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Jerusalem Child Forced Under House Arrest
IMEMC – The District Police in occupied East Jerusalem released on Friday evening [August 23, 2013] a Palestinian child after detaining him for two days, and ordered him under house arrest. …

Army Kidnaps Nine Palestinians
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Friday evening [August 23, 2013] nine Palestinians in Anata own, north of occupied East Jerusalem, and at a roadblock east of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. …

Ma’an News

Jenin man shot by Israeli forces needs spinal surgery
8/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A man shot on Tuesday by Israeli forces is due to undergo spinal surgery, his relatives say. Ala Abu Khalifa was critically wounded this week after being shot during an Israeli arrest raid in Jenin refugee camp. He was hit by a dumdum bullet which caused severe damage to his spinal cord, his mother told Ma’an. He has lost….

‘Tamarrad’ in Gaza says no activists arrested
8/24/2013 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — No “Tamarrad” activists have been arrested in the Gaza Strip, the newly-formed youth movement said Saturday. Tamarrad (Rebel) Against Injustice said in a statement that reports its activists had been arrested by Hamas security forces in the enclave were false. Hamas official Yahya Mousa told the Lebanese newspaper El-Nashra on Friday that security forces had detained members of the Tamarrad….

Family of kidnapped Palestinian journalist appeals for help
8/24/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — The family of a Palestinian journalist who was kidnapped 16 months ago in the Philippines on Friday appealed to rights organizations to do more for his release. Baker Atyani, Al-Arabiya’s TV bureau chief for Southeast Asia, was kidnapped in June 2012 by the Abu Sayyaf group while filming a documentary in the the Philippines. The journalist’s wife….

Ministry: Jailed Gaza engineer transferred to hospital
8/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Israeli Prison Service has transferred Dirar Abu Sisi, an engineer from Gaza who was abducted in Ukraine, to Ramle prison clinic, the PA ministry of prisoners’ affairs said Saturday. Ministry lawyer Rami al-Alami said Abu Sisi suffered from health problems in his heart, kidney, gallbladder and eyes. Raafat Hamdona, director of the Gaza prisoner center, told AFP that Abu….

Al-Maliki: Palestinian hopes low for peace talks
8/24/2013 – QUITO (AFP) — Palestinians have “serious doubts” about Israel’s commitment to recently resumed peace talks, but they remain committed to participating in the negotiations, the top Palestinian diplomat said Friday in Ecuador.”We do not have high expectations of the negotiations so far because we know in advance the official position of the Israeli government,” PA foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters during a….

French FM visits Israel, Palestine
8/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The French foreign minister will meet with Palestinian and Israeli leaders on Saturday and Sunday during a visit to the region to encourage negotiations, his spokesman said Friday. Laurent Fabius will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and caretaker premier Rami Hamdallah, as well as representatives of Palestinian civil society. In Israel, Fabius will meet with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin….

Official: Rafah crossing to operate 4 hours daily
8/24/2013 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah crossing on the border with Gaza for four hours on Saturday, an official said. Sami Mitwalli, director of the Egyptian side of the terminal, said earlier that the crossing would open from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Mitwalli told Ma’an that 950 people used the Rafah crossing on Saturday, with 650….

PA, France sign agreements worth 19 million euros
8/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority on Saturday signed two agreements with France worth a total of 19 million euros ($25 million), a statement said. Around 9 million euros ($12 million) will go towards paying the salaries of over 180,000 PA employees, while 10 million ($13 million) euros will be used to construct a solid waste treatment plant in the Gaza Strip.”We asked….

France: Mideast needs peace deal ‘more than ever’
8/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A successful outcome to the Israel-Palestinians negotiations would be like a “thunderbolt” for peace in the crisis-ridden Middle East, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday.”Even if we speak of other neighboring countries — the dramatic conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt — the fact remains that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is one of the issues, perhaps the central one, for the region,” he said in….

Abbas: We want to take our chance for peace
8/24/2013 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Abbas said Saturday that the Palestinian Authority is hopeful of achieving peace through negotiations.”To us, when we have a chance of negotiating we will take advantage of it, without looking to our surroundings,” Abbas said in a press conference after meeting with the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.”We are now negotiating with the Israeli side, and we do….

Venezuela to sell oil at ‘fair price’ to Palestinian Authority
8/24/2013 – CARACAS (AFP) — Venezuela and the Palestinian Authority on Saturday signed agreements which include deals to sell oil to the occupied territories at a “fair price,” Caracas said. The accords were inked following a meeting between Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua and his Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki.”It is an agreement of cooperation and solidarity with our oil industry. . . a sale of fuel at a fair….

Editorial: A man has bitten a dog
8/24/2013 – In some countries, people use the term watchdog journalism. In a way, journalism is described as dog because media outlets “bark and howl” at those who arouse suspicion. This is allegedly a positive comparison because dogs have the ability to recognize smells ten times better than humans. In addition, dogs are loyal and faithful when they guard properties against thieves and drug dealers. A few…. Related:‘Tamarrad’ in Gaza says no activists arrested

Health ministry: Asian Tiger mosquitoes in West Bank
8/24/2013 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The ministry of health warned Friday that Asian Tiger mosquitoes, which can carry dengue fever, have been found across the West Bank and particularly in Bethlehem. Ministry official Samir Sawalha told Ma’an that Asian Tiger mosquitoes thrived in fresh water areas. Open reservoirs near trees provide an ideal environment for the insect, he said. The insect can also flourish….

Abandoned baby found in Jerusalem
8/24/2013 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A newborn baby was found abandoned in the al-Musrara neighborhood of Jerusalem on Saturday. A local child found the infant and called his family, who notified the police. The baby had a note attached to her in Arabic which read: “This baby is under your protection now “¶ take good care of her.”The baby, whose name is Asmaa, was in good….

What are the West’s military options in Syria?
8/24/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Following reports of a large-scale chemical weapons strike, pressure is mounting on the United States and its Western allies to act to halt the violence in Syria. But, with politicians and public alike loathe to get sucked into another drawn out land war in the Middle East, what military options remain on the table? Buffer zones Some experts suggest buffer zones could be….

Several thousand protest in Cairo against Morsi ouster
8/24/2013 – CAIRO (AFP) — Several thousand demonstrators joined at least three marches in different parts of the Egyptian capital on Friday to protest the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, AFP correspondents said. Loyalists of the deposed president had called for 28 marches throughout Cairo, though many appeared sparsely attended. Friday’s rallies are being seen as a test for Morsi loyalists and the Muslim Brotherhood….

US photojournalist reveals horrors of Syria captivity
8/24/2013 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US photojournalist who escaped from Syrian rebels after seven months in captivity revealed details of his ordeal Friday and spoke of his anguish at leaving a fellow hostage behind. Matthew Schrier, 35, fled the clutches of a rebel group aligned to Al-Qaeda in July after being kidnapped while leaving the Syrian city of Aleppo on Dec. 31 last year. He finally escaped….

Lebanon mourns 42 killed in twin car bombings
8/24/2013 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Lebanon is to observe a day of national mourning Saturday for 42 people killed in powerful bombings outside two Sunni mosques in a city riven by strife over Syria’s war. The attack on Friday in the northern city of Tripoli — the deadliest in the country since its 1975-1990 civil war — drew strong condemnation from the international community. Coming a week….

Iran president points to chemical weapons use in Syria
8/24/2013 – TEHRAN (AFP) — Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday pointed to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, several days after opposition groups said chemical strikes near Damascus killed hundreds.”The situation prevailing in Syria today and the death of a certain number of innocent people caused by chemical weapons is very distressing,” said Rowhani, adding that Iran, itself a victim of chemical attacks in its….

UN envoy arrives in Syria for talks on chemical probe
8/24/2013 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — UN Under Secretary General Angela Kane arrived in Syria’s capital Saturday for talks aimed at establishing the terms of an inquiry into alleged chemical weapons attacks, an AFP journalist said. Kane’s visit comes after UN chief Ban Ki-moon handed her the task and called for Syria’s regime and its opponents to cooperate in the UN efforts to….

31 Palestinians among victims of alleged chemical attack
8/24/2013 – JENIN (Ma’an) — At least 31 Palestinians were among the victims of an alleged chemical attack said to have killed hundreds in Damascus on Wednesday, relatives said Saturday. Opponents of Bashar Assad said the Syrian president’s forces used chemical weapons east and southwest of Damascus in attacks Wednesday that killed hundreds. The regime has strongly denied the accusations. Eleven members of the….

MSF: 3,600 Syrians showed ‘neurotoxic symptoms’
8/24/2013 – PARIS (AFP) — Around 3,600 patients displaying “neurotoxic symptoms” flooded into three Syrian hospitals on the day of alleged chemical weapons attacks, and 355 of them died, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Saturday. The victims all arrived within less than three hours of each other, and MSF director of operations Bart Janssens said the pattern of events and the reported symptoms “strongly indicate mass exposure to….

Palestine News Network

Breaking the Siege: Call for International Ships to Enter Gaza
Palestine News Network

‘Israeli Home Demolition Policy in Occupied East Jerusalem August 2013′
Palestine News Network

Confessions at Any Price: Patterns of Torture and Abuse by Israeli Officials
Palestine News Network

Israel to Approve Additional 1500 Settler Units
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Video: Gaza: The economy under the siege
8/24/2013 – International Solidarity Movement – 24th August 2013, International Solidarity Movement,Gal∑la, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – Khalil S. Shaheen, Head of the Economic Unit at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, talks about the Gaza economy under the siege, how the occupation and the siege affect directly the economy, and therefore the development of the oppressed Palestinian people, denying them the right to develop and have normal lives as human….

The National

US mulls Syria options as chemical weapons consensus grows
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Iran’s president issues his first confirmation that chemical warfare had taken place, while Doctors Without Borders says 3,600 patients display ‘neurotoxic symptoms’. Phil Sands reports

Young swimmers from around globe arrive in Dubai for world junior championships
The National 24 Aug 2013 – About 753 of the world’s best young swimmers from 91 countries will compete in the event, which begins tomorrow.

Turkey remains defiant with support of Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Continued criticism of the removal of Morsi from power creates tensions with the new rulers in Cairo, Arab countries and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Thomas Seibert reports from Istanbul

The start of a bumpy love affair
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Ever since his father bought a rugged old Land Rover, Arif Al Yedaiwi from Dubai has had a passion for the classic all-terrain vehicles. He has now built up a collection and even tracked down his dad s first one rusting away in the Omani desert, and restored it. Mitya Underwood reports

Police arrest two more suspects over Mumbai gang rape
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Police search arrest three of the five men they say took part in the assault that reignited public fury over sexual violence in India. Samanth Subramanian reports from New Delhi

New silver taxis join the boom in Abu Dhabi’s Al Gharbia region
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Customers can book taxis from the call centre on 600 53 53 53. Operators will use GPS technology to find a taxi nearest to a caller’s address.

Author warns UAE of extremist conspiracies
The National 24 Aug 2013 – The battle against the extremism of the Muslim Brotherhood continues despite the imprisonment of 69 Islamists for sedition, a leading author has warned.

Long path to walk for dog rights in the UAE
The National 24 Aug 2013 – Charity calls for harsher prosecution of animal abuse.

The ethnic genie must be tackled, not repressed
Ha’aretz – 24 Aug 2013

I am the poster child for Israel’s misguided polio campaign
Ha’aretz – 24 Aug 2013

It must be asked: What if the peace talks fail?
Ha’aretz – 24 Aug 2013

American Jewish patronage of Israel is a thing of the past
Ha’aretz – 23 Aug 2013

Jerusalem Post

Palestinian journalists to protest against assaults by PA security forces
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Planned protest follows incident during which PA officers beat a number of journalists during rally in Ramallah last Friday.

Iranian FM: Syria will allow UN to probe site of alleged chemical attack
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Syria’s FM says gov’t will cooperate with UN mission in country.

Three Egyptian Brotherhood leaders to go on trial for inciting violence
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Mohamed Badie, aides face charges relating to July 30 protest.

Obama views options on Syria with security team
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – US president meets with top advisers to hash out responses on recent allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria; Obama speaks with British PM Cameron, spokesperson says both leaders see “increasing signs” of regime attack.

Police searching for man who stabbed teenager in attempted beachfront robbery
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – 16-year-old girl fought off the robber at TA promenade; south TA residents to protest worsening crime situation in the city.

French medical charity reports 355 deaths in alleged Syria chemical weapons attack
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Medecins Sans Frontieres say victims showed nerve gas symptoms, though could not confirm cause.

Sierra Leone man busted by undercover US agents for attempted uranium sale to Iran
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Would-be salesman is caught with a sample of “yellowcake” uranium concealed in his luggage in the soles of his shoes.

Abbas willing to meet with Netanyahu to boost peace talks
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – France to provide Palestinians with 19 million Euro in aid.

Anti-Hamas Tamarod group denies being trained by Egyptian intelligence
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Palestinian group, that announced plans to topple Hamas in Gaza, denies claims made by Hamas official.

Erdogan denounces US for criticizing claim that Israel was behind Morsi s ousting
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Turkish PM blamed Israel for Morsi’s downfall, unrest in Egypt; says US condemnation shows the world’s “double standard.”

Obama weighs possible military response after Syria chemical attack
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – US President seeks to “ascertain facts” following alleged Weapons of Mass Destruction attack before any hasty actions.

Egypt reopens border crossing with Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – Move comes four days after Palestinians were left stranded at the border; Hamas and Egypt continue uneasy relationship.

Al-Qaida vows to strike at Hezbollah for Lebanon bombings
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – North Africa branch of Sunni group lashes out at Shi’ite militia over twin explosions in Tripoli that killed at least 42 people.

Iran’s Rouhani acknowledges chemical weapons attack in Syria
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2013 – President “strongly condemns use of chemical weapons,” though he stopped short of saying who perpetrated the attack.

Pentagon moves ships toward Syria as US weighs military options
Jerusalem Post 23 Aug 2013 – US Defense Secretary Hagel says Obama asks for “military options” in response to alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad.

Reeling from crackdown, Egypt’s Brotherhood fails to show street power
Jerusalem Post 23 Aug 2013 – There were no reports of violence in Cairo, but the Brotherhood’s website said one person had been killed in the Nile Delta.

Uruknet

The Real, Terrifying Reason Why British Authorities Detained David Miranda
Uruknet

To be a Palestinian, especially in Gaza
Uruknet

Abuse and torture in interrogations of dozens of Palestinian minors in the Israel Police Etzion Facility
Uruknet

DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial
Uruknet

Military Resistance 11H17 Purge the Generals
Uruknet

‘Israeli Home Demolition Policy in Occupied East Jerusalem August 2013′
Uruknet

I visit my husband every weekend but I have not touched him for twenty-two years.” My Friend Todd Ashker, Hunger Striker at Pelican Bay
Uruknet

Truth on Trial Bradley Manning, Crimes Against Humanity and the Values of International Law
Uruknet

Saudi Arabia And Qatar Fight For Influence
Uruknet

Libya: mounting divisions
Uruknet

Daily Star

Egypt reopens border crossing with Gaza
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 An Egyptian official says the country’s border crossing with Gaza, which was closed after a deadly attack on policemen this week, has reopened.

Constitutional tweaks may empower Mubarak-era politicians in Egypt
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 Changes suggested by Egypt’s army-backed rulers would scrap Islamic additions to a constitution forced through under deposed President Mohamed Mursi and revive a voting system dating back to his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s interim premier says security a priority
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 Egypt’s interim prime minister says his government is putting priority on increasing security to restore peace and improve the country’s economy.

Obama to discuss Syria with national security team on Saturday
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 President Barack Obama was to meet with his national security advisers to discuss reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons this week in an attack on a Damascus suburb, a White House official says in…

Al Qaeda blames Hezbollah for Lebanon bombings
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 Al Qaeda’s North African branch blames Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah for twin bombs that hit the northern city of Tripoli and threatens retribution, a U.S.-based intelligence monitoring website reports.

Police seize trucks full of Captagon headed to Syria
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 Police stop an attempt to smuggle trailers filled with large amounts of Captagon pills into Syria, security sources tell The Daily Star.

Iran’s Rouhani says chemical weapons killed people in Syria
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledges for the first time chemical weapons had killed people in ally Syria and called for the international community to prevent their use.

LF ready for dialogue once Hezbollah out of Syria
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 The Lebanese Forces will engage in National Dialogue once Hezbollah is out of Syria and ready for a serious talk over the control of its arms, an LF lawmaker says.

UN official in Syria to press for chemical inquiry
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 The United Nations disarmament chief arrives in the Syrian capital to press President Bashar Assad’s regime to allow U.N. experts to investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack this week that reportedly killed more than 130 people.

US forces move closer to Syria as options weighed
Daily Star 24 Aug 2013 U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.

YNet News

US wildfire gains strength, creeps into Yosemite
YNet News, 24 Aug 2013 – ….

Berlusconi’s party says his removal from parliament is ‘unthinkable’
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Iran says Syria will allow UN to inspect chemical sites
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Tunisian protesters demand government go, but numbers fall
YNet News, 24 Aug 2013 – ….

Marchers declare King’s 1963 dream unfinished
YNet News, 24 Aug 2013 – ….

United against terror
YNet News, 24 Aug 2013 – Op-ed: UK ambassador says despite certain disagreements, his country will never compromise on Israel s security ….

Palestinian Information Center

World inaction encourages Assad to be more genocidal
PIC – There is no doubt that the manifestly feckless world reactions to the “chemical massacre” on the outskirts of Damascus this week will not auger well for the future. This is to put it extremely mildly.

Egyptian forces destroy two tunnels under borders with Gaza
PIC – Egyptian security forces on Saturday demolished two tunnels under the Egyptian-Palestinian borders used for bringing goods to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Resheq condemns suppression of march in solidarity with Egyptians
PIC – Member of Hamas’s political bureau Ezzat al-Resheq on Saturday condemned the PA security apparatuses for quelling a march organized by Hamas in solidarity with the Egyptian and Syrian peoples.

Israel to approve budget for 1,500 housing units north Jerusalem
PIC – The financial committee of the Israeli municipal council in Jerusalem is expected to convene on Sunday to approve the budget for the building of 1,500 housing units to the north of Jerusalem.

IOF arrests 9 youths from Jenin and Jerusalem
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Friday evening nine Palestinian youths in the town of Enata, north of Jerusalem, and at a military checkpoint east of the city of Jenin.

Abbas: We will not demand a return to Jaffa, Acre or Haifa
PIC – PA’s president Mahmoud Abbas has reiterated readiness to relinquish the right of return, during a meeting with Israeli Knesset members from the left-wing Meretz party at his office in Ramallah.

27 Palestinian refugees killed in Syria’s chemical attacks
PIC – 27 Palestinian refugees, including children, were killed on Thursday in chemical attacks by the Syrian regime forces and their allies in the towns of Zamalka and Ma’adamiyat Al-Sham.

Arab and Islamic organizations to fund Gaza waterway project
PIC – MP Jamal al-Khudari revealed on Saturday that a number of Arab and Islamic organizations had accepted to fund Gaza waterway project which includes the development of the Gaza seaport.

Hamas condemns the terrorist bombings in Tripoli
PIC – Hamas movement has strongly condemned the terrorist bombings in Tripoli northern Lebanon on Friday, conveying its condolences to the victims’ families.

WAFA

Abbas, French Minister Agree that Palestine Main Issue in Region
WAFA – 24 Aug 2013

UNRWA Criticizes Israeli Film as Malicious
WAFA – 24 Aug 2013

Palestine, France Sign Two Agreements worth 19 Million Euros
WAFA – 24 Aug 2013

Striking Prisoner Israel Kidnapped in Ukraine Enters Clinic
WAFA – 24 Aug 2013

French Foreign Minister in Ramallah
WAFA – 24 Aug 2013

Misc

Egypt scales back nighttime curfew
LA Times 24 Aug 2013 – CAIRO Egypt s Cabinet on Saturday scaled back a nighttime curfew that has been in place since the military s brutal crackdown on protests more than a week ago left hundreds dead.

Syria accuses rebels of having ‘chemical agents’
LA Times 24 Aug 2013 – BEIRUT — Three days after an alleged chemical attack purportedly killed hundreds of civilians, Syria s state media reported Saturday that government troops had discovered chemical agents in a rebel stronghold northeast of Damascus.

News Analysis: Other Nations Offer a Lesson to Egypt s Military Leaders
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – A look at other Muslim countries that have struggled with democratic transitions provides a kind of warning to Egypt s military leaders.

Egypt Widens Crackdown and Meaning of Islamist
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – Political abuses and politicized prosecutions are hardly new in Egypt, but since the military takeover last month, some rights activists say the authorities are acting with a sense of impunity.

5 Days After Closing Border, Egypt Opens Crossing to Gaza
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – The sealed off territory shut down travel but also hundreds of smuggling tunnels that Gaza relies on for building materials, cheaper fuel, weapons and other products restricted by Israel.

Signs of Chemical Attack Detailed by Aid Group
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – A United Nations official is pressing Syria to let investigators visit the site of the suspected chemical attack, an attack that Syria blames on rebels.

Accounts of Syrian Prisons Describe a Volatile Mix of Chaos and Control
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – Reports from former prisoners reveal partial breakdowns of order inside the country s prisons and detention centers, laced with episodes of unpredictable cruelty.

Obama and Advisers to Discuss Syria
New York Times 24 Aug 2013 – The White House is expected to discuss reports of a chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government and how the United States might respond.

Car Bombs Explode in Tripoli
New York Times 23 Aug 2013 – The blasts killed at least 27 and wounded over 350, wreaking major destruction in the country s second largest city

Man Arriving at J.F.K. Is Accused of Trying to Export Uranium to Iran
New York Times 23 Aug 2013 – A man from Sierra Leone is said to have responded to an Internet ad posted by an undercover agent claiming to represent Iranian interests.

Prospect for U.S. Military Intervention in Syria Increases
Tikun Olam – Pres. Obama and his advisors have begun speaking publicly , albeit in muted terms so far, of the prospect for a Kosovo-style military intervention in Syria to punish Bashir Assad s government for alleged use of chemical weapons. The example of Kosovo brings up reminders of the 78-day…

Mohammed Assaf: I have a goal and it s not fame, I want to influence people
Mondoweiss – Mohammed Assaf (photo: Arin Rinawi) Since winning Arab Idol last June, Mohammed Assaf’s life has been a whirlwind, from adoring fans in Gaza, Ramallah, Amman and Dubai, to concerts everywhere. He has been the positive story of the summer in the Arab world, a summer that…

Segregated kindergartens for Tel Aviv, 2013
Mondoweiss – “Israel’s most liberal city introduces racially segregated kindergartens,” at the Daily Beast , by Lisa Goldman: When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will…

Justice Calls for Boycott of Ariel
The Forward Leonard Fein 24 Aug 2013 – Ad: When America Bankrupts What Happens To You? – Who Isn’t Talking About The Sinking Global Economy?! How To Survive A Global Financial Crisis And Currency Collapse Provides Proven Strategies, Techniques And Information That Every American Needs To Know To Survive The Worst Financial Crisis Ever!…

MSF reports Syria ‘chemical deaths’
BBC 24 Aug 2013 – Medecins Sans Frontieres says hospitals it supports in Syria treated about 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” of whom 355 died.

‘Uranium shoe’ man arrested in US
BBC 24 Aug 2013 – A man from Sierra Leone is arrested at a New York airport on suspicion of seeking to sell uranium to Iran, with samples hidden in his shoes.

Egypt: Tales of Death at Zeinhom Morgue
Al-Akhbar News 24 Aug 2013 – Egyptian activists and pro-government protester demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo on 24 August 2013, against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AFP – Mohamed El Shahed) Egyptian activists and pro-government protester demonstrate outside the Turkish embassy in Cairo on 24 August 2013, against…

Tripoli Tends Its Wounds in Silence and Despair
Al-Akhbar News 24 Aug 2013 – A Lebanese young woman puts on make up near amid vehicles that were dameged in a bombing outside Al-Taqwa mosque on 24 August 2013 in the northern city of Tripoli. (Photo: AFP – STR) A Lebanese young woman puts on make up near amid vehicles that…

Egypt partially reopens Gaza Strip crossing
Al-Akhbar News 24 Aug 2013 – Palestinians wait near their luggage at the Rafah border terminal in the southern Gaza Strip before crossing into neighboring Egypt on 24 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib) Egypt reopened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip on Saturday after four days of it being…

Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel hideout: State TV
Al-Akhbar News 24 Aug 2013 – Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar on Saturday and some of the troops were suffocating. “Army heroes are entering the tunnels of the terrorists and saw chemical agents,” state television quoted a source as…

Lebanese security forces arrest sheikh suspected in Tripoli bombings
Al-Akhbar News 24 Aug 2013 – A Lebanese drives his bicycle past burnt vehicles on 24 August 2013 next to the site of one of the two explosions that struck the northern city of Tripoli the day before. (Photo: AFP – Ibrahim Chalhoub) Updated at 2:15pm: Lebanon s Internal Security Forces arrested on…

Mubarak Is Released
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Aug 2013 – An Egyptian man throws the logo of the Freedom and Justice party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, into the fire on 23 August 2013 in Mansura. (Photo: AFP – Sayed Baz) An Egyptian man throws the logo of the Freedom and Justice party, the…

Tunisia: New Life for Old Regime as Crisis Unfolds
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Aug 2013 – Tunisian supporters of the Islamist Ennahda ruling party and others, shout slogans during a protest against Egypt’s bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on 16 August 2013. (Photo: AFP – Fethi Belaid) Tunisian supporters of the Islamist Ennahda ruling party and others, shout…

Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Takes Off the Gloves
Al-Akhbar Politics 23 Aug 2013 – Women from Saudi Arabia play with snow at a ski resort in Faraya, Mount Lebanon 4 April 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Jamal Saidi) Women from Saudi Arabia play with snow at a ski resort in Faraya, Mount Lebanon 4 April 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Jamal Saidi)…

MSF reports Syria ‘chemical deaths’
BBC 24 Aug 2013 – Medecins Sans Frontieres says hospitals it supports in Syria treated about 3,600 patients with “neurotoxic symptoms” of whom 355 died.

Fresh opposition rallies in Tunisia
BBC 24 Aug 2013 – Thousands of Tunisians rally in the capital Tunis as opposition leaders call for a week of protests against the Islamist-led government.

‘Uranium shoe’ man arrested in US
BBC 24 Aug 2013 – A man from Sierra Leone is arrested at a New York airport on suspicion of seeking to sell uranium to Iran, with samples hidden in his shoes.

Articles


Will Gaza have a date with lean years in the future?
Sufian al-Shorbeiji, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)8/23/2013
Hamas has recently called on regional and international forces to make every possible effort to break the siege on Gaza that occurred after the majority of tunnels were destroyed and the Rafah border was closed off entirely.A state of anxiety and confusion has taken over the residents of Gaza as the tunnels leading to the Egyptian border have been almost entirely closed off. Humanitarian crises are beginning to emerge as it is becomes increasingly difficult to move consumer goods both into and within the Gaza Strip. Many fear that Gaza will once again be under siege as a result of the tensions occurring in the Egyptian arena. The current situation differs greatly from the sense of relief and mobility that Gazans experienced last year when the blockade was gradually lifted.
Hamas has recently called on regional and international forces to make every possible effort to break the siege on Gaza that occurred after the majority of tunnels were destroyed and the Rafah border was closed off entirely.
Political and economic analyst Mohsen Abu Ramadan believes that the situation in the Gaza Strip is regressing back to the initial stages of the 2007 siege. Ramadan anticipates that this time, the consequences will be more severe in terms of the ability to move both goods and people, which are restricted by Israel’s continued siege of the Strip. Conditions will be worsened by the decreasing amounts of supplies brought in through the tunnels as the chaos in the Egyptian arena continues. He pointed out that the commercial crossing linking Israel to the Gaza strip provides a mere thirty per cent of the needs of the people; whereas, the remaining seventy per cent of goods come through the Egyptian tunnels.
In a conversation with Alesteqlal, Abu Ramadan explained that Egyptian procedures and restrictions related to the tunnels and the closure of the Rafah border have pushed Hamas to call on convoys to break the siege. The group has also asked for the creation of a waterway that would link the Gaza Strip to the world. Abu Ramadan pointed out that while the proposal is legitimate and while Gazans do deserve to have a channel that links it to the international community, it is more important to remedy the lack of connections between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip….more..e-mail

Hamas and downfall of Muslim Brotherhood
Nassar Ibrahim, Alternative Information Center8/22/2013
When analysing the crisis currently facing Hamas, it is crucial to examine the history of the Muslim Brotherhood as an ideological-political movement, its place in the Arab world and what its downfall reveals about the political climate in Palestine and the Middle East.
Muslim Brotherhood: from underground resistance to ruling party
When analysing the crisis currently facing Hamas, it is crucial to examine the history of the Muslim Brotherhood as an ideological-politicalmovement, its place in the Arab world and what its downfall reveals about the political climate in Palestine and the Middle East.
The Muslim Brotherhood was established in Egypt as an ideological movement of political Islam in 1928, and in 1987 it officially founded the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, after years of activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. For much of its existence, the Brotherhood has operated as a secretive underground movement due to severe restrictions of many Arab nation states, including Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria. Muslim Brother members were frequently arrested and until recently the organization was generally suppressed throughout the region.
In many ways, it was this suppression that helped garner support for the Brotherhood and, through its steadfastness and philanthropic works, advance its political legitimacy amongst sympathisers. Popularity for the movement steadily grew as the Muslim Brotherhood presented a radical alternative to the oppressive dictatorships of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and the authoritarian monarchies of the Gulf. In the face of these regimes, and their pandering to liberal Western interests, political Islam came to represent a true opposition to both external imperial forces and internal socio-economic disenfranchisement.more..e-mail

Who speaks Arabic anyway?
Khalil Mari, +972 Magazine8/23/2013
Materials about cultural events and health services, and even street signs, are often written in Hebrew and English only, ignoring the 20 percent of Israel s citizens who are native Arabic speakers. It shouldn t be this way; Palestinians, as an indigenous national minority, should feel at home in the state that was established on the land we have called home for centuries.
Last week I attended a concert in Acre of Andalusian music performed by a group from Ashkelon. The concert itself was enjoyable but the whole experience left a sour taste in the collective mouth of many Palestinian residents of Akko and the surrounding area who were in attendance. While the concert featured exquisite musical compositions in Hebrew and Arabic, the event was advertised solely in Hebrew.
A reminder: Acre, Akko in Hebrew and Akka in Arabic, is one of the country s five mixed cities. Thirty percent of its residents are Palestinian Arabs. Yet the vast majority of cultural events are advertised in Hebrew only completely ignoring the fact that 15,000 Palestinians call this ancient Mediterranean city home. Sadly, this is highly typical of the treatment that Palestinians receive in Israel by the authorities, and only the tip of the iceberg.
Many of the Palestinians in attendance at the concert shared their collective frustration at the fact that the ads placed in their mailboxes by the city were entirely in Hebrew. Many of them nearly dismissed the ads as junk mail and were about to throw them out (because they have become accustomed over the years to being excluded from such events) when the word Andalusian caught their eye. Upon inspection they realized what was being advertised and decided to attend.
The feeling of being ignored by one s own city, state and ruling majority group can scarcely be put into words….more..e-mail

Don t Worry About the Peace Treaty
Paul Pillar, 8/19/2013
As the Obama administration struggles to walk a fine policy line on Egypt that takes appropriate account of the diverse U.S. interests at stake, one subject that is often mentioned, but shouldn’t be, as a reason to go easy on the head-cracking Egyptian generals is to maintain the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. This is not to say that Egyptian-Israeli peace is not still quite important to regional security as well as to U.S. interests; indeed it is. But the reason this topic should not be shaping U.S. policy toward the political drama today in Egypt is that the peace is simply not in danger. No Egyptian regime would see any advantage in breaching it.
That is so because not just the generals but also any Egyptian leader with at least half a brain would realize that in any new round of fighting the Egyptians would get clobbered by a vastly more capable Israeli force. Getting clobbered would mean not just military defeat but also the humiliation and political costs that would go with it.
The last time the Egyptians were able to hold their own militarily against Israel was in the opening days of the Yom Kippur War of 1973, when Anwar Sadat used the advantage of surprise to score just enough success on the battlefield to atone for the humiliation of the war six years earlier and make it politically possible for him to undertake the initiative that led to the peace treaty. Even that military success did not last long. By the time of the cease-fire Israeli forces had successfully counterattacked, had surrounded the Egyptian Third Army, and were rolling toward Cairo.
So as Israel lobbies western governments to keep supporting General el-Sisi and his colleagues, let us not act as if the Egyptian-Israeli peace is at stake when it really isn’t. We might reflect instead on other possible and actual Israeli motives for taking that position. There is the understandable concern, which any country in Israel’s geographic position would have, of violent militants operating in, and out of, the Sinai. But recent history lends little support to the idea that this problem is likely to diminish rather than to grow if the generals are left in charge and unpressured from outside the country….more..e-mail


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Posted 25th August 2013 by InI in category VTJP Palestine/Israel

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