VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 13 June, 2011: Israel’s Threats: Will Gaza Flotilla Be Safe?

13 June, 2011 — VTJP

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After Running Out Of Anesthesia, All Surgeries In Gaza Put On Hold
IMEMC – Tuesday June 14, 2011 – 03:06, Dr. Atef Al Kahloot, head of the Medical Services in the Gaza Strip, reported Monday that all surgeries in hospitals across the coastal region have been put on hold until further notice as they ran out of anesthesia medications and supplies.

UNRWA Puts Gaza Unemployment At 45.2%
IMEMC – Monday June 13, 2011 – 17:27, A recent report by UNRWA has put Gaza’s unemployment at 45.2%, the highest in the World. The report points the finger for the areas unemployment, which was recorded for the second half of 2010, at the Israeli siege of the coastal strip.

Israeli High Court Freezes Construction In Ofra Settlement
IMEMC – Monday June 13, 2011 – 17:00, The Israeli high court has demanded a freeze to construction in the Jewish Israeli settlement of Ofra in the central West Bank.

Majority Of Israeli’s Unaware Of Realities Of Jordan Valley
IMEMC – Monday June 13, 2011 – 16:21, A report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel has released a report showing that the majority of Israelis are not aware of the legal or demographic background of the Jordan Valley.

Hamas Reject Fayyad As Interim PM
IMEMC – Monday June 13, 2011 – 11:09, Hamas has rejected Fath’s proposal of Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad for the post of Prime Minister in the new interim government, according to Maan News Agency. Fayyad was selected by Fatah’s central committee to take on the position.

Palestinian Dies Of Wounds Suffered During the Israeli Assault On Gaza
IMEMC – Monday June 13, 2011 – 08:38, Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian man died on Saturday of wounds suffered during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip between December 28 and January 2009. Six members of his family, including two of his children, were killed when the army bombarded their home.

Ma’an News

Medicine delivered to Gaza amid hospital crisis
6/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Civil Administration officials said Monday that 19 trucks of medicine were transferred to the Gaza Strip as doctors warned that the enclave’s health sector was on the verge of collapse. Palestinian Authority Health Minister Fathi Abu Moghli said Sunday that it had coordinated with Israel to transfer medicine….

Mosque, school handed demolition orders
6/13/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel handed out demolition orders for a mosque and public school in the village of Bruqin on Sunday, prompting immediate condemnation from Palestinian leaders. Palestinian political leader Mustafa Barghouthi described the Israeli actions as “criminal” on a visit to the village.”Mosques that survive the arson attempts of settlers only stand….

UN Report: Occupation stifling development
6/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Economic progress in the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights continues to be stifled by restrictions imposed by Israel’s occupation and its policy of separation, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation. An annual report by the ILO on labor conditions in Palestinian and Syrian territories…. Related: ILO: New ILO report on the situation of workers in the occupied Arab territories

Bethlehem resident in 30-year fight to defend land
6/13/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Maher Mohammed Seb’a says he will stay on his land despite 30 years of harassment, intimidation and bribery by Israeli forces seeking to displace him. On June 2, Maher said he woke up to find more than 250 of his olive trees destroyed by settlers. He said he was….

PA forces shut down Hamas sit-in
6/14/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) – Palestinian Authority security forces on Monday shut down a sit-in demonstration organized by Hamas affiliates in the West Bank city of Nablus. The demonstration was called to protest the Fatah-led PA’s ongoing detentions of Hamas members, and to demand the release of political detainees. Protesters gathered in Nablus city….

Gaza: As civilians leave for Egypt, limited goods enter via Israel
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The two access points to the Gaza Strip operated Monday, with 230 truckloads of goods expected to enter via Israel and limited civilians crossing the border to Egypt. Egyptian officials at the Rafah crossing told their Palestinian counterparts that the civilian border terminal would open Monday with priority given to….

Egypt questions suspected Israeli spy
6/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s state security prosecution on Monday began questioning an Israeli man suspected of spying for the Mossad intelligence agency, state television reported. Ilan Grapel was detained on Sunday from a Cairo hotel and ordered to be held for 15 days pending investigation. The US embassy in Cairo confirmed that Grapel is….

Lebanon government formed after months delay
6/13/2011 – BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Najib Mikati on Monday announced the formation of a new 30-member cabinet in which the powerful militant group Hezbollah and its allies hold the majority. The billionaire Sunni businessman announced his government line-up following nearly five months of arduous negotiations over key portfolios including the interior…. Related: Hezbollah dominates new Lebanon govt

Fighter-jet engines ‘stolen from Israeli base’
6/13/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s military police on Monday opened an inquiry into the theft of airplane parts, a spokeswoman said without confirming press reports that eight fighter-jet engines had been stolen.” The military police have opened an inquiry into the matter,” she told AFP without giving further detail or confirming reports of the theft….

Gaza lawyers strike over arrests
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Lawyers in the Gaza Strip went on strike Monday in protest over the practices of the attorney-general of the Hamas-led government, the lawyers’ union said. In a statement, the union said the attorney-general Muhammad Abed repeatedly summoned lawyers and in many cases detained them for no offense.” Lawyers also….

Israeli police arrest 4 settlers in West Bank
6/13/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israeli police arrested four Israeli settlers in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Monday, accusing them of “attacks on public order,” a police spokeswoman said. Among those detained was a minor suspected of setting fire to Palestinian property, she said, adding that police had seized various items including computers when they arrested….

In Cologne, Palestinians organize solidarity
6/13/2011 – COLOGNE, Germany (Ma’an) — The Palestinian community in Germany organized a workshop on Monday in Cologne to voice support for Palestinian political reconciliation. The workshop was organized in cooperation with European associations and aimed to promote solidarity and understanding of the Palestinian cause. Human rights activists from across Europe attended the workshop, together with….

Israel hails Italy’s opposition to Palestinian state bid
6/13/2011 – ROME (AFP) — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Monday declared his opposition to a bid by the Palestinians for UN membership, earning thanks from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.” We do not believe that a unilateral solution can help peace, neither on the Palestinian side nor on the Israeli side. I believe peace can only….

Rights group calls for investigation of Gaza murder
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Gaza rights group has urged the government to investigate the fatal shooting of a resident by men claiming to be Hamas security forces. According to an investigation carried out by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Ismail Abu Taha, 23, was shot dead by a militant claiming to be…. Related: PCHR Calls for an Investigation into the Killing of Two Persons and the Wounding of a Third One by Security Officers

Hezbollah dominates new Lebanon govt
6/13/2011 – BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — Nearly five months after his appointment, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday announced the formation of a 30-member cabinet in which Hezbollah and its allies hold a majority. Mikati, a billionaire Sunni businessman, announced his line-up following arduous negotiations over key portfolios including the justice and telecommunications ministries, now controlled…. Related: Lebanon government formed after months delay

Gaza car dealers protest import taxes
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Car dealers in Gaza refused a shipment of vehicles on Thursday in protest over a recent decision by the local government to increase car import tax by 25 percent. The Association of Auto Dealers said the move was a final attempt to pressure the Hamas-led government to withdraw a proposal….

In photos: Palestine beats Italy in football match
6/13/2011 – MaanImages / Wajdi Jafari – Palestine’s Olympic team beat the Italian Olympia Club 3:0 at the opening ceremony of the Dura football pitch on June 12, 2011….

EU official supports Palestinian unity
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) – The European Union supports Palestinian unity, but a new government must recognize Israel and accept past accords, European parliament president Jerzy Buzek said Monday. Buzek spoke during a trip to Gaza City, where he toured projects run by the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees and met its commissioner general, Filippo Grandi….

Ousted Dahlan speaks out on Facebook page
6/13/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Ousted Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan has dismissed “the charges against him” on his Facebook page. In a series of three videos posted days before Fatah’s Sunday night decision to expel the official from the party, Dahlan revealed information about the charges against him, which party officials have refused….

Missing Qalqiliya man found dead in well
6/13/2011 – QALQILIYA (Ma’an) —The body of a 57-year-old man from the village of Jinsafut, near Qalqiliya, was found by residents in an abandoned well on Monday, police said. A young shepherd found the body in the early hours of Monday morning and alerted locals, who called police to the scene. Police identified the….

US man comes clean on ‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ blog hoax
6/13/2011 – LONDON (AFP) — Rights campaigners reacted furiously after a US student based in Scotland unmasked himself as the author of the “Gay Girl in Damascus” blogs, which charted the security crackdown in Syria. Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old Edinburgh University masters student, admitted Sunday that he was “Amina Abdullah”, who had described “herself” as a Syrian….

Armed attackers hijack car in Sinai
6/13/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Armed assailants on Monday hijacked a car carrying students’ exam papers and abducted the driver in El-Arish in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, security sources said. The car was transferring nursing students’ completed diploma exam papers to the health department to be marked. Police said they were searching….

Palestine Note

Palestinian artist unveils world’s largest oil painting

Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Ma’an- Ukraine-based Palestinian artist Dr Jamal Badwan on Wednesday unveiled the biggest oil painting in the world in a public park in Kiev. Palestinian Authority Minister of Tourism Khloud Daibes and hundreds of Ukrainians and Palestinians attended the show. The…

Palestinian billionaire who helped push Fatah and Hamas together ponders his legacy
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – The National- Despite the fine spread, the 75-year-old self-described “Texan at heart” and putative father of Palestinian reconciliation, seemed fixated on his appetiser: four small pills on an oversized dinner plate. “I take eight a day,” to alleviate a heart…

Arab democracy uprisings should herald a new dawn of education reform
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Muhammad Faour, Los Angeles Times – As the popular uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and other Arab countries achieve their primary goal of changing the political regime, they will soon face the urgent need to reform the education system as well…

Former World Bank president shunned by students and faculty at Beirut university
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Los Angeles Times – What has been coined the “Arab Spring” has gained momentum, this time in the region’s most well-reputed and prestigious university, the American University of Beirut. The campus has been a scene of protests ever since the…

King of Jordan Promises Elections, but Doesn’t Say When
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – New York Times – King Abdullah II of Jordan announced on Sunday that the government would in the future be elected, not appointed, responding to a demand of protesters calling for democratic change. But the statement did not generate immediate…

Bil’in residents say regular incursions are intimidation tactic
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Ma’an- The day after anti-wall protests in Bil’in, Israeli forces enter the village causing anger amongst residents, leading to the throwing of rocks and glass bottles at patrol cars. The coordinator of the local popular committee against the wall, Ratib…

Lebanon Gets Hezbollah-Led Cabinet After 5-Month Lag
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – New York Times – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday a long-delayed government dominated by Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies, which is likely to cause alarm among Western powers at a time of regional turmoil. Formed after five months…

Bedouin children hope their West Bank school will be spared Israel’s bulldozers
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – The Guardian- Each morning, they scrabble through a drainage pipe under a busy main road slicing through the unforgiving landscape between Jerusalem and Jericho, where hard-baked stony hills roll down to the Dead Sea. At the end of the school…

In Saudi Arabia, Comedy Cautiously Pushes Limits
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – New York Times- You know you are attending a Saudi Arabian comedy night when the sprawling performance tent is pitched 50 miles out into the desert to avoid the morals police and, astonishingly, the ushers are women, even if they…

Poll: Views of Middle East Unchanged by Recent Events
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Pew Research Center – Major events in the Middle East –including tensions between the U.S. and Israel, growing political unrest in many Arab countries, and the death of Osama bin Laden — have had little effect on public attitudes toward…

Palestine beats Italian club in friendly football match
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Ma’an- At the opening ceremony of the Dura football pitch, Palestine’s Olympic team beat the Italian Olympia Club 3:0. The Sunday match, attended by Ramallah Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, head of the Palestinian football federation Jibril Rjoub and deputy head…

The Middle East six months later: From self-immolation to transformation
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – James M. Dorsey, Al Arabiya- The Middle East and North Africa face an uncertain future six months into the anti-autocratic revolt sweeping the region, but one thing is clear: it will never be the same again. While the future shape…

Between Tipping and Talking Points
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Richard Goldwasser – It’s time to declare which side of history you will be on. Nearly the entire world recognizes or will soon recognize a sovereign Palestinian state. That’s just a fact. You can ignore it or if you like…

Palestinian PM, a former IMF official, supports Israeli central bank chief for IMF job
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – The Washington Post- Israel’s central bank chief picked up a new and unexpected supporter Sunday in his bid to head the International Monetary Fund: the Palestinian prime minister. Stanley Fischer, governor of the Bank of Israel, is a “superb human…

The Quiet Corner of the Mideast (Surprise)
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – New York Times- In the Arab democracy movement, there is a dog that has not yet barked. And whether or not it does — and how loudly — is causing a lot of heartburn among American policy makers. Egyptians, Tunisians,…

Hamas Rejects Fayyad as Unity Government Head
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Fatah officially ousts former Gaza “strong-man”, potentially exposing reconciliation’s fragility Al Jazeera – Hamas has opposed Fatah’s nomination of Salam Fayyad for the post of prime minister in a transitional Palestinian government, exposing differences over implementing a Palestinian reconciliation deal…

Palestinians Are Ready for a ‘New Beginning’
Palestine Note 13 Jun 2011 – Zahi Khouri – Two years ago, President Obama promised a new beginning in his 2009 Cairo speech, affirming that a new relationship would be forged between the American people and the people of the Muslim world. No one then could…

AlJazeera

Jordan denies attack on king’s motorcade
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Government has rubbished reports of an attack, insisting that the monarch remains popular.

Suicide bomber targets police in Iraq’s Basra
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Five killed in large explosion at rapid response unit.

Ben Ali to face trial in absentia
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Former Tunisian president remains in Saudi Arabia as authorities in Tunis prepare charges against the long-time ruler.

Egypt questions Israeli spy suspect
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Family dismisses espionage allegations against Ilan Chaim Grapel, a US-Israel dual national, as “totally delusional”.

UNRWA paints bleak Gaza picture
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – As Israel siege enters its fifth year, young Palestinians are forced to take whatever work they can get.

Lebanese PM announces new cabinet
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Najib Mikati gives Hezbollah and its allies 16 posts, prompting resignation by a Druze MP dissatisfied with his post.

More Syrians waiting to cross Turkey border
AlJazeera 13 Jun 2011 – Turkey braced for massive influx of refugees as Syrian troops intensify their military operation in Jisr al-Shughur.

Palestine News Network

< Vedio: ANERA Renovates School In Jenin
PNN – ANERA, under the Emergency Water and Sanitation and Other Infrastructure Program (EWAS II) funded by USAID, completely renovated Fatmeh Khatoun Basic Girls’ School in Jenin. The school building was hundreds of years…

Zahar: The Coming Meeting Between Fatah and Hamas Will be Decisive
PNN – Gaza – PNN – Dr Mahmoud al Zahar, member of the political office of Hamas, told newspapers on Monday that the Hamas-Fatah meeting in Cairo on Tuesday will tackle all unsolved issues….

Homes to be Destroyed in Illegal Israeli Settlement of Migron
PNN – Jerusalem — PNN — For the first time since the bulldozing of homes in the West Bank settlement of Amona in 2006, Israel will again raze permanent structures in a West Bank…

Free Gaza Movement Issues Statement Regarding Freedom Flotilla II
PNN – Gaza-PNN-Victoria Delacroix- In a released statement in regards to how many countries around the world have responded with some trepidation regarding the Freedom Flotilla II, a group of ships that will set…

Israeli High Court Freezes Construction in Ofra Settlement
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – The Israeli High Court of Justice ordered the freeze of construction on new settlement homes in the Ofra settlement in central West Bank. The Ofra settlement is the…

Egypt Arrests Alleged Israeli Spy
PNN – Cairo – PNN – Egypt arrested an Israeli man suspected of spying and encouraging violence against authorities on Sunday, said the Egyptian state-run Middle East News Agency. CNN reported Adel Saeed, a…

Palestine Telegraph

Israel forces raid Jenin area
13 Jun 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces raided Monday several residential communities in the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

Gazan dies of injuries sustained in last Israeli war
13 Jun 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-A Palestinian man was announced dead Monday due to injuries sustained his body in the last Israeli aggression carried out against residents of Gaza Strip.

The National

Israel’s former hard-line spy chief rocks the boat over policy on Iran
The National 13 Jun 2011 – Meir Dagan, the ex-head of Mossad, created a furore in Israel when he described a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities as ‘stupid and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the defence minister, Ehud Barak, ‘reckless’ and ‘irresponsible’.

Hizbollah and allies take half of Lebanon’s new cabinet
The National 13 Jun 2011 – After five months of negotiations, new cabinet ‘reflects the balance of power on the ground in favour of the pro-Syrian coalition,’ and ‘won’t alter the dynamics of the Lebanese political situation,’ says analyst.

Syrians pour across border into Turkey after Assad crackdown
The National 13 Jun 2011 – Arab governments, unusually supportive of Nato intervention in Libya, have been silent in the face of Syria’s crackdown, fearing that the alternative to Mr al Assad would be chaos.

Ruling party in Yemen agrees to talks on Saleh’s departure
The National 13 Jun 2011 – The acting president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, agreed yesterday to begin discussions with opposition parties on how to transfer power from the country’s president, an opposition spokesman said.

Kuwait deputy PM allowed to quit after five weeks
The National 13 Jun 2011 – Members of Kuwait’s parliament last month applied to question Sheikh Ahmed Fahad al Sabah over issues including constitutional violations and the misuse of public funds.

Rising waters threaten Dead Sea tourist resorts
The National 13 Jun 2011 – Industrial operations in the southern part of the Dead Sea mean the water level is rising, prompting a plan to send excess salt to the sea’s northern section, where water levels are dropping.

Dead bodies litter streets of what was once a bustling suburb in Sana’a
The National 13 Jun 2011 – A thriving area of Yemen’s capital has been devastated by two weeks of bloodshed, leaving behind uncollected bodies and blasted buildings, and a nearly deserted neighbourhood.

Ha’aretz

Father of alleged Israeli spy in Egypt says son entered country legally
Ha’aretz – Ilan Grapel, a young American-Israeli law student, was arrested by Egyptian authorities, who allege that he is a Mossad spy sent to Egypt to ‘encourage protesters’ and ‘spread chaos.’

Arab League chief signals divisions on Syria crisis
Ha’aretz – Amr Moussa says Arab states views differ on Syria, though they are all ‘worried, angry and actively monitoring the current crisis.’

Police prep for riots when UN mulls Palestinian independence
Ha’aretz – Main scenario in police drill envisions hundreds or thousands of Palestinians heading toward roadblocks or the separation fence, trying to enter the Israeli side.

Lebanon PM: New government to liberate land under occupation of ‘Israeli enemy’
Ha’aretz – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati announces long-delayed new government dominated by allies of Iran-backed Hezbollah, which is likely to cause alarm among Western powers.

Netanyahu warns Palestinian bid for statehood could harm peace efforts
Ha’aretz – Speaking after meet with Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister says UN recognition of Palestinian statehood would ‘violate the agreements between the Palestinians and Israel.’

South Tel Aviv residents disrupt mayor’s meeting in protest against foreigners
Ha’aretz – Protesters break into Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai’s meeting carrying signs reading ‘Huldai supports infiltrators’ and ‘Foreigners – a national time bomb.’

Mother of Israeli arrested in Egypt calls spy charges ‘bogus’
Ha’aretz – Friends and relatives of the U.S.-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges say he is a law student in Atlanta with an avid interest in the Mideast — and not a Mossad agent out to sabotage Egypt’s revolution, as Egyptian authorities claim.

Report: Israeli said arrested for spying in Egypt entered country with forged permit
Ha’aretz – Ilan Grapel, an American-Israeli who entered Egypt using his American passport, has met with American consular officer in Cairo and spoken with his mother; Egyptian news agency claims Grapel in Egypt to ‘incite’ protests.

‘I wanted to see combat as IDF soldier,’ Israeli said arrested for espionage in Egypt told Haaretz in 2006
Ha’aretz – According to the Egyptian authorities, the man they arrested is Ilan Grapel. A person of the same name and personal history gave an interview to Haaretz after the Second Lebanon War.

Fatah expels former strongman accused of illicit financial dealings
Ha’aretz – Mohammed Dahlan is dismissed over ‘criminal and financial cases’ and undermining President Mahmoud Abbas; His ouster could jeopardize talks on Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal.

Woman killed, three wounded in Lod clan infighting
Ha’aretz – Initial investigation reveals that an unknown suspect arrived at home of family from opposing clan, armed with a pistol and grenade, opened fire.

Mother, grandfather of 4-year-old Rose Pizem jailed for life for her murder
Ha’aretz – Marie-Charlotte Renault, Rose’s mother, was found guilty of soliciting Rose’s murder in 2008 while Ronny Ron, father of her ex-husband, was convicted of first-degree murder.

Olmert at graft trial: I knew nothing of inappropriate travel payments
Ha’aretz – The former prime minister attacks the prosecution in his testimony and denies the contention that he knew of the private account that was managed in his name.

Series of earthquakes hit New Zealand city
Ha’aretz – Four months after Christchurch was devastated by a major earthquake, it was rattled again by multiple earthquakes. There were no fatalities but significant damage to property.

Taking it personally
Ha’aretz – A new decision by the High Court will allow kibbutz and moshav members to assume private ownership over their homes, but they claim the ruling is unworkable and unfair.

Busting the trustbuster
Ha’aretz – The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee is expected to pass the weakened bill limiting economic concentration.

Fischer faces uphill battle for IMF post
Ha’aretz – But support comes from an unexpected corner: Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.

Police arrest operators of extreme right website over calls for violence
Ha’aretz – Three Yitzhar settlers who operate ‘The Jewish Voice’ website are suspected of incitement to racism; the site encourages ‘price tag’ attacks against Palestinians and criticizes IDF.

Jerusalem Post

Dig reveals Acre’s importance to early Christianity
Jeruslalem Post 14 Jun 2011 – A 1,500-year-old building from the Byzantine period was discovered in Acre during construction of an uncompleted shopping mall parking lot.

J’lem refuses to stop using Abu Dis landfill
Jeruslalem Post 14 Jun 2011 – “Shocked” by mayor’s rebuff, environmental protection minister blames city for not planning ahead to send trash elsewhere.

Record number of complaints lodged over state bodies
Jeruslalem Post 14 Jun 2011 – State Comptroller Lindenstrauss submits annual State Ombudsman’s report which found that 14,000 complaints were lodged in 2011, a 44% increase since 2005.

‘Rabbi used mystical threats to force girl to have sex’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Netanya Rabbi David Ben-Haham Hafuta charged with forcing a 13-year-old girl into having sex with him by exploiting his authority.

Bus company ordered to pay disabled woman for barring entry
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Court rules bus drivers’ refusal to allow wheelchair bound lady access several times was illegal; Metrodan to pay NIS 50,000 in damages.

‘Media shows the intellectually disabled at a disadvantage’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – New study by Ministry of Welfare, Social Services finds the media generally focuses on overwhelming difficulties the population faces as a group in society.

‘Abdullah’s promised electoral changes are insignificant’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – HU professor says media is overplaying Jordanian king’s announcement in which he said he’ll continue to advance democratic reforms.

Cops release 4 Yitzhar settlers detained for ‘incitement’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Three are suspected of incitement to violence via Hakol Hayehudi website; one is suspected of setting fire to a Palestinian field, police say.

Analysis: In Syria, army will be the key
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – If the opposition can split the military, the prize will be control over the republic and the result will be impossible to predict.

Dankner named WJC Herzl Award winner
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – WJC says it will present the highest distinction to the IDB chairman in recognition of his contribution to the development of the Galilee, Negev.

Alleged Israeli ‘spy’ held in Cairo is US immigrant
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – New Yorker Ilan Grapel was wounded in Second Lebanon War; Mother: He went to Egypt to volunteer with refugees; US State Department envoy meets with jailed suspect.

Amnesty International is losing its way
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – As the organization celebrates 50 years, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong with this once-respected moral watchdog.

Time to go, Muammar
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Gaddafi should learn from the fate of several of his counterparts in the region and step down immediately.

Choose wisely, Mr. Prime Minister
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – What will it be: Peace and stability, albeit at a price? Or going down in history as the leader who preferred the cheers of a foreign legislature and homegrown rejectionists over the needs of his own people?

Arab League chief signals divisions on Syria crisis
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Amr Moussa says Arab states “worried, angry, actively watching crisis in Syria,” adds countries are debating common stance on situation; rights groups: 1,300 civilians, 300 soldiers dead so far in Syrian crackdown.

What you see is what you get
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Everything in the Holy Land is as good as it’s going to be, so why do anything that might change the holy status quo?

Confronting our subversive institutions
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Just as Israelis are denied their right to an open, objective public discourse due to the radical Left’s predominance in the media, so American Jews are denied their right to disown J Street due to the radical leftist American Jews’ takeover of key US Jewish umbrella groups.

Al Schwimmer, an exemplar of Israel-US ties
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – We can all take pride in Al’s life, and resolve to fulfill his dream and guard his heritage.

Stealth Islamism in Turkey
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Lenin once reportedly remarked that he would get the capitalists to sell him the rope with which to hang them; the AKP has gotten the West to provide that rope as a gift.

‘You’re just right for Israel,’ said Ben-Gurion
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – How Al Schwimmer was persuaded by Israel’s first prime minister to found this country’s aviation industry.

Turkey on the edge of autocracy
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Erdogan’s anti-Israel rhetoric cannot be seen in isolation from his oppressive policies at home and his pursuit of Islamist allies abroad.

Beneath Jerusalem, a river runs deep
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Builders find rare underground stream while working on railway station; geologists say it is largest underground river found in Israel.

Infrastructures Ministry approves drilling in Noa field
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Rapid extraction will help bridge gap between Mari-B’s end and Tamar’s beginning, experts say.

Egypt tells Iran that Gulf security is ‘red line’
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Nabil Elaraby warns Tehran not to meddle in internal affairs of Gulf states, says he communicated Egypt’s views on security with “frankness.”

Syria troops take full control of northern town
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – UN: More than 10,000 Syrians have fled country; Syrian state TV claims security officers killed by “armed gangs” were buried in mass graves.

US: We are providing help to alleged Mossad spy in Egypt
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – US Embassy in Egypt facilitates phone call between Ilan Grapel and his mother; Irene Grapel says allegations about son are “totally false.”

Dozens in Fatah threaten to quit over Dahlan ouster
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Fatah representatives warn that Abbas-Dahlan dispute could lead to split in faction; Dahlan remains popular among Fatah supporters in Gaza.

New bill to limit NGOs rejecting Israel’s Jewishness
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – MKs propose that NGO’s who reject state’s “Jewish nature,” and “act against the state’s basic characteristics” will have status revoked.

‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ author issues gushing apology
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Hoax blog writer says he “never meant to hurt anyone”; explains how he created Amina Arraf following repeated failed attempts to write fiction.

‘Gay Girl in Damascus’ actually straight man in Scotland
Jeruslalem Post 13 Jun 2011 – Hoax blog writer says he “never meant to hurt anyone”; explains how he created Amina Arraf following repeated failed attempts to write fiction.

The Guardian

US-born Israeli denies Egyptian spy claims
The Guardian 13 Jun 2011 – Israel fears Ilan Grapel arrest will damage relations with Egypt following Mubarek’s deposition Friends and relatives of a US-born Israeli arrested in Egypt on spy charges said Monday that he was a law student living Atlanta…

Inter Press Service

MIDEAST: A Price to Pay for Israeli Aid Restrictions
IPS Israeli restrictions on the delivery of international aid to impoverished Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories are costing aid organisations nearly five million dollars annually, and European and U.S. tax payers are footing the bill.

Moussa Seeks to Calm Arab Countries ‘Privately’
IPS Leaving his position as secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa is now a “private citizen” as he prepares to contest the Egyptian presidential election. And as a private citizen there is little he can do officially to fight government crackdown on citizens across parts of the Arab world, he…

Dam Project in Turkey Breeds Controversy
IPS The tranquillity and mystery of this town on the banks of Tigris River will not last long. The millennia-old town will be nearly totally destroyed once the nearby Ilisu dam, built for energy and irrigation, is complete.

New Fear of Civil War in Sudan
IPS The escalation of violence around the north-south border in the run-up to Sudan’s big divide has sparked fears of a new civil war, but experts contend that the issue is more about land and water rather than oil.

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To our popular masses: Continue to rise up and revolt!

Uruknet June 13, 2011 – THE GOVERNMENT of the Military Council continued to muzzle the voices and besiege the popular revolution in order to prevent it from developing into a movement to transform the capitalist mode of production into one that meets human needs. To do this, the military council is using autocratic policies toward anyone who opposes it,…

Maher Arar: My Rendition & Torture in Syrian Prison Highlights U.S. Reliance on Syria as an Ally
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – As Syria continues its brutal crackdown on demonstrators, we speak to a Canadian citizen who was repeatedly tortured by Syrian authorities after he was rendered to Syria by the United States in 2002. Maher Arar was seized at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in September 2002 and sent to Syria, where he…

Why the Pentagon Papers matter now
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – The declassification and online release Monday of the full original version of the Pentagon Papers – the 7,000-page top secret Pentagon study of US decision-making in Vietnam 1945-67 – comes 40 years after I gave it to 19 newspapers and to Senator Mike Gravel (minus volumes on negotiations, which I had given only to…

Iraq snapshot – June 13, 2011
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Chaos and violence continue, rumors of a US Congressional delegation being kicked out of Iraq are unfounded, the delegation is denied access to Camp Ashraf, a man who stepped down as a vice president in Iraq may be angling for prime minister, the military has stopped noting the wounded, and much more… Paul Richter (…

Gaza: Young Palestinians Lead a Global Movement
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – On a warm, sunny afternoon, I met Eman Sourani and Rana Baker in an airy outdoor cafe’ several blocks from the port of Gaza. Both are members of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI). Sourani, a 22-year-old English literature student at Al-Aqsa University, cofounded the group after Operation Cast…

“Lawfare” is the Latest Form of Israeli-AIPAC Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Israel is hard at work to stop international citizen activists groups from 22 countries that form the Gaza Freedom Flotilla from sailing in less than 3 weeks to bring international attention to Israel’s brutal siege on Gaza. As a part of Israeli government propaganda, the civil society to civil society project is purposefully and…

Rape in Libya: America’s recent major wars have all been accompanied by memorable falsehoods
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – The past history of American wars tells us that, when the war-going begins to get tough, the professional p.r. campaigns get going, often with wholly invented stories. For example, when in 1990 Defense Secretary Colin Powell was expressing doubts that the United States should attack Kuwait, stories appeared that, as revealed by classified satellite…

A Palestinian state and the prospects for September
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – The Palestinian Authority is banking on its diplomatic campaign, and the promises of support it has received from many countries, in order to achieve UN recognition of a Palestinian state at a meeting of the General Assembly in September. That would be a hugely significant result if it comes to pass. According to the…

Libya: Are the rebel fighters and Qatar breaking the UN arms embargo?
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Could the situation in Libya become any more complicated? The conflict which opposes Col Gaddafi to the rebel fighters and Nato is now threatening to turn into a real legal quagmire as all parties are accused to breaking the law in one way or another. As in March, after rumours surfaced that Nato forces…

Mountaintop Removal: Environmental and Human Destruction for Profit
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Activists call it “strip mining on steroids.” So did John Mitchell in his March 2006 National Geographic article titled, “Mining the Summits: When Mountains Move,” saying: Julia ‘Judy’ Bonds, “(a) coal miner’s daughter….no longer (could) tolerate the blasting that rattled her windows, the coal soot that she suspected was clotting her grandson’s lungs, and…

The myth of liberal Zionism
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – MANY ON the left in Israel today are horrified by the lurch of mainstream politics to the extreme right since the coming to power of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the right-wing Likud Party. The ruling coalition government depends on the support of even further right parties, and Netanyahu gave the prized ministry of…

Syrian troops target villagers near Turkish border
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Syrian troops have moved closer to the Turkish border as they sweep through villages north of Jisr al-Shughour, rounding up hundreds of people they claim are linked to armed gangs. Turkey was on Monday assembling a fifth refugee camp in its southern border towns, but with the number of Syrians who have crossed the…

On “The Issue Of Character” And Empire
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Late last month, poet, musician, and self-termed “bluesologist,” Gil Scott-Heron exited the hologram and returned to the source…to begin chanting, eternity will not be televised. In an earlier era, Stephen Spender feted the following tribute to those who fell resisting Francisco Franco’s fascist forces during the Spanish Civil War. His lines of verse serve…

Syrian Troops Pursue “Scorched Earth” Policy; Videos Document Children Tortured to Death
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – The Syrian army has taken control of the northern town of Jisr al-Shughour following what state media has described as heavy fighting by “armed groups,” who residents say are mutinous soldiers defending the town. Our guest Neil Sammonds, Syria researcher for Amnesty International, is interviewing refugees who have fled the violence by crossing into…

Map of the West Bank, Settlements and the Separation Barrier, June 2011
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – B’Tselem today launches its new and updated map of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. for the first time, B’Tselem’s map also includes the “unauthorised outposts” which are illegal even under Israeli law, built around some settlements….

Hezbollah Rise in Lebanon Gives Syria, Iran Sway
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Hezbollah and its allies rose to a position of unprecedented dominance in Lebanon’s government Monday, giving its patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East. Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced a new Cabinet dominated by the militant group and its allies after the country has operated for five months without a…

Mosque, school handed demolition orders
Uruknet July 13, 2011 – – Israel handed out demolition orders for a mosque and public school in the village of Bruqin on Sunday, prompting immediate condemnation from Palestinian leaders. Palestinian political leader Mustafa Barghouthi described the Israeli actions as “criminal” on a visit to the village. “Mosques that survive the arson attempts of settlers only stand to be…

Activists slam Syria “Gay Girl” blog hoax
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Gay and political activists reacted angrily Monday after discovering a blog purportedly written by a gay woman detained by Syrian authorities was the work of an American university student living in Scotland. Campaigners said the man had harmed their cause and potentially endangered lives…Sami Hamwi, the pseudonym for the Damascus editor of GayMiddleEast.com, wrote…

Palestinian Dies Of Wounds Suffered During the Israeli Assault On Gaza
Uruknet June 13, 2011 – Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian man died on Saturday of wounds suffered during the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip between December 28 and January 2009. Six members of his family, including two of his children, were killed when the army bombarded their home. The sources said that Mohammad Shaban Islayyim, in…

Thousands Protest in Bahrain
Uruknet June 12, 2011 – The Shiite Wifaq Party succeeded in staging a demonstration some 10,000 strong in the town of Sar, Bahrain, on Saturday. Movement leader Sheikh Ali Salman called a “big lie” the charge that Wifaq wanted an Iran-style theocracy, countering that it just wanted a civil state. The Wifaq demands for a constitutional monarchy in the…

Fatah figure says Dahlan ousted
Uruknet June 12, 2011 — The central committee of the Fatah party led President Mahmoud Abbas has voted to expel strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a Fatah official said on Sunday. A committee member, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said the movement was expelling Dahlan over allegations of corruption and murder, and recommending his case be referred to the…

Hunger striking Iran opposition prisoner dies
Uruknet June 12, 2011 – An Iranian prisoner who had been on hunger strike to protest at the death of an opposition figure died on Sunday, local news reports said. The death of Reza Hoda Saber, a journalist and political activist, coincided with the second anniversary of the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an event that sparked months…

Dear Israel: It is you who is the provocateur, not us
Uruknet June 12, 2011 – Regarding statements of government officials in Israel (echoed by officials in other countries) about diplomatic initiatives to impede the “Freedom Flotilla II- Stay Human” mission to Gaza, Palestine, we say: Proper diplomacy does not exclude humanitarian action; Instead of seeking to prevent an international community of concerned citizens from taking nonviolent action in defense…

A call from Gaza in support of the Freedom Flotilla II
Uruknet June 12, 2011 – We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, five years after closures began on Gaza , are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the full siege on the Gaza Strip must end. Shortly after 2006 democratic election which were supervised by people and bodies from the international community, nations formerly…

Daily Star

Hezbollah rise in Lebanon gives Syria, Iran sway
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Hezbollah and its allies rose to a position of unprecedented dominance in Lebanon’s government on Monday, giving patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East.

Jumblatt praises Berri on role in Cabinet formation
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt thanked Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Monday for his efforts in the formation of the new government headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Activists criticize absence of women in new Cabinet
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Women’s rights groups say all-male lineup is a step back for gender equality and reflects the alienation of women from Lebanese political life.

Putting a name and face on reckless driving in Lebanon
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Five hundred people hold a candlelight vigil in Tripoli to commemorate a young man who died in a hit and run car crash a week earlier and to push lawmakers to pass and enforce stricter traffic…

Arslan resigns from Lebanon’s new Cabinet
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 MP Talal Arslan resigned from the hours-old Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Najib Mikati, accusing him of discriminating against the Druze community and other minority groups.

FACTBOX: New Lebanese PM political backgroud
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Telecoms tycoon Najib Mikati, who is backed by Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies, named a new government on Monday after a nearly 5-month delay.

Facebook blocked in Lebanon’s Parliament
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 The information technology department in Lebanon’s Parliament has blocked MPs from accessing Facebook for playing popular gambling games on the social network site, a local newspaper reported Monday.

Assad congratulates Lebanon on new Cabinet
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 Syria’s Assad congratulates Lebanon on new govt: officials

List of Lebanon’s new Cabinet
Daily Star 13 Jun 2011 List of Lebanon’s new Cabinet

Cabinet formation efforts at a standstill
Daily Star 12 Jun 2011 Cabinet formation efforts came to a standstill over the weekend, dampening last week’s optimism and reflecting the March 8 coalition’s inability to reach a deal to resolve the five-month-long government crisis.

Maronite clergy tackle power vacuum
Daily Star 12 Jun 2011 Maronite bishops from Lebanon and abroad warned over the weekend of the power vacuum in the country saying it was damaging the economy and urged Lebanese politicians to maintain their commitment to the national pact.

YNet News

Report: Gaza blockade counterproductive
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – UNRWA report reviewing financial vise on Strip suggests Israel’s policy….

‘Constant cloud of suspicion intolerable’
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Knesset’s State Control Committee reviews State comptroller’s report on Public….

State Ombudsman notes surge in public complaints
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Annual report reveals 10% rise in number of public complaints in 2010. National….

IDF’s oldest-serving NCO celebrates 70
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – General Staff salutes Senior NCO Yitzhak Taito, who has been serving in the….

Olmert: Prosecution delusional
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Former prime minister attacks prosecution as he takes the stand at District….

Report: Security at Mt. Olives slipping
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – ‘One Jerusalem’ group sees 50% rise in hostile activity on cemetery grounds;….

Lebanon forms new government
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Newly appointed Beirut PM introduces 30-member cabinet whose creed is ‘All for….

Report: Jordanian King’s motorcade attacked
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Group of young men attack motorcade of King Abdullah II with stones, empty….

Ronny Ron, Marie Pizem sentenced to life
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Ron, who was convicted of killing his 4-year-old granddaughter Rose, claims….

Tony Blair reads Quran, Bible daily
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – In interview with Observer Former British PM discusses his intriguing reading….

Netanyahu meets Berlusconi in Rome
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – In joint press conference with Italian counterpart, prime minister addresses….

Rabbi charged with raping 12-year-old girl
YNet News, 13 Jun 2011 – Netanya rabbi tells minor she’s fated to be ‘messiah’s mother,’ must have sex….

Palestinian Information Center

Ahrar demands priority for release of political detainees
PIC – The Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights has called on both Hamas and Fatah to give priority to the issue of political detainees rather than formation of the unity government.

Hamas delegation arrives in Cairo for decisive talks with Fatah
PIC – A delegation of the Hamas movement arrives in Cairo on Monday on the eve of crucial talks with Fatah delegates on Tuesday to decide names of premier and ministers of the national unity government.

Abu Zuhri: Hamas told Fatah its refusal of Fayyad’s nomination
PIC – Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that his movement informed Fatah faction of its rejection of the nomination of Salam Fayyad as premier of the national unity government.

IOF soldiers round up 8 citizens in Bethlehem, Golan
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained three Palestinians in the Doheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem on Monday and five others in Majdal Shams in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.

Hamas: Mansour attack an obstacle to reconcilation
PIC – Hamas has strongly denounced the assault of Palestinian MP Mona Mansour as West Bank security services used force to crack down on a peaceful sit-in protesting the continued political arrest policy.

Fayyad says Israel’s Fischer the best man to head IMF
PIC – The Palestinian prime minister in Ramallah Salam Fayyad expressed his support of having Bank of Israel director Stanley Fischer head the International Monetary Fund.

Israel to seek alternative natural gas off Gaza coast
PIC – The Israeli ministry of infrastructure announced Monday its decision to begin works on a natural gas field off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

European parliament president in Gaza
PIC – President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday to get acquainted with the humanitarian conditions in the Strip.

Citizens deprived of passports in Gaza stage sit-in
PIC – Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip denied new passports by the authorities in Ramallah staged a protest sit-in on Monday in front of the UN offices in Gaza city.

Egypt arrests Mossad agent on espionage charges
PIC – Egypt has detained an Israeli man suspected of spying and trying to recruit youths to act in anti-state activities during protests that took place in Tahrir Square after the removal of Hosni Mubarak.

Qassem: Dahlan is not the only thief
PIC – 13/06/2011 – 09:04 AM

Haneyya congratulates Erdogan on election victory
PIC – 13/06/2011 – 09:02 AM

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Palestinian Medical Centers Equipped to Test, Treat AIDS, says Official‚Äè
WAFA

UNRWA says Israeli Blockade on Gaza Worsened Unemployment
WAFA

World Bank Pledges $55m to Support PA, $20m for Gaza Reconstruction
WAFA

Labor Minister Calls on Non-Aligned Countries to Recognize Palestine
WAFA

PGMC Condemns Incitement by Settlement Mayor
WAFA

Israeli Police Arrests 5 Youth in Majdal Shams
WAFA

Israel High Court Freezes Settlement Construction in Ofra
WAFA

American Group Seeks to Assure Survival of Palestinian Village
WAFA

Newspapers Review: ‘Salam Fayyad for Prime Minister’ Dominates Dailies‚Äè
WAFA

Weather Forecast: Further Drop in Temperature Today, Tomorrow
WAFA

8819 People Pass Rafah Crossing Since Late May
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

SECRET CABLES SHOW ISRAEL’S BATTLE PLAN OVER PALESTINIAN UN BID
Intifada-Palestine: 13 Jun 2011 – Foreign Ministry documents outline instructions to envoys to thwart international recognition of Palestinian state. By Barak Ravid / Haaretz Israel has started mobilizing its embassies for the battle against UN recognition of a Palestinian state in September, ordering its diplomats to convey… more

Los Angeles Times

More Syrian refugees pour into Turkey
LA Times 13 Jun 2011 – Turkish authorities say the latest wave of Syrian refugees brings the total to nearly 7,000 as the military crackdown in Syria goes on. A fresh wave of refugees poured across Syria’s border with Turkey on Monday, fleeing an ongoing military crackdown in the northern city…

Lebanon’s new Cabinet shows strong Syrian influence
LA Times 13 Jun 2011 – Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announces a 30-member Cabinet heavily dominated by the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah and its allies. Analysts say it does not bode well for Lebanese democracy at a time of uprisings across the Arab world. After a five-month deadlock…

New York Times

Yemen’s Opposition Meets With Government Officials
New York Times 13 Jun 2011 – The meeting was the first since the start of the uprising calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was wounded in an attack on the presidential palace on June 3.

Palestinian Unity Effort Shows Cracks as Factions Disagree Over Choosing Leader
New York Times 13 Jun 2011 – Negotiations between Fatah and Hamas seem to have hit a snag over choosing an interim government leader, a possible sign of discord before talks set to start in Cairo.

Lebanon Gets Hezbollah-Led Cabinet After 5-Month Lag
New York Times 13 Jun 2011 – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday a long-delayed new government dominated by allies of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Misc

PCHR Is Concerned over the Running out of Medications and Contraction of Health services in the Gaza Strip
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 13 June 2011

Buzek in Gaza: blockade must end
Relief Web 13 Jun 2011 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Gaza City – Monday 13/06/2011 European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek made the following statement after visiting EU-funded and UNWRA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) projects…

PCHR Is Concerned over the Running out of Medications and Contraction of Health services in the Gaza Strip
Relief Web 13 Jun 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the cancellation of dozens of surgeries at hospitals in the Gaza Strip and postponement of others to unknown periods,…

MIFTAH Launches Citizens’ Rights Guidebook
Relief Web 13 Jun 2011 – Source: MIFTAH Country: occupied Palestinian territory Ramallah — As part of its Fostering Community Change in the oPT, on June 13, MIFTAH launched the publication of its Citizens’ Rights Guidebook in Ramallah. The initiative is a joint project between MIFTAH,…

Yemen: US continues military campaign as talks fail
WSWS – Talks between the government of Yemen and opposition parties broke down on Sunday amid ongoing deadly clashes across the country and a campaign of aerial bombardment by US forces.

IT & surveillance firm Ness Technologies sold to Citi
Neged Neshek – Tel Aviv-based Ness Technologies has been acquired by a subsidiary of Citi Venture Capital (now unaffiliated with Citigroup). Ness was founded in 1989 and has sold radar systems and command-and-control systems to various war ministeries and armed forces around the world.

Newt Gingrich lauds ‘Jerusalem Day’ extremists
Mondoweiss – Newt Gingrich’s speech yesterday to the Republican Jewish Coalition was standard right-wing boilerplate intended to appeal to Republican Jewish donors and hardcore Christian Zionists. But notably and disturbingly, Gingrich lauded the throngs of Jews who danced through the streets of occupied Jerusalem earlier this month to…

Some thoughts on the fake gay blogger from Damascus….
Mondoweiss – Amina Arafwas never as interesting to Arabs on the internet as she was to Westerners who are always looking for Arabs that they can identify with. For Americans it’s easier to see some humanity in a lesbian blogger who writes about making out in airports in…

‘Washington Times’ yanks Weiner-married-Muslim-agenda piece
Mondoweiss – This just in,The Washington Times has pulled its crazy Eleana Benador piece about Anthony Weiner being “married to a Muslim agenda” because he married Huma Abedin. But the piece is still cited on the Times home page as the most-read piece at the site, even though…

Shareholders to Caterpillar: ‘our product has become Israel’s weapon of choice for ethnic cleansing and potentially even war crimes’
Mondoweiss – IDF Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer with cage armor and FN MAG 7.62mm machinegun. (Photo: MathKnight and Zachi Evenor via Wikimedia Commons ) This speech was given to the Caterpillar Corporation’s CEO, their board of directors, and top management at the annual Caterpillar shareholder’s meeting in Little Rock,…

‘NYT’ characterizes ’48 ethnic cleansing as ‘evacuation’
Mondoweiss – Some good history in the New York Times. Joshua Hammer first visits the village of Abu Ghosh outside Jerusalem The Muslim town has maintained close ties to Israel ‘s Jews, who arrive here en masse for weekend brunch, especially in spring and summer…. Abu Ghosh sat…

Guess Who Else is Thanking Congress for Standing By Him?
Tikun Olam – Qaddafi (Platon) Well, yes your first thought was Bibi Netanyahu, who received so many standing ovations from his rapturous Congressional audience (minus a sensible Ron Paul, who ducked the opportunity), that they might as well have remained on their feet the entire time. But who else…

Israeli-American Arrested in Egypt for Spying
Tikun Olam – Ilan Grapel ‘preaching Zionism’ at Azhar University An Israeli-American, Ilan Grapel, has been arrested by Egyptian authorities (Hebrew) and charged with recruiting people in Tahrir Squareto spy for Israel. Grapel made aliya to Israel around 2004 and volunteered for service in the IDF, where he was…

Misc 2

European Parliament President visits the Gaza Strip
Middle East Monitor 13 Jun 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES The president of the European parliament, Jerzy Buzek crossed into the Gaza Strip today, via the Israeli Eretz crossing. He visited the Society for Deaf Children and a food distribution center for Palestinian refugees, located in the west of Gaza City. Buzek also visited…

UN report highlights Israeli aggression against children
Middle East Monitor 13 Jun 2011 – A UN report has highlighted the escalation of Israeli aggression against Palestinian children in March and April this year. Issued by UNICEF, the report alleges that Israeli hostility against children has reached levels not witnessed since Operation Cast Lead in 2008/9. The report called for further…

Freedom and Justice Party seeks wide-ranging coalition to govern Egypt
Middle East Monitor 13 Jun 2011 – The deputy head of the Freedom and Justice Party, Dr. Essam El Erian, has said that the party does not seek a majority in the Egyptian parliament. Instead, he said, his members hope to form “a wide-ranging electoral coalition” to govern Egypt. Such a grouping will,…

A Palestinian state and the prospects for September
Middle East Monitor 13 Jun 2011 – The Palestinian Authority is banking on its diplomatic campaign, and the promises of support it has received from many countries, in order to achieve UN recognition of a Palestinian state at a meeting of the General Assembly in September. That would be a hugely significant result…

Hebron detainee starts hunger strike in Israeli prison
Sabr 13 Jun 2011 – HEBRON ( Ma’an ) — A Palestinian detainee on Sunday went on hunger strike to protest his treatment by Israeli prison guards, a rights group said. Israeli forces detained Atif Wureidat in 2002. Prison authorities have transferred him more than 30 times, Hebron prisoners’ association director Amjad Najjar…

Gaza prisoners complain of neglect
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 – [ 12/06/2011 – 05:20 PM ] OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, ( PIC )— The Gaza prisoners in Israeli Shatta jail castigated the Red Cross as well as Palestinian institutions concerned with prisoners for ignoring their issue. They told chairwoman of the Mandela foundation catering for prisoners lawyer Buthaina Al-Dakmak, who…

Family of Jenin prisoner appeal for urgent medical treatment
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 – [ 12/06/2011 – 05:18 PM ] JENIN, ( PIC )— Family members of Palestinian prisoner Ahmed Abul Rub have said that their son held in the Israeli jail of Askalan was in very poor health condition and could die any moment. Sabria Abul Rub, the prisoner’s mother, said…

Women’s affairs ministry condemns ‘humiliating’ HaSharon strip search
Sabr 12 Jun 2011 – [ 12/06/2011 – 08:35 AM ] GAZA, (PIC)— The Gaza ministry of women’s affairs has condemned the humiliating strip search of four women held in Israel’s HaSharon prison. The women affairs ministry held the Israeli government responsible for what happens to the women it holds prisoner and…

Almost half of Gazans jobless – UN
BBC 13 Jun 2011 – The unemployment rate in Gaza is among the highest in the world, a UN report finds, as Israel’s blockade of the coastal strip enters its fifth year.

Syrian army extends northern push
BBC 13 Jun 2011 – Syria says its forces are pursuing rebels through the area around Jisr al-Shughour, after consolidating control over the northern town.

Hezbollah dominate Lebanon cabinet
BBC 13 Jun 2011 – Lebanon announces a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati nearly five months after he took office.

Mother jailed over Israel murder
BBC 13 Jun 2011 – An Israeli court give life sentences to the grandfather and mother of a four-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase in a Tel Aviv river.

Lawfare: Israeli-AIPAC attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Sabbah report 13 Jun 2011 – Instead of direct military “warfare,” the Israel, AIPAC and the Shurat HaDin Law Center, are using lawsuits filed against insurance and satellite telephone companies that may sell equipment to the flotilla organizers and against citizen activist groups that have raised funds to purchase ships as strategies…

Articles


Palestinian billionaire who helped push Fatah and Hamas together ponders his legacy
Hugh Naylor, The National6/13/2011
NABLUS – In his hilltop palace perched above this tumbledown Palestinian city last week, the billionaire, Munib al Masri, sat before a breakfast of hummus, organic tomatoes and bowls of fresh sumac and zaatar.
Despite the fine spread, the 75-year-old self-described “Texan at heart” and putative father of Palestinian reconciliation, seemed fixated on his appetiser: four small pills on an oversized dinner plate.
“I take eight a day,” to alleviate a heart condition, he said. “Not very tasty.”
The chairman of the Palestinian territories’ most powerful conglomerate, Palestine Development and Investment Company (Padico), spoke on a number of issues, including his grandson, also named Munib, who was nearly killed by Israeli sniper fire when he and thousands of fellow Palestinians demonstrated on Lebanon’s border with Israel on May 15.
He also pondered the legacy he will leave for the Palestinian people. “Reconciliation and independence,” he said. “That’s what I hope.”
To his many admirers, he is the indefatigable architect behind the recent rapprochement between the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers and the Fatah faction that controls the West Bank.
On May 4, Mr Masri and a group of prominent Palestinian politicians, intellectuals and fellow businessmen finally got the enemy factions to end their bitter, four-year split during a ceremony in Cairo. The agreement sets the stage for repairing the fractured Palestinian political system and what many hope will become an independent Palestinian state. more.. e-mail

 

Israeli Settler Violence Report: March and April 2011
Ahmad Jaradat, Alternative Information Center6/12/2011
Israeli settler violence against Palestinians in the North and South West Bank increased in March and April 2011. The brutal aggressions against lands, homes and residents are part of an obvious systematic project to render the life of Palestinian residents virtually impossible.
Settlers announced their “price tag” plan after the Israeli army dismantled mobile homes in some West Bank outposts and settlements. This “price tag” strategy is carried out through land confiscations, physical attacks using stones, guns and knives, the uprooting of olive trees and attacks on homes.
In most of the settler attacks in March and April 2011, the connection between settlers and Israeli soldiers is evident. The army collaborates with the violent settler aggression against Palestinian residents; proof of this link includes military harassments against Palestinian farmers and residents who are trying to defend their villages and lands against settler attacks.
Both in the northern and southern West Bank, the army intervenes to facilitate settler violence, instead of stopping it. Soldiers are involved in cruel episodes of violence, arresting Palestinians who denounce settler aggressions or even pushing them out of their own lands. Police officers and military officials often deny Palestinian complaints against settlers: As commander of the Israeli military police, Meir Ohana, admitted last month, only 6-9% of complaints by Palestinian residents are taken into consideration. The rest are totally ignored, and hundreds of cases of abuse and attacks are closed.
Hebron and the Southern West Bank Region
On March 2, settlers from settlements in the eastern Bethlehem area uprooted 25 olive trees belonging to residents of the Al-Frides village…. more.. e-mail

Solidarity with Palestinians and Anti-Semitism
Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center6/12/2011
The struggle against anti-Semitism must be part of the struggle that every leftist party must wage, with zero compromises, against racism. Solidarity with the Palestinian people is part of the anti-colonial struggle to which every leftist party is committed. The two arenas complete and strengthen each other, writes Michael Warschawski.
Roger Cukierman, leader of France’s Jewish community at the beginning of the 21st century, proudly related to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz how he recommended to Ariel Sharon that Israel quell the harsh international criticism of its October 2000 massacre by opening a new front: the front of anti-Semitism. This was after the world was shocked by the France Channel 2 photos of the murder of the child Muhammad al-Dura in the arms of his father. The government of Israel had no response to the horrific photos of the murder of tens of unarmed children and young people by snipers. Cukierman told Ariel Sharon that “instead of attempting to come up with unconvincing excuses, we would attack on a new front: anti-Semitism.” Everyone who opened his mouth against the crimes of Israel would be accused of anti-Semitism, and this strategy succeeded beyond expectations: journalists and intellectuals were quiet lest they be accused of anti-Semitism, and one who dared express himself was forced to conduct a war — including in courts of law — in order to prove that he is not anti-Semitic, a terrible accusation in Europe, fifty years after Auschwitz.
It appears that after ten years and from overuse, this weapon has lost its efficacy,and is gradually being pushed to the corner. And yet this same unacceptable connection between criticism of Israeli policy and anti-Semitism has returned, even in the ranks of a leftist party with a history of struggle for human and workers rights.
First, a clarification of a few things concerning anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism exists in Europe, even if all surveys indicate that it is in a clear process of decline in comparison with the 1950s…. more.. e-mail

Rafah border crossing reopens, again
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jun 2011 – Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani The Electronic Intifada Cairo Egypt’s border with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip was reopened to Palestinian travelers Wednesday after a series of squabbles over operational procedures had temporarily brought cross-border traffic to a halt.more

Gaza’s fishing industry under fire
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jun 2011 – Eva Bartlett The Electronic Intifada Gaza City The prospects of catching fish — and the future of Gaza’s once strong fishing industry — are more dire than ever with new Israeli restrictions.more

The case for UN recognition of Palestine
Electronic Intifada: 13 Jun 2011 – Victor Kattan The Electronic Intifada Victor Kattan argues that UN membership for a State of Palestine would be a strategic asset to the Palestinian struggle for self-determination, although there are risks involved.more

Gaza Border ‘Opening’ is Just Rhetoric
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jun 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud For most Palestinians, leaving Gaza through Egypt is as exasperating a process as entering it. Governed by political and cultural sensitivities, most Palestinian officials and public figures refrain from criticising the way Palestinians are treated at the Rafah border. However there is really no diplomatic language to describe the relationship between desperate Palestinians – some literally fighting for their lives – and Egyptian officials at the crossing which separates Gaza from Egypt. “Gazans are treated like animals at the border,” a friend of mine told me. She was afraid that her fiance would not be allowed to leave Gaza, despite the fact that his papers were in order. Having crossed the border myself just a few days ago, I could not disagree with her statement. The New York Times reported on June 8 that “after days of acrimony between Hamas and Egypt over limitations on who could…more

Gaza: Young Palestinians Lead a Global Movement
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jun 2011 – By Joe Catron On a warm, sunny afternoon, I met Eman Sourani and Rana Baker in an airy outdoor café several blocks from the port of Gaza. Both are members of the Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel (PSCABI). Sourani, a 22-year-old English literature student at Al-Aqsa University, cofounded the group after Operation Cast Lead in January 2009, while Baker, a 19-year-old blogger and a business administration student at the Islamic University of Gaza, joined it during Israeli Apartheid Week, a global event in March 2011. PSCABI is the student arm of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), itself part of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee. Since its July 2005 founding by Palestinian organizations from Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, and the diaspora, BDS has grown into a formidable global movement with an impressive record of victories. In…more

Farce of Negotiation Should Be Put to Bed
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jun 2011 – By Abdul-Majid Jaffry President Obama in his recent speech embraced the Palestinians’ demand to draw the boundary of their aspiring state along the 1967 border. This is not the first time a U.S. President has called on Israel to withdraw from the territory it occupied in 1967 for a sovereign and viable Palestinian State to emerge. In a question-and-answer session at a town meeting in Clinton, Massachusetts in 1977, President Jimmy Carter advocated the same, “there must be a resolution of the Palestine problem and a homeland for the Palestinians.” President Carter’s envisioned plan also required Israeli withdrawal to roughly the 1967 boundaries. Since the U.S. first called Israel 34 years ago to disengage from the occupied territories, Israel not only not ceded an inch of the occupied territory, rather steadily and systematically expanded its encroachment into the occupied Palestinian territories. Israel did so with complete impunity and without any…more

Israel’s Threats: Will Gaza Flotilla Be Safe?
Palestine Chronicle: 13 Jun 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood It was a simple question. On 27 March I wrote to my Member of Parliament asking: ‘What is the British Government planning to do, please, to safeguard British subjects (and indeed the other humanitarians) sailing with the flotilla on its peaceful mission to Gaza?’ The Government had been only too happy, I said, to dispatch warships Cumberland and York to help civilians of all nationalities caught up in the Libyan trouble and deliver aid to the Benghazi medical centre. I attached a press release from one of the flotilla organizers, the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG). It called on all governments representing participating citizens to take concrete steps to protect their safety. After a long wait I have finally received a response from Alistair Burt, Foreign Office minister for Middle East affairs. He avoids the question altogether. “We are clear in our advice…more

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