20 August , 2011 — VTJP
Israel Apologizes To Egypt For Killing Three Of Its Soldiers
IMEMC – Sunday August 21, 2011 – 03:04, Israel submitted on Saturday an apology to Egypt over the death of three Egyptian soldiers who were killed by the Israeli army on Thursday following the Eilat attack carried out by gunmen who infiltrated into Israel and killing eight Israeli soldiers and wounding 30 others.
Palestinian shell hits home in southern Israel, killing one and wounding four
IMEMC – Sunday August 21, 2011 – 00:07, A shell fire by Palestinian resistance fighters Saturday night hit a house in Be’er Sheva, in southern Israel, killing one Israeli and wounding four. Israeli sources report that at least thirty shells have been fired from Gaza since Thursday, but Saturday’s strikes brought the first reported injuries from the shells.
Egypt To Recall Its Ambassador To Israel
IMEMC – Saturday August 20, 2011 – 08:00, The Egyptian government decided to recall its ambassador to Tel Aviv pending an Israeli apology for its statements regarding what was described as “hasty accusations made by Israeli leaders following the Eilat attack”.
Airstrikes, rocket attacks continue
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel and Palestinian armed groups battled for a third day Saturday with rockets fired from Gaza wounding three in southern Israel while Israeli planes attacked the coastal enclave in the early hours. Israeli forces attacked a group of people in northern Gaza early Saturday injuring a Palestinian man near the….
Israeli killed by Gaza rocket
8/21/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An Israeli man was killed and at least four people were seriously wounded Saturday evening by rockets fired from Gaza, Israeli media reported. The Popular Resistance Committee’s military wing claimed responsibility for the attack on Beersheva, where a total of seven projectiles landed. The An-Nasser Salah Addin…. Related: Medics: Israeli killed by Gaza rocket in Beersheva
Israeli forces ‘fire live ammunition’ at Hebron rally
8/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday used live ammunition to disperse a demonstration against land confiscation in Beit Ummar near Hebron, local officials said. Popular committee spokesman Younis Arar said soldiers stormed the rally as demonstrators marched toward the illegal Karmi Zur settlement, built on Palestinian-owned land. Arar said it was the first….
Medics: Palestinian injured in attack on northern Gaza
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces attacked a group of people in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday injuring a Palestinian man near the city of Beit Hanoun, medical officials and witnesses said. The man, who was not immediately identified, was standing with a group of Palestinians at a junction on the edge of….
Police: Palestinian stabbed in Ashkelon
8/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority police said Saturday that unknown assailants in southern Israel stabbed and injured a Palestinian worker based in the coastal city of Ashdod. Nassim Al-Barbarawi, 26, told police he was attacked by more than 20 Israeli men who said they were avenging Thursday’s attack near Eilat which left….
Medics: Palestinians hurt in new Gaza City strike
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli attack on Gaza City injured two Palestinians, one critically, Saturday afternoon in the eastern Shajaiyeh neighborhood, medical officials said. The attacks came as the Palestinian death toll stood at 14 since Thursday, while Israel continues military operations that have also injured dozens since a deadly series of attacks….
Report: 3 Palestinian workers injured by rocket
8/20/2011 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Three Palestinian workers sustained injuries after a rocket attack in Ashdod, Israel radio reported Saturday. The radio report said the workers, in their 20s, sustained serious injuries and were receiving treatment at a hospital in southern Israel. Several Palestinian groups have claimed rocket attacks on Israeli targets in the past 24….
Hamas armed wing claims Grad attacks on Israel
8/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (AFP) — The armed wing of Hamas said Saturday it had fired four Grad rockets at the Israeli town of Ofakim, where officials earlier reported two children had been lightly wounded.” We fired four Grad rockets at the Zionist town of Ofakim,” some 15 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, said a statement from the….
Egypt says it will withdraw envoy to Israel
8/20/2011 – CAIRO (Ma’an) — Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador from Israel to protest the deaths of five policemen killed on the border during retaliatory attacks on Palestinian militants, state television said Saturday.” Egypt has decided to withdraw its ambassador to Israel until there is an official apology,” it said. The Egyptian government had…. Related: Hamas welcomes withdrawal of Egypt’s envoy to Israel and Barak: Israel ‘regrets’ deaths of Egypt police
Egypt envoy: Initial agreement to restore ceasefire
8/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Egypt’s ambassador to the Palestinian Authority said Saturday that Cairo was exerting efforts to calm tensions between Israel and factions in Gaza following a sharp escalation in violence. Yasser Othman said both sides have reached an initial agreement to restore a ceasefire between Israel and factions in the Gaza….
Barghouti: Domestic Israeli politics behind Gaza escalation
8/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The escalation in violence by Israel against the Gaza Strip was planned in advance by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’sgovernment, a Palestinian lawmaker alleged Saturday. Mustafa Barghouti said Israel “planned for the attack on the Gaza Strip to escape a social crisis, which Israel is currently going through, and from….
Abbas requests emergency Security Council session
8/20/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas has requested a session of the UN Security Council to address Israel’s deadly operations in the Gaza Strip, a PLO official said Saturday. Saeb Erekat said Abbas’ request for an emergency meeting came as Palestinian officials in Ramallah attempted to calm a “dangerous escalation against….
MENA: Israel entered Egypt, committed violations
8/20/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — A monitoring force stationed in the Sinai in keeping with the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel said Israel violated it when its troops entered Egyptian territory and fired on security personnel, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.” The [Multinational Force and Observer] recorded two violations committed by Israel,” the agency….
Egypt tells Israel to stop Gaza attacks
8/20/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt called on Israel Saturday to immediately halt punitive strikes on the Gaza Strip after militants carried out deadly attacks in Israel.” Egypt denounces the use of force against civilians in any circumstance and strongly advises Israel to immediately stop its military operations against Gaza,” a foreign ministry statement said….
Egypt says Israeli regret over police deaths not enough
8/20/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt’s cabinet said on Sunday that an Israeli statement expressing regret for the border deaths of five policemen was not enough but stopped short of spelling out if it would recall its ambassador from Tel Aviv.” The Israeli statement was positive on the surface, but it was not in keeping with….
Jihad armed wing claims rocket attacks
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) The military wing of Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for attacking Israeli sites with projectiles, calling the attacks retaliation for a series of Israeli air attacks. The Al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that its operatives attacked Nahal Oz, Beersheba, Kiryat Malakhi, and Eshkol regional council in response to Israeli….
Hamas official: No ceasefire until Israel stops aggression
8/21/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) —Senior Hamas official Ahmad Bahar said Saturday that there would be no ceasefire until Israel stopped its aggression on the Palestinian people.” Any talk about ceasefire between resistance factions and the Israeli occupation must be preceded by halting the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people,” Bahar said in a statement….
Report: Police detain settlers suspected of attacking child
8/21/2011 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained 13 settlers suspected of attacking a 10-year-old Palestinian boy on Saturday near Ramallah, Israeli media reported. Bassam Dawood sustained injuries to the head and body which appeared to have been inflicted by metal objects, medics at the Palestine Medical Compound told Ma’an. He was attacked….
Jerusalem’s first light rail line draws big crowds
8/20/2011 – JERUSALEM (AFP) — Crowds filled the streets of Jerusalem on Friday as hundreds rose early to try out the city’s first-ever light rail system which finally opened its doors to the public. The system has been five years in the making and beset by countless delays, creating havoc on the roads and with the….
Haniyeh seeks international advice on crisis in Gaza
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh made calls Friday with Egyptian, UN and Arab officials in order to stop Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip, aides said. Haniyeh spoke with the Arab League secretary-general and the Qatari emir, they said….
Quartet warns Gaza at ‘risk of escalation’
8/21/2011 – BRUSSELS (AFP) — World powers trying to broker peace in the Middle East warned Saturday there is a “risk of escalation” after three days of fighting over Gaza, and urged key players in the region to hit the brakes.” The Quartet remains concerned about the unsustainable situation in Gaza as well as the risk of escalation….
Turkey warns ties will worsen without Israel apology
8/21/2011 – ANKARA (AFP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned Saturday that relations with Israel will further deteriorate without an apology over a deadly 2010 flotilla raid.”There can be no normalization with Israel if Turkey’s demands are not met,” the Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying during a visit to South Africa. Diplomatic….
Hamas welcomes withdrawal of Egypt’s envoy to Israel
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Hamas on Saturday applauded Egypt’s decision to withdraw the country’s ambassador to Israel in protest of the killing of Egyptian security forces in the Sinai late Thursday. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that “Hamas appreciates the decision to withdraw the occupation entity…. Related: Egypt says it will withdraw envoy to Israel and Egypt tells Israel to stop Gaza attacks
Spokesman: Fatah will be first to defend Gaza
8/20/2011 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Fatah said Saturday it would be in the forefront of the forces defending the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip by all means, calling upon other factions to unite in order to face Israel’s aggression and to implement a reconciliation agreement.” The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip….
Barak: Israel ‘regrets’ deaths of Egypt police
8/20/2011 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday that”Israel regrets the death of Egyptian police officers during the terror attack at the Egypt-Israel border.” Israel’s Ynet news site said Barak’s remarks came after assessing recent events. His country’s ties with Egypt deteriorated since…. Related: Egypt says it will withdraw envoy to Israel
Meet the Belfast teen who kills Gadhafi snipers
8/21/2011 – ZAWIYAH, Libya (AFP) — With his flipped-round baseball cap and “Just Do It” T-shirt, Tareg Gazel looks like any other 19-year-old. But this teen’s job is to use cunning and guile to find and kill Gadhafi regime snipers. His mother is from Belfast, his father is Libyan and, as if drawn from the….
SANA: Syria’s Assad to give TV interview on Sunday
8/21/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad will speak to the nation on television Sunday, four days after major Western powers called for him to step down and imposed more sanctions on his regime, the official SANA news agency said. Assad “will give an interview on Syrian television about the situation in Syria, the continuing process….
23 killed as Syria presses crackdown on protest
8/20/2011 – DAMASCUS (AFP) — Syrian forces killed at least 23 protesters as tens of thousands flooded the streets after Friday prayers, activists said, despite President Bashar al-Assad’s assurances that assaults on anti-regime protesters had ended. Meanwhile, Russia and Turkey dismissed growing calls led by US President Barack Obama for Assad to quit, offering the embattled….
Report: No proof Mubarak has cancer
8/20/2011 – CAIRO (AFP) — There is no proof that Hosni Mubarak has cancer, the Al-Ahram newspaper said on Saturday, contradicting lawyers of the ousted Egyptian president who is on trial on charges of corruption and the murder of hundreds of demonstrators.” All medical examinations show that Mubarak does not have cancer,” the pro-government daily said. Mubarak’….
Fighting erupts in Tripoli as rebels say regime doomed
8/20/2011 – TRIPOLI (AFP) — Fighting erupted in Tripoli late Saturday as rebels closed in on the capital by claiming a third key city in 24 hours and predicted Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year-old rule was on its last legs. Blasts and gunfire rocked Tripoli after the break of the dawn-to-dusk fast of Ramadan and witnesses reported….
Egypt withdraws ambassador from Israel
AlJazeera 20 Aug 2011 – Cabinet demands compensation and investigation into cross-border shooting incident that left five Egyptian police dead., Government continues crackdown in central province as opposition meets in Turkey to form a “national council”.
Israel continues deadly air strikes on Gaza
AlJazeera 20 Aug 2011 – Hamas calls off its de facto truce with Israel, amid international concerns of escalating violence.
Aussie football aims to ease Middle East rift
AlJazeera 20 Aug 2011 – Peace Team, made up half of Israelis and half of Palestinians, travels to Sydney in bid for reconciliation.
Iran convicts US ‘hikers’ as spies
AlJazeera 20 Aug 2011 – Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced to eight years in prison for illegal entry and espionage.
Boycott Call for Gaza Solidarity
PNN – Nablus – PNN – The People’s Party of Palestine (PPP) organized a march in Nablus yesterday, calling for a boycott Israeli goods to show solidarity with the people of Gaza. Khalid Mansour,…
Al-Quds Brigades: Gaza situation ?¢‚Ç¨Àúescalating?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢
PNN – Bethlehem – PNN – Abu Ahmad, the spokesman for the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement, has declared that Israel will be unable to end its…
Egypt Withdraws Ambassador in Israel Over Bombing on the Border.
PNN – Jerusalem – PNN – After an emergency meeting at Saturday daybreak the Egyptian government has decided to withdraw its ambassador in Israel, Yasir Reda Al?? Abdul?° Said, until it receives an apology…
Two civilians Injured as Troops Attack West Bank Anti-Wall Protests
PNN – PNN Exclusive /By: Ghassan Bannoura – A man and a child were reported injured as Israeli troops attacked anti-wall protests organized in a number of West Bank communities in solidarity with Gaza….
IOF Continue Their Offensive on the Gaza Strip;6 Palestinians Killed and 9 Others Wounded
Palestinian Center for Human Rights Saturday, 20 August 2011
Gaza: There was no calm before the storm
8/20/2011 – International Solidarity Movement – 20 August 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Gaza – For the last two days Gaza has been under heavy attack by the Israeli military. The calm has been shattered. That is what the international press would have you believe. Perhaps they should meet Hamouda Al Najjar from Khuzzaa. He was shot in the leg on August 15th….
Rocket fire from Gaza wounds Palestinians in Israel
Relief Web 20 Aug 2011 – Source: Agence France-Presse Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Egypt , Israel JERUSALEM ‚Äî Israel and the Palestinians battled each other for a third day on Saturday, while the Jewish state found itself facing a serious diplomatic crisis with Egypt’s recall of its…
UN provides emergency help to Palestinian refugees displaced by fighting in Syria
Relief Web 20 Aug 2011 – Source: UN News Service Country: occupied Palestinian territory , Syrian Arab Republic (the) The United Nations is providing emergency assistance to some of the thousands of Palestinian refugees who have had to flee their homes in Syria in recent days amid…
Israel kills 5-year-old terrorist in Gaza! Photo included
20 Aug 2011 – Gaza, (Pal Telegraph) – Many media outlets adopt the Israeli accounts without making sure about its validity. The attack in Eilat which claimed the lives of 7 Israelis was vivid that it has targeted armed soldiers. Yet, Israeli media outlets led by Haaretz said “People” were killed, afterwards we have seen photos of the scene where military bags indicate…
7 more Palestinians killed as Israel continues to strike Gaza, death toll 15 in 24 hrs
20 Aug 2011 – Gaza Strip, (Pal Telegraph) – Seven Palestinians were killed and three were injured on Friday as Israeli warplanes targeted various sites in Gaza Strip for the second day in a row.
Israel, Palestinians continue to exchange fire; Hamas ends truce
The National 20 Aug 2011 – Israel¬øs military said it struck multiple targets overnight Friday and early yesterday, part of its retaliation for a brazen attack by militants on Thursday that killed eight people and wounded as many as 40 near the southern city of Eilat.
Killing of security guards tests Israeli-Egyptian relations anew
The National 20 Aug 2011 – Both Israel and Egypt were investigating the killing of five Egyptian security officers by Israeli forces but pressure mounted in Egypt as hundreds of people protested outside the Israeli embassy throughout Friday night and yesterday.
Egypt recalls ambassador to Israel over ambush
The National 19 Aug 2011 – The decision sharply escalated tensions between the neighboring countries, whose 1979 peace treaty is being tested by the fall of Egypt’s longtime autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak.
Iran orders US hikers jailed for eight years
The National 19 Aug 2011 – Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer were sentenced to three years for illegal entry, and five for espionage.
Israel weighs response after rocket barrage leaves one dead, several wounded
Ha’aretz – More than 70 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel; Prime Minister convenes top ministers.
Israel-Egypt crisis apparently eases after intense diplomatic efforts
Ha’aretz – Egypt threatens to recall envoy in response to soldiers’ deaths.
Zvi Bar’el / Israel needs to apologize to Egypt
Ha’aretz – Israel shouldn’t take a narrow view, ignoring events in Egypt, the heated political struggle, inseparable from the two countries diplomatic relations.
Israeli activists: Social protests must continue despite escalation of terror
Ha’aretz – Protests in Tel Aviv, Kiryat Shmona show solidarity with the south, observe minute’s silence for terror victims.
Jerusalem’s little train that almost could
Ha’aretz – After 11 years of delays, Jerusalemites finally got their long-awaited light railway on Friday, but security concerns cast a pall on launch day.
West Bank settlers suspected of attacking Palestinian child
Ha’aretz – Ten year old boy allegedly attacked by masked assailants near Ramat Migron outpost; police apprehend 13 suspects so far.
Arab League to hold emergency meeting over IDF strikes on Gaza
Ha’aretz – Meeting to be held Sunday following request of Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas; Abbas also calls for special UN Security Council session to discuss IAF airstrikes in Gaza.
Social demonstrators in Tel Aviv clash over escalation in south
Ha’aretz – Event was kept low-profile due to recent security incidents in the south; demonstrators yell “traitors” at activists from Hadash party.
Foreign Ministry: Israel-Egypt diplomatic crisis is behind us
Ha’aretz – Top Israeli diplomat in Cairo meets with Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials; Egypt calls on Israel to halt strikes in Gaza.
Grad rocket directly strikes home in Be’er Sheva; one dead, four seriously wounded
Ha’aretz – Rocket and mortar strikes take place throughout southern Israel on Saturday; two children lightly wounded in Ofakim.
Israel and Egypt to hold joint probe into deaths of Egyptian policemen
Ha’aretz – Defense Minister Ehud Barak says that Israel regrets the deaths of Egyptian policemen who were killed by IDF fire during Thursday’s terror attacks near Eilat.
Israeli leaders meet to halt deterioration in ties with Egypt
Ha’aretz – Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman meet as differing reports emerge from Egypt over its intentions to recall its ambassador.
Israel must act quickly to end the crisis with Egypt
Ha’aretz – This is a crisis that, if not solved immediately and wisely, may dictate the nature of the countries’ relationship down the road.
Rocket bombardment continues in southern Israel: Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be’er Sheva areas hit
Ha’aretz – Two children lightly wounded when four rockets land in Ofakim on Saturday evening; Iron Dome intercepts rocket aimed at Be’er Sheva.
Egypt withdraws ambassador to Israel over policemen deaths
Ha’aretz – Interim government to take protective measures and strengthen security at the border in order to deter alleged infiltrators.
Syrian opposition in Turkey to map post-Assad future
Jerusalem Post 21 Aug 2011 – Disparate groups need to forge common front, dissident tells ‘Post’; experts pen letter to Obama outlining steps to assist opposition.
Analysis: Egypt – The blame game
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – The Supreme Military Council wants to cover its failure to keep the peace in Sinai by throwing the blame on Israel.
Violence erupts in East J’lem after weekend attacks
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – For the first time during Ramadan, police put limitations on Muslims entering the Temple Mount; seven arrested in clashes.
IDF officer: Terrorists planned an abduction attack
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – The terrorists came with handcuffs, an indication they planned to abduct a soldier, says deputy commander on Sinai border.
Egypt beefs up forces along border
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – “There seems to be an understanding in Egypt following the attacks that the situation there needs to change,” says senior IDF officer.
‘Social-justice’ protesters march for attack victims
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Despite calls to cancel mass demonstrations, protest organizers say escalation in Gaza violence should not derail the movement.
Analysis: How to strike back without entering Cast Lead II
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – The fact that the PRC was behind the attacks is another demonstration of how Hamas is continuing to lose control over the Gaza Strip.
Abbas calls on UNSC to ‘halt Israeli aggression’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – PA officials claim that Israel is stepping up its attacks on the Gaza Strip in a bid to thwart the September statehood bid.
The ‘Shabbat shalom’ wars
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – These people attempt to persuade the ‘heathen’ by putting dumpsters in the road, by throwing trash around and burning it.
The welfare state
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Rather than aiming to bring down the government, the outcry is for changing the system.
Confessions of a ‘self-hating Arab’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Only self-hating Arabs and Jews can save the Middle East from itself.
Teaching the Shoah in the UK
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Rather than viewing the Holocaust as part of our living history, many see it as an event that happened abroad many years ago.
US says hikers jailed in Iran should come home
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal sentenced to 8 years in prison; men were arrested in 2009 with Sarah Shourd, who was released in 2010.
Suspect in Hariri killing says Beirut knows where he lives
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Wanted Hezbollah member tells ‘Time’: if authorities wanted to arrest me they would have; Lebanon denies it knows location of killers.
Barak apologizes to Egypt over security officers’ deaths
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Defense minister expects to open investigation into incident along border with Sinai; Egyptian embassy official denies recall of ambassador in TA.
IDF strikes tunnels, rocket launching cells in Gaza
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Tunnels intended for infiltrations into Israel hit by IAF airstrikes overnight; Palestinians say 15 killed in strikes in past 48 hours.
Lieberman blames the PA for Eilat terrorist attacks
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – US, Germany, France involved in calming tensions with Egypt over killing of Egyptian security officers during Thursday’s attack.
Man wounded in Beersheba attack dies of his wounds
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – 2 others critically wounded by salvo of rocket fire; southern Israel hit by more than 80 Gazan rockets; baby, child lightly wounded in Ofakim; Public Security Minister Aharonovitch vows Hamas will pay for attacks.
40,000 ride Israel’s first light rail in Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2011 – Minor delays as Israel inaugurated its first light rail; NIS 4 billion Jerusalem tram took more than a decade to complete.
Ashdod: Mother of two recalls Grad rockets hitting city
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Rocket attack damages a synagogue, leaves seven wounded; “I heard an enormous explosion, and thought of my kids.”
‘I just want to kiss him one more time,’ grandfather says
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2011 – Golani soldier St.-Sgt. Moshe Naftali is laid to rest at Mount Herzl; US ambassador attends funeral.
Israel ‘regrets’ deaths of three Egyptian police officers
The Guardian 20 Aug 2011 – Jerusalem scrabbles to placate its Arab ally after police are killed during a cross-border attack by Palestinian militants Israel moved swiftly to contain an escalating crisis with its ally Egypt following last Thursday’s cross-border attack by…
Ehud Barak says Israel regrets Egypt deaths
The Guardian 20 Aug 2011 – Israeli defence minister forced to apologise following last Thursday’s cross-border attack in which policemen died Israel moved swiftly to contain an escalating crisis with its ally Egypt following Thursday’s cross-border attack by militants in which at…
Egypt withdraws ambassador to Israel over police deaths
The Guardian 20 Aug 2011 – Protest at the deaths of five officers reportedly shot by Israeli forces chasing Palestinian militants after Eilat attack Egypt says it will recall its ambassador to Israel in protest at the deaths of five police officers,…
EGYPT: The Mubarak Show Goes Into Hiding
IPS In a shuttered Cairo caf?©, Egyptians crane their necks to watch the courtroom drama unfolding on a small television screen mounted high on the wall. The camera pans across the crowded courtroom and zooms in on a frail old man lying on a stretcher inside the caged defendants’ box. Part…
Videos: Egypt protester take down Israel embassy flag ‚Äé
Uruknet August 20, 2011 – An Egyptian protester Sunday climbed to Israel’s embassy in a Cairo highrise, took down its flag and replaced it with an Egyptian one, as thousands protested over the border deaths of five policemen. The Egyptian flag fluttered from the Israeli embassy as demonstrators cheered and chanted “Long live Egypt!” and lit fireworks in the…
Egypt says Israeli regret is not enough
Uruknet August 20, 2011 – Egypt’s cabinet says that an Israeli statement expressing regret for the border deaths of five policemen is not enough. But it stopped short of saying if it would recall its Tel Aviv envoy. “The Israeli statement was positive on the surface but it was not in keeping with the magnitude of the incident and…
Iraq: We Are Ruled By Criminals !
Uruknet August 20, 2011 – And the horrible crimes of the criminal Iraqi government against Iraqi people continue. The Great Iraqi Revolution Facebook pages (English,Arabic) received footage of two martyrs who were abused and tortured to death by the forces of the criminal government of the “New Iraq” ! The martyrs were arrested from their houses in Mosul, north of…
Press Conference Moussa Ibrahim, August 19, 2011 – Zlitan in ‘Green’ Hands
Uruknet August 20, 2011 – Every day the spokesperson of the Libyan Government, Moussa Ibrahim, gives a press conference in Arabic. Since most of us in the Western Countries don’t understand a word of Arabic it can sometimes be difficult to get a grip on what is going on in Libya according to the Libyan Government… It seems to…
Libya: More people killed in continuing NATO air raids on Tripoli
Uruknet August 20, 2011 – NATO air raids on Tripoli-Libya – Many people, including a woman, were killed on Friday in an air raid by NATO on the residential district of Al-Aqwakh in Tripoli. The air strike also hit a drug warehouse, a private hospital for heart treatment, as well as a mosque, Libyan government spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim said….
Gaza; 15 Palestinians Killed Due To Israeli Bombardment In 24 Hours
Uruknet August 20, 2011- As Israel continued the bombardment of the Gaza Strip since Thursday, Palestinian medical sources in Gaza reported that the number of slain residents arrived to 15, while more than 40 others, were wounded in the last 24 hours of military escalation. The sources stated that the Israeli Air Force fired a missile at a motorcycle…
Western-backed rebel forces encircle Libyan capital
Uruknet August 20, 2011 -NATO warplanes are bombing Tripoli, as Western-backed forces affiliated to the Transitional National Council (TNC) continue to launch ground offensives with NATO air support to encircle the Libyan capital. The US press increasingly claims that the TNC will soon defeat the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, against whom NATO has waged war, using the…
Hopes and Doubts in Washington Waiting for the Endgame in Libya
Uruknet August 19 , 2011 – …According to Congressional sources working on the Libya crisis, some Obama advisors see Libya as becoming another Iraq if NATO continues forbidding its rebels from negotiating with the Gaddafi government or if “the leader” is killed. Assassinating Gaddafi is widely believed here to be the only reason NATO continues to re-bomb, some as many…
A prime aim of the growing Surveillance State
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – Several weeks ago, a New York Times article by Noam Cohen examined the case of Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old copyright reform advocate who was arrested in July, after allegedly downloading academic articles that had been placed behind a paywall, thus making them available for free online. Swartz is now being prosecuted by the DOJ…
Syrian forces at least 34 people including children
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – Syrian forces have killed dozens of protesters despite assurances by President Bashar al-Assad that a crackdown was over, and thousands of people rallied across the Arab nation with renewed vigour demanding political freedoms. Activists said at least 34 people, including four children, were shot dead by Assad’s forces in the southern province of Deraa,…
IDF Kills 14 in Gaza, Hamas Renounces Ceasefire, IDF Disagrees With Netanyahu on Responsibility for Eilat Attack
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – This is exactly the sort of gift that Israeli rightists like Bibi Netanyahu love. Faced with a mounting internal crisis in the form of the J14 movement, Palestinian rejectionists have handed him his “Get Out of Political Crisis Free” card. Yesterday’s attack in Eilat has fueled an Israeli reaction that can be described as…
Whorin’ and Schnorrin’ Jesse Jackson Jr.-Style
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – 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 the Holyland. With the help of readers and…
Palestinians Strike to Seek Historic Agreement
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – estled between rolling hills just outside of Jerusalem, a dozen Palestinian workers have escaped the scorching summer heat in the shade of a makeshift tent, where they anxiously wait to sign what would be the first collective bargaining agreement between Palestinian workers and an Israeli employer. “All the workers said we want to strike,…
Rape of Libya: NATO Bombs UNESCO World Heritage Site and rebels smuggling the Libyan national treasure
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – Leptis Magna (Arabic: ŸÑŸéÿ®ŸíÿØŸéÿ©‚Äé ) also known as Lectis Magna (or Lepcis Magna as it is sometimes spelled), also called Lpqy, Neapolis, Lebida or Lebda to modern-day residents of Libya, was a prominent city of the Roman Empire. Its ruins are located in Al Khums, Libya, 130 km east of Tripoli, on the coast where…
Marwan Barghouthi: Veto on UN bid tantamount to ‘terror’
Uruknet August 19, 2011 — Jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti has warned that a US veto of a Palestinian bid to join the UN would be tantamount to “terrorism” and would wreck ties with Washington. In an interview conducted through several of his lawyers, Barghouti, an influential leader with widespread support among the Palestinian public, told AFP he was…
Syria News – August 19, 2011 : “Syria will never give up ” (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – This Friday was one of the most important during the course of the protest movement in Syria. For weeks, the security forces and the military, through their operations, have prevented mass demonstrations. However, in a remarkable step and due to increasing international support for the protest movement and the subsequent morale boost, many protesters…
Uruknet August 19, 20 – In just the past 30 days, four huge petroleum firms have expressed a firm desire to get a stake of Africa’s oil. Significantly, none of them are African. Apart from the corporate advances for Africa’s ‘black gold’, NATO’s bombing of Libya has largely been interpreted as an attempt by France, the United States and…
Occupy, Colonize, Exploit: The Economic Uses of the Separation Barrier
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – In the occupied territories people are divided into two groups – masters and natives. The masters in the settlements have a certain law, Israeli, and they are subject to Israeli courts – outside of Israel. They are an enclave floating over the occupied West Bank. So what happens when the Palestinian natives work for…
Eretz Yisrael: Lawless, Corrupt and Dysfunctional
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – What do you call a country that persecutes occupied people and one-fifth of its own population for not being Jewish? An illegal occupier for over 44 years, suffocating over 1.6 million Gazans under siege! A nation practicing torture, persecution, and racism as official policies! A modern day Sparta, glorifying wars and violence! A country…
Gaza Under Attack | Aug 19, 2011 – in pictures
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – How many more dead corpses of Palestine’s Children does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all….
Stop This Dangerous Flash Mob!
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – ….So I think it’s fabulous that England is throwing people in jail for writing Facebook posts. They were inciting violence! They are definitely not our kind of people. Maybe they were completely “unsuccessful” in inciting violence, and maybe they were just “joking.” That doesn’t matter: To put the ‘Facebook sentences’ into context, Chester Court’s…
Fresh olives and the sound of bombs
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – But now I have visited Gaza. I have crossed the Rafah border, walked upon the Holy Land in the Holy Month of Ramadan, dug my toes into the soft sand, trailed my fingers through the warm sea, touched the olive trees, befriended my Palestinian brothers and sisters, and left my heart there. I knew…
Netanyahu: Gaza Strikes Only the Beginning’ of Retaliation
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – Speaking today at Soroka Hospital, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the PRC leaders slain in yesterday’s bombing attack on the Gaza city of Rafah were responsible for the Thursday attacks inside southern Israel. He also said they were “only the beginning.” “We have a policy of extracting a very high price from…
Israeli forces continue to bomb Gaza: 13 year old boy dead and 18 injured
Uruknet August 19, 2011 – Israel’s price tag campaign is not waged only by the settlers in the West Bank; it is also waged against the people of Gaza. It isn’t exactly clear what the Gaza Strip is paying the price for. In contrast to Israeli propaganda, people are killed in Gaza all the time. This has been a…
Explosions, gunfire rock Tripoli as rebels advance
Daily Star 21 Aug 2011 Rebels said the fighting marked a final push in an uprising against the long-time leader that has raged in the North African oil-producing nation for six months, while Gaddafi dismissed it as an ill-fated attempt by “…
Libyan rebels fight for Tripoli airbase -activist
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels control most of the Tajourah district in the east of the capital and have surrounded an airbase there, an opposition activist in Tripoli told a Reuters reporter outside of Libya.
Battle outside Tripoli, fighting spills to Tunisia
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels battled for towns on either side of the besieged capital Tripoli Saturday, and fighting spilt across the border into Tunisia where Libyan infiltrators clashed with Tunisian troops.
Hariri slams officials over Time magazine interview
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri accused Lebanese officials Saturday of failing to apprehend suspects indicted in the killing of his father after one of the suspects told Time magazine authorities would not arrest him despite knowing…
Geagea slams Hezbollah, defends STL indictment
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 The LF criticized Saturday Hezbollah for claiming the recently unsealed indictment by the STL contained only circumstantial evidence and hinted that the group’s leadership might have had a hand in Hariri’s assassination.
Iran sentences US hikers to eight years for spying: state TV
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Iran has sentenced two American hikers detained in the Islamic republic to eight years in prison on charges of “illegal entry” and “espionage,” the state televison website reported Saturday.
Syrian opposition to launch ‘national council’
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were meeting Saturday in Istanbul to launch a “national council” to coordinate the fight against the Damascus regime, organisers said.
Libya rebels capture main square in Zawiya
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Libyan rebels have captured the main square in Zawiya after more than a week of heavy fighting in the strategic city west of Tripoli.
Maltese ship to bring home Lebanese wishing to leave Libya
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 A Maltese ship is to set sail Sunday to transport Lebanese expatriates from war-wracked Libya, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
Qortbawi: Authorities deny knowledge of indictee whereabouts
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 State Prosecutor Saeed Mirza denied authorities had any knowledge of the whereabouts of any of suspects indicted by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the justice minister said.
Assistant priest assaulted in Lassa late Friday
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Two individuals, a deacon and a television station staff member, were assaulted in two separate incidents in the village of Lassa, Jbeil, Friday.
Syrian forces fire heavy machineguns in Homs
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Syrian forces fired heavy machineguns at a residential district in the central city of Homs on Saturday after protests against President Bashar Assad.
Three hurt as Gaza rocket hits Ashdod: police
Daily Star 20 Aug 2011 Three people were wounded, two seriously, when rockets fired by militants in Gaza slammed into the coastal town of Ashdod in southern Israel early Saturday, police said.
Egypt: Israeli apology ‘insufficient’
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Egypt’s cabinet says that an Israeli statement expressing regret for the border deaths of five policemen is not enough. But it stopped short of saying if it would … ….
Israel fears further escalation in south
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – The defense establishment is preparing to escalate its response against Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza following some of the worst rocket salvos on … ….
Tel Aviv: Social protestors hold ‘march of silence’
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Social protest continues amid escalation in south: Against the backdrop of Rocket and mortar shell barrages in southern Israel, thousands of protestors took part in a … ….
IDF inquiry: Decision to keep road open wrong
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – IDF officials admitted Saturday that the army’s decision not to close Route 12 where Thursday’s deadly terror offensive took place – despite intelligence warnings of an … ….
Minister: Hamas will pay heavy price
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Israel preparing to escalate its response: Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Saturday night he blamed Hamas for the lastest rocket offensive on … ….
Man killed, baby hurt as rockets pound south
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Southern Israel faces major rocket offensive: At least one man was killed and four others sustained serious wounds, including a woman in grave condition, after rockets … ….
Officials: Crisis with Egypt over
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Crisis with Egypt over? Egypt’s ambassador to Israel will remain in the country, Foreign Ministry officials said Saturday evening, as the diplomatic crisis vis-?†-vis … ….
NJ rabbi accused of sexual abuse
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Rabbi Uzi Rivlin indicted on suspicion of molesting two 13-year-old Israeli boys….
Palestinian boy assaulted; settlers detained
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Ten-year-old Palestinian attacked, suffers head wounds; police arrest 13….
Southern Israel under fire; 11 hurt in rocket attacks
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Southern residents under major assault following Gaza terrorists’ assertion of….
Barak: Israel regrets Egyptian deaths
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Defense minister expresses regret over death of Egyptian police officers in….
Report: Egypt in bid to broker new Israel-Hamas ceasefire
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – London’s Arabic newspaper al-Hayat says Cairo relayed Israeli message to Hamas….
FM: PA responsible for terror attacks in south
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Avigdor Lieberman slams Palestinian Authority for its ’empty rhetoric’ vis-?†-vis….
Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Pan-Arab organization calls emergency session following airstrikes on Strip;….
Human rights advocate Jerome Shestack dies
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Former International League for Human Rights chair was avid supporter of Israel….
Egypt recalls ambassador to Israel
YNet News, 20 Aug 2011 – Cairo’s interim cabinet decides to withdraw its envoy to Israel over troops’….
Hamas’ military wing: Gaza lull over
YNet News, 19 Aug 2011 – Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades slam Israeli ‘massacre’; meanwhile, Hamas PM seeks….
Egyptian PM: Blood of Egyptians too valuable to go unanswered
PIC – The blood of Egyptians is too valuable to go unanswered, said Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf in response to the killing of five Egyptian soldiers in an Israeli attack in Sinai.
Palestinian workman severely wounded by settlers in Ashdod
PIC – Dozens of Jewish settlers savagely attacked and stabbed a Palestinian workman during his presence in Ashdod city inside the 1948 occupied lands.
Israeli artillery fire hits eastern Gaza
PIC – Israeli artillery shells slammed eastern areas of Gaza city on Saturday with no casualties reported, local sources said.
Aqsa Mosque preacher condemns Israel’s restrictions on worshipers
PIC – In his Friday sermon, Al-Aqsa Mosque speaker Yousef Abu Sneineh deplored steps taken by Israeli occupation authorities to block thousands of Palestinians from worshiping in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Qassam Brigades: We will not let Israel escalate its crimes in Gaza
PIC – Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, warned the Israeli occupation that it would pay dearly for its crimes in the Gaza Strip and vowed to avenge the blood of civilians and resistance fighters.
Arab League to hold emergency meeting on Gaza
PIC – The Arab League is to hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, announced ambassador Ahmed Bin Hili, the deputy secretary general, on Saturday.
Egyptian security experts warn Israel planning on occupying part of Sinai
PIC – Egyptian security experts warn Israel is planning on taking control in part of the Sinai Peninsula with support from the United States.
Abu Zuhri appreciates Egyptian reaction
PIC – Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, has appreciated the Egyptian leadership’s step of recalling its ambassador from Tel Aviv.
Israeli troops assault citizens during wide raid on Silwan homes
PIC – A large number of Israeli troops on Saturday stormed Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque, violently breaking into homes, pointing their weapons at residents and assaulting some young men.
Three more Palestinians, including child, injured in Israeli air strikes
PIC – Three Palestinians, among them a child, were injured Saturday as Israeli warplanes carried out several strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Haneyya contacts Qatari Emir, Egyptian officials on Israeli raids
PIC – 20/08/2011 – 08:41 AM
Israeli former commander calls for murdering Haneyya and Jabari
PIC – 20/08/2011 – 09:34 AM
Palestinian youth injured in renewed wave of Israeli air strikes
PIC – 20/08/2011 – 10:00 AM
Thousands of Egyptians protest, demand removal of Israeli ambassador
PIC – 20/08/2011 – 10:29 AM
IOF quell peaceful march in Kafr Kaddum village
PIC – 20/08/2011 – 10:45 AM
Libya and the End of Western Illusions
Intifada-Palestine: 20 Aug 2011 – Five months into the bombing campaign, it is no longer possible to believe the initial official version of the events and the massacres attributed to the “Gaddafi regime”. Moreover, it is now essential to take into account Libya’s legal and diplomatic… more
Egypt to Withdraw Ambassador to Israel over Ambush
Intifada-Palestine: 20 Aug 2011 – Egyptian army and policemen block the gate of a building where the Israeli embassy CAIRO (AP) ‚Äî Egypt recalled its ambassador from Israel Saturday to protest the deaths of at least three Egyptian troops killed in a shootout between Israeli soldiers… more
Syria protesters defy Bashar Assad; troops kill 29
LA Times 19 Aug 2011 – Syrian security forces seem unaffected by increasing international pressure over the violent crackdown. Activists say three soldiers were killed when they refused to open fire on protesters. Protesters throughout Syria joined in large, boisterous and peaceful rallies Friday, defying a bloody government crackdown that continued…
Heavy Fighting Reported in Tripoli; Rebels Encircle City
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Rebel leaders in Tunis and eastern Libya characterized it as the beginning of a new uprising in the capital as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s hold in Libya seemed to slip.
Nations Race to Defuse Crisis Between Egypt and Israel
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Diplomats scrambled to smooth relations between the two countries, and the Israeli government issued a rare statement of regret for the killing of three Egyptian security officers.
Casualties on Both Sides as Israel and Gaza Trade Fire
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Palestinian militants fired rockets deep inside Israeli territory, and Israel struck a squad firing mortars from northern Gaza.
Iraq Militants Say Violence Is to Avenge Bin Laden
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia said the violence had begun in the middle of this month and would continue until there had been 100 attacks.
Migrants in United Arab Emirates Get Stuck in Web of Debt
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Many workers in the United Arab Emirates have spent beyond their means, and staggering losses and jail terms have followed.
Report Says Iran Has Convicted Hikers of Spying
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – The two Americans, Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal, have already spent two years in a Tehran prison after their arrest near the border with Iraqi Kurdistan.
Syria Said to Fire on Protest in Defiance of Global Rebuke
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Syrian rights activists said security forces killed at least 18 people during the first protest since President Bashar al-Assad said military operations against demonstrators had ended.
Qaddafi’s Hold in Tripoli in Doubt as Rebels Advance
New York Times 20 Aug 2011 – Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s hold on his Tripoli stronghold shows signs of slipping as residents said they believed his flight or ouster could be imminent.
Western-backed rebel forces encircle Libyan capital
WSWS – NATO warplanes are bombing Tripoli as Western-backed ground forces of the Transitional National Council (TNC) try to encircle the Libyan capital.
Michael Rubin says Obama/Khalidi will support Palestinian statehood so as to wreak ‘Israel’s demise’
Mondoweiss – I kept one eye on former Pentagon adviser Michael Rubin during the Iraq War drumming because he was young and red-cheeked and not as smooth as the grownup monsters (Abrams/Perle/Feith) and I thought he was trying to sound halfway-reasonable. But it turns out that under the…
Activist files suit against Netanyahu supporters who attacked her in Capitol
Mondoweiss – Code Pink announces a lawsuit filed by Rae Abileah stemming from an incident during the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress. The defendants are unnamed in the suit because if the suit goes forward, Abileah willl seek to discover their names in police records. Rae Abileah,…
Eilat deaths count
Mondoweiss – Israel kills Palestinians all the time. On average, the IDF kills one Palestinian civilian every two days with impunity in the occupied territories, as B’tselem documented last year. Just the other day here, Seham did a post about three arbitrary killings in the occupied territories. One…
JINSA says that Israel has been all for an Arab state since Partition
Mondoweiss – The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs’ latest email report is pure propaganda: Since 1947, Israel [sic] has agreed to a “two state solution” in which there would be a Jewish State of Israel and a Palestinian Arab State. Through wars and intifadas and BDS movements,…
IDF Kills 14 in Gaza, Hamas Renounces Ceasefire, IDF Disagrees With Netanyahu on Responsibility for Eilat Attack
Tikun Olam – 2 year old doctor’s son murdered by Israeli drone (Allvoices) This is exactly the sort of gift that Israeli rightists like Bibi Netanyahu love. Faced with a mounting internal crisis in the form of the J14 movement, Palestinian rejectionists have handed him his “Get Out of…
Court Dismisses Neuwirth Libel Claim
Tikun Olam – This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalms I’m not sure the Lord made or brought this day. But I do share the joy of this Biblical passage. Today, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Linda Lefkowitz dismissed…
Yousef Abu Maria Brutally Beaten as Live Ammunition Used at Beit Ommar Demonstration
Palestine Solidarity Project 20 Aug 2011 – 20th August – Residents of Beit Ommar, supported by Israeli and international activists, gathered for a peaceful demonstration in solidarity with Gaza, following the recent Israeli airstrikes there which killed 14 people, including 13 year old Mahmoud Abu Samara. As the demonstration attempted to march through…
In Solidarity with Gaza
Palestine Solidarity Project 20 Aug 2011 – This week has seen the killing of yet more Gazans at the hands of the Israeli military, as the brutal seige imposed on over one and a half million people continues. While the world busily talks about the UN general assembly in September, the situation on…
Iran ‘jails US hikers for spying’
BBC 20 Aug 2011 – Iran jails US hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal for eight years for illegally entering the country and spying, state TV reports.
Israel ‘regrets’ deaths in Egypt
BBC 20 Aug 2011 – The Israeli defence minister says he regrets the deaths of Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border as Cairo considers recalling its ambassador.
81 US Lawmakers Disappear, Found in Israel [Video]
Sabbah report 20 Aug 2011 – While the US continues to struggle with its economic issues Congress is on vacation. AIPAC pays for 81 members of Congress to relax for a week in Israel.
Israel’s Changed Agenda?
Sabbah report 20 Aug 2011 – How to change public agenda and focus? Attack buses in Israeli Negev, and all at once Israel’s Air Force took off for Rafah and made the hit. Israel in war!
A-infos 20 Aug 2011 – The Four Star nwes Digest Issue 2 —— Deja Vu at Whittier School at Whittier School — Remember last fall when parents occupied a fieldhouse on the Whittier Dual Language School campus? In September 2010 community members, students and teachers joined the parents to save the…
VIDEO – Dubious evidence Israeli bus attackers based in Gaza
Lia Tarachansky, The Real News Network, Israeli Occupation Archive8/20/2011
Following deadly terror attacks on Israel, Israeli Air Force kills 9 in Gaza despite lack of evidence connecting attackers to the Strip.
Two terror attacks shook Israel on Thursday and Friday. The attackers fired on an Israeli bus, set of a suicide bombing and roadside bombs, fired on civilian vehicles, and engaged in a fire battle with the Israeli army. The day after, 20 Grad rockets hit the Southern Israeli city of Ashdod, damaging a synagogue. By the weekend, eight Israelis were killed and nearly forty injured. Immediately after the attacks, the Israeli air force bombed many locations in Gaza. Nine were killed and nearly thirty injured. In an interview with The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky, Lt. Col. Avital Liebovitz admits the army does not connect the attack to the Popular Resistance Committee, whom the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames. Tarachansky also spoke with Yossi Gurvitz, a contributing editor to +972 Magazine and Mohammed Fares Al Majdalawi, a Journalist and social worker based in Gaza City. — See also: Source: VIDEO – The Real News more.. e-mail
Who is behind the Eilat terror attack?
Joseph Dana, +972 Magazine8/20/2011
The horrific terror attacks in Oslo some weeks ago provided a valuable lesson for journalists. Almost as soon as the attacks took place, journalists throughout the world rushed to place blame on Al Qaeda. Jennifer Rubin, a conservative blogger at the Washington Post known for her extreme views on Israeli politics, wrote that the attacks were committed by Al-Qaeda terrorists and used them to attack President Barak Obama’s foreign policy objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her piece was left unchanged on the Washington Post website for a full 24 hours despite evidence that the perpetrator of the attack was, in fact, a right wing Christian fanatic not connected to Al-Qaeda.
Yesterday morning, Israel was rocked by a triple terror attack which left eight people dead and moved the country to a state of high alert. Within hours of the attack, Israel began a series of aggressive airstrikes on targets in the Gaza Strip, claiming that they were reprisal attacks against the Palestinian leadership who gave the order for the Eilat operations. However, Israeli officials and their spokespeople in the media failed to provide factual evidence clearly proving responsibility. The airstrikes killed a number of senior operatives in the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a terror group with weak links to Hamas, as well as civilians including at least one child. The speed at which Israel began airstrikes in Gaza without providing factual evidence of PRC’s involvement raises questions concerning the existence of a premeditated Israeli plan to launch a summer offensive against the population of Gaza. For the record, Hamas has publicly stated numerous times in the past 24 hours that it had nothing to do with the terror attacks in Eilat.
Despite uncertainty over those responsible for the attacks yesterday, Israeli journalists were quick to pass on government hearsay as fact. Barak Ravid, diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz, rushed to place responsibility on the PRC for the terror attacks on his Twitter feed. When I asked him to provide factual proof for his claim other than citing anonymous sources, he responded, “This is what I know from my sources. You can choose to believe or not to, like every article I publish in Haaretz.” more.. e-mail
Kafka at the Rafah border
Diane Shammas, Al Jazeera8/20/2011
What should have been a simple border crossing turns into a four-month odyssey through the iron curtain of Gaza.
Any astute observer who has spent any substantial time in the Gaza Strip knows that Gazans desperately want and need freedom of movement and the right to export their products. This does not diminish the fact that eighty per cent of Gazans receive UN food aid, and despite the media hyperbole on Gaza’s burgeoning economy, only one per cent of the population is able to indulge in the Strip’s “luxury malls, hotels and restaurants”.
Popularly characterised as “the world’s largest open-air prison”, Gaza is a cruel joke for civilians trying to leave its borders. Imagine being in a locked room with no key, and being able to hear someone jangling the keys on the other side. Egypt and Israel are the key holders to freedom, while Palestinians must apply for an exit permit from either government, an arduous and bureaucratic process with no guarantees of a stamped approval.
At the end of May, the interim Egyptian government decisively moved to ease the travel restrictions on Palestinians crossing the Rafah border. Less than a month later, Egypt reneged on its new policy by significantly reducing the daily quota of Palestinians crossing the border from 600 to 400. By some estimates, the Rafah border can accommodate the passage of a 1,000 travellers per day. The severely ill and those students bound for study abroad desperately rely on the opening of the Rafah border. A short narrative of my travails to enter Gaza will illustrate a fraction of the Sisyphean feat facing Gazans attempting to cross the Egyptian and Israeli borders.
The long wait
In the winter of 2010, a prominent community mental health organisation invited me to Gaza City. I spent a galling six weeks in Cairo awaiting permission to enter Gaza…. more.. e-mail
Demolitions by Israel increase fivefold, says new UN report
Electronic Intifada: 20 Aug 2011 – IRIN The Electronic Intifada Ramallah Skyrocketing Israeli policies of home demolitions in Area C have displaced more than 650 Palestinians In the first six months of 2011 alone.more
Riot, Rap and Racism in Cameron’s Britain
Dissident Voice: 20 Aug 2011 – The riots that emanated out from the British capital to sweep the rest of England earlier this month are easily the most intense that the western world has seen since the Los Angeles uprisings in 1992. Pundits and spin-doctors who have smugly turned their noses up every time a developing nation was gripped by similar violence had the grin wiped from their faces when the “minor rebellion” in North London took hold across the city. As the violence spread to Birmingham and Manchester, Bristol and Liverpool, those same sneers turned to contemptuous snarls. Now, the aftermath. The snarls have gone nowhere, not least of all for Prime Minister David Cameron. On August 14th he shifted his attempt at damage control into war footing, declaring at a press conference in his own Oxfordshire constituency that the ultimate culprit of the uprisings was the “slow-motion moral collapse that has taken place in…more
Benny Morris: History as Platform for Racism
Dissident Voice: 20 Aug 2011 – On Tuesday 14th June 2011 human rights activists came together to oppose the visit of Israeli historian Benny Morris to the London School of Economics. The visit was organised by the Anglo Israel Association, whose honorary president is the Israeli Ambassador. The Anglo Israel Association boast that their most fruitful work is as propagandists for Israel bringing ‘opinion formers’ to the UK on speaking tours in partnership with British think-tanks and universities to push the Israeli perspective. Benny Morris is well known for his racist views of Arabs and Muslims, his support and whitewashing of ethnic cleansing and his justification of genocide. Justifying Genocide US soldiers pose over a mass grave with some 300 bodies of innocent Native American Lakota Sioux, two-thirds women and children, massacred at Wounded Knee, Pine Ridge Reservation in 1891. One of the few survivors of the massacre was a baby girl, found 4 days after…more
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