VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 18 August, 2011: Video survey: Racism rampant among Israeli youth

18 August , 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Bombards Rafah Killing Six Palestinians; Child Killed In Gaza City
IMEMC – Thursday August 18, 2011 – 20:51, Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported on Thursday evening that six Palestinians, including a senior resistance leader, and a child, were killed when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into a home in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. A Child was also killed and five residents were injured when the army bombarded Gaza City.

At Least 14 Dead In A Series Of Attacks In Southern Israel
IMEMC – Thursday August 18, 2011 – 18:21, Fourteen people were killed and around 31 were wounded when a group of armed men attacked with rifles, mortar shells and explosive devices a bus carrying Israeli soldiers, a vehicle and another bus in southern Israel.

In a New Crime, Israeli Military Kills Disabled Child in Central Gaza
IMEMC – Thursday August 18, 2011 – 00:48, On Tuesday evening, 16 August 2011, the Israeli military killed a Palestinian child from al-Nussairat refugee camp, who was 400 meters from the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Ma’an News

7 killed, dozens injured in southern Israel attacks
8/18/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in two shooting attacks on buses near the Israeli city of Eilat, officials said Thursday. Three militants armed with Kalashnikovs opened fire on a bus traveling from Beersheba to Eilat causing multiple injuries, Israel’s Channel 10 television…. Related: Hamas: No Gaza role in deadly Eilat attacks and 6 killed in Israeli airstrikes

Rights group: Teenager killed Tuesday was disabled
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A young Palestinian shot dead Tuesday in the Gaza Strip suffered from mental disabilities and was in an area that had not been declared as prohibited, a local rights group has charged. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Wednesday that Sa’d Abdul Rahim Mahmoud Al-Majdalwai, 17, from Nusseirat….

Egypt: Israeli rocket kills 3 policemen
8/19/2011 – EILAT, Israel (AFP) — Three Egyptian policemen have been killed after an Israeli plane fired a rocket near the border at militants it was tracking following earlier attacks, security officials said Thursday. Egypt’s official MENA news agency quoted a military official as saying that two policemen were killed when the Israeli aircraft opened fire….

Hamas: No Gaza role in deadly Eilat attacks
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas has denied accusations by the Israeli defense minister that Gaza was the source of attacks in southern Israel that left at least seven people dead Thursday. Hamas leader Salah Bardawil told Ma’an radio that Israel blamed Hamas and Gaza groups in order to deflect attention from its…. Related: 7 killed, dozens injured in southern Israel attacks

PRC: 2 rockets fired at Asheklon
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Popular Resistance Committees claimed responsibility Thursday for launching two rockets toward the coastal city of Ashkelon, after airstrikes killed five PRC members…. Related: Army: Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ intercepts rocket

6 killed in Israeli airstrikes
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike killed six Palestinians Thursday evening in southern Gaza, medics said, hours after a series of attacks left seven Israelis dead near Eilat. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said the airstrikes targeted a house in Rafah. A Ma’an correspondent said the home belonged to Popular…. Related: 7 killed, dozens injured in southern Israel attacks and PRC warns Israel after deadly airstrikes

Medics: 2 killed in explosion in southern Gaza
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An explosion killed two Palestinians and injured two others in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on Thursday evening, medical officials said….

Army source: Operation underway in southern Gaza
8/18/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s military attacked the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday evening, an Israeli military source told Ma’an after medics said five Palestinians were killed in an airstrike….

Army: Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ intercepts rocket
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s “Iron Dome” interception system intercepted a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip late Thursday, the army said as an armed group in Gaza claimed to have fired two projectiles…. Related: PRC: 2 rockets fired at Asheklon

PRC warns Israel after deadly airstrikes
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Popular Resistance Committees warned Israel on Thursday saying it had opened fire First and would be the one responsible for “all the consequences of its crimes.”Spokesman Abu Mujahed’s warning came after airstrikes killed six Palestinians including five members of the PRC in Rafah, southern Gaza after….

Islamic Jihad: Gaza govt seized operative
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of Islamic Jihad said on Thursday that one of its members had been detained by Gaza’s internal security forces. The Al-Quds Brigades demanded the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip release their affiliate, in a statement on their web page without providing further information. While….

Rights group: Hamas ban on study abroad students ‘illegal’
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Center for Human Rights denounced Wednesday the decision by Hamas to ban Gaza scholarship students from studying in the United States.” PCHR believes that this decision contradicts basic human rights standards, especially the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” a statement said. The rights group said that the students were….

Israel identifies soldier killed in Eilat attacks
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli military has identified one of the soldiers killed in a combined attack near Eilat on Thursday as Moshe Naftali, 22, from Ofra.”Naftali was killed as a result of a terrorist attack on his force while en-route to assist a civilian bus that was fired upon by terrorists,” the….

Turkey ‘plans diplomatic assault’ after Israel refuses apology
8/18/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Turkey plans to launch a diplomatic and legal assault on Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to apologize for the 2010 raid on the Gaza aid flotilla, Israeli media said. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper says Turkey now intends to implement “Plan B”, which will include a campaign….

Bosnian Serbs oppose Palestinian UN bid
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Bosnian Serb representatives announced Wednesday that they oppose Sarajevo’s decision to support the PA in seeking UN recognition for a Palestinian state. President Mahmoud Abbas visited Bosnia last week to seek its support in recognizing a Palestinian state at the UN in September. Nebojsa Radmanovic, Serb representative of Bosnia….

Egypt closes Rafah crossing
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The interior ministry in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that Egyptian authorities have closed the Rafah crossing amid a sharp increase in violence in Gaza and southern Israel….

Hamas leader condemns Rafah attacks
8/18/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – The Hamas movement on Thursday condemned Israel’s operations in the southern Gaza Strip that killed six Palestinians including leaders of the Popular Resistance Committees. Hamas leader Ismail Radwan condemned the “massacre in Rafah” and told Ma’an that “this crime won’t stop the resistance and….

Gaza factional fighting scars taint reconciliation efforts
8/19/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — Palestinian Musa Abu Jarrad shrugs off any notion of reconciling with the Hamas group he blames for the death of his son, a Fatah member, in 2007 factional fighting in Gaza.” The angel Gabriel himself couldn’t make me reconcile with my boy’s killers,” the 70-year-old says, anger….

Police: Jerusalem man arrested with knife
8/18/2011 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police arrested a young man in Jerusalem carrying a knife, police said. Israeli news reports quoting police officials said the unidentified young man intended to stab a soldier….

Bethlehem mother dies without seeing jailed son
8/18/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – The mother of a Palestinian detainee died Wednesday without seeing her son, who is jailed in Israel. Amjad Taqatqa’s son Amjad from the Beit Fajjar village near Bethlehem is serving six life terms in an Israeli detention center….

Japan extends food aid grant to UNRWA
8/18/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Japan has extended a grant of food aid worth $7. 7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, officials said Wednesday. Notes to this effect were exchanged at UNRWA Baqa’a Elementary Co-Ed School in Baqa’a Camp between Amb….

Erekat warns Israel against ‘irresponsible’ actions
8/18/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) —PLO official Saeb Erekat on Thursday warned Israel against taking any “irresponsible” action in Gaza following a series of attacks along the Israel-Egypt border.”Israel is the occupying power. Under international humanitarian law, it is responsible for the welfare and safety of the Palestinian population living under its occupation,” Erekat said….

Labor union in Ramallah ends open strike
8/18/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The labor union in Ramallah’s municipality has decided not to launch an open strike on Thursday as planned, officials said Wednesday following a meeting with the municipality. The municipality is to restore rights to staff according to law, restoring 30-day holidays, the union said. Starting January 1, the….

Obama: Syria’s Assad must ‘step aside’
8/19/2011 – WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama demanded Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad “step aside” and imposed tough sanctions on Damascus including an asset freeze and ban on US investments in Syria.” We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For….

UN: Syria’s Assad says military assault ended
8/18/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — President Bashar Al-Assad reportedly told UN chief Ban Ki-moon that his army’s deadly raids on protest towns have stopped, as the Security Council prepared on Thursday to meet on the Syria crisis. On the ground, however, security forces killed at least 10 people and made sweeping arrests on Wednesday, said activists….

Hariri tribunal calls for greater efforts to arrest suspects
8/18/2011 – THE HAGUE (AFP) — Lebanese authorities should try harder to arrest four Hezbollah members wanted for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, the tribunal investigating the case said Thursday.” The recent report by the Lebanese authorities on the steps that they have taken to search for the accused was. . . assessed by the….

Egypt military pardons blogger after criticism
8/18/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s military said on Thursday it has dropped charges against prominent blogger Asmaa Mahfouz of insulting the country’s ruling generals after a wave of criticism from rights groups. The military, in a statement on its Facebook page, said it also decided to drop charges against another activist, Loai Nagati….

Turkish jets bombs Kurdish rebels in Iraq
8/18/2011 – ANKARA, Turkey (AFP) — Turkish planes bombed rebel Kurdish positions in northern Iraq for a second night Thursday, the separatist group’s spokesman as well as Turkish news agencies reported. The bombardments on the outlawed PKK rebels came in response to their bloody attack in southeast Turkey which killed nine members of the Turkish security….

Libya rebel chief fears bloodbath in Tripoli
8/18/2011 – BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) — Libyan rebels fought on Thursday to close in on Tripoli and claimed to have seized a key refinery, as their chief said he feared a bloodbath in a battle for the capital. Anticipating victory, the rebels’ political leaders have set out a plan to transform the country from autocracy to a….

Egypt military crackdown nets Sinai ‘Islamist militants’
8/18/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — An Egyptian security chief said on Thursday a military operation in Sinai against militants uncovered a bomb-making factory and netted 20 wanted men, including Palestinians and radical Islamists. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressed Egypt to ensure security in the Sinai following a deadly attack across the border in Israel on….

Kuwait orders probe into contract with Shell
8/18/2011 – KUWAIT CITY (AFP) — Kuwait’s Oil Minister Mohammad al-Baseeri Thursday formed a committee to probe an $800 million contract between state-owned Kuwait Oil Co. and Shell, an official statement said. The six-member panel will review procedures leading to the awarding of the Enhanced Technical Services Agreement in February 2010 and examine the implementation of….

Palestine Note

Israeli social justice campaigners cancel weekend protests after attacks in south
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – Haaretz- Israel’s student union on Thursday called off planned weekend demonstrations against the high cost of living after a series of terror attacks in the south left seven people dead. “There were meant to be protests throughout the country, with…

Israeli-Palestinian partnership to develop insurance company for Arab sector
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – Tali Heruti-Sover and Noam Bar, Haaretz- Arab-Israeli and Palestinian businessmen have joined forces to develop an insurance company that will compete in Israel’s insurance market and appeal to the Arab population in the country. Initial estimations suggest that the company…

Palestinian officials succeed in taking TV political satire off the air
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – The Los Angeles Times- The worst fears of Imad Farajin, Palestinian actor and author of political satire and TV comedy show “Watan Ala Watar” (“Country on a String”), came true Wednesday when the Palestinian Authority’s attorney general, Ahmad Mughani, ordered…

Rights groups see bills as targeting Arabs
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – The National- Proposed legislation that would hand the government broad powers to suppress those it deems as terrorists as well as possibly scrap Arabic as an official Israeli language are being blasted by Israeli civil-rights activists as a bid to…

Detainees ministry: Israel targeting relatives of prisoners
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – Ma’an- Israeli authorities are targeting the families of Palestinian detainees in order to deter them from visiting, the Ministry of Detainees in Gaza said Wednesday. In recent months there has been an increase in procedures such as searching female relatives,…

Israel refuses to apologise to Turkey over Gaza flotilla raid
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – The Guardian- Israel will stick to its refusal to apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens on a Gaza-bound ship, officials have said, a position Ankara said would sink any prospects for reconciliation. The decision, which officials said…

Seven killed in series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – Haaretz- Seven people were killed and at least 26 people were wounded Thursday in a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets approximately 20 kilometers north of the southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt. The first…

Obama Calls for Assad’s Departure
Palestine Note 18 Aug 2011 – UN human rights chief may refer Syria to ICC for crimes against humanity BBC News – US President Barack Obama has called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down over a deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters. The call marks…


Hezbollah: Hariri case lacks evidence
AlJazeera 18 Aug 2011 –

Assad says Syrian operations have stopped
AlJazeera 18 Aug 2011 – President tells UN chief that security forces have halted operations, but witnesses report sustained military presence.

Lebanon urged to arrest Hariri suspects
AlJazeera 18 Aug 2011 – Tribunal judge orders public advertisement detailing indictment against four accused over Rafiq al-Hariri’s killing.

Israel launches strikes on Gaza after attacks
AlJazeera 18 Aug 2011 – Air strikes on Gaza follow killing of eight Israelis in southern Israel.

UN Security Council urged to act on Syria
AlJazeera 18 Aug 2011 – UN rights chief asks council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court after Obama urges Assad to step down.

Palestine News Network

Renewed Israeli Strikes on Gaza Leave a child Dead and 17 injured, Death Toll Reaches Seven
PNN – Gaza — PNN — One child was reported dead, on Friday at dawn, and 10 other civilians were injured as Israeli jetfighters targeted Gaza City. Local sources identified the child as 13-year-old…

Palestinians Can Still Negotiate After the UN Declaration
PNN – By Daoud Kuttab – In their frantic efforts to stop the Palestinian leadership from going to the UN, Israeli officials and propagandists pose what appears to be a mistaken choice. Israeli Prime…

Israel Retaliates with Air Strikes Leaving 6 Dead
PNN – PNN — Gaza — At least six dead after Israeli air strikes hit Gaza as the Israeli army retaliates after soldiers killed by militants. Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that targets in…

Lieberman Slams Turkish Apology Call
PNN – Tel Aviv — PNN — Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Foreign Secretary, claimed in an interview broadcast yesterday that Turkey was attempting to ‘delegitimise’ the state of Israel. His remarks come after Turkey…

Israel Authorizes New Units for West Bank and East Jerusalem Settlements
PNN – Ramallah — PNN — Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, has agreed to the construction of over 700 new housing units in two West Bank settlements, according to the Ha’aretz. The plans include…

Deadly Attacks in South Israel: 7 Dead; 26 Injured
PNN – Eilat – PNN – In a series of attacks on Thursday morning near the town of Eilat and the Israeli-Egyptian border, ensuing exchanges of fire left a total of at least seven…

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR Is Concerned Security Services’ Interference into Public Liberties in Gaza
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Thursday, 18 August 2011

Alternative Information Center

AIC Video: Palestinian Workers Strike
Alternative Information Center – 35 Palestinian workers in the Salit quarry in Mishor Adumim in the West Bank are on strike since June 16, 2011, demanding a collective bargaining agreement.

Timor-Leste: Don’t Compromise Political Integrity Due to Israel Project!
Alternative Information Center – It is hoped that Timor-Leste’s political integrity is not compromised in the September UN vote on Palestine’s statehood by the funding of your recent 5 day (8-12 August) visit to Israel by The Israel Project. [1] […

Head of Chinese Military Makes Historic Visit to Israel to Promote “Growing Cooperation”
Alternative Information Center – The chief of the Chinese Armed Forces made an historic first official visit to Israel this week. The top General of the Asiatic giant met on Sunday with his Israeli counterpart, Lt. General Benny Gantz, and…

Over Hamas Objections, Palestinian Authority Opens Voter Registration for October Elections
Alternative Information Center – Hamas is accusing Fatah of violating the reconciliation agreement by opening voter registration for municipal elections in the West Bank, proving that the rift between Palestinian political parties is just as wide as ever.

Relief Web

Gaza — Palestine: Out of the Margins
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 – Source: Birzeit University Country: occupied Palestinian territory Table of Contents Dr. Khalil Hindi: Statement of the President of Birzeit University Asem Khalil: Statement of the Director of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies Filippo Grandi: Against all Odds -…

Food Security and Market Monitoring Report: No. 28, April – June 2011
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 – Source: World Food Programme Country: occupied Palestinian territory GAZA HIGHLIGHT: EASED OR UN-EASED, NEW REPORT PAGE 5 PRICE TRENDS & AVAILABILTY IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA TRIP Wheat Flour Since March 2011, all wheat grain and animal feed transfer…

Japan donates 600 million yen (US $7.7 million) for food aid to Palestine refugees
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 – Source: UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Japan 17 August 2011, Amman The government of Japan has announced a donation of US$ 7.7 million (600 million Japanese yen) towards food…

Some in Gaza want revenge, not reconciliation
Relief Web 18 Aug 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Mai Yaghi (AFP) GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Palestinian Musa Abu Jarrad shrugs off any notion of reconciling with the Hamas group he blames for the death of his son, a Fatah…

In Gaza, poverty forces children to choose between survival and school
Relief Web 17 Aug 2011 – Source: UN Children’s Fund Country: occupied Palestinian territory By Catherine Weibel GAZA STRIP, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 17 August 2011 – Ayman, 15, lives in Khuza’a, an impoverished village in southern Gaza, where extreme poverty has dramatically increased due to the…

As concern rises about Syrian violence, UN relocates non-essential staff
Relief Web 17 Aug 2011 – Source: UN News Service Country: Syrian Arab Republic (the) , occupied Palestinian territory 17 August 2011 — The United Nations is temporarily withdrawing some staff from Syria amid mounting international concern about the violent crackdown by Government forces against civilian demonstrators….

Palestine Telegraph

Israel attacks civilian targets in Gaza, 8 killed, 40 wounded
18 Aug 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – One child was reported dead, on Friday at dawn, and 40 other civilians were injured as Israeli jetfighters targeted Gaza City.

Update from Gaza/Occupied Palestine in the last 6 hours
18 Aug 2011 – Breaking News: Reports state that a child has been killed in Gaza as Israel targets civilian houses. 50 seconds ago Palestine Telegraph

The National

No peace for the dead at Baghdad’s restive North Gate
The National 18 Aug 2011 – Thousands of war dead lie in Baghdad’s North Gate War Cemetery — resting not in peace but in neglected graves, their burial ground a victim of ongoing hostilities in Iraq.

Imports cast shadow on lantern trade in Egypt
The National 17 Aug 2011 – Lights are part of Ramadan tradition but the flood of cheap, ready-made goods threaten fanoos craftsmen in ancient quarters of Cairo.

Ramadan TV drama fuels sectarian fears in Iraq
The National 17 Aug 2011 – Parliament wants to ban programme about events leading up to the historic split in Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects.


Coordinated attacks in south kill 8
Ha’aretz –

Bus driver recounts long minutes of terror attack
Ha’aretz – Witnesses describe attackers dressed in Egyptian military fatigues. “I thought they were soldiers repairing the fence,” Bilefsky recalls. “I slowed a bit, and then I caught a hail of bullets.”

Amir Oren / Terror attacks have damaged Israel’s peace with Egypt
Ha’aretz – Without Mubarak, and with Hamas in Gaza, with a Jordanian king fearing for his throne and an American administration that doesn’t believe in Israel’s judgment, what comes next could be even worse.

Netanyahu: We will respond firmly when Israelis are hurt
Ha’aretz – PM thanks IDF, Shin Bet for preventing an ‘even bigger catastrophe’; Defense Minister Barak stresses Israel will act against terror attacks with full force.

PMO chief tells Israeli social protesters government policy will not change
Ha’aretz – Campaign leaders say Prime Minister’s Office outgoing director general’s statements reflected Netanyahu’s lack of interest in the public’s demands and his unwillingness to listen to the people.

Jerusalem’s light rail system opens to the public after years of delays
Ha’aretz – Inauguration postponed no less than four times due to funding problems, lack of staff, compatibility issues, and safety issues.

Disagreement over settlements surface in Labor Party race
Ha’aretz – MK Shelly Yachimovich being criticized for denying “the settlement enterprise as a sin and a crime,” in an interview that ran in Thursday’s Haaretz.

Israeli social justice campaigners cancel weekend protests after attacks in south
Ha’aretz – Head of Israel’s student union says nationwide rallies, including ‘central’ demonstration in Jerusalem, have been called off.

Top Israeli official: Current government will not deliver a welfare state
Ha’aretz – Prime Minister’s Office outgoing director general meets with social protesters, says Israeli economic method will not change.

Obama: Israel and U.S. are united against terror
Ha’aretz – U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say attacks ‘cowardly,’ vow to stand with Israel ‘now and always.’

Israel had prior warnings of potential terror attacks from Sinai
Ha’aretz – Senior government official says security officials received warning of possible attack, but disagreed about its severity.

Terror continues: Two gravely hurt by fresh gunfire hours after deadly attacks
Ha’aretz – Gunfire began during a press conference by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF chief Benny Gantz, at the scene of the attacks; ‘Iron Dome’ system intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip.

IDF strikes Gaza in wake of deadly terror attacks; senior Palestinian militant killed
Ha’aretz – Strikes come hours after series of deadly terror attacks in southern Israel in which seven people were killed.

Timeline / Eight hours of terror in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – A series of terrorist attacks took place near Eilat on Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding dozens.

Hamas: We didn’t carry out southern Israel attacks, but we praise them
Ha’aretz – Senior Hamas official warns that the group and the Palestinian people will not ‘stand idly by if the enemy attacks.’

Mubarak falls, Sinai terror rises
Ha’aretz – The series of terror attacks near Eilat on Thursday indicate that the Egyptians are losing their grip on Sinai.

Seven killed in series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel
Ha’aretz – At least 26 wounded after armed gunmen fired on bus traveling near Eilat, close to Egypt border; IDF trades fire with gunmen; mortars fired from Egyptian border; IDF kills several terrorists.

Report: Israel-Hamas talks on Shalit deal delayed indefinitely
Ha’aretz – Egyptian official tells Al Hayat that each side insists on the best possible outcome for itself, and stresses that Israel and Hamas must make concessions.

Jerusalem Post

Light rail starts today
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – For more than a decade, the light rail, whose first start date was in 2006, seemed like an ever-receding dream.

‚ÄòI lived more on trains than in homes’
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Train enthusiast David Fainshtein’s family traveled across the Soviet Union by train to escape the KGB.

Kalansuwa mayor to be released to house arrest
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Mahmoud Hadija faces trial for blackmail, fraud and bribery, denies all the charges against him.

Peres blesses wheelchair basketball players
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Nineteen European national teams will compete in the tournaments that will be held from September 8-17 in Nazareth.

‘We want to improve lives, not make a revolution’
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Activists from outside Tel Aviv: Rothschild tent city movement is losing sight of its original goals.

Tent city activists broach Russian speakers
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Series of lectures planned on economic issues in tent cities across the country meant for the Russian-speaking community.

Knesset cafeteria employees fired, again
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – 20 workers fired as politicians say they identify with nationwide protests calling for “social justice”.

Haredim also have a place in the revolution
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – “This is a Jewish struggle,” says Beitar Ilit resident Avi Abood, “but we need to remember, haredim are scared to come.”

West shows ‚Äòmoral clarity’ in demanding Assad’s ouster
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Leading political dissident Zuhdi Jasser denounces terror attack in Israel as ‚Äòheinous crime’.

Obama says Assad must go, orders new sanctions
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – With no threat of military action like that against Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, conflict seems likely to grind on in the streets.

A Golani warrior’s brief life
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – “Moshe, my beloved son, did everything with dedication and perseverance, and we are proud of him,” says mother of soldier killed in attack.

Counter-terror officer killed by terrorist fire near Eilat
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Pascal Avrahami killed in firefight while taking part in sweeps of the region north of Eilat to search for additional terrorists who remained on the scene from earlier attacks; Israeli death toll rises to eight.

Crown Heights riots panel postponed due to furor
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Synagogue cancels event featuring activist who blamed “diamond dealers” for death of black boy during 1991 unrest.

Finish the fence
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – The Egyptian border has long been a porous problem.

Into the Fray: Come September…
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Israel must credibly convey that support for unilateral Palestinian statehood will not be a cost-free decision for whoever acts to effect it — or fails to act to foil it.

Savir’s Corner
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – If Netanyahu and Abbas want to prove real leadership for their peoples, they should choose a path of both courage and compromise.

Israel kills PRC leadership in Gaza airstrike
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Iron Dome intercepts Katyusha fired at Ashkelon; terrorist involved in Schalit abduction is killed in strike; PRC: Israel will face consequences.

Livni calls for ‘action’ in response to terror attacks
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – MK Eldad says failure to seal southern border against illegal immigrants sent signal to terrorists that infiltration possible.

PM: We respond immediately, powerfully to attacks
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Netanyahu praises IDF soldiers, security forces for preventing greater tragedy during fatal multi-pronged terror attack in South.

Erekat warns Israel against ‘irresponsible action’ in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – PA official says terror attacks in South should not be used by Israel as “a pretext for aggression”; Hamas senior commanders go into hiding.

Main social justice protest in J’lem canceled after attack
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Student Union: Protest outside PM’s home won’t take place; Rothschild protest camp says it will instead hold candlelight vigil in Tel Aviv.

The art bubble
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Can Eli Petel, the new head of Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy, create the conditions necessary for students of art to flourish?

US bans Syrian petrol, is certain Assad ‘on his way out’
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – US freezes assets of Syrian government in US as part of new sanctions; Obama, EU say time has come for President Assad to step aside.

Obama administration bans Syrian petroleum imports
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – US freezes assets of Syrian government in US as part of new sanctions; Obama says “the time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

Timeline of the Eilat triple terror attack
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – 12:20 p.m. – One of the terrorists opens fire at an empty bus and detonates an explosive belt. Another terrorist fires an RPG.

US calls Eilat attack a ‘brutal, cowardly act of terror’
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Embassy in TA sends condolences to victims; German FM condemns attacks; UN’s Ban concerned of escalation, calls for restraint.

Study finds sniffer dogs can smell out lung cancer
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – German researchers find that dogs able to correctly detect lung tumors in 71% of patients, suggesting similar technique could be used for early detection.

Gallery: Aftermath of triple terror attack in South
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Photos of bus from shooting attack, emergency personnel at the ambush site, after at least 7 people were killed and 25 injured.

The wards are alive with the sound of music
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Contestants taking part in “Hallelujah,” a global song contest for Jews aged 16 to 26, perform for children at Safra Children’s Hospital.

Finding middle ground
Jerusalem Post 18 Aug 2011 – Ruth Gavison discusses the challenges facing Israel, why she believes ideological platform of her organization is “rich enough to enable debate” on many proposals.

The Guardian

Israel tent protests called off after Eilat attacks
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – Organisers of campaign against high living costs cancel weekend’s demonstrations to ‘join the families in mourning’ Organisers of the tent protests which have enthralled Israel for more than a month have called off demonstrations planned for…

Israel launches Gaza air strikes in retaliation for Eilat attacks
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – Up to six Palestinians killed during assault on Rafah hours after attack in southern Israel leaves at least seven dead Israeli civilians and soldiers came under sustained attack on Thursday from militants in the south of…

Israeli bus attacked near border with Egypt- video
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – Gunmen fire on passenger bus as fears grow that Egyptian security forces are losing grip on Sinai desert region

Israel attacks Gaza, diplomatic pressure on Syria and Middle East unrest – Thursday 18 August 2011
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – US says Bashar al-Assad must stand down – Libyan rebels take oil refinery in Zawiyah – Series of attacks in israel, at least seven dead – Assad claims military operations in Syria have ended Read…

Israelis killed in attacks near Egypt border
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – Gunmen attack a bus carrying soldiers, a car and a military patrol near southern resort of Eilat At least seven people have been killed in a series of attacks in southern Israel near the resort town…

Israel refuses to apologise to Turkey over Gaza flotilla raid
The Guardian 18 Aug 2011 – UN report into Gaza ship killings had been delayed to allow for possible Israel-Turkey talks Israel will stick to its refusal to apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens on a Gaza-bound ship, officials…

Inter Press Service

SYRIA: U.S., EU Call for Assad’s Ouster
IPS After tiptoeing toward demanding the ouster of Bashir Al-Assad over the last several months, U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday finally jumped over the line with his first explicit call for the Syrian president to resign.

LEBANON: Women Prisoners Play the Liberation Role
IPS To a soundtrack of almost constant pounding of fists against iron doors, drama therapist Zeina Daccache is trying to capture the attention of a group of women prisoners. Many of the 45 women are suffering from drug withdrawal and alternately appear agitated, upset, energised and detached. Others chat loudly, take…


Gaza Under Attack Again – No Excuses For Inaction This Time
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – Gaza is tonight under attack by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) following a series of attacks today on Israeli military targets 20 km north of the southern city of Eilat, close to the border with Egypt. Hamas has denied responsibility for this afternoon’s attacks, which killed seven and injured at least 14, saying their strategy…

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11- 17 Aug. 2011)
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – Summary : Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (11 – 17 August 2011): Shooting: During the reporting period, two Palestinians, including a disabled child, were killed and 5 others, including a child, were wounded in the Gaza Strip. A child was also wounded in the…

Two Egyptian soldiers killed in Israeli raid
Uruknet August 18, 2011 — Two Egyptian soldiers were killed Thursday in an Israeli attack on borders between Egypt and Gaza, state media reported. Seven attackers and six Israelis were found dead in three separate attacks along the Egyptian borders with Israel when Israeli buses travelling from Beersheba to Eilat were attacked by gunmen. Hours after the attacks, Israeli…

Victims of Israeli strike on Gaza – in pictures
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – Six Palestinians were killed and two injured on Thursday in an Israeli airstrike, targeting a house in Al- Shauth, a neighborhood in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, according to witnesses. Medical sources said that six Palestinians arrived to Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital dead; bodies of four of them were torn into pieces…

Report says that Palestinian prisoners endure “very harsh” conditions in Israeli prisons
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – A report issued by the Public Defender’s Office at the Israeli Justice Ministry has described the conditions endured by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as “very harsh”. The issues mentioned by the report include severe overcrowding, which could cause suffocation, facilities which don’t meet even basic standards, excessive punitive measures, a lack of resources…

Dispatch From Libya Tripoli on the Cusp
Uruknet August 18, 2011 -. Truth be told, some foreign observers, and certainly this one, having been based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by “NATO rebels” — though not by NATO country forces putting their boots on the ground. The reasons include observations…

Video survey: Racism rampant among Israeli youth
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – Over the past three years, my wife Pennie and I have been working on a documentary film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During our second production trip to the region, one of the many remarkable people we encountered was Uri Davis. He is one of a handful of Israelis who has built a life for…

Gaza: 6 killed in Israeli airstrike
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – An Israeli airstrike killed six Palestinians Thursday evening in southern Gaza, medics said. Gaza medical official Adham Abu Salmiya said the airstrikes targeted a house in Rafah. A Ma’an correspondent said the home belonged to Popular Resistance Committees official Khaled Shaath. His daughter was injured in the attack, the reporter said…

7 killed, dozens injured in southern Israel attacks
Uruknet August 18, 2011 – At least seven people have been killed and dozens injured in two shooting attacks on buses near the Israeli city of Eilat, officials said Thursday. Three militants armed with Kalashnikovs opened fire on a bus traveling from Beersheba to Eilat causing multiple injuries, Israel’s Channel 10 television reported. Reports suggest that armed men opened…

Syria News – August 17, 2011 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – …Also the suffering didn’t end in Raml and Palestinian Refugees camp in Lattakia, the neighborhood that was emptied nearly from its population after it was subjected for many days to shelling and gun fire and malicious assaults by Shabiha (regime’s armed thugs). Immigrants are still being killed in the way of escape and the…

The ‘Forgotten Population’ Needs a Solution
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Whenever I discuss politics, I am always sure to insist that the Palestinians still and always will retain the right of return for its refugees. Never has this feeling been stronger than this week, as the Palestinian refugee population in Al Ramel, Syria were made to relive the horrors of 60 years ago, displaced…

10 Iraqis Killed and 35 Wounded As US Officials Admit Their Own Air Strikes
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – At least 10 Iraqis were killed and 35 more wounded as Turkey, Iran and the United States reported carrying out air strikes and shelling against militants in Iraq. Turkey sent warplanes into northern Iraq today to retaliate against the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (P.K.K.), which staged a deadly ambush in Turkey that left 11 Turkish…

US and UN Oversaw Integration of Ex-Paramilitaries Into Haitian Police Wikileaks and Haiti
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Throughout 2004 and 2005, Haiti’s unelected de facto authorities, working alongside foreign officials, integrated at least 400 ex-army paramilitaries into the country’s police force, secret U.S. Embassy cables reveal. For a year and a half following the ouster of Haiti’s elected government on Feb. 29, 2004, UN, OAS, and U.S. officials, in conjunction with…

OPT: Growing Palestinian displacement in West Bank Area C
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Each year, hundreds of Palestinians in Area C have their homes demolished by the Israeli authorities because they are unable to obtain permits for their buildings, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Area C covers 60 percent of the West Bank with a Palestinian population of about 150,000….

Two jailed for 6 months for insulting Egypt military
Uruknet August 17, 2011 — Egypt’s military, which faces growing condemnation for cracking down on critics, on Wednesday sentenced two men to six months in prison each for chanting anti-military slogans, a prosecution official said. One of the men, 18-year-old activist Hassan Said, was arrested in a central Cairo square on August 2, a day after soldiers and police…

Syrian troops hold hundreds in sports stadium ‚Äé
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Syrian troops raided houses in a Sunni district of the besieged port of Latakia on Wednesday, residents said, arresting hundreds of people and taking them to a stadium after a four-day tank assault to crush protests against President Bashar Assad. Assad forces attacked Al-Raml Al-Filistini (Palestinian sand), named after a refugee camp built in…

Falsified Major Media Reports on Libya
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Major media specialize in what they do best: truth inversion (aka bad fiction), not doing what journalists are supposed to do – their job, especially covering imperial wars for dominance and rich spoils… It’s clear media bosses want Libyans demoralized to think all is lost so give up. In addition, NATO’s “been desperately trying…

75 year old Palestinian woman shot in Johr al-Dik
Uruknet August 17, 2011 – Selma Al Sawarka, or Um Ahmad, is an active woman, a mother of seven, and a grandmother of 35, who has never quit working. August 10, 2011 dawned like most days do for her; she went out to graze her family’s goats. She took her neighbor with her, 15 year old Keefa Al Bahabsa….

Daily Star

Obama calls on Assad to step down
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters Thursday night, killing at least one person, as the U.S. led a chorus of calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down and the United Nations warned his…

Tripoli urges cease-fire as rebels near capital
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Moammar Gadhafi’s tottering regime called for an immediate cease-fire in Libya Thursday and said a peaceful solution was possible, as rebels claimed control of a key oil refinery and warned of a bloodbath in the fight…

Israel strikes Gaza after Eilat attack
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Gunmen who crossed from the Egyptian desert launched a series of attacks Thursday in southern Israel, killing eight people and threatening to destabilize a volatile border region that includes the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the increasingly…

Blaze guts 2 factories in Ghazieh, no casualties
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Firefighters in Ghazieh near the southern port city of Sidon Thursday battled a blaze which spread rapidly from an aluminum factory to a nearby paint facility, destroying both.

Jbeil villagers condemn illegal construction
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Residents of the village of Mneitra in Jbeil condemned Thursday ongoing illegal construction on land that is the subject of dispute between the Maronite patriarchate and Shiite residents.

Saudi national carjacked in Broummana
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 A carjacking and a number of robberies took place across the country Thursday. The National News Agency reported that in the town of Broummana in Metn, three men in a Jeep Cherokee threatened Saudi national…

Areas surrounding Batroun are demined
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Local communities in Batroun are the latest to be demined as part of a project funded by an ongoing donation from the European Union.

Saudis donate 10 more tons of dates to refugees
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Saudi Arabia has donated a further 10 tons of dates to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to mark Ramadan.

Businessman killed in motorcycle crash
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 A Lebanese businessman who owns a chain of restaurants in France was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Jbeil highway Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Grenades found by side of highway in Jbeil
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Eight hand grenades were found in a box near the coastal city of Jbeil Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Skepticism greets newly passed anti-smoking law
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 This week Parliament passed a law banning smoking in public places, coinciding with the reopening of Bliss Street’s popular narguileh restaurant Al-Kahwa after nine months of renovations, which include a sophisticated ventilation system.

WHO, anti-drug group praise new tobacco control legislation
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 The World Health Organization and anti-drug organization JAD issued statements Thursday hailing the tobacco control law that was endorsed by Parliament Wednesday.

New forest fire-predicting system launched
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 A forest fire prediction system aimed at providing authorities and the public with a tool to reduce forest fires was launched Thursday by an environmental organization and the American University of Beirut.

Iraqi government juggles its interests over Syria crisis
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 With Syria in turmoil across the border, Iraq’s government is treading a fine line between condemning the crackdown by Damascus and supporting a neighbor whose future could shift the power balances in Iraq and beyond.

Turkey vows to stamp out PKK, airstrikes in Iraq continue
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Turkey launched a heavy air and artillery assault on Kurdish guerrilla targets in northern Iraq overnight after a declaration by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that he had lost patience with separatists fighting in southeastern Turkey.

U.N. logs possible Syrian crimes against humanity
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Syria’s crackdown on anti-government protesters may be grounds for prosecutions for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, U.N. investigators said Thursday, adding that they had evidence against 50 suspects.

Arbitration will be needed in a post-U.S. Iraq
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 New neutral arbitrators will be needed at centers set up to prevent disputes between Kurdish and Arab forces after the year-end departure of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Israel faces fresh Arab pressure at U.N. nuclear agency meeting
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Arab states are expected to target Israel over its assumed atomic arsenal at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting next month, despite Western concerns this may undermine broader steps to ban such weapons in the Middle East.

Details on Palestinian group blamed for attack that killed 8 Israelis
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Israel has blamed a Palestinian faction, the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), of launching attacks along its border with Egypt that killed eight Israelis Thursday.

Egypt military drops charges against bloggers
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Egypt’s ruling military council, which has been widely criticized for subjecting protesters to military tribunals, dropped charges Thursday against two activists who criticized its generals via social networking sites.

Tunisian PM promises Ben Ali clan will pay for crimes
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi said Thursday his government would take a tougher line on allies of the ousted president, responding to calls to put more of them behind bars.

Al-Qaeda hails Algerian suicide attack as success
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Al-Qaeda’s North African wing Thursday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a local police headquarters in Algeria that officials said wounded 29 people.

Yemeni official narrowly escapes assassination attempt
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Yemen’s Deputy Information Minister Abdo Al-Janadi escaped an assassination attempt Thursday, said an Interior Ministry spokesman, accusing the opposition of being behind the attack.

Islamist opposition leader warns Algeria must reform or face revolt
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Algeria could be swept by an Arab Spring-style revolt if the government does not urgently fix social and political problems, the country’s leading Islamist opposition politician said.

Diving into Lebanon’s unpredictable waters
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Like every day in Lebanon, each dive in the Mediterranean is different. Or so observes Walid Noshie, a Lebanese diving veteran and one of the founders of the National Institute for Scuba Diving.

One dead, another wounded in Ain al-Hilweh explosives accident
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 One teenager dies and his brother is wounded as a bomb they were playing with explodes in the headquarters of the Fatah movement in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in south Lebanon.

Draft law to allow reduction of prison life sentences
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Justice and Administration parliamentary committee drafts a law which would allow prisoners serving life sentences to request a reduction in their sentences after 18 years.

Lebanon, Israel, UNIFIL discuss disputed maritime borders
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Lebanon and Israel meet with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon to discuss the disputed maritime zone between the two countries.

Text of Obama’s call on Assad to leave power
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 The full text of Obama’s statement of Aug. 18 calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power.

Obama: Syria’s Assad must ‘step aside’
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Obama’s call for Assad to step down and imposition of new sanctions followed by same demand from Britain, France and Germany.

Southern Sidon factory fire spreads to paint facilities
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Firefighters in Ghazieh near the southern port city of Sidon battle a blaze that quickly spread from an aluminum factory to nearby auto paint facilities.

Official: Obama to call on Assad to leave power
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 A senior U.S. official tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will demand that Syrian President Bashar Assad resign for unleashing a sustained assault against his people.

Lebanese businessman killed on Jbeil highway
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Lebanese businessman who owns a chain of restaurants in France killed in a hit-and-run accident on Jbeil highway.

Israeli airstrike kills senior Palestinian militant, four others
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Airstrike on south Gaza comes after squads of gunmen armed with heavy weapons and explosives crossed into southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing seven Israelis in a series of attacks.

Libya rebel chief fears bloodbath in battle for Tripoli
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 As Libyan rebels fight to close in on Tripoli, their chief said he feared a bloodbath in a battle for the capital that could come by the end of August.

Hand grenades found near Jbeil
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Eight hand grenades were found in a box near the coastal city of Jbeil Thursday, a security source told The Daily Star.

Syria’s Assad says military operations halted
Daily Star 18 Aug 2011 Syrian President tells U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that military and police operations against pro-democracy protesters have stopped, but activists report more bloodshed overnight.

YNet News

Palestinians say Gaza under major assault
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 – Gaza under attack: The Air Force launched a wave of assaults in Gaza early Friday according to Palestinian sources, targeting numerous sites within the Strip in the wake … ….

Legendary anti-terror sniper killed
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Police in mourning: The most veteran sniper in the Israel Police’s elite anti-terror unit, YAMAM, was killed Thursday in the terrorist offensive in southern Israel. … ….

Iron Dome intercepts 2 rockets fired at Israel
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – While the IDF continued to search for the terrorists who committed four deadly attacks in the south, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets fired at … ….

Death toll from attacks climbs to 8
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Another death was declared in the aftermath of Thursday’s brutal terror attacks in the south, bringing the toll to eight — six civilians, a soldier, and a police officer. … ….

‘I was too scared to move’
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – A woman injured in one of Thursday’s terror attacks recalled the moments of horror from her hospital bed, saying she pretended to be dead after terrorists fired at the … ….

1 wounded as attacks continue during brief
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – GOC Southern Command Major-General Tal Russo told reporters Thursday that of the seven Israeli victims killed in the multiple terror attack near Eilat, six were civilians … ….

Revenge: 2 Top terrorists killed
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – The army bombed a target in Gaza Thursday evening in response to four terror attacks that killed seven Israelis and injured 31 in the south. The IDF says the target … ….

PM: Israel will respond with force
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Netanyahu says planners of terror attacks already dead; Clinton urges Egypt to….

Multiple terror attacks rock south; 7 killed
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Four terror attacks near Eilat claim seven lives, leave 31 injured as passenger….

Obama: Assad must go
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – US, EU order new set of sanctions after UN probe finds Syria used ‘shoot-to-kill….

‘Bus driver prevented catastrophe’
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Passengers of Egged’s 392 bus praise driver for keeping cool during terror….

Legalist: Tzanani faces tough battle
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Police, Tax Authority looks into singer Margalit Tzanani’s bank records; say….

‘Israel-Egypt border mostly incomplete’
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Egyptian border left virtually defenseless as only 20km worth of security fence….

J’lem protestors: We are being silenced
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Detention of three leaders of Jerusalem housing protests prompts demonstrators….

Palestinians order satirical show off air
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Popular TV show Watan al Watar dropped from listings following complaints….

Assad says raids over; UN mulls ICC action
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Syrian president tells UN secretary-general crackdown on pro-democracy….

Report: Cairo talks between Israel, Hamas deadlock
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – London’s Arabic paper al-Hayat says indirect Shalit negotiations stall once….

Egyptian forces kill 2 Sudanese trying to cross into Israel
YNet News, 18 Aug 2011 – Cairo officials say border patrol shot two men trying to infiltrate Israel….

Palestinian Information Center

Israel threatens 384 Jerusalemite figures with exile
PIC – Palestinian lawmakers and activists in occupied Jerusalem revealed Israeli intents to exile 384 Jerusalemite figures at the pretext of their activities against the occupation in the holy city.

Israel arrests Hamas leader in West Bank
PIC – Israel occupation forces arrested Wednesday Hamas leader Awadullah Ishtyeh, 44, at a random checkpoint between the West Bank cities of Qalqilya and Nablus.

Mishaal confers with Egyptian FM
PIC – Khaled Mishaal, the political bureau chief of Hamas, conferred in Cairo on Wednesday with the Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Kamel on Palestine cause developments.

Abu Marzouk: Hamas still clings to Egypt’s role in the prisoner swap talks
PIC – Deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau Moussa Abu Marzouk said his Movement is adherent to the Egyptian mediation in the prisoner swap talks with the Israeli side.

PA security arrests ten Hamas supporters in West Bank
PIC – Some ten of Hamas’s supporters in the West Bank have been arrested in the past few days as the Palestinian Authority security forces continue to breach the unity deal.

Five killed, 25 injured in multiple attacks on Israeli targets
PIC – Five were killed and 25 injured in two attacks on Israeli buses carrying soldiers near the southern occupied city of Um al-Rashrash (Eilat) on Thursday, Hebrew media reported.

Israeli Attorney-General’s prisoner abuse report in line with Palestinian report
PIC – The Prisoners’ Affairs Ministry said a report released by the Israeli Attorney General on the poor conditions of Palestinians in Israeli prisons was in line with supporters of the Palestinian cause.

Hamas denies responsibility for attack near Eilat
PIC – Hamas denied responsibility for the attack on two Israeli buses, carrying soldiers, near Eilat on Thursday morning that left seven killed and 20 others wounded.

Palestinian solidarity campaign launched in Russia
PIC – A campaign of solidarity with the Palestinians has been launched in the Russian capital Moscow, with focus made on the ongoing tragedies in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Six Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
PIC – Six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli missile raid on a house for a leader of the resistance fighters in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on Thursday, Palestinian sources said.

Israeli court sentences Palestinian woman to 20 years in jail
PIC – 18/08/2011 – 10:47 AM

Hamas slams claims on Fatah’s inability to release political prisoners
PIC – 18/08/2011 – 11:02 AM


Fatah: Israeli Aggression on Gaza Aims to Drag the Region into a Blast

Shaath: Netanyahu Wants to kill Palestinian UN Bid by Military Escalations

Israeli Airstrike Kills Six Palestinians in Gaza

Hamas Denies Responsibility for Attacks in Southern Israel

Nine Security Council Members Support Palestine’s UN Bid, says Abbas

On World Humanitarian Day, EU Urges Keeping Humanitarian Workers out of Conflicts

Abbas Ends Lebanon Visit, Heads Home

Palestine to Chair Next Arab League Session

Seven Israelis, Seven Attackers Killed near Eilat

Israel Arrests 16 Palestinian Children in August

Japan Donates $7.7 Million in Food Aid to UNRWA

Newspapers Review: Inaugurating Palestinian Embassy in Beirut

Intifada Palestine

Intifada-Palestine: 18 Aug 2011 – Franklin Lamb Truth be told, some foreign observers, and certainly this one, having been based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by “NATO rebels” and certainly… more

Syria Under Fire: Zionist Destabilization Hits Critical Mass
Intifada-Palestine: 18 Aug 2011 – Syria is in the final stages of a Zionist-engineered destabilization operation; can the Arab nation of Resistance survive? by Jonathan Azaziah Since 2004, the Zionist entity’s Mossad and its American partners in the Zionist-founded, Zionist-run National Endowment for Democracy (NED) have… more

Los Angeles Times

Attacks in southern Israel kill 8, wound 40
LA Times 18 Aug 2011 – The attacks on civilian and military targets near the resort town of Eilat raise concerns about instability in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula and a possible resumption of Palestinian terrorist attacks. Gunmen near the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat launched attacks Thursday on several civilian and…

New York Times

U.S. and Allies Say Syria Leader Must Step Down
New York Times 18 Aug 2011 – The call for Bashar al-Assad to give up power came after months of popular protests and deadly reprisals by Syrian authorities.

Israeli Attacks Heighten Tensions With Egypt and Gaza
New York Times 18 Aug 2011 – Attacks near the Red Sea resort of Eilat prompted a fierce Israeli bombing raid on Gaza and threatened to escalate tensions there.

Iraq Leader Says the Arab Spring Benefits Israel
New York Times 18 Aug 2011 – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki derided the Arab Spring in a speech Thursday, and said the only beneficiary from the social unrest is Israel.

No Letup in Syrian Crackdown on Protesters, Activists Say
New York Times 18 Aug 2011 – Pro-democracy activists said Thursday that military operations against protesters had not stopped, a day after President Bashar al-Assad told the U.N. secretary general that the crackdown had ended.


JVP Statement on Eilat, Gaza Attacks
Jewish Voice for Peace –

Line of the day
Mondoweiss – Congrats to Muhammad Barakei, Palestinian-Israeli Knesset Member from Hadash, who managed to sum up in just 12 words the sick spectacle of Israel’s Jewish political elite genuflecting to International Man of bigotry, Glenn Beck. As quoted in the Jerusalem Post: There are enough racists in Israel…

Indyk says Obama has failed on Israel/Palestine, and our credibility in Arab world is ‚Äòtarnished’
Mondoweiss – They held a panel at Brookings two days ago on foreign policy, and at the very end of it, someone asked about the Pachyderm in the Pantry, the Israel/Palestine issue. Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, took the question and said in essence that Obama…

Chicago-area activists ask, ‚ÄòWhich side are you on Kirk?’
Mondoweiss – Chicago-area activists have kicked off a campaign challenging Illinois Senator Mark Kirk ‘s outrageous support for the worst of Israeli militarism (i.e when Kirk said during Cast Lead “To misquote Shakespeare, something is rotten in Gaza and now it’s time to take out the trash.”). Activists…

Austerity generates ‚Äòpolitical violence,’ from England to Gaza
Mondoweiss – This morning I woke up to news of the deadly assault on a bus in southern Israel. The BBC quotes Israel officials saying Gaza militants entering from Egypt. Hamas denies the assertion. Coincidentally, last night before I went to bed, I had teed up this analysis…

Anti-Arab racism in Israel
Mondoweiss – Eli Ungar-Sargon writes in The Electronic Intifada about a survey of Jewish Israeli racism and the video above: We began our survey in February 2011 and completed it in early March. On the Israeli side, we interviewed a total of 250 Jewish Israelis in Haifa, Tel…

Whorin’ and Schnorrin’ Jesse Jackson Jr.-Style
Tikun Olam – I’ve been keepin’ a list and checkin’ it twice to find out whose been especially naughty in joining the Aipac junket to Israel. 81 Congress members participated, marking the participation of an unprecedented 20% of the entire body in a single month’s worth of trips to…

Misc 2

Haven’t the post-Oslo years taught Mahmoud Abbas anything?
Middle East Monitor 18 Aug 2011 – The Jewish Chronicle’s Martin Bright has revealed details of “a secret meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority” alleged to have taken place in London earlier this year. Alarmingly, given the history of the end-result of such discussions…

Maxim Shevchenko: “I will advocate for the Palestinian cause until I die.”
Middle East Monitor 18 Aug 2011 – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Maxim Shevchenko is an immensely well-respected editor, journalist and presenter on television and radio in Russia. He is a staunch advocate of the Palestinian cause, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and he is also one of the latest targets…

Palestinian prisoner Zakariya Isa in critical condition
Middle East Monitor 18 Aug 2011 – The 43 year old prisoner, Zakaria Daoud Hassan Isa, from the town of al-Khader in Bethlehem who is currently serving a fifteen and a half year sentence went into a coma a few days ago after which he was rushed from the Negev Desert Prison to…

Report says that Palestinian prisoners endure “very harsh” conditions in Israeli prisons
Middle East Monitor 18 Aug 2011 – A report issued by the Public Defender’s Office at the Israeli Justice Ministry has described the conditions endured by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as “very harsh”. The issues mentioned by the report include severe overcrowding, which could cause suffocation, facilities which don’t meet even basic…

UN to send Syria assessment team
BBC 18 Aug 2011 – The UN is to send a humanitarian mission to Syria on Saturday to assess the situation there, as Damascus repeats claims that army operations against protesters have stopped.

Israel pounds Gaza after attacks
BBC 18 Aug 2011 – Israel carries out air strikes over the Gaza Strip, killing militants it said were behind a string of deadly attacks in southern Israel.

Libya rebels capture key refinery
BBC 18 Aug 2011 – Libyan rebels have occupied a strategically important oil refinery near Zawiya, the BBC confirms, with no sign of pro-Gaddafi troops.

Take Action: Help Us Shut Down AIPAC Trips to Israel
US Campaign to End the Occupation 18 Aug 2011 – August 18, 2011

B’Tselem strongly condemns attack in the south
B’tselem 17 Aug 2011 – B’Tselem strongly condemns the attack today in the south of Israel in which seven Israelis, five men (one of them a soldier) and two women, were killed, in several incidents, and dozens were injured. Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law.


Pre-September forecast
Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank, Al-Ahram Weekly8/18/2011
Abbas is still insistent on petitioning the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state — sort of.
As the Palestinian Authority (PA) continued to assert its intentions to seek United Nations recognition of a prospective Palestinian state in September, it was revealed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently held several meetings with Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Abbas told a Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) meeting in Ramallah this week that he would personally present UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with the Palestinian bid for recognition and membership on 20 September.
Abbas underlined that the PA wouldn’t allow violent protests to take place in the West Bank, suggesting that violence would be tantamount to playing into Israel’s hands.
At the same time, Abbas has been telling foreign visitors and diplomats that seeking UN recognition “is not our first choice and that the PA could reconsider its steps if presented with other genuine [alternatives]. It is a choice of the last resort; it is not our number one choice.”
A Palestinian official was quoted by the AFP on Saturday, 13 August, as saying that Peres met with Abbas four times in recent months in a bid to resume stalled talks. The meetings, however, seemed to fail in cutting any ice with Israeli government refusing to take any credible step towards peace while even accusing the PA of unilateralism.
In addition, the Netanyahu government, which is facing internal problems at home, continued to expand Jewish settlements and steal more land in the West Bank in defiance to an evolving international consensus against settlements. more.. e-mail

Deemed guilty
Saleh Al-Naami, Al-Ahram Weekly8/18/2011
Contention has flared up between the Gaza government and international NGOs, with the former demanding more financial oversight of the latter’s operations.
Recently, relations between several international organisations operating in the Gaza Strip on the one hand, and the government of Ismail Haneyah, Palestinian factions, the elite, and the people in Gaza have deteriorated greatly. The government in Gaza, along with the elite and most of the population accuse these agencies of harbouring hidden agendas to undermine the Palestinian cause and its foundations, especially the issue of refugees. Also, that they are attempting to instill values that contradict Islamic beliefs, as well as using funds for projects that are not a priority for Palestinians.
Tensions peaked when Gaza’s Ministry of Interior asked international agencies to submit documents outlining spending on projects in the Gaza Strip. Of the 78 international organisations operating in Gaza, 20 refused to cooperate with the ministry, most prominently USAID. The ministry quickly responded by shutting down one international agency that refused scrutiny by the Gaza government. Eventually, USAID warned the Gaza government that it will halt all its aid projects within 48 hours if the government does not rescind its demand and reinstate the organisations that were shut down.
Ehab Al-Ghosayn, spokesman for the ministry of interior in Gaza, described the threat by USAID as part of the political siege that foreign parties are imposing on the Palestinian government in Gaza. Al-Ghosayn told Al-Ahram Weekly that his ministry is scrutinising foreign and local NGOs operating in the Gaza Strip as part of its powers dictated by Palestinian law. He objected to the sensitivity of international organisations over the application of the law, and refusal to cooperate with bodies that are authorised by law. He emphasised that the application of the law of the land is obligatory for international agencies…. more.. e-mail

The End of the Assad Era
Rami G. Khouri, Agence Global8/18/2011
BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad of Syria has painted himself into a corner from which he has options to determine only one thing: How does he leave office and start a democratic transition in the country? The past week saw simultaneous and heightened American, Turkish, Arab and U.N. pressure on him to stop using military force against his demonstrating citizens, who have challenged his regime across the entire country for five months. Today’s demand by leading Western powers that Assad step down immediately seals the imminent collapse of the Damascus regime that was initiated by Syrian citizens and hastened by Arab and Turkish pressure.
Having proved totally insincere in grasping the opportunity of reform for the past 10 years, and incompetent in responding to the domestic challenge he has faced since April, Assad can now only choose the manner of his departure — if he is lucky and is not forced out of office or killed trying to remain there. He might find some instructive lessons in the distinct manners in which three former Soviet allies responded when they too faced demands by their people for more rights, dignity and prosperity: the Mikhail Gorbachev model in the Soviet Union; the Wojciech Jaruzelski model in Poland; or the Nicolae Ceausescu model in Romania.
Assad can try to change the system by radically reforming it quickly from the top by his own unilateral decisions and then try to ride out the transformation, as Gorbachev did before he was voted out of office democratically (and is now largely remembered positively around the world). He can gradually negotiate a democratic transition with the opposition who have demonstrated against him for months or years, as Jaruzelski realized he had to do for years in Poland before he ultimately stepped aside in 1990 to allow Solidarity and Lech Walesa to lead the country. Or, he can use brute force to try and stay in power, only to find his regime overthrown by popular demand, and he and his colleagues subjected to severe reprisals, as happened to Ceausescu after his government was overthrown in December 1989, and he and his wife were executed following a speedy court session. more.. e-mail

Video survey: Racism rampant among Israeli youth
Electronic Intifada: 17 Aug 2011 – Eli Ungar-Sargon The Electronic Intifada A survey of 250 Israeli Jews reveals the extent of anti-Arab racism in Israel.more

Have Our Senses Dwindled?
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Aug 2011 – By Tamar Fleishman At the break of dawn of every Friday during the Ramadan month world orders change. From that moment on the laws that regulate the occupation at Qalandiya all these years, every day of the year, that define a person’s “validity”, that create a profile with which it is decided whether or not he is a threat- are replaced. Different laws and rules, different in essence and in source, take their place for several hours. Usually the highest authorities decide whether a person is granted or prevented passages at the checkpoint are the unseen representatives of the secret services. During these four half days the date of birth on a person’s ID is the only clearance factor. Any other day of the year the individual must trouble himself to arrive at the gates’ of the authorities, wait for hours in endless lines, hand in a request explaining the…more

Co-oping BDS: Progressive Except Palestine
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Aug 2011 – By Kiera Feldman Once, in the bulk goods aisle of the Park Slope Food Coop, a wild-haired woman stood next to me and scrutinized the coffee-grinder settings. ‘I’m using it for an enema,’ she explained. ‘It needs to be very fine.’ I suggested the espresso grind. This is exactly the kind of shopping experience I hoped for when I joined the Park Slope Food Coop in the fall of 2009: a realization of the eternal promise of New York, home of the strange. (That and crazycheap organic food.) Founded in 1973, the Coop is a Brooklyn institution with enough character to have spawned its own genre of trend piece. Some examples: the Coop has Byzantine rules and work requirements (debatable); the Coop has nannies covering their employers’ shifts (dubious); and, most recently, the Coop is becoming a hotbed of anti-Semitism (downright wrong). The New York Observer has contributed the latest…more

Syria Teetering on the Edge
Palestine Chronicle: 18 Aug 2011 – By Mohamed El Mokhtar The regime of El Assad seems dangerously engaged in a losing battle. Its over-reactive response to the growing popular demand for democratic change betrays a lack of vision typical of another age; a by-gone era of suppression of human rights and stiffening of freedom. Instead of respecting the legitimate rights of their people to peacefully protest and express themselves, Assad and his henchmen are opposing their will with an iron-fist. They are dealing with a spontaneous popular uprising by shelling civilian areas with gunboats and crowding the streets of agitated towns with soldiers and tanks. This is hardly a behavior worthy of a purportedly young nationalist leadership. Such an abnormality is an affront to Arab nationalism and human dignity; it bears all the features of a close-minded reactionary authoritarian state; the current bloodbath is the hallmark of a Stalinist-like regime not the attitude of a regime…more

Islam and Europe: An Equal and Opposite Reaction
Dissident Voice: 18 Aug 2011 – Ramadan exemplifies the powerful spiritual calling of Islam. Dry fasting is more a test of the spirit, the will, proof of devotion, than just some health gimmick. And it is precisely this cultivation of mass “mind over matter” that frustrates Western secularists, so used to indulging every consumer fetish on a whim. Why are Muslims so stubborn in nurturing ancient beliefs and rituals when they fly in the face of modern capitalist society? Secular critics dismiss Islam as a harmful, even dangerous anachronism. Why disrupt one’s busy day five times to pray, slow down the whole economic order for an entire month every year, ban alcohol and interest — the bedrock of Western society? Yet the now rich and self-satisfied secular West, after centuries of conquest and imposition of its colonial and now neocolonial order, has found itself at a nightmarish deadend. Wars, riots, drug addiction, corruption, famine, ecological Armageddon…more

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