VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 8 June, 2011: Israeli forces ransack Nablus offices of the Change and Reform Bloc

8 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Wine Bottles Smashed In Al-Aqsa Compound
IMEMC – Wednesday June 08, 2011 – 17:56, Local sources report that a number of Jewish settlers broke into the al-Aqsa compound and began drinking wine and smashing bottles on the floor.

Settlers Burn Palestinian Crops Near Hebron
IMEMC – Wednesday June 08, 2011 – 17:46, The Palestine News Network reports that on Wednesday afternoon, extremist settlers set fire to crops owned by Palestinian farmers near Hebron.

UNRWA Claims West Bank Economy Not As Healthy As Perceived
IMEMC – Wednesday June 08, 2011 – 17:08, The UNRWA has released a report undermining recent media reports that the West Bank economy was booming under the PA and Israeli occupation, according to research author Salem Ajluni.

Rafah To Reopen Under Specified Agreement
IMEMC – Wednesday June 08, 2011 – 10:53, The Rafah border crossing is to reopen following four days closure.

Ma’an News

Rafah crossing re-opens
6/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip was re-opened Wednesday morning after a four-day closure. The decision to open was made after Palestinian and Egyptian officials agreed on a set of mechanisms for the passage of Palestinian travelers. From Wednesday onward, Rafah will open between 9 a. m. and….

Report: Wine bottle smashed at Al-Aqsa compound
6/8/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A bottle of red wine was broken in the grounds of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, by “Jewish extremists” who had snuck into the compound, an eyewitness reported. In Islam, alcohol is forbidden, and bringing it into a Muslim holy site is considered to be desecration. The report of….

UN: West Bank labor market ‘deteriorating’
6/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Employment numbers in the West Bank are falling, and real wages are following suit, a new report from the UN’s Near East refugee agency said Wednesday. The findings, officials say, “challenge the conventional picture of a flourishing West Bank economy.” Refugees were worst hit by the declining labor conditions….

750 public doctors resign
6/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Angry by the Palestinian High Court’s decision mandating a return to work for striking public sector doctors, 750 union members collectively submitted their resignations on Wednesday. The union called on PA Minister of Health Fathi Abu Mughli to resign in solidarity, over demands for a codified ranking system for…. Related:High court: Doctors must return to work

Israel closes Gaza crossing
6/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the sole commercial terminal into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday for the second day running, as the Jewish holiday of Shavuot is commemorated in Israel. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said he was informed by Israeli counterparts that the terminal would re-open Thursday. Kerem Shalom is the….

Checkpoint repairs to divert settler traffic into villages
6/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Huwwara military checkpoint on the main road between Ramallah and Nablus will close for ten days as road repairs are carried out, Palestinian officials announced Tuesday night. Cars traveling on the north-south artery which serves both settlers, military and Palestinians, will be diverted east to the Awarta checkpoint, and will….

Shepherd held for hours over grazing lands
6/8/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained a Hebron shepherd for hours on Tuesday, saying he had allowed his heard of sheep and goats to illegally enter a “closed military zone.”Bilal Hathaleen, 25 from the village of Um Al-Kheir in the south Hebron hills was grazing his flock not far from home when he….

High court: Doctors must return to work
6/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian High Court ruled Wednesday that Palestinian medics in the West Bank must go back to work, days after judges determined that the ongoing strike action was illegal. The decision was announced as doctors staged a sit-in outside the government headquarters in Ramallah. By ordering the doctors to return to…. Related:750 public doctors resign

Cancer kids plead to see detained fathers
6/8/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Asil is 10-years-old and suffers from leukemia. Just 40 days after she was born in the West Bank city of Hebron, her father, Jamal Qisiyeh, was detained by Israeli authorities and later sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. Palestinian Detainees Minister in the West Bank visited Asil on Wednesday in a….

Palestinians condemn Syria refugee camp deaths
6/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — West Bank leaders on Tuesday slammed the shooting of Palestinian refugees in a Syrian camp and pledged to investigate the incident, the Palestinian Authority official news agency WAFA reported. Mourners in unofficial refugee camp Al-Yarmouk were on Monday commemorating the deaths of a reported 23 protesters on the Golan ceasefire line….

Obama, Merkel: September statehood bid to be avoided
6/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agree that Palestinians should not seek recognition of a state at the UN in September, Obama said in a news conference Tuesday. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, Merkel stressed that “unilateral measures are not helping at all” to bring about a two-state…. Related:PLO leader slams US, German stance as ‘counterproductive’

France to pursue Middle East peace talks
6/8/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – France will pursue efforts to organize a Middle East conference despite reservations expressed by the United States and Israel, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said.” I have the feeling that our initiative has moved things” in the peace process, Juppe said after meetings in Israel and the United States.” I think there will….

PLO leader slams US, German stance as ‘counterproductive’
6/8/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — “People do not negotiate their right to statehood. Rather, this is an inherent right,” a PLO official lashed out Wednesday in the wake of US and German statements demanding Palestinian officials abort plans to seek UN recognition of statehood.”Far from acting unilaterally, Palestinians are bringing their case for statehood before…. Related:Obama, Merkel: September statehood bid to be avoided

Hamas leader suffers stroke
6/8/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader, and one of the party’s founders, Muhammad Hasan Sham’a suffered a stroke Wednesday morning and was transferred to Ash-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Palestinian medical sources said Sham’a, 70, is in a serious condition. The Gaza-based leader of the current ruling faction….

Civil servant salaries to be paid
6/8/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — The paymaster of the West Bank government said that civil servants salaries will be paid Wednesday afternoon, after a week-long delay had prompted their union to hold a partial strike in protest. Accountant-General of the Palestinian Authority Yousef Az-Zumr told Ma’an that funds from Algeria totaling US$26. 4….

Egyptians seize Gaza car smuggling tunnel
6/8/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian border guards raided a tunnel used to smuggle cars between Gaza and Egypt, Egyptian security sources told Ma’an Wednesday. The forces located the site south of the Salah Ad-Din gate in Rafah, on the Egyptian side of the border with the coastal strip. Smugglers escaped through the….

US condemns mosque arson
6/8/2011 – WASHINGTON (Ma’an) — In a statement delivered by a White House spokesman, the United States condemned Tuesday “the burning and vandalizing of a mosque in the West Bank village of Al-Mughayyir.”Villagers said the arson was carried out by local settlers, who spray painted in Hebrew the words “price tag” and the name of….

Ma’an financial report
6/8/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — In line with its policy of transparency and integrity, Ma’an TV Network has released its 2010 financial report. The report, reviewed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, was found to be sound. A copy of the 2010 report can be viewed here….

Resignation claim a hoax: Syria’s France envoy
6/8/2011 – PARIS (AFP) — Syria’s ambassador to France denied Wednesday she was resigning in protest at her government’s crackdown on dissent, saying a broadcast of the announcement by a woman claiming to be her was a hoax. Lamia Shakkur appeared on France’s BFM television to set the record straight after another….

Turkey will not close doors to Syrian refugees
6/8/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey will not “close its doors” to refugees fleeing the repression in neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.” At this point, it is out of question for us to close the doors” to Syrian refugees, news agency Anatolia quoted Erdogan as saying, when asked about a group of Syrians….

Tunisia elections postponed to October 23
6/8/2011 – TUNIS, Tunisia (AFP) — Tunisia has postponed its first election following the ouster of strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, set to take place in July, to October 23, interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said Wednesday.” We have taken into account all the views and have decided to hold the elections on October 23,” Essebsi….

Palestine Note

UN agency report shows West Bank economy not flourishing
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – Haaretz- Research by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees challenges the picture of a flourishing West Bank economy freed up by a relaxation of Israel’s military presence, the agency said on Wednesday. The report by the agency UNRWA shows…

The Art World’s New Darlings
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – New York Times- Adel Abidin and Ahmed Alsoudani, the young artists who represent Iraq at the 54th Venice Biennale, were sitting on the terrace of the Bauer Hotel here at dusk on Wednesday, studying their elaborately hand-written invitations to a…

UN’s Pillay condemns Israeli ‘Naksa’ killings
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – Al Jazeera – The UN’s human rights chief has said she was “deeply troubled” by the deadly unrest in the Golan Heights, where up to 40 people have reportedly been killed in recent protests. “Between 30 and 40 protestors have…

750 public doctors resign
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – Ma’an – Angry by the Palestinian High Court’s decision mandating a return to work for striking public sector doctors, 750 union members collectively submitted their resignations on Wednesday. The union called on PA Minister of Health Fathi Abu Mughli to…

Egypt and Hamas reopen Rafah crossing with Gaza
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – Haaretz- The Gaza Strip’s border crossing with Egypt reopened on Wednesday after a four-day closure caused by a dispute between Cairo and Gaza’s Hamas rulers over travel arrangements, officials said. Witnesses said a bus carrying 60 Palestinians crossed into Egypt…

After Golan clashes, is Israel rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) file?
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – To most observers witnessing events in Syria, the goal is clear-cut: end the killing, support democracy, and change the Assad regime — hoping it will be removed or reformed to an unrecognizable degree. State actors looking at the same reality…

Is Israel Rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) File?
Palestine Note 8 Jun 2011 – Daniel Levy looks at Israeli policy following the Naksa Day clashes in the Golan Heights Daniel Levy, Foreign Policy – To most observers witnessing events in Syria, the goal is clear-cut: end the killing, support democracy, and change the Assad…


Libya contact group to meet in Abu Dhabi
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Internaional Contact Group to discuss a democratic Libya ‘after Gaddafi’.

Erdogan takes ‘star appeal’ into Turkish vote
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Prime minister goes into Sunday’s election with “political stardom” in his favour, according to analysis for Al Jazeera

Gaddafi forces shell rebel-held Misurata
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – At least 12 rebels reportedly dead as Gaddafi forces attack port city from two directions with rockets and missiles.

UN Security Council ponders Syria resolution
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Council members consider draft resolution condemning crackdown in Syria ahead of vote in coming days.

Zawahiri vows to continue al-Qaeda’s jihad
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Al-Qaeda’s number two threatens to pursue Osama bin Laden’s jihad against the West, in video eulogy to late leader.

Bahrain Grand Prix ‘not on’
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Formula One commercial chief says rescheduled race almost certain to be scrapped due to opposition from teams.

Protests in Yemen after talks rejected
AlJazeera 8 Jun 2011 – Thousands gather outside vice-president’s residence after official says no dialogue can take place until Saleh returns.

Palestine News Network

Palestinian Detainee Goes on Hunger Strike: Officials Warn of an Uprising in Detention Facilities
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister of Political Detainee Affairs, warned on Wednesday of an uprising that may happen by Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli military detention facilities. The Palestinian official…

Settlers Set Fire to Palestinian Crops Near Hebron
PNN – Hebron – PNN Exclusive – As part of the daily attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian villages, on Wednesday afternoon settlers set fire to crops owned by Palestinian farmers from the village…

Winner of UNRWA’s Technology Innovation Competition 2011 Announced
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) announced Wednesday the results of its Technology Innovation Competition, which it held in…

Settlers Storm Al Aqsa Plaza
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – Reports are surfacing today of Jewish settlers breaking into the al-Aqsa plaza in large numbers after provocative marches in the Old City and surrounding areas. Aqsa guards have…

UNRWA Report Questions the Blooming West Bank Economy
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – The UN Relief and Works Agency released a report on Wednesday questioning the view that the Palestinian economy in the West Bank is flourishing. Contrary to media reports,…

MADA Reports Violations of Journalists During May
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has recorded 12 violations of journalists in the last month, the most serious of which was the shooting of…

Rapid response contains Hepatitis A outbreak in Jordan camp
Relief Web 8 Jun 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan , occupied Palestinian territory June 2011 Irbid refugee camp, Jordan A rapid response from UNRWA has headed off an outbreak of Hepatitis A in a refugee…

Relief Web

Gaza crossing with Egypt reopens after dispute
Relief Web 8 Jun 2011 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: Egypt , occupied Palestinian territory 08 Jun 2011 09:58 Source: Reuters // Reuters Rafah crossing was closed since Saturday Crossing open to passengers, not goods By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA, June 8 (Reuters) – The Gaza Strip’s border…

OCHA Annual Report 2010
Relief Web 8 Jun 2011 – Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , Colombia , C?¥te d’Ivoire , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Eritrea , Ethiopia , Guinea , Haiti , Indonesia , Iraq , Kenya , Myanmar , Nepal , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan ,…

Restricting Aid: The Challenges of Delivering Assistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Relief Web 7 Jun 2011 – Source: Association of International Development Agencies Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory A Research Report, June 2011 Israel/oPt: New report says Israeli restrictions increase costs, prevent aid from getting to those who need it most (Jerusalem, June 8, 2011) Israeli-imposed movement…

Palestine Telegraph

Palestinian prisoners set for hunger strike as Israel denies them medical treatment
8 Jun 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – PNN – Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Minister of Political Detainee Affairs, warned on Wednesday of an uprising that may happen by Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli military detention facilities. ImageThe Palestinian official explained that Akram Mansour, a Palestinian political prisoner, is undergoing a hunger strike for the sixth consecutive day, in protest of the military refusal to provide…

The National

Syrian ‘security force sniper’ victims in Turkish hospitals
The National 8 Jun 2011 – More than 120 Syrians have fled to Turkey to seek refuge from the violence in Jisr al Shughour, and the United Nations refugee agency says many more are waiting to make the trip if unrest escalates.

Thousands of Syrian troops on move to rebel northern area
The National 8 Jun 2011 – Turkey says it will open the frontier to Syrians fleeing violence, while villages open their mosques, churches and schools to take in people fleeing in terror as Assad regime cracks down.

Strongman plans to slay lion and revive Egyptian tourism trade
The National 8 Jun 2011 – Minister of tourism vows to make sure ‘such a barbaric act does not take place in Egypt’ as thousands sign online petition to stop al Sayed al Essawy fighting a 10-year-old, 280kg lion named Samson to the death on June 25.

US fears growth of al Qa’eda in Yemen as country fractures
The National 8 Jun 2011 – Yemen’s al Qa’eda franchise ‘has grown into a very virulent deadly federated point,’ says Admiral Michael Mullen, head of the US joint chiefs of staff, ‘incredibly dangerous and made more dangerous in the ongoing chaos.’

Yemenis optimistic despite profound challenges
The National 8 Jun 2011 – It looks likely that the regional repercussions of a failed state in their midst would force Yemen’s wealthy GCC neighbours to provide increased financial assistance to bolster its government’s ability to survive, say observers.

Activists cast doubts over effect of EU’s $1bn aid to Southern Mediterranean
The National 8 Jun 2011 – Experts worry that the money will come with strings attached, that it will lock the new ‘Arab Spring’ governments into financial arrangements that will keep them dependent on foreign powers and that the recipient governments are not ready to handle such assistance.


Iran: Israel and U.S. are trying to provoke a regional war
Ha’aretz – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says both countries are conspiring against Iran in an effort to ‘destroy the Islamic Republic’ and maintain U.S. hegemony in the area.

U.S. backs proposal at UN to condemn Syria regime
Ha’aretz – U.S. State Department spokesman says he supports Britain and France’s proposal to put forth a UN security Council resolution in order to pressure Assad to end the crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Erdogan: Turkey will not ‘close its doors’ to Syrian refugees
Ha’aretz – Turkish Foreign Ministry says there are now more than 420 Syrian refugees in tent camps set up in the border town of Yayladagi.

UN agency report shows West Bank economy not flourishing
Ha’aretz – Despite Netanyahu’s statement to U.S. Congress that the Palestinian economy was booming, report reveals that one in four Palestinians in the workforce is unemployed.

Egypt and Hamas reopen Rafah crossing with Gaza
Ha’aretz – Less than two weeks after Egypt opened the border crossing with Gaza, Hamas and the Egyptians closed the gateway over the weekend for unspecified reasons.

Al-Qaida deputy: U.S. will regret killing Bin Laden
Ha’aretz – In a 30-minute video released Wednesday, Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahiri says Arab revolts are united in their struggle against the U.S.

Gadhafi’s daughter files war crimes lawsuit against NATO
Ha’aretz – Aisha Gadhafi lost her infant daughter, brother and nephew in an April 30 attack on the Libyan leader’s compound.

France to pursue Mideast conference despite U.S. reservations
Ha’aretz – French Foreign Minister Juppe tells reporters he believes there will be positive developments in the following weeks; Clinton says a conference is useless unless sides willing to negotiate.

Iran: Advanced centrifuges to be set up soon at Qom nuclear site
Ha’aretz – Iran shifting its higher grade uranium enrichment work from Natanz site to Fordo near Qom and aims to triple the production capacity of nuclear fuel.

Psychic’s tip about Texas mass grave proves false
Ha’aretz – Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says he woman who twice called in the tip about dozens of dismembered bodies in Texas house would be investigated.

Jerusalem Post

5th Creative Special Needs Festival to kick off
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – For fifth year in a row, actors and musicians with special needs will be center stage in Jerusalem for five days in June.

International Book Fair’s Zev Birger dies at 86
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Survivor of Dachau arrived in Israel in 1947, served country in many capacities before taking over book fair in 1983.

Palestinians believe Fayyad is the man for the job
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Majority want government headed by PA prime minister, view Fatah-Hamas reconciliation well; Poll: confidence in Abbas and Haniyeh.

Katz: No presidential system without direct vote for MKs
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Israeli Beitenu is seeking full presidential system such as in the United States; Katz insists checks and balances are necessary.

Syrians flee to Turkey while West mulls sanctions
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Erdogan chides Assad, says door open to refugees; Tanks, troops reportedly heading north to Homs.

Death by (lack of) pathologists
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – We are the doctors no one sees. While many folks don’t know pathologists are physicians, the impact we make on patients’ lives patients should not be discounted.

I blame the physicians
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Israel’s doctors have consistently shut out other health professions, usurping their duties all the while bemoaning increasing work loads.

The erosion of European Jewry
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – In many communities, Jewish leaders are in a state of denial, insisting that the level of anti-Semitism is exaggerated.

Washington Watch: The French connection
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – France’s offer of a peace conference in Paris is an opportunity for Abbas to save face by declaring his UN strategy succeeded because he got the negotiations he insists were his real goal all along.

A government of the people?
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – The summer break about-face episode underlines a fundamental flaw and glaring imperfection at the heart of Israel’s democracy: All too often, the people just are not part of the equation.

The IDF must stop shooting the unarmed
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – We should use any non-lethal, non-crippling methods necessary, but we should not fire on them.

Preserving Auschwitz-Birkenau
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Politicians on all sides of Britain’s Parliament have rightly welcomed the UK government’s announcement that it will provide ¬£2.1 million to the foundation that oversees the death camp’s upkeep.

An Ethiopian who delights in proving everyone wrong
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Defying stereotypes, Danny Adino Abebe rose from a humble background and overcame his fair share of discrimination.

Naksa violence shows Assad desperate
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Israel to date has provided the Assad dynasty with one of its abiding claims to power.

US lawmaker to push bill denying UN aid if state recognized
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen seeks to make it US policy to “oppose efforts by the Palestinian leadership to evade a negotiated settlement with Israel and undermine opportunities for peace.”

Fighting turns southern Yemen town into ‘hell’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – UN’s World Food Program says Yemenis going hungry as fighting disrupts food supplies and pushes up the price of gas, water, fuel and other basic commodities.

Sderot rocket victims sue Gaza flotilla organizers
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – $1,000,000 lawsuit claims two Canadian organizations raising money for flotilla are aiding and abetting Hamas terrorists.

‘West Bank economic success not as high as reported’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – UNRWA report says unemployment in second half of 2010 grew much faster than employment, average purchasing power continued to decline.

Germany defends E.coli response as death toll rises to 27
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – The German gov’t has been criticized for failing to pin down cause of outbreak that has stricken more than 2,700 people in 12 countries.

EU readies sanctions to target Syrian economic sector
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Britain, France push UNSC resolution condemning Assad’s crackdown on protesters; Erdogan: Turkey won’t turn away Syrian refugees.

‘US faces Jihadist renaissance after bin Laden killing’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Al-Qaida second in command Zawahri posts video commemorating bin Laden who he says will continue to “haunt America and Israel.”

West Bank economy is not flourishing, UN agency says
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – UNRWA report says unemployment in second half of 2010 grew much faster than employment, average purchasing power continued to decline.

Iran says it will triple uranium production capacity
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Announcement draws immediate condemnation from EU; French Foreign Ministry calls move a provocation, violation of int’l law.

Gaddafi forces shell Misrata; ‘kill 12 Libyan rebels’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Regime offensive on rebel-held western city follows lull in NATO bombing of Tripoli; Spain recognizes rebel government.

Around 200,000 Israelis visit KKL-JNF parks on Shavuot
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Large crowds of families come to celebrate holiday with picnics, barbecues; KKL-JNF stresses caution in handling fires, trash.

‘PA bans journalists from reporting human rights abuses’
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Palestinian journalists say PA forbidding to publicize findings of ICHR report on torture, arrests, arbitrary detentions by PA, Hamas.

After days of closures, Rafah border open for travel
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Following last Saturdays breach of the closed border gate, Egyptian, Hamas officials agree to reopen crossing and give those denied priority.

Letter shows first-known desire by Hitler to remove Jews
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Simon Wiesenthal Center unveils in New York a 1919-dated letter penned by Hitler expressing his anti-Semitic aspirations for Germany.

UK, France put forward UN resolution condemning Syria
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Refugees flee to Turkey as Assad sends tanks to quell rebellion; Erdogan says door open to Syrians escaping violence.

Forty-four years later, Liberty attack provokes passions
Jeruslalem Post 8 Jun 2011 – Though joint US, Israeli investigation claim bombing was accident, some allege Israeli attack on US Navy vessel had its purpose.

The Guardian

Letters: Shocking account of Mavi Marmara assault
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Carmel Gould’s piece contains a shockingly inaccurate account of the horrific events on board the Mavi Marmara ( The end of the media’s Israel fixation? , 8 June). Lest we should forget: Israeli commandos forcibly and illegally boarded,…

East Jerusalem: Sharing our house with settlers – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house Christian Bennett Mustafa…

East Jerusalem: Witnessing the truth – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Zuheir set up CCTV cameras around his home to document clashes between settlers, residents and security forces. Footage captured on his camera contradicts the official line on the killing of a local Silwan resident by an…

East Jerusalem: ‘They broke into the block like a swarm of ants’ – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Thaer Qirresh is a 14-year-old Palestinian living in the Muslim quarter of the Old City in East Jerusalem. His family are the last Palestinian family left in the block after a settler organisation purchased the lease…

East Jerusalem: ‘The wall is choking us all’ – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Abd al-Fatah lives on ancestral land in an ancient Cana’anite cave on the edge of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary. Israeli businessmen intend to build a new settlement on his land. He recorded his daily battle to keep…

East Jerusalem: ‘Every action in this area is very sensitive’ – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – A Jewish-Israeli archaeologist takes us on an alternative tour of the ‘City of David’ – the archaeological site and tourist attraction in the centre of Jerusalem, owned by the Israeli settler organisation Elad Christian Bennett Mustafa…

East Jerusalem: ‘My kids won’t live under the same illusion I did’ – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Raised in West Jerusalem, Sara Benninga is an emerging activist leader in a growing mixed solidarity movement. We gave her a camera to record her daily life moving between opposing cultures in East and West Jerusalem…

East Jerusalem: Witnessing the truth (Hebrew) – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Zuheir set up CCTV cameras around his home to document clashes between settlers, residents and security forces. Footage captured on his camera contradicts the official line on the killing of a local Silwan resident by an…

East Jerusalem: Witnessing the truth (Arabic) – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Zuheir set up CCTV cameras around his home to document clashes between settlers, residents and security forces. Footage captured on his camera contradicts the official line on the killing of a local Silwan resident by an…

East Jerusalem: Sharing our house with settlers (Arabic) – video
The Guardian 8 Jun 2011 – Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house Michael Tait Mustafa…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: Promised Crossing Denied
IPS Many hoping to find free movement between Egypt and Gaza have found the border gates at the Rafah crossing closed. Egyptian officials closed the gates on Saturday, according to Palestinian officials.

BAHRAIN: Planned Talks Bring Hope for Peace
IPS A national dialogue with no preconditions could bring the situation in Bahrain back to normal after a military crackdown that followed months of unrest.


What Hope is There? – Interview with Frank Barat
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) is an International People’s Tribunal created following the international community’s inaction regarding Israel’s recognized violations of International law. The RToP proceedings, which comprise a number of sessions, deal with different aspects of the complicity and responsibilities of States, international organisations and corporations in the on-going occupation of Palestinian…

Cancer kids plead to see detained fathers
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – – Asil is 10-years-old and suffers from leukemia. Just 40 days after she was born in the West Bank city of Hebron, her father, Jamal Qisiyeh, was detained by Israeli authorities and later sentenced to 13 years imprisonment. Palestinian Detainees Minister in the West Bank visited Asil on Wednesday in a show of support…

Video: East Jerusalem: Sharing our house with settlers
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house…

Wine Bottles Smashed In Al-Aqsa Compound
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – Local sources report that a number of Jewish settlers broke into the al-Aqsa compound and began drinking wine and smashing bottles on the floor. Consumption of alcohol is forbidden in Islam and such acts are considered desecration. The group allegedly broke through a gate near the Western Wall and were protected by Israeli police….

Promised Crossing Denied
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – Many hoping to find free movement between Egypt and Gaza have found the border gates at the Rafah crossing closed. Egyptian officials closed the gates on Saturday, according to Palestinian officials. Ayyoub Abu Shaar, the official who usually communicates with the Egyptian side is no longer able to reach his counterpart. A number of…

Internet Censorship Bill Introduced
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to “(s)upport the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet.” In fact, he failed to deliver on every major promise made, including the last frontier of press freedom, protected from censorship and corporate control. Post-9/11, both he and Bush expanded intrusive…

Surely the real point about Aafia Siddiqui is being missed?
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – Since the release of The Guantanamo Files in April 2011 by Wikileaks, there have been a number of stories written in relation to those detained at the infamous base. One of the stories that received some mainstream coverage though, was that of Aafia Siddiqui. However, the coverage that was received, completely missed the point….

Syrian forces led by president’s brother converge on rebellious town, activist says
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – Thousands of elite troops led by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brother converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages warned that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said. Syrian forces have lost control of large areas of the northern province, a pro-government newspaper reported, in a…

Bahrain media charge that U.S. backs regime’s overthrow
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – As Bahrain’s reformist Crown Prince headed to Washington Monday for top-level talks, official news media in the Gulf state stepped up a drumbeat of anti-American attacks, some even accusing of the U.S. administration of colluding with opposition leaders they claim are trying to overthrow the state… The Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper on Sunday accused…

Gaddafi forces advance on Libya’s Misrata
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – Thousands of troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi advanced on the rebel-held western city of Misrata on Wednesday, shelling it from three sides in attacks that killed at least 12 rebels, a rebel spokesman said. The offensive followed a lull in NATO bombing of Tripoli on Wednesday, after 24 hours of some of…

Obama’s illegal war against Libya
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – The Obama administration has dismissed complaints that it is violating the US Constitution and the War Powers Act in waging an undeclared war against Libya without seeking or obtaining congressional authorization. This open defiance of any legal restraint on presidential war-making is the culmination of a long process of decay of American democracy, extending…

Traveling to the other part of home
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – For Palestinians in Gaza, the answer to “Have you ever been to Jerusalem?” is usually a complicated one. I first went to Jerusalem in 2000 with my parents, grandmother and older sister. I was staring at a crowd of rabbis through the window of the bus that carried us to Jerusalem. They all were…

Egypt’s IMF-backed revolution? No thanks
Uruknet June 8, 2011 – News that the Egyptian interim government has struck a deal with the IMF through which the fund will hand Egypt a $3bn loan has met with differing reactions. It was greeted with relief by some, as proof of the country’s positive economic prospects in the medium and long term, and a rebuttal to those…

Libya: a deafening silence
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – So now we are sending Apache jets to bomb Libyan civilians. An escalation in yet another bloody NATO war. Or, in the words of Colonel Jason Etherington, “it just brings something else to the party.” The entire media have fallen into line. This is a war to protect civilians. This is a war to…

Bahrain faces fresh torture claims over health workers’ trial
Uruknet 7 June 2011 – The Bahraini authorities must independently investigate fresh claims that dozens of doctors and nurses on trial before a military court were tortured in detention and made to sign false confessions, Amnesty International said today.‚Ä®‚Ä®..The trial of the 48 medical staff, most of whom worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex, opened at a military court…

Iraq snapshot – June 7, 2011
Uruknet June 7, 2011 Chaos and violence continue, the Commission on Wartime Contracting is surprised by the State Dept’s decision to use contractors who already have problems with record keeping, the 100 Days end, and more. Nathan Hodge (Wall St. Journal) reports, “The State Department is preparing to spend close to $3 billion to hire a security force to…

US Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish – “Not too shabby!”
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – According to The New York Times, a quarter of the passengers on the upcoming US Boat to Gaza are Jewish. What does it mean that the US Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? According to the noted American Jewish commentator Adam Sandler, a quarter Jewish is “not too shabby!” Maybe the US Boat…

A Frat House With Guns in Baghdad How Not to Withdraw From Iraq
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – …Even if the troops do finally leave, the question is: Will that actually bring the U.S. occupation of Iraq to a close? During the invasion of 2003, a younger David Petraeus famously asked a reporter: “Tell me how this ends.” Dave, it may not actually end. After all, as of October 1, 2011, full…

Unraveling the Emperor’s Speech to Write Our Own Story
Uruknet June 7, 2011 – Anger was my first reaction after listening to Obama’s two speeches, one to the world and another to AIPAC – the powerful Israeli lobby in the US. I went around to my friends with phrases like ‘who does he think he is, presuming to tell Palestinians how they may or may not achieve freedom?’,…

Daily Star

Brevet exams kick off with identical tests in Qatar for first time
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 Intermediate school students concluded Wednesday the first day of three-day state exams, which will determine whether they are admitted into secondary school next year.

Warrants issued for ISF members in escapee case
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 Military Judge Saqr Saqr issued arrest warrants for three members of the Internal Security Forces Wednesday who were accompanying a fugitive when he escaped from the Justice Palace in Adlieh.

Inmates’ families stage sit-in near Parliament
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 Relatives of prison inmates staged a sit-in Wednesday morning near the Parliament in Downtown Beirut, calling for the issuance of a general pardon for all detainees, as a lack of quorum derailed a legislative session.

CDR defends new Nahr al-Mott bridge as solution to traffic jams
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 A new bridge leading to Sin al-Fil from the Nahr al-Mott area prompted officials from the Council for Development and Reconstruction Wednesday to hold a news conference to defend the project as an improvement in the…

Lebanon tweets above its regional weight
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 Although the regime-shaking jolts of the Arab Spring may have bypassed Lebanon, its extensive use of networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook means the country constitutes a vital voice in the region’s ever-changing landscape.

Sakr issues arrest warrant for security personnel
Daily Star 8 Jun 2011 Military prosecutor issues arrest warrants for three security personnel who accompanied a fugitive before he escaped from Justice Palace in Adliyeh.

Parliament committee debates draft legislation on domestic violence
Daily Star 7 Jun 2011 A special parliamentary committee discussed Tuesday a draft law on domestic violence, igniting a debate on the proposal’s focus on women.

YNet News

Residents of Syrian town flee to Turkey
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Assad’s regime admits loss of control over Jisr al-Shughour as soldiers mutiny….

Iran to triple uranium production
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Nuclear chief says Iran will transfer 20% enrichment activities from Natanz to….

PA: 1967 lines or statehood declaration
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat backs Mideast policy speech given by….

Hamas insists: No progress in Shalit talks
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Additional spokesman denies recent reports saying Hamas had delivered final….

Gaza reopens border with Egypt
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Hamas strikes deal with Egypt’s new military rulers, which shut crossing down….

Early Hitler letter on Jews unveiled in NYC
YNet News, 8 Jun 2011 – Rights group leader says letter dated 1919 contains fuehrer’s first remarks on….

Mystery over Paris Syrian envoy resignation
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – France 24 TV channel airs audio resignation of woman identified as Syrian….

France to move forward on Mideast conference
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says to proceed with proposal to hold….

Israel’s new battlefield: Iranian submarines
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – What effect will Iran’s growing presence in Red Sea, Mediterranean have on….

Israel files complaint to UN over border clashes
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – Deputy Ambassador to United Nations Haim Waxman hands UN secretary-general stern….

Obama to Palestinians: Drop UN statehood bid
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – In joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US president….

Gaddafi vows to fight to the death
YNet News, 7 Jun 2011 – Amid relentless NATO airstrikes, Libyan leader says ‘we only have one choice: We….

East Jerusalem: Six Voices
B’tselem 7 Jun 2011 – In this innovative project, B’Tselem and the Guardian gave six Palestinians and Israelis cameras to create video diaries of their lives in occupied East Jerusalem, under the shadow of the settlement enterprise. The diaries offer a glimpse into the impact gram FilesQuickTimeQTSystem

Palestinian Information Center

Resheq: Hamas, Fatah to meet in Cairo on Tuesday
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas movement has said that a fresh meeting between his movement and Fatah faction would take place next Tuesday in Cairo.

Jewish settlers storm Aqsa plaza
PIC – Jewish settlers stormed the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on Wednesday in large numbers after organizing provocative marches in its vicinity and in the Old City.

IOF soldiers storm villages, round up citizens including teen
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up two Palestinians in Al-Khalil and Qalqilia villages including a 17-year-old teen, local sources reported on Wednesday.

Palestinian prisoners in Ramon jail refuse strip search
PIC – Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli Ramon jail have appealed to human rights groups and international organizations to immediately intervene and demand an end to strip searches forced on them.

Gaza health condition catastrophic, cabinet deducts from salaries to meet need
PIC – The Palestinian government in Gaza decided on Wednesday to deduct 5% of the salaries of all civil servants to purchase badly needed medications in the Strip.

Masri: Blood of Naksa Day protesters marks beginning of new stage for Palestine
PIC – Mushir al-Masri has said that the spilled blood of those killed by the IOF on borders with Lebanon and Syria during Naksa Day marks the beginning of a new phase in ending the Israeli occupation.

Israeli factories in Salfit major cause of high rate of cancer among children
PIC – The Israeli Barkan industrial area established on Palestinian land in Salfit is the major cause for soaring rate of cancer among children in the area compared to other Palestinian areas.

Egypt denies resuming gas supply to Israel
PIC – The Egyptian oil ministry has denied media rumors that Egypt resumed Tuesday pumping gas to Israel.

Hamas condemns provocative Aqsa break-ins
PIC – Hamas has condemned provocative steps by Jewish extremists who stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday and drank alcohol and broke bottles of liquor on the holy site’s courtyards.

Jewish terrorists burn mosque in West Bank
PIC – Suspected Jewish terrorists on Tuesday, 7 June, torched a mosque in central West Bank, police sources and eyewitnesses said.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Majority of Palestinians Wants Fayyad as Prime Minister

Lawmaker Ashrawi Defends Palestinian Right to Seek UN Recognition

Civil Peace Service to Monitor Human Rights in Gaza Waters

Reporters Without Borders Outraged at Dismissal of Case against Israeli Army

Israeli Settlers Set Fire to Palestinian fields near Hebron

Former Norwegian Premier Granted Honorary Palestinian Passport

US Calls on Israel to Investigate Mosque Burning

Aid Association says Israeli Restrictions Hamper Development

Salaries to be Paid Wednesday Evening, says Accountant-General

Intifada Palestine

The Golan Heights, Zionism and Resistance
Intifada-Palestine: 8 Jun 2011 – by Haytham A K. Radwan This year marks the 44nd anniversary of the June War that led to Israel‚Äüs illegal occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights. It is a myth not to believe that Zionism had provoked the June War in…more

Los Angeles Times

Syria’s ambassador to France denies resigning
LA Times 8 Jun 2011 – Paris-based Ambassador Lamia Shakkour says that the woman who gave a phone interview to France 24 denouncing the crackdown in Syria and stepping down was an imposter. Shakkour says she will pursue legal action against the TV station. A French television station believed it had…

Gates calls for more NATO allies to join Libya air campaign
LA Times 8 Jun 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates names five alliance members that he says should do more to share the burden of NATO’s air campaign against Moammar Kadafi. Only seven nations are carrying out airstrikes. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday urged more NATO allies to…

On Egyptian tour guides’ itinerary today? Nothing
LA Times 7 Jun 2011 – Tourism was the industry hit hardest by the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak. A dozen tour guides lounged in the shade of the Egyptian Museum’s sculpture garden, coalescing around the few tourists. Scores more waited at home, chatting on Facebook about how long the crisis…

NATO planes bomb Tripoli for hours on end
LA Times 7 Jun 2011 – Libyan officials say at least 31 are killed as waves of aircraft hit Libya’s capital with an unusual daytime bombardment, targeting what NATO calls ‘command-and-control’ centers. Waves of NATO fighter planes hit the Libyan capital Tuesday with one of the largest bombardments of the city…

New York Times

Iran Plans High Level of Uranium Enrichment
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – Iran declared that it aims to triple production of nuclear fuel this year and increase enrichment to 20 percent.

Youths Play New Roles in Turkish Elections
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – Turkish voters go to the polls on Sunday in parliamentary elections and for the first time, candidates under age 30 are in the running.

Jordan Tries to Remake Its Political Machinery
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – Whether Parliament approves recommendations from a National Dialogue Committee on reforming politics is an open question.

Middle East: Broadcasting Provocative Debate From an Island of Free Speech
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – The Doha Debates, founded by the government-funded Qatar Foundation and broadcast across the world to an audience of 400 million, provide a rare forum to address controversial topics.

Middle East: As Gulf Builds Hospitals, a Staffing Crisis Deepens
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – The Gulf region is in the middle of a $14 billion spending spree to erect health care facilities. But health officials worry they may not have enough staff.

Syrian Leader’s Brother Seen as Enforcer of Crackdown
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – President Bashar al-Assad’s brother, Maher, has emerged as a lightning rod of dissent over his control of elite units in the army.

Syrian Envoy to France Denies Resignation
New York Times 8 Jun 2011 – The Syrian ambassador to France, Lamia Shakkour, denied resigning from her post early Wednesday morning and said that she had been the victim of disinformation intended to embarrass Syria.


Look at their eyes
Mondoweiss – Here’s a photo from Active Stills on Jerusalem Day , when rightwing white-shirted Jewish marchers celebrated the unification of Jerusalem by shouting Butcher the Arabs. This is a picture of Palestinians in the Old City waiting behind a barrier. See the defensive postures. See the loneliness. See…

‘Fayyadism’ revealed: UN report throws cold water on the economic mirage in the West Bank
Mondoweiss – In recent years it has become popular among liberal commentators in the US to celebrate Salam Fayyad and his plan for Palestine. Despite evidence of widespread human rights abuses under his watch, or more accurately at his and USLieutenant General Keith Dayton’s command, Fayyad’s state building…

Palestinian Report Alleges Abusisi Tortured, Suffering from Serious Illness
Tikun Olam – Hamas sources have published an account of Dirar Abusisi’s condition (Arabic) which alleges that he has been tortured by the Shabak in Eshel Prison and that he suffers from untreated kidney stones. Among the claims made in the online article, which was published after visits to…

LGBT groups: Don’t harm other struggles for justice
Mondoweiss – Note to readers: All those interested in the LGBT questions around Israel’s image should check out the sit-in at New York’s LGBT Center today at 6. Details at the end of Eleanor’s post.—Editor On the website for the Israel Gay Youth organisation (IGY), Ana Shilansky recounts…

Amina Abdallah Araf, gay Syrian blogger?
Mondoweiss – Phil and Saleema picked up the intriguing story that is now generating international attention of the lesbian Syrian blogger, Amina Abdallah Araf, who was allegedly picked up by Syrian security forces a few days ago. Andy Carvin from NPR and a few other bloggers who were…

Weiner’s progressive defenders blind themselves to the rightwing views that may now ensure his survival
Mondoweiss – Two quick points about the Anthony Weiner scandal. First, among heavy hitters in the progressive media, no one wants to point out that Weiner’s Israel-Palestine views put him in deep Likud territory, which on the American spectrum translates into an ethno-nationalism beyond the pale were it…

Barak Clamors for War on Iran, Bibi’s His Poodle
Tikun Olam – Bibi-Barak, Israel’s war camp (Reuters) Maariv’s Ben Caspit is not someone I ever quote. In fact, normally if Caspit says something, I believe the opposite. That goes back to the nasty smears he levelled against Shammai Leibowitz when he was a human rights fellow of the…

Yediot Publishes Profile in English
Tikun Olam – The Yediot profile of Tikun Olam (and me) written by Moshe Ronen has been translated into English and published at Ynetnews. I’m grateful to Moshe for his interest in the blog and the values it represents and also for his careful characterization of my ideas. I’d…

Misc 2

Playing Politics or Keeping the Country Safe
Arab American Institute 8 Jun 2011 – In a troubling story in today’s Washington Post, Jeffrey Smith examines the Department of Homeland Security’s emphasis on the threat of home-grown terror related to Islam while downplaying the risks posed by right-wing extremists. After issuing a report on the subject in 2009 entitled “Rightwing Extremism:…

Obama Nominates Azizah al-Hibri for USCRIF
Arab American Institute 7 Jun 2011 – A White House press release yesterday announced President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, founder of KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights, to become a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. al-Hibri is also a professor of law at the T….

Some of What’s Wrong With the Liberal Zionist Vision of the Two State Solution
The Magnes Zionist 8 Jun 2011 – Liberal Zionists in Israel and the diaspora have, for many years, put forth a vision of two states in historic Palestine, i.e., a Jewish state alongside a Palestinian state. The borders between the states would be the 49 armistice line (the “green line”), with land swaps…

Haneen Al Zoabi: Racists impose the rules of the political game in Israel
Middle East Monitor 8 Jun 2011 – The Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, Haneen Al Zoabi, has condemned the initiative led by a Jewish member, Yariv Levin, to ban her from traveling outside the country and to prevent her from participating in the Freedom Fleet 2. She described the move as an…

Egyptian Christian scholar speaks on his relations with Muslim Brotherhood
Middle East Monitor 8 Jun 2011 – The well-known Christian intellectual, Dr Rafiq Habib, has long-standing ties with the Muslim Brotherhood which are more than the result of having been chosen as Vice-Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party affiliated to the organisation. Moreover, the choice of Dr Habib for this party position…

Davutoglu: we severed ties with Israel since the Mavi Marmara incident
Middle East Monitor 8 Jun 2011 – In response to allegations made by the leader of Turkey’s opposition party accusing the government of engaging in a ministerial visit to Israel, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, confirmed during a recent television interview that Turkish relations with Israel had been severed since the day Israeli…

Israeli forces ransack Nablus offices of the Change and Reform Bloc
Middle East Monitor 8 Jun 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Israeli security forces have broken into the offices belonging to five elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from the Change and Reform Bloc in Nablus, ransacking their contents and confiscating computers and various files. They arrested the 75 year-old deputy of the bloc,…

The No-Longer Temporary Occupation
Joseph Dana 8 Jun 2011 – This piece appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward on 17 June 2011 One particular success of Israel’s 44-year control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has been the government’s ability to convince the Israeli population of the temporary nature of the occupation. Every sector of…

ICC probes Gaddafi rape charges
BBC 8 Jun 2011 – The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says there is evidence that Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi ordered the rape of hundreds of women as a weapon.

Western powers push UN Syria vote
BBC 8 Jun 2011 – The UK and France present a draft UN resolution condemning Syria’s suppression of protests, but stopping short of authorising concrete action.

Syria ambassador denies resigning
BBC 8 Jun 2011 – Syria’s ambassador in Paris attempts to clear up confusion over her status by appearing on French TV to deny that she has resigned.

(en) Egypt, “transition in order” and a revolutionary situation still open
A-infos 8 Jun 2011 – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians returned to take Tahrir Square on May 27 to protest against the persistence of figures of the Mubarak regime in the state, the repressive nature of the Military Council in power and the slowness of the “transitional government’s” reforms – reminding…

(en) Canada, Slutwalk march in Hamilton a big success. Protesters march on police for the second time in two months
A-infos 8 Jun 2011 – This past Sunday, June 5, the Slutwalk movement came to Hamilton. Over 500 people marched from City Hall, through downtown and to the central police station. The march drew people of all ages and from across the region. The message was loud and clear: stop blaming…

Will Palestine Be the Newest UN Member? What Is Our Role?
US Campaign to End the Occupation 8 Jun 2011 – June 8, 2011


Edward Said’s Lost Essay on Jerusalem: The Current Status of Jerusalem
Edward Said, Jerusalem Quarterly File6/8/2011
Spring 2011
Introduction by Rashid Khalidi
This article about the status Jerusalem was written by Edward Said fifteen years ago. It is nevertheless striking how accurate its description of the reality in Jerusalem remains, in spite of all that has changed since then.
Even more striking than Said’s acuity regarding Israeli intentions and actions on the ground in the Holy City is the depth of his understanding of the method of operation regarding Jerusalem that Israel has systematically pursued since 1967. This consists in first projecting an essentially false image of what it wants the world to believe, and then acting decisively to make that vision a “reality.” Thus declarative policy preceded actual transformations on the ground. Proclamation of Jerusalem as Israel’s “eternal, undivided capital” and hammering this meretricious theme home via the many channels available to it, was the essential precursor to the actual process of making this vision a reality. This involved swallowing up Arab East Jerusalem, turning its population into a minority even in the Eastern part of the city via intensive colonization, and separating it from its hinterland in the West Bank. These real-world processes have continued for over four decades now. However, the precondition for their success was the declarative policy that Said so accurately summarizes. In spite of all the vacuous talk about “Zionist propaganda,” few have written as perceptively as Said about how closely interlinked have been the discursive and the active aspects of Israel’s policies: the establishment of facts on the ground has thus always been accompanied by the fabrication of “facts” in the realms of history, culture and the imagination.
Also worth underlining is the barely veiled anger Said shows in this article towards the incapacity of Palestinian and Arab leaderships, both political and intellectual, to project a vision of Jerusalem that might counter that of a historically Jewish Jerusalem that belongs exclusively to Israel….more..e-mail


Jewish Voice for Peace? Really??
Nahida Izzat, Intifada-Palestine6/7/2011
It appears that, yet again, Anti-zionist Jewish organizations are trying to silence Palestine’s supporters, to frame the debate, to secure the future of their brethren in occupied Palestine and to steer the course of Liberation of our Homeland
I would invite people to hear a Palestinian voice, here:
A strategy of liberation requires emancipation
* No decent human-being would demand to live on STOLEN land and still claims to have a fiber of morality.
* No decent human-being could claim that the perpetrator should have the same rights as the victim while claiming to be a humanist.
* Palestinians are under no obligation to hold back their march for freedom, to curtail their aims or to smother their rights for the sake of accommodating and not offending their Jewish supporters.
* Palestinians are always grateful and appreciative of the hard work and dedication of all their supporters whomever they are, however, Palestinians have NO obligation to adopt the aims and objectives of the anti-zionist Jewish supporters instead of their own.
* Dismissing the Palestinian voice as radical, reactionary, intolerant, or unreasonable, and requiring instead the Jewish-anti-zionist stamp of approval to have legitimacy to speak for Palestine, is preposterous and contradicts basic concepts of human rights and does not do justice to Palestinians….more..e-mail

Falastin versus the British Mandate and Zionism (1921-1931):Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Noha Tadros Khalaf, Jerusalem Quarterly File6/8/2011
Spring 2011
The injunction to remember risks being heard as an invitation addressed to memory to short-circuit the work of history. For my part, I am all the more attentive to this danger as this book is a plea on behalf of memory as the womb of history… Paul Ricoeur1
This study2 attempts to shed light on the career of the newspaper Falastin during the first decade of the British Mandate (1921–1931) by looking at the relevant historical content in two bodies of work by the Palestinian journalist ‘Issa al-‘Issa: his memoirs and his newspaper, Falastin. Since the history of the newspaper itself reflects the major political developments of this period, it is necessary to outline the main elements constituting the contemporary political background.
Min dhikrayat al-madi (Memoirs)3
Min dhikrayat al-madi, literally “memories from the past”, is the title given to his memoirs by ‘Issa al-‘Issa, who founded the newspaper Falastin in Jaffa in 1911.4 The author recorded these remembrances in the last years of his life, after leaving Jaffa, basing them on his recollection of what he considered to be some of the crucial events and stories of his life.
In L’autobiographie5 the French writer Miraux distinguishes between the different forms and genres of autobiographical writing, variously called notebooks, diaries, memoirs, chronicles, souvenirs or reminiscences. He regarded memoirs as a form of recollection distinguished by the freedom and selectivity it allows the writer. While the memoirist’s purpose is close to that of the autobiographical writer, his project is different in that it does not require him to recount everything. Naturally the memoirist is writing about himself, but he may choose to write about some and not all events, relationships, or encounters with public personalities….more..e-mail

Life in Jordan Valley strangled by Israeli military control
Electronic Intifada: 8 Jun 2011 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours The Electronic Intifada Jerusalem For Abd al-Rahim Bisharat, Israel’s goal of taking full and permanent control of the Jordan Valley is clear. “Their goal is that they want us [to] get tired of our land and leave it so that they can expand the settlements,”more

Interview: Antony Loewenstein on Palestine’s struggle in Australia
Electronic Intifada: 8 Jun 2011 – Sarah Irving The Electronic Intifada Antony Loewenstein, a writer and journalist based in Sydney and a founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices, speaks to The Electronic Intifada about the growing boycott, divestment and santions movement and the resistance to it in Australia.more

Canada with Israel, forget the Canadian and Palestinian civilians
In Gaza: 8 Jun 2011 – Two years ago , just after Israeli soldiers showered myself, my international colleagues and the 6 or 7 farmers we accompanied on land in Abassan Jadida, with continuous and dangerously close machine gun fire for roughly 45 minutes, the Canadian embassy in Tel Aviv told me that the Israeli firing on me was not a problem for Canada. The farmers –men in the early twenties, paid labourers, as well as an older farmer –had harvested parsley on a plot of land 500 metres from the Green Line border between Gaza and Israel for over two hours without incidence, Israeli jeeps driving past along the border but not shooting. The area along the border is flatland, treeless (bulldozed by the Israelis over the years), and by Israeli imposition without crops any taller than wheat, which is also routinely bulldozed or burned (near time of harvest). It is an open area and the…more

A Congress to Be Proud of
Dissident Voice: 8 Jun 2011 – Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent address to a joint session of Congress was an outstanding personal success. Fifty-seven times the Congress applauded including 25 standing ovations. How sweet it was! No doubt some members were more perfunctory in their applause or slow to rise to their feet for those numerous standing ovations. In this particular Congress it isn’t politically healthy to be seen behaving too different from the masses. The atmosphere surely was something to behold, as if Winston Churchill, George Washington, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela were personified in the person of the speaker. Here spoke the leader of a country with a national product comparable to that of Italy, supported consistently by legislation and political action on the part of his hosts. These include billions of dollars in monetary largess, sophisticated weaponry transfers often without cost and consistent political cover in a generally Israel-hostile United Nations. Israel must be…more

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