VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 July, 2011: Confused strategy: How the PA sold out Palestinian unity

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Sheikh Salah, Detained By Britain, To Be Released On Bail
IMEMC – Saturday July 16, 2011 – 03:49, The British Authorities decided to release Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 territories, on bail after being detained for two weeks. His lawyer demanded his release pending the deportation case against him, the Press TV reported.

Calling For Independence, Israelis And Palestinians, March In Jerusalem
IMEMC – Saturday July 16, 2011 – 03:13, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Friday that nearly 2000 Israelis and Arabs marched on Friday in occupied Jerusalem calling for the recognition of an independent Palestinian State. Fundamentalist Israeli right-wingers tried to disrupt the procession.

Palestinian Detainee On Hunger Strike, Moved To Prison Hospital
IMEMC – Saturday July 16, 2011 – 02:49, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported Friday that detainee Yousef Skafi, who has been on hunger strike since 34 days, was moved to Al Ramla prison hospital; he is currently in a serious condition. He went on strike after the death of his daughter who suffered nervous breakdown after being prevented from visiting him.

Poll Shows Plummet In Favourably Attitudes Towards The US In Arab World
IMEMC – Friday July 15, 2011 – 12:44, A new poll by the Arab American Institute shows that attitudes to the US in the Arab world have plummeted following Obama’s favorable ratings in the wake of his Cairo speech two years ago in which he outlined a new approach to American relations with the Middle East. In many countries the poll shows US favorable ratings to be lower than that of George Bush at the end of his term as US President.

The Israeli Military Conducts Investigation On Killing Of Ibrahim Sarhan
IMEMC – Friday July 15, 2011 – 11:18, The Israeli military will be investigating the killing of twenty-one year old Ibrahim Omae Sarhan on Wednesday July 13, 2011, for alleged wrongdoings. Israeli military sources said that an investigation does not mean the Israeli military were violating the operations rules of engagement, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Armed Confrontation Between Israeli Soldiers And Settlers, Not A Far Fetch
IMEMC – Friday July 15, 2011 – 11:07, Commander of the so-called “Judea and Samria” Israeli army brigade, operating in the occupied West Bank, Nitzan Alon, stated during closed military and security sessions that armed clashes between Israeli soldiers and settlers is a possible scenario, adding that the real danger is what lies in books like “Torat Hamelech”.

Ma’an News

Settlers torch Palestinian land near Nablus
7/15/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Yizhar set fire to Palestinian land on Friday near the village of Burin, south of Nablus.” A group of settlers from Yizhar had set fire to dozens of Dunams in that area,” a member of Burin’s agricultural committee, Belal Eid, told Ma….

Army gas canisters set fire to Palestinian land
7/15/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers fired gas canisters at residents in the town of Qatana, near Jerusalem, on Thursday,causing fires which spread through olive and fig groves, reports say. The fire also damaged vineyards and the electricity grid in the area, a spokesman from the town’s police department Ashraf Shamasneh said….

Report: Israeli opposition leader visits Silwan
7/15/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni visited the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Friday in an action deemed provocative by local residents. Israeli forces initiated unprecedented closures in the area, blocking streets and entrances across the neighborhood, and maintaining a visible presence locals told Ma’an. Tzipi Livni was reportedly visiting….

Israelis, Palestinians in ‘joint Jerusalem rally’
7/15/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Several thousand Israelis and Palestinians gathered in occupied east Jerusalem on Friday for a protest march to support the Palestinian Authority’s bid for United Nations recognition. Thousands of demonstrators attended the march — most of them Israeli peace activists — with organizers claiming that it was the first Jewish-Palestinian event of….

Hamas organize rally to protest UNRWA aid reductions
7/15/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in Gaza organized a mass rally on Friday in protest against a reported decision by UNRWA to reduce the amount of aid given to Palestinian refugees.” The reduction of UNRWA aid to Palestinian refugees is indeed a conspiracy against the Palestinian people in general and the Gazans….

Palestinian commentators react to Arab League decision
7/15/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian commentators expressed mixed reactions to the decision taken Thursday by the Arab League to request UN recognition of a Palestinian state.”The Arab decision is an Arab step to avoid confrontation with their people and a reaction to the failure of talks,” political analyst Talal Okal told Ma’an….

Report: Former German ambassadors urge Merkel to support UN bid
7/15/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — 32 former German ambassadors have reportedly urged the German chancellor Angela Merkel to support the Palestinian UN bid in September. The former government staff-members sent a signed letter to Angela Merkel and German foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle Friday, as well as providing a copy to the PLO, expressing their support for….

Political factions urge Hamas, Fatah to implement unity deal
7/15/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian national and religious factions met without Hamas or Fatah in Gaza City on Thursday in an attempt to urge the two parties to implement the reconciliation agreement. Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official Saleh Naser told Ma’an that the parties had discussed a range of….

PA arrests 13 Islamists in crackdown
7/15/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hizb ut-Tahrir movement said Friday that the Palestinian Authority is still cracking down on its members, arresting 13 in the last week. A spokesman for the Islamist party said that the arrests occurred after the party had distributed a statement last week in West Bank cities and villages. Nine….

Report: IDF official warns of conflict between settlers and army
7/15/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli army commander has warned about the risk of armed conflict between settlers and the army in the West Bank, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday.” It is likely that a settler would open fire on the soldiers while evacuating the outpost of Metzeh Yetzahar, that it will be happen by….

UN: Jerusalem is part of occupied Palestinian territories
7/15/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization released a statement Friday confirming the occupied status of East Jerusalem.” UNESCO wishes to reiterate that, contrary to recent claims, there has been no change in UNESCO’s position on Jerusalem,” the statement said.” In line with overall UN policy, East Jerusalem….

Two Palestinians killed in car crash with Israeli settler
7/15/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were killed Thursday night when their car collided with an Israeli settler vehicle near Nablus in the northern West Bank, reports say.” A car accident occurred between a Palestinian car and an Israeli settler car leading to the death of Nazih Nafez Abdo, 53, and his daughter Mais Nazih….

Israel protesters call for Shalit release
7/15/2011 – TEL AVIV (AFP) — Several hundred protesters gathered on Thursday to call for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held in the Gaza Strip since his capture in 2006. The protest, outside the Tel Aviv offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross, was timed to coincide with the French national….

Report: Explosion injures 11 in north Israel
7/15/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A large blast at a building in the Israeli city Netanya late Friday injured 11 workers, news reports said. Two people sustained moderate wounds in the explosion and nine others were lightly hurt, the Israeli news site Ynet reported. Rescue forces at the site were continuing their search, it….

Syrian security forces kill 17 as one million people protest
7/15/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — More than one million protesters flooded Syrian streets on Friday seeking an end to President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime as security forces opened fire and killed at least 17 and wounded nearly 100, activists said.” Nine people were killed in Damascus — six in Qabun and three in Rukn Eddin [neighborhood]. Three others….

Palestine Note

Arab League backs Palestinian UN statehood plan
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – The National- The Arab League yesterday endorsed a Palestinian plan to seek full membership at the United Nations this autumn, setting up a probable confrontation with the United States in the UN Security Council. Negotiations with Israel on the terms…

US standing plunges across the Arab world
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – Al Jazeera- The United States’ popularity in the Arab world has plummeted to levels lower than the last year of the George W Bush administration, according to a new survey of public opinion in six Arab countries released in Washington…

Air strikes across Gaza Strip
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – Ma’an- Israeli warplanes raided south and central Gaza late Thursday, targeting sites belonging to Hamas, witnesses said. “Four residents were injured, including two children, as a result of the Israeli air strike in an empty plot in An-Naser neighborhood in…

Arabic Graffiti: Dances with walls
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – The National- For centuries calligraphy has been viewed throughout the Islamic world as a spiritual and artistic discipline. According to an impressive new book on the origins and development of Arabic graffiti, the finely wrought characters of this time-honoured devotional…

Hamas denies economic crisis in Gaza
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – Ma’an- The Hamas government in Gaza confirmed Wednesday that it is not suffering from a financial crisis despite the current economic problems affecting the Ramallah based leadership. The finance minister Aladdin Al-Rafati told Ma’an that the government would continue to…

Protesters Attacked in Jordan
Palestine Note 15 Jul 2011 – Pro-reformers say they were beaten by police Al Jazeera – At least 10 people have been injured amid efforts by police to stop clashes between demonstrators and government supporters in the centre of the Jordanian capital, Amman. Police used batons…

Aljazeera

Egyptians voice frustrations in Tahrir Square
AlJazeera 15 Jul 2011 – Protesters gather in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, venting anger at the government for its lack of speedy political reform.

Syrian security forces ‘fire on rallies’
AlJazeera 15 Jul 2011 – At least 27 deaths reported in Damascus, Idlib and other cities on a day of massive anti-government demonstrations.

Palestinian-Israeli leader granted bail in UK
AlJazeera 15 Jul 2011 – Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained two weeks ago during a speaking tour.

Deadly car bombs target Iraqi pilgrims
AlJazeera 15 Jul 2011 – At least eight people killed and 33 injured as two separate car bombings target pilgrims in southern city of Karbala.

Clashes erupt at pro-reform protest in Jordan
AlJazeera 15 Jul 2011 – Several people injured as police use batons to break up anti-government demonstration in Amman.

Palestine News Network

3000 March Through Jerusalem for Palestine
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – Earlier today, 3000 Palestinian supporters marched from Jaffa Gate through East Jerusalem to Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in support of an independent Palestinian state. The march organised by the…

Former UN Rep.: PA push for UN recognition would mean ?¢‚Ǩ?ìnext to nothing?¢‚Ǩ¬ù
PNN – Washington D.C.- PNN- John Bolton, former US Representative to the UN, has publicly stated that the Palestinian push for UN recognition would mean “next to nothing” even if it did succeed in…

A new Israeli law criminalizes support to Palestinian civil society campaigns.
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – A repressive law criminalizing support for the Palestinian civil society campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was approved last night by the Israeli parliament (Knesset)….

PCHR: One Killed, 47 Incursions into Palestinian Communities by Israeli Army This Week
PNN – Gaza — PNN/PCHR — This week, the Israeli army fired live ammunition killing one, launched airstrikes on Gaza, and performed multiple incursions into Palestinian communities. The report, which documents daily human rights…

Over 3,000 Join Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity March
PNN – PNN – Jerusalem – Official estimates said over 3,000 protestors joined a solidarity march from Jerusalem’s Old City to the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.Two groups of about 10 counter-protestors waved Israeli…

Relief Web

Celebrating the Palestinian NGO Project: Helping those in need
Relief Web 15 Jul 2011 – Source: World Bank Country: occupied Palestinian territory June 2011 ‚Äî The World Bank’s development agenda for the West Bank and Gaza has long recognized the importance of supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as a way to help promote social inclusion and…

Clean water not flowing easily in Gaza one year since Israel announces “easing” of blockade policy
Relief Web 15 Jul 2011 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory Gaza City – One year since the announced “easing” of the blockade on Gaza, residents still don’t have clean water running from their taps as up to 95 percent of water for domestic supply…

Gaza youth urge political unity
Relief Web 15 Jul 2011 – Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting Country: occupied Palestinian territory Inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the region, activists have campaigned to end Palestinian divisions. By Hazem Balousha – The Arab Spring Arab Spring Issue 22, 15 Jul 11 As…

Israeli planes strike Gaza after rocket fire
Relief Web 14 Jul 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel By Sakher Abu El Oun (AFP) GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories ‚Äî Israeli jets struck the Gaza Strip late on Thursday for the third time in as many days, moderately wounding four Palestinians,…

Palestine Telegraph

UNESCO: East Jerusalem part of the occupied Palestinian territory
15 Jul 2011 – Uk, (Pal Telegraph) – UNESCO reiterated that, contrary to recent allegations, there has been no change in UNESCO’s position on Jerusalem. In a press release, UNESCO said Friday that the Old City of Jerusalem is inscribed on the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger. “UNESCO continues to work to ensure respect for the outstanding universal…

Israeli Army attack nonviolent protests
15 Jul 2011 – Ramallah, (Pal Telegraph) — PNN- one injured, another arrested, while scores were treated for effects of tear gas inhalation, as Israeli troops attacked on Friday nonviolent protests organized in a number of West Bank communities.

Ha’aretz

Suspected gas explosion injures 11 in Netanya restaurant
Ha’aretz – The blast occured in the city’s old industrial area; a month ago four Netanya residents were killed in a similar gas explosion

Thousands of Israelis and Arabs march in Jerusalem to support Palestinian independence
Ha’aretz – Several MKs participate in the ‘March for Independence,’ the first such Jewish-Arab event in 20 years.

Palestinians: Gaza gunman wounded in Israeli air strike
Ha’aretz – IDF spokeswoman confirms aerial attack launched against Gaza militants.

Reuven Rivlin / The boycott law is a double-edged sword
Ha’aretz – This new law threatens to harm Israel’s international standing, and to play into the hands of those criticizing the quality of its democracy.

Syria security forces kill 32 on ‘Friday of Freedom Prisoners’
Ha’aretz – Syria forces open fire on protesters in Damascus, killing a child; killings prompt opposition to cancel ‘National Salvation’ conference due in Damascus neighborhood Saturday.

Carlo Strenger / The boycott law and bullshit
Ha’aretz – Bullshitting, to a certain extent, is an unavoidable facet of political life. But once it goes beyond a certain limit, it endangers open society and liberal democracy.

Former U.S. envoy to UN: PA bid for UN recognition means ‘next to nothing’
Ha’aretz – John Bolton visits Israel, says even with General Assembly support in September, U.S. will veto recognition of Palestinian state in Security Council.

Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton quits over phone-hacking scandal
Ha’aretz – The Murdoch lieutenant, who ran News International during hacking incidents, steps down after 52 years at News Corp, on same day as Rebekah Brooks resigns; Murdoch visits murdered girl’s parents in bid to repair image.

U.S. recognizes rebels as legitimate government of Libya
Ha’aretz – Recognition by U.S. and other Western nations could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds.

Iran FM: Respect of Iran nuclear program precondition for cooperation with IAEA
Ha’aretz – Ali-Akbar Salehi after meeting with IAEA chief: Iran agrees to establish new mechanism to help resolve outstanding issues related to its nuclear dispute with world powers.

International delegation meets in Istanbul to discuss aid to Libya rebels
Ha’aretz – Rebel-led Transitional National Council, to present delegates with aid plan, is seeking diplomatic recognition; delegation includes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh.

IDF condemns Hamas for failing to halt Gaza rocket fire
Ha’aretz – IDF officials issue statement after Chief of Staff Benny Gantz calls meeting to discuss recent increase in shooting from Gaza into south Israel.

Palestinians: Five wounded as IAF jets strike Gaza tunnels
Ha’aretz – In the last three days, the IAF has carried out six airstrikes in Gaza in response to homemade missiles fired by militants toward southern Israel.

Israeli firefighters extinguish day-long Golan fire
Ha’aretz – Fire breaks out at Ein Tina Nature Reserve, destroying 10,000 dunam of land, vegetation, lightly injures six, including pregnant woman.

Hezbollah second-in-command: ‘Lebanon will not let Israel seize its natural gas fields’
Ha’aretz – Israel rejects possibility of indirect talks via United Nations; calls on Lebanon to begin negotiations on all border issues. According to the foreign and infrastructure ministries, Lebanon is claiming vast offshore territories belonging to Israel under international law.

Fifth cellular company still off the hook: Cellact unable to come up with NIS 700m in guarantees
Ha’aretz – The failure of Marathon and Cellact to come up with the guarantees represents a serious market failure of the Israeli economy: Over-concentration of economic power in the hands of a few.

Jerusalem Post

Gaza gunman wounded in Israeli air strike
Jerusalem Post 16 Jul 2011 – Aerial attack was launched under cover of darkness against Gaza militants preparing to fire a rocket.

Syrian forces kill 32, opposition cancels meeting
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Security forces kill 14 protesters in front of wedding hall where opposition conference was scheduled to take place; highest death toll in central Damascus since uprisings began; police fire live ammunition and teargas.

Woman’s body discovered in forest near Carmiel
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Police suspect murder to be cause of death; woman’s husband has been brought in for questioning while her body is taken to Abu Kabir for autopsy.

Explosion in Netanya building injures 11 people
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Blast likely occurred on roof, police say, causing second floor to collapse; all the injured were foreign workers.

Syrian security forces kill 12 in biggest protests to date
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Hundreds of thousands hit streets across country calling for ouster of Assad; police fire live ammunition and teargas in Damascus and in southern Syria near the Jordanian border; 3 shot in northern city of Idlibm.

Syrian security forces kill 20 in biggest protests to date
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Hundreds of thousands hit streets across country calling for ouster of Assad; police fire live ammunition and teargas in Damascus.

J’lem: 4,500 march in support of Palestinian statehood
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Procession in support of PA plan to seek recognition of state at UN set out from Jaffa Gate and expected to end in Sheikh Jarrah rally.

IDF: Hamas at fault for escalation in rocket fire from Gaza
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Gantz meets with top military brass after 5 Kassam rockets fired from Strip, IDF confirms strikes carried out against Gaza targets.

‘World leaders to present Gaddafi with exit terms’
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Italian FM: Int’l Libya contact group to recognize rebel council as representative of Libyan people, send UN envoy to negotiate with Gaddafi.

Iran developing centrifuge to speed uranium enrichment
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – “They are moving forward here…This is slow and steady but notable progress they are making,” diplomats say of nuclear program.

Middle East becomes cheaper for expatriates
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Decline in living costs in region linked to depreciation of dollar, not toppled leaders, mass protests and civil war.

Firefighters control Nahal Gilabon blaze in Golan Heights
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Some 10,000 dunams burned by fire in two days; blaze began in Ein Tina nature reserve; firefighting planes helped extinguish fire.

This Week in History: Satellites connect the world
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Telstar I, funded by AT&T and launched by NASA in 1962, transmitted the world’s first intercontinental television signals and satellite telephone call.

All quiet on the northern front… for the moment
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Security and Defense: Hezbollah, Damascus’s relationship has boomed since 2006 and the Lebanese guerrilla group now maintains bases in Syria.

Respecting Hatikva
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – In a state that defines itself as both Jewish and democratic, the right to respectfully refuse must be respected alongside the right of the state to try to inculcate its citizens with patriotism.

Hod Hasharon man lived under dead man’s name
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Man arrested after lodging a complaint with police on stolen phones that led to the discovery.

Olmert grilled in court over Rishon Tours
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Former PM denies knowledge of a debt of $17,000 to travel agency that the prosecution says he owed at the end of 2002.

Glenn Beck warns against ‘vaporization of Israel’
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – In interview with ‘Post’ former-Fox News broadcaster promises Jerusalem mega-event in August will be bipartisan, not an anti-Obama rally.

Texas signs water utility deal with Eilat
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – San Antonio mayor signs memorandum of understanding on cooperation between two cities for mutual improvements of wastewater, recycled-water systems.

New 3-D firefighting program predicts flame direction
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – New computer-based system will calculate factors such as weather, topography, temperature, wind direction to forecast a fire’s progress.

Eda Haredit to mark 100 weeks of Karta lot protests
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Activists will hold demonstration to protest desecration of the Jewish day of rest hoping to attract thousands from the anti-Zionist group.

2 French judges appointed to probe Schalit kidnapping
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – Moves comes after Noam Schalit appeals to France’s judicial system to hold Hamas accountable for 2006 kidnapping of his son.

6 in 10 Palestinians reject 2-state solution, survey finds
Jerusalem Post 15 Jul 2011 – 73% of 1,010 Palestinians in W. Bank, Gaza agree with ‘hadith’ quoted in Hamas Charter about the need to kill Jews hiding behind stones, trees.

$524m. in green energy investments may go to W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – Cabinet will vote on allocating millions worth of potential, future renewable energy installations to Israelis living in Judea, Samaria.

Law & Order: Just when you thought it was over
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – Moshe Katsav made unexpected return to headlines this week with news that he hired PIs to approach people linked to witnesses in his trial.

Column One: Caution: Storm approaching
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – No doubt millions of Arabs are upset about freedom deficit in Arab lands. But the fact is that economics has played a decisive role.

Comforting the afflicted, afflicting the comfortable
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – Editor’s Notes: If you’re either afflicted or comforted by the views of Derfner or Caroline Glick, then we’re doing a good journalistic job.

Multicultured in Israel
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – Lois Liebowitz, 52, and Irving Wiesen, 56, from New York to Jerusalem.

Parashat Pinhas: Leadership through speech
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – “Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, ‘Let the Lord God of all the spirits of mortal flesh appoint a person of stature over the witness congregation'” (Numbers 27:15).

The Weekly Schmooze: Mila and the Marine
Jerusalem Post 14 Jul 2011 – A Jpost column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide:Jewish teens take on the fashion world; The Brady Bunch’s Jewish connection.

The Guardian

Israelis divided over new law that backs businesses hit by trade boycotts
The Guardian 15 Jul 2011 – West Bank traders aim to sue campaigners who organise boycotts against businesses in Jewish settlements Businesses based in Israeli settlements in the West Bank are preparing to launch lawsuits against individuals and organisations calling for boycotts…

Detained Palestinian Islamic leader to be freed on bail
The Guardian 15 Jul 2011 – Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested on the orders of home secretary Theresa May after flying into the UK to speak to politicians A Palestinian activist detained on the orders of home secretary Theresa May after flying…

Inter Press Service

HEALTH: Israeli Takes a Step Forward
IPS “One step at a time,” this fairy tale says. “Wonders and miracles, these shoes brought me back my life!” For Miriam Gilebsky, walking is no simple thing, it’s an achievement greater than life, like walking on the moon, perhaps. One small step for health is one giant leap when you…

Uruknet

Video: The truth behind the U.S./NATO war on Libya
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – On-the-ground footage of the U.S./NATO atrocities against Libya that the corporate media won’t show. The video features former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to Libya, as well as former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Nation of Islam leader Akbar Muhammad, and Brian Becker, the National Coordinator of the ANSWER…

BDS: A Palestinian Woman’s Response to Israel’s Naomi Chazan
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Naomi Chazan, the President of the New Israel Fund (NIF) gave a talk in Marrickville NSW during her recent Australian tour offering a critique of the ‚Ä®Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Although she presented herself as a veteran Israeli peace activist, Chazan’s mission here in Australia was…

Egypt: Anti-govt protests continue
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Thousands have started flocking to Tahrir since the morning, as anti-government protests continue in Cairo, Suez and elsewhere. In Alexandria, mass protests are taking place now in front of the Security Directorate, denouncing the interior ministry, calling for the prosecution of police torturers and demanding impeaching Khaled Gharraba and minister Mansour el-Essawi. Striking workers…

Palestinian-Israeli leader granted bail in UK
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Sheikh Raed Salah, the detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has been granted bail by a court in London. He was detained on June 28 in the UK during a speaking tour, allegedly for entering the country illegally. Ismail Patel, chair of the activist organisation Friends of Al-Aqsa, who was at Friday’s…

32 killed in Syria protests, Damascus moves-activists (Videos)
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Syrian forces killed at least 32 civilians on Friday, including 23 in the capital Damascus, in an intensifying crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. It was the highest death toll in the central neighbourhoods of Damascus since the uprising erupted four months ago in the southern Hauran Plain near Syria’s border…

With Friends Like AFRICOM, Who Needs Enemies?
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Beware of Americans bearing gifts, guns, and an AFRICOM patch; their embrace can turn fatal. “One minute, Gadhafi was America’s best friend in northern Africa and in the next minute he was an evil menace.” The turnabout can be sudden. “Robert Mugabe too has been romanced by imperialism and then jilted.” The results were…

Denunciation of Israel’s Anti-Boycott Law
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – ….Before and after its July 11 passage, critics called it outrageous, shameful, lawless, and anti-democratic. More on that below. In contrast, Netanyahu praised the measure, saying he “authorized the bill. If I hadn’t authorized it, it wouldn’t have gotten here. I am opposed to boycotts against Israel and boycotts against groups within Israel.” The…

Elite units under an office of Maliki’s linked to secret jail where detainees face torture, Iraq officials say
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Elite units controlled by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s military office are ignoring members of parliament and the government’s own directive by operating a clandestine jail in Baghdad’s Green Zone where prisoners routinely face torture to extract confessions, Iraqi officials say. Iraqi legislators and security officials have been joined by the International Committee of the…

Israeli Army Airstrikes Gaza; Four Residents, Including Two Children, Wounded
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – The Israeli Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes targeting several areas in the Gaza Strip leading to damages and four injuries among the civilian population, two of the wounded are children. Adham Abu Salmiyya, spokesperson of the Higher Committee of Emergency Services in Gaza, reported that the two children were injured when…

The Priorities of the Damned
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – …In writing about the Obama administration’s assertion of its power to murder whomever it chooses, for whatever reason it cares to name or for no reason at all, I said: Most of you refuse to understand the meaning of what you know. Allow me to offer some assistance. The highest levels of the United…

Thousands rally for political reform in Bahrain
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Tens of thousands of Bahrainis shouting “one man, one vote” attended a rally for political reform held by a leading opposition party Friday, days before the group decide whether to pull out of national reform talks. Bahrain’s Sunni rulers have launched a national dialogue to discuss reforms and heal deep rifts in the Gulf…

US soldier killed in Iraq, the fourth this month
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – An American soldier was killed on Friday, the fourth this month, days after Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said US troops had resumed attacks against Iran-backed militias that were behind the killings. “A US service member was killed Friday while conducting operations in southern Iraq,” said a brief statement by the American military…The statement gave…

Israel and the Flotillas
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – …By its actions, the Israeli government and its cheerleaders have unwittingly done their part in this pro-Palestinian public relations campaign. Whatever the fate of the Flotilla, it has acted as further fuel to the boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) campaign and the struggle to delegitimise Israel, or rather to assist Israel in its self-inflicted…

Video: Syrian Child shot in Head by Assad’s police at Democracy Rally – Jobaa Damascus July 15
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – Young Child shot in the head at a pro Democracy Freedom Rally in Job’aa Damascus, the Capital of Syria, on July 15, 2011…

The Needle and the Damage Done: Toxic Fallout From the CIA’s Human Shield Operation
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – When I first saw the stories about the CIA’s super-cunning covert op – setting up a fake vaccination scheme to try to get DNA from Osama bin Laden’s children in Abbottabad – I immediately thought: How many innocent people are going to die or suffer needlessly from this unconscionable tainting of medical programmes by…

At Least 19 Shot Dead as More Than 1 Million Flood Syria Streets
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – More than one million protesters flooded Syrian streets on Friday seeking an end to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime as security forces opened fire and killed at least 19 and wounded nearly 100, the so-called Coordination Committees of the Syrian Revolution said. “Nine people were killed in Damascus — six in Qaboun and three in…

Sources: U.S. drone strike kills at least 50 in Yemen
Uruknet July 15, 2011 — A U.S. drone strike targeting militants in southern Yemen Thursday killed at least 50 people, two Yemeni security sources said. This comes as the United States and the Yemeni government step up their efforts to target militants, including those Islamists who’ve taken over several cities in recent weeks. The government claims that a U.S….

Political factions urge Hamas, Fatah to implement unity deal
Uruknet July 15, 2011 — Palestinian national and religious factions met in Gaza City on Thursday without Hamas or Fatah in an attempt to urge the two parties to implement the reconciliation agreement. Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine official Saleh Naser told Ma’an that the parties had discussed a range of issues including unity talks, the Egypt-Palestine…

Tareq Aziz : “Ill, Isolated and Abandoned”
Uruknet July 15, 2011 – … President Barack Obama made a pre-election commitment not to turn Tareq Aziz over to the Iraqi regime. Another in a litany of broken promises. He is now at the mercy of Prime Minister Maliki, whose Dawa Party tried to assassinate him, in Dujail, Iraq, on 1st., February 1982. Whilst the death penalty against him…

Military Resistance 9G10: Morale Took a Hit
Uruknet July 14, 2011 – In Sangsar, not far from Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s former residence, most of an infantry company lives within a ring of earthen barricades. The guard towers are attacked regularly, though usually without effect. Outside the compound, the Taliban hide land mines and homemade bombs wherever they think soldiers will walk. The mines in Zhari…

Prosecutions for Abu Ghraib Torture and Murder, Highest Officials Immune from Law
Uruknet The case of Manadel al-Jamadi, the Abu Ghraib prisoner who in 2003 was hung from his arms twisted behind his back, beaten, and tortured to death at the hands of U.S. interrogators in Iraq, is in the news again. AP reports: “A CIA officer who oversaw the agency’s interrogation program at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and…

Video: Israeli soldiers stand by as settlers attack ‘Asira al-Qibliya
Uruknet July 14, 2011 – Eyewitnesses reported to B’Tselem that approximately ten minutes after the attack began, security forces arrived in a jeep. Altogether, four to six jeeps with soldiers and Border Police officers came to the spot. The forces shot tear gas to disperse the Palestinians. The Palestinians report that, as in previous incidents, the forces did not…

“Come on, leave Bashar”
Uruknet July 14, 2011 – He composed straightforward tunes and sang colloquial lyrics against the Syrian regime, attacking President Bashar Al-Assad, his brother Maher and the ruling Syrian Baath Party. The songs were taken up by hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in the city of Hama, causing more protesters to take to the streets and making his songs…

Yovel outpost: Israel retroactively approves theft of private land
Uruknet July 14, 2011 – On 26 June 2011, the Civil Administration announced its intention to declare as state land 189 dunams (189 km2), some of it privately owned, of the Palestinian village Qaryut. The Yovel outpost was built on the land, as was most of the access road to the outpost. By law, the Palestinian landowners have the…

US hypocrisy ‘will go down in Syrian history’
Uruknet July 14, 2011 – Syrian intellectuals are outraged by the US government “stripping the Syrian regime and President Bashar Al Assad of their legitimacy” after pro-government mobs attacked the US embassy in Damascus on Sunday. Mohammad Fattouh, Syrian writer, journalist and opposition activist, condemned US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement that Al Assad has lost his legitimacy. “…

Daily Star

Electoral law reform talks begin
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel launched a workshop Friday to prepare an electoral law for the parliamentary elections of 2013, and setting a three-month deadline to finish the mission.

Mikati to visit the army, UNIFIL while in South
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati will visit south Lebanon this weekend and is scheduled to visit various units of the Lebanese Army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, Mikati’s press office said Friday.

Rival politicians rule out National Dialogue resumption
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Politicians from rival political camps are pessimistic about the possibility of resuming National Dialogue sessions after an eight-month hiatus, with some calling for new issues to be included on the agenda.

Anti-Syrian regime protest in Tripoli targets Iran’s ‘Persian project’
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Supporters of the popular uprisings in Syria marched in a small demonstration in Tripoli Friday, chanting slogans against Iran and setting the country’s flag ablaze.

Libyan rebels win official U.S. recognition
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers Friday in a major boost to the rebels’ faltering campaign to oust Moammar Gadhafi.

Egyptians extend protest but Muslim Brotherhood abstains
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday, keeping up pressure on the ruling generals to implement reforms more swiftly and to try ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides.

Sea of protesters in Syrian cities
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Hundreds of thousands of Syrians mounted the largest protests Friday since the uprising began more than four months ago…

Officers graduate course in community policing
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 A group of 130 officers from the Internal Security Forces have graduated from a joint U.S. and ISF community policing training program, the American Embassy said Friday.

Hospitals to raise standards in bid to get French accreditation
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 The Health Ministry is working to conclude a bilateral convention with France that will improve hospital standards in terms of health care and management.

In south Lebanon, a woman peacekeeper’s work is never done
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 The work of UNIFIL, from military to media operations, is carried out by peacekeepers of both genders in south Lebanon, where it’s not uncommon to see a woman driving an armored vehicle on patrol or removing…

Does Quest really mean business in Beirut?
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 For Richard Quest, there’s never a bad time to talk about the looming American debt crisis.

Tahrir protesters feel heat in push for reform
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 It’s hot, noisy and uncomfortable. Nonetheless, protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square insist on pursuing their sit-in to demand change, despite stern warnings and concessions from the ruling army.

Tunisian police use tear gas against protesters demanding reform
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Tunisian police used tear gas Friday to disperse stone-throwing protesters demanding progress in reforms promised after the president’s removal in the first Arab Spring revolution.

Violence in Yemen leaves at least 10 dead
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 At least 10 Yemenis were killed Friday in fighting between government forces and tribesmen seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, officials said, raising fears about a collapse of security during a popular uprising in the…

Turkey conducts major offensive on rebels
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Turkish soldiers, air force bombers and helicopter gunships conducted a major offensive in southeastern Turkey Friday after Kurdish legislators declared autonomy in the region and more than a dozen soldiers were killed there by Kurdish rebels.

Human rights groups push Bahrain to investigate worker dismissals
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 More than 2,000 workers in Bahrain have been fired from state-linked firms and government jobs in apparent retribution for participating in pro-democracy protests earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Saddam half-brothers to be executed within a month
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Iraq will execute two of Saddam Hussein’s half-brothers within a month along with three other former regime figures, an official said Friday after the five were handed over by the U.S. military.

Jordan riot police clash with protesters
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Riot police swinging clubs clashed Friday with dozens of pro-reform demonstrators trying to set up a protest camp in a central square, wounding at least 15 in the most violent confrontation in the Jordanian capital since…

U.N. report: Attacks in South Kordofan could be war crimes
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 The Sudanese army and allied forces have carried out systematic attacks on Nuba civilians in South Kordofan that could amount to war crimes, according to an unpublished U.N. report obtained by AFP.

Iran installs new nuclear machines for testing
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Iran is stepping up centrifuge development work aimed at making its nuclear enrichment more efficient, diplomats say, signaling a possible advance in the Islamic Republic’s disputed atomic program.

Israelis and Palestinians march for an independent Palestine
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Several thousand Israelis and Palestinians gathered in East Jerusalem Friday for a protest march to support the Palestinian bid for United Nations recognition.

Miss Lebanon 2011 living a dream come true
Daily Star 15 Jul 2011 Yara Khoury-Mikhael is late. I’m sitting in her manager’s east Beirut apartment, trying to ignore the increasingly menacing growls emanating from a small, white dog concealed under the coffee table.

YNet News

Bloody protests continue in Syria
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Syrian security forces fired on protesters in the capital and other major cities Friday, killing at least 28 people as tens of thousands gathered for some of the largest … ….

Blast rocks Netanya building; 11 hurt
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Eleven people were wounded Friday evening after a loud blast rocked a building in Netanya’s industrial zone. Receive Ynetnews updates directly to your desktop Two … ….

‘Shiekh Salah to be released on house arrest’
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Sources close to Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch in Israel, said that the London High Court of Justice decided Friday afternoon to … ….

Japanese firm cuts ties with Iran over crane executions
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – A Japanese heavy machinery manufacturer said it has cut business ties with the Iranian government following a report that its cranes have been used for public executions. … ….

Thousands march for Palestine in Jerusalem
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Some 2,000 people are taking part in a march for the independence of Palestine in east Jerusalem. The organizers of the event have stressed they will not resort to … ….

Golan fire destroys 10,000 dunam of land
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Nearly 24 hours after efforts to extinguish the Golan Heights fire first began, firefighters declared Friday they have the flames under control. Five firefighter teams … ….

Peres to present ‘knighthoods’
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – France has the French Legion of Honor award, the US has the Medal of Freedom and Britain has honorary knighthoods. Now Israel will also have an honorary medal formally … ….

Police: NYC boy possibly tied up before his death
YNet News, 15 Jul 2011 – Investigators believe Leiby Kletzky, 8, may have been tied up, tried to fight….

Palestinian Information Center

Children of Gaza captives send message to fathers via flying bottles
PIC – Hundreds of children in Gaza Strip have gathered Thursday at Gaza Sea to send a letter of love to their fathers who are incarcerated in Israeli jails for years now..

West Bank MPs: Political atmosphere not suitable for municipal elections now
PIC – Palestinian lawmakers in the West Bank have criticized Thursday the call of the PA leadership in Ramallah to hold municipal elections in October..

Resheq: Those who insist on Fayyad responsible for scuppering reconciliation
PIC – Ezzat Al-Resheq said Thursday that the insistence of Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas on naming Salam Fayyad as the next prime minister was scuppering the national reconciliation process.

MP Bourini: It is futile for the PA keep on gasping after negotiations
PIC – Commenting on the demolition of three wells in the Nassareyyah district in the northern West Bank by the Israeli occupation, Hasan al-Bourini said that occupation never stopped its criminal measures.

MB Slams UNESCO Decision Declaring Jerusalem As Israeli Capital
PIC – The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) condemns UNESCO’s recent decision to introduce Occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on its website, in a grave violation of UNSC Resolutions..

Hamas considers UNESCO’s listing of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital a grave act
PIC – Hamas condemned listing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on UNESCO’s website and considered it “a grave act, a flagrant breach of international resolutions and bias in favour of Israel,”.

Four Palestinians, including two children wounded in Israeli airstrike
PIC – Israeli occupation aircraft carried out a number of airstrikes late Thursday night against targets in the Gaza Strip wounding four Palestinians, including two children.

Settlers set fire to olive groves near Nablus
PIC – Extremist Jewish settlers on Friday afternoon set fire to olive groves in Mount Sulaiman near the village of Bourin to the south of the northern West Bank village of Nablus.

Sheikh Salah to be released on bail
PIC – Sheikh Raed Salah’s application for bail was accepted Friday by a High Court judge pending the outcome of legal challenges. His release is expected to take place on Monday.

Algerian Red Crescent donates 2.5 million dollars to Gaza
PIC – 15/07/2011 – 11:10 AM

WAFA

No Change in UNESCO’s Position on Jerusalem
WAFA

Weather Forecast: Relatively Hot Weather Today
WAFA

Al-Quds Index Closes Week at Loss
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

US Congress Loves Being Lied to about the Israel-Palestine Conflict…
Intifada-Palestine: 15 Jul 2011 – when the truth is so easy to discover Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, within days of being elected, offered long-term peace if Israel recognised Palestine as an independent state on 1967 borders. by Stuart Littlewood Here in the UK we have… more

Enough Jihad by Email: When Will We March for Palestine
Intifada-Palestine: 15 Jul 2011 – Mohamed Khodr July 15, 2011 “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable‚Ķ Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. —Martin Luther King, Jr. No just cause has… more

ISRAEL SHAMIR: Zizek and the Gaza Flotilla
Intifada-Palestine: 15 Jul 2011 – By ISRAEL SHAMIR / Counterpunch Photo Yuri Kozyrev The Flotilla to Gaza was stopped in its tracks by the omnipresent Israelis and their Jewish friends in Greece and France. A part of a pattern? Probably. But first I want to heed an… more

New York Times

Security Forces Open Fire on Syrian Protesters
New York Times 15 Jul 2011 – Activists said that 19 people were killed in attacks on protesters across the country on Friday.

Jordanian Police Break Up a Peaceful March With Beatings
New York Times 15 Jul 2011 – Riot police wielding wooden clubs broke up a peaceful demonstration in Amman, the capital, in a sign of escalating tensions over the slow pace of political reform in the kingdom.

Clashes, Some Deadly, Intensify in a Tumultuous City in Central Yemen
New York Times 15 Jul 2011 – At least seven people were killed, including a high-ranking security official, in another sign of the breakdown in stability that has been pushing Yemen to the brink of chaos.

Memo From Baghdad: In Shadow of Death, Iraq and U.S. Tiptoe Around a Deadline
New York Times 15 Jul 2011 – Iraq and the United States privately agree that American soldiers should stay beyond 2011; the trouble is in selling it to the citizens of both nations.

Misc

Site Outage, Access Restored (I Hope)
Tikun Olam – I apologize to my readers for the site being mostly inaccessible for the past 24 hours. The Israeli Channel 10 TV news program ran a story about my Gideon Sa’ar post and it apparently caused a massive server load. This caused Hostgator, my web host, to…

Settler violence on the rise; violent incidents in 2011 may double those in 2010
Mondoweiss – In West Bank, settler violence seen on the rise HUWARA, West Bank (Reuters) 14 July — Scorched hillsides and charred olive groves near Nablus pinpoint the latest acts of arson by hardline Jewish settlers against Palestinians who say they are ever more the victims of such…

Gaza rejects Greek offer to deliver humanitarian aid as it stops the freedom flotilla
Mondoweiss – The following letter was delivered to the Greek Government on July 12, 2011 making it clear that the people of Gaza seek freedom and respect for their human rights, including their right to lead a dignified life, not charity. Seemingly deaf to their call, yesterday a…

Liberal American Jews negotiate away the right of return
Mondoweiss – In Dissent a few weeks back Michael Walzer wrote that no Palestinian leader will give up the right of return of refugees, which means that Palestinians have not accepted Israel’s right to exist with a Jewish majority. Now Jerome Slater has responded saying that there is…

Flotilla placed Palestinian struggle in global understanding of the Arab spring
Mondoweiss – This piece was published a week back, but Jack Shenker at the Guardian groks Palestine’s flotilla activism bigtime. From quoting stalwart flotilla activists congregating at a Corfu beach, to the relevance of Palestine to the Arab Spring, to “the wider status quo of power relations in…

Poll says American Jews overwhelmingly oppose Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and declaration of Palestinian state
Mondoweiss – This is interesting. Pat Caddell lately published a poll of American Jewish attitudes that suggests that while foreign policy is not their first concern politically, they are very conservative on Israel/Palestine. Then liberal bloggers at the Washington Post sandbagged the poll’s methodology, as Commentary reports , because…

Misc 2

Friday’s March Supporting Palestinian Statehood in Jerusalem
The Magnes Zionist 15 Jul 2011 – For the first time ever, Israeli Jews and Arabs marched together in Jerusalem to affirm support for Palestinian statehood. Well, that was the official motto of the Solidarity Movement march. Judging from the signs and the chants, the real message was the liberation of the Palestinians…

Syria troops ‘fire on protesters’
BBC 15 Jul 2011 – At least 28 people are killed by security forces in some of the largest protests against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad so far, activists say.

US fully recognises Libyan rebels
BBC 15 Jul 2011 – Hillary Clinton says the US has recognised Libyan rebels as the country’s “legitimate authority”, potentially opening up a huge funding stream.

Articles


Confused strategy: How the PA sold out Palestinian unity
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency7/15/2011
If you happen to be a Palestinian government employee, chances are you will receive only half your usual salary this month. The other half will only be available when international donors find it in their hearts to make up for the huge shortage of funds currently facing the Palestinian Authority (PA).
With a deficit standing at around $640 million, the PA government of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is experiencing one of its worst ever financial crises. However, the Palestinian economy is not a real economy by universally recognized standards. It survives largely on handouts by donor countries.
These funds have spared Israel much of its financial responsibility as an occupying power under the stipulations of the Fourth Geneva Convention. They have also propped up a Palestinian leadership that tries to secure its own survival by serving the interests of major donors.
The funds, however, are now drying up. This could be due to a political attempt to dissuade PA President Mahmoud Abbas from seeking recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN next September. PA officials have been greatly angered by the shift, blaming donor countries – including Arab countries – for failing to honor their financial commitments.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary-General of the PLO, spoke of an ‘unprecedented’ crisis to Voice of Palestine Radio.
“The situation has become very complicated for the Palestinian Authority because of the failure of the Arab countries to fulfill their financial promises.” more.. e-mail

Bold strategic thinking needed
James Zogby, Al-Ahram Weekly7/14/2011
It is not a time for Palestinians to be shy, lest they lose what little power they have left.
On the very day that The New York Times reported that the Israeli military had demolished the homes of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley in order to clear the area to consolidate Israeli control, that very same military was being rebuffed in its efforts to remove an illegal Jewish settler outpost in that same occupied West Bank. There were also reports of violent settlers running amok in the West Bank committing violence against Palestinians and Israeli military personnel, and other news accounts of thousands of extremist rabbis demonstrating outside Israel’s Supreme Court in opposition to government efforts to silence one of their leaders. He had been arrested for advocating violence against Palestinians (maintaining, for example, that it was acceptable to kill innocent Palestinian children before they grew to adulthood and became a real threat to Jews). These incidents combined demonstrate, in a nutshell, why I have lost confidence in the so-called “peace process” and current US peacemaking efforts.
While Israel continues to oppress and humiliate Palestinians, and while extremist Israeli settlers continue to run roughshod over both Palestinians and the Israeli military, it just seems downright short-sighted and silly for the US to have nothing more interesting to offer than their lame mantra that the “parties need to return to the negotiating table”. And yet that is about all they have to offer at this point — with results no more promising now than they have been for the past few decades.
As it currently stands, the Israeli-Palestinian problem is too big and too deep to be solved by pretending that simple negotiations can fix things. Neither side is in a position to negotiate, and the US team doesn’t appear to have a creative thought that can help change this situation. more.. e-mail

Israel and the Flotillas
Eric Walberg, CounterPunch7/15/2011
Clever Madman
The efforts by Israel to prevent Freedom Flotilla II from leaving Greece have been largely successful. Of the original 10 ships, only the French ship Al-Karama (dignity) with 10 activists including French politicians, which sailed from the French Corsica two weeks ago, and the sabotaged-and-repaired Juliano (named after Juliano Meir Khamis, the murdered Israeli director of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre), were able to elude the Greek coastguard as of early this week.
Then Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman telephoned Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma and persuaded him to withdraw his country’s flag from the Swedish Juliano, giving the Greek coast guard the opportunity to block the ship in Heraklion. Though Al-Karama was apprehended by the Greeks while refueling at sea near Crete, it managed to give them the slip and is still chugging along, the lone survivor.
The Spanish Gernika (named after Picasso’s 1937 mural against fascism) is still in port along with the remaining ships, though 20 Spaniards are occupying their embassy — six of them on a hunger strike. Activists haven’t given up hope that the Gernika, another French boat the Louise Michel, the Italian Stefano Chiarini, the Freedom for All and the Methimus II — all sequestered or sabotaged — will still prevail.
Israeli special operatives were able to dive in Greek and Turkish waters to sabotage some of the ships, including the Juliano and the Irish Saoirse (sabotaged in Gocek, Turkey). Both vessels had their propellers damaged — if they had not discovered the damage, they could well have sunk at sea. more.. e-mail

Where are the Palestinians?
Electronic Intifada: 15 Jul 2011 – Mairav Zonszein The Electronic Intifada Tel Aviv Amid all the sensational scenes of recent confrontation between Israeli authorities and Western “pro-Palestinian” activists (including Israelis), what became apparent was that Palestinians themselves could not be seen or heard.more

From US Boat to Gaza to Syntagma Square
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jul 2011 – By Donna Nevel Political sensitivity and thoughtfulness, depth of knowledge and analysis, deep commitment and kindness are, in my view, a perfect combination to build a movement for justice and to create meaningful change. These were the characteristics that so moved and inspired me these past couple of weeks as I spent time in Athens with two of the passengers from the U.S. Boat to Gaza — The Audacity of Hope. Let me add that, while I am focusing at this moment on two particular individuals, I had the privilege to meet and spend time with numbers of wonderfully committed people of all ages, backgrounds, and life experiences — all of whom were passengers on the U.S. boat that was part of the international flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. My first experience with these two individuals — Missy Lane, 32, from Washington, DC and Max Suchan, 22, from…more

BDS: A Palestinian Woman’s Response to Israel’s Naomi Chazan
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jul 2011 – By Samah Sabawi Naomi Chazan, the President of the New Israel Fund (NIF) gave a talk in Marrickville NSW during her recent Australian tour offering a critique of the Palestinian Civil Society call for Boycotts Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Although she presented herself as a veteran Israeli peace activist, Chazan’s mission here in Australia was ostensibly to promote NIF. This is important‚Ä®because everything she said about BDS must be understood within the context of her mission — to gather funds and support and to convince Jews in Australia of the need to continue to invest in Israel through NIF. This clear conflict of interest makes Chazan’s criticism of BDS far less credible. Chazan named six reasons why she believed BDS was harmful: BDS is not effective because Israel has a very strong economy: South Africa’s economy was also booming when the boycott movement against that regime began in the…more

Boycott Law: It Can Happen Here!
Palestine Chronicle: 15 Jul 2011 – By Uri Avnery Years ago I said that there are but two miracles in Israel: the Hebrew language and democracy. Hebrew had been a dead language for many generations, more or less like Latin, when it was still used in the Catholic church. Then, suddenly, concurrent with the emergence of Zionism (but independently) it sprang back to life. This never happened to any other language. Theodor Herzl laughed at the idea that Jews in Palestine would speak Hebrew. He wanted us to speak German. “Are they going to ask for a railway ticket in Hebrew?” he scoffed. Well, we now buy airline tickets in Hebrew. We read the Bible in its Hebrew original and enjoy it tremendously. As Abba Eban once said, if King David were to come to life in Jerusalem today, he could understand the language spoken in the street. Though with some difficulty, because our language gets…more

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