VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 19 July, 2011: Israel seizes last flotilla boat in int’l waters 40 miles from Gaza

19 July , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Obama Demands Turkey To End Crisis With Israel
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 14:21, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Tuesday that American President, Barack Obama, is demanding Turkey to end its crisis with Israel in order to avoid any further deterioration in the relations between the two countries.

Israeli Navy Takes Over Dignity Ship
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 13:52, Israeli sources reported that the Israeli Navy stopped, on Tuesday, the Dignity solidarity ship that was heading to deliver humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip, no clashes were reported.

Dignity Ship Surrounded By Israeli Navy Ships
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 12:22, Israeli navy gunboats surrounded on Tuesday morning the Dignity French Ship, while on its way to deliver humanitarian and medical supplies to the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip.

Palestinian Bid for UN Recognition Moves Forward
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 12:06, Public endorsements from Norway and Syria are the most recent gains in the Palestinian pursuit of statehood recognition through the UN, while Israel claims lobbying efforts are slowing its momentum.

Spanish Ship from Freedom Flotilla Leaves Greece And Departs To Spain
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 11:10, The Spanish ship, the Gernika, part of the Second Freedom Flotilla, that has remained at Port Kolymvari for two weeks, has finally been authorized by Greek Authorities to set sail back to Spain but is not authorized to set sail to Gaza.

Israeli Knesset member stripped of rights for participating in 2010 flotilla
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 09:58, Palestinian-Israeli Member of the Knesset (Parliament) Hanin Zoabi has been stripped of her rights as a Parliamentarian, and will be prevented from addressing the Knesset and participating in votes until the end of the current legislative session.

French flotilla ship nears Gaza
IMEMC – Tuesday July 19, 2011 – 09:15, The one ship from the Freedom Flotilla that managed to elude a blockade by the Greek government is nearing the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break the Israeli-imposed naval blockade and to bring a message of “peace, hope and solidarity” to the people of Gaza.

Ma’an News

Israeli navy intercepts and boards Gaza-bound French boat
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli navy intercepted and boarded the French-flagged Dignit?© Al-Karame boat on Tuesday as it approached the Gaza Strip. At least three Israeli military ships had surrounded the yacht as it neared Gaza, seeking to breach Israel’s blockade on the territory, an organizer told AFP on Tuesday. The Israeli….

Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike becomes seriously ill
7/19/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian center for detainees reported Tuesday that a prisoner at Ramla prison hospital in Israel has become seriously ill. Yousef Skafi, 42, has been on hunger strike for 38 days and refuses to take any medicine. His health has seriously deteriorated in recent days. A lawyer from the center told….

Settlers ‘attack’ foreign observers near Hebron
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three settlers from the illegal Havat Maon settlement south of Hebron attacked a group of internationals on Monday in the Meshakna valley, a Christian peace group said.”Around 6. 35 p. m. three settlers attacked two members of Operation Dove and one member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams with clubs and….

General says settler ‘terror’ threatens Palestinians
7/20/2011 – LONDON (Ma’an) — A senior Israeli army commander has warned that unchecked settler “terror” against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into conflict, reports said Tuesday. Maj. -Gen. Avi Mizrahi said a yeshiva, or religious seminary, in the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, one of the most radical strongholds in….

‘Welcome to Palestine’ deportee ready to try again
7/19/2011 – SARASOTA, Florida (Ma’an) — Laura Durkay spent 100 hours in an Israeli prison simply for declaring her intention to visit Bethlehem and its neighboring Aida refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. But the 29-year-old activist and filmmaker says, if she had the money, she’d gladly do it again. And she….

Turkish premier says he wishes to visit Gaza
7/19/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey’s prime minister said on Tuesday he was considering visiting the Gaza Strip, a move likely to anger Israel amid diplomatic efforts to overcome already strained bilateral ties.” If the conditions allow, I’m thinking of visiting Gaza,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters.”The foreign ministry will be working on….

BDS – Manhattan protesters to target US retirement fund
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — New Yorkers will protest Tuesday outside the Manhattan headquarters of US retirement-fund giant TIAA-CREF, demanding that it end investment in the Israeli occupation, activists said. The pro-Palestinian group Adalah-NY said the protest is part of a national divestment campaign started by the US group Jewish Voice for Peace, and coincides with….

PA says no end in sight for financial crisis
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – As the new school year, Ramadan and the Eid Al-Fitr are nearing, there is no good news about the financial crisis which rendered the Palestinian Authority unable to pay salaries. Undersecretary of the PA ministry of finance Muna Al-Masri says there is nothing to report about the salary issue. She told….

Spain tells Abbas it backs efforts for Palestinian state
7/19/2011 – MADRID (AFP) — Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told visiting President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday that Madrid backs efforts to create an independent Palestinian state, the government said. Abbas met with Jimenez and Spain’s King Juan Carlos at the start of a two-day visit to the country aimed at drumming up support for United Nations….

Gaza children set for third world record this year
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The United Nations agency for refugees will attempt a world record in Gaza on Thursday for the largest ever hand-print picture. Five thousand children are expected to participate in the record attempt as part of the UNRWA summer games in the Gaza Strip, a statement said Tuesday. It is expected to….

2010 Istanbul bombing ‘targeted Israeli diplomat’
7/19/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Hezbollah tried to kill an Israeli diplomat in a 2010 attack that left eight people wounded in Istanbul, an Italian newspaper reported Tuesday. Corierre della Sera says the attack was intended to avenge the murder of Iranian nuclear scientist. Israeli envoy to Turkey Moshe Kimchi was the target of….

Erekat responds to Ayalon video denying occupation
7/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO official Saeb Erekat responded Tuesday to a YouTube video in which Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon argues the West Bank is not occupied territory.”With this video, the Israeli government has left no doubt on its pro-conflict agenda. Now, the international community knows,” Erekat said.” This is….

Dahlan planning return to West Bank
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Ousted Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan says he will return Friday to Ramallah to challenge a decision to dismiss him from the party leadership. Dahlan told Ma’an radio Tuesday that he would attend the internal court scheduled for July 24 to defend himself and appeal the decision to oust him….

Gaza NGOs in standoff over govt audit demand
7/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (IRIN) — Various international NGOs working in the occupied Palestinian territory have questioned a demand by the government in the Gaza Strip to audit their books, saying the move could jeorpardize vital operations.” We have nothing to hide but obviously there are concerns about what other information they may want to look at or….

PLC speaker in appeal to Sri Lanka envoy for prisoner release
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Legislative Council speaker Dr. Aziz Dwaik has met with the Sri Lankan representative to Palestine to discuss an intervention to release Palestinian lawmakers who are being held in Israeli prisons. Dr. Dwaik and two other members of the PLC met with Dr. Jayasinghe, the Sri Lankan representative to Palestine….

Rights group: Release of Raed Salah a ‘victory for justice’
7/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A European human rights NGO has welcomed the release of Sheikh Raed Salah after 3 weeks in British detention. The chairman of UFree Mohammad Ramdan on Monday called the release a “victory for justice” and said Salah’s arrest had tarnished the reputation of Britain’s justice system. UFree….

EU: Urgent progress needed for two state solution
7/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union said Monday that urgent progress is needed for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The EU reiterates its concern at the continuing stalemate in the Peace Process and calls on the parties to show the highest sense of responsibility and to resume direct and substantive talks….

President Abbas in Norway
7/19/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that the Palestinians were awaiting clarification from the United States over whether it would cast a veto on their UN bid for statehood in September. During a visit to Oslo, Abbas said that if the UN Security Council reject the bid the Palestinians would ask the….

Barghouti condemns Israeli navy harassment of French boat
7/19/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian official Mustafa Barghouti condemned Tuesday Israeli navy pressure on the Dignit?© Al-Karame French ship heading to Gaza. He called on the international community to condemn Israeli pressure on boats in international waters. Israel is responsible for the activists’ lives, added Barghouti….

Gazans who fled Libyan revolution to receive compensation
7/19/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The government in Gaza is set to approve a recommendation by the ministry of work and social affairs to pay $1,000 to destitute families who fled from Libya after the revolution. Another $4,000 will be paid later, the cabinet announced. The ministry has been asked to send a food package….

Fayyad: Hebron defies segregation and siege
7/19/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) – Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad said Tuesday that Hebron’s old city sets an “example for human civilization in all ages, and an ideal for steadfastness and defiance.” Residents reject seggregation, ‘judaisation,’ and siege, and it “is time its people enjoy freedom and independence,” Fayyad said while inaugurating….

Blood stocks down as Egypt demand rises
7/20/2011 – CAIRO (IRIN) — Egyptian hospitals are facing a blood stocks crisis following a sharp drop in the number of blood donors at a time of increasing demand, say government officials. According to the Health Ministry, donations have dropped by 50 percent since February in the aftermath of the protests to demand the end of former president….

Religious laws ‘restrict basic rights’ in Lebanon
7/20/2011 – BEIRUT (IRIN) — The demand for equal religious, gender and other treatment for all Lebanese citizens has gained pace with some saying the time has come to review laws that confer inequality, especially on women.” As a women, I am not equal to my brother, husband or male friend,” Rita Chemaly, a researcher and women’….

Activist: Syrian forces ‘kill 13 civilians’
7/19/2011 – NICOSIA (AFP) — Syrian security forces shot dead 13 civilians on Monday and Tuesday in the central protest hub city of Homs, rights activist Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.” Thirteen civilians were killed yesterday and today in several parts of Homs when the army opened fire as it carried out an operation in the city” to….

Palestine Note

Financial crisis causing public concern
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – The Los Angeles Times- The Palestinian Authority has until July 26 to come up with a plan on how it intends to pay salaries, without interruption, to more than 150,000 of its civil and military personnel. Otherwise, the employees may…

Israeli military warns Gazans in leaflet drop
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – Los Angeles Times- Israeli aircraft dropped leaflets over the Gaza Strip for the first time since the end of a 22-day assault more than two years ago. The leaflets, dropped late Sunday and early Monday, written in Arabic and signed…

IDF learnt from last year’s mistakes when dealing with latest Gaza flotilla
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – Haaretz- What was originally meant to be a huge flotilla of 20 ships carrying thousands of pro-Palestinian activists to Gaza, had over the past two months slowly dwindled away until the grandiose plans ended Tuesday with a single 16-passenger yacht….

The power of a soccer ball
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – Reuters- Anyone who watched the women’s World Cup final might have wondered if it’s possible to harness that pure human energy. Turns out, it is. There’s enough power in a soccer ball to light the night ‚Äî or at least…

Veteran Palestinian negotiator Erekat back after embarrassment of Al Jazeera revelations
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – The National- Saeb Erekat is back. Only a few months ago, the veteran Palestinian negotiator and, thanks to satellite television, a worldwide face of the Palestinian struggle, resigned in embarrassment after documents leaked to Al Jazeera by an apparently disgruntled…

Lone West Bank pair charged with stopping settler-Palestinian clashes
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – The National- The job of heading off clashes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers on the outskirts of this venerable West Bank city falls to a small number of employees of the Palestinian Authority’s housing and village affairs unit. Two, to…

Jordan journalists sue police over beatings
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – Al Jazeera- The Jordan Press Association says it plans to sue the police department after 15 journalists, including Al Jazeera’s senior journalist in the country, were beaten up as they covered a demonstration on Friday in Amman. The announcement comes…

No Minor Matter
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – Israeli human rights group releases report criticizing IDF for detentions of Palestinian minors BBC News – An Israeli rights group has criticised the government for jailing Palestinian children, some as young as 12. Israel’s civilian courts forbid jailing any child…

The Beginning of the End for Fateh?
Palestine Note 19 Jul 2011 – It was announced this week that Fatah suffered heavy losses in the Nablus Chambers of Commerce and Industry elections, with the resounding win going to independents. Independent parties such as Nablus for All, which won 4 seats, and the Independent…


Libyan rebels pushed back from Brega
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2011 – Rebels tackle host of land mines outside Brega after coming under fire from Gaddafi forces.

UN to declare famine in parts of Somalia
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2011 – The world body has so far described the Horn of Africa drought as an emergency, one level short of a famine.

Gaza protest boat forced into Israeli port
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2011 – French yacht made to dock at Ashdod after it was boarded by Israeli naval commandos.

‘Missing’ Iranian actress in prison
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2011 – It is unclear why Pegah Ahangarani has been arrested and on what charges.

‘Death squads’ on streets of Homs
AlJazeera 19 Jul 2011 – Residents describe armed groups firing indiscriminately and 13 killed overnight in Syrian city, activists say.

Palestine News Network

The 16 activists from the Dignité-Al Karama

PNN – The French yacht Dignité-Al Karama, boarded by the Israeli Army just 60 miles away from Gaza, carried representatives of the Canadian, French, Greek and Swedish Boats from the Freedom Flotilla II. Along…

ILO Pledges $100,000 to Entrepreneurial Refugee Women
PNN – Ramallah — PNN – Today the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) signed a memorandum in Ramallah to support business start-ups for…

Israeli Army boards Dignit?©-Al Karama
PNN – The organizers from “Un Beateau pour Gaza” inform that the French yacht Dignit?©-Al Karama has been boarded by Israeli military when it was already 60 miles away from Gaza. At 12.14am (10.14GMT)…

Sheikh Raed Salah Fully Released from British Jail
PNN – London- PNN- Sheikh Raed Salah was fully released yesterday and was escorted back to his British residence by his attorney according to Ynetnews. Salah spent more than two weeks in jail and…

EWASH: Destruction of Gaza Water and Sanitation Infrastructure Must Stop
PNN – Gaza — PNN – The Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH) has condemned recent Israeli airstrikes that have resulted in damaged water and sanitation infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. EWASH, a…

Germany Sells Nuclear-Capable Submarines to Israel at Discount Price
PNN – Jerusalem- PNN- The sixth and final German submarine is awaiting the transfer of 135 million Euros from Israel before it makes its journey to join the Israeli Naval force (IN). Sale of…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Calls for the Annulment of Gaza Interior Minister’s Decision to Dissolve Sharek Youth Forum in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Tuesday, 19 July 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Palestinians protest expansion of Havat Ma’on Outpost
7/19/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Christian PeaceMakers Teams – At-Tuwani: Palestinians protest expansion of Havat Ma’on Outpost; Israeli Military responds with violence – On 18 July 2011 around 6:35 p. m. three settlers attacked two members of Operation Dove and one member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) with clubs and stones in the Meshakha valley outside of At-Tuwani…. Related: Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine Projects

Alternative Information Center

AIC Video: Welcome to Palestine Campaign Concluding Press Conference
Alternative Information Center – Organizers of Welcome to Palestine Campaign held a concluding press conference at the AIC offices in Jerusalem on July 18, 2011.

Relief Web

Bahrain contributes to UNRWA education in Gaza
Relief Web 19 Jul 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Bahrain 19 July 2011 Amman UNRWA and the Bahrain Royal Charity Organization (RCO) have signed an agreement for the construction of eight new…

NGOs in standoff over Hamas audit demand
Relief Web 19 Jul 2011 – Source: Integrated Regional Information Networks Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA, 19 July 2011 (IRIN) – Various international NGOs working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) have questioned a demand by the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip to audit their…

Aid agencies condemn Israeli destruction of Gaza’s civilian infrastructure
Relief Web 19 Jul 2011 – Source: EWASH Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Emergency Water Sanitation and Hygiene group (EWASH), a coalition of 30 leading humanitarian organizations operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, condemns the recent destruction of water infrastructure in the Gaza Strip. On Sunday…

Remarks by the High Representative Catherine Ashton at the press conference following the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 18 July
Relief Web 18 Jul 2011 – Source: European Union Country: Afghanistan , Egypt , Israel , Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the) , occupied Palestinian territory , Pakistan , Somalia , Syrian Arab Republic (the) , Tunisia Brussels, 18 July 2011 A 288/11 Today we began our discussions with the Middle East Peace Process and I…

Palestine Telegraph

Israel confiscates irrigation networks in Hebron
19 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli authorities confiscated Tuesday irrigation networks used by several Palestinian farmers in the area of al-Buqaa in the east of Hebron.

Israeli navy surrounds French ship near Gaza shore
19 Jul 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli navy surrounded Tuesday morning the French ship “dignity”, part of the Freedom Flotilla 2, preventing it from reaching the coastal enclave.

Israeli army invades Jenin, Hebron
19 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces broke into several Palestinian houses in Jenin and Hebron arresting three Palestinians.

British authorities release Sheikh Salah
19 Jul 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph)-British authorities announced yesterday the release of Sheikh Raed Salah, Leader of the Islamic Movement in the 1948 territories, after being arrested in Bedford prison for three weeks due to unfair allegations.

The National

Iran installing new uranium enrichment machines to speed up nuclear programme
The National 19 Jul 2011 – If Iran eventually succeeds in introducing the more modern centrifuges for production, it could significantly shorten the time needed to stockpile material which can have civilian as well as military purposes, if processed much further.

Israeli commandos board French yacht trying to break Gaza blockade
The National 19 Jul 2011 – Israeli navy boarded the vessel after the pro-Palestinian activists on board had ignored calls to change course.

Iran’s cross-border raids on Kurdish rebels upset Iraqis
The National 19 Jul 2011 – Revolutionary Guard seizes control of three Iranian Kurdish guerrilla bases inside Iraq, a move that brought a call for the Iraqi prime minister to condemn the raid.

More deaths in Homs as Syrian forces open fire on funeral
The National 19 Jul 2011 – Security forces opened fire at a funeral procession yesterday for 10 people killed the day before during a security sweep, killing at least 10 more people, according to activists.

Battle of ideas breaks out between secularists and Islamists over future of Yemen
The National 19 Jul 2011 – Prominent Islamists want to preserve the leading role of Sharia in the constitution, while opponents are calling for an egalitarian civil state.


Report: Israeli killed in New Zealand earthquake was Mossad agent
Ha’aretz – Local media reports Ofer Mizrahi, killed in the Christchurch earthquake in February, was part of a team trying to infiltrate sensitive computer systems.

Flotilla Diary / Sailing on a bucket, surrounded by commandos
Ha’aretz – Amira Hass reports from the last sole survivor of the Gaza flotilla as it sets sail from Greece towards Gaza.

Anshel Pfeffer / IDF learnt from last year’s mistakes when dealing with latest Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – Israel’s handling of the 2011 Gaza flotilla was almost the direct opposite of the way it dealt with the previous flotilla, in terms of diplomatic, judicial, intelligence, and operational resources.

Turkey PM may visit Gaza ‘if conditions favorable’
Ha’aretz – Recep Tayyip Erdogan says may visit Gaza after trip to Egypt; unclear whether would meet with Hamas leaders.

EU: Israel plan to build more homes in West Bank threatens peace efforts
Ha’aretz – EU spokeswoman says ‘deeply disappointed’ by Israel’s decision to build hundreds more homes in the West Bank as part of nation-wide plan to lower housing prices.

More than 60,000 Palestinians expected to visit Israel as tourists in 2011
Ha’aretz – The permits are not usually issued to individuals or families, but mainly to schools and summer camps wishing to take children to visit beaches and mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel.

Arab League chief visits Syria to discuss ‘necessity of reform’
Ha’aretz – Nabil Elaraby meets Assad as part of regional tour, says League does not accept ‘outside interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries’

Hamas accuses Israel of piracy and war crimes after seizure of Gaza-bound ship
Ha’aretz – The Islamic group claims Israel’s actions violate the principles of human rights; IDF says intercepted ship after all other channels had been exhausted.

Israel intercepts sole remnant of flotilla heading for Gaza
Ha’aretz – Elite naval troops take control of the Dignit?©-Al Karame after it refuses to heed calls to change course.

Israel Navy warns last remnant of flotilla not to approach Gaza shore
Ha’aretz – The French yacht Dignit?©-Al Karame nearing Gaza Strip; Israel Navy warns yacht it is nearing a blockaded area, in which case navy would have to intercept it; In video, yacht says its final destination is the Gaza port.

Picks in Pics / Who is Israel’s greatest PM?
Ha’aretz – Cast your vote for your favorite Israeli prime minister.

Israeli doctors step up strike as hundreds of residents abandon shifts in protest
Ha’aretz – Israel Medical Association nearing deal with Finance Ministry, but residents believe that the agreement would debase those in medical profession.

In nod to protests across Israel, state to sell land for 6,900 homes
Ha’aretz – State plans to designate land for building of 1,000 long-term rental apartments.

Did Leviev make money on AfiMall?
Ha’aretz – Africa is buying back 25% of the Moscow mall for 60% less than its book value.

Christian Zionists unite in D.C. to express support for Israel
Ha’aretz – CUFI conference organizer Hagee invokes God’s intentions to promote uncompromising foreign policies for Israel and U.S.

IDF learnt from last year’s mistakes when dealing with latest Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – Israel’s handling of the 2011 Gaza flotilla was almost the direct opposite of the way it dealt with the previous flotilla, in terms of diplomatic, judicial, intelligence, and operational resources.

‘Hollywood producer gave Israel sketches of centrifuges for Dimona nuclear reactor’
Ha’aretz – Arnon Milchan, close friend of Israeli prime ministers and Hollywood stars, was recruited by Shimon Peres to work on Israel’s alleged nuclear program, according to a new biography.

Jerusalem Post

Peres: Public should support police
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2011 – President tells convention of police officers “you are the symbol of Zionism, devotion and values in service to the nation.”

Reggae star Ziggy Marley rejects calls to boycott Israel
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2011 – “Rastafarianism has a lot to do with the Old Testament and Solomon and David and Moses, so we have a strong connection from many years back,” singer says.

New degree in media to open this fall at IDC
Jerusalem Post 20 Jul 2011 – Program to focus on “human-computer interaction” and maximizing potential of ‘new media’ tools.

Swearing-in for Egypt’s new cabinet delayed again
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Mubarak trial may be held at Sharm hospital where he receives care.

Man who tried to kill wife with hammer gets 18.5 years
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Viacheslav Ivanov was indicted and eventually convicted of four offenses that comprised an escalating pattern of violence that occurred after his wife had asked for a divorce.

Following spate of blazes, Police go on fire watch
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Noting recent blazes in Jerusalem and Ein Tina forest, the police’s head of Operations Branch, Cmdr. Nissim Mor, ordered all police districts to draw up plans to prevent fires.

Rent revolt hits Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Tents spring up in capital and periphery cities as young people spread struggle for affordable housing.

Medical residents protest rumored deal
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – IMA denies, says there is no agreement.

IAF strikes terror targets in Gaza after Kassam attack
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Rocket falls in Sedot Negev area; no injuries reported; IDF response causes damage near Gaza City but no one hurt, Palestinians say.

Analysis: Stopping a yacht with eyes on the Comptroller
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Fear of upcoming report on mishandling of last flotilla, leads military and political echelon not to take chances in handling of French vessel.

A free market for books
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Our lawmakers should reconsider blatant intervention in a book market that seems to be working relatively well on its own.

Candidly Speaking: Confronting BDS from home
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Dealing with citizens who undermine Israel’s existence is self-preservation, not facism.

Israel mum on possibility of more talks with Turkey
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Ya’alon says he is not heading to New York to meet with Turks about settling ‘Mavi Marmara’ incident; ‘Hurriyet’ reports talks to be held.

The uphill battle
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Throughout Israel’s history, the decision to move here has often been more about needing to leave there, wherever “there” was.

US Congressional c’tee to consider cutting PA, Lebanese aid
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Aid to PA on condition that Israel recognized as Jewish state, aid to Lebanon includes stipulation that no Hezbollah member serve gov’t; bill would also require moving embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv by 2014.

Coalition seeks to discourage Christians from fleeing ME
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Yalla Peace: Extremists drive them away. It is up to governments to convince them to stay.

Terra Incognita: Egypt’s other Sphinx: Zahi Hawass
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – With Hawass gone, following a Cabinet reshuffle, Egypt’s antiquities are bound to be in better hands.

Peace: So far and yet so close
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – If the issue of Palestinian “right of return” is resolved, the rest will follow naturally.

‘Israeli spies among New Zealand earthquake casualties’
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – ‘Southland Times’ says New Zealand SIS has been on high alert, suspecting that police computer’s private files were hacked.

Jennifer Love Hewitt cast in ‘Jewtopia’ movie
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Actress joins ‘Crossing Jordan’ star Ivan Sergei in cast for new movie based on longest-running off-Broadway comedy in history.

Haredim support ‘tent city’ protests, but won’t join in
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Permanent haredi presence at Tel Aviv housing protest would kill it by turning secular media against it, United Torah Judaism MK says.

EU: New settlement building units are obstacle to peace
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – After ministry issues tenders for 336 new units, EU spokeswoman says “actions run counter to efforts of int’l community to achieve peace.”

13 killed in Homs as prospect of sectarian strife looms
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Deaths come after at least 6 die in inter-religious civilian clashes; Qatar closes Damascus embassy.

16 killed in Homs as prospect of sectarian strife looms
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Deaths come after at least 6 die in inter-religious civilian clashes; Qatar closes Damascus embassy.

Israel, Turkey agree to Int’l Maritime Audit on pollution
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Showing maritime transparency will improve global perception, Ports Authority dir.-gen. says; Israel, Turkey first non-EU countries to sign deal.

PM praises non-violent interception of Gaza-bound ship
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – In phone call to Gantz, Netanyahu congratulates Shayetet 13, other forces for successful takeover of French ship.

Watch live: Murdoch attacked in UK Parliament hearing
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Man throws plate of white foam at Rupert Murdoch during hearing into hacking scandal; News Corp chairman unhurt and proceedings resume.

Israel Factor: The more hawkish, the higher they get?
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – See what GOP candidates say about Israel and how our panel ranks them.

CITYsights: The home of complex Christian history
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, which is laid claim to by so many Christian groups, attracts millions of pilgrims every year.

Wounded children show ferocity of Misrata’s war
Jerusalem Post 19 Jul 2011 – Poor records fail to show accurate casualty records in Misrata; children are often among Libya’s casualties.

The Guardian

Israel intercepts Gaza flotilla’s last boat
The Guardian 19 Jul 2011 – No resistance as navy boards Dignit?© al-Karama, the last remnant of an attempt to take aid to the Palestinian territory Israeli navy commandos have intercepted the sole remaining boat from the aborted international flotilla of ships…

Play about journalists who risk all to tell the truth
The Guardian 19 Jul 2011 – The true stories of journalists who faced intimidation and hardship to do their jobs are to get an airing on stage from tomorrow. A play called On The Record tells the stories of six independent journalists…


Four days in Israeli detention
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – …Like the response to the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, like the violence against the Nakba and Naksa Day protests and the brutality that unarmed protesters in Palestine face every day, the Israeli government’s response to the Welcome to Palestine mission shows that they know only one way to react to nonviolent protest—with brute repression and…

Israel Terrorizing Palestinians Lawlessly
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Palestinians bear witness daily to Israeli state terror. Complicit Western and regional nations, in fact, condone it through silence or failure to condemn what never is tolerable and must end. For nearly a week, Israeli aircraft struck Gaza preemptively. As a result, fear of a new war grows. Israel claims strikes follow rocket attacks….

DOJ casts serious doubt on its own claims about the anthrax attack
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Ever since the FBI claimed (for a second time) that it had discovered in 2008 the identity of the anthrax attacker — the recently-deceased-by-suicide Army researcher Bruce Ivins — it was glaringly obvious, as I documented many times, that the case against him was exceedingly weak, unpersuasive and full of gaping logical, scientific, and…

In the West Bank, there is no justice, even for children
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Hundreds of Palestinian minors were arrested for weeks and even months by Israel in the last five years. Those children – including 34 of them under the age of 14 – were tried in military courts. Only one was acquitted. A new report by human rights NGO B’tselem shed light on one of the…

Arab media cannot ignore the truth about Libya’s blacks
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – “Across eastern Libya, rebel fighters and their supporters are detaining, intimidating and frequently beating African immigrants and black Libyans, accusing them of fighting as mercenaries on behalf of Gaddafi,” the Los Angeles Times reported on March 4…. Some Arab media, electrified by the successes of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions – both popular, inclusive…

The 16 activists from the Dignité-Al Karama

Uruknet July 19, 2011 – The French yacht Dignit?©’-Al Karama, boarded by the Israeli Army just 60 miles away from Gaza, carried representatives of the Canadian, French, Greek and Swedish Boats from the Freedom Flotilla II. Along with the activists and three journalists, two crewmembers, Yannick Voisin and Hilaire Folacci, man the ship, which brings the total number of…

Still Killing in Libya
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Cameron attempted to make out, in his press conference in South Africa, that the only difference on Libya between Zuma and Cameron was over whether Gadaffi should leave at the beignning or end of a new political process. Zuma then flatly contradicted him by stating unequivocally that the NATO bombing should stop. The US’…

Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike becomes seriously ill
Uruknet July 19, 2011 — The Palestinian center for detainees reported Tuesday that a prisoner at Ramla prison hospital in Israel has become seriously ill. Yousef Skafi, 42, has been on hunger strike for 38 days and refuses to take any medicine. His health has seriously deteriorated in recent days. A lawyer from the center told Ma’an that Skafi…

Statement of Syrian Christians in Support of the Revolution
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – I. Christianity being a religion of truth, justice, equality and love, Syrian Christians can not but be with their fellow citizens in their peaceful movement toward freedom, justice and equality. II. We, as Syrian nationals and an active part of Syrian society, declare our early participation in this blessed revolution which aims to build…

Encroachments of ancient sites continues in Iraq
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Areas designated as archaeologically significant in Iraq are no longer immune from encroachments in a country where the role of law and order is diminishing. More and more ancient mounds are being lost to builders and private entrepreneurs, said Abdulzahra al-Talaqani the department’s spokesman. The department has lost its once undisputed position regarding decisions…

Israel’s act of piracy
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Israel’s boarding and towing of the French yacht Dignit?© al-Karama to the port of Ashdod is an act of piracy that should draw protests from not only France but every state that is committed to international law. Tel Aviv has no right to impose a blockade on the Palestinian territory of Gaza. Only the…

Homs – Syrian forces fire on funeral procession: at least 16 dead (Videos)
Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Number of martyrs increased to 16. Most injuries are in the head and upper body, while using poisonous mustard gass that causes paralysis. Among martyrs are people who were trying to save the injured. Besides a 12-year old child who was shoy by exposive bullet. Most injured were transferred to Al-Birr Hoospital in al-Waer…

Dignité attacked

Uruknet July 19, 2011 – Orga¬?niz¬?ers of the Canadian Boat to Gaza (CBG), the Tahrir, lost contact with the French flagged boat Dignit?©’ from the Freedom Flotilla II, at 10:10AM local time when the boat was in inter¬?na¬?tional waters north of Arish, Egypt, and are deeply concerned for those aboard, given the like¬?li¬?hood the vessel has been boarded by…

Dignité on the last leg of voyage to Gaza

Uruknet July 19, 2011 – The Steering Committee of Freedom Flotilla II: Stay Human can confirm, that after anchoring in international waters overnight, the French-flagged ship Dignit?©’ / Karama has commenced the last leg of its voyage to Gaza. We wish all on board well and remind Israel to refrain from interfering with our vessel as it makes its way…

“Welcome to Palestine”
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – It was one of the busiest (with little sleep) period in our lives but perhaps one of the most productive. As the July 9-16 “Welcome to Palestine” July Campaign came to an end (see below for call to a press conference), we are mostly grateful for the volunteers around the world who put in…

Israel extends ban on Palestinian family reunification
Uruknet July 18, 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 a request made by Interior Minister, Eli Yishai,…

Readying Libya for subjugation
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – The decision of the US-led so-called Contact Group to recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC) as Libya’s legitimate authority is a provocative and cynically self-serving development. It short-circuits the necessary process of bringing political forces in the country together to negotiate a lasting solution in favour of imposing its own nominees. While disquiet grows…

Settlers Bulldoze Farmlands near Hebron
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – 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. The Land Research Center in Hebron reported that four bulldozers driven by fundamentalist settlers bulldozed vast areas of farmlands close to the “Asiar”…

UK court releases Raed Salah as government case flounders
Uruknet July 18, 2011 – After nearly three weeks in British jails, influential Palestinian activist and religious leader Sheikh Raed Salah was conditionally released today. He had been granted bail in the High Court on Friday, where The Electronic Intifada watched as the British government’s case against him floundered. Leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in…

Daily Star

Libyan rebels say they have encircled Brega
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Libyan rebels have encircled the eastern oil hub of Brega and are in control of parts of the town, whose capture would mark a major boost for the insurgents’ campaign to oust Moammar Gadhafi, a rebel…

Military assaults intensify on Homs, 13 killed
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Syrian troops and militiamen loyal to President Bashar Assad killed 13 people in attacks in the city of Homs Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a crackdown against a focal point for pro-democracy protests.

Temperatures high but no heat wave
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Air conditioners are working overtime, and even the slowest of walkers is likely to break into a sweat while outside.

Rai: Maronite leaders’ next talks to tackle election law
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai said Tuesday the next meeting of Maronite leaders will discuss a new election law.

Protest blasts CDR’s cultural heritage project
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Business owners and local residents carried out a sit-in Tuesday protesting the current implementation of the cultural heritage project by the Council for Development and Reconstruction in Tripoli and calling for amending it.

Daouk vows to restore rights of journalists
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Information Minister Walid Daouk vowed Tuesday to restore the rights of journalists, hoping in return that they would properly perform their duties toward society.

MTV channel crew assaulted while reporting from Lassa
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 An MTV crew was assaulted Tuesday in a village in north Lebanon, several days after locals from the same village accosted a delegation from the Maronite Patriarchate preventing it from carrying out a land survey.

Greenpeace seeks recruits to make environment voice heard
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 As many students are relaxing and enjoying their holidays, some have chosen to spend the summer standing in the heat for hours at a time, four times a week, trying to convince passers-by to join their…

Water conservation awareness project kicks off
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 A national water conservation awareness campaign was launched Tuesday in conjunction with the United Nations Development Program, at the Energy and Water Ministry.

What is an Exclusive Economic Zone?
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Under the law of the sea, a state’s Exclusive Economic Zone refers to a seazone over which the state has the exclusive right to explore and make use of marine resources.

Yemen opposition coalition forms council to oust Saleh
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Yemen’s mainstream opposition coalition said Tuesday it would set up a National Council for the Forces of the Revolution to lead efforts to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Turkey threatens to suspend ties with EU if Cyprus assumes presidency
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 EU candidate Turkey would not accept Cyprus in the rotating European Union presidency, which it is due to assume in July 2012, without a deal to end the island’s division, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

Mubarak stable, despite COMA: MENA
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s health is stable, but he has an abnormal heart rhythm and sometimes falls unconscious, the official MENA news agency reported Tuesday.

Egypt Cabinet to be sworn in upon PM’s return
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Egypt has put off plans to swear in a new Cabinet until Prime Minister Essam Sharaf recovers from a drop in blood pressure and returns to work, Cabinet sources told Reuters Tuesday.

Tunisia’s main Islamist party Ennahda denies it is behind recent riots throughout country
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 The leader of Tunisia’s main Islamist political party Tuesday denied any responsibility for the wave of violent protests in the capital and other cities in recent days.

Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound yacht
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Israel commandos Tuesday boarded a French yacht heading for Gaza in defiance of its naval blockade, and escorted it to shore after what the military said was an uneventful takeover.

Iran says it’s installing new centrifuges to speed up uranium enrichment
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Iran is installing new centrifuges to enrich uranium as part of its efforts to speed up its nuclear program, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, in an announcement likely to alarm Western powers.

Spain tells Abbas it backs efforts for Palestinian state
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday that Madrid backs efforts to create an independent Palestinian state, the government said.

Iraq’s Kurds demand Iran respect border
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Iran must respect its borders with Iraq, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan said Tuesday, after Tehran’s forces clashed with Iranian Kurdish rebels, leaving several dead.

Lebanon’s interest in wine shows marked increase
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Wine is the new alcohol, says Michel Gibran, who, along with his business partner Tommy Tabib co-owns a wine bar, L’Osteria, in the emerging Beirut district of Mar Mikhael.

Students beat up Lebanese University official
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Lebanese University official Antoine Khoury was severely beaten by students Tuesday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Refugees flee Syria unrest into Lebanon
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Some 300 people fleeing the unrest in Syria arrived in neighboring Lebanon late Monday as the Syrian Army boosted its presence along the border area, a local official said Tuesday.

Quebec man says wife kidnapped daughter, took her to Lebanon
Daily Star 19 Jul 2011 Quebec man says his former wife kidnapped their daughter and took her to Lebanon, Canadian press reports.

S. Korean UNIFIL women fall for Lebanon, its language
Daily Star 18 Jul 2011 Among the 364 soldiers and officers in UNIFIL’s South Korea’s contingent are five women.

YNet News

Civics studies to focus on Jewish democracy
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – A new civics curriculum is underway after being approved by the Education Ministry on Monday. The new curriculum has a bigger emphasis on the connection between a Jewish … ….

IDF commander Nitzan Alon visits haredi leader
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, who has recently been under attack from right wing elements, met with haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom … ….

EU ‘disappointed’ in settlement construction
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – The European Union on Tuesday expressed “great disappointment” in a tender issued by the Construction and Housing Ministry this week for the construction of 6,900 housing … ….

‘NZ quake victims — Mossad agents’
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – New Zealand media outlets are reporting of claims that the Israeli travelers killed in the Christchurch earthquake last February were in fact Mossad agents. According to … ….

Palestinian prisoners’ kids visit Israel
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – While Israel and the Palestinian Authority participate in a diplomatic battle as September looms ever nearer, 18 Palestinian children from the Dheisheh Refugee Camp near … ….

Prosor alerts UN of increasing rocket fire
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – WASHINGTON — Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor sent an urgent letter to UN Secretary-General Ben Ki-moon and the Security Council alerting them about the increase … ….

Turkish PM wants to visit Gaza
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his wish Tueday to visit the Gaza Strip and noted that other Turkish officials are also looking to do the same. Such … ….

French ship enters Ashdod Port
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Navy commandos escort ship Dignit?© al Karama into Ashdod Port where Immigration….

Doctors walk out on shifts
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Some 200 residents in hospitals across Israel walk out on shifts as protest….

Knesset content with Zoabi’s apology
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Majority of Knesset House Committee members satisfied with Balad MK’s apology….

Leftists back Deri’s political comeback
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Left wing academics, authors lend former Shas chairman’s attempt to resurrect….

Israeli youths win 5 medals at International Physics Olympiad
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Israeli physics team wins two gold, silver medals, one bronze medal at IPO for….

Navy stops French flotilla ship
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Activists aboard Gaza-bound Dignit?© al Karama refuse Navy’s request to divert….

Iran says installing ‘speedier’ nuclear centrifuges
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Ignoring UN sanctions, Islamic Republic installs equipment for faster, better….

Arik Karp’s killers sentenced to 26 years
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – Court sends three men convicted of beating Karp to death to lengthy prison….

US: Fight on terror to be condition for financial aid
YNet News, 19 Jul 2011 – House bill suggests global fight against terror become prerequisite for US….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli court holds MP in administrative custody
PIC – 19/07/2011 – 07:16 AM

MK Zoabi removed from Knesset over flotilla participation
PIC – 19/07/2011 – 07:21 AM

Ufree slams Israel’s continued detention of Palestinian mayor’s daughter
PIC – 19/07/2011 – 08:09 AM

Israeli navy encircles “Dignity” at sea
PIC – Three Israeli navy ships are encircling the French boat “Dignity” and blocking it from continuing its sail to the Gaza Strip on a humanitarian mission, press reports said on Tuesday.

Five Palestinians arrested during Israeli crackdown in the West Bank
PIC – Five Palestinians including a woman were arrested in the West Bank on Tuesday amid an intense Israeli search and arrest campaign in the West Bank.

Health Ministry: Gaza health situation has been spiraling since early June
PIC – The Gaza Health Ministry’s public relations director warned that the health sector in the Gaza Strip is spiraling downward as the “unprecedented medicine crisis” has continued since early June.

Palestinian prisoner carried to hospital in bad condition
PIC – The Israeli Askalan prison administration carried Palestinian prisoner Atef Wreidat to the Ramle prison hospital with both his hands and feet shackled after his health condition worsened.

Government in Gaza calls Israel’s interception of Dignity an act of ‘piracy’
PIC – The government in Gaza has expressed strong condemnation after Israeli naval forces surrounded the vessel that slipped past Greece’s Gaza flotilla ban, calling the move “new Zionist maritime piracy”.

IOF troops bulldoze fertile Palestinian land
PIC – Israeli occupation forces bulldozed tens of dunums of fertile Palestinian land in Al-Baka’a area to the east of Al-Khalil city on Tuesday, local sources reported.

Ashqar: Israel detained more than 3000 Palestinian children in 5 years
PIC – The ministry of prisoners in Gaza said that the IOF detained more than 3000 Palestinian minors over the period 2005 — 2010 and not only 835 as published by the Israeli B’Tselem.

Naim: UNRWA considers itself a substitute and not an agency for the Palestinians
PIC – Gaza Health Minister Bassem Naim said that the UN Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinian refugees has begun to consider itself a substitute for the Palestinians and not an agent for them.

Erdogan affirms Gaza visit
PIC – Turkish premier Recep Erdogan on Tuesday affirmed intention to visit the Gaza Strip later this month.

Hamas condemns Israel’s ‘international piracy’ against Gaza-bound boat
PIC – Hamas has strongly condemned “the international piracy” against the pro-Palestinian activists on board the French Dignit?© — Al-Karama boat, which set out to challenge Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip.


Norway Calls Donors for Extra Efforts to Support Palestinians

Europe Expresses Disappointment of Israel’s Construction Tenders of New Settlements in West bank

Shaath: Palestine Will not Back Down from Going to UN

Operation Dove: Three Settlers Attack Internationals in Meshakha Valley

EUPOL COPPS Provides Economic Crime Training for PCP

Abbas Meets Spain’s King Juan Carlos

Israeli Bulldozers Raze 35 Dunums near Hebron

Israeli Navy Seizes Gaza-Bound French Ship

PPC: Palestinian Prisoner’s Body is Starting to Rot

Prisoner Wraidat Transferred to Hospital

Israeli Navy Trails Al Karame Yacht and Threatens to Seize It

Newspapers Review: Israeli Bids to Construct Settlements in West Bank, Norway Raises Palestinian Representation to Delegation

Los Angeles Times

In Libya, rebel casualties tell the story behind fight for key city
LA Times 18 Jul 2011 – As rebels battle Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi’s troops for control of the strategic oil city of Port Brega, an injured fighter inspires patriotism in his father, and doctors deal with the effects of land mines laid by government forces. Rajab Zawiyeh, a Libyan businessman, drove…

Libya forces, rebels locked in battle for Port Brega
LA Times 19 Jul 2011 – ‘It’s a gang fight in there,’ a rebel fighter says of the latest assaults near the strategic Libyan coastal city of Port Brega, which is being held by forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi. Fighting intensified Tuesday around Port Brega in eastern Libya as rebel fighters…

U.S. softens its criticism of Syria
LA Times 19 Jul 2011 – Since Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s sharp words last week, the Obama administration has stopped short of calling for President Bashar Assad to resign and has toned down its rhetoric. After sharply escalating its criticism of Syria’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the Obama…

Israel navy takes over protest ship bound for Gaza
LA Times 19 Jul 2011 – Officials say the takeover occurred without the kind of violence and bloodshed that erupted last year when nine Turkish activists in a protest flotilla were killed by Israeli commandos. The boat is rerouted to Israel’s Ashdod port. Israeli naval vessels Tuesday seized a French-flagged protest…

Libyan rebels refuse to negotiate with Moammar Kadafi
LA Times 18 Jul 2011 – Convinced that their battlefield strategy will work, the rebel forces are refusing France’s demands that they negotiate with the Libyan leader to peacefully end their uprising. As the Libyan war grinds on across three fronts and rebel forces find themselves pinned down on their own…

U.S., Libya put different spin on talks
LA Times 18 Jul 2011 – The American diplomat who spoke with representatives of Moammar Kadafi’s regime says he told them clearly that Kadafi must go. But the Libyans say the two sides worked to repair their relations. A senior U.S. diplomat held talks with representatives of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi’s…

New York Times

At Funerals for Protesters, More Syrians Are Fatally Shot
New York Times 19 Jul 2011 – Syrian security forces killed at least three anti-government protesters in the central city of Homs overnight, residents and activists there said on Tuesday.

In Scarred Syria City, a Vision of a Life Free From Dictators
New York Times 19 Jul 2011 – In the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, Hama represents the competing visions of the protesters and the government: liberation or chaos.

Exiled Islamists Watch Rebellion Unfold at Home
New York Times 19 Jul 2011 – Members of Libya’s most prominent Islamist group are largely watching the civil conflict from exile, and officials are leery of the fighters’ former affiliation with Al Qaeda.

Egypt Revamps Cabinet as Protesters Seem to Lose Steam
New York Times 19 Jul 2011 – The interim military-led government replaced 14 of the 27 cabinet members in a concession to the protesters in Tahrir Square, drawing a mixed response.

Protest Yacht, Bound for Gaza, Is Diverted by Israeli Forces
New York Times 19 Jul 2011 – Israeli naval forces boarded and diverted a lone French yacht off the Gaza coast on Tuesday as the yacht attempted to breach the Israeli maritime blockade of the Palestinian enclave.


Destination? Gaza!: The Freedom Flotilla II meets the Israeli military
Mondoweiss – The French-flagged ship,Dignit?© – al Karama, was halted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) en route to the shores of Gaza this morning. The small vessel was boarded and reportedly towed to the Israeli port of Ashdod. There were 16 people on the boat, with French,…

Thinktank that promoted war w/ Iraq (& now Iran) was funded by Steinhardt, Saban, Bronfman, Feith and Marcus (of Home Depot)
Mondoweiss – This is fabulous. Eli Clifton at Think Progress has blown the lid off the funding for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the neocon shop that helped give us the Iraq war and that “has become one of the the premiere DC organizations promoting more…

AT-TUWANI: Three settlers of Havat Ma’on attack internationals in Meshakha Valley, South Hebron Hills
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Palestine – On 18 July 2011 around 6:35 p.m. three settlers attacked two members of Operation Dove and one member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) with clubs and stones in the Meshakha valley outside of At-Tuwani in the South Hebron Hills. The settlers came out of the…

Bibi breaks ranks with rightwing on ‘political inquisition,’ but don’t hold your breath
Mondoweiss – Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has now publicly expressed his opposition to two highly partisan Yisrael Beitenu -intiated bills that threaten to further undermine Israeli democracy and the automony of Israeli human rights groups, though the PM says he won’t ask the rest of Likud to follow…

Israel ‘maintains an apartheid regime,’ Israeli general says in ‘Haaretz’
Mondoweiss – A few years ago Terry Gross of Fresh Air attacked Jimmy Carter for using the word “apartheid” to describe the situation in the Occupied Territories. How will she reckon with Shlomo Gazit? How many Americans and American Jews will even contend with a retired Major General…

Israel seizes last flotilla boat in int’l waters 40 miles from Gaza
Mondoweiss – From the US Boat to Gaza : Earlier today, the Israeli navy took control of the one boat from Freedom Flotilla II that had made it into international waters on their way to Gaza. The French-flagged boat – Dignité Al Karama – carried 16 people from France, Canada,…

Knesset Stifles Voice of Israeli-Palestinian MK
Tikun Olam – Yisrael Beiteinu thug assaults Zoabi on Knesset rostrum during debate last year on Gaza flotilla (David Vaknin-AP) The Only Democracy in the Middle East ‚Ñ¢ is once again showing its true colors by further stripping parliamentary privileges from its only female Israeli-Palestinian member, Haneen Zoabi. As…

Misc 2

The Knesset Boycotts Your Boycott
Arab American Institute 19 Jul 2011 – By Ed Gaier In response to the increasing pressure of boycotts protesting the continued Israeli occupation and settlement expansion in the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli parliament has passed legislation allowing litigation against groups and individuals calling for the boycott of Israeli economic, cultural and…

Week 17: Ziad Ghunimat Palestinian political prisoner
Middle East Monitor 19 Jul 2011 – Ziad Mahmoud Mohammed Ghunimat, 45, from Surif in Hebron is a true patriot who is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison. He was arrested on the 27th July 1985 following a raid on his home during which Israeli forces surrounded the building and…

Israel approves 350 illegal housing units for West Bank colonists
Middle East Monitor 19 Jul 2011 – The Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing has approved the building of hundreds of new settlement units in the large illegal colonies built in the north and south of the occupied West Bank. According to Radio Israel, the Housing Ministry issued tenders for the construction of…

Attempts to undermine UNRWA mandate or change its name will be resisted
Middle East Monitor 19 Jul 2011 – Any attempts to undermine the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, known commonly by its acronym UNRWA, or change its original name will be resisted. That’s the claim of Zakaria Al-Agha, a member of the Executive Committee…

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,…

Iran upgrades nuclear centrifuges
BBC 19 Jul 2011 – Iran says it is installing new centrifuges aimed at speeding up nuclear enrichment, amid fears that Tehran is moving towards weapons-grade uranium.

Commandos board Gaza protest boat
BBC 19 Jul 2011 – Israeli commandos intercept a boat trying to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and escort it to the port of Ashdod.

‘Jewish state’ means Jewish fascism
Sabbah report 19 Jul 2011 – New U.S. formula: Palestinian recognition of the “Jewishness” of Israel in exchange for an American endorsement of a Palestinian “state” on unspecific parts of the West Bank and few scattered neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem.

Take Action: Tell U.S. Not to Veto Palestine’s Membership in UN Security Council
US Campaign to End the Occupation 19 Jul 2011 – July 18, 2011


A solution for everyone
Maath Musleh, Ma’an News Agency7/19/2011
There’s a solution – we just have to think outside the box.
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been ongoing for decades. The climax of the conflict was when the newly born State of Israel expelled about 70 percent of the Palestinian population from their homeland.
After creating facts on the ground, world powers got involved politically. They started advocating a two-state solution. After 63 years and more facts on the ground, even the two-state solution is not applicable without land swaps.
The peace process since Oslo has been a failure because the core of the conflict is not a border dispute. The core of the conflict is the refugees and apartheid rules of the Zionist regime.
The two-state solution is unrealistic. And, let’s be honest, no one wants it.
The right-wing Israelis, the majority of the Israeli community, want all the land of historic Palestine. And it’s morally difficult for Palestinians to give up their rightful claims in the land of their fathers and ancestors. A refugee from Akka is Palestinian because Akka is Palestinian. It’s impossible for that refugee to say otherwise because then he won’t have an identity. He’ll just be an alien.
Politicians say the one-state solution is just a dream and it’s impossible. Most of them can’t explain why. The only argument I heard on behalf of that claim is that demographically, it’s impossible for the refugees to return home. There’s no place for them. Let’s remember what’s important here is that humanitarian rights are achieved fully. A political solution should be based on the achievements of the rights — not the other way around. more.. e-mail

An urgent need for intervention
Ghassan Khatib, Ma’an News Agency7/19/2011
Palestinian politicians and analysts were divided in their understanding and evaluation of last week’s Quartet failure to agree on a statement promoting the resumption of a Palestinian-Israeli political process.
Some Palestinians expressed disappointment and frustration because disagreements within the Quartet that prevented consensus indicate that the international community is not going to be able to help Palestinians and Israelis move forward towards ending the occupation and realizing peace.
Other Palestinians reached positive conclusions from the same failure, because the breakdown was rooted in European Union and Russian refusal to accept proposed American positions that were biased towards Israel and inconsistent with international law and the agreed-upon terms of reference of the peace process.
The Americans seem to have wanted to introduce language that would recognize the so-called “Jewish” character of Israel (despite its 20 percent Arab minority) and accept Israeli alterations in the landscape of the occupied territories, i.e., settlements, which are illegal according to international law. This led to a disagreement.
Palestinian politicians and analysts who were happy with the resulting outcome (or lack thereof) would argue that on previous occasions, these disagreements ended with the Americans imposing their biased view on the other members of the Quartet. The EU seems to be moving—although slowly and cautiously—from being an observer in the peace process to being a player in it. more.. e-mail

The Quartet and unimplemented peace
Nagi Shurrab, Ma’an News Agency7/19/2011
In 2002, the Quartet was formed alongside the initiation of the road-map, which imposes mutual and parallel obligations on Palestinians and Israelis. Palestinians were asked to cease all forms of violence and armed resistance, and Israelis were asked to stop building settlements, in stages leading to the creation of a Palestinian state and the resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict.
Through this, the Quartet succeeded in creating a basis for a settlement after repeated wars made it difficult for Palestinians and Israelis to give in to each other’s demands, each fearing obliteration of its respective rights to exist. The Quartet offered new hope that a balanced, realistic and acceptable settlement might be reached, despite the persistence of this longest of world conflicts.
Since its inception, however, the Quartet has met regularly without achieving any concrete results or developing a binding plan of action for the parties. It has been unable to use its framework of international legitimacy to bend Palestinian and Israeli demands—because any settlement cannot be based on the maximum of either party’s aspirations.
The failure of Quartet representatives to issue a statement last week calling for a resumption of negotiations with mutual guarantees for the parties, then, raises the question: why did they fall short?
The reason for the breakdown in direct talks is each party’s refusal to waive its claims, with Palestinians insisting Israel accept a contiguous and sovereign state on the 1967 borders and the cessation of Israeli settlement in all of the Palestinian territories before talks continue. Israel, for its part, is demanding that Palestinians recognize the “Jewishness” of the state of Israel and that the vision of the Palestinian state be consistent with Israeli security needs…. more.. e-mail

Israel’s war on nonviolent protest
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2011 – Jonathan Cook The Electronic Intifada Nazareth The newly-passed boycott law is the latest in a series of ever-more draconian laws being introduced by Israel’s 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.more

Film review: seeking psychological peace in “Fix Me”
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2011 – Naira Antoun The Electronic Intifada Filmmaker Raed Andoni has a severe and agonizing headache, a debilitating headache that will not go away. Turning the camera on himself, he decided to make a film exploring his headache and his efforts to rid himself of it.more

Medicine shortages drive Gazans to alternative healing
Electronic Intifada: 19 Jul 2011 – Eva Bartlett The Electronic Intifada Gaza City While complementary medicine practitioners in Gaza see a niche for their work, they say it is imperative that the essential medicines and supplies at zero stock levels be brought into Gaza.more

The Future Is Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 19 Jul 2011 – By Jeremy R. Hammond The U.S. has long opposed any ‘unilateral’ action on the part of the Palestinians to seek fulfillment of their right to self-determination, and there is a very real threat that if the Palestinian Authority goes to the United Nations in September seeking international recognition of Palestinian statehood, the U.S. will respond by cutting or eliminating aid that the P.A. has come to depend on in order to function. The P.A. must not bow to such threats, and the Palestinian people must take their case to the U.N. if their legitimate political aspirations are ever to be achieved. It won’t be an easy road to statehood, but the alternative is to return to the U.S.-led “peace process”, which is the process by which the U.S. and Israel have sought to entice the Palestinian leadership to back away from their 1988 Declaration of Independence and to prevent the…more

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