTERS – Suhaib Salem) A protester gestures in front of a courthouse during a demonstration in Alexandria 21 January 2013. (Photo: REUTERS – Suhaib Salem) Alexandria – “How today…

Lebanon: Wadi Rafeq Massacre Nearly Ignites Bekaa Powder Keg 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – The unit soon encountered a large number of militants and backed down to “await reinforcements,” according to a security source. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The unit soon encountered a large number of militants and backed down to “await reinforcements,” according to a security source. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)…

Morocco jails journalist for “defaming” minister 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – A Moroccan editor was handed a two month suspended prison sentence on Monday for defamation, after writing that an Islamist minister had organized a lavish, alcohol-fueled dinner during an official trip abroad. The court in a suburb of Casablanca also fined Youssef Jajili, the director of…

Saudi Arabia, France sending Syria rebels anti-aircraft guns: source 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Jun 2013 – A picture shows destruction in Sbeneh, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, on 16 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ward al-Keswani) Saudi Arabia, with some French funds, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebels “on a small scale” about two months ago, a Gulf source familiar…

Rouhani vows nuclear transparency 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Iran is ready to show more transparency on its nuclear programme, but will not halt its uranium enrichment, says President-elect Rouhani.

Obama and Putin push Syria summit 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – The US and Russian presidents acknowledge at the G8 summit they have a different stance on Syria but do agree to push for Geneva talks.

Islamists given Egypt governorships 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi appoints Islamist allies as regional governors, tightening the Muslim Brotherhood’s grip on power.

Gaddafi son to be tried in August 
BBC 17 Jun 2013 – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, will be tried in Libya in August and “will receive a fair trial”, officials say.

Articles


An Insight Into Palestinian Resilience in Gaza 
Sarah Marusek, CounterPunch 6/17/2013
      Cold Nights in an Indifferent World
     In the eyes of many Westerners, Gaza is a dangerous and war torn place. Even activists, including myself, often imagine Gaza primarily as a place of suffering, and one that has unfairly come to eclipse the affliction of all of Palestine. But while Israel’s wars of aggression against the people of Gaza, as well as its brutal siege, have cost many lives and inflicted countless casualties, Gaza today is a remarkably calm, protected and beautiful place where everyday lives go on, despite the continued suffering of its people. Indeed, Gaza is a place where the heart and soul flourish even if the body is ailing; where people and community are so alive and resilient that it rekindles one’s hope in humanity.
     I only know this now because I traveled to Gaza earlier this month to participate in the second annual Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) on Friday, 7th June 2013, when thousands of Palestinians and international activists mobilized in peaceful demonstrations around the world to draw attention to Israel’s continued violations against Jerusalem and its people. Although Israeli police violently suppressed GMJ demonstrations in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank, peaceful mass demonstrations did successfully take place in Gaza and the neighboring countries of Jordan and Egypt, as well as in Tunisia, Mauritania, Morocco, Yemen, Malaysia, and Turkey. In addition, there were demonstrations in solidarity with the GMJ all around the world, including several major cities across Europe and North America.
     On Friday, 7th June I was fortunate enough to join Palestinians and a group of international activists in a peaceful mass rally in Beit Hanoun, the nearest point possible to Jerusalem in Gaza. Many thousands attended the rally, and during my address I promised to carry their voices back home with me to the US in order to communicate their struggle to live under the footprint of a racist occupying power that my government funds and arms. Of course, the few days I spent in Gaza are hardly enough to fulfill this promise. There are too many voices that I was not able to hear, both because there was not enough time and because of my identity as an American woman. But I am hoping that what I can offer begins to communicate the complex life stories of a people resisting against horrific injustices, while at the same time encouraging other Westerners to travel to Gaza in order to do the same.more.. e-mail

US House officially commits to Israel’s security 
Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center 6/17/2013
      The 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, adopted by the US House of Representatives by a large majority on June 14, includes an amendment that requires the US to ensure that Israel can defend itself against “existential threats”.
     The U.S. Congress oversees the defense budget primarily through two yearly bills: the National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations bills. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. Each year’s act also includes provisions and amendments not necessarily related to US security agencies and distribution of budget.
     The amendment, initiated by Representative Peter Roskam (Republican, Illinois), states, “It is the policy of the United States to take all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests”.
     “It is the Sense of the Congress that air refueling tankers and advanced bunker-buster munitions should immediately be transferred to Israel to ensure our democratic ally has an independent capability to remove any existential threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program and defend its vital national interests.”
     The measure requires the president to regularly submit to Congress a report confirming that the US has taken all steps necessary to ensure that Israel maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests.
     According to the Israeli business website Globes, the Defense Authorization Act triples funding for US-Israeli missile defense programs, including the Arrow but excluding Iron Dome, from $96 million to $284 million in fiscal year 2014. It increases funding for Iron Dome from the $15 million, requested by Pentagon, to $220.3 million. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu vs. Netanyahu: lying isn’t easy 
AIC, Alternative Information Center 6/16/2013
      Does anyone in the international community believe what Benjamin Netanyahu says, or are they only playing a kind of poker where everyone knows that lying is part of the game? And does it even matter?
     Netanyahu believes in the ‘greater Israel’ ideology. In fact, it is the only thing he believes in. On the other hand, he needs to reduce as much as possible Israel’s isolation in the international community and not to embarrass too much the few friendly states which Israel still has. If we leave aside Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau (they do exist!), the main problem of the Israeli propaganda machine remains the US: the global interests of Washington require restraint from its allies and an appearance of playing according to American stated positions. Concerning Palestine, the positions of Washington and Israel are distant in many aspects.
     This is why Benjamin Netanyahu was forced, several years ago, to declare his commitment to a “two states solution”, while everyone knows, and Barak Obama more than anyone, that the Israeli PM and his far-right government have no intention whatsoever to get out of the West Bank.
     The last visit of Netanyahu to Poland offers us a fresh example of the difficulties in maintaing a double language. On June 11, the prime minister’s office distributed to the media a joint statement by the Polish PM and Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement noted that Israel is interested in immediately and without preconditions renewing negotiations with the Palestinians in order to achieve a historical compromise with the goal of establishing a demilitarized Palestinian state: surprisingly moderate and far removed from the political positions of Netanyahu’s government, his party and… his own declared opposition to such a plan. A few days later, Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon declared that the Israeli government does not endorse the two state solution, and that it will oppose any attempt to establish a Palestinian state. more.. e-mail

IAEA reform is long overdue 
Yousaf Butt, Asia Times 6/12/2013
      The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was designed as an apolitical technical agency that – among other things – takes regular accounting of member states’ nuclear material to make sure none is diverted to weapons uses.
     However, the agency has been veering from its impartial technical mandate and is selectively pursuing certain member states based on intelligence from other states. [1] For instance, the Associated Press reported that about 80% of the evidence it has against Iran comes from its arch-adversary, the United States.
     The IAEA urgently needs to return to being a technical and impartial inspection shop, and not be seen as being politically biased or an extension of Western intelligence. [2] Reforming its funding stream is an overdue first step to restore confidence in the agency’s impartiality and removing any potential conflicts of interest.
     As long as most of the IAEA’s funding comes from the US and its allies, the agency is likely to have biases and be susceptible to politicization and conflicts of interest. [3] All told, about 65% of the IAEA budget is from the US and its allies, which makes the directorate especially beholden to political pressure from Washington.
     This politicization of the IAEA is evident in how it has handled Iran’s case. [4] In 2005, Iran was deemed in non-compliance with its IAEA nuclear safeguards agreement. Even though non-compliance findings themselves are notoriously subjective and selectively enforced, Tehran had by 2008 already explained or corrected every substantiated and lawful concern, as confirmed by the IAEA.
     Despite this, the IAEA then raised other ad hoc possible military dimensions concerns based on foreign intelligence, but which are largely outside the legal authority of the agency to pursue because they do not clearly involve the diversion of nuclear materials to nuclear weapons uses. [5] more.. e-mail

Hani Zurob: an abstract painter rooted in Palestine’s reality 
Electronic Intifada: 17 Jun 2013 – Biography highlights how prolific 37-year-old artist has been.more

Sapping Assad’s Strength: Israel Stirs the Pot in Syria
Palestine Chronicle: 17 Jun 2013 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth For much of the past two years Israel stood sphinx-like on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war. Did it want Bashar al-Assad’s regime toppled? Did it favor military intervention to help opposition forces? And what did it think of the increasing visibility of Islamist groups in Syria? It was difficult to guess. In recent weeks, however, Israel has moved from relative inaction to a deepening involvement in Syrian affairs. It launched two air strikes on Syrian positions last month, and at the same time fomented claims that Damascus had used chemical weapons, in what looked suspiciously like an attempt to corner Washington into direct intervention. Last week, based on renewed accusations of the use of the nerve agent sarin by Syria, the US said it would start giving military aid directly to the opposition. With suspicions of Israeli meddling growing, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was…more

Gezi Park: Between Democracy and Kemalism
Dissident Voice: 17 Jun 2013 – The old left had failed facing the AKP challenge – because they read them erroneously as a linear prolongation of the military dictatorship. As the authoritarian and culturally repressive tendencies of Erdogan are coming to the fore, a new chance is being offered to social revolutionary democrats. But there is one condition: not to tap into the trap laid out by Kemalism which already had seemed to be moribund. The starting point of the mass protests, to hinder the destruction of a park in the very heard of Istanbul’s political centre, offered a broad and flexible platform. As the movement is multi-faceted, it can develop in various directions. Where it will go is yet not decided. Following some thoughts on the character of the events and how to act upon them. The different souls of the protests First of all the mass action is directed against unchained capitalism and its…more


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