VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 August 2012: ‘After Zionism’ puts forth debates on one-state solution

17 August 2012  — VTJP

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Ma’an News

Report: Palestinian, Israeli group clash in West Jerusalem
8/17/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An 18-year-old Palestinian was seriously injured in a fight between a group of Palestinians and Israelis in West Jerusalem on Thursday night, Israeli media reported. Israeli news site Ynet said the man was taken to Ein Kerem hospital with serious head injuries after the brawl broke out in…. Related: In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians and Palestinian youth beaten unconscious in attempted ‘lynch’ in Jerusalem

Witnesses: Military vehicles enter Gaza border
8/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an)– Israeli military vehicles crossed into the southern Gaza Strip early Friday, residents told Ma’an, reporting the sound of heavy gunfire in the area. No injuries have been reported. Several military vehicles entered dozens of meters near al-Shouka, east of Rafah, the same site where tanks and bulldozers fired….

Olive grove destroyed in south Hebron
8/17/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in a Palestinian grove in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, a local official said. The trees in al-Hamra valley, neighboring the Havat Maon settler outpost, are owned by the al-Rabee family, popular committee coordinator Rateb al-Jabour said. Al-Jabour condemned aggression by settlers in the….

In photos: Palestinian Lifta becomes Israeli tourist site
8/17/2012 – MaanImages / Eva Pilipp – Once a small paradise on the outskirts of Jerusalem, famed for its wheat, barley, olives, fruits and traditional Palestinian embroidery, Lifta is today the only intact pre-1948 village that has not been destroyed or repopulated. Palestinians say Lifta is a space for dreams, to travel back in time, and a vital….

Palestinians head to Al-Aqsa for last Ramadan Friday
8/17/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of worshipers performed the morning prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on Friday, with a quarter-million expected to throng the holy city throughout the day. Meanwhile, Israeli police deployed in thousands throughout East Jerusalem and the Old City, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld told Ma’an. Men over 40….

Israel re-opens access to northern Jordan Valley checkpoint
8/17/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have re-opened access to a military checkpoint in the northern West Bank, allowing Palestinians to travel along a road that had been all but inaccessible for a decade, a local official said Friday. Al-Hamra checkpoint links Jericho and the Jordan Valley with cities in the northern West Bank, and….

Israel police investigating Jerusalem attack
8/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Police have formed a special investigative team to determine the background of a violent incident in Jerusalem that left a Palestinian citizen of Israel seriously injured Friday. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the circumstances of the incident — which has been described as both a brawl and an attempted “lynch” in Israeli…. Related: In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians and Palestinian youth beaten unconscious in attempted ‘lynch’ in Jerusalem

Kerem Shalom crossing to close over holiday
8/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing until Tuesday for Eid al-Fitr, a Palestinian official said Friday. Border official Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that Israel usually closes the crossing on Fridays and Saturdays. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says 1,024 truckloads of goods entered….

Hamas brigades: Fighter killed in accidental explosion in Gaza
8/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The military wing of the Hamas movement said Friday that one of its members had been killed a day earlier in the Gaza Strip after an explosive device mistakenly detonated. The Al-Qassam Brigades said Majed Zaki Al-Kahlout, 40, from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, had died on….

Palestinian suspected of raping Israeli teen
8/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police on Thursday arrested a Palestinian accused of raping an Israeli teenager near Tel Aviv, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday. Rosenfeld told Ma’an that a 16-year-old girl reported to police that she had been raped. Police searched the area and arrested a Palestinian who matched….

Erekat: 57 countries at Mecca summit back UN bid
8/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fifty-seven countries attending a summit of Muslim leaders in Mecca on Thursday indicated they would support a Palestinian bid for membership in the UN, a PLO official said. Saeb Erekat, who attended the conference, said Friday that the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was “significant and important” for a….

Israel pushing Washington to up the Iranian ante
8/17/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An upsurge in Israeli rhetoric warning of an imminent attack on Iran is aimed more at Washington than Tehran, and does not mean that the warplanes are firing up their engines. A plethora of media reports over the past week has sent shivers through financial markets by suggesting that Israel might strike at….

Iran’s Ahmadinejad says no place for Israel in new Middle East
8/17/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Many thousands of Iranians shouted “Death to America, death to Israel” during state-organized protests on Friday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told them there was no place for Israel in a future Middle East. Iran, penalized by tough Western sanctions, faces the threat of an Israeli or US military strike on its disputed nuclear….

Hezbollah says has rockets that can kill thousands of Israelis
8/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Friday it could kill tens of thousands of Israelis by striking specific targets in Israel with what it described as precision-guided rockets.” I tell the Israelis that you have a number of targets, not a large number. . . that can be hit with precision rockets. . . which we….

DFLP adds caution to joint electoral list proposal
8/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine added a cautious voice to proposals to unite Palestinian Liberation Organization members on a joint electoral list in upcoming local elections. Running on a united list has not yet been formally raised by any of the Palestinian factions, Hisham Abu Ghoush, a DFLP….

Salafi leader ‘detained in Gaza’
8/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas security forces have arrested a senior Salafi sheikh who was injured in June in an Israeli airstrike, a Salafi leader said Friday. Sheikh Abu Suhaib Rashwan was detained Wednesday as he left a hospital, where he was recovering from wounds sustained on June 20 in Israeli shelling on the….

Factions unite for Jerusalem Day in Gaza
8/17/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Factions in theGaza Strip united under the Palestinian flag on Friday in a rally to mark Jerusalem Day, held on the last Friday of Ramadan. Demonstrators gathered outside mosques across Gaza City after prayers and marched to the al-Shawwa tower. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Rabbah Mhanna….

Eid al-Fitr to begin in Palestine on Sunday
8/17/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, announced on Friday that Eid al-Fitr will begin in Palestine on Sunday. The sheikh issued a fatwa after a meeting at Al-Aqsa Mosque proclaiming Saturday to be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, as the crescent moon was not visible….

Jerusalem dynasty leaves Arab Bank
8/17/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The resignation of Arab Bank chairman Abed Hamid Shoman will have negative repercussions for the finance institution, Palestinian economists said on Friday. The Shoman family, originally from Beit Hanina near Jerusalem, have been the corner stone of the Arab Bank since its founding over 80 years ago, economist Nasser Abdel Karim….

Echoes of Lebanon civil war as Syrian turmoil spreads
8/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Tit-for-tat kidnappings by Syrian rebels and Lebanese Shiite gunmen have escalated tensions in Lebanon, where the spectre of contagion from Syria’s conflict is alarming the fractured and war-scarred Mediterranean nation. Despite government efforts to insulate it from turmoil in its once dominating neighbor, Lebanon has seen armed clashes in its two….

UN: Thousands flee Syria, Damascus diarrhea outbreak
8/17/2012 – GENEVA (Reuters) — Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrheal disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, UN aid agencies said on Friday. More than 170,000 Syrians have been registered in four neighboring countries — Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey — the United Nations refugee agency said. Some….

Russia embassy in UK says attacked by Syria activists
8/17/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — Russia’s embassy in London accused British police on Friday of taking no action to prevent an attack on its building by a group of activists protesting Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. It made the accusation as about 40 protesters clad in balaclavas demonstrated outside the embassy, located….

Former Syrian PM in Qatar to discuss toppling Assad
8/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab, who defected earlier this month, is in Qatar for talks about how to unify opposition efforts to topple President Bashar Assad, his spokesman said Friday. Hijab, who announced his defection on Aug. 6 becoming the most senior serving official to quit Assad’s administration, arrived on….

Lebanon breaks with past in Syrian bomb probe
8/17/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — A plot hatched by Damascus and allegedly aimed at igniting a Lebanese civil war through a series of bomb attacks has come as little surprise in a nation where blame for political violence has often been laid at Syria’s door. The shock is that the Lebanese authorities have indicted someone, not….

Aljazeera

Iran and Hezbollah issue warnings to Israel
AlJazeera 17 Aug 2012 – Hezbollah chief Nasrallah says will retaliate to any Israeli aggression, while Iranian President calls state a ‘tumour’.

Palestine News Network

Addameer: Hunger Striker Hassan Safadi’s Head Violently Slammed Against Cell Door by Prison Guards
Palestine News Network

Settlers Uproot 30 Olive Tree, East of Yatta
Palestine News Network

Israeli Police Mobilizes in Preparation for ‘Orphan’ Friday at Al-Aqsa Mosque
Palestine News Network

Committee Announces Preparation for National Youth Week “Palestine’s Time Has Come”
Palestine News Network

Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing for Five Days in Eid al-Fitr
Palestine News Network

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Express Concern Regarding the Humanitarian Situation in Southern Hebron Hills
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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Palestinian Center for Human Rights

International Solidarity Movement

In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians
8/17/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By Nir Hasson, 17 August 2012, Haaretz – One of the Palestinians was seriously wounded and hospitalized in intensive care; eyewitness: Today I saw a lynch with my own eyes. Dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Zion Square early on Friday morning, in what one witness described as “a lynch…. Related: Israel police investigating Jerusalem attack

The National

New UN envoy to Syria needs ‘unified support’
The National 17 Aug 2012 – Expectations for what Lakhdar Brahimi can accomplish should be lower than they were for Kofi Annan, whose mission suffered from unrealistic hopes, said analysts

Growing division in Israel over Iran
The National 17 Aug 2012 – Prime minister and foreign minister accused of fanning the flames of “hysteria” and “fear”.

Iran ratchets up tension, calling Israel ‘an insult to all humanity’
The National 17 Aug 2012 – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to “protect the dignity of all human beings”.

Ha’aretz

Hezbollah says its ‘precision rockets’ could kill tens of thousands of Israelis
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2012

Netanyahu reassures Abbas following attack on Palestinian taxi
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2012

In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 17 Aug 2012

Leftist views don’t keep professors from teaching at Ariel
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2012

Drowning in ‘absurd’ forms, Israel’s family doctors are crying for help
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2012

NGOs shocked by High Court’s imposition of NIS 45,000 in court costs
Ha’aretz – 16 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

US condemns attack on Palestinian taxi in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Jewish extremists believed behind attack that hurts 6 Palestinians in W. Bank; Netanyahu to Abbas: J’lem not taking incident lightly. 

UN confirms Algerian diplomat to be Syria mediator
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Annan to step down frustrated by UN impasse; veteran diplomat Brahimi to replace him as Joint Special Representative for Syria. 

Arab critically hurt in Arab-Jewish brawl in J’lem
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Police investigating Zion Square incident; witness claims Jewish youths attacked Arabs unprovoked in “lynch situation.” 

Police, PM vow to find perpetrators of firebombing
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Jewish extremists believed behind attack that hurts 6 Palestinians in W. Bank; Netanyahu to Abbas: J’lem not taking incident lightly. 

Police kill 34 striking miners in South Africa
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule has people and media questioning country’s post-apartheid soul. 

That’s Lifestyle: Flying high
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Lifestyle Editor wraps up this week’s stories: Fine dining in Tel Aviv; search for the next “Jewish Idol”; a familiar face returns. 

Peace Now complains over commander’s Hebron comments
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – IDF commander made public comments supporting Israeli sovereignty over the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. 

Habayit Hayehudi membership drive disappoints
Jerusalem Post 17 Aug 2012 – Leadership candidate Bennett’s underachieving energizes Habayit Hayehudi rivals; only 7,000 people have joined party online. 

Guidelines to stop Asian tiger mosquito infection
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Health ministry issues advice to residents on how to avoid being bitten and getting infected and spreading disease among others. 

Poll: Romney cares more than Obama about Israel
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Peace Index poll shows Israeli Jews – by 2:1 ratio – believe Romney assigns high importance to defending Israel’s interests. 

Hiriya garbage dump becoming mountain of culture
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Ariel Sharon Park encourages music, dance and art to celebrate “passage of park from waste-shedding to central location.” 

Into the Fray: What’s wrong with the Right — Part I
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – As demented and disastrous as the two state “solution” is, most alternatives proffered by the Right would be no less calamitous. 

Vilnai: Israel is more ready than ever for war
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – In interview with ‘The Jerusalem Post’ outgoing home front defense minister says Israel will only go to war with Iran “if the sword was clearly at our throats”; claims home front prepared for possible multi-front attack. 

Security and Defense: Delaying Iran’s nuke program
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – The disagreement between the US and Israel on striking Iran seems to be about trust and timing. 

Column One: Who lost Egypt?
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – If regional events weren’t moving so quickly, the question of who lost Egypt would probably have had its moment in the spotlight in Washington. 

‘Israel dragging PA to slaughterhouse over Iran’
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Senior Fatah official Nabil Sha’ath says Netanyahu using Iran to distract Israelis, international community from Palestinian issue, compares PM “fear-mongering” to former US president Bush’s push for war in Iraq. 

Have Islamists infiltrated the Obama administration?
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Why is the US silent in the face of blatantly anti-democratic moves by Morsy? 

Daf Yomi: His story or her story?
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Women have slowly but surely been entering the world of the daf yomi. Once hooked, great efforts are made not to miss a single day. 

In plain language: Lines in the sand
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Orthodox Jews must be able to say “Ad kan v’lo yoter – until here, but no further” when the situation demands. 

The Human Spirit: We owe an apology
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – As their husbands have refused to grant these women divorces, their lives have been put on hold for decades. 

Grumpy Old Man: There oughta be a law…
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Don’t the members of Knesset know what’s going on in our supermarkets? 

A Dose of Nuance: Culture matters, Dr. Erekat
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Was Mr. Romney really a “racist” to point out that Israel’s success is not an accident? 

Dancing with divinity
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – Religious all-women dance company Nehara is the first that performs in front of mixed audiences. 

A jubilant silver jubilee
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – The International Safed Klezmer Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a top-notch lineup 

New Media Rules: A new source of funding
Jerusalem Post 16 Aug 2012 – As non-profits struggle to find big donors, online platforms are becoming a popular way to launch Jewish and Israel-themed innovations aimed at the general public. 

The Guardian

Iran: Israel’s Zionist regime ‘an insult to humanity’
The Guardian 17 Aug 2012 – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hits out at Israel amid growing tensions over its uranium-enrichment programme Israel’s existence is an “insult to all humanity”, Iran’s president has said in his latest attack on the Jewish state. Mahmoud…

Binyamin Netanyahu’s aide launches stinging rebuke to Israeli president
The Guardian 17 Aug 2012 – Prime minister’s office says Shimon Peres should not speak out on Iran as he is too prone to mistakes The faultlines among Israel’s leaders over whether to take unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear capability have…

Edinburgh International Book festival podcast: World Writers’ Conference with Jim Haynes
The Guardian 17 Aug 2012 – As the World Writers’ Conference opens in Edinburgh, Jim Haynes looks back 50 years to recall the original. Also Clive Stafford Smith, founder of Reprieve , talks about miscarriages of justice and Raja Shehadeh describes living in…

Inter Press Service

U.S. Breaks Silence on Bahrain Crackdown
IPS The U.S. State Department released a statement Friday urging the Bahraini government to reconsider a ruling that sentenced the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights , Nabeel Rajab, to a three-year jail term for organising opposition rallies. “We are deeply concerned that a Bahraini court sentenced Nabeel Rajab to…

Uruknet

Imperial Reconstruction and Its Discontents
Uruknet

Julian Assange asylum: Ecuador is right to stand up to the US
Uruknet

New Guardian team member openly incited Israel to murder Alice Walker and others
Uruknet

Urgent: Hunger striker Hassan Safadi’s head violently slammed against cell door by prison guards
Uruknet

Mullah Omar’s Eid ul-Fitr Message
Uruknet

You are here: Home Global Issues Instability Reigns in Post-Gaddafi Libya Instability Reigns in Post-Gaddafi Libya
Uruknet

Imperial Affront: Ecuador Will Face US Wrath for Asylum Decision
Uruknet

Ecuador Endorses Julian Assange’s Fears, Grants Asylum
Uruknet

7 Americans troops die in Afghan helicopter crash
Uruknet

Iraq Eid Slaughter: 128 Killed, 371 Wounded
Uruknet

Daily Star

Iraq officials: Over 90 dead in Thursday’s attacks
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Iraqi officials said Friday that a blistering string of attacks across the country the previous day killed at least 93 people and wounded many more.

Saudi Shiites mark Iran-inspired Jerusalem Day
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Small groups of demonstrators from Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority marked an Iranian-inspired annual protest against Israel in the oil-rich east of the Sunni-dominated kingdom on Friday, witnesses said.

Russia rejects Syria no-fly zones
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Russia on Friday rejected a proposal to set up no-fly zones to help civilians flee fighting in Syria’s border areas after the United States said it was ready to consider the move.

Israel finds rocket shrapnel near Egypt border
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Israeli forces discovered the remnants of a rocket on Friday near the border with Egypt, two days after two explosions shook the area in a suspected cross-border shooting.

‘Tumour’ of Israel will soon be destroyed: Ahmadinejad
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told an annual anti-Israel protest in Tehran that the Jewish state was a “cancerous tumour” that will soon be excised, drawing Western rebukes.

Tunisia president ex-advisor tried for ‘denigrating army’
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 A former advisor to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has learnt he is being tried on charges of “denigrating” the army, after having accused senior officials of treason.

Gaza Salafists slam Hamas for post-Sinai attack crackdown
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 A Salafist official accused Gaza’s Hamas rulers on Friday of arresting an activist wounded in an Israeli air raid as part of a crackdown since the deadly Sinai attack on August 5.

Palestinian in serious condition after W. Bank attack
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 A Palestinian man was in serious condition after a petrol bomb hit the taxi he was travelling in with his family near a Jewish settlement in the Bethlehem region of the West Bank.

Lebanon, many Arab countries say Eid Sunday
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Lebanon is among several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, to declare that Eid al-Fitr holiday starts Sunday.

Lebanon army steps up security after kidnappings
Daily Star 17 Aug 2012 Lebanon’s army says it is stepping up security at religious sites and other public places over the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday after a spate of kidnappings in Beirut and protests which blocked the airport road.

YNet News

France condemns Ahmadinejad over Israel comments
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – ….

Hit-and-run in Netanya: Police looking for suspect
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – ….

Anti-gay Russian activists sue Madonna for $10M
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – ….

ADL condemns attack on Palestinian cab in West Bank
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – ….

US condemns Ahmadinejad over Israel ‘tumor’ tirade
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – ….

Netanya: 3 relatives killed in hit-and-run
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Mother, daughter and cousin killed after vehicle collides into them while they cross road. One suspect turns himself in, claims he is the driver, but investigators looking for another suspect who is familiar to police ….

Eyewitness: J’lem brawl was lynch against Arabs
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Volunteer for youths at risk says incident in which 18-year-old Arab man was seriously injured instigated by Jewish teens ….

Aharonovitch: We’ll apprehend firebomb assailants
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Internal security minister says authorities doing everything they can to track down those responsible for hurling Molotov cocktail at Palestinian cab; 2 casualties remain in serious condition, hospital says ….

‘Iranians planned to assassinate Israeli ambassador’
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – As Danny Ayalon seeks African nations’ support for Iran stance, Kenya’s intelligence services reveal they prevented plan to assassinate Israel’s Ambassador in Kenya ….

Peres’ behind-the-scenes campaign against Iran strike
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Analysis: President’s public comments against solo military operation indicative of tense relations with prime minister ….

Taibe crime wars: Lau missile fired at resident’s house
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Residents in Arab town of Taibe were shocked to be awakened by explosions with local violence hitting new levels as Lau missile explodes near resident’s house ….

‘Israel making threats over compensation for Jews’
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012 – Summit on Jewish refugees from Arab countries making waves in Arab media; claim Israeli deputy foreign minister’s initiative an attempt to demand compensation, play down Palestinian refugees ….

J’lem: Man injured in fight between Arabs, Jews 
YNet News, 17 Aug 2012Arab man seriously wounded when brawl breaks out between Jews, Arabs in Jerusalem’s Zion Square, he was taken to hospital with serious head injuries ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF refuses to return confiscated tractors, water tanks
PIC – The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have refused to return two tractors and twelve water tanks confiscated from Palestinian citizens in the Jordan Valley over a month ago.

Israel attempts to foil a flight in solidarity with Palestinians
PIC – The IOA is trying to disrupt an attempt by a group of solidarity activists to fly into the occupied lands in support of the Palestinian people and in rejection of the IOA practices.

Six Palestinians including children injured in settlers’ attack
PIC – Six Palestinian citizens of one family including children were injured after Jewish settlers threw a firebomb on their car to the north of Al-Khalil on Thursday night.

Khudari calls for opening the crossings and operating Gaza airport
PIC – MP Jamal Khudari said that opening all Gaza crossings for importing and exporting all kinds of goods without lists of prohibited materials is one of the prerequisites for lifting the siege on Gaza.

IOA imposes restrictions on the entry to al-Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) announced on Thursday that it would impose tight restrictions on the entry of worshipers to al-Aqsa Mosque for the Friday congregation.

The Muslim states’ mediocre Makkah conference
PIC – The latest Islamic conference, which took place in the holy city of Makkah this week, has apparently failed to meet the minimum aspirations of Muslim peoples around the world.

Martyrdom of Qassam leader Majid Kahlout
PIC – The military wing of the Hamas movement said on Friday that one of its members was killed a day earlier in the Gaza Strip after an explosive device mistakenly detonated.

Mass rally marks the international Jerusalem Day in Gaza
PIC – Thousands of people in Gaza have participated in a massive rally on Friday to mark the international Jerusalem Day.

AOHR calls for boycotting security company providing services to Israel
PIC – The AOHR in Britain revealed that DiagNose Company operates in occupied Palestinian territories to facilitate the establishment of settlements and to protect settlers.

IOF raids eastern Rafah, clashes with resistance in Shijaia
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided areas east of Rafah to the southernmost area of the Gaza Strip on Friday for the second time in less than 24 hours.

WAFA

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 16 Aug 2012

Government Spokesman Ends Work
WAFA – 15 Aug 2012

Misc

Egyptian Military Official’s Paper Criticized U.S.
New York Times 17 Aug 2012 – Gen. Sedky Sobhi argued that America’s presence in the Middle East and its “one sided” support of Israel had mired it in an unwinnable war with Islamist militants. 

Lakhdar Brahimi, Algerian Statesman, to Succeed Kofi Annan as Special Syrian Envoy
New York Times 17 Aug 2012 – The former Algerian foreign minister, Lakhdar Brahimi, will replace Kofi Annan, who resigned in frustration two weeks ago over his inability to advance his plan to halt the Syrian conflict. 

In Iran, Ahmadinejad Calls Israel ‘Insult to Humankind’
New York Times 17 Aug 2012 – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fanned the flames of confrontation with Israel on Friday on the annual Iranian holiday that calls for the Palestinian reclamation of Jerusalem from Israel’s control. 

Palestinian Farmer Shot Twice by Israeli Military near Buffer Zone
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Josh Trevino, Arab-Hating Pro-Israel Flack Takes Pride of Place at Guardian
Tikun Olam – Josh Trevino in May 2012–before his Guardian audition? (Thos Robinson/Getty) I’ve been reading with interest that the Guardian has appointed two new blogger-columnists, one of whom makes perfect sense and the other just makes me scratch my head and say: Huh?  They are Glenn Greenwald and…

JVP Condemns Anti-Semitic, Racist American Free Press website
Jewish Voice for Peace – Demands Podcast Interview with JVP ED Obtained Under False Pretenses be Removed Immediately Statement from Jewish Voice for Peace Regarding Interview with JVP Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson on the American Free Press website — August 16, 2012 Last week, the American Free Press (AFP) published a…

Dennis Ross urges Iran war in deceptive ‘NYT’ op-ed
Mondoweiss – Under the misleading headline ” How America Can Slow Israel’s March to War ,” former White House official/former and current Israel lobbyist Dennis Ross delivers a prescription for the opposite: Second, America should begin discussions with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany (the…

Los Angeles should say no to segregation, and say no to Veolia
Mondoweiss – Angelenos may not know Veolia Transportation, the company that runs bus services across our city. But its history of discrimination against Palestinians means both our city’s reputation and our tax dollars are at stake. The Los Angeles City Council ought not to destroy the hard-earned image…

NY state senator David Storobin’s office: ‘Visitors [to the Israeli/Syrian border] are required to don a uniform and carry a gun’
Mondoweiss – NY State Senator Storobin (l) with an Israeli general, center, and the senator’s chief of staff (r) New York state senator David Storobin’s office responded today to criticism over the senator carrying a weapon and wearing an IDF uniform in the occupied Golan Heights, on the…

‘Al Jazeera’ reports Syrian regime committed Houla massacre in effort to ignite sectarian conflict
Mondoweiss – Over at Pulse, Idrees Ahmad points me to an Al Jazeera investigation by Mahmoud Al Ken into the Houla massacre near Homs, Syria, last May that confirms the original report that the murders of 108 villagers were carried out by Syrian government forces. Writes Pulse: There…

‘Today I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, in the center of Jerusalem’
Mondoweiss – Jerusalem 2012. The account first appeared on Facebook in Hebrew . Translated by Haaretz : Dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Zion Square early on Friday morning, in what one witness described as “a lynch” on Facebook. ……. The three were allegedly attacked by youths…

Foxman: Israel Should Draft Arabs and Haredim 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Aug 2012 – Israel should consider drafting its Arab and Haredi population to defend their neighborhoods, according to a prominent American Jewish leader. Click here for the rest of the article…

King Abdullah: Israel Harms Jerusalem 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Aug 2012 – Israeli policy in Jerusalem is harming the city’s holy sites, Jordan’s King Abdullah said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Can’t Attack Iran Alone: Peres 
The Foward Breaking News 17 Aug 2012 – Israel President Shimon Peres said that Israel cannot attack Iran on its own. Click here for the rest of the article…

South Africa-Israel Relations Freeze Over 
The Forward New 17 Aug 2012 – South African-Israeli relations sunk to one of its lowest points after a government minister suggested avoiding visits to the Jewish state to protest its policies. Click here for the rest of the article…

Egypt: Egyptian Leather Dignity in Saudi Jails 
allAfrica.com 17 Aug 2012 – [HRInfo]Centre for Egyptian Legal Women Assistance announces its the Egyptian citizen Najla Wafa, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia on 30/9/2009 who is spending the penalty of five years imprisonment and 500 lashes on her body. The lashes penalty carried out on her in successive time…

Kenya: Bail Revoked for Iranian Terror Suspects 
allAfrica.com 17 Aug 2012 – [The Star]TWO Iranians suspected of plotting an attack in the Mombasa and Nairobi will remain in custody until their case is resolved. This follows the revision of their bail application by the High Court yesterday after a successful appeal by the state.

South Africa: Solution Needed in Israel – Ebrahim Ebrahim 
allAfrica.com 17 Aug 2012 – [SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Friday that a resolution was necessary in Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and that the issue was not about whether or not people should boycott Israel.

Ibrahimi Mosque 
Palestine Solidarity Project 17 Aug 2012 – Situated the heart of the Palestinian old-city of Hebron, in the Hebron hills, is the colossal Ibrahimi Mosque, or ‘Sanctuary of Abraham. Constructed by King Herod towards the end of the first century BC, the site is believed to hold the remains of the prophet Abraham,…

Brahimi named new UN Syria envoy 
BBC 17 Aug 2012 – Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is confirmed as the new envoy for Syria, taking over from Kofi Annan who resigned in early August.

Palestinian taxi hit by fire-bomb 
BBC 17 Aug 2012 – Israel’s prime minister vows to catch those responsible for a fire-bomb attack on a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank, which leaves six people hurt.

Syria and Us (Part I) 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Aug 2012 – A Free Syrian Army fighter observes the area during clashes in Aleppo 16 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) A Free Syrian Army fighter observes the area during clashes in Aleppo 16 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) So far, the pummelling of Syria…

Tunisia: Al-Nahda’s Failures Lead Sidi Bouzid to Rise Again 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 17 Aug 2012 – Protesters shout slogans calling for the release of other protesters, who were arrested after clashes with police late last week, outside a court in Sidi Bouzid 14 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Zoubeir Souissi) Protesters shout slogans calling for the release of other protesters, who were…

Brahimi confirmed as new UN Syria envoy 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – The United Nations on Friday confirmed that veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi will replace former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the international mediator on Syria as the 17-month-old conflict slides deeper into civil war. “The Secretary-General appreciates Mr. Brahimi’s willingness to bring his considerable talents and…

Nasrallah threatens “hell” if Israel strikes Lebanon 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses thousands of supporters by video during the sixth anniversary of Israel-Hezbollah war, in Haret Hreik, Beirut, 18 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Sharif Karim) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses thousands of supporters by video during the sixth anniversary of Israel-Hezbollah war,…

Ghada Shbeir: Andalusian Steps in Beirut 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – Reviving heritage has been Ghada Shbeir’s mission ever since her college years. Reviving heritage has been Ghada Shbeir’s mission ever since her college years. Beirut – Ghada Shbeir will be performing songs from her new album, Andalusiyya , at Madina Theater in Beirut tonight. The show will…

Syrians in Lebanon: Bearing the Brunt 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – A Syrian girl begs for money from people in Hamra street. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) A Syrian girl begs for money from people in Hamra street. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Thousands of Syrians living in Lebanon went through a tough night on Tuesday as news about the mass…

Mokdad Clan: The Syrian Vendetta 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – Military wings of different Bekaa clans suddenly appeared. They struck in several locations, especially in Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) Military wings of different Bekaa clans suddenly appeared. They struck in several locations, especially in Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) In response to a family member being kidnapped…

Lebanese authorities arrest two men for “sodomy” 
Al-Akhbar News 17 Aug 2012 – Lebanese security forces arrested two men Friday for indecent acts after they were allegedly found engaging in sexual activity inside a car, a police spokesperson told the National News Agency (NNA). NNA reported the men had been detained in the Beirut district of Achrafieh for “sodomy,”…

Egypt: The Politics of Dates 
Al-Akhbar Politics 16 Aug 2012 – People wait to break their fast a few minutes before sunset during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, in Old Cairo 30 July 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Asmaa Waguih) People wait to break their fast a few minutes before sunset during the holy Muslim month of…

Leaving Syria: Lebanese Students Need Answers 
Al-Akhbar Politics 16 Aug 2012 – The students met with the Syrian consul in Lebanon, Ghassan Anjarini, to ask for Lebanese students with exams to take in Syrian universities to be allowed to sit them in Lebanon, in coordination with the embassy. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) The students met with the Syrian consul…

Palestinian Farmer Shot Twice by Israeli Military near Buffer Zone 
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The ‘Center of Life’ Policy: Institutionalizing Statelessness in East Jerusalem 
Danielle C. Jefferis, Jerusalem Quarterly File 8/17/2012
      Summer Issue
     Since 1995, more than ten thousand Palestinian East Jerusalemites2 have vanished from Israel’s population register. They have vanished not because of physical demise but as a result of disappearance by bureaucratic regulation – a legalized cleansing. Whether studying or working abroad or simply living in a nearby suburb outside Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries due to the housing squeeze in East Jerusalem, Israel has revoked the permanent residency rights of these Palestinians – 0.5% of the Arab population of the city – on the allegation that their “center of life” is no longer in Jerusalem. The arbitrary standard on which this policy is based exceeds the bounds of Israel’s written law and violates international law. The reality in Jerusalem – a result of the “center of life” policy – is the institutionalization of statelessness and forced displacement of thousands of Palestinian East Jerusalemites.
     As analyzed below, the “center of life” policy emerged from a 1988 ruling of the Israel High Court but was not utilized by the Ministry of interior until 1995. While I do not speculate on the reasons for the sudden implementation of the policy here, it is significant that the “quiet deportation”3 of Palestinians from Jerusalem escalated just after the Israeli-Palestinian agreements that made Jerusalem a subject for “final status” negotiations. Indeed, in the entire decade before 1995, the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights records “only” 327 revocations of Palestinian residency rights.4 in 1996, the year following the negotiations, the total jumped to 739; in 1997, the number skyrocketed to 1,067.5
     Permanent Residency: The Right to … Some Rights
     At its core, nationality (or citizenship) is one’s legal bond to a state, realized and exercised through the state’s laws and legal institutions.6 Nationality is the gateway through which most national civil and political rights are realized; it enables an individual to vote, work, and travel freely. Nationality, in its essence, is the “right to have rights.”7 more.. e-mail

‘After Zionism’ puts forth debates on one-state solution 
Sarah Irving, Edinburgh, Electronic Intifada 8/14/2012
      After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine is a new collection of essays edited by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor. It is important to start by saying that this is an important and timely book, a significant contribution to the literature on the one-state/two-state debate and a useful reader on the main arguments and strands of support for one-statism.
     However, the book falls into the same, perhaps unavoidable, pitfall as many edited volumes, of a slight sense of incoherency and bolted-togetherness, and connected to this there are some significant gaps.
     The book’s blurb says that it “brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution.”
     The former is certainly true; the contributor list includes such names as Ilan Pappe, Ghada Karmi, Omar Barghouti, Diana Buttu, Saree Makdisi and Sara Roy. There is a good mix of academics, legal/political practitioners, journalists and activists, and also of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals.
     Whether the second half of the claim is so true is one of the main problems. After Zionism starts with a fair amount of scene-setting — Ilan Pappe writes about the history of and attitudes within Israel to the Nakba, the 1948 mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. This is a fine chapter in itself, but familiar ground to anyone who’s read his previous work.
     Then we get trenchant critiques of the Oslo process, of Israel’s history of cynically undermining any attempts at negotiations, and of the weakness of the Palestinian “leadership,” particularly as revealed by the Palestine Papers. The latter chapters contain a fair amount of repetition — indeed, they could probably have been collapsed into a single section. The same problem accompanies a lengthy discussion of the opinions and activities of American Jewish communities. more.. e-mail

Netanyahu’s empty gun: War with Iran seems less and less likely 
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 8/17/2012
      The rhetoric of Israel’s prime minister and defense minister stands at odds with what seems like a growing recognition that Israel will not attack the Iranian nuclear facilities on its own.
     There is an absolute consensus in the Israeli security establishment that striking the Iranian nuclear facilities now, without the support or the approval of the United States, is complete madness. Despite a massive campaign on this issue, the public is still split – with a slight majority for those opposing the war – and so is the political system.
     Under these conditions, which haven’t really changed in the last five years, I don’t believe that Israel will strike Iran. I think Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s and Netanyahu’s recent statements on this issue are meant to serve two political objectives: Putting more pressure on the American administration, and avoiding future criticism at home, when Iran officially reaches the status of a nuclear threshold state (one which doesn’t have a fully operational bomb but can assemble one in a relatively short period of time).
     I don’t rule out an attack completely. Leaders in the past have gone to war despite a lack of consensus at home and fierce international opposition (the war in Iraq comes to mind). Plus, it should be noted that Netanyahu and Barak have the legal means to open such a war. Under the Israeli system, a Knesset vote is unnecessary and a government or a cabinet decision is enough for initiating any sort of military operation. The prime minister also has the authority to fire or add ministers to those decision-making forums, so he can make sure that he always has a majority for his opinion. Prime ministers have done that in the past. So if Netanyahu and Barak decide to strike Iran, nothing can really stop them. Still, if I had to bet I would have said that they both made up their mind not to attack this fall. more.. e-mail

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