VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 14 August, 2011: All Israeli kindergarteners are required to sing the national anthem— except for ‘Arab sector’ children

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International Middle East Media Center

Israeli forces abduct three children in East Jerusalem
IMEMC – Sunday August 14, 2011 – 21:10, According to local sources, Israeli forces invaded the neighborhood of Silwan, in east Jerusalem, on Sunday morning and abducted two young children and a teenager, taking them to an unknown location.

Ma’an News

Israeli police arrest 3 Palestinian children in Silwan
8/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An undercover unit of the Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian children and one teenager from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday, a local committee member and Israeli police spokesman said. Abed Al-Karim, member of a local Silwan committee which protects land from annexation, said that Israeli forces arrested Musellem Mousa….

Gaza’s sole power plant at risk of closure
8/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s electricity company may have to turn off the sole power station in the coastal enclave, a company official warned Sunday. Chief Executive Officer Walid Sad Sayel said the company would delay switching off the station until Sunday even though it needed repairs and should have been shut….

China army chief on ‘historic’ visit to Israel
8/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — China’s army chief was due to arrive in Israel on Sunday for talks with top defense officials, the Israeli military said. The Israeli army said China’s “Chief of the General Staff, General Chen Bingde [. . . ] will meet senior security officials and attend strategic and security briefings, visit the IDF Urban….

Jordanian, Israeli face Egypt espionage trial
8/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — A Jordanian and an Israeli are to go on trial in Egypt on charges of spying for the Israeli state’s intelligence services, the state news agency MENA said on Sunday. The telecoms engineer from Jordan and the Israeli “officer with the Mossad” spy agency are to go on trial in Egypt….

Ambassador: Abbas to discuss UN bid in Beirut
8/14/2011 – BEIRUT (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas will coordinate efforts to seek membership of the UN during his upcoming visit to Lebanon, Palestinian ambassador in Beirut Abdullah Abdullah said. Abdullah told Lebanese TV station LBC that there is a long history of cooperation between the Palestinians and Lebanon. Abbas’ visit is important as Lebanon….

Hamas interior ministry denies reports of Gaza visas
8/14/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip on Sunday denied reports that foreigners must obtain visas from the Hamas government to enter the coastal enclave. The Associated Press reported Saturday that Hamas spokesman Ihab Ghussein said visitors should obtain visas when entering the Gaza Strip. He said it was….

Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians near Nablus
8/14/2011 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians from Balata in the northern West Bank before dawn Sunday, witnesses and the army said. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers entered Balata, east of Nablus, at 2 a. m. and ransacked several homes before detaining three men. Locals identified those detained as Saber Salman, Jabr Jiaan and….

Report: Jordan renovating palace in Jerusalem
8/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Jordan is renovating King Hussein’s unfinished palace in Jerusalem, Hebrew-language media reported Sunday. The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs is carrying out the work at Jordan’s request, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. Maariv said the Jerusalem Municipality was not informed of the plans for…. Related: Waqf spokesman denies renovation of King Hussein palace

Waqf spokesman denies renovation of King Hussein palace
8/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Head of the Islamic endowment, or Waqf, in Jerusalem Azzam At-Tamimi denied Israeli media reports on Sunday that Jordan is preparing to renovate the King Hussein palace in Jerusalem.” The department of the Islamic endowment was not designated to renovate the palace but only was instructed to install a fence…. Related: Report: Jordan renovating palace in Jerusalem

OIC: Palestinian economy lacks infrastructure
8/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian economy lacks the infrastructure to be independent from Israel, according to a July report by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Israel’s siege on Gaza and its ban on the export of Palestinian produce played a major role in the high unemployment rates in the occupied territories, the….

UN envoy welcomes reopening of Gaza NGO
8/14/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process released a statement on Sunday welcoming the reopening of the International Medical Corps in the coastal enclave.” UN Special Coordinator Robert Serry welcomes the reopening of International Medical Corps (IMC) today in Gaza. He recognizes the important work of NGOs in….

Israel PM pledges ‘concrete’ economic solutions
8/14/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged “concrete solutions” to the cost of living in Israel but warned that reforms would be constrained by the fragility of the world economy. A day after police said at least 50,000 people protested in Israel’s “periphery” towns and cities, Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet….

Anti-corruption commission investigates economy minister
8/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority anti-corruption chief Rafiq An-Natseh said Sunday that a commission had begun investigating Minister of Economy Hassan Abu Libdeh.”The interrogations are still at the beginning and it’s difficult to talk about the charges against the minister, while many other interrogation sessions will be held with him….

Ramallah rally in support of Syrian protesters
8/14/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A Palestinian national committee will hold a rally in Ramallah on Sunday evening in a show of solidarity with the Syrian people.”We are organizing this rally to say to the world that the patient, struggling people of Palestine stand by the Syrian people against a oppressive regime and call for….

US, Saudis demand Syria halt crackdown
8/14/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — US President Barack Obama demanded Damascus “immediately” halt its crackdown on protesters, as activists said Syrian troops killed at least three people in raids on Latakia and other towns. Obama and Saudi King Abdullah in a telephone call expressed their “shared, deep concerns about the Syrian government’s use of violence against….

Libya denies rebel gains in military spurt
8/14/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — NATO is planning raids on Ras Jedir, a border post with Tunisia, to open the way to a rebel advance, Libya’s government spokesman said on Sunday.” We have information that NATO is planning intensive bombardments of the Ras Jedir border post to help the armed bands, some of whom are positioned….

26 dead as Syria ships, tanks blast city
8/14/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) —Syrian military vessels joined an assault that killed 26 people on Sunday in the port city of Latakia, activists said, the first attack from the sea since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March. But the state-run news agency SANA denied that the navy had attacked Latakia, quoting its correspondent there as saying security….

Egypt ex-security chief back in court
8/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — The murder trial of Egypt’s former interior minister Habib Al-Adly, accused of ordering police to fire on protesters, and six of his deputies resumed under tight security in Cairo on Sunday. All seven men were in the dock, according to images broadcast on state television. Armored vehicles guarded a police academy….

Egypt military quizzes activist after ‘defamation’
8/14/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military prosecution on Sunday detained activist and blogger Asma Mahfuz for questioning for allegedly defaming the military council on Facebook and Twitter, the official MENA news agency reported. Mahfuz — one of the leaders of the Egyptian revolution that unseated former president Hosni Mubarak — was released on bail of 20,000 pounds….

Jordan king unveils constitutional reform proposals
8/14/2011 – AMMAN (AFP) — King Abdullah II on Sunday said a panel he named earlier this year has recommended the creation of a constitutional court as a key step to achieve social and political reforms in Jordan. Proposals made by the Royal Committee on Constitutional Review are “solid proof of Jordan’s ability to revitalize itself….

Aljazeera

Syrian ‘warships shell port city of Latakia’
AlJazeera 14 Aug 2011 – Activists say 25 people killed as northern city is reportedly attacked by gunboats and tanks., Monday’s hearing could decide if the head of the ruling military council will take the stand as a witness.

Palestine News Network

Fatah is Violating Reconciliation Agreement Claims Hamas
PNN – Gaza – PNN – Hamas today accused Fatah of going back on previous agreements between the two political groups and violating the reconciliation deal that had been signed in Cairo earlier this…

Egypt Deploys Military in the Thousands into Sinai in Co-operation with Israel
PNN – Cairo — PNN – Egypt has deployed tanks and thousands of military troops in co-operation with Israel into the Sinai Peninsula in an attempt to regain control of the area. Control of…

Ehud Barack: We do not Expect September Violence
PNN – Tel Aviv — PNN — Israel’s Defence Minister, Ehud Barack, has stated today that he does not believe violence is inevitable after Palestine’s UN statehood recognition bid. Quoted by Israel’s Army Radio,…

Continued Efforts to Establish a National Center Dedicated to Treating Cancer Patients in Palestine
PNN – Jenin — PNN – Ali Samoudi — Statistics and official data show that Palestinian society is prone to very high incidences of cancer, without a doubt due to a number of known…

Israel: Any Unilateral Move by Palestine may Damage U.S Support for Palestinians
PNN – Bethlehem — PNN — Sources to PNN have stated that Israeli political officials believe that any unilateral move by Palestine could harm U.S support of the Palestinian Authority. Palestinian leadership has stated…

Alternative Information Center

U.S. Congress Members Participate in Sponsored Visit to Israel
Alternative Information Center – As the U.S. prepares to cut government spending following a dramatic political battle in Washington, Israel is preparing to welcome 81 members of Congress for a weeklong visit sponsored by the American Israel Education Fund, a…

BDS Action at Palestinian-Israeli Controlled Bethlehem Checkpoint
Alternative Information Center – Checkpoint 300, separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem, worsens. On the second Friday of Ramadan, Palestinian police join the Israeli army in controlling the movement of Palestinian residents from the Bethlehem district who are allowed to reach an…

Relief Web

U.S. restarts work of aid groups in Gaza Strip
Relief Web 14 Aug 2011 – Source: Reuters – AlertNet Country: occupied Palestinian territory 14 Aug 2011 18:29 Hamas allows medical aid organisation to resume work U.S. funds aid for some 600,000 Gazans By Nidal Almughrabi GAZA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The United States on Sunday…

Palestine Telegraph

No real changes at Egypt-Gaza border
14 Aug 2011 – London, (Pal Telegraph) – In late April, Egypt’s acting foreign minister Nabil el-Arabi promised to ease the closure of his country’s sole border crossing with the Gaza Strip, reversing years of policy set by the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak. But Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for that promise to materialize.

Throwing rocks at the occupation — and Western prejudice too
14 Aug 2011 – Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) – I had denied it for too long now but for a Palestinian, my rock throwing is abysmal.

Israeli army detains 3 Palestinians in WB
14 Aug 2011 – West Bank, (Pal Telegraph)-Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday three Palestinian citizens from different areas in the West Bank

The National

Hariri murder suspects to face deadline to turn themselves in
The National 13 Aug 2011 – The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is to soon announce a deadline for the four indicted suspects in the killing of Rafiq Hariri to turn themselves in within 30 days before it moves towards a trial in absentia

Ha’aretz

Egypt to charge Israeli ‘Mossad agent’ with espionage
Ha’aretz – Egyptian media reports that the Attorney General referred a Jordanian and an Israeli Mossad agent to an emergency court for spying and ‘harming Egyptian interests.’

State comptroller blames Netanyahu, Yishai for Carmel fire failures
Ha’aretz – Ministers have one month to respond to draft report; State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss yet to determine whether or not to hold ministers personally responsible, sources say.

Amir Oren / Netanyahu holds ultimate responisbility for Carmel Fire
Ha’aretz – The top brass of the police, fire and rescue, and Israel Prison Service all work according to a chain of command – at the apex of which is the government.

IDF forces arrest 12 people protesting for social justice in West Bank
Ha’aretz – Arrests occur on on lands in the village of Walajeh, which were annexed to Jerusalem in 1967.

U.S. resumes operations of its aid organizations in Gaza
Ha’aretz – Move comes after Hamas retracted its demand to audit the books of U.S.-funded charities in Gaza.

Bradley Burston / Not Jewish enough for Glenn Beck — nor Israeli enough
Ha’aretz – Undeterred by being dropped from Fox, or by the fallout from having compared the victims of July’s Norway massacre to Hitler Youth, the media personality has assumed a prophet’s intonation in urging his followers to stand with him in Jerusalem on August 24.

Egypt deploys thousands of troops and tanks in Sinai, in coordination with Israel
Ha’aretz – Egypt trying to stop Bedouin control of the northern Sinai peninsula and put an end to anarchy that has taken hold of the region since Mubarak’s fall; top Israeli defense official in Cairo for talks.

Woman fined 200,000 shekels for refusing to divorce husband
Ha’aretz – After couple separated in 2003, husband turned to justice system in attempt to force his wife to accept divorce because of her infertility.

Israel’s periphery ‘proved it is part of the struggle’
Ha’aretz – Residents of Haifa, Afula and Be’er Sheva express satisfaction after Saturday social justice protests draw tens of thousands outside of Tel Aviv.

Yishai slams State Comptroller ahead of damning Carmel fire report
Ha’aretz – Interior minister fears report on last year’s deadly forest fire will include condemnation of his personal conduct.

Israeli couple found dead in Jerusalem home, police suspect double homicide
Ha’aretz – Gag order lift reveals couple to be Noah and Nurit Maoz; couple’s son discovers parents’ bodies in living room of Ramot Bet home, covered in stab-wounds.

Rain falls in central Israel in surprise summer shower
Ha’aretz – Light drizzle falls in Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, near Ben-Gurion Airport, in a few other central cities.

Israel plays down September face-off with Palestinians
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak says does not expect violence after UN vote on recognition of Palestinian state, but says Israel has ‘tens of millions of shekels’ worth of riot dispersal gear.’

Jerusalem Post

Argument between ‘friends’ ends in bottle stabbing
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – A 16-year-old boy from Petah Tikva is under arrest after allegedly stabbing 17-year-old, who escapes with light injuries.

Cop stabber to be charged with murder
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – State says it’ll file new murder charges after officer dies from stab wounds after five years in a coma.

Woman ordered to pay NIS 200,000 for refusing divorce
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – While disputes over refusals to grant a get are relatively common, most cases involve husbands who deny their wives a divorce.

Iranian report attacks Jews, Israel and the UK
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – German-Iranian scholar exposes document in effort to educate Bundestag about Tehran’s “pseudo-parliament.”

Diplomatic chorus grows for sanctions on Syrian oil
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Tougher talk follows Clinton’s call for countries with business ties to Damascus to “get on the right side of history.”

Abbas-Dahlan spat undermining Fatah, bolstering Hamas
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Hamas cites internal dispute as justification for takeover of Gaza; dispute appears to be more serious than most thought.

J’lem light rail faces new hurdles before opening
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Operator, CityPass consortium insists Jerusalem rail will be ready for “‘partial operation” by deadline.

Comptroller slams ministers for Carmel fire ‘failures’
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Prime Minister Netanyahu, Eli Yishai, Yuval Steinitz and Yitzhak Aharonovich expected to be taken to task, as well as police and Prisons Service.

Are we connecting?
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – As membership in Zionist organizations in the Diaspora diminishes, we in Israel must make world Jewry feel like the vital partner it is.

Egypt launches massive operation to restore order to Sinai
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Defense officials say they were aware of, welcome operation known as Operation Eagle which is set to stop al-Qaida, Bedouin terrorists; 1,000 soldiers, few hundred armored personnel carriers involved.

US restarts work of aid groups in Gaza Strip
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Hamas official confirms group allowed International Medical Corps to reopen, says demand to audit USAID-funded groups suspended.

A settler’s ‘reality’ in a universe far, far away
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – When it comes to the Israeli settlement enterprise, settlers and Peace Now activists seem to exist in parallel realities.

PMO: Gov’t improved fire resources after serious neglect
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – In response to State Comptroller’s Carmel Fire report draft Prime Minister’s Office says Netanyahu brought in planes that aided firefighters.

The Region: The revolutionary movement’s big split
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – As Sunni and Shi’ite blocs emerge among revolutionary Islamists, attacks may increase as each side tries to prove it’s “authentic.”

Jordanians lash out against planned nuclear reactor
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Activists encourage gov’t to search for energy alternatives as Amman makes plans to build nuclear reactor in response to rising oil prices.

Libyan rebels fly flag over key town near Tripoli
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – After most dramatic advance in months, rebels cut off Gaddafi’s capital from Zawiyah, its main link to outside world.

Knesset becomes cupid for parliamentary aides
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Six couples who have met at the Knesset, fallen in love, and gotten engaged, tell their stories in honor of Tu Be’av.

‘Israeli, Jordanian face espionage charges in Egypt’
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Egyptian report says “Mossad agent” allegedly tasked Jordanian with recruiting Egyptians “to help damage national interests of Egypt.”

Xenophobia hits Egypt again, citizens wary of ‘spies’
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Foreigners singled out as part of strategy to use media to increase fears of “other,” “deflect society away from government’s atrocities.”

Iranians protest over UK police ‘savagery’ in riots
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Some 200 students gather outside British embassy in Tehran; protesters carry placards such as: “London 2011, Tehran 1979, throw off your shah!”

Work halted on King Hussein’s old summer villa in J’lem
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Illegal renovations include fencing in property; Keep Jerusalem CEO: Builders “trying to remove Jewish connections.”

‘Removal of Gaza mosaic may constitute war crime’
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – New book sheds light on WWI uncovering of Byzantine artwork, says Australian troops guilty under int’l law, according to Sydney paper.

Hamas: Fatah election plan violates reconciliation deal
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Group’s spokesman says voter registration in W. Bank violates agreement’s call on both sides to avoid unilateral steps.

Syrian naval and tank assault on Latakia kills at least 21
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Military crackdown on port city continues for second straight day as Assad employs gunships and tanks to quell dissent.

PM: Housing crisis solutions must not bankrupt country
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Netanyahu urges financial responsibility at cabinet meeting: “If we face economic collapse…we will not solve economic or social problems.”

‘Carmel Fire report reveals series of failures’
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – State Comptroller Lindenstrauss sends draft of report to bodies involved in fire; Yishai rejects any personal criticism of his role in blaze.

Syrian navy shells Latakia to crush protests, 8 killed
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Military assault on port city continues for second straight day as Assad employs gunships and tanks to quell dissent.

Elderly couple found dead in J’lem, believed murdered
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Man and woman’s bodies showing signs of violence discovered by son in Ramot apartment; neighbor says she heard screams.

Alternatively Speaking: Matters of the heart
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – In this Tu Be’av special, alternative medicine enthusiast Natalie Marx answers your questions: How can I increase my low sex drive?

Syrian navy shells Latakia to crush protests, 4 killed
Jerusalem Post 14 Aug 2011 – Military assault on port city continues for second straight day as Assad employs gunships and tanks to quell dissent.

The Guardian

Palestinians to present statehood bid to UN general assembly
The Guardian 14 Aug 2011 – Palestinians to push ahead with bid next month despite US opposition and warnings move will endanger future peace talks Palestinian leaders have said that they will formally request recognition of their state and full membership of…

Uruknet

Israeli Persecution of Palestinian Children
Uruknet August 14, 2011 – …. Each year, about 700 West Bank children are arrested, interrogated, detained, and prosecuted in Israeli military courts. Since 2000 alone, around 7,500 have been affected, facing torture, ill-treatment and other forms of abuse during the entire arrest/transfer/interrogation process. Belligerent soldiers usually raid homes late at night. Young children are arrested, blindfolded, hands tied painfully,…

Israeli police arrest 3 Palestinian children in Silwan
Uruknet August 14, 2011 — An undercover unit of the Israeli forces arrested two Palestinian children and one teenager from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday, a local committee member and Israeli police spokesman said. Abed Al-Karim, member of a local Silwan committee which protects land from annexation, said that Israeli forces arrested Musellem Mousa Auda, 11, Mohamad…

Homs: The execution of detainees in the security branch
Uruknet August 14, 2011 – The Syrian regime does not only indiscriminately shell different districts and neighborhoods of Homs and its suburbs with tanks, various machinery and different kinds of weapons, but it also has shifted towards a systematic liquidation of detainees at their security branches. Dozens of detainees have been killed a few days after their detention in…

23 killed as Syrian army presses offensive in Latakia (Videos)
Uruknet August 14, 2011 – AT least 23 people were killed when the Syrian military opened fire on the Mediterranean port city of Latakia, with warships and tanks joining the assault, activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 23 people were killed and dozens of others wounded, several of them critically. “Warships are attacking Latakia, and…

Jenin Theatre issues public letter to Israeli security apparatus denouncing raids and arrests
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – ….By acting the way that you act you have once again proved to the residents of Jenin refugee camp as well as to the outside world that the only methods you know are the ones involving violence, terror and fear. We in The Freedom Theatre have nothing to conceal regarding the murder of Juliano…

Tell the whore likability is not legality
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – The same paper that sold the illegal war in Iraq — the ongoing illegal war — brings out another one-time liberal ‘humanitarian.’ Like Judith Miller before her, whore Elizabeth Rubin has her own political agenda. In fact, she’s worse than Judy Miller who can be called “gullible.” There’s nothing but guile when it comes…

Defending olive trees: Israeli army cracks down on protest in al-Walajah
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Twelve protestors-two Palestinians and ten Israeli activists-were arrested yesterday by Israeli forces in the village of al-Walaja during a weekly protest against the expansion of the Wall. In al-Walaja, as in many Palestinian villages, the construction of the Wall has resulted in the destruction of Palestinian olive groves and orchards. At the protest, international…

NATO’s puppet regime in Libya falls apart
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – The sacking of the entire Benghazi-based Libyan opposition cabinet this week has exposed the anti-democratic, faction-riven character of the regime that the US and its European allies are seeking to impose on Libya. The self-proclaimed Transitional National Council (TNC)-facing a military stalemate in efforts to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi due to its lack…

Tunisian women rally to preserve gender equality
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Around 1,000 women’s rights supporters rallied in Tunis Saturday to the mark the anniversary of a key equal rights bill amid fears gender equality may suffer if political Islam rises in post-revolution Tunisia. The Personal Status Code (CSP), passed on August 13, 1956 by the country’s first president Habib Bourguiba that helped shape the…

NATO allows Libyan refugees to drown in the Mediterranean
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, 1,500 Libyan refugees have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the war against Libya in March. On August 4, the S?ºddeutsche Zeitung reported a death toll of 1,820 since the beginning of the year. The victims are people from Libya…

The Israel Palestinians Know
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – … So, when Israeli commentators balk at comparisons between the Arab spring and what some have dubbed the Israeli spring, they should think again. True, the Israeli government does not crush its own people in their protest of housing prices. That sort or repression is what Arab peoples have been rebelling against in the first…

Syria News – August 13, 2011 (Videos)
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Daraa: 4 bodies were discovered in the Sharawi village which is 15 kilometres away from the city of Daraa Homs: 4 dead bodies were delivered, they were killed under torture after they were detained 4 days ago: Husam Sayyed Ali, Omar Jokhadar, Sameer Aqqol, From Kafarlaha, Hoola and Louay Amer from Taldo. Lattakia: A…

Video: Palestinians Protest Against Bashar Assad in Jerusalem – Al Quds – 12-Aug-11
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Many Palestinian leaders are in bed with Syria Dictator Bashar Assad but the Palestinian Masses themselves despise the cunning socio-pathic Dictator of Damascus and they are now standing up and standing shoulder to shoulder with their Syrian Brothers and Sisters and calling for the overthrow of the corrupt and criminal 41 year Assad family…

Abbas reiterates plan to submit UN bid
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – – President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Friday that the Palestinian leadership would stick to its UN bid aimed at obtaining international recognition of an independent Palestinian state in September. Abbas said that the choice to take the case to the UN was a result of Israel’s stubbornness, the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa reported….

Syria: Hama hospitals ‘closed after army attacks’
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – A doctor in the Syrian city of Hama has told the BBC that medical services there have been severely affected by recent government attacks. The doctor, who cannot be named for his safety, said two hospitals were closed and one had been stormed by troops, injuring many of the medical staff. Hama has come…

Congressional Junkets to Israel
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – Eighty-one House members, one fifth of the chamber, will visit Israel during the traditional summer recess, instead of addressing festering local issues at home during the nation’s gravest economic crisis too serious to ignore. Arriving first were 26 Democrats together, including Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD). Another 55 Republicans will follow in two groups,…

Gaddafi is still strong, says captured general
Uruknet August 13 2011 – Close to 70 per cent of people in Tripoli still support Muammar Gaddafi and he is in no danger of falling soon, one of his intelligence officers said yesterday. “For the most part Tripoli is stable. There is some opposition to Gaddafi but I would say he is safe,” said Brig-Gen Al-Hadi al-Ujaili, who…

Withdrawal and Iraqi military invading provinces?
Uruknet August 13, 2011 – …Dar Addustour pursues the human interest angle. They file on women driving in Iraq and note women driving even when there’s a man in the car. Dar Addustour notes that some countries such as Saudi Arabia forbid women from driving. Lina Mohammed tells the paper that she can afford a car because of her…

Daily Star

Israeli army plants new mines in occupied Golan
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 The Israeli army is planting new land mines in the occupied Golan Heights in an attempt to dissuade protesters from rushing into the territory, according to a report in an Israeli military magazine.

Rebels’ capture of strategic Zawiyah deals psychological blow to Gadhafi
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels raised their flag over a strategic town near Tripoli Sunday after their most dramatic advance in months cut off Moammar Gadhafi’s capital from its main link to the outside world.

Latakia attacked by land and sea
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Syrian tanks and navy ships shelled the main Mediterranean port city of Latakia Sunday, residents and rights groups said, killing 24 people as President Bashar Assad’s forces launched an offensive by land and sea to crush…

Charbel backs off earlier comments on explosion
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Interior Minister Marwan Charbel sought to distance himself over the weekend from his initial explanation of last week’s explosion in Antelias, as evidence emerged suggesting the bomb was meant to inflict indiscriminate bloodshed.

LCP: Lebanese judiciary should deal with Hawi case, not STL
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Lebanon’s Communist Party called for the case of the assassination of its former leader George Hawi in 2005 to be transferred the Lebanese judiciary, reiterating that the party has no confidence in the Special Tribunal for…

Sleiman: Electoral, administrative reforms will better country
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 President Michel Sleiman urged the government over the weekend to promptly implement electoral and administrative reforms, saying it was the best way to improve democracy in Lebanon.

Sleiman and Hariri’s dialogue quibble
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Future Movement leader Saad Hariri’s statement in response to President Michel Sleiman’s repeated invitations for National Dialogue at last Thursday’s iftar at Baabda Palace was surprising for political sources.

Mikati’s coordinator for youth affairs argues government must urgently draft a new policy
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Lebanon urgently needs to adopt the country’s first national youth policy, according to Ziad Mikati, the prime minister’s coordinator for youth and social affairs.

Politicians drag feet on proportional representation
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati have come out strongly in favor of scrapping the winner take all electoral system in favor of proportional representation for the 2013 parliamentary polls.

Hezbollah attempting to calm debate over draft electricity law
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Hezbollah is intensifying efforts to calm tensions between factions of the March 8-dominated Cabinet, after a heated dispute over a draft law to allocate $1.2 billion to the Energy Ministry to produce an additional 700 megawatts…

Ehden shooting ‘not politically motivated’
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Three men were wounded Sunday in an exchange of gunfire near the mansion of late former President Suleiman Franjieh in the mountain village of Ehden in the north.

Officers and guards held over Roumieh escape
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Officers and guards at Lebanon’s largest prison were arrested Sunday after the escape of five inmates, as the manhunt for four men who remain at large gathered pace.

Tensions high during Egypt ex-security chief’s trial
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Lawyers called on Egypt’s government Sunday to hand over documents that may reveal who ordered police to fire on protesters during the uprising that unseated President Hosni Mubarak, leaving more than 850 people dead.

Egypt deploys troops in Sinai to crush suspected Islamists
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Egyptian troops have moved into a town on the Gaza border for an anticipated operation against militants who attacked a gas pipeline to Israel and police stations, security officials said.

Jordan king unveils constitutional reform recommendations
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 King Abdullah II said Sunday a panel he named earlier this year has recommended the creation of a constitutional court as a key step to achieve social and political reforms in Jordan.

Palestinians plan to seek Security Council nod
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council to support their bid for statehood, a senior official said Sunday — a move that would set the stage for a showdown with the United States.

Netanyahu promises Israelis reform following mass protests
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday pledged concrete solutions to the cost of living in Israel but warned that reforms would be constrained by the fragility of the world economy.

Chinese Military chief visits israeli counterpart
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 The chief of China’s armed forces visited Israel Sunday in what analysts saw as part of a Middle East reassessment by Beijing following the political upheaval of the Arab Spring.

Jordanian national killed by Syrian sniper
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 A hospital official says a Jordanian man died after sustaining gunshot wounds to his head in Syria.

Kuwait ups security at disputed port ahead of Iraq talks
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Kuwait has beefed up security around a controversial port project ahead of a visit by an Iraqi delegation for talks, a security official was quoted as saying Sunday.

Top PKK rebel denies reports of his arrest by Iranian forces
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 The deputy to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan made a rare appearance on television Sunday to deny an Iranian report that its forces had arrested the second in command of the Turkish Kurd rebel group.

Twin Baghdad blasts kill at least 5 Iraqi troops
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Two roadside bombs killed at least five Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad Sunday in one of the most serious attacks on security forces in recent weeks, military and hospital officials said.

Iran’s nuclear partner Russia angles to revive global talks
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Russia will look to revive nuclear talks between Iran and the world’s biggest economic and military powers this week, hoping its special relationship with Tehran can help jolt back to life negotiations that some analysts consider…

At least 29 wounded in Algeria suicide blast
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 A suicide bomber crashed a small truck apparently laden with explosives into a police station in the capital of the Kabylie region east of Algiers early Sunday, wounding at least 29 people.

Half of Tunisian electorate register to vote ahead of October ballot
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 About half of potential voters in Tunisia have registered to cast their ballot in October polls, the first since the January ouster of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, early figures showed Sunday.

Yemen opposition asks West to freeze Saleh’s assets
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 A leading member of Yemen’s opposition called on Western countries to freeze the assets of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is clinging to power despite months of protest against his 33-year rule.

Iraq VP says US pullout will improve security
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 The year-end pullout of US forces will improve security in Iraq, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi claimed Sunday, days after Iraqi leaders agreed to talk with Washington over a post-2011 training mission.

Jordanian, Israeli face Egypt espionage trial
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 A Jordanian and an Israeli are to go on trial in Egypt on charges of spying for the Jewish state’s intelligence services, the state news agency MENA said on Sunday.

Beirut’s Hippodrome: a slow day at the races
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 For a certain group of people the Hippodrome is a welcome escape from the city, a rare place where cross sections of society can gather for a shared passion.

Body found in burning car on outskirts of Beirut
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 The body of an unidentified individual was found in a car that was set ablaze on the outskirts of Beirut Sunday.

Lebanon minister’s convoy chases thief, recovers stolen bag
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 A bag snatched from a woman in the Beirut suburb of Sin el-Fil Sunday has been returned to its rightful owner after intervention by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel’s convoy, which happened to be in the area…

Three wounded in exchange of fire in north Lebanon
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Three men were wounded after and exchange of gunfire that took place near the estate of former President Sulemian Franjieh in Ehden, Zghorta, north Lebanon.

Rai leads prayers in nephew’s funeral
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai led prayers in the funeral of his nephew Father Antoine Rai at Saint Mary’s Church in Zouk Mosbeh, surrounded by Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir and senior bishops.

Roumieh prison staff detained, 1 escapee caught
Daily Star 14 Aug 2011 Security personnel at Roumieh prison have been detained as part of an ongoing probe into the recent escape by five inmates, four of whom remain at large, all members of Muslim militant groups.

Stop The Wall

Three Children Injured at Demonstration in al-Ma’asara Village
Stop The Wall – Aug 14, 2011— Today, three children were injured during a demonstration in a village near Bethlehem. Israeli Occupation forces repressed the demonstration activity, which was part of the weekly resistance march against the Wall and settlements in the al-Ma’asara village. [

Scores of Activists Call for Boycott of Israeli Goods in Ramallah
Stop The Wall – Aug 14, 2011— More than forty activists, at the invitation of the Palestinian, Grassroots, Anti-apartheid Wall Campaign with the participation of the Independent Youth Movement, sit at al-Manara Square in Ramallah after a field trip to local shops. At the shops, demonstrators called for the participation of the shop owners, traders, and citizens to boycott the goods of the occupation and settlement institutions. [

YNet News

US restores funding to Gaza aid groups
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – The United States restored funding to international aid groups in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, a US official said, after the Palestinian territory’s Hamas rulers backed away … ….

Hezbollah TV present: Ramadan special
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – The month of Ramadan cab ne likened to the Arab world’s television sweepstakes: Any self-respecting television channel aims to make the viewers’ evenings — traditionally … ….

Court puts paid to serial rapist’s serial motions
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Convicted rapist Benny Sela has once again made the headlines: The serial rapist has become known as a “serial appellant”. First it was a motion against the Prison … ….

Trachtenberg visits TA ‘tent city’
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Professor Manuel Trachtenberg, head of the government-appointed team tasked with resolving the growing social unrest, paid an unexpected visit to the dwellers of … ….

Egypt: Israeli ‘Mossad agent’ to be tried in absentia
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – An Israeli and a Jordanian are to go on trial in Egypt on charges of spying for Israel’s intelligence services, Cairo’s news agency MENA reported on Sunday. Ibrahim … ….

Carmel fire report lays blame on Interior Ministry
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is unlikely to assign personal liability to any of the individuals involved in the failures linked with last December’s Carmel fire, … ….

JAG to probe Paratroopers’ sexual abuse charges
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – The Military Judge Advocate General on Sunday ordered the Military Police to launch an official investigation into allegations suggesting a company commander with the … ….

Government aims to enrich teen vocabulary
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Education Ministry presents new plan to enrich youths’ vocabulary, articulation….

Norway attacker back on island for reenactment
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Anders Behring Breivik taken back to Utoya island to reenact brutal murder of….

Jerusalem couple found dead at home
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Badly bruised bodies of Jerusalem couple Noah and Nurit Maoz discovered in their….

PA eyes ‘protest blitz’ ahead of September
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – After announcing formal date for UN bid for statehood, Palestinians aim to see….

Syrian gunboats fire on coastal city; 21 killed
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – (Video) Battleships pound mostly Sunni areas of Latakia after thousands call for….

Iran vows to protect nuclear scientists
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – In light of recent assassinations, Iran to implement safety measures to keep….

Pollard’s ex-wife: I’m starved for food
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Nine months after being flown in to Israel in poor financial, health state, Ann….

Mofaz urges immediate defense cuts
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman says cutbacks in defense budget….

Report: IDF to deploy 6 drones in N. Iraq
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Iran’s Press-TV claims aircraft to be deployed in addition to intelligence….

Abbas, Peres held ‘four secret meetings’
YNet News, 14 Aug 2011 – Palestinian president claims Peres cancelled fifth meeting due to government’s….

Palestinian Information Center

Gaza: USAID freeze came after agreement was reached
PIC – 14/08/2011 – 10:06 AM

Interior ministry denies imposing visas on foreigners
PIC – 14/08/2011 – 10:21 AM

Committee formed in Gaza to monitor UNRWA’s performance
PIC – Leaders of factions, academics, popular committees and independent figures declared the establishment of “UNRWA Watch,” a committee which will monitor the performance of this UN relief agency.

MP Attoun: Less than minimal being done for Jerusalem
PIC – Exile-threatened Palestinian MP Ahmed Attoun called for creating practical steps and clear positions to defend Jerusalem from the Israeli occupation.

OIC: Palestinian economy lacks infrastructure
PIC – The OIC said in a report concluding the month of July that the Palestinian economy lacks the infrastructure that qualifies it to work independently from the Israeli economy.

Hundred thousand Israelis rally in social protests
PIC – Around one hundred thousand Israelis rallied in 12 cities on Saturday night in a further escalation of social protests demanding lower rents and better social care.

Negev prison knowingly refuses care to prisoner
PIC – The Negev prison has knowingly refused to provide one of its prisoners with the medicine he requires, prisoners’ affairs researcher Thamir Sabaena reported.

IOF to impose hermetic closure on the West Bank, Gaza Strip next month
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) will impose a hermetic closure on all Palestinian land in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in September, Hebrew media reported on Sunday.

Condemnation abounds after new U.S. ambassador reiterates commitments to Israel
PIC – Condemnation has abounded among Palestinians after the U.S.’s new ambassador to Israel confirmed his country’s commitment to Israel’s security during a recent visit to the occupied territories.

Israeli troops kidnap three young men in violent clashes in Silwan
PIC – Violent clashes broke out Saturday between Israeli troops and Palestinian young men after a large force of troops tried to storm Silwan district in the holy city.

Futile PA posturing
PIC – Conflicting signals continued to come out of the Palestinian Authority (PA) as to its purported plans to seek United Nations recognition of a putative Palestinian state in September.

WAFA

Ashrawi: UN Bid Prevents Israel from Eliminating Peace, Palestinian Rights
WAFA

Fatah Ratifies Dahlan’s Final Sacking Decision
WAFA

Abbas on Official Visit to Sarajevo
WAFA

UNRWA Concerned about Heavy Gun Fire into Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria
WAFA

Israeli Forces Conduct Military Trainings in Jordan Valley, Continue Harassing its Residents
WAFA

Newspaper Review: Abbas to Submit UN Membership Application on September 20‚Äè
WAFA

Los Angeles Times

Syria forces use naval power against Latakia
LA Times 14 Aug 2011 – The attacks are the first using gunboats to put down an anti-government uprising, this time in the coastal city of Latakia, where protests recently intensified. Syrian forces for the first time deployed naval power in an attempt to quell an anti-government uprising, pummeling a coastal…

Besieged city of Hama has long been in Syrian regime’s sights
LA Times 13 Aug 2011 – Opposition forces say that, contrary to government reports, the 1982 revolt that preceded mass slaughter involved mainly secular political activists and only a small number of religious zealots. Raed Habbal was not a particularly devout Muslim, a relative recalls. The 19-year-old college student and scion…

Obama, other leaders again tell Syria to end ‘brutal campaign’
LA Times 13 Aug 2011 – President Barack Obama speaks with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and British Prime Minister David Cameron about Syria’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that activists say has killed 2,000. President Obama spoke by phone Saturday with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and British Prime Minister David Cameron about…

New York Times

Syrian Navy Ships Join Attack on Coastal City
New York Times 14 Aug 2011 – At least 25 people were killed in Latakia, residents said, as the government escalated its attempt to repress dissent.

Misc

Elbit Hermes 450 UAVs used in Brazilian air-strike
Neged Neshek – Brazil carried out an air-strike on an airfield used by drug cartels near the border with Colombia. The drones used were Elbit Systems Hermes 450s. Brazil purchased two drones and one ground control station in 2010.

All Israeli kindergarteners are required to sing the national anthem— except for ‘Arab sector’ children
Mondoweiss – According to a July Haaretz article , Israeli education authorities have implemented a new rule that kindergarten teachers must have their classes sing the Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, every week. This generated some debate in Israel about forced patriotism that poses an interesting contrast with the US,…

What to make of the Israeli movement for social justice
Mondoweiss – It is very hard for an outsider to know what to make of the current wave of populist protest in Israel which, though advocating “social justice” in Israel has nothing to say about the occupation and repression of the Palestinians. Over 300,000 people have come out…

WASP society is disintegrating
Mondoweiss – Last weekend we had a houseguest, a member of my wife’s extended family in Philadelphia, and when we were sitting in the kitchen one morning he said, What happened to the WASPs? I asked him what he meant, and he said the following: The WASPs ran…

Why do tent protesters ban the word ‘occupation’?
Mondoweiss – Alon Idan in Haaretz : Why does the protest movement ban the word “occupation”? Because using that word would dramatically reduce the number of protesters; it would stir disagreement and splinter the movement. Such factionalism would turn the protest into a “political” entity and expunge its populist…

Hen of the woods?
Mondoweiss – I’ve become a forager recently. My sister-in-law says that this is now a trend, so I’m only conventional, but three times in the last few weeks I’ve eaten mushrooms harvested by friends from New York forests. And I’ve started to keep my eye open. Yesterday I…

Congress’ Dirty [Seven] Dozen on Aipac All-Expense-Paid Israel Junket
Tikun Olam – Democratic Congressional porkers at Aipac’s trough meeting Pres. Peres Pork may be treif , but not when it’s dished out by the pro-Israel lobby. 81 members of Congress are now in Israel on an all-expense paid junket sponsored by Aipac’s nominally non-profit American-Israel Education Foundation. The value…

Misc 2

Only a radical change will do
Middle East Monitor 14 Aug 2011 – Israel has always been portrayed as an oasis of democracy in a sea of Arab dictatorship, so the timing of the country’s protest movement is particularly embarrassing for its ruling elite. When 400,000 Israelis rallied last week calling for affordable housing, jobs, education and lower prices,…

Jordan king welcomes reform plans
BBC 14 Aug 2011 – Jordan’s King Abdullah welcomes proposals which would increase the power of parliament but critics say the reforms do not go far enough.

Egypt blogger ‘defamed’ military
BBC 14 Aug 2011 – Leading Egyptian blogger Asmaa Mahfouz is questioned by prosecutors for allegedly defaming the country’s military, the official Mena news agency reports.

Egypt ex-minister back in court
BBC 14 Aug 2011 – The trial of Egyptian ex-Interior Minister Habib al-Adly on charges of killing protesters during the country’s uprising resumes then adjourns in Cairo.

Articles


A Palestinian revolutionary — Jabra Nicola and the Radical Left
Ran Greenstein, The Jerusalem Quarterly — Summer 2011, Israeli Occupation Archive8/13/2011
Introduction
From its inception in the late nineteenth century, the Zionist movement and its settlement project in Palestine have encountered opposition from the European radical Left. As early as 1886, a young Russian Jewish socialist revolutionary by the name of Ilya Rubanovich argued that the settlement project was doomed to fail:
“What is to be done with the Arabs? Would the Jews expect to be strangers among the Arabs or would they want to make the Arabs strangers among themselves?… The Arabs have exactly the same historical right and it will be unfortunate for you if — taking your stand under the protection of international plunderers, using the underhand dealings and intrigue of a corrupt diplomacy — you make the peaceful Arabs defend their right. They will answer tears with blood and bury your diplomatic documents in the ashes of your own homes.”[1]
With these prophetic words Rubanovich captured two elements of the Left’s critique of Zionism (a decade before the movement was formally launched): that it was bound to violate the rights of indigenous Arabs, and that it would do so by using international diplomacy to secure its position. In other words, using terminology that was not yet common, Zionism was condemned for its colonial practices vis-a-vis the indigenous population, and for its potential association with imperialist powers. How this set of ideas gave rise to different movements and activists, shaped by subsequent historical circumstances, is the topic of this article.
This critique was taken up by the Communist movement, which emerged with the Russian revolution of 1917 and the formation of the Third International (Comintern) in 1919…. — See also: Source and PDF version more.. e-mail

Robbing Peter to Pay Israel
Josh Ruebner, Antiwar.com8/14/2011
Nearly 20 percent of the constituents of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) live under the poverty line, and nearly 15 percent are unemployed. Jackson’s congressional district, covering parts of the south side of Chicago and its southern suburbs, has been hit harder than many others by the crises plaguing the economy. Many of his constituents are looking at even more cutbacks in social services, higher prices for food and fuel, and ever scarcer jobs.
During this August congressional recess, Rep. Jackson, Jr. should be at home, meeting with constituents and proposing to them how he will help them cope with their difficult circumstances. Instead, the politician is proudly gallivanting around Israel, in one of three separate congressional delegations heading there this month on all-expense-paid junkets organized by the American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), a so-called charitable affiliate of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most influential of the myriad pro-Israel lobbying outfits.
In total, 81 representatives, nearly one-fifth of the entire House, will participate in these jaunts, which, according to The Washington Post, include “a round-trip flight in business class for lawmakers and their spouses (that alone is worth about $8,000), fine hotels and meals, side trips, and transportation and guides.”
Of course, these congressional delegations are not all fun and games. Members of Congress will be expected to sing for their lavish dinners by honoring President Bush’s 2007 pledge to provide the Israeli military with $30 billion of ta-payer-funded weapons between 2009 and 2018. So far, proposed increases in military aid to Israel have been spared from the budgetary chopping block by President Obama and a compliant Congress that treats Israeli militarism as more sacrosanct than medical care for seniors. This despite the fact that Israel misuses the funds, in violation of the Arms Export Control Act, to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians living under its illegal 44-year military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. more.. e-mail

The social protest and the inescapable Arab-Jewish conflict
Noam Sheizaf and Mairav Zonszein, Dissent Magazine, +972 Magazine8/13/2011
As events at the Rothschild tent camp have recently demonstrated, whether the J14 movement likes it or not, it is forced to engage with the Palestinian issue
What started as a protest about housing prices in Tel Aviv nearly a month ago has morphed into a far-reaching and diverse movement calling for changes in the socioeconomic structure of nearly every aspect of life in Israel, from education and welfare to LGBT and freelancer rights. Yet, although Arab Israelis are taking a part in the protests and author Odeh Bishart was a speaker at the 200,000-strong protest in Tel Aviv last Saturday, one issue has been avoided: the relation between Jews and Palestinians—even though this is normally the single most critical issue in Israeli political life, be it in the form of Israel’s Knesset legislation regarding the rights of non-Jewish citizens or the diplomatic and security aspects involved in the forty-four-year occupation of the West Bank.
Some have claimed that the social protests taking place have nothing to with such questions, or that dealing with them would hurt the movement’s ability to reach a consensus among the various groups taking part in it, but events have had their own way of proving those holding this notion wrong.
Protesters on Rothschild Boulevard had to actively confront the Palestinian-Jewish question with the appearance last week of Kahanist activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, accompanied by hilltop youth. These uninvited guests brought with them two messages to add to the protest: “Tel Aviv is only for Jews,” and the solution to the housing crisis can be solved by building in the West Bank (in Hebrew, this is very catchy: “pitaron” (solution) and Yehuda ve’Shomron (Judea and Samaria) rhyme). — See also:Source and J14: No need to bring up the occupation — it’s the capitalism, stupid! more.. e-mail

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