VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 2 August, 2011: Report: Israel’s new Mossad chief behind assassination of Iran nuclear scientist

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International Middle East Media Center

Awarta Youth Convicted Of Itamar Stabbing Attack
IMEMC – Wednesday August 03, 2011 – 03:39, An Israeli military court convicted on Tuesday a Palestinian youth from Awarta village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, of stabbing to death five family members of the Itamar settlement, nearly five months ago.

Egypt Security Forces Detonate Tunnel On Gaza Border
IMEMC – Wednesday August 03, 2011 – 01:00, The Egyptian Security Forces detonated on Tuesday a siege-busting tunnel at the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Reportedly Ready To Restart Peace Talks
IMEMC – Tuesday August 02, 2011 – 12:09, Unnamed government sources state that Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to begin negotiations with the Palestinians in accordance with boundaries offered by United States President Barack Obama, Ma’an News Agency reports. In May, the US President voiced support for a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders with mutually agreed land swaps, angering some in the US as well as Israel.

Right-Wing Settlers Barred From West Bank For Terrorist Activities
IMEMC – Tuesday August 02, 2011 – 11:49, Twelve right-wing settlers living in the Yitzhar settlement have been banned from the West Bank for committing violent acts against Palestinians. Three settlers were banned from all areas of the West Bank, six settlers were banned from several West Bank settlements and three were banned from Yitzhar.

Ma’an News

Air strikes hit targets in the Gaza Strip
8/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli warplanes struck two targets in the northern and southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, with no casualties reported. Israeli air crafts fired at a target in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip causing material damage but no human casualties, medical sources told Ma’an’s correspondent….

UNRWA: Clear link between settlements and demolitions
8/2/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The link between Israel’s settlement expansion in the West Bank and the displacement of Palestinians from their homes is now “abundantly clear,” UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness said Tuesday.” Many displacements are taking place where settlements are expanding and with it we are seeing an upturn in vicious attacks by….

Activists pray in Gaza’s buffer zone
8/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Popular resistance activists held noon prayers on Tuesday in the “buffer zone” in northern Gaza. International solidarity activists joined dozens of Palestinians to pray on lands recently bulldozed by Israel near Beit Hanoun. Israeli forces impose a “buffer zone” 300 meters from the border inside Gaza. Israel’s army….

Israeli forces detain 1 in Hebron village raid
8/2/2011 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday detained a Palestinian and beat several others during a raid on the village of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, a Ma’an correspondent reported. Mahmoud Salibi, 21, was detained by Israeli forces in the raid. A spokesman from the villages’ popular committee said soldiers raided….

Report: Army court convicts teen of Itamar murders
8/2/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Tuesday convicted a Palestinian teenager for the murder of an Israeli family in Itamar settlement in March, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Hakim Awad, 18, pleaded guilty to stabbing to death five members of the Fogel family with an accomplice, 19-year-old Amjad Awad….

US, Israel propose new talks to head off Palestinian UN bid
8/2/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel is willing to begin new Middle East peace talks using the 1967 lines as a basis for negotiations if the Palestinians drop their UN membership bid, an Israeli government official confirmed on Tuesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel has been working with Washington and members of the international….

Female detainee marks 2 years in administrative detention
8/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Detainees reported Tuesday that female detainee Hana Al-Shalabi from Jenin is now the longest serving female prisoner held in Israeli administrative detention. She was detained in 2009 and is currently in Hasharon prison. The Israeli authorities have kept on postponing her trial without providing any justification and….

Israeli court: West Bank outpost must be dismantled
8/2/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the eviction of settlers from a 10-year-old West Bank outpost but gave authorities until the end of March 2012 to carry out the ruling.” The court issued an order obliging the state to evacuate the illegal outpost of Migron by March 31, 2012,” said the….

Israel slaps restraining orders on 12 settlers
8/3/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Twelve Israeli settlers accused of setting fire to Palestinian mosques, property and vehicles have been slapped with restraining orders limiting their movement in the West Bank, the military said on Tuesday. In a statement, the Israeli military said it had signed off on the restraining orders based on recommendations from the Israel Security….

EU urges inquiry into killings in West Bank refugee camp
8/2/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — The European Union on Tuesday urged Israel to carry out an inquiry into the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank.” The European Union is saddened and concerned by the killing,” said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.” We call on…. Related: PA cabinet condemns killing of 2 Palestinians

PA announces schedule for local elections in West Bank
8/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Local Government on Tuesday announced its schedule for local elections, which will be held in the West Bank on October 22. The Palestinian Authority cabinet announced it would hold elections in October following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The Ministry of Local Government said in a statement Tuesday….

Report: Israeli police detain 9 cult members
8/3/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli police have arrested nine members of an ultra-orthodox cult suspected of abusing women and children in Jerusalem and Tiberias, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday. Police opened an investigation into the cult after a woman lodged a complaint in May, the report said. An ultra-Orthodox man suspected of….

EU contributes €22.5 million to pay PA salaries
8/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The European Union announced Tuesday that it would contribute ‚Ǩ22. 5 million to help the Palestinian Authority pay July salaries and pensions for around 83,000 Palestinian public service workers and pensioners. The EU announced that the money would be channeled through PEGASE, the European mechanism for support to the Palestinians….

Shaath: UN membership would improve chances of peace talks
8/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Fatah central committee member Nabil Shaath said Tuesday that Palestine’s bid for UN membership would improve the chances of negotiations with Israel, official Palestinian Authority media reported.” By seeking recognition, we make negotiations more possible, more equal and more doable,” Shaath said. Speaking to members of the PA’….

PA cabinet condemns killing of 2 Palestinians
8/2/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority cabinet on Tuesday condemned the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in a refugee camp near Ramallah. Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during a raid on Qalandiya refugee camp before dawn on Monday in what the Israeli army said was a “routine arrest procedure.” The cabinet…. Related: EU urges inquiry into killings in West Bank refugee camp

Daughter of prisoner passes Tawjihi with flying colors
8/2/2011 – JENIN (Ma’an) — The Minister of Detainees Issa Qaraqe paid a visit to the daughter of a prisoner on Tuesday to congratulate her on passing the recent Tawjihi exams. The daughter of Qahira Al-Saadi from Jenin refugee camp passed the high school exams with flying colors, obtaining grades of 87. 2 in her exams….

Gaza women join carpentry trade
8/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an)— Women in Gaza are learning carpentry skills at an empowerment center in a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, a Ma’an correspondent reported. Amaal Abu Raqiq is one of ten Palestinian women trained at the Center for Empowering Women and Society in the An-Nuseirat refugee camp. Abu….

Gaza launches relief campaign to support the Somali people
8/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Arab doctors’ union launched a campaign on Tuesday to assist the Somali people. The campaign is called “From Gaza hand in hand to save the children of Somalia” and will last throughout the holy month of Ramadan.” The campaign aimed to demonstrate the extent of physical cohesion between….

Bethlehem holds wake for victims of Norway attacks
8/2/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A coordination committee of the PLO and the office of the governor of Bethlehem organized a wake on Sunday for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Norway last week which killed nearly 80 people. The wake took place at the Bethlehem Peace Center in Manger Square and delegations representing official….

Gaza official denies reports of sharks
8/3/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza official Mahmoud Kabarati on Tuesday denied media reports that sharks had been spotted on the Gaza Strip’s coastline. According to reports in the Israeli media on Tuesday, sharks had ventured near the Gaza shore because of environmental changes in the Mediterranean. The sharks were attracted by the….

Israel protesters draft list of demands
8/3/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Representatives of an Israeli social protest movement that has swept the country and rattled the government were meeting at Tel Aviv University on Tuesday to draft a joint list of demands, activists said.” I’m sure that we shall be able to reach agreement and formulate a joint document,” protester Saguy Yaakobi….

11 tons of expired mineral water seized in Gaza
8/2/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip announced Tuesday that it had destroyed more than 11 tons of expired bottled water being sold in markets. General director of the ministry Foad Al-Esawi confirmed in a statement to Ma’an that the ministry was launching a campaign in shops….

Syria lobbies India to prevent UN condemnation
8/3/2011 – NEW DELHI (AFP) — Syria has called on India as chair of the United Nations Security Council not to give in to “Western propaganda” about its crackdown on protests and to help prevent a resolution condemning the country. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, on a three-day visit to India, said in television interviews that he….

Activist: 24 killed in Syria as Ramadan begins
8/2/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — At least 24 civilians were killed by security forces across Syria, including 10 after evening prayers on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a human rights activist said on Tuesday. The reports of new deaths came as the UN Security Council was to hold a second day of emergency….

Report: Mubarak will attend trial on Wednesday
8/2/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s interior minister has said that former President Hosni Mubarak will be taken from hospital to attend his murder trial in a Cairo suburb in a bid to avoid public anger, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Mubarak, whose trial starts on Wednesday, is under arrest in a hospital in the Red Sea….

UN meets again on deadly Syria crackdown
8/2/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian security forces pressed on with a deadly crackdown on dissent Tuesday as the Security Council held more talks on Syria and the UN chief said President Bashar Al-Assad has “lost all sense of humanity”. Three more people were killed Tuesday in Hama, activists said, a day after Assad’s tanks shelled….

Palestine Note

High food prices cast pall over Ramadan for many
Palestine Note 2 Aug 2011 – The National- From Syria to Libya and Egypt, the uprisings and unrest gripping the Arab world have cast a pall on the start of Ramadan, when the traditional focus on piety is likely to be eclipsed by more unrest. Food…

In Middle East, a Restive First Day of Ramadan
Palestine Note 2 Aug 2011 – J. David Goodman, The New York Times- Videos and messages posted online on Monday testified to a restive first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, as a brutal crackdown continued in Syria, Egypt’s army destroyed a protest camp in…

Israeli museum, breaking down barriers, shows Muslim-world artists
Palestine Note 2 Aug 2011 – The Washington Post- A museum on the road separating Jewish west Jerusalem from the Arab neighborhoods in the city’s east is attracting a daring group of artists from Middle Eastern nations that shun contact with Israel, trying to erode political…

Palestine News Network

Ramadan in Palestine
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – August 1 marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. In Palestine, this month of Ramadan happens in particular conditions. The month…

New Talks Proposed by Israel and US to Stop UN Bid
PNN – Jerusalem— PNN— An Israeli government official said on Tuesday that his country would be willing to begin new peace talks with the 1967 Green Line as a basis for negotiations…

West Bank Settlers Given Restraining Orders
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – Israeli Police and Shin Bet security sources gave twelve West Bank settlers restraining orders on Monday, according to Ha’aretz. The orders were served due to intelligence received by…

Air Strikes Hit Gaza After Homemade Shell Lands in Israel
PNN – Gaza— PNN— Israeli jets bombed targets in Gaza last night after a homemade rocket landed in an open area in Southern Israel and injured one woman. Israeli daily Haaretz reported…

German Newspaper: Mossad Assassinated Iranian Nuclear Physicist
PNN – The German newspaper, Der Spiegel, cited an Israeli intelligence source that said Mossad is behind the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. Dariush Rezaeinejad, a 35-year-old member of the Atomic Energy Organization…

International Solidarity Movement

Activists pray in Gaza’s buffer zone
8/2/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – Ma’an News Agency – GAZA CITY—Popular resistance activists held noon prayers on Tuesday in the “buffer zone” in northern Gaza. International solidarity activists joined dozens of Palestinians to pray on lands recently bulldozed by Israel near Beit Hanoun. Israeli forces impose a “buffer zone” 300 meters from the border inside Gaza. Israel…. Related: Ma’an: Activists pray in Gaza’s buffer zone

Relief Web

Sharp Increase in demolitions threatens to destroy West Bank communities – UNRWA calls for accountability and an end to discriminatory practices
Relief Web 2 Aug 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory Statement by UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness Jerusalem, 02 Aug — Demolitions by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank have escalated alarmingly. Figures…

The EU continues its support to the Palestinian Authority: €22.5 million to the payment of July salaries and pensions
Relief Web 2 Aug 2011 – Source: European Union Country: occupied Palestinian territory Today, the European Union (EU) is contributing ‚Ǩ22.5 million (around NIS 110 million) to help the Palestinian Authority pay the July salaries and pensions of almost 83,000 Palestinian public service providers and pensioners….

Ha’aretz

Senior Israeli Navy commander: Hamas, Hezbollah threaten our ports and oil rigs
Ha’aretz – Brig. Gen. Yaron Navy warns naval weapons smuggling on the rise; warns next war will see terrorist organizations use missiles that can hit ships, ports and sensitive infrastructure.

Dozens of MKs to Netanyhu: Solve Israel housing crisis by building in West Bank
Ha’aretz – MKs, cabinet ministers call on Netanyahu to consider all possible options to solve housing crisis, including settling of ‘tens of thousands of citizens in Judea and Samaria, as well as Jerusalem’.

Activists’ demands to Israeli government: lower taxes, free education and end to privatization
Ha’aretz – Demands also include reform in health care system and government involvement mortgages and rent; scattered protests continue across the country with activists blocking roads.

Israel’s Supreme Court orders state to dismantle largest West Bank outpost
Ha’aretz – Unprecedented ruling states that Migron must be razed by April 2012; Israeli government had admitted outpost was built on lands belonging to Palestinians, but has thus far failed to dismantle it.

Jonathan Pollard undergoes medical operation as health deteriorates
Ha’aretz – Convicted Israeli spy suffers from many medical complications. Head of Pollard lobby calls on President Obama to release him immediately.

Israel Police busts ultra-Orthodox cult suspected of abusing women and children
Ha’aretz – Nine cult members arrested in undercover investigation responding to complaint submitted to young woman; cult allegedly carried out abuse, including rape, over a two-year period.

MK from Lieberman’s party rapped for threatening colleague over Gaza flotilla
Ha’aretz – Last June, MK Anastassia Michaeli forced her way over to Hanin Zoabi, who took part in the flotilla last May, and physically threatened her. Knesset Ethics Committee: behavior is without precedent.

Report: Israel’s new Mossad chief behind assassination of Iran nuclear scientist
Ha’aretz – German weekly Der Spiegel, quoting an Israeli intelligence source, says last week’s shooting was first ‘public operation’ orchestrated by Tamit Prado.

Israel court convicts one of Fogel family murderers
Ha’aretz – Hakim Awad from nearby village of Awarta pleads guilty to murder of five members of Fogel family in West Bank home in March.

Housing protesters set up headquarter representing 40 ‘tent cities’ across Israel
Ha’aretz – First decision is an across-the-board opposition to national housing committees; settlers’ council chairman visits tent city in Tel Aviv, expressing support.

Israeli doctors threaten to step up protests in bid to improve work conditions
Ha’aretz – Doctors at several hospitals announce hunger strike to begin Wednesday; residents claim Israel Medical Association not doing enough for doctors’ struggle.

Israel to extradite citizen wanted for war crimes in Bosnia
Ha’aretz – Bosnian Serb Aleksander Cvetkovic accused of taking part in Srebrenica massacre in 1995, where 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Serb troops.

WATCH: Netanyahu comments on protests get music remix
Ha’aretz – Noy Alooshe use comments by the prime minister claiming that there would be no protests in Israel and mixes them with footage of Israelis taking to the streets en masse over the spiraling cost of living

Knesset to take summer break, despite growing social protests across Israel
Ha’aretz – Proposal by Interior Minister Eli Yishai voted down; Speaker Reuven Rivlin: Government should deal with the crisis, not the Knesset.

Bank of Israel chief ‘surprised’ by protests, says economy doing well
Ha’aretz – Stanley Fischer says government should nevertheless address protesters’ concerns; housing activists try to occupy a bank in central Israel.

MK Ahmed Tibi: World should boycott Israeli companies
Ha’aretz – In New York Times op-ed, Israeli Arab MK calls for external pressure to end the ‘Israeli occupation’, grant full equality to Palestinians and Jews, and implement right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Netanyahu announces plan to negotiate with Israeli housing activists
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister to form committee to examine reductions in indirect taxes, while taking a series of additional steps to improve the standard of living among the country’s middle class.

Thousands of Israeli doctors, residents protest in Jerusalem
Ha’aretz – Doctors call on PM to intervene in crisis and restart stalled negotiations with Finance Ministry; all outpatient clinics in Israel closed with only emergency surgery performed.

Israeli crime boss shot to death at gas station
Ha’aretz – An initial investigation reveals the motorcyclist opened fire on Abutbul’s vehicle, hitting him in his upper body and lightly wounding his bodyguard., DHgate.com, Online Shopping

Will the defense budget be another victim of the housing protests?
Ha’aretz – Israel Defense Forces senior ranks understand that their lobbying for increasing next year’s defense budget may fail in wake of the social protests sweeping Israel.

Settlers served restraining orders from West Bank over planned attacks on Palestinians
Ha’aretz – Orders issued by Judea and Samaria District Police, based on intelligence gathered by Shin Bet security services; Yitzhar settlement residents planned and carried out violent attacks on Palestinian mosques, buildings and vehicles.

IDF strikes Gaza targets after rocket wounds Israeli woman
Ha’aretz – Israel Air Force aircraft strikes two Gaza Strip sites in response to Monday rocket fire which wounded a woman in the Hof Ashkelon area; Israel Defense Force retaliated to three Qassam rockets two weeks ago with strikes on Gaza.

Jerusalem Post

National religious leadership joins protests
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – ‚ÄòOur style will be different, not rude and condescending,’ says Bnei Akiva head.

Israel Post Office employee ‚Äòstole cash from mail’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Officers from the Ashkelon police station launched an undercover investigation and installed secret CCTV cameras in the post office.

Danziger’s probe to begin in coming days
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Ex-justice minister Friedman is unsure investigation is justified.

Neighbor shocked at polygamous Breslover’s arrest
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – “He didn’t seem insane, but you did feel a strong extremism,” neighbor says about prime suspect.

‚ÄòTime to distinguish between hard and soft drugs’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Justice Ministry official: Attorney general has told state prosecutors to operate on basis of such a distinction.

State asks High Court for one more hearing in Dirani case
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Last month, court upheld ruling allowing convicted terrorist to sue state for damages.

Nordau Boulevard now TA’s 2nd-largest housing-protest site
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – ‚ÄòPeople are going to work and returning at the end of the day to the tents,’ says organizer.

EU trying to get PA to soften UN resolution
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – European diplomats concerned Palestinian UN state-recognition bid would break EU consensus, highlight disunity; Europeans lobbying Palestinian Authority to seek “right” of Palestinian state instead.

Wikimaniacs arrive in Haifa for Wikipedia extravaganza
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Seventh annual get-together of online encyclopedia buffs in Haifa expected to be biggest ever.

PA: Israel-US plans to revive peace talks ‘valueless’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Palestinian officials say PA determined to proceed with UN statehood recognition bid on pre-1967 lines, despite Israel-US efforts.

Reservist call-up orders ready for September
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – IDF sources said the call-up orders would be issued per operational requirements, it was training reservists in crowd-control techniques.

Terra Incognita: Humbling Turkey’s military
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Countries that rely too much on institutions to ensure their values will be let down.

Yalla Peace: Muslims or Arabs?
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Israel must choose wisely who it wants to be sitting opposite at the negotiating table.

An open letter from a social justice protester
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – I am turning to you because your voice must also be heard. The character of this unique state— the state for all of the Jewish people— will be determined by your influence.

Egypt-Sinai-Gaza: The triangular threat to Israel
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Until the new Egyptian regime stabilizes, the border area shared by Egypt, Israel and the Gaza Strip will likely be a focus for increased terrorist activity.

Herzl’s dream comes true in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – The Knesset would do well to adopt some of the city’s liberal characteristics.

Trouble in Turkey
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – The dissociation of Turkey from the West is already upon us.

Palestinians fear for ancient West Bank water source
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – West Bank residents claim Israeli authorities’ demolition of ancient cisterns has exacerbated water shortages.

Tent protest leaders to present list of 8 demands to PM
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Demands include halting privatization of welfare, free education from age 3 months; hundreds protest in J’lem against PM’s new housing law.

‘Lebanon border shootings could ignite region’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Envoy to UN Prosor writes letter to Ban saying Lebanon violated ceasefire with Israel when one of its soldiers opened fire on IDF troops.

Ban Ki-moon: ‘Assad has lost all sense of humanity’
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – UN chief slams Assad for not heeding calls of the int’l community and his people; three-day death toll in Hama, other towns rises to 134.

‘Itamar massacre’ killer, Hakim Awad, convicted
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – One of two Palestinian youths indicted for the brutal murder of 5 members of the Fogel family in March, convicted in Samaria Military Court.

Military court convicts Hakim Awad of Fogel murders
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – 18-year-old Palestinian admits to killing, together with partner Amjad Awad, five members of Fogel family in W. Bank settlement of Itamar.

In Norway killer’s past, few clues to troubled future
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik often remembered as “normal” but somewhat out of place; relationship with absent diplomat father could be key.

Poll: ‘Social’ party could win 20 seats in elections today
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – ‘Jerusalem Post’ poll shows Likud, Labor and Kadima would be biggest losers if social protest leaders formed a political party.

Pollard taken out of jail for ‘very urgent’ surgery
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – MK Uri Ariel says deteriorating health “emphasizes the terrible humanitarian crime” of keeping Israeli agent locked up.

As Mubarak trial set to begin, Arab leaders take note
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Ousted Egyptian leader faces charges including killing protesters, corruption, squandering public wealth in Israel gas deal.

Beinisch: IMA more interested in public opinion than talks
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – High Court declines appeal that would force PM to intervene in dispute; IMA chairman on hunger strike gets MKs’ applause.

Palestinian Authority police taking to the air
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Cops’ new radio station in West Bank looks to Israeli, Jordanian army broadcasts as model, anticipates Turkish funding amid delays.

Ask the Barman: 223 reasons to smile
Jerusalem Post 2 Aug 2011 – Slick and sophisticated, Daniel Weinstein effortlessly serves up the drinks at 223, one of Tel Aviv’s swankiest cocktail bars.

The Guardian

Israel’s secular middle class strikes back | Carlo Strenger
The Guardian 2 Aug 2011 – The protest started over property prices, but has widened into a popular uprising that is worrying Netanyahu’s rightwing coalition The international press has paid remarkably little attention to Israel’s civil uprising in the last weeks—…

Inter Press Service

U.S. Muslims More Tolerant, Opposed to Violence than Other Faiths
IPS Muslims in the United States express greater tolerance for members of other faiths than any other major religious group, according to a major new survey and report released here Thursday by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center.

Palestinian Bedouin a Besieged Minority of the Minority
IPS Israeli policies are destroying the livelihoods of Bedouin communities in the occupied West Bank and the Negev in southern Israel, activists and aid workers warn.

Syrian Crackdown Shows no Respite
IPS Syrian troops have again advanced in the central city of Hama, taking up new positions a day after activists said government forces killed 24 people throughout the country on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

JORDAN: Ripe for Reform, Slow to Change
IPS Having weathered the maelstrom that engulfed the Middle East earlier this year, Jordan’s government has faced simmering unrest as protesters continue to press for political and economic reforms.

Libya Paralyses Security Council on Syria
IPS The U.N. Security Council has continued to remain politically paralysed on the indiscriminate killings of civilians in Syria, and that paralysis, according to U.N. diplomats, has been triggered ironically by the ongoing turmoil in another Arab nation – Libya.

Uruknet

2 Aug. ’11: Video: Undercover Israeli police detain 13-year-old playing soccer in Ras al- Amud, East Jerusalem
Uruknet August 2, 2011 – On the afternoon of Friday, 22 July ’11, several youths were playing soccer in a street in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amud. Footage from a security camera located outside a nearby shop shows a police vehicle crossing the street and then a Border Police jeep arriving and blocking one end of the…

IDF soldiers open fire on photojournalists
Uruknet August 2, 2011 – If you seek to obtain a truly comprehensive picture of the state of press freedom and freedom of expression in territories under Israeli control, come watch Israeli soldiers shoot at journalists in the West Bank. On Friday, 29 July, at the start of the weekly Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi…

More bloodshed in Syria ‚Äé: Security forces kill 5 in Hama(Videos)
Uruknet August 2, 2011 – Hama: Abdullah Atr, Abdula’aleem Aroob, Faisal Adi and brothers Fateh and Khaled Kateel were killed today after shelling Janoob Malaab and Qusoor today, snipers are positioned allover the city, residents are afraid of storming the city today….Damascus Suburbs: Douma: Omar Adnan died under torture that lasted three days. Omar was arrested on Jul 30…

Israel: Rogue State Land of Inequality
Uruknet August 2, 2011 – Growing millions worldwide understand Israel’s decades-long project to colonize Palestine, dispossess its people, steal their land, and terrorize them into submission. They also know it hasn’t worked nor will it. Too few, however, know how growing social and economic inequality affects most Israelis. Since at least the mid-1980s, state policies have disproportionately favored the…

Dispatch From Libya End Game for Benghazi Rebels as Libyan Tribes Prepare to Weigh In?
Uruknet Tripoli , August 2, 2011 – On July 30, the day before this 97.5 per cent Muslim country began the holy month of Ramadan, NATO spokesperson Roland Lavoie has been lamely attempting to explain to the press at the Rexis Hotel and internationally, why NATO was forced to bomb three Tripoli TV towers at the Libyan Broadcasting Authority, killing…

EU urges inquiry after killings in West Bank refugee camp
Uruknet August 2, 2011 – The European Union on Tuesday urged Israel to carry out an inquiry into the killing of two Palestinians by Israeli soldiers in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank. “The European Union is saddened and concerned by the killing,” said a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. “We call on the…

Military Resistance 9G22: Soldiers Kissing Protesters
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – Scores of people have been shot dead and there were reports of bodies lying in the streets of the opposition stronghold of Hama following a tank assault as Syrian troops unleashed an apparent nationwide offensive targeting protesters against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Videos posted online showed columns of black smoke rising from…

The Silent Steel Resistance of Nabi Samuel
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – . With no space to expand or develop, their daughters are marrying more and more outside of Nabi Samuel and newlywed men are renting homes in nearby areas. But the people of Nabi Samuel will not give up without a fight. Those who have found a way to remain on their land will remain until…

Three lives in the West Bank
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – If you live in Ramallah and work in Jerusalem, the time your journey will take to the office is an unknown quantity. It could be an hour, it could be three. Najwa, a social worker who runs a community centre in the Arab quarter of the old city of Jerusalem, does this journey every…

Hama – the city that’s defying Assad
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – ….Though Hama’s residents say history is repeating itself – the double-act of Bashar and his brother Maher, commander of the 4th armoured division, matches Hafez and his brother Rifaat, who led the 1982 assault – today’s uprising is nothing like the ones before it. While clerics have taken a prominent role – the de…

U.S. Seeking a New Mubarak in the Heart of Tahrir Square
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – I was struck for a long while by comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the new American ambassador in Cairo when they said that they had spent over $40 million to support democracy in post-revolution Egypt. Rumors had spread in the corridors of power and suspicions scattered amongst revolutionary forces that the…

US Violations Update in Iraq : Maysan
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – …It is confirmed that 3 people were killed during the American aircrafts attack on a civilian pick-up car in Amara . And the innocent blood shed continues, the American violations continue and the silence of the corrupt Iraqi government is unjustifiable . Actually, the Iraqi officials denied that there were human casualties, you can find the…

The killings continue and so too the uprising
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – Let’s presume that some of the Arab satellite TV stations exaggerated and inflated the number of martyrs who fell from the bullets of the Syrian security forces in Hama, Homs and Dir al Zur; and before them Dara’a and the outskirts of Damascus. And let’s suppose also that some of the “eyewitnesses” were not…

Gaza’s Boat-Building Tradition Dying Under Siege
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – – “My father was a boat-builder and I learned from him, worked on boats all my life. Now there’s no work at all.” Abu Fayez Bakr, 64, is one of two boat-builders in the Gaza Strip, the last of a dying trade, despite Palestinians’ penchant for the sea and its bounty. “My sons learned…

Tell Me Again: Who’s the Stupid/Weak/Incompetent One?
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – …The fundamental problem for most people is a very simple one. They are unable to look at Obama, or any one of many similar figures, and say: Impoverishment, brutalization, destruction and death are his aims. He has said so, repeatedly. Impoverishment, brutalization, destruction and death are what he wants to achieve. These are evil…

Syria Protests in solidarity with Hama , August 1, 2011 : A Video Roundup
Uruknet

Fatal Vision: Last Bad Deal Gone Down
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – So the deed is done. The “debt ceiling” crisis has been “resolved” by a further maniacal destruction of the commonweal, in a bipartisan pact that completely ignores the murderous imperial wars as the primary drain on the nation’s treasury. As we noted here yesterday, the deal also sets up an unaccountable politburo (the special “…

‘Alarming’ rise in attacks on Palestinian children
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – The Palestinian Authority on Sunday warned that Israel’s attacks on Palestinian children were escalating at “an alarming rate” and urged the UN to step in. Israeli soldiers and settlers have killed nine children so far in 2011, and almost 200 children have been injured by settler violence and the Israeli military, a statement by…

SYRIA: AT LEAST 24 DEAD, 10 AFTER RAMADAN PRAYERS (Videos)
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – Security forces in Syria killed at least 24 people, ten of them after Ramadan evening prayers. Government troops and tanks opened fire on civilians, killing at least 6 people in Hama: one of them was killed while sleeping by a tank shell that targeted his house. Residents of Hama say the military resumed indiscriminate…

Video: Hidden video camera inside Israeli prison
Uruknet April 1, 2011 – 13 British people were stopped at Tel Aviv airport in July 2011. Five hours later they and 120 other people were in a high security prison in Israel. One woman managed to smuggle out this hidden recorded video of their six nights locked up in the high security prison in Israel.The video clips shows…

Settlers Torch Farmlands Near Nablus
Uruknet August 1, 2011 – A group of fundamentalist Israeli settlers set ablaze, on Sunday evening, 150 Dunams of farmlands that belong to residents of Ein Jaloud village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Ghassan Douglas, in charge of the settlements file in the northern part of the West Bank, stated that the armed settlers torched the…

Daily Star

International pressure mounts as Syria pursues deadly offensive
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Syrian security forces pressed on with a deadly crackdown on dissent Tuesday as the Security Council held more talks on Syria and the U.N. chief said President Bashar Assad has lost all sense of humanity.

Trial day arrives, but will Mubarak appear?
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Egyptian security authorities have received notice to move Hosni Mubarak to Cairo for trial, Al-Arabiya television said Tuesday, but a senior security source denied this, compounding fevered speculation about whether the ousted leader will attend.

Cabinet names director for Energy Ministry
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The government appointed Ghassan Baydoun as director of the investment department at the Energy Ministry Tuesday, one day before a draft law delineating Lebanon’s maritime border…

Fears of war on southern border
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams warned Tuesday that a war could erupt between Lebanon and Israel as a result of this week’s minor exchange of gunfire on the tense border.

Future bloc says Cabinet aims to implement Hezbollah’s agenda
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The Future Movement parliamentary bloc launched a scathing attack Tuesday against Hezbollah’s position on offshore oil and gas resources and Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, which they described as a tool for the implementation of Hezbollah’s…

Sleiman to relocate to summer residence
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 President Michel Sleiman is expected to move to the presidency’s summer residence in Beiteddine Wednesday where he will spend three weeks…

EDL staff say they face threats in Baalbek
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Electricite du Liban employees warned Tuesday that many workers in Baalbek’s energy station have come under threat if they do not transfer electricity to certain people, accusing security forces of neglecting to protect workers.

Calls for dialogue will likely trump efforts to stir spite
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Attention seems focused now on south Lebanon, where skirmishes are taking place from time to time between the Israeli and Lebanese armies…

Hama reminds Ahmad Hariri of Qana massacres
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The secretary general of the Future Movement, Ahmad Hariri said Tuesday that the massacre in the Syrian city of Hama reminded him of massacres carried out by Israel in the south Lebanon village of Qana in…

Libyan rebel chief’s son seeks quick trial
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The son of the Libyan rebel military chief assassinated last week accused traitors within the opposition of killing his father to create cracks in the rebel ranks, and demanded an open investigation and speedy trial for…

Israeli minister calls for major Gaza assault
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 An Israeli Cabinet minister reportedly called for a major military push into Gaza Tuesday.The call came after Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, one day after Palestinian militants fired a rocket into Israel, wounding…

Israel’s top court orders evacuation of wildcat outpost
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Israel’s supreme court on Tuesday ordered the evacuation, without further delay, of a hilltop outpost where about 250 Jewish settlers live, upholding a petition made by Palestinians and an anti-settler group over five years ago.

Israel agrees to negotiate on ’67 lines if U.N. bid dropped
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 In a dramatic policy shift, Israel’s prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fire line that marks off the West Bank, according to a TV report.

Assad’s forces stretched but major defections, splits remain unlikely
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The Syrian army, a vital pillar of President Bashar Assad’s power, is showing little sign of the serious splits and defections the opposition seeks in its ranks, despite strains caused by his military repression of unrest.

Land mine kills 4 Ethiopianpeacekeepers in Sudan’s Abyei
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 A land mine Tuesday killed four Ethiopian U.N. peacekeepers and badly wounded seven others on patrol in the disputed Sudanese territory of Abyei, the U.N. said.

Iran shelling of Kurd separatist rebels displaces over 200 families
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Over 200 Iraqi Kurdish families have been forced from their homes by weeks of Iranian shelling of rebel bases in northern Iraq, local officials and an NGO said Tuesday.

Church bombing kills 16 in northern Iraq
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 A car bomb exploded near a Catholic church in northern Iraq Tuesday, wounding at least 16 people in part of a coordinated attack on Christian places of worship in the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk, a…

Mossad killed Iranian scientist: report
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Israel’s Mossad secret service was responsible for the assassination last month of an Iranian scientist in Tehran, Germany’s Spiegel Online news website reported this week.

Bahrain police under investigation following Shiite protester’s death
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 A Bahraini man died this week from tear gas inhaled during security operations in a Shiite Muslim village, rights activists said Tuesday, and the government said some police were under investigation for exceeding their authority.

Cyprus suspends top army officers over blast at naval base
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Cyprus suspended three senior army officers Tuesday in the wake of a naval base munitions blast that killed 13 people, destroyed the country’s largest power plant and sparked a political crisis.

Turkey explores police role in Kurdish conflict
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The Turkish military casts itself as a defender of the nation against internal threats as well as external ones, and describes soldiers who die in combat with Kurdish rebels as martyrs.

Lebanon to file complaint against Israel over border incident
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Lebanon will file a complaint Wednesday against Israel at the U.N. for violating Security Council Resolution 1701 over the border incident between the two countries earlier this week.

EdL employees warn of intimidation
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Employees warn that many workers in Baalbeck’s energy station have come under pressure to transfer electricity to certain people, and accuse security forces of neglecting to protect workers.

Russia says not against U.N. resolution on Syria
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it would not oppose a United Nations resolution to condemn violence in Syria as long as it refrained from sanctions and other “pressures”.

Council for women defends anti-domestic violence law
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Lebanese Council for Women defends a draft law to protect women from domestic violence, following a rejection of the law from Hezbollah and the country’s highest Sunni body.

Two killed, 9 wounded in motorcycle, other road accidents
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Two men, including a teen, are dead after a Tuesday morning motorcycle accident in Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star.

Syria death toll rises, Italy recalls envoy
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 The death toll in Syria’s violent crackdown on opposition to President Bashar Assad in the city of Hama and elsewhere climbed Tuesday, spurring Western efforts to pile diplomatic pressure on Damascus.

Israeli planes raid Gaza Strip
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Israeli warplanes raided the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, witnesses and the Israeli military said.

Beirut doctor found dead in hospital toilet
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 An anesthesiologist was found dead Tuesday in a hospital toilet in Beirut, a security source told The Daily Star.

Egyptian forces clear activists from Tahrir Square
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Egyptian forces swinging electrified batons and shouting the battle cry “God is great” swiftly chased off dozens of activists who had refused to end four weeks of renewed protests at Tahrir Square.

Car bomb at Kirkuk church wounds 15: police
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Fifteen people were wounded on Tuesday by a car bomb targeting a Syrian Catholic church in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a police officer and a priest said.

Lebanese police arrest four in major cocaine bust
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 Lebanese authorities make their largest cocaine bust in more than a year as they seize 53 kilograms of cocaine in Kaslik, northeast of Beirut.

Son of Hezbollah’s Mughniyeh target of Beirut blast: report
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 An explosion in Beirut’s southern suburbs Friday was aimed at Mustafa Mughniyeh, the son of slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, Israel television reported.

TV: Israel agrees to negotiate over pre-’67 lines
Daily Star 2 Aug 2011 In a dramatic policy shift, Israel’s prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fire line that marks off the West Bank, according to a TV report.

YNet News

Netanyahu meets Medical Association chief
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with Medical Association Chairman Dr. Leonid Eidelman, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 10 days. The meeting, … ….

Protestors draft list of demands
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Housing protest leaders are busy drafting a list of demands from the government. The National Student Union published several of the demands which were agreed upon as … ….

Italian parliament commission approves burqa ban
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – An Italian parliamentary commission on Tuesday approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft passed by the … ….

Esther Pollard: Jonathan in surgery
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy who has been serving a life sentence for espionage in a US prison was taken to a civilian hospital Tuesday most likely due to … ….

‘Dirani’s lawsuit aims to provoke State’
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – State Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday filed a petition with the High Court of Justice in a motion to hold another hearing on the court’s decision to reject a request to … ….

Fogel family murderer convicted
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – The Samaria District Military Court on Tuesday convicted Hakim Awad, 18, in the murder of five members of the Fogel family in Itamar five months ago. Awad was also … ….

Beinish questions authenticity of doctors’ strike
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Supreme Court President Dorit Beinish on Tuesday expressed doubts over the goals of the doctors’ strike. During a High Court hearing on a petition concerning the … ….

Yesha Council seeks to join social protest
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Chairman back cause, but says rightists can’t cooperate with ‘anarchist’ leaders….

High Court orders Migron eviction by 2012
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – After Defense Minister Ehud Barak appeals first deadline, Supreme Court justices….

Half of Israel’s battered women’s shelters at risk of closing
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Dozens of women, children face eviction after seven of 13 shelters across Israel….

Abusive cult discovered in Jerusalem
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Police uncover gross exploitation of children, women embroiled in….

MK Michaeli rebuked for Zoabi assault
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Ethics Committee slams ‘unprecedented’ attempt to forcefully remove Arab MK from….

MK Mofaz: Reserves likely to be mobilized in September
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Former IDF chief says IDF’s answer to coming September’s potential threats may….

Report: Beirut blast targeted Nasrallah
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Kuwaiti paper al-Jarida cites unnamed source as saying Israel set off blast in….

Military officials warn of ‘arson intifada’
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Number of arson cases plaguing West Bank settlements spikes, prompting concern….

Restraining orders issued against 12 settlers
YNet News, 2 Aug 2011 – Central Command chief bars 12 right-wing activists form Yitzhar, other….

Palestinian Information Center

Israeli warplanes raid southern, northern Gaza
PIC – Israeli warplanes launched two air raids on Rafah, south of Gaza Strip, and Beit Lahia, north of the coastal enclave, at dawn Tuesday causing material damage but no casualties.

USA, Israel agree on broad lines for resuming negotiations
PIC – The USA agreed with Israel on a certain political formula that would resume negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israeli political sources said.

Miles of Smiles to send 3 more aid convoys to Gaza
PIC – Dr. Issam Yousef, the general coordinator of Miles of Smiles 4, said that three new aid convoys would be sent to the Gaza Strip within the coming three months including one later this month.

Resheq: Hamas, Fatah meeting in Cairo next Sunday
PIC – Political bureau member of Hamas Ezzet Al-Resheq has said that his movement would meet with Fatah faction in Cairo next Sunday to activate the reconciliation agreement.

Hamas asks Lebanese gov’t not to discuss ban on building in refugee camps
PIC – Hamas asked the Lebanese government to withdraw an item on its agenda of discussion for Wednesday’s cabinet session that stipulates banning construction in the Palestinian refugee camps.

IOA banishes Jerusalemite, arrests others
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) banished a Jerusalemite from Silwan and arrested a number of others in a sweep of arrests in occupied Jerusalem on the second day of Ramadan.

Qabaha: UN option should be part of comprehensive strategy
PIC – Former minister Wasfi Qabaha has said that asking the UN to recognize a Palestinian state should be part of a comprehensive Palestinian strategy in which all components of the society take part.

Jerusalemite youths abort settlers’ attempt to storm Aqsa Mosque
PIC – Jerusalemite youths managed on Monday night to abort an attempt by a group of 20 Jewish settlers to storm the holy Aqsa Mosque during Tarawih prayers.

WAFA

Knesset Member Warns of Israeli Military Measures
WAFA

Knesset Demands Expanding Settlements in OPT to Solve Housing Crisis
WAFA

Israeli High Court Orders Demolition of West Bank Settlement
WAFA

EU Supports PA with €22.5m for July Salaries
WAFA

PA Pays Employees’ Salary for July Despite of Financial Crisis
WAFA

Shaath to Diplomatic Corps: Going to UN does not Negate Negotiations
WAFA

Cabinet Approves Cultural Week in Russia
WAFA

Sbaih: Going to UN is a Must
WAFA

Serry Calls to Investigate Killing of Two Palestinians in Qalandia
WAFA

Intifada Palestine

Israel And The American Jewish Voter— An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson
Intifada-Palestine: 2 Aug 2011 – Assemblyman David I. Weprin, center, is a Democrat running against Bob Turner for the House seat Anthony D. Weiner gave up. by Dr. Lawrence Davidson Part 1 The 27 July 2011 New York Times has a front page article about the… more

Los Angeles Times

Little cheer in Syria as Ramadan begins
LA Times 2 Aug 2011 – The usual nighttime cheer is missing as the unrest continues. But there’s also a sense of anticipation amid hope for a knockout blow to President Bashar Assad. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan, usually a time when streets are bustling at night with cheery shoppers…

Resignation sets in for Libya rebels
LA Times 2 Aug 2011 – Kadafi’s foes are resigned to a long fight now, as they unhappily await more aid from Western nations. Meanwhile, rebel divisions are evident. Graffiti and billboards here tell a tale of dashed hopes and an uncertain future in a nation divided between Moammar Kadafi’s tenacious…

Syria regime launches new attacks on Hama, other restive cities
LA Times 1 Aug 2011 – The Syrian government continues its violent crackdown on the opposition as Ramadan arrives. The European Union expands sanctions against President Bashar Assad and his inner circle. The human toll and diplomatic fallout of the Syrian government’s pre-Ramadan crackdown against opposition protesters continued to rise Monday…

Western allies move cautiously on Libyan assets
LA Times 1 Aug 2011 – U.S. and other nations are eager to help the Libyan rebel council gain access to Kadafi’s funds frozen abroad. But they want to make sure his regime can’t also get to the money. The Obama administration and allied governments have begun a quiet effort to…

Egypt’s poor cannot afford a revolution
LA Times 1 Aug 2011 – As disruptions continue and activists still gather in Tahrir Square to press demands for democratic reforms, the working class see their livelihood dwindle. Sayed Hussein Sayed sits low in a broken truck. His wife is having their first child soon and no one is bringing…

New York Times

Outside Pressure Builds on Syria
New York Times 2 Aug 2011 – The country’s diplomatic isolation deepened after a military assault on Hama.

Extraordinary Precautions Taken for Mubarak Trial
New York Times 2 Aug 2011 – Thousands of soldiers and officers backed by 50 tanks and armored vehicles are to be deployed along the route where Egypt’s deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, will be transported to court.

Misc

Egyptian military junta attacks sit-in on Tahrir Square
WSWS – Yesterday the Egyptian military and security forces attacked protesters on Tahrir Square in Cairo to clear it and bring protests to a halt.

Hidden video shows treatment of ‚Äòflytilla’ detainees in Israeli prison
Mondoweiss –

Reut Institute: The Boycott Law helps Israel’s critics (and alienates American Jews)
Mondoweiss – The Reut Institute , an influential Israeli think tank that has lead the way in Israel’s fight against “delegitimization,” has acknowledged that the recently passed Boycott Law furthers Israel’s international isolation rather than combat it. From ” The Boycott Law Plays to the Hands of De-legitimizers “: [The organizations’…

Pamela Geller slanders the Utoya victims (elitist anti-Semites, Hitler youth, oh and race-mixers)
Mondoweiss – Pamela Geller, founder of Atlas Shrugs , delayed a full response to the shootings in Norway (by her own admission). Her ideological associates, in the meantime, had been issuing statements condemning the violence – as well as the victims’ politics. And now, Atlas Shrugs has finally joined…

Norway attack reveals Israel’s embrace of Islamophobia
Mondoweiss – From Ali Abunimah’s Al Jazeera English article ” Islamophobia, Zionism and the Norway massacre “: Foxman’s claim that Breivik’s support for Israel is “bizarre” is a brazen attempt to deflect attention from the alliance that Foxman and leading Israeli politicians have made with the most racist Islamophobes -…

Flip side of Jennifer Rubin n Robert Spencer
Mondoweiss – From an Iranian site . (Spotted by neocons Michael Rubin and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

Misc 2

Morocco: Palestinian President Gives Condolences to HM the King
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2011 – HM King Mohammed VI received a message of condolence and compassion from President of Palestinian State Mahmoud Abbas following the crash, on Tuesday, of a military plane near Guelmim which left several victims.

Morocco: King of Jordan, President of UAE Congratulate HM the King On Throne Day
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2011 – HM King Mohammed VI received congratulatory cables from Abdallah II of Jordan and the president of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Throne Day.

South Sudan: Nation Establishes Full Diplomatic Relations With Israel
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2011 – The newly born Republic of South Sudan has officially established full diplomatic ties with the state of Israel three weeks after it became independent, revealed the caretaker minister of information, Banaba Marial Benjamin.

Sudan: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Arrive to Fight Alongside Local Army in Border State, SPLM Says
allAfrica.com 2 Aug 2011 – Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRG) and Somali militants have arrived in eastern Sudan in order to participate besides the government’s army in the ongoing armed conflict in South Kordofan State, alleged the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

2 Youths Arrested in Pre-Dawn Raids
Palestine Solidarity Project 2 Aug 2011 – Two young Palestinian men are in Israeli custody today after the military raided homes this morning in Beit Ommar and Saffa. At around 2 in the morning, five Israeli military jeeps entered the town of Beit Ommar. Upon entering the town, they fired tear gas and…

PA condemns Israeli attempts to escalate tensions in the West Bank
Middle East Monitor 2 Aug 2011 – The Palestinian Authority (PA) denounced what it described as an attempt by the Israeli government to escalate the tensions in the occupied West Bank before the PA seeks a UN resolution acknowledging an independent Palestinian State next month. The Palestinian presidency spokesperson Mahmoud Abu Rodeina condemned…

Israeli and Lebanese forces skirmish in southern Lebanon
Middle East Monitor 2 Aug 2011 – The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, (UNIFIL) spokesperson, Neeraj Singh, announced that a brief exchange of gunfire between the Israeli and Lebanese armies occurred yesterday in the Wazzani area of south Lebanon. UNIFIL peacekeeping forces immediately headed to the location to contain the situation and…

Ramadan in Gaza
Middle East Monitor 2 Aug 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Palestinians in Gaza paint a smile on their faces as they continue to endeavour to adapt to the painful reality of the blockade and the closures imposed on them. Nevertheless, on the first night of Ramadan, many Gazans gathered in Gaza City’s Kutayyiba Square…

Muslims in the West Bank usher in Ramadan amidst economic crisis
Middle East Monitor 2 Aug 2011 – EXCLUSIVE PICTURES On Monday, August 1st, Muslims across the globe ushered in the blessed month of Ramadan with its distinctive atmosphere of festivity, unity and expectation as they went about the business of shopping alongside other preparations. However, this year the blessed month of Ramadan coincides…

The tent protest: neither social justice, nor revolution
Joseph Dana 2 Aug 2011 – This article was jointly written by Dahlia Scheindlin and Joseph Dana , based on our shared experiences of the protests. The popular, mass protests here that began as a cry of rage against housing prices have evolved admirably into a public outcry against a slew of deep-rooted…

Mubarak trial to begin in Cairo
BBC 2 Aug 2011 – Egypt’s deposed President Hosni Mubarak is due in court on charges of ordering the killing of protesters – a charge that carries the death penalty.

Syria builds up offensive on Hama
BBC 2 Aug 2011 – Residents say Syrian troops continue their siege of Hama as part of a crackdown which has killed scores, while the UN debates its response.

Pressure on politician over Israel case
BBC 2 Aug 2011 – Frontrunner David Norris faces calls to end his Irish presidency bid over a clemency plea for an ex-partner charged with statutory rape in Israel.

Video: Undercover police detain 13-year-old in East Jerusalem
B’tselem 1 Aug 2011 – On 22 July ’11, undercover police detained Islam Jaber, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-‘Amud. The incident was captured by a nearby security camera. According to his testimony to B’Tselem, the policemen beat him and he was interrogated on suspicion…

Articles


The strange American obsession with ‘the return of the Israeli left’
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine8/2/2011
What is it that makes so many American reports on events in Israel end up with the question of “the return of the Zionist Left?” Ethan Bronner’s recent story on the cost of living protest in Israel is yet another example of this trend. By cherry picking a few comments and mixing them with the warm memories of Rabin’s government, the recent social justice movement becomes for Bronner the vessel of “a possible opening for the defeated left.”
I can’t help but think that those American who are so obsessed with this question recognize “their Israel” in a certain image that the Israeli left has projected, one which very rarely had anything to do with its actual politics. The result is a constant search for something that was never there. After all, you won’t see so many stories in American press about “a return of the revisionist Right” in Israel, or about Shas.
It’s time to face facts: Rabin’s second government was an historical accident, no more. This was the only time in 35 years that the left won a Knesset majority— and even then, it wasn’t even close to a majority of the Jewish public. Liberalism, in the American sense, never took real hold in Israel.
The current social protest is a unique event with tremendous potential, but if it’s a return to the Jewish democracy dreamland that Americans hope for, you are up for a major disappointment. There won’t be a “return”— all we can and should hope for is something completely new.
UPDATE: And the always-sharp Dimi Reider adds (in an email he sent me)…. more.. e-mail

Why Palestinians are looking to the UN
Haroon Siddiqui, The Toronto Sun7/30/2011
Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation for 44 years. Peace talks with Israel have gone nowhere for 20 years. Negotiations have been at a standstill for a year. Now the Palestinians have turned to the United Nations, asking it to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.
They are hoping to persuade the United States not to veto their bid in the Security Council. If it does, they plan to ask the 193-member General Assembly at its annual gathering in September to upgrade the Palestinians’ current observer status to that of a non-member state, as enjoyed by the Vatican.
Israel objects, with American and Canadian backing. They say the Palestinians are unilaterally bypassing peace talks.
“What talks?” asks Hanan Ashrawi, the Christian Arab intellectual and longtime peace negotiator. “What unilateralism? We’re going to the UN, home of multilateralism,” she told me Wednesday, prior to addressing a public meeting of mostly Arab Canadians in Mississauga. “The one party that has acted unilaterally has been Israel — building settlements, annexing Jerusalem, building the wall, evicting Palestinians from Jerusalem and from their homes, and so on.”
Earlier she met Foreign Minister John Baird in Ottawa. Set for 30 minutes, the meeting lasted 90. She invited him to the West Bank to see the plight of the Palestinians first hand. Separately she met ministers Peter MacKay and Jason Kenney.
The Stephen Harper government has echoed the Israeli position that a UN vote would only be symbolic and meaningless. If so, why the hue and cry against it. more.. e-mail

Will Israel revoke the Oslo Accords?
Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem, Al-Ahram Weekly7/28/2011
While Israel is threatening to collapse the Palestinian Authority, Palestinians seem determined to seek UN recognition of statehood in September.
Israel has threatened to revoke the Oslo Accords in the case that the Palestinian Authority (PA) goes ahead with plans to obtain UN recognition of a prospective Palestinian state in September.
Sources at the Israeli prime minister’s bureau were quoted as saying that Israel was discussing several alternatives, including cancellation of the Oslo Accords.
In practical terms, this would mean a return to direct Israeli occupation of the West Bank and possibly the Gaza Strip) the dismantling of the PA as well as the likely outbreak of violence in the occupied territories on a large scale.
One of those strongly advocating the adoption of draconian measures to counter a successful Palestinian bid to seek UN recognition and membership is the extremist Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman.
Lieberman believes the Oslo Accords were unnecessary, harmful to Israeli interests and gave Palestinians unrealistic hopes and aspirations. However, non-conformist officials in his ministry have been quoted as saying that reneging on the Oslo Accords would be highly unproductive, given the international reactions any revocation would generate.
The Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) were struck between 1993 and 1995 and are considered the legal framework for the relationship between Israel, the occupying power, and the semi-autonomous PA. more.. e-mail

Poverty rife among Bedouin women denied status by Israel
Electronic Intifada: 2 Aug 2011 – The Electronic Intifada Tel Aviv Unemployment and poverty rates among the Negev Bedouin in unrecognized villages are the highest in Israel.more

Palestine: Conditions of Statehood and Reality of Compromise
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Aug 2011 – By Samah Sabawi (Presentation given at the forum on Palestine’s bid for statehood and liberation on 28 July 2011. Other speakers were Yousef Alreemawi who gave the case for the statehood bid and Kim Bullimore who gave an overview.) Over the past months, the Palestine Authority (PA) has released statements and press releases that have given the impression that its quest for statehood is intended as a threat to force Israel to stop settlement building. Nabil Shaath who leads the foreign affairs department of Fatah, the main party of the Palestinian Authority told the New York Times “We want to generate pressure on Israel to make it feel isolated and to help it understand that there can be no talks without a stop to settlements. Without that, our goal is membership in the United Nations General Assembly in September.” In other words, had Israel not called the PA’s bluff and…more

Syria: Tired Slogans and a Looming Dawn
Palestine Chronicle: 2 Aug 2011 – By Ramzy Baroud There is no linear narrative capable of explaining the multifarious happenings that have gripped Syrian society in recent months. On March 23, as many as 20 peaceful protesters were killed at the hands of Syrian security forces, and many more were wounded. Since then, the violence has escalated to such a level of brutality and savagery that can only be comparable to the regime’s infamous massacres in the city of Hama in 1982. Listening to Syrian presidential advisor, Dr. Buthaina Shaaban — one of the most eloquent politicians in the Arab world — one would get the impression that a self-assured reform campaign is indeed under way in Syria. Her words also suggest while some of the protesters’ demands are legitimate, the crisis has been largely manufactured abroad and is being implemented at home by armed gangs bent on wrecking havoc. The aim of the protests, as…more

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