VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 12 June, 2010: ‘50 ships may join Freedom Flotilla II’


International Middle East Media Center

Mossad Agent Arrested in Poland
IMEMC – 12 Jun 2010 – The German Federal Prosecution announced Saturday that a Mossad agent was arrested in Poland upon request of Berlin as he is suspected of involvement in the assassination of Hamas leader, Mahmoud Al Madbouh, who was killed at a hotel in Dubai earlier this year.

Norwegian Port Union Boycotts Israeli Ships
IMEMC – 12 Jun 2010 – Responding to calls by the Palestinian Workers Union and other calls by different workers unions and organizations around the world, the Norwegian Ports Union decided to join its Swedish counterpart in boycotting all Israeli ships starting on June 15.

Child Hospitalized After Being Attacked By Israeli Soldiers in Hebron
IMEMC – 12 Jun 2010 – Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank, reported on Saturday evening that a 10-year-old child was hospitalized after being violently attacked and beaten by Israeli soldiers.

Ma’an News

Injuries reported in West Bank clashes
6/13/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israel’s army detained a disabled Palestinian and a Chilean peace activist during anti-wall protests in the occupied West Bank on Saturday. Others were hurt by tear gas. Protests are held each week in the Hebron-area town of Beit Ummar and Tuwani, a village near the southern West Bank city that is also home….

Witnesses: Jerusalem man shot at point blank range
6/12/2010 – Jerusalem – Ma’an – A report conducted by a Jerusalem rights center following the shooting death of a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Friday by Israeli border guards suggests he was shot point blank. Ziad Al-Julani, 38, was shot and killed after he allegedly failed to stop at a checkpoint in the Wadi Joz neighborhood in….

Tel Aviv fountains dyed red in protest of flotilla raid
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Three fountains in Tel Aviv were colored bright red late Friday in what activists called a reminder to the Israeli public that its Gaza siege is causing bloodshed. The Committee Against the Siege, which organized the action, raided three central fountains in Tel Aviv. Graffiti was made in protest of the deadly siege….

French activists to sue Israel at ICJ over fatal flotilla raid
6/13/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – French activists who took part in the Gaza-bound aid flotilla are expected to file suit on Saturday against Israel over allegations of war crimes committed during the raid in international waters. Lilian Jalok, who represents the French activists, said, “I speak on behalf of the lawyers who will approach the International Court of….

’50 ships may join Freedom Flotilla II’
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – The next Gaza aid flotilla may be much bigger than the first. Yasser Qashlaq, director of the Free Palestine Movement, said Thursday that up to 50 ships could join the Freedom Flotilla II, the International Middle East Media Center reported. Meanwhile, the movement, in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders, is organizing a….

Hebron father says soldiers assaulted son
6/12/2010 – Hebron – Ma’an – Israel soldiers assaulted a 10-year-old boy Saturday in the occupied West Bank, his father said. Ghandi Nedal Al-Ewaiwi was transferred to Hebron’s public hospital with bruises all over his body, medics said. The boy’s father, Nedal Al-Ewaiwi, said the boy was beaten while in custody outside Hebron’s Old City. He was held….

Al-Jazeera furious after World Cup signal hacked
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Al-Jazeera Sport, the network with exclusive broadcasting rights for the World Cup in the Middle East and North Africa, has said its signal was deliberately jammed on satellite channels Nilesat and Arabsat in an “act of piracy.” Viewers were faced with blank or frozen screens when they tried to watch the opening game….

UNRWA workers end strike
6/12/2010 – Nablus – Ma’an – The Union of Arab Workers for UNRWA in the West Bank announced Saturday that strike action would end after disputed issues were settled with the administration. The resolved issues include that of the Shu’fat refugee camp school in East Jerusalem, the union said, adding only one issue remained outstanding: dealing with strike days….

Amnesty to Israel: Don’t convict non-violent activist
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Amnesty International has urged an Israeli military court not to convict a Palestinian non-violent activist who has been detained since last July, after he took part in a protest against Israel’s wall on Palestinian land. Adeeb Abu Rahma has been charged with “being present in a declared military zone,” “incitement,” and “activity against….

Book planned on deadly flotilla raid
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – A US publisher will make Israel’s recent raid on a flotilla of aid ships bound for Gaza as its next subject, The New York Times reported Saturday. OR Books recently published US academic Normal Finkelstein’s “This Time We Went Too Far,” which examined the consequences of Israel’s assault on Gaza that began….

Israeli media: Settler injured near Hebron
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – A resident of the illegal settlement of Havat Ma’on in the occupied West Bank was injured in the head Saturday by a rock thrown by Palestinians, Israeli news reports said. Israeli forces arrived on the scene and separated those involved in the fighting, The Jerusalem Post, an English-language Israeli newspaper, reported Saturday….

Al-Khoudary presents Gaza seaport plan
6/13/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Gaza’s defunct seaport could become operational under a plan that would see Greek supervision and the involvement of a private firm, independent Gaza lawmaker Jamal Al-Khoudary said Saturday. The plan, which Al-Khoudary announced to reporters, includes an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Greece that would see a Greek port compile and monitor….

Abbas to meet Sarkozy, open Darwish Square in Paris
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in the coming days to discuss regional developments in the Middle East and Israel’s deadly assault on a convoy of aid boats in international waters. The two leaders are also expected to discuss possible means to end the siege on….

Spain urges ’strong EU stance’ on ending siege
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Spanish Premier Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the current rotating president of the EU, on Saturday called for”strong, joint EU position on the siege on Gaza and the
humanitarian situation there” after meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas. Shortly after the Madrid meeting, Zapetero announced that Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel ?ɬÅngel Moratinos would….

US Christian denomination mulls harsh Israel rebuke
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – America’s largest Presbyterian denomination is preparing for a General Assembly next month where delegates will be asked to consider approving a strongly worded report that calls on the US to stop sending billions of dollars in aid to Israel until it changes its policy toward Palestinians, The Washington Post reported Saturday.”Israel….

Alleged Mossad agent arrested in Poland
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – Polish authorities have arrested a suspected Israeli intelligence agent thought to have played a role in the Dubai assassination of a senior Hamas official, German prosecutors said Saturday. The move apparently came at the request of Germany, which believes Mossad falsified one of its passports to enter the United Arab Emirates in….

After delay, Algerian aid convoy arrives in Gaza
6/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – Despite initial delays, Egyptian authorities have allowed an Algerian aid convoy into the besieged Gaza Strip. Accompanying the convoy of medical equipment and food aid was a delegation of three parliamentarians and other senior figures. The Algerian Society for Guidance and Reform sent the aid in solidarity with Palestinians following Israel’s deadly raid….

Officials speak up on elections deferral in West Bank
6/12/2010 – Bethlehem – Ma’an – Only seven hours before the deadline for submitting candidate lists in the West Bank on Thursday, the Ramallah-based government headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced the postponement of local elections. The 17 July elections were deferred, the Fayyad government said, as the Palestinian Authority continued its efforts internationally and regionally to bring….

PA forces arrest 14 fugitives at Allenby Bridge
6/12/2010 – Jericho – Ma’an – Palestinian Authority security forces apprehended 14 fugitives at the Allenby Bridge crossing between Jordan and the West Bank as they tried to travel to Jordan, a report read Saturday. Those arrested were wanted on fraud charges and criminal offenses, a police report said. Meanwhile, 13,000 travelers arrived in the West Bank through Jordan….

High school leavers exam underway in West Bank, Gaza
6/12/2010 – Gaza/Ramallah – Ma’an – The Palestinian high school exam period kicked off on Saturday at 9am across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as students sat the first session of the General Secondary Certificate, or Tawjihi. Approximately 87,000 students will sit the final high school exam this year, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education said, with….

Newborn travels to Turkey for treatment via Rafah
6/12/2010 – Gaza – Ma’an – A Palestinian child with a heart defect traveled to Turkey on Saturday via the Rafah crossing with Egypt to undergo surgery. Nine-day-old Seraj Ala’ Abu Jara’ traveled through the newly opened Rafah crossing, where he was received by Egyptian doctors, an ambulance, and Turkish delegation from the embassy in Cairo, headed by Sa’di….


Iran marks poll anniversary
AlJazeera 12 Jun 2010 – Opposition decides against new protests a year after Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election.

Report: Saudis to help raid on Iran
AlJazeera 12 Jun 2010 – UK daily claims kingdom conducted tests to enable any Israeli attack on nuclear sites.

Palestine News Network

Egypt Stop Aid Convoys To Gaza
PNN – Gaza — PNN — Palestinian sources reported on Saturday that the Egyptian Border Authorities refused to allow two aid convoys to enter the Gaza Strip on Friday via the Rafah terminal. A…

MADA Condemns Israel’s Attack On Palestinian Journalists
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) issued a press release condemning Israeli soldiers detention of three Journalists on Friday. The Associated Press photographer Nasser Al-Shuokhi,…

Making Room for Strawberries
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Under the warming spring sun, Gazan farmer Khayri Ghaben is busy preparing his fields for planting. But it isn’t easy when plastic sheeting left over from last year’s…

Nabi Saleh village Protest The Israeli Wall, One Activist Injured
PNN – Ghassan Bannoura — PNN – Israeli and international activists joined the villagers of Nabi Saleh , central West Bank, on Friday to protest the wall Israel’s is building on villagers lands People marched…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (03— 09 June 2010)
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Jerusalem Post

ME conflict poses economic threat to Israel
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Whereas other Western countries face financial crises, dispute with Palestinians imposes additional economic risk on Israel, according to recently released Adva Center study.

Hamas nixes Abbas’ reconciliation talks
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Arab League rep. to visit Gaza, discuss ending the Fatah-Hamas crisis.

Hamas nixes Abbas offer for reconciliation talks
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Arab League Secretary-General to visit the Gaza Strip to discuss ending the Fatah-Hamas crisis.

Spain to EU: End Gaza blockade
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – European Union pressures Israel to lift blockade on Gaza.

Israel waits on US, EU to launch probe
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – US denies it is ba
cking a UN-led investigation.

Israel waits for US, EU to agree before launching probe
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – US denies it is backing a UN-led investigation.

Iran election-anniversary passes quietly
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Opposition cancels rallies after preemptive arrests, threats.

‘Saudi airspace open for Iran attack’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Saudi Arabia denies ‘Times’ report Israeli jets ok’d to fly through.

Hamas to seek Greece-Gaza shipping
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Legislator negotiates with Athens for cargo to be inspected by EU.

‘Israel must apologize, compensate victims’
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Turkish President: Ties with Israel in danger after ‘al-Qaida-like’ act.

Battling the boycotts
Jeruslalem Post 12 Jun 2010 – Israel seems to have become the world’s whipping boy.


Police suspect arson behind six bushfires in north
Ha’aretz – Fire-fighters control flames that ravaged vast lands in northern Galilee and Golan Heights.

Iran to begin work on new nuclear facility by early next year, official says
Ha’aretz – Late last year, the Iranian government approved a plan to construct 10 new uranium enrichment plants, drawing fierce criticism from U.S. officials.

Report: Suspected Mossad agent arrested over Dubai assassination
Ha’aretz – Uri Brodsky arrested in Warsaw for allegedly obtaining forged German passport involved in Hamas strongman hit, AFP reports; Foreign ministry confirms Israeli citizen arrested in Poland.

Palestinians welcome Turkey involvement in Gaza, Fayyad says
Ha’aretz – Lebanese newspaper reports Ankara may supervise Gaza crossings as part of a deal to repair ties between Israel and Turkey.

Report: Obama seeks to soften U.S. Congress sanctions on Iran
Ha’aretz – The Obama administration is worried that proposed congressional bills targeting Iran’s energy sector would harm ties with Europe, Russia and China, the Los Angeles Times reported., Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf…

U.S. denies pushing for Gaza flotilla probe at UN
Ha’aretz – Rebuttal follows Weekly Standard report claiming White House promised foreign governments support for international inquiry.

‘Israel seeks global support to improve flow of goods to Gaza’
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu and Tony Blair meet in Jerusalem for talks on increasing flow civilian goods and combating weapons smuggling to Gaza.

Russia to freeze missile sale to Iran, Putin tells Sarkozy
Ha’aretz – France says Putin confirmed scrapping planned weapons deal with Iran despite Iranian threats against Russia.

Palestinian killed in suspected East Jerusalem terror attack
Ha’aretz – Police shoot dead driver who ran over and injured two officers before fleeing on foot.

Gaza flotilla captain: Activists prepared attack against IDF raid
Ha’aretz – WATCH: Video of Mehmut Tuval shows captain saying he attempted to prevent violent clashes between activists and the Israeli military.

Ahmadinejad: U.S. has no right to sanction a peaceful nuclear program
Ha’aretz – Iranian president speaks during a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai, 2 days after China backed new sanctions against Tehran.

Italian flotilla journalist: My credit card was used after IDF confiscated it
Ha’aretz – Journalist Manolo Luppichini has written Netanyahu, Peres, Barak, Lieberman and Israel’s ambassador in Italy over the matter.

Israel, U.S. agree on nature of Gaza flotilla probe
Ha’aretz – Final decision held up for four days by the Americans, who were dissatisfied with the original proposal for the investigative committee’s composition.

EU to soon ask Israel to end Gaza’s siege
12 Jun 2010 – Gaza, June 12, (Pal Telegraph) Its scheduled that the Foreign Ministers of the European Union will ask Israel next week to lift the siege that has been going on for three years on the Gaza Strip which they describe as “unacceptable and counterproductive,” even for Israel’s security. In a draft statement prepared for a meeting on Monday, the foreign ministers…

Israel lets in limited quantities of building materials into Gaza
12 Jun 2010 – Gaza, June 12, (Pal Telegraph) The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations “OCHA” said that Israel allowed till today to supply only 17% of building materials for two projects of reconstruction projects in the strip. According to OCHA, in its weekly total, Israel has allowed the entry of building materials that represents only 17 percent…

IOF beats Palestinian youth in Hebron
12 Jun 2010 – Hebron, June 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli occupation soldiers severely beat Palestinian youth at military checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli soldiers beat Abedallah Al-Hawarn, 19, from Al-Zahria town while they were detaining him at Al-Ramaden military checkpoint, security sources said to SAFA news agency. The sources added that Al-Hawarn was transferred to Al-Khalil Governmental

Israeli border guards kill Palestinian in Jerusalem
12 Jun 2010 – Jerusalem, June 12, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) — Israeli border guards shot dead a Palestinian man and injured other three on Friday after clashes erupted at the Old city in Jerusalem. Local sources said that clashes erupted after Friday prayer between the Palestinian youth and Israeli border guards where they opened fire randomly which resulted in killing the citizen Zeyad Al-Jolani,…


Rise people, rise
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – Through the recent murderous events in international waters Israel has once again shown its true colours and its total disregard for humanity. From the global reaction over the last week it seems that, for once, a huge majority of people around the world have seen these attacks in a clear light. Let us call a…

Iran: People’s Movement One Year OnPeople’s Response to Moussavi & Karroubi’s Cancellation of 12 June Demonstrations
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – …”Did we have a permit on June 15th [last year]? Did we have permits on June 17 and 19 [last year]? Did we have permits on June 20? Did we have permits on July 9? Did we have permits on Quds Day (September 19)? Did we have permits on November 4? Did we have permits…

Israel and international law
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – …Despite the serious effects of Israel’s failure to respect international law, the international community has been unwilling or unable to enforce international law. In part this is due to an effective Israeli lobby, but in part it is also due to the failure of those states and individuals who support the rule of international law…

Saudi Arabia: We will not give Israel air corridor for Iran strike
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – Saudi Arabia would not allow Israeli bombers to pass through its airspace en route to a possible strike of Iran’s nuclear facilities, a member of the Saudi royal family said Saturday, denying an earlier Times of London report. Earlier Saturday, the Times reported that Saudi Arabia has practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow…

The Failure of Our Outrage
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – … Israel, in light of its most recent illegal and violent actions, has been on the receiving end of a constant verbal stick-beating from what seems to be the majority of the international community and an overwhelming number of civilian populations. This outrage, however, has been for the most part completely isolated to the raid of…

Witnesses: Jerusalem man shot at point blank range
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – A report conducted by a Jerusalem rights center following the shooting death of a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem on Friday by Israeli border guards suggests he was shot point blank. Ziad Al-Julani, 38, was shot and killed after he allegedly failed to stop at a checkpoint in the Wadi Joz neighborhood in the occupied…

Report: Suspected Mossad agent arrested over Dubai assassination
Uruknet June 12, 2010 – Polish authorities arrested an alleged Mossad agent suspected of attaining German passports involved in the assassination of Hamas strongman Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, according to Der Spiegel cited by French news agency AFP on Saturday. “He was arrested in Warsaw and is suspected of being involved in illegally obtaining a [German] passport,” AFP…

U.S. denies pushing for Gaza flotilla probe at UN
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – The United States on Friday denied reports that the White House would back a United Nations investigation into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla two weeks ago. “We are not aware of any resolution that will be introduced at the UN next week,” State Department Spokesman Philip Crowley said at a White House…

The Assault on the Mavi Marmara and International Law
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – In rejecting UN and EU proposals for an independent inquiry into the Gaza Flotilla Incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that “it would create a problematic precedent”. It would indeed: the dangerous notion that Israel is accountable to the international community and is subject to international law as the rest of the world…

Gaza in Context: A Closer Look at the MFA’s Numbers on Humanitarian Activity
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released its latest update, claiming to be actively contributing to the humanitarian needs and even economic development of the Gaza Strip. Contrast the MFA report with UN agency OCHA’s critical report on limitations to access in the Palestinian territory released on May 27,…

Bil’in: IOF Kidnap, Imprison and Terrorize “Confession” Out of 13 Year Old Boy
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – Last Friday (4th June) in the West Bank village of Bil’in, Israeli Occupation Forces kidnapped thirteen years old Fadi Al-Khatib in full view of his distraught parents whilst working with his father on the families olive grove adjacent to the Apartheid Wall Prior to being carted off to a detention centre, the lightly clad youth…

Uruknet June 11, 2010 – We all know that Israeli made products have the numbers 7 2 9 on the BarCode. We know those are the products to boycott… BUT…, what about American and European products that are sold in Israel… shouldn’t those companies be boycotted as well? I think YES!…

‘We have been trying to get out of Gaza for two years’
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – Zahra Puhisi sat with her sick and elderly mother in the cool and quarter-full departures hall on the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing and wondered how long it would be before a Hamas official would allocate them seats on the bus to take them across the border. “I will only believe it when I…

Where is the Iranian revolution going?
Uruknet June 11, 2010 – Last year a powerful movement erupted in Iran that shook the hated Islamic fundamentalist regime to its very foundations. All the conditions were present for a successful revolutionary overthrow of the regime. What was lacking, however, was the active participation of the working class as an organised force and, most importantly, a conscious, revolutionary leadership…

The National

Green protesters sit in defian

The National 12 Jun 2010 – Thousands of Iranians staged a silent and peaceful anti-government protest in Tehran on yesterday’s anniversary of the disputed presidential election a year ago, witnesses told The National.

New threat to Muslim cemetery
The National 12 Jun 2010 – Israeli authorities are pressing ahead with plans to build a courthouse complex on a large historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem that is already at the centre of protest over plans to locate a museum there.

Swimmer links continents for UN
The National 12 Jun 2010 – Marcos Diaz, swimming between continents for the UN Millenium Development Goals, has arrived in Egypt.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Masked Settlers Attack At-Tuwani Village
WAFA – HEBRON, June 12, 2010 (WAFA)- About thirty Jewish settlers from Havat Ma’on oupost, masked and armed with slings and sticks, invaded Saturday the West Bank At-Tuwani village in the south Hebron

Israeli Wanted over Dubai Killing Arrested in Poland
WAFA – WARSAW, June 12, 2010 (WAFA)- Polish authorities have arrested at the request of Germany a suspected Mossad agent believed to have played a role in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas commander,

Israeli Inquiry Must be Given Capacity to Find Facts, Says UN Expert

Tel-Aviv Fountains Colored with Blood to protest Gaza Convoy Killings
WAFA – TEL AVIV, June 12, 2010 (WAFA)- During the night, three fountains in Tel-Aviv were colored with bright red color. The Israeli Committee against the Siege who organized the action says: ‘We made it to

The Guardian

Israel’s abuse of Palestinians makes it a rogue state | Letters
The Guardian 12 Jun 2010 – Nick Cohen condemns Hamas, but ignores the besetting sins of Israel While agreeing with Nick Cohen on many issues, I am always baffled by his pro-Israeli stance (” Sympathise with Israel, but not the blockade ” Comment). He…

Relief Web

EU presidency urges ‘strong, joint’ Gaza position
Relief Web 12 Jun 2010 – Source: Agence France-Presse

ICC: Delay on a Tough Issue
Relief Web 12 Jun 2010 – Source: Human Rights Watch

Stop The Wall

Wadi Rahal: settlers order Israeli military to stop Friday protest
Stop The Wall – Efrata settlers, who live on lands belonging to the village of Wadi Rahal, emerged from their houses, demanding that the occupation forces suppress the protest calling for the destruction of the Wall and the end to Israeli occupation. The settlers also ordered the occupation forces to stop the protest from reaching the confiscated lands. [

al-Ma’sara: IOF arrests and intimidates key activists
Stop The Wall – The Israeli occupation forces beat and arrested Hasan Brijiyeh, member of the popular committee against the Wall and the settlements and took him to an unknown location. At midnight before this protest, the IOF raided the home of the Stop the Wall coordinator in Bethlehem district, Muhammad Brijiyeh, once again. [

YNet News

Top US senators: Obama, stand by Israel
YNet News – Democratic majority, Republican minority leaders urge president to resist calls….

Spain wants ‘strong EU front’ on Gaza
YNet News – Spanish prime minister tells Palestinian president his country will propose that….

Settler injured in clash with Palestinians
YNet News – Fight breaks out after Palestinians claim settlers broke into their home,….

Muslim Brotherhood slams Hamas for Israeli food
YNet News – Egyptian delegation to Gaza angered by Israeli products at official dinner….

Hezbollah: Lebanon ungrateful to Tehran
YNet News – MP says Lebanese group dismayed at government’s abstention from UN vote on new….

Report: Saudis permit Israeli jets to pass over to Iran
YNet News – London Times reports Saudis carry out defense missile tests aimed at allowing….

Mabhouh family lauds ‘Mossad man’s arrest’
YNet News – The family of assassinated Hamas man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh lauded the arrest of an Israeli national in connection with the case, asking that he be tried in the United Arab …….

Egypt activists denied Gaza entry
YNet News – Egypt banned hundreds of activists from Gaza, igniting protests at the Rafah border that is the only non-Israeli entry into the Palestinian enclave, a security official …….

Haredi protestors hurt 3 policemen
YNet News – Three police officers were lightly injured Saturday during an ultra-Orthodox protest against Shabbat desecration in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood. One of the …….

Israel reportedly fights extradition bid in Mabhouh arrest
YNet News – BERLIN – Israel’s embassy in Warsaw intervened a short while after the arrest of an Israeli national on suspicion of involvement in the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination, …….

Iran protests: Dozens detained
YNet News – Dozens of brave Iranians who hit the streets in order to protest the one-year anniversary of the disputed local elections were detained by security forces at several …….

Iran to start building new nuclear site by 2011
YNet News – Iran’s nuclear chief says his country will begin construction of a new uranium enrichment plant by March of next year, a defiant announcement days after the UN approved …….

Report: Mabhouh assassination suspect arrested in Poland
YNet News – An Israeli man suspected of aiding the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has been arrested in Poland at Germany’s behest, AFP reported Saturday. …….

Palestinian Information Center

United Nations accuses Israel of impeding its projects in Gaza
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – A report by OCHA accused the IOA of continuing to prevent necessary building materials for projects related to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip from being imported.

Barhoum: Al-Ahmed’s comments confirm Fatah’s lack of readiness for conciliation
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – Fawzi Barhoum confirmed that comments made by Azzam Al-Ahmed reflect a lack of readiness from Fatah for reconciliation, noting that Fatah wants a reconciliation on their own terms.

Health conditions of female prisoners deteriorating due to medical negligence
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – The PPS appealed to international medical associations to support the society in its demand for specialized medical committees to conduct examinations for Palestinian women in Israeli prisons.

Freedom Flotilla massacre on top of the EU-GCC ministerial meeting agenda
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – Abdurrahman Al Attiyah confirmed that the Freedom Flotilla massacre carried out by Israeli forces against peace activists will be the top issue of the 20th European-GCC joint ministerial meeting.

Khudari suggests plan to run Gaza port under European supervision
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – MP Jamal Al-Khudari, the head of the popular committee against the siege, said he developed an action plan to run the Gaza port under the supervision of a European country.

Alston: Israel’s probe into Flotilla attack must be according to int’l standards
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Philip Alston stressed that any Israeli probe into the Flotilla incident must be conducted in accordance with international standards.

Patten urges Europe not to allow US to hog int’l political arena
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – Former EU commissioner for external affairs Chris Patten urged the European countries to open dialog with Hamas Movement and not allow the US to monopolize the international political arena.

Egypt refuses to allow Algerian convoy into Gaza
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – The Egyptian authorities on Friday refused, without giving reasons, to allow an Algerian aid convoy into the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalemites protest confiscation of their land
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – Hundreds of Jerusalemite citizens and foreign activists participated Friday in a march in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem amid intensive presence of Israeli troops.

Gul: Turkey won’t forget, won’t forgive “freedom” massacre
PIC 12 Jun 2010 – Turkish president Abdullah Gul has said that his country would never forget or forgive the Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla that left tens of Turkish solidarity activists killed and injured.

Los Angeles Times

Protests, clashes break out in Iran on anniversary of disputed election
LA Times 12 Jun 2010 – Security forces, demonstrators face off in the streets of Tehran as hundreds turn out, rather than the tens of thousands of previous rallies. Opposition leaders had called off demonstrations, fearing the official response. Small clashes erupted Saturday between demonstrators marking the first anniversary of Iran’s disputed presidential election and baton-wielding security forces, witnesses and opposition websites reported.

Gaza plight a crisis with a difference
LA Times 12 Jun 2010 – The blockade of Gaza has come under new scrutiny after the raid on the aid flotilla. Although there’s no hunger and there are no epidemics, the situation defies usual categorization, officials say. Don’t ask Hate Hajj if there’s a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

New York Times

News Analysis: Scrutinizing Turkey, in a Clumsy Embrace With the Iranians
New York Times 12 Jun 2010 – For the United States, the vote by Turkey not to support new sanctions against Iran was a disappointing betrayal by a close ally that has prompted soul searching.

Clashes and Protests Reported on Anniversary of Iranian Election
New York Times 12 Jun 2010 – There were reports of sporadic clashes between the police and protesters around Tehran, with reports of arrests varying from a handful to 200.

French Protest of Israeli Raid Reaches Wide Audience
New York Times 12 Jun 2010 – A small cinema chain has set off a sharp debate in France about the deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza.


The 43 Year Nakba Of The Rayan Family
Palestine Monitor – Last week the Latrun villages held their first demonstration since the construction of the wall here in 2005, protesting against the land expropriation which began during the 1967 war and continues to this day. The Rayan family of Beit Nuba told us about their expulsion in…

Blood In The Streets Of Wadi Joz
Palestine Monitor – Israeli police shot and killed Palestinian Ziad Al-Julani, father of four, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz Friday afternoon. Israeli authorities have reported that patrolmen shot the man after he ran through a flying checkpoint set up in anticipation of clashes after Friday prayer;…

A father, 38, is killed at a Jerusalem checkpoint. Now whose story should you believe?
Mondoweiss – Haaretz reports in their article ” Palestinian killed in suspected East Jerusalem terror attack “: A Palestinian driver was shot and killed in Jerusalem Friday after running over two Israeli border patrolmen, with an apparent intent to kill. The man reportedly hit two the two policemen…

Nader: ‚ÄòAnti-semitism against Arabs is rife’ in U.S.
Mondoweiss – Washington Post poll says that 91 percent of people are opposed to Helen Thomas’s removal . Talk about the American street. And here is Ralph Nader on the Thomas resignation. Calls it a “professional execution.” More: She’s a courageous journalist… blazed the way for women like no…

US position on flotilla is compromised by its love of drones
Mondoweiss – I wonder if this is an Aquino moment for Israel. In 1983, Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos ordered opposition leader Nino Aquino dragged from the plane and executed upon his return from exile. It was illustrative of how Marcos, forever coddled by his U.S. protectors, was so…

Solidarity with Palestinians, yes— but why not solidarity with Jews?
Mondoweiss – I’m struck by the hysterical tone of Hirsh Goodman’s piece saying that Israel must go to war against critical information. You’d think Goodman would be more worldly. He grew up in South Africa, was a reporter for many years , and is married to a New York…

We need Roger Cohen to stand up for his opposition to nationalist myth-formation
Mondoweiss – The other day the New York Times went out of its way to bash Shlomo Sand for his book, The Invention of the Jewish People . The Times reported on new genetic studies suggesting a close DNA relation among Jews of the world and hastened to add:…

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Gaza Internal Security Break into Offices of Five NGOs; Confiscate Belongings:Al Mezan Condemns the Assaults, Calls for Respecting the Law
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Flotilla Activists Detained in Israel without Access to Lawyers, Al Mezan Calls for Investigation, Accountability, and End of the Siege of Gaza
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights –

Israel Violently Attacks the Freedom Fleet in International Waters; Al Mezan Calls on International Community to Investigate and Protect Solidarity Activists
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‘Israeli spy’ arrested in Poland
BBC – Poland holds a suspected Israeli agent wanted in Germany in connection with the murder of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

Clash reports on Iran anniversary
BBC – Sporadic demonstrations in Tehran and other Iranian cities are reported a year after the disputed presidential election.

Mohamed Khodr — The Israelites: From Slaves in the East to the Master Race of the West
Sabbah report – By Mohamed Khodr * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz “On the morrow of a persecution in Europe in which they had been the victims of the worst atrocities ever known, the Jews’ immediate reaction to their own experience was to become persecutors in their turn. In 1948, the Jews…

Roger Waters — “We Shall Overcome”, Palestine
Sabbah report – Roger Waters wrote: “Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people…

The Images Israel Didn’t Want Seen: New Video from Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Sabbah report – In the wake of the commando raid that left nine dead, the Israeli government confiscated every recording and communication device it could find—thus allowing the state to control what the world learned about the assault. Filmmaker and activist Iara Lee was one of the few Americans…


Who is afraid of a real flotilla inquiry?
Uri Avnery, Ma’an News Agency6/12/2010
If a real Commission of Inquiry had been set up (instead of the pathetic excuse for a commission), here are some of the questions it should have addressed:
1. What is the real aim of the Gaza Strip blockade?
2. If the aim is to prevent the flow of arms into the Strip, why are only 100 products allowed in (as compared to the more than 12,000 products in an average Israeli supermarket)?
3. Why is it forbidden to bring in chocolate, toys, writing material, many kinds of fruits and vegetables (and why cinnamon but not coriander)?
4. What is the connection between the decision to forbid the import of construction materials for the replacement or repair of the thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged during Operation Cast Lead and the argument that they may serve Hamas for building bunkers — when more than enough materials for this purpose are brought into the Strip through the tunnels?
5. Is the real aim of the blockade to turn the lives of the 1.5 million human beings in the Strip into hell, in the hope of inducing them to overthrow the Hamas regime?
6. Since this has not happened, but — on the contrary — Hamas has become stronger during the three years of the blockade, did the government ever entertain second thoughts on this matter?
7. Has the blockade been
imposed in the hope of freeing the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit?
8. If so, has the blockade contributed anything to the realization of this aim, or has it been counter-productive?more..e-mail

Israeli deterrence unlikely to succeed
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency6/11/2010
One of the most repeated questions asked by many following the attack on the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla was why Israel did what it did. Why a very powerful army and navy who can easily have controlled the situation in the high seas needed to carry out a commando raid that ended up with the death of nine internationals, one an American citizen.
The official Israeli narrative has been very simple. This was not a humanitarian effort but a blockade-busting effort by anti-Semitic Islamic militants who nearly lynched the Israelis who boarded their ship to steer it to an Israeli port. Except for Israelis and some American Jews, few bought that line. It reminded many of Israel being angry with the Palestinians for forcing their soldiers to kill Palestinian children.
All the Israeli rhetoric notwithstanding, violent actions against the Gaza siege-breaking flotilla had one purpose: deterrence. Initial autopsy reports published in the British daily the Guardian indicate that 30 bullets were used to kill the nine protesters, many of them in the head and at close range, suggesting that the attack was not self defense but rather a premeditated attempt at sending a strong message to anyone who thinks of supporting the embattled people of Gaza; thus the idea of “deterrence.”
Strategic deterrence – defined as the inhibition of attack by a fear of punishment backed up by superior military power – has been part of the Israeli strategy for some time, especially when it comes to Gaza. Two years ago, Israel went to war against the people of Gaza in order to raise the level of deterrence. The escalating spiral of violence by Israel and Gaza fighters indicates not only that deterrence is failing, but also that its effectiveness depends on adherence to fundamental standards of morality.
The latest brutal attacks against international solidarity activists, in international waters, stem from this blind Israeli policy aimed at deterring Palestinians and their supporters from demanding an end to the illegal siege placed on the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza….more..e-mail

Erdogan Rising?
Patrick Cockburn, CounterPunch6/10/2010
Ever since Israeli commandos stormed a ship carrying aid to Gaza killing nine activists, the face of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan — the man who led denunciations of the raid — has been prominent on front pages and television screens across the Middle East.
The bloody fiasco has led to a crucial change in the balance of power in the Middle East, greater than anything seen in the region since the collapse of the Soviet Union deprived the Arabs of their most powerful ally.
While Muslim states were always going to praise any leader who confronted Israel, Mr Erdogan’s personal role is one that will have lasting significance across the region. With his leadership, Turkey is once more becoming a powerful player in the Middle East to a degree that has not happened since the break-up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War.
Turkey was the driving force behind attempts to denounce the raid at a regional summit that ended yesterday in Istanbul. It received the backing of 21 of the members of an Asian summit but the crucial 22nd member, Israel, blocked any mention of the raid in an end of summit declaration.
Israeli commentators are hopeful that Turkish belligerence is a passing phase and there will be no permanent damage to their country’s relations with Turkey. Yet Mr Erdogan has received strong backing for his strong stance following the deaths of his countrymen on board the Mavi Marmara ship.
At a rally in Beirut, thousands of Lebanese waved Turkish flags and nine coffins draped in the red banner were displayed to honour the Turkish flotilla dead. “Oh Allah, the merciful, preserve Erdogan for us,” protesters chanted, using language often reserved for Hizbollah’s popular leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who has praised Mr Erdogan’s stance.more..e-mail

The 43 Year Nakba Of The Rayan Family
Palestine Monitor: 12 Jun 2010 – Last week the Latrun villages held their first demonstration since the construction of the wall here in 2005, protesting against the land expropriation which began during the 1967 war and continues to this day. The Rayan family of Beit Nuba told us about their expulsion in 1967 and their struggles thereafter. Reporting and photography from Nicky Elliott. Young Palestinians attach flags to the apartheid fence at a demonstration commemorating 43 years since the expulsion from the Latrun Villages. The hundreds of peaceful demonstrators congregating in New Beit-Nuba barely made it to the fence before they were met with plumes of tear gas and soon after Israeli soldiers entered the village. After 43 years, the villagers of New Beit-Nuba and the surrounding area are used to IDF incursions. Still, their memories of 1967, forced to flee as Israeli soldiers violently raided the original villages of Imwas, Yalu and Beit Nuba, erasing…

Blood In The Streets Of Wadi Joz
Palestine Monitor: 12 Jun 2010 – Israeli police shot and killed Palestinian Ziad Al-Julani, father of four, in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi Joz Friday afternoon. Israeli authorities have reported that patrolmen shot the man after he ran through a flying checkpoint set up in anticipation of clashes after Friday prayer; however, reports on the intentionality of Al-Julani’s action are murky at best. Palestine Monitor’s Kara Newhouse visited the scene Friday evening. A young man of about 25 rests against the concrete wall of a building on the main street of Wadi Joz, near the location my colleague and I have been told a shooting happened just five hours earlier. After learning that he speaks English we tell him we’re journalists looking for more information on the day’s events. He leans around the corner and shouts something in Arabic. Four boys of ages 13 and 14 appear, spot us, and begin beckoning us down the…

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