VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 28 July, 2011: Israel To Apologize For “Mistakes” During Flotilla Attack

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Israel Declares Ties With Newly-Born Republic Of South Sudan
IMEMC – Friday July 29, 2011 – 01:23, Israel announced Thursday that it will be holding official ties with the newly-born Republic of South Sudan, while Israeli officials visiting the country received an official letter recognizing the State of Israel.

Bank Medic In Tel Aviv Refuses To Provide Aid To Injured Sudanese Man
IMEMC – Friday July 29, 2011 – 01:00, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported Thursday that a medic working for the Bank Hapoalim in Tel Aviv, refused to provide the needed first aid to a Sudanese refugee who was wounded in a traffic accident near the Bank.

Gaza Summer Camp For Children Vandalized
IMEMC – Thursday July 28, 2011 – 13:12, A summer camp for children in Northwest Gaza was vandalized ten minutes after midnight July 28, 2011. The assailants damaged a billboard sign, torched part of the camp stage, and burned a United Nations flag.

Palestinian October Elections Now Only in West Bank
IMEMC – Thursday July 28, 2011 – 10:58, An official from the Central Elections Commission stated that the October 22 Palestinian elections will only take place in the West Bank. He cited interference from Hamas as the reason for the canceling of elections in Gaza.

Israel To Apologize For “Mistakes” During Flotilla Attack
IMEMC – Thursday July 28, 2011 – 10:32, The Israeli Ministerial Cabinet discussed on Wednesday the current crisis with Turkey that resulted after Israel attacked the Turkish solidarity Ship of the Freedom Flotilla last year, killing nine Turkish activists, and decided to apologize for what was described as “mistakes that took place during the attack,” but will not apologize for the attack itself.

Ma’an News

Rights group outlines torture in Israeli detention
7/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees face torture and inhumane treatment in Israeli jails, a report by the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said Thursday. In a publication documenting violations of human rights against Palestinians by the Israeli army over two years, the Gaza-based rights group outlined 85 cases of Palestinians tortured in Israeli prison…. Related: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Report: Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment against the Palestinian Population in Gaza Strip by IOF

Fuel shortage threatens Gaza hospitals
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The director of public medical supplies in the Gaza Strip warned Thursday of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza hospitals due to fuel shortages. Bassam Barhum, who oversees ministry of health supplies in Gaza, said electricity generators would stop within a day or two if fuel was not delivered. Every….

Israeli court approves petition to halt illegal construction
7/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian residents from the village of Ein Yabrud, northeast of Ramallah have successfully petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice to rule against the construction of a waste facility built illegally on their land. The court issued an injunction against the operation of a waste purification facility which was built illegally….

Rocket lands in Ashkelon
7/28/2011 – TEL AVIV (Ma’an) — A Qassam rocket landed in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon Thursday morning, Israel’s Channel 10 TV reported. Israeli news site Ynet said the rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip. No injuries or damage were reported….

Israeli forces detain 5 in Jenin area
7/28/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in Arraba village and one in Illar early Thursday. Palestinian security officials told Ma’an Malik Abu Salah, Jawaad Abu A’baid, Yusuf A’rda, and Jihad A’rda were taken from Arraba, southwest of Jenin, in the raid. Israeli forces issued….

Clinton warns Congress on aid restrictions to Middle East
7/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A US Congress bill restricting foreign spending to Arab states was slammed by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Tuesday. The House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee spending plan “would be debilitating to my efforts to carry out a considered foreign policy and diplomacy, and to use foreign assistance strategically….

Palestinian security forces seize weapons in Dahlan house raid
7/28/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces raided the Ramallah home of ousted Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan early Thursday morning, after his appeal against being expelled from the party was rejected on Wednesday. At around 7 a. m. police, preventive security and national security forces encircled the home of the former Gaza security chief. Forces….

Israeli court rejects appeal over murder of tourism minister in 2001
7/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Supreme Court rejected on Thursday the appeal of Palestinian Ahid Ghulma against his life sentence for the murder of a right-wing Israeli tourism minister. Ghulma says the Israeli police and security services framed him for the 2001 assassination in order to protect the guilty parties. The court rejected….

Vandals attack UNRWA summer camp in Gaza
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A summer camp facility in north-west Gaza run by the Palestinian refugee agency was vandalized by unknown assailants at dawn Thursday, UNRWA said in a statement. Ten men entered the camp shortly after midnight, when they burnt a UN flag, damaged a large billboard, and torched part of the camp….

PFLP armed wing claims responsibility for firing at soldiers
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, have claimed responsibility for firing at Israeli soldiers on Thursday in the Ash Shujaiyeh neighborhood near Gaza City. The group targeted an engineering unit of Israeli soldiers with sniper fire. A statement by….

Egyptian forces discover 5 smuggling tunnels at Gaza border
7/28/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian security forces uncovered 5 smuggling tunnels on Thursday morning and confiscated large amounts of junk metal destined to be smuggled into Gaza.”Egyptian border guards in Rafah had received information about a group of Palestinians and Egyptians smuggling large amounts of junk metal into Gaza via a tunnel in….

Official: PLO to bring together factions in Cairo soon
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The PLO executive committee will meet with all Palestinian political factions in Cairo soon, politburo deputy of the leftist PFLP Abdul Rahim Mallouh said Wednesday. The Palestinian Liberation Organization met in Ramallah on Wednesday to plan Palestinians’ bid for membership of the United Nations in September. Hamas declined an….

Palestinian detainees mark 27 years in Israeli jail
7/28/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian detainees Huza Al-Saadi and Othman Bani Hasan, both from Jenin, marked 27 years in Israeli prisons on Thursday. The Palestinian detainees center applauded the stamina of both men to withstand so many years of Israeli mistreatment. They are both serving life sentences in prison. It is unknown what charges they….

Egypt allows medical aid into Gaza via the Rafah crossing
7/28/2011 – EL-ARISH (Ma’an) — Head of the Egyptian Red Crescent Jaber Al-Arabi said Thursday that Egyptian authorities had allowed medical aid and food to enter Gaza via the Rafah crossing. Three truckloads of medications were received by the Palestinian Red Crescent. They were donated by the Justice for Palestine Center in the UK.”Egyptian authorities….

Israeli court allows Palestinian detainee to meet his niece
7/28/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli court in Nazareth has allowed a Palestinian prisoner from Jerusalem to meet briefly with his niece inside a courthouse. A request was filed by Abeer Baker, a lawyer from the prisoners society, to allow Ala Al-Bazyan to meet with his niece. The Israeli court accepted the request after having….

Pulling punches across Jerusalem divides
7/28/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Everyone looked on curiously as the Palestinian squared off with the Israeli, each seeking to land the decisive punch that would floor his opponent. Within minutes it was all over, and the two youths briefly embraced before heading off in separate directions. This was no political battle — just a regular bout of sparring….

Egypt police shoot, detain African immigrants at Israel border
7/28/2011 – EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian police detained 11 African immigrants attempting to enter the border with Israel from Egypt on Thursday,injuring two others when they opened fire. Police said they issued a warning to the immigrants, and fired towards the group after it was ignored. Two Eritreans, Ahmad Shefa, 38, and Muhari Takhli….

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest Jerusalem gay march
7/28/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Ultra-Orthodox Jews hurled bags of foul-smelling liquid and threats of hellfire at marchers in Jerusalem’s annual gay pride march on Thursday but the event passed without serious violence.” A man was arrested on the spot for throwing bags of liquid at participants,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.”Apart from that….

EU, UK condemn Gaza executions
7/28/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union and UK foreign office condemned the execution of two people in Gaza on Tuesday, calling on Hamas authorities to abide by the de facto moratorium on the use of the death penalty by the Palestinian Authority. EU representations in Jerusalem and Ramallah issued a joint statement on Wednesday….

Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri hails Syrian protestors
7/28/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — Al-Qaeda’s new leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri praised anti-regime protesters in Syria in a video released Wednesday claiming the United States is seeking regime change in Damascus, US-based monitors said. Calling the pro-democracy activists “mujaheddin,” or holy warriors, Zawahiri hailed their efforts in “teaching lessons to the aggressor, the oppressor, the traitor, the….

Gazans fleeing Libya violence to be given free health insurance
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The ministry of health in the Gaza Strip announced Thursday that it will provide Palestinians who fled fighting in Libya with free health insurance for a limited period of three months. Ministry of health spokesman Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra said that applicants for the scheme should provide an official letter from….

Hamas government opts to change working hours during Ramadan
7/28/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip has decided to follow winter saving time during the month of Ramadan following a decision taken on Wednesday by the Palestinian Authority to change working hours. The government in the Gaza Strip has decided that the ministerial cabinet will work from 8. 00….

Israel protesters occupy roof of Tel Aviv exchange
7/28/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Dozens of demonstrators occupied the roof of the Tel Aviv stock exchange on Thursday morning, Israeli military radio reported, as protests over the high cost of living spread throughout Israel. Protesters scaled the building a day after the powerful Histadrut labour union threw its support behind the demonstrators, who have set up tent….

Minister: Jordan won’t allow threats against media
7/28/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — Jordan’s government said Thursday it will not tolerate threats or attacks against diplomatic missions or news agencies, a day after an anti-AFP demonstration was staged outside the French embassy in Amman.” The government will not allow threats or attacks against institutions. . . particularly embassies and news agencies,” Interior Minister Mazen Saket told….

Mubarak to be tried in Cairo
7/28/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) —The murder trial of Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will take place in Cairo on August 3, the state news agency MENA said Thursday, in a move likely to appease activists but create a logistical nightmare. Mubarak, ousted in February by a popular revolt, has been under arrest in hospital in the Red….

Palestine Note

Popular musician briefly detained for defaming president
Palestine Note 28 Jul 2011 – The Los Angeles Times- Zeid Hamdan, 35, singer, composer and producer in the Lebanese band Zeid and the Wings was briefly imprisoned Wednesday morning for defaming Lebanese President Michel Suleiman in his single “General Suleiman.” (Please visit the site to…

Before a Diplomatic Showdown, a Budget Crisis Saps Palestinians’ Confidence
Palestine Note 28 Jul 2011 – The New York Times- As the Palestinian Authority faces some of the hardest choices in its history regarding relations with Israel , membership in the United Nations and unity with Hamas, it is mired in a severe economic crisis, leading many…

Aljazeera

Tunisian court sentences Ben Ali in absentia
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – The ousted president is sentenced to 16 years in prison for corruption and property fraud.

Cyprus cabinet resigns after deadly explosion
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – The resignation of the entire cabinet to be followed by a reshuffle aimed at addressing an economic and energy crisis.

Syrian troops ‘kill and arrest dissidents’
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – Security forces continue their crackdown ahead of more protests planned to take place across the country on Friday.

Libyan rebel military leader killed
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – The death of Abdel Fattah Younes was announced in Benghazi by the head of the National Transitional Council.

Two deadly bombings strike Iraq
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – At least 12 people killed and 28 others wounded as two bombs, one a possible suicide attack, target Tikrit.

UN-run children’s camp in Gaza raided
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – Local authorities in Hamas-governed Palestinian enclave urged to investigate attack by masked men.

Ex-PA official Dahlan’s home raided
AlJazeera 28 Jul 2011 – Move follows former Gaza security chief’s expulsion from Fatah over allegations of financial corruption and murder.

Palestine News Network

Dahlan’s Home Raided by Palestinian Police
PNN – Ramallah – PNN – Palestinian police raided the home of Mohammad Dahlan, a former leading member of the Fatah party, on Thursday morning, reported the American Free Press news agency. According to…

UNRWA Condemns Attack on Gaza?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s World Record Facility
PNN – Gaza — PNN – Chris Gunness, UNRWA’s Spokesman, condemned, in a statement issued on Thursday, an attack by an unknown gunmen on a summer facility run by the agency in the northern…

Gearing Up for September Protests; Israel?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Military Allocate NIS 75 Million for New Weapons
PNN – Tel Aviv — PNN – Israel’s Defense Ministry has allocated more than NIS 75 million to purchase ‘non-lethal’ weapons to disperse expected Palestinian protests this September, according to ynetnews. The Ministry considers…

Israeli Troops and Police Arrest 27 Palestinian on Thursday
PNN – Ramallah/Jerusalem — PNN — Palestinian sources announced that Israeli troops and police arrested 27 Palestinian civilians on Thursday. During pre-dawn raids targeting a number of West Bank communities, Israeli troops arrested nine…

Housing and Hospital Protests Shake Israel
PNN – Baqa al-Gharbiyye/Haifa- PNN- In the northern town of Baqa al-Gharbiyye, residents set up tents in protest to the escalating price of housing in Israel while Israeli doctors plan marches to protest working…

Palestinian Children Visit the US as Part of HLCEF Project “Children of Peace”
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN – A delegation of Palestinian children traveled this week to the United States as part of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation — HLCEF – project “Children of Peace”….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Condemns Repeated Attacks on UNRWA Summer Games Camps; UNRWA Summer Games Camp Partially Destroyed in West of Beit Lahia
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Thursday, 28 July 2011

International Solidarity Movement

Bedouin community endures demolitions
7/28/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 24 July 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – On July 24th at around 1PM, a bulldozer accompanied by 10 military jeepsarrived in the Bedouin community of Mughayyar ad-Deir, about 12 km north east of Jerusalem, near the Ma’ale Michmas settlement and demolished residential structures, structures for livestock, and confiscated vehicles, displacing three families….

For human rights advocates, boycotting Israel is a no-brainer
7/28/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 29 July 2011, The Daily Star, Nadia Hijab – Making the Palestinian case has never been a problem. It is a powerful story grounded in universal principles of human rights and in international law. The question has always been how to shift the balance between one of the strongest military powers in the world and a….

Nabi Saleh endures despite military presence
7/28/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 26 July 2011, International Solidarity Movement, West Bank – At 10 a. m. we arrived at Nabi Saleh to interview the neighbors about what had happened the night before. We found out on the internet that something was going on, thanks to Tamimi Press, a Facebook page created by a young designer who lives in the….

Relief Web

“Systematic human rights violations continue in the occupied territories,” says UN Committee
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Israel AMMAN (28 July 2011)— The Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the territories…

Palestinians fear for ancient West Bank water source
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory 28 Jul 2011 08:14 Source: Reuters // Reuters Israel demolishes cisterns restored to harvest rainwater Old cisterns, many ancient, rehabilitated in recent years Israel West Bank authority says cisterns in firing zones Bedouin…

Gaza: a never-ending effort to relieve suffering
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: ICRC Country: occupied Palestinian territory 28-07-2011 Operational Update For four years, Gazans have been living in a closed environment, in which the movement of goods and people are subject to severe restrictions. The ICRC is involved in an array…

Narratives under siege: stranglehold on farmers tightens
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory Hate’em Kdair, 53, is a farmer in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. He and his wife have four sons and three daughters, and live with Hate’em’s mother and…

Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works accomplishes the largest educational project in Palestine
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: Emirates News Agency Country: occupied Palestinian territory Jenin – The Zayed Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works (ZFCHW) has accomplished the largest educational project in the West Bank at a cost of more than Dh12 million. On the occasion,…

UNRWA condemns attack on Gaza World Record facility
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Statement by UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness At ten minutes past midnight last night, ten men attacked and vandalised the Summer Games facility in…

PCHR Condemns Repeated Attacks on UNRWA Summer Games Camps; UNRWA Summer Games Camp Partially Destroyed in West of Beit Lahia
Relief Web 28 Jul 2011 – Source: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Country: occupied Palestinian territory The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns attacks launched by unknown persons on UNRWA summer games camps, including the most recent attack this morning on a summer games camp…

With State-Building Programme Complete, Time is Ripe for Palestinian Statehood, United Nations Membership, Permanent Observer Tells Committee
Relief Web 27 Jul 2011 – Source: UN General Assembly Country: occupied Palestinian territory GA/PAL/1208 Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People 334th Meeting (AM) The Palestinian people had completed their two-year state-building programme, fulfilling a substantial part of their “contract” with the United…

Palestine Telegraph

Gaza hospitals declare fuel crisis
28 Jul 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph)-Bassam Barhoum, general director of medical supplies in the Ministry of Health, warned that Gaza’s hospitals are suffering from a sever shortage of fuel much-needed to run electric generators in hospitals as a result of five years of Israeli inhumane blockade.

7 Palestinians arrested by Israel in Jenin
28 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces Thursday conducted a military operation in Uraba town in Jenin arresting seven Palestinians.

Jewish settlers break into Yousef’s tomb
28 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-several Jewish settlers Thursday stormed al-Nabi Yousef tomb, in the east of Nablus city, to perform their rituals.

Israeli soldiers set fire to Palestinian fields near Jerusalem
28 Jul 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Dozens of Israeli soldiers, stationed along the Apartheid Wall, set fire yesterday to agricultural lands in Qatna town, northwest of Jerusalem.

The National

Hosni Mubarak’s trial set for next Wednesday in Cairo
The National 28 Jul 2011 – Former Egyptian president will appear with his two sons on charges of stealing millions of dollars from the state and ordering a crackdown that killed more than 800 protesters before his overthrow.

Tensions increase in Yemen, as fears of civil war rise
The National 28 Jul 2011 – Opposition leader declares ‘we cannot ignore the youth’ as Yemen’s foreign minister says that Yemen could enter a civil war and collapse if Saleh is forced out of power.

Palestinian ‘ghosts’ keep the Israeli economy moving
The National 28 Jul 2011 – The construction of the separation wall in the West Bank has crippled the Palestinian economy, forcing tens of thousands of workers to risk jail by crossing illegally into Israel to seek employment.

Ha’aretz

Peres holds secret talks with Palestinians in bid to restart negotiations
Ha’aretz – Peres and Erekat go over maps of West Bank, East Jerusalem in effort to find formula to bypass dispute over establishing 1967 borders as basis for negotiations; meetings held in coordination with Netanyahu.

Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira stabbed to death in Be’er Sheva
Ha’aretz – The 70-year-old rabbi was a popular kabbalist and grandson of the Baba Sali; police arrest suspect.

Norwegian ambassador tells Haaretz more restrictive societies not an answer to terror
Ha’aretz – Svein Sevje expresses support and solidarity for Israel; says hopes conflict can be resolved in the spirit of Oslo Accords.

Yoel Marcus / Netanyahu missed the uprising right under his nose
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu quickly understood that this is a new type of uprising. It’s not a sign of weakness that he’s listening to the voice of the people. But what did he do to solve the problem in time?

Libya rebels say military commander Abdel Fattah Younis shot dead
Ha’aretz – Rebels announce death of Abdel Fattah Younis hours after saying the commander was detained on suspicion his family might still have ties to Gadhafi regime, raising questions about whether he might have been assassinated by his own side.

Bradley Burston / Using Winehouse to slam Israel, Norway dead to club Muslims
Ha’aretz – There’s cowardice in an opinion piece that uses the dead to sell hatred to the living. The dead deserve better. So do the living.

Medic refuses to treat Sudanese refugee injured in traffic accident
Ha’aretz – Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, the medic looked at the injured man and refused to treat him, stating that doing so would go against ‘standard procedure’.

Gaza children break kite-flying world record
Ha’aretz – Around 8,000 boys and girls gather at beach and fly 4,000 kites as part of United Nations Relief and Works Agency summer camp.

Norway’s ambassador: Palestinian appeal to UN legitimate in lieu of treaty with Israel
Ha’aretz – Svein Sevje hopes conflict can be resolved in the spirit of Oslo Accords; says Norway still supports Israel.

Iran admits assassinated scientist was nuke expert
Ha’aretz – Foreign officials claim Dariush Rezaeinejad participated in developing high-voltage switches, a key component crucial for setting off explosions needed to trigger nuclear warhead.

Palestinian police raid home of president’s rival, arrest 23 guards
Ha’aretz – Police arrest 23 guards, confiscate 16 guns and two vehicles at home of Mohammed Dahlan, a long-time critic of Palestinian President Mahound Abbas.

Prominent Israeli authors visit Tel Aviv tent city in show of solidarity
Ha’aretz – Meir Shalev, Yoram Kaniuk and others visit the protesters on Rothschild Boulevard, calling on them not to quit until elections are called and Netanyahu is replaced.

Annual gay pride parade draws thousands in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Housing activists join forces with gay rights activists; police arrest Hassidic man trying to throw stink bombs at marchers.

Thousands of Israelis take part in ‘stroller marches’ across the country
Ha’aretz – In the latest protest against the spiraling costs of living in Israel, parents march with their children in 16 locations across the country.

Knesset research finds: Government stepped out, home prices surged
Ha’aretz – The protesters are demanding the state become more involved in the housing market, smooth out market fluctuations and make housing more affordable.

Potential to dwarf Leviathan? / Scientists find shallow water holds gas seeps
Ha’aretz – The Leviathan natural gas field, for the sake of comparison to natural gas discoveries deep in the Mediterranean Sea, lies 5,200 meters below sea-level, at a water depth of 1,680 meters.

Where the shekel stops / Teva, darling of the nation
Ha’aretz – According to unofficial estimates, Teva’s corporate tax rate is practically zero.

Opposition leader Livni joins doctors’ march in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Heads of Israel Medical Association protest in Jerusalem; doctors from Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center march through the center of Hadera, while doctors from Abarbanel Mental Health Center and Wolfson Medical Center march in Bat Yam.

Israel’s labor federation demands government lower cost of living
Ha’aretz – Ofer Eini says he ‘does not intend on bringing down government’ by joining housing struggle; protests strengthening in cities across Israel; organizers plan to hold marches Saturday in five different Israeli cities.

Israeli NGO to invest $2 million to bring Israeli tourists to West Bank settlements
Ha’aretz – ‘Mishkefet’ aims to show secular Israelis the ‘blossoming’ settlements of Judea and Samaria; participants will tour Jewish heritage and agricultural sites as part of ‘national aquaintance project.’

Gay Pride returns to Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – March planned in solidarity with other social demonstrations currently sweeping Israel, most notably the housing protests; over 1,000 police and volunteers to provide security in light of past violence.

Histadrut joins housing struggle as activists step up protests in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Ha’aretz – Some 200 protesters march toward Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, some 300 Tel Aviv protesters march to second tent site in southern part of the city; Histadrut chairman meets with organizers of tent protest.

Israeli court rejects IDF soldiers’ appeal against ‘Jenin, Jenin’ director
Ha’aretz – The soldiers, who fought in Jenin during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, sued Mohammad Bakri for 2.5 million NIS for libel in 2007.

Ultimatum to Netanyahu: Solve housing crisis or face full force of the unions
Ha’aretz – Histadrut chairman Ofer Eini demands invitation to meeting with PM to determine solutions to troubles of Israel’s lower and middle classes.

Government move would cement rightist group’s control of Jerusalem national park
Ha’aretz – Elad, which manages the City of David national park, is active in ‘Judaization’ of East Jerusalem.

Israel announces full diplomatic ties with South Sudan
Ha’aretz – Delegation from Foreign Ministry visits South Sudan capital of Juba; Interior Minister Yishai calls on Israel to immediately begin negotiations to return thousands of Sudanese refugees who crossed into Israel illegally.

Jerusalem Post

Dead woman’s parents sue coffee shop over nut-related death
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2011 – Family claims the defendant “concealed evidence” that might explain the cause of death.

‘Grunis Bill’ passes preliminary reading in Knesset
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2011 – Legislation would reduce the minimal term a Supreme Court president can serve; 33 MKs vote in favor of bill, 18 against.

Ze’evi assassin loses Supreme Court appeal
Jerusalem Post 29 Jul 2011 – Ahad Olma was one of four terrorists who shot tourism minister in 2001.

Israeli-Arab political groups join housing protest movement
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – National Committee for the Arab Local Authorities and the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee address housing needs of Arab sector.

Rivlin urges government to authorize Migron outpost
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Danon defends police officer threatened with losing his job for living in community; Rivlin says authorizing Migron is only solution.

Beersheba rabbi stabbed to death
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira, a well known rabbi, is murdered by a visitor to his yeshiva; bystanders turn suspect over to police; motive remains unknown.

Army seeking major intelligence collection boost
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – New data-processing center under consideration; plan is an integral part of Halamish — new IDF multi-year plan that is currently under review.

Latest protests will be huge, housing activists vow
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – “This one will be about everything,” Rothschild tent protester says; protests planned in TA, J’lem, Haifa, Beersheba and other cities.

The new Right-Left dichotomy
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Serious thought is being devoted, perhaps for the first time ever on such a wide scale, to formulating and articulating coherent views on specifically socioeconomic issues.

Into the Fray: Distorting democracy
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – The greatest danger to Israeli democracy emanates from those masquerading as its champions.

Claims Conference: Reporting to the community
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Our focus will remain on our task: obtaining a small measure of justice for the victims of history’s greatest crime.

Highlights (and the lowdown) of an Israel odyssey
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – A (Not So) Innocent Abroad: Israel and its incredible people have changed my life forever. And, dare I say, made me a better man.

Lebanese outcry after belly dancer performs with Israelis
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Outcry ensues after dancer raises Lebanese, Israeli flags in front of 90,000 at French music festival.

Savir’s Corner: Israel’s Facebook generation
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – The government must listen to the voices and concerns of its constituency.

Washington pressures Barak on Turkey reconciliation
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Defense minister also discusses need to strengthen economic development in W. Bank in order to prevent return to violence there.

Rattling the Cage: The Breivik effect in Israel and abroad
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Anti-liberal, anti-Muslim nationalists are going to be watching what they say.

Parents march in TA to protest rising cost of raising kids
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Parents push strollers in march to Habima Theater, chant “who cares about missiles when their isn’t money for diapers.”

Hundreds demand affordable housing in Rehovot
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – “Right, left, religious secular, we are all in the movement,” activists say following successful spread of tent protests around the country.

‘Hezbollah denies it is aiding Assad crush dissent’
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Shi’ite group claims accusations are politically charged attempt to enable West to interfere in Syria, says it favors Syrian reform, AFP reports.

Mubarak trial to be held in Cairo despite health concerns
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Ousted Egyptian president charged with conspiracy of pre-meditated murder; if convicted, the crime could carry the death penalty.

Eidelman denies president’s appeal to stop hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Treasury and IMA to set up working teams to reach agreement on remaining issues but next week’s sanctions announced.

4,000 march for gay rights in the capital
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – 1 arrested for throwing stink bombs; gay rights activists joined by doctors, tent protesters; haredim hold counter-demonstration in Mea Shearim.

Judge moves to strike circumcision ban from S.F. ballot
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Ruling comes in response to lawsuit filed last month which argued that state law bars municipalities from banning legitimate medical practices.

‘Stroller march’ participants: ‘Kids are for the rich only’
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – March protesting “the exorbitant cost of raising children in Israel” ends in TA after 1500 parents take to streets, join with housing prices protesters.

‘1 in 4 gay, lesbian high school students is homeless’
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Study finds that gay, lesbian and bisexual teens in US also more likely to be on their own on the street without parent, guardian.

J’lem: Police stop donkey convoy en route to gay parade
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Extreme right-wing demonstrators protest “bestial” nature of homosexuality; over 7,000 people expected to take part in annual event.

Israel and South Sudan formally establish ties
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Lieberman: Cooperation will be based on solid foundations, mutual respect; Maltese FM leaves impression country won’t vote with PA at UN.

Vandals burn UNRWA site where Gaza kids break record
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – No one injured in attack; kite fliers attempt to break world record by launching 15,000 kites along shores of Mediterranean.

Police chief to officers: Act sensitively with activists
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Violence, attacks on public employees will be met with more severe law enforcement; Court rules 3 TA protesters can return to Rothschild

Beirut singer jailed for song telling president: Go home
Jerusalem Post 28 Jul 2011 – Arrest comes after Lebanese interior minister sees video, made in 2010, deems it libelous to Suleiman, ‘Daily Star’ reports.

Inter Press Service

Libya Opposition Arrests Senior Leader
IPS General Abdel Fatah Younis, the chief of staff of the rebel forces in Libya, has been arrested by the National Transition Council.

EGYPT: Defections Threaten to Crack Muslim Brotherhood
IPS For the last 40 years, the Muslim Brotherhood’s united front has been the envy of Egypt’s political opposition. But in the six months since the fall of the Mubarak regime, the Islamist group has been racked by unprecedented internal divisions.

Uruknet

Oxfam: Water Well Serving 60 People in Gaza Damaged During Israeli Airstrike
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – A decades-old agricultural water well was destroyed in an Israeli military airstrike, which also injured seven people, including four children, this week in Beit Hanoun, a town north of the Gaza Strip, Thursday said an Oxfam weekly report between July 17 and 23. The airstrike happened on July 17 at around 3:00 am, and…

Syria News – July 28, 2011 Syrian forces kill 5 people
Uruknet July 28, 2011 — Security forces stormed Deir Ezzor and Madaya accompanied by military vehicles. Three persons were killed in Deir Ezzor and two in Madaya. The names of the martyrs are Ibrahim Khodr al-Askar, Magid Taoufiq al-Akl, Osama Nahas, Zahir an-Nasir, Samir Afandr. Aleppo Suburbs: Tadf: The body of military martyr, Ibrahim Omar Abdan was handed over…

Knesset Grants Fundamentalist Settlement Groups Admin “National Gardens” Right
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – On Wednesday, The Israeli Knesset approved in Preliminary Reading a law that allows “nonprofit” and nongovernmental fundamentalist Israeli settler groups, especially the El Ad group, administrative power to run the so-called “National Gardens in David’s City”, in Silwan Palestinian neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. El Ad is a fundamentalist extremist Jewish group that has…

Israeli Home Demolition Terrorism
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – Co-founded (with Meir Marglit) and directed by Jeff Halper, the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) “is a non-violent, direct-action organization established in 1998 to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories.” ICAHD also helps rebuild homes. In addition, it resists “land expropriation, settlement expansions, by-pass road construction, policies of ‘closure’…

Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) statement regarding the remarks made by Ayman Zawahiri
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) condemned the statement of the leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman Zawahiri and his interference in the Syrian revolution, while the Syrian regime is waging a fierce repression campaign targeting entire neighborhoods in Damascus and its suburbs and invading and besieging the revolutionist cities…Mohammad Al-Abdallah, the spokesman of Local Coordination…

Libyan rebel forces leader shot dead
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – The head of the Libyan rebel’s armed forces and two of his aides have been killed by gunmen, the head of the rebel leadership has said. The death of Abdel Fatah Younis was announced at a press conference in the rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul…

Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment against the Palestinian Population in Gaza Strip by the IOF
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights has issued a new documentation report Torture and other Forms of Cruel, Inhumane and Degrading Treatment against the Palestinian Population in Gaza Strip by the IOF. The report is part of Al Mezan’s activities under the project entitled’Combating and Preventing Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Prisoners held in…

Departures From Protocol at the UN: Sketching out the New Libya
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – The unfolding of the new libya, and its old colors of monarchy, has been painted as the natural triumph of the peoples’ will against a tyrant’s rule. This had just occurred in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia (and nowhere else yet), leaving everyone just knowing it was just time for change in the region and,…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21- 27 July 2011)
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – Summary: Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 July 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As…

Libya Lawsuit: NATO Sued Over Bombing Campaign
Uruknet July 28, 2011 — Attorneys have filed a civil lawsuit in Belgium accusing NATO of killing 13 civilians, including 3 children, by bombing a residential compound of a former government official in Libya. Marcel Ceccaldi, a Paris-based lawyer, said Thursday he also has asked the Brussels District Court to send two experts to Libya to assess physical and…

Guant?°namo and the Death of Habeas Corpus
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – Last month, the third anniversary of Boumediene v. Bush (on June 12) passed without mention. This was a great shame, not only because it was a powerful ruling, granting the Guant?°namo prisoners constitutionally guaranteed habeas corpus rights, but also because, after that bold intervention, which led to the release of 26 prisoners who subsequently…

Fuel shortage threatens Gaza hospitals
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – The director of public medical supplies in the Gaza Strip warned Thursday of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza hospitals due to fuel shortages. Bassam Barhum, who oversees ministry of health supplies in Gaza, said electricity generators would stop within a day or two if fuel was not delivered. Every hospital in the coastal…

Syria: The revolutionists of Qatana
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – More than ten days after storming the city, Qatana is still under tight security siege till the moment, with more than 1500 of its residents in detention and subject to various kinds of torture and ill-treatment. Members of security forces and armed Shabbiha are omnipresent in the city and they continue to raid and…

Imperialist powers seek exit from Libyan war
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – The governments of Britain and the United States have joined France, the other principal instigator of the imperialist war on Libya, in seeking an exit strategy from their failed attempt to overthrow the country’s long-standing dictator Muammar Gaddafi and install the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council (TNC) as a puppet government. After five months of…

Video: Human rights groups warn of a severe water crisis in the Gaza Strip
Uruknet July 28, 2011 – FSRN: 95 percent of drinking water fails to meet international standards and water and sanitation plants have yet to rebuilt following the 2009 Israeli war…

Military Resistance 9G19: Thousands
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – …The Department of Veterans Affairs slashed his disability pay two years ago over what he says was a misunderstanding. The former Marine is trying to support a family of four on $1,557 a month while he waits to hear whether the government will reinstate full disability pay for his gruesome injury and the mental…

Who Commits Terrorism?
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – …The classic definition of “terrorism” is the use of violence against civilians to achieve a political goal. But the word ultimately has been transformed into a geopolitical insult. If “our” side is the target, it’s “terrorism,” even if it’s a case of local militants attacking an occupying military force. Yet, when “our” side is…

Libya: bishop denounces NATO bombing of food store
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – “They are hitting civilian targets such as food stores” denounces His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli to Fides. “A few days ago, NATO warplanes hit a food store just outside Tripoli, which contained oil, pasta, tomato sauce. A river of oil came out of the warehouse which was destroyed. I…

Libya diary: Day 1 (27/7/11 1.20 AM)
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – Arrived in Libya, less checkpoints on the way to Tripoli than the last time I was here at the beginning of June. Still long queues for petrol. Tripoli seems busier. Yesterday (25/7/11) NATO bombed a wedding party and a hospital in Zlitan. NATO is bombing Tripoli as I write, I can hear the planes…

Iraq snapshot – July 27, 2011
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – Chaos and violence continue in Iraq, State of Law continues war on the Election Commission, the Foreign Minister talks withdrawal, the Libyan War continues and we focus on a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing. …Iraq’s Foreign Minister is Hoshyar Zebari and he is in the news today with regards to withdrawal. Few appear able…

US-Style Free Trade’s Dark Side
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – Corporate predators seek cheap labor worldwide in countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Haiti, Jordan, and many others. Employed in global sweatshops, they work up to 90 or more hours a week for sub-poverty wages under horrific conditions, enduring harassment, beatings, sexual abuse and rape. According to the group Sweatshop Watch: “A sweatshop is…

After Oslo: Europe, Islam and the Mainstreaming of Racism
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – An hour before Anders Breivik embarked on his massacre of the innocents, he distributed his manifesto online. In 1500 pages, this urgent message identified “cultural Marxists”, “multiculturalists”, anti-Zionists and leftists as “traitors” who are allowing Christian Europe to be overtaken by Muslims. He subsequently murdered dozens of these ‘traitors’, the majority of them children,…

Israel is an Apartheid State
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – Western leaders and media label any Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation as terrorism, but it refuses to give Israel the same label when its military commits daily crimes against the Palestinians. Israel destroyed Gaza and committed massacres, starves the Palestinian population and bulldozes their houses in Jerusalem and the West Bank. It does…

Syria News – July 27, 2011
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – Number of Martyrs so far in Kanaker in Damascus Suburbs are 12 among them are 3 children: Kanaker: 7 tanks in the western side of the town, 7 on the entrances and 4 proceeded from the eastern side accompanied by a bulldozer to remove barricades, burned tiers and stones established by the residents, tanks…

Bill Clinton’s “Love Affair” with Haiti
Uruknet July 27, 2011 – “While Haiti, it is presumed, cannot help its dysfunctional and incompetent self, Clinton is seen as Haiti’s CEO, its savior, its great white hope.” So goes the white western narrative, but in reality “it is Haiti that needs to be liberated from Bill Clinton.” The former president reigns as a colonial viceroy over the…

Daily Star

Libya stalemate likely to last well into Ramadan as Gadhafi hangs on
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi shows no sign of giving any ground as rebels win wider recognition abroad, so, with no breakthrough likely in the war…

Libyan rebel chief killed after offensive on army troops
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The head of the Libyan rebels’ military campaign, General Abdel-Fatah Younes was shot dead by assailants Thursday, the head of the rebel National Transitional Council reported.

Syrian opposition: Your silence is killing us
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Activists and opposition groups are calling on the silent majority to stand up and be counted in the last Friday mass rallies across Syria before Ramadan.

Israel-bound package had diplomatic documents
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 A package bound for the Israeli Foreign Ministry and landed accidentally in Lebanon contained only diplomatic documents, a security source said Thursday.

Postponement of Karam spy case verdict provokes courtroom commotion
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The Military Tribunal postponed Thursday a verdict in the case of retired Brig. Gen. Fayez Karam, a senior official of the Free Patriotic Movement charged with collaborating with Israel…

Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen satellite channel to launch next year
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 A new Beirut-based satellite channel is set to launch early next year, aiming to cover the reality of economic and social issues in the Arab world, according to its director.

Pro-Assad demonstrators rally in Jdeideh
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Some 500 Syrian and Lebanese demonstrators loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad rallied Thursday in the Metn neighborhood of Roueisat.

LF WebTV lures almost 200,000 viewers on launch day, party says
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Lebanon’s Internet lags behind the rest of the world with slow connection speeds and high subscription rates…

With time ticking Green Party turns its focus to young minds
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The Green Party launched its new campaign motto, The green line is a red line at the Monroe Hotel in Beirut Thursday…

Inclusive education
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Although Lebanon is classified as a middle-income country, a third of its population lives in relative poverty.

Chouf Cedar Reserve receives Batisse Award
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme has granted the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management to the Chouf Cedar Reserve.

Notorious car thief finally nabbed by ISF in Brital
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 One of Lebanon’s most-wanted criminals was arrested Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Directorate General of Internal Security Forces.

Authorities insist horse disease contained despite media reports of spread
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Despite media reports that a disease is spreading through the country’s horse population, authorities involved with the issue say there is no cause for alarm.

Amal expels student leader over LU assault
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement expelled from its ranks the head of the Student League at Lebanese University…

Southern suburbs nearly rebuilt five years later
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Rima Mrad is not an especially superstitious person. Yet, wearing a serene smile…

U.S. accuses Iran of helping Al-Qaeda
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The United States Wednesday announced sanctions on six men accused of operating a network which moves Al-Qaeda operatives and money through Iran.

Yemeni forces open fire on protesters in city of Taiz
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Yemeni security forces fired on protesters in the southern city of Taiz Thursday and fierce clashes erupted between tribesmen and army troops outside the capital Sanaa…

Bahrain king approves reforms, opposition rejects move
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Bahrain’s king approved parliamentary reforms Thursday after the suppression of pro-democracy protests…

Iranian scientist was nuke expert, IAEA source confirms
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 VIENNA: A man shot dead on a Tehran street by motorcycle-riding gunmen last weekend was a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons and not a university student as officially claimed…

Double bombings kill 12 in Tikrit, wound 34
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 A double bombing Thursday struck an Iraqi bank in Saddam Hussein’s hometown where policemen were picking up their paychecks, killing 12 and wounding 34 people, officials said.

Christofias says will stay after Cyprus Cabinet quits ahead of reshuffle
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Cyprus’ Cabinet resigned Thursday in preparation for a reshuffle aimed at addressing an economic and energy crisis caused by a blast that knocked out its main power station and killed 13 people.

Israel announces diplomatic ties with South Sudan
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Israel established diplomatic ties with the newly formed nation of South Sudan Thursday as the country was also admitted as the newest member of the African Union.

Jordan convicts Zarqawi mentor for aiding Taliban
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The mentor of slain Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was convicted Thursday of aiding the Afghan Taliban and sentenced to five years in prison in Jordan.

Egypt military in tight spot regarding Mubarak’s future
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 An effigy hanging from a lamppost shows the fate some protesters in the Egyptian port city of Suez would like to see meted out to former President Hosni Mubarak.

Fit for trial: Mubarak and sons will be tried in Cairo
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 The trial of Hosni Mubarak, his sons and former interior minister will be held in Cairo…

Top AQIM member killed in Algeria: government official
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Algerian security forces killed a top member of an Al-Qaeda regional offshoot and two accomplices who were trying to reach Algiers aboard a car laden with explosives, a government official said Thursday.

Palestinian police raid Dahlan’s home
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Palestinian police raided the West Bank home of a rival of President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday, deepening a feud that has shaken the upper ranks of the ruling Fatah Party.

Violence breaks out in Somali capital as rebels block aid
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Somali government forces and African Union troops battled insurgents Thursday in heavy fighting in the capital Mogadishu in efforts to secure aid routes for drought victims.

Renewable revolution gains slow momentum
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 Many things are difficult to rely on in Lebanon: political stability, hot water in the tank, electricity.

Jumblatt discusses Lebanon with Rai, Sfeir
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 A delegation headed by Druze leader Walid Jumblatt discussed the Lebanon situation Thursday with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai and Cardinal Butros Sfeir.

Investigators have evidence from UNIFL bomb: Asarta
Daily Star 28 Jul 2011 UNIFIL Force Commander in Lebanon said investigators trying to determine who was responsible for a roadside bomb that injured six French peacekeepers have “a lot of evidence” that will hopefully lead to the perpetrators.

YNet News

Beersheba: Rabbi stabbed to death
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira, 70, was stabbed to death Thursday night in his Beersheba yeshiva. Rabbi Abuchatzeira was one of the city’s prominent religious figures. … ….

US accuses Iran of ‘secret deal’ with al-Qaeda
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – The Obama administration is accusing the Iranian government of entering into a “secret deal” with al-Qaeda to funnel money and insurgents from the Middle East to … ….

Surgeons seek IDF Medical Corps’ help
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – While the labor dispute between the medical professionals and the Finance Ministry rages on, the Israel Surgical Association has turned to IDF Medical Corps Chief … ….

Gaza kids claim kite-flying record
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Thousands of Gaza children sent a sea of colorful kites soaring into the sky Thursday in an attempt to break a world record. Christopher Gunness, a spokesman for the … ….

Parents stage ‘strollers protest’
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Thousands of parents took part in a ‘strollers march’ Thursday, in protest of what they called “the high costs of raising a child in Israel.” The main protest march … ….

Report: Shot Iranian said to be nuke expert
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – A man shot dead on a Tehran street by motorcycle-riding gunmen last weekend was a scientist involved in suspected Iranian attempts to make nuclear weapons and not a … ….

Social protest unnerves Likud
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – The growing demand for social change is making Likud party members nervous: Ynet learned Thursday that prominent party members are pushing for an urgent Likud center … ….

Jerusalem pride parade, tent protesters join forces
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Activists protesting housing crisis march with gay community; right-wingers….

Dahlan leaves West Bank for Jordan
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Palestinian forces raid ex-Fatah member’s Ramallah home, confiscate unregistered….

Iran to UN: Israel behind scientist’s murder
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Iranian senior official demands UN’s Human Rights Council investigate Daryoush….

Bill proposes free education for kids under 5
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Middle class’s plight reaches Knesset: MK Itzik, Katz aim to save young parents….

Report: 3,000 people missing in Syrian uprising
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Online activist group Avaaz.org estimates one person disappears in Syria every….

UN camp in Gaza vandalized
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Vandals torch stage, UN flag at summer camp set to host kite-flying contest,….

Livni joins doctors’ protest march
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Opposition leader calls on prime minister to bear burden of medical crisis….

Israel PR video irks Arabs
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Deputy FM Daniel Ayalon discusses Palestinian narrative regarding occupied….

Security forces’ September weapons
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Defense Ministry invests NIS 75 million in purchase of non-lethal crowd….

Qassam explodes south of Ashkelon
YNet News, 28 Jul 2011 – Relative state of calm in south breaks early Thursday as rocket hits open area;….

Palestinian Information Center

Five arrested, child and foreigner assaulted in West Bank attacks
PIC – At least five Palestinians were arrested and others, including a small boy were assaulted in Israeli attacks across the West Bank early Thursday.

Tadamun: Conditions of administrative detainees in Megiddo too bad
PIC – International Tadamun society for human rights said the Palestinian administrative detainees in the Israeli Megiddo prison are living under extremely bad conditions and deprived of their rights.

Court rules Salah to remain on bail despite appeal by Home Secretary
PIC – The Britain and Wales appeals court threw out an appeal by the UK Home Office to revoke the release of Islamic Movement in Israel leader Raed Salah.

PA security forces raid Dahlan’s house
PIC – Security forces from the PA stormed the house of notorious Fatah official Mohamed Dahlan in Ramallah city, arrested 10 of his bodyguards and confiscated weapons and vehicles.

Hundreds of Jewish settlers storm Nabi Yusuf tomb
PIC – Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the Nabi Yusuf tomb east of Nablus before dawn Thursday under heavy Israeli troop protection and offered rituals.

Israeli police detain 150 Palestinian workers
PIC – Israeli police forces arrested 150 Palestinian workers in cultivated lands in the Galilee north of Palestine occupied in 1948 on Thursday morning.

Jewish settlers confiscate hundreds of dunums in Sa’ir area
PIC – Jewish settlers have released hounds on Palestinians who stepped foot on land that was taken from them to build the Asfar settlement on the Sa’ir area east of Al-Khalil city.

Lieberman wants to eject Turkish workers amid showdown over ties with Turkey
PIC – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to eject some 350 Turkish construction workers as Israel’s relations with Turkey have spiraled after the 2010 flotilla attack.

IOA delivers demolition warning to inhabitants of a building in OJ
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority-controlled Jerusalem municipality handed a demolition warning to inhabitants of a building in Beit Hanina.

WAFA

PCC Declares Full Support to Going to UN
WAFA

Oxfam: Water Well Serving 60 People in Gaza Damaged During Israeli Airstrike
WAFA

Japan Celebrates Completion of Electrical Project in Kufr-Ein
WAFA

EU Condemns Gaza Executions
WAFA

Prisoners El-Saadi and Bani Hassan Enter their 27th year in Prison
WAFA

Egypt: Smooth Movement of Aid and Travelers to and from Gaza
WAFA

UNRWA Condemns Attack on World Record Facility in Gaza
WAFA

New York Times

Baghdad Journal: Despite Its Turmoil, Syria Still Looks Like an Oasis to Iraqis
New York Times 28 Jul 2011 – Despite the political crackdown in Syria, many Iraqis still consider it to be a better, safer place than their own country, and they are traveling there in great numbers.

Ex-Counterterrorism Aide Warns Against Complacency on Al Qaeda
New York Times 28 Jul 2011 – Michael E. Leiter, former head of the National Counterterrorism Center, dismissed the idea that Al Qaeda was near collapse.

Army Corps Agrees to Pay Whistle-Blower In Iraq Case
New York Times 28 Jul 2011 – The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to a former official who charged that she was demoted after she objected to a no-bid contract granted to a Halliburton subsidiary.

Trial of Egypt’s Mubarak to Be Held in Cairo
New York Times 28 Jul 2011 – The trial of Hosni Mubarak and others over their involvement in killing protesters will be held in Cairo next week, a senior official said on Thursday.

Twin Blasts Leave 12 Dead in Iraqi City
New York Times 28 Jul 2011 – Two explosions struck outside a bank in Saddam Hussein’s hometown, as soldiers were lining up to cash paychecks.

Misc

Imperialist powers seek exit from Libyan war
WSWS – After five months of raining death and destruction on the people of Libya, the major powers are now offering a settlement with Gaddafi and his regime.

It’s time: JVP letter on US veto threat.
Jewish Voice for Peace –

The same Islamophobic bloggers and pundits that influenced Norway killer also influence Congress
Mondoweiss – In light of theOsloattacks, it is important to pause and contemplate what sparked this event, and indeed where such hatred comes from. One thing is clear: this in no way occurred in isolation. It was a disconcerting coincidence that an article on the front page of…

Israeli bulldozers edge ever closer to… Al Badawi
Mondoweiss – Yesterday there were more arrests in al Walaja, the village west of Bethlehem which is being enveloped by The Wall, as people protested against the destruction of village land. Once again Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh was arrested by Israeli soldiers (for the third time), as were Sherin…

Israeli dignitary warns that binational state is worse than apartheid
Mondoweiss – J Street has got a group of Israeli generals visiting Washington to lobby American officials that the ’67 lines are defensible lines. The neocons are upset by this. Kredo of Washington Jewish Week reports: “[Noah] Pollak said… ‘It’s time for J Street to stop politicizing the…

American Jews feel warmer about Netanyahu than Obama – in switch from a year ago
Mondoweiss – I’m late to this J Street poll of American Jewish opinion from two weeks back. It shows what I always say, American Jews are conservative on the Israel/Palestine issue, and they’re the wrench in the works. American Jews disapprove of Obama’s handling of the Israel/Palestine conflict,…

Australian police crack down on BDS protest, arresting 19
Mondoweiss – On July 1, the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) in Melbourne Australia held a non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) action in Melbourne’s CBD.The non-violent and peaceful demonstration of more than 120 peoplewas violently attacked by the Victorian Police and 19 activists were arrested. They are…

Iran Assassination: Melman Hints Israel Killed Wrong Man
Tikun Olam – Dariush Rezaei-Ochbolagh: did Mossad intend to kill him and get the wrong man? In reporting on the recent assassination of Iranian electrical engineering graduate student, Darioush Rezaeinejad, I’ve noted the possibility of the Lillehammer-like mistake by which the Mossad may’ve killed the wrong man. The reason…

Geller, Anti-Jihadi Blogs Have ‘Very Real Blood of Children on Their Hands’
Tikun Olam – “People like Fjordman and Pamela Geller and the right-wing blogosphere who spew apocalyptic rhetoric and refuse to denounce the extremists among them now have the very real blood of children on their hands.” OK, let take a quiz: who wrote that? Glenn Greenwald, perhaps? Andrew Sullivan?…

Misc 2

Egypt vows not to compensate Israel over cessation of gas supplies
Middle East Monitor 28 Jul 2011 – Egypt’s Petroleum Minister, Abdullah Ghorab, has affirmed that his government is not committed to paying Israel compensation after the export of natural gas to the country was halted for ‘compelling reasons’. In a statement made to the media on Wednesday, July 27, Ghorab said that the…

Lieberman seeks expulsion of Turkish workers from Tel Aviv
Middle East Monitor 28 Jul 2011 – Israeli media sources have reported escalating differences between members of Israel’s coalition cabinet over the apology demanded by Turkey following Israel’s massacre of nine Turkish citizens aboard Freedom Flotilla I. The dispute between the two states has continued to fester since the deadly Israeli attack in…

Jordan’s King Abdullah II refuses to meet Netanyahu
Middle East Monitor 28 Jul 2011 – According to reports by a Kuwaiti daily made on Wednesday, July 27, King Abdullah II of Jordan recently declined a secret meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. ‘Well informed’ anonymous sources told Al-Jareeda newspaper that Netanyahu had sent a special emissary to Amman to request…

The slow unraveling of Hasbara in America
Joseph Dana 28 Jul 2011 – Something is happening over at the Jewish Daily Forward, one of the pillars of American Jewish media. In recent days, editors at the Forward, notably Gal Beckerman have gone head to head with one of Israel’s Hasbara masterminds, deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. About two weeks…

Mubarak trial ‘will be in Cairo’
BBC 28 Jul 2011 – Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak, who is being detained at a hospital Sharm el-Sheikh, will be tried in Cairo next week, state media says.

Lebanon frees ‘slanderous’ singer
BBC 28 Jul 2011 – Lebanon frees singer Zeid Hamdan, detained over a song in which he urges President Michel Suleiman to “go home”.

Police raid ex-Fatah man’s home
BBC 28 Jul 2011 – Palestinian police raid the house of former Fatah official Mohammed Dahlan, hours after his expulsion from the party was confirmed.

Jordan convicts al-Qaeda ‘mentor’
BBC 28 Jul 2011 – The former mentor of Iraq’s slain al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is sentenced to five years in prison in Jordan for recruiting Taliban fighters.

Norway’s monster and the poison of Zionist propaganda
Sabbah report 28 Jul 2011 – How much was the mind of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik conditioned and warped by Zionist propaganda as peddled with the assistance of Christian fundamentalism by much of the Western mainstream media and many websites?

Articles


When did the blockade begin?
Mya Guarnieri, Ma’an News Agency7/28/2011
ATHENS, Greece (Ma’an) — The flotilla was intended to challenge the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, a closure that has been decried as a violation of international law. While Israel prevented the boats from reaching the Gaza Strip, the initiative was successful in bring media attention to the closure.
But Israel remains victorious on one crucial front. A tremendous majority of those talking about the blockade — from the mainstream media to critics and activists — use 2007 as the start-date, unintentionally lending legitimacy to Israel’s cause and effect explanation, an argument that pegs the closure to political events.
According to the Israeli government, the blockade was a response to the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip. The stated goals of the closure are to weaken Hamas, to stop rocket fire and to free Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been held in Gaza since 2006.
But the blockade — which the Israeli government has openly called “economic warfare” — did not begin in 2007. Nor did it start in 2006, with Israel’s economic sanctions against Gaza. The hermetic closure of Gaza is the culmination of a process that began 20 years ago.
It is important to note, first, the groundwork that made this process so devastating.
In her definitive piece on the economic de-development of the Gaza Strip, published in 1987, Dr Sara Roy uses data from the years of 1967 to 1985 to illustrate how the Israelis turned the Gaza Strip into a captive market and made Palestinian residents a labor pool dependent on Israel. more.. e-mail

All systems are go for Palestine’s march to the UN
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency7/28/2011
If anyone outside Palestine had doubts that the Palestinian Authority is hesitant about going to the UN to request the recognition of Palestine as a full member, a trip to Ramallah would quickly put an end to this skepticism.
Ramallah’s hotels are full of members of the Palestine Central Council (the second highest representative body in Palestinian politics after the Palestine National Council).
PNC Speaker Salim Zannoun has held meetings in Amman, Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah in preparation for a crucial central council meeting in Ramallah this week. The leading independent daily published in Ramallah, Al Ayyam, boasts a colorful map of the world with 122 flags representing world countries that have indicated that they will vote for Palestine to be a full member.
Robert H. Serry, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has been quoted in the local press as saying in New York that the Palestinians are ready to take responsibility for their state.
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was dispatched to Cairo to convince an emergency meeting of the Arab League that they must step up and fulfill commitments to the Palestinian Authority.
Ever since Mahmoud Abbas and Khalid Mashaal signed the reconciliation deal, Israel has illegally withheld taxes and customs it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority which usually cover 70 percent of the PA’s running expenses. Salaries were paid at 50 percent last month and are in doubt this month. more.. e-mail

Reconnecting Sect, Tribe and State
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global7/25/2011
BEIRUT — One of the striking contrasts between current political tensions and clashes in the Arab world and the tone of the many demonstrations for freedom and democracy across the region is about the role of sectarian and ethnic identity. We are reminded of this again in Syria these days, where some brutal killings in the city of Homs last week seemed designed to inflame destructive passions between the majority Sunnis and the minority Alawites who dominate the ruling power elite. In the past year Egypt similarly experienced ugly incidents that seemed to target or provoke the Christian (Coptic) minority. Bahrain and Yemen also have experienced serious ethnic- and sectarian-based tensions recently. Iraq, Lebanon and Sudan have endured their own sectarian problems, conflicts and occasional atrocities for years, to the point where Iraq and Lebanon have seen most of their once integrated populations separated into more neat and “pure” demographic zones, and Sudan has registered the first case of secession from a modern Arab state.
This list is long, depressing and profoundly revealing of deeper problems in the Arab world that transcend immediate political rivalries or longer-term competition for control of state resources. Sectarian/religious/ethnic tensions across the Arab world primarily reflect deficiencies in two important and related arenas: the legitimacy and structure of statehood, and the nature and quality of political governance. Arab countries have denied their people credible democratic political participation and accountability; therefore their citizens do not enjoy the bounty of state services, security, equality and opportunity that should accompany real citizenship. Instead, individuals turn to their ethnic/religious group for identity, representation, services and protection, while both our own Arab autocrats and foreign powers alike manipulate sectarianism for their own ends.
The millions of Arab men and women who have been demonstrating on the streets for seven months now instinctively understand the direct relationship between sectarianism and governance…. more.. e-mail

The sham solidarity of Israel’s Zionist left
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2011 – Budour Youssef Hassan The Electronic Intifada Recent marches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv raise urgent questions about the true meaning of joint struggle.more

Israel’s prison walls cannot keep us apart
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jul 2011 – Fidaa Elaydi The Electronic Intifada Dallas Fidaa Elaydi’s uncle has been imprisoned in Israel for more than twenty years, and his family in Gaza have not been able to visit him for the past six.more

The Palestinian Statehood Strategy
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2011 – By Ali Younes From the Palestinian perspective, the absence of any meaningful effort to restart the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations that will eventually lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders is the driving force behind the current efforts to submit an application to the UN to recognize Palestine as a state. In essence, the failure of the efforts to restart the peace talks has to do with the sever imbalance of power between Israel and the Palestinians. The current Israeli government does not see any urgency in rushing to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians considering that it has the ultimate political and military control over the Palestinians territories. The Palestinian weakness and their inability to change the dynamics of their relations with the Israelis, much less trying to have a balance of power with them, is also making reaching a convincing settlement with the Israelis…more

The New Anti-Semitism
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2011 – By Uri Avnery The Nazi Propaganda Minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, calls his boss, Adolf Hitler, by hell-phone. ‘Mein Führer,’ he exclaims excitedly. ‘News from the world. It seems we were on the right track, after all. Anti-Semitism is conquering Europe!’ “Good!” the Führer says, “That will be the end of the Jews!” “Hmmm…well…not exactly, mein Führer. It looks as though we chose the wrong Semites. Our heirs, the new Nazis, are going to annihilate the Arabs and all the other Muslims in Europe.” Then, with a chuckle, “After all, there are many more Muslims than Jews to exterminate.” “But what about the Jews?” Hitler insists. “You won’t believe this: the new Nazis love Israel, the Jewish State – and Israel loves them!” The atrocity committed this week by the Norwegian neo-Nazi — is it an isolated incident? Right-wing extremists all over Europe and the US are already declaiming in unison:…more

Brown Skin, White Masks — Book Review
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2011 – By Ludwig Watzal (Hamid Dabashi, Brown Skin, White Masks, Pluto, London 2011, 165 p, L 14.99; $ 24,95.) Almost 60 years ago, Frantz Fanon published his groundbreaking book “Black Skin, White Masks”, in which he explored the traumatic consequences of an inferiority complex that colonized people felt, and how that led them to identify with the ideology of the colonizer. This book together with “The Wretched of the Earth”, published in 1961, became “the Bibles” of the anti-colonial movement throughout the world. His writings inspired the protest movement that swept across not only the colonized third world countries, but also through the Northern colonial metropolis. In the light of the new US-led policies of neo-colonialism and imperialism, Fanon is more topical than ever. In the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union the world situation worsened dramatically. Without adversary, the US “hyperpower” is embarking on a new neo-colonial spree, by…more

Dershowitz’s Continuum of Civilianality Turns Five
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jul 2011 – By Belen Fernandez Five years ago, Israel waged a 34-day war on Lebanon that resulted in the elimination of approximately 1200 persons in the targeted country, most of them civilians, as well as 43 Israeli civilians. In a July 2006 opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Law School’s resident piranha Alan Dershowitz placed the term “collective punishment” in quotation marks and announced the need for a “continuum of civilianality” to determine just how civilian Arab civilians were. Two-year-olds, for example, are established as falling on the “more innocent” side of the continuum, while Dershowitz explains that “[t]here is also a difference between a civilian who merely favors or even votes for a terrorist group and one who provides financial or other material support for terrorism.” Voting and other forms of support for “a terrorist group” are of course presumably facilitated when said group is an official political party…more

Behind Norway’s Kristallnacht
Dissident Voice: 28 Jul 2011 – The massacre in peaceful Oslo was a replay of this earlier horror in reverse — no longer the Jews as victims but as the inspiration of terror against non-Jews — as Israel extends its wars not only to Greek ports and French airports but to Norwegian children’s camps, complete with rabbinical blessings for the murderers, notes Eric Walberg Norway is in a state of total shock after the 22 July car bombing in Oslo killing seven, followed by the shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya Island killing 69. This terrorist operation, the worst massacre in Norway’s recent history, represents a greater loss proportional to its five million people than 9/11 did to the US. Speaking of which, an initial report in the New York Times , Wall Street Journal, Guardian , et al attributed the attack to Islamists (resentful of Norway’s democracy, etc), “a terror group, Ansar al-Jihad…more

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