VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 21 June, 2011: American flotilla passengers set to challenge U.S. support for Gaza blockade

21 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Netanyahu: “We Need To Disengage From The Palestinians, Need To Keep Jewish Majority”
IMEMC – Wednesday June 22, 2011 – 03:26, As the Israeli cabinet was holding its Sunday meeting, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that he supports the notion of a total disengagement from the Palestinians, in certain parts of the occupied territories, and “giving away” parts of the West Bank in order to ensure Israel remains a “Jewish State with Jewish majority”.

Despite Israeli Pressure, Apple Approves “Third Intifada” App
IMEMC – Wednesday June 22, 2011 – 01:57, The giant Apple Company decided to allow the publishing of a new App for the IPhone carrying the name “Third Intifada” despite Israeli pressures on the company to ban the app.

Israel Shifts A Section Of the Annexation Wall in Bilin
IMEMC – Wednesday June 22, 2011 – 00:57, The Israeli army started on Tuesday evening to shift a section of the illegal Annexation Wall built on lands that belong to the residents of Bil’in village, west of the central West bank city of Ramallah.

63% Of Israeli Public Support Mass Prisoner Exchange For Gilad Shalit
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 16:19, A poll released today by the Rafi Smith polling company on behalf of the campaign to release Gilad Shalit and published in Haaretz newspaper shows that a majority of the Israeli public, 63%, believes 1,000 Palestinian prisoners should be swapped in a prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit.

Israel High Court Issues Order Regarding Communities Law
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 14:53, The Israeli High Court presided over a hearing on Monday regarding two separate petitions brought against the controversial Israeli “Acceptance to Community Law”. The petitions were brought by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and Adalah, a Palestinian rights movement. The court ruled that the government was required to explain within 60 days why the law should not be deemed unconstitutional.

Israeli Officer Indicted On Charges Of Ramming Mentally Disabled Palestinian Boy
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 12:47, The Israeli military prosecutor has filed an indictment against an Israeli officer for illegally ordering the ramming of a mentally disabled Palestinian civilian in an incident in the West Bank in 2008, according to Israeli media reports and the human rights organization B’Tselem

Netanyahu Expresses Desire To Separate From Palestinians
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 12:20, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his belief that Israel need to disengage from Palestinian areas in the West Bank in order to avoid the demographic nature of Israel as a Jewish state from being challenged by Palestinian population growth, according to Haaretz.

Obama Reiterates US-Israel Bond “Unbreakable”
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 11:38, US President Barrack Obama has reaffirmed his US administration’s “unbreakable” bonds with Israel and described differences between him and the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu as “purely tactical”. Obama made the comments at a Democratic “Friends of Israel” event where he was fundraising for his upcoming 2012 campaign for a second 4 year presidential term.

Report: “30% of the Palestinians in the W. Bank, 67% In Gaza, Are Refugees”
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 11:12, The Palestinian Census Bureau reported that nearly half of the Palestinians in the occupied territories are internally displaced refugees, and that, since its creation in Palestine in 1948, Israel forcibly removed two-thirds of the Arab population.

Haniyya: “Solidarity Convoys Expose Israel’s Crimes”
IMEMC – Tuesday June 21, 2011 – 10:13, On Monday evening, Hamas leader, head of the Hamas-led government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyya, stated during a welcome ceremony for the “Miles of Smiles 3” solidarity convoy that flotillas and convoys challenging Israel’s siege on Gaza expose the Israeli crimes and the true nature of Israel’s aggression.

Ma’an News

Patriarch prohibited from conducting Hebron visit
6/21/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Governor of Hebron Kamel Hmeid and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal were prevented from carrying out a tour of the city Monday, delegation members said. The officials visited areas affected by the presence of an estimated 700 Israeli settlers and 1,500 soldiers in the city center, but were….

Analysis: Why Christians leave Bethlehem
6/21/2011 – Greg Wilkinson – I spent a month last Autumn working with the Christian organization, Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem, carrying out research and interviews, through which I spoke with dozens of Palestinian Christians, in part, about the temptations of leaving for a more comfortable and peaceful life abroad. As opposed to comments by the the Archbishop….

American Jews to join Gaza flotilla
6/21/2011 – UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Several American Jews are to board a US boat planning to join a flotilla of about 10 ships seeking to breach Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza later this month, an organizer said Monday.” We are seeking justice for Gaza,” Leslie Cagan told reporters, noting that the boat will have 36….

Israeli forces detain Abu Asab
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – Israeli forces detained on Tuesday morning head of Jerusalem detainees’ committee Amjad Abu Asab from Al-Suwaneh in Jerusalem and took him to Al-Maskubieh military camp. In a statement received by Ma’an the derainees’ center said that the troops detained Abu Asab after raiding his house and taking….

UN: Israel approves Gaza housing projects
6/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has approved construction of two housing projects in the southern Gaza Strip, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday. UN Relief and Works Agency spokesman in Gaza Adnan Abu Hasnah said two major projects would be constructed to house families from Rafah and Khan Younis whose homes were….

Hamas: Abbas does not have power to appoint Fayyad
6/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An admission by President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday that Salam Fayyad would be appointed Prime Minister of a unity government was slammed by Hamas as an “unjustified media escalation.” Abbas made the comments on Lebanese television, telling the Lebanese Broadcast Cooperation that he had nominated Fayyad, who currently holds the….

Obama warns of new US tactical spats with Israel
6/21/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama warned that new “tactical” disagreements loomed between Israel and Washington, but vowed to leverage his administration’s “creative powers” in the cause of peace. Obama, who has had a difficult relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke at length on the stalled peace process at a fundraiser….

Haniyeh applauds Miles of Smiles aid convoy
6/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Prime Minister of the Hamas government in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh said Monday that he was proud and thankful for the support of international activists, who arrived in Gaza Sunday with the European aid convoy Miles of Smiles. During a reception Monday evening, Haniyeh said that the convoy – the third to….

63% of Israelis back swap deal to free Shalit
6/21/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Nearly two-thirds of Israelis back a prisoner exchange deal which would see 1,000 Palestinian inmates released in order to free captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a poll showed on Tuesday. The poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute and published in Haaretz newspaper, asked respondents if they would back such a deal even if….

300 truckloads of goods to enter Gaza
6/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian officials were notified Tuesday morning that 300-310 truckloads of goods would be allowed into the Gaza Strip. Palestinian liaison official Raed Fattouh said the goods would include 11 loads of building material, including cement and iron bars, for UNRWA-sponsored projects, six loads of iron pipes for a project….

Loh: Abbas, Mash’al to meet within days
6/22/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader-in-exile Khalid Mash’al will meet in the next few days, Fatah national relations official Diab Al-Loh announced. Postponing the meeting was because of some changes that occurred on the president’s agenda,Al-Loh said Tuesday. Al-Loh stressed that Fatah is working toward….

Ramallah museum to show Picasso for first time
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (AFP) — A Ramallah art museum has become the first in the West Bank to take delivery of an artwork by Picasso, which will go on view to the public for a month, beginning on Friday. The 1943 canvas, “Buste de Femme,” was loaned by the Van Abbe museum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as the centerpiece….

NATO airstrike kills Palestinian family in Tripoli
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family of four was killed in a NATO airstrike Monday on the Libyan capital of Tripoli, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry explained in a statement published Tuesday on the government news agency Wafa, that the International Red Crescent Association had relayed….

Abbas: UN in place of no other options
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian leadership will continue its pursuit of support for an appeal to the UN for membership and the recognition of statehood, and Salam Fayyad will head the new unity government, President Mahmoud Abbas told the Lebanese satellite channel LBC on Monday night. In the absence of negotiations with Israel, Abbas….

Shakira pushes education on visit to Jerusalem
6/21/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Colombian pop diva Shakira said on Tuesday that education was the best way to achieve global stability and peace after meeting Israeli and Palestinian school children on a visit to Jerusalem. Speaking at a joint press conference with President Shimon Peres, the 34-year-old singer said she had come to Israel to share….

Abbas in Turkey for talks
6/21/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Ankara Tuesday for talks with Turkish leaders amid disagreements over the formation of a Palestinian unity government, officials said. Abbas will have a “private program” before talks with Turkish leaders Thursday and Friday, a Turkish diplomat told AFP, without elaborating. The president is to meet with his Turkish….

Opinion poll shows Fayyad favored for PM
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found the majority of Palestinians would prefer Salam Fayyad as prime minister and Mahmoud Abbas as president. The results of the poll, released Monday, also showed that reconciliation talks had improved the public perception of Hamas more than Fatah….

Ramallah governor shuts down pharmaceutical company
6/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Ramallah governor Laila Ghanam has ordered a pharmaceutical company to shut down over health and safety violations. Gamma Pharmaceuticals, based in Beituniya near Ramallah, failed to comply with health and safety regulations, did not employ a qualified pharmacist and has not renewed its license, a statement from the governor’s….

Syria’s Assad orders new amnesty as 4 more dead
6/21/2011 – DAMASCUS, Syria (AFP) — President Bashar Al-Assad on Tuesday ordered a new general amnesty, a day after an offer of “national dialogue” to end Syria’s unrest, even as activists said four people were killed in anti-government protests. Two people were killed in the central city of Homs and another two in the northeastern province….

Jordan information minister quits over ‘restrictive’ laws
6/21/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan’s Information Minister Taher Adwan said on Tuesday he has resigned because of laws he deemed “restrictive for freedom of expression.” “I submitted my resignation today to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit in protest at a government decision” to debate new press and publication laws in parliament that he opposed, Adwan told….

Clinton backs Saudi women’s call for right to drive
6/21/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind a campaign by Saudi women to lift a ban on female driving in the ultra conservative, oil-rich kingdom.” What these women are doing is brave, and what they are seeking is right,” Clinton said, ending what officials here had called….

Palestine Note

Gaza in crisis as smugglers divert trade to Libya
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Ma’an- Egyptian fuel smugglers are expanding their network to Libya and reducing deliveries to Gaza causing a fuel crisis in the Strip, traders told Ma’an. Gaza trader Ayman Abu Shanab said Egypt was exploiting the unrest in Libya to smuggle…

West Bank civil servants to strike Wednesday, Thursday
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Ma’an- Civil servants in the West Bank will strike on Wednesday for two days, public employees union leader Bassam Zakarna said Monday. The statement said all government institutions would be affected by the strike, with Zakarna protesting the PA government’s…

Medical Council corruption report handed down to PA
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Ma’an – The Palestinian anti-corruption department received a report Sunday from a parliamentarian committee investigating alleged corruption charges against the Higher Palestinian Medical Council. The head of the anti-corruption department, Rafiq Natshe, who received the report in his office in…

Survey: Majority of Palestinians want Fayyad as prime minister
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Haaretz- A majority of Palestinians want current Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to run the proposed Palestinian national unity government, according to a public opinion poll published Monday. The survey, conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (…

Abbas: Palestinians will not turn to UN if given alternative solution
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Haaretz- If Israel, the United States and Europe do not want the Palestinians to seek unilateral recognition in the United Nations then they must present an alternative, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview to the Lebanese television network…

Syrians Rally, This Time in Support of Leader
Palestine Note 21 Jun 2011 – Assad offers broad amnesty for anti-regime protesters New York Times – Tens of thousands of people took to public squares in Damascus and other major Syrian cities on Tuesday to pledge allegiance to President Bashar al-Assad in the latest government…


NATO confirms drone helicopter lost in Libya
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2011 – US surveillance drone lost near Zliten, as Libya’s state television says aircraft was downed Apache attack helicopter.

Clinton hails female Saudi driving activists
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2011 – US secretary of state says women protesting against a ban on their driving are “brave” but that it is an internal issue.

Deaths reported amid rival Syria rallies
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2011 – Activists say seven people killed as government supporters and opponents clash in three cities.

Deadly blast at Iraqi governor’s compound
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2011 – At least 21 people killed in explosion outside home of local official in central Iraq.

Iraqis make a living among the dead
AlJazeera 21 Jun 2011 – The Najaf cemetery has become a refuge for families displaced by poverty and violence.

Palestine News Network

Freedom Flotilla Participants: Israel Piracy On Our Ships Will Not Be Easy
PNN – Brussels – PNN – Participants of the freedom flotilla 2 bound for Gaza said on Tuesday that Israeli attempts to take over their ships will not be an easy, assuring that activists…

PM Fayyad May Today Announce He is Not Part of New Government
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – It is expected that the Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salam Fayyad, may announce today that he will not be the prime minister for the new national reconciliation government,…

USPCN Campaigns for Palestinian Democratic Representation
PNN – New York — PNN – The United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) is campaigning to allow for greater representation of the Palestinian people by demanding that direct elections are held to the…

Video: Richard Levy & Kathy Kelly Join US Activists to Sail to Gaza In Humanitarian Flotilla
PNN – Washington — PNN – Dozens of Americans hope to set sail this week on a U.S.-flagged ship, The Audacity of Hope, as part of an international flotilla which aims to challenge Israel’s…

Israeli Military Demolish Palestinian Homes in the Jordan Valley
PNN – Jordan Valley — PNN — Palestinian sources report that the Israeli Military demolished four homes and bulldozed farmlands belonging to Palestinian farmers at the village of al-Hadydyah. Witnesses told local media that…

Palestinian Family of Four Killed in NATO Bombing of Tripoli
PNN – Tripoli – PNN – A Palestinian family of four was killed on Monday during a NATO bombing which targeted the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Palestinian…

International Solidarity Movement

67 people displaced following demolition of Bedouin village by Israeli army
6/21/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 20 June 2011, International Solidarity Movement – On June 20th at 7am a Bedouin village, south of Hebron in Khirbet Bir al’Idd was struck down with Israeli bulldozers destroying seven tin homes and several other sheds and tents. The Israeli army and border police arrived to demolish the homes claiming the area was classified….

Two fishing boats shot off Gaza coast
6/21/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – International Solidarity Movement – At around 9am on June 21, two fishing boats were attacked by the Israeli Navy, with bullets piercing both engines, rendering them unusable. The first boat was shot at in the motor, at the rear end and, when the 4-man crew took cover at the front of the boat, away from….

Alternative Information Center

Israel Demolishes Homes in Tubas District, Displacing 27 Palestinian Children, Adults
Alternative Information Center – On Tuesday morning (21 June) the Israeli army demolished 29 structures in al-Hadidiya, Tubas Governorate, displacing 27 people from six households, including 11 children. A further 15 people were affected, including 10 children.

Relief Web

Israel: Halt Home Demolitions
Relief Web 21 Jun 2011 – Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory Compensate Scores of People Displaced in West Bank Communities (Jerusalem, June 21, 2011) — Israel should end discriminatory policies that have forcibly displaced hundreds of West Bank Palestinian residents from their…

Israel okays materials to build Gaza homes, schools
Relief Web 21 Jun 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: Israel , occupied Palestinian territory JERUSALEM ‚Äî Israel has approved the delivery to the Gaza Strip of materials to build 1,200 homes and 18 schools in UN-run projects, a defence official told AFP on Tuesday. The decision…

Jordan warns of instability if UN Palestine Refugee Agency’s funds cut
Relief Web 21 Jun 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan , occupied Palestinian territory UNRWA Commissioner General appeals for Arab funds 21 June 2011 Jordan The Prime Minister of Jordan, Marouf al-Bakheet, has warned of instability…

Annual report 2010
Relief Web 21 Jun 2011 – Source: European Commission Humanitarian Aid department Country: Afghanistan , Central African Republic (the) , Chad , C?¥te d’Ivoire , Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the) , Democratic Republic of the Congo (the) , Ethiopia , Iraq , Liberia , Niger (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Somalia , Sri Lanka , Sudan (…

Live theatre delivers health messages to refugees
Relief Web 21 Jun 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: Jordan , occupied Palestinian territory More than 6,000 refugees in ten refugee camps across Jordan were entertained and educated during May by live performances of a play…

UNHCR Iraq Fact Sheet – May 2011
Relief Web 20 Jun 2011 – Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of) , Iraq , Jordan , occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Turkey Background UNHCR has been present in Iraq since the 1980s protecting refugees and asylum seekers. While Iraq is not…

The National

Iran’s deputy foreign minister falls victim to Ahmadinejad’s fight with hard-line clerics
The National 21 Jun 2011 – Dispute over Mohammed Sharif Malekzadeh is part of a burgeoning power struggle involving President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the parliament and the country’s clergy.

Bomb blasts across Iraq kill dozens
The National 21 Jun 2011 – Attacks include twin suicide car bomb attacks in Diwaniyah targeting local governor which killed at least 26 and wounded another 29.

Open for business: Turkey’s bankers tap into Kurdish boom
The National 21 Jun 2011 – It may have a difficult relationship with its own Kurds, but Turkey is happy to strike economic ties with the Kurds of Iraq, where it now does billions of dollars in business every year.

Assad orders new general amnesty as France calls for UN Security Council intervention in Syria
The National 21 Jun 2011 – Assad acknowledges that Syria has reached a ‘turning point’, but he said dialogue could lead to a new constitution and end nearly five decades of his Baath party’s monopoly on power.

Jordanians press for greater effort to wipe out wasta and defeat corruption
The National 21 Jun 2011 – King Abdullah promises to fight corruption but critics say more serious efforts are needed to end wasta, nepotism and favouristism.

Saleh ‘back in Yemen on Friday’, ruling party insists
The National 21 Jun 2011 – Opposition leader discounts the possibility of the president¬øs return, as JMP said it received confirmation from a number of western ambassadors that Mr Saleh will not be back.

A Coptic Christian’s reasons for backing the Muslim Brotherhood
The National 21 Jun 2011 – Rafik Habib, an Egyptian Christian intellectual, defends the Muslim Brotherhood against accusations of having a secret extremist agenda, and his own choice in joining its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, as third-in-command.


Senior Israeli source: Iran actively helping Syria squash demonstrations
Ha’aretz – Not only is Iran supplying equipment to the Syrian army, the source says, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also organized demonstrations against Israel on Nakba and Naksa Day.

Zvi Barel / The economic effects of Syria’s turmoil are clearly visible
Ha’aretz – Tourism is a key branch of Syria’s economy and when hotels lay off workers and restaurants send waiters on vacation, the middle class is likely to join in the protests eventually.

IAF strikes Gaza tunnel after mortar and Qassam land in Israel
Ha’aretz – IDF says tunnel was being used by terror groups in the Strip to infiltrate Israel and carry out actions against soldiers and Israeli citizens.

Sirens to go off around Israel as security drill goes national
Ha’aretz – The exercise, dubbed Turning Point 5, involves the Home Front Command, the National Emergency Authority, national and local government and emergency services.

Suspected fraud in Labor Party census prompts investigation calls in Israel
Ha’aretz – Only half of membership forms have been filed so far, but Channel 2 News reported that they have checked 23,798 forms and found severe issues calling its validity into question.

Lithuania to compensate Jews who lost property during Nazi, Soviet occupations
Ha’aretz – Under the bill, which still has to be signed into the law, the government would pay 51.93 million euros between 2013 and 2023 to a special fund.

Israel’s doctors set to continue strike despite talks with government
Ha’aretz – Only emergency and oncology operations will be performed, and day hospitalization units in the general, geriatric and psychiatric hospitals will be closed.

Dylan Review Roundup
Ha’aretz – Five Israeli fans review the music icon’s first performance in Israel in nearly two decades.

Israel approves transfer of $100 million of building goods into Gaza
Ha’aretz –

Watch Live: Shimon Peres’ Presidential Conference in Jersualem
Ha’aretz – Singer Shakira, comedian Sarah Silverman are just some of the international guests attending the annual three-day conference.

Former Prime Minister Olmert denies storing funds in a ‘secret safe’
Ha’aretz – Indictment says Olmert hid Talansky funds, in cash, in a safe in Attorney Uri Messer’s office; Olmert says description of the safe as ‘secret’ is unfounded.

Fischer: Let imports spur competition
Ha’aretz – Fischer warns that if the military budget expands as a result of regional developments, the government will not be able to continue with its tax-cutting policy.

Dairy queen Ofra Strauss: ‘Maybe we were wrong’
Ha’aretz – ‘High living costs, high food prices, high cottage cheese prices must be addressed,’ Strauss tells Caesarea Economic Policy Planning Forum.

Awaiting the tsunami scenario
Ha’aretz – Opening panel at TheMarker conference warns of a ‘combustible atmosphere’ as September nears.

Fayyad to stay on as Palestinian prime minister
Ha’aretz – Salam Fayyad dismissed allegations of his plans to resign, says he is ‘proud’ that he is public’s favorite for the prime minister post.

Israel to Apple: Take down ‘Third Intifada’ app
Ha’aretz – Minister Eli Edelstein asks Apple’s founder Steve Jobs to remove the app, which alerts users of upcoming events and features pictures of martyrs.

Netanyahu to Erdogan: Israel and Turkey should renew spirit of friendship
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sends letter to Turkey’s Erdogan urging normalization of ties between the two countries; Communication comes in the wake of secret talks between Israel and Turkey.

Senior U.S. official: Israeli-Palestinian impasse is unsustainable
Ha’aretz – Official tells reporters Israel should not be expected to negotiate with Hamas, and that administration awaiting results of Palestinian negotiations.

Barak: Israel should push forward with negotiations
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak says Israel must make real attempt to re-enter peace talks with the Palestinians despite lack of support from all members of Israeli government and lack of Middle East stability.

Opening of Rafah crossing brings little relief to Gaza residents
Ha’aretz – Gaza residents frustrated by long wait lists and difficulty getting permits for crossing the border; Egypt permanently opened its main border crossing with Gaza one month ago.

‘Suspected Israeli spy Ilan Grapel tells family he is treated well in Egypt’
Ha’aretz – Egypt renews investigation of Jewish American citizen following four days of delay after Grapel’s first lawyer quit due to unknown reasons.

Abbas: Palestinians will not turn to UN if given alternative solution
Ha’aretz – Palestinian president says Israel, U.S., and Europe should present alternative if they want to stop UN bid, stresses Salam Fayyad must stand as head of unity government so not to ‘bring about another blockade.’

Obama tells Jewish donors that U.S.-Israel disagreements are only ‘tactical’
Ha’aretz – U.S. President reaffirms his country’s bond with Israel is ‘unbreakable.’

Jerusalem Post

Investigation of ‘Israeli spy’ Ilan Grapel resumes in Egypt
Jerusalem Post 22 Jun 2011 – Egyptian paper reports Grapel receives new defense attorney; sources deny claims of possible Israel-Egypt prisoner exchange deal.

Mashkevitch to resign as WJC Euro-Asian branch head
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – One of the world’s richest Jews, Israeli-Kazakh billionaire says he wants to devote more time to creating Jewish “Al-Jazeera.”

Yishai’s divisive meddling
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Yishai should indeed reinstate the clause that specifies nationality as “Jewish” — but he should do so for Orthodox and non-Orthodox converts alike.

Flash! Yale will study anti-Semitism
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Center Field: After canceling one initiative, the Ivy League university is now launching a new one.

Purchasing, not stealing, Israel
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Lion’s Den: Acquiring property dunam by dunam, farm by farm, house by house, lay at the heart of the Zionist enterprise until 1948.

Kassam rocket, mortar fired from Gaza hit western Negev
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – No injuries, damage reported as projectiles strike open areas of the Eshkol regional council; attack is second in less than a week.

A question of the Palestinian dinar
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Terra Incognita: What currency will the Palestinians use in the wake of their quest to seek recognition for a state in September?

Karp’s widow: Witnesses to husband’s killing also murderers
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Sarah Karp tells court how youths “sat and laughed” as her husband was being killed by their friends.

Settlers launch virtual anti-withdrawal from Samaria ad
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Political ad in form of mini game meant to underscore danger of future withdrawal from W. Bank by showing how missile attacks could increase.

Blair: Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear program
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Speaking at J’lem’s Presidential Conference, Quartet envoy stresses Israel is a model for the region; Amos Oz: “Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not black and white, Israel should take side of protesters in Arab Spring.”

Silverman roars Presidential Conference with laughter
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – “I’m so excited to be in such an old city, Jerusalem is like, at least 30 years old, right?” American comedian tells Channel 1 reporter.

Jewish umbrella group slams US over Pollard
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – In rare move, Conf. of Presidents leaders say “pursuit of justice should be tempered with compassion and we renew our plea for Pollard’s release.”

Lebanon’s opposition feeling threatened
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Assad has made clear that if unrest begins between Syria’s Sunnis and its Alawite minority, Lebanon will suffer instability as well.

Netanyahu sends congratulatory letter to Erdogan
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Gesture on Turkish PM’s reelection seen as effort to reach out to Ankara to repair severely damaged relationship by last year’s flotilla raid.

Israel asks Apple to remove ‘3rd intifada’ application
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Yuli Edelstein in letter to Steve Jobs: “Application calls for uprising against Israel, iPad apps should not be instrument for incitement to violence.”

Jerusalem teenager killed in motorcycle accident
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – “He failed [the license test] twice and I was so happy” mother said; safety advocates call to raise requirements for motorcycle licenses.

Seven protesters killed in Syria during pro-Assad rallies
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Protesters reject Assad speech; security forces block roads around Aleppo; Syrian president issues general amnesty after promising reforms.

Hamas official: Army Radio gives me free speech
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Right-wing NGO tricks Rantisi into pledging support for IDF radio station as part of campaign to close military radio station.

Best preserved site of First Temple Ruins inaugurated
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Scholars believe area is the “Water Gate” mentioned in the Bible; activists denounce site’s focus on Israeli history only.

Ocean life faces mass extinctions, study shows
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – “We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation,” report to UN says.

Jordanian minister quits over ‘restrictive’ media laws
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Taher Adwan says new laws “that restrict freedom of expression and lower the ceiling of press freedoms” contrary to calls for political reforms.

Olmert denies existence of ‘secret cash-box’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Former PM completely rejects “baseless claim”, says there was “no secret cashbox, no conspiracy, nothing.”

CITYsights: What lies beneath
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Hiding underneath the Kotel, The Western Wall Tunnels contain secrets revealing thousands of years of history.

‘Grapel investigation resumes in Egypt after 4 days’
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Egyptian paper reports Grapel appointed new defense attorney; sources deny claims of possible Israel-Egypt prisoner exchange deal.

Bombings kill 21 people in Iraqi city of Diwaniya
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Suicide bomber, car bomb planted outside a governor’s house in the central Iraqi city kill at least 21 people and injure more than 30.

Olmert testifies over Talansky cash transfers
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Though he was aware of debt, former prime minister says Messer was campaign chief, and therefore all financial responsibilities were his.

Syria forces sweep Aleppo as Assad promises reform
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Assad promises reform; Alliance between Assad and Sunni merchants holds; Twelve arrested in village between Aleppo and Turkey.

Green groups face economic, leadership challenges
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – Study conducted by Israel’s foremost environmental leaders examines the status of the country’s environmental movement.

Obama reassures Jewish donors on strong support for Israel
Jerusalem Post 21 Jun 2011 – “US and Israel will always be stalwart allies and friends,” Obama tells group of Americans in Support of a Strong US-Israel Relationship.

Inter Press Service

U.S.: Kerry, McCain Come to Obama’s Rescue Over Libya
IPS Hoping to head off growing insurgencies in both major parties over Washington’s participation in NATO’s military campaign against Libya, two key senators Tuesday unveiled a resolution that would give President Barack Obama the authority to continue operations there for up to one year.


Video: Extremely graphic footage: Libyan children killed by NATO bombs
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – Just a day after admitting killing 9 civilians in a bungled airstrike, NATO has been accused by the Libyan authorities of causing at least another 15 deaths. The Alliance confirmed it had carried out another bombing, but has not responded to the allegations of civilian casualties. RT crew in Tripoli has shot some shocking…

30 people killed in spate of bomb attacks in Iraq
Uruknet June 21, 2011 — A series of bomb attacks swept across Iraq on Tuesday, killing 30 people and wounding some 53 others, amid a wave of escalation of violence in Iraqi cities. Massive twin car bomb explosions in Iraq’s southern central city of Diwaniyah were the latest in a series of high-profile and coordinated bombings that have seemingly…

Freedom Flotilla Participants: Israel Piracy On Our Ships Will Not Be Easy
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – Participants of the freedom flotilla 2 bound for Gaza said on Tuesday that Israeli attempts to take over their ships will not be an easy, assuring that activists will not use violence at all. According to reports from the European campaign to lift the siege on Gaza, Dr. Lin Vientiane, coordinator for the Irish…

Wrongfully Banishing Professor David Protess
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – On March 18, Chicago Tribune writers Matthew Walberg and Dan Hinkel headlined, “Northwestern at odds with star professor,” saying: “Cook County prosecutors sparked a media firestorm nearly two years ago when they subpoenaed notes, recordings, and even grades of (his) students (because of their work proving) Anthony McKinney had wrongly been convicted of a…

US investigators reportedly say Yemen’s Saleh hit by advanced US-made missile
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – An investigation team from the United States has reportedly found that an attack that wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh and several senior members of his government while performing the Friday prayers in his Sana’a presidential compound earlier in June was carried out by an advanced US-made missile designed for special assassination operations, sources close…

Seven protesters killed in Syria during rallies
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – Syrian security forces shot dead seven people on Tuesday during clashes in two cities between President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists and protesters demanding his removal, a leading activist said. The violence followed rallies organised by authorities in several cities in support of Assad, whose 11-year rule has been challenged by a three-month popular uprising, prompting…

Video: Iraqis make a living among the dead
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – The Najaf cemetery in central Iraq is the largest graveyard in the world. It is a holy site for Shia Muslims, millions of whom choose to be buried there because of its proximity to Imam Ali’s tomb. But as poverty and violence displace more Iraqis, the cemetary is increasingly becoming a refuge the living….

Report: “30% of the Palestinians in the W. Bank, 67% In Gaza, Are Refugees”
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – The Palestinian Census Bureau reported that nearly half of the Palestinians in the occupied territories are internally displaced refugees, and that, since its creation in Palestine in 1948, Israel forcibly removed two-thirds of the Arab population. Marking the World Refugee Day on Monday, the Bureau stated that %43.4 of the Palestinians in Palestine are…

Markets, Murder and Trash: The Real New World Order Emerges in Juarez
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – Do you want to know what the future looks like? Ed Vulliamy can show you. Just follow him down to Ciudad Juarez, where the witless, heedless, heartless machinery of “market fundamentalism” (or “late capitalism,” or whatever other name you’d like to give to the unrestrained greed of our elites) has come to its logical,…

NATO airstrike kills Palestinian family in Tripoli
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – – A Palestinian family of four was killed in a NATO airstrike Monday on the Libyan capital of Tripoli, according to the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry explained in a statement published Tuesday on the government news agency Wafa, that the International Red Crescent Association had relayed the news. The family,…

Attacks on Muslim cemetery represent another feature of Israeli violations
Uruknet June 21, 2011 – Ahmed Toubassi, a researcher at the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, has said that the excavations and digging carried out by the Israeli authorities in the historic Al Qashla Muslim Cemetery (adjacent with the Grand Mosque in Jaffa) represent yet “another face” of Israeli violations of religious as well as international conventions. In…

Military Resistance 9F12 : “A Metallic Sound”
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – Last week, the non-violent protest movement in Iraq reached a critical point. June 7 marked the self-imposed deadline for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to rid the various government departments of corruption and correct their incompetence. You see, a major criticism from the growing movement of tens of thousands across Iraq is that rampant corruption…

Reveling in the Pain of Others: Moral Degeneracy and Violence in the “Kill Team” Photos
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – War, violence and death have become the organizing principle of governance and culture in the United States as we move into the second decade of the 21st century. Lacking a language for the social good, the very concept of the social as a space in which justice, equality, social protections and a responsibility to…

Waging another Unconstitutional War
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal – Barack Obama has reached Orwellian dimensions in the war against Libya. You see, the widespread daily bombing of Libya, the strict naval blockade of Muammar…

Kairos Palestine Letter to Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – Kairos Palestine is deeply troubled by your recent comments regarding the situation of Christians in the Middle East in general and more particularly those related to the Palestinian Christians, as it was aired on the June 14 broadcast of the BBC news programme “The World at One.” Your inaccurate and erroneous remarks cite Muslim…

Bashar al-Assad’s full speech
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – …Conspiracies are like germs, after all, multiplying every moment everywhere. They cannot be eliminated, but we can strengthen the immunity of our bodies in order to protect ourselves against them. It doesn’t require much analysis, based on what we heard from others and witnessed in the media, to prove that there is indeed a…

Public opinion and Endless War
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – …These demands that the nation’s continuous use of war and violence not even be questioned are easy to understand. The nature of being an empire entails not only ruling the world through force, but also ensuring that the Emperor’s decrees and actions cannot be meaningfully challenged at home. That’s why the controversy over Obama’s…

Fresh Libya civilian deaths pile pressure on NATO
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – – The Libyan government said on Monday 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s top officials, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack. Libyan officials took reporters to Surman, 70 km (45 miles) west of Tripoli, to the site…

Detaining Palestinian Children
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – Last month, a 13-year-old boy from a small village in the occupied West Bank woke up to the sound of loud banging on the front door of his family home – it was 3:00 am. Omar’s father answered the door and found heavily armed Israeli soldiers waiting outside. The soldiers asked for the family’s…

Egypt military to try journalists over torture claim
Uruknet June 20, 2011 — Military prosecutors in Egypt are to try a newspaper editor and a journalist over comments in an article on torture attributed to a military official, a military source said on Sunday. Journalist Adel Hammuda and editor Rasha Azab from the independent Egyptian weekly Al-Fagr were questioned by the prosecutor on Sunday and will appear…

New popular resistance movement emerges in Palestine
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – Around a year and a half ago, residents and community leaders from the districts of Hebron, Beit Ummar and Ramallah had an idea to create something new out of what already exists throughout Palestine: popular, non-violent resistance. They started formulating an umbrella organization that will coordinate and support local popular committees that already exist…

Killing Democracy One File at a Time: Justice Department Loosens FBI Domestic Spy Guidelines
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – While the Justice Department is criminally inept, or worse, when it comes to prosecuting corporate thieves who looted, and continue to loot, trillions of dollars as capitalism’s economic crisis accelerates, they are extremely adept at waging war on dissent. Last week, The New York Times disclosed that the FBI “is giving significant new powers…

Humans against Strangulation of Gaza
Uruknet June 20, 2011 – People often ask me why I am part of a team to organize a U.S. Boat to Gaza that will be sailing this month with the next International Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. They often make clear they are asking because I am an American Jew, whose family survived the Holocaust with…

Daily Star

Allies defend role in Libya as campaign shows strains
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Allied leaders from NATO have defended their ongoing role in Libya as debate rages over the legitimacy of their operations and growing signs of strain emerge within the alliance.

Pro-Assad demonstrators clash with opponents
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered a new general amnesty Tuesday, as government supporters and opponents clashed in three Syrian cities, with security forces opening fire, killing at least seven people including a teenager, activists reported.

Maronite patriarch wishes Cabinet luck from Rome
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Tuesday he wished the new government luck in its endeavor to confront and deal with Lebanon’s crises and meet the people’s economic and social demands.

Omar Karami calls for arms-free Lebanon
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Former Prime Minister Omar Karami said Wednesday that calls for declaring his home city Tripoli an arms-free city should be part of a plan by the government to demilitarize all Lebanese areas.

Bab al-Tabbaneh shop owners seek compensation
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Businesses in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood asked Lebanon’s Higher Relief Council Tuesday to compensate for material damage caused by last week’s violent clashes, by providing LL5 million for each shopkeeper.

Arrest warrants issued over Tripoli clashes
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr issued arrest warrants against seven people Tuesday over their involvement in last week’s violent clashes in Tripoli, which left seven people dead and 59 wounded, as a preliminary investigation continued.

‘Lebaneseness’ of Cabinet formation confirmed
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 We have seen news reports of Prime Minister Najib Mikati confirming to Arab and foreign ambassadors his commitment to international resolutions, including the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and displaying his insistence on fulfilling the people’s basic…

War of words between Aoun Future Movement resumes
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 The war of words between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement resumed Tuesday, with FPM leader Michel Aoun threatening that many March 14 officials would end up in prison.

Mikati assures his Cabinet will fully stand in the judiciary’s court
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Tuesday that his government would stand firm in support of judicial authorities, whose independence would strengthen the role of state institutions and uphold justice.

Authorities release 15 detained Syrian refugees
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Lebanese security authorities have released Syrian refugees who had been detained for not having proper identification documents, several sources told The Daily Star Tuesday.

New education minister eschews political spats
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 The education minister is promising to make use of his academic background to tackle the shortcomings of the country’s education system and has requested to be left out of any political bickering.

Cabinet policy stalls over STL
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Discussions over the government policy statement were stalled Tuesday over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, pending an agreement between Hezbollah and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Tunisians uneasy over Ben Ali ‘charade’ verdict
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Tunisian authorities came under fire Tuesday for their high-speed sentencing in absentia of ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife to 35 years in jail for embezzling public funds.

Tribes tell Saudi Arabia: Saleh return will lead to civil war
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 The head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation warned Tuesday in a letter to the Saudi king that Yemen could plunge into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh is allowed to return home.

For Palestinians the wait goes on despite Rafah opening
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 The reopening of Gaza’s main border crossing with Egypt brought widespread relief to Palestinians suffering from a four-year blockade.

Arab Spring nerves push Israel to reach out
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Israel’s defense minister said Tuesday that despite the upheaval in the Arab world from pro-democracy uprisings, Israel should push forward with negotiations.

Rare attack on state building in Iraq’s Shiite south kills 22
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Twin explosions near a government compound early Tuesday killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens in a rare attack in the Shiite heartland, Iraqi officials said.

Indonesia recalls envoy to Saudi over migrant worker execution
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Indonesia recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia Tuesday in protest over the execution of an Indonesian migrant worker convicted of murdering her employer, an Indonesian Embassy official in Riyadh said.

Ahmadinejad, lawmakers lock horns
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Iran’s parliament dealt President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad two new blows Tuesday, rejecting a ministerial nominee and forcing the resignation of a newly appointed deputy foreign minister.

Iran and Iraq to discuss future of Camp Ashraf
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Iran and Iraq will discuss with the Red Cross the future of an outlawed armed Iranian opposition group living in Iraq, visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Tuesday.

Kuwait opposition on mission to remove prime minister from office
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers have vowed to keep up their campaign to oust the prime minister who faces a no-confidence vote Thursday for having boosted ties with Iran.

Jordan minister quits over lack of media freedom
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Jordan’s Information Minister Taher Adwan said Tuesday he has resigned in protest because of proposed laws he deemed restrictive for freedom of expression.

Little reprieve for Moroccan king with constitutional reform plan
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Morocco’s King Mohammad, at the helm of the Arab world’s longest-serving dynasty, has taken a timid step toward a democratic transition with a constitutional reform plan he wants voters to approve in a July 1 referendum.

Ministers determined to finalize policy statement this week
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Ministerial committee tasked with finalizing the draft policy statement is determined to do so by the end of this week, one of its members tells The Daily Star.

Seven arrest warrants issued over Tripoli clashes
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Military Prosecutor Judge Sakr Sakr issues arrest warrants for seven people over their involvement in Tripoli’s violent clashes Friday, which left seven people dead and 59 wounded.

Tripoli businesses ask govt to compensate for damages
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Businesses in Tripoli’s Bab al-Tebbaneh ask Lebanon’s high relief body Tuesday to pledge LL5 million for each shopkeeper.

Man accused of killing Australian businessman arrested in Lebanon
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Man accused of killing an Australian businessman flees to Lebanon and is arrested on drug charges.

Lebanon frees Syrians held for not having identity papers
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Lebanon’s authorities have released all Syrian refugees in Lebanon who had been detained for not having identity papers, activists say.

100 Yemen troops killed in battle for Zinjibar: army
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Battles raged Tuesday between Yemen’s army and suspected Al-Qaeda militants for control of the southern city of Zinjibar, a military official said.

Syria’s Assad orders new amnesty as five more dead
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Three people were killed in the central city of Homs, one of them a teenager, and another two in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, the activists said, citing residents, as both the pro- and anti-Assad…

Rifi says suggestions he is arming Bab al-Tabbaneh men not worth response
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Internal Security Forces director refuses to respond to accusations that he is arming young men from the north Lebanon neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh to fight rival Alawite countrymen.

Little change in Moroccan air: analysts
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s proposed new constitution would do little to change the status quo, falling short of expectations raised during the heady early days of the Arab Spring, analysts say.

Americans join flotilla to break Gaza blockade
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 A ship filled with American activists will join an international flotilla that will try to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, organizers said Monday.

22 killed in car bombings south of Baghdad
Daily Star 21 Jun 2011 Suicide bombers detonated two explosives-laden vehicles early Tuesday near a government compound south of Baghdad, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi officials said.

Israel’s defense drills put Hezbollah on alert: source
Daily Star 20 Jun 2011 Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon were on high alert Monday as Israel continued its week-long defense drills, a security source told The Daily Star.

Mikati briefs envoys on Cabinet creation, policy
Daily Star 20 Jun 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday briefed Arab and foreign ambassadors on his government’s policy on U.N. resolutions while affirming Lebanon’s respect of these resolutions.

Stop The Wall

Palestinians in Deir Qaddis succeed in stopping IOF bulldozers
Stop The Wall – Jun 15, 2011— People in the West Ramallah village of Deit Qaddis went out to the fields and successfully blocked the start of works for a settler road that is planned to run through their lands. [

Youth movement continues to spearhead Palestinian protests
Stop The Wall – Jun 6, 2011— This year’s anniversary of the Naksa – the occupation of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), the Gaza Strip and the Syrian Golan Heights by Israel – has been marked by historic popular protests. [, Jun 5, 2011— See Videos on the protests at Qalandiya checkpoint and the brutal repression against the people calling to end the occupation.

YNet News

Prosor makes UN debut
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – WASHINGTON ‚Äî Israel’s new Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor on Tuesday made his debut appearance at the UN General Assembly as the head of the Israeli … ….

Netanyahu woos Erdogan with letter
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulating him for a recent reelection to his third term, news agencies in … ….

Amos Oz slams West Bank ‘occupation’
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Author Amos Oz spoke Tuesday at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem and criticized the peace process with the Palestinians. Oz said he believes the “ongoing … ….

Qassam, mortar explode in Negev
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Qassam terror back? A Qassam rocket exploded Tuesday in open spaces in Eshkol Regional Council, just a half an hour after a mortar shell blasted into the same area. … ….

Dagan doubts ‘Arab Spring’
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Former Mossad chief Meir Dagan doubted the ‘Arab Spring’ Tuesday and said a Sunni government could succeed that of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which may inhibit … ….

5 settlers released after ‘Price tag’ allegations
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Two Jerusalem courts ordered the release Tuesday of five settlers police had arrested on suspicion of carrying out revenge acts against Palestinians, commonly dubbed … ….

Egypt military posts Facebook poll on next leader
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Egypt’s military rulers have posted a Facebook poll to gauge the popularity of nearly 20 presidential hopefuls, an attempt to show their commitment to a democratic … ….

Rivlin: Proud of ‘Jewish’ title on ID
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Knesset Speaker says questions of Judaism could resurface following restoration….

Police: Gas blast probe could take a year
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Commander says Netanya explosion that killed four a ‘puzzle’, no definite….

Airbus, IAl join forces on early-warning plane
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Derivative of Airbus craft to use radar to monitor airspace, warn of approaching….

Yisrael Beiteinu: Triple IDF discharge bonus
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Proposal follows bill stipulating preference for discharged troops in public….

Home Front Defense goes down ‘The Pit’
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – New emergency underground facility for office of Home Front Defense inaugurated….

Assad declares general amnesty; mass support rallies staged
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – One day after pseudo-placating speech blaming ‘saboteurs’ for unrest sweeping….

Paris Air Show: Israeli companies unveil defense systems
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Fifteen Israeli companies show at prestigious international aerospace event;….

Olmert: Allegations preposterous
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Former prime minister testifies again, slams prosecution’s methods as ‘pathetic,….

Karp widow: Why didn’t anyone help?
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Sara, widow of Arik Karp, takes stand at punitive arguments hearing for four….

Egypt: Israeli ‘spy’ treated well
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – Cairo’s al-Ahram weekly says suspected spy Ilan Grapel was allowed to speak with….

Knesset marks decade to Versailles disaster
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – House Control Committee holds special session marking 10th anniversary of….

Gantz: No change to Yizkor prayer
YNet News, 21 Jun 2011 – IDF Chief claims he made no decision on controversial phrasing of remembrance….

21 June 2011: Officer indicted for vandalizing Palestinian vehicles
B’tselem 21 Jun 2011 – In October ’09, B’Tselem documented several vehicles that had been vandalized in the southern Hebron hills. The vehicles had served to transport Palestinians wishing to enter Israel without a permit to work, and had been abandoned after soldiers began chasing them. On 19 June ’11, the media reported that the military prosecutor indicted an officer for vandalizing the vehicles with soldiers under his command.

Palestinian Information Center

Abu Zuhri: Abbas statement unjustified escalation
PIC – 21/06/2011 – 09:36 AM

1500 sick Palestinian detainees refuse to take medicine in protest step
PIC – 21/06/2011 – 09:42 AM

Haneyya: Siege-busting convoys expose occupation crimes
PIC – 21/06/2011 – 10:00 AM

Palestinian family killed in NATO bombing on Tripol
PIC – All four members of a Palestinian family were killed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday evening in a NATO raid on the city, the Palestinian foreign ministry in Ramallah said.

IOF troops arrest five citizens in Majdal Shams
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested five citizens in the Majdal Shams town in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights at dawn Tuesday, the Israeli radio said.

IOF soldiers storm home of liberated Hamas leader, question him
PIC – The Israeli military commander of Jenin area accompanied Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in storming the home of recently released Hamas leader Ali Abul Rub in Qabatiya village at dawn Tuesday.

Abu Marzouk: Upcoming unity government will serve Palestinians not Israel
PIC – Moussa Abu Marzouk said current talks between Fatah and his party are aimed at creating a government that serves the people and Palestinian objectives, not one that satisfies Israel.

Ministry asks UN to see release of Gazans held under ‘unlawful combatant law’
PIC – The Gaza prisoner affairs ministry has called on the UN to intervene as Israel has refused to release six Gazans whose prison terms have ended using an unlawful combatant law.

Egypt revolution party seeks prisoner trade-off with Israel
PIC – Waed Society for Prisoners said that it agreed with the Egypt based Palestine Studies Center and the Egyptian revolution youth to seek a prisoner exchange with Israel..

36 Americans to join June Gaza flotilla
PIC – 36 U.S. rights activists announced they will set sail to the Gaza Strip on board the sequel of an aid flotilla that was lethally attacked by Israeli naval forces in May 2010.

Sheikh Sabri denounces calls for demolishing mosque in OJ
PIC – Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, the head of the higher Islamic authority, has condemned the call by Jewish fanatic groups for the destruction of Mohammed Al-Fateh mosque in occupied Jerusalem.

Khreisha asks Fayyad to give up the post of premier
PIC – MP Hassan Khreisha has asked Salam Fayyad to give up the post of premier after PA chief Mahmoud Abbas insisted on him as premier of the unity government in order to evade foiling the reconciliation.

Hamas slams Abbas statements insisting Fayyad only new PM choice
PIC – Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan slammed Tuesday statements by PA president Mahmoud Abbas insisting that Salam Fayyad is the Palestinians’ only choice to lead the interim government.

WAFA – Palestine News Agency

Fayyad Stresses Unification Essential Before September

British Official Supports Negotiations based on Obama’s Speech

Jewish Group Instigate to Demolish Mosque in Jerusalem

Israel Bulldozes Palestinian Homes in Naqab

PCBS: Increase in GDP in First Quarter of 2011

Abbas Insists on Fayyad as Prime Minister

Israeli Army Destroys House Tents in South Hebron Hills

Palestinian Family Killed in Libya

EU: Joint, Firm Stance Toward a Palestinian State

Intifada Palestine

MAZIN QUMSIYEH: The Battle Lines are Drawn
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Jun 2011 – by Mazin Qumsiyeh / Popular Resistance Israel’s UN ambassador met with major American Jewish organizations telling them to work hard to ensure there will not be passage of any votes on Palestine at the UN. Presidernt Obama met with 80 influential Jewish… more

Archbishop of Canterbury Reprimanded by Angry Holy Land Christians
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Jun 2011 – “We need advocates for the truth,” they tell him by Stuart Littlewood Kairos Palestine, the voice of Palestinian Christians, has given the Archbishop of Canterbury a strong ticking-off for remarks he made during a BBC interview. Rifat Kassis, co-ordinator of Kairos… more

Pro-Israeli Warmongers Press GOP to back “America’s Fifth war of Muslim Liberation”
Intifada-Palestine: 21 Jun 2011 – Kristol, Abrams, Kagan letter presses House GOP to back Libya mission By Ben Smith Politico Three prominent conservative foreign policy hands are circulating a letter to House Republicans today urging them not to cut off funding for the conflict in Libya…. more

Los Angeles Times

Syrian protesters say they continue to be attacked
LA Times 21 Jun 2011 – The pro-democracy activists say clashes started by pro-regime groups sometimes include security forces. The violence comes one day after the president’s speech about reform. Pro-democracy protesters said they continued to be attacked in cities across Syria on Tuesday, a day after President Bashar Assad promised…

New York Times

Syrians Rally, This Time in Support of Leader
New York Times 21 Jun 2011 – Tens of thousands rallied in public squares Tuesday in support President Bashar al-Assad, the latest government move to defuse an uprising that poses a grave challenge to his rule.

Suicide Bombers Kill at Least 27 in Southern Iraq
New York Times 21 Jun 2011 – Two car bombs were detonated outside the governor’s compound in Diwaniya, killing many police officers and wounding dozens.

Rebel Leader From Libya Is Expected to Visit China
New York Times 21 Jun 2011 – China says Libya’s opposition leader Mahmoud Jibril will visit this week, dealing a setback to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

War Crimes Charges Weighed as Crisis Continues in Syria
New York Times 20 Jun 2011 – The White House is trying to put further pressure on Syria’s leaders as security forces there continue to kill and wound protesters.


Mondoweiss: Behind the scenes of Birthright Israel
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Gazan fishermen recount narrow escape from Israeli fire
Mondoweiss – At around 9.00 am on June 21, two fishing boats were attacked at about two and a half miles off the coast of the Gaza Strip. Since 2008, Gazan fishermen have experienced a reduction in the areas in which they are permitted to fish. The 20…

Israel demolishes bedouin community in the Jordan Valley; 42 people homeless, including 21 children
Mondoweiss – Israel demolishes homes in Tubas district, displacing 27 Palestinian children, adults [MAP] AIC 21 June — On Tuesday morning (21 June) the Israeli army demolished 29 structures in al-Hadidiya, Tubas Governorate, displacing 27 people from six households, including 11 children. A further 15 people were affected,…

Israeli army begins dismantling the Wall in Bil’in
Mondoweiss – Six years into the weekly protests and nearly four years after the high court declared the path of the Barrier illegal; the army began dismantling the Wall in the village of Bil’in. But even according to the new path 435 acres of village land will remain…

French Air Force to use Elisra beacons
Neged Neshek – France has selected Elbit Systems subsidiary Elisra’s AN/PRC-684 personal location beacon for its air force. The $7.1 million contract is to be fulfilled over the next 24 months. This is France’s first military purchase from Israel since the 2009 purchase of the OrSat antenna systems for…

American flotilla passengers set to challenge U.S. support for Gaza blockade
Mondoweiss – The pressure is mounting on the second “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza. Anti-flotilla lawsuits in New York and Toronto have been filed, the Israeli government is ramping up its propaganda efforts and the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship is no longer sailing following U.S. pressure. But the American…

Gen’l Ashkenazi, architect of Gaza onslaught, joins Brookings Institution as ‘Visiting Fellow’
Mondoweiss – Tomorrow the Brookings Institution is having a panel on how Israel has defended itself from terrorism for the last 60 years. Triumphs and failures. And look who’s on the panel: Brookings Saban Center Visiting Fellow Gabi Ashkenazi, former chief of staff of the Israeli army, who…

Ukraine Exchanged Abusisi in Return for Israeli Trade Pact and U.S. Lobbying Aid
Tikun Olam – A former high ranking Israeli minister has confirmed a line of thought I’ve developed regarding collusion between the Israeli and Ukrainian governments over the extraordinary rendition of Dirar Abusisi. I’ve been reporting consistently the sneaking suspicion that the kidnapping involved various quid pro quos between the…

Gershom Gorenberg is a Liar
Tikun Olam – I was shocked today when I saw in my site stats, a visit to this blog from The American Prospect and, following the link, read that Gershom Gorenberg has written an essay in which he’s blatantly lied about my political views, saying they represent ” the…

Misc 2

Roadblock in Al Jab’a replaced by Gate, Palestinians Still Shut Out
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Jun 2011 – In 2002, Israeli military created the illegal roadblock to prevent the villagers of Surif and the villagers of Al Jab’a to commute back and forth by car. The roadblock consisted of dirt, large stones, at least five massive boulders, and more than nine 2-5 ton concrete…

34 Demolitions in the Jordan Valley, Scores Left Homeless
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Jun 2011 – Today the Israeli military demolished Palestinian 34 structures in two communities in the Jordan Valley. At six am five military Jeeps, two Israeli Civil administration cars and two bulldozers entered the Bedouin community of Al Hadidya. They proceeded to demolish 7 residential tents, 18 animal shelters…

Tear Gas and Sound Bombs Thrown Down Main Street in Beit Ommar
Palestine Solidarity Project 21 Jun 2011 – At 2 pm on June 21, the Israeli military shot a few canisters of tear gas and sound bombs onto the main road several hundred meters past the entrance to Beit Ommar. One man fell to the ground from tear gas inhalation and everyone in the…

Attacks on Muslim cemetery represent another feature of Israeli violations
Middle East Monitor 21 Jun 2011 – Ahmed Toubassi, a researcher at the International Solidarity Foundation for Human Rights, has said that the excavations and digging carried out by the Israeli authorities in the historic Al Qashla Muslim Cemetery (adjacent with the Grand Mosque in Jaffa) represent yet “another face” of Israeli violations…

Shaykh Ghanoushi unveils Tunisia’s vision in British parliament
Middle East Monitor 21 Jun 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Last night the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) hosted Shaykh Rashid Ghanoushi — the previously exiled leader of Al-Nahda Party in Tunisia – for a roundtable meeting in the Houses of Parliament. Due to his political activities and involvement with the Nahda party, Ghanoushi, along…

Israeli military official warns of decreasing numbers of recruits
Middle East Monitor 21 Jun 2011 – An Israeli military official has spoken about the challenges will face their armed forces stressing that in the coming years, there will be an increase in the numbers of Israelis not serving in the army. Earlier media reports have revealed the concerns of military officials over…

King Abdullah’s bleak forecast
Middle East Monitor 20 Jun 2011 – In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Jordan’s King Abdullah II voiced alarm and frustration over Israel’s determination to throttle every promise for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian Israeli conflict. “I am not convinced that they (Israel) are interested in a two-state solution… They…

Pro-Assad rallies end in clashes
BBC 21 Jun 2011 – At least seven people are killed as violence breaks out amid rallies held by supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Clinton backs ‘brave’ Saudi women
BBC 21 Jun 2011 – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praises “brave” women in Saudi Arabia who are campaigning for the right to drive.


Who’s Sailing To Gaza And What Do They Have To Say?
Ray McGovern, Desert Peace6/20/2011
On eve of sailing to break the israeli blockade of gaza, passengers remain committed to non-violence.
The passengers who will be on the U.S. boat, from 14 states and the District of Columbia, represent virtually every geographic region of the United States. Fifty eight percent women and 42% men, they are of all ages, and a variety of occupations. The group is approximately one-quarter people of color, and one-quarter American Jews.
The effort has been endorsed by more than 85 organizations across the United States and supported by thousands of small individual donations. The international Catholic peace group, Pax Christi, said, “The passengers are people of peace and compassion, as well as people of selfless courage. Their commitment to justice for those who are unjustly oppressed is an example for us all.” The group added that “…we believe firmly that the blockade of Gaza is a crime against humanity.”
The Israeli- and U.S.-backed siege and blockade is the longest in modern warfare, lasting 1,830 days. The European Parliament, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and many human rights organizations have all called the siege and blockade a violation of the human rights of the 1.5 million Palestinians who live in the Gaza strip. Contrary to statements by the Israeli government, the siege continues and the restrictions of imports, exports, and human movement remain severe, according to the most recent report of the United Nations.
Passenger Ann Wright (Ret. Col. U.S. Army reserve), an organizer of the U.S. boat and participant in Freedom Flotilla I, noted, “Citizen activists are coming to the Mediterranean from all over the world to confront the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and U.S. government protection of Israeli criminal acts. As a former U.S. diplomat and retired military colonel, I strongly believe it is the responsibility of citizens to act when our governments fail to protect the human rights and dignity of any people—in this case, the Palestinians.” more.. e-mail


Archbishop of Canterbury reprimanded by angry Holy Land Christians
Stuart Littlewood, Redress6/22/2011
“We need advocates for the truth,” they tell him
Kairos Palestine, the voice of Palestinian Christians, has given the Archbishop of Canterbury a strong ticking-off for remarks he made during a BBC interview.
Rifat Kassis, Coordinator of Kairos Palestine, said he was “deeply troubled” by the archbishop’s “inaccurate and erroneous remarks” about the situation of Christians in the Middle East. He called the archbishop’s failure to mention the Israeli occupation and the regime’s oppressive policies “shocking”.
In a letter to the archbishop, he said:
We were deeply saddened by your declarations because we know that Your Grace is well informed … and you know very well that in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements (such as nearby Har Homa built on Jabal Abu Ghneim) and the wall that have devoured Christian lands and put Bethlehem in a chokehold. You know well that only 13 per cent of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian use and the wall isolates 25 per cent or the Bethlehem area’s agricultural land. Not to mention the situation of Christians in Jerusalem, which you know very well, since you should have received reports from the Anglican bishop in the city whose residency permit was denied by the occupying power.
Mr Kassis ended by saying: “We would like to remind Your Grace that Christian Palestinians need advocates for the truth. It is the truth, and only the truth, that will lead to peace and justice in our home.”
So what did Archbishop Rowan Williams say to the BBC that so infuriated his Palestinian brethren?
Apparently, it was the way he talked about the ethnic cleansing of Christians, referring to extreme pressure in Iraq while suggesting that the exodus of Christians from Palestine was due to “a much more undramatic but equally steady and strong pressure. — See also: Kairos Palestine more.. e-mail

The pillars of Israeli education
Sawsan Ramahi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)6/21/2011
There has been much talk over the past ten years about the “new Middle East” which America has called for. This US project is based around four main areas:
1. The reformation of the political structure and governance in Arab countries.
2. Making fundamental economic changes.
3. Changing cultural values through the influence of the media.
4. Changing the educational curriculum.
The latter is the most serious of the four and the US administration has prepared a special report in this respect: “Washington’s plan to change the curricula in Egypt and the Arab world”. This is at the core of the Greater Middle East Project. While America focuses on the curricula in use in Arab states, which are generally designed according to US-Israeli interests, Washington turns a blind eye to the racism endemic in Israel’s state curricula.
A serious analysis of the Zionist movement will show that education has been a priority before and after the establishment of the state of Israel. During the period of the British Mandate in Palestine, the Zionists pushed the British authorities to grant the Jewish Agency the right to develop the curricula for Jewish students while depriving the same right to the original owners of the land, the Arab Palestinians…. more.. e-mail

Gaza family exiled to Syria and Libya looks back
Electronic Intifada: 21 Jun 2011 – Rami Almeghari The Electronic Intifada Gaza Strip Abdelhai al-Khaldi and his family were among hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by the 1967 war, or who emigrated afterwards in search of work. Al-Khaldi and his wife spoke of their life of displacement to The Electronic Intifada contributor Rami Almeghari.more

Resistance: The First and Only Fisherwoman of Gaza
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Jun 2011 – By Vittorio Arrigoni (This article was originally published at Vittorio Arrigoni’s blog Guerrilla Radio. Translated by Daniela Loffreda.) Her eyes are as deep as unexplored oceans and her movements are done with the grace of waterfowl, as when a marine creature submerges itself below the surface of the water. Even the heavy weight of her clothing and veil seem to vanish, because by tradition, she must wear them while she swims. Her name is Madeleine Kulab, she’s 16 years old, and she is the first and only female fisherwoman in Gaza. Her father Momahed became paralyzed ten years earlier and therefore was forced to hang up his fishing nets and now, it is his daughter who has taken his place at sea. “We come from a family of fisherman, for whom the passion for fishing has been passed down from generation to generation.Fishing was our livelihood before we were forced…more

Political Art at its Worst
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Jun 2011 – By Sam Bahour For anyone closely following the Palestinian-Israeli issue, nothing is more insulting than the world’s political players peddling another peace initiative, crusaded as the ultimate formula to extract the conflict from its current abyss. The most recent episode of such political peddling happened in rapid fire from mid-May to early June 2011, when U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu engaged in a ping-pong-like game of four days of policy speeches. The political fallout of these speeches was rather predictable. The media hailed Obama’s words as historic and started to view his approach as a new set of parameters (which are actually a step back from past U.S. parameters) that could serve to bring the parties back to the negotiations table and on a path to resolving the conflict. Those immersed in this conflict knew better. They saw Obama’s words for what they really were: a total…more

Archbishop of Canterbury Angers Palestinian Christians
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Jun 2011 – By Stuart Littlewood Kairos Palestine, the voice of Palestinian Christians, has given the Archbishop of Canterbury a strong ticking-off for remarks he made during a BBC interview. Rifat Kassis, co-ordinator of Kairos Palestine, said he was “deeply troubled” by the Archbishop’s “inaccurate and erroneous remarks” about the situation of Christians in the Middle East. He called the Archbishop’s failure to mention the Israeli occupation and the regime’s oppressive policies “shocking”. In a letter to the Archbishop he said: “We were deeply saddened by your declarations because we know that Your Grace is well informed… and you know very well that in the Bethlehem area alone there are 19 illegal Israeli settlements (such as nearby Har Homa built on Jabal Abu Ghneim) and the wall that have devoured Christian lands and put Bethlehem in a chokehold. You know well that only 13% of Bethlehem area is available for Palestinian use and…more

BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions – Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 21 Jun 2011 – By Theresa Wolfwood (Barghouti, Omar. BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. 2011. Haymarket Books, USA.) “The BDS campaign is among the most important forms of such ‘resolute struggle’ by the great majority of Palestinians, who resist the colonization of their land and minds and demand nothing less than self-determination, freedom, justice and unmitigated equality…” Barghouti is one of the new generation of Palestinian activists, grounded in the life of a people under siege and understanding the importance of social movements and global solidarity. He writes that Palestinians through social movements have surpassed their leadership and have developed their own resistance to occupation and domination by Israel. The BDS Campaign and the Academic and Cultural Boycott Campaign – Barghouti is a founding member of both – are highly successful and visible strategies to isolate Israel economically and culturally. They also provide a focus for action by millions…more

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