VTJP News & Articles 22 August 2012: Report: Israel to evict Jericho farmers

22 August 2012  — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

8 Detainees Wounded In Ramon Prison
IMEMC – Palestinians Minister of Detainee, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that eight Palestinian detainees, imprisoned at the Ramon Israeli prison, were injured after Israeli soldiers broke into their rooms and searched them. …

Settlers Invade Nablus Village
IMEMC – A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, the village of Awarta, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and tried to torch two Palestinian cars after writing racist graffiti against the Palestinians. …

Verdict In Rachel Corrie Case To Be Announced August 28
IMEMC – The Rachel Corrie Foundation issued a release stating that the verdict in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, killed by Israel in 2003, will be announced on August 28, 2012. …

Lieberman: “Abbas, An Obstacle To Peace”
IMEMC – Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the fundamentalist Israel Our Home Party, stated that the Quartet Committee must act of setting a date for general and presidential elections in the Palestinian territories, “in order to replace Abbas, who became an obstacle to peace in the region”. …

Israeli Media: “Egypt’s Military Activities In Sinai, Coordinated With Israel”
IMEMC – Israeli Channel 7 reported that Israeli and Egyptian officials confirmed that the Egyptian military activities, targeting armed extremists in Sinai, are conducted in coordination with Israel. …

Report: “43 Years Later, Al-Aqsa Mosque Still Targeted”
IMEMC – The Higher Islamic Committee and the Islamic Waqf Department in occupied Jerusalem, issued a statement commemorating the 43rd anniversary of burning the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem by an Australian fundamentalist, and said that the Mosque and all holy sites in Palestine are still facing ongoing and escalating threats by Israeli extremists and fundamentalists. …

Israeli Court Approves Well Destruction In Bethlehem
IMEMC – An Israeli military court approved, Tuesday, an order issued by the Israeli military demanding a Palestinian farmer from Al-Khader town, near Bethlehem, to demolish an irrigation well under the pretext that it is “close to the Annexation Wall”. …

27 Years In captivity; Arab Detainee To Be Released Wednesday
IMEMC – Syrian political prisoner (from the occupied Golan Heights) Sidqi Suleiman Al-Maqt will be released from Israeli prison Wednesday after 27 years in captivity. Al-Maqt is currently 45 years old. …

Ma’an News

Report: Israel to evict Jericho farmers
8/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday handed out eviction orders to farmers near Jericho in the central West Bank, the PA‘s official news site reported. Farmers in Deir Hajla and al-Zour were ordered to evacuate 3,000 dunums of land within 45 days, Wafa reported. Ahmad al-Fares, head of the agriculture department….

Medics: Settler runs over child in Hebron
8/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler on Wednesday ran over a Palestinian child in Hebron’s Old City, medics said. Red Crescent official Nasser Qabaja told Ma’an the girl was taken to an Israeli hospital by an Israeli ambulance at the request of her parents. Qabaja said she was moderately injured….

Minister: 8 injured in clashes at Ramon jail
8/22/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Eight Palestinian detainees were injured on Wednesday in clashes with Israeli prison guards in Ramon jail, the PA Minister for Prisoner Affairs said. Issa Qaraqe said Israeli guards raided section six of the jail and tried to force detainees to undergo strip searches. Prisoners refused, leading to clashes which lasted two….

Settlers ‘break into’ Solomon’s pools near Bethlehem
8/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A group of settlers broke into Solomon’s pools near Bethlehem on Wednesday, a local committee coordinator said. Over 70 settlers accompanied by Israeli forces entered the area via the northern section of Um-Rukbeh, Ahmad Salah said. The settlers were from Efrat and have been known to perform religious ceremonies….

Settlers ‘attempt to set fire’ to cars in Nablus village
8/22/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers attempted to set fire to two cars and wrote racist slogans in a Nablus village on Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. Ghassan Doughlas, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers from Itamar raided the village of Awarta and poured petrol over….

Israeli forces arrest 9 across the West Bank
8/22/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces arrested nine people overnight Tuesday, Israel’s army and local Palestinian sources said. Three people were detained in Nablus, five in Beit Awwa, Hebron, and one person in Hebron city, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. Ramadan Mustafa Shaheen, Eyad Issa Marouf, 22, and Mahmoud Gamal al-Samhan, 22, were….

Cleric calls on Palestinians to keep praying at Al-Aqsa
8/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Chief Islamic judge Sheikh Yusef Ideis called on Palestinians to keep praying at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, on the anniversary of an attempted arson of the holy site. The cleric said the fire, which was set by an Australian in 1969, was a criminal attack that aimed to establish biblical….

Lieberman calls Abbas an ‘obstacle to peace’
8/22/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israel’s foreign minister sent a letter to members of the Middle East Quartet this week, urging them to call for new elections in the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media reported Wednesday. Avigdor Lieberman sent a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, EU High Representative for Foreign…. Related: Netanyahu rejects Lieberman’s remarks

Official: Rafah, Kerem Shalom crossings to partially reopen
8/22/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, and the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing with Israel, will partially reopen on Wednesday, a Palestinian official said.” The Egyptian side told us first that the Rafah crossing will operate Wednesday morning in both directions, but on Tuesday evening the Egyptians informed….

Israel frees Syrian prisoner after 27 years
8/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a Syrian man after he served 27 years in Israel’s custody, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported Wednesday.”After 27 years of unjust imprisonment on charge of resisting the Israeli occupation, and its racist projects, the longest serving Syrian and Arab prisoner Sidqi Suleiman al-Maqt….

Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni call to congratulate Abbas for Eid
8/22/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli defense minster Ehud Barak and ex-Kadima leader Tzipi Livni called President Abbas on Tuesday to wish him a happy Eid al-Fitr holiday, official news agency Wafa reported. The Eid al-Fitr holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset….

Netanyahu rejects Lieberman’s remarks
8/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rebuked his far-right foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, on Wednesday for suggesting Palestinians should vote out their president to help revive peace efforts. Netanyahu’s opening of a public rift with his coalition ally appeared to be an attempt to minimize any diplomatic fallout at a time when…. Related: Lieberman calls Abbas an ‘obstacle to peace’

Israel, Egypt in talks over Sinai campaign
8/22/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Israel and Egypt are negotiating over allowing increased forces into the Sinai, after Israeli officials complained about the buildup of armor in the region. An Egyptian military source said Wednesday that both sides were meeting at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The talks have generated “remarkable progress,” the source told Ma….

Ashrawi: Israeli incitement creating culture of impunity
8/22/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Wednesday said the Israeli government was waging a campaign of “distortion, hatred and incitement” which created “a culture of impunity, racism and exclusivity.” Ashrawi condemned written remarks by Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who wrote to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton accusing….

Iran calls Israeli military threats propaganda
8/22/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran considers threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear installations more a propaganda drive than a genuine signal of imminent attack, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Wednesday.” It is our responsibility to take these threats seriously, but Israel is not in a position to do such a thing,” said Salehi, according to….

UN chief to visit Iran in defiance of US, Israel
8/22/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Iran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israelto boycott the event, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters that Ban will be in Tehran Aug. 29-31 for….

Former minister calls for election boycott
8/22/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians should refuse to participate in elections while public freedoms are suppressed, former minister and detainee Wasfi Qabha said Tuesday. Qabha, a former Hamas Minister of Prisoner Affairs who is detained in Israel’s Hadarim jail, criticized the Palestinian Authority’s decision to hold elections in the West Bank….

Hundreds tricked into buying tickets for fake Hebron festival
8/22/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has arrested the owner of a Hebron company accused of selling fraudulent tickets to a festival that never took place, officials said Wednesday. Hebron governor Kamil Hmeid told Ma’an that the owner of the company, which he did not identify, would face charges over the festival….

Official: Muslim-Christian unity must be more than a slogan
8/22/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Unity between Muslims and Christians in Palestine must become common practice and not just be a slogan, the governor of Ramallah and al-Bireh said Wednesday. Layla Ghanam made the comments while welcoming a church delegation offering congratulations for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a statement said.” Religious Muslim and Christian….

Man found drowned off Gaza coast
8/22/2012 – GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A man was found dead on Tuesday off Gaza’s coastline, a civil defense spokesman said. The body of Mahmoud Azza, 18, was found by civil defense crews late on Tuesday, spokesman Ashraf Abu al-Nar said. Azzam had been reported missing earlier in the day, al-Nar added….

Syrian army batters parts of Damascus, 40 killed
8/22/2012 – AMMAN(Reuters) — Syrian army shells crashed into southern Damascus on Wednesday and helicopters fired rockets and machine guns during an assault to shore up President Bashar Assad’s grip on the capital, opposition activists said. They said at least 40 people had been killed in what they called the heaviest bombardment this month.” The….

Death toll from Lebanon fighting climbs to 10
8/22/2012 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) — The death toll from fighting between Sunni Muslims and Alawites in Tripoli climbed to at least 10 overnight, medical sources said on Wednesday, in clashes that the city’s residents described as some of the heaviest since Lebanon‘s civil war. More than 100 people have been wounded in the….

Egypt’s president to visit US in September
8/22/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt’s President Muhammad Mursi will visit the United States on Sept. 23, making his first trip there since taking power in June, the presidential spokesman said Wednesday. The United States was a close ally of Egypt under ousted President Hosni Mubarak and gives $1. 3 billion in military aid a year….

Jordan paralympic men face sex charges in Northern Ireland
8/22/2012 – DUBLIN (Reuters) — Three members of Jordan’s paralympic squad were charged with sex offenses in Northern Ireland on Wednesday and released on bail after their embassy promised they would return to court. The King of Jordan had taken a personal interest in the case, a representative of the Jordanian embassy in London said during….

Aljazeera

S Africa approves ‘Made in Palestine’ labels
AlJazeera 22 Aug 2012 – The move, to place new tags on imported goods from Jewish settlements, provokes an angry response from the Israelis.

Palestine News Network

The Missing Option to Defuse the Iran Threat
Palestine News Network

EU Foreign Chief Slams East Jerusalem Settlement Expansion
Palestine News Network

Lieberman to Quartet: Abbas Must Go Before Peace With Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Syrian Deputy PM Says Government Willing to Discuss Assad’s Resignation
Palestine News Network

Palestinian and Israeli Children Grow More Violent, New Study Shows
Palestine News Network

International Solidarity Movement

Verdict in Rachel Corrie lawsuit to be announced August 28
8/22/2012 – International Solidarity Movement – By the Rachel Corrie Foundation, 22 Augusti 2012 | Occupied Palestine – The verdict in the civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for the killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie over nine years ago will be announced August 28, 2012, at 9:00 a. m. at the Haifa District Court. Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American…. Related: Rachel Corrie Foundation

Alternative Information Center

Racial segregation on Israeli public bus: driver refused to transport Palestinian workers
Alternative Information Center – A bus driver on the line from Tel Aviv to the West Bank settlement of Ariel did not allow Palestinians from the West Bank onto his bus. When forced to by a police officer, the driver…

The National

Israel’s Lieberman under fire over call to oust Palestinian chief
The National 22 Aug 2012 – Lieberman’s claims that Mahmoud Abbas leads a ‘despotic government’, has a ‘weak’ standing among Palestinians and is intent on destroying chances to renew the peace process have been rejected.

Ha’aretz

Report: Israel, Egypt reach understanding over military deployment in Sinai
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

South Africa approves labeling West Bank products as goods from ‘Israeli Occupied Territories’
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Outgoing director of Israeli courts administration says issues of principle don’t belong in Supreme Court
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Netanyahu distances himself from Lieberman’s call to oust Abbas
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Two Bedouin wounded in shooting near Netanya
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

PA condemns Lieberman’s call to oust Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Tel Aviv square waiting for renovations, or for Scuds
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Israeli and Palestinian children becoming more violent, study finds
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Egyptian official: Recent Sinai operation was fully coordinated with Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

U.S. calls on Cairo to coordinate military actions in Sinai with Israel
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Prosecution ends probe into Olmert’s alleged improper political appointments
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Israeli writers appeal to AG: Don’t let Netanyahu strike Iran without a cabinet decision
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

U.S. Jewish organizations condemn recent attacks against Palestinians
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Most Israeli 12th-graders support deportation of African refugees
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Attorney for prime lynching suspect: This is a case of bullying, not racism
Ha’aretz – 22 Aug 2012

Lieberman, in letter to world leaders, calls for new elections to oust PA’s Abbas
Ha’aretz – 21 Aug 2012

Up to 300,000 Palestinians visit Israel for Ramadan
Ha’aretz – 21 Aug 2012

Religious Zionist schools in Israel cancel summer vacation
Ha’aretz – 21 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

W. Bank cars damaged in suspected ‘price-tag’ attak
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Unidentified assailants try to torch two cars in Awarta southeast of Nablus, run away before succeeding. 

Lynching victim’s mother: I pity the attackers
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – “Who could be proud of a child who does this?” asks Nariman Julani, who has been by her son Jamal’s side since J’lem attack. 

Liberman’s letter
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Foreign Minister Liberman penned letter to US, UN, EU, Quartet, Russia, calling for PA elections that would oust Abbas

Fundamentally Freund: Periphery doctrine’s rebirth
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Liberman’s momentous foreign policy achievement. 

Hamas’s corruption
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Chalk it up again to corruption, the virus that continues to infect governments across the Middle East. 

Terra Incognita: Freedom and spectacle
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Would protesters in balaclavas be allowed to break into the Washington National Cathedral to put on a rock concert? 

Irresponsible politicians, and press go on rampage
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Candidly Speaking: In recent weeks, the ugly side of Israeli public life has been on display with irresponsible politicians, supported by the sensationalist media, engaging in cheap demagoguery in relation to the Iranian nuclear threat. 

Optalgin use will remain over-the-counter for now
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Health Ministry decision follows 3 recent cases of patients suffering rare complications from the painkiller. 

Media Comment: Iran and Israel’s extreme left-wing media
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Our suggestion: let the news speak for itself. Our media “experts” should stick to reporting the facts. That is the professional, the democratic and the lawful way for them to do their job. 

Israel, Germany, Kenya sign commercial fishing pact
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Agreement aims to increase tilapia (St. Peter’s fish) population and improve wastewater treatment in Lake Victoria. 

Nietzsche, zichrono livracha?
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Nietzsche blamed the Jews for giving birth to Christianity, whose morality praising weakness he opposed. But he wrote that the Jews themselves have a history of great passions, virtues, decisions, struggles and victories that flow into great men and deeds. 

Kibbutz wins $500m. tender for Chinese dairies
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – AfiMilk, a dairy herd management firm run out of Kibbutz Afikim, to build 13 milking parlors serving about 50,000 cows. 

Viewpoints: Beauty
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – ‘Beauty is a story, a story of truth that strikes directly into your soul, plays with the fragile feelings deep inside, and leaves fingerprints on your heart. Beauty is you.’ 

012 big winner revealed
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Politicians may kvetch incessantly about the money chase but they’re not about to do anything serious to stop it. They’re already too beholden to the big money folks. 

PM tells ministers early elections still an option
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Budget problems, tough economic decisions may make early elections a better political option than waiting until 2013. 

Gantz: Those who try to harm Israel will face IDF’s wrath
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – IDF chief responds to spate of statements form Iranian officials calling for Israel’s destruction, saying army will use “deadly force” to protect its borders and citizens; Salehi: Israel is in no position to attack Iran. 

TA police raid brothel in massive tax evasion case
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Four arrested on suspicion of fraud, later released; police say no sex-related charges to be levied against suspects. 

Police use infiltration law to sidestep court
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – After courts deny remand extensions for two Eritrean rape suspects, police hand them over to Immigration authorities. 

Ban to attend confab in Iran despite Israeli calls
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012UN chief announces he will attend Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Tehran despite US and Israeli opposition. 

Far-right group warns Arabs not to flirt with Jews
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – A week after attempted lynch, anti-assimilation group hands out fliers in J’lem warning Arab men not to hit on Jewish girls. 

PM’s vow to fight racism rings hollow for Ethiopians
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Activists describe declaration as “mere cosmetics;” Ethiopian MK: Signing document will not solve Israel’s deep racial problems. 

UN points finger at Iran over arms supply to Syria
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Political affairs chief tells Security Council that arms flow between Iran and Syria “appears” to violate Chapter 7 resolution, which could pave way for authorizing military action. 

Knesset to hold emergency meeting on economy
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Factions slam Netanyahu’s handling of “crumbling” economy; PMO releases ad campaign on reforms to lower cost of living. 

‘Egypt’s tanks are in Sinai for fighting terrorism’
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin says Israel should allow Egypt’s Sinai military boost for counter-terrorism. 

Merkel tops ‘Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – German chancellor followed by Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Rousseff; Israeli Shari Arison 64th. 

S. Africa won’t label territories’ goods as Israeli
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Pretoria approves plan requiring special labels for Israeli products “emanating from IOTs (Israel Occupied Territories).” 

No feeling of liberation for Syrian rebels of Azaz
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Azaz is in limbo, unable to move on with ordinary life even if feared government loyalists are not in the streets. 

PM disavows Liberman’s call for new PA elections
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – After Palestinian negotiator says PM must distance himself from Liberman’s letter to Quartet labeling Abbas an obstacle to peace. 

Come to the Table: Savor the last fruits of summer
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Take advantage of summer while you still can with these superb summer fruit recipes. 

German rabbi circumcision case sparks outrage
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Authorities criminally charge rabbi; Yishai asks Merkel to intervene; Danon urges PM to stop “disturbing trend.” 

Top 5 east Jerusalem gems
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – There are a whole host of fantastic Middle Eastern and cosmopolitan attractions in east Jerusalem. 

NGO: Demolish Palestinian structures in W. Bank
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Actvist NGO Regavim files petition to High Court demanding the IDF halt building and demolish structures near Pnei Haver. 

Gunman opens fire in Sharon region, injuring two
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Assailant shoots toward jeep outside Moshav Tnuvot; one man seriously injured, another lightly wounded; police arrest suspect. 

The wealthy behind US presidential race
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – A look at wealthy individuals who have contributed at least $1 million to the major political action committees. 

‘Russia certain Syria won’t use chemical weapons’
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Russian official tells ‘Kommersant’ dialogue with Syria persuaded Moscow Assad’s regime is able to “safeguard” weapons. 

Students promote Israel’s compliance with int’l law
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Members of Israel advocacy group Stand With Us gather in first conference over Israel’s image on the international stage. 

Austria: ‘Anti-Semitic’ cartoon prompts inquiry
Jerusalem Post 22 Aug 2012 – Politician’s posting of cartoon outrages Vienna’s Jewish community; ADL slams extremist politician. 

Crash in Zanzibar kills Neve Shalom educator, son
Jerusalem Post 21 Aug 2012 – Hijazi and his son were killed in a car accident in which his wife Maram was injured. 

NGO: More families seeking financial advice
Jerusalem Post 21 Aug 2012 – A year on from the social protests, limited employment options cause economic difficulties for English-speaking immigrants. 

Hospitalized activist vows to continue hunger strike
Jerusalem Post 21 Aug 2012 – Social justice protester on 24th day of hunger strike; in separate incident, Tel Aviv man threatens to self-immolate. 

Making the case
Jerusalem Post 21 Aug 2012 – Howard Grief proves Israel is legally a Jewish state with the San Remo resolution of 1920. 

The Guardian

Israel accused of interfering in Palestinian affairs after letter to EU
The Guardian 22 Aug 2012 – Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli foreign minister, wrote calling for elections to replace the president, Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian leaders have accused Israel of interfering in internal Palestinian affairs and launching “a deliberate campaign of distortion, hatred and incitement”,…

Bonobo apes early humans by creating stone tools – video
The Guardian 22 Aug 2012 – A bonobo shows he is capable of making stone tools for a particular purpose, in a similar way to early humans

Palestinian town gets new mayor, aged 15
The Guardian 22 Aug 2012 – Bashaer Othman has taken over the municipal offices of Allar in the West Bank hills as part of a youth empowerment programme She could have spent the long, hot summer holiday hanging out with friends or…

Uruknet

Sweden Won’t Promise Not to Send Assange to US
Uruknet

The Children Are Still Dying: Violence is Not News
Uruknet

Mob ‘lynching’ of Palestinian minors marks rise of Jewish extremism
Uruknet

Iraq eyeing stronger military ties with US
Uruknet

One Year Later, Still Suffering for Loyalty to Gaddafi
Uruknet

Gazans Punished Again for Others’ Crimes
Uruknet

The holy war against Arab-Jewish relations and the Jerusalem lynch
Uruknet

Military Resistance 10H11: No Purpose
Uruknet

The left, imperialism and the Syrian revolution
Uruknet

A proper Zionist live fire zone
Uruknet

Daily Star

Iran clings to Asian oil market as sanctions bite
Daily Star 22 Aug 2012 When Iran welcomes leaders to a world gathering next week, few will get a grander reception than India’s prime minister.

Christian group to hold conference on Pakistan blasphemy law
Daily Star 22 Aug 2012 An influential Christian Church organisation will hold an international conference in Geneva next month on Pakistan’s blasphemy law.

Morocco police disperse demo against ‘king loyalty’ ritual
Daily Star 22 Aug 2012 Moroccan riot police forcefully dispersed a protest outside parliament Wednesday, where activists had gathered to call for the abolition of a ceremony of loyalty to the king.

IAEA head “not optimistic” on access to Iran military site
Daily Star 22 Aug 2012 The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief played down chances of a breakthrough when talks with Iran resume on Friday.

U.N. chief to visit Iran in defiance of U.S., Israel
Daily Star 22 Aug 2012 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Iran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event.

YNet News

Hurricane could hit US Republican convention
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – ….

2 Arab teens reportedly assaulted in Tel Aviv
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – East Jerusalem residents claim three armed men assaulted them in Tel Aviv parking lot. MK Tibi: Hunting season for Arabs is upon us ….

UK, US, France discuss bolstering Syria’s opposition
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – ….

Police hunting 120 wanted criminals in North Sinai
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – ….

Vatican appointment humiliates Israel
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Appointment of archbishop linked to pedophile priests’ scandal as envoy to Jerusalem underscores strained Israel-Holy See ties ….

Russia says foreign criticism of Pussy Riot trial biased
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – ….

SA ambassador to be summoned over ‘Made in Israel’ measure
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Foreign Ministry livid over South Africa’s ‘blatant discrimination’ against Israel as it confirms settlement products will not receive Made in Israel labeling. Ambassador summoned for clarification ….

Syrian forces, rebels in major Damascus clashes
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – ….

Gantz: IDF has devastating power
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – IDF chief of staff warns Iran following recent threats which he says show ‘underestimation of our capabilities’ ….

Matriculation results show widening gaps 
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Government data on high school diploma eligibility reveals that gap between central cities, periphery widening; haredi, Arab towns still trailing far behind ….

Migrants suspected of rape released, then placed in custody again
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Complainant fails to cooperate with officers who turn suspects over to Immigration Authority which in turn places two in custody ….

Lynch suspects to remain in custody
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Court extends remands of two teens allegedly involved in assault on Arab; Source says security cameras in Zion Square were off on night of attack ….

Peres: J’lem lynch is a grave failure for all of us
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Addressing education conference, president says Israel’s children should be taught to be generous, not only courageous ….

EU’s strategic mistake 
YNet News, 22 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Jewish communities in West Bank will continue to grow with or without the business, blessing of the EU ….

Palestinian Information Center

IOF gunfire targets fishermen and farmers in Gaza
PIC – Israeli artillery and gunboats fired projectiles and machine guns at Palestinian houses and fishing boats in the Gaza Strip at dawn Wednesday.

IQI: The Arab nation is capable of protecting al-Aqsa mosque
PIC – The International Quds Institution (IQI) stressed the ability of the Arab and Islamic nation to protect al-Aqsa Mosque and confront the occupation, especially after the Arab revolutions.

Dean of Syrian prisoners released after 27 years in Israeli jails
PIC – The longest serving Syrian prisoner in the Israeli occupation jails has been freed after 27 years behind bars. He was released and returned to his home town in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israeli embassy in Dublin evacuated after suspicious device found
PIC – The Israeli embassy in Dublin was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious device was found on the premises, Hebrew media reported, later adding that the incident represented a false alarm.

Culture ministry calls for protecting Aqsa mosque
PIC – Dr. Mohammed al-Madhoun, the minister of culture in Gaza, called on the Palestinian national factions to set up plans to save Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Israeli threats and violations.

Confrontations in Nablus after IOF soldiers arrested 3 youths
PIC – Clashes erupted in Nablus city at dawn Wednesday after Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed the city and rounded up three young men, local sources said.

Higher council and waqf council commemorate arson attack on Aqsa Mosque
PIC – The higher Islamic council and the council of Islamic affairs, waqf and sites in Jerusalem, issued on Tuesday a statement commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the arson attack on the Aqsa Mosque.

Abbas discusses resuming peace talks with Barak
PIC – Israeli war minister Ehud Barak discussed resuming peace talks with PA chief and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas over the phone on Tuesday.

Egypt opens Rafah crossing for arrivals only
PIC – The Palestinian ministry of interior in Gaza said the Egyptian side decided to open the Rafah border crossing on Wednesday in one direction for passengers who want to leave Egypt.

Maariv: Netanyahu asked Egypt to pull out its tanks from the Sinai
PIC – Maariv newspaper said Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to Egypt recently urging it to withdraw its military vehicles and tanks from the Sinai peninsula.

WAFA

Israel to Seize 3000 Dunums near Jericho
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Israel Releases Longest Serving Arab Prisoner
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Jewish Settlers Attempt to Torch Palestinian Vehicles
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Palestinians Fear Settlers Plan to Takeover Solomon Pools
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

EU’s Ashton Concerned Over Israeli Settlements Plan
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Newspapers Review: UN Official’s Statements on PA’s Fuiture Dominate Daily
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Israeli Forces Seize Tractors in Jordan Valley
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Government Expenses Reach $3.4B in 2011, says Report
WAFA – 22 Aug 2012

Misc

Syria Christian refugees in Lebanon fear Islamist rebels
LA Times 22 Aug 2012 – Christians, a minority in Syria, have in general tried to stay out of the conflict, but they fear Islamist rebels will target them, refugees in Lebanon say. ZAHLE, Lebanon — For most of the refugees streaming across the border into Lebanon, Syrian President Bashar Assad…

Syria official says Bashar Assad resignation could be considered
LA Times 21 Aug 2012 – Deputy Prime Minster Qadri Jamil says ‘there is nothing off the table,’ including President Bashar Assad’s resignation, if the opposition agrees to talk. BEIRUT — A senior Syrian official hinted Tuesday that President Bashar Assad’s resignation might be considered if the opposition agreed to negotiate…

At War Blog: In a Little-Known WWII Battle, a Father’s Experience Becomes a Daughter’s Journey
New York Times 22 Aug 2012 – Frank Parker charged the beach at Dieppe in 1942. Seventy years later, his daughter stepped onto the same hard sand for the first time. 

Ban Ki-moon Will Attend Iran Summit Over American and Israeli Objections
New York Times 22 Aug 2012 – Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, plans to attend the annual meeting of the 120 countries that are in the nonaligned movement, despite American-led efforts to marginalize Iran. 

Iran Unveils More Defense Projects
New York Times 22 Aug 2012 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran needed new weapons and navigation systems in order to defend itself against foreign threats. 

Josh Trevino Redux
Tikun Olam – Josh Trevino in May 2012–before his Guardian audition? (Thos Robinson/Getty) For those of you out there who can’t get enough of mindless Islamophobic racism, I’ve got more of Josh Trevino’s Greatest Hits and Tweets served up by  Beyond Compromise .  These particular tweets mostly revolve around…

Israeli Attack on Iran:1948, 1967 or 1973?
Tikun Olam – Prof. Yoav Peled Thanks to Prof. Yoav Peled for entrusting this essay to me for publication here.  In it, he critiques an interview Ehud Barak (cloaked under the pseudonymous moniker, “Decision-Maker”) gave to Haaretz in which he argued that an upcoming Israeli war against Iran should…

Israeli Cyber-War Against Iran
Tikun Olam – The leaked Israeli government document I published last week is a sales pitch outlining Israel’s putative attack on Iran.  It would begin with a massive cyber-attack: “The Israeli attack will open with a coordinated strike, including an unprecedented cyber-attack which will totally paralyze the Iranian regime…

We are ‘unwilling for an Arab to date a girl from among our people’: Israeli org uses Zion Square lynching to push racist agenda
Mondoweiss – The racist Lahava flyer being distributed in Jerusalem Israel’s Alternative Information Center (AIC) and +972 are both reporting on another racist flyer being distributed by Lahava , The Organisation for the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land. The threatening flier warns Palestinians (“Arabs”) against “visiting Jerusalem…

Report: Israeli police officer witnessed Zion Square ‘lynching’ and chose not to intervene
Mondoweiss – Israeli suspects in an attack on young Palestinians were led into a magistrate’s court in Jerusalem (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg/AFP Getty) Israeli press first reported a patrol officer was called to the scene of the lynching in Zion Square as the attackers were screaming  ‘Death to Arabs’…

Skinnydipping continues to be ha-ha story
Mondoweiss – The congressional skinnydipping story continues to get a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder took his nude swim in the Galilee last year at a time when 20 percent of the House of Representatives was going to Israel at the…

Paul Ryan’s adviser Abrams seeks to commit Obama to attack Iran
Mondoweiss – What is the latest stage of Iran hysteria? Will the U.S. strike? Will Israel? Several recent opinions follow. First Elliott Abrams, an adviser to Paul Ryan , calls for a war resolution to hold Obama’s feet to the fire on attacking Iran. Is this what this election…

Obama’s Catholic messaging compared to his Jewish messaging
Mondoweiss – Yesterday NPR did an excellent story on the large number of Catholic swing voters in the upcoming election. Reporter Barbara Bradley Haggerty said there are millions of swing voters wavering between Joe Biden’s old school Catholic message– vote on economic issues– and Paul Ryan’s new Catholic…

Kevin Youkilis Will Play for Israel 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Aug 2012 – Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said he will play for Israel at the World Baseball Classic. Click here for the rest of the article…

S. Africa Requires ‘Made in West Bank’ Label 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Aug 2012 – South Africa has adopted a regulation to prevent the labeling of goods from the West Bank as being produced in Israel. Click here for the rest of the article…

Jerusalem’s Holy Sites Need Protection: Abbas 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Aug 2012 – Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s Muslim and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nuclear Watchdog Not ‘Optimistic’ on Iran 
The Foward Breaking News 22 Aug 2012 – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday he was not confident there would be a breakthrough with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities when talks resume later this week. Click here for the rest of the article…

Ex-AIPAC Flack to Head The Israel Project 
The Forward New 22 Aug 2012 – The Israel Project, known for advocacy with a velvet glove, is set to name ex-AIPAC’er Josh Block as CEO, presaging big changes in style and substance. Click here for the rest of the article…

Nigeria: Gwar Moves to Israel 
allAfrica.com 22 Aug 2012 – [Daily Trust]Sibi Gwar in NPL action NPL leading scorer Sibi Gwar will depart Nigeria yesterday night to team up with Israeli club Bnei Yehuda, his agent said.

Liberia: Israeli Ambassador Benny Omer Pays Courtesy Call on President Sirleaf 
allAfrica.com 22 Aug 2012 – [Liberia Govt]President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed the initiative of bringing Israeli investors to Liberia to explore potential cooperation in several areas.

Egypt: Iran, Egypt Move to Restore Diplomatic Ties – Salehi 
allAfrica.com 22 Aug 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Cairo -Iran and Egypt are moving towards restoring diplomatic relations which were severed more than three decades ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview published on Tuesday.

Egypt: Israel Asks Egypt to Withdraw Tanks From Sinai 
allAfrica.com 21 Aug 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Egypt to withdraw the tanks it recently sent to Sinai following the deadly Rafah attack that resulted in the death of 16 Egyptian police and army men.

Verdict in Rachel Corrie Lawsuit to be Announced August 28th – Family to Hold Press Conference in Haifa 
Rachel Corrie Foundation 21 Aug 2012 – (Haifa, Israel – August 21, 2012) – The verdict in the civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for the killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie over nine years ago will be announced August 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. at the Haifa District Court. Rachel Corrie,…

Beit Ommar Resident Beaten as he Goes to Mosque 
Palestine Solidarity Project 22 Aug 2012 – Local resident Thaer Mohammed Awad was beaten by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday as he headed to Jerusalem to pray. The 23 year old was walking to Temple Mount, on the holy Muslim holiday when he was attacked by the soldiers. After being thrown from a two…

Verdict in Rachel Corrie Lawsuit to Be Announced August 28 
Arab American Institute 22 Aug 2012 – The verdict in the civil lawsuit against the State of Israel for the killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie over nine years ago will be announced August 28, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. at the Haifa District Court. Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American from Olympia, Washington, was…

BIAC congratulates United Church of Canada on settlement boycott 
Global BDS 22 Aug 2012 – The Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC) in Vancouver congratulates the United Church of Canada for a strong step forward in support of justice. On Wednesday, August 15 – and re-confirmed on Friday, August 17 – the United Church’s General Council 41 adopted a policy (below) of…

Israeli apartheid profiteer Sodastream opens new store in UK 
Global BDS 22 Aug 2012 – Sodastream, a carbonated beverage manufacturer, is based in the Mishor Adumim settlement industrial zone. Mishor Adumim is an industrial area  attached to the residential settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, East of  Jerusalem in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Israeli company Soda Club, which owns the Sodastream brandname, has…

Chemical weapons ‘excuse for US’ 
BBC 22 Aug 2012 – Chinese state media accuse US President Barack Obama of planning to use Syria’s chemical weapons as an excuse for intervening militarily.

Fighting over Syria grips Lebanon 
BBC 22 Aug 2012 – Twelve people are killed and at least 100 wounded after fighting in a north Lebanese city between two Muslim communities divided over Syria.

Egypt requests $4.8bn IMF loan 
BBC 22 Aug 2012 – Egypt asks the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, for a $4.8bn loan to help revive its struggling economy.

US lifts Iran sanctions for NGOs 
BBC 21 Aug 2012 – The US Treasury says it will temporarily lift sanctions for US-based NGOs that want to send money for earthquake relief in Iran.

Who’s Leading the Bahraini Revolution? 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 22 Aug 2012 – When discussing the crisis in Bahrain, many tend to point to certain political groups as if they represent the whole scene: leftists which are considered incapable of having an impact, Wefaq which are seen as the voice of Shia majority, and the Sunnis who are all…

Lebanon Healthcare: At the Mercy of the Political Bosses 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 22 Aug 2012 – A room in a Lebanese hospital. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) A room in a Lebanese hospital. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi) A group of young women and men are following every word uttered by health minister Ali Hassan Khalil, particularly when he talks about the plan for “comprehensive healthcare…

Egypt’s Mursi to visit US next month 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – Egypt’s Islamist president will visit the United States next month, an aide said Wednesday. The visit could serve as a step toward cementing Egypt’s longtime alliance with the U.S. It will be Mohammed Morsi’s first trip to the U.S. since taking office June 30 but not…

UN chief defies U.S., Israel; plans trip to Tehran 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday. A spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission said it appeared…

Iran calls Israel military threats propaganda 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – Iran considers threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear installations more a propaganda drive than a genuine signal of imminent attack, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday. “It is our responsibility to take these threats seriously, but Israel is not in a position to…

The State of Sinai (II): Backyard for Business Bandits 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – An Egyptian child empties a bag of maize after his house was raided by Egyptian security members in the small Sinai village of Sheikh Zuwied on 10 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mostafa Abulezz) An Egyptian child empties a bag of maize after his house was…

Mahmoud Said: Arab Television’s Trailblazing Bedouin 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – Mahmoud Said now lives in Bustan village, close to Qabr Shmoun in Mount Lebanon. Mahmoud Said now lives in Bustan village, close to Qabr Shmoun in Mount Lebanon. Mahmoud Said’s deep voice is instantly recognizable and his talent has made him the undisputed star of scores…

Visits to Jerusalem: Solidarity or Normalization? 
Al-Akhbar News 22 Aug 2012 – A Palestinian stands outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan 17 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Amir Cohen) A Palestinian stands outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, on the last Friday of the holy month…

Deadly Déjà Vu in Lebanon’s Second City 
Al-Akhbar Politics 22 Aug 2012 – Gunmen fire their weapons during clashes between Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, 21 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Omar Ibrahim) Gunmen fire their weapons during clashes between Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, 21 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…

The State of Sinai (I): Surviving on Its Own 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Aug 2012 – A man holds a rocket that allegedly hit his house, after it was fired by an Egyptian army helicopter during a security operation on the outskirts of the small Sinai village of Sheikh Zuweid on 10 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mostafa Abulezz) A man holds…

Latakia: Waiting for the Next Battle 
Al-Akhbar Politics 21 Aug 2012 – A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through a hole in a wall during clashes in Aleppo 17 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Goran Tomasevic) A Free Syrian Army fighter walks through a hole in a wall during clashes in Aleppo 17 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters -…

Articles


Hamas and the old/new American crescent 
Joseph Massad, Al Jazeera.com 8/21/2012
      The PA has “very little more to offer” to Israel and the US is the deciding factor in its “survivability or demise”.
     If the outcome of the so-called “Arab Spring” has been the accession to power of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and a similar Islamist movement in Tunisia, and the strengthening of sectarian and tribalist jihadists in the guise of “fighters for democracy” in Libya and Syria (the temporary defeat of the Bahraini and Yemeni peoples’ uprisings notwithstanding), the recent admission of Hamas to the ranks of forces that not only do not threaten American interests in the region, but also would like to work to enhance them is a notable transformation.
     Qatar has been the mover and shaker in this battle to extend and upgrade the informal international legitimacy that Hamas has in the eyes of the people of the region and Third World allies to the official level of Arab and Western governments. That Hamas, with Qatari support, was the first Islamist party in the Arab world that won a solid electoral victory in 2006 did not serve to grant it the legitimacy it deserved in the eyes of the United States, the most formidable anti-democratic force in the region and the world.
     Instead, it galvanised the US, Israel and the collaborationist Palestinian Authority to stage a coup against it to deprive it of that victory. Having understood that the electoral strategy failed to have Hamas replace Fateh at the helm of the PA, Qatar and the top leadership of Hamas realised that the “Arab Spring” offers important new opportunities in this regard.
     Slowly but surely, Hamas was pulled out of Syria and is being fully taken out of the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance that threatens US-Israeli-Saudi strategy in the region, not only by transferring its top leadership from Damascus to Qatar, but also through a major rehabilitation effort of Hamas in Jordan, whose King Abdullah had exiled members of the Hamas leadership in 1999 on the orders of the US and Israel. more.. e-mail

Israeli government willingly lays foundations for Jewish terrorism 
Yossi Gurvitz, +972 Magazine 8/22/2012
      When the pogromchiks from Jerusalem go to court, they’ll have a strong case, saying they only did what was expected of them.
     Israel officially condemned last week the fact Jewish terrorists attacked a Palestinian vehicle with Molotov cocktails, wounding six of its passengers. Prime Minister Netanyahu quickly had an envoy call Palestinian President Abbas, and promised him Israel would put those responsible on trial. If Abbas is buying this, given Israel’s record regarding the price-taggers, then I have some juicy bridges to sell him at very reasonable prices.
     This attack took place on Thursday afternoon. Several hours later, a gang of proud Jewish hoodlums tried to lynch three Palestinians in Jerusalem. The attackers, most of whom appear to have been juveniles, were uttering cries like “a Jew is a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore” and the all-time crowd pleaser, “Death to Arabs.” The goons also tried to prevent emergency forces from treating the victims. One of them is critically wounded.
     During the attack on the dorms of Palestinian students in Safed two years ago, inspired by the town’s rabbi Shmuel Eliahu’s ban on renting apartments to non-Jews, the calls of “A Jew is a soul” were heard (Hebrew). The same cry is common (Hebrew) among the fans of racist group Beitar Jerusalem (which sidelines as a soccer team). The supremacists we’re dealing with have nothing to be proud of aside from the fact of their Jewishness, used in the minimalist Orthodox sense of thinking every Jew is a priori superior to every non-Jew.
     Hence the speaking of “souls” as a battle cry: a common Orthodox concept is that non-Jews do not have souls…. — See also:Netanyahu reassures Abbas following attack on Palestinian taxi and The holy war against Arab-Jewish relations and the Jerusalem lynchmore.. e-mail

War fever as seen from Iran 
Pepe Escobar, Asia Times 8/22/2012
      Absent the possibility of joining the Curiosity rover on Mars, there’s nowhere to hide from the “Bomb Iran” hysteria relentlessly emanating from Tel Aviv and its Washington outposts. Now that even includes third-rate hacks suggesting US President Barack Obama should go in person to Israel to appease the warmongering duo Bibi-Barak [1].
     So it’s time for something completely different – and totally absent from Western corporate media; sound Iranian minds rationally analyzing what’s really going on behind the drums of war – regarding Iran, Turkey, the Arab world and across Eurasia.
     Let’s start with ambassador Hossein Mousavian, a research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a former spokesperson for the Iranian nuclear negotiating team from 2003 to 2005, and the author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir .
     Writing at the Arms Control Association website [2] , Mousavian goes straight to the point; “The history of Iran’s nuclear program suggests that the West is inadvertently pushing Iran toward nuclear weapons.”
     In seven key steps, he outlines how this happened – starting with Iran’s “entrance into the nuclear field”, owed largely, by the way, to Washington; “In the 1970s, the Shah [of Iran] had ambitious plans for expanding the nuclear program, envisioning 23 nuclear power plants by 1994, with support from the United States.”
     Mousavian stresses how, from 2003 to 2005, during the first Bush administration,
     “Iran submitted different [nuclear] proposals, which included a declaration to cap enrichment at the 5% level; export all low-enriched uranium (LEU) or fabricate it into fuel rods; commit to an additional protocol to its IAEA safeguards agreement….” more.. e-mail

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