VTJP News & Articles 8/20/2012: From ‘Crippling Sanctions’ to Total War

20 August 2012  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers destroy Palestinian Car in Hebron
IMEMC – Palestinian sources reported that Israeli soldiers smashed, Sunday, the windshield of a Palestinian car that was parked in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the West Bank, and used a metal barrier to smash its doors. …

Israel Claims Arresting 4 PFLP Members Who Planned To Kidnap Soldiers
IMEMC – The Israeli Radio reported Monday that the Israeli army and security forces kidnapped in May four Palestinians who allegedly planned to kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to trade them with Palestinian political prisoners. … 

Settlers Construct Chicken Farm On Palestinian Land
IMEMC – A number of Israeli settlers constructed a chicken farm on a privately-owned Palestinian land, in Khallit Ein Masour area, near Al-Khader city in the Bethlehem district. …

Ma’an News

Report: Lynch suspect ‘doesn’t care’ if victim dies
8/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — One of the suspects arrested by Israeli police in connection with an attack on a group of Palestinians at the weekend said Monday that he doesn’t care if the victim dies because he’s Arab, Haaretz reported. The suspect, 15, made the comments upon arriving at….

Video: Soldiers assault journalists after village demo
8/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a group of Palestinian journalists who were covering a weekly demonstration in a northern West Bank village on Friday, activists said. Video footage taken by Oday Qadumi, a volunteer for Israeli rights group B’Tselem, shows soldiers apprehending and striking the journalists in Kafr Qaddum, east of…. Related: Video

Israel releases MP from administrative detention
8/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a Palestinian lawmaker on Sunday evening after he had spent seven months in Israeli detention without facing charges. Khaled Tafesh, MP for the Hamas-affiliated Change and Reform Bloc, was seized by Israeli forces from his Bethlehem home on January 19, 2012. In May his administrative detention order was….

Report: Israel indicts 4 PFLP members for kidnap plot
8/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were indicted on Monday in an Israeli military court, having been arrested three months earlier on suspicion of plotting an attack, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. The four men were allegedly planning to attack Israeli soldiers manning checkpoints and….

Israeli detained for stone throwing near Bethlehem
8/20/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained an Israeli man on Sunday who is suspected of throwing stones at Palestinian cars south of Bethlehem. He is being questioned over stones thrown at a number of vehicles near Allon Shevut settlement, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said. Israeli daily Ynet reported that police are looking into the….

Aides: US Republican lawmaker skinny-dipped on Israel trip
8/20/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A group of Republican lawmakers and staff jumped into Israel’s Sea of Galilee last year after a night of dining and drinking, and one freshman congressman swam naked, Republican aides confirmed late on Sunday. The incident, first reported by Politico on Sunday, was investigated by the FBI and led Republican leaders….

Report: In Eid call to Abbas, Mofaz urges talks
8/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli opposition leader Shaul Mofaz called President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, pressing for a resumption of peace talks, Israeli media reported.” The deadlocked peace process serves the interests of extremists on both sides, and not the wishes of the Palestinian and Israeli….

Report: Israel installs Iron Dome in Eilat
8/20/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel has installed missile interceptors in a southern city near its border with Egypt, Israeli press reported on Sunday. The “Iron Dome” system has been installed on the outskirts of Eilat, nearby the site where the remnants of a Grad rocket were found on Friday, Israeli daily Ynet reported….

Commander: Egypt army will not back down in Sinai
8/20/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — The Egyptian army will not back down from fighting militancy in Sinai, a senior military commander said Saturday, warning that the peninsula could become more dangerous than Iraq and Afghanistan.” The Egyptian army led by (President) Muhammad Mursi will not back down from hitting terrorism in Sinai and will prove….

Turkish goods fill Gaza markets
8/20/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Markets in the Gaza Strip are increasingly turning to Turkish products to fill their shelves, Ma’an’s correspondent reported Sunday. The demand for Turkish products exceeds other competing imported goods, and the prices suit the Gazan market.” When citizens come to buy, they always ask for Turkish….

Amman: Syrian gunfire wounds Jordanian girl
8/20/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) – A girl was wounded when shells and bullets fired from Syria hit Jordanian territory on Sunday, Amman said, in the latest incident to stoke tensions along the border. Jordan’s foreign ministry told Syria‘s envoy in Amman the incident was “unacceptable” — the strongest public response yet to a number exchanges….

Libya says arrests Gadhafi loyalists over Sunday bombings
8/20/2012 – TRIPOLI (Reuters) — Libya said it had arrested 32 supporters of the country’s former leader Moammar Gadhafi in connection with bombings that killed two people in the capital Tripoli on Sunday. An official from Libya’s Supreme Security Committee, which has been supervising security matters since Gadhafi’s overthrow and death last….

Syrian tanks pound Damascus suburb, rebels fight back
8/20/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian tanks shelled the rebel-held Damascus suburb of al-Mouadamiya on Monday killing at least three people and wounding 20, opposition activists in the area said.” The offensive began at 6 a. m. Tanks were dispatched from al-Mezze airport base and Brigade 555 from Somarieh and have now almost surrounded Mouadamiya,” Haya, one activist….

UN monitors pull out of Syria
8/20/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — United Nations military observers left Damascus on Monday after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria‘s spiraling conflict, instead of monitoring a ceasefire between President Bashar Assad’s forces and rebels. Seven UN cars were seen leaving a Damascus hotel on Monday morning, carrying some of….

Opposition: Helicopter attack on Damascus suburb kills 12
8/20/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — A helicopter gunship attack on the Damascus suburb of Daraya killed at least 12 people on Monday and several other parts of the city came under aerial bombardment by President Bashar Assad’s forces, residents and opposition activists said. A YouTube video, which could not be independently verified, showed several people with….

Obama warns Assad chemical weapons a ‘red line’
8/20/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that the use or deployment of chemical or biological weapons in his country’s conflict would be a “red line” for the United States as it views Damascus’s suppression of the uprising. Noting that he had not “at this point….

FSA: Assad forces attack strategic town near Turkey
8/20/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — President Bashar Assad’s forces launched a helicopter-backed offensive to retake a rebel-held Syrian town near the Turkish border on Monday, killing four opposition fighters, an opposition Free Syrian Army official said. The fighting in Qastal Maaf, a mountain town on the road from the port of Latakia to Turkey, marks the….


Israel positions Iron Dome on Egypt border
AlJazeera 20 Aug 2012 – Decision on air-defence system, designed to intercept and destroy rockets, follows two attacks on Eilat town.

Palestine News Network

Five Israeli Youths Arrested For “Lynching” of Palestinian Jerusalem Teenagers
Palestine News Network

Egyptian President to Visit Iran in Late August
Palestine News Network

US Lists Israeli Settler Violence as Terrorism
Palestine News Network


Israeli defense officials consult with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef over Iran strike
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Israeli businesses hit by wave of hacker extortion
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Modi’in Ilit mayor: Secular Israelis unwelcome at our historic sites
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Nine IDF soldiers who beat comrade likely to be let out of jail early for Rosh Hashanah
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Israeli discovery explains why smoking slows down development of Parkinson’s
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Education Ministry gives in to rabbi protest about new Bible studies curriculum
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Parent power nets big discount on school supplies in Netivot
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Israel Police locate and arrest Shoshan Barbi over Netanya triple hit-and-run
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Female IDF officer accuses Major-General of sexual harassment
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

State says it will allow a few buildings in Migron outpost to be left standing
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Suspect involved in Jerusalem ‘lynch’ of Palestinian: ‘Let him die, he’s an Arab’
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Shin Bet nabs Palestinian cell allegedly planning to shoot and kidnap Israelis
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Israeli university heads petition High Court against recognition of Ariel University
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

IDF deploys Iron Dome system in Eilat after rocket attack
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Mofaz demands clarifications from Netanyahu over his ‘intention to lead Israel to war with Iran’
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Eilat appeals ruling forcing city schools to accept African migrant kids
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Republican congressman’s Israel skinny dip makes waves with FBI
Ha’aretz – 20 Aug 2012

Israeli women suffer insomnia more than men, new poll shows
Ha’aretz – 19 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

Activists offer Palestinians Id al-Fitr greetings
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Call4Palestine invites supporters to dedicate one minute of their time to offer phone greetings for the holiday. 

New initiative to force men to pay child support
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Legal Aid launches drive to reach thousands of single moms left in lurch by deadbeat dads overseas. 

J’lem mum on Egypt move to send troops, weaponry to Sinai
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Egypt preparing to move tanks to Sinai for first time since 1973; Israeli officials refuse to say if Cairo has received permission; Dennis Ross: Egyptians are risking US support with current behavior. 

7 youths in custody for beating of J’lem Arab teen
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – 13-year-old suspect: I beat him and I’d beat him again. I’m not sorry for what I did. I hope he dies; Police: Group meant to kill. 

Tolerance at the Kotel
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – It is precisely at times when the vocal majority attempts to impose its religious sensibilities on an embattled minority that a true democracy is tested. 

A-G’s office to HJC: Migron must be evacuated
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Right wing politicians: Prosecutor’s opinion contradicts government’s will, only represents Weinstein’s views. 

Security versus freedom of the press
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Borderline Views: It is all too easy to stamp the words “classified” or “secret” on documents which are uncomfortable for decision makers, but which do not have life-threatening implications. 

PMO seeking Ovadia Yosef’s support for Iran strike
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Gov’t officials confirm National Security Adviser Amidror met with Shas spiritual leader to discuss party’s Iran position. 

Romney’s present, Ryan’s future
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – When Dwight Eisenhower picked Richard Nixon in 1952, he turned a relatively obscure senator into a dominant national figure for a quarter-century. 

The Balkans: Militant Islamism’s new front
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – As was tragically seen last month, the Balkans have become another front in Israel’s war against terrorists. 

Looking at violence in Iraq
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – The political impasse, heavy-handedness of the security forces, and AQI strength in Mosul mean that overall violence is unlikely to decrease substantially over the coming years. 

Obama: Use of chemical weapons by Assad would be ‘red line’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012US president says he has not ordered US military engagement in Syria “at this point,” but adds: “If we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilized, that would change my calculus.” 

Encountering Peace: Obama, don’t let us do it!
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – We don’t need Obama to come to Jerusalem to convince the people of Israel of his good intentions. 

Affordable housing will not magically appear
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Let’s go north or go south. Let’s move to the Galil, the Golan and the Negev. Let’s move to the northern cities, small towns and kibbutzim. 

The demolition of homes in the Palestinian village of Sussiya
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Using force against a helpless, weak civilian population stands in opposition to Jewish and humanitarian values. 

With regard to the settlers
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Our people may never agree or unite politically, but let us recognize the humanity of the other. 

‘Debate over Iran strike is bad for business’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Businesses tell “Globes” that overseas customers are demanding guarantees over continued production in the event of war. 

Police arrest Baraby over Netanya hit-and-run
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Following three-day manhunt for hit-and-run fugitive, police nab man suspected of killing three woman in car accident. 

Police nab fugitive in deadly Netanya hit-and-run
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Following three-day manhunt, police arrest 35-year-old Shushan Baraby, suspected of killing 3 woman in car accident. 

Experts: Aliya unaffected by fear of war with Iran
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Experts weigh in on Sharansky statement that talk of war is hurting Jewish immigration, say numbers remain unchanged. 

Shin Bet uncovers PFLP cell plotting terror attacks
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Indictment alleges that terrorists had planned attacks in east Jerusalem and on Route 443. 

‘Egypt preparing to send aircraft, tanks into Sinai’
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Plans to step up operation against terror infrastructure near Egypt-Israel border being finalized, sources say. 

Israel wins gold for Olympics coin
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – The Bank of Israel NIS 2 silver proof commemorative coin won first place as the “Finest Coin Minted 2011.” 

Court orders release of 2 Eritrean rape suspects
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Police immediately issued appeal of decision, court agreed to delay release by two days. 

TA court orders two migrants accused of rape released
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Judge agrees not to free men until Wednesday after police lodge appeal. 

Weizman’s former bureau chief: Peres should quit
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Responding to Peres’s criticism of PM’S Iran policies, Shumer says, “saying what he said is not the job of the president.” 

Suspect admits beating J’lem Arab: I’d do it again
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – 15-year-old testifies in remand hearing, says he beat the 17-year-old for “insulting his mom”; Police: Group meant to kill. 

Sites and Insights: Hebron, cave of the patriarchs
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Uniting Jews, Christians and Muslims, many biblical tombs reside in the ancient city of Hebron. 

Turkey calls on UN to create ‘safe zone’ in Syria
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Davutoglu says Ankara may soon be unable to cope with refugees; Assad troops launch offensive near Damascus. 

Alternatively Speaking: A healthy addiction
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Are there any herbs which can help overcome addiction? 

Pro-Palestinians slam ‘Guardian’ hiring of Treviño
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Activists express “shock” in letter to paper’s editor, cite Twitter comment as proof of author’s alleged “incitement to murder.” 

Preparing children for healthful routines at school
Jerusalem Post 20 Aug 2012 – Children should be taught from a young age to prefer whole-grain bread to white bread. 

Hungarian soccer fans shout anti-Semitic slurs
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – Supporters of Hungarian team can be heard shouting “filthy Jews” during the Israeli national anthem. 

Analysis: Supreme Court president strikes back
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – Grunis’s supporters will likely argue that he is restoring balance to a judiciary that had taken on too much power. 

Technion/BGU find may lead to diabetes treatment
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – New animal research offer hope that transplants of tissue from pancreas could lead to better glucose control for diabetics. 

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: State justice users are evil
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – Shas spiritual leader forbids those who go to “courts of non-Jews” rather than rabbinical ones from leading prayer services. 

Palestinians hold vigil for victims of taxi attack
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – The Jayada family was on the way to the supermarket to shop for the holiday meal when their car was attacked and burst into flames. 

Cooking Class: It’s all about the food
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – While the rooms and amenities of a hotel are very important, it is the quality of the meals that keeps guests coming back for more. 

J Street makes an attack on Iran more likely
Jerusalem Post 19 Aug 2012 – J Street should get out of the business of telling Israel how to balance existential risks. 

The Guardian

Barack Obama warns Syria over use of chemical or biological weapons
The Guardian 20 Aug 2012US president threatens ‘enormous consequences’ if Assad regime fails to safeguard weapons of mass destruction US president Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on Monday not to cross a “red line” by using chemical…

The abuse of dissenting Jews is shameful | Antony Lerman
The Guardian 20 Aug 2012 – Jewish diaspora support is vital for Israel, yet those who oppose its policies are demonised and vilified Is the US state department’s decision to label extremist settler violence as “terrorist” going to make the Israeli government…

Israel could attack Iran without causing a major war in the region | Thomas Rogan
The Guardian 20 Aug 2012 – While it is likely Israel will attack Iran in the near future, it is not in either party’s interest to allow retaliation to escalate Over the last few days, Israeli newspapers have been consumed by reports…

Inter Press Service

Northern Iraq Instead of Syria: Turkish Army’s New Target?
IPS With attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) multiplying and spreading to a larger number of Turkish provinces, Ankara is under increasing pressure by nationalistic parties to take tougher measures against Kurdish activism, including a full-blown land incursion by the Turkish armed forces into northern Iraq. Since June, the PKK…


Happy Eid, from Gaza with love

Syria opposition slams new UN envoy comments on Assad

Julian Assange’s speech outside Ecuador’s London embassy (video)

South Tel Aviv stories: Some children lead paperless lives

Reflecting on the recent rash of writing on morality and drones

Palestinian Hunger Strikes: Why Still Invisible?

Under the guise of legality: Declarations on state land in West Bank

Julian Assange Delivers Speech Thanking Supporters, Calling for End to US War on Whistleblowers

Report: US labels settler violence as terrorism for first time

Daily Star

Israel holds four Palestinians over ‘kidnap plot’
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Israel has been holding four Palestinian militants since May on suspicion of plotting to kidnap Israelis for use as bargaining chips for their jailed leader, the security service said on Monday.

Romney, Ryan double up against Obama and the Fed
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Romney and Ryan engaged in tag-team attacks on Obama and the Federal Reserve at a joint appearance that showcased the chemistry between the Republican presidential candidate and his running mate.

Libya: Gadhafi’s son’s trial in September in Libya
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Libya will put deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s son on trial, defying a demand by the International Criminal Court, the Libyan representative to the Hague court said Monday.

Bahrain prosecutor: Shot gun fire killed teen
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Bahrain’s public prosecutor’s office says shotgun pellets caused the death of a 16-year-old youth last week in an incident that has sharply raised tensions in the Gulf kingdom.

Car of Egyptian diplomat blown up in Libya’s Benghazi
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 A car belonging to an Egyptian diplomat was blown up near his home in the eastern Libyan city Benghazi on Monday.

Pakistan leader seeks report on girl’s blasphemy case
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Pakistan’s president Monday called on officials to explain the arrest on blasphemy charges of a Christian girl with Down’s Syndrome who allegedly burnt pages inscribed with verses from the Koran.

FBI probes Republicans’ drunken Israel trip
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 The FBI has investigated an incident that saw at least one Republican congressman swim naked at a drinking party in Israel last year attended by top leadership staff, Politico reported Sunday.

Israeli media buzz on attacking Iran aims to pressure US
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 A high-volume public debate in Israel over a possible imminent military strike on Iran‘s nuclear facilities is designed to pressure Washington to back its ally more firmly, experts say.

Egypt to send aircraft and tanks into Sinai – sources
Daily Star 20 Aug 2012 Egypt is preparing to use aircraft and tanks in Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel in its offensive against militants in the border area, security sources said on Monday.

YNet News

Obama says will reach out to Karzai on NATO killings 
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – ….

Cypriot tycoon Asil Nadir found guilty of theft
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – ….

Will we really know?
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: US, Israel may wake up to nuclear Iran if they continue to rely solely on intelligence ….

Officials: US seizes $150 million in Hezbollah-linked funds
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – ….

Israeli father, young son killed in Zanzibar
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Family was in African country for holiday; mother hospitalized with moderate injuries ….

Israeli, son killed in Zanzibar 
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – ….

Israel urges UN to condemn Iran’s anti-Israel remarks
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – ….

Netanya hit-and-run: Suspect arrested 
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Shushan Barabi arrested in city’s industrial zone after being at large for three days ….

80% of residential building shelters unusable 
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – New survey reveals that shelters, fortified spaces in central Israel need to undergo overhaul before they become serviceable ….

Modern slavery in Israel: It’s all politics
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Inadequate enforcement of anti-trafficking legislation allows men to exploit one of our country’s most vulnerable populations ….

State: Migron must be evicted on time
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Prosecution informs High Court of Justice that residents of illegal West Bank outpost must be evicted according to court-set schedule, despite claim of land ownership ….

Lynch suspect: Victim cursed my mother, let him die
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Appearing before court, 15-year-old suspected of assaulting Arab youth in Jerusalem lashes out at victim, says ‘If I catch him, I’ll beat him. He should die’ ….

Kfir Brigade hazing suspects reach plea bargain 
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Nine out of 10 defendants confess to aggravated assault, insist on being demoted to privates, not corporals ….

Deputy mayor suspected of assaulting wife, fleeing country
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Deputy mayor of southern city who was under probation for previous assault charges brutally beats wife, then flees country. Police issue arrest warrant ….

What has become of our nation?
YNet News, 20 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Netanyahu regime has destroyed our livelihood, dreams, values and future; turned Israel into racist, violent state ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF soldiers arrest school principal
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested a Palestinian school principal at a military barrier south of Jenin on Sunday night, local sources said.

Morsi congratulates Haneyya on Eidul Fitr
PIC – Egyptian president Dr. Mohammed Morsi congratulated Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.

IOF soldiers fire at residential areas in eastern Gaza
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) opened machinegun fire at Palestinian residential quarters on the eastern outskirts of Gaza city and Khan Younis governorate.

Palestinians challenge Israeli domination in Jerusalem
PIC – The presence of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem represented a definitive psychological challenge for the Israelis who insist on considering it “the eternal and undivided capital”.

Sixth batch of relatives of Gaza prisoners start their travel to visit them
PIC – The sixth batch of relatives of Gaza prisoners in the Israeli jails left Monday morning the Strip on a visit to those prisoners for the first time in six years.

Jewish settlers establish poultry farm on Palestinian land
PIC – Jewish settlers seized a piece of land in Khader village south of Bethlehem and established a poultry farm on it, local sources said.


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

Bloodshed persists in Syria on Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr
LA Times 20 Aug 2012 – Activists report more than 150 people killed in Syria‘s conflict on a day Muslims observe the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. BEIRUT — In the Syrian town of Talbiseh on Sunday, residents heralded the end of the Muslim…

The Lede Blog: Account of ‘a Lynch’ in Jerusalem on Facebook
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – An eyewitness to the beating of a young Palestinian by Israelis in Jerusalem last week posted an account on Facebook. 

After Skinny-Dipping in Israel, Rep. Kevin Yoder Is Rebuked
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – Representative Kevin Yoder of Kansas was scolded by House leaders after skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a late-night swim last summer with other Republican congressmen. 

Syrian Military Said to Intensify Assaults Near Jordan Border
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – President Obama, in his most direct warning of American intervention in Syria, threatened military action if there was evidence that the government was moving its stocks of chemical weapons. 

7 Israelis Held in Attack on Palestinians in Jerusalem
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – Scores of Israeli youths assaulted a group of Palestinians last week, beating one unconscious, the police said. 

The Lede Blog: New U.N. Envoy to Syria Offends Both Sides
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran Algerian diplomat, may have started on the wrong foot in his newly appointed role as the special Syria peace envoy for the United Nations and the Arab League. And technically he has not even started the job yet. 

At War Blog: What Mauritius Can Teach Us About the Global Arms Trade
New York Times 20 Aug 2012 – You’d like to set up an illegal weapons network in the post-9/11 era, but where to begin? Maybe try the idyllic island nation of Mauritius. 

Former IDF Intelligence Chief Attacks Barak and Iran War Plan
Tikun Olam – Brig. Gen. Uri Saguy: Use of term ‘existential threat’ is cheap and outrages Saguy. Haaretz reports that Brig. Gen. Uri Saguy, former chief of military intelligence (Aman), has launched an attack on the credibility and Iran war plans of Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Saguy, who was…

Leading Israeli Nuclear Scientist Proposing Closing Dimona in Return for Ending Iranian Nuke Program
Tikun Olam – Uri Even calls for closing Dimona in return for Iran ending its nuclear weapons program Uzi Even, one of Israel’s leading nuclear scientists, proposed in an article in Maariv (the Alternative Information Center also covered the story ) that Israel offer to shut down its Dimona reactor…

Suspected anti-Muslim incident on Staten Island is latest in wave of attacks during Ramadan
Mondoweiss – Demonstrators rally in support of Staten Island Muslims in 2010. On Sunday, scattered pieces of bacon were found during a Ramadan celebration on Staten Island (Photo: Thomas Good /NLN) The tide of anti-Muslim hatred scaring communities across the country has washed over New York. Staten Island,…

Exile and the Prophetic: Where will Jews rise?
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Romero rising. So many scenes. Thoughts. Feelings. Then, at Maryknoll, teaching those who were leaving for Central America. Those who were returning….

Must Read — Medea Benjamin’s Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control
Mondoweiss – Predator Drone Avenger As Pakistanis celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan 13 people were killed from drone attacks over the weekend. In the time it’s taken me to prepare this draft five more people died from these attacks. Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote…

Mighty morphing Muni ads
Mondoweiss – Lily AH’s Photos on Facebook For more see here , here and here .

State Dept defines settler violence as terrorism
Mondoweiss – link to www.haaretz.com link to www.jpost.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to palsolidarity.org link towww.maannews.net link to www.ynetnews.com link to www.haaretz.com link to www.ynetnews.com link to palsolidarity.org link tosilwanic.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to www.maannews.net link to www.palestine-info.co.uk link to 972mag.com link…

Bibi’s Iran Plan Rests on Shaky Ground 
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Israeli Universities File Against West Bank College 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Aug 2012 – Israel’s seven universities have asked the country’s Supreme Court to reverse a decision to make the Ariel University Center in the West Bank a full-fledged university. Click here for the rest of the article…

‘Israel and U.S. See Iran Threat Differently’ 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Aug 2012 – Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Israel is facing an “existential” threat from Iran that the United States does not view with the same urgency. Click here for the rest of the article…

Mofaz Demands Clarifications from Netanyahu on Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Aug 2012 – Israel’s opposition head Shaul Mofaz sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a letter on Monday demanding an urgent meeting on the Iranian issue. “I ask that this meeting be convened without delay, and address your intention to lead Israel to war,” Mofaz wrote. According to law, the…

After Attack, Iron Dome Deployed Near Eilat 
The Foward Breaking News 20 Aug 2012 – Israel installed an Iron Dome anti-missile system battery outside of Eilat days after a long-range rocket attack on the city. Click here for the rest of the article…

Spring 2013 White House Internship Program Application Now Open 
Arab American Institute 20 Aug 2012 – As White House Interns, young men and women from across the country dedicate their time, talents, energy, and service to better the White House, the community, and the nation.

Los Angeles should say no to segregation, and say no to Veolia 
Global BDS 20 Aug 2012 – 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…

An Open Letter from Gaza to EU: Do not reward apartheid! 
Global BDS 20 Aug 2012 – We call on the European Union to challenge and not embrace Israel’s incessant land expropriation and racist subjugation against the Palestinian people. The European Union’s own reports document and supposedly lament Israel’s apartheid policies, yet continues to pursue policies that legitimize them, such as the scandalous…

Independent Jewish Voices commends United Church for finalizing stand against Israeli occupation 
Global BDS 20 Aug 2012 – “Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) congratulates the United Church of Canada for finalizing its decision to boycott goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” says Sid Shniad, the group’s spokesperson. “Facing charges of bias and anti-Semitism for even considering such…

US warns Syria on chemical arms 
BBC 20 Aug 2012 – President Barack Obama says the use of chemical weapons by Syria would change his calculations on US military action in the conflict.

Israeli youths held over assault 
BBC 20 Aug 2012 – Seven Israeli youths, including a 13-year-old boy, are arrested on suspicion of assaulting a group of Palestinians in Jerusalem last week.

Congressman ‘sorry’ for nude swim 
BBC 20 Aug 2012 – Kansas congressman Kevin Yoder apologises for swimming nude in the Sea of Galilee while on an official trip to Israel in August 2011.

The Arab Poor: Always Forgotten 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Aug 2012 – Ramadan is supposed to be a month of charity. Instead, it has become a month of gluttony and ostentation. The rich compete to show off their fancy buffets and restaurants attract customers with their extravagant menus. Politicians host lavish iftars only to impress potential voters and…

Blocking Roads and Different Perspectives 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 20 Aug 2012 – Cairo – Egyptian media is cheering for a new court order that sentenced protesters to three years in prison for blocking the road in Assiut. The verdict which was handed down to nine citizens last week was hailed as the first of its kind. Blocking highways…

Iran Attack: Too Big for Israel 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 20 Aug 2012 – Left-wing Israelis protest in Tel Aviv on 16 August 2012, against Israel mounting a military strike on Iran. Arabic writing on placard (R) reads: “No to War.” (Photo: AFP – Menahem Kahana) Left-wing Israelis protest in Tel Aviv on 16 August 2012, against Israel mounting a…

US War on Yemen: Invisible Casualties 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – A man who says he lost his leg during fighting between rebels and government forces, walks at a relief center for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sanaa 2 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) A man who says he lost his leg during fighting between…

US War on Yemen: The View From the Ground 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – Photo Blog by Atiaf Alwazir Since January 2012, there have been over 60 US air-strikes in Yemen, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), killing hundreds of civilians. On 15 May 2012, an air-strike, believed to be a US drone, hit a civilian home. People…

Egypt to send tanks to Sinai 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – Egypt is preparing to use aircraft and tanks in Sinai for the first time since the 1973 war with Israel in its offensive against militants in the border area, security sources said on Monday. The plans to step up the operation were being finalized by Egypt’s…

Beirut’s Imaginary New Fire-Station 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – Firefighters held a sit-in in front of Beirut municipality some two months ago, they had only one demand: a decent standard of living. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar) Firefighters held a sit-in in front of Beirut municipality some two months ago, they had only one demand: a…

Iraq denies helping Iran skirt sanctions 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – Iraq insisted on Monday that its trade with neighboring Iran was above board, and denied reports that it was helping the Islamic republic skirt sanctions by smuggling oil and secretly moving cash. Ali Mussawi, spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, said that Baghdad’s trade and…

Libya makes arrests over deadly car bombs 
Al-Akhbar News 20 Aug 2012 – Libyan security services on Monday announced the arrests of a number of people suspected to be behind a double car bomb attack in the capital the previous day which left two dead. “Several individuals were arrested in Tripoli, some of whom acknowledged having direct or indirect…

Lebanon Eid: Keeping the Wolves at Bay 
Al-Akhbar Politics 19 Aug 2012 – Lebanese Muslim children pray as they read from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at a mosque in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on 14 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mahmoud Zayyat) Lebanese Muslim children pray as they read…


It’s time to focus on Israel’s separation policy, not just the siege 
Ben White, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 8/13/2012
      It’s time to focus on Israel’s separation policy, not just the siegeIsrael’s approach to the Gaza Strip has never been static; it changes according to the government’s priorities and short or long-term strategic goals. As early as 1991, Israel implemented the permit regime, regulating the movement of Palestinians in and out of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and in the case of the latter, it went on to construct a perimeter fence in the mid-1990s.
     During the Second Intifada, the Gaza Strip was subjected to fierce Israeli military attacks, though none of the assaults were as brutal as “Operation Cast Lead” in December 2008-January 2009. The so-called “disengagement” plan of 2005, resulting in the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from Gaza and the redeployment of Israeli forces based there, heralded another change, a process shaped subsequently by the results of the Palestinian Legislative Council elections in January 2006.
     Following Hamas’s electoral success and resultant victorious struggle with Fatah for control in Gaza in 2007, Israel imposed a tight blockade of the Gaza Strip, restricting drastically the kind of goods which were allowed in and out, as well as reducing the number of Palestinians granted exit permits. As a result, and compounded by the slaughter of 2009, many activists around the world began campaigning around a demand to “end the siege”.
     In its propaganda efforts, Israel and the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) focus on the number of lorries entering Gaza each week; they rarely, if ever, mention the issue of exports. This is because while there has been an easing of restrictions of goods allowed into the Strip, Israel’s block on goods going out continues to damage the Palestinian economy.
     As of this summer, and with the exception of two shipments of date bars, “for the past five years there has been a complete ban on the sale of Gaza-made products in the West Bank and Israel”…. more.. e-mail

Searching for a solution for a stateless people 
Mehdi Hasan, Al Jazeera.com 8/17/2012
      After all these years, are Palestinians any closer to a just and democratic solution and just what form might that take?
     The Palestinians are still waiting. Waiting for a state of their own. It’s been 45 years since Israel’s illegal occupation of their territories began in the Six-Day War. It’s been 19 years since the start of the so-called peace process at Oslo. But there is no peace and there is no process.
     Israeli settlements continue to mushroom; new figures from Israel’s interior ministry in July revealed that the number of settlers in the occupied West Bank has crossed the 350,000 mark for the first time. In the past year alone, the number of West Bank settlers skyrocketed by more than 15,000. (These figures, incidentally, don’t include the 200,000 settlers living in occupied East Jerusalem.)
     You can’t help but notice the vast settlements as you drive into the West Bank from Israel. They dominate the landscape.
     But the real surprise comes in Palestinian-controlled Ramallah, the cultural, commercial and political hub of the West Bank. It’s a boom town, with major construction projects, fancy foreign cars and fine houses, funded by international aid… and guilty consciences.
     There’s a grand presidential palace that would make a sultan blush, but it sits just round the corner from poverty-stricken refugee camps and Israel’s “apartheid” wall.
     “It’s a bubble,” says young businessman Khaled al-Sabawi, who says much of the donor money has been wasted and sees foreign aid, as a whole, as a form of “bribery” – a way of keeping the Palestinians subdued. more.. e-mail

Israel’s Sinai spin 
Saleh Al-Naami in Gaza, Al-Ahram Weekly 8/16/2012
      Tel Aviv is trying to paint the attack on Egyptian soldiers in Rafah as the work of Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza, hoping to revive strategic understandings it shared with Mubarak.
     Ahmed Fayed, 39, was scheduled to make his dream trip to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for omra (the small Islamic pilgrimage) in the last 10 days of Ramadan, something he has longed to do for years. But Fayed’s hopes were dashed when Egypt decided to close the border at Rafah after a massacre there killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. Hundreds of Gaza residents had booked pilgrimage trips. The Egyptian decision also compounded humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip.
     The decision was taken at the height of summer when activity at this border crossing peaks. This year Palestinians living in Arab and Diaspora states were more confident in travelling to the Gaza Strip to visit their families, feeling that conditions at the border had improved after Mohamed Mursi won the presidential election in Egypt.
     Khalil Al-Masri, 49, works in one of the Gulf states and has not visited his family in Gaza for 10 years out of fear that the Rafah border crossing would be closed and that he would be trapped in the Gaza Strip and unable to return to his job. Al-Masri finally made it to the Gaza Strip this year and was planning to leave Saturday. He is worried that the border will remain closed, which could mean that he would lose his job if his employer is not sympathetic to his circumstances.
     An even more critical factor is the inability of the sick to leave for medical attention abroad. Samah, 26, who lives in Gaza City, intended to travel to Cairo via Rafah for surgery, but now she has to suffer until the border crossing is opened again. more.. e-mail

Harsh economic and social conditions contribute to violence against Palestinian women
Electronic Intifada: 20 Aug 2012 – Jillian Kestler-D’Amours Bethlehem 20 August 2012 After the brutal murder of a Palestinian woman by her husband, local human rights groups are pushing for stronger reforms to stem violence against women in Palestine.more

Jerusalemite faces decades in prison after visiting nearby village
Electronic Intifada: 20 Aug 2012 – Maath Musleh Jerusalem 20 August 2012 Samer Issawi faces essentially a life sentence after his arrest in a Jerusalem-area village, which Israel says is outside the city municipality and therefore violates a prisoner swap agreement that won Isaswi’s release last year.more

festive psychological torture in Gaza
In Gaza: 20 Aug 2012 – Sun Aug. 19 1:05 pm I’ve been back in Gaza 4 days now and now hear the familiar roar of a Zionist warplane over Deir al Balah where I live. I was wondering where they were, knew they hadn’t gone away. Now, with the passing war-roar, things seem sickeningly normal here. Five minutes later another passes over, again north to south. Now for the expected sonic boom or real bomb blast…A minute later and the dissipated roar returns, circling perhaps. Five minutes later, another passing of the warplane’s roar, south to north. Apprehension, apprehension (although in truth, most Palestinians are so accustomed to these intrusive fly-overs they don’t think twice).  In Gaza, when one hears a plane’s engines, it is never that of a passenger plane. What’s going to happen, and when? This time? Here again? I recall a year ago during Ramadan when, in the early hours of the…more

US Eyes Iran Proxy War through Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Aug 2012 – By Ismail Salami – Tehran The Israeli narrative of launching an attack on Iran‘s nuclear plants has been so overpoweringly hyped up and taken for granted by Israeli media that one achieves certitude that such an attack will happen and that Iran will sit idly in the manner of a befuddled, thunderstruck and petrified nation. Strangely, western and Israeli media aggrandize the military prowess of Israel to the skies and underestimate that of Iran. Playing on a paradoxical plane, the US-led psyops against Iran are geared towards inflating the Iranian nuclear threat and manufacturing a nuclear illusion over Iran while the same authors of anti-Iran plots relegate the country’s military might to such a pitiful minimum that Iran will eventually have no choice but to buckle under the military might of the Zionist regime. The fact is that Israel has a long history of showing teeth to and spewing out…more

From ‘Crippling Sanctions’ to Total War
Palestine Chronicle: 20 Aug 2012 – By Midhat Ayyad On visiting AIPAC’s (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) official website to investigate its legislative agenda, for this year, its agenda of course intersects with Israel’s foreign policy in the direction of the Islamic Republic of Iran, targeting the country’s nuclear program more specifically. The United States reactions to this ‘case,’ at the behest of AIPAC, were “crippling sanctions,” which effect Iran’s civilian population rather than the target regime. Sanctions are nonstop, are extortionate, and are a sign of West’s weakness to initiate dialogue. Strictly speaking, it is as if the clock is ticking for Israel’s Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, in light of the election season, and moving in on Iran this way proves his strength and political viability. Beyond Israel’s water edge, US President Barack Obama is in lockstep with Netanyahu. The two are proliferating propaganda on Iran. Other officials too are on the same side of…more

Incarcerated inside Israel
Dissident Voice: 18 Aug 2012 – Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care.  Such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, women and, indeed, children. Currently there are, according to B’Tselem “4,484 Palestinians – security detainees, confined in Israeli prisons.” Family contact is virtually impossible for prisoners, most of whom are held inside Israel. This contravenes international law in the form of the universally trumpeted Fourth Geneva Convention (Articles 49 & 76), consistently violated and disregarded by Israel. International laws, legally binding upon Israel, which is not above the rule of law, must be respected and enforced. Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur on the occupied Palestinian territories , in the UN news 2/5/12 called “on the international community to ensure that Israel complies with international human rights laws and norms in its treatment of Palestinianmore

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