VTJP News & Articles 26 August 2012: Testimonies by Israeli soldiers detail abuse of Palestinian children

26 August 2012  — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel denies entry to Welcome to Palestine visitors
IMEMC – In a precedented measure, Israel denied entry to nearly 85 international visitors who were planning to enter Palestine through the King Hussein bridge via Jordan. …

Welcome To Palestine III, Coming From Jordan To Palestine
IMEMC – Over one hundred international peace and human rights activists, who are planning to visit the occupied Palestinian territories, are scheduled to arrive at the Allenby Bridge Sunday afternoon. …

Ma’an News

Israel ‘detained 7 teens near Gaza border’ since Friday
8/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Human rights advocates said Sunday that Israeli forces have detained seven Palestinian teenagers near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel in recent days. On Saturday night, two 18-year-olds from Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza were seized east of Bureij refugee camp, and their families informed they….

Israel arrests 3 settler children suspected of firebomb attack
8/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israeli police arrested three settler boys suspected of throwing a firebomb earlier this month at a Palestinian vehicle in the West Bank that injured six people, a spokesman said on Sunday. The suspects, aged 12 to 13, from Bat Ayin, a settlement in the occupied West Bank, will appear in court later on….

Army: 2 Gaza rockets hit factories in south Israel
8/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Sunday morning, causing damages but no injuries, Israel’s army said. The projectiles hit two factories in Sderot, an Israeli army spokeswoman said, adding that no injuries had been reported. Israeli news site Ynet said one of the….

Israeli forces detain 4 across West Bank overnight
8/26/2012 – HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained four Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Saturday, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. In Idhna, a town west of Hebron, forces detained Ismail Yusif al-Tamizi, 35, his nephew Mousa said. Ten military vehicles entered the village and raided his father and uncle’s homes, he added. They….

Mursi delegation ‘meets Sinai Jihadists’
8/26/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — A high-profile delegation from the Egyptian president’s office met secretly with Jihadists in the northern Sinai on Saturday evening, according to Egyptian security sources. The office of President Muhammad Mursi had informed security services in northern Sinai that a presidential delegation would check up on Rafah crossing between…. Related: Egyptian security: Militant killed in Sinai explosion

Ministry: Gaza, Egypt security officials to meet in Cairo
8/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Security officials from the Gaza Strip will meet with their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo to address joint security issues, a spokesman from the Gaza government said Sunday. Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi and Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh agreed to the security meetings, but a date has not yet been set, the….

Iranian officials say Haniyeh not invited to NAM summit
8/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Iran‘s foreign minister informed his counterpart in the Palestinian Authority that Tehran had not invited Gaza premier Ismail Haniyeh to the Non-Aligned summit this week, after Haniyeh’s government drew PA ire by claiming it had a seat at the table. FM Riyad al-Malki said President Mahmoud Abbas…. Related: Iran opens Non-Aligned summit and Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity

Iran opens Non-Aligned summit
8/26/2012 – DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran welcomed a group of 120 developing nations on Sunday to a summit it says proves that Washington has failed to isolate it from the rest of the world. Opening the Non-Aligned Movement meeting in Tehran, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said he hoped for a show of solidarity against sanctions the West…. Related: Iranian officials say Haniyeh not invited to NAM summit and Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity

Rafah crossing open until Friday, Gaza official says
8/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities announced that the Rafah land crossing will be open until Friday, a Gaza official said Sunday. Maher Abu Sabha, general director of crossings in Gaza, told Ma’an that the crossing will be operating from 10 a. m. until 6 p. m. daily until Friday.” Opening the….

Israeli rabbi calls for prayers for Iran’s destruction
8/26/2012 – JERUSALEM (Reuters) — An influential Israeli rabbi has called for prayers for Iran‘s destruction, a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to court his support for a possible attack on a nuclear program Israel sees as an existential threat. The sermon by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef added to a flurry of recent rhetoric from….

Cairo court sentences man to jail over Israel embassy attack
8/26/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — A Cairo court on Sunday sentenced a man to five years in jail and another 75 people to one-year suspended sentences in connection with attacks on the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Cairo last year, a court official said. The man sentenced to five years, named Omar Afifi, had fled abroad and was….

Egyptian security: Militant killed in Sinai explosion
8/26/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — An Egyptian militant was killed in the Sinai peninsula on Sunday, Egyptian security sources said, but conflicting accounts were given of his death. An Egyptian intelligence report said Ibrahim Owida Nasser Madan was hit by a missile fired by an Israeli drone while riding his motorcycle south of Al-Qasiya, 15…. Related: Mursi delegation ‘meets Sinai Jihadists’

Abbas: UN bid will protect two state solution
8/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Abbas said Sunday that the Palestinian request for non-member status in the United Nations aims to protect the peace process and preserve the two state solution, official news agency Wafa reported. Abbas made the comments during a speech at the fourth annual Yasser Arafat festival in Ramallah.” We are committed….

Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity
8/26/2012GAZA CITY (Reuters) — The Hamas government in Gaza said it had declined an invitation to a meeting of 120 developing nations in Tehran this week, heading off a potential confrontation with rival Palestinian leaders in the West Bank. Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas‘ leader in Gaza, had accepted the invite over the weekend but backtracked on…. Related: Iranian officials say Haniyeh not invited to NAM summit and Iran opens Non-Aligned summit

PFLP: Gaza, West Bank govts entrenching division
8/26/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — PFLP leader Kayed Al-Ghoul said on Sunday that both the governments in the West Bank and Gaza are entrenching their split by conducting separate reforms. The division still controls the situation, and unilateral reforms are not lawful, he told Ma’an. Referring to the controversy over the Gaza government…. Related: Iranian officials say Haniyeh not invited to NAM summit

Sources: PA Attorney General resigns
8/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority Attorney-General Ahmad al-Mughni resigned his position on Saturday morning, informed sources told Ma’an. The sources said al-Mughni handed in his notice after meeting with a former US State Attorney in Ramallah, without elaborating on the content of the meeting. Al-Mughni could not be reached for confirmation. Earlier….

PA ‘stops recruitment, promotions’ due to financial crisis
8/26/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority issued a decision on Friday to stop all new recruitment and promotions in government institutions until further notice as a result of the financial crisis it is currently experiencing, a statement from President Abbas‘ office said. Palestinian economist Nasser Abed al-Kareem told Ma’an that the….

PA seizes smuggled chickens near Ramallah
8/26/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority officials seized a truck carrying chickens smuggled into the West Bank from Israel on Saturday night, the public safety committee said. The truck, carrying 2,300 chickens, was stopped in Beit Ur village, west of Ramallah. The Ramallah public safety committee said it would initiate legal proceedings against the dealer….

Activists say over 300 bodies found in Syria massacre
8/26/2012 – ALEPPO, Syria/AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar Assad’s army on Sunday of massacring hundreds of people in a town close to the capital that government forces recaptured from rebels. In the town of Daraya to the southwest of Damascus, some 320 bodies, including women and children, were found in houses….

2 dead as clashes flare again in Lebanon’s Tripoli
8/26/2012 – TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Reuters) — Two people were killed on Sunday in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, a security source said, where sporadic fighting between Sunni Muslims and Alawites over six days has mirrored sectarian fault-lines in the raging conflict in neighboring Syria. Sunnis in Syria have been the driving force of a 17-month….

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

PCHR welcomes South Africa decision to place Occupied Palestinian Territory labels on settlement goods
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Alternative Information Center

150 Demonstrate against National Park in East Jerusalem
Alternative Information Center – Some 150 demonstrators, including Palestinians, Israelis and internationals, protested Friday morning against Israel’s plan to confiscate yet more land from the East Jerusalem villages of Issawiya and A-Tur for construction of a “national park”.   A…

AICVideo: New Lifta
Alternative Information Center – Approximately 1,000 people — Palestinian refugees and their descendants, originally from the Jerusalem-area village of Lifta — now live in a small community next door to the Hebrew University. Consistently denied building permits and under pressure…

The National

Jobless protester’s self-immolation a tragic symbol of Egypt’s malaise
The National 26 Aug 2012 – Echoes of Tunisia as jobless protester sets himself on fire.

Palestinian tensions over Iran summit attendance
The National 26 Aug 2012 – Indecision over whether the Hamas prime minister will attend a meeting of non-aligned nations in Iran underlines the deep divisions in Palestinian leadership.

Israeli heavy metal band members apply for Turkish citizenship
The National 26 Aug 2012 – Despite relations between the two countries being downgraded over the past four years, members of the band Orphaned Land have applied for Turkish citizenship.


Israel bars 100 international activists from crossing into West Bank
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Netanyahu to Lebanon: Israel will strike in case of Hezbollah provocation
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Israeli towns near Gaza set to begin school year, despite recent rocket fire
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Immigration authority changing Sudanese refugees’ listed country of origin to South Sudan
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Israeli sues star of Survivor for insulting people of Ethiopian origin
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Preschool for 3-year-olds in Israel will be free from Monday
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

After harsh High Court criticism, Eilat agrees to integrate migrants’ children into schools
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Jerusalem court remands boys suspected of hurling fire bomb at Palestinian taxi
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

WATCH: In Israeli zoo, newborn kittens bring sand cats back from extinction
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Israel Police arrests children suspected of hurling fire bomb at Palestinian taxi
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Germany cooperated with Palestinian terrorists after Munich massacre, report says
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Egypt court sentences man to jail over attack on Israel embassy in Cairo
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Netanyahu calls for ‘civil’ evacuation of contentious West Bank outpost
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Shas spiritual leader calls on Jews to pray for annihilation of Iran
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Rockets explode in Sderot causing damage to factory
Ha’aretz – 26 Aug 2012

Jerusalem Post

Three Gazan rockets slam into Sderot industrial zone
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz visits Ashkelon, says school year will open as scheduled. 

Eilat to integrate African children into schools
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Agreement to integrate school system comes on eve of new school year; some will be placed in special remedial classes. 

Corrie family hopeful ahead of court ruling
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Rachel Corrie’s parents and sister say they hope the court will find the IDF responsible for her 2003 death in Gaza. 

Police nab 3 youths for firebombing Palestinian taxi
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Two weeks after 6 Palestinians were injured by a Molotov cocktail, police arrest three 12, 13-year-old suspects from Bat Ayin. 

When the new Germany lost its innocence
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – In almost every East German town you will see people wearing neo-Nazi emblems or slogans on their clothes or on their cars. 

There is no consensus regarding the Oslo Accords
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Though the Oslo Accords did not bring the longed-for peace, it was part of a process that changed Israel’s standing in the world for the better. 

Why Sunni Islamism is the world’s greatest threat
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – To understand al-Qaida, which of course goes under many names and regional local groups, is simple. It has one strategy: kill! 

‘IDF recommends criminal probe against Ashkenazi’
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Former IDF chief of staff, assistant could face investigation over fraud, breach of trust in Harpaz Affair, according to Channel 10. 

IDF denies reports of Ashkenazi criminal probe
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Former chief of staff’s spokesman says content of TV report unknown to us and sounds bizarre. 

Armstrong’s legacy
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – While we think we’re the masters of our universe, from out in space things can look quite different. 

Taliban 2.0: Targeting women globally
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – The Taliban misogynist mentality is alive and well, and in fact it is thriving and mushrooming globally. 

Egypt and the treaty
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012Egypt may request that Israel review and amend the security arrangement; Israel should consider such a future request in good faith. 

Stealing or bearing false witness?
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – With social media sites growing in popularity, we’re getting pluralism with a total lack of supervision, and that’s a problem. 

‘Isolated’ Iran boasts attendance of leaders, kings at NAM
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Tehran immediately begins milking Non-Aligned Movement summit for propaganda, anti-Israel purposes; Iran‘s FM Salehi: Tragedy of Palestine is root cause of regional conflict. 

Lapid attacks haredim over inadequate school system
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Yesh Atid party leader says ultra-orthodox schools must be made to teach core curriculum or face loss of government funding. 

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Pray for the destruction of Iran
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Shas spiritual leader calls on followers to ask God to wipe out “evil ones who threaten Israel,” in their Rosh Hashana prayers. 

‘Germany met with Munich terrorists after attack’
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Fearing additional attack on German soil, Germany offered Black September political upgrade of PLO, ‘Der Spiegel’ reports. 

Stanley Fischer named among best central bankers
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – ‘Global Finance’ publishes its Central Banker Report Card for 2012, Bank of Israel Governor scores “A” rating. 

Egypt orders man to jail over Israel embassy attack
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Court convicts 75 others to 1-year suspended sentences in connection to embassy storming; Omar Afifi tried in absentia. 

Family Matters: It takes two to talk
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Communicating is difficult at the best of times, but a language barrier can also be a relationship barrier. 

Estonian gas company uses Auschwitz image in ad
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – GasTerm Eesti publishes photograph of Auschwitz with the caption “Gas heating – flexible, convenient, and effective.” 

Abbas: UN statehood bid can save 2-state solution
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012PA president meets Meretz leader Gal-On in Ramallah, accuses FM Liberman of waging a campaign against him, killing peace. 

This Week In History: The Arab League’s three no’s
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – After Israel’s crushing defeat of its Arab neighbors during the Six Day War, Arab leaders meet in Khartoum and agree to “no peace,” “no negotiations” and “no recognition” of Israel. 

Mofaz to Hamas: Blood on your hands for rockets
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Opposition leader Shaul Mofaz calls for increased security in the South as 3 rockets hit Negev, damaging a factory. 

3.5 million tourists and counting
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – In 2011, incoming tourism reached 3.5 million, and this year it is expected to grow even more, says tourism minister. 

Palestinian leader in Chile: Israel worse than Nazis
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – President of Palestinian Federation of South America Mauricio Abu-Gosh says Israel has “outdone its teachers.” 

Dressed to impress
Jerusalem Post 26 Aug 2012 – Add some sass to your salad with these fun and healthy dressing recipes. 

Haifa, Georgia universities team up via technology
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2012 – Specially-designed transatlantic courses bring students together through videoconferencing. 

Study: Giving birth may increase risk of PTSD
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2012 – Of the women surveyed following childbirth, study finds that 3.4% suffered from complete PTSD. 

Jews: A religious group, people or race?
Jerusalem Post 25 Aug 2012 – Prof. Harry Ostrer has published a new book that explores the genetic and environmental basis of the Jewish people. 

German Jewish group to begin training mohels
Jerusalem Post 24 Aug 2012 – Move comes amid fears of ritual circumcision ban; German postal service to release stamp marking brit mila of Jesus. 

The Guardian

Rachel Corrie death: struggle for justice culminates in Israeli court
The Guardian 26 Aug 2012 – Nine years after she was killed protesting in the Gaza Strip, the verdict in a lawsuit brought by her family is about to be heard Her blonde hair, megaphone and orange fluorescent jacket with reflective stripes…

Rachel Corrie’s mother: ‘I know this won’t be the end’
The Guardian 26 Aug 2012 – Cindy Corrie has battled Israel for justice ever since her activist daughter Rachel was killed in Gaza in 2003. On the eve of a lawsuit verdict, she says her fight will carry on The news that…

Former Israeli soldiers disclose routine mistreatment of Palestinian children
The Guardian 26 Aug 2012 – Booklet of testimonies of former Israeli soldiers describes beatings, intimidation and humiliation of children launch with video pse URL (dev site): 012/aug/25/breaking-silence-israeli-abuse-palestinians-videoLive URL: 012/aug/25/breaking-silence-israeli-abuse-palestinians-video More than 30 former Israeli soldiers have disclosed their experiences of…

Breaking the Silence: Israeli veteran reflects on everyday abuse of Palestinians – video
The Guardian 26 Aug 2012 – Tomer Rot, a former soldier in the Israeli army’s 50th Battalion Nahal Brigade, recounts what happened during a curfew in Hebron


Video: Israeli soldiers attack children in Nabi Saleh and forcibly separate them from their detained mother

Israeli bus company backs driver who refused Palestinian passengers on board

Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza, sources say

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Attacks Resume in Iraq: 20 Killed, 33 Wounded

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Libya militia members accused of killing three sub-Saharan migrants

Al-Nu’man: a village stuck in limbo

The Hidden Costs of Egypt’s IMF Loan

Daily Star

Iran urges developing nations at summit to oppose sanctions
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Iran‘s foreign minister urged delegates at a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) developing nations summit on Sunday to oppose sanctions imposed by the West on the Islamic Republic to punish it for its nuclear activities.

Gunmen kill protester in Yemen sit-in
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Security officials say gunmen in an unmarked vehicle drove past a sit-in in Taiz, Yemen’s second largest city, and opened fire on protesters, killing one.

Israel stops activists from entering West Bank
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Israeli authorities refused entry on Sunday to about 100 pro-Palestinian activists, including three Americans, attempting to cross overland to the West Bank from Jordan.

Libya’s under-fire interior minister quits
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Interior Minister Fawzi Abdelali resigned on Sunday after coming under fire for the performance of security forces during a surge of violence that has rocked Libya.

Syria top officials to attend NAM summit in Iran
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi and Foreign Minister Walid Muallem will attend the August 30-31 Non-Aligned summit in Tehran, a top Iranian official announced in Damascus on Sunday.

Assad’s forces accused of massacre near Syrian capital
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 Syrian opposition activists accused President Bashar al-Assad’s army on Sunday of massacring hundreds of people in a town close to the capital that government forces recaptured from rebels.

Arab Bank board appoints new chairman
Daily Star 26 Aug 2012 The board of Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest lender, has elected Sabih al-Masri to take over at the helm of the bank after the resignation of Abdel Hamid Shoman this month in a dispute over the chairman’s…

YNet News

Egypt prosecutor probes anti-Brotherhood critic 
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Ya’alon: History will judge whether US prevented Iran nukes
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Palestinian landowner doubts Migron will be evacuated 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Two days before scheduled eviction, Abdel Monam Mouatan says there is no preparation on the ground for evacuation; rejects settlers’ claim that they lawfully bought lands ….

Libya minister quits after criticism over handling of violence 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – ….

Saudi uncovers ‘terrorist’ plots in the kingdom
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – ….

Report: Israeli envoy visits Egypt, meets senior officials 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – ….

Military advocate general recommends probing Ashkenazi
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Brigadier-General Danny Efroni informs Attorney General there is legal basis for criminal investigation against former IDF chief, his aide over Harpaz affair ….

Rabbi: Whoever raises a hand on Migron will have it cut off
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – One of religious Zionism movement’s leaders slams prime minister over his intention to implement High Court ruling and evacuate Migron outpost ….

Lapid’s education plan: No politics, fewer finals
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid presents his education plan – high-school matriculation exams in math, English, reading comprehension only; salary increase for teachers ….

Israeli ‘occupation’ a relic of the past 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Resilience of Jewish-Israeli survival overshadowed by false Arab-Palestinian notion of being ‘occupied’ ….

12 year olds suspected of firebomb attack
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Three minors arrested on suspicion of hurling Molotov cocktail in Gush Etzion which left six Palestinians wounded ….

Abbas: Lieberman would have slammed Mother Teresa too 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Palestinian president comments on FM’s call for his dismissal, says ‘He would have accused Mother Teresa of terrorism if she were PA chairwoman’ ….

Ministers’ security to be cut?
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – PM orders review of ministers’ security protocols, with aim of determining whether each and every cabinet member really needs 24/7 protection detail ….

Apocalypse now 
YNet News, 26 Aug 2012 – Op-ed: Netanyahu and Barak’s use of apocalyptic rhetoric aimed at duping public into thinking nuclear Iran an existential threat ….

Palestinian Information Center

Islamic movements must not be distracted by hecklers
PIC – The recent ascendancy of Islamic forces, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, to the political forefront in parts of the Arab world has generated many enemies.

IOA renews isolation of Abu Sisi
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) has renewed the solitary confinement of Palestinian detainee Dhirar Abu Sisi in violation of the agreement with prisoners.

MPs call on Egypt to stop the Israeli violations of Ahrar deal
PIC – Palestinian MPs condemned the re-arrest of a number of ex-detainees, stressing that such procedure demonstrates the futility of agreements with the Israeli military establishment.

Megiddo jailers deny Palestinian prisoner surgical treatment
PIC – The international Tadamun (solidarity) society for human rights said the Israeli administration of Megiddo jail refuses to allow a Palestinian prisoner to receive medical treatment of hemorrhoids.

Ahrar: 42 violent raids on prisoners’ cells took place during the holy month
PIC – Ahrar center for prisoner studies and human rights said the Palestinian prisoners were exposed to more than 42 violent search raids on their cells during the holy month of Ramadan.

Sheikh Sabri: The Jewish settler’s violations in Jerusalem rose seriously
PIC – Head of the higher Islamic council Sheikh Ikrima Sabri said the increasing attacks which the Palestinian natives were exposed to lately by Jewish settlers had become a matter of serious concern.

Hamas: Haneyya will not attend NAM summit in Tehran
PIC – Hamas sources told the PIC that Ismail Haneyya decided not to attend the NAM summit in Tehran after intensive consultations between Hamas leaders and the Palestinian government in Gaza.

IOF detains university student
PIC – Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed at dawn Sunday the town of Al-Shuyoukh, east of Al-Khalil, and arrested a university student.


Arab League Condemns Israeli Official’s Anti-Abbas Statements
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Abbas: UN Non-Member Status Aims to Protect Peace
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Abbas Stresses Palestinian Unity and Representation
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Israel to Demolish 13 Water Wells west of Jenin
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Settlers Turn Illegally Seized Palestinian-Owned Land into Park
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Human Rights Center Condemns Israeli Amendment of Civil Liability Law
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Newspapers Review: PA Rejecting of Iran’s Invitation to Hamas Focus of Dailies
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Decline in Construction Cost Index, says PCBS
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

Non-Aligned Denies Inviting Hamas to Summit in Tehran
WAFA – 26 Aug 2012

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


In Syria, Islamic militants may complicate uprising
LA Times 25 Aug 2012 – Some are Syrian, some have come from other nations to fight oppression. Rebels are grateful for the support but object to some of the fighters’ methods. ALEPPO, Syria — Justice was swift and brutal when fighters of the Al Nusra Front militia caught a man…

Saudi Oil Producer’s Computers Restored After Cyberattack
New York Times 26 Aug 2012 – Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer, has resumed operating its computer networks after a virus infected about 30,000 of its workstations earlier this month, the company said Sunday. 

U.S. Foreign Arms Sales Reach $66.3 Billion in 2011
New York Times 26 Aug 2012 – The huge number, triple that of 2010, was largely driven by sales to Persian Gulf nations looking to shore up their defenses against Iran

Syrians Hold Mass Burials in Damascus Area Amid Crackdown
New York Times 26 Aug 2012 – With more than 200 bodies found over the weekend, the assault in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus has begun to look like one of the deadliest and focused short-term raids of the uprising. 

For sake of Palestinian unity Hamas agrees to not be in same room as Abbas
Mondoweiss – link to www.maannews.net ‘–> link to www.independent.co.uk ‘–> Hamas declines invite to Iran summit, citing Palestinian unity GAZA CITY (Reuters) — The Hamas government in Gaza said it had declined an invitation to a meeting of 120 developing nations in Tehran this week, heading off a…

Breaking the Silence report details soldiers humiliating and torturing Palestinian children and using them as human shields
Mondoweiss –  Israeli soldiers accuse Palestinian boy of stone throwing  Photo AFP The Israeli veterans’ organization Breaking the Silence released a shocking new report this morning on the abuse of Palestinian children in the occupied territories. Here is the link to download the 70-odd page booklet. Here are…

A modest lexicographic proposal
Mondoweiss – During the troubles in northern Ireland, the British Broadcasting Corporation faced a linguistic dilemma.  Protestants called the area’s second city “Londonderry,” while Catholics simply said “Derry.”  To choose one or the other would have violated the BBC’s policy of neutrality.  So the organization simply compromised, alternating…

Exile and the Prophetic: Archipelago Palestine
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. For the first time in weeks dawn without mountains.  The sun here rises against a wide open sky.  Clouds filter the sun…

Israeli Salt Removes Woman From Package 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Aug 2012 – A package of Salit table salt typically features the familiar blue silhouette of a woman holding a pinch of salt but on this particular package, the woman was nowhere to be found. Click here for the rest of the article…

Rabbi Prays For Iran’s ‘Elimination’ 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Aug 2012 – The spiritual leader of the Sephardi Orthodox Shas party, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, called on Jews to pray on Rosh Hashana for the destruction of Iran and Hezbollah. Click here for the rest of the article…

Illegal Migron Settlers Vow To Resist Eviction 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Aug 2012 – Residents of the West Bank outpost of Migron have said they will not leave their homes until the Supreme Court rules on a request to halt their evacuation due to their purchase of the land. Click here for the rest of the article…

Bibi Insists Migron Will Be Evacuated 
The Foward Breaking News 26 Aug 2012 – Three days before the ultimatum to evacuate 30 out of 46 families in the West Bank outpost of Migron expires, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that the evacuation would be carried out in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision. Click here for the rest…

Nigeria: Nigeria, Iran to Partner on Security, Infrastructure 
allAfrica.com 26 Aug 2012 – [Nigeria First]Vice President Mohammed Sambo has expressed the nation’s desire for added support that would improve her security situation.

Egypt: President Morsy to Give Speech At Opening Session of Summit in Tehran 
allAfrica.com 26 Aug 2012 – [Egypt Online]Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ambassador Amr Ramadan said that Egypt will present a report on accomplishments made by NAM member states during Egypt‘s presidency of the movement that will end on Thursday 30/08/2012.

Egypt: PM – We Able to Face Challenges By Enhancing Afro-Arab Cooperation 
allAfrica.com 26 Aug 2012 – [Egypt Online]During the inauguration of the thirty Arab Scout Camp on 25/8/2012, Prime Minister Dr. Hisham Qandil confirmed Egypt‘s ability after its glorious successful revolution on Jan. 25 of making a new future in Arab region and African after its success in the election of the…

Egypt: Mmich – We Rejected Washington’s Request to Strike an Iranian Ship 
allAfrica.com 26 Aug 2012 – [Egypt Online]Mohab Mmich head of Suez Canal reveled in the interview in the program life today – Saturday 25/08/2012, that U.S. warships tried to enter the channel during the Revolution January 25 but we refused as was rejected Washington’s request to strike an Iranian ship bound…

‘Scores of bodies’ found in Syria 
BBC 26 Aug 2012 – Opposition activists say they found scores of bodies in a town near the Syrian capital where government forces carried out a “massacre”.

Unicredit ‘in Iran investigation’ 
BBC 26 Aug 2012 – Italian bank Unicredit is co-operating with the US over a possible breach by a subsidiary of US sanctions reportedly against Iran.

Libyan interior minister resigns 
BBC 26 Aug 2012 – Libya’s interior minister resigns in the wake of a series of attacks on Sufi Muslim shrines and other violence that has rocked the country.

Gaza: Mursi Disappoints 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – Palestinian men transport bags of cement through tunnels used for smuggling goods, including food, fuel and building materials, along the Gaza-Egypt border in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on 23 August 2012. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed Abed) Palestinian men transport bags of cement through tunnels…

Iraqi Writers Once Were Heroes 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – People visit the Spiral Minaret of the Great Mosque as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, 20 August 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Bakr al-Azzawi) People visit the Spiral Minaret of the Great Mosque as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr in…

One killed in ongoing Tripoli clashes 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – Sniper fire left one man dead in Tripoli earlier today bringing the total number of casualties to 17 in the ongoing clashes between the impoverished neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen since they erupted last Monday. There were also reports of gunfire exchanges between the…

Saudi foils “terror plot” 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – Saudi authorities announced on Sunday they had foiled a “terror” plot by elements suspected of links to Al-Qaeda, mostly Yemenis, and busted two extremist cells in Riyadh and Jeddah. The interior ministry said in a statement the suspects were “in contact with the deviant organization abroad,”…

Influential rabbi calls for Iran’s destruction 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – An influential Israeli rabbi has called for prayers for Iran‘s destruction, a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to court his support for a possible attack on a nuclear program Israel sees as an existential threat. The sermon by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef added to a…

Dozens dead in Damascus suburb 
Al-Akhbar News 26 Aug 2012 – A handout picture released by the Syrian opposition’s Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCC Syria) on 26 August 2012 shows the shrouded bodies of children during the funeral of Syrians who activists said were killed by regime forces in Daraya near Damascus. (Photo: AFP – HO…

Lebanon: A Failed Version of Justice 
Al-Akhbar Politics 25 Aug 2012 – A Lebanese man carrying a weapon crosses Syria street in the neighbourhood of Bab al Tabanneh in Tripoli, on 25 August 2012 following a night of clashes between Bab Al Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen. (Photo: AFP – Sam Tarling) A Lebanese man carrying a weapon crosses…


Testimonies by Israeli soldiers detail abuse of Palestinian children 
Mairav Zonszein, +972 Magazine 8/26/2012
      Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israelis who served in the IDF and work to expose human rights violations committed by Israel, released today a collection of soldiers’ testimonies called Children and Youth, Soldiers’ Testimonies 2005-2011. The report attests to the mistreatment of Palestinian children, still taking place, years after the peak of the Second Intifada.
     +972 bloggers often report on the maltreatment and abuse of children, but nothing speaks as strongly as firsthand accounts by young men – practically children themselves when they join the army – who are trying to come to terms with their actions. This catharsis, while it may not be able to end the occupation, is essential to the process of getting Israelis to recognize their culpability in the perennial occupation, and getting others to wake up to the reality.
     The following are a selection of testimonies:
     ….We put some kid to sleep
     Unit: Paratroopers Brigade
     Rank: First Sergeant
     Nablus 2006-2007
     When there’s a “disturbance of the peace” the unit commander is authorized to ask the battalion commander for permission to shoot the leader in the leg.
     What is a leader?
     These are kids. Everyone participating is a kid. No older than 16. At most, 18. Usually when we come in, they don’t go to school. We’re the attraction and they come out to ‘play’. I even remember once we put on music for them through some cellular phone…. — See also: Breaking the Silence more.. e-mail

Dying for a Birthright 
Julian Borger, Jerusalem Quarterly File 8/26/2012
      Summer 2012
     Samira Hassassian made sure she died a Jerusalemite, even at the cost of cutting short her life. Given the choice between staying on a course of chemotherapy or travelling from london to Jerusalem to renew her residence rights, she gambled with her health and lost.
     She fell sick after returning to london, where she lived as the wife of the Palestinian representative in the UK, Manuel Hassassian, and died from cancer three months later, in august 2011, aged 57.
     In all likelihood she would have died anyway by now. Her original breast cancer had metastasized to her bones by last year. But interrupting her chemotherapy and travelling over 2000 miles was not only a miserable experience, it is also quite likely to have brought her nearer to her death. “They forced her to go back,” Manuel Hassassian said. “the doctors had told me she had maybe until the end of the year, so this trip just expedited the process, but it also caused her pain and suffering.”
     The question she left behind was why was she compelled to make such a terrible choice in the first place. it is a choice no israeli Jerusalemite living abroad would ever have to make. their citizenship is irrevocable, and undimmed by the length of time spent abroad.
     By contrast, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem working or studying abroad has to return every two years to renew his or her residence rights, and after the passage of seven years even that would not be enough. No matter if a Palestinian was born in the city, no matter how many generations his or her family has lived there, the right to claim residence there can be revoked by the israeli interior ministry. more.. e-mail

Ayn Rand, the preacher of selfishness inspiring Paul Ryan 
Uri Avnery, Redress 8/25/2012
      Uri Avnery views the philosophy of Ayn Rand, the inspiration behind US Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. A Jewish White Russian preacher of extreme selfishness, Rand, who has become the darling of Tea Party fanatics, was also an unabashed racist who believed that the Arab-Israeli conflict was one of civilized men fighting savages.
     I was not interested in Paul Ryan, the man about to be nominated by the Republican party for the office of vice-president, until the name Ayn Rand popped up.
     Ayn Rand, it was said, was one of the main inspirations for his particular philosophy. Since Ryan is being represented not as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill politician, like Mitt Romney, but as a profound political and economic thinker, the inspiration deserves some scrutiny.
     Like most people in this country, Ayn Rand first entered my life as the author of The Fountainhead, a novel that came out four years before the birth of the state of Israel. It quickly became a bestseller. The movie based on it, with Gary Cooper playing the main role, was even more popular. Glorifying selfishness
     It is the story of an architect of genius (roughly similar to Frank Lloyd Wright) who follows his own individual style and disdains the tastes of the masses. When his architectural design for a housing project is altered by the builders, he blows the buildings up, defending his actions in court in a stirring speech in defence of individualism…
     I started to read her second bestseller, Atlas Shrugged, in which she set out her philosophy in detail. But I must confess, to my eternal shame, that I never finished it. It bored me. more.. e-mail

Khaled Mouammar: exposing Zionist slander, racism, and propaganda by eloquently speaking truth
In Gaza: 26 Aug 2012 – Thanks to Khaled for speaking eloquent truth against racist, Zionist propaganda. The full radio show is here (aug 24)   (listener be warned, Zionist diatribe and slander abounds).more

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