VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 10 June, 2011: Israel closes sole Gaza crossing for goods and aid

10 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Breaks Into Al Aqsa Mosque Yards, Fires Gas Bombs At Worshipers
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 21:32, The Al Aqsa Foundation for Wadf and Heritage stated Friday that Israeli soldiers broke into the yards of the Al Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, attacked dozens of worshipers and fired gas bombs at them.

65-year-old Man Wounded By Army Fire Near Ramallah
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 20:49, Israeli soldiers shot and injured on Friday a 65-year-old man during clashes that took place in Kafr Malik village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, between local residents of the village and Israeli soldiers and settlers.

Hunger strike by detainee with untreated brain tumor enters second week
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 20:23, A Palestinian man being held in an Israeli prison has entered the second week of hunger strike after Israeli authorities refused to allow him to receive treatment for a recently-diagnosed brain tumor.

Dozens Wounded In Bil’ins Weekly Nonviolent Protest
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 19:37, Dozens suffered from the effects of tear gas inhalation when the Israeli army showered protestors with tear gas in the village of Bil’in, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday.

67 Children Dispossessed Or Affected By Demolitions In May
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 12:03, The UN Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has reported that the month of May shows the highest number of children made homeless or otherwise affected by Israeli demolitions in the West Bank for 2011.

Army Kidnaps Former Detainees Minister
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 10:30, Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Friday at dawn former Minister of Detainees, Wasfi Qabha, 50, after breaking into his home in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Israel Plans International Response To Obstruct Palestinian Statehood
IMEMC – Friday June 10, 2011 – 08:12, Instructions sent to Israeli embassies around the world have outlined the diplomatic and media strategy combating Palestinian attempts to declare statehood at the UN in September, according to Haaretz.

Ma’an News

Ministry: Surgeries canceled in Gaza due to shortages
6/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Doctors in Gaza have been forced to cancel surgeries due to critical shortages of medicine and supplies, a health ministry official said Friday. Ministry undersecretary Hasen Khalef said eye surgeries, and operations on blood vessels and nerves were among those canceled due to the lack of medication. Gaza Health Minister….

Israeli police fire stun grenades in Al-Aqsa Mosque
6/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces fired stun grenades at worshipers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque after prayers on Friday, police and Palestinian officials said. The Al-Aqsa Foundation said forces raided the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, from the Bab Al-Maghariba entrance and clashed with Palestinian worshipers. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld….

Israel closes sole Gaza crossing for goods and aid
6/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities decided to close Gaza’s sole operating crossing for goods and aid until Sunday, Palestinian officials said. Liaison official Raed Fattouh said he was informed that Israel would close the southernmost Kerem Shalom crossing on Friday and Saturday. Since Israel closed all other border terminals, Kerem Shalom….

Israeli forces shut down Nabi Saleh protest
6/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday shut down the weekly demonstration against settlements and occupation in Nabi Saleh village northwest of Ramallah. Israeli soldiers threw tear gas grenades and shot rubber bullets at the demonstrators, activists said. The army said troops fired “riot dispersal means” at protesters who were throwing stones. Protesters said….

Israel envoys try to foil Palestinian UN bid
6/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s foreign ministry will launch a diplomatic offensive in a bid to foil Palestinian plans to gain United Nations recognition for a state in September, the Haaretz daily reported Friday. The ministry has established a “September Forum” and ordered all its envoys to report in on efforts to persuade other nations…. Related: Secret cables show Israel’s battle plan over Palestinian UN bid and Haaretz

Syria refugee’s dream of return ends in tragedy
6/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — When Ezzat Maswadi burst across the ceasefire line from Syria into the occupied Golan Heights, he thought his chance to return to Jerusalem — the city of his birth — had finally come. But the return that Maswadi had longed for was not to be, and his attempts to reach the Holy City would eventually….

2 injured in Hebron anti-settlement rally
6/10/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces injured two Palestinians and detained two activists on Friday at a demonstration against illegal settlements near Hebron, activists said. Rateb Al-Habor, coordinator of the local committee against settlements, said dozens of Palestinian and international activists joined the peaceful rally after Friday prayers. Al-Habor said Israeli forces fired tear gas….

Cairo denies reports of arms smuggling through Egypt
6/10/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Military leaders in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday denied allegations that new smuggling routes had been established through Egypt into Gaza. The Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv on Friday said Israeli security officials had received information that weapons were being smuggled from Libya to the Gaza Strip via Egypt. According to the…. Related: Report: Arms smuggled into Gaza from Libya

Hamas: PA detained affiliate
6/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Hamas on Friday accused Palestinian Authority security forces of detaining a party member from Siris village near Jenin. The Islamist movement said forces from the Fatah-led PA detained Islam Abu Ali, a student at the Arab American University in Jenin. On Tuesday, Hamas said PA forces detained four party affiliates across….

Israel detains Hamas leader from Jenin
6/10/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained Hamas leader and former minister Wasfi Qabaha overnight Thursday from his home in the West Bank city of Jenin, witnesses said. Locals said soldiers surrounded Qabaha’s home amid intensive shooting and took the 50-year-old to an unknown location. In 2007, Qabaha was arrested by Israeli….

Al-Quds Brigades arrest suspected collaborator
6/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Islamic Jihad’s armed wing the Al-Quds Brigades on Friday announced the arrest of a collaborator accused of involvement in the assassination of 16 resistance fighters. The brigades said the collaborator was identified after several months of intensive monitoring and interrogations by the group’s security department. He….

Report: Arms smuggled into Gaza from Libya
6/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel is concerned that unrest in Libya has created a new smuggling route for weapons into Gaza, Israeli media reported Friday. The Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv said Israeli security officials had received information that fighting against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya had weakened the leader’s control and allowed…. Related: Cairo denies reports of arms smuggling through Egypt

UK minister: Mosque arson ‘provocative’
6/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt on Thursday condemned the torching 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 a recently evacuated settlement outpost….

Real peace only possible ‘if Hamas on board’
6/10/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is only possible if Hamas is involved, a group of former top statesmen and diplomats said in a letter made public on Friday. In the letter, which is addressed to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, 24 former….

PLC: Health minister unfamiliar with basic law
6/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Legislative Council on Thursday rejected statements by Health Minister Fathi Abu Moghli, who questioned the legality of the council. Abu Moghli on Thursday said the PLC had not convened for several years and that a parliamentary committee formed by the body was “illegal.” The fact-finding committee formed by the….

Haniyeh: No differences among Hamas leaders
6/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza government Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Friday that there were no internal differences among Hamas leaders. Speaking at Friday prayers in Gaza City, the premier denied media reports of internal disagreements within the Islamist movement.” This is not true. Hamas has the heart of a one man,” he told….

Palestinian injured in clashes with settlers near Ramallah
6/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) —A 65-year-old Palestinian was shot and injured Friday during clashes with Israeli settlers and soldiers near Ramallah, witnesses said. Locals told Ma’an that dozens of settlers tried to enter an illegal outpost near Kafr Malik village, which had been evacuated by Israeli forces. Villagers tried to stop the….

Minister: Berlin to advise Palestinians against statehood bid
6/10/2011 – BERLIN (AFP) — A high-level German diplomatic mission to the Middle East will try to convince Palestinians next week to drop plans to gain UN recognition for an independent state in September, a minister said Friday. Development Minister Dirk Niebel told Der Spiegel magazine that he and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle would underline Berlin’s….

Hamas leader dies in Gaza City
6/10/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas leader Muhammad Hasan Sham’a died in hospital Friday morning after having a stroke two days earlier, medics said. Sham’a died at Ash-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. He was 70 years old. He was one of the founders of the Hamas movement. The Gaza-based leader of….

Farmer dies in tractor collapse
6/10/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — A farmer from Jenin died on Friday when his tractor collapsed on the way to his land, police said. Deeb Rabay’a, 67, died instantly in the accident east of Meithalun village. His body was taken to the Jenin Government Hospital….

Firefighters struggle to control huge blaze in Nablus
6/10/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Firefighters and civil defense crews are battling a huge blaze in the northern West Bank which erupted at 9 a. m. Friday. Firefighters told Ma’an the blaze in the Nablus mountains had intensified on Friday evening, and they expected the fire to rage until Saturday morning. More than 30….

Tens of thousands celebrate Gay Pride in Tel Aviv
6/10/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Up to 70,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to join in the annual Gay Pride parade on Friday as temperatures soared in the beachfront city. The march, which was organized under the slogan: “It’s good to be gay — marching for social equality,” kicked off under a….

Fayyad inaugurates 1st ophthalmology conference
6/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Thursday inaugurated Palestine’s first ever ophthalmology conference in Ramallah. Fayyad spoke at the opening ceremony of the conference at the cultural palace and welcomed participants from Palestine and abroad. He said the event provided ophthalmologists in Palestine with an opportunity to stay….

Palestinian youth football team to play German side
6/10/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian youth football team will play against a team from Germany on Friday evening at Al-Khader stadium near Bethlehem. Head of the Palestinian Olympic committee Jibril Al-Rujoub said many national officials and sports personalities would attend the match. After the game, the Palestinian youth team will play matches in Morocco….

Erekat: Netanyahu should accept two-state solution
6/10/2011 – JERICHO (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat said Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of the two-state solution on 1967 borders was the key to the peace process. Erekat met Friday with British consul-general in Jerusalem Vincent Fean and Italian consul-general Luciano Pezzotti. Speaking after the meetings, Erekat said he….

Agriculture ministry: Watermelons not contaminated
6/10/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority agriculture ministry said Thursday that reports of toxic chemicals in watermelons in the West Bank were false. According to media reports, watermelons grown in settlements and sold in the West Bank contained traces of hormones and pesticides. The ministry said it conducted tests on watermelon samples from across….

Syrian troops raid flashpoint town
6/10/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops Friday launched a crackdown on “armed gangs” in flashpoint Jisr Al-Shughur as pro-democracy activists vowed new protests and the US slammed the “slaughter of innocent lives” in Syria.” Army units have started their mission to control Jisr Al-Shughur and neighboring villages and arrest the armed gangs,” state television said, adding that….

22 killed in Syria as US, Turkey slam regime
6/10/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian security forces launched a long-feared crackdown in a flashpoint town on Friday and killed at least 22 pro-democracy demonstrators nationwide, as Turkey accused the regime of atrocities and the US slammed the “slaughter of innocent lives.” “Army units have started their mission to control Jisr Al-Shughur and neighboring villages and arrest the….

Jordanians slam corruption, demand elected govt
6/10/2011 – AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated on Friday in the capital Amman and other cities to condemn corruption and demand reforms, as well as an elected government.” The people want to fight corruption. The people want an elected government,” around 400 demonstrators, including youths, Islamists and leftists, chanted in central Amman after midday prayers….

Palestine Note

Two Majdal Shams residents indicted over Naksa Day events
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – Haaretz- Two residents of the northern Druze village of Majdal Shams were indicted Thursday for aggravated assault of a public servant and disorderly conduct. The Safed Magistrate’s Court indicted Yasser Hanjar and Bayan Ouidat for hurling rocks at Israel Defense…

Palestinian reconciliation: A long way to go
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – The Economist- Gaza’s governors rarely miss a chance to flaunt the trappings of power. Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister, a leading figure in Hamas, an Islamist movement once noted for its puritanical modesty, steps from a shiny black Mercedes into…

Israel and diplomacy: Don’t think about September
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – The Economist- Unarmed Palestinian refugees clambering across the Syria-Israel border and getting shot by Israeli troops may provide a useful diversion both for Syria’s beleaguered president, Bashar Assad, and for Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. The Palestinians, all of them…

AP Exclusive: Palestinians have second thoughts about UN independence drive
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – The Washington Post- Faced with opposition from the United States, a number of top Palestinian officials are quietly advising President Mahmoud Abbas to drop plans to seek recognition for a state of Palestine at the United Nations this fall. Top…

Medics: Gaza hospitals at crisis point
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – Ma’an – Hospitals in Gaza are at crisis point due to shortages of supplies, medical services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said Thursday. Warehouses have run out of over 178 types of medicine, the spokesman said, adding that over 190 types…

Parliamentary committee calls on health minister to resign
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – Ma’an – A parliamentary fact-finding committee on Thursday called for the resignations of Palestinian Authority Health Minister Fathi Abu Moghli and Secretary-General of the Medical Council Munther Sharif. Abu Moghli is also the head of the Medical Council, and the…

Israel launches campaign before Palestinian statehood vote
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – The Guardian- Israel has launched a global diplomatic campaign to persuade countries to vote against recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN general assembly in September. Classified cables have been sent from the foreign ministry in Jerusalem to embassies…

Israeli police enter Al Aqsa Mosque, firing tear gas to disperse stone-throwing Palestinians
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – Al Arabiya- Israeli police stormed the venerated Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday, firing teargas at Palestinians who had assembled there. The police briefly entered the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound after Friday prayers and fired tear gas towards stone-throwing…

Assad Begins New Campaign Against Civilian Protesters
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – EU seeks UN condemnation of Syrian crackdown as thousands flee to Turkey Arabiya – Syrian state TV said Friday morning that military operations had started in Jisr al-Shughour, where unarmed residents opposed to the President Bashar Al Assad’s regime have…

Jordan’s king pardons one million for criminal offences
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – The National- Jordan’s King Abdullah II has pardoned more than one million criminal offenders to mark the 12th anniversary of his accession. The pardon covers traffic violators and those who committed petty crimes, but also some detainees who took part…

Palestinian murderers of Damascus.
Palestine Note 10 Jun 2011 – After 40 years, Bashar Assad wakes up and discover there is an Occupied Golan Heights and decided to get his side kicks to send Palestinians refugees to confront the Israeli army when his own Syrian army is too coward to…


Dozens killed in Misurata clashes
AlJazeera 10 Jun 2011 – Death toll in the rebel-held city rises to 31, while fresh clashes erupt in cities of Gadamis and Zlitan.

‘Many killed’ amid fresh Syria protests
AlJazeera 10 Jun 2011 – Activists say at least 23 people have been killed, most of them after the army shelled town in northern Idlib province.

Somali interior minister ‘killed by niece’
AlJazeera 10 Jun 2011 – Abdishakur Sheikh Hassan dies after suicide bomb attack at his home, apparently carried out by relative, officials say.

Formula One race in Bahrain cancelled
AlJazeera 9 Jun 2011 – Bahrain Grand Prix organisers cancel race amid accusations of human rights abuses in government crackdown on protesters.

Iraq ‘to request’ US troops to stay
AlJazeera 9 Jun 2011 – Leon Panetta, Obama’s pick to head Pentagon, says Baghdad likely to ask for continued US presence beyond 2011.

Yemen rivals stage mass demonstrations
AlJazeera 9 Jun 2011 – Rival protests take place after Friday prayers amid reports that President Saleh will soon return from Saudi Arabia.

Palestine News Network

Clash between Israeli Police and Palestinians in Jerusalem
PNN – Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Associated Press that Israeli policemen entered on Friday Jerusalem’s Old City compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble…

Egypt Serves as Mediator on Shalit Deal
PNN – Cairo — PNN — The London-based al-Hayat newspaper reported that the Egyptian government is currently looking at both Israel’s and Hamas’s positions over an exchange for IDF captive soldier Gilad Shalit, after…

Pluralism and the Arab Spring
PNN – By Daoud Kuttab – When French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe visited the occupied territories last week, a group of young Palestinians were given a chance to speak to him in Ramallah. After…

International Solidarity Movement

Activists from across Europe gather to build the campaign against Agrexco
6/10/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 9 June 2011, Stephanie Westbrook – This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against…. Related: Source

Walking to the Buffer Zone: Inside the Jail of Gaza
6/10/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – CounterPunch, Johnny Barber – We marched to the buffer zone with about 20 others including members of the Beit Hanoun Local Initiative who have been organizing non-violent demonstrations for the past three years, as well as several members of GYBO (Gaza Youth Break Out). Carrying flags and alternately chanting, singing and walking in silence we approached…. Related: Source

Secret cables show Israel’s battle plan over Palestinian UN bid
6/10/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Ha’aretz – Foreign Ministry documents outline instructions to envoys to thwart international recognition of Palestinian state. Israel has started mobilizing its embassies for the battle against UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September, ordering its diplomats to convey that this would delegitimize Israel and foil any chance for future peace talks. Envoys are…. Related: Source and Israel envoys try to foil Palestinian UN bid

Relief Web

West Bank farmers struggle to access own land
Relief Web 10 Jun 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Biddu, West Bank – The small West Bank village of Biddu, northwest of Jerusalem, is one of several in the area through which…

The National

Chaos in Yemen grows as stalemate continues
The National 10 Jun 2011 – As Yemen’s president continues to recover from his injuries, the country’s economy and security continue its slide into chaos.

100,000 Yemenis demand wounded leader’s ouster
The National 9 Jun 2011 – The crowd in the main square in Sana’a is calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh, whom they decried as “the butcher” during a funeral procession through the square, to be put on trial.

EU nations increase pressure for UN condemnation of Syrian crackdown
The National 9 Jun 2011 – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns Assad government’s ‘utterly deplorable’ use of tanks, artillery and snipers to ‘bludgeon its population into submission’.


Two brothers killed in drive-by shooting near Jaljulia
Ha’aretz – The men, brothers from an Arab village in northern Israel, were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on them from close range using automatic weapons.

Israel police and Palestinians clash at Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Police use stun grenades to disperse crowd after Palestinians lob stones; order quickly restored, no one injured.

Thousands turn out for Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade
Ha’aretz – Speaking at start of event, Livni tells crowd: We are here to fight against any phenomenon of hate and to fight for Israel’s values.

Tensions high in Majdal Shams as police arrest Naksa Day stone-throwers
Ha’aretz – Police official says special team created to investigate stone throwing during the violent clashes that marked the 44th anniversary of the Six-Day War; Majdal Shams residents threaten escalation if more arrests are made.

White House waiting for Netanyahu to accept Obama’s peace talk principles
Ha’aretz – New National Security Council official briefs U.S. Jewish leaders on Washington’s positions.

Moussa: Committed to Palestinian-Israeli peace, but not at any price
Ha’aretz – Amr Moussa, outgoing Arab League secretary general and Egyptian presidential candidate says Egypt will regain regional influence, plans to ‘work diligently and seriously to establish peace’.

Jerusalem Post

US waiting for Israeli response on negotiating framework
Jeruslalem Post 11 Jun 2011 – White House advisor says if Israel accepts Obama’s 1967-lines platform for peace talks, Palestinian may be convinced to avoid September UN state bid, restart peace negotiations.

32 dead in Syria as helicopter gunships fire at protesters
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Troops round up protesters in border regions as anti-Assad rallies spread; US joins backing for UN resolution condemning violence.

At least 32 civilians dead in demonstrations across Syria
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Refugees stream into Turkey while witnesses report helicopter gunships firing machine guns on pro-democracy protests in country’s north; UN says Assad refusing to take phone calls from Ban Ki-Moon.

Two brothers shot in double murder in Sharon
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – The men, both residents of village near Umm-el-Fahm, were returning from their sister’s wedding party when their car was fired upon.

Haredi teenager arrested in connection with J’lem arsons
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Following rash of fires in Mea Shearim, 16-year-old ultra-Orthodox boy is taken into custody; five blazes broke out on Shavuot alone.

Turkey says it offered Gaddafi ‘guarantee’ to quit Libya
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Ankara says it received no reply from Libyan leader; US official says NATO is willing use “deadly” force if it will remove Libyan leader from office.

Rival Yemen protests urge Saleh to quit, return
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Separatists and government troops clash in south; three killed in air raid; Saleh loyalists deny family members fled.

At least 28 civilians dead in demonstrations across Syria
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Witnesses report helicopter gunships firing machine guns on pro-democracy protests in Damascus, Daraa, northwest and coast; rights group estimate more than 1,100 have been killed since anti-Assad uprising began in March.

Police forcefully enter Temple Mount after stones thrown
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Security forces return to site of Kotel and Al-Aksa mosque after eight months of quiet; three are arrested but no injuries are reported.

Tens of thousands kick off Tel Aviv’s annual Pride Parade
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – MKs Tzipi Livni, Nitzan Horowitz address opening ceremony at Gan Meir; Livni says protecting every citizens’ rights should not be a political issue.

Erdogan: Syrian troops barbaric, ‘don’t behave like humans’
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Syrian troops begin crackdown operation in town where 120 Syrian forces were killed, state TV says; Gates: Assad’s legitimacy questionable after “slaughter of innocents”; Turkish PM says can’t support Syria in UNSC.

Syrian army pushes into border town, state TV says
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Some 15,000 troops, tanks surround Jisr al-Shughour where 120 security forces were reportedly killed; nearly 2,500 Syrians flee to Turkey fearing crackdown; witnesses report gunfire; no reports of casualties.

This Week in History: RFK is shot a year after Six Day War
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – Robert Kennedy is shot by a Palestinian man from Jerusalem upset by the senator’s pledge to supply Israel with Phantom fighter jets.

Guess what: Our enemies lie
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – The IDF showed on Sunday that it had learned many of the lessons of its Nakba Day failure. But it continues to pay a high price for its incomprehensible refusal to counter, in real time, the relentless distortion of unfolding events and, especially, the falsehoods about death tolls.

Tale of lesbian dissident snatched by Assad in doubt
Jeruslalem Post 10 Jun 2011 – The Internet has been abuzz with speculation that story of alleged kidnapping of Syrian anti-regime activist is an elaborate hoax.

IDF identifies thousands of Hezbollah sites in Lebanon
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – Senior officer tells ‘Post’ that “target bank” many times larger than on eve of Second Lebanon War; says Hezbollah has some 50,000 missiles.

‘Iran caught 10 times trying to send arms to terrorists’
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – ‘Jerusalem Post’ obtains report submitted to UNSC detailing Iran’s arms smuggling to Hamas, Taliban; reveals regime’s clandestine missile tests.

Israeli, Arab researchers unite over shared ecosystem
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – Graduate students from Israel, Lebanon and the PA unite for marine research project off the coast of Italy.

Obama’s knack for handcuffing peace
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – If you want to know what the Palestinians are going to do tomorrow, just listen to what US President Barack Obama says today

’50 most influential Jews’ fuels debate
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – Facebook behind the Arab Spring? ‘It was fate that married these two and not a Jew,’ says one reader.

Are drug companies ‘disease mongering’?
Jeruslalem Post 9 Jun 2011 – Ethics @ Work: Three news books provide evidence that many psychiatric drugs are over-prescribed, and many illness are over-diagnosed.

The Guardian

Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride parade draws thousands to the city
The Guardian 10 Jun 2011 – Liberal, hedonistic and secular Israeli metropolis has ambitions to be world’s most gay-friendly place Rainbows were everywhere — on faces, belts, garlands, T-shirts, paper fans, tattoos and hats. One man had a python draped around his…

Tel Aviv’s annual Gay Pride parade – in pictures
The Guardian 10 Jun 2011 – Thousands attend the annual parade in the liberal Israeli city, named by Lonely Planet as one of its top three cities for 2011

Israel’s right to exist does not mean its government can act with impunity | Peter Beaumont
The Guardian 10 Jun 2011 – Legitimacy in international relations relates not to a single idea but to overlapping concepts, one of which is appropriate conduct Last year the Israeli Reut Institute published a report examining what it said was the agenda…

Israel launches campaign before Palestinian statehood vote
The Guardian 10 Jun 2011 – Classified diplomatic cables from Jerusalem to foreign embassies outline plan to mobilise against UN recognition Israel has launched a global diplomatic campaign to persuade countries to vote against recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN…

Palestine campaign song generates controversy ahead of release
The Guardian 9 Jun 2011 – Coldplay removes link to video after 7,000 comments as Glenn Beck describes ‘Freedom For Palestine’ as evil propaganda A campaign song, to be released early next month, called Freedom For Palestine, is already kicking up a…

Inter Press Service

OP-ED: The War in Libya: The African Union’s Mistake of Policy and Principle
IPS Africa’s handling of the Libyan crisis at the United Nations has been timorous and confusing, but it presents an opportunity as well as a challenge for the continental body on how it defines its future strategic interests.


Iraq snapshot – June 9, 2011
Uruknet June 9, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, DoD finally names the 5 US soldiers killed in Iraq on Monday, Leon Panetta appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta states “a request like that,” US military staying in Iraq past 2011, “you know, is something that I think will be forthcoming at some point,” weapons inspector David Kelly’s…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (02- 08 June 2011)
Uruknet June 9, 2011 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 June 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF wounded 30 Palestinian civilians, including 12 children and a woman, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Twenty nine of them were wounded in the…

Gaza Crossing Lets Trickle Through
Uruknet June 9, 2011 – Egypt’s border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip was reopened to Palestinian travellers Wednesday after a series of squabbles over operational procedures had temporarily brought cross-border traffic to a halt. “The situation at the border has been ambiguous,” Essam al-Arian, a leading member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement (which is ideologically affiliated with Hamas), told…

One Missile, One Playground: The Will of Gaza
Uruknet June 9, 2011 – A ‘Hamas commander’ drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat. The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an overcrowded refugee camp. Iyad was not here to…

US oil deal reveals real reasons behind Libyan campaign
Uruknet June 9, 2011 – The first shipment of Libyan oil arrived to the US on June 8th, following a deal signed by the US and the Transitional National Council, the self-proclaimed legitimate government of Libya. The sale finally reveals the true reasons behind the NATO campaign, previously described as an attempt to provide security for Libyan civilians. The…

Iraq snapshot – June 8, 2011
Uruknet June 8, 2011. Chaos and violence continue, another US soldier dies in Iraq, four activists are released in Iraq, released after Nouri’s attempt to frame them fails, Friday appears likely to be a big day for protests in Iraq, Senator Patty Murrray advocates for veterans and explains her Murray’s Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, and more…

Daily Star

Concerns over democracy dominate as Turkey votes
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The last time Turks voted in a general election in 2007, opponents feared the socially conservative ruling party was turning Turkey into an Iran-style Islamic state.

Gadhafi forces kill 22 rebels as shelling reaches Misrata outskirts
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Libyan government forces pounded the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Misrata Friday, killing at least 22 people, a hospital physician said.

Casualties mount in Syrian nightmare
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Syrian forces shelled a town in the country’s restive north and opened fire on scattered protests nationwide, killing at least 32 people Friday, activists said.

What’s another day? Cabinet formation hits new snags
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The birth of a new government has been put off until next week as mediators struggled to resolve new snags over the representation of former Sunni opposition and a Druze party.

Army: Security effort led to 700 arrests in May
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 A security campaign launched by the Lebanese Army led to the arrest of more than 700 people from various nationalities during the month of May, a statement released by the army said Friday.

Wolfensohn pulls out of AUB ceremony after petition launched
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 James Wolfensohn, former World Bank president, has pulled out of the commencement due to honor him at the American University of Beirut.

Grand mufti urges Lebanese to revolt against economic crisis
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani called Friday on the Lebanese to take to the streets to demand change and revolt against the country’s political and economic crisis.

Hundreds rally against Assad regime in Tripoli
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Several hundred Lebanese and Syrians rallied against Syrian President Bashar Assad after the weekly Friday prayers in the Tripoli neighborhood of Qibbeh.

Daher highlights Lebanon’s role on freedoms and rights
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Lebanon should remain committed to its historical role in protecting freedoms and human rights against oppressive regimes and dictatorships in any U.N. Security Council vote on Syria, Akkar MP Khaled Daher said Friday.

Moukheiber: Legislative session not a law violation
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Parliament has the right to convene in the absence of a government to carry out legislation, monitoring, elections and holding officials accountable, Metn MP Ghassan Moukheiber said Friday.

Youssef: Open old files to ensure accountability
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The files of the past should be opened to hold all politicians accountable, according to Beirut MP Ghazi Youssef, commenting on activities at Nijmeh Square earlier this week.

Control over agricultural produce nonexistent
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 No government authority monitors agricultural produce — including crops irrigated by sewage water — as it travels the circuit from farm to store.

Inmate hospitalized after drinking bleach
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 A prison inmate was transferred to a hospital Friday after drinking bleach, the National News Agency reported.

Widow of UNIFIL soldier accepts settlement
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The widow of an Irish United Nations peacekeeper killed in Lebanon 22 years ago has been awarded in excess of $430,000 in a settlement, it was announced this week.

Thieves steal $100,000 worth of items
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Thieves made off with around $100,000 worth of stolen items in a home robbery, a security source told The Daily Star Friday.

Smugglers and border guards exchange fire
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 An exchange of fire took place Friday between smugglers and Syrian border guards on the Lebanese-Syrian border in the northern Bekaa.

Students’ Brevet exams arrive from Doha
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The Education Ministry has started to receive daily the official exams of Lebanese students in Qatar and announced that corrections of Brevet exams will take place on June 13.

UNIFIL’s Italian contingent to maintain aid despite bombing
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 UNIFIL’s Italian contingent pledged Friday to continue giving aid to local residents, stressing that the roadside bomb that injured six Italian peacekeepers in south Lebanon two weeks ago will not undermine its resolve.

Colonel charged with spying files appeal
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 A Lebanese Army colonel accused of spying for Israeli intelligence filed an appeal Friday to retract his previous testimony made to Lebanese Army intelligence investigators.

Activists mourn demolition of art deco building
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Demolition work on an art deco house in Ashrafieh started Friday to the dismay of heritage activists.

Extended General Security hours well-received
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 People appeared satisfied with the General Security’s decision to extend its offices’ working hours until 7 p.m., though some called for the offices to also open earlier in the morning.

Website crusades against harassment
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Lioba Hirsch had just about learned to deal with the remarks about her skin color.

Yemen protesters seek wounded Saleh’s ouster
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Nearly 100,000 Yemenis protested Friday in a main square of the capital, demanding the president’s ouster in the biggest rally since Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Saudi Arabia after he was wounded in an attack on…

Bahrain’s top Shiite preacher: No talks under clampdown
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Bahrain’s most senior Shiite scholar said Friday there is no chance for talks with the Gulf nation’s Sunni rulers while security forces maintain their clampdown on protesters calling for equal rights and political freedoms.

Jordanians slam corruption, ask for elected govt
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Thousands of Jordanians demonstrated Friday in the capital Amman and other cities to condemn corruption and demand reforms, as well as an elected government.

Erdogan: Boy bread vendor who changed Turkey
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 When Recep Tayyip Erdogan sold bread as a boy on the old streets of Istanbul, Turkey was a country caught in a cycle of army coups.

Iraqi Shiite militia claims attack that killed 5 U.S. troops
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 A Shiite militia group in Iraq Friday claimed a rocket attack this week on a Baghdad base which killed five U.S. soldiers, a strike that revived security concerns as U.S. forces prepare to pull out at…

Emboldened by Arab Spring, Saudi women take to their cars hoping for change
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Fed up with having no driver to ferry her to hospital, Shaima Osama decided to take matters into her own hands and drive there herself, an act of defiance in a country where women are banned…

Israeli police enter holy site, spark clashes
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Israeli policemen entered a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Friday and used stun grenades to disperse dozens of Palestinian protesters who were hurling stones at security personnel, police said.

Official: Somali interior minister killed in explosion
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 An explosion Friday in the home of Somalia’s interior minister killed him and a woman suspected of being a bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital.

Ahmadinejad comes under new pressure from rivals
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Two years ago, Iran’s reformists were stunned to see him re-elected president and said the election must have been fixed.

South Sudan accuses North of air attack, clashes flare
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 South Sudan’s army accused the north Friday of bombing a Southern border village, and said Southern forces were getting ready to defend against a possible ground attack.

Cracks in Assad’s regime as civil war fears grow
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Fears that Syria may slide into civil war are growing after a week when the government said over 120 servicemen were killed in a town near the Turkish border.

Turkey braces for thousands more refugees fleeing Syria
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 More than 3,000 Syrians have fled into Turkey to escape a military crackdown and authorities are preparing to open a third camp to shelter thousands more, a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

Rape used as weapon of war in Libya and elsewhere: U.N.
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Rape is still being used as a brutal weapon of war in conflicts worldwide including Libya to terrorize populations and often force civilians to flee, a U.N. expert charged Friday.

Syrian forces kill 28 protesters- activist group
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 The killings mainly occurred in the Hauran Plain, cradle of the uprising against Baathist rule, Damascus, the coastal city of Latakia and in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Lebanese rally in support of Syrian protesters
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Dozens of Lebanese rallied in support of the Syrian people and pro-Democracy protests in Syria after the weekly Friday prayers at al-Qobba town in Tripoli.

Court charges retired general of spying for Israel
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Lawyer of Gen. Brig. Antoine Abu Jawdeh has petitioned the court to retract his client’s confession, which he argues was made under duress.

Gadhafi forces kill 22 rebels in Misrata shelling
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 Libyan government forces pounded the outskirts of the rebel-held city of Misrata Friday, killing at least 22 people, a hospital physician said.

Iraq Shiite insurgents claim attack on US soldiers
Daily Star 10 Jun 2011 A Shiite militant group that Washington alleges is sponsored by neighbouring Iran claimed responsibility Friday for this week’s rocket attack that killed five American soldiers in Iraq.

YNet News

Thousands take part in Tel Aviv pride parade
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – Organizers say Friday parade biggest in city’s history. Gay religious men among….

Turkey calls events in Syria ‘savagery’
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – PM Erdogan says Syrian forces ‘not acting in humane manner,’ suggests Istanbul….

US Senators oppose Israel return to 1967 lines
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – New resolution proposed by Senators Lieberman, Hatch calls for US opposition to….

Report: Egypt takes lead on Shalit deal
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – Egyptian source tells London-based al-Hayat newspaper Cairo is currently….

Ahmadinejad: Capitalism bad for environment
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – Iranian president accuses West of disrupting balance of nature by intensifying….

Israel rocket victims fail in bid to sue Al Jazeera
YNet News, 10 Jun 2011 – US federal court judge rejects damages claim against broadcaster on grounds it….

Palestinians plan ‘flotilla march’
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – Pro-Palestinian activists gear for second Gaza-bound sail, urge supporters to….

Diplomats: Iran not breaking int’l law
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – Despite world powers’ concerns that Tehran is expanding atomic capability,….

‘Abbas looking for way out of UN bid’
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – Palestinian sources say their president would rather abandon UN gambit at this….

Iran expands submarine fleet
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – After reports on Iranian submarines entering Red Sea, deputy navy commander says….

Diskin: Cyber battlefield a reality
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – Former Shin Bet director says modern countries’ near-complete dependency on….

UN atomic board reports Syria to Security Council
YNet News, 9 Jun 2011 – International Atomic Energy Agency sends Syria to Security Council for violating….

Intifada Palestine

Pro-Israelis Turning U.S. into Islamophobic Police State
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Jun 2011 – By Maidhc ?ì Cathail The recent call by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for increased rail safety funding and the creation of a “no-ride” list for Amtrak trains is yet another reminder of just who is stoking fear of Muslims in America….more

Iran and the Issue of Nuclear Weapons — An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Jun 2011 – by Dr. Lawrence Davidson Part I — Is there an Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program? On Friday 3 June 2011 the investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gave an interview to Amy Goodman for the radio program Democracy Now! The topic was Iran and… more

Philip Giraldi Spills Beans on Israeli Espionage in America
Intifada-Palestine: 10 Jun 2011 – “Over 125 investigations into Israeli Espionage in America… stopped due to political pressure.”…FBI Counter Intel Officer John Cole by Jim W. Dean /Veterans Today Philip Giraldi Phil Giraldi stepped out today to do his country a great service and save… more

Los Angeles Times

48 reported killed as Syria forces continue attacks on protesters
LA Times 10 Jun 2011 – Meanwhile, a refugee crisis keeps growing in Turkey, where at least 3,000 Syrians fled across the border in recent days to makeshift tent cities set up by relief agencies and the Ankara government. Syria plunged deeper into chaos Friday as security forces continued to open…

New York Times

Opposition Is Split on How to Reshape Yemen
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – Some say the path forward must include radical changes and others are urging a more moderate political resolution endorsed by the United States and Yemen’s Arab neighbors.

Syrian Forces Storm Into Restive Town Near Turkey
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – Syrian forces swept into the northern village of Jisr al-Shoughour, a town that has offered the stiffest challenge to four decades of Assad family rule.

For Some in Congress, an Unexpected Thank-You Note
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi thanked the U.S. Congress for criticizing President Obama over the administration’s handling of its role in the NATO-led bombing campaign.

Egypt’s Economy Slows to a Crawl; Revolt Is Tested
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – In a region where economic woes enraged an entire generation, whether and how Egypt can fix its broken finances will be a key factor in determining the revolution’s success.

Shiite Militia Claims Responsibility for Attack in Baghdad
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – Kataib Hezbollah, a Shiite militia with ties to Iran, claimed responsibility on Friday for an attack five days ago that killed five American soldiers.

White House Memo: Cultivating a Prince to Coax an Ally to Change
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – Obama administration officials are clinging to the hope that Bahrain’s leaders ‚Äî or at least the crown prince ‚Äî may be willing to undertake democratic changes.

World Briefing | United Nations: U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Presses Case Against Syria
New York Times 10 Jun 2011 – The International Atomic Energy Agency voted Thursday to report Syria to the Security Council, citing Syria’s construction of a covert nuclear reactor and its failure to cooperate with investigators.


Map of areas in the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea closed to Palestinians, May 2011
B’tselem 9 Jun 2011 – 20110508_jordan_vally_blocked_land_map_eng.pdf 77.5 percent of the land in the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea has been taken over by Israel, which has prevented Palestinians from building on or using the land or remaining there. Twelve percent of the area has been allocated for settlements, including the entire northern shore of the Dead Sea. Israel’s policy has cut up the Palestinian spatial sphere and isolated Palestinian communities in the area. More on the topic

Western powers fashion a puppet regime for Libya
WSWS – For all the Western propaganda about establishing democracy in Libya, there are clearly fears that the country will descend into chaos if Gaddafi finally goes.

Amid savage crackdown on protest, Obama welcomes Bahrain prince
WSWS – Bahrain’s crown prince, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, visited Washington this week and met with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Washington exploits uprising to escalate secret war in Yemen
WSWS – The Obama administration has seized upon the popular upheavals in Yemen to step up bombings and missile attacks against alleged al-Qaeda militants, effectively opening up yet another war in the region.

Egyptian bourgeoisie and pseudo-left oppose a “second revolution”
WSWS – On May 27, hundreds of thousands workers and youth demonstrated across Egypt against the military junta which took power after Mubarak’s ouster on February 11.

June 5 protest showed that Netanyahu lied to Congress when he bragged on freedom of worship
Mondoweiss – When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress last month, he proclaimed proudly that “only a democratic Israel has protected freedom of worship for all faiths in the city.” This is a lie, as a key youth organizer based in Ramallah…

Obama hides meeting with top Bahraini leader—and mutes criticism of crackdown
Mondoweiss – link to www.jadaliyya.com link to english.aljazeera.net link to www.amnesty.org and other news from the Arab uprisings: Bahrain Bahrain Shiite cleric: No talks under clampdown (AP) AP – Bahrain’s most senior Shiite cleric says there is no chance for talks with the Gulf nation’s Sunni rulers while…

Surgeries canceled in Gaza due to lack of supplies
Mondoweiss – link to salem-news.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.maannews.net link to www.jpost.com link to www.alarabiya.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.uruknet.info link to www.maannews.net link to 972mag.com link to cpt.org link to www.theaustralian.com.au link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.ynetnews.com link…

One missile, one playground: The will of Gaza
Mondoweiss – A “Hamas commander” drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat. The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an…

Challenging anti-Semitism must be rooted in opposing racism, not defending Israel
Mondoweiss – Yale’s recent decision to terminate the Yale Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism is slowly drawing more attention, the news emerging initially in the dark recesses of the New York Post and slowly making its way out to the Jerusalem Post . I had occasion to…

‘Israel Reconsidered’ Debate on Nakba, Right of Return
Tikun Olam – Larry Derfner and I began our debate about the future of Israel and Zionism at Israel Reconsidered several weeks ago. Just this week, we really got into it over Nakba and Right of Return . Frankly, I was surprised at how little Larry was willing to “give”…

Former Israeli Defense Minister Warns of BDS, Sanctions
Tikun Olam – MK Benyamin Ben Eliezer, quoth the raven, “BDS” Usually in mainstream Israeli political discourse, BDS is the “love” that dare not speak its name. If the Knesset is seeking to pass a law to criminalize references to the Nakba, all the more so references to the…

Misc 2

Regular Protests Begin in At-Twani, Three Injured
Palestine Solidarity Project 10 Jun 2011 – On Friday, June 10, about 40 people gathered for the first of what will become regular, weekly demonstrations in At-Twani, a small Palestinian community south of Hebron. Protesters marched through town towards the nearby settlement of Ma’on, often a source of settler violence and harassment. Before…

Palestinian human rights commissioner presents 16th annual report to PLC
Middle East Monitor 10 Jun 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The Commissioner General for Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Dr Mamdouh Al-Akar, on Thursday, 9th June, presented the Commission’s sixteenth annual report into human rights conditions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to Dr Aziz Dweik, Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative…

Palestinian women prisoners strip-searched by Israeli special forces
Middle East Monitor 10 Jun 2011 – The Ahrar Centre for Prisoner Studies and Human Rights has reported claims that Palestinian female detainees have been strip-searched by Israeli special forces. The invasive tactic took place in HaSharon Prison a section of which was stormed by the troops in a violent fashion. Four women…

Pro-Israelis Turning U.S. into Islamophobic Police State
Middle East Monitor 10 Jun 2011 – The recent call by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for increased rail safety funding and the creation of a “no-ride” list for Amtrak trains is yet another reminder of just who is stoking fear of Muslims in America. In an interview last year with a Jewish radio…

Syria protesters die in clashes
BBC 10 Jun 2011 – At least 28 people die in fresh clashes between protesters and security forces in Syria, activists say, as refugees continue to flee into Turkey.

VIDEO: ‘All I did was cry and beat at the walls’
BBC 10 Jun 2011 – American Sarah Shourd, who was released by Iran after being detained with two fellow US hikers in Tehran’s Evin prison, talks to Sarah Montague about her ordeal.


One missile, one playground: The will of Gaza
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency6/10/2011
A “Hamas commander” drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat.
The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an overcrowded refugee camp.
Iyad was not here to show me any militant training camp, or even to assess the damage that had befallen the impoverished Gaza Strip during Israel’s devastating war, Operation Cast Lead, which killed and wounded thousands in 2008-09.
Scars of the damage sustained during the three-week onslaught are still visible throughout the Strip. But Iyad was here to show me his latest personal project: a playground for refugee children.
At first glance, the “playground” did not seem impressive at all. All I noticed was a small plot of dirt jammed between two unsightly concrete buildings.
“So, what do you think?” asked Iyad, with a proud smile. His attempt at growing a full beard was not entirely successful, giving him a younger, albeit disheveled appearance.
“It’s impressive,” I replied, still trying to understand the nature of the accomplishment.
I learned later that the achievement was creating space out of the debris. At one time prior to December 2008, when an Israeli missile decided to drop in, a family had lived in this spot. The house had collapsed, and its residents became mere posters of mourned Palestinian faces adorning the walls of other houses in the neighborhood. more.. e-mail


Walking to the Buffer Zone
Johnny Barber, CounterPunch6/10/2011
Inside the Jail of Gaza
We marched to the buffer zone with about 20 others including members of the Beit Hanoun Local Initiative who have been organizing non-violent demonstrations for the past three years, as well as several members of GYBO (Gaza Youth Break Out). Carrying flags and alternately chanting, singing and walking in silence we approached the Israeli border. This is a no go zone for Palestinians. Israel has deemed that 300 meters from the wall is a buffer zone, so Palestinian farmland is taken away.
Waving flags and chanting we reached the edge of the buffer zone and continued walking. Almost immediately, dust kicked up just ahead of us, a warning shot rang out. We stopped, daring to go no further. Climbing a small embankment we waved our Palestinian flags and chanted to the soldiers hidden in the guard towers. Not five minutes passed and 2 shots rang out, one kicking up dust at our feet. 19 year old Mohammed Kafarna grabbed his neck, turned, and ran back in the direction we had come. He had been hit with shrapnel.
That effectively ended the demonstration; we turned and headed back toward the village. I was stunned that two dozen people could pose such a threat to Israel that the army would resort to using live rounds of ammunition against us. Of course, we were not a physical threat, I imagine the Israeli soldiers laughed at us as we turned and headed back. But non-violent demonstrations do cause a threat, especially when people walk to the wall and demand access to their land, their olive trees, their resources, and their homes. Israel has only one method to disperse non-violent demonstrators and that is through violent repression.
We often hear of Israel’s need for security, yet the people of Gaza are under occupation by the state of Israel and no one utters a word about their security…. more.. e-mail

Syria refugee’s dream of return ends in tragedy
Majeda El Batsh, South Lebanon6/10/2011
JERUSALEM (AFP) — When Ezzat Maswadi burst across the ceasefire line from Syria into the occupied Golan Heights, he thought his chance to return to Jerusalem — the city of his birth — had finally come.
But the return that Maswadi had longed for was not to be, and his attempts to reach the Holy City would eventually lead to his death, three weeks later, in the fields between Syria and the Golan town of Majdal Shams.
Born to a Palestinian family in Jerusalem in 1977, Maswadi grew up in the nearby town of Al-Eizariya until 1984, when his family moved first to Jordan and then to Syria.
His father moved back to Jerusalem shortly afterwards, but Maswadi and his mother were told they had lost their residency permits under an Israeli law which quietly revoked the residency of anyone who stayed away more than three years.
So Maswadi stayed in Damascus, fearing he would never be able to go home, until he heard that Palestinian refugees in Syria were planning to march towards Israel on May 15, the anniversary of the Jewish state’s creation.
Palestinians mark the occasion as the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” when hundreds of thousands of them fled or were expelled from their homes in the war that accompanied Israel’s declaration of independence.
On the day of the protests, a clear, warm Sunday, Maswadi joined thousands of others as they marched unimpeded to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, just across from Majdal Shams in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights.
A handful of Israeli troops stationed in the area, apparently caught short, watched in horror as Maswadi and other protesters moved quickly across heavily-mined fields, cut through a fence and entered Majdal Shams. more.. e-mail

Salaita skewers liberalism in “Israel’s Dead Soul”
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jun 2011 – Raymond Deane The Electronic Intifada Steven Salaita is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech who has written several books on the failure of liberal civil rights discourse to counter anti-Arab racism, particularly in the United States. In his new book, Israel’s Dead Soul, he evaluates the potential complicity between enlightened ideals and their opposite. Israel’s Dead Soul Manufacturer: Temple University Press Part Number: Price: $24.95more

US activists prepare to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza
Electronic Intifada: 10 Jun 2011 – Alex Kane The Electronic Intifada Final preparations are underway for the next big flotilla to Gaza, which is scheduled to occur in late June. The US Boat to Gaza will take part in the largest planned fleet yet, with an estimated 1,000 passengers from an array of countries collaborating to break Israel’s blockade.more

the sea
In Gaza: 10 Jun 2011 – I was recently forwarded an email with numerous photos of Gaza, most of them old, pre-siege, late 90s even. A few photos included Palestinians at the sea, as if to say since they are under siege they should not take advantage of the one resource left to them, albeit massively polluted by their own sewage. The point of the photo email was to accuse Palestinians in Gaza of lying: “you are not under siege, you have 3, 4, even 10 storey buildings, there are hotels and nice cafes… how dare you lie to us and pretend you are suffering”. I’m sitting now at one of the cafes the general public attend, a palm-thatch-roofed, barebones beachside cafe serving Arabic coffee, tea, juices, sodas smuggled in via the tunnels, and shisha (aromatic tobacco water pipe). My coffee costs me 5 shekels (about $1.5) but I can afford it. The 80% of Palestinians…more

An Arab Spring but No Summer?
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 – By Jeremy Salt — Ankara The attack on Libya is a copy-book example of high imperialism – gunboat diplomacy in the crudest fashion. Extraordinarily, only eight years after Iraq, the US and European governments are at it again. The door was opened for them by the ‘rebels’ whom they have gladly accepted as the ‘transitional government’. The UN Security Council provided the cover as it has done on numerous other occasions. The restrictions included in resolution 1973 were so loose as to amount to no restrictions at all. Basically it was a mandate for the attacking governments to do what they liked and this is just what they have been doing. In the name of protecting civilians they have killed hundreds of civilians, and probably thousands of men in uniform. There have been deliberate attempts to kill Muammar Qadhafi. In one of them his son and three of his grandchildren…more

The Naksa Day at Qalandiya
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 – By Tamar Fleishman It started off with a demonstration. The women walked in the front line in a non-violent civil protest. The protesters who headed towards the checkpoint were halted by military ammunition. Gas and stun grenades. The younger demonstrators wouldn’t hold back, and started throwing stones. Some of them were old acquaintances and others were new, they were residents of the camp and the nearby towns who had spent their childhoods and teenage years inside ghettos that imprisoned their bodies and souls. When the order was disturbed the soldiers took to their bullet proof posts- at the entrances of homes, at the windows on top floors and on the roofs. Over and over again, the grenades thundered, the bullets whistled and the smothering gas fumes rose up above. The wind was the only one not to obey the rules or fulfill the orders, it changed directions and carried the…more

Hassan Hijazi: A Brown-haired Young Man
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 – By Uri Avnery My hero of the year (for now) is a young brown-haired Palestinian refugee living in Syria called Hassan Hijazi. He was one of hundreds of refugees who held the demonstration on the Syrian side of the Golan border fence, to commemorate the Naqba – ‘Disaster’ – the exodus of more than half the Palestinian people from the territory conquered by Israel in the war of 1948. Some of the protesters ran down to the fence, crossing a minefield. Luckily, none of the mines exploded — perhaps they were just too old. They entered the Druze village of Majdal Shams, occupied by Israel since 1967, where they spread out. Israeli soldiers shot, killed and wounded several of them. The rest were caught and immediately deported back to Syria. Except Hassan. He found a bus carrying Israeli and international peace activists who took him with them — perhaps they…more

Where Do We Go From Here?
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 – By Jeff Halper Imagine. September 22nd (or 23rd or 24th), the day after the Security Council recognizes Palestine as a member state within the 1967 borders and it is ratified in the General Assembly by more than 150 countries: – The Palestinian flag joins that of 192 other member states, all of whose territorial integrity is ensured by the United Nations. Indeed, this is one of the most fundamental of UN tasks. – The entire Matrix of Control constructed by Israel over the past 44 years collapses. There are no longer any Areas A, B, and C, or prohibitions on entering Jerusalem, since the entire West Bank, “East” Jerusalem, and Gaza are now the sovereign territory of the state of Palestine. Tens of thousands of Palestinians begin marching throughout their country, accompanied by thousands of supporters from abroad, passing through and dismantling checkpoints that have no legal status. So as…more

Finding Kindred Spirits in Palestinian, Indigenous Struggles
Palestine Chronicle: 10 Jun 2011 – By Yusi El Boujami, Gabriel Matthew Schivone, and Ryan Velasquez Today, in the Western World, as Arizona and the nation await the fateful decision by AZ Schools Chief John Huppenthal – expected later this week – on whether Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is non-compliant with the Ethnic Studies ban, 10,000 miles away fellow youth leaders carry the Arab Spring into Summer. As youth activists organizing to defend and preserve Ethnic Studies in Arizona, we’d like to highlight some related, global issues in our struggle. Arizona residents alert to the history of these lands know very well the issues of human displacement, expulsion, transfer, ethnic cleansing and finally extermination. More importantly, they know of the historical consequences of equality denied and justice delayed. Speaking as Arizona youth intermingled with indigenous, white, Arab, Jewish, and Chicana/Mexicana roots, Arizona’s history relates to us as descendants of both settler and indigenous peoples. This…more

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