VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 18 July, 2011: Israel approves more settlement units in West Bank

18 July , 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Palestinian Silwan Family Fined $10,000. Face Home Demolition.
IMEMC – Monday July 18, 2011 – 15:47, The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Monday that an Israeli court fined a Palestinian family $10,000 for building its Silwan home without a permit.

Settlers Bulldoze Farmlands near Hebron
IMEMC – Monday July 18, 2011 – 13:21, Israeli settlers uprooted on Tuesday Palestinian farmlands in Sair town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron; Israeli soldiers were present but did not attempt to stop the settlers.

B’Tselem: Rights Of Palestinian Minors Being Abused
IMEMC – Monday July 18, 2011 – 12:18, Israeli human rights groupB’Tselem released a report Monday on the findings of a investigation into the arrest, detention and interrogation of 50 Palestinian minors detained by Israeli military forces for throwing stones. The investigation shows a pattern of consistent abuse of the rights of minors both under Israeli and international law.

Germany To Provide Israel With A Sixth Submarine
IMEMC – Monday July 18, 2011 – 09:39, Israeli online daily, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that Germany agreed to a request made by Israel to provide it with a “Dolphin” submarine that has the capabilities of carrying nuclear heads.

Israeli Air Force Bombards Gaza, Two Fighters Injured
IMEMC – Monday July 18, 2011 – 09:09, Palestinian medical sources reported that two fighters were wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired, on Monday at dawn, a number of missiles into an area, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News

2 injured in air attacks on southern Gaza
7/19/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Two Palestinians were injured, one of them critically, as Israeli warplanes targeted the southern Gaza Strip for the fifth day in row, onlookers said. A Ma’an reporter said fighter jets fired missiles at the town of Khuza’a east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip….

Israel approves more settlement units in West Bank
7/19/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s Construction and Housing Ministry approved Monday a tender for the construction of 294 housing units to be built in the West Bank settlement Beitar Illit, Israeli media reported. The West Bank units are part of 7,000 being planned as a response to housing concerns in Israel….

Police: Settlers stab Palestinian farmers
7/19/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers attacked three Palestinian shepherds near Jerusalem on Monday, police said. The shepherds were tending to their sheep on a hillside near Mikhmas east of Jerusalem when they came under a “brutal” attack by the ultra-Orthodox settlers who beat and stabbed them, Palestinian police said in a….

Soldiers ‘attack mourners’ at Hebron funeral
7/19/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday evening accosted a group of mourners in Beit Ummar village Monday, activists said. Two workers for the rights group B’Tselem were beaten by Israeli troops, who opened fire and shot stun grenades at people attending the funeral, local activist Muhammad Awad said. Awad told Ma….

Rights of Palestinian minors ‘violated severely’
7/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The rights of Palestinian minors who are suspected of stone-throwing in the West Bank are violated severely throughout the criminal justice process, an Israeli rights group said Monday. But Israel’s army rejected the report released Monday by the B’Tselem organization as “unbalanced” and described stone-throwing as “a…. Related: B’tselem: No Minor Matter

Organizers: French boat to reach Gaza on Tuesday
7/18/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A French yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists which set sail from a Greek island at the weekend is expected to reach the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, organizers said. The Dignite Al Karama left the Greek island of Kastellorizo late on Saturday following a troubled stay in Greece after Athens imposed a ban on the…. Related: Freedom Flotilla Update: Dignit?©-Al Karama will be arriving in Gaza any minute now

Israel ‘detains Egyptian children’ in Beersheba
7/19/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli court has ordered the detention of three Egyptian children no older than 14 in Beersheba prison after they allegedly crossed into Israel illegally, an attorney said Sunday. Lawyer Asmahan Abed Al-Hadi’s request to free one of the children was turned down, she said. The children….

Ministry: Syria recognizes Palestinian state
7/19/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — The Syrian foreign ministry said Monday that Damascus recognizes a Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital within the borders in effect prior to the 1967 Six-Day War.” Syria recognizes a Palestinian state within the June 4, 1967 borders and east Jerusalem as its capital, and on the basis of the preservation….

Hamas leader says Abbas stalling unity deal
7/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas may be stalling the implementation of a unity deal with Hamas to protect his government’s bid for recognition at the United Nations in September. That is the theory held by Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef, who says Abbas should do a better job of communicating his intentions…. Related: PFLP: Egypt to invite factions to discuss unity deal

PFLP: Egypt to invite factions to discuss unity deal
7/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Egyptian leadership will invite Palestinian factions to a meeting in Cairo in the coming few days to try and move forward the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement which has reached an impasse. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Kayid Al-Ghoul told Ma’an that PFLP representatives met Sunday…. Related: Hamas leader says Abbas stalling unity deal

Young man seized in West Bank raid
7/19/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained a young man from the Hebron town of Beit Ummar, relatives said. Ahmad At-Tit, 21, who suffers from diabetes, was seized from his home, according to his father, Abdul Fattah. Ahmad requires two injections each day and his father fears the arrest could threaten his life….

Police question youths at Jerusalem summer camp
7/18/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police stormed a summer camp for children in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied east Jerusalem on Monday and interrogated campers, a Fatah official said. Munir Al-Jaghoub, spokesman for Fatah recruitment, says the camp is run by the Sheikh Jarrah Women’s Forum. About 50 children aged 12-17….

Abbas ready to bypass opposition to Palestinian declaration
7/19/2011 – OSLO, Norway (AFP) — President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he was ready to circumvent opposition from the United States to a bid for statehood by taking the proposal to the United Nations’ General Assembly. The plan to seek UN membership for a state on the lines that existed before the 1967 Six Day War….

Flying checkpoint erected near Tulkarem
7/18/2011 – TULKAREM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces erected a military checkpoint near the Bala crossroad east of Tulkarem on Monday, witnesses said. Soldiers stopped drivers and checked IDs, causing a buildup of traffic….

EU presses Israel, Palestinians ahead of UN vote
7/19/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — European foreign ministers pressed Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to return to the negotiating table before a UN vote on recognising a Palestinian state, which could reveal divisions within the EU. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sought to play down the risks involved in any UN resolution on a Palestinian….

Israel fire near Holocaust museum was ‘accident’
7/19/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — A forest fire that prompted the evacuation of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust museum was likely started accidentally by a man burning rubbish in his backyard, Jerusalem police said Monday. The fire spread rapidly on Sunday afternoon in the forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, forcing the evacuation of the famed museum….

‘Baguette gunman’ a hit for Tunisian Facebook users
7/18/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s dictator fell to an uprising touched off by a tragic young fruit vendor, but post-revolution leaders are kept in check by a comics superhero armed with a French baguette. This unlikely champion has picked up the legacy of Mohammed Bouazizi, 26, who set himself on fire in December to protest….

Under-fire Egypt PM delays swearing-in of new cabinet
7/18/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Monday postponed the swearing-in of a new cabinet intended to deflect anger over the pace of reform as protesters said the shakeup did not go far enough. Sharaf, who heads a caretaker government after a revolt toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak in February, had hoped the sweeping reshuffle….

Syria presses crackdown, Assad told ‘reform or quit’
7/18/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian troops dug into the outskirts of an eastern border town on Monday to press a crackdown on dissent, activists said, as EU foreign ministers told President Bashar al-Assad to reform or step down. After a bloody weekend during which dozens of civilians clamouring for change were shot dead by security forces, most….

Tunisia PM says unrest aims to derail polls
7/18/2011 – TUNIS (AFP) — Tunisia’s prime minister on Monday warned against attempts to derail October elections, as a surge in violence fueled fears that the country’s democratic revolution was being rolled back. Against a backdrop of confusion and mounting discontent over the pace of change, Beji Caid Essebsi attempted to reassure the population….

Palestine Note

Shooting oneself in the foot, again.
Palestine Note 17 Jul 2011 – Published in Maan News Agency last week was that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut off funding to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) should President Mahmoud Abbas go to the United Nations this September and ask for UN…

Aljazeera

Syria faces tougher sanctions from EU
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Diplomatic net closes on President Al-Assad as international community looks to up ante on sanctions.

US tells Libya envoys that Gaddafi must go
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – US officials say the aim of the meeting was to deliver a clear and firm message that the embattled leader must go.

Ex-News of the World whisteblower found dead
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – A former News of the World journalist who made allegations of phone-hacking is found dead.

Somali pirates hijack UAE petrol tanker
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Vessel hijacked in Indian Ocean has 16 crew members, including four Somalis and five Indians.

Hungary court frees accused Nazi war criminal
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Sandor Kepiro, 97, is acquitted of ordering the execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in Novi Sad in 1942.

Egyptian TV airs trial to placate protesters
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Judge allows cameras to broadcast trial of former Mubarak ministers live, amid growing public demand for transparency.

French ‘aid ship’ sails towards Gaza
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Yacht carrying pro-Palestinian activists expected to reach Gaza Strip on Tuesday after leaving Greek waters.

Report: Doctors targeted in Bahrain
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Rights group alleges medics were beaten and arrested as government sought to stop protesters from receiving treatment.

Trial of UAE bloggers set to resume
AlJazeera 18 Jul 2011 – Five bloggers arrested in April after calling for political reforms in the United Arab Emirates.

Female activists claim abuse at Iraq rallies
AlJazeera 17 Jul 2011 – Angered by the attack, female protesters are demanding an apology from the government.

Palestine News Network

Freedom Flotilla Update: Dignit?ɬ©-Al Karama will be arriving in Gaza any minute now.
PNN – When the Freedom Flotilla II was thought to be deactivated, the French ship Dignit?©-Al Karama surprisingly decided at 8:30p.m. yesterday to keep on sailing towards Gaza. The Dignit?©-Al Karama, the smallest ship…

Settlers Injure Three Residents in the West Bank; Israeli Bombardment Leaves Two Injured in Gaza
PNN – Ramallah /Gaza — PNN — Three Palestinian men were injured on Monday when Israeli settlers attacked them near the village of Mikhmas in central West Bank. Local sources said that the three…

Italian Daily: Hezbollah Behind Istanbul Bombing
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – On Monday the Italian daily paper Corriere della Sera reported that the bombing in Istanbul of May 2011 was not in fact perpetrated by a Kurdish separatist…

UFree: Raed Salah Must Be Fully Released but Bail Welcomed
PNN – London — PNN – UFree, the European network to support the rights of Palestinian prisoners, has released a press release welcoming the decision by the British High Court to allow Sheikh Raed…

President Abbas and Netayahu Race for European Support in UN Bid
PNN – Ramallah- PNN- Saeb Erekat announces that the UN bid for Palestinian statehood will have a two-pronged approach according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The first is to have the ’67…

Arab MK Stripped of Right to Speak in Parliament
PNN – Tel Aviv – PNN – The Knesset ethics committee voted on Monday to strip Arab member of parliament Hanin Zuabi of her rights to address parliament and vote in committees. The decision…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Denial of Palestinian Delegation’s Travel through Rafah International Crossing Point by ISS
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 18 July 2011

PCHR Calls upon UNRWA to Be Literally Committed to Its Name as established by the General Assembly Resolution
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Monday, 18 July 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Freedom Flotilla Update: Dignit?©-Al Karama will be arriving in Gaza any minute now
7/18/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestine News Network – When the Freedom Flotilla II was thought to be deactivated, the French ship Dignit?©-Al Karama surprisingly decided at 8:30p. m. yesterday to keep on sailing towards Gaza. The Dignit?©-Al Karama, the smallest ship of the Freedom Flotilla II, left Kastellorizo Island on Saturday night after being in…. Related: Palestine News Network and Organizers: French boat to reach Gaza on Tuesday

Settlers Injured Three Residents in the West Bank; Israeli Bombardment Leaves Two Injured in Gaza
7/18/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Palestine News Network – Three Palestinian men were injured on Monday when Israeli settlers attacked them near the village of Mikhmas in central West Bank. Local sources said that the three men were near their home when settlers from a nearby settlement attacked them with rifle buts and batons. The three sustained light injures medical sources…. Related: Palestine News Network

Relief Web

Israel to build 336 new West Bank settlement homes
Relief Web 18 Jul 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel JERUSALEM ‚Äî Israel is to issue tenders for 336 new homes in two West Bank settlements, a spokesman for the Israeli ministry of construction and housing told AFP on Monday. “We will…

Palestine Telegraph

Israeli police raid Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood
18 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli police raided Monday morning Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in the occupied Jerusalem claiming that a number of Palestinian children threw stones at settlers’ vehicles.

settlers beat 3 Palestinian citizens near Ramallah
18 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Three Palestinian citizens were seriously injured as a group of settlers brutally assaulted them near Makhmas village in the south of Ramallah.

Israeli troops invade Qaryout village
18 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli troops invaded yesterday Qaryout village near Nablus firing tear gases, live bullets, and sound bombs at civilians’ homes.

The National

Veteran Palestinian negotiator Erekat back after embarrassment of Al Jazeera revelations
The National 18 Jul 2011 – Though he apparently resigned after leaked documents portrayed him in a less-than-flattering light, offering deep concessions to Israel and gaining nothing in return, PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat is back.

GCC protests at Iranian cleric’s ‘false’ Bahrain claims
The National 18 Jul 2011 – Gulf Cooperation Council delivers protest note to Iran’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia complaining about Ayatollah Janati’s ‘blatant and unacceptable interference’ in Bahrain’s internal affairs.

Ha’aretz

U.S. scrambling to prevent Israel-Turkey ties from worsening
Ha’aretz – The Obama administration is concerned about tensions between the two countries continuing and possibly worsening.

Istanbul bombing preceded by unusual warnings by Israeli intelligence
Ha’aretz – The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a number of travel warnings, noting that terrorists are planning to target Israelis and Jews abroad.

Israel prepares to intercept French yacht as it sets sail for Gaza
Ha’aretz – Israel defense establishment expects no violent resistance from 10 activists, 3 crew members abord the Dignite-Al Karame.

Knesset expected to reject proposal to probe leftist Israeli NGOs
Ha’aretz – Yisrael Beiteinu plans to demand a roll-call vote, to embarrass MKs on the right who vote against or skip the vote.

State Comptroller set to slam Israeli prosecutors, police for closing cases too early
Ha’aretz – Comptroller’s office has surveyed a sample of files that have been closed because the cases were allegedly not in public’s interest.

Former State Department spokesman: Israel will not attack Iran anytime soon
Ha’aretz – P.J. Crowley says on his Twitter page that the Arab Spring has complicated Israel’s Mideast strategy so it will refrain from attacking Iran in the near future.

Syria recognizes Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital
Ha’aretz – Palestinian president welcomes Syria’s recognition, saying it is a ‘major step’ on way to UN recognition in September.

FBI: U.S. couple kidnapped Israeli to force him to grant his wife Jewish divorce
Ha’aretz – David and Judy Wax allegedly kidnapped the man after he visited their home in October 2010; unclear what connection is between the couple and the man’s wife, who wanted the divorce.

Syria opposition group forms National Salvation council to counter Assad
Ha’aretz – Twenty-five-member council composed of Islamists, liberals and independents; council meeting comes day after Syria’s biggest demonstrations seeking to end Assad rule.

Iran agrees to investigate bombing of Buenos Aires Jewish community center
Ha’aretz – Iran Foreign Ministry says Tehran ready to engage in constructive dialogue, however denies any link to bombing.

Norway backs Palestinian bid for UN recognition in September
Ha’aretz – Norwegian FM says ‘it is perfectly legitimate’ for Palestinian president to turn to the UN with a proposal for statehood.

Israel’s Islamic Movement leader released on bail in London
Ha’aretz – Sheikh Ra’ad Salah, arrested after entering Britain despite a travel ban against him, transferred to apartment to await his appeal.

Germany to finance submarine for Israel
Ha’aretz – Angela Merkel’s government allocates funds to subsidize Israel’s purchase of German-made submarine; Submarine is Israel’s third to be subsidized by Germany.

50-year-old man detained on suspicion of causing Jerusalem Forest fire
Ha’aretz – Resident of Beit Zeit allegedly set trash on fire in his backyard, causing a blaze which spread to the Jerusalem Forest and Mount Herzl area.

Palestinians: New Israeli settlement building hardens our resolve to seek UN recognition
Ha’aretz – Developers competing to build 294 apartments in Beitar Illit and Karnei Shomron; spokesman for housing ministry says work will be completed within three years.

Arab MK stripped of further parliamentary privileges for role in Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – Balad MK Hanin Zuabi will no longer be allowed to address Knesset or vote in committee debates; last year, she lost her diplomatic passport, entitlement to aid for legal assistance, and right to visit countries without ties to Israel.

A meeting of minds on spirit and matter
Ha’aretz – Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover and author Meir Shalev share some thought-provoking insights about Israeli society and the direction in which it is heading.

Teva cleared to market generic cancer drugs from Nov. 2013
Ha’aretz – Neopogen expedites the creation of white blood cells in people undergoing chemotherapy. The cancer therapy hits cells in a state of rapid multiplication, which includes the cancer cells – and white blood cells, leukocytes, which exposes the patient to infection.

Report: Istanbul attack was attempted Hezbollah strike on Israeli envoy
Ha’aretz – Turkey blamed PKK for May 2011 bombing, but report claims attack was retaliation for assassination of Iran nuclear scientist attributed to Israel.

‘Hollywood producer was an Israeli nuclear agent’
Ha’aretz – According to a new biography, Arnon Milchan, close friend of Israeli prime ministers and Hollywood stars, was recruited by Shimon Peres to purchase equipment for Israel’s alleged nuclear program.

Turkish official: Both Israel and Turkey have ‘great political will’ to reconcile
Ha’aretz – In interview with Zaman newspaper, Turkey representative to UN inquiry committee on flotilla raid says Israel must apologize for killing nine Turkish citizens last summer before talks can move forward.

Erekat: Palestinians planning ‘massive’ diplomatic push for state recognition
Ha’aretz – Top Palestinian negotiator says PA has two-prong goal to gain recognition of Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as capital, achieve membership as state in UN.

Jerusalem Post

Two life sentences for man convicted of double-slaying
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Third victim in Beersheba attack left permanently disabled.

New Israel Radio head: ‘No plans’ to fire veteran hosts
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – People spreading these rumors, says Miro, have some kind of destructive agenda and want to poison atmosphere at Israel Radio.

Mother’s pin nearly punctures baby’s lungs
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Doctors say one false move could have caused it to puncture his lung, endanger his life; surgeons in Emek Hospital in Afula pulled it out.

Ashdod gang members who stabbed people ‘randomly’ arrested
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Suspects, 5 adults and 5 minors, stabbed 2 people on Ashdod beach, fatally wounding one, leaving second man in critical condition.

Assad loyalists kill 10 in attacks in Homs
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – After weekend sectarian violence in Syria, bloodshed continues as 10 killed in attacks on residential districts; Diplomatic pressure increases on Assadas Qatar shut Damascus embassy.

Olmert rejects double-billing charges
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – As in previous testimony before the court, Olmert claimed the flights were funded using air miles, or that he had paid for them himself.

18 months for attorney who embezzled NIS 1.8 million
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court also ordered Naim to pay a fine of NIS 20,000 and a further NIS 50,000 in compensation to the plaintiff.

New bill to protect medical workers from violent visits
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Bill stipulates that hospital, clinic director can prevent entrance for the next year if a person has committed acts of physical or verbal violence.

Senior police officer reportedly refuses alcohol test
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Jerusalem officer asked to undergo routine “breathalizer” test after he arrived at police checkpoint in Talpiot wearing civilian clothes.

Lieberman calls on Chabad to encourage aliya
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Bringing all Diaspora Jewish communities to Israel ‘is more important than any foreign aid or diplomatic activity we engage in.’

Cabinet to vote on construction of new Eilat airport
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Timna runway would replace current “environmental hazard”; Green Movement co-chairman says airport move is “good thing.”

Ayalon launches campaign to tell ‘truth about W. Bank’
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Deputy foreign minister asks YouTube video’s viewers to stop calling Judea and Samaria ‘occupied territories.’

MK: Israel mulls creation of ‘women’s affairs’ ministry
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Gamliel (Likud) says women’s ministry would devote attention entirely to improving situation of women and promoting equality in society.

Ein Kerem residents fight toilets to be built on ruins
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Flushing over history: Residents say planned restrooms, plaza would damage character of the unique area.

‘Tent cities’ spread across nation
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Activits say gov’t plant to “free up land for housing construction” not enough,

Left-wing groups want to sue Lieberman for libel
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Lawyer on behalf of Yesh Din, Breaking the Silence, and Adallah challenges foreign minister to drop immunity within 48 hours.

EU statement shows split among diplomatic middlemen
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Analysis: Unlike Quartet, EU ministers emerged with a statement on the Middle East “peace process,” but it was brief and rather anemic.

J’lem unsettled by Argentina’s response to AMIA bomb probe
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Officials insist Iran needs to hand over terrorists responsible for bombing that killed 85 people in 1994, say questions arise over whether Argentine FM offered to drop probe in exchange for better ties with Iran.

Ochberg’s orphans
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – In 1921, Isaac Ochberg heroically rescued 200 Jewish children from Eastern Europe — in the midst of a raging civil war.

Solar support
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – investing in solar and other renewable energy sources will help make Israel completely energy independent, an important national goal.

Remember the fallen and what they died for
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Memorial Day in Israel is a day of reflection and thought, a day in which life stops in order for us to look around and remember.

Crowley: Claims Israel to attack Iran soon are not credible
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Former US State Department spokesman tweets that “Arab Spring has made Israel more likely to show restraint in the immediate term.”

In the belly of the tabloid beast
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – No Holds Barred: Britons would do well to worship God instead of celebrities.

Encountering Peace: What gives me hope
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Positive face-to-face encounters can help build up the sorely lacking trust between Israelis and Palestinians.

Equal is not always fair
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Israel needs a more nuanced approach to determining women’s retirement age.

The Knesset’s boycott boomerang
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – By passing the Anti-boycott Law, its proponents armed the BDS movement with weapons to attack Israel’s democratic credentials.

Prophets with honor
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – The tyranny of the majority is a particular kind of tyranny, superficially ‘democratic’ but intrinsically unjust.

Our World: Israel’s only two options
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – The Jewish state’s choices are to either annex Judea and Samaria or be destroyed by its neighbors.

Show stolen from Egypt superstar in anti-Mubarak drive
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Adel Imam’s Ramadan television special is put on ice after protesters criticize comments he made supporting Mubarak during the revolution.

Court rejects state appeal to cancel Dirani’s damages suit
Jerusalem Post 18 Jul 2011 – Lebanese terrorist claims he was assaulted in 1994 under interrogation for info on Ron Arad, filed NIS 6 m. damages suit against the state.

The Guardian

Hundreds of Palestinian minors jailed for throwing stones, says report
The Guardian 18 Jul 2011 – Nearly all teenagers caught throwing rocks are handed prison sentences, according to human rights group B’Tselem One out of more than 800 Palestinian children charged with throwing stones in the West Bank over a six-year period…

Inter Press Service

Arms Trade Treaty May Bypass Anti-Riot Weapons
IPS When weeklong negotiations on the control and regulation of the global arms trade were concluded last week, there was one missing link in the proposed treaty: riot control equipment used recently against peaceful demonstrators in the streets of Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen and Jordan.

Egypt Embraces Oil Monarchs, Dubiously
IPS With the nation’s economy in tatters from the uprising that ousted its dictator of 30 years, Egypt’s transitional government has turned its back on the Western lending institutions that once propped the Mubarak regime. But its decision to accept the massive aid packages dangled by the oil-rich Arab Gulf states…

LEBANON: Prisons See Institutionalised Injustice
IPS When Josie Ensor, a British journalist formerly based in Lebanon, became the victim of a sexual assault in Beirut, she sought help at a local police station. As she was giving her statement, the police dragged her assailant into the room. The man had been beaten up, and was subjected…

Uruknet

Assad loyalists kill 10 people in attacks on Homs
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – Homs: 10 Martyrs have fallen one of them is Muhammad Dabdoub-22 years old- in Sharaks district and the rest were from Khalidieh and nearby areas, among them: Muhammad Rateb Al Nemr, Muhammad Safur, Engineer Yamen Al Najjar, Farhan Haj Yunus, Muhammad Firas Al Shami-27 years old-with special needs, a young man from Khasmia family,…

Do not speak, do not resist – Israel rules out non-violence
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – It was an Arab legislator who made the most telling comment to the Israeli parliament last week as it passed the boycott law, which outlaws calls to boycott Israel or its settlements in the occupied territories. Ahmed Tibi asked: “What is a peace activist or Palestinian allowed to do to oppose the occupation? Is…

2 injured in air attacks on southern Gaza
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – Two Palestinians were injured, one of them critically, as Israeli warplanes targeted the southern Gaza Strip for the fifth day in row, onlookers said. A Ma’an reporter said fighter jets fired missiles at the town of Khuza’a east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Two men were injured and were evacuated to…

West’s “Political Solution” Is No Solution For Libya
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – Some 15 top diplomats of the Libya Contact group, including US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met in Istanbul today (Friday, July 15) to discuss “a political solution” to the conflict in Libya while coordinating aid for the rebels. The meeting – the fourth so far – came in the wake of the protracted…

The Dignite – al Karama must go on
Uruknet 18 July 2011 – The French government must fulfill its responsibilities! In a few hours, the Dignite – Al Karama will approach Gazan waters. As they publically announced, the Israeli government may at any time employ violence to stop the French ship, including the use of weapons against peaceful and unarmed activists. The campaign “A French Boat for…

Murdoch’s World: Demagoguery, Propaganda, Scandal, Sleaze and Warmongering
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – Famed journalist George Seldes (1890 – 1995) condemned press prostitutes in books like “Lords of the Press,” denouncing their corruption, suppression of truth, and news censorship before television reached large audiences, saying: “The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself – the most powerful force against the general welfare of the…

Fighting erupts in Yemeni capital, six killed
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – Fighting between government forces and opposition supporters erupted in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Monday, killing six people, opposition sources said. The fighting was the first to break out in Sanaa since President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew to Saudi Arabia for treatment after sustaining severe burn wounds when an attempt to assassinate him was made…

Tolerance and human dignity – Israeli style
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – After over half a decade of opposition, wrangling and controversy, the so-called ‘Museum of Tolerance’, sponsored by the US based Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC), last week received final authorisation for its construction over a 12th Century historic Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem. The permit, we are told, was awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Interior’s…

WikiLeaks and the Guant?°namo Prisoners Released from 2002 to 2004 (Part Four of Ten)
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – In late April, WikiLeaks released its latest treasure trove of classified US documents, a set of 765 Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) from the US prison at Guant?°namo Bay, Cuba. Compiled between 2002 and January 2009 by the Joint Task Force that has primary responsibility for their detention and interrogation of the prisoners, these detailed…

The boycott law is in effect. Wait, can I write that?
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – The media cycle has been dominated by news of the anti-boycott law this week. However, some might have missed a crucial point; the anti-boycott law is now in effect. What does this mean for my writing on +972 and the work of the site in general? Simply put, if I write an opinion piece…

Human Rights Watch Urges Bahrain to End Medical Personnel Arrests (Full Report )
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – A human rights group has called on Bahrain to end a “campaign of arrests” against medical personnel and attacks against patients who were injured during mass anti-government protests earlier this year. New York-based Human Rights Watch issued a report Monday detailing what is says are attacks against health care workers, the siege of hospitals…

No Minor Matter: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – From the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2010, at least 835 Palestinian minors were arrested and tried in military courts in the West Bank on charges of stone throwing. Thirty-four of them were aged 12-13, 255 were 14-15, 546 were 16-17. Only one of the 835 was acquitted; all the rest were…

Chalabi: US presence in Iraq not in Iraqis’ favor
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – The Iraqi National Congress Leader, Ahmad Chalabi, says presence of Americans in Iraqi territory is not in favor of the Iraqi people. Talking to IRNA, Chalabi called for withdrawal of the US forces from his country… Chalabi appreciated Iran’s services to Iraqis, including Iran’s efforts in the trade and commercial domains. He said the…

Military Resistance 9G11: Reservists Accuse the Army
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – …Hey Everybody, Remember That Giant U.S. Victory In Marjah Last Year? The One The Pentagon Bragged And Bragged And Bragged About? The One The Generals Said Was A “Turning Point” In The War? ….”She read an account from a resident of Marjah, a district in Helmand province, a dangerous region in the south that…

Syrian army kills 30 in Homs, deploys tanks in southern town.
Uruknet Sunday, 17 July 2011 – Syrian security forces on Sunday have killed at least 30 people in the central city of Homs, Al Arabiya TV quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. Meanwhile, the army airdropped troops by helicopter and deployed tanks around a town near the border with Iraq on Sunday after thousands of pro-democracy…

Arab Spring Pits Saudi Security Concern Against U.S. Support for Uprisings
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – …Saudi Arabia’s independence from U.S. foreign policy “is not just from the Arab Spring, but also from the fact that oil demand has shifted from the U.S. to China more and more each year,” said Sullivan at Georgetown University. Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC)’s Chief Executive Officer Mohamed al-Mady said in May that the…

Israeli weapons being used in Karachi: Malik
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – Interior Minister Rehman Malik, on Sunday, hinting at the involvement of foreign hands in fomenting unrest in Karachi, said Israeli-made weapons were being used by miscreants in the mega city. Talking to media men at Benazir Bhutto Shaheed International Airport, he said, “Over 200 persons have been arrested and Israeli-made weapons, including AK-45 rifles,…

A statement by the on-ground coordination committee of Homs about the recent events in Homs
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – A number of people of our city were killed days ago after they were abducted by unknown people, and since then rumors have spread about a sectarian background of this crime, and they tried to link it with the revolutionists and their peaceful movement. We, the on-ground coordination committee of Homs, strongly deplore any…

Mother of prisoner appeals for his life
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – The mother of Palestinian prisoner Ismail Abu Shadof appealed for saving the life of her son who is suffering serious diseases in Israeli occupation jails. She said in a statement on Saturday that her son was suffering from pain in his stomach and legs and the prison administration only gave him sedatives. The mother,…

House Arrest: A Palestinian Prison
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – The Israeli settlement of Givon Ha’hadasha is built alarmingly close to the Palestinian village of Bet Ijza. The settlement is built practically on top of this village because the Jews believe that biblically, this is the site where the sun stood still for Joshua while his enemies were defeated. In this land, too often…

Support Group: Documenting the Peace Laureate’s Progressive Atrocities
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – Do you support the policies and political fortunes of President Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate? Then this is what you support: cowardly, cold-blooded mass murder. You support mass murder. You support the shredding to pieces of innocent people, many of them children, week after week, month after month. You support the murder…

The regime plays its final card: Desperate attempts to stir up sectarian tension between Syrians
Uruknet Sunday, July 17, 2011 – Last Friday, 29 martyrs from various cities and regions of Syria fell at the hands of security forces. The regime is continuing to use violence against peaceful protesters, causing so far the deaths of more than 2000 martyrs. Meanwhile, the protest movement is gaining in intensity, proportionately to the increase in violence used…

Upcoming Holy Land Foundation Appeal for Justice
Uruknet July 17, 2011 – On September 1, the US 5th Circuit Appeals Court will hear arguments on behalf of five wrongly convicted Holy Land Foundation (HLF) principles… On December 4, 2001, Bush’s Treasury Department wrongfully declared HLF a terrorist group, froze its assets, and falsely claimed they were used to funnel millions of dollars to Hamas. HLF appealed…

Daily Star

Qatar shuts Damascus embassy as sectarian clashes leave 30 dead in Homs
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Diplomatic pressure mounted on Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday after Qatar…

Claims and counter claims in the battle for Brega
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 The Libyan government Monday night denied claims rebel forces had seized control of the key oil refinery town of Brega…

EU ambassadors tour south Lebanon
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Ten European diplomats called upon the Lebanese government during a joint tour of south Lebanon Monday to maintain its commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701…

Hezbollah will reveal more information on STL: lawmaker
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Hezbollah will release more damaging information about the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), further harming its credibility, MP Hasan Fadlallah said Monday.

Ibrahim’s appointment is the work of Hezbollah: Future MPs
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat said Monday that the appointment of the director of General Security later the same day was carried out under the instructions of Hezbollah.

Jumblatt: It’s impossible to use violence to resolve Syria unrest
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said Monday that recent events in Syria have shown that using violence to resolve the unrest is impossible…

Safadi tackles the Press Federation’s financial woes
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi discussed Monday the financial troubles of the Press Federation with its head Mohammad Baalbaki and an accompanying delegation.

Mikati urges ministers to address needs and services of Lebanese
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged his ministers to prioritize the needs and the demands of the Lebanese, during his Cabinet’s second session Monday following the Parliament’s vote of confidence.

Hezbollah MP upbeat over Lebanon’s future
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 A Hezbollah MP said Monday that he was optimistic about the future of Lebanon, with the resistance improving on the military and political levels.

Rai: We support the STL as long as it’s not misleading
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Monday he supported the work of the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon…

Ibrahim well positioned to take on challenges of key post
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Brigadier Abbas Ibrahim, appointed director of the General Security Directorate by the Cabinet Monday, will play an important role in the coming period…

Mikati gets congratulatory letter from French PM
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Prime Minister Najib Mikati received Monday a letter from his French counterpart Francois Fillon in which the latter congratulated him for forming the Cabinet…

Mikati: Dialogue crucial for all
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 The Cabinet appointed Brig. Abbas Ibrahim as new director general of General Security Monday…

Palestinian and Lebanese youth council tackles common issues
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 A newly established Palestinian-Lebanese Youth Council is set to tackle issues important to both communities through dialogue and workshops.

Metn summer camp aims to teach Lebanese diaspora mother language
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 This year’s political instability, both at home and in the region, has put a damper on the summer diaspora camp experience in Lebanon, although initiatives aren’t completely lacking.

Violence rates soar at Lebanon’s ER units
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 One nurse had a gun pointed at her. Another was assaulted by a patient and his relatives who complained of waiting for treatment.

Tunisia’s baguette-wielding activist gives bread riots modern meaning
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Tunisia’s dictator fell to an uprising touched off by a tragic young fruit vendor, but post-revolution leaders are kept in check by a comics superhero armed with a French baguette.

Activists on French ship expected to reach Gaza today
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Pro-Palestinian activists on a French yacht which sailed from a Greek island at the weekend are expected to reach the Gaza Strip Tuesday, organizers said.

Cypriot foreign minister resigns over munitions blast
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou said Monday he is resigning in the wake of a navy base munitions blast that claimed 13 lives and knocked out the island’s biggest power plant.

Yemen’s Saleh says dialogue needed to end crisis
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh called in an editorial published Monday for peaceful dialogue, saying that is the way to end the country’s long-running political crisis…

Iran infiltrates Iraq to squash PJAK, takes control of camps
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Iran has taken full control of three camps of an Iranian Kurdish rebel movement inside neighboring Iraq, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards told the official IRNA news agency Monday.

Bahraini dialogue limps on after opposition group’s walkout
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Bahrain’s government expressed regret Monday that the country’s largest Shiite opposition group Al-Wefaq planned to pull out of a national dialogue, but said political talks would continue on regardless of their absence.

Blogger trials reveal UAE’s nerves over unrest
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Five activists from the United Arab Emirates pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of incitement and insulting the Gulf country’s leadership…

Tunisia PM says unrest aims to derail polls
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Tunisia’s prime minister warned Monday against attempts to derail October elections, as a surge in violence fueled fears that the country’s democratic revolution was being rolled back.

Cabinet delayed as anger rises on Egypt streets
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Egypt delayed until Tuesday the swearing-in of a new Cabinet, appointed after a reshuffle that protesters said only partially met their demands for deeper political and economic reforms.

GCC scolds Iran ayatollah over Bahrain claims
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 The secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council Monday delivered a protest note to Iran’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia over an Iranian ayatollah’s remarks on Bahrain, a GCC statement said.

More than just aid needed in drought-affected Somalia
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 The United Nations food agency will host a crisis meeting on drought-hit Somalia on July 25…

Protests continue across Morocco despite plebiscite
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers Sunday to demand greater political reforms and social justice in Morocco.

Stop The Wall

Demonstration in al-Walaja Village Against Further Construction of the Wall
Stop The Wall – Jul 18, 2011— 150 demonstrators marched toward the apartheid wall on al-Walaja lands, in the west Bethlehem district. They tried to reach the isolated lands where Occupation bulldozers are currently working on constructing a new section of the Apartheid Wall.

Confrontations Occurred at al-Quba Checkpoint, North of Bethlehem Entrance
Stop The Wall – Jul 18, 2011— Occupation forces suppressed the demonstration organized today by Stop The Wall Campaign and “Welcome to Palestine” initiative at al-Quba checkpoint at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city by firing tear gas and rubber bullets.

YNet News

Court allows Dirani’s suit against Israel
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by the Tel Aviv District Court allowing Mustafa Dirani, who held captive navigator Ron Arad in the past, to continue to … ….

EU urges talks before September
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – European foreign ministers pressed Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to return to the negotiating table before a UN vote on recognizing a Palestinian state, which … ….

Leftist groups to sue Lieberman
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Human rights groups announced Monday that they plan to sue Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for libel after he called them “terror groups” on Sunday. “Your … ….

Givati Brigade soldier shot, injured in drill
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – An IDF soldier from the Givati Brigade was moderately injured Monday when he was shot in the back during a drill in the Golan Heights. He was evacuated to Rambam Medical … ….

FBI: US couple abducted Israeli to force divorce
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – The FBI says a New Jersey couple abducted an Israeli man, beat him and threatened to bury him alive if he didn’t give his wife a religious divorce. Federal … ….

Britain releases Sheikh Salah
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – The leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, was released from a British jail Monday. Salah had been detained for three weeks on suspicion he … ….

Gaza paper: IDF scattered warning flyers
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Palestinian eye-witnesses in Gaza claim IDF aircraft scattered warning flyers cautioning Gaza Strip residents to keep a safe distance of at least 300 meters from the … ….

French flotilla boat en route to Gaza
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Organizers say 16 passengers, including Amira Hass, carry ‘symbolic message of….

IDF introduces women’s vests
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Army develops lighter, better-fitting protective vests in attempt to attract….

PA slams plan for settlement construction
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Palestinians say state’s plan to build 6,900 housing units across country,….

Envoy to take same-sex partner abroad
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – State provides diplomat’s non-Jewish partner with diplomatic passport, Israeli….

Man arrested for starting Jerusalem fire
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Police suspect 50-year old man burned trash on lawn, dry wind spread flames….

Opposition vs. ‘anti-democratic’ laws
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Three no-confidence motions filed against ‘failing government’ over recent….

Hungary court clears 97-year-old of war crimes
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Hungarian man was charged with involvement in killing of 35 people during WWII….

Book: Hollywood producer was Mossad agent
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – New biography outs Israeli producer Arnon Milchan as man who purchased….

Report: Hezbollah tried to kill Israeli consul
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Shiite group, not PKK, was behind Istanbul terror attack last May, Italian….

Government resumes settlement construction
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – State unveils plan for construction of 7,000 affordable housing units….

Mengele’s handwritten manuscripts to be sold
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Archive of Nazi doctor’s writings, journals, poetry and autobiography set to be….

MK Zoabi suspended from Knesset debates
YNet News, 18 Jul 2011 – Balad MK removed from Knesset until end of annual session following her….

Palestinian Information Center

Two Qassam members wounded in Israeli air raid
PIC – Two members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, were wounded at dawn Monday in an Israeli air strike on Khuza’a to the east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

Massive Jerusalem fire contained
PIC – A massive forest fire in west Jerusalem has been contained after drawing in more than 50 firefighters from 33 units that included firefighting planes.

Jewish settlers bulldoze Palestinian land
PIC – Jewish settlers bulldozed Palestinian land in Sa’eer village, north of Al-Khalil city, on Sunday under protection of Israeli occupation forces, local sources said.

Israeli court extends administrative detention of Palestinian man for 4th time
PIC – An Israeli court extended the period of administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Ihab al-Qawasimi for four more months for the fifth time since he was first arrested.

Haneyya urges Erdogan to help in Gaza reconstruction
PIC – Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has urged his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan to contribute in Gaza reconstruction and to work for lifting the blockade on the coastal enclave.

B’tselem: Israeli occupation arrests 835 Palestinian children in 5 years
PIC – An Israeli rights group revealed that all but one of 835 Palestinian minors arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing from 2005-2010 were found guilty by Israel’s West Bank military courts.

IOA to build 350 housing units in West Bank
PIC – The Israeli housing ministry has endorsed the construction of tens of new housing units in major settlement blocs in the occupied West Bank, the Hebrew radio reported on Monday.

Israel issues threats as lone flotilla ship set to land in Gaza within 24 hours
PIC – Israeli naval forces would never allow the lone ship which managed to slip past the flotilla ban to arrive at the Gaza coast, Israeli political sources said on Monday.

Jewish settlers seriously wound 3 Palestinians
PIC – Three Palestinian citizens were seriously wounded when a group of armed Jewish settlers attacked and beat them near Mikhmas village south of Ramallah on Monday, local sources said.

Salah walks out of prison after High Court sets bail
PIC – Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has been released from the UK’s Bedford prison after a bail was set by the British High Court.

PLC delegation lands in Istanbul for reconciliation workshop
PIC – 18/07/2011 – 06:29 AM

Gaza power authority accuses Fayyad of withholding NIS 80m in entitlements
PIC – 18/07/2011 – 08:06 AM

Rehman Malik: Israeli weapons used in Karachi unrest
PIC – 18/07/2011 – 08:21 AM

Detainee Mona on hunger strike to protest isolation
PIC – 18/07/2011 – 08:24 AM

Calls for urgent international intervention as Israel renews escalation on Gaza
PIC – 18/07/2011 – 08:42 AM

WAFA

Syria Recognizes Palestinian State within 1967 Borders
WAFA

Abu Rudeineh: Israeli Settlement Policy Harms World Peace
WAFA

Israeli Soldiers Attack Funeral, Injure Three Palestinians
WAFA

EU Concerned at Stalemate in Peace Process
WAFA

Israel Approves 340 Housing Units in Bethlehem-Area Settlement
WAFA

Israeli Group says Government Violates Rights of Palestinian Minors
WAFA

Israeli Court Fines Silwan Family $10,000 for Building Without Permit
WAFA

Palestinians Injured in Israeli Air Strike on Gaza
WAFA

Israeli Settlers Batter Bedouins in Ramallah Area
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed [VIDEO]
Intifada-Palestine: 18 Jul 2011 – Files declassified in America have revealed covert public relations and lobbying activities of Israel in the U.S. The National Archive made the documents public following a Senate investigation. They suggest Israel has been trying to shape media coverage of issues it… more

Facing the World and Facing Ourselves — An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Intifada-Palestine: 18 Jul 2011 – ” There are also powerful lobbies in the area of foreign policy and their influence allows them to skew policy formulation away from any objective national interest toward the fulfillment of their particular parochial interestsIn terms of the Middle East, the… more

9/11 and Israel: Alan Sabrosky’s Shocking Press TV Interview
Intifada-Palestine: 18 Jul 2011 – “We Know Who, We Even Know Why…” Tying Israel Irrevocably to 9/11. EDITORS NOTE: An outstanding, courageous interview by Dr. Alan Sabrosky . Those of you who are still undecided about what really happened on 9/11, PLEASE take 20 minutes of your… more

New York Times

Responding to Protesters, Egypt Revamps Cabinet
New York Times 18 Jul 2011 – Egypt’s interim military government unveiled a promised cabinet shake-up on Monday aimed at mollifying a 10-day-old protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Deaths in Syria Tied to Rift Between Sects
New York Times 18 Jul 2011 – At least 6 people were killed over the weekend in a wave of sectarian bloodshed in the central city of Homs, set off by the discovery of three mutilated bodies, activists and residents there said.

Misc

Israel moves forward on 6 factories and 100s of homes in occupied territories as Norway and Syria back Palestinian statehood
Mondoweiss – link to old.news.yahoo.com link to www.jpost.com link to www.imemc.org link to www.maannews.net link to www.maannews.net link to www.jpost.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.presstv.ir link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to ingaza.wordpress.com link to blogs.news.sky.com link to www.ynetnews.com link…

Jeffrey Goldberg vs. The Truth
Mondoweiss – By now Mondoweiss readers have probably seen Jeffrey Goldberg’s updated post on supporting the boycott of Netanyahu here in the US. It includes this tidbit ( emphasis added ): “…all I can say is this: Since 1948, Israel has been a besieged state that nevertheless has, with rare…

Henning Mankell: ‘I promise that the Israeli regime won’t have a quiet moment until this illegal blockade is broken’
Mondoweiss – Swedish novelist Henning Mankell writing in Ha’aretz : We will return with broader support and a bigger flotilla, and I promise that the Israeli regime won’t have a quiet moment until this illegal blockade is broken. Our action has had more impact this year – unlike last…

American Zionist org supports new limits on free speech in the ‘human rights loving democracy’
Mondoweiss – In a reversal of an earlier statement seeming to oppose the Israeli law making it illegal to advocate for boycott, this statement by Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America says that the boycott movement is an existential threat to Israel, a human rights loving…

Desolate and empty the sea
Mondoweiss – Whenever the siege is mentioned, Gaza as a word is flashing through the mind. Siege and Gaza. Extraordinarily, Gaza is the perfect paragon of the blockade, if the historians want to teach the history of the blockades to their students. After the military coup carried out…

Misc 2

2 Injured at Demonstration Concluding Palestine Popular Resistance Conference
Palestine Solidarity Project 18 Jul 2011 – At least 2 were injured and hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation following the conculsion of the Palestine Popular Resistance Conference in the village of Budrus, in the northern West Bank. The conference brought together around a thousand Palestinians along with international and Israeli supporters over the…

Israeli democracy makes form of protest illegal
The Only Democracy? JVP 18 Jul 2011 – There’s a ton of resources on the Israeli anti-boycott law, thanks to the groups in American and Israel who have condemned it across the political spectrum. But I will post groups we have featured on website before. First, Boycott from Within, the Israeli group most targeted…

Tolerance and human dignity Israeli style
Middle East Monitor 18 Jul 2011 – After over half a decade of opposition, wrangling and controversy, the so-called ‘Museum of Tolerance’, sponsored by the US based Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC), last week received final authorisation for its construction over a 12th Century historic Muslim Cemetery in Jerusalem. The permit, we are told,…

Israel extends ban on Palestinian family reunification
Middle East Monitor 18 Jul 2011 – The Israeli cabinet has extended orders banning the reunification of Palestinians living inside the Green Line, with their families from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Radio Israel reported that during the Israeli Ministerial Council’s session held on Sunday, July 17, the council unanimously approved…

Palestinian prisoner’s wife arrested during visit to her husband
Middle East Monitor 18 Jul 2011 – Palestinian sources in occupied Jerusalem reported that the Israeli forces detained on Sunday, July 17, the wife of the Jerusalemite prisoner, Moneir Atoun, while she was visiting her husband in Gilboa Prison. The sources added that the Occupation arrested Atoun’s wife after searching her. Without being…

Israel rapped for jailing minors
BBC 18 Jul 2011 – Israeli rights group Btselem criticises the government for jailing Palestinian children, some as young as 12, for stone throwing.

Egypt TV shows officials’ trials
BBC 18 Jul 2011 – Egypt begins broadcasting live coverage of officials’ corruption trials amid a wave of fresh protests, while PM Essam Sharaf is taken to hospital for low blood pressure.

Syria protesters released in Hama
BBC 18 Jul 2011 – Reports from the Syrian city of Hama say 50 protesters have been released and government offices have reopened after weeks of unrest.

Iran ‘seizes Kurdish rebel camps’
BBC 18 Jul 2011 – Iranian forces have inflicted a “heavy and historic defeat” on Kurdish rebels in Iraq, army officials say, but rebel leaders dismiss the claims.

New report: No Minor Matter
B’tselem 17 Jul 2011 – The report, published today (Monday, 18 July) reveals for the first time official data on treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military court system in the West Bank: 93% of all minors convicted of stone throwing were given jail sentences. The report shows how that the…

Articles


No Minor Matter: Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing, July 2011
Report, B’tselem7/18/2011
From the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2010, at least 835 Palestinian minors were arrested and tried in military courts in the West Bank on charges of stone throwing. Thirty-four of them were aged 12-13, 255 were 14-15, 546 were 16-17. Only one of the 835 was acquitted; all the rest were found guilty.
Palestinian minors charged with criminal offenses are tried under the military legislation applying in the West Bank, which grants them very few of the special rights relating to persons their age. These protections, such as separation from adults during detention and imprisonment, are not always maintained. The same is true regarding protections prescribed in the military legislation for all suspects that are especially important in the case of minors, such as the right to consult with an attorney. The military legislation dealing with minors does not conform to international and Israeli law, which acknowledge that the minor’s age affects his criminal responsibility and the manner in which he experiences arrest, interrogation, and imprisonment, and which assume that these experiences might harm the minor’s development. Consequently, under international law and Israeli law, suspected offenders who are minors are given special protections, their parents must be allowed to be present during their child’s interrogation, and their arrest and imprisonment are viewed as a last resort.
In November 2009, the Military Youth Court was established in the West Bank. The court was empowered to hear offenses committed by minors under age 16. The military judges, on their own initiative, expanded the jurisdiction of the court to cover all minors, i.e., up to age 18. A few judges expressed, in their judgments, their belief that the military justice system should try minors in accordance with the standard practice in juvenile courts around the world. The president of the Military Court of Appeals added that the military courts must operate in the spirit of the Israeli Youth Law, even though the Youth Law itself is not incorporated in the military legislation. Despite these declarations, institution of the Military Youth Court has brought limited change, and serious infringement of the rights of minors appearing before it continues. — See also: Full Report (PDF) and More videos on the topic more.. e-mail

Israeli Leaders Understand the Futility of Military Adventure Against Iran
Kourosh Ziabari, Exclusive Interview with Abolghasem Bayyenat, Intifada-Palestine7/17/2011
Abolghasem Bayyenat is an independent political analyst writing mainly on Iran’s foreign policy developments. Over the past decade, his political commentaries and articles have appeared in numerous popular media and online journals, including Foreign Policy Journal, Foreign Policy In Focus, Monthly Review, Eurasia Review, AntiWar.com, Tehran Times, Middle East Online, San Francisco Chronicle, Online Opinion, American Chronicle, and a number of other national newspapers and online journals across the world. He has also published a number of book chapters and articles in academic journals. Besides academic studies in political science and international relations, he has also practical experience in international diplomacy. In the past, he has worked for several years as international trade expert and researcher in Iran, as part of which he was involved in various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations between Iran and its trade partners around the world. He is currently completing his Ph. D studies in political science at Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His latest articles can also be read on his own blog at www.irandiplomacywatch.com.
What follows is the complete text of my in-depth interview with Mr. Bayyenat in which we discussed the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program, the prospect of Iran-West relations and the politics of Israel’s nuclear activities.
Kourosh Ziabari: The past decade has been witness to unending and unremitting clash between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. The West has constantly accused Iran of trying to build nuclear bombs while Tehran has persistently denied the allegation. What do you think about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program? Why has it become so controversial and contentious? We already know that there are four nations in the world, who are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but nobody in the international community pressures them to halt their nuclear program and nobody investigates their nuclear arsenals. Why Iran is being singled out? more.. e-mail

Analysis: Jordan crossing heats up
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency7/19/2011
The religious men and women patiently clutching their water jugs on July 10, waiting in line at the Israeli border crossing looked like the average Palestinian. They had been to Mecca for Umra, the lesser pilgrimage to the Muslim holy places.
What was different in this group of Palestinians was that they were holding Israeli passports. The individuals, mostly from the Naqab area, looked tired and exhausted. They had arrived the day before at about 9:00 p.m., but were denied entry by the Israelis.
The bridge, which is officially open till midnight on weekdays, usually accepts buses from the Jordanian side no later than 10:00 p.m. With the overcrowding because of the summer visitors, the Israelis refused entry to at least 100 Israeli citizens.
Israeli bridge officials confirm they denied entry to Israeli citizens, but put the blame on the Hajj and Umra Association for logistic details.
The group in question was supposed to arrive two days later but when the bridge officials were informed of their early arrival they could not accommodate them and suggested that they sleep in the Madinat Al Hajjaj (pilgrims’ city). This so-called pilgrims’ city is nothing more than a bus parking lot where buses sit for hours, and often nights, waiting for permission to enter.
Salim Salata, director of the coordinating committee confirmed the Israeli claims and put the blame on local organizers who wanted to return a few days earlier and possibly bribed the drivers to bring them back without coordinating with anyone. more.. e-mail

“EU must do more than pay lip-service”: Nariman Tamimi interviewed
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2011 – Linah Alsaafin The Electronic Intifada Nabi Saleh Nariman Tamimi must not be characterized as just the jailed grassroots activist Bassem’s wife. Linah Alsaafin interviews for The Electronic Intifada.more

UK court releases Raed Salah as government case flounders
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2011 – Asa Winstanley The Electronic Intifada London After nearly three weeks in British jails, influential Palestinian activist and religious leader Sheikh Raed Salah was conditionally released today.more

Export bans – the other half of Israel’s siege
Electronic Intifada: 18 Jul 2011 – Eva Bartlett The Electronic Intifada Gaza City Despite Israel’s declared “easing” in June 2010 of the total siege on Gaza, manufacturers there are hurting badly. In June 2011 the World Food Programme ( WFP ) reported that “only 5 percent of the pre-blockade export volume was reached from November 2010 to April 2011.”more

Alternative Remedies Fall Short in Gaza
In Gaza: 18 Jul 2011 – GAZA CITY, Jul 18, 2011 (IPS) -By Eva Bartlett “When I came back to Gaza in 2006, before the siege started, people came to me for acupuncture,” says Dr. Hisham Mwtoweh, a medical doctor and acupuncture practitioner trained in China and Korea. “After the siege began, life here got very difficult and money became a serious problem. Now if someone has money, they use it for food, not for something like acupuncture.” Since 2007, zero stock levels of essential medications in the Gaza Strip have been an increasingly problem (37 percent of the 480 essential drugs were at zero stock in June 2011). With one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world and 80 percent of Palestinians food aid dependent, few in Gaza can afford treatments like acupuncture. “Acupuncture is not cheap,” says Dr. Mwtoweh. “The needles are single-use, and are more expensive than before. A box of…more

Israel Rules out Non-violence: Method in Netanyahu’s Madness
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2011 – By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It was an Arab legislator who made the most telling comment to the Israeli parliament last week as it passed the boycott law, which outlaws calls to boycott Israel or its settlements in the occupied territories. Ahmed Tibi asked: “What is a peace activist or Palestinian allowed to do to oppose the occupation? Is there anything you agree to?” The boycott law is the latest in a series of ever-more draconian laws being introduced by the far-right. The legislation’s goal is to intimidate those Israeli citizens, Jews and Palestinians, who have yet to bow down before the majority-rule mob. Look out in the coming days and weeks for a bill to block the work of Israeli human rights organisations trying to protect Palestinians in the occupied territories from abuses by the Israeli army and settlers; and a draft law investing a parliamentary committee, headed by…more

Postmodern Imperialism — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2011 – By Jim Miles (Postmodern Imperialism- Geopolitics and the Great Games. Eric Walberg. Clarity Press, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., 2011.) The many stages of imperialism are often brought into debate about whether the current U.S. foreign policy, or any U.S. foreign policy, is an imperial project. Eric Walberg’s clear and concise presentation of the “great games” centred on the ancient Silk Road from China through to Eastern Europe presents a definition of imperialism that spans all of humanities’ empires. The “Foundations…of imperial hegemony are financial and military-political, to ensure control of world labour power and raw materials.” This reflects my own interpretation of empire as being founded on the gathering in of wealth and power to the heartland from the hinterland, from a cultural geography perspective. Walberg uses the terms heartland and rimland, the same idea, focussing intentions on the heart of Eurasia and the surrounding countries’ resources, wealth, and manpower….more

America’s Open War against Yemen’s People
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2011 – By James Gundun He may not be aware of it, but President Barack Obama recently received a letter from Yemen’s Coordinating Council for the Youth Revolution of Change (CCYRC). One of the leading street coalitions demanding freedom and equality in a country divided by its ruler, the nebulous Ali Abdullah Saleh, CCYRC celebrated America’s Independence Day and wished prosperity on “his excellency” Obama. Yemen’s revolutionaries, CCYRC counseled, seek the same freedom that American revolutionaries fought and died so valiantly for. “The people of Yemen had really expected that the President, Government and people of the United States will recognize these genuine aspirations of the Yemeni people,” read CCYRC’s letter, dated July 6th. “On the contrary, the White House and concerned Administration departments seem to totally and almost deliberately avoid taking account of the great sacrifices made by the protesting masses of Yemenis.” The White House and State Department passed the…more

My Bali: My Palestine — A Poem
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Jul 2011 – By Lillian Rosengarten Here in Bali trees are ‘living beings’ for nature, religion and man is one. Frogs and dragonflies live in harmony with all creatures and man. A reddish sun rises on the mountain slope ans brings life to all elements of nature. Light in Bali, like no other in the world reveals the forces of nature. The magic of Bali is the night time encounter of the divine in the form of moon, mountain, sea and trees with the worshipping faithful. It is the magic of Bali at it’s highest. As light turns from red to orange to deepest blue, as mountain fades into darkness, I think of my Palestine imprisoned in the paranoid face of Israel starved of life and dragon flies. Olive groves and orchards once bloomed on your land, fishermen now dead. Sunlight hides behind Israeli shells No creature to soothe your piercing screams your…more

The Method in Netanyahu’s Madness
Dissident Voice: 18 Jul 2011 – It was an Arab legislator who made the most telling comment to the Israeli parliament last week as it passed the boycott law, which outlaws calls to boycott Israel or its settlements in the occupied territories. Ahmed Tibi asked: “What is a peace activist or Palestinian allowed to do to oppose the occupation? Is there anything you agree to?” The boycott law is the latest in a series of ever-more draconian laws being introduced by the far-right. The legislation’s goal is to intimidate those Israeli citizens, Jews and Palestinians, who have yet to bow down before the majority-rule mob. Look out in the coming days and weeks for a bill to block the work of Israeli human rights organisations trying to protect Palestinians in the occupied territories from abuses by the Israeli army and settlers; and a draft law investing a parliamentary committee, headed by the far-right, with the power…more

Israel and 9-11
Dissident Voice: 18 Jul 2011 – Alan Sabrosky, a writer and consultant specializing in national and international security affairs, discloses intriguing facts on the implication of Israel in 9-11 events that are by and large unheard of in corporate media.more

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